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Village Chronicles
The advantages of a city. The support of a community. The heart of a village.
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Serving Warrenville, IL
Issue No. 13
Friday, September 18, 2009
By Crystal Lynn
t the request of the Warrenville Chamber of Commerce, The Warrenville
Finance and Personnel Committee
approved funding last Monday (Sept.
14) to allow the chamber to remain
operational through the month of
Alderman Matthew Wiesbrock
made a motion at the committee’s
regular meeting, recommending that
the city council, at its meeting next
Monday, approve giving the chamber
$10,000 and that city and chamber
representatives begin discussing ways
to prevent the chamber from dissolving.
The motion was seconded by Alderman Dave Schultz, and it passed
The city first learned about the
chamber’s financial problems on July
17 when Chamber Chairman Brian
Caldwell wrote Mayor David Brummel
a letter in which he stated the chamber
would close its doors by October 15
unless it received city funding.
Mayor Brummel was unable to attend the finance committee meeting,
but he asked City Administrator John
Coakley to relay his wish to keep the
chamber going until both parties
could begin talks to resolve the chamber’s financial problems.
Jim Salek, a Warrenville resident
and chamber member, told the finance committee that the chamber’s
finances began diminishing around
2000/2001 when the city cut funding.
Salek said that while city funding
slowed, expenses kept rising, causing
the chamber to deplete its reserve
Salek also said the chamber deserves to be subsidized because “it is
a vital business partner with the city.”
According to Salek, the chamber
saves the city money by providing
public relations and marketing services such as the greeter service, event
planning, visitor’s guide and the community directory.
“That is why we feel we should be
subsidized, for the things that we do,”
Salek said.
Salek then suggested that the funding come from hotel/motel tax
money, not from city taxes.
“Because of all the phone calls the
chamber gets from people coming
from out of state and from other
towns,” said Salek, “this funding
should come from hotel/motel tax
money. We do not want this money to
come from city taxes.”
Alderman Stu Aschauer said that
would not be possible because the
New School is LEED-Certified
Energy-efficient windows and a “green” roof are included in the 190,000 square-foot LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building. There are two gyms, a fitness center
and adjacent classrooms for chorus, drama, orchestra and band, plus two science labs and more...
New Hubble Middle School Struts Its
Stuff at Grand Opening Last Sunday
By Bobbie S. Mignin
he shiny new Hubble Middle
School was open last Sunday.
Not an extension of the school
week, but rather a most-anticipated invitation to residents, District 200 families, friends and alumni to see the
fruits of a successful referendum.
It was a gorgeous, summer-like day,
and steady streams of adults and children trekked through the school murmuring “oohs and ahhs” as they
walked along.
Principal Beth Sullivan addressed a
packed auditorium with school board
officials and board members on stage,
thanking all of the many people who
helped realize the dream of “new Hubble.” She joked that she worked so
closely and for so long with Bill Farley,
District 200 Assistant Superintendent
of Business Operations, that Farley’s
wife often referred to Sullivan as “Bill’s
other wife.”
Sullivan also acknowledged Paul
Pessetti of Legat Architects, the entire
Legat team, the Bovis Lend-Lease construction team, District 200 officials,
the city of Warrenville, and many other
“The city of Warrenville has embraced us like no other,” Sullivan said.
“They fed us on the first day of school.
We are thrilled to be here, and the city
is glad to have us.” She also joked
about a saying of going “from an outhouse to a penthouse,” which elicited
many laughs. While some may still
harbor feelings of nostalgia for the old
site, clearly most were ready to move
to a new, safe environment that was
designed and built for middle school
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Sullivan also singled out Tria Akines,
Hubble Middle School Head Custodian, for the smooth transition of the
old Hubble contents, transported to
the Warrenville Hubble site. “This new
school is great,” said Akines. “It’s wonderful to be able to control the air conditioning.” In the old school, she knew
first-hand all the complaints, where
one classroom was very warm, another
would be freezing, and there weren’t
any clear solutions for adjustments.
Akines said while the move was a
major one, she prioritized with classrooms first. “We packed the upper
floors and worked down. One classroom alone had 80 boxes to move. But
we also had to work around the contractors working at the new school.
Overall it was a very smooth move,
and I can’t say enough about the fantastic job all the guys did too.”
From a building that was old, dilapidated and unsafe, to an open, light,
LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy
and Environmental Design) school,
students seemed effervescent in their
new space, leading tours for their families and talking with other students—
on a Sunday!
The 190,000 square-foot building
has energy efficient windows, a “green
roof,” regular and extended classrooms, two gyms, a fitness center, and
adjacent classrooms for chorus, drama,
orchestra and band, two science labs,
open-concept cafeteria, and a lot more.
“Green” was factored into the design
of the school inside and out. Preferred
parking is available for hybrid cars and
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hotel/motel funds are now general
revenue money and no longer setaside money.
Aschauer also said he expects the
chamber will have to make financial
sacrifices if it is to receive city funding. “Before I can support looking at
my neighbor and saying, ‘Hey, we’re
going to take your money and support the chamber with it,’ I have to
see [the chamber] a lot leaner and
meaner,” Aschauer declared.
How to Use
Your Website,
Lesson Four...
There She Blogs! (Part Three)
By Tom Sherlock
This is the final segment covering
the creation of a blog within the website. We will explain the last three features of the
canvas you are presented with when
creating your blog: Search Older Posts,
Trackbacks and Comments.
