DEKALB COUNTY EDITION
12 No more dieting!
Dr. Michelle May shares her
‘mindful eating’ techniques.
16 Is it Spring yet?
What our readers are most looking
forward to about Spring.
32 DeKalb County developments
DCEDC report on how industry & business
help anchor local communities.
18 Ivan Williams
A true community leader.
Where life happens. 1
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Where life happens. 3
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42 Photo Essay
Area high school athletes
ready for season.
12What You Eat
Health 38 Recreation
Shooting the Rapids!
Share a meal with Dr. Michelle A unique whitewater experience awaits
May as you learn her Mindful paddlers with the opening this year of
Eating techniques. the Fox River Whitewater Recreation
Facility in Yorkville.
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16 InPut 50 Business
Is it Spring yet? A Vision for Success
Area residents share what they are most Advanced Family Eyecare Center
looking forward to about Spring. celebrates its fifth year in business.
18 People 58 Food
A Community Leader Delicious Recipes
Ivan Williams has been a true leader for Send us your tried and true
many DeKalb County endeavors. recipes for future publication
as part of a new regular feature.
26 Education 60 InEvents
Kish College/OH partnership Calendar of Activities
Kishwaukee College and Opportunity
The DeKalb County region abounds
House have forged a unique
with fun and interesting things to
do – check out our calendar!
32 Community 63 Events
DCEDC Annual Overview DEKALB Ag programs
Paul Borek shares a community-by- DEKALB Ag alumni and others
community report about the status of are sharing their knowledge as
business and industry in DeKalb County. part of a unique series.
48 Sports 64 Best of DeKalb Co.
Here’s the Pitch Winners for Round 7
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this baseball season. online poll.
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Where life happens. 9
• Check out their mp3 player’s “Top 25
Most Played” and listen for references to
alcohol, drugs, or other risky behaviors.
Then talk with your teen about what you heard.
• Visit social networking sites like Facebook,
and browse the profiles of teens your child’s age
to see what they say, what their interests are,
and what they are doing online.
• Can you name your teen’s favorite TV show?
Watch it with him or her and discuss story lines.
• Go to a video sharing Web site and type in
“smoking weed.” Watch some of the videos.
Did you know that your teen may be exposed
to these images?
• Find out what the drug slang terms “blazed,”
“xanibars,” “a blunt” and “robotripping” mean.
• Type the name of your teen’s school into the
search bar of a popular teen social networking
site and browse the profiles.
Our goal as parents is to have better communication with our kids and protect them from drug and alcohol use.
So dive into the world of your teen! Explore the pop culture. By understanding the challenges our youth face, our
parenting skills become more effective. Every moment is a teachable moment. Don’t let the next moment pass
you by. Talk early. Talk often. The above points suggested by Parent. The Anti Drug website. To learn more about
DeKalb County Partnership for a Safe, Active and Family Environment (DCP/SAFE) visit us at www.dcpsafe.org.
visit us at www.dcpsafe.org
This was developed (in part) under a grant 2H79SP11709-06 from the Office of National Drug Control Policy and Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Services Administration, U.S. Department of Healthy and Human Services and funded in whole or part by the Illinois Department of Human Services.
The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of ONDCP, SAMHSA, or HHS.
10 DeKalb County InVironments Magazine • March-April 2011
Message from the Publisher
Kudos to local emergency responders and
municipal personnel for helping area residents Kiwanis article appreciated
through the “Blizzard of 2011.” The police/fire/ To the editor: Thank you for the great
weather scanner I keep handy was alive with radio article in the January-February issue about
communication throughout the Feb. 1-3 blizzard. Kiwanis, volunteerism and the great effort
Some of the situations heard were too bizarre to in establishing the Tri-County Kiwanis Club.
be believed and further point out how our emergency “Kiwanis: Good for Me, Good for You, Great
responders deserve all the credit we can give them. for our Communities!” Thanks DeKalb
Case in point: police and fire were called to help a
stranded motorist and passenger somewhere on a blizzard-closed road. The
passenger was wearing SHORTS. Rescuers on snowmobiles were going to wrap
him in a blanket to get him to safety. Larry Forsberg, Clare,
It’s those kinds of calls that leave me shaking my head. Really? Inquiring Governor, Illinois-Eastern Iowa Dist.
minds want to know: why would you go out in weather like that in shorts? I can Kiwanis International 2010-2011
only imagine how police and fire officials felt.
As a young DeKalb County reporter I got to cover the major storms of the
late 1970s, riding with fire personnel in the back of an ambulance, tagging
along with police and even sharing a ride with a county snowplow driver. Their
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2011 is now a memory to add to those of Illinois’ other top blizzards. We’re all
more than ready for spring, no doubt about it!
Many of you know that in addition to being Publisher/Editor of DeKalb County
InVironments, I work as Legislative Aide in the Sycamore office of our 35th
District State Senator. For more than nine years, Senator Brad Burzynski was
my boss and I will happily continue on with our newly-appointed State Senator
Christine J. Johnson.
Senator Brad’s retirement to spend more time with his family is bittersweet PAUL BOREK
for all of the Senate staff who enjoyed working with him over his 20-year career. NANCY M. CASTLE
Most of his constituents feel the same way because they know they have been
represented by a man of integrity, conviction and fairness. Brad may not always SHARON EMANUELSON
have agreed with your position, but he respected you enough to listen and take ALICE FREIER
your opinions to heart. As one of his colleagues said during his last day on the
Senate floor Feb. 10, “Brad is a shining example of someone who truly has the
temperament to be a legislator. He has represented people the way they want to GORDON L. JONES
be represented.” MAUREEN JOSH
I came to work for Senator Brad after covering government as a newspaper
reporter for more than 20 years. I learned a new respect for everyone who MARY KRUPP
serves the public as an elected official. There is nothing easy about the job, but JOHN LEWIS
the rewards of helping people and making a difference override the difficulties.
AMY BEMIS LYON
Best wishes in all of your future endeavors, Brad!
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Where life happens. 11
Love What You Eat:
the Mindful Eating Experience
By Kathy Siebrasse
The current hot topic in the world of
dieting isn’t about a diet at all. Instead,
it’s about learning to eat mindfully
without ever dieting again.
According to Dr. Michelle May, long-term
weight management isn’t about being in
control. It’s about being in charge.
12 DeKalb County InVironments Magazine • March-April 2011
Dr. May invites you to learn Yo-Yo Dieting
about mindful, instinctive eating
Dr. May said the problem is that
and the importance of being in
a yo-yo is either up or down. People
charge while sharing a meal with her
who diet are either tightly wound
this spring. The author, motivator
up in rules or you’re unraveling and
and popular speaker will return to
heading toward the bottom again.
Valley West Community Hospital in
“Even if you decide you don’t want
Sandwich on Tuesday, May 10.
to spend the rest of your life in one of
Her intentionally positive approach
these two extremes, there’s no real
eliminates negative self-talk and
in-between. The common advice to
terminology related to how we eat
follow a healthy lifestyle usually means
As a recovered “yo-yo dieter,” Dr.
exercise and watch what you eat—not
May said she “discovered parts of
terribly helpful if you’ve been trying
myself I had lost or didn’t even know
unsuccessfully to do that for years.
existed” when she developed a mindful,
“Instead of a yo-yo, I prefer have certain beliefs until we actually
satisfying way to eat that allowed her to
to think of a pendulum. become mindful of them. Food does
naturally maintain a healthy weight.
A pendulum, while still conjuring not have to be a battle or a struggle.
Her visit last year drew an audience
up images of extremes, will find a “This is a new way of thinking about
of 750. This year, Valley West invites up
gentle arc somewhere in the middle why and how we eat. Being mindful
to 650 participants to share a meal with
as it loses energy. What I mean is and asking ourselves ‘what is my
Dr. May at 6:30 p.m., at Timber Creek
that when you finally stop wasting so intention for my life? Do I want my
Inn & Convention Center, Sandwich.
much of your energy on overeating whole life to revolve around eating
The event is called “Love What You
and dieting, you’ll naturally settle or not eating?’ We don’t need to beat
Eat: Mindful Eating Experience.”
into a more comfortable, centered ourselves up and we can move into a
Dr. May will take participants
space, freeing up your energy for new paradigm where eating is truly
through her mindful eating technique
more enjoyable, productive, and enjoyable and fuels our bodies for a
as they eat. The May 10 event also
fulfilling activities,” said Dr. May. truly enjoyable life,” said Dr. May.
will feature hospital and health
“The negative language of dieting is She added that when following the
system booth displays. Cost is $10,
so built into our language and culture Mindful Eating Cycle, the body adjusts
and participants must register in
that most of us don’t even realize we itself and weight naturally comes off.
advance through valleywest.org, or
by calling Valley West’s Community
Wellness, (815) 786-3962.
Dr. May said last year’s program at
Valley West was more of an overview,
while this year’s will help people
identify their eating patterns and
focus on what she terms the “Mindful
Eating Cycle.” Mindful eating involves
eating with intention and attention.
In a recent phone interview with
InVironments, Dr. May said, “Many
who struggle with their weight have
the idea that eating is a battle to be
won. We believe we have to struggle
to control ourselves. It’s that very
concept that gets us in trouble. We
really need to move away from a battle
to a balance; to find that middle place
where we have a healthy relationship
with food and with ourselves.
Where life happens. 13
Why? Why do I eat?
(What is driving my eating cycle at
any given time? Set an intention before
why? you eat; have a purpose—are you eating
why do I eat? for nourishment, for pleasure?)
How? How do I eat?
(How, specifically, do I get the food I’ve chosen into
where? when? my body? Eat with attention. Be mindful, starting
where do I invest when do I eat?
my energy? with moment of gratitude for your food, notice the
Eating food texture, put your fork down between bites.)
When? When do I want to eat?
Cycle (When do I think about eating?
how much? what? When do I decide to eat?
how much do I eat? what do I eat? Ask yourself am I hungry? Am I eating
because it’s time, it’s there, it’s free;
or am I mad, stressed, bad, sad?)
how do I eat?
