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In this week’s


Police Reports6

Pet of the Week8



Faith Briefs20

Dining Out23

Home of the Week24

Athlete of the Week27

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La La Land at the library

1:30-3:45 p.m. Aug.

10, Lake Bluff Public Library,

123 E. Scranton

Ave., Lake Bluff. Join

the library for a showing

of “La La Land.” Popcorn

will be served. For

more information, visit



7-8 p.m. Aug. 10,

Lake Bluff Library, 123

E. Scranton Ave., Lake

Bluff. Join Martha and

Liliana for Knitwits, a

group for beginning knitters.

Chat and learn new

techniques. Bring any

questions. For more information,

visit www.


Dance Improvisation at the

Ragdale Ring

7-8 p.m. Aug. 10, Ragdale

Ring, 1230 N. Green

Bay Road, Lake Forest.

This performance will

feature improvising dance

artists who represent several

distinct dance styles

from post-modern to urban

street forms. Participating

artists include Jessica

Ray, with her abstract

movement forms, tap

dance Jumaane Taylor and

more. For more information,

call (847) 234-1063.


Nine and Wine

5 p.m. Aug. 11, Deerpath

Golf Course, 500 W.

Deerpath Road, Lake Forest.

Tee off at 5 p.m. then

enjoy a wine tasting. This

event is 21 and older. For

more information, visit

www.deerpathgolf.com or

call (847) 810-3889.

Traditional Santa Stitching


1 - 3 p.m. Aug. 11, The

Forest Needle, 1341 Western

Ave., Lake Forest. Join

The Lake Forest Needle

for Petei Santa Classes.

Petei Santas are small

collectible Santas that

can easily be stitched in a

month. It’s a great way to

get back into needlepoint

and good for beginners

and experienced stitchers

alike. Each month we will

be offering two different

Santas to choose from.

Call to reserve a spot (847)


Trivia Night

5 p.m. Aug. 11, Dickinson

Hall, 100 E. Old

Mill Road, Lake Forest.

Join Dickinson Hall for

its first-ever Trivia Night.

Teams of up to five players

are invited to compete

for prizes. Entry fee is $15

each and includes pizza,

beer, punch and prizes.

Registration is required.

For more information, call

(847) 234-2209.


Aging Gracefully

2 p.m. Aug. 15, Dickinson

Hall, 100 E. Old Mill

Road, Lake Forest. Come

and hear our local Lake

Forest Concierge Medicine

Physician, Dr. Steve

Lasin. He will be discussing

the “Top Ten Questions”

to ask your doctor at

your next physical. Lasin

will also discuss the concept

and facts about Concierge

Medicine. For more

information, call (847)


Lake Forest College

transfer applications due

for fall

Transfer applications

for fall 2017 at Lake Forest

College are due Aug.

15. Career-building internships

are plentiful at Lake

Forest College and our

career advisors will work

with you from day one

to help you achieve your

professional goals. To apply,

visit www.lakeforest.

edu/transfer. For more information,

call (847) 735-



Dust off your DSLR

4-5:30 p.m. Aug. 16,

Mellody Farm Nature Preserve,

350 North Waukegan

Road, Lake Forest.

Dust off your digital

camera and join Corinne

Stagen Torkelson at this

hands on, energetic class

where participants will

review the basic workings

of a camera and, with renewed

confidence, go out

and shoot in the field. The

class will explore the topics

of composition, exposure

and lighting. The cost

is $45 for members and

$55 for non members. For

more information and to

register, visit www.LFO-


Mosaics Class

2 p.m. Aug. 16, Dickinson

Hall, 100 E. Old Mill

Road, Lake Forest. Continue

to learn and create

with mosaics when you

join artist and teacher Nancy

Wolff in our new mosaics

class. Nancy will help

create a beautiful piece

with a variety of materials.

Come and explore the

hidden artist within you.

This event costs $65 for

members and $70 for non

members. Registration is

due by Aug. 11. For more

information, call (847)



Back to School


3 p.m. Aug. 17, Lake

Forest Library, 360 E.

Deerpath Road, Lake Forest.

All day fun at the Library.

Coloring, film festival,

raffles, games, prizes

and Yummy cookies. For

more information, visit



Summer Modern Floral

Design Workshop

10 a.m. Aug. 19, Lake

Forest Flowers, 546 N.

Western Ave, Lake Forest.

We’ll explore pave’ deisgn

techniques using summer

flowers and succulents. All

flowers and container included

in the workshop fee

of $75. This event is for

ages 15 and up. Register

online at www.lakeforestflowers.com.

Deerpath Golf Course Club


Aug. 19 and 20, Deerpath

Golf Course, 500 W.

Deerpath Road, Lake Forest.

Play your way to victory.

Enter the Deerpath

Golf Course Club Championship

and compete

against other players in

your division for the title.

36 holes stroke play. For

more information, visit


LFBA Tryouts

3:30-7:15 p.m. Monday,

Aug. 28, and Tuesday,

Aug. 29, Lake Forest

Recreation Department,

400 Hastings Road, Lake

Forest. The Lake Forest

Baseball Association

will host tryouts for its

9U, 10U and 11U squads.

The 9U tryouts will be

held from 3:30-4:15 p.m.

both days, while the 10U

team tryouts will run from

4:30-5:45 p.m. both days.

The 12U squad will tryout

from 6-7:15 p.m. on both

days. For more information

and to register, visit



Eyeglass Recycling

Through Aug. 32, Lake

Forest Library, 360 E.

Deerpath Road, Lake Forest.

Donate glasses as a

part of the library’s campaign,

Changing Lives,

One Pair at a Time. Donated

eyeglasses are recycled

and reused to help children,

adults and seniors

read. For more information,

visit www.lakeforestlibrary.com.

Wildlife Discovery Center


11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays,

1401 Middlefork

Drive, Lake Forest. To

honor the 20th anniversary

of the Wildlife Discovery

center, the WDC is offering

family-friendly activities

every Saturday. For

more information, contact

Rob Carmichael at (847)


Elawa Farm Garden


8 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays

and Saturdays, Elawa

Farm, 1401 Middlefork

Drive, Lake Forest. Head

to Elawa Farm’s weekly

garden market to buy

farm grown produced,

seedlings from the greenhouse

and home and

garden gifts. For more

information, visit www.


Monthly Blood Pressure


10-11 a.m. on the second

Monday of every month,

Dickinson Hall, 100 E.

Old Mill Road. Nurse Patti

Mikes will visit Dickinson

Hall to give free blood

pressure checks to anyone

50 years old and older. No

appointment needed. For

more information, call

(847) 234-2209.

Pickle Ball

9:30-11:30 a.m.

Wednesdays, Lake Forest

Recreation Center, 400

Hastings Road. Come on

out and play America’s

fastest growing sport. Purchase

four days of play for

$15 or pay a $5 drop-in


To submit an item for the

community calendar, contact

Editor Alyssa Groh at


or (847) 272-4565 ext. 21.

Entries are due by noon on

the Thursday prior to publication


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Celebrating Lake Forest

Residents enjoy food, music, rides and games at Lake Forest

Day carnival on Wednesday, Aug. 2 at West Park

Carson Denninger (left to right), 4, waits

for a carnival game to begin with Allie

Gongola, 3, and Remle Denninger, 5.

Linda Hoskins chats with friends in the

21-plus section of the Lake Forest Day


Children smile and brace themselves as they ride the Orient Express at the

Lake Forest Day Carnival on Wednesday, Aug. 2 at West Park. Photos by Gianna

Annunzio/22nd Century Media

Stella (left) and her brother, Henry Murch,

ride the carousel with their mother, Kelly

Murch, at the Lake Forest Day Carnival.

Rock cover band, “The Love,” serenades

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Lake Forest Day Parade, 5K unites community

Alyssa Groh, Editor

For more than 100 years,

Lake Forest residents have

setup chairs along the

streets in Lake Forest for

the annual Lake Forest

Day Parade.

This year, with the sun

beating down at more

than 80 degrees, hundreds

of Lake Forest residents

cheered on organizations

in Lake Forest during the

annual Lake Forest Day

Parade on Aug. 2.

Vinnie Dolan, who has

been the parade chairman

for 25 years, said the parade

has been held on a

Wednesday for as long as

he can remember.

“The parade is something

that has been around

for more than 100 years,”

Dolan said. “It is on a

Wednesday which makes

it unique. There are people

that like that it is on

a Wednesday and that is

were the tradition part of it

comes in.”

Dolan said like many

others in Lake Forest, he

and his family plan their

vacations around the week

of Lake Forest Days.

“It is kind of a labor of

love for those of us who

are involved in running the

parade,” Dolan said. “It is

something that takes a lot

of time and takes community

spirit. We are so fortunate

we have people in

the community who are so

interested in the parade.”

With community spirit

high, Dolan said organizations

throughout the city

come up with unique and

impressive floats for the


This year, there were

more than 80 organizations

who entered the

parade and showed their

pride for not only the city,

Lake Forest Open Lands, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, participated in the

annual Lake Forest Day Parade on Wednesday, Aug. 2. PHOTOS BY ALYSSA GROH/22nd

Century Media

but for the organization

they are a part of.

Participants ranged

from Dickinson Hall, Gorton

Community Center,

Lake Forest Country Day

School, CROYA, Fresh

Market and more.

To recognize participants

for all of the hard

work they put into making

their floats, a variety of

awards were given out.

