All posts by Susan ONeill

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    Shelter opens public low-cost spay-neuter clinic

    ELGIN, ILL.—If Beth Drake were to accomplish her vision of an ideal world, she could be out of a job. “Animal shelters exist largely because too many people don’t spay or neuter their pets,” said Drake, Anderson...

    • Posted March 3, 2015
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  • Elburn considers special election for police pension levy

    ELBURN—Elburn village officials on Tuesday said they would consider a special election in November for a referendum on the police pension levy. The next scheduled opportunity to place a referendum on the ballot isn’t until spring 2016....

    • Posted February 20, 2015
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  • Blackberry Twp data bolsters case for new road referendum

    BLACKBERRY TWP.—Findings from an inventory of Blackberry Township roads conducted by Engineering Enterprises, Inc. (EEI) showed nearly two-thirds of the roads are in fair or poor condition, with an overall average rating of “fair.” EEI presented its...

    • Posted February 16, 2015
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    Residents speak out against disbanding police force

    ELBURN—The Elburn Village Board room was a packed on Monday night, as residents showed up to voice their concerns regarding possible disbanding of the Elburn Police Department. Although Village President Dave Anderson said that the residents had...

    • Posted February 6, 2015
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  • Maple Park couple cited for dead horse found on property

    MAPLE PARK—The owners of a horse found dead on their property outside of Maple Park last week were cited by Kane County Animal Control for lack of sufficient shelter and for the horse’s water being frozen. According...

    • Posted January 16, 2015
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  • Village discusses options for records specialist replacement

    ELBURN—Elburn Village Board members on Monday discussed options for replacing records specialist Michelle Frangella, who will leave her position on March 1. Frangella, a former police officer with 25 years of experience, has revamped and updated the...

    • Posted January 10, 2015
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  • Village approves Public Works truck purchase

    ELBURN—Elburn’s Public Works Department will soon get a new Ford truck, including a snow plow, dump bed, hydraulics and light package. The Village Board on Monday approved purchase of the new truck, with trustee Dave Gualdoni the...

    • Posted January 10, 2015
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  • Theft steals Elburn resident’s Christmas joy

    ELBURN—Elburn resident Frances Kitz lost her husband of 53 years when he passed away in August 2013. The two had met when she was 15 years old, and married when she turned 17. The couple moved to...

    • Posted December 12, 2014
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    Elburn Community Center kicks off Jinglepalooza

    Photo: Jake and Sara Lynch (left) of Elburn, take their two daughters, Sophie, 4, and Stella, 2, on the Polar Express Elf Train. The train ride pulled guests through a maze of holiday cutouts and inflatables around...

    • Posted December 12, 2014
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  • Village passes 2014 levy

    ELBURN—The Elburn Village Board on Monday unanimously approved a tax levy of $824,000 for 2014. Village Finance Director Doug Elder told the board there has been a slight uptick in the Equalized Assessed Value (EAV) since last...

    • Posted December 4, 2014
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    Elburn Stroll celebrates 20 years with a few changes

    Photo: Lucia Ariola, 10, Sophia Lisberg, 9, and Audrey Salamon, 10, wear their Rudolph balloon hats created by Magic Matt the Magician at the Town and Country Public Library during Saturday’s Elburn Chamber of Commerce Christmas Stroll....

    • Posted December 4, 2014
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    Elburn’s Fire District remains intact

    Photo: Fox River Fire/Rescue Chief Greg Benson (right) speaks to those in attendance at an informational meeting on Oct. 29 at Fox River Station No. 1 in Wasco. The purpose of the meeting was to provide information...

    • Posted November 6, 2014
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  • Familiar face fills Hastert’s Village Board seat

    ELBURN—The person appointed to take trustee Ethan Hastert’s seat on the Elburn Village Board will be a familiar face to many: former trustee Craig E. Swan. Swan previously served on the board for 14 years, from 1995...

    • Posted November 6, 2014
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    ‘Shop Elburn First’ campaign sports new logo

    ELBURN—The “Shop Elburn First” campaign has its own logo, thanks to contest winner and graphic artist Scott Wheatley. Wheatley, principal and creative director of Strata G Design in Geneva, said he recently read about the campaign, which...

    • Posted November 2, 2014
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  • ‘Give Back to Pat’

    Hill’s friends, community plan event KANEVILLE—There have been few causes Pat Hill hasn’t championed, and few people in the Kaneville community and beyond whose lives she hasn’t touched. Kaneville resident, village president and owner of Hill’s Country...

    • Posted October 31, 2014
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  • Fire District disconnection issue heats up

    ELBURN—Signs for and against disconnection from the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District can be seen throughout the area, especially in the territory where residents will soon make that choice. Last summer, 128 residents from the area,...

    • Posted October 24, 2014
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    Dunkin’ Donuts receives welcome from Elburn residents

    Photo: Elburn Dunkin’ Donuts owner Vishal Vaghani enjoys the taste of one of his many donuts. Photo by Susan O’Neill ELBURN—Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee Vishal Vaghani last week underestimated Elburn’s pent-up demand for donuts. Vaghani on Oct. 16...

    • Posted October 24, 2014
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  • Hastert to step down from Elburn Village Board

    ELBURN—Ethan Hastert, elected in 2011 to a spot on the Elburn Village Board, announced on Monday that he will step down a few months early. His term was set to expire in April 2015. Hastert, 36, and...

    • Posted October 24, 2014
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    Youth sports to benefit from Forest Preserve purchase

    BLACKBERRY TWP.—Thanks to the Kane County Forest Preserve, Elburn and Kaneland community sports teams will have an expanded field for softball and baseball, soccer, football and lacrosse. Kane County Board District 18 Representative Drew Frasz attended last...

    • Posted October 24, 2014
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  • Schmidt’s Towne Tap cited for serving after hours

    ELBURN—Schmidt’s Towne Tap in Elburn was cited for serving alcohol after hours during the Elburn Days festival in mid-August. Elburn Police Officer Jeff Herra was driving past Schmidt’s at 3:06 a.m. on Aug. 16 and saw people...

    • Posted October 20, 2014
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