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Getting back on track City details plan from CN Railway to fix gate malfunctions, Page 4 Sharpest tools in the shed LTHS students receive variety of drafting and design awards, Page 6 Pinning down some funds Bowling event at Strike N’ Spare raises money for local youth theater group, Page 7 LOCKPORT’S Award-Winning Hometown Newspaper LockportLegend.com • May 9, 2019 • Vol. 10 No. 10 • $1 A ® Publication ,LLC Heritage Night lets students share traditions from their respective ethnic backgrounds, Page 3 INSET ABOVE: Homer Glen resident Raneen Deffala wears a traditional Palestinian dress and head scarf to Heritage Night. INSET Bleow: Schilling School teacher Katherine Sisto reads “All Are Welcome” during the storytelling segment of the evening. Homer Glen resident Nesreen Abulaban displays a hand-stitched design by Palestinian artisan Naeema Zayyad at the Heritage Night, which was held Thursday, May 2, at Goodings Grove School. Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media MULCH BAGGED OR BULK FREE DELIVERY 5 CUBIC YARD MINIMUM or BUY 10 BAGS GET ONE FREE! 13920 S. ARCHER AVE LOCKPORT IL 60441 HomerIndustries.com 815-838-0863


2 | May 9, 2019 | the lockport legend calendar lockportlegend.com In this week’s legend Sound Off.....................13 Faith Briefs....................16 Dining Out....................22 Puzzles..........................23 Home of the Week.........25 Classifieds................ 26-34 Sports...................... 35-40 The Lockport Legend ph: 708.326.9170 fx: 708.326.9179 Editor Max Lapthorne, x19 max@lockportlegend.com Assistant editor Alex Ivanisevic, x15 a.ivanisevic.@22ndcenturymedia.com Sales director Julie McDermed, x21 j.mcdermed@22ndcenturymedia.com real estate sales Tricia Kobylarczyk, x47 t.weber@22ndcenturymedia.com classifieds/Legal Notices Jeff Schouten, x51 j.schouten@22ndcenturymedia.com PUBLISHER Joe Coughlin 847.272.4565, x16 j.coughlin@22ndcenturymedia.com Managing Editor Bill Jones, x20 bill@opprairie.com president Andrew Nicks a.nicks@22ndcenturymedia.com EDITORIAL DESIGN DIRECTOR Nancy Burgan, x30 n.burgan@22ndcenturymedia.com 22 nd Century Media 11516 West 183rd Street Unit SW Office Condo #3 Orland Park, IL 60467 www.LockportLegend.com Chemical- free printing on 30% recycled paper circulation inquiries circulation@22ndcenturymedia.com The Lockport Legend (USPS #11290) is published weekly by 22nd Century Media, LLC, 11516 W. 183rd Pl. Unit SW, Office Condo #3 Orland Park, IL 60467 and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER, Send changes to: The Lockport Legend 11516 W. 183rd Pl. Unit SW, Office Condo #3 Orland Park, IL 60467 Published by www.22ndcenturymedia.com Alex Ivanisevic a.ivanisevic@22ndcenturymedia.com Thursday Bad Art Night 6-7:30 p.m. May 9, White Oak Library Lockport Branch Children’s Program Room, 121 E. 8th St. Participants can let out their worst art at this event by creating bad portraits, Pinterest fails, and terrible collages. There are limited spots available for this event. Derby Dash 6-9 p.m. May 9, Public Landing Restaurant 200 W. 8th St., Lockport. The 2nd Annual Derby Dash is making its way through downtown on May 9. It will start at the Public Landing Restaurant and end at the Illinois State Museum – Lockport Gallery, 201 W. 10th St. Friday Tween Scene 3:30-5 p.m. May 10, 13 and 15, White Oak Library Lockport Branch Children’s Program Room, 121 E. 8th St. The library will transform the children’s programming room into a comfy, cool space to hang out with friends, do homework, play games, and more! There will be new furniture, new games, and snacks will always be welcome. This is for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. Saturday Lockport Moose Flower Sale 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 11, Lockport Moose Lodge, 118 E. 10th St., Lockport. There will be a variety of sun and shade annuals for customers to purchase by pot or flat at this sale. Beautiful hanging baskets (limited quantities available). The proceeds benefit WOTM and Mooseheart & Moosehaven communities. Mother’s Day Tea Party 11 a.m.-noon May 11, White Oak Library Lockport Branch Meeting Room A/B, 121 E. 8th St. Celebrate Mother’s Day at the library with tea and desserts. There will also be a special craft and games at the tea party. Dress up fancy for this day at the library. Registration is required for this event and all ages are welcome. DIY Felt Flower Hoop Art 2-3:30 p.m. May 11, White Oak Library Lockport Branch Meeting Room A/B, 121 E. 8th St. Celebrate Mother’s Day with some spring floral hoop art. Felt and embroidery hoops will be used to make this craft that can be gifted to mom. There are limited spots available for this crafting event. ‘Halloween’ at the Roxy Theater 7 p.m.- 1 a.m. Saturday, May 11, The Roxy 1017 S. State St., Lockport. Entrance is free for movie goers. There will be a full bar for those 21 years of age and older and free pizza for the first to arrive. Mortuary Movie Productions, Halloween fan film will show around 7:30-7:45 p.m., followed by Halloween 1978 and Halloween 2018. Raffles will also be held throughout the evening. Monday Monday Movie Matinee: ‘The Dish’ 12:30-3 p.m. May 13, White Oak Library Lockport Branch Meeting Room A, 121 E. 8th St. Enjoy snacks and refreshments while watching “The Dish” (2001)(PG- 13), starring Sam Neill and directed by Rob Sitch. An Australian town plays a part in the 1969 Apollo 11 Moon Landing. Based on the true story of how the biggest television event in history was almost not televised. Tuesday Book Club: ‘There There’ 10:30 a.m.-noon May 14, White Oak Library Lockport Branch Meeting Room B, 121 E. 8th St. This month, the library’s book club is chatting about “There There” by Tommy Orange. Participants can register and pick up a copy of the book at the Reference Desk, available one month before the discussion. Wednesday Sharpie Tie Dye Coasters 6:30-7:30 p.m. May 15, White Oak Library Lockport Branch Meeting Room A/B, 121 E. 8th St. Join the library for a craft to make tie-dye coasters. All the supplies will be provided for the craft. Registration is required due to limited space. Upcoming Candle Light Bowl Fundraiser 6 p.m. Friday, May 17, Strike and Spare Bowling 811 Northern Drive, Lockport. Tickets are now available for the Lockport Love annual Candle Light Bowl fundraiser. Tickets are available online at lockportlove.com or at the Lockport Police Station through May 10. Tickets cost $25 per person and include three games of bowling and dinner provided by Sizzles. All proceeds will go to assist families in need in Lockport and Lockport Township. Taft Spring Craft and Vendor Fair 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, Taft Grade School 1605 S. Washington St. Lockport, IL 60441. The Fair will have a variety of handcrafted, unique and original items from over 40 vendors. The proceeds benefit Taft Foundation which provide support to Taft Grade School for educational programs, athletics, clubs, and technology. Pancake Breakfast 8-11 a.m. Sunday, May 19, Lockport American Legion Post 18 151st and LIST IT YOURSELF Reach out to thousands of daily users by submitting your event at LockportLegend.com/calendar For just print*, email all information to a.ivanisevic@22ndcenturymedia.com *Deadline for print is 5 p.m. the Thursday prior to publication. Archer Ave., Lockport. Lockport American Legion Post 18 is hosting a pancake breakfast and invite everyone to stop by and enjoy a great breakfast. Tickets are just $8 for adults, children 5 and under are free. The profits from this event will be added to the annual Poppy collections and used to help local area veterans. Mental Health Month Yoga Triathlon 2019 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 25, Dellwood Park Route 171 and Woods Drive, Lockport. This fundraising event will include a 5k run or walk, one hour of yoga and 30 minutes of meditation all to raise money and awareness for those suffering from mental illness. Funds raised through the purchase of a $35 T-shirt will go to the National Alliance on Mental illness. ONGOING Citizens Against Ruining the Environment 6-7:30 p.m. every third Monday of the month, White Oak Library Lockport Branch, 121 E. 8th St. CARE, a nonprofit allvolunteer organization, is to discuss environmental and health-related issues in Will County and the surrounding areas. Community service hours also available.


lockportlegend.com news the lockport legend | May 9, 2019 | 3 Homer 33C celebrates cultural diversity at Heritage Night Laurie Fanelli Freelance Reporter Traditional dances, beautiful compositions and cuisines from across the globe were shared during Homer Community Consolidated School District 33C’s Heritage Night. Held at Goodings Grove School on the evening of Thursday, May 2, the event found schoolmates and their families showcasing their cultures while celebrating the ties that bind the community together. Rosalie Leitelt, an English as a second language teacher at Goodings Grove School with the Transitional Program of Instruction, English Language Learners, explained that the ESL Department was excited to reintroduce the event to attendees after a hiatus. “The idea is to celebrate culture, which involves the art, the traditions, the dances,” Leitelt said. “There’s so many components to culture, and I really believe that all of those areas should be a part of it. We felt that even though the English Language Learners were the focus — and we wanted to celebrate their particular traditions — we are all part of a community, and, of course, diversity is part of being unified within a community, so we expanded it and invited all of the different students and families throughout the district.” The Heritage Night performance program began with a parade featuring ELL students carrying the country flags of their cultures before singing a song to say “Hello.” French, African and Arab folk songs were later shared, and traditional Italian and Middle Eastern dances — featuring Sandburg High School iFest participants and Andrew High School’s Project Diversity dancers — also performed. David Sitkowski played the music of Polish composer Frederic Chopin on the piano, and a Mexican piñata song, Polanie Dancers and more added to the fun. Goodings Grove firstgrader Skylar Chada and her mother, Shannon, were also in attendance to sing “Hey Nayana,” a Native American song, as well as to share a variety of family heirlooms with the community in the library. “My father was a Stockbridge-Munsee tribal member, and my mother is Cherokee,” Shannon said. “My family made all of these items. My mother made these moccasins. Her godfather made the fan. My father made the various turtle shells, the bowl and the gourd with the dream catchers.” Approximately 20 different cultures are represented in District 33C’s ELL students, and families displayed great generosity in sharing the cuisines of their countries. Guacamole, perogies and much more were enjoyed in the refreshment area that lined the hallway. Schilling School fourthgrader Danya Amer said she liked sharing her Islamic culture at the event while learning about “all the different places and enjoying the food.” Along with the ESL teachers who “came together as a team” to make Heritage Night a success, Leitelt noted that local businesses, families, members of the community, regular education teachers, district staff and music teacher Amy Miller were all instrumental in planning the event. “My principal, Ann Christie, has been extremely supportive of the ESL program and was truly so enthused and motivated in wanting this particular Heritage Night to not only come about Music teacher Amy Miller leads Goodings Grove second-graders in a performance of “Hala Lala Laya,” an Arab folk song, at the Homer Community Consolidated School District 33C Heritage Night held Thursday, May 2, at the school. Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media but to be successful,” said Leitelt, noting that Student Program Coordinator Christine Graefen was also at the heart of the program. Leitelt — who was born in Sicily and speaks Italian and French — has a passion for fostering a connection to different cultural traditions and maintaining native language learning within the ELL student body. “There’s certainly a diverse population of various native immigrants in this community,” Leitelt said. “I know that Heritage Night is something that is highly motivating to our community and to the district, in general.” Shannon echoed her enthusiasm, saying, “It’s amazing to see all of the people of the world coming together in unity. That’s what some of our prophets talked about, how we are all colors of the Claudia Gamache, CPCU 815-834-2700 16614 W. 159th St., #302 Lockport www.allstateagencies.com/ cgamache3 rainbow. We are all parts of the medicine wheel. It takes many tribes coming together to make this world so beautiful.” Bundle up for savings Subject to terms, conditions and availability. Allstate Fire and Casualty Insurance Co., Allstate Vehicle and Property Insurance Co. © 2018 Allstate Insurance Co. Lake Michigan Water • School District 33-C Custom Brick Homes • Scenic Home Sites Access to Hadley Valley Trail www.willeconstruction.com | 815-693-4540 Models open Saturday and Sundays 12:00pm- 4:00pm Or by appointment. 15810 Mueller Way New Lenox, Il 60451 261546


