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Thursday

Senior Awards Night

7-9 p.m. May 16,

Lockport Township High

School 1333 E 7th St.,

Lockport.

Friday

Tween Scene

3:30-5 p.m. May 17, 20

and 22, 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.

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.

Drama Thespian Banquet

6 p.m. May 17, Lockport

Township High School

East Auditorium 1333 E

7th St., Lockport.

Saturday

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.

Big Run Wolf Ranch Family

Day

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday,

May 18, 14857 Farrell

Road, Lockport. The Big

Run Wolf Ranch is hosting

a family day complete

with raffles to bottle feed

wolf pups, food, music,

wild animals and more.

Admission is $7, cash

credit and debit will be accepted.

Parking will be at

the Wal-Mart 16241 Farrell

Road,(SW Corner of

Lot) with free non-stop

school bus service (strollers

allowed) to the ranch.

Adult Volunteer

Orientation Session

2-3 p.m. May 18, White

Oak Library Lockport

Branch Meeting Room

A/B, 121 E. 8th St. In

order to encourage community

connections and

the sharing of resources

and talents, the library

has implemented an Adult

Volunteer Program. This is

made up of a select group

of people interested in supporting

the library district

and community connections.

Meet like-minded

library lovers at one of the

monthly orientations to

learn more and fill out an

application.

Choir Big Show

7 p.m. May 18, Lockport

Township High School

East Auditorium 1333 E.

7th St., Lockport.

Sunday

Pancake Breakfast

8-11 a.m. Sunday, May

19, Lockport American

Legion Post 18 151st

and Archer Ave., Lockport.

Lockport American

Legion Post 18 is hosting

a pancake breakfast

and invite everyone to

stop by and enjoy a great

breakfast of all-you-caneat

pancakes, bacon, sausage,

potatoes, scrambled

eggs and our homemade

biscuits and gravy. 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.

Monday

Movie Matinee: ‘First

Man’

12:30-3 p.m. May 20,

White Oak Library Lockport

Branch Meeting

Room A, 121 E. 8th St.

Enjoy snacks and refreshments

while watching

“First Man” (2018)(PG-

13). Starring Ryan Gosling,

Jason Clarke, Claire

Foy. Directed by Damien

Chazelle. NASA astronaut

Neil Armstrong rigorously

trains to become the first

man to walk on the moon.

Choir Awards Night

7 p.m. May 20, Lockport

Township High School

East Campus 1333 E 7th

St., Lockport.

Tuesday

Lockport Woman’s Club:

Last Meeting of the Club

Year

6:30 p.m. May 21, Roxy

Theater, 1017 S. State St.,

Lockport. The cost for

the event is $30, and will

include a catered dinner

from Papa Joe’s with a

cash bar available. This

meeting’s program will be

the installation of officers.

Wednesday

The Apollo Program to the

Moon: History and Legacy

6:30-8:00 p.m. May

22, White Oak Library

Lockport Branch Meeting

Room A/B, 121 E. 8th St.

Registration is now open

for this event exploring

the Apollo 11 program.

Fifty years ago this July,

Apollo 11 successfully

met the challenge of landing

a man on the Moon

and returning him safely

to Earth.

UPCOMING

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

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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.

Flag Day

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

June 15, Lockport Square

Gazebo. Lockport residents

are invited to commemorate

Flag Day with

music and a presentation

during Lockport’s Old Canal

Day.

ONGOING

Free Jazzercise Classes

The Lockport Jazzercise

Fitness Center, 102/104

MacGregor Road, Lockport.

Through a program

dubbed GirlForce, free

classes are being offered

to girls ages 16-21 in an

effort to empower young

women, give them a place

to get fit, learn healthy

habits and find a place

they belong in their communities.

Call (815) 370-

3751 for more information.

Weight Watchers

6 p.m. Tuesdays, Shepherd

of the Hill Lutheran

Church, 925 E. 9th St.,

Lockport. Weigh-in 30

minutes prior to the start

of the meeting. Visit www.

weightwatchers.com for

more information.


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Grapes and Hops owner hopes to win over Lockport

Craft beer and

wine boutique

expected to open in

late summer

Alex Ivanisevic

Assistant Editor

Lockport residents have

more than just warmer

weather and Old Canal

Days to look forward to

this summer.

Also coming to the

community in the next

few months is a new craft

beer and wine boutique

in downtown Lockport.

Terrance Hooper, primary

owner of the Grapes and

Hops located in Kankakee

for five years, has high

hopes for what the future

holds and can’t wait to

bring the establishment

and its offerings to a second

location in downtown

Lockport, at 1026 State St.

“[Grapes and Hops] is

a boutique focused on locally

produced products,”

Hooper said.

About 80 percent of the

items at Grapes and Hops

are made and produced in

Illinois, and even those

that are not, Hooper said

they still take a very local

approach to sourcing

regional items, from what

he calls “day trip-able locations”

such as Michigan

and Wisconsin.

Grapes and Hops has

a selection of beer, wine,

whiskey, cheese, fudge,

as well as non-alcoholic,

craft beverages.

“Everything in our store

is craft produced, not made

at a place that we cannot go

to touch, see or feel how it

is made,” Hooper said. “It

is one of the reasons we

took the local approach,

[and] we spend the time to

get to know the makers of

our products.”

Hooper said what makes

Grapes and Hops unique

is its beer flights and wine

tastings. Hooper takes great

pride in the work they have

done to be creative with

their flights; one of them

had a Girl Scout cookies

theme and was then served

with the cookies they purchased

from a local troop.

Hooper said he also appreciates

the relaxed experience

and space that has

been created in Kankakee

which he hopes to carry

over to the Lockport location.

“We want people to

come here and disconnect

from their phones and talk

to each other,” Hooper

said.

He said he is happy to

show customers at Grapes

and Hops they can have

several experiences in

one because of the variety

available with the tastings,

flights and pairings, in

addition to the establishment’s

push to local products.

He said from day one

he knew Grapes and Hops

would expand to more

than just one location.

Hooper said that when

looking to establish a second

location, it was important

to him to find an

area that matched the authentic

realness he feels

that Grapes and Hops is all

about.

“That is not a very easy

process,” Hooper said.

But eventually when

looking at downtown

Lockport for the location,

he found it had many of the

qualities he was searching

for and was able to envision

the future landscape

of the area thanks in large

part to Mayor Steve Streit.

“I was impressed, and

if it wasn’t for the mayor,

we probably wouldn’t

have seen the potential,”

he said. “The more we

visited, the more Lockport

felt like home for us

because it had the historic

bones we were looking for

and Steve had an incredible

vision for what the

downtown was going to

be and we felt that it was

real.”

He added that it took

about two years from the

time Lockport was first

contemplated for the second

location, until he

confirmed it was the right

place for Grapes and Hops.

Ultimately, Hooper said

it was Streit, and Lockport

being a “unique city

with a lot of great history,”

that sold him on bringing

Grapes and Hops to Lockport.

Lockport City Administrator

Ben Benson said he

and the mayor are “happy

to have a successful business

added to the downtown

area,” and called it

“an addition to the Lockport

downtown experience.”

“We are pleased they are

joining the Lockport family,”

Benson added.

The Lockport location

of Grapes and Hops is to

have party space available

for booking events once

renovations are complete

after opening, and the lower

level of the space will be

fully functional and ready

for customers upon opening.

Hooper said he hopes

construction of the

5,000-square-foot space

Township pleased with inaugural Community Fun Day

Submitted by Lockport

Township

The inaugural Lockport

Township Community Fun

Day was held on May 4

and the theme was “Star

Wars.”

The Township thnkas all

the vendors, organizations

and residents who came

out and participated as

well as the event sponsors:

State Sen. Pat McGuuire,

Crest Hill Mayor Ray Soliman,

State Rep. John Connor,

Lockport and Crest

Hill Lions Club, Lockport

Rotary Club, United Way

of Will County, Lockport

Township Board of Trustees,

and City of Crest Hill

Alderman and Lions Club

member Nat Albert.

The Midwest Garrison

The craft beer and wine boutique, Grapes and Hops, is

expected to open toward the end of the summer at 1026

State St. in downtown Lockport. Alex Ivanisevic/22nd

Century Media

is the Illinois Chapter of

the 501st Legion, a Star

Wars Imperial costuming

Club, added a unique flair

to the event.

RIGHT: Members of the

501st Legion, a “Star

Wars” costuming club,

added authenticity May 4

to the Lockport Township

Community Fun Day.

Photo submitted

and other requirements

will move along smoothly

into the summer months

and Grapes and Hops will

be able to open its doors on

State Street toward the end

of the season.

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Homer 33C district leaders elaborate on curriculum, facility updates

Thomas Czaja

Contributing Editor

Seventh- and eighthgraders

bringing home

Chromebooks, two new

math programs being

implemented and a number

of facility and security

updates taking place,

a large chunk of them

happening this summer,

are main highlights as the

school year winds to an

end and preparations begin

for 2019-2020 at Homer

Community Consolidated

School District 33C.

Homer 33C district

leaders, including Superintendent

Craig Schoppe,

Assistant Superintendent

for Instruction Michael

Szopinski, Assistant Superintendent

for Business

Aleksas Kirkus and Assistant

Superintendent for

Human Resources Michael

Portwood, recently

sat down with The Lockport

Legend to share the

latest on all these areas.

Taking Chromebooks home

Szopinski shared the

School Board decided to

move ahead with the decision

that all seventh- and

eighth-grade student will

have the opportunity to

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He said that aligns with

the district’s vision of students

being able to learn

anywhere at any time.

“We are making sure

all children have the tools

and the access to learning,

wherever they are,”

Szopinski said. “It something

we are very proud

of, moving forward in that

direction.”

He added it goes along

with the notion of a flipped

classroom, where children

can go home and watch

videos of direct instruction

or the teacher explaining

particular mathematical

skills, for example. As a

result, he said students can

then come to class to focus

mainly on a teacher giving

more individualized attention

versus spending more

time with direct instruction

in class.

While Szopinski noted

they are not necessarily

advocating for that notion,

he said some teachers feel

it is a good instructional

model that allows for more

opportunities for teachers

to try different learning

techniques. Students

will be able to access the

Chromebooks at any time

for what they need for

school.

Two new math programs

In addition, Szopinski

noted the School Board

approved last month the

implementation of the

Eureka Math program for

kindergarten through fifth

grade and the Carnegie

Learning math curriculum

for sixth through eighth

grade, both beginning next

school year. The district

feels the programs are

good complements for one

another that will be effective

in teaching students

going forward.

With Eureka, a typical

lesson will consist of 10

minutes of math fluency,

with the teacher then going

into concept development.

“There will be a lot of

opportunities for kids to

take a math problem and

have discussions on how

to solve it, so a lot of analytical

thinking and problem

solving,” Szopinski

said.

Meanwhile for the upper

grades, Szopinski said

Carnegie’s math program

was designed around

“mathematical habits of

mind,” with an emphasis

on children dialoguing and

problem solving for different

mathematical problems.

“[Carnegie] is a strong

focus on active learning of

mathematics,” Szopinski

said.

Szopinski said the program

uses what is called an

intentional blend of group

and individual learning.

There is a computer component

called MATHia,

math learning software

that helps work on individual

learning levels that

if a student gets an incorrect

answer for a problem,

it does not just tell the answer,

but prompts the user

and maybe gives a small

clue.

“[Students] are continuing

to be engaged in the

learning process to try to

work through it,” Szopinski

said. “It’s a really nice

blend, I would say, of student

group work application

that also has that technology

piece where kids

are able to work at their

own mathematical levels.”

Facility, security updates

Kirkus spoke on the district

being recognized for

its financial prudence, saying

Homer 33C tries to be

as fiscally responsible as

possible to maintain that

status going forward.

That said, the district is

looking to work on a number

of capital projects both

this summer and next. In

fall 2017, specific needs

were identified in Homer

33C’s seven facilities

through an intergovernmental

security assessment,

and another districtwide

assessment was done

last year.

It was likewise announced

last October that

Homer 33C was the recipient

of a $500,000 Community

Oriented Policing

Services grant to increase

safety and security in the

district. Total school improvements

were budgeted

as costing $1.3 million,

with a goal to have them

done in the next two years,

per Kirkus. Already underway,

the cost for the renovations

for the district is

considerably less, thanks

to the grant.

“[Improvements being

made] also include upgrades

that should probably

be made over time

that aren’t really problems,

so to speak, other than we

want to improve our facilities

over time to accommodate

students,” Kirkus

said.

That road map for this

summer includes redoing

all the heating, air conditioning

and ventilation at

Hadley Middle School,

upgrading to modern

equipment. Improving security,

which will begin

thoroughly at Hadley first

and spreading in-depth to

other district schools, will

consist of new access control

systems, new video security

systems, installing

access control systems to

secure hallways and corridors

for different facility

usage scenarios, making

vestibules more secure

and putting secure film on

some windows that would

provide a layer of entry resistance

and make it more

difficult to smash the glass

to get in.

Eventually, the district

plans to upgrade public

address and entrance intercom

systems, as well,

Kirkus said.

Because of the amount

of renovation work yet to

be done, it is expected to

ramp up as soon as the current

school year ends.

All work is to be financed

from the district’s

Operation & Maintenance

Fund, and the work being

done this summer is expected

to be complete by

the start of the next school

year, with the chiller at

Butler being the only renovation

item that might take

longer.

PowerSchool

A new student information

system called Power-

School was implemented

this past year. Wrapping

up using it for the first

time, Portwood said the

implementation has gone

well in the district.

PowerSchool is the main

database for all things for

the students, including

scheduling, gradebooks

and report cards.

“It was much needed

and been very much appreciated

by staff,” Portwood

said.

In closing

Schoppe said he is appreciative

of all the support

he has received from

staff since taking over and

is proud of everything accomplished

so far.

“I’m very much looking

forward to continuing

to make strides to improve

learning for our students,”

Schoppe said.


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the lockport legend | May 16, 2019 | 5

New spring flower sale helps

further Moose Lodge’s mission

Amanda Del Buono

Freelance Reporter

As they say, April showers

bring May flowers, but

this past weekend, it was

Lockport’s Women of the

Moose bringing the flowers.

On the morning of Saturday,

May 11, the WOTM

stood outside of the Lockport

Moose Lodge selling

a variety of flowers as part

of its overall fundraising

efforts.

Just one of many of the

WOTM’s fundraisers, Saturday’s

flower sale proceeds

went to benefit the

Mooseheart and Moosehaven

communities, which

are dedicated to caring for

foster children and seniors,

respectively.

The Moose Fraternity

is an organization with a

focus on caring for children

in need and doing

community work, according

to Moose International’s

website. This

was core to the fundraising

event on Saturday.

“The Moose is a fraternal

organization of men

and women who come together

to support Mooseheart,

which is a child city

in Mooseheart, Illinois,

and Moosehaven, a senior

living community for retired

Moose members,”

said Tammy Neff, a Mokena

resident and Lockport

Moose member since

1982.

Last fall, the WOTM

hosted its first mum sale.

After that smashing success,

the women decided

to expand on the fundraiser

by offering a springtime

flower sale.

“Last year, we started

with a mum sale,” said

Cathy LaMontagne, senior

regent of the WOTM. “It

was the first year we did it,

and now, because it went

so well, we decided to give

this a try.”

In fact, the flower sale

went so well on Saturday

that LaMontagne is already

looking forward to

next year and spotting areas

for potential improvement.

“It’s gone very well,”

she said. “We want to say

thanks to anyone who

came out and made it a

success.”

Laura Eichhorn, chairperson

for the WOTM,

added that the event allowed

the WOTM to

spread the word to shoppers

about the Moose organization

and its efforts.

“I think it’s bringing

in new people to show

them what the organization

will do for Mooseheart

and children, and the

club itself just being in the

community,” she said. “…

We’re trying to build more

awareness, and with the

community, we want to be

more involved in the community.”

Community members

were enthusiastic about the

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6 | May 16, 2019 | the lockport legend news

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Lockport Moose Lodge

helps out local Scouts

Organization provides last-minute locale

for event after Hamel Woods closure

Submitted by Boy Scout

Troop 50

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The event was planned

as a skills day for lower

ranked Scouts and Webelos

Cub Scouts. The event

then moved into a troop

campout. With all of the

extra rain, Hamel Woods,

the original location, was

no longer available for use

to present Scout skills to

younger Scouts.

Scout Skills Day is an

annual event that provides

the opportunity for higher

rank Scouts to present

specific skills to younger

Scouts. The more advanced

Scouts teach skills such

as first-aid, fire building,

cooking, tent set up, and

Totin’ Chip. To earn the

Totin’ Chip, Scouts show

an understanding of how to

use woods tools and the expected

safety guidelines as

presented by BSA.

The Troop 50 Committee

Chair, Juan Perez, shared

the need for an impromptu

location with Bruce Davis

from the Lockport Moose

Lodge,and Davis delivered

by offering the Moose Picnic

Grove at 15144 159th

St. in Homer Glen. Troop

50 was grateful for the assistance.

