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Weekend forecast: Colder, more snow By AL LAGATTOLLA Snow? Freezing temperatures? Below-zero wind chills? None of that has been enough to stop Kane County Audubon events from going on as planned through this cold, snowy winter. So the few inches of snow the Tri-Cities area is expected to get this weekend won’t stop a bird walk set for 8 a.m. today at Dick Young Forest Preserve, located at 29W115 Main St. in Batavia. Walk leader Terry Murray said he has led walks through much worse than what is anticipated. “We will walk in the rain and the snow,” Murray said, adding that – in the middle of a snow storm – “maybe four or five people” will show up. More than two dozen participants could be expected in good weather, he said. Only unsafe road conditions would cancel a walk, and that’s not expected to be the case this weekend. Matt Friedlein, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the Tri-Cities area should expect 2 to 4 inches of snow today, and perhaps a little bit more Sun-

By ERIC SCHELKOPF AURORA – Paramount Theatre officials Friday enthusiastically announced the theater’s Broadway series for 2014-15. “It is hard to believe three years ago, we had an idea to produce our own plays,” Paramount Theatre President/ Chief Executive Officer Tim Rater said in announcing the Paramount’s fourth Broadway season. “It is just the beginning. There is so much more that we are going to do.” The fourth season will open with “Cats” in September, followed by “Mary Poppins” in November, “The Who’s Tommy” in January 2015 and “Les Miserables” in March 2015. Single tickets to Paramount’s 2014-15 Broadway Series go on sale June 16. “Rent” will be performed from March 12 to

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The region likely hasn’t seen the last of the snow plows for the winter season. As much as 2 to 4 inches of snow are expected today. day. Today’s snow will fall in the afternoon, he said, starting about 3 p.m. “After we’ve had such a harsh winter, this will potentially not be that bad,” said Friedlein, who added that there is some uncertainty about Sunday, but that heavier snow is expected to fall significantly south of Kane County.

Friedlein said there will be a strong storm system on the move Sunday, but he said it likely won’t get north of central Illinois. In the southern areas, he said, as much as 6 to 10 inches of snow could fall. He said for Sunday, Kane County could expect to get “a couple of inches or less.” But he said those hoping for warmer weather likely will

have to wait. The upcoming forecast doesn’t show a day with a high temperature in the 30s until Thursday, when the forecast high is 32. He said the snow that falls in central Illinois will contribute to that, as it “will act like a freezer” and not allow winds from the south to bring much warmth. “It will probably set us back a little bit,” he said.

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April 6, closing out its third season. Paramount Theatre Artistic Director Jim Corti also expressed his enthusiasm for the new season. “ ‘Cats’ is the second-longest running show in Broadway history,” Corti said. “The fact that we got the license is tremendous. It is so artful, poems set to music and dance. It is going to be another worldclass production.” Corti, who oversees the theater’s Broadway series and is the only Chicago theater professional to win a Jeff Award for directing, choreog-

raphy and acting, will stage both “The Who’s Tommy” and “Les Miserables.” Beginning in the 2014-15 season, for the first time since Paramount started self-producing, Paramount and its artists will have the chance to have their work recognized along with Chicago’s other top musical stages by Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee. Starting next season, the Jeff Awards judging radius will be extended from 30 to 45 miles from city center, meaning Paramount’s productions and its artists will be eligible for consideration for the annual Equity Jeff Awards/Large Tier honoring excellence in Chicago theater. The Dunham Fund on Friday announced it was awarding a $250,000 Challenge Grant to the Paramount Broadway series and Paramount’s sister venue, RiverEdge Park out-

door music garden in Aurora. “This dollar-for-dollar challenge grant is meant to encourage philanthropic support from other corporations and foundations for both venues,” Dunham Fund Partnership Officer Vicki Morcos said. “We are also offering our assistance to help meet this challenge by actively engaging outside support for the arts in Aurora.”

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haven’t run one in eight years. Do you come to the mall every day? Normally, I’m an outside runner. But it’s too cold. Are you excited about the mall’s future possibilities? I didn’t live here when it was new and wonderful. Things are changing. It’s sad. People go to the Geneva Commons. … But it’s great to walk here. Is there a book you would recommend? “Eisenhower in War and Peace.” It’s a biography. Do you have a favorite local restaurant? I like Urban Grille. What is an interesting factoid about yourself? I paint antique maps. I took art as a child, and that probably would have been one of the things I wanted to do. I took a weekend class. I took a class from Connie Brown, who was the pre-eminent map maker. … I learned how to do it from her.


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Jazz musician Bazan at St. Charles library WHAT: The St. Charles Public Library’s Concert Series will host St. Charles resident and award-winning professional jazz musician Michael Bazan. Bazan will perform “Take Five … Jazz, Swing and the Saxophone” with accompanist Don Stille. Bazan is in his 11th year as director of bands at Wredling Middle School, where he directs the jazz ensemble and co-directs the honors concert band. WHEN: 2 p.m. March 9 WHERE: St. Charles Public Library, 1 S. Sixth Ave., St. Charles INFO: Visit or call 630-584-0076.

Geneva Film Festival to be at Dodson Place WHAT: More than 40 films from across the globe will hit the big screen in March as part of the seventh annual Geneva Film Festival. Tickets are now on sale for the event. Cinema fans will enjoy a variety of films originating from the United States, Canada, Europe, Brazil, India and more. Tickets are $5 per block, $10 per day and $15 for an all-festival pass. WHEN: March 6 to March 8 WHERE: Dodson Place, at the corner of

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Chili cook-off event at St. Charles church WHAT: St. Charles Episcopal Church announces its annual chili cook-off. Admission is $3 for tasting of each chili, or $5 for a bowl of the house chili, cornbread and a drink. Proceeds from the event will support the ministries of St. Charles Episcopal Church, with bonuses given to the competing firehouses for the amount of votes they earn. WHEN: 1 to 3 p.m. today WHERE: St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. Fifth Ave. (Route 25), St. Charles INFO: Call Matt Rhead at 630-770-2384 or Kathy Hari at 630-842-2517.

Baby-sitter Training 2.0 headed to St. Charles WHAT: The St. Charles Park District has planned a class, “Baby-sitter Training 2.0.” It is for ages 10 to 16. WHEN: 2 to 4 p.m. March 30 WHERE: Pottawatomie Community Center, 8 North Ave., St. Charles

INFO: The fee is $36 for residents and $54 for nonresidents. Advance registration is required at

Concert pianist Brown to play at The Holmstad WHAT: Christian concert pianist Huntley Brown will perform. The concert and refreshments are free, but space is limited. The first 10 people to RSVP will receive a free CD of Brown’s music. WHEN: 6 p.m. March 16 WHERE: The Holmstad, 700 W. Fabyan Parkway, Batavia INFO: Those who plan to attend should call 877-391-7044 or visit

Arcada Theatre to show Hawks-Penguins game WHAT: The Arcada Theatre will show the Blackhawks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins game, which will be played at Soldier Field. The Arcada will feature the game on its 40-foot screen, and there is free admission. WHEN: 7 p.m. today WHERE: The theater is at 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. INFO: Visit

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Having a ball, looking for a python A ball python is shown at a recent Discovery Days event at Hickory Knolls Discovery Center in St. Charles.

GOOD NATURED Pam Otto Who doesn’t love having a ball? Well, my friend Suzi, for one. Not that she’s a stick in the mud. Far from it. But the kind of ball we’re talking about isn’t a fun-filled, action-packed afternoon, nor an evening of delightful revelry. Nope, this sort of ball is Python regius, the ball python. Suzi’s story started last fall, as she was working in her yard. Among the leaves on the ground, near the foundation of her house, was a hunk of shed snakeskin. Now Suzi, fearless on many counts, is not a big fan of snakes. But, bless her heart, she knows I am. In a somewhat dismayed tone, she told me of her find, describing it as “big,” and said she’d save the skin for me. She might as well have told me she found a can of gold coins in her yard – that’s how excited I was. Like a kid at Christmas, my mind raced with possibilities. We don’t really have a lot of “big” snakes native to our area, so the list of potential species was pretty small. Garter snakes, Thamnophis sirtalis and T. radix, are our most common local snakes. While most are quite small, I’ve seen some mature females that were every bit of 3 feet in length. Then there’s the northern water snake, Nerodia sipedon, which is probably our thickest-bodied snake, and the western fox snake, Pantherophis vulpina, which at 4-plus feet is probably our longest. As I recall, I babbled on a bit about those various prospects while Suzi listened politely. My goal of identifying a species was little different from hers, which I’m thinking was to hand over the skin and get on with her life. Circumstances and schedules being what they were, several months passed before Suzi and I were able to get together and conduct the transaction. Finally, a week

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ago last Sunday at – appropriately – the Creek Bend Nature Center in St. Charles, Suzi at long last handed over the Ziploc bag of precious skin. My first thought on holding it up to the light was, “Whaaat?” The scale pattern was unlike any of our local species. The dorsal scales were small and had no keels, or ridges. Even more puzzling, the belly scales were almost circular, not rectangular like those of our natives. I was beginning to wonder if maybe the skin was that of a lizard, not a snake, when I held it up to the light and saw a faint pattern of light and dark circles – exactly what you’d expect to see on the shed

skin of a ball python. But ball pythons, native to West and Central Africa, aren’t exactly the kinds of snakes you’d expect to see in St. Charles. Topping out at about 5 feet in length, ball pythons get their common name from their habit of rolling up into a ball when threatened. This endearing trait, coupled with a generally docile nature, has made these snakes common in the pet trade. Although many now are bred here in the United States, a large number still are being caught in the wild and imported. (Note to prospective ball python owners: Ask about your snake’s origins. Captive-bred individuals are generally hardier, and

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their purchase does not have an impact on African ecosystems.) Sitting there in my car, looking at the scrap of ball python skin, my mind once again raced with possibilities. Did someone let their pet snake go? Did one escape by accident? Was it living somewhere close by? Ball pythons are terrific burrowers. Was there any way at all it could have found a way to dig down and survive this long, cold winter? Should I try to go and look for it at Suzi’s house this spring? I saw my friend again the other night. I had told her pre-

viously of my thoughts on the snake, but she had yet to share hers. Instead of going with the idea of a snake living in her yard, potentially surviving in a burrow near her foundation, Suzi offered another completely plausible explanation: A student at Lincoln Elementary School, which is only a few blocks from her house, could have taken the skin for showand-tell, then accidentally lost it on his or her way home from school. “It was pretty breezy the day I found it,” Suzi noted, in a hopeful tone. At this point, it’s really not possible to know with 100 percent certainty where the skin came from, or how it came to be in Suzi’s yard. But one thing is for sure. When the weather finally warms up, and sunny days return, I’m going include Suzi’s neighborhood in my walking routine. I’ll bring my dog, Joey, and the two of us will keep our eyes peeled. And maybe, just maybe, we’ll have ourselves a ball.

• Pam Otto is the manager of nature programs and interpretive services at the Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, a facility of the St. Charles Park District. She can be reached at 630-513-4346 or potto@stcparks. org.

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18/4 McHenry Statistics through 4 p.m. yesterday Belvidere 20/7 Temperatures Waukegan 19/4 20/5 High/low ....................................... 29°/-2° Normal high ......................................... 40° Rockford Crystal Lake Deerfield Record high .............................. 63° (1976) Algonquin 18/2 22/9 22/7 22/7 Normal low .......................................... 24° Hampshire Record low ............................... -5° (1994) Schaumburg 19/7 Elgin 22/8 Peak wind .......................... SSE at 22 mph 22/6 DeKalb Precipitation 22/9 Tri-Cities Chicago 24 hours through 4 p.m. yest. ........... 0.00” 22/9 22/8 Month to date ................................... 1.87” Normal month to date ....................... 1.72” Oak Park Year to date ...................................... 3.72” 22/9 Aurora Normal year to date .......................... 3.40” Dixon 19/3

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Fox River Stages 0-50 Good; 51-100 Moderate; 101-150 Unhealthy for sensitive groups; 151-200 Unhealthy; 201-300 Very Unhealthy; 301-500 Hazardous Source: Illinois EPA

Weather History On March 1, 1983, the temperature dropped to 59 in Honolulu while heavy rain hit California. When the jet stream dips far south, Hawaii is cool while California is wet.

Fld: flood stage. Prs: stage in feet at 7 a.m Friday. Chg: change in previous 24 hours. Station Fld Prs Chg Station Fld Prs Chg Algonquin................. 3....... 1.59...... -0.03 Montgomery........... 13..... 11.58...... -0.03 Burlington, WI ........ 11....... 7.72..... +0.07 New Munster, WI .... 19....... 7.88...... -0.25 Dayton ................... 12....... 7.00...... -0.89 Princeton .............. 9.5........ N.A..........N.A. McHenry .................. 4....... 2.36...... -0.03 Waukesha ................ 6....... 2.90..... +0.01

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Voters in unincorporated Kane County once again will decide whether they want to allow a bidding process in the hopes of lower electricity rates. A ballot measure on the March 18 primary asks whether the Kane County Board should have the power to negotiate electric rates for unincorporated residents. If it is approved, the county will seek bids so multiple electric suppliers can provide competitive rate quotes. This is the second electric aggregation referendum for unincorporated voters since 2012. The measure that year was defeated by a little more than 200 votes, said Ken Anderson, director of the environmental and water resource division. County officials attribute the results to some residents’ distrust with the county and their suspicion that electric aggregation

ferent electric suppliers, but electricity delivery and service-related issues still will be handled by ComEd. Several area munici palities already have electric aggregation, including North Aurora, Sugar Grove and Elburn, Anderson said. As an Elburn village trustee, Anderson said he already has seen a change in prices since aggregation was implemented there in 2012. On a monthly average, there is a savings in Elburn of $7.40 on 1,000 kilowatts per hour, Anderson said. Residents should expect to see the county collect some of the savings if aggregation passes. The county does plan to deduct a small percentage from the residents in the program for the anticipated time and effort that would go into negotiating competitive electric rates, Kojzarek said. “It would be a fraction of the overall savings,” he said. “You would never pay more to the county than what you are saving.”

ing from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, said Monica Meyers, Kane County Forest Preserve executive director. Meyers said the forest preserve pursues partnerships with other groups to provide more open preserve space to residents. Supervisor of Assessments Mark Armstrong talked about wanting to providing services with more efficiency. He asked legislators to support House bill 4639, which would amend the property tax code so that the county could decide whether civilians and veterans would need to present proof of disability every year for their homestead exemptions. “I’m not looking for cash; I’m looking for help to not spend the cash that [Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen] sends over to my office,” Armstrong said. Legislators were receptive to their presentations and urged the county officials to stay in touch regarding proposed bills that affect the county. “I do think there are some things on here that are achievable,” State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit, D-Aurora, said of the county’s list of priorities.


