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Lil Adams honored for 35 years at Sugar Grove Community Building

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT
(Kane County Chronicle file photo)
Lil Adams is presented the Sugar Grove Citizen of the Year honor by Village President Sean Michels at the 2011 Corn Boil.

SUGAR GROVE – It’s difficult to fully describe the work Lil Adams has put into the Sugar Grove Community Building in the past 35 years.

Adams, who has served on the board of directors since 1977 and took over managerial duties in the late 1980s, handled rentals, indoor and outdoor maintenance, snow shoveling, keeping the building up to code and stocking it with such necessities as toilet paper and soap, said Julie Walker, who is taking over the day-to-day operations with her husband, Chris.

“All the little details that everyone does for their own house, she would be doing,” Walker said.

In addition to stepping down from her paid position, Adams plans to leave the board of directors when her term ends March 31, board member Jerry Murphy said.

“We’re going to miss her,” he said.

Saturday, about five dozen people gathered at the Sugar Grove Community Building, 141 S. Main St., to honor Adams. They dedicated a water feature in what is known as “Lil’s Garden” and gave her a plaque similar to the one mounted over the waterfall, Murphy said.

He said it’s natural to want to recognize somebody for 35 years of community-oriented work.

“She has contributed thousands and thousands of hours to the community,” Murphy said.

The community building is used for funeral lunch receptions, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, Scouting meetings, community events and commercial activities. As such, Adams would get many calls, Walker said.

“It’s like you’re on call virtually 24 hours a day,” Walker said.

Board member Stan Schumacher thanked everyone who attended Saturday’s event. He worked hand in hand with Adams since 1984 and said her love for the community and preservation of the community house is evident.

“Ninety-five percent of the time,” he said, “Lil took care of everything.”

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