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Updated: March 17, 2013 6:12PM

Batavia: Contestants set for Check-Out Challenge

Contestants for the 12th Annual Kane County Farm Bureau Food Check-Out Challenge — at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Jewel-Osco, 119 Randall Road — will be state Treasurer Dan Rutherford (competing for Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry) and state Sen. Karen McConnaughay, R-St. Charles, (competing for Food for Greater Elgin).

They will compete in a nonperishable grocery shopping spree to benefit the local food pantries and mark National Food Check-Out Week next week.

Kane County Farm Bureau will officially announce its Million Meal Challenge, with the goal of reaching the equivalent of 1 million meals provided to area food pantries through hunger relief efforts. The public is invited to event to find out more about the goal and cheer on the shopping spree competitors as they push closer to the million-meal mark.

Since its inception, Kane County Farm Bureau-sponsored shopping sprees have donated thousands of dollars in groceries to local food pantries. The shopping spree complements KCFB’s Harvest for ALL program, where farmers and nonfarmers contribute crop proceeds, cash and in-kind donations to food pantries of their choice.

Elgin: Taylor Family Y has
reduced-price passes

Taylor Family Y at 50 N. McLean in Elgin is offering an easy way to take the doldrums out of the waning months of winter.

“We’re offering two types of days passes — one for adults and one for families,” said Birdie Bednarski, associate operations executive at Taylor Y.

Adults can purchase an eight-visit pass for $40, Bednarski said. “That’s just $5 a visit for full use of the facilities including the pool.”

For families, an eight-pass card is $56, or $7 per family per visit.

“Either way,” she said, “it’s a great entertainment bargain and a fun way to brighten up a cold winter day.”

For more information, call Bednarski at 847-888-7410, ext. 14.

Burlington: Men’s club holding 72nd annual ham dinner

The Men’s Club of the Burlington United Methodist Church will hold its 72nd Annual Ham Dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the church, 195 W. Center St. Carryouts will be available until 6:30 p.m.

The all-you-can eat dinner will feature ham, corn, mashed potatoes and gravy, applesauce, coleslaw, rolls, and pie or cake for dessert. Proceeds from this fundraiser help support the programs of the United Methodist Church in Burlington. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children age 6 to 12, and free for children under age 6. For more information, call 847-683-3535 or visit

Hampshire: Members sought
for Coon Creek Fest panel

The Hampshire Coon Creek Country Days Committee is looking for new members to replace three who are leaving.

Scott Almquist, vice president; Carl Palmisano, treasurer; and Joanne Petersen, secretary, have all announced that they will be stepping down. Coon Creek Country Days Committee member Lionel Mott also will be leaving.

The 2013 Coon Creek Country Days festival is slated for Aug. 1-4. In addition to the need for new committee members, the festival is looking for volunteers to help during the four days of the event.

People who are interested in becoming a committee member or volunteer are welcome to attend the next committee meeting at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Hampshire Professional Center, 895 S. State St. For more information, contact

Hampshire: Pritchard to hold open meeting Feb. 23

State Rep. Robert “Bob” Pritchard, R-Hinckley, will hold an open meeting for the residents of the Illinois 70th District, which includes Hampshire and Burlington, on the morning of Saturday, Feb. 23. The meeting will take place in the Hampshire Village Hall starting at 8 a.m. and will last about an hour or so. Coffee will be served. Pritchard said he wants to meet with his constituents in this area to find out what problems they are facing and how he possibly can help.

Geneva: Chicago ancestors to be topic of genealogical society

The Kane County Genealogical Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 in the first-floor meeting room of the Geneva History Center, 113 S. 3rd St. The topic of the meeting will be Researching Your Chicago Ancestors, presented by Steven Szabados. This program reviews what sources are available and where they can be found. Databases discussed will include vital records, church records, state records, federal records, employment records, histories of the neighborhoods and many more. Szabados is a board member of the Polish Genealogical Society of America and columnist for the Polish American Journal.

All are welcome to attend. For more information, call 847-697-1029 or visit the society’s website at

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