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Providence begins

construction on




installation, Page 5

(Left to right) Will County

Executive Larry Walsh, Capital

Campaign Chairman Steve

Morrissette, Bev Welsch, Dorothy

Brown and The Rev. Richard

McGrath pose for a photo during

the ceremonial ground breaking

at Providence Catholic High

School on Sept. 19. Amanda

Stoll/22nd Century Media

Fixing finances

D122 discusses approved tentative budget,

Page 3

stamp of approval

D210 board approves FY18 budget as well as the

estimated $65.5M tax levy for 2017, Page 6

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Vision Screening

10 a.m.-noon Sept. 29,

New Lenox Public Library,

120 Veterans Parkway, New

Lenox. The New Lenox Lions

Club will be conducting

free vision screening for

children ages 6 months to 6

years old. Lions Club conducts

the screening with a

mobile vision screener that

provides immediate results.

A parent permission form is

required and can be picked

up at the children’s reference

desk and must be brought

with on the day of screening.

No appointment necessary.

Gamers Unplugged

4:30-5:30 p.m. Sept. 29,

New Lenox Public Library,

120 Veterans Parkway, New

Lenox. Join the library for

board games. There will be

chess, classics, and some

new games. Participants

may also bring in their own

game to challenge others.

No registration is required.

This program is for ages

6-12 and will be held in the


5th Quarter

Sept. 29; and Oct. 13 and

20, Cornerstone Church,

1501 S. Gougar Road, New

Lenox. The church will host a

5th Quarter event after every

Lincoln-Way West regular

season home football game.

There will be free pizza, a

bonfire, games and professional

athlete speakers. Henry

Domercant, who played

in the European league for

9 years and now plays for

the Salt Lake City Stars will

be speaking at the Sept. 22

event. There will also be a

free raffle for an autographed

ball each event. All students

and parents are invited.


Park Clean Up

9 a.m.-noon Sept. 30, Old

Plank Road Trail at Constitution

Road, New Lenox. Clear

brush, remove invasive species

or harvest seeds for woodland

and prairie restoration

during an upcoming volunteer

workday hosted by the Forest

Preserve District of Will

County. A District representative

will be at each workday to

coordinate the day’s activities.

Registration is required. For

more information and registration,

visit (815) 722-7364

or email rgauchat@fpdwc.

org. Dress for the weather and

outdoor work.

Candlelight Bowl

6:30 p.m. Sept. 30, Laraway

Lanes, 1009 W. Laraway

Road, New Lenox.

Join the Lincolnway Special

Recreation Association for

a bowling fundraiser event.

Cost is $30 per person or

$160 for a lane of six bowlers

and will include bowling,

shoe rental and dinner.

For more information, visit or

call (815) 320-3507.


The Science Club

4:30-5:30 p.m. Oct. 2,

New Lenox Public Library,

120 Veterans Parkway,

New Lenox. Participate in

cool experiments and learn

a little something along the

way. This event’s theme

is “Spooky Science.” This

program is for children in

grades 3-6. For more information

and registration, visit


Colors of the Youth

4-5 p.m. Oct. 3, New Lenox

Public Library, 120 Veterans

Parkway, New Lenox. Colors

Of The Youth, G.S.A. (Gay

Straight Alliance) Group is designed

to help teens discover

who they are, talk about their

experiences, both positive and

negative, meet new people,

engage in conversations that

help them better understand

others and themselves. This

group is meant to provide a

safe, respectful environment

where young teenagers can

freely express who they are.

Registration requested. For

more information and registration,

visit www.newlenox


Adult Coloring Night

6-7:17 p.m. Oct. 4, New

Lenox Public Library, 120

Veterans Parkway, New

Lenox. Studies have shown

over and over again that coloring

has a positive effect

on the adult mind. Coloring

also helps promote wellness

and positivity. Registration

required. For more information

and registration, visit


Drop-In Bike Clinic

1-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7,

Hickory Creek Preserve – La-

Porte Road Access, 10537 W.

La Porte Road, Mokena. The

Forest Preserve, in partnership

with FnA Outdoors, will offer

bicycle safety demonstrations,

general bike checks, a flat-tire

clinic and information about

bike accessories. Registration

is not required for this free,

all-ages program.

Marching Band Invitational

4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct.

7, Lincoln-Way East High

School, 201 Colorado Ave.,

Frankfort. The Lincoln-Way

Marching Band will host

12 competing bands from

Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

Proceeds from the event

will benefit the marching

band program and are used

to purchase instruments,

uniforms, props, sound

equipment, transportation as

well as instructional guidance.

Gates open at 3:45

p.m. Cost is $10 for adults,

$7 for students and seniors

and $30 for a family with

two adults and two children.

For more information, email or

call (815) 931-2074.

Cheer Clinic and Food Drive

9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday,

Oct. 9, Providence Catholic

High School, 1800 W Lincoln

Highway, New Lenox.

Individuals and teams are

welcome. The cost is $40 per

participant, which includes a

PC cheerleading tee shirt and

a pass to regular PCHS home

athletic events for the 2017-18

season. A light snack will be

provided during the clinic, but

asked to bring their own water

and a non-perishable breakfast

item to donate to a local food

pantry. Parents are invited to

watch their child perform a

special routine at noon. Registration

is suggested, but walkins

are welcome. For more

information and registration

forms, visit http://il.8to18.


cheerleading/g or email tstan

BSA Open House

7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct.

9, VFW post 9545, 323 Old

Hickory Road, New Lenox.

Troop 49 New Lenox will be

hosting an open house for all

boys in fifth grade and older

who are interested in learning

more about Boy Scouts and

Troop 49. No previous scouting

experience needed and no

commitment expected.

Oktoberfest Dinner

4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct.

11, Harry Andersen VFW,

323 Old Hickory Road, New

Lenox. Join the New Lenox

Area Historical Society for

a homemade, traditional

German dinner and a silent

auction to support Schmuhl

School. Cost is $15 for

adults, $5 for children under

10 years, and there is no

cost for children under three.

Carry-outs available. To purchase

tickets, visit the historical

Society’s office at 205 W.

Maple, call (815) 485-5576

or get them at the door.

Senior Social

1-3 p.m. Thursday, Oct.

12, VFW Post 9545, 323 Old

Hickory Road, New Lenox.

Join in the fun for a hoedown

where the 2 best country

dressed people will receive

gift cards. The Ole Time

Country Players will be providing

entertainment. Cost is

$5 and participants are asked

to bring a snack to share and

a canned goof for the food

pantry. For more information,

call (815) 462-0686.

Active Aging - An Expo for

Ages 50+

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday,

Oct. 21, Tinley Park Convention

Center, 18451

Convention Center Drive.

Join 22nd Century Media,

publisher of The Frankfort

Station, for its third annual

expo, complete with vendor

booths, entertainment,

bingo and more. Free admission

and free parking. For

more information, call (708)

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Ongoing through September.

New Lenox Dental

Group, 1600 West Lincoln

Highway, New Lenox. New

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New Lenox School District 122

Officials adopt fiscal year 2017-2018 budget

Megann Horstead

Freelance Reporter

The New Lenox School

District 122 Board of Education

adopted its fiscal

year 2017-2018 budget at its

Sept. 20 meeting.

The tentative budget recently

approved by officials

had been on display at the

district’s office since Aug.

17. It includes nine different

funds in which money is accounted


Business Manager Robert

Groos said D122 has “a lot

of good news” to share financially,

especially as a school

district in the State of Illinois.

Staff typically examines

the district’s funds for operations

and maintenance,

education, transportation, Illinois

Municipal Retirement

Fund and working cash to

determine how much is accounted

for in the fund balance


Consequently, D122 started

the current school year

with roughly $29.9 million,

which is more than 58 percent

of its operating expenditures.

The minimum fund

balance reserves recommended

by the State of Illinois

is 25 percent.

Groos said they are well

over the minimum, and the

public will see that reflected

well in the fiscal year 2016-

2017 audit.

D122 presented a budget

for the year showing a deficit

of $116,739 in the debt

service fund. Typically, the

district sees a break-even

fund in terms of the money

that comes in through property

taxes to pay off bonds.

Groos tried to lessen the

concern people raise for the


“With some of our capital

leases that we have in place

now for the technology plan

that we rolled out over the

past couple years—with all

our new iPads and our 2-to-

1 and 1-to-1 goals that we’re

trying to reach—we have

been leasing a lot of technology,

and based on our most

recent audit, there’s a specific

way to account for that,”

Groos said. “I just want to

bring this example because

you see it in the education

fund and the debt service

fund, in terms of this [monetary]

transfers in.”

Groos said it is important

to couple the slight deficit

and transfers in to determine

if D122 is actually incurring

a surplus or deficit.

“I would say even though

revenue versus expenditure

shows a slight deficit, we

have that transfers in, and we

see the fund balance actually

increase,” Groos said.

The debt service fund,

for example, features a

$116,739 deficit that transfers

in $583,253 to account

for lease payments. That

makes for a surplus.

The same effect holds true

for D122’s education fund,

which shows a $1.8 million

surplus, a transfers in

of $466,318 and a transfers

out of $583,253. That money

coming out goes toward the

debt service fund to pay for

lease payments, as well.

Groos said it may be a

little difficult for people to

examine the district’s current

and past budgets for

comparison purposes, but

the new technology leases

require use of the new accounting


Another transfer of note

involves roughly $3 million

out of the capital projects

fund and $880,763 that transfers

out. That money flows

out to pay for summertime

improvements across the district.

D122 has a history of

keeping its expenditures lower

than its revenues each year

to create a surplus that can

account for various projects.

This past summer, the

district completed improvements

to parking lots,

replaced roofing at two

schools, painted several

buildings and worked on

other renovations.

The repairs and maintenance

to buildings are usually

paid for using funds in

D122’s operations and maintenance

fund, which is a rare

occurrence for a school district,

Groos said.

“Usually, school districts

have to go out to the taxpayers,

sell more bonds, get

more debt, so they can do

these special projects,” he

said. “We’re trying to do that

with our own existing money

within our existing budget.”

Since the board took action

Aug. 16 to approve the

district’s tentative budget,

additional revenue dollars

were added.

Gross explained that with

the recent passing of the

new school funding formula,

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Groundbreaking marks start of $6M project

Commons space, airconditioning

in the

works for Providence

Amanda Stoll, Assistant Editor

What started as an idea

more than two years ago is

on its way to being a shiny,

new addition to a nearly

100-year-old school.

Providence Catholic High

School announced its capital

campaign to raise $6 million

in funds for a project that

would entail a new commons

and cafeteria area, as

well as air conditioning in

the classrooms.

On Sept. 19, that idea got

a little closer to reality at the

school’s ceremonial groundbreaking


Faculty, staff, donors, parents

and students all gathered

in the parking lot — and future

foundation — between

the school building and the

athletic facilities, enduring

the sun and heat to make

time for prayer and gratitude

surrounding the project.

“Don’t think of it as an

expense, think of it as an investment

for the future and

investment for our children,”

Larry Walsh, PCHS parent

and Will County executive,

said during the ceremony.

“And, what better investment

[than to] invest in our

children and education at the

same time.”

The Rev. Richard Mc-

Grath, Order of Saint Augustine

and the school’s

president, offered his vision

of the new commons and

cafeteria area for the school,

calling it the “Grand Central

Station” for the school.

“It’s about seeing what’s

not here, seeing what the

possibilities are, what can

be, what might be,” Mc-

Grath said.

The addition, which is to

be called the LaVerne and

Dorothy Brown Student

Commons, is the largest portion

of the project, which

also includes installing air

conditioning in the classrooms.

“The Browns have helped

us realize our dreams of creating

a wonderful space for

students, parents and alumni

together,” McGrath said during

the ceremony. “It’s going

to be the kids’ Grand Central

Station, open almost day and

night, around the clock, and

around the calendar with lots

of glass, lots of nice windows,

unlike the [current]

Providence cafeteria, which

has none. It’s going to be

nice and light, and bright

and positive and warm and


He thanked Dorothy “Dotty”

Brown for her contributions,

as well as the Kaminski

family, who were also

major donors for the project,

and noted that more than 600

people had donated to the

project so far.

Although the construction

is projected to cost $6 million,

Providence continues

to fundraise as part of the

capital campaign, which has

so far brought in $5.5 million

in support.

“This building will be

used by every student, every

day as their gathering

place, a place of light, peace,

welcome and comfort,” Mc-

Grath said.

After the ceremony, in remarks

to The Patriot, Campaign

Chairperson Steve

Morrissette said the project

had “strong support” from

the beginning, and getting

input from the Providence

community was an important

part of the planning process.

“It was very loud and clear

that the community thought

what we needed was a good

student center with better

Capital Campaign Chairman Steve Morrissette speaks during the Sept. 19 ceremonial

groundbreaking at Providence Catholic High School. Amanda Stoll/22nd Century Media

eating space,” Morrissette

said, “so the students could

have a gathering space.”

He also noted that the

new 21,800-square-foot

space will allow Providence

to consolidate the school’s

current four lunch periods,

making more time for other

academics during the day.

The project has so far

gone smoothly, according

to Morrissette, but every undertaking

of such magnitude

still has its challenges.

“It’s always a challenge to

design a building of this size

and complexity,” he said.

“... Construction is a challenge.

This is still a working

school. It will take a year to

a year-and-a-half to build

the building, so we’ve got to

keep the school running at

the same time we’re building

the building.”

The biggest challenge,

according to McGrath, has

been fundraising. He said

with construction costs being

so high, it shows how

much people believe in the

school and it’s mission that

they are willing to put so

much towards the project.

“I think people are very

pleased with the product that

Providence has produced

over these last 100 years,”

McGrath said following the

ceremony. “And, therefore,

they are willing to support it

for future generations.”

Since the cafeteria and

commons space will be

an addition to the school,

Morrissette said the day-today

operations will not be

largely impacted, aside from

parking and traffic, which

will have to be adjusted in

light of the construction.

In addition to the aesthetic

aspect of the addition, with

its large windows and bright

atmosphere, Morrissette said

the building project is about

more than just providing a

better place for students to

eat their lunch.

“It’s important in our

Christian community to

have a sense of gathering

and community, and we

wanted the space to encourage

gathering and community,”

he said. “We think

the space will be used [for]

more than just student dining.

It will be used for evening

events ... We wanted a

space where [the students]

could study after school, be

with friends, if necessary get

some nourishment, and so

that sense of gathering space

and welcoming.”

Donors Charlie and David

Kaminski, residents of

Frankfort and parents of two

PCHS graduates, echoed

those sentiments and said the

school and students are “deserving”

of the project.

“[Our sons] loved it, we

loved it and it was something

that we just wanted

to do, and give to, give our

time, our treasure, and I’m

so excited even though our

kids are never going to enjoy

it,” Charlie Kaminski said.

“Everyone loves Providence.

It’s a family, it’s a

community and I always tell

people, when they ask me if

I love Providence? Yes, and

I love the faculty and the

staff, but more, I love the

kids,” she said. “Because

when I come here, and I do

things with the kids or walk

down the hall, it just makes

me warm inside. ... That just

goes to show the effect that

Providence has on the students,

and that’s the most

important thing.”

David Kaminski said the

friendships his children

formed while at Providence

are lasting friendships, and

those friends have become

an extension of their family.

In addition to the numerous

donors and supporters,

New Lenox Mayor Tim Baldermann

and the Rev. Joseph

Siegel, auxiliary bishop

with the Diocese of Joliet,

attended and spoke during

the ceremony.

Though McGrath highlighted

that he would like to

see the project completed by

the beginning of the 2018-

2019 school year, he noted

that could be a lofty goal.

The project is expected to

take between a year and a

year and a half to complete.

“We believe and know that

Jesus Christ is the reason for

our school. We continue to

thrive here in New Lenox

by making a difference in

the lives of all the students

with whom we are in touch,”

McGrath said during the ceremony.

“... Our mission is:

“Providence Catholic High

School embraces the gospel

of Jesus Christ and an

atmosphere of acceptance,

respect and love.”

