12 | April 18, 2019 | the orland Park Prairie news OPPrairie.com FROM THE LOCKPORT LEGEND PorterBots members share their skills at Makerfest Children attending Chicago Southland Makerfest could not wait to get to the PorterBots 4292 booth. Making Play-Doh circuits, a few Lockport Township High School students volunteered their time March 30 to teach young students about science, technology and engineering. LTHS student and member of PorterBots 4292 Chance Tyler said it was a thrill to be teaching grade school students. “I’m here today to share the knowledge of STEM,” Tyler said. “I’m showing kids about electricity, making Play-Doh circuits and showing them the robot we built. I helped build the arm mechanism. I’m pursuing a career in robotics, so this is great experience.” This was the fifth year for Chicago Southland Makerfest, which was held in Mokena. The Porterbots 4292 were one of 30 exhibitors featured. Leading the Lockport Township students was Jeff Brown, tech education teacher and robotics club sponsor at LTHS. “We’re starting a class next year at Lockport high school in robotic engineering,” Brown said. “Because I teach engineering [and computer-aided design], my schedule is full, so it will be someone else teaching the class. “Today, we brought some small engineering projects for the kids to make. We brought our competition robot we made this year. The robot is always named Lenny. Every year, it’s a little more challenging and a little bit different. Lenny [has a] 120-inch perimeter and [is] about 3 feet high. This year’s challenge was plastic panels — putting them on rocket ships.” Reporting by Mary Compton, Freelance Reporter. For more, visit LockportLegend. com. FROM THE FRANKFORT STATION Frankfort man reportedly threatened at gunpoint in robbery attempt The Will County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying two men who allegedly attempted to rob a Frankfort resident at gunpoint on April 9. A 21-year-old Frankfort man contacted deputies at around 4 p.m. April 9 to report the incident, which he said took place on a walking trail roughly 150 yards from the intersection of Thistle Lane and Arran Drive, according to Will County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Kathy Hoffmeyer. The man said an unknown male subject approached him from behind and asked him for money. When the man denied the request and continued walking, the unknown man became angry, pulled out a black pistol, held the gun to the victim’s forehead and told him that he was going to “blow his brains out,” according to Hoffmeyer. The man then slapped the pistol away from the offender, causing the gun to fall onto the ground, and the two men began a physical altercation, Hoffmeyer said. A second unknown male subject then reportedly arrived and began to push the man off of the alleged offender, who fled on foot, while the second subject reportedly entered a teal-colored, two-door sedan-type vehicle with no rear license plate and drove southbound on Arran Drive. The first alleged offender was described as an 18- to 20-year-old man with tan skin and brown hair, roughly 5-foot-8 and 170 pounds, wearing brown gardening gloves. The man described the second subject as an approximately 20-year-old blond, white male. Reporting by Nuria Mathog, Editor. For more, visit Frank fortStation.com. FROM THE MOKENA MESSENGER Three-town partnership would promote I-80 corridor A three-village effort aimed at jointly marketing the Interstate 80 corridor received verbal support from Mokena officials Monday, April 8, during the work session that followed the regularly scheduled Village of Mokena Board of Trustees meeting. An actual vote on the proposed intergovernmental agreement between Mokena, Tinley Park and Orland Park is scheduled for some point later this month. The agreement is related to the coordinated marketing and attraction of businesses to the I-80 corridor, and the Village would contribute $10,000 from its Tourism Fund. Mayor Frank Fleischer brought up the item during the work session, as he and Trustee Debbie Engler have been meeting with Tinley Park and Orland Park officials over the last few months about the proposed partnership. According to Fleischer, the idea would be to market the whole corridor, not just sections of it. “We’re going to market the whole corridor together,” he said. “Any of the information we put together is going to be generic, and it’s going to include the whole corridor. It’s not going to single out any particular municipality. It is going to include all three municipalities. “What has been really nice about it since we’ve been involved with them, the other two communities are big enough so that they do a lot of this stuff inhouse already. So, some of the marketing that we’ve done already has been done in-house by those two communities.” Reporting by Jon DePaolis, Freelance Reporter. For more, visit MokenaMessen ger.com. lady From Page 6 more. “You’d be hard-pressed to find something you’re not interested in at this event,” Warthen said. This marks the sixth edition of the expo, 22nd Century Media’s longestrunning and largest event. Last year, 22CM held both Lady and a scaleddown Ladies Night Out, which proved such a success that the company is holding four Ladies Night Out events later this year (June 13, Aug. 8, Oct. 3, Dec. 5). The concept seems to have clicked with the women of the southwest suburbs, Warthen said. “Especially if you’re a mom, you don’t get that night or that day out all that often,” she said. “We never dreamt it would get this big.” Last year’s Lady drew more than 1,500 guests, and Warthen said she expects to surpass those figures this year. The event, she said, is purposely held shortly before Mother’s Day. “You can get a jump on Mother’s Day shopping,” she said. “Or you can bring your mom and just have a nice day out with the girls.” Whether through shopping, socializing or offering new perspectives on juggling life’s demands, the event’s ultimate goal remains the same, Warthen said: bringing women together for a fantastic day. For more information, visit 22ndCenturyMedia. com/lady.
