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Making enhancements

Village Board approves ordinances to allow for

completion of subdivision improvements, Page 4

Recording reimbursements

Township employees to be regulated for travel,

business expenses, Page 4

Seniors’ Greetings

Homer Township Seniors socialize at well-attended

Christmas Party, Page 5

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A fire truck sprays water on a home on the 14100 block of S. Parker Road that exploded as a result of a natural gas leak in the surrounding neighborhood

Thursday, Dec. 15, in Homer Glen. Paul Bergstrom/22nd Century Media


2 | December 22, 2016 | The Homer Horizon calendar

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Thursday

Meditation with Marti

6:30 p.m. Dec. 22, Homer

Township Public Library,

14320 W. 151st St., Homer

Glen. Learn techniques to

clear the mind. This workshop

is ideal for beginners

or anyone wishing to deepen

their meditation practices.

All levels welcome. Registration

is required. Contact

Adult Services at askalibrar

ian@homerlibrary.org or

call (708) 301-7908 for more

information.

Friday

Coffee and a Movie

10:30 a.m. Dec. 23, Homer

Township Public Library,

14320 W. 151st St., Homer

Glen. Indulge on coffee and

donuts while watching a

film on Friday morning. No

registration necessary. Contact

Adult Services at (708)

301-7908 or askalibrarian@

homerlibrary.org for more

information.

Tuesday

BSA Troop 65 Electronics

Overnight Campout

4 p.m. Dec. 27-9 a.m.

Dec. 28, American Legion

John Olson Post 18, 15052

Archer Ave., Lockport. Boy

Scout Troop 65 invites boys

ages 11 to 16 and their parents

interested in learning

about Scouting to its annual

Electronics Overnight

Campout. It is free to visit

or $5 per person for food

and to stay overnight. For

more information, contact

Scoutmaster John Szpicki at

(708) 275-7570.

Chick Lit Book Club

7 p.m. Dec. 27, Homer

Township Public Library,

14320 W. 151st St., Homer

Glen. Discuss contemporary

fiction written for women.

Each month’s book selection

is available at the library and

new members are welcome.

Contact Heather Colby at

heather@homerlibrary.org

or call (708) 301-7908 for

more information.

Upcoming

Basic Yoga

9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 6,

Homer Township Public Library,

14320 W. 151st St.,

Homer Glen. Marti Anne

hosts a yoga class designed

specifically for first-time

students. Learn gentle poses,

postures and positions while

calming the body and mind.

Participants are encouraged

to bring their own yoga mat,

but one will be provided, if

needed. For more information,

contact Adult Services

at askalibrarian@homerli

brary.org or (708) 301-7908.

Dragon Appreciation Day

4:15-7:30 p.m., Jan. 10-

11 and Jan. 17-19, Homer

Township Public Library,

14320 W. 151st St., Homer

Glen. Jan. 16 is Dragon Appreciation

Day. The dragon

is a powerful symbol in mythology

all over the world.

Visit the Bookmobile and

learn enchanting facts and

enter the prize drawing.

Contact Maryellen Reed at

mreed@homerlibrary.org or

call (708) 301-7908 for more

information.

Community and Economic

Development Committee

7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10,

Village Board Room, 14240

W. 151st St., Homer Glen.

Monthly meeting.

January Coffee

Thursday, Jan. 12, Montessori

School of Lemont

16427 W. 135th St., Lemont.

An informational coffee session

will be held for prospective

parents. To attend, RSVP

to info@lemontmontessori.

com to ensure the school

has materials for them. For

more information, visit

www.lemontmontessori.com.

Cards for Children and

Seniors

6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan.

12, Homer Township Public

Library, 14320 W. 151st

St., Homer Glen. Create

handmade cards or letters

to brighten someone’s day

while earning service hours.

Cards will be sent to Card for

Hospitalized Kids and Love

for the Elderly charities.

Supplies provided. Event

is for teens in grades 6-12,

and registration is required.

Contact Heather Colby

teens@homerlibrary.org at

(708) 301-7908 for more information.

Lemont Artist Guild:

Business of Art

7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan.

18, Homer Township Public

Library, 14320 W. 151st

St., Homer Glen. Artist,

gallery owner and South

Suburban College faculty

member Sergio Gomez offers

professional development

resources for artist.

He speaks about “Closing

the Gap” across the country

and in Europe. For

more information on Gomez,

visit his website at

www.33contemporary.com.

Young Parent Night

6:40-7:10 p.m. and 7:15-

7:45 p.m. Thursday, Jan.

19, Young School, 16240 S.

Cedar Road, Homer Glen.

Young School parents are

invited to learn more about

the district’s Reading Wonders

and My Math online

programs and how they can

help support their child’s

education. Hosted by Young

School PTO and Young

School. Call (708) 226-2010

for more information.

Snow is Falling: Books are

Calling

4:15-7:30 p.m. Monday,

Jan. 23, Homer Township

Public Library, 14320

W. 151st St., Homer Glen.

Visit the Bookmobile and

join the winter reading club

for a chance to win prizes.

Contact Maryellen Reed at

mreed@homerlibrary.org or

call (708) 301-7908 for more

information.

Coloring for Adults

7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23,

Homer Township Public Library,

14320 W. 151st St.,

Homer Glen. Coloring is not

just for children; it has proven

stress-relieving benefits

for adults, too. Registration

is required. Contact Adult

Services for more information

by emailing askalibrarian@homerlibrary.org

or call

(708) 301-7908.

Polish/English Story Time

1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan.

26, Homer Township Public

Library, 14320 W. 151st

St., Homer Glen. An independent

program for children

ages 3 to 5 that features

books, flannel stories, music

and rhymes presented

in Polish and English. An

art project also rounds out

the program. An adult caregiver

is to remain in the library

during Story Time.

Registration required.

Contact Youth Services at

children@homerlibrary.org

or (708) 301-7908 for more

information.

Prom Dress Resale

10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 29,

Lockport Township High

School, 1323 E. 7th St.,

Lockport.

Pyrography Demonstration

7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb.

15, Homer Township Public

Library, 14320 W. 151st St.,

Homer Glen. Gail Diedrichson

teaches the art of pyrography,

which is essentially

woodturning with modern

tools. She uses hard woods,

which have a wonderful

scent when burned, and different

types of tips to create

fine lines and details. She

will demonstrate and bring

samples of her work. For

more information, contact

Adult Services at askalibrar

ian@homerlibrary.org or

(708) 301-7908.

Sunday Music Series

6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19,

Homer Township Public Library,

14320 W. 151st St.,

Homer Glen. The House

of Music Performers presents

an hour-long “Music

for Romantics” event. It

is for all ages and is a free

family event. No registration

required. For more information,

contact Adult

Services at askalibrarian@

homerlibrary.org or call

(708) 301-7908.

Ongoing

Elf on the Shelf

8:30 a.m., Nov. 28-Dec.

23, Homer Township Public

Library, 14320 W. 151st

St., Homer Glen. The library’s

elf, Noel, is back

from the North Pole. Stop by

to see what he is up to. For

more information contact

children@homerlibrary.org.

Send Holiday Cheer to U.S.

Military

8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec.

22; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 23,

Homer Township Public Library,

14320 W. 151st St.,

Homer Glen. Choose a free

card, write a short message

and the library will send

it to a U.S. military member.

For more information,

visit www.homerlibrary.org.

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the Homer Horizon | December 22, 2016 | 3

Father, daughter injured in Homer Glen home explosion

Nicor locates source

of gas leak, Village

Hall offers space to

displaced residents

Thomas Czaja, Editor

A father and daughter

were injured during a home

explosion the afternoon of

Thursday, Dec. 15, in Homer

Glen, according to the Will

County Sheriff’s Office.

The source of a natural

gas leak that began that afternoon

was found by Nicor

Gas crews after working

overnight following the

home explosion, according

to Nicor.

The gas leak was tapped

and under control before 11

p.m. that evening, according

to Will County Sheriff’s

Office spokeswoman Kathy

Hoffmeyer.

Nicor said the area is safe,

and the company had its

crews continue to work into

the next morning to make repairs

and safely restore natural

gas as soon as possible.

The home that exploded

at 4:12 p.m. was located on

the 14100 block of S. Parker

Road, Hoffmeyer said. The

father and daughter inside —

who is a seventh-grader at

Homer Jr. High School, according

to a Friday, Dec. 16

press release from the school

district — were rushed to

Silver Cross Hospital with

burn injuries and later transferred

to the Loyola Medicine

Burn Center.

After the explosion, a robocall

was sent to all residents

within a half-mile radius

of the residence that

exploded, telling them to

evacuate.

Northwest Homer Fire

Protection District firefighters

and other responding

emergency personnel went

door to door, making sure

residents left the area, which

had a strong smell of gas in

the air, according to Hoffmeyer.

Some residents left

the area to stay with relatives,

while others went to

Village Hall to wait until it

was safe to return home. Village

Hall would continue to

serve as shelter for displaced

residents for as long as necessary,

officials said.

After the gas leak was

tapped, Hoffmeyer said Nicor

alerted residents it was

safe to return home, except

for approximately 12 to 16

homes in the “immediate

area” of the residence that

exploded. Those residents

were expected to be back

home by Friday night, and

Hoffmeyer said all the residents

that were at Village

Hall were not in that cluster

of homes.

Had residents needed

overnight lodging, they

would have been transported

from Village Hall — where

the Red Cross was on hand

with volunteers who brought

food — to Homer Jr. High

School, with cots on which

to sleep, according to Hoffmeyer.

Nicor was originally

called at approximately 1:30

p.m. that afternoon, after the

smell of gas was initially detected

in the neighborhood,

with crews on scene by 2

p.m., Hoffmeyer said.

Jessica Flynn lives on Little

Creek Drive, which is located

two streets behind the

explosion site.

She and her 4-year-old

daughter were on their way

home from picking up her

son from school at the time

of the accident. She said she

was “smacked in the face by

the smell of gas” when opening

her front door around 2

p.m. and soon learned that

149th Street and surrounding

streets were closed off,

forcing her 6-year-old son’s

school bus to turn around

and take him back to Schilling

School.

But before she could get

home, a neighbor called and

told her of the explosion,

which shook his house so violently

that it flung his back

door open. He told Flynn

the neighborhood was being

evacuated, and that he could

see the smoke and fire from

his house.

“It was like, ‘No, that only

happens in the movies; that

happens to other neighborhoods,

but not ours,’” Flynn

said. “You’re just completely

unprepared. You’re sitting

there imagining things

like what the family’s going

through and how sad it is —

especially this time of year.