Where? Where do I invest my energy?
(Where does the fuel I’ve consumed go?
Think about food as fuel for the abundant
life you want to live; about the importance
The Eating Cycle consists of caring for body mind heart and spirit.)
of six stages that answer What? What do I eat?
(What do I choose from all of the available options?)
six main questions. How much? How much do I eat?
(How much fuel do I consume?)
“This is a very intentionally positive approach. People won’t people at Valley West last year was they weren’t alone–it’s
sustain something that makes them feel guilty or deprived. not just me. So, maybe it’s not me. Maybe it’s letting go
And even though overweight people may think they can’t of the idea that there’s some diet out there that’s going
lose weight because they love food too much, the opposite is to fix everything. We need to focus on the long-term and
actually true. People don’t love food enough, because when the Mindful Eating Experience does that,” said Dr. May.
you really love something, you pay full attention to it. Mindful
eating is not something you do sitting in front of a TV or About Dr. May
with your nose in a magazine. We find learning to be mindful As a physician, Dr. May’s interest and expertise stem from
can help other aspect of your life as well,” said Dr. May. her personal struggle with chronic dieting and negative
People generally fall into eating patterns Dr. May calls body image, as well as years of clinical experience with
Instinctive Eating, Overeating, or Restrictive Eating. Many patients battling their weight and the consequences.
of us have a combination of these patterns. The program in She is the founder and CEO of the proven Am I Hungry?®
Sandwich on May 10 will help people identify their patterns. Mindful Eating Workshops. She has shared her approach
“One of the most important things to realize is if diets to mindful eating and non-diet weight management with
were the solution, there wouldn’t be a problem. At some thousands of individuals, workshop participants, health
point, we have to admit that dieting is a paradigm too care professionals, and organizations across the country.
flawed to fix. One of the things people got from seeing 750 Dr. May is the award-winning author of Eat What You
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Am I Hungry? What to Do When Diets Don’t Work was the Where would you
basis for the American Academy of Family Physicians’
national wellness campaign, “Americans in Motion.
like to recover
May also is the co-author of ‘H’ is for Healthy, ‘F’ is
for Fitness, and three other books that encourage
healthy attitudes and behaviors in young children.
She was featured in the Discovery Health Channel
specials, “Adult Obesity: Reversing the Trend”
(sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control)
and “Healthy Steps to Treating Childhood Obesity.”
Dr. May is a Board Certified Family Physician with
14 years of clinical experience in Phoenix, AZ. She has
“retired” from practice to focus on mindful eating.
Dr. May said she must practice what she preaches
in order to balance her personal and professional
life while maintaining her own optimal health. She
cherishes her relationships with her two children, Tyler
and Elyse. She also regularly enjoys hiking near her
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Where life happens. 15
WE ASKED OUR READERS FOR THEIR INPUT….
What are you most looking
forward to about Spring?
In spring I look forward to more light in the
day, the sun’s warmth, the smell of dew, and
growth of tulips counting down to summer.
- Amy Bemis Lyon, DeKalb
Spring brings a sense of renewal and rejuvenation.
I use spring time as a “second attempt” at
reaching my new year’s resolutions.
- Liz Bockman, Sycamore
Steph’s tulips and daffodils and the smell of freshly
mowed grass. Over the last 14 years we have been in
our house in Clare she has done a wonderful job.
- Larry Forsberg, Clare
I love showing houses in the spring and seeing the
little crocuses and the tulips peeking out from under
the snow. I know spring is just around the corner.
- Diane Hammon, Sycamore
16 DeKalb County InVironments Magazine • March-April 2011
Spring is about new beginnings and new life. I look
forward to the warmer temperatures, seeing all the
new flowers, buds and leaves on the trees, bunnies,
birds, kids playing outside again, and Easter!
- Kristin Kimbark, Sycamore
Running on snowless, dry land with the sun
above me and spring air on my face, preparing
for the beginning of race season.
- Tricia Maxwell, DeKalb
What I look most forward to with the coming of
spring is outdoor training walks for my fifth year
of 3-Day Walks! – Kathy Pignato, Rochelle
What could be more beautiful than the iris in
bloom, the sun shining, and playing outside
with my granddaughter Kylie up in Genoa?
- Debbie Prestia, Genoa
I look forward to the spring thaw and thinking about
gardening and other outdoor activities. I’m looking
forward to outdoor golf, walking and other tasks. I look
forward to jonquils and other early spring bulbs blooming
from their long winter slumber. – John Rey, DeKalb
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Where life happens. 17
“I’vE BEEN vERY FORTUNATE AND
HAvE LED A vERY INTERESTING LIFE.”
18 DeKalb County InVironments Magazine • March-April 2011
Ivan Williams Family
plays key role in important
The spiral-bound book called
Highlights of My Life is a keepsake
Ivan created and printed for family
and friends. It is full of photos,
memories and information he
especially wanted to record for their
community developments four children, nine grandchildren
and three great-grandchildren.
Ivan writes, “How many other men
get to drive a battleship float 65,000
miles, perform with amazing musicians
By Kathy Siebrasse blessings not only for Mavis, but for the
for 20 years, fly airplanes and take on
wonderful family I married into, the
building projects just for the fun of it?
Ivan Williams has been a Paul V. Eakle family of Waterman. We
“I am especially proud Mavis
opened a lot of doors together,” he said.
“go-to” man nearly all his and I were able to provide services
Although too modest to admit it,
life, helping to make local Ivan possesses an astounding array of
to the community which will give
history while also preserving talents. He knows how to build almost
some advantage to many others
it. He feels blessed to have anything (and has), including motor
well into the future,” he said.
Ivan has lived in DeKalb all his life,
shared most of his days with homes, scooters, airplanes and houses.
except for the first six months after
his late wife, Mavis, a “go- In addition to his contributions as a
his birth in Leland. His family rented
to” woman in her own right. community leader and elected official,
and farmed area land. In 1941, they
he’s been a musician, drum corps
moved to property that was originally
Between them, Ivan and Mavis have major, battleship parade float captain,
part of the Joseph F. Glidden farm
played key roles in an unprecedented farmer, pilot and Justice of the Peace.
at the corner of Annie Glidden Road
number of the community’s most An historian at heart, Ivan’s DeKalb
important assets and developments. home is filled with photo albums,
The DeKalb County Health Department, newspaper clippings and historic
Tollway extension, Peace Road, Family documents. His “little black book”
Service Agency, Glidden Homestead, is one he’s dedicated to Mavis, his
DeKalb Centennial Parade, Ellwood partner of 64 years, who died in 2008.
House, DeKalb County Board and
the one-room schoolhouse on
NIU’s campus, are but a few.
Ivan’s ready smile, twinkling eyes
and energetic spirit belie the fact
he will turn 90 in October. Family,
friends and community are the
foundations upon which he has
built his life while establishing an
impressive legacy of giving back.
“I’ve been very fortunate and have
led a very interesting life. I count my
Where life happens. 19
DeKalb County Health
In 1966, the federal government
required each state to implement a
home health care program, a feature
of the new Medicare program. As
an elected member of the DeKalb
County Board of Supervisors, Ivan
persuaded the board it should have
input on the program and quickly got
to work on it. There was no precedent
and each state could implement
the programhowever it wanted.
“DeKalb County was the first certified
in Illinois to implement in-home
nursing care for Medicare patients.
That was the start of the DeKalb County
Health Department and I was elected
its first president in 1966. The DeKalb
County Health Department is still
recognized today as one of the most
successful in the state,” said Ivan.
“I was appointed by Gov. Dan Walker
to the I-5 (now I-88) Tollway Extension
committee in the early 1970s. At that
time, the Tollway ended at IL 47. The
Mavis and Ivan Williams worked committee consisted of 10 lay members
together to help move Milan Twp. and 10 legislators. Our objective was
One-Room School to NIU’s campus in 1999.
to research the initial plan and make
recommendations to the Tollway board
on final road extension and operations
and Lucinda Avenue. Glidden is well- Highlights of Ivan’s Life of the future Tollway system,” said Ivan.
known as the inventor of “The Winner” Ivan said he and Mavis became “I served seven years total, being
barbed wire, patented in 1874. involved in so many community
In the early 1950s, Ivan and reappointed by Gov. Jim Thompson
projects due to a genuine love for
his brother, Glen, acquired 140 after my initial four years on the
and interest in the community, and committee. I was among those
acres west of that land. “It was the
“because things needed to be done photographed walking on a new section
remainder of the Glidden farm. We
and we could help.” Their work as of the Tollway west of IL 47, during the
felt NIU would eventually want to
part of the founding boards of the opening ceremony. The Tollway now
expand the campus and it was our
Family Service Agency, the Ellwood goes all the way to Sterling, where
desire for them to have the property
House and Glidden Homestead it becomes freeway again eventually
as it was needed,” said Ivan.
& Historical Center are just a few leading to the Quad Cities and I-80.
“Around 1957, we sold them the
land to build the high-rise dorms. examples their dedication. It was quite an accomplishment!”
Over time, NIU purchased the balance With a life full and rich with
of the farmland, piece meal and small experience, Ivan shared with
acreage at a time, at farm prices. We InVironments some of the highlights,
had a good association with NIU.” saying he is grateful for being
blessed with “so many adventures.”
20 DeKalb County InVironments Magazine • March-April 2011
Peace Road Bypass DeKalb Centennial Parade Milan Township
In 1974, Ivan was appointed to DeKalb celebrated its 100th year in One-Room School
lead the Bypass Road Committee 1956, and Ivan accepted the challenge “Mavis and I co-chaired the project
by County Board Chairman, John of being parade marshal. “Mavis to move the Milan Township School No.
