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12 | November 9, 2017 | The orland park prairie News Business From Page 8 nities include all-day dining in The Grove dining room, a separate bistro, movie theater and chapel, spacious community rooms, salon and spa, library and technology center, therapy gym and fitness center, doctor’s suite, and large secluded courtyard with a walking path and raised gardens. Memory care residents will have access to their own private courtyard, offering a secure setting where they can enjoy the outdoors. The experience of Heartis Village of Orland Park will be enriched through Pathway to Living’s awardwinning VIVA! philosophy, through which social, educational and recreational programs are matched with residents’ interests, skills and desires. For example, Art Path teaches techniques used by famed artists, sculptors and curators, while overnight excursion Camp Viva! provides opportunities to fish, swim, practice archery and ride horses. Located at the intersection of 159th Street and Harlem Avenue, Heartis Village of Orland Park is near retail and restaurant offerings. The community also is a short drive from Interstates 80 and 57. Heartis Village of Orland Park will be the second Heartis-owned community to be managed by Pathway to Living. An on-site welcome center showcasing Heartis Village’s finishes, services and amenities is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. seven days a week. For more information on Heartis Village or to schedule an appointment, call (708) 444-1231. Compiled by Editor Bill Jones, FROM THE NEW LENOX PATRIOT Schmuhl School open house provides a blast from the past New Lenox is not that far removed from a time when students would walk 2 miles in the morning to a one-room schoolhouse. But roughly 70 years has made a world of difference, both in terms of building construction and the geography. Those enamored by history and the way things used to be can still experience life circa World War II by visiting Schmuhl School. The next Schmuhl School open house is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at its current location at 20733 S. Schoolhouse Road in New Lenox. Open houses typically are held the second Saturday of each month. “There are people from the historical society that are there to answer questions and talk a little bit about the school,” said Carla Koepke, a member of the New Lenox Area Historical Society Board of Directors. The field trips include books and recess toys from the 1930s, as well as history lessons on the schoolhouse. “At the end of our history lesson, we do some compare and contrasting of how this is like schools [now] and how it is different,” Koepke said. “Our goal is for kids to enjoy history and to embrace the school.” She also said the current stewards of the area’s history will not be around forever, so it is important to share the enjoyment of the local landmarks so that others can take care of it in the future. “And I always think it is good to know where you came from,” she said. Reporting by Jon DePaolis, Freelance Reporter. For more, visit FROM THE MOKENA MESSENGER Mayor responds to vandalism as more cases appear Another round of vandalism was discovered in Mokena Oct. 30 at Hecht Park, 9310 Birch Ave., the same day Mokena officials issued a press release to address prior vandalism from Oct. 22. In an emailed statement issued Oct. 30, Mokena Mayor Frank Fleischer responded to graffiti discovered Oct. 22 on four public traffic signs and one private business sign. The private business sign additionally was tagged with a satanic numeric reference. In theses cases, swastikas were spray painted on the signs. In what originally was described as “what appears to be an isolated case,” Fleischer expanded on comments he made during the Oct. 23 Board of Trustees meeting, in which he would not comment directly on the matter of hate symbols being drawn on Village signs, because he did not want to give the perpetrators “their two minutes of fame.” “I’m not going to talk about some of the stuff, because it is so stupid it doesn’t even deserve comment,” Fleischer said at the time. In the Oct. 30 press release, Fleischer said, “I’ve never felt it appropriate to attribute undue attention to cowardly acts such as this that are generally performed for that very reason: to give the promulgator of the act his or her two seconds of fame. That having been said, let me be very clear: The Board of Trustees, the Village Clerk and I in no way condone or accept this type of behavior.” Reporting by T.J. Kremer III, Editor. For more, visit From THE FRANKFORT STATION Griffins fall to RedHawks at sectional semifinal As advertised. The Lincoln-Way East girls volleyball team found out the hard way that Marist is every bit as good as any team in the state — and practically any team in the nation. The Griffins saw an otherwise very good season end with a 25-16, 25-18 loss to Marist Oct. 30 in the opening semifinal of the Class 4A Andrew Sectional. The top-seeded RedHawks (37-1) advanced to the sectional final on Nov. 1. There, they played Marian Catholic, a 25-21, 25-21 winner over Sandburg in the second semifinal, for the title. East (26-11) completed an otherwise very good season with its second straight regional title and first SouthWest Suburban Conference championship in 11 years, when it captured the Blue Division. “The difference in the match was, at the end, they were digging us and getting right back into system,” East coach Kris Fiore said of Marist. “They brought an aggressive attack out of that, and we couldn’t match that.” East setter Madi Corey agreed. “They’re ranked No. 3 in the country, and they come at you with a lot of intensity,” Corey said. “They have a lot of skill level and can bring it back when it looks like they’re out of system.” The two teams played earlier this season. That was Sept. 29 at the prestigious ASICS Challenge. There, Marist won 25-15, 25-15. Reporting by Randy Whalen, Freelance Reporter. For more, visit FROM THE LOCKPORT LEGEND Lockport track and field star to take his talents to Ann Arbor John Meyer still remembers the day his father, who is also named John, suggested to him in sixth grade to try out for the track and field team at Richland Jr. High School in Crest Hill. “My dad said, ‘Why don’t you go out for track and try shot and discus?’” Meyer recalled. “I did, but I didn’t expect anything out of it.” Well, Meyer has certainly gotten something out of it. The Lockport Township senior, who is the Class 3A two-time defending champion in shot put, announced on his Twitter page Oct. 31 he will be continuing his track