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Kaneland Connection: Party time at Kaneville Fest

KANEVILLE – Ice cream, music, books and fireworks will be part of the fun this weekend as Kaneville Fest 2013 promises to bring joy to the village.

Most of the festivities will take place Saturday at Hill’s Country Store – also known as “the purple store” – at 2S133 Harter Road, Kaneville, but there are some events that happen Thursday, Friday and Sunday as well.

From 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, there is a preview of a book sale at the Kaneville Public Library, 2S101 Harter Road, Kaneville.

On Friday, there are community garage sales, starting at 9 a.m., and the book sale, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a grill-out at the purple store from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and movie night at the store starting at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, garage sales continue at 9 a.m. There will be crafters from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. near the area of the community center, which houses the library.

The book sale continues from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and there will be horse-drawn wagons from 4 to 7:30 p.m.

An ice cream-eating contest, sponsored by Colonial, starts at 3 p.m.; 5B’s Catering will have pork chops and chicken from 5 to 7:30 p.m.; and local band Red Woody performs at 6 p.m. Fireworks begin at dusk. On Sunday, there is a community church service, sponsored by Kaneville United Methodist Church, at 9:30 a.m.

Pat Hill, the owner of the purple store and also the village president, is in charge of running the festival this year.

“It is a tradition since the early days,” Hill said. “It brings the community together to have some fun.”

While the party is especially aimed at Kaneville residents, Hill said that all are invited.

“Anybody can come,” she said.

Hill said there will be gift baskets available, with prize baskets with themes, such as the lottery, ice cream, golf, oil changes, products from Ream’s Elburn Market and wine.

There also will be a 50/50 raffle, with tickets available at the purple store.

Information is available at the purple store, which also now has its own Facebook page.

Search to fill
school board seat

The Kaneland School District 302 Board still is accepting applicants for a vacant seat on the school board.

The vacancy was created when Joe Oberweis resigned earlier this month because he and his family are moving to Batavia.

Those interested in applying should submit a letter of application and a resume to: District 302 Board of Education, 47W326 Keslinger Road, Maple Park, IL 60151. Applications are due by 8 a.m. Monday.

School board President Cheryl Krauspe has said the board hopes to have the new board member seated by the Sept. 9 meeting.

Because three current members on the board are from Blackberry Township, the board is seeking a new member who is not from that township.

The new member will serve for the remainder of Oberweis’ term, which ends April 7, 2015. The successful applicant will be at least 18 years old and a registered voter.

Also, applicants should have lived in the Kaneland district for at least one year preceding the appointment, and they should not be child sex offenders, according to a news release issued by the district.

Don’t save a spot

At Monday night’s Elburn Village Board meeting, Village President Dave Anderson warned that those who seek to save a spot to view the Elburn Days parade won’t be successful next year, at least not anywhere from Shannon Street south to the railroad tracks on Route 47.

Anderson said there were many chairs set up along Route 47 last week, but he said that is a safety problem. He said that such items – chairs, tables, barricades – used to reserve a spot would be removed.

“This is just not safe,” Anderson said.

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

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