More festival sights Fireworks show

choreographed to music from The Beatles, returning magician

among other Homer Community Fest highlights, Page 4

Crafting a venture Local

father and son team up to create business

making ginger beer, Page 6

Growing grocer

Customers line up outside Aldi for store’s

grand reopening in Homer Glen, Page 7

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Latest edition of annual Homer

Community Fest takes place, along with

Independence Day Parade, Page 3

Carnival attendees (left to right, back row) Nathan Grundhofer,

Alaina Shaw, Emma Hess, (front row) Kate Streb and Keith

Jackson ride on Pharaoh’s Fury on Saturday, June 22, at Homer

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“Learn to be a Clown”

Wacky Circus Show

11 a.m.-noon June 27,

Homer Township Public

Library, 14320 W. 151st

St., Homer Glen. Brian

Wismer presents a fun,

interactive show teaching

basic clowning skills along

with juggling, balance, stilt

walking and more. The first

60 children will get a free

clown nose. No registration

required. All ages welcome,

and children under 6

must be with adult.


Art Workshop Presented

by Prairie Art Studio

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

June 28, Homer Township

Public Library, 14320 W.

151st St., Homer Glen.

Taught by Michelle Stanley

for ages 8-13, the subject

of this workshop is

the fantail goldfish with a

split tail and rounded edges.

Participants will draw

them in their watery habitat.

Registration and $2 fee

required for the session.

For more information, call

(708) 301-7908.

Food Truck Fridays

5-7:30 p.m. June 28,

Messenger Marsh, S.

Bell Road south of Route

7/159th Street, Homer

Glen. Also being held July

26 and Aug. 23 at this location.

Food trucks will roll

into Will County Forest

preserves throughout the

summer. New food trucks

have been added in 2019.

Forest Preserve District of

Will County staff will be

on-hand to supply sidewalk

chalk and games of

beanbag toss for those who

want to do more than eat.

Staff also will distribute

milkweed seeds in an effort

to help monarch butterflies

and other pollinators. For

more information, including

viewing where specific

food trucks will be for individual

Food Truck Fridays

listings, visit Reconnec



Mad Scientists: Crazy for


6- 7 p.m. July 2, Homer

Township Public Library

District, 14320 W. 151st

St., Homer Glen. Children

ages 5-12 can enjoy simple

science activities, along

with snacks and drinks.

Registration and a $2 fee

is required. For more information,

call (708) 301-


Environment Committee


6:30 p.m. July 2, Village

of Homer Glen Community

Meeting Room, 14240

W. 151st St., Homer Glen.

The Environment Committee

will meet. For more

information or to view an

agenda, visit www.homer



Children’s Summer Art


July 8-12, Homer Township

Hall, 16057 S. Cedar

Road, Lockport. Five days

of artistic instruction will

be given, with 9:30 a.m.

to noon for ages 5-7 and

1:30-4 p.m. for ages 8-12.

Class sizes are limited, and

those interested must register

by July 5. The fee is

$100, and all materials are

supplied. For more information

and to register, call

(708) 203-4694 or email



Konow’s Corn Maze

Summer Fest

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.


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. Fore more

information, visit www.


Be Greek For A Day

5-11 p.m. Friday, July

19; 3-11 p.m. Saturday,

July 20; and 1-10 p.m.

Sunday, July 21, Assumption

Greek Orthodox

Church, 15625 S.

Bell Road, Homer Glen.

The weekend will feature

delicious Greek cuisine,

pastries, authentic Greek

yogurt, loukoumades and

taverna games for all ages

and raffle totaling $9,000

in prizes. There will also

be Greek dance performances

featuring the Hellenic

Cathedral Dancers

Dance Troupe. Maggie

Speaks will perform from

7:30-10:30 p.m. on Friday,

and Ormi will perform

from 5-11 p.m. on

Saturday and Sunday. Admission

is $2. For more

information, call (708)

645-0652 or visit assump


Chalk-It-Up! Save the Date

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

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.

For more information,

visit www.homerglenil.org

under Special Events.

Prairie Fest

5-10:30 p.m. Friday,

Aug. 9; noon-10:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 10; and 11

a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug.

11, Annunciation Byzantine

Catholic Church,

14610 Will-Cook Road,

Homer Glen. There will

be gift raffles, a beer tent,

children’s area, ethnic and

American foods, prairie

and church tours, a board

painting class, bake sale,

vendors and more. Admission

is $5 for adults ages

14 plus on Friday and Saturday,

with Sunday free.

The Kids Zone for ages 3

through 13 has $5 wristbands.

For early registration,

visit byzantinecatho


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

August 24, Trantina

Farm, 15744 W. 151st

St. The Homer Township

Open Space Committee is

holding this event, and the

proceeds will be placed

in the Open Space Fund

for the Trantina property.

Sell out of one’s vehicle

trunk. Bring one’s own

tables and set up to add

more sale space to one’s

place. No large appliances,

but firearms, ammunition,

explosives or

fireworks will be allowed.

Fee for securing a place

is $30. For more information,

visit www.homer



Homer Glen: Lemont Car

Club Cruise Nights

4-7 p.m. Sundays, Big

R, 15830 S. Bell Road in

Homer Glen. Guests are

asked by Big R to not arrive

before 3:30 p.m. For

more information, visit



Eyeglasses and Hearing

Aid Donations

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday,

Homer Township

Administration Office,

14350 W. 151st St.,

Homer Glen. The Lyons

Club is sponsoring the donation

of gently used eyeglasses

and hearing aides,

which will be distributed

to residents in need.

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Homer Community Fest, parade feature old and new traditions

Laurie Fanelli

Freelance Reporter

Nothing says summer

like a parade, except maybe

a carnival.

On Saturday, June 22,

the Homer Glen community

came out in droves to

enjoy two of the most popular

events of the season:

Homer Township’s Annual

Independence Day Parade

and the Village of Homer

Glen’s Homer Community

Fest. The parade featured

all of the traditions

— sirens, candy, music

and more — families have

come to love, while the

fest itself, which ran from

Thursday, June 20, through

Sunday, June 23, had a new

location at Heritage Park.

“This has been a dream

for many years to have it

here at Heritage Park because

of the paved surfaces

and everything is contained

in one place,” Village

Community Relations Coordinator

Sue Steilen said.

“People have been planning

this for two years.”

Village Trustee Keith

Gray, who chairs the

Homer Community Festival

Committee, was also

thrilled with the new location.

“It’s been great,” Gray

said. “We’ve gotten a lot of

positive feedback from the

people. Everybody loves

it because it’s wide open,

a lot of land, and the carnival

is all on pavement,

so it’s been great this year.

The kids are loving the

carnival. It’s packed every

night. The community really

loves this event.”

The Saturday festivities

began with the Independence

Day Parade. Homer

Township Trustee Ed Kalas

said he loves driving in the

procession each year, as it

warms his heart to see all

Homer Glen resident Madison Rusin goes for a spin on the teacups ride on Saturday,

June 22, at Homer Community Fest. Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

the children smiling and


“The weather has turned

out great today,” Kalas said

on Saturday. “We’re always

trying to add more to the

parade, like the marching

bands, which we were kind

of short on for a couple

years. The car clubs are always

here. Everyone really

comes together for this, the

Township, the Village, the

Road District, EMAs.”

Homer Glen Junior

Woman’s Club, Elite

Dance Academy, Cross of

Glory, Sports Clips, Girl

Scout Service Unit 741 of

Lockport and Homer Glen,

Cub Scout Pack 61, Kickhigher

Martial Arts and

many more participated in

the parade. Live music was

provided by the Lockport

Township High School

Marching Band, Patriot

Brass and the Joliet American

Legion Band.

Homer Glen residents

the Milligan family — Kiera,

Ryan, Hannah (3) and

Nora (1) — said they love

attending both the parade

and carnival.

“This parade is very family

friendly,” Kiera said.

“The amount of candy they

get is great, and they really

enjoy it. Last year, Hannah

sliced a board from one of

the karate places. She loved


Hannah added that she

loved going to the carnival

on Thursday because she

got to spend time with her

uncle and have fun on the

slide and car rides. Other

attractions at the carnival

included Moby Dick, Fast

N Furious, Looney Train

and Pharaoh’s Fury.

