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Officials epitomize local public service

This past week we profiled two long-time local, elected officials: Vernita Hettrich and Deb Krase.

Hettrich is current president of the Oswego Public Library District Board and is marking her 40th year of service on that agency's governing board. She is likely the longest serving locally elected official in Kendall County.

Krase, meanwhile, has just stepped down after serving 24 years on the Oswegoland Park District Board.

We've long viewed Hettrich and Krase as outstanding examples of what local, elected governmental service should be all about. Both have unselfishly given up their own time and without pay to serve their neighbors. Both officials have always looked to maximize the taxpayers' return on their investment in their respective agencies, while always looking towards the future. The end result of all that work is clearly evident. Despite the almost incomprehensible population growth experienced in the Oswego-Montgomery area over the past two decades, both the park and library districts have kept up with the resulting increased demand for their services and facilities. Both agencies are recognized locally and regionally as being among the best at what they do. As a result, both are major assets to the community and the residents they serve.

It was a small group of interested civic-minded women-the members of the 19th Century Club-who established the first public library in Oswego back in 1898. Then, about 60 years later, another group of civic-minded residents spear-headed a fund-raising drive that led to the construction of the first modern library and the creation of the library district. Meanwhile, it was another small group of civic-minded local residents who saw a need for local parks and recreational programs who organized the successful effort to establish the park district back in the early 1950s.

Hettrich and Krase have continued the tradition of community service established by those prior generations of residents. Because of all their efforts, this community is a much better place.

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