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Lake Forest Police continue to investigate fatal shooting, Page 4

Martin Carlino/22nd Century Media

Via VanLandingham’s

Facebook Page

Courtesy the Park

District of Highland Park

MAIN: In this parking lot of

her Lake Forest apartment,

Claire VanLandingham,

27, was shot to death

Wednesday, Jan. 3, reportedly

by her former boyfriend,

Ryan Zike, 33, of Louisville,

Ky., who was found dead of a

gunshot wound to the head.

On the loose Lake Forest police search

for suspect in bank robbery, Page 3



Catch up on breaking

news out of Highland

Park, Page 8

Love is in

the air

The Leader

announces How

We Met Contest,

Page 10

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In this week’s


Police Reports6

Pet of the Week12



Faith Briefs18

Dining Out20

Home of the Week21

Athlete of the Week24

The Lake Forest


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Alyssa Groh x21


Sports Editor

Brittany Kapa x35


Sales director

Teresa Lippert, x22


real estate agent

Elizabeth Fritz, x19


Classified sales,

Recruitment Advertising

Jess Nemec, 708.326.9170, x46


Legal Notices

Jeff Schouten, 708.326.9170, x51



Joe Coughlin, x16


Managing Editor

Eric DeGrechie, x23


AssT. Managing Editor

Megan Bernard, x24



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Nancy Burgan, 708.326.9170, x30


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LINKEDIN – Building the


10 a.m. Jan. 12, Career

Resource Center, 40 E.

Old Mill Road, Lake Forest.

This session will focus

on how to make LinkedIn

a more friendly social media

platform and show you

the important elements

of building your profile.

Bring your laptop or tablet

and work as you go. This

event is free for members

and $20 for guests. Registration

is required to attend,

call (847) 295-5626.


Open House for

Prospective Campers

10 a.m. Jan. 13, Banner

Day Camp, 1225 Riverwoods

Road, Lake Forest.

Learn about our program

and activities for campers

ages 3-13. Banner offers

campers a traditional summer

day camp experience

in a magnificent wooded

setting. Campers engage in

sports, arts, adventure programs

and daily swim instruction

in our top-notch

outdoor aquatic facility

with four heated pools. For

more information, visit t


or call (847) 295-4900.

MooNiE and Broon

2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Jan. 13, Gorton Community

Center, 400 E. Illinois

Road, Lake Forest. The

variety-comedy monsters

MooNiE and Broon will

bring their amazingly hilarious

shows. MooNiE

and Broon are know nationwide

for their special

brand of entertainment

that fuses juggling, magic,

music and other circus arts

with improvisation and a

loose style that promises

that no two shows will

ever be exactly alike. Tickets

are $15. For more information,

call (847) 234-



Exam Escape for High

School Students

1-5 p.m. Jan. 14, Lake

Forest Library, 360 E.

Deerpath Road, Lake Forest.

Our popular study

center is open. Come take

advantage of expanded

seating areas, charging stations,

and free food and

drinks as your prepare for

exams. For more information,

call (847) 234-0636.


Annual Martin Luther King,

Jr. Program: One Better


4:30 p.m. Jan. 15, Lake

Forest College, 555 N.

Sheridan Road, Lake Forest.

Hear Vernon A. Wall, a

nationally known speaker

on social justice and leadership

styles, in this annual

Martin Luther King Jr.

Holiday Program at Lake

Forest College. This is a

free event. For more information,

visit www.lakefor


or call (847) 234-3100.

Hip Hop Rocks

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Jan. 15, Lake Forest Recreation

Center, 400 Hastings

Road, Lake Forest.

This hip hop workshop

will give every dancer the

chance to learn some of

the most popular dance

moves today. Learning

dance skills and technique,

developing creative and

imaginative expression,

and dancing to some music

is just the beginning of

the fun. This event costs

$32 for residents and $38

for nonresidents. Register

at www.lfrec.com

Poetry Appreciation Club

1-2 p.m. Jan. 15, Lake

Forest Library, 360 E.

Deerpath Road, Lake

Forest. Are you a fan of

Dickinson, Poe, or Whitman?

Gather with fellow

poetry lovers to read aloud

and discuss great works of

poetry. For more information,

call (847) 234-0636.


Microsoft Excel 1

1-2 p.m. Jan. 17, Lake

Forest Library, 360 E.

Deerpath Road, Lake Forest.

This hands-on class

for beginners introduces

attendees to Excel’s interface

and basic operation,

including formulas and

functions, formatting, and

more. Limit five attendees

per class. Registration

is required. For more information,

call (847) 234-



Speaking of


1:20-2:30 p.m. Jan. 28,

Lake Bluff Library, 123

E. Scranton Ave., Lake

Bluff. Women’s fashions

are shaped, literally

and figuratively, by their

underclothes. Delicate

pieces of linen and lace,

stiff corsets, sturdy hoops

and bustles are the unseen

history of an era. Modern

contrivances are no less

remarkable. This novel

presentation will unveil

myths about women’s unmentionables.


of historic underwear will

be displayed. For more information,

call (847) 234-


Author Visit and Book

Discussion with Nancy


7-8:30 p.m. Jan. 18,

The Gorton Community

Center, 400 E. Illinois

Road, Lake Forest. Author

Nancy Doyle will be in

attendance to discuss her

new book “Manage Your

Financial Life: A Thoughtful,

Organized Approach

for Women.” She has 30

years of experience in

wealth management, investments,

corporate finance

and consulting. For

more information, call

(847) 234-6060.


Lake Forest Firefighters

Chili Lunch

Noon, Jan. 19, Dickinson

Hall, 100 E. Old Mill

Road, Lake Forest. Some

like it hot. Some like it

mild. Come to Dickinson

Hall to warm up a

cold January day with a

delicious chili lunch and

all the fixins’ prepared

by Lake Forest’s bravest.

The Swing Sonatas,

a Lake Forest-based band

made up of Lake Forest

High School students,

will serve up some sweet,

hot jazz for dessert! Join

us for this feel-good community

event that will

help shake off the January

blues. This event is free.

For more information, call

(847) 234-2209.


Fit for Life

2 p.m. Mondays and

10 a.m. Thursdays beginning

Jan. 11, Dickinson

Hall, 100 E. Old Mill

Road, Lake Forest. Join

us for a fabulous mix of

fitness, fun and friendship

in an hour-long class consisting

of cardio dance,

strength training, balance

and stretch. We’ll finish

up the hour with a luxurious

stretch. All fitness

levels welcome. Seven

classes and registration is

required. This event costs

$49 for members and $59

for guests. For more information

and to register,

call (847) 324-2209.

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)


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-


Toastmasters Club

Noon-1 p.m. first

and third Tuesdays of

the month, Lake Forest

Graduate School of Management,

1905 W. Field

Drive, Lake Forest. Toastmasters

is an international

organization that aims to

help communication and

leadership skills for professional

and personal

growth with unlimited potential.

This club is open

to all. Visit lfgsm.toastmastersclubs.org

for more


Wildlife Discovery Center

10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday,

Friday, Saturday and Sunday,

Wildlife Discovery

Center, 1401 Middlefork

Drive, Lake Forest. The

Wildlife Discovery Center

is a living natural history

museum. The learning

journey brings visitors

face-to-face with a variety

of reptiles, amphibians,

birds and mammals. Admission

is free. For more

information, call (847)


To submit an item for the

community calendar, contact

Editor Alyssa Groh at


or (847) 272-4565 ext. 21.

Entries are due by noon on

the Thursday prior to publication


LakeForestLeader.com NEWS

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From JAN. 6

Lake Forest bank robbed, male suspect still at large

Brittany Kapa, Sports Editor

Police are searching for

a man who robbed Fifth

Third Bank Saturday, Jan.

6, and fled the scene on

foot in Lake Forest.

At 12:06 p.m., Lake

Forest Police were called

to the bank, 990 S. Waukegan

Road, after a call of a

bank robbery came in, according

to a Lake Forest

Police Department release.

The release stated a

white male entered the

building and presented the

teller with a note demanding

money. A weapon was

not seen, but was implied.

The suspect was last seen

exiting the bank, on foot,

with an unknown amount

of U.S. currency.

The male, in his late 20s

to mid-30s, was described

as wearing blue jeans, a

dark jacket, hat, mask and

boots. The release stated

that the suspect weighs between

180-210 pounds and

stands between 5 feet, 9

inches and 6 feet tall.

As of press time, Monday,

Jan. 8 there were no

charges made in relation to

the robbery.

The police continue the

investigation, and anyone

with information is asked

to call the police department

at (847) 234-2601.

This image, released by

the Lake Forest Police

Department, depicts a

man who robbed the Fifth

Third Bank Saturday, Jan.

6 in Lake Forest. PHOTO


The suspect, shown here, fled the scene on foot with

an unknown amount of U.S. currency. Anyone with

information about the suspect is asked to contact the

Lake Forest Police Department at (847) 234-2601.

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Lake Forest woman among two killed in shooting

Alyssa Groh, Editor

Two people who had

been dating until recently

were identified as the deceased

after a Lake Forest

shooting Wednesday

morning, Jan. 3, according

to a coroner’s report.

The Lake County Coroner

reported Thursday,

Jan. 4, Claire VanLandingham,

27, of Lake Forest,

died from multiple gunshot

wounds Wednesday

after being taken to Lake

Forest Hospital.

The deceased male,

Ryan Zike, 33, of Louisville,

Ky., died from

a gunshot wound to the

head, according to the release,

which did not state

whether the injury was


Lake Forest Deputy

Chief Chris Copeland confirmed

Zike shot VanLandingham

with a handgun.

As of press time, Monday,

Jan. 8, the Lake County

Coroner’s Office could

not rule the incident a

murder-suicide as it is still

under investigation.

“There was at least one

weapon, possibly two,

found at the scene,” Copeland

said. “I am confident

saying there was one.”

VanLandingham’s listed

address is within a nearby

apartment building that exits

to the parking lot where

she was shot, Copeland


“While it is possible

that this wound is selfinflicted,

the matter is still

under investigation,” Lake

County Coroner Dr. Howard

Cooper said in the release.

“Toxicology results

are pending on both.

“Both families have

been notified and our

deepest condolences go

out to them. This is truly

Police blocked off the alley next to the Dunkin’ Donuts

at 620 N. Western Avenue where a shooting took place

on the morning of Jan. 3.

an awful tragedy.”

The Lake County Major

Crimes Task Forces confirmed

that the two victims

were in a relationship that

ended in late September,

early October of 2017.

The motive is still under

investigation, according

to the release, but it was

initially reported the two

were in a domestic dispute

prior to the shooting.

The release states that

the shooting seemed to be

an isolated incident, and

there was no additional

danger to the community.

The Lake Forest Police

Department responded to a

domestic dispute Wednesday

morning behind a

Lake Forest Dunkin’ Donuts,

where two gunshot

victims were found. The

woman, VanLandingham,

was transported to the hospital,

while Zike was dead

at the scene.

VanLandingham came

to Naval Station Great

Lakes in North Chicago in

August after completing

dental studies earlier last

year, according to a Navy

spokeswoman, Lt. Liza


She was assigned as a

dental care officer on Aug.

12 at the USS Osborne

Dental Clinic at Captain

James A. Lovell Federal

Health Care Center, adjacent

to the Navy base.

Western Avenue was closed for most of the day on Jan. 3 as police investigated the

scene of a shooting that left two dead. PHOTOS BY MARTIN CARLINO/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

“Lt. Claire VanLandingham was a valuable

member of an elite team of health care

professionals caring for our Navy and Marine

recruits at Naval Station Great Lakes. Her untimely

death is tragic, and our hearts go out to her family,

friends and coworkers. Our entire command

mourns this shocking loss of one of our own.”

Captain Bradford Smith — the deputy director and commanding officer

at Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center about the loss of

Claire VanLandingham, who was a dentist at Captain James A. Lovell

Federal Health Care Center.

