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The Lockport Legend 021617

8 | February 16, 2017 |

8 | February 16, 2017 | The Lockport Legend news Lockport Resource Center looks to expand in fifth year Max Lapthorne, Editor Cean Magosky stands next to a shelf full of trinkets at the Lockport Resource Center Thrift Shop, phone to his ear, while Anne Magosky sits across from him scrolling through the contact list on her phone. The pair is racking their brains to figure out how to help a Lockport resident in need of finding an affordable place to live so her 15-year-old daughter can stay in the Lockport Township High School district. This effort is just one example of the variety of services provided by the Lockport Resource Center. The LRC celebrated its fifth anniversary Tuesday, Feb. 14, and since its opening, the organization has made a significant impact in the community. But Cean, the President of the LRC Board of Directors, and Anne — his wife, a board member and thrift store director — want to expand the LRC’s reach even further. “What we’re trying to do as we go into our fifth year, is break away from [being] just a thrift shop, because so many people see us as just the thrift shop,” Cean said. Tom M. Ross D.D.S. - 2nd Generation of Family Dentistry - • Adults • Children • Crowns • Bridges • Cosmetic • Bleaching • Restore Implants 1002 S. State St. (next to Tallgrass Restaurant) 815-838-7174 The LRC offers emergency relief loans for car repairs, rent and home repairs as well as a scholarship called the Transformation Scholarship. The organization also works as a referral source to the Will-Grundy Medical Clinic. Those efforts are funded through the thrift store, which is the “face” of the organization, Cean said. The Rev. Bob Dealy, a former pastor at Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Church, came up with the idea for local churches to combine their discretionary ministry funds in the hope they could accomplish more together than they could separately. Thus, the eight members of the Lockport Homer Area Ministerial Alliance (LHAMA) banded together to create the LRC. To help get the organization going, partnerships were forged with the Lockport/ Homer FISH Food Pantry and Lockport Love. Those relationships have been instrumental in the LRC’s mission to help the community, but the help offered at the LRC is different from that of the other organizations. “We serve the same clientele as both groups, but on a much more daily, granular basis,” Cean said. 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Max Lapthorne/22nd Century Media comes into the thrift store in need of clothes to wear to a job interview, LRC will give them the clothes free of charge. All the volunteers at the LRC Thrift Shop have the authority to give away anything in the store if someone is in need, Cean said. “We’re not about profit, we’re about helping others and showing God’s love through our own lives and what we do,” said Sharon Bolerjack, an LRC volunteer who has been with the organization since its inception. While the LRC is always willing to help those who are in need for one reason or another, the organization also aims to work to help “break the cycle” of local families in poverty. This goal of preventing future generations from needing the LRC and FISH Food Pantry’s assistance was born at what Cean refers to as the Brownie Summit. The Brownie Summit was a meeting that took place about a year ago between Cean, Mayor Steve Streit, Lockport Police Chief Terry Lemming and Jim Naylor from the FISH Food Pantry. It got its name because Lemming’s daughter had baked brownies that day, but more importantly, it marked the beginning of the Transformation Scholarship. “So we sat in his office and talked about how we can work together, and the things we can do and what we’re seeing in the community,” Cean said. So far, two local students have earned the $1,000 Transformation Scholarship, Matt Becker and Priscilla Alvarez. Preference for the scholarship is given to students who are the first in their family to attend college, and those who are attending a short-term program like a welding course or nurses assistant program. Becker, a 2015 LTHS graduate, earned the first scholarship back in January of 2016. He is in his second year at Joliet Junior College where he is studying physics. He was not sure of his major going into JJC, but the scholarship have him an extra push to make a decision. “Getting it from here motivated me to search for an actual major because I was undecided going into JJC,” Becker said. After this year, Becker is looking to transfer to an Ivy League school or University of Maryland to study atomic or quantum physics. But for now he is only enrolled in one class at JJC, so he’s decided to lend his spare time to the LRC. “They gave me money, so I might as well give them some of my time,” he said. With the scholarship program off the ground, the LRC has new goals in mind for 2017. Their goal of separating the thrift store from the overall