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Weeping icon at Homer

church continues to

emit sweet-smelling

oil considered to be

a miracle by many,

Pages 4-5

Seeking a

solution

Nearly 100 residents

sign petition hoping

for permanent answer

to speeding vehicles

on Crystal Lake Drive,

Page 3

Lending a

helping hand

Landscaping business

owner sends crew to

spruce up yard of Homer

single mother, Page 8

The icon of St. John the Baptist has been emitting an oil that streaks down it and collects at its base for more than three years at Assumption Greek

Orthodox Church in Homer Glen. Thomas Czaja/22nd Century Media

Bulking up

staff Local fire

district will be able to

hire two additional

firefighters thanks to

grant from Department

of Homeland Security,

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FRIDAY

Annie’s Holiday Garage Sale

9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 14

and Sept. 15, 422 Hillview

Ct. in Lemont. Halloween,

Christmas and Easter decorations

will be available for

purchase. Proceeds are to

benefit TLC Animal Shelter

in Homer Glen.

Stargazing

8-10 p.m. Sept. 14, Trantina

Farm, 15744 W. 151st St.

in Homer Glen. Large telescopes

will be available for a

free viewing of astronomical

beauties.

SATURDAY

Simple Yet Tasty Family

Meals

10:30-11:30 a.m. Sept.

15, Homer Township Public

Library, Community

Meeting Room. 14320 W.

151st St., Homer Glen. Chef

Susan Maddox will teach

participants recipes that require

only a few ingredients.

“Less to Impress” is

the theme of the program,

as Maddox demonstrates a

menu utilizing the late fresh

summer and early fall ingredients

found in local grocery

stores and farmer’s markets.

Registration is required. For

more information, call (708)

301-7908.

Free Fall Fest

2-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept.

15, Cross of Glory Lutheran

Church, 14719 W. 163rd St.

in Homer Glen. There will be

live music, food, fall crafts,

prizes and other fun activities

for all ages. Everything

is free to the community. For

more information, call (708)

301-6998.

SUNDAY

Fall Mum Sale

11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 16,

American Legion Post 18,

15052 Archer Ave. in Lockport.

Everyone is invited to

stop by and pick out a mum

plant to decorate at their home

or business. The plants come

in a variety of colors and cost

$10 each. Proceeds will benefit

local area veterans.

MONDAY

Alzheimer’s and Dementia:

Effective Communication

Strategies

7-8 p.m. Sept. 17, Homer

Township Public Library.

14320 W. 151st St., Homer

Glen. Attendees will explore

how communication takes

place when someone has Alzheimer’s,

decode the verbal

and behavioral messages

delivered by someone with

dementia, and identify strategies

to help communicate

at each stage of the disease.

Registration is required. For

more information, call (708)

301-7908.

TUESDAY

Protect Yourself from Scams

11 a.m.-noon Sept. 18,

Homer Township Public Library.

14320 W. 151st St.,

Homer Glen. This presentation,

given by Humana, will

teach attendees how to protect

themselves from scams.

Registration is required. For

more information, call (708)

301-7908.

WEDNESDAY

Lemont Artist Guild: Plein

Air Landscapes

7-8 p.m. Sept. 19, Homer

Township Public Library.

Community Meeting Room,

14320 W. 151st St., Homer

Glen. Presenter Tom Henrichsen

will discuss the use

of secondary limited palette

when painting outdoors. He

will also talk about painting

indoors with his use of a full

palette and using watercolor

and oil paintings on his plein

air watercolor sketches.

Registration is required.

UPCOMING

Hazardous Waste, Motor Oil

and Electronics Collection

8 a.m.- 3 p.m. Saturday,

Sept. 29, Hadley Middle

School, 15731 Bell Road in

Homer Glen. This is for anyone

who wants to properly

disregard their unwanted

materials. Each person must

schedule a 15-minute appointment.

There is a limit

of two televisions per vehicle,

and an ID is required.

To schedule an appointment,

visit electronics-hhw-collec

tion.as.me/schedule.php.

Annual Fall Craft and Vendor

Fair

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday,

Sept. 29, Homer Township

Public Library, 14320 W.

151st St. Attendees can visit

nearly 50 local vendors and

crafters that will have a variety

of goods on display.

Some items for sale include

wood signs and decor, homemade

toffee, homemade organic

soaps and bath bombs

and more. Jimmy John’s will

be handing out free samples

of their sandwiches, as well.

The craft fair also serves as a

fundraiser to provide books

and new technology services

for library patrons.

Alexandra’s Ambition

Foundation Race to Walk 5K

8 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 30,

Konow’s Corn Maze, 16849

S. Cedar Road in Homer

Glen. Pre-registration is $30.

Registration includes all-day

admission to Konow’s, as

well as a meal voucher. Participants

are to receive a free

T-shirt and bag of appreciation.

For more information,

email aaf@alexandrasambi

tion.org or call (773) 229-

2395. To register, visit www.

alexandrasambition.org.

Pancake Breakfast

8 a.m.-11 a.m. Sunday,

Oct. 7, American Legion

Post 18, 15052 Archer Ave.

in Lockport. Everyone is invited

to attend and enjoy an

all-you-can-eat breakfast.

Pancakes, bacon, sausage,

potatoes, scrambled eggs and

homemade biscuits and gravy

will be served. Tickets are

$8 for adults, and children 5

and under are free. Proceeds

will go to the benefit local

area veterans.

Senior Fall Harvest

1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct.

17, American Legion Post

18, 5052 Archer Ave. in

Lockport. While supplies

last, each household will

receive a free bag of fruits

and vegetables. There will

also be free refreshments.

Walgreens will be offering

free flu shots, and the Homer

Township Fire Protection

District will be providing

free blood pressure checks.

For more information, contact

Ethel at (708) 819-9517.

ONGOING

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Various hours beginning

Friday, Sept. 14, at Bengtson’s

Pumpkin Farm, 13341

W. 151st St. in Homer Glen.

The Fall Fest includes a

barnyard dance cow coaster,

free selfie booth, tractorpulled

hayrack rides, fun

barn, barnyard animals

and petting zoo, pumpkin

chucker, haunted barn, pig

races and more. For more

information, call (708) 301-

3276 (FARM) or visit www.

pumpkinfarm.com.

Konow’s Corn Maze Fall Fest

10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday

through Friday and 10 a.m.-

8 p.m. Saturday, starting

Sunday, Sept. 16, at Konow’s

Corn Maze, 16849 S.

Cedar Road in Homer Glen.

There will are two corn

mazes, food, rides, games

and more. The band Maggie

Speaks is set to perform on

the opening day of Fall Fest

from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday,

Sept. 16. For more information,

call (708) 301-8845

or visit www.konowscorn

maze.com.

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 and all-volunteer

organization, will discuss

environmental and healthrelated

issues in Will County

and the surrounding areas.

Community service hours

also available.


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Public Services & Safety Committee

Homeowners Association presents petition for traffic control

Analisa Trofimuk

Freelance Reporter

The Public Services &

Safety Committee met Sept.

5 to discuss a variety of

topics, one of them being a

speeding issue brought to

their attention by two residents

from the Homeowners

Association of Crystal Lake

Estates.

Crystal Lake Drive has a

speed limit of 20 miles per

hour. The residents at the

meeting requested not to be

referred to by name and said

they have encountered several

vehicles speeding, causing

an unsafe environment

for other residents and their

children.

There are currently radars

on the street which flash the

speed a vehicle is moving

as it approaches the radar.

The residents said this only

calmed traffic for a short

time and are now seeing vehicles

speeding once again.

The residents brought

a petition to the recent

Wednesday evening meeting.

The petition consisted

of just under 100 signatures

of residents within the area

who also expressed having

an issue with the traffic on

this street. The residents said

they had to resort to measures

like putting together a

petition because it is an ongoing

issue.

They have brought the issue

to the committee several times

in the last seven years and

have yet to see a more permanent

change put in place.

“Homeowners signed the

petition wanting stop signs,”

one resident said. “Whatever

you’re getting on your counters

is not what is happening

on the street.”

Village Trustee and Public

Services & Safety Committee

Chair Keith Gray

thanked the residents for

attending the meeting and

opened the issue up for discussion.

Homer Glen Development

Services Director Michael

Salamowicz said he did not

think a stop sign was necessary.

“More and more people

seem to be in a hurry and

roll through the stop signs,”

Salamowicz said. “It’s creating

a false sense of security.

The signage is one thing, but

we can look at other options,

as well.”

The committee and residents

discussed the possible

outcomes of implementing

stop signs and came to the

conclusion they would look

into the issue further.

Heritage Circle speed limit

The committee also discussed

the possibility of

changing the speed limit on

Heritage Circle. The plan is

to lower the speed limit following

further discussion.

Gated properties

Another topic covered

at the meeting was an issue

with gated properties.

Some properties have gates

extending over their driveways,

which could block access

for emergency/fire district

vehicles.

“We need to come up with

some sort of standard for the

gated properties with specific

measurements that allow

these vehicles access,” Gray

said.

The committee decided

to discuss the topic further

and decide what will come

next.

Stormwater management on

agricultural properties

Stormwater management

on agricultural properties

was also discussed, as there

are no regulations in place

for agricultural properties

to properly manage stormwater,

thus opening the

door for properties to take

measures that might negatively

effect adjacent properties.

Gray said there are rules

set in place for residential

properties regarding this

matter, and agricultural

properties should not be an

exception.

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Weeping icon still emitting oil at Assumption

Faithful continue

to be awed by

phenomenon in

Homer Glen church

Thomas Czaja, Editor

The letters still come to

the church, as do the phone

calls and visitors.

There may no longer be

a line winding out the door

during visiting hours, but

the faithful nonetheless still

steadily flock there, whether

as individual pilgrims, families

or friends seeking healing,

or perhaps as part of a

larger church group.

For more than three years

now, the Rev. Sotirios “Father

Sam” Dimitriou has

been greeting all who visit

and faithfully answering

requests to see or get some

of the sweet-smelling oil he

calls myrrh from the weeping

icon of St. John the Baptist

at Assumption Greek

Orthodox Church in Homer

Glen.

The icon, which was discovered

to be emitting the

oil back in July 2015, first

garnered media attention

in a Grecian publication in

early 2016. As word began

to spread through subsequent

media attention elsewhere

that year, the throngs

of those looking to catch a

glimpse of the weeping icon

that Dimitriou, his congregation

and many other believers

consider to be a miracle

began to spread.

At its peak, the Will

County Sheriff’s Office had

to help direct traffic for all

the visitors at the unassuming

church edifice located

on Bell Road. What draws

so many is getting a chance

to see something they feel

comes from the divine, an

oil many have claimed has

had healing properties, both

physically and spiritually.

“There are people that

have come back on a weekly

basis or on a monthly basis,

the same people that will

come over and over to sit,”

Dimitriou said.

The church, located at

15625 S. Bell Road, instituted

weekly visitation

hours, which are currently

1 to 3 p.m. Thursdays and

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

Guests have come from the

likes of Europe and across

the United States to venerate

the icon, making it a

small pilgrimage to come

and pray and witness it for

themselves.

According to the pastor

of Assumption Greek Orthodox

Church, how many

people that drop by during

visiting hours can differ on

any given week, noting that

with school now underway,

it may be less than during

the summer. Or, if it is raining,

there might not be as

many people that come out

in the inclement weather.

Despite the fact it has

been an ongoing miracle,

it is never taken lightly nor

for granted, with just several

weeks ago a large church

group of 150 people filling

up the church for a service.

Dimitriou still offers to

anoint all those who come

to see the icon with its oil,

softly saying a prayer while

putting some of it on the person’s

forehead, cheeks and

chin.

After all this time, Dimitriou

said the oil occurrence

could never be simply considered

ordinary, and that

all who believe in it remain

grateful for its happening.

“Every day, I meet somebody,”

Dimitriou said. “Every

day, it is a feeling of awe

when you’re there [in the

church].

“When you look at it,

you’re still in awe, because

this is like the hand of God,

Patti Manolis prays by the weeping icon of St. John the Baptist, which has been dripping the

sweet-smelling oil since July 2015, during her latest visit Thursday, Sept. 6, to Assumption

Greek Orthodox Church in Homer Glen. photos by Thomas Czaja/22nd Century Media

Cotton balls collect the oil at the base of the icon. The Rev. Sotirios Dimitriou, known also

as Father Sam, has consistently given the oil-saturated pieces of cotton for believers to

take home for themselves and loved ones, and he also mails them out to people around

the world.

seeing this miracle before

you. … Friends have gone

to the holy land or to Greece

and been to holy sites and

seen where the tomb of

Christ was. … Even though

you’ve maybe been to [these

sites] three or four times,

you go back still in awe of

these amazing things.”

Sharing the view that

one could never grow less

amazed of the weeping icon

is regular visitor and worshiper

Patti Manolis, who

will visit the Greek church

during visiting hours from

her home in Willowbrook as

often as her schedule will allow.

She first heard of the icon

from the media attention and

has been coming ever since.

“I just believe it is truly a

gift and a miracle,” she said

after taking some time on a

recent Thursday afternoon to

pray at the church and marvel

at the wonder of the icon.

“[The oil] has just a different

smell, this calming, sweet,

beautiful smell. I believe

it’s truly a miracle, without

a doubt.”

As he has long done, Dimitriou

places cotton balls at

the base of the icon to collect

the oil that streaks down

the body of St. John the Baptist.

Many have taken these

oil-saturated pieces of cotton

home with them to further

apply the oil on their skin.

Dimitriou likewise responds

to the letters, a fair

amount of which ask for a

cotton ball with the oil on it,

sending them to all reaches

of the globe at no cost, asking

simply that Assumption

in Homer Glen be kept in the

receiver’s prayers. At-will

donations are accepted at the

parish, but anyone can come

and go as they please, take

pictures of the icon and stay

as long as they like.

The oil may emit for years

to come, or it could stop tomorrow.

Either way, Manolis

sees it is as inspiration.

“I just believe it is from

God and his graces,” Manolis

said. “He never goes

away, and He’s always with

us. I just believe that maybe

it’s just for more people to

come and to feel his presence

that He’s here.”

The oil’s aforementioned

healing has been widely

shared in a number of testimonies,

those that state

with the utmost thankfulness

to God it helped them

recover from various afflictions.

Dimitriou has created


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a packet as a running list of

some of the accounts told to

him and the church of the

blessings received by the

faithful.

Printed out, it is currently

at eight pages, sharing dozens

of stories of those suffering,

from the likes of a tumor,

bone infection, broken

leg and pelvis, heart blockage

and stomach problems,

to name just a few of the

conditions, that found themselves

to suddenly have their

physical problems reduced

or totally cured after using

the oil and fervently praying.

They write in to give

thanks and praise to God for

the healing, convinced the

oil played a key part. While

Dimitriou knows the oil is an

instrument of healing graced

by God, and that of course

not everyone can or will

have the same healing experience

from using the myrrh,

he is happy to keep providing

it to all who may seek it.

“No one tells you to

come,” Dimitriou said of

those who gather for visiting

hours. “If people want

to come, they are more than

welcome to pray, to see, to

witness, and then people can

make their own decisions.”

He added a majority of

those who visit tend to leave

saying they “feel a sense of

calmness.” Manolis echoed

this sentiment, noting she

feels calmness and peace

always when entering the

church, and that she has observed

the same in others.

Another believer who

agrees with that assessment

is Lisa Ferricks. Ferricks

first visited the church at the

height of when people came

back in 2016. She recently

ventured in a second time for

an important reason.

“When it first started,

it was powerful and overwhelming,”

Ferricks said.

“My sister-in-law is sick and

fighting a brain aneurysm,

and I wanted to come and

get another cotton ball, because

I believe strongly in

the healing powers.

“They say it is superstition

or silly, but I believe fully,

and I had to come back and

find a moment of peace and

hopefully spread some healing

to her.”

Others visiting that same

day were Rob and Flora

Ceven, in town from Massachusetts

visiting family.

When they had heard about

the weeping icon from the

pastor at their Greek Orthodox

church back home, they

knew they would have to

eventually make the drive to

Homer Glen.

Each were clearly moved

by what they had seen.

“You have to see it for

yourself; you can’t explain it

to somebody else,” Rob said

succinctly.

“It brings tears to your

eyes almost immediately,”

Flora remarked. “I walked in

and started tearing.”

The expectation and anticipation,

coupled with finally

seeing it right in front

of them, brings out a comparable

reaction from many.

Dimitriou has music softly

playing in the background

during visitation hours, as

well, allowing for a setting

that feels at once both tranquil

and spiritual.

Experiencing this setting,

Rob said there was no explanation

for the phenomenon,

with Flora in agreement.

“How can you explain it?”

she wondered aloud. “You

can’t. It’s faith.”

The Cevens took with

them a number of the cotton

balls, planning to bring them

home and dispense them

to different family members,

including one for their

daughter to dab the oil on

her forehead before she goes

into labor.

Many come in likewise

totally convinced, but Dimitriou

also mentioned that he

did have people come in as

skeptics, and even they left

“feeling something else.” He

reiterated there is no profitable

gain or ulterior motive

had by he and the church,

that they are only there to

help those curious about the

icon.

Rob and Flora Ceven stand with some of the cotton balls covered in oil during their visit at Assumption Greek Orthodox

Church. The couple stopped by while visiting from Massachusetts.

Letters from around the globe come to the Homer Glen parish, seeking some of the oil

from the weeping icon, sharing testimonies of its healing powers or words of praise and

thanks.

Interestingly, he thinks

the stream of oil, while

still obviously present, has

slowed down compared

to before. At one point,

he thought it may even be

stopping.

But just last month, it

started to noticeably stream

during a church service, to

the point congregants quickly

observed the myrrh trickling

down.

“My question was when

does it stop?” Dimitriou said

candidly. “… When I asked

before about these things,

[the church] always told me

to put my trust in God, that

these are the works of God

and so forth.”

With that mindset, Dimitriou

will do his part as long

as St. John the Baptist will

weep. Regulars like Manolis

will unflinchingly make

their visits. Out-of-towners

like the Cevens will reverentially

pay homage. Those

like Ferricks will come back

for well-intentioned reasons,

in need of what the icon provides.

“I can’t give you an answer

why,” Dimitriou said

when posed the question

why he thinks the icon has

flowed since 2015. “It is all

part of God’s plan why these

things happen.

“I think it is a revelation

to people that God’s presence

is in the world, so people

will see that God is still

working. I think it is for us

to be witnesses to Christ and

God.”