4 | May 9, 2019 | the lockport legend news lockportlegend.com City offers update on railroad malfunctions Submitted by the City of Lockport Motorists and pedestrians in Lockport have been experiencing gate malfunctions and false signals along the Canadian National Railway for the past several months. Affected crossings include 9th Street and along the track from 2nd Street to Division Street. The false signals cause delays for motorists and pedestrians, increasing safety concerns as motorists and pedestrians have been observed bypassing the gates when they were down and signals were active without trains present. Over the past several months, Congressman Dan Lipinski — who is Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials — along with State and City officials have been working with CN to address the false signals and determine the cause. In February, City officials including Mayor Steve Streit, Alderman Darren Deskin, City Administrator Ben Benson, and Police Chief Terry Lemming, met with CN, the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois Commerce Commission’s Rail Safety Section, and Illinois State Senator Mike Hastings in Springfield. CN’s Signals & Communications Department, Transportation Department, and CN Police have been working with the equipment manufacturer to help troubleshoot the issue. CN has adjusted the settings on the crossing sensor equipment in full compliance with safety regulations, and shortened the length of the area in which trains are detected by circuitry. This required directing the trains to run slower to ensure that the tracks close with enough time to notify users. Once CN implemented these changes, it continued to closely monitor their effects. CN has reported a reduction in the number of errant signal activations. CN has provided a detailed plan below regarding the improvements that are expected to occur within the next couple of weeks. At the 2nd Street crossing, CN is to resurface the roadway and replace sidewalk for the pedestrian crossing. The crossing is to be closed to all traffic May 18-19. At the 8th Street crossing, there is to be reconstruction of the pedestrian crossing including the track bridge to the north. These improvements are to be similar to those made at the 10th and 11th street crossings in 2018. The City has also asked CN and State agencies to consider another type of pedestrian gate design at the crossing to improve pedestrian safety. Work is expected to occur May 13-17. At the 9th Street crossing, CN is anticipating the installation of longer mast arms later this month, provided materials are available. The current IDOT State Street project includes striping updates to allow for longer stall lanes. The City is also working with CN to facilitate additional improvements at the 9th Street crossing in 2020. At the Division Street crossing, there is to be track replacement, drainage improvements, ballast replacement, roadway resurfacing and curb and gutter replacement. The crossing is to be closed to all traffic May 13-17. At the Metra Street Station along 13th Street, the City has requested that Metra, ICC, IDOT and CN evaluate design implementation of pedestrian gates and crossings. If this project is determined to be performed under previously awarded grant funding, finalized designs and installations are to be installed by the end of 2020. The City continues to work with CN, IDOT, Metra, and the Illinois Commerce Commission to determine and implement a long-term solution. The City received a $1.025 million grant in May of 2018, awarded by IDOT and the ICC through the Railway- Highways Crossing (Section 130) Program and Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act. The City and awarding agencies are further evaluating projects performed through this funding in light of recent developments. The City has allocated funding in its fiscal year 2019 Budget and Capital Improvement Plan to complement future project plans and for potential grant funding match requirements. Lockport City Council New alderman sworn in, Milne Creek project partially approved Jessie Molloy Freelance Reporter The Lockport City Council bid farewell to Alderman Jim Petrakos at its May 1 meeting before swearing in its newest member, Larry Schreiber. The swearing in ceremony came at the close of the City Council meeting which, last week, proceeded the Committee of the Whole meeting. Petrakos represented Ward 1 during the City Council meeting, while Schreiber took the seat for the Committee of the Whole meeting, during which several issues were discussed that MULCH BAGGED OR BULK FREE DELIVERY 5 CUBIC YARD MINIMUM or BUY 10 BAGS GET ONE FREE! 13920 S. ARCHER AVE LOCKPORT IL 60441 HomerIndustries.com 815-838-0863 are to be approved by the City Council in the coming weeks. “I want to say thank you Jim for all the work you’ve done,” said Mayor Steve Streit, who presented Petrakos with a plaque before his seat was passed to Schreiber. “You brought a lot to this council with your experience as an architect and you put a lot of time and energy into our work.” Petrakos took a moment to thank the current and former members of the Council he served with as well as his family, the City staff, and the residents of Ward 1. “I want to thank the residents of Ward 1 who gave me this opportunity, but I hope I represented all the residents of Lockport well while I was here,” he said. “As everyone knows, I like to challenge the staff. I think they’re great. We’ve got room to grow and I think we’re poised to do great things.” Schreiber said he is happy to be joining the board and wants “to help continue the enhancements the Board has been bringing to the city.” Schreiber took the oath of office alongside Aldermen J.R. Gilogly, Mark Lobes and Joanne Bartelsen, all of whom won reelection in April. Before the inauguration, the City Council voted to approve several measures, including a special use permit to allow the expansion of a city business in a new location. B & B Foods, which is currently located on Division Street to the east of Interstate 355, has outgrown its current location and plans to build a new 32,000-square-foot facility in the Prime Business Park, on a parcel which has the ability to accommodate an additional 27,000-square-foot expansion in the future. For the new facility to be built, the City Council needed to approve a special use permit to change the zoning from office Please see city, 12


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6 | May 9, 2019 | the lockport legend news lockportlegend.com LTHS students dominate in drafting and design Alex Ivanisevic Assistant Editor LTHS drafting and design students are making their names known after recent victories at Illinois Design Educators Association and SkillsUSA competitions. Seven out of eight LTHS students who participated in the IDEA annual state drafting and design competition on April 27 placed in first. The competition consisted of individual drawing problem events, as well as an architecture design competition and an engineering design competition. Beyond that, out of the 37 drafting, engineering Do You Need a REALTOR? Call the Machart Sisters! • Sellers • Buyers • First Time Home Buyers WE WORK WITH: • Second Homes • Investment Properties • Rental Properties Free Listing Consultation Free Property Analysis Competitive Commission Rates Cost $0 To Work With Buyers ( * ask for details) and design students who went to the Illinois SkillsUSA 55th Annual State Leadership and Skills Conference 2019 on April 11-13, 10 successfully earned a position to compete in nationals on June 24-29. “This is by far the most we’ve had in the SkillsUSA qualify for nationals,” said Jeff Brown, vice president of IDEA and instructor on architecture, engineering and design courses at LTHS. “It was very successful. Ten students is quite a bit and the IDEA contest, I had eight students qualify for state, and seven of them won the state championships so you don’t get much better odds than that. And all around it has been a really successful year.” Brown, a teacher sponsor, said depending on the competition, teams competing in different events could have 2-4 members and one of the skills judged is how the students function as a team and share the work that goes into the final product. As for how the students get involved with the competitions, he said, “Usually the guideline is, you have to be enrolled in a design, engineering, architecture or computer-aided drafting and design type course for those [competitions], and then for SkillsUSA, although it is a club, we run it through our courses so the same thing applies.” He said teachers must be members of the IDEA for students to be able to compete in that contest. Will County School D92 Board of Education The SkillsUSA competition is a state and a national competition. Brown said students can start working on preparing for it at the beginning of the school year. “The IDEA contest is a regional and state level and for that competition; students don’t even get the Reorganization of elected officials takes place at meeting New members sworn in, meeting dates determined DONNA MACHART MARY MACHART-LINDAHL Donna 815-557-6224 | Mary 815-791-3927 Century 21 Affiliated 1213 E 9th St. #1 Worldwide Lockport, IL 60441 Expires 6/20/19 Jesse Wright Freelance Reporter The Will County School District 92 School Board met April 30 and elected new officers, as well as set the dates and times for the board meetings. The board also swore in three newly elected board members. The board elected Matt Dusterhoft as president, Doreen Sweis as vice president and president pro tem, and voted Nora Skentzos as the secretary of the board. Sandy Doran was reappointed as recording secretary to the board. The two new members are Skentzos and Jake Middleton. Dusterhoft LTHS drafting and design students and Teamworks team (left to right) Lucas Zentmyer, Brett MacHart, Nicholas Soltys and Charles Patula were awarded first place at the SkillsUSA state competition. Photo Submitted was also sworn in, though he was an incumbent candidate, having been appointed to the board last October. The three were elected to four-year terms on April 2. All three praised the district’s success. “I want to continue the growth of the district and keep us in the direction we’re going,” Dusterhoft said. Skentzos has two children in the district, and she said she ran because she wanted to be move involved in school policy. “I ran because I just wanted to be involved in the district,” Skentzos said. “I want to try and help Please see LTHS, 9 the district communicate better,” Middleton added. “I’m a big supporter of Dr. [Tim] Arnold [the incoming superintendent] and his vision.” Middleton has three children, two of whom are in the district, and his youngest is about to enter the school system. His wife also teaches for the district. “We’re pretty committed to the district,” he said. The board also approved meeting dates and times for the third Tuesdays of each month, and the meeting time was set for 7 p.m. The board will meet at the Administration Center Board Room, which is located at 708 N. State Street in Lockport.