Walking along with

Village Trustees, Mayor

George Yukich handed out

bags filled with candy, as

well as goodies and coupons

from local businesses,

to parade attendees. He was

enjoying another successful

year of Homer Community


“Everyone works together

in this community,

and that’s what’s so beautiful,”

Yukich said. “This

is almost like you’re going

back to Mayberry. Everybody

knows everybody.

Everyone’s there for you,

and when it comes to volunteers,

we always get way

more than we need. It’s

great to have all the help.”

While the extended

Owen Genis, of Homer Glen, plays the rubber ducky

game at the carnival portion of the festival.

Chloe Siezega plays clarinet with the Lockport

Township High School Marching Band during the

Independence Day Parade.

weekend was filled with

fun, Yukich counted the

Thursday night fireworks

as a definite highlight.

“That was the best fireworks

display I’ve ever

seen in my life, and I’m

63 years old. It just makes

you proud,” said Yukich,

adding his appreciation for

everyone who helps plan

the festival. “The Festival

committee has the hardest

job — more meetings than

anyone else — and every

year it’s gone off without a

flaw. And, Mother Nature’s

finally working with us. It’s

the second day of summer,

and we’ve got beautiful


Gray also enjoyed the

“perfect” fireworks display,

as well as the “phenomenal

Special Needs Day on Friday.”

“We invite all the special

needs kids to come and

enjoy the carnival on their

own for a few hours,” Gray

said. “It’s closed to the public

and only open to special

needs families. They get to

enjoy that without all the

noise and the crowds that

might put them off.”

Gray hopes that the community

will return to Heritage

Park later this summer

as the Village plans to open

the Active Core section of

the park. Tennis courts,

pickleball courts, a challenge

course, sensory garden

and more are among

the highly anticipated features

of the Active Core


Homer Fest and the Independence

Day Parade

are a collaboration between

government agencies — including

the Homer Township

Road District, which

organizes the fireworks,

any road or parking logistics

and more — local businesses,

organizations and


Cool Creations, Kenootz

Pizza, Big Joe’s Backyard

BBQ, Pelican Harry’s

and more were among the

on-site vendors at the carnival.

Meijer, Kenwood

Liquors and All Around

Amusement were among

the Homer Fest sponsors,

while live music and games

added to the fun.

“All of the vendors that

we have here are Homer

Glen businesses, and we

also use community organizations

in the beer tent

to serve the beer,” Steilen

said. “We’re grateful for

all the volunteers that we

get. I think we have 100

volunteers doing all different

things. The Road

District has been great

with pulling in things at

the last minute, and we’re

grateful for the use of all

the parking lots, the library

has been great and,

of course, our Will County


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Eye-catching spectacles

Magician, Magic Skies VII draw a crowd on first evening of Homer Community Fest

Mr. D’s Magic & Illusions show once again entertained

guests with a variety of tricks as part of the act on the

first day of Homer Community Fest on Thursday, June

20, at Heritage Park in Homer Glen. Photos by Thomas

Czaja/22nd Century Media

Guests watch the Magic Skies VII fireworks show,

which this year was choreographed to hits from The

Beatles. “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” was the first song

used during the show, kicking off the fast-paced and

upbeat production.

Fireworks show attendees sat and stood along the top

of a hill at the fireworks viewing area for the display.

Some members of the audience danced, others sang

along to the old hits and others still watched with quiet

focus at the event held at Heritage Park for the first time.

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Father and son, both LTHS grads, start craft beer company

Kure’s specializes

in making batches

of its ginger beer

Alex Ivanisevic

Contributing Editor

One out of retirement

and the other chasing a

dream, father-son duo

John and John Kure have

worked as a team to establish

Kure’s Craft Beverage


Both are Lockport

Township High School

alumni, the elder John

having graduated in 1978,

and his son in 2005.

After retiring from his

deputy chief position with

the Lockport Township

Fire Protection District

in August 2015, the elder

John was approached by

his son with a business


After graduating from

Southern Illinois University

in 2009, the younger

John moved to Colorado.

“And it was then that

I got into the craft beer

world with the dream of

starting a brewery one

day, and my father and I

discussed the possibility

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“I think the product is really

going to take off; everybody

who tries our ginger beer really

likes it.”

John Kure — LTHS alum, on he and his son,

John, seeing the fruits of their labor for the Kure’s

Craft Beverage business they started

of starting a craft brewery

out here,” the son said.

Once he gained some

experience in the craft

beer industry, he began

making his own nonalcoholic

ginger beer

at home.

His father said, “When

we first started, I lived out

in Colorado with my son

for three months to get everything

set up, and every

other month I was going

out to Colorado. Now,

about every three months

I go out there.

“I handle the Illinois

territory, and I visit places

from Springfield all

the way up to Rockford

to downtown Chicago as

a representative for our


The younger John observed

many ginger beers


at Trinity College & Palos Courts

Saturday and Sunday

3:30 p.m. — 11:30 p.m.

on the market were lacking

natural and real ingredients,

“so we started

making our ginger beer

at home [in Fort Collins,

Colorado] with organic

ginger out of Peru and

cane sugar, as well,” he

said, adding creating ginger

beer was the niche

market he dreamed of

finding in the craft beer


From the beginning,

the company was a joint

investment, and now

they have an establishment

where they make the

ginger beer in Loveland,


“We incorporated the

business in December

2016, and then got our

building in March of

2017, and we started selling

ginger beer in October

of 2017,” the younger

John said about the company.

“We started with

distribution in Colorado,

and then we developed a

partnership with Heartland

Beverage in Plainfield,

Illinois, and they are

our distributor in Illinois

— we launched the Illinois

market about a year

ago in July.”

He credits growing up

with an entrepreneurial

family for giving him the

spirit to take on starting

his own business. He said

that Kure’s Ginger Beer

can now be found in certain

bars, restaurants and

John and John Kure take a picture together at their

Colorado distributor’s tasting room, which is called

Crooked Stave. The father-son duo, who are both LTHS

alums, went into business together to create Kure’s

Craft Beverage and the production of non-alcoholic

ginger beer. Photo submitted

locally owned liquor and

grocery stores.

Where Kure’s Ginger

Beer can be bought is

shown on kuresgingerbeer.com.

The ginger beer

can sports a distinct design

of a golden retriever,

modeled after the Kure’s

family dog, Bailey.

“I think the product is

really going to take off;

everybody who tries our

ginger beer really likes

it,” the elder John said.

“We have trademarked the

name ‘Colorado Mule,’

and we are hoping to soon

have that on the market in

Colorado; the Colorado

market is doing really

great, and right now the

Illinois market is doing

pretty well.”

Overall, the elder John

does not regret coming out

of retirement for the business

venture. He never

imagined going into the

craft beer industry but is

happy he did and looks forward

to the future of Kure’s

Craft Beverage with his

son and business partner.

“It is fun doing this with

my son, and something

I never did before was

sales, having been in the

fire service here, but I am

really enjoying it all, talking

to people and promoting

our product,” he said.

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Aldi draws big crowd of shoppers for grand reopening, ribbon cutting

First 100 people

in line receive gift

cards for store

Thomas Czaja, Editor

Homer Glen resident

Marcela Rodarte woke up

at 6:15 a.m., decided it was

too early and eventually

made her way over and arrived

about 7:50 a.m.

She thought that would

allow her plenty of time,

but she still ended up as

the 104th person in line,

narrowly missing the cutoff

to be in the Top 100

for gift cards. Such was

the popularity of the Aldi

grand reopening and ribbon

cutting held Thursday,

June 20, at the Aldi at

14245 S. Greystone Drive

in Homer Glen.

A ribbon cutting ceremony

was held at 8:25

a.m. with Village of Homer

Glen, Heritage Corridor

Business Alliance

and Aldi officials, and the

first 100 customers in line

to get inside after that received

gift cards ranging

in value from $10 to $100

as a giveaway to help commemorate

the event.

Though Rodarte did not

get a gift card, she was

more than happy her local

Aldi — she lives two

blocks away from the store

— was officially back in

Homer Glen.

“This is my favorite

store,” she said, adding

she tried traveling to other

already remodeled Aldi

stores while the Homer location

was closed, and that

she buys “everything” at

the grocer. “I love it.”