Nick Krzysiak demonstrates slicing wood with an axe May 4 during Boy Scout Troop

50’s Scout Skills Day at Moose Picnic Grove in Homer Glen. Photos submitted

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the lockport legend | May 16, 2019 | 7

Lockport native at WIU wins prestigious scholarship

Alex Ivanisevic

Assistant Editor

Western Illinois University

senior, biology major,

and LTHS alumna Mariah

Dicksen recently became

the first female student in

her school’s history to be

awarded the Barry Goldwater

Scholarship.

Dicksen is one of 14

college students in Illinois

named a recipient

of this national scholarship,

according to a press

release issued by WIU.

From an estimated pool of

more than 5,000 college

sophomores and juniors,

1,223 students from 443

institutions were nominated

to compete for the

2019 Goldwater Scholarship.

Approximately 495

students were selected as

2019 Goldwater Scholars.

Dicksen, who is classified

as a senior although

it is only her third year

at the university, is also a

stand out student in WIU’s

Centennial Honors College,

and participates in a

research lab specializing in

virology.

She said she was nominated

last year for the

Goldwater scholarship and

once again this year.

“For the past three

years, Western has had

honorable mentions,” she

said. “There are two levels

to the scholarship; there is

an honorable mention and

the scholar.”

When it finally came

time to receive the news

on whether or not she

had been recognized as a

scholar, she said the notification

process was delayed

a month, so she grew quite

restless and somewhat

“heartbroken” but finally

found out at the end of

April.

“I set an alarm for 11

a.m. central time on the

Mariah Dicksen, a 2016 LTHS graduate, is pictured with the Dean of WIU’s Centennial Honors College Dr. Rick

Hardy, during the 2018 upper Midwest regional honors caucus. Photo submitted

last Friday in April, when

the results were supposed

to be published, but at

10:59 a.m. I got an email

and the first word was congratulations,”

she said. “I

was so excited that I had

achieved this goal.”

She added that she had

known for over two years

that she would be nominated

for the Goldwater

Scholarship because Dr.

Rick Hardy, dean of the

Centennial Honors College,

had recruited her

for the WIU Presidential

Scholarship which Dicksen

also received.

“We are incredibly proud

of her; it is not surprising,”

said Carol Dicksen, Mariah’s

mother, about learning

Mariah had become a

Goldwater scholar. “She

has always been a super

student and she is a born

leader. [The scholarship]

was validation, and it was

nice for her to be able to

feel validation for the hard

work she is doing. People

are taking notice and we’re

happy to see that propel

her onward.”

Carol said Mariah was

an extremely involved

student at LTHS, where

she first began her journey

toward research and

biology, having been on

the color guard and water

polo teams among others

and was involved in many

activities. Busying herself

with a plethora of activities

has not declined as a

college student.

“We would love to

thank all her teachers and

mentors that have encouraged

her along the way at

Homer 33C schools and

then over at LTHS and at

Western Illinois University,”

Carol said.

Some of Mariah’s accomplishments

at WIU

include being captain of

The Marching Leathernecks

Color Guard since

Fall 2017, vice president

of the WIU Water Polo

Club since Fall 2016 and

treasurer and co-founder

of the WIU Tennis Club.

Also, on the more academic

side, some of Mariah’s

other activities are being

a member of Phi Kappa

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Panhellenic Council, member

of the National Society

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Alpha Lambda National

Honor Society, President’s

Roundtable for Students,

Golden Key International

Honour Society, American

Society of Microbiology

and Beta Beta Beta National

Biological Honor Society.

Mariah said that for her,

being a Goldwater Scholar

will help her achieve her

goals of attending graduate

school and getting into

a competitive research

field. She said she feels the

scholarship will make her

stand out from other competitors

in applying to future

research programs and

schools. She said overall it

brings her joy and she is

proud to represent women

in science.

“One of the things the

Goldwater Scholarship

looks at is your experiences

and dedication to

wanting to do research and

continue your education;

it asks what presentations

and research have you participated

in,” Mariah said,

adding that having had

the opportunity to begin

research when she was at

LTHS ultimately made a

great impact on her being

a nominee and eventually

a scholar.

She said dedication and

hard work are some of the

main factors behind her

accomplishments. At this

same time next year, Mariah

said she hopes to be

well on her way to graduate

school, attending a research

university where

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Lockport resident celebrates decade as local State Farm agent

Kerfins host

Kentucky Derby

gathering for

occasion

Mary Compton

Freelance Reporter

They came dressed in

their derby finest.

It was a 10-year anniversary

celebration and

customer appreciation day

Saturday, May 4, at State

Farm - Michelle Kerfin

Agency in Homer Glen.

Kerfin, a Lockport resident,

was thrilled to have

family and friends stop

by her Kentucky Derbythemed

event on the day of

the famous horse race.

“My husband and I are

into horse racing,” Kerfin

explained. “We have a box

at Arlington [International

Racecourse], so this was

perfect to have this event

today.”

Kerfin began her career

at the State Farm corporate

office in Bloomington,

using a statistics background.

She also helped

agents with technology

and marketing.

“My mentors kept encouraging

me to be an

agent,” Kerfin said. “I

was traveling at corporate

in and out of town a lot.

I wanted to have a home

base. I opened in 2009 in

Homer Glen with zero clients.

Here I am 10 years

later. It’s been fabulous.”

Before Kerfin brought

her business to Homer

Glen, she did research and

analysis on the community.

“Homer Glen was calling

my name,” Kerfain

said. “It reminds me of the

Plainfield town I grew up

in, which at one time was a

small community.

“I’ve always had a great

team around me. I’m a giver

by nature. I give back to

the community because

they have always supported

us.”

According to the State

Farm website, the business

believes in always helping.

Not only does Michelle

have a love for her community

and her company,

she fell in love with one of

her clients.

“I met Ed Kerfin through

our community involvement,”

Michelle recalled

of their story. “It seemed

like every night we were

together at a community

event. He was a client of

mine, we were doing a

review of his policies and

he invited me to lunch. I

didn’t realize he meant a

date.”

For Ed, he is thrilled to

have a partner in life who

gives back to the community

like she does.

“I came in to get the

discount double check,

and the next thing you

know, we’re married” Ed

laughed. “The deal with

Michelle is she will do

anything for anybody. She

is so involved in the community.

When I first met

her, one of her clients had

a fire in the middle of the

night. She grabbed her

checkbook, she got me

and we took the family to

[a hotel]. She wrote them

a check. She called the

underwriter and told him

the house burnt down. Michelle

does things that nobody

else will do.”

The Kerfins have been

married four years and reside

in Lockport.

Client S.K. Patel, of

Frankfort, stopped by at

the celebration to thank

Michelle for all her help.

Patel and his wife own

Aesthetica Day Spa in Mokena.

“Michelle takes care

of our insurance,” Patel

State Farm agent and Lockport resident Michelle Kerfin (middle) cuts a cake with her husband, Ed, and mother,

Vicki Redman, on Saturday, May 4, at a 10-year anniversary celebration and customer appreciation day Saturday,

May 4, outside her Homer Glen business. Photos by Mary Compton/22nd Century Media

noted. “After being in

business for so long in the

community, you come to

realize certain business

members are people you

admire because of their

business ethics. If we’re

successful, it’s because of

our clients, so we should

participate in events. Her

knowledge in insurance is

a strength. She talks about

aspects in business you

wouldn’t have thought

of.”

Michelle’s plans for the

future include owning her

own State Farm building

in Homer Glen.

“I’m in the process right

now of hiring more employees,”

Michelle said. “I

enjoy creating career opportunities

for people and

showing them what State

Farm is about and what we

can do for our community.

I hope to grow the business

Jamie Moreno (left) and Gary Haire catch up during the local State Farm celebration.

Friends and clients of Michelle Kerfin partook in a Kentucky Derby-themed party.

and continue to expand.

“The community gives

so much to us. I started at

State Farm. They are a community

organization. They

are everywhere. There are

19,000 State Farm agents.

That’s why we’re No. 1.

When I worked for corporate,

they taught us what it

means to be a good neighbor.

They instilled that

in us. I just want to help.

When I can, I do.”

For more information

on State Farm - Michelle

Kerfin Agency, call

(708) 301-1800 or visit

www.insurewithmichelle.

com.


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the lockport legend | May 16, 2019 | 9

LTHS teacher runs in 2019 Boston Marathon

Gilbert recalls

experience,

support of Citgo for

east coast race

Alex Ivanisevic

Assitant Editor

Laura Gilbert has been

an English teacher and theater

director at LTHS for

18 years — almost as long

as she has been a runner.

This year, her hobby led

her to an opportunity of a

lifetime and on a trip to

Boston.

Thanks to a sponsorship

opportunity with Citgo

Petroleum Corporation,

Gilbert was one of eight

teachers in the nation who

earned a chance to run in

the 2019 Boston Marathon

on April 15.

“Citgo has many partnerships

and are actively

involved with where we

say our company’s operational

footprint is, so that

might be with schools and

nonprofit organizations;

however, when it comes to

a marathon, this is something

unique and special

that we’re involved in,”

Citgo Communications

Specialist Jennifer Stocks

said.

Stocks explained that,

essentially, Citgo was “the

official fuel sponsor of the

Boston Marathon,” and

what came with that position

as a sponsor was a certain

number of spots in the

marathon.

“So, this year we

thought, what if we invited

our teachers who are in

schools where our company’s

operational footprint

is to be a part of this?”

Stocks said.

According to Stocks,

Citgo has a refinery in

Lemont, in Texas and a

third in Louisiana. Each

of those refineries sent out

an email explaining the

sponsorship opportunity to

teachers in those areas.

“I believe we had 175

teachers total submit entrees,

and from that, eight

were chosen, and one of

those eight was Dr. Laura

Gilbert,” Stocks said.

In addition to being a

runner and having experience

running a marathon,

prospective runners were

required to submit entrees

with answers to several

questions that revolved

around each teacher’s

reason behind wanting to

run the Boston Marathon

and what it would mean

to them, how Citgo helped

their school district and

what does the partnership

mean to them as educators.

Gilbert, who began running

when a colleague

invited her to a 5K run

20 years ago, thought she

would give it a chance and

applied for the sponsorship

and opportunity to run in

Boston.

One afternoon while

teaching her seventh-hour

class, Principal Dennis

Hicks arrived and asked

the class, “What are you

doing on April 15?”

After a few students

threw out some guesses,

Hicks turned to Gilbert

and said, “You’re going to

be in Boston running the

Boston Marathon.”

Stocks was among those

who then arrived to congratulate

Gilbert on being

awarded a spot on the

Citgo sponsor team.

“She was a great person

to surprise — she was

overwhelmed with excitement,”

Stocks said about

witnessing the reveal.

“You can tell that it

meant a lot to her to be selected,

and as a runner, she

just couldn’t believe she

was getting this opportunity

and that a local company

cared enough to say,

‘Hey, you’re a teacher, and

we want to support you,

and you work hard,’” she

said.

One of the shock factors

for Gilbert was finding out

she was going to have to

train for the marathon with

less than two months until

the date.

Gilbert is a six-time Chicago

Marathon runner, she

said.

“I’m pretty slow,” Gilbert

said. “I call myself a

pedestrian runner.”

The knowledge that

there is a six-hour time

limit to complete the Boston

Marathon was a bit of a

stress factor looming over

her head because three

times she ran the Chicago

Marathon, she finished in

just over six hours, and

three times, she completed

it in just under.

After weeks of sticking

to a grueling training

schedule and help from

her family and even a few

treadmill runs at school

with some of her students,

Gilbert flew out to Boston

for her 26.2-mile journey.

Her parents and boyfriend

were also able to fly out

and experience Boston

with her.

She said the Boston

Marathon was “a step up

in difficulty” because the

terrain has more hills than

the marathon route in Chicago,

and it is a point to

point route, where runners

were basically driven to a

point outside the city and

then ran back to Boston.

“I was pretty nervous,”

she said, but proudly stated

she was able to complete

the marathon in about fiveand-a-half

hours.

“I was really pleased

with my time; it was my

best marathon in terms of

consistency and running

Citgo-sponsored runner Laura Gilbert (second from right) with her supporters (left to

right) Robert Gilbert and Marlene Gilbert, her parents, along with Andy Civettini, her

boyfriend, at the expo before she ran April 15 in the 2019 Boston Marathon. Photo

submitted

the same pace throughout,

which is a goal for a distance

runner, so I felt good

about that,” Gilbert said.

She said Citgo was “so

generous” with helping to

coordinate her time in Boston,

including the chance

to go to a Red Sox game

at Fenway Park the day

before the run. She and the

other seven runners were

gifted Citgo merchandise

and a hotel stay, which

Gilbert said was, thankfully,

only a half mile from

the finish line.

Post-marathon run and

training, Gilbert said she

feels “great,” and, “I am

fortunate that Citgo treated

me to the weekend, and I

was able to bring my parents

and significant other.”

She was also thankful

her family was able to split

up and meet her at a few

points throughout the race

to cheer her on with water

and support.

“When I saw my parents

at the 25th mile, my mother

was crying, and my dad,

I know he had tears in his

eyes because as a runner,

he knows how difficult

and exciting it is — they

were really proud of me,”

Gilbert said.

She is beyond appreciative

of the support she

received from her brother,

who is also a runner; her

cousin, who helped her

immensely with training;

and from the drama students

— she is the drama

club director for the Porter

Players — who helped her,

as well.

“I never thought I’d get

to run the Boston Marathon,

because almost all

the participants have to

qualify with a qualifying

time in a previous marathon,

and I am not even

close to that time, so I

never thought I could run

in Boston until getting

sponsored by Citgo,” she

said, adding that it makes

Laura Gilbert was one of

eight runners in the nation

Citgo sponsored for the

2019 Boston Marathon.

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her want to do the other

world major marathon in

the U.S., which is the New

York Marathon.

“I might apply. Why

not?” she said of the race

in the Big Apple.


10 | May 16, 2019 | the lockport legend news

lockportlegend.com

Police Reports

Three cited for suspended licenses

Lockport Police

Department

May 7

• Victoria Hansen, 28, of

the 700 block of Washington

Street in Joliet, was

charged with driving with

a suspended license, operating

an uninsured motor

vehicle and improper

use of video devices after

being stopped at approximately

8 p.m. on State

Street for an alleged equipment

violation.

May 4

• Akira Orsby, 26, of the

1200 block of 123rd Street

in Calumet Park, was

charged with driving with

a suspended license and

improper lighting after

being stopped at approximately

10:50 p.m. on State

Street for an alleged equipment

violation.

May 3

• Destany Rodriguez, 24,

of the 24000 block of Pellinore

Drive in Shorewood,

was charged with driving

with a suspended license

and speeding after being

stopped at approximately

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2 p.m. on State Street for

allegedly speeding.

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.

Veteran from Lockport

paired with service dog

Sean Hastings

Contributing Editor

“A man’s best friend”

just doesn’t cut it when

describing what a service

dog means to someone

suffering from PTSD.

It is more than the greeting

at the door, a big lick

across the face or a snuggle

buddy. It is a companion

that is there to make

sure they want to get up

in the morning, can sleep

through the night or go out

in public.

Lockport resident Brian

Skraba, three other veterans

and a police officer

were officially presented

with their service dogs

April 20 at the New Lenox

American Legion. The

evening was put together

by K9’s for Veteran and

Michael Tellerino, veteran

and founder led the event.

Julian Silva, Skraba, Oscar

Gutierrez, Cassandra

Taylor and Brad Vaughn

all officially received their

dogs.

“Watching the difference

in these guys, you

can’t put a price on that,”

Tellerino said.

Each service dog is

trained specifically for the

person they are helping.

PTSD cannot be seen

and it can’t be picked out

of a crowd and in a room

filled with people.

And for Skraba, as much

as that night was about officially

getting his service

dog, Bentley, it was just

as much about continuing

to spread the word about

PTSD and finding ways to

treat it better and faster.

Skraba, a Marine veteran,

was overwhelmed by

the support shown toward

him and the others with the

Lockport resident Brian Skraba poses for a photo with

his service dog, Bentley, who was presented to him

April 20 during an event at the New Lenox American

Legion. Sean Hastings/22nd Century Media

community members and

other former Marine’s in

the room cheering him on.

He has been out of the

military for 10 years and

he said sometimes he

misses the camaraderie he

once had, but events like

that night brings it back.

“He’s just a calming

presence,” Skraba said.

“If I start getting a little

stressed out or zoning out,

he’s going to help bring

me back and take me out

of the bad place so I don’t

stay there all day.”

And the first step for Skraba

to getting better and

getting help was admitting

that he needed it. While

the dog may give away

that he is dealing with

something, he hopes that

gives someone else, who is

trying to find the strength

to get help, get it, he said.

“For a while, I thought

about the stigma, but then

I said whatever,”he said.

“The happiness she brings

me and the mood change

is worth any kind of weird

stigma that anybody may

apply.”

Skraba also mentioned

how 22 veterans commit

suicide each day.

“Maybe by me having

the service dog, maybe

someone will ask for help

and maybe that will cut

down on one,” he said.

“One makes all the difference

in the world. Hopefully

he makes a difference

for other people and not

just me.”


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St. Dennis students and teachers

participate in TECH 2019 event

Submitted by St. Dennis

School

The 29th annual TECH

2019 student technology

showcase was held May 7

at the Illinois State Capitol

Building in Springfield.

There, hundreds of students

and teachers represented

schools from

throughout the state. St.