lockportlegend.com news the lockport legend | May 9, 2019 | 7 Bowling for funds Local theater group raises money with event at Strike N’ Spare II From monday, may 6 Lockport teen involved in fatal crash on I-55 Lockport resident Wendy Streit (left) encourages her 9-year-old daughter Penelope. Max Lapthorne, Editor A 16-year-old from Lockport was involved in a collision Saturday, May 4, that resulted in the death of a 58-year-old woman, according to a release issued Monday, May 6, by Illinois State Police. The Lockport resident was traveling northbound on Interstate 55 in a 2014 Toyota SUV when they came upon a curve approximately a quartermile north of Illinois Route 59, where Romeoville resident Michelle D. McCombs’s 2004 Kia sedan was stopped “partially in the left lane,” according to the release. The Lockport teen was unable to stop before colliding with McCombs’s vehicle at 3:23 p.m., according to the release. McCombs was transported to the Amita Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, where she was pronounced dead at 6:16 p.m., according to the Will County Coroner’s Office. The Lockport driver was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the release. Illinois State Police are investigating the incident. For more on this and other Breaking News, visit Lock portLegend.com. FREE SMILE EVALUATION veneers, Invisalign or crowns No Insurnance? No Problem! 20% OFF PREMIER PLAN (when 2 or more household members sign up) FREE IMPLANT SCREENING with Dr. Hoye includes CBCT 3-D imaging if necessary • in-office use only Dan Kasper, of Lockport, helps his daughter Alice, 2, roll a bowl down a ramp. Photos by Bob Klein/22nd Century Media PREM EMIE IER PLAN AN: $345 (for those without insur suranc ance) Our Premi emier er Plan is a preventa ntative program that will l incl nclude all l of your preve eventa ntativ tive serv ervice ices, for one cost. Plus, this plan will give you additi itiona onal savi avings of 25% on corrective servi rvices ces! No denieded claims ims, no wait aiting ing perio riods, and no hidden fees! What is included in the Premier Plan? Check it out! • (2) Basic Cleanings • ALL L X-rays • (2) Exams • Fluoride Treat eatmen ments • Oral Cancer Screenings • Sealants (children) • Carivu Imaging • Intra Oral Imaging Dr. Mary Ellen Hoye & Dental Specialists 708-301-3444 15927 S. BELL RD. | HOMER GLEN, IL 60491 (behind Bonfire) www.drhoye.com Josh Frazier, 5, of Lockport selects his bowling ball April 27 during the “Bowl of Drama” fundraising event hosted by Bragi’s Players at Strike N’ Spare II in Lockport. visit us online at www.LockportLegend.com


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lockportlegend.com school the lockport legend | May 9, 2019 | 9 the Lockport Legend’s Standout Student Sponsored by Marquette Bank Tony Morgan, Kelvin Grove eighth-grader Tony Morgan was chosen as Standout Student for his academic excellence. What is one essential you must have when studying? A few essential things I must have when studying are the material or lesson I’m studying. What do you like to do when not in school or studying? I like to play video games. What is your dream job? Photo Submitted Jobs are not in my dreams. What are some of your most played songs in your iPod? I listen to many songs, so I can’t say which one I listen to the most. What is one thing people don’t know about you? People don’t know that I prefer not talking about my personality traits. Whom do you look up to and why? Those who are looked up to are visions of others seeing themselves in their positions and I don’t have visions for my future. What do you keep under you bed and why? My bed can’t hide anything because of its height. Who is your favorite teacher and why? Mr. Lindstrom is my favorite because of his efficiency in making learning fun. What’s your favorite class and why? My favorite class is social studies because I enjoy learning from the past. What’s one thing that stands out about your school? The superb staff present at the school. What extracurricular(s) do you wish your school had? Football What’s your morning routine? Wake up, brush teeth, deodorize, eat something, wait to go to school, go to school If you could change one thing about school what would it be? There’s nothing I see that needs improvement. What’s your favorite thing to eat in the cafeteria? Food is food to me and there’s nothing special with any food in particular. What’s your best memory from school? Best memory: Anything from Lindstrom’s classroom. Standout Student is a feature for The Lockport Legend. Nominations come from Lockport area schools. LTHS From Page 6 problems until January,” Brown said. As for the time commitment, Brown said it is the biggest challenge students face, and “there is constantly kids coming in before and after school, during study hall time and doing work outside of school to prepare for the different contests.” He added that the students take on the responsibilities of preparing for the competitions in addition to their school work. “We don’t change our curriculum just because there is a contest coming up, so they do have to put in the extra time, no doubt about it,” he said. “I tell the students each year, ‘I’ll be there and am willing to get you ready, but you’re going to have to put in the time.’” Susan Palis has been the SkillsUSA advisor for about three years and an LTHS business teacher for 16 years. She gives a lot of credit to the teachers who guide the students through their preparation processes, months before competitions. “It is a really positive experience with the kids and seeing their experience,” she said her favorite part about working with LTHS students in SkillsUSA is, “being able to see in their eyes when they achieve something.” Brown agreed. “Competitions are very much a real-world problem solving event for these students and to see them grasp onto that and improve, enjoy and succeed, that’s an incredible feeling,” he said. INGALLS DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION Smokey Robinson Join us for anexciting night celebrating our mission to improve the health of the Chicago Southland communities we serve. SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2019 TINLEY PARK CONVENTION CENTER FOR TICKETS CALL 708-915-6369 OR ORDER ONLINE AT INGALLS.ORG/GALA


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12 | May 9, 2019 | the lockport legend news lockportlegend.com Police Reports Man found unresponsive behind wheel charged with DUI, controlled substance possession Nicholas Koestner, 26, of the 300 block of McCameron Avenue in Lockport, was charged April 27 with driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance after police reportedly initiated contact with a vehicle on 9th Street at approximately 11:50 a.m. with a “non-responsive subject behind the wheel.” Koestner submitted to chemical testing, the results of which are pending, and unprescribed pills were discovered in his possession, police said. Lockport Police Department April 22 • Mark Nails, 44, of the 1700 block of Lawrence Avenue in Lockport, was charged with driving with a revoked license and illegal use of a cellphone after being stopped at approximately 5:30 p.m. on 9th Street for alleged illegal use of a cellphone. Will County Sheriff’s Office April 11 • A 2002 Buick LeSabre was reported stolen from the driveway of a residence on the 400 block of Connor Avenue. The vehicle was unlocked with the keys inside, police said. April 10 • Carlos Alberto Jara, 26, of 20916 W. Barrington Lane in Plainfield, was charged with driving with a suspended license, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and failure to signal after being stopped in the area of S. State and Harvard streets. EDITOR’S NOTE: The Lockport Legend’s Police Reports are compiled from official reports found online on the Will County Sheriff’s Office or Lockport Police Department’s website or releases issued by the department and other agencies. Individuals named in these reports are considered innocent of all charges until proven guilty in a court of law. FROM THE ORLAND PARK PRAIRIE Celebrating 50: Orland Fire dedication paves way for open house in July Throughout the past 50 years, the Orland Fire Protection District has grown from a volunteer fire department into a full-time district with high accolades. And with its 50th anniversary upon it, Orland Fire is focusing on its beginnings. To begin its 50th anniversary festivities, Orland Fire hosted a dedication ceremony April 27, honoring past members. “Each vehicle has a plaque on the side, and our goal here is to remember our history,” Fire Chief Michael Schofield said prior to the event. Several past members were honored April 27. Among them was Art Granat Jr., who accepted the honor for himself and his late father, Art Granat Sr. OFPD dedicated its newest fire truck to the father and son. Granat Sr. was the first elected fire chief when it was a volunteer department. And Granat Jr. spent 38 years as a firefighter for Orland Fire. The department also dedicated a new ambulance to Donald Piscitello, who served Orland Fire from 1994-2011. He died in 2016. Finally, Orland Fire dedicated its new Legacy Lane, a wall within the administrative building that features images of all the retired OFPD firefighters. The wall was dedicated to the two retired firefighters who made it possible: Dan Schloegel and Dan Smith. Orland Fire is to continue to celebrate its anniversary with an open house on July 20. The open house is to be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Orland Fire Protection District Training Academy, 10728 W. 163rd Place in Orland Park. Reporting by Amanda Del Buono, Freelance Reporter. For more, visit OPPrairie.com. FROM THE TINLEY JUNCTION Grade-school project has kept Tinley Park family smiling for more than 20 years Most Mother’s Day gifts have a short shelf life: A card displayed for a month; flowers that last a week; a nice, two-hour meal. For one Tinley Park family, however, a simple plant is a gift that has kept giving for more than 20 years. As a young student at Christa McAuliffe Elementary School, Amanda Meyers — a 30-yearold English teacher these days — painted a pot, put a plant in it and gave it to her mother, Trish, as a Mother’s Day present. The plant is still going Please see nfyn, 13 city From Page 4 space to a manufacturing facility. The new facility is to include parking on premises for the restaurant supplier’s fleet of a dozen, 26-foot delivery trucks. The Council voted 7-1 to approve the plan with Lobes voting to oppose on account of an unresolved item involving fencing. The Council also voted to grant approval for a small portion of the Milne Creek Streambank Stabilization Project. Over the course of decades, the banks of Milne Creek have been eroded away, to the point that the stream has expanded from “something a person could easily walk across” to being 10-12 feet deep at points and between 18 and 20 feet across in certain places, according to Public Works Director Brent Cann,. One of the areas that has experienced the most erosion is the stretch of creek between Adams Street and East 9th Street. Several yards in that stretch have lost several feet of property to erosion, which has created “very steep, eroded slopes.” The approved project is to fix an approximately 100 foot long section of the creek, shoring up the banks, creating a crossing point, cleaning up the banks and filling in the area that has been lost to erosion. “Essentially, we’re giving back the property that the creek has taken away from the residents over the last 40 to 50 years,” Cann said. Misfits Construction provided the lowest bid for the project at $228,022. The engineer’s estimated cost of the work was $234,000 and the City budget had allotted $250,000 for the project, which the Council agreed to pursue in 2018. Despite the under-budget bid and the previous consensus of the Council to move forward with the work, Alderman Catherine Perretta voiced an objection to the plan. “If we approve this tonight, I have to ask, where the money is going to come from for the rest of this project?” Cann and Finance Director Lisa Heglund said there are no plans to finance the rest of the project in the next year, but that the City has submitted grant proposals to achieve some of the funding to potentially do the project on a piece-meal basis. Streit noted that the project is set to be discussed at the upcoming Strategic Plan Meeting, but that there is no hard plan to fund the project. “I don’t know how we fund this thing long term, so I can’t vote for it,” Perretta said. Alderman Darren Deskin took exception to Perretta’s pending “no” vote. “How can you vote ‘no’ on this Catherine?” he asked. “They’ve prioritized this whole project, and this is the worst patch. It needs to be done. We don’t need to do the rest right away.” Streit interjected as Perretta responded by saying she had “the right to vote however I want.” “The way I see this, it’s like if you bought a house that needs $100,000 worth of work,” Streit said. “If you have a problem and suddenly the water heater breaks, you’re not going to say forget it and not do any of the repairs because you can’t afford to fix it all at once. You do what’s prudent to fix what needs to be done. “I agree we need to work on a long term plan,” he added. “But this project needs to be done.” Perretta voted “no” on the motion, which passed 7-1. Other business The Committee of the Whole approved a motion to legally increase the age for the purchase, possession and use of tobacco products in Lockport from 18 to 21. While several aldermen voiced skepticism to the plan, it is being approved to coincide with a changed State statute which is to go into effect July 1. It is to be voted on by the City Council at the next meeting. The Committee of the Whole also gave preliminary approval for the purchase of a new police vehicle for a cost of $35,000 as well as four new HVAC units for the police station at a cost of $130,000. Both items are to appear on the consent agenda at the next City Council meeting.


