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Got flooding?

Lake Forest City Council

discusses recent flooding,

Page 3

I’ll get you, my


Ragdale hosts annual Rags

to Witches, Page 7

Going strong

Lake Forest Flowers

celebrates 100 years, Page 8

A group of girls pose for a

picture in their Halloween

costumes during Sheridan

School’s Monster Bash on

Friday, Oct. 20.

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Sheridan Elementary School throws Monster Bash, Page 4




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In this week’s


Police Reports6

Pet of the Week7



Faith Briefs16

Quick Bites20

Home of the Week22

Athlete of the Week25

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Lake Forest Reads:

Ragdale 2017

7 p.m. Oct. 26, Calvin

Durand Hall, Lake Forest

College, 555 N. Sheridan

Road, Lake Forest. As

part of the city-wide reading

program “Lake Forest

Reads: Ragdale 2017,”

join as author Ruth Ozeki

talks about the Lake Forest

Reads: Ragdale 2017

book selection A Tale for

the Time Being in conversation

with Associated

Dean of the Faculty

and Professor of English

Davis Schneiderman. For

more information, call

(847) 234-3100.


7:30 p.m. Oct. 26, Hixon

Hall, Lake Forest College,

555 N. Sheridan Road,

Lake Forest. The Lake

Forest College theater department

presents William

Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”

directed by Tyler Madeley.

Performances are Oct.

26–28 and Nov. 2–4, with

a special performance at

11 p.m. on Oct. 30. Tickets

are $7 for students; $10 for

adults. For more information,

call (847) 234-3100.

Montessori from the

Start: Parent & Baby


8:30-9 a.m. for ages 12-

15 months, 10:30-11:30

a.m. for ages newborn-11

months, Oct. 26, Forest

Bluff School, 8 W. Scranton

Ave., Lake Bluff. Parents

and their children

through age 15 months

can participate in this series,

which provides an introduction

to Montessori

education and practical

ideas for how to support

a child’s development.

RSVP to Lynn Lillard Jessen

at (847) 295-8338.


Halloween Tricks & Treats

5-7:30 p.m. Oct. 27,

Lake Forest Recreation

Center, 400 Hastings

Road, Lake Forest. Come

for a fun evening of free

Halloween activities for

preschoolers through

third-graders with parents.

The event features

a haunted hayride, Wildlife

Discovery Center’s

haunted zoo, creepy science

sensory lab, spooky

games, inflatable maze,

refreshments, treats and

candy galore. Free admission.

For more information,

call (847) 234-6700.


Elawa Spooktacular

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 28,

Elawa Farm, 1401 Middlefork

Drive, Lake Forest.

This events features

fun activities including a

petting zoo, pony rides,

games, costume contest

and live “Boo-Bopper”

music with Lindsey

Smithwick. Tickets are

$20 per child and $10 per

adult, and admission is

Free for children under 1

years old. To learn more,

visit www.elawafarm.org.

Fall Flowers in Pumpkins

for Kids

10–11 a.m. and 1-2:30

p.m. Oct. 28, Lake Forest

Flowers, 546 N. Western

Ave., Lake Forest. Join

Eileen Weber, AAF in

leading a hands on workshop

for kids ages 6-13 in

the first session and ages

14-adults in the second

session. Designing with

seasonal fresh and dried

materials — best of all

each participant will take

their arrangement home.

Workshop fee is $35. For

more information, call

(847) 234-0017.


Trick-or-Treat at the


10 a.m.-9 p.m. Oct.

31, Lake Bluff Public Library,

123 E. Scranton

Ave., Lake Bluff. Children,

teens and adults

can stop by the Library

on Halloween to trick-ortreat.

All you need to do

is say “trick-or-treat” to

the friendly staff at the

front desk and you’ll take

home the sweet treat of a

$5 fine voucher or Halloween

candy. For more

information, call (847)



The Edmund Fitzgerald:

History and Mystery

1 p.m. Nov. 1, Dickinson

Hall, 100 E. Old Mill

Road, Lake Forest. Rochelle

Pennington is back

to delve into the various

theories and opposing

views of dive detectives

who are still trying to

solve the mystery of what

led to the demise of the

29-man crew. This event

costs $5 for members and

$8 for guests. For more

information and to register,

call (847) 234-2209.


Montessori from the

Start: Morning Lecture


8:45-9:45 a.m. Nov.

2, Forest Bluff School, 8

W. Scranton Ave., Lake

Bluff. Come to the morning

lecture series, an introduction

to Montessori

education. Attendees will

gain a deeper understanding

of their children’s development

and have an

opportunity to meet other

parents with children of

similar ages. RSVP to

Lynn Lillard Jessen at

(847) 295-8338.

AARP Driver Safety Class

9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Nov. 2, Dickinson Hall,

100 E. Old Mill Road,

Lake Forest. Develop

strategies for adjusting to

age-related changes in vision,

hearing and reaction

time. Attendees must attend

the full eight hours.

Call (847) 234-2209 to

reserve a spot. This event

is $15 for AARP members

and $20 for non members.


Halloween candy buy back

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 3

and Nov. 4, Lake Forest

Dental Associates, 133 E.

Laurel Ave., Lake Forest.

Lake Forest Dental Associates

will buy back unopened

Halloween candy

for $1 per pound up to

10 pounds for Operation

Gratitude. Candy will be

sent to Operation Gratitude

on Van Nuys, CA.

Visit www.opgratitude.

com to learn more or call

(847) 234-6440.

Lake Forest-Lake Bluff

Artisan Guild French

Market Holiday Boutique

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov.

8-9, Lake Forest Recreation

Center, 400 Hastings

Road, Lake Forest. Lake

Forest-Lake Bluff Artisan

Guild will host an authentic

and lively French

Market. Shoppers will

find jewelry, soaps, cards,

hand-turned pens, photographs,

paintings, upcycled

denim creations,

scarves a ‘treasures’ table

and much more. Proceeds

from the French Market

benefit Mothers Trust

and CROYA and their

valuable community programs.

Free admission

and parking.


Lake Bluff Women’s Club

Noon- 2 p.m., the second

Tuesday of every

month, Grace Methodist

Church, 244 E. Center

Ave., Lake Bluff. Join

this philanthropic club

for a catered luncheon

and entertainment. Help

us to help others. This

club is open to all ladies.

For membership information,

contact Donna Beer,

(847) 295-7108.

Active Improv’s Junior

Showcase Class

6-8 p.m. Mondays,

Gorton Community Center,

400 E. Illinois Road,

Lake Forest. Join fellow

classmates as Active Improv’s

Ben and David

take you on an eight week

short-form improv training

course, culminating

in a live showcase at the

John and Nancy Hughes

Theater. All levels of experience

are welcome.

For more information, call

(847) 234-6060.

Monthly Blood Pressure


10-11 a.m. on the second

Monday of every

month, Dickinson Hall,

100 E. Old Mill Road,

Lake Forest. Nurse Patti

Mikes will visit Dickinson

Hall to give free blood

pressure checks to anyone

50 years old and older.

No appointment needed.

For more information, call

(847) 234-2209.

CROYA Weekly Meetings

4-5 p.m. or 7-8 p.m.

Tuesdays and Wednesdays,

CROYA, 400 Hastings

Road, Lake Forest.

Take a mid-week break

to make friends, learn

about volunteer opportunities,

vote on community

events, join a CROYA

subcommittee, take on

leadership roles and have

fun. The middle school

meetings are 4-5 p.m. on

Tuesdays at CROYA. The

high school meetings are

7-8 p.m. on Wednesdays


To submit an item for the

community calendar, contact

Editor Alyssa Groh at


com or (847) 272-4565 ext.

21. Entries are due by noon

on the Thursday prior to

publication date.

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Lake Forest City Council

No plans to increase capacity of sewer system after more flooding

Miriam Finder Annenberg

Freelance Reporter

After heavy rains hit

Lake Forest on Oct. 14,

Public Works Director

Mike Thomas addressed

the City Council during its

meeting on Monday, Oct.

16, addressing flooding and

damage caused by the rain

just three months after significant

storms generated

similar effects.

“I hope I do not sound

like a broken record,”

Thomas said. “There are

many similarities to July


While the July 12 storm

resulted in 6.7 inches

of rain, measurements

throughout Lake Forest on

Oct. 14 ranged from 3.41

inches to 5.21 inches, causing

problems throughout

the city. The amount of rain

accounted for a 50-year

storm, which Thomas reminded

was a measurement

of rain over a given period

of time rather than an event

occurring every 50 years.

Thomas said crews dealt

with street flooding until 1

a.m. on Oct. 15.

Various factors contributed

to street flooding and

water soaking residents’

basements and yards.

Thomas said the rain fell

fairly quickly, and falling

leaves blocked drains

and catch basins. He said

clogged inlets along the

creek and watershed also

contributed to Saturday

night’s flooding.

“We were dealing with

the intensity, the duration,

leaves on the ground, many

different things,” Thomas

said. “All of that plays into


For residents dealing

with flooding, he reminded

them of the order in which

public works handles

storm-related issues. They

first focus on basement

flooding involving sanitary

backup, followed by basements

taking on storm water.

For those experiencing

yard flooding, public works

will visit residents’ homes

to discuss techniques for

avoiding future water issues,

such as properly grading

their properties.

Street sweeping will continue

throughout the week,

and the city will offer pick

up for materials damaged

in basements during the


Moving forward, the city

plans on continuing offering

home inspections, lining

sanitary and storm sewers

and inspecting ravines.

While Lake Forest has

flood mitigation efforts underway,

City Manager Bob

Kiely reminded residents

that some results of heavy

rain are out of their control.

“Clearly we have a lot of

work to do to educate the

public on what our system

can and cannot do,” he said,

adding the storm system is

built for a 10-year storm.

He said the city must do

better at working with residence

on avoiding flooding

and understanding the

roadblocks Lake Forest

faces. For example, he said

increased development in

both Lake Forest and surrounding


creates more impervious

surfaces, which rainwater

does not absorb into, without

giving the water that

leaves behind anywhere

to go.

“Those things are happening,

and we are not increasing

the capacity of our

sewer system.”

Also during the meeting,

Mayor Rob Lansing

addressed the issue of leaf

blowers in the community.

While no action or ordinances

are currently

underway, he said complaints

about leaf blowers

are the main source

of communication to the

city, and staff is currently

conducting a leaf blower

study and evaluation for

future discussion.

All Are Welcome!

Christian Science Society


400 E. Illinois Rd., Lake Forest

Sunday Morning Service, 10:30 a.m. (upstairs in the Friends’ Room)

Wednesday Evening Testimony Meeting, 7:30 p.m. (first Wednesday of each month)

Join together for prayer, hymns, and readings from the Bible, with related passages from the

Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy.

On Wednesday evenings, participants will share their own healings and inspiration.

“To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, today is big with blessings.”

Mary Baker Eddy

Christian Science Society | 847.234.0820 | cssocietylakeforest@gmail.com | www.ChristianScience.com

make life easy

and it’s easy when you have the best!

“I think the time has

come to formally revisit

the city’s leaf blower policy,”

he said. “When these

things wind up at 7:45 in

the morning on Sunday

morning, it’s not very

pleasant for anybody.”

LB experiences increase in car burglaries

Submitted by Lake Bluff

Police Department

The Lake Bluff Police

Department is making an

ongoing effort to remind

resident to keep their cars

locked and avoid being the

victim of vehicle burglaries

or auto theft.

The Chicago suburbs,

to include Lake Bluff,

continues to be the target

of thieves looking to burglarize

and steal cars. As

recently as this week, we

have experienced items

being taken from unlocked

cars, as well as vehicles

with their keys left in them

being stolen overnight.

Lake Bluff Chief of Police

David Belmonte, stated

over the past year Lake

Bluff has experienced an

increase of over 50 percent

in the amount of burglary

to motor vehicles and stolen

cars. In every case, the

vehicles have been left unlocked

and/or the keys left

in the car.