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Lincoln-Way High School D210 Board of Education

FY 2018 budget, 2017 tax levy

pass with full board approval

Meredith Dobes

Freelance Reporter

The Lincoln-Way Community

High School District

210 Board of Education

unanimously approved the

district’s fiscal year 2018

budget, as well as the district’s

2017 tax levy, at the

board’s Thursday, Sept. 21


Board Member Christine

Glatz was absent.

The meeting was the first

to follow news that Lawrence

Wyllie, the district’s

former superintendent, was

indicted on fraud charges

for allegedly misappropriating

district funds.

A few members of the

community were present

to address the board about

the indictment. One resident,

Karen Town, asked

the School Board members

to remember the district’s

history so that they may

provide sufficient oversight

going forward.

The FY 2018 budget

includes approximately

$104.2 million in revenue

and approximately $101.9

million in expenditures, with

a projected surplus of $2.3

million across all funds.

Assistant Superintendent

of Business Brad Cauffman

said the budget was

created without factoring

in additional money from

the State, but he expects the

district could receive an additional

$28,000 or as much

as an additional $3.1 million

from the State. He said the

amount will depend on if

the State pays what it owes

the district from FY 2017 as

well as fully funds FY 2018.

The School Board set

a goal for the district to

achieve at least a 3 percent

surplus in its operating

funds every year to rebuild

fund balances.

Revenues for FY 2018

are projected to increase

by 3.49 percent, and expenditures

are projected to

increase by 4.14 percent,

Cauffman said. He added

that the increases in expenditures

are primarily for

capital projects, and salaries

and benefits.

Board Member Christopher

Lucchetti said he

thought the district is being

conservative with the

budget this year, and he is

comfortable planning on the

more conservative side.

The district plans to levy

$65,519,000 in taxes for

2017. Cauffman said the

district used a high estimate

for new property growth in

the district, but the actual

numbers will be calculated

by Will and Cook Counties

around March.

At previous meetings, it

was discussed that the School

Board needed to approve the

tax levy earlier than most

other districts this year because

of the district’s need

for tax anticipation warrants.

The board is expected

to vote on $27 million in

TAWs at its Oct. 19 meeting.

Cauffman said the

estimated bimonthly payments

on the TAWs will be

$317,700, and those payments

are built into the district’s

cash flow.

He explained that the district’s

low point is expected

to be negative $23 million,

but the $27 million will be

required in case a projected

land sale does not close when

expected. He added that the

cash flow includes repayment

of previous TAWs.

Surface Shields property

tax abatement

The School Board approved

a four-year, 50 percent

property tax abatement

for Surface Shields, a business

interested in moving its

manufacturing and distribution

operations from Orland

Park to Tinley Park, within

the district’s boundaries.

Patrick Hoban, economic

development manager at

the Village of Tinley Park,

presented the request to

the board and said the Village

would like to prevent

the company from moving

to Indiana because of the

roughly 35 jobs it would

bring to Tinley Park.

Lucchetti said since this

is something the district has

not done before, the district

needs more information before

moving forward.

“It’s hard for us, at this

point when we have negative

cash balances, to move right

into being an economic development

engine,” he said.

“How we have to provide for

growth is to make sure our

schools are in the best shape,

attracting people to the area.”

Board Member Beth Janus-Doyle

asked the CEO of

Surface Shields, Jamey Behringer,

if she would be willing

to offer internships to D210

students. Behringer said she

would be happy to formalize

a program that would add

value to the district.

Lucchetti voted “no” on

the abatement, and the rest

of the board voted “yes.”

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Employee scholarship created to honor Silver Cross president

Submitted by Silver Cross


Along with the Silver

Cross Medical Staff, the

hospital’s volunteer organizations,

Childerguild, the

Advisory Board, and the

Will County Union of King’s

Daughters and Sons, recently

honored Paul Pawlak for his

27 years of service as President

and CEO by creating the

Paul Pawlak Scholarship to

fund the continuing education

of Silver Cross Hospital’s

employees. Together

the three auxiliaries and the

Silver Cross Medical Staff

contributed $100,000 to begin

this fund.

“It’s our privilege to set

up this fund, so that Paul’s

legacy at Silver Cross will

be remembered for decades

by the Silver Cross employees,”

said Peggy Maruszak,

Childerguild President. “As

a great advocate for advancement,

Paul believes in improving

every employee’s

abilities. This fund will provide

opportunities for members

of the Silver Cross family

to contribute their talents

to the hospital in new, meaningful


After almost three decades

at the helm of Silver Cross

Hospital and its parent company,

Silver Cross Hospital

and Health System, Paul

Pawlak, President and Chief

Executive Officer, will retire

from the organization on

Sept. 30, 2017.

“We greatly appreciate

Paul’s 27 years of visionary

leadership and unwavering

support that he continually

provided to the employees

and physicians,” said Corinne

Nawrocki, D.O., family practice

physician and Chief of

Staff at Silver Cross Hospital.

“Through this scholarship,

his outstanding legacy will

be forever honored.”

During his tenure, Pawlak

has overseen a strong period

of growth, culminating in the

opening of a $362 million replacement

hospital in 2012.

The New Lenox campus has

over one million square feet

of buildings with outpatient

services and physician offices

and is one of the largest

employers in Will County.

Over the past four years,

more than 600 new health

care jobs were added at Silver


Under Pawlak’ s direction,

partnerships were developed

with the country’s leading

academic institutions including

the University of Chicago

Medicine for oncology

services, The Rehabilitation

Institute of Chicago (Shirley

Ryan Ability Lab), Lurie

Children’s Hospital for pediatric

services, Northwestern

Medicine for the neurosciences

and US Healthvest for

a new behavioral health hospital

opening in 2019. These

partnerships made it possible

for the people of Will County

Please see Silver, 9

(Left to right) Scott Paddock, member of Silver Cross

Hospital Board of Directors; Peggy Maruszak, president

of Childerguild; Paul Pawlak, president and CEO of Silver

Cross Hospital; Karla Farr and Rita Larson, co-presidents

of Will County Union of King’s Daughters and Sons; and

Sandy Alaimo, immediate past president of the Advisory

Board, pose for a picture. Photo Submitted


From Page 3

D122 updated its numbers

for the final budget presented

to the board.

The budget works with

the assumption that one

state-mandated categorical

payment comes in during the

2017-2018 academic year.

D122 intends to be conservative

in that respect.

Groos said the main reason

that D122 can expect

more revenue than they project

comes down to one main

factor: the state’s new school

funding formula.

“The way the new formula

works is that it takes last

year’s general state aid, plus

last year’s [two] special education

mandated categorical

amounts, and rolls it all into

one amount, and then sets

a base funding minimum

of ‘You will get the same

amount that you got last year

for those three things.”

At that point, the formula

is computed to account for

additional dollars.

Prior to the passing of the

new school funding formula,

D122 was projecting a decrease

in revenue. Now, the

district anticipates receiving

two categorical payments on

time. That puts D122 in a position

to get the two installments

owed from the previous

school year, plus all four

categorical payments for the

2017-2018 academic year.

During the public hearing,

one constituent approached

the school board with questions

regarding changes

exhibited in the fiscal year

2018 budget.

“It looks like the [operating

expenses are] up over

the FY ’17 actual by a little

over 6 percent, and it’s [accounting

for] low inflation

— 2 percent less the last few

years — and [there is also]

flat, or slightly declining,

enrollment,” said Steven

Wahlert. “Could you explain

the 6 percent increase?”

Groos said the increase was

warranted, and it all comes

down to the contracts secured

with teachers and all other

staff members, retirement

contracts afforded to employees,

higher salaries extended

to professionals with advanced

degrees, and increased

health insurance costs.

Generally, salaries and

benefits serve as the district’s

biggest expenditures.

Groos stressed that while

the budget for salaries and

benefits increased, expenditures

are actually dropping

within the operations and

maintenance fund in total.

“Some of the budgets are

spending less, [and] some

of the budgets are spending

more,” Groos said.

School board accepts 2016-

2017 audit report

Also at the meeting, the

Board of Education was presented

a report on the district’s


MPS Certified Public Accountants

had tested transactions,

performed inquires,

examined documents and

formed an opinion.

“I’m pleased to say in that

letter that there were no significant

findings, no difficulties,

no disagreements with

management,” said Edward

McCormick, a principal for


Appreciation and longterm

debt were taken into

account to provide some


“In that case, you still

have a net deficit of a little

more than $7.8 million,” he

said. “Over this past year,

it did decrease. You actually

had … an increase of

$485,000, which also included

$3.2 million dollars

of depreciation, which is not

a cash outcome. Long-term

perspective, it’s still a deficit,

but it’s going in the right


McCormick noted the district’s

effort to provide supplementary


to provide a nice snapshot

of the district and said it was

helpful to see this information

supplied to the firm.

McCormick concluded

the report and went on to

say that “We feel these statements

are provided appropriately.”

D122 officials will have a

final copy of the audit published

and presented to them

before Oct. 15.




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Sharefest’s Community Work Day connects volunteers with nature

Megann Horstead

Freelance Reporter

Community member of all

ages set out to roll up their

sleeves the morning of Sept.


Dick Thomas, like dozens

of volunteers, rose to

the task of lending a helping

hand during a Community

Work Day put on by the Forest

Preserve District of Will

County and ShareFest.

The group met at Hickory

Creek Preserve — Hickory

Creek Junction on Old Plank

Road Trail to take part in an

event aimed at supporting

ongoing maintenance efforts

on site. Volunteers were provided

a safety talk and they

went on to do their part in

one of the assigned roles.

“The huge thing about the

weekend workdays is where

you can come out and really

start helping restore

areas back to their native

habitats,” said Jason Buss,

natural resource management

crew leader/volunteer

liaison for Forest Preserve

District of Will County.

Volunteers handled the

chainsaws and hauled material

over to the controlled


“Today, I’m herbiciding,”

Thomas said. “They cut, and

then if you don’t spray it

with a poison, herbicide, it’ll

re-sprout and grow again.”

Thomas said he considers

himself to be a “big advocate”

for the environment

and felt compelled to set

aside time to put in what he

called “sweat equity.”

“We’re glad to see that

there are people that appreciate

[our work,]” he said.

“We see bicyclists riding and

skateboarders and all kinds

of things like that are enjoying

[the trails and the nature

preserve,] but we appreciate

that there are people willing

[to put in hard work.]”

The Forest Preserve District

holds Community Work

Days all throughout the year.

“We had little bit of a cold

spell in August,” Buss said.

“Today, it’s going to be up to

80 [degrees,] so we’re trying

to get stuff burned up right

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Richard Wachenheim tames the fire Sept. 16 during Community Work Day hosted by Sharefest and the Forest Preserve

District of Will County at Hickory Creek Junction. Photos by Megann Horstead/22nd Century Media

Volunteer Nathan Hambrick gathers branches.

away in the morning.”

Burning on site is a means

to keep the nature preserve


“A lot of that carbon and

nutrients from the trees once

we burn it, it gets back into

the soil,” Buss said. “It’s like

a big cycle.”

Buss said it is nice to see

the native grasses come in

and went on to say the unfortunate

thing is that honeysuckle,

which is an invasive

brush species, tends to

sprout in the area. “[It’s a]

nasty evader,” Buss said.

“Nothing grows under honeysuckle,

except for more

honeysuckle. It’s one of

those that once it gets into

an area, it is an invasive species.”

Every year, honeysuckle

greens up first and stays

green longer. They suck up

the sunlight and nutrients

preventing other types of

vegetation from growing.

“Hickory Creek Junction

has gotten a lot [of maintenance]

over the last, I’d say,

five years,” Buss said. “It’s

been a continuous battle.

Invasive species is a neverending.”

The Hickory Creek system

occupies 1,541 acres of

land. Currently, the site is in

the midst of the initial cut, or

the first stage. Getting seed

is the second phase and once

the grasses to start to grow in

the area, burning can begin.

“It’s just a multi-prong,

multifaceted approach to

restoration,” he said. “It’s

never-ending work. We’re

probably halfway through

this restoration. We got a

burn last year, and that really

helped a lot with some of our

native species. Our cream

gentian — which is a nice,

late bloomer that just blew

up this year with how much

cream gentian — really responded

to the fire.”

Typically, the Community

Work Days bring in 20 to 25


Buss said the Forest Preserve

District is very lucky

to have site stewards and

volunteers to help manage

the land.

“Hickory Creek is special,

and the managers like it, and

I like it because it’s centralized,”

Buss said. “All the

Lincoln-way high schools

— if they aren’t doing anything,

they’re out. We have a

bunch of those students. We

have a bunch of Providence

Catholic [High School] students

doing work out today.

There’s a couple Lewis [University]

students finishing up.

So, Hickory Creek is really

centralized, and we can utilize

a lot of those walk-ins.”

For more information on

upcoming Community Work

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the New Lenox Patriot | September 28, 2017 | 9

Water Summit aims to address water supply challenges

Megann Horstead

Freelance Reporter

Having water is a value

commodity that history

shows can be eroded by a

lack of accessibility and

challenges imposed by internal

and external challenges.

However, it can be strengthened

through water reuse,

aquifer storage and recovery,

desalination of the Mount

Simon sandstone aquifer, a

switch to shallow aquifers,

access to Lake Michigan and

conversion to river water.

Will County Environmental

Network and The Will-

South Cook Soil & Water

Conservation District came

together Sept. 14 to host a

Water Summit. The program

was meant to identify and

bring awareness of groundwater

priorities, as well as

pinpoint what is needed by

business, industry, farmers,

citizens and government.

“[The issue is] really important

to all of us,” said

Jim Robbins, chairman of

The Will-South Cook Soil &

Water Conservation District.

“It’s something we take for

granted [and] might not be

there in the future.”

Keynote speakers included

Neil Pellmann, a resource

conservationist with Will-

South Cook Soil & Water

Conservation District; and

Walt Kelly, groundwater

geochemist and head of the

Groundwater Science Section

at the Illinois State Water

Survey headquartered in

the Prairie Institute at the

University of Illinois.

Kelly said that while

northeastern Illinois is a

“water rich” region, water

supply planning remains

crucial in the region.

Sandstone aquifers represent

the primary source of

water in northeastern Illinois,

to date. Research conducted

by experts show that

current water supplies become

less of a viable option

in the next 15 to 25 years.

The first wells dug in the

region date back to 1863.

Previous to that, the water

came from outside the area

in question.

The pressure put on the

aquifers long ago positioned

water to run from wells

without pumping. Over the

years, the water levels have

remained steady in much of

the region, but they fell in

northwest Will County.

In 2014, Kelly and other

experts identified more

than 600 sandstone wells

in northern Illinois by conducting

a synoptic waterlevel

measurement, which

is a special type of indicator

providing a snapshot of an

aquifer. Typically, these examinations

are run every five

to 10 years, depending on

resources. At that point, the

data from the wells is plotted

on a topographic map to

measure the depths of water.

The levels of water in

northeastern Illinois have

dropped approximately 800

to 900 feet since the start of

pumping in 1863. Kelly likened

the diminishing water

supply levels to a cone of

depression, or the low point

of water depth, and said that

makes for what he thinks is

the largest drop in the world.

Data shows that between

1959 and 2014, there was a

lot of water use in DuPage

and Cook counties out of the

sandstone aquifers.

History shows that experts

grew concerned for the rise

in water use in DuPage and

Cook counties. Around the

1970s, two counties went off

the deep sandstone aquifer

and switched to Lake Michigan

water. Since that time,

water levels have fallen off

in communities in the south

and in the west.

“You can see the cone

of depression getting bigger

and bigger right centered

around Joliet there,”

Kelly said. “This is actually

deeper than the cone of depression

we had back in the

70s and early 80s, and it’s

focused just in the one area

now, instead of more than

one area. You can see that

we rebounded up here in the

DuPage-Cook county area,

although we’re not back to

where we started from.

“... We’ll never get back

to where we started from unless

we all disappear for a

few hundred years.”