The School of Saint

Mary took home the commanders

trophy and Sunset

Foods in Lake Forest received

the award for most


There were also first,

second and third place

awards for church/school,

civic/fraternal, commercial,

neighborhood, and

youth. East Lake Academy

took first place for church/

school, Lake Forest Library

took home first place

for civic/fraternal, Forest

Orthodontics and Pediatric

Dentistry won first place

for commercial, the 1930

Model A Ford by Ray and

Kathy Kracik won first

place for neighborhood

and Girl Scout Service

Unit 410 took home first

place for the youth award.

For a full list of award

winners and parade entries,

visit www.lakeforestday.com.

Lake Forest Day festivities

did not stop with the

Lake Forest Day Parade,

there was also a 5K Fun

Run/Walk to start the day.

Sixty-three brave participants

woke up early and

began the 5K run/walk at

7 a.m. at Deer Path Community

Park. Children and

adults alike ran by with

smiles on their faces eager

to finish the race.

“We try to be very

family-oriented,” said Jason

Busdeker, the facility

manager at Lake Forest

Parks and Recreation Department

and the coordinator

of the race. “There

are always a few younger

kids running which is

great to see. For them to

be able to be out there doing

something healthy and

to be able to accomplish

almost three miles and

huge for them and great

to see.”

Busdeker said the race is

another tradition of Lake

Forest Days and since he

has been helping coordinate

the race the past two

years, the weather has

been great.

Not only is it part of

tradition, but Busdecker

hopes participants had fun.

“The biggest thing was

for everyone to have fun

rather they are walking

or running, competing for

the fastest time or doing it

for personal benefit,” Busdecker

said. “Everyone

can have fun and enjoy

their time.

The School of Saint Mary, which is celebrating its

centennial year, won the commanders trophy for its

creative float.

Kathleen Aberle completes the last leg of the Lake

Forest Day 5K Fun Run/Walk with a smile on her face.

Michael Donahue pushes through the final mile of the


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Police Reports

Full keg of beer left in street

Lake County records flood results, Lake

Bluff ranks No. 2 followed by Lake Forest

A beer keg with a sign

stating “Free Beer 21+”

was reported on the parkway

in a wagon at 8:15

p.m. on July 16 in the 100

block of E. North Avenue

in Lake Bluff.

A officer arrived on

scene and located the full

keg of beer labeled Revolution

Brewing, Chicago

IL on the parkway with

the described sign attached.

There was nobody

in the area of the keg. The

keg was in a blue bucket

placed in a wagon with a

tapper attached and drinking


The officer attempted

to make contact with the

homeowners on E. North

Avenue but was met with

negative results. The officer

took the keg and placed

it into found property until

the owner is located.

Lake Bluff

July 21

• A 13-year-old male juvenile

was reported missing

in the 300 block of Circle

Drive. The complainant

stated she last saw her son

around three hours ago and

he left the residence on his

bicycle. Officer sent out a

local look out with the juvenile’s

descriptors. The

complainant was able to

reach her son on his cellphone

and requested he

return home. An officer

verified the juvenile had

returned home safely.

• A delayed report of a two

vehicle accident at the intersection

of W. Washington

Avenue and Route 41

was reported at 7:19 p.m.

at the Public Safety Building.

The complainant stated

his vehicle was struck

from behind and he had

the other parties information.

The complainant did

not have enough information

to complete a formal

traffic crash report at the

time. The officer will attempt

to locate the other

motorist involved and will

then complete a formal

traffic crash report.

July 20

• The West Scranton Avenue

Viaduct was reported

flooded at 7:20 a.m. Officers

closed the roadway.

Public Works and IDOT

responded to the scene. An

officer remained on scene

until barricades were put

in place.

• Green Bay Road and W.

Witchwood Lane were reported

flooded at 7:31 a.m.

The responding officer

found the road to be passable

and had Public Works

post a high water sign.

• An officer observed water

building up on the

roadway at 8:12 a.m. on

Sheridan Road north of

E. Blodgett Avenue. The

officer made contact with

IDOT workers at the W.

Scranton Avenue Viaduct

and advised them of the


• A female subject wearing

a blue floral dress was

reported dancing in the

roadway at 8:10 p.m. in

the area of Sheridan Road

and W. Witchwood Lane.

Officers met with the subject

who was subsequently

arrested for possession of

drug paraphernalia.

July 19

• Criminal damage to a

vehicle that may have occurred

between the hours

of 7:40 a.m. and 7:30

p.m. was reported at 7:39

p.m. at the Public Safety

Building. An officer met

with the complainant who

stated someone removed

the BMW emblem from

the rear hatch door of her

vehicle. The complainant

stated she did not see anything

unusual in the area

when leaving her vehicle.

July 17

• An officer was approached

by a customer

regarding a suspicious incident

which was delayed

by 30-40 minutes at 9:58

a.m. on Rockland Road.

The complainant stated

she was approached in

the parking lot by a male

white subject approximately


wearing a white shirt and

khaki pants. The subject

said “hi,” then walked to

the entrance and appeared

to wait for her while typing

on his cell phone.

When she and her children

reached the entrance, the

subject asked her to come

to his car (black Scion with

tinted windows) to look at

a car seat. The complainant

said “no” and went to customer

service to report the

incident to employees. The

employees approached

the subject who was at the

Starbucks getting coffee

and asked him to leave to

which he complied. The

officer left a business card

for the loss prevention officer

who was not on site,

and will follow up for video

surveillance footage of

the subject.

• A two vehicle property

damage hit and run accident

was reported at 1:57

p.m. in the parking lot of

Carriage Way. The officer

met with the complainant

who stated he was not in

his vehicle at the time of

the crash, but upon returning

to it, observed white

scratches along the rear

bumper. The complain-

Please see POLICE, 8

Submitted by Lake County

Lake County recently experienced

one of the worst

flooding events ever. Let’s

take a look at the “flood by

the numbers.”

How it Began

Lake County was inundated

by heavy rain on July

11 and 12. Some communities

received more than

seven inches of rain in a

24-hour period. This led to

flash flooding that impacted

roads, homes, parks, businesses

and more. Rainfall

like this doesn’t happen that

often. We often hear about

a 100 year storm, which

means that a storm doesn’t

wait for every 100 years to

come around, as there’s just

a one percent chance of that

storm occurring in that location

in any given year.

Record flooding of major

river systems

The rain not only led to

flash flooding, but also resulted

in flooding to major

rivers. The Fox and Des

Plaines Rivers were at record

crest levels, which is

the highest level the water

got before it began to recede.

In fact, the water levels

continued to rise several

days after it rained. This is

because the Fox and Des

Plaines Rivers flow south,

meaning significant rain

from Wisconsin flows into

Lake County. Because of

this, bodies of water like

Fox Lake did not crest until

July 17, six days after the

significant rainfall.

Lake Bluff ranked No. 2, followed by Lake Forest, for

the most rainfall during the July 11 and 12 storms.

photo submitted

Lake County’s response

Following the devastating

floods, Lake County

government and its partners

worked non-stop to respond

to the disaster and provide

needed resources and assistance.

Lake County activated

its Emergency Operations

Center on July 12,

and Lake County Board

Chairman Aaron Lawlor

proclaimed Lake County a

disaster area later that day.

Following a visit from Illinois

Governor Bruce Rauner

on July 14, the governor

issued a State disaster declaration,

which can open the

door for federal assistance.


Major roads were closed

and commutes were disrupted

for several days

in a row. Throughout the

disaster, the Lake County

Division of Transportation

had a team of traffic operators

and engineers updating

Lake County PASSAGE

around the clock to make

sure that motorists had the

information they needed

to navigate local roads and

find an open route. They

were also able to remotely

observe traffic conditions

and adjust signal timings as

flooding events unfolded.

This was done in real time

to help traffic adjust to road

closures and backups.

Sandbags and Clean Up Kits

Lake County Public

Works delivered more

than 375,000 sandbags and

1500 clean up kits to municipalities

and townships.

Public Works also loaned

out equipment like pumps,

suction hoses and machines

to fill sandbags.

Flood Damage Form/

Damage Assessment

Lake County and local

communities began damage

assessment as floodwaters

started to recede. To

help properly quantify the

damages in Lake County,

we asked residents to fill

out a form and let us know

about their flood damage.

We received nearly 3500

responses from residents,

and have shared this information

with municipalities

and reported this information

to the State.

This has helped Lake

County submit a complete

damage assessment report,

which will help determine

eligibility for federal assistance.

Damage Form

2017 Flood Information

Web Page

For more information

about the 2017 flood,

which includes helpful resources

and what residents

should do if they’ve been

impacted, visit www.lakecountyil.gov/flood.

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Norm and Elvis

The Jensen Family,

Lake Forest

Nine-year old

Norm and 12-

year old Elvis

are father and

son Labrador

Retrievers. Norm is the angel of the two. His only

fault is carrying socks and shoes in his mouth —

he wouldn’t think to eat or rip them apart. Elvis,

on the other hand, can be found either on the

nearest couch or giving himself a casual stroll

through the neighborhood. Despite their growing

white beards, both are young at heart and enjoy

saying hello to everyone they meet, and just

about any delicious treat.