Search Older Posts allows you to
search on a word that is in the title of a
previous blog. All you would need to
do is type the word that you are looking for in the title and click on the
magnifying glass to the right of the
textbox. This will perform a search for
that word within all of the blogs on the
system and return to you all of the
blogs that contain that word in the
title. Now you just have to click on the
blog you would like to read, and it will
be presented to you.
The Trackbacks and Comments option has two purposes. The Comments
tab allows you the option to prevent
users from commenting on your blog
if you choose to do so. All you have to
do is choose the disable option.
Trackbacks are used primarily to facilitate communication between blogs.
When you create a blog, you may want
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2 Friday, September 18, 2009
Village Chronicles
River Healing Faster
Than Imagined
By Jim Kleinwachter
fish) and to reestablish more frequent
We have all had to deal with the efflooding at certain locations (a natural,
fects of the Thorium cleanup along the
rural floodplain).
The former Cenacle retreat area is a
DuPage River. And it’s not over by a
long way.
good example of an area designed to
However, there is good news. When
flood, where it will do no damage to
the removal of the material was done,
homes, and the water will be utilized
from all accounts, there was no need to
and filtered by the wetland plants.
“fix” or repair the areas affected beTree “root crowns” were embedded
yond the basics.
at certain places in the river banks.
Through the efforts
Studies show that
of the EPA, DuPage
wood is an important
County Forest Pre“...from all accounts, habitat for certain
serve and the engineer“bugs” and a necessary
there was no need to element to enhance the
ing of Wills Burke
Kelsey Associates, a
restoration process.
‘fix’ or repair the
wonderful restoration
Root “balls,” as they
has been started.
are called, do not easareas affected beyond ily decay, and are a
Many of the less desirable trees (bucklasting piece of river
the basics...”
thorn, box elder,
enhancement that acwillow) have been retually help the river
moved. quality trees
“heal” after the surgery
and shrubs have replaced them, and
work has been done.
deep-rooted native prairie plants
Looking at the area along Butterfield
have been planted to filter the water
Rd., it is the next place where work is
and hold the banks solid. The shoreto be done.
line rejuvenation was just the beginWe all need to support the work
being done and support the removal
In the riverbed, the work continued.
and renovation of the Warrenville
Rock replaced soft muck bottoms—
Dam, as it is severely hindering the
much better for aquatic life. Pools and
river flow and negatively affecting
riffles were created, and rock outcropwater quality.
pings were placed strategically.
Want to get involved in the river
The objective was to create a more
restoration efforts? Contact Jim
natural channel width with a diversity
Kleinwachter at [email protected] flow characteristics and habitats ( or call (630)
cluding spawning and refuge areas for
I Want to Know
The yellow houses on Route 59—
there are two of them! Which one did
you refer to, and what about the one
near Maple Hill with trucks and cars
coming frequently, and tent parties
held on the premises? Thought this
was vacant property.
The first home referred to is south of
Branch Ave., west side of Route 59. It
was recently descended upon by a large
work crew that cut the grass, trimmed
the driveway, pruned the shrubs, and
generally beautified the property.
It is a great looking property when
it’s dressed up. Now to keep it that way
while the banks wrangle about the
foreclosure process. The City of Warrenville continues to watch this property, but it could use continuing care
by the banks and neighbors to put its
best face forward.
The other yellow house near Maple
Hill also has been under the watchful
eye of the city. It seems the property,
along with a Tudor home to the south
(all on the west side of Route 59), is
leased by a landscaping firm. The firm
does not have a permit to run a business out of either home.
Although it has cleaned up the
properties nicely, landscaping equipment and supplies had been stacked
near the fence adjoining Maple Hill.
Those materials have now been moved
away from the fence. The landscaping
firm has agreed to relocate within 30
Both sites demonstrate a frustrating
truth—the city’s authority to control
these matters exists, but the process
moves very slowly by design. For the
public it appears slow; but it protects
the interests of the occupant.
(We made an exception and researched your question even though you
did not provide your name. Normally,
we do not print anything without knowing with whom we are dealing. Names
can be withheld upon request if that appears pertinent to the issue. Otherwise,
we do not deal with anonymous contributors).
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By Bobbie S. Mignin
t seems like yesterday that we were
visiting the zoos and museums,
walking behind strollers with our
babies and toddlers. Then it was holding on to little hands walking around
festivals and forest preserves.
I thought it would end with the
‘tweens and then the teens, but it hasn’t. We are quite fortunate to still have
family time and family days—familyonly zones—no friends.
There are days when friends are invited along of course, but then there
are days when I am selfish. I want them
to myself. There will come a day, not
far out on the horizon, when we all can
no longer go to the beach or the zoo or
take a walk in a local forest preserve together They will be away at college or
just too busy with jobs and boyfriends
or girlfriends.
Every family excursion or family
field trip, has layered our lives with enriching, lasting memories. We were at
Brookfield Zoo the day the little boy
fell into the ape house pit. He was cradled by a female ape until zoo authorities could rescue the child. We didn’t
even know it happened until we saw it
on the news that night. Brookfield is
on 216 acres, so you could be there and
not realize something big is happening
on the other side of the zoo. But we still
talk about that day.
