Mission Statement..We will work to preserve and enhance our way of life through our homeowners association and provide information to the property owners to accomplish that goal.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Next time you walk in the Wisconsin woods......

This mountain lion was hit by a car between  Eagle River and Woodruff, Wi.
Dept. of Natural Resources had to come and put him down.
He charged the DNR warden in the process. Look at those PAWs!

Next Monday....be ready!

 Many of you know our long planned road project is scheduled to start next Monday, weather permitting. Heavy equipment will start rolling in to grind down sections that will be repaired. Around 4 p.m. Monday the plan is to grind down the office parking lot so plan on a mess there Tuesday. Tuesday after the office closes the lot will be paved so by Wednesday, although unstriped, it will be ready for normal use. Grinding and paving will continue with many areas effected and the project will continue for three weeks or a little longer as progress dictates.
 Two work crews are planned to expedite the job with each starting on one side of the lake and working toward one another until they meet at the end. Rabine Paving is good and we expect this to be handled well but with any construction job there will probably be little snags. There will be some inconvenience but it will be controlled as much as possible. After the main paving job the shoulder work, crack fill, lot striping, and other less disruptive work will continue.
 This will all be over soon so bear with us.   Ken Dillenburg

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Public Safety weekly report

Candlewick Lake Public Safety

Week Ending 05/27/2012

Neighbor disputes / domestic disputes
Public Safety responded to a call of an incident involving several neighbors including a youth. The Boone County Sheriff’s was summoned. The incident was investigated and an arrest made.

Suspicious Incidents
Public Safety responded to a call of a possible break in at an unoccupied residence in the 700 block of Marquette.  A resident observed a vehicle backed into a garage area. The vehicle had departed prior to the arrival of Public Safety. A search was conducted with negative results. A pane of glass had been broken.
Public Safety responded to the area of the 100 block of Queensbury for a report of a juvenile subject attempting to make entry into a residence.  This matter was investigated and the youth taken home to parents.
Public Safety responded to a call of several juveniles trespassing in the area of the 500 block of Benedict. Prior to arrival, the youths had fled.
Public Safety responded to a call of several juveniles trespassing in the area of the 200 block of Briarcliff. Prior to arrival, the youths had fled.
Public Safety, accompanied by the Sheriff’s Dept. responded to a call of a disturbance located in the area of the 300 block of Rochester. All parties had fled prior to arrival..

Rescue Calls
Public Safety responded to a rescue call in the 300 block of Benedict for a report of a subject having difficulty breathing/chocking. The subject was transported to the hospital for treatment.
Public Safety responded to a report of a possible heart attack in the 500 block of Atlantic.  The subject was transported for treatment.
Public Safety responded to a call of a woman who was slumped over the wheel of a vehicle. The rescue Squad was summoned, the women transported.

House Fire  
Public Safety responded to a call of a house fire in the 100 blk. of Newfoundland. The Fire Department and Sheriff’s Department arrived, the fire was extinguished. There were no injuries. It is suspected the fire was started by an outside hot tub.

Traffic Incident 
Public Safety responded to an incident of a driver who became preoccupied, drove off the roadway and struck a mailbox.

Citations 5
Warnings 12

We thank you for taking the time to read these important updates.
Being informed is half the battle.  

Another Senator Dave Syverson comment...

Last night legislature passed the Free Healthcare bill. This provides free healthcare at hospitals in certain communities Rockford being one. Hospitals will now have to give free healthcare to people up to 200% of poverty ($46,100 for family of 4) - As you know there is NO SUCH THING AS FREE so who do you think pays this bill?

Is this the way our state cuts costs? As the above comment suggests, someone will pay. It will undoubtedly be a part of the paying patients hospital bills, meaning our health insurance premiums will go up to cover the "free" health care. I am guessing, but doesn't this sound like a way for Illinois to cut the horrendous state deficit by cutting into the medicaid enrollment? Free health care means less need to have medicaid. What a sad state of affairs.   Ken Dillenburg

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Time to think about this

The biggest celebration of the year at Candlewick is coming in about a month. Donations are starting to come in as the picture will show. A donation form is in the Candlewick paper or just stop by the office or rec center desk. Consider helping out by donating to the show. Yep, the Pride Group kicked in a few shekels too.
Ken Dillenburg
(The list is at the rec  center)

Monday, May 28, 2012

Lest we forget

While you are enjoying your cook-outs and fun with family and friends please take a minute to remember those who are no longer able to join in either due to their ultimate sacrifice or their current service to our country.