Castle. “We were to develop a plan helped me greatly, keeping track of 83 to NIU’s campus for a dedication
and examine a need for a bypass all the details and writing everything to coincide with Northern’s 100th
route. I divided the committee into down. It was the largest parade in anniversary celebration in 1999.
groups and assigned them specific DeKalb history, having 540 units and Both Mavis and I attended NIU, and
areas such as layout, traffic flow and lasting more than three hours. An she earned a Master’s Degree in
environmental impact. In the end, estimated 100,000 people attended. Home Economics there,” said Ivan.
the experience was gratifying and Fifty years later, Mavis and I rode As co-chairs of the project, Ivan
resulted in what is now called Peace in the Sesquicentennial parade in and Mavis helped raise the $150,000
Road, extending 10 miles from I-88 in honor of that 1956 celebration.” to move and reconstruct the school
DeKalb to IL 23 in Sycamore,” he said. on Annie Glidden Road, just west of
Barsema Alumni & Visitors Center.
Donated by Wayne McIlrath, retired
dean of the Graduate School, the
schoolhouse was moved from his farm
at Perry and Tower roads, southwest
of DeKalb. About 30 percent of the
schoolhouse is original, while the
remaining portion replicates the
vintage 1900 schoolhouse. About
5,000 school children and others
now visit the site annually.
“History needs to be preserved.
We’re losing it every day, so anytime
you decide to start is the right
time. The schoolhouse was in very
dilapidated condition, but it was
a piece of history to be saved.
There were a lot of rewards left
over from that era,” said Ivan.
One-Room School today.
Where life happens. 21
U.S.S. Illinois Float
Conceived of and built by his father-
in-law, Paul V. Eakle in 1934, the
U.S.S. Illinois was a parade float that
looked like a battleship. The float was
used in parades across the country
as a goodwill effort for the American
Legion and U.S. Navy, as well as
Eakle’s hometown of Waterman.
“I had the pleasure and thrill to
accompany Paul on this dream of his,
as quartermaster who got to drive
the ship. We met so many interesting
people along the way, including
two Presidents (Franklin Delano
Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman) and
five Governors.” Ivan said Illinois
Gov. Adlai Stevenson came aboard at
the State Fair in Springfield to give
them a goodwill message to deliver
to the Canadian Prime Minister.
The U.S.S. Illinois made its first
trip in 1935, to the American Legion
National Convention in St. Louis,
MO. It traveled well into the 1950s,
logging trips to Philadelphia (by
way of Canada), Miami, Washington
D.C., New York and a long trip to San
Francisco, just to name a few, said Ivan.
Big Band Experience
“I had the great experience of
playing alto and tenor saxophone and
clarinet for three years with The Mel
Elliott Band, playing at the Melody
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Mill Dance Hall on the west side of
Chicago. We also played one night
a week for WMRO radio in Aurora,
which was broadcast from 4-6 p.m.
“In 1943, I was invited to join the
Dee Palmer Band. The first job I had
was at the Egyptian Theatre, where we
played as the pit band every Sunday
for a five-act Vaudeville show. I played
15 years with the Palmer Band, led by
Dee and his brother, Herb. On Friday
and Saturday nights, the Palmer boys
brought musician friends from other
studio bands to work with us. Herb
played with the Don McNeil Breakfast
Club Orchestra, and Dee played with the time, we decided she should also replaced the avionics and then hired
the Dave Garaway Band, broadcasting know how to fly. I taught her in the J3 a mechanic to overhaul the engine.
from the Blackhawk Restaurant in and she made her solo flight with our An FAA inspector took all day to give
Chicago. I was very lucky to play with dog, Chloe, by her side. Every Sunday, it the air-worthiness certificate, and
such great musicians,” Ivan said. we would make a trip somewhere.” the next day, a friend and I flew it
In 1971, Ivan bought a standard 1,000 miles to the National Flying
Planes, scooters and four-place Pacer that needed a Farmers Convention in Pensacola, FL.”
complete overhaul. So he flew it to Ivan said he had always wanted to
motor homes DeKalb’s airport, dismantled it and build a scooter, so he made one from
“In 1946, I bought a two-place J3
hung it from the ceiling of their scratch in 1941. “It had a new single
Cub airplane. I had my pilot’s license
home’s four-car garage. “ I recovered cylinder, three h.p. Wisconsin engine
and since Mavis traveled with me all
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Williams Family standing by 1962 Motor home built by Ivan
Williams. The motor home was named “The Bird Woman.”
a Justice of the Peace position was
open for DeKalb Township in 1957, so
he decided to run as a write-in. With
four candidates vying for the post, he
won by 64 votes. “I spent most of my
time settling disputes between farmers
and held the position until 1961. It
was a great experience,” he said.
The Eakle Family
“The highlight of my life was meeting
Mavis and becoming part of the Eakle
Family,” said Ivan. Not only did the
Mavis and Ivan were both pilots and family run an airport located at IL 23
flew many miles in this plane Ivan rebuilt.
and U.S. 30 (allowing him to pursue
his passion for flying), but its members
wheel-barrow tires, but it ran 45 MPH everyone (six) to sleep. It had running were all musically talented and artistic.
and got 100 miles to a gallon of gas.” cold water and a 110 AC current and Mavis was one of eight children who
When Ivan and Mavis wanted to 12-volt DC current electrical system.” performed with the Eakle Family Band
travel the U.S. with their children, Ivan Every summer, the family vacationed in the 1930s and beyond. In addition
decided to build a motor home in 1962. from one-six weeks. Mavis called to performing on the U.S.S. Illinois
“I started with the stripped-down the motor home “The Bird Lady.” battleship float, the family entertained
frame of a new one-ton Ford truck In it, the family visited the 48 at local and national events.
and made numerous trips to fledgling contiguous states, plus Alaska and
motor home manufacturers for ideas Canada, traveling 65,000 miles. In
and supplies. I built the body in the 1973, Ivan built a second motor
garage and then continued with the home which took the family on
interior details including a full kitchen, 25,000 more miles of adventures.
bathroom, living area and place for Justice of the Peace—Ivan said
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26 DeKalb County InVironments Magazine • March-April 2011
Three white carnations sit in of a group of people who began
individual bud vases—one in red the program “Learning for Life,
water, one in yellow, and one in Learning for Pleasure” in the fall
blue. Carla Raynor stands in front of of 2009. It is a unique partnership
a class of excited students. “When between the Kishwaukee College
we come to class next time, we’ll see Center for Business Development
what color the flowers will be.” and Continuing Education (The KC
David Roberts is confident the Center) and Opportunity House (OH).
flower in the red water will turn red and The mission of OH, located at
be the prettiest one. Red is, his favorite 357 California St., Sycamore, is
color after all. Libby Weaver disagrees. “To help people with disabilities
Purple is her favorite color, but she work, live in homes of their choice,
is not sure any of the carnations will and enjoy community life.”
be purple by the next class meeting. In fulfilling that mission, OH offers “As an industry, we have
Welcome to a science class taught Opportunity House Industries—a occasional ‘down time’ and in the
by Kishwaukee College, but with a factory setting in which clients past have offered leisure-oriented
difference. This class is not taught are paid for packaging, assembly, activities,” she explained.
on the college’s Malta campus, nor and shrink-wrapping products for “The combination of looking at
is it worth college credit. This class area business and industry. more formal education opportunities
is taught at Sycamore’s Opportunity Parsons said several client families in general and trying to make periods
House to bring education to its clients. had been asking about educational of no work more engaging led to
Carol Parsons, Program Director opportunities after formal special discussions about Kishwaukee College.
at Opportunity House, was one education was completed. We were fortunate to have a board
member who was very involved with
the college and connected with the
right people: Dr. Tom Choice, President
of Kishwaukee College; Dr. Jean
Kartje, Vice President of Instruction;
Karen Schmitt, Executive Director
of the KC Center; and Kris Stefani,
Director of Continuing Education.”
Raynor, Coordinator of the college’s
Family Literacy Program, was tapped as
the lead instructor for the OH program.
The first class began in October, 2009,
titled “Learning About Animals in
Illinois and Throughout the World.”
Raynor has created five units on
topics as diverse as botany to world
cultures and geography in the past
18 months. The current unit is on
science, titled “Science and You:
As with her previous units, Raynor
has crafted a series of topics, activities
and experiences that are flexible and
challenging, yet fun. Designed to
inspire thoughtful wonder, she takes
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into account the needs of her class.
“I find a good textbook—usually
at around the fourth-sixth grade
levels—and plan the class around
the text,” she explained.
“I look for a large font and lots
of pictures and diagrams. For every
topic we cover, we read it, talk about
it, write about it, and do something
with it. I try to cover all learning
styles and all modalities—visual,
auditory, kinesthetic. People learn
in different ways, so I try to cover it
in every way I can,” Raynor said.
For the “Science and You” unit, even know all these interesting facts,”
the students each have a text and he said. “My favorite part is the to us that the partnership with
a notebook, participate in class homework. My Mom helps me with it.” Kishwaukee College be more than
discussions and get homework Lynne Roberts agrees. “He can’t just an activity. We wanted a real
assignments. The notebook is an do the homework independently, but educational opportunity. We wanted
“Observation Notebook,” in which it is maybe 30 -45 minutes a couple to see our clients have a chance to use
students can record observations times a week. I like it because we their current knowledge, refresh older
from some of their experiments, talk about what Carla covered in class information, and learn something new.
demonstrations and experiences. and we can work together towards “Carla and other College staff
Students can write, draw a common goal, with a purpose.” have more than delivered on this
pictures and create diagrams to Libby Weaver’s mother, Diane concept. Each time a client takes a
help reinforce scientific concepts Elliott, concurred. “The classes allow class they want to go back for more.”
covered during class. the clients to experience a variety Lynne Roberts added that she
“We all just love Carla! Her approach of enrichment activities. Libby and thinks “part of the responsibility of a
is multi-sensory, driven by passion I have great conversations at home community college is to educate the
and fun,” Parsons said. “Like any about what she learned that day. whole population in a community.
student, they groan when she gives “When they covered geography and David took a music appreciation
them their homework assignments world cultures, she had an atlas for class at Kish College, but the choices
but attendance is close to 100% and class and it gave us a chance to talk are limited beyond that. This class
homework completed is 100%.” about different parts of the world, addresses the educational needs
David Roberts, son of Doug different cultures. She is interested of this specific population. He
and Lynne Roberts, likes the in learning new things and this offers loves the classes, the activities
homework assignments, however. her that opportunity,” Elliott said. and the classroom atmosphere.”