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Early voting will begin Burns chooses Monday for primary Seno as new 3rd GENEVA

Ward alderman By BRENDA SCHORY GENEVA – Mayor Kevin Burns announced that his choice for 3rd Ward alderman is Mary Seno, a nurse at Delnor Hospital, to fill the vacancy left by Dawn Vogelsberg, who resigned in January. “I’m ecstatic,” Seno said. “I couldn’t be happier. I’m happy to have the opportunity to give back to Geneva.” Mary Seno Burns made his pick from a field of eight. “Each possessed experiences and qualities that made my decision all the more difficult,” Burns said in a statement. “I have the utmost confidence in Ms. Seno’s abilities to serve with independence, respect for the opportunities

8LOCAL BRIEF Dewey Dash set Aug. 13 ELBURN – The 10th annual Dewey Dash race is set for 9 a.m. Aug. 13 at the Town and Country Public Library, 320 E. North St., Elburn. The theme is “From Pooh to Who.” There will be awards for the best theme contest. Raceday registration is available from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Funds raised will help the library upgrade its Internet speed and access. For information, call 630-365-2244 or visit www. The cost for the 5K race for all runners and the 1-mile run for adults is $22 in advance or $25 on race day. For those 12 or younger, the cost for the 1-mile run is $12 in advance and $15 on race day.

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and challenges we face as a community and, above all, an uncommon perspective that will benefit all of us as we move forward.” Burns will formally nominate Seno at the City Council meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, where the council is expected to vote to confirm the appointment.

By ERIC SCHELKOPF Starting Monday, Kane County residents will be able to vote early in the March 18 primary. Twenty-six locations have been set up throughout Kane County for early voting. “We tried to spread them out throughout the county where the voters are,” Kane County Clerk Jack Cunningham said.

A full list of early voting locations can be found at The locations include libraries and other government buildings. In addition, the Kane County mobile voting van will be at select Jewel-Osco stores at various times. Those who want to participate in early voting have to show a valid form of identification, Cunningham said. He said he expects about 6,000 people will take

advantage of early voting, based on the fact that 6,375 people voted early in the 2010 general primary. Those who missed the deadline to register to vote can register in the Kane County Clerk’s office in Building B at the Kane County Government Center, 719 S. Batavia Ave., Geneva. If they want to vote in the upcoming election, they must cast a ballot at the time of registration.

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Tools available to help lower payments By BRENDA SCHORY


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Since 2011, the Batavia Public Library has been refunding bonds originally sold in 1998 and 1999 to build the new library. Instead of just refinancing and extending out more debt, however, the original $8.8 million issue and the new issue will be paid off in 2018. sometimes is called “scoop and toss,” which is managing debt by extending it for a longer term, he said. But that negative connotation is generally not accurate because the crash in 2008-09 changed the economy so drastically, McCanna said. “Adding a few years because the economy cost you several years of growth ... it’s not bad adding a few years,” McCanna said. “Instead of paying it off in 15 years, you’re going to pay it off in 20 years. ... Adding 20 years, now that’s something else.” But not every refunding extends loans. In Sugar Grove’s case, the bond issue still will be paid off in 2016, but at a lower interest rate. That also was the case for the Batavia Public Library, which did refunding on the original $8.8 million bond issue for the new library, library Director George Scheetz said. The loan or bond issue was done in two installments in 1998 and 1999, he said. By getting better interest rates, Scheetz said they shaved off more than $450,000 in interest on the loans, which will be paid off on time in 2018. “For three years in a row, 2011, 2012 and 2013, they were the big refunds, $150,000 a year,” Scheetz said. Geneva District 304’s fi-

nancial advisers offered several scenarios for dealing with its $301 million debt. Doing nothing would boost loan payments to nearly $25 million by 2018, something officials want to avoid. At a recent meeting, school board members talked about the options with the goal of flattening out the debt payments to reduce their impact on taxpayers. One of them is abatement, which means it is going to take money in excess of $15 million in the education fund to lower the debt payment for the year. McCanna said abating is another tool governments use to reduce debt payments. “Abating means they have money on hand, and they are looking at their current tax levy,” McCanna said. “Part of this year’s tax levy is reduced by the cash on hand.” District 304 already has been using abatement to control debt payments. Board member Bill Wilson said officials abated $8.2 million and are on target to abate $5.9 million more. “We’re trying to keep them [debt payments] at $15 million,” said Donna Oberg, District 304’s assistant superintendent for business services. “Drawing out that debt an additional four years

would be a cost to us. But by putting something aside, we can use some of that money to restructure those bonds.” Sugar Grove Administrator Brent Eichelberger said the village does abatement with nonhome rule sales tax to pay for the Municipal Drive project. “If we did not abate, it would go on the property tax rolls,” Eichelberger said. “So [we] are abating the property tax levy.” Oberg said District 304 transfers its reserves to its bond and interest fund. “Instead of having the county clerk levy the whole dollar amount, she is reducing it by the amount we have set aside,” Oberg said. “When the bond payments come due, we take that, along with the tax levy we have collected, and make that payment.” The third financing tool District 304 has at its disposal is called defeasance, where the district sets money aside every year for the bonds’ principal reduction. McCanna said defeasance is the equivalent of setting up an escrow account that can be invested and set up to pay the loan as it comes due. “Then they don’t have to worry about how the loan is going to get paid,” McCanna said.

Born: Nov. 26, 1922 Died: Feb. 27, 2014 NORTH AURORA – Jeanne A. Carlson, 91, of North Aurora, passed away Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at her home. She was born Nov. 26, 1922, in Indianapolis, the daughter of Talbott and Hazel (nee Sheffer) Robinson. She was united in marriage to John Carlson on July 21, 1951, in North Aurora. Jeanne graduated from Batavia High School in 1941. She retired from Richardson Electronics in 1987 after 26 years of employment. All of her life, Jeanne was a woman of great faith and was part of the Crossway Chapel of Fox Valley family. Jeanne loved to surround herself with family and friends. Jeanne’s great gift and legacy was her ability to reach out and encourage all that were around her. Everyone that met her loved her, and she always was ready to share her faith. She is survived by her children, Penny (Roger) Converse of Hinckley and Judy (John) Burns of North Aurora; grandchildren, Courtney (Ken) Erickson, Roger “R.J.” Converse, Joshua (Stephanie) Converse and Bradley and Aimee Jeanne Burns; great-grandchildren, Taylor Jeanne, Mitchell and Kaitlin Erickson and Brooklyn and Reagan Converse; a sister, Joanne (Stanley) Harkins; several nieces and nephews; and her beloved companion, Max. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John; a sister, Avalon Russo; her brothers, Talbott Robinson Jr. and James Robert Robinson; and a grandson, Daniel Phillip Burns. The visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 3, at Crossway Chapel of Fox Valley, 115 Oak St., North Aurora. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 4, at the church. The Rev. Clark Richardson will officiate. Interment will follow in River Hills Memorial Park in Batavia. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to Crossway Chapel of Fox Valley, 115 Oak St., North Aurora, IL 60542. For information, contact Moss Family Funeral Home at 630-879-7900 or visit Please sign the guest book at www.

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he Geneva School District 304 Board is in the midst of figuring out the best way to lower its debt payments, considering options that include abatement, refunding and defeasance. Such terms have meanings that might elude the public, but units of government rely on these mechanisms to restructure and pay down public debt, officials said. Sugar Grove, for example, refunded – or refinanced – its 2006 $8.5 million bond issue to build the police station and extend Municipal Drive. “It’s going to save us money,” Village President Sean Michels said. And that is exactly its function, said Kevin McCanna, president and owner of Speer Financial Inc., a public finance consulting firm. McCanna explained refunding, abating and defeasance. Refunding is a method of restructuring debt that is being used more often lately because of the turndown in the economy, McCanna said. Abatement is using excess cash to reduce a debt payment, and defeasance is setting money aside to pay off a debt, he said. “Refunding is the same as refinancing a mortgage to a lower rate to save money,” McCanna said. Many public bonds were sold in 2005 and 2006, when economic growth still was expected, McCanna said. “They were in a hot, growing area, subdivisions opening, and all of a sudden it’s not happening,” McCanna said. “And the debt service was scheduled to be increasing a little each year because of anticipated new homes ... and sales tax growth.” McCanna said many taxing bodies take that debt and extend it a few years, which



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Police warn residents about scams KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE

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The Tri-City Fitness in St. Charles closed Friday.


Tri-City Fitness closes its doors By BRENDA SCHORY ST. CHARLES – After seven years in business, Tri-City Fitness, 1505 W. Main St. in St. Charles, closed Friday. Manager Jim Van Syckle said the gym is going out of business. “It would not be worth moving, and the building is not worth staying [in],” Van Syckle said. “We are closing and not reopening.” Property owner Ryan Corcoran, of Corcoran Commercial Real Estate, said he could not immediately comment on the future of Valley

Shopping Center, where the gym is located. “I can’t say anything until a couple of weeks from now,” Corcoran said. Receptionist Katie Russo said the boxing club and one trainer will remain through March, but then they will move on to open their own facility. The shortened hours will be posted on the website and Facebook, Russo said. “I am going to work with the guys who are continuing on and help them out, and then we’ll see what happens,” Russo said “It’s really sad. We have a very great following and a lot of great people.”

BATAVIA – Police in Batavia are warning residents to be aware of phone scams that recently have been reported in the city. Batavia police sent out a news release Friday describing such scams. In one, an unknown man will call, posing as a police officer, and tell a resident that a family member had been arrested in another state or country. The resident is advised to send money to bail the family member out of jail, police said.

In another scam, a caller will claim to be an agent with the IRS and demand money for previously owed taxes. The caller will ask for personal identification and banking information and suggest that if victims don’t cooperate, there will be an audit. Batavia police reported two such recent scam attempts, according to the news release. The Batavia police said a caller in such an instance “was verbally aggressive in his attempts to get the victim to send money or provide personal identifying information,” according to the release. The police pointed out in-

formation from the IRS that states the IRS does not ask for passwords or identification numbers or other confidential access information for accounts. Police also warned residents of “burglary ruse” scams, in which residents might be distracted while people sneak into their homes and take jewelry, cash and other valuables. Batavia police said they had not received any recent complaints, but “with warmer temperatures in the future, it is likely that these types of door-to-door scams will increase,” according to the release.

STC police probe McKinley Street burglary KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE ST. CHARLES – St. Charles police are investigating a residential burglary that took place between 10:30 and 11 a.m. Thursday in the 500 block of McKinley Street, according to a news release. Police said the incident

does not appear to be related to an attempted burglary that was reported Monday on Tyler Road in St. Charles. In the Thursday incident, police said a resident of the residence on McKinley Street said she came home and discovered a door was open. She said there were miscellaneous items missing

from the home, according to the police. Police said residents still were compiling a list of missing items. Police said they do not have information about potential suspects. Police urge anyone with information about either incident to call 630-377-4435 or 866-378-4267.

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8SOUND OFF I’m a sensitive guy, but this vortex thing is really getting me annoyed. Between the frozen pipes and the outside workers, [we] are in some sort of a hazard. The animal life is going through it, and my pets going outside. The severity of an emergency situation is now being severely multiplied. The beer in my garage refrigerator is exploding. Just so you know, everybody has a hazard.

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Too much control I’m calling about the electricity aggregation that you had an Our View on. This is about big business. This is about having more control over your home. Your Our View says we encourage voters to give this referendum another look. All this really does is promote savings to the consumer when there aren’t really savings to the consumer. What they need to promote is this is more control over how you use your electricity and they will tell you it’s going to be a cost savings, but it’s more control about you and your home. Pass that on to the voters. It’s not a cost savings. It’s more control over you. Aren’t you sick of that?

Persuasion on the ballot Did you see the Show You Care Kane public question on the March 18 ballot? When did persuasion become part of the ballot?

No more than anybody else I’m calling in answer to the people who keep complaining that teachers are paid for the summer when they are not working. They do not get paid for the summer. They don’t get any more money than anybody else who is not working. But they can take their nine months of salary and choose

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630.232.7733 to have it paid to them over a 12-month period. That way, they can budget their money easier. They’re not getting paid for when they’re not in the classroom. Just

like anyone else. They are off for the summer, and you’ll often see teachers do other jobs during the summer to try and make ends meet.

Kane County Judge David Akemann on Friday denied a request for Mooseheart basketball player Rodrigue Ceda Makindu to be able to play in the Illinois High School Association tournament. Mooseheart played in Friday’s regional final against Newark. Aurora attorney Judd Lofchie on Wednesday filed a complaint against the IHSA for not allowing Makindu, who is from Congo, to play basketball. In his ruling, Akemann said that, “In essence, plaintiff’s motion for a temporary restraining order seeks to mandate IHSA mid-tournament to apply a different set of eligibility requirements than were set out over a year ago. “This could easily have the effect of producing a chaotic environment to the defendant and its member schools and their students. To be sure, the equal protection concerns are of significant concern to this court, however, in consideration of all of the above, the court declines to grant the plaintiff’s motion for a temporary restraining order.” In his complaint, Lofchie alleged the IHSA illegally stopped Makindu from playing basketball and all sports by implementing a bylaw revision to the eligibility rules of the IHSA. Makindu came

to Mooseheart through the help of Jim Schmidt, the athletic director at Plano High School. The case is similar to one from December 2012, when Akemann granted a restraining order that allowed three Mooseheart boys basketball players from South Sudan to continue competing until the Illinois High School Association’s board of directors considered the matter. The board eventually ruled the three basketball players would remain eligible, but the program was placed on probation. Those students – Mangisto Deng, Akim Nyang and Makur Puou – are key components of this year’s team as seniors. The IHSA in January 2013 approved a bylaw stating that international students attending school in Illinois who are not participating in an approved student exchange program “will not be eligible with respect to residence or transfer for the duration of their high school attendance unless they meet the requirements of the applicable provisions of the residency and transfer bylaws, as determined in an official ruling from the executive director.” IHSA attorney Dave Bressler had argued to Akemann that the IHSA is trying to keep the playing field level for all high school athletes.

