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Athletics boost Potential sports

complex in Homer Glen receives more

discussion, will be further reviewed, Page 4

Figuring out the festival

Homer Community Fest to be held at Heritage

Park for first time, Page 8

Showing the way

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THURSDAY

Ladies Night Out —

Summer Social

5-8 p.m. June 13, Orland

Park Crossing, 14225 95th

Ave., Orland Park. Free

event featuring music, a

fashion show and a variety

of vendors with health tips

and screenings, fashion

and beauty, food, home

decor, shopping and more.

Free tote bags to the first

200 people. Fashion show

by Jenny Applegate of The

Leading Image. Makeand-take

project with DIY

Sign Party (additional

cost). For more information

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events.

P.T. Barnham’s Weird and

Wacky Big Top

6-6:45 p.m. June 13,

Homer Township Public

Library KidZone, 14320

W. 151st St., Homer Glen.

Actor Terry Lynch brings

the “greatest showman” to

life. Children ages 6 and

under with an adult can

learn how a traveling museum

of oddities became a

world-famous circus.

Father’s Day Craft

8:30 a.m.-9 p.m., June

13, and 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Saturday, June 15, Homer

Township Public Library,

14320 W. 151st St., Homer

Glen. Children can make

a popcorn Father’s Day

magnet craft for dad.

MONDAY

Camp Invention

8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. June

17-21, Schilling School,

16025 S. Cedar Road,

Homer Glen. Homer

Community Consolidated

School District 33C will

host Camp Invention. Students

entering grades K-6

will have an opportunity to

see STEM concepts come

to life in this summer program.

Campers will take

on four exciting challenges,

meet innovative superheroes

and bring home

newfound confidence.

Campers will build ships

to cross the ocean, design

high-tech farms and create

wire circuits to bring

ideas to life. Local educators

will facilitate program

modules, and enthusiastic

high school and college

students will serve as leadership

interns. The cost is

$230. For more information

and to register, visit

invent.org/camp.

Circus I Spy Challenge

June 17-29, Homer

Township Public Library,

14320 W. 151st St., Homer

Glen. Six circus-themed

pictures are hiding in

the Library’s Kids Zone.

Complete the Circus I Spy

Challenge and return it to

the Youth Services Desk

for a Circus Sticker Scene

Sheet and chance to win

the fun-filled circus piñata.

One entry per child.

WEDNESDAY

LTHS Foundation Golf

Outing

2:30 p.m. June 19, at

Prairie Bluff Golf Course

19433 Renwick Road,

Lockport. The 20th Annual

Lockport Township

High School Foundation

Golf Outing will be held;

check-in begins at 2:30

p.m. Tee time is 3:30 p.m.

This nine-hole outing features

scramble golf format,

raffles, buffet-style dinner.

There is a dinner-only option.

All proceeds benefit

LTHS students and staff

through scholarships and

mini-grants. Register at

bit.ly/LTHSFoundation

GolfOuting.

Konow’s Corn Maze

Summer Fest

June 19 and July 10, Konow’s

Corn Maze, 16849

S. Cedar Road, Homer

Glen. There will be a petting

zoo, jump house, cow

train, hay rides, mechanical

bull, tree house, two

jump pillows, refreshment

trailer, games and fun. For

more information, visit

www.konowscornmaze.

com.

UPCOMING

Homer Community Fest

June 20-23, Heritage

Park, 14240 W. 151st St.

Annual summer festival

featuring live music performances,

a carnival, fireworks,

food, drinks and

more. A fireworks show set

to classic tunes from The

Beatles is to be held at 9:30

p.m. Thursday, June 20. An

Independence Day Parade

is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday,

June 22, kicking off

at 151st Street and Parker

Road heading north to Briarwood

Drive. For more

information on the festival,

visit www.homerfest.com.

Registration for Special

Needs Day for the festival

is now open. For Homer

residents with special

needs and their families, a

pre-carnival time has been

planned for 2:30 to 4:30

p.m. Friday, June 21. Event

registration is required.

Fore more information, see

the Event Flyer and Registration

Form on the Village

website at www.homergle

nil.org or call (708) 301-

0632.

Village Community Info

Tent on Comprehensive

Plan

Noon-7:30 p.m. Saturday,

June 22, and Sunday,

June 23, Heritage Park,

14240 W. 151st St. Information

will be available at

Homer Community Fest

about Homer Glen’s Comprehensive

Plan project.

Public Open House for

Comprehensive Plan

5-7 p.m. Wednesday,

June 26, Village Hall Community

Room, 14240 W.

151st St. Discussion will

be had on an update to the

Village of Homer Glen’s

Comprehensive Plan.

Hemp Night

6-9:30 p.m. Friday, July

12, Hempology CBD,

14831 Founders Crossing,

Homer Glen. Several local

artists have been invited

to showcase their artwork

with a hemp/CBD theme.

Live music will showcase

local musicians and CBD,

and there will be food.

Fore more information,

visit www.hempology

cbdstore.com.

Chalk-It-Up! Save the Date

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday,

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Aug. 3, Stonebridge Park,

16000 S. Stonebridge

Drive, Homer Glen. A free

sidewalk chalk art contest

for all ages. Prizes awarded

in each age group.

Enjoy music, games and

more. Pre-registration required.

Registration opens

June 1. For more information

on the event, visit

www.homerglenil.org under

Special Events.

ONGOING

PFLAG Homer Glen,

Lockport Meeting

6:30-8 p.m. last Tuesday

of each month, Cross

of Glory Lutheran, Reconciling

in Christ Church,

14719 W. 163rd Street,

Homer Glen. LGBTQ+,

families, friends and allies

are invited to join parents,

families and friends

of lesbians and gays as

they come together to listen,

learn and connect.

For more information on

the meeting, contact pflag.

hgl@gmail.com.

Heritage Village

Noon–4 p.m. Heritage

Village, 249 W. 2nd Street,

Lockport. Heritage Village

includes historical

buildings: Wells Corner

Schoolhouse, the Symerton

Depot, the Greenho

Farmhouse, the Mokena

Jail and other small buildings.

For more information

or tours, call (815) 838-

5080 or visit www.willhis

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Heritage Corridor Business Alliance gathers for annual golf outing

New networking

opportunities are

heralded at event

Mary Compton

Freelance Reporter

There was no sign of

rain.

It was a perfect day for

nine holes of golf Friday,

June 7, for the Heritage

Corridor Business Alliance

inaugural golf outing.

The Homer Glen Area

Chamber of Commerce

and Lemont Chamber

of Commerce merged to

form the alliance earlier

this year.

“We almost have a full

crowd today” said Mike

Shackel, president of the

Heritage Corridor Business

Alliance. “It takes

time. This is going to be

an endeavor. When you’re

putting two towns together

who have operated separate

chambers with their

own customs and ways of

doing things, it takes time.

“Everyone on the combined

board is passionate

about the business communities

of both towns.

This is going to be a great

success.”

The inaugural golf outing

took place at Ruffled

Feathers Golf Club in

Lemont. Businesses from

both towns sponsored various

holes on the course.

“These are two great

communities,” Shackel

said of Homer Glen and

Lemont. “I’m passionate

about serving both communities.”

As a financial planner

for Thrivent Financial, he

is used to giving back to

the community because

the company has a longtime

belief of getting involved

and giving back.

The former Lemont

chamber had always given

scholarships to students at

Lemont High School, and

the former Homer chamber

had given scholarships

to students at Lockport

Township High School.

As the Heritage Corridor

Business Alliance, they

continue that tradition.

As president of the alliance,

Shackel’s goal was

to get the merger up and

running. Another goal that

remains is to bring businesses

to both communities.

As Shackel continued

to putt, other golfers continued

laughing together

as they got to know one

another a little more on

course.

Mike Budde, who owns

Budde Marketing in Homer

Glen, was one of them.

Budde is the vice president

of the Heritage Corridor

Business Alliance.

“This is wonderful to

be together,” Budde said.

“It’s a great staff. It’s been

a nice process. The relationship

of the alliance

with the Village of Lemont

has been a great cooperative

venture. That’s

where I see a real strength

for now and the future.

“If you have a business,

get on the bandwagon

and join the business alliance.”

Right now, the Heritage

Corridor Business Alliance

boasts about 300

members.

Michelle Kerfin, a

Lockport resident and

longtime insurance agent

for State Farm in Homer

Glen, said the alliance has

already been a benefit for

her.

“This was fabulous

today” Kerfin said. “I

was at the former Homer

chamber golf outings every

year either golfing or

sponsoring a hole.”

Kerfin, along with other

Lemont and Homer Glen

businesses, sponsored

holes for the business alliance

this year. At her

sponsored hole, No. 9,

Michelle Kerfin’s State

Farm office gave tees,

golf balls and more.

“This is more exposure

to businesses,” Kerfin

said. “I don’t know some

of these people. When

they come up to the ninth

hole, I’m able to network

with them.”

“Everyone gets along,”

Kathy Cliff, events and

marketing coordinator for

the alliance, added. “We

want to make this work.

We know this is good for

both communities. We

support one another. We

didn’t know merging two

chambers how it was going

to work.

“With Bell Road being

in the middle, we have

turned into one big happy

alliance.”

For information on the

Heritage Corridor Business

Alliance, visit myhcba.com

or call (630)

257-5997.

Mike Budde enjoys time on the golf course during the Heritage Corridor Business

Alliance inaugural golf outing held Friday, June 7, at Ruffled Feathers Golf Club in

Lemont. Photos by Mary Compton/22nd Century Media

Stephanie Dinkel (left) and Renee Koehler, owners of Koehler Dinkel LLC in Woodridge, check out silent auction

items at the Heritage Corridor Business Alliance inaugural golf outing.


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Homer Glen launches process to start

updating original Comprehensive Plan

Submitted by Village of

Homer Glen

Last month, the Village

of Homer Glen launched a

project to update its Comprehensive

Plan.

The Village’s original

Comprehensive Plan was

adopted in 2005, which

was four years after its

incorporation as a municipality

in 2001. As Homer

Glen has grown and

changed over time, so has

its priorities.

These new priorities are

reflected in the Village’s

recent 2018-2021 Strategic

Plan, which outlines

six strategic priorities,

three core values, a strategic

vision and mission,

and key outcomes for the

next few years. Many of

these priorities and outcomes

align with the need

to update the Village’s

Comprehensive Plan,

particularly to “align

the [plan] with balanced

growth, economic development

and community

values.”