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Winnetka, residents

align for approval of

stormwater management


The Winnetka Village

Council and nearly 75

community members stood

on a united front throughout

the approval of a memorandum

of understanding

for the proposed stormwater

wetland project at the

Aug. 1 Village Council


The memorandum of understanding

is the first major

step towards working

with the Forest Preserve

District of Cook County

and other village entities to

secure a stormwater storage

and mitigation plan

that would greatly reduce

the impact of flooding in


Specifically, the memorandum

outlines a $8.53

million project to construct

a combination of

storage, conveyance and

infiltration solutions on

Forest Preserve land near

the northwest corner of

Hibbard Road and Winnetka

Avenue. The system

would channel water from

the streets into the forest,

and would be designed to

handle stormwater during

a 100-year flood (4.85

inches in three hours).

President Chris Rintz

stressed that the goal of the

capital project is to eliminate

home flooding. In the

event of a 100-year flood,

most streets would also be

clear of significant stormwater


“The plan provides the

foundation to design and

implement a system that

will positively impact

[over 400] homes ... providing

significant relief

and supporting the investment

of the families who

live there,” Rintz said.

As presented, the memorandum

reveals the third

iteration of a mitigation

plan; the first two plans

from Strand Associates and

the Village were rejected

by the Forest Preserve and

environmental advocates.

Reporting by Lauren Kiggins,

Freelance Reporter. Full

story at WinnetkaCurrent.



Glenview Clovers steal the

show at Lake County Fair

Wagner Farm’s Glenview

Clovers 4-H Club

made a stellar showing at

the Lake County Fair in


“We’ve done well over

the years but I would have

to say this is the best we’ve

ever done,” said Wagner

Farm Director Todd Price,

who started the club 15

years ago. “The first two

years we were in the Cook

County Fair, but they don’t

allow animals so we petitioned

to be released from

Cook County to show in

Lake County.”

All 38 members of the

Wagner Farm club between

the ages of 8 and 18

went to the fair, and a number

of them showed in two

different categories.

Awards were given in

the 4-H show, which was

limited to 4-H members,

and the Open show, which

is an event open to anyone

who wants to exhibit.

In the dairy competition,

the Clovers’ Jessica Wittenstein

had the Supreme

Champion — described by

Price as “the absolute best

animal in the whole thing”

— in both the Open show

and the 4-H show.

Other dairy winners representing

the Clovers were

Kelly Pollina, the grand

champion of the Open

show and winner of the Junior

Showmanship award,

and Mata Stilp, the reserve

champion of the Open

show and winner of the Senior

Showmanship award.

In the lamb competition,

Evie Golden had the grand

champion in Open show,

Maddie Plante had the

4-H grand champion, Nora

Dolce had the 4-H reserve

champion and Frankie

Ahern earned the Junior

Showmanship award.

Reporting by Neil Milbert,

Freelance Reporter. Full

story at GlenviewLantern.



Commissioners favor

5-story buildings in

downtown zoning revisions

Could downtown Northbrook

eventually be home

to five-story buildings and

more residential density?

Some members of the Plan

Commission hope so. They

floated these ideas during a

recent review of downtown

zoning Aug. 1.

Commissioners said they

would like to see downtown

have something that

draws more people — and

their disposable income —

to Northbrook.

For several, it was the

idea of taller structures

that could house retail and

commercial units.

“I think that we need

five stories in downtown

Northbrook,” Bryan

Schimel said. “We need

the density; we need the

people. ... I think we need

to be cautious on the setbacks,

but other than that,

I think it makes a whole lot

of sense.”

Tom Poupard, director of

planning and development,

suggested zoning amendments

could recommend

that any redevelopment of

Meadow Shopping Center

— the southeast corner of

Meadow Road and Cherry

Lane — to include a fivestory


That could mean five

stories nearly at the edge

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ant advised there was a

white Chevrolet Suburban

parked behind his vehicle,

and it left shortly after he

returned to his car. The

complainant stated he has

a rear facing camera in his

vehicle, and would review

the footage and advise if

he has footage of the crash.

• A one vehicle property

damage accident was reported

at 4:59 p.m. in the

Mawman lot.

July 16

• A three car accident was

reported at 2”27 p.m. at the

Lake Bluff Police Department.

A officer met with a

driver who was involved in

a three car accident on July

12 that occurred on Route

176, east of Route 41. The

driver provided information

regarding the other two

units involved in the crash.

The officer attempted to

make contact with the other

two units involved, but was

met with negative results.

Further attempts will be

made to contact the other

drivers to gather information

to complete and Illinois

Traffic Crash Report.


Lake Forest Leader’s Police

Reports are compiled from

official reports found on file

at the Lake Forest and Lake

Bluff Police Department

headquarters. Individuals

named in these reports are

considered innocent of all

charged until proven guilty in

the court of law.

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Family Vacation Photo Contest

Share memories

of your trip with


Eric DeGrechie

Managing Editor

Some families start planning their summer

vacation at the start of the school year

while others wait until the warmer weather

arrives. Whether your family vacation keeps

you in the area or takes you around the

world, it’s always

fun to share the

memories of the

trip with others

when you return.

Are you back

home from your

summer vacation

or trying to

squeeze one in

before the kids go

back to school?

Chances are

you brought a

camera or will

be packing one.

Family Vacation

Photo Contest

What: Submit a

family picture from

a 2017 summer


Where: Send

to alyssa@


com or The Lake

Forest Leader, 60

Revere Drive Suite

888, Northbrook,


When: Entries due

at 5 p.m. Aug. 31

(winner announced

in Sept. 7 issue)

Why: First place

wins $50 gift card to

Lake Forest Frame

and Design Studio

Whether you

shoot family

photographs with

an old-school

camera or use

your smartphone

to capture all the

special moments,

memories are made with each click.

As the end of summer nears, The Lake

Forest Leader is hosting the fifth annual

Family Vacation Photo Contest. As with

other contests we run, we expect some

great entries from our readers.

Send in a photo from your family vacation

this summer 2017 for a chance to get

it published in the paper and win a prize.

Lake Forest Frame and Design Studio,

204 E. Westminster Ave., is the contest

sponsor and will award the winning family

a $50 gift card.

Last year, the winning entry was sent in

by the Christoph family of Lake Forest.

The photo showed the Christoph family

at Chengdu Panda Reserve in Chengdu,

China, posing for a photo with Shen Shen

the panda.

We look forward to receiving your entries.

Good luck!

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Sam, Adam and Luke, of Lake Bluff, ride the Canadian

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Golfers raise more than $120K for American Cancer Society

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More than 146 golfers

gathered at Lake Forest’s

Conway Farms Golf

Club on July 20, for the

annual William T. White

Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament

in support of the

American Cancer Society.

William, a native of Glencoe,

initiated a golf tournament

in 1981 to bring

the community together

to raise funds to support

the American Cancer Society.

In 1993 William

passed away from leukemia

and his son, Bill

White, continued the tournament

in his name and

now serves as the event’s


This year’s event was

sold out with 146 participants

and more than

$123,000 was raised

through direct donations,

participant fees and exclusive

silent auction packages.

“The committee was

thrilled to have raised 50

percent more than last

year for the American

Cancer Society,” said

Russ Larsen, the William

T. White, Jr. Memorial

Golf Tournament Executive

Committee Member

and Northwest Group

Manager for Wintrust

Commercial Banking.

“We were humbled by

everyone’s generosity in

providing such a significant

contribution towards

cancer research.”

One hundred percent of

the funds raised from the

event this year’s event will

go to cancer research in

honor of brain cancer survivor

Kathy Mignin.

“Kathy has been a longtime

supporter of this event

and served on the Executive

Committee for a number

of years,” said Susan

White, participant at the

tournament and friend of

Mignin. “Kathy’s love of

golf has been an inspiration

to many of us. And now

A participant at the William T. White Jr. Memorial Golf

Tournament tee’s off to raise money to support the

American Cancer Society.

she’s inspiring us with her

perseverance and positive

attitude in her battle against

this terrible cancer.”


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Dickinson Hall seeks

volunteer drivers

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Dickinson Hall is looking

for volunteers to drive

older adults to medical

appointments and other

destination to help them

maintain independence

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This service supplements

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Car and Bus reserved ride


Drivers may travel to

nearby towns and some riders

may need some assistance.

With a pool of volunteer

drivers, Dickinson Hall

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driver’s availability.

The riders tell the staff

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These 12 participants volunteered for all 12 hours of the Bernie’s Book Bank first Annual Volunteer-a-thon July


Bernie’s Book Bank participates in inaugural Volunteer-a-thon

Alyssa Groh, Editor

The number 12 is the

magic number for Bernie’s

Book Bank. In keeping

with the 12 theme, Bernie’s

Book Bank, launched

the first Volunteer-a-thon

on July 21.

Between July 21 and

July 22, more than 400

volunteers participated in

12 hours of volunteering

to package books for children.

Andy Donovan, the

processing and volunteer

manager at Bernie’s Book

Bank, said 12 is a special

number for the staff and

volunteers at Bernie’s

Book Bank.

“Our mission is to provide

12 books per year

to at risk children in Chicagoland

and we serve

children for 12 years,” he



Which was why they

decided to take part in 12

hours of volunteering.

The idea of the Volunteer-a-thon

started to get

volunteers more engaged

at Bernie’s Book Bank,

and complete its mission

of giving books to children.

“I think the reason we did

it was just to engage volunteers

in the summer, Donovan

said. “It was a way to

Volunteers help sort and package books for at risk

children during Volunteer-a-thon at Bernie’s Book Bank.

get the different people in

here and engage some of

our volunteers who have

not been back in a while.”

Donovan said the staff

at Bernie’s Book Bank

was pleased with the first

Volunteer-a-thon and

hopes to keep this new

tradition going.