He relayed that just as St.

John the Baptist was “that

voice out in the wilderness

for us to come back,” he

thinks that with everything

going on in the world today,

it is a distinct message, one

that endures.

“It is a message to turn

back to the church, to come

back to Christ and his

church, no matter what denomination

of faith we are,”

he said.


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Landscaping

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outside of home

Jacquelyn Schlabach

Assistant Editor

When Kim Manson

looked outside her house

the morning of Aug. 2, she

couldn’t believe her eyes.

Ten landscaping trucks and

20 employees pulled up and

jumped out of their vehicles

ready to get started.

Little did Manson know,

they were all there to transform

the outside of her

Homer Glen home, all for

free.

Owner Jim Lahey, of A

Touch of Green Landscaping

in Homer Glen, lent a

helping hand to his friend,

Manson, to beautify her yard

just a day before it went on

the market to sell and just

hours before a photographer

came to take photos of the

house.

“He’s just that kind of a

guy and kind of knowing

our situation and wanted to

do what he could to help out,

he just very graciously came

with a crew of people, and it

was like an hour before the

photographer came,” Manson

said.

Lahey and three of his

crews arrived at 8:30 a.m.

with trucks full of flowers,

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house shine,” Lahey said.

“All these trucks pull up

and I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh,

what are you doing?’ And

he knows I’m a single mom

here at the house and just

wanted to extend his graciousness,

and I think he’s a

wonderful business owner in

our community, and I think

it was a really neat thing that

he did,” she said.

Manson decided to put

her house up for sale last

minute after a recent divorce

and said she didn’t think she

would have the time or resources

to “do an overhaul

like that” and spruce up the

outside. She had initially

reached out to Lahey asking

for mulch in hopes that her

two sons could help spread it

before heading back to college.

Instead, he called back to

tell her not to worry, and that

he would take care of her.

“That’s what you do with

friends; that’s what friends

are for, to help people when

they need it,” Lahey said.

Lahey and Manson have

known each other for 10

years, living just down the

street from one another. He

didn’t think twice about giving

back.

“It’s nice, because it’s a

great feeling,” Lahey said.

“The reward is the feeling

that you get, giving back and

helping other people. Kim’s

a good person.”

The first person Manson

called was her friend and

real estate partner Laura Bugos-Komperda.

Kim Manson (right) stands beside Jim Lahey, owner of A Touch of Green, who surprised

Manson with sprucing up the outside of her house for free.

After two hours of work, Lahey and his crews took out dead plants, planted flowers,

sprayed weeds, turned the soil over, re-mulched and more.

“She called me practically

in tears, telling me in the

morning she had all these

people and all these trucks

outside in front of her house

and what they were doing.

I was like, ‘Oh my God,’

Bugos-Komperda said. “So,

I jumped in the car and went

and got coffee and donuts

and brought it over to the

guys.”

The kind gesture brought

Bugos-Komperda to tears, as

well, as she walked around

and thanked everyone for

being there.

“She’s a really good person,

she deserves this and I’m like

you guys are going above and

beyond,” Bugos-Komperda

said. “She was just looking for

a little mulch.”

Lahey and his team took

out dead plants, planted

flowers, sprayed the weeds,

turned the soil over, remulched

and more all in the

span of two hours.

“They just kind of

swooped in on [Manson] and

in a couple hours they transformed

the outside and it

was like ‘wow;’ it was amazing,”

Bugos-Komperda said.

“It’s really like a good

neighbor, good heart kind of

gesture,” Manson said.

Lahey’s act of kindness

has left a lasting impact on

his dear friend, reminding

her that “we’re all in this together.”

“It was just an amazing

act of service that someone

in the community did for another

homeowner, and you

don’t often see people taking

the time to do something

nice for someone and to help

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the Homer Horizon | September 13, 2018 | 9

Northwest Homer Fire Protection District receives nearly $324,000 grant

Money to be used

to cover majority of

expenses in hiring of

two new firefighters

Jacquelyn Schlabach

Assistant Editor

The Northwest Homer

Fire Protection District received

a grant through the

Department of Homeland

Security’s Assistance to

Firefighters Grant Program

that is to help with hiring

two firefighters.

On Aug. 31, Congressman

Dan Lipinski (IL-3) presented

a check for $323,750 to

NHFPD at their Lockport station.

Chief Ken Vrba said that

they were told approximately

a month ago that they were

selected to receive the grant.

Vrba added they applied

for the Staffing for Adequate

Fire and Emergency

Response grant last November,

which, according

to the FEMA website, “was

created to provide funding

directly to fire departments

and volunteer firefighter interest

organizations in order

to help them increase the

number of trained ‘front

line’ firefighters available in

their communities.”

In 2008, NHFPD applied

for the yearly SAFER grant

and was awarded it then, as

well, which was used to hire

three full-time employees.

“Fortunately, now we’re

out of recession, our district

is seeing growth, just like

other fire districts are,” Vrba

said.

NHFPD currently has 27

firefighters and paramedics,

which include nine who are

full time, six contract and

12 part time, Vrba said. Between

the two stations, four

personnel are on duty each

day.

“There is a little bit extra

money, but it wasn’t going

to be enough to increase

staffing, and our calls are increasing,

and the community

is still growing,” Vrba said.

Calls have increased by 25

percent from 2016 to 2017,

and another 5 percent from

2017 to 2018, he said.

“I’m pleased this grant

will help the Northwest

Homer Fire Protection District

hire more brave men

and women to help protect

people in this fast-growing

area,” Lipinski said in a release.

The grant will cover a

majority of the expenses to

Congressman

Dan Lipinski

(IL-3) presents

a check to the

Northwest Homer

Fire Protection

District Aug.

31 for nearly

$324,000 to

assist in the

hiring of two

more full-time

firefighters.

Photo submitted

hire two full-time firefighters.

NHFPD has a year to

implement the grant, and

Vrba said they will most

likely use it within a couple

of months. The safety personnel

serve not only the

Village of Homer Glen, but

Homer Township, Lockport,

Lemont and Lemont

Township.

“We’re sure that Congressman

Dan Lipinski

helped us receive this grant,

and we’re very grateful

for that,” Vrba said. “And

again, when you get money

like this, it doesn’t benefit

the fire district — it benefits

the residents that we’re protecting.”

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St. Dennis School sees enrollment drop

Fifteen students

leave to attend

Homer 33C schools

Max Lapthorne

Contributing Editor

The 2018-2019 school year

is underway at St. Dennis

School in Lockport, but the

halls and classrooms aren’t

as crowded as they were last

year.

That is because the school

saw a 14-percent decrease in

families enrolled in the school

compared to last year, with

this year’s enrollment at 164.

The decrease is higher than

it has been in recent years,

and it is similar to the dip in

enrollment the school saw in

2004-2006, when there was

turnover at the principal position,

according to St. Dennis

Principal Lisa Smith.

Smith said the majority of

families who left after last

school year did so because

they moved or couldn’t afford

the tuition, but some

families cited issues at the

school, such as high teacher

turnover, as their reason

for leaving. Three school

employees, including two

teachers, resigned during the

2017-2018 school year, and

two more left after school let

out this spring, Smith said.

The Roman Catholic Diocese

of Joliet is aware of the

enrollment decrease and is

currently looking into how

the school operated last year,

according to Ed Flavin, director

of communication and

spokesperson for the diocese.

“There were some things

that took place there that we

want to make sure that proper

protocols and procedures

were [followed] by local

leadership,” Flavin said.

The inquiry is ongoing and

is centered on the higherthan-normal

decrease in enrollment

this year.

“We are constantly evaluating

our schools to make

certain that protocols and

policies are followed and

to explore if there was one

particular reason or reasons

as to why [enrollment] went

down,” Flavin said.

Knowing the school year

did not go as planned, the

school distributed family

surveys to all students in the

spring. During her 12-year

tenure at St. Dennis, Smith

said they have distributed

such surveys about three or

four times.

“We hit a rough spot back

in the spring, so we did send

out a family survey at that

point,” Smith said. “And we

got a lot of good feedback

from our families with that

survey.”

Results from that survey

led the school to change

some of its policies regarding

communication.

“We immediately, through

all of that, we improved our

communication, our opportunities

for communicating

with families, and for them

communicating with us,”

Smith said.

One of the teachers who resigned

last school year taught

sixth grade, and resigned

early on in the school year.

A replacement was found in

November and began teaching

at the school in December,

Smith said.

“It takes a while to find

a qualified middle school

teacher,” she said. “... Ultimately,

I found a really great

Please see st. dennis, 14

‘Native son’ returns to Lockport to discuss latest book

LTHS alum speaks

on recently released

‘Unremembered’

Randy Whalen

Freelance Reporter

Lockport Township High School Class of 1983 alum Ken

Zurski talks about his book “Unremembered” Aug. 25 at the

Lockport branch of the White Oak Library District. Randy

Whalen/22nd Century Media

Ken Zurski remembers his

roots.

The Lockport Township

High School Class of 1983

graduate has made it a tradition

to give a presentation

on his new books back in his

hometown. Not only that, but

nearly all of them have taken

place on or around his birthday.

This year was no exception,

as Zurski gave a presentation

on his recently released

book, “Unremembered,” on

his 53rd birthday. It was put

on by the Lockport Area Genealogical

and Historical Society

and took place Aug. 25

at the Lockport branch of the

White Oak Library District.

It’s the third book through

an independent publisher,

Amika Press, for Zurski

since 2012.

“I have this city in my

heart,” Zurski said of Lockport.

“It always will be.”

He now lives with his wife,

Connie, and their two children,

Sam and Nora, in the

downstate town of Morton.

Zurski has been in radio for

30 years and currently works

for Alpha Media in Peoria

as a morning traffic reporter.

When he moved there and

got married 15 years ago,

Zurski not only got a new

home and family, he rediscovered

something.

“I refound the library” he

said. “I’ve always liked nonfiction

and history books. I

also love journalism and research.

After reading a book

on the Eastland disaster [a

boat sinking in Chicago in

1915 which killed 844 people],

I did research on a similar

story in the Peoria area.”

That led Zurski to write

his first book, “The Wreck

of the Columbia.” Released

in the summer of 2012, it

tells a narrative story of what

happened when a steamboat

named Columbia, which was

returning from a moonlight

excursion, sank in the middle

of the Illinois River near Pekin

in 1918.

The book became an instant

local success for Zurski.

He followed that up with

“Peoria Stories,” a collection

of short stories which uses

the Peoria area as a backdrop

in the fall of 2014. He did a

talk in Lockport for each of

those books.

After taking a break from

the book scene, Zurski

launched a blog entitled “Unremembered”

in 2016. He

expounded on many of those

stories and released the book

last month on Aug. 9. It has

a tag line of, “Tales of the

nearly famous & the not quite

forgotten.”

“This is a history book

about people and events that

were famous once now mostly

forgotten,” Zurski said in a

release about the book. “It’s

also about how lives connect

and intertwine. Using a

flowing narrative of multiple

themes, I chronicle these fascinating

figures in ways that

made them instantly popular

and reveal good or bad why

today they are the stories of

the unremembered.”

The book has four different

parts and is made up of 24

short stories. In his presentation

back in Lockport, Zurski

touched on a few of those in

his talk.

An example of the “Unremembered”

concept is a

story in the book about Ruth

Elder. A dental assistant from

Lakeland, Florida, she set out

in 1927 to become the first

woman transatlantic airplane

pilot. But the plane had mechanical

issues and had to

be ditched in the ocean, just

hours short of its destination.

While Elder survived and

later became an actress and

attained a bit of fame, she

could have been remembered

as the original Amelia Earhart.

One of Zurski’s favorites

is the tale of George Francis

Train. Train was a 19th-century

American entrepreneur

who did everything from

sailing around the world to

constructing the eastern portion

of the Transcontinental

Railroad, and he even ran

for President of the United

States.

There’s also the tale of Annie

Edson Taylor, the first

person to go over Niagara

Falls in a barrel back in 1901.

The book is jammed with

stories like that, and Zurski

mentioned a few more in his

hour-long talk.

Gray Ward, the former

president and current board

member and historian for

LAGHS, introduced Zurski

before the talk, which was

attended by about 20 people.

“It is always a treat to

have Ken speak to our

group,” Ward said. “I believe

it was his fourth visit

to one of our meetings at the

White Oak Library in Lockport.

Ken’s a native son and

still has friends and family in

the area. His literary works

are outstanding, and we are

witnessing the beginning of

a writing career that, I believe,

will become national

in scope.

“Ken is always welcome to

speak at our LAGHS meetings.

If you want to learn

some history, read a Ken Zurski

book.”

That is exactly what Zurski

hopes for, as he is looking

to branch out into more

national stories and book

sales. He sells his books at

his talks, but “Unremembered”

and all of his books

can also be ordered through

Amazon or directly from the

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Food trucks continue to serve up tasty fare at Butler School

Families enjoy

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Giselle, Kona Ice

mary compton

Freelance Reporter

When Matthew Swedko,

of Homer Glen, heard the

food trucks would be returning

to Butler School, he got

his teenage daughter, Korryn,

to get their favorite food

— steak tacos from Tacos

Giselle.

“We’ve been here three

times before,” Matthew said.

“This event gives back to

the community, and Tacos

Giselle has amazing food.

We want to always support

the community.”

On Aug. 28, two food

trucks came to Butler School

in Lockport, those being Tacos

Giselle and Kona Ice.

Both were to donate part of

the food sales back to the

school’s PTO.

Katie Eaton, who is the

financial secretary for the

PTO board, couldn’t be happier

to have the food trucks

at Butler School.

“We’ve got snow cones

and tacos tonight,” Eaton

said. “When you come out

and take part in this, you’re

actually supporting the kids.

Karen Novak sets up all the

PTO fundraising activities.

This is the first time we’ve

had Kona Ice, but we’ve had

Sarah Eaton (left) shares a laugh over shaved ice with her mom, Katie, at the latest food

trucks event Aug. 28 outside Butler School. The family stopped by to enjoy tacos from

the Tacos Giselle food truck, as well as the shaved ice from the Kona Ice food truck for

dessert. Photos by Mary Compton/22nd Century Media

food trucks before. We hold

food truck events every other

Tuesday.”

As Eaton and her children

enjoyed their snow cones, a

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Kona Ice truck. With summer

ending, the food trucks

stop coming in the fall, with

dates of Sept. 25, Oct. 9 and

Oct. 23 still remaining at

the school at 1900 S. Farrell

Road in Lockport.

“Oct. 23 is the final day

we’re holding the food truck

event for this year,” Eaton

said. “We will start up again

in spring.”

Dawn Allen, of Lockport,

came to the latest food truck

event with her family. She

has been to five food truck

events total at Butler School.

“I’m here to support the

PTO, as well,” Allen said.

“We also get a chance to

see the people from the

school. While we’re enjoying

the food, the kids

can play at the playground.

This is such a nice night out

for the parents.”

For Tacos Giselle, they are

not only happy to showcase

their food, but to give back,

as well.

Jennifer Sosa, who helps

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food, is happy to be at

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“We have been to this

school about 12 times,”

Sosa said. “We enjoy sharing

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means a lot to us. Different

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schools, and we’re happy to

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Nichole O’Keefe (right) takes her son, Jackson, for a

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Shea Drozdinski holds her 4-year-old son, Jaxon, as they

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Choosing tacos, 6-year-old Zoe waits for her food

alongside her family.

st. dennis

From Page 11

replacement.”

The issue of high teacher

turnover is something that

concerns Smith, but not

something she has complete

control over, she said.

“The teacher turnover, that

also troubles me as an administrator,”

she said. “I don’t

like turnover, [but] none of

that was my decision … I

didn’t have any control over

that. But I am working to improve

what I do have control

over. For instance, who is

hired, and who is in front of

these kids.”

In an effort to improve

hiring practices and in turn

prevent high teacher turnover

rates, St. Dennis has assembled

a committee of school

board members to conduct

interviews.

“Having a greater team approach

to hiring I think has

made all the difference in

the people that we currently

have on staff,” Smith said.

“They’re a really great fit for

our community.”

Fifteen of the students

who left St. Dennis this year

are now enrolled in Homer

Community Consolidated

School District 33C, with

the highest concentration

of them in seventh grade.

St. Dennis did not provide

the total number of students

who left the school after last

school year.

In a church newsletter sent

out on Aug. 26, the Rev. Jim

Curtin addressed the enrollment

decrease at St. Dennis.

“We have lost a number

of students at St. Dennis

this past year for a variety

of reasons,” the newsletter

said. “Some families are angry

at the church, and some

are angry at individuals

who represent the church.

In the past, there have been

mistakes made by me and

others. I know in my heart

this year will be a rebuilding,

positive, life-giving and

faith-growing experience

for our parish, school and

students.”

Despite the decrease in

enrollment for this school

year, Smith said the school

is not in danger of closing,

and she is confident the enrollment

numbers will be

on the rise in the coming

years.

“This school is moving

forward with a really positive

energy and attitude, and

over the next few years we’ll

have enrollment goals that

we will set with the school

board and with the diocese,

and I’m certain we’ll meet

those enrollment goals,” she

said.


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FROM THE LOCKPORT LEGEND

Siegel’s continues to

promote family atmosphere

at Pumpkin Fest

The first day of fall marks

the beginning of family-fun

activities and pumpkins galore

at Siegel’s Cottonwood

Farm Pumpkin Fest.

For the last 28 years, Siegel’s

has brought countless

attractions, food and educational

opportunities to the

thousands of people who

attend Pumpkin Fest each

fall.

“We’re hoping that they’re

going to harvest family

memories while they’re here

— that it becomes tradition,”

said Kaity Siegel-Grimmenga,

general manager of Siegel’s

Cottonwood Farm. “A

lot of our families that come

out here, it has been a tradition

for them.”

Pumpkin Fest kicks off

Sept. 22 at the farm, 17250

Weber Road in Lockport.

Each year, Siegel-Grimmenga

said there are new

attractions added to the

lineup. This year, there is to

be a cow ball throw, which

features old fashioned milk

cans into which people are

to throw balls. The mountain

slide is not new, but

it has been made “bigger

and better this year,”

she said.

There is also to be a children’s-size

schoolhouse,

which was built by the

Amish and represents an

old-fashioned school house

in which children can play.

More than 30 activities and

attractions are on the farm,

and Siegel-Grimmenga estimates

that if someone did all

of them, it would take them

at least eight hours.

For more information on

Pumpkin Fest, visit www.

ourpumpkinfarm.com or call

(815) 741-2693.

