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Village awards longtime volunteer, Page 4

Cheesin’ it up

Sal’s Phillys puts twist on classic, Page 5

Business as usual

Township discusses new meeting time, equipment replacement, Page 6

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Shady Oaks camp celebrates 70th anniversary during annual open house, Page 3

Shady Oaks camp counselor Katie Clark (left) dances with camper Kevin

Douglas as Douglas’ mother, Janet, looks on July 9 during the camp’s

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Art Garden Dedication

2-3:30 p.m. July 20, Homer

Township Public Library,

14320 W. 151st St., Homer

Glen. Rocks from the Rock

Painting Fundraiser Contest

will be placed in the garden.

Enjoy a snack, goody bag and

music during the ceremony.

Visit www.homerlibrary.org

for details.


Blood Drive

8 a.m.-noon July 23, Our

Mother of Good Counsel

Parish, 16043 S. Bell Road,

Homer Glen. Help save a life

at the Knights of Columbus

Summer Blood Drive. The

group is hoping to reach a

goal of at least 20 people. No

sign up is necessary; photo

ID is required. All donors

will receive a $5 Target gift


14th Annual SOB Run

9 a.m. July 23, Shady Oaks

Camp, 16300 Parker Road,

Homer Glen. Shady Oaks

Camp will host its 14th annual

bike run. The price

is $25 for drivers and $20

for passengers. Visit www.

shadyoakscamp.org for more



Basic Yoga

6:30-7:30 p.m. July 24,

Homer Township Public Library,

14320 W. 151st St.,

Homer Glen. Join Marti

Anne for this class designed

especially for first-time yoga

students. This class consists

of learning a series of gentle

poses, postures and positions

while calming the body and

the mind. Attendees are encouraged

to bring a yoga mat;

however, one will be provided

to use during class, if needed.

Registration required.

Contact Adult Services at


org or call (708) 301-7908

for more information.


How To Build A Dream Home

5:30-8 p.m. Thursday,

July 27, Homer Glen Village

Community Center,

14240 W. 151st St., Homer

Glen. Learn everything you

wanted to know about building

a house but were afraid to

ask. The seminar will cover a

basic overview of the home

building process, including

locating a lot, identifying

a builder, choosing a floor

plan, setting a budget and

more. There will also be several

items raffled at the end of

the seminar. For more information

or to register, contact

JoAnn at (312) 203-7355.

A Geologist’s View Of The

Solar System

7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, July

27, Homer Township Public

Library, 14320 W. 151st St.,

Homer Glen. Incorporating

breathtaking, full-color images

taken by recent space

probes, this program reveals

some of the strangest terrains

and most alien environments

imaginable. Attendees will

learn about the “planetary

twins” Earth and Venus and

why one became a home for

life and the other evolved into

a nightmarish world with a

pressure cooker atmosphere,

sulfuric acid rain and a barren

landscape. This nontechnical

talk appeals to adults

and children 11 and up. Presented

by Raymond Wiggers.

Contact Adult Services at


org or call (708) 301-7908

for more information.

Coffee, Donuts And A Movie

10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday,

July 28, Homer Township

Public Library, 14320

W. 151st St., Homer Glen.

Indulge on some coffee and

donuts while watching “A

Dog’s Purpose.” No registration


Disney’s ‘Moana’ Sing Along

1-2:30 p.m. Friday, July

28, Homer Township Public

Library, 14320 W. 151st St.,

Homer Glen. Sing and interact

with “Moana.” Enjoy prop

bags full of movie surprises

and treats to interact with the

movie. Costumes encouraged,

and subtitles provided.

All ages welcome; children

6 and under must be with an

adult. For more information,

contact Youth Services at


or call (708) 301-7908.

Design To Discover - Toy Take


6-7 p.m. Monday, July

31, Homer Township Public

Library, 14320 W. 151st St.,

Homer Glen. Ever wonder

what is inside a toy? Make

some exciting and surprising

discoveries when you

dissect an old stuffed animal.

Using tools such as

screwdrivers, seam rippers

and scissors, you’ll expose

and explore the mechanisms,

circuit boards, computer

chips, lights and wires

that make up that special

toy. For ages 8-13. For more

information, contact Youth

Services at children@homerlibrary.org

or call (708)


Ageless Grace

11 a.m.-noon Tuesday,

Aug. 1, Homer Township

Public Library, 14320 W.

151st St., Homer Glen.

Learn anti-aging techniques

such as joint mobility and

spinal flexibility focus on

the healthy longevity of the

body, mind and spirit. All of

the exercises are designed to

be practiced in a chair, and

they consist of movements

that are natural — there is

no need to learn any special

choreography. Registration


Used Book Sale

8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday,

Aug. 4, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 5, 8:30

a.m.-9 p.m. Monday, Aug.

7, Homer Township Public

Library, 14320 W. 151st

St., Homer Glen. Browse

a selection of gently used

books, music and DVDs.

Contact Adult Services at


brary.org or call (708) 301-

7908 for more information.

LTHS Football Golf Outing

1 p.m. Friday, Aug.

4, Broken Arrow Golf

Course, 16325 Broken

Arrow Dr., Lockport.

Lockport Township High

School’s Football Boosters

and alumni will host

the annual outing, which

includes golf, dinner, competitions

and prizes. Visit


for more information.

Second Annual Race to Walk


8 a.m. Sunday, Oct.

1, Konow’s Corn Maze,

16849 S. Cedar Road,

Homer Glen. Alexandra’s

Ambition Foundation is

hosting its second 5K to

support children with Arthrogryposis


Congenita for all ages. The

cost is $30 per person and

includes all-day access to

the corn maze. For more

information, visit www.al

exan drasambition.org.

Bow Wow Bingo

6-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct.

14, New Lenox VFW, 323

Old Hickory Road, New

Lenox. A night of bingo and

dinner to benefit TLC Animal

Shelter. Cost is $25 per

person. Doors open at 6 p.m.,

play starts at 7 p.m.


Summer Reading Club:

Reading By Design

4:15-7:30 p.m. June 12-

July 22, Homer Township

Public Library District,

14320 W. 151st St., Homer


In the July 13 edition

of The Homer Horizon,

the pastor column

titled “Receiving grace

as a result of honest

examination of self” on

Page 16 was mistakenly

attributed to the Rev.

Thomas Loya. The Rev.

Evan Goranson wrote

this column. The Horizon

recognizes and regrets

the error.

Glen. Visit the Bookmobile

to sign-up to the summer

reading club, Reading by Design,

and a chance to win lots

of prizes. Contact Maryellen

Reed at outreach@homerli

brary.org or call (708) 301-

7908 for more information.

Used Book Sale Collection

July 15-31, Homer Township

Public Library, 14320

W. 151st St., Homer Glen.

The library is accepting donations

during library hours.

It accepts gently used books,

music, DVDs, textbooks,

VHS, magazines or encyclopedias.

Items in poor condition

cannot be accepted.

Contact Adult Services at


org or call (708) 301-7908

for more information.

Citizens Against Ruining the


6-7:30 p.m. every third

Monday of the month, White

Oak Library, 121 E. 8th St.,

Lockport. CARE, a nonprofit

and all-volunteer organization,

will discuss environmental

and health-related issues

in Will County and the surrounding

areas. Community

service hours also available.

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


com or call (708) 326-9170

ext. 15.

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the Homer Horizon | July 20, 2017 | 3

Shady Oaks Camp celebrates its 70th anniversary

Record crowd turns

out for annual open

house event

Jason Maholy

Freelance Reporter

In 1947, some 50 parents

of children with cerebral

palsy opened a camp in the

woods of unincorporated

Homer Township where their

children could spend a few

weeks together during the


Situated on 35 acres they

had purchased for $18,000

— on the west side of Parker

Road, a half mile south of

159th Street — Shady Oaks

Camp for Individuals With

Cerebral Palsy, as it was then

known, was in the middle of

nowhere. The camp provided

a quiet, secluded place for

the children to enjoy a camp

experience at a time when

few services of the sort were

available to people with disabilities.

Fast forward 70 years, and

Shady Oaks is regarded as a

one-of-a-kind summer camp

whose campers, staff and

volunteers continue to return

year after year. Today’s version

of the nonprofit camp

serves people of all ages and

with all disabilities, whether

physical or intellectual, and

operates on an annual budget

of between $300,000 and


On July 9, Shady Oaks held

its 70th annual open house on

its property at 16300 Parker

Road. Campers and their parents,

along with staff members,

donors and volunteers,

enjoyed a good old-fashioned

summer picnic under the

oaks from which the camp

gets its name. There was a

DJ, a water balloon-tossing

contest and a musical performance

by staff members and

campers during which they

Quinn Cardinal, 5, throws a water balloon during a game at

Shady Oaks Camp’s open house event.

expressed their love for the

camp to the melody of John

Denver’s “Take Me Home,

Country Roads.”

An estimated 250 people

— a record crowd and about

100 more than the typical

turnout — attended the

event, according to Shady

Oaks Camp Executive Director

Scott Steele.

For the first 50 or so years,

the open house served as a

fundraiser and chance for

the parents of the camp’s 50-

60 campers to get together

with their children and each

other. The event’s complexion

changed dramatically

about 20 years ago, when

the mother of a camper took

over its organization.

“When I started 26 years

ago, it wasn’t this big of a

production,” Steele said.

“Back then, it was mostly

parents coming out for the

kids and just getting the

chance to hang out at camp.”

Today, the open house

serves as an opportunity to

showcase the camp to parents

of people with disabilities,

while bringing together campers,

parents, staff members,

volunteers and donors for a

celebration under the oaks.

“The main point is to bring

in new families to see the

camp in operation and give

everyone the chance to see

what we do out here,” Steele

said. “The best time to do it is

this time of year, because not

only is camp in session, but

it’s a day where all the staff

and campers are really up for

the day, so everybody’s on

their best behavior, the place

looks great, the grass is cut

just a little bit shorter.

“And it brings in everyone

who has helped throughout

the year, as sort of a thank


Seventeen campers, each

who has his or her own

counselor, attend the camp

during eight two-week sessions

that begin the Monday

after Father’s Day. The camp

offers two-, four-, six- and

eight-week sessions.

Many campers, once they

get their first taste of Shady

Oaks, cannot help but return.

Dave Swanson is an eightweek

camper who is spending

his 31st summer at the

camp this year. Swanson, 55,

of Lockport, learned of the

camp from a woman with

whom he attended college,

he said.

“I came out to visit, and

there was an empty bed in

the dorm,” Swanson recalled.

“And I stayed for a

Shady Oaks Camp counselors and summer campers perform a song as part of the 70th

anniversary festivities July 9 at the camp. PHOTOS By Jason Maholy/22nd Century Media

week, and I kept coming


Dave’s father, Ralph, said

his son still looks forward to

coming to Shady Oaks every


“This is like a vacation for

him,” Ralph said.

And some staff members

and volunteers find it difficult

to stay away, too. Katie

Clark is spending her third

summer at the camp, despite

trying to convince herself to

do otherwise. Clark, 24, of

England, counts down each

year to the day she leaves for

the United States.

“I try to stay away, but

I can’t,” said Clark, who

works with elderly dementia

patients back home. “I

need to pass my driving test,

I need to go to school and

I can’t because I can’t stop

coming. I don’t know how

to stop.”

