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Benefit Tuesday for Sycamore crash victim

SYCAMORE – Culver’s of Sycamore will donate half of its proceeds Tuesday to the family of Matthew Ranken, who died Feb. 27 in a car crash on Route 64 in Kane County.

Scoopie and Magic Mutt characters will be at Culver’s, 1200 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, from 4 to 8 p.m.

Matthew Ranken, a fifth-grader at North Elementary School in Sycamore, was a passenger in the back seat of a 1999 Cavalier driven by his older brother, Nicholas Weber, 21, of Sycamore.

The vehicle was stopped in traffic about 7:30 p.m. for an accident about a mile away, authorities said.

A 1999 Ford Expedition, driven by Benjamin Black, 28, of Sycamore, struck the rear of the Cavalier, injuring all three occupants, according to the Kane County Sheriff’s Office. Matthew Ranken was pronounced dead at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

Black was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and operating an uninsured vehicle.

Association seeking local ‘Rosie the Riveters’

The American Rosie the Riveter Association is trying to locate women in the DeKalb County area who worked on the home front during World War II.

Thousands of women worked as riveters, welders, electricians, inspectors and in several other capacities. The association is collecting stories from those women for its archives.

To participate, call 888-557-6743 or email The association also can be contacted at American Rosie the Riveter, P.O. Box 188, Kimberly, AL 35091.

– Daily Chronicle

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