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® 8 | April 12, 2018 | The New Lenox Patriot News newlenoxpatriot.com ‘We just wanted to be sure that it was preserved forever’ NLAHS to use first floor of United Methodist Church to serve veterans Jon DePaolis Freelance Reporter When the New Lenox Area Historical Society members found out the United Methodist Church of New Lenox building was in trouble, they were concerned one of the oldest buildings in town could be taken away. Lori Lindberg, chairman of NLAHS, said the church — which was built in the 1890s — was at risk for being torn down. “We just wanted to be sure that it was preserved forever,” Lindberg said. “We thought that could happen if it was in our hands.” By purchasing the church building, which is located off Church and Haven streets, NLAHS will be able to not only preserve history but also solve a few of the organization’s lingering problems. “Our membership is growing, and our meeting spaces are sometimes at capacity,” Lindberg said. “We thought we might need something a CONTACT little larger, and we wanted somewhere we could display our history.” Lindberg said the second floor of the church annex will fill those needs for the historical society. On the first floor, however, Lindberg said the space will be used at times by a veterans group. “We were concerned [for veterans], because the statistics show that 22 a day are taking their lives, because they are not able to find jobs or have health issues as a result of their service,” Lindberg said. “One of the things we wanted to do was help this other organization that has been in existence over 30 years have a space. They lost their space in another town, and they wanted to come out [here] — near the railroad tracks, because some of the veterans don’t drive.” The veterans group, Vet Tech, trains the former soldiers for information technology jobs, such as building and repairing computers. They also certify the veterans in the Microsoft operating system. The members of St. John Kochurov Orthodox Chapel, who have been renting space in the old church building for a few years, also will HELP YOUR CUSTOMERS INTO ACTION THIS SEASON. The New Lenox Patriot LORA HEALY 708.326.9170 ext. 31 l.healy@22ndcenturymedia.com Part of the restoration process of United Methodist Church took place Thursday, April 5, where workers began to save the stained glass in the church before it broke apart and fell off the walls. Photos Submitted continue to operate in the building. NLAHS took over the building in December. Since then, the historical society and a group of volunteers have been hard at work repurposing the building. “There are a number of renovations that need to be done,” Lindberg said. “Right now, we’ve been in the process of just emptying out things that had been left behind and taking out the old carpeting, window coverings and old ceiling tiles. We’ve been cleaning and painting, too.” The next step is to remodel the bathrooms. Lindberg said an architect drew up the plans for the remodel, and they are currently being reviewed for approval by the Village of New Lenox. She said a different veterans group, which includes former Mokena Mayor Joe Werner, is volunteering to do the plumbing work. Another veteran has been working with ComEd to replace all of the bulbs and light fixtures in the church. Both the veteran and ComEd donated the money to complete these upgrades. “The regular light bulbs in a fluorescent fixture can blink, and that can be a problem for some veterans with PTSD or anyone who has seizures,” Lindberg said. “These new bulbs look like a skylight.” Lindberg also said a local contractor also donated Eric Penic, owner of Cathedral Glass, said the window pictured here was in the worst condition he had seen in 47 years working in stained-glass restoration. his services to repair, patch and sand drywall as needed in the building. Later this spring, she said someone is coming to work on the stained glass windows. “Everybody has been so good about helping and donating,” Lindberg said. “It’s been wonderful.”

newlenoxpatriot.com News the New Lenox Patriot | April 12, 2018 | 9 Health, safety, severe weather learning come all in one night Submitted by Village of New Lenox The Village of New Lenox, in partnership with the New Lenox Safe Communities America Coalition and their collaborative partners, are proud to announce the 2018 New Lenox Severe Weather Spotter Training/ Health and Safety Expo. It will be held on Thursday, April 19 at Lincoln- Way West High School’s Performing Arts Center. The free Health and Safety Expo will be held from 5-7 p.m. Visit approximately 50 organizations from the health, safety, fitness, preparedness and emergency response industries. Attendees will receive free literature, giveaways and health screenings. The free Severe Weather Spotter Training will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. The training provides those in attendance with information on what to look for during severe weather season. Attendees will learn about: • Thunderstorms – lightning, hail, damaging winds, flash flooding and tornadoes. • Facts and myths about severe weather hazards that impact our area. • Advisories, watches and warnings. • How and where weather spotters can report information from their homes. • Steps that can be taken to prepare for severe weather. This program is perfect for students, parents, scouting groups, amateur radio operators, emergency services, public works, police, fire, schools and anyone else wishing to learn about severe weather. Free Health and Safety Expo participants: • American Red Cross • Associated Orthodontists, Ltd. • ATI Physical Therapy • Cancer Support Center • CASA of Will County • Chiro One Wellness Centers • Cottages of New Lenox • Crisis Line of Will County •Daley’s Ambulance • Dryer Vent Wizard of Will County • Gateway Foundation • H.E.R.O. (Heroin Epidemic Relief Organization) • Illinois Search and Rescue Council • Illinois Secretary of State’s Organ Tissue Donation Program • Integrated Physical Medicine • JointPro Physical Therapy • Lincoln-Way Marching Band • Lincolnway Special Recreation Association • Metra • Moms Demand Action - Be SMART Program • NAMI South Suburbs of Chicago • Narcotics Anonymous • National Weather Service • New Lenox Community Emergency Response Team • New Lenox Community Park District • New Lenox Fire Protection District • New Lenox Public Library • New Lenox Safe Communities America • New Lenox Township • New Lenox ESDA • No Toxin Zone • Osco Pharmacy • Rosecrance • Senior Services of Will County • Sertoma Centre, Inc. • Servpro • ShareFest • Silver Cross Hospital • Stepping Stones • Team Rubicon (American Red Cross) • TRIAD Manhattan-New Lenox • Trinity Services, Inc. • University of Illinois Will County Master Gardners • Walgreen’s Pharmacy • Will County 9-1-1 • Will County Health Department - Environmental Health • Will County Health Department – MRC (Medical Reserve Corps) • Will County State’s Attorney’s Office • Will County Waste and Land Use and Will County Green Bob Spychalski BROKER •CustomizedMarketingCampaign •Freeprofessional&dronephotography •Strongonline&socialmediaexposure •5starZillowagent •FrankfortResident 630.728.8490 BOB SPYCHALSKI ILC 8509 0318 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