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Sheriff’s Charity Car/Motorcycle Raffle raises $10,000 for Special Olympics

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ELBURN—The 5th Annual Charity Car/Motorcycle Show brought in $10,000 for Special Olympics and attracted 145 cars, trucks and motorcycles. This year’s show, sponsored by Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez, took place on Sept. 3 at the Martin Family Farm on Green Road.

Perez will donate the proceeds from next year’s show to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

Call (630) 816-9535 or (630) 377-7250 for more information.

Better Business Bureau warns of job-hunting scams

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CHICAGO—If you’re looking for a job, you may see ads for staffing agencies that promise results. Many of these services may be legitimate and helpful, but others may misrepresent their services, promote outdated or fictitious job offerings, or charge high fees in advance for services that may not lead to a job. The Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and northern Illinois (BBB) advises job seekers to take precaution when using staffing agencies to find a job.

“Staffing agencies can be an excellent source for finding contract, temporary and full-time positions,” said Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and northern Illinois. “But be sure to research the agency you are working with before you hand them money or confidential information. This can filter out illegitimate companies and scams from the job search.”

If an agency has something to hide, it will use vague language and fail to clearly indicate specific details about the job. Fortunately, people are using the BBB for free referrals and to research companies before selecting a staffing agency. There has been a 27 percent increase in inquiries about placement services in the past 12 months, or 9,748 inquiries, compared to 7,634 inquiries for the previous 12 months.

The BBB recommends job seekers take these steps:

• Be cautious of any company that promises to get you a job or offers an exceptionally high salary. If the deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Phony employers might brag about exceptionally high salary potential and excellent benefits for little experience in order to lure unsuspecting job hunters into their scam.
• Be skeptical of any employment-service firm that charges first, even if it guarantees refunds.
• Get a copy of the agency’s contract and read it carefully before you pay any money. Understand the terms and conditions of the agency’s refund policy. Make sure you understand what services they will provide and what you’ll be responsible for doing. Stay away from high-pressure sales pitches that require you to pay now or risk losing out on an opportunity.
• Be cautious about purchasing services or products from a firm that’s reluctant to answer your questions.
• Be aware that some listings sound like they are jobs when they’re selling general information about getting a job.
• Research the company or organization mentioned in an ad or an interview by an employment service to find out more details on the type of company where you may be placed.

For more information on businesses you can trust, visit

No-Refusal Halloween weekend

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KANE COUNTY—Halloween is best known for spooky costumes and scary pranks. Unfortunately, Halloween also is becoming is one of the deadliest times of the year on roads because of drunken driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

To combat the deadly problem of drunken driving, the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office will collaborate with Kane County police departments as part of its ongoing effort to make Kane County’s roads the safest in the state.

The seventh ‘No Refusal’ operation conducted in Kane County will be the second conducted on Halloween. In that operation, 11 Fox Valley municipalities, the Kane County Sheriff’s Department and the Illinois State Police netted 14 drunken drivers the weekend of Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2009.

This year, the Halloween ‘No Refusal’ operation will be conducted late Friday, Oct. 28, through early Saturday, Oct. 29, and late Saturday, Oct. 29, through early Sunday, Oct. 30. The operation will be conducted in multiple Kane County jurisdictions.

“This office has a responsibility to prosecute DUI offenders, and to educate the public not to drive when they drink.” Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said. “With that in mind, I am only announcing when we will have the No-Refusal operation. I will not say which municipalities will be participating. We want people to enjoy themselves on Halloween weekend, but we want everyone to be able to do it safely. Historically, people tend to ramp up the partying on the weekend nearest Halloween, and that has had deadly consequences. By announcing now that we plan to enhance DUI enforcement the weekend before Halloween, we can help people to plan ahead and make responsible decisions.”

According to NHSTA’s 2009 data—the most recent available—48 percent of all highway fatalities nationwide on Halloween night (6 p.m. Oct. 31, to 5:59 a.m. Nov. 1) in 2009 involved a motorist with a blood-alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.