organization in the minds of the community is atop the list. In an attempt to do that, the LRC will be announcing a rebranding on Saturday, Feb. 18, at an organizational luncheon. This will include changing the name of the thrift shop to the Pass it on Thrift Store at the Lockport Resource Center. Anne uses #Passiton in all of the LRC’s posts on social media, so they figured it would be an ideal name for the store. “[We’re] passing on a feeling, efforts, time, talents and stuff to the community,” Anne said. Please see LRC, 16 news the Lockport Legend | February 16, 2017 | 9 Park district event celebrates Black History Month Residents gather at Fairmont Community Center to learn about black history Mary Stroka Freelance Reporter “I enjoy knowing my heritage. … When I teach it, I learn it as well.” Mary Fort — Crest Hill resident, on learning about black history About 35 people came out to celebrate Black History Month in Lockport on the afternoon of Saturday, Feb. 11, with an event at the Fairmont Community Center that included music, history lessons and a luncheon. The Lockport Township Park District arranged the annual event, and several volunteers from the Fairmont Community Food Pantry and the Silver and Gold seniors club participated. “Younger black people don’t seem to be as involved in black history,” said Dora Brown, director of the Fairmont Community Food Pantry. “They teach [black history] very little now in school. [Younger black people] should know their history. … They take it for granted what their foreparents went through,” Brown said. Brown said she worked in cotton fields in Mississippi before she moved to the Chicago area in 1966. Mary Fort, a volunteer at the food pantry from Crest Hill, spoke about various black public figures who were less famous than Martin Luther King, Jr. One of the people she presented on was Diahann Carroll, the first African-American actress to star in a TV show, “Julia,” in a role other than a domestic worker. Fort also led the group in playing trivia games about famous black people throughout history and a word search she had created. “I enjoy knowing my heritage. … When I teach it, I learn it as well,” Fort said. Rosie Seals presented “Black History Tidbits,” in which she told the stories of the women featured in the film “Hidden Figures,” including John Glenn’s reliance on NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson. Former president Barack Obama presented Johnson with the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Nov. 24, 2015. Fort’s grandchildren made a presentation entitled “It’s All about Black History” on several inventors who were black. “The younger people can teach the older people new things and that’s really cool,” said Diaymond Trotter, 14. “Maybe all the older grown-ups forgot about the inventions and the kids still need help learning about the inventors,” said Amarion Bradley, 8. The event also included a “hat parade” fashion show, in which nine women wore fancy hats and the audience cheered for their top picks. Edna Kucharz of Lockport won the fashion show with her straw hat that was adorned with a blue feather. Kucharz came to the event last year and belongs to the Silver and Gold Club. “Everyone was very welcoming,” she said. She added that the event was “very informative,” and she learned about the many inventors were black people, including Garrett Morgan, who invented one of the first models of the traffic signal. “We forget those people,” she said. Katie Ulmer, chairwoman of the black history programs of the Silver and Gold Club, emceed the event. “I want other people to be aware of [black history and know] as much as I know or maybe more. … Everyone’s welcome to speak. “There’s a lot that I still don’t know. I’m still learning,” Ulmer said. She said that she had not known about the women whose stories are told in the movie “Hidden Figures,” for example. Deacon Willie Seals, from Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, said the invocation and benediction for the event. “I love it, coming together,” he said about the event and the other programs of the Silver and Gold Club. “[The Silver and Gold Club] is a very informative source,” he said, as their programming includes presentations from organizations including the AARP, as well as “nice luncheons for a low price.” Melody Williams led the group in songs including “We’ve Come This Far by Faith” and “Victory in Jesus.” The Silver and Gold seniors club meets the first Monday of each month, September through May, at noon for a meeting and lunch at the Fairmont Community Center, which is located at 525 Barry Ave. in Lockport. The Black History Month event is held the second Saturday of February each year. Nine contestants participated in a hat fashion show Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Black History Month event held at the Fairmont Community Center. Mary Stroka/22nd Century Media “Our mission is to positively impact a child’s potential in life through play-based education.” Visit us at