You realize how lucky you

are.”

While residents were

given the all-clear to enter

the neighborhood around

11 p.m. that night, Flynn

and her family stayed at a

friend’s house in Frankfort,

returning home around 7

a.m. the next morning. She

said neighbors who were

closer to the explosion were

not allowed back into their

homes until later.

“It’s just a scary situation,

because I know it’s an accident,

but it could’ve been

anybody,” Flynn said. “It

was kind of a very surreal

evening — very scary. None

of us knew the people in the

house, but you still consider

them a neighbor. It’s too

close for comfort.”

A GoFundMe page has

been set up by the Village

of Homer Glen for the family

whose home exploded as

a result of the gas leak. According

to the GoFundMe

page, the home and all of its

belongings were a total loss.

All of the profits from the

GoFundMe page will be

given directly to the affected

family. As of press time

Monday, Dec. 19, $54,739

had been raised by 900 people

in three days.

Firefighters take stock of the damage at the home on the 14100 block of S. Parker Road

that exploded as a result of a natural gas leak in the surrounding neighborhood Thursday,

Dec. 15, in Homer Glen. Photos by Paul Bergstrom/22nd Century Media

Those looking to donate

can do so at www.gofundme.

com/homerglenhomeexplo

sion.

For questions on donating,

call the Village of Homer

Glen at (708) 301-0632.

In addition to the Go-

FundMe page, United Way

of Will County has a Disaster

Relief Fund in place to

help families affected by the

home explosion, according

to a Friday, Dec. 16 press release

on the Village’s website.

All profits from this

fund will go to the individuals

and families who were

affected.

Those looking to donate

can send a check to United

Way of Will County at 54

N. Ottawa St., Suite 300 in

Joliet. In the memo section

of the check, donators are

asked to include “United

Way of Will County/Homer

Glen Disaster Relief” to ensure

the donation is given

directly to affected Homer

Glen residents. A credit card

payment with a donation

designated “Homer Glen

Disaster Relief Fund” can

Responding emergency personnel tend to the residence

that exploded and nearby residents.

also be submitted through

www.uwwill.org.

Additional reporting by

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4 | December 22, 2016 | The Homer Horizon news

homerhorizon.com

Homer Glen Village Board

Parking regulations with snowfall reviewed

Jessie Molloy

Freelance Reporter

The Homer Glen Village

Board met Dec. 14 for its

last regular meeting of 2016.

In his report to the board,

Mayor George Yukich said

he wished to remind residents

of parking regulations

during the snow given the

weather conditions over the

past two weekends. No street

parking is permitted in the

village, except by emergency

vehicles within 12 hours of a

snow event with accumulation

of two or more inches

of snow, unless the street has

already been plowed.

Residents were also

reminded not to blow snow

from their driveways into

the street, especially if it

has already been plowed.

Trustee Mike Costa asked

residents instead to push

snow into their lawns or the

parkways so as not to create

a safety hazard for passing

motorists.

Roadwork ordinances

to complete subdivision

improvements

After addressing the winter

weather concerns, the

board approved three roadwork

ordinances allowing

the completion of developer

improvements in the Evlyn’s

Gate, Evlyn’s Gate North

and the Stonebridge Woods

Subdivisions.

All three subdivisions

were left partially incomplete

during the 2008 recession

and have been slowly

undergoing the final public

improvements over the last

two years. In the coming

year, the Evlyn’s Gate

subdivisions will receive the

final improvements to their

storm sewer and detention

ponds on Syd Creek Drive,

Park Place, Kildare Street,

Blue Mag Road, Anne

Court, Sandy Bank Court

and Green Lair Drive.

The Stonebridge Woods

subdivision will receive final

paving, as well as curb and

gutter repairs to Stonebridge

Drive south of Breanne

Lane, Wildwood Lane, Olha

Farm Way, Lakewood Path

and Stonebridge Woods

Crossing between Olha

Farm Way and Parker Road.

The board also approved

a three-part ordinance

rezoning and approving

construction on the property

located on the west side of

King Road and North of

143rd Street. The property

was previously zoned R-2

single-family residential

for a planned development

which was rejected by the

board in 2006. The new

ordinance changes the

zoning to E-2 single-family

rural residential, allowing

for the owner to build one

single-family home and

keep horses on the property.

The ordinance also included

a variance allowing a lot’s

width of 297 feet to be zoned

into the E-2 classification

— instead of the usual

minimum of 300 feet — and

passed unanimously.

Village reaches

Intergovernmental

Agreement with WESCOM

The board also approved

the creation of an Intergovernmental

Agreement

between the Village and

WESCOM Dispatch Center

for services and the one-time

purchase of new emergency

services radio equipment.

Currently, Homer Glen

Emergency Management

Agency can only

communicate with its

public safety agencies,

including Homer Township

Fire Protection District

and Northwest Homer Fire

Protection District, which

are part of the WESCOM

dispatch network.

WESCOM, however, is

switching to STARCOM,

a system which allows

departments throughout

the state to communicate

seamlessly.

Homer EMA does not

have equipment compatible

with STARCOM, so to

retain communication and

access it with neighboring

communities in the case

of severe weather or other

emergencies, the Village is

partnering with WESCOM to

become part of STARCOM.

The agreement includes

a contract with WESCOM

for annual usage fees of

$1,356.48, a savings of

$1,043.52 over EMA’s current

contract with Will

County Radio System, along

with a one-time equipment

purchase of $29,853.78.

The Village anticipates

receiving the equipment by

the end of 2016, though the

payments will not need to

be made until the start of the

next fiscal year.

Homer Township Board of Trustees

Employee reimbursements more closely

regulated as result of mandated ordinance

Jessie Molloy

Freelance Reporter

The Homer Township

Board of Trustees held a

combined planning and

business meeting, its last

scheduled meeting for 2016,

on Dec. 12.

During the brief meeting,

several end-of-the-year measures

were passed, including

a State-mandated ordinance

regarding employee reimbursements.

“The State of Illinois required

this year that all units

of local government pass an

ordinance officially regulating

how they reimburse

employees for travel and

other business expenses,”

explained Supervisor Pam

Meyers. “We have always

done that as a board, so this

wasn’t a big issue for us. It

was just a matter of putting

it all in writing, which was a

little tricky because of how

we handle different things.

We don’t reimburse any

entertainment expenses or

many meals, so it basically

covers travel costs and any

training classes our employees

take that aren’t required

by the State.”

Meyers added that the ordinance

requires employees

to give the board advance

notice of their planned expenses

and get reimbursement

approval before undertaking

the expenses.

After the event is complete,

employees can submit their

receipts to the board to be

repaid.

Expenses included in the

board’s program include

lodging, airfare and expenses

of training programs

or classes the board deems

worthwhile or necessary for

the employee. Programs or

training mandated by the

State are paid for by the State

and do not require board approval

for reimbursement.

The board voted unanimously

to approve the ordinance,

which must be submitted to

the State by Jan. 1.

The board is scheduled to

hold its first meeting of 2017

at 7:30 p.m Jan. 9.


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the Homer Horizon | December 22, 2016 | 5

Seniors reflect, rejoice with Christmas Party

Thomas Czaja, Editor

Santa Claus walked into

the banquet hall and threw

up his arms to greet the approximately

90 to 110 people

in attendance.

However, not a single

child was present, as Saint

Nicholas instead came to

greet the Homer Township

Seniors group at its Christmas

Party Dec. 13 at Di-

Nolfo’s Banquets.

The gathering, a holiday

luncheon that included Santa

along with a hearty lunch to

make spirits jolly, a musical

performance by the Ukulele

Moonshiners, a myriad

of raffles and remarks from

Homer Glen Mayor George

Yukich and Homer Township

Supervisor Pam Meyers,

was a chance for seniors

in the group to get out of the

house and celebrate the season.

“It’s great,” Homer Township

Seniors President Jackie

Pedersen said. “Just seeing

everybody all dressed up,

and they’re happy to get out.

[The seniors] like the event

and just being out.”

Pedersen added donations

for raffles were collected

from the Village, Township

and other donors, totaling

around $630 in items.

As guests waited on their

meal, the raffles and other

festivities to begin, they

chatted and caught up with

one another. The group provides

an easy way to make

lasting friendships with other

members of the community,

according to Homer Township

Clerk Linsey Sowa.

“I think the senior club is

one of the most important

Members of the Homer Township Seniors group sit and

chat before dining together at the Christmas Party held

Dec. 13 at DiNolfo’s Banquets in Homer Glen.

Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

organizations in our community,”

Sowa said. “…[The

Christmas Party] is keeping

[the seniors] busy and getting

them out of the house

and keeping them sharp.

“…I think seeing so many

[seniors] here today really

feels good.”

The group holds extra

meaning for Sowa, whose

grandmother helped found

it in the 1990s, she said.

Though her grandmother

died some time ago, seeing

familiar faces of old friends

of her grandma connecting

with new members makes

Sowa happy.

“It’s important for them

to have a reason to get out

of the house — a social reason

— not just the doctor

or family or something like

that, but to have time with

friends,” Sowa said.

Don Gronwold has been a

member of the Homer Township

Seniors for roughly 10

years, joining the group not

long after moving to the

community in 2005.

He found his particular

niche in the group with fellow

residents of Messenger

Woods, who he shared a

table with at the party.

“[Homer Township Seniors]

is a wonderful organization,”

he said. “The people

are friendly, they are together

and it’s strongly supported

by the Township. It’s a really

fine organization.”

The group assembles for

regular meetings at Cross

of Glory Lutheran Church

in Homer Glen, whose pastor,

Dana O’Brien, was at

the Christmas Party escorting

Santa Claus and offered

a pre-meal prayer of thanks

and mingled with members.

With a fresh year will

come the 2017 schedule of

events and membership enrollment

in January. The occasion

marked the end to another

memorable year for the

Homer Township Seniors.

“It’s amazing so many

people in this area can get

out still and still function

and have fun,” Pedersen

said. “I think it’s wonderful.

… I love them all.”

Still time to enter Holiday Card Contest digitally

Readers have until

5 p.m. on Christmas

Eve to send entries

Bill Jones, Managing Editor

We get it.

The holidays are a busy

time of the year. You have

a lot to do, and you simply

let the 2016 Holiday Card

Contest slip your mind until

this very moment.

But there are only a

few days left before the

Christmas Eve deadline,

and the U.S. Postal Service

— wonderful as they are

— might not be able to get

those cards to our office in

time.

Fret not: We feel your

pain, and we’re here to ease

it. That is why we also accept

entries digitally.