lockportlegend.com sound off the lockport legend | May 9, 2019 | 13 Social snapshot Top Web Stories From LockportLegend.com from Monday, May 6. From the Editor Getting to know each other 1. First female lieutenant in LTFPD history promoted 2. MOD Pizza and Chipotle coming to Lockport 3. Home of the Week: 15303 Oak Run Court, Lockport 4. Lockport City Council: New alderman sworn in, Milne Creek project partially approved 5. Police Reports: Man allegedly attempts to steal $250 worth of clothing from store Become a member: LockportLegend.com/plus “Lockport PD in Springfield for the Illinois Police Officer’s Memorial to Honor Fallen Officers” Lockport Police Department, from Thursday, May 2. Like The Lockport Legend: facebook.com/LockportLegend “This week, the Equity Action Committee is piloting the initiative “No one dines alone.” Reach out, meet new friends and start positive conversations! #PorterPride” LTHS, @LockportHS205, from May 1. Follow The Lockport Legend: @LockportLegend Sound Off Policy Editorials and columns are the opinions of the author. Pieces from 22nd Century Media are the thoughts of the company as a whole. The Lockport Legend encourages readers to write letters to Sound Off. All letters must be signed, and names and hometowns will be published. We also ask that writers include their address and phone number for verification, not publication. Letters should be limited to 400 words. The Lockport Legend reserves the right to edit letters. Letters become property of The Lockport Legend. Letters that are published do not reflect the thoughts and views of The Lockport Legend. Letters can be mailed to: The Lockport Legend, 11516 West 183rd Street, Unit SW Office Condo #3, Orland Park, Illinois, 60467. Fax letters to (708) 326-9179 or e-mail to max@ lockportlegend.com. www.lockportlegend.com. Max Lapthorne max@lockportlegend.com I love hearing people’s stories. I am always fascinated to learn all the past events and environments that melded together to make a person who they are today. This is no small reason why I chose to become a journalist. We have a unique opportunity to meet interesting people and dive into the deep end of their personal history. nfyn From Page 12 and bringing smiles to the family all these years later. The Meyers family is not 100 percent sure when the plant entered their lives — Amanda’s third-grade year is their best bet. But Trish fondly recalls receiving it. “She came home and was all excited but had to wait to give me it,” Trish said. “She was wondering what my reaction would be. I was over the moon, of course, and she broke out in the biggest, proudest smile.” In the years since, the plant — still in its original pot, with a young Amanda’s handwriting etched on its side — has been a continuous presence on their kitchen sink windowsill, a reminder of their bond and what they’ve meant to each other. When I am presented with such an opportunity, I do my best not to allow my awkwardness in unfamiliar social situations to get in the way, because when I’m able to build a rapport with someone, that is when they share the most interesting tidbits of their lives. And these intriguing nuggets of information are often reflective of their individual background and upbringing. We were all brought up in different environments — some rich, some poor; some liberal, some conservative; some religious, some secular and everywhere in between. But often one of the most formative factors in an individual’s upbringing is geography. Different towns, cities, states and countries all have their own histories and customs. And it is often those customs that play a significant role in our upbringing. To me, these differences are fascinating and serve as a compelling reason to reach outside of our comfort zone and get to know people who may not look, speak or act like ourselves. This concept was at the heart of the event featured on our news cover this week. Homer 33C held a Heritage Night that taught students and their families about a variety of cultures. You can read all about the fun and vibrant event on Page 3 of this week’s issue. I am as guilty as anyone of spending too much time inside my own comfort zone. It is human nature to gravitate toward things we are familiar with, and there is nothing inherently wrong with doing so. The issue lies in the opportunity cost. By failing to venture beyond the people and places we are most comfortable with, we forfeit the chance to discover new things. An event such as Heritage Night provides a tailor-made opportunity to expand beyond that comfort zone, which can be an eye-opening experience. I firmly believe that if we all took time to learn a little bit more about each other, the world would be a better place, so I am happy to be able to share these types of events with all of you. “My mom is the strongest woman I know,” Amanda said. “My mom puts family before anything else. Growing up, she never missed anything — and I mean anything.” Reporting by Will O’Brien, Freelance Reporter. For more, visit TinleyJunction. com.


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the LOCKPORT LEGEND | May 9, 2019 | lockportlegend.com A spin on Shakespeare Limestone Stage’s ‘I Hate Shakespeare’ production proves to be a hit, Page 18 From Ireland to Orland Park The Irish Patriot owners bring traditions from the homeland to south suburban pub, Page 22 Zoie West (left), portraying the Beast, and Isabel Moreno, playing Belle, rehearse Saturday, May 4, for performances of “Beauty and the Beast Jr.,” which will be performed at Christ Community Church in Lemont. Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media More than 60 children to perform in latest Brooke’s Backyard Productions show for a good cause, Page 17


16 | May 9, 2019 | the lockport legend faith lockportlegend.com FAITH BRIEFS Legacy Vineyard Church (315 E. 11th St., Lockport) Sunday Services 10 a.m. Sunday Dinner Noon May 12 Youth meeting - Palacio de Alabanza 5:30 p.m. May 12 Artist’s Way Workshop 6:30 p.m. May 13 School of Kingdom Ministry 6:30 p.m. May 14 Mt. Ebal Missionary Baptist Church (221 Cameron Ave. Lockport) Early Sunday Morning Worship 8 a.m. There is communion every first Sunday. For more information, call (815) 838-6727. Sunday School 9:15 a.m. Worship Service 11 a.m. There is communion every first Sunday. Mission Ministry 6 p.m. Mondays Bible Study 7 p.m. Tuesdays Narcotics Anonymous 6 p.m. Wednesdays First United Methodist Church of Lockport (1000 S. Washington St., Lockport) 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. Joliet Seventh-Day Adventist Church (21514 W. Division St., Lockport) Saturday Services 9:30 a.m. Sabbath school; 10:45 a.m. Worship Hour. Prayer Meeting 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Attendees can share their praise reports and prayer requests. The call-in number is (530) 881-1200. When prompted enter the access code: 761835 then the # key. The prayer line is free, and there is no additional cost beyond regular phone charges. St. Joseph Catholic Church (410 S. Jefferson St. Lockport) Sunday Services 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Confessions 4 p.m. every Saturday in the church Have something for Faith Briefs? Contact Assistant Editor Alex Ivanisevic at a.ivanisevic @22ndcenturymedia.com or call (708) 326-9170 ext. 15. Information is due by noon Thursday one week prior to publication. FUNERAL SERVICES DIRECTORY Kim O’Neil Golob Kelli Hartseil Mores Kelly Furlong Foresman, Secretary 2019 WINNER "BEST FUNERAL HOME" Advertise your Contact the It waseasyto decide on cremation. Now, what aboutthe rest of thedecisions? Colonial Chapel Funeral Home Private, On-site Crematory 15525 S. 73rd Ave. (155th/Wheeler Dr. &Harlem) Orland Park, Illinois Family owned for 40 Years colonialchapel.com 708-532-5400 The Cremation Experts. funeralservices. 708.326.9170 In Memoriam Kimberly Bocinsky Kimberly A. Bocinsky, 52, late of Lockport, died on April 28. She was employed by Chaney-Mongey School as an enrichment teacher for the past 11 years. Bocinsky was an exceptional singer, loved swimming, Skiing but most of all cherished spending time with her family. Survived by her devoted husband of 20 years, Phillip L. Bocinsky; one adored son, Phillip J. Bocinsky; father, Jack Greenwood Sr.; a sister, Lorian (Dean Hovit) Greenwood; a brother, Jack Greenwood Jr., father-in-law Phillip E. Bocinsky; mother-in-law Rosemary (David) Kemper; sister-in-law, Laura Svolba; a niece, Autumn Hovit ; and her faithful companions Athena and Jynx. Numerous other cherished family members and dear friends also survive. A Celebration of Kimberly’s life was held held on May 2 in the O’Neil Funeral Home chapel 1105 E. 9th St., Lockport. Following all services cremation rites were respectfully addressed. Jose Encarnacion Jose F. “Joe” Encarnacion Sr., 92, late of Lockport, died on April 28. He was born in the Philippines and lived in Lockport since 1984. Encarnacion retired in 1999 from Statesville Correctional Center after 17 years of service. He was a devoted member of St. Joseph Church, Lockport where he was a Lector until 2010. Survived by his eleven devoted children, Armando (Carolina), Rosario (Henry) Vianzon, Agnes (Camilo)Guzman, Marita (the late Gregorio) Espiritu, Jose Jr. (Jennifer), Elizabeth “Mariam” (Dr. Abdel Karim) Shaltoni, Zito (Marites), Josephine (Gerard Lou) Gaerlan, Julius (Cecilia), Carmen Jue and John; 24 grandchildren; ten great- grandchildren; a brother-in-law Dr. Jose Abueva. Several nephews and nieces also survive. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Joseph Church Lockport would be appreciated. Funeral services will be held May 9 from the O’Neil Funeral Home Chapel 1105 E. 9th St.(159th St) Lockport at 9:30am to St. Joseph Catholic Church, Lockport for Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am. Entombment Resurrection Cemetery, Romeoville. Have someone’s life you’d like to honor? Email a.ivanisevic@ 22ndcenturymedia.com with information about a loved one who was a part of the Lockport community.


lockportlegend.com life & arts the lockport legend | May 9, 2019 | 17 Brooke’s Backyard Productions to stage ‘Beauty and the Beast Jr.’ Latest performance to benefit Homer girl’s medical treatments Laurie Fanelli Freelance Reporter The classic story of “Beauty and the Beast” is overflowing with positive life lessons about how love, inner beauty and knowledge can empower people to be their best. On top of all these story-based affirmations, the power of giving back is at the heart of Brooke’s Backyard Productions’ upcoming presentations of “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” All at-will donations received at the group’s Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11, performances – both slated to be held at 7 p.m. at Christ Community Church at 13400 Bell Road in Lemont – are to go toward helping 7-yearold Homer Glen resident Hailee Saenger pay for past and future medical treatments resulting from treatments for Stage 2 diffuse large B Cell non- Hodgkin’s lymphoma. LTHS junior Brooke Ferricks – founder and director of Brooke’s Backyard Productions – has a passion for giving back to the community. “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” marks her sixth production, all of which have raised money for local nonprofits or members of the community in need of a helping hand. “I think people should come to this show, even if they don’t like musicals,” said Ferricks during a rehearsal Saturday, May 4. “I’m telling everyone to come. It’s more than a Dylan Curry (left), portraying Gaston, and Brianna Michaels, playing LeFou, rehearse for the “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” musical. It’s people coming together for the greater good. There’s absolutely nothing like it.” Ferricks’ enthusiasm is contagious. This year finds her directing an eager cast of more than 60 children – ages 3 to 15 – the largest number to date. Lockport residents Katie Winters, 13, and Ashley Rus, 12, have both participated in every show since the first one in 2014. “I like acting, and I like what Brooke is doing it for,” Winters said. “We’ve just grown with doing these plays. I brag to my friends about us doing the play. I explain every single detail, especially that we’re doing it for a good cause.” Rus agreed that being a part of a theater troupe with a mission to do good makes the experience that much greater. “I especially like ‘Beauty and the Beast’ because we’re raising money for Hailee. When she came to a practice, Katie [Winters] and I talked to her and got to know her a little better,” said Rus noting that during her visit Hailee – a big Disney fan – had a smile on her face because she knew a lot of the songs from watching the movie. Isabel Moreno is playing Belle, and Zoie West is taking on the role of Beast. Dylan Curry and Brianna Michaels provide comic relief to the show as Gaston and LeFou, respectively, while Adrianna Teodoro as Mrs. Potts and Jes Talaski as Lumiere add enchanting elements to this “tale as old as time.” They are joined by a large cast of veteran actors and actresses, as well as newcomers, such as 7-year-old Plainfield resident Abby Coleman. “I love being in plays with people, and it’s fun to make new friends,” Coleman said. One of the reasons Ferricks chose “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” as the play this year was because it was able to accommodate a large cast. “I always try to find a role for everybody, and I figured this show would give many people an opportunity to shine,” Ferricks said. “There are over 60 kids in this show, and it has definitely been a big challenge for me, but my helpers have been so great. The cast is a very lively group, so I lose my voice every rehearsal, but it’s super fun. With all of us, it’s more people to celebrate Hailee.” Five-year-old Homer Glen resident Kenzie Talaski had a blast participating in 2018’s “Seussical Jr.” – which raised $4,000 for a new playground at SOS Children’s Village in Lockport – and she knows that “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” will leave audiences smiling. “My favorite part is the happy ending,” Talaski said. There are no tickets for LTHS junior Brooke Ferricks begins a Saturday, May 4, rehearsal for her latest Brooke’s Backyard Productions production, “Beauty and the Beast Jr.,” which is to be staged Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11, at Christ Community Church in Lemont. The show will benefit Homer Glen resident Hailee Saenger. Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media the May 10 and 11 performances, and at-will donations – which go directly toward Saenger and her family – are accepted and encouraged on-site. “All anyone has to do is show up and drop money in a box to make a donation,” Ferricks said. More information about Brooke’s Backyard Productions can be found at www.brookesbackyard productions.com, and additional donations for Saenger can be made at www.gofundme.com/help ing-hailee-heal.


