Village says goodbye, wishes Nevenhoven safe trip to Afghanistan

By on October 7, 2011

by Sandy Kaczmarski
ELBURN—The Elburn Village Board on Monday took a moment to recognize Superintendent of Public Works John Nevenhoven, who attended his last board meeting before leaving for active duty in Afghanistan.

Village President Dave Anderson read an open letter addressed to Nevenhoven which began, “Dear John,” causing the room to erupt with laughter as Nevenhoven himself quipped, “I’ve gotten those all my life.”

But the mood soon turned somber, as an emotional Anderson, on behalf of the entire board, wished him a safe journey as he begins a new tour of duty as Navy Lt. Nevenhoven, “an esteemed member of the United States Navy.”

The letter expressed the board’s appreciation to Nevenhoven’s sacrifice and also that of his family on his second trip to the Middle East.

“Please know that while your efforts will undoubtedly help those in Afghanistan, the impact of your valiant service will also be felt right here at home,” Anderson read, “as your work will ensure that we in the great United States of America, retain the freedoms we so often take for granted each day, and at the same time hold so dear to our hearts.”

Anderson commended Nevenhoven’s talent, drive and motivation as the village’s public works superintendent. He finished with a quote from Mark Twain: “Throw off the bowlines. Sail away, from the safe harbor and catch the trade winds in your sails.”

“I wish you Godspeed for a safe trip, and a most successful endeavor,” he concluded.

Anderson promised to offer any assistance to Nevenhoven and also to his family during his absence.

Nevenhoven expects to be away for about 13 months and will be reporting for duty on Oct. 21.