“We continue to see

residents being victimized

when they leave their cars

unlocked, or keys inside

them,” Belmonte said. “I

feel confident we could

significantly end this crime

trend simply by locked


The Lake Bluff Police

Department has conducted

increased overnight

patrols of the residential

areas, as well as reminding

residents to keep their

property secured. On Friday,

Oct. 20, police sent

out a “CodeRed” message

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Students get into the Halloween spirit at annual Monster Bash

Daniel I. Dorfman

Freelance Reporter

Like almost any children’s

festival, there were

bouncy houses, carnival

games and lots of music

playing. However, for all

the fun at the Sheridan

School Monster Bash,

there was an element of

fear, which is just the way

the organizers wanted it.

Approximately 350

people arrived at Sheridan

Elementary School on Friday,

Oct. 20, taking part in

the annual Monster Bash,

which is part Halloween

celebration, part opportunity

to see friends and


This year’s Monster

Bash continued what has

become a Sheridan tradition,

as it has been taking

place for approximately 10


Children (plus a few

adults) dressed in a wide

variety of costumes ranging

from baseball players

and ballerinas to soldiers

and an Elvis impersonator.

There was pizza to

be gobbled and children

could play games such as

Plinko or take a shot at an

oversized inflatable dartboard.

“The kids get really excited

about it,” said Emily

Savage, the president

of Sheridan’s Association

of Parents and Teachers,

which runs the event fueled

by the determination

of 30 to 40 volunteers.

“They get excited for Halloween

and just being in

their school and seeing

their parents participating

and helping out.”

Yet for the celebratory

mood of the Monster Bash

inside, a main attraction

was the Haunted Courtyard

that was enticing for

people to get a chill.

Serving much like a

haunted house, but with its

outdoor location, Mother

Nature provided the darkness.

School construction

necessitated the Haunted

Courtyard this year instead

of a Haunted Hallway,

which had been the case at

previous Monster Bashes.

Once the sun was set,

children who were waiting

in line walked into a

faux atmosphere filled with

tombstones, a 200-pound

coffin, skeletons and a ghost

greeted everyone in the final

few steps of the jaunt. New

this year was the sound of

a buzzing chain saw that

came out of nowhere. All of

this came as creepy music

played overhead.

“We have whatever

ghoulish décor you could

possibly come up with,”

said Reid Kelly, one of the

10 fathers who put together

the spooky scene.

There were wails to be

heard from the occasionally

frightened student when

they finished the excursion

— usually in a group —

but even if they got scared,

many were excited.

“It’s hilarious. For the

kids it is a personal challenge,”

said Kelly, who

had some red paint on his

face representing blood to

add to the effect. “They

have the greatest time.”

Back in the school, APT

organizers say the Monster

Bash was similar to previous

events, but new to

this year’s activities was a

pumpkin judging contest

and the return of a fortune


Among the parents in

the crowd was Brandon

Faber, the Chicago Bears

vice president of communications.

He brought his

five-year-old twins, Jack,

dressed as a Power Ranger

Margaret Lynch, 5, and her mom, Meg, dressed up as a mermaid and a prisoner and get a little scare walking

through the Haunted Courtyard. Photos by Scott Margolin/22nd Century Media

and Riley, who came as a


Faber said his family

just recently moved into

Lake Forest and it was his

first time at the Monster


“The kids were anxious

to see everyone’s costumes,”

he said of why the

family wanted to come.

Also on hand was Brad

Turner, a resident of Lake

Forest, who brought his

grandson, Corbet, to the


“The kids are having a

grand time with the costumes,”

Turner said. “The

fun part is trying to figure

out who they are.”

Corbet came dressed

as a soldier, adorned with

the ribbons that his grandfather

and Brad Turner’s

father-in-law received for

their military service.

Avery Lynch, 8, who is dressed up as a disco ball, plays giant darts.

Brad Turner had a brief

scare as one ribbon disappeared

for a few minutes

but was quickly located.

“I wouldn’t have been

able to go home without that

one,” Turner joked. “Since

it [belonged] to my wife’s


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Police Reports

LF man charged with DUI after passing out in middle of the road while driving

Roman J. Koperski, 70,

of the 1100 block of S.

Ridge Road, was charged

with a DUI of alcohol at

5:45 p.m. on Oct. 15 at the

intersection of Old Elm

Road and Highland Avenue

in Lake Forest.

Police and the Lake Forest

Fire Department were

called to the scene of a vehicle

stopped in traffic with

the driver passed out in the

vehicle with the engine

running. Fire personnel arrived

and assisted Koperski

out of the vehicle. Police

officers on scene could

smell a strong odor of alcohol

coming from Koperski.

Police and fire units assisted

him to an ambulance

where he was then transported

to Lake Forest Hospital

for treatment.

Based on officer’s observations

and follow up conversation

with Koperski,

he was eventually charged

with a DUI of alcohol.

Oct. 18

• Burglary to a motor vehicle

was reported at 10:17

a.m. in the 1000 block of

Fairview Road. Police

spoke to the homeowner

and determined sometime

overnight persons

unknown entered an unlocked

vehicle parked in

the driveway and stole a

Garmin GPS unit. Police

have no suspects in this

case. On this same night,

Lake Bluff police reported

eleven incidents of burglary

to motor vehicles

and one motor vehicle

theft that occurred overnight.

Oct. 16

• Raymond Smith, 39, of

Evanston, was charged

with failure to reduce

speed to avoid and accident,

no proof of insurance

and driving with a

suspended driver’s license

at 4:55 p.m. in the intersection

of Waukegan and

Westmoreland roads.

Oct. 14

• Beginning around 7:30

p.m. the Lake Forest Fire

Department began getting

calls for flooding with

stalled cars and people remaining

or trapped in their

vehicles. The Lake Forest

Fire Department received

approximately 10 calls

for vehicle with people in

floodwater. The fire department

rescued eight

people and two dogs from

flooded vehicles. Crews

also responded for smoke

in the basement and a

natural gas leak. The Lake

Forest Fire Department

received assistance from

the Deerfield, Highland

Park, Lake Bluff, Knollwood

and Libertyville fire

departments. The fire department

utilized the Code

Red System to notify Lake

Forest residents of the unsafe

road conditions and to

avoid travel if possible as

many roads were impassable.


Lake Forest Leader’s Police

Reports are compiled from

official reports found on file

at the Lake Forest and Lake

Bluff Police Department

headquarters. Individuals

named in these reports are

considered innocent of all

charged until proven guilty in

the court of law.


Library receives highest

possible opinion from


The Wilmette Library

Board has been awaiting

the results of its audit, particularly

as it prepares to

approve and file its annual

tax levy request before the

Cook County Clerk’s December


The results are in, and

the library received an

“unmodified” opinion —

the highest possible opinion

it could have received

— from its auditor for

the fiscal year concluding

June 30, 2017.

A draft of the audit report

was discussed during

the board’s Tuesday, Oct.

17 meeting.

The draft report still requires

some minor tweaking,

according to Daniel

A. Berg, certified public

accountant and partner in

Sikich LLP (the firm that

conducted the audit).

“The audit went very

smoothly again this year,”

Berg said.

The library’s total

net positions rose from

$22,013,672 for the fiscal

year ending June 30,

2016, to $23,006,340 for

the year ending June 30,

2017, according to the

draft audit report, good for

a $992,668 increase in net


In capital expenses, the

year saw investment of

$8,654,982 in capital assets.

Restricted net positions

included: the audit

($7,512), liability insurance

($40,278), endowment

($37,240), capital improvements


retirement ($473,183) and

programs ($183,148).

As for the Illinois Municipal

Retirement Fund,

the library’s net pension

liabilities dropped slightly

from $1,421,464 to

$1,379,909. The library’s

89 percent funding level

of pension liabilities is

considered “very healthy,”

Berg said.

Reporting by Fouad Egbaria,

Freelance Reporter.

Full story at WilmetteBeacon.com.


Illinois Holocaust Museum

debuts ‘Take a Stand


Fritzie Fritzschall remembers

stepping out of

the cattle car and forming

lines heading into Auschwitz-Birkenau


camp in Poland.

She, along with the other

captives who survived

the trip, were formed

into lines based on their

age and put through processing.

It was the last

time she would see her


She was the youngest

in a factory of 600 women

who worked as slave

laborers. Those women

banded together and collected

small portions of

their bread rations to give

to her to ensure her survival

so she could tell their

stories and the stories of


And so she did.

Fritzschall’s story,

along with the story of

other Holocaust survivors,

can be found at the Illinois

Holocaust Museum’s

new attraction, the Take A

Stand Center, which opens

Sunday, Oct. 29.

“One of the early priorities

under my tenure

as CEO was to secure our

programatic future, and

that has many different elements

to it, but the most

time sensitive, the most

urgent, was how will we

tell survivor stories for

generations to come,” said

Susan Abrams, Illinois

Holocaust Museum and

Education Center CEO.

Abrams, of Highland

Park, said the new exhibit

gives attendees the chance

to hear the stories of Holocaust

survivors and, using

hologram and voice

recognition technology,

actually ask the survivors


The hologram is projected

onto a screen on the

stage of a small theater,

and the audience members

can ask questions, which

the person will then answer.

The Illinois Holocaust

Museum has one of the

largest speaker’s bureaus

in the world, with 60 total

members, Abrams said.

Reporting by Xavier Ward,

Contributing Editor. Full

story at HPLandmark.com.


Potential apartment

complex divides village


After listening to a detailed

presentation from

Director of Planning Jeff

Brady, hearing the concerns

of two residents

and engaging in a short

discussion, the Glenview

Village Board at its

Tuesday, Oct. 17 meeting

voted to continue consideration

of rezoning property

at 624-654 Waukegan

Road until its Nov.

9 meeting. The rezoning

would allow the property

to accommodate Active

Adult Apartments.

“It seems that there are

too many questions [to

consider] for two people

to be missing,” said Trustee

Philip O’C. White, who

made the motion to postpone.

He was referring to the

absence of trustees Deborah

Karton and Michael


The developer of the

proposed Active Adult

Apartments subdivision

is Trammell Crow Co., of

Oak Brook, and the site includes

a former car dealership

and an existing salon.

The Glenview Plan

Commission gave preliminary

approval by a 3-1

vote following four public


Active Adult Apartments

would contain 169 onebedroom

and two-bedroom

rental units. It would be a

four-story building extending

upward to 45 feet at

the roof deck and 48 feet to

the top of the parapet wall.

There would be underground

parking, an interior

courtyard and a pool.

In the background

would be the Glenview

water tower, which

is 155 feet in height.

Reporting by Neil Milbert,

Freelance Reporter. Full

story at GlenviewLantern.


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Experiencing Halloween in a creative way

Ragdale hosts

annual Rags to


Alan P. Henry

Freelance Reporter

Under suitably dark

and stormy skies, Ragdale

transformed its storied

grounds in Lake Forest into

a haunted estate to host a

Rags to Witches spookfest

attended by more than 500

children and their families

on Sunday, Oct. 22.

“You get to dress up and

be whatever you want.

That’s what Halloween is

all about. There’s nothing

like it,” said 13-year-old

Carter Johnston, who was a

dead ringer for Doc Brown

from the movie “Back to

the Future.”

The event, now in its

second year, served to introduce

area families to

the nationally renowned

artists’ community located

on the former country estate

of architect Howard

Van Doren Shaw on Green

Bay Road, and also to raise

money for the Ragdale

in Schools program, said

Sally McDonald, president

of the Ragdale Board of


Ragdale partners with

schools from downtown

Chicago and up through

Lake County, bringing

artists into schools to tell

students about different

careers in art and to spread

the word about what Ragdale

does. The program

also funds teacher retreats.

“We think Ragdale is

fantastic for the community

and we want to support

it,” said Mark-Hans Richer,

who was dressed up as the

Beast from “Beauty and the

Beast.” He was accompanied

by his daughter Alexa,

11, who came as an angel.

Nearly two dozen activities

were scattered throughout

the grounds, each one

of them led by an artist.

That meant, for example,

that ghost stories were being

read in one area by author

Jacquelyn Mitchard,

who wrote bestseller “The

Deep End of the Ocean” at

Ragdale twenty years ago.