Building off of the

2018-2021 Strategic Plan,

the Comprehensive Plan

Update will define strategies

for an expanded tax

base, updated land use

map, greater housing diversity,

open space and

recreation opportunities,

utilities and infrastructure

plan, and sensible development

along the Village’s

primary corridors

and opportunity sites.

The Comprehensive Plan

will also provide updated

Design and Development

Guidelines with municipal

code and process update

recommendations for

signage and site landscaping

standards, as well as

conservation design standards.

To guide the Homer

Glen community through

this planning process, the

Village hired the multidisciplinary

consultant

team of Savoy Consulting

Group, LLC, Egret & Ox

Planning, LLC, and Antero

Group. Collectively,

the consultant team will

utilize its experience in

comprehensive planning,

zoning, housing, economic

development, municipal

engineering and

community engagement

to frame the planning process.

The consultant team

plans a series of outreach

activities to gather community

feedback.

The first two community

outreach activities will

take place later this month.

On June 22-23, 2019, the

consultant team will be at

Homer Community Fest

engaging the public with

interactive activities to

gain insights on Homer

Glen. Look for them at

the Village’s Community

Information tent at the

festival. Then, on June 26,

the consultant team will

be hosting a public open

house to continue gathering

community input and

enable the public to learn

more about the project.

The open house will take

place from 5-7 p,m, at

the Village Hall Community

Room at 14240

W. 151st St. Additional

outreach activities will

be planned throughout

the project.

To stay up-to-date on

the planning process, visit

the project website at my

homerglen.org.

Homer Glen Village Board

Sports complex study gets go ahead

Mayor continues

to tout proposal as

means for revenue,

commercial growth

Jessie Molloy

Freelance Reporter

The Homer Glen Village

Board held its first meeting

of the month on June 5, one

week ahead of schedule in

order to discuss a proposal

to create a sports complex

within the village.

The board voted to commission

a feasibility study

with consulting group

Sports Facilities Advisory,

LLC, a leading firm in

community recreation and

sports tourism based out

of Clearwater, Florida. The

meeting was pushed up in

order to accommodate the

schedule of SFA CEO and

Founder Dev Pathik, who

spoke with the board.

Mayor George Yukich

has been working on the

idea for a sports complex as

a way to bring revenue and

commercial growth to the

village since 2016. Specifics

of the complex, including

where exactly it would

be located and which sports

it would include facilities

for, are yet to be determined.

However, the object of

the project would be to

drawn in games between

regional travel teams. Yukich

believes having a travel

team destination would

jumpstart economic development

in the village and

has the potential to draw in

businesses like restaurants

or, potentially, a hotel.

While the goal of the

project would be an economic

boost for the village,

the cost would not fall

solely on the Homer Glen

taxpayers. Village Manager

Karie Friling explained that

the project, should it proceed,

would be a publicprivate

partnership, and

that the Village already has

a group of investors interested

in sponsoring the development.

“At this point, we can’t

say who the investors are,

but we are in talks with

them, and they are working

on raising funds to pay

for half of the feasibility

study,” Friling said.

The total cost of the

study is $35,000, plus travel

expenses not to exceed

an additional $2,500 for

SFA staff. In approving the

contract last Wednesday,

the board agreed to pay the

entirety of the cost, but the

investors are expected to

reimburse the Village for

their half.

In order to “determine if

this opportunity is the right

fit for the village,” Friling

said the study will include

in-depth analysis of the

market to determine what

types of facilities should

be included, demographics

and participation statistics

for different sports in the

regional market, case studies

of similar facilities and

an estimated cost for the

construction, as well as financing

options based on

that cost.

The study will take approximately

two months

to complete and will begin

by late June. The board is

expected to make a further

decision on whether or not

to pursue the project in August

or September.

“This is Phase One

only,” Friling stressed. “We

don’t know what action we

will be taking yet, because

we don’t know what the report

will say. We want to be

armed with better information

before we start making

any decisions.”

The board voted unanimously

to approve the

contract for the feasibility

study. According to Friling,

the names of the private

funding partners will be

made public when the reimbursement

is made.

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Village seeks Plan Commission member to fill vacancy

Staff Report

The Village is currently

seeking letters of interest

for a vacancy on the Plan

Commission.

Typical responsibilities

of members of the Plan

Commission are to be familiar

with the Village’s

Comprehensive Plan and

the Zoning Ordinance;

review zoning applications

and plans, visit the

sites and contact staff with

questions; generally follow

Robert’s Rules of Order to

guide the hearings; discuss

with the other members

only during the hearing;

obtain all information to

make a recommendation;

and be consistent, fair and

impartial.

The Plan Commission

meets at 7 p.m. on the first

and third Thursday of each

month.

Residents interested in

serving on the Plan Commission

must submit a

letter of interest, along

with a resume, addressed

to Village Manager Karie

Friling, Village of Homer

Glen, 14240 W. 151st

Street, Homer Glen, IL

60491 or email kfriling@

homerglenil.org.


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Homer Glen brothers, 9 and 7, excel in Brazilian jiu-jitsu

Alex Ivanisevic, Assistant Editor

Brothers Alex and Ryan Wicks

are just like any Homer Glen

boys their ages.

They play soccer and instruments,

but the siblings also have

shown their talents in another

area: Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

At the North American Grappling

Association Tournament

earlier last month, Alex, a 9 year

old with a yellow belt, and Ryan,

a 7 year old with a gray belt,

proved their skills. Alex took

first place at the NAGA tournament

— which is a premiere,

worldwide jiu-jitsu tournament

— in the expert division and was

awarded a championship belt.

Ryan also fought in expert and

took second place.

The boys’ father, Terry, attributes

his children’s accomplishments

to their dedication to

training and hard work.

“I am very proud of them, and

they work very hard in jiu-jitsu,

as well as in their academics,”

Terry said. “They have done

very well in competitions.

“Preparation takes numerous

months prior to the tournament,

and personally I work with them

every Sunday.”

The two boys go to the University

of Ground Fighting in

New Lenox, where they train almost

five times a week throughout

the year. This is something

they have gotten used to, as they

have been attending the university

since they were even younger;

Alex since he was about 5, and

Ryan since he was about 4.

Wicks said he has an appreciation

for jiu-jitsu because it promotes

confidence, self-defense

and anti-bullying. Ultimately, he

said those were the motivating

factors he and his wife, Diana,

took into consideration when

they signed their sons up for jiujitsu.

“It takes a lot of courage for

a 7-year-old and a 9-year-old to

go out there and practice the art

of jiu-jitsu,” he said. “And over

the course of the past four years,

both boys have been put in situations

where they have felt the

Brothers Alex (left), 9, and Ryan Wicks, 7, of Homer Glen, smile with their numerous medals they won at various jiu-jitsu competitions.

Photos submitted

need to defend themselves, or

maybe defend other classmates

because of bullying, so it has really

paid off.”

He also said the discipline

Alex and Ryan have learned

from jiu-jitsu training has reflected

positively on their habits

with schoolwork and other activities

they are involved in, such

as soccer and learning to play

musical instruments. It has also

taught them life lessons about

not giving up and learning from

their mistakes.

Professor Steven Patterson,

owner of the University of

Ground Fighting, said “the key

to Alex and Ryan’s success is

consistent hard work.”

Patterson also said the boys

show up prepared to focus and

“they do their practice, and then

they stick around and do the

older kids’ practice, where they

are outsized, but they still get in

there and work hard.”

He also said that at practices,

Alex and Ryan pick each other

as partners and work well as a

pair to make sure they are getting

their moves right, “which always

pays off to their success.”

To that, he added more specifically

that Alex’s hard work paid

off for him at the NAGA tournament,

“Expert divisions are super

tough; only a select few kids win

that NAGA belt, and it put Alex

in that elite group.”

Terry said the boys participate

in no more than two competitions

per year, as it is a strenuous

activity.

“[Diana and I] recognize that

it is an aggressive sport and not

every kid can handle the program,

as it is very rigorous and

demanding with the potential of

injury,” Terry said. “I think these

boys are trained at a very high

level, and when they are competing,

there is a component of

respect the opponents are going

to provide each other.”

He believes jiu-jitsu brings

out leadership skills and is independently

driven and hopes

the boys will carry their joy

for the sport into their teenage

years and maybe even into

adulthood, as well.

Either way, Terry said he and

Diana will support them.

“We hope they understand the

Alex (left) and Ryan Wicks train in the art of jiu-jitsu at the

University of Ground Fighting in New Lenox.

value of practice — whether it is

in jiu-jitsu, music, soccer, school

and homework — if you want to

be the best, you have to practice

your best. We hope they understand

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Homer Community Fest set to take place at Heritage Park

Details given for

upcoming popular

summer festival

Thomas Czaja, Editor

Soon, the sights and

sounds, the lights and

laughter, of a festival to

commence the summer

season will be found in

Homer Glen.

Homer Community Fest

is set to return for another

year, happening from

Thursday, June 20, through

Sunday, June 23, at Heritage

Park at 14240 151st St.

The four-day event, which

will include a carnival, live

entertainment, food and

drinks, a fireworks show

and more, has free admission

and parking.

“We’re really excited

and anxious about it,” said

Keith Gray, Village trustee

and chairperson of the

Homer Community Festival

Committee. “…The

carnival, we are anticipating

it possibly being larger

with more rides.”

Gray said the carnival operator,

All Around Amusements,

was happy when

seeing the new property,

noting they might be able to

fit more rides in. That said,

the price for mega passes

for unlimited carnival rides

for the duration of the fest

will remain the same price

as in the past, costing $55

ahead of time, and $65 beginning

June 20.

The passes are on sale at

Village Hall until June 19,

and major credit cards are

accepted. There are no ride

exclusions with the pass

this year.

Last year, Gray noted

inclement weather caused

the carnival not to open the

first day of the festival and

created a delay in opening

the second day. This year,

the carnival will be on asphalt,

and the hope will be

for better weather.

Fireworks are the first

night of the festival, with

the show “Magic in the

Sky with Diamonds” being

choreographed to hits from

The Beatles. The show is

to begin at 9:30 p.m. and

will be simulcast live on

101.3 FM.

“I think we have a great

show this year and people

will get big enjoyment out

of it,” Gray said of the fireworks

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nity Fest at 7 p.m. at the

fireworks viewing area.

The next day will be

Special Needs Day from

2:30-4:30 p.m. June 21

for attendees with special

needs and their families

able to enjoy a pre-carnival

party. For more details and

to reserve a spot, those interested

can call the Homer

Township Road District

before Friday, June 14, at

(708) 301-0246.

Momentum Dance Studio,

from Homer Glen,

will have three small special

needs dance routines

around 1:15-1:30 p.m.

ahead of the Special Needs

Day starting, Gray added.