18 | May 9, 2019 | the lockport legend life & arts lockportlegend.com Tragedy begets comedy during Limestone Stage’s ‘I Hate Shakespeare’ Laurie Fanelli Freelance Reporter The histories, tragedies and comedies of William Shakespeare have caused countless theater-goers to contemplate the meaning of life and love. Limestone Stage added laughter to that list with its latest production, “I Hate Shakespeare.” The Steph DeFeriepenned play found the works of The Bard reimagined and mined for humor during a series of performances — held at the Lockport Township Building from April 25- 28. A texting Juliet, zombie-hunted Richard III and more had fans in tears — as a result of laughing — from start to finish. First-time Limestone Stage cast member Josh Funneman played Hamlet throughout the night both in the traditional sense and as Shakespeare’s greatest defender against the harsh criticism of an Unhappy Person played by Sabrina Mangan. He served as a narrator of sorts introducing scenes while illustrating the many ways Shakespearean themes are still relevant today. “I ham it up a bit,” said Funneman before the Friday evening show. “The humor that has come from the cast has been really, really fun.” Limestone Stage Artistic Director Kit Lindblom explained that each year the group presents a “spring classic.” Past performances have included “The Taming of the Shrew,” “The Importance of Being Earnest” and “The Seagull.” “This is a newer show, but because it deals with Shakespeare, we are considering it under the classic theme,” Lindblom said. “It very much has a sense of irony because, while it’s titled ‘I Hate Shakespeare,’ it shows the audience that you can still like the guy. It pokes fun at him, but by the time the show is over I think people will think that Shakespeare isn’t too bad.” Alissa Raschke- Janchenko, who played several roles in “I Hate Shakespeare” and serves as Limestone Stage managing director, appreciated the opportunity to share comedy and the classics with the community. “I love so many things about performing with this company,” Raschke- Janchenko said. “For this show specifically, it really is very slapstick. It’s harkening back to vaudevillian days. It’s got a bit of a sketch comedy vibe too, so it’s a first here for us. It’s fun to try something new and we’ve got a great group of people who are really awesome at collaborating.” Madeline Wagner, Zoe Rogers, Erik Lindblom, Gina Burnett, Carol Sutter, Andrew Dicksen, Chris Gryniewicz and Mary Pierson also generated lots of laughs playing several roles in the production. On top of the funny story and comical performances of “I Hate Shakespeare”, additional fun was found through audience participation. Before the show began, Director Wally Roche welcomed fans and encouraged everyone to cheer the heroes and boo the villains just like theater-goers did in Shakespeare’s day. “I wanted to make sure the show was kind of fast and furious,” Roche said. “We did a lot of things to keep the show moving. The scene changes are almost non-existent and one scene flows into the next to catch people unaware. We did a lot to preserve the element of surprise.” Limestone Stage Executive Director Luke Janchenko added, “The beautiful part about it is in one scene one actor may be playing a good guy and in the next scene they may be playing a bad guy.” Limestone Stage was founded in Lockport in 2014 and “I Hate Shakespeare” marked its 15th full-length production as a group. Janchenko, Raschke-Janchenko and Lindblom — all members of the non-profit’s board of directors — expressed the desire to serve the entire community with their theater. They invited writers, actors, carpenters, sound engineers or anyone interested in giving something new a try to join them in their mission to expose people of all ages and abilities to the on-stage and behind-the-scenes aspects of the performing arts. “We are the first nonprofit theater in Lockport’s history,” Janchenko said. “The only reason we can do that is because of our partnership model. We’ve partnered with Lockport Township to use this building, and we really want to thank Ron Alberico and his team for saving that stage.” The Gaylord Building, White Oak Library District and the City of Lockport have also worked with Limestone Stage in its five-year history. This summer, the community can look forward Lockport resident Alissa Raschke-Janchenko transitions between multiple roles April 26 during Limestone Stage’s performance of “I Hate Shakespeare” at the Lockport Township Building. Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media Limestone Stage actors (left to right) Madeline Wagner, Josh Funneman and Sabrina Mangan bring levity to The Bard during the performance. to seeing Limestone Stage at Old Canal Days and Comicopolis as well as yet-to-be-announced improvisation shows. The directors are also planning their first-ever full-length Halloween production later this year. More information about Limestone Stage can be found at www.limestonestage.org or on Facebook at Facebook.com/Lime stoneStage.


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22 | May 9, 2019 | the lockport legend dining out lockportlegend.com The Dish The Irish Patriot: a taste of Ireland in Orland Park Alex Ivanisevic Assistant Editor Rather than travel the 3,600 miles across the Atlantic, one needs only to head to the Historic District of Orland Park to get a taste of Ireland at The Irish Patriot. Owners Vincent and Fiona Tuohy came to America from Ireland roughly 10 years ago and purchased the building at 9875 W. 143rd St. in 2010. Today, they are serving classic Irish and American food to locals in a traditional pub atmosphere. “It’s a historical building here; it is the first brick building ever built here in Orland Park,” Vincent said. “When we bought it, it was crumbling down and the roof was caving in and the walls were falling down. It was a little piece of history falling apart. We’ve left this place in good shape for another 100 years, I hope.” After two years of remodeling and much-needed repairs, The Irish Patriot opened in March of 2012. “We tried to use the classical Irish pub look, like you’d see in small villages in Dublin,” he said. At the center of the dining room is a large, stone fireplace. “Wouldn’t be an Irish pub without one,” Vincent said. The pub is open from 11-2 a.m. Sunday through Saturday, and serves “a pretty extensive menu of American and Irish fare,” Vincent said. “Since we opened in 2012, our three top sellers are our fish and chips ($14). They’re really famous here. We use North Atlantic cod, and we make our own batter with a One of the Top 3 items on The Irish Patriot’s menu is its Kinsale Fish & Chips ($14), made with North Atlantic cod. Photos by Alex Ivanisevic/22nd Century Media secret ingredient, and then our burger ($12) is hugely popular as well as our Reuben ($13). They’re always in our Top 3.” Also on the menu are traditional Irish dishes, such as corned beef and shepherd’s pie, among other options. In addition to serving guests at the hardwood bar in the pub section and in the dining room throughout the week, The Irish Patriot allows its dining area to be booked for parties. Vincent said the restaurant sees a lot of wedding parties, communion and confirmation parties, “as we’re quite close to St. Michael’s Catholic Church here. ...We got a church down the street and a funeral home across the street, so we do some funeral work, too.” The Tuohys also own The Irish Legend in Willow Springs and the Burbank Pub in its namesake town. They take pride in the connection they have made to the communities around The Irish Patriot Pub 9875 W. 143rd St. in Orland Park Hours • 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily For more information ... www.theirishpatriot. com their pubs. “We see a lot of regulars here,” Vincent said. “We are classically a neighborhood bar. It is something like ‘Cheers’ with the characters that are in here.” Fiona said the time commitment to running the pub is “completely 24/7,” and she also remarked on the regulars they see come to The Irish Patriot. “I love it, because we get to know so many people here, and I call them regulars but they are actually friends,” she said. Similar to the way Vincent described their “neighborhood-bar vibe,” Fiona said, “There’s a lot of people who came here on their own and just became best friends.” The Irish Patriot owner Vincent Tuohy was sure to include a fireplace in the pub, something he says no pub is complete without. She said she appreciates how friendly and outgoing people are, and it creates a “family atmosphere, which is really nice.” There are a few special events The Irish Patriot enjoys celebrating with its guests — one of them being St. Patrick’s Day. “We have a very special party here for St. Patrick’s Day,” Vincent said. “It’s basically a week here. The weekend before [the holiday], we have a trolley bus and work with all the fellow pubs in the area and have a trolley bus crawl, and then I fly in musicians from Ireland every year for the holiday, and they stay a few days. We have a lot of fun.” Vincent said they are looking forward to opening the pub’s patio for the summer, which he said can get crowded in those months but provides a fun atmosphere for patrons. “You got to love this business,” Vincent said. “It’s the long days I don’t love; they’re a bit daunting. But I love the people, and every day is different. When people are in a pub, you know they’re relaxing. You’re getting people at their best who are coming here to enjoy themselves.”