8LOCAL BRIEF Unity of Fox Valley offering classes BATAVIA – For the month of March, the children and juniors at Unity of Fox Valley will be reflecting on the power of strength. The children will explore the Biblical stories of David and Goliath, as well as Samson and Delilah. The observance of Lent will

also be discussed. A different power is taught each month. There is no fee, and church membership is never required. Parents are welcomed to observe. The classes are from 10 to 11 a.m. Sundays at 230 Webster Ave., Batavia. For information, call 630-879-1115 or visit

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About a week and a half ago, I left my phone at the South Elgin Target store. I discovered it a few hours later. Someone had returned the phone. I wanted to thank you, anonymous person. I appreciate your thoughtfulness.



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The ROAD back Recovery from an eating disorder can be life-saving journey Story by KARA SILVA •

CLOSER LOOK EATING DISORDERS This is part two of a two-part series exploring the causes, misconceptions and treatments for eating disorders as part of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Part one ran in yesterday’s Kane County Chronicle.


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• National Eating Disorders Association: For treatment referrals, visit or call the live help line at 800-931-2237. • TriCity Family Services: For family-based treatment of anorexia, also known as the Maudsley Approach, call 630-2321070 or visit FBT.html. The facility is located at 1120 Randall Court in Geneva.

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Scott Branson (right) of North Aurora teaches students about body image and eating disorders as a health teacher at a local middle school. His wife, Kerri Branson – who shared her story in part one of this series – said she struggled with an eating disorder as a teenager.


eciding to get help for an eating disorder can be a life-saving action. But, only one-third of individuals struggling with anorexia in the U.S. actually obtain treatment, according to the International Journal of Eating Disorders. “… There is hope and there is help, particularly, with early intervention,” said Lynn Grefe, president and CEO of the New York-based National Eating Disorders Association, in a news release. ••• The National Eating Disorders Association launched its National Eating Disorders Awareness Week on Feb. 23. Katherine Walker, a therapist who specializes in clients with eating disorders at Cadence Behavioral Health in St. Charles, said that the most important thing to have people understand is that there are a slew of long-term, as well as irreversible, medical complications that can come with prolonged eating disorders, which can include – for anorexia – organ failure or permanent damage to organs, osteoporosis, heart failure and infertility; and – for bulimia – damage to the digestive system and esophagus, tooth decay and eventual extraction, and kidney failure from dehydration. The earlier a person with an eating disorder seeks treatment, the greater the likelihood of physical and emotional recovery, according to NEDA. Guilt, shame and embarrassment are several reasons someone suffering from an eating disorder may refuse to discuss her or his illness or receive treatment, Walker said.

Kane County resident Portia Belloc said her teenage daughter – who wishes to remain anonymous because very few people are aware she had an eating disorder – could have died from her battle with anorexia. “I was in absolute crisis mode. I couldn’t get her to drink a sip of water, and we were in the ER three different times this one particular weekend,” Belloc said. “I could have said anything to my daughter – ‘I’ll give you an Apple computer; ‘I’ll give you a million dollars’ – she wasn’t going to eat.” Once Belloc’s daughter was released from the hospital, the family used the Maudsley Approach – also known as family-based treatment or FBT – offered through the University of Chicago to help her daughter recover. The Maudsley Approach is a family-based, outpatient treatment program completed in three phases over the course of six to 12 months and includes 15 to 20 treatment sessions. Phase one is weight restoration; phase two returns control of eating over to the patient; and during the third phase the patient establishes a healthy identity.

• National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders: For treatment facility and support group information, visit www. or call the help line at 630-5771330. Email inquiries to • F.E.A.S.T.: For a 24/7 online forum and support group for parents of those suffering from an eating disorder, visit • Cadence Behavioral Health: Located at 964 N. 5th Ave., St. Charles. For behavioral health services, call 630-933-4000. (By appointment only) • StillWaters Behavioral Health: Located at 3140 W. Main St. in St. Charles. Call 630-216-9050 or visit • For more information about the Maudsley Approach or FBT, visit fbt-for-anorexia-nervosa or

Portia Belloc, about her teenage daughter, who she said could have died from her battle with anorexia Geneva resident challenged the archetype of female beauty during a 22-piece photo exhibition of her work. In the exhibition, she studied the work of five famous fashion and fine art photographers and the impact an image can have on a culture. The idea for the project stemmed from an English class unit that explored how society perceives beauty. “Our culture has evolved so much from the early 1900s, and I think photography is a driving force whether we realize it or not,” Tennant said. “Through advertisement and consumerism, we’re always being bombarded with images, and a lot of it is implying ‘this is how you should act’ and ‘what you should look like.’” Many photography students are being taught “responsible Photoshopping’ in class; however, Tennant said that she doesn’t know if it would ever be an accepted concept in the fashion industry. As part of the next wave of budding fashion photographers, Tennant said she’s unsure of whether she’ll be able to stray from the overuse of Photoshop and the “thin-is-in” mantra sung by the fashion world, but she said she would like to do something akin to the “Special K and Dove commercials that are urging women to be confident and comfortable in their own [bodies].” The media needs to be honest with people, Belloc said, adding that she’s starting to see a change with the Dove commercials. “We all need to be responsible as mothers and sisters and friends; and we need to be comfortable in our skin; and we need to teach that,” Belloc said.

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A key to preventing reThe treatment is designed to prestrictive dieting that can vent hospitalization by giving parlead to an eating disorder ents tools, knowledge and support begins with “educating our to help their child recover from ankids,” Walker said. orexia and remain unencumbered Preventative measures by the eating disorder, according are being taken, in many to the Training Institute for Child cases, by school districts in and Adolescent Eating Disorders, an effort to counteract the an institute that disseminates evicultural behemoth that is dence-based treatments for eating the media’s idealized view disorders. of beauty. “It’s a full-on commitment [from For a total of four or five the parent] when you do this prodays, eating disorders, body gram,” said Belloc, who said she had image and self-esteem are to get her daughter to consume 4,000 topics covered by seventhcalories a day to regain a healthy and eighth-grade health weight. “It was grueling. I almost classes at every Indian Praihad a breakdown. … [But] the prorie School District middle gram will tell you that it has the school in the Aurora area. highest success rate in the shortest Health teachers Scott Branamount of time, because – typically son – the husband of Kerri – anorexia can take years if you go Branson, a source in part through the traditional route.” Photo by Sarah Tennant one of this story who said Her daughter’s recovery took 18 Morgan Hetzel models in a photo that Car- she suffered from anorexia months from her diagnosis to the roll University student Sarah Tennant of and bulimia as a teenager – last counseling session. Geneva took as part of a photography exhi- and Jennifer Torza teach “My entire life ended for nine bition. The exhibit challenged the archetype the topics within a months of this, but what happened of beauty by emulating famous fashion pho- unit of mental and since … slowly and slowly she got tographers’ work over the course of history. social health at better. And what has come out now The photo emulates the work of 1950s pho- Granger Middle is this strong, confident, funny, tographer Irving Penn, who photographed School in Aurora. clever girl, who – I think – is fully “We talked his subjects with a classic elegance. recovered,” Belloc said, adding that about a lot of the through F.E.A.S.T. – a live online perceptions, primarily for young girls, and forum for parents of kids with eating disorders – she how the media can influence their decisions found strength when facing challenges, such as sitting when it comes to their body,” said Scott Branat a table for four hours while trying to get her daugh- son, adding that during the unit they show beter to eat. fore-and-after imagery, as well as a specific Dove At the time of Belloc’s daughter’s treatment, the commercial – an ad that shows a time-lapsed Photoclosest facility offering the Maudsley Approach was shop session. the University of Chicago, but TriCity Family Services Torza, who has been to two conferences with the in Geneva also has started offering FBT. National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and AssoMira Dahlheim and Laura Poss are the two individ- ciated Disorders, said it’s important to stress to her uals pioneering the FBT program for TriCity Family students that their bodies are going through changes Services, which provides counseling and other mental that will eventually even out. health services to community members. They official“Girls will start to take dramatic measures now, ly launched the “evidence-based approach” in July. which will then damage their bodies’ natural ability “There’s not a ton of providers that [offer] FBT. … to metabolize and stay healthy on its own,” she said, This is one of the only evidence-based approaches to adding that in addition to the media, what parents eating disorder treatment, which really means they say about their own body issues and flaws could have studied the effectiveness of the approach,” said Dahl- a drastic impact on the ways their children perheim, who leads the program as a therapist with Poss, ceive their own bodies. the clinical director. To help curb body-image issues among Poss said she’s excited about the facility’s new pro- teens, Scott Branson said using disclaimers on gram and the “amazing” response the program has ad campaigns that say “images have been touched been getting. up or Photoshopped” could, potentially, help. There is no wait list, and the program is open to However, Torza isn’t so sure that that would anyone in the greater Chicago area. Treatment is typ- make a difference. ically covered through insurance providers, but Poss “Even though [the children] know that it’s unresaid a patient without health insurance would not be alistic, it doesn’t change the fact that it still gets into turned away. their minds, and it still – whether they want it to or In general, treatment for an eating disorder often not – sets up these expectations that they think they will include a form of psychological counseling with have to meet,” Torza said. an eating disorder specialist, paired with medical help Education is crucial in order to elicit change, but and a nutrition plan. There are many treatment op- Scott Branson said that there is not enough time to covtions and – because of the medical complications often er what he and Torza want when everything health-reassociated with eating disorders – treatment is gener- lated is condensed into one-quarter of the school year. ally covered under most insurance providers, Walker A student sparking change of her own is Sarah Tensaid. nant, a senior at Carroll University in Wisconsin. The


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“I was in absolute crisis mode. I couldn’t get her to drink a sip of water, and we were in the ER three different times this one particular weekend. I could have said anything to my daughter ... she wasn’t going to eat.”

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Illinois governor (R): Rauner Illinois has big problems. Years of fiscal mismanagement and incompetent leadership have compromised the state’s economic future. Illinois’ five public pension systems are underfunded by more than $100 billion. The state ended 2013 with more than $7 billion in unpaid bills. lllinois’ credit rating has been downgraded five times since 2011, meaning taxpayers must pay much more in interest when the state borrows money. Moody’s Analytics predicted that Illinois will be dead last among all 50 U.S. states in job growth in 2014. It’s clear that those running state government have failed and change is long past due. On March 18, Republican primary voters have an opportunity to select the candidate they want to run against Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn in the November general election. State Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard are making a second run for the office. (Brady won the GOP nomination four years ago before losing a close election to Quinn.) Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford also is running, though his campaign has been rocked by sexual harassment charges leveled by a former staffer. Rounding out the field is businessman Bruce Rauner, whom we endorse. Rauner is not a career politician. In fact, this is his first run for public office. He supports term limits and, if he is elected, pledges to serve only two terms. He’s independently wealthy and will not be beholden to the special interest groups that

have helped to corrupt Springfield. He will not be afraid to stand up to the powerful public employee unions that have resisted change. His wealth was not given to him. He earned it during a lifelong career as an investor and businessman. Rauner is blunt when assessing the state’s many problems. Workers’ compensation is crushing businesses and an impediment to job growth. Despite a recent reform measure, public pensions are overly generous and unsustainable in the long term. The state’s tax system is unduly burdensome to both taxpayers and businesses and needs to be reformed. Rauner knows big changes need to be made to get the state back on the right path. Despite the many challenges – and the fact that whoever wins the governor’s seat more than likely will have to work with Speaker Michael Madigan, Senate President John Cullerton and a Democrat-controlled General Assembly – Rauner is confident he can get the job done. He has a genuine love for Illinois and a desire to improve the quality of life here. Rauner also knows his limitations. He admits that he himself doesn’t have all of the answers, but he promises to surround himself with the best and brightest and work as hard as necessary to succeed, just as he has in his professional life. Rauner has the energy, the charisma and the financial backing to stand up to Quinn in the fall and win. In the Republican primary for governor, we endorse Rauner.


U.S. Senate: Oberweis Illinois state Sen. Jim Oberweis and Downers Grove businessman Doug Truax square off in the March 18 Republican primary for U.S. Senate, with the winner facing longtime incumbent Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin in November. Oberweis, of Sugar Grove, owns a successful dairy and asset management business. He is making his third run at a U.S. Senate seat. This is the first attempt for Truax, managing partner

and co-owner of Veritas Risk Services in Oak Brook. Oberweis has spent the better part of the past decade running for office. After several consecutive losses, he won a seat in the Illinois Senate in 2012. He said he’s learned from his past campaign mistakes, and is the stronger candidate to take on Durbin in the fall. A staunch conservative on fiscal and social issues in past campaigns, Oberweis,

while still a conservative, seems more willing to work with the other side of the aisle to accomplish goals. As a state lawmaker, he voted with Democrats last year on a pension reform bill that he acknowledged was far from perfect but the best deal the state could get at the time. Although it will be an uphill battle, Oberweis offers Republicans the best chance in November. He is endorsed.

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Members of the Geneva boys varsity basketball team practice Wednesday in Geneva. The Vikings are looking for their first regional title since the 1985-86 season.

INTO THE FINALS Marmion’s Jack Fergus (left) and St. Charles East’s Will Shanel are among the local qualiiers who will compete in the pool today during the inals of the IHSA boys state swimming meet at Evanston. PAGE 19



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Geneva boys basketball might have the team to put end to postseason frustration By JAY SCHWAB GENEVA – The extent of the Geneva boys basketball team’s postseason futility escaped Geneva coach Phil Ralston when he took over the Vikings’ program in 2008. Once Ralston learned that Geneva had not won an IHSA regional title since the 1985-86 season, he was deeply surprised, then even more determined. The Vikings are not hiding their desire to shed that historical baggage as soon as possible, and after one of their finest regular seasons in program history, Geneva rates a realistic chance to do so at next week’s IHSA Class 4A Plainfield East Regional. “Coming in here and having what we thought are so many really good teams the last six years, and to know how difficult it really is to win a regional in 4A, I mean it is tough. It is tough,” Ralston said. “But I think we have the right pieces for it to happen, even this year.” The Vikings – 21-5 entering Friday night’s regular season finale against Waubonsie Valley – had a taste of postseason success last season, upsetting Hinsdale Central in a regional semifinal before playing competitively in a regional final loss to West Aurora. Several key contributors from that team returned to build on the minibreakthrough, and now they’re eager to take that elusive next step. “I think this is the first time in 32 years we’ve bad back-to-back 20-win seasons, so that says a lot in itself that we are different,” Geneva senior guard Chris Parrilli said. “We’re a special group, and I think we all believe in ourselves that we are a special group and can do great things. I believe, and I think a lot of people on this team and in our community believe, that a regional shouldn’t be our ultimate goal this year. We

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Geneva boys basketball coach Phil Ralston talks with his team during practice Wednesday in Geneva.