Since the founding of our country they have kept us free and they deserve our respect and thanks.

Ken Dillenburg

Sunday, May 27, 2012

The lonesome soldier

Every year about this time Fran and I go to the cemeteries where Fran’s Mom and my Dad are buried, bringing flowers for the graves. We clean off the stones then spend a short time just standing there in our memories.
Dad is buried in a cemetery that has a certain section for military men and their families to be buried. Every time we went there would be artificial flowers and an American flag on Dad’s grave so our fresh ones would go to waste. A few years ago I was reading some of the stones near Dad’s grave and there was one for John Cesar. He was born in 1968 and died in 1988, twenty years old. The stone was filthy. It was obvious no-one came to visit him. Fran had the idea of putting our flowers there to honor this young man. I cleaned the stone with the brush I bring along then placed the fresh flowers in the metal cup attached to his stone, adding water to the cup.
He now has for years had someone coming to take care of his stone and honor his life. We will never know how John died, but he is remembered. Dad would have liked that.

Ken Dillenburg  

A Sunday Memorial Day consideration

George Washington
1st U.S. President
"While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian." 
--The Writings of Washington, pp. 342-343.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Map from the Candlewick Anglers

You have to hand it to these guys. They go all out to provide information to help everyone find the hot spots to fish as well as methods. Be sure to check out their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CandlewickAnglersFishClub    as well as the map they provided below.  Ken

Friday, May 25, 2012

What's up with the dead fish?

 This happens every year so no need for concern. Spawning stresses the fish, especially panfish, as they try to protect their eggs from other fish. Normally the dead ones end up in the east end of the lake due to the prevailing west wind. The strong wind Thursday pushed the dead fish into the north end of the lake, where they will start to decay and smell. Your maintenance department is working to clean up the fish and get rid of them, especially in the areas with the biggest problem. They won't get them all but they are doing their best.
  You will see some bluegills and crappies with what looks like white hair on them. This is a form of fungus, once again killing them due to their lowered immune system. Before too many weeks it will be snails floating all over. Once again a normal occurrence. 
Ken Dillenburg

Update on Drake cemetery

 I drove by today and there are two guys working cutting brush so the work has started. They will have their work cut out for them. The weeds and grass look waist high. Good for them and perfect timing.  Ken

An appropriate Memorial Day story

This story written by Mike Doyle is in Friday's Rockford Register-Star . Drake Cemetery is the one I mentioned before that is in Candlewick. I am glad to see this historic site will be made presentable again with all it's history.   Ken Dillenburg

Last week’s column told how Andrew Geyer of Belvidere plans to clean up the nearly forgotten Drake Cemetery on Dawson Lake Road for his Eagle Scout project.