Halloween that year was during the weekend, and the enhanced enforcement this year also will be during the weekend because Halloween this year falls on a Monday.

The initiative is designed to thwart suspected drunken drivers who refuse to submit to a breath test after an arrest on DUI charges. Through the No-Refusal strategy, law-enforcement officers are able to expedite the DUI booking process. With guidance from an assistant state’s attorney, police officers can quickly obtain a search warrant to compel a DUI suspect to submit to a lawfully requested blood or breath test as required by Illinois’ Implied Consent statute.

Illinois courts have consistently held that there is no right to refuse chemical testing when probable cause exists. Anyone who fails to submit to chemical testing after a search warrant has been obtained could face additional sanctions.

According to NHTSA data, in 2009 nationally, 10,839 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, including 753 in December. The agency’s trend data has consistently shown an increase in DUI-related fatalities during the holiday season.

“We are less motivated by the opportunity to make DUI arrests than we are by the opportunity to make Kane County’s roads safer,” McMahon said. “Publicity of past No-Refusal operations has been successful in reducing the number of drunken drivers on our roadways. We hope that trend continues. Think, ‘No Refusal, No Fatalities.’”

Keep yourself (and your belongings) safe in the forest preserves

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GENEVA—The Forest Preserve District of Kane County reminds preserve users to keep safety in mind when visiting forest preserves, parks and other large public areas, in the wake of recent vehicle burglaries in Kane and surrounding counties.

Several forest preserves including Big Rock, Fitchie Creek in Elgin, Ill., Fox River Bluff West in St. Charles, Jon J. Duerr in South Elgin, Ill., and Raceway Woods in Carpentersville, Ill., have all seen an increase in vehicle burglaries over the past two months.

The district’s Public Safety Department said approximately 20 vehicle burglaries have taken place in the Kane County forest preserves since late August. In most cases, women have left purses inside vehicles in plain view or casually hidden. After preserve users leave their vehicles and enter the preserve, the thieves have then opened unlocked doors or smashed windows to access and take valuables. In each of the cases, the victims were away from their vehicles for less than an hour. Vehicle burglaries have also taken place at park district lots. So far, preserves and parks in Kane, DuPage, Lake, McHenry and Cook Counties have been targeted.

As a result, Kane County Forest Preserve District police officers have increased surveillance. New safety advisory signage will be added to all forest preserve kiosks. Additional signage will be posted at the aforementioned preserves, as well.

The Forest Preserve District of Kane County is also strongly advising preserve users to follow these safety tips when visiting the forest preserves, parks and other large public areas:
• Do not leave wallets, purses, cash or other valuables in plain sight.
• Avoid bringing valuables to a preserve, or if possible, lock them securely in your trunk before arriving.
• Lock your vehicle.
• Be alert to your surroundings—do not wear earbuds or headphones.
• Remain on designated trails and paths.
• Walk or run with a companion.
• Carry a cell phone to report problems or request assistance.
• In cases of emergency, call 911 immediately.

“We don’t want to discourage people from enjoying the forest preserves, but we do want to make them aware of these incidents, so that they are more careful and take preventative measures,” said Director of Public Safety Mike Gilloffo.

More information on public safety is available at brochures/publicSafety.pdf.

Delnor Foundation holds gala event to benefit cancer care

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GENEVA—The Delnor Foundation invites all local residents to make an impact on cancer care in the Fox Valley community by attending the 2011 Gala “Footloose and Cancer Free.” Proceeds from this event, which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Q Center in St. Charles, will benefit outpatient cancer services and a new facility for LivingWell Cancer Resource Center in Geneva.

“Because of these initiatives, for the one-in-three of us who will eventually receive a cancer diagnosis, thoughtful, coordinated and accessible treatment and support care will be available right in the Fox Valley,” said Craig Collins, chairman of the Delnor Foundation Board of Directors.

