All posts by Debbie Behrends

  • St. Gall's 132nd Annual St. Patrick's Day Turkey Dinner took place Sunday. The parish opened its doors to guests to celebrate and feast in honor of St. Patrick's Day. The dinner included turkey, homemade mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, cranberry sauce, coleslaw, rolls and desserts. 'O'Cheryl' Lee of Lily Lake served coleslaw. 							Photo by Lynn Logan
    Good food, Good fellowship

    St. Gall Catholic Church celebrates 132nd St. Patrick’s Day dinner ELBURN—For the 132nd year, St. Gall Catholic Church parishioners served their annual St. Patrick’s Day turkey dinner on Sunday, March 15. Diners who attend the dinner always...

    • Posted March 20, 2015
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    Family Knight a hit for Blackberry Creek PTO

    The second annual KBC PTO Family Bingo and Auction Knight Fundraiser was held on March 7 at Kaneland Blackberry Creek Elementary School. Hundreds of families attended the family-oriented fundraiser. Highlights included Bingo, karaoke, a magician, electronic basketball,...

    • Posted March 20, 2015
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  • Nick Nagele explains the distilling process to visitors at Whiskey Acres Distillery in DeKalb.
    Locally distilled whiskey sells out first day on the shelf

    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...

    • Posted March 14, 2015
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    Avenue J brings ‘Seussical’ to life

    SUGAR GROVE—Six weeks of rehearsals and four performances of “Seussical” were a test of the waters in Sugar Grove, according to Jennifer Madziarczyk of Avenue J Studios. “It was a true community theater show, with my students...

    • Posted March 5, 2015
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    Annual Kaneland Fine Arts Feast a success

    SUGAR GROVE—Even with a snafu regarding the date of the event, the Kaneland Arts Initiative’s sixth annual Fine Arts Feast and Silent Auction was a success. The event date was originally listed as Friday, Feb. 20, when...

    • Posted March 2, 2015
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  • Natalia Bork 11, of Geneva, holds one of the newest baby goats, born on Feb. 4.                                     Photo by Lynn Logan
    Rustic Road Farm feeds local families

    ELBURN—Northern Illinois may be suffering from an arctic blast, but Elburn farmer Marc Bernard insists spring is in the air. “Take it from a farmer,” he said with a laugh. Bernard, co-owner of Rustic Road Farm, 1N292...

    • Posted February 21, 2015
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    A feast (and silent auction) fit for a king

    Kaneland Arts Initiative to host sixth annual arts dinner SUGAR GROVE—Kaneland Arts Initiative for the sixth consecutive year will host its Fine Arts Feast and Silent Auction fundraiser on Friday, Feb. 20Saturday, Feb. 21, at Open Range...

    • Posted February 16, 2015
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  • Pencil me in, Valentine

    Local committee works to donate pencils to underprivileged Indiana school ELBURN—The Attitude of Gratitude committee is at it again, working on a new project to help others. “The Pencil Project” will collect pencils—unsharpened, preferably—from now until Monday,...

    • Posted February 13, 2015
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    Hearts for Sasha fundraiser nets over $11,000

    Photo: Robert Rediger, grandfather of Sasha Bamforth, cooks sausages during Hearts for Sasha, a fundraiser for Bamforth, who was diagnosed with stage 4 Myopeithelioma. To learn more or how to donate, visit Photo submitted by Kristie...

    • Posted February 6, 2015
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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 Fire District sees improved ISO rating

    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...

    • Posted February 6, 2015
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    Elburn Troop 7 plans for annual pancake breakfast

    ELBURN—Elburn Boy Scout Troop 7 will host an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 7 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Elburn American Legion, 112 N. Main St. Patrons can get pancakes, Ream’s Elburn Market sausage...

    • Posted February 6, 2015
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    Pack 107 turns out for annual Pinewood Derby

    MAPLE PARK—Elburn Cub Scout Pack 107 turned out in full force on Friday for its annual Pinewood Derby. About 100 boys competed in the event. “This is a really big deal,” Cub Master Shelli Mullins said. “The...

    • Posted January 30, 2015
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    Project KC the latest addition to Kindness Campaign

    Photo: Eighteen fourth- and fifth-grade students registered for Project Kindness Campaign at Kaneland John Shields Elementary School, taught by teacher Daniel Rutter. Trevor Pruett (above, left), 9, and Braeden Farmer, 9, both of Sugar Grove, pack up...

    • Posted January 30, 2015
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  • Class teaches women to defend themselves

    MAPLE PARK—About 15 local women recently completed a series of three RAD, “Rape Aggressive Defense,” classes at Kaneland High School. The class, led by Northern Illinois University police officer Junelle Smith, was offered to all area females...

    • Posted January 30, 2015
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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
    Event encourages girls to be super

    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...

    • Posted January 24, 2015
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  • Cutting the ribbon at the newly rebranded Vital Wellness on Jan. 13 were Elburn Village President Dave Anderson (from left), Jaime Foss, Dr. Dave Foss, Jodie Elliott and Michele Weidl. Photo by Debbie Behrends
    Vital Wellness rebrands, celebrates grand re-opening

    ELBURN—Vital Chiropractic has been rebranded, and re-opened, as Vital Wellness, offering a wide array of health services. Dr. Dave Foss and his staff hosted a grand re-opening celebration on Jan. 13. The event included live music, refreshments...

    • Posted January 23, 2015
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    Walgreens customers aid deployed troops

      ELBURN—All it takes is one person with a good idea to benefit hundreds. Jeff Lang, manager of the Elburn Walgreens, said employee Maggie Walker recently suggested selling Hershey’s candy bars to benefit American troops deployed overseas....

    • Posted January 18, 2015
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    Japanese club members visit Elburn Lions

    ELBURN—The Elburn Lions Club so impressed Lions International First Vice President Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada, he wanted some of his countrymen to experience a meeting firsthand. And so Yamada was joined by 24 other Japanese Lions Club members...

    • Posted January 17, 2015
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    Third-grader initiates writing club at John Stewart

    Photo: Paige Whiteside, 9, of Elburn, created a writing club at Kaneland John Stewart Elementary School. Photo submitted by Ann Whiteside to ELBURN—Once upon a time, there was a girl named Paige who loved to read...

    • Posted January 10, 2015
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    Elburn teen a social media sensation

    Photo: Kaneland graduate Ryan Longson of Elburn has gained more than 130,000 followers on YouTube, Twitter and Instagram with his videos for RyansBriefs. Photo by Lynn Logan ELBURN—Ryan Longson’s “awkward years of middle school” led him to...

    • Posted January 10, 2015
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