“It’s nice for the kids to

be able to perform in their

community,” Gray said.

With the fest moving to

Village property, who runs

what has also changed.

The Village is the main

presenter for the fest, and

the Township now handles

the annual Independence

Day Parade.

According to the Township

website, the parade

will start at 11 a.m. at

151st Street and Parker

Road and proceed north to

Briarwood Drive. It will

feature the likes of marching

bands, police and fire,

army trucks, costumed

characters and local organizations

and businesses.

Serving food at this

year’s Homer Community

Fest will be Ben’s Soft

Pretzels, Big Joe’s Backyard

BBQ, Cool Creations,

Davidson’s Bar & Grill,

Kenootz Pizza and Pelican

Harry’s Sports Grill.

There will also be an

expansion of libations,

per Gray, with Budweiser

having Straw-Ber-Rita

and Lime-A-Rita on sale

among its products for

guests ages 21 and over

to enjoy. Other beers and

drinks will likewise be onhand.

Homer Community Fest will be held this year from Thursday, June 20, through

Sunday, June 23, at Heritage Park for the first time, returning with its usual carnival,

fireworks show, entertainment and more. 22nd Century Media File Photos

This year, the Village of Homer Glen is responsible for the Homer Community Fest

itself, while Homer Township is in charge of the annual Independence Day Parade, to

be held this year on Saturday, June 22.

“Beers are not outrageous

at all,” Gray said.

“We have $5 Stella Artois.

We are still having that

same price point.”

Entertainment will see

band Maggie Speaks perform

from 7:45-10:45 p.m.

June 20, The Beatles tribute

band American English

take the stage from 9:30

p.m-midnight June 21, Infinity

jam out from 9 p.m.-

midnight June 22 and One

of These Nights help close

out the festival from 4:30-

7:30 p.m. June 23.

Gates and the carnival

open at 3 p.m. June 20,

with the festival closing

at 11 p.m. Parking opens

for the Special Needs/Pre-

Carnival Party at 2 p.m.

June 21, with the festival

closing at midnight.

Gates and the carnival

open at noon June 22 an

hour after the parade kicks

off, with the festival closing

at midnight. Finally,

the gates and carnival open

at noon June 23, and the

festival closes for 2019 at

8 p.m. that evening.

“Some people have said

Homer Fest is one of the

[festivals] they look forward

to to kind of kickoff

the [festival season] in

June,” Gray said. “It’s on a

new property but the same

Homer Fest. It’s a good

community event.”

Gray credited Road

Commissioner Mike De

Vivo for once again helping

map out all the intricacies

of the fireworks show,

as well as former Village

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School News

Benedictine College

Homer Glen native

announced on president’s

list

Madilyn Peters, of

Homer Glen, was recently

named to the president’s

list for the spring 2019 semester,

which ended last

month. Any full-time student

carrying a minimum

of 12 hours and a perfect

4.0 grade point average

through the spring term is

named to the president’s

list. Of the 1,914 students

on campus for the 2018-

2019 academic year, 152

made the president’s list.

fest

From Page 8

Trustee Carlo Caprio, who

was a co-chair of the fest

committee the last two

years and a musician who

helped put the entertainment

lineup together.

Bradley University

Pair of students from

Homer Glen make dean’s

list

Cassidy Cronholm and

Katlyn Smigielski, both of

Homer Glen, were among

more than 1,700 students

named to the spring 2019

dean’s lit. Cronholm is

majoring in elementary

education, while Smigielski

is majoring in psychology.

To be eligible for the

dean’s list, a student must

achieve a minimum 3.5

grade point average for the

semester on a 4.0 scale.

Gray said there will be

parking available where

the old festival used to be,

with them trying to put

in a pathway along 151st

Street to easily walk over

to the new site of the festivities.

Parking will also

be available at the nearby

Cutting

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Homer Glen students

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Homer Glen natives Jillian

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spring 2019 dean’s list. To

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dean’s list, a student must

have been enrolled as a

full-time undergraduate

student and have attained

a semester grade point average

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When I’m not in school

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What is your dream job?

My dream job is to be a

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What are some of your

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What is your favorite class

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What is one thing that

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What extracurricular(s) do

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At 7:21 a.m., I get picked

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If you could change one

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would it be?

If I can change one thing

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that we had a later starting

time. It will allow me to

sleep in longer.

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Announcements

Celebrating first place!

Congratulations, Michael!

Michael Bialas (6

years old) of Homer Glen

won first place at Rocky’s

Dojo and Gym Open

Martial Arts Tournament

in Sugar Grove on May

19, 2019. We are so very

proud of you, Michael!

Love,

Daddy, Mommy, Gracie

and Josh

College grad with many

achievements!

Katherine “Katianna”

Denemark, a 2015 honors/Top

10 percent graduate

of Lockport Township

High School, recently

graduated from the University

of Illinois at Chicago’s

Honors College,

and from the College of

Architecture, Design and

the Arts, with a Bachelor

of Science in Architecture.

Her achievements include

receiving the Chancellor’s

Student Service and

Leadership Award and the

Honors College Engagement

Award. Katianna

was designated a UIC Impact

Scholar and was inducted

into the Delta PHI

Alpha National German

Honor Society.

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FROM THE LOCKPORT LEGEND

Car show cruises back into

Lockport for 2019

On June 3, people were dancing

while “little deuce coupes”

were lined up along S. Hamilton

Street in Lockport. The scene

meant one thing: Cruisin’ into

Lockport officially opened.

“This night is always fun,”

Lockport Mayor Steve Streit

said. “Everyone likes gathering

on a Monday. It’s a small festival

we do. where we get to say ‘hi’ to

neighbors.”

Streit and his wife, Wendy,

were checking out the muscle

cars at the Monday night event.

“I’m going to try and bring

out my Willys Jeep,” Steve Streit

said.

“We do have other things

planned throughout the summer,

as well,” added Wendy, Lockport’s

Summer Art Series chairperson.

“We want to make sure we

have lots of events throughout the

summer in Lockport. One of the

things were doing is the frames.

There will be three, 6-feet-tall

frames placed in various places in

downtown Lockport. We would

like people to take photos behind

them and post the photos online

where you’re entered in a raffle to

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Lockport resident to do this.”

Reporting by Mary Compton,

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FROM THE MOKENA MESSENGER

Mokena warehouse where the

sausage gets made for Aurelio’s

Joe Aurelio’s life is all about

pizza. Even his license plate reads

“PIZZA.”

Back in 1959, before Joe was

even born, his father Joseph A.

Aurelio started a pizza parlor in

Homewood. Today, Joe is the

president and CEO of Aurelio’s.

“Aurelio’s Pizza was founded

by my father,” Aurelio said. “We

were living in Chicago Heights at

the time, and [he] wanted to start

his own pizza place. Being from

Calabria, Italy, my father brought

the family recipes and Italian influence.”

Today, there are 41 Aurelio’s

locations in six states. Because of

such growth, Aurelio’s purchased

a 10,000-square-foot warehouse

in Mokena roughly seven months

ago. At the warehouse, they handmake

all the Italian sausage fresh.

They also distribute the cheese

and other meat products from the

warehouse to all Aurelio’s locations.

“We outgrew our former facility”

Aurelio said. “This is a perfect

location, being so close to the

Interstate, to reach our locations.

This is a great expansion for us. It

allows us to grow.”

Aurelio said that the site was

a former pharmaceutical warehouse,

where it was a sterile and

clean environment, and he has

maintained an emphasis on keeping

it clean today.

“It’s a USDA-inspected facility,”

he said. “We make 12,000

pounds of fresh Italian sausage a

week. We use ... a very lean product

with simple spices, with no

preservatives or fillers.”

Reporting by Mary Compton,

Freelance Reporter. For more, visit

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FROM THE FRANKFORT STATION

Police: Men in 60s robbed

Frankfort Township gas station

with screwdriver

Two men police say were in

their early 60s allegedly robbed

a Frankfort Township gas station

of cash and cigarettes the early

morning of June 4.

Police were called at 3:12 a.m.

to the Speedway at 7218 W. Lincoln

Highway in response to the

robbery, according to a press release

issued by the Will County

Sheriff’s Office.

A store clerk told deputies she

observed two men enter the store.

One of the men — described

as black, wearing a black hat,

black coat, jeans and a buttonup

denim shirt — began walking

around the store, according to

police. The other — described as

black, wearing a black hat and a

black jumpsuit with white stripes

down the arms and legs — went

into the washroom, police said.

The man walking around the

store went to purchase cigars,

and the other man moved behind

the counter and placed a screwdriver

at the back of the employee,

police said. The men told the

clerk to lay on the floor, and they

robbed the store of $585 in cash

and 40 packs of cigarettes valued

at $315.60, according to Deputy

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The employee was then ordered

to the rear of the store, and

the two men left in a white SUV,

possibly a Cadillac Escalade,

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on Lincoln Highway, according

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spokesperson Kathy Hoffmeyer.

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From the Editorial Intern

Stepping stones along the way

Christian Villanueva

Editorial Intern

This year has been a

roller-coaster ride,

to say the least.

I was commuting downtown

for school every day,

then traveled to Mexico

unexpectedly after the

passing of a loved one,

and the next stop I have

arrived at is The Homer

Horizon as a new editorial

intern.

My name is Christian

Villanueva, and I am currently

in my senior year

at Roosevelt University

where I major in communications

and journalism

with a minor in philosophy.

I have completed all

my credits for graduation

with only an internship

left before receiving my

degree. I have taken many

types of communication

classes from video production

to feature writing,

but my main interest is in

writing stories, especially

sports stories.

I was born in Chicago

and lived there until I was

9 years old. After that, my

family and I moved to Arlington,

Texas for almost

a year and then returned

to Chicago temporarily

while we looked for a

new home. We moved to

Lockport in 2005, around

the same time the Chicago

White Sox were getting

ready to start their postseason

run. I have been

living in Lockport for 14

years now.

While I was attending

Lockport Township High

School, I realized that I

loved writing and architecture.

I tried out architecture

first, coming out of

high school at the University

of Illinois at Chicago,

but I quickly ended up

changing schools and

switching my major to

communications.

I have a strong passion

for sports that began when

I discovered the Chicago

Bulls, Chicago Bears and

Chicago White Sox as a

child. I consume sports

news every day, and I

consume it more than any

other types of news out

there. Instead of listening

to music on the radio,

you will always find me

listening to sports radio,

instead.

