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18 | February 16, 2017 | The frankfort station News frankfortstation.com FROM THE NEW LENOX PATRIOT New Lenox to become villagewide obstacle course The New Lenox Community Park District took the term “obstacle course” and turned it up a notch. For the past several years, the park district hosted The Amazing Race Challenge, similar to the television show “The Amazing Race” — in which teams go to different locations — but on a local scale, to complete challenges that lead to the finish line. But for this year’s event, competitors will have to take on a more calculated approach. Each station will be worth a different amounts of points to divert it from being a race. “It was automatically given who the winners were when people got back in the order they came in,” said NLCPD Recreation Supervisor Tracy Wrase. “The way we’re doing it now, there will be different points at different stations, so teams won’t know when they get back right away who the winner is. It’ll be a more suspenseful thing.” Now named the Road Rally Adventure, the event is set to take place from 5:30 p.m.-midnight Saturday, March 11 (Feb. 24 being the soft deadline to register). Roughly four hours will be spent finishing challenges all over the New Lenox village limits. Then, teams are to enjoy food, games, open bar, a photo slideshow of the night and an awards ceremony. The cost is $260 per team of four. All must be 21 or older. The winners will get their money back, along with a trophy. “This is something different,” she said. “It’s not your average scavenger hunt.” Reporting by James Sanchez, Editor. For more, visit NewLenoxPatriot.com. FROM THE TINLEY JUNCTION Tinley Park officials opt out of Cook County ordinance to raise minimum wage, offer paid sick leave The Village of Tinley Park will not be implementing Cook County’s ordinance that looks to raise minimum wage and offer paid sick leave for employees. At the Feb. 7 regular board meeting, Tinley Park officials voted unanimously to opt out of the county’s recently passed ordinance, but they plan to still uphold minimum wage laws set by the State and federal government. In October 2016, Cook County adopted the “Earned Sick Leave” Ordinance. This measure allows employees to earn an hour of paid sick time for every 40 hours worked. Employees also have the opportunity to earn up to 40 hours of paid sick leave per year. Using the county’s measure, employees are to see an increase in minimum wage to $10 by July 1 and $13 by 2019. “This particular ordinance, I see problems for our Village,” Trustee Michael Pannitto said, noting the ordinance is “too aggressive” and would drive businesses out of Tinley. Because Tinley Park shares a border with Will County, Pannitto said he was concerned that business owners would have to raise their prices to account for the increased financial burden. “It would have put the business in our Village at a disadvantage,” Pannitto said. “There would be less jobs, and it would hurt everybody. If there was a sick leave [ordinance] that didn’t mandate so much, I might be for it, but this one wasn’t the right one for our community.” Reporting by Brittany Kapa, Assistant Editor. For more, visit TinleyJunction.com. FROM THE LOCKPORT LEGEND Lockport Resource Center looks to expand in fifth year Cean Magosky stands next to a shelf full of trinkets at the Lockport Resource Center and Thrift Shop, phone to his ear, while Anne Magosky sits across from him, scrolling through the contact list on her phone. The pair is racking their brains to figure out how to help a Lockport resident in need of finding an affordable place to live, so that her 15-year-old daughter can stay in the Lockport Township High School district. This effort is just one example of the variety of services provided by the Lockport Resource Center. The LRC was to celebrate its fifth anniversary Tuesday, Feb. 14, and since its opening the organization has made a significant impact in the community. But Cean, the president of the LRC Board of Directors, and Anne — his wife, a board member and thrift store director — want to expand the LRC’s reach even further. “What we’re trying to do as we go into our fifth year, is break away from [being] just a thrift shop, because so many people see us as just the thrift shop,” Cean said. The LRC offers emergency relief loans for car repairs, rent and home repairs as well as a scholarship called the Transformation Scholarship. The organization also works as a referral source to the Will-Grundy Medical Clinic. Those efforts are funded through the thrift store, which is the “face” of the organization, Cean said. Reporting by Max Lapthorne, Editor. For more, visit LockportLegend.com. FROM THE HOMER HORIZON Homer Glen resident receives proclamation ahead of 100th birthday In 1917, the United States declared war on Germany in World War I, the Chicago White Sox won their second World Series championship and Eugenie Lenc was born. The third event on that list occurred on Feb. 20, 1917. Soon, the Homer Glen resident is to celebrate her 100th birthday. Lenc’s milestone was recognized during the Feb. 8 Village Board meeting, where she was given a proclamation from Mayor George Yukich and the Board of Trustees designating her birthday as Genie Lenc Day in Homer Glen. “Feb. 20, 2017 is your day,” Yukich said, wrapping one arm around Lenc. “Enjoy your special day.” Lenc uttered a simple “thank you” and received a thunderous round of applause upon receiving the proclamation. She posed for pictures with the mayor and welcomed celebratory hugs from her daughter, Mary Thompson; son-in-law, Mark; and caregiver, Theresa Przygoda. “It was a thrill; I was very excited,” Lenc said. “[My family] shares everything with me — the good and the bad.” The proclamation was organized by her longtime friend, Judy Friebel. She said she could not let Lenc’s birthday pass without her receiving proper recognition. “I knew she was turning 100,” she said. “So, I wanted to do something special for her.” Lenc’s greatest joy, she said, comes from spending time with her family. “It was a special evening, and now I can talk about it to my friends and relatives,” Lenc said. Reporting by Erin Redmond, Assistant Editor. For more, visit HomerHorizon.com. FROM THE MOKENA MESSENGER Library patrons get a sweet treat The Mokena Community Public Library District decided to treat its guests to something special during a recent weekend program. On Feb. 5, the