Pradel Funeral Procession
Naperville said their final goodbye today to Mayor Emeritus A. George Pradel. After a private funeral service at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, a funeral procession of about 50 cars made its way around town, taking Mayor Pradel through his beloved city for one last time. The procession passed saluting officers and staff at the Naperville Police Department, flag-waving residents and students at the Officer Friendly statue, and ended at the Naperville Cemetery where Mayor Pradel was laid to rest. This past weekend, Mayor Pradel entered council chambers for the last time, for many throughout town to say their final goodbyes to the man who helmed Naperville for 20 years. In lieu of flowers, the family asked that donations be made in Mayor Pradel’s memory to the DuPage Foundation and the Arthur Ray Foundation.
Wilton Brands Sold
Wilton Brands has been purchased by a privately-held German organization. Dr. August Oetker, a multibillion-dollar German food company, bought the Naperville-based cake decorating equipment company. Wilton Brands has more than 600 employees worldwide, 400 of which are in Naperville and Romeoville. Naperville employees will remain headquartered in that location, but will be run as a division within the companies owned by Dr. Oetker. The purchase cost has not been disclosed, and the transition is expected to close before the end of the year.
Weekend Football Highlights
We’re already a third of the way through the high school football season and conference matchups are upon us.
In the Prairie Classic on Friday night, Waubonsie Valley took the lead in the fourth quarter on a touchdown pass from Jack Drow to Myles Pettaway that proved to be the game winner. Warriors stay unbeaten at 3 and 0 with a 17-10 win over rival Neuqua Valley.
Naperville Central hosted Naperville North in a football game played between the two teams outside of North Central College for the first time in 18 years. Payton Thorne scored 5 touchdowns for the host Redhawks as Central picked up its first win 35-7 over the Huskies.
Benet Academy rolled over St. Patrick 35-14, scoring 28 points in the first seven minutes of the game, including Jack Cooney’s 86 yard kick return on the first play of the game.
The only non-conference matchup saw Metea Valley jump out to an early lead on Dekalb. But the Barbs scored the final 34 points, winning 34 to 6.
On Saturday, North Central College football scored the program’s most points in a season opener since 1915, throttling Lake Forest College by a score of 70 to 14. The 637 yards on offense was the sixth best performance in school history.
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