That enthusiasm was

on display everywhere,

as those who waited in

line for gift cards and the

store to open did so outside,

wrapped around the

Customers line up outside on Thursday, June 20, for the grand reopening and ribbon

cutting at the Aldi in Homer Glen. The first 100 people there that morning got gift

cards ranging in value from $10 to $100. Photos by Thomas Czaja/22nd Century Media

side of the building on a

gray morning featuring

some drizzle. Customers

throughout that day also

had a chance to register to

win free produce for a year.

With the Homer Glen

Aldi originally having

opened in 2003, it was time

for a remodel, according

to Aldi Dwight Division

Vice President Heather

Moore. She noted the entire

remodel process took

about 15 weeks, with the

business closed about five

weeks and reopening about

a week-and-a-half prior to

the grand reopening.

“First and foremost,

what the customer will really

notice is we are bigger,”

Moore said. “We

added about 2,700 square

feet to the sales floor, so

when we did that, it enabled

us to add a lot more


She estimated there being

about 300 new items in

the store with the remodel,

including a lot more organic

and fresh selections,

as well as on-the-go choices

for everyone’s busy


“In addition to new

products and bigger sales

floor, it is an easier shop

— things are more spread

out,” Moore said. “In addition,

things customers may

not notice is it is more energy

efficient lighting, energy

efficient refrigeration,

kind of behind the scenes.”

While Aldi has long

been known for having

low prices, it is that affordability

mixed with quality

products that leads to success,

Moore said.

“What’s really sacred to

us is the quality of products,

so we have about

1,600 items in here all of

the highest quality possible,”

she said. “We take

that commitment very seriously.”

The Homer Glen remodel

is part of a much bigger

effort on the Chicagoland

and nationwide level. Aldi

has a $180 million investment

planned in Chicagoland

to remodel 130 stores,

which is part of a much

larger initiative with a

$1.9 billion investment for

remodeling 1,300 stores

across the country by the

end of 2020.

In addition, the company

plans to go from 1,900

to 2,500 stores across

the country by the end of


“Customers want different

things — they want

organic or healthy,” Moore

said. “The remodels are

really in response to what

they want.”

As a throng of customers

continued to make their

way into the store that

morning, many checked

out the produce section by

the front entrance before

moving elsewhere.

Shopper Brett Sutter,

of Lockport, said he was

already an Aldi customer

prior to the grand reopening

and decided to stop by

when hearing about the

gift card promotion.

“I got [a] $25 [gift

card],” Sutter said. I really

like the quality of food at

[Aldi]. The price is really

cheap, too, in comparison

to other big grocery


Sutter shared some of

his favorite items to get

at Aldi are the produce,

including anything from

fruits, apples, oranges and

bananas, as well as wine

Village of Homer Glen, Heritage Corridor Business

Alliance and Aldi officials gather outside the remodeled

store for its official ribbon cutting.

The remodel at Aldi included the addition of about 300

new items in the store, including a number of organic,

fresh and on-the-go offerings.

and beer when they have

good deals on those products.

“We got here at 7:30

a.m.,” he said the morning

of the grand reopening.

“When we first got here,

there were not that many

people. As time got close

to opening, a lot more

showed up, so I’m glad we

got here when we did.”

Assisting shoppers like

Rodarte and Sutter while

busily running around

during the event was Jamie

Walsh, a manager at

the store who has been

with Aldi about four-anda-half

years. She called

the event “very exciting”

and hoped it would attract

new customers, as well as

the loyal base they have

built up over the years.

“It’s just a great experience

all around,” she said.

“The people are great, the

store is great.”

Moore agreed she hopes

everyone will come and

check out the new and improved

Aldi, from the following

it has amassed to

potential customers that

have yet to step inside.

“Homer Glen has always

been a great community

to be a part of,”

she said. “Just to be able

to continue that tradition

is really important for us.”

The Homer Glen Aldi is

open from 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Monday through Saturday

and 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday.

For more information,

visit aldi.com.

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Village supports Plastic Free July movement

Insert tip sheet

included in this

week’s paper

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Homer Glen

The Plastic Free July

campaign is a worldwide

initiative to raise awareness

of our growing easy to mold, long-lasting,

plastic waste problem. ​ with all sorts of beneficial

Millions of individuals, uses. On the other hand, it

schools, communities can be a curse. It creates

and companies from 177 an extremely long-lasting

countries take part in the and non-biodegradable

challenge each year. The waste stream that stuffs

goal is to reduce singleuse

landfills, clogs water-

plastic waste. ways, chokes wildlife

Plastic is an amazing

material: durable, cheap,

and litters our roadways.

While plastics can be




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used and recycled wisely,

the majority of those produced

are neither.

Here are some startling


• U.S. plastic recycling

rates stand at an abysmal

9 percent and are expected

to decline now that China

is refusing our plastic


• Over a million plastic

bottles are produced every

minute worldwide.

• Over a trillion plastic

bags are produced every

year worldwide.

• There has been explosive

growth of new plastic

production in the last two


• A beverage bottle may

take 450 years to degrade.

• 40 percent of plastic

produced is packaging

used just once and then


Most people want to recycle,

but many products

are difficult or impossible

to recycle economically.

Even the more recyclable

plastics (No. 1, No. 2,

No. 5) can have limitations.

For example, that

desirable crystal-clear

pop or water bottle when

recycled will not produce

another crystal-clear bottle

when recycled. So, it

needs to be “downcycled”

(i.e., made into a different

product like plastic lumber

or fabric).

And there can be limitations

to the number of

times a polymer can be

recycled. All that adds up

to limited demand for recycled

plastics, with most

disposed into landfills and

finding its way to oceans

and waterways.

Human health can also

be a concern. Plastic

photo degrades into ever

smaller pieces. These

microplastics can be ingested

from the water we

drink or the air we breathe

with unknown health consequences.

These smaller bits of

plastic are also consumed

by fish and birds who

mistake it for food, disrupting

ecosystems and

bioconcentrating for species

higher up on the food

chain, including humans.

Then, there are the additives

in plastics that lack a

safety record or have been

linked to specific health


It all adds up to some

needed change. Since we

now know for every 10

plastic things one tries

to recycle, only one will

actually get recycled, we

can use our creativity to

figure out how to generate

less waste and switch to

materials that are biodegradable

or more recyclable,

like aluminum, metal,

cardboard and glass containers,

and that are less

dangerous to animal and

marine life.

We hope readers will

join us in July and refuse

plastic. Our plastic

waste tip sheet in today’s

issue of The Homer Horizon

(or look for it on

the Village website) can

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Police Reports

Jewelry reportedly stolen from home

Someone reportedly

stole jewelry May 30 after

entering a residence

on the 16000 block of S.

Messenger Circle. The

thief or thieves were driving

a newer model Honda

SUV that was gray, police

said. A witness said he

saw the vehicle parked

in the driveway for about

30 minutes during the

timeframe the robbery

occurred, according to

police. The theft remains

under investigation.

June 1

• Paris Nancy Miller, 24,

of 1903 Great Ridge Drive

in Plainfield, was cited for

improper display of registration

and driving while

having a suspended license,

according to police.

May 30

• Arnoldo Diaz, 25, of

2733 S. 61st Street in Cicero,

was reportedly cited

for speeding and driving

while having a suspended

license at S. Gougar Road

and W. 159th Street.

May 28

• Jonathan Cannon, 34,

of 64 W. 15th in Chicago

Heights, was cited for failure

to signal and driving

while having a suspended

license at W. 143rd Street

and S. Bell Road.

Editor’s note: The Homer

Horizon’s police reports

come from the Will County

Sheriff’s Department’s online

news bulletin service. Anyone

listed in these reports is considered

to be innocent of all

charges until proven guilty in

a court of law.

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LTHS Public Relations Director Janine Wheeler (left) and 2018 Jackson Award

winner Lori Mattix (right) pose for a photo with 2019 award winner Jeff Brown. Photo


LTHS technology teacher

earns recognition award

Submitted by Lockport

Township High School

Lockport Township

High School teacher Jeff

Brown was selected as

this year’s recipient of the

William and Mildred Jackson

Teacher Recognition


Brown, who has taught

for 23 years, instructs

computer-aided design,

architecture, engineering

design and 3-D designanimation

in the College

and Career Applications


In addition to teaching,

Brown is a member of the

Illinois Design Educators

Association and sponsors

the SkillsUSA and

Robotics clubs. Brown

was nominated for his

patience, dedication and

professionalism. He devotes

countless hours outside

the classroom and is

known for challenging his

students by setting high


Brown’s impact on his

students is evident by the

success they have seen this

year. Seven drafting and

design students received

first place at the IDEA

State Competition. Ten

students were named state

champions at the SkillsU-

SA Annual State Leadership

and Skills Conference

and will compete at Nationals

at the end of June.

