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A drone flies overhead Saturday at STEM-O-RAMAat the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles.

Open house at Fishermen’s Inn on June 7 ELBURN – The renovated Fishermen’s Inn will have a community open house event from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. June 7 at 43W901 Main Street Road, Elburn. Fishermen’s Inn closed in 2009 and was purchased in late 2012. At the open house, there will be food available for purchase until 8 p.m. and a cash bar available until 11 p.m.

Fox Valley Concert Band to perform BATAVIA – The Fox Valley Concert Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. May 27 at The Holmstad, 700 W. Fabyan Parkway, Batavia. The band is comprised of 80 volunteer musicians under the baton of conductor Colin Holman. Space is limited. To register, visit www. or call 877–226-7310.

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OUT AND ABOUT Free Community Third Tuesday Supper GENEVA – The free Community Third Tuesday Supper at United Methodist Church of Geneva will feature the theme, “breakfast at suppertime.” The event takes place from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the church, at 211 Hamilton St., Geneva. For information, visit or call 630-2327120. This month’s meal is scrambled eggs, cheesy hash browns, biscuits and gravy, sausage and bacon, fruit cup and the “legendary 16-foot-long dessert buffet,” featuring muffins and coffee cakes. Hot dogs and carrots and dip are always available as an alternative meal. Diners may eat in or carry out their meal. Anyone wishing to donate money to the supper program can do so by sending a check to the church office marked “Third Tuesday Suppers,” or donating in “The Quiet Can” that sits on the beverage table on supper night. Funds received go to supper expenses.

St. Charles Fine Art Show set for weekend ST. CHARLES – The Downtown St. Charles Partnership presents the 16th annual St. Charles Fine Art Show from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The show is on Riverside Avenue, between Route 64 and Illinois Avenue in St. Charles. Admission is free. The juried art show features more than 100 artists in various media including painting, photography, sculpture, jewelry and wood. The 16th annual Fine Art Show is presented by Insurance through AAA and will feature live music throughout the weekend, sponsored by the Kane County Chronicle, artist demonstrations, Art Talks and Downtown Trolley rides, sponsored by Fox Valley Buick GMC. All Fine Art Show activities are free to the public and people of all ages are encouraged to attend. The show also welcomes art buyers and art supporters to join the Patron Pledge Program by making a minimum dollar commitment to buy art at the show and be invited to the patron VIP preview on Saturday morning, before the show is open to the public. For information, visit

Senior wellness fair at The Holmstad BATAVIA – The Holmstad, 700 W. Fabyan Parkway, Batavia, will sponsor an all-day senior wellness fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 28. The event will feature free health screenings, produce from a local farmers market available for purchase, free food samples, raffles, giveaways and exhibits by organizations, businesses and individuals who serve seniors. All events are free. For information, visit or call 877–226-7310. Attendees are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry.

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Evan Kamaris, 10, of North Aurora elevates to launch a stomp rocket he built Saturday at STEM-O-RAMA at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles. BELOW: “Mr. Freeze” Jerry Zimmerman bites into a marshmallow frozen in liquid nitrogen.

CELEBRATING STEM Youths flock to Kane County Fairgrounds for festival By ERIC SCHELKOPF ST. CHARLES – Evan Kamaris of North Aurora stomped on the plastic pop bottle as hard as he could, propelling the rocket he had just made high up into the air. The 10-year-old was surprised his rocket went as high as it did. “I didn’t think it could go that high,” Evan said. “I added extra tape for it to fly straighter.” Boy Scouts from Troop 46 of Lily Lake taught Evan and others how to make their own air powered bottle rockets at Saturday’s first-ever STEM-O-RAMA presented by the Three Fires Council and held at the Kane County Fairgrounds. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Troop 46 Scoutmaster Jeff Baeder, who teaches high school science, said he was happy to see the Three Fires Council put on STEM-O-RAMA. “I think it is a great idea to have all the hands on activities and explore what can be done and be challenged by it,” Baeder said. “It’s also nice for them to see some of the jobs they can do in the field of science.” Lucas Blair, 10, of Cub Scout

Pack 112 in Batavia, was having fun playing with a robot spider and making it go in different directions. “You can make it go wherever you want,” Lucas said. Cub Scout Pack 355 of Glendale Heights gave those who came out to STEM-O-RAMA the chance to make their own robots. J.D. Piar of Villa Park fashioned his robot from such household items as popsicle sticks and pipe cleaners. “It’s supposed to be a plane,” the 8-year-old said. His sister, Madison, 10, was busy trying out her robot that she made from a plastic cup. Their father, Kelly Piar, was glad about the opportunities that the event provided.

