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The Lockport Legend 041218

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2 | April 12, 2018 | The Lockport Legend calendar In this week’s legend Standout Student............ 9 Sound Off.....................13 Faith Briefs....................16 Puzzles..........................22 Home of the Week.........26 Classifieds................ 27-35 Sports...................... 36-40 The Lockport Legend ph: 708.326.9170 fx: 708.326.9179 Editor Max Lapthorne, x19 ASSISTANT EDITOR Jacquelyn Schlabach, x15 Sales director Julie McDermed, x21 real estate sales Tricia Weber, x47 business directory Sales Kellie Tschopp, x23 Legal Notices Jeff Schouten, x51 PUBLISHER Joe Coughlin 847.272.4565, x16 Managing Editor Bill Jones, x20 president Andrew Nicks EDITORIAL DESIGN DIRECTOR Nancy Burgan, x30 22 nd Century Media 11516 West 183rd Street Unit SW Office Condo #3 Orland Park, IL 60467 Chemical- free printing on 30% recycled paper circulation inquiries The Lockport Legend (USPS #11290) is published weekly by 22nd Century Media, LLC, 328 E Lincoln Hwy New Lenox, IL 60451. Periodical postage paid at New Lenox, IL and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send changes to: The Lockport Legend, 328 E Lincoln Hwy New Lenox, IL 60451 Published by Jacquelyn Schlabach FRIDAY Trivia Night at the Roxy Theater 6:30-10:30 p.m. April 13, Roxy Theater, 1017 S. State St., Lockport. Seating is limited to 21 teams of eight people. The event will benefit Trinity’s Therapeutic Horseback Riding Therapy. For more information, call (815) 717-3750. SATURDAY Lockport Poetry Project Workshop 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. April 14, White Oak Library Meeting Room A/B, 121 E. 8th St., Lockport. Join this inaugural poetry-writing workshop of the Lockport Poetry Project organized by artist Sam Love. He will offer a brief overview of the project and lead poetic games designed to spark creativity and unleash a unique perspective of the community. All ages are welcome. Lockport Rotary Club Meat Raffle 4-8 p.m. April 14, Coom’s Corner, 1225 E. 9th Street in Lockport. Tickets are six for $10. There will be three different raffle times and a 50/50 raffle. All Animals Great & Small- A TAGOL Exhibition 6-9 p.m. April 14, The Flower of Life Art Gallery, 1601 S. State St., Lockport. This is the third show of the year for The Artist Guild of Lockport. Please park in the lot behind the Art Gallery or at the Metra Station a half block north of the gallery on State Street. Soar Dance Company’s Candlelight Bowling Fundraiser 7:30 p.m.-midnight, April 14, Strike-N-Spare II, 811 Northern Drive Lockport. Tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple and includes appetizers, pizza, dessert, shoe rental, three cosmic bowling games and raffle prizes available. They can be purchased at the door or contact Wings Dance Studio at (815) 838-3333 for more information. TUESDAY AARP Income Tax Prep for Seniors 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. April 17, White Oak Library Meeting Roomn A, 121 E. 8th St., Lockport. This free tax preparation service is provided by AARP and Will County Senior Services Center is by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call (815) 552-4260. Microsoft Excel (2010) Intermediate 6:30-8 p.m. April 17, White Oak Library Computer Lab, 121 E. 8th St., Lockport. This class will build on material already taught in Microsoft Excel (2010) Basics. Attendees will learn more about formulas, functions, filling cells, headers and footers, charts and more. Registration is required. For more information, call (815) 552-4260. WEDNESDAY Create a fabric plate 6:30-8 p.m. April 18, White Oak Library Meeting Room A/B, 121 E. 8th St., Lockport. Create a fabric plate using clear glass plates, fabric and ModPodge glue. All materials will be provided. For adults and teens. Registration is required. UPCOMING Senior Citizen Triad Educational Seminar 9 a.m. Thursday, April 19, Lockport Police Department, 1212 S. Farrell Road, Lockport. The subject of the seminar is “how seniors can avoid scams.” Donuts and coffee will be served at this free event. Free Dentristy Day 8 a.m.