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The Homer Horizon 021617

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2 | February 16, 2017 | The Homer Horizon calendar In this week’s Horizon Standout Student...........14 Sound Off.....................17 Pastor Column...............20 Faith Briefs....................20 Puzzles..........................28 Classifieds................ 32-41 Sports...................... 42-48 The Homer Horizon ph: 708.326.9170 fx: 708.326.9179 Editor Thomas Czaja, x12 Assistant Editor Erin Redmond, x15 Sales director Sherry Ranieri, x21 real estate sales Tricia Weber, x47 business directory Sales Kellie Tschopp, x23 Recruitment Advertising Jess Nemec, x46 Legal Notices Jeff Schouten, x51 PUBLISHER Joe Coughlin, 847.272.4565, x16 Managing Editor Bill Jones, x20 president Andrew Nicks EDITORIAL DESIGN DIRECTOR Nancy Burgan, x30 22 nd Century Media 11516 West 183rd Street Unit SW Office Condo #3 Orland Park, IL 60467 Chemical- free printing on 30% recycled paper circulation inquiries The Homer Horizon (USPS #25577) is published weekly by 22nd Century Media, LLC, 328 E Lincoln Hwy New Lenox, IL 60451. Periodical postage paid at New Lenox, IL and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send changes to: The Homer Horizon, 328 E Lincoln Hwy New Lenox, IL 60451 Published by Erin Redmond Thursday Citzens For The Taxpayer Candidate Meet and Greet 5-8 p.m. Feb. 16, Cross of Glory Church, 14719 W. 163rd Street, Homer Glen. A free event, which includes pizza and refreshments. Raffle tickets will also be sold. This is an opportunity for all residents of Homer Township to meet Citizens for the Taxpayer candidates for the Homer Township Board prior to the Feb. 28 Consolidated Republican Primary. .For more information, contact citizensforthetaxpayer@gmail. com or call (708) 414-6115. 4 Homer Township Candidate Fundraiser 5:30 p.m. Feb. 16, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5788, 1026 E. 9th St., Lockport. Homer Township candidates for the Feb. 28 Consolidated Republican Primary candidates from 4 Homer Township will host a party fundraiser in honor of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. The event will feature a performance by Ukulele Moonshiners, as well as snacks and a cash bar. Pre-sale tickets are $35 or $40 at the door. For more information, visit www.4homertownship. com. Work-Life Balance 5:30-7:30 p.m., Feb. 16, Beggars Pizza, 11329 W. 143rd St., Orland Park. Learn how to prioritize between work — career and ambition — and lifestyle — health, leisure and family. Attend this engaging presentation by Gwen Sterk, Gwendolyn J. Sterk & the Family Law Group. Work-life balance is more than a concept; it is a possibility. The cost is $15 for general admission, with dinner included. Contact or call (708) 301- 8111 for more information. LTHS Choir Performance 7 p.m. Feb. 16, Ozinga Chapel Auditorium, 66601 W. College Dr., Palos Heights. The Lockport Township High School choir will perform in Trinity Christian College’s 2017 WorldView series. The event is free. Visit for more information. Saturday HGJWC Bingo Fundraiser 5:30 p.m. Feb. 18, Lockport Moose Lodge 1557, 118 E. 10th St., Lockport. The Homer Glen Junior Woman’s Club is hosting its third annual Take a Chance for Change Bingo Fundraiser, which includes bingo, split the pot and raffles. Food will be available for purchase. Must be 18 or older to play. Tickets cost $25 in advance and can purchased at www.homerglenjuniors. org or by contacting Jody at (708) 301-9397. Sunday Fifth Annual Wild Fest 10 a.m-4 p.m. Feb. 19, Lockport Township High School East Campus, 1333 E. 7th St., Lockport. The Lockport Township High School Foundation presents the fifth annual Wild Fest, featuring wild animals such as wolves, pythons and more. There will be educational presentations, concessions, vendors and a petting zoo, with proceeds benefiting student scholarships and animal rescue programs. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under as well as students with valid school ID. Venturing Crew 63 Chili Cook-off Fundraiser 4-8 p.m. Feb. 19, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5788, 1026 E. 9th St., Lockport. Do you think you have the best chili recipe? Bring your best, and see if it wins. Entry fee is $15, and the winner takes half of all the entries. Attendees can vote for their favorite chili; votes cost $1 per vote. Chili will be on sale for $3 per bowl. Contact Chris at for more information. Sunday Music Series 6 p.m. Feb. 19, Homer Township Public Library, 14320 W. 151st St., Homer Glen. The House of Music Performers presents an hourlong “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. Upcoming Coffee, Donuts and a Movie 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24, Homer Township Public Library, 14320 W. 151st St., Homer Glen. Indulge on some coffee and donuts while watching “The Light Between Oceans.” No registration required. For more information, contact Adult Services or call (708) 301-7908. Armchair Travelers: France 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, Homer Township Public Library, 14320 W. 151st St., Homer Glen. Inspect the grand historical cathedrals, museums, and cultural palaces of Paris and the magisterial country estates in the scenic Loire Valley. The group will also explore the French influence around the world. Presented by Bill Helmuth. For more information, contact Adult Services at askali or call (708) 301-7908. Casino Night 6:30-11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, American Legion John Olson Post 18, 15052 Archer Ave., Lockport. Will County District 92, the Foundation for Educational Excellence and the Parent Faculty Association host Casino Night. The event costs $30 per person and includes appetizers, desserts, cash bar, silent auction and $25 in gaming money for Black Jack, Roulette and Craps. Proceeds benefit D92 students. For more information, contact Anmarie Miller at anmariemiller123@ or Trish Tabor at Little Learners Preschool Open House 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, William E. Young School, 16240 S. Cedar Road, Homer Glen. Tour the Little Learners’ wing and see if Homer 33C’s prekindergarten program is right for you and your family. Call 708-226-7649 for more information. March Coffee Thursday, March 2, Montessori School of Lemont 16427 W. 135th St., Lemont. Any prospective parents are invited to attend this information session. RSVPs are requested and can be sent to info@lemontmontessori. com. For more information visit www.lemontmontessori. com. Cub Scout Pack 64 Annual Pancake Breakfast 7 a.m.