More Viking coverage How did the Geneva boys basketball team fare against Waubonsie Valley in an Upstate Eight Conference crossover game? Check out the result on page 22.

have a lot of talent.” The Geneva girls basketball program has been a postseason powerhouse throughout the past decade, a stark contrast to their male counterparts. While the Vikings have not celebrated a boys regional title since the mid-1980s, they’ve had plenty of respectable squads during that span. This year’s team is the 12th that will finish with a winning record since 1985-86, including five in six seasons under Ralston. This year’s Vikings, al-

though, might be a cut above, a perspective coaches seemed to endorse by voting Geneva as the No. 6 seed out of 23 teams in a deep East Aurora Sectional. Remarkably, Geneva is shooting better than 50 percent from the floor as a team, the most efficient offensive squad Ralston has coached in his time at Geneva and previous tenure at Grant. Versatile forward and Division I prospect Nate Navigato leads the team with a scoring average of about 19 points while shooting 54 percent from the floor, while fellow junior Pace Temple is shooting better than 60 percent on the season. “It’s easy to have a high percentage when you’re not being looked to to score a whole lot,” Temple said. “I’m a role guy, and I bought into that. Playing defense,

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rebounding, bringing energy – and I love that. … I take the shots when I have them. I don’t have to force anything, so I’m just getting real good looks, and guys are making it easy for me. A layup here, a 10-foot jumpshot there, and it just comes easy. Just let the game come to you. I’m just blessed to play with guys who can score.” The Vikings – who tied for second place in the Upstate Eight Conference River behind champion Larkin – also have played stronger defense

during the second half of the season, and have solid size in post players Loudon Vollbrecht and Mike Landi to make for a well-rounded team. Yet despite all the Vikings have going for them, perhaps the leading factor in their extended postseason drought – rugged sectional competition – remains intact. Even with a solid seed, Geneva’s postseason debut likely will come Wednesday against regional host Plainfield East (18-9), which boasts Illinois recruit Aaron Jordan as its marquee player. Plainfield East first must defeat Wheaton Warrenville South on Monday. Parrilli recalled a close game against Jordan and the Bengals during a fall league game.

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Vikings have tough road ahead in IHSA Class 4A postseason IHSA Classes 3A/4A boys basketball regional breakdown

• EXITS Continued from page 16 “He’s a great player, and going to U of I,” Parrilli said. “We’ve got to expect a lot from him. We have a lot of great defensive players and we do a lot of switching on defense, which will really help. With great team defense, we can really shut him down and make other guys step up on their team.” If the Vikings advance to the regional final, Bolingbrook – the sectional’s No. 3 seed – likely would present the opposition in a Friday regional final. While the St. Charles schools recently have been ticketed for nearby regionals loaded with conference teams, Batavia and Geneva continue to be clustered with a wider range of schools, mostly in basketball hotbeds south and east of the Tri-Cities. Ralston said he would prefer a “true, geographic regional,” which he said would make for more straightforward scouting and, more importantly, better fan support for postseason

Best regional semifinal matchup: St. Charles East vs. St. Charles North at 4A St. Charles North Regional. Provided the Saints polish off Upstate Eight Conference River cellar-dweller Streamwood on Monday, it’s Round 3 of East-North at 7 p.m. Wednesday, likely with a crack at both teams’ nemesis – Larkin – on the line. The crosstown foes split their regular season meetings, with East dominating the more recent matchup. But the Saints couldn’t miss from 3-point land that night, and East still must establish it can find ways to win on lukewarmto-worse shooting nights. North’s brawny front line will try to exploit the Saints’ occasional vulnerabilities on the glass. Best potential regional final: Kaneland vs. St. Francis at 3A Kaneland Regional. Both teams have

made major strides since meeting Thanksgiving week at Batavia’s Windmill City Classic, won by the Knights, 66-48. St. Francis (15-9) has a more challenging path to make a potential regional final but the Spartans have thrived in the postseason under coach Bob Ward. The top-seeded Knights should be a tough out on their home floor with a dynamic 1-2 punch of seniors John Pruett and Ty Carlson anchoring a seasoned squad. Best area bet to win a regional: Wheaton Academy at 3A Genoa-Kingston Regional. The Suburban Christian Conference Blue champions were sent west and are not lumped in a regional with St. Francis, both welcome changes of scenery for a program that has excelled in the regular season but not the postseason in recent years. The presence of shooting

sensation Josh Ruggles (81 for 165 from 3-point land, 49 percent) and big man Gordon Behr (13 points a game, 8 rebounds a game), plus an improving cast of role players, gives the second-seeded Warriors a strong chance to advance at a regional where top-seeded Sycamore and third-seeded Burlington Central also will contend. Potential darkhorse: Marmion at 3A Kaneland Regional. The Cadets own a homecourt victory against likely regional semifinal opponent St. Francis and have played much better in the second half of the season, thanks to enhanced scoring from guard Michael Sheehan complementing solid frontcourt contributions from Jake Esp and Danny Bicknell. Athletic junior Jordan Glasgow can be an X-factor. – Jay Schwab,

games. “When I hear the St. Charles coaches complain about, ‘Well we have to play this team now

for the fourth time in the season,’ I’m thinking ‘Be careful what you wish for’ because you may not like what you have

with a 23-team sectional like we have,” Ralston said. But whatever the drawbacks, whatever the degree of

“When I hear the St. Charles coaches complain about, ‘Well we have to play this team now for the fourth time in the season,’ I’m thinking ‘Be careful what you wish for’ because you may not like what you have with a 23-team sectional like we have.” Phil Ralston Geneva boys basketball coach difficulty, this Geneva team intends to rise to the occasion. The on-the-rise Vikings should return much of their core next year minus starting guards Cam Cook and Parrilli, but after almost three decades of hasty exits, the Vikings feel compelled to rewrite their postseason history, ASAP. “I’m not resting until we get it,” Ralston said.

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Marmion 400-yard freestyle relay, SCN earn berths for Day 2 By KEVIN DRULEY

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St. Charles East’s Will Shanel competes in the 200-yard individual medley event during the IHSA boys state swim meet Friday at Evanston High School. out there and see if we can’t move up a little bit.” Marmion will send the same quartet to the consolation finals – pitting the seventh through 12th-best prelim finishers – in the 200 medley relay. Fergus, 11th in the backstroke (51.72), is in an in-

dividual consolation final. St. Charles North’s lone second-day entry is the consolation final team of Stephan Hutchinson, Collin Bawolek, Ross Davis and Joe Myhre in the 200 freestyle relay. The North Stars finished 10th in 1:26.40.

North’s 400 free relay appeared to earn the ninth seed and a consolation final berth, but ultimately was disqualified because a swimmer left the starting block early. The North Stars were competing in Lane 5, which also was Glenbrook North’s home

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EVANSTON – St. Charles East boys swimmer Will Shanel periodically checked his phone during Friday’s IHSA state swimming and diving preliminaries at Evanston. Other than his fingertips, there was nothing particularly pressing. Shanel simply was being a senior in high school. No matter what happens today, when Shanel competes in the championship finals of the 200-yard individual medley and 500 freestyle, he knows that won’t change. Maybe that’s why Shanel remembered to add “have fun” to his other objectives – warm down after events and stay hydrated. “Everybody’s got their own races. Everybody’s got different times,” Shanel said. “If you’re sitting there and you’re too worried about it and you’re having trouble focusing on that, you’re going to go in, and you might not have a great swim. And after that, you get down on the weekend. “You’ve got to have fun. You’ve got to enjoy what you’re doing. You’ve got to be out there and you’ve got to keep everybody around you doing the same thing.” A week after turning in personal records in both races at the Saints’ home sectional, Shanel duplicated the feat at prelims, swimming 1:52.33 in the 200 IM and 4:34.79 in the 500 free. Marmion’s 400 freestyle relay of junior Andrew Kasper and seniors Jack Fergus, Dan Creighton and Mike Burke earned the area’s only other championship finals berth, finishing sixth in prelims in 3:08.68. “Hopefully, with a bit shorter day, not quite as long [today], we can pick it up,” Cadets coach Bill Schalz said. “We’re on the outside [lane], we’ve got nothing to lose. Get

when it was disqualified in the previous heat. North Stars coach Rob Rooney lamented not telling swimmers to be extra cautious on starts from a block he described as “wobbly” and “jerry-rigged.” “I take away from the whole day that our boys obviously kept their word to the back of the [team] shirt. They kept the fight going through a little bit of a roller coaster ride,” Rooney said. “We have a completely new group of kids who have never been here before. The progress we saw from the beginning of the year to today – phenomenal.” Geneva junior Nathan Jesko did not advance in either of his two events – the 200 free and 100 backstroke. Another solo performer, West Chicago-Batavia co-op senior Alex Laleian, missed the cut in the 200 and 500 free but hardly was brooding. A club swimmer before joining the high school team this winter “to have fun,” Laleian is just 14 months removed from a car accident that jarred his back and led to two months of rehab. Donning a red swim cap with a blue pawprint – a uniform staple after Batavia joined the program this season – the only time Laleian seemed to lose his smile was when he hit the water. “It was a lot of fun. I had never swam with any of the kids before. I didn’t know any of the names coming into the high school season. And that was our first-year as a co-op, as well,” Laleian said. “It was completely new for everybody. There were none of those cliques, I guess you could say. Everybody fit together perfectly. It was great. It was honestly great. I’m happy I did it.” Now that’s testimony Shanel would be proud of. Naturally, he delivered something similar when sizing up the 500 free, where he shaved nearly three seconds from his sectional time and is seeded fifth. “Just go after it,” Shanel said. “See what we can pull down.”

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IHSA Class 1A Somonauk Boys Basketball Regional

By JAY SCHWAB SOMONAUK – The Mooseheart boys basketball team scored only 25 points for the night, none in the fourth quarter, and lived to tell about it. After putting up 81 points in a regional semifinal rout Wednesday, the Ramblers encountered a drastically different opponent – and style of play – in Friday’s IHSA Class 1A Somonauk Regional title game, and barely held off an upset with a 25-22 victory against Newark. The Norsemen missed an open 3-pointer that could have tied the game in the final minute, then had an inbounds pass stolen by Mooseheart reserve guard J.J. Odunsi with 4.4 seconds left to seal the outcome. Newark’s Will Clausel was the intended target of Newark’s final play but stumbled trying to free himself, and Odunsi corralled the inbounds pass thrown by Grant Riehle-Moeller. “I saw [Clausel] trip on the play, so I realized the next closest person was the guy that I was guarding, so I saw they made eye contact, and I tried to anticipate the pass,” Odunsi said. “Luckily, it was a bounce pass so I used my speed get around the guy and get a deflection, and luckily it stayed in bounds, so I just used my speed again to get the ball.” Odunsi zipped upcourt and missed a last-second layup, finalizing a scoreless fourth quarter for Mooseheart (24-5), which somehow preserved its 25-19 lead entering the fourth. It was immediately apparent Friday’s game would unfold unusually as Newark milked almost two minutes of clock on its opening possession, which was disrupted only by the ball being knocked out of bounds. Acclimating slowly to Mooseheart’s size and quickness, the Norsemen needed a buzzer-beating basket by Riehle-Moeller for its first points at the end of the quarter, cutting its deficit to 6-2. The end of the second quarter was even more fruitful for Newark, as the Norsemen

Wednesday’s semifinals Mooseheart 81, Serena 41 Newark 50, Somonauk 42 Friday’s final Mooseheart 25, Newark 22

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Mooseheart’s Freddy Okito drives to the hoop Friday on a fast break against Newark in the IHSA Class 1A Somonauk Regional. Mooseheart won, 25-22. made four free throws with no time left on the clock to cut Mooseheart’s halftime lead to 11-10. Newark guard Matt Eike drew a foul just ahead of the buzzer, and the Ramblers were then assessed a technical for starting to leave the court before the free throws were administered. At the close of the third quarter, it was Mooseheart’s turn to benefit from an odd break, as Ramblers guard Mangisto Deng was fouled on an off-balance 3-point attempt and converted all three free throws for the 25-19 lead, a sequence Newark coach Rick Tollefson lamented after the game. Even down six entering the fourth, Newark mostly stuck to its delay strategy in the final quarter, an approach Mooseheart eventually replicated as it sought to milk the final minutes. Mooseheart – with its enormous and athletic frontcourt – has encountered stalling tactics semiregularly the

past two seasons, but Newark (18-10) executed better than most. “We came out, the first option was see if they would go in that 1-3-1 zone and allow us to take time off the clock and shrink the game, and they did,” Tollefson said. “We made a couple mistakes. … But we wanted to try and shorten the game. We thought we could score 30, 40 off of them, but not 70, 80, so we shrunk the game, and they allowed us to do that. “I told them if we get down

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10 we’re going to go nuclear option and just press them, we’re going to just fly all over the court and see what happens, but we never really had to go there until the end. The kids did a real nice job. I’m really proud of my kids.” A 3-pointer by Eike with 4:40 to play stood as the lone points of the fourth quarter. Odunsi missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 25 seconds left to allow the Norsemen a second chance to tie the game. Deng scored 14 of Mooseh-

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eart’s 25 points while 6-foot10 standout Makur Puou was held to five points. Puou, however, supplied strong interior defense and grabbed eight rebounds and four blocked shots. It was a raucous atmosphere in the gym, as dozens of Somonauk students lent their support to the Ramblers after Newark eliminated Somonauk earlier in the week. “After they lost their game to Newark on Wednesday, we saw later on Facebook, they said they were going to come out and support us,” Odunsi said. “We all appreciate that very well.” Earlier Friday, a Kane County judge denied a request for Mooseheart junior Rodrigue Makindu to be allowed to play; Makindu has been ineligible this season because of recently changed IHSA bylaws regarding international transfer students. “He would have played, no doubt about it,” said Mooseheart coach Ron Ahrens, whose team won its second straight 1A regional title. “I probably needed his quickness and scoring ability out there a little bit.” Mooseheart advances to Wednesday’s Serena Sectional semifinals against Chicago Hope.