lockportlegend.com puzzles the lockport legend | May 9, 2019 | 23 crosstown CROSSWORD & Sudoku The crosstowns: Frankfort, Homer Glen, Lockport, Mokena, New Lenox, Orland Park, Tinley Park Across Down Crossword by Myles Mellor and Cindy LaFleur 1. Medical diagnostic procedures 5. Very bright light 9. A sacred song 14. River to the Rhine 15. Annexes 16. Skylit courts 17. “Saving Private ___” 18. Hindu writings 19. Sublease 20. Where New Lenox village governmental operations are based, goes with 9 down 22. Survive, barely 23. Interior design 24. Hooter 25. Bitterly pungent 28. Attached with a hammer 32. Eat 35. Middle East snack 37. Kind of question 38. Tommie of the Miracle Mets 40. Rage 41. Tease 42. Amazon’s talking assistant 44. ___ stone; final 47. Frisbee or Slinky 48. Informal eatery 50. Capital near Casablanca 52. Unburdened 53. Lucy’s best friend 56. New Lenox middle school 59. Frequent flier 62. Too proper and modest 63. Moore of “G.I. Jane” 64. Do followers 65. Gofers 66. Major or Minor Bear 67. Hoity-toity 68. Henhouse 69. Benefit 70. Top model, Banks 1. Sportscaster Albert 2. Having spokes 3. About to explode, maybe 4. Five Nations tribe 5. Ancient Spanish kingdom 6. Well known garden 7. 15 and 23, e.g. 8. Government security agency, abbr. 9. See 20 across 10. More resolute 11. “Alice’s Restaurant” singer ___ Guthrie 12. In ___ of (instead) 13. First name in the “Ocean’s Thirteen” cast 21. Gibraltar feature 22. Eternity, almost 26. Wading bird 27. Evel Knievel, for one 29. Aspiring atty.’s exam 30. Ferrari founder 31. Nodding 32. Car from Sweden 33. Tangelo 34. Mind your ____ and Q’s 36. Phi__ Kappa 39. Squeezes out 43. Least damp 45. Person from the Spanish peninsula 46. Abbr. in many org. names 49. Flowery verse 51. Water need 54. “Behind __ Lines,” 2001 Hackman film 55. Madagascan monkey 56. Train 57. The Supremes or Cream 58. Kind of chop 59. Sleekly designed 60. “Ooooh, ___ scared!” 61. Baltic capital 63. Bestow a knighthood 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 Crossword by Myles Mellor and Susan Flanagan answers 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 Strike N Spare II (811 Northern Drive, Lockport; (708) 301- 1477) ■■9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Mondays: Quartermania ■■10 p.m.-midnight Saturdays: Cosmic Bowl HOMER GLEN Front Row (14903 S. Bell Road, Homer Glen; (708) 645-7000) ■■7 p.m. Wednesdays: Trivia ORLAND PARK Traverso’s Restaurant (15601 S Harlem Ave, Orland Park; (708) 532-2220) ■■5-7 p.m. Mondays: Free bar bingo Fox’s Restaurant and Pub (9655 W. 143rd St., Orland Park; (708) 349-2111) ■■6-9 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday: Eman FRANKFORT Pete Mitchell’s Bar & Grill (21000 Frankfort Square Road, Frankfort; (815) 464-8100) ■■6-8 p.m. Wednesdays: Free N’ Fun Bar Game. Free to play. MOKENA The Alley Grill and Tap House (18700 S. Old La- Grange Road, Mokena; (708) 478-3610) ■■9 p.m. Tuesdays: Karaoke To place an event in The Scene, email a.ivanisevic @22ndcenturymedia.com.


24 | May 9, 2019 | the lockport legend local living lockportlegend.com 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 for a while 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.


lockportlegend.com real estate the lockport legend | May 9, 2019 | 25 Sponsored content The Lockport Legend’s of the WEEK April 9 • 16524 Willow Walk Drive, Lockport, 60441- 1104 - Leo R. Koch IV to Jordan O. Roxas, $208,000 • 603 Gloria St., Lockport, 60441-3116 - Janie A. Cibulsky to Erik M. Korzen, Samantha A. Korzen $235,000 April 11 • 219 Reverend Walton Drive, Lockport, 60441- 5246 - Jpax Properties LLC to Alfonso A. Barrios, Maria N. Barrios $176,500 • 1422 Summit Drive, Lockport, 60441-4513 - John Billings to Randall Visor, $178,000 • 16420 W. 145th Place, Lockport, 60441-2334 - Pro Line Construction & Remode to Rose Lach, $180,000 • 1158 Grandview Ave., Lockport, 60441- 3649 - Dominic Pacione to Michael Masokas, Shauna Shankland $205,000 • 15114 Laurel Lane, Lockport, 60441-1301 - Dan Snyder to Jorge Eduardo Diaz Sanin, Daniel Gilberto Diaz $205,500 • 16412 Willow Walk Drive, Lockport, 60441- 1102 - Theresa Skowron to David Hausmann, $219,000 • 16523 W. Lanfear Drive, Lockport, 60441- 4743 - Mary Ann Deliberto to Lawrence A. Damico III, Jamie L. Burian $280,000 April 15 • 17305 S. Gougar Road, Lockport, 60441- 8276 - James C. Pedigo to Leslie Richardson, Kathi Richardson $385,000 April 16 • 16849 Mallard Lane, Lockport, 60441-1309 - Dana M. Kubiak to Kevin J. Peterson, Katelyn Lussow Peterson $194,000 The Going Rate is provided by Record Information Services, Inc. For more information, visit www. public-record.com or call (630) 557-1000. This is a gorgeous home in an absolutely wonderful neighborhood! All of this located in a great neighborhood with an awesome community park just minutes from shopping, schools, restaurants, transportation and a world-class hospital. What: Located on a spacious corner lot on a quiet cul-de-sac, this home has lovely curb appeal and a welcoming charm. Pride of ownership shows in this home and which has been meticulously cared for with tons of windows for a bright and airy feel. Where: 17829 Cinnamon Court, Lockport Amenities: The modern kitchen comes complete with wood floors, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and a stone tile back splash. The kitchen opens up to the family room and eating area with direct access to the spacious deck making it the perfect entertainment space. The full finished basement comes complete with an additional kitchen, full bath, large rec room and a smaller bonus room that could be used as an additional bedroom or office. Asking Price: $329,000 Listing Agent: Dan Kenney (708) 629-6452 DanKenney@kw.com Listing Brokerage: Keller Williams Preferred Realty Want to know how to become Home of the Week? Contact Tricia at (708) 326-9170 ext. 47.


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Try the best! 708.638.0641 1024 Senior Companion Offering Free Rent for a Couple or Single Person to be a Companion/Friend to an 88-year old man (312) 209-5151 Garage Sale 1052 Garage Sale Frankfort 9045 Arbor Walk Drive. Fri. 5/10 - Sat. 5/11, 9-4pm. Furniture, decor, lamps, kitchenware, crafts, quilting, preschool supplies, and much more Lockport 1323 Prodehl Drive. May 9-10 - 11, 9-1pm. Morton salt coffee cups, McDonalds mugs, and much more New Lenox 2069 Finborough Circle. Thurs. 5/9 - Sat. 5/11, 8-2pm. Furniture, household items, lights, tools 1053 Multi Family Sale Orland/Homer Bridelwood Subdiv. Bell &Anand Brook 5/9 - 5/10 - 5/11, 9-3pm Household, clothing, furniture Tinley Park 7525 Claremont Drive. Fri. 5/10 9-4pm, Sat. 5/11 8-4pm. Baby and toddler clothes and toys, household 1054 Subdivision Sale Frankfort Autumn Field Subdivision, corner of Wolf and Laraway Roads. Sat. 5/11, 8-2pm. 15+ families! 1061 Autos Wanted WANTED! 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lockportlegend.com classifieds the lockport legend | May 9, 2019 | 33 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 2276 Tuckpointing/Masonry 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.co4 2390 Computer Services/Repair 2489 Merchandise Wanted Metal Wanted Scrap Metal, Garden Tractors, Snowmobiles, Appliances, Etc. ANYTHING METAL! Call 815-210-8819 Free pickup! 2474 Appliances Amana refrigerator, top freezer. 25 cubic feet, biscuit color - $200. Call 708.301.9841 Buy It! Automotive $52 4 lines/ 7 papers Real Estate $50 7 7 papers lines/ Advertise your RENTAL PROPERTY in the newspaper people turn to first SELL It! Help Wanted $13 4 lines/ per line 7 papers FIND It! Merchandise $30 7 4 papers lines/ CALL US TODAY: 708.326.9170 www.22ndcenturymedia.com in the CLASSIFIEDS CALL 708.326.9170 2701 Property for Sale SHERIFF'S SALE OF REAL ESTATE of 17617 SOUTH FARRELL ROAD, LOCKPORT, IL 60441 (TWO LEVEL BEIGE BRICK AND FRAME SINGLE FAMILY HOME WITH THREE CAR ATTACHED GARAGE. ).Onthe 16th day ofMay, 2019 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: WIL- MINGTON SAVINGS FUND SOCI- ETY, FSB, D/B/A CHRISTIANA TRUST, NOT INDIVIDUALLY BUT AS TRUSTEE FOR PRETIUM MORT- GAGE ACQUISITION TRUST Plaintiff V. RHONDA TAKSAS A/K/A RHONDA M TAKSAS; RICHARD TAKSAS A/K/A RICHARD MTAK- SAS Defendant. Case No. 10CH 5888 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. Judgment amount is $1,067,073.39 plus interest, cost and post judgment advances, if any. 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 bysubdivisions (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: PIERCE AND ASSOCIATES 1 N. Dearborn Suite 1300 Chicago, Illinois 60602 P: 312-346-9088 F: 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 Certificate No. 32822 was filed in the office of the County Clerk of Will County on April 23rd, 2019 wherein the business firm of Bombe Boutique 516 Pinebrook Dr. Bolingbrook, IL 60490 was registered; that the true or real name of the person owning the business, with their respective post office address is as follows: 2702 Public Notices Julia Stevens 516 Pinebrook Dr. Bolingbrook IL 60490 IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and Official Seal at my office in Joliet; Illinois, this 23rd day of April, 2019 Lauren Staley Ferry Will County Clerk STATE OF ILLINOIS CIRCUIT COURT OF WILL COUNTY Request of Euvangalos Ioannis Klementzos Case Number: 19MR968 There will beacourt date onmy Request to change my name from: Euvangalos Ioannis Klementzos to the new new name of: Euvangalos Ioannis Tsakopoulos The court date will be held on July 15 at 9:00am at 57 N.Ottawa St, Joliet IL 60432 Courtroom #A236 /s/:Mark Ellis Mark Ellis, Attorney for Petitioner 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 WILMINGTON SAVINGS FUND SO- CIETY, FSB, D/B/A CHRISTIANA TRUST, NOT INDIVIDUALLY BUT AS TRUSTEE FOR PRETIUM MORT- GAGE ACQUISITION TRUST Plaintiff, vs. RHONDA TAKSAS A/K/A RHONDA M TAKSAS; RICHARD TAKSAS A/K/A RICHARD M TAKSAS Defendant. No. 10 CH 5888 NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S SALE Public notice ishereby given that pursuant toajudgment entered in the above cause on the 15th day of January, 2019, MIKE KELLEY, Sheriff of Will County, Illinois, will on Thursday, the 16th day of May, 2019 ,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 to the highest and best bidder or bidders the following-described real estate: THE WEST 892 FEET OF THE NORTHWEST 1/4 OFTHE NORTH- WEST 1/4 OF SECTION 31, TOWN- SHIP 36 NORTH, RANGE 11, EAST OF THE THIRD PRINCIPAL MERID- IAN, EXCEPT THE NORTH 782 FEET THEREOF AND ALSO EX- CEPT THE SOUTH 293 FEET THEREOF, IN WILL COUNTY, ILLI- NOIS. Commonly known as: 17617 SOUTH FARRELL ROAD, LOCKPORT, IL 60441 Description of Improvements: TWO LEVEL BEIGE BRICK AND FRAME SINGLE FAMILY HOME WITH THREE CAR ATTACHED GA- RAGE. P.I.N.: 16-05-31-102-006-0000 Terms of Sale: ten percent (10%) at the time of sale and the balance within twenty-four (24) hours. Nojudicial sale 2703 Legal Notices 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 incash or certified funds payable tothe Sheriff of Will County. Judgment amount is $1,067,073.39 plus interest, cost and post judgment advances, if any. 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 bysubdivisions (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: PIERCE AND ASSOCIATES 1 N. Dearborn Suite 1300 Chicago, Illinois 60602 P: 312-346-9088 F: Plaintiff's Attorney MIKE KELLEY Sheriff of Will County Secure Storage of Lockport Inc. THE PERSONAL PROPERTY TO BE SOLD, is contained in the units listed below at: Secure Storage; 978 East Ninth Street, Lockport, IL 60441 The auction will be finalized on May 17th, 2019 at 11am by online auction. The property may be redeemed from the units by Cash or Certified Money Order. Sale will take place on Storagetreasures.com via online auction beginning May 10th, 2019. 2133 Geraldine Frank of Lockport, IL 6772 Toni Pickens of Lockport, IL 2900 Merchandise Under $100 5piece Entertainment Center solid oak smoked glass doors, fully lighted, lots ofstorage for cd’s & tapes, etc. Excellent condition $65 OBO 708-532-4044 Amana Washer $100. 708.525.9622 Bridgestone Blizzak W570 winter tires size 215/45R17 $100 for all 4never used, still in wrap. Tinley Park 773-552-7850 Brown reclining love seat with center console. Excellent condition $85 Call 815-838-0239 Coleman 16’x10’ Weathermaster Screen room tent 5person tent @ 6x10 screened room, never used $99.50 Call 708-429-0259 after 4pm 2900 Merchandise Under $100 Collection of 60 unique Shot Glasses. Varied sizes & shapes. Each with adifferent design. Great for a man cave, bar display, or gift. $40 for whole collection. Call 708-642-9019 Craftsman 21” Mulit Cut Rotary Lawn Mower and bag 6.0 H.P. recently tuned up. $75 Call 708-429-0259 after 4pm Dining room orKitchen light fixture made in Italy. New in box, never installed. Retail value at $250 selling for $65 815-485-6008 Exercise Equipment, small trampoline, exercise bike, AB lounger, Elliptical. $100 Call 708-987-8641 Four nice solid oak kitchen chairs good condition $60 or $15 each Call 708-301-6797 GE Gas Dryer $100. 708.525.9622 Ice crusher $10, Waffle iron $10, Silver plated service for eight $15. Call 708-349-3238 Like new glass sliding bath tub doors. $100. Call 708-614-1988 Maple crib and mattress, car seat, used only at NaNa’s, Buggy $100. 815.838.6054 Paslode staples full cases $25 ea, Craftsman 10” table saw on stand w/manual $50, Sears table router w/skill 13/4 H.P. $25 708-534-3423 Power-Flo Matrix 1.5 H.P. Hayward pool pump and filter. Assembly model# SP15931 $100 OBO Call John 708-263-3340 Pro golf bag $30. Bullseye Putter $30. 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lockportlegend.com sports the lockport legend | May 9, 2019 | 35 Athlete of the Week 10 Questions with Jack Vrba Jack Vrba is a senior at Lockport Township and a pitcher on the baseball team. How has the season gone so far for you and the team? For me, the season has gone well. I came in competing for a spot in the rotation, and then I was able to get one. As for the team, we’ve cooled off a little bit. But once we figure it out, we will be OK. The players held a team-only meeting in the clubhouse after last Friday’s 5-1 home loss on Senior Night against Reed-Custer. Can you say what was said in that? We said that we need to bring back the energy that got us to our 12-1 start on the season [the Porters were 19-7 through May 4]. We have to have more energy on the bench, especially early in the game. If we can bring that back, we will be able to succeed and make a run to state. How did you get started playing baseball? My parents, Mary and Gary, brought me into it. They wanted me to be active, and baseball was the sport that I sided with. When I was 6, I first played T-ball, and then first played travel ball on a 9U team. Did you play any other sports? I played basketball, volleyball and football at Oak Prairie. I played football my freshman year at Lockport. But I didn’t want to get hurt, so now I just play baseball. What is it about the game of baseball that makes it the sport for you? I just like the competitiveness of pitching. Just knowing that it’s you and the batter. I’ve been a pitcher ever since I started playing and became a pitcher only my sophomore year. I just love that competition, that confrontation. What have you learned from Lockport baseball coach Andy Satunas? I just learned that hard work always pays off in the end. If you struggle and fight through it, it will turn out your way in the end. If you could meet any person in the world now, who would it be and why? Jon Lester. That’s because I look up to him. He’s a very good pitcher Randy Whalen/22nd Century Media and knows how to pitch in the major leagues. What do you do to pump yourself up before a game? I put on my headphones and go through my playlist. That’s about it. I listen to a lot of rap. I’d say my favorite song is “Sanguine Paradise” by Lil Uzi Vert. Are you going onto be a pitcher in college? Yes. I signed with Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I chose there because the baseball coach [Zach Johnston] said I would have the opportunity to pitch right away. That was big for me. What is the best thing about being an athlete at Lockport? The companionship of your teammates. Just seeing them in the hall and having them pick you up when you’re down. The environment at Lockport for all the athletes is great. Interview by Freelance Reporter Randy Whalen


