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The Homer Horizon 021617

22 | February 16, 2017 |

22 | February 16, 2017 | The Homer Horizon life & arts Valentine’s Day Coloring Contest sees hundreds of colorful entries Three local winners picked from pool Thomas Czaja, Editor Final Phase Now Open · 3 Bedrooms Plus Loft, 2½ Baths · Full Walkout or Lookout Basement & Deck · Cost-Efficient & Energy-Saving Features · Spacious Floorplans Lennan II Luxury Townhomes from the upper $200’s Home ownership is one of the best financial moves available. A good home in a good location can appreciate in value even in a difficult economy so the sooner you own, the better. The emerging population demographic known as Millennials have every reason to invest in a new home but have been slow to make the move. · Chicago Water Sales Center Open: 708.479.5111 Mon-Thu 10am-4pm Sat/Sun Noon-4pm Friday by Appt. Since 1970 Exit I-80 at La Grange Rd. south 1-1/2 miles to LaPorte Rd., turn east to Brookside Meadows. Voting Open February 2-28 Vote: We want to know your favorite local businesses! Tell us your favorites in categories such as: Beauty ★ Health ★ Dining ★ Education ★ Fitness & Recreation Pets Services ★ Shopping ★ Vehicles OPPORTUNITY Given the opportunity once again this year, area youths did not hesitate to show their love and appreciation for America’s armed forces. Publisher 22nd Century Media Southwest Chicago’s Valentine’s Day Coloring Contest for weeks asked for area children to download a blank heart entry form and color it, with all of the entries to be sent through an area organization to active military, as well as veterans. When all was said and done Feb. 8, the seven newspapers across the branch collected a total of 557 entries, with some of those coming from Homer Glen. The Homer Horizon’s staff judged the entries across three age categories based on creativity and neatness. The three local youths who rose to the top of the pile were Layla Waldenmeyer, Ava Lundstedt and Margaret Myrda. Layla Waldenmeyer’s heart won the ages 3-5 category in the Valentine’s Day Coloring Contest. Images submitted Waldenmeyer, 5, won the ages 3-6 category for her heart that is decorated with an assortment of colors and looks like it could be a cake or cupcake. Lundstedt, 6, won the ages 6-8 category for her drawing of soldiers with an American flag. Finally, Myrda, 10, won the ages 9-12 category for her picture of two smaller hearts intricately placed within the bigger heart. The Horizon thanks all who participated in the contest. Each of the three winners are to receive a certificate for a free Kids’ Meal at Culver’s Tinley Park, 18248 Sayre Ave. Honor your favorite local businesses by voting for them in the Southwest Choice Awards presented by 22nd Century Media. Look for the ballot in the center of this newspaper or vote online at starting Feb. 2. Complete at least 50 categories and be eligible for 22nd Century Media’s Southwest Choice Awards prize—one three-night trip for two (2) adults to Riu Caribe in Cancun, Mexico, courtesy of Apple Vacations. THE FRANKFORT STATION THE LOCKPORT LEGEND THE NEW LENOX PATRIOT THE HOMER HORIZON THE ORLAND PARK PRAIRIE THE TINLEY JUNCTION THE MOKENA MESSENGER Ava Lundstedt took home the prize for the ages 6-8 category with her patriotic drawing. Margaret Myrda received the gift card for the ages 9-12 category for her valentine with several hearts colored in. life & arts the Homer Horizon | February 16, 2017 | 23 Students from Walsh School and Oak Prairie painted pillowcases Feb. 8 to be sent to soldiers in the hospital. Photos submitted D92 students paint pillowcases for soldiers Artwork sent to soldiers in hospital Submitted by Will County School District 92 District 92 pairs students from Walsh School (early childhood though first grade) and Oak Prairie (sixth-eighth grade) to promote leadership, social skills and friendship. The students have taken several field trips, and for this one, they decorated pillowcases and Valentine’s to be given via Operation Care Package to injured troops who are in the hospital. At the first trip for Walsh, they searched for and decorated pumpkins from a teacher-made patch. The second trip was to the Lockport Branch of the White Oak Library District to decorate a Christmas tree and have the older students read to the younger ones. The district is proud of the older students and the leadership roles they have taken with the younger students at Walsh. D92 students Sean Pierson (left) and Ryan Rusnak show off the American flag pillowcase they made. Students Zach Dankert (left) and Dale Reese have a laugh while painting pillowcases. Eighth-grader to participate in Will County Spelling Bee Eide wins Homer Jr. High School contest Submitted by Homer Commmunity Consolidated School District 33C It took nearly two hours and 23 rounds of words Feb. 2 to determine the winner of Homer Jr. High School’s Spelling Bee. Brian Eide, an eighthgrader, won the school match after spelling the word “quarantine” correctly. He is now headed to the Will County Spelling Bee. The Spelling Bee started at 8 a.m. in the school library with 36 contestants who had advanced to the school level by winning their classroom Bees in reading class. By 9:30 a.m., the competition was down to two final contestants, Eide and eighth-grader Karen Fennessey. They went back and forth for 13 rounds. Eide is no stranger to Spelling Bees. His sister, Alette, won the Homer Jr. High School Spelling Bee last year as well as the Will County Spelling Bee. She tied for 22nd place overall in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. This year’s Will County Spelling Bee will be held March 7 at Lockport Township High School. The Scripps National Spelling Bee will begin May 28. Attention Builders: Advertise with 22nd Century Media Reach 92,000+ Southwest Suburban homes. ® Contact Lora Healy Homer Jr. High School Assistant Principal Greg Zurales (left) congratulates the school’s Spelling Bee winner, Brian Eide (middle), and runnerup, Karen Fennessey. Eide will now compete in the Will County Spelling Bee March 7. Photo submitted 708.326.9170 ext. 31