“It was a really big success

especially for the first

year,” he said. “This is the

first year we have done it

and we hope to continue


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the lake forest leader | August 10, 2017 | 13

Lake Forest resident and Loyola Academy graduate Andrew Kubicek (front row,

second from left) poses with current Ramblers outside a coffee shop in Nicaragua.


LF resident empowers underserved

Nicaraguan children

Submitted by Loyola


Service is at the core

of a Jesuit education. It’s

also at the core of Loyola

Academy graduate and

Lake Forest resident Andrew


Now a junior at Boston

College studying finance,


and sociology, Kubicek

discovered his passion for

serving others on a Loyola

summer service trip to Nicaragua

in 2014. He has

returned every year since,

coordinating a trip after

graduating from Loyola in

2015, serving as a graduate

student leader in 2016

and now, in 2017, interning

with Fabretto, a nonprofit

organization run by

fellow alumnus Kevin C.

Marinacci that is committed

to empowering underserved

Nicaraguan children

and their families.

Kubicek spent his summer

with Fabretto working

on the Sistema de

Aprendizaje Tutorial program,

an alternative, rural,

secondary education

program with a learningby-doing

approach for

youth in rural communities.

Specifically, he partnered

with family-run coffee

producers to support

their business operations

and a co-op of 35 Nicaraguan

women who weave

baskets and jewelry out

of recycled items, pine

needles and string.

“I would work from 8

a.m. until 5 p.m. on the

coffee initiative doing

market research, client

outreach, calculating current

costs of production,

and exploring distribution

channels,” he said.

Kubicek also assessed

the supply chain by visiting

different coffee producers

and collaborating

with roasting and packaging

companies to solidify

a partnership and optimize

the price at which the coffee

beans would be sold.

Kubicek then spent

his evenings working

with women at a basket

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From Page 8

of Meadow Road, or a

two-story northern half of

the building and five stories

further away from the


Poupard walked commissioners

through a 3D

rendering of downtown

complete with what the

new zoning amendments

would ask of developers

versus what currently occupies

those spaces.

The Village is considering

zoning amendments to

downtown. The Plan Commission

has been tasked

with generating ideas for a

draft, which trustees would

look over and discuss with


Reporting by Matt Yan, Editor.

Full story at Northbrooktower.com


Hot-button issue of

reconfiguration continues

to dominate D112


Talk of North Shore

School District 112’s impending


dominated the District’s

board meeting Tuesday,

Aug. 1, as members expressed

concern time

was running short to attain

necessary community

feedback while sorting

out potential attendance

boundary changes and staff


The topic is not new —

school closures and reconfiguration

have been on the

table for years amid declining

enrollment, uneven

distribution of students

across schools and aging

buildings — but is now

in the hands of the board

after Reconfigure 2.0, the

community group tasked

with finding consolidation

options, identified three

preferred school reorganization

proposals in their

report released last month.

Though the proposals,

three preferred options

plus five other possibilities,

were not discussed in great

detail, the effects of them

were on board members’

and district officials’ minds

as they decide which direction

to go in for the 2018-

19 school year.

“We’re going to do it,

we’re going to have to

close some schools, and

I think it’s important that

we do it well and do it conscientiously,”

said board

member Bennett Lasko.

Despite receiving extensive

community feedback

during the 14-month long

Reconfigure 2.0 process,

board members were eager

to survey the district again

to weigh support for the

different proposals.

“Our ability to take any

action will be significantly

strengthened if we have

a survey result indicating

that there’s community

support for the decision

we’re making,” said board

member Alexander Brunk.

Reporting by Brenden Moore,

Freelance Reporter. Full

story at HPLandmark.com


Mallinckrodt Center

celebrates active adult


When Wilmette’s

Mallinckrodt Center was

built in the early 1900s, it

served as a convent where

nuns from all over the

country lived.

Today, it is home to programming

for adults over

the age of 50 through the

Wilmette Park District.

Julie Mantice, manager

of the center, said the goal

of her department is to

change the face of adult


“I think when people

think about a senior center,

they think it’s for people

over the age of 80 with

walkers who play bridge

and cards,” Mantice said.

“We’re here to provide

programming for 50-plus

[people]. I’m here to be

that change agent. We

want to convert this place

into one where your mom

wants to come.”

Dorian Merrick serves

as the center’s assistant.

She remembers when the

program got started 20

years ago at the Community

Recreation Center.

“It was called the Mescal

Center at the time because

Dave Mescal, who was a

great community-minded

person here in Wilmette for

many years,” Merrick said.

“He decided the community

needed an active adult

center or a senior center.”

After 12 years, the district

decided to move the

programming to Mallinckrodt.

The center will be celebrating

its 10th anniversary

on Sept. 9 with entertainment,

food from Culver’s

and beverages from The

Bottle Shop.

The center offers a variety

of activities. They

have 11 fitness classes a

week, card games, movies,

discussions and outings

around the Chicago area.

Reporting by Emma Palatnik,

Editorial Intern. Full story at



D35 ‘not any further

along’ in personal

investigation of alleged


The Glencoe Public

Schools is not aware of any

ongoing police investigation

regarding the sexual

abuse allegations against a

former District 35 educator.

But, the School Board

is still doing its due diligence.

In an interview with The

Anchor, the district’s attorney

Mike Loizzi said

on Aug. 3, the School

Board has looked through

the alleged abuser Marvin

Martin’s personnel file and

board minutes for any reference

of said abuse.

“We have not come

across anything that suggests

that we have information

in our possession,”

Loizzi said.

The story from an alleged

abuse victim, Dave

Stroud, was addressed at

the last School Board meeting

on July 27. District 35

released a statement at the

meeting regarding the allegations

against Martin,

who taught elementary and

middle school for 40 years

from 1956-1996.

In the statement, School

Board President Gary

Ruben said in part: “The

Glencoe Schools were

previously made aware

of these allegations in

relation to a 2012 investigation

by Glencoe Public

Safety. The Glencoe

Schools cooperated with

all requests from Glencoe

Public Safety, and the case

was closed.”

According to Loizzi, police

reported back to the

District in 2012 that the

case was closed and there

was nothing further. This

year, the District received

more information from the

same 2012 victim, Stroud,

and again alerted Glencoe

Public Safety.

Because it has to do with

sexual abuse, the District

again had to turn it over to

the police. But in the past

several weeks, the School

Board has reviewed their


“We finished [looking

through] the important

and immediate files, like

Martin’s and [Dave’s] student

records,” Loizzi said.

“Now, we are asking administration

to put their

heads together and see

if there are other records

worth reviewing.”

Reporting by Megan Bernard,

Contributing Editor. Full

story at GlencoeAnchor.com.

School News

Elon University

Forlow named to dean’s


Liam Patrick Forlow,

of Lake Forest, has been

named to the dean’s list for

the 2017 spring semester

at Elon University.

The dean’s list is composed

of students with no


From Page 13

and jewelry cooperative,

teaching them how

to utilize Microsoft Excel

spreadsheets for basic

sales and management


“They used to write

everything by hand in a

notebook and then burn

old notebooks,” Kubicek

said of the co-op’s former

business practices. “The

cooperative has great potential,

but the lack of

formal business education

makes managing the cooperative

difficult for the


Kubicek made strides

to implement an online

system of accounting and

inventory management

and also to expand the

co-op’s product line. In

fact, some of the product

comes right back to

Loyola. The LoyolaWear

Store sells handmade

“LA” keychains for $5,

with all the money going

back to the women in


Kubicek shared some

of the challenging realities

of his work, which he

calls an extremely humbling


“I had a barrel of cold

water to use for my shower

and more than half the

time, I did not have running

water,” he said. “One

week I had to bring my

barrel outside to catch

rain water off of the tin

roof. After fishing out the

bugs and leaves, I used

grade below a B-minus

and a grade point average

of at least 3.50 in a minimum

of 12 semester hours.

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the same water to shower,

do laundry, wash dishes

and even cook.”

In June, at the same time

as Kubicek’s internship

with Fabretto, Loyola students

were experiencing

Nicaragua on their summer

service immersion

trip led by teachers Erin

Hauri, Debbie Henslee

and Chris Howe. Kubicek

spent time with the Rambler

volunteers, serving as

a mentor and guide for the


“He encouraged our

students to jump in — not

only to the hard physical

labor, but to forming

relationships and getting

to know the personal stories

of people in the community,”

said Hauri, who

teaches Spanish in the

foreign language department.

Kubicek knows that

a future in the country

would mean sacrificing

time with family

and friends, his lifestyle

at home and, possibly,

his dream of making

it big in the business


“But the more time I

spend in Nicaragua, the

more I feel drawn toward

giving all that up,” he

said. “Although I don’t

know what lies ahead,

I do see myself coming

back to Nicaragua because

the idea of women

and men [working] for

others that my parents

and Loyola Academy

have instilled in me is

still very much present.”

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From the Editorial Intern

Finding a new love for writing

Jake Markowitz

Editorial Intern

Growing up, writing

was my biggest

enemy. Not because

I was bad at it, but

because it was always so


The only time I wrote

was when was I forced

to in school, and even

then I wouldn’t always

follow directions. When

I was supposed to be

brainstorming for stories

or essays, I was busy compiling

a list of activities I

would enjoy when school

was over that day.

It wasn’t until I attended

the University of Iowa

that my sentiment towards

writing began to shift. As

a cinema major, I’m often

tested on my ability to

analyze and describe what

does and what does not

work for films we watch

in class.

Therefore, writing is the

key to my college career.