Dennis technology teacher,

Ami Young, and fifth-grade

teacher, Lisa Locke, accompanied

fifth-graders Maggie

Baker and Sean Kovacs. At

the event, Baker and Kovacs

demonstrated to the

public and members of the

Illinois State Senate and

House of Representatives

how technology is being

used in the classroom to increase

student engagement

and improve achievement

by demonstrating first-hand

the importance of technology

in education today.

Towering

above the

competition

St. Dennis sixthgraders

awarded

scholarships for

winning model water

tower contest

St. Dennis School fifth-graders Maggie Baker and Sean

Kovacs stand in front of their TECH 2019 display in

the Illinois State Capitol Building in Springfield. Photo

submitted

LTHS STEM students Give

Back with birdhouse project

Submitted by Lockport

Township High School

The bird houses included LTHS inscriptions.

Students have been hard

at work at Lockport Township

High School Central

Campus during the past

six weeks.

That is because Lockport

Township High

School STEM Exploration

students have partnered

with the Illinois

Department of Natural

Resources and Cog Hill

Golf Course to create

bluebird houses and bat

boxes to use on their properties.

In February, three state

parks and Cog Hill agreed

to supply materials for

students to use for this

endeavor. The students

agreed to not only build

the specified wildlife habitat

projects, but to donate

them back to these areas

for the public to enjoy. The

three state parks included

Walnut Point State Park in

Oakland, Illinois, Lincoln

Trail State Park in Marshall,

and Kankakee River

State Park in Bourbonnais.

A total of 90 bluebird

houses and 60 bat boxes

were manufactured.

The freshmen logged

hundreds of man-hours

toward the effort. They

learned design, woodworking

and manufacturing

skills, while giving

back to the community.

RIGHT: St. Dennis sixthgraders

Mia Castro (left)

and Sophia Naughton

placed first in the state

April 27 at the Model Water

Tower Building State

Finals at Westmont Water

Department, receiving a

$1,500 scholarship. Photo

submitted

Members of a STEM class at Lockport Township High School Central Campus show

off some of the bird houses they created in conjunction with the Illinois Department

of Natural Resources. Photos submitted


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Who is your favorite

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and why?

ELA is my favorite because

my friends are in it.

What’s one thing that

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school?

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What extracurricular(s)

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School News

Bradley University

Lockport resident wins

award for volunteer

service

Anthony Landahl, of

Lockport, was awarded the

President’s Volunteer Service

Award- Bronze during

the annual Student Leadership

Awards at Bradley

University.

The President’s Volunteer

Service Award

recognizes United States

citizens and lawfully admitted,

permanent residents

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who have achieved the

required number of hours

of service over a 12-month

time period. Bronze is for

100-174 hours.

Knox College

Lockport student named to

dean’s list

John Downey, of Lockport,

has been named to

the Knox College dean’s

list of distinguished students

for the 2019 winter

term. To be named to the

dean’s list, a student must

have earned at least 2.5

credits in the term, with a

GPA of 3.6 or better (on a

4.0 scale).

Downey is majoring

in English Literature

and Educational Studies

- Secondary at Knox College

and graduated from

Lockport Township High

School.

University of Kentucky

Lockport native recognized

at commencement

Lockport resident

Nicholas Matteucci participated

in the University

of Kentucky College of

Arts and Sciences commencement

on May 5. At

commencement, the University

of Kentucky honored

students who have

either earned their degree

or who have applied to

graduate.

The University of Kentucky

College of Arts and

Sciences recognized more

than 925 candidates during

the May Commencement

Ceremony. Matteucci received

a bachelor of arts in

history.

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by Editor Max Lapthorne,

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say ‘Oh, I have to get something,’ and

it’s something quick they can grab and

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weekend with her daughter, Lockport

resident Marissa Stelk.

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was just one of the things she wanted to

do,” Stelk said.

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to buy locally to support them.

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WOTM, its cause and their friends.

Lockport resident Sherry Walsh recently

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purchased a slew of flowers on Saturday

morning to help support LaMontagne

and the WOTM, she said.

“I like doing things with Cathy and

Laura and the Moose,” she said. “We

even donated a horse to Mooseheart.”

LaMontagne said she hopes to continue

to bring more things like the flower

sale to the community and build stronger

membership within the organization as

Senior Regent this year.

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Lockport man arrested, charged for trying to lure child into van

Staff Report

The Tinley Park Police

Department on Saturday

arrested a Lockport man in

conjunction with a childluring

attempt on Wednesday,

May 8, village officials

announced via social media.

According to the post,

Guillermo Alva, 62, of

Lockport, was arrested and

charged with child abduction

after allegedly trying

to lure a female juvenile

into his vehicle using cash.

After Alva first asked

for directions, the victim

moved into a business

parking lot where Alva reportedly

offered her cash.

The female told authorities

she was able to enter

a nearby business around

167th Street and Harlem

Avenue and alert its employees,

who then reportedly

called police as Alva

fled in a red van.

Alva is in the custody of

the Tinley Park Police Department

and will soon be

transported to the Leighton

Criminal Court Building

for a bond hearing, the

post says.

FROM THE ORLAND PARK PRAIRIE

Joe La Margo out as

Village manager at first

meeting for new officials

The search is once

again on for a new Village

manager after the Orland

Park Village Board voted

6-1 on May 6 to accept

the resignation of Joe La

Margo.

The vote came after a

short executive session,

after which Trustee Dan

Calandriello cast the lone

dissenting vote.

After the meeting, La

Margo said he was asked

to resign by Mayor Keith

Pekau shortly after the

April election.

“It was within two days

[after] the election, but

he has been a gentleman

about it,” La Margo said.

La Margo said he met

with all three of the newly

elected trustees recently

and that he thought he

would have been able to

work with them had he

continued working as Village

manager.

“They really do seem

to have a passion for the

community,” he said. “I

wish them the best.”

La Margo worked for

the Village for 13 years

and has lived in town for

nearly 20 years.

After the meeting, Pekau

said there was no

specific thing about La

Margo that led to the decision

to ask the Village

manager to resign, and the

mayor said he would not

comment on La Margo’s

job performance.

Pekau said the reason it

was on the May 6 agenda

— the first at which the

newly elected trustees

were seated — was to

move the Village forward.

“It’s better for Joe, and

it’s better for the Village to

just move forward and not

drag this out,” Pekau said.

Reporting by Jon DePaolis,

Freelance Reporter. For

more, visit OPPrairie.com.

FROM THE TINLEY JUNCTION

Odyssey Golf

Foundation’s community

5K fundraiser set for May

19

There are many organizations

dedicated to helping

veterans cope with

post-traumatic stress disorder

and other disabilities

they must manage

after returning to civilian

life.

Right in Tinley Park,

the Odyssey Golf Foundation

is working to do just

that by allowing veterans

to golf on a closed course

among their peers.

“Our mission is to assist

veterans and individuals

with disabilities, and

give them the opportunity

to come and play golf at

the golf course, and it’s

been a very good experience

for everybody,” said

Dakota Stariha, who is the

event coordinator for an

upcoming 5K fundraiser.

With its cause of providing

therapy through sport,

the foundation is hosting

its first community 5K

fundraising event, Run

Fore the Greater Good

5K. The 5K walk/run is

to take place Sunday, May

19, with all proceeds benefiting

the Odyssey Golf

Foundation.

The 5K will take place

at 8 a.m., with check-in

and registration starting

at 7:15 a.m. The course

will span the Odyssey

Golf Foundation Golf

Course, with parking

available at 19111 Oak

Park Ave. in Tinley Park.

The cost of entry for runners

and walkers is $25,

and registration can be

completed at Odyssey

GolfFoundation.org/5K.

Reporting by Amanda

Del Buono, Freelance

Reporter. For more, visit

TinleyJunction.com.

FROM THE MOKENA MESSENGER

Alleged blackface incident

draws mixed responses

from community

A photo surfaced May 4

on Instagram that reportedly

shows Lincoln-Way

Central students in what

some people think to be

blackface at the Speedway

on Front Street and

Wolf Road in Mokena.

The photo appeared

to show three Caucasian

youths wearing black volcanic

ash charcoal acne

masks while inside of a

vehicle.

Mokena Police were

notified of the situation

and declined to pursue

a criminal investigation,

but referred the matter

to a resource officer with

Lincoln-Way D210, according

to Mokena Police

Chief Steve Vaccaro.

Mokena Mayor Frank

Fleischer said that while

the actions of the students

may have been ill-advised,

there was “no reason [for

anyone] to be offended,”

adding that, “There’s no

law or ordinance against

stupidity.”

The person who posted

the Instagram photo,

Sylvester Williams, said

he did so not to “bash”

the students but, rather,

to bring the adults of the

community together to

have a conversation about

racial issues.

“I live in the area, and

I know how the area can

sometimes be,” Williams

said. “I know that there

are good people and bad

people everywhere; however,

this was a situation

that had just came up

with the high school not

to far away, Homewood-

Flossmoor. … These are

things that have been in

the news, have been in the

media, and for the young

people to still do it, to say,

‘Hey, it’s not a big deal;

it’s just a charcoal mask,’

is kind of like a way of

brushing it off and saying

that it’s OK.”

Reporting by T.J. Kremer

III, Editor. For more, visit

MokenaMessenger.com.

FROM THE NEW LENOX PATRIOT

Triple Play Concert tickets

still available, but going

fast

If any resident is still

considering buying tickets

for the Triple Play

Concert Series, they are in

luck, because some tickets

still remain but will for

much longer, Mayor Tim

Baldermann said.

Tickets for all three

concerts are $75 each and

can be purchased at the

Village Hall from 8:30

a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

There is no limit on

how many tickets can be

purchased by one resident.

Performing this year is

Cheap Trick on June 8,

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

with special guests

Blue Oyster Cult on July

20 and Kenny Loggins on

Aug. 31. The headlining

acts are scheduled to start

at 9 p.m. for each concert.

The first supporting act

performance for each date

is scheduled to start at 6

p.m.

Reporting by Sean Hastings,

Editor. For more, visit

NewLenoxPatriot.com.

FROM THE FRANKFORT STATION

Concerts on the Green to

feature new, returning

acts

For more than three decades,

summers in Frankfort

have brought Fourth

of July fireworks, opportunities

to explore the

great outdoors and Sunday

evenings with music

at Breidert Green.

The 2019 Concerts on

the Green series is to kick

off June 16, with performances

scheduled for every

Sunday through Aug.

25. The concerts, sponsored

by the Frankfort

Chamber of Commerce,

are typically held at Breidert

Green, but in the

case of stormy weather,

the shows will move indoors

to the Founders

Community Center.

“Continued generous

donations from businesses,

churches, civic groups

and individuals to fund

these concerts are the reasons

we have been able to

bring high-quality free entertainment

to the Green

for so many years,” said

Pam Griffin, a member of

the Frankfort Concerts on

the Green committee.

Eight volunteers are

tasked with reviewing the

hundreds of bands that request

to perform.

While several familiar

acts will return to the Breidert

Green stage, such as

the Joliet American Legion

Band and retro rock

and roll band Rosie & The

Rivets, three new groups

are scheduled to perform.

“As always, we try to

provide variety in the 10

concerts we present, and

hope to please the audiences,”

Griffin said.

Reporting by Nuria Mathog,

Editor. For more, visit

FrankfortStation.com.


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Social snapshot

From the Editor

Top Web Stories

From LockportLegend.com from

Monday, May 13.

1. Lockport teen involved in fatal I-55 crash

2. Lockport man arrested, charged for

trying to lure child into van

3. UPDATE: Mokena: Alleged blackface

incident draws mixed reactions from

community

4. The Dish: The Irish Patriot: a taste

Ireland in Orland Park

5. Photo: A grand achievement Max Lapthorne

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“#WellnessWednesday

Laughing is good for the heart and can increase

blood flow by 20 percent!! So, is it true that

laughing really adds years to your life? Maybe!

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“Someone was very happy to have his grandma as

our Mystery Reader. #stjoelockport”

Lphad, @Lphad2nd, from Thursday, May 9.

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Celebrating your accomplishments

max@lockportlegend.com

There are few better

feelings in the

world than being

recognized for accomplishing

something into

which you invested a

significant amount of time

and effort.

While we may not set

out seeking external recognition,

when it comes

naturally after the fact, it

provides a unique sense

of validation. Investing

too much time and energy

seeking this external validation

can be an exhausting

way to go about your

business, but when it

comes organically, it can

produce all kinds of warm

fuzzies.

Here at The Legend, we

often have the privilege

of writing stories about

community members who

accomplish great things.

Whether it be winning a

prestigious award, being

named to an All-Area

team, earning a historic

promotion or anything in

between, we are always

happy to include those

stories in the paper. And

as it so happens, this

week’s issue features a

number of such stories.

On Page 7, you will find

a story on Mariah Dickson,

a senior at Western

Illinois University who

was recently named a winner

in the Barry Goldwater

Scholarship and

Excellence in Education

Program. She was one of

just 14 recipients of the

award in the state of Illinois

and the first female

to earn the honor in the

history of WIU.

As you thumb over to

Page 9, you will come

upon our coverage of

Laura Gilbert’s recent

participation in the

Boston Marathon. Gilbert

has been a teacher at

Lockport Township High

School for 18 years and

has run several marathons

before, but she had

a unique opportunity to

take her running skills out

east this year.

Page 13 also features

several stories detailing

accomplishments of

local students in varying

activities, including a

showcase in Springfield

and a model water tower

contest with a $1,500

scholarship as the prize.

As always, our sports

section is also full of impressive

feats from local

athletes. On Page 47 is a

story about the Lockport

Township softball team’s

recent conference championship.

The section also

highlights recent performances

by the badminton,

girls track, water polo and

soccer teams at LTHS, as

well as some area youth

teams.

On any given week,

the pages of The Legend

tell of fantastic accomplishments,

but this

week contains more than

most. Being that these

tend to be some of my

favorite stories to tell,

I am excited to be able

to share them with you,

and I look forward to

seeing what the residents

of Lockport accomplish

next.

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Songbird Cafe offers variety of coffees in a

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Surveying the scene

This week’s edition of The Scene highlights

local hotspots, Page 26

Kelvin Grove Nature Club’s inaugural market

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FAITH BRIEFS

Legacy Vineyard Church (315 E. 11th St.,

Lockport)

Sunday Services

10 a.m.

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

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (1500 S. Briggs St.,

Lockport)

Divine Worship

9 a.m. Sundays with Fellowship

to follow at 10 a.m. For

more information, call (815)

838-1832.

First Congregational United Church of Christ

(700 N. Ninth St., Lockport)

Sunday Worship

9:30 a.m.

Fellowship Meet and Eat

Follows worship every Sunday.

Communion

First Sunday of the month.

Children and Nursery

9:30 a.m. Sunday; programs

for toddlers through eighth

grade.

Ladies Craft and Chat

Third Fridays, 4:30 p.m.,

Carry-out dinner 6:00 p.m.

Confirmation

Open to high school age; contact

Rev. Eric Quinney-Burnard

to enroll.

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. Dennis Church (1214 S. Hamilton St.,

Lockport)

Angel Choir

All school and parish students

in grades 3 through 8 can participate.

Rehearsal is every Thursday

from 5-6 p.m. in church.

Angel Choir sings two weekend

mass times per month.

Kids Chime Choir

All school and parish students

in grades 3 through 8 can participate.

Rehearsal is every Thursday

from 3-4 p.m. in church music

room.

Daily Mass Times

8 a.m. Monday, Tuesday,

Thursday

8:15 a.m. Wednesday

8 a.m. Friday with communion

service

Saturday Mass

4:30 p.m.

Sunday Mass

8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:15

a.m. All are welcome.

Healing Prayer

Following the Saturday mass

and 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

Sunday mass. All are welcome.

Contact Parish Secretary at secretary@saint-dennis.org

or call

(815) 838-2592 for more information.

THRIVE Church (Kelvin Grove School, 808 Adams

St., Lockport)

Sunday Worship

10:30 a.m. Adult Service

10:30 a.m. Kid’s Church

Thrive Youth

7 p.m. Wednesdays night

youth gatherings

Thrive Circles

7 p.m. for adults. Days vary.

Email pastorbrian@gmail.com

for more info.

Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Church (925 E.

9th St., Lockport)

Saturday Service

5 p.m.

Sundays Service

9 a.m. and 10:35 a.m.

Bible Study

9:30 a.m. Wednesdays

Weight Watchers

5:30 p.m. Tuesdays weigh-in,

meeting starts at 6 p.m.

First Baptist Church of Lockport (800 Thornton

St., Lockport)

Awana Clubs

6:15- 8 p.m. on Wednesdays

during the school year. Children

will have fun learning Awana

games, sports, teamwork and

about God’s love. For questions,

please call the church office at

(815) 838-4004.

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.

