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Published: Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 12:17 p.m. CDT

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The kindness of neighbors

To the Editor:

I had problems getting my leaves removed this year. Thank goodness for some wonderful neighbors. The couple loves to keep busy. He came unannounced and had my front yard done before I even realized it!

When we all lost power from 12:45 p.m. Sunday until 4 p.m. Monday, they had my backyard done before I even realized it – I was trying to keep warm in the house. When I saw them, I went out and they said doing the leaves was helping them keep warm! I could not believe their kindness. Since then, they have done several yards. How beautiful our neighborhood looks due to their hard work!

They are to be commended!

Bette Stone

DeKalb

Spartan pride

To the Editor:

I think I can speak for everyone in our town when I say we are proud of the season the Sycamore Spartans football team had. The team ended with a record-breaking 12-1 season. Their only loss was to Montini in the semi-finals of the 2013 state playoffs. The Spartans were ranked in the top 10 of all 5A football teams in the state of Illinois for the entire season.

In my opinion, the Spartans’ most impressive game this year was against Kaneland. When our starting quarterback got taken out of the game with a shoulder injury in the second quarter, the team didn’t give up. Sycamore pushed through and pulled out a victory thanks to the backup quarterback who stepped in. With this game came lots of pressure on the team: playing another undefeated team with a standing-room-only crowd in the bleachers. Even with these pressures the team got yet another win.

Another aspect of this football season I want to talk about has not as much to do with the team’s performance but more to do with the coverage from local newspapers. The team’s big wins were often featured in the sports section. I felt this record-breaking season got a good deal of recognition throughout the season, in the playoffs especially. I hope that kind of coverage will be as good ... or even better ... when we get another sports team that seems unstoppable.

Allyson Versluys

Sycamore Middle School

Filipino-American community is grateful

To the Editor:

On Nov. 24, the Filipino-American Association of Northern Illinois held a fundraiser to support disaster relief efforts for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. The devastating storm, which hit central Philippines on Nov. 8, claimed thousands of lives and left more than 600,000 people homeless. 

Our community opened up their hearts. More than 400 people attended the dinner held at Oak Crest DeKalb Area Retirement Center. And through the generosity of donors, $30,903 was raised for the American Red Cross fund for Philippine Relief, well surpassing our goal of $10,000. Thank you to the donors whose contributions will reach many survivors as they rebuild homes and lives.

We also would like to thank Oak Crest for the use of their facility and the many volunteers who helped make the event a success. They include NIU’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Asian American Center, International Training Office, Philippine Student Association, and Southeast Asia Club, as well as Kishwaukee College’s International Student Association.

Filipino-American Association of Northern Illinois

DeKalb

Veterans Day event a success

To the Editor:

On behalf of our doctors, hygienists and staff, I’d like to personally thank the DeKalb County community for the unbelievable success of our recent Veterans Day event. Our dental practice saw more than 100 local veterans and their family members, performing examination, routine cleanings and even some dental procedures like extractions and fillings. In all, we saw more patients than last year and provided more dental service – more than $25,000 worth!

The day would not have been a success if it wasn’t for the support of many local businesses who donated products, services and support to the day’s events. Truly, it was a collaboration between many companies and individuals who came together to thank local veterans and their families for their sacrifice and service to the country.

Those businesses include: Banner Up Signs, Diamond Dental Laboratory, Hy-Vee, Sycamore Jimmy Johns, Kar-Fre Flowers, Keller Dental Lab, Nobel Biocare, Oral Arts Dental Lab, Ottawa Dental Lab, Patterson Dental Supply Company, Portillo’s, Procter and Gamble, Resource Bank, Sonicare Dental and Sunstar Dental.

We are very proud to have Dr. Bryce Deter, U.S. Navy veteran, on staff for more than 20 years. Dr. Deter served five years on active duty as a dental officer in the Navy as lieutenant commander. His stations included Naval Weapons Center in China Lake, Calif., Fleet Marine Force in Okinawa, Japan, and Naval War College in Newport, R.I.

Planning is already underway for next year’s event, which promises to be bigger and better than this year’s. Our staff looks forward to contributing their time and energy to these deserving veterans and their families. In 2014, the event will take place on Nov. 8. This will be our third year with this event and we’ve learned a lot of things that will streamline the day and make it possible for us to provide care for even more DeKalb County veterans and their families. Please keep an eye out in early- to mid-October as we begin to advertise and promote our event.

Once again, thanks to everyone who was able to help out and most especially to our country’s veterans and their families. Without their service and sacrifice we would not be able to enjoy the freedom so important to our American way of life.