There are a number of

problems with communities

seeking access to Lake

Michigan water. A 1966 Supreme

Court ruling limits

how much water the State

of Illinois can remove each

day to 3,200 cubic feet per

second, which makes for a

little more than two billion

gallons a day.

“For many years, [the City

of Chicago was] actually at

or above that limit, but they

currently are now under that

limit,” Kelly said. “They’ve

done a good job of conservation,

the recession helped,

raised their water rates —

that helped — replacing a lot

of leaky water mains.”

“... There’s actually quite

a bit of water available from

the Lake Michigan allocation

that could be used in places

like suburbs out here.”

Several people in attendance

for the meeting spoke

of the need to address the

water supply issue not only

at the local level through village

boards and city councils

but regionally. That’s where

organizations like the Chicago

Metropolitan Agency

for Planning come in.

Regional water supplying

is meant to ensure there are

adequate and viable supplies

of water available at a reasonable

cost for all users.

Kelly stressed that water

supply planning never stops

and said work continues

in the region to address the

looming crisis.

In Will County, experts

say 12 million gallons of

water is an acceptable pumping

level for which the aquifers

can handle. Right now,

the area in question is using

three times that amount.

The effort to gain access to

the Lake Michigan water is

an expensive option for correcting

the issue, Kelly said.

Still, the region can benefit

greatly from getting as many

communities off groundwater

supplies as possible.

Kelly stressed that if a

community is switching to

surface water, they continue

to need a backup source and

said sandstone aquifers remain

a necessity.

The Water Summit brought

in a number of business professionals,

farmers, government

staff and local citizens.

Sharon Bruma, of Naperville,

said she is glad she decided

to drop in.

“I’m interested in water

quality issues, and I know

Naperville went through these

same questions,” she said.

“I’m interested to know what

options are out there, and if

the problems are similar.”

Bruma acknowledged that

when she moved to Naperville,

she did not know anything

of the water supply issues

that existed there. Since

that time, she has tried her

hand at building a rain garden

outside her home and incorporated

native plantings

to do her part in improving

water quality.

Bruma went to school for

three years studying fresh

water and said she found the

Water Summit to be very relevant.

“A lot of this I learned

about [in school,] and I do

go to a whole variety of different

water-related seminars,”

she said. “There are a

lot of them available.”

Bruma said she learned of

many potential ways to resolve

water supply issues by

sitting in on the presentation.

“There’s more options than

what I expected,” she said.


From Page 7

to receive state-of-the-art

care in their local community.

As the hospital’s longest

serving CEO, Pawlak led

Silver Cross to be recognized

nationally for outstanding

customer service, effective

cost management, and superior

clinical quality winning

the prestigious 100 Top

Hospitals National Award

for seven consecutive years.

In addition, Silver Cross has

been recognized as one of

America’s Friendliest Hospitals

by the American Alliance

of Healthcare Providers for

several years and with an “A”

Hospital Safety GradeSM by

The Leapfrog Group.

“It has been my honor to

serve this great hospital and

our community, and I have

been privileged to work with

many wonderful colleagues

throughout my tenure,” Pawlak

said. “Because we have always

believed strongly in attracting

and retaining the best

and the brightest workforce, I

am quite confident of Silver

Cross’ continued success.”

In addition to expanding

clinical services, Pawlak has

demonstrated a strong commitment

to the community. In

2008, the Healthy Community

Commission was developed

to improve the quality

of life in east Joliet under the

leadership of Margie Woods.

“Paul has kept every promise

made to the community

when the hospital relocated,”

Woods said. “Over $2 million

has been distributed to community

agencies and to individuals

for training in healthcare

jobs or attending college

via the Commission.”

In addition to serving on

the Board of Directors at

Silver Cross Hospital, Pawlak

has held the positions of

Chairman of the Will County

Center for Economic Development

and Chairman of the

United Way of Will County

Annual Campaign. He is a

member of the Illinois Hospital

Association and served on

the Board of Directors.

Pawlak earned his undergraduate

degree at the University

of Cincinnati and received

his master’s degree in hospital

and health administration degree

from Xavier University

in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2010,

he received an honorary doctorate

degree in humanities

from Lewis University in Romeoville.

In addition, he received

the Silver Cross Board

of the Directors Chairman’s

Award and the Silver Cross

Sehring Medal of Excellence,

which recognizes the accomplishments

of an outstanding

individual for service to the

health care profession.

To make a donation to the

Paul Pawlak Scholarship, visit or call

the Silver Cross Foundation at

(815) 300-7105

10 | September 28, 2017 | The New Lenox Patriot News

Tinkergarten class brings outdoor play to New Lenox

Fall classes start

Sept. 30 at Hickory

Creek Preserve

Amanda Stoll, Assistant Editor

Simone Davisson plays in the mud.

“Go Outside and Play”

read one boy’s shirt at the

first day of Tinkergarten, a

class led by Mokena resident

Amanda Knittel Herman to

encourage outdoor learning

for youngsters.

“In general I think this is

a great program and everybody

should have a chance

to experience it,” Herman


Herman started the process

of becoming a teacher

after hearing about the program

from a friend who also

teaches Tinkergarten classes.

“It just really spoke to me

because this is really what

I think education should be

about,” Herman said.

During her first class on

Sept. 13 at Francis Field

Youth Foundation in New

Lenox, Herman had six attendees

and four adults —

parents and caregivers — in

attendance along with herself.

The children’s ages ranged

between 18 months and 5

years, which Herman said

provides a unique challenge

for her as the instructor, but

it also creates an environment

for students to interact

with children of other ages.

Tinkergarten curriculum

is designed for children as

old a eight, and some classes

do span the entire age range,

such as her Saturday class in

Mokena scheduled to start at

the end of the month.

“Believe it or not, there

is a way to tailor [the class]

to a seven-year-old and an

18-month-old,” Herman


Making mud was the main

activity during the first class,

where participants started

by collecting nature “treasures”

like leaves, acorns,

and sticks in buckets. Herman

also read a story about

the five senses and led songs

about the fall season.

After pouring water on

bare ground to turn it to

mud, the children explored

and played with the mud,

touching it, poking it with

sticks and splashing around

in it.

“It doesn’t look like

they’re learning while

they’re playing,” Herman

said. “But, they really are,

which is how they should be

at this age.”

Since some of the children

didn’t want to touch the

mud, Herman found a different

way for them to still experience

the sensory activity

without getting their hands

dirty by scooping the mud

and putting it on a large rock


“It’s a little awkward

when there’s some lulls in

their play ... and that is actually

normal,” Herman said.

“And, they say parents are

scared to let their kids get

bored. My kids are bored all

the time, and I just tell them

to go outside. It really sparks

creativity. It’s okay to let

them get bored and it’s okay

if there’s lulls in play.”

Robyn Ryan, a Tinley Park

resident who brought her

2-year-old son, Max, to the

class said it was an opportunity

for them to spend time

learning outside in a different

way than they are used to.

“I think I was more excited

about playing in the mud

than he was,” she said laughing.

“We don’t really do a lot

of that at home, to be honest.

“We play outside, but it’s

always at a playground or

something. It’s not digging

through leaves and picking

up acorns and looking at

worms. So I think, for him,

he definitely discovered a

little more nature.”

She said she is looking

forward to other kinds of discovery

and spending more

time focusing on the five

senses during the upcoming

weeks in Tinkergarten.

This week, the students

learned about empathy while

playing with crafted gnomes

— each of which have their

own personalities.

The eight week classes

run each season, with the fall

Alex Herman, Instructor Amanda Herman’s son, shows off his muddy hands after playing

in the mud during Tinkergarten at Francis Youth Field in New Lenox. His shirt reads “Go

outside and play.” In the background, Simone Davisson, who was at the class with her

mother, Susan Davisson, jumps in the mud puddle the students created. Photos by Amanda

Stoll/22nd Century Media

Alex Herman (left) and Simone Davisson investigate a large orange mushroom at the base

of a tree at Francis Field Youth Foundation.

session in Mokena starting

at 10 a.m. on September 30

at Hickory Creek Preserve,

LaPorte Road Access in

Mokena. Cost for the course

is $140 per student, with a

discount for additional siblings,

and the curriculum is

designed for children ages

18-months to 8 years old.

“If you’re somebody who

likes to schedule in classes,

but still really very much

appreciates having that outdoor

time then this is a really

great fit because you still

have that outdoor, child-led

play but you still have it

scheduled into the week,”

Herman said.

To learn more about Herman’s

Tinkergarten classes,


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NL man suffers ‘life-threatening

injuries’ from three-car crash

James Sanchez, Editor

From Sept. 20

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A 70-year-old man from

New Lenox is in serious

condition following a vehicular

crash involving three

cars in New Lenox Township

Tuesday, Sept. 19.

The incident reportedly

occurred around 9 p.m. at

the intersection of Laraway

Road and Spencer Road, according

to a Sept. 20 release

from the Will County Sheriff’s


Police reported that the

New Lenox man, who was

driving a Hyundai Sonata

heading southbound on

Spencer, ran a stop sign and

struck the driver’s side of a

Volvo semi-tractor trailer

traveling eastbound on Laraway,

police reported.

The driver of the semi

– a 40-year-old man from

Richton Park – lost control

of his vehicle and went off

the roadway and rolled into

a ditch, the release said. Following

the crash, a third car

– a Toyota Sienna driven by

a 56-year-old woman – traveling

westbound on Laraway

was unable to stop and

struck the Hyundai Sonata.

The 70-year-old man reportedly

was extricated from

his car and is currently listed

in serious condition. Silver

Cross Hospital staff believes

that he may have experienced

a medical condition

prior to the crash.

The two other drivers involved

in the incident were

also transported to Silver

Cross, but both were treated

and discharged, according to


No tickets have been issued

at this time.

For more on this and other

breaking news, visit New

Pictured is the aftermath of a vehicular crash involving a

Hyundai Sonata that a New Lenox man was driving and a

Toyota Sienna. Photos by Scott Carlos

The New Lenox man reportedly ran a stop sign and struck a

semi-tractor trailer, causing it to go off the roadway and roll

into a ditch. It was reported that the New Lenox man may

experienced a medical condition prior to the crash.

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12 | September 28, 2017 | The New Lenox Patriot News

ShareFest job fair brings job seekers, employers together

Amanda Stoll, Assistant Editor

Christina Bohne (right) of Oak Forest, talks with Nicole

Donahue (center) and Tyffany Baylis, HR assistants with

WSI, while looking for a job at the ShareFest job fair.

Feeding the hungry and

filling local food pantries

aren’t the only things that

ShareFest stands for. It also

helps people get jobs.

Gary Cheney, founder of

ShareFest, said it’s about

connecting job seekers with

people looking to fill jobs.

The concept seems simple,

but Cheney said that’s

not always the case.

“The problem is, they’re

not reaching the people who

need a job,” Cheney said.

The unemployment rate

in Will County was 4.4 percent

in April according to the

Bureau of Labor Statistics,

which is down from 6.3 percent

in January, but there are

still plenty of people looking

for employment.

And, looking for employees,

according to Cheney.

“These employers are begging

for ways to get in touch

with people,” said Cheney,

so ShareFest also invites

employers to its larger Love

Thy Neighbor events.

“It makes sense to us to

invite our employers out to

these big events, where we

get [200-500] families coming

to them, or to come into

Jolane Gervasi (right), of Orland Park, talks with Shirley Draper, HR recruiter with Macy’s

Logistics, during the ShareFest job fair on Sept. 13 at the Frankfort Township building.

Macy’s is currently hiring seasonal warehouse associates and offering retention incentives

up to $150. Photos by Amanda Stoll/22nd Century Media

a food pantry where people

need food,” he said.

By bringing employers

to people who are already

in need of food or clothing,

Cheney said ShareFest

might be able to connect

them with people who are

also looking for a job, which

in turn could help them feed


ShareFest, which was

started in 2007, serves Will

County through food donations,

clothing donations,

health care services, job and

career resources and helping

to protect the environment.

“ShareFest as a whole, we

have close to 200 partners,”

Cheney said. “Sixty of them

are employers. The rest

of them are state, county,

schools, churches, you name


Cheney said usually more

than 100 people attend

ShareFest’s smaller job fairs,

like the recent job fair at the

Frankfort Township building

in Frankfort, which had 19

employers present.

There were part-time, fulltime

and seasonal opportunities

available, and not just

from the 19 companies in attendance.

Pam Mlinarcik, of New Lenox, talks with Cleopatra Cook,

a business service representative with Employment and

Employer Services, about job opportunities during the

Sept. 13 ShareFest job fair. Nineteen employers met with

job seekers at the Frankfort Township building as part of

ShareFest’s mission.

For those employer partners

who were not in attendance,

Cheney said he collects

resumes to connect job

seekers with as many opportunities

as possible.

“We have banks, manufacturing,

of course staffing

agencies work with a lot of

different companies, social

services like Catholic Charities,

insurance,” he said. “It’s

a pretty wide range of jobs.”

Finding a job can be a

daunting task, but the atmosphere

at the ShareFest job

fair was one of positivity and

hope, with smiles and laughter

a common occurrence.

Cheney himself greeted

many people at the door,

took their resumes, offered

encouragement and talked to

them again before they left.

“We want to care, and we

want to share and we want to

have compassion for people

in need,” Cheney said.

“That’s what ShareFest is

— we’re the good news.”

For more information

about ShareFest, and its upcoming

events, visit www. New Lenox

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14 | September 28, 2017 | The New Lenox Patriot School

Lincoln-Way Foundation

appoints new executive director

Submitted by Lincoln-Way

Community High School

District 210

The Lincoln-Way Foundation

for Educational Excellence

recently appointed

Robert (Bob) J. Kennedy as

the new Executive Director

in charge of leading the

group’s fundraising efforts.

Kennedy has been a part

of the Foundation for 12

years serving as Board Director

for two terms, as well

as volunteering. He comes to

the Foundation with a wealth

of fundraising knowledge

and an extensive banking

background having worked

with local businesses for

over 30 years.

“I am elated about this

opportunity to expand my

role with the Foundation,”

Kennedy said. “The current

Board is progressive,

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positive and involved in all

facets of the fundraising efforts

needed to successfully

generate funds for all three

Lincoln-Way schools.

“My goal is simple: to

grow and expand our successful

fundraising efforts;

solidify our current partnerships;

and explore new opportunities

and partnerships

that will have a positive contribution

and impact to our


Kennedy and his wife,

Erin, are Frankfort residents

and both of his children are

graduates of Lincoln-Way

East. He is currently an

elected trustee in the Village

of Frankfort with prior experience

as the Village Clerk.

Kennedy’s prior board

experiences include serving

for Heritage Bank, Frankfort

Preservation Foundation,

Mokena Chamber,




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Frankfort Chamber (twotime

past President and Fall

Fest Chair) and CP504 SBA


The Lincoln-Way High

School Board of Education

has also previously recognized

Kennedy with an

Extra Effort award in 2015

for serving the Lincoln-

Way Foundation for over 10


Bob is a graduate of

Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.

as well as the Kelley School

of Business at Indiana University

in Bloomington.

The Foundation has an

approximate 20 person, volunteer

Board of Directors.

Since 1994, the Foundation

has donated millions back to

the school district to benefit

the students academically

and help to fund various

classroom tools and scholarships

for the LW students.

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What do you like to do when not in school or


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What’s your dream job?

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What are the most played songs on your


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What is one thing people don’t know about


It’s actually quite hard for me to make

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things, like deciding how to answer this

question, for example.

Whom do you look up to?

I look up to anyone who has the courage

to be unapologetically themselves while

also not putting others down. Specifically,

I look up to Katherine Johnson, a physicist

and mathematician who played a key role

in sending an American into space for the

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determination, despite the obstacles she’s

faced, is inspiring.

What is your favorite teacher?

Mr. Hooper was my sophomore AP US

History teacher. He’s one of the first teachers

who made me feel confident in my arguments.

He would take a smart student and

make them support and back up their arguments.

And of course, he made a potentially

dry topic very engaging and interesting.

What extracurricular do you wish your

school had?

I wish we had a competitive mock trial

program. I got to be a part of mock trials, and

it was an amazing experience. I wish more

high school students could be a part of that.