Clark said she initially

planned to spend just one

year at Shady Oaks and then

move on with her life and


“I thought that was it,”

she said. “I needed to concentrate

back home. But I

just can’t leave these guys.

I can’t imagine not being

here. The love and the happiness

this place brings, it

makes me complete. My life

is complete when I’m here.”

Homer Glen resident

Bob Szajkovics became acquainted

with Shady Oaks

eight years ago, when his

daughter, Lisa, attended the

camp for the first time. Two

years later, he started vol-

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Homer Glen Village Board

Long-serving volunteer honored with award

Jessie Molloy

Freelance Reporter

Before the official start of

business at its July 12 meeting,

the Homer Glen Village

Board took time to recognize

the contributions of one of

the Village’s longest serving


Mayor George Yukich presented

the Making a Difference

Award to recently retired

Plan Commission Chairman

Joe Maska in recognition of

all his years of service.

Maska has lived in the

Homer Glen area since 1988

and assisted in the Village’s

efforts to be incorporated in

2001. Immediately after that

success, he was named a plan

commissioner, a role he held

continuously through 2015,

when he was appointed as the

Plan Commission chairman.

“We want to say thank

you and applaud all the work

you’ve done for the village,”

Yukich said when presenting

Maska with the crystal

award. “You’ve truly made a


Yukich also extended his

personal gratitude to Maska

for all the guidance he provided

to him and other former

members of the Plan

Commission over the years.

Maska retired from the

Plan Commission in May,

Round it Up

A brief recap of board action from the July 12 meeting of

the Homer Glen Village Board

•The board voted unanimously to accept a land

donation from the Lieponis family of .934 acres of the

northwest portion of its 159th Street property. The

small land parcel will allow for easier construction of

the Fiddyment Creek sanitary sewer.

•The Environment Committee is currently accepting

nominations for the 2017 Community and Nature

in Harmony Awards online. Trustee Sharon Sweas

encouraged residents to nominate friends and

neighbors they believe are worthy of this award.

due in part to a potential

need to relocate in the near

future, though Yukich has

said he would always be

welcomed back.

“It [has] been a pleasure

serving since the beginning

— since before the beginning

of the Village,” Maska

said. “It [has] been a wonderful

experience to be able

to give back to the community

ever since.”

During the business of

the brief meeting, the board

voted for the final time to

approve a lease agreement

for the Village’s Emergency

Management Agency.

The board voted unanimously,

minus the vote of

Trustee Carlo Caprio, who

was not in attendance, to approve

the renewal of the lease

agreement for a 4,000 squarefoot

space at 15757 Annico

Drive. The Village has been

leasing the space since June

2007 to house meeting space,

a truck garage, and equipment

storage for the EMA.

The rent for this fiscal year

amounts to $27,000, which

is accounted for in the budget

and has not increased over

last year’s rate.

This will be the Village’s

last year in the space, however,

because starting next

spring, modifications at the

Village Hall property will allow

the EMA to move into

that space along with other

Village operations, saving

more rent money for the taxpayers.

“Starting in 2018, no more

rent,” Yukich said after the

board approved the measure.

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unteering at the camp and

has over the past six years

undertaken many tasks

from carpentry, plumbing

and electrical work to

grant writing. Today, he is

the Shady Oaks Board of

Directors president and insists

that he will continue

to contribute as long as Lisa

— an eight-week camper —

keeps coming back.

“Every year, I ask her if

she wants to go back, and

she says ‘yes,’” he said.

“When she comes home for

the weekends [every two

weeks], we ask her if she

wants to go back, and she

says yes.

“It’s the only camp that is

a residential camp for people

with disabilities that’s more

than one week and that provides

one-to-one care,” he

continued. “There’s no other

camp like that anywhere

that I know of — nowhere.

There’s no other place like


Szajkovics gets his own

sense of satisfaction from

volunteering and contributing

to the camp’s mission.

“It’s much more rewarding

than working some job

where you have a boss who

tells you what to do, because

when you see the smiles and

the happiness on the campers

and counselors for what you

do, it’s invaluable. It’s priceless.”

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the Homer Horizon | July 20, 2017 | 5

Sal’s Phillys adds its

twist to cheesesteak

Claudia Harmata

Editorial Intern

Salim Bal knows his sandwiches

are not typical Philly


“I took over a restaurant

that was going under,” Bal

said. “They were making

Philly steaks, and I thought

I could make them better. I

changed the menu a bit — the

recipe and everything — and

I came up with Sal’s recipe.”

Bal got his start in the

Philly cheese steak industry

in 2002, when he took over

the Chicago Cheese Steak

restaurant in Chicago. The

restaurant needed help, according

to Bal, and he stayed

there for 10 years, eventually

selling the restaurant and

opening Sal’s Famous Cheesesteaks

in Justice, which remains

in business.

This recipe change, according

to Bal, was “all in the

seasonings, what they were

using and how much they

were using.”

When the opportunity to

open Sal’s Phillys in Homer

Glen arrived, he took it, bringing

his spin on the cheesesteak

to his latest venture.

At Sal’s, he named his

signature, namesake sandwich

the Sal’s Cheese Steak

— made with green peppers,

onions, mayo and a choice of

cheddar or mozzarella cheese

($5.29 regular, $7.29 large)

— for that very reason.

“We call it Sal’s Cheese

Steak,” Bal said. “The reason

being, in [Philadelphia] they

make the Philly steak with

mushrooms, provolone and

Cheez Whiz. Here, we make

it differently; our ingredients

are different. That’s why I

prefer not to call it a Philly


“Be careful, man, you

don’t wanna give away the

The namesake Sal’s cheesesteak ($5.29 regular, $7.29

large), here with mozzarella cheese and fries, is the

signature item at Sal’s Phillys, which opened last month in

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secret recipe,” joked Omar

Falaneh, the manager of the

new Homer Glen location,

which officially opened last


The new recipe for his

sandwiches was inspired by

Bal’s customers, who, according

to Bal, wanted to see

changes in the sandwiches.

The original restaurant, Chicago

Cheese Steak, was receiving

complaints, so Bal

adjusted the recipe to what

the customers wanted. His

customers were also the motivation

behind the opening

of Sal’s Phillys in Homer


“We opened for the people,”

Falaneh said. “We

heard from many people and

customers … that there was

nothing like this out here. So

we wanted to bring something

to you guys.”

And bring something they

did — an entire menu featuring

all of Bal’s cheesesteak

sandwiches, along with endless

options spanning hot

dogs, hamburgers, subs, salads

and more. Bal’s menu

has something for just about

anyone, he said.

Some of the more popular

dishes include the Buffalo

chicken cheesesteak ($5.29

regular, $7.29 large) and

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the spicy breaded chicken


“We have a special seasoning

that gives it a little

spice, but it doesn’t burn

your mouth when you eat,”

Bal said. “You feel the heat,

but you don’t need to run for


The ability to manipulate

the recipes to create a menu

with a variety of cheesesteak

sandwiches was one reason

Bal decided to originally enter

the industry.

“If you look at our menu,

there’s so many ways you

can make [Phillys],” Bal

said. “To me, that’s a challenge,

and I like challenges. I

like to make different foods,

combine things and make different

dishes out of one particular


A staff favorite, the steak

Italiano ($5.29 regular, $7.29

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Homer Township Board

Meeting times, copy machine replacement highlight discussion

Jessie Molloy

Freelance Reporter

The Homer Township

Board met July 10 for the last

time at its usual time. Among

the actions taken at the meeting

was a unanimous vote to

reschedule the monthly meetings

from 7:30 p.m. on the

second Monday of the month

to 7 p.m. on the same day.

The decision was made to

reschedule the meeting times

for the convenience of the


“We’ve had people say that

7:30 is just too late,” Supervisor

Pam Meyers said. “The

meetings run late, and people

say they have to be able to

put young kids to bed.”

While the trustees did

not express confidence the

changed time would drastically

increase meeting attendance,

they agreed the

earlier start would be more

convenient and voted to begin

holding the meeting at the

new time starting on Aug. 14.

The board also made a

decision regarding the purchase

of a new copy machine

for the Township office.

The Township’s lease on its

old machine is set to expire

soon, and while the board is

still weighing options for the

disposal of the old machine,

it voted to approve the purchase

of a new one.

After considering bids from

five different companies, the

board voted unanimously to

purchase outright a new faxenabled

Samsung X7600GX

machine through Imagetec for

a price of $10,125, as well as

an annual service fee of $656

for a five-year period.

Regarding the decision to

purchase the machine instead

of entering another lease,

Meyers said “economically,

it was more reasonable.”

“We have been budgeting

so that we had the money to

buy it outright, so there was

no cash flow benefit to financing

it,” she explained.

The board will receive the

new machine when the lease

on the current one runs out.

At that point, the board will

decide to either purchase the

old machine for $600 — with

no continued service contract

— or ship it back to the leasing

company in New York.

Meyers said either way,

the Township will be disposing

of the old machine; it is

just a matter of which will be

more efficient. At this time,

the board does not know

how much shipping the old

machine to New York would

cost. Purchasing the machine

and running it for a short,

additional time before disposing

of it also allows the

Township to ensure its hard

drive, which contains private

information, is destroyed

when it is retired, an option

not available if the machine

is returned.

Possible Trantina Dog Park


During the public comments

portion of the meeting,

the Board was addressed by

Boy Scout David Krzysiak, a

16-year-old high school student

beginning work on his

Eagle Scout project.

Krzysiak’s proposed project

is to create improvements

in the Trantina Dog Park, including

improved drainage

in the southwestern corner of

the park, planting new shade

trees in the far end of the

park, installing new benches

further into the park and installing

chain-link fence privacy

slats on the entrance

gates to avoid issues when

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Round it Up

A brief recap of board action from the July 10 meeting of the Homer Township Board

•The board addressed a request by the Homer Stallions to replace the windows in the

football field’s announcer booth, voting to return the request to the Parks and Recreation

Committee for monitoring during the football season. The board said the estimated price of the

improvement, $12,000, was not in the annual budget, and the sports teams have already had

several non-budgeted repairs addressed this year. While the board acknowledged the building

does have a problem with moisture, the committee was instructed to look for alternative

solutions which could be revisited next year.

•The board approved Trustee Tom Fijan’s cost proposal to install system lockout switches

on the athletic field sprinkler systems, voting to spend a total of $324 on two locking devices

which would prevent a repeat of this year’s premature sprinkler startup that caused damage to


•The board voted to reappoint Meyers as the board’s official representative for the Open

Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act requests for the new term.

new dogs enter the park.

Meyers and the trustees

told Krzysiak they would be

willing to work with him on

the project, which would be

entirely funded and staffed

by donations and volunteers

coordinated by the Scouts,

but some of his plans would

need to be fine-tuned.

“We’ve worked with Eagle

Scouts before, and we’d be

happy to help you with this,”

Meyers said. “Some of it we

will need to tweak a little, but

we’d be happy to help come

up with a plan that will work.”

When Krzysiak finishes

his official proposal for the

Scout committees, the board

said they would hold a vote

approving the improvements.

Part of the reason for the

needed alterations to the

plan, however, stem from the

fact the board approved the

purchase of more benches


From Page 5

large) includes marinara and

mozzarella cheese over steak

mixed with green peppers,

onions and mayo.