In Memoriam

Helen Hartdegen

Helen R. Hartdegen, (nee

Ploucha), 85, formerly of Lockport,

died May 2. Hartdegen is

survived by her beloved husband

Donald, her loving children, Janet,

Nancy (Jerry) Wheeler, and

Donald Jr. (Suzanne); her devoted

grandchildren Joe (Maribeth)

Ebert, Melanie, Austin (Amber)

Wheeler, Bryan (Hannah)

Wheeler, Brenden Hartdegen,

Matthew Hartdegen, Colleen

Hartdegen, and Caroline Hartdegen;

her dear great-grandchildren

Jakob Ebert, Andrew Ebert,

Ryan Ebert, Morgan Ebert, Noah

Wheeler, and Owen Wheeler;

many nieces and nephews as

well as dear, close friends. Visitation

was on May 7 at O’Neil

Funeral Homer & Heritage

Crematory, 1105 E. 9th Street,

Lockport, 60441. Mass of Christian

Burial was on May 8 at St.

Dennis Catholic Church, 1214 S.

Hamilton, Lockport. Interment

Resurrection Cemetery, Romeoville,

IL.

Raymond Trojanowski

Raymond G. Trojanowski

“Ray Ray”, 30, late of Lockport,

died on May 5. He was a 2003

graduate of Taft Grade School,

Lockport and a 2007 graduate

of Lockport Township High

School. Trojanowski was an

avid Duke fan, Chicago Cubs,

Bears and Blackhawks fan,

loved playing baseball, softball,

basketball, football and enjoyed

golfing. Ray was a loving son,

brother, grandson, uncle, nephew,

cousin and friend. He is survived

by his loving mother and

step father, Kathleen and Peter

Herbig; three cherished siblings,

Laurryn (Matthew) McDaniel,

James and Marine Corps Corporal

Brandon Trojanowski; three

adored nieces and one nephew,

Aynsley, Gavriel, Eliana and

Sofia McDaniel. Numerous

aunts, uncles, cousins, step

grandparents and dear friends

also survive. In lieu of flowers,

memorials to the Chicago Cubs

Charity Community Affairs

Wrigley Field, 1060 W. Addison

St., Chicago, IL 60613 in

Ray’s name would be appreciated.

Services were held May 10

from the O’Neil Funeral Home

chapel 1105 E. 9th(159th) St.

Lockport, to St. Joseph Catholic

Church, Lockport for Mass of

Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m.

Michael Warchol

Michael “Mike” Warchol, 62,

of Lockport, died on May 5. He

is survived by his mother Joann

(Hamilton) Warchol; his wife,

Wilma (Schilder) Warchol; his

sons Alexander and Daniel;

daughter Katelyn; his sisters

Karen (Adrian) Corral and Paula

Lozenski; father in law Gerrit

Schilder, sisters in law Heleen

Schilder (Ron Nap), Jolanda

Schilder, Ilonka (Erik) De Vries,

several nieces and nephews; his

special buddy Sydney the cockatoo;

dogs Peanut and Chloe.

Warchol also leaves behind a

DVR full of Star Trek and other

science fiction. He was an avid

fan. In lieu of flowers, please

consider making a donation to

the Hinsdale Hospital Foundation

in Mike’s name. Hinsdale

Hospital was the hospital where

he received excellent and compassionate

care. Hinsdale Hospital

Foundation, Post Office Box

130 Hinsdale. Per his wishes,

cremation rights have been respectfully

addressed. The family

will remember him in a private

setting.

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.


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the lockport legend | May 16, 2019 | 23

Kelvin Grove Nature Club expands with inaugural market

Mary Compton

Freelance Reporter

A few years ago, Kelvin

Grove School teacher

Christie Soulian would

look out her classroom

window at an unused piece

of land near the playground

and imagine it being

a special place for her

students: a garden.

And with that garden

came the inception of the

Kelvin Grove Nature Club.

“I put in a letter of interest

for the Nature Club,”

Soulian explained. “We

started with the fourth- and

fifth-graders. They were so

excited to have a club. The

students who started this

are now sophomores in

high school.”

Taking a walk behind

the school, one finds a

small patch of fenced-in

land. Four raised garden

boxes dot the lot, and there

also is a rain barrel.

Soulian, who has taught

at Kelvin Grove for 16

years, sees Nature Club

participants learn responsibility

as well as other life

skills.

“They learn how to be

helpful to the school and

other kids,” Soulian said.

“This is taking ownership

of something that some

kids miss out on. This gives

the students a sense of accomplishment

from start to

finish. When we first talk

about foods such as growing

tomatoes, I’ll hear a

student say they don’t like

tomatoes. When they see it

on the plant, they planted

it, they watered it, pulled

weeds and cared for it, not

only do they want to eat it,

they love it.”

Depending on the

weather, the students go to

the garden every week.

“To get your hands dirty,

Kelvin Grove School Nature Club members (left to right)

Shelby Carpenter, Rebekah Ramirez and Jenna Muench

examine items they made and recycled for the Nature

Club Market.

to be outside and watch

and nourish, there’s a lot

of lessons to be learned,”

Soulihan said.

In addition to taking

care of the garden, the

Nature Club held its first

Nature Club Market on

May 3-4. The students are

attempting to raise money

to purchase benches with

the plastic milk jug caps

they have been collecting.

They are also looking to

purchase other items, including

updating the rain

barrel setup, to increase

functionality and beautify

the KG garden.

Brittany Schaller is the

science and social studies

teacher at Kelvin Grove.

This year, she joined Soulian

as co-sponsor of the

Kelvin Grove Nature Club.

“The students have been

working very hard on making

upcycled goods for us

to sell at this first market,”

Schaller said. “We are focusing

money on updating

our garden. We’ve collected

the plastic bottle caps

for three years. Part of the

funds raised will turn the

melted bottle caps into a

bench.”

While Schaller spoke,

fourth- and fifth-graders

took care of neighborhood

families walking up to purchase

items such as plant

markers, handmade sugar

scrubs, stamped wooden

clothespins and more.

More than 300 plants

were donated by Nolan

and Sons Greenhouse of

Homer Glen for the Nature

Club Market.

“This has been amazing,

seeing the students own

the things that they’ve

made,” Schaller said.

“When a lady was buying

a reusable shopping bag, I

heard one of the students

tell her ‘I made that one,

I’m so happy you like it.’”

Lockport resident Trevor

Buday is a fifth-grader

at the school and has been

involved in the Nature

Club for two years.

Kelvin Grove Nature Club member Kilie Billings (left) helps club co-sponsor and

teacher Brittany Schaller with plants during the first Nature Club Market, which was

held May 3-4. Photos by Mary Compton/22nd Century Media

“I like being involved

in the club because we do

a lot of activities with the

public in the garden,” Buday

said. “I like planting

the tomatoes because you

get to eat your own tomatoes

that you grew. This is

so important because food

is getting more expensive.

Here, we get to grow our

own food. I eat a lot of

healthy food so now I

have a garden at my house.

You get to also experience

growing your own food instead

of buying it.”

Other students have gotten

involved in some way.

In the cafeteria, students

have been composting

to prevent organic waste

from going into landfills

and to create nutrient rich

soil to use in the garden.

Kilie Billings, also a

fifth-grader who lives in

Lockport, has enjoyed her

time in the Nature Club.

“I had a lot fun this

year,” Billings said.

“We’re doing this upcycle

Kelvin Grove teacher Brittany Schaller (left) goes over

various plants with Nature Club members Sam Dorion

(middle) and Kilie Billings.

market to raise $1,000 for

a bench. We also made a

mural in the school made

out of bottle caps. Recycling

is very important

because it reduces the

amount of trash.”

Billings helped make

the items that were being

sold at the market.

“I put the sayings on the

pots; one was ‘be inspired

and be brave,’” she said.

“We all work together

here. Teamwork is very

important. Recycling and

helping the earth is really

important too.”

To donate to the Kelvin

Grove Nature Club,

checks made out to Kelvin

Grove with Nature

Club in the memo can be

dropped off at the school.

The club also accepts

volunteers who wish to

donate their time in the

garden.


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The Dish

Songbird Cafe ‘spoiling’ customers with the coffees it offers

Sean Hastings

Contributing Editor

For decades, Songbird

Cafe owner Maria Kopulos

dreamed of owning her

own cafe one day and kept

a journal of names she

liked.

But when she had the

chance to open her own

place, those names did not

fit what she wanted. And

what she wanted was to

sell “really awesome coffee

with some really good

food.”

She always liked the

saying “giddyap” and its

relation to horses getting

up and going, but she knew

she wanted a comfortable

and cozy cafe setting. Her

next thought was that birds

are approachable.

“I asked myself, ‘What

about Songbird?’” she

said. “So, I started looking

that up. My brother is

a horse race aficionado and

loves to follow the races.

He told me Songbird is a

retired racehorse, and that

was perfect. It went handin-hand

where I wanted to

have the horse incorporated

into this.”

Songbird Cafe, located

at 21950 Howell Drive in

New Lenox, serves a variety

of different coffee

blends brought in from

three different Chicagobased

companies that go

beyond a typical cup.

It offers blends from

Dark Matter, Passion

House and Four Letter

Word. Kopulos said when

she tried Passion House

for the first time it was

the smoothest cup of coffee

she ever had. Songbird

also sells Passion House’s

cold brew ($4).

“I said if I’m ever able

to open a cafe, I would like

to spoil everybody with

Songbird Cafe offers three different Chicago-based companies’ coffees: Dark Matter, Passion House and Four Letter Word.

Photos by Sean Hastings/22nd Century Media

the phenomenal things that

these people do with their

roasting, because they just

put out some great blends

and some single origins

that are really good,”

Kopulos said. “I said if

I have to be here all day

working, then I want to

drink the best, and I hope

to educate everyone and

what great coffees we have

here.”

Kopulos makes sure to

keep two different styled

roasts from different companies

on the menu. Customers

will usually find

one darker “richer” roast

and a medium roast.

The coffees from each

company change from

time to time, based on

what they have available.

“They’ll all release different

coffees, because

they’ll get the beans and

say, ‘We have this limited

for now,’ and they’ll tell

you the roasting notes on

it,” Kopulos said. “Passion

House, the ones that we

stock here, typically are

the ones that they always

have that we always brew,

Songbird Cafe

21950 Howell Drive in

New Lenox

Hours

• 6 a.m.-2 p.m.

Monday-Friday

• 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Saturday

• Closed Sunday

For more information ...

songbird.cafe

and once in a while, they’ll

do a single-origin one.”

All of the coffees are $3

and come with one refill

for dine-in. Customers can

get a to-go cup at 12 ounces

($2.75), 16 ounces ($3)

or 20 ounces ($3.50). The

coffees also are sold by

the bag and can be taken

home. Prices range from

$14-$16. The prices vary

based on the type of bean.

“I just have the retail

side to get coffee out there

to people,” Kopulos said.

“I’m not trying to charge

[a lot]. My business is the

cafe, but I do love having

the availability for people.

I’m not charging out the

One of the top items at Songbird Cafe is the Cowboy Bowl ($9.50), which includes

two eggs, hash browns, shoulder bacon and sausage, topped with homemade gravy.

The Songbird Beignets to the right (10 for $5.50) are wildly popular as well.

nose for some of these

coffees, which definitely

could be more.”

All the coffee comes

in directly from Logan

Square, Bridgeport and

West Town, and nothing

sits on the shelf for more

than a week or two, she

said.

Songbird Cafe also has

a large food selection for

breakfast and lunch on its

menu. Kopulos said the

Cowboy Bowl ($9.50) is

one of the most popular

dishes on the menu. It is

served with hash browns,

shoulder bacon and sausage,

topped with gravy

and two eggs.

One of the top house

specialties is the Breakfast

Burrito Suiza ($7.50),

which features eggs, black

bean, salsa and cheese, and

comes smothered in Songbird’s

homemade ranchero

sauce. Chorizo, chicken

or bacon can be added for

$2.50.

Kopulos said they take

pride in their homemade

sauces because they offer

customers options for food

that most will not make on

their own at home.

Another fan favorite are

the Songbird beignets (10

for $5.50), which are typically

ordered as a side or

an easy to-go meal.

Songbird is to celebrate

its one-year anniversary on

May 31.


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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. ‘Mamma ___ !’

4. On your own

8. Certain camera, for

short

11. Liquorish flavor

13. Not fully shut

14. ___ bit (slightly)

15. Play

17. Place for parishioners

18. British rocker Gallagher

19. Ad

21. Spider is one

22. Having no sequel

23. Tax form ID

25. Browns, on the

scoreboard

27. Decimal basis

28. T in a fraternity

29. Whichever

31. Kubla Khan’s

region

34. Regional flora and

fauna

35. Tarzan creator’s

monogram

37. Escape

38. One-striper (abbr.)

39. Bass-like fish

41. Gossips at shul

44. “Dynasty” vixen

46. Codgers’ replies

47. Business watchdog

for customers (abbr.)

50. Somewhat civilized

animal

51. One of Lee’s men

53. Wetter

55. Road with a no.

57. Catholic high

school in New Lenox

59. Breakfast staple

60. Shout in the street

61. Grain fungus

62. Thought-provoking

63. Balanced

64. Show a client the

product

65. Still-life subject

66. Chinese dynasty

67. One in 100, abbr.

1. Elephant for the

Crimson Tide

2. Chant

3. Pilots perhaps

4. New Lenox golf

course

5. Resort town

near Santa Barbara

6. Volcano outputs

7. You better

8. Cause to operate

9. Handouts

10. Deep sleep

12. Additions

14. Part of IPA

16. Conductor

Zubin

20. Horse color

24. Writer

26. Geological time

span

30. Fastens

31. PlayStation 2

competitor

32. Fitting

33. Inspiring fear

35. Projection

printer

36. Discoverer of

X-rays

39. Favorite uncle

40. White wine

aperitif

42. Restaurant type

43. Digression

45. Seven singers

47. Drunken sprees

48. Look good on

49. Inhabitant of

Brittany

52. Hooray!

54. Scholastic sort,

perhaps

56. Medium-like

perception

58. Yoked beasts

59. Dean’s e-mail

address ender

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

Fox’s Restaurant and

Pub

(9655 W. 143rd St.,

Orland Park; (708)

349-2111)

■■6-9 p.m. Thursday,

Friday, and Saturday:

Eman

■■6-9 p.m. Wednesdays:

Gene Infelise

and Francesca

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.

answers

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

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two-story townhomes.

With beautifully

appointed features and

options to fit you and

your family’s needs, this

community is close to

the historic Wauponsee

Glacial Bike Trail.

While some are ready

for quick deliveries, the

ranch and two-story

townhomes range in

size from 1,700 to 2,100

square feet and are

priced from $222,900.

Basements are optional.

Cachey Builders

offers more than 90

years experience

Building homes since

1927, T.J. Cachey

Builders takes pride in

building each home

as if it were their own.

Many past clients often

return to T.J. Cachey

Builders for a second

or third time, relying

on them for the same

quality home building

experience that they

have grown to expect.

Additionally, T.J.

Cachey Builders has

a dedicated staff that

will walk their clients

through each step of

their projects. From

planning and designing

to execution and

completion, T.J. Cachey

Builders staff will be

there today and for

years to come.

For more information,

visit CacheyBuilders.

com or call (708) 349-

1575.


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Sponsored content

The Lockport Legend’s

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The current owners are moving to a

warmer climate, so their wonderful

home is now available

What: A three-bedroom ranch with

fenced yard.

Where: 310 Geissler St., Lockport

Amenities: Nicely updated threebedroom

ranch with desirable District

92 schools! This lovely home features

an updated, eat-in kitchen with oak

cabinets, custom backsplash, all

appliances and wood laminate flooring;

sun-filled living room; large master

bedroom; nicely remodeled bath with

heated floor; large breezeway that

attaches the garage to the home;

ceiling fans in every room; large,

fenced yard with 12x12x12 shed with

overhead door; double driveway that great for additional parking!

Asking Price: $159,900

Listing Agent: Kim Wirtz

(708) 516-3050 www.

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Listing Brokerage:

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

April 18

• 1615 Mary Ann Lane,

Lockport, 60441-4416

- Candice M. Book to

Alexander Neil Malfeo,

$112,500

• 1630 East St.,

Lockport, 60441-4551 -

Leonard A. Koenigsmark

to Lawrence R. Murray

Sr., $157,000

• 16117 Bent Grass

Drive, Lockport,

60441-4650 - James J.

Christopher to Katherine

M. McPartlin, $167,000

• 602 E. Division St.,

Lockport, 60441-4521 -

Justin Bennett to James

F. Kesterke, $190,000

• 16859 Ivy Lane,

Lockport, 60441-

1317 - Jennifer Sharon

to Joseph Kovalcik,

Kathryn McLane

$208,000

• 506 Rhonda Drive,

Lockport, 60441-

3346 - Shari Butt to

Alice Paradiso, Genny

Kemykowski $250,000

• 15316 S. Redwood

Court, Lockport, 60441-

7613 - Timothy Braun

to Andrzej Krzysiak,

Danuta Krzysiak

$319,000

• 16343 W. Cagwin

Drive, Lockport, 60441-

4780 - John Hofferica to

Eric F. Stone, Meghan K.

Stone $357,000

April 22

• 543 E. 3rd St.,

Lockport, 60441-3111

- Tiaa Fsb to Judith Ann

Medveskas, Joseph

John Medveskas

$100,000

• 16122 Bent Grass

Drive, Lockport, 60441-

4651 - Ghassan Bader

to Brian R. Strainis,

$195,000

• 16442 Willow Walk

Drive, Lockport, 60441-

1102 - Bro Investments

Inc to Kathleen Haran,

$211,000

• 14949 S. White Tail

Way, Lockport, 60441-

7652 - Charles Vins to

Patrick J. Nally, Susan

Nally $274,500

• 16804 Swift Arrow

Drive, Lockport, 60441-

4377 - Michael D.