In another area, celebrated

story teller and Ragdale

alum Arlene Malinowski

was doing ghost story writing,

while well-known artists

Jackie Roche, Mike

Freiheit and Alex Nall

were making “creepy family


“We want people to experience

Halloween in a

creative way, through our

artists,” said Jeffrey Meeuwsen,

Ragdale’s executive


More than 100 people

volunteered to help make

the event a successful one,

including 20 National Honor

Society students. One of

them was Emma Riley, a

17-year-old senior at Lake

Forest High School. She

was staffing the popular

Franken ToyMobile, in

which children patched together

their own personal

Frankenstein from body

Attendee Marlo Campbell, 12, plays the violin at Rags

to Witches on Sunday, Oct. 22 at Ragdale. Photos by

Carlos Alvarez/22nd century media

parts torn off dolls.

“I’ve never been to Ragdale

before and I always

see it when I am on Green

Bay Road,” said Riley.

“This is really fun.”

Another favorite were

performances of “Strange

Tails: Curiosity Killed the

Cat,” a play by Kenneth

Gerleve and Todd Summar

and directed by William

S. Rogers. The play, performed

by volunteer actors,

depicted how the Shaw

family, back in the 1920s,

did a play based on their

departed pets.

Other features included

a scavenger hunt through

the pet cemetery, tarot card

reading, a sweet shoppe for

the kids, Thriller flash mob,

and the witches’ kitchen.

The idea for “Rags to

Witches” was inspired by

“Ghostly,” a collection of

ghost stories edited and illustrated

by acclaimed author

Audrey Niffenegger,

whose work includes the

national bestsellers “The

Time Traveler’s Wife” and

“Her Fearful Symmetry.”

She has been an artistin-residence

at Ragdale

roughly 15 times.

Ragdale, one of the oldest

and largest artists’ communities

in the country, annually

serving nearly 200

creative professionals from

around the world through

18-to-25 day residencies.

Residents represent a crosssection

of ages, cultures, experience,

and mediums. In

each session, artists-in-residence

enjoy uninterrupted

time for work, a supportive

environment, dynamic artist

exchanges, 50 acres of

prairie, and a family-style

dinner each evening.


The Anderson family,

Lake Forest

This is Wrigley.

Wrigley is a 7-yearold

shih tzu. He

was rescued after

the blizzard of

2011 from Wright

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Niles. He jumped

right into our bed

and has been there ever since. He loves to chase

squirrels, lay in the driveway and growls we are

not ready for bed when he is.

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to all residents to remind

of the need to lock cars.

“It’s a simple message,”

Belmonte stated.

“Lock your cars and

don’t be a victim.”

The message states,

“It is important that your

vehicles are kept locked,

valuables removed, and the

keys / key fobs removed

from the car. If possible,

cars should be kept in your

garage overnight with the

garage door closed and

locked. Working together

we can greatly reduce

the opportunity for these

crimes in our village.”

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in Lake Bluff can sign

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activity, please contact

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Lake Forest Flowers ‘makes

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When John Looby

purchased Lake Forest

Flowers in 1981 he always

thought about what

it would be like to reach

the shop’s 100th anniversary,

and now that it

is here he cannot believe

how far they have come.

Lake Forest Flowers is

celebrating its 100th anniversary

this year and has

no plans to slow down.

“Looking [back] from

the time I started and looking

at the 100th anniversary

seemed like forever,

and suddenly it is here,”

Looby said of the 100th

anniversary. “Where did

the time go? I look at the

difference from when we

started out, to the volume

of what we are doing now,

and it has just been amazing.

It has been a lot of fun

to see it grow and have

my daughter join me.”

Owning Lake Forest

Flowers came after a career

change for Looby,

but the change turned

his passion into a career.

Looby was working as a

teacher at a high school

until the school closed

down. He had a hobby of

growing plants and flowers

and after loosing his

job he decided to enter the

greenhouse business. His

new career took off and

he was receiving so many

calls about the plants he

was growing. When Lake

Forest Flowers became

available he jumped on

the chance to turn his passion

into a career.

Looking back to when

he first purchased the

business, Looby said the

shop was much smaller

than it is today.

“[Lake Forest Flowers]

Vice President of Lake Forest Flowers Eileen Weber

(left) and her father and owner John Looby, stand

outside of Lake Forest Flowers as they celebrate 100

years of business. Alyssa Groh/22nd Century Media.

was considerably smaller

than it is now,” Looby

said. “The business has

grown into providing

complete floral services

for individuals and businesses

and whatever is


After growing up walking

around Lake Forest

Flowers while her dad

was at work, Eileen Weber

decided to attend Purdue

University to study

horticulture. When she

graduated she was interviewing

for production

greenhouse businesses

until her dad told her there

was a position available

at Lake Forest Flowers.

Eventually Weber joined

the family business and

became vice president of

Lake Forest Flowers.

“I grew up at Lake Forest

Flowers as a child. It

was familiar to me and I

liked science and business

... I decided I really loved

working with people and

seeing the emotions retail

flowers have on others,”

Weber said of her decision

to accept a position at

Lake Forest Flowers with

her dad.

Part of what has helped

Lake Forest Flowers become

so successful is by

running the business after

its slogan, “make it happen.”

Lake Forest Flowers

offers any type of

arrangement in any size

and will deliver to the

Chicago area. They also

pride themselves on making

sure the flowers are as

fresh as possible.

Although they provide

services to the Chicago

Area, Looby said a majority

of their business

comes from Lake Forest

and Lake Bluff. Living

in the community, Looby

said he and his family are

very active in Lake Forest

and Lake Bluff.

“I grew up here in the

community, I knew all the

people, and that makes the

difference,” Looby said.

To learn more about

Lake Forest Flowers, visit



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the lake forest leader | October 26, 2017 | 9

Gorton Community Center welcomes new board members

Submitted by Gorton

Community Center

In September, Gorton

Community Center held its

Board of Directors meeting

in the John & Nancy

Hughes Theater where

they welcomed five new


“We’re excited about

all of the new additions to

our board this year,” said

Board Chair Barrett Davie.

“We have an incredibly

accomplished and talented

group volunteering

their time to make Gorton

the heart of our community.

Lake Forest and Lake

Bluff are truly blessed.”

These five new board

members join an impressive

group of community

members who have lead

Gorton over the past several

years through a phase

of renovation and growth.

The new board members at Gorton Community Center

pose for a photo. Photo by John Reilly

Nick Bothfeld is a new

member to the board and

is the founder and managing

partner of Bothfeld Financial

Partners located in

Lake Forest. Before starting

his own firm, he was

the chief marketing officer

at Morningstar. Bothfeld

has a long history of

working in the non-profit

world and has served on

the board of directors for

The Alliance for the Great

Lakes, Ryerson Woods and

The Winter Club of Lake

Forest. Bothfeld received

his undergraduate degree

from Harvard University

and earned his MBA from

the University of Chicago.

He and his wife live in

Lake Forest and have two

grown children.

Court Carruthers is the

founder and principal of

CKAL Advisory Partners.

He is on the board of Directors

for US Foods,

Ryerson Holding Corp.,

Foundation Building Materials,

and a number of

private companies. Carruthers

currently serves on

the boards of the Montessori

School of Lake Forest,

Cristo Rey St. Martin College

Prep and the Winter

Club of Lake Forest. Carruthers

holds a Bachelor of

Commerce with Distinction

from the University

of Alberta, an MBA from

Queen’s University, is a

CPA (Canada) and an Institute

Certified Director.

Kate Hanson, originally

from Rockford, Mich., has

lived in Lake Forest for

the past five years. Before

becoming a stay-at-home

mom, Hanson taught

middle school reading,

writing and social studies

for almost 10 years. She

currently spends her time

volunteering at Cherokee,

where her three daughters

attend school. Hanson and

her husband, Geoff, thoroughly

enjoy participating

in community events at

Gorton, while her children

have enjoyed Gorton’s

Drop-In-Learning Center.

Tim Morris is a Partner

with Morris Capital Management,

LLC since 2003.

Morris served as an associate

in investment banking

for ING Financial Markets,

LLC and CDC IXIS Capital

Markets North America,

Inc., both located in New

York. He completed an

MBA with a concentration

in Finance from the University

of Tennessee and

graduated with a Bachelors

in Arts from Duke University

as an English major.

He is married and has three


William Moskoff, a

long-time resident of Lake

Forest, is a retired professor

of economics from

Lake Forest College where

he served as department

chair for many years. A

specialist on the Soviet

Union, he holds a Ph.D. in

economics from the University

of Wisconsin-Madison

and an M.S. in biology

from the University of

Illinois-Chicago. He is the

author of nine books and

about 100 journal articles

in economics, ornithology,

and philately. Moskoff was

editor of the Journal of

Comparative Economics

and Rossica: An International

Journal of Russian


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LFA celebrates alumni at annual Hall of Fame/Women of Distinction Ceremony

Submitted by Lake Forest


Lake Forest Academy

honored three of its alumni

at an evening ceremony

during the school’s Reunion

Weekend on Sept.


Terry Hall, Ferry Hall

Class of 1967; Jeffrey B.

Keller ’87, LFA Class of

1987; and Dr. Christopher

G. Wetzel, LFA Class of

1967 were honored by

the LFA for their service

to the school and/or service

to society. Hall was

recognized as the 2017

Ferry Hall Woman of Distinction

while Keller and

Wetzel were inducted into

the school’s Hall of Fame.

Ferry Hall was the girls

school that merged with

LFA in 1974.

Hall is a resident of

Gurnee, and an active

member of the school’s

Alumni Advisory Board.

An advocate for her alma

mater, she has worked

tirelessly to keep the traditions

and spirit of Ferry

Hall alive at the Academy

today. A certified public

accountant, world traveler,

and an elected member

of the Woodland School

Board, Hall has served

Lake Forest Academy for

decades as a faithful volunteer.

She is a graduate

of Barat College.

Keller, a resident of

Burlington, Wis., was recognized

for his longtime

and devoted service to the

Academy as Life Trustee,

former trustee (once chair

of the board of trustees),

alumni council member,

reunion committee volunteer,

and leadership

supporter. A graduate of

Colorado College and The

University of Chicago

Booth School of Business,

Keller is principal at TK

Capital, LLC and a former

president of MacLean

Vehicle Systems Fastener


Wetzel, of Memphis,

Tenn., is a retired psychology

professor at Rhodes

College in Memphis. A

graduate of the University

of North Carolina, Wetzel

has taught at Duke University,

the University of

Mississippi, the University

of North Carolina and

Rhodes College, retiring

in 2017 and taking a sabbatical

year. An accomplished

researcher, lecturer,

author and two-time

chair of the psychology

department at Rhodes,

Wetzel was recognized by

the LFA for his contributions

to the field of social

psychology, particularly

his insights into social

interactions and cultural


Lake Forest Academy celebrates three of its alumni at the annual Hall of Fame/

Women of Distinction Ceremony during Reunion Weekend on Sat., Sept. 9. Attendees

(left to right) Head of School John Strudwick, Dr. Chris Wetzel, Terry Hall, alumnus

and chair of the LFA board of trustees Mike Schell, and Jeff Keller stop for a photo at

the event. Photo Submitted

Milaan Foundation hosts celebration of Girl Leaders Fundraiser

Submitted by Woodlands


The Milaan Foundation

will host its annual gala

at the Gloria Dei Center,

located on the campus of

Woodlands Academy of

the Sacred Heart. The Oct.

28 event, Celebration of

Girl Leaders, will highlight

the stories of grassroots

adolescent girls in India

working to transform their

communities by completing

a two-year fellowship

program, The Girl Icon

Fellowship Program.

Started in 2015 by cofounders

Alyssa Newlon

and Dhirendra Pratap

Singh, the Milaan Foundation

has a mission to inspire,

nurture and amplify

the voices of girl leaders

as empowered agents of

change in their communities

and the world.