Geneva native Matt Rodewald, NBC Chicago reporter and anchor for 670 The Score, will emcee the evening, which will include the presentation of the inaugural Delnor Foundation Community Award honoring the Dellora A. & Lester J. Norris Foundation. Guests will enjoy the State Street Jewelers champagne bar, new silent auction bidding technology using cell phones, and dancing following dinner to the music of Nightshift Orchestra.

“This event is dedicated to all local cancer patients and cancer survivors,” Delnor Foundation Gala Co-chair Laura Grim said.

The event is sponsored in part by Fox Valley Orthopaedic Associates, SC, and Tri City Radiology. Tickets are $175 per person and can be purchased online at or by calling (630) 208-3896.

Kane County takes on lead poisoning with $1 million grant

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GENEVA—Kane County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay and U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren announced last week that Kane County has been awarded a $1.04 million grant to address lead-based paint hazards in area homes and to develop a county-wide Healthy Homes Program.

The county is one of only 39 jurisdictions nationwide to receive the federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Local matching funds for the program, totaling $260,000, will be provided by Kane County and the cities of Aurora and Elgin.

Illinois leads the nation in the number of lead poisoned children. Next to Cook County, Kane County has the highest rate of childhood lead poisoning in the state.

Kane County’s program will provide targeted lead poisoning prevention education for parents, landlords and homeowners, and lead training for local contractors looking for work.

Kane County was selected by HUD, in part, because of its successful track-record under the Illinois Department of Public Health’s “Get the Lead Out” Program, which ran from January 2007 to September 2010. Because of this experience, the county expects the program to be up and running quickly, providing training to local contractors, education to area residents, and rehab work aimed at improving the lives and health of Kane County children.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month focuses on help for victims

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KANE COUNTY—October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the color of the ribbon is purple. Mutual Ground, which provides services for victims in southern Kane and Kendall counties, is now decorated in purple ribbons. Organizations, companies and schools that would like their own purple ribbons and more information on domestic violence can call (630) 897-0084.

For many victims in an abusive relationship, seeking help is very difficult. To see what services are available, visit, or call the 24/7 bilingual hotline at (630) 897-0080.

Girl Scouts start fall program

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NORTHERN ILLINOIS—The Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois Fall Product Program now gives community members the chance to donate snack items and new magazines to members of the military while helping raise funds to support local Girl Scouts.

Also new this year is a Creative Funding Opportunity (CFO) Program. Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors (grades 6-12) have the chance to connect with local business owners and explore various careers by offering businesses an online way to purchase items for corporate gift giving.

Through GSNI’s Fall Product Program, girls offer gourmet food items and magazines to family, friends and favorite Girl Scout Cookie customers. Girls will be taking orders for the 2011 Fall Product Program, Oct. 14-28. Girls also offer magazine subscriptions through door-to-door sales or online ordering. To order, ask a local Girl Scout or e-mail your order to, where it will be filled and delivered by a Girl Scout in your area.

While the Fall Product Program is not as well known as the Girl Scout Cookie Program, it is just as important to Girl Scouts. Both programs teach girls important skills ( and help them earn money for troop activities. The proceeds from the Fall Products Program help troops to fund activities and service projects that begin long before the winter Girl Scout Cookie Program. Girl Scout Product Programs also differ from traditional fundraisers by encouraging girls to work together to decide how to spend troop funds rather than dictating what the money will be used towards.

For information, visit www.girlscoutsni. org/fall_product_line.html.

FFA Chapter Grants awarded

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KANE COUNTY—The Kane County Farm Bureau Foundation awarded more than $1,300 in grant funds to FFA Chapters in the county to recognize the continued contributions of students from Kane County FFA Chapters from Central (Burlington), Hinckley-Big Rock and Kaneland high schools. Each qualified for between $350 to $500 in grant funds.