The William and Mildred

Jackson Teacher Recognition

Award honors an

educator who has exhibited

special skills in the art

and science of teaching.

It is sponsored by LTHS

alumni Robert Carr and

Jill Jackson Carr through

the Give Something Back

Foundation. The award is

named after Mrs. Carr’s

late parents, William Jackson,

who taught science

and coached golf and track

at LTHS from 1958 to

1982, and Mildred Jackson,

who provided music

lessons for many children

in the Lockport community.

The recipient of this

annual award, which includes

a certificate and a

prize of $5,000, is chosen

by a committee of administrators,

teachers and students.

The William and Mildred

Jackson Teacher

Recognition Award is

facilitated by the LTHS

Foundation, a nonprofit

organization committed to

providing college scholarships

and resources for

educational programs and

opportunities beyond the

district’s budget. For more

information about upcoming

events or the organization,

email Foundation@

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Staying safe

What to do when a loved

one is having a heart attack

Chris Dowdall

Contributing Columnist

Being cautious and

proactive key when

each second can

make a difference

Your spouse is having

a heart attack!

What do you do?

Imagine for a moment

that summer has finally arrived

in Homer Glen. You

are sitting on your back

patio enjoying a cold beverage

of your choice while

your spouse finishes the

yard work. Your spouse

approaches you and says

that they are not feeling


You may not realize

it, but in these precious

moments, you can be the

difference between life

and death.

According to the

Centers for Disease

Control and Prevention

in the United States,

there is a person experiencing

a myocardial

infarction (heart attack).

This amounts to roughly

790,000 Americans each

year, of which 580,000

are experiencing their first

heart attack. The warning

signs, much like the

infarction, are unique to

each individual. However,

if there is any doubt, err

on the side of caution.

One of the most obvious

warning signs is the

prototypical chest pain.

Individuals have described

the pain as if an elephant

were sitting on their chest.

It is important to remember

that just because it is

not the prototypical pain

that this does not mean

that they are not experiencing

some form of

a heart attack. Pain can

be in bursts, constant,

increase and decrease in

severity, or even present

itself as referred pain.

Referred pain, or reflective

pain, occurs when an

individual feels pain in an

area that is not the location

of the actual injury.

Referral pain for heart attacks

can present itself in

the neck, back or shoulder

area and should not be


A secondary common

symptom is shortness

of breath or dyspnea.

The average adult has a

respiratory rate of 14-16

breaths per minute. An individual

experiencing this

symptom will exacerbate

the symptoms of the heart

attack because they will

not be able to perform the

act of transporting oxygen

to the rest of the body.

Other common warning

signs can include

vomiting, anxiety, fatigue

and an overall feeling of


Now that you can

recognize some of the

symptoms, what do you

do now? The first step is

to immediately contact

911. With any injury of

the heart, time is precious,

and every second

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Group of women hosting

major fundraiser for late


A group of New Lenox

women are pulling together

to help the family of

their friend Sheri Sievert,

who died in April after a

short battle with cancer.

Barbara Nowland and

Sievert had been part of

a group of friends that included

Jayme Luna, Julie

Overcash, Cheryl Lovejoy

and one other woman, who

did not wish to be named

for this story.

“We did everything together,”

Nowland said.

“We barely had time to

wrap our minds around

her being sick and then she

was just gone.”

Sievert was diagnosed

with a rare form of pancreatic

cancer in January after

going to the hospital for

severe abdominal pain. On

March 19, she underwent

surgery, and her doctors

discovered that most of the

aggressive tumor could not

be removed because it was

wrapped around a vein.

When Sievert returned

home from the hospital 10

days later, she was determined

to continue fighting

the cancer, and was,

according to her daughter

Lexie, 21, remaining extremely

positive. Sheri

died at home on April 28.

She was 48 years old.

Nowland said the group

was devastated by the diagnosis

and immediately

began planning a fundraiser

to help pay for the family’s

medical bills.

The fundraiser is being

held from 3-8 p.m. July

13 at Ingall’s Park Athletic

Club in Joliet.

Anyone interested in

purchasing tickets for the

fundraiser, donating to

the family, or contributing

prizes for the raffle or auction

is encouraged to reach

out to the group at sheribenefit2019@yahoo.com.

Reporting by Jessie Molloy,

Freelance Reporter. For

more, visit NewLenoxPatriot.



New Frankfort Village

clerk appointed

Frankfort Plan Commissioner

and longtime

village resident Eugene

Savaria was sworn in as

the newest Village clerk

during the June 17 Frankfort

Village Board meeting.

In April, former Village

Clerk Adam Borrelli

was elected to the Village

Board, creating a vacancy

for the position.

Frankfort Mayor Jim

Holland said he had not

yet asked the Village’s legal

team if the position of

clerk and plan commissioner

were incompatible,

but the Village planned to

appoint a new member to

take over Savaria’s spot on

the commission anyway.

“We think that’s the

right thing to do in our

community,” Holland

said. “People who are

closely connected to the

Village in one way or another,

I think it’s a good

idea that we have other

people on the Planning


Savaria, who has served

on the Frankfort Plan

Commission since 2017,

is a 24-year resident of

Frankfort, where he lives

with his wife, Jeri, and

three children. He works

in global risk oversight

for Bank of America, is

a United States Air Force

Veteran and holds a degree

in finance from the

University of Illinois at


Reporting by Nuria Mathog,

Editor. For more, visit Frank



Hospice care center helps

patients with end-of-life


We have but one certainty

in life: death.

It may be the hardest

truth there is, but it is a

truth we all must face.

Oasis Hospice & Palliative

Care Inc. — located at

10010 W. 190th Place in

Mokena — wants people

to know that they have

options when it comes to

end-of-life care.

Hospice care is available

to anyone for whom

aggressive intervention of

a disease is no longer viable.

Staff at Oasis want focus

on the patient’s quality of

life when he or she is at

that final stage by offering

a team approach of access

to physicians, nurses, social

workers, spiritual support,

music therapists and

hospice aides.

Unfortunately, many

patients and their families

turn to hospice care only in

the final days or weeks of

life because of the fear of

accepting death as a natural

part of the life cycle,

according to Sade Bello,

owner of Oasis.

But, if that taboo can be

lifted, then death doesn’t

have to be synonymous

with suffering, Bello said;

a person’s journey along

the path to the end can be

made more comfortable

and more gratifying for the

patient and the family.

Reporting by T.J. Kremer

III, Editor. For more, visit



Law enforcement aims to

educate, empower senior


Dozens of senior citizens

from Will County

crowded into the Lockport

Police Department’s community

room on June 19 to

learn about how to protect

themselves against fraud

and con artists.

“Silver Beat,” the June

TRIAD meeting, was operated

through the Attorney

General’s Office, and

Officer Jeren Szmergalski

with the LPD began by introducing

two correspondents

from the office. The

correspondents presented

on numerous topics, including

different types of

fraudulent phone calls,

scams and how to protect

themselves from identity


Szmergalski described

TRIAD, a nationwide program,

as a combination of

local law enforcement, senior

community members

and “other types of businesses

or social service

that might deal with senior

needs and issues.” She said

they tailor the meetings to

the interests, questions and

concerns of the senior citizens.

Moving forward, the

TRIAD community is to

meet at 9 a.m. every third

Tuesday at the Lockport

Township Supervisor’s

Office, 1463 S. Farrell

Road in Lockport.

Reporting by Alex Ivanisevic,

Editor. For more, visit Lock



Police: School bus driver

sexually abused three

boys, inappropriately

touched two more

A school bus driver for

American School Bus

Company, employed by

Orland School District

135, allegedly sexually

abused three male students

and inappropriately

touched two others, all

between the ages of 7

and 11, over the past few


Arnold L. Monteclar,

57, of 25736 Daffodil

Lane in Monee, was

charged with three counts

of aggravated criminal

sexual abuse, a Class 2

felony, and two counts of

battery, a Class A misdemeanor,

according to a

press release issued June

20 by the Orland Park Police


D135 notified police on

May 30 that it had received

information regarding

“possible inappropriate

contact” between the driver

and a student, according

to the release. D135

had the driver immediately

removed from the

route, and Monteclar was

subsequently suspended

from his job, police said.

