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14 | February 16, 2017 | The highland park landmark news Writing Life A quiet evening at home. You? Wendy S. Anderson Contributing Columnist I don’t know how other people entertain themselves, but we have some exciting moments at my house. Take the other night, when my husband, Steve, somehow hit the bake button on the top portion of our built-in double oven, which came with our house 23 years ago. The top part has not worked for years. The last electrical guy who looked at it said not to touch it and just use the lower oven. And so we have done. Hitting the bake button seemed to do nothing, except the oven began to hum. Even when we hit the “cancel” button a hundred times, the oven still hummed. We checked inside incessantly over the course of a few hours, to make sure the oven was not heating. It wasn’t. I speculated whatever the noise was would stop on its own, or the electrical part making the hum would burn out. I really wanted to read and relax. My husband meanwhile decided he had to unplug the oven/s to see if the humming would stop when he plugged it back in. He looked inside the oven and decided the plug might be behind the refrigerator next to the oven. He decided to move the refrigerator out of its narrow space, so that he could unplug the oven he decided was plugged in behind it. Oh Lord. He began yanking, grunting, and groaning and practically breaking his back trying to move that refrigerator. The fridge would slide out easily for about a foot and would not budge beyond that. I listened in the next room and tried to read. After a while his efforts were worrying me. “Maybe you could slide something, like a big piece of cardboard, under it, and it would move?” I asked. Steve removed his flannel shirt, flung it on a chair, and went back to his task. He tugged, cursed and pulled. He’d get the fridge to move a foot, then he’d slide it back and do it all again. For about 40 minutes, he repeated this procedure, getting more riled and determined — and demented — while I got agitated in a different way. I said repeatedly from the dining room: “Just leave it!” “You’re going to kill your back!” I started to think he would succeed in toppling that big chunk of metal onto himself. I started to think we needed a therapist more than anything else. So I went into the kitchen to better make my sentiments known. “Hey, !&%#! Leave that !&%# thing alone RIGHT NOW before you break your !&%# back and I have to take you to the !&%# hospital in the !&%# coldl!!!” He stopped struggling. Sweat literally ran down his red face. Even his T-shirt was wet. I realized the fridge was far enough from the wall that I could look behind it if I climbed on top. I set a stool next to the fridge and heaved myself as far as I could and said to my now-quiet husband, “You have to boost me.” He took the bottoms of my feet and pushed me the rest of the way. You haven’t lived till you’ve surveyed your kitchen from the grimy, greasy top of your refrigerator (which contained a dead, skeletal cricket, if you must know). I stretched my top half over the refrigerator’s width and peered behind it. The only plug down there was the fridge plug. The oven had to be plugged in behind its many impenetrable metal parts. Steve guided my feet back down to the stool. Then he went into the basement to turn off the electrical fuses till he hit the one connected to the oven, to make the humming stop. When he flipped the fuse to life again, the humming did not return. Thank God. He went to take a shower. As for me, I never did get further in that book. Wendy is a writer living in Highland Park. nfyn From Page 10 Their family was struggling.” Her first husband was hired to manage a Mc- Donald’s restaurant near St. Paul. He did well, received a bonus and moved his family to open the first location in South Dakota. Joan and Ray Kroc had an affair there, eventually divorced their respective spouses and married in 1969. Reporting by Hilary Anderson, Freelance Reporter. Full story at THE WILMETTE BEACON Adolescent Health Summit addresses issues facing North Shore teens There are many reasons why the North Shore is an idyllic place for a young person to grow up, but that doesn’t mean they won’t encounter some struggles on their path to adulthood. The pressure to succeed, the fear of revealing inadequacies and the temptation to experiment with alcohol or drugs, can become overwhelming for some, motivating school officials and the New Trier Township to explore the causes, understand the complexities and strive to find solutions. Dr. Tim Hayes, assistant superintendent for student services at New Trier, explained that throughout his career, he is often asked by parents, teachers and youth services professionals how to best help kids who are struggling. For this reason, he partnered with Lauren Bonner, assistant dean at Loyola Academy, and Jeanne Winsted Rosser, a licensed clinical social worker and the social service administrator at New Trier Township, establishing the first Adolescent Health Summit on Feb. 8. The event brought together like-minded professionals who are part of the Township’s crisis response network to discuss the trends they see as it relates to anxiety and depression, substance abuse, school refusal and LG- BTQ+ related topic. Among the organizations in attendance were the Wilmette Police Department, bringing insight into alcohol and substance abuse among teens; Erika’s Lighthouse, addressing teen depression and anxiety; Angles of Northfield, discussing sexual health, identity and education; and Compass, a psychiatric care center located in Northbrook. Reporting by Alexa Burnell, Freelance Reporter. Full story at WilmetteBeacon. com. For more News From Your Neighbors, please visit Suspect in Highland Park shooting taken into custody Staff Report From Feb. 11 A suspect in a car jacking involving a firearm was taken