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KEC thanks conference participants

To the Editor:

On March 14, Kishwaukee Education Consortium hosted its annual Eighth Grade Career Conference at Kishwaukee College. Nearly 1,200 eighth-grade students from the area were able to explore various careers and learn from professionals who work in careers of interest to the students.

KEC is very grateful to the following people for sharing their time, talents, and expertise with the eighth-grade students in our communities: Scott Andresen, Andresen & Associates P.C.; Barbara Baie, Womack Photography; Lynn Batalden, Creative Therapeutics; Ben Bayle, DeKalb School District 428; Master Sgt. Beamon, NIU- Department of Military Science; Ray Binkowski, FitWorkz; Susan Carlson, KEC; Jo Cessna, Kishwaukee Community Wellness; Joe Dahm, Kishwaukee College-Career Technologies; Andy Divin, Lincoln Electric; Dr. Carlos Dominguez, Bethany Animal Hospital; Mary Evans, KEC; Megan Fickenscher, Hair Professionals; Gene Fogle, DeKalb-Ogle County Workforce Consortium; Katelyn Fogle, Sycamore Chamber of Commerce; Lt. Karl Froehlich, DeKalb Fire Department; Bruce Griffith and KEC students, KEC; Sgt. First Class Frederick Harris, NIU-Department of Military Science; Dana Herra, Shaw Media; Guy Herrmann, St. Mary’s Catholic School-Sycamore; Mary Hess, DeKalb County KEYS; Carla Johnson, Kishwaukee College-Counseling & Student Development; Adam Kiel and NIU student ahletes, NIU Huskie Athletics; Roger Kyler, Kyler Photography; Chad McNett, DeKalb Police Department; Erin Nolan, OC Imageworks; Brian Oster, OC Imageworks; Marie Rivers, Midwest Orthopaedic Institute; Krys Sarkady – Youth Services Bureau; Jim Sparber, Baxter & Woodman; Rose Treml, Sycamore Chamber of Commerce; Rene Van Der Heyden, R.A. Van Der Heyden, Architect; Tom Van Winkle, TAILS Humane Society; Jade Williams and KEC students, KEC; Kirsten Yargus, Genoa-Kingston High School; Ben Yochem, KEC.

The staff members at Kishwaukee College – with Pat Zilm leading the way – as well as the counselors, teachers and administrators at 12 of our area schools were also very instrumental in making the Eighth-Grade Career Conference a success for everyone involved.

I can’t help but believe that students’ minds were motivated and students’ lives were changed that day. KEC would like to thank all of these community members again for taking the time to connect to our youth and for stepping up to make a difference.

Dr. Amy Hinz Horn

College and Career Readiness coordinator

Kishwaukee Education Consortium

Thanks for helping Goodfellows

To the Editor:

As winter finally starts to let go and the year’s totals come in for our most recent Goodfellows Season, we wanted to say thank you to the generous community we live in. We were able to provide gifts to more than 900 local kids this past season but only because of the support shown by so many. As the need and numbers continued to rise so too did the level of giving. 

We’d like to give special recognition to the following for going above and beyond in supporting our efforts: PJ’s Courthouse Tavern for hosting our “Office Party Fundraiser” each year; JCPenney for assisting with all the gift selections; Le Print Express for support with the printing needed, the Daily Chronicle and The MidWeek for advertising; Blumen Gardens for always opening their doors for wrapping, storing and distribution on Christmas Eve; the Kip Wood family for the bowling tournament fundraiser; and Jason Wuilbaker and Chris Brown who’ve donated time and talent in developing our webpage and new logo.

We look forward to the upcoming yearly event with this wonderful community. Like us on Facebook, or check out our webpage at 

With our sincere gratitude,

The Goodfellows 

‘Joseph’ was amazing

The Stage Coach Players’ presentation of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” was absolutely amazing!

The upbeat music with voices blending like finely tuned instruments took the audience to another place, another time. I was mesmerized by the stunning voices, the sensuous and gracefully choreographed dance movements, glitzy costumes and the outstanding stage design.

Broadway came to DeKalb. The beautiful Egyptian Theatre was ablaze with musical talent. It was the perfect venue for the captivating Stage Coach production.

Bravo to all the talented performers, director, musical director and all involved with the Stage Coach Players.

We have so much talent in our wonderful community.

Doris Boey


Mayfield’s many blessings

To the Editor:

For more than 60 years, the faith family at Mayfield Church of rural Sycamore has hosted a fall and spring pancake breakfast. We are grateful for the 300 friends and neighbors who joined us on March 15.

While our pancake breakfast is a fundraiser to support our church missions, we are delighted to provide a welcoming setting where those in attendance can enjoy fellowship with each other over a delicious meal. It takes the combined effort of each one of our members – from our beloved children to our respected elders – and Mayfield church’s many friends who volunteer each year to accomplish this.

We are grateful for the generosity of the community businesses who donated items and services for our door prizes. Please think of these generous businesses when purchasing goods and services in our community.

Many thanks to: Jeff Clausen, Dana’s Day Spa, Illini Farms, Lehan Drugs, Midwest Museum of Natural History, Ralph’s Full Service Car Wash and Detail Center, Sweet Dreams Desserts and Catering and Tom & Jerry’s Restaurant-Sycamore.

God’s blessings.

The Members of Mayfield Church


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