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Volunteers needed as Adult Literacy tutors

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AURORA—Waubonsee Community College’s Adult Literacy Project seeks volunteers to tutor adult students in reading, writing and speaking English. All training and materials are free. An online volunteer tutor training program will be available throughout the month of June. The flexible, individually paced curriculum includes readings and responses, and takes approximately eight to 10 hours to…

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Rich Harvest Farms hosts the Palmer Cup

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Arnold Palmer on hand for opening ceremonies SUGAR GROVE—Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove last week hosted the world’s 20 best collegiate players to play in the Palmer Cup, the 18th annual Ryder Cup-style amateur tournament named in honor of the legendary Arnold Palmer. Adding to the excitement of the event, Palmer attended the opening…

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Hultgren named to Congressional- Executive Commission on China

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) was recently appointed to the bipartisan Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC). The commission was created by Congress in October 2000 with the legislative mandate to monitor human rights and the development of the rule of law in China; to establish and maintain a list of victims of human rights…

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Payton Foundation walk to honor Kaneville’s Hill

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KANEVILLE—Pat Hill has touched the lives of many during her time as a Kaneville resident, village president and owner of Hill’s Country Store. Known for her generous and caring demeanor, Hill last year was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer. The community immediately sprang into action in an attempt to help Hill during her battle.…

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The difference a year can make

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One year following brain cancer diagnosis, former Sugar Grove Library director Holmes feels better than expected SUGAR GROVE—It’s been a little more than a year since former Sugar Grove Public Library Director Beverly Holmes Hughes was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme—an aggressive brain tumor—but she is doing better than might have been expected. Following her surgery…

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Aaron Whitney Homestead ready for visitors

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The Aaron Whitney House is located at 420 E. Kansas St. in Elburn.
Photo by Lynn Logan

ELBURN—Although she lived most of her life in Naperville, Judy Singer was ready for a change. And change brought her to Elburn and the historic Aaron Whitney Homestead. The 2-acre property, containing a large home, barn and chicken coop at 420 E. Kansas St., is available for parties and get-togethers of nearly any type. Calling…

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Wheeler supports action to restore $26 million in grants

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SPRINGFIELD—State Rep. Keith Wheeler (R-Oswego) recently commented on Governor Bruce Rauner’s announcement that he plans to restore $26 million in state funding for social service and public health grants, including those for autism services, assistance for the homeless, maintaining the Illinois Tobacco Quitline, funeral and burial assistance for the poor, and other important social services.…

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Oklahoma City 20 Years Later

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Sugar Grove resident Fagel looks back on 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing tragedy, relief effort SUGAR GROVE—Mike Fagel of Sugar Grove had just begun training with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on April 19, 1995, when he received word that the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City had been bombed. Twenty years later,…

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Solid Waste Plan Update draft open for public comment

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KANE COUNTY—The Kane County Division of Environmental and Water Resources has issued a draft of the 2015 Kane County Solid Waste Plan Update for public review. The 45-day public comment period began March 11 and will end Saturday, April 25. The 2015 Update draft is available at, and a hard copy will be on…

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Fundraiser aids Kaneland employee

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ELBURN—When one suffers a tragedy, they learn who their true friends are. And Arnulfo Garcia is learning he has a lot more friends than he ever imagined. Garcia, a Kaneland custodian for 15 years—at Blackberry Creek Elementary School for 10 years—lost his Aurora home to a fire on March 9. The only people home at…

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Election: Waubonsee Community College Board of Trustees

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Four candidates on April 7 will vie for two seats on the Waubonsee Community College Board of Trustees. Emmett Bonfield When it comes to defining the role of trustee, Waubonsee Community College (WCC) Board candidate Emmett Bonfield keeps it short and to the point. “(It’s about) caring for and improving a very important asset to…

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Wiltse farm celebrates 50 years

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Deb helps her father, Jerome (Red) Wiltse, unload 
sweet corn at the Wiltse's original farm stand 
on Route 38 while Mary looks on.     Courtesy Photo

MAPLE PARK—It’s hard for Marie Wiltse to realize that it’s been 50 years since she and her family opened their farm stand on Route 38 in Maple Park. “They go by too fast,” she said. In addition to celebrating 50 years of farm stand business at the current location, Wiltse will also celebrate her 75th…

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Two area businesses fail liquor compliance test

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ELBURN/SUGAR GROVE—On March 19, the Illinois Liquor Control Comission (ILCC), in conjunction with the Secretary of State Police, conducted 11 underage compliance checks. The following Kaneland-area establishments failed this compliance check: • Chico’s Cantina, Elburn • Village Liquor, Sugar Grove The following Kaneland-area establishments passed the compliance check by refusing to sell liquor to the ILCC…

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McNair Field not in play for Elburn baseball league

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ELBURN—Elburn Youth Baseball and Softball teams will not play at McNair Field, after discussions with the land owner to renegotiate a lease with Blackberry Township reached an impasse late last year. After the expiration of a 10-year lease between Blackberry Township and Burr Ridge, Ill., company Transmission Relay Corporation, the township was able to negotiate…

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Locally distilled whiskey sells out first day on the shelf

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Nick Nagele explains the distilling process to visitors at Whiskey Acres Distillery in DeKalb.

DEKALB—Consumers typically want to know the origins of their food and drink. The owners of a new DeKalb estate distillery, which means growing and distilling on the same property—the only one in Illinois—understand the public’s need to know said origins, and hope it makes the distillery’s whiskey and bourbon even more attractive in the marketplace.…

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Photo: Taking the plunge

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The Maple Park Police Department on Sunday participated in the 2015 Special Olympics Polar Plunge, held at Loon Lake in Silver Springs State Park, Yorkville. There are 22 different plunge locations throughout the State of Illinois. Maple Park Police joined 46 other groups and 507 total plungers, and braved the freezing waters in support of…

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Sugar Grove chamber readies Meet the Candidates event

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SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove’s Meet the Candidates 2015 event will take place Thursday, March 12, at the Sugar Grove Public Library, 125 S. Municipal Drive, Sugar Grove. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the event will begin at 6:30 p.m. The event, co-sponsored by the Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Elburn…

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Sugar Grove Meet the Candidates Night March 12

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Public asked to submit questions for candidates SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove’s Meet the Candidates Night will take place Thursday, March 12, in the meeting room of the Sugar Grove Public Library, 125 S. Municipal Drive, Sugar Grove. Doors will open at 6 p.m.; the event will begin at 6:30 p.m. The event will be presented by…

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HorsePower hosts therapeutic riding fundraiser

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Photo: The third annual HorsePower Therapeutic Riding bowling fundraiser took place at the St. Charles Bowling Alley on Saturday, Feb. 21. A 50/50 raffle, bake sale, silent auction and awards ceremony took place, and pizza was served to guests. Ava Vitali, 3, of Geneva, holds her trophy proudly during lunch. Photo by Lynn Logan ST.…

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