I rapidly began enjoying

the task of putting my

thoughts to words and

attempting to get my professor

to see my vision. It

was interesting for me to

see how every word had a

huge impact on the clarity

of my paper and on my

success in the class.

Hearing complaints

from my friends, who are

business and finance majors,

about how confusing

their scantron tests were

only made me appreciate

writing even more.

Eventually, I added a

writing certificate and a

journalism and mass communication

minor to my

resume. After spending a

year and a half reporting

for The Daily Iowan, the

student newspaper at my

school, I knew I wanted

to pursue an internship in


Fortunately, I was

able to lock down an

internship as an Editorial

Intern at 22nd Century

Media. When I first

walked into the newsroom

I was very nervous.

My only experience in a

newsroom was through

The Daily Iowan and I

had no idea if a student

newspaper was in anyway

similar to a professional


My fear was quickly

softened as I was met with

friendliness and excitement.

My editors from the

Lake Forest Leader and

Highland Park Landmark

eased me into the world

of professional journalism

by giving me easier

formatted stories, such as

calendars and brief press

releases. They also took

their time to answer my

questions clearly.

As the weeks progressed,

I was assigned

longer stories across

various topics. These

ranged from covering the

Lake Bluff annual farmers

market to writing about

the journey of a college


While I can’t say there’s

one memory that sticks

out above the rest, there is

one thing I have to thank

Alyssa and all my editors

for helping me out with

the most.

When I first started the

internship, interviews

were not my strong

suit. I thought I had a

good grasp of creating a

story and finding a way to

write each story clearly.

However, I struggled with

asking the right questions

to get the information I

needed to write a clear

and in depth story.

Numerous times I

conducted an interview

thinking I was asking the

right questions. Then,

when it was over, several

questions would come to

my mind that I wished I

had asked in the initial

interview. Many of the

people I interviewed

had limited availability;

leaving me only with the

responses I received from

my first set of questions to

write the story.

On top of that, I learned

I did not have the tenacity

a reporter needs in

order to make sure they

get quotes from the best

sources for a story. In the

past, if my sources didn’t

pick up the phone on my

first call I would give up

and move on to the next


Throughout the summer,

my editors have

taught me how to form a

series of questions before

conducting interviews

for stories. Additionally,

they reminded me to keep

calling and don’t give up

right away. The source

might get bothered by

the amount of times their

phone rings, but an annoyed

source is better than

no source at all.

I learned a lot throughout

my summer as an intern

for 22nd Century Media.

I feel like I became a

more improved reporter

and writer. I’m heading

back to college with a

whole new set of skills

and a confident mindset

heading into every story.

Going into my final year

of school, the “real world”

is right around the corner.

Previously, this used to be

a very frightening thought

and one that only created

uncertainty and stressful

thoughts for me.

After my internship, I

feel a lot stronger in my

capabilities as a journalist

and being able to get a

job after my senior year.

Where will that be? I have

no clue, but wherever it is

I will have 22nd Century

Media to thank for helping

me polish my writing,

reporting and professional


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Chicagoland clásico

Lalo’s delivers legendary Mexican for North Shore, Page 23

Former Lake Forest resident volunteers

in Tanzania, Page 21

TOP RIGHT: Faraja students line up for a morning assembly in Tanzania.

BOTTOM RIGHT: Mama Lema, a Faraja teacher, oversees student knitters diving into new supplies, which

were brought over by former Lake Forest resident Mike Conklin.

TOP LEFT: Mike Conklin hands over two cases of knitting materials to Kristin Westermann, representing

Faraja Primary School.

TOP ABOVE: The drivers on the trip made a point of handing out food to Maasai children on the roadside as

volunteers criss-crossed Tanzania. PHOTOS SUBMITTED

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the lake forest leader | August 10, 2017 | 21

Former LF residents volunteers at underprivileged school

Neil Milbert

Freelance Reporter

When Mike Conklin

went to the baggage

claim at Kilimanjaro International

Airport he collected

two huge suitcases

crammed with knitting

needles and yarn.

Most Americans go to

the East African country

of Tanzania to see Mount

Kilimanjaro or go on a safari

in Serengeti National

Park, but Conklin had a

different objective.

The 72-year-old former

Lake Forest resident

a current Highland Park

resident took a two-week

trip to Tanzania this summer

because he wanted to

help people in dire need.

“This was my third trip

and I’d like to go a time

or two again,” Conklin

said. “My first two trips

were with a group from my

church, First Presbyterian

of Lake Forest, to Faraja

School, a primary school

exclusively for kids with

physical disabilities that we

support financially through

our mission committee.”

Conklin went on the trip

with a group called God-

Parents 4 Tanzania, which

is headquartered in Roanoke,

Va. GodParents 4

Tanzania raises money for

scholarships to help kids

attend secondary school

and college.

Through his trips Conklin

got to know Kristin

Westermann, who is the

daughter of the founder

of GodParents 4 Tanzania,

Dwayne Westermann. On

a previous trip, women

Tanzanians how to knit,

Conklin said. When they

started running low on

supplies, Kristin emailed

Conklin and told him they

were in need and asked

for help.

The group GodParents 4 Tanzania, which includes former Lake Forest resident Mike Conklin (front center) poses for a photo outside a lodge in

Karatu, Tanzania. Photo Submitted

“I went to the knitting

club at our church in April

and asked for donations,”

Conklin said. “I took the

yarn and knitting needles

that were donated in the

two big suitcases and after

I got there I dropped them

off at the school.”

While Conklin began

traveling to Africa

through his church, different

faiths between groups

were never an issue.

“Our church is a Presbyterian

church, GodParents

4 Tanzania is a Lutheran

group and we spent

some time staying in a

Catholic Conference Center

that is across the street

from a mosque,” Conklin

said. “Nobody cared.”

Instead, he emphasized,

the common cause was

helping people whose

lives are a daily struggle

in a country where the

life expectancy is 52.9


Conklin and the other

volunteers spent time visiting

schools and hospitals

helping out with chores.

During their visits to the

schools the volunteers

learned the kids stay at

school for the entire term,

without seeing their parents.

To help the families

communicate with one another,

the volunteers taped

videos of the kids and

took them to their parents


Conklin recalled some

of the extreme poverty he

saw while traveling to the

schools and homes in Tanzania.

“Nobody has electricity

and some of the schools

and homes we visited

didn’t even have roads,”

he said. “One day it rained

and we could only get to

within a mile of the school

so they sent out a welcoming

delegation of about

75-100 kids.”

Driving and walking

through town Conklin

remembered seeing

people washing clothes

in streams and herding

goats, cattle and sheep.

Among the many places

they visited, they also went

to a dormitory which helps

young girls go to school.

“We went to a dormitory,

Door of Hope. They

take girls who are 5, 6 and

7 years old out of their

villages and make arrangements

for them to go

to the public school. The

mothers gave them up because

if they didn’t, the

girls would probably be

married by the time they

were 12 and they would

be one of six or seven

wives per man.”

Conklin said GodParents

4 Tanzania has many

success stories of scholarship

graduates from its

secondary schools and

colleges who have gone

on to become doctors,

nurses and teachers. There

also are graduates gainfully

employed, such as tour

bus drivers who double as


According to Conklin,

the Faraja primary school

is exclusively for children

with physical disabilities

and is the only one of its

kind in Tanzania.

“It’s a residence school

with about 100 kids,” he

said. “They stay there in

dormitories because they

couldn’t get there otherwise.

They didn’t even

have a road leading to the

school until about two

years ago. Each class has

kids of varying ages and

sizes. Many times kids

with disabilities are abandoned

by their parents and

put in orphanages. When

we get a kid at the school

we might start the child

in kindergarten. We could

Please see Conklin, 22

22 | August 10, 2017 | The lake forest leader FAITH


Faith Briefs

Christian Science Society (Gorton

Center, 400 E. Illinois Road, Lake


Testimony Meeting

Come to Gorton Center

the first Wednesday

of each month at 7:30

p.m. There will be prayer,

hymns, and readings from

the Bible, with related passages

from the “Christian

Science” textbook, “Science

and Health with Key

to the Scriptures” by Mary

Baker Eddy. Then participants

share their own

healings and inspiration.

For more information, call

(847) 234-0820 or email



The Church of the Holy Spirt (400 E.

Westminster Road, Lake Forest)

Camp Out-Getting S’more

Out Of Jesus

Held Sundays 10-11

a.m. through Sept. 10 for

children ages 3 through

third grade. This is a VBSstyle

Children’s Chapel

program are going where

attendees will pitch a tent

and discover that Jesus

is the light of the world

though this outdoorthemed

camping adventure.

For more information,

please contact Debbie

Stockert at dstockert@


Summer Service Schedule

Services will be held at

5 p.m. on Saturdays and

7:30 and 10 a.m. on Sundays

throughout the summer.

For more information,

please call (847) 234-7633

or visit www.chslf.org.

Making Disciples

Join the church on

Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

in the parish library as we

deepen our understanding

of the themes presented in

scripture. This is a yearlong

journey that will be

done over 34 weeks. Student

guides are now available

in Missions Possible

bookstore at a 15 percent

discount. Come to Eucharist

at 9:30, and then grab a

cup of coffee in the kitchen

on your way to the library.

Welcome Cafe

On Sundays between the

9 and 11 a.m. service, you

are invited to the “Welcome

Café” in the Parish

Hall. All are welcome:

newcomers and long-timers,

young and the young

at heart, rich, poor and

in-between. The Welcome

Café is a safe space to connect

with old friends and

make new ones, and where

we can share our stories.

