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16 | February 16, 2017 | The Homer Horizon news FROM THE NEW LENOX PATRIOT New Lenox to become village-wide 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 New 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 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 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 chocolatedipped 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 FROM THE FRANKFORT STATION Former East cheerleader closes curtain on college career Not long after completing four years of competitive cheerleading at Lincoln-Way East, Rachael Van Gennep could already sense a void. She has been competing since she was 5 years old and was not ready to give it up. “Something was missing,” Van Gennep said. “I couldn’t miss out on a chance to compete in college. … I had to try out.” Now, the 21-year-old is in the stretch run of her career at Grand Valley State University and is looking to go out on a high note. Van Gennep’s final performance is slated to take place April 5-9 at the Division II National Cheerleaders Association Collegiate National Championship in Daytona Beach, Florida. Van Gennep’s first foray with cheerleading came at Lincoln-Way East, where she competed in seven competitions each year, which included conference, sectional and state competitions. “It wasn’t as elite as it is now,” she said. “But the coaches said we laid the foundation.” East won state championships in 2014, 2015 and most recently again this season. She said there was not a singular moment that made her realize cheering was her calling. Rather, it was the pursuit of meeting personal challenges and the electric feeling she got after a strong performance that fueled her love. “I love the energetic atmosphere and being able to go out on the floor and show people what we’ve been working so hard for,” she said. Reporting by Ryan Wallace, Freelance Reporter. For more, visit Police Reports Hair regrowth products reportedly stolen from Meijer Two women — who police described as white, one with orange hair and wearing a black jacket, the other with brown hair wearing a dark hoodie — reportedly stole eight packs of hair regrowth products Jan. 31 at the Meijer at 14169 S. Bell Road. The women were observed allegedly leaving the store in a Mitsubishi Eclipse by a man police described as white and in his early 20s. Feb. 6 • Nicholas Watkins, 21, of 1844 Pennsylvania Ave. in Whiting, Indiana, was cited for allegedly speeding and driving while having a suspended license at W. 143rd Street and S. Oak Trail. Feb. 5 • Amr Salah Hamideh, 19, of 13921 S. Trails End Drive in Homer Glen, was cited for reportedly speeding, failure to notify the Secretary of Sate of address change, driving while having a suspended license and possession of cannabis under 10 grams at S. Golden Oak Drive and S. Oak Ridge Drive. Feb. 2 • Adrian Renteria, 21, of 229 Charleston Ave. in Romeoville, was cited for reported failure to yield and driving while having a revoked license at W. Beaver Lake Drive and S. Bell Road. Feb. 1 • Andrew E. Snyder, 24, of 19540 S. 115th Avenue in Mokena, was cited for speeding, driving while having a suspended license and operating an uninsured motor vehicle at W. Shellbark Drive and S. Deer Path, police said. Jan. 31 • Jeremy Zabrinas, 25, of 16755 Oleander Avenue in Tinley Park, was charged with no registration light, driving while having a suspended license, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, illegal transportation of alcohol, possession of cannabis under 10 grams and possession of drug equipment at W. Renmore Road and W. Rathfarn Drive. Editor’s note: The Homer Horizon’s police reports come from the Will County Sheriff’s Department’s online news bulletin service. Anyone listed in these reports is considered to be innocent of all charges until proven guilty in a court of law. sound off the Homer Horizon | February 16, 2017 | 17 Social snapshot Top stories From from Friday, Feb. 10 1. Cheerleading: Porters place in Top 10 at state championship 2. Candidates state their views ahead of primary 3. Road District highlights enhancements, expansion of compound 4. Wrestling: Porters steamroll way to regional title at home 5. Local youth hoops teams duke it out for championship Become a Horizon Plus member: “Kids Crochet Club enjoying their crochet class!” Homer Township Public Library from Feb. 8. Like The Homer Horizon: “Congratulations Celtic Cheer 4th in the STATE!!! So very proud of you!!!” @PCHS_Celtics from Feb. 4. Follow The Homer Horizon: @homerhorizon From the Assistant Editor The centenarian edition Erin Redmond Not too long ago, I was playing with my niece. I was asking her — as you do — how old she is and how