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Kaneland Connection: Elburn Leo Club puts focus on safety

ELBURN – The Elburn Leo Club has planned its second annual safety camp, inviting 7- to 10-year-olds in the Kaneland area to a free two-day program that covers topics such as skating, railroad and fire safety.

The group, which is the junior club of the Elburn Lions Club, will host the camp from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 21 and 22. It will be open to the first 50 who register. Club leaders are hoping to have all participants registered by Monday.

Those interested can find registration forms online at, or they can call 630-365-6315 for information.

Lara Broz, the group’s sponsor, wrote in an email that “we are here to help children learn that safety skills and good decision-making will help prevent accidents, with the help of all of the volunteer instructors.”

The safety camp has been developed during a time that the Kaneland area has been hit by tragedies. Last year, 13-year-old Caitlyn Phillips died after she collided with a car while inline skating in Elburn.

Last month, 14-year-old Parker Wolfsmith died after he was hit by a train in Maple Park.

The safety camp approaches the topic through games and instruction. Representatives from agencies and organizations work with the youths. For instance, members from the DeKalb-based Barbed Wire Betties roller derby team will teach skating safety. There also will be representatives from the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District, the Kane County Sheriff’s Office, Cadence Health Think First, Operation Lifesaver and the Kindness Campaign.

Free lunch and snacks will be provided. The funding for the event comes from the Lions Club’s annual 5K run and walk, which is associated with the annual Elburn Days celebration. Both of my daughters participate in the Elburn Junior Leos Club.

Fox River Radio League
Demo Day in Elburn

The Fox River Radio League’s amateur radio operators, known as “hams,” will showcase their capabilities during an event that takes place Saturday and Sunday at the Elburn Forest Preserve, 45W061 Route 38, Elburn. The public is invited.

The event starts at 1 p.m. Saturday and ends at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Visitors can learn how to get their own Federal Communications Commission radio license. For information, visit or email

According to a news release, the Field Day is “the climax of the weeklong Amateur Radio Week.” The group touts a motto from the American Radio Relay League, “when all else fails, ham radio works.”

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

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