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Lutze-led rally not enough for Eagles By JARED BIRCHFIELD

Tuesday’s semifinals IC Catholic Prep 74, Westmont 56 Aurora Christian 58, St. Edward 42 Friday’s final IC Catholic Prep 62, Aurora Christian 57 coach Pat McNamara said. “The big difference in the first half is we stopped them initially but they were killing us on the boards and getting a lot of easy put-backs.” Lutze also found his 3-point touch. After not making any 3-pointers in the first half, the sophomore connected on three treys in a row during the third quarter to pull the Eagles even with the Knights with 3 minutes left in the third quarter, 39-39. “I was a little nervous in the first half,” Lutze said. “I just calmed down in the second half.” Aurora Christian took brief lead, 46-44, on a putback basket by Juwan Sisco (six points) to start the fourth quarter. The teams traded the lead throughout the fourth quarter with the Eagles regaining the lead with less than two minutes left in the game on another Lutze 3-pointer, 54-53. The Knights’ Rhashaun Epting (19 points) responded with a trey on his own to retake the lead for good, 56-54. Ross Fleming scored 12 points for IC while teammates Anthony Taylor and Clark Brinkman both contributed 7 . Wes Wolfe scored 11 for the Eagles.

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Knights earn share of division title By TRAVIS ZUELLIG MAPLE PARK – With three games remaining in the conference schedule, the Kaneland boys basketball team needed three wins to have a chance for a share of the Northern Illinois Big 12 East title. After winning games at Morris and against Sycamore at home, the Knights set up a dramatic season finale against DeKalb at home. Kaneland’s senior night did not disappoint as the Knights held off the Barbs for a 57-55 victory. DeKalb had a chance for the win, but Patrick Aves’ 3-pointer at the buzzer fell short, giving Kaneland a three-way share of the conference title with Morris and Sycamore. “I thought that we battled hard. I am just proud of our guys for persevering through a little tough stretch in conference,” Kaneland head coach Brian Johnson said. “We won four in a row and avenged losses against Yorkville and DeKalb. It is


nice to say we are conference champs.” After trailing by three at halftime, DeKalb scored five straight points to take an early lead. The Knights responded with a 15-3 run, sparked by a pair of Drew David 3-pointers and another five points by John Pruett. The Barbs closed the gap before the end of the quarter with a 7-0 run. In the fourth quarter, Kaneland pushed the lead back out to 9 points but the Barbs wouldn’t back down. DeKalb scored eight straight points to cut the Knights’ lead to one. “We fought hard in the second half, we just couldn’t pull through,” DeKalb’s Jace Kitchen said. “We just needed to knock a couple of free throws and hit a layup and that is the difference, but we just couldn’t quite get it.” Connor Fedderly split two free throws to give Kaneland a two-point lead with 11 seconds remaining. The Knights had a foul to give and used it to make DeKalb inbound the ball with 5 seconds remaining. Aves’ final

effort then fell short. Kitchen’s 20 points and seven rebounds led the Barbs. Luke Davis III finished with 17 points, with 15 of those coming in the first half. DeKalb head coach David Rohlman said that his team’s defense could have made the difference. “I am pleased that we fought our way back. I didn’t think we had the energy that we are capable of playing and I thought that cost us,” Rohlman said. “We could have played much better defense. We gave up 70 points to these guys earlier in the season and today, it was in the 50s, but I didn’t think it was as good of defense that we are capable of playing.” For Kaneland, three players finished in double figures. Pruett scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds. David hit four 3-pointers to finish with 12 points and Cole Carlson had 12 points. “Down the stretch, we are going to need everyone to score,” Pruett said. “We can’t be relying on one or two people. We need four or five, like tonight.”


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AURORA – Once again the Aurora Christian boys basketball was cast as the underdog as the third-seeded team took on IC Prep, the top seed in Friday night’s IHSA Class 2A regional championship game on the Eagles’ own court. Aurora Christian, which got past No. 2 seed St. Edward on Tuesday, could not pull off the second upset of the week and lost to the Knights, 62-57. The Eagles’ second half comeback fell short despite a 20-point second half effort by sophomore R. D. Lutze and strong defense. Lutze, who drained six 3-point shots in the third and fourth quarters, led all scorers with 25 points. The Eagles’ flat defense in the first half and the Knights’ deadly accuracy at the free throw line sealed the Eagles’ fate. IC went to the free-throw line 34 times in the game and connected on 28 of the shots. Aurora Christian converted only seven of 14 attempts. “Our free-throw shooting has been up and down all year,” said IC coach T.J. Tyrrell. “But they stepped tonight and made them.” IC Catholic (23-6) led at halftime, 36-26, by controlling the boards and getting many second chance shots. The Eagles (16-12) switched from zone to man-to-man defense, and equalized the rebounding. Johnathan Harrell, who was taken to the hospital as a precaution Tuesday after being hit in the stomach, snared eight rebounds. “The guys were fighting and scrapping and playing a lot better defense in the second half,” Aurora Christian

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Vikings grind out win in UEC crossover game By IAN MATTHEWS GENEVA – On what became a memorable night for the Geneva boys basketball team, the Vikings played their typical halfcourt defense, grind-out affair in a 44-39 Upstate Eight Conference second-place crossover win over Waubonsie Valley. Friday’s regular season finale win moved the Vikings to 22-5 on the year, the most victories for a Geneva team since 1982. Geneva will play the winner of Monday night’s Wheaton-Warrenville South-Plainfield East play-in game Wednesday in an IHSA Class 4A Plainfield East regional semifinal. “When you don’t have your offensive game going you can always get your defense there, and that’s what we’ve been working on all season,” Geneva guard Chris Parrilli said. “That’s what’s going to help us Wednesday night. If we end up playing Plainfield East, they will have a home-court advantage with Aaron Jordan. If we can get our defense there, that will help us win it.” Geneva’s defense was especially stingy in the second half against Waubonsie Valley. The Vikings led, 37-32, after three quarter and really put the clamps down, only permitting five fourth quarter points to seal the win. The Warriors stayed close in the third quarter thanks to three, back-door lay-ins from Matt Gialamos. The Vikings fixed the problem in the fourth quarter, permitting only a Jack Cordes layup with 7:19 in the fourth quarter and a 3-pointer from Chris Karkazis that cut Geneva’s lead to 42-39 with 1:43 to go. Leading 42-39 in the final minute, Geneva twice gave the Warriors a chance to tie the game. After a Geneva travel with 42 seconds to go, Warriors guard Nick Karkazis was called for a travel that gave Geneva the ball right back. Parrilli was then called for an offensive foul that gave Waubonsie Valley the ball

back with 21 seconds to go. Nick Karkazis had an open look from the right corner for the tie, but the ball rimmed out and was corralled by Nate Navigato with 7 seconds to go. Navigato eluded one defender, passing the ball to a streaking Parrilli who was fouled with 4.8 on the clock. The senior knocked down both free throws to help Geneva pull out the victory. “I thought our kids played unbelievable defense tonight; that looked like a Geneva defensive team,” Geneva coach Phil Ralston said. “We had a lot of kids who stepped up and played great defense. Pace [Temple] was just dynamite. Parrilli did a phenomenal job. Daniel [Santacaterina] came off the bench and did a phenomenal job, especially pressuring balls. There were a lot of positives defensively.” Ralston called Geneva’s own offensive struggles a lack of execution, but the game perfectly fit the Vikings’ slow-down style. Ironically, many of Geneva’s second half points came on fastbreak baskets, something the veteran coach doesn’t mind at all. “I just want the best possible shot that we can get and if that’s a fast break we’ll use the fast break,” Ralston said. “Actually, that was probably the best aspect of our offense tonight. I’ve always believed – for right or for wrong – that the teams that seem to do the best in the state tournament are the teams that score out of half-court sets. You don’t really see anyone who advances who can’t do that.” Parrilli knocked down three, 3-pointers to lead Geneva with 16 points, the only Vikings player in double-figures. “It was a weird day. We didn’t have school, so we definitely not used to the long day,” Parrilli said. “My teammates were finding me in the pockets all day. It’s a lot easier when your teammates are finding you with wide-open looks.” Cordes finished with 11 points for the Warriors, who take on Naperville North on Tuesday at the Lemont regional.


Saints grab momentum By DENNIS D. JACOBS ST. CHARLES – A.J. Washington talked about wanting to go out with a bang in his final home game at St. Charles East. It was more like a detonation. Washington scored 19 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and had three slams, including a reverse jam with 12 seconds left that put the exclamation mark on an 80-67 victory over Metea Valley in Friday’s Upstate Eight Conference crossover game. “I’ve been saving that one up all year,” Washington said. “That was the moment. … Last game in this building, so I put it all on the line. I just wanted to go out on a bang.” Washington’s first jam attempt of the night went awry, but he got a second chance when Cole Gentry tapped the rebound to him and he made good on it. That was in the middle of a 9-0 run by the Saints (16-11) that saw them erase a 9-8 lead by the Mustangs. “A.J. was a beast tonight,”

Gentry said. “It was his last [home] game and I’m glad we got him a win to go out. He played really well. [Jake] Asquini hit some big shots – some big 3s. Everybody was contributing.” Asquini, a 6--foot-2 junior, hit a 3 from the right side to give East its largest lead of the night at 32-13 early in the second quarter. He scored 12 of his 15 points in the first half as the Saints took a 40-28 lead into the locker room at the half. Metea Valley scored the first five points of the third quarter to get back into the contest, but Washington hit a jumper from the right baseline to help reverse the momentum. “A.J.’s been a force for us all year,” East coach Pat Woods said. “I’m really happy he was able to end with the two-hand reverse. That’s a great way to play your last game in this gym.” It also marked the final home game for senior guard Dom Adduci, who sprained an ankle a week earlier at Elgin. Adduci didn’t enter the game until there was just 1:19 left in

the fourth quarter, but 19 seconds later he drilled a 3-pointer. He missed another 3-point attempt from the right corner moments later. “I was happy that Dom hit that 3,” Woods said. Woods indicated Adduci’s ankle injury is improving and he should be ready if needed when the Saints open postseason play Monday at St. Charles North against Streamwood. Gentry ran the offense in Adduci’s absence and scored 20 points. “I was just trying to come out and get everybody involved, but be conscious to score a little more,” Gentry said. “I just tried to be aggressive going to the rim the whole game.” Gentry also had a big game against the Mustangs earlier in the season, which ended with an East loss. “They beat us last time and we didn’t feel like we played our best,” Washington said. “Tonight we came out – seniors last game in this building – so we wanted to come out hot and we wanted to go out on a four-game win streak.”


BC boys hoops falls to BNC East champs KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE RICHMOND – When his Burlington Central boys basketball team dwindled what had been a double-digit deficit down to only three points in the fourth quarter Friday night, coach Brett Porto believed the Rockets had one final push in them. Turns out, Richmond-Burton proved to be the one that kept some reserve in the tank. R-B poured in 13 points in the final three minutes and limited Central when it mattered most in a 76-67 victory to capture the outright Big Northern Conference East Division title. The championship was R-B’s fourth division crown in the past six years and first 20-win season

More online Go to to check out video highlights from the Burlington Central boys basketball game. since 1989-90. “It was a game of runs and they ended on the run,” Porto said. “We liked where we were at, and I would have liked to see us respond a little better. “But they just hit a few more shots.” Central (15-8, 7-4 BNC East) got 27 points from Reed Hunnicutt and 21 points from Brett Rau in the loss. The Rockets got as close as 64-61 with 3:09 remaining in the fourth quarter. But R-B,

which hit 10 3-point field goals in the title-clinching win, scored the game’s next six points to re-establish its lead. Central led 37-34 at the half, but then was outscored in each of the final two quarters – including by nine points in the third quarter. R-B (20-7, 10-2) got 23 points from Brian Wells, who hit a team-best three 3-point field goals along with Mike Kaska.

Wheaton Academy 59, Marmion 49: At West Chicago, Josh Ruggles scored 16 points as Wheaton Academy (19-8, 10-0 Suburban Christian Conference Blue) closed out an unbeaten run through conference. • Jeff Arnold contributed to this report.

PREP ZONE Jay Schwab difficult to score on. But there’s no arguing with the results the defensive switch netted Thursday, and you have to think it will be tempting for coach Sarah Meadows and Co. to go back to that well in Monday’s supersectional against Rockford Boylan, and possibly beyond. Persevering through yet another injury-marred season, give the Vikings major credit for this late-season surge. Losing twice to Batavia had to be deflating for a proud program, as was losing dynamic guard Michaela Loebel for a second straight season. “I know me, Sidney and Morgan (Seberger), we play AAU together, and we would dream of going as far as possible,” said Loebel, who recently returned from her latest knee injury. “And, I mean, the past three years, we’ve always kind of had bumps and potholes. We’ve always had, like, little bumps in the road on the way down. But this year, our team chemistry is so intact. On and off the court, everyone is just so caring for each other and motivated. I think that’s what’s getting us to the next one.” A timely assist from the boys program certainly didn’t hurt.

Surprise opponent: The Burlington Central girls probably expected a rematch game against Vernon Hills in Monday’s 3A Hoffman Estates Supersectional, but Carmel erased that storyline by defeating Vernon Hills in a sectional final Thursday. After his team’s win against Rockford Lutheran, Rockets coach Mark Smith said he was “a little bit” surprised to learn that Carmel (24-8) would provide the supersectional opposition. Vernon Hills ousted BC in a

Monday’s girls hoops supersectionals Class 4A Judson Supersectional Geneva (26-5) vs. Rockford Boylan (27-4), 7 p.m. Class 3A Hoffman Estates Supersectional Burlington Central (26-4) vs. Carmel (24-8), 6 p.m.

supersectional last year. “I think Vernon Hills wasn’t as good as they were last year,” Smith said. “But we scouted Carmel, we’ve got someone there watching [their game against Vernon Hills]. So we know they’re a pretty good basketball team, and they must be playing pretty well right now.”

