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12 | April 12, 2018 | The Homer Horizon NEWS Founders Crossing Chapter learns about little-known World War II story Monthly meeting takes place at Homer Township Public Library Submitted by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Last month, the Founders Crossing Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution presented a program titled “Stand Firm.” The meeting, held at the Homer Township Public Library, was a monthly gathering of members and prospective members of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. Chapter leaders, searching for programs which develop DAR goals of patriotism, education and historic preservation, presented Gaye Flowers, of the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie. Flowers’ work as a museum docent and educator takes her out into the community with the story of the choices made by Jehovah’s Witnesses during World War II. The little-known story of their imprisonment in Dachau and other Nazi concentration camps was illuminated with photos and quotations from numerous Witnesses who had suffered the torturous conditions. A replica of the typical striped concentration camp uniform, bearing the blue triangle indicating the prisoner was a Jehovah’s Witness, was on display. The speaker explained that, unlike the Jews who had been arrested and deported to camps for extermination, Jehovah’s Witnesses were given the opportunity to renounce their faith and swear allegiance to Hitler in order to obtain a release. Few signed the denunciation document, articulating the position, as did one inmate, poetically, “In my faith, I will always stand firm.” The choices made by the Jehovah’s Witnesses resulted in their being beaten, isolated and possibly executed in the camp, but ultimately, approximately 80 percent of them survived. Featuring 20+ fun things to do in your town over the summer! Publishes May 17, 2018 Space Reservation Deadline: May 2nd Ad Approval: May 8th 2018 Guide PLEASE CALL: 708.326.9170 TO RESERVE YOUR AD They told their stories after the war, and, according to Flowers, continue to do so from their homes around the world. They joined the post- Holocaust chorus of “never again,” and education programs such as this are presented with that purpose. The April Founders Crossing Chapter meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 14, at the Orland Park History Museum, 14415 S. Beacon Ave., Orland Park. The program will highlight the synergy of art and conservation, with a presentation by Carrie S. Carlson, artist-in-residence at the Orland Grasslands. Rita Travis, co-founder and director of the Bluestem Earth Festival, and Founders Crossing Chapter conservation chairwoman, will present with her. The chapter will also present Carlson with the nationally determined DAR Women in the Arts Award for her work. At the same meeting, several of the DAR Good Citizen Contest Award winners, as well as the chapter’s nominee for the DAR American History Scholarship, have been invited to attend for recognition of their selection. All are local high school seniors. DAR is a service organization comprised of women whose ancestors served in the American Revolution. Women ages 18 and older who can prove that they are lineal descendants of such a patriot are eligible without regard to race or religion. For more information about the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, or Founders Crossing Chapter, contact Christina Bannon, regent, at (815) 524-4488, or Susan Snow, registrar, at (708) 751-5154. FROM THE ORLAND PARK PRAIRIE Trustees open discussion about reverting mayoral role to part-time status The days of a full-time mayor in Orland Park may be on borrowed time. During the Finance Committee meeting April 2, three Village Board members forwarded on an item — without a recommendation — to the full Village Board for discussion and possible action that could revert the full-time Village president position back to a part-time position after the 2021 election. The three members of the committee are trustees Michael Carroll, Dan Calandriello and Patricia Gira, who asked for the item to be placed on the April 2 committee meeting agenda. During the meeting, Gira said there has been a lot of discussion — and confusion — regarding the role of the full-time position. “It is very difficult without clearly outlined parameters for the full-time position versus the part-time mayor’s position,” Gira said. “We’re not clear on it, and I don’t think anyone has a good understanding of it.” Carroll, the committee chairman, said he checked with the Village clerk’s office to confirm that Mayor Keith Pekau was sworn in May 15, 2017. To give it a full year to see “the effectiveness of our ordinance,” Carroll suggested sending it to the board level for discussion on May 21. Calandriello agreed with Carroll about having the conversation May 21. The committee members voted 3-0 to send the item on to the Village Board without a recommendation for discussion and possible action May 21. Reporting by Jon DePaolis, Freelance Reporter. For more, visit FROM THE NEW LENOX PATRIOT Police: Phone