“It doesn’t get any better than when kids get to go hog wild and make something of their own,” he said. The event also featured several guest speakers, including Robert Ballard, the National Geographic oceanographer who located the wreck of the Titanic. Ballard told the audience that underwater robots helped him in his search for the Titanic. “I built these robots that could take me to a place I couldn’t go,” he said. He also reminded them about the importance of having heroes in their lives. “My hero as a kid was Captain Nemo,” Ballard said. “I wanted to be Captain Nemo.”


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Visitors to Garfield Farm Museum on Sunday watch 3-month-old Berkshire hogs during the 28th rare breeds show. “This is really the only show we do,” Emilie said, describing her family’s operation as a hobby farm. “It’s a lot of fun.” Elsewhere on the farm, groups gathered to watch two 3-month-old Berkshire hogs in their muddy enclosure. Museum volunteer Jamie

Rothstein plucked two bunches of grasses and, although she tossed them in different spots, the hogs soon became competitors. “They’re fighting because they both want the same blade of grass,” Rothstein said. The animals that live at Garfield Farm – hogs, oxen,

On the Web Visit this story at www. to watch video from the rare breeds show. sheep, geese, chickens and turkeys – are all of breeds that the settlers would have had in

the 1840s, Rothstein said. Watching the hogs dig in the mud – presumably hunting for food – Rothstein commented on the life Garfield Farm gives them. “They live the life of leisure,” she said. Visit www.garfieldfarm. org for information.


No injuries reported in house fire KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE GENEVA – No injuries were reported Saturday in a fire that damaged a Geneva home, the Geneva Fire Department said in a news release. Firefighters responded to 3152 Larrabee Drive in the Fisher Farms subdivision at about 4:40 p.m. after a neighbor noticed smoke coming

from the garage and alerted the occupants, according to the release. Upon arrival, emergency officials reportedly found the garage fully engulfed in fire. The blaze was contained to the garage and did not extend into the main portion of the residence, the department said. Two vehicles in the driveway and vinyl siding of a neighboring house sustained damage because of radiant

heat, officials reported. The fire is under investigation. The release indicated that foul play is not suspected. Damage to the home and contents was estimated at $150,000, according to the release. Units from the St. Charles, Batavia, Elburn and West Chicago fire departments assisted at the scene. The Geneva Police Department provided traffic control. adno=0278233

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CAMPTON HILLS – A fistful of grass was all it took for 6-year-old Elizabeth McLaughlin to get the ox’s attention. Teasing the Devon ox, the St. Charles girl kept the just-plucked blades out of the animal’s reach for a few moments, swiftly moving the tuft up and down, left and right before finally letting the ox feed on the vegetation – only to repeat the game again. Elizabeth interacted with the ox and other farm animals Sunday during Garfield Farm Museum’s 28th rare breeds show. Her father, Jason McLaughlin, said this was the first year the family attended the event. Elizabeth wants to be a veterinarian, he said, adding she brought a sketch pad with her so she could draw the animals. “She’s definitely enjoying it,” he said. In addition to letting visitors get up close to such animals as turkeys, horses, sheep and rabbits, the Campton Hills event featured tours of the 1846 inn, sheep shearing and sheep herding. Emilie Tamblyn, 14, of the Tamblyn Farm in Manteno, told visitors about the animals her family brought, a large black piglet and a Katahdin ewe named Cinnamon.

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Moving closer to a division title

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Bulldogs rally in Game 1, roll in Game 2 to sweep North Stars By JARED BIRCHFIELD BATAVIA – The Batavia and St. Charles North baseball teams each needed a quartet of pitchers to complete Saturday’s doubleheader. The Bulldogs’ hurlers prevailed in both games as Batavia swept the Upstate Eight Conference River Division twinbill, 12-5 and 6-0. Batavia’s Colby Green and Mitch Boyer manned the hill in the Bulldogs’ come-frombehind win in the first game, while Jacob Piechota and Nick Rogalski shut out North in the nightcap. Frankie Farry started the first game for the North Stars, and his teammates gave him a 4-0 lead in the top of the third. Joe Kuczek reached base on a Bulldog error, and after retiring the next two batters, Green gave up three hits and a walk to score the runs. Batavia (23-3-1, 18-2-1 UEC River) narrowed the lead to 4-2 in its half of the fourth. The North Stars (18-11, 12-9 UEC River) got back one of the runs in the fifth. With two outs and a runner on first in the fifth, Boyer replaced Green on the mound. He retired Kuczek, the first batter he faced, to end the inning. Boyer’s leadoff double in the fifth inning started a rally that scored six runs, giving his team an 8-5 lead. The Bulldogs combined for three hits, a walk and three North errors to push across the runs. “That was pretty cool. It was nice to get a hit and start it off for us,” Boyer said about the double. “We took the lead so it was exciting.” “That one error [in the third inning] turned into a big inning for them,” Batavia coach Matt Holm said. “We scratched and clawed and put pressure on them. We put people on and put the ball into play to get back into the game.” Batavia added four more runs in the sixth. The Bulldogs loaded the bases on a sin-