VanLandingham became

a lieutenant in the Navy

Dental Corps on May 13,


“Lt. Claire VanLandingham

was a valuable

member of an elite team

of health care professionals

caring for our Navy

and Marine recruits at Naval

Station Great Lakes.

Her untimely death is

tragic, and our hearts go

out to her family, friends

and coworkers. Our entire

command mourns this

shocking loss of one of our

own,” said Captain Bradford

Smith, the deputy

director and commanding

officer at Captain James

A. Lovell Federal Health

Care Center, in an email to

The Leader.

She was also an officer

training command student

in Newport, R.I. from July

8-Aug. 11, 2017, according

to Dougherty.

According to apparent

Facebook pages of Van-

Landingham, she just graduated

from the University

of Louisville School of

Dentistry. She received a

bachelor’s degree from Indiana

University and graduated

from Culver Academies,

a boarding school

in Culver, Ind.

Zike was previously

employed as a naturalist

at Heller Nature Center in

Highland Park.

He was employed there

from mid-September to

mid-October, said Liz

Gogola, Park District of

Highland Park communications

and marketing director.

Gogola said it is unclear

why he left his job in October,

but did confirm he

resigned voluntarily.

Zike was employed by

Jefferson Memorial Forest

and Natural Areas in

Louisville, Ky., for seven

years prior to coming to

the North Shore area.

Zike, according to his alleged

Facebook page, went

to Trinity High School in

Louisville and then Eastern

Kentucky University.

Additional reporting by

Sports Editor Brittany Kapa

and Contributing Editor

Xavier Ward

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Police Reports

Man charged with DUI, transported to hospital for diabetic issues

Mark Dudko, 56, of Park

Ridge, was charged with DUI of

alcohol, possession of drug paraphernalia

and possession of cannabis

at 11:54 p.m. on Dec. 21 at

the intersection of Route 41 and

Old Elm Road in Lake Forest.

Police responded to the area

of Route 41 and Rockland Road

on a reported driving complaint

involving a maroon Porsche.

Officers located the Porsche on

Route 41 near Old Elm Road and

after observing several traffic

violations the conducted a traffic

stop on the vehicle and spoke to

the driver, identified as Dudko.

Officers observed Dudko to be

incoherent, confused and with

vomit on his shirt. Dudko stated

he was diabetic and officers

called for EMS for a possible

medical issue.

Subsequent to more investigation,

police located drug paraphernalia

and a small amount of

cannabis in the vehicle and determined

Dudko had consumed

some alcohol before the traffic

stop. Officers conducted a field

sobriety test, to which he failed.

In other police news:

Lake Forest

Jan. 1

• Jennifer Helen Williams, 29,

of the 0-100 block of Sandpiper

Lane, was charged with a DUI at

4:40 a.m. in the 100 block of Barn

Swallow Road. Police responded

to a report of an SUV crashed into

a parked SUV. Police and Lake

Forest Fire Department responded

to the scene after the owner

of the parked car called 911 and

stated there was a crash with air

bags deployed and the driver appeared

to be intoxicated. Police

located the scene and spoke to

the driver, identified as Williams,

who was evaluated by Lake Forest

Fire Department and refused

treatment. Based on officer’s observations

and the severity of the

weather, Williams was transported

to the Public Safety Building

for more questioning.

• A male, 55, of Lake Forest, was

charged with aggravated battery

in the 200 block of Butler Drive.

Police responded to a reported

battery after locating a subject

bleeding from the head walking

on Green Bay Road. The injured

male victim is believed to have

been struck in the head with a

blunt object, possibly a beer bottle,

while at a residence located

on Butler Drive. Lake Forest

Fire Department transported the

male victim to Lake Forest Hospital

for treatment. Police continue

to investigate the incident.

• Luis G. Lopez, 21, of Waukegan,

was charged with driving

with a suspended driver’s license,

no insurance and expired registration

at 12:30 a.m. in the intersection

of Route 60 and Ridge Road.

Police conducted a traffic stop on

a 2004 Mazda for an equipment

violation and expired registration.

Dec. 24

• Alexios C. Georges, 21, of the

700 block of Camelot Court,

was charged with possession of

drug paraphernalia at 12:33 p.m.

in the intersection of Everett

and Oak Knoll roads. Officers

on routine patrol in the area of

Lawrence Avenue and Woodhill

Lane observed a vehicle driving

with one head light operating.

Officers conducted a traffic stop

for the equipment violation and

spoke to the driver, identified as

Georges, who was the sole occupant

in the vehicle. When officers

spoke with Georges, they

smelled marijuana coming from

the vehicle. When questioned

more, Georges produced a cannabis

pipe and a small container

with some cannabis still in it.

Dec. 20

• Blaise M. Bracic, 18, of the 700

block of Mountain Avenue in

Lake Bluff, and Jordan T. Overton,

19, of Racine, Wis., were

charged with possession of drug

paraphernalia and Bracic was

also charged with possession of

cannabis and minor possession of

alcohol at 2 a.m. in the intersection

of Route 60 and Waukegan

Road. Police on routine patrol

observed a silver Kia commit a

traffic violation and subsequently

conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle.

When officer approached

the vehicle and spoke to the

driver, identified as Bracic, they

immediately smelled the odor of

marijuana coming from inside

the vehicle. When asked, Bracic

denied knowing why the officers

smelled marijuana coming from

the car and stated there was none

in the vehicle. Officers removed

Bracic and the passenger identified

as Overton from the vehicle

and conducted a search of the

vehicle. Police located a glass

jar containing cannabis, several

Vape pens used for smoking liquid

THC, several other items of

drug paraphernalia as well as a

half empty bottle of liquor.

Dec. 16

• Kevin Salamanca, 29, of Chicago,

was charged with a DUI, no

valid driver’s license and illegal

transport of alcohol at 10:26 p.m.

in the intersection of Route 41

and Gage Lane. Police responded

to the area of Route 41 after receiving

a 911 call concerning a

driving complaint about a silver

Nissan that was northbound from

Deerfield Road. Police located

the suspect vehicle and after

observing multiple traffic violations,

conducted a traffic stop on

the vehicle. When police got to

the driver’s door, the driver rolled

down his window and officers

could smell a strong odor of an

alcoholic beverage coming from

inside the vehicle. Salamanca

was asked for his driver’s license

and he stated he did not have one.

He was requested to exit the vehicle

and perform several field sobriety

tests. Based on the officer’s

observations, it was determined

Salamanca was intoxicated.

Lake Bluff

Dec. 29

• A hit and run was reported at

7:53 a.m. on Skokie Highway.

The vehicle crashed into the center

median and continued driving

northbound. A officer was

unable to locate the driver.

• A single car crash was reported

at 9:45 p.m. on Route 41. A

single car crashed in the snow

against the center median with

no injuries. A towing service removed

the vehicle and the occupants

were given a courtesy ride.

Dec. 28

• A hit and run was reported at

6:07 p.m. in the 0-100 bock of

Sherwood Terrace.

• A vehicle crashed into a tree and

injuries were reported at 10:48

p.m. at a dealership on Route 41.

The Lake Bluff Fire Department,

Knollwood Fire Department

and Lake Forest Ambulance all

responded. The rear passenger

was transported to lake Forest

Emergency Room. The driver

was issued a citation for no valid

registration. A towing service responded

and removed the vehicle.

IDOT was contacted to plow

and salt the roadway.

Dec. 27

• Burglary to vehicle was reported

at 3:37 p.m. in the 600 block

of Moffett Road.

• A car struck a dog at 6:42 p.m.

in the intersection of Sheridan

Road at Shore Acres Drive.

Dec. 26

• A hit and run was discovered on

the roadway by a police officer

at 3:38 a.m. on W. Washington

Avenue. A officer located a disabled,

damaged vehicle and determined

it had been left on the

roadway and struck two traffic

signs. Officers checked the area

and were unable to locate any

occupants. Attempts to reach the

registered owner were met with

negative results. The vehicle was

removed by a towing company.

Pictures were taken and a traffic

crash report is on file.

Dec. 24

• A two vehicle property damage

accident was reported at 9:51

a.m. in the 500 block of Lincoln


EDITORS NOTE: The 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.

From the Village

Christmas Tree Disposal

The Village of Lake Bluff’s

waste and recycling contractor

(Groot Industries) will collect

Christmas trees and wreaths

placed at the curb.

Trees and wreaths should be

placed at the curb free of any

decorations or inorganic material

to allow them to be composted

and recycled. Any items decorated

with tinsel, ornaments,

metal backing, etc., cannot be

recycled and will go to the landfill

as waste.

Trees and wreaths

may also be delivered to

the Public Works Recycling Facility,

640 Rockland Road. The

facility is open Monday-Friday,

7 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday-

Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The

same cautions apply regarding

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Highland Park man

arrested for attempted


A person was transported

to Evanston Hospital in

critical but stable condition

after a stabbing took place

in Highland Park, according

to a press release from

Highland Park police.

Police were notified at

10:15 on Friday, Jan. 5

about the incident in the

area of the 1600 block of

McGovern Avenue.

After arriving, police

received a description of

the suspect and searched

the area with the help of

neighboring police jurisdictions,

according to the

press release.

Police located Jose

Gonzales, 39, of the 1600

block of McGovern Avenue,

Highland Park, and

arrested him on charges

of attempted murder and

multiple counts of aggravated

battery, according to

the press release.

Police were not available

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prior to deadline.

Reporting by Xavier Ward,

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Trustee disagrees with

waving fence-height


In what was otherwise

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night at Village

Hall, the Glenview Village

Board diverged on the issue

of fences during its

Tuesday, Jan. 2 meeting.

A few years ago, the Village

discovered that the

owners of Glenview Materials

& Supply had been

making minor alterations

to the company’s 2100

Johns Court location without

a permit.

The company has since

paid several fines and cooperated

with the Village

to comply with its zoning

code. The two entities

came to a tentative agreement

on the commercial

variations and final site

plan for the project, which

the board considered for

the first time at Tuesday’s


While the Village and

company had made several

compromises on parking

lot and storage requirements,

a fence standing

9-feet tall at the front of

the company’s property

caught the attention of

Trustee Deborah Karton.

The Village’s building

code dictates that a fence

cannot stand taller than 8

feet, and Karton disagreed

with the Village’s willingness

to make an exception.

The other four trustees

present at the meeting voted

to approve the fence and

all the other variations to

the property. With the 4-1

tally, the board will vote

on the measure again at its

next meeting on Tuesday,

Jan. 16, for final approval.

Reporting by Jeremy Turley,

Freelance Reporter. Full

story at GlenviewLantern.



Needed updates approved

for Winnetka’s Hadley


One day after the start

of the new year, the Winnetka

Village Council got

right back to work at its

Tuesday, Jan. 2 meeting

by unanimously approving

a special-use permit

and zoning variations for

the Hadley Institute for

the Blind and Visually Impaired

to allow expansion

of its existing facilities at

700 Elm St.

The two second-story

additions will be constructed

above existing

one-story elements of the

building. The additions incorporate

brick and stone

on a majority of the building

exterior to blend with

existing building materials,

while a glass curtain

wall system is proposed

for those portions of the

expansion, which flank an

interior courtyard.

The council’s approval

included three zoning

variations: to increase an

existing nonconformity

by vertically extending an

existing wall; to incorporate

a flat roof to match the

existing building; and to

permit expansion of an existing

entry sidewalk from

4 to 6 feet in width.

Hadley Institute President

Julie Tye explained

that the original intent of

the building renovation

was for safety reasons.

“This project began as

our need to renovate the

building in order to make it

more safe and to take care

of mechanical systems

that are extremely dated,”

she said. “This building

was built in the 1950s and

many mechanical systems

are now beginning to fail

and need to be replaced.

The building is not ADA

compliant, which is ironic

for an organization which

serves those with disabilities.”

Reporting by Todd Marver,

Freelance Reporter. Full

story at WinnetkaCurrent.



