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2 | November 9, 2017 | The wilmette beacon calendar wilmettebeacon.com In this week’s beacon Police Reports8 Pet of the Week8 Editorial15 Puzzles18 Faith Briefs20 Dining Out22 Home of the Week23 Athlete of the Week26 The Wilmette Beacon Editor Eric DeGrechie, x23 eric@wilmettebeacon.com Sports Editor Michael Wojtychiw, x25 m.wojtychiw@22ndcenturymedia.com Sales director John Zeddies, x12 j.zeddies@22ndcenturymedia.com real estate sales Elizabeth Fritz x19 e.fritz@22ndcenturymedia.com Classified sales, Recruitment Advertising Jess Nemec, 708.326.9170, x46 j.nemec@22ndcenturymedia.com Legal Notices Jeff Schouten, 708.326.9170, x51 j.schouten@22ndcenturymedia.com PUBLISHER Joe Coughlin, x16 j.coughlin@22ndcenturymedia.com Managing Editor Eric DeGrechie, x23 eric@wilmettebeacon.com AssT. Managing Editor Megan Bernard, x24 megan@glencoeanchor.com president Andrew Nicks a.nicks@22ndcenturymedia.com EDITORIAL DESIGN DIRECTOR Nancy Burgan, 708.326.9170, x30 n.burgan@22ndcenturymedia.com 22 nd Century Media 60 Revere Drive Suite 888 Northbrook, IL 60062 www.WilmetteBeacon.com Chemical- free printing on 30% recycled paper circulation inquiries circulation@22ndcenturymedia.com The Wilmette Beacon (USPS #11350) is published weekly by 22nd Century Media, LLC, 60 Revere Dr. Ste. 888, Northbrook IL 60062. Periodical postage paid at Northbrook, IL and additional mailing offices. POST MASTER: Send changes to: The Wilmette Beacon 60 Revere Dr Ste. 888 Northbrook, IL 60062 Published by ph: 847.272.4565 fx: 847.272.4648 www.22ndcenturymedia.com FRIDAY Dentist office open house 4:30 p.m. Nov. 10, SMilin Dental, 411 Linden Ave., Wilmette. Dr. Kenneth Milin, of Milin Dental, will have an open house and ribbon cutting. SATURDAY Pedal Power 9 a.m. Nov. 11, McKenzie Elementary School, 649 Prairie Ave., Wilmette (and other locations). Donate your gently-used working bike to reward a CPS student for making honor roll. Find out more at www.gopedalpower. com. Wintertanz returns 7 p.m. Nov. 11, Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah Congregation, 3220 Big Tree Lane. The annual Jewish dance party is back for all ages with the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band and BHBE Wilmetsky Orchestra. Suggested donation $18. Complimentary hot chocolate bar and snacks will be served. Cash bar will be available. For more, call (847) 256-1213. SUNDAY Holiday Market Nov. 12, Kenilworth Assembly Hall, 410 Kenilworth Ave. Kenilworth Park District presents its annual event full of local and Chicagoland vendors all in one space for your convenience. All are welcome for a chance to do your holiday shopping while enjoying refreshments and the company of your friends. This event is free but donations are suggested. MONDAY Santa’s Mailbox Nov. 13-29, Community Recreation Center, 3000 Glenview Road. Get your wish list ready because Santa’s elves are installing a mailbox at the Community Rec Center. Santa has informed the Wilmette Park District that he will write back to all children who put a letter into Santa’s Mailbox. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope. TUESDAY Ronald Knox Open House 9:30 a.m. Nov. 14, Ronald Knox, 2031 Elmwood Ave., Wilmette. This open house offers an opportunity to learn more about the Montessori approach to education, tour the facility and meet Ronald Knox faculty, staff, and current parents. RSVP to Anita McGing, Admissions Director, at anita.mcging@ ronaldknox.org. WEDNESDAY Regina Shadow Days 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Nov. 15, Regina Dominican, 701 Locust Road, Wilmette. Regina Dominican invites prospective eighthgrade and transfer students to shadow at the school. During a Shadow Day, each student is partnered with a Regina Dominican Student Ambassador based on academic and extracurricular interest. Due to the popularity of Shadow Days, registration is on a first come first serve basis. Registration may be completed online at http://rdhs. org/admissions/shadowpreview-days/. For more information about Regina Dominican and the enrollment process, contact Pattie Fuentes, director of enrollment, at (847) 256- 7660 ext. 223. Woman’s Club of Wilmette Luncheon 11:30 a.m. Nov. 15, First Presbyterian Church of Wilmette, 600 North Ninth St., Wilmette. State of Village Update presented by the League of Women Voters of Wilmette. Guests welcome. RSVP Edie Rowell. St. Francis Xavier Open House 7 p.m. Nov. 15, St. Francis Xavier Open House, 808 Linden Ave., Wilmette. Families interested in learning more about SFX are invited to join us for a school tour. THURSDAY Holiday Open House 5-9 p.m. Nov. 16, Downtown Wilmette and Plaza del Lago. Grab your friends and come kick off your holiday shopping while enjoying complimentary refreshments and special offers at participating shops and restaurants both downtown Wilmette and Plaza del Lago. For more information visit www.wilmettekenilworth. com or www.facebook. com/discoverwilmette. UPCOMING Holiday Tree Lighting 7 p.m. Nov. 17, Wilmette Village Hall. Village President Bob Bielinski will help flip the switch on the village’s holiday tree and all can enjoy carols from local students. Comedy at the Klub 7 p.m. Nov. 17, Kenilworth Assembly Hall, 410 Kenilworth Ave. Larry Bloom, from Funnier By The Lake Comedy, Ricky March, BestCorporateComedy.com, and Peter Lipsey, The North Shore’s one-Liner King, headline a dinner and a show event. Cost is $35 for advanced purchase and $40 at the door. Limited seating is available. Visit www.ezregister.com/ events/22179. Holiday Parade 10:30 a.m. Nov. 18, Wilmette. Local schools and community groups are invited to march in the annual parade. The parade is sponsored by the Wilmette/Kenilworth Chamber. Parade steps off at 10:30 am at the intersection of Fourth and Linden in Wilmette, and ends in downtown Wilmette in front of Village Hall. If your school or community group would like to march in the parade, you must register by Nov. 10 at www.wilmettekenilworth. com. Contact the Wilmette/Kenilworth Chamber of Commerce at info@ wilmettekenilworth.com or (847) 251-3800 with questions. Veterans Day Breakfast 9:45 a.m. Nov. 19, Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah Congregation, 3220 Big Tree Lane. The Men’s Club of Beth Hillel presents a Veterans Day “Food For Thought Breakfast.” Guest speaker Dr. Michael J. Greenberg will lecture about untold stories of Jewish GI’s stationed at camps holding Nazi POW’s in the United States. For further information, call (847) 256-1213. Family Holiday Celebration All day Nov. 25-26, Chalet Nursery, 3132 Lake Ave., Wilmette. Bring the kids, the dog and everyone! Meet Santa, get your face painted, enjoy some treats and more! St. Francis Xavier Sip Shop 6 p.m. Nov. 30, St. Francis Xavier School Gym, 808 Linden Ave. Join the school for holiday shopping featuring unique, hand-crafted vendors. Breakfast with Santa 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 2, Wilmette Golf Club, 3900 Fairway Drive. Join Santa for a breakfast and enjoy pancakes and more, as well as a visit with Mr. Claus. Have your picture taken and receive a goodie bag. You might even spot a deer or two roaming the golf course. There are multiple time slots available, and registration is requested for all adults and children planning to attend. Register at www.register.wilmettepark.org. Kenilworth Tree Lighting 5:30 p.m. Dec. 2. Gather one, gather all! Families are welcome to gather around the community center to watch the annual tree lighting. Lights will go on at dusk. Hot chocolate and cookies will be provided. Free event to the residents of Kenilworth. St. Francis Xavier Open House 8:30 a.m. Dec. 5, St. Francis Xavier School, 808 Linden Ave., Wilmette. Families interested in learning more about SFX are invited to join us for a school tour. Mallinckrodt Holiday Party Noon-3 p.m. Dec. 5, Wilmette Golf Club, 3900 Fairway Drive. Celebrate the season with a special luncheon, entertainment and fabulous door prizes. ONGOING Wilmette Arts Guild show Through Dec. 22, North Shore Senior Center, 161 Northfield Road, Northfield. There will be both professional and amateur artists displaying paintings, photography and sculpture. For questions or to submit a calendar item, contact Eric DeGrechie at eric@wilmettebeacon.com.