We’ve been at the zoo and museums
on their “behind the scenes” nights
and have viewed the “Christmas Trees
From Around the World” at the Museum of Science and Industry countless times. I do get a bit nostalgic for
the way the museums use to be when I
was a kid. But I get it—in this day and
age these attractions gotta be shinier,
newer and more high-tech to attract
the masses. I just miss the old exhibits.
What was and is cool about walking
around these big old museums bursting
with history and drama is that you just
learn so much. You can’t help but learn
something new every time you go.
We beamed with pride when teachers would comment about our kids in
a positive manner. The trips and special destinations left a distinct mark on
their personalities and education, but
it was never drudgery.
My husband Mac might have grumbled a little over the years, “We’re going
to that museum again? But we already
went there,” he’d say. His Dad and
Mom didn’t take him to the museums.
He only went if there was a school field
trip. He never grew to love the majes-
tic beauty of those cavernous marble
buildings. He didn’t foster a desire to
learn about the Egyptians and stare at
real mummies.
I did experience that and wanted our
kids to fully appreciate all the educational possibilities that I did, plus
When my oldest son Zach was a first
grader, he was wildly crazy about anything Egyptian. Zach first learned
about Egyptian history from the Field
Museum of Natural History and
books. He took out library books about
Egyptians, and he would look through
old National Geographics for anything
about Egypt.
In first grade, when the class was
studying about Egyptians, the teacher
nicknamed him, “Mr. Egypt,” because
he knew everything about them. The
unit study culminated with a big
Egyptian party. The mom who originally volunteered to organize the
party had moved away, and guess
who the teacher asked? She said she
had to ask me, after all, I was Mr.
Egypt’s mom.
Got together with another mom and
we planned a great Egyptian celebration. We did everything so Egyptian it
was incredible, and everyone had fun.
One mom baked a cake, cut it into
squares, and created a pyramid cake.
Over the years, we have seen it. The
impact of outside experiences and excursions has shaped a good portion of
what our kids are all about. I love to
hear their opinions and observations
about everything they are soaking up
in this world.
For our family, the best place to talk
is still the dinner table. Communicate
and eat together; it’s basic, but its importance should never be diminished.
That’s one tradition definitely worth
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Village Chronicles
the News
City Enhances Brush Pick-Up Program In
Find people in the paper and
District 200 Was
Right to Defer
Obama Broadcast
I don’t know who [was] the author of
the "Opinion Column" [Village Chronicles Sept. 11 editorial], but I have to
heartily disagree with your sentiments
(that’s what makes this such a great
Where in the world do people assume it to be the responsibility of our
educators to provide access to a
planned political message? Who cares
what the content is? Who cares that the
message is heard a few hours later? I
personally do not want the time taken
from the education my taxes provide
for anything other than established
No one barred any of us from taping
and then sitting back and watching it
with our children on our own time.
This was no overt action on the part of
the administrators and educators of
our children to keep them from seeing
and hearing the speech. It was a simple
decision to not disrupt scheduled
classroom activities.
The outrage reported and commented on in the Village Chronicles is
misplaced. Parents should take responsibility for their children’s upbringing and get a life.
PO BOx 581
We Should Show
Our First Responders
More Appreciation
[Last Friday (Sept. 11)], we joined
our kids and other volunteers at their
church, Harvest Bible Chapel in
Naperville. The purpose was to honor
and thank Naperville firefighters, police and emergency personnel by
bringing them lunch. There was no
other agenda.
The church had 250 lunches prepared
by a chef. These were delivered and
served by the volunteers. Eleven
Naperville fire and police stations were
visited. Firefighters at the stations we
visited were very appreciative. They
gave us a tour of the firefighting and
emergency equipment--very interesting and informative.
Wouldn't it be great if more churches
or other organizations would decide to
participate in this annual opportunity
to say "thank you" to the first responders in our communities who put their
lives on the line if needed, to protect us?
Have old computer equipment you
wish to discard? Bring it to
Sherlock Computer Services before
Friday, Sept. 25 and we will bring
it to the Cantigny Green Fair
to recycle it for you.
The Public Works Department has
enhanced the brush pick up program
to a once-a-month event according to
the schedule on the map below.
Brush must be out on Monday by
7:00 a.m. for the
week scheduled acWeek 1
cording to the areas.
For example, Week 1
area must have brush
out by 7:00 a.m. the
first Monday of the
month. Week 2 area Week 2
must have the brush
out by 7:00 a.m. of
the second Monday
of the month and so
The program will
Week 3
run from the first
full week in April
through the last full
week in October.
Brush pick up is
limited to trimmings
from bushes or
shrubs, as well as branches from trimming and pruning trees.
Other items such as logs, root balls,
stumps, grass clippings, flowers, weeds,
plants, leaves, lumber, or anything in
plastic bags or other such containers
will not be picked up.
All brush must be cut in lengths no
longer than eight feet and no larger
than eight inches in diameter.
All brush must be placed on the
parkway with the larger cut end toward
the street and the brush pile should not
be more than three feet high.
Mayor Brummel
By George Safford
Scheduled to attend the Hubble Middle School grand opening last Sunday
(Sept. 13), Warrenville Mayor David
Brummel was noticeably absent.
Standing in for him was Alderman
David Schultz, who reported that the
mayor had been admitted to the hospital for an emergency appendectomy
Saturday evening.