Historic Plaza del Lago

sold for $48M

Not surprisingly to local

shoppers, Wilmette’s Plaza

del Lago didn’t stay on the

real estate market for very


Mid-America Real

Estate Corporation announced

last week it had

brokered the sale of the

historic shopping center

at 1515 Sheridan Road

for $48 million. The

100,213-square-foot property

was purchased by Retail

Properties of America,

an Oak Brook-based investment

firm. Plaza del

Lago was put up for sale

last July.

“It’s a special property

and very unique. It has a

lot of historic significance

in Wilmette and on the

North Shore as a whole,”

said Ben Wineman, a principal

at Mid-America, who

was an exclusive broker of

the transaction. “Everybody

that lives around here

knows the asset.”

Opening in 1928, Plaza

del Lago is one of the nation’s

oldest shopping centers.

The Moss family had

owned the property since

1971, when Joseph Moss

purchased it. Moss, 90,

died in March 2017.

According to its website,

Retail Properties of

America is a self-managed

real estate management

trust “focused on the acquisition,


and management of strategically

located retail assets.”

Plaza del Lago, which

features Spanish-style architecture,

consists of retail

and office space. The center

is anchored by several

national tenants, including

Jewel, CVS, Starbucks

and NorthShore University

HealthSystem. Plaza del

Lago also offers 15 second-story

residential apartments.

Ninety-one percent

of the property is leased.

“There are very few

food and drug-anchored

centers east of the Edens




Reporting by Eric

DeGrechie, Managing Editor.

Full story at Wilmette-



Glencoe house designed by

prolific architect Boyington

If you’re a Chicago

history buff, a devoted

student of architecture or

maybe just someone who

wants to live in a rare, if

not one-of-a-kind, historically

significant home

built before the Civil War,

then maybe 341 Lincoln

Ave. in Glencoe is what

you are looking for.

The 3,201-square-foot

Victorian-style home,

listed at $774,500, was

designed in 1855 by the

prolific architect William

Warren Boyington, who

also produced many notable

landmark structures in

and around Chicago.

Boyington studied engineering

and architecture in

New York, practiced there

and served in the New

York State Legislature before

deciding to settle in

the booming metropolis

that was Chicago in 1853.

He immediately began designing

homes, churches,

hotels, railroad stations

and other public buildings.

Many of the larger

structures incorporated a

neo-Gothic style, complete

with castles and turrets,

and many used Joliet


Since the house for sale

at 341 Lincoln Ave. was

built only two years after

Boyington moved to Chicago,

it is quite possibly

the oldest local Boyingtondesigned

home still standing

in the area.

Reporting by Alan P. Henry,

Freelance Reporter. Full

story at GlencoeAnchor.com.


Inaugural Acts of Kindness

Kids Talent Show hits


When a group of North

Shore girls wanted to put

on a community event

showcasing their talents,

it turned into something

much bigger and widespread.

With the help of their

moms, Glencoe’s Madeline

Hazan, Malia Markus,

and Ella and Sophie Carrel

hosted the first-ever Acts

of Kindness Kids Talent

Show on Dec. 2 at the JCC

Marvin Lustbader Fitness

Center in Northbrook.

“It started as a question,

‘What if we could

be on America’s Got Talent?’

Then my mom said,

‘What if we used our talent

and did something really

good?’” Ella Carrel, 8,

said. “We liked that even


With a $15 suggested

donation at the entrance,

the show raised approximately

$3,000 for the Hispanic

Federation’s Unidos

Disaster Relief Fund for

Puerto Rico.

Hispanic Federation —

Stephen Colbert’s chosen

charity — is the nation’s

premier Latino nonprofit

membership organization.

Founded in 1990,

the charity seeks to support

Hispanic families

and strengthen Latino institutions

through work

in the areas of education,

health, immigration, civic

engagement, economic

empowerment and the environment.

“[The girls] thought we

can do something good

with this show because

they hear us talk about all

this crazy stuff happening

in the world today,” mom

Lisa Carrel said. “It’s cool

for them to see there was

something they could do

to make a difference, especially

since they don’t

have anything they could

donate now.”

Reporting by Megan Bernard,

Contributing Editor.

Full story at Northbrook


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How We Met Contest

Share your love story

with The Leader

Deadline is Feb. 1

Staff Report

Warm our hearts and

your neighbors’ by sharing

your love story just in time

for Valentine’s Day.

That’s right — we are

all ears to your mushy

details on how your story

began with your loved

one. Whether it was as

high school sweethearts,

through mutual friends, a

blind date or even on the

internet, we’re calling for

your story.

The Lake Forest Leader

is hosting its annual How

We Met Contest, and we

want you to enter. Just

write up your love story

of how you met your valentine

in 400 words or

less and email it to Editor

Alyssa Groh at alyssa@

lakeforestleader.com. You

can also snail mail it to The

Lake Forest Leader, 60

Revere Drive, Suite 888,

Northbrook IL, 60062.

The only restriction is that

you must live in the City of

Lake Forest or the Village

of Lake Bluff.

The deadline for submissions

is Feb. 1, giving

you about three full weeks

to perfectly craft your

story and send it in to us.

Don’t forget to include a

photo of the both of you

together so we can see the

happy couple. Remember

to also attach your names

along with a phone number

and email so we can

reach you.

The contest winner will

receive a prize from a local

business, and their

winning story will be

printed in the Feb. 8 issue

of The Leader along with

the photo right before the

special day, Feb. 14.

Last year’s winners

were Lake Forest residents

Ashley and John Corsten,

who met on Valentines day

more than a decade ago.

Telluride Mountainfilm Fest returns to Gorton

Submitted by Gorton

Community Center

After enjoying sell-out

crowds last year in their

debut at Gorton Community

Center, Telluride’s

Mountainfilm Fest will

return to Lake Forest Jan.

26-28, thanks to the Butler

Family Foundation as

the event’s lead sponsor,

as well as the Community

Church of Lake Forest

and Lake Bluff. It is

co-presented by Gorton

and Lake Forest Open


Held every Memorial

Day Weekend, Mountainfilm

is a documentary

film festival in Telluride,

Colorado that showcases

nonfiction stories about

environmental, cultural,

climbing, political and

social justice issues that

matter. The festival aims

to inspire audiences to

take action on worthy

causes. After the festival

closes, Mountain

film takes to the road,

traveling year round and

worldwide with a selection

of current and bestloved

films from the festival


“We’re so excited to

build upon the success

of last year’s Telluride

Mountainfilm,” said Jamie

Hall, Gorton’s Film

Manager, who attended

Mountainfilm in May.

“This festival represents

some of the finest documentary

film making,

bringing our audience

into unique landscapes

and giving them a glimpse

into the lives of such interesting

individuals. I’m

so excited for our community

to see this year’s

‘Best of Fest.’”

In addition to bringing

one of the filmmakers to

Gorton for a questionand-answer

session, Gorton

and Open Lands plan

to leverage the inspiration

offered in the films by offering

an expo with local

environmental and outdoor

organizations, vendors,

and businesses on

Jan. 28.

“We’re hoping our audience

will be moved by

the films they see and

then want to do something

with their enthusiasm,”

Hall said. “At the expo,

you can pick your next

adventure or decide to donate

time to a cause you

care about right after

you’ve been inspired to

do so.”

Tickets to the Mountainfilm

Fest can be purchased

at www.gorton


Calling all art,

athletic, day

and overnight




From Page 6

trees and wreaths decorated

with tinsel, ornaments,

metal backing, etc. which

cannot be recycled.

Short Term Rental


The Village Board of

Trustees will hold a workshop

regarding short-term

rental regulations at a special

meeting Saturday, January

27 at 8 a.m. The workshop

will be held at the

Village Hall Board Room,

40 E. Center Ave. Members

of the public are invited to

attend and will have opportunities

to participate. No

final action will be taken at

the workshop.

From The Village is

compiled by Editor Alyssa

Groh from the village’s e-


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Sounds of music


The Kelley family, Lake


Lake Forest High School orchestra students shared the gift of Christmas music

with the residents of The Sheridan At Green Oaks on Dec. 27.

Chloe is a Catahoula

rescue dog found in

the Arizona desert.

Chloe knows more

than 60 words and

loves to eavesdrop

on our conversations.

We never say the

word dog park, ever. She is the caretaker of two

siblings, a Chihuahua and another Catahoula.

Her personality is sweet, highly intelligent, and

sometimes inpatient as she learned to open up

the doors of our house to take herself for a walk

when we are late.

HELP! The Lake Forest Leader is in search of more pets.

To see your pet featured as Pet of the Week, send a photo

and information to alyssa@lakeforestleader.com or 60

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Elawa Farm offers Take & Bake program

Submitted by Elawa Farm

Elawa Farm will be

hosting its weekly Take &

Bake homemade meals to

go starting Jan. 19. It is a

super easy way to rethink

dinner and ease the burden

of your own preparation.

Just place orders on-line,

pick-up and take-home,

a ready-to-heat-and-eat


Every week the Elawa

Farm kitchen will feature

a new menu and you may

order one, two or all the

items offered. Each dish

is made on-site by Elawa

Farm’s chef Amy Swartchild.

Menu choices will

be available on the Elawa

Farm website, and sent

in an email publication,

a week ahead of time and

orders will have to be

submitted by Wednesday

at 9 a.m. for pick up on


The Take & Bake meal

program will be ongoing

through March. Contact

Elawa Farm at info@elawafarm.org,

to be added

to the weekly email publication.

For more information

about Elawa Farm and its

Take & Bake program,

visit www.elawafarm.org.

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From LakeForestLeader.com as of

Jan. 8

1. UPDATE: Lake Forest woman among two

killed in shooting

2. Letter to the Editor: Has Lake Forest lost its


3. Police Reports: Driver sleeping in parked

car in Lake Forest charged with DUI

4. UPDATE: Lake Forest bank robbed, male

suspect at large

5. The top sports stories of 2017

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From the Editor

A thank you to our first responders

Alyssa Groh


It has been a tough

week in Lake Forest

following the news of

a shooting that left two

dead on Jan. 3.

I woke up on Jan. 3 to

a lot of calls, texts and

emails about the fatal

shooting in Lake Forest

and was in pure shock. .

I spent a majority of

my week following up

on the deadly shooting

trying to gather as much

information as I could for

residents. I also spent a

lot of time trying to figure

out who the two deceased

individuals were.

The more I learned

about this incident and

who the two individuals

were, the more sadness

I felt about what happened.

While I did not

personally know Claire

VanLandingham or Ryan

Zike, my heart aches for

the loss of their lives and

for their loved ones who

were affected by this.

As I spent my week

following up on each

new detail I must take a

moment to commend our

first responders.

Our first responders

risk their lives on a

daily basis and have to

see some things many of

us cannot even begin to

comprehend. While no

day on the job is easy, I

cannot imagine what the

morning of Jan. 3 was

like for our first responders.

The Lake Forest Police

Department alerted residents

in a timely fashion

of the incident, what

roads would be closed

and made sure to let

everyone know there was

no danger to the public.

The first responders

have a tough job every

single day.

Thank you first responders

for keeping us

informed and safe every

single day. Your courage,

hard work and dedication

to Lake Forest and

Lake Bluff does not go


Letter to the Editor

Residents stand strong

to hold City Council


Thank you for the incredibly

creative front

cover accompanying

Alyssa Groh’s Dec. 28 article,

“The Money Train.”

It comes as little surprise

that the non-transparent

culture that pervades City

Hall resulted in most Aldermen

being left in the

dark regarding $192,000

spent sub-rosa on a lobbyist

to get an Amtrak

station (why?) in Lake

Forest. It was a stunningly

awful meeting which displayed

officials’ varying

allegiances to a culture

of “this is the way it’s always

been done” in Lake


We all owe a debt of

gratitude to Third and

Fourth Ward residents

who continue to unearth

the truth about how City

authorities have manipulated

the levers of government

behind closed doors,

using phrases like, “effec-

Lake Forest Kennel Club posted this photo

on Jan 8. Lake Forest Kennel Club posted

this photo of the dogs enjoying the warmer

weather playing in the snow.