Reporting by Jacquelyn Schlabach,

Assistant Editor. For

more, visit LockportLegend.

com.

FROM THE NEW LENOX PATRIOT

Library caters to highschoolers

with its first art

contest

The New Lenox Public

Library is expanding its services

to high school teens,

starting with its first high

school art contest.

This is the first time the

library has catered its services

specifically to those in

grades 9-12. It was an idea

spearheaded by marketing

and graphic design manager

Liz Wetmore, as well as

new teen program coordinator

Melissa Leggero. Other

events planned for the future

are a claymation program

and a poetry night.

The library is accepting

submissions of paintings,

drawings, sculptures, photographs,

3D and digital art

through Wednesday, Oct. 31.

In addition, the art must be

school appropriate, because

it will be displayed at the library.

All artwork is to be displayed

Friday, Nov. 9, during

the Teen Art Gallery Exhibition,

taking place from

6-8 p.m., after the library

closes. The winner will be

selected during that evening.

Judges will be artists and art

teachers within the community,

who will grade three

categories: creativity, originality

and quality.

First prize will be an e-

reader. Second place will

win a $50 gift card. Third

place takes home a $25 gift

card. And three honorable

mentions are to receive a $5

gift card.

For rules, additional information

and to download a

submission form, visit www.

newlenoxlibrary.org/contest.

Reporting by James Sanchez,

Editor. For more, visit New

LenoxPatriot.com.

FROM THE MOKENA MESSENGER

Behavioral health center

expands to Mokena location

When the state of Illinois

began shuttering its doors

to many of its mental health

centers in 2009, the hope

was that individual communities

and mental health care

providers would step up and

pick up the slack for the tens

of thousands left without

treatment options.

One such provider, Linden

Oaks Behavioral Health,

did, and has opened its most

recent location at 9697 W.

191st St. in Mokena.

The Linden Oaks Mokena

Outpatient Center offers services

such as: assessment

and referral; a partial hospitalization

program, with

six hours of daily structured

programming for individual,

group and family therapy;

an intensive outpatient program,

with a three-hour daily

outpatient treatment plan;

and its own medical group,

including psychiatrists,

nurses and therapists.

Specialized programs focus

on mental health, including

depression and anxiety,

addictions and psychiatric

services. These programs

are designed for both adolescents

ages 12 and older, and

adults ages 18 or older.

“We’ve been treating

people from the Mokena

area at our outpatient facility

in Naperville for many

years, and we’re excited

now to have [programs] that

are closer to their homes,

because we know that easy

access to the programs is

very important to individuals

in recovery, as well,”

said Gina Sharp, president

and CEO of Linden Oaks

Behavioral Health.

The Mokena location already

is serving approximately

25 clients, with the

potential to serve another 20

more.

For more information on

services or to make an appointment,

call (630) 646-

6541, or visit eehealth.org/

locations/mokena/lindenoaks-behavioral-health-mo

kena.

Reporting by T.J. Kremer III,

Editor. For more, visit Moke

naMessenger.com.

FROM THE ORLAND PARK PRAIRIE

Orland Parker to take

award-winning car to

Chicagoland Speedway show

A lot of stuff has happened

between the first time Phil

Bianco Jr. bought a 1956

Chevrolet Bel Air in 1958

and another in 2004.

In those 46 years, the Chicago

native went into politics

and earned a seat as a

State representative in 1978

and 1980, and was involved

in State Senate races in 1976,

1982 and 1986.

He worked for Standard

Oil/Amoco for 30 years and

moved to Orland Park in

1994.

Now retired, the 79-yearold

Bianco is busy winning

awards with his second Bel

Air. And he said he hopes to

add to the prize collection

when he puts it back on display

at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept.

16, at the Super Chevy Show

at Chicagoland Speedway in

Joliet.

Organizers say that this

will be the largest collection

of Chevrolet vehicles

in one place, ranging from

classic to modern. The show

will feature an all-GM car

show, which will be judged

professionally by a panel, including

Event Director Ron

Fetter.

Bianco said he loved

the car he drove during his

younger years and heard that

there was a car for sale that

was “so clean you could eat

off of it.”

So, he purchased the car

from Robert Van Bolhuis in

Stickney in 2004.

“It’s a great car,” Bianco

said. “Rob bought the car in

Texas in 1988 and restored it

to its original condition.”

Reporting by Jeff Vorva, Contributing

Editor. For more, visit

OPPrairie.com.

Two boat motors

each worth $20,000

allegedly stolen

Two Minus 3 outdrive

boat motors each valued at

$20,000 were reportedly

stolen Aug. 27 from the

13000 block of W. Larkspur

Drive.

Aug. 25

• Laura A. Ceebin, 37,

of 935 E. Division St. in

Lockport, was cited for allegedly

failing to yield to

a private drive at the Citgo

gas station at 14747 W.

159th St. Ceebin reportedly

told deputies that while she

was trying to exit the gas

station, she could not see

clearly into eastbound traffic

because of a large construction

sight blocking her

view. As she pulled into the

roadway to turn westbound,

she struck another vehicle,

police said.

Aug. 24

• Bryan R. Wiekert, 32, of

213 1/2 Liberty St. in Morris,

was charged with battery

in the 15000 block of

W. 159th St. after shoving

and slamming the front door

closed on a woman while

trying to keep her out of the

home she lives in with her

roommate, who is Wiekert’s

girlfriend.

Deputies arrived at the

residence regarding a disturbance,

speaking with a

53-year-old woman who

said she lived there, according

to police. She allegedly

was gone from the home a

few hours prior to Wiekert

and his girlfriend getting

into an argument, returning

to find the front door

deadbolted. The woman reportedly

knew Wiekert was

inside and knocked several

times on the doors and windows,

with him refusing to

let her in. She then began

kicking the front door and

was able to kick it open, according

to police.

Wiekert then reportedly attempted

to close the door

when she tried to enter. He

slammed the door closed on

her, and, when she forced

her way inside, began shoving

her and telling her to

leave, police said. His shoving

reportedly caused minor

injuries to her shoulder and

thumb.

Deputies were told that

she and her roommate,

Wiekert’s girlfriend, had

had the argument earlier in

the day, and that Wiekert

was attempting to keep the

53-year-old woman out of

the house. Wiekert does not

live at the home, and his

girlfriend was not there at

the time of the alleged incident,

police said.

Aug. 22

• Miguel A. Rodriguez,

35, of 2620 E. Cass in Joliet,

was cited for driving

while having his license

revoked and speeding at S.

Gougar Road and W. 159th

Street.

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.


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Social snapshot

Top stories

From HomerHorizon.com from Monday,

Sept. 10.

1. At Ease undergoes remodel

2. Homer Glen barn adds to its ribbon count

3. Active Core scheduled to be done sometime

this fall

4. LTHS grad empowers community with

welcoming workouts

5. Football: Celtics coast past St. Laurence,

remain unbeaten

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“On Monday, Labor Day, we enjoyed several

holiday activities with many of our residents.

Besides playing games, we had a sing-a-long of

patriotic songs, a discussion of the importance

of Labor Day and ended the day with an ice

cream social. It was a fun day to kick back and

celebrate as a community!”

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From the Editor

Revisiting the weeping icon of St. John the Baptist

Thomas Czaja

tom@homerhorizon.com

I

can still vividly recall

in 2016 first seeing the

weeping icon of St. John

the Baptist at Assumption

Greek Orthodox Church in

Homer Glen.

When I had heard about

the phenomenon many

considered to be a miracle at

that time, I had to go check it

out for myself and do a story

on it. Arriving to so many

people there, praying with

such conviction, was an indelible

sight, one I or anyone

never could have anticipated

seeing with their own eyes.

When I went back to

see the icon a second time

recently for the follow-up

story that is this week’s

news cover, it was hard

to believe more than two

years had passed since my

last visit, and that it had

still been flowing over that

entire time.

You see, while looking

around for and thinking of

stories, I had notice on Assumption’s

website that the

visiting hours for the icon

were still posted, showing

believers could still come

twice a week. After seeing

that, I knew I wanted to do a

second story on it, an update

showing that this was still

occurring, that there were

people who still go to it on a

regular basis.

An initial question in

my head as I began to prep

for the story was wondering

if the crowds had died

down gradually over time to

come see the icon, as may

or may not be expected.

If things had sort of gone

back to business as usual at

the church, even with the

sweet-smelling oil referred

to as myrrh still streaking

down the saint. I really had

no idea how much attention

it may or may not still be

receiving at this point.

It has been over three

years, after all, since the

oil was first noticed in July

2015. Nonetheless, I quickly

found my answer.

Upon speaking to the

Rev. Sotirios “Father Sam”

Dimitriou, I swiftly was

made aware it is still having

quite an impact on people.

Anything considered a

blessing or act from God I

know could never be taken

for granted. And Dimitriou

shared with me that large

church groups still come,

people still come as much

as their schedule will still

allow, new people still show

up from spots both near and

far.

Stories trickle in of the

healing the oil has done for

those who have prayed and

believed, and people are still

requesting cotton balls saturated

with the oil be sent to

them on faraway continents.

There may no longer be a

line wrapped out the door,

but there are still plenty who

want a piece of this icon and

its perceived miracle.

Dimitriou has put a pane

of glass over the icon, and

he graciously removed it

to allow me to take photographs

of it and see the

streaks of oil up close. It

is still a sight to behold up

close.

Now, you may fully believe

in this or have a raised

eyebrow and a sigh at this

point. Of course, everyone

responds to these stories differently,

and everyone has

their opinions.

Regardless of where you

fall on the spectrum, I can

say that those I saw there

were still visibly moved by

the unexplained phenomenon.

An interesting thing

to note is even those who

had been there before — or

many times before — still

would, in some cases, have

tears in their eyes and be

emotional in the moment, as

if seeing it for the first time.

To be certain, no one can

know how long this will

continue, or how many more

testimonies will come in of

people feeling the oil played

a crucial role in healing

them. But for those who

believe in its properties, it is

serving as a major source of

inspiration.

I suppose those who don’t

believe will simply shrug

and move on. For those that

do believe, it can be a source

of inspiration in a world that

can be unrelenting and a rat

race. That doesn’t seem like

such a bad thing, either.

As a journalist, I think

these are the stories that

are integral to continue to

follow-up on. I know not

many journalists have likely

had a chance to report on

something of this nature,

and I take note of that.

Something like this warrants

an update to keep people

informed that it is still happening,

that something that

defies explanation has been

and continues to occur right

here in Homer Glen.

At the end of the day, as

Dimitriou said, people can

and will come to their own

conclusions. If nothing else,

I hope you find it an interesting

read, one that will make

you think and bring up questions

and conversation.

Ardent believer, doubter

or somewhere in the middle,

we can all appreciate the

positives it can bring to

some, the hope and joy of

something out of ordinary.

It is a story that will stand

out perhaps the most in my

time here for its uniqueness,

its message, its ability

to bring those of different

faiths, ages and walks of life

together within the unity of

belief.

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Like a fish to water

Bonefish Grill releases latest

menu catches, Page 24

Searching the scene

Area nightlife and entertainment

highlighted, Page 26

Sam Ciccone (left) and

Dominick DeSantis

enjoy a paint-filled highfive

during the Paint

Wars event held Sept.

5 outside Parkview

Christian Church’s

Homer Glen campus.

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Century Media

Junior High Ministry at Parkview Christian Church builds personal connections through

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FAITH BRIEFS

Cross of Glory Lutheran Church

(14719 W. 163rd St., Homer Glen)

Adoption/Foster Support

Group

6:30 p.m. second Monday

of each month. This group

is open to anyone touched

by the adoption or fostering

process. One has something

to share wherever they are

in the adoption/fostering

process. The next meeting

is Monday, Oct. 8.

Worship Service

9:30 a.m. Sundays, 6:30

p.m. Wednesdays

Parishioners may use the

nursery for their children

up to age 3 during services.

There is a Kids Klub for

children in grades 4-5 during

the service.

Bible Study

7:30 p.m. Wednesdays

Open to anyone ready to

discuss the Bible.

Christian Life Church

(15609 W. 159th St., Homer Glen)

Sunday Service

10 a.m.

EDGE Youth Service

7:30-9:30 p.m. Thursdays.

Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish

(16043 S. Bell Road, Homer Glen)

Seminar on Medicare Made

Easy

8:45 a.m. Thursday, Sept.

13. Immediately after Mass.

Attendees will learn more

about Medicare A, B, C

(Medicare Advantage Plan)

and D on the Prescription

Drug Plan. RSVP to Mati

Principe, parish secretary, at

(708) 301-6246 by Tuesday,

Sept. 11.

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Adult Faith Formation

1-2:30 p.m. Thursdays,

Sept. 13-Nov 15. The second

session is 7-8:30 p.m.

Mondays, Oct. 8-Dec. 13.

These are led by the Rev.

Joseph Broudou. To RSVP,

call (708) 301-0214.

Catechism of the Catholic

Church

The Rev. Joseph Broudou

will facilitate weekly meetings

to learn about the Catechism.

All are welcome to

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be served. Meetings are

to be held on Thursdays

from 1-2:30 p.m. Sept. 13

through Nov. 15 and Mondays

from 7-8:30 p.m. Oct.

8 through Dec. 17. For more

information, call (708) 301-

0214.

St. Bernard Parish

(13030 W. 143rd St., Homer Glen)

Weekday Worship

9:30 a.m. weekdays. Communion

Service on Thursdays.

Weekend Worship

4:30 p.m. Saturdays. 8:30

a.m., 10 a.m., and 11:30 a.m.

every Sunday.

Confession

3:30-4:15 p.m. First and

third Saturday of the month.

Confessions are also available

upon request at any

time.

First United Methodist Church of Lockport

(1000 S. Washington St., Lockport)

Sunday Worship

9 a.m. Sunday School

10:25 a.m. Worship

Circle of Love

9 a.m. Wednesdays. Circle

of Love provides diapers,

feminine and incontinence

products to clients who are

qualified to use the local

FISH Food Pantry. For more

information, call (815) 838-

1017.

Communion

First Sunday of the month.

In Memoriam

William Guth

William F.

“Bill” Guth, 97,

of Homer Glen, died Sept. 5.

Bill honorably served in the

United States Navy during

World War II. He was also

an investment analyst. He is

survived by his son, William

J. (Nancy) Guth; his grandchildren,

Mandy Guth, Megan

Guth and Lauren Guth;

and his numerous nieces and

nephews. A funeral service

Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church

(14610 S. Will Cook Road, Homer Glen)

Exaltation of the Holy Cross

7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14.

Assumption Greek Orthodox Church

(15625 S. Bell Road, Homer Glen)

Sunday Services

8:15 a.m. Orthros; 9:30

a.m. Divine Liturgy; 10 a.m.

Sunday School. For more

information, call (708) 645-

0652.

Parkview Christian Church - Homer Glen

(14367 W. 159th St., Homer Glen)

Students Fall Retreat

Oct. 12-14. This retreat

is for all junior high and

high school students. It

will be held at SpringHill

Camps in Evart, Michigan.

For more information, call

(708) 478-7477, ext. 211.

Lemont United Methodist Church

(25 W. Custer St., Lemont)

Sunday Services

8:30 a.m. Communion

Worship Service

9:30 a.m. Sunday School

10:45 a.m. Contemporary

Worship Service (nursery

available)

Have something for Faith

Briefs? Contact Assistant

Editor Jacquelyn Schlabach at

j.schlabach@22

ndcenturymedia.com or

call (708) 326-9170 ext. 15.

Information is due by noon

Thursday one week prior to

publication.

was held at St.

Paul’s Bible

Church, 1960

W. 94th St. in

Chicago.

Have someone’s

life you’d like to Guth

honor? Email

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the Homer Horizon | September 13, 2018 | 21

Parkview Junior High Ministry gets colorful with Paint Wars

Weekly program

resumes for fresh

year of fellowship

Laurie Fanelli

Freelance Reporter

Fellowship is fostered in

many ways.

On the evening of Sept.

5, the members of Parkview

Christian Church’s Junior

High Ministry found a creative

and vivid way to come

together as a group with an

event dubbed Paint Wars.

Splatter dodgeball, giant

soccer and protect the president

were among the friendly

competitions that were

highlighted by lots — and

lots — of brightly colored,

washable paint.

The fun and cooperative

event, held at the church’s

Homer Glen campus from

6 to 7:30 p.m., encouraged

participants to use teamwork

to get as messy as possible.

In the process, the white T-

shirts worn by most Junior

High Ministry members,

were transformed into oneof-a-kind

abstract designs

during the colorful collaboration.

Junior High Ministry

leaders host a similar event

annually — last year’s Color

Wars featured play with

powdered paints, along with

ketchup and mustard battles

— and Parkview Homer

Glen Student Campus Pastor

Matt Williard makes it a

priority to keep things fresh

and exciting for the participants.

“We try to mix it up,” he

explained. “We don’t like

doing the same thing year

after year. One year, we did

a food fight, and we always

try to find something new

and something different.”

Amelia Pencak, 12, enjoys

the Junior High Ministry because

the setting provides an

easy, comfortable space to

get a better understanding of

church and discuss religion

with her peers. She was all

smiles at Paint Wars, though

she was planning a defensive

approach to the messy mayhem.

“I’m kind of excited, but

I’m also kind of not, because

I don’t want to get my hair

full of paint; I’ll probably

run the opposite way,” Pencak

said with a laugh before

the games began.

Junior High Ministry

member Dominick DeSantis

had no fear of getting covered

with paint as he and his

friends shared colorful highfives,

and 11-year-old Gavin

Monreal was excited to play

dodgeball and soccer while

getting other people messy.

Paint Wars was all about

fun, friendship and faith, and

many Junior High Ministry

members took the opportunity

to share what they love

about the weekly program as

it returns for a new year of

interactive education.

“I like that I get to learn

about God, and I get to play

games,” Monreal said.

Williard believes that

personal connections are

a key element to why so

many young people enjoy

Parkview’s Junior High

Ministry program. Whereas

other groups may put an

emphasis on the instructor,

Parkview stands out as valuing

each individual equally,

student and group leader

alike.

“We want to know them —

Participants push a giant soccer ball toward each other’s goals Sept. 5 during the Paint

Wars event put on by the Junior High Ministry of Parkview Christian Church at the

church’s Homer Glen campus. Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

we don’t just want them to

know us,” Williard said. “We

believe that relationships are

really the way into a person’s

life. We’re interested in the

person over the program.

When we do fun stuff like

this, we are building those

intentional connections with

kids through small groups.”