36 | May 9, 2019 | the lockport legend sports lockportlegend.com Boys Tennis Porters advance to final of home tourney against Ignatius LTHS takes second out of a total of 16 teams Randy Whalen Freelance Reporter The Lockport Township boys tennis team accomplished exactly what it wanted to last weekend. After a week clouded with a lot of rain and many cancellations, the Porters had perfect weather in the mid-60s for their own invite. There, they advanced to the finals, where they fell to a talented St. Ignatius team (10-1) by a 5-0 count on Saturday afternoon, May 4, at the LTHS tennis courts. After going 3-1 in the 16-team tournament, which was held at four different sites throughout the day, Lockport (15- 4) not only continued its excellent season, it tuned up for the big seasonending tournaments that start this week. Those are the SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue Division tourney and then the sectional, both of which Lockport is hosting. “Our doubles played really well throughout the day,” Lockport coach Bob Champlin said. “This [invite] is a learning experience. It’s all about experiencing playing higher competition. The higher level matches are the ones that get you ready.” The tourney was teambased. Four teams played at each site, with Challenge Fitness in Lockport, Joliet Catholic Academy and Lincoln-Way Central being the others. Lockport hosted the finals, so the Porters never had to move during the day. Just like in a dual meet, the team has to win to move on, so based on a team of three doubles players and two singles players, three of the five have to win to move on. “I like it, because it requires that we work together,” Champlin said of the format. “Tennis can be a very individual sport, but this way, you have to work as a team and win three matches. St. Ignatius is always one of the top teams and won 18 of its 20 matches on the day. We defeated Lincoln-Way Central 4-1 in the semifinals, and they have gotten a lot better. To finish second here is still nice.” When the Porters played at Lincoln-Way Central on April 11, they won 5-2, but a lot of the matches were close. It was the same last Saturday, as Lockport won 4-1 by pulling out a close one on the singles side. That was at No. 1 singles, where sophomore Quinn Robinson edged freshman Collin Bush 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 in the super tiebreaker. The Knights, who lost 5-0 to New Trier in the third-place match, did capture one of the singles matches. That was at No. 2, where junior TJ Edmier has a 6-2, 6-0 win over Dan Evans. The Porters, however, swept the doubles matches. Those were sophomores Peter Naylor and Douglas Blomquist, now 17-9 on the season, with a 6-1, 6-0 win over junior Michael Bloodgood and sophomore Matt Soldan at No. 1. At second doubles, it was junior Jared Kocolowski and senior Andrew Whetter with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over seniors Matthew Piltaver and Pat Winter. Then, at No. 3, Lockport won with seniors Jake Cala and John Evans going on to a 6-1, 6-2 win over senior Sebastian Reid and sophomore Dan Schaffer. “It was a good tournament, Naylor said. “It was our first year playing together at first doubles. It’s a good partnership and a good indicator of how we’re improving.” Bloomquist, who also played first doubles as a freshman last season, agreed that the invite was a good measuring stick. “This shows how much better we’ve got,” Bloomquist said. “It just makes us better players. It has been really positive playing doubles with each other.” With the tourney going long and teams like New Trier and St. Ignatius having some distance to travel, the final round was played under the pro set to eight format. While Lockport lost all of them, the doubles matches were competitive. Naylor and Bloomquist lost 8-6 to senior Sener Gunsel and junior Aeneas Hines. At second doubles, junior Henny Gunnison and senior Justin Ownes had an 8-4 win over Kocolowski and Whetter, and in an exciting third doubles match, it was seniors Christian Klein and Max Tiemann with an 8-7 (2) triumph over Cala and Evans. St. Ignatius swept the singles. At No. 1, it was senior Billy Taylor with an 8-1 win over Robinson. It was the same 8-1 score at second doubles, as junior Jamieson Katz defeated Evans. The Porters have won the SWSC Blue tourney three times in the past five years, but they will have to get past a Lincoln-Way East team that is the defending conference champion, to win it this season. Lockport is to host the conference tournament at 4 p.m. this Thursday, May 9, and then continue to play starting at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 11. Sectional play is scheduled to start on Friday, May 17, at the Lockport tennis courts. “We’re excited about the conference meet,” Naylor said. “We’re also very optimistic about the sectional. I think we should get the No. 2 seed.” Bloomquist is excited about the future, too. “We’re ready for the conference,” he said. “But not only that, we are looking forward to the years coming up, too.” Lockport had a second team entered at the invite, which was made up of some of the other varsity players and some of the JV squad. While that team went 1-3 on the day, the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles team, made up of JV players, went 4-0. This Week In... Lockport Township High School Varsity Athletics Baseball ■May ■ 11 host Elk Grove (DH), 10 a.m. ■May ■ 14 host Stagg, 4:30 p.m. ■May ■ 15 at Stagg, 4:30 p.m. Softball ■May ■ 11 host Oswego, 10 a.m. ■May ■ 14 host Sandburg, 4:30 p.m. Girls Soccer ■May ■ 14 at IHSA Regional, 4:30 p.m. ■May ■ 14 at IHSA Sectional, TBA Boys Volleyball ■May ■ 9 host Andrew, 5:30 p.m. ■May ■ 11 at Fremd Invite, 9 a.m. ■May ■ 14 host Bolingbrook (Senior Night), 5:30 p.m. Girls Track and Field ■May ■ 9 at IHSA Sectional, TBA Boys Tennis ■May ■ 9 host SWSC Tournament, 4 p.m. ■May ■ 11 host SWSC Tournament, 8:30 p.m. Boys Lacrosse ■May ■ 9 host Providence, 6 p.m. ■May ■ 11 at Washington, 1 p.m. Girls Lacrosse ■May ■ 11 host Hampshire, 11:30 a.m. ■May ■ 13 at Minooka, 6 p.m. A grand achievement Lockport Patriots Junior Division cheer named Grand Champion at competition RIGHT: Members of the Lockport Patriots Junior Division (ages 10-14) cheerleading team (top row, left to right) Emily Mendez, Emma Barden, Ava Binion, Kyra Jonikas, Melody Alleman, Mckenzie Maezes, coach Faith Williams, (bottom row, left to right) Morgan Ebert, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Carissa Alleman and Alondra Azpeita won overall Grand Champion April 28 at the Ignite Recreational Cheerleading Competition at Plainfield South High School. 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38 | May 9, 2019 | the lockport legend sports lockportlegend.com Distance relay highlights Porters’ third-place conference finish Lockport looks to continue improving, maximize state qualifiers Jeff Degraw, Freelance Reporter In any athletic competition, it is difficult to tell if any one moment will prove to be the difference. That scenario was never more evident than Thursday, May 2, at the SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue girl’s track and field championships hosted by Lockport. After the 18 events that were contested, the meet ended in a tie between Lincoln-Way East and Homewood-Flossmoor as each team scored 167 points and with the tie came co-champions. This rarity happened with the same two teams just two years ago. Lockport finished third (113 points), followed by Bolingbrook (44), Sandburg (34) and Stagg (19). “It takes everyone on a team to win a championship, and tonight we had contributions from everywhere,” East coach Brian Evans said. “This was a team endeavor tonight. Not everything went our way, but we also had kids step up when needed. It was a valiant effort tonight and you could say we came up a point short, but we are still co-champions. “This team is young and we are learning every day and every time we compete which is exciting.” The Griffins had six individual champions, but used team depth to overcome the nine champions that the Vikings produced. The Porters started the running events in the 3,200-meter relay by capturing the conference title for their only win of the night. The team of Madison Polinski, Anna Kozak, Abbey Kozak and Kate Wojcikiewicz ran 9 minutes, 48.44 seconds. “It was cold out there tonight, but there was no wind, so that helped, but carrying the baton was relay cold,” Wojcikiewicz said. “Tonight’s effort and time, especially in the bad conditions makes us all feel better and excited for sectionals next week because we want to qualify for state in the relay.” Runners-up for the Porters included Polinski in the 800 meters (2:25.9), Josephine Bober in the 3,200 (11:48.61), Angelica Bafia in the discus (106 feet-5 inches) and Andi Hennessey in the pole vault (10-3). Third-place finishes were Anna Kozak in the 1,600 (5:40.2), Emma Schmutzler in the discus (96-10), Taylor Bowen in the high jump (4-8), Kathleen Kwiatkowski in the pole vault (9-3) and Elizabeth Czupta in the triple jump (32-9.5). The Porters’ 800 relay team of Jacqueline Mathius, Lexie Fontaine, Marisa Brown and Emily Thompson (1:50.3) and 1,600 relay team of Mathius, Polinski, Fontaine and Elisabeth Nacino (4:10.52) were also third. “We got out of the meet healthy, and that was important,” Lockport coach Joe Kravitz said. “We have a little tweaking to do before next week’s sectionals, but I thought we did well tonight as a team. The distance girls looked good and we had some other solid performances. If we can continue to improve, we have the opportunity to have some state qualifiers on this team.” Winners for East were Emma Barnard in the pole vault (10 feet, 3 inches), Mackenzie O’Brien in the discus (108-1), Ashley Mills in the 800 meters (2:25.23), Jenna Couwenhovan in the 1,600 (5:28.98), Katie Sciarini in the 300 hurdles (45.89) and Mariam Azeez in the long jump (18-2 1/4). Azeez, who is a freshman, also placed fourth in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and is excited Lockport’s Anna Kozak (left) gets the baton from Madison Polinski Thursday, May 2, during the 3,200 meter relay at the SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue championships in Lockport. Photos by Mark Korosa/22nd Century Media about her first year of varsity track as she is among the top long jumpers in the state. “I expected to make the varsity team, but not to have the success I have had,” Azeez said. “My coaches are great and the work we do has helped me tremendously. My goal is to break 19 feet in the long jump and I’m confident and in a good spot to qualify for state next week at sectionals.” More of the Griffins youth movement is Sciarini who is a sophomore and has one of the state’s best 300 hurdle times. “I run both hurdles and relays, but the 300 hurdles are my favorite,” Sciarini said. “My goal is to place at state, but next week we all have to take care of business at the sectional meet.” But as on any team that is filled with underclassmen, there must be a leader. For East, that leader is senior Taylor Wright, who will be headed to Eastern Jaylyn Strayer competes in the long jump. Illinois University for her collegiate track career. Wright has one of the top 400 meter times, is in the Top 10 of the long jump and on Thursday night placed second in the 400, took third in the 100 and 200 and was fourth in the long jump. “I really enjoy the variety of events and I like pushing myself,” the versatile Wright said. “It keeps me competitive and my goal is just to get better each time out. If I run or jump a personal best the next two weeks, the places will take care of themselves.”


