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Genoa Lions Club celebrates Oktoberfest

To the Editor:

The Genoa Lions Club would like to thank everyone who attended our fifth annual Oktoberfest. The profits support our many community projects, including G-K High School scholarships, G-K Student of the Year awards, G-K Spelling Bee, Lake Shabbona Fishing Derby for the Blind, Ski for Sight cross country skiing weekend for the blind, Genoa Food Pantry, eyeglass and hearing aid assistance, Center for Sight and Sound, Kishwaukee Valley Heritage Society, Walcamp, and many others.

We also thank the following sponsors that contributed to our success: National Bank & Trust, Genoa Veteran’s Home, Genoa Park District, Genoa Police Department, Waste Management, Genoa-Kingston High School Boosters, Moscato’s Pizza, Corner Grill, Kishwaukee HealthSystem, Illinois Community Credit Union, Benzinger Printing, Hill’s Tap, Anderson Auto Body, Genoa Motor’s, Genoa Automotive Repair, Raymond James Financial, Lynn’s Carpet Cleaning, R.A. VanDerHeyden Architect, Northern Rehab Sports Medicine, All-Natural Chiropractic, Re/MAX Classic, Service Concepts Inc., Hansel R & Son, Sycamore Precision, Resource Bank, Todd Walker family, Alan Browne Chevrolet, Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle and Ideal Industries.

Jeff Baker

Genoa Lions president

Thank you for the birthday wishes

To the Editor:

I would like to thank everyone from the Moose Club for the large birthday card and all my family and friends for the cards and gifts, and everyone who was able to come to my 90th birthday party. It was wonderful! Thank you so very much.

Doris Garuey


Autumn Craft and Treasures Market a success

To the Editor:

The 41st annual Sycamore Music Boosters Autumn Craft and Treasures Market held during the recent Pumpkin Festival weekend at the Sycamore High School Field House was a tremendous success! It is with deep gratitude that we thank all of our Music Booster families – each parent, student, family member, friend, teacher and staff member that volunteered at the Craft Fair fundraiser! Whether you baked pies, worked a shift, sent a donation, attended the craft fair, or helped in any other way, you helped support our mission: “Enriching the quality of music education, performance and awareness in the Sycamore schools and community.”

Our appreciation also is extended to the Craft Fair vendors, Sycamore School District administration, athletics and custodial staff, The Suter Co., Italian Dreams, Country Store and Catering, Sycamore Park District and DeKalb/Sycamore Chevrolet. We extend our sincere gratitude to everyone that assisted in making this another successful fundraiser during the Pumpkin Festival weekend!

Ken Olson

Sycamore Music Booster president

Bob Atkins, Amy Cuthbert, Peggy Diemer, Jan Englum, Brian Jungmann, Cathie Lohse, Deb Loitz, Kathy Reuter and Lisa Smith

Autumn Craft and Treasures Market Committee

Thanks for honoring veterans

To the Editor:

Thank-you Hy-Vee for honoring our veterans with breakfast at the store. It was an honor to have breakfast with our heroes. What a wonderful way to say thank you.

Melba and Jim Dvorak


Thousands took part in Celebrate My Drive

During Oct. 18 through 25, thousands of people took 30 seconds each day to pledge to be a safe driver for DeKalb High School. The program promoted safe driving and gave the school a chance to win a grant and a concert. DHS will not know if they won anything until Dec. 9, but, in the meantime, we’d like to acknowledge a “few” for support of this initiative.

In addition to those who voted and helped spread the word, many businesses provided support through financial contributions, which allowed us to create promotional pieces such as banners and T-shirts. Thank you to KishHealth Systems, as well as Brad Manning Ford, Brian Bemis Automotive Group, Castle Bank, Competitive Edge, Copy Service & Office Supplies, DeKalb Elks 765, DeKalb Sycamore Chevrolet-Cadillac-GMC, First State Bank, Judy McGinnis, The National Bank & Trust Co., Resource Bank, our local State Farm Insurance representatives, Tamra Ropeter, Tom Sparks Automotive of DeKalb and Zea Mays Holdings.

Thank you also to Debutantes, Precision Auto Wash and Marathon Gas for promoting on your marquees. Thank you to OC Imageworks for your fabulous editing of the safe driving video and Sara Jennings Photography for your filming. Thank you to all of the community organizations that invited DHS students to talk to your members about the program and the importance of safe driving. 

Thank you to our local media, especially the Daily Chronicle, for the attention you gave in the articles and interviews. Thank you to the student team leaders who took on this initiative and the DHS cheer squad for your promotional routine. 

Lastly, thank you to State Farm for providing this opportunity to high schools across the country. With all of the distractions out there, teen safe driving is ever more important.  So, whether DHS wins anything or not, we are so proud of the support that came out of our community coming together for this cause. Thank you, and Drive Home Safe.

Mark Sykes

DHS Drivers Education teacher

Tricia Maxwell

DHS parent

Thanks for supporting Toys for Tots

To the Editor:

On Saturday Nov. 2, Toys for Tots held its 2013 Kick-Off event. We wish to thank everyone that supported the event. 

For the flyers needed we especially thank Copy Service Inc. along with Office Max and The National Bank and Trust Co. Walmart was great for allowing us to hold the event at the store and donating the hot dogs – thanks. Frito Lay and Pepsico donated the chips and drinks, respectively, and we thank them. We also want to thank Tool Time for a discount on Santa’s clothes. Thanks to Blackhawk Moving and Storage for donating the truck in which to put the toys. We didn’t fill the truck, but we do appreciate the opportunity to do so.  

We also wish to thank the supporters that braved the cold, damp weather to help with the event. These include members of the DeKalb County Marine Corps League Detachment 847, who not only set up the tents and cooked hot dogs, but more importantly, made hot chocolate and coffee. Thanks to the Barbed Wire Betties for coming and showing their support. Thanks also goes to the scouts of Girl Scout Troop 544 and Cub Scout Pack 104 for helping us sort and count the donated toys. We thank the Marine Corps Reserves and Staff Sgt. Chase Kovarik for supporting Toys for Tots by greeting people in their dress blue uniforms.

We would like to say that even though our goal was not reached, we do consider the event successful partly because of the great media coverage that was given by B95, WLBK and the Daily Chronicle. Getting the word out about the 2013 Toys for Tots campaign is critical to its overall success. Thanks so much.

And lastly, thanks to all the members of the DeKalb County community that donated (or will donate) toys and money. This is what Toys for Tots is all about, community members helping those less fortunate than themselves thereby giving the kids a merrier Christmas.

Kathi Hogshead Davis

DeKalb County Toys for Tots coordinator

Kara Eckhardt

DeKalb County Toys for Tots assistant coordinator

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