The Brotherhood of St.


The “Old Dogs” are retired

men who meet for

reading and frank conversation

at 10:30 a.m.

Wednesdays in the Armour

Room. Recognizing

a personal spiritual need,

the participants study and

share their opinions, questions

and fears about their

own lives. For more information,

visit www.chslf.


Men’s Bible Breakfast

Men in the parish meet

at 6:15 a.m. every Thursday

for relaxed Bible study

and fellowship. For more

information, visit www.


Grace United Methodist Church (244

East Center Ave., Lake Bluff)

Boy Scouts

Boy Scout Troop 42 will

meet in Fellowship Hall

from 7-9 p.m. Monday


Church of St. Mary (175 E. Illinois

Road, Lake Forest)

Eucharistic Adoration

Each Wednesday, the

Church of St. Mary offers

Eucharistic Adoration following

the 8 a.m. Mass. A

rosary will be prayed each

week at 6:40 p.m. with

Benediction following at

7 p.m.

Union Church of Lake Bluff (525 E.

Prospect Ave., Lake Bluff)

Live Wires

Live Wires is the Union

Church youth group for

fourth- through sixth-graders.

The group meets on

Wednesdays in Fellowship

Hall at the church from 4

to 5 p.m. for lively discussion

and fun activities.

Christ Church of Lake Forest (100 N.

Waukegan Road)

The Bridge Young Adults


Every Wednesday from

7-9 p.m. If you think

you’re a young adult, you

are welcome to join. Contact


gmail.com for more information.

Bible Blast

Sunday evenings, 5-6

p.m. Bible Blast is a family

program for children

4 years old through fifth

grade. Guide your child’s

spiritual growth and biblical

literacy to a new level

through Bible Blast. There

is a one-time registration

fee of $45. Free childcare

is provided for 3 years old

and younger.

Submit information for

The Leader’s Faith page to


media.com. The deadline is

noon on Thursday. Questions?

Call (847) 272-4565

ext. 35.

In Memoriam

Brandon Cox

Brandon Cox, 44, of

Lake Forest,

died July 27.

He is survived

by his

wife of 23

years, Claudia

Cox (nee




his 5-year-old twin daughters,

Sophia and Samantha

Cox; his mother, Susan

Cox; his sisters Tracy Cox

and Angela Cox-Kasse

and his nieces, nephews

and many friends. He was

born in Washington, D.C.

to John and Susan Cox on

April 22, 1973. He grew

up in the suburbs of Washington,

D.C. where he met

his good friend, Billy Fox.


From Page 21

have a 10-year-old in kindergarten.”

Faraja School was

founded and built by Donald

Tolmie and his wife,

Joann, in 2001 in partnership

with the Lutheran

diocese of Tanzania after

they visited the country,

and the Charlotte, N.C.

residents remain on the

board of directors of the

foundation that funds it.

The chairman of the

foundation is their son,

David, a member of the

First Presbyterian Church

of Lake Forest. David

organized the church

group’s first trip to the

school in 2011 and Conklin

was in the group.

“It was the first interdenominational

trip that

our church ever made,”

Conklin said. “There

were eight or nine of us

He met his soon-to- be

wife, Claudia in the winter

of 1994 and they married

shortly after. Brandon and

his wife started their journey

together in Frederick,

MD, where they bought

their first house and owned

a small business. He loved

talking with people, so his

jobs were always related

to meeting people and

building relationships. He

graduated from American

University with a degree

in political science and

moved to Chicago where

his twin daughters were

born in January 2012. At

the time of his death, he

was working for Amarin

Pharma Inc.

A funeral service will be

held on Saturday, Aug. 12,

from the church and we

also took some Lake Forest

College students. We

spent most of our time at

the school and visiting

homes of students. The

nearest town is Sanja Joo,

a dinky little town about

10 miles away, and there

are no real roads for at

least half of the trip.

When First Presbyterian

Church discontinued

the trip because there was

no longer a pastor with

African expertise, Conklin

decided to continue

checking in on the school

and expand his involvement

by going with God-

Parents 4 Tanzania.

“Our church continues

to provide financial support

for Faraja School,”

he said. “I do the school’s

Facebook page and Twitter

account and write a lot

of stories for their newsletter

that we send out. We

have 1,600 followers on

at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s

Catholic Church (Old

Church), 991 S Waukegan

Rd, Lake Forest,; Msgr.

Dempsey will officiate.

A small reception to celebrate

Brandon’s life will

follow. Interment private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial

contributions may be

made to the American Liver


George W. Bock

George W. Bock, 67, of

Lake Bluff, died July 28.

Have someone’s life you’d

like to honor? Email


media.com with information

about a loved one who was

part of the Lake Forest/Lake

Bluff community.

Facebook and the heartening

thing is they’re from

every continent but Antarctica.”

Writing was Conklin’s

forte in his former life.

Starting in 1969 he spent

36 years writing for the

Chicago Tribune, most of

that time was spent covering

major beats for the

sports department. Later,

Conklin left the Tribune to

teach communications and

Chicago history at DePaul

University where he had

earned his master’s degree.

Conklin and his wife,

Diane, now spend their

winters in Scottsdale,

Ariz. but return frequently.

For the past two

summers he has taught a

class at Lake Forest College.

This summer it was

a course in the college’s

Cinema Studies program,

“Reel Journalism: Hollywood

and the Newsroom.”

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the lake forest leader | August 10, 2017 | 23

Lalo’s Mexican Restaurant offers family-style dining

Alyssa Groh

Contributing Editor

Focusing on family and providing

a warm and welcoming

environment for customers is

the main focus for the founding

family and staff at Lalo’s Mexican

Restaurant in Glenview.

Eduardo, who went by Lalo

for short, migrated to the United

States from Mexico and wanted

to bring a little piece of home

with him to the U.S.

“[Lalo] migrated from Mexico

with his family and got the

idea to bring [the Mexican] culture

and the authenticity of our

food and bring it into our own

place and share it,” said Stephanie

De Luna, the manager at the

Glenview location and a family

member of Lalo’s.

In 1970, Lalo, along with his

family, opened Lalo’s Mexican

Restaurant in the Little Village

neighborhood in Chicago. Since

then, the family has opened a

total of six locations throughout

the Chicago area.

Since its opening, Lalo’s has

remained a family owned restaurant

with a majority of its

staff being related.

De Luna has worked at the

restaurant since she was 13 and

has never felt the need to venture

out and find a job outside of

the family business.

“I have a business degree. I

could go anywhere, but I choose

to stay here and work and be

with my family,” De Luna said.

“[Lalo’s] is home. It is who

I am, it is my roots. I am very

grounded here and I think what

the family atmosphere provides

is that homey feel.”

Feeling at home while working

is not only important for De

Luna, but she also tries to make

her customers feel at home

when they come in for food.

“We love to emphasize it is

a family restaurant. It is family

owned and it is meant to be for

family,” De Luna said. “[Customers]

are home when [they]

come here. [Customers] are

The fajitas de bistec o pollo ($17.95) are a mix of steak and chicken

sauteed with onions, tomatoes and peppers, served with a choice

of flour, corn or mixed tortillas, rice, beans, sour cream and

guacamole. Photos by Courtney Jacquin/22nd Century Media

not just coming to a restaurant.

[Customers] are family and are


In keeping with the family

theme, Lalo’s has kept its families

recipes on the menu since

its inception.

“Everything on the menu is

what you find as traditional

Mexican dishes,” De Luna said.

“[The food on the menu] is very

traditional and authentic. It is

very close to what you would

have in Mexico. This is what

you would eat at my house.”

After hearing about the authentic

food offered at Lalo’s,

a group of 22nd Century Media

editors were eager to dive in and

try some of the food.

First up was Lalo’s signature

chicken soup, served to

all customers who order food.

The chicken soup was created

by Lalo and includes broth,

chicken, noodles and chunks of

carrots and zucchini. The small

portion of chicken soup was a

great start to the meal and gave

us a taste of authentic Mexican


While Lalo’s has a different

menu for lunch and dinner, we

were fortunate enough to taste

items from both menus.

From the lunch menu, we

Lalo’s Mexican Restaurant

1432 Waukegan Road,



(847) 832-1388

11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-


11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and


tried the mini grilled carne asada,

which is large enough to fill

you up for lunch and take home

some leftovers. The carne asada

($20.95) is made with tender

skirt steak sauteed with Lalo’s

homemade seasoned grilled

mushrooms and served with

grilled zucchini, pico de gallo

and guacamole. The skirt steak

was extremely tender and the

seasoning added a bit of extra

flavor without overpowering the


As for the dinner menu, we

tried the enchiladas suizas and

fajitas de bistec o pollo. The

enchiladas suizas ($15.95) contained

three rolled up corn tortillas

filled with chicken and

topped with melted Mexican

cheese, green tomatillo sauce

and sour cream with rice and

beans served on the side. The

enchiladas were soft and easy

to cut into and the cheese topping

helped keep it all together.

The mini grilled carne asada ($11.95) is a lunch menu offering

including skirt steak sauteed with grilled mushrooms and served

with grilled vegetables, pico de gallo and guacamole.

Lalo’s enchiladas suizas ($15.95) are three rolled corn tortillas stuffed

with chicken and topped with melted Mexican cheese, green tomatillo

sauce and sour cream with rice and beans served on the side.

To our surprise, the enchiladas

were on the sweeter side rather

than the spicy side, which

paired nicely with the cheese

and beans.

