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Thanks for supporting Ride Like an Egyptian

To the Editor:

The sixth annual Ride Like an Egyptian century bike ride to benefit the historic Egyptian Theatre was held Sept. 14, with 25-, 50-, 75- and 100-mile loops through DeKalb and Kane counties. We had a beautiful day for the event, and we were excited to have nearly 150 bike riders participate!

On behalf of the staff and Board of Directors of the Egyptian Theatre, I’d like to thank the following individuals and businesses for making this event possible: Barb Josh, former Egyptian Theatre Board Member and lead volunteer organizer for this event; the City of DeKalb; City of DeKalb Public Works Department; North Central Cyclery in DeKalb and Tobie DePauw for pre-ride tech support; The Bike Haven in McHenry with Josh and Jessica Arnow for technical support at the central rest stop in Maple Park; Father Dennis Morrissey of the Church of St. Mary of the Assumption in Maple Park and an anonymous donor for use of the Novak Center as the ride’s central rest stop; Greg Duncan of GTD Bike for route design, maps and rider cue sheets; The Kishwaukee Amateur Radio Club for ride communications; KishHealth Systems; Northern Illinois University’s Masters of Public Administration Program, including Craig Maher, Jack Linehan and Justyn Miller; and multiple volunteers who helped set up and run the ride.

We appreciate the support of everyone in the area who participated in, volunteered for, or sponsored this year’s Ride Like an Egyptian family-friendly event! The money raised through the bike ride supports the Egyptian Theatre’s programming and preservation efforts!

Please mark your calendars and join us on Sept. 13, 2014, for our seventh annual Ride Like An Egyptian!

Alex Nerad, executive director

Egyptian Theatre

Pritchard was very helpful

To the Editor:

I would like to publically thank state Rep. Robert Pritchard for a being very helpful in a problem I recently experienced.

I own a small veterinary practice and we hired a new veterinarian from out of state. Like hundreds of other professions in our state, veterinarians must be licensed by the state to work legally. Unbeknownst to me, and likely most of the readers of this letter, it takes about two months for a fully eligible person to obtain such a license in the state of Illinois. 

Surely the oppression such a wait time puts on small businesses throughout the state is obvious. A vibrant, busy, strong small business sector is the engine to job creation and a recovering economy. This situation is especially frustrating to me because it probably affects most of us, without ever knowing about it.  

Rep. Pritchard was very helpful in encouraging our application to be approved in a timely manner through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. We did get my associate’s license approved two months and one day after applying. I would hate to know how long the process would have taken without Rep. Pritchard’s help.

Lynda Gould, DVM

FUMC golf outing was great fun

To the Editor:

On Sept. 8, the DeKalb First United Methodist Church held its ninth annual Golf Outing and Barbecue dinner at River Heights Golf Course and Clubhouse in DeKalb. The event was attended by 50 golfers and a total of 100 people who attended the dinner after the golf outing. The weather was beautiful and everyone had great fun. At this time we would like to thank all the generous sponsors who donated door prizes, money, golf prizes and silent auction prizes for the outing.

We thank these businesses and individuals: American Family Insurance – Brian Evans; American Midwest Bank; Best Western Inn & Suites of DeKalb; Blaine’s Farm & Fleet; Bockman’s Auto Care; Buffalo Wild Wings; Buhr’s Landscaping – Herb and Linda Buhr; Buffalo Wild Wings; Castle Bank; Gary and Pat Cordes; Country Inn & Suites of Sycamore; Culver’s of Sycamore; DeKalb Implement Co.; DeKalb Florists – Sally Mullis; DeKalb/Sycamore Chevy/Cadillac/GMC; Diamond Tour Golf; Dunkin’Donuts/Baskin-Robbins of DeKalb; Cherie Durfee-Smith; Wayne and Susan Edwards; Glidden’s Campus Florist; Hickey’s Corner Store; Carolyn Hutchison; HyVee Supermarket; Illini Tire – Jim and Norma Anderson; Betty Koehling; Dave Mason; Laundry Lounge – Dave Melms; Lincoln Inn Family Restaurant; Gordon and Lucy Melms; Barry Melton; MOI – Jen Smith; The National Bank & Trust Co.; North Central Cyclery – Tobie; Northern Illinois Ticket Office; Northern Rehab; Ollie’s Frozen Custard; Pizza Hut; Pizza Villa – John Finn; Prairie Pines Golf Course; Bruce Rebhorn; Ralph Schwerian; Soft Water City – Lisa; River Heights Golf Course – Jane; Cherie Durfee-Smith and Beryl Smith; Bennetta and Bob Stearnes; Dr. Joseph Sullivan, DDS; Sweet Dream Desserts & Catering; Taxco Mexican Restaurant; VAC Catering – Ellen Rogers; Robert Walters and Lindy Arnett; Julie Weber and Walmart.

Thanks to everybody listed above for your generous donation of prizes or your time that contributed to another successful golf outing.

Dave Mason, Gordon Melms, Beryl Smith, Robert Walters, Tom Weber

DeKalb First United Methodist Church Golf/Barbecue co-chairmen

DeKalb coach worthy of praise

To the Editor:

Finally!!! In the season of team spirit and accolades for the sports minded, there is an honor bestowed on a coach who had made a real difference to our family and to our children’s high school experience. Mr. Greg Solomon has reached so many kids, including ours, who yearned for a different kind of camaraderie in high school; his room being the venue and his personality, the magnet.

We can attest that Mr. Solomon provided the mentoring needed for these kids to learn the skills of public speaking, the poise that it brings and the essential confidence to make them stand out in a college classroom and beyond. Greg has given an amazing amount of his time and passion to those who were lucky enough to have been able and willing to take advantage of his being at DeKalb. We witnessed Greg’s guiding our team to stand out in competition and to stand out as a credit to their school and themselves.

One such instance, at an away competition, a teacher was decidely upset that her classroom was torn apart for the competition. At the conclusion of the event, our coach asked his team to work with her to put her classroom back as she needed. And they did. He expects great things, he gets them and they learn.  

Thank you to the IHSA for deserved recognition of this outstanding person! Thank you to all who coach our students in the arts as well as sports! Go Barbs!

TJ and Steve Irving


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