The mayor had complained about
feeling under the weather following a
Saturday afternoon bicycle ride. Once
convinced by his wife, Mary, Brummel
went to the hospital where the medical
staff determined that his appendix had
Emergency surgery was performed,
and, happily, the mayor is resting and
recuperating comfortably at home,
quickly catching up on his email.
Fire Report, Sept. 1-12
Sept. 1: Weaver Pky., smoke or odorremoval. Maplewood Dr., gas leak.
Sept. 7: Butterfield Rd., Motor vehicle accident with no injuries.
Sept. 11: Butterfield Rd., Motor vehicle accident with injuries.
Sept. 12: Orchard Rd., Motor vehicle
accident with injuries.
The Warrenville Fire Department also
responded to 27 ambulance calls, one
malicious false alarm, one unintentional
smoke detector activation, two unintentional alarm system activations, and one
dispatch was cancelled.
Village Chronicles
Brush piles not conforming to these
standards will not be picked up and a
notice will be left on the front door.
Logs, stumps, grass clippings, flowers, weeds, plants, leaves, lumber or
anything in plastic
bags or other such
containers are not
considered brush
and cannot be
picked up.
Proper disposal of
that type of material
is the sole responsibility of the homeowner and may be
done through the
City’s refuse disposal
Week 4
Once the brush
has been chipped,
residents may pick
up the free woodchips at the Public
3s246 Mignin Dr.,
and may take as many wood chips as
they want.
The woodchip bin is accessible 24
hours per day. It is located at the end
of Mignin Dr., just outside the fence.
the page(s) where they appear.
Akines, Tria 1
Arnold, Bill 3
Aschauer, Stu 1
Biggert, Judy 2
Brummel, David 1,3,4
Caldwell, Brian 1
Caray, Harry 4
Chryle, Linda 3
Coakley, John 1
Coronado, Shawna 3,4,8
Deer, Dorothy 3,5,7
Falco, Rocky 4
Farley, Bill 1
Foster, Bill 2
Galloway, Jeff 8
Gresk, Michael 4
Harding, Dave 6
Haskins, Patricia 3,6
Hodgson, Vincent 3
Hornbach, Tom 3
Hyett, Steve 4
Isdale, Chuck 3
Jancius, Blake 6
Johnson, Fay 6
Jones, Tom 3,7
Keller, Dorothy 3
Kemp, Joyce 3,4
Kleinwachter, Jim 2
Knickrehm, Brian 3
Lynn, Crystal 1,3
Mignin, Bobbie S. 1,2,3
Mignin, Rachael 6
Pessetti, Paul 1
Rossi, Guy 4
Rutledge, Sheila 3
Safford, George 3
Salek, Jim 1
Samour, Douglas 5
Schmidt, Tom 3
Schneider, Zoe 6
Schultz, Dave 1
Schultz, David 3
Schultz, Patty 3
Schuyler, Dan 3
Sherlock, Tom 3,4,6,7
Sherman, Dwight 3,8
Sprude, Martha 3
Stout, Rob 5
Sullivan, Beth 1
Toth, Catherine 6
Urban, Joe 7
Wiesbrock, Matthew 1
Yanney, Katherine 3
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Churches A Salute to the Fermilab Garden Club
By Sr. Joyce Kemp
Shown here are Guy Rossi, President of IBEW
Local 701, and Wheaton Mayor Michael Gresk
Photo by Rocky Falco
Cycle Fundraising Re-Cycled
For Area Homeless Veterans
The return of hundreds of motorcyclists, to raise funds for vets, was celebrated Sunday afternoon, September
13 at the IBEW building on Bella Vista
Parkway, Warrenville.
This is the second year of fundraising to support the homeless veterans’
facility on West Street, Wheaton. Last
year the cyclists and riders raised over
$10,000 and Guy Rossi, President of
IBEW Local 701, reported that this
year’s efforts point to even more funds
being raised. Wheaton Mayor Michael
Gresk attended the event but Mayor
David Brummel missed the celebration due to his hospitalization.
Big Woods Congregational
3003 N. Eola Rd. (Aurora) (630) 898-0451
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Blanchard Alliance Chrurch
30w251 Butterfield Rd..(630) 653-1555
Christ Our Savior Lutheran (LCMS)
0s501 Summit Dr. (Winfield) (630) 665-5110
Community Baptist
28w444 Main St. (630) 393-9609
Emmanuel Baptist
3s465 Briggs St. (Naperville) (630) 393-2565
Grace Church of DuPage
27w344 Galusha Rd. (630) 393-7344
Holy Transfiguration Antiochian Orthodox
28w770 Warrenville Rd. (630) 836-1319
Hope Presbyterian Church
1771 S. Wiesbrook Rd. (Wheaton)
(630) 668-7750
Iglesia Roca Eterna
1771 S. Wiesbrook Rd. (Wheaton)
(630) 668-7750
Immanuel Presbyterian
29w260 Batavia Rd. (630) 393-4400
St. Irene’s Catholic
28w441 Warrenville Rd (630) 393-2400
Trinity Lutheran (ELCA)
3s460 Curtis Ave (630) 393-9104
United Pentecostal
3s137 Timber Dr. (630) 393-0052
Warrenville Bible Chapel
4s157 Curtis Ave (630) 393-7733
West Alliance (Korean)
29w376 Butterfield Rd. (630) 393-3385
Warrenville Park District Events
“When Trolleys Rode the
Prairie Path”
Join noted historian Steve Hyett as
he presents “When Trolleys Rode the
Prairie Path.” This multi-projector
slide show looks into the history of
the electric inter-urban Chicago Aurora & Elgin railroad known as the
“Roarin Elgin” and its connection to
the Prairie Path. Join us on Tuesday
Sept. 22 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the
Park District Recreation Center. Admission is free, but registration for
the event is required. Donations will
be accepted and will benefit the Warrenville Kiwanis Park Redevelopment
Project. For further information,
please contact the park district at
(630) 393-7279.