With Memorial Day approaching, it is appropriate to focus more on one topic in that story — that of Private Alanson T. Knox, who is buried in that cemetery. Knox, who died June 29, 1863, in the Siege of Vicksburg, Miss., fought for the 95th Illinois Infantry Volunteer Regiment, which was made up of men from Boone and McHenry counties.
Knox wasn’t the first Union soldier in the 95th killed in action, nor was he the last.
In fact, many men died of disease in conflicts, and the Civil War was no exception.
Wales W. Wood, an adjutant with the 95th, wrote of the regiment’s time in late winter 1863 along the Mississippi River south of Vicksburg, Miss. “During this period much sickness prevailed in the regiment, and its hospital building in the village was covered with sick soldiers. ... The cases of sickness increased for a time with frightening rapidity. (Eventually) Deaths became frequent occurrence; the muffled drum, with its mournful roll, beating time to the familiar dead-march, gave notice almost daily that the corpse of some Union soldier was being consigned to the burial ground nearby …”
In his introduction to the 1993 reprinting of the 95th history, local historian Frank Crawford wrote that it was at Vicksburg “where the previously Bloodless 95th first ‘saw the elephant,’ ” which is to mean it saw its first combat.
That occurred May 19 to 22 in 1863 in Gen. U.S. Grant’s attempt to capture Vicksburg, a key strategic location on the Mississippi. Whoever controlled Vicksburg and its commanding high bluffs controlled the great river.
The Great Louisiana Redan in May 1863 cost the 95th 25 lives and 128 wounded in an unsuccessful effort, but the assault continued.
“The great siege now began, and was prosecuted vigorously,” Wood wrote. “All through the sultry days of May and June 1863, our lines were gradually advanced toward the enemy’s works.
It was during this time, as the Union lines continued to advance, that Alanson Knox of Company K from Boone County lost his life.
The 47-day siege ended on July 4, 1863, and the 95th was one of the first regiments to march into the city.
“With the victorious stars and stripes unfurled, and with music playing the national airs, these dusty, scarred and war-worn battalions, keeping step with the music of the Union, marched into the streets of Vicksburg …” Wood wrote.
It marked a turning point of the war, and the defeat was so devastating to the South and the residents of Vicksburg that the city did not celebrate the July Fourth holiday until 1945.
Knox’s was one life lost in a major battle, but it is one that should never be forgotten. And, thanks to a 14-year-old from Belvidere, it won’t be.   

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Could be a nightmare if not noted

Important Candlewick Lake Information
Please reminder during this busy Memorial Day weekend that our automated visitor call in system 
is inoperative due to a major part failure.
When you now call the 815-765-2067 number you will have one of our gate officers actually answer the line.
They will be doing their best to answer your calls in a timely manner but
unfortunately with the volume of calls coming in it may take a few extra rings before they can answer your call.
Once answered they will take down you're information and input it into our system manually.
We also suggest that during the manned hours of our West Gate you call 815-765-3768 for visitor call ins
to help reduce the congestion of calls that are coming in. 
West Gate extended hours this weekend are Saturday - Monday 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
We have ordered the required parts and the situation will be rectified as soon as possible.
Thank you in advance for your patience.

Interesting post from a woman in Oregon

 I am sent each week comments from a lady that is a published author. She wrote last week about her encounter with a woman in the mid-east wearing a burka and their interaction simply from eye contact. The following was sent from another lady commenting on her own experience. An interesting encounter and interaction.  Ken

In 1976 I was walking, alone, in the mountains of Crete.  Short shorts, halter top, running shoes.   A hot  spring day.   I had stopped to light a cigarette.  I don't recall I was carrying anything else. I encountered one person, a woman about my age, cutting fast growing brush with a hand scythe in the field adjoining the road.  She was wearing a dress, loose fitting, no undergarments, heavy shoes, hair falling around her face.  My hair was up in a pony tail. I stopped and said good morning American style. Cheerfully.  She looked at me without smiling.  I didn't have to look down at myself to see myself.  We both knew the same things.  

The scythe dropped beside her in the field, and she slowly walked across the clearing she had made beside the road I was walking.  She pointed to the cigarette I was smoking and then to the pocket of my shorts where the matches and the rest of the pack was.  I smiled and gestured the same way I would have smiled and gestured under any circumstances breathing out "Yes, Yes.  Of course.  Cigarettes.  Yes, Yes!"    My body bending forward in a slight bow of deference.    

She was having none of it.   Her eyes never left mine;  they were black and direct in the Greek light.  She wiped the sweat from her face with the back of her hand in the same motion it took to light the cigarette.  I gestured, and told her in American English,  that she could keep the pack.   A hidden look of humiliation passed over her face.  She took the cigarettes and left me with her humiliation.  I had walked too far out.  I never walked that far again.  She was a smart woman.  I still wonder how much she knew of her country's history that I purported such interest in.    

I taught OEDIPUS REX  as a critique of rationale.  I was supposed to teach OEDIPUS AT COLONOUS.  It was a good twenty years later before I developed a rational for teaching that one.  On clock time, the encounter lasted perhaps two minutes. I have remembered for thirty-five years.  And, I would bet anything she remembers me.  I wonder if she laughs now.  