Like The Lake Forest Leader: facebook.com/


Check out Jeff McHugh “Welcome back,

Cheetahs! It’s going to be a great 2018!

#Cherokeeinspires #findingjoy67” @


On Jan. 3 Jeff Mchugh, tweeted

about starting off 2018 great.

Follow The Lake Forest Leader: @TheLFLeader

go figure


An intriguing number from this week’s edition

Deadline to enter The Leaders’

How We Met Contest is Feb. 1,

Page 10

tiveness requires secrecy.”

Having watched how

approvals are granted on

many projects (demo of

Adler poultry barn at Elawa,

Forest Park, SBAR,

Whole Foods shopping

center, LF Hospital,

Kelmscott, etc.), I think

that community participation

must be improved.

For too long our leaders

have depended on City

manager Kiely’s recipes

for efficiency. I am sympathetic

to getting things

done, but not in a way

which sacrifices resident

satisfaction with governance.

Changes to the

City Hall culture that offers

“just the required bit

of public participation”

are in order. For example,

officials should assume

that LForesters who have

criticisms of a project are

not the enemy. Residents

deserve intelligent answers

instead of sanctimonious

responses from

our leaders. Meeting attendees

have come to joke

about just how soon one

of these irritating old saws

will be trotted out: “Trust

the process,” “I feel your

passion,” “We’ve used

this process many times

in the past and it works,”

“We encourage everyone

to participate in this

inclusive process which

will take place through a

private foundation,” and

“Believe me, we are listening.”

Residents who attend

countless meetings should

not go away angry and

frustrated. Their tireless

attendance demonstrates

their commitment to their

neighborhood. Aldermen

should be running toward

their constituents, not

away from them, to get answers

and reach solutions.

Commissioners should

welcome “ex parte” conversations

with neighbors

and should push City Hall

to initiate new policies

and plans that would prevent


There are dozens of

ways to improve community

relations, but they all

require a new culture of


Rommy Lopat, Lake

Forest resident

The Lake Forest


Sound Off Policy

Editorials and columns are the

opinions of the author. Pieces

from 22nd Century Media are

the thoughts of the company as

a whole. The Lake Forest Leader

encourages readers to write

letters to Sound Off. All letters

must be signed, and names and

hometowns will be published.

We also ask that writers include

their address and phone number

for verification, not publication.

Letters should be limited to 400

words. The Lake Forest Leader

reserves the right to edit letters.

Letters become property of The

Lake Forest Leader. Letters that

are published do not reflect

the thoughts and views of The

Lake Forest Leader. Letters can

be mailed to: The Lake Forest

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New guy in town

Lake Forest Symphony names

new president, page 19

Slyce of the good life

Highwood pizzeria serves up family fun,

unique flavor, Page 20

Daniel Hanson, a

resident of Lake

Forest, teaches

English to kids in

Peru during his gap

year trip abroad.

Photo submitted

LFHS alum takes gap

year abroad, page 17

16 | January 11, 2018 | 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. The year 56

4. Cry at a leavetaking

9. Captain’s superior

14. One, in Oberhausen

15. Crime boss


16. Steak order

17. “GQ” execs

18. Like an error allowed

to continue

20. Go for a second


22. Fuel from a bog

23. Company once

in Highland Park

now in Lake Forest

27. Glee club members

32. Like some


34. 1972 Derek and

the Dominos hit

35. “Son of the

Wind” Guthrie

36. Finished with

40. #1 on Air Force


41. “Outstanding!”

42. Name of many

Norwegian kings

43. Egret’s cousin

45. It sets off a


50. Equestrian


51. Episcopal

church in Northbrook

54. Old-style


56. Actor Billy of


57. Trains

64. Acorn, e.g.

65. Short-tailed


66. It may follow a


67. ‘’... man ___


68. “. . . off ___ the


69. Appear corrupt

70. Grip workplace


1. Malicious stares

2. Broadcast feed

3. What’s added to injury

4. Site for serious treatment,


5. Word after mountain

or medicine

6. “Lord of the Rings”


7. Bust on Broadway

8. Measure of land with

trees growing on it

9. Medit. smoker

10. Easy as ___

11. Write down quickly

12. “The loneliest number”

13. Color of embarrassment

19. Trolley car track

21. ___ favor (please): Sp.

24. Young rhino

25. “The Faerie Queene”


26. “CSI” crazy bad guys

28. Chew like mice do

29. Parisian “to be”

30. Enrage

31. Macbeth, for one

33. Little green guy

36. Withers

37. “Before ___ you go

. . .”

38. Limp-clock painter

39. Atop

41. It holds things up

44. Mo. to remember


46. Early infant

47. ‘Les Miserables’ writer

48. Tina’s role on “30


49. Plains of Venezuela

52. Acclimatize

53. Select the temperature

on, as a thermostat

55. “Carpe ___!”

57. Fired up

58. Beatle spouse

59. Savings acct. supplements,


60. Metalliferous rock

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the lake forest leader | January 11, 2018 | 17

LF resident spends 3 months

doing community service abroad

Alyssa groh, Editor

Hanson cuts wood during a volunteering project in

Pedernales, Ecuador.

After graduating high

school most students typically

head off to college or

serve in the military, but

Lake Forest resident Daniel

Hanson had other plans.

After enduring a stressful

four years of rigourous

work to help prepare for

college at Lake Forest

High School, Hanson decided

to take a gap year.

But the gap year wasn’t

just about sitting around

for Hanson, it was about

exploring new cultures and

giving back.

To begin his gap year,

Hanson spent three months

traveling to Ecuador, Peru

and Costa Rica teaching

children English and doing

community service work

in the communities he visited.

“I took a gap year because

I wanted to take a

break between high school

and college because it was

pretty hard, so I ended up

choosing this trip through

Adventures Cross-Country,”

Hanson said.

Along with 12 other students,

Hanson embarked

on a 90-day journey which

would expand his fluency

in Spanish and teach him a

few life lessons along the


As part of the 90-day

Latin American Gap-Year

Semester Program, 12

students and two program

leaders from Adventures

Cross-Country spent five

days in the rural community

of Inguincho in highland

Ecuador participating

in a group service program

organized by The Tandana


The Adventures Cross-

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18 | January 11, 2018 | The lake forest leader FAITH


Faith Briefs

The Church of Holy Spirit (400 E.

Westminster, Lake Forest)

Lake Forest Grief Group

4-5:30 p.m. every other

Monday beginning Jan.

31. Samaritan Counseling

Center will be holding

a new six-week session

of the Exploring

Grief Group. The series

provides confidential,

supportive and educational

environment to

cope with grief. Meetings

will be led by Denise

Kitanovski, JD, MA,

LCPC. The next session

will be held Jan. 24-April

4. There is no charge for

the program and it is open

to the public. Drop-ins

are welcome. For more

information, contact Denise

at (847) 446-6955

ext. 22 or email dkitanovski@northshoresamaritan.org.

Faith Lutheran Church (680 West

Deerpath, Lake Forest)

Discipleship Class

6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays,

Jan. 31 - March 31.

Those who would like to

find out more about our

Christian faith and the

ministry are invited to join

in the Discipleship Information

Class. For more

information, or to RSVP,

contact the church office at

(847) 234-1868.

Men of Faith

The men of Faith meet

one Saturday morning

each month at 8 a.m. for

an hour or so of breakfast

and a short Bible study and

discussion. All men, members

or not, are welcome.

This is typically on the

third Saturday morning of

the month.

Christian Science Society (Gorton

Center, 400 E. Illinois Road, Lake


Testimony Meeting

Come to Gorton Center

the first Wednesday

of each month at

7:30 p.m. There will be

prayer, hymns, and readings

from the Bible, with

related passages from the

“Christian Science” textbook,

“Science and Health

with Key to the Scriptures”

by Mary Baker Eddy.

Then participants share

their own healings and

inspiration. For more information,

call (847) 234-

0820 or email cssocietylakeforest@gmail.com.

Grace United Methodist Church (244

East Center Ave., Lake Bluff)

Boy Scouts

Boy Scout Troop 42 will

meet in Fellowship Hall

from 7-9 p.m. Monday


Gentle Chair Yoga

Gentle Chair Yoga will

be held from 3-3:30 p.m.

Fridays in the Fellowship


Church of St. Mary (175 E. Illinois

Road, Lake Forest)

Eucharistic Adoration

Each Wednesday,

the Church of St. Mary

offers Eucharistic Adoration

following the 8 a.m.

Mass. A rosary will be

prayed each week at 6:40

p.m. with Benediction following

at 7 p.m.

Union Church of Lake Bluff (525 E.

Prospect Ave., Lake Bluff)

Live Wires

Live Wires is the Union

Church youth group for

fourth- through sixthgraders.

The group meets

on Wednesdays in Fellowship

Hall at the church

from 4 to 5 p.m. for lively

discussion and fun activities.

Christ Church of Lake Forest (100 N.

Waukegan Road)

The Bridge Young Adults


Every Wednesday from

7-9 p.m. If you think

you’re a young adult, you

are welcome to join. Contact


gmail.com for more information.

Bible Blast

Sunday evenings, 5-6

p.m. Bible Blast is a

family program for children

4 years old through

fifth grade. Guide your

child’s spiritual growth

and biblical literacy to a

new level through Bible

Blast. There is a one-time

registration fee of $45.

Free childcare is provided

for 3 years old and


Submit information for

The Leader’s Faith page to


com. The deadline is noon on

Thursday. Questions? Call

(847) 272-4565 ext. 35.

In Memoriam

Raymond P. Mc-



Paul McCormack, 90, of

Lake Forest,

died Dec.

29. He was

a beloved


to the late

Mary Ellen



(nee Atkinson)

for more than 61

years, the two married on

April 30, 1955.

McCormack will be

remembered for his selfless

and generous nature,

strength, hard work, humor,

and love for God,

his family, and life-long

friends — his 17 elementary

school classmates and

spouses met regularly for

nearly seven decades. He

graduated from Resurrection

Elementary in 1941,

St. Ignatius High School

in 1945, and during his

senior year at DePaul University

he attended Coyne

Electrical School in Chicago.

Prior to his long

career as an electrician;

he worked with IBEW,

Local 134 for 64 years.

He served as a radioman

in the U.S. Coast Guard

at the close of World War

II. He was one of 12 crew

members awarded the silver

Medal of Merit from

King Haakon VII for saving

a Norwegian sailor’s

life after landing their

PBM “flying boat” in

eight-foot Atlantic seas.

His 1,246-mile round trip

was the longest sea rescue

in aviation history.

McCormack, beloved

husband to the late Mary

Ellen McCormack (nee

Atkinson), married on

April 30, 1955. He was

loving father of Ray

(Judy) McCormack, Dan

(Jill) McCormack DVM,

Kitty (Remo) Picchietti,

and Helen (Greg) Jenko;

proud grandfather of Matt

and Ray McCormack,

Dan, Luke, John, and Tricia

McCormack, Emily,

Jack and Thomas Picchietti,

Kelly (Kevin), Katie

and Christian Jenko; caring

son of the late Luke

and Cecelia McCormack;

dear brother of the late

Margaret Smith (nee Mc-

Cormack), the late James

(the late Kaye) McCormack,

the late Joseph (the

late Mary) McCormack

DDS, dearest brother-inlaw

of the late Dorothy

(the late Fred) Reynolds,

the late Bill (the late Aileen)

Atkinson, the late

Kay (the late Jack) Shevlin,

John (Elaine) Atkinson,

and Dan (Mary) Atkinson,

cherished uncle of

many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations

may be made to

the Autism Assessment,

Research, Treatment and

Services (AARTS) Center

at Rush University Medical


James George Antonak

J a m e s

George Antonak,

97, of

Lake Forest, died Dec.