Wrigley Field Tour
Take a walk through history. The
Warrenville Park District is happy to
offer a Wrigley Field Tour. Participants will walk through many sections of the ballpark and will be
allowed to take pictures and videos.
Lunch will be provided by Harry
Caray’s Tavern after the tour. This
trip takes place on Saturday Sept. 26
from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm. Fee is $63,
which includes tour ticket, transportation, parking and lunch. For information please call the park district
at (630)393-7279 or register online
Family Fall Bike Ride
Gather up your family and take a
bicycle tour of FermiLab. Led by a
Fermilab scientist, you will visit the
buffalo herd and the restored prairie,
the scientific exhibits in Wilson Hall
and the hands-on exhibits at the Lederman Science Education Center. Box
lunch and drink are included. All ages
are welcome, but participants must be
able to ride at least eight miles without
difficulty. Program takes place on Saturday Oct. 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00
p.m. Cost is $10 per person or $30 for
a family of four. Trip departs from
Johnson Elementary School. For further information, please contact the
park district at (630) 393-7279.
Dog and Puppy Training
The Warrenville Park District offers dog and puppy training classes
for dogs of all ages. Our certified instructor will help your puppy or older
dog progress through socialization,
basic obedience and agility training.
Dog training, for six-month and
older runs on Tuesdays, Oct. 6 to
Nov. 17 from 7:15 to 8:15p.m. and
Puppy Positive, for puppies eight
weeks to six months, is held Fridays,
from Oct. 9 to October 30, from 7:15
to 8:15p.m. Classes are held at the
Park District Rec. Center. Please contact the Warrenville Park District at
(630) 393-7279 for registration and
further information or register online
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By Shawna Coronado
Family. Love. Friendship. These
things define us, connecting us to the
surrounding world and enriching our
lives. When I met with the Fermilab
Garden Club this season, I imagined I
would simply see gardens. Instead, I
saw lifelong friends, living, breathing,
and building community.
Fermilab National Accelerator Laboratory, a Department of Energy facility in Batavia, is a 6,800-acre site of
incredible natural beauty as well as a
business that houses over 1,000 employees. Almost 90 gardeners lease 200
plots of ground, each 20 ft. by 40 ft., on
a quiet stretch of Fermilab property.
The plots are individually plowed,
fenced, planted,
maintained by
the gardeners, all
of them Fermilab
This delightful
whose keepers
represent an energetic conglom- Shawna Coronado
eration of people
from across the world, has become a
unique and special expression of community giving. Encouraged by the
management at Fermilab, these physicists and other employees of all ages,
who hail from countries such as Taiwan, New Zealand, Russia, and India,
spend time together in the healthy
presence of nature. They all give advice, share friendship, and, most importantly, keep themselves emotionally
and physically healthy by being a part
of this unique experience.
Some of the gardeners have been
tending these plots for 35 years. Many
have special and heartwarming stories
about the love they have for nature and
the passion they feel for touching the
earth and growing food.
Each gardener harvests nearly
enough fresh produce to feed their entire extended family—from spouse to
children to as far down the line as
great-grandchildren. They preserve,
freeze, and dry some of the produce for
future consumption, but most of them
also give-away hundreds of pounds of
fresh food every year to neighbors and
local food pantries that desperately
need their support.
Flowers are abundant as well, and are
grown simply for their beauty. There is
even an orchard that was started over a
dozen years ago, which produces apples, pears, and plums.
Simply put, the Fermilab Garden
Club is truly an inspiration filled with
love and caring. It is an example of
what a small number of people can do
when they come together to make a
difference for their community.
Across the United States, more and
more businesses and neighbors are
doing their part to build community
through gardening during these difficult economic times. Organizations
like, for example,
have discovered that American gardeners were struggling to find food
pantries that would take fresh vegetables and formed the not-for-profit organization to help connect the hungry
with local gardeners.
According to AmpleHarvest, “An estimated 100 billion pounds of food,
enough to totally eliminate hunger, is
thrown away annually in the United
States.” AmpleHarvest enables neighbors in need to obtain garden fresh
produce that might be left standing
unharvested due to over production in
home and community gardens. We can
all help by registering food pantries on
this website.
If you have extra garden bounty, or if
you have food products in your home
that would otherwise be discarded,
please stop and think about your neighbors in need. Better yet, organize a food
drive at your place of business—fresh
veggies included—and make a difference for your community. Still better
yet, build a garden filled with love, a la
Fermilab. You just might be providing
a lifetime of health and wellness for
those who sorely need help.