What’s one thing that stands out about your


Other than that our school color is bright

orange, Principal Dr. Schmitt is an amazing

leader that actually cares about the student

body, and it shows.

What’s your best memory from school?

The time I spent doing theater productions

and madrigal performances are my favorite

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Orland man, 76, reportedly

dies after being shot inside

Alsip business

A 76-year-old Orland Park

man was identified Sept. 20,

after he reportedly was shot

to death the day before in an

incident at an Alsip towing


Mohamed F. Salhia, of

the 17200 block of Pointe

Drive, was pronounced dead

at 2:05 p.m. Sept. 19 at Advocate

Christ Medical Center

in Oak Lawn, according

to the Cook County Medical

Examiner’s case ledger from

Sept. 20. The official cause

of death was listed as a gunshot

wound to the chest and

the manner homicide.

Salhia was one of two men

shot around 1:09 p.m. p.m.

Sept. 19 inside Ray’s Towing

& Recovery Service, 4340 W.

127th St., according to a press

release issued the same day by

the Alsip Police Department.

Salhia and the other shooting

victim — a 43-year-old

male — both were transported

to Advocate Christ, police said.

The other man was listed as

being in stable condition, as of

4:40 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21.

Brian Garcia, 33, whose

last known address was in

Carpentersville, was subsequently

charged with one

count of first-degree murder

and one count of attempted

first-degree murder, according

to an update issued at 4:40

p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, by

Alsip police. He reportedly

appeared in court the same

day and was being held without

bond in Cook County Jail.

Police said the shooting

took place during an attempted


Reporting by Bill Jones, Editor.

For more, visit


Book Club Booktalks brings

new novels to community

Book lovers can look forward

to an evening of literary

discussion — followed

by many more days spent

poring through recently released

novels — thanks to

a brand-new event at the

Frankfort Public Library.

The library’s first Book

Club Booktalks, scheduled

for 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2,

will include a presentation on

more than two dozen new and

upcoming books, along with

refreshments and free “swag”,

such as bookmarks, tote bags

and buttons. Attendees will

also be able to take home free

copies of some of the books.

“The event is for anybody,”

Adult Services librarian

Lisa Meierkort said. “Our

target audience is people who

are members of book clubs.

We have four different book

clubs that operate through the

library. We have a bunch of

community book clubs that

order their books through us

… really, it’s open for anybody

who just wants to know

what’s going to be new and

big coming out.”

Several different genres

of books will be represented

at the event, including nonfiction,

historical fiction,

contemporary fiction and

speculative fiction, which

encompasses science fiction

and fantasy, Meierkort said.

One book Meierkort said

she especially is excited to

discuss is “An American

Family” by Khizr Khan.

“He was one of the speakers

at the Democratic National

Convention in 2016,”

Meierkort said. “He’s the

one who held up his pocket

Constitution... it’s one I’m

really excited about, for myself

at least. It should be a really

good memoir.”

Reporting by Nuria Mathog,

Editor. For more, visit


D159 receives parental input

for superintendent search

The search for the next

superintendent of Mokena

School District 159 is moving


A community forum held

Sept. 18 allowed parents to

provide input on the process.

School officials recently

awarded a contract to the national

search and consulting

firm School Exec Connect to

find its next superintendent.

Since that time, efforts have

focused on interviewing

board members and focus

groups, providing an online

survey and holding an open

forum for staff.

The meeting, led by Tom

Madden, a partner for School

Exec Connect, brought in a

number of parents.

Discussion questions

sought input on the strengths

of the district, issues and challenges

that will face the new

superintendent, and qualities

and characteristics the public

want to see in the next individual

who assumes the role.

Madden said these questions

are essential in finding

the best-fit person for the job.

“There are some superintendents

of high quality [and]

great skill sets that work well

in Rockford [and] that work really

well in East St. Louis but

wouldn’t be the right fit here,”

Madden said. “What I’ve been

spending the time talking to

people about in these three areas

helps me understand what

a good fit means.”

Several people in attendance

for the meeting cited

interest in superintendents

that possess a solid understanding

of finances.

Reporting by Megann

Horstead, Freelance Reporter.

For more, visit www.


Homer Glen craftsman

makes handmade pens

When many people think

of a pen, they likely think of

a simple, nondescript writing


When Homer Glen resident

Gene Benes thinks of a

pen, he thinks of it as a piece

of art. The craftsman has been

making pens in his basement

workshop for years, turning

his passion into a business

called Pens by Gene. He attends

12-13 craft shows a

year to sell his products.

“All I’m doing is pens,”

Benes said. “I’ve sold 5,300

and given a number away to

different people.”

What makes that number

more impressive is the amount

of time Benes puts in each

pen. Depending on the materials

and intricacy involved, a

pen can take anywhere from

45-50 minutes to five hours,

spread over three days to complete

properly, he said.

He crafts everything from

ballpoint to rollerball to

fountain pens, with prices

ranging from $30-$150 —

again dependent upon materials.

He uses wood, resin,

metal and other materials to

craft distinct pens.

The most recent event for

him was the 13th Annual

Lakeview East Festival of the

Arts, held earlier this month.

About to turn 74 next

month, the pen-maker said

he maintains a passion for

making each individual

product, giving customers

something they will not see

somewhere else.

“My intention is to keep

doing it as long as I can

physically do it,” he said.

“It’s a lot of fun.”

Reporting by Thomas Czaja,

Editor. For more, visit Homer

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Police Reports

Speedway employee allegedly steals more than $100 from store

Celeste M. Pagliuca, 34,

of 1126 Grandview Drive

in New Lenox, was charged

with theft Sept. 14 after she

allegedly stole from her employer

Speedway gas station

located on 800 West Maple


Police said Pagliuca stole

approximately $165 over

a period of time as an employee.

Sept. 16

• David A. McLaughlin, 32,

of 12842 S. Orchard Lane

in Alsip, was charged with

driving under the influence

of alcohol when he was

stopped on Nelson Road and

Joliet Highway for allegedly


Sept. 14

• Personal information reportedly

was stolen and used

to fraudulently purchase

used car parts.

• Mail that was designated

to be sent out reportedly was

stolen from a mailbox at a

residence on the 1900 block

of East Lincoln Highway.

• Personal information reportedly

was stolen, and the

unknown person gained access

to his or her bank account,

which was used to

pay off debt and make fraudulent


• Miscellaneous items reportedly

were stolen from an

unlocked vehicle parked at

the 200 block of East Haven


• Max D. Ciesla, 26, of 330

McClure Ave. in Manhattan,

was charged with possession

of a controlled substance after

he was stopped on Nelson

Road and Joliet Highway

for allegedly speeding.

Upon the stop, police said

they discovered Ciesla to

be in possession of heroin.

In addition, he was charged

with possession of drug


Sept. 11

• Kiara R. Galvan-Ingram,

18, of 2000 Finborough Circle

in New Lenox, and Andres

D. Rojas, 19, of 2072

Edgeview Drive in New

Lenox, were charged with

retail theft at Walmart on the

500 block of East Lincoln

Highway. The pair reportedly

stole DVDs, jewelry,

a phone charger, sunglasses

and a costume mask from

the store.

• Two cartons of cigarettes

reportedly were stolen from

Walgreens on the 400 block

of Nelson Road.


Lenox Patriot’s Police Reports

are compiled from official

reports found online on the

New Lenox Police Department’s

website or releases

issued by the department and

other agencies. Anyone listed

in these reports is considered to

be innocent of all charges until

proven guilty in a court of law. Sound Off

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The benefits of being outside

Amanda Stoll


From Page 16


Practical Magic opts for

alternative healing

There is something intriguing

about the way that Tara

Lewis talks about the act of


She gravitates toward words

like “purpose” and “intention,”

as she walks around her newly

opened shop in downtown Tinley

Park and picks apart a few

of her favorite things.

Handmade candy-colored

soaps, candles and jewelry

are displayed on small tables

and short shelves outlining

“Go play outside,”

is something

I’m sure many

of us heard time and time

again when we were children.

But, studies throughout

the years have shown that

outdoor play has been declining

for children — and

I’d venture to say the same

is probably true for adults.

The decline has been

linked to a rise in anxiety,

depression, sensory issues

and mental health problems

among children under 18.

I can’t speak from experience

on that aspect, because

as a child I was always outside

playing, but as an adult

I know I feel a decrease in

stress and anxiety when I

spend time outside.

Anyone who knows me,

or has read some of my

editorials, knows that I

try to spend as much time

outdoors as I can. Even just

eating my lunch outside or

taking a quick break in the

afternoon to walk around

the block makes me feel


In a society where

electronics, stress and tight

schedules are the norm, I

think it’s important.

When was the last time

you or your children went

and hiked a trail, collected

leaves or just sat in a park

and paid some real attention

to nature?

Recently, I attended a

Tinkergarten class in New

Lenox with Instructor

Amanda Herman, a Mokena

resident, and it was wonderful.

I loved seeing the push

to get children outside and

learning again through the

group, which has classes in

the perimeter of her store.

A collection of crystals and

sage complete the mix.

These items, Lewis said,

are packed with herbs and

oils, and they are built with

sincerity, an aim to help people

find comfort or clarity.

“Everything is 100 percent

natural,” she said of the products

inside Practical Magic

All Natural Bath & Body Essentials,

which was birthed

out of a simple anecdote.

“We call it ‘Practical Magic’

because it’s practical, and

it works like magic. It’s not

cooked with anything; you

know what I mean?”

For the past five years,

Lewis and her daughter,

Taniyah Meyers, have spent

time perfecting the recipes of

their soap creations.

“Everything here we formulated

ourselves,” Lewis

noted, which are held “under

lock and key.”

But one thing is for certain.

The scents from the mother-daughter

duo’s bath supplies

reveal a blend of fruits,

vegetables, mints, milk, honey

and more.

“This is the place where

you find what it is that you

need to rejuvenate your life

and situation,” Lewis said.

Reporting by F. Amanda

Tugade, Editor. For more, visit

48 states and estimates they

have reached more than

70,000 children through

their outdoor, child-led

learning initiative.

An article published in

June by National Geographic

titled “Doctors Are Prescribing

Park Visits to Booth

Patient Health” outlined

what doctors in places such

as South Dakota, Baltimore

and Albuquerque are doing

to combat the decrease in

outdoor time for adults.

It’s exactly as you’d expect

from the title: They’re

literally prescribing people a

day at the park and handing

out prescriptions that give

the patient a free entry to a

state park.

Now, don’t get me wrong.

I love the idea. Historically,

doctors prescribed patients

to sit in their garden or to

go on a holiday to get some

fresh air. Now, that has

scientifically been shown to

improve people’s lives.

I do think it’s a bit sad

that a doctor has to tell

people to go outside for

their health. I’m not a doctor,

but I would recommend

some serious outdoor time

to anyone feeling down,

lonely or stressed.

If everyone was already

spending time in nature,

then maybe we wouldn’t

have so many problems in

our society. Being in nature

is cheap therapy that can

help with a lot of things.

I would be amiss if I

didn’t say that going outside

can’t cure everything, so if

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Pastor Column

Try to do this assignment

The Rev. Dave Hedlin

Peace Lutheran Church

To the credit of many

schools these days,

students are required

to have an assignment

notebook – that some students

don’t use it or use it

effectively is a given.

But it represents a great

habit: to see what’s due

tomorrow and to have in

mind something yet to

come. One of the challenges

of going to college

is that no one is looking

over your shoulder or telling

you exactly what is on

your to-do list.

If you’re in a math or science

based class you might

well get a daily assignment.

But if you’re in a humanities

class, many times you

will get a syllabus at the

beginning of the term and

hints along the way about

due dates.

In our daily life, most

people don’t make us fill

out an assignment notebook.

God doesn’t either.

God’s directions for our

lives turn out to be more

like a syllabus at the beginning

of a semester than

a daily “now do this by

tomorrow.” So how do I

know if what I’m doing today

is in keeping with what

God wants?

Certainly, we can follow

some general principles:

love God with all your

heart and your neighbor

as yourself, for example.

Or, treat others the way

you want to be treated. But

what about those times

when we are looking for

direction about what to do

with our lives, or what the

right thing to do or think

or believe is when it comes

to some specific decision?

How do I know if what I’m

deciding today is in keeping

with what God wants?

Over time, God seems

to invite people to turn

(return) to some tried-andtrue

methods, like prayer.

Ask for guidance. (After

all, Jesus invited us to ask,

seek and knock, with the

assurance God wants to


Another idea is to talk to

other people who are able

to listen as well as give you

feedback. Another idea is

to read scripture and inspirational


Keep open to hearing

from God in anything –

God has used more than

one dream or advice

column or movie or piece

of nature, etc. to give our

subconscious a clue. If you

get an idea of what seems

to be God’s direction, then

follow through. (God does

not equip us or empower us

to go in a wrong direction –

that happens on our own.)

The good news is that

even when we get the assignment

wrong, God is

not done with us. Unlike

school, God’s unlimited

willingness to let us have a

re-do is matched by God’s

ability to turn things around

and help us try again! So,

no matter how many times

we aren’t sure what God’s

daily assignment is, we

have the freedom to try.

(Plus, you can’t go wrong

by loving God and others

and treating them as Jesus


The opinions expressed in this

column are those of the author.

They do not necessarily represent

those of 22nd Century

Media and its staff.

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the New Lenox Patriot | September 28, 2017 | 21

In memoriam

Gerard J. Pomykalski

Gerard J. Pomykalski,

87, formerly

of New Lenox, died

Sept. 12. He is survived

by his wife Ann Pomykalski

(nee Vontorcik), children

Cindy Pomykalski and Cathy

Pomykalski; grandchildren

Robbie , Melissa and Tiffany;

and great-grandchildren

Emily, Lily,Ethan, Robert

IV, Gavin, Riley and Finnley.

Pomykalski was an Air Force

veteran of the Korean War.

Family received friends at St.

Jude Church in New Lenox.

Internment at Abraham Lincoln

National Cemetery.

Gene R. Krohn

Gene R. Krohn,

90, of New Lenox, died Sept.

10. He is survived by his

wife of 69 years Helen (nee

Riemer); children Jane (Paul)

Majewski, Susan (Michael)

Kunce, JoAnn (John) Kneynsberg

and Gary R. (Mary

Fran nee Blum); 11 grandchildren;

five great-grand

children; and siblings Wade

(Evelyn, deceased), Dale

(Delores), Glen (Doris) and

Carol (Marty Terlep). Gene

was a life long resident of

New Lenox, 50-year member

of Trinity Lutheran Church,

member of Immanuel Lutheran,

past member of the

New Lenox Lions Club, and

28-year veteran of the New

Lenox Volunteer Fire Department

(retired Assistant

Chief). He also served in the

US Army Corps in World

War II. He took pleasure in

woodworking, camping and

motorcycle riding for countless

years. His smile was

broad and bright, his laughter

genuine, and his willingness

to help others limitless.

Gene was blessed to have

had a long retirement, enjoy

a winter home in Clearwater,

Florida, been a supporter of

the New Lenox Historical

Society, and participate in the

73rd Veterans Honor Flight

from Chicago in 2016. Internment

was private. In lieu

of donations, memorials to

Honor Flight Chicago at 938

W. Montana St. Chicago, IL

60614 or

would be


Howard E. Teeter, Sr.

Howard E. Teeter,

Sr., 86, of New Lenox,

died Sept. 9. Loving husband

of Marlene (Oostman)

Teeter; father of Howard

(Stacy) Teeter, Jr., James

(Susanne) Teeter; brother

of the late Gordon (Dorothy)

Teeter, late Earl (Alice)

Teeter, Keith Teeter, Joyce

(late John) Banik, Loyd

(Helga) Teeter, Dale (Annetta)

Teeter and June (Al)

Hellstrom; grandfather of

Alison, Joshua, Michael,

Natalie, Jessica and Rachel;

great-grandfather of three

and uncle to many nieces

and nephews. Teeter served

in the US Army in Korea. Interment

at Skyline Memorial

Park. In lieu of memorials,

donations to the Joliet Area

Community Hospice would

be appreciated.