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Batavia’s Jeremy Schoessling applies a tag to St. Charles North’s Nick Drawant at second base Saturday in Batavia. Batavia won both games, 12-5 and 6-0. gle and two more North Stars miscues. With Piechota, who was the designed hitter, at the plate, North coach Todd Genke replaced Farry with Austin Lovelady. “Farry didn’t pitch that badly,” North coach Todd Genke said. “His defense just didn’t back him up.” Piechota hit Lovelady’s second pitch to the righ- field warning track. Jack Dennis tripped and was unable to catch the ball, and all three baserunners scored, with Piechota ending up on third base. He scored the final run

on a Kyle Niemiec sacrifice fly. Batavia made the most of its at-bats against North starting pitcher Sam Hubbe in the second game. The Bulldogs took the lead in the first, scoring two runs on a groundout and sacrifice fly. Batavia added a run in the second on an error and another run in the third on Micah Coffey’s leadoff home run. Recent call-up Jack Lambert came on with one out in the fifth for the North Stars and finished the game. He gave up a run in the fifth on a wild pitch and a run in the

sixth on another sacrifice fly. Piechota gave up only one hit but walked six batters. Battery-mate Dino Simoncelli erased two of those runners on steal attempts. “We just weren’t able to advantage of the opportunities we had,” Genke said. “We were trying to get five out of him just to keep him in his routine,” Holm said of Piechota. “He struggled in the sense that he was having a hard time hitting that strike zone but they really weren’t hitting him. We didn’t feel we were in any danger.”

Rogalski pitched the last two innings for Batavia. He retired the side in order in the sixth. The junior gave up two hits to open the seventh but got out of the jam when his infield turned a game-ending 6-4-3 double play. Boyer and Piechota earned victories, while Farry and Hubbe were tagged with the losses. The Bulldogs, closing in on a UEC River title, can go for the series sweep Saturday in a game that was postponed because of field conditions Thursday.


Game moved to Burgess Field after inclement weather By KEVIN DRULEY

of schools out there that are all high-level lacrosse, but out here, it’s getting like a hotbed. I love it.” A pregame ceremony highlighting the seniors from both teams along with the St. Charles girls co-op girls included narration of players’ biggest influences and greatest lacrosse memories. Many Saints and North Stars hailed their parents’ willingness to drive carpools and their older siblings for turning their attention to the sport. They remembered spring trips – both the long bus rides there and back and the epic video game sessions in between – but some recollections still were forward-thinking. The testimonial for Saints senior defender Aaron Clapper stated his favorite lacrosse memory had yet to occur; it would only be in the bag once East defeated North Saturday. Almost got it. ... “Come back Monday, pick our heads up, get back to work,” Russell said. “These seniors want to go out on a high note, make a deep run in the playoffs.” Naturally, players from both sides of town envisioned a victory at Norris upon seeing the schedule before the season. Friday’s weather sent St. Charles Lacrosse Club board members scrambling to their phone trees, with Burgess

quad, 4:30 p.m. Boys volleyball: Benet at Geneva, 5:30 p.m.; St. Francis at Providence, 6 p.m.; Wheaton Academy at IMSA, 6 p.m. TUESDAY Girls soccer: St. Charles North vs. TBA at 3A Addison Trail Regional, 4:30 p.m.; Batavia vs. Fremd at 3A Addison Trail Regional, 6:30 p.m.; St. Charles East vs. West Chicago at 3A West Chicago Regional, 6:30 p.m.; Geneva vs. Elk Grove at 3A Geneva Regional, 6 p.m.; Kaneland vs. Rochelle at 2A Rosary Regional, 4:30 p.m.; Wheaton Academy vs. Gage Park at 2A De La Salle Regional, 4 p.m.; St. Francis vs. De La Salle at