old her siblings are, all questions she answered with pinpoint accuracy. Then she looked at me with her big blue eyes, raised one tiny eyebrow and asked, “How old are you, Auntie Erin?” “How old do you think I am, Mairead?,” I replied. “100!” she exclaimed, beaming with certainty. OK, I hadn’t slept much the night before, but I doubt that added 70-plus years to Letters to the Editor My picks for the primary [For the] Feb. 28 Homer Township Primary, my picks [are] Pam Meyers (supervisor), Linsey Sowa (clerk), Karen Szynkowski (assessor), Tom Fijan (trustee), Edward Kalas (trustee), George Offord (trustee). Voting these days is very important, and my selections are there for the right reasons. Vote early Feb. 14- 17 [and] Feb. 21-24. My Township taxes have gone down; parks are in great shape. I’m a 44-anda-half-year resident and my age. So at the time, her answer was not what I was hoping for, but she’s not quite 3 yet, so I forgive her. This week, however, I realized just how lucky I would be if I ever met this milestone. I had the opportunity to interview Genie Lenc, a Homer Glen resident, during the Feb. 8 Homer Glen Village Board meeting. Her story is featured on Page 12. Born in 1917, Lenc will celebrate her 100th birthday on Feb. 20, and she’s still as sharp as a tack. She’s lived through two World Wars and 17 different presidents. She survived the Great Depression, watched the first Space Shuttle launch and remembers when the internet was just a fantasy. And that’s just the cliff notes. I can’t even begin to imagine what else she’s seen. We also have a story memorializing the life of Marie Cook, who passed away on Jan. 22, just a few days after her 103rd birthday. Her friends credit her curiosity have been involved in Village and Township business for only seven or eight years. In this time, I went to a lot of committee meetings but have never seen or heard a thing about Trustee [Vicki] Bozen and our senior citizens. Why? Nothing on Township website, and she never held a meeting with us seniors for her entire seven years. I helped with one community event and attended more and never saw Vicki Bozen helping, just campaigning. and her hunger to always know what was going to happen next as her secret to a long life. As I was writing her story, I couldn’t help but feel a pang of regret that I didn’t get to speak with her before she died. She lived her life to the fullest. Cook owned and operated businesses for 65 years and didn’t retire until she was 91 years old. That is unfathomable to me. She was a committed woman. Her curiosity to see things through led to her serving on the Lockport Planning and Zoning Commission for 42 years, where she helped shape the fabric of what is modern day Lockport and Homer Glen. She lived through two World Wars during which her own husband, like many other men during that era, was called off to serve. She stepped up to help her friends raise their children and stayed in touch with them until the very end. There is a reason they No time for us; well, will she have time for our kids, taxes, seniors, budget, etc. with a whole slate of candidates that don’t go to meetings or have much government experience to my knowledge? Seven or eight years ago, I didn’t know too much about government. I did have two neighbors that were involved. Today, take my advice, and vote with me for all of the above Feb. 28. Thanks. John Kooi Homer Glen resident call this group the Greatest Generation. I’ve only been on this Earth a short time compared to these two women, but I am honored to be able to tell their stories. In doing so, it makes me think about my own life and what sort of legacy I’ll leave behind. Furthermore, I can’t wait to see what the future holds. We’re right in the middle of history right now. All the decisions being made at the top levels of government — whether I agree with them or not — will undoubtedly shape our future. Like Cook, I’m just curious to see what impact it will all have. One hundred years. It’s hard to fathom. But I promise if I’m lucky enough to stick around that long, I won’t waste a single second of it. That’s a lesson we can all learn from these two remarkable women. Sound Off Policy Editorials and columns are the opinions of the author. Pieces from 22nd Century Media are the thoughts of the company as a whole. The Homer Horizon encourages readers to write letters to Sound Off. All letters must be signed, and names and hometowns will be published. We also ask that writers include their address and phone number for verification, not publication. Letters should be limited to 400 words. The Homer Horizon reserves the right to edit letters. Letters become property of The Homer Horizon. 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