- 1 p.m. Friday, April 20, Porter Dental Center, 16620 W. 159th St., Lockport. Patients will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis to get one free cleaning, filling or extraction. For more information, call (815) 552-2360. Lady - A Women’s Expo 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 21, Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Drive. Join 22nd Century Media, publisher of The Legend, and Planet Fitness for the fifth annual expo. Lady is to welcome more than 90 vendors, a cooking demo stage, free fitness classes, activities and more. Free admission and free parking. For more information, call (708) 326-9170 ext. 16 or visit www.22ndcenturymedia. com/lady. Big Run Wolf Ranch Season Opener 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 14857 Farrell Road, Lockport. Attendees will get to see eight wolves, a Siberian tiger, black bear, cougar, skunk, porcupines and more. Enjoy special guest Jim Nesci’s Cold- Blooded Creatures at noon. There will be food, music, raffles and lots of fun. Admission is $6. LTHS Foundation 5K Run- Walk 8 a.m. Sunday, April 22, Lockport Township High School East Campus, 1333 E. 7th St. All proceeds from the race will benefit the LTHS Foundation’s Minigrant Program. Registration for adults is $25 pre-race, and $30 the day of the race. Children and teens age 6-18 are $10, and children under five are free. For more information, email Bunco Night 6 p.m. Friday, April 27, American Legion Post 18, 15052 Archer Ave, Lockport. Enjoy an evening of playing bunco with pizza, desserts, door prizes, raffles and a cash bar. Tickets are $15 and proceeds benefit the children in My Joyful Heart. There are only 100 tickets available for this event. For more information, call (815) 806-1700. Mini Nick-a-Palooza 8 p.m. Friday, April 27, Stike n Spare Lanes, 811 Northern Dr., Lockport. The Fort Awesome Band is sponsoring this fundraising event for the Nick Not Charity for TBI (traumatic brain injury). Nuthin’ Fancy, a southern rock band will perform at 7:30 p.m., following by Fort Awesome Band at 9:30 p.m. until midnight. To donate raffle items, baskets or cash donations, contact Trisha Kot at (708) 301-1726. Taft Foundation Craft Fair 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, Taft School, 1605 W. Washington St., Lockport. Attendees can enjoy a day purusing a variety of quality handmade and home-based business products from over 50 vendors. There is a $1 admission that will be collected for Taft kids’ service project. Children unver 12 are free. For more information, contact director Christine Jelinek at (815) 212-1168. Lockport Love Candlelight Bowl 6 p.m. Friday, May, 4, CORRECTION In the April 5 story “LTHS alumna comes forward,” some years were listed incorrectly. Alleged victim Danielle Sarna had Paul Loveall as a health teacher in 1997- 1998, when she was a sophomore. Loveall allegedly wrote Sarna a letter in early 1998. A romantic relationship between the two was made public in 2001. The Legend recognizes and regrets these errors. Strike-N-Spare II, 811 Northern Drive Lockport. Tickets are $25 per person and include a full Mexican meal and three games of bowling. They can be purchased at the Lockport Police Department or online at ONGOING Citizens Against Ruining the Environment 6-7:30 p.m. every third Monday of the month, White Oak Library, 121 E. 8th St., Lockport. CARE, a nonprofit all-volunteer organization, to discuss environmental and health related issues in Will County and the surrounding areas. Community service hours also available. Fish Fry 5-8 p.m. Fridays. American Legion Post #18, 15052 Archer Ave., Lockport. Dine in or carry out. For more information, call (815) 838- 4515. Have an item for calendar? Deadline is noon Thursdays one week prior to publication. To submit an item to the calendar, contact Assistant Editor Jacquelyn Schlabach at (708) 326-9170 ext. 15 or email j.schlabach@22 news the Lockport Legend | April 12, 2018 | 3 Composing for CSO a ‘dream come true’ for Lockport native Jacquelyn Schlabach Assistant Editor For a final project in his summer course at Northwestern, Jim Stephenson was instructed to write a bad piece of music. The course, Adventures in Bad Music, had a backward approach to helping students discover what they do and don’t like. The 24-year-old at the time had never taken a composition course before this one, and surprisingly, wrote a “bad” piece that ended up being enjoyed by his classmates. It was that moment that encouraged Stephenson to begin writing music full time. “I was like well, if I try to write a bad piece and someone likes it, let’s see what happens when I try to write good music,” he said. “I started composing at the age of 24 and that grew and grew and grew.” His talent and love for music composition led him to receive an invitation in November 2015 to write a piece for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra that will be premiered during one of their concert weekends in June 2019. “It’s just one of those beautiful things that you never expect,” Stephenson said. “I mean, this is literally the orchestra I grew up listening to. My dream as a kid was to someday play in the Chicago Symphony. That’s not happening, because I don’t play trumpet anymore, but this is about as close or maybe even better.” Stephenson played the trumpet growing up in Lockport, and when he was 14 years old, a year after he attended Lockport Township High School, he knew if he was going to take