All posts by Debbie Behrends

  • Elburn Pack 107 rounds up new recruits

    ELBURN—Already more than 100 strong, Elburn Pack 107 hosted a roundup for prospective Scouts on Monday evening. “I was really surprised at the nice turnout,” said Cubmaster Shelli Mullins. “We had about 35 there to learn about...

    • Posted April 16, 2015
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  • Fine Arts Festival organizers find ‘magic combination’

    MAPLE PARK—Kaneland Arts Initiative (KAI) Artistic Director Diane McFarlin couldn’t be happier with Sunday’s 16th annual Fine Arts Festival. “In our informal conversations, we felt this was one of our best,” said McFarlin, who also serves as...

    • Posted April 16, 2015
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    Kaneland prepares for 16th annual Fine Arts Festival

    MAPLE PARK—The Kaneland Fine Arts Festival this weekend will once again bring visual and musical artists to Kaneland High School to benefit its students and the community alike. The 16th annual Fine Arts Festival will take place...

    • Posted April 10, 2015
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  • Superheroes join annual Dewey Dash

    ELBURN—Mary Lynn Alms and her volunteer crew hope everyone will don their favorite superhero capes and masks and join the 11th annual Dewey Dash, the Town and Country Library’s biggest fundraiser. This year’s dash event will take...

    • Posted April 10, 2015
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  • Craft show also provides awareness

    SUGAR GROVE—The Kaneland Special Needs PTA will host a craft show and awareness event from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, at Harter Middle School, 1601 Esker Drive. The event is free, and child...

    • Posted April 5, 2015
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    Fundraiser aids Kaneland employee

    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...

    • Posted April 4, 2015
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  • 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 Facebook.com/hereforsasha. 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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