Parkview Christian

Church Homer Glen Campus

is located at 14367 W.

159th Street, and the Junior

High Ministry meets on

Wednesday nights. There is

also a High School Ministry

program, which meets on

Sunday evenings, and hourlong

church services are

held Sundays at 8:30, 10 and

11:30 a.m. each week.

For more information on

Parkview Christian Church

and its ministries, visit www.

parkviewchurch.com.

Paint Wars attendees are all smiles while posing for a photo during the event.

Dodgeball was just one of the games played at Paint Wars.


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Join Orland Township for a fun-filled afternoon of family and pet friendly activities and exhibits!

Hosted by Orland Township Supervisor Paul O'Grady & the Board of Trustees

Benefiting the Orland Township Pet Pantry

Saturday, September 15, 2018 • Noon to 3:00 p.m.

Orland Township Grounds at 14807 Ravinia Ave., Orland Park

Local Vendors • Pet Contests • Pet Parade • Pet Adoptions • Ask a Vet Booth • Kids’ Zone

with Games, Train Rides, Inflatable Bounce Houses • Meet & take a photo with your favorite

princesses & characters • Live Music • Food Samplings • and much, much more!

Well-mannered, leashed & tagged pets welcome!

PET-PALOOZA RULES:

• All participating pets should have up-to-date vaccinations

• Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets.

• All pets must be on leashes of six feet or less.

• Costumes for pets (and their owners) are encouraged but not required.

• All animals must wear proper tags.

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donation to the Pet Food Pantry is strongly encouraged.

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The Dish

Bonefish Grill offers specials for all seasons

T.J. Kremer III

Contributing Editor

Fall is quickly approaching,

and that can mean only

one thing at Bonefish Grill:

new menu items, including

dishes and libations, designed

specifically for the

season.

Bonefish Grill, which this

month is celebrating its fiveyear

anniversary in Orland

Park, is well-known for its

fresh, delivered daily selection

of fish, and often features

new, seasonal items

added to its menu.

One of the new catches

will be Rockefeller butterfish,

also known as black

cod or sablefish, served

with a Rockefeller topping

of cream spinach, cheeses,

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lemon butter and crabmeat,

and a side of broccoli and

a side of mashed potatoes

($29.90).

“We like to call it butterfish,

because it’s really

prized for its intensely rich

butter flavor to it; hence, the

nickname butterfish. ... A lot

of people compare it to a

sea bass,” managing partner

Nicholas Kapellas said.

Also making its fall debut

is a hearty cut of swordfish

with pumpkin ravioli, sprinkled

with feta cheese, crispy

shallots and a butter sauce

($23.90).

“We utilize a lot of the fall

flavors, and so, obviously,

you think fall, you think

pumpkin,” Kapellas said.

Then there are the new

drinks because, well, what

Bonefish Grill

15537 S. LaGrange

Road in Orland Park

Hours

• 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

Monday-Thursday

• 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

Friday and Saturday

• 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday

For more information ...

Phone: (708) 873-5170

Web: www.bonefishgrill.

com

goes more naturally with fish

than water, and alcohol is

wet like water, so it’s a winwin

situation.

The Fall Apple Martini

uses apples infused with

vodka over three days,

house-made honey syrup

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Bonefish Grill’s Rockefeller butterfish ($29.90) is served with served with a Rockefeller

topping of cream spinach, cheeses, lemon butter and crabmeat, and a side of broccoli and

a side of mashed potatoes. Photos by T.J. Kremer III/22nd Century Media

and a slice of apple sprinkled

with cinnamon ($9.10).

Not new but making the

cut for another season on

the menu is the Coral Reef

Punch: made with Bacardi

Maestro rum, Malibu rum,

passion fruit and housemade

vanilla bean simple

syrup, fresh-squeezed pineapple

and orange juice, bitters,

and a fresh pineapple

garnish ($9.30).

But why limit the spirits

when one can take advantage

of Bonefish’s Monday

special: $6 martinis (after 4

p.m.). (Just be sure to bring a

designated driver if you plan

to sample all of the martinis.)

Tuesday’s special is

Hooked on Tuesdays —

a three-course meal with

choice of salad, entrée and

dessert (starting at $14.90).

And on Wednesdays the

famous Bang Bang Shrimp

is offered for $6 all day.

“So you’ve got your Monday,

Tuesday and Wednesday

covered,” Kapellas said.

“You can see us at Bonefish

Grill for the first three days

of the week, and then come

The swordfish with pumpkin ravioli ($23.90), sprinkled with

feta cheese, crispy shallots and a butter sauce.

back on Saturday and Sunday

for brunch and endless

bubbles and endless bloody

mary’s ($10 with the purchase

of an entrée for Bellinis,

mimosas or blackberry

sangria, or $12 for bloody

marys).”

Finally, ending its run on

the September menu will

be the Ocean Mixed Grill

($49), a four-course meal

for two that includes an order

of Bang Bang Shrimp; a

fresh house or Caesar salad;

three side dishes of potatoes

au gratin, crispy Brussels

sprouts and a seasonal vegetable;

and fresh wood-grilled

Atlantic salmon, Caribbean

cobia, shrimp and scallop

skewer, and a selection of

the Neighborhood Catch.

“We kind of search all the

waters for high-quality fish,”

Kapellas sad. “We try to

find — especially things that

people maybe don’t try everyday.

And then we inspect

it and hand-cut it everyday.


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crosstown CROSSWORD & Sudoku

The crosstowns: Frankfort, Homer Glen, Lockport, Mokena, New Lenox, Orland Park, Tinley Park

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Cindy LaFleur

Across

1. Birthstone after sapphire

5. Org. for Annika Sorenstam

9. What Mike Myers creates

14. Pro ___ (proportionally)

15. Pavarotti solo

16. Northwest Territories

native

17. Pitt of “Twelve Monkeys”

18. Gulf of Finland feeder

19. Crows’ homes

20. Extras

23. Actor Max of “The

Beverly Hillbillies”

24. Legendary Mel of the

Giants

25. Warriors soccer star,

Kyle

29. “What Kind of Fool

___”

30. Badly lit

33. 1993 Formula One winner

Prost

34. Ladies’ man

36. Statutes

37. Dance step

38. Bluish green

39. Never

42. Winnie-the-Pooh author

43. ___ Plaines

44. The Colts, on a scoreboard

45. Most dear

47. World financial grp.

48. Sully

49. New Lenox concert

series

55. Double

56. Poll responses

57. Georgetown athlete

59. Healthcare benefits giant

60. Open, in a way

61. Recently

62. Solzhenitsyn novel

setting

63. Subway purchase

64. See

Down

1. Heavenly body

2. Trooper or sailing?

3. Not much

4. “Charlie’s Angels”

angel

5. Carriage

6. Go for

7. Donor

8. Great report card

column

9. Piece of trivia, e.g.

10. Like argon or krypton

11. Feint

12. Small songbirds

13. City map abbr.

21. Sable

22. Cats

25. Bowl of greens

26. Make proud

27. Shows boredom

28. Fermented soybean

paste

29. Org. that aids the

stranded

30. Hackman’s role in

“The French Connection”

31. Several Russian czars

32. “Olympia” painter

34. Friend of Fidel

35. Naval investigation

show

37. Mil. authority

40. Delay

41. The “I” of F.Y.I., for

short

42. Con companion

45. Will inherit, with

someone else

46. Misinforms

47. Pres. ex-wife

48. Newspaper section

49. In ___ of (replacing)

50. Like JFK

51. “The New Yorker”

humorist Ogden

52. Attention-getting

word

53. Had on

54. “The Big Board,” for

short

55. Capture

58. “Legal Eagles” fig.

(14459 S. LaGrange

Road, Orland Park; (708)

403-9099)

■5-9 ■ p.m. Thursdays:

Gene Infelise and Francesca

■6-10 ■ p.m. Fridays: The

keyboard stylings of

Roger Pampel

4990)

■6-8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays: Bar

Bingo

■2-5 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:

Happy Hour

■3-5 ■ p.m. Fridays:

Teacher Appreciation

■3-5 ■ p.m. Saturdays and

Sundays: Happy Hour

How to play Sudoku

Each sudoku puzzle consists of a 9x9 grid that

has been subdivided into nine smaller grids of 3x3

squares. To solve the puzzle, each row, column and

box must contain each of the numbers 1 to 9.

LEVEL: Medium

HOMER GLEN

Front Row

(14903 S. Bell Road,

Homer Glen; (708) 645-

7000)

7 p.m. Wednesdays: Trivia

ORLAND PARK

The Brass Tap

(14225 95th Ave. Suite

400, Orland Park; (708)

226-1827)

■8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays: Trivia.

Prizes awarded

■9 ■ p.m. Fridays and Saturdays:

Live music

Papa Joe’s

Square Celt Ale House & Grill

(39 Orland Square Drive,

Orland Park; (708) 226-

9600)

■8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays: Free

Bar Bingo

■8 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:

Free Trivia

■9 ■ p.m. Fridays or Saturdays:

Live Music

■10 ■ p.m. Sundays:

Karaoke

TINLEY PARK

The Whistle Sports Bar &

Grill

(7537 W. 159th St.,

Tinley Park; (708) 904-

LOCKPORT

Port Noir

(900 S. State St.,

Lockport; (815) 834-

9463)

■4-7 ■ p.m. Monday-Friday:

Happy Hour

■8-10 ■ p.m. Thursdays:

Comedy Bingo

■8-11 ■ p.m. Fridays and

Saturdays: Live Band

■7-11 ■ p.m. Sundays:

Open Mic Night

To place an event

in The Scene, email

a.stoll@22ndcenturymedia.

com.

answers

Sudoku by Myles Mellor and Susan Flanagan


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SOUTHWEST SUBURBAN HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION

TO IMPRESS BUYERS WITH TOUR OF HOMES ENCORE

For second year, premier

homes in Chicago’s growing

southwest suburbs will be

highlighted by professional

organization

ORLAND PARK, ILLINOIS

The SouthWest Suburban

Home Builders Association

(SSHBA) is back to show area

home buyers in the south and

southwest suburbs the best

their market has to offer.

After the success of last year’s

inaugural Tour of Homes,

the SSHBA returns better

than ever with its 2nd Annual

Tour of Homes, which is

generously sponsored by

both James Hardie Building

Products and Searls Windows

& Doors Inc. Sixteen builders

are ready to show off their

craftsmanship of 21 model

homes on two different

weekends this September.

The first set of tours will be

held Sept. 15-16 from noon

until 5 p.m. and will feature

homes in 11 desirable south

and southwest suburban

communities. The second set

of tours will run from Sept.

22 to 23, also from noon until

5 p.m., and admission is free

for both weekends.

Moving is a major life step,

and SSHBA is hoping to

help you take that step by

highlighting homes ranging

in size from 1,700 square feet

to 6,800 square feet and that

offer a variety of custommade

features to fit any

family’s needs. Homes range

in price with townhomes

starting at $269,000. The

most expensive home on the

market is a 6,800-square-foot

home for $1.5 million.

“These are family-friendly

towns that we’re promoting

with good school districts,

and they give that city

life without the city,” said

Shannon Rocha, executive

officer for the SSHBA. Rocha

urges potential home buyers

to think of new construction

as an option, and the 2018

Tour of Homes is the perfect

setting to explore that option

with professional builders

talking about their histories

and specialities during the

tour.

The 2018 Tour of Homes

will offer 21 unique home

options for all types of buyers,

including single-family and

townhome options.

Single-family home options

include:

• Castletown Homes

14253 Lacey Drive, Lemont;

12123 Fairmont Lane, Lemont

• Flaherty Builders, Inc.

1886 Mays Drive, New Lenox;

11100 Deer Haven Lane,

Orland Park

• Brian Wille Construction

15810 Mueller Way, New Lenox

• M.C. Custom Homes, Inc.

16735 W. Deerwood Drive,

Lockport

• McNaughton Development

11650 Bridewell Dr., Burr Ridge;

8390 Waterview Court,

Burr Ridge

• Beechen & Dill Homes, Inc.

10022 Franchesca Lane,

Orland Park

• Gardner Luxury Homes

27232 W. Deer Hollow Lane,

Channahon

• A & J Construction, Inc.

15338 Oak Run Ct., Lockport

• Riverview Builders, Inc.

15827 Aster Drive, Lockport

• The Ville Design Build

2325 Trillium Lane, Naperville

• O’Malley Builders, Inc.

20491 Abbey Dr., Frankfort

• J. Michael Builders

25832 W. Canyon Blvd.,

Plainfield

• 5th Avenue Construction, Inc.

12878 Collina Lane, Lemont;

13030 Dunmoor Drive, Lemont

• Putman Builders, Inc.

22358 Majestic Lane, Frankfort

• T.J. Cachey Builders Inc.

2130 Highview Drive,

New Lenox;

25532 Riley Erin Road,

Manhattan (ranch town home)

• Pearl Home Builders

(three-story town home)

17900 Oak Park Ave.,

Tinley Park

With a clearly defined tour

route and a pocket-sized

map, buyers can explore

the tour simply. The route

was designed for ease of

navigation and allows buyers

to view multiple homes, by

multiple builders, over the

course of a weekend.

“The idea is we want to

make it easy to get to,” Rocha

said. “Whenever you’re on a

tour it kind of makes it fun.

You’re seeing more than one.

You’re going, you’re taking a

look and you’re seeing what’s

available.”

Flags with the SSHBA

logo will be

placed outside

subdivisions and

homes included

in the tour to help

tourgoers. Raffle

prizes will also be

offered at each

location visited by

tour guests.

FREE ADMISSION!

“We’re hoping to get the

SSHBA name out there,

since there is not licensing

in Illinois,” Rocha said.

“Builders do not have to

have licenses, so by being a

member of the SSHBA they

are receiving education and

we want [home buyers] to see

how our builders are set apart

from a builder that is not a

member with us.”

SouthWest Suburban Home

Builders promotes high

standards, professionalism

and service within the

building industry and

supports the American

dream of home ownership.

As the unified voice for

building industry issues, the

SSHBA promotes advocacy

and awareness, provides

educational programs,

networking opportunities,

and opportunities for

consumer referrals.

For more information,

visit www.sshba.com.

Models will be open from noon to 5 p.m. each weekend.


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Distinctive Home Builders Introduces New Craftsman Homes

In Manhattan and Peotone – From the mid-$200’s

New designs are a result of buyer feedback

Two refreshing designs mark

the beginning of a new series

of Craftsman-style homes

available from Distinctive Home

Builders at its latest new home

communities: Prairie Trails;

located in Manhattan within the

highly-regarded Lincoln-Way

School District and at WestGate

Manor in Peotone within

the desirable Peotone School

District.

“Craftsman homes were

introduced in the early 1900s

in California with designs

based on a simpler, functional

aesthetic using a higher level

of craftsmanship and natural

materials. These homes were a

departure from homes that were

mass produced from that era,

“according to Bryan Nooner,

president of Distinctive Home

Builders.

“The Craftsman design has

made a comeback today for

many of the same reasons it

started over a century ago. Our

customers want to live in a home

that gets away from the “mass

produced” look and live in a

home that has more character. As

a result of our daily interaction

with our homeowners and their

input, we are excited to introduce

these two homes, with additional

designs in the works.”

Nooner, who meets with

each homeowner prior to

construction, has been working

on these plans forawhile and felt

that the timing was ideal for the

debut. “Customers were asking

for something different and

simple with less monotony and

higher architectural standards.”

The result was the Craftsman

ranch and the Prairie twostory,

now available at Prairie

Trails and WestGate Manor.

The Craftsman ranch features

an open floor plan with Great

Room, three bedrooms, two

baths and a two-car (optional

three-car) garage. The Prairie

features a two-story foyer and

Great Room, three bedrooms

and one and one-half baths, a

convenient Flex Room space

on the main level and a two-car

(optional three-car) garage. The

Craftsman architectural elements

on both homes include brick and

stone exteriors with cedar shake

accent siding, low-pitched gabled

bracket roofs, front porches with

tapered columns and stone piers,

partially paned windows, and a

standard panel front entry door.

Distinctive Home Builders

offers a Craftsman-style trim

package offering trim without

ornate profiles and routers. The

trim features simplicity in design

with rectangles, straight lines and

layered look trims over doors for

example. The front entry door

will have the standard Craftsman

panel style door. Distinctive has

also created a Craftsman color

palate to assist buyers in making

coordinated choices for the

interior of their new Craftsman

home. Colors, cabinet styles and

flooring choices blend seamlessly

with the Craftsman trim package

and are available in gray tones

package and earth tones.

Distinctive offers custom maple

kitchen cabinets featuring solid

wood construction (no particle

board), have solid wood drawers

with dove tail joints, which is

very rare in the marketplace.

“When you buy a new home

from Distinctive, you truly are

receiving custom made cabinets

in every home we sell no matter

what the price range,” noted

Nooner.

Distinctive Home Builders

works to achieve a delivery goal

of 90 days with zero punch list

items for its homeowners. “Our

three decades building homes

provides an efficient construction

system,” said Nooner. “Many of

our skilled craftsmen have been

working with our company

for over 20 years. We also

take pride on having excellent

communicators throughout our

organization. This translates into

a positive buying and building

experience for our homeowners

and one of the highest referral

rates in the industry.”

Nooner added that all homes

are highly energy efficient. Every

home built will have upgraded

wall and ceiling insulation

values with energy efficient

windows and high efficiency

furnaces. Before homeowners

move into their new home,

Distinctive Home Builders

conducts a blower door test that

pressurizes the home to ensure

that each home passes a set of

very stringent Energy Efficiency

guidelines.

With the addition of these two

new designs, there are now 15

ranch, split-level and six twostory

single-family home styles to

choose from each offering from

three to eight different exterior

elevations at both communities.

The three- to four-bedroom

homes feature one and one-half

to two-and-one-half baths, twoto

three-car garages and a family

room, all in approximately 1,600

to over 3,000 square feet of living

space. Basements are included in

most models as well. Distinctive

also encourages customization

to make your new home truly

personalized to suit your lifestyle.

Oversize home sites; brick

exteriors on all four sides of the

first floor; custom maple cabinets;

ceramic tile or hardwood

floors in the kitchen, baths and

foyer; genuine wood trim and

doors and concrete driveways

can all be yours at Prairie

Trails and WestGate Manor.

Most all home sites at Prairie

Trails and WestGate Manor

can accommodate a three-car

garage; a very important amenity

to the Manhattan homebuyer,

said Nooner.

