Saturday, February 23, 2013
Remember the Aug. 4 storm that caused so much damage, including students at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark? Now three people are suing the Kane County Cougars and a catering company for injuries, the Daily Herald reports.
The Kane County Cougars and a catering business are being sued for injuries incurred by two St. Charles East students and a Northern Illinois University grad at a volunteer event last August at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark, the Daily Herald reports. On Aug. 4, a Patch reader initially said a tent went down at the ballpark campus, injuring two people. The storm knocked down trees and power lines. The Kane County Chronicle later that day reported that Mary Gaffney, then a Northern Illinois University student, was one of two people injured. Gaffney's father, Kevin, told the paper at the time that she suffered a fractured skull after a pole or 2-by-4 knocked her unconscious. Weather spotters reported wind gusts of up to 60 mph that Saturday, …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Patch readers mourn the death of a man with struggles. He also leaves behind a daughter.
The death of a 43-year-old Geneva man whose body was found over the weekend is being considered a suicide, officials said. The Kane County Coroner's Office will conduct a toxicology report on the body of Casey Gemeny, the Kane County Chronicle reports. County Coroner Rob Russell told the Chronicle that he didn't know whether a full autopsy would be completed. Gemeny's body was discovered in a tree Saturday in the northeast part of the Kane County Events Center property, said Laurie Metanchuk, Community Affairs director for the Forest Preserve District of Kane County. The Kane County Forest Preserve police and the Kane County Sheriff's Office investigated Gemeny's death. Gemeny had a troubled past that included a dangerous, high-speed chase…
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
A Kane County spokesperson identifies the Geneva man as Casey Gemeny, 43, of Geneva.
The 43-year-old Geneva man found dead Saturday afternoon at the Kane County Events Center has been identified as Casey Gemeny of Geneva, a county spokesperson said Tuesday. Kane County Community Affairs Director Laurie Metanchuk said Forest Preserve police discovered Gemeny's body in the northeast corner of the Events Center property at around 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19. Metanchuk said earlier Tuesday that the investigation is ongoing and is being conducted by the Kane County Forest Preserve police, in conjunction with the Kane County Sheriff's Office. Unconfirmed reports Saturday said police were notified after someone on a train said they saw a body in a tree on the property near Fifth Third Bank Ballpark.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Dec. 15 event at the ballpark includes ornament and cookie decorating stations. Bring a coat or sweatshirt and get four free Cougars ticket vouchers.
The Kane County Cougars will host a Christmas Meet and Greet event, featuring Santa Claus and Ozzie T. Cougar, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 15, inside the upper deck level at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark. Children can meet Santa and Ozzie, pose for photos, as well as take part in numerous holiday activities inside the upper deck level. Those activities include a coloring station, ornament decorating station and a cookie decorating station. The event is free, although there is a nominal cost for participating in the ornament and cookie decorating activities. A portion of proceeds will benefit Ozzie’s Outreach, the Cougars’ charitable foundation. Fans are also asked to bring a gently used coat or sweatshirt. All collected items will be …
Thursday, September 20, 2012
It's official: The Kane County Cougars are now the Class A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs.
The Kane County Cougars on Wednesday announced the signing of a two-year player development contract with the Chicago Cubs. Effective Sept. 19, the agreement does not affect the ownership, management or front office staff of the Kane County Cougars in any manner. The Cougars organization looks forward to April 4, which is Opening Night at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark, and the first home game featuring the Cougars' new affiliation with the Cubs. "We are extremely excited about our new relationship with the Chicago Cubs,” said Cougars General Manager Curtis Haug. "The close proximity between both organizations will be mutually beneficial in numerous ways. We believe that the Cubs organization and their philosophies about the minor leagues, …
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Announcements in several major publications say the Cubs are going to move their Class A affiliate from Peoria to Geneva!
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
According to reports in the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Tribune and numerous other papers, the Cubs are in negotiations with the Kane County Cougars to move the Peoria franchise to Geneva. The Sun-Times article does not list the source, but the word is that the Cubs are ready to make the move, which would dissolve the relationship with the Peoria Chiefs, the Cubs present Class A affiliate. That's a relationship that stretches back some three decades, according to the Sun-Times story. Obviously, that's a "Wow" for Cubs fans who happen to be from this area. The notion of a Cubs-Cougars relationship has been a dream of many fans in these parts for a long time. The Cougars presently are affiliated with the Kansas City Royals. The Cougars' …
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
The woman's father said she was not given any warnings to leave as the storm approached Fifth Third Bank Ballpark, according to media reports.
A 23-year-old St. Charles woman is on the road to recovery after suffering an injury during Saturday's powerful storm. Mary Gaffney was in fair condition Monday evening at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, a hospital spokeswoman told Patch. Gaffney, a Northern Illinois University student, was one of two people injured at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark during Saturday's storm, the Kane County Chronicle reports. Gaffney's father, Kevin Gaffney, told the paper that she suffered a fractured skull after a pole or two-by-four knocked her unconscious. Trained weather spotters reported wind gusts of up to 60 mph on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. The strong winds loosened tree branches and power lines in Batavia …
Monday, July 16, 2012
When Wilco played at Fifth Third Bank in Geneva, it was a bit of a concert breakthrough for the Tri-Cities. But reader comments indicate there is a small learning curve that comes with hosting such a big event.
When it was announced that Wilco was coming to Kane County's FifthThird Bank Ballpark on July 8, fans were appropriately excited. This was the first big stadium-style concert at the park—at least as far as anyone I've talked to remembers—and Wilco is a group that a lot of people wanted to see. The online reviews have been very good. Kevin McKeough's review for the Chicago Tribune applauded the venue and the band. Band leader Jeff Tweedy's "voice and guitar playing stood out from the beginning of the first song, Dawned on Me," McKeough wrote. "The outdoor venue may have contributed to the striking clarity of his singing, but so did the way Wilco reworked songs to put Tweedy in the forefront." Joshua Mellin wrote on indieshuffle.com that "…
Thursday, May 3, 2012
With the ribbon-cutting Thursday, May 3, the Kane County Cougars' home stadium is now, officially, Fifth Third Bank Ballpark.
With the trumpeting theme song from Jurassic Park blaring and Ozzie the Cougar wielding the scissors, the blue ribbon was cut along the first-base line just before the 6 p.m. start of Thursday's ballgame between the Kane County Cougars and the Peoria Chiefs—officially the first-ever game at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark. Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns, U.S. Congressman Randy Hultgren and more than a dozen other local dignitaries from Fifth Third Bank and the Cougars front-office took part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Although fans didn't flock to the stadium, they enjoyed the usual, fantastic Cougars amenities, took advantage of the special $5.50 price per seat, dodged the raindrops and saw a terrific baseball game. The only thing that could have…