library hosted Mokena resident Sue Peltzer, owner and demonstrator at Delicious Creations, located in Hickory Hills. Delicious Creations is a full retail candy Please see NFYN, 19 Police reports Women allegedly rob store, attempt to return items Two women allegedly robbed a Frankfort store and were caught after attempting to return the items to another store on Feb. 1. Diana Clark, 29, of 138 W. 113th St. in Chicago and Krystal Frazier, 28, of 256 W. Marquette Road in Chicago were issued notices to appear in court after allegedly stealing from Kohl’s and Bed Bath & Beyond in the 11100 block of Lincoln Highway. According to Frankfort Police, the stolen items were worth approximately $230 total. Orland Park Police were notified after the two women attempted to return the items to Bed Bath & Beyond in Orland Park. The alleged offenders were detained and identified by Frankfort Police. Feb. 1 • Kathleen Hoffner, 59, of 526 Moorfield Road in Matteson, was cited on South Harlem Avenue for improper use of registration, expired registration and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. • Anthony Burris, 21, of 8061 Parkview Lane in Frankfort, was cited at 108th Avenue and Swallowtail Lane for speeding and driving with a suspended license. Burris was released on bond. • Tyler Woods, 20, of 20463 Graceland Lane in Frankfort, was cited at Lincoln- Way Lane at South LaGrange Road for improper lighting and driving with a suspended license. Woods was released on bond. Feb. 6 • The exterior of a building construction site in the 22300 block of Majestic Lane was reported damaged. Feb. 7 • Katherine Rogers, 24, of 4514 Saratoga Road in Richton Park, was cited at Harlem Avenue and Lincoln Highway for speeding and driving with a suspended license. Rogers was released on bond. EDITOR’S NOTE: The Frankfort Station’s Police Reports are compiled from official reports found online on the Frankfort Police Department’s website or releases issued by the department and other agencies. Individuals named in these reports are considered innocent of all charges until proven guilty in a court of law.
frankfortstation.com Sound Off the frankfort station | February 16, 2017 | 19 Social snapshot Top Web Stories From FrankfortStation.com as of Friday, Feb. 10 1. Cheerleading: Griffins spring back to claim state title 2. ‘This is the time’: East student organizes Chicago day of service 3. Lincoln-Way students recognized in Scholastic Art competition 4. Boys swimming: East surges to title meet tie with Sandburg 5. Boys basketball: With a breakaway dunk, Shafer leads Sandburg blowout Become a member: FrankfortStation.com/plus “Our first Dish To Pass cooking book group was a SWEET success! Thank you to those participants who flaunted their talents and brought good cheer. Save the date for Chicago Chefs on May 17, Grillin’ on Aug. 9, and Slow-Cook on Nov 8!” — Frankfort Public Library District from Feb. 9 Like The Frankfort Station: facebook.com/frankfortstation “Congrats to our gymnastics team who won sectionals last night!” — @LWEGriffins from Feb. 10 Follow The Frankfort Station: @FrankfrtStation From the editor Raise your hands for the teachers Kirsten Onsgard firstname.lastname@example.org You know the teachers. The motherly second grade teacher who nudged you to break out of your shell and explore the stars. The energetic fourth-grade teacher who made studying the states into an adventure and rewarded you with pizza and movie days. The quirky eighth-grade science teacher who punctuated his physics classes with talk of parallel universes. The high school English teacher who encouraged your budding poetry and sponsored your independent study. The college professors who shattered your worldview. The ones who elevated you, pushed you and drove you to be your best. In Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210, you hear it again and again from administration, staff and parents: the district is great thanks to its strong students and teacher. The top-notch test scores, graduation rates and college enrollment reflect that: 97 percent of Lincoln-Way students graduate within four years, four out of five students attend college and the average ACT score is two points higher than the state average. Too often, academics are talked about in these dry — and, well, academic — terms. Numbers are one thing, but stories speak volumes about those sparks of inspiration and motivation that shape students’ futures. They’re teachers like Wes Cooley, who supported his student Adam Pleasant — a smart science-minded senior — as he studied the effects of magnetic fields on chia seeds. For Pleasant, it’s come full circle. Now, he is mentoring younger students and will attend Loyola University in the fall. Strong teachers are evident, too, from the smaller stories: quick anecdotes from a Standout Student’s favorite government class, or the Athlete of the Week’s passion for math. Reading these stories is a reminder of the excitement and curiosity teachers spark and foster. It’s made me think about the threads of influence my teachers have had on my life, and how they shaped me into the person I am today. I’m sure you know those teachers, too. shop, open to the public with a made-to-order bakery specializing in candy making and cake decorating. “We do demonstrations like this at a lot of the libraries and churches around the area,” Peltzer said. “The librarian was looking for people to come and do demonstrations when she saw my shirt. ... And she asked what Delicious Creations was, and it went from there.” The class — which was inspired by a Valentine’s Day theme — was open to people 18 or older who were looking to make special treats with someone special. In front of the group, Peltzer demonstrated the process of melting her specialty chocolate, as well as a step-by-step process that taught the class how to use chocolate to make candy. With a light-hearted approach, Peltzer led a lively class in the creation of chocolate-covered caramel turtles, peanuts, raisins, pretzels, white chocolate orange crunch bark and chocolate-dipped marshmallows with sprinkles. Participants were allowed to take all of their creations home after the program. “This was a good group of people to work with,” Peltzer said. “I love the fun classes that are loud, communicative and make a little trouble with each other.” Reporting by Ryan Esguerra, Freelance Reporter. For more, visit MokenaMessenger.com. 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