Slow news week so off topic

I read in the June issue of Discovery magazine (page 10) congestive heart failure may have a good treatment a few years down the road. Details follow…..
Pythons (snakes) can fast for as much as a year then eat something with more body weight than their own. This seems an impossible situation for the heart to endure since it has to gear up to digest the food and the fat content in the blood has a huge spike. Upon investigation it was found the Python has three molecules in their blood that when stimulated to act by necessary metabolism change will cause the heart muscle to grow by 40% in a period of 48 hours. These molecules have huge promise if cultivated for use in human patients with heart failure. A weak heart could in theory generate healthy new cells and strengthen itself.
As with most breakthroughs this will be studied for some time and clinical trials in humans will be years away but the findings are good enough that a company has been founded to continue the research on this promising treatment.
This is of course just a quick overview of the article but I found it interesting and you can read the full article in Discovery if you wish.
Ken Dillenburg  

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Excerpt from a Dave Syverson comment

Let me try to make it easier to understand: Illinois is BROKE. They are over 6 months behind in payments, over $10 BILLION just in current unpaid bills. $100 BILLION behind in Pensions. This all after their 67% tax increase.
I warned for the last 10 years stop spending and promising what you don't have. Facts don't cease to exist just because they are ignored....

It is hard to argue with the numbers. Both parties need to join together to at least mitigate the disaster that is our state financial condition. The day of reckoning will come. If a 67% tax increase hasn't solved the problem it becomes obvious cuts are needed, not even higher taxes. 
My opinion only.   Ken Dillenburg

Saturday evening at the rec center.....family fun

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Thanks for another milestone

I see we have now passed the 60,000 mark for page views. We thank you for your interest in our messages. It will be interesting to see what happens when the count passes 100,000 since the Google counter only appears to go to 99,999. 

We will attempt to continue to bring you timely information and at times just some off topic posts to fill the slow news days. Your readership is appreciated.  Ken

Caledonia road clean-up

Today (Tuesday) we will be meeting at the west gate at 4:30 for the Caledonia  road clean-up. Volunteers will be supplied with vests, bags, and a pick-up tool. If you have your own pick-up tool it would be good to bring it along since we have a limited number available. Depending upon participation this shouldn't take more than an hour and you will find it feels good to know you helped beautify your community.
It might be a good idea to wear boots since you will sometimes be in deeper grass and weeds. 
Ken Dillenburg

Monday, May 21, 2012

Public Safety report

Candlewick Lake Public Safety

Week ending 5/20/2012

Rescue Calls
Public Safety responded to the 100 block of Valhalla for a report of a subject having difficulty breathing.
Public Safety responded to the 100 block of Hastings for a report of a subject having chest pains.

Suspicious Activity
Public safety responded to the 100 block of Bostonia for a report of a subject attempting to open a locked screen door.  Upon arrival the subject left the area and the Sheriff’s Department was notified.
Public Safety responded to a report of a residential fire in the 300 block of Bounty.  Public Safety assisted until the fire department arrived.  The siding of the garage was damaged.

Domestic Disputes
Public Safety responded to a report of a domestic dispute in the 200 block of Briar Cliff and assisted until the Sheriff’s Department arrived.
Public Safety responded to the 100 block of Minarette for a report of a domestic dispute.  Public Safety assisted until the Sheriff’s Department arrived.
Public Safety responded to the 100 block of Pembroke for a report of a domestic dispute.  Public Safety remained there until the Sheriff’s Department arrived.

Criminal Damage
Public Safety responded to the 300 block of Marquette for a report of a broken window on a vehicle.  The Sheriff’s Department subsequently responded for a report.

Citations issued 13
Warnings issued 18

We thank you for taking the time to read these important updates.
Being informed is half the battle. 

Golf Tournament!

