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Lagattolla: Cookies galore at Kaneville United fundraiser

KANEVILLE – Hundreds of dozens of cookies will be served up in Kaneville on Saturday, part of a holiday tradition that is in its 22nd year.

The Kaneville United Methodist Church Women have planned their annual Cookie Walk, which starts at 9 a.m. and is set to run until 11 a.m. at the church, at 46W764 Main Street Road. Sandy Gould, one of the organizers of the event, said there’s a good chance the cookies – more than 600 dozen of them – won’t last until 11 a.m.

“A lot of people want to be the first ones through and get the best ones,” Gould said.

Gould said those who go should expect a line to form, at least by 8:30 a.m. And the first in line traditionally has been a girl, now 10, from Clarendon Hills, who would spend the night with her grandmother so that she could be first in line.

“She’ll be the first one,” Gould said.

Gould was among those who have been helping with the event since it began. Each year, she said, the cookies are donated by those with the church. Gould made her 10 dozen cookies – holiday cutouts and buck-eyes (peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate) – on Monday night.

The proceeds raised can be as much as $2,000, and Gould said the members will meet to select where the donation will go. In past years, the money has gone to a wheelchair for a child or families in need.

As in recent years, those who stop by can buy fudge and peanut brittle, as well. Cookies are sold for $8 a pound.

Customers can bring their own containers, and Gould said organizers will head to Harner’s in North Aurora to pick up bakery boxes that can be used.

“This is really a joyful event,” she said. “It puts everybody into the Christmas spirit, and it’s fun to do. You can make a considerable amount of money in a short time.”

Customers can expect to see long tables set up in the basement, “just as full as you can make them,” Gould said.

“And we keep replenishing,” Gould said.

For information, visit

Elburn library collecting items for food pantry

The Town and Country Public Library in Elburn has set a goal of 1,212 bags, bottles, boxes or cans of food to be donated to the Elburn Food Pantry.

Donations will be accepted through Dec. 12. The suggestion is that each person could bring 12 items of food. The library will offer candy treats to patrons who drop off food, and all who participate will be eligible for two special library goody bag raffle prizes.

Also, the library invites patrons to participate in one of two 12-12-12 trivia quizzes, which are aimed at adults and teenagers. Patrons will be able to find the answers in the library.

There will be a 12-second trivia quiz for kids on what happened on Dec. 12. There will be candy for all who finish. Participants from both groups will be eligible for a raffle prize.

The library is at 320 E. North St., Elburn. Visit or call 630-365-2244 for information.

Kaneland Hall of Fame

Four Kaneland High School athletic teams will be inducted into the Kaneland School District Hall of Fame.

The 1990 boys track team and the 1991 boys cross country team will be inducted on Jan. 5, at a basketball game against Burlington Central that starts at 5:30 p.m. at the high school’s east gymnasium. Recognition will take place at halftime of the varsity game.

The 1999 boys track and cross country teams will be inducted on Jan. 26, at a basketball game against Sterling, which also starts at 5:30 p.m.

The teams’ achievements will be noted, and those who attend to represent the teams will receive a plaque.

For information on the Kaneland Hall of Fame, and to view a list of past inductees, visit

KYSO registration

The Kaneland Youth Soccer Organization has opened online registration for the spring 2013 soccer season.

Registration can be completed by visiting and clicking on the “Register Now” button on the left side of the page through Jan. 30.

KYSO provides recreational soccer opportunities for boys and girls ages 4 to 17. The spring 2013 season runs from April 13 through May 18.

• Al Lagattolla is the news editor of the Kane County Chronicle. Write to him at

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