“We’re thrilled that the

Milaan Foundation opted

to host their gala in our

beautiful Gloria Dei Center,”

said Meg Steele, head

of school at Woodlands

Academy. “Clearly, their

mission of empowering

young women in India to

be agents of change in their

communities very closely

aligns with the work we

do with our students in and

out of the classroom.”

The evening will include

a message from keynote

speaker Raka Ray, Ph.D.,

a professor at Berkley College

and others working to

build a world of empowered

girl leaders. Fare will

include delicious dishes

from India and Indian

dance performances by

Natya Dance Theater.

“Our heart in the U.S. is

very much in the Chicago

area,” said Milaan Foundation

co-founder Alyssa

Newlon. “We were so

excited when Loren Ketelsen,

our volunteer and

intern in Chicago – and a

2013 graduate of Woodlands

– introduced us to

the beautiful Gloria Dei

Center as a possibility for

our gala. Finding a venue

that was meaningful to our

mission, rather than just a

beautiful banquet hall, was

important to me.”

Tickets to this charity

community event cost $75

per person with discounts

for couples and youth. All

the proceeds will go toward

Milaan Foundation’s

Girl Icon Program.

For tickets go to Milaan

Ticket-Tailor or www.


The Milaan Foundation’s Celebration of Girl Leaders, will be held Oct. 28 at Woodland

Academy’s Gloria Dei Center. This annual gala will highlight the stories of adolescent

girls in India working to transform their communities. PHOTO SUBMITTED

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From LakeForestLeader.com as of

Oct. 23.

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sexual assault

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Catholic and all-girls high school by Niche

4. ‘You Can’t Take It With You’ sets strong

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From the Editor

Make your way into The Leader by becoming a columnist

Alyssa Groh



remember one of the

first times I thought

about becoming a

journalist. I was a young

girl watching the movie

“Marley and Me.”

The movie is about

a man who owns a

Golden Retriever. The

movie takes the audience

through their lives

together and eventually in

the end, the dog ends up

passing away. Throughout

the movie, viewers watch

as the man grows up, gets

an adult job, gets married

and has children.

The man also happens

to be a journalist. At one

point during the movie,

he talks about writing

columns about a variety

of topics revolving

around his life. Listening

to the freedom he had

and the variety of things

he wrote about interested

me. I loved the idea of

being able to write about

what you want and about

your life.

I envisioned myself

writing columns one

day, and thought about

the things I would write


Today, I enjoy thinking

of topics to write about

for my editorials. I love

being able to voice my

opinion and talk about

some of the good things

happening in Lake Forest

and Lake Bluff and also

talking about some of the

bad things and giving my

two cents on the matter.

Have you ever wanted

to write for a paper? Are

you a good writer with a

lot of things to say, and

want to make your way

into a newspaper without

being a journalist? I have

a solution for you.

Become a columnist

for The Lake Forest

Leader. There are a few

guidelines. Columnists

must reside in Lake Forest

or Lake Bluff, do not

get paid and must write

columns related to Lake

Forest and Lake Bluff in

some way. Columnists

can write pieces weekly,

every other week or even

once a month — the

choice is yours.

If becoming a columnist

for The Lake Forest

Leader interests you,

email me at alyssa@


Lake Bluff Police Department posted this

photo on Oct. 20. Lake Bluff Police Department

posted this photo of the Lake Bluff

Police Patch which designed by officers

in 1986 to represent the law enforce-

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Check out LFHS Debate “Congrats to

Emmet Brady and Litsa Kapsalis, who

both won Best Speaker awards at last

week’s JSA Chapter Convention at

Naperville North!”@LFHSDebate.

On Oct. 20, the LFHS Debate, tweeted about

two students winning Best Speaker awards at a

convention in Naperville.

Follow The Lake Forest Leader: @TheLFLeader

go figure



An intriguing number from this week’s edition

Forest received up to

5.21 inches of rain on Oct.

14, resulting in flooding,

Page 3

Letter to the Editor

City of Lake Forest makes

bank on beach tickets

The City of Lake Forest’s

reputation for occasionally

being unwelcoming

to outsiders has been,

shall we say, well-earned.

On a mid-September day,

after the city’s beach staff

had gone home for the season,

60 people were fined

$125 each ($7,500 total)

for parking in the Forest

Park Beach north lot without

a city sticker. On Oct.

11, the City held threeminute

mini-trials for

those who hadn’t mailed

their payment.

At the mini-trials, retired

judge Henry Tonigan

heard one person after

another present the same

defense - “I didn’t see the

sign.” If you just scoffed,

that’s fair - until you’ve

heard the rest of the story.

The first defendant told

the judge that only one

sign warns of a $125 fine.

The judge countered that

his notebook shows numerous

warning signs at

the beach. The notebook

was wrong. The man said

the sign is located outside

the parking lot and the first

time he saw it was after he

was ticketed. The judge

ruled that the sign had

put the driver “on notice”

and that he was “liable.”


The second defendant

explained that the sign

could be read from no

farther than 60 feet away,

leaving just 2.7 seconds

(at 15 MPH) to read the

entire sign and 0.4 second

to read each of its seven

warnings. And, once he

had missed his 0.4 second

chance, there was no other

warning sign in the entire

1,000 foot long parking lot

- no indication that out-ofseason

parking would cost

him $125. The judge ruled

that the man had been put

“on notice” and was “liable.”


The third defendant was

asked if she was a city resident.

“No,” she replied.

She had been house hunting

that day and wanted to

check out the beach. She

missed the warning sign,

parked and left her car for

“no more than a minute”

before she was ticketed.

The judge ruled... and she

reached for her checkbook.


It was about then when

everyone in the courtroom

was put “on notice.” This

judge wasn’t dispensing

justice. He was collecting

checks. $125 each, plus

another $40 for having

had the temerity to speak

up instead of simply paying


To think, this could all

have been avoided for the

cost of a Lake Forest nonresident

beach parking

pass - a mere $938. Here’s

a sign for your notebook –

“Welcome to Lake Forest.

Have your cash ready.”

Neil Geitner

The Lake Forest


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Pieces from 22nd Century

Media are the thoughts of

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Spooky treats

22CM samples Halloween-themed treats

along the North Shore, Page 20

Residents create pieces of art at Stirling Hall Art Bash, Page 15

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14 | October 26, 2017 | The lake forest leader PUZZLES


north shore puzzler CROSSWORD & Sudoku

Glencoe, Glenview, Highland Park, Highwood, Northbrook, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, Northfield, Lake Forest and Lake Bluff

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Cindy LaFleur


1. Balance-sheet


6. Polish

9. Cow catcher

14. Forest south of

the tundra

15. Literary miscellany

16. Ghostly

17. Winter wear

18. Negative prefix

19. Fingerprint pattern

20. Groupon

founder who resides

in Glencoe

23. Method

24. Really small

26. Pure

29. No Mr. Nice Guy

30. Experiment room

31. Historic fort in


34. Wimpy one

38. Grads

40. Digital clock

41. Sailing

42. Tag or tarsals

43. Little picture

45. Hang loosely

46. Winnetka’s

Village Green has a

plaque in his honor

49. Sitcom, ____ and


51. Stupid

54. Darth, as a boy

56. Bugbear

58. Watchword

60. Set off

61. W. C. Fields


64. Act or lock


65. Zero

66. Fatigues

67. Senior member

68. “You don’t say!”

69. Ferret relative


1. Confounded

2. Cul-de ___

3. Upper layer of

earth’s crust

4. Marsh birds

5. Silk or wool fabrics

6. Gas that can be a

health hazard

7. Ally

8. Linden lumber

9. Court arguer

10. Havana residue

11. Ostentatious

12. Buona ____

13. “___ the lonely”

21. Boat part

22. Powder container

25. Wetlands creature

26. Creature living in

a shell

27. Vigorous

28. Adjoin

32. Coming to rest

33. Board game


35. Gorbachev was its

last leader: Abbr.

36. Sewing line

37. Tale

39. Shark

41. Nonbelievers

44. Taro root

47. Natural

48. Born

50. Quick-witted

51. Itty-___

52. Otherworldly

53. Lower leg joint

54. Throughout

55. Admonishment

from mom

57. Continental currency


59. Shirt to wear with


62. Beach water

63. D.C. time setting


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Stirling Hall Art Bash instructs seasonal art

Gianna Annunzio

Freelance Reporter

Stirling Hall Art Center

held its second annual

Art Bash for attendees of

all ages, featuring potter’s

wheels, picture frames and

unique pumpkin crafts on

Saturday, Oct. 21. With

fall in full swing and Halloween

just around the

corner, the event stood as

the ultimate setting for creating

seasonal art.

The Art Bash began with

a parent and child potter’s

wheel experience, where

both parties had the opportunity

to make a ceramic

bowl of their own. Afterward,

adults could try

using the potter’s wheel

alone or with an instructor’s

aid. Children were

also invited to participate

in hand-building projects,

like carving pumpkins and

crafting picture frames.

After crafting your own

bowl out of clay or purchasing

one for $10, attendees

were invited to fire

their project in a kiln and

watch it transform into a

work of art. Each project

was fired using the raku

technique, a special kind

of firing where pottery

is headed to about 1,900

degrees Fahrenheit in an

hour and 15 minutes. The

pieces are then taken out

with long tongs, and set on

the ground with newspaper

and wood shavings.

During the event, attendees

stood in a circle to watch

in anticipation as each piece

was carefully pulled from

the kiln at a scorching temperature.

The creations

emerged in a fiery glow and

were quickly placed under

a bucket to cool, allowing

them take on a more interesting

form while the temperature


Karen Avery, Stirling

Hall’s director, helped instruct

the firing during the

Art Bash.

“In about an hour, it’s

cool enough, and it comes

out, and it’s all different

kinds of these copper colors,”

she said. “Copper can

be blue, green or red, and

then we’ve got some white

glazes to counter-balance.

Debra Lerman, Stirling

Hall’s art supervisor, says

watching the raku firing

is something even potters

with years of experience

may not have tried before.

“People that are novices

also enjoy this because it’s

just fun to see everything.

The glaze cooks quickly,

and you can take it home

with you that same day,”

she said. “So, it’s a really

nice fall activity we have

here. And, the pieces turn

out beautifully.

“Pottery is a lot of fun

and uses a different part

of your brain and your

creativity, and you know,

other things that we all like

to do in our lives.”

Avery said Stirling

Hall’s staff team came up

with most of the craft ideas

during the event.

“Doing raku is something

that adult students

like to do a couple times a

year, so we thought, ‘Why

not do this for the public?’”

In addition to the Art

Bash, the Stirling Hall staff

showcased their art center,

and spread the word about

activities going on yearround.

Classes for adults

and children in ceramics,

figure sculpture, tile, painting

and drawing are available.

“[The Art Bash] was

really well attended last

year, and a lot of people

who live in Lake Forest

and the surrounding area

don’t really know about

Stirling Hall even though

it’s part of the parks and

recreation,” Avery said.

“So, it gets people on our

grounds, lets people see

the kinds of art projects

we offer and it’s just a fun

family day.”

Lerman said above all,

she was most excited to

showcase the art center.

“I’ve been here for 17

years, and we’re still trying

to make a footprint so

that people realize we’re

here,” she said. “So, I’m

hoping people come out

and enjoy.”

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16 | October 26, 2017 | The lake forest leader FAITH


Faith Briefs

Faith Lutheran Church (680 West

Deerpath, Lake Forest)

2017: 500th Anniversary

of the Reformation

Come for a very special

sermon series to celebrate

The Reformation through

Oct. 29. Services are 5

p.m. Saturdays and 8 a.m.

and 10:30 a.m. Sundays.

Submit information for

The Leader’s Faith page to


com. The deadline is noon on

Thursday. Questions? Call

(847) 272-4565 ext. 21.

In Memoriam

Drake Leoris

Drake Leoris, 96, of

Somers, Wis. formerly of

Lake Forest, died at North

Shore Evanston Hospital

on Oct. 6, surrounded by

his family. Leoris lived a

full and dynamic life, and

was a gifted lawyer, historian,

and storyteller.

Leoris was born on May

8, 1921, in Altoona, Pa. He

proudly served his country

in the US Navy during

World War II, made his career

in the practice of law,

and was a long-time resident

of Lake Forest, prior

to settling in Wisconsin.