“I learn a lot. My Mom doesn’t Parsons noted, “It became important Elliott added, “I am so glad
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Economic vitality is alive and
well in DeKalb County, with
industry playing a key role
in all segments from north
to south, east to west. The
region has benefited from
significant commercial and
was most striking and encouraging was
Paul Borek, executive director of the Business Visitation Program. that 59% of the companies surveyed
DeKalb County Economic Development The results of the business indicated that they planned to expand
Corporation, remains positive and survey, documented in the DCEDC during the next three years.
upbeat about the level of vitality Voice of Industry report, indicated
throughout the region. Borek regularly that overall, firms were stable and
reports to his board and the public optimistic about recovery. Despite Expansion Fuels
about the status of the region. unprecedented challenges imposed
The DCEDC’s annual meeting is among by the recession, 84% of companies Market-Leading
the most widely anticipated and well-
attended business functions of the year,
surveyed indicated they planned to
introduce new products or services. Development
due in large part to the event’s review While 48% of companies surveyed Based on these findings, during
of the year in Power Point format—a indicated sales were decreasing, 31% 2010, DCEDC focused on Goal Four:
visual walk through called “State of indicated sales were increasing. In Enhance and Promote the DeKalb
the County,” showcasing development fact, 53% indicated their market share County Business Climate to Support
in all 14 county communities. was increasing. Fifty-five percent of Business Growth and Encourage
Borek recently told InVironments the companies surveyed were active New Business Formation.
that one of DCEDC’s accomplishments exporters and 16% indicated their True to the results of the DCEDC Voice
has been implementation of a five- primary market was international. of Industry report, significant expansion
year Strategic Plan to guide efforts to Overall workforce characteristics, and new industrial construction was
facilitate sustainable and diversified utilities and community services were initiated. With 812,000-square-feet under
growth. Responding to the recession, highly regarded by DeKalb County construction, DeKalb County accounted
the organization focused on Goal businesses. Most evaluations exceeded for 28% of all industrial construction
Two: Retain and Expand Existing the average performance for all North in the Metropolitan Chicago Area.
Industry, by conducting an extensive American communities. The result that In addition, DeKalb and Sycamore
32 DeKalb County InVironments Magazine • March-April 2011
hosted noteworthy commercial 3M will retain 266 full-time positions products, display and graphics, electro and
developments despite sluggish economic and 34 part-time positions in DeKalb. communications, health care, industrial
conditions. Employment of DeKalb County Outstanding efforts by the City of DeKalb and transportation, and safety security
residents increased from 52,525 to 54,693 to expedite project review and permitting and protection services. It employs
during 2010. This employment increase of were instrumental in accommodating the 609 workers in four DeKalb facilities.
2,168 caused the county unemployment accelerated timetable required by 3M. The Algus Packaging acquired the
rate to decrease from 11.7% to 8.2%. project is scheduled for completion this May. former D. B. Hess building on Peace
These and other economic development This project was made possible by a Road and Route 38. Algus designs and
achievements by DeKalb County businesses new five-year Intergovernmental Tax manufactures sealing thermal-formed
together with municipalities and County Abatement Agreement and individual packaging and full service contract
government are reported each year at resolutions of support approved by DeKalb packaging. The 90,000-square-foot
DCEDC’s Annual Meeting and State of the taxing bodies including the City of DeKalb, building will house Algus’ Machinery
County presentation. This year’s event DeKalb School District 428, DeKalb Library Division. Blister packaging affords
is scheduled for Tuesday, March 29, 4:30 District, DeKalb Sanitary District and retailers and manufacturers a popular
p.m.-7:30 p.m. at the DeKalb County DeKalb Township and DeKalb Park District. and cost effective packaging solution
Farm Bureau Center for Agriculture. Kishwaukee College and the DeKalb that displays a product while securing it.
County Board also approved abatement Algus designs the blister and fabricates
resolutions in support of the project. the thermal-form tool to produce the
Development in 3M is a diversified technology company blisters with sealing machines.
DeKalb County serving customers and communities with
innovative products and services. 3M has a
The Hovis Light Industrial Park on
Seventh Street has rental space available
worldwide presence in consumer and office for manufacturing, warehousing and
DeKalb County - The DeKalb Advancement
of Technology Authority (DATA) was
awarded $13.2 million in grants from the
American Recovery and Reinvestment
Act and the State of Illinois to develop a
high speed fiber optic telecommunications
system throughout the county. DATA is
a consortium including DeKalb County,
Northern Illinois University and cities,
villages and institutions in the county.
The project will link this network to
unlimited, cost-effective bandwidth
to transmit data and conduct business
around the world. DeKalb was one of
the first counties in the U. S. to secure
funding to develop such a network.
DeKalb - The 3M Regional Distribution
Center in Park 88 was selected as the
Industrial Build-to-Suit of the Year by the
Chicago Chapter of the National Association
of Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP).
The award recognizes the significance
of the $25 million project in the Greater
Chicago/Northern Illinois market. The
Venture One/Clayco Realty Group team
was recognized by its peers—the top
developers in the region—as the most
significant industrial project in 2010.
This is 3M’s fifth expansion in DeKalb
and the fourth project developed
by Venture One. The 650,000-sq.-ft.
building is expandable to one-million-
sq.-ft. and is being constructed on 49
acres. The 3M build-to-suit is a joint
development of Clayco Realty Group and
Venture One. The project team includes
Heitman Architects and Jacob & Hefner
engineers. Park 88 was represented by
Venture One and Milner & Associates.
Where life happens. 33
distribution and office users. The former users. An AT&T cell phone store and All
Spaulding Composites building has been About Eyes Optometrists have opened
remodeled and improved to attract tenants in one building. Advanced Auto Parts, a
to spaces of 35,000 and 38,000-square- leading automotive aftermarket retailer,
feet. In addition, a 13-acre site with access has signed a lease for a second building.
to a Union Pacific Rail spur is available to Dollar General opened a new store in
accommodate up to a 200,000-square-foot a shopping center on South Fourth Street
building. Hearing Help Express has moved owned by Bond Companies. The store
into the balance of the 131,000-square- was constructed in 12,400-square-feet of
foot building. The hearing aid sales and space next to Lehan Drugs. An additional
distribution company has expanded from 31,000-square-feet is available for other
a smaller facility on Seventh Street. tenants including grocery or retail.
Tegrant Corporation has consolidated Several new start-up companies were
operations from Pennsylvania and established over the past two years.
Arlington Heights to its headquarters, Elegant Research formed a software and
research and production facility on aeronautical engineering development
Pleasant Street. Tegrant markets and firm working closely with the NIU
produces engineered packaging solutions College of Engineering and Engineering
through three strategic business units: Technology. Stewart Family Chiropractic
Alloyd Brands makes retail packaging established a start-up clinic in DeKalb
material and machines; Thermosafe using a $44,223 loan from the DeKalb
Brands creates temperature sensitive County Community Services Department.
medical packaging for the pharmaceutical, An entrepreneur acquired, expanded
biotech and food industries; and and diversified the business services
Protexic Brands manufactures protective offerings of Flash Tax bookkeeping,
packaging products including molded accounting and business consulting.
and fabricated foams. The company Plans are being prepared to move into
employs 379 workers in DeKalb. the new DeKalb High School on Dresser
The new 26,500-square-foot Road. The $88 million, 400,000-square-
Kishwaukee Cancer Care Center foot building will accommodate up to
opened its new building at 10 Health 2,500 students. The state-of-the-art
Services Dr. The $14 million facility building, designed to fulfill current and
consolidates multiple services in one future education needs with technology,
convenient location on the KishHealth classrooms, auditorium and gymnasium,
System campus. Services include radiation will also help attract families and
oncology, hematology, pharmacy, businesses to DeKalb, Cortland and Malta.
laboratory services, massage therapy,
skin care image center, American Cancer Cortland - Dollar General announced
Society Patient Resource Center and the development of a prototype retail
a wig and apparel shop for patients. store on Somonauk Road. Investment in
Previously, patients traveled to the new 9,100-square-foot building is
multiple locations for these services. in excess of $1 million. Dollar General is
Hobby Lobby opened a new DeKalb small-box discount retailer of brand name
store in 54,000-square-feet of remodeled products from well-known manufacturers.
space in the Northland Plaza shopping Cortland Animal Hospital opened on
center, Sycamore and Barber Greene roads. IL 38, just east of Somonauk Road.
It is Hobby Lobby’s 30th Illinois store and
will employ 30-50 full and part-time staff. Genoa - Illinois Department of
Noodles & Company restaurant, Transportation officials announced that
Radio Shack electronics retailer and Amtrak’s new Chicago-Rockford-Dubuque
Dekamore Dental Clinic opened intercity passenger rail service line
new facilities in the Oakland Shopping will travel along the Canadian National
Center on Sycamore Road developed by railroad line through DeKalb County with
Carpenter Commercial Real Estate. a station stop in Genoa. The Chicago-
Pappas Development began Rockford-Dubuque line marks the return
construction of a three-building multi- of passenger rail to the northern Illinois
tenant commercial center at the lighted area for the first time since 1981.
intersection near Walmart on Sycamore The $60 million project will create 650
Road. The buildings will accommodate construction jobs. Trains will run at least
retail, restaurant and professional office one round-trip daily between Chicago’s
34 DeKalb County InVironments Magazine • March-April 2011
Union Station and Dubuque, IA, with stops
in Elgin, Genoa, Rockford and Galena.
Amtrak service will support business
development and tourism in Genoa and
northern DeKalb County. IDOT will begin
engineering immediately while the City of
Genoa evaluates and selects a station site.
and metal distribution centers.