“When we opened Prairie

Trails and WestGate Manor we

wanted to provide the best new

home value for the dollar and

we feel with offering Premium

Standard Features that we do

just that. So why wait? This is

truly the best time to build your

dream home!”

Prairie Trails is also a beautiful

place to live and raise a family

featuring a 20-acre lake on site,

as well as direct access to the 22-

mile Wauponsee Glacial Prairie

Path that borders the community

and meanders through many

neighboring communities and

links to many other popular

trails. The Manhattan Metra

station is less than a mile away.

Besides Prairie Trails,

Distinctive Home Builders

has built homes throughout

Manhattan in the Butternut

Ridge and Leighlinbridge

developments, as well as in the

Will and south Cook county

areas over the past 30 years.

Distinctive Home Builders

chose the Will County village

of Peotone for its newest

community of 38 single-family

homes at WestGate Manor

within walking distance of the

esteemed Peotone High School.

Its convenient location between

Interstate 57 and Illinois Route

50 provide easy access to I-80

and commuters enjoy several

nearby train stations and a

35-minute drive to Chicago.

Visit the on-site sales

information center for

unadvertised specials and view

the numerous styles of homes

being offered and the available

lots. Call Lynne Rinck at (708)

737-9142 or (708) 479-7700 for

more information or visit www.

distinctivehomebuilders.com.

The Prairie Trails and WestGate

Manor new home information

center is located three miles

south of Laraway Rd. on Rt.

52. The address is 24458 S.

Rt. 52, Manhattan, IL. 60422.

Open Daily 10:00 a.m. – 5:00

p.m. Closed Wednesday and

Thursday and always available

by appointment.

Specials, prices, specifications,

standard features, model

offerings, build times and lot

availability are subject to change

without notice. Please contact

a Distinctive representative for

current pricing and complete

details.


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Outdoor work: F/T

year-round & seasonal

Employment

Potential for paid winters

off. Benefits incl. health,

dental, IRA. Clean driving

record a MUST. Starting

rate: $14/hr. Time and 1/2

over 40 hrs. Apply

in-person 7320 Duvan Dr,

Tinley Park M-F 8a-4p.

Help

Wanted

1003 Help Wanted

22nd Century Media seeks Graphic Designer

Position Overview:

22nd Century Media, a media publishing company based in

Orland Park & Northbrook, is seeking a Graphic Designer

to join their team.

Responsibilities Include:

Create web/print advertising material, visual web design using

WordPress, Update existing as well as creating new web/print

collateral for Events, Occasional page layout, Miscellaneous

design projects, Communicate with inside & outside sales reps,

Maintain FTP/server files, Edit and upload digital publications,

Prepare & troubleshoot PDF files

Qualifications:

Bachelor’s in Graphic Design or related field preferred,

Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite for Mac, Layout and digital

design experience a must, Familiarity with CMS (WordPress),

Strong typography knowledge & expertise, Excellent

Communication, Interpersonal & Organizational skills,

Ability to work independently and with team

within fast-paced, deadline-sensitive environment

Next Steps:

For more information or to be considered for this

opportunity, email a resume to:

careers@22ndcenturymedia.com

No phone calls please. EOE

22nd Century Media seeks Inside Sales Director

Position Overview:

22nd Century Media, a media publishing company based in

Orland Park, is seeking an Inside Sales Director

to join their team.

Responsibilities Include:

Proactively prospecting and qualifying potential new advertising

accounts; handling incoming leads; identifying business

opportunities and working with decision makers to obtain

customer commitment; and achieving weekly revenue targets.

Qualifications:

Ideal candidates will possess 1–3 years of experience in

sales environment. Must have a strong work ethic and ability to

work independently as well as with a team. Excellent

communication skills, time-management and

interpersonal skills required.

Next Steps:

For more information or to be considered for this

opportunity, email a resume to:

careers@22ndcenturymedia.com

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No phone calls please. EOE

Part-time Telephone Work

calling from home for

AMVETS. Ideal for

homemakers and retirees.

Must be reliable and have

morning &evening hours

available for calling.

If interested,

Call 708 429 6477

M-F, 10am - 1pm Only!

Dishwasher - Line Cook -

Servers & Bartender

Apply in Person at

Traverso’s Restaurant

15601 S Harlem Ave

CLASSIFIEDS

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Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise

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1003 Help

Wanted

As we continually grow,

SW Suburban cleaning co.

has openings for

Cleaning Pros

Exp. Preferred but Will

Train. P/T Weekdays.

No Evenings/Weekends

815-464-1988

Hiring Desk Clerk

(must be flexible w/ shifts)

& Housekeeping (Morning)

Needed at

Super 8 Motel

Apply within:

9485 W. 191st St, Mokena

No Phone Calls

CDL Driver

Tractor Trailer/Dry Van

Dedicated Run. Home

Daily with Benefits.

Call Krueger Trucking

800-634-3317

P/T Housekeeper

Interested applicants must

apply in person:

Tinley Court

16301 S Brementowne Rd

Tinley Park, IL 60477

1004 Employment

Opportunities

HELP WANTED!

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Automotive

$52 4 lines/

7 papers

Real Estate

$50 7 7 papers

lines/

Help Wanted

$13 4 lines/

per line 7 papers

1023 Caregiver

Caregiver Services

Provided by

Margaret’s Agency Inc.

State Licensed & Bonded

since 1998. Providing quality

care for elderly.

Live-in/ Come & go.

708.403.8707

Heaven Sent Caregivers

Professional caregiving

service. 24 hr or hourly

services; shower or bath

visits. Licensed & bonded.

Try the best! 708.638.0641

Private Experienced Caregiver

Will care for elderly patients,

CPR Caregiver Certificate,

Background Check &

References Available. PT/FT.

(708)979-3797

1024 Senior

Companion

Merchandise

$30 7 4 papers

lines/

Senior Companion

If you need someone to run

errands, go shopping, take

to appointments or just sit

& socialize for your elderly

loved one...

Call Betty (815)545-4935

Garage

Sale

1052 Garage Sale

Homer Glen 17834 Robert

Emmett Dr 9/14-9/15 9-3pm

Holiday, housewares, paintings,

tools, electr, mech &garden

Orland Park 9333 W 145th St

9/14-9/15 9-3pm Hshld, antiques,

tools, furn, glassware &

misc & much more!

Tinley Park. 18007 Flamingo

Dr. 9/14-9/15 8am-2pm. Tools,

Christmas, miscellaneous

households!

1052 Garage Sale

Midlothian, 14849 S. Kostner

Ave. 9/13-9/15, 9-3p. Lots of

guy stuff, large yard &other

tools router, vintage horse shoe

set & more!

Mokena, 19778 Ascot Place

1 DAY ONLY! 9/15, 10-4p.

Tools, ladders, Xmas items,

bikes & misc. Must Use Guest

Parking Only!

Orland Park 8846 Terry Dr

9/14-9/15 9-3pm Household,

furniture, novelties, home decor

&much more! Priced to

sell!

Village of Manhattan

Community Wide Garage Sale

Fri Sept 14th & Sat Sept 15th,

8:00am-3:00pm

All participant’s addresses

will be listed in a map of the

community. Maps will be

available for distribution on

September 10th at Village

Hall, located at 260 Market

Pl. Manhattan, IL

and online at

www.villageofmanhattan.org

For questions, please call

Village Hall at (815)418-2100

1065 Motorcycles

2009 H-D fxdfDyna FatBob

13,355 miles new tires

$8,299.00 runs great

Black 708-710-7867

1053 Multi Family

Sale

Frankfort, 22609 Stanford Dr.

Thurs 9/13 &Fri 9/14, 9-6p.

Glass curio, coffee tbl, linens,

toys, holiday items, carousel

horse collection (40 pieces)/

Lockport Peachtree Dr.

9/13-9/15, 8:30-4pm. Electronics,

housewears, holiday decor,

kid toys, adult & children

clothing & much more!

Orland Park, 8427 Wheeler

Dr. Sept 13 & 14, 9-3p.

Women, kid and baby clothes.

Households & toys!

1057 Estate Sale

New Lenox 635 NMarley Rd

9/14-9/15 10-2pm Living, dining

& bedroom furniture.

Bookshelves, disp cab, TV

stand, china, crystal &collectibles

Automotive

1061 Autos Wanted

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The Homer Horizon’s

The current owners

decided to nicely remodel

their home so it is perfect

for a new buyer.

What: A spacious, fourbedroom

Forester with

sunroom addition.

Where: 13820 S. Lady

Bar, Homer Glen

sponsored content

of the

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July 19

• 14103 S. Cherokee

Trail, Homer Glen,

604919644 Patrick

Tunno to Joseph Perry,

$325,000

• 14351 S. Elizabeth

Lane, Homer Glen,

604919348 Margaret

Szczepaniak to Felicjan J.

Krol, $300,000

July 20

• 12413 Huntleigh Road,

Homer Glen, 604918215

Michael R. Torres to

Robert J. Peplowski,

Alexandria M. Stahurski,

$415,000

• 12831 W. Pheasant

Court, Homer Glen,

604919085 Erik O.

Scheiner to Jeffery J.

Welch, Jessica F. Welch,

$350,000

• 14524 S. Holm Court,

Homer Glen, 604919256

Joseph M. Pellini to

Russell A. Johnson,

Jennifer M. Johnson,

$323,000

• 14960 S. Carlton Lane,

Homer Glen, 604918013

Brian T. Christopher to

Kevin R. Horvath, Sara E.

Horvath, $355,000

• 16040 S. Oak Valley

Trail, Homer Glen,

604919072 Ghina

Ayyash to Hasan A. Issa,

$250,000

• 16143 Creekwood

Court, Homer Glen,

604916953 John N.

O’Connor to Patrice B.

Roche, Carolann I. Roche,

$664,500

July 26

• 14649 Clover Lane,

Homer Glen, 604916983

Greystone Homes Llc to

Roy W. Burde, Nancy J.

Burde, $400,000

July 30

• 12061 Aspen Lane,

Homer Glen, 604918422

Peter J. Belos to Gary

Fast, Mary Koch Fast,

$525,000

• 13301 W. Cedar Court,

Homer Glen, 60491

John K. Shepherd to

Theresa Wozniak, Andrzet

Wozniak, $320,000

• 14636 S. Stonegate

Drive, Homer Glen,

604916784 Gleeson

Trust to Michael W.

Reed, Katherine H. Reed,

$335,000

• 15647 James Lane,

Homer Glen, 604917939

Gregory A. Pastorek to

John R. Krzos, Dawn

Ivanich, $635,000

The Going Rate is provided by

Record Information Services,

Inc. For more information,

visit www.public-record.com

or call (630) 557-1000.

Amenities: This completely

remodeled and spacious

four-bedroom Forester

exudes excellence

throughout. Features of

this lovely home that is

nestled on a prime, mature

tree-lined lot backing to

a scenic prairie (no rear

neighbors) include a bright

and sunny kitchen boasting

maple cabinets; handscraped,

half-inch bamboo

hardwood floors and

stainless steel appliances;

breakfast area with door

to wonderful three-season

room overlooking the

picturesque yard with shed;

huge formal dining room

with vaulted ceiling that is

great for family gatherings;

spacious formal living room

with vaulted and beamed

ceiling that will provide

hours of quiet relaxation;

large family room with cozy

stone fireplace; generoussized

laundry/mudroom;

remodeled powder room;

Listing Price: $329,900

master suite with double

closets and private bath

with vanity; bathroom No.

2 with whirlpool tub; ceiling

fans in all bedrooms;

custom lighting fixtures

Listing Agent: Kim Wirtz at

(708) 516-3050 or www.

kimwirtz.com.

throughout; and white,

six-panel doors and trim

throughout. Move in and

enjoy many maintenancefree

years.

Agent Brokerage: Century

21 Affiliated

Want to know how to become Home of the Week? Contact Tricia at (708) 326-9170 ext. 47.


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Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise

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Automotive

Real Estate

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$50

7 lines/

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$13

per line

4 lines/

7 papers

$30

4 lines/

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OPEN

HOUSE

Sun Sept 16th 1-4pm

8630 Glen Shire Street,

Tinley Park

Just what you’ve been looking

for!

Large brick step ranch, 5BR,

3.5BA, cathedral ceilings

throughout, double sided fireplace.

Main level family rm,

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w/wet bar. Movie screen, side

drive, 3 car garage. $399,900

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708-429-9818

Rental

1225 Apartments

for Rent

Oak Forest Terrace

15815 Terrace, Oak Forest

Spacious 1 & 2 Bdrms.

Serene setting & Beautiful

Grounds. Tennis, Pool,

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708-687-1818

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OPEN

HOUSE

Sunday Sept 16th 1-4pm

14032 Clearview Drive

Orland Park, IL

Beautiful, Split-level 3BR

2Ba. Many updates, move

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location. $305,000. (MLS

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630-528-2300 x276

1310 Offices for

Rent

The perfect downtown

location!

11225 Front St. Mokena, IL

Newly rehabbed office spaces

avail. Office spaces are flexible

for any type of business.

Includes lobby, private bathrooms,

utilities and Comcast

Internet/Wifi. Units ready to

lease Sept 1st. $299/mo total.

Julie Carnes 708-906-3301

Village Realty Inc.

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It!

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It!

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It!

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2003 Appliance Repair

QUALITY

APPLIANCE

REPAIR, Inc.

• Air Conditioning • Furnaces

Refrigeration • Dishwashers

Stoves & Ovens • Microwaves

Garbage Disposals

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Family Owned &Operatedsince 1986

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2006 Basement Waterproofing

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Pulverized Black Dirt

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Driveway Gravel

Available

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• Bowing Walls

• Concrete Raising

• Crack Raising

• Crawlspaces

• Drainage Systems

• Sump Pumps

• Window Wells

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CLASSIFIEDS

Help Wanted · Garage Sales · Automotive

Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise

Sell It 708.326.9170 | Fax It 708.326.9179

Charge It | DEADLINE - Friday at 3pm

Automotive

$52 4 lines/

7 papers

Real Estate

$50 7 7 papers

lines/

2011 Brick/Chimney Experts

Help Wanted

$13 4 lines/

per line 7 papers

Merchandise

$30 7 4 papers

lines/

2017 Cleaning Services

FANTASTIK POLISH

CLEANING SERVICE

If you’re tired of housework

Please call us!

(708)599-5016

5th Cleaning is

FREE! Valid only one time

Free Estimates

& Bonded

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Cleaning Lady

Will Clean House or

Apartment.

Free estimates!

815 690 7633

2025 Concrete Work

CLEAN FOR YOU

Experienced, Reliable,

Honest, 100% Satisfaction

For House Cleaning

Call or Leave a Message at

708-870-6740 or

708-262-9756

2025 Concrete Work

Frank J’s Concrete

Stoops

Curbs

Colored & Stamped

Patios

Driveways

Walks

Garage Floors

Over 30 Years Experience!

708 663 9584

Tinley Park Company

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Sturdy

Deck & Fence

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708 479 9035

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2060 Drywall

CLASSIFIEDS

Help Wanted · Garage Sales · Automotive

Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise

Automotive

$52 4 lines/

7 papers

Help Wanted

$13 4 lines/

per line 7 papers

2120 Handyman

Drywall

*Hanging *Taping

*New Homes

*Additions

*Remodeling

Call Greg At:

(815)485-3782

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It!

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R E A S O N A B L E

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2120 Handyman

Real Estate

$50 7 7 papers

lines/

Merchandise

$30 7 4 papers

lines/

BEECHY’S

Handyman Service

Custom Painting

Drywall & Plaster Repair

Carpentry Work

Trim & General

Tile & Laminated Flooring

Light Plumbing & Electrical

Remodeling, Kitchen & Bath

Install StormWindows/Doors

Clean Gutters

Wash Siding & Windows

Call Vern for Free Estimate!

708 714 7549

815 838 4347

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2132 Home Improvement

2080 Firewood

HANDYMAN SERVICE —WHATEVER YOU NEED

"OVER 30 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE"

Windows, Doors, Decks Kitchen & Bathroom Remodeling, Plumbing Interior and

Exterior Painting Wall Paper Removal Professional Work At Competitive Prices

CALL MIKE AT 708-790-3416

2090 Flooring

...to place your

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Rich Sudantas Construction

708-990-1839

Kitchen & Bathroom

Remodeling

Door & Window

Replacement

Custom Decks & Repairs

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CLASSIFIEDS

Help Wanted · Garage Sales · Automotive

Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise

Automotive

$52 4 lines/

7 papers

Help Wanted

$13 4 lines/

per line 7 papers

2140 Landscaping 2140 Landscaping

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$50 7 7 papers

lines/

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$30 7 4 papers

lines/

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2150 Paint & Decorating

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Help Wanted · Garage Sales · Automotive

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Friday at 3pm

Automotive

Real Estate

$52

4 lines/

7 papers Help Wanted

$50

7 lines/

7 papers Merchandise

$13

per line

4 lines/

7 papers

$30

4 lines/

7 papers

2170 Plumbing

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• Drywall/PlasterRepair

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• Deck/Fence Staining

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CLASSIFIEDS

Help Wanted · Garage Sales · Automotive

Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise

Sell It 708.326.9170

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Charge It

DEADLINE -

Friday at 3pm

Automotive

$52

4 lines/

7 papers

Help Wanted

per line $13

4 lines/

7 papers

Real Estate

$50

7 lines/

7 papers

Merchandise

$30

4 lines/

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2220 Siding

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2255 Tree Service

2276 Tuckpointing/Masonry

CLASSIFIEDS

Help Wanted · Garage Sales · Automotive

Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise

2390 Computer Services/Repair

Furniture in Exc. Condition!

Kitchen Table & 4 Chairs $189

China Cabinet 66x76” $339

Armoir $399, Desk $199

Entertainment Center $99

(708)802-9724 Tinley Park

Professional

Directory

Merchandise

Directory

2480 Furniture

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Automotive

Real Estate

$52

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$50

7 lines/

7 papers Merchandise

2703 Legal Notices

$13

per line

4 lines/

7 papers

$30

4 lines/

7 papers

TRUSTEE ELECTION FILING NOTICE

Notice is hereby given toinform candidates who will be filing

petitions for the Homer Township Fire Protection District

Board of Trustees to be elected at the Consolidated

Election onTuesday, April 2, 2019. The first day tofile is

Monday, December 10, 2018 at the District’s Administrative

office located at 16050 S. Cedar Road, Lockport, IL

60491. You may file between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and

3:00 p.m.