Have someone’s life you’d like

to honor? Email Editor James

Sanchez at

with information about

a loved one who was a part of

the New Lenox community.


Trinity Lutheran Church (508 N. Cedar

Road, New Lenox)

Craft and Vendor Fair

9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday,

Oct. 14. The church is seeking

crafters and vendors for the

9th Annual Craft and Vendor

Fair. Cost for vendors is $25

for an 8-foot table and $10 for

an extra table. Admission is

free for shoppers. Registration

forms can be picked up at the

church office or online at www.

html. For more information,

call (815) 723-7642.

St. Jude Catholic Church (241 W. Second

Ave., New Lenox)

Luncheon and Craft Show

10 a.m.-2 p.m. for craft

show, and 11:30 a.m.-1:30

p.m. for lunch, Thursday,

Oct. 26. St. Jude Council of

Cahtolic Women is sponsoring

the church’s annual luncheon

and craft show at Franciscan

Hall. The lunch features

julienne/taco salad bar and

homemade desserts. There

will also be raffles and prizes

available. Tickets are $10 per

person, but ther is no cost for

children under 5 years old.

For tickets in advance, call

(815) 485-3511 or stop by the

parish office. Carryout boxes

are available.

United Methodist Church of New Lenox

(339 W. Haven Ave, New Lenox)

Mom Heart Group Book Club

6:30-7:30 p.m. starting

Thursday, Oct. 5. This

group will meet on the first

Thursday of every month to

study “The Lifegiving Home:

Creating a place of belonging

and becoming” by Sally and

Sarah Clarkson. The group

will meet in the Fellowship

Hall and is open to the public.

For more information, call

(815) 485-8271.

Central Presbyterian Church (1101 S.

Gougar Road Road, New Lenox)

An Afternoon with Eleanor

2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1.

Join the church for a living

history portrayal of Eleanor

Roosevelt by Actress Leslie

Goddard. A suggested

donation of $5 will go towards

mission work by the church.

For more information, call

(815) 485-5152.

Church Service

10:30 Sundays. For more

information, call the church

at (815) 485-5152.

Lincolnway Christian Church (690 E.

Illinois Highway, New Lenox)

Second Saturday

4 p.m. Saturday, Oct.

14. Join the church for a

tailgate party complete with

football, grill out, pumpkin

decorating for the children,

and s’mores for everybody.

Hot dogs will be provided,

but participants are welcome

to bring something else to

grill if they choose.

A Matter of Balance Classes

9:30-11:30 a.m. Thursdays,

Sept. 28-Nov. 16. A Matter of

Balance is designed to reduce

the fear of falling and increase

activity levels among older

adults. Participants learn

to set realistic goals change

their environments to reduce

fall risk factors, and learn

simple exercises. For more

information and registration,

call (815) 462-6493 or email

Worship Services

9 and 10:30 a.m. Sundays.

Cornerstone Church (1501 S. Gougar

Road, New Lenox)

5th Quarter

The church will host

a 5th Quarter event after

every Lincoln-Way West

regular season home football

game: Sept. 29, Oct. 13 and

Oct. 20. There will be free

pizza, a bonfire, games and

professional athlete speakers.

All students and parents are


Worship Service

8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

every Sunday.

New Life Church (500 Gougar Road, New


Maker Fest

6-8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct.

13. Maker Fest is a fall

festival of creativity that

will be held in the New

Life Church gymnasium.

Enjoy tinkering, inventing,

doodling, and creating

while learning how the

creative Master Maker

made each person for a

unique purpose. For more

information and registration,

email dvanderwell@ or



Worship Services

10 a.m. Sundays. For

more information, call (815)


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Briefs? Contact Assistant

Editor Amanda Stoll at


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Central crowns special education student as homecoming queen

Schiller chosen

by student body

with overwhelming


Amanda Stoll, Assistant Editor

When senior Morgan

Schiller told her mother,

Michelle, that she wanted to

run for homecoming queen,

Michelle said she was a bit


“There’s always the

chance that you’re not going

to win,” said Michelle Schiller,

who said she wanted to

make sure her daughter was

prepared for whatever might

happen — win or lose.

It provided her an opportunity

to talk with Morgan

about the possible outcomes,

and Morgan persisted —

making the decision to run

for homecoming court her

senior year at Lincoln-Way


Morgan was diagnosed

with Williams Syndrome

as an infant, and is part of

the special education class

at Central. There, she participates

in and serves as the

special education coordinator

in the Best Buddies organization

that brings together

students with and without

intellectual or developmental

disabilities for various

activities and events, as well

as physical education classes

throughout the school year.

Williams syndrome is

characterized by the National

Institutes of Health

as “mild to moderate intellectual

disability or learning

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in individuals who were

born missing a gene on the

seventh chromosome.

In Morgan’s case, she is

affected by some health issues

and is highly sensitive

to sounds. It has also given

her the gift to be able to play

piano by ear — meaning she

can hear something and play

it, and she is able to identify

pitches of all sorts of sounds.

Morgan’s mom, Michelle

Schiller, said Morgan’s personality

is naturally outgoing

and bubbly, making her “the

life of the party.” She doesn’t

shy away from conversation

or social situations, putting

the race for homecoming

queen right up her alley.

After completing all the

required paperwork and getting

signatures on her petition,

Morgan had officially

thrown her hat into the ring

for homecoming court, but

getting there wasn’t easy.

“[The process], I think,

was harder for her than most

kids because it’s harder for

her to keep all that information

together,” Michelle


Being in the special education

classroom means

that Morgan doesn’t spend

as much time with many

other seniors at the school

on a day-to-day basis, so the

Schillers had to be creative

with how to get her required


They took to Instagram,

where they requested fellow

seniors meet Morgan before


“Sure enough, they all

showed up, and within a few

minutes she had all her signatures,”

Michelle said.

On Sept. 15, the day of the

homecoming game and one

day before the dance, all the

students were gathered for

the announcement.

Michelle, who is an English

teacher at Lincoln-Way

West, took a few hours off in

the afternoon to go support

Morgan and said it was very

emotional for both of them

when Morgan’s name was


“When the announcement

was made, it was pretty special,”

Michelle said. “Not

only did the kids vote for

her, but she cried when they

announced it. And the entire

student population gave her

a standing ovation, which

pretty much melted my heart

because it just shows me

what great kids we have at

the school.

“Being that I teach there

I already kind of know that

but seeing that they’ve embraced

my child who’s a

little bit different from most

Lincoln-Way Central student Morgan Schiller poses for a

picture during the school’s homecoming game Sept. 15 when

she was recognized as homecoming queen. Photo Submitted

with such compassion, it just

was a joy.”

Morgan was announced at

the football game and went

out on to the field, where her

fellow students cheered her

name, which Morgan said

made her feel proud of herself

for deciding to run for queen.

The fun continued with

the dance, which Morgan attended

with her boyfriend,

AJ Joss, and more than a

dozen of her classmates.

Every year, the special

education students get together

before the dance to

take pictures before the festivities

begin, and this year

they went to Gatto’s Italian

Restaurant afterward for an

exclusive dining experience.

As part of their pre-vocational

program at the school,

the students work at Gatto’s

for an hour each Friday, but

for homecoming the students

came dressed in their best

clothes and sat in the atrium

under a lighted pergola at

their own private table for a

continuation of the evening.

“The food there is awesome,”

Morgan said of the


The title and the crown

certainly made Morgan feel

on top of the world, but Michelle

said it is even bigger

than that. She said it is a

testament to the school, students

and families.

“The heart of this school

is the community that we

live in,” Michelle said. “The

parents who teach their kids

good values, the kids who

then take that and make

great decisions and think

about the bigger picture

knowing that this probably

would have meant the world

to my daughter, but would

have been just one of many

accomplishments for another

child. It’s the whole picture.

I think that the school

culture supports that, which

is emphasized at home and

then it just all comes around

full circle.” Life & Arts

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New Lenox businesses take part in Mokena’s annual health fair

Amanda Del Buono

Freelance Reporter

Tammy Spatola and Kris

Geigner, co-owners of

Health Nutz, are dedicated

to helping others fulfill their

personal health-and-wellness

goals. After purchasing

Health Nutz health food

store in Mokena just a few

years ago, the two are committed

to embracing the local


As part of their efforts to

bring health-and-wellness

products to the community,

Spatola and Geigner began

the store’s health fair last

year, which they hope to

make an annual community

event, Geigner said.

On Saturday, Sept. 9, they

hosted the second annual

health fair. A large white tent

filled the parking lot outside

of the store, which is located

at 19844 LaGrange Road.

Under the tent, more than

50 vendors were on location

displaying their products

and services with community

members from Mokena

and nearby communities.

“Our goal is to have available

all different [types of]

health products because people

are at different places in

their health journey. … We

want to make sure people

know that there are people

and products in our community

to help them reach

their goals,” Geigner said.

“We hope that every year

[the heath fair] continues to


Expanding on the event

this year, five speakers were

present, offering educational

lectures about several healthrelated

topics. The speakers

included Dr. Ashly Ochsner,

who presented “The Real

Silent Killer – Stress”; Bev

Clark, who spoke about inflammation;

Gina Moss,

a registered dietitian and

holistic nutrition expert,

discussed naturally achieving

digestive health; Dan

Chapman, founder and chief

executive officer of Redd

Remedies, talked about pain

relief; and Natural Nurse

Robyn and Dr. Paul Stoetzel

offered a lecture about keeping

children healthy during

the school year.

“This year is the first year

we’re having the lectures,”

Geigner said. “That was an

amazing addition.”

Those in attendance appreciated

the variety of products

and services that were


“It’s so nice because it’s

accessible and it’s free,”

said Corrie Ninkovic, a Justice

resident who attended

the health fair on Saturday.

“It’s nice to explore different

things, test products and see

the vendors in person.”

Shopping through the natural

skin care products available

from New Lenox-based

Bee&You, Ninkovic also

said she enjoyed the unique

vendors that were present on


Bee&You, which recently

made its national debut and

introduced all new packaging,

offered a display of its

bees at the health fair, offering

the opportunity for

attendees to see and learn

about the insects, according

to Mike Nastepniak, president

of the company.

Families also embraced

the opportunity to learn more

about and find new products

that support their health and

wellness. Philip Bohren and

his wife Jennifer Bohren

brought along their four children

— Beckett, 5; Owen, 8;

Olivia, 10; and Emma, 12 —

to the health fair.

“We just want to learn

more about what’s going

on in the health industry.

We’re trying to be more organic

and not medicinal, and

there’s a lot going on here,”

Philip said. “It’s very educational

and there’s a lot of different


For the vendors, the health

fair offered the opportunity

to meet face-to-face with

consumers, share products

and help others.

Among them, Dr. Tony

D’Angelo, of Tranquil Cloud

Temple in New Lenox,

shared the benefits of Medical

Qigong, a form of traditional

Chinese medicine — a

practice which he learned

while studying in China —

with those who attended.

“I want to deliver the message,

getting out to people

what Medical Qigong can do

to help their mental, spiritual

and physical well-being,”

D’Angelo said. “We do a lot

of international work … and

work with people all over the

country. … Now, I’m trying

to build in my backyard.”

Tina Hogan, of Frankfort’s

Beads Galore And

More, said that the event

helps the company to get

the word out, especially in a

time when many bead stores

are not doing well.

“It’s really been a big help

to get the word out there and

stay up with what people are

looking for,” Hogan said.

At the store’s booth, event

attendees were invited to

make their own beaded

bracelets using lava rocks

that act as diffusers for essential


Geigner and Spatola plan

to continue the health fair,

with hopes to continue to

grow the event each year.

Next year, they hope to add

more children’s activities

and educational opportunities,

Geigner said.

Philip Bohren (middle) and his sons Owen, 8, and Beckett,

5, make essential oil diffusing bracelets during the Health

Nutz Health Fair on Sept. 9, in Mokena. Photos by Amanda

Del Buono/22nd century media

Health Fair attendees check out products from more than

50 vendors from across the area.


Vendors are needed to offer seniors and baby

boomers everything they need to know about

health and wellness, fitness, financial planning,

shopping and entertainment, assisted living, real

estate, travel and more for the 3rd annual Active

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Saturday, October 21


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Convention Center

Space is limited — DEADLINE: Oct. 4

For More Information

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is a Cream Not a Pill

New cream works faster and is more targeted than oral medications. Key ingredients penetrate the skin

within seconds to relieve joint arthritis pain. Users report significant immediate relief.

By Robert Ward

Associated Health Press

BOSTON – Innovus Pharmaceuticals has introduced

a new arthritis pain relief treatment that

works in seconds.

Sold under the brand name Apeaz, the new

pain relief cream numbs the nerves right below

the skin.

When applied to an arthritic joint, or a

painful area on the body, it delivers immediate

relief that lasts for hours and hours.

The powerful painkilling effect is created by

the creams active ingredient, a special medical


Anesthetics are used in hospitals during

surgery. They block nerve signals from the brain

so that patients don’t feel pain and they work fast.

The anesthetic found in Apeaz is the

strongest available without a prescription.

The cream form allows users to directly target

their area of pain. It works where it is applied.

The company says this is why the product is so

effective and fast acting.

“Users can expect to feel relief immediately

after applying,” explains Dr. Bassam Damaj,

President of Innovus Pharmaceuticals.

“There will a pleasant warming sensation

that is followed by a cool, soothing one. This is

how you know that the active ingredients have

reached the infected joint and tissue.”

Works In Seconds

For arthritis suffers, Apeaz offers impressive

advantages over traditional medications.

The most obvious is how quickly it relieves


The cream contains the maximum approved

dose of a top anesthetic, which penetrates the

skin in a matter of seconds to numb the area

that’s in pain. This relief lasts for several hours.

Additional ingredients in the cream help suppress

inammation around tissues and joints.

Published pre-clinical studies have shown that

the ingredients in Apeaz can also prevent further

bone and cartilage destruction.

There are also no negative side effects from

the oral medication. Apeaz delivers its ingredients

through the skin. Oral medications are

absorbed in the digestive tract. Overtime, the

chemicals in pills can tear the delicate lining of

the stomach, causing ulcers and bleeding.

When compared to other arthritis medications,

Apeaz is a fraction of the cost. At less than $2 a day,

the cream quickly is becoming a household name.

Those with terrible arthritis in their hands

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The Dish

Burger 21’s third-quarter specials soon to be swapped

Southern Lucy

burger, s’mores

shake available till

Oct. 21 change

Bill Jones, Managing Editor

Burger 21’s longtime hits

usually stick around on the

proverbial setlist (in food

terms: menu), but like any

rock band touring on a new

album, the Orland Park spot

always finds room to swap in

a few tracks from the latest


Lately, those changes take

place once a quarter, as one

featured burger and shake depart

this mortal coil (or take

an indefinite hiatus until their

inevitable reunion tour) on

the 21st of a month, as another

burger and shake take

their respective places. And

Burger 21

14650 S. LaGrange

Road in Orland Park


• 11 a.m.-10 p.m.


• 11 a.m.-11 p.m.


For more information ...


Phone: (708) 737-7952

Burger 21 also seems to have

a penchant for bringing back

an old favorite on one side

while introducing something

completely new on the other.

Case in point: July 21, the

chain welcomed back the

famed s’mores shake. But

with that came its first go with

the Southern Lucy burger,

featuring Angus beef, stuffed

with American and Swiss

cheeses, topped with crispy

On Deck

A brief look at what’s right around the corner for Burger 21

Burger 21 in Orland Park tends to swap its featured

burgers and shakes once a quarter. And with the

Southern Lucy burger and s’mores shake having

debuted July 21, they are not long for this world.

That leaves the question: What can fans expect Oct.

21, when the featured menu is expected to change

once again?

Here’s the inside scoop.

The Burger: An old favorite is set to return with the

establishment’s pizza burger seeing the light of day

once again.

The Shake: Something old, something new, they say.