A Book of Numbers accounting
and A Perfect Fit tailor shop moved
into Genoa Main Street’s new business
incubator. Neat Stuf resale shop expanded
by opening a second larger location,
allowing it to add furniture to the
business inventory. ESII (Embroidery
Sew Into It) opened a new embroidery
store. Belvidere Coin opened its second
location with a store in downtown Genoa.
Avancer Corporation continues
construction to remodel the former
Genesis House into corporate offices on
IL 23. Candylac Customs opened a new
auto body shop in the rear portion of
511 W. Main St. JLN, a data processing
firm moved into Genoa. Joe’s Pizza
and Pub reopened as a new restaurant
business in the former Genoa Pizza. Kingston - The Johnson Industrial Park Malta - Resource Bank completed and
The Genoa Park District constructed is planning to expand to accommodate the moved into its new branch on Route
a $900,000 expansion of Chamberlain needs of growing tenants. A commercial 38 in Malta. The Kishwaukee College
Park, including annexation of 17 added project on the northwest corner of IL 72 Referendum passed with 64% of the
acres for the park into the city limits, and Glidden Road is also planned. The vote in November, which allows it to
through a $400,000 IDNR grant. City of Kingston received a $5,000 storm issue bonds up to $52.6 million to help
The City of Genoa completed the water planning grant from the DeKalb fund a two-phase $67 million campus
North Central Interceptor sewer County Community Foundation to improve improvement plan. It will include
project under a $2,165,000 IEPA grant storm water drainage and reduce flooding. completion of a ring-road around
program funded through the Federal campus, renovation of existing space
American Recovery and Reinvestment Kirkland - Highway 72 Pharmacy, the and two new buildings to host Student
Act (ARRA) program. This improvement first drugstore to operate in Kirkland in Services and Campus Operations.
provides increased capacity for economic 25 years, opened in November. A former
development and community growth. restaurant was gutted and remodeled Maple Park - The Village of Maple Park
to accommodate the new pharmacy. has been addressing municipal water
Hinckley - Brachmann Trucking The Village of Kirkland annexed the main and storm water management
expanded its operations in Hinckley. It Euclid Chemical Company plant, as infrastructure needs. It is leveraging
has established Accurate Fire Apparatus well as the Kirkland Community Fire $100,000 in Community Block Grant
to sell and assemble Rosenbauer Fire Department property, in order to be funds and a $100,000 ACCR Grant with
Apparatus and Spartan truck chassis. able to extend water service to the $103,000 in Village capital funds to
Hinckley Business Condos opened manufacturing plant for improved improve water pressure and fire flows.
in renovated commercial buildings near production and future expansion. The Village received a $5,000 grant
the southwest corner of U.S. 34 and from the DeKalb County Community
East Sandwich Road. Individual retail, Lee - The former Farmers Factory Foundation to revise and improve
showroom, office, light industrial and building in Lee is available for lease or sale. storm water management ordinances to
warehousing spaces are available for sale The facility was used as a construction mitigate or prevent future problems.
or lease to small businesses and start-ups staging center and work shop for the
companies. Big Rock Auto Rebuilders, DeKalb-Lee County Wind Farm. Sandwich - Sandwich has seen an
Coffee Nook and Eatery restaurant, Pizzo and Associates has expanded explosion in food and entertainment
James K. Roderick Woodworking and native prairie preservation adjacent to establishments. The new Bull Moose
Tech-Net Professional Auto Service its headquarters office, laboratory and Bar & Grill is nearing completion in the
have located in the business center. vehicle equipment warehouse in Rollo. former Sandwich Diner property. Gonzo’s
Pizza reopened in shared space with
Where life happens. 35
Brenda’s Basket restaurant. Brenda’s has expanded its export of its Sahara Shabbona - Plans are underway to market
Custard is relocating to Sandwich from Regenerative Air Dryers to new markets the new Shabbona Industrial Park
Plano. Jay’s Liquors remodeled the throughout the world. The system protects located on U.S. 30, along the Burlington
former McCaslin Bakery building. Prindi’s industrial compressed air systems from Northern Sante Fe Railroad (BNSF), on the
Antiques, Derailed Pub & Grill and damage caused by compressed water vapor. west side of Shabbona. The site is 246 acres
Knucklehedz Bar & Grill opened in The City of Sandwich completed a major with access available from Rt. 30, as well as
downtown Sandwich. Shocky’s Red Hots street, parking and sidewalk resurfacing Challand Road along its western boundary.
opened a hot dog stand on U.S. 34. project downtown, on Railroad Street. NextEra Energy Resources
Henderson Engineering Company commenced operation of its Lee/DeKalb
County Wind Energy Center. From this
facility Next Era controls and maintains
THE AREA’S LARGEST the 145 wind turbine generators
throughout Afton, Clinton, Milan and
RESIDENTIAL HEATING Shabbona Townships. The Prairie
Band Potawatomi Nation completed
AND AIR CONDITIONING restoration of native prairie landscaping
on its lands near Lake Shabbona.
DeKalb Mechanical CONTRACTOR. Somonauk - The Village of Somonauk
has completed a new water treatment
plant and village maintenance building.
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with the north side budgeted for 2011.
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satisfaction. Service was exemplary, according to Borek.
IDEAL’s decision to build in Sycamore
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IDEAL has been known for since 1916.
Smart Motion Robotics completed
(815) 756-6528 339 Wurlitzer Dr its new 32,000-square-foot headquarters
in Sycamore Prairie Business Park. The
WWW.DEKALBMECHANICAL.COM DeKalb, IL facility houses 18 full-time workers
engaged in the design, assembly,
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Sycamore, Illinois • (815) 981-4860
programming and testing of robotic solutions for domestic
and international manufacturing and packaging clients. Jill M. Tritt
The project was supported by tax abatement agreements
with the City of Sycamore, Sycamore School District, DeKalb
County Board, Sycamore Park District, Sycamore Public As an Attorney and CPA, let Jill Tritt put
Library, Kishwaukee College and Cortland Township. The her tax knowledge to work for you.
new building is designed to accommodate the company’s
projected growth with employment increasing to 30 workers. Preparing individual income tax returns for a dozen
One of Smart Motion’s most notable systems is SmartPacker, years, Attorney and CPA Jill Tritt is well versed in
the egg industry’s leading robotic egg packing solution.
legitimate deductions and credits available to
The Suter Company completed an office expansion and
a new exterior façade improvement to its headquarters reduce one's taxable income. E-Filing both federal
and manufacturing facility on May Street. The addition and state returns, Jill ensures clients get their full
provides much-needed training, conference and office refunds, and as quickly as possible.
space. The Suter Company offers an extensive line of
refrigerated salads, dips and spreads, snack and lunch kits, "I want my clients to get all the
deviled eggs, canned salads and other prepared foods. deductions and credits to which
SK Express has leased an additional 11,000-square-
feet in Sycamore Industrial Park. It manufactures wire
they are entitled."
harness systems for heavy equipment manufacturers
and assembly plants throughout the world. Production
for Caterpillar has increased dramatically in recent
months increasing employment to over 250 workers.
Elgiloy Specialty Metals has leased an additional
30,000-square-feet in Sycamore Industrial Park since
its initial 52,800-square-foot lease in 2007. It produces
safety equipment for the offshore oil and gas industry
and manufacture drawn round wire in nickel, nickel-
cobalt, titanium and stainless steel alloys.
Upstaging acquired an adjacent building on Park
Place to expand operations in Sycamore. For 39 years
Upstaging has set the standard for theatrical lighting and
live performance equipment trucking, as well as production
services, event coordination and mobile marketing.
Gray Hunter Stenn, a certified public accounting firm,
leased 1,650-square-feet in the Prairie Professional Park,
along the Bethany Road commercial corridor. Construction
of the new Hy-Vee grocery store is progressing in the
Sycamore Shopping Center on Sycamore Road. The project
is on target for completion and opening in June. John
Pappas is the developer of the 98,000-square-foot facility.
Construction and renovations at the Sycamore
Middle School are progressing. The project consists of
a major 35,000-square-foot addition and renovation of
the existing 45,000-square-foot building. Substantial
improvements have been made to parking and traffic
flow. The project cost is $13 million. Construction has
been underway in phases throughout the summer and
school year. Completion is scheduled for August.
Waterman - Production Cutting Services (PCS) expanded
operations from Moline to the Vision Pickling & Processing
building in Waterman. PCS does business with Vision Pickling’s
own QC Pickling operation in Moline. It intends to expand
that relationship by servicing the Waterman facility and
other northern Illinois manufacturers. For 25 years PCS
has provided metal parts and fabrication services to large
equipment manufacturers and metal distribution centers.
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close to home
Paddling enthusiasts will have
new whitewater to test on the Fox
River this spring with the opening
of Yorkville’s Glen D. Palmer
Whitewater Canoe/Kayak Chute.e
38 DeKalb County InVironments Magazine • March-April 2011
challenge run that features two challenging whitewater
passages, one above and one below the dam.
The Fox River drops almost six feet between the eastern
and western edges of the chute with portage points
provided at both ends of the facility. A 12-foot wide concrete
path allows paddlers to walk their canoes, kayaks, or
tubes back up the chute to travel down the chute again
(motorized vehicles are not allowed on the pathway).
Glen D. Palmer Dam was a low head run-of-river dam with
a modified ogee crest, a spillway length of 530-feet, and a
height of five-feet. Due to the hydraulic conditions of the
modified ogee spillway at Yorkville, a submerged hydraulic
jump or roller resulted just below the dam. This roller had a
tendency to trap and hold objects within the turbulence.
The dam spillway was modified from an ogee shape
to a four-step configuration to eliminate the “roller”
immediately downstream of the dam. Then, to help fish
move upriver, the state installed a Denil fish ladder.
The ladder creates a series of chambers where fish
can rest as they move upstream. It is a three-foot wide
concrete channel with aluminum plates that angle
upstream. Fishing is not allowed in the whitewater chute
bypass channel from the shoreline or either island.
and kayak chute
opens on Fox River
This new State of Illinois recreational facility is the
result of improvements to the dam to enhance safety for
both paddlers and fish. Whether you are a novice or an
avid canoeist or kayaker, state and city officials welcome
paddlers for what is sure to be a great experience.