The restaurant has attracted

a high volume of customers

since opening, according

to Falaneh, and has already

established regular visitors.

and two sunshades for the

park last month. Those structures

are set to be installed

this summer, though have

been delayed due to shipping


Flag complaints addressed

Highway Commissioner

Mike DeVivo and Assessor

Karen Szynkowski both took

time in their reports to the

board to address recent complaints

made by residents on

Facebook about the condition

of American flags on Township

property. While residents

on the social media site

complained the Township is

being disrespectful by allowing

flags to fall into disrepair

and never replacing them,

DeVivo said this is not true.

DeVivo acknowledged

the flags do occasionally get

ripped and need to be replaced

and said if a resident

“You gotta have that relationship

with your customers,”

Falaneh said. “A lot of

restaurants just serve you,

and you leave. Here, you

have that relationship, and

we get to know the faces we

are serving … We already

have people that have come

in every single day since we


Bal takes this customer relationship

seriously and prides

notices a flag in such a state

to call the Highway Department

so it can be replaced as

soon as possible.

“We maintain four flags

for the Township at the Highway

Department and make

sure they are in good condition.

We have cases of highquality,

American-made flags

at our offices, and when we

notice one is damaged, we go

out and replace it,” DeVivo

said. “I doubt we’ve ever had

one come to the point of being

faded because we replace

them three or four times per


Szynkowski also noted this

was not the Military Committee’s


“If these people want to

respect our military, they

should step up and do something

for veterans instead of

complaining about flags on

Facebook,” she said.

himself on the friendly and

welcoming atmosphere of his

establishment, something that

is evident through the support

he has received from customers

at other locations.

“I have families, customers

and friends that come

from my other locations to

[the Homer Glen store],” Bal

said. “They’ll take that extra

drive just to come out and see

us and support us.”

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the Homer Horizon | July 20, 2017 | 7

Why Haven’t Senior Homeowners

Been Told These Facts?

Keep reading if you own a home in

the U.S. and were born before 1955.


It’s a well-known fact that for many senior citizens in the

U.S. their home is their single biggest asset, often accounting

for more than 50% of their total net worth.

Yet, according to new statistics from the mortgage

industry, senior homeowners in the U.S. are now sitting on

more than 6.1 trillion dollars of unused home equity. 1 With

people now living longer than ever before and home prices

back up again, ignoring this “hidden wealth” may prove to

be short sighted.

All things considered, it’s not surprising that more than

a million homeowners have already used a governmentinsured

Home Equity Conversion Mortgage or “HECM”

loan to turn their home equity into extra cash for retirement.

However, today, there are still millions of eligible

homeowners who could benefit from this FHA-insured loan

but may simply not be aware of this “retirement secret.”

Some homeowners think HECM loans sound “too good

to be true.” After all, you get the cash you need out of your

home but you have no more monthly mortgage payments.



It’s a fact: no monthly mortgage payments are required

with a government-insured HECM loan; 2 however

the homeowners are still responsible for paying for the

maintenance of their home, property taxes, homeowner’s

insurance and, if required, their HOA fees.

Another fact many are not aware of is that HECM

reverse mortgages first took hold when President Reagan

signed the FHA Reverse Mortgage Bill into law 29 years

ago in order to help senior citizens remain in their homes.

Today, HECM loans are simply an effective way for

homeowners 62 and older to get the extra cash they need to

enjoy retirement.

Although today’s HECM loans have been improved

to provide even greater financial protection for

homeowners, there are still many misconceptions.

For example, a lot of people mistakenly believe the

home must be paid off in full in order to qualify for a

HECM loan, which is not the case. In fact, one key

advantage of a HECM is that the proceeds will first be

used to pay off any existing liens on the property, which

frees up cash flow, a huge blessing for seniors living on

a fixed income. Unfortunately, many senior homeowners

who might be better off with HECM loan don’t even

bother to get more information because of rumors they’ve


That’s a shame because HECM loans are helping many

senior homeowners live a better life.

In fact, a recent survey by American Advisors Group

(AAG), the nation’s number one HECM lender, found

that over 90% of their clients are satisfied with their loans.

While these special loans are not for everyone, they can

be a real lifesaver for senior homeowners like Betty Carter,

who recently took out a HECM loan with AAG so that

she could finally get the extra cash she needed to fix up

her house.

“With the help of AAG, I have been able to repair my

home’s foundation that I had been putting off for several years,

refinish the hardwood floors, paint the interior and will have

the exterior painted within a few days. My house is starting to

look like my home again and it feels good,” says Carter.

The cash from a HECM loan can be used for any purpose.

Many people use the money to save on interest charges by

paying off credit cards or other high-interest loans. Other

FACT: In 1988, President Reagan signed

an FHA bill that put HECM loans into law.

common uses include making home improvements, paying

off medical bills or helping other family members. Some

people simply need the extra cash for everyday expenses

while others are now using it as a “safety net” for financial


If you’re a homeowner age 62 or older, you owe it to

yourself to learn more so that you can make an informed

decision. Homeowners who are interested in learning more

can request a free 2017 HECM loan Information Kit and

free Educational DVD by calling American Advisors Group

toll-free at 1-(800) 792-0096.

At no cost or obligation, the professionals at AAG can

help you find out if you qualify and also answer common

questions such as:

1. What’s the government’s role?

2. How much money might I get?

3. Who owns the home after I

take out a HECM loan?

You may be pleasantly surprised by what you discover

when you call AAG for more information today.


Source: http://reversemortgagedaily.com/2016/06/21/seniors-home-equity-grows-to-6-trillion-reverse-mortgage-opportunity. 2 If you qualify and your loan is approved, a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) must pay off any existing mortgage(s).

With a HECM loan, no monthly mortgage payment is required. A HECM increases the principal mortgage loan amount and decreases home equity (it is a negative amortization loan). AAG works with other lenders and nancial institutions that offer

HECMs. To process your request for a loan, AAG may forward your contact information to such lenders for your consideration of HECM programs that they offer. Borrowers are responsible for paying property taxes and homeowner’s insurance

(which may be substantial). We do not establish an escrow account for disbursements of these payments. A set-aside account can be set up to pay taxes and insurance and may be required in some cases. Borrowers must occupy home as their primary

residence and pay for ongoing maintenance; otherwise the loan becomes due and payable. The loan also becomes due and payable when the last borrower, or eligible non-borrowing surviving spouse, dies, sells the home, permanently moves

out, defaults on taxes or insurance payments, or does not otherwise comply with the loan terms. American Advisors Group (AAG) is headquartered at 3800 W. Chapman Ave., 3rd & 7th Floors, Orange CA, 92868. (Illinois Residential Mortgage

Licensee; Illinois Commissioner of Banks can be reached at 100 West Randolph, 9th Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60601, (312) 814-4500), V11082016

These materials are not from HUD or FHA and were not approved by HUD or a government agency. V11082016

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and responsiveness to the changing needs of

the Homer Township community.” Her dedication

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the advisories work. Advisories

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Frankfort man wins

taekwondo championship in

special abilities division

When Matthew Frame

sets his mind to something,

he gets it done.

The 25-year-old Frankfort

man recently kicked off

summer by winning world

championship titles for the

third consecutive year at the

American Taekwondo Association

International’s Tournament

of Champions, held

June 20-25 in Little Rock,

Arkansas. The competition

pitted the Top 10 individuals

against one another in each

event for every age bracket

and division.

Frame, who has autism,

competed in the men’s special

abilities division, in the

18- to 29-year-old bracket.

He won world championships

in the Creative Forms

and Sparring events, while

placing second in the Weapons

and Combat Sparring

events. He placed third in

the Traditional Forms event.

“I’ve been training hard

and staying focused, staying

cool without losing control,”

Frame, a third-degree

black belt, said July 6 while

at the Frankfort Black Belt


Frame trains at the academy

twice a week.

“I’ve been here for nine

years,” he said. “I love competing

and [setting] goals,

and learning to defend myself.”

Asked what makes her

brother so successful at the

sport, Christie Frame said it

is Matthew’s perseverance.

“He doesn’t take ‘no’ for

an answer,” she said.

Reporting by Jon DePaolis,

Freelance Reporter. For more,

visit FrankfortStation.com.


Police seeking help in

identifying armed robbery


The Orland Park Police

Department is seeking the

public’s help in identifying

two suspects from an armed

robbery that reportedly took

place this past weekend.

Orland Park police were

dispatched at 3:16 p.m. July

8 to the parking lot near Macy’s

at Orland Square for a

report of an armed robbery,

according to a press release

issued July 10 by the department.

Two women reportedly

returned to a vehicle after

shopping together. One

placed her purse in the backseat

as she entered the car,

when a male described as

black and wearing a hood

opened the rear door of the

vehicle and removed the

purse, police said.

The man then entered the

passenger’s side of a green

Ford Mustang that was

nearby and occupied by an

additional male described

as black, who was driving,

according to the press release.

One of the women

yelled to the men to stop, at

which time she saw that the

man who took the purse was

holding a handgun, police


The Mustang had been

reported stolen earlier that

same morning out of Tinley


Both men were described

as in their late teens or early

20s. Farrell added that both

men were an “average build

for the age range given” but

that he had no further description

of them available.

The Orland Park Police

Department is requesting

that anyone who can help

identify the suspects in this

case to call (708) 349-4111.

Reporting by Bill Jones, Editor.

For more, visit OPPrairie.com.


Old-school barber shop

brings clean cuts to Lockport

There is a long pause as

Angelo Roman Jr. thinks

about which haircut he likes

to style the most.

“Let’s see,” said Roman

— co-owner of the new Barber

Capital in downtown

Lockport. “Probably — it’s

one of the most popular cuts

and I like doing it because

you can style it — the comb


He begins to flip through

stylebooks kept at the new

barber shop, showing the

different comb over haircuts

and how they can be done.

Mood music flows through

the shop, which Roman and

his wife, Brenda, own together

and officially opened

earlier this year.

“We’ve thought about it

for years,” Brenda continued.

“It’s always been his

dream since we met. … So,

when the opportunity presented

itself, we jumped on


Angelo grew up on the

north side of Chicago, where

his grandfather owned

Luquillo’s Barber Shop in

Humboldt Park. There, he

started by sweeping the

floors and later learned barbery,

falling in love with the


“I had great respect for my

grandfather,” Angelo said.

“Everyone showed him so

much love and respect. … I

loved it. Every chance that I

got, I wanted to be there [at

Luquillo’s]. So, I was there

all the time.”

This love turned into a

dream, and the dream turned

into a reality, when Roman

and his wife opened Barber

Capital. The new barber

shop keeps it “old-school”

with antique decorations,

and provides a full range of

services for clients.

“What separates me from

a lot of the other, newer barber

shops is that I try to keep

the old-fashioned vibe with

a new vibe, as well,” Roman


Reporting by Claudia Harmata,

Editorial Intern. For more,

visit LockportLegend.com.

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From the Assistant Editor

What not to wear: sports photography edition

Erin Redmond


Any time I get the

opportunity to cover

a sporting event,

I jump on it — literally. I

mean, who wouldn’t want

to be outside, soaking up

the sunshine and watching

sports during these beautiful

summer days?