into custody without incident on Friday, Feb. 10, in Highland Park. The Highland Park Police Department was notified of a shooting that had just taken place at approximately 4:05 p.m. in the 1800 block of Deerfield Road. According to police in a press release on the incident, the adult victim of the incident drove himself to the police station after the suspect fired shots at the victim who was seated in his car. Damage was observed on the victim’s vehicle that was consistent with being struck by ammunition discharged from a firearm. The victim was not injured during the incident and was the sole occupant of the vehicle. Officers immediately responded to the 1800 block of Deerfield Road to search for the suspect where a witness was located. The witness provided officers with a description of the offender and the vehicle they left the scene in. A local lookout was broadcasted to local officers and the vehicle, was occupied with two people, was quickly located and stopped by officers from the Deerfield Police Department. The offender was taken into custody without incident and the two firearms were recovered. Investigators determined that after discharging the firearm at the initial victim, the armed suspect then displayed a firearm at the driver of a delivery truck and ordered him to drive away. It was determined that the victim of the shooting was known by the offender and that the incident was not a random act. Police will be reviewing the incident to determine appropriate charges. The identity of the suspect will be released when charges have been obtained. To sign up for breaking news alerts, visit sound off the highland park landmark | February 16, 2017 | 15 Social snapshot Top stories: From as of Feb. 13 1. Breaking News: Suspect in Highland Park shooting taken into custody 2. Boys Swimming and Diving: Giants win dual with Spartans on emotional night 3. Boys basketball: Bears slip past Giants in fourth quarter 4. 10 Questions with Daniel Michelon, Highland Park boys basketball 5. Gerhard’s provides elegant desserts with a warm welcome Become a member: Courtney Jacquin We all know the importance teachers can have on the lives of children. And then there are the truly, truly special ones who go above and beyond and stay with you forever. I’ve had many teachers from middle school through college who have greatly impacted my life. I wouldn’t be in this current From the Editor Touching young lives job had it not been for one of my college professors. And I wouldn’t have made it to college without some of the amazing work of my high school teachers, especially my English teachers. But there’s one teacher I always fall back on. While middle school can be some of the most awful years for kids (hello, ages 11-14), there was one teacher who, to this day, still makes an impact on my life. His name is Mr. (Jerry) Shea, and he was a seventh-grade language arts/ reading teacher at Lundahl Middle School in Crystal Lake. Up until seventh grade, English classes were fairly basic — you learned how to write five-paragraph essays, you read and wrote book reports and learned grammar. Of course, yes, those things are important, but seventh-grade English with Mr. Shea changed everything. There’s a teacher at Highland Park High School I’ve gotten to know over the past few months in writing stories about his program, and his impact on his students feels like the impact I had from Mr. Shea. That’s Scott Shallenbarger. You probably don’t need me to sing his praises, but I’m going to for a moment. Every time I interview his students for a story, like this week for HPHS’s “Evita,” there is a constant throughout every interview I do, how great “Shall” is. All of his students talk about not only how he pushes them to be better, but how he makes them feel welcomed and supported. “He’ll always make you feel like you’re his favorite,” one student said. I finally met Shall after our many phone interviews over the past few months last week, and I understand how those students feel — I feel like I’ve known him a lifetime. Highland Park is filled with amazing educators, and Highland Park and Highwood students every day are touched by these individuals, but sometimes, there’s a little bit of extra magic, too. Highland Park Public Library posted this photo Feb. 8 on author Lisa Napoli’s visit. Napoli discussed her book on Ray and Joan Kroc. Like The Highland Park Landmark: Thank you to the parents who came out last night to listen to the Zacharias Center’s message of teen sexual assault prevention. Great info. @hphsgiants HPHS Principal tweeted Feb. 8. Follow The Highland Park Landmark: @hparklandmark go figure 125 The An intriguing number from this week’s edition number of students involved in the Highland Park High School production of “Evita.” See more on Page 3. camp From Page 11 Century Media, said the company began hosting the event after discovering a need for an all-inone event to prepare North Shore families for summer break and the many local opportunities for kids. “We know that a lot of our readers themselves have attended these camps and now their kids attend the camps, so a couple of years ago, we decided that we should try it out as an expo,” Warthen said. The Camp Expo offers networking opportunities for a variety of camps serving the most seasoned of campers to the youngest tykes, “It’s a good opportunity to ask questions and great face time with the camps.” 22CM CAMP EXPO 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 25 Sunset Ridge School 525 Sunset Ridge Road, Northfield (847) 272-4565 www.22ndcenturymedia. com/camp CAMP EXPO VENDORS DAY CAMPS Actors Training Center AYSO Region 425 Banner Day Camp Decoma Day Camp Discovery Day Camp Fonseca Martial Arts Galileo Innovation Camps Game On! Sports Camp 4 Girls Good Times Day Camp Hoops 4 Health iD Tech Camps One in a Hundred, Inc. 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