-noon Sunday, March 5, Lockport VFW Post 5788, 1026 E. 9th St., Lockport. The cost is $7 per person — children 3 and under are free — and includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, coffee, orange juice and milk. 2017 State of the Village Address 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 15, DiNolfo’s Banquets 14447 W. 159th St., Homer Glen. The Homer Glen Area Chamber of Commerce — along with Mayor George Yukich — host the annual State of the Village address. Exhibitor tables open and registration begins at 11 a.m.; lunch begins promptly at 11:45 a.m. The cost is $40 for chamber members, and it is $45 for non-members and members after March 8. Vendor tables cost $75, which includes lunch ticket. This event is open to all chamber members and area residents. Visit for more information. Ongoing HGJWC 2017 Scholarship The Homer Glen Junior Woman’s Club will present a $1,000 Scholarship Award to a graduating high school senior who has demonstrated a commitment to volunteerism in his or her community. Applications are being accepted now through March 1. For more information and to download the application, visit www.homer For more information, contact Lisa Johnson at (708) 301-5405 or Early Voting Feb. 14-24, Homer Township, 14350 W. 151st St., Homer Glen. Any registered Homer Township voter can cast a Republican ballot at the Township office Feb. 14-24 or at the Will County Clerk’s office Jan. 19-Feb. 27, the only other early voting site for the Feb. 28 Consolidated Republican Primary. For more information, visit Have an item for calendar? Deadline is noon Thursdays one week prior to publication. To submit an item to the calendar, contact Assistant Editor Erin Redmond at e.redmond@ or call (708) 326-9170 ext. 15.

“This was [Frandsen and Lange’s] first competition of the season because they had been helping freshmen,” Brown said. “They had a few rusty moves, but I have no doubt they’ll be ready for conference.” Lockport placed third in armed infantry drill regulation and unarmed exhibition and did not compete in armed exhibition. This was the final tune-up before the SWSC championship meet in a season that has been a learning process for both the instructors and the teams. There were originally eight SWSC teams, but that number dropped from six last year to four this season. The teams now have only two regular-season confer- news the Homer Horizon | February 16, 2017 | 3 Lockport AFJROTC competes at SWSC invite in New Lenox Frank Gogola Freelance Reporter Lincoln-Way Central senior Vincent Senese was not going to let his final home invite go by without putting on display the skill he had been working on since his junior year. Senese wowed the crowd, fellow competitors and judges when he closed out his armed solo routine by performing with a rifle and a saber simultaneously for the first time ever in competition. “This being my home meet, I had to give it my absolute all because you’re representing your school at your own school,” said Senese, the lone solo or duet competitor to use a saber. “You have to bring your best. That’s what I intended on doing.” His performance was one of two event victories for Central, which hosted the event and earned its first firstplace finish of the season at the four-team SouthWest Suburban Conference drill invite Feb. 6 in New Lenox. Central, a combined team of students from Central and Lincoln- Way West, led all teams with 6,342 points. Lincoln-Way East was right behind at 6,322 and Lockport placed third with 5,893 points. Lockport junior Edgar Cana finished in third place in armed solo in what appeared to be the most competitive event of the day. His 694 points were 12 behind East senior cadet colonel Kenny Smith, who was second with 706 points. “I don’t think he deserved to be third place,” said Maj. Steve Brown, the Lockport Lockport Air Force Junior ROTC cadets (left to right) William Candia, Patrick McMahon and Antonio Lange report out after completing their routine Feb. 6 during the SWSC invite at Lincoln-Way Central in New Lenox. Adam Jomant/22nd Century Media Air Force Junior ROTC instructor. “He should have finished in a higher place. I know the scoring is subjective, but he operates at national-level speed. … This is my 18th year [coaching], and his is the toughest routine I’ve seen by one of my guys.” Cana’s highlights included blind catches and flips behind his back, although a drop did hurt him. Central’s Senese, who won the event, praised Cana, who won armed solo at last year’s AFJROTC National Drill Competition. “I have to congratulate my friend Edgar Cana from Lockport,” Senese said. “I’m surprised he didn’t place higher. He did absolutely phenomenal.” Elsewhere, Lockport won the unarmed infantry drill regulation and inspection. The Porters took second in color guard. The armed duet of seniors Noah Frandsen and Antonio Lange, and the unarmed duet of Patrick Mc- Mahon and Lange were both second. Please see afjrotc, 4 "months free" No need for When everything you need one affordable fee! is included for Voted Best of Chicago's Southland Senior Living Community Spring into Tinley Court retirement Community An Independent Living Community with Brighter Days for Seniors 16301 S Brementowne Rd. 708.532.7800 Tinley Park, IL Member of Tinley Park Chamber of Commerce Since 1994 One of a kind premier senior living community offering you relaxing, maintenance free living along with the following amenities: • 3 chef prepared meals served daily • Full daily activity program, entertainment & trips • Weekly housekeeping • All utilities included • Library, chapel, coffee shop and beauty/barber shop on premises • Private Formal Dining Room available • Home health care services available on premises • Walking distance to Tinley shops & restaurants • Veterans Financial Assistance Available Call for questions or to schedule a private tour!