See: The internet is not all

The Prizes

A breakdown of the packages that await two lucky winners in 22nd Century Media

Southwest’s 2016 Holiday Card Contest.

Best in Show

• A $25 gift card to The

Open Bottle, 7101 W.

183rd St. in Tinley Park

• Christmas Wreath Mosaic

Candle, courtesy of Marley

Candles, 12525 W. 187th

St. in Mokena

• A gift certificate valued at

$20 for White Street Café,

11 S. White St. in Frankfort

• A gift certificate valued at

cat photos and questionable

Wikipedia entry rabbit holes.

It has other uses.

First, a quick refresher on

the details of this year’s contest.

We want to see your beautiful

Christmas cards. We

also want to read your yearend

letters. We want holiday

$25 for Chesdan’s Pizzeria

& Grille, 15764 S. Bell Road

in Homer Glen

Funniest

• Four passes each good

for one hour of jumping,

along with a $30 gift

card good for purchase

of anything in the park,

food from Fuel Zone,

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photos.

Whatever it is you do for

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Christmas Eve (this year a

Saturday, every year Dec.

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by that day.

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by our editorial staff

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Homer Glen.

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Police Reports

FROM THE NEW LENOX PATRIOT

TRIAD celebrates growth at

holiday gathering

Kathie Johnson, New

Lenox Township’s director

of family services directed,

as pairs and trios each sang

parts of “The Twelve Days

of Christmas,” during the

TRIAD Christmas Celebration

Party held Dec. 14.

It started slow — muffled

voices, hesitant participation.

But midway through

the carol, the enthusiasm

picked up. And by the end

— starting from 12 days

and going on down — each

group finished their parts in

volume-packed fashion.

“By the time they get going,

they have fun, and it

kind of rouses them up,”

Johnson said.

That sequence describes

how TRIAD started in the

New Lenox-Manhattan area

roughly 10 years ago when

Dawn Burkhalter, public

education officer of the

Manhattan Fire Protection

District, became part of the

organization.

When she first started, she

said only a handful of people

would come to the monthly

meetings. Now, it has grown

immensely, with up to 40

people.

“This is the time to say

‘thank’ you to everybody

for coming and investing

in their safety and security

[with TRIAD],” Burkhalter

said.

The party, which was held

at the Harry E. Anderson

VFW Post 9545, also featured

a cookie exchange,

trivia games and door prizes.

“It’s just kind of nice for a

change to do something fun

and not necessarily have a

speaker,” said Marisa Schreiber,

New Lenox Fire Protection

District’s fire and life

safety educator.

Reporting by James Sanchez,

Editor. For more, visit New

LenoxPatriot.com.

FROM THE ORLAND PARK PRAIRIE

Village’s annual Tree Trim

remains a hit, despite

inclement weather

Centennial Park is a hub

of activity for three seasons

a year.

From baseball and softball

tournaments to concerts to

Orland Park’s annual Independence

Day Celebration,

the Village’s largest public

recreation area is consistently

utilized.

Some 10 years ago, Village

officials moved toward

making the 192-acre expanse

a wintertime destination.

Today, tucked into the

southwest part of the park is

an ice skating rink and accompanying

warming house

that sits among several stillyoung

evergreens.

It is here the Village holds

its annual Tree Trim, where

Dec. 11 people decorated the

20-foot trees for the holiday

season, and perhaps laced

on some skates, warmed up

with a cup of hot chocolate

and enjoyed a s’more by

the campfire. The event also

featured visits with Santa

Claus, who kept cozy in the

warming house, as a snow

fell steadily but gently on

the park.

Among the attendees,

which numbered around 100

at any one time, were Orland

Park resident Susan Petraitis

and her daughter, Haley,

the latter of whom went ice

skating for the first time. The

4-year-old girl bundled in a

pink coat, scarf and gloves,

and wore a white crash helmet.

She at first used an

aluminum aid to help her

keep her balance, but rapidly

gained confidence and discarded

the contraption.

Reporting by Jason Maholy,

Freelance Reporter. For more,

visit OPPrairie.com.

FROM THE FRANKFORT STATION

Pole vaulting propels

Providence senior’s future

Lucas Weaver likes to experience

a rush.

From the gridiron to the

classroom, the Providence

Catholic senior thrives when

adrenaline pumps.

So it should not come as

a surprise that he has been

successful in pole vaulting.

“It really is a big rush,”

Weaver said. “It is nerveracking,

standing at the end

of a runway and looking

down and seeing a 15-foot

bar in the air and thinking,

‘My gosh, I’ve got to make

that.’ It’s definitely a rush.

“As my coach always says,

‘Pole vaulting is 90 percent

mental, 5 percent physical

and 5 percent dumb.’

“Trust in your pole, and

trust in yourself to jump.”

There will be plenty more

jumps in Weaver’s future,

as the Frankfort resident recently

signed his National

Letter of Intent to continue

his pole vaulting career at

the University of Louisville.

Despite being someone

who admitted he enjoys putting

pressure on himself,

athletically or otherwise,

getting his college recruitment

process finish was a

nice way for Weaver to head

into his final high school

season.

“It takes a lot off your

shoulders,” Weaver said.

Reporting by Jon DePaolis,

Freelance Reporter. For more,

visit FrankfortStation.com.

FROM THE TINLEY JUNCTION

Senior living community puts

how dementia affects people

on display

There is a tingling sensation

in your feet. It is dark,

and you cannot see very

well.

You have already forgotten

what you are supposed to

be doing.

There is a feeling of frustration,

anxiousness and

loneliness that linger. Fear is

ever-present.

For millions of Americans

who have dementia, this

could be an example of what

they are going through.

Porter Place — a senior

living community in Tinley

Park that specializes in providing

memory care — invited

its staff and residents’

families Dec. 14 to the Dementia

Experience: Inside

and Out, an event that aimed

to explain what dementia

is and how it impacts those

who may have it, physically

and emotionally, on a dayto-day

basis.

Aishling Companion

Home Care sponsored the

event.

Carolyn Croswell, the

executive director of Porter

Place, said it was an important

program for her staff to

experience.

At the event, Aishling

Dalton-Kelly, owner of the

companion home care, sat

down with people who went

through the “experience

room” and talked with them

about their reactions.

She later gave them information

about the disease and

its progression over time, but

what was at the center of her

presentation was patience.

“Treat the human and not

the disease,” she said.

Reporting by Brittany Kapa,

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Land Rover reportedly

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A 2013 Land Rover was

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a driveway on the 14000

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vehicle was left unlocked

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From the Assistant Editor

A very special night

Erin Redmond

e.redmond@22ndcenturymedia.com

I

don’t know if you know

this about me, but I

kind of have a thing

for sports. I fall asleep to

SportsCenter, and I scroll

through the top stories on

my ESPN app before ever

leaving the comfort of my

bed each morning.

I’ve covered sports at

every level, from peewee

football to the pros, but

there’s a particular group

who I always love to talk to:

Special Olympics athletes.

I got the opportunity to

attend the Lockport Township

High School Special

Olympics holiday basketball

scrimmage last week.

From the moment I walked

into the gym at the Central

Campus, my heart swelled

with joy. These kids embody

the spirit of the game.

The Special Olympics

team is an all-inclusive,

coed squad that love to

play ball. They don’t have

set positions, but I think

it’s better that way. No one

hogged the ball, and everyone

blocked for each other.

The Special Olympics

team played against their

classmates — student

volunteers from LTHS —

many of who are Porters

athletes, too. The student

volunteers played with a

hand behind their back,

but that doesn’t mean they

went easy out there. And the

Special Olympics athletes

reveled in the competition.

I interviewed one of the

athletes during the game,

junior Sean Knobbe, and

he said it best. The Special

Olympics is about opportunity.

It provides these

incredibly special people

with a chance to be part of

a team and to learn valuable

skills like teamwork. And

best of all, it helps them feel

included.

Special credit is due to

the coaches, Kelly Urbanski

and Patrick Wolf,

who have spent the last

12 years dedicating their

nights and weekends to this

team. Also, big props to the

student volunteers who give

their time for the betterment

of their classmates.

I’ll be the first to admit

that I am a pretty emotional

person. I cry at sad commercials.

I’m still reeling

over the ending of “Where

the Red Fern Grows.” So

it’s no surprise that I teared

up a bit during this game,

too.

Having the opportunity

cover things like this

reminds me why I love my

job so much. Now, if you’ll

excuse me, I think I have

something in my eye.

Letters to the Editor

Downsizing annual spending

Over the last 60 days, our

local governments have announced

their property tax

levies for the next year. All

of the taxing bodies that use

property tax to fund their operations

figured out a way to

increase spending next year,

and the Homer Township

taxpayer will be hit with another

property tax increase.

It’s amazing that in this age

of high productivity and efficiencies,

not one local taxing

body can find a way to cut

their annual operating budget.

The local taxing bodies

include Will County, Homer

Township Town Fund, Homer

Township Road Fund,

School Districts 92 and 33C,

Lockport Township High

School and Joliet Junior College.

Many people that do not

pay close attention to this issue

may actually think you

received a cut in property

“Homer’s nursery class did a fun science

experiment. They created foaming

bubbles with candy canes,vinegar

and baking soda. Looks like they

enjoyed it!”

Bobbie Noonan’s Child Care from Dec.

14.

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“The Sophs and Varsity Basketball

Teams visited with Santa today at

PCHS Alumni Breakfast with Santa! @

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taxes. Our politicians love to

play the spin game, and they

are always eager to present a

cut in the tax rate. What they

won’t tell you is that the corresponding

cut in the tax rate

does not offset the increase

in our property values, and

the endgame is that they just

raised your property tax.

There is no doubt in my mind

that this misrepresentation is

done intentionally to confuse

the average taxpayer, especially

during an election year.

The most egregious government

body that traffics

in this game is the Homer

Township Town Board. In the

Dec. 1 edition of The Homer

Horizon, Supervisor Meyers

said that the tax rate is decreasing

from 1.034 percent

to .994 percent. What really

happened is that they raised

the levy $16,087. Why did

they need to raise the levy?

All you have to do is continue

reading the article, and

you can see that they passed

an increase in compensation

for elected Township officials.

This property tax game

that is being played on the

Homer Township taxpayer

really is death by a thousand

paper cuts. When compared

to neighboring townships,

Homer Township has

the highest cost per capita

for administration, assessment

services and elected

officials. Now that Homer

Glen has been incorporated

for 15 years, Homer Township

should be downsizing

its annual spending. Instead,

the annual property tax levy

at Homer Township has increased

over $500,000 since

2001 with no corresponding

increase in services. This

nonsense has to stop. It’s

time.