Burger 21’s featured shake is to be a new recipe, offering

the chain’s take on the wedding cake, in shake form.

onion strings and bacon aioli,

along with a tomato jam, all

on a toasted brioche bun.

“It’s a big hit,” partner Ed

Karayanes said. “It’s a great

burger. The flavor’s just totally

different. The cheese

and the meat give it — it’s

two different flavors you

don’t get anywhere else.”

Karayanes said the key to

its success is that both the tomato

jam and the bacon aioli

— like many of Burger 21’s

Burger 21’s new Southern Lucy burger features Angus

beef, stuffed with American and Swiss cheeses, topped

with crispy onion strings and bacon aioli, along with a

tomato jam, all on a toasted brioche bun. Bill Jones/22nd

Century Media

sauces — are made in house.

As for the shake, there

is little explanation needed

as to why customers love a

blend of vanilla ice cream,

Ghirardelli chocolate sauce

and graham crackers, topped

with a toasted marshmallow,

graham crackers and more

Ghirardelli chocolate sauce.

Fans were simply ready and

waiting for an encore.

Upcoming Events at Hanover Place

October 12th

Lunch and Learn 12 noon

October 19th

Oktoberfest Lunch & entertainment by Mike Pleska 12pm

October 27th

Breakfast Bingo 9:00 am

28 | September 28, 2017 | The New Lenox Patriot Puzzles

crosstown CROSSWORD & Sudoku

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

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Cindy LaFleur


1. Jewish teacher

6. Close with a bang

10. Honeycomb chamber

14. 2000s symbol of

corporate financial misconduct

15. Narc’s find, perhaps

16. More as well

17. Smart people’s club

18. “Smart” one

19. Bergman in “Casablanca”

20. Mokena pet parade

22. Top

23. Flightless bird

24. Florida or Alicia?

26. Bien’s opposite

29. Wise man

32. Made frost free

36. Pulitzer winner


38. Native American tent

40. Do penance

41. Goodwill to toward


44. Replayed song

45. Numbers game

46. ___ gin fizz

47. Six instrument group

49. Armored vehicle

51. Snapper’s choice,


52. Baltic Sea feeder

54. Dah’s Morse code


56. ___ favor (please, in


58. Mokena college

63. Wireless medium

64. Upstart

65. Does in, in the Bible

67. ___ Minor

68. Krabappel on “The


69. Code word

70. Abbr. in many org.


71. Dark loaves

72. Footnote abbr.


1. “Losing My Religion”

rock group

2. Over

3. City SE of Prague

4. Like a close buddy

5. Dazed and confused

6. Singing type

7. “___ And Stitch”

8. Smart ___

9. Ridiculed

10. In phone company

lingo, they are now referred

to as towers

11. Decorative case

12. Get, a part in a movie,

for example

13. Legal scholar’s deg.

21. Fry quickly, little fat

25. Right on!

26. Some sharks

27. Quick-witted

28. Imparts

30. Peril

31. Unexpected sports


33. Barbecue fuel

34. Volunteer

35. Check

37. Paper opinion

39. Hebrides island

42. Must have

43. Ballet leg bend

48. More concise

50. Romeo’s request

53. Brother of Janet


55. Letter-shaped opening

56. Leaning tower

57. “What ___?”

59. Loudness measure

60. C.E.O.’s may have


61. Rabbit ___

62. Trading letters

63. Showing fatigue

66. The following, for



Little Joe’s Restaurant

(1300 N. Cedar Road, New

Lenox; (815) 463-1099)

■5-8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays:

Piano Styles by Joe


The Alley Grill and Tap House

(18700 S. Old LaGrange

Road, Mokena; (708) 478-


■9 ■ p.m. Tuesdays: Karaoke

Fox’s Restaurant and Pub

(11247 W. 187th St., Mokena;

(708) 478-8888)

■6 ■ p.m. Thursdays, Fridays

and Saturdays: Performance

by Jerry Eadie

Jenny’s Southside Tap

(10160 191st St., Mokena;

(708) 479-6873)

■6 ■ p.m. Tuesdays: Acoustic

Avenue, Psychic

night - second Tuesday

every month.

■9 ■ p.m. Thursdays:


■Fridays ■ and Saturdays:

Live bands


Port Noir

(900 S. State St., Lockport;

(815) 834-9463)

■4-7 ■ p.m. Monday-Friday:

Happy Hour

■8-10 ■ p.m. Thursdays:

Comedy Bingo

■8-11 ■ p.m. Fridays and

Saturdays: Live Band

■7-11 ■ p.m. Sundays:

Open Mic Night

The Outpost Pub & Grill

(14929 Archer Ave., Lockport;

(815) 836-8893)

■8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays and

Thursdays: Live DJ and


Strike N Spare II

(811 Northern Drive, Lockport;

(708) 301-1477)

■8-11 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:


■7-10 ■ p.m. Fridays and

Saturdays: Cosmic Bowl


Mullets Sports Bar and


(14903 S. Bell Road, Homer

Glen; (708) 645-7000)

■7 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:


To place an event

in The Scene, email




How to play Sudoku

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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30 | September 28, 2017 | The New Lenox Patriot Local Living

Customer Satisfaction through the Roof at Prairie Trails in Manhattan

Excellent Communications translates into positive home buying and building experience

Distinctive Home Builders continues

to add high quality homes

to Manhattan at Prairie Trails;

its latest new home community,

located within the highly-regarded

Lincoln-Way School District.

Many families are thrilled to call

Prairie Trails home and couldn’t

be happier.

“Homes are one of the last truly

hand made major purchase there

is,” said Bryan Nooner, president

of Distinctive Home Builders.

“Many of our skilled craftsmen

have been working with our company

for over 20 years. We also

take pride on having excellent

communicators throughout our

organization. This translates into

a positive buying and building

experience for our homeowners

giving us one of the highest referral

rates in the industry.”

“But don’t take our word for it ask

our homeowners,” urges Nooner.

Nancy Schueler and her husband

Jim purchased an Ashley ranch at

Prairie Trails last year. “We raised

four sons in a large five-bedroom

home in Mokena. We knew and

liked the area but could not find

what we were looking for in New

Lenox or Mokena. We went a little

further to Manhattan and saw

this home on an oversize lot with

pond views, met with Bryan and

Lynne and liked what we heard.

Bryan sat down with us and allowed

us to make changes we

thought we might like such as

enlarging the width of the home

to accommodate a larger kitchen

and we bumped out a three car

garage because my husband likes

to woodwork and needed the extra

space,” said Nancy Schueler.

“The building process was

great,” continued Schueler. “We

had a picture of a home we wanted

to buy in Colorado and Bryan

customized the facade of our new

home to replicate it. We also liked

the fact that Bryan lived locally

and that we worked with a family

company. He had a good handle

on what we were looking for even

making suggestions about things

that we didn’t even think of. It was

overwhelming but we would do it

all over again. Everything Distinctive

said they would do they did.

If anything wasn’t kosher with us,

they changed it. Distinctive was

so willing to make us happy, was

always present to walk us through

our home under construction and

answer any questions.”

Karie and Jason Emerson recently

built a Prairie model at

Prairie Trails. “Our experience

with Distinctive Home Builders

could not have gone more

smoothly,” said Karie Emerson.

“Everyone says building a home is

one of the most stressful experiences

but ours could not have been

better. Our initial home search

was for a resale home with not

much luck, then we saw an article

in the newspaper for new homes

in Manhattan. We went there and

met Lynne and we were SOLD.

“We found a great lot, a perfect

model for us and worked closely

with Lynne and Bryan on the

design and without their help we

would not have been able to build

such a beautiful home,” continued

Emerson. “We made a lot of modifications

to the standard Prairie

model which was never a problem.

We loved that we were able to see

the progress on their client portal

and Distinctive delivered our

home in the time frame promised.

All of the subcontractors treated

the building of our home as if it

was their own. Thank you Bryan,

Josh, Lynne, Jeff and everyone

that we came into contact with

at Distinctive Home Builders you

gave us our Dream Home.”

Tony and Nikki Uranin lived on

the other side of Manhattan and

wanted a new home they could

grow into with their two young

children ages 2 and 4 – with more

space and new trees. Nikki was

born and raised in Manhattan

and was previously a teacher in

the Manhattan school system.

They also have a lot of family

living nearby.

“We checked out many builders

in the area and Distinctive

had the floor plan and upgrades

we were looking for within our

price range,” said Nikki Uranin.

“From the moment we met with

Lynne we were connected - our

kids loved her and she was not

pushy. The key decision were the

layouts compared to what else was

out there. We even had a home to

sell and they held our lot for us.”

“There was also great communication

throughout the process,”

she added. We met with Bryan,

the owner, and reviewed designs

and wanted to extend our loft

upstairs. Bryan worked on the

floor plan with us and we were

able to do it!

“There is even an App on your

phone where they posted building

progress. Everything went

smoothly. It was a breeze making

selections with the vendors - they

told us that Distinctive was great

to build with. Distinctive was very

responsive after we moved in

when we had a leak from a storm.

They came out the next day and

took care of the issue right away.”

Harold and Molly Hewitt lived in

New Lenox the last 20 years and

initially had no interest in building.

“We then put a deposit down

with another builder and soon

after had to cancel,” explained

Harold Hewitt. “When we came

back to them we lost all of our

incentives. We found out that

Distinctive Home Builders offered

incentives and after meeting with

Lynne; who took us through many

different homes, we put down a


The Hewitts built a Foxgrove

model and took advantage of the

customization from Distinctive

Home Builders. “We did three

custom changes: We moved the

master suite from the front of

the house to the back so we could

enjoy the lake views, made the

loft bigger and added a bathroom

downstairs. Our old house lacked

natural light so we added additional

larger windows throughout

our new home,” said Hewitt.

“The building process went

fast for us because the weather

was on our side and we moved

in last May,” Harold continued.

“Lynne explained all of our options

and she and Bryan went

over everything at a later date

pretty much seamlessly. We knew

what we wanted and appreciated

Lynne’s suggestions and accessed

the online portal for construction

updates and pictures. We have one

child, age 16 still living at home

currently attending Lincoln Way

West, a fine school.”

Frazer and Linda Gulli closed

eight months ago on an Arbor

ranch. Two of their grown children

live across the street in another

subdivision and a third not

too far from there. “When Distinctive

opened up we were curious,”

said Linda Gulli. “We wanted to

be close enough to help with the

kids but not too close. We built

a ranch, made custom changes

and have plenty of room for us.

We modified the master bath and

replaced the second closet with

a walk-in shower. We also added

a lot of canned lighting; so far

we have been told that we have

the most canned lighting in the


“We previously built a townhome

so we were familiar with building,”

Gulli continued. The process

was fine with Distinctive, they

were accommodating and willing

to meet us after work. Distinctive

also has a web site where we

logged in to check progress and

pictures as our home was being

built. Even though we drove by

often it was a nice convenience

and understand how some people

who live further away can appreciate

it. Lynne and Josh are so nice

and helpful! We appreciate all the

help throughout the whole process

from both of them! Everyone at

Distinctive is nice and even now

that we are moved in they still

wave to us when they drive by! We

can see the lake from our home,

the neighbors are very friendly

and we absolutely love the fact

that the Wauponsee Glacial Trail

is so close for us to just hop on

with our bikes.”

There are 13 ranch, split-level

and six two-story single-family

home styles to choose from each

offering three to eight different

exterior elevations. The three- to

four-bedroom homes feature two

to two-and-one-half baths, twoto

three-car garages and a family

room, all in approximately 1,600

to over 3,000 square feet of living

space. Basements are included in

most models as well. Distinctive

also encourages customization

to make your new home truly

personalized to suit your lifestyle.

Oversize home sites; brick exteriors

on all four sides of the first

floor; custom maple cabinets;

ceramic tile or hardwood floors

in the kitchen, baths and foyer;

genuine wood trim and doors

and concrete driveways 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.

Prairie Trails is also a beautiful

place to live and raise a family

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 less

than a mile away.

Besides Prairie Trails, Distinctive

Home Builders has built

homes throughout Manhattan

in the Butternut Ridge and Leighlinbridge

developments, as well as

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

Lynne Rinck at (708) 737-9142 for

more information or visit www.

The Prairie Trails new home information

center is located three

miles south of Laraway Rd. on

Rt. 52. The address is 24458 S.

Rt. 52, 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. Real Estate

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glasses $15. Men’s magazines

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42 | September 28, 2017 | The New Lenox Patriot Sports

Athlete of the week

10 Questions

with Taylor Miron

Taylor Miron is a senior at Lincoln-Way

Central who is on the girls golf team

How did you get started in golf?

I started golf when I was about 6 or 7

years old because my parents played and my

grandpa played. So I started going out with

them. From that point, I started group lessons,

and then I started continued onto private

lessons more seriously in seventh grade.

Do you have any rituals or

superstitions on the course?

Whenever I know I’m about to go out

and play, when I’m on the range warming

up before, on my last shots I like

to hit three drivers because usually you

start off with a driver on the course,

so I want my last shots on the range to

mimic my next shots on the course.

What are your plans for college?

I am currently in the application process

now. I’m looking at about 10 schools and I

love all of them. So, I’m just trying to figure

out what would fit best for me academically

… I’m looking to study something in

the health sciences because in the future I’d

like to continue on the physician’s assistant


What do you like most about the


Whether it’s in high school or practicing

on my own in the summer, is the amount of

people you get to meet. You get to learn how

different people play and their techniques,

and I think that’s helped me.

What’s the hardest part of the game?

The hardest part for me is the mental part

of the game. When you hit a bad shot, you

can’t let it get to you. You really have to

work on your mentality and moving forward

so that you can have success going on in

your round.

What would you buy first if you won

the lottery?

I would probably buy a plane ticket for me

Photo submitted

and my family to go around all of Europe.

What’s your ideal post-round meal?

A cheeseburger, some french fries and an

Arnold Palmer.

What item do you own that you

couldn’t live without?

For my golf game, my range finder, because

that helps me with my every single

shot, whether it’s drives or wedge shots, I

always use my range finder.

Who would be on your dream

foursome for a scramble?

Me, Rory McIlroy because he’s always

been my favorite golfer, my grandpa because

I’ve always loved playing golf with him and

my swing coach Mike, who I’ve been getting

private lessons from for three years.

Do you have a nickname?

My parents and some of my immediate family

call me Rosie because my middle name is

Rose, named after one of my grandmas.

Interview by T.J. Kremer III, Contributing Editor

This Week In…

Knights varsity



■Sept. ■ 29 - at Stagg, 7:15 p.m.

Girls volleyball

■Sept. ■ 28 - at Oak Forest,

5:30 a.m.

■Oct. ■ 3 - hosts Bradley-

Bourbonnais, 6 p.m.

Boys golf

■Sept. ■ 28 - hosts Schuman

Cup, 3:45 p.m.

Girls golf

■Sept. ■ 30 - at Rosary

Invitational, 8 a.m.

Girls tennis

■Sept. ■ 29 - at Lockport

Invitational, 3:30 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 30 - at Lockport

Invitational, 8 a.m.

■Oct. ■ 2 - hosts Aurora

Central, 4:30 p.m.

Boys soccer

■Sept. ■ 28 - at Thornton, 4:30


■Oct. ■ 3 - hosts Andrew

(Senior Night), 5:45 p.m.

Girls swimming

■Sept. ■ 28 - hosts Andrew, 5


■Sept. ■ 29 - at Sandburg

Invitational (Diving) 5 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 30 - at Sandburg

Invitational (Swimming) 11 a.m.

Boys cross country

■Sept. ■ 30 - at Lockport


From Page 44

Invitational, 9 a.m.

Girls cross country

■Sept. ■ 30 - at St. Charles

North Invitiational, 8 a.m.

Warriors Varsity



■Sept. ■ 29 - hosts Sandburg,

7:30 p.m.

Girls volleyball

■Sept. ■ 28 - hosts Thornwood,

5:30 p.m.

Boys golf

■Sept. ■ 28 - hosts Schuman

Cup, 3:45 p.m.

