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Hayman performs in nationally televised Christmas concert

NASHVILLE, TENN.—Anna Hayman of Sugar Grove recently performed in the “Christmas at Belmont” concert at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, a performance which was taped live and will air nationally this holiday season on PBS. Hayman is a motion pictures major at Belmont University in Nashville. Hosted by two-time Grammy winner Kathy Mattea, more than 700… Keep Reading

Couple walking on snow covered side walk.

Monday’s sleet event sets all kinds of records

ILLINOIS—One fast fact is that it’s rare to have that much sleet for that long a duration in one day. The volume, in fact, was 1.47 inches at O’Hare International Airport, and that is a record high for snowfall for Dec. 28. The total precipitation also set a record for this date in Chicago history.… Keep Reading

Sugar Grove

A slight change of scenery

American Heartland Bank and Trust moves to new Sugar Grove location SUGAR GROVE—Longtime Sugar Grove resident Dale Schiltz recalls driving down Route 47 one day and seeing a sign that announced the construction of the future location of American Heartland Bank and Trust. On the night of Dec. 15, he was one of many customers… Keep Reading


Driven to donate

The Elburn Lions Club coordinated a toy and clothing drive with St. Mary’s Church in Sycamore. Items collected will benefit Safe Passage in DeKalb and Hope Haven in DeKalb, providing gifts to 95 children and 60 adults this holiday season. On Saturday, the Elburn Leos (above) helped to wrap presents and bake cookies. Kaelyn Owen… Keep Reading


On your socks, get set, throw!

During the Winter Class Party on Friday, the fourth-graders at Kaneland McDole Elementary School took on their teachers in the annual Snowball (Sockball) Fight. Students donated new white socks that were turned into sockballs and had a friendly sockball fight. Afterward, the socks were donated to Hesed House. A fourth-grader and Lillie Bobé prepare to… Keep Reading

Sugar Grove

Games seniors play

Sugar Grove Senior Center hosts inaugural Christmas game day party SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Senior Center held its inaugural game day Christmas party two weeks ago at the Sugar Grove Community Building, 141 Main St. Card games and Bingo were played, and many prizes were awarded. Pat Hill, owner of Hill’s Country Store in Kaneville,… Keep Reading


Kaneland Educator of the Year nominees announced

KANELAND—Kaneland honorees for the 41st Annual Kane County Educator of the Year awards were recently named. The nominating committee selected Jessica Weibler, an early school educator at Harter Middle School; Raney Good, classroom middle school educator at Harter Middle School; Michelle Jurcenko, classroom high school educator at Kaneland High School; Laura Garland, principal/school administrator at… Keep Reading


Happy trails

Elburn police chief retires; looks forward to new career ELBURN—Elburn Police Chief Steve Smith will work his last shift on the force this New Year’s Eve. The 65-year-old joined the Elburn Police Department in August 2005 as commander under former police chief Jim Linane. Smith came to Elburn after serving as a police officer on… Keep Reading

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Sing a song

Kaneland McDole Elementary School had all grades participate in a singalong before their Winter Class Parties on Dec. 18. Principal Kelly DeGaetano read “The Night Before Christmas” to students between songs. Students followed along to the Christmas music by clapping and snapping. Photo by Julie Walker Keep Reading


ECFPD announces sale of ambulance building, fire station

ELBURN—The Board of Trustees of the Elburn & Countryside Fire Protection District recently announced that it has sold its existing ambulance building located at 1 S. First St., Elburn, and its existing fire station located at 210 E. North St., Elburn. On account of its recent move into its newly constructed station at 200 E.… Keep Reading


Elburn Scholarship Fund applications now available

ELBURN—The Elburn Scholarship Fund will again award grants for studies at the college level. All applications must be received no later than March 1, 2016. Eligibility for Elburn Scholarships is limited to Kaneland High School alumni and members of Kaneland’s current senior class who will attend a local community college or one of the state… Keep Reading


A lot of arcing and sparking

Multiple fire districts respond to house fire call ELBURN—Shortly after 10 a.m. Monday, a call regarding a house fire in Elburn came in to the 911 dispatch center for the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District. Within minutes, multiple engines from Elburn and the surrounding communities’ fire districts, including Sugar Grove, Geneva, Batavia and St.… Keep Reading


Bringing him home

Family of Kaneland teacher seeks to adopt young Ukrainian boy KANELAND—When she began scrolling through the images of countless special needs children available for adoption on the Reece’s Rainbow website, Nora Tomasik never imagined that it was there she would meet her future son. What began as a simple Internet search resulted in an expansion… Keep Reading

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Elf on a stage

Avenue J Studios presented Elf the Musical, Jr. on Saturday and Sunday at Rosary High School in Aurora. The cast consisted of about 20 performers, ages 8 to 14, representing several Kaneland communities, including Aurora, Sugar Grove, Montgomery and Elburn. Ryan Nuppenau as Buddy, sings “The Story of Buddy.” Photo by Julie Walker Keep Reading

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