Lane to Philip Schafer,

$330,000

The Going Rate is provided

by Record Information

Services, Inc. For more

information, visit www.

public-record.com or call

(630) 557-1000.


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Manufacturing Position

Larpen Metallurgical Service,

a supplier of graphite products

and carbon additives, is

looking for general labor in

our manufacturing plant

located in Lemont, IL

Duties will include:

- Set-up and operate a machine

that performs a variety of

packaging functions

- Perform general manual

tasks including loading,

unloading, lifting, and

moving materials

- Rely on instructions and

pre-established guidelines to

perform functions of the job

Requirements:

- Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.

- Forklift experience

The position is full-time

Mon. - Fri. 7:00am - 3:30pm

with benefits after 90 days

Applications accepted in

person or email

Larpen Metallurgical Service

12300 New Avenue

Lemont, IL 60439

Nikki@larpen.com

1003 Help Wanted

F/T and P/T RESIDENTIAL CLEANING

PROS NEEDED!

START IMMEDIATELY! Up to $13/hr plus tips and

bonuses. APPLY NOW!

15868 WOLF RD, ORLAND PARK

708.873.9044 - MaidPro.com

customer_service_chisw@maidpro.com

Alvernia Manor

Senior Living - Lemont

Hiring for 3 Positions

Registered Nurse

Full-Time Cook

Part-Time Driver

Call for Details

(630) 257-7721

SW suburban insurance

agency seeking

PT Administrative Assistant/

Receptionist - 25 hrs per wk.

Computer skills required.

Insurance or accounting

experience preferred.

Must be detail-oriented.

Please send inquiries and work

history to:

Insurance HR@outlook.com

Tractor-Trailer Drivers

Wanted

P/T, 20-30 hrs/week, days.

Drop & Hook Only,

53 ft. Dry Vans.

(Semi-Retired Preferred)

Call (708) 339-7971

As we continually grow,

SW Suburban cleaning co.

has openings for

Cleaning Pros

Exp. Preferred but Will

Train. P/T Weekdays.

No Evenings/Weekends

815-464-1988

Hiring Desk Clerk

(must be flexible w/ shifts)

& Housekeeping

(Morning)

Needed at Super 8 Motel

Apply within:

9485 W. 191st St, Mokena

No Phone Calls

Media group looking for

Copy Editors/Writers

In-house Mon. - Fri., P/T

Journalism Background

Email Resume to

lucykate5@aol.com

P/T Salon/Spa Assistant

Located in Lockport

Every other Mon. 5-9,

Wed. 9-6, & Fri. 9 or 10-3

(815) 955-4650

Construction Work

on a per job basis

Epoxy Flooring/Concrete

Must have car

Send response/info to:

formulaflooring@comcast.net

Local pet food store

hiring for 2 P/T positions:

Sales Associate

Experienced Baker

10-15 hrs/wk.

Send email to: info@

joysbestfriendsbestbites.com

Need Laundry Attendant

Do laundry, cleaning,

& help customers

Call Ray at 708.203.3734

1023 Caregiver

Caregiver Services

Provided by

Margaret’s Agency Inc.

State Licensed & Bonded

since 1998. Providing quality

care for elderly.

Live-in/ Come & go.

708.403.8707

Heaven Sent Caregivers

Professional caregiving

service. 24 hr or hourly

services; shower or bath

visits. Licensed & bonded.

Try the best! 708.638.0641

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

1052 Garage Sale

Mokena Community

Wide Garage Sale

30 + HOMES

PARTICAPATING

May 16, 17, 18 and 19th

LIST OF LOCATIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT:

11020 FRONT STREET UNIT A ON TUESDAY 5/14

FACEBOOK.COM/

MOKENACOMMUNITYGARAGESALE

Green Gardens Township

104th and Bruns Rd. Fri. 5/17,

8-4pm and Sat. 5/18, 8-2pm.

Huge sale -antique, vintage, &

collectibles. Large variety of

items!

Homer Glen 14027 Kickapoo

Trail. 5/17, 8 - 3pm and

5/18, 8-1pm. Tools, household,

and other good finds!

Lockport 1224 St. Charles Dr.

5/17 &5/18, 8-3pm. Baby

and misc. furniture, clothing,

lots of good stuff!

Lockport 507 Thornton St.

Fri. 5/17 8-5pm, Sat. 5/18

8-2pm. Man’s Sale - shop

equip., machinery, fixtures,

engine stand, 2ton hoist, tools,

RV equip., & household items

Lockport, St. John’s

Episcopal Church,

11th & Washington

Rummage & Bake Sale

Fri. 5/17 & Sat. 5/18 8-2pm

New Lenox 730 Churchill Dr.

Fri. May 17 - Sat. May 18,

8-4pm. Baby and toddler

clothes, misc. baby items, and

furniture

Orland Park 15153 Hiawatha

Trail. Fri. 5/17 - Sat. 5/18,

9-3pm. Household, jewelery,

tools, garden, things for all!

Orland Park 7538 Hemlock

Dr. Fri. May 17 -Sat. May 18,

9-3pm. Clothes, household &

kids stuff. Everything must go!

Orland Park Church

Rummage Sale for Orphans

ALL proceeds will benefit

families from our church

community that are adopting!

Selling baby equipment, toys,

furn, hshld items, & much

more! The sale will be held

on Fri, May 17, 8am-2pm &

Sat, May 18 from 8am-noon.

Located at 7500 W. Sycamore

Drive, Orland Park, IL

Garage

Sale

Tinley Park 18300 Cottonwood

Dr 5/17-5/18 8-2pm

Home decor, men &womens

clothing, holiday items &

more!

Tinley Park 8106 Nottingham

Road. Thurs. 5/16, 9-2pm.

Tools, furniture, kitchenware

& much more!

1053 Multi Family

Sale

Tinley Park

Bristol Park Townhome

Community Sale

May 18th 8 - 2pm

Enter Bristol Park Drive off

of 175th St., half a mile east

of 80th Avenue

Antiques, fireplace accessories,

desks, furniture, lamps,

pots/pans, kid’s clothes &

toys, golf clubs, Coleman

pop-up shade, tools, Wuersch

chime wall clock, and misc.

household items

1054 Subdivision

Sale

Annual Breckenridge

Garage Sale

18108 Imperial Lane

Orland Park

May 16th, 17th, and 18th

8 AM - 2 PM

Household items,

men’s + women’s clothes/

shoes/purses/coats,

tools, holiday decorations,

school supply, pet supply,

and so much more!

DRIVE CAR BUYERS

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1054 Subdivision Sale

Lockport - Long Bow

Creek & Dakota Glen of

Broken Arrow Subdivision

On Division St between

Gougar & Farrell.

Fri 5/17 & Sat 5/18

9am-2pm. 40+ homes

Don’t miss this one!

Frankfort 145 Center Road,

near downtown. Corner of

Center and Salk. Parking on

street. Fri. May 17 and Sat.

May 18, hours 9-3pm. Living

rm, bedrm, family rm furn. and

accessories. Dinette set, organ,

some antiques, china, TV,

Bernina sewing mach. BBQ

grill, patio set, etc. Costume

jewelery, basement and garage.

Joan’s Estate Sales

708.712.7083

Homer Glen 14345 SGolden

Oak Dr 5/18 8-3pm Lots of antique

furniture! Tables, accent

furniture, chairs & more!

1057 Estate Sale

1058 Moving Sale

Automotive

$52 4 lines/

7 papers

Real Estate

$50 7 7 papers

lines/

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$13 4 lines/

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Merchandise

$30 7 4 papers

lines/

Frankfort, Timbers Edge Annual

Subdivision Sale. 80th

Ave. & Laraway, 5/17-5/18,

8-3pm. Household, clothes,

furniture, and much more!

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CLASSIFIEDS

Help Wanted · Garage Sales · Automotive

Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise

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LOCAL REALTOR

READYTO SELL

YOUR REAL ESTATE?

CALL

Mike McCatty

& ASSOCIATES

708-945-2121

DIRECTORY

BILLION IN SALES

5000 SOLD

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CLASSIFIEDS

Help Wanted · Garage Sales · Automotive

Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise

Sell It 708.326.9170 | Fax It 708.326.9179

Charge It | DEADLINE - Friday at 3pm

2010 Honda Civic - 67,270

miles. Recent breaks & tires,

automatic. Very good shape!

$7950 Mark: 708-912-0250

1061 Autos Wanted

WANTED!

WE NEED CARS, TRUCKS & VANS

Running Or Not from Old to New!

Top Dollar Paid - Free Pick-Up

Locally Located

(708)205-8241

1074 Auto for Sale

Real Estate

Automotive

$52 4 lines/

7 papers

Real Estate

$50 7 7 papers

lines/

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$13 4 lines/

per line 7 papers

Automotive

Merchandise

$30 7 4 papers

lines/

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TO YOUR DOOR WITH

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1099 Lake Front Property For Sale

Lake Homes • 2.5 HRS FROMCHICAGO AREA!

62286 M40 Jones, MI 49061

BAIR LAKE

86 sq ft of Bair Lake lake frontage at this year

round 10 year old home! Home features an

open floor plan with sliders toaspacious lake

front deck.3bedrooms,2baths, fireplace and

main floor laundry. And an unfinished walkout

basement.2car garage.

68814 Wallowa Road, White Pigeon, MI 49099

Grass Lake

Cozy, well maintained move-in ready home on

peaceful Grass Lake. Double lot with 180’ of

frontage. Enjoy fishing, swimming and boating.

CALL Peggy Ruggles

269.506.1593 • pruggles@c21affiliated.com

Rental

1225 Apartments for Rent

Oak Forest Terrace

15815 Terrace, Oak Forest

Spacious 1 & 2 Bdrms.

Serene setting & Beautiful

Grounds. Tennis, Pool,

Walking Trails. Near metra.

708-687-1818

oakterrapts@att.net

Mokena/Weber

Wills Apartments

1 Bedroom apt. $ 850

2 Bedroom apt. $ 980

CLOSE TO METRA AND 1-80

708-479-2448

2003 Appliance Repair

QUALITY

APPLIANCE

REPAIR, Inc.

• Air Conditioning • Furnaces

Refrigeration • Dishwashers

Stoves & Ovens • Microwaves

Garbage Disposals

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Family Owned &Operatedsince 1986

Someone you can TRUST

All work GUARANTEED

BEST price in town!

708-712-1392

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RENTAL

PROPERTY

in the newspaper

people turn

to first

CALL US TODAY: 708.326.9170

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Business Directory

2004 Asphalt Paving/Seal Coating

2006 Basement Waterproofing

2007 Black Dirt/Top Soil

Sawyer

Dirt

Pulverized Black Dirt

Rough Black Dirt

Driveway Gravel

Available

For Delivery Pricing Call:

815-485-2490

www.sawyerdirt.com

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2011 Brick/Chimney Experts Concrete Work

CLASSIFIEDS

Help Wanted · Garage Sales · Automotive

Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise

Sell It 708.326.9170 | Fax It 708.326.9179

Charge It | DEADLINE - Friday at 3pm

Automotive

$52 4 lines/

7 papers

Real Estate

$50 7 7 papers

lines/

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$13 4 lines/

per line 7 papers

Merchandise

$30 7 4 papers

lines/

2060 Drywall

2075 Fencing

Drywall

*Hanging *Taping

*New Homes

*Additions

*Remodeling

Call Greg At:

(815)485-3782

2090 Flooring

2017 Cleaning

Services

2018 Concrete

Raising

Barb’s Cleaning

Service

We clean your home the

way YOU want it

cleaned! Good

Quality, Professional,

Reliable, and

Experienced.

Please call for

estimate.

708-663-1789

FANTASTIK POLISH

CLEANING SERVICE

If you’re tired of housework

Please call us!

(708)599-5016

2025

5th Cleaning is

FREE! Valid only one time

Free Estimates

& Bonded

Experiened

Cleaning Lady

Will Clean House or

Apartment.

Free estimates!

815 690 7633

A All American

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Concrete Sinking?

We Raise & Level

Stoops Sidewalks

Driveways Patios

Garage Floors Steps

& More!

All Work Guaranteed

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Ask About Special

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(708)361-0166

2025 Concrete

Work

2032 Decking

Sturdy

Deck & Fence

Repair, Rebuild or

Replace

Make It Safe - Make it Sturdy

708 479 9035

2070 Electrical

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ELECTRICIAN

R E A S O N A B L E

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SMALL JOBS

CALL ANYTIME

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BEECHY’S

Handyman Service

Custom Painting

Drywall & Plaster Repair

Carpentry Work

Trim & General

Tile & Laminated Flooring

Light Plumbing & Electrical

Remodeling, Kitchen & Bath

Install StormWindows/Doors

Clean Gutters

Wash Siding & Windows

Call Vern for Free Estimate!

708 714 7549

815 838 4347

2120 Handyman

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2120 Handyman

2132 Home Improvement

2140 Landscaping

HANDYMAN SERVICE —WHATEVER YOU NEED

"OVER 30 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE"

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

Exterior Painting Wall Paper Removal Professional Work At Competitive Prices

CALL MIKE AT 708-790-3416

2130 Heating/Cooling

2132 Home Improvement

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It!

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It!

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2145 Lawn Maintenance

2150 Paint & Decorating

2170 Plumbing

• Weekly Lawn Mowing

• Bush Trimming

John P. Kennedy

708.532.5132

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RENTAL

PROPERTY

in the newspaper

people turn

to first

2150 Paint & Decorating

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Work At ACompetitive Price

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• Drywall/PlasterRepair

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Free Estimates

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Forquality & service you

can trust, call us today!

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Interior / Exterior

Fast, Neat Painting

Drywall

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708-606-3926

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It!

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It!

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www.orlandpainting.com

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It!

in the

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2170 Plumbing 2174 Propane

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Automotive

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Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise

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2276 Tuckpointing/Masonry

2390 Computer Services/Repair

2294 Window

Cleaning

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CLEANING CO.

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Power Washing

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call and get $40.00 off

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2489 Merchandise

Wanted

Metal Wanted

Scrap Metal, Garden

Tractors,

Snowmobiles,

Appliances, Etc.

ANYTHING METAL!

Call 815-210-8819

Free pickup!

2701 Property for

Sale

SHERIFF'S SALE OF REAL ESTATE

of 405 E. 17th Street, Lockport, IL

60441 (Residential). On the 6th day of

June, 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: US BANK

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS

TRUSTEE, IN TRUST ON BEHALF

OF JP MORGAN MORTGAGE AC-

QUISITION TRUST 2006-CW2 Plaintiff

V. JAMES K. LOVELACE; LISA

LOVELACE; MORTGAGE ELEC-

TRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS,

INC., AS NOMINEE FOR AMER-

ICA'S WHOLESALE LENDER; SIL-

VER CROSS HOSPITAL Defendant.

Case No. 18CH 0217 in the Circuit

Court of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit,

Will County, Illinois.

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

time of sale and the balance within

twenty-four (24) hours. Nojudicial sale

fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring

the residential real estate pursuant

to its credit bid at the sale or by any

mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other

lienor acquiring the residential real estate

whose rights in and tothe residential

real estate arose prior to the sale. All

payments shall be made in cash or certified

funds payable tothe Sheriff of Will

County.

In the event the property is acondomin-

ium, in accordance with 735 ILCS

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

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

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

that the purchaser of the unit, other than

amortgagee, shall pay the assessments

and legal fees required by subdivisions

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

required by subsection (g-1)

of Section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium

Property Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03 (J)

if there is asurplus following application

ofthe proceeds of sale, then the

plaintiff shall send written notice pursuant

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

to the proceeding advising them of

the amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty obtains

acourt order for its distribution or, in

the absence of an order, until the surplus

is forfeited to the State.

For Information Please Contact:

JOHNSON, BLUMBERG AND ASSO-

CIATES

230 W. MONROE, SUITE 1125,

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS 60606

P: 312 541-9710

F: 312 541-9711

PURSUANT TO THE FAIR DEBT

COLLECTION PRACTICES ACT

YOU ARE ADVISED THAT THIS

LAW FIRM ISDEEMED TO BE A

DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING

TO COLLECT ADEBT AND ANY

INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL

BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE.

SHERIFF'S SALE OF REAL ESTATE

of 208 Cameron Avenue, Lockport, IL

60441 (Single Family Home). Onthe

6th day of June, 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: Nationstar Mortgage LLC d/b/a

Mr. Cooper Plaintiff V. Robert

Thrasher; et. al. Defendant.

Case No. 18CH 1697 in the Circuit

Court of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit,

Will County, Illinois.

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

time of sale and the balance within

twenty-four (24) hours. Nojudicial sale

fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring

the residential real estate pursuant

to its credit bid at the sale or by any

mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other

lienor acquiring the residential real estate

whose rights in and tothe residential

real estate arose prior to the sale. All

payments shall be made in cash or certified

funds payable tothe Sheriff of Will

County.