The Whitewater Canoe/Kayak Chute is located at
Bicentennial Riverfront Park, centrally located in the heart
of Yorkville’s downtown just east of IL 47, on the south
side of the Fox River. There is no charge for using the new
recreational facility, which should be open by May 31.
The 600-foot-long bypass chute allows canoes, kayaks,
and tubers to travel downstream safely around the Glen D.
Palmer Dam without having to portage. It also provides a
recreational amenity for kayakers as they travel upstream.
The momentum of the river will take paddlers to a novice
route, designed for inexperienced paddlers or families.
More advanced paddlers will be able to navigate
through strategically placed boulders and onto a
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The Illinois Department of Natural Resources dam
modification project in Yorkville was undertaken
to improve public safety and provide additional
environmental and recreational benefits.
Completion of the project by the IDNR is expected
by May 31, with public activities planned in
celebration of the Canoe/Kayak Chute’s opening.
Yorkville Mayor Valerie Burd said she and other
city officials join the paddling community who
eagerly await the official opening of the chute.
“Please check our website often for updates and plan
a visit to this fabulous new recreational facility.”
Parking is available at all city municipal lots. A
majority of public parking is off-site and will require
paddlers to carry their canoes/kayaks to the water.
Overnight parking is allowed at designated
lots in downtown Yorkville if you are planning an
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40 DeKalb County InVironments Magazine • March-April 2011
overnight trip. These are located at the intersection of Hydraulic
Street and Route 47 (northwest corner), south of the rail tracks
in the east alley lot behind the Route 47 businesses, and on the
west side of Route 47 in the west alley lot behind businesses.
At least one restroom is located at the park-year round. Additional
facilities are seasonal. The city is currently researching changing
facilities for paddlers. No showers are located at the park.
One large and two small shelters are available at the site for
use. Both small shelters each have a picnic table, and the large
shelter can be rented for special events. The city is not taking park
and shelter reservations for these facilities until construction
is complete and the park can be open for larger events.
The address of the park is 201 E. Hydraulic St., Yorkville IL 60560.
City Hall (630) 553-4350
Yorkville’s Parks and Recreation Department can be reached at
The website is www.yorkville.il.us.
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While the Cubs and White Sox enjoy
spring training in Arizona our local
athletes are hard at work training indoors
for their upcoming baseball, softball,
soccer and track seasons. They look
forward to sunshine and fresh air for
their spring games and meets, while
dedicating days and weeks indoors
in order to hit the field running.
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Bowl for Kids’ Sake
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Because one size
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At M-O-I we offer two different MRI options.
Our full body MRI system allows our physicians and consulting radiologists to
see multiple high-contrast images of bone and muscle that provide insights
older technologies can’t begin to match. These images provide highly detailed
images of internal body structures without the use of radiation like traditional
X-rays or CT scans.
Our Extremity MRI is for those times when a specific area of the arm or leg
needs to be evaluated. This MRI allows comfortable patient positioning and
parents can sit with children throughout the relatively brief scan.
Whichever MRI your doctor chooses, you can rest assured you will have easy
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A D V A N C E D F A M I LY E Y E C A R E
“The way children look at you for the first time As Advanced Family Eyecare
Center celebrates its fifth year in
when they can actually see is something you business, its progress has surpassed
expectations. With over 60 years
will never forget,” said Lisa Brundies, Advanced of combined experience, staff
Family Eyecare Center owner and optician. members serve the community with
comprehensive eye exams, contact
lens fittings and an on-site lab.
“We focus on providing our
community with high fashion at a
low cost, and do so with excellent
value,” said Advanced Family Eyecare
Center optician, Rebecca Edwards.
Staffed with four highly trained
opticians, including owners Chris and
Lisa Brundies, customers can expect
quality and customized care in finding
eyeglasses to fit every budget and style.
Rather than outsourcing, Advanced
Family Eyecare Center performs
repairs and adjustments quickly with
the convenience of an on-site lab.
“Being privately-owned, our office
can offer more than optical chains. We
have access to all the latest products
on the market for contact lenses and
glasses, with more than 2,500 frames
48 DeKalb County InVironments Magazine • March-April 2011
to choose from. Our office accepts most only natural to continue providing customized attention to each person
vision plans, and for those who do not those skill sets by opening and who walks through our door,” said Lisa.
have coverage, we have other discounts operating their own optical shop. Besides the staff’s extensive
we accept. We also provide children’s “Sycamore is our home and knowledge in eye care, Advanced
packages to make it more affordable community. We are truly a locally- Family Eyecare Center prides
for families,” said Lisa Brundies. owned and operated business, with a itself on customer service.
Lisa and husband, Chris, began location that allows us the space to have “Our secret to success here consists
their practice in Sycamore after an amazing selection of frames at our of listening to the customer, fulfilling
training and serving in the military fingertips and the only on-site lab in their needs and providing quality
as optical laboratory specialists. town. Owning a business in a small town products at fair prices,” said Lisa.
Being military opticians, it seemed atmosphere like ours allows us to offer Staff members say they are
always appreciative when a client
praises their customer service.
“We’ve been told countless times by
customers that the reason they chose
our services was because we were
just the nicest, most pleasant people
to talk to on the phone. How hard is
it to be nice? We strive to serve our
customers with respect and take pride
in providing the best customer service
and satisfaction we can,” said Lisa.
Passionate about all respects of
the optical business, Lisa said staff
members make all the difference at
Advance Family Eyecare Center.
“Chris runs our lab and keeps
up on the knowledge of all types of
technology and lenses. Rebecca and
I focus on keeping up on new trends
to help our customers find frames
to complement their lifestyles.
“Dr. Miranda, our optometrist, has a
great passion for fitting contact lenses
of all kinds and really enjoys educating
her patients on the health of their eyes.
She loves helping patients achieve ocular
goals and believes in supplying the
best possible prescription,” said Lisa.
As Advanced Family Eyecare Center
celebrates its fifth year, its goal is
to continue to grow and expand its
patient base while updating as new
technology becomes available.
To learn more about Advanced
Family Eyecare Center or to
schedule an appointment today,
call (815) 899-2020.
920 Prairie Drive, Sycamore, IL 60178
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kitchens, additions, family rooms, baths and more!
DESIGN LIFE. BEGIN HERE.
Jim Fox has over 30 years of experience in both kitchen and bath design. He is an
expert in interior design offering proficient knowledge in kitchen and bath layouts, as
well as flooring including carpet, wood and ceramic installation. Jim's hands on
approach, project management skills, and job coordination with subcontractors help
complete each job from design concept to installation. Jim has a proven record as a
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Sycamore, IL 60178
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Magazine • March-April 2011 Decorative Products. Bathrooms.
Mary Ann Wines, D.D.S.
loves her patients.
Her patients say, she makes them smile . . .
Like all of our dentists, Dr. Wines is
actively involved in our community.
Healthy Smile Happy Kids and
Kishwaukee United Way are two of
her favorite organizations. She also
has 20+ years participating and
being the leading fundraiser for the
Crop Walk here in DeKalb. While
many of her patients are adults, she
brings a warm and tender heart to
the children in her practice. In the
summer months ahead you will find
her managing her flower gardens,
helping make her neighborhood a
place that everyone can enjoy.
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Kim Zamora, Community Director
a p l ac e to c a l l for Lincolnshire Place, greeted
me with that same warm smile
and so began my adventure.
It felt as though I was on vacation.
With so many sights to see and things
to learn, my pen couldn’t seem to
write fast enough. In fact I was so
busy taking notes as Zamora gave me a
tour of the facility that it wasn’t until
I heard the hollow sound of my heels
clicking against cobblestone that I
While touring the facility, Kim Zamora asked a resident realized what we were walking into.
In the middle of Lincolnshire Place sits
if she could show off their room. His response was, an exact replica of an old town square.
“stay all afternoon, it’s that comfortable.” Street lamps and park benches nestle
into the stone walkway that spans to
meet the individual shops, hair salon,
By Nancy Whitaker petting zoo, ice cream parlor, movie
To admit I was anticipating a cold, This was an absolutely gorgeous theater and more along the side.
sterile environment would be a little home. As I sat, waiting to interview “We provide activities not only for
harsh, but as I walked into Lincolnshire the director of the facility, I watched our residents, but for their families
Place, Sycamore’s new memory care people file in and out of an entrance who visit as well. You can leave your
residence, I had to ask myself if I took adorned with oak French doors that living area to go out for ice cream,
down the wrong address. Walking made their debut when Lincolnshire watch a movie or get your nails done
through the beautifully decorated Place opened October 5, 2010. Some without physically leaving the building
lobby, I carried my trusty notepad, individuals were dressed in street or spending a penny,” said Zamora.
pen and jaw that about dropped to clothes, perhaps visiting a parent, others Lincolnshire Place also has a gardening
the floor. This was not a memory in uniform delivering a package, but room where residents are currently
care residence I had walked into. somehow they all wore the same smile. planning and potting in preparation for
their spring landscaping at the center.
“I thought I’d have the garden club
come out and handle our landscaping,
but this is our home,” said Zamora.
Residents are also responsible
for feeding the small animals in the
petting zoo with the help of staff.
Being one of a kind in the community,
Lincolnshire Place has allowed family
members once forced to seek care
elsewhere to return to the area. Not only
are they able to receive outstanding care
within the comfort of their community,
they now have the ability to stay close
to home near family and friends.