Fleck, Thorgesen among Kaneland inductees: Former Northern Illinois wide receiver and current Western Michigan football coach P.J. Fleck will be inducted into the Kaneland Hall of Fame this spring. Kaneland announced this year’s Hall of Fame class, which includes Fleck, Gary Nickels, Rick Schairer, Christine Heath, John McQuade and longtime coach Joe Thorgesen. Playing under Thorgesen, Fleck led Kaneland to consecutive state football championships in 1997 and 1998 before starring for NIU as a wide receiver in the early 2000s. Nickels and Schairer will be honored May 5 at Kaneland, Heath will be inducted on May 14 and McQuade, Fleck and Thorgesen will be honored June 2. All community members are invited to a dessert reception before the inductions starting at 6:15 p.m. on the respective dates. • Jay Schwab is sports editor of the Kane County Chronicle. He can be reached at 630-845-5382 or jschwab@

What drew you to this opening? Coming from a private school and going to a smaller school myself when I was in high school [in Colorado], I think it was a good fit. And I think they felt it on their end, as well. My thing with coaching is I want these kids to be successful in life. It’s also about that academic and character development piece. ... The [interview] process started toward the end of January, the latter part of January, and then I was offered pretty much the middle of February.

How did your time at Marist prepare you? The Marist head coach, Pat Dunne, was my college teammate [at Lake Forest]. He’s an alum here, so that’s how I got tied into Marist and the south side. It was a great experience getting to build that program up, pretty much from scratch. … Me and Coach Dunne are pretty positive people and we just focused on that process of each and every day getting better. Get these kids to have a good time, but also stay hungry. So we never focused on the result. We just focused on that process and the wins started coming, and eventually that culture was put in place.

Your predecessor, Greg Purnell, will still remain at St. Francis as an administrator. What kind of contact have you had? I had a brief meeting with him this week. It was only a half hour or so, but I’ll definitely be visiting with him more often. Seems like a great guy. He has great experience and


Sport specialization has really ramped up in the past few years. What’s been your view? We want our kids to go out and play other sports. I don’t think there’s any substitution for competition and the agility and athleticism that comes form other sports. … I think as they get older, junior and senior year they start to feel more pressure that maybe they need to specialize. We haven’t really experienced it too much. I think the kids that come in here, at least at Marist, they come in and are athletic and playing other sports.

Purnell led the program to a state title in 2008. What did you about the Spartans coming in? You know what, a guy had recommended me to look into it and the more I looked into it, the more interested I got. ... I could really get a sense of the family and community every time I was there. It was just a good fit. I think I learned more about it as I went through the process.

What did you think of the new stadium? Looks really nice, definitely seems like everything going in the right direction.

What are some of your Xs and Os? Our main thing is we want to adjust our scheme to the personnel that we have. We’re not going to pigeonhole a kid just to suit a system. … Same thing on the defensive end. If there’s more linebacker types, we might be a three-man front, and et cetera. That’s one of the biggest things in high school football, you never know the kids you’re going to get. ... Offensively, we definitely want to be able to run the ball, but still spread it out and make other teams respect the pass. It’s an exciting offense. The kids had fun with it at Marist, and I think they will at St. Francis, too.


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The Geneva girls and boys basketball teams were a combined 47-10 going into the Vikings boys’ regular season finale Friday night, so perhaps it should be no surprise that the squads teamed up nicely in a huge victory for the Geneva girls Thursday night. Those who have watched the Geneva boys basketball team semiregularly employ its 1-3 chase defense recall how successful the Vikings have been bottling up opponents’ marquee scoring threats under coach Phil Ralston. The Geneva girls team’s opponent in Thursday’s IHSA Class 4A Addison Trail Sectional final – Batavia – certainly has an elite scorer in Missouri State recruit Liza Fruendt, who had torched the Vikings for 51 points in one of two regular season Bulldogs victories. But in Thursday’s rematch, the Geneva girls took a page out the boys team’s playbook, employing the 1-3 chase, in which the chaser seeks to smother the offensive target while the rest of the team plays zone. Fruendt’s looks were limited; she scored 10 points and her teammates were unable to make up the difference as the Bulldogs sputtered to a disastrous offensive night, and Geneva rolled, 48-24. “[Wednesday] at practice, we had all the boys coaches over helping us,” Geneva senior Sidney Santos said after the game. “It just describes the Geneva community. Everyone wants to watch us succeed. The boys coaches came over, they were looking out for us, they were teaching us new things.” The Vikings have played excellent basketball in recent weeks, as evidenced by an impressive sectional semifinal win against top-seeded Wheaton Warrenville South. Regardless of what defense the Vikings are playing, Geneva’s seemingly teamwide length makes the Vikings

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New St. Francis football coach Mike Fitzgerald plans to move from Chicago’s south side to Woodridge this weekend. That figures to put him in good middle ground as he transitions from Marist offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach to the Spartans’ head job. Fitzgerald, 32, commutes three days a week to the St. Francis campus for afterschool weight training and is just starting to evaluate assistants and other protocol under former coach Greg Purnell, who stepped down in December. Kane County Chronicle sports reporter Kevin Druley touched base with Fitzgerald, who was named coach earlier this week. Here’s an edited transcript of their conversation in the latest edition of the Weekend Chit-chat:


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8SPORTS NEIGHBORS St. Charles Storm Black wins tournaments The fourth-grade boys St. Charles Storm Black travel basketball team took first place in its past two tournaments.

The team went 7-0 and won the titles at Northern Illinois University (Feb. 15 and 16) in DeKalb and at the Mount Olympus Shootout (Feb. 23) in the Wisconsin Dells, Wis. – Kane County Chronicle

PREP SCHEDULE TODAY Boys swimming: IHSA state finals, at Evanston, 1 p.m. Wrestling: Marmion at IHSA team dual state tournament, at Bloomington, 9 a.m. MONDAY Boys basketball: Batavia vs. Downers Grove South at 4A Plainfield East Regional, 6 p.m.; St. Charles East vs. Streamwood at 4A St. Charles North Regional, 8 p.m.; Aurora Central Catholic vs. Glenbard South at 3A Kaneland Regional, 6 p.m.; Marmion vs. IMSA at 3A Kaneland Regional, 8 p.m. Girls basketball: Burlington Central vs. Carmel at Class 3A Hoffman Estates Supersection-

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Profit on CNBC 500 practice, 10 a.m., FS1 NASCAR, Nationwide Series, Blue Jeans Go Green 200, 2:45 p.m., ABC Golf PGA Tour, The Honda Classic, third round, noon, TGC; 2 p.m., NBC Women’s basketball UTEP at Rice, 11 a.m., FSN DePaul at St. John’s, noon, FS1 Creighton at Marquette, 2 p.m., FS1 Michigan at Penn St., 2:30 p.m., BTN Soccer Premier League, Chelsea at Fulham, 8:55 a.m., NBCSN Premier League, Liverpool at Southampton, 11:25 a.m., NBCSN Gymnastics American Cup, noon, NBC Men’s hockey Ohio St. at Michigan, noon, BTN Penn St. at Minnesota, 6 p.m., NBCSN Motorsports AMA Supercross, 6:30 p.m., FS1 Boxing Champion Orlando Salido (40-12-2) vs. Vasyl Lomachenko (1-0-0), for WBO featherweight title; super middleweights, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (47-1-1) vs. Bryan Vera (23-7-0), 8:45 p.m., HBO

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The St. Charles North varsity and jayvee drill teams took home high honors Feb. 9 at the Batavia High School Team Dance Illinois invitational competition.

The varsity girls team competed in the Class 3A Division, where they earned two first-place trophies for their lyrical dance choreographed by Jamie Beaulieu and Isabel Miller and their open pom dance choreographed by Kassi Ams, Colleen Lullo

and Quinn Samanic. The varsity team is coached by Nancy Prentiss. The jayvee team earned two first-place trophies for their open pom dance choreographed by Lexi Zocher, Shelby Kroncke and Anna Spence as well as for their lyrical dance

choreographed by Brittany Allen and AnnaMarie Vivirito. The JV team is coached by Colleen Kobler. Both teams will compete Sunday at the TDI State Championship at the Civic Center in Peoria. – Kane County Chronicle



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And the beat goes on Thirty minutes in the life of a busy, multi-tasking family of four I pity the people who call my house at dinnertime. They should get combat pay. Only someone really brave or foolish would attempt such a thing, because lord knows what they’ll face. Another intrepid soul discovered this first-hand Thursday night. I didn’t recognize the number, but it was local and I’d just paid all of my bills, so I wasn’t afraid to answer it. Turns out it was a lovely woman from the Public Opinion Laboratory at Northern Illinois University calling to conduct a community survey on behalf of the Batavia Public Library. I winced. I was super busy, but agreed. After all, I’ve conducted research and know how challenging it can be to find willing participants. Moreover, I value libraries so much that I bought a house within walking distance of one. As the Roman philosopher Cicero was credited with saying, “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” My garden may be comprised merely of a few gangly herbs and those scrappy leftover veggies triumphantly re-growing beside them on the windowsill above my kitchen sink (oh, and our new strawberry patch, hopefully thrumming with life under all of this snow … !), but our library? It’s a real winner. I would do my part and participate in the survey. I hope it continues to thrive. I wasn’t sure the sweet lady from NIU would, though, without a tubby and a tonic. I needed both hands free to clean up after dinner, so I put her on speaker while

TALES FROM THE MOTHERHOOD Jennifer DuBose I answered her questions. But then my son spotted my husband arriving home after work. “Sorry, I meant to do that!” my teenager yelled out the back door, as he shuffled into shoes so he could help drag the trash cans back into the garage. Not one to miss an opportunity, I motioned to Noah to first take out the recycling. Oh, and the kitchen trash, too, because, you know, the expired chicken I’d neglected to cook before it’s “use by” date was festering in the can. (Ugh. The guilt! The waste, of both money and of a chicken’s life. That poor chicken. Not to mention the yummy, healing soup I could have made, which would be so helpful to Holly right now with her sore throat. But I digress.) Anyhow, I continued to play charades and answer my caller’s questions and mumble nonsense about the poor dead chicken until Noah got the picture and hauled the bag out of the metal can. It wasn’t pretty. Or quiet. I’ll spare you the grisly details. “How many children between the ages of 11 and 13 do you have in your household?” my intrepid caller inquired. I’m sure I replied, but not before realizing that my baby (my baby!) becomes a teenager next week. (Ack! Where has the time gone? I still have to order her birthday cake and find that gift she wants … .) I greeted my husband as he walked through the back

door looking exhausted and handed him a plate of the chicken breasts I’d sautéed (after tossing the bird) along with my first attempt at baked cabbage steaks. (OMG. Slather inch-thick “cuts” of cabbage with olive oil after rubbing with crushed garlic, then sprinkle with kosher salt and black pepper. Garnish with fresh bacon bits. I forgot that part because I was on the phone.) Seemed Todd wasn’t game for the cabbage (not a garlic fan), though he would have enjoyed the green beans. But I totally forgot to save a few for him because I was ON THE PHONE and let Jake eat them. You know, because I was trying to keep him off the kitchen counter and failed. A huge challenge, because the big red dog is TALL. And, well, because we failed puppy training. Twice. Why? Don’t ask. That’s another story. “And how would you rate the selection of books available to teens?” my caller’s voice echoed in my suddenly bustling kitchen. “Excellent, good, fair or poor?” Noah, who’d wandered back in and now foraged in the freezer, because he was apparently still hungry (not game for the cabbage either – but trust me, it was GOOD!), shrugged and said “Bon.” (At that I crossed my eyes. I think he’s trying to teach me French. Some days the kid only talks to me in Francais. You know, unless he wants something.) So I told her “Good!” nudged Jake off the counter again, fed the cat and put the gluten-free doughnuts (which Holly spotted in the freezer when Noah left the door open), into the toaster-oven. Not half-bad,

as it turns out. They were quickly consumed (I even snuck in a few bites). But not by Jake, who gave it his best shot, meandered through my legs and then finally foraged for food in his own bowl. “ … And how would you rate the computer lab at the Batavia Public Library,” my sweet but helpless caller inquired. “Excellent,” I replied. Because since my printer died, I’ve needed to use it to print things. Which reminded me, I need to do something about that. I yanked open the kitchen junk drawer and added it to my already long to-do list. Cake, gifts, printer. Whatever. At this point my girl walked in to consult with me about whether or not she could spray her painful sore throat with Chloraseptic. Holly and I played charades while I answered a question about my family’s use of E-readers. “None!” I shouted, from across the room now, as my ever-growing Frenchman dumped a tub of yogurt and the contents of a bag of frozen wild berries into the blender and flipped the switch. Because, you know, he was still hungry. “Whirrrrrrrrrrr … ” went the blender, mere inches from the phone sitting on the counter. I’m not sure my caller will ever recover. As for me, that was a busy 30 minutes. And the beat goes on.

• Jennifer DuBose lives in Batavia with her husband, Todd, and their two children, Noah and Holly. Contact her at

8LOCAL BRIEFS Bird Walk set for Saturday at Batavia forest preserve BATAVIA – Kane County Audubon will host a bird walk at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 1, at Nelson Lake/Dick Young Forest Preserve, 39W115 Main St., Batavia. Participants should meet in the parking lot by the silo, on Nelson Lake Road, south of Main Street and west of Randall Road. It is open to the public. Contact leader Terry Murray with questions at 630-896-3219.

Wine Exchange to host ‘Savory Sips’ fundraiser GENEVA – TriCity Family Services has announced an event, “Savory Sips with TriCity Family Services” from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at the Wine Exchange, 1 Illinois St., St. Charles. It will be an evening of wine tasting, light hors d’oeuvres, socializing and building community for TriCity Family Services. The evening will be open-house style. The cost to attend is $25 a person in advance and $30 at the door. Cost will include a raffle ticket for the prize raffle. Additional raffle tickets will be sold at the event for $5 each or five tickets for $20. All proceeds benefit TriCity Family Services. Make reservations online at or call the TriCity Family Services offices at 630-232-1070.