lockportlegend.com sports the lockport legend | May 9, 2019 | 39 fastbreak Boys Volleyball Porters thinking positive after trio of competitive defeats Mark Korosa/22nd Century Media 1st and 3 LTHS girls track and field takes third at conference championships 1. Giving their all The Lockport girls track and field team finished in third place with a total of 113 points Thursday, May 2, at the SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue championships. 2. Swift finish The Porters won the 3,200-meter relay, with the team of Madison Polinski, Anna Kozak, Abbey Kozak and Kate Wojcikiewicz running it in 9 minutes, 48.44 seconds. 3. Competing hard Runners-up for the Porters at the championships were Polinski, Josephine Bober, Angelica Bafia and Andi Hennessey. Randy Whalen Freelance Reporter It would be easy for the Lockport Township boys volleyball team to be discouraged. Last week, the Porters played three matches in three days and lost them all. Once again, they were against quality opponents and all of the matches were close. The latest one was a 25-23, 25-23 loss to SouthWest Suburban Conference rival Sandburg on May 1 at the Lockport Central Campus. With the losses, Lockport (16-10, 0-4) fell for the fifth time in six matches. “I’m not disappointed with anything that is going on with us,” Lockport coach Nick Mraz said. “Obviously you want to be in the win column, but a majority of our team [six players] are sophomores. We’re in every set, every match. We believe next year we will complete these matches.” The Porters were in this latest one until the end. But they failed to close out a late lead in the first set and could not quite catch up in the second set. Matt Arens (5 kills) led the way, but fellow sophomore outside hitter Carter Steffgen and opposite side hitter Jake Whyte, who is one of only three seniors on the team, added three kills apiece. Junior middle hitter Jake Maly added three blocks and two kills. Senior setter Robbie Maida contributed six assists and a block. Junior setter Jacob Prince had 10 digs, five assists, and an ace, while senior libero Alex Matteucci added seven digs for the Porters, who won a regional last year for the first time in 14 years but graduated four senior starters from that team. “I’ve been happy with myself and to play all six rotations is fairly uncommon for a sophomore,” Arens said. “I’m really excited for the rest of this year and for the upcoming years. Plus our JV team has been really good.” Against Sandburg, the Porter JV team won 21-25, 25-17, 15-14 to improve to 17-8 and 2-2 in the SWSC. The varsity team just has to get over that late-set hump. “We’ve had too many games like that,” Arens said of the close matches. “We continue to fight but there’s always a section where we make mistakes. [Against Sandburg] we hit negative and it was still that close which was insane. If we turn that around, we can be really good.” The opening set featured 12 ties and six lead changes as the largest lead was three points. That was by Sandburg on three occasions, including 19-16. Arens had a pair of kills as the Porters used a 6-2 spurt to rally for a 22-21 lead. But senior outside hitter Cort Jensen and junior right side hitter David Vales put down consecutive kills and a double hit made it 24-22. Sophomore middle hitter Sam Trafton was in on a block as Lockport saved a set point. But unlike least year’s regional, where the Eagles had five first-set point opportunities in the opener and never converted in a 31-29, 25-19 loss on May 23 in the title match of the Lockport Regional, they closed out the opener on a long hit error. The Porters scored the first two points of the second set, but that would be their only lead. There were only two ties, at 2-2 and at 7-7. Ahead 10-9, Sandburg stormed to a 9-3 spurt, which was capped on two kills and a block by Vales. Down 19-12, there was no quit in Lockport, however. Maly had all three of his blocks and had a kill and a block on consecutive points to rally the home team back to 21-20. Jensen took over then and had consecutive kills for a 23- 20 lead. Ahead 24-22, the Eagles served into the net and then had a return into the net. But once again it was Jensen jumping up for a kill, which was the match-winner. Jensen finished with a match-high 11 kills while Vales, who is coach Davis Vales’ son, added five kills. Seniors Yanni Bella at middle hitter and Luka Vukanic at outside, each added four kills. Setters, junior Kelly Hunter, and senior Cameron Petrusevski each distributed 12 assists, and sophomore libero Jeremiah Burden brought up 14 digs for the Eagles, who have never won fewer than 22 matches in their 24 seasons as a program. They have also won 14 regional championships since 2003. Mraz, a 2007 Sanburg graduate, played for Vales. “It’s been 12 years since he coached me,” Mraz said. “But we’re always talking. Win or lose it’s always fun to play them.” Vales agreed. “We mentioned it [last year’s playoff loss to Lockport] early in the week but not [May 1],” Vales said. “We look at them as a natural rival and it’s a fun match since we are close in talent.” If the seeds hold up, the two teams could play each other again as part of the Marist Sectional this postseason. The day before, on April 30, Lockport put together a nice second set rally but ultimately dropped an SWSC match to No. 4 state-ranked Lincoln-Way West 25-18, 25-27, 25-16 in New Lenox. Arens (4 kills, 2 blocks) and Steffgen (2 aces, 3 kills, 7 digs) led the way for Lockport against the Warriors, who were celebrating Senior Night. Although the Porters lost, they said they were happy to force a third set. Down 24-21 in the second set, sophomore middle hitter Sam Trafton had a block and Steffgen smashed a kill to tie it. After West (28-3, 4-0 after May 2) retook the lead, Lockport scored the final three points, including another block by Trafton on set point, to win. “That was nice to come back and win that set,” Mraz said. “Most of those West seniors were on their state quarterfinal team last year.” Ahead 12-10 in the third set, the Warriors went on a 12-2 blitz to go up 24-12. Lockport saved four match points, but a kill by senior right side hitter Tyler Holubek finally ended it. To open last week, the Porters Lockport lost to Providence 20-25, 26-24, 27-25 in a non-conference match at Lockport Central. Whyte (13 kills, 2 aces, 2 blocks), Arens (8 kills, 2 blocks) and Maida (16 assists) paced the Porters, who at week’s end had lost seven three-set matches on the season, five of those by two points in the final set and eight times this season they have lost the final set of a match by four points or less. Providence (23- 8 through May 2) rallied from 23-21 down to win the final set. LISTEN UP “The distance girls looked good, and we had some other solid performances. If we can continue to improve, we have the opportunity to have some state qualifiers on this team.” Joe Kravitz — Lockport girls track and field coach, on his team’s performance at the conference championships Tune In Girls Track and Field Running to the sectional — Friday, May 10, at Homewood- Flossmoor Sectional • The Porters look to qualify as many for state as they possibly can, hoping to have saved their best performances of the season for sectional competition. Index 36 - This Week In 35 - Athlete of the Week FASTBREAK is compiled by Contributing Editor Thomas Czaja, tom@homerhori zon.com.


lockport’s Hometown Newspaper | May 9, 2019 Remaining unfazed Porters boys volleyball team taking positive from string of competitive losses, Page 39 Home cooking LTHS boys tennis team finishes near top of own 16-team invite, Page 36 Porters look to build on conference performance as they eye state meet, Page 38 Grace Mildice leaps a hurdle Thursday, May 2, in the 100 meter hurdles event at the SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue championship in Lockport. Mark Korosa/22nd Century Media

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