While touring all that the town
square has to offer, Zamora leads me
into a room to introduce me to a miracle
worker. She shows me a machine
equipped with a rotating picture display
that portrays slow-moving images of a
Kim Zamora, Community Director at Lincolnshire Place
52 DeKalb County InVironments Magazine • March-April 2011
bubble pattern on the wall. Attached aromatherapy and the option of with a free meal each day. It’s very
to the machine are fiber optic threads. holding the fiber optic strands, provide important that our staff interact with
Many people who experience dementia the comfort required to sleep. our residents, because this is our family,
suffer from what is called Sundowners, a “I challenge anyone to come in and family eats together,” said Zamora.
symptom that shows increased agitation and try this some time. It takes no Meals are prepared in a private
and inability to sleep, and this machine more than 20 minutes and you’ll be kitchen, but a fully functional kitchen
assists in alleviating those symptoms. out like a light,” said Zamora. within the dining hall is available
“Not everyone reacts to the same We enter through a second set of to residents. With the turn of a key,
senses. Some people react to smell, doors into the dining room. As we power to all appliances can be turned
others to touch, so that’s why we walk in, residents greet us as they buzz on and off for safety purposes.
offer everything,” said Zamora. about, making conversation as they eat “We have family members come in with
For those struggling to sleep, the lunch with other residents and staff. cookie dough and bake up a storm. It’s
images displayed by the machine, “We don’t have our staff members fun for those participating, but even more
combined with calm music, clock out for lunch and we provide them
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fun for the rest of us who get to enjoy
the finished product,” said Zamora.
Lincolnshire Place provides a
multitude of stimulating activities
to keep residents active. From a
beautiful walking path in the courtyard,
to bingo and fitness programs,
there’s always something to do. abundance of living space to encourage that has memory loss. As a caregiver
“We tailor our activities so everyone residents to stay active. Not even to their husband or wife, they’re living
gets attention, whether that be one- at its six-month mark, Lincolnshire a 36-hour day. Here, they don’t have
on-one or in a group,” said Zamora. Place is already at 60% capacity. to worry about what might happen
Each month, a local day care “Our residents display the most to their spouse while they shower or
center visits the Lincolnshire Place. mild cases of memory loss, to those sleep. We take care of all of that for
Residents assist the children in art that are more severe. Currently, them and provide them with the peace
projects and other small activities. we even have three members who of mind they deserve,” said Zamora.
“It’s absolutely rewarding for both have no memory issue at all, but Staff also performs routine
parties. The children don’t refer to just really enjoy the atmosphere and checks to ensure safety, as well
the residents by name, but often call lifestyle we offer,” said Zamora. as to serve as helpful cues.
them the grandma in the pink or the Lincolnshire Place also offers Cues can be found all throughout
papa in the green,” said Zamora. the opportunity for spouses of the facility. Rooms are decorated
A nondenominational service is those experiencing memory with images and colors that serve
also held each Monday for residents. loss to move in as well. as reminders. Something as simple
The 37,000 square foot facility is “The spouse with no memory loss as a toilet seat being black has a
made up of 40 apartments and an benefits just as much as the spouse purpose in cuing residents.
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“Cues are a success for residents most secure facilities in the nation. occupational therapy, speech therapy
because it means they don’t have “It’s as much for the safety of our or any outside health service that best
to ask. They’re able to accomplish residents as it is holding our facility meets our residents needs,” said Zamora.
something on their own, and we accountable. For example, if a resident Zamora said Lincolnshire Place is least
want them to. We want to provide as becomes confused and informs family expensive and most inclusive facility
much dignity as possible. Nothing members they’re not being fed, we for memory loss in the area, with highly
in this building is a no. Everything can reference our surveillance and dedicated and trained staff members.
here is a success. That’s the way this physically show family that they have “If families are seeking financial
building was designed,” said Zamora. been at every meal,” said Zamora. support, I’m here to put them in
Lincolnshire Place was also designed Medical staff is always present contact with agencies such as Veterans,
to be a safe facility. With indoor and at Lincolnshire Place. CNAs and Affairs, Elder Law Attorney’s, Long
outdoor surveillance running 24/7 nurses work around the clock to Term Care Insurance, etc. There’s
and state-of-the-art security doors, ensure immediate assistance. no reason why finances should
Lincolnshire Place is currently one of the “We can also assist in physical therapy, prevent someone from getting the
care they deserve,” said Zamora.
While touring the facility, Zamora
asked a resident if she could show off
their room. His response was, “stay
all afternoon, it’s that comfortable.”
The positive energy among residents
and staff is utterly contagious. In
fact, I’m fairly certain that when I left
Lincolnshire Place my cheeks were a
bit sore from the permanent smile that
accessorized my face while there. I have
now found the cure to any bad mood.
“This is not my job, this is my
life. I can honestly say I look
forward to coming into work
everyday. It took me 50 years
to find my niche, but I finally
found it,” said Zamora.
Zamora insists that family members
of residents have her cell phone number
aside from the number to the facility.
“If family members are upset
and can’t sleep at night, I
shouldn’t either,” said Zamora.
Already so influential in its
infancy, Lincolnshire Place
will be opening a rubberstamp
facility May 1st in Loves Park.
For more information or to schedule
a tour, contact Lincolnshire Place,
(815) 895-9870. To see a list of
amenities and services offered,
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The College of Visual and Performing Arts at
NIU presents more than 600 public programs
(From Divas Dish CD Cookbook) of world-class dance, music, theatre and visual
arts each year. Enjoy the arts at NIU!
For a complete listing and additional details,
visit our events website at:
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Events [Items for the May-June issue (covering
May 15-June 15), must be submitted by
April 15, to Kathy@invironmentsmag.com]
Egyptian Theatre hosts Drake Bell in Concert at
6 p.m., with special guest Emily Osment. Tickets
at www.egyptiantheatre.org are $25-$35 person.
Greater Kishwaukee Area Band concert, March 24-26 March 26
at 3 p.m., in NIU's Boutell Memorial Beach Party in Genoa, Jimmy Buffet style Spring Thaw Limited Field Half-Marathon.
Concert Hall. Free and open to the entertainment, free refreshments, contests, Race at 8 a.m., with race day registration at
public. Handicap accessible. and merchandise. www.genoamainstreet.com. 6:30 a.m. Register online at www.niuiv.org.
March 22-25 March 30 March 31-April 10
Tournees French Film Festival at the Egyptian Wind Ensemble Chamber Wind "Arabian Nights.” NIU's School of Theatre and
Theatre. Two different movies will be shown Concert, Ronnie Wooten, director, Dance perform these Middle Eastern and South
each night. For a complete list of movies 8 p.m., Boutell Memorial Concert Hall. African stories of adventure, tragedy, justice,
and love written by Mary Zimmerman. Adults,
and times visit www.egyptiantheatre.org. March 26 $15; seniors, $12; students, $8; children, $5.
Conference with Father John Corapi at Shows at 7:30 p.m., Thursday-Saturday and at
NIU Convocation Center. Tickets, $20-$57. 2 p.m., Sundays. Call (815) 753-1335 or visit
Parking free. Doors open at 7:30 a.m., for www.niu.edu/theatre.
event at 8:30 a.m. No cameras or videos.
niuconvo.com or fathercorapidekalb.com.
April 8 April 13
April 1 Latin Jazz Ensemble concert, Greg Beyer, Chinese Music Ensemble concert,
Blue Jean Ball, Ben Gordon Center’s 24th director, 8 p.m., Boutell Memorial Concert Hall. Jui-Ching Wang, director, 8 p.m.,
Boutell Memorial Concert Hall.
annual charity event from 6-10 p.m., at St. Mary’s April 9
Hall, Sycamore. The night will include dinner, Latin Jazz Ensemble concert II, Greg Beyer, April 14
entertainment, silent auction and games. Visit director, 7 p.m., Boutell Memorial Concert Hall. NIU Jazz Ensemble concert, Ron
bengordoncenter.org or call (815) 756-4875. Carter, director, 8 p.m., Duke Ellington
Third Annual Divas Dish for Glidden
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” Ballroom, Holmes Student Center.
Homestead featuring “celebrity” community
8 p.m., at the Egyptian Theatre, DeKalb.
women sharing samples of long-held family April 15
recipes at NIU Barsema Alumni & Visitors NIU Memorial Concert for Toni Keller,
April 2 Center, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets, $30. Call (815) 8 p.m., Boutell Memorial Concert Hall.
Wee Naturalists. The natural resources 756-7904 or visit gliddenhomestead.org.
staff of the University of Illinois is offering
Second City at the Egyptian Theatre in DeKalb Studio Series of NIU School of Theatre and
a Wee Naturalist program for children ages at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.egyptiantheatre.org.
4-7; $3/child. Meets from 10:30-11:30 a.m., Dance presents “Love Scenes” at the Stevens
at the Natural Resource Center in Russell April 10 Building in the Corner Theatre. Tickets one
Woods Forest Preserve, one mile west of World Music concert, Jui-Ching Wang, director, hour before curtain: $15, adults; $12, seniors;
Genoa on Route 72. Call (815) 784-2000. 3 p.m., Boutell Memorial Concert Hall. $8, students; $5, children. 7:30 p.m., Thursday-
Saturday; 2 p.m., Sunday. www.niu.edu/theatre.
April 1 April 11
NIU Opera Theater presents The Old NIU Jazz Lab Band concert, Rodrigo Villanueva, April 16
director, 8 p.m., Boutell Memorial Concert Hall. The 7th Annual Neighbor’s House 5K
Maid and the Thief by Gian Carlo Menotti,
will begin at 8 a.m., in Hopkins Park,
Lucia Matos, director, 7:30 p.m., Boutell
Memorial Concert Hall. Ticketed event.
April 11-27 DeKalb. www.neighborshouse5k.com.
The Olson Gallery at NIU annual Juried Blick
April 3 Art Materials Arts Nova Exhibition reception April 17
and award presentation Thursday April 14, NIU Steel Band concert, Liam Teague
NIU Opera Theater presents The Old
4:30 p.m. www.olsongallery.niu.edu. and Cliff Alexis, directors, 3 p.m.,
Maid and the Thief by Gian Carlo Menotti, Boutell Memorial Concert Hall.
Lucia Matos, director, 3 p.m., Boutell April 13-14
Memorial Concert Hall. Ticketed event. Amber Pines Banquet and Event April 18
NIU Percussion Ensemble concert,
April 5 Center in Sycamore will host the musical
Greg Beyer & Robert Chappell, directors,
Middle Eastern Music Ensemble performance “Branson to Broadway,”
8 p.m., Boutell Memorial Concert Hall.
concert, Jui-Ching Wang, director, featuring Mike Williamson and Patte
8 p.m., Boutell Memorial Concert Hall. Armato Lund. Call (815) 756-1263.