Girls tennis

■Sept. ■ 28 - at Homewood-

Flossmoor, 4:30 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 29 - at Lockport

Invitational, 3:30 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 30 - at Lockport

Invitational, 8 a.m.

Boys soccer

■Sept. ■ 30 - at Lockport, 10


■Oct. ■ 3 - at Stagg, 6:15 p.m.

Girls swimming

■Sept. ■ 28 - at Bradley-

Bourbonnais, 5 p.m.

Boys cross country

■Sept. ■ 30 - at Lockport

Invitational, 9 a.m.

Girls cross country

■Oct. ■ 3 - at Will County Invite,

5 p.m.

Celtics Varsity



by the time the postseason

comes around.”

The Griffins, who won

their one-and-only SWSC

title in the Blue Division

in 2012, had one last long

shot with 2:25 to play. But

sophomore defender Jacob

Dirienzo saw his arching shot

from about 40 yards land into

Kedzior’s hands. The final

moments got a bit chippy

with a couple of yellow cards

issued in the final 30 seconds.

Fahey credited his sophomore

starters: midfielder

Jake Camaioni, Kedzior,

defender Dylan Leonard

and Willner. He also credited

the play of his defense

with senior Josh Davis and

Erickson in the center and

Leonard and Zuraitis are the

outside players in the back.

“We’ve got a bunch of

young kids out there making

plays,” Fahey said. “We have

four sophomores out there

contributing. We’ve also

been fortunate that we’ve had

two goalies alternate the spot

[junior Brenden McCarthy

is the other one]. They have

■Sept. ■ 29 - at Hope Academy,

7 p.m.

Girls volleyball

■Sept. ■ 28 - hosts St. Ignatius,

6 p.m.

Boys golf

■Sept. ■ 28 - at CCL

Championships, 7 a.m.

■Sept. ■ 30 - at Lemont

Shootout, 9 a.m.

■Sept. ■ 30 - at Edwardsville -

Arnie’s Cup, 11 a.m.

Girls golf

■Sept. ■ 28 - at GCAC

Championships, 9 a.m.

Boys soccer

■Sept. ■ 28 - at De La Salle,

4:30 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 29 - at De La Salle,

6 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 30 - at Illiana

Christian, 11 a.m.

■Oct. ■ 2 - at Minooka, 4:30 p.m.

■Oct. ■ 3 - at St. Francis-

Wheaton, 6 p.m.

Girls tennis

■Sept. ■ 29 - at Lockport

Invitational, 3:30 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 30 - at Lockport

Invitational, 8 a.m.

■Oct ■ 3 - hosts Plainfield

North, 4 p.m.

Boys cross country

■Sept. ■ 30 - at Lisle

Invitational, 9 a.m.

Girls cross country

■Sept. ■ 30 - at Lisle

Invitational, 9 a.m.

both come up big for us.”

It’s been a good season for

Central so far. The Knights

haven’t won a SWSC title

since they captured the first

three between 2005-07 when

the league was combined.

“It’s still a big game,” Willner

said of facing East. “We’re

7-2 [through Sept. 20] and we

[were] ready for Lockport [on

Sept. 21] and the title game in

the PepsiCo Tournament [on

Sept. 24]. We’ve played really

well and we’re ready.”

Both teams are in the

Class 3A Reavis Sectional,

which begins next month. new lenox

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44 | September 28, 2017 | The New Lenox Patriot Sports

Boys soccer

Willner, Knights defense down Griffins

Randy Whalen

Freelance Reporter

The margin between success

and failure in soccer can

be very thin.

That was evident last week

as Lincoln-Way East traveled

to take on the Lincoln-Way

Central boys soccer team in a

SouthWest Suburban Conference

crossover on Tuesday,

Sept. 19, in New Lenox.

There the host Knights

scored in the 14th minute

and, despite numerous opportunities,

East couldn’t get the

equalizer as Central held on

for a 1-0 victory. The Knights

were able to turn the table on

East after being shutout 2-0

in last year’s matchup.

The two teams are on opposite

ends of the SWSC this

season after both being in the

Red Division the last couple

of years. Central (7-2) is still

in the Red Division this season

while the Griffins (4-7)

moved to the bigger school

Blue Division.

“I actually forgot the switch

happened,” Central coach

Sean Fahey said of East moving

to the SWSC Blue. “But

it’s still Central and East. It’s

an emotional game that can

get the best of you.”

Nick Willner made the

best of an opportunity for

the Knights. The sophomore

midfielder took a pass from

junior defender Connor Erickson,

met it in the middle of

the field from about 25 yards

out, got junior keeper Victor

Porada to move up to try to

cut off the angle and put it top

shelf with 26:22 to play in the

first half for what proved to

be the game’s only goal.

“Connor Erickson just

bounced a perfect pass right

over the defender,” Willner

said of the start of the play.

“That was perfectly set up. I

got a foot on it [and I thought

the kick] was going to be too

high, but it went right over

the goalie and went in.”

East had many chances to

get back in the game. One of

the best came with 11 minutes

to play in the opening

half. Sophomore midfielder

Cory Pitlik let a shot go from

a tough angle on the left side.

The ball flew past sophomore

keeper Adam Kedzior and

glanced off the right post.

About six minutes later senior

forward Jordan Abbasi

had one of his many opportunities

tipped out by Kedzior.

“Every game has been like

that,” a frustrated Abbasi

said of the close games for

the Griffins. “We just play to

win and obviously we didn’t

win. We just need to figure

our way back. With the players

we have we shouldn’t be

losing the games that we are.

We’re beating ourselves and

we need to figure it out.”

Abbasi had a couple of

more opportunities to open the

Lincoln-Way Central’s Connor Erickson (right) dribbles

past Lincoln-Way East’s Jordan Abbasi Sept. 19 during

a game between the two teams in New Lenox. Julie

McMann/22nd Century Media

second half, too. He also had a

corner kick from the right side

with just under 15 minutes to

play in the game. That started

a nearly two minute span

where East had numerous set

pieces, including another corner

kick and a throw-in, but

couldn’t convert.

Central had an opportunity

to put the game away when

the Griffins were ruled for a

foul in the box. That gave senior

defender Ben Zuraitis, a

4-year varsity player, a penalty

kick. But his blast was

tipped out by Porada, who

dove to his right to make the

great save with 7:08 to play

in the game.

“That was his seventh save

of the season on a PK or

shootout goal,” East coach

Ryan Decker said of Porada.

“He’s one of the best line

goalkeepers I’ve seen and his

play has been really good.”

While disappointed with

the loss, Decker looked at

the positives of the game and

his team.

“I thought we all played

well,” he said. “We allowed

a goal that was controllable,

but overall I thought our run

of the play was good. We had

opportunities on set pieces,

and Central’s goalie was

very good and made good

saves. We absorbed a lot of

pressure too [on defense].

“It’s frustrating because

this group is good. We’ve

done a good job in a lot of

areas. We will figure it out

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Boys soccer

Knights get looks, can’t convert in PepsiCo loss

Steve Millar

Freelance Reporter

Lincoln-Way Central did

a good job shaking off the

early goal it gave up in Sunday’s

PepsiCo Showdown

LUNGevity Bracket championship


The Knights responded,

and pushed hard for the equalizer.

It never came, however,

and when St. Edward scored

again, it proved to be too

much to overcome as Lincoln-

Way Central fell 3-0 at Triton

College in River Grove.

“It’s hard to win when you

dig a little hole,” Central

coach Sean Fahey said. “St.

Edward was organized, athletic

and strong and I’ve got

to give them a ton of credit.

“We’re usually the team

that outworks the other team

and when we do that for 80

minutes, good things happen.

That’s how we win games.

We don’t win by being so

much better than the other

team. We have to stay organized

and grind it out and it

just didn’t happen today.”

The Knights (7-3-1) topped

Riverside-Brookfield, Francis

Parker and Garcia over

the last two weeks to reach

the championship game, but

could not keep up with Class

1A power St. Edward, which

improved to 18-0.

The Green Wave put central

behind early, converting

off a corner kick in the 13th

minute as Will Gaston headed

in Josh Johansen’s cross.

The Knights fought back

and generated a good number

of chances in the latter

stages of the first half.

Mitchell Allen had a shot

saved by St. Edward goalkeeper

Evan Saitar and later fired

wide on a good look. Luke

Baumgartner sailed a free kick

just over the crossbar.

Down 1-0 at halftime,

Central came out of the

locker room fired up and attacked

relentlessly early in

the second half.

Just 45 seconds in, Allen

took a cross from Jake Camaioni

and ripped a shot off

the crossbar.

Camaioni and Connor Erickson

each fired high in the

following minutes.

“We were the best team

the last 10 to 15 minutes of

the first half and we came out

grinding at the start of the second

half,” Baumgartner said.

“You’ve got to be able to put

those away, though, and we

just couldn’t come through.”

Momentum would shift to

St. Edward for good during a

two-minute span.

With 27:30 to go, the

Knights got another good look

as Baumgartner fell down in

the box, but regained his footing

just in time to collect a pass

right in front of the net. Saitar,

though, denied him front pointblank

range, deflecting his shot

out for a corner kick.

On the ensuing corner, St.

Edward broke up the play and

quickly countered. Star forward

A.J. Franklin got behind

the Knights defense and scored

to make it 2-0 with 26:41 left.

Nick Willner nearly got

the Knights within one three

minutes later, but Saitar got

enough of his shot to deflect

it off the crossbar.

Franklin capped the scoring

for the Green Wave with

just 27 seconds left.

Adam Kedzior made five

saves for the Knights.

Despite the loss, senior defender

Ben Zuraitis said the

tournament run helped the

Knights build confidence.

“It was great to make it to

the championship,” he said.

“We’ve been doing well as a

team. We’ve got to put this one

behind us, keep playing our

game, and go win conference.”

The Knights’ record is

even more impressive considering

15 seniors were lost

from last year’s team.

For Baumgartner, the solution

is to keep working hard.

“Everyone told us we

weren’t going to be good

again,” he said. “We put last

year in our rearview mirror,

and we’ve worked harder

than anyone. Sports

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West offense slows down against 7A powerhouse

Jason Maholy

Freelance Reporter

“Big, strong and fast... and

a couple of guys who are just

a nightmare to block.”

Those are the words Lincoln-Way

West head coach

Dave Ernst used to described


swarming, smothering defense

after the Vikings topped

the Warriors, 28-9, on Friday,

Sept. 22 in New Lenox. The

Vikings’ prevention corps appeared

to be all of the above

as it limited the West offense

to just 80 yards from scrimmage

and three first downs

while remaining unbeaten

through five games.

The Warriors’ inability to

move the chains on offense

contributed to a six-minute

deficit in time of possession

and an overworked defense

that gave an inspired effort.

The Vikings came into the

evening averaging more than

50 points a game, and hadn’t

scored fewer than 43 in any

of its first four contests.

West senior defensive

tackle Nick Skentzos had

one-and a half sacks, and

senior defensive back Jake

Price recorded a safety.

“We had opportunities

where we had field position

and couldn’t get it done on

offense... I thought the defense

played great,” Ernst

said. “They were out there,

I don’t know how many

snaps, but it was a lot.”

The Vikings ran 52 offensive

plays to the Warriors’

43, and held the ball for

more than 27 minutes.

“And it wasn’t because we

couldn’t get off the field,”

Ernst said. “We made them

punt more (three times) than

they’ve punted in the rest of

their games, combined. We

just couldn’t get anything

going on offense. But we’ll

get it fixed.”

West sophomore running

back Caleb Marconi found

little room to run against a

defense that played as if it

had more than 11 guys on the

field. Holes closed almost as

soon as they opened, and

when Marconi did manage

to find one he was mobbed

within a yard or two of the

line of scrimmage. He finished

with 22 carries for 62

yards and a touchdown.

“They had five [guys] in the

box and we had seven blocking

five, and still couldn’t run

the ball,” Ernst said, referring

to Homewood-Flossmoor’s

defensive scheme.

The Warriors couldn’t

pass, either, with senior

quarterback Anthony Senerchia

completed just 4-of-18

passes for 23 yards and two

interceptions. Some of that

was because of the Vikings’

team speed, which quickly

closed off passing lanes and

allowed few West receivers

to get open.

The contest was tight for

most of the first half. Homewood-Flossmoor

opened the

scoring when sophomore

quarterback Dominick Jones

found running back Justin

Hall streaking down the

right sideline about 20 yards

down-field. Hall eluded one

defender, cut back toward the

middle of the field and made

two more defensive backs

miss before reaching the end

zone on a 51-yard play.

West knotted the score

at seven when, after Aidan

Tyk recovered a fumbled

punt deep in Viking territory,

Marconi bulled in from six

yards out. The burly running

back hit a defender at the line

of scrimmage and bounced

to the outside, then ran over

two Homewood-Flossmoor

defenders as he stretched the

ball over the goal line.

The Vikings scored twice

in the second quarter to take

a 21-7 halftime lead. The

Warrior defense provided

some hope in the third quarter

when Price tackled Hall

in the end zone for a safety

to bring West within 12; but

the offense, despite starting

the ensuing drive near midfield,

could do nothing.

“They’re good. I think it’s

the best team we’ll play all

year,” Ernst said. “We had

our chances and we’ll keep

getting better. We still feel

good about our team. We

lost to a better team tonight.”

Boys soccer

Warriors win five straight, take home PepsiCo crown

Steve Millar

Freelance Reporter

Lincoln-Way West was

fired up heading into Sunday’s

PepsiCo Showdown

Lurie Children’s Hospital

Bracket championship game.

Last year, the Warriors

reached the championship

game, but fell 1-0 to Huntley.

“That’s what was fueling

us in this game,” West coach

Matt Laude said. “It was getting

so close to the goal last

year and falling short. We

wanted to mentally push ourselves

to pull this one out.”

The Warriors would not be

denied this time around. Junior

midfieler David Flores

scored twice to spark West to

a 4-1 win over St. Patrick at

Triton College in River Grove.

“This feels great,” Flores

said. “This team is amazing.

Our chemistry is great.

We’re playing really well


It was the fifth straight win

for the Warriors (7-4-1).

West struck first six minutes

in off a long throw-in from

Luke James. Kyle Seymour

got his head on the throw and

flicked it toward Flores, who

sprinted in and blasted his

shot into the back of the net.

The goal gave the Warriors

early momentum.

“When you score that

early, that’s huge,” Laude

said. “It completely changes

the complexion of the game.

From there, you can dictate

the pace of the game and just

keep pushing.”

St. Patrick (9-4-2), though,

responded as Christopher

Modrzejewski tied the game

just past the midway point of

the first half.

It was still 1-1 at halftime,

but the second half belonged

to West.

The Warriors again struck

early in the half. Brock Krohe

slipped a pass to Nolan

McGrath, who was charging

down the middle of the field.

McGrath sped past a defender

and scored the go-ahead

goal with 36:07 to go.

“Momentum is so important

in soccer,” McGrath said.

“After that, their heads were

down, we were all over them

and we felt like we could score

as many goals as we wanted.”

In addition to momentum,

the Warriors also seemed to

have a little bit of luck on

their side as Flores scored

one of the strangest goals

of his career to give West a

two-goal cushion.

Flores took a corner kick

and sent it toward the middle

of the box, but the pass

didn’t connect with any of

his teammates and wasn’t

cleared by a defender. Instead,

the ball landed untouched

near the goal, took

a strange hop off the turf,

and tucked neatly inside the

far post to make it 3-1 with

27:13 to go.

West continued to attack

and left no doubt about the

outcome when senior Will

Best scored off a Krohe pass to

make it 4-1 with 11:35 to go.

Connor O’Shaughnessy

made three saves for West.

After the victory, the Warriors

got to partake in the

traditional PepsiCo Showdown

celebration: the “Pepsi

Spray”, in which players spray

Pepsi on each other similar to

pro athletes spraying champagne

in the locker room after

winning championships.

They also spent plenty of

time posing with, and drinking

out of, the Stanley Cuplike


“We wanted this bad,”

McGrath said. “After only

losing 1-0 last year, we had a

lot of motivation. This team,

we work hard like crazy and

we never give up. We’re just

looking for good results every

day and we’ve been getting

them lately.”