(More on the Fermilab gardeners, including photos, can be viewed on the
writer’s website, www.gardeningnude
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Village Chronicles
By Dorothy Deer
rom the moment you drive up to
the home of Rob Stout and Douglas Samour in River Oaks, you
are amazed at the many roses and lilies
that flank the front sidewalk, and the
aroma that welcomes you. The mailbox is covered in purple climatis, and
the biggest hydrangea you’ve ever seen
is right next to it, filled with huge white
flower globes.
Douglas Samour and Rob Stout, left to right, created garden vignettes everywhere.
These two men transformed this
home into a haven. They moved here
from Montreal, Canada, in the late
1990s and rented until they purchased
the property in 2004. Even while renting, they started to improve the
flowerbeds, with some help from the
They started with the front yard.
“When I watered, I couldn’t understand why some of the flowers at the
front of the house didn’t do well and
kept withering. I dug below the surface
and discovered a huge pocket of pure
sand. And what was below that? Pure
clay. Getting the sand out was easy, but
it took forever to remove the clay. I just
kept chopping away at it,” said Rob.
That was in 2000, when they got serious about putting in their rose garden. They also made a high-earth
garden by the front steps. Here’s where
you find coneflowers, black-eyed susans and more hydrangeas. Both areas
required a lot of soil. As Rob said,
When the trucker brought in soil, he
took away the big piles of clay, for a
price, of course.”
Stepping-stones take you to the back
of the house, past hostas, rhododendron, and a short rose of Sharon.
When you turn the corner, you’re totally taken back. In the center is a table
that seats six. A birdbath and bird feeders pull in finches and other birds.
Back of the patio is a lattice wall,
fronted by a bank of colorful impatiens, probably five feet wide.
A huge tree provides a canopy, making this an extended room of their
home. But whoa, that’s not all. To the
right, go down a few steps, and there’s
another conversation area, this one
with a fire-pit table. They explained
how this gives them the ability to enjoy
the outdoors in early spring and into
the fall when evenings are cool.
The back wall of the lower patio is
covered with white blooms all summer,
next to accents of red wigellia. Between
the two patios, in full shade, Rob and
Douglas planted a variety of green and
blooming plants, their pride and joy
being the astilbe that sported a tall
spike with a pink flowering plume almost a foot long.
Steps take you down into the lowlying backyard where a circle of
marigolds greets you at the bottom. In
fall, the burgundy dahlias are in
How did Rob and Douglas get this
far? It was a huge job. When they purchased the property, the one patio was
clearly fill and held up by a rotting
wooden retaining wall that was beginning to collapse. They knew it wasn’t
long for this world. They quickly realized they wanted to extend the patio.
Moving it back gave them the wonderful planting area to add color to the
patio. And it’s now held up by a wall of
beige curved cement bricks.
This yard is a series of garden vignettes with blooms from early spring
The fountain and flowers make this outdoor
haven specially appealing.
bulbs to the last scent of the David
Austin roses. Spring daffodils, tulips,
hyacinths, snowdrops, and crocuses
move into early summer flowers, such
as daisies, bleeding hearts, and peonies. Their favorites, Asiatic lilies and
roses, bloom a long time.
“There’s always something new coming into bloom, always something joyful to look at, always something
attractive,” said Rob.
Their garden took first place in the
Vignette Garden category in Warrenville’s Garden Contest this year.
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Monday, September 21 at 7:00 p.m.
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Village Chronicles
Chamber Corner
By Patricia Haskins
I am certain that by now many of you
have seen the local paper or have heard
rumors on the street and wondered exactly what is going on with the chamber.
We, like many area businesses, are
experiencing financial hardships due
to the economy. Because many of our
members are small businesses with five
or less employees, they too are being
hit by the economy, and, of course, that
affects our bottom line. With less
sponsorships, less attendance at our
events, and some businesses closing,
the chamber finds itself in a deficit position financially.
As a result, the chamber has formed
a Target Action Committee to determine alternatives that will allow us to
continue to operate. We looked at all
possibilities—cutting staff, cutting
services, or possibly merging with another nearby chamber.
We decided the first thing that we
would do is approach the city to see if
it would be willing to help the chamber through this difficult time because
of all of the services that we perform
on its behalf, which, if discontinued,
would have to be undertaken by the
city and its staff.
We listed such things as Greeter
Service, Community Directory, Warrenville Visitor Guide, and, most importantly, public relations with people
and business concerns looking to locate in Warrenville.
Recipe with a Story
By Fay Johnson
Sandy Klimowski has gotten into the
swing of things. This is her second
recipe, and we look forward to more of
them from her and from you, the rest
of our faithful readers.
Sandy’s Story
My husband has discovered cooking
and enjoys it. My father sent him a
card with a recipe enclosed. The card
read, “You love to cook, I love to eat,
make this for me.”
He made it, and we transported it in
the slow cooker to Dad’s home. We all
enjoyed it. Dad is now looking for
more recipes for my husband to make.
Kapusta -Ingredients
1 ½ lbs of fresh pork (any type) and
cut into bite size pieces.
1 medium onion, chopped.
1 ½ lbs polish sausage cut into ½ inch
Large jar of sauerkraut.
¼ head fresh cabbage, coarsely
1 tablespoon caraway seed.
1 can (10 ¾ oz) cream of mushroom
soup, undiluted.
Brown pork and onion in hot skillet
until pork is cooked through, about 10
minutes. Combine with all other ingredients.
Use a Dutch oven or slow cooker.