his music career seriously, he needed to attend a school that focused on the arts. From sophomore to senior year, he went to Interlochen Center for the Arts for high school in Interlochen, Michigan. Following graduation, he continued his music studies at New England Conservatory in Boston. His first job out of school was playing trumpet with a symphony orchestra in Naples, Florida. He had the summers off, which led him to take the Adventures of Bad Music course at Northwestern one year. In 2007, he quit the orchestra, and his wife, Sally, and their four children moved to Lake Forest, where he currently lives. That’s when his composition career began to take off. Stephenson has written approximately 250 pieces for various singers, soloists and ensembles such as the Minnesota Orchestra, L.A. Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony and many more. He and his wife have their own business, Stephenson Music, where Jim writes the pieces and Sally prints the music and ships them right from their home office. “For the most part, my business works with word of mouth,” he said. “So if I write a piece and hopefully somebody likes it, they’ll either put a video of themselves playing it or they’ll tell their friends about it. I mean social media is such a big help for us composers, it can also be a big hurt of course too, if I write something that’s terrible, then people will talk about that, as well. I’m only as good as my last piece, so I just try to put the best stuff out there that I possibly can and hopefully people will talk about it.” A few years ago, Stephenson wrote a piece that was played at Ravinia, in Highland Park, which is where the Chicago Symphony Orchestra plays during the summer. A bass trombone player for CSO, Charles Vernon, approached Stephenson following the performance of his piece and asked Stephenson if he could see more of his music. Little did Stephenson know, Vernon brought the music to the conductor of CSO, Riccardo Muti, and he liked what he saw. Shortly after, Stephenson was asked to write a piece for the orchestra. “[Vernon] goes, ‘Jim, I’ve got some news for ya, how would you like to write a piece for the Chicago Symphony?’ And you know, I picked my jaw up off the floor and I said, ‘yeah that would be pretty cool.’” Stephenson wasn’t able to go public with the information until this past January, when CSO made the announcement themselves. According to him, big orchestras plan their seasons usually two years in advance, which led to Stephenson not revealing to anyone about him writing music for CSO until this year. In June, he will start to compose the 15-minute piece, featuring the bass trombone player as the soloist, that will take him about two months to write. “I’m kind of a quicker composer compared to most, and I don’t know if that will ever change, it’s just kind of the way I work,” he said. “But it is my job. I get up in the morning and I work from eight until four or five writing music, but it’s completely my job.” The piece doesn’t have a title just yet, but Stephenson said that may come as he starts writing, or after it’s completed. In the meantime, he will meet with Vernon Lockport native and composer, Jim Stephenson, was invited to write a piece for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to debut in June 2019. Sandy Swanson prior to writing the music to give Stephenson an idea of how he wants it to sound and mesh with the ensemble. “What’ll happen more than anything, is I will just hear [Vernon’s] personality in his sound, because just like we all have different speaking voices, we all have different sounds on our instruments,” Stephenson said. “I’ll hear his personality and it’ll give me ideas [on how to write the piece].” Normally, Stephenson doesn’t meet with the soloist, because many of the pieces he writes are for people or ensembles not in the area. He’ll write the piece based on what he’s told by the soloist, what he hears off recordings, or with background knowledge he already has. “[Vernon] might just do something totally at random and I’ll be like ‘oh there we go, I’m going to feature that.’ It’s very important for me to hear how he plays,” he said. “I mean I already sort of have an idea because he’s been in the orchestra a long time and I’ve heard the orchestra. But hearing him up close and personal will be hugely important for me.” Those who want to hear Stephenson’s piece up close and in-person might have to wait until 2019, but it should be worth the wait. “It’s a dream come true for me, it literally is,” Stephenson said. “When I was in high school, I used to play recordings of the Chicago Symphony nonstop, listening to them over and over again, and so now to get to write a piece... I mean these are the best players, and to get to put music on their stands, written by me is going to be really cool.”