Jim Orban

Homer Glen resident

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A hearty tradition

Mickey’s owners stay true to

past, Page 16

LTHS Choirs cap 2016

performances with holiday

concert, Page 13

Olivia Kuncis

performs

a solo with

the Bel

Canto Choir

Thursday,

Dec. 15, at the

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Pastor Column

Reading is believing in the Lord

THE Rev. Evan Goranson

Hope Covenant Church

Word became

flesh and made

“The

his dwelling

among us. We have seen

his glory, the glory of the

one and only Son, who

came from the Father, full

of grace and truth.” (John

1:14)

This is the great truth of

the Christian faith: not that

we through our own effort

or goodness have somehow

managed to connect with

the holy, but that God, out

of his amazing love for us,

has come, in our flesh, to

be and live among us.

This season, as you land

exhausted from shopping,

being with your favorite

relatives or hanging the

Christmas lights, take a

bit of time for something

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profound: Read, or listen

in audio form, to one of the

four Gospels.

Matthew, Mark, Luke

and John tell the story of

Jesus’ life. Their narratives

attempt to reveal the words

and actions of the man,

Jesus. We see him through

their eyes and imagine his

voice through their recollections.

In reading, we notice

that Jesus was not afraid

to push against the norm,

to confront the religious in

their false piety, to call as

his children those who had

been otherwise relegated to

the margins of society. He

touched the untouchable

and invested in people of ill

repute.

You will note that he

rejected any attempt to

elevate him as a political

leader. He had no need

for earthly titles or power,

because he realized that his

life had purpose that came

from beyond the realm of

his terrestrial existence.

He had come only to do

his Father’s will. He was,

as John recounts, “full of

grace and truth.”

Grace reflects the

overall character of God’s’

relationship to us who are

his creation. Possessing

every right to judge

and condemn us for our

rebellion against his will,

instead, and beyond our

comprehension, he sent

the Eternal Word, his Son,

Jesus.

To all who will believe,

he offers yet today the

breaking of bonds and

the shattering of chains.

No longer do we live as

prisoners of our own carnal

desires or shameful pasts.

For Jesus the man, and

fully God, bore for our sake

the sin of humanity and

emerged the Victor over

sin, death and the devil.

This is His “truth,” the

truth that filled His life and

reaches out to you and to

me this day. It is the truth

for every seeker, every

doubter, every lost and

lonely soul.

Jesus came for you, to set

you free, to restore you in

relationship to our heavenly

Father. Read and believe.

The opinions of this column are

that of the writer. They do not

necessarily reflect those of The

Homer Horizon.

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Faith Briefs

St. Bernard Parish

(13030 W. 143rd St., Homer Glen)

Weekday Worship

9:30 a.m. weekdays. Communion

Service on Thursdays.

Weekend Worship

4:30 p.m. Saturdays. 8:30

a.m., 10 a.m., and 11:30 a.m.

every Sunday.

Community Choir Practice

7:30-9 p.m. Thursdays.

Parish members ages 16 and

older may join the choir. The

choir needs vocalists and

instrumentalists. For more

information, join the weekly

rehearsal or contact the music

director, Dennis Sobczak,

after mass on Sundays.

Assumption Greek Orthodox Church

(15625 S. Bell Road, Homer Glen)

Sunday Services

8:15 a.m. Orthros; 9:30

a.m. Divine Liturgy; 10 a.m.

Sunday School. For more

information, call (708) 645-

0652.

Cross of Glory Lutheran Church

(14719 W. 163rd St., Homer Glen)

Blue Christmas Worship

7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22.

This is a contemplative service

for anyone who may

struggle during the holidays

due to grief, loneliness or

any kind of loss.

Worship Service

9:30 a.m. Sundays.

Parishioners may use the

nursery for their children

up to age 3 during services.

There is a Kids Klub for

In Memoriam

Dennis E. McLaughlin

Dennis E. McLaughlin,

64, of Homer Glen, died

Dec. 8. He is survived by

his wife, Laura (nee Vallone);

his children, Elizabeth

and Alyssa McLaughlin; his

siblings, James Jr. (Cheryl),

Patrick (Kimberlee), William

(Stacy) McLaughlin

children in grades 4-5 during

the service.

Christ Community Church

(13400 Bell Road, Lemont)

Sunday Worship

9:30 a.m. Sundays. Worship

is casual.

Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish

(16043 S. Bell Road, Homer Glen)

Christmas Choir

If you would like to sing

at Christmas Eve Mass, contact

Don Luksetich as soon

as possible. The church is in

need of all voice ranges for

both men and women in high

school or older.

Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church

(14610 S. Will Cook Road, Homer Glen)

Christmas — Birth of Our

Lord

10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 25.

Sunday Services

8:15 a.m. Orthros; 9:30

a.m. Divine Liturgy; 10 a.m.

Sunday School. For more

information, call (708) 645-

0652.

St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church

(312 E. 11th St., Lockport)

Worship Services

8:30 a.m. Sundays, Holy

Eucharist; 9:15 a.m., Adult

and Children’s Formation

(every second and fourth

Sunday of the month); 10:30

a.m., Holy Eucharist. Every

Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. Morning

worship; 7 p.m. Evening

Worship.

New Life Community Church - Homer Glen

(14832 W. 163rd St., Homer Glen)

The Gifts of Christmas

and Barbara (Jack) Jensen.

He was the brother-in-law

of Pamela (Dale) Yambor,

Cheryl (Scott) Wilson, John

(Carol) Vallone and Kimberly

(Greg) Framarin. He

also is survived by many

nieces and nephews. Services

were held Dec. 12. In

lieu of flowers, donations to

Nov. 27-Dec. 25. During

this special series, explore

the history and events surrounding

the first Christmas

and learn how this

special season can bring us

hope, peace, joy and love.

For more information, visit

www.newlifechicago.org/

homerglen.

Weekly Worship Services

5:30 p.m. Saturdays

For more information, call

(815) 838-1416

Parkview Christian Church - Homer Glen

(14367 W. 159th St., Homer Glen)

Sunday Services

9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

First United Methodist Church of Lockport

(1000 S. Washington St., Lockport)

Christmas Eve Service

10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24.

Christmas Day Service

10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec.

25.

Lemont United Methodist Church

(25 W. Custer St., Lemont)

Sunday Services

8:30 a.m. Communion

Worship Service

9:30 a.m. Sunday School

10:45 a.m. Contemporary

Worship Service (nursery

available)

Have something for Faith

Briefs? Contact Assistant

Editor Erin Redmond at

e.redmond@

22ndcenturymedia.com or

call (708) 326-9170 ext. 15.

Information is due by noon

Thursday one week prior to

publication.

the McLaughlin family appreciated.

Have someone’s life you’d like

to honor? Email e.redmond@

22ndcenturymedia.com with

information about a loved one

who was a part of the Homer

Glen community.


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the Homer Horizon | December 22, 2016 | 13

LTHS Choir Holiday Concert

warms guests with holiday tunes

Laurie Fanelli

Freelance Reporter

More than 200 singers

graced the stage at Lockport

Township High School’s East

Auditorium Thursday, Dec.

15 to perform a selection

of holiday tunes for family,

friends and all in attendance.

Before the concert began,

the entire auditorium was

electric with celebratory energy.

From the volunteers

selling spirit wear and raffle

tickets to guests awaiting

the show to the performers

warming up backstage, everyone

was eager to enjoy

a night full of holiday cheer

and beautiful songs.

“You come to a live performance

to not only hear the

music, but so you can also

feel that energy that’s there

between the performer and

the ensemble and that communication

that takes place

from the audience to the

ensemble,” said Director of

Choirs Chad Goetz beforehand.

Several months of rehearsals

went into preparation for

the holiday concert, with students

learning various compositions

in that time.

“These students put in

hours and hours and hours to

make themselves better and

better and better,” Goetz said.

“None of the students that

are currently here started out

how they sound today.”

The hard work of the

vocalists could be heard in

each group, especially among

the more challenging pieces

of music.

“In each one of the

ensembles, there’s going to

be one song that stands out

a little bit, so it’s going to be

something that the students

have grown with and that

they’ve grabbed a hold of,”

Goetz added.

Each individual choir

— including the Freshmen

Choir, Grace Notes, Concert

Choir, Bel Canto Choir,

Men’s Ensemble, A Cappella

Choir and Mixed Choir —

sang a variety of numbers

that highlighted various

styles of singing, but all of

the groups came together to

sing the grand finale, “Noel.”

Goetz said the ending has

always stood out to him.

“Probably my favorite

thing that we end up doing

on this concert is our closer,

which we’ve done every

single year for the past 12

years,” he said.

The students also love the

experience of everyone singing

together.

“It sounds amazing when

we all get the opportunity to

all perform together,” said

Mixed Choir member Hunter

Walker, a sophomore at the

school.

While “Noel” was a highlight

of the Choir Holiday

Concert program for many,

the entire evening was a festive

celebration of song.

“I love all of it,” said

Della Bejlovec, whose son,

Dwight, is a member of the A

Capella Choir.

Assistant Director Kristen

Donnelly was present to lead

several songs throughout

the night, and Michael Oldham

provided the evening’s

piano accompaniment. Several

students stepped to the

front of the stage during the

program to deliver impressive

solos, including Olivia

Kuncis, whose angelic voice

was featured during the Bel

Canto Choir’s rendition of

“Ceremony of Carols.”

Freshman Choir members

Treasure Thompson and

Trevor Shingler were likewise

both featured during “In

the Bleak Midwinter.”

Although frigid weather

and below zero temps waited

outside the doors of the East

Auditorium, inside audience

members basked in the

warmth of the true meaning

of the holidays, which was

exemplified by the gifted,

dedicated singers.

“I think the Christmas

show in December is the

best,” said sophomore

Mixed Choir member Jahrita

McNeal. “It’s the most fun

out of all of them.”

Lockport Township High School Director of Choirs Chad Goetz directs the Freshman Choir

Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Choir Holiday Concert at East Campus.

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Oak Prairie students bring robots to life

Vulcans team

flourishes in robotics

program’s inaugural

year at junior high

Erin Redmond, Assistant Editor

Inside the STEM lab classroom

at Oak Prairie Junior

High, robots are coming to

life.

An arsenal of sixththrough

eighth-graders have

built their own robot and

programmed it to move on

its own. And they have done

all of it in just three months

time.

These students, known as

the Vulcans Robotics Team,

are Oak Prairie’s robotic pioneers.

The club was started in

September and was open to

any student who wanted to

join. No prior experience or

knowledge was necessary —

all STEM Lab teacher Kyle

Jacobson asked was they

dedicate the time necessary

to succeed.