2A De La Salle Regional, 6 p.m. Baseball: Kaneland at Cary-Grove, 4 p.m.; St. Charles East at Larkin, 4:30 p.m.; Elgin at St. Charles North, 4:30 p.m.; Streamwood at Batavia, 4:30 p.m.; Geneva at Montini, 4:30 p.m.; IMSA at Marmion, 4:30 p.m. Softball: St. Charles East at St. Charles North, 4:30 p.m.; Larkin at Batavia, 4:30 p.m. Boys tennis: Jacobs at St. Charles North, 4:30 p.m. Boys volleyball: Streamwood at St. Charles North, 5:30 p.m.; St. Charles East at Larkin, 5:30 p.m.; Elgin at Geneva, 5:30 p.m.; Wheaton Academy at St. Edward, 6 p.m.

Field emerging as a host venue a few hours after the postponement was announced in the late afternoon. In the end, players upgraded from a potentially mucky track to artificial turf. North seniors Jud Huxtable and Zach Behrens joined Koppang with four goals each. Eric Vogel followed Russell with three for East. Russell registered the game’s last goal, beating North senior goalkeeper Carter O’Brien with 40.3 seconds remaining. O’Brien’s point-blank save on Tim Canning with about 15 seconds left sealed the result. “It was difficult. First half, letting all those goals in, only stopping two, really brought me down,” O’Brien said. “But I knew second half, it’s a 0-0 game, we could come back into it. And my offense put some numbers in, I felt like I had to step up and I saved a couple, and we all did a really good job.” Koppang admitted the last four-plus minutes were “not the smartest we’ve ever played,” but the memory quickly dwindled after the final buzzer. “The music, the stands, it was awesome,” Bulara said. “I mean, we got out to a really slow start. It was unacceptable. I thought we used the stands, our seniors, and we came out and we rocked the second half.”

Wednesday Coverage of Tuesday’s softball showdown between St. Charles East and host St. Charles North. The winner of the game is likely to emerge as Upstate Eight Conference River champions. North beat East at East in the teams’ earlier matchup this season.

Thursday We preview the IHSA girls track and field state meet. The 2A state meet this weekend in Charleston will include a heavy Kaneland contingent while St. Charles East leads the 3A charge from the Tri-Cities after finishing in second place at the Metea Valley Sectional last week.

Saturday Coverage of girls soccer regional championship matches throughout the area. St. Charles East, St. Charles North, Geneva and Kaneland are among the teams favored to prevail this week as postseason play gets underway for 2A and 3A teams.

PREP SCHEDULE TODAY Baseball: Batavia vs. Kaneland at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark, 7 p.m.; Elmwood Park at Aurora Central Catholic, 4:30 p.m.; St. Joseph at Wheaton Academy, 4:30 p.m. Softball: Batavia at St. Charles East, 4:30 p.m.; Plano at Kaneland, 4:30 p.m.; St. Francis at Yorkville, 4:30 p.m.; Aurora Central Catholic at Elmwood Park, 4:30 p.m.; DeKalb at Burlington Central, 4:30 p.m.; Rosary at Oswego, 4:30 p.m.; Wheaton Academy at Montini, 4:30 p.m. Boys tennis: IMSA at Marmion, 4:45 p.m. Boys track: Kaneland at Kaneland


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GENEVA – Exhale, attack, exhale. St. Charles North followed that tack and then some Saturday to retain the boys lacrosse crosstown cup trophy against St. Charles East. Down five goals at halftime and ahead by that many in the final quarter, the North Stars at last broke into a “We St. Charles... ” chant after holding on to win, 14-13, in the regular-season finale at Geneva’s Burgess Field. “This game really didn’t count toward our season. It was just for fun. So, I mean, we just kind of looked to our left, looked to our right and we’re like, ‘We’re doing it for our seniors. This is their last time they’re going to play East,’ ” North Stars junior attackman Eric Koppang said. “And we really came together as a team more than any game we played before it.” East surged to a 9-4 lead at halftime as Brett Hickey scored with just less than 10 seconds to play. The Saints didn’t score again until 4:36 remained in the game. Lacrosse blends a variety of sports, but North’s 10-0 run in the third and fourth quarters was a backbreaker

by any name. “Every one of us is proud of the way we played for three quarters, but third quarter, you can’t let it happen like that,” said Saints sophomore attackman Jack Russell, who scored a gamehigh five goals. “We’ve got to make adjustments on the fly next time.” Assuring a “this time” was temporarily in limbo. The game, originally set for East’s Norris Stadium on Friday night, was postponed because of inclement weather, and next week’s IHSLA postseason only tightened the rescheduling window. Neutral site aside, the one-goal margin of victory marked the tightest in the three crosstown games since the former St. Charles boys co-op split entering the 2012 season. North won by 10 last season and four a year earlier. “Oh, yeah, this was about as amped up as the series has been yet,” Saints coach Chris Conner said. No argument from North junior defender Matt Balara, a Philadelphia native who moved from New Jersey last year. Both locales traditionally have banged a louder drum for lacrosse, which steadily is working to gain enough schools for sanctioning as an IHSA sport. “It’s growing, for sure,” Balara said. “I mean, East Coast, yeah, there’s millions