So when I had the chance

to take photos during the

Lockport Regional baseball

tournament, I grabbed my

camera and headed out the

door faster than you could

say, “Play ball!”

And then I looked down

at what I was wearing: a

sundress and ballet flats.

For those not well-versed

in women’s fashion, these

are definitely not ideal for

any type of photography, let

alone sports.

You see, when I’m out

there with my camera, I like

to get different angles to try

to vary up the shots. I’ve

been known to climb on

things or squat down. I’ve

laid on the ground, perched

myself on ladders, dangled

from balconies, contorted

my body in ways that defy

logic — you name it. Anything

for the perfect shot.

But, none of that is really

possible when you’re in a

dress, so standing next to

the dugout had to suffice.

Luckily for me, the Porters

put on a picture perfect show

— no crazy angles required.

On July 11, they packed

on the runs and hammered

Lemont to cruise to an 11-1

win to open the tournament.

The next day, Lockport’s

bats stayed hot, as they

downed Plainfield North 7-1

in the semifinals before falling

to Lincoln-Way East in

the championship game 8-5.

The Porters pitchers dished

out their fair share of heaters,

too, leaving opponents

swinging at air. You can read

all about it on Page 38.

There was no shortage of

action, and my camera was

snapping away the whole


I certainly learned my

lesson from the first day,

too, and will arrive more appropriately

dressed, should

the need to climb on any

bleachers arise.

Letters to the Editor

Concern over proposed


There is a 109-acre property

between 163rd Street

and 167th Street that is being

proposed by Ridge Development

Co. to be used as

an industrial complex with

four large warehouses, a deep

well, water tower and a public

road from 167th Street to

163rd Street. The Planning

and Zoning committee [sic]

vetoed it July 11, but now it

goes to the [Lockport] City

Council meeting on Aug. 2,

where they will likely vote

for it. We are concerned about

the increased truck traffic, as

well as more traffic in general

with the public road being put

through. Please help us get

the word out so people in our

area will be aware of what is

going on and hopefully attend

the next meeting in Lockport.

Rosemary Thompson

Homer Township resident

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Getting creative

Local youth let imaginations shine

at Arts in Action, Page 18

Taking on a B-attitude

After decades of quick-service work, Ed Karayanes finds

happiness in Burger 21 store he brought to Orland, Page 20

Brady Clark rides

a mechanical

bull July 9 during

the Hoedown

for Hodgkin’s

event at Konow’s

Corn Maze in

Homer Glen.

Adam Jomant/22nd

Century Media

Community supports woman battling cancer at Hoedown for Hodgkin’s event at Konow’s Corn

Maze, Page 17

16 | July 20, 2017 | The Homer Horizon faith


Faith briefs

Cross of Glory Lutheran Church (14719 W.

163rd St., Homer Glen)

Create Your Summer Fun

1-3 p.m. Saturday, July 22.

The church is hosting a fundraiser

event with activity sessions.

Admission is $10.

Have something for Faith

Briefs? Contact Assistant

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15. Information is due by noon

Thursday one week prior to


Pastor column

Allowing time to rest, unplug this summer

Pastor Dana O’Brien

Cross of Glory Lutheran Church


Kim O’Neil Golob

Kelli Hartseil Mores

Kelly Furlong Foresman, Secretary




said to [his

disciples], “Come


away to a deserted

place all by yourselves and

rest a while.” Mark 6:31a

We are now well into

summer. When I was a

kid, the summer seemed to

stretch out endlessly in front

of me — maybe a family

vacation somewhere in there

and some time to do a big





project or two (like clean

my bedroom), but mostly

summer meant lots of

downtime, time to play with

friends, read lots of books

and just rest after a busy

school year.

I recently read that work

productivity decreases during

the summer. I suspect

that’s no surprise to any of

us — lots of people are on

vacations, and there are just

fewer people around to do

the work. But this article

reported that the warm

weather also makes it harder

to concentrate on work

when you’re at work —

people are distracted, they

take slightly longer lunch

breaks, they’re thinking

about what they could be

doing outside.

One expert suggested that

the idea of summertime as a

leisurely period goes all the

way back to our childhoods,

when, like me, we all eagerly

awaited that extended

time away from school.

Except summertime

doesn’t seem to be all that

leisurely anymore. Some

of us have packed so much

into these few months —

vacations, day camps, sports

teams and school enrichment

programs for the kids,

outdoor projects, visiting

friends and family, camping

and/or “cabin-ing” — the

list goes on and on. Indeed,

it seems that many of us

could use a rest after our

summer leisure time.

Jesus knew the importance

of resting. That’s why,

after his disciples returned

from a trip of healing and

teaching, he invited them to

come away and rest a while.

There are certainly times

for “doing.” But there are

also times for “not doing”

— for simply relaxing and


That’s the importance

of Sabbath — this idea of

stopping and unplugging

(and for many of us, that’s

a literal unplugging), a time

for putting things on hold

and coming away to rest.

For some of us, that may

be our devotion time in the

early morning or before

bed — that quiet meditative

time spent with God, as we

are reminded of who we

are, and whose we are. Or

maybe it’s a long walk or

bike ride as we enjoy and

thank God for the beauty of

God’s creation.

Whatever Sabbath time

is for you, don’t skip it. It’s

a time that will draw you

closer to the God who loves

you. It’s a time that will

refresh and renew you. It’s

a time that will help prepare

you for all the other joyous

things God has planned for

you to do throughout the

remainder of this summer.

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In Memoriam

Daniel T. Fary

Daniel T. Fary, 64, of

Homer Glen and formerly

of Justice, died July 6. He is

survived by his wife, Sharon

(nee Szostak); his children

Timothy CPD and Danielle

HTFPD/FFPM; his grandchild,

Tristan; his brother

Mike (Bunny) Fary; his

brother-in-law, Jerry Szostak;

his nephews, Dr. Michael

Fary O.D. and Peter Szostak;

his nieces, Melissa Fary and

Monica (Scott) Obergfell;

and his great uncle, Greyson

Obergfell. He was a member

of Illinois Live Steamers

Club and Lionel Collector’s

Association and was a bowler,

swimmer, biker and fan of

the Chicago Cubs. Services

were held July 11.

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the Homer Horizon | July 20, 2017 | 17

Area unites to support ailing woman at Hoedown for Hodgkin’s

Megann Horstead

Freelance Reporter

Anyone who has battled

cancer knows how crucial it

is to have support.

As such, the family of

New Lenox resident Allison

Bolhuis hosted a benefit

dubbed Hoedown for Hodgkin’s

July 9 for people across

the area to help support her

in her battle to beat Hodgkin’s

lymphoma, a cancer of

the body’s immune system

that starts in the body’s white

blood cells, called lymphocytes.

It was all part of an

effort to help raise funds to

pay for medical bills.

Live entertainment, hayrides

and Touch-A-Trucks

were some of the activities

setting the scene at Konow’s

Corn Maze in Homer Glen.

Bolhuis said the outpouring

of support was unimaginable.

“It’s so overwhelming,”

she said. “I can barely keep

it together. I can’t believe

how much support and how

wonderful everybody [is] in

the community — people I

don’t even know, people I’ve

never met before.”

But not everyone was

a stranger. Bolhuis met a

number of familiar faces she

had not seen in a long time,

including her former gym

teacher who taught her while

enrolled in New Lenox


“That’s amazing that she

would come out for this,”

she said.

Bolhuis’ sister, Lisa Kikkert,

of Manhattan, said the

display of support shown

means everything to her.

“This is like seriously one

of the most emotional things

I think any one of us have

ever seen,” she said, noting

the generosity of the staff

at Konow’s Corn Maze for

hosting the benefit for them

at no cost. “It’s overwhelming.

It’s so nice.”

A number of bands also

donated their time to keep

live tunes playing throughout

the event.

“We’re so fortunate people

are being so gratuitous,”

Kikkert said.

The benefit saw an estimated

200 people prepay for

admission, and Kikkert said

the family heard how attendance

at events of this type

could double by the day of.

Kikkert added it is important

to note her sister is not

alone in her battle to beat

Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

“I live less than five miles

away from her,” she said.

“Her kids are friends with my

kids, so I try to help her out

with her kids as much as possible.

I sat through one of her

chemo treatments with her,

which again was like a super

emotional thing ... We talked

the whole time, and it was a

nice thing. She was very glad

I was there, which was nice.”

Bolhuis’ nurse made an

appearance at the benefit,

and Kikkert said it was a

nice gesture.

“She’s super great, and

[the nurse and Allison] were

friends in high school,” she

said. “[The nurse] has a really

good interest in making

sure everything goes well for

[Bolhuis]. I mean, not that

anybody ever wants to ever

have this horrible disease,

but she’s in a really good

position. She’s got a lot of

support from her doctors on

down to all of us and strangers.

It’s like you’re speechless.

You don’t even know

what to say.”

Kikkert said she is glad to

help Bolhuis in any way she


“It’s just my baby sister,”

she said. “I hate seeing her

suffer, but I have a lot of

faith that she’s going to be


Ken and Allison Bolhuis sing during the Hoedown for Hodgkin’s event July 9 at Konow’s Corn Maze in Homer Glen.

PHOTOS BY Adam Jomant/22nd Century Media

Michele Miller sings with Chicks with Picks 2.0 during the Hoedown for Hodgkin’s event.

18 | July 20, 2017 | The Homer Horizon life & arts


Homer 33C students learn from local artists

Claudia Harmata

Editorial Intern

A crowd of children surround

Maggie Capettini, a local

artist and educator, as she

teaches the Paint Your Pet

workshop July 11 during the

annual Arts in Action summer

program held by Homer

Community Consolidated

School District 33C.

“Now we are looking

for contrast,” Capettini explained

to the group. “You

don’t want a ton of paint, you

just want to lightly load it up

and you can make sweeping

motions on top … Do you

see how the lighter color on

top of the darker color gives

it that furry texture?”

Each year, the program offers

a variety of workshops

that teach children about different

art forms and skills.

The Paint Your Pet workshop

One of the workshops, named Paint Your Pet, asked

participants to bring in a photo of their pet and create a

painting of them.

had children bring in images

of their pet or favorite animal

and taught them how to transfer

these images and paint realistically.

“Today, we are learning

a technique of transferring

a source photo to a painting

support — in this case, a canvas,”

Capettini said. “We are

using the grid method … and

we are enlarging the image

using the same aspect ratio

... It’s much more exact than

kids are used to, so sometimes

they get frustrated, but

everybody has been doing a

really great job today.”

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Students participated in a variety of artistic workshops throughout the three-day Arts in

Action program at Homer 33C. Photos by Claudia Harmata/22nd Century Media

Every child was given a

grid on tracing paper to lay

over the image of their animal.

They then used this grid

to transfer the image to their

canvas, where they drew a

larger version of the same


“I really like the grid,” said

Waverly Cureton, a student

participating in the Arts in

Action program. “It’s fun to

do, and I really like how I can

do the leopard or really anything

with the grid.”

From there, the children

were given paint and taught

how to add detail in order to

make their animal painting

come to life.

“I’m probably going to

use a really light brown to

start with the fur,” Cureton

said. “Then do a little darker

brown for some of the insides

of the spots and probably a

black for the outside.”

The day before, Waverly

had participated in the

Zentangle workshop. According

to program coordinator

Cyn O’Brien, the Zentangle

workshop was a new

activity introduced this year.