This is the third consecutive year that the foundation made grants available to FFA Chapters for their help at Ag Days at Mooseheart, Touch-A-Tractor and the Kane County Fair.

The foundation selected three Farm Bureau programs to help promote leadership development skills in FFA members.

The Kaneland FFA Chapter contributed to the Farm Bureau’s Harvest for all hunger relief effort for a second year. They pledged proceeds from an acre of the harvest from their corn test plot to help stock the shelves of the Between Friends Food Pantry in Sugar Grove.

Santa teams with bikers

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Hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts filled downtown Elburn to the brim on Sunday to collect toys and food for those in need during the annual DuKane chapter of A Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education (ABATE) Toy and Food Run. Once formed, the parade of bikes stretched 3.5 miles and stepped off from Knuckleheads in Elburn. (Top left) Santa visits with Wally Elliott, the DuKane Events Coordinator, outside Knuckleheads on Sunday. (Top right) State Sen. Chris Lauzen speaks before the crowd at the Batavia VFW. (Bottom left) The motorcycles begin to line up before leaving Elburn. (Bottom right) Before the group lined up, the parked bikes stretched down North Street and filled up both parking lots in downtown Elburn. Courtesy Photos

Rep. Hatcher to co-host local EMS task force hearing

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FOX VALLEY—State Representative Kay Hatcher (R-Yorkville) is co-sponsoring a local hearing of the House Task Force on Emergency Medical Services Funding on Monday, Oct. 17, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Waubonsee Community College’s Sugar Grove Campus.

Local first responders will be able to present their funding, equipment and other needs directly to their representatives in the Illinois House.

House Resolution 230 created a 24-member bipartisan task force seeking to help EMS services in Illinois. The objective is to meet with and hear from the actual EMS providers to find out what’s working, what’s not working, and how funding and state support can be modified or improved.

The Task Force will provide a report of its findings to the General Assembly by Jan. 1, 2012.

The Task Force hearing is being co-hosted by Reps. Hatcher and Linda Chapa La Via (D-Aurora).

Drivers needed for senior program

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KANE, MCHENRY COUNTIES—Drivers are needed for the Retired and Senior Volunteer Programs of McHenry and Kane Counties to help provide transportation for area senior citizens in need.

Drivers help transport those in need to doctor and other medical appointments, such as dialysis and physical therapy. This program works to match willing volunteers who drive their own vehicle as they help our senior clients, sometimes allowing them to remain in their own homes. The organization will work with your schedule and availability, and when requested, mileage reimbursement is provided.

Contact Bee Rettinger at 1-800-339-3200 or e-mail for information.

Motorcycles on parade

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700 bikers ride for charity
by Lynn Meredith
ELBURN—Motorcyclists with toys strapped to their bikes will be in town Sunday, Oct. 9, as they gather at Knuckleheads Tavern in Elburn for the DuKane Toy and Food Run to benefit local DuPage and Kane County charities. The DuKane chapter of A Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education ( ABATE) has been riding for charity for 25 years, making it one of the oldest toy and food run in the country. To date, the chapter has given over $1.5 million in toys and food to over 20 different charities each year.

“I research the organizations that can benefit the most,” said Judy Kaenel, the president of the DuKane ABATE chapter. “This year the Elburn Food Pantry and the Maple Park Food Pantry are having trouble keeping their shelves stocked.”

The list of charities includes a physician from Elgin who treats families with small children for free and gives a Christmas party each year, with never enough toys to go around.

The ride will start and end at the Batavia VFW on Route 25. They will arrive at Knuckleheads starting at 11 a.m. on Sunday, and take off on a cafe ride at 12:30 p.m.

“We’ll go down Route 47 to Main Street, and then head to Batavia,” Event Coordinator Willy Elliott said. “We’ll go through downtown Batavia and cross the river, and then go back to the VFW.”

Emergency vehicles and police departments will be on hand to smooth the way for the 700-plus motorcyclists to get through intersections.