Still time to register for the Bass Tournament

‎23rd Annual CWL Catch and Release Bass Tournament Saturday June 2nd 2012
Deadline for registration is Monday May 28th 2012 for checks and day of tournament for cash. No exceptions Pre-Tournament meeting at 6:15am Tournament hours 6:30 to 1:00
Come join the fun and competition for BIG prize money and trophies! Interpretation of these rules will be left exclusively to tournament officials whose decision is final.
1. Eligibility: The tournament consists of up to 30 two man teams fishing from boats. All teams shall consist of a minimum of one association member or special family member (mother, father, son, daughter, grandchildren). All qualifying –members must be in good standing. All participants must have valid Illinois fishing license. No Candlewick permit is required for non-members during the tournament. 2. Entry Fee: $80.00 per team. Entry fees are non-refundable. Team member substitutions are permitted. 3. Applications & deadline: A complete and signed application form, accompanied by your entry fee, is required for entry. Entries must be received by Monday, May 28th 2012.. 4. Prizes: 100% of entry fee will be awarded as prize money and trophies or plagues. Top 20% of field will receive prizes. Tie breaker shall be the team with the single largest bass or the team that weighs the most bass. If still tied a coin toss will take place. 5. Big Bass Pot: An optional $10.00 entry fee per boat is required to enter the big bass pot. The fee must be included with the $80.00 entry fee. 100% pay back to the team with the largest bass. 6. NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES OR OTHER CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES PERMITTED DURING THE TOURNAMENT. ANY COMPETITOR RECEIVING A CITATION FOR VIOLATION OF COAST GUARD, STATE OR REGULATIONS WILL BE DISQUALIFIED IMMEDIATELY.
7. Sportsmanship: Sportsmanship, courtesy, safety, and conservation are expected from each contestant. Any infraction of these fundamental sporting principles may be deemed cause for disqualification. 8. Official Checkpoint: tournament will start and end at the rec center. Anglers may not leave the boat except in a case of emergency (restroom, medical reasons, ect.) 9. Boat Inspection: Each boat will be inspected prior to tournament take off and all compartments will be checked for fish, alcohol, ect. 10. No Wake: the lake is no wake the entire time of the tournament. Boat length is 20 feet max. 11. Scoring: Final winners will be determined by total weight of each team’s catch. Only largemouth and smallmouth bass will be weighed. Tournament limit shall be 6 fish per team, bass must measure 14” or more with mouth closed and the tail fanned. BASS PRESENTED TO WEIGH WHICH FAIL TO MEASURE 14” WILL MEAN IMMEDIATE TEAM DISQUALIFICATION. A courtesy bump board will be available prior to weigh-in to check questionable fish before submitting them for official measure. 12. Care of Fish: Each boat must be equipped with a functional live well, large enough to maintain a live limit of bass for both contestants using the boat. Additionally, the use of chemical live well additive is strongly recommended. Contestants shall use reasonable care in handling fish to keep them alive and in good condition. Any Contestant caught mistreating a fish will be disqualified. Fish should be kept in live wells until weigh-in. 13. Dead Fish Penalty: There will be a dead fish penalty of ½ of that fish’s weight. 14. Fishing Method: Only artificial lure may be used. No live or prepared bait will be allowed with the exception of pork strips, rinds, ect. Only one rod may be used at a time; however others may be rigged and ready. No trolling is allowed. Please allow reasonable casting distance between boats. 15. Weigh-In: Weigh-in will take place at the conclusion of the tournament only. Weigh-In bags will be furnished and must be used by all contestants. Contestants are responsible for their catch from the boat to the check –in. All fish weighed become property of CWL lake management and will be returned to the lake. 16. Late Penalty: Competitors must be at 6:15 meeting and weigh in on time or be disqualified. No excuses. LATE IS LATE!
Mail registration forms along with check made payable to: Charles Hart 111 Tamarack Hollow SW DR Poplar Grove Ill. if you have any questions call me at 815-520-1796. I will confirm with you that check has been received.
Name_________________________ Partner name___________________________
Address_______________________ Partner Address__________________________
Phone________________________ Partner Phone___________________________
Boat Registration # ______________________
Entry Fee $80 Optional Big Bass $10. Write check for $90 for big bass

Archery classes at Candlewick

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Ken, why haven't you been answering emails?