“Something new, which really

is probably as ancient as

can be, is Zentangle — which

is structured doodling,”

O’Brien said. “You start with

a basic line, and you just

keep adding designs to it and

building on it … until you get

this entire drawing.”

O’Brien has been the program

coordinator for the last

15 years, and she has used

her position as a local artist

to bring in creativity and new

ideas to the program.

“Being an artist myself, I

have access to a lot of fellow

artists,” O’Brien said. “I’m

a member of the art guild in

Lemont… so I am able to tap

into that resource of fellow


“And I also make sure there

is a wide variety of classes.

So there are traditional classes

like drawing, painting and

sculpture; but then we’ve

added in some other classes

— like collage, pastels —

and the artists are making up

their own classes.”

O’Brien also takes requests

from students and incorporated

a workshop with duct tape

this year — something that

students started requesting

two years ago.

“Now I wasn’t really sure

how artistic that would be.

However, I fulfilled their

request and had a workshop

working with duct tape

…They made purses and

that kind of thing with it,”

O’Brien said. “I try to aim to


Her efforts, however, have

not been able to stop the decline

in participation she has

seen over the past two years.

“We don’t know how

much longer this program is

going to be [going] or if we

are going to be able to continue

it,” O’Brien said. “I was

just doing the numbers and

even from last year, we had

46 families participate, and

this year, it’s down to 35.”

Arts in Action used to be

co-funded by the district and

a grant from Target, according

to O’Brien. But in 2014,

Arts in Action received their

last grant from Target because

of the company’s decision

to change the focus of

their charity program from

education to health and wellness.

Losing this grant money

forced O’Brien to increase

the program cost in order to

cover supplies and the artists’


“Once Target was no longer

giving us grant money,

the prices of [the program]

went up,” O’Brien said. “It

went from $7 a class to $15.”

O’Brien speculates that the

increase in price may be one of

the reasons behind the decline

in participation. She plans to

pursue grants from other companies

for the following year

to try and increase participation

in the program, which she

believes is beneficial to the


“Without art in our lives,

people won’t have the vision

and the imagination to

pursue interests in areas outside

the box,” O’Brien said.

“... I think it just makes children

more well-rounded and

appreciative of everything

around them.”

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crosstown CROSSWORD & Sudoku

The crosstowns: Frankfort, Homer Glen, Lockport, Mokena, New Lenox, Orland Park, Tinley Park

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Cindy LaFleur


1. Baseball bat wood

4. Alain of Formula


9. Standout girls

soccer player with

Andrew, Brooke ___

14. Motor-oil can


15. Hawaiian veranda

16. “Dallas” matriarch

17. Personal statement


18. Distasteful

20. Notes that are

almost as easy as A,

B, C

22. Tablet

23. Founded, abbr.

24. Resting place

27. Not without my


29. Actor McKellen

32. Set straight

35. Resentment

38. Oz greeting

39. Corporation type

42. Tinley Park summer

event, goes with

64 across

44. Berlioz’s “Les

nuits d’___”

45. High school subj.

47. Transplant

48. Dixie drink

50. Rough-hewn

51. ___ slipper (orchid


56. Qatar’s capital

58. Purple-hued root

59. Sainted Norwegian


62. Brickyard 400


64. See 42 across

69. Before, to a sonneteer

70. Hedge plant

71. Studio sign

72. ___ quandary

73. Gray roof piece

74. Smart-mouthed

75. “’Tis a pity”


1. Digressions

2. Fried turnover

3. Robust

4. Most desirable thing

5. Indian queen

6. ___ roll

7. Seven-time NFL Pro Bowl

tackle, Warren

8. Dwelling, var.

9. Person with a cause

10. Expressing future intention

11. 551, in old Rome

12. Freudian article

13. Fraternity party staple

19. Common street name

21. Time workers

25. E-mail address ender

26. Bad-mannered

28. Heavenly body

29. Interior

30. Ghanaian port

31. Not at all

33. Finish off

34. Hair coloring

36. ___ Lingus (Irish airlines)

37. ___ Speedwagon (“Keep on

Loving You” band)

39. White House initials of the


40. Lucy of “Charlie’s Angels,”


41. Unresponsive

43. Letters on a Cardinals cap

46. DiCaprio, to fans

49. One of the friends on


52. “Six-pack” muscles, briefly

53. Cheating

54. Desires

55. Fashionable hair color


57. State on the Gulf of

Mexico, abbr.

60. Admit frankly

61. “___, vidi, vici”

62. Ravel’s “Gaspard de la ___”

63. High-altitude habitation

64. Old spy grp.

65. Ice hockey org.

66. ___ la la

67. Ending for a pizza chain

68. A Turner

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Each sudoku puzzle consists of a 9x9 grid that

has been subdivided into nine smaller grids of 3x3

squares. To solve the puzzle, each row, column and

box must contain each of the numbers 1 to 9.

LEVEL: Medium

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20 | July 20, 2017 | The Homer Horizon DINING OUT


The Dish

Quick-serve roadblock paved partner’s path to Burger 21

Ed Karayanes

opened Orland spot

after decades in

food service

Bill Jones, Managing Editor

When Ed Karayanes was

just 17 years old, he got a

job with a quick serve restaurant.

And for years, that was

the only chain for which

Karayanes, now a 53-yearold

resident of Elk Grove

Village, ever worked, ultimately

earning his partnership

in eight locations.

Then, he hit a roadblock.

His partner was downsizing

and making retirement

plans. And despite more

than three decades Karayanes

invested in the company,

the opportunities for

advancement, at least on

a local level, just were not


That is when he started

doing research and found

Burger 21.

“I just love their concept

and their menu,” he said. “It

was refreshing, what they

were serving.”

Burger 21 was born in

November 2010, when the

owners of The Melting

Pot restaurants opened the

burger chain’s first spot in

Tampa, Florida, with a focus

on high-quality, fastcasual

burgers in a hip environment.

The chain made

a pledge to use alwaysfresh,

never-frozen patties

in what it proclaimed the

“beyond the better burger”


“It’s like a scratch kitchen

back there,” Karayanes


The chain features chicken,

turkey and seafood burgers

for those looking to get

away from red meat, if only

for a night. It also offers a

The BBQ Bacon Burger ($7.99) at Burger 21 in Orland Park features applewood smoked

bacon, cheddar cheese, onion strings, hickory BBQ sauce, a beef burger, lettuce and

tomato on a brioche bun. It holds the honor of being the location’s most ordered burger.

Photos by Bill Jones/22nd Century Media

slate of decadent shakes —

featuring Ghirardelli products

and a proprietary ice

cream — as well as nearly

a dozen condiments (roughly

half of them created in

house) for the burgers and

fries in Burger 21’s famous

sauce bar.

The chain also features

special washing stations on

the main floor for children,

so parents can keep an eye

on them. And it actually encourages

its employees to

spend time talking to and

learning about customers.

Karayanes could not resist

it. He and business partner

Art Chimel first drove

around the country, checking

out many of Burger 21’s

other locations.

“We wanted to make sure

it was the right decision,”

Karayanes said.

Karayanes reached out

by email to explain his career

to the owners and express

his desire to work

with them. He went through

a six-month process that

included writing an essay

about himself, and ultimately

was granted the opportunity

to open the chain’s first

and only existing Illinois

spot, in Orland Park, with


It opened on Jan. 25,

2016, and Karayanes said

Burger 21 was “fortunate”

to catch only the tail end of

LaGrange Road’s massive

construction project. The

major thoroughfare’s high

traffic counts have helped to

make the location an immediate


“I think it went very

well,” Karayanes said of the

opening. “And we’re going

to continue to grow strong

in this market. ... We’re

happy with it.”

Karayanes said Burger 21

always has a strong contingent

of regulars, but after a

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year and a half of getting

comfortable with the new

digs, and playing into the

company’s culture by donating

10 percent of proceeds

on the 21st of each

month to a local charity or

school — so far, the Lions

Club and Orland Township

Food Pantry have been

among the beneficiaries —

Karayanes is ready to do

more, especially on a local

level. Burger 21 has been

getting involved with more

Kyle Palanca, of Tinley Park, torches sugar atop a cross

section of a banana to caramelize it for the Bananas Foster

signature shake at Burger 21 in Orland Park.

The Bananas Foster signature shake is $4.49 for a small,

$4.99 for a regular.

area events and is to debut

at the Taste of Orland Park

this summer.

“We think that’s really

going to help us get our

brand out there,” he said.

“You hear from a lot of

people who thought it was

going to be ‘another burger

place.’ It’s not.”

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can all be yours at Prairie

Trails. All home sites at Prairie

Trails can accommodate a

three-car garage; a very important

amenity to the Manhattan

homebuyer, according

to Nooner.

“When we opened Prairie

Trails we wanted to provide

the best new home value for

the dollar and we feel with

offering Premium Standard

Features that we do just that.

So why wait? This is truly the

best time to build your dream


Distinctive offers custom

maple kitchen cabinets featuring

solid wood construction

(no particle board), have solid

wood drawers with dove tail

joints, which is very rare in the

marketplace. “When you buy

a new home from Distinctive,

you truly are receiving custom

made cabinets in every home

we sell no matter what the

price range,” noted Nooner.

Nooner added that all

homes are highly energy efficient.

Every home built will

have upgraded wall and ceiling

insulation values with

Recently closed Prairie Trails Arbor Model

energy efficient windows and

high efficiency furnaces. Before

homeowners move into

their new home, Distinctive

Home Builders conducts a

blower door test that pressurizes

the home to ensure that

each home passes a set of very

stringent Energy Efficiency


Typically a wide variety of

homes are available to tour

that include ranch and twostory


Distinctive is also offering

a brand new home, the

Stonegrove, a 3,000 square

foot open concept home with a

split foyer entry, formal living

and dining rooms, a two-story

great room, four bedrooms

and an upstairs laundry room.

Distinctive also offers Appbased

technology allowing its

homeowners to be updated

on the progress of their new

home 24 hours a day, seven

days a week at the touch of a


Prairie Trails is also a beautiful

place to live featuring a

20-acre lake on site, as well

as direct access to the 22-mile

Wauponsee Glacial Prairie

Path that borders the community

and meanders through

many neighboring communities

and links to many other

popular trails. The Manhattan

Metra station is also nearby.

Besides Prairie Trails, Distinctive

Home Builders has

built hundreds of homes

throughout Manhattan in the

Butternut Ridge and Leighlinbridge

developments, as well

as thousands in the Will and

south Cook county areas over

the past 30 years.

Visit the on-site sales information

center for unadvertised

specials and view the numerous

styles of homes being

offered and the available lots.

Call (708) 737-9142 for more

information or visit us online

at www.distinctivehomebuilders.com.

The Prairie Trails

new home information center

is located three miles south

of Laraway Rd. on Rt. 52. The

address is 16233 Pinto Lane,

Manhattan, IL, 60422. Open

Daily 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Closed Wednesday and Thursday

and always available by

appointment. Specials, prices,

specifications, standard features,

model offerings, build

times and lot availability are

subject to change without notice.

Please contact a Distinctive

representative for current

pricing and complete details.

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Tinley Park Safety Dept.

looking for individuals to

work with on-boarding

driver applicants for

Transportation Company.