To his surprise, 25 students

attended the first meeting,

and 30 came to the next.

The club has an open door

policy; students can join or

quit whenever they want. But

even three months in, students

continue to show up for

the meetings.

“I always loved building

stuff,” said Issac Wynsana, a

sixth-grader who is one of the

team’s builders. “At home,

I’d always build LEGOs, and

then I moved on to K’NEX.

When I heard about this, it

just took what I was doing to

another level.”

Each student has a designated

role on the team, depending

on their interests.

There are builders — like

Wynsana — whose role is

to build and modify the robot

and the field, also known

as the playing surface. Then

there are programmers, who

work with a Java-based software

to make the robot move.

There are also students who

Oak Prairie sixth-grader Kyle Brown tinkers with the Vulcan

Robotics Team’s robot during a Dec. 6 meeting at the

school. photos by Erin Redmond/22nd Century Media

Oak Prairie STEM Lab teacher Kyle Jacobson talks to his

Vulcans Robotics Team, while sixth-graders Emily Mowery

(left) and Robert Karbarze look on.

film the competitions and

manage the social media accounts.

While they all have different

roles, it takes each one

working together to be successful

when it comes time

to compete. So far, the Vulcans

have competed in two

meets. The first was a home

meet Nov. 12 where the team

finished fourth — a pleasant

surprise to Jacobson and his

team considering their rookie

status. The most recent meet

was Dec. 3, and the team experienced

some technical difficulties,

which unfortunately

meant a last-place finish.

But every setback comes

with a lesson. In Jacobson’s

classroom, the motto is “a

failure to plan is a plan to

fail,” and the students are left

to solve their own problems.

Their teacher is there for

guidance, but he is teaching

the Vulcans how to be selfsufficient.

“Every mistake they made,

they had to go back and fix,”

he said. “I get them to do the

work as much as humanly

possible.”

The Oak Prairie students

are also learning teamwork,

both with their classmates

and with others. During

competitions, they must

work with another robotics

team, known as their alliance,

to score points during a twoand-a-half

minute game.

Looking back to where the

Vulcans started to where they

are now is surreal for Jacobson.

He was inspired to start

the club after a gentle nudge

from Lockport Township

High School’s John Schulz,

who works with the school’s

FIRST Robotics Team. After

spending some time observing

the FRT in action, he

was in awe and began plans

to start his own club at Oak

Prairie.

“I was super confused

[watching FRT],” Jacobson

said with a laugh. “I had no

idea what all the stuff did,

and the first thing they said

was ‘you’ll figure it out;

you’ll get it.’”

Even though he did not

have an ounce of robotics experience,

Jacobson decided

to push ahead and pitch the

idea to the school. He eventually

gained approval and

said he has received nothing

but support from Oak Prairie

Principal Mark Murray and

District 92 staff.

A lack of experience has

meant a lot of learning on the

fly for Jacobson and the Vulcans,

but that has not slowed

them down. Following the

Dec. 3 meet, the team was

working on modifying its

chassis in order to be ready

for the Jan. 21 meet in Elgin.

“My dad has always helped

me with a lot of stuff; we’ve

worked on cars, so I knew a

lot of what needed to be done,

but I also had to go on You-

Tube sometimes to learn how

to do certain things,” said

Wynsana on how he helps

the team problem solve. “It

was just a matter of piecing

it together.”

Though the students are

learning how to build and

program, Jacobson knows

not all of them will continue

in that area once they leave

the halls of Oak Prairie. But

he is OK with that, because

he knows they are learning

skills that will last them a

lifetime.

“[Working with your

hands] is a lost art,” he said.

“We don’t do enough of it;

we always call someone to do

these things for us ... I don’t

know that I ever thought it

would be this successful, but

we’re very pleased.”

K-9 Couture brings

together Santa Claus,

pets for pictures

Third annual event sponsors local animal

rescue

K-9 Couture employees huddle with Santa Claus and

several canines Dec. 10 at Pictures with Santa at the Homer

Glen business. The event’s profits went to Promise Rescue

in Channahon to sponsor rescue dogs. Photos submitted

Santa makes four new furry friends at K-9 Couture.

Approximately 70 dogs came for pictures and helped raise

$678 for Promise Rescue, who in turn planned to use the

money for vet bills after recently rescuing two dogs with

heartworms requiring extensive treatment.


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the Homer Horizon | December 22, 2016 | 15

crosstown CROSSWORD & Sudoku

The crosstowns: Frankfort, Homer Glen, Lockport, Mokena, New Lenox, Orland Park, Tinley Park

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Cindy LaFleur

Across

1. Puts two and two

together

5. Well-known Chicago

sports radio host, Terry

10. Russell of film

13. Scrap

15. Bit of high jinks

16. Repeats 5 times for

an Abba song

17. The lowest point

18. ___ and desist

19. Swift gift

20. Flirtatious flutterer

22. Present

24. Elusive one

25. Dither

26. Serpent

29. Black-ink item

32. Continent of huge

economic growth

36. “It’s ___ real!”

38. Focal point for New

Lenox entertainment

40. Total

42. Goof up

43. Buenos ___

44. Tough tissues

47. Some injections

48. Protrusion

49. Glacier made ridge

50. It’s often sloppy

51. Supports

53. Tide movement

56. Route through New

Lenox

59. What many women

look for

63. Soft plug

64. Draw forth

67. À la King

68. Upset

69. Stable parents

70. Propelled

71. Drink

72. Graceful woman

73. Prepare cherries for

cooking

Down

1. Clearasil target

2. A sled

3. Fellow

4. Indicator of happiness

5. Middle name Sebastian

6. Solitary

7. Greek letter

8. Rice with cheese dish

9. Public row

10. Chinese gooseberry

11. Polish

12. School girl communication

14. “Braveheart” hillside

21. Bed support

23. Hindu religious teachers

25. Mystical

26. Sternward

27. Alternative to a convertible

28. Pitcher Martinez

30. Clippers

31. Twilled fabric

33. Abrasions

34. Sluggish

35. Put to trial

37. Snickers or Baby

Ruth, e.g.

39. Tea Party state

41. ‘Life of __’ (2012

movie)

45. Nickname for Billie

Holiday

46. Mind reader

52. List components

54. Partner of born

55. Coffin stands

56. Foolish fellow

57. Fast-moving creature

58. Brain wave

59. Netting

60. Cavern

61. Bee’s place

62. Swarm

65. Website abbreviation

66. Prized mushroom

How to play Sudoku

Each sudoku puzzle consists of a 9x9 grid that

has been subdivided into nine smaller grids of 3x3

squares. To solve the puzzle, each row, column and

box must contain each of the numbers 1 to 9.

LEVEL: Medium

Sudoku by Myles Mellor and Susan Flanagan

answers

HOMER GLEN

Mullets Sports Bar and

Restaurant

(14903 S. Bell Road,

Homer Glen; (708) 645-

7000)

■7 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:

Trivia

LOCKPORT

The Outpost Pub & Grill

(14929 Archer Ave.,

Lockport; (815) 836-8893)

■8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays and

Thursdays: Live DJ and

Karaoke

Strike N Spare II

(811 Northern Drive,

Lockport; (708) 301-1477)

■9:30 ■ p.m.-12:30 a.m.

Mondays: Quartermania

■Fridays: ■ Live bands

ORLAND PARK

Girl in the Park

(11265 W. 159th St.,

Orland Park, IL; (708)

226-0042

■7 ■ p.m. Mondays: Trivia

■5:30 ■ p.m. Tuesdays:

Live Music

■8 ■ p.m. Thursdays: Bingo

■8 ■ p.m. Fridays and Saturdays:

Live Music

The Brass Tap

(14225 95th Ave. Suite

400, Orland Park; (708)

226-1827)

■8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays: Trivia.

■9 ■ p.m. Fridays and Saturdays:

Live music

Dan ‘D’ Jac’s

(9358 171st St., Orland

Hills; (708) 460-8773)

■Thursdays: ■ Friday and

Saturday: Whirlwind

karaoke

■Wednesdays: ■

Open mic

comedy night with host

Ray Fischer

Traverso’s Restaurant

(15601 S. Harlem Ave.,

Orland Park; (708) 532-

2220)

■8 ■ p.m. Wednesdays and

Saturdays: Karaoke

Zante Lounge

(8888 W. 159th St.,

Orland Hills; (708) 364-

0100)

■Fridays: ■ Live Band and

DJ

■Saturdays: ■ Guest DJ

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in The Scene, email

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The Dish

Mickey’s offers good portions, prices after 30 years in business

F. Amanda Tugade

Contributing Editor

A few framed photographs

hang from one of Mickey’s

walls. The collage’s before

and after pictures depict how

much the Tinley Park fast

food restaurant has changed.

Before its major remodeling

in 2003, Mickey’s was

smaller and offered little

seating for its patrons.

But what brought and still

brings people into the establishment

is Mickey’s oldfashioned,

over-the-counter

service. So despite some of

the other changes, getting

rid of that format was not

up for negotiation for owners

Andy Bezener and Karol

Kruszecki.

By 2003, the pair already

had owned Mickey’s for 18

years. At that point, what

they were looking to do was

expand — to make Mickey’s

bigger and better.

“We decided we needed to

upgrade the business,” said

Kruszecki, 57, of Orland

Park. “Because of the

lifestyle change, people like

better places.”

That lifestyle involves the

changing trends of fast food

across the United States.

From McDonald’s to Culver’s

to gas stations equipped

with food, he and Bezener

saw the need to keep up with

the competition.

The end result was a reinvented

Mickey’s, which

transformed into a place for

locals, couples, friends and

families to sit down and to

share a meal.

Peeking through a medium-sized

kitchen window,

five enormous slabs of gyros

slowly stand in an upright

Featured is Mickey’s co-owner Andy Bezener’s favorite

menu item: grilled chicken on a pita bread ($7.19).

F. Amanda Tugade/22nd Century Media

position on a vertical broiler

and slowly rotate.

Those gyros — which

come in chicken, beef or

lamb — are a Mickey’s

mainstay.

“We have excellent ribs

here, but I think people come

for the gyros,” Bezener said.

And the deal is as follows:

a gyros plate ($8.19) is

served with two pieces of pita

bread and complemented by

a hefty serving of fries. The

chicken gyros plate follows

suit but is a dollar extra.

Mickey’s Ribs

17432 Oak Park Ave. in

Tinley Park

Hours: 10:30 a.m.-9

p.m. daily

For more information ...

