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Gresey: Chronicle welcomes new high school columnists

Thursday’s edition of the Kane County Chronicle featured a new columnist.

Kurt Zepeda, a St. Charles resident and senior at Marmion Academy in Aurora, is the author of the “Marmion’s Manly Man” column.

We’re excited to have Kurt writing for us about his high school experiences and other matters. If his first column is any indication, readers are in for a few good-natured laughs.

Kurt is one of two new high school writers replacing Geneva High School graduate Courtney Phelan, who wrote a weekly column for the Chronicle for nearly two years. (Hope college is going well for you, Courtney!)

In addition to Kurt, the Chronicle welcomes new columnist Brigid Ackerman, a St. Charles resident and senior at St. Charles East High School.

Brigid’s first column will appear in the newspaper Thursday. Her column will be called “Life at East.”

Moving forward, each student’s column will appear every other Thursday on the Chronicle’s opinion page.

To send Kurt or Brigid a comment or column idea, email

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Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Association for Individual Development Benefit Auction, themed “Puttin’ on the Ritz.”

The event took place Sept. 27 at Eagle Brook Country Club in Geneva. It was a great opportunity to learn more about the work of AID, which includes empowering individuals with disabilities, mental illness and special needs to achieve independence and community inclusion.

In addition, the event highlighted the efforts of the Show You Care Kane campaign, which seeks to create a local developmental disability service board.

The Chronicle has written much about AID and Show You Care Kane. To learn more, visit or, respectively.

Lastly, thanks to Kane County Board member Mike Kenyon for inviting me to attend the AID auction. And thanks to all of the benefit organizers for putting on a fun and informative event.

• Kathy Gresey is editor of the Kane County Chronicle. Contact her at or 630-845-5368.

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