I've been gone a couple days but I left some things posted here for people to chew on during my absence. Occasionally Fran and I like to just take off two or three days to unwind and remember what life is all about. This was one of those times.
We went back to my roots in Southwestern Iowa to the area I have mentioned here before where everyone waves as you drive by, even the farmers on their tractors. I saw the home I used to live in and the places I played as a child. Memories came flooding back of the little fat boy walking the dusty streets and roads.
We again visited the cemetery where my ancestors that settled the area are lain to rest. A link to the past with those that made my life possible. The newest date on a stone with my relative's name was 1912, one hundred years ago. Many were in the mid-1800s. Lifespans were short back then I see. I have tried before to lift the upper part of Sarah's stone into position but have been unable to do so in the past. The stone when fully in place comes about to my nose but at some time in the past the granite had split about half way down and the upper piece had buried an inch or so into the ground when it fell backward. The stone is large at the bottom then a square piece rises above the base in a narrowing square shape to the point. This time I was determined. I managed to break the upper half free from the dirt and hoisted it up, much to my surprise, being able to sit it in it's rightful place bringing the stone to full height. There 'ya go, Sarah. Things are as they should be with you having your earned respectful monument.
I'll drop in some pictures I took. Many things are as they used to be there.
Ken Dillenburg

 We didn't stay in my home town because there is nowhere to stay. These pictures are from a town about fifteen miles away where we did stay.

When is the last time you have seen a sign like this one? Bring back memories?

Here is the station next to the sign. 
 This is the Eagle carved from wood, bell and all, that stands near the courthouse on the town square.

We stopped at "Peggy Sue's" for some ice cream. Lots of stuff from the fifties in there.
Soldiers are held in highest esteem there, as they should be. This statue stands by the same courthouse as the Eagle.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Update on Don Parisi

Don called me this afternoon to let me know he is home and doing well. He intends to start attending meetings right away, getting right back into the saddle. One tough guy! Let's just hope he doesn't overdo it.
It was good to hear his voice. He sounds strong and as usual he is cracking jokes but he also realizes he is was blessed with a second chance. A lot of people are relieved. Prayers work!
Ken Dillenburg

Pictures from Barb and Bonnie

 I have been gone for a few days so I missed the fire at Schumacker's. The picture on the left is from Barb Appelhans showing the billowing smoke from the burning mulch. I was told hiway 76 was even closed for a time.
Thanks, Barb
This picture is from Bonnie Marron. It has a couple interesting subjects included. The three in the boat are bow hunting for Grass Carp.
If you look in the sky you will see the smoke from the same fire Barb's picture shows.

Thanks to both of you ladies for the pictures. Very nice and I am sure all readers will enjoy your photography.
(posted by Ken)

Sixty thousand bucks! The board is nuts!

 Undoubtedly you will be hearing a variation on this comment from the normal naysayers after we voted to finally refurbish the tennis courts that haven't been re-done since the seventies. We also just voted a couple meeting ago to spend around the same amount on a mower. Yep, we sure did.
 Consider these points. The mower will last probably twenty years. That comes to about three thousand per year. This replacement has been planned in the reserve budget for years and the time has come when repairs are no longer feasible on such an old machine. You may notice the ditches are not looking good this year. The broken mower is the one used for that purpose as well as mowing many other areas including the dam. It takes a specialized piece of equipment to mow the dam and we must keep it mowed to avoid possible undermining by burrowing animals as well as aesthetics.
 Now to the tennis courts. Divide the sixty thousand by the thirty or more years we have had them. Two thousand per year and it also has been provided for in the reserves. The tennis courts are an eyesore and they have deteriorated to the point of being dangerous. We have stalled this for four years but the time has come. These expenditures will not mean a dues increase. As I said, these are reserve expenditures and are covered.
  As long as we are talking about dues, something is coming up that may involve an increase and that is boat piers for rentals. Lake management has been asking for more piers for years and we keep saying we can't afford them. Piers will not come from the reserves part of our budget, but the operating side. Operating is the area we are skin tight. The piers will eventually pay for themselves through rentals but we have to come up with the cost of installing them next year since we have a waiting list for rentals and we are going to use some of the pier space by the Dockside Grill for rentals this year to help out.
  I know this is a crazy system but as I have mentioned here before, anything new must be paid for from operating funds and anything we have and needs fixing or replacement comes from reserves. The reserves are fine but we can't use them for things we would like to have. The way we are handling the road project has saved the reserves fund so we are in fine shape hopefully for many years to come.
Ken Dillenburg

