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16 | February 16, 2017 | The Lockport Legend news lockportlegend.com Police Reports Lockport resident charged with DUI Charles Davis, 56, of the 19000 block of Briggs Street in Lockport, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a revoked license by Lockport police on Feb. 5 after being stopped for improper lane usage in the area of Briggs Street and South Street. Lockport Police Department Feb. 4 • Guadalupe Lara-Arguello, 37, of the 13000 block of Francis Road in Mokena, was charged with driving without a drivers license and driving under the influence of alcohol after his vehicle was stopped for improper lane usage near the intersection of State Street and Northern Drive in Lockport. Will County Sheriff’s Office Feb. 1 • Linzi K. Viscum, 29, of 216 Madison St. in Joliet, was cited for driving with a suspended license, operating an LRC From Page 8 The LRC will also be looking for more businesses in the community to partner with. They have a strong relationship with Sizzles owner Mervet Nolte, but would like to expand further to open larger fundraising opportunities such as paint nights, dining out events, a block party or a band performance. “The resources to put those things together are kind of big,” Cean said. Cean admits that procuring larger business partners is a tall task, and they may need additional volunteers from the community to make it happen. The Magoskys are more than happy with the volunteers the LRC currently has, but getting more help uninsured motor vehicle and driving with an expired registration after being stopped in the area of Grandview Avenue and E. Division Street in Lockport. Feb. 4 • Laurencio Ruiz Sanchez, 36, of 603 Landau Ave. in Joliet, was cited for driving with a revoked license, failure to signal and operating an uninsured motor vehicle after being stopped near the intersection of S. Broadway Street and W. Renwick Road in Lockport. EDITOR’S NOTE: The Lockport Legend’s Police Reports are compiled from official reports found online on the Will County Sheriff’s Office or Lockport 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. from people with social media, marketing, networking and promotions backgrounds would be a boon to their efforts, Anne said. “We have a good core group, many of whom have been with us since the start,” she said. “That’s absolutely wonderful, we keep them with us, but we still need more. We’re always looking for new volunteers.” The Lockport Resource Center has outlasted three other thrift stores in Lockport and has helped numerous people in the community in its five years of existence, but Cean and Anne are not content, as they see a vast array of other opportunities to help the Lockport area. “We’ve got the longevity, but now we need to grow,” Cean said “We need to take that next step.” 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 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- LenoxPatriot.com. FROM THE ORLAND PARK PRAIRIE Eagles boys basketball shows unity in tough loss to Lincoln-Way East Lincoln-Way East’s Sam Shafer scored 22 total points — 15 in the second half — to lead the Griffins Feb. 7 in blowing out the Eagles 56-36 in a South- West Suburban Conference matchup. But the Eagles found a moment of team unity late in the game, when reserves got in, with Sandburg’s starters voraciously cheering on their teammates. “We have a good group of kids, and I enjoy coaching them,” Allen said of that team unity. “It’s good to get those kids some playing time, because they bust their butts just like everybody else for six months during the season. It’s unfortunate it had to be in this type of situation, but it’s good to get them in.” Beyond that moment, the Eagles also found something to talk about in the performance of Edmond Mila. Mila scored 15 points and had two rebounds for Sandburg. “Edmond played really well against them the first time, too,” Allen said. Barlow Alleruzzo finished with eight points and five rebounds, while Jason Pygon added four assists and two steals. Chris Toth and Max Winans each scored two points. “Unfortunately, 36 points is not going to beat a good Lincoln-Way team,” Allen said. “Defensively, I didn’t think we were very good in the second half. We’ve got to keep the game in the 40s for us to have a chance. We just weren’t able to do that tonight.” Reporting by Jon DePaolis, Freelance Reporter. For more, visit OPPrairie.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 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 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.

lockportlegend.com sound off the Lockport Legend | February 16, 2017 | 17 Social snapshot Top Web Stories From LockportLegend.com from Monday, Feb. 13. from the assistant editor The centenarian edition 1. Youth theater performs ‘The Lion King Jr.’ at LTHS 2. Cheerleading: Porters place in Top 10 at state competition 3. Girls Bowling: Historic performance gives Porters regional win 4. Park district’s Daddy Daughter Royal Ball sells out 5. Wrestling: Porters steamroll way to regional title at home Become a member: LockportLegend.com/plus “Don’t miss the chance to bid on this birdhouse hand carved by Lockport’s own John Lamb... only the 1836 Event.. get tickets at www.visitlockport.com” Main Street Lockport from Feb. 6. Like The Lockport Legend: facebook.com/LockportLegend “Excellent job to all of our Spelling Bee finalists! Congratulations to our Spelling Bee Champion, Molly! #stjoelockport” @msboba8 from Feb. 7. Follow The Lockport Legend: @LockportLegend Erin Redmond e.redmond@22ndcenturymedia.com 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 don’t think that added 70-plus years to 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. 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 Lockport legend Marie Cook, who passed away on Jan. 22, just a few days after her 103rd birthday. Her friends credit her curiosity, 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 in Lockport 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 to the end led to her serving on the Lockport Planning and Zoning Commission for 42 years, during which 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 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 Sherry Ranieri won’t waste a single second of it. That’s a lesson we can all learn from these two remarkable women. Are you reaching 90,000 subscribers? NO Contact Sherry Ranieri! 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 Lockport Legend 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 Lockport Legend reserves the right to edit letters. Letters become property of The Lockport Legend. Letters that are published do not reflect the thoughts and views of The Lockport Legend. 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