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Everyday Heroes 2014

Incredible people in Kane County

Everyday Heroes make our community a great place to live

Want to feel even better than you already do about living in Kane County?

Then make yourself comfortable and be sure to grab a copy of the Kane County Chronicle’s 2014 Everyday Heroes section.

This year’s Everyday Heroes section features stories and photos about 19 outstanding men and women who live or work in Kane County.

Just like last year, reading through these stories lifted my spirits. Such incredible people help make this area great!

The first Everyday Hero story I read for this year’s section was about Linda Firth, director of the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry.

“She’s a hero to everyone in Batavia; she goes out of her way, and she’s always [at the food pantry],” said Lisa Plata, a mother who visits the pantry, of Linda. “There are so many families struggling right now, it has just been a miracle to us.”

Wow. Right off the bat, such powerful stuff.

And then I read about Fred Weidner of North Aurora, a youth baseball umpire.

Weidner, known by many as the “bubble gum ump,” often gives out bubble gum, quarters, baseball memorabilia and plaques to players.

“I think they enjoy it,” Weidner said. “How I interact with kids is totally different [than a typical umpire].”

Talk about doing something extra to make an impact.

Many remarkable individuals were nominated for this year’s Everyday Heroes section, which made the selection process difficult.

Have feedback you’d like to share about this year’s Everyday Heroes section? Comments can be sent to me using the contact information at the end of this column.

• Kathy Gresey is editor of the Kane County Chronicle and president of the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association Board. Contact her at or 630-845-5368. Learn about NINA at

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