In the event the property is acondomin-

ium, in accordance with 735 ILCS

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

2701 Property for

Sale

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

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

that the purchaser of the unit, other than

amortgagee, shall pay the assessments

and legal fees required by subdivisions

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

required by subsection (g-1)

of Section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium

Property Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03 (J)

if there is asurplus following application

ofthe proceeds of sale, then the

plaintiff shall send written notice pursuant

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

to the proceeding advising them of

the amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty obtains

acourt order for its distribution or, in

the absence of an order, until the surplus

is forfeited to the State.

For Information Please Contact:

Codilis & Associates, P.C.

15W030 N. Frontage Road Suite 100

Burr Ridge, Illinois 60527

P: 630-794-5300

F: 630-794-9090

PURSUANT TO THE FAIR DEBT

COLLECTION PRACTICES ACT

YOU ARE ADVISED THAT THIS

LAW FIRM ISDEEMED TO BE A

DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING

TO COLLECT ADEBT AND ANY

INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL

BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE.

2702 Public

Notices

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:

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

Certificate no. 32847 was filed in

the office of the County Clerk of

Will County on May 7, 2019

wherein the business firm of

Miscellany Books located at 701

Morgan Street Joliet, IL 60436 was

registered; that the true or real

name of the person owning the

business, with their respective post

office address is as follows:

Classandra Green

701 Morgan Street

Joliet, IL 60436

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have

hereunto set my hand and Official

Seal at my office in Joliet; Illinois,

this 7th day of May, 2019.

Lauren Staley Ferry

Will County Clerk

Certificate no. 32848 was filed in

the office of the County Clerk of

Will County on May 8, 2019

wherein the business firm of

Suburbs Painting located at

12 Haller Ave Romeoville, IL

60446 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

Joseph Chavez

412 Haller Ave

Romeoville, IL 60446

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have

hereunto set my hand and Official

Seal at my ofice in Joliet; Illinois,

this 8th day of May, 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

US BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIA-

TION, AS TRUSTEE, IN TRUST ON

BEHALF OF JP MORGAN MORT-

GAGE ACQUISITION TRUST

2006-CW2

Plaintiff,

vs.

JAMES K.LOVELACE; LISA LOVE-

LACE; MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC

REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., AS

NOMINEE FOR AMERICA'S

WHOLESALE LENDER; SILVER

CROSS HOSPITAL

Defendant.

No. 18 CH 0217

NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S SALE

Public notice ishereby given that pursuant

toajudgment entered in the above

cause on the 28th day of January, 2019,

MIKE KELLEY, Sheriff of Will

County, Illinois, will on Thursday, the

6th day of June, 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 EAST HALF OF LOT 5 AND

LOT 4 (EXCEPT THE EAST 45 FEET

THEREOF), IN BLOCK 19, IN

SOUTH LOCKPORT, A SUBDIVI-

SION OF THE NORTH 100 RODS OF

THE NORTHWEST QUARTER OF

SECTION 26, IN TOWNSHIP 36

NORTH AND INRANGE 10 EAST

OF THE THIRD PRINCIPAL MERID-

IAN, IN WILL COUNTY, ILLINOIS

Commonly known as:

405 E. 17th Street, Lockport, IL 60441

Description of Improvements:

Residential

P.I.N.:

11-04-26-133-015-0000

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

time of sale and the balance within

twenty-four (24) hours. No judicial sale

fee shall be paid by the mortgagee ac-

2703 Legal

Notices

quiring 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 inand to the residential

real estate arose prior to the sale. All

payments shall be made in cash or certified

funds payable tothe Sheriff of Will

County.

In the event the property is acondomin-

ium, in accordance with 735 ILCS

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

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

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

that the purchaser of the unit, other than

amortgagee, shall pay the assessments

and legal fees required by subdivisions

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

required by subsection (g-1)

of Section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium

Property Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03 (J)

if there is asurplus following application

ofthe proceeds of sale, then the

plaintiff shall send written notice pursuant

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

to the proceeding advising them of

the amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty obtains

acourt order for its distribution or, in

the absence of an order, until the surplus

is forfeited to the State.

FOR INFORMATION PLEASE CON-

TACT:

JOHNSON, BLUMBERG AND ASSO-

CIATES

230 W. MONROE, SUITE 1125,

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS 60606

P: 312 541-9710

F: 312 541-9711

Plaintiff's Attorney

MIKE KELLEY

Sheriff of Will County

PURSUANT TO THE FAIR DEBT

COLLECTION PRACTICES ACT

YOU ARE ADVISED THAT THIS

LAW FIRM ISDEEMED TO BE A

DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING

TO COLLECT ADEBT AND ANY

INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL

BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE.

STATE OF ILLINOIS

)

) SS.

COUNTY OF WILL

)

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OFTHE

TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

WILL COUNTY, ILLINOIS

Nationstar Mortgage LLC d/b/a Mr.

Cooper

Plaintiff,

vs.

Robert Thrasher; et. al.

Defendant.

No. 18 CH 1697

NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S SALE

Public notice ishereby given that pursuant

toajudgment entered in the above

cause on the 16th day of January, 2019,

MIKE KELLEY, Sheriff of Will

County, Illinois, will on Thursday, the

6th day of June, 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:

LOTS 273 AND 274 IN DELLWOOD

HIGHLANDS, A SUBDIVISION OF

PART OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF SEC-

TIONS 26 AND 27, TOWNSHIP 36

NORTH, RANGE 10 EAST OF THE

THIRD PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN, IN

LOCKPORT TOWNSHIP, ACCORD-

ING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RE-

CORDED AS DOCUMENT NO.

354881, IN WILL COUNTY, ILLI-

NOIS.

Commonly known as:

208 Cameron Avenue, Lockport, IL

60441

Description of Improvements:

Single Family Home

P.I.N.:

11-04-27-409-002-0000

Terms ofSale: ten percent (10%) at the

time of sale and the balance within

twenty-four (24) hours. No judicial sale


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the lockport legend | May 16, 2019 | 39

2703 Legal

Notices

2900 Merchandise

Under $100

2900 Merchandise

Under $100

fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring

the residential real estate pursuant

to its credit bid at the sale or by any

mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other

lienor acquiring the residential real estate

whose rights in and tothe residential

real estate arose prior to the sale. All

payments shall be made in cash or certified

funds payable tothe Sheriff of Will

County.

In the event the property is acondomin-

ium, in accordance with 735 ILCS

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

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

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

that the purchaser of the unit, other than

amortgagee, shall pay the assessments

and legal fees required by subdivisions

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

required by subsection (g-1)

of Section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium

Property Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03 (J)

if there is asurplus following application

ofthe proceeds of sale, then the

plaintiff shall send written notice pursuant

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

to the proceeding advising them of

the amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty obtains

acourt order for its distribution or, in

the absence of an order, until the surplus

is forfeited to the State.

FOR INFORMATION PLEASE CON-

TACT:

Codilis & Associates, P.C.

15W030 N. Frontage Road Suite 100

Burr Ridge, Illinois 60527

P: 630-794-5300

F: 630-794-9090

Plaintiff's Attorney

MIKE KELLEY

Sheriff of Will County

WILL COUNTY SCHOOL

DISTRICT 92

708 N. STATE STREET

LOCKPORT, IL 60441

BOARD OF EDUCATION

NOTICE OF PUBLIC

MEETINGS

THE BOARD OFEDUCATION

OF WILL COUNTY SCHOOL

DISTRICT 92, WILL MEET IN

OPEN SESSION MEETINGS ON

THE THIRD (3RD) TUESDAY

OF EACH MONTH BEGINNING

AUGUST 20, 2019, ALSO SEP-

TEMBER 17, 2019, OCTOBER

15, 2019, NOVEMBER 19, 2019,

DECEMBER 17, 2019, JANU-

ARY 21, 2020, FEBRUARY 18,

2020, MARCH 17, 2020, APRIL

21, 2020, MAY 19, 2020 AND

JUNE 16, 2020

SAID MEETING TIME SET FOR

7:00 P.M. – MEETING LOCA-

TION AT THE ADMINISTRA-

TION CENTER BOARD ROOM,

708 NORTH STATE STREET,

LOCKPORT, WILL COUNTY,

ILLINOIS, 60441

MEETING DATES, TIMES AND

LOCATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO

CHANGE THROUGH

BOARD OF EDUCATION AC-

TION.

ADOPTED: APRIL 30, 2019

SECRETARY, BOARD OFEDU-

CATION

2900 Merchandise

Under $100

5 piece entertainment center

solid oak smoked glass doors

fully lighted, lots ofstorage for

cd’s, tapes, etc. Ex cord. $65

OBO Call 708-532-4044

5piece Entertainment Center

solid oak smoked glass doors,

fully lighted, lots ofstorage for

cd’s & tapes, etc. Excellent

condition $65 OBO

708-532-4044

7inch tile cutter machine $30.

Craftsman small deluxe router

table. Like new $40

Call 708-479-0193

Ab Lounge Ultra (VGC) $40

Urban Rebounding mini

trampoline (VGC) $40

Call 708-987-8641

Bears XL blue/orange jacket

$35, Winter beige XLjacket

$20, Pink 40R mens sport

jacket made in USA perfect

$40 Call 708-460-8308

Bike Murry 10speed girls fits

4’6-5’2 powder blue $30.

Call Bruce 708-738-5038

Brand new two headrails with

all new hardware 118”x84L

$25 each.

Call 708-403-2473

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

Decorative 40”Dx30”H copper

finish table-Great foyer statement

$100 Call 708-966-4470

Dining room orKitchen light

fixture made in Italy. New in

box, never installed. Retail

value at $250 selling for $65

815-485-6008

Dining room orkitchen light

made in Italy, $250 retail fixture

new in box never installed

$65 Call 815-485-6008

Ice crusher $10, Waffle iron

$10, Silver plated service for

eight $15. Call 708-349-3238

Ikea Inreda bookshelf lights

new have 10 $5 each.

Call Carl 708-717-5054

Jar 1” plastic anchors and

screws $5, 7pc screwdriver

new set $7, H/D steel scoop

shovel $15, 4pk alkaline D

batteries $5 708-460-8308

Ladies short hooded jacket size

XL $15, Wilson new leather

change purse $12, Mens

black/grey new XL jacket $15,

Honda Accord key chain new

$14 Call 708-460-8308

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

Metal detector MP3 Pro digital

used 1 time and back in box

$100 Call 708-717-5054

Mini rotisserie $20, Cardio Fit

$20, 36” gold lamp $15,

Dinning room chair covers

4 for $20 Call 815-478-3870

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. Golf book by Tiger

Woods “How IPlay Golf” $10.

Golf balls LK. New $4/doz

Large bird cage $20.

70-478-8976

Professional drafting table

drawer and key $75. Call

708-479-0193

PVC pipes 210’x2” $5 each,

One 10’x4” pipe $8, Craftsman

VAC replacement filter for

16x32 gallon vacs made before

1988 $15. Call 815-485-5966

Red Wing work boots size 10.5

new in box never worn $80

Call 630-247-7535

Set of2handmade cedar Adirondack

chairs with footstools.

$75. Call 708-479-1504

Solid oak 6 panel doors

unfinished 30”x6’8” $50 each,

Unfinished 2panel Y2louved

pine doors 18”x6’8” $25 set,

Huffy men’s 26” bike $25

Call 708-534-3423

Thermogrip hot melt adhesive

12 sticks $3, Hyde tile cutting

pliers w/ instructions $12,

Sears 10pc metric socket set

$10 Call 708-460-8308

Vintage Gilbert Erector Set

No. 10051 with electric engine

and manual $45 Monkena

708-479-1613

Wedding dress beading, veil,

cleaned $39, Bridal cake knife

set boxed $29, 2-pc ladies pink

dress size 14-16 $15

Call 708-460-8308

Yarn work/X stitch art for

walls $10, oil paintings all

scenes &sizes 11x14 & 36x48

up to $100. Work boots size

10.5 yellow weatherized $30.

Call 708-720-3577

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garage sale this year?

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Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Finley Travis

Finley Travis is a senior

at Lockport Township. She

is a forward on the soccer

team and is a four-year

varsity player.

Besides you getting

injured, how did you

think the season has

gone?

Going into the season,

we were a little unsure and

didn’t start the best (going

3-1-3). But our trip

to St. Louis and Iowa really

helped us. And not

just playing, also just that

we enjoyed being around

each other and bonded. I

fractured my [right] foot

against Sandburg [on May

6]. But I get another X-ray

[this] week to see if I can

play if we make it to the

regional title game.

How long have you

been playing soccer?

I started playing soccer

when I was 7. But I was

mostly playing rec ball. I

also played baseball up until

I was 12. At that age, I

played my first travel soccer.

At first, I played with

Inter. But this past season,

I played with Roma.

You also played

basketball at Lockport

too, right?

Yes. I played through

my junior year. But a lot

of my concussions came

from playing basketball,

including one that kept

me from finishing playing

my junior year. So, in all,

I played from fifth through

eighth grade at Kelvin

Grove Jr. High, and then

freshman through junior

year in high school. But

now soccer is the only

sport I play.

What is it about the

game of soccer that

makes it the sport for

you?

I like the aggressiveness.

You just put yourself

out there, and you want it.

Plus, I like contact. I just

love the competitiveness

and the team aspect.

What have you

learned from Lockport

coach Todd Elkei?

I definitely learned a lot,

and that made me better. I

learned more moves and a

higher skill level, but he

also supported me on and

off the field.

What do you do to

pump yourself up

before a game?

Before and during a

soccer game, I don’t recognize

myself. I scream

for us to get going and to

hype it up. I’m a complete

psycho. I drink a Red

Bull or a 5-hour Energy

and listen to EDM music.

Anything by Skrillex is

good.

What is your spirit

animal?

A panda. That’s because

they’re my favorite animal.

Plus outside of soccer

I just relax, like a panda.

But when it comes time, I

can get active.

Randy Whalen/22nd

Century Media

If you could be any

superhero, who would

you be and why?

Wonder Woman. I love

her. She’s hardcore. She’s

independent. Ever since

the movie came out, she’s

been my favorite.

Are you planning to

play soccer in college?

Yes. I’m going to play

at Broward College in Fort

Lauderdale, Florida. Ever

since I was young, I’ve

loved that area. I visited

the campus and loved it.

The coach [Michael Goodrich]

is amazing. So to

get an offer to go play at a

college like that is a dream

come true.

What is the best thing

about being an athlete

at Lockport?

The connections we

have as a team. Plus, the

people at Lockport don’t

care about just one sport.

They care about multiple

sports. You just don’t join

a team, you join a family.

The whole program works

together.

Interview by Freelance Reporter

Randy Whalen

This Week In...

Lockport Township

High School Varsity

Athletics

Softball

■May ■ 16 at Stagg, 4:30

p.m.

■May ■ 18 at Moline Invite,

10 a.m.

■May ■ 18 at Moline Invite,

noon

■May ■ 18 at Moline Invite,

2 p.m.

■May ■ 20 host IHSA

Regional, TBD

■May ■ 21 host IHSA

Regional, TBD

■May ■ 22 host IHSA

Regional, TBD

Girls Soccer

■May ■ 18 at IHSA Sectional,

TBA

■May ■ 21 at IHSA Super

Boys Volleyball

Lockport wins Fremd Invite

Jake Whyte totaled 39

kills and 10 aces Saturday,

May 11, to help the

Porters take first place at

the six-team Fremd Invite.

Lockport won all of its

five matches in the roundrobin

tournament, thanks

in large part to contributions

from Jacob Prince

(53 assists), Matt Arens

(32 kills, 6 blocks) and

Alex Matteucci (31 digs).

badminton

From Page 43

doubles last season to pair

with Peckman at second

doubles and advance to

state.

“I don’t know at first

if we believed that we’d

make it as far as we did,”

said Beland, who will

study exercise science

at William Woods University

in Fulton, Missouri.

“We played the

Sectional, TBA

Boys Volleyball

■May ■ 16 host Homewood-

Flossmoor, 5:30 p.m.

■May ■ 20 host IHSA

Regional vs. South Shore

College Prep, 6:30 p.m.

■May ■ 20 host IHSA

Regional, 7:30 p.m.

■May ■ 21 host IHSA

Regional, 5:30 p.m.

■May ■ 21 host IHSA

Regional, 6:30 p.m.

■May ■ 22 host IHSA

Regional, 6 p.m.

Boys Track and Field

■May ■ 16 host IHSA

Sectional, TBA

■May ■ 17 host IHSA

Sectional, TBA

Girls Track and Field

■May ■ 17 at IHSA State

Championship, TBA at

Eastern Illinois University

■May ■ 18 at IHSA State

Championship, TBA at

Eastern Illinois University

Boys Tennis

■May ■ 18 host IHSA

Sectional, TBD

high school highlights

The rest of the week in high school sports

Lockport def. Andrew 25-

22, 25-20

Jake Whyte’s nine kills

and two aces led the Porters

to a SouthWest Suburban

Conference victory

over Andrew Thursday,

May 9, in Lockport. Also

making significant contributions

to the win were

Matt Arens (7 kills), Alex

Matteucci (10 digs) and

Jacob Prince (12 assists).

Lockport def. Stagg 25-

No. 1 doubles team from

Neuqua Valley first and

held our own. My goal

was to make it to state,

so to play five matches is

great. We just had to have

an open mind and have

fun.”