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outcoached, outplayed —

the whole deal — in the first


Zvonar took the blame for

the first half, saying he made

some bad decisions on going

for it on the two fourth-down

attempts that led to Central


“All of a sudden, it’s 14-

0, and they had all the momentum,”

Zvonar said. “But

getting the ball and getting

the big play by A.J. in the

second half really energized


Central coach Jeremy

Cordell said both teams

made adjustments at halftime,

but ultimately it came

down to one thing.

“The bottom line is this …

I don’t feel that we matched

the intensity in the second

half,” Cordell said. “You

have to finish all four quarters.

We’re going to learn a

lesson from this, and we’re

going to continue to get better.”

Cordell said the game was

emotional for a lot of reasons.

“There are some close ties

[between the teams] and everything

else,” he said. “And

especially, us having the

lead the first half and having

control of the game, that is

what hurts more.

“But I can’t take away

anything from [East]. They

scored 28 straight in the

second half, and we did not

match their intensity on offense

or defense. I take my

hat off to them.”

But Cordell said the

Knights will take something

from the game moving forward

the rest of the way.

“I told our guys after

the game that this doesn’t

change the way I feel about

them or change the way the

coaches feel about them,”

he said. “We’re going to

learn a lesson from this,

and we’re going to get better.

[The coaches are] going

to own just as much of this

as the players. We’re all in

this together. We’re going

to get right back to work tomorrow,

and we’re going to

come back super hungry.”

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Griffins put it together in second half comeback

Jon DePaolis

Freelance Reporter

Trailing 14-0 at the half

and in enemy territory Friday,

Sept. 22, Lincoln-Way

East sophomore A.J. Henning

knew his team needed a

big moment to start the second

half against sister school

Lincoln-Way Central.

“I knew on the first play,

I was getting it, and I had to

make a statement,” Henning

said. “That was the play.”

After the kickoff, the Griffins

began the second half at

their own 37-yard line. On

the first play, Henning got

the ball on an end-around

and burned past the Central

defense for a 63-yard score.

“We came out flat in the

first half a little, and coach

definitely lit a spark under us

at halftime,” Henning said.

“He said we had to come out

and be ready to play. That is

exactly what we did.”

The play sparked the No.

1-ranked Griffins (5-0) in

all three phases, and they

mounted a comeback, scoring

28 unanswered points to

defeat Central (4-1) 28-14 in

New Lenox.

On East’s second possession

of the second half, starting

at its own 6, Ryan Scianna

(13 rushes, 42 total yards)

began with runs of 4, 5 and

2 yards. Then, on a firstand-10

from the 17, the Griffins

used Henning as a decoy

on another end-around, and

senior quarterback Brendan

Morrissey shot up the gut

through an open seam and

raced away for an 83-yard

touchdown run to tie the

game at 14 with 5:19 to play

in the third quarter.

What was racing through

his mind as he kept a foot in

front of two chasing defenders?

“Just don’t get caught,”

Morrissey said. “That was


On the second play of

the fourth quarter, things

continued to snowball for

the Knights, as senior quarterback

Sam Pipiras was

intercepted at the Central

15-yard line by East’s Max

Cesario. Morrissey followed

with a 7-yard run, and then

Henning (6 rushes, 97 total

yards) capped it off with an

8-yard touchdown run to the

front left corner of the end

zone — leaping while taking

contact to get in for the score

to make it 21-14 East.

Then, after a three-and-out

by the Knights, East put the

nail in the coffin. On a thirdand-9

from the East 49, Morrissey

threw a pass that went

through the outstretched

Lincoln-Way Central linebacker Liam Markham (left) wraps

up Lincoln-Way East running back Ryan Scianna Friday,

Sept. 22, during an intradistrict matchup between the two

teams in New Lenox. Julie McMann/22nd Century Media

arms of the Central defensive

back to Henning, who

streaked past and caught the

ball with his fingertips while

in motion. Henning bolted to

the end zone for a 51-yard

score to make it 28-14 with

7:05 left.

“We definitely work a lot

on those drills during practice

— distraction drills

and defenders putting their

hands up, but still keeping

focused on the ball,” Henning

said. “I just owe it all

to the drills we do in practice

and coaching.”

Morrissey finished the

game 4-of-7 passing for 86

yards. He also rushed the

ball 13 times for a total of

137 yards.

“I think, offensively, we

executed in the second half,

as opposed to the first half,”

Morrissey said. “We weren’t

finishing plays, and we

couldn’t keep drives going.

“But it’s really a testament

to our team and our bond. We

knew it was only 14 points,

and we were never out of

it. We were saying we were

one play away from making

it a game. Obviously, on

that first play [of the second

half], we made it a game.”

After the game, East

coach Rob Zvonar credited

Morrissey and Henning —

as well as the defense — for

the comeback. Asked about

what the ceiling could be for

Henning, he had high praise.

“I don’t know, but I think

it’s called the NFL on Sundays,

maybe if that’s a ceiling,”

Zvonar said of the special

sophomore talent. “But

right now, he’s just going to

worry about being the best

player he can be for us.”

Zvonar said Henning is a

great student off the field, as


“He’s a high honors student

and has great character,”

Zvonar said. “It’s fun to have

a kid like that on your side.”

But before the heroics of

Henning, the game appeared

to be trending toward an upset,

as the No. 7-ranked team

in Class 7A, Lincoln-Way

Central, was capitalizing on

every East mistake in the

first half — including the

Knights recovering a fumbled

snap by the Griffins on

East’s first offensive possession

of the game.

But it wasn’t until East’s

next possession that the

Knights got on the scoreboard.

On a fourth-and-inches

from their own 41-yard line,

the Griffins went for it. But

Scianna was stopped 2 yards

shy of the line of scrimmage,

turning the ball over

on downs.

Central followed with a

4-yard run by senior Mike

Morgan. Then, on the very

next play, Morgan got the

ball again and burst through

the East defensive line for a

35-yard score.

History repeated itself

early in the second quarter.

On a fourth-and-7 from

the Central 42, the Griffins

faked a punt attempt with

Henning in the backfield.

But Central’s defense was

not confused, stopping the

sophomore for a 3-yard loss.

After a 3-yard run by

Morgan to start the ensuing

Knights drive, Pipiras (8-

of-18, 78 yards) connected

with senior Matt Pollack (4

receptions, 41 yards) for a

36-yard gain.

Morgan followed with

runs of 4, 7 and 5 yards —

the last of which was for a

touchdown to make it 14-0

with 7:15 left in the half.

Morgan finished with 11

rushes for 68 total yards.

Zvonar called Central’s first

half against East “special.”

“We weren’t playing terribly;

they were just playing

really well,” he said. “Any

little breakdown we had,

they exposed it. We were

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high school highlights

The rest of the week in high school sports

Girls Tennis

Lincoln-Way Central 5,

Lincoln-Way West 2

Emma Rimkunas, Kiana

Sikich and Ani Smentek –

the Knights’ Top 3 singles

players, respectively, all won

their matches and the four

doubles teams split to lead a

win Sept. 19 over crosstown

rival Lincoln-Way West. The

Knights’ doubles winners

were Danielle Miko/Micaela

Cesta and Karleen Meding/

Lily Malas. For the Warriors,

the No. 1 doubles team

of Meghan Maynard/Natalie

Singh won, as well as No.

4 doubles pairing Ann Coddington/Kate


Boys Golf

Lincoln-Way Central 157,

Stagg 181

Sean Curran and EJ

Charles, the Knights’ No. 1

and No. 2 golfers, respectively,

tied for medalist honors

with a 3-over 38 during a

Sept. 19 meet against Stagg

at Midlothian Country Club.

Ryan Nolan was right behind

with a 39, and Dylan Gordan

was the fourth posted score

with a 40.

Boys Cross Country

Lincoln-Way Central places

11th at Minooka Flight


Andrew Englert and Jared

Kreis both earned medalist

honors during the Sept. 16


Girls Cross Country

Lincoln-Way Central places

eighth at Richard Spring


Mackenzie Brownrigg finished

with the best time on

the team with 18:01 to finish

seventh overall Sept. 16 during

the race in Peoria. Merrigan

Allen took 32nd (18:38),

Gretchen Zirgaitis placed

72nd (19:12), Abby Gamble

placed 102nd (19:27) and

Dana Boucher placed 166th

overall (20:02) during the

race at Detweiller Park to

help boost the Knights to finish

eighth as a team against a

field of 64 other schools and

433 competitors.

Lincoln-Way West places

29th out of 64 schools at

Richard Spring Invite

Jenna Fiore led the way

for the Warriors, finishing

79th (19:13) out of 433 racers

Sept. 16 at the Richard

Spring Invite in Peoria. Isabelle

Gryga was second on

the team and 122nd overall

with a time of 19:39. Marie

Moore (20:12) was third on

the team and 182nd overall.

High School Highlights is compiled

by Editor James Sanchez, Sports

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Julie McMann/22nd Century



Soccer studs

1. Nick Willner (above)

The sophomore

starter is playing like

a seasoned vet. He

provided the Knights

with their lone goal

early on in the first

half, and it turned

out to be the winning

goal, as the defense

shut out the Griffins

1-0 on Sept. 19.

2. Connor Erickson

The Knights defender

registered the assist

on Willner’s goal.

And on the back

end, Fahey credited

Erickson and the

other defenders for

their shutout effort

against the Griffins.

3. Fountain of youth

Despite a young

roster with four starting


Lincoln-Way Central

is 7-2 on the season

(as of Sept. 20). The

team is looking for its

first SWSC title since



Provi scores late touchdown to best Brother Rice

Sophomore wide

receiver catches

deciding toss

Chris Walker

Freelance Reporter

Neither team could afford

to lose.

Caden Kalinowski made

sure that Providence didn’t.

With the game against

Brother Rice going down to

the wire and less than two

minutes remaining in regulation,

the Celtics quarterback

kept his poise with the score

tied at 16-16, moved to his

left — envisioning opportunities

downfield — and located

5-foot-9 sophomore wide

receiver Jerrell Wright for a

touchdown and a 22-16 win.

“This was a great victory,”

Providence coach Mark Coglianese

said. “We weren’t

perfect, and we still have

things to work out, but we

picked up a huge CCL Blue

road win against a very good


Our staff’s predictions for

the top games in Week 6

Lincoln-Way East (5-0) at Homewood-Flossmoor (5-0)

Tinley Park (2-3) at T.F. South (3-2)

Providence Catholic (3-2) at Chicago Hope Academy (4-1)

Sandburg (2-3) at Lincoln-Way West (3-2)

Lockport (1-4) at Bolingbrook (4-1)

Brother Rice team.”

There’s just something

about the Chicago Catholic

League Blue that one doesn’t

likely see in the other conferences

in the state. And especially

in the past few years,

Providence has found itself

in the middle of nail-bitertype

games that are difference

makers in whether or not they

reach a Week 10. Now, they’re

winning some huge games,

and Wright was yet another

one who was a part of it.

“I ran by the safety and

was all alone,” Wright said.

“I watched the perfect pass

from Caden right into my

arms. I did not want to drop it.

To be a sophomore and catch

the game-winning pass in this

huge win is just so exciting.”

Kalinowski had no fear in

putting the game-winning

play into the hands of a teammate

who isn’t going to graduate

until 2020.

“That was his first touchdown

on varsity, and only his

third play in the game,” Kalinowski

said. “He may only


Tom Czaja | Contributing


• H-F 31, LW East 28. Vikings won’t

be intimidated by Griffins, beating

them for a third straight year in

front of a boisterous home crowd.

• Tinley Park

• Providence

• LW West

• Bolingbrook

be a sophomore, but we have

trust in everyone out there.

He’s gotten his practice in, so

the coaches aren’t hesitant to

put him in the game just because

he’s a sophomore.”

Right now, the Celtics are

really clicking because everyone

is stepping up.

“It takes a lot of different

people to step up and make

an impact for a team,” Kalinowski

said. “I think that variety

is big difference. We’ve

been playing as a team, and

that has been working really

well for us. We’re fortunate to

be able to able to rely on each

other and trust people next to

us to make great plays.”

Last season, Brother Rice

ruined Providence’s homecoming,

breaking open a

game that was tied at 14-14 at

halftime and winning 45-21.

This time, the Celtics (3-2,

2-0) prevailed, and after getting

revenge against St. Rita

two weeks ago from last year

and a win against St. Ignatius

last week, they’re riding a

three-game winning streak.


Max Lapthorne |

Contributing Editor

• LW East 28, H-F 24. Griffins

face a tough road test, but have

enough talent to prevail in the

battle of unbeatens.

• T.F. South

• Providence

• LW West

• Bolingbrook

The Celtics struck first with

2:09 left in the first quarter on

a 30-yard run from DeShon

Gavin and Eduardo Favela’s

successful PAT. Favela’s

kicking efforts would prove

to be huge, and the PAT was

just the start of special teams

coming up big.

After a turnover, Favela

booted a 30-yard field goal

with 7:50 remaining in the

second quarter for a 10-0 lead.

Brother Rice bounced

back, though, getting a 10-

yard touchdown pass from

John Bean to Anthony Arquilla

midway through the

second quarter, but Favella’s

44-yard field goal kept the

Celtics ahead 13-7 at the half.

The Crusaders tied the

game on a 51-yard punt return

from Jayshon Means in

the opening minutes of the

third quarter. Once again,

special teams played a huge

role for the Celtics, as they

blocked the PAT to keep the

score tied at 13-13.

Then, it briefly came down

to being a game of the kickers.


Tim Carroll | Sports Editor

• LW East 27, H-F 20. I just cannot

pick against the Griffins. They’re too

good, and that defensive line limits

the Vikings.

• Tinley Park

• Providence

• LW West

• Bolingbrook


Joe Coughlin | Publisher

• LW East 45, H-F 35. Hard to stop

Vikings, so Griffins just outscore


• T.F. South

• Providence

• LW West

• Bolingbrook

Favela nailed his third field

goal of the night, this one from

24 yards to give Providence

a 16-13 lead late in the third

quarter, but John Richardson’s

34-yarder, with coincidentally

34 seconds left in the third

quarter, tied the game.

“Special teams are often

taken for granted, but they

can make a huge difference

in games,” Kalinowski said.

“We made this game closer

than it needed to be and

couldn’t finish out drives, but

we were lucky to be able to

settle for some field goals.

We still need to get better and

away from the mistakes that

are causing us to pull away in

these games. I think on two of

three drives where we settled

for field goals, we should’ve

had touchdowns.”

The final fields goals all set

the stage for the frantic finish

after neither team could do

much in the early going of

the fourth quarter.

The Celtics head to undefeated

Chicago Hope Academy

this Friday.


Heather Warthen | Chief

Operating Officer

• H-F 21, LW East 14. This is going

to be a hard-fought battle, but

the Vikings win at home.

• Tinley Park

• Chicago Hope Academy

• LW West

• Bolingbrook


“We’ve got a bunch of young kids out

there making plays.”

Sean Fahey – Lincoln-Way Central boys soccer coach, on the team’s

season success


Boys Golf

TBA, Tuesday, Oct. 3

• The Sanctuary Golf Course in New Lenox will host a

IHSA regional, which Lincoln-Way West, Lincoln-Way

Central, Lincoln-Way East and Providence will all be

competing in.


42– This Week In

42– Athlete of the Week

FASTBREAK is compiled by Editor James Sanchez,

new lenox’s Hometown Newspaper | | September 28, 2017

Knights lose momentum in second half, while

Griffins rally from 14 down to win, Page 46




football looks for

third straight win

in gauntlet of a

schedule, Page 47



After defeating

district rivals,

Knights boys

soccer gets stiff

test at PepsiCo



Page 44

Lincoln-Way Central quarterback Sam Pipiras (left) drops back to pass while Lincoln-Way East defensive lineman Ben Ravetto is in pursuit for the sack Friday,

Sept. 22, during a game between the two teams in New Lenox. Julie McMann/22nd Century Media

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