wilmettebeacon.com news the wilmette beacon | November 9, 2017 | 3 Wilmette Boy Scout makes difference at Thornwood Hilary Anderson Freelance Reporter Just north of Thornwood Park lies one of Wilmette’s most beautiful natural resources — the Thornwood Prairie Preserve and certified wildlife habitat area. Boy Scout Sean Crawford, 17, knows it was not always this way. The trail, about three blocks long and 20-feet wide, was once overgrown with weeds and invasive species. Crawford, a Wilmette resident and New Trier senior, is among the many who helped to bring the area back to its original beauty. Wildflowers native to Illinois are blooming again. There is a welcome return of butterflies, birds and other wildlife, making the area a true wildlife habitat once more. “I have been here with my Boy Scout Troop 9 since at least 2013 clearing out buckthorn and other invasive species,” Crawford said. “We all work together for a singular purpose but are responsible for one segment of the path. Mine was about 144-feet long.” This path is now known as the Eagle Scout Nature Trail. Crawford’s thoughts returned to the Thornwood Prairie Preserve and Wildlife Habitat when he started thinking of what service project he would like to do to obtain his Eagle Scout badge. He reached the Life Scout status and wanted to climb to that last rung of scouting. He thought of ways he and others had helped return the area back to what it once was. “I had helped pull up invasive ground cover that survives the winter cold,” Crawford said. “Then, there was spreading the wood chips the Village of Wilmette delivered to the area. I tagged dying trees the Wilmette Village forester said should remain. There were ones that would be good for species to live off of — like birds to nest in or food for bugs. But I wanted to do something unique, a project that no one else had done.” Susan Gaines-Gatto, one of the co-founders of the Friends of Thornwood Park Prairie Preserve and almost a daily volunteer there, had an idea. She suggested to Crawford that he go through the process of obtaining an official sign from the National Wildlife Federation that certifies the Thornwood Prairie Preserve is an actual wildlife habitat. Crawford liked the suggestion and proceeded to get permission from the Boy Council that this project was acceptable for obtaining his Eagle Scout badge. He next researched the required information for certification from the National Wildlife Federation and the materials needed for such a sign. “It was a long, involved process,” Crawford said. “There were 10 pages that had to be filled out first. Mrs. Gines-Gatto helped me. I was so happy when she told me the approval came for us to obtain a sign from the National Wildlife Federation saying the Thornwood Prairie Preserve was certified as an official wildlife habitat.” The two then went to the National Wildlife Federa- Please see Scout, 12 Eagle Scout candidate Sean Crawford, of Wilmette, meets with Susan Gaines-Gatto and Dominick Gatto at the head of the Thornwood Prairie Preserve. Photo submitted WHAT BUYERS AND SELLERS ARE SAYING... We have worked with Colleen on both buying and selling transactions and recommend her without reservations. She is a goal oriented professional...knowledgeable, energetic, creative...with a congenial personality, a strong work ethic, and exceptional communication skills. In a process that can be intimidating, she has been resourceful; in a process that can be arduous, she has been supportive; in a process that can be overwhelming, she has been reassuring. -Barbara M.,Wilmette Thinking of buying or selling? Call Colleen for a complimentary market evaluation. 847.204.5613 mobile • 847.881.0200 office colleenmcginnis@atproperties.com