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Class of 1980 to celebrate 35-year reunion

KANELAND—Nearly 300 seniors graduated from Kaneland High School on June 6, 1980. Thirty-five years later, on the anniversary of its graduation, Kaneland’s Class of 1980 will gather on the anniversary of its graduation to reconnected and revisit its high school memories “I like having people come to a class reunion that I haven’t seen at… Keep Reading


Village Board approves four-year contract for full-time police

ELBURN—The Elburn Village Board on May 18 approved a new four-year contract for full-time police officers and sergeants. The vote was unanimous, with trustee Ken Anderson remarking that the move to a four-year contract was a good one. Anderson also said he would like to see officers make an effort to practice community policing, engaging… Keep Reading


Elburn Fire Department paramedics earn their VMO certification

ELBURN—Paramedics try to work within what emergency medicine calls “Golden Hour”—the time frame to get an injured person from the scene of an accident to the operating room, giving the trauma patient his or her best chance for survival. When the injured person is trapped inside the vehicle, it significantly complicates the effort. For that… Keep Reading


More shoes, more literacy

Hill’s Country Store to serve as a drop-off location for Light Up Our Youth Foundation shoe drive KANEVILLE—It is not often that people realize the direct correlation between proper footwear and education, but Charles Saint-Vil of San Diego knows the importance of the link between the two. As a young boy who grew up in… Keep Reading


Teens request permission to build Elburn skate park

ELBURN—Eight Harter Middle School students attended the May 18 Elburn Village Board meeting to ask board members for permission to move forward on an Elburn skate park. Kaneland Harter Middle School teacher Rick Barik, who has been advising the students in their effort, also attended the meeting. Village President Dave Anderson told the group that… Keep Reading


Goier nears completion of tour as interim Kaneland superintendent

KANELAND—In a sense, Dr. Renee Goier will graduate alongside Kaneland High School’s Class of 2015 this weekend. Goier’s last official day with Kaneland is Monday, June 1. That date will mark her 99th day as the district’s interim superintendent. Due to Illinois retirement law, she can only work a maximum of 100 days. “I’ve only… Keep Reading


Kaneland says goodbye to longtime teacher Welker

Kaneland—Kaneland High School this year will not only say goodbye to the Class of 2015, but also to English teacher Patty Welker. For 35 years, Welker has helped her students grow as writers, navigate the difficult language, and develop a love and appreciation for different works of literature. Students and staff can all agree that… Keep Reading


‘Oh the places you’ll go’

The 2015 senior mural at Kaneland High school is titled “Oh the Places you’ll go.” “It’s about travel and life experiences. (It) seems very fitting for all who have worked on it,” Kaneland art teacher Carleen Gregg said. Artists included Gregg (left to right), Stephanie Luebke, Jonaya Henaker, Mckayla Helm, Nicholas Winthers, Clinton Kral and… Keep Reading


Kaneland Foundation annual 5K June 19

KANELAND—The Kaneland Foundation will host its fourth annual 5K Cross Country Race on Friday, June 19, at 8 p.m. at the Kaneland High School campus and football stadium, 47W326 Keslinger Road, Maple Park. There will also be a one-quarter-mile Kids Track Run at 7 p.m. and 1-mile Cross Country Fun Run/Walk at 7:30 pm. The… Keep Reading

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Kunstman named Kane County High School Teacher of the Year

KANELAND—Kaneland High School Choir Director Bryan Kunstman on May 1 was named Kane County High School Teacher of the Year during Kane County Regional Office of Education’s 40th annual Educator of the Year Awards banquet. Kunstman, who is also the Kaneland Fine Arts Department chair, spoke humbly about receving the award. “On one hand, I… Keep Reading


On the move

Ream’s market to move into former Papa G’s building ELBURN—The building that formerly housed Papa G’s, 250 S. Main St., will soon show new signs of life, as the Ream family recently took ownership of the location. Randy and Janelle Ream closed on the new building on May 14. They said they would be happy… Keep Reading

Sugar Grove

Sugar Grove discusses options for new village building

SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday discussed how it would like to utilize the village building located at 140 S. Municipal Drive. The board came to a consensus that it would like to have the Village Board and Administrative Department relocated to the new building while the current village hall, 10 S. Municipal… Keep Reading

Sugar Grove

Sugar Grove trustee wants to honor Vietnam veterans

SUGAR GROVE—The annual Sugar Grove Corn Boil typically kicks off with a parade, and event organizer Dave Paluch tries to create a theme or a historical connection for it. “Last year, the theme was kindness, anti-bullying,” Paluch said. “Two years ago we recognized the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation and the… Keep Reading

Laura Gampfer Elburn Community Center Swap and Shop 5-16-15-5

Lending a hand

Swap Shop positively impacts local families in need ELBURN—It’s difficult to keep track of the numbers, but Swap Shop coordinator Nicole Dulski believes at least a couple hundred families benefited from the semi-annual event last weekend. “It was wonderful,” Dulski said of the event. Families were invited to drop off gently used household items, toys… Keep Reading


Town and Country Friends celebrate garden raffle

ELBURN—The Friends of the Town and Country Public Library held their annual Spring Garden Raffle and Plant Sale on Saturday at the library. The drawing was supervised by Friends Executive Vice President Joan Hansen, and the winning raffle tickets were drawn by Friends President Lori Crimmins. The joint winners of the first-prize Garden Cart and… Keep Reading

Elburn/Sugar Grove

A signature debut

An open house and red ribbon ceremony for Signature Real Estate, 135 S. Main St., Elburn, took place the afternoon of May 14. Signature Real Estate Professionals expanded to Elburn this spring. The new location boasts the expertise of owner Carrie Ottum (left), a Sugar Grove native, and mortgage loan consultant Carrie Martinelli. Photo by… Keep Reading


Elburn church completes hybrid lift installation

ELBURN—The installation of a new hybrid lift at Community Congregational Church (CCC) of Elburn will enable parishioners and guests with disabilities to once again access the sanctuary—a priority for the church, despite the lift’s $70,000 price tag. “We are in the process of attempting to practice radical hospitality,” Rev. Bennett McNeal said. “We are in… Keep Reading

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