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Published: Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 5:30 a.m. CST

Thanks to the citizens of Sycamore

To the Editor:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the citizens of Sycamore for the past seven-and-a-half years I have been commissioner of the Sycamore Park Board. As of Sept. 28, 2012, I have officially resigned from the park board. My reasons are varied, but my tenure was interesting and rewarding. I feel a lot of positive projects were completed during this time. The construction of a maintenance facility, as well as renovating of several existing parks was needed these past years. The addition of parks is a good sign for the future and I still wholeheartedly support the district and hope it thrives in the years to come. Hopefully the “new direction” the board is moving in will initiate concerned citizens to get involved in next April’s commissioners elections.

In closing, a big “thank you” goes out to my wife, Felicia, and my children, Rachael and Trent, for their support. My tenure on the board would not have been meaningful without their support. We are all frequent users of the park system and will continue to do so.


John J. Owens

Former Commissioner,

Sycamore Park District

A great summer season in Somonauk

To the Editor:

Somonauk Summer Recreation would like to thank all the businesses and individuals that have made our 2012 season a success.

A special and overdue thank-you to Dan Kramer for the new field drag and Roger Rankin for mending our ball gloves. Both of these men are Somonauk residents and continue to help with the organization years after their direct involvement has ended.

Walmart Corp. once again stepped up with a $500 grant and continues to help the children.

The following businesses were team sponsors for the 2012 season: Somonauk Insurance Agency; Art’s Food Market; R-K Stor-All; C.A.W. Auto Inc.; Michael A. Maroscia, DDS.; Midwest Dirtworks; Leo’s Awards, Gifts & Engraving; Village Courtyard Restaurant; M.A. Jump’s Financial Services; Community Disposal Inc.; Arends Hogan Walker; Best Kutters; and Subway. We also had additional donations as follows: Community Disposal Inc. (league donation), Arends Hogan Walker, Rambo’s Bar and Grill, Citizen’s First National Bank (Tim Hume’s “Let’s Play Ball” fund), and Valley West Community Hospital (preseason tournament sponsor).

With the efforts of our board and all the parents, we are able to create funds that are utilized for a number of projects. This year, SSR has made a significant contribution for the construction of dugouts for the Somonauk High School varsity softball and baseball teams and added an overhang to the backstop at the Bus Barn field. SSR is currently in the process of starting the construction of dugouts for the Bus Barn field and have a list of future projects.

We at SSR want to continue to assist in improvements for all the facilities that we are allowed to utilize on an ongoing basis and cannot get this done without all the donations and efforts of everyone involved. Thank you once again for another great season.

Somonauk Summer Recreation Board

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