On May 2, Beland and

Peckman placed third,

while Espada and Hollatz

were first, at the

Plainfield East Sectional.

That helped the Porters

edge defending sectional

Boys Lacrosse

■May ■ 17 at IHSA Play-In

Game, TBA

■May ■ 20 at IHSA Sectional,

TBA

■May ■ 22 at IHSA Sectional,

TBA

Girls Lacrosse

■May ■ 16 at Marist, 6 p.m.

■May ■ 17 at IHSA Play-In

Game, TBA

■May ■ 20 at IHSA Sectional,

TBA

■May ■ 22 at IHSA Sectional,

TBA

20, 25-21

Jacob Prince racked

up 14 assists to help the

Porters to a win over conference

foe Stagg May

7. Other key players for

Lockport were Jake Whyte

(9 kills, 1 block, 1 ace),

Matt Arens (8 kills, 1.5

blocks, 1 ace) and Sam

Trafton (2.5 blocks).

Compiled by Editor Max

Lapthorne, max@lockportlegend.com.

and SWSC Blue champion

Lincoln-Way East 11

points to 10.5 to win their

sixth sectional championship

in the past seven seasons,

10th since 2007 and

19th since 1988.

On the singles side,

Samantha Keta fell a

match short of advancing

to state, and fellow

junior Caroline Perry also

played singles at the sectional

for Lockport.


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The No. 1 spot

Lockport Cobras 11U team takes first place at Midlothian

Southside Silver Showdown

Lockport graduate earns spot on

collegiate All-Conference team

Submitted by the

University of Wisconsin-

Stout

Lockport Cobras 11U players and coaches (back row, left to right) coach Steve

Lopez, coach Chris Bielski, coach Bryon Mane; (middle row, left to right) Jeffrey

Bruining, Jack Schiek, Sean Goacher, Ethan Bielski, Michael Arroyo, Michael Mane;

(front row, left to right) Caden Malczewski, Daniel Welcome, Jonathan Lopez,

Jonathan Schlender and Carson Fase. Photo submitted

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Township High School

graduate Meghan Kelly was

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the conference in doubles

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117) and was second on

the team in RBI with 28.

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attempts. Defensively, she

posted a .982 fielding percentage,

committing only

four errors in 222 chances.

LTHS graduate and University of Wisconsin-Stout

sophomore Meghan Kelly was an honorable mention

on this year’s All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic

Conference team. Photo courtesy of UW-Stout Sports

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Badminton

LTHS doubles teams end state with winning records

Randy Whalen

Freelance Reporter

Lockport Township

badminton is back on the

map.

A year after not winning

the conference or

sectional titles, the Porters

rebounded to capture

both of those this season.

And although both their

doubles teams had a winning

record at the State

Finals, they both fell just

a match short of qualifying

for the second day at

state.

The State Finals took

place on Friday, May 10,

and Saturday, May 11,

at Eastern Illinois University

in Charleston.

There, Lockport finished

with four points, which

was the highest total by

any southwest suburban

school. The Porters tied

for 16th overall.

Fremd (20 points) won

the state championship,

its third overall and first

in a decade, by edging

two-time defending state

champion Stevenson

(19.5 points). Naperville

North (12.5 points) was

third, and Neuqua Valley

(10 points) placed fourth.

It was the highest finish

for the Porters since they

placed ninth with seven

points in 2016. The 2017

team also had four points,

but this season’s finish

was done with only two

doubles teams.

“Yes, we did well; these

girls can play,” said Lockport

coach Stacy Sparlin,

who credited assistant

coaches Hannah Hollatz

and Peter Sidorczuk as

she completed her third

season as head coach.

“Both of our doubles

teams won three matches

before both losing to

Neuqua Valley.”

The Lockport doubles

teams were senior Felice

Espada and junior Sawyer

Hollatz, along with

seniors Leigh Beland and

Tess Peckman. Both duos

won their first match, lost

the second, won a pair

of consolation bracket

matches on May 10 before

falling just short of a

second-day advancement.

Both Espada and Hollatz

were returning state

qualifiers. Both also went

1-2 at state last season,

except that Espada was

with a different doubles

partner, the since graduated

Caitlyn Krueger,

and Hollatz was a singles

player.

That is what they were

again this season until

an injury to senior Dana

Westberg, who was paired

with Espada, suffered a

torn ACL in her right knee

on April 15. That meant

Hollatz moved over to

doubles, and the pairing

worked very well.

“Sawyer was a singles

player, and we had to

use her in doubles, and

she didn’t miss a beat,”

Sparlin said, “Sawyer and

Felice weren’t nervous

before they played, because

they had been there

before. If Leigh and Tess

were nervous, they didn’t

show it.”

In the opening match,

Espada and Hollatz defeated

Amanda Stickels

and Gina Morris, from

Prospect, 21-18, 21-9. In

the second round, they

had the task of facing the

eventual third-place winners,

Hannah Chen and

Jenny Li, from Fremd.

There, the Porter pair

gave it everything they

had before losing 21-18,

21-10.

“l think it went very

well, especially considering

Sawyer and I have

only played three weeks

together,” Espada said.

“The highlight was actually

when we played

Fremd. We didn’t win,

but the first match against

them was the best Sawyer

and I have played all year.

“But we played very

well right from the start. I

just wish Dana got to experience

state for her last

year.”

Espada, who will attend

Joliet Junior College in

the fall, was paired with

Westberg pretty much

since the start of the season.

But she and Hollatz really

did well together, too.

After losing the secondround

match, they went

to the consolation bracket.

There, they defeated

Naga Maddipudi and Natsuki

Ono, from Conant,

21-5, 21-9, and then Rachel

Kayman and Grace

Wilton, from York, 21-11,

21-13. In their final match

of the day, however, they

were edged 21-18, 21-16

in a fourth-round consolation

match by Helen Zhao

and Bhavi Barwal, from

Neuqua Valley.

“If we would have won

that last match, we would

have went to Saturday,”

Hollatz said. “But in our

second game, we played

No. 3-seeded Fremd, and

we were right with them

in the first set. We weren’t

as close in the second set,

but still, to be that close

with a team like that, we

felt so good.

“We were happy to get

as far as we did. But I was

sad for Felice, because

she’s a senior. Overall, we

tied for 16th, and that’s

pretty good, a lot better

than last year (2 points,

tied for 32nd). I think I

will probably stick with

doubles next year. We

were very successful this

season, and that’s something

to be proud of.”

As the Porters second

doubles team this season,

Beland and Peckman were

also successful. They

played together most of

the season, and at state,

they battled to win their

first match 19-21, 21-19,

21-17 over Isabella Sgarbossa

and Christina Paskon,

from Lake Park.

The second round was

also close. But Beland and

Peckman lost to Zhao and

Barwal, the same pair that

would eventually eliminate

Espada and Hollatz,

by a score of 22-20, 21-

13. That put Beland and

Peckman into the consolation

round, where they

defeated Ashley Greenan

and Lisa Jeon, from

Hersey, 21-18, 21-13 and

Carmela Aldea and Sarah

Grinen, from Elk Grove,

21-17, 21-13 before losing

21-13, 21-12 to Katherine

Braun and Sakshi

Rane, who were also from

Neuqua Valley.

“We did awesome,”

said Peckman, who plays

the violin and will go onto

study music at Michigan

State University. “We

won the first match and

felt pretty good about

that. I told Leigh that we

should just have fun and

make this experience

worthwhile.

“It helped me, as well.

My mindset this year

wasn’t to always have

that pressure to win, but

just to go out and have

fun. It was a great mindset.”

It was, too, for Beland,

who moved up from fifth

Please see badminton, 41

Homer 33C girls bowling

wins state, boys finish fourth

Staff Report

The Homer Community

Consolidated School

District 33C girls bowling

team recently won the

state bowling championship,

while the boys team

for the district took fourth.

Paige Matiasek was second

overall for the girls,

and Cassie Kontos finished

eighth. Nate Arient finished

seventh overall for the boys.

Both teams were recognized

at a School Board

meeting last month.

RIGHT: The Homer

Community Consolidated

School District 33C girls

bowling team recently won

state and had two bowlers

place individually in the

Top 10, while the boys

team placed fourth and

had one individual in the

Top 10. Photo submitted


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Girls Track and Field

Five Porters qualify for state out of tough sectional

Steve Millar, Sports Editor

Lockport junior Madison Polinski

didn’t know if qualifying

for state in the 800 was a realistic

possibility.

She was just focused on putting

up her best time Friday, May

10, at the Class 3A Homewood-

Flossmoor Sectional, but a wild

finish in the event opened the

door and Polinski took full advantage.

She was fourth coming down

the backstretch, but when a Lincoln-Way

Central runner tripped

just before the finish line, Polinski

leaped over her and wound up

in second, advancing to state in 2

minutes, 23.97 seconds.

“I was trying to catch her then

she went down in front of me,”

Polinski said. “I just kind of hurdled

over her. I didn’t even know

I qualified. I wasn’t sure if I got

second or third.

“I didn’t know until about

a minute later when one of my

coaches came over and hugged

me and told me I made it. I’m

still a little surprised, honestly. I

wasn’t expecting it, but I’m really

excited for next week.”

Polinski was stunned with

how the race finished, with her

jumping over a fallen runner.

“That’s never happened to me

before,” she said. “You don’t really

think about in the moment

with the adrenaline going, it was

just instinct.”

Polinski also qualified for state

as part of the Porters’ 3,200 relay

team, which finished second

(9:36.13). The rest of the team

consisted of Abbey Kozak, Anna

Kozak and Kate Wojciewicz.

The Porters will also send a

pair of pole vaulters to state as

seniors Andi Hennessey (11 feet,

3 inches) and Kathleen Kwiatkowski

(10-9) finished third and

fourth, respectively.

“We definitely have one of the

hardest sectionals,” Hennessey

said. “We had five girls qualify

for state.

“We’re all very close to each

other. We all know each other.

We’re not petty. We want everyone

to do well.”

Hennessey, a Southern Illinois

recruit, hopes to end her Lockport

career in style at state.

“It’s my senior year and I really

want to place,” she said.

“I’ve done so many camps and

worked really hard. I never knew

I wanted to pole vault in college,

either, until last year. Now I’m

going to SIU and I’m super excited

about that.”

The state meet is set for Friday,

May 17, and Saturday, May

18, at Eastern Illinois University

in Charleston.

Lincoln-Way East finished

second at the H-F Sectional with

85 points as the host Vikings ran

away with the title with 141.

Thornwood (60) was third,

followed by Lockport (44),

Bloom (42) and Lincoln-Way

Central (40).

East sophomore Katie Sciarini

was determined to run her best

race in the 300-meter hurdles

Not only did she do that, she

posted the state’s top time in the

event this season.

Sciarini pulled away from a

talented field that included five

state qualifiers to win by nearly

a second, finishing in 44.48 seconds.

“I just really wanted to get that

[personal record] really bad and

get that first-place spot,” Sciarini

said. “This feels great going

into state. My goal is to medal at

state.”

With a fifth-place finish in the

100 hurdles, Sciarini’s time of

15.53 was enough to send her to

state in that event as well.

She also qualified on the Griffins’

1,600 relay team, along with

Ibukun Ajifolokun, Sophia Barnard

and Taylor Wright, which

finished second in 4:03.62.

Lincoln-Way East tied H-F,

the state’s top-ranked team, at

the SouthWest Suburban Blue

meet.

“Being in the same conference

and sectional as the top team in

the state only pushes our kids

and makes us better,” East coach

Brian Evans said. “[At conference],

we spent a lot of time focused

on team competition. This

week, we were a little more specific

with our lineup with making

sure people qualified, so that

will leave us a little further back

in the team standings.”

Like Sciarini, Wright advanced

to state in three events.

Along with the 1,600 relay, the

Eastern Illinois recruit finished

third in the long jump (18 feet,

4 inches) and fourth in the 400

(58.26).

“I’m very excited,” Wright

said. “I had one PR today [in the

long jump] so I was really excited

about that. My 400 wasn’t

the best, but there’s always a lesson

to learn for state and I’m just

glad I made it.

“I want to make the finals in

both events at state and one of

my biggest goals is to end with a

PR in the 400.”

East’s Emma Barnard won the

pole vault (11-3), emerging atop

a highly competitive field as

three vaulters topped 11 feet and

five qualified for state, including

her teammate, Ali Van Dyke (10-

3), who was fifth.

“Everyone’s goal [at state]

is to win,” Barnard said. “I just

hope I do personally my best. It

doesn’t matter what others do.

“It’s more of a mental game.

It’s just breathing, not letting the

moment control you, making it

a positive thing and loving the

sport that you’re doing.”

East senior Jenna Couwenhoven

had a runner-up finish in

the 1,600 (5:22.93), while freshman

Mariam Azeez also qualified

in the long jump (18 feet),

with a fourth-place finish.

The Griffins won the 3,200

relay with Couwenhoven, Ashley

Mills, Kate Guderjan and

Grace Newton posting a time of

9:32.60, while their 800 relay

team of Azeez, Sophia Barnard,

Ibukun Ajifolokun and Ore Ajifolokun

(1:43.69) qualified with a

fourth-place finish.

Lincoln-Way Central senior

Mackenzie Brownrigg has been

waiting a long time for the track

postseason.

It’s what she’s been working

toward ever since a stress fracture

in her tibia kept her out of

the entire cross country season

last fall.

“Being out that time was definitely

a big internal motivator

for this track season,” she said.

“My teammates kept me motivated

going to rehab, which was

difficult in itself.

“I kind of lost my competitive

edge at the beginning of the

season, but going from indoor

to outdoor season, something

clicked.”

Brownrigg, an Illinois State

recruit, battled to the end of the

1,600 with her longtime rival,

Couwenhoven, pulling out the

win in 5:19.23.

Brownrigg’s fellow distance

runner on the Knights, Merrigan

Allen, will join her at state after

a runner-up finish in the 3,200

(11:27.80).

“My plan was to just hang

with the front pack in the first

mile, but the pace was kind of

not there so I just decided to go

out and lead, which is very not

usual for me at all,” Allen said.

“It wasn’t my plan at all, but it

still turned out well.”

Central’s Jess LiVigni earned

her first trip to state with a second-place

finish in the pole vault

(11-3).

“In conference last week, I

jumped 10-3 and won it,” LiVigni

said. “I came here and had

people to push me and ended up

getting a PR by a foot. It’s awesome

to have that competitive

aspect.”

The Knights’ Nora Ansburg

qualified with a third-place finish

in the discus (122-9).

soccer

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is to be back for the regional,”

Miller said. “Last year against

West Aurora, we became overconfident

and thought it was

over. This year, the seniors know

that was a tough loss and not to

do that again.”

Miller will be going to St. Ambrose

University to continue her

soccer career next season, but

she will never forget her time

with the Porters.

“The coaches [Elkei and assistant

coach Chris Beal] have

shown me the game and helped

me a lot,” Miller said. “We liked

being goofy and having fun. It

might be my last year, but I think

the team will be good for years

to come and I’m really looking

forward to the upcoming years.”

Latoza, who was a four-year

varsity player and will also attend

to Moraine Valley for at

least next year, credited her time

as a Porter for helping her continue

to play and enjoy soccer.

“After we took a couple of

team trips, we really bonded as

a team this year,” Latoza said.

“I’ve completely changed as a

player. I’ve developed into a different

player over my four years

here. That’s 100 percent coaching

and what they’ve taught me.”

A final home game that was

scheduled for May 8 against Oswego

was canceled since the two

teams are in the same sectional

at East Aurora. The Porters are

the No. 4 seed in that sectional

and once again host their own regional.

Their opening game was

on Tuesday, May 14, against No.

13 seeded Bolingbrook.

The next day, Wednesday, May

15, brought a second semifinal

matchup between No. 6 Metea

Valley and No. 12 Oswego East.

The regional title game is slated

for 5 p.m. Friday, May 17.


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Water Polo

LTHS girls team falls in sectional quarterfinal

Boys team sees

season end in

close contest

Randy Whalen

Freelance Reporter

It was a season of transition

for the Lockport

Township girls water polo

team.

But it was still a rather

successful one as the Porters

nearly pulled off a

second straight winning

season. They finished 13-

16 on the season and saw it

end last week with a 15-6

loss to St. Charles North in

the final quarterfinal game

on May 8 at the Neuqua

Valley Sectional.

The No. 3 seed North

Stars (24-8) then lost 9-7

to No. 2 seed Naperville

Central in the second

semifinal on Friday, May

10. In the regional title

match, on Saturday, May

11, top-seeded Naperville

North toppled Naperville

Central 10-6.

Playing fewer games

last year, Lockport finished

15-11. So this was still

one of the best win totals

in school history. The top

total was the 2013 squad,

which finished 17-15 and

advanced to the sectional

semifinals.

So this was a quality

first campaign for the new

coach, Derek Sanderson.

“We never like to lose,

but the girls played their

hearts out,” Sanderson

said after the sectional

loss. “The improvement

started early this season

and continued all the way

through until the end of

this [quarterfinal] game.

“We tried a lot of different

things and those

helped us in the long run.

The young kids showed a

lot and I’m excited about

the future of the program.”