True to his Greek heritage,

Leoris valued hard

work, education and family.

He was passionate and

opinionated, made truly

great pancakes, and shared

his morning coffee with

his beloved dogs. Leoris

enjoyed a good cigar, fine

wine and home-cooked

food. He hunted, he fished,

he golfed, he danced. He

told us there was no limit

to our potential. He will be

missed by many.

Pre-deceasing Leoris

was his beloved wife, the

late Anna Leoris. Leoris is

survived by his loving wife,

Jean Leoris; by his six children:

Ann L. Heeley (Craig)

of Sidney, Ohio, Deborah

Leoris Carter (Mark) of

Evergreen, Colo., Drake

James Leoris, Jr. (Kathy) of

Libertyville, Christine Leoris

Drimalla (Jim) of Glenview,

Alexandra Leoris of

Somers, Wis., and Jared

Leoris of Somers, Wis.;

by his eight grandchildren:

Drake, Brett, Madison, Avery,

Sam, Nick, Kendall

and Johnny; and by his five

great-grandchildren: Blake,

Cale, Emma, Finlee and


In lieu of flowers, memorial

donations may be

made to your local hospice

organization, children’s

charity, or St. Demetrios

Greek Orthodox Church of


Lora Yates

Lora A. Yates

(Sielatycki), 54, of Lake

Forest, died unexpectedly,

due to complications of

cancer Oct. 8, in Highland

Park. Yates is survived by

her wife, Pamela Yates,

and their 13-year old twins

Max and Ella. She is also

survived by her mother,

Dolly Sielatycki, of Kalamazoo,

Mich., siblings

Vicki (Mark) Niswander of

Mahomet, Ill., Gary (Anita)

Sielatycki of Portage,

Mich., Brian Sielatycki and

Angela Kyger of Las Vegas,

Bruce (Karen) Sielatycki of

Kalamazoo, Mich., Jamie

(Laura) Sielatycki of Salt

Lake City, Tom (Danielle)

Sielatycki of Kalamazoo,

Mich., and Tonje Thoen

Sielatycki of Salt Lake

City. She is also survived

by her beloved nieces and

nephews, extended family

and dear friends. She was

preceded in death by her

father John Sielatycki in


Yates was born Dec.

24, 1962 in Kalamazoo,

Mich., to Dolly and John

Sielatycki. She graduated

from Portage Northern

High School in 1981.

She earned a bachelors in

manufacturing administration

from Western Michigan

University in 1986 and

her masters in engineering

management in 1993 also

from Western Michigan.

She and Pamela have been

together for more than twenty

years. Yates gave birth to

Max and Ella in 2004 and

their family was complete.

Max and Ella remember

their mom as one who made

every day better and brighter

for everyone around her.

Yates was a dedicated

community member, twice

being elected to the board

of education in Chatham,

N.J. where the family first

lived. When they moved to

Lake Forest in 2010 they

quickly became beloved

members of the community.

Yates worked as senior

director of operations

at Sysmex America in

Lincolnshire, and was an

active member of the vestry

at Church of the Holy

Spirit in Lake Forest. She

loved coaching Max and

Ella’s teams. Yates was an

outspoken champion for

affordable health care and

the rights of women. She

could turn every hour of

every day an adventure but

the family’s favorite adventures

and memories were

at Denali National Park in

Alaska. Yates’ unwavering

positive attitude, her

great sense of humor and

her loyal friendship will be

deeply missed by all who

knew her.

In lieu of flowers, please

send donations to an organization

of your choice that

supports equality and justice

for all.

Have someone’s life you’d

like to honor? Email alyssa@

lakeforestleader.com with

information about a loved one

who was part of the Lake Forest/Lake

Bluff community.

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18 | October 26, 2017 | The lake forest leader LIFE & ARTS


Local dancers get backstage look in NYC

LFDA group takes

action-packed trip

Erin Redmond

Freelance Reporter

Dancers from Lake Forest

Dance Academy received

the experience of

a lifetime when they got

the “backstage” treatment

during a trip to New York

City in September.

The LFDA dancers got

up close and person with

Broadway’s best, taking

classes with cast members

from “Cats” and “The

Rockettes” while soaking

up the sights and sounds

of the Big Apple — all in a

jam-packed four-day trip.

It was the third trip

LFDA has taken to New

York City, previously taking

groups in 2011 and

2014. But this time around,

director Valerie Gonzalez

said, was the best.

“I pick that city because

every time that you go

there, you can create a

very different trip,” she

said. “There’s so many

things to do and the city

is constantly changing, so

you can’t really ever get

bored. ... We had a great

time. We got to do some

amazing things. I think out

of the three trips, this was

the best planned and best

organized. It was a perfect

blend of dance and New

York fun.”

The highlight of the trip

for both Gonzalez and her

dancers was the master

class they attended which

was taught by Sharrod Williams,

a cast member from

“Cats.” Williams walked

the girls through the same

process he experienced

when he was cast in the

Broadway hit, teaching

them how to channel their

inner cat before teaching

them actual choreography

The LFDA dancers (back left to right) Margo Thornberry,

Sheila Falls, Lily Rappel, LFDA director Valerie

Gonzalez, company director Jenna Jozefowski, (front

left to right) Jordy Landry, Mia DiValerio and Abby

Knipfer pose for a picture with a Rockette dancer

during their trip to Radio City Music Hall.

from the show.

“I think I might have

teared up a little bit, I was

super excited. I was probably

the most excited out

of the whole group,” Gonzalez

said. “... He took

us through 45 minutes of

creating your cat character

and how to get rid of your

hands because your hands

are now paws. You have

paws and claws, figuring

out how would a playful

cat move or if you were

going to be a regal cat or

a leader cat. It was a lot of

fun and it was harder than

we thought.”

Later that night, the

group saw Williams in

action as he transformed

into his role of Mungo

Jerry in “Cats.” The girls

were giddy with anticipation,

eagerly awaiting the

moment when they would

see the choreography they

learned earlier come to


After the show, Williams

came out and talked

to the group and after

seeing the performance,

dancer Margo Thornberry

said she has a new respect

for what it takes to dance

at the highest level.

“On this trip, it was just

very eye opening to see

how real professionals

[got where they are],” she

said. “We got to hear the

story of [Williams] from

“Cats” and the story of

[Lindsay Howe], who is

a Rockette and just how

they got there. It was really

cool to learn all the

steps of how they became

where they are now.”

The girls continued

their action-packed trip

with a class at the Broadway

Dance Center, honing

their skills in tap, jazzfunk

and ballet — just

to name a few. That evening,

they watched as the

American Ballet Theater

performed “Swan Lake”

at the Lincoln Center.

“We saw Swan Lake,

which was really, really

pretty,” Thornberry said.

“It was kind of once-ina-lifetime

chance. We did

so much. We covered like

Lake Forest Dance Academy dancers pose for a picture during their class with

Rockette Lindsay Howe (center) during a recent trip to New York City. The LFDA

dancers are (left to right) Lily Rappel, Jordy Landry, Mia DiValerio, Margo Thornberry,

Abby Knipfer and Sheila Falls. Photos submitted

every corner of New York

in four days.”

And if that wasn’t

enough, the LFDA dancers

got to kick up their

heels with Rockette dancer

Lindsay Howe, who

gave the group a master

class and told her story

of how she landed on one

of the world’s most infamous

stages: Radio City

Music Hall. And after the

class, the group received

a private backstage tour

of the venue, making the

dream of stepping foot on

that stage a reality for the

young dancers.

And while dance-related

activities took up most

of their time, it wasn’t all

they did.

The dancers’ dove right

into the hustle and bustle

of NYC from the moment

they arrived, taking in

the sights and sounds on

their first day. The group

— consisting of seventhgrade

through high school

students — toured the

9/11 memorial and learned

about its history and paid

its respects. The girls then

visited Chinatown and

Little Italy before taking

a two hour cruise around

Manhattan at sunset,

which allowed them to see

the city in its entirety and

soak up its enormity.

While most dance

groups take summer trips,

Gonzalez said most are

of a “competitive nature”

and are usually to a national

competition. But

she wanted to offer the

girls a different and more

well-rounded trip where

they could learn about not

only dance, but have realworld


“But, being able to offer

this experience, this noncompetitive

trip broadens

horizons, lets them understand

the dance world in

a broader sense. Beyond

that, it was the first time

for some of the girls ever

in New York,” she said.

“... They almost have no

choice but to soak it all in

because we’ve taken them

out of their comfort zone,

out of their hometown,

away from the things that

they know and the people

that they know and surrounded

them with all of

these brand new things.

They kind of forget about

all of the other noise and

only listen and experience

what it is that we’re giving


While Gonzalez said

this was the most enjoyable

trip they’ve had to

date, she is exploring other

options for the group’s

next trip. She hasn’t ruled

out a return visit to New

York City, but would like

to find another “dance

city” to allow her dancers

to explore to delve deeper

into their craft.

But for now, she’s enjoying

seeing all they learned

from visiting NYC.

“I think a couple of the

girls have been inspired

to come back home to

our home studio here and

work harder and implement

some of the things

that we’ve learned,” Gonzalez

said. “[I think they]

realized that their dance

goals are a little bit more

than ‘I’d like to move up a

level at my dance school.’

Their dance goal might

be a little bit larger than


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the lake forest leader | October 26, 2017 | 19

Junie B. Jones tale opens NSCDS theater season

Lake Forest

resident stars in


Megan Bernard

Contributing Editor

When a play adaptation

from the popular Junie B.

Jones book series became

available, it was a nobrainer

for North Shore

Country Day School,

which also featured Lake

Forest resident Zach Barker.

“We try to pick children’s

books with play

adaptations because it’s

a great way to introduce

young children to theater,

plus our older kids will remember

reading the books

when they were younger

so they get really into it,”

Upper School Theater Director

Julia Macholl said.

“Junie B. Jones Is Not

a Crook” kicked off the

theater season Friday-

Saturday, Oct. 20-21, at

the Winnetka school, 310

Green Bay Road. The

best-selling book series by

Barbara Park was adapted

for the stage by Allison


In the show, the moral

dilemma of “finders keepers,

losers weepers” is broken

down into scenarios

that children can relate to

after someone steals Junie’s

new furry mittens

at recess. So when Junie

finds a pen of many colors,

she thinks she should be

allowed to keep it. There’s

also a new boy in kindergarten

and “he is the handsomest.”

The only thing

is, both Grace and Lucille

— Junie’s best friends —

want him to be their boyfriend.

“It’s interesting because

Junie is always on an adventure

and she’s learning

about being a kid, which

I think our young audience

can take away from,”

Macholl said of the Upper

School fall play.

The story was a familiar

one for senior Grace Scullion,

of Winnetka, who

played the lead role of Junie.

“I wasn’t going to audition

at first but when I

heard [the play] was Junie

B. Jones, I made an impulse

decision and went

for it,” Scullion said. “I am

busy outside of school but

I’m glad I did this because

it’s one of my last chances

to do this in high school.

“I just had to do this production

because I remember

laughing out loud at

the books.”

Junie’s “BFF,” Grace,

played by junior Emily

Weil, of Highland Park,

also had stage time in the

show. This was the first

“real play” Weil has performed

in, she said.

“I love it because it’s

a children’s show,” Weil

said. “It’s been so fun to

perform this.”

The “handsomest” kindergartner,

Warren, who

is chased around by Junie,

Grace and Lucille, was

taken on by Barker. He

said getting into the role

of a small child was something

“totally in my comfort


“[Warren] is loud and

outlandish, which is easy

for me to play,” Barker


Junior girls Claire

Umpleby, of Glencoe, and

Emmy Cho, of Wilmette,

had slightly a bigger challenge

to face on stage taking

on a male character.

Umpleby played Junie’s

classmate Jim, while Cho

was Grandpa Frank Miller.

“Jim is a really mean

little boy so I had to come

out of my comfort zone to

get into character,” said

Umpleby. “This is also my

first year here and my first

production in awhile so I

had to do the same for myself.