Phone: (708) 532-3060

Web: Search on

Facebook

Small slices of tomato and

onion embellish the dish.

Those orders come

with “extra meat,” which

is enough to make two

sandwiches for two people,

Kruszecki added.

What’s more is that

Kruszecki and Bezener

make their own cucumber

sauce, which plays an integral

part in their mission to

keep everything fresh. The

sauce features sour cream,

pieces of chopped cucumber,

garlic and pepper.

The other fan favorite

— the barbecue baby back

ribs — come in a variety

of options for customers

to enjoy. A full slab of ribs

($17.69) comes with a

choice of fries or a baked

potato, coleslaw and garlic

bread. A barbecue combo

($14.99) combines the best

of both worlds: a half slab of

ribs and half of a chicken.

Kruszecki said the barbecue

sauce is considered

a mild flavoring and leans

more toward a “slightly

sweeter” taste.

Kruszecki noted that good

portion sizes and good prices

are the perfect recipe to bring

people to Mickey’s. To have

them return, consistency is

the key to keeping customers

satisfied, they said.

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22 | December 22, 2016 | The Homer Horizon Classifieds

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24 | December 22, 2016 | The Homer Horizon Classifieds

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SHERIFF'S SALE OF REAL ES-

TATE at 15409 W. 139th St.,

Homer Glen, IL 60491 (Single

Family Residence). On the 29th

day ofDecember, 2016 to be held

at 12:00 noon, at the Will County

Courthouse Annex, 57 N. Ottawa

Street, Room 201, Joliet, IL 60432,

under Case Title: LAKEVIEW

LOAN SERVICING, LLC, Plaintiff

V. RICHARD BENNECKE

AKA RICHARD J. BENNECKE

and ANITA BENNECKE, Defendant.

Case No. 16CH 0933 in the Circuit

Court of the Twelfth Judicial

Circuit, Will County, Illinois.

Terms of Sale: ten percent (10%)

at the time of sale and the balance

within twenty-four (24) hours;

plus, for residential real estate, a

statutory judicial sale fee calculated

at the rate of $1 for each

$1,000 or fraction thereof of the

amount paid bythe purchaser to

the person conducting the sale, not

to exceed $300, for deposit into the

Abandoned Residential Property

Municipality Relief Fund. Nojudicial

sale fee shall be paid by the

mortgagee acquiring the residential

real estate pursuant to its credit bid

at the sale or by any mortgagee,

judgment creditor, or other lienor

acquiring the residential real estate

whose rights inand to the residential

real estate arose prior to the

sale. All payments shall be made in

cash or certified funds payable to

the Sheriff of Will County.

In the event the property is a condominium,

in accordance with 735

ILCS 5/15-1507(c)(1)(H-1) and

(H-2), 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(5), and

765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1), you are

hereby notified that the purchaser

of the unit, other than amortgagee,

shall pay the assessments and legal

fees required by subdivisions

(g)(1) and (g)(4) of Section 9and

the assessments required bysubsection

(g-1) of Section 18.5 of the

Illinois Condominium Property

Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03

(J) ifthere is asurplus following

application of the proceeds of sale,

then the plaintiff shall send written

notice pursuant to 735 ILCS

5/15-1512(d) to all parties to the

proceeding advising them of the

amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty

obtains a court order for its distribution

or, in the absence of an order,

until the surplus is forfeited to

the State.

For Information Please Contact:

Heavner Beyers and Mihlar LLC

111 E. Main Street,

Decatur, Illinois 62523

P: 217-422-1719

F: 217-422-1754

PURSUANT TO THE FAIR

DEBT COLLECTION PRAC-

TICES ACT YOU ARE AD-

VISED THAT THIS LAW FIRM

IS DEEMED TO BE A DEBT

COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO

COLLECT ADEBT AND ANY

INFORMATION OBTAINED

WILL BE USED FOR THAT

PURPOSE.

2703 Legal

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PURSUANT TO THE FAIR

DEBT COLLECTION PRAC-

TICES ACT YOU ARE AD-

VISED THAT THIS LAW FIRM

IS DEEMED TO BE A DEBT

COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO

COLLECT ADEBT AND ANY

INFORMATION OBTAINED

WILL BE USED FOR THAT

PURPOSE.

STATE OF ILLINOIS )

) SS.

COUNTY OF WILL )

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF

THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIR-

CUIT

WILL COUNTY, ILLINOIS

LAKEVIEW LOAN SERVICING,

LLC,

Plaintiff,

vs.

RICHARD BENNECKE AKA

RICHARD J. BENNECKE and

ANITA BENNECKE,

Defendant.

No. 16 CH 0933

NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S SALE

Public notice ishereby given that

pursuant to ajudgment entered in

the above cause on the 15th day of

September, 2016, MIKE KELLEY,

Sheriff of Will County, Illinois,

will on Thursday, the 29th day of

December, 2016 ,commencing at

12:00 o'clock noon, at the Will

County Courthouse Annex, 57 N.

Ottawa Street, Room 201, Joliet,

IL 60432, sell at public auction to

the highest and best bidder orbidders

the following-described real

estate:

THE EAST 150 FEET OF LOT

50, AS MEASURED ALONG

THE NORTH LINE THEREOF,

IN ARTHUR T. MCINTOSH &

COMPANY'S LEMONT FARMS,

A SUBDIVISION OF THE EAST

1/2 OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4

OF THE SOUTHWEST 1/4 AND

THE NORTH 1/2 OF THE

SOUTHEAST 1/4 AND SOUTH-

EAST 1/4 OF THE SOUTHEAST

1/4, ALL INSECTION 5, TOWN-

SHIP 36 NORTH, RANGE 11

EAST OF THE THIRD PRINCI-

PAL MERIDIAN, ACCORDING

TO THE PLAT THEREOF RE-

CORDED APRIL 6, 1946, IN

BOOK 26, PAGE 52, AS DOCU-

MENT 604785, IN WILL

COUNTY, ILLINOIS.

Commonly known as:

15409 W. 139th St., Homer Glen,

IL 60491

Description of Improvements:

Single Family Residence

P.I.N.:

16-05-05-400-022-0000

Terms of Sale: ten percent (10%)

at the time of sale and the balance

within twenty-four (24) hours;

plus, for residential real estate, a

statutory judicial sale fee calculated

at the rate of $1 for each

$1,000 or fraction thereof of the

amount paid bythe purchaser to

the person conducting the sale, not

to exceed $300, for deposit into the

Abandoned Residential Property

Municipality Relief Fund. Nojudicial

sale fee shall be paid by the

mortgagee acquiring the residential

real estate pursuant to its credit bid

at the sale or by any mortgagee,

judgment creditor, or other lienor

acquiring the residential real estate

whose rights inand to the residential

real estate arose prior to the

sale. All payments shall be made in

cash or certified funds payable to

the Sheriff of Will County.

In the event the property is a condominium,

in accordance with 735

ILCS 5/15-1507(c)(1)(H-1) and

(H-2), 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(5), and

765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1), you are

hereby notified that the purchaser

of the unit, other than amortgagee,

shall pay the assessments and legal

fees required by subdivisions

(g)(1) and (g)(4) of Section 9and

the assessments required bysubsection

(g-1) of Section 18.5 of the

Illinois Condominium Property

Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03

(J) ifthere is asurplus following

application of the proceeds of sale,

then the plaintiff shall send written

notice pursuant to 735 ILCS

5/15-1512(d) to all parties to the

proceeding advising them of the

amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty

obtains a court order for its distribution

or, in the absence of an order,

until the surplus is forfeited to

the State.

FOR INFORMATION PLEASE

CONTACT:

Heavner Beyers and Mihlar LLC

111 E. Main Street,

Decatur, Illinois 62523

P: 217-422-1719

F: 217-422-1754

Plaintiff's Attorney

MIKE KELLEY

Sheriff of Will County

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Daniel Dakota Quartz. Westminster

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Seasonal holiday Winter scene

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Slidex camera tripod & canvas

bag #VT-86HQ, new $40.

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Snow shovel plastic blade $10.

Ice blast wind shield de-icer

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Western style brown suede

jacket w/ fringe, K-Bar-7 size

sm. $40. Gold plated golf putter

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White Sox steel beverage icing

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cook book $15. Julie Child,

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HD steel scoop shovel $15,

New Xmas large tree stand 20”

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lamp or floor lamp $10.

708.460.8308

Snow shovels, 2 available $10

ea. Car snow shovel $8, new 3

ft. xmas tree stand, new $15.

708.460.8308

Traditional office desk with

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Frankfort 815.510.7186

Treadmill Vitamaster (bio master)

shows speed, calories, distance,

pulse. Has rest button.

$100. 815.838.2811

Treadmill, Weslo brand. Great

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708.460.3626

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Photo available. $45.

312.617.6861

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Two snow blowers for sale.

Craftsman 3HP 2 cycle w/

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Woman’s skis & boots size

8.5. Men’s skis &boots size

11. $25 each set. EZ share

camera & printer $25.

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Vintage Dewalt radial arm saw

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Beanie babies $2. Mike Jordan

cards $2. Promo cards $1.

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Athlete of the Week

Oak Prairie seventh-grade girls

basketball finishes fourth at state

Submitted by Will County

School District 92

10 Questions

with Sean Knobbe

Sean Knobbe is a member

of LTHS Special Olympics

basketball.

When did you start

playing basketball?

My freshman year in

2014.

What do you like about

it?

I like to get out and play

on the court.

What is your favorite

song?

“Song 2” by Blur. It makes

me get all cheered up and

pumped up.

What is your favorite

color?

I like red because red is a

passionate color.

How does it feel when

you score a basket?

It’s kind of OK.

Erin Redmond/22nd Century Media

What is your favorite

position to play?

I like to play under the net

so I can help block off the

guys who are trying to make

a basket.

Do you like traveling to

other schools?

Yes, I do. To see different

schools is very cool and very

unique.

What is your favorite

sport?

I mostly love baseball.

What is your favorite

team?

The Chicago White Sox

What is the No. 1 thing

on your Christmas list

this year?

An NHL 17 video game.

Interview by Assistant Editor

Erin Redmond

It was a very exciting

week for the Oak Prairie

Junior High Lady Bulldogs

Basketball Team that began

Dec. 1, when the Bulldogs

faced A.Vito Martinez Middle

School in the sectional

championship game in Joliet.

These two teams also

faced each other in October,

when the Bulldogs lost a

close, hard-fought battle.

The sectional game did not

start well for the Bulldogs, as

they found themselves down

15-4 after the first quarter.