I discovered the sports

writing world back in

high school when I was

browsing the Chicago

Bulls website and noticed

a story on the Bulls game

that night written by

Chicago Bulls writer Sam

Smith. From that point

on, I was hooked. I had no

idea that one could make

a career out of writing

stories about sports.

Writing is a great way

to get across an important

message. That is what

makes journalism so

special to me. Journalism

helps get the truth

out there and informs the

people of stories that need

to be told. As a writer,

your loyalty must always

be to the reader.

I would describe myself

as a simple guy. Journalism

and sports are a huge

part of my life and they

always will be. Aside

from journalism, I mainly

enjoy spending time with

my family, playing sports,

watching movies, playing

video games and reading.

I typically enjoy peaceful

and quiet environments

over hectic and loud

environments. However,

if you got tickets to a big

sports game, count me in

every time.

During this next step

of my life, I hope to

grow tremendously as a

writer, learn a great deal

about my community and

meet tons of new people,

all while writing great

stories.

I look forward to expanding

past my comfort

zone and exploring the ins

and outs of the community.

I am very excited to

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The pie nearby Wooden Paddle

moves from Orland Park to Lemont, features

new dine-in and liquor options, Page 22

Setting the scene

Area nightlife, entertainment

highlighted, Page 23

Homer Township Public Library has petting zoo event in conjunction with theme for summer

reading program, Page 17

Homer Glen resident Nathan Janet pets a miniature donkey during the Summer Reading Club kickoff event held Saturday, June 8, at Homer Township Public Library.

Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media


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Pastor Column

Inspired by Pentecost to take faith beyond the church walls

Pastor Dana O’Brien

Cross of Glory Lutheran Church

This last Sunday,

many congregations

celebrated Pentecost,

traditionally understood

as the day the Holy

Spirit was poured out on

Jesus’ followers and the

birthday of the church. If

you were in worship last

Sunday, you may have

celebrated by wearing red,

singing songs in a foreign

language, hearing the Pentecost

story read in many

languages simultaneously

or maybe even eating

some birthday cake.

You also would have

heard how, on that first

Pentecost, Jesus’ followers

were together in a house

in Jerusalem, while the

city outside was full of pilgrims

from throughout the

Roman Empire — people

of different languages, cultures,

ethnicities, beliefs,

etc. And then, as told in

Acts 2, accompanied by

fire and noise like a violent

wind, the Spirit of God

moved through that house,

sending Jesus’ followers

outside and miraculously

empowering them to speak

in the languages of the

foreigners gathered there,

so that everyone could

understand Peter when he

shared God’s good news

for all people.

This year, as I read that

story once again, I began

to wonder — what if

another Pentecost occurs

today? What if Jesus’

followers today are again

so powerfully filled with

God’s Spirit that we all

leave the perceived safety

of our church buildings

and go out into our communities

and neighborhoods

and cities?

What if, as on that very

first Pentecost, we step out

of our comfort zones and

begin doing all we can to

speak and act in ways that

connect with people who

may not know the God of

love and grace we have

experienced? What if we

work to bridge the many

differences that seem so

prominent in our communities

today?

On that first Pentecost,

God’s Spirit moved Jesus’

followers out into the community

filled with all sorts

of diverse people. And

God powerfully evidenced

God’s desire to do whatever

was necessary to communicate

the good news of

God’s love for all people,

and to break down barriers

not only between God and

the people God loves, but

also between people of

different languages and

cultures. We are called

to continue that outward

movement today — to love

and serve the neighbors

around us, to build bridges

and connect with people

who are different from us.

What would another

Pentecost today look like

in your congregation? For

us at Cross of Glory, a

first step is to actually get

out of the church building.

So, this coming Sunday,

June 16, we’ll have our

regular 9:30 a.m. worship,

but it will take place in

the beer tent at Old Canal

Days. You are all invited. I

can’t promise any foreign

languages or fire. But I

can promise a hearty welcome,

some good music

and a whole lot of God’s

bridge-building presence.

The opinions of this column

are that of the writer. They do

not necessarily reflect those

of The Homer Horizon.

FAITH BRIEFS

In Memoriam

Betty Hoffman

Betty A. Hoffman, 93, of Homer

Glen, died on June 5. She was a member

of Grace Baptist Church, Lockport

and First Baptist Church of Sun City

West, Arizona. Betty loved bowling,

coaching bowling, following the stock

market and watching Christian television,

but most of all cherished spending

time with her family. She is survived

by her three children, Connie (Robert)

Hursey, Vicki (Wally) Gruenwald and

Jeff (Chris) Mielke; her seven grandchildren;

her six great-grandchildren

and one great-great grandchild; her

brother, Lawrence (Beverly) Brunke;

her sisters, Joyce (Harold) Wooten and

Marilyn Schultz; her very best friend,

Jayne Prodehl; and her numerous other

family members and friends. Visitation

was held June 7 in the O’Neil Funeral

Home Chapel in Lockport. Following

services, cremation rites were respectfully

addressed. Inurnment was June

10 at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery

in Elwood. In lieu of flowers,

memorials to Palos Hospice Palliative

Care greatly appreciated.

Cross of Glory Lutheran Church

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

Worship at Canal Days

9:30 a.m. Sunday, June 16,

do not come to the Church to

worship. There will be worship

outdoors at the beer tent (no

beer sales at this time) at Canal

Days in downtown Lockport

with songs, sermon and communion.

Celebrate all the men

for Father’s Day.

Bible Study

7:30 p.m. Wednesdays

Open to anyone ready to discuss

the Bible.

Christian Life Church

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

Sunday Service

10 a.m.

EDGE Youth Service

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

Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish

(16043 S. Bell Road, Homer Glen)

Daily Mass

8 a.m. Monday-Saturday

Weekend Mass

5 p.m. Saturday

8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. Sunday

Confessions

4-4:45 p.m. Saturdays; 9:30-

10:15 a.m. Sundays; 8:30 a.m.

every first Friday

Council of Catholic Women

7 p.m. Second Tuesday of

the month.

Women of the parish meet

to discuss its needs. The group

also hosts a monthly charity

bake sale.

Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church

(14610 S. Will Cook Road, Homer Glen)

Sunday Services

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

Divine Liturgy; 10 a.m. Sunday

School. For more information,

call (708) 645-0652.

Adult Bible Study

9-9:45 a.m., first and third

Sundays of the month

New Life Community Church - Homer Glen

(14832 W. 163rd St., Homer Glen)

Weekly Worship Services

10 a.m. Sundays; for more

information, call (815) 838-

1416.

Kids Zone Ministry

10 a.m. Sundays.

Children up to fifth grade

can participate in games, singing,

take part in interactive

Bible teaching and participate

in hands-on crafts. Participants

should arrive 5-10 minutes

prior to the service to sign

children up for the group. For

more information, call (815)

838-1416.

Women’s Ministry

9:30 a.m. Fridays. Bible

study for women of all ages.

Prayer Meeting

10 a.m. Tuesdays.

Parkview Christian Church - Homer Glen

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

Senior Connections

10:45 a.m.-1 p.m.. Orland

Park Campus, 11110 Orland

Parkway, Orland Park. Second

Friday of the month, chili

lunch and program. The cost

is $10, and Pastor Chaz will

speak. To RSVP, call (708)

478-7477 ext. 272 or email

merry-o@att.net.

Sunday Services

8:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11:30

a.m.

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.

Lemont United Methodist Church

(25 W. Custer St., Lemont)

Sunday Services

8:30 a.m. Communion Worship

Service

9:30 a.m. Sunday School

10:45 a.m. Contemporary

Worship Service (nursery

available)

Have something for Faith

Briefs? Contact Assistant Editor

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.

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 Homer Glen community.


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It’s ‘showtime’ for Homer library’s

annual summer reading program

Petting zoo kicks

off another year for

club for all ages

OPENING HOURS

Sunday - Thursday

11 AM - 1 AM

Friday & Saturday

11 AM - 2 AM

Sit at our NEW PATIO!

Laurie Fanelli

Freelance Reporter

Now celebrating its 37th

year, the Homer Township

Library’s Summer Reading

Club is bigger, better and

more fun than ever in 2019.

Along with weekly incentives

to pick up new

books at the library, the sixweek

program makes reading

easy by including web

articles, magazines, blogs

and more into participants’

totals.

The library kicked off its

Summer Reading Club by

inviting families to sign up

on Saturday, June 8, during

a special petting zoo event.

“The summer reading

theme is ‘It’s Showtime

at Your Library,’ so we

wanted to take it to a different

level,” said Kathy

Langford, youth services

assistant manager. “People

love animals, and kids love

animals, so we decided to

change it up a little bit and

get the petting zoo.”

Chickens, ducks, goats,

a cow, a donkey and an alpaca

were among the animals

from A Zoo To You

that library patrons could

pet and feed.

Four-year-old Homer

Glen resident Cecelia

Leigh — who signed up for

the Summer Reading Club

with her younger sister,

Alistair — loves animals

and reading, so she was

especially excited about

the event. She counts “The

Pout-Pout Fish” as one of

her favorite books.

“He’s a blue fish that’s

kind of blubbery. He just

Tristan Fary places his ticket in the basket to try to win

the week’s mystery prize at the Summer Reading Club

kickoff event held Saturday, June 8, at Homer Township

Public Library. Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

hangs around and stuff,”

Leigh said, noting she often

likes to take three books to

bed.

The summer reading

challenge encourages children

to read 100 minutes

per week in order to receive

a chance to win a “fabulous

prize.” Participants in seventh

grade through adults

are asked to read four

items — books, magazines,

blogs, etc. — per week.

“Kids get an extra chance

to win if they attend one of

our programs or they visit

StoryWalk at Sendra Park,”

Langford said. “We also

have a weekly mystery

prize, and you don’t have to

be registered for the summer

reading program to

participate. Everyone can

get one ticket per day for

our mystery prize drawn

weekly.”

Dozens of local sponsors

support the Summer Reading

Challenge by donating

prizes and incentives.

Teens can get involved in

the summer reading challenge

either as participants

or by joining the Teen Volunteer

Crew, the latter of

which places them in a

leadership role helping the

next generation of readers

fall in love with books.

“The Teen Volunteer

Crew is for teens who are

going into seventh grade

through 12th grade,” Teen

Services Coordinator

Heather Colby said. “It’s

a way for them to get involved

with the library, be

a part of the community,

see what we do here at the

library and get their service

hours. And it’s helpful

to staff because we are so

busy throughout the summer.”

During the petting zoo

event, teen volunteers

helped guide children inside

the petting zoo and

provided them with food to

feed the animals.

Up to 600 visitors a day

are expected at the library

throughout the summer and

— along with offering a

large selection of books —

patrons can enjoy a variety

of special events.