Finally, we had the fajitas de

bistec or pollo ($17.95) which

bursted with a variety of flavors.

The fajitas are served with a

choice of steak, chicken or both,

and come sauteed with sliced

of tomatoes, onions and bell

peppers, and are served with a

choice of flour, corn or mixed

tortillas, rice, beans, sour cream

and guacamole. If you come in

hungry, this dinner portion will

be more than enough to fill you

up. The dish is sauteed to perfection

with tender meats and

fresh veggies and fruits.

Lalo’s prides itself in making

everything daily with fresh and

local ingredients, and it is evident

when you taste the food on

the menu.

With the idea of bringing a

taste of Mexico to the U.S., De

Luna invites people to taste the

authenticity Lalo’s offers.

“Come and have a little taste

of our tradition and our roots of

where we come from,” De Luna


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of the


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Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Emma Patlovich

Emma Patlovich is a

recent graduate of Lake

Forest High School and

former member of the

girls volleyball team.

How did you start

playing volleyball?

It wasn’t my first sport,

basketball and soccer

were. In middle school,

seventh grade, I started

with all my friends just for

fun. We were having so

much fun with it that we

wanted to do club in Vernon

Hills and that’s how it


What do you like the

most about volleyball?

I love how it’s a team

sport and how everyone

is involved and they have

to do their part. You can’t

have just one good player;

it has to be a group as a


Is there anything you

learned during your

time at Lake Forest

High School you’ll

bring with you to the

next level?

Just being a positive

leader, always trying to

bring people up. Even

when you lose a point,

have the same attitude as

when you win a point and

always be positive and

encouraging to your team

and yourself.

Do you have a

favorite memory of

your time with the


Winning regionals this

year was really fun. I loved

going to Champaign; that

might have been the highlight.

What are you most

looking forward to

about playing at the

University of New


Playing for my school.

High school is so much

fun, there’s something

about playing for your

school is just fun and just

being together as a team

and getting to know them

as like a family.

Why did you choose to

go to the University of

New Hampshire?

My brother was looking

there. He was either going

to go to New Hampshire

or Dayton, so I went out

and visited when he did at

New Hampshire. I just fell

in love with it, just how

pretty it is. I love the East

Coast; I was born in Boston.

The coaches are awesome

and the team, their

chemistry and all the girls

are so sweet, but also very

into [volleyball]. They

usually win their conference,

so hopefully that

keeps going.

If you had a ticket to

go anywhere in the

world, where would

you go?

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or Aruba — somewhere

with pretty water.

If you could have any

superpower, what

would you choose?

To be super fast and be

able to run non-stop and

jump really high.

What is your dream


Probably playing beach

volleyball in California or

just being a pro beach volleyball

player would be the


If you could hang out

with any celebrity for

the day, who would

you want it to be?

Maybe an NBA player.

I feel like it’d be cool to

follow Russell Westbrook


Interview conducted by

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From the Sports Editor

Fall beckons another action-packed season

Erin Redmond


Where did the

summer go?

It seriously

feels like just yesterday

we were gearing up

for graduation day and

planning interviews with

our local athletes to see

where they were going

next. And then I blinked

and fall sports were upon


Don’t get me wrong,

I am not complaining.

This time of year is one

of my favorites. There’s

an unrivaled buzz in the

air, the anticipation of

brand a new season about

to start.

There are fresh-faced

freshmen looking forward

to their first high school

game and seasoned

juniors and seniors ready

to show them the way.

And let’s not forget

about those sophomores.

They’re out to prove

there’s no such thing as a

sophomore slump.

New coaches have

taken the reins and others

are returning, both approaching

the season with

optimism and excitement.

And I get to be a part of

it all. How cool is that?

Of course you’ll see me

on the sidelines on Friday

nights for football and

who wouldn’t be excited

about that?

But there are so many

other great sports that fall

ushers in.

For the girls, tennis and

field hockey will be in

full swing. They’ll make

a splash in the pool as the

swim and diving season

returns and tear up the

court during volleyball


As the leaves change

and the weather cools

down, it creates the

perfect conditions for our

co-ed golfers and crosscountry

runners. Being a

newbie to the area, I can’t

wait to check out some

of the beautiful courses

and places both will be

competing at this


Our local soccer players

return to the pitch for

the boys season, too, so

you know there will be no

shortage of action.

And cheering them all

on and providing some

high-flying, captivating

performances will be the

cheer and pom squads.

Needless to say, I’m


Yes, I’ve been through

plenty of fall sports seasons,

but this one is brand

new to me. I can’t wait

to see what the athletes

of Lake Forest and Lake

Bluff bring to the table.

I’ll see you out there,

sports fans.


From Page 31

coaches and made it even

better for them.”

Walsh is no stranger to

winning, having led the

Scouts to 10 state titles as

a coach and one as a player

during her senior year at

Lake Forest. She helped

her team reach at least the

semifinals for 21 of her 22

seasons and established

a winning tradition at the


Scout pride

Almost all of Walsh’s

field hockey career was

spent with Lake Forest,

having played three years

in high school following a

brief stint as a cheerleader.

She continued her playing

career at the University

of Kentucky, where she

played club field hockey.

After graduation, Walsh

came home to Lake Forest

and it wasn’t long before

the field hockey program

reached out to her and

offered a position as JV

coach. She was promoted

to varsity assistant the following

year and served

that role for 13 years before

being named head

coach in 2008.

Having a coach with

a background such as

Walsh’s meant a lot to her

players. Knowing Walsh

had once worn the Scouts

uniform, too, rising senior

Catherine Nicholson said,

made it all the more easier

to buy in to the program.

“Not only did she have

Scout pride — which we

all have just by going

to the school — but she

also knows how the program

works, she knows

all the traditions; she lived

through them,” Nicholson

said. “...I know it made it

a lot easier on me and a lot

of my friends during the

tryout process that they

themselves went through.

They know exactly how

we’re feeling. It was very

cool ... it made everything

a little easier.”

Changing times

The field hockey program

has undergone several

changes during Walsh’s

tenure, but she said she

was excited to see things

evolve with the times.

Starting out as a

22-year-old coach, Walsh

said it was sometimes difficult

to strike “a balance

of authority” with her

players who, at the time,

were just a few years

younger than herself. But

as she grew into her role,

she developed her own

coaching style, one that

has transformed into a

player-first mentality.

“We’ll definitely miss

her. What’s different

about her coaching style

is she puts a lot of focus

on who’s working hard,

not necessarily who’s

the most skilled and that

was something I really

respected,” Nicholson

said. “If you were pushing

yourself everyday in practice

... it went noticed. I

think that I’ve had lots of

coaches where all the little

things go unnoticed.”

The speed of the game,

Walsh said, was also

something that changed

under her regime. For

years, the Scouts played

on the front lawn of the

school, a backdrop she

considers the “most beautiful

in the state.”

But as more schools

got turf fields, other field

hockey teams began making

the change away from

playing on grass. So when

LFHS installed a turf field

at its West Campus, Walsh

said it was only natural

they play there, too — but

not everyone agreed.

“We started shifting

over to the turf for the

varsity and eventually we

completely abandoned

the front lawn,” she said.

“People were like ‘how

are you getting rid of that

tradition? What are you

doing?’ The level of play

is so much more dynamic

and fast and entertaining

and fun for the kids. It was

a no-brainer. That change

in the sport really kept us

going and it was really

exciting to see all those

changes. I had to learn new

skills to teach and new

ways of doing things.”

And of course, the girls

wearing the Scouts uniform

has changed countless

times over the course

of Walsh’s career. LFHS

began tryouts for this season

on Wednesday, Aug.

9, and Walsh said that

process was always one of

her favorites of the year.

“Every year it’s different;

that brings new excitement

every year,” she said.

“Even after 22 years, it was

still exciting. Last year we

were really pumped with

who we had. We had 16

seniors and we brought in

a couple new puzzle pieces

and worked really hard to

make them as successful

as they were. Doing that

every season really kept

me going as a coach.”

A lasting legacy

While the Scouts have

established themselves as

a powerhouse in the Illinois

field hockey scene,

one of Walsh’s proudest

moments was helping her

team establish themselves

as a force in the Midwest.

The Scouts annually

play in the Huskie Invitational,

a tournament that

regularly draws teams

from Missouri, Kentucky,

Ohio and Michigan.

Walsh said the level

of play is amplified at this

tournament and the squad

would always get “our

butts kicked” by the teams

from Louisville. That all

ended in 2011, however,

when the Scouts finally

won the tournament on

penalty strokes.

“That was so exciting

for the girls; they lost

their minds,” Walsh said.

“It was something that we

had wanted to do for years.

... This was one that we

could never win. We always

struggled with it and

we won.”

All the struggles were

worth it, Walsh said, and

that she would do it all

over again.

But for now, she will

focus on being a mom and

being around for her kids

as much as possible. Walsh

said she knows she won’t

be able to stay away and

plans on attending a few of

the Scouts’ games this season

as a spectator, though

she knows it will be very

strange for to assume that


That said, she still

hasn’t ruled coaching out

of her future entirely.

“It has been fun and challenging,”

Walsh said. “I really

hope the sport continues

to grow. Who knows?

Maybe 10 years down the

road when both my kids are

in college, you just might

see me back on the sidelines.”

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More than just golf at BMW Championship

Erin Redmond, Sports Editor

When the BMW Championship

descend on Conway

Farms next month, it

will bring more than just

golf with it.