Candidates who file after 9:00 a.m. on December 10, 2018

will be filed in order of actual receipt. Candidates who file

simultaneously at 9:00 a.m. on December 10, 2018, any petitions

received in the first mail delivery on December 10,

2018, and, those who are standing in line in the last hour of

filing, 2:00 p.m. –3:00 p.m. onDecember 17, 2018 will be

included inalottery todetermine ballot placement. The lottery

will be conducted atthe District’s Administrative office

at 9:00 a.m. on December 26, 2018.

Fire Trustee nomination packets may be picked up at the

Homer Township Fire Protection District, 16050 S. Cedar

Road, Lockport, IL 60491 between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

beginning Tuesday, September 18, 2018. Paperwork can

also be obtained from the State Board of Elections website

at www.elections.state.il.us or from our website. No petitions

may be circulated prior to Tuesday, September 18,

2018.

The 2019 Candidate Guide and additional information are

available electronically at www.elections.state.il.us and on

the District’s website www.homerfire.org

2294 Window

Cleaning

P.K.WINDOW

CLEANING CO.

Window Cleaning

Gutter Cleaning

Power Washing

Office Cleaning

call and get $40.00 off

708 974-8044

www.pkwindowcleaning.com

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It!

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It!

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2296 Window

Fashions

Blinds &

Shades

Repair

I Do Windows &

Interiors

Call Pat

815 355 1112

815 485 1112

o f f i c e

I Do House Calls

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2489 Merchandise Wanted

$$ CLASSIC CARS

WANTED $$

I am a collector of sports &

classic cars. Do you know

someone with a collection of

cars that is thinking of

downsizing or an estate with

cars? I will buy one or an entire

collection & pay a very

fair price. As an auctioneer &

appraiser, I can also help you

valuate & sell the collection.

Call Mike: 262-894-7348

$$ JUKE BOXES &

COIN-OP MACHINES

WANTED $$

Collector seeks jukeboxes &

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2701 Property for

Sale

2701 Property for

Sale

2703 Legal

Notices

2703 Legal

Notices

2900 Merchandise

Under $100

2900 Merchandise

Under $100

SHERIFF'S SALE OF REAL ESTATE

of 14533 Palomino Court, Homer Glen,

IL 60491 (Single Family Home). On the

20th day of September, 2017 to be held

at 12:00 noon, at the Will County Courthouse

Annex, 57 N. Ottawa Street,

Room 201, Joliet, IL 60432, under Case

Title: Deutsche Bank National Trust

Company, As Trustee for Bravo Mortgage

Asset Trust 2006-1, Bravo Mortgage

Asset Backed Pass-Through Certificates,

Series 2006-1 Plaintiff V. Maciej

Jachymiak; Katarzyna Jachymiak;

Beneficial Illinois Inc., d/b/a Beneficial

Mortgage, Co. of Illinois; Unknown

Heirs and Legatees of Maciej

Jachymiak, if any; Unknown Heirs and

Legatees of Katarzyna Jachymiak, if

any; Unknown Owners and Non Record

Claimants Defendant.

Case No. 15CH 1965 in the Circuit

Court of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit,

Will County, Illinois.

Terms of Sale: ten percent (10%) at the

time of sale and the balance within

twenty-four (24) hours. Nojudicial sale

fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring

the residential real estate pursuant

to its credit bid at the sale or by any

mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other

lienor acquiring the residential real estate

whose rights in and tothe residential

real estate arose prior to the sale. All

payments shall be made in cash or certified

funds payable tothe Sheriff of Will

County.

In the event the property is acondomin-

ium, in accordance with 735 ILCS

5/15-1507(c)(1)(H-1) and (H-2), 765

ILCS 605/9(g)(5), and 765 ILCS

605/18.5(g-1), you are hereby notified

that the purchaser of the unit, other than

amortgagee, shall pay the assessments

and legal fees required by subdivisions

(g)(1) and (g)(4) of Section 9and the assessments

required by subsection (g-1)

of Section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium

Property Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03 (J)

if there is asurplus following application

ofthe proceeds of sale, then the

plaintiff shall send written notice pursuant

to 735 ILCS 5/15-1512(d) to all parties

to the proceeding advising them of

the amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty obtains

acourt order for its distribution or, in

the absence of an order, until the surplus

is forfeited to the State.

For Information Please Contact:

THE WIRBICKI LAW GROUP

33 W. Monroe St. Suite 1140

Chicago, Illinois 60603

P: 312-360-9455

F: 312-572-7823

PURSUANT TO THE FAIR DEBT

COLLECTION PRACTICES ACT

YOU ARE ADVISED THAT THIS

LAW FIRM ISDEEMED TO BE A

DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING

TO COLLECT ADEBT AND ANY

INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL

BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE.

SHERIFF'S SALE OF REAL ESTATE

of 12561 West Morgan Court, Homer

Glen, IL 60491 (Single Family Home).

On the 27th day of September, 2018 to

be held at 12:00 noon, at the Will

County Courthouse Annex, 57 N. Ottawa

Street, Room 201, Joliet, IL 60432,

under Case Title: Finance ofAmerica

Reverse, LLC Plaintiff V. Angeline

Kutz a/k/a Angeline S. Kutz; et. al. Defendant.

Case No. 18CH 0713 in the Circuit

Court of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit,

Will County, Illinois.

Terms of Sale: ten percent (10%) at the

time of sale and the balance within

twenty-four (24) hours. Nojudicial sale

fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring

the residential real estate pursuant

to its credit bid at the sale or by any

mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other

lienor acquiring the residential real estate

whose rights in and tothe residen-

tial real estate arose prior to the sale. All

payments shall be made in cash or certified

funds payable tothe Sheriff of Will

County.

In the event the property is acondomin-

ium, in accordance with 735 ILCS

5/15-1507(c)(1)(H-1) and (H-2), 765

ILCS 605/9(g)(5), and 765 ILCS

605/18.5(g-1), you are hereby notified

that the purchaser of the unit, other than

amortgagee, shall pay the assessments

and legal fees required by subdivisions

(g)(1) and (g)(4) of Section 9and the assessments

required by subsection (g-1)

of Section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium

Property Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03 (J)

if there is asurplus following application

ofthe proceeds of sale, then the

plaintiff shall send written notice pursuant

to 735 ILCS 5/15-1512(d) to all parties

to the proceeding advising them of

the amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty obtains

acourt order for its distribution or, in

the absence of an order, until the surplus

is forfeited to the State.

For Information Please Contact:

Codilis & Associates, P.C.

15W030 N. Frontage Road Suite 100

Burr Ridge, Illinois 60527

P: 630-794-5300

F: 630-794-9090

PURSUANT TO THE FAIR DEBT

COLLECTION PRACTICES ACT

YOU ARE ADVISED THAT THIS

LAW FIRM ISDEEMED TO BE A

DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING

TO COLLECT ADEBT AND ANY

INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL

BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE.

2702 Public

Notices

STATE OF ILLINOIS

CIRCUIT COURT OF WILL

COUNTY

Request of Christopher Marion

Laskauski

Case Number: 1830617

There will beacourt date onmy

Request to change my name from:

Christopher Marion Laskauski to

the new new name of:

Christopher Marion Lask

The court date will be held on October

30, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. at 57

North Ottawa Street, Joliet, IL

60432, Will County in Courtroom

#A236

/s/:Christopher Marion Laskauski

Christopher Marion Laskauski

2703 Legal

Notices

PURSUANT TO THE FAIR DEBT

COLLECTION PRACTICES ACT

YOU ARE ADVISED THAT THIS

LAW FIRM ISDEEMED TO BE A

DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING

TO COLLECT ADEBT AND ANY

INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL

BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE.

STATE OF ILLINOIS )

) SS.

COUNTY OF WILL )

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OFTHE

TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

WILL COUNTY, ILLINOIS

Deutsche Bank National Trust Company,

As Trustee for Bravo Mortgage

Asset Trust 2006-1, Bravo Mortgage

Asset Backed Pass-Through Certificates,

Series 2006-1

Plaintiff,

vs.

Maciej Jachymiak; Katarzyna

Jachymiak; Beneficial Illinois Inc., d/b/a

Beneficial Mortgage, Co. of Illinois;

Unknown Heirs and Legatees of Maciej

Jachymiak, if any; Unknown Heirs and

Legatees of Katarzyna Jachymiak, if

any; Unknown Owners and Non Record

Claimants

Defendant. No. 15 CH 1965

NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S SALE

Public notice ishereby given that pursuant

toajudgment entered in the above

cause on the 15th day of December,

2016, MIKE KELLEY, Sheriff of Will

County, Illinois, will on Thursday, the

20th day of September, 2017 ,commencing

at 12:00 o'clock noon, at the

Will County Courthouse Annex, 57 N.

Ottawa Street, Room 201, Joliet, IL

60432, sell at public auction tothe highest

and best bidder orbidders the following-described

real estate:

LOT 105 IN DERBY HILLS SUBDI-

VISION UNIT NO. 2, BEING A SUB-

DIVISION IN THE NORTHEAST

QUARTER AND THE NORTHWEST

QUARTER OFSECTION 12, TOWN-

SHIP 36 NORTH, RANGE 11 EAST

OF THE THIRD PRINCIPAL MERID-

IAN, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT

THEREOF RECORDED MAY 26,

1978 AS DOCUMENT NO. R78-19448

AND AMENDED BY LETTER OF

CORRECTION RECORDED ON NO-

VEMBER 14, 1978 AS DOCUMENT

NO. R78-45512, IN WILL COUNTY,

ILLINOIS

Commonly known as: 14533 Palomino

Court, Homer Glen, IL 60491

Description of Improvements:

Single Family Home

P.I.N.: 16-05-12-104-016-0000

Terms of Sale: ten percent (10%) at the

time of sale and the balance within

twenty-four (24) hours. Nojudicial sale

fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring

the residential real estate pursuant

to its credit bid at the sale or by any

mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other

lienor acquiring the residential real estate

whose rights in and tothe residential

real estate arose prior to the sale. All

payments shall be made in cash or certified

funds payable tothe Sheriff of Will

County.

In the event the property is acondomin-

ium, in accordance with 735 ILCS

5/15-1507(c)(1)(H-1) and (H-2), 765

ILCS 605/9(g)(5), and 765 ILCS

605/18.5(g-1), you are hereby notified

that the purchaser of the unit, other than

amortgagee, shall pay the assessments

and legal fees required by subdivisions

(g)(1) and (g)(4) of Section 9and the assessments

required by subsection (g-1)

of Section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium

Property Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03 (J)

if there is asurplus following application

ofthe proceeds of sale, then the

plaintiff shall send written notice pursuant

to 735 ILCS 5/15-1512(d) to all parties

to the proceeding advising them of

the amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty obtains

acourt order for its distribution or, in

the absence of an order, until the surplus

is forfeited to the State.

FOR INFORMATION PLEASE CON-

TACT:

THE WIRBICKI LAW GROUP

33 W. Monroe St. Suite 1140

Chicago, Illinois 60603

P: 312-360-9455

F: 312-572-7823

Plaintiff's Attorney

MIKE KELLEY

Sheriff of Will County

PURSUANT TO THE FAIR DEBT

COLLECTION PRACTICES ACT

YOU ARE ADVISED THAT THIS

LAW FIRM ISDEEMED TO BE A

DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING

TO COLLECT ADEBT AND ANY

INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL

BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE.

STATE OF ILLINOIS )

) SS.

COUNTY OF WILL )

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OFTHE

TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

WILL COUNTY, ILLINOIS

Finance of America Reverse, LLC

Plaintiff,

vs.

Angeline Kutz a/k/a Angeline S.Kutz;

et. al.

Defendant. No. 18 CH 0713

NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S SALE

Public notice ishereby given that pursuant

toajudgment entered in the above

cause on the 25th day of July, 2018,

MIKE KELLEY, Sheriff of Will

County, Illinois, will on Thursday, the

27th day of September, 2018 ,commencing

at 12:00 o'clock noon, at the

Will County Courthouse Annex, 57 N.

Ottawa Street, Room 201, Joliet, IL

60432, sell at public auction tothe highest

and best bidder orbidders the following-described

real estate:

LOT 160 IN DERBY HILLS UNIT 3,

BEING A SUBDIVISION IN THE

NORTHWEST 1/4 OFSECTION 12,

TOWNSHIP 36 NORTH, RANGE 11,

EAST OF THE THIRD PRINCIPAL

MERIDIAN, ACCORDING TO THE

PLAT THEREOF RECORDED OCTO-

BER 5, 1978 AS DOCUMENT

R78-39697, IN WILL COUNTY, ILLI-

NOIS.

Commonly known as: 12561 West

Morgan Court, Homer Glen, IL 60491

Description of Improvements:

Single Family Home

P.I.N.: 16-05-12-109-028-0000

Terms of Sale: ten percent (10%) at the

time of sale and the balance within

twenty-four (24) hours. Nojudicial sale

fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring

the residential real estate pursuant

to its credit bid at the sale or by any

mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other

lienor acquiring the residential real estate

whose rights in and tothe residential

real estate arose prior to the sale. All

payments shall be made in cash or certified

funds payable tothe Sheriff of Will

County.

In the event the property is acondomin-

ium, in accordance with 735 ILCS

5/15-1507(c)(1)(H-1) and (H-2), 765

ILCS 605/9(g)(5), and 765 ILCS

605/18.5(g-1), you are hereby notified

that the purchaser of the unit, other than

amortgagee, shall pay the assessments

and legal fees required by subdivisions

(g)(1) and (g)(4) of Section 9and the assessments

required by subsection (g-1)

of Section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium

Property Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03 (J)

if there is asurplus following application

ofthe proceeds of sale, then the

plaintiff shall send written notice pursuant

to 735 ILCS 5/15-1512(d) to all parties

to the proceeding advising them of

the amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty obtains

acourt order for its distribution or, in

the absence of an order, until the surplus

is forfeited to the State.

FOR INFORMATION PLEASE CON-

TACT:

Codilis & Associates, P.C.

15W030 N. Frontage Road Suite 100

Burr Ridge, Illinois 60527

P: 630-794-5300

F: 630-794-9090

Plaintiff's Attorney

MIKE KELLEY

Sheriff of Will County

2Goodyear Eagle LS 2 tires

225/20/18’s $75. Brand New!

847.312.8343

2 printers for sale, Brother &

HP $25. 708.250.9583

3pc. round coffee &2end tables,

modern style black &

glass. Call D ebbie

815.534.5273 $100

3pc. round coffee &2end tables.

Modern style. Black &

glass. Call D ebbie

815.534.5273 $100.

36” Toshiba TV, used with remote

and manual $100.

708.580.1224

7 waverly valances, yellow

with blue 72” each x 16” $10

each or $60 for all.

708.478.3454

Beautiful dark wood cabinet w/

glass door 50”Hx50”Wx17”D.

$75. 708301.3598

Dining room or kitchen light

fixture new in box, never installed

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Drill press Craftsman 8inch

benchtop. 5 speeds 1/2 inch

chuck w/key. Very good condition!

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Fisher Price Dinsey Pixar battery

powered Lightening

McQueen car $60.

708.403.2473

Foot Joy mens size 9M golf

shoes $10 like new. Off white

rain barrale $20. Incline eight

bench for legs and abs $10.

773.552.7850

Footjoy golf shoes size 10 excellent

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per pair. Craftsman high speed

drill $20. 708.601.1347

New heavy duty tile cutting

machine 300MM with adjustable

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$25. 708.466.9907

Oak desk with chair, 30inches

high, 4feet wide, 2feet deep.

708.479.2864

Perennials. Many varieties $2

ea. You dig. Homer Glen.

630.257.8512

Rare vintage galvanized watering

can with long flange goose

neck spout & handles $55.

708.466.9907

Red and white fleece Wisconsin

blanket. Brand new, never

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and then she didn’t go there.

$25. Text or call Beth

708.218.6334

Rug shampooer, 4 brushes, retracks

water $75 OBO.

708.478.5338 LM.

Solid oak door: 36” 6panel,

finished, prehung, hardware included

$80. Bathroon sink,

never used $30. 708.341.6180

Kenmore sewing machine with

carrying case and cabinet, several

accessories. Good condition,

seldom used. $75 Mokena

Text: 708-528-3378

Mens XL Shirts, jackets, Childrens

Toys 708-548-8932

Mikasa Silk Moire 5pc bone

China. (8) place settings plus

gravy &dinner platter. Perfect

condition, some with original

boxes. $100 firm. Lisa

312-259-7060

New electric 7” tile cutting machine

$35 10” Miter Saw Like

New $40 Extention cord on

wheel $10 708-479-0193

NEW Superior Essex 12 GA.

THHN Stranded White Copper

Wire 500 ft 600 volts $45

Rockford vintage heavy duty

short barrel pneumatic chisel

air hammer model 705 $35

708-466-9907

Oak 5 drawer dresser wadd on

bookshelf 44” wide 31” tall

18” deep Bookshelf 46” tall

10” deep VGC $60

708-710-0170

Rare RockFord Vintage Heavy

Duty Short Barrel Pneumatic

Chisel Air Hammer 705 $35

New Deluxe 5pc BBQ tool set

stainless steel w Solid Oak

W ood H andles $35

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Spinning reel shimano symetre

3000Fl New in Box cost $109

selling for $65 708-301-0356

Thornless Raspberry &Blueberry

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Wire recorder very rare complete

wmicrophone wire, instructions,

good cabinet pre

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708-349-6433

Kenmore sewing machine with

carrying case and cabinet, several

accessories. Good condition,

seldom used. $75 Mokena

Text: 708-528-3378

Luggage Bailey’s ballistic nylon

grey duffel, 5 pockets and

shoulder strap $20. Train/cosmetic

case, grey $10 All excellent

condition. 708-444-8535

Mens XL Shirts, jackets, Childrens

Toys 708-548-8932

New electric 7” tile cutting machine

$35 10” Miter Saw Like

New $40 Extention cord on

wheel $10 708-479-0193

NEW Superior Essex 12 GA.

THHN Stranded White Copper

Wire 500 ft 600 volts $45

Rockford vintage heavy duty

short barrel pneumatic chisel

air hammer model 705 $35

708-466-9907


40 | September 13, 2018 | The Homer Horizon sports

homerhorizon.com

Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Cassidy Hillock

Cassidy Hillock is a senior

at Lockport Township. She

and her twin sister, Bri,

are the top doubles tennis

tandem for the Porters and

were undefeated on the season

(11-0) through Sept. 5.

How would say the

teaming of you and your

twin sister, Bri, has

gone so far this season?