Registration for the Summer

Reading Club is ongoing,

and more information

about upcoming events can

be found at homerlibrary.

org.

SUNDAY

Beef, Chicken, and Chorizo Tacos .....$1

Steak Tacos ...........................................$2

Domestic Pitchers................................$6

Domestic Buckets..............................$12

Well Bloody Marys, .............................$3

22oz Pints of Bud Light,

Coors Light, or Miller Lite......... $3.50

MONDAY

1/2 lb Burger with one side ........ $4.95

(add $0.50 for cheese)

1/4 lb Burger with one side ........ $3.95

(add $0.50 for cheese)

Wings ........................................(each) 65¢

Domestic Bottles .................................$2

22oz Pints of Bud Light,

Coors Light, or Miller Lite......... $3.50

TUESDAY

Three Reuben Sliders

with one side, ............................. $4.95

Import Pints..........................................$3

Well Mixed Drinks................................$3

22oz Pints of Bud Light,

Coors Light, or Miller Lite......... $3.50

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WEDNESDAY

Pizzas (dine-in only) ................... 1/2 Price

Meatball Sub with a side .............. $5.95

Domestic Pints .....................................$2

22oz Pints of Bud Light,

Coors Light or Miller Lite.......... $3.50

THURSDAY

Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich

with one side .............................. $5.95

U-Call-It’s ............................................... $3

(no shots, no rocks, or craft beers)

FRIDAY

1/2 Price Appetizers

(some restrictions apply)

Fish Fry ............................................ $8.95

Import Bottles......................................$3

22oz Pints of Bud Light,

Coors Light, or Miller Lite......... $3.50

SATURDAY

Pizzas (dine-in only) ................... 1/2 Price

Domestic Buckets..............................$12

U-Call-It’s-Bombs.................................$4

22oz pints of Bud Light,

Coors Light, or Miller Lite......... $3.50

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The Dish

Wooden Paddle thrives with dine-in experience after move to Lemont

Former Orland Park

business recently

hit six months in

new community

Thomas Czaja, Editor

When Jonathan Cowan

was 20 years old, he

bought the struggling Old

Town Pizza business in

Orland Park.

Though he got his first

job at 14 at a pizza place,

Cowan was still inexperienced

as an owner, and he

candidly said he failed for

five years.

Eventually, he and

wife Brianna, whom he

married in 2010, knew a

change was needed. They

switched the name to

Wooden Paddle Pizza in

2013, and made a pledge

to go with fresher ingredients

and a totally new

menu.

Realizing they did not

have the know-how to

compete in making Chicago-style

pizza with area

competitors that have done

so for years, they did research

and began selling

artisan pizza. Still, something

was missing.

“We just didn’t know

enough about our business

yet at that point,” Jonathan

Cowan said. “What I mean

by that is we are more an

experience-based company,

as opposed to a transactional

company.”

He noted the old Orland

Park location only had

four stools, and there was

not much of a chance for

customers to truly have a

dine-in experience. But as

the catering side of their

business began to grow,

they realized they wanted

to focus on that experience.

So, when the lease was

The Red State of Mind ($12) is made up of tequila,

Priqly liqueur, hibiscus lime and meringue.

up in Orland, they began

a search and eventually

settled on the location in

Lemont.

Wooden Paddle shut its

doors in Orland in August

2017 and opened up shop

on Dec. 4, 2018, in Lemont.

It was not an easy process.

Jonathan said the new

72-seat location required

extensive work inside and

that they needed to switch

contractors when the first

one they hired got behind

schedule. They were able

to keep up their busy catering

schedule in between

restaurants to help pay the

mortgage on the new spot.

Now, more than six

months in, the Cowans,

who also moved to Lemont

and live less than a

mile away from the business,

have seen plenty of

old customers visit and

new local ones stop in, too.

“I’m very happy with

how everything is going,”

Jonathan said. “Everyone

is very open in this community.”

Wooden Paddle sits on

the corner of Stephen and

Illinois streets on the edge

of the downtown. Some

people thought “oh, another

pizza place” upon

their arrival, Jonathan said,

which is why they took

“pizza” out of the name of

the restaurant, preferring

to go simply by Wooden

Paddle. While pizza is no

doubt a focus of the menu,

the owners view what they

offer as more than just that.

“We added on a lot of

small plates and fancy ourselves

more a tapas restaurant

now,” Jonathan said.

“Pizza is like the ultimate

tapas food — a very shareable

dish for people.”

And the wood-fired,

artisan pizza at Wooden

Paddle is more New Yorkstyle

by nature, he said.

“It’s wood-fired, so it is

cooked a lot quicker,” he

noted. “There is more air

in the dough with our pizza.

... So, our pizza has a

little bit of crispness to it.”

And all pizzas are made

with fresh mozzarella.

One of the popular pizzas

is the Gettin’ Figgy

Wit It ($14), which is

baked with mozzarella and

mascarpone cheeses, and

topped with thinly sliced

The fried meatballs ($10) at Wooden Paddle in Lemont feature chuck beef, marinara,

freshly grated Parmesan and basil chiffonade. Photos by Thomas Czaja/22nd

Century Media

prosciutto and a fig jam

also made in-house. Mascarpone

provides a richness

to the pizza, the prosciutto

a saltiness and the

fig jam a sweetness.

“It is hitting a lot of sensory

things, and that’s what

we are looking for when

making food items,” Jonathan

said. “How do we hit

a few different things?”

While many classic

pies transferred with the

restaurant from Orland

Park, there is now a new

“Beginnings” section on

the menu, including the

fried meatballs ($10).

Those are four all-beef

meatballs. Again, nothing

touches the freezer, and

Wooden Paddle works

in a mix of fresh herbs,

cheese and spices.

In the future, the menu

is expected to seasonally

rotate some items.

Wooden Paddle has expanded

its offerings to

craft cocktails at the new

location, as well. Pressing

their own lime, lemon

and grapefruit daily and

making their own syrups

has made all the difference

there.

“Just that little extra effort

makes us have a very

elevated drink compared

to buying store-bought

mixes,” Jonathan said.

For dessert, the housemade

gelato flight ($10)

includes five small samples

of salted caramel,

pistachio, olive oil, vanilla

and chocolate gelato.

“We make extremely

small batches of gelato, so

it’s extremely fresh all the

time,” Jonathan said. “We

are literally roasting pistachios

in the oven in back

and cutting them.”

Whether customers are

trying an long-standing

pizza or recently unveiled

salad, a new beginning or

a gelato ending, Jonathan

said the goal of the restaurant

is for family and

friends to be talking about

the experience. The space

has a minimalist design inside,

though the bathrooms

Wooden Paddle

212 Stephen St. in

Lemont

Hours

• 4-10 p.m. Tuesdays

through Thursdays,

Sundays

• 4-11 p.m. Fridays

and Saturdays

• Closed Mondays

For more information

Phone: (630) 326-

8150

Website:

woodenpaddle.com

— including flamingos on

the wall in the women’s

restroom, and trees on the

wall in the men’s restroom

— are meant to be another

conversation piece.

The restaurant continues

to grow, but the Cowans

aim to keep a certain feel

they thinks fits with the

new community they call

home.

“We like the quaintness

and littleness of Lemont,”

Jonathan said.


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crosstown CROSSWORD & Sudoku The crosstowns: Frankfort, Homer Glen, Lockport, Mokena, New Lenox, Orland Park, Tinley Park

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Cindy LaFleur

Across

1. Skirt lines

5. Rein in

9. LW Central alum

who was a University

of Illinois basketball

star, ___ Augustine

14. Board member, for

short

15. Large lake

16. “Gone with the

Wind” star

17. Dance at a Jewish

wedding

18. Verge

19. Cod relatives

20. Flap

21. Film genre

23. ___ the finish

25. Jose or Juan

26. Profitable rock

29. Flytrap

32. Gwyneth Paltrow

character in a film with

the same title

34. Short, as a play

37. Brain readings, for

short

38. ____dextrous (can

use both hands)

42. Place-setting place

43. In between black and

white

44. Road shoulder

45. Grapevine tidbits

47. Perfect place

49. “St. Elsewhere”

singer, ____ Barkley

53. Herbal beverage

54. Goose egg

56. Dixie pronoun

57. Former MLB player

for the Yankees who is a

Lincoln-Way East H.S.

alum

62. Palindromic title

64. Bad, as a situation

66. Oscar winner for

“Hud”

67. Moved ___ the freeway

68. Chicago airport

69. Hill crest

70. Christmas

71. Trifler

72. Japanese subway

tokens

73. Part of ADA

Down

1. Snarky laughs

2. Strange and

exciting

3. Sheep breed

4. Sacred beetle of

ancient Egypt

5. So-so grades

6. Pakistani language

7. Sets up

8. Attention-getters

9. Cash, for one

10. Triumphant

cries

11. Thorough

beauty treatment

12. Palindromic

conjunction

13. British special

forces, for short

22. New York’s

time zone

24. Late lunch hour

27. Port city of

Latvia

28. Like pie

30. Board Amtrak

31. Male companion

33. Piece of

chicken

35. 1972 treaty

subj.

36. Block up

38. Share a border

with

39. Allot

40. Manhattan

destination

41. Mischievous one

46. Put into words

48. Sillier

50. Jim Reeves

song

51. Almost treeless

plains

52. Writing tablets

55. Like Ichabod

Crane

58. Word on an

Irish euro

59. Hawaiian goose

60. Curry extra

61. Austrian peaks

63. Shed feathers

64. That was a lie!

65. Detective’s cry

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.

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answers

HOMER GLEN

Front Row

(14903 S. Bell Road,

Homer Glen; (708) 645-

7000)

■7 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:

Trivia

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

TINLEY PARK

350 Brewing

(7144 W. 183rd St.,

Tinley Park (708) 825-

7339)

■6:30 ■ p.m. First Thursday

of each month:

Laugh Riot. Cost is

$25 and includes

dinner, two beers

and a comedy show.

For tickets, email

todd@350brewing.

com.

Ed & Joe’s Restaurant &

Pizzeria

(17332 S. Oak Park

Ave., Tinley Park; (708)

532-3051)

■7:30 ■ p.m. Tuesdays:

Team Trivia

Tribes Beer Company

(9501 W. 171st St.,

Tinley Park (708) 966-

2051)

■Noon-2 ■ p.m. Sundays:

Sunday Bloody

Funday

■7 ■ p.m. Mondays:

Open Bluegrass Jam

Session

■8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays:

Trivia night

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Scene, email a.ivanisevic@

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Hiring Desk Clerk

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No Phone Calls

Award-Winning

Pet Care Company

Looking for Dog Walkers

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Part-Time Accountant

Weekdays

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Kirby School District 140

We are currently seeking

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A CDL License, with current

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endorsement is preferred,

but we are willing to train.

