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Published: Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

2013 Corn Classic Race a top-notch event

To the Editor:

With the 2013 Corn Classic Race over, we’d like to say thank you to so many who helped to make the 32nd annual race a well-organized and enjoyable event for our participants.

Thank you to the many volunteers from Northern Illinois University Athletics, TAILS Humane Society, DeKalb Auxillary Sheriff’s Department, DeKalb High School, NITRO and the community. We and the runners truly appreciate you.

Thank you to the neighbors along the course who, for the past 32 years, have provided patience and support for the race. Thank you to Huntley Middle School for providing the availability of your building. Thank you to Emma Carpenter for your beautiful presentation of “The National Anthem” and to Mayor John Rey for starting our runners off. Thank you to the Daily Chronicle and B95 for covering our race and spreading the word about the date.

Thank you to our many sponsors who make this race successful and cost effective: Unlimited Performance, General Electric, Custom Fit, Dick Pond Athletics, FitWorkz, State Farm Insurance – Scott Zeimet, All Around Pumping Service, Nestlé, Knights of Columbus Chapter 717 and ReSurface Pros. Thank you also to the DeKalb Police Department for helping keep our runners safe.

Lastly, thank you to the runners and walkers who come from many towns and states and many of whom have made this an annual event in our community. We were honored to be able to give back to our community with a donation to the DeKalb Park District to help with trail improvements.

Our apologies if we missed anyone. It takes a community to put on a race, and we appreciate the time and effort that many have provided to make this a top-notch event.

2013 DeKalb Corn Classic Race Board of Directors

Thanks for helping with library fundraiser

To the Editor:

The Flewellin Memorial Library woudl like to thank the Shabbona community for participating and helping with our raffle/fundraiser that was held July 4. The money will be used to help purchase computer equipment that is very badly needed. The winner of the Kindle Fire raffle was Jerry Foster of Shabbona. Congratulations, Jerry!

The Flewellin Library Board would like to especially thank the Home Town Committee that allowed us to set up a booth for selling books and raffle tickets at the Home Town Fourth of July festivities on June 30. Even with the torrential rains, we sold several tickets and books. The board also would like to thank the Shabbona Fire Department for letting us sell more raffle tickets, use their equipment and announce the winner during their annual Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast. We greatly appreciate the town merchants placing raffle posters in their businesses as well as Beth Einsele who put the information of the raffle on the sign downtown.

Individuals that helped set up and advertise were Robert Russell, Tom Melton, Wayne Fleetwood, Ellen Sue Kupecz and Ken Bray. The Shabbona Lions Club was kind to let us use the tables to display the sale books. We thank you for helping us every time the call is put out!

Most of all, the board wants to thank the Shabbona community and those beyond for their generosity in making the fundraiser a success.

Vicki Bray, director

Flewellin Memorial Library, Shabbona

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