Detectives conducted

a “lengthy and comprehensive”


and determined the driver

made physical contact,

above the clothing, with

three male students, according

to the release.

That contact rose to the

level of aggravated criminal

sexual abuse, police


The driver also made

“inappropriate physical

contact” with two male

students, again over clothing,

which led to the battery

charges for “inappropriate

unwanted contact,”

police said.

The incidents were

“brief” encounters with

the students as they entered

and exited the bus,

police said. They reportedly

occurred “randomly”

between March and May

of this year. All five of the

students were from D135,

Cmdr. Tony Farrell confirmed.

Anyone with more information

is asked to contact

the police department

at (708) 349-4111.

Reporting by Bill Jones, Editor.

For more, visit OPPrai


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Social snapshot

Top Web Stories

From HomerHorizon.com from Monday,

June 24

1. Homer Glen farm and garden center

reopens for the season

2. Police Reports: Playground equipment

reportedly damaged by teens at

Goodings Grove

3. Lockport’s Fontanetta competes at Great

Lakes Games

4. Boys Volleyball: Homer Glen duo helps

Marist to a state championship

5. Cast of 100 children and teens to stage

‘Frozen Jr.’

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“Another puzzle complete! Nice Job Homer Township

Public Library patrons! A new puzzle is out


Homer Township Public Library, from June 19.

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“#OPTroop318 Nathan K. is working on his

#EagleProject. He is building a little free library at

#Konow’s Farm and conducting a book drive at the

Homer Glen library for the month of July. Please

donate your used “good condition” books if able,

thank you! nathan.karp@icloud.com”

@OPTroop318, from June 17.

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From the Assistant Editor

Endless possibilities and an interesting commute

Abhinanda Datta

Assistant Editor

My favorite

musician, John

Lennon, had

once written, “There’s

nowhere you can be that

isn’t where you’re meant

to be...”

Throughout my life,

I have been an avid

believer that destiny will

lead the way. A year ago

around April and fresh


From Page 11

wasted is causing more

injury to one of our most

valuable muscles. Many

of you reading this article

may be hesitant to contact

911; this is not the correct

thought process.

As a firefighter and

EMT, we are dispatched

to countless calls a year

that may not be a true

emergency. It is not your

responsibility to determine

whether that person

is healthy; it is what we

get paid to do, or we may

transport them to a place

that can make that determination.

Always, always,

always err on the side of

caution. Call 911 — I can

out of grad school, I had

an interview at 22nd

Century Media, and even

though I did not get the

job, I distinctly remember

telling myself on

the way out that I would

be back there someday.

And “someday” arrived

three months ago, when I

stepped in as the interim

editor for the Malibu

Surfside News as Editor

Lauren Coughlin went

on maternity leave. I not

only got to learn about a

new community but also

had the chance to meet

some amazing editors and

writers who inspired me

to continue working for

this company.

Last week, I bid adieu

to Malibu and assumed

my new role as the assistant

editor for The Homer

assure you the alternative

is much worse.

The second step is to

try and keep the individual

calm and administer

any prescription they may

have. If the person is conscious

and not allergic to

aspirin, have them chew

baby aspirin (2-4), or one

adult-size aspirin, if the

baby size is not available.

If an individual loses

consciousness, immediately

begin the process of

performing CPR. An added

benefit of contacting

911 is that the dispatcher

may hold the Emergency

Medical Dispatcher Certification,

or EMD, which

means that they can guide

you on how to perform

proper CPR until EMS

Horizon and The Lockport

Legend. I have lived in

Chicago for three years

and yet never ventured

beyond Evanston and the

city itself. I remember

people asking me about

the two-hour commute I

would have to undertake

each day. A friend even

suggested I would give up

after a day.

But, as Ross Geller

said, “I have been given

the gift of time.” I read at

least one entire book each

day and have the pleasure

of meeting interesting

people on the trains (Yes,

plural. I transfer trains

three times). More importantly,

the long walk from

the station to the office is

pleasurable, and one day

I even got to share it with

a fox. So, each time the

arrives on the scene.

If you or anyone in

your household is at

risk for experiencing a

heart attack, have a plan.

Have a list of prescriptions

and doctors you are

currently seeing visible

in your home, along with

allergies and past history.

Communicate to your

family and spouse what

should occur if this type

of event should arise.

Every second that passes

is valuable heart tissue

that is being damaged,

and most people who die

from a heart attack do so

within the first hour. A

plan on the front end will

pay substantial dividends

in your treatment and


commute starts to bog me

down, I remind myself

about the little things that

make it worth the trouble.

I am looking forward

to meeting the lovely

residents of Homer Glen

and Lockport, and writing

stories about them.

Working with new people

is challenging, but I am

excited to explore this

new opportunity. I wanted

to become a journalist to

make a difference, and I

hope I am able to do so in

the lives of these community

members, even in

the tiniest way possible,

because I am finally where

I am meant to be.

If you want to get to

know me or send ideas for

stories, I can be reached at



Finally, as the cliché

goes, it is always better to

be safe than sorry. Be proactive,

never assume, err

on the side of caution and

always play it safe. Your

loved ones will thank you.

Chris Dowdall is a Homer

Glen resident who is a nationally

and State of Illinoisregistered

EMT and also

certified as a Department

of Defense instructor. He

has a master’s in emergency

management, global security

studies and human service

counseling. The opinions of

this column are that of the

writer. They do not necessarily

reflect those of The

Homer Horizon.

visit us online at www.HomerHorizon.com

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Building their creative skills

Arts Guild of Homer Glen finalizes details for

week-long summer camp, Page 20

Panful of possibilities

The Whistle in Tinley Park open for early

morning breakfast, late-night fun, Page 22

Lockport-Homer Youth Theater stages

professional-like production of ‘Frozen Jr.’ musical

based on animated film, Page 17

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Pastor Column

Coasting or keep pedaling

Rev. Joseph McCormick,


St. Bernard Catholic Church

When I was

younger, I did a

lot of bicycling.

One summer, a group of

us travelled to the Rocky

Mountains in Glacier National

Park. A goal of mine

back then was to bike the

Rockies. So, one day we

did. Our small group ferried

our bikes up into the mountains

in a van and rode

them down. The ride down

was thrilling. The scenery

was breathtaking. The

company of fellow cyclists

and friends was a joy.

And the cycling itself

was effortless, since we

coasted most of the way

with little pedaling and

only a fair amount of

braking. That particular

ride was so different

from most others which

always required great

effort pedaling, especially

in managing the upward

climb of the usual hills.

As we grow older and

move into our senior years,

we look back over the

years, counting our blessings

while also admitting

our faults or regrets. The

blessings can include accomplishments,

as well as

a healthy sense of serenity

for all that has been.

If we are blessed to experience

such a lofty place

of satisfaction, we might

be tempted to “coast” our

way to the end. In other

words, we might indulge

ourselves more, avoid uphill

challenges and spend

less energy trying to make

the world a better place to

live. After all, the “coasting”

is so enjoyable and so

effortless. We might even

allow ourselves to think

that it is deserved after all

the uphill challenges we

had faced in life.

While retirement might

include some good and

enjoyable coasting, I hear

so many retired folks claim

that they are busier in

retirement than they were

when working. But their

new busyness is more of

their own choosing and at a

pace that they can manage.

Hopefully, much of that

new “pedaling” is for the

betterment of their families,

community and world,

as well as for themselves.

Recent studies have

shown that our country’s

volunteer force is populated

mostly by seniors, especially

the recently retired. That

is certainly the case in most

churches, and we pastors

are so very grateful for their

contributions of time and

talent … and treasure, too.

For sure, the Church and

world need the energy and

creativity of the young. But

there is also a great need

for the wisdom and grace

of those who have survived

the many seasons of life.

Their witness of perseverance,

fidelity and commitment

to the common good

is a treasure.

Enjoy some coasting

now and then. But keep

pedaling, too … even

if that pedaling and its

cadence slows a bit over

time. The effort itself is a

great witness to all.

The opinions of this column

are that of the writer. They do

not necessarily reflect those

of The Homer Horizon.