Mix lightly. Simmer all day (the longer
you cook it the better it tastes).
Cooks note: We cooked this about 10
hours in the slow cooker. It looked a
little grey in color, but it tasted wonderful.
Yields 6-8 servings.
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The chamber sends out packets and
sometime boxes of information to potential new businesses or residents. We
also provide all of the beverages, cookies, Santa and Candy Canes for Holly
Days. We run the city festival—Summer Daze (car show and street dance),
with help from many local organizations such as the park district and lots
of volunteers.
The chamber also publishes the
Warrenville Lifestyles Magazine and
the Village Profiles. We reach out to
Warrenville area businesses to provide
them with opportunities to network
with other businesses and give them
recognition in town through the
Community Directory and our various
The Chamber hosts the State of the
City Address, so all of the local businesses can see what the city is doing for
them and the residents in Warrenville.
We would like to thank the Warrenville City Finance Committee for
showing the city’s support by unanimously recommending to give the
chamber $10,000 to take it through
October. The city council will vote on
this recommendation on Sept. 21.
During the next few weeks we will
meet with a task force made up of both
city and chamber representatives to see
how we can work together to keep the
chamber alive, thereby allowing us to
continue to provide these services.
However, because of the economic
situation at this time, there will probably be less staff in the chamber office,
and we may have to trim back on some
of our activities. We will do everything
we can to keep our chamber valuable
to our members and to their businesses.
We look forward to our future together as we continue to promote economic growth and the civic and social
well being of the Warrenville region.
New Hubble Middle School
Continued from page 1
ings collaborate with bioswales (they
receive and absorb stormwater runoff
from impervious surfaces and filter
pollutants), plus the permeable parking lot reduces water run-off. Physical
reminders for students and visitors to
see on a daily basis contribute to the
LEED philosophy.
Band Director Blake Jancius termed
the new school “pretty fantastic.” He
mentioned that the stage placement
with the band, orchestra and chorus
rooms was perfect. No more dragging
instruments from other floors; it’s literally from classroom to stage now.
The area was deemed the “Performing
Arts Center,” or “PAC,” so it fits in
nicely with the Hubble Husky mascot
and becomes the Husky PAC. Jancius
said overall, “It’s just a fantastic facility
and we are all enjoying it.”
Zoe Schneider, 13, an eighth grader
from Warrenville, was beaming when
asked about her new school. “It’s really
a testament to how innovative a school
can be,” she said. “The green aspects of
the school make us aware that it’s important how we treat our planet. I want
this planet to be a healthy place for my
children and my grandchildren.”
Schneider said the cafeteria was “cool,”
and “the air-conditioning actually
works all over the school now.”
Warrenville resident, Dave Harding,
remarked that the school was “wonderful with an airy feeling and a
tremendous contrast to the old school.”
Harding was a referendum supporter
and is glad to see the school here.
“This school is beautiful,” said
Wheaton Warrenville South senior,
Rachael Mignin. “The orchestra
room is so organized with lots of
room for instruments, bows, music,
and everything. After attending the
old Hubble, I really hope the kids appreciate what they have here in this
awesome facility.”
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“It’s almost inspiring enough to make
me want to have another child, [to attend the school] but just fell short of
that.” Toth said the library, with all
the natural light from the windows,
and the green roof concepts were
A great test to any new building is
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the water shooting up and over the
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Village Chronicles
Where Should You Purchase Your Bike? All-Night Softball Tournament Sept. 26
By Tom Jones
he bicycle you buy, and especially where you buy it, has a
huge impact on your safety,
comfort, and how much fun you have
Bicycles are fun vehicles that can
travel at high speeds and withstand even
demanding conditions. To do their best,
they need to be constructed of highquality materials, assembled by competent and trained bicycle mechanics, and
properly adjusted to fit the rider.
By purchasing
your new
bike from
a professional bic y c l e
store instead of from a mass merchant
or discount department store you receive numerous important advantages.
Bike Comfort and Fit
People come in all sizes and need the
expert fit bike shops can provide. They
ensure that your bike is the right size
and adjusted properly just for you.
Bike shops also allow the rider to testride the bikes, and follow-up fine-tuning is also available. The result is easy,
efficient and safe cycling.
Bike shops normally have a much
wider selection of bicycle models,
sizes, styles and colors than are found
at the big-box stores. Their expert staff
coaches you through the process of
finding the best bike for you.
Bicycles come in boxes and need to
be assembled carefully and properly to
be safe, work right and hold up. Bikeshop bikes are assembled in-store by
experienced mechanics, and each is
test ridden to ensure proper function
and safety. They are then carefully fit
to you at the time of purchase. Test
rides, tune-ups and instructions assure
safe and great rides.
Value After The Sale
Bicycle shops have an experienced
staff that welcome post-sale service
and adjustments, usually for free or at
low cost. These stores want to satisfy
your needs and help you fully enjoy
cycling, and they also want you to
spread the word to your family and
Bike shops offer a wide selection of
quality cycling accessories, helmets
and clothing in many models, colors
and sizes.
The staff
with you
to find
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and where you ride.
Bicycles sold at bike shops come
with full warranties. And, most problems are resolved in-house. Plus, shops
stand behind their bikes and products
with experienced mechanics and riding experts.