Against St. Charles

North, the No. 3 seed Porters

tied the game at 1-1 on

a goal by senior Renee Solis

with 5:09 left in the first

quarter. But that was the

only time the game was

tied. The North Stars led

5-1 after the first quarter

and 7-2 at halftime. Solis

had both the Porter goals

in the first half.

“We lost to them earlier

in the season but that was

St. Patricks weekend and

some of our team wasn’t

there,” Solis said of Lockport’s

10-0 loss to the host

team on March 17 at the

St. Charles North Tournament.

“So I’m glad that

this [sectional quarterfinal]

game showed we improved.”

Solis came up to the varsity

during her sophomore

season. She will always remember

her time playing

for the Porters.

“I will definitely remember

the whole team aspect,

just being a part of it,” she

said. “We improved and

the team helped with everyone

staying positive.

The program has a lot of

good freshmen with potential.”

Just 14 seconds into

the third quarter, Savita

Chandarana tallied for the

Porters. That not only got

them back in the game,

but it was also a special

goal for the junior as she

missed a lot of the season

with a broken pinkie finger

on her left hand.

The four-goal deficit

was as close as Lockport

would get, however. Seniors

Julianna Engesser (5

goals) and Olivia Traxler

(6 goals) scored for St.

Charles North to go back

ahead 9-3. Sophomores

Elizabeth Adelman and

Alyssa Wengel added

third-quarter goals for the

Porters, who trailed 12-5

after three.

Senior Francesca Brunetti

banged home a final

high school goal with 2:45

to play in the game. Senior

Kaya Nasinska, who made

a save on a penalty shot,

and junior Lexi Nichols

alternated in goal for the

Porters, who didn’t help

themselves by missing a

trio of penalty shots.

Besides Brunetti, Nasinska,

and Solis, Leah

Hearne, Emily Johnson,

Reese Martin, Sabrina

Pacione, Sarah Pawlik,

Payton Welke and Megan

Wenge rounded out the 10

Lockport seniors.

Coming off what was

their best season in terms

of wins, the Porter boys

team slipped to 13-9 overall

this season, which included

a 6-2 record in the

SouthWest Suburban Conference,

which put them in

third place.

A year ago, Lockport

finished 27-5 and lost to

eventual state champion

Naperville Central in the

title game of the Neuqua

Valley Sectional. This

time around, the Porters

were the No. 8 seed in the

Neuqua Valley Sectional.

That meant they had to

play a first-round game on

May 6. There, Lockport

hosted the single game,

but fell by the score of

10-9 to No. 9 seed Hinsdale

Central.

Hinsdale Central went

onto lose 15-2 to Naperville

Central in the sectional

quarterfinals. Naperville

Central then defeated Metea

Valley 12-3 on Friday,

May 10, in the semifinals

and then captured its fifth

straight sectional title and

13th since 2002 with a

10-8 win on Saturday, May

11, over Neugua Valley.

The leaders for the Porter

boys on the season were

seniors Lukas Bergstrom

(50 goals), Michael Bates

(47 goals), Declan Ruane

(43 goals), Tyler Thompson

(43 goals) and Simon

Harmata (39 goals and 59

swim-offs won). Isaiah

Herrera, Kyle Moses and

Caleb Speechley rounded

out the Lockport seniors.

lths

From Page 47

to move a step closer the

league title. The Porters

were paced by the hitting

of Kelli (double, 4 RBI),

and the pitching of senior

Erin Kleffman (5 IP, 5

hits, walk, 4 strikeouts).

H-F is 13-13 and 3-5 in

the league through May 9.

Then, on May 9, Lockport

hosted Bolingbrook

(4-9, 2-5 through May 9)

in a makeup of a rained

out game originally scheduled

for April 30. There,

the Porters jumped out to a

10-2 lead after two innings

and held on for a 10-7

victory which clinched at

least a share of the SWSC

Blue title. Ligacki (2-for-

2) had three RBI while

Foster, junior center fielder

Haley Panfil, and Kelli all

added two RBI apiece.

The postseason pairings

are out, and Lockport is

seeded second, while the

Griffins are seeded third in

the Class 4A Thornwood

Sectional. So, if the two

teams win their respective

regionals, they would face

each other in the sectional

semifinals.

If that happens, it would

be the fifth postseason

meeting in the past six

seasons and seventh time

overall they will have

met. East has won the previous

six times.


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Porters send off seniors with resounding victory

Randy Whalen

Freelance Reporter

The Lockport Township

girls soccer team has

a special group of seniors.

The four seniors, Jenifer

Latoza, Natalie Miller,

Finley Travis and Gabby

Zieba, were honored last

week before the Porters’

final regular season home

game.

But in an unfortunate

turn of events, only one of

them played in the game.

That was an 8-0 victory

over Thornwood May 7

in a SouthWest Suburban

Conference crossover at

the soccer fields at Lockport

Township.

It completed a strong

regular season for Lockport

(13-3-5) which finished

3-1 in the Blue side

of the SWSC. Although

it was a crossover game,

it was the final official

SWSC game for the Thunderbirds

(5-11-2, 1-3 in the

Red Division through May

8) which lost to Bloom

Township 1-0 the next day,

and are switching conferences

next season.

Latoza laced an assist

as the Porters raced out

to a 6-0 halftime lead and

turned the day into a celebration

of not only the

current seniors but a showcase

of the talent to come.

Everyone who scored a

goal in the game is expected

back for next year and

the end-of-season roster

featured nearly twice as

many freshmen (7) than

seniors.

“That was extremely

shocking not getting to

play with my best friends,”

Latoza said of senior night.

“It was the last regular season

home game, but I’m

glad I got to represent the

seniors.”

The reason Latoza was

Lockport players celebrate during the Porters’ 8-0

victory.

the only senior playing

was that Miller received

a pair of yellow cards the

previous day in a contentious

2-0 loss to host

Sandburg in a game that

decided the SWSC Blue

Division title. So that

equaled a red card and she

had to sit out. In the same

game, Travis fractured her

right foot midway through

the first half of that same

game.

Travis is to have her foot

X-rayed again this week

and still hopes to play in

the regional title game this

Friday if the Porters get

that far. Zieba was also out

with an injury as she has

been since tearing the ACL

in her right knee on March

18 in a 3-0 loss at SWSC

Red champion Bradley-

Bourbonnais.

“I had surgery on it on

Friday [May 3] and my

leg is in a brace for 4-6

weeks,” Zieba said. “I’m

going to go to Moraine

Valley Community College,

but I won’t be able to

play until my sophomore

year.

“I’ve been on the varsity

for three years. I love being

on the field with these

girls. Not being out there

has been really hard, especially

since it’s my senior

year.”

It was hard for Travis,

too. A four-year varsity

standout, she has been a

top goal scorer for the Porters

her entire career. She

will attend Broward College

in Fort Lauderdale,

Florida, to continue her

soccer career. She had a

highlight game on May 2

with a pair of header goals

in a 3-1 win over host Lincoln-Way

East.

“This [past] week I was

focused a lot on the conference,

and I wasn’t planning

on getting injured midway

through the first half of

the Sandburg game,” Travis

said. “I really wanted

to win that game and beat

Sandburg and it was really

upsetting that I didn’t get

to play on senior night. We

host the regional, so I hope

I can play another game on

my home field.”

In the Thornwood game,

junior forward Hannah

Henson (2 goals, assist)

got the scoring started with

a goal 10 minutes into the

first half. Ahead 2-0, the

Porters scored four times

in the final 9:13 of the first

half for the 6-0 lead at intermission.

Sophomore

defenders Abby Janeczek,

Emma Oster and Samantha

Shafabidy all added a

goal and an assist.

Also scoring goals were

Chloe Barrett follows through on a kick May 7 during Lockport’s win over Thornwood

in Lockport. Photos by Adam Jomant/22nd Century Media

junior defender Lauren

Phillips along with freshman

forwards Anna Domina

and Emma Olsick.

Sophomore midfielder

Hannah Gorecki almost

joined the party but her

shot from the left side

clanged off the crossbar

with 7:35 to play in the

game. In addition to Latoza,

junior midfielder Chloe

Barrett and freshman forwards

Karolina Stasik and

Danielle Sulich distributed

assists. Junior goalkeeper

Reagan Tompkins didn’t

have to make a save in registering

the shutout. It was

the 14th shutout on the

season for the Porters, including

four scoreless ties.

“After [the previous

day’s loss at Sandburg],

the girls came out and held

their heads high,” Lockport

coach Todd Elkei

said. “It was a good win

for the seniors. I love this

group. They are so much

fun to be around. Not just

in the game of soccer but

they are good kids.”

Lockport was the defending

SWSC Blue

champion and hoped to repeat

in the conference as it

had in the 2012 and 2013

seasons. Instead, it was

Sandburg with a pair of

second-half goals that won

not only the game over

the Porters but the SWSC

Blue title, too. It was the

fifth time in the past six

seasons that the Eagles

(13-4-1, 4-0 through May

9) won the Blue Division.

The matchup was originally

scheduled for April

30 but was rained out and

moved to May 6. Even

with Travis going out with

the injury, the first half was

even and scoreless. But

about five minutes into the

second half, a Porter player

was knocked to the ground

and a foul was assessed to

her. That got Elkei upset

and when he questioned

the call he was given a yellow

card. When he continued

to say “someone is going

to get hurt” and that the

refs should “get control,”

he was issued another yellow

card and ejected from

the game.

“Our girls played their

hearts out and left it all

on the field,” Elkei said of

the Sandburg game. “We

didn’t get the result we

were looking for, but the

kids came out and played

hard. It’s an intense rivalry.”

Just over three minutes

after Elkei’s ejection, junior

midfielder Ella Hase

scored for the Eagles off a

restart with 31:57 to play in

the game. Junior forward

Arienne Kate Monteclar

added a second goal off a

corner kick with 15:44 to

play in the game. It has

been quite a turnaround

for Sandburg, which was

2-14-2 and scored a total

of seven goals last season.

Although Miller also

had to exit the Sandburg

game with a pair of yellow

cards, she will be back on

the field for the regional.

A four-year varsity player,

she’s looking forward to

making sure there’s no repeat

of last season in this

year’s playoffs. In the regional

opener last year, the

Porters led West Aurora

4-0, only to see the Blackhawks

storm back to tie

the game 4-4 and eventually

win in a shootout.

“The important thing

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fastbreak

Adam Jomant/22nd Century

Media

1st and 3

Porters girls

soccer nets

blowout victory

in final regular

season match

1. Ending with an

exclamation point

The LTHS girls soccer

team concluded

a successful

regular season in

which it went 13-3-

5 with an 8-0 win

against Thornwood

May 7 at home.

2. Running away with

it early

The Porters got

out to a huge 6-0

halftime lead

versus Thornwood,

and everyone who

scored a goal in

the match is expected

to be back

with the team for

next season.

3. Honoring seniors

The squad’s four

seniors, Jenifer

Latoza, Natalie

Miller, Finley Travis

and Gabby Zieba,

were honored before

the game.

Softball

Porters capture conference title with trio of victories

Team tops East

second-straight

time after five-year

drought in rivalry

Randy Whalen

Freelance Reporter

The Lockport softball

team has always been a

powerhouse.

But there has been

something missing from

the Porters plate the past

six seasons. A conference

championship.

That is not the case

anymore, however. That

is because Lockport had

a trio of SouthWest Suburban

Conference Blue

Division wins last week.

Included in that was a big

6-2 victory over arch rival

Lincoln-Way East on

May 6 behind the pitching

of Gianna Bauer at Lockport.

After not beating East

for five years, with a losing

streak of 12 in a row,

the Porters (23-5, 8-0

through Thursday, May

9) now have a winning

streak of two in a row

over the Griffins (17-5,

6-2 through May 9). East

had won the previous four

SWSC Blue titles, while

the Porters had not captured

one since 2013.

Lockport veteran coach

Marissa Chovanec missed

last week’s game against

East. There was a good

reason, however, as her

daughter, Noelle, was celebrating

Senior Night for

the Joliet Catholic Academy

softball team. So,

coach Chovanec was there

to watch her play.

“It was a good win,”

said Lockport assistant

coach Angela Cushman,

who was filling in

for Chovanec. “We were

focused. Gianna Bauer

settled in, and the defense

looked confident.

We were aggressive on

the bases, and that worked

out. We had energy the

whole way through, and

the girls stayed focused.”

There were more combined

runs (8) in the game

than hits (7). Bauer, a junior

right-hander, gave

up two of those hits to

start the game. Junior left

fielder Paige Geraghty

(1-for-3) led off the game

with an infield single off

Baurer’s glove and went

to second on a wild pitch.

Senior right fielder Lexi

Krause (1-for-2, walk,

RBI) followed with a linedrive

RBI single that literally

hit second base.

When junior Chloe

Honchar walked, it looked

like the Griffins were in

business. But Krause was

caught stealing at third

on a nice throw by senior

catcher Lauren Johnson.

Bauer (7 IP, 2 earned runs,

3 hits, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts)

then got a fly out

and ground out to start a

string of 11 in a row retired

through the fourth.

“We had our defense

behind me, and just getting

outs was the main

goal for me,” Bauer said.

“I’m super happy to beat

East. It was a big win for

us, a team win. We’ve just

trusted each other, and it

was good for us to push

runs across.”

The Porters tied the

game in the bottom of the

second. Junior right fielder

Alyssa Drogemuller,

who hit a big three-run

home run last time the

teams met, a 5-4 Lockport

win on April 12 in

Frankfort off her cousin,

junior right-handed pitcher

Danielle Drogemuller

(6 IP, 6 runs, 1 earned, 4

hits, 5 walks, hit by pitch,

3 strikeouts) led off the inning.

There was no homer

off her cousin this time.

But Alyssa (1-for-3, run)

was hit by a pitch. She

later scored on a fielder’s

choice ground out by junior

designated player Julia

Foster.

But the big inning was

the bottom of the third. In

one of the stranger things

in the 17-year history of

Griffin softball, they made

six errors in the inning.

That allowed Lockport to

score five runs. The tone

of the inning was set when

senior second baseman

Payton Grcevic led off

by reaching on an error,

being safe at second on a

second error and scoring

on yet another error.

The only hit in the inning,

where 10 players batted,

was an RBI single to

center by junior left fielder

Brooke Ligacki. She later

scored from second on a

strange play where a run

scored on a wild pitch, and

then Ligacki crossed the

plate on an errant throw

back toward home. East

ended up with eight errors

in the game.

“We just have to be able

to control the variables we

can control,” East coach

Elizabeth Hyland said.

“No matter what, every

time we play Lockport,

we know it’s going to be

a good game with good

competition, and that’s

what we got.”

East also nearly got

back in the game in the

fifth. Freshman third baseman

Maddie Pomykalski

reached on Lockport’s

lone error of the game and

was at second as the Griffins

had runners on first

and second with two outs.

Geraghty then grounded a

ball into the hole at short

that looked ticketed for

an RBI single. But junior

shortstop Kelli Riordan

ranged to the edge of the

outfield and backhanded

the ball. She quickly got it

to her twin sister, Kara, at

third just in time to force

out Pomykalski and end

the inning.

“I’ve been playing with

her for so many years that

I had that confidence that

she’d make the play,” said

Kara, who was 2-for-3 at

the plate, of her twin sister.

“That was a key play.

We really wanted to win

this game to help us win

the conference.”

The key to the play

was that Kara trusted her

younger twin sister to get

to the ball so she was at

third for the throw.

“I just knew she would

be there,” Kelli said

of Kara being at third.

“She’s always there for

me. It’s not the first time.

As a team, we’re all really

good friends. We just play

for each other.”

Freshman first baseman

Danielle Stewart (1-for-

2, walk, run RBI) led off

the seventh with a towering

home run down the

left-field line for the Griffins

other run and hit. But

Bauer got a strikeout, a

popout and a ground out

to end the game.

“It felt great,” Stewart

said of her home run. “I

just wanted to hit the ball.

I thought it was going to

be foul, but it wasn’t. We

just need to stay positive,

play our hardest and trust

ourselves. We have the

players to win.”

On May 8, Lockport

defeated host Homewood-

Flossmoor in another

SWSC Blue game by an

11-0 score in five innings

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“After we took a couple of team trips, we really bonded as a team this year. I’ve

completely changed as a player. I’ve developed into a different player over my

four years here. That’s 100 percent coaching and what they’ve taught me.”

Jenifer Latoza — Lockport senior girls soccer player, on her team’s

growth this year and her evolution as a player over the years

Tune In

Softball

Winding down — 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at Stagg

• The Porters play one last road game before taking part

in the Moline Invite and then postseason.

Index

41 - Athlete of the Week

41 - This Week In

FASTBREAK is compiled by Contributing

Editor Thomas Czaja, tom@homerhori

zon.com.


lockport’s Hometown Newspaper | May 16, 2019

Taking the title

LTHS softball team comes out on top in

battle for conference supremacy, Page 47

Fab five

Five members of LTHS girls track team

qualify for state finals, Page 44

Lockport soccer team celebrates

four seniors prior to dominant

performance, Page 46

Lockport senior Jenifer Latoza (right) fights to gain control of the ball May 7 during Lockport’s win over Thornwood in Lockport. Adam Jomant/22nd Century Media

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