Cross of Glory Lutheran Church

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

Registration Open for

Vacation Bible School 2019

Registration is open for

the July 8-11 Vacation

Bible School 2019. This

year’s theme is “God is


Christian Life Church

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

EDGE Youth Service

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

Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish

(16043 S. Bell Road, Homer Glen)

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.

Assumption Greek Orthodox Church

(15625 S. Bell Road, Homer Glen)

Sunday Services

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

a.m. Divine Liturgy; 10

a.m. Sunday School. For

more information, call

(708) 645-0652.

Parkview Christian Church - Homer Glen

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

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


The cost is $10, and Pastor

Chaz will speak. To

RSVP, call (708) 478-7477

ext. 272 or email merryo@att.net.

First United Methodist Church of


(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.

Have something for Faith

Briefs? Contact Assistant

Editor Abhinanda Datta at


com or call (708) 326-9170

ext. 15. Information is due

by noon Thursday one week

prior to publication.

In Memoriam

Russell Elsworth


Russell Elsworth

Curnutte, 68, of

Homer Glen, died June

17. He is survived by his

children, Richard Meyers

and Wendy Curnutte; his

grandchildren, Christian

Self, Tyler Self, Xander

Miranda, Isaiah Miranda

and Cody England; his siblings,

Faye (David) Allen,

Carol Mounts and Arnold

Mounts; his seven nieces

and nephews; and his five

great-nieces. Curnutte was

an avid hunter and fisherman.

A memorial service

was held June 19 at O’Neil

Funeral Home and Heritage

Crematory in Lockport.

Interment Abraham

Lincoln National Cemetery

in Elwood.

Ronald William



William Herrick, 76, of

Homer Glen, died June

16 after a lengthy and

courageous battle with

cancer. He is survived by

his children, Barbara and

Ron Herrick, of Homer

Glen; his siblings, Janet

Gervais, Loretta Herrick,

Robert Herrick, Gerald

(Sandra) Herrick and

Darlene (Jon) Coverdell;

and numerous nieces and

nephews. He served in the

United States Army from

1964-1966, including a

10-month tour in Vietnam

and also proudly served as

part of the military honor

guard, Disabled American

Veterans Chapter

55 at Abraham Lincoln

National Cemetery. He

was an E5, Specialist 5th

Class, with an honorable


He was employed by

Electro-Motive in La-

Grange as a machine repairman

from 1966 to

1982 before taking disabled

retirement. He had

many hobbies and interests

throughout his lifetime,

but his love for woodworking

on his wood lathe machine

seemed to be his defining

talent. He produced

beautifully crafted holiday

ornaments, sleighs, bowls

and trays, along with other

exceptional works of art

that he gifted to many family

and friends.

Herrick was a longtime

member of American Legion

Post 18 in Lockport

while contributing as a

volunteer with the Homer

Township Fire Protection

District for a number of

years. He was also a longstanding

member of the

Homer Township Senior


A Mass of Christian

burial was held June 20

at Our Mother of Good

Counsel Catholic Church.

Interment with full military

honors followed at

Abraham Lincoln National

Cemetery in Elwood.

In lieu of flowers, a

memorial donation to the

Knights of Columbus

Council 15022 appreciated,

c/o Our Mother of Good

Counsel Catholic Church,

16043 S. Bell Road, Homer

Glen, or a charity of one’s

choice. For more information,

visit www.goodale

memorialchapel.com or

call (815) 838-1533.

James M. Mitchell


James M.

Mitchell Jr. 83, of Homer

Glen, died June 18. He is

survived by his wife, Mary

(nee Kalebich); his children,

James III, Michael

(Elizabeth), Mark (Lorrie),

Dave, Paul (Kristin),

Andy (Kate), Julie Mitchell

and Joseph (Krista)

Mitchell; his 17 grandchildren;

and his siblings,

Richard (Sandra), Betty,

Casey and Margaret (Edward

Stover). A memorial

service was held June 21

at Richard J. Modell Funeral

Home and Cremation

Services in Homer

Glen. Interment Good

Shepherd Cemetery. In

lieu of flowers, donations

to the Alzheimer’s Association


Have someone’s life you’d

like to honor? Email


com with information about a

loved one who was a part of

the Homer Glen community.

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the homer horizon | June 27, 2019 | 17

‘Frozen Jr.’ an enchanting Lockport-Homer Youth Theater show

Leads happy to

mentor younger

cast members in

large production

Mary Compton

Freelance Reporter

Snow recently glowed

white on the stage of

Lockport Township High

School’s East Campus auditorium.

About 100 actors and

dancers took part in “Frozen

Jr.” put on by Lockport-Homer

Youth Theater.

The show is based

off the hit 2013 animated

film, adapting the land of

Arendelle to the stage with

Elsa, Anna and the rest

of the story’s characters,

which features themes of

love, acceptance and sisterhood.

“I have an incredible

team” said Angela Adolf,

who is executive director

of Lockport-Homer Youth

Theater. “We began seven

years ago in the Downers

Grove Hinsdale area. I live

in Lockport, so five seasons

ago, we tried it in Lockport

with ‘Seussical,’ and here

we are today. We do two to

four shows a year.”

“Frozen Jr.” opened on

Thursday, June 20, and ran

through Saturday, June 22.

As a fifth-grade teacher

at Hadley Middle School

in Homer Glen, Adolf

brought a team together

that works with children in

everyday life.

“We are one of the first

theater companies in Illinois

to put on ‘Frozen Jr.’”

Adolf said.

The show included professional

backdrops and

sets, along with special

effects with snow, beautiful

dances, which included

dancers from Wings Dance

Part of the cast from the Lockport-Homer Youth

Theater dances a number as they sing “Hygge” during

“Frozen Jr.”

Studio from Lockport, and

a talented cast that brought

the audience to a land of

make believe.

Nathan Pugh was honored

to play the role of


”I’m going to remember

this forever,” Pugh said.

“The cast is so talented.”

Next year, Pugh will age

out of Lockport-Homer

Youth Theater.

“That will be bittersweet

because I grew up in this

company,” he said. “This

is where my love of theatre


Pugh is involved with

Providence Catholic High

School productions, as


For the actresses who

played Anna and Elsa, audience

members remarked

on the talent and voices for


Jersie Joniak, of Homer

Glen has performed professionally

in commercials

for Build-A-Bear, Speedway

and Rolaids. She was

also onstage at the Marriott

Theatre performing in

“Shrek” and “Suessical.”

Her role as Anna in this

production did not disappoint.

“This has been so much

fun” Joniak said. “It’s the

biggest role I’ve had in

this company.”

Joniak’s first show,

“Schoolhouse Rock” was

staged when she was 8.

“I remember when I was

so young and looking up to

the leads and being intimidated

by them,” she shared.

“Now that I’m a lead, I’ve

made friends with the little

kids and have tried to be

an example for them. Every

time I go onstage, it’s


Joniak will begin her high

school life at LTHS. She

explained how shy she was

when she began theatre.

“Acting broke me out of

my shell, and I’ve become

a new person,” Joniak

said. “In the sing along for

this show, popping out and

saying my first line was

incredible. Being Anna,

no matter what, is a dream

come true.”

Abigail Sanford played

the role of Elsa and commanded

the stage throughout

the production of “Frozen


“The fact that I get to

sing ‘Let It Go’ is an honor,”

she said. “It’s such a

difficult song, and not very

many people can sing it. I

still struggled with it, so I

just persevered and think

Jersie Joniak, of Homer Glen, performs a scene as Anna during “Frozen Jr.” with

Nathan Pugh, of Lockport, who played Hans, during the Lockport-Homer Youth

Theater production on Saturday, June 22, at LTHS’s East Campus. Photos by Mary

Compton/22nd Century Media

Graham Carlson played the snowman Olaf in the “Frozen Jr.” production.

today it went really well.

I’ve always been singing

my entire life. I started lessons

when I was 7.”

Sanford began her theatre

experience with Lockport-Homer

Youth Theater

in third grade, and she

is now going into eighth

grade at Homer Jr. High.

“I began in ‘Seussical,’

where my role was a little

Who,” Sanford said. “I remember

looking up to the

leads, as well; they were

absolutely amazing.

“I would wish that I

could be just like them. Today,

I’m so happy that I can

be. I became friends with

the little actors because I

knew what it was like when

I was younger, so I always

want to encourage them.

Some of these little kids

will be us someday.”