“There will be a wait (for traffic), but it will be quite quick,” Kaenel said. “We’ll be handing out notes to waiting motorists, telling what this ride is all about. The slowest part will be in downtown Batavia.”

Led by Santa Claus as they come into Batavia, the bikers will be joined by several state and local representatives, including Kay Hatcher and Chris Lauzen. The representatives will either join in with their own bikes or hop on the back of one. Kaenel speculated that Hatcher may be given the honor of riding with Santa.

Once back at the VFW, the donated toys will be loaded onto flatbed trucks by helpers dressed as reindeer. What’s unique about this charity drive is that the charities themselves are invited to the event.

“You can see the people (from the charities) come up and get (the donations),” Elliott said.

Kaenel emphasized that anyone can come to the event at the VFW. While riders must register, the public can bring a donation.

“If you want to bring a big box of food, you know you’re helping a family, and it may be a neighbor or family member of your own who needs to use it one day,” Kaenel said. “That’s why it’s important to keep it in DuPage and Kane.”

The bikers and the public will be able to relax to the music of Stoker Red and browse vendors displaying leather goods and clothes, wood carving, tattoo and piercing, food, and other motorcycle centered items.

Riders come from all over northern Illinois, Elliott said. The Latin American Motorcyclists Association and other groups will be coming from Chicago. Others come from Iowa and Indiana.

What started out as a group of guys who wanted to throw a party, the DuKane Toy and Food Run grew to include 6,000 riders at its event in 2001. The purpose of ABATE is to educate the public about motorcycling and traffic safety. They visit over 100 schools and talk to the Drivers’ Education classes. They talk at senior centers to explain how to share the road with motorcycles. They work with the court in cases involving distracted drivers, such as when a driver is texting and kills a motorcyclist. They also want to protect the rights of cyclists to choose whether or not to wear a helmet, and to be able to ride into all towns without restriction.

“We want education, not legislation,” Kaenel said. “People’s ideas of bikers need changing, and we work to change them.”

Plant acorns and hickory nuts for tomorrow’s trees

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GENEVA—Looking for something to do with all those acorns and hickory nuts on your lawn? The Forest Preserve District needs acorns and hickory nuts—lots of them. Its natural resources staff is collecting acorns from White and Black oaks as well as nuts from Shagbark hickories. Staff will then grow trees to later plant in the forest preserves.

If you have large, old trees that are dropping abundant acorns or hickory nuts, sweep-up the intact ones and put them in a brown paper bag. (Avoid plastic bags, as the seed could mold.) Pick out leaves, grass and twigs before bagging. On the bag, write the tree type, your address, and the date seed was collected. Seed bags may be dropped off at Forest Preserve District headquarters at 1996 S. Kirk Road, Suite 320, or call the office at (630) 232-5980 to arrange a pick-up.

White Oaks are not reproducing well in the wild due to various factors, including shading in the woods, loss of habitat and disease.The district has over 3,000 acres that need trees. Acorn and hickory nut donations will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 7. Visit for more information.

Blackberry Farm hosts Pumpkin Weekends in October

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AURORA—Blackberry Farm will celebrate the fall season throughout October with its popular Pumpkin Weekends.

Each weekend, including Columbus Day, Oct. 11, Blackberry Farm will be decorated in the spirit of pumpkin season. A picnic area will feature an assortment of pumpkins for purchase, and a decorating station with painting supplies is provided.

There will be carousel rides, hay rides and tours on the Pumpkin Train. Park hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Admission is $4 per person.

Due to construction that will bring a series of improvements to the grounds and facilities, the Carriage, Farm and Early Streets museums will not be open during Pumpkin Weekends. The pedal tractor course also is closed.