$13.00/hour for training;

$17.00/hour with CDL and

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Benefits offered

Apply at KSD140.org

Homer Glen-Home Office

adding to permanent office

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Exp in cust serv, computer,

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Only serious need apply.

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Hiring P/T House Cleaners

No Evenings/Weekends

Will Train

(815) 464-1988

Medical Office in

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Fax resume to 708.460.9254

or email datkenson@aol.com

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Atleast 2 years of

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(708) 349-2205

1004 Employment Opportunities

Lost Cat

Name: Izzy

Solid black, green eyes

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Lockport Creekside Estate

South Subdivision, Oak Run

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1057 Estate Sale

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2003 Appliance

Repair

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2701 Property for

Sale

COMMON AD -

REAL ESTATE SECTION

SHERIFF'S SALE OF REAL ESTATE

of 16849 S. Cedar Road, Homer Glen,

IL 60491 (Single-family). On the 27th

day ofJune, 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: BMO

Harris Bank, N.A. f/k/a Harris N.A.

Plaintiff V. Walter O. Konow; Laura A.

Konow; Chicago Title Land Trust Company,

as successor for Harris, N.A. as

successor for NLSB, asTrustee under

the Provisions of a Trust Agreement

Dated June 29, 1992, known asTrust

Number 1614; Village of Homer Glen;

Unknown Beneficiaries of Trust #1614;

Unknown Owners and Non-Record

Claimants Defendant.

Case No. 18CH 0885 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 bysubdivisions

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

required by subsection (g-1)

of Section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium

Property Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03 (J)

if there is asurplus following application

ofthe proceeds of sale, then the

plaintiff shall send written notice pursuant

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

to the proceeding advising them of

the amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty obtains

acourt order for its distribution or, in

the absence of an order, until the surplus

is forfeited to the State.

For Information Please Contact:

Egan & Alaily LLC

321 N. Clark Street Suite 1430

Chicago, IL

P: 1-312-253-8640

F:

PURSUANT TO THE FAIR DEBT

COLLECTION PRACTICES ACT

YOU ARE ADVISED THAT THIS

LAW FIRM ISDEEMED TO BE A

DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING

TO COLLECT ADEBT AND ANY

INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL

BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE.

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

BMO Harris Bank, N.A. f/k/a Harris

N.A.

Plaintiff,

vs.

Walter O. Konow; Laura A. Konow;

2703 Legal

Notices

Chicago Title Land Trust Company, as

successor for Harris, N.A. as successor

for NLSB, asTrustee under the Provisions

of aTrust Agreement Dated June

29, 1992, known asTrust Number 1614;

Village of Homer Glen; Unknown

Beneficiaries of Trust #1614; Unknown

Owners and Non-Record Claimants

Defendant.

No. 18 CH 0855

NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S SALE

Public notice ishereby given that pursuant

toajudgment entered in the above

cause on the 25th day of March, 2019,

MIKE KELLEY, Sheriff of Will

County, Illinois, will on Thursday, the

27th 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:

THAT PART OFTHE SOUTH 1/2 OF

THE SOUTH 1/2 OFTHE NORTH-

WEST 1/4 OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4

OF SECTION 28, TOWNSHIP 36

NORTH, RANGE 11, EAST OF THE

THIRD PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN, DE-

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MENCING AT THE NORTHWEST

CORNER OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4

OF SAID SECTION 28; THENCE

SOUTH 0DEGREES 00 MINUTES 00

SECONDS EAST ALONG THE WEST

LINE OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 OF

SAID SECTION 28, 1007.00 FEET TO

THE POINT OF BEGINNING;

THENCE NORTH 90 DEGREES 00

MINUTES 00 SECONDS EAST,

396.00 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 0DE-

GREES 00MINUTES 00 SECONDS

WEST, PARALLEL WITH THE

WEST LINE OFTHE NORTHEAST

1/4 OF SAID SECTION 275 FEET;

THENCE NORTH 90 DEGREES 00

MINUTES 00 SECONDS WEST, 396.0

FEET TO THE WEST LINE OF SAID

NORTHEAST 1/4; THENCE NORTH

0DEGREES 00 MINUTES 00 SEC-

ONDS WEST, ALONG SAID WEST

LINE 275 FEET TO THE POINT OF

BEGINNING, INWILL COUNTY, IL-

LINOIS.

Commonly known as:

16849 S. Cedar Road, Homer Glen, IL

60491

Description of Improvements:

Single-family

P.I.N.:

16-05-28-200-009-0000

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

time of sale and the balance within

twenty-four (24) hours. Nojudicial sale

fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring

the residential real estate pursuant

to its credit bid at the sale or by any

mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other

lienor acquiring the residential real estate

whose rights in and tothe residential

real estate arose prior to the sale. All

payments shall be made in cash or certified

funds payable tothe Sheriff of Will

County.

In the event the property is acondomin-

ium, in accordance with 735 ILCS

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

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

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

that the purchaser of the unit, other than

amortgagee, shall pay the assessments

and legal fees required bysubdivisions

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

required by subsection (g-1)

of Section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium

Property Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03 (J)

if there is asurplus following application

ofthe proceeds of sale, then the

plaintiff shall send written notice pursuant

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

to the proceeding advising them of

the amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty obtains

acourt order for its distribution or, in

the absence of an order, until the surplus

2703 Legal

Notices

is forfeited to the State.

FOR INFORMATION PLEASE CON-

TACT:

Egan & Alaily LLC

321 N. Clark Street Suite 1430

Chicago, IL

P: 1-312-253-8640

F:

Plaintiff's Attorney

MIKE KELLEY

Sheriff of Will County

COMMISSIONER VACANCY

NOTICE

Notice is hereby given that The

Homer Township Fire Protection

District Board of Trustees are accepting

applications for the Homer

Township Fire Protection District

Board of Commissioners. There is

currently one vacancy to be filled.

Candidates for the Board of Commissioners

must live within the

Homer Township Fire Protection

District.

The Board of Commissioner applications

may be picked up at the

Homer Township Fire Protection

District, 16050 S. Cedar Road,

Lockport, IL 60491 between 9:00

a.m. and 3:00 p.m. beginning

Thursday, June 6, 2019 and ending

Friday, June 14, 2019. Applications

may also be obtained onour

website – homerfire.org. Completed

applications must be received

by 3:00 p.m. onJune 17,

2019.

If you have any questions, please

contact the Fire Chief at

clocacius@homerfire.org.

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Haley Panfil just finished

her junior year at Lockport

Township. She played

center field on the Lockport

softball team and

helped lead the team to a

29-6 record this season.

How would you say the

team did this season?

I’d say we did pretty

well. We went further

[sectional title game] than

people thought, and we

won the conference. We

were underdogs coming

in, and no one expected us

to do that.

This past weekend,

Joliet West took home

a state trophy. You

lost to the Tigers 6-5

in the sectional final

game. How much do

you think that could

have been you?

Yes, we think about it.

There are things we could

have done differently, but

there’s always next year.

How did you get

started playing

softball?

My dad, Tim, got me

started playing when I was

5 in T-ball. Then, when I

was 8, I started playing on

an 8U travel team, and I’ve

been going since. I’ve always

played center field or

right field.

Do you play any other

sports?

I ran track and played

basketball at Kelvin Grove

Jr. High. Then, I played

basketball at Lockport

through my sophomore

year. I was a guard, and I

got brought up to varsity

the end of my sophomore

year, but I quit playing it

this past year to concentrate

on softball.

What is it about the

sport of softball that

makes it the game for

you?

I like how much energy

everyone gives. You can

make the game-winning

catch, but even if you

don’t make the game-winning

catch, the team still

has your back.

What have you

learned from Lockport

softball coach Marissa

Chovanec?

She has this quote to

“make failure your fuel.” I

like that because it taught

everyone that it’s OK to

fail, and then you use that

to bounce back.

If you could be a

superhero, who would

you be and why?

Frozone from “The Incredibles.”

That’s because

he always has that line,

“Where’s my super suit?”

That’s like me, I’m always

looking for my uniform.

Plus, he has everyone’s

back.

What would your

Photo submitted

spirit animal be?

An elephant. Like

Dumbo. That reminds me

of my childhood. When I

was really young, I went

on a rollercoaster with

Dumbo. So, that’s it.

Are you going to play

softball in college?

Yes, I’ve already verbally

committed to Charleston

Southern University in

South Carolina. I went to a

camp there and really liked

it. I had a really good connection

with all the players.

What is the best thing

about being an athlete

at Lockport?

The relationships with

your teammates, especially

at Lockport. We’re all

so funny, weird and mesh

together perfectly.

Interview by Freelance Reporter

Randy Whalen


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Seventeen Porters make their

college commitments official

Crushing the competition

Illinois Crush 10U takes first at Homer Heat

Summer Swing Tournament

Randy Whalen, Freelance Reporter

Lockport Township High

School has always taken pride in

not only how its athletes perform

while at the school, but also in

how they perform after they graduate

and go on to play in college.

A couple of weeks ago, 17

more of those student-athletes announced

their intent to play at the

next level as Lockport held its final

signing day on May 22 in the

Porter Room at East Campus.

This was the second of two

Spring Signing Days that Lockport

held. The first was on April

17.

“Lockport High School is proud

to celebrate our Spring Signing

Day Part Two,” Lockport Athletic

Director Mike Dwyer said.

“We had 17 student-athletes join

us for the day. High school athletics

is about providing experiences

and opportunities for our students

to grow, learn and continue to be

selfless community members.

“The work ethic, character and

commitment from these young

adults is amazing. Thank you to

these student-athletes, their families

and our school community for

the great memories and moments.

There are great things ahead for

these Porters.”

The Porter baseball team had its

36th-straight winning season this

spring. They had plenty of talent,

and that has shown not only on

the field but off, as they had five

athletes sign to play in college in

May. They are John Gallet [University

of Wisconsin-Whitewater],

Justin Gasper [Dominican University],

Jack Mladic [University

of Wisconsin-Oshkosh], Logan

Strutz [Triton College] and Collin

Woulfe [St. Xavier University].

“We are very proud of these five

young men,” Lockport baseball

coach Andy Satunas said. “They

will join seven others from our

2019 senior baseball class to go

on and compete at the next level.

Their hard work and effort over

their time here at Lockport on and

off the field has given them this

opportunity. This is an exciting

day for Lockport Porter Baseball.”