That is when Bulldogs

head coach Emily Korienek

made an adjustment and

called for a full press on

defense. Point guard Dania

Sweis had three steals

in a matter of minutes

and converted them all

to baskets. The Bulldogs

suddenly found themselves

tied 17-17 at halftime.

They continued their

defensive press in the second

half and won an exciting

game 29-24 to win the

sectional championship,

earning a trip to the state

tournament in downstate

Normal.

In the first game of

the state tournament, the

Bulldogs got a tough draw

and faced Flossmoor’s

undefeated Parker Junior

High. The starting lineup

for the Bulldogs was Sweis

This Week In...

Lockport Township

High School Varsity

Athletics

Boys Basketball

■Dec. ■ 22 at Rock Island,

7:30 p.m.

The Oak Prairie Junior High Lady Bulldogs Basketball Team recently finished in fourth

place at the 4A State Tournament. Photo submitted

at guard, Charlotte Fahrner

at guard, Eileen Ferriter at

forward, Paige Rannells

at forward and Delaney

O’Brien at center.

Similar to the sectional

championship game, the

Bulldogs found themselves

trailing 16-10 at halftime.

They again mounted a

ferocious comeback and

won a thrilling game 27-23.

The Bulldogs were led by

Ferriter with nine points and

Fahrner with six points.

In the semifinal round, the

Bulldogs took on the reigning

state champions, who

proved to be a little too much

■Dec. ■ 28 at Pontiac

Tournament, TBD

Girls Basketball

■Dec. ■ 26 at Hillcrest

Tournament, TBD

■Dec. ■ 27 at Hillcrest

for the Bulldogs, as the team

fell 41-23. Sweis was the

leading scorer with seven

points, while Fahrner and

Ferriter had five points each.

The Bulldogs played the

Mokena Meteors Dec. 9 for

third place. The game started

off as a defensive battle, with

the Bulldogs up 3-2 after

the first quarter and behind

10-5 at halftime. The shots

just were not falling for the

Bulldogs in the second half,

and Mokena went on to win

30-12.

The Bulldogs had a

remarkable season, with

every player making a

Tournament, TBD

■Dec. ■ 28 at Hillcrest

Tournament, TBD

Girls Bowling

■Dec. ■ 28 at Harlem Invite at

contribution to the team,

which finished with a 19-7

record and fourth place in

the 4A State Tournament.

The girls made history by

being the first Oak Prairie

Girls Basketball Team to

place in state competition.

Members of the team include

Sweis, Kailyn Mitchell,

Jami Herman, Fahrner,

Danielle Sulich, Abby

Kreczmer, Ferriter, Isabella

Bozen, Vanessa Scialabba,

Rannells, O’Brien, Emma

Schmutzler, Cameryn Deblecourt,

assistant coach

Ryan Gold and head coach

Korienek.

Forest Hills, 9:30 a.m.

Wrestling

■Dec. ■ 22 host DeKalb,

5:30 p.m.

■Dec. ■ 23 host Stagg,

4:30 p.m.


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Special Olympics basketball team plays in annual holiday scrimmage

Porters face off in

friendly contest against

fellow classmates

Erin Redmond

Assistant Editor

Even before walking into the

gym at the Lockport Township

High School Central Campus Dec.

13, you could hear laughter.

Upon entering, students in

Santa hats and “ugly sweaters”

chased each other up and down

the basketball court. There was no

score being kept, no fouls being

called. It was just a friendly game

with one simple purpose: to have

fun.

The “Santas” were comprised

of LTHS Special Olympics

basketball players, while the

“elves” were student volunteers,

most of whom play for other

Porters’ sports teams. The holiday

scrimmage game is an annual

tradition for the Special Olympics

team, which provides a night of

lighthearted fun amongst both

special and general education

students.

“We just get a little silly out

there,” Special Olympics cocoach

Kelly Urbanski said, who

was wearing a festive sweater of

her own.

Urbanski and co-coach Patrick

Wolf took over the Special

Olympics program 12 years ago,

growing it from one that taught

basic skills to a full-fledged,

competitive team. The coed squad

includes special needs students of

all skill levels, and it welcomes

anyone who wants to play.

“It kind of feels like a magical

experience to me,” said junior

Special Olympics player Sean

Knobbe. “I like to come out here

and play. Special Olympics is

really great for school. It helps

give people opportunities.”

Knobbe joined Special

Olympics his freshman year and

was instantly hooked. He said he

has developed new friendships

and learned new skills, such as

sportsmanship, which are the

team’s two main goals.

“They’re a population that’s

Basketball players (left to right) Brendan Lempicki (51), student

volunteer Tyler Lempicki and Yazeed Farhud (20) watch as a shot is

taken.

typically a little more isolated,”

Urbanski said. “I have to say

though that the Porters come and

cheer them on. In March, we have

St. Baldrick’s, and it’s a packed

house. It’s amazing how the

GenEd kids support our Special

Olympics.”

The Porters team plays between

16 to 18 games a season against

other local Special Olympics

teams from schools like Stagg,

the Lincoln-Ways and Plainfield.

And with each contest, there is

improvement and surprises.

“It’s just an immense amount

Lockport Township High School Special Olympics basketball player

Brendan Lempicki (51) puts up a shot while teammate Yazeed Farhud

(20) looks on during a Dec. 13 scrimmage game against student

volunteers Tyler Lempicki (left) and Aidan Galeher at Central Campus.

Photos by Erin Redmond/22nd Century Media

of fun when the kids are able to

do something they haven’t been

able to do before — score a basket

or whatever — it just gives them

such a thrill and such a sense of

satisfaction,” Wolf said. “It’s really

cool to see. All of a sudden, in

front of a large group of people ...

and they end up doing well.”

The Porters do so well, in fact,

they consistently make it to the

regional competition. Knobbe

and the Porters have qualified the

past two years, and he said the

regional meets are among his favorite

memories and are a “magical”

experience. Urbanski said all

the Porters want to get to the state

meet, but the coaches try not to set

competition goals.

The team does, however, have

some players who tend to be more

competitive than others. These

players help “mold the team,” Urbanski

said, for their nonverbal or

more impaired teammates.

But regardless of skill level or

their competitive nature, Urbanski

and Wolf agreed that all the Special

Olympic team members have

one thing in common: they are

great kids.

“It is pretty rewarding when

they see someone lose a ball, and

they go and get it and give it back

to the other team — they’re just

sweet,” Urbanski said. “I just love

getting to work with the kids. I

love watching them come together

as a team. I think it’s pretty amazing

that you think, ‘oh, they’re

never going to get this,’ and then

they get out there and then they

start playing as a team.”


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Boys Basketball

Lockport runs past Joliet Catholic

in overtime at Central Campus

Familiar faces return

at alumni night

throwback game

Randy Whalen

Freelance Reporter

Lockport’s Chase Travis puts the ball up while swarmed

by multiple defenders Saturday, Dec. 17, during a game

against Joliet Catholic at LTHS’s Central Campus.

Adam Jomant/22nd Century Media

On a night when the

Lockport Township boys

basketball team honored its

alumni in the second and

final throwback game of the

season in “The Pit,” there

was no better opponent than

Joliet Catholic Academy.

From the mid 1960s until

the 1981-1982 season, the

two teams squared off in

many battles in the old Illini

8 Conference.

Lockport rallied from

eight points down with just

over two minutes to play in

regulation and seven down

with less than 35 seconds

left to stun the Hilltoppers

51-47 in overtime Saturday,

Dec. 17, before an alumni

night crowd at Lockport’s

Central Campus.

All of the Porters (5-4)

wins this season have come

by five points or less, and

now three of those have been

in overtime.

To add even more spice

to the night, JCA is coached

by Joe Gura, who was head

coach at Lockport for 11 seasons.

The Hilltoppers (3-6),

who have suffered their six

losses by a combined total

of 30 points, matched their

total number of losses from

last season (21-6).

“Both teams played tough,

and both teams played hard,

but the grit that our kids

showed; that displays all

there is to say about them,”

Lockport coach Brett Hespell

said of his team.

Especially down the

stretch. One of the Porters

seven fourth quarter turnovers

was converted into a

layup by senior guard Brandon

Wills (4 points), and

JCA took a 43-36 lead with

52 seconds remaining in

regulation.

But, displaying the “grit”

their coach talked about and

perhaps drawing from the

Porters of the past, Lockport

came back. Junior guard

Nathan Barthel (6 points)

hit a 3-pointer at the 32-second

mark to cut the lead to

four. The Hilltoppers than

missed both ends of a twoshot

foul, and senior guard

Patrick Cooper (team-high

12 points) gave a preview

of things to come when he

nailed a 3-pointer with 19

seconds left to cut Lockport’s

deficit to 43-42.

Senior forward Pete Ragen,

who had a game-high

19 points and added seven

rebounds, then hit a pair of

free throws with 17 seconds

remaining to make it 45-

42. Cooper came down and

missed a 3-pointer.

In a scramble for the ball,

Cooper came in and tied up

Ragen for the rebound. The

old court once again smiled

on the Porters, as they kept

the ball on alternating possession.

Lockport inbounded

the ball and went right back

to Cooper from the same

spot at the top of the key.

This time, his shot found

nothing but the bottom of the

net with three seconds left to

tie the score at 45-45. A last

desperation heave by Joliet

Catholic was off target, and

the game went to overtime.

JCA won the tip to start

the overtime and worked

the ball around for nearly a

minute but missed the initial

shot. The Porters did the

same, but senior guard Matt

Smietanski (7 points) scored

on a putback with 1:44 left

for a 47-45 lead.

Sophomore guard Jacob

Karli (7 points) connected

on two free throws with 16.8

seconds left. Senior guard

Chase Travis (10 points, 5

rebounds) then added two

more with 7.1 seconds remaining.

Ragen capped the

scoring on an uncontested

layup at the buzzer.

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41-18 in auditorium

Randy Whalen

Freelance Reporter

Brian Glynn put it best.

“Lockport’s in a league of

their own,” the Lincoln-Way

West wrestling coach said.

The Porters established

that as they dismantled a

very good West team last

week. In a special event entitled

“Singlets on the Stage,”

No. 2 Class 3A state ranked

Lockport Township came

away with a 41-18 win over

the No. 5-ranked Warriors

Dec. 13 on the auditorium

stage at West.

In winning 10 of the 14

bouts, the Porters (17-0) remained

undefeated. It was

the largest margin of defeat

for West (9-3) on the season.

“This was something that

coach Glynn emailed me

about early in the school

year and said they did it with

Lincoln-Way Central last

year and were interested in

doing it again,” Lockport

coach Josh Oster said of

the event. “They thought it

would work with us, if we

wanted to do it. I’m glad that

they gave that opportunity

since it was a fun event.

