All posts by Martha Quetsch

  • Village focuses on unkempt residential properties

    MAPLE PARK—Maple Park officials intend to address the issue of residential property appearance, having received complaints about yards with vehicles parked on them or that are strewn with junk or weeds.

    • Posted February 19, 2010
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  • Village study proposes water, sewer fee increase

    ELBURN—The revenue-strapped village of Elburn could boost its budget by $463,200 per year by charging every household in Elburn a $20 base fee for water and sewer service, according to a Public Works Department study that village...

    • Posted February 19, 2010
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  • MP community policing initiative begins

    MAPLE PARK—A community policing initiative kicked off Monday in Maple Park with a presentation by officer Andy Rissman to local Girl Scouts about staying safe.

    • Posted February 19, 2010
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  • Committee: Use utility tax for village operations

    ELBURN—In the past, Elburn has dipped into the money residents pay in utility taxes to help keep the village operating. Now, village officials say those taxes should be permanently designated for that purpose.

    • Posted February 12, 2010
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  • Elburn officials ponder budget strategies

    ELBURN—Like most taxing bodies, the village of Elburn is coping with declining revenue and rising costs, calling for creative budgeting measures. Those could include hiking water and sewer fees and changing employee salaries and benefits, Village President...

    • Posted February 12, 2010
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  • Blackberry Creek roads left unfinished by developer

    ELBURN—The developer of Blackberry Creek subdivision in Elburn has failed to finish surfacing several streets as required under its development agreement with the village.

    • Posted February 12, 2010
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  • Police Department will have new digs

    Maple Park—Maple Park Police Department will move to larger quarters as soon as the police chief and a village trustee spruce up the space in the Civic Center.

    • Posted February 11, 2010
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  • Earthquake shakes the area

    The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported a magnitude 3.8 earthquake occurred just before 4 a.m. in Northern Illinois. The USGS estimates nearly 11 million people felt "a light shaking."

    • Posted February 10, 2010
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  • Church mobilizes for Haiti relief

    ELBURN—Matt Gerke, 13, did a lot of heavy lifting at Lord of Life Church in Elburn last weekend during a massive relief collection for Haiti.

    • Posted February 5, 2010
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  • Officials praise new chief for first month on job

    MAPLE PARK—Maple Park's new police chief, Michael Acosta, spent much of his time during his first month of employment making initial improvements to help him do his job.

    • Posted February 5, 2010
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  • Developer postpones building 469-home subdivision

    MAPLE PARK—A developer has put plans on hold for a 469-home development in Maple Park because of the downturn in the residential housing market.

    • Posted February 5, 2010
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  • Village officials: New employee handbook a must

    ELBURN—The first draft of a new employee manual, a priority project for the village, is nearly finished. The manual will reflect workplace legislation and village policies that were established since the current handbook was created 17 years...

    • Posted February 5, 2010
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  • ‘Miracle’ Meagan

    ELBURN—When Meagan Seals was born Nov. 10, 2009, her parents and doctors did not expect her to live more than two weeks. Based on her rare condition before birth, she was not expected to be able to...

    • Posted January 29, 2010
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  • Dying swan saved after being shot

    ELBURN—A swan found nearly dead from a gunshot wound will survive, thanks to being saved by a passerby and taken to the Fox Valley Wildlife Center in Elburn.

    • Posted January 29, 2010
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  • St. Charles organization offers to promote Elburn

    ELBURN—The St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau wants to promote Elburn attractions in order to draw more tourists to the area.

    • Posted January 29, 2010
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  • Earthquake devastation heartbreaking for former missionary

    SUGAR GROVE—When the severe earthquake hit Haiti last week and TV stations ran footage of the devastation there, Sugar Grove resident Kaelynn Wilson said her heart was broken.

    • Posted January 22, 2010
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  • SGUMC long term supporter of Haitians

    SUGAR GROVE—The Rev. Steve Good, pastor at Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, first went to Haiti 28 years ago as a college student, to study and do missionary work for several months.

    • Posted January 22, 2010
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  • Domestic battery reports rise in Elburn

    ELBURN—The annual number of reported domestic battery incidents in Elburn increased by 50 percent last year, from 10 in 2008 to 15 in 2009.

    • Posted January 15, 2010
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  • Senior tax rebates might be reinstated

    ELBURN—The village of Elburn will consider reinstatement of its utility tax rebate program for seniors this year, but with additional restrictions.

    • Posted January 15, 2010
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  • Budget talks begin in Elburn

    ELBURN—Elburn village officials already have begun budget planning for the next fiscal year, with the goal of minimizing an expected revenue shortfall.

    • Posted January 14, 2010
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