1 year ago


The Orland Park Prairie 021617

16 | February 16, 2017 |

16 | February 16, 2017 | The orland park prairie news 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 a 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 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 FROM THE LOCKPORT LEGEND Lockport Resource Center looks to expand in fifth year Cean Magosky stands next to a shelf full of trinkets at the Lockport Resource Center and 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 that 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 was to celebrate 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. 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. Reporting by Max Lapthorne, Editor. For more, visit Lock 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 celebratory 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 FROM THE MOKENA MESSENGER Library patrons get a sweet treat The Mokena Community Public Library District decided to treat its guests to something special during a recent weekend program. On Feb. 5, the library hosted Mokena resident Sue Peltzer, owner and demonstrator at Delicious Creations, located in Hickory Hills. Delicious Creations is a full retail candy shop, open to the public with a madeto-order bakery specializing in candy making and cake decorating. “We do demonstrations like this at a lot of the libraries and churches around the area,” Peltzer said. “The librarian was looking for people to come and do demonstrations when she saw my shirt. ... And she asked what Delicious Creations was, and it went from there.” The class — which was inspired by a Valentine’s Day theme — was open to people 18 or older who were looking to make special treats with someone special. In front of the group, Peltzer demonstrated the process of melting her specialty chocolate, as well as a step-bystep process that taught the class how to use chocolate to make candy. With a light-hearted approach, Peltzer led a lively class in the creation of chocolate-covered caramel turtles, peanuts, raisins, pretzels, white chocolate orange crunch bark and chocolatedipped marshmallows with sprinkles. Participants were allowed to take all of their creations home after the program. “This was a good group of people to work with,” Peltzer said. “I love the fun classes that are loud, communicative and make a little trouble with each other.” Reporting by Ryan Esguerra, Freelance Reporter. For more, visit FROM THE FRANKFORT STATION Former East cheerleader closes curtain on college career Not long after completing four years of competitive cheerleading at Lincoln-Way East, Rachael Van Gennep could already sense a void. She has been competing since she was 5 years old and was not ready to give it up. “Something was missing,” Van Gennep said. “I couldn’t miss out on a chance to compete in college. … I had to try out.” Now, the 21-year-old is in the stretch run of her career at Grand Valley State University and is looking to go out on a high note. Van Gennep’s final performance is slated to take place April 5-9 at the Division II National Cheerleaders Association Collegiate National Championship in Daytona Beach, Florida. Van Gennep’s first foray with cheerleading came at Lincoln-Way East, where she competed in seven competitions each year, which included conference, sectional and state competitions. “It wasn’t as elite as it is now,” she said. “But the coaches said we laid the foundation.” East won state championships in 2014, 2015 and most recently again this season. She said there was not a singular moment that made her realize cheering was her calling. Rather, it was the pursuit of meeting personal challenges and the electric feeling she got after a strong performance that fueled her love. “I love the energetic atmosphere and being able to go out on the floor and show people what we’ve been working so hard for,” she said. Reporting by Ryan Wallace, Freelance Reporter. For more, visit orland park the orland park prairie | February 16, 2017 | 17