Candiate must have

knowledge of Microsoft

Office and possess good

communication skills. Will

train the right candidate.

Please forward resume to


Part-time Telephone Work

calling from home for

AMVETS. Ideal for

homemakers and retirees.

Must be reliable and have

morning &evening hours

available for calling.

If interested,

Call 708 429 6477

M-F, 10am - 1pm Only!



1003 Help Wanted

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Hiring Event

We are looking for

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first year when performing

Manager duties.

Please visit the following

location on Wednesday,

Aug 2, 2017 between the

hours of 6 A.M. –6 P.M.

to complete an application:


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Tinley Park, IL 60477


Professional company

located in Frankfort

looking for reliable

individual to apply dry

fertilizer. Experience a

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For interview call:


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F/T Admin. Assistant

Must have proficiency in

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1021 Lost &


Lost Yellow Lab Mix

14 years old, fatty lumps on

body. Wearing pink collar

with rabies tag, not


Missing from 162nd Place &

76th Ave in Tinley Park

Missing since July 1st.

Please DO NOT chase.

Contact Owner (847)778-2446

with any information. Any

information is greatly

appreciated, as owner is


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Caregiver Services

Provided by

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State Licensed & Bonded

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quality care for elderly.

Live-in/ Come & go.


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visits. Licensed & bonded.

Try the best! 708.638.0641

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Oh most Beautiful Flower of

Mt Carmel, Fruitful vine,

splendor of heaven, blessed

mother of the Son of God, Immaculate

Virgin, Assist mein

this my neccessity, oh star of

the sea help me and show me

herein you are mymother. Oh

holy Mary, Mother of God,

Queen of Heaven and Earth, I

humbly beeseach you from the

bottom ofmyheart to succor

me in my necessity (make request)

there are none that can

withstand your power, oh Mary

conceived without sin, pray for

us who have recourse tothee

(3x). Holy Mary, Iplace this

cause in your hands (3x). Say

this prayer for three consecutive

days, you must publish it

and itwill be granted to you.


Oh most Beautiful Flower of

Mt Carmel, Fruitful vine,

splendor of heaven, blessed

mother of the Son of God, Immaculate

Virgin, Assist mein

this my neccessity, oh star of

the sea help me and show me

herein you are mymother. Oh

holy Mary, Mother of God,

Queen of Heaven and Earth, I

humbly beeseach you from the

bottom ofmyheart to succor

me in my necessity (make request)

there are none that can

withstand your power, oh Mary

conceived without sin, pray for

us who have recourse tothee

(3x). Sweet Mother, I place

this cause in your hands (3x).

Say this prayer for three consecutive

days, you must publish

itand it will be granted to

you. JM

Oh most Beautiful Flower

of Mt Carmel, Fruitful vine,

splendor of heaven, blessed

mother of the Son of God,

Immaculate Virgin, Assist

me in this my neccessity, oh

star of the sea help me .Oh

holy Mary, Mother ofGod,

Queen ofHeaven and Earth,

I humbly beeseach you

from the bottom of my heart

to succor me in my necessity

(make request) there are

none that can withstand

your power, oh show me

herein you are mymother,

oh Mary conceived without

sin, pray for us who have

recourse tothee (3x). Holy

Mary, Iplace this cause in

your hands (3x). Say this

prayer for three consecutive

days, you must publish it

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Brookside Glen Townhome

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2701 Property for



TATE of 12348 W. Prairie Drive ,

Homer Glen, IL 60491 (single

family). On the 27th day of July,

2017 to be held at 12:00 noon, at

the Will County Courthouse Annex,

57 N. Ottawa Street, Room

201, Joliet, IL 60432, under Case


ING, LLC, Plaintiff V. GIEDRA







SAVINGS BANK, Defendant.

Case No. 16CH 0634 in the Circuit

Court of the Twelfth Judicial

Circuit, Will County, Illinois.

Terms of Sale: ten percent (10%)

at the time of sale and the balance

within twenty-four (24) hours. No

judicial sale fee shall be paid by

the mortgagee acquiring the residential

real estate pursuant to its

credit bid at the sale or by any

mortgagee, judgment creditor, or

other lienor acquiring the residential

real estate whose rights in and

to the residential real estate arose

prior to the sale. All payments shall

be made in cash or certified funds

payable to the Sheriff of Will


In the event the property is acon-

dominium, in accordance with 735

ILCS 5/15-1507(c)(1)(H-1) and

(H-2), 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(5), and

765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1), you are

hereby notified that the purchaser

of the unit, other than amortgagee,

shall pay the assessments and legal

fees required by subdivisions

(g)(1) and (g)(4) of Section 9and

the assessments required by subsection

(g-1) of Section 18.5 of the

Illinois Condominium Property


Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03

(J) ifthere is asurplus following

application of the proceeds of sale,

then the plaintiff shall send written

notice pursuant to 735 ILCS

5/15-1512(d) to all parties to the

proceeding advising them of the

amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty

obtains acourt order for its distribution

or, in the absence of an order,

until the surplus is forfeited to

the State.

For Information Please Contact:


811 E. South Blvd.

Rochester Hill, Michigan 48307

P: 248-853-4400

F: 248-853-0404











2703 Legal













) SS.



















No. 16 CH 0634

Consolidates with case(s):



Public notice ishereby given that

pursuant to ajudgment entered in

the above cause on the 24th day of

April, 2017, MIKE KELLEY,

Sheriff of Will County, Illinois,

will on Thursday, the 27th day of

July, 2017 ,commencing at 12:00

o'clock noon, at the Will County

Courthouse Annex, 57 N. Ottawa

Street, Room 201, Joliet, IL 60432,

sell at public auction to the highest

and best bidder orbidders the following-described

real estate:










AUGUST 26, 1977 AS DOCU-

MENT NO R77-31867, IN WILL


Commonly known as:

12348 W. Prairie Drive ,Homer

Glen, IL 60491

Description of Improvements:

single family



Terms of Sale: ten percent (10%)

at the time of sale and the balance

within twenty-four (24) hours. No

judicial sale fee shall be paid by

the mortgagee acquiring the residential

real estate pursuant to its

credit bid at the sale or by any

mortgagee, judgment creditor, or

other lienor acquiring the residential

real estate whose rights in and

to the residential real estate arose

prior to the sale. All payments shall

be made in cash or certified funds

payable to the Sheriff of Will


In the event the property is acon-

dominium, in accordance with 735

ILCS 5/15-1507(c)(1)(H-1) and

2703 Legal


(H-2), 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(5), and

765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1), you are

hereby notified that the purchaser

of the unit, other than amortgagee,

shall pay the assessments and legal

fees required by subdivisions

(g)(1) and (g)(4) of Section 9and

the assessments required bysubsection

(g-1) of Section 18.5 of the

Illinois Condominium Property


Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03

(J) ifthere is asurplus following

application of the proceeds of sale,

then the plaintiff shall send written

notice pursuant to 735 ILCS

5/15-1512(d) to all parties to the

proceeding advising them of the

amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty

obtains acourt order for its distribution

or, in the absence of an order,

until the surplus is forfeited to

the State.




811 E. South Blvd.

Rochester Hill, Michigan 48307

P: 248-853-4400

F: 248-853-0404

Plaintiff's Attorney


Sheriff of Will County

Notice is hereby given that onor

after 8/2/2017 at or after 9:00 am at

15935 SParker Rd, Homer Glen,

IL 60491, Parker Self Storage

will sell by public auction the miscellaneous

personal property stored

in units, K13 & U05 Kimberly

Brogan, M13 Beth Pergande, T05

Steve Wasylik.









June 28, 2017, the President and

Board of Trustees of the Village of

Homer Glen, Will County, Illinois,

adopted Ordinance No. 17-041

determining prevailing wages

pursuant to 820 ILCS 130/1 et seq.,

which determination is now


June 28, 2017

Published by Order of the

President and Board of Trustees

of the Village of Homer Glen.

Ann Holtz

Village Clerk


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Will County Regional Office of Education today announced on behalf of the Boards ofEducation ofSchool Districts #17, #30C, #33C, #70C, #81, #84,

#86, #88, #88A, #89, #90, #91, #92, #114, #122, #157C, #159, #161, #200U, #201U, #202, #203, #204, #205, #207U, #209U, #210, #255U, #365U, and

#843 in the counties ofKankakee, Kendall, and Will, State of Illinois, that Channahon School District #17, Troy School District #30C, Homer School

District #33C, Laraway School District #70C, Union School District #81, Rockdale School District #84, Joliet Elementary School District #86,

Chaney-Monge School District #88, Richland School District #88A, Fairmont School District #89, Taft School District #90, Lockport School District

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School District #209U, Reed-Custer School District #255U, Valley View School District #365U, and Lincoln Way Special Ed. Cooperative #843 announce

their policies for free and reduced price lunch, breakfast, and after school snack for those students unable topay the full price for meals and

snacks under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. The following household size and income criteria will be used for determining



(Effective from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018)

Household Size FREE Household Size REDUCED-PRICE

Annual Monthly Twice Per Every Two Weekly Annual Monthly Twice Per Every Two Weekly

Month Weeks Month Weeks

1 $15,678 $1,307 $654 $603 $302 1 $22,311 $1,860 $930 $859 $430

2 21,112 1,760 880 812 406 2 30,044 2,504 1,252 1,156 578

3 26,546 2,213 1,107 1,021 511 3 37,777 3,149 1,575 1,453 727

4 31,980 2,665 1,333 1,230 615 4 45,510 3,793 1,897 1,751 876

5 37,414 3,118 1,559 1,439 720 5 53,243 4,437 2,219 2,048 1,024

6 42,848 3,571 1,786 1,648 824 6 60,976 5,082 2,541 2,346 1,173

7 48,282 4,024 2,012 1,857 929 7 68,709 5,726 2,863 2,643 1,322

8 53,716 4,477 2,239 2,066 1,033 8 76,422 6,371 3,186 2,941 1,471

Each Additional

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Children from households that meet Federal guidelines are eligible for free or reduced-price meal services. Complete one application per household for

all children that attend the same school district.

All meals served must meet the U.S.Department ofAgriculture meal requirements. However, if achild has been determined by a doctor tohave adisability

and the disability would prevent the child from eating the regular school meal, this school will make substitutions prescribed bythe doctor. If a

substitution isneeded, there will be no extra charge for the meal. If you believe your child needs substitutions because ofadisability, please contact the

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Application forms are available at the principal's office in each school. To apply for free or reduced-price meal services, households must complete the

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may be eligible for free/reduced-price meals and are encouraged to complete an application for meal benefits.

The required information is as follows:

FOOD STAMP/TANF HOUSEHOLDS: If you received a letter with an eligibility certificate for school meals, return the eligibility certificate to the

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of the adult household member signing the application, or indicate if the adult does not have aSocial Security number; (3) the amount ofincome each

household member received last month, how frequently it is paid, and where it came from (wages, child support, etc.); and (4) the signature of an adult

household member.

The information on the application may be checked by school or other officials at any time during the school year.

Households may apply for benefits at any time during the school year. Households that are not eligible now but have adecrease in household income, an

increase in household size or have a household member that becomes unemployed should fill out an application at that time.