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HOROSCOPE By BERNICE BEDE OSOL Newspaper Enterprise Association TODAY – In order to gain the most from new experiences, it’s imperative to release yourself from past disappointments or negative circumstances. Positivity, dedication and intensity are necessary to perform at your optimum level. With the right attitude, nothing can hold you back. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) – Your diligence will help you be an effective advocate for your favorite cause. Proceed methodically, and set realistic goals. Offer others the opportunity to assist you, and you will succeed. ARIES (March 21-April 19) – Discretion must be used when dealing with others. Insisting that your colleagues agree with your opinions will cause friction. It’s advisable to let some of your thoughts remain unspoken. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) – Luck is with you. If you follow your hunches, you will encounter a pleasant surprise. Don’t allow negative remarks to discourage you. A romantic adventure is in your future. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) – Make your intentions clear. Pursue your challenges vigorously to achieve amazing results. Don’t let distractions interfere. Aim high and proceed with confidence and courage. CANCER (June 21-July 22) – You have the power to adjust circumstances that you find disagreeable. Follow the advice of a trusted friend regarding your professional life. Refrain from involving yourself in emotional scenes. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) – Don’t allow petty jealousies and unfounded fears to get in the way of your romantic life. Express your feelings truthfully and emphasize your intentions. A commitment can be made. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) – Spend time with someone special. Lighthearted fun will be the perfect thing to perk you up. Your carefree attitude will be contagious and will attract positive attention. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) – Something or someone is making your life miserable. It’s not the responsibility of others to satisfy your needs. Don’t be reluctant to distance yourself from an unpleasant or disagreeable situation. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) – Creativity will be required in order to fulfill all of your obligations. Family matters and outside interests are both competing for your time. Ingenuity and adaptability will solve your problem. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) – Someone may try to make you appear untrustworthy. Don’t make promises that you can’t keep, and think carefully before committing to any organization or activity. Your integrity could suffer as a result. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) – Open your mind to new possibilities. Opportunities for love and romance are on the horizon. In addition, you may be given the chance to share in a profitable financial enterprise. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) – Circumstances in your personal life have you feeling confused and unsatisfied. Take a close look to discover what is troubling you. You can then take steps to correct the issue.

‘Stalingrad’ a great war film By ED SYMKUS More Content Now There’s not much to complain about regarding terrific, horrifying, insightful exploration of war. But let me get one thing off my chest. Nope, it’s not that it’s in Russian and German, and that I had to read it; it’s not the two-plus-hour length; and it’s not that it’s in 3-D (the 3-D experience here is a very positive one, with lots of depth). It’s the film’s use of bookends, of starting then ending with the same contemporary sequence, then flashing back for two hours to a story set in 1942. It’s a tool that has worked before but comes across here as a forced, artsy gimmick. But those two hours are the stuff of greatness. Not, however, the greatness that history buffs or fans of spectacular visual epics might be expecting. I’ve got to go on the record here, noting that the strange trailer for the film is very misleading. It shows planes and tanks and mortars and explosions and hordes of soldiers (and a woman in a bathtub), all of which are indeed in the film, but only in small measure. Here’s the kicker. The battle of Stalingrad, according to the trailer, “the greatest battle in history,” isn’t even in the film. The story here is about what happened in Stalingrad after the grueling battle between the Russians and the Germans reduced the place to rubble, leaving soot and ash to float through the air, and forcing surviving citizens to eke out an existence in bombed-out buildings and through a

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‘Stalingrad’ is a rugged and often brutal film, showcasing the interior effects of war. terrible food shortage. Yet even that isn’t what the film is about. It’s an interior look at the effects of war. And it’s actually told on a very small scale. It’s a character study that gets into the minds of a group of Russian soldiers, led by Captain Gromov (Pyotr Fyodorov), who are among the military men who have come to take back the city from the marauding Nazis. It’s equally a story of a larger group of Germans, ostensibly led by Captain Kahn (Thomas Kretschmann), a good leader who must answer to a petty and tyrannical superior officer. The two sides are holed up in separate buildings that are within sight of each other, and one of the film’s major plotlines hangs on the frustrating inability of the Russians to do anything about the Germans, and vice versa. Both

leaders are honorable men, doing what they believe needs to be done, and both are conflicted about some of what they must do. But the circumstances within each building couldn’t be any more different. There’s a strong camaraderie among the Russians, an idea that’s never even thought of in the stern German camp. To humanize the story, there’s also the double plotline of two Russian women – one a lone survivor who has lost her family but kind of finds a new one among the Russian soldiers, and one who’s a prostitute being used and abused (and possibly loved) by Captain Kahn. Do not fear – these two characters do not get in the way of the film; their stories and their involvement with the soldiers add a great deal of emotional texture.

Yet this remains a rugged and often brutal war film, filled with images you won’t soon forget. One that sticks with me is an awful vision of soldiers with their clothing on fire and their guns blazing, who are running toward, screaming at, and attacking their enemies. But another, on the opposite end of the spectrum, involves an impromptu birthday party that exudes tenderness, warmth, and a bit of humor. In the scheme of things, this really is a small movie. But it does also work, in many ways, as an epic.

• “Stalingrad” is written by Sergey Snezhkin and Ilya Tilkin and is directed by Fedor Bondarchuk. The film stars Thomas Kretschmann, Pyotr Fyodorov, Mariya Smolnikova and Yanina Studilina. The film is rated R.

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Woman discovers old flame blew smoke about his past Dear Abby: I have been single for five years. I recently reconnected with a man I lost contact with 13 years ago. We went out a few times and it was wonderful. Out of curiosity, I began checking him out online, starting with his mother, who he had mentioned was a surgeon. When I could find no information on her, I started looking up other things. Abby, I could find nothing about him or his family. His mother does not have a medical license, and there are no property records or any record of a marriage license to his second wife. When I confronted him, he was furious and accused me of not trusting him. Now he doesn’t want anything to do with me. I’m heartbroken. I feel guilty for not trusting him, even though I know he hasn’t been honest with me. Is it wrong to do background checks on people you date? – Dating A Man Who Doesn’t Exist Dear Dating: It isn’t wrong to do some checking. In fact, these days it’s very common. But I wonder, having known this man years ago, what made you curious enough to double-check? Also, how good

DEAR ABBY Jeanne Phillips are you at research? And when you “confronted” him, were you hostile, which would have made him react defensively? Please do not waste another minute feeling guilty about this. If he isn’t the person he portrayed himself to be, you may have dodged a bullet. Dear Abby: My 7-year-old son is a great winner when we play games, but he’s a terrible loser. When he loses a game, he loses control. He screams, yells, hits and sometimes bites. Is there a way to stop this behavior? – Losing The Battle At Home Dear Losing The Battle: You have described a child who is unable to handle frustration or control his emotions. When a child is 2 or 3, this kind of behavior is understandable. But by age 7, your son should have learned to manage his frustration more appropriately. If his poor sportsmanship continues, it will cause problems with his peers. You should discuss

this with him while he is rational, BEFORE you play any games with him. Explain that games are supposed to be fun, and “when we lose, we are given the chance to learn from our mistake.” It might also be helpful to impose consequences when your son acts out. But if that doesn’t help him, then you should have him evaluated physically and neurologically to make sure there is nothing medically wrong. Dear Abby: I’m an 11-year-old girl, and my mom has a boyfriend who lives with us. Mom said that he comes first in her life. When she told me that, I felt like she didn’t love me anymore. He tries to be my father, acts like he owns the house and gets me in deep trouble. I have considered moving in with my dad. What should I do? – Preteen In Florida Dear Preteen: Now that your mother has made her priorities clear, I think it is time you discussed this with your father. If he is willing and able to take care of you, you might be better off living with him. • Write Dear Abby at www.

Reduce possibility of falls for elderly family members Dear Doctor K: My elderly mother is moving in with me, and I’m worried she will fall while I’m at work or asleep. How can I make my home safer for her? Dear Reader: With some fairly simple steps, you can reduce your mother’s risk of falls. Among people 65 and older, falling ranks as the top cause of injuries. In older people, injuries from falls can be disabling, even fatal. Falls not only are more dangerous in older people; they also are much more likely. Worsening vision and balance are the main culprits. A room that doesn’t look hazardous at all to a young or middle-aged adult can, in fact, be dangerous for seniors. To reduce the tripping hazards your mother could encounter inside your house, start by taking an inventory. Walk through your entire home. Carefully consider each room, including hallways and floors, for potential dangers. Here are some common trip hazards, and what you can do about them: • Furniture can be hazardous if your mother has to pass through narrow channels to walk to a chair, for instance, or from it.

ASK DOCTOR K Anthony L. Komaroff Reduce this hazard by rearranging your furniture to create clear, wide walking paths. • Do you have steps that are uneven or broken? If so, they’re particularly dangerous. Not only do they encourage falls, but the falls may be down the stairs, resulting in repeated injuries. Above all, repair the steps. • Take a close look at your carpets and rugs. Is any carpeting loose or torn? If so, if the tear is too large to be repaired, you should seriously consider replacing it. Don’t forget throw rugs, especially those with unsecured edges. Consider removing them. At a minimum, use double-sided tape to prevent rugs from slipping. • Clutter on the floor is another obvious problem. Find new places to stash papers, books, shoes and other items that wind up on your floors. • Do you have wires and cords that your mother would have to step over or around? Coil or

tape cords and wires away from walking paths. If you can’t avoid some cords being on a walking path, tape them to the floor with clear tape. • Don’t neglect the bathroom, another spot where falls often occur. The tub or shower floor can be particularly dangerous if it is slippery. Use non-slip strips on the floor of your shower or tub. Install grab bars near the tub and toilet. Non-slip rubber mats on bathroom floors are another good idea. • Finally, consider lighting. Replace light bulbs that are missing or burned out. Add lamps to spaces that could use more light. Install automatic night lights in any spot where someone is likely to walk – like to the bathroom and kitchen. They should turn on automatically when it’s dark and when they sense movement. With this kind of planning, you can go a long way toward making your home safe for your mother.

• Dr. Komaroff is a physician and professor at Harvard Medical School. Visit www.AskDoctorK. com to send questions and get additional information.

Family considers itself loving, happy, god-fearing Dr. Wallace: I’m writing to brighten your day. At the end of my letter, I’m sure you’ll be smiling and saying that your day is sunnier. During my senior year in high school, my boyfriend of two years and I became engaged. About three months before graduation, I discovered that I was pregnant. I stayed in school and graduated with good grades. After graduation, my fiance moved in with my mother and me. I was on cloud nine. I had a healthy pregnancy and a fiance who promised to be by my side forever. In one day, all that came crashing down. He left with no notice, saying that he wasn’t the father and would take a paternity test to prove it. I was eight months pregnant when he left, and in the following four weeks, I was admitted to the hospital emergency room six times for stress-related false labor. I tried to contact his family to help me find reasons for his sudden departure, but they refused to talk to me, and after a few calls, they threatened to have me arrested for harassment. The evening I brought my daughter into this world, I called him, but he hung up on me. But when our daughter was 6 months old, he called again and said he loved me and wanted to get married so we could become a family. I thought that he was sincere, so we were married and moved in with his parents because he didn’t earn enough money to support a wife and child. We lived there for two years. During that time, he had seven different jobs and four different girlfriends. I continued to stay with him because I thought I loved him and eventually we would become that

’TWEEN 12 & 20 Robert Wallace family I dreamed about. Finally, I came to the realization that my daughter and I could be a loving family without an unfaithful husband and a do-nothing father. During my stay at his parents’ house, I had a part-time job that gave me the opportunity to secretly put away some of my earnings. This allowed me to buy a trailer home. I am now working full-time at a fair wage and my daughter and I couldn’t be happier. She is now 3 years old and the light of my life. She keeps my spirits high and I’m very proud to be her mother. Last week, we made the discovery of gardening together. My daughter and I are a family – a happy, loving, God-fearing family – and I am as proud as I can be. – Mother, Davenport, Iowa. Dear Mother: You were 100 percent correct. Your letter brightened my day and the day of our readers, and I know it will keep doing so for many days and weeks to come. Parents and their children who don’t share love, respect, happiness, loyalty and trust lose the true meaning of what a family should be. It’s not the number of people; it’s the character of the people that makes a family a real family. • Dr. Robert Wallace welcomes questions from readers. Although he is unable to reply to all of them individually, he will answer as many as possible in this column. Email him at



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Ellen Hopkins, a novelist who writes primarily for teens and young adults, said: “For shortterm relaxation, I take a hot tub. It’s my best way to unblock writers’ block, too.” So, if you have a difficult decision to make at the bridge table, take a quick bath – if the other players don’t mind the delay, of course. Still, one of Hopkins’ words is relevant to this deal. How can the defenders defeat three no-trump after West leads his fourth-highest spade to dummy’s bare king? North was right to respond three no-trump. Mentally look on king-singleton as king-doubleton. Even when the opening leader has the ace, he isn’t going to lead it against a no-trump contract. South starts with seven top tricks: one spade (given the first trick), three hearts, one diamond and two clubs. The extra winners can obviously come from diamonds. And if that finesse is working, declarer will take the first 11 tricks. Even if the finesse loses, South will be all right if the opponents cannot cash four spade tricks. How can the defenders get those four spade winners? At trick one, East must drop his queen under dummy’s king. This serves two purposes: It tells partner about the queen and jack, allowing him to underlead the ace on the next round, and it unblocks the suit. (West knows the queen cannot be a singleton, because that would give South six spades.) Declarer will take the losing diamond finesse, whereupon the defenders can run four spade tricks – but only if East unblocked the queen at trick one.