Each weekend features a different series of activities:
• Saturday, Oct. 8: Pumpkin activities from noon to 3:30 p.m., where visitors can decorate Halloween masks, play pumpkin Bozo buckets, pumpkin ring toss and other games.
• Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15-16: Scarecrow display. Come see a variety of scarecrows on display that capture the autumn spirit and showcase the creativity of local Scout troops, school groups and individuals.
• Saturdays, Oct. 22 and 29: Trick-or-Treat Walk from 10 to 11 a.m. Before the park officially opens—visitors can make their way around to nine stations, then stay after the park opens at 11 a.m. A costume contest will be held at 10:45 a.m. in front of the Huntoon House. Advanced registration required.

Flu season arrives—get vaccinated

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KANE COUNTY—Autumn is the beginning of the flu season, and now is a good time to think about protecting yourself with a flu vaccine. The Kane County Health Department encourages all residents to take the time to get a flu vaccine.

To find the nearest location of a flu shot provider, visit the Health Department’s website at to find a map of local providers. Watch for regular flu season updates on its Facebook and Twitter (@KaneCoHealth) pages throughout the flu season.

Nearly everyone over the age of 6 months should get an annual vaccine. This year’s vaccine is geared toward three different influenza viruses and, no, you can’t get the flu from the flu shot.

Remember the Three C’s—cover your cough, clean your hands and contain the disease by staying home if you’re sick.

Motorcycle parade route to stop traffic on Main Street

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ELBURN—Motorists are advised that on Sunday, Oct. 9, there will be some traffic disruptions on Route 47 for the DuKane ABATE 25th Anniversary Toy and Food Run. A police-escorted motorcycle parade route will leave Knuckleheads at 12:30 p.m. and head south on Route 47 to Main Street Road, where it will head east.

The route will turn on Van Nortwick and at Wilson Street in Batavia, proceeding across the river to Route 25 and ending at the Batavia Overseas Post VFW. There will be road guardians at various crossing locations. The food run collects unwrapped new toys and non-perishable food for DuPage/Kane County area food banks, shelters, foster homes and social service agencies. Watch out for motorcycles. Bring cameras and chairs to watch.

Former Elburn resident organizes fundraiser for friend’s son

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by Keith Beebe
YORKVILLE—Former Elburn resident Ryan West, a 1998 Kaneland High School graduate, is currently organizing the “Helping Hunter” fundraiser for Hunter Darnell, son of Yorkville High School wrestling coach Shane Darnell.

Hunter suffers from a rare heart condition known as Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS), which occurs when the left side of the human heart is unable to fully develop.

“The Helping Hunter fundraiser is something being put together by some of the wrestling families in Yorkville, as well as some other people who know the Darnells well, in order to help Hunter and the Darnell family with the hardship they are going through right now,” West said.

West teaches and also coaches football and wrestling at Grayslake North High School in Grayslake, Ill., and was Shane Darnell’s varsity wrestling assistant the last five years. West, who now resides in Yorkville, said he and his fiance are very close with Shane, his wife Tracy and their sons Kenton and Hunter.

Yorkville wrestling coach Shane Darnell with his son, Hunter. Former Elburn resident and Kaneland graduate Ryan West has organized a fundraiser to help the Darnell family. Courtesy photo
“He and his family mean a ton to the Yorkville wrestling family. We would do everything possible to help them,” he said. “We had a fundraiser (for them) this spring that was run through the high school and some of the teachers.”

Hunter was diagnosed with HLHS in November 2008 while still in the womb. Shane and Tracy then learned that Hunter, after birth, would need three open-heart surgeries known as the Norwood, Glenn and Fontan, respectively. Hunter was born six weeks early on Feb. 20, 2009, and received a hybrid open-heart surgery six days later. According to the website, the hybrid surgery allowed Hunter to grow bigger until he was ready for the Norwood surgery.

Hunter received both the Norwood and Glenn surgeries in June 2009, and began bleeding internally just hours after the seven-hour operation. He spent five weeks in the hospital before he was able to return home. The website states that Hunter underwent another surgery at 11 months to fix his aorta, which had enlarged to the point of crushing his left pulmonary artery.