9. He attended Hillhouse

High School in New Haven,

Conn. He played

on the freshman football

squad and graduated from

Michigan State University

with a B.S. in Chemistry

in 1943 and Officer Candidate

School in 1944. Antonak

was a First Lieutenant

in the U.S. Army and

served in Europe during

World War II. After discharge,

he attended and

graduated from Harvard

Business School with honors

in 1948. He had a successful

career with Lawter

Chemicals International

where he rose to Executive

Vice President and served

on the Board of Directors.

His family was the center

of his life. He loved sailing,

reading and MSU

football and imparted a

love of learning to all of

his children. He is survived

by his beloved wife

of 63 years, Neova; children,

Penelope TerHaar,

Barbara Weinberger (Kenneth),

Cynthia Brady (Terrence)

and George; grandchildren,

Andrew, Bradley,

Allison, Charles, Graham,

James, John and Ashley;

great-grandchild, Isabella.

He was predeceased by

his parents, George and

Adamandia Antonak, and

sister, Mary.

In lieu of flowers, donations

may be made to

either Ascension of Our

Lord Greek Orthodox

Church, 1207 Riverwoods

Road, Lincolnshire, IL

60069 or The Michael J.

Fox Foundation. P.O. Box

5014, Hagerstown, MD


Isabelle R. Duerr

Isabelle R. (nee Muto)

Duerr, 93, lifetime resident

of Lake Bluff, died Jan.

7. She was the beloved

wife of the late George J.

Duerr. She is survived by

her brother, Edward Muto

(Betty); daughter, Georgiana

Dyer; granddaughter,

Kathryn (Anthony) Putzer;

great-grandson, Samuel

Putzer; and niece Mary

Sinclair-Albright (Terry).

A memorial visitation

will be held Saturday, Jan.

13, beginning at 10 a.m.

until time of funeral service

at 11 a.m. at Smith-Corcoran

Funeral Home, 185 E.

Northwest Hwy. Palatine,

IL 60067. Interment private.

Fort Sheridan Post

Cemetery. For more information,

call (847) 359-

8020 or visit Isabelle’s

memorial at www.smith


Have someone’s life you’d

like to honor? Email


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about a loved one who was

part of the Lake Forest/Lake

Bluff communities.

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the lake forest leader | January 11, 2018 | 19

New board president promises expansion for LF Symphony

Katie Copenhaver

Freelance Reporter

The Lake

Forest Symphony



period of

growth and


by naming Frick


A. Frick as the next president

to its board of directors.

This follows the

symphony’s return to performances

in Lake Forest

and moving its administrative

offices into the Gorton

Community Center in


“What makes it an exciting

time is all these things

are happening at once,”

said Timothy Corpus, executive

director of the

Lake Forest Symphony.

“It’s nice that it all happens

to fall on the 60th anniversary

of the organization.”

Frick has served as a

member of the board of directors

since 2008, during

which time he was part of

the search committees for

both Corpus, who came

on staff last summer, and

Music Director Vladimir

Kulenovic, who is in his

fourth season with the


In addition, Frick has

been involved with many

arts and cultural institutions,

including the Grant

Park Music Festival Board

of Directors; Chicago College

of Performing Arts

Board of Advisors at Roosevelt

University; Chicago

Lyric Opera Guild Board

of Directors; Radford

University, Accra, Ghana,

Board of Trustees; 98.7

WFMT Radio Network,

Radio Committee; and

the Boston Symphony Orchestra,

Presidents at Pops.

Frick succeeds Stewart

Kerr as board president,

who was integral to the

symphony’s return to Lake

Forest, said Corpus.

“We’re grateful for

Stew’s service and leadership

during an important

period of transition,” Frick

said. “The full board joins

me in expressing how

pleased we are that Stew

remains on both the board

and its executive committee

in his new role as

community outreach and

engagement head.”

In accepting his new position,

Frick said, “I wanted

to give back and communicate

my own values.

It’s a privilege.”

In regard to the symphony’s

growth over the past

year, he said, “It’s almost a

quantum leap. We’re gratified

with the support from

foundations and the community.”

He and Corpus both

noted that the symphony

has a new staff, which

Corpus helped to bring in,

to manage the growth and


“He’s terrific,” said

Frick of Corpus, explaining

that Corpus brings a

wealth of musical experience

as both a practicing

musician in percussion and

composer himself.

“We are so proud of our

musicians and the leadership

and programming of

Maestro Kulenovic,” said


“It’s a very high caliber

orchestra,” Corpus added,

explaining that most of the

members teach at area colleges

and play with other

orchestras. “Some of them

go as far as Michigan and


Also exciting for the

Lake Forest Symphony are

their new recordings with

the award-winning Cedille

Records. They made their

first recording for a CD

with Cedille in 2017 and

will continue with more in

2018, said Corpus.

The symphony begins

the 2018 half of its season

with concerts featuring

opera stars Nicole Cabell

and Alyson Cambridge.

The two sopranos will be

part of the full orchestra

concerts on Jan. 20 and 21

at the James Lumber Center

at the College of Lake

County in a crossover program

of opera, classical

repertoire and spirituals.

They will also perform in

the Salon Series concert,

“A Night at the Opera” at

Gorton on Jan. 25, accompanied

by Kulenovic on


One of the artistic endeavors

of Kulenovic,

according to Corpus, has

been to start symphony cycles

of well-known composers.

The symphony will

continue its Beethoven

and Haydn cycles during

the April concerts and

conclude its Brahms cycle

with the May concerts, all

at the Lumber Center.

As far as the Lake Forest

Symphony’s future, “We

will continue to expand our

presence,” Frick said, with

the goal of establishing a

permanent performance

venue in Lake Forest.

The public can expect

highlights for the 2018-19

season to be announced in

February, said Corpus.

More information and

tickets for upcoming concerts

are available at www.



From Page 17

Country students spent

time teaching students in

local schools how to speak


Adventure Cross-Country

students taught an English

lessons, which they

had prepared in advance, to

eighth and ninth graders on

two different mornings during

their time in Ecuador.

“The service project that

had the most impact on me

was probably teaching to

kids in Ecuador,” Hanson

said. “It wasn’t the first

time we taught kids, but it

was the first time we connected

with the kids.”

Among some of the students

in his group, Hanson

said he knew Spanish pretty

well from taking Spanish

classes at school. His

Spanish skills propelled

him to connect with the

students he was teaching.

“I took the lead on teaching

the kids and it was really

impactful to see how

excited they were to learn

another language,” he said.

The Adventures Cross-

Country students spent the

mornings working at Saminay

El Legado, a private

high school that provides

full scholarships to roughly

85 students from the

farthest communities in

the Quichinche Parish. At

night, the group camped

out in a room on school


In each country the students

visited they had a

home stay, where they

lived with local families to

help them understand how

the locals live and to learn

more about the culture.

Hanson said the home

stay in Ecuador had a

lasting impact on him as

the families they stayed

Daniel Hanson teaches English to kids in Patabamba,


with were very poor and

it taught him how to be

thankful for what he has.

“The area was very rustic

and it showed us how

much we have here and

to not take anything for

granted. It was very eye

opening and to see how

happy [the locals] were despite

how little they had,”

Hanson said.

Hanson recalled the

house he stayed in and said

you had to walk 10-15 feet

from the house to go to the

bathroom, which was just

a hole in the ground. Hanson

also said some of the

homes people stayed in did

not even have walls.

Among teaching students

English, the Adventure

Cross-Country group

also completed a few community

service projects.

During their stay in Ecuador

the students worked

closely with Saminay staff

members building a corral

for a baby cow.

Hanson recalled this part

of the trip as a lot of work

with long days. He said

the group would wake up

early, work on the corral,

go teach students, work on

the corral more, have dinner

and go to bed.

In the afternoons, the students

took part in a number

of activities designed for

deeper cultural and local

engagement. They milked

and fed cows at Saminay.

Throughout the trip the

students also had opportunities

to go sight seeing

and participate in fun activities

such as zip lining

and surfing. Among the

many things the group did,

Hanson said seeing Machu

Picchu was his favorite.

Now that Hanson has returned

home and has a few

months left in his gap year,

he doesn’t have any plans to

slow down. He has secured

an internship with Special

Olympics and plans to take

some Spanish classes to

become more fluent, and to

prevent loosing the Spanish

he already knows.

In the fall, Hanson will

begin his freshman year at

the University of Colorado-

Boulder and will be majoring

in environmental studies.

20 | January 11, 2018 | The lake forest leader DINING OUT


Showcasing a family passion for pizza


duo dishes out

coal-fired pies in


Megan Bernard

Contributing Editor

There’s a special art

to cooking the pizzas at

Slyce, Highwood’s newest

eatery — and it requires

some elbow grease.

The restaurant owners,

mother-daughter duo Laurie

and Brittany Barth, use

a coal-fired technique requiring

the cooks to continually

rotate the pies in

the oven to get them evenly

cooked, or “perfectly

charred,” as they like to

call it.

“It’s a lot different than

Neapolitan pizza,” Laurie

Barth said about Slyce’s

pizza, which cooks in 850-

900 degrees for just four

minutes, more intensely

than their wood-blazing


“We use the cleanest

burning coal shipped in

from Pennsylvania and

since it’s only on one side

of the oven, the cooks have

to spin the pizzas,” Brittany

Barth added. “The heat

is really all in the bottom

stone but they can’t just sit

there with a timer.”

As a result, Slyce’s pizza

is charred on the bottom,

which resembles a

leopard-like print crust.

“You don’t taste the

coal,” Brittany Barth said.

“It’s truly a unique flavor.”

That flavor has attracted

repeat customers to Slyce

Coal Fired Pizza Company

within the first several

weeks of opening, the duo


The restaurant officially

opened its doors Dec. 19

at 254 Green Bay Road. It

The No. 3 ($15.49) is a 12-inch pizza with tomato sauce, mozzarella, Romano, fresh

basil, oregano, homemade fennel sausage and pepperoni at Slyce in Highwood.

Photos by Michal Dwojak/22nd Century Media

is the second Slyce location,

the first being in their

hometown of Wauconda.

In Wauconda, the Barths

also own Lindy’s Landing,

which has been in their

family for 50 years. After

traveling and discovering

a coal-fired pizza joint in

Florida, they wanted to

bring the idea home and

expand on it for a second


“We thought it could be

something that we could

bring back to the Chicago

area because there is nothing

like it,” Brittany Barth

said. “Let’s face it, we’re

from Chicago, we have a

bajillion kinds of pizzas

but coal was something

that many places don’t


A short while later, in

2009, a building they were

interested in became available

and opportunity came

knocking for the Barths.

“We thought it was a

great place to try this out,”

Brittany Barth said of their

first Slyce location across

the street from Lindy’s


“It was very successful

right out of the [gate],”

Laurie Barth added. “It

paved the way for us to be

able to open up another location

here in Highwood.”

The Barths “stumbled

upon” the Highwood location

and it supported their

requirements: it was in a

“downtown” location and

it felt “boutique.”

“We like to be in an area,

demographically, that will

feed off our brand,” Brittany

Barth said. “Being such

a foodie area ... it really

turned out to be the best of

both worlds.”

Highwood’s Slyce not

only dishes out pizza, but

also small plates, salads,

coal-fired sandwiches and

desserts, plus craft beer

and wine.

In house, head chef

Mike McElwee makes his

own mozzarella, grinds

sausage daily and sources

ingredients from local

farmers when possible. He

not only concentrates on

firing up the perfect pizzas,

but also monitors the

placement of each topping

to create each slice perfectly,

Brittany Barth said.

Slyce Coal Fired Pizza


254 Green Bay Road,


(847) 780-4065



4-10 p.m. Tuesday-


Closed Monday

22nd Century Media

staffers visited Slyce last

week to meet the Barths

and McElwee and then try

out the menu for ourselves.

We started with the

Sicilian salad ($14.99)

— my favorite dish and

the most popular salad —

which came out with a

heaping amount of mixed

field greens, toasted pine

nuts, hand-shaved Parmesan,

prosciutto and a sweet

mustard basil vinaigrette.

The salad was accompanied

with chilled plates

and forks, creating a wellthought-out

experience to

start our meal.