This past fall, the Lockport boys

golf team brought home a thirdplace

finish from the Class 3A

State Finals. It was the program’s

first trophy in the sport since a

third-place finish in 2000.

The three that recently signed

are Brandon Burdick [Carroll University],

John Elsen [Marian University

- Wisconsin] and Eric Gasienica

[Dominican University].

“I’m really happy for the five

players who have signed to play

at the next level,” Lockport boys

golf coach Matt Eber said. “They

are all great kids, and I am proud

to have coached them. I’m looking

forward to seeing the great things

they will do in the future in school

and on the course.”

Lockport boys basketball has a

storied history, which contributed

to coach Brett Hespell coming

up with a theme of “uncommon”

when referring to the program.

This past winter, the Porters had

their first winning season since

2011-2012. Three more of their

players signed on the dotted line

on signing day.

The trio was Quinn Gardner

[Lakeland University - Wisconsin],

Tommy Halatek [Loras College]

and Matt Hatzopoulas [Illinois

College].

“It’s really fun to have a number

of kids playing beyond high

school,” Lockport boys basketball

coach Brett Hespell said. “We’ve

been fortunate to have several athletes

go on to compete collegiately

in other sports the past few years,

but it’s going to be really fun to be

able to follow some guys playing

basketball in college.

“I’m so proud of the four guys

who have committed to play college

basketball next year. It’s a

testament to their hard work and

dedication to their craft. Jake,

Tommy, Matt and Quinn were

part of a major turnaround for our

program — our best performance

since 2012.

“Most importantly, they represent

our uncommon program because

they are uncommon young

men. You could not have a finer

group of guys representing Lockport,

and each one of the colleges

they are attending have gotten

first-rate young men. I’m excited

to see what the future holds for

them.”

While this past season was a

struggle for the Lockport football

team, Ryan Barth did well as the

kicker/punter for the team. He will

now be moving on to play at Carroll

University.

This past winter, the Porter

wrestling team returned to state

for the first time since winning the

Class 3A title in 2017. They graduate

eight seniors and many are

going onto participate in the sport

in college. That includes Malik

Daghash, who will be wrestling at

Elmhurst College.

Andi Hennessy medaled at the

pole vault at the Class 3A Girls

Track and Field Finals on May 18

with a ninth-place finish of 11 feet

even. She will continue on in the

sport at Southern Illinois University.

For the second-straight season,

the Lockport boys volleyball team

finished with 26 wins while participating

in the SouthWest Suburban

Conference, perhaps the toughest

one in the state. Setter Robbie

Maida will now take his talents to

Millikin University.

The girls bowling team is always

excellent at Lockport, with a

total of four state championships.

One of the few seniors on this past

season’s squad was Tallia Roti,

who has signed to continue the

sport at North Central College.

The Lockport softball squad had

another outstanding season, going

29-6 and losing in the sectional title

game 6-5 last week. One of the

seven seniors on the team is Carly

Salutric, who will move on to play

at Wartburg College.

Celebrating after recently winning this year’s Homer Heat

Summer Swing Tournament are Illinois Crush 10U baseball

coaches (back row, left to right) Wolf Tone (Homer Glen), Greg

Maloney (Homer Glen), Paul Andler (Homer Glen) and Mike Kies,

with Steve Miller (Homer Glen) not pictured; players include

(middle row, left to right) Adam Stepanek, Jake Maloney (Homer

Glen), Matt Kies, Wolfie Tone (Homer Glen), Owen Kanosky

(Homer Glen), Quinn Danaher (Homer Glen), Declan Andler

(Homer Glen) and (front row, left to right) Tommy Miller (Homer

Glen), Josh Kies, Dash McCarthy and Aaron Lukaszewski

(Homer Glen). Photo submitted

Loyola Medicine to hold

camp for young athletes

Preventing sports

injury the focus of twoday

event at LTHS

Staff Report

Female athletes who play

sports such as soccer and basketball

that involve jumping

and pivoting are two to 10 times

more likely to suffer ACL knee

injuries than males.

Many of these injuries could

be prevented by conditioning

and using proper landing techniques

after jumping.

To reduce the risk of knee and

other injuries in both girls and

boys, Loyola Medicine is conducting

a two-day Sports Injury

Prevention Camp at Lockport

Township High School

for athletes ages 10 to 14.

The camp will be held from

8 a.m. to noon on Friday, June

14, and Friday, June 21. Participants

must attend both days.

The cost for both days is $50.

The camp will be conducted

by Loyola sports medicine and

rehabilitation physicians and

physical therapists. It will include

an individualized injury

risk assessment, an injury prevention

program and exercises

and education on proper hydration

and nutrition and on how to

prevent ACL injuries.

The camp will be held in the

Community Center, Room 107

at Lockport Township High

School, 1323 E. 7th St. in Lockport.

To register, call (708) 531-

7940.


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the homer horizon | June 13, oPPrairie.com 2019 | 37

22nd Century Media chose the best boys volleyball student-athletes based on coach and writer

recommendations, as well as player statistics, in its seven-town southwest suburban coverage

area to place them on one super team — Team 22. The team features student-athletes from

Lincoln-Way Central, LW East, LW West, Providence Catholic, Andrew, Tinley Park, Lockport

Township and Sandburg high schools.

—Compiled by 22nd Century Media staff

First team

OH: Ike Papes, senior,

Providence

462 kills, 200 digs, 55

aces, 38 blocks. All-CCL

Green. All-Tournament

at Smack Attack and

the Argo invite. Led area

players in kills for the

season.

OH: Wil McPhillips,

senior, LW East

363 kills, 62 digs, 46

aces, 34 blocks. All-

SWSC. The Griffins’

standout is planning

to attend Ball State

to continue playing

volleyball after high

school.

RS: Jake Whyte, senior,

Lockport

329 kills, .221 hit

percentage, 138 digs,

55 aces, 33 blocks. All-

SWSC. All-Tournament at

Marist and Argo invites.

Committed to Erskine.

M: Brendan McCarthy,

senior, LW Central

99 kills, 74 blocks, 40 digs,

27 aces. All-SWSC. The

Knights middle hitter made

a mark bigger than his

numbers on the conference

during his senior season.

S: David Flores, senior,

LW West

784 assists, 188 digs,

172 service points, 99

blocks (23 for kills), 52

kills, 30 aces. SWSC

Athlete of the Year.

Directed the action all

season long.

L: Danny Pacini, senior,

LW East

450 digs, 2.44 passing,

46 assists. All-SWSC.

The Griffins defensive

specialist is planning to

continue his dominance

at Dominican University

next season.

Utility: Luka Vukanic,

senior, Sandburg

227 kills, 100 digs, 36

blocks. All-SWSC. Vukanic

mostly shined as a scorer

for the Eagles at outside

hitter but proved versatile

in his defensive efforts.

Honorable mentions:

OH: Cort Jensen, senior, Sandburg; Matt

Arens, sophomore, Lockport; Ike Mahajan,

senior, LW East; Tyler Holubek, senior, LW

West; Nico Studer, senior, LW West; Zach

Nelson, senior, Tinley Park; Connor Keating,

junior, Andrew.

RS: David Vales, junior, Sandburg.

M: Jake Maly, junior, Lockport; Michael

Sherwood, senior, Andrew; Jay Pillai, senior,

Tinley Park; Chris Dargan, senior, LW West;

Darryl Farrow, senior, Andrew.

S: Nathan Ryan, senior, Tinley Park.

L: Tyler Vedder, junior, LW West.

U: Matt Russo, senior, Providence.

second team

OH: Ben Pluskota, senior, LW West

310 kills, 176 service points, 148 digs, 78 blocks, 39 aces, 20

assists. All-SWSC.

OH: Jack Yurkanin, senior, LW Central

307 kills, 2.45 serve receive, 165 digs, 74 aces, 36 blocks. All-SWSC.

RS: Louden Moran, senior, LW West

233 kills, 135 blocks (44 for kills), 133 digs, 126 service points, 45

assists. All-SWSC.

M: Michael Sherwood, senior, Andrew.

133 kills, 34 block kills, 10 aces. All-SWSC.

S: Cam Petrusevski, senior, Sandburg

700 assists, 127 digs, 57 kills, 46 aces. All-SWSC.

L: Jeremiah Burden, sophomore, Sandburg

300 digs, 70 assists, 16 aces.

U: Trevor Lewis, junior, LW East

411 assists, 172 kills, 169 digs, 48 aces, 41 blocks.


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LTHS grad re-writes record books at North Central

Quade sets five

career, one singleseason

record for

Cardinals in college

Max Lapthorne

Contributing Editor

The most memorable

hit of Jeremy Quade’s

baseball career probably

should not have been a hit

at all.

In his penultimate game

at North Central College

on May 19, the LTHS grad

dug into the batter’s box in

the top of the seventh inning

having compiled 245

hits during his collegiate

career, tied for the most in

program history. He got a

changeup in the zone —

a pitch Quade had done

plenty of damage with in

his career — but the pitch

had its desired effect, with

Quade starting his swing

a fraction of a second too

early and popping the ball

high into left field.

But what should have

been an easy putout turned

into a record-breaking

hit, as Quade’s big swing

and some swirling winds

teamed up to trick the

Webster University outfielders,

and the ball fell to

the turf in left-center field

for his 246th hit as a Cardinal.

“I was a little angry at

first because of the way it

happened, but I [remembered]

how many times

I hit a ball hard right at

somebody, and it was

caught, so I was able to

take a deep breath and

enjoy the moment, realize

what just happened and

how special it is,” Quade

said.

Although the historic hit

was not a majestic home

run or frozen rope, it was

perhaps more apropos,

because despite flinging

his bat in frustration after

initially making contact,

Quade — as he always

did — hustled down the

line and ended up with a

double on the play. North

Central coach Ed Mathey’s

first reaction when the record-setting

blooper fell

to the grass was to crack a

smile, because he knew it

was probably not how his

senior center fielder imagined

that moment playing

out.

“In his mind, it’s probably

not the glorious home

run or the line drive into

right-center field, but it’s

one he’s always going to

remember, [and] so will

I,” Mathey said. “... For

the most part, Jeremy approached

the game to play

hard each and every day.

That’s not an easy thing to

do at any level.”

Quade’s collegiate career

came to a close later

that day in the Whitewater

Regional Championship,

but he will not be

soon forgotten around

the North Central baseball

complex, as he left as

the career leader in runs,

games played, stolen bases

and at-bats while also

breaking the single-season

record for at-bats. In

addition to his individual

exploits, Quade helped

the Cardinals to four consecutive

Collegiate Conference

of Illinois and

Wisconsin titles, was part

of four NCAA regionalqualifying

teams and led

his team to a third-place

finish at the Division III

College World Series his

sophomore year.