Both Sanford and Joniak

want to go on and study

theatre in college. The

girls also dream of being

on Broadway one day.

“The singing, dancing

and acting is what I live

for,” Sanford said. “I want

to go to a college and major

in theatre, which is my

dream. I have been dreaming

of Broadway ever since

I did my first musical. This

experience as Elsa brings

me that much closer.”

For information about

Lockport-Homer Youth

Theater, visit homeryouth


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Arts Guild of Homer Glen to introduce Children’s Summer Art Camp

Artistic instruction

to be given during

week-long classes

Jessie Molloy

Freelance Reporter

Soon, young people in

the area will have a chance

to hone their artistic skills

while on summer break.

The Arts Guild of Homer

Glen is hosting its first

program for children this

summer at Homer Township

Hall at 16057 S.

Cedar Road. The weeklong

Children’s Summer

Art Camp will run from

July 8 through 12 and include

artistic instruction

in art techniques including

painting, clay work and

music, according to Arts

Guild President Sandra


“We haven’t gotten the

whole curriculum nailed

down yet,” Harney said.

“But the emphasis is going

to be on the fine arts,

not crafts. We’ll start with

basics like the elements of

art and the color wheel and

build on those lessons all


Students will be divided

into groups by age

in order to tailor lessons

more to their skill level.

Children ages 5 to 7 will

meet from 9:30 a.m. to

noon each morning, while

participants ages 8 and up

will meet from 1:30 to 4


“We listed the older kids

as going up to 12,” Harney

said. “But we’ve already

had one 14 year old express

interest, so I think

we’re going to expand it.”

Students will be taught

by some of the Arts Guild

members, including several

retired teachers.

“I think we’re going to

have four or five members

teaching the classes, and

then a few volunteers,”

Harney explained. “If

there are any high school

students interested in art

who need service hours,

we could use them as helpers.”

The Arts Guild has been

hoping to create a program

for children since the

members first organized

last fall.

“We’re still just starting

out,” Harney said. “We’ve

been pretty successful with

our adult classes and activities

so far, but it’s been an

issue with timing for the

kids with school.”

The Arts Guild had previously

attempted to host

children’s activities over

the winter but had virtually

no turnout.

“Unfortunately, those

activities wound up being

in the middle of the polar

vortex when we were having

snowstorms every other

day,” Harney said with

a laugh. “We had a few

adults show up then, but

no kids turned out.”

Harney said the camp

has capacity for 10 to

15 students in each age

group. Enrollment is $100

per student for the week,

which will include the cost

of supplies.

“We’re going to be providing

them with highquality

materials,” Harney

said. “And the camp is being

run pretty much only

on those funds. We’re still

looking for sponsors as an


Harney said students

will “hopefully have a

bunch of things to take

home” at the end of the

week, as well as experience

with music.

In addition to the visual

arts classes, the Arts Guild

plans to have a singer come

in each day to work with

the students on a song performance.

Harney hopes

the camp will be a starting

point for the guild to expand

its outreach with all

age groups as it continues

to grow in the community.

Those interested are

asked to register by July 5

for the camp. Class sizes

are limited.

Parents interested in

enrolling youth in the

Children’s Summer Art

Camp or anyone interested

in volunteering

can do so by emailing


gmail.com, calling (708)

203-4694 or visiting the

group’s Facebook page.

RIGHT: Cheryl McGugan,

a ceramics artist, explains

the process of her work to

guests at a previous Arts

Guild of Homer Glen event

held earlier this year. The

group is now aiming to

educate the youth with

artistic instruction with

the upcoming Children’s

Summer Art Camp. 22nd

Century Media File Photos

Jody Tanty (left) and Christine Navarre look at photographs at another event that was held previously by the guild.

The group is looking to expand its outreach with different age groups as it continues to grow in Homer Glen.

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22 | June 27, 2019 | the homer horizon Dining out


The Dish

The Whistle aims for family comfort, caters to morning and night crowds alike

Alex Ivanisevic

Contributing Editor

A modern, Chicago vibe

with all the comforts of

a family restaurant, The

Whistle Sports Bar & Grill

in Tinley Park is serving up

homemade meals for both

night owls and early birds


Mark Mikesell, originally

from Louisville, and

his wife, Stephanie, who

grew up in New Lenox, established

the restaurant at

7537 W. 159th St., Tinley

Park in July of 2017.

Mark said he entered

the restaurant business after

working “in corporate

America for 15 years.”

Stephanie, on the other

hand, grew up around her

family members’ restaurants

her whole life. The

two said they were happy

to open their restaurant in

a spot that provided them

with what they were looking

for in an area with

which they were familiar.

“It is family friendly but

it is more like a downtown

bar on the south side,”

Mark said. “Our business is

42 percent food, so people

come in here and food is

our leader. It is all fresh

— even our fried pickles

[$7.49], we batter ourselves

— and that is why

we are successful.”

Stephanie added, “We

also serve breakfast all day,

and the cool thing about

us is that Monday through

Saturday we are open from

6 a.m. until 2 a.m., and

Sundays we’re open 11

a.m. until 2 a.m.. Our kitchen

closes at 1 a.m. every

night, which is huge.”

There is also an ages

21-and-older gaming area

in the restaurant, and gamers

are offered a complimentary

breakfast between

6 and 9 a.m. The Whistle

The Whistle Sports

Bar & Grill

7537 W. 159th St. in

Tinley Park


• 6 a.m.-2 a.m.


• 11 a.m.-2 a.m.


Kitchen hours

• Open until 1 a.m.


For more information ...

Phone: (708) 904-


Web: whistlesportsbar.


Sports Bar also has a lunch

special Monday-Friday, 11

a.m.-3 p.m., giving customers

an array of menu items

at discounted prices.

The Mikesells take pride

in the vast menu The Whistle

Sports bar offers with

a creative variety of appetizers,

entrees and more,

which they promise are all

homemade and fresh. With

the restaurant’s long hours

and full menu available until

1 a.m., Mark and Stephanie

keep a staff of roughly

30 employees.

“We’ve got a really good

crew here,” Stephanie said.

In addition to regular

seating, the restaurant also

has seating available at the

bar and outdoor seating on

its patio. No matter where

customers are seated, they

are sure to have a clear view

of a TV or projector screen

mounted on the brick walls

of the restaurant to watch

whichever game is playing.

“I think The Whistle

brand is out there, and I

think people like to come

here because of the food,

great environment,” Mark

said, noting The Whistle

provides its customers a

A few of customers’ favorite menu items at Whistle Sports Bar & Grill are (clockwise from front left) the fried

pickles chips, Gino’s steak sandwich with fresh cut fries, loaded nachos, the Crisp Punch and Hunch Punch

cocktails, the Mini Turkey O’Toole and Buffalo wings. photos by Alex Ivanisevic/22nd Century Media

“I think The

Whistle brand

is out there,

and I think

people like

to come here

because of the

food, great


Mark Mikesell —

owner of The Whistle

Sports Bar & Grill in

Tinley Park

“unique” Bloody Mary cart

from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

and Sundays.

The Whistle already offers

catering from the full

menu, but because of the

restaurant’s popularity, the

Mikesells hope to open a

space next to its location as

a party venue to host events

by fall.

The Whistle Sports Bar & Grill, located at 7537 W. 159th St. in Tinley Park, has

outdoor seating for when the weather allows.

“The staff and the people

that come here are what

makes the sports bar so

successful,” said Dominic

Botta, Stephanie’s younger

brother, who manages the

restaurant. “The regulars

that come in weekly and

help make this bar go round

and really talk us up are a

part of that. Also, having the

staff here that gives off the

ambiance and personality of

the space we like to have.”

Stephanie agreed and

said, “We try to treat everyone

like family,” adding

that they make the effort to

connect to the surrounding

community and sponsor

youth athletic teams and


“We try to give back

to the community,” Mark

said. “And Stephanie is

the glue behind the scenes

and keeps everything going

with her personality.”

Botta added that he

thinks his sister’s favorite

part about running the

restaurant has to do with

the space they have established,

he said, “since she

is really family-oriented, to

have a place where you can

bring family together and

provide a service like great

food, seeing others have a

great time and being the

reason that that could be

possible, I would say that is

the best thing.”

Mark said, “With this

restaurant we have been

able to grow friendships we

would not have had the opportunity

for without.”