Another starter we sampled

was the coal-fired

artichoke dip ($11.99),

which is the most popular

The Italian stuffed mushrooms ($10.99) are filled with a

house cheese blend, homemade whole fennel sausage,

arugula, garlic, Italian peppers and balsamic glaze.

The Sicilian ($14.99) is a salad filled with mixed greens,

toasted pine nuts, hand-shaved Parmesan, imported

prosciutto, sweet mustard basil vinaigrette and cracked


appetizer, the Barths said,

with imported Italian artichokes,


Italian cheeses and roasted

red pepper with fresh

bread. We also had the

coal-roasted lemon basil

chicken wings ($12.99),

which are marinated for

two days, and the Italian

stuffed mushrooms

($10.99) filled with whole

fennel sausage.

The main course consisted

of three pizzas, including

the No. 13 ($17.99

for prosciutto, Gorgonzola,

Italian figs and balsamic

glaze), No. 14 ($17.99 for

arugula, prosciutto, garlic

and goat cheese) and No.

3 ($15.49 for homemade

fennel sausage and pepperoni).

The pizza crust was

not super light and airy

like a Neapolitan pie, but

rather more wholesome

and crispy. There was no

lingering coal taste either;

it had a nice light char flavor.

To wrap it up, we enjoyed

a cannoli dessert

($7.99), which came with

a variety of three pastries

made fresh that day.

As far as the future goes,

the Barths aren’t going

anywhere, they said.

“It’s been 20 years of

working together,” Laurie

Barth said. “We are pretty

close, so this really works

for us.”

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10 Questions

with Gianna Pasquesi

Gianna Pasquesi is a

freshman at Lake Forest

High School and competes

on the gymnastics team.

How did you get

started in gymnastics?

I started gymnastics

when I was really young,

around age 3 or 4. I was doing

mom-and-me classes. I

just really loved it. When

I was about 7 or 8, one of

my coaches recommended

me for pre-team and then

I just went on team and

that’s how I got started

with the whole thing.

Are you on a club team

outside of varsity?

I have been a part of Ultimate

Gymnastics for a

very long time. I’ve been

competing with them, and

I was actually a Level 8 at

the gym. I recently stopped

it because of high school

coming up and I wanted to

do many other sports at the

high school.

What is your favorite

skill to perform in


My favorite skill is

probably my dismount off

bars which is a toe-front.

It’s a front flip off of the

bars and I’ve been doing

it for about two years. It’s

always really fun to do.

What is your least

favorite skill to


I would probably say

my vault. A few years ago

I had to start doing a more

advance vault, it’s called

the yurchenko. It’s always

been a really difficult skill

for me to do and I’ve always

been really scared to

do it. I’m still trying to get

over that.

How did you

feel when you

made varsity as a


I was really excited. Last

year, I went to a lot of my

sister’s (Jessica) meets. I

met coach (Megan) Miles

and they were just saying

how excited they were.

When I found out I was

on varsity it was just really

exciting and good.

What is it like being

on the same team as

your sister?

I really enjoy it because

we definitely relate a lot

and we always joke with

each other at the events.

There are those times

where we both get into our

zones. We help and push

each other to do better.

What is your favorite


I really like steak, especially

at Tsukasa, that’s

always good. I don’t really

go often, so when I do go

it’s really exciting.

What is your favorite


My favorite candy

would have to be Reese’s

[Peanut Butter] Cups.

Photo Submitted

They’re not very healthy

so I try and stay away from


If you could travel any

place in the world,

where would you go?

I would say back to Italy.

I still have some distant

cousins and relatives out

there. I really love going

back and visiting everyone.

My grandparents are

from Italy, they immigrated

over. I love learning

about that.

Who is your favorite

professional athlete?

I’m a big Cubs fan, and

I’ve always loved watching

them. My favorite

player on the team is Javier

Báez. He’s always

fun to watch. He’s just an

entertaining person and

it reminds me of myself


Interview by Sports Editor

Brittany Kapa

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was a really nice thing to

see,” Dell said.

With 18 teams from

across Illinois, the Scouts

saw some good competition.

A local team, New Trier,

took home the title from

the sea of competitors.

New Trier had five swimmers

place in the top 6 in

individual events and the

Trevians earned first place

in two relays and took third

in another.

“We weren’t so worried

about the place,” senior

Charlie Scheinfeld said. “It

was only nine guys. Our

performance is a good setup

for the rest of the season

because we got a better feel

of what we’re capable of

because we were all pretty

beat up.”

Senior Patrick Gridley

placed first in the 200-

yard individual medley (1

minute, 55.31 seconds)

and took second in the 100

backstroke (51.81).

“Individual events were

OK all around,” he said.

“Winter break was definitely

very hard for us. We

trained super hard. Some of

us were out with sicknesses

and some of us were in the

pool for 4-4.5 hours a day,

so we really got our butts

kicked but we’re ready

to get back into it and get

back into school and finish

off the season well.”

Senior Ryan Gridley

placed second in the 100

freestyle (47.18).

“For right now I felt they

were really good,” he said.

“I only had one individual

but everything all around

was pretty good for me

right now. We’re all beaten

down, but it was a good


Senior Ean Vandergraaf

placed fifth in the 200 freestyle


“I wasn’t too pleased

with my individuals because

I was out sick for a

majority of winter break,

but I’m starting to get a lot

stronger,” he said.

Scheinfeld placed second

in the 100 breaststroke

(56.05) and the 200 IM


“They were good,” he

said. “I’m so tired. I tried

lifting this morning more

than I should have, so I felt

it today.”

Senior Tommy Hackley

placed fifth in the 500

freestyle (4:53.22). The

quartet of the Gridleys,

Vandergraaf and Scheinfeld

won the 400 freestyle

relay (3:10.67). The Trevians

also won the 200 medley

relay (1:35.38) with the

Gridleys, Scheinfeld and

senior Pierson Ohr. New

Trier took third in the 200

free relay (1:28.13) with

Ryan Gridley, Ohr, sophomore

Pearce Bailey and junior

Nick Torre.

“I was happy with the

relays,” Vandergraaf said.

“We all did a really nice

job. I was pretty satisfied

with it.”

high school highlights

The rest of the week in high school sports


Lake Forest 37, Lakes

Community 35

Frank Pasquesi (195),

Nicolos Kovanda (182),

Quinn Dailey (132) and

Jack Heydorn (152) all

won by fall at the Lakes

Quad meet on Dec. 29,

2017 en route to the

team’s overall meet win.

Chase Waggoner (170)

won by 10-3 decision and

Caleb Durbin also won his

match by a 10-2 major decision.

Grayslake Central 52,

Lake Forest 13

Jackson Meadow (126)

won by an 11-2 major

decision over Grayslake

Central’s J. Weidman

Dec. 29, 2017 at the Lakes

Quad meet. Quinn Dailey

(132) also won by a 6-1


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Going Places

Scouts wrestler commits

to NYU for next season

Brittany Kapa, Sports Editor

Quinn Dailey has stayed

tight-lipped about his

plans for after high school,

until now.

Unsure if he would

get into this No. 1 school

choice Dailey mainly confided

in his family to help

with the decision.

In December, Dailey

received word that he

had been accepted into to

New York University, and

would be wrestling there

next year.

“I have to say I’m pretty

at ease with myself,” Dailey

said. “I’m proud of myself

with how far I’ve come.

“NYU was always a

little bit of a stretch. It’s

a pretty tough academic

school ... I wasn’t too sure

(I would get in.) I’m really

happy to say that I pushed

for it and I got it.”

During the initial stages

of college-hunting, Dailey

was setting his sights on

smaller schools, but none

seemed to fit the bill.

“I had a whole little recruiting

process,” he said.

“Originally, NYU wasn’t

in the picture. I didn’t

know where I wanted to

go and I didn’t know how

well I stood up academically.”

Dailey used a recruiting

website to search out potential

colleges. His search

led him to Washington and

Lee University, a small liberal

arts school in Virginia.

“We jumped on that, but

(me and my family) didn’t

really feel out the (college)

scene,” he said. “I went

down there, visited.

“It was a pretty small

Quinn Daley, shown here at a Dec. 28 wrestling meet

at Lake Forest, has committed to wrestle at New York

University next year as a freshman at the school.

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school. I didn’t really

know if it was for me, personally.

It was so small

and secluded. It was still a

very nice school, very historical,

but it wasn’t really

for me.”

After that his search led

him to Trinity College in

Hartford, Conn. In a very


situation, Trinity

wasn’t academically challenging

enough for Dailey


“I ended up pursuing

NYU pretty heavily,” Dailey


In summer 2017, Dailey

visited NYU and participated

in a wrestling summer

camp. He was hooked.

“Compared to all of the

other schools, NYU was

just so much more grand

and breathtaking,” he said.

“I really liked the fact that

I was in the city. There was

a lot of life and vibrancy

on the campus, which was

something I was looking


Now, it’s just a waiting

game for Dailey to finish

high school and begin his

collegiate-wrestling career.

“I’m totally excited to

get in the room,” Dailey

said. “They’re an upcoming

program. They just had

their first NCAA Division-

III champion. That’s a really

big deal. He was at

my weight class (132), but

he’s graduating.”

Dailey knows that he

will have a lot to learn

from the veteran wrestlers

on the team next season,

and is hopeful that he will

be a productive member of

the team.

“I met some of the guys,

and they have really good

wrestling resumes,” Dailey

said. “These people have

gone to Super 32, which is

a really tough tournament

to get into to, just qualifying

is pretty tough.”

Dailey added that a few

of the wrestlers in the

program have come from

DI schools. That level of

wrestler is appealing to

Dailey, especially to learn


“I’m really excited to

be adding on to this really

strong team,” he said.

Girls Gymnastics

Freshman lead way for

Scouts at Straus Invite


Freelance Reporter

The Lake Forest girls

gymnastics team rang in

the New Year with a rousing


The Scouts amassed

133.30 points, their highest

team score of the 2017-

18 season, in the Robin

Straus Invite held in their

gymnasium on Saturday,

Jan. 6.

Leading the way for

coach Megan Miles’ very

young team were Kristin

Fisch and Gianna Pasquesi,

who the junior varsity

coach, Schana Wilczynski,

refers to as “our freshman

rock stars.”

Fisch earned medals in

every event and finished

fourth in the all-around

standings with a score of

36.975. She was second

in floor exercise (9.400),

sixth in the balance beam

(9.300), tied for eighth in

the vault (9.400) and 10th

in the uneven bars (8.875).

Gianna Pasquesi had

the next highest allaround

score (33.100) for

the Scouts followed by

her older sister, who is a

senior, Jessica Pasquesi

(31.975). Gianna Pasquesi

was 25th overall and Jessica

Pasquesi was 27th. Gianna

Pasquesi’s best effort

was an 8.850 in the vault

and Jessica Pasquesi’s best

was an 8.50 in the same


Also making a good

showing for the Scouts

in the 13-team meet were

Nelli Fleming, who was a

junior varsity cheerleader

last fall, and sophomores

Sophie Prozument and

Maggie Bires.

“We had a good meet,”

Miles said. “We still have

a few skills that aren’t in,

but Gianna Pasquesi had

one big vault that went in,

and that was great.

“Floor went very well;

floor and beam typically

are our stronger events.

Bars was a little weaker


Miles was a long-time

assistant coach at Lake

Forest before becoming

head coach four years ago.

She is delighted with the

way her underclassmen

are developing and “having

sisters on the team has

been pretty exciting.”

Not only was this Lake

Forest’s finest performance

of the season as a

team, it also was the best

meet of Fisch’s budding

high school career.

“I was hoping to do

well,” the 14-year-old

freshman replied when

asked about her expectations

going into her first

season. “I’ve been doing

gymnastics for 12 years

and I’ve been training

Level 9 for a year with my

club, Flips Gymnastics, in

Lake Bluff. I consider the

vault to be my best event.”

Fellow freshman Gianna

Pasquesi was hampered by

an injury to her right knee.

“Before the meet I hurt

my knee during a bar dismount,”

she said. “I still

was able to compete but it

wasn’t my best meet.”

Gianna Pasquesi said

she began doing gymnastics

as a 4 year old and

embarked on club competition

as an 8 year old.

“This fall I quit club

Kristin Fisch shows off

her ribbons and medals

Saturday, Jan. 6 after

competing in the Straus

Invite held at Lake Forest.

PHoto Submitted

to do volleyball (at Lake

Forest) and I plan on doing

track in the spring,”

she said. “I want to do

the 100-meter [dash] this

spring. Jessica has been

doing track but she does

the triple jump.”

Lake Forest finished

eighth in the Straus Invite

team standings. Prairie

Ridge was the titlist with

a score of 147.950. Jamie

LaBue of Wheaton-

Warrenville South was

the individual champion

with an all-around score of


Proceeds from the

Straus Invite were donated

to the Breast Cancer Research

Foundation. To promote

breast cancer awareness

many members of the

Lake Forest athletic department

and student spectators

were wearing pink

T-shirts with the words ​


inscribed on them.

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Best seller depicts rich, local history of Ryder Cup

Alan P. Henry

Freelance Reporter

One of the best sellers

at the Lake Forest Book

Store this past holiday season

was “The First Major:

The Inside Story of the

2016 Ryder Cup” by John

Feinstein. Its popularity is

not surprising given that

so many golfers live in the

area and can choose from

at least seven nearby public

and private golf courses.

And readers have given

it rave reviews.

But for those golfers

who want to look beyond

a single contest, and learn

more about the game’s

local roots, the Lake Forest-Lake

Bluff Historical

Society has a treasure

trove of news clippings,

old photos, artifacts, and

interviews that document

the history of local golf

from the 1890s to the present

and clearly place Lake

Forest on the leading edge

of the development of the

game more than a century


That story starts with

Charles Blair Macdonald,

whose father was a Chicago

doctor and sent his son off

to school back in St. Andrews

in Scotland in the

1880s. There, Charles fell in

love with the game, brought

back a set of clubs, and in

1888 convinced Lake Forest

resident Senator Charles

B. Farwell to let him lay out

seven holes on the lawn of

his estate, located where

Lake Park is today.

The course was created

between the flowerbeds

and trees and became

known as the Lake Forest

Golf Club.

“They put tomato cans

in the ground and the

played the first rounds of

golf in this area,” said Historical

Society Vice President

David Forlow.

A newspaper article depicts British team Capt. Charles

Witcombe (left) “lending” the Ryder Cup to American

team captain Walter Hagen (right), with PGA president

Alex Pirie between them, after the U.S. won in 1931.

Photos Submitted

In short order, Hobart

Chatfield-Taylor arranged

with Leander McCormick

to let the Lake Forest Golf

Club put nine holes on the

eastern portion of his farm.

The name “Onwentsia”

was adopted from the Native

American term “meeting

place.” In 1896, the

club moved to its current

location, and the first nine

holes were designed by

Macdonald. Three years

later it was the site of the

U.S. Amateur Golf Championships.

The original

site is the current location

of Lake Forest Country

Day School at the corner

of Green Bay and Onwentsia


Macdonald, who was a

driving force in the founding

of the United States

Golf Association and came

to be known as “the father

of American golf architecture,”

also brought over

from Scotland James, Robert

and David Foulis, who

were the sons of James Sr.,

foreman of the clubmaking

shop of the legendary

Thomas Mitchell Morris,

better known as Old Tom


They designed many

courses, most of which still

exist today. James Foulis

won the second U.S. Open

and became the first golf

pro west of the East Coast,

at the Chicago Golf Club.

Robert Foulis was Onwentsia’s

first club pro and

became recognized as the

country’s foremost authority

on greens construction.

Dave Foulis brought the

metal hole liner to the U.S.

and improved the design to

hold the stick upright.

Also finding his way

from Scotland to Lake

Forest was Alex Pirie, who

by 1924 was living on Atteridge

Road. He was the

fourth president of the Professional

Golfers Association

of America, serving

from 1927-1930. It was

his decision to award the

1931 Ryder Cup to Scioto

Country Club in Columbus,

Ohio. The Cup, begun

in 1927, biennially brings

together 12-member teams

from the United States and

Europe to compete for

pride, with no prize money

attached. In the 40 competitions

held to date, the

U.S. has won 26, though

only 5 of the last 18.

Pirie, who was elected

to the PGA Hall of Fame,

designed the front nine of

Deerpath Golf Course and

served as the first ever pro

at Old Elm Golf Club, located

in Highland Park.

“I can’t imagine the

president of the PGA these

days living in a regular

house on a street like Atteridge.

He was a working

class guy who would walk

down to Old Elm and take

care of the course,” Forlow


The Historical Society

has a large selection of

Pirie-family memorabilia.

The club was popular

with some Lake Forest

golfers in the early 1900s

because some among Lake

Forest’s establishment

frowned on anyone playing

golf on a Sunday, and opposed

any golfers drinking

or gambling on Sundays.

Willie Marshall, yet

another immigrant from

Scotland, became Onwentsia’s

second club pro, after

being the first golf club

pro at Milwaukee Country

Club. He lived next door to

Pirie on Atteridge. At his

funeral in 1922, the former

minister of the First Presbyterian

Church said of

him: “He had a marvelous

way of doing kindnesses

... He never used one word

that was irrelevant.”

Then, there were the

Forgan brothers, James

and David, who left St.

Andrews in the late 1800s,

and went on to own homes

in Lake Forest and both

become bank presidents.

David Forgan also won the

first-ever Western Amateur

in 1899 at the Glenview

William Marshall, pictured here teeing off, was the

second Onwentsia club pro; he is part of the richhistory

of the sport in Lake Forest.

James and David Forgan, brothers from St. Andrews,

Scotland, both lived in Lake Forest and became bank


Country Club. Their father,

Robert Forgan, ran the oldest

golf club factory in the

world, and had trained Willie

Marshall there.

“There was a connection

between all these men,”

Forlow said. “They would

bring their friends over.

Someone would come

over to make clubs. Someone

else would come over

to be the club pro at the

next golf course.”

Willie Marshall and

Alex Pirie are buried in

Lake Forest cemetery, not

far from each other.

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Boys Swimming

Scouts see promise in young squad at Evanston Invite

Todd Marver

Freelance Reporter

Lake Forest is in a rebuilding

year, and coach

Cindy Dell knows that.

The Scouts took home

15th place Saturday, Jan.

6, during the 18-team

Evanston Invite.

“These are the top teams

in the state and we’re really

young,” Scouts coach Cindy

Dell said. “With each

meet that we participate in,

we gain more confidence

and more experience in our

racing. We really had a nice

day of racing for the most


Unfortunately for the

young Scouts squad, the

team did not finish in the

top 6 in any individual

events or relays. Despite

not placing in the top 6

in any events, Dell was

pleased with the performance

of a number of

her swimmers including

sophomore Luke Lanigan,

junior Carlos Minetti and

sophomore Peter Landis.

She was also happy with

Lake Forest’s performance

in all three relays. Lanigan

placed 20th in both the 200

freestyle (1:52.05) and 500

freestyle (5:07.28).

“Luke Lanigan improved

in both of his events (200

free and 500 free),” Dell

said. “He did a really nice

job in that.”

Landis placed 29th in the

500 freestyle (5:29.05) and

35th in the 200 freestyle


“We have Peter Landis

who just moved up this

year from (junior varsity)

to varsity and he’s our No.

2 200 free and 500 freestyler,”

Dell said. “[Those are]

new events for him across

the board and he’s getting

better at those.”

Minetti placed 15th in

the 50 freestyle (22.99) and

21st in the 100 freestyle


“Carlos Minetti continues

to sprint with reckless abandon

and I’m really happy to

see that,” Dell said.

The Scouts placed 15th

in the 200 medley relay

(1:48.68) with seniors Will

Paschke, Brandon Yip and

Collin Robinson and freshman

Torsten Borowski.

Lake Forest took home

14th place in the 200 freestyle

relay (1:34.83) with

Minetti, Robinson, Lanigan

and sophomore Oliver

Akintade. The Scouts

placed 15th in the 400 freestyle

relay (3:29.17) with

Minetti, Paschke, Lanigan

and Akintade.

“Today all three of our

relays did better than what

they were seeded at, so that

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Scouts finish weekend one win shy of record

Brittany Kapa, Sports Editor

The Scouts have grit,

and they’re showing that

on the mat each week.

The Lake Forest wrestling

squad is just one win

shy of tying the record for

most wins in a season. The

record for the program is

16 wins in a season, and

with more than a month

left before playoffs the

Scouts sit at 15.

Scouts Coach Matt

Fiordirosa saw improvement

from Friday, Jan. 5 to

Saturday, Jan. 6.

“We came off the Friday

night dual meet against

Zion, and that was a really

tough, hard fought battle,”

he said. “We fell a little

short. I was seeing good

things. We’re pulling together

as a team.”

The loss didn’t deter

the team, and they came

strong Saturday, Jan. 6 at

Round Lake and won two

of the three dual meets.

“They understand that

fighting off their back is important,

not just for individuals

but because if affects

the team score,” he said.

Fiordirosa is a big fan

of conditioning, so that’s

what the team did over

their winter break.

“The work we put in

over the break was huge,”

he said. “It does help the

physical aspect of it, our

conditioning is getting

better. I think the bigger

key is the mental stuff,

knowing that we out work

people. We deserve to be

in these matches. I think

that’s what wins these


That grit stood front and

center in Caleb Durbin’s

match against a former foe

from Johnsburg. Durbin

(160) had seen Joey Calhoun

before, but lost in

their last bout.

“Earlier in the season he

lost to a kid from Johnsburg,”

Fiordirosa said. “He

lost to him 8-1. Then (Saturday,

Jan. 6), he wrestled

that same kid again and

Caleb took him down at

the end of the third period

to take the lead and he ended

up pinning the kid.”

As a team, Lake Forest

beat Johnsburg 48-28

at Round Lake. Besides

Durbin’s pin, teammate

Nicolos Kovanda also recorded

a fall.

The Scouts also bested

St. Viator 56-21. Round

Lake come out in top in the

dual against the Scouts,

winning 53-26.

Frank Pasquesi (195)

won by fall at 1:24 against

Round Lake. Bennett Duggan

(113) won by technical

fall 17-2 over Round

Lake’s John Cermeno.

Quinn Dailey (132) also

saw victory over Round

Lake, winning by a 13-2

major decision over Zach


“When you put the work

in, it’s harder to give up,”

he said. “When it comes

to those fight or flight moments

in the third period,

when we’re tired, we find

ways to grit it out and keep


The common goal of

surpassing the 16-win

mark has given the Scouts

more drive this season, and

Fiordirosa can see that.

“As a team it unifies us a

little bit because wrestling

is an individual sport but

it kind of pulls us together

because we’re all fighting

again to tie this record

or break this record if we

can,” he said. “It gives us

a goal of pulling together.

You can kind of see the

guys unifying through

these last couple of duals

Caleb Durbin tries to take down a Saint Viator opponent Saturday, Jan. 6, at Round Lake’s meet. Photos by Doug

Waggoner/22nd Century Media

“When it comes to those fight

or flight moments in the third

period, when we are tired, we

find ways to grit it out and keep


-Matt Fiordirosa, on the benefits of good conditioning

and through this process,

which is neat.”

Fiordirosa is hoping this

goal will be a positive impact

on the team for the

remainder of the season.

With playoffs quickly approaching,

he’s hoping

that added confidence will

launch the team past the

opening rounds.

“These dual meets have

all been very important because

it shows that we can

stand with these guys and

these other teams in our

conference,” Fiordirosa

said. “That’s who we’re

going to have to beat to get

out of regionals and into

sectionals and hopefully

down to state.”

Jackson Meadow wrestles Round Lake’s Jarron Rogers

during a bout at the Round Lake meet.

30 | January 11, 2018 | The lake forest leader SPORTS


Scouts’ Will Lincoln nets goal in all-star game

Gary Larsen

Freelance Reporter

Three players for the

Scouts hockey team had

an experience that most

high school athletes don’t


They were able to put

past rivalries aside and

play a fun all-star game

against players from

around the area.

“It was fun,” forward

Will Lincoln said. “I knew

most of the guys on the

team just from playing

against them for a while,

and it was a fun atmosphere

and a fun game.

“It was a lot more relaxed.

Obviously you

want to score, and win,

but it was just kind of a

fun, laid-back game. We

still went hard but nobody

went out of their way to

make a hit or anything.”

Lincoln was notified a

month before the game

that he had made the roster

for the game.

“It was a good honor

and I’m glad I made it,”

he said. “It kind of shows

what I’ve done and it was


This year’s game was

held on Saturday, Jan. 6, at

West Meadows Ice Arena

in Rolling Meadows and

featured players from 10

teams in the 2018 Illinois

High School Hockey

League’s North Central

Division All-Star game.

The players were divided

into two teams, aptly

named Team 1 and Team

2. Team 2 won 12-4 over

Team 1, which featured

the Scouts’ players.

Lincoln scored Team 1’s

first goal in the first period

on an assist from teammate

and senior Brendan

Manfred. Lake Forest junior

Griffin Slobodnik was

Lake Forest forward Will Lincoln skates in the IHSHL All-Star game Saturday, Jan. 6 at West Meadows Ice Arena

where he scored a goal in the game. Gary Larsen/22nd Century Media

also a Team 1 all-star.

Team 1 featured players

from Highland Park, Lake

Forest, and New Trier.

Highland Park seniors

Dylan Abt, Michael Gallo,

and Ryan Genender also

played for Team 1, and

Abt assisted on a secondperiod

goal. Genender

enjoyed his first all-star

experience despite the

game’s one-sided score.

“It was really fun to be

a part of it, playing on a

team with guys that I’ve

played against,” Genender

said. “It was my first allstar

game and I’d never

been a part of anything

like that. I found out I was

on the team about three

weeks before the game,

and I was honored. It’s


Genender said the game

itself was predictably

more laid-back than any

league game among rivals.

“It was more fun, less

stressful and competitive,

and we were all just out

there to have fun and play

hockey,” Genender said.

“You could tell everyone

was having a great time

out there. Everyone was

just out there to have fun

and show off their skills,


Team 1 didn’t get the

outcome they wanted in

the lop-sided loss.

“They just kept going

in on our goalie, kept on

stacking up, and they put

up an eight- or nine-goal

lead real quick,” Lincoln

said. “It was a fun game

but we didn’t want to be

losing that bad and we

tried to get back into the


An MVP for one player

and one goalie from each

team was named after the

game. It’s not often that a

hockey player finds himself

standing on the ice

holding an MVP trophy.

That is where Loyola

Academy senior goalie

Dominic D’Arrigo found

himself, and was certainly

grateful for the honor.

But that wasn’t his main

goal heading into the 2018

Varsity All-Star game.

“Winning is always the

most important thing,”

D’Arrigo said.

D’Arrigo and his three

Loyola Maroon teammates

played on Team 2

and D’Arrigo was named

MVP for that team after

making four saves and giving

up two goals through

two periods.

“It was just like any

other game, just go out

there and stop the puck,”

D’Arrigo said.

All-star games in most

sports tend to showcase

offense over defense and

this year’s game fit the

bill, with very little checking

and a lot of end-to-end


Loyola Maroon coach

Anthony Booth was one of

Team 2’s two coaches and

he had a simple pre-game


“We told them before

the game to just go out and

have fun,” Booth said.

Loyola senior Alec

Piatigorsky and juniors

Daniel Huber and Eagan

Callahan also played, with

Huber and Piatigorsky

scoring a goal and Callahan

adding two assists

for Team 2, which led 4-1

after one period and 10-3

after two periods.

Nobody showed more

skill than Team 2’s MVP

Eric Kurpiewski, who

plays for BG/H/W, which

is a team comprised

of players from Buffalo

Grove, Hersey, and

Wheeling. Kurpiewski

scored five goals in the

win. Latin goalie Peter

Sciarrotta was the Team 1

MVP, along with forward

Sean Maude, who scored

two goals and plays for a

team that draws players

from Elk Grove, Prospect,

and Rolling Meadows.

New Trier juniors Dylan

Kochman, John Norehad,

and Connor McDonald,

and sophomore Magnus

Sivertson also played for

Team 1. Norehad scored

a goal and had two assists

in the loss and Sivertson

added an assist.

“It was great playing

with the best guys in the

league,” Kochman said.

“It’s nice to play with

some new guys. And I

wasn’t here last year so

it was really good to be a

part of it this year.”

LakeForestLeader.com SPORTS

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Doug Waggoner/

22nd Century Media


weekend highlights

1. LF Wrestling.

The Scouts

wrestling team

has 15 wins in

total this season,

and is just one

shy of tying

the record in

a season after

going 2-2 this


2. LF Boys Hockey.

Will Lincoln

scored a goal

in the All-Star

game he and


Brenden Mandred

Griffin Slobodnik

played in.

3. LF Gymnastics.

Freshman Kristin

Fisch placed

fourth overall

in the Straus

Invite Saturday,

Jan. 6, held at

Lake Forest High


From the Sports Editor

Hard work pays off for young LF athletes

Brittany Kapa


One of the things

that makes being

a sports editor so

fun is being able to talk to

young, talented athletes.

In this week’s Athlete

of the Week interview

you will meet Gianna

Pasquesi, a freshman at

Lake Forest High School.

Pasquesi is a talented

young gymnast who is

taking a break from club

gymnastics to focus on

high school sports.

I think what I’m always

amazed by is that high

school athletes are so

dedicated to their sports. I

know that must sound like

a harsh statement, but just

hear me out.

When I was in high

school, coming in as a

freshman, I didn’t quite

know where I fit in. I was

never athletic when I was

younger and my parents

never made me do a sport.

In their defense, I was

never coordinated when

I was young and friction

tended to be my enemy.

The section of gym

I dreaded the most was

when we had to run the


I did play volleyball,

for a brief moment, but

when I tried out for the

high school team I was

very intimidated, unsure

of myself and after two

days of tryouts I gave

up. It wasn’t one of my

finer moments, but at 14

I didn’t understand that

giving up on something

wasn’t the answer.

Now, thankfully, that

has changed. Apparently,

I just needed to

find the right sport. That

sport didn’t come until

well after high school. It

wasn’t until I was 22, and

realized that women play

hockey too, that I wanted

to try a sport. This time,

my perspective changed.

I had so many people

telling me that it wouldn’t

work out and that buying

all that equipment would

be a waste of money. I

didn’t care. Thankfully,

I didn’t listen to any of

those people.

More importantly, I

stopped caring if I failed

on the ice. If I fell, missed

the net on a shot or completely

flubbed a pass to a

teammate I didn’t care. I

was motivated and driven

to get better at this sport

and to do better the next

time because I loved it.

Seven years later I still

fall, but less frequently

now. I still have bad days

on the ice but I also have

had some amazing moments

that make all the

hard work worth it.

Which is why now

when I cover high school

sports I’m always so

amazed with how much

dedication these teens put

into their athletics. They

have school, homework,

families and friends and

still make time for all of

that and athletics.

Pasquesi is going to

have another three years

of that balancing act, but I

think she, and most other

athletes, would agree that

the hard work is worth it

all in the end.

Pasquesi has clearly

found a love for gymnastics,

and that love created

a willingness to put

in time and effort to get


In the end, I think one

of the most rewarding

things as a sports editor

is to talk to these athletes

after they’ve just achieved

personal bests. That is

always a fun interview

to ask them how they’re

feeling, and without fail as

soon as I ask that question

a big smile breaks out on

their faces. You can tell

how proud they are that

they have accomplished a

long-held goal.

Those are my favorite

moment in my job, and

hopefully that comes

across on the page.

This Week In …

Scouts Athletics

Boys Basketball

■Jan. ■ 12 - at Zion-Benton,

7 p.m.

Girls Basketball

■Jan. ■ 13 - hosts Lake

Forest Varsity Tournament,

9 a.m.

■Jan. ■ 15 - hosts Lake

Forest Varsity Tournament,

9 a.m.

Boys Swimming & Diving

■Jan. ■ 13 - vs. Hinsdale

Central at Glenbrook North

(Diving), 8:30 a.m.

■Jan. ■ 13 - at New Trier

Invite, noon

■Jan. ■ 18 - at Zion-Benton,

5 p.m.


■Jan. ■ 11 - hosts Mundelein,

5:30 p.m.

■Jan. ■ 12 - at Waukegan,

5:30 p.m.

■Jan. ■ 13 - at Lisle Invite,

9 a.m.

Girls Gymnastics

■Jan. ■ 13 - hosts Lake

County Invite, 3 p.m.

■Jan. ■ 18 - at Libertyville,

5:30 p.m.

Boys Hockey

■Jan. ■ 11 - at Fox Valley,

7:15 p.m.

■Jan. ■ 12-15 - hosts MLK

Scout Tournament


■Jan. ■ 12 - at Waukegan,

NSC Championship, 6:30


Jan. 13 - at Grayslake

North Invite, 7:45 a.m.

Caxys Athletics

Boys Basketball

■Jan. ■ 13 - vs. Morton at

Wheaton-Warrenville South,

11 a.m.

■Jan. ■ 15 - at MLK

Tournament, Wheaton-

Warrenville South, TBD

■Jan. ■ 16 - at Prairie Ridge,

6 p.m.

Girls Basketball

■Jan. ■ 11 - hosts Carmel,

6 p.m.

■Jan. ■ 13 - at North

Chicago, 2:30 p.m.

■Jan. ■ 16 - hosts Cristo Rey

St. Martin, 6:30 p.m.

Ice Hockey

■Jan. ■ 10 - hosts Carmel,

6 p.m.

■Jan. ■ 13 - at Shattuck, 4


■Jan. ■ 14 - at Shattuck, 4


■Jan. ■ 17 - at LZMW, 8:50


Squash Co-ed

■Jan. ■ 11 - hosts

METROSquash, 5 p.m.

■Jan. ■ 18 - hosts University

High, 5 p.m.

Boys Swimming

■Jan. ■ 11 - hosts Notre

Dame College Prep, 4:30


■Jan. ■ 16 - hosts Rockford

Christian, 4:30 p.m.

■Jan. ■ 18 - hosts

Riverside-Brookfield, King,

4:30 p.m.

WoodlandS Athletics

Girls Basketball

■Jan. ■ 11 - hosts

Waldorf High School,

6:30 p.m.

■Jan. ■ 16 - hosts University

of Chicago Lab School, 5


Listen Up

“With each meet that we participate in, we gain more confidence

and more experience in our racing.”

Cindy Dell — Lake Forest boys swimming coach on his young squad and the

competition the team faced at the Evanston Invite Saturday, Jan. 6, in Evanston.

tune in

Girls Basketball

The Scouts will surely see some good

action at their own tournament.

LFHS hosts Varsity Tournament, Jan. 13,

9 a.m.


26 - Girls Gymnastics

24 - Athlete of the Week

Fastbreak is compiled by Sports Editor

Brittany Kapa. Send any questions or comments

to b.kapa@22ndcenturymedia.com.

Lake Forest Leader | January 11, 2018 | LakeForestLeader.com

Taking it to the mat Scouts wrestling

falls one win shy of tying record, Page 29

Hole-in-one ‘The First Major’

retells start, history of golf in Lake

Forest, Page 27

Three Scouts players

compete in IHSHL All-Star

game, Page 30

Scouts senior defenseman Brendan Manfred attempts to clear the puck out of the zone Saturday, Jan. 6, at West Meadows Ice Arena during the Illinois High School

Hockey League’s All-Star Game in Rolling Meadows. Gary Larsen/22nd Century Media

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