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Maple Park Make and Take Dec. 2

MAPLE PARK—The Maple Park Fun Fest Committee will host the fifth annual Kids’ Holiday Make and Take on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Maple Park American Legion, 203 Main St., Maple Park. Come out for an evening of crafting. Children and parents can visit different craft stations to create holiday ornaments… Keep Reading


Elburn ranked 27th safest community in Illinois

ELBURN—The village of Elburn was recently ranked No. 27 on the the list of Top 50 Safest Cities in Illinois. The list, created by Safewise, was updated Nov. 9 and ranks communities according to a variety of statistics, including violent crimes per 1,000 population and property crimes per 1,000 population. The Elburn ranking entry stated… Keep Reading


State of the union

KEA representatives host public forum regarding ongoing salary negotiations with Board of Education KANELAND—Representatives from the Kaneland Education Association (KEA) have emphasized that Kaneland School District teachers deserve a salary structure that is competitive, attracts them with a sound base income and promotes their retention. The KEA reiterated that message during a Nov. 12 public… Keep Reading

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Health & Wellness/Regional

Home fire danger peaks during holiday season

Elburn-area restoration specialists cite statistics on escalated cooking, candle fire risk ELBURN—As the holiday season approaches and families gear up for decorating their homes and hosting large gatherings of friends and family, the fire and water restoration professionals at SERVPRO® in the Elburn area remind homeowners to take note of some sobering statistics about home… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Students remain the highest priority for KEA

The members of the Kaneland Education Association (KEA) are committed to creating and maintaining a high-quality education in the schools that serve the students and community in District 302. We understand and recognize the importance and value of high-quality professional educators who strive for success in all students. In approaching these contract negotiations, we have… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor

Letter: ‘Welcome to the club’

I attended the last District 302 board meeting and spoke my piece about the high costs of property taxes in this county. Coming from DuPage County, I can attest that Kane is much higher, from my perspective. I knew this coming in and felt the charm of the community—more-open living and cheaper home prices—would make… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor

Letter: A letter from Kaneland Superintendent Leden

I am reaching out to you to share some concerns that emerged throughout the day Monday. There has been a rash of vandalism and graffiti at Kaneland High School. This damage has been in a variety of areas inside the building, especially in the boys and girls bathrooms. These markings range from expletives to explicit… Keep Reading

Sugar Grove

Rich Harvest Farms loses UL International Crown

SUGAR GROVE—Those who were looking forward to the UL International Crown coming to Sugar Grove next year received some disappointing news last week. This global golf tournament, which will feature the top female golfers in the world in a team match-play event, was scheduled to come to Rich Harvest Farms July 19-24, 2016. The news… Keep Reading

Local News

Nov. 19 Then and Now

5 years ago: The Sugar Grove Village Board delayed a vote that would renew the village’s intergovernmental agreement with the Kaneland School District. Quarterback Joe Camiliere hit Tyler Callaghan with a pass in the endzone with 10 seconds to play to stun host Vernon Hills 27-21 and propel the Kaneland football team to the IHSA… Keep Reading

Events/Faith/Maple Park

Maple Park Turkey Drop Nov. 22

by Cory Nordine MAPLE PARK—Members of the Kaneland community, as well as the congregations of Grace United Methodist Church and St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Maple Park, are preparing for the annual Maple Park Turkey Drop on Sunday, Nov. 22, at Grace UMC, 506 Willow St., to help provide complete holiday meals to families in… Keep Reading

Big Rock/Events/Faith

Cookie walk Dec. 13 at ECUCC

BIG ROCK—A cookie walk will take place at English Congregational United Church of Christ, 301 Rhodes Ave., Big Rock, on Friday, Dec. 11, from 6 a.m. to noon. An assortment of home-baked cookies, sweet breads and candies will be sold by the pound, while other treats will be packaged and priced separately. For more information,… Keep Reading


Kaneville tree lighting Dec. 3

KANEVILLE—Christmas in Kaneville will kick off Thursday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m., with the cerimonial lighting of the Christmas tree at Hill’s Country Store. Families are encouraged to bring an ornament that represents their family to place on the tree, which will later be donated to the Kaneville Historical Society. The Christmas tree is bought… Keep Reading

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Elburn Lions Holiday Raffle Nov. 28

ELBURN—Gather family and friends and head to the Elburn Lions Club, 500 Filmore St., Elburn, on Saturday, Nov. 28, at 6 p.m. for its annual holiday raffle. The Lions will raffle turkeys, pork loins, hams, steaks, gift cards and cash. The event is child-friendly, includes free appetizers and a cash bar will be available. Proceeds… Keep Reading


Christmas in Kaneville Dec. 5

KANEVILLE—There will be many ways to get into the holiday spirit at the annual Christmas in Kaneville event, which will take place Saturday, Dec. 5, throughout the morning and afternoon. At 9 a.m., Santa will be on hand at the Kaneville Fire Department, 46W536 Lovell St., for photos and meeting with children. The Kaneville United… Keep Reading

Urban man

Milder winter likely in store for Kane County

KANE COUNTY—Remember last year’s snow and cold? And the nightmare cold and snow of the previous year? NIU meteorology professor David Changnon has a seasonal forecast that might brighten the day of folks in Kane County, which has been slammed with two consecutive brutal winters. Just to jog your memory: last February’s average temperature of… Keep Reading

Events/Sugar Grove

Jedi Academy at Sugar Grove Public Library Nov. 23

SUGAR GROVE—Get ready for the upcoming release of “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens” by training to become a Jedi at Sugar Grove Public Library and watching the original flick, “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.” Join the library on Monday, Nov. 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. for the Jedi Academy.… Keep Reading


Get ready to Jinglepalooza

Elburn Community Center to host second annual Christmas event Dec. 4 ELBURN—The Elburn and Countryside Community Center (ECCC) will host its second annual Jingelpalooza event on Friday, Dec. 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Community Center, located at 525 N. Main St., Elburn. Despite still being relatively new, Jinglepalooza boasts a variety of… Keep Reading

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Community Sports/Sugar Grove

Living the dream

Sugar Grove dojo owner continues pursuit of Olympic participation goal SUGAR GROVE—Rocky Troutman always dreamed of competing in the Olympics. The problem was that kickboxing never became an Olympic sport, so he never could fulfill his dream despite winning hundreds of awards and trophies at countless national tournaments. His dream of getting to the Olympics… Keep Reading

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