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Elburn Fire District sees improved ISO rating

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The opening of Station 3 in Lily Lake helped improve the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District’s Insurance Services Offices (ISO) ratings. File Photo

ELBURN—The Elburn Countryside Fire Protection District has earned lower Insurance Services Offices (ISO) ratings, and property owners can benefit. Fire Chief Kelly Callaghan said the department was evaluated in September by the ISO, which lowered the rating from 4/8B to 3/5. The department in late December received notice of the improved rating, which will take…

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Youth instructor arrested, charged with sexual assault

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MAPLE PARK—A contracted service provider with Fox Valley Career Center on Wednesday was arrested by Kane County Sheriff’s deputies and Oswego Police Department officers and charged with multiple counts of criminal sexual assault. Glen C. Baum, 42, of the 500 block of Heritage Drive, Oswego, was arrested and charged with nine counts of criminal sexual…

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Photos: Blasting through the blizzard

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Blackberry Creek off of Scott Road in Sugar Grove. Lynn Logan photo

Herald photographers Lynn Logan and Laura Gampfer captured images from this past weekend’s snowstorm.

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Riding out the storm

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Jodi Mair won the National Weather Service’s 2014 Photo of the Year contest for the Chicago region with the above photo: Shelf clouds rolling in over a barn off Dugan Road in Sugar Grove. She also earned fourth-place accolades with the photo below, taken near Rochelle, Ill.      Photos submitted by Jodi Mair to cborrowdale@elburnherald.com

Elburn-area employee shows off severe-weather photos through contests, social media SUGAR GROVE—The moment dark clouds start rolling in and the wind starts picking up, Jodi Mair heads out with her camera, chasing the storm. Some of the severe weather photos she’s captured have been gaining national attention, with one particular photo—shelf clouds rolling in over…

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Event encourages girls to be super

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Megan Smith, 11, of Elburn, gets a temporary tattoo from volunteer Linda Williams during the Be Super event at Dreams Dance Academy on Sunday.      					          Photo by Debbie Behrends

LAFOX—Local girls were invited and encouraged to “be super” during an event on Sunday at Dreams Dance Academy in LaFox. Sponsored by Peak for Kids, the event included a yoga demonstration by Kristen Desler, dance demonstration by Jenny O’Brien, face-painting and temporary tattoos, and readings of “A Girl with a Cape” and “A Girl with…

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We are the (culinary) champions

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The fourth stage of the Culinary Champions competition was held Jan. 14 at the Sugar Grove American Legion. Lauren Robin (center) of the Illinois Restaurant Association presents a carmel apple burger to the panel of judges, including Sandwich Mayor Rick Olson (left to right), Executive Chef Steve Langlois of the Hyatt Lodge on the McDonald Campus in Oak Brook, Ill., Big Rock Village President Dean Hummell and guest judge Sugar Grove Village President Sean Michels. 
Photo retrieved from Aurora Area Convention Center and Visitor’s Bureau Facebook page

Local restaurants vie to win 10-stage food competition SUGAR GROVE—Working together to bring more tourism to the Aurora greater area, the Aurora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau has been hard at work with its latest idea: the ‘Culinary Champions’ competition. Consisting of 10 restaurants from the cities of Aurora, Batavia, Big Rock, Hinckley, Montgomery, North…

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Maple Park couple cited for dead horse found on property

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MAPLE PARK—The owners of a horse found dead on their property outside of Maple Park last week were cited by Kane County Animal Control for lack of sufficient shelter and for the horse’s water being frozen. According to Animal Control Director Brett Youngsteadt, his department received a call on the morning of Jan. 7 to…

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Board rules in favor of 3 School Board candidates

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KANELAND—The Kane County Election Board on Monday handed down a verdict in favor of four school board candidates running on the April 7 ballot. Objections were made last week regarding the validity of candidate forms submitted in December by Kaneland School Board member Tony Valente and candidates Jerry Elliott and Dan Nagel, as well as…

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Year 2014 fourth-coldest on record in Illinois

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CHAMPAIGN, ILL.—The statewide average temperature for 2014 was 49.4 degrees F, which is 2.9 degrees below average. The year was tied with 1912 and 1979 for fourth place, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel, Illinois State Water Survey, University of Illinois. The coldest year on record since 1895 was 1917 with an average of…

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Illinois Press Foundation journalism program grants

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ILLINOIS—The Illinois Press Foundation will again offer its Illinois High School Mini-Grants Program for public and private high schools with existing journalism programs. High school journalism teachers may apply for grants up to $1,500 for hardware and/or software needed to produce print or online newspapers. This is the sixth year the foundation has offered the…

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Christmas Kettles to Kaneland area

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KANELAND—Look for the familiar red Salvation Army kettles this November and December throughout the Kaneland/Big Rock area. Conley Outreach (the local Salvation Army Service Extension representative) together with local Scout troops, businesses, 4-H clubs, church groups and Community Care Team volunteers will collect donations on Saturdays and the days just prior to Christmas outside various…

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Kaneland grad donates to Victims of Crime center

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CRYSTAL LAKE, ILL.—Author Peter J. Gallanis, a Crystal Lake, Ill., resident and Kaneland High School Class of 1980 graduate, recently donated 20 percent of his first royalty check generated from sales of his Reporter Series of novels: “The Reporter: Part I – Rise and Fall,” and “The Reporter: Part II – Redemption,” to The National…

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TAILS Humane Society joins #ILGiveBig

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ILLINOIS—TAILS Humane Society has joined #ILGiveBig, a first of its kind effort in Illinois that will harness the collective power of charities, families, businesses and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. Coinciding with the Thanksgiving holiday and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season, #ILGiveBig will inspire…

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Let’s talk turkey Balancing family traditions and food safety

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ST. CHARLES—As the holidays approach, special family meals take center stage, and with them come many family traditions of how to prepare and present those meals. However, some customs may contradict today’s food safety recommendations. “Our food system, and what we know about food safety, has changed drastically in the last few decades, and that…

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Christmas Kettles to Kaneland area

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KANELAND—Look for the familiar red Salvation Army kettles this November and December throughout the Kaneland/Big Rock area. Conley Outreach (the local Salvation Army Service Extension representative) together with local Scout troops, businesses, 4-H clubs, church groups and Community Care Team volunteers will collect donations on Saturdays and the days just prior to Christmas outside various…

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Holiday Spirit needs your help

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KANELAND—Holiday Spirit, a joint program between Kaneland schools and Conley Outreach/West Towns, is in need of organizations, businesses, churches and other groups to adopt local families in need this holiday season. Last year, Holiday Spirit provided assistance to 132 children in 54 families through the generous donations from this community. It is anticipated that the…

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Waubonsee hosts Veterans Day observance

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Photo: Members of the Sugar Grove American Legion Post 1271 post the flags of the United States and of the Sugar Grove Legion Post, during a Veterans Day observance Tuesday at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove. Photo submitted by Jonathan Bilyk to info@elburnherald.com Honors WWII veteran Arthur Sheridan SUGAR GROVE—Arthur Sheridan regrets not stepping…

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Halloween fundraiser gets a visit from Hughes family

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Photos: Guest of honor and former Sugar Grove library director Beverly Holmes-Hughes (above, left) converses with new Sugar Grove Library Director Shannon Halikias of Naperville, Ill. Photos by Lynn Logan Halloween fundraiser gets a visit from Hughes family SUGAR GROVE—Along with unexpected donations and more volunteers than they knew what to do with, organizers of…

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