“The score doesn’t really

indicate how good they are,

because they’re really good.

I think we have 24 or 25 kids

who have wins already on

the varsity level, and we’ve

been relatively healthy this

year. It’s just that all of those

kids are ready to be out on

the varsity mat, so we get

them in when we can.”

With a lineup that doesn’t

have many holes, if any, the

Porters showed that in a dual

team format they are going

to be tough to beat.

“We expect to win,”

Lockport’s Chandler Proszek celebrates Dec. 13 after

defeating Lincoln-Way West’s Robert Noga in a 195-pound

match at West. Julie McMann/22nd Century Media

Lockport senior Payton Fernandes

said. “We’ve been

doing great this year. We’re

all very close, even outside

of the wrestling room. Other

teams are looking up to us

and that’s exciting.”

Fernandes (17-0) was involved

in one of the exciting

matches of the night,

and it was the opener. That

was at 182 pounds, where

he got a takedown with 16

seconds left and finished off

a 3-2 win over senior Trevor

Schmidt (10-2) to remain

undefeated on the season.

“I’d been looking forward

to this for a while,”

Fernandes said of the bout

with Schmidt, who came in

ranked No. 10 in the state.

“This was the first ranked

kid that I’ve wrestled this

year. At the beginning of the

match, I tried to be as tough

as I could and be aggressive

and set the tone.”

In another all-senior battle

at 195, Lockport’s Chandler

Proszek (5-1) picked up

a 5-1 victory over Robert

Noga (7-5) to put the Porters

ahead 6-0.

With the score tied at 6-6,

the Porters took charge.

Sophomore Ronald Tucker,

Jr. (8-0), who came in

ranked No. 2 in the state and

No. 20 in the nation, got a

pin in 1:18 over junior Nick

Skentzos (11-1) in a battle of

unbeatens at heavyweight.

Then, Lockport got a pair

of major decisions as two of

its wrestlers remained undefeated.

Those were sophomore

Matt Ramos (17-0)

with a 12-0 win over freshman

Garrett Geigner (8-4)

at 106, and sophomore Anthony

Molton (16-0), who

earned a 16-3 victory over

Payton Geigner (9-3) at 113.

Ramos is ranked No. 6 in

the state and No. 19 in the

nation, while Molton came

in ranked No. 8 in the state.

The Lockport lead grew

to 26-6 as freshman Jimmy

Pierandozzi (13-3) had a

fall in 2:45 over sophomore

Chris Kennedy (6-4), who

came in ranked No. 10 in

the state and finished fifth in

Class 2A at 106 last season.

“We went in thinking that

we were going to win since

we’re No. 2, and we did what

we came here to do,” said

Pierandozzi, who entered

with an honorable mention

ranking in the state. “It was

nice to be able to wrestle under

the lights like this. Everyone

is performing really well,

and it’s good to work with

people who are winning. I

like the coaches and the good

practice partners that we have

on this team.”

A big boost for the Porters

is getting two-time state

placewinner Abdullah Assaf

back. Assaf, who suffered a

partial tare in the ligament of

his right thumb on the opening

day of practice Nov. 7,

placed third at 113 pounds

in 2015 and fifth at 120 in

Class 3A last season.

Against West, Assaf, who

is ranked No. 3 in the state,

defeated fellow senior Gehrig

Simon by a 17-6 major

decision at 132 in just his

second match (2-0) of the

season to give the Porters a

30-9 advantage. Simon (9-

3), who came in ranked No.

10 in the state, placed sixth

in the state at 126 in Class

2A last season.

One of the best matchups

of the night on paper was at

138, where Lockport’s Brandon

Ramos used a takedown

early in the third period

and held on to edge fellow

senior Jake DiBenedetto

3-2. Ramos (15-0) came in

ranked No. 6 in the state and

DiBenedetto (9-3) entered

ranked eighth.

The final two Lockport

victories came by Zach Reese

(12-2) with a 5-0 victory

over fellow junior Jake Price

(6-6) in a battle of stateranked

honorable mentions

at 152 and Trevell Timmons

at 160. Timmons (11-0), who

entered ranked No. 1 in the

state and No. 12 in the nation,

placed fifth in the state

in 2015 and sixth last season

at 152 in Class 3A, won by

technical fall (24-9) in 5:50

over fellow senior A.J. Patterson

(0-2).

Like Lockport, the Warriors

have a tough schedule,

but right now no team looks

tougher than the Porters.

“We’ve seen some of the

top competition already this

year, but Lockport’s in a

league of their own,” Glynn

said.


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fastbreak

Girls Bowling

LTHS takes step toward winning conference by beating rival Sandburg

Julie McMann/22nd Century

Media

1st and 3

Lockport wrestling

knocks off Lincoln-

Way West at special

event in New Lenox

1. Taking the stage

The Lockport

Township wrestling

team traveled Dec.

13 to Lincoln-Way

West and beat the

Warriors 41-18 in

a match dubbed

“Singlets on the

Stage,” which took

place in the school’s

auditorium.

2. Winning matches

Lockport won 10 of

14 bouts to take the

contest and remain

undefeated after the

match at 17-0.

3. Getting back to full

strength

Porters wrestler

Abdullah Assaf took

part in his second

match since returning

from injury, winning a

17-6 major decision

at 132 pounds to help

give his team a 30-9

overall advantage at

the meet.

Randy Whalen, Freelance Reporter

The past three seasons have been

very good for the Lockport Township

girls bowling team.

The Porters have made the final day

at state each of those years, including

winning the state championship two

seasons ago and finishing third this

past one.

But there is one thing they have not

done in that span: win the SouthWest

Suburban Conference.

Lockport, however, took a step to

do that this season by toppling Sandburg

1,961-1,855 on Thursday, Dec.

15, at Orland Bowl.

With the win, the Porters (11-1, 5-0)

remained undefeated in the league.

Sandburg (4-2, 3-2) entered last week

undefeated league play, but they

slipped to third with its second loss in

as many days.

“In both games, especially the

second one, we sort of sleepwalk

through the first five games,”

Lockport coach Art Cwudzinski said

of his team’s play against Sandburg.

“In the second game, we shot 452

through the first five frames, but then

we were lights out the last five with a

551. That’s showing their experience

there.”

The opening game was close

throughout, but the Porters pulled it

out at the end by a 958-934 count.

The second game score was 1,003-

921.

“It was a little more intense,” Lockport

senior Grace Karraker said of

facing Sandburg. “We couldn’t find

the line at first; everything was going

left.”

Karraker (193, 214 - 407 series)

led Lockport. Seniors Dana Ackerson

(212, 184 - 396), Monica Colon (185,

180 - 365), and Marissa Ramirez (165,

192 - 357) followed. Senior Paige Reiter

(203) rolled the first game, while

Lockport girls bowler Bailey Delrose begins her windup at a match against

Sandburg Thursday, Dec. 15, at Orland Bowl. Photos by Julie McMann/22nd

Century Media

Paige Reiter warms up for the Porters before taking on the Eagles.

junior Bailey Delrose (233) subbed in

the second for the Porters, who had

defeated Andrew 2,071-1,739 Dec.

13 at Strike ‘N Spare II.

“It’s just been us working together,”

Karraker said of Lockport’s success.

“We are picking up spares and

know the strikes will come. We’ve all

had our turn bowling the high game

and know that anyone cane be that

on any given day. That’s what makes

champions.”

For Sandburg, which shared the

SWSC with the Porters in the 2007-

2008 season, Emily Schrader was

the individual champion of the night.

The junior, who was 10th in the state

last season, has continued her excellent

bowling and had a 213 and 236

for a 449 series for the Eagles against

Lockport.

“It’s been going really good so far;

I just have to keep a good attitude,”

Schrader said. “We’ve done well this

season and had a 1,045 score [in a

1,945-1,565 victory Dec. 8 against

Lincoln-Way Central], so I’m really

proud of the team.

“It’s a big match whenever we play

Lockport, so yeah, we were just trying

to make our shots. I’d like to get back

to state but want the team to make it,

too. We’re more than capable of it.”

Sophomores Alyssa Novak (198,

176 - 374), Karlie Colbert (196, 157 -

353), Jill Richmond (169, 182 - 351),

and senior Courtney Casteel (158,

170 - 328) rounded out the Eagle

scores.

“We lost by two (1,757-1,755) to

Andrew,” Sandburg coach Joe Geiger

said of his teams result Dec. 14. “But

the season has been good. We’ve got

some depth and had different people

like Courtney [Casteel] step up and

move into the lineup.”

The SWSC Tournament is slated to

be held Saturday, Jan. 21. The Porters,

who have won or shared the league

title seven times since it formed in

2005-2006, will not have to worry

about losing out to Joliet West this season.

That is because the Tigers have

switched conferences to the Southwest

Prairie.

Lockport, however, soundly defeated

Joliet West 3,679-3,272 when

the teams met in a nonconference

clash Nov. 29 at Strike ‘N Spare II.

The Porters also finished first with a

5,914 score at the Plainfield North

Strike Fest Dec. 10 at Town & Country

Lanes in Joliet. Ackerson (1,272),

Ramirez (1,252) and Delrose (1,248)

all averaged over 200 in helping the

Porters defeat Harlem by 199 pins.

“At Strike Fest, we were tenacious,”

Cwudzinski said. “We kept

charging, and to win by the margin

that we did is a testament to the girls’

ability.”

LISTEN UP

“We’ve seen some of the top competition

already this year, but Lockport’s in a league

of their own.”

Brian Glynn — Lincoln-Way West wrestling coach, after his team lost

to the Porters 41-18

Tune In

Wrestling

Maintaining intensity — 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22,

vs. DeKalb

• The Porters hope to pin their next opponent in what

is shaping up to be a memorable season.

Index

26 - Athlete of the Week

26 - This Week In

FASTBREAK is compiled by Editor Thomas Czaja, tom@

homerhorizon.com.


homer glen’s Hometown Newspaper | www.homerhorizon.com | December 22, 2016

Conference shift Porters girls bowling

handles Eagles in league play, Page 31

A special night LTHS Special Olympics team, student

volunteers play in holiday scrimmage, Page 28

Lockport’s Matt Ramos

works to pin Lincoln-

Way West’s Garrett

Geigner Dec. 13

during their 106-pound

matchup at Lincoln-Way

West. Julie McMann/22nd

Century Media

Lockport

wrestling stays

undefeated

with dominant

win over

LW West in

‘Singlets on

the Stage’

event, Page 30

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