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® 16 | February 15, 2018 | The orland park prairie News FROM THE TINLEY JUNCTION Love 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 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 NEW YEAR. NEW SUCCESS. ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS IN The Orland Park Prairie DANA ANDERSON 708.326.9170 ext. 17 CONTACT Pair teams up to take over longstanding eatery 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 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 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 a share of the SWSC Blue for the 10th time in the 13 seasons since it formed in 2005- 2006. 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 of 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 FROM THE HOMER HORIZON Platinum Cheer Association looks to empower youth Encouraging young athletes to “Be Fierce. Be Brilliant. Be Platinum,” Platinum Cheer Association is gearing up for its first year of competitive cheerleading. All eight board members met at Front Row in Homer Glen for their last meeting before registration opened Jan. 30. Last year, the women embarked on the opportunity to create a new cheerleading program that was not connected to a football program. Having an independent program will allow for a stronger focus on cheerleading as a sport, giving PCA athletes an edge as they move into high school cheerleading, the board members said. “We’re the first in the area to do cheer on a recreational level not connected to a football program,” Homer Glen resident Jen Wirth said. The board members and founders all have children who were previously involved with another cheer program. After discussing the benefits their children would receive from a cheercentric program, they decided to create their own. “We knew we wanted cheer to stand alone as a sport,” board member and Homer Glen resident Jill Roberson said. “We had a really strong program before, but we saw athletes looking to move to All-Star levels, so we wanted to create a program at the All-Star level without the All-Star price.” PCA accepts cheerleaders from anywhere in the area. Reporting by Amanda Del Buono, Freelance Reporter. For more, visit HomerHorizon. com. Sound Off the orland park prairie | February 15, 2018 | 17 Social snapshot Top Web Stories From as of Saturday, Feb. 10 1. Boys Swimming: Eagles’ Kyle Fox leads team to conference crown 2. Cheerleading: Eagles finish fourth in Large Team division at state 3. Police Reports: Woman allegedly took more than $1,900 in cash, gave away product from Orland store 4. Girls Bowling: Eagles win first regional title en route to Bolingbrook Sectional 5. Wrestling: Eagles win two individual titles, claim regional championship Become a Prairie Plus member: Orland Parkers Donna McCormack posted the accompanying image Friday, Feb. 9, with the note, “Shoutout to all of us who made it to work today and those who took care of the shoveling while we were gone. Katie McCormack not only did duty at our house with her daddy, but did our elderly neighbor’s and a path in the back so the elderly dog could go outside — which he promptly ignored and went off to the snow drift anyway. Stay safe all.” Like The Orland Park Prairie: “Thanks to @WholeFoods for joining us at The Bridge today to teach our students all about #cheese. We have quite a few cheese lovers!” @TheBridgeTC — Bridge Teen Center, on Feb. 6 Follow The Orland Park Prairie: @opprairie From the Editor Snow your role BILL JONES How about that snow, am I right? We all dealt with it in some form or another last weekend (unless you happened to be vacationing somewhere warm or still did not have to go anywhere this Monday, in which case I shake my fist in your direction). So, I will not harp on it or complain; we are all in the same frozen boat on this one. Instead, I’ll say I think it was a good week to launch a weather column. Though consultant Mark T. Carroll focuses on recapping January in his introductory story (Page 6), the timing just Letters to the Editor Vets helpful in time of need For the second year in a row, on a cold, snowy winter morning, my husband, three small daughters, cat and I were evacuated from our home due to a carbon monoxide leak. (Last year due to a water heater leak, this year due to a furnace exhaust issue). We have great luck! Sitting in our van in the driveway, our poor “indoor” kitty frightened and meowing. Enter Prairie State Veterinary Clinic in Orland Park. Teddy’s been a patient for feels right for putting the area’s weather in historical context. It is something new we’re trying, and I’d love to hear your feedback on it at It also is a good week to grab a hot beverage of your choice (a hot toddy, maybe, for the adults, and hot chocolate with marshmallows is a win at any age) and enjoy some poetry. This week’s issue is packed with Orland Park creativity, from our regular Poetry in OP contributor Lin Peterson (right here, on this page) and Resident Poet Susanne Cabrini Marie (Page 23) to a guest spot by Dianna Abusharif (Page 6). Heck, I’ll even give it a try with these companion haiku poems. ‘Good Resident’ Waited for two hours Put on my hat, gloves, jacket Cleared drive, almost done ‘Jabroni plow’ several years. Called this morning and mid-explanation of our predicament was told, “Just bring her in! We’ll figure it out.” Gave her a huge cage in a warm, quiet room with warm towels/fresh food/water/litter while we dealt with everything. Treated her better than some of us humans treat each other on these cold, snowy days. Refused to accept payment a few hours later. They already have my business, and if you’re in need, consider giving them yours. Town plow, coming late Shoveled curb, dug out hydrant Yellow lights, snow, hate OK. I know I promised I would not complain (I know I did that). But, to shovel (by hand, none of that snow thrower business) for close to two hours, to do all the right things (to wait to give the plows time to come through first, to dig out my fire hydrant in case of the unfortunate event that necessitates local firefighters access it) and to be mere minutes from finishing the job, on the last stretch of a sidewalk, only to see the yellow lights coming, two plows turning the corner and a new 2-foot wall erected at the end my driveway and (more egregiously) the hydrant I just cleared absolutely buried by, presumably, the same municipality (not Orland Park) that wants I clear it. Sooooooooo frustrating, am I right? Let’s not even get started on LaGrange Road. A grateful patient’s mom, Maria Moore Orland Park resident Poetry in OP ‘Friends’ Lin Peterson Contributing Columnist Friends, past and present. Some, once so important, now only a memory, a curiosity. Whatever happened to ??? Recently making contact with a grade school friend, Our lives long ago on different paths. How odd to talk of things we did as small children. Games of pretend, singing with the radio, teaching each other to dance. A high school friend I once introduced to another friend. They, taking on each other as friends, to my exclusion. Another high school friend, still with me after 50 years, knowing me better than I know myself. More friends, good, good friends met along the way that fill the voids in my life with their lives. Friends who are my family. Friends who became my family. They all weave a tapestry around me and make me who I am. 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 Orland Park Prairie encourages readers to write letters to Sound Off. All letters must be signed, and names and hometowns will be published. 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