It’s been a really nice

way to meet people here.”

Cho agreed and said theater

is the best way to meet


“Everyone has been

great. It’s fun because

with children’s theater everyone

has to be big with

everything,” Cho added.

“I think children’s theater

also opens new avenues

and has the best audience

you can get. It also makes

acting a little easier afterward.”

As far as the cast went,

director Macholl said they

were champions of problem-solving.

“They are all super self

starters,” she said. “It’s

amazing to remember

them on day No. 1 and see

them now.”







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Quick Bites

North Shore conjures up wicked good Halloween treats

Staff Report

Pass on the tricks and

head straight to the treats

this Halloween.

Whether you are looking

for a sweet treat for

yourself or a large festive

platter for your All Hallows

Eve party guests, we have

plenty of ideas for you to

sink your fangs into.

22nd Century Media

rounded up the most festive-looking


treats for you this month.

From pumpkin soup to

cookies and cupcakes,

there’s plenty offered

throughout the North Shore

to keep you in the spooky


Hop on your broomstick

and head right over to any

of the mentioned places for

some Halloween fun!

Sugar skulls — Sweet

Pete’s, Lake Forest

There are many bakeries

in the area that are creating

sweets for Halloween, but

Sweet Pete’s in Lake Forest

has taken it to the next level.

During the Halloween

season, Sweet Pete’s is offering

custom-made sugar

skulls that will make for a

festive treat.

The sugar skulls ($15 per

skull) are made of sugar

water and meringue powder

and once they harden,

they are decorated with

royal frosting. These skulls

take time to make and each

of them are individualized.

The skulls are so popular

Sweet Pete’s even offers a

class to teach guests how to

make them.

“The sugar skulls are

great because they are

unique and each individual

one is not the same as

any other,” said Kennisha

Wimer, the events lead at

Sweet Petes.

The skulls are a great

Halloween decoration, but

are also made for Dia de

los Muertos, or the Day of

the Dead, which begins on

Oct. 31 and ends on Nov. 2.

Dia de los Muertos is a holiday

celebrated in Mexico

that focuses on friends and

family members who have


Sweet Pete’s also offers

a variety of other Halloween-themed

treats. Sweet

Pete’s is located at located

at 270 Market Square, and

is open from 11:30 a.m.-

9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday

and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays

and Saturdays. For

more information and a full

menu, visit www.sweetpetescandy.com

or call (847)


Story by Alyssa Groh, Editor

Halloween sugar cookies

— Foodstuffs, Glencoe

Halloween treats are

hard to come by in Downtown

Glencoe. Knowingly,

Foodstuffs plays up the

holiday big time.

“I’m a total Halloween

buff so we have a special

display and really make it

big here,” owner Jennifer

Liberman said. “I don’t see

that much Halloween stuff

out anymore at other places

and I’m not sure why.”

At Foodstuffs, colorful

fall decor and goodies

grace the shelves creating

a festive Halloween

spirit throughout the store

located at 338 Park Ave.

At the bakery, there are

all sorts of fun, decorated

black and orange pastries.

Some of the items are

boxed up and available in

the front of the store now.

Beginning Thursday, Oct.

26, however, there will be

even more special Halloween

items that will rotate

throughout the days leading

up to Tuesday, Oct. 31,

Sweet Pete’s offers Halloween-themed treats, including

sugar skulls, which are made to order for $15. Photo


owner Liberman said. The

items include: Frankenstein

cakes, Halloween cookie

pizzas, Halloween confetti

cookies, mini mummy

cakes, Halloween Popsicle

cakes, jack-o’-lantern

cakes and Foodstuffs’ Halloween


I visited Foodstuffs last

week to see what the fun

was all about. Liberman

had me sample the sprinkled

pumpkin sugar cookies,

which she described as

“so addicting.”

The cookies were rich

with a nice buttery flavor

and provided a nice crunch

with the sprinkles. I got what

Liberman said — and don’t

see them lasting past Halloween

in your cookie jar.

The sugar pumpkin cookies,

plus other Halloween

pastries, are sold individually

or per pound at Foodstuffs.

For more information

and hours, call (847)

328-8504 or visit www.


Story by Megan Bernard,

Contributing Editor

Butternut squash soup

served in a pumpkin —

Convito Cafe & Market,


The butternut squash

soup at Wilmette’s Convito

Cafe & Market is popular

year-round. Every Halloween,

adding pumpkins to

the mix has resulted in even

more orders.

“We decided that our

great recipe would be perfect

to serve in a festive

vessel,” said Candace Warner,

owner of Convito. “We

get our produce from a very

small farm fresh distributor.

They provided us with

tiny pumpkins one year and

we tried it out. It was delicious

and fun.”

The butternut squash

soup at Convito is not made

with cream or milk, which

makes it much lighter than

similar soups elsewhere.

Chicken stock, along with

a little bit of nutmeg, cayenne

and ginger, give it a

full flavor.

The soup is sold in the

market’s to-go soup station

for $5.99/pint or $11.99/

quart. It is also sold at the

cafe, served with crusty

bread, for $6.50.

Like every holiday, Convito

goes all out for Halloween.

In addition to the

soup, customers can purchase

sugar cookies decorated

with witches, pumpkins,

haunted houses and

bats. Other popular items

include pumpkin muffins

and pumpkin pound cake.

Sweet Ali’s Gluten Free Bakery’s Halloween-themed sugar

cookies ($4.99 each) are decorated to resemble jack-o’-

lanterns, zombies, mummies, werewolves, vampires and

graveyards. Chris Pullam/22nd Century Media

“In our salad case, we

have a tasty black rice salad

with butternut squash

that is festive for serving

on Halloween based on its

black and orange colors,”

Warner said. “We have lots

of gourmet Halloween candy

and treats, too. There are

no Snickers here.”

For more information

and hours, call (847) 251-

3654 or visit www.convitocafeandmarket.com.

Story by Eric DeGrechie,

Managing Editor

Halloween-themed cookies

— Sweet Ali’s, Glenview

Sweet Ali’s Gluten Free

Bakery isn’t known for it’s

Halloween-themed treats,

and Halloween isn’t known

as the healthiest of holidays,

but all of that is about

to change.

Whether you’re glutenfree,

dairy-free, vegan or

just a fan of tasty baked

goods, Sweet Ali’s has you

covered. From chilling cupcakes

to creepy cookies, the

Glenview bakery has something

for everyone.

It all starts with the Halloween-themed

sugar cookies

($4.99 each), decorated

with frosting to resemble

jack-o’-lanterns, zombies,

mummies, werewolves,

vampires and graveyards.

And yes, they’re made with

the same delicious recipe

you’ve come to know since

the location opened in June


The same characters

also appear on the bakery’s

moist, oversized, dairyfree

monster cupcakes


Sweet Ali’s decorates

pastries on request yearround,

but the shelves are

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customer stopped by the

bakery with her two children

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son couldn’t hide his smile

as he peeked inside the


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cheesecake and pie.

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LakeForestLeader.com life & arts

the lake forest leader | October 26, 2017 | 21

Art for

a good



Freelance Reporter

Art was the saving

grace for 500 supporters

at the Catholic Charities’

16th annual Gala

of the Arts on Sept. 9

held inside Navy Pier’s

Grand Ballroom.

Working in everything

from acrylics to

oil to bronze, 18 artists

offered up their creations

to aid the cause

which supports ongoing

emergency assistance


critical to more

than 150,000 people annually,

including artists

from Lake Forest.

The Glunz family was

honored with the 2017

Mandantum Award during

the presentation

emceed by NBC5 news

anchor, Allison Rosati.

Catholic Charities provides

150 programs

at 153 sites throughout

Cook and Lake

Counties. The event

raised $300,000. For

more information, visit



Mary Lou Rassin, of Lake Forest, attended Catholic Charities’ 16th annual Gala of the Arts on Sept. 9 held inside Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom.

Photos by Lee A. Litas/22nd Century Media

Attendees William Jovan (left), of Chicago, Gala of the

Arts event co-founder and Catholic Charities board

member, Judy DeMint, of Lake Forest, and Tom DeMint,

of Lake Forest, were also artists at the event.

RIGHT: Irena

Atramentov (left),

of Northbrook and

Jacqueline Blatchford,

of Lake Forest, were

artists at the event.

Mark McMahon, of Lake Forest, displayed his art at the


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Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Will Lincoln

Will Lincoln is a senior at

Lake Forest High School

and member of the varsity

hockey team.

When did you start playing


I was about 7 years old.

I started playing outdoor

at the Winter Club of Lake

Forest. I got into it because

my dad played his whole



From Page 28

win four straight matches

in the consolation draw to

face a Stevenson squad but

fell short there as well.

After losing in the consolation

semifinals, one

match away from earning

a medal, each of the

past two seasons, Loyola

senior Maggie Hines was

looking to get a medal in

her last state tournament

while playing with Lizzie

Witkowski, younger sister

of Hines’ past partner,

Caroline Witkowski.

The 2017 version of

Hines/Witkowski earned

a 5-8 seed and after a

slow start in the opening

match’s first set, cruised

into the third round. Unfortunately

the Stevenson

team that would later defeat

the GBN duo for fifth ,

sending the Ramblers into

the consolation bracket.

Two wins in the consolation

bracket put the team

on the cusp of playing for

a medal, but would ultimately

fall in the consolation

quarterfinals to Monique

Brual and Samara

Michael of Highland Park

in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2.

Speaking of Highland

Park, the Giants came into

the state tournament with

four entries and looked to

be in prime position for a

state title, leading the way

after Day 1 and sitting tied

for second after Day 2.

The Giants still had Brual/

Michel on the doubles

side and Caitlin Goldberg

in the singles draw as

they looked to move up

the standings and try for a


Unfortunately for

Highland Park, Goldberg

dropped her consolation

quarterfinal match to Samantha

Choi of Wheaton-

Warrenville South and

Brual/Michael dropped a

consolation semifinal to

the same Stevenson team

that had beaten Loyola

earlier and would next

beat O’Regan/Frishman.

Those results left the Giants

with 19 team points,

one short of third-place

Hinsdale Central, winners

of the final team trophy.

What is your favorite part

about playing hockey?

I love that hockey is a

really competitive, fast

paced and physical sport.

What is the hardest part

about playing hockey?

Definitely how long the

season is. And during the

game the hardest part is

keeping your feet moving

and keeping your head on

a swivel looking for open


If you could be any animal

what would you be?

I would be a shark because

they are on top of the

food chain.

What is your favorite

place to eat in Lake Forest

or Lake Bluff and what do

you like to eat there?

Luke’s in Lake Bluff. I

am a big fan of their hamburgers.

If you could have a

superpower what would

you choose?

Definitely invisibility

because you can go where

ever you want, whenever

you want.

If a movie was

being made about your

life, which celebrity

would you pick to play


Johnny Knoxville because

he is a crazy, goofy


If you had a ticket to

travel anywhere in the

world where would you


New Zealand. I would

go there because it is really

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beautiful and exotic.

What is the best coaching

advice you have ever


Anticipate where the

puck is going to be, not

where it is.

If you could play another

sport, what would you

choose and why?

I would play lacrosse,

because it is another fast,

physical and competitive


Interview by Editor Alyssa


26 | October 26, 2017 | The lake forest leader SPORTS


Lake Forest golfer among PGA honorees at Medinah


Freelance Reporter

Four North Shore members

of the Professional

Golfers Association were

among the 11 honored by

their peers at the PGA Illinois

Section special

awards ceremony and dinner

on Oct. 19 at Medinah

Country Club.

The North Shore honorees

were Nick Papadakes

of the Onwentsia Club in

Lake Forest, Nick Cuca

and Dave Schmaltz, of

Exmoor Country Club in

Highland Park, and Louis

Sauer, of Lake Shore Golf

in Northbrook.

“It’s our own Academy

Awards,” said Jim Opp, the

special awards chairman.

“This year’s slate represents

a tremendously talented

and dedicated group

of individuals. From 800

members in the section and

more than 200 nominees

we honor these 11.”