In certain cases, foster children are eligible for free orreduced-price meal services regardless ofthe household income. Households that have foster children

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youth are categorically eligible for free meals. Please follow instructions and return form to school.

Households dissatisfied with the ruling ofthe official may wish to discuss itwith the school. Households also have the right to afair hearing. This can

be done by calling or writing the following official:

The Principal, Business Manager, or Superintendent in the school/school district in which you live

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Celtics lose late lead in quarterfinal thriller

Provi registers 17

hits in high-scoring

summer game

Randy Whalen

Freelance Reporter

Providence baseball

coach Mark Smith doesn’t

always put a lot of stock

into his teams summer baseball


But with so many returners

expected back from last

season’s squad, which was

the first season in four years

the Celtics didn’t win the

Class 4A state championship,

Smith admitted he was

looking forward to seeing

what the guys could do this


“I honestly thought we

could make a run,” Smith

said of the Illinois High

School Baseball Coaches

Association Baseball Tournament.

Instead, the Celtics saw

their summer season end

abruptly in a 14-13 loss to

Minooka on July 11 in a

quarterfinal game of the

Lockport Township Regional.

Providence (7-8) blew a

10-2 lead in the loss, which

ended in such a weird way,

no one immediately caught

the fact that the winning run

scored was a runner who

was forced out on the play.

But Smith refused to blame

that and instead focused on

his team’s inability to hold

the lead.

“It’s disappointing,” he

said. “We just can’t let that


Still, what happened in

the bottom of the seventh

was strange. After a leadoff

out, the Indians loaded

the bases on a pair of walks

sandwiched around a single.

Cherokee Lebeau then hit a

sharp ground ball to senior

third baseman Dylan Gorski.

He tagged third for a

forced out, but trying to

complete a game-ending

double play, his throw to

first sailed down the rightfield


Jack Stoner, who was

on third, scored the tying

run. But Hayden Laczynski

(3-for-4, 2 RBI), who

had been forced out, instinctively

kept running and

crossed the plate with what

the umpires called the winning

run. It happened so fast

neither Smith or Minooka

coach Jeff Petrovic caught

it. When informed of it afterward,

the coaches agreed

that Luke Faifer (HR, sac

fly, 4 RBI), who was on

first, probably would have

scored anyway.

Gorski (3-for-4, double,

RBI) had an RBI ground

out in the top of the seventh

to give the Celtics a 13-12

lead. Providence seniors

Logan Anderson (4-for 5,

3-run homer, double, 5 RBI)

and Nick Murphy (3-for-4,

double, 3 RBI), along with

junior Josh Mrozek (2-for-

4), highlighted the Celtics’

17-hit attack.

Providence pitching,

however, gave up nine


“We’ve got a lot of guys

coming back, and no matter

how well we swing

the bats, we can’t play defense

or pitch the way we

played [against Minooka],”

Smith said. “This was a

nightmare game. Our success

in the past is because

we pitched loose in games

like this where there was


Anderson’s three-run

home run highlighted a

seven-run third inning and

made the score 10-2. Minooka

closed within 10-6,

but the Celtics scored a pair

of runs in the sixth to go up

by six. The Indians then tied

it by scoring six runs in the

bottom of the sixth.

“The last time I was this

disappointed in the result

of a summer league game

was in 2013,” Smith said.

“We led Sandburg [1-0],

and there were two outs and

none on for them in the top

of the seventh. Then they

just kept scratching out hits

and ended up winning [4-1].

But look what happened after

that, so hopefully we’ll

be alright.”

The Celtics won the first

of their three straight state

championships the following


The day before, July

10, Providence traveled to

Tinley Park and defeated

Andrew 5-1. It was the

only first round Lockport

regional game played that

day. The other three were

rained out and made up the

next day.

Ben Vitas was the key to

the victory for the Celtics

with a complete-game pitching

performance. Andrew

(6-10) was also eliminated

by the Celtics in the regional

title game this spring

and in the opening round

of the summer regional last


“Ben is going to be a

sophomore and had a great

outing against Andrew,”

Smith said. “He’s a righty

and made just 83 pitches. I

expect him to be in the rotation

next spring.”

Minooka (12-4) blew its

own big lead on July 12 in

the semifinals. The Indians

led 7-0 after one inning and

were still on top 9-7 with

two out in the top of the

seventh. But Lincoln-Way

East scored three runs to go

ahead 10-7 and then held

on for the victory by that


Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Cade Musich

Cade Musich is going into

his senior year at Lockport

Township High School and

is a member of the boys

cross country team.

How did you start

running cross country?

I actually first got into cross

country because I was quitting

football. My coach for

track — my sister ran track,

so I wanted to try track out

— told me I should try cross

country. That was in seventh

grade, and I’ve been running

ever since.

What do you like about


I like the challenges it

brings with it and my teammates

— I love that part.

What is on your mind

when you are out there


A ton of things come to

my mind. You always get

a song stuck in your head,

like a chorus, or just random

thoughts. Yeah, I think

about the race, but for a normal

run, it’s always a song

and stuff like that.

Do you have any prerace


I always have headphones

in, and I drink a lot of water.

What do you think your

role on the team is

going to be this year?

I think it’s just to be there

for the younger classmen

and get them ready for the

next couple years they’ll

be running and to do what

I can to get my team in the

best position they possibly

can be [in].

If you were to win the

lottery tomorrow, what

is the first thing you’d


I’d probably buy a new

camera. I love taking


If you could go

anywhere in the world,

where would you go?

I’d go to Iceland because

it looks volcanic and really


If you could hangout

with any celebrity for

PHOTO submitted

day, who would you


It would probably have to

be either Muhammad Ali or

Michael Jordan. Those are

the two greatest right there.

What is your dream


Probably something with

photography or filming,

graphic design — something

like that. I’m still

looking at colleges, but I’m

interested in that field.

What is one thing you

could not live without?

Something to read. I need

something to read. I’m

lame; no phone, just something

to read.

Interview by Assistant Editor

Erin Redmond

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Alumni Spotlight

McGuire shines in first year on collegiate diamond, works to overcome car accident

LTHS graduate a

key cog in lineup at

Joliet Junior College

Erin Redmond, Assistant Editor

April 18 was one of the

best days of Joe McGuire’s

life — but also his worst.

The Lockport native had

just hit his first-ever home run

— the highlight of his four-

RBI day — in Joliet Junior

College’s 12-3 over Harper

College in Palatine. But in

an instant, McGuire’s dream

day turned into a nightmare.

“I was just sitting at a

red light turning right and

just coming from the game

against Harper ... I was excited

to go home and tell

mom and dad,” he said.

“Next thing I know, I look

up and a car smoked my

front end and flipped me into

a ditch. Luckily, I didn’t really

get hurt, but the muscles

in my shoulder were messed

up, so I had to miss the last

quarter of the season.”

At the time of his accident,

McGuire was second on the

team in batting average and

runs batted in. But despite

missing the remainder of the

year, the Lockport Township

alum still managed to earn

National Junior College Athletic

Association All-Region

IV Second Team honors.

He finished his freshman

campaign with a .328 batting

average, 40 hits and 25 RBI.

“Losing Joe was a tough

draw for the team,” said

Gregg Braun, the Wolves associate

head baseball coach.

“He was a guy that was in

the lineup every day batting

in the heart of the order ... it

is really hard to replace what

Joe brought to the field and

lineup every day.”

While it was tough to watch

his team make a postseason

run without him — one that

Joe McGuire batted .328 with 40 hits and 25 RBI this past

season with the Wolves. Mike DiNovo/Joliet Junior College

ended May 13 with an 11-3

loss to College of DuPage —

he is grateful for the success

he had in his first season with

JJC, especially since it almost

did not happen.

McGuire began the year at

Blackhawk College in Moline

with the intent of playing

his freshman year there.

Midway through the year, he

decided to make the move

a little closer to home and

instantly clicked with his

new — yet familiar — teammates.

And he saw some

familiar faces in his opponents,


“It was really nice seeing

[LTHS alum] Davis [Purviance]

in the outfield and

coming back and reconnecting

with him because

we were buddies in high

school,” McGuire said. “It

was just really cool seeing

some of my close buddies

on the field — that’s always

cool. I guess you call them

your rivals, but deep down

they’re your friends still.”

Joining the WolfPack

paid off at the plate for the

freshman catcher, too. Braun

called McGuire a “breath of

fresh air” who the Wolves

knew they could depend on

to lead the team both one

and off the field.

The confidence instilled

in him from Braun and head

baseball coach Wayne King

Jr. helped McGuire add

power to his bat. In return,

he helped the Wolves to a

27-24-1 season.

“My whole mindset

changed when I came here

because coach King told me

I had to provide a little more

pop in the lineup,” McGuire

said. “That just made me

start swinging at different

pitches and having a different

approach at the plate.”

And while playing at JJC

was definitely next-level

ball, McGuire said he felt

he had an advantage having

come from the Porters’ toptier


“I’d say there’s much

more pitchers who understand

pitching, and [there’s]

better pitching [at this level],”

McGuire said. “Coming

from coach [Andy] Satunas

at Lockport and that

program, he really runs it

like a college program. It’s

not that big of a jump for me

coming from him since he’s

such a good coach.”

McGuire and the Wolves

coaches have big expectations

for next season. As a

sophomore, Braun said his

teammates will look to him

as an example and hopes his

bat will stay just as hot as it

Lockport Township High School alumnus Joe McGuire missed the final quarter of his first

season with Joliet Junior College after suffering a shoulder injury from a car accident, but

he still managed to earn National Junior College Athletic Association All-Region IV Second

Team honors. Hank Brockett/Joliet Junior College

was this season.

And McGuire hopes so,


He will continue to recover

from his accident and

rebuild the strength in his

shoulder as he sets his sights

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“I really saw myself grow

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McGuire said. “I feel like I

matured a little bit more this

year knowing I’m going to

be a sophomore next year ...

I’d love to continue to go to

school and play at the fouryear

level. The longer I get to

play, the better, you know?”

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Optimism aplenty as Porters close out summer season

Randy Whalen

Freelance Reporter

It was nearly 11 p.m. on

July 12 when the Lockport

Township baseball team saw

its summer season end.

The Porters had battled

all game but stranded eight

runners in the last three innings

and fell to upstart

Lincoln-Way East 8-5 in the

title game of the Lockport

Regional, which was part

of the Illinois High School

Baseball Coaches Association

Summer Baseball Tournament.

Lockport (11-5), which

was seeded No. 2 in the regional,

was aiming for its

first summer regional title

in more than a decade. East

(6-1), which won four games

in 36 hours to triple its win

total in the summer, did not

know if it was going to be

participating in the IHSBCA

Summer Baseball Tournament

until the end of the previous


In past years, there was a

requirement that the teams

entered in the IHSBCA

Tournament play 10 games

in the summer. But because

less teams were involved in

the tournament because of

travel ball, that stipulation

was dropped this summer.

The regional title was the

first for the Griffins since

they won the Phil Lawler

Summer state title in 2008.

But despite the loss, there

was nothing but optimism

for the Porters after the


“It was a great summer,

and we did a lot of good

things,” Lockport coach

Andy Satunas said. “[The

regional title game] was

like two great forces meeting,

and [East] came out on

top. But we’re hoping that

a taste of being so close to

going to the summer state

finals can push us over the

top in the spring.”