NIU University Steelband & Steelpan Studio
concert, Liam Teague and Cliff Alexis, directors,
6:30 p.m., Boutell Memorial Concert Hall.
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April 19 April 26 April 29
NIU Chamber String recital, Early Music Ensemble concert, Janet Red Hat Day—Red Hatters from
6:30 p.m., Recital Hall. Hathaway, director, 6:30 p.m., Recital Hall. throughout northern Illinois will gather
downtown Genoa with their own brand
NIU Chamber Choir concert, Eric Johnson, University Jazz Band concert, Ross Margitza,
of fun. www.genoamainstreet.com.
director, 8 p.m., Boutell Memorial Concert Hall. director, 8 p.m., Boutell Memorial Concert Hall.
April 20 April 27 April 30
Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s Spring
NIU Wind Symphony concert, Thomas Bough, NIU Philharmonic & NIU Choirs combine
director, 8 p.m., Boutell Memorial Concert Hall. for Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Lucia Concert, with a performance of the “Titan”
Matos & Eric Johnson, directors, 8 p.m., and “Jupiter” Symphonies, the first and
April 21 Boutell Memorial Concert Hall. last of two legendary composers, Wolfgang
NIU String Chamber recital, Amadeus Mozart and Gustav Mahler at
6:30 p.m., Recital Hall. April 27-28 7:30 p.m., NIU Music Building. For ticket
Amber Pines Banquet and Event Center information or season ticket prices, call
NIU Wind Ensemble concert, Ronnie Wooten,
in Sycamore hosts a musical performance (815) 756-3728 or visit kishorchestra.org.
director, 8 p.m., Boutell Memorial Concert Hall.
featuring some of Chicago’s top Cabaret
April 22 singers. Call (815) 756-1263.
“Arabian Nights,” NIU’s School of Theatre
Avalon String Quartet concert, 8 p.m., April 28 and Dance perform Middle Eastern and South
Boutell Memorial Concert Hall.
NIU Annex Group, computer music African stories of adventure, tragedy, justice,
April 23 studio concert, James Phelps, and love written by Mary Zimmerman. Call
Kites Over Sycamore. Kite making, decorating director, 8 p.m., Recital Hall. (815) 753-1335 or visit niu.edu/theatre.
and flying at Kar-Fre Flowers adjacent to
Sycamore Park. www.karfreflowers.com.
April 28-May 1
NIU Spring Dance Concert, displaying a wide
variety of talent from NIU’s School of Theatre
April 25 and Dance. Choreography by school faculty.
NIU Composers concert, 8 p.m., Recital Hall.
Call (815) 753-1335 or visit niu.edu/theatre.
May 1 May 5-8
NIU University Band concert, Jeremy Studio Series of NIU School of Theatre and
& Ashley Followell, director, 3 p.m., Dance presents “Spring’s Awakening” by May 12
Boutell Memorial Concert Hall. Frank Wedekind Stevens Building in the Corner Dining Red-A Sample of DeKalb County,
Theatre. Tickets one hour before curtain: $15, sponsored by DeKalb County American Red
Concert Choir and University Chorus Cross. Third annual fundraiser at Blumen
adults; $12, seniors; $8, students; $5, children.
concert, Eric Johnson, director, 7 p.m., Gardens, 5-7:30 p.m. Food from area
Shows at 7:30 p.m., Thursday-Saturday and
Boutell Memorial Concert Hall. restaurants and caterers, silent auction, raffle,
2 p.m., Sunday. www.niu.edu/theatre.
Sycamore’s annual Cinco de Mayo with and local artist corner. Tickets, $30. Call
games, prizes, crafts, food, petting zoo, live May 7 (815) 739-6251 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Natural resources staff of the University of
music, and family entertainment in Sycamore!
Illinois offers a Wee Naturalist program for May 12-14
children ages 4-7; $3/child. Meets from 10:30- MAC Track Championship at NIU.
May 2 11:30 a.m., at the Natural Resource Center in www.niuhuskies.com.
Meals for Moms is a benefit for Meals Russell Woods Forest Preserve, one mile west May 14-15
on Wheels at St. Mary’s Memorial Hall in of Genoa on Route 72. Call (815) 784-2000. NIU Graduation. www.niu.edu.
Sycamore. This event is done to support
senior moms who often depend on Meals NIU Community Dance School Spring Recital, May 15
on Wheels, 11:30.a.m.-1:30 p.m. 2 p.m., Anderson Hall, Studio 135. Free. Greater Kishwaukee Area Band concert,
(815) 756-4092; email@example.com. 3 p.m., NIU Boutell Memorial Concert Hall. Free
The Jack Olson Gallery at NIU Time Arts
Senior Show Gallery Exhibition, 4:30p.m. May 9-10 and open to the public. Handicap-accessible.
Admission is free. www.olsongallery.niu.edu. Bob Hope Tribute at Amber Pines in Sycamore The NIU Community School of Arts will host a
featuring Lynn Roberts giving veterans a
May 4-5 musical salute. www.theamberpines.com.
Suzuki Piano Recital, featuring soloists in the
“Rat Pack Tribute,” At Amber Pines in Suzuki piano program taught by Marilyn Montzka
Sycamore featuring Frank Lampiere, with May 11 and Susan Breitner-Hurm. NIU Concert Hall, 5
musical stylings of Frank, Sammy and The NIU Community School of Arts will perform p.m. Admission is free. www.niu.edu/extprograms.
Dean. www.theamberpines.com. a Children’s Choir Concert directed by Mary May 18-19
Lynn Doherty in the NIU Concert Hall at 6 p.m. “Late Nite Catechism” Amber Pines in Sycamore
Admission is free. www.niu.edu/extprograms. will host this uproariously funny play about
an irrepressible nun who teaches a class to a
roomful of misfits. www.theamberpines.com.
Kishwaukee valley Art League Show.
Handmade crafts, jewelry, and art will be
available for viewing and sale in the parking
lots of Somonauk and Elm Streets, Sycamore.
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Delicious food at “Divas Dish”
Saturday, April 9th
Svetlana Henrikson, president of DeKalb’s Joseph Glidden
Homestead & Historical Center, invites everyone to
enjoy delicious treats at the third annual “Divas Dish
for Glidden Homestead” Saturday, April 9, 5:30-8:30
p.m., at NIU’s Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center.
About 40 local women chefs will share family recipes
and show off their culinary skills while benefiting the
museum and historic site (where “The Winner” barbed
wire was invented in 1874). Appetizers, salad, bread,
soup, side dishes, entrees and dessert will be served.
Tickets are $30. Email firstname.lastname@example.org,
visit www.gliddenhomestead.org or call (815) 756-7904
April 29th and 30th.
Refreshments • Prize Drawings • Special Gift with Purchase.
Featuring the exclusive Mother's Day pops
available only at a Trunk Show.
Great Opportunity for Mother’s Day Shopping.
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Wiz Khalifa at NIU Convo
Wednesday, April 13th
The Campus Consciousness tour is coming back
to NIU’s Convocation Center, and this time Wiz
Khalifa is the star Wednesday, April 13. Doors open
at 6:30 p.m., and the show will start at 7:30 p.m.
Special guest Mac Miller will open the show.
Tickets are $37, $35, and $32, and can be purchased at
the NIU Convocation Center box office, all Ticketmaster
outlets, Ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 800-745-3000.
NIU students get a $5 discount with a valid NIU OneCard
(limit 2) at the NIU Convocation Center box office.
In 2010, Wiz Khalifa signed with Atlantic Records. Wiz’s
Cameron Jibril Thomaz, better known by his stage name
style along with his production team, Johnny Juliano,
Wiz Khalifa, is an American rapper based in Pittsburgh,
Sledgren, and E. Dan make this a winning combination.
PA. He has become a rising star over the past couple
Wiz Khalifa’s song “Black and Yellow,” a known Steelers
years due to his young bravado and hardcore-charismatic
Anthem, which was also made into a Lakers Anthem Purp
execution of rhymes. He has consciously created a
and Yellow, went viral, with over 24 million views on Youtube.
sound that was uniquely Pittsburgh, relying on his
His album “Rolling Papers,” will be released March 29.
East Coast, Southern and other hip-hop influences.
DeKalb Ag Group
“The McCormick Reaper: State of Bountiful Harvests” is The series kicked off Feb. 23, with an “Update on the
the topic of a presentation Wednesday, March 23, by the DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association, Inc.,”
DEKALB Alumni Association and DeKalb Area Agricultural presented by Em Wells, and “DeKalb County Farm Bureau
Heritage Association, Inc. (DAAHA). Presenter is Dr. fulfilling a need: Events leading to its inception and its
Lee Grady, McCormick International Harvester Archivist early years,” presented by Doug Dashner. Wells is president
with the Wisconsin Historic Society, Madison, WI. of the DEKALB Alumni Association and a board member
of DAAHA. Dashner is retired executive director of DeKalb
This presentation is the last in a series of three late Winter- County Farm Bureau and a board member of DAAHA.
early Spring presentations hosted by the association
as part of the DEKALB Ag Memories Exhibit at the Then, on March 9, Al Ratfield and Duane Rubendall
Nehring Gallery, 111 S. Second St., Suite 204, DeKalb. presented “The DEKALB Winged Ear: Its origin and
evolution. Ratfield is a board member of both the
DEKALB Ag Memories Exhibit is normally open on DEKALB Alumni Association and the DAAHA. Rubendall
Wednesdays and Sundays, 2-4 p.m. For an appointment is a member of the DEKALB Alumni Association.
to view at other times, call (815) 757-5959. On
presentation days the exhibit will open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, visit www.dekalbalumni.org.
The presentations will start promptly at noon and end
by 1 p.m. Participants are welcome to bring a brown bag
lunch, but there is no space to accommodate tables.
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