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Congratulations Malta


We want to congratulate Malta Elementary School for receiving the Illinois Academic Excellence Award. We are grateful that our children have had the opportunity to attend Malta Elementary and learn from their excellent staff of teachers. Go Mustangs!

Larisa and Jamie Willrett


Clothing drive a success

To the Editor:

On Jan. 14, we wrapped up our First Annual Winter Clothing Drive, and it was a huge success.

We would like to thank all of those who came out and donated items to benefit the residents of Hope Haven in DeKalb.

With the help of our community’s individuals and businesses, we were able to deliver hundreds of items to Hope Haven including winter coats, hats, scarves, gloves, boots and miscellaneous clothing and blankets.

Watching the generous people come in and donate new and used items reinforces our pride in being a part of such a philanthropic community.

We had a lot of fun going through everything to get it ready to send over to the people who need it most.

We will continue to host this drive every winter and know that if we set goals to surpass what was collected this year, the DeKalb/Sycamore communities will answer the call and help us reach those goals.

Thank you to all who helped with this drive. See pictures from the clothing drive at our Facebook page!

The Foster & Buick Law Group


Thanks for blizzard help

To the Editor:

A 2011 post blizzard thank-you!! Thank you to my awesome Fairway Oaks neighbors! One neighbor took another snowbound neighborhood nurse to work at Kishwaukee Community Hospital. Several neighbors used their snow blowers to dig each other out. One neighborhood firefighter/paramedic dug him self out in the early morning to get to the firehouse to protect our community. Thank you all!!

Jennie Marshall Cummings


Blizzard thank-you

To the Editor:

A 2011 post blizzard thank-you!! Thank you to the Bethany Rehabilitation & Nursing Center Staff. CNAs, nurses, staff and management did double shifts and stayed overnight in town to care for our loved ones. Thank you ever so much for your commitment. Thank you!!

Jennie Marshall Cummings


DeKalb police a class act

To the Editor:

I saw a true reflection of the class act that is the DeKalb Police Department during a difficult time of loss. On Feb. 7, the DeKalb Barbs said goodbye to one of their own, Dave Pettengell. A man that positively touched the lives of so many family, friends, colleagues and students. But the true show of class and respect was seen throughout the streets of DeKalb during the funeral procession down First Street from the church to the cemetery.

At each stoplight/stop sign intersection, members of DeKalb’s finest had exited their police squads to stop the traffic and watched as the procession of cars slowly made their way to the cemetery. The last car parked in front of the cemetery entrance with an officer standing somewhat at attention as we all turned in to pay our last respects. 

A very touching and classy show of respect for all of us to see and a true reflection of the bond of police brotherhood supporting Dave’s two police officer sons and the community. My heartfelt thanks to each police officer who made that procession that much more memorable because of your actions.

Tate Vasseur

Thanks to the post office

To the Editor:

On Feb. 7, I accidentally dropped my handicap parking placard in the drop box at Walmart. I reported it to the post office in DeKalb immediately. On Feb. 10, my kind mailman delivered it in person. Saved me money and I publicly thank them!! Thanks so much!

Bette E. Stone


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