Porter junior center fielder

Collin Woulfe also believes

the team can make a run next


“Lincoln-Way East had

a real good pitching staff,”

said Woulfe, whose sister,

Elena, just graduated this

spring after being a standout

basketball and softball

player for the Porters. “We

just have to have a little bit

more fun next spring, play

our best and win it all.”

This week, East had that

opportunity at the IHSBCA

Phil Lawler Summer Classic

State Tournament, which

was played at North Central

College in Naperville and

Benedictine University in

Lisle. In the regional title

game, the Griffins took the

lead for good with a four-run

fourth. Senior Jake Slager’s

sacrifice bunt turned into an

errant throw that allowed

two runs to score and tie the

game. Junior Matt Watson

(2-for-3) walloped an RBI

triple to put East ahead for

good, and senior Jake Tencza

(2-for-3, 3 RBI) added an

RBI double to give the Griffins

a 5-3 advantage.

“I hit the ball well,” Watson

said. “It feels great to

have beaten a top program

like Lockport and win this

regional championship.”

In the fifth inning, East —

which finished with nine hits

— loaded the bases on a pair

of walks and a hit batsman.

Then, with two outs, Tencza

was also hit by a pitch to

make the score 6-3.

“I couldn’t do it without

my teammates getting on

base,” Tencza said of his

success in the game. “We

made the Lockport pitchers

throw a lot of pitches and

kept turning over our lineup.”

Lockport left the bases

loaded in the fifth but did

cut the lead to 6-5 when

Woulfe (1-for-4, 2 RBI) hit

the eighth pitch of his at-bat

to right field for a two-out,

two-run single. But the Griffins

added a pair of insurance

runs in the seventh on a wild

pitch and an error. Chase

Blatzer earned the save for

winning pitcher and fellow

junior Colin Brooks with a

strikeout to strand runners at

second and third in the sixth

and another strikeout to end

the game and leave the bases

loaded in the seventh.

“I got both strikeouts on

curveballs,” Blatzer said. “I

don’t get nervous out there,

I just go out do my thing and

throw strikes in the key situations.”

A two-out, two run double

by junior Jack Mladic

(2-for-4, 2 RBI) capped a

three-run first for Lockport,

which scored the game’s first

run on an error. The Griffins,

who are headed by new

coach Eric Brauer, began

their comeback when Tencza

had a one-out RBI single to

left in the third. Brauer led

Chicago Christian to 40 wins

and a Class 2A third-place

finish this spring.

Senior Jimmy Heintz

(2-for-3, walk) and junior

Josh Bentley (2-for-4, RBI)

also had multi-hit games

for Lockport. The Porters,

who made three errors in the

game, finished with eight

hits, as junior Jalen Rannells

also added a single.

“The team played real

well throughout the summer,”

Woulfe said. “Some

of the young guys came up

and did well. We had an

[incoming] freshman Ryan

Moerman play shortstop for

us. In the upcoming years,

we should have a lot of good

kids who make the program


In the semifinal, Lockport

defeated No. 3 seed Plainfield

North 7-1 behind the

pitching of C.J. Weins. The

Collin Woulfe crosses home plate to score and is greeted by teammate Nick Schindler

July 12 during the semifinal game of the Lockport Regional. Photos by Erin Redmond/22nd

Century Media

Tommy Louch delivers a pitch for the Porters in the

tournament opener against Lemont July 11 in Lockport.

senior went 6 2/3 innings,

allowing a run on four hits

while striking out 10.

“I really felt good and had

great stuff,” Weins said. “My

fastball was my best pitch.”

The score was tied 1-1

in the bottom of the third

when sophomore Nick

Schindler swatted a twoout,

two-run double to put

the Porters ahead. Woulfe

(2-for-3, RBI) had the only

multi-hit game for the Porters.

Bentley, junior Adam

Hansen, Heintz, Mladic —

who mashed a home run to

left in the bottom of the fifth

for the final run — Rannells,

Schindler and Weins

all added hits as Lockport

finished with nine hits in the


In the a quarterfinal game

on July 11, Lockport lambasted

Lemont 11-1 in five

innings. Bentley was 3-for-3

with two runs, and Mladic

(2-for-3, R, 4 RBI) ended

the game with a two-run triple

in the bottom of the fifth

inning. Mladic also singled

to drive in two runs in a sixrun

first inning. Junior John

Weis (1-for-2, 2 R) also had

a two-run single in the first.

Senior Tommy Louch (2 BB,

4 K) went the distance for

the Porters and scattered six

hits. Andy Tunrer had two

hits and an RBI for Lemont

(5-7), which defeated Tinley

Park 6-3 in a game earlier in

the afternoon before traveling

to Lockport.

“There’s still a whole lot

of positions up for grabs,”

Satunas said of the roster

for next spring. “So I hope

this whole [summer league]

leaves the kids as being hungry

and has them working

hard to get better.”

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Porter baseball

wraps up summer

league season

1. A promising record

Despite falling to

Lincoln-Way East

in the Illinois High

School Baseball

Coaches Association

Summer Baseball

Tournament Lockport

Regional final July

12, the Porters

finished the summer

with a record of 11-5.

2. The Woulfe pack

Junior center fielder

Collin Woulfe was

a catalyst for the

Porters during the

summer playoffs,

knocking in 2 RBI in

the regional final and

collecting two hits in

the semifinal against

Plainfield North.

3. A bright future

Incoming freshman

shortstop Ryan

Moerman was one of

many young Lockport

players who had

an opportunity to

impress coaches this


Going Places

Best friends, bowlers from LTHS will stay together at St. Xavier

Randy Whalen

Freelance Reporter

Based on the initials of

their first names, Monica

Colon and Marissa Ramirez

could be the M&M twins.

But the recent Lockport

Township graduates say they

both share an enjoyment for

something else that begins

with M — Mountain Dew.

“She’s my Mountain

Dew buddy,” Colon said of


But Colon and Ramirez

are also bowling buddies.

The sport brought the two

together, as both were threeyear

varsity bowlers for the

Porters. Now it’s keeping

them together in college,

too, as both will go on to

bowl for the inaugural season

of women’s bowling at

Saint Xavier University.

“We’re going to have an

all new team,” Ramirez said

of being part of the first team

for the Cougars. “We’ve already

had a meet and greet

with each other, and I can

already tell we’re going to

have a great bunch together.

Haley Jablonski [who recently

graduated from Lincoln-Way

West] is going to

be going there, too.”

Colon and Ramirez have

been friends for years. They

are from opposite sides of

the school district, too, as

Colon went to Richland Jr.

High in Crest Hill, while

Ramirez attended Homer Jr.

High. They first met when

they both had lessons at

Town & Country Lanes in

Joliet. Then, their friendship


“There’s still a whole lot of positions up for grabs. So I hope

this whole [summer league] leaves the kids as being hungry

and has them working hard to get better.”

Andy Satuans — Lockport head baseball coach, on how the summer

league season can benefit his team moving forward

blossomed at Lockport.

“Freshman year, we just

started talking and getting to

know each other more and

more,” Ramirez said. “It was

pretty awesome.”

They both moved up to the

varsity team as sophomores,

and their friendship grew

even more from there.

“We’re both really close,”

Colon said. “I feel like we’re

the same person. We just get

along. She’s great, and I’m

so excited to be going to college

with her.”

It was Ramirez, however,

who first decided to go to

Saint Xavier.

“I did some research online,

and they have a great

program for what I want to

go into — secondary education,”

Ramirez said. “I’ve

always loved helping people

be the best that they can

be, and I want to be a high

school teacher. When I took

a visit to Saint Xavier, I absolutely

loved it. It felt like

home to me.

“This will be the first year

of the bowling program. It’s

building up, and it’s so exciting.

It’s the place I wanted to


Colon wasn’t sure where

she would go to college, but

a talk with her best friend

helped make up her mind.

“Marissa helped me out,”

said Colon, who will major

in biology pre-health. “I

was looking at Saint Xavier

and Valparaiso University.

There was a lot of pros and

cons to each but decided to

go to Saint Xavier. Now, we

get to continue our journey

Tune In

Monica Colon was a three-year varsity bowler at Lockport

Township and is continuing her bowling career at St. Xavier

University. 22nd Century Media File Photos

together. It’s exciting, and I

can’t wait.”

Saint Xavier is elated the

two chose to be on the initial

team. Michael Kay is the

Cougars coach and is impressed

with the duo.

“Marissa comes from one

of the most successful high

school bowling programs in

Illinois,” said Kay in a story

on the team’s website. “She

will be a huge asset in beginning

our program. Her

attitude is infectious, and it

helps that she knows how to

knock down some pins. Her

accomplishments during

her senior season speak for

themselves, including a 300

game [in November 2016 at

the Rock Island Invite].

“Monica, like Marissa,

comes from a winning tradition.

We hope that she can

bring that winning attitude

with her to start our program.

Her physical game

is outstanding, and we are

lucky that she chose Saint

Xavier University.”


Playoff push — Wednesday, July 26, at Brent

Hassert Park Red Field

• The final week of play takes place for the

Adult Men’s 12-inch softball league as four

consecutive games take place, starting at

6:30 p.m.

Lockport girls bowling

coach Art Cwudzinski

knows both girls have what

it takes to be successful beyond

high school. They are

among the 28 scholarship

LTHS bowlers who have

continued on to perform in

college since 2004.

“They were both varsity

bowlers for the last

three years,” he said. “They

worked hard for what

they’ve got, are both in

sports shot leagues and will

be an asset to the program.

They’re both A1 people off

the lanes, too.”

This past season, Ramirez

averaged a 204, while Colon

came in with a 199.

They helped the Porters to

a second-place state finish

at the state finals this past

February. That came on the

heels of a third-place finish

in 2016 and a state championship

in 2015. That helped

them prepare for what is

about to come in college.

The Porters fell just 38


39 - Going Places

34 - Athlete of the Week

Marissa Ramirez (pictured)

and Monica Colon are best

friends and decided to both

attend St. Xavier University

and join the bowling team

there in its inaugural


pins shy of state champion

Harlem this season (12,310-

12,272), but Colon looked at

the bright side of the finish.

“We all tried our best,”

Colon said. “I’m proud of

the team. We all had fun, and

it was worth it.

“... It was a good experience

to pick yourself up after

not doing well, and that

helped my mental game. It

taught me that you always

have to work hard.”

That hard work will continue

in college. While the

two will not room together

at college, they plan to spend

a lot of time together on the

team and outside of it.

And when they do, they

will be sharing a beverage.

“Whenever we bowl together,

our favorite drink is

Mountain Dew,” Ramirez

said. “We’re twinkies. We’re


FASTBREAK is compiled by Assistant Editor Erin

Redmond, e.redmond@22ndcenturymedia.com.

homer glen’s Hometown Newspaper | www.homerhorizon.com | July 20, 2017

Bestie Bowlers

LTHS duo to continue bowling careers

together at St. Xavier, Page 39

Close call

Celtics baseball falls in

summer slugfest, Page 34

Porters win two of three games in regional summer league playoffs, Page 38

Josh Bentley (right) waits to high-five C.J. Weins (34) as he reaches home plate to score a run during Lockport’s game against Lemont July 11 in the first round of the

Lockport Regional of the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association State Tournament. Erin Redmond/22nd Century Media

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