All posts by Susan ONeill

  • 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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    Keep on moving

    Photo: A group of local ladies have exercised together at the Elburn and Countryside Community Center three times a week for over a dozen years. Their workouts include light dumbbell work, as well as exercises done with...

    • Posted October 3, 2014
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    Sky view

    Workers from Maxcor are finishing up a project on the north Elburn water tower. They have completely painted the water tower, inside and out, and added a safety rail for future workers. This week, they repainted Elburn’s...

    • Posted October 3, 2014
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    Home construction on the rise again in Blackberry Creek

    ELBURN—Home construction continues to gain momentum in Elburn’s Blackberry Creek subdivision. According to Elburn Building Commissioner Tom Brennan, there are currently 10 homes and two duplexes under construction in the subdivision—already more than the eight building permits...

    • Posted September 27, 2014
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  • Voters to decide: Elburn or Fox River Fire District?

    ELBURN—Voters in the northeast section of the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District will soon decide whether or not to disconnect from the district and join the Fox River Fire Rescue District. Elburn District Fire Chief Kelly...

    • Posted September 19, 2014
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  • Village donates playground equipment to Elburn Community Center

    ELBURN—The Village Board on Monday voted to donate playground equipment to the Elburn and Countryside Community Center, but no Community Center representatives were present to accept it. The village purchased the playground equipment approximately 25 years ago,...

    • Posted September 19, 2014
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  • Christmas Stroll features new date, light show, s’mores

    ELBURN—The annual Elburn Christmas Stroll will celebrate its 20th year this year, but a few things will break from tradition. For one, instead of the first Friday following Thanksgiving weekend, this year’s Chamber Christmas Stroll will take...

    • Posted September 12, 2014
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  • Village moves forward with wastewater treatment upgrade

    ELBURN—The Elburn Village Board on Monday decided to go forward with an upgrade of the village’s wastewater treatment plant, although the cost will be significantly higher than it had been originally estimated. The board voted unanimously at...

    • Posted September 12, 2014
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