and field career at the University of Michigan. Meyer has gone from not knowing anything about the sport to winning national championships in it. Now, he plans to continue at one of the most prestigious universities in the United States. “When I was in eighth grade, I thought maybe I could get a small D-I scholarship or something,” Meyer said. “But then I started working with [Lockport throwing] coach [Wally] Shields; I thought, Maybe I can go a little farther with this.’” The biggest thing that Meyer has improved on is his strength. “At first, it was a little rough at the beginning,” Meyer said of starting with the shot and discus. “But you usually don’t lift weights in middle school. I’m probably not the strongest guy, but I’ve lifted a lot now and see a lot of improvement. But I have a lot more to go.” Reporting by Randy Whalen, Freelance Reporter. For more, visit FROM THE HOMER HORIZON Hadley students lead donation drive for troops It’s peanut butter jelly time at Hadley Middle School. Approximately 120 students, part of six homerooms designated as the Blue Team, are spearheading a donation drive with the goal of collecting 1,000 jars of peanut butter and jelly to send to troops via Operation Care Package. “That’s the two things they can’t get is peanut butter and jelly,” sixthgrader Trinity Muszynski said of the troops stationed overseas. “[The Blue Team] is sponsoring it, and then the whole school is bringing in jars of peanut butter and jelly, because our goal is 1,000 jars.” The donation drive began Nov. 6 and is to run through Nov. 17. All the members of the Blue Team were placed in different committees, each with its own set of tasks to help the donation efforts, according to Blue Team teacher Jennifer Donahue. Muszynski and fellow sixth-grader Bre Schultz decided on a unique way to spread the word of the donation drive beyond the walls of Hadley. “We’ve decided to get it in the newspaper and try to put it out there to reach our goal,” Muszynski said. But contacting The Homer Horizon is not the only way the Blue Team is promoting its peanut butter and jelly collection. Some students have been mentioning the drive during the morning announcements at school; some have decorated the collection boxes; others have made up flyers to be sent home to parents, and a group designed posters to hang in the hallways. There also may be some students making appearances in peanut butter and jelly costumes throughout the school. Reporting by Max Lapthorne, Contributing Editor. For more, visit Sound Off the orland park prairie | November 9, 2017 | 13 From the Editor So, if you saw a dinosaur in Orland Park BILL JONES Something I have noticed about myself is that, in general, I have gotten a bit quiet as I have gotten older. Some of that comes from simply being busier than I ever have been in the past. I find it easier to get through a seemingly endless workload when my music is playing and my mouth is shut. Life experiences, in general, have forced me to think a little bit more before doing or saying, and that also has a tendency to keep one quieter. You just catch more of the things you might do or say before they happen. I guess I didn’t realize just how quiet until recently. Inside, I still feel a bit too loud. I overexplain things. I have tendencies of showmanship. I have strong opinions, and, as much as I may think about them, I do not often silence them. But after dressing up as a T-Rex for Halloween, wreaking havoc on the office and taking the gigantic inflatable costume for a short spin around the southwest portion of Orland Park, I got a text from an old editor of mine, who caught some of the escapades on social media. “Funny stuff,” he wrote. “What possessed you to do that? Seems a little overthe-top for the low-key Bill Jones I know.” It kind of caught me off guard. I did not realize that, by outward appearances, “low-key” was an impression I was giving. If anything, my mischievous thoughts more align with Loki. I enjoy saying the thing no one expects me to say, doing the things no expects to do. I like seeing someone in a comfort zone, insulated by the expectations they have for how people do things out in the world, and then I like to knock them out of that bubble. I like to surprise. It is fun for me and, I hope, for those I encounter. The world can be a brutal place. Just look at the types of things to which the Rev. Steve Lee responds (with regularity) in this week’s cover story. It is enough to bring even the most iron of wills to their knees. On more of a day-to-day level, people struggle working tough jobs for seemingly endless hours, just to make the money they need to support their families. Then, those very families sometimes cause strife. Just driving from Point A to Point B can be enough to test one’s inner strength. Even daring to open a newspaper can be trying. My antics would not help in situations like those to which Lee boldly responds, but I’d like to think they can sometimes bring people struggling with daily issues a little more happiness. I hope that someone else whose head is quietly buried at his desk, or who is standing in a line somewhere thinking about all of the things she has to deal with when she gets home, smiles a little after seeing a grown man in a giant T-Rex costume transfixed by some Pictured are a few of the exploits of Editor Bill Jones this Halloween. Photos by Heather Warthen/22nd Century Media ribbon, casually waiting to buy a Snapple at the local grocery store. Even if they don’t smile, I hope it’s unexpected. I hope I give them a weird (but harmless) story to tell someone they know later that day. I hope it’s reason to stop thinking about whatever they’re hung up on that day, forcing them to take a deep breath, shake their head and move on slightly refreshed by the moment. Amid all of the struggles in the world, life can be fun if we make an effort to keep it that way — not only for ourselves but also those we encounter. Sometimes, it just requires letting out your inner T-Rex. Not all heroes wear capes. Social snapshot Top Web Stories From as of Saturday, Nov. 4 1. UPDATED: Police say senior or possibly masked robber hit Orland bank on Halloween 2. D230 officials postpone vote to dismiss Stagg cheerleading coach 3. Orland firefighters battle blaze in subbasement of single-family dwelling 4. Eagles on wrong end of late-game goal at end of season 5. 10 Questions with Vasili Vouris Become a Prairie Plus member: Orland School District 135 posted the accompanying image Oct. 31 with the note, “Our staff was hard at work during Institute Day today! 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