Illinois PGA President

Mark Labiak also lauded

the honorees.

“We celebrate the individuals

who have distinguished

themselves within

their association and their

community,” he said.

“These people personify

the role of the PGA professional

each and every

day. They share a common

thread—they tirelessly

promote the game

of golf through teaching,

merchandising, community

relations and overall

dedication. They are an

inspiration to all of us who

work in, play in and enjoy

this great game.”

Cuca was the recipient

of the Assistant Professional

of the Year Award.

“This truly validates the

hard work and dedication I

have put into my golf career,”

Cuca said. “It’s such

a great honor (because)

there are so many professionals

in the state doing

great work.”

Then he added a lighthearted

reminiscence: “I

started in the bag room at

Itasca Country Club just

after my sophomore year

in high school and my first

day I came home with $50

in tips. I was officially off

my father’s payroll. It was

Father’s Day and this was

the greatest Father’s Day

gift I could have given.”

His Exmoor colleague

Schmaltz was honored as

the Merchandiser of the

Year at a private facility.

The award was established

in 1978 to recognize excellence

in merchandising

and promotion of golf.

“We wear many hats as

a golf pro,” said Schmaltz.

“This award goes far beyond

me. It would not

be possible without the

people I work with day

in and day out at Exmoor

Country Club. There is not

a day that goes by that I

don’t think how fortunate

I am to be part of Exmoor

Country Club.”

Papadakes was the recipient

of the Bill Strausbaugh

Award that was

established in 1979 to recognize

day-to-day service

to the association, leadership,

community involvement

and character.

He was unable to be

present at the dinner but

submitted letter in acknowledgement

of the

honor that Opp read to the


“It tells me that I’ve

helped many people,” he

said of the award. “Mentoring

is one of the greatest

responsibilities we have as

golf professionals and one

of the most fulfilling.”

Sauer was the recipient

of Teacher of the Year established

in 1986 for his

year-around work at Lake

Shore Golf.

“The success I’ve had

is because of timing, luck,

perseverance and meeting

the right people at the right

time,” said Sauer, who

opened his Northbrook

teaching facility four years

ago. He got his start in golf

as a caddy at Sunset Ridge

Country Club in Northfield

and went on to play in college

at Ferris State.

His most accomplished

current pupil is Patrick

Flavin, the Highland Park

High School graduate

who is starring at Miami

of Ohio after last summer

becoming the first player

in 37 years to win both

the Illinois Open and Illinois

Amateur in the same

year. Sauer also is the former

teacher of Nick Hardy,

who has gone on to become

an outstanding college

golfer at the University

of Illinois following a

stellar high school career

at Glenbrook North.

Tough Loss

Lake Forest Academy girls field hockey looses playoff game

against Glenbard West 7-1 on Saturday, Oct. 21

LFA’s Adriana Rivera (left) defends her team in a tough loss.

Lake Forest Academy’s Lena Ansari (left) defends the ball against Glenbard West

during playoff game on Saturday, Oct. 21. Photos by Mike Pal/22nd Century Media

Caxys’ Izzzy Moody (left) passes the ball to a teammate.

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This Week In

sCOUTS varsity


Field Hockey

■Oct. ■ 26 - vs. Glenbard

West (State semifinals at

Glenbrook South), 6:15


■Oct. ■ 28 - vs. TBA (State

finals/third place at

Glenbrook South), 11

a.m./1 p.m.

GIRLS Cross-Country

■Oct. ■ 28 - at Class 3A

Regional, 9 a.m.

BOYS Cross-Country

■Oct. ■ 28 - at Class 3A

Regional, 9 a.m.


■Oct. ■ 27 - at Riverside-

Brookfield, TBD

Rank and file

Top teams in 22nd Century Media’s

coverage area

1. Loyola Academy

It was another

easy win for the

Ramblers, as they ended

their season with a 28-7

win over Brother Rice.

Loyola has been rolling

since its opening-game

loss and looks to defeat

neighborhood rival New

Trier in the first round

of the playoffs Saturday.

2. New Trier

The Trevians

bounced back from

their loss to Maine South

win a big win over Glenbrook

South to end the

regular season on a high


3. Glenbrook South

After starting

the season 5-1, the

Titans struggled

down the stretch, dropping

their last three games

and sends the them stumbling

into the playoffs. It

doesn’t get any easier for

the Titans, as they face

Barrington in the first

round of the playoffs. The

Broncos defeated Glenbrook

South 45-24 in

Week 4.

4. Highland Park

The Giants

bounced back

from a tough loss to Maine

West and qualified for the

state playoffs thanks to a

62-7 win over Maine East.

The Giants are matched up

with St. Charles North in

the first round of the playoffs.

5. Lake Forest

Like Highland

Park, the Scouts

got exactly what they

needed to make the playoffs:

a matchup with a bad

team in week 9. Lake Forest

took advantage of facing

a winless Waukegan

team and won 49-12, giving

it five wins and helping

it qualify for the state

playoffs. It now face Riverside-Brookfield

in the

state playoffs.

6. Glenbrook North

The Spartans

knew coming into

the game that despite

the possibility of

getting to five wins, but

that didn’t stop them from

beating up on Vernon Hills


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Scout’s Rabjohns takes fifth during state finals

Michael Wojtychiw

Sports Editor

Lake Forest freshman

Kiley Rabjohns came into

the state finals on Saturday,

Oct. 21 at Buffalo

Grove, undefeated on the

season. Rabjohns easily

swept through her first

three opponents, before

facing Deerfield’s Emily

Casati, ultimately dropping

a 6-2, 6-3 decision

and sending the first-year

player into the consolation


“She did not give up,”

Lake Forest coach Denise

Murphy said. “She’s so

strong, mentally, physically.

It’s so exciting to see

the control, making smart

decisions of critical times.

It’s been a phenomenal


“When a lot of people

might get tight, she swings

through her strokes like

it’s nothing. She trusts her

game and does it at critical

times, and that’s just so

important. That’s what sets

her apart.”

Two wins in the consolation

draw set up Rabjohns

for a shot to pick up

fifth with a win over Choi.

Rabjohns would come out

victorious in this one, defeating

the WW South star

4-6, 6-2, 6-4.

“They were really long

points but I was trying to

stay focused and positive

the entire time,” the freshman

said. “I love hearing

all the cheering. It gets me


The fall of 2017 has

been one of milestones for

North Shore Country Day.

The girls tennis squad

qualified three entries,

a doubles team and two

singles players, for the first

time in school history.

The Raiders added another

one when they won

the Class 1A girls tennis

state title at Buffalo Grove.

The state title is the first in

any girls sport, individual

or team, in school history.

“The theme of this season

has been to try to get

better today than we were

yesterday,” North Shore

coach Glenn Golden said.

“If anybody had asked

me at the beginning of

the season, let alone the

beginning of the tournament,

“how are you going

to do?” I have no idea. Not

a chance I would have said

we’re going to win a state


But win a state title they

did. And in interesting

fashion. The Raiders won

neither the Independent

School League or sectional

titles and were full of new

faces this season. Golden?

He’s a first-year head

coach after being an assistant

for multiple years.

Freshman sensation Claudia

Miller? She was on a

gap year with her family in

Barcelona last year. Captain

Cara Savin? She’s in

her second year of playing

tennis. Caroline Lommer?

She’s a former figure skater.

Alex Arenson? She’s a

former singles player who

has been on varsity the last

three seasons.

All of those pieces combined

to provide the school

with its greatest moment in

girls athletics history at the

Winnetka school.

Unlike the Raiders, New

Trier came into the state finals

with its doubles team

of senior Amia Ross and

sophomore Ali Benedetto

not only the state’s topseeded

team, but also undefeated

on the season.

The duo, who had started

playing together in the season’s

third or fourth week,

easily swept through their

first four matches at state,

looking like the odds on

favorites for the state title.

“We were pushing for

it at the beginning of the

Lake Forest’s Kiley Rabjohns keeps her eyes on

the ball during the IHSA Class 2A Girls Tennis state

tournament Thursday, Oct. 19, at Buffalo Grove High

School. Erin Redmond/22nd Century Media

season,” Ross said. “We’re

both friends and knew we

were good players and it’d

be fun having each other

on the court. We ended up

clicking so well and our

strengths really complement

each other. It’s so

great having someone so

reliable and strong back

there when you can’t hit

the ball. “

That was until they faced

a doubles team from Whitney

Young in the semifinals.

The Dolphins handed

the Trevian duo their first

loss of the season, winning

6-4, 2-6, 7-5, only the

second time all season the

team from New Trier had

been pushed to three sets.

“I thought we played

well,” Ross said. “I know

I played a little tight and

wasn’t as sharp as I usually

am and in the third

set it came down to bad

luck, but they were a good


Ross and Benedetto recovered

from their semifinal

loss to beat Hinsdale

Central’s doubles team of

Sarah Badawi and Kathryn

Treiber 6-2, 7-5, ending

their season on a high note.

Benedetto, who qualified

for the state tournament

in the singles draw as

a freshman last season, felt

that the transition over to

playing doubles wasn’t as

hard as she had imagined,

but she had some help

along the way.

“Singles, I think, was

a lot tougher because I

wasn’t as experienced,

but having Amia, who’s

been through it, was really

helpful to have her there,”

Benedetto said. “She really

helped me through it.”

Glenbrook North’s No. 1

doubles team of Catherine

O’Regan and Samantha

Frishman out played their

9-16 seed by finishing in

sixth place, their only losses

coming to the state title

team from West Aurora

and a Stevenson squad in

the fifth-place match that

came in as the third overall


O’Regan, who finished

second in the state with her

sister Colette last season,

teamed with newcomer

Frishman to win the Glenbrook

North Sectional and

Central Suburban League

North titles, but fell short

at the state meet after losing

in straight sets to West

Aurora in the third round.

The duo did come back to

Please see TENNIS, 25

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Scouts dominate must win game against Waukegan

David Jaffe

Freelance Reporter

The Lake Forest football

team faced a must win

situation at Waukegan Saturday,

Oct. 21.

A victory would put the

Scouts at the five win mark

giving them a chance to

be playoff eligible. A loss

would end their season.

Considering how high

the stakes were, Lake Forest

(5-4, 3-4) had as strong

of a performance as they

could have asked for scoring

28 first quarter points

and routing the Bulldogs

49-12. They capped off

the regular season with

three consecutive wins

and will most likely qualify

for the Class 6A playoffs

for the eighth straight


“We were a little worried

not just because of

what was at stake for us

but it’s been a year since

we played a Saturday afternoon

game so that was

different for us,” said

Ryan Cekay, the Lake

Forest wide receiver who

had four catches and 113

yards. “Once the game

started, we saw that their

defense was going to play

cover-3 all game long and

we were able to throw

the ball around the field

which worked out very

well for our offense.”

Lake Forest coach

Chuck Spagnoli was

Running back Jacob Thomas evades defenders on the field on Saturday, Oct. 21

against Waukegan. Photos by Aimee Bernardi Messner/22nd Century Media

pleased with how the team


“We’ve been in must

win mode now for the last

three games,” Spagnoli

said. “So we were used to

that. And we realized we

weren’t playing the strongest

opponent. But we

played well and did mostly

everything right. It doesn’t

mean we were perfect but

we played well in all three

phases of the game.”

The Scouts started

quickly after an Alex Moss

interception which led to

Bryan Ooms’ two yard

touchdown run.

Waukegan answered

with by far its biggest

highlight of the game on

an 85-yard touchdown

pass from Andre Brown to

Dav’lon Walker getting to

within 7-6. The two point

conversion attempt failed.

But Lake Forest came

back on its next offensive

play as Jack Mislinski hit

Cekay for a 64-yard touchdown


“They had just scored

their long touchdown so

they put me in the slot,”

Cekay said. “I saw the

safety was on the hash on

the other side of the field.

I got a good throw from

Jack and was able to go

straight up the middle.”

It was all Scouts the rest

of the way. Ooms blocked

a Waukegan punt and Jacob

Thomas ran in a touchdown

from nine yards out

the next play. Mislinski

made it 28-6 on an eight

yard touchdown pass to

Luke Nolan still in the first


“This is exactly how

you want to start the game

when you know you need

to win,” Spagnoli said.