Bicycle shops are the central source
for more than just great bicycles accessories and apparel. They help you find
the great rides, latest cycling info, and
often serve as advocates for better bike
paths and facilities in your area.
Bike Shops employ knowledgeable
and enthusiastic staff, many of whom
are cyclists with detailed knowledge in
the field. Their only job is satisfying
your cycling needs.
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and from 5:00 a.m. to finish on Sunday.
In addition to first and second place
trophies, there is a cash prize of $500
for first place and $250 for second
The entry fee is $325 for each team,
which includes a $25 refundable site
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For more information, call the athletic director Joe Urban at (630) 2319474. Even if you are not playing, come
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Village Chronicles
The Happy Runner
don’t know why I decided to go. I
couldn’t run. I guess it was because
the plans were already made, the
plane and hotel reservations were
booked, and the entry fees were non-refundable.
Might as well go and make the most
of it. There was something about keeping my word and going through with
plans once they were made echoing in
the back of my mind. Maybe, I just did
not want to let my wingmen, Mike and
Eddy, have all the fun. At least I could go
and cheer them on.
Fact was, I was still looking for a miracle cure for my injured foot. Three
weeks of ice, rest, and Aleve had me feeling better, but just trying to jog was still
a strenuous effort.
We arrived in Albuquerque on a tight
schedule, rushed to the Expo to pick up
our packets, and headed to The 50 States
Marathon Club reunion meeting.
The meeting room was packed with
crazy runners, and the energy and aliveness was noticeable. We each stood and
introduced ourselves, and they told us
that out of the field of 400 entrants,
about 100 would be 50 States Club
members, our largest turnout yet.
We were excited when they introduced former Olympian running guru
and noted running author, Jeff Galloway, as the surprise guest speaker.
Since the early 70s, Jeff has dedicated his
life to making running available to all.
He has studied, learned, and taught
thousands of people about every facet of
the sport of running. He has opened the
door and set millions of people in motion who otherwise might still be sitting
on the couch.
He spoke very little about himself. Instead, he commended and complimented
our club and all of our individual efforts.
He said that we would never know how
many people were following and watching us and the countless people we encourage and inspire by going for our goal.
He continued, telling us that we inspired
him by constantly testing our limits, attempting more difficult goals, and digging deeper than we thought possible
into our capabilities. He explained that
more people have ventured into outer
space than have run a marathon in all 50
states. In fact, he said, 10 times more people have climbed Mt. Everest than have
run a marathon in all 50 states.
It gave us a new perspective, to say the
least. He then asked for our questions
and proceeded to explain the evolution
of his run-walk method. In the beginning, he suggested that long distance
runners run a mile and walk for thirty
seconds to recover. In so doing, a runner would be fresher at twenty miles and
more able to stay strong and fast for the
tough last six miles.
Over the years, he has tried all kinds
of combinations of running and walking for safe, injury-free marathoning
while improving times and shortening
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up I had to run a little longer and walk a
little less. Somehow, I was barely able to
keep him in sight until mile 22, and as
he had promised, I was still feeling good,
considering my condition. Along the
way, we had passed quite a few runners
who had gone out fast and then flamed
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not really caring about anything other
than finishing without doing myself any
more harm. I even tried running 20 seconds and walking 40 seconds a few
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mentioned running five miles and walking one mile, four and one, two and one,
and even suggested running 20 seconds
and walking 40 seconds in severe heat
and humidity or at high elevations.
When my wife Janet asked what he
recommended for those people running
two marathons in two days, he said,
“Don’t do it!” He had spent his life promoting injury-free running and just
couldn’t condone
it. quite a few folks
like us in the audience chuckled and
winced at the same
time because we
were headed either
for Roswell, NM or
Colorado Springs,
CO on Labor Day
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ful in Albuquerque
on Sunday.
We left the meeting, having learned a
lot, and I found myself wondering if
running and walking to recover might
work for me.
The buses began leaving for the 5:30
a.m. start at 4:00 the next morning, and
I decided I hadn’t come all this way to
not at least give it a try. Better to try and
fall short than not try at all, I reasoned. I
gave Eddy and Mike my best wishes, and
carefully made my way in the dark to the
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was warm enough to try jogging.
The first eight miles were uphill, so it
wouldn’t take us long to get warm. It was
then I saw a group of 10 to 15 runners
who were taking the same slow approach and in the middle was Jeff Galloway! I didn’t know he was running.
After walking a while, we heard five
beeps from his watch and he said, “Okay,
we’re running.” I gave it my best shot to
keep up, not knowing what to expect.
After about a minute, I heard him say
loudly, “Okay, we’re walking.” The oneminute walk really felt good, and by the
time his watch beeped, I felt I could easily jog for another minute.
After a few rounds of running and
walking at one-minute intervals uphill
in the dark, we were all warming up, and
I found a way to jog and walk so my foot
didn’t hurt too badly. The incline actually felt good. I was glad I had given it a
go and felt privileged to be learning on
the job from someone in the know. I remained quiet, cautious, and deliberate
with every step. We continued this way
at the back of the pack, running and recovering, hardly noticing the hills and
altitude. I knew that after the first eight
miles, the course was all-downhill into
the Rio Grande Valley, with the finish in
Old Town Albuquerque.
As daylight greeted us, we passed a
herd of buffalo, and in the distance we
could see scores of hot air balloons ascending. It was a beautiful sight. Jeff kept
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