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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

Elburn/Local News/Sugar Grove

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


The most wonderful time of the year

Kaneland elementary school students share their favorite things about Christmas, and the gifts they hope to find underneath their tree on Christmas morning KANELAND—As excited as you might be for Christmas Day this Friday, it’s safe to assume that the children in the Kaneland community—as well as the world over—are even more excited. Christmas is… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor

Thank you from ECFPD

A big thank you to all who came out to our Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District (ECFPD) open house. It was a fabulous afternoon and would not have been so without the generosity of all our community members, friends, family and colleagues who were in attendance. A special thank you to the American Legion… Keep Reading

Local News

Boor, Jorge to wed

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Boor of Elburn announce the engagement of their daughter, Erin Rose, to Dr. Irving Jorge, son of Josefina Santelises of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Erin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa and an MBA from Florida International University. Irving received his medical degree from UNIBE and… Keep Reading

Kaneland/Local News

A little breathing room

Kaneland School Board, teachers reach tentative agreement by Molly Benstein KANELAND—After months of salary negotiations, the Dec. 17 meeting between the Board of Education and the Kaneland Education Association (KEA) yielded positive results. The two sides reached an agreement that will satisfy the needs of the teachers and the community. The tentative agreement will cover… Keep Reading

Geese in flight
Events/Regional/Sugar Grove

Winter wildlife hikes start Dec. 30

GENEVA—Come see the beauty of winter during the “Winter Wildlife Hike” series, presented by the Forest Preserve District of Kane County. Naturalists will lead the way, looking for signs of wintering wildlife. Attendees will learn about adaptations for surviving the cold and the many kinds of animals that brave the Illinois winter. There are three… Keep Reading

Lily Lake

A little Christmas spirit

St. Charles resident takes holiday decorating to heart ST. CHARLES—For St. Charles resident Roy Toms, some of his earliest and fondest memories involve a Christmas tree and some tinsel. “I’m from a family of eight from the South side of Chicago. When I was little, I would help my mom decorate since my dad worked… Keep Reading


The legend of St. Nicholas at T&C Public Library

ELBURN—Terry Lynch of Histories for Kids will present a family-friendly program on the legend of St. Nicholas at the Town and Country Public Library, located at 320 E. North St., Elburn, on Monday, Dec. 21, at 6 p.m. Dressed as the English interpretation of St. Nicholas—Father Christmas—Terry will tell the festive tales and explain the… Keep Reading

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A reintroduction

Former Kaneland High School student reopens Rosati’s Pizza location in Elburn ELBURN—Amin Kanchwala has long desired to open up a pizzeria in Elburn. Having attended Kaneland High School for three years, Kanchwala, who owns a Rosati’s Pizza in Coal City, Ill., and a pizzeria in Chicago, wanted to bring his business to the town he… Keep Reading


Donation station

Kaneland School District participates in Toys for Tots collection drive KANELAND—Locally, kids are making a difference for other kids. There are less fortunate children throughout the United States, and that also hits close to home in the Sugar Grove and Elburn area. Thanks to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots program, many children… Keep Reading


Lending a helping hand

Fundraising continues for Bamforth family AURORA—Just last February, more than 150 people braved a snowstorm to attend a pancake breakfast in Sugar Grove to support an Aurora woman battling myoepithelial carcinoma, a rare type of soft-tissue cancer that had metastasized to her lungs. Sasha Bamforth, 38, succumbed to cancer on Dec. 8. She left behind… Keep Reading

Bonfire at night

Winter solstice campfire Dec. 21

ST. CHARLES—The Forest Preserve District of Kane County will host a winter solstice campfire on Monday, Dec. 21, at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, located at 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles. Learn about the winter solstice with stories from different cultures, and about the interplay of cultural and ecological events on this pivotal day. All ages… Keep Reading

Sugar Grove

This land is our land

Sugar Grove discusses possible land swap SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday discussed the possibility of exchanging a parcel of land. The parcel of land, located at the northwest corner of Municipal Drive and Route 30 and roughly 18.57 acres in size, was originally intended to be the site of a new village… Keep Reading



Kaneland School Board talks tax levy, ongoing KEA negotiations by Molly Benstein KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board on Monday finalized the 2015 tax levy and discussed its ongoing salary negotiations with the Kaneland Education Association (KEA). The 2015 tax levy of $44,150,000 passed the board with a vote of 5-2 without comment from the public. The… Keep Reading

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Merry Madrigals

Kaneland High School hosts 38th annual Madrigal Feaste by Molly Benstein KANELAND—For the past 38 years, the students and families of Kaneland High School have welcomed the holiday season with the Madrigal Feaste. The eye-catching pageantry and musical dinner started out as a single weekend event, and now spans three days with four performances. Students,… Keep Reading

Sugar Grove

Friends and fellowship

Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce Women’s League to establish in 2016 SUGAR GROVE—Soon there will be new opportunities for area women to make more professional connections that could lead to new prospects and friendships, increased knowledge about local businesses, as well as fellowship and good times. The Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce Women’s League was… Keep Reading


Photos: ECFPD open house Dec. 13

A large crowd turned up for the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District’s (ECFPD) open house Sunday, which took place at the organization’s new building on Route 38. A ceremonial flag raising (above) took place and instead of a ribbon cutting, officials celebrated with a ceremonial hose uncoupling (below, left). ECFPD trustee Thomas Reynolds (below)… Keep Reading

Regional/Sugar Grove

Aurora man injured in crash near Sugar Grove

SUGAR GROVE—A 20-year-old Aurora man was seriously injured about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday when he was struck from behind while pushing his disabled vehicle, Sugar Grove police said. Police said the man was pushing a 2010 Toyota Yaris in the westbound lanes between the on and off ramps of Galena Boulevard over Illinois Route 56 when… Keep Reading

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