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First bird tests positive for West Nile in Kane County

KANE COUNTY—A bird that was found in Aurora last week has tested positive for West Nile virus. This is the first bird found this year in Kane County that has tested positive for the disease. Also as part of its West Nile program, the Health Department collects certain dead birds to be sent to the… Keep Reading

Maple Park

Heat can’t spoil the fun

High weekend temperatures not enough to keep Fun Fest crowd away MAPLE PARK—Temperatures in the 90s all Labor Day weekend didn’t stop people from enjoying the festivities at Maple Park’s annual Fun Fest. “It was very hot, but that’s better than rain, I suppose,” Fun Fest committee member Brittany Altepeter said. “The parade was really… Keep Reading


Little boy blue

Young resident paints the town blue to show support for police ELBURN — Support the Police banners, blue ribbons, paint and more decorated the village of Elburn over the holiday weekend, a campaign started by 9-year-old Connor Anderson, upset over the recent death of a Fox Lake police officer. “It was a good turnout,” Elburn… Keep Reading


Principal of the matter

Faulkner takes over as HMS principal SUGAR GROVE—New Harter Middle School (HMS) Principal Brian Faulkner first interviewed with Kaneland four years ago, and said he fell in love with what he heard about the district. “Everything about that entire process four years ago, I couldn’t even put it into words, I was hoping to be… Keep Reading


Goodbye, Konnects; hello, Tyler

Kaneland officials hope replacement system will better connect parents with children’s education, teachers KANELAND—Kaneland Konnects is no more, but School District officials hope its replacement, Tyler, will be a better system for parents to be informed about their kids and to connect with their kids’ teachers. The web-based Tyler Student Information System (SIS) will, according… Keep Reading

Maple Park

A quail of a good time

Maple Park Police Department hosts Crazy Quail Special Olympics fundraiser MAPLE PARK—The Maple Park Police Department on Saturday and Sunday held its third annual Crazy Quail Pulling for Special Olympics at Goodenough Inc., located in Maple Park. The two-day event is just one of the fundraisers the Police Department hosts for the Special Olympics each… Keep Reading


Elburn considers sales tax increase for spring ballot

ELBURN—Elburn residents are likely to see a referendum asking for an increase in retail sales taxes during next year’s spring election. The Elburn Village Board on Tuesday discussed the sales tax option, as well as a referendum to increase residents’ property taxes, as possible ways to pay for police pensions. By night’s end, however, the… Keep Reading


Driver ejected from vehicle in Route 47 crash

BLACKBERRY TWP—An Earlville, Ill., resident is in serious condition following a single-vehicle collision in unincorporated Blackberry Township Tuesday evening. According to a report from the Kane County Sheriff’s Office, Reese Bernier, 39, of Earlville was driving his 2006 Chevrolet work truck south on Route 47 near the intersection of Kenmar Drive in unincorporated Blackberry Township… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor

Help a family that has given so much

The Maple Park Family Fund represents small-town living at its finest. For 23 years, the Family Fund has hosted fundraisers every Christmas to help less-fortunate local residents. Though many people work together to make the Maple Park Family Fund a success, Julie Little has been its driving force every year since its inception. The Little… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor

Remembering Sept. 11, 2001

That day 14 years ago was just like any other Tuesday, Blue sky and people going about their daily lives. Then the unthinkable happened: aircraft were used as weapons that snuffed out thousands of lives in a heartbeat. New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pa., all felt the immediate impact of those aircraft crashing.… Keep Reading


Elburn Lions All Wheel Show Oct. 4

ELBURN—The 22nd annual fall classic Elburn Lions All Wheel Show will take place Saturday, Oct. 3 (destination cruise), and Sunday, Oct. 4 (show), at Elburn Lions Park, 500 Filmore Ave., Elburn. Gates open at 8 a.m.; registration closes at noon. No dogs or outside alcohol allowed. The cost is $20 at the gate or $15… Keep Reading

Big Rock/Elburn/Events/Sugar Grove

Fourth annual Conley Walk Sept. 13

BIG ROCK—The fourth annual Bruce Conley Memorial Walk will take place Sunday, Sept. 13, at McCannon Farm, 45W134 Raymond Road, Big Rock (just west of Sugar Grove). Registration will begin at 1:30 p.m. The run will begin at 2 p.m. The event is sponsored by Conley Outreach Community Services in memory of its founder, Bruce… Keep Reading

Events/Sugar Grove

Sugar Grove Chamber to host inaugural trick-or-treat event

SUGAR GROVE—Get your pillowcases and plastic pumpkins ready to collect even more candy this Halloween. The Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce and Industry will host its inaugural Business Trick-or-Treat event on Halloween, Saturday, Oct. 31, from 10 a.m. to noon for costumed kids and their parents. “We want to take this opportunity to promote the… Keep Reading

Events/Maple Park

Little benefit at Bootlegger’s Sept. 19

MAPLE PARK—A fundraiser for the family of Randy and Julie Little will take place Saturday, Sept. 19, at 2 p.m. at Bootlegger’s Bar, Grill and Pizza, 107 Main St., Maple Park. The Little family the past eight and a half months has been involved in a fight for Randy’s health following a colon cancer diagnosis—a… Keep Reading

Janet Lagerloef

Jerry’s fleet of grills

by Janet Lagerloef Owner, The Catering Gourmets Sugar Grove During his senior year at the University of Illinois—and shortly before we met—my husband Jerry moved into a tiny top-floor apartment in Urbana, Ill. He soon realized he had nowhere to set up his Smokey Joe Weber grill, which for him was an emergency. But he… Keep Reading

Events/Sugar Grove

Go fly a kite, Sugar Grove

Park District to host kite festival in October SUGAR GROVE—A free kite-themed event will take place Saturday, Oct. 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Kaneland Harter Middle School, 1601 Esker Drive, Sugar Grove. The event will be presented by the Sugar Grove Park District and feature professional kite flyers, hot air balloons, entertainment and… Keep Reading


Learning infusion

KANELAND—Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) Fusion is coming to Kaneland. The award-winning Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) enrichment program is currently available to Kaneland students in grades fourth through eighth, as well as its teachers. “It’s very exciting to be able to offer such a unique opportunity for these students who typically don’t… Keep Reading

Community Sports/Golf/Kaneland

Kaneland Foundation golf outing Sept. 17

KANELAND—The Kaneland Foundation’s annual golf outing will take place Thursday, Sept. 17, at Bliss Creek Golf Course in Sugar Grove. For more information or to receive a registration form, contact Beth Sterkel at (630) 365-8295 or email beth.sterkel@kaneland.org. Online registration is now open at www.kaneland.org under the Webstore tab. The Kaneland Foundation is a non-profit… Keep Reading

Events/Sugar Grove

Holiday in the Grove barbecue dinner Sept. 10

SUGAR GROVE—The Holiday in the Grove Committee will host a 5-B’s drive-thru barbecue dinner on Thursday, Sept. 10, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the parking lot of Sugar Grove Walgreens, located on Route 47. Meal choices include one chicken or a pork chop for $10, or two chickens, pork chops or a mix for… Keep Reading

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