It’s gone really well. Our

chemistry has improved,

and this [pairing] has been a

plan since last October. I’ve

trained with Nick Setta, and

that’s helped me with my durability

in long matches.

When did you first start

playing tennis?

Bri and I both started playing

at age 4, but I’ve played

a little longer than Bri, since

she took a break to play basketball.

I tried basketball

once in fifth grade, but tennis

is more my speed, and

I’ve always played it.

What is it about the

game of tennis that

makes it the sport for

you?

I’ve always loved it. I

think it’s the only sport that

you can always reach to be

better. I’m always hungry

and never complacent.

If you played another

sport, what would it be?

Golf. I think golf is similar

in that you are out there

competing against yourself

more than competing against

others.

What’s the best

comeback you ever had

for a win in tennis?

When I was a sophomore

in singles, I beat a girl from

Glenbard West 1-6, 6-0 and

10-2 in the super tiebreaker.

In order to turn it around like

that, you have to just pick

yourself up, focus on what

to adjust and the next point.

What do you do to

pump yourself up before

a match?

I stretch and talk to Bri,

but I also listen to music.

My favorite is “Highway

Tune” by Greta Van Fleet.

It has a Led Zeppelin feel,

with a great Robert Plant-ish

scream to start. It gets me in

the right frame of mind.

What would be your

spirit animal?

A golden retriever. I’d do

anything for my sister, for

the team. A golden retriever

is a lot like that. They are

very loyal.

What have you learned

from Lockport tennis

22nd Century Media File Photo

coach Bob Champlin?

He’s really taught me to

stay calm, focused and really

to be a team player.

You played singles

before and went to

state playing them last

year. Do you prefer to

play singles or doubles?

I didn’t think I’d say this

before, but doubles. There’s

nothing better than playing

doubles with Bri, and knowing

that you will be staying

together.

What’s the best thing

about being an athlete

at Lockport?

I love how much emphasis

is on sports here. Especially

now that Mr. [Mike] Dwyer

is athletic director. Plus, our

trainers are amazing and always

there to help you out.

There’s just a good sense of

community.

Interview by Freelance Reporter

Randy Whalen

This Week In...

Porters Varsity

Athletics

Football

■Sept. ■ 14 host Lincoln-Way

Central, 7:30 p.m.

Boys Golf

■Sept. ■ 13 at Lincoln-Way

East, 4:30 p.m. at Green

Garden

■Sept. ■ 15 at Green Wedge

Conference Challenge, 7 a.m.

at Green Garden

Girls Golf

■Sept. ■ 15 at Providence

Celtic Swing, 8 a.m. at

Ravisloe

■Sept. ■ 17 host Lincoln-Way

East, 4:30 p.m. at Broken

Arrow

■Sept. ■ 18 host Oak Forest,

4:30 p.m. at Broken Arrow

■Sept. ■ 19 at Bolingbrook,

4:30 p.m. at Boughton Ridge

Girls Tennis

■Sept. ■ 13 at Sandburg,

4:30 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 15 host Lockport

Invitational, 8 a.m.

■Sept. ■ 17 host Homewood-

Flossmoor, 4:30 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 18 host Lincoln-Way

East, 4:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer

■Sept. ■ 13 host Bradley,

4:30 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 18 host Andrew,

4:30 p.m.

Girls Golf

Lockport wins Oak Forest

Invite

Rachel Kuzel’s score of

83 was tops for the Porters

Saturday, Sept. 8, as they

took the top spot in the Oak

Forest Invite. Claire Ancevicious

cauted to the victory.

Lockport 166, Homewood-

Flossmoor 220

Lizzie Anderson was the

top performer for the Porters

Sept. 5 as she finished the

day with a score of 38 for

Girls Volleyball

■Sept. ■ 13 at Lincoln-Way

West, 5:30 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 14 at Spartan Classic,

5 p.m. at Oak Lawn

■Sept. ■ 15 at Spartan Classic,

TBD at Oak Lawn

■Sept. ■ 18 host Thornridge,

5:30 p.m.

Girls Cross Country

■Sept. ■ 15 at Libertyville

Invite, 9 a.m. at Adler Park

Boys Cross Country

■Sept. ■ 15 at Minooka,

8:30 a.m. at Channahon

Community Park

Celtics Varsity

Athletics

Football

■Sept. ■ 14 at St. Rita,

7:30 p.m.

Girls Volleyball

■Sept. ■ 14 at Oak Lawn Invite,

5 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 15 at Oak Lawn Invite,

9 a.m.

■Sept. ■ 18 host Montini,

6 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 19 at Joliet West,

5:30 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 20 at Biship

McNamara, 6:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer

■Sept. ■ 13 host De La Salle,

4:30 p.m.

high school highlights

The rest of the week in high school sports

nine holes, helping LTHS to

a win over HF. Rachel Kuzel

contributed a 42, Claire

Ancevicious shot a 44 and

Megan Kohley finished with

a 45 to cap LTHS scoring.

Lockport 170, Lincoln-Way

West 198

Lizzie Anderson paced the

Porters in their Sept. 4 victory

with a team-best score

of 40. Rachel Kuzel wasn’t

far behind with a score of 42,

and Claire Ancevicious (44),

Megan Kohley (45) and Katie

Tomczuk (48) rounded

■Sept. ■ 17 host Homewood-

Flossmoor, 4:30 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 18 host St. Francis

DeSales, 4:30 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 20 at St. Rita,

6:30 p.m.

Girls Tennis

■Sept. ■ 13 host Marist,

4:30 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 15 at Sandburg

Invitational, 9 a.m.

■Sept. ■ 17 host Minooka,

4:30 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 18 at Mother McAuley,

4:30 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 19 host Plainfield

Central, 4:30 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 20 host St. Laurence,

4:30 p.m.

Boys Cross Country

■Sept. ■ 15 at Peoria Notre

Dame Invite, 9 a.m.

Girls Cross Country

■Sept. ■ 15 at Peoria Notre

Dame Invite, 9 a.m.

Boys Golf

■Sept. ■ 15 at Naperville

Central, 9 a.m.

Girls Golf

■Sept. ■ 15 host PCHS Celtic

Swing, 8 a.m.

■Sept. ■ 17 host Lemont,

4 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 20 at Trinity High

School, 4 p.m.

out the scores for Lockport.

Girls Tennis

Lockport takes first at invite

Natalie Barth, the No. 1

singles player for LTHS,

helped the team to a tourney

win Saturday, Sept. 8, at the

Lincoln-Way East Invite.

Lockport ended with a score

of 24.5, beating out Latin

(22) and Sandburg (20) .

Compiled by Contributing

Editor Max Lapthorne, max@

lockportlegend.com.


homerhorizon.com sports

the Homer Horizon | September 13, 2018 | 41

Porters to cross paths on pitch in college

Kara Keating, Editorial Intern

Former Lockport Township

High School soccer

players Stephanie Quigley

and Eric Roche both packed

their bags and headed to

St. Ambrose University in

Davenport, Iowa, at the beginning

of August to begin

their collegiate careers on

the Fighting Bees soccer

team this fall.

Quigley played all four

years for the Porters under

girls varsity head coach

Todd Elkei, while Roche

played for the Porters for

three seasons but did not

return for his senior season.

For Quigley, the LTHS

soccer program helped

her develop the skills she

needed to grow on and off

the field.

“Playing for Lockport actually

helped me so much

in soccer,” Quigley said.

“When I first started, I

wasn’t the most confident

kid at playing, and then my

coach kept encouraging me

so much with confidence

in myself, and that really

helped me become a better

player.”

In her last season at Lockport

Township, Quigley

racked up eight goals and

eight assists, earning her a

spot on 22nd Century Media’s

Team 22 First Team.

This upcoming season, she

hopes to earn a starting spot

at St. Ambrose.

Quigley is one of four

seniors from last year’s varsity

girls soccer team continuing

their soccer career

at the next level. Elkei described

her as a hard worker

who can fight through challenges

and one of the best

players to come through

Lockport.

“I have a daughter that is

8 years old, and if she grows

up to be like Stephanie, I’ll

be lucky,” Elkei said. “Her

character, her work ethic,

she’s a great student, but

then just the way she works

on and off the field, she

plays out of position for

us. She’s not a center midfielder,

but that’s what we

needed her to do, because it

was best for our team.”

Quigley picked St. Ambrose

over St. Mary’s College

for not only soccer, but

because they offer her major

of choice: Mechanical

engineering.

Elkei said Quigley has

made the perfect decision

in her choice of college, and

added that she will get past

her tendency to overthink

things and perform just fine

for the Fighting Bees.

“I was just happy for her

and excited, because I know

she improved a ton for us,

but better things are ahead

for her,” Elkei said. “She’s

just going to keep improving

as she matures.”

Both Quigley and Roche

played for the Chicago Inter

Soccer Club in Homer

Glen outside of their high

school team. And out of the

entire Class of 2018 on the

club team continuing their

athletic careers, they are the

only two heading to St. Ambrose.

Roche, a former goalkeeper

for the Porters,

played with his club team

starting in fifth grade after

getting a black belt in

taekwondo. At LTHS, he

played under JV head coach

George Pohlmann, where

he helped him improve as a

player.

“I think my three years

there in the soccer program

definitely helped me, especially

with coach Pohlmann,”

Roche said. “Pohlmann

was the big help for

me. He was a really formative

coach for me.”

Even though Roche’s

time with the Porters was

short, boys varsity head

coach Chris Beal spoke

Stephanie Quigley was one of the star players for the

Porters girls soccer team last season. Photos submitted

highly of him. He described

him as a person who loves

a challenge and an exceptional

goalkeeper who was

able to read plays and go up

against the top talent in the

state.

“He was a good goalkeeper,”

Beal said. “He had

a good attitude. Physically,

he was a strong kid; his

technical skill and his ability

to read the game [were

impressive].”

This upcoming season,

Roche is aiming to be the

starting goalkeeper in his

first season on the team. He

is looking forward to the

heightened competition and

faster pace of the collegiate

game.

After looking through

offers from other colleges,

Roche chose St. Ambrose

after meeting men’s soccer

head coach Jon Mannall,

who is heading into his

eighth season as the team’s

head coach.

“I had a lot of different

offers on the table, but

I narrowed it down to the

coach,” Roche said. “Coach

Mannall is a really great

guy. It really came down to

him.”

Beal said Roche can go

outside of the collegiate

world with soccer as a possible

professional referee,

since he is able to teach the

game to younger players

and knows what the game

is about. He added that St.

Ambrose will be a great

school for Roche, as it will

provide him with plenty of

challenges that will make

him stronger on and off the

pitch.

“He has the maturity and

Eric Roche played three seasons as a goalkeeper at

Lockport Township and is now at St. Ambrose to continue

his soccer career.

Junior Porters

the intellectual ability to

handle college, for sure,”

Beal said. “I think the college

regimen will be good

for him. I think it will challenge

him, but I think that is

what Eric will like. He likes

a challenge, and I’m sure

technically and tactically,

ability-wise, he’ll be fine.”

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Baseball

Illinois Crush helps nine Porters to play at next level

Homer Glen-based

organization wraps

up its 19th season

Max Lapthorne

Contributing Editor

For much of this past

spring, Mark Tomczak

could be found sitting on the

bleachers at the Plainfield

Central baseball field with

one eye on the diamond and

the other on his phone.

Tomczak’s son was a senior

on the Wildcats baseball

team, but as the president of

the Illinois Crush Baseball

Organization, he was also

invested in the performance

of players at several other

area high schools, particularly

Lockport Township.

Illinois Crush Baseball,

based in Homer Glen, recently

completed its 19th

season, with Tomczak serving

as president since 2011.

But it wasn’t until 2015,

when Tomczak’s son was

entering high school, that

the organization put together

high school level teams.

So this year marks the first

wave of players who played

four years with the Crush

during high school, graduating

and moving on to play in

college. And that wave is a

big one — with a noticeable

maroon tint to it.

Twenty players from the

Crush are committed to

play college baseball this

upcoming season in levels

ranging from Junior College

to Division II, and nine

of those players are graduates

of Lockport Township

High School including: CJ

Weins (Wabash Valley College),

Tommy Louch (College

of DuPage), Jimmy

Heintz (Benedictine University),

Brendan O’Connor

(Waubansee Community

Lockport Township High School graduate Brendan O’Connor takes a swing during a game

with the Illinois Crush, a local travel baseball team based in Homer Glen. Photo submitted

College), Brandon Cocco

(College of Lake County),

Anthony Donahue (College

of Lake County), Jake Ostrowski

(Joliet Junior College),

Matt Ostrowski (Joliet

Junior College) and Jake

Artist (Kishwaukee College).

“It was almost like graduation

day,” Tomczak said of

the 18U team’s last game at

the end of July. “It was very

emotional for myself and

the coaching staff. It’s like

you’ve cultivated these kids

their whole career, and you

remember a lot of these kids

hitting their first home run or

getting on the mound for the

first time and pitching their

first inning.”

Churning out college ball

players who are also wellrounded

young men is the

goal of the Illinois Crush,

but the process by which

that happens is rooted in

the organization’s founding

principles.

“The organization was

founded on the ability to

focus on local players and

families to play travel baseball,”

Tomczak said. “The

biggest thing is we’re a

not-for-profit organization.

That’s the biggest advantage

I see. So when kids and parents

come over to our organization,

we’re not looking

to make money on any of the

kids or any of the families.

“The guys that are in our

organization are there for

one reason, and that’s to try

to give back to the game that

they’ve played for a long

time or just to give back to

the community.”

About 80 percent of the

Crush players are from

Lockport, Homer Glen or

Crest Hill, according to

Tomczak. That gives the organization

a local flavor that

isn’t common among other

elite travel teams. Tomczak

recounted a national

tournament in Indianapolis

that one of the Crush teams

participated in the last two

years which included teams

from across the country that

plucked players from wherever

they could find them.

“We’re a communitybased

team competing

against teams that are taking

players from all over the

country,” he said. “You feel

pretty proud playing against

some of those teams and being

able to compete at that

level.”

Part of the reason the

Crush are able to compete

at such a high level is the instruction

of John and Steve

Sabatino. Steve, John’s son,

played for the Porters and

was drafted by the St. Louis

Cardinals in the 26th round

of the 2012 MLB Draft,

while John has been a pitching

instructor for more than

three decades. Steve’s professional

baseball career

ended in 2015, and he and

his father joined the Crush

toward the end of 2017.

“We’re there to develop

the kids,” John said. “We

want to develop the kids. We

take pride in it, and we have

passion for it … It’s not all

about baseball. It’s life lessons.”

Former Porter pitchers CJ

Weins and Tommy Louch

both benefited from the tutelage

they received through

the Illinois Crush, as they

were the top two pitchers for

Lockport this past spring.

Louch led the LTHS team

with 45.1 innings pitched

while maintaining a 3.09

ERA and punching out 39

batters. Weins posted a sterling

0.93 ERA in 30 innings

of work while striking out a

team-best 41 hitters.

“Between both, they have

great skills to play beyond

high school,” John said of

Louch and Weins. “They accepted

me and what I was

talking about.”

John considers himself a

linear pitching instructor,

meaning he focuses on getting

pitchers’ legs, arms and

hips all moving in the same

direction at the same time.

That allows for a more repeatable

delivery, which can

increase velocity and tighten

up command.

“They helped me with

control,” Louch said. “They

helped me a lot with that,

and basically just slowing

down the game to make it

your game.”

Another former Porter

typifies the type of player the

Illinois Crush organization

is built around. Outfielder

Brendan O’Connor doesn’t

have overwhelming physical

tools, but he was able to find

success at the high school

level (.349 OBP, .406 slugging

percentage in 2018)

thanks in large part to the

coaching he received with

the Crush.

“I’m not going to hit a lot

of home runs, but I do anything

possible to get on base,

steal bases, pretty much anything

to help my team win,”

O’Connor said.

Each player having the

mentality of simply doing

their job in an effort to help

the team win is a primary

factor in the Crush’s success,

and a departure from

the individualism that often

permeates travel baseball.

“We never had the best talent

of everyone, but a lot of

times, we had the best team

because everyone was able

to do their part,” Tomczak

said. “We didn’t have a team

of superstars … It’s more of

the team approach and the

team atmosphere that we really

focus on and that we’re

really proud of.”

But it isn’t just pitching

mechanics, swing path and

fly ball tracking that Tomczak

implores the Crush players

to focus on.

“Most of them will tell you

that the thing I cared about

the most was what they were

doing in school,” Tomczak

said, recalling a time a college

coach asked him for a

list of his players with GPAs

above 3.5. “I’ll tell them,

‘You might not be the best

baseball player on your team,

but you’ve got an opportunity

to play at the next level if

your grades are good.’”

With Weins, Louch,

O’Connor and 17 other former

Crush players taking

their game to the next level at

a number of different colleges

and universities this fall,

Tomczak might need another

phone or two to keep track of

them all. But he’s happy to

take on the challenge.

“I’m excited for all these

boys, and I’ll be watching

them on the college level

and I’ll be checking up on

them,” he said. “It’s going

to be an exciting time. I feel

like I’ve got 20 kids out there

of my own that I’ll be able to

keep an eye on through the

years and watch them grow

into their careers, whether

it ends up being baseball or

something else.”


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Girls Tennis

Hillock twins start year 11-0 for Porters

Senior sisters lead

team, which overall

is off to 7-4 start

Randy Whalen

Freelance Reporter

It’s a twin thing.

Bri and Cassidy Hillock

continued their outstanding

tennis season with an epic

victory last week. The Lockport

Township twins and top

doubles duo rallied for a hardfought

3-6, 7-6 (3), 12-10 win

in the super tiebreaker victory

over the Glenbard West

doubles team of seniors Sarah

Burke and Sophia Fausey.

Although host Lockport

lost the meet, which took

place Sept. 5, by a count of

6-1, it was much closer than

that. Plus, no matter what,

the Hillock sisters showed

that they can be a force to be

reckoned with next month at

state. Heading into last weekend,

they were 11-0 on the

season.

“We beat them at the

Downers Grove South Invite,

too,” Bri said of defeating

Glenbard West on Aug. 25.

“When we get down like we

did [last week], we just have

to take it point by point, be

more consistent and don’t

force it.”

The pair rallied in the second

set to force the tiebreaker

there. After winning that one,

and with darkness a possibility

on a cloudy day, it was

decided to play a super tiebreaker

to decide the match.

Those usually go to 10, but

the Hillocks needed a couple

of extra points to polish it off.