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DEAR ABBY Jeanne Phillips convinced that I should drop my maiden name, keep my middle name, and take his name as my new last name. However, the women in MY family have always kept our maiden names, added their new husband’s last name to theirs and dropped their middle names. This is about the only thing Brad and I can’t seem to agree on. What can I do when my mother says one thing and my sweetie says another? With your years of experience, I hope you can steer me in the right direction. – Brad’s Bride In South Carolina Dear Bride: It’s YOUR name. So, do what you are most comfortable doing, because it’s the name you will have to carry ’til the day you die (or divorce). Dear Abby: I am under a lot of stress, but the woman I am with doesn’t know it. I am 17, and I have been sleeping with my 38-yearold aunty. She’s married and has three children. She’s my mum’s sister. We’ve slept together seven times and we can’t stop doing it. I think I’m in love with her. I know this is wrong. I need advice. Please help. – Lovesick Teen In The U.K. Dear Lovesick: Being “in love” shouldn’t cause stress; it should relieve it. You know what you are doing is wrong, and YOU must be the adult and end this relationship. If you don’t, it will bring heartache and turmoil to you and the rest of the family. By having an adulterous and incestuous affair with you – her nephew and a minor – your aunt is behaving like a sexual predator. • Write Dear Abby at

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Dear Abby: I have been working hard to advance in my health care career so I can give my family a decent life. I have worked my way up from poverty, paying my own way, earning my degree through the military and sheer determination. I have reached a point where I would like to enjoy life a little more, but my husband thinks I am being “materialistic.” We fight often over my wardrobe spending. I believe the clothes I wear, mostly nice skirt suits and heels, are part of my job and image. I believe it has helped me to get ahead. I don’t buy overly expensive items, but they aren’t cheap. I wear the things I buy for years and have a $200-a-month budget for what I may need, even though I don’t always spend it. I think I have earned the right to shop a little, which will ultimately lead to bigger and better things for my family, so why does my husband make me feel so guilty? – Clothes Make The Woman Dear C.M.T.W.: Not knowing your husband, it’s difficult to say, but I’ll throw out a few ideas. Could he be insecure or intimidated by your professional image? Could he be jealous on some level? In what kind of environment was he raised? Was his mother’s “uniform” a housedress? If you are earning good money and your family is being provided for, then you are certainly entitled to spend some of it on yourself. And you shouldn’t have to apologize for it. Dear Abby: I am getting married in October, and my fiance, “Brad,” and I are having trouble seeing eyeto-eye on the name change issue. Brad’s family is originally from the North, and my family is from the South. He and his family are


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Answers to Puzzle

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A little care pays a big prize



Joyce Brothers, a psychologist and newspaper columnist, was the only woman to win the top prize in “The $64,000 Question.” She said, “A philosopher is a person who doesn’t care which side his bread is buttered on; he knows he eats both sides anyway.” A bridge player, though, should treat every deal with care. In this one, after West leads the heart queen against four spades, how would a careless declarer play, and what would a careful declarer do differently? North’s response was the Jacoby Forcing Raise, promising four or more spades and the values for at least game. South rebid four spades because he had a minimum opening bid with no side-suit singleton or void. North had no reason to bid higher. The opening lead marks East with the heart ace. So, declarer should play low from the board at tricks one and two. However, it is to no avail. The defenders take three heart tricks, then East shifts to the diamond king. South wins the trick with dummy’s ace and draws trumps, noting the unfriendly 4-0 break. Now he must take four club tricks so that he can discard his diamond loser. The careless declarer cashes his club king and plays low to dummy’s ace, going down with this line of play. The more thoughtful declarer plays low to dummy’s ace, then returns a club to his king. When he sees East discard, South knows to finesse dummy’s 10 on the third round. Then perhaps East and West will discuss how they might have entered the auction, because five diamonds, if North and South play trumps quickly, is down only one, making it an excellent sacrifice.

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