Hunter is currently suffering from severe complications that were a result of the Fontan surgery he underwent last summer.

“The complications could possibly alter the rest of Hunter’s life, and his family’s, as well,” West said.

The Helping Hunter fundraiser will be held Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Kendall County Fairgrounds in Yorkville. The event will kick off with a bean bag tournament at noon, while other activities such as a silent auction and a raffle for a 2011 Roush Ford Mustang will take place throughout the afternoon and evening. West said teams for the bean bag tournament are currently being assembled.

A chili cook-off is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m., with winners determined by the votes of those in attendance. Following the cook-off, entertainment will be provided by musical acts Broken Vegas and Back Country Roads.

Anyone interested in attending the fundraiser can pre-order tickets at Admission tickets are $10 each. A beer wristband for the event is $5. Raffle tickets for the Roush Mustang can also be purchased at the website, and are $20 each (or three tickets for $50).

“We wanted to do this fundraiser as a community. It’s not about any one person,” West said. “The community as a whole, and anyone who knows Shane, Tracy, Kenton or Hunter, will tell you how phenomenal they are as a family. Anyone who knows them would be willing to give everything they’ve got to help them out, and we just want to do everything we can to help them, because we know that if we were in their situation, they would do the same thing for us.”

‘Pitching Peanuts’

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Donors at the 59th annual Aurora Kiwanis Peanut Day sales at Wal-Mart in Batavia on Sept. 23 contribute to Aurora University students Matt Abens of Aurora and Catherine Pauls of Sugar Grove. They were among volunteer collectors from AU’s Circle K chapter, a student service club affiliated with Kiwanis. Courtesy Photo

Police blotter for Oct. 7

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The following reports were obtained from local police departments. The individuals charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

• Police received a report on Sept. 25 that a Garmin Nevi GPS system was missing from an unlocked 2007 Jeep Limited parked on the 100 block of Corrigan Street in Elburn. Reports say the contents of the glove box were found on the driver’s seat and a purse containing money was untouched.

• Harry Tuggles, 55, and Lynwood Davis, 56, both of Aurora, were charged with theft from Union Pacific property after police were notified Sept. 28 that an LED Safe Tron railroad crossing signal light and housing were missing from a Union Pacific storage shed at Gates and the Union Pacific right of way. Witnesses said a dark colored pickup with yellow signs and writing on the doors was seen in the area, matching the description of a vehicle seen in August following the theft of signal lamps at the same location. Police discovered the vehicle near Main Street and Route 38 with Tuggles and Davis. Both posted bond and will be in court on Nov. 4.

• Thomas J. Schmit, 60, of Frederick, Md., was arrested Sept. 30 for an outstanding DuPage County warrant for failure to appear on a DUI warrant. Police responded to a fight at Knuckleheads Bar, where according to reports, Schmit was found intoxicated and bleeding. The other individual had fled the scene. Schmit posted bond and will be in court on Nov. 2.

• The Elburn Herald reported to police that an unknown company in St. Petersburg, Russia, attempted to withdraw more than $21,000 from its Elburn bank account. The bank recognized the attempt as fraudulent and did not release funds. There was no monetary loss for either party.

Campton Hills
• The Kane County States Attorney’s Office authorized multiple counts, including a Class X felony, against a Campton Hills father after injuries were discovered on the man’s 6-year-old daughter. Warrants were issued for Matthew J. Gumbel, 34, of Campton Hills, for Aggravated Battery to a Child Under 13 (class X felony) along with Aggravated Domestic Battery and Domestic Battery. Bond is set at $200,000.

The non-life threatening injuries were discovered by personnel at the child’s school. The Department of Children and Family Services were contacted, who took protective custody of the child as well as another 12-year-old living in the residence. The injuries were allegedly caused by Gumbel while disciplining the daughter.

Both children are currently in shelter care outside of the home.

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