The tournament, which

is the third of four playoffs

in the PGA TOUR’s

FedEx Cup, will see 70

of the world’s best golfers

competing to make

the final field of 30 and a

crack at the TOUR Championship

in Atlanta. British

Open winner Jordan

Spieth, defending BMW

Championship winner

Dustin Johnson, 2015

winner Jason Day. Rory

McIlroy and Rickie Fowler

are all slated to play

in the tournament, which

runs Sept. 12-17.

In addition to watching

the big-name golfers,

there will be plenty to do

for spectators at the BMW

Championship. Vince Pellegrino,

senior vice president

of tournaments for the

Western Golf Association,

said there will a plethora

of interactive areas for

golf fans to showcase their

skills and compete for a

shot at prizes.

New to the event this

year is a hole-in-one opportunity

on the driving

range, where spectators

can attempt to hit a holein-one

and be entered to

win a brand new BMW.

The tournament has also

partnered with TopGolf

Crush, giving attendees

a change to hit golf balls

into targets, earn points

and see how they stack up

against the pros.

“Besides having the

best 70 players in the

world compete, which is

very special, we have a

couple interactive areas

that BMW puts on for the

spectators,” Pellegrino

said. “... [They are] a really,

really neat addition

and it gets spectators out

there hitting golf balls.

... They’re going to give

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beat the pro opportunity

as well. Besides seeing

the latest BMW models

on the golf course, they’ll

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through these interactive




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the football games in case

attendees want a respite

for the PGA action.

The BMW Championships

are also at the same

time that Oktoberfest begins

in Munich, Germany.

And, Pellegrino said, the

tournament would be remise

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Lake Bluff native drafted by Red Sox

Esplin picked

221st overall

Erin Redmond, Sports Editor

Most freshmen in high

school don’t know what

they want to do next week,

let alone for the rest of

their lives.

But Tyler Esplin did.

As a freshman, the Lake

Bluff native had major

plans for his future — Major

League Baseball plans,

that is — and he was going

to do whatever it took to

get there.

Esplin’s hard work,

drive and determination

paid off as he was picked

in the seventh round of the

2017 Major League Baseball

Draft by the Boston

Red Sox.

“[I was feeling] a thousand

different emotions,”

he said. “Leading up to it, I

was nervous just watching

everyone’s name go by and

just waiting for yours is

probably the worst thing to

do, the worst experience.

Hearing my name called

was awesome. It was just

a dream come true. I was

with my mom and dad,

sitting in the basement,

watching the show and it

was awesome.”

Esplin’s road to getting

drafted by the Red Sox

was anything but ordinary.

As a freshman, he was

exposed to IMG Academy,

a boarding school in Bradenton,

Fla. which focuses

on developing studentathletes

through instruction

from top coaches in a variety

of sports. Instantly, he

was asking his parents to

send him there, but was met

with a resounding “no way.”

After a couple years of

pleading with his parents,

Lake Bluff native Tyler Esplin bats for the Gulf League Coast Red Sox, the Rookie League affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. Esplin was picked by

Boston in the seventh round of the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft. Photo submitted

Danny and Kristen Esplin,

Tyler finally convinced

them to let him attend the

school for his junior and

senior years. And while

it was one of the toughest

decisions they’ve ever had

to make, Danny said it was

arguably the best one, too.

“It was a really big decision.

Kristen, my wife, and

I talk about it all the time. I

think it was one of the best

decisions we ever made

for him and we all made it

as a family,” Danny said.

“... Junior year, he showed

the passion he always had

and the commitment and

he was advancing, I think,

as a player. Sending him

away was not the easiest,

especially for Kris, but

he definitely got our support

from Day 1. It was an

amazing opportunity for

him and to his credit, he

put the effort into that.”

The sacrifice of being

away from his family and

going through a round-theclock

schedule of baseball

and schoolwork certainly

paid off for the 6-foot-

3, 230-pound outfielder.

Though he was drafted

by Boston, he remains in

Florida, playing for the

organization’s Rookie

League team, the Gulf

Coast League Red Sox, in

Fort Myers, Fla.

As of press time, Tyler

had played in 10 games

for the GCL Red Sox,

racking up 11 hits — including

a home run — 10

runs and five RBI. But

even with his early success,

he said there is still

room for improvement.

“[The game is] a lot

faster; there’s no room for

error,” Tyler said. “They

definitely treat you like

you’re adult now. It was

weird going from being

a high school kid to two

weeks later being an adult

on the professional level.

“Defensively, [I want

to improve] just reading

balls in the outfield and

working on my speed, hitting

baseballs and everything.

Obviously I’m good

enough to get to where I

am, but there’s never room

to stop.”

Tyler has consistently

excelled at the game since

first picking up a bat as

a 5-year-old. His talent

comes as little surprise

given Danny, too, excelled

at the sport in his youth.

The elder Esplin played for

Lake Forest High School

and earned the opportunity

to play five years — he

was redshirted one season

due to injury — at Southern

Illinois University.

And though Danny

loved baseball, he said he

never pushed Tyler into it.

Instead, his son naturally

gravitated towards it.

“He always, I felt, had

a passion for baseball,”

Danny said. “I was never

a parent that pushed. He

always asked ‘let’s go hit,

let’s go throw. Can we do

this? Can we do that?’ ... It

was something that came

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from Day 1; it was easy. I

did what I think any other

dad would do for his son

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just made myself available,

whether it was playing

catch, throwing, hitting

in the cage or whatever.”

The Esplins have sacrificed

a lot to help Tyler

reach this point, but Danny

said it was all worth it to

see him realize his dreams.

And for Tyler, the sky is

the limit. He said he can’t

wait to see just how far he

can take this opportunity

with the Red Sox.

“[My teammates and I]

all know we’re here for the

same goal, so it’s pretty

nice to be surrounded by

people that have the same

goal as you,” he said. “My

goals and dream would be

to continue to be moved up

[until] I’m playing in the

Major League.”

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three stars of

the week

1. Tyler Esplin

(above) The Lake

Bluff native was

drafted in the

seventh round of

the 2017 Major

League Baseball

Draft by the Red

Sox and was the

221st pick overall.

He is currently

playing with the


Rookie League


2. Melanie Walsh

The Lake Forest

High School coach

retired after 22

years with the

Scouts field hockey

team. LFHS won

the state title 10

times during her


3. Emma Patlovich

The recent LFHS

grad will continue

her volleyball

career at the

University of New


Field Hockey

Lake Forest coach retires after 22 seasons

Scouts won 10

state titles under

Walsh’s direction

Erin Redmond, Sports Editor

When Lake Forest won

the Illinois Field Hockey

State Championship last

season, it marked the end

of an era.

It was the last time Melanie

Walsh would lead the

Scouts to the title match.

It was the last time she

would stand on the sidelines

as their head coach.

Both she and her team

knew that game would be

their last together, because

after 22 years at the helm,

Walsh had decided to pass

the torch.

“I’m not really old

enough to retire, but I’m

44 and I’ve spent the last

22 years coaching — that’s

half my life,” the former

Scouts coach said. “The

main reason for stepping

aside this year was my

kids. ... The time commitment

to the team was so

heavy. When you’re trying

to balance that with kids,

it’s just too hard. I felt

like my loyalities had to

lie with my family. I have

put my heart and my soul

and half of my life into the

Lake Forest field hockey

program, so it was not an

easy choice, very bittersweet.

... It was beyond

exciting and emotional. It

was all the feels.”

And her squad gave her

one dramatic send off.

With less than five minutes

remaining in the title

game, Lake Forest trailed

Listen Up

“I have put my heart and soul and half of my life into

the Lake Forest field hockey program, so it was not an

easy choice, very bittersweet.”

Melanie Walsh— Former Lake Forest High School field hockey coach on

her decision to retire after 22 years.

New Trier 1-0. Senior

Gretta Kulby struck twice,

giving the Scouts all they

needed to win their first

state title since 2013, sending

the crowd into a frenzy.

“For me, it was surreal,”

recently graduated

Kerry Lawler said. “Since

I was on the team since

sophomore year, that year

— my sophomore year —

we actually lost in state

in the last five seconds to

New Trier. It was really

cool to end on top because

we worked three years

for that. I thought it was

really cool for both [me

and Walsh] and the whole

team to come out with a

win because everyone really

wanted it so bad. I

think since it was the last

year, it really helped the

Please see HOCKEY, 28

The Scouts won the Illinois Field Hockey State Championship last season, marking

the 10th state title under Walsh’s tenure.

tune in

Girls Volleyball

The Scouts look to build on their successful

2016 campaign, starting the season at home.

• Aug. 22 hosts Wheeling, 6 p.m.

Melanie Walsh (right) and her long-time assistant coach

and best friend Julie Chantler Crouch show off their

Scout pride. Walsh coached the field hockey team for

22 years. Photos submitted


27 - This Week In

27 - Athlete of the Week

Fastbreak is compiled by Sports Editor Erin

Redmond. Send any questions or comments

to e.redmond@22ndcenturymedia.com

Lake Forest Leader | August 10, 2017 | LakeForestLeader.com

Bittersweet end

Scouts’ long-time field hockey coach

retires after 22 years, Page 31

Lots to love

BMW Championship bringing big names,

prizes to Conway Farms, Page 29

Lake Bluff native

looks to work his way

up to the majors after

being drafted by the

Red Sox, Page 30

Tyler Esplin, a Lake Bluff native, is

currently playing for the Boston Red

Sox’s Rookie League team in Fort


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