OPPrairie.com sound off the orland park prairie | April 18, 2019 | 13 Social snapshot Top Web Stories From opprairie.com as of Friday, April 12 From the Editor Everyone’s an editor (redux) 1. D135 superintendent quitting in June but still on leave 2. 10 Questions with Luka Vukanic, Sandburg boys volleyball 3. Curbside Spring Clean Up returns to Orland Park 4. Mayor splits with trustees on ethics ordinance revisions 5. Election 2019: Low voter turnout in Cook and Will but Orland, Tinley outpace averages Become a Prairie Plus member: opprairie.com/plus Donna McCormack, of Orland Park, posted the accompanying photo Thursday, April 11, with the note, “Happy spring from Henry McCormack and Happy National Pet Day to the almost 9-month-old terror who is lucky he’s so cute.” Like The Orland Park Prairie: facebook.com/opprairie “Great win tonight #CreatingACulture” @SandburgLax — Sandburg girls lacrosse, on Thursday, April 11 Like The Orland Park Prairie: facebook.com/opprairie BILL JONES email@example.com There is an expression used to deflect negativity that says, “Everyone’s a critic.” The idea is that everyone loves to comment on what someone else is doing, and it’s a lot easier to make those critiques than the actual doing of those things. Except, not everyone is a “good critic.” There are reasons Roger Ebert’s name stood above the rest in the world of film criticism. And it wasn’t just the television exposure. He had an unparalleled knowledge of film he could apply to his commentary. His personality was evident in the work. And he actually had the experience of trying to make a film of his own, offering him an insider’s understanding of the process. I didn’t always agree with his reviews, but I remember many of them well. And I find myself, to this day, unable to separate Ebert’s insights on certain films from the films themselves. That’s more than I can say for your buddy’s hot take on “The Last Jedi.” I’ve said in the past that everyone’s an editor, too. But similarly, not everyone is equipped to be a “good editor,” and there are a lot of bad takes out there on what we do. Here are a few. • I got a voicemail late on a Thursday that I came in to hear Friday morning. (The most passionate in their commentary love to call after hours or on weekends to leave courageously anonymous voicemails.) This one demanded we hire a better proofreader, because our cover story on the Sandburg Senior Seminar made a grave error. It featured an author visit from a “very famous author” by the name of Harlan Coben, as per this caller, and we must be idiots to think his last name was spelled Cohen. This was, she said, inexcusable. We make mistakes, and it never feels great to have them called out. At least on our side. Some readers take a sick pleasure in trying to prove us wrong, apparently secure in the infallibility of their own job performances. Except, we did doublecheck our information. And we had a photo to help verify. And it was not “very famous author” Harlan Coben, but (strange as it may sound) author and columnist Harlan Cohen who spoke to the students. And I would have (politely, despite the venom in her assertion) let this caller know personally, but she neglected to leave a name or number. So, I’ll do it here instead. • Another common thing we see are people who do not pay close attention to the paper reaching out to tell us we failed to report on something we definitely wrote about a few weeks back. Generally, that’s just fine. I usually don’t read newspapers (beyond ones I manage) cover to cover. I skip through to articles that hold an interest, and I’m bound to miss some stuff in between. I don’t expect folks to have an encyclopedic knowledge of our product. But a few months back, I got a call from someone suggesting we explain to readers how roundabouts work because of the one Orland Park got at 147th Street and Ravinia Avenue. She called later and left a message to scold me for daring to ask readers to share their feedback with the paper if I’m not going to listen to them. She recounted her idea. The very idea I acknowledged as a good one and dedicated a whole column space and photo to shortly after she suggested it, giving her extra-credit for a suggestion that wasn’t completely selfserving. So, now I’m dedicating some more column space to her. • Finally, if you don’t want to subscribe for our Plus program online, cool. I get it. Everyone has to make choices with their money, and I’m not arrogant enough to think we’re the most important thing to each and every one of you. Maybe you don’t need it. Maybe you think you have better options elsewhere. So, you don’t buy it. Fine. Why so many of you feel the need to complain and comment on it, though, is beyond me. Do you also walk into stores feeling the need to declare what you’re not going to buy and tell employees there it should be free? A few of you, maybe, but I’m going to guess in general the answer to that is no. More of you are probably the type who loudly declare in a movie theater which trailers do it for you and which ones you’re definitely not going to see. (No one cares). And I get that news readers have been conditioned, in the age of the internet, to expect free content. But while everyone thinks they’re an editor, it’s a bit harder to actually do the job than you think. And it often costs money to do good journalism. Those who do it well take the time to learn about reporting, work to acquire experience in the business, come to it with a particular personality, and have an ability to drop the type of biases and personal interests that drive most of the comments we receive. The results will never be perfect. A particular story might not be for you. But so far this season, your commentary track on our work is flawed, at best. I give it two thumbs down. Sound Off Policy Editorials and columns are the opinions of the author. 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