charger may have caused house fire that killed man, dog A 69-year-old New Lenox resident died Friday, April 6, following a house fire on April 3 that took place in the 2200 block of Sanford Avenue in New Lenox. Larry Crabb Sr. reportedly was removed from the burning house by his son, Larry Crabb Jr., and a utility line worker, who was working nearby. The family’s dog died during the fire, according to New Lenox Deputy Chief Louis Alessandrini. The elder Crabb’s wife was not home at the time of the incident, Alessandrini added. Crabb Sr. reportedly was taken to Silver Cross Hospital and was later transferred to Loyola Medical Center’s Burn Center in Maywood. Alessandrini said Crabb Jr. was out to take the family’s other dog to the vet and came back at around 9:30 a.m. to find that the house was on fire. He solicited help from the aforementioned utility line worker to help save his dad. The tri-level home sustained “extreme” damage before it was extinguished by the New Lenox Fire Protection District and several other fire departments, including Mokena, Frankfort, Orland Park, Homer Glen and Lockport, according to a press release from the New Lenox Fire Protection District. Alessandrini said the cause of the fire is still under investigation, but he was told by detectives at the scene that an off-brand phone charger may have been the source of an electrical fire. Reporting by James Sanchez, Editor. For more, visit

® sound off the Homer Horizon | April 12, 2018 | 13 Social snapshot Top stories From from Monday, April 9 1. Homer native searches for justice after alleging abuse by LTHS teacher in late 1990s 2. Former LTHS, Cubs player opens restaurant in Lockport 3. UPDATE: Homer Glen woman that went missing April 2 has been found 4. Local family designs necklace in late mother’s honor 5. Baseball: Porters power their way to WJOL tourney title Become a Horizon Plus member: “One of our brides is an Olympian and she surprised us by bringing her gold medal with to her final appointment today! How awesome is that?? Thanks again, Kendall! We can’t wait for your wedding! #Kendall- Coyne #TEAMUSA” Flowers by Steen Productions, from April 4. Like The Homer Horizon: From the Assistant Editor Giving back your time Jacquelyn Schlabach Over the past couple of months, I’ve been thinking about getting more involved in my community of Downers Grove. In college and when I was growing up, I volunteered at all different kinds of places, such as the Naperville Public Library, an animal shelter, adult day care center, food pantry and others. I was raised to give back to those less fortunate than I and have continued to do so. However, since graduating college last May, I haven’t found the time, nor place, to volunteer. With working a full-time job, it’s difficult to help out places during the day, which seems to be the preferred timeframe for most organizations. But recently, I realized I can’t use time as an excuse, because I can make time. Even an hour or two means something to someone, and I’m happy to even do that. Recently, I really started looking on the internet at different places I can volunteer at near my home. I want to explore Downers Grove, since I haven’t lived there even a year yet, and learn more about the community and how I can help it. What got me thinking about this even more was speaking with two workers at Meals on Wheels of Will County. They are in need of more volunteers and are struggling to find them. You can reach more about the story on Page 5. It gave me the motivation to start taking my desire to volunteer seriously and just do it. It seems all I do these days is go to work, go to the gym and come home. I’ve been wanting to do more with my time and make the most of it. I love interacting with new people, learning HELP YOUR CUSTOMERS new things and helping people out in the process. I’ve done it my whole life, and I’m disappointed that I haven’t kept up with it like I should since graduating. While it’s of course already four months into the year, my belated New Year’s resolution is to volunteer more and do good with my time. There’s eight more months go, so I certainly have time. I encourage all those who are in a similar boat as mine, or who haven’t thought much about volunteering, to go ahead and try it. Search for a local place that interests you, whether that’s working with animals, the homeless, the elderly, at the library or anything else that you would find purpose in. I can guarantee you, there’s something out there for everyone. I’ll be doing the same, and I hope to keep you all updated on where I end up next in my volunteer efforts. It’s exciting to do new things, and I can’t wait to finally get out into the community and make some good changes. 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@ BUY IT! SELL IT! FIND IT! “I have concluded after countless hours of study that the Lockport Township Wind Symphony was the best band to ever record J’ai été au Bal.” @broonloops, Brian Stapleton, LTHS grad, from April 3. Follow The Homer Horizon: @homerhorizon CONTACT INTO ACTION THIS SEASON. The Homer Horizon JULIE MCDERMED 708.326.9170 ext. 21 - IN THE - CLASSIFIEDS 708.326.9170