Friday, May 18, 2012

My thoughts on meeting procedures

 I will preface this by saying my views do not necessarily reflect those of the Pride group or the board of directors and are not stated as such.
Tuesday evening’s board meeting was held in a little different way with anyone wishing to speak during the open comment session being asked to come forward, state their name and address, and speak at a podium into a microphone. The speaker is on camera as is the board itself to document any comments. This is a good thing to avoid any question about who is speaking and what was said. For some time the board has been on camera but this covers all the bases.
Speakers are now required to limit their speaking time to two minutes. This is also a good thing so available time is not taken up by just a couple people. The downside is the same people keep coming back up to the podium over and over to continue the same complaints that for the most part have been stated and restated during meetings for some time. It is the same four or five naysayers we have discussed here before. The complaints keep being stated but they have no involvement in the committees or commissions where they could have input and possibly offer solutions to their perceived problems. During Tuesday’s meeting I made the statement “If you don’t like the way things are handled run for the board so you can make the changes.” I stand by that statement. Don’t complain if you are not willing to either run for the board or work with committees or commissions or at least volunteer for community clean-up……….or something to show you actually care about our community!
The board discussed whether or not there should be input from the audience allowed during the formal meeting of the board after the open input session. There was a lot of back and forth between board members. My stand is this is a board meeting, not a community forum. The board has researched the issues upon which we will be voting and know the issues. Often when we are discussing an issue audience hands start to come up and it turns into an open discussion. This is wrong in my opinion. There is an open comment period at the beginning of the meeting and everyone who wants an agenda has one in their hands. If they have something to say about an issue the time is provided and the microphone is waiting. We were elected to represent the community and vote issues the way we feel is best for all. The majority of the time those wishing to speak are the same ones mentioned earlier. They had their chance. How did this end? Don of course was not in attendance and the vote came down five to one. I lost. I want the board run in a professional format and I intend to pursue the issue. If board members need input on a specific subject they can ask for comment from an individual without calling on anyone with their hand up. This is wrong. I also feel anyone wishing to comment during the open comment section should be limited to two times at the podium and that is it. If they cannot cover their subject (s) in four minutes they can continue at the next meeting.
Agree with me or not, that is my position and I am not shy about letting everyone know my feelings. I want a smooth meeting with fresh, relevant comments during the appropriate period. You folks chose to elect me and I intend to do the best job I can for you during my term. I am tired of good P.O.s asking me why we let those few take over the meetings with their gripes. Some have even told me they quit coming to board meetings because of that exact fact.          Ken Dillenburg

This will undoubtedly be the reaction from the naysayers if my policy is adopted

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Don Parisi

I am sure many of you know Don Parisi, one of the board members, suffered a heart attack last weekend. I didn’t report on it here at the time because it is a personal matter that I wasn’t sure he would want shared. Since it was discussed at the Tuesday board meeting I feel free to discuss it.
Although the attack was very serious I am so happy to report he had a procedure that went well and as I write this he is resting comfortably in the hospital, where he is expected to stay until Friday or Saturday. Wednesday he was up walking again. It is a huge relief. Don is a good man I consider a friend as well as a very valuable member of the board.
A lot of prayers were said on Don’s behalf last weekend and continuing, some of which were mine. Please keep Don in your prayers as a thank you for the healing as well as for continued speedy full recovery. He is in good spirits, joking and laughing. A great sign.
 Ken Dillenburg  

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


General Manager’s Report:  We have changed our payroll processing service from HK Pay to ADP.  We will receive additional services at a reduced cost.  The new refuse contract was approved from Veolia to Roscoe Disposal and will take place July 1ST.  Notice to the members will be going out from both vendors in late May or early June.  The repairs to the main pool have been completed and approved by the county.

Lake Management: It was bought up about the plantings for the lake but it was decided to put that off until the grass carp population is under control.