Dr. Dennis Collins

Collins Dental Group P.C., Sycamore

Pie auction thanks

To the Editor:

Family Service Agency’s Senior Services would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the community for their support in a successful Pie Auction. The evening included entertainment, food, drinks, an exhilarating live auction courtesy of Steve Almburg, a silent auction, and fun that was had by the approximately 100 people who attended.

More than 40 pies were donated by local businesses, various organizations, individuals and celebrity pie bakers such as Mary Pritchard. In addition to the pies, baskets filled with lavish items and goodies were donated from our generous community.

Additionally, thank you to all of our sponsors:

Thanksgiving Pie Sponsors: Malta Family Dental, Castle Bank, and Suzanne and Dave Juday.

Sweet Potato Pie Sponsors: Lehan Drugs, Grand Victorian Assisted Living, Visiting Angels, Home Instead Senior Care, Heritage Woods Assisted Living, VCP, Pine Acres, Satori Pathway LLC, and Guardian Medical Monitoring.

And to the marvelous committee, without their help this event would not have been possible: Janice Cobb, Yvonne Johnson, Patrick Lehan, Linda Raicci, Samantha Slagle, Lauren Woods, Jim Wilson, Mary McIllece and Jen Babos.

Family Service Agency Senior Services is committed to providing programming that will promote senior independence. All of the programs offered are therapeutic in nature and are designed to promote physical, mental and social fitness in the participants. All programs are at no charge to those we serve. Currently Senior Services operates five senior centers throughout DeKalb County. The money raised from this event will help us to continue providing much-needed services to the older adults in our community.

Diana King

Senior Services director

Family Service Agency

Gobbler Gallop a success

To the Editor:

The Waterman Lions Club would like to thank everyone who made the seventh annual Gobbler Gallop 5K Walk/Run a great success. More than 300 participants braved the cold on Nov. 23. It was a wonderful turnout.

The Village of Waterman, including the Public Works Department, the Police Department, and the Fire Department EMTs ensured the safety of the course. Indian Creek School District allowed us to stage the event at the Waterman Elementary School, and the Indian Creek High School Band, under the direction of John Feken, added to the festivities.

Panera Bread, Hinckley Fresh Market and Jonamac Orchard provided post-race refreshments. Walmart, Target, Schnucks, Hy-Vee and CVS donated to the post-race refreshments.

Raffle prizes were provided by DeKalb Lawn and Equipment (Tom Newquist), Waterman Winery (Terrie and Alexa Tuntland), Red Star Events (Nikkin Jorbin), Longaberger (Tammy Johnson), Mae’s Fine Design (Kim Whitely), Cedar Street Salon (Cindy Perez), Scentsy Candles (Jonie Osterhout), Sycamore Café (Eleni Papasevastos), The Lincoln Inn (McMahon Family), and Naperville Running Company. Volunteers included the KC men’s baseball team (Josh Pethoud, coach), and Cortland Lions Kevin Slosarek and Mike Velez. Ho-Ka Turkey Farm (Bob and Sue Kauffman), Honey Hill Orchard (Steve and Kathy Bock), and KC Horticulture Department (Janet Gallagher) provided first- through third-place overall prizes.

Sponsors at the Director’s Level included Thrivent (Todd Tompkins), Pub West (Trent Taylor), Monsanto (Sharon Berg), Ken Spears Construction (Ken and Kathy Spears), and Kishwaukee Health System (Dawn Roznowski).

Sponsors at the President’s Level included Banner Up Signs (Ed and Jon Kuhn); DeKalb-Sycamore Chevrolet, GMC, Cadillac (Mike Haigler); Gaston Heating and Air Conditioning (Nick Gaston); Corner Towing (Rusty Baie); DeLong Co. (Bo DeLong); Midwest Orthopaedic Institiute (Dr. Steve and Dr. Michele Glasgow), and Dick Pond (Glen Kamps).

Supporter’s Level sponsors include state Rep. Bob Pritchard; Bemis Autogroup (Amy Bemis); Casey’s Inc.; DeKalb Optometric (Dr. Steven Storey); Edward Jones (Mark Hilde); Beth Einsele Realty; Linda Swenson; First State Bank (Randy Fox); Waterman State Bank (Steve Feith); The National Bank & Trust Co. (Tammy Armstrong and Mike Cullen); Olson and Associates Physical Therapy (Maria Olson); Foster and Buick Law Group (Kevin Buick); KC Marketing Department (Kayte Hamel); and Sycamore Family Dentistry (Dr. Joseph Sullivan).

The Waterman Lions Club is grateful for the support for this event.

Karen Fenske

Race director

Mark Fenske, Norm Gaston, Bob Bend, Shawn Blobaum, Jeff Weber, Warren Sommerfeld and Al Rickert

5K committee

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