“We had a little hiccup

but did a nice job answering

it. Our defense played

very well and we’ve

played much better over

Running back, Jack VanHyfte confirms his touchdown

for the Scouts.

these last three games.”

Lake Forest kept rolling

in the second quarter

recovering another fumble

leading to a Mislinski twoyard

touchdown run. With

just over three minutes left

in the half Jack VanHyfte

scored on a reverse, running

it in from 20 yards out

increasing the advantage

to 42-6.

The Scouts completed

their scoring less than a

minute later when Mislinski

(9 for 13, 146 yards)

found Cekay again, this

one from 20 yards.

Waukegan scored early

in the third quarter after a

bad snap on a Lake Forest

punt gave the Bulldogs

good field position

and backup quarterback

Eriberto Soto found Josh

Randolph for a 10-yard

touchdown. The conversion

failed again.

Lake Forest had to battle

back from a 2-4 start to

give itself a chance to be

a playoff qualifier. Cekay

believes that they got better

in a particular phase.

“Once we began to establish

our running game,

things changed for us,”

Cekay said. “We struggled

with that much of the season

but it’s opened things

up for the passing game

and made a big difference.”

They were a little nervous

as five wins doesn’t

automatically get teams

into the playoffs, though

the scouts have since made

it to the playoffs.

“We didn’t win six

games so we’re not guaranteed

a spot,” Cekay said.

“Hopefully we get one because

we all want to play

one more and especially

want the seniors to have a

chance to play again.”


From Page 31

fresh in his mind, Annen

often draws on his own experiences

as a player and

passes along his keys to

success to his players.

In his playing days, Annen

said he was always

striving to be the first one

in the door and the last one

out of it as he was always

striving to do what it took

to get better. And his players

seem to be following


“They’ve been playing

really well together. The

guys on the field have

really bought in to what

myself and the coaching

staff have asked them

to do. Once they get to

game day, they play well

together and they’re talking,”

Annen said. “ ... It’s

the small things and that’s

what I’ve been telling our

players: the details matter.

All the little things that

don’t seem like they’re a

big deal can add up and

they’ll create something

big and by the end of it

you should have something

that you’re proud of

and happy with.”

And while the newlyminted

LFA coach wants

his team to win as many

games as it can, his ultimate

goal is to help each

one of them reach their

true potential.

“Obviously win as

many ball games as we

can, but really [the goal is]

just helping these players

get better every day,” he

said. “Every day they get

a little bit better just [by]

teaching them and helping

them learn. Everybody

wants to win games, but

you don’t want to look at

too big of a picture and

lose focus.”

30 | October 26, 2017 | The lake forest leader SPORTS


Scouts’ Chody second at regionals

Girls, boys

teams qualify for


Erin Redmond

Freelance Reporter

It was the last time senior

Brett Chody would

run on her home course —

and she went out in style.

The Scouts’ runner

took second at the Class

3A Lake Forest Regional

Saturday, Oct. 21, at West


Chody led the girls to

a third place team finish

with a time of 17:14.80

and helped secure its spot

at the Hoffman Estates

Sectional. She was second

only to Libertyville’s

Melissa Manetsch

(16:57.82), who has been

a familiar and formidable

opponent throughout her

high school career.

“We’ve gone back and

forth for the entirety of

our high school careers,”

Chody said. “We’ve been

separated by like less

then half a second in the

two mile at conference

sophomore year. We’ve

raced a ton at dual meets

and stuff. She’s awesome

to have [to run against];

we definitely have a little

friendly rivalry going, so

it’s fun.”

The boys team nabbed

sixth place, grabbing the

final qualifying spot for

sectionals. Lake Forest

was led by Nate Schmitt,

who took sixth in a blazing


“Our guys did great today,”

LF boys coach Matt

Jerina said. “Being at our

home course, we kind of

have a standard of how

we’ve raced all season.

We have a lot of guys who

have had a great season.

Lake Forest’s Brett Chody runs towards the finish line during the Class 3A Lake

Forest Regional Saturday, Oct. 21, at West Campus. Photos by Erin Redmond/22nd

Century Media

… They’re just coming

into their own, feeling

great about racing, racing

as a team.”

Back on the girls’ side,

the Scouts saw the triumphant

return of Emma

Milburn. She was running

her second race of the season

after suffering a navicular

stress fracture in

the first week.

Milburn took 12th with

a time of 18:46.73.

“I’m really excited to

be back out running,”

she said. “I’ve only been

training for two-and-ahalf

weeks now. I’ve been

having to take it really

slow. It felt okay, but it

was hard. I’m just happy

to be here.”

Erika Marchant and

Skye Miller, who took

26th and 29th, both recorded

personal best

times at the regional meet.

Marchant ran a 19:37.81,

while Miller notched a

time of 19:54.24.

All the Scouts success

was extra special given

it was the last time most

of the girls would run at

West campus, coach Steve

Clegg said.

“Out of the seven people

who just ran, six of

them are seniors,” he said.

“We have a lot of experience

on this course. To let

them get one more chance

to run on our home course

was kind of special.”

The day was just as

meaningful for the boys.

Ben Rosa recorded

a Top 20 finish, taking

16th for Lake Forest

(16:05.06). It was also

the final time senior Kyle

Levin would race at West

Campus. He finished 33rd

for the Scouts with a time

of 16:47.87.

Both teams will now

prepare for the Class 3A

Hoffman Estates Sectional,

slated for Saturday,

Josh Lane approaches the finish line during the

regional meet.

Emma Milburn competes for the Scouts.

How’d they finish?

Girls - 3rd

2nd - Brett Chody -


12th - Emma Milburn -


26th - Erika Marchant -


29th - Skye Miller -


42nd - Kate Wildman -


44th - Grace Schiedler -


54th - Mary Gregg -


Oct. 28, at Busse Woods.

The girls kick things off

at 10 a.m., while the boys

will race at 11 a.m.

“I don’t have any secret

workout we can do

this week that can help;

it’s mostly staying rested

Boys - 6th place

6th - Nate Schmitt -


16th - Ben Rosa -


33rd - Kyle Levin -


37th - Elijah Fietsam -


39th - Josh Lane -


48th - Cam Redding -


53rd - Eric Krieg -


and recovering,” Clegg

said. “To be honest, the

most important things this

week are sleeping and eating

well. … We kind of

know who we’re going to

see next week, we know

what we’re in for.”

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22CM File Photo

Stars of the Week

1. Kiley Rabjohns

The Scouts’

freshman placed

fifth at the tennis

state final meet.

She remained


throughout the

regular season.

2. Brett Chody


The Scouts’ senior

helped advance

the girls crosscountry

team to

sectionals with a

third place finish.

Chody placed

second individually

with a time of


3. Jack Mislinski

The Scouts’

football player was

9 for 13 passing,

146 yards, 3

touchdowns, which

helped the team

defeat Waukegan

and advance to

the state playoffs

against Riverside-



Caxys’ coach brings NFL experience

Erin Redmond, Sports Editor

Cinncinnati. Philadephia.

Chicago. New Orleans.

Green Bay. Buffalo.

What do all these places

have in common? They’ve

all been stopping points

for Blake Annen during

his playing days in college

and the NFL. But little

did he know the long and

winding route would lead

him to one destination:

Lake Forest.

Annen took over as the

Lake Forest Academy

football coach this season

and despite this being his

first coaching gig, he has

already seen success. He

has led his 8-man squad to

a perfect 5-0 record so far

this season, blowing past

opponents by a combined

score of 192-28 through

those five games.


Game of the Week:

• New Trier (6-3) at Loyola (8-1)

Other matchups:

• Glenbrook South (5-4) at Barrington (9-0)

• Lake Forest (5-4) at Riverside-Brookfield


• Highland Park (5-4) at St. Charles North


• Stevenson (6-3) at Hinsdale Central (7-2)

• Warren (6-3) at Bolingbrook (7-2)

• Benet (6-3) at Maine West (7-2)

But how does a former

NFL and University of

Cincinnati tight end wind

up at a private boarding

school in the North Shore?

The answer is simple: fate.

A few NFL offseasons

ago, Annen began putting

his strength and conditioning

skills to work with

EFT Sports Performance

in Highland Park. Often

times EFT is called in to

run the strength programs

for local high schools and

one of its clients is the


So when the football

coaching position opened,

Annen was already a familiar

name and face to

LFA, so it was only natural

his name get thrown into

the mix. And it so happens

the Caxys thought he was

the right man for the job,





• Loyola 28, New Trier 0. A fun

way to start the playoffs, unless

you’re the Trevs. Not the right

year for this matchup for NT.

• Barrington

• Riverside-Brookfield

• St. Charles North

• Stevenson

• Bolingbrook

• Benet


“When I was in school at

Cincinnati and the various

teams that I have played

on, I told those coaching

that I was playing for at the

time that I wanted to get

into coaching and I wanted

that to be part of my future,”

Annen said. “As far

as running a full team on

my own, this is my first

time doing it. We’ve had

a good start to the season,

so the biggest thing is just

trying to keep it going.”

The 26-year-old coach

played for five NFL teams

between 2014 and 2016.

And while bouncing from

team to team wasn’t ideal,

Annen believes it was for

the best. He was shoulderto-shoulder

with some of

the league’s elite coaches

and was able to soak up

their knowledge like a



Freelance Reporter

• Loyola 35, New Trier 7. The

Ramblers are just too strong and

too deep for the Trevians to get

past them. Loyola wins easily.

• Barrington

• Riverside-Brookfield

• Highland Park

• Hinsdale Central

• Warren

• Maine West


Michal Dwojak |

Sports Editor

• Loyola 28, New Trier 14. Nice

turnaround for the Trevians but

the Ramblers are just too good

at this time.

• Barrington

• Riverside-Brookfield

• St. Charles North

• Hinsdale Central

• Bolingbrook

• Maine West

Newly-minted Caxys head coach Blake Annen (right)

looks on as his team practices in September. Erin

Redmond/22nd Century Media

“It’s a blessing and a

curse at the same time,

bouncing around to a few

NFL teams, but knowing

that I wanted to get into

coaching down the road

when I was done playing

[was worth it],” he

said. “Seeing the different

teams and having those

different experiences in

different organizations,

that’s something I’ve tried

to draw on and learn from



Sports Editor

• Loyola 28, New Trier 10. You

can usually throw out records in

a rivalry game but LA is just too

good right now.

• Barrington

• Riverside-Brookfield

• St. Charles North

• Hinsdale Central

• Bolingbrook

• Maine West

is all those different experiences.

... Being able

to observe and learn for

down the road while I was

playing at the same time

is something I’ve tried to

draw on at times.”

But it’s not just the

coaches Annen looks to

when he’s figuring out

what to tell his squad. As

someone with football

Please see Coach, 29



Contributing Editor

• Loyola 34, New Trier 17

• LA is too tall of a task for the

Trevs right now. The Ramblers

move on.

• Barrington

• Riverside-Brookfield

• St. Charles North

• Hinsdale Central

• Warren

• Maine West

Listen Up

“We have a lot of experience on this course. To let them

get one more chance to run on our home course was kind of


Steve Clegg — Lake Forest cross-country coach on seniors last run at


tune in


The Scouts earned themselves a spot in the

playoffs and will attempt to extend their season.

• Lake Forest at Riverside-Brookfield,

Oct. 27, TBD


28 - This week in

25 - Athlete of the Week

Fastbreak is compiled by Editor Alyssa

Groh. Send any questions or comments to


Lake Forest Leader | October 26, 2017 | LakeForestLeader.com

In it to win it

Scouts football qualify

for playoffs, Page 29

end of the season

LF’s Rabjohns place 5th during

state tennis finals, Page 28

Senior Kyle Levin races

his final meet on his home

course during the regional on

Saturday, Oct. 21 at LFHS West

Campus. Erin Redmond/22nd

Century media

Lake Forest cross-county teams qualify for sectionals, Page 30

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