Road Construction:  Ken said the road construction contract is signed by both parties and set to go.  The improvements are marked on the roadways and construction will be will begin soon weather permitting.  Target date is June 4. Rabine also will be offering re-surfacing driveways when they are out here at a reduced price.

Recreation:  Rich Witt continues to work on the walking path.  Sherri is interviewing and hiring staff for the pool.  The 4 square and hopscotch courts are completed.  The commission is looking for younger (teenage) members to fill some openings.

Legal:  The CC&R’s and By Laws are back from the lawyer and will be looked at by the board.

Golf Commission:  The commission has 6 members and was approved and is ready to be up and running.

 Community Garden:  Is in the process of being completed.  There is space for 12 gardens and 10% of the crop is donated to the food pantry.  There are 6 plots still open.

CMS Server:  A proposal was accepted to replace our computer system for public safety.  The system is down and information being put in manually.

Tennis Courts:  It was approved to repair the tennis courts and fencing.  A resurface with an interlocking system will be done on the courts.  The fence will be replaced with a vinyl coated chain link fence.

Grass Carp/Bow w/tethered arrow Fishing:  A Candlewick resident 16 years or older with a proper Illinois fishing lic. and a Candlewick I.D. while using a bow with a tethered arrow may help with the removal of the grass carp.  The fish must be disposed of in a plastic bag and placed in the trash at the maintenance department.  The bowfishing hours will be dawn to dusk.  Lake Management must also be notified of the catch so they can keep track of the numbers of grass carp removed.
Submitted by Ellen Steiksla, Pride Secretary

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

$10.00 Deal of the Day!

 Sandy, Bonnie, Ellen, and Karl have been working their rears off getting the new community garden set for the growing season.
  Where else for ten dollars can you have your own garden plot? The plots are next to the office so there is easy parking.
  The last word I have is there are five lots left and it will be first come first served so don't hesitate. Call Sandy Morse now at (815) 765-2377 to reserve your lot.
As a side note, I have mentioned before how hard Sandy has worked putting this together for the benefit of Candlewick. She even managed to get something like $450.00 in grant money to offset the costs. Although she decided not to run for the board again it is obvious she is dedicated to making our community even better. We all owe her our thanks.

Thanks for the pics from Barb Appelhans

Ken Dillenburg

Electronics recycling

Monday, May 14, 2012

Weekly Public Safety Report

Candlewick Lake Public Safety

Rescue Calls

Public Safety responded to a report of a subject with shortness of breath in the 200 block of Thornhill.  Public Safety remained until the subject was transported for treatment.

Public Safety responded to a report of a subject with shortness of breath in the 100 block of Queens Place.  Public Safety remained there until the subject was transported for treatment.

Public Safety responded to a report of an injured child in the 200 block of Brandywine.  Public Safety departed when Capron Rescue arrived.

Public Safety responded to a report of a person who had fallen and needed assistance getting back up.  Public Safety assisted the subject and departed.

Suspicious Activity

Public Safety responded to a report of a possible fight at Hastings and Talladega.  Upon arrival, it was determined the call was unfounded.

Public Safety responded to a call of a subject yelling in the area of the 100 block of Lamplighter Loop.  Upon arrival, the subject was being taken home via a family member.

Public Safety responded to a report of juveniles putting up caution tape in the area of Marquette Dr.  Public Safety spoke with them and they discontinued the activity.

Public Safety responded to a report of juveniles fighting in the area of the 200 Picadilly.  Upon arrival the juveniles were gone.

Public safety responded to the 100 block of Brandywine and the 400 block of Pembroke for a report of loud parties.  Public Safety spoke with both homeowners and they agreed to quiet down for the night.

Traffic Crash

Public Safety responded to a report of a traffic crash at the West gate and Caledonia Rd to assist the Sheriff’s Department.  Upon the Sheriff’s Department arrival, Public Safety departed.

Animal Complaints

Public Safety responded to a call of a loose dog in the 600 block of Marquette.  Public Safety contacted animal control and the matter was handled by them.

Public Safety responded to a report of a dog mauled by a loose dog in the 200 block of Benedict.  The matter was turned over to animal control.


Citations issued   21
Warnings issued  12

We thank you for taking the time to read these important updates.
Being informed is half the battle.