But considering they were

down 5-2 to start it off, they

didn’t mind at all.

“It’s been really good,”

Lockport coach Bob Champlin

said of the pairing of

the twins as the top doubles

team. “They are 11-0 now

and haven’t lost yet. They

know each other well, and

that’s a big key. I’m very

proud of them.”

Obviously, the girls know

each other well. But even

they didn’t know it would go

this good at this point.

“There’s just a great satisfaction

when we win a close

match,” Cassidy said. “Just

that we’re playing together

makes it a much more satisfying

win.”

Her twin sister agreed.

“We work really well together,”

Bri said. “Even better

than we anticipated. We

just want to keep getting better

and better and are looking

forward to the end result at

the state level.”

While no other Porters

won against Glenbard West,

there were numerous close

matches. At second doubles,

senior Maddy Grcevic and

sophomore Kamila Kalinowska

lost 6-4, 6-4. In third

doubles, it was junior Jessica

Polino and senior Avi Harris

falling 6-2, 6-3, and in fourth

doubles, the Porter pair of seniors

Mia Jenczmionka and

Caitlinn Osei ended with a

6-3, 6-2 setback.

Lockport lost the three

singles matches, as well, but

are young in those spots. Junior

Natallie Barth fell 6-3,

6-0 at the top singles spot. At

No. 2, it was freshman Emilia

Jurzyk suffering a 6-0, 6-0

setback, and at third singles,

fellow freshman Patricia

Miszczak lost 6-2, 6-0.

Earlier in the season, on

Aug. 25, the Porters (7-4

though Sept. 5) defeated

Glenbard West 3-2 in the

semifinals of the Downers

Grove South Tournament. As

of Sept. 5, that was the Hilltoppers

(12-1) only defeat of

the season.

“Glenbard West is a very

Bri Hillock started the season 11-0 playing on the top doubles team alongside her sister, Cassidy, for the Porters.

22nd Century Media File Photos

good team and was gunning

for us,” Champlin said.

“They were gunning for us

and came back with a vengeance.

We have four losses

to very good teams [Glenbard

West, Naperville North,

Neuqua Valley, York]. But

we can’t rest on our laurels.

We have to keep getting better

and never be satisfied.”

The day before, on Sept.

4, the Porters traveled to Lincoln-Way

West for a South-

West Suburban Conference

crossover and emerged with

a 7-0 victory. There, the Hillock

twins breezed to a 6-0,

6-0 victory at top doubles.

Grcevic and Kalinowska won

6-2, 6-1 at No. 2. In third doubles,

Polino and Harris won

6-1, 6-0, and in fourth doubles,

Jenczmionka and Osei

had a 6-3, 7-6 (0) victory.

In the singles matches,

Barth beat her opponent 6-0,

6-1 at No. 1. Jurzyk won 6-3,

Lockport’s Natallie Barth is the team’s top singles player this season. She won her match

by a final of 6-0, 6-1 on Sept. 4 against Lincoln-Way West.

6-3 at second singles, and

Miszczak rounded it out with

a 6-4, 6-1 victory.

A home match against

Lincoln-Way Central, which

was scheduled for Thursday,

Sept. 6, was postponed by

rain. A makeup date has not

been announced yet. Weather

permitting, the Porters ended

last week at the Lincoln-Way

East Invite.

Lockport had a couple of

key 4:30 p.m. road matches

this week, including at Joliet

Catholic Academy on

Wednesday, Sept. 12, and a

SWSC blue showdown at

Sandburg slated for the next

day.

This Saturday, Sept. 15,

starting at 8 a.m., the Porters

are scheduled to host their

own invitational.


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Football

Celtics coast past St. Laurence to remain unbeaten

Providence thus

far has outscored

opponents 104-13

Chris Walker

Freelance Reporter

The last time Providence

won a state championship

wasn’t that long ago, but

long ago enough that freshman

Aaron Vaughn was still

in elementary school.

The year was 2014, and

for the first time since that

unforgettable championship

season, the Celtics are 3-0

after running all over visiting

St. Laurence 35-6 at

Bishop Kaffer Stadium and

Matt Senffner Field in New

Lenox.

Providence led from the

get-go, with Vaughn electrifying

the crowd with a 96-

yard kickoff return to start

the game.

“It think it was all adrenaline

on my part,” Vaughn said.

“The hole that my blockers

opened was big enough to fit

two semi trucks in there, so

that made it easy. That play

gave me a boost of confidence,

and I know it gave the

whole team confidence.”

“It think it was all adrenaline on my part. The hole

that my blockers opened was big enough to fit two

semi trucks in there, so that made it easy. That play

gave me a boost of confidence, and I know it gave

the whole team confidence.”

Aaron Vaughn — Celtics freshman football player, on his 96-yard kickoff return

for a touchdown to give Provi a quick 7-0 lead against St. Laurence

If there was any reason for

the Celtics to doubt themselves,

it would probably

be because of injuries that

have sidelined starting quarterback

Kevin Conway and

defensive back Max Pignotti

for the rest of the season.

While their absence hurts,

others have stepped in to

help fill the void. At quarterback,

it was Logan Phillips,

who although he didn’t have

to air it out, he did his job

admirably getting the ball

into the hands of Vaughn and

Brenden Martus.

“Providence football is

always about running the

ball,” Celtics coach Mark

Coglianese said. “There

will come a time when we’ll

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Top Performers

1. Ben Martus

Providence. Rushed for three touchdowns.

2. Aaron Vaughn

Providence. Returned the opening kickoff for a 96-yard

touchdown. Also rushed for a 21-yard touchdown.

3. Ryan Manikowski.

Providence. Had an interception, his fourth on the season,

and has had at least one in all three games.

have to put it up [in the air],

and we’ll be ready for that,

but there wasn’t any big

need tonight.”

Martus acknowledged

that the team didn’t want to

put too much pressure on

Logan.

“We felt like it was important

for us to make

things easier [on him], but

we had all the confidence

in the world in him, too,”

Martus said. “We know we

can pass the ball with him at

quarterback, but we like to

run it.”

As for Pignotti, once

again Ryan Manikowski

came up big, intercepting a

pass for the fourth time this

season and extending his

streak of games with at least

one interception to three.

Offensively, rarely does

a freshman come onto the

scene and make as much of

an impact as Vaughn has,

and the tandem with Martus

has been clutch.

“Our backs did a great

job,” Coglianese said. “Every

time [Vaughn] touches

the ball, he’s amazing people

with what he can do

with it.”

St. Laurence (1-2)

showed some resolve, scoring

on a 29-yard touchdown

pass from Darius Wilson to

Miles Scott in the first quarter,

but the Celtics wouldn’t

allow them to score again,

as they’ve now outscored

opponents 104-13.

The Celtics used the

clock to their advantage the

remainder of the first half,

keeping the ball away from

St. Laurence. Martus scored

twice, getting a 4-yard

touchdown with 3:55 left

in the first quarter, and then

a 6-yard touchdown in the

opening minute of the second

quarter.

Martus found the end

zone for a third time from

five yards out midway

through the third quarter,

and Vaughn had a 21-yard

score late in the fourth quarter.

“Our offensive line has

been doing a great job of

opening holes for our running

backs, and our running

backs have been doing a

good job of running hard,”

Coglianese said. “It’s going

to get tougher with the

games we have coming up,

but they are definitely taking

care of business right now.”

Providence will look to

continue taking care of such

business when they travel

up to Chicago this Friday to

take on St. Rita (1-2), which

picked up its first win of the

season, winning a 37-30

thriller over De La Salle.

Providence edged the

Mustangs 28-21 last year.

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LTHS leads in fourth quarter against the

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1st and 3

Lockport, Thornton

go toe-to-toe in

Saturday afternoon

contest

1. A near victory

The Lockport football

team lost by a

final of 20-16 on

Saturday, Sept. 8, at

Thornton. The team

was leading 10-6 at

the half and 16-12

in the fourth quarter.

2. Finding running room

LTHS running back

Austin Hubert tallied

116 yards on the

ground, including a

27-yard touchdown

run, while fellow

Porter running back

Malik Daghash

rushed for 78 yards.

3. Coming close

Toward the end

of the game, the

Porters were about

a foot shy of the first

down from 4th-and-3

starting at the Wildcat

30, turning the

ball over on downs.

Thornton would then

run out the clock.

Barth nails all three

field-goal attempts

for Porters in loss

Randy Whalen

Freelance Reporter

Lockport has lost that

winning feeling.

The Lockport Township

football team found itself

in a very winnable game

last weekend. But the Porters

couldn’t convert a key

touchdown opportunity in

the fourth quarter and saw

Thornton rally for a 20-16

victory in a SouthWest Suburban

Conference matchup

on the afternoon of Saturday,

Sept. 8, in Harvey.

The loss was the 12th in

the past 14 games, dating

back to the final two games

of the 2016 season, for the

Porters (0-3, 0-1). Thornton

(2-1, 1-1) gutted out the win,

which was a key one in its

quest to make the playoffs

for the first time since 2015.

“We had plenty of opportunities

to score more points,

but we can’t seem to make a

play,” Lockport coach Dan

Starkey said. “And on defense,

we gave up too many

big plays.”

For the second-straight

season, a missed 1st-andgoal

opportunity hurt the

Porters. Clinging to a 13-12

lead, they got the ball back

at their own 35 with 3:08

to play in the third quarter.

From there, they marched

to a 1st-and-goal at the 5.

Senior running back Malik

Daghash (19 carries, 78

yards) then ran four yards to

the 1.

On 2nd-and-goal from

there, it looked like Daghash

was in for a TD, but it was

ruled that his knee was down

before he crossed the goal

line. Junior quarterback

Marcos Voulgaris (2-of-13,

60 yards, INT; 8 carries,

23 yards) then looked to be

across the line, but Lockport

was whistled for aiding the

runner and pushed back to

the 6.

A holding call from there

put the Porters back even

further, and they had to settle

for a 30-yard field goal

by Ryan Barth. That was the

third field goal of the game

by the senior and left Lockport

ahead 16-12 with 8:05

to play in the game.

“It’s just working hard every

day and doing what I’ve

practiced,” Barth said of

making all three of his fieldgoal

attempts. “I just have to

keep my mind in it and be

ready.

“But we had so many opportunities

and got so close

[to scoring touchdowns].

Kicking extra points would

have been good, too. It’s just

been frustrating. As a team,

we always have to be 100

percent and focus more.”

The missed opportunities

were eerily familiar. A year

ago to the day, Lockport had

a 1st-and-goal chance from

Lockport running back

Malik Daghash runs for

a first down in the first

quarter of his team’s 20-16

setback Saturday, Sept. 8,

at Thornton. Photos by Mark

Korosa/22nd Century Media

Ryan Barth connects on one of his three made fields goals

on the afternoon for the Porters.

the Thornton 2. Then, they

had three cracks at it from

the 1, but they were turned

back every time. Thus, not

scoring any points in what

was an eventual 7-6 loss.

“We had to leave no doubt

and score,” Starkey said at

the time.

By leaving the door open

again this season, it cost the

Porters. Following Barth’s

final field goal, Thornton

returned the ensuing kickoff

to the Lockport 37. Four

plays later, junior quarterback

Derrick Williams, Jr.

(10-of-16, 69 yards; 9 carries,

73 yards, 2 TDs) scored

from two yards out for what

proved to be the winning

touchdown.

Williams then completed

the two-point conversion

pass, and the Wildcats led

20-16 with 6:40 to play in

the game.

Lockport drove to the

Wildcat 30. But on a 4thand-3

play from there, senior

running back Austin Hubert

gained two yards and was

knocked out of bounds just

about a foot short of the first

down. Thornton took over

on downs with 1:51 to play

and ran out the clock.

LISTEN UP

“It’s just working hard every day and doing what

I’ve practiced. I just have to keep my mind in it and

be ready.”

Ryan Barth — LTHS football kicker, on connecting on all

three fields goals versus the Wildcats

Tune In

Football

Awaiting armor — 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, vs. Lincoln-Way

Central

• Lockport welcomes the Knights to town, beginning the

home slate on what is also youth football night.

Index

40 - Athlete of the Week

40 - High School Highlights

FASTBREAK is compiled by Editor Thomas Czaja,

tom@homerhorizon.com.


homerhorizon.com sports

the Homer Horizon | September 13, 2018 | 47

Wildcats before falling by score of 20-16

Lockport vs. Thornton

1 2 3 4 F

LOCKPORT 0 10 3 3 16

THORNTON 6 0 6 8 20

Top Performers

1. Austin Hubert

Lockport RB — 21 carries, 116 yards, TD

2. Ryan Barth

Lockport K — 3/3 FGM (28, 33 and 30 yards)

3. Malik Daghash

Lockport RB — 19 carries, 78 yards

“Ryan Barth did a real

good job on field goals, but

we need to convert touchdowns,”

Starkey said. “We

gave up too many big plays

and let them get outside of

us. We worked on that all

week, but we just didn’t get

off the block. We have seven

juniors starting on offense,

and five juniors and a sophomore

starting on defense.

Sometimes, we’re just not

where we are supposed to

be.”

Still, the Porters were able

to hold the ball a long time,

having a time of possession

of 31:43. Included in that

was their opening drive of

the game, where they had the

ball for 15 plays and nearly

seven minutes. But on a 3rdand-11

from the Wildcat 19,

Voulgaris saw his screen

pass attempt get intercepted

We’re not exactly sure what possessed Heather to go

off on an island and pick Bremen over Tinley Park,

but we should all be possessed like that. Heather

re-takes sole possession of first place, thanks in part

to that Brave pick.

Game of the Week:

• Lincoln-Way Central (2-1) at Lockport

(0-3)

Other Games to Watch

• Lincoln-Way East (3-0) at Sandburg (2-1)

• Lemont (1-2) at Tinley Park (2-1)

• Bradley (2-1) at Andrew (2-1)

• Thornridge (1-3) at Lincoln-Way West (2-1)

• Providence (3-0) at St. Rita (1-2)

LTHS’s Colin Cunnane

(left) and Will Cichowski

(right) bring down Thornton

quarterback Derrick

Williams, Jr.

by senior Keeshawn Chambers

and returned to his own

46.

Four plays later, Williams

burst through for a 22-yard

TD. The kick was way wide

left, and Thornton led 6-0

with 3:41 left in the first

quarter.

The Porters third possession

produced points, as

Barth booted his first field

17-4

Joe Suchorabski is fired up after stopping the Wildcats for

a loss.

goal from 28 yards out to

slice the lead to 6-3 with 5:29

left in the first half. Thornton

then tried a fake punt but

was stopped for no gain at its

own 27. On the ensuing play

from there, Hubert, who finished

with 116 yards on 21

carries, burst into the clear

and rambled in for a 27-yard

touchdown run.

Lockport led 10-6, and

that score stood up at halftime.

Thornton, however, went

80 yards in four plays and

opened the third quarter with

a touchdown. That was a 66-

yard scamper by senior wide

receiver Jacquice Baylock (3

carries, 64 yards; 4 catches,

OUR STAFF’S PREDICTIONS FOR THE AREA GAMES IN WEEK 4

18-3

Heather Warthen |

Chief Operating Officer

• Lincoln-Way Central 27, Lockport

7. Knights should roll past Porters

pretty easily.

• Lincoln-Way East

• Tinley Park

• Andrew

• Lincoln-Way West

• Providence

Joe Coughlin |

Publisher

• Lincoln-Way Central 28, Lockport 7.

Not picking against the Knights (my

alma mater) again. Well-rounded

LWC will run away here.

• Lincoln-Way East

• Lemont

• Andrew

• Lincoln-Way West

• Providence

16-5

Jeff Vorva |

Sports Editor

• Lincoln-Way Central 35, Lockport 14.

The Porters almost broke into the win

column against Thornton but have an

uphill climb against the Knights after

three games away from home.

• Lincoln-Way East

• Lemont

• Andrew

• Lincoln-Way West

• St. Rita

39 yards) just 1:53 into the

third quarter. The conversion

run failed, leaving the Wildcats

ahead 12-10.

That proved to be key, as

Voulgaris completed a 35-

yard pass to junior Devin

Drake to the 15. But the

Porters lost a yard from

there and settled for a 33-

yard field goal by Barth for

a 13-12 lead exactly midway

through the third quarter.

“We’re improving, but

we’re not a complete team

yet,” Starkey said. “We’ve

got to continue to learn and

grow. The effort is good, the

attitude is good. Every game

is a challenge.”

15-6

Thomas Czaja |

Editor

• Lincoln-Way Central 24, Lockport

13. Porters showed improvement

last week and will play hard in

home opener, but Knights still take

this one.

• Lincoln-Way East

• Lemont

• Bradley

• Lincoln-Way West

• Providence

AREA FOOTBALL

STANDINGS

SouthWest Suburban

Team, Conf. Record,

Overall

LW Central 2-0, 2-1

LW East 1-0, 3-0

H-F 1-0, 3-0

Bolingbrook 1-0, 3-0

Andrew 1-1, 2-1

LW West 1-1, 2-1

Thornton 1-1, 2-1

Thornridge 0-0, 1-2

Sandburg 0-1, 2-1

Brad-Bourb. 0-1, 2-1

Thornwood 0-1, 1-2

Lockport 0-1, 0-3

Stagg 0-1, 0-3

South Suburban Red

Team, Conf. Record,

Overall

TF South 1-0, 3-0

Bremen 1-0, 2-1

Lemont 1-0, 1-2

Hillcrest 0-0, 3-0

Tinley Park 0-1, 2-1

TF North 0-1, 1-2

Oak Forest 0-1, 0-3

Chicago Catholic League

Blue

Team, Conf. Record,

Overall

Providence 0-0, 3-0

Brother Rice 0-0, 3-0

Montini 0-0 3-0

Loyola 0-0, 2-1

St. Rita 0-0, 1-2

15-6

James Sanchez |

Contributing Editor

• Lincoln-Way Central 28, Lockport

7. The Knights and Porters are in

different classes at this point of

the season.

• Lincoln-Way East

• Lemont

• Bradley

• Lincoln-Way West

• Providence


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Porters football shows fight in falling

just short of first win, Pages 46-47

Three in a row

Providence football

stays unbeaten after

dispatching St. Laurence

by two touchdowns at

home, Page 45

Crushing it

Illinois Crush travel

baseball in Homer Glen

helps handful of Porters

reach collegiate level,

Page 42

Lockport’s Austin Hubert breaks free for a touchdown to put

his team up in the second quarter in the game Saturday, Sept.

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