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Attorney for Executor IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF: BESSIE DECK (Published in the Kane County Deceased. Chronicle, March 1, 8 & 15, 2014.) General No. 13 P 166 PUBLICATION NOTICE INDEPENDENT ADMINISTRATION TO CREDITORS, CLAIMANTS ONLY

SELF EMPLOYED HANDYMAN, LOOKING TO RENT OLD FARMHOUSE OR RANCH in country, Kane or E. DeKalb County. Needs to have garage or out building. Geneva 2nd Floor 1BR country apt. Must allow pets. Looking to pay close to town, newly $500-$1000/mo. Will take care of 1. Notice is hereby given of the decorated, new carpet, yard/house as if my own. death of Bessie Deck, who died on $650/mo.+sec., 630-232-6429 Call Gary, 815-895-2257. October 9, 2012, a resident of North Aurora, Kane County, Illinois. PEPPER VALLEY NOTICE 2. The Representative for the esAPARTMENTS tate is: Carol Gerakaris. PUBLICATION POLICIES This publication reserves the 3. The Attorney for the estate is: 2 BDRM ~ 2 BATH right to edit or reject any ads William H. Gerakaris, 308 Kankawithout comment. This publica- kee St., Wilmington, IL 60481, $1,071 - $1,081 tion is careful to review all ad- 630-674-4529, Attorney No. Fireplace, heat, gas, water incl. vertising but the burden of truth- 6210750. A/C, D/W, disposal, microwave, ful content belongs to the adver4. Claims against the estate may blinds, patios, clubhouse, pool. tiser. We use standard abbreviaGarages available, small pets OK. tions and we reserve the right to be filed on or before August 15, properly classify your ad. All ads 2014. Claims against the estate 630-232-7226 are subject to credit approval. may be filed with the Clerk of the ST CHARLES We reserve the right to require Circuit Court, P.O. Box 112, GeneSPACIOUS 1BR W/ DEN APT! prepayment. We accept cash, va, IL 60134-112, with the RepreSpacious 1BR apt w/ Den in St. check, Visa, Mastercard and sentative or both. Any claim not Charles! 2 full bathrooms, wood Discover. filed within that period is barred. burning fireplace, full size washer/ CHECK YOUR AD Copies of a claim filed with the dryer, swimming pool. Private Please check your ad the first Clerk must be mailed or delivered Garage available $975-$1,075. day it is published. If you see an to the Representative and to the atCall about our great specials! error, call us immediately and it torney within 10 days after it has 630-513-1113 will be corrected for the next been filed. available publication date. Our CAN'T GET ENOUGH 5. The estate will be adminisliability is for only one publicaBEARS NEWS? tion date and shall not exceed tered without Court Supervision unGet Bears news the total cost of the first day of less an interested party terminates independent supervision adminispublication. on Twitter by following tration by filing a petition to termi@bears_insider


/s/ John A. Cunningham Kane County Clerk

(Published in the Kane County Chronicle, February 22, March 1 & Public Notice is hereby given 8, 2014.) that on February 13, 2014 a certificate was filed in the office of the County Clerk of Kane County, IlliPUBLIC NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE nois, setting forth the names and addresses of all persons owning, IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE conducting and transacting the SUPPLEMENTAL ASSUMED NAME SIXTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT PUBLICATION NOTICE business known as ASPIRE SOCKANE COUNTY, ILLINOIS CER CONSULTING & RESOURCES located at 7N190 Willowbrook Public Notice is hereby given that IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE Drive, St Charles, IL 60174. on February 19, 2014 a certificate OF: ANDREW A. WAHL was filed in the office of the County Address: 937 Augusta Avenue, Dated: February 13, 2014. Clerk of Kane County, Illinois, conElgin, Illinois 60120 cerning the business known as Date and Place of Death: January /s/ John A. Cunningham SAM THE SWEET CORN MAN lo24, 2014 / Elgin, IL Kane County Clerk cated at 48W976 Keslinger Road, Maple Park, IL 60151 which certifiCase No. 2014 P 105 (Published in the Kane County cate sets forth the following PUBLICATION NOTICE Chronicle, February 15, 22 & changes in the operation thereof: INDEPENDENT ADMINISTRATION March 1, 2014.) Frank V Slepicka has ceased doing business under the above TO CREDITORS AND CLAIMANTS named business and has no further PUBLIC NOTICE connection with or financial interest 1. Notice is hereby given of the in the above named business cardeath of Andrew A. Wahl who died ried on under such an assumed on January 24, 2014, a resident of ASSUMED NAME name. Elgin, Illinois. PUBLICATION NOTICE 2. The Representative for the estate is: Barbara A. Wahl, 118 S. Public Notice is hereby given Dated: February 19, 2014 Union St., Elgin, IL 60123. that on Friday, February 28, 2014 /s/ John A. Cunningham 3. The Attorney for the estate is: a certificate was filed in the office Kane County Clerk Ted A. Meyers / Meyers & Flowers, of the County Clerk of Kane County, LLC, 3 N. Second Street, Suite 300, Illinois, setting forth the names and St. Charles, Illinois 60174. addresses of all persons owning, (Published in the Kane County 4. Claims against the estate may conducting and transacting the Chronicle, February 20, 27 & May be filed on or before September 5, business known as LAW OFFICES 6, 2014.) 2014. Claims against the estate OF ANDREY FONG located at 5 1/2 may be filed with the Clerk of the W Downer Place, 2nd Floor, AuroPUBLIC NOTICE Circuit Court, P.O. Box 112, Gene- ra, IL 60506. va, IL 60134-112, with the RepreASSUMED NAME sentative or both. Any claim not Dated: February 28, 2014. PUBLICATION NOTICE filed within that period is barred. Copies of a claim filed with the /s/ John A. Cunningham Public Notice is hereby given Clerk must be mailed or delivered Kane County Clerk that on Friday, February 28, 2014 to the Representative and to the ata certificate was filed in the office torney within 10 days after it has (Published in the Kane County of the County Clerk of Kane County, been filed. Chronicle, March 1, 8 & 15, Illinois, setting forth the names and 5. The estate will be administrat- 2014.) addresses of all persons owning, ed without Court supervision unless conducting and transacting the an interested party terminates indebusiness known as YM BOUTIQUE PUBLIC NOTICE pendent supervision administration located at 5 W Downer Place, Auby filing a petition to terminate unrora, IL 60506. ASSUMED NAME der Article XXVIII 5/28-4 of the ProPUBLICATION NOTICE bate Act (755 ILCS 5/28-4). Dated: February 28, 2014.

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No. 0216 PASSING GRADES By YAAKOV BENDAVID / Edited by Will Shortz






ACROSS 1 Summer refreshers 5 Israel’s Netanyahu, informally 9 Bowler and sailor 13 Tracking systems 19 Ports 21 Memphis deity 22 Actress Cuthbert of “24” 23 One who turned Cinderella’s pumpkin into pumpkin cheesecake? 25 Drive away 26 Reference 27 New York’s Jacob ___ Park 28 Crude coconut opener 29 Cherry part 30 Worth mentioning 32 Iglu and yoghurt, e.g. 33 Bad beginning? 36 ___ cycle 37 Dustin Hoffman title role 39 County or lake of Cooperstown, N.Y. 42 Dunking cookie 44 Be too syrupy For any three answers, call from a touch-tone phone: 1-900-285-5656, $1.49 a minute; or, with a credit card, 1-800-814-5554.

45 Liquor unit 49 Snorkeling bargain? 52 Hip-hop artist with the 2013 #1 album “Born Sinner” 53 Up to, shortly 54 French noodles? 55 What makes blue jeans blue 56 “She’s got electric boots, a ___ suit” (“Bennie and the Jets” lyric) 57 Rust-causing agents 59 Vex 60 Stomachs 61 Fit to ___ 62 Tin can plinker, maybe 63 Challenge for a speech coach 64 Oscar winner Leachman 67 Setting of “The Crucible” 68 Nappy fabric 72 Undeveloped 73 Elizabeth Taylor role of ’63 74 Roman ruler before Caesar 75 Subj. of Snowden leaks 76 Dismantle on a ship 77 Transportation company that skimps on safety? 80 Conk 81 Wisecrack 82 Of the flock 83 Lawn care brand

84 Mythological monster 87 Addr. book datum 88 Even if, in brief 89 Corkscrewed 92 “___ no turning back” 95 Dress accessory 99 Knacks 100 Reason for an ophthalmologist’s visit 101 It might be answered, “Muy bien, gracias” 104 Sergeant’s order 105 Stephen Hawking’s computergenerated voice? 107 Church vessel 108 Bring in 109 Duvel pub offering 110 Prepares to propose 111 Kind of rug 112 Buttonhole, for example 113 NASA’s ___ Research Center DOWN 1 Acting family 2 Did a Vegas job 3 Return option 4 Pulled strings, maybe? 5 Former 6’9” N.B.A.’er Hayes, to fans 6 “What did ___ deserve this?” 7 Comfortable state 8 Suffix with age 9 Band’s cue

10 More wan 11 Draws 12 Old atlas initials 13 Force under Stalin 14 Keys on a piano 15 Two things seen beside James Bond at a casino? 16 Popular ski spot 17 Butler of literature 18 Register ring-ups 20 Screenwriting guru Field 24 Call from a balcony 28 Massenet opera 31 Indoor balls 32 In a loathsome way 34 Starting trouble 35 Tryst site 38 Director’s cry 39 “The Simpsons” character with a habit of calling things “gnarly” 40 Candy bar that comes two to a pack 41 Most arias 43 Insect repellent ingredient 46 Artery 47 “That’s ___!” 48 Bodies of eau 50 Little: Suffix 51 Per ___ 52 Use for a résumé 56 Spammer enabler 58 “Oh, yeah? Let’s see you hold your breath for two minutes!” e.g.? 59 Better qualified






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8 S. Lincoln St., Batavia (corner of Lincoln and Wilson) (630) 879-3444 9:00am – Traditional Worship 10:00am – Coffee Hour 10:30am- Sunday School 10:45am – Contemporary Worship Nursery care is available throughout the Sunday morning. Monthly Last Friday Community Supper 5:00-7:00 pm Free to the Community

Bethlehem Lutheran Church


Sanctuary 1S430 Wenmoth Rd. (630) 879-0785 Sunday Service at 10:00 a.m. Sunday School for all ages at 9:00 a.m. Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. Bible studies and children’s Bible clubs for all ages


First Baptist Church of Geneva “Reach. Connect. Equip. Serve” East Campus (EC) 2300 South Street, Geneva Sunday: Traditional – 9:15 & 10:45 a.m. Worship Café – 9:15 a.m. West Campus (WC) 3435 Keslinger Road, Geneva Saturday Worship - 5:00 PM Sunday: Contemporary 9:15 & 10:45 AM (630) 232-7068 Hand in Hand Christian Preschool: 630-208-4903


Holy Cross Catholic Church

2300 Main St., Batavia (630) 879-4750 Saturday Mass: 4:15 p.m. Sunday Masses: 6:30, 8:00, 9:45 & 11:15 a.m. Weekday Lenten Masses: 6:30 a.m., 8 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. Holy Day Masses: 7:00 p.m. Anticipatory, 6:30 a.m., 12:10 p.m. & 5:00 p.m. Confessions: Sat. After 8:30 a.m. Mass & 3:00 p.m.-3:45 p.m. Mon.- Fri. 7:00 a.m. - 7:55 a.m. Tuesdays 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Chaplet of Divine Mercy: Tues. 8:30 a.m. & Sat. 4:00 p.m. Eucharistic Healing Service & Chaplet, Tues. 6:00 p.m. Rosary for Life: 1st Saturday of each month at 9:00 a.m. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: Sun. to Sat. 1:00 p.m. Msgr Daniel Deutsch - Pastor

St. Patrick Catholic Church

(downtown) 408 Cedar St., St. Charles, IL 60174 Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & Noon (Crane Road) 6N491 Crane Rd. St. Charles, IL 60175 Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, 8:00 a.m., 9:45 a.m., & 11:30 a.m.

St. Peter Catholic Church 1891 Kaneville Rd., Geneva (630) 232-0124 Weekday Masses Monday-Thursday 7AM & 8AM Friday during Summer 7AM & 8AM Friday during School Year 7AM & 8:45 AM Saturday 8AM Weekend Masses: Saturday 4:30PM Sunday 7AM, 9AM, 11AM, 5PM Holy Day & Holiday Masses Call the church for Mass times on these special days Confessions: Monday through Friday, 7:30 -7:55 AM Saturday, 8:30-10:00 AM & 3:15-4:15 PM


Batavia Covenant Church, Preschool 1314 W. Main St., Batavia. (630) 879-3721 Sunday Worship Hours: • 9:00 am Contemporary Worship Service • 10:00 am Coffee (Fellowship Hall) • 10:35 am Traditional Worship Service Preschool: (630) 879-3795

1145 N. 5th Ave. St. Charles, IL 60174 1 mile N. of Rt. 64 on Rt. 25, (630) 584-2199 Sunday Worship: 8:00 a.m./ 9:15 a.m./ 10:30 a.m. Adult Learning, Sundays: 9:15 am/10:30 am Worship on Saturdays 5:30 p.m. Uplift on Saturdays 6:30 pm Teen led Praise Gathering Bethelem Preschool Center: Full Day Child Care/Half dayPreschool 630-584-6027

Geneva Lutheran Church “Serving Christ in the Heart of the Community” 301 South Third St., Geneva (630) 232-0165 Communion Worship Schedule Saturday – 5:30pm in Chapel Sunday - 9:00am in Sanctuary 10am - CoffeeHouse - free treats/beverages 10:15 am - Education Hour for ages 3 yrs.-adult Parents’ Day Out Program ages 2-5yrs. - M-F, 9:30am12:30pm or 10am-1pm age 4yrs., 12:30-3pm Building is ADA compliant.

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church & Preschool (Missouri Synod) 101 S. 6th Ave., St. Charles (Just South of St. Charles Library) (630) 584-8638 The Rev. Timothy P. Silber, Sr. Pastor Worship Schedule: Saturday @ 5:30 p.m. Traditional Worship Sunday @ 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship Sunday @ 11:00 a.m. Praise Worship Education Hour @ 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. All services elevator access St. Mark’s Nurturing Center Preschool for ages 2 – Pre K (630) 584-4850

Fourth Ave. & Main St., St. Charles Join Us for Worship 9 a.m. Traditional Worship 10:45 a.m. Jazz Worship In the Sanctuary Nursery Care Available Senior Pastor: Rev. Mary Zajac 630-584-6680


Fox Valley Presbyterian Church (USA) A Welcoming Church 227 East Side Dr., Geneva (630) 232-7448 (1 blk. N. of Rt. 38.) (630) 232-7448 8:30 a.m. Worship (informal) 10:00 a.m. Worship (traditional) 10:00 a.m. Church school Nursery Care Provided 8:30-11:00 a.m. Adult Breakfast Club 8:30 a.m. Confirmation (7-8th grd.) 4:00 p.m. Youth Group 7:00 p.m. The Growing Place Weekday Preschool We are a Stephen Ministry Church


Congregational Church of Batavia

21 S. Batavia Ave. (Rt. 31) Batavia 630-879-1999 Interim Pastor, Greg Skiba Sunday Worship 9:00 & 10:30 am Nursery care available Sunday School 10:30 am for age 3-12th grade Wednesday 5 pm: LOGOS Children & Youth program, K-8 Sunday 5:30-8 pm: LOGOS Sr. High program with dinner Batavia Nursery School 630-879-9470 “No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.”

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