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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


1. Actor Gibson

4. Enclose

7. Ed.’s pile

10. Top gun

13. With cube and dry

14. Hosp. areas

15. Do something

16. French dance

17. Goes with dot

18. Opening game


21. College graduates

23. Eagle’s nest

24. Brave

25. LW Central volleyball

star headed for

MIT, Jack ___

29. ___ the buzzer

31. Perceive

32. ___ whim

33. Royal card

35. Shuttlecock

37. Climb

38. Wind direction

39. ___meter, dashboard


40. Single, prefix

41. Some receivers

42. Bills

43. Clothing

44. College e-mail address


45. Many a state name

in D.C.

46. Stages

48. Characterized by no

energy dissipation

51. Loosens

55. Somewhat, slangily

56. Ensemble

57. Unprotected

61. “Greatest” boxer

62. Useless tic-tac-toe


63. Caspian, for one

64. Fleur-de-___ (emblem

of France)

65. Jason of the “Alvin

and the Chipmunks”


66. Australian stock

exchange, abbr.

67. Common deciduous


68. Airline watchdog org.

69. Calendar spans, abbr.


1. Book before


2. Somme’s school

3. Madagascan


4. LW East star at


back, AJ ____

5. Beethoven symphony

6. ISP with a butterfly


7. Portuguese wine

8. Marked

9. Bowling goal

10. Presidential


11. Garage contents

12. Urban transports

19. For example

20. Sri Lanka export

22. Des ____

26. Lunch times

27. Greenland native

28. Little sleep

30. Porterhouse


33. Japanese martial


34. Tibet-Pakistan


36. Suffix with


37. Party participants

41. Electrifying


42. Abroad

43. Actress Hudgens

45. “The Tempest”


47. Georgia neighbor

49. Compass point

50. Erie Canal mule

of song

52. Country on the


53. Conger catcher

54. Pens for porkers

57. ___ good job

58. George Strait’s

“All My ___ Live in


59. Murdoch network

60. Mischievous


How to play Sudoku

Each Sudoku puzzle consists of a 9x9 grid that

has been subdivided into nine smaller grids of

3x3 squares. To solve the puzzle each row, column

and box must contain each of the numbers

1 to 9.

LEVEL: Medium

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Susan Flanagan



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area because the Peotone school district

is so desirable.”

Several factors attracted Distinctive

Home Builders to this hometown

atmosphere community, not the least

of which was its convenient location

between Interstate 57 and Illinois Route

50 and easy access to I-80. Commuters

will enjoy several nearby train stations

and a mere 35-minute drive to Chicago.

“It’s a vibrant, growing community

that benefits from ease of access to

job centers in the west and southwest

suburbs with impressive commercial

and industrial growth that has followed

the residential boom here,” said Nooner.

“Affordable land prices in Peotone,

combined with lower construction costs

add up to savings when compared to a

similarly-equipped home in the area,”

added Nooner.

Westgate Manor brick and frame

homes offer (features vary per model)

three to four bedrooms, two to three

and- a-half baths, full basement, formal

dining room, vaulted, tray or nine-foot

first-floor ceilings, a large kitchen with

custom maple cabinets, family room

or great room, and concrete driveways.

Depending on the home selected, other

standard amenities can include a living

room, den, dinette, a tray or vaulted

ceiling in the master bedroom, and dualzoned

heating and air conditioning.

Distinctive Home Builders offers a

wide variety of styles and selections—

buyers can choose among 12 different

designs—each available in three to eight

different elevations at Westgate Manor,

including two-story and ranch homes.

Square footages span 1,600 to 2,500

for ranches and 1,800 to 3,000 for twostory


“Most home shoppers feel there must

be a trade off from getting what you need

and what you want in a new home. With

our new premium inclusions we have

closed that gap significantly by including

additional features that our buyers told

us were most important to them,” said

Nooner, who added that “now is the best

time to buy, because you can still take

advantage of preconstruction prices that

range from the mid $200s which makes

this a terrific New home value.”

Other premium standard features

included at Westgate Manor are brick

front exteriors on the first floor, free

basements in most models, ceramic tile

or hardwood floors in the kitchen, baths

and foyer; and custom maple cabinets.

Distinctive kitchen cabinets feature

solid wood construction (no particle

board), have solid wood drawers with

dove tail joints, which is very rare in

the marketplace.

“When you build a new home with

Distinctive, you truly are receiving a

hand crafted home with custom made

cabinets no matter what the price range,”

noted Nooner. This year, Distinctive

Home Builders is celebrating 30 years

building thousands of homes throughout

the Will and south Cook county areas.

Distinctive Home Builders, an

industry leading innovator, offers the

fastest build times (90 working days)

with a “Zero Punch list” closing policy.

Prior to closing, each home undergoes

an industry leading 100-point checklist

to insure the home measures up to our

high quality standards.

Aspen Model

Customers stay connected to the

progress of their home from start to

finish through Distinctive’s unique

construction portal. “Our customers

simply download our Distinctive

HomeBuilders app and they are in

touch with their new home 24/7 from

anywhere in the world. The app allows

our customers to see the progress of

their home and access their documents

at any time,” Nooner explained.

“Our customers really appreciate the

integration of social media sites directly

in our app allowing them to easily share

photos and updates of their new home

with family and friends,” he concluded.

As a semi-custom builder, Distinctive

Home Builders can modify any of its

standard designs to cater to a customer’s

tastes, which means that moving walls,

adding extra windows or even extending

the garage are all possible. Nooner

added that “All our homes are highly

energy efficient and will be built to the

new National Energy Code guidelines.

Every home we build has upgraded wall

and ceiling insulation values with energy

efficient windows and high efficiency

furnaces. Before our customers take

possession of their new home, we

perform a blower door test to insure that

each home passes a set of very stringent

guidelines which insures that our homes

are tight and energy efficient. Owning a

more energy efficient means lower gas

and electric bills for our 2-Story Great

Room Prairie Model customers each


Peotone was established in 1856 and

offers tree-lined streets and a charming

downtown area complete with diners,

pizza parlors, cafes and pubs. In season

there is a Farmer’s Market in front of the

American Legion. Also the community

has a popular Fall Fest in front of the

famous Peotone Windmill; once a

thriving flour mill that put Peotone on

the map in the late 1800s. A Christmas

in the Village Festival is another annual

community event that concludes with a

Lighted Parade at night. Peotone now

has an estimated population of just

over 4,000. Metra rail service is nearby

providing commuters easy access to

downtown Chicago.

Westgate Manor is conveniently

located within walking distance of the

esteemed Peotone High School. The

Westgate Manor new home offsite Sales

and Information Center is located in

Manhattan three miles south of Laraway

Rd. on Rt. 52. at 16233 Pinto Lane,

Manhattan, IL, 60422. Hours are daily

from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., closed

Wednesday and Thursday and they are

always available by appointment.

Specials, prices, specifications,

standard features, model offerings,

build times and lot availability are

subject to change without notice. Please

contact a Distinctive representative for

current pricing and complete details.

For more information, call (708) 479-

7700 or (708) 737-9142 or visit www.

distinctivehomebuilders. com.

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The Homer Horizon’s

Peaceful nature abounds

with abundant wildlife,

amazing sunsets with

fruit orchard views and

fantastic fishing in the

private community pond

just out one’s back door.

What: Pond-side

tranquility nestled in the

north end of the family

oriented community,

Glenview Walks Estates.

Where: 15515 Jeanne

Lane, Homer Glen

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Amenities: Move-in

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Listing Price: $720,000

Listing Agents:

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Agent Brokerage:

BHHS Koenig Rubloff

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

May 20

• 12629 E. Hank Court, Homer Glen,

60491 Chicago Title Land Trust

Co Tr to Lami F. Allan, Mohammed

Abudayya, $272,500

May 22

• 13128 W. Hiawatha Drive, Homer

Glen, 604918106 Wyrostek Trust to

Christopher P. Zwiercan, Nicole Laha

Zwiercan, $345,000

• 14509 S. Golden Oak Drive,

Homer Glen, 604918119 Marquette

Bank Trustee to Edward A. Uram III,

Natalia A. Biernacka, $350,000

• 16023 Ridgewood Drive, Homer

Glen, 604918481 Helena Kwak

to Saulius Berenis, Kristina

Grigaliunaite, $415,000

The Going Rