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12 | February 15, 2018 | The Homer Horizon NEWS FROM THE TINLEY JUNCTION Love in the air (and on the walls) at Vogt Visual Arts Center Amour. Amore. Liebe. Across the globe, there are many words for love, but nothing quite captures the concept like a picture or paintings, jewelry and sculptures. Through Feb. 24, the walls of the Tinley Park-Park District’s Vogt Visual Arts Center are to be adorned with images of endearment for its display called “What Do You Love?” The opening reception the afternoon of Saturday, Feb. 3, gave art fans the chance to see the show and chat with local artists about their inspirations. Vogt Center instructor Carol Chirafisi said she loves sharing the joy of art through her paintings and as a teacher. “I mostly love working in oils and depicting concepts that relate to people, so it’s portraiture but it’s not in the traditional sense,” she said. “It’s figures and the objects that pertain to them. It’s narrative in a sense. It’s a composition of many objects that relate to a person’s life. It’s about life, but it’s not too direct. You have to figure the meaning out for yourself.” For gallery director Julie I’LL SELL YOUR HOUSE IN 60 DAYS OR LESS, OR Bob Spychalski Real Estate Expert BOB SPYCHALSKI I’ll pay you $ 500! * * Call for details. Call 630.728.8490 today for aFREE, no obligation market analysis. Call 630.728 Dekker, this show has special meaning. She not only does she love art in all of its forms but also has a deep love for the center itself. She even included the gallery in her wedding when she married her husband, Kurt, on the grounds in 2010. Gallery hours and additional information can be found at www.tinleyparkdis Reporting by Laurie Fanelli, Freelance Reporter. For more, visit FROM THE NEW LENOX PATRIOT Pair teams up to take over longstanding eatery, expects to reopen in March Ranch Frostie has been delighting New Lenox residents for nearly 50 years with soft-serve ice cream, hot dogs and more. And while this spring will usher in some changes, new owners John Sestak and Jackie Potocki want to make one thing clear. “We’re not changing anything,” Sestak said Feb. 6, during an interview with The New Lenox Patriot at Ranch Frostie. “Everything is going to stay close to the same.” Sestak said he and Potocki have lived in the area for close to 44 years. While taking over the New Lenox Your property may be worth more than you think! • cultural hotspot will require a learning curve, he said they are going to be ready for it. “It’s honestly an honor for her and I to keep this place open,” Sestak said. “And the support [from the community] is unbelievable.” More than 45 years ago, Harold and Teri Hoyt purchased what would become Ranch Frostie and moved it to the other side of Route 30, located at 1259 N. Cedar Road. In late 2017, Teri decided it was time to move on to the next stage of her life. But while her time with Ranch Frostie was nearing its end, she wanted to ensure the business would live on. When Sestak and Potocki approached Hoyt about taking over, she said she felt good about it. “I knew him and his connection with New Lenox and Frostie,” Hoyt said about John. “With his business in New Lenox and having known him as a child, I had really good feelings.” Reporting by Jon DePaolis, Freelance Reporter. For more, visit Police ReportS Man reportedly steals two cellphone cases from Meijer A loss prevention employee reportedly observed an unknown man remove two cellphone cases from the packaging, and conceal them on himself Jan. 28 in the electronics department of the Meijer at 14169 S. Bell Road. Upon being approached by the employee, police said the man took off FROM THE ORLAND PARK PRAIRIE Orland Park police officer praised for going ‘above and beyond’ An Orland Park police officer was recognized Feb. 5 at the Village of Orland Park Board of Trustees meeting for going above and beyond the call of duty in order to help a resident. During the recognition portion of the meeting, Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy presented Officer Phillip Glecier to the board members. McCarthy said around 9 a.m. on a January morning, Orland Park police received a call from a senior citizen about a “possible suspicious person near her home … because she saw some tracks in the snow.” McCarthy said Glecier was dispatched to the home, did an investigation and checked the area. While he did not find any signs that would indicate criminal activity, Glecier listened to the woman’s concerns about the lock on her storm door being broken. “Officer Glecier said he might be able to come by after work to fix that,” McCarthy recounted. “After work, he did. He went out and bought a lock for the door and new parts at the Home Depot. He came back and repaired the door for [the woman].” The resident wound up writing a letter thanking the police department and Glecier. running out the door and entered a Mazda before taking off. Jan. 29 • James Hourigan, 25, of 7663 W. Inverary Drive in Frankfort, was cited for allegedly disobeying a stop sign and driving while having a suspended license at S. “We don’t pat our officers on the backs enough for those types of things, for which we really do receive a lot of letters,” McCarthy said. Mayor Keith Pekau said he receives several of these types of letters, but he noted that this instance was “above and beyond.” Reporting by Jon DePaolis, Freelance Reporter. For more, visit From THE FRANKFORT STATION East falls to Bolingbrook in last game of regular season The stage was simple enough, when Lincoln-Way East faced Bolingbrook in a big girls basketball tussle last week. In the final regular season game for both teams, whoever won was the outright Blue Division champion in the SouthWest Suburban Conference. Unfortunately for the Griffins, it was not them. Gabby Smith scored a game-high 17 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, as Bolingbrook made too many big shots and pulled down many more second-half rebounds to pull away for a 56-46 victory over East Feb. 6 at Bolingbrook. With the victory, the Raiders (21-4, 9-1) won at least Parker Road and W. Chicago-Bloomington Trail. Jan. 25 • Mia Kammerer, 32, of 11100 S. 84th Avenue in Palos Hills, was cited for reportedly speeding and driving while having a revoked license at W. 151st Street and S. Woodcrest Avenue. a share of the SWSC Blue for the 10th time in the 13 seasons since it formed. East (25-4, 8-2) tied Bolingbrook for the SWSC Blue title in the 2013-2014 season. But that was because of Homewood-Flossmoor forfeiting all its wins that season. H-F, which would have won it except for the forfeits four years ago, captured the conference title the past three seasons. This season, H-F, now coached by former Bolingbrook coach Tony Smith, knocked off the Raiders 60-59 in double overtime Feb. 1 in Flossmoor. That set up the winner-take-all meeting between East and the Raiders last week. But it was not to be in the end for the Griffins, who defeated H-F in a pair of close games this season but lost the previous meeting to Bolingbrook 47-46 on Jan. 18 in Frankfort. “I feel as a team we didn’t bring forth what we know we can,” East senior guard Delani Grayer said. “We got nervous that we would have made school history [as outright SWSC Blue champions for the first time] if we would have won.” Reporting by Randy Whalen, Freelance Reporter. For more, visit Editor’s note: The Homer Horizon’s police reports come from the Will County Sheriff’s Department’s online news bulletin service. Anyone listed in these reports is considered to be innocent of all charges until proven guilty in a court of law.

® SOUND OFF the Homer Horizon | February 15, 2018 | 13 Social snapshot Top stories From from Monday, Feb. 12 1. Homer 33C announces resignation of superintendent 2. Cheerleading: Porters find the podium in first year as coed team 3. Need for new kidney remains for longtime resident 4. Township Board: Highway commissioner speaks on recent snowy conditions 5. Homer woman relays story of phone scam that targets elderly Become a Horizon Plus member: From the Editor Recognizing all the ways the community shows love Thomas Czaja With Valentine’s Day having just occurred, the thoughts of many have recently been fixated on the likes of chocolates, Cupid, roses, hearts and the like. When some hear the word love, they may initially think of the form of romantic love. Of course, there are various types of love, including those for God, family, friends, pets and maybe even love for the little things one appreciates in life. It is always refreshing to see people showcase and share acts of love, no matter how big or small. Looking through these pages, we sometimes see difficult stories that affect people in the community, but we also often see a number of articles that explicitly and implicitly show residents giving love both to those familiar and strangers alike. In a world that does have more negativity and division than we would care for, keeping an eye out for all the love can be a faithrestoring experience. And, it is quite easy to do. This issue alone encapsulates perfectly the different types of love we see present in Homer Glen on a regular basis. When reading this issue, one doesn’t need to look further than the front cover and on Page 3 to see the first love-related story on an event aptly called Celebrating Love, which was held this past Friday at New Life Community Church. This event was put on for the first time and honored couples and the love they have for one another with an evening of fellowship. Even the unrelenting blizzard outside didn’t keep the couples who attended away from savoring the time to make more memories together. We see love through generosity with the story on Page 9 involving Homer Glen businesswoman Michelle Kerfin and her husband, Ed. Their latest venture is giving backpacks full of supplies to those in need. On Page 15, we see some of the valentines local children took time to draw and color for our contest but more importantly to ultimately send to those who served in the military. It is a small act of love to brighten a day and maybe give that extra push of morale. Even in sports, we see the love that the high school athletes have for their sports, whether bowling, wrestling, cheerleading or whatever else, and how the love for the game and teammates helps bring out the best in them, both athletically and as people. In each instance, there are different forms of love. Valentine’s Day may have been a blast for those celebrating with a new significant other for the first time or with a soulmate for the 50th time. It may have been difficult for those widowed or single or feeling lonely or going through tough times. It may just have been another day, regardless of relationship status or current life situation. The aforementioned stories highlight the good times but also remind us in some cases there are those people out there struggling or in need of some additional love. Hopefully, they continue to inspire everyone to keep their hearts open to both giving and receiving love, not just on Feb. 14, but always. “The infants bring the outside in. They enjoyed playing with snow this afternoon!” Sandbox of Homer Glen from Feb. 6. Like The Homer Horizon: “Marty Mustang greets students at HJH to help spread kindness. #33cpride @ Homer33c” @sschroederteach, Shannon Schroeder, Homer Jr. High eighth-grade reading teacher, from Feb. 7. Follow The Homer Horizon: @homerhorizon 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 Homer Horizon 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 Homer Horizon reserves the right to edit letters. Letters become property of The Homer Horizon. Letters that are published do not reflect the thoughts and views of The Homer Horizon. Letters can be mailed to: The Homer Horizon, 11516 West 183rd Street, Unit SW Office Condo #3, Orland Park, Illinois, 60467. Fax letters to (708) 326-9179 or e-mail to tom@ NEW YEAR. NEW SUCCESS. ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS IN The Homer Horizon JULIE MCDERMED 708.326.9170 ext. 21 CONTACT Visit us online at