“It’s a Division III

school, but our athletic

program is outstanding,”

Lockport Township graduate Jeremy Quade is the all-time career leader in hits,

stolen bases, at-bats, games played and runs scored at North Central College.

Steve Woltmann/North Central College

Quade said of North Central.

“The opportunities

at Lockport that I was

able to take advantage of,

whether that be classroom

stuff, weight room stuff,

leadership stuff, just kind

of the whole package that

Lockport offered me, and

the people that were there

prepared me to take advantage

of the opportunities at

North Central.”

One of the opportunities

Quade had at LTHS most

pivotal to his success at

North Central was playing

quarterback for the Porters

football team. His time on

the gridiron helped finetune

his leadership skills,

and the overall mentality

he had during football

games translated to the

diamond, as well.

“With baseball, they say

you only play or are focused

for like 22 minutes

out of three hours,” Quade

said. “For those 22 minutes,

you have to have a

football mentality. Hustle

out of the box, fighting

for the extra 90 feet. Just

like in football, you’re always

fighting for that extra

yard.”

When recruiting Quade,

Mathey was enticed by

Quade’s work on the football

field, but not only

because it showcased his

leadership and focus.

“It shows a lot of different

things from a leadership

standpoint, from

an attention-to-detail

standpoint and [about]

his decision-making ability,”

Mathey said. “That’s

part of the game of baseball

that I don’t think gets

looked at enough, is the

ability to make good decisions

when you’re on the

field.”

One of the moments

that stands out most to

Mathey when it comes to

Quade is an at-bat that he

did not even take. Late

this past season — as

Quade was in pursuit of

the all-time hits record

— Mathey and his coaching

staff were hoping to

get an at-bat for one of

Quade’s teammates who

had battled several shoulder

injuries throughout

his career and worked to

rehab the injury despite

the odds being against

him being able to play

again.

The game was well in

hand in the eighth inning,

and the coaching staff

was planning to give him

the at-bat in the designated

hitter spot, but given

where the Cardinals were

in the order, there was no

guarantee that spot would

come up before the game

ended. Quade overheard

this conversation between

Mathey and his coaching

staff as he headed to the

on-deck circle and immediately

offered to give up

his at-bat.

“Here is a guy who has

been in the lineup a lot,

and I know he’s aware of

the hit record and everything

else, and he’s willing

to do that for a teammate,”

Mathey said.

Quade recently finished

up his degree in

sports management and

communication and accepted

a business education

teaching position at

a high school in Indiana

where his first base coach

at North Central College

was recently named athletic

director. Quade plans

to coach baseball and

football and may do some

strength and conditioning

work, as well.

“I’m really excited about

this opportunity that I have

with that teaching position

and the coaching,” he said.

“I never thought about

teaching until this year,

but I think it’s a good fit

for me, and I think it still

allows me to work toward

my career goals.”

Quade credits his family

and those involved in

the baseball programs at

LTHS and North Central

for getting him to where he

is today. Going forward, he

plans to continue playing

baseball with a semi-pro

collegiate summer league

team called the Lombard

Orioles and would be open

to playing professionally,

but if that opportunity

does not come, he is satisfied

with how his baseball

career has played out —

especially now that he has

two more hits than anyone

else to ever put on a Cardinals

uniform.

“As I started to realize

I was getting close, it was

one thing that I personally

was wanting to achieve

that, kind of put the icing

on the cake for my senior

year, having it be a good

year, overall; that was the

last record I was really

chasing,” Quade said.


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22nd Century Media File

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1st and 3

Porters triplets

all athletes in high

school, move on to

same college

1. Going forward

together

Aaron, Maddy and

Payton Grcevic, triplets

who recently

graduated from

LTHS, will all be

heading to Indiana

University for college

to study in the

business school

there.

2. Different sports

Aaron and Payton

both played basketball,

and Payton

also played softball.

Maddy made it to

state in tennis this

past autumn.

3. Staying active

Payton plans to

participate in intramural

softball at

Indiana, while Aaron

plans to do intramural

basketball there.

Maddy said she

might pick up tennis

again, calling it a

lifelong sport.

Grcevic triplets all to head to Indiana University

Randy Whalen

Freelance Reporter

Grcevic, the three-headed

athlete.

The new Godzilla movie

might have Ghidorah, the

three-headed monster. But

for the past four years,

Lockport Township athletics

had the sibling triplet

attack of the Grcevics.

All three of them, Aaron,

Maddy, and Payton Grcevic,

will all be going to the

same college together, as

well. That is Indiana University.

Not only will all

three be going there together,

but they all will also be

in the business school at the

university, even if it was

not planned that way.

“When we started looking

at colleges last summer,

I knew that Indiana University

was my top choice,”

Maddy said. “So, I decided

to go there first.”

Aaron was next.

“My top choice was the

University of Wisconsin,”

he said. “But I didn’t get

direct admission to there.

So last December, I decided

to go to Indiana. It just

worked out.”

It also worked out for

Payton.

“It was between Indiana

and the University of Dayton

in Ohio,” Payton said.

“But Indiana had a better

business school, so I decided

this past February to go

there. I would never have

thought that we’d all go to

the same school. It just happened.”

While they will all attend

Indiana together, they

all had their own identity in

athletics at Lockport. Aaron

and Payton both played

basketball, but Payton also

played softball. Maddy

made it to state in tennis

this past fall.

Being the only two-sport

varsity athlete at Lockport

and a starter in both basketball,

at guard, and softball,

at second base, which sport

did Payton like better?

“I could never decide

that,” she said. “It just depended

on the season. But

at Indiana, I might do intramural

softball, but not

basketball. I think I’m done

with basketball, so I guess

it’s softball.”

Aaron plans to do intramural

basketball in college.

“Oh, yeah, I will probably

play intramurals at Indiana,”

he said. “I want to

stay active.”

Being a tennis player,

Maddy can stay active

most any time.

“Maybe I will be picking

it up again,” she said. “The

good thing about tennis is

you can play it your whole

life.”

Maddy does have a bit

of bragging rights over her

siblings. She is the only one

who went to the state finals.

That happened last fall,

when she and her doubles

partner, sophomore Kamila

Kalinowska, advanced to

state as the Porters second

doubles team. There, they

won a match.

Naturally, there is some

sibling rivalry.

“I’ve been telling Payton

to practice against me

for years,” Aaron said of

Triplets and recent LTHS

graduates (left to right)

Payton, Aaron and Maddy

Grcevic were all studentathletes

in high school,

and they will all attend

Indiana University to study

in the business school

there. photo submitted

the fact they were the only

ones to both play the same

sport of basketball. “But

she never wanted to play

me one-on-one.”

Payton did not want to

go that route.

“We would just shoot

around together,” she said.

The competition got lessened

as the years went on.

“When we all played

the same sports, there was

more competition,” Maddy

said of the trio in junior

high at Oak Prairie Junior

High. We all played basketball

and volleyball there.”

But the three all support

each other and attended

each other’s games whenever

they could. They also

all credit their parents, Allycn

and Brad, for their

support. Their parents met

in high school, were both

1988 Lockport graduates

and both played sports at

the school.

Allycn was a cheerleader,

and Brad was a varsity

baseball player.

“We all supported each

other, and so did our parents,”

Maddy said.

Plus, their parents are remembered

at Lockport.

“Some of the coaches at

Lockport, like [Ken] Dobson

and [Ron] Kulwinski

tell stories about my dad,”

Aaron said. “My dad was

a big influence on me and

continues to help me get

better and continue my

work ethic.”

The three were all born

a minute apart on Oct. 20,

2000. Aaron was first, followed

by Maddy and Payton.

They have no other

siblings.

“I’ve been fortunate

enough to get to know all

three of these kids,” Lockport

boys basketball coach

Brett Hespell said. “They

are an incredible family.

It’s easy to have a cynical

attitude about kids, school,

society, and then you meet

the Grcevic kids. They remind

you how much positive

there is in the world.

Hard workers, polite, care

about the people around

them, great students, always

fun to be around. I

hope the other students

in the LTHS community

learned from them.”

Lockport softball coach

Marissa Chovanec agreed.

“Each one of them

brought something unique

to the family dynamic,”

she said. “All three are

academics, and all three are

going to business school.

All three of them are incredibly

smart, and I know

their parents are proud of

all three of them.”

The triplets all feel the

same about how going to

Lockport influenced and

made an impact on them.

“I learned a lot about

hard work and getting

where you want to be,”

Maddy said. “It was really

hard work to get to state in

tennis, and I made my two

best friends through tennis.

That’s what I will remember.”

So will Payton, who

helped the girls basketball

team to its first regional

championship in 11 years

as a junior, and then helped

the softball team to an undefeated

SouthWest Suburban

Blue Division championship

this spring.

“Throughout all the

years, I would never give

up and keep pushing,” she

said. “I will remember that,

along with all the friendships

and memories.”

Aaron was a big contributor

in the second half

of the season, as the boys

basketball team registered

its first winning season in

seven years this past winter.

“Lockport taught me

so much, and the coaches

were a big influence on me,

especially this past season

in basketball,” he said. “I

started the season on the

bench and ended up starting

by the end. Just never

give up.”

LISTEN UP

“They remind you how much positive there is in the world. Hard workers,

polite, care about the people around them, great students, always fun to

be around. I hope the other students in the LTHS community learned from

them.”

Brett Hespell — LTHS boys basketball coach, on the Grcevic triplets

Tune In

Sports Injury Prevention Camp

Avoiding getting hurt — 8 a.m. to noon Friday, June

14, and Friday, June 21, at LTHS.

• Loyola Medicine is slated to conduct a two-day

Sports Injury Prevention Camp geared toward

athletes ages 10-14.

Index

37 - Team 22 Boys Volleyball

35 - Athlete of the Week

FASTBREAK is compiled by Editor Thomas Czaja,

tom@homerhorizon.com.


homer glen’s Hometown Newspaper | June 13, 2019

Triple threat Grcevic

triplets reflect on successes in

various sports at LTHS, Page 39

Net masters Team 22

announces its all-area prep

boys volleyball team, Page 37

Jeremy Quade played

football and baseball

at Lockport Township

before going on to

become the all-time

hits leader in North

Central College baseball

history. Steve Woltmann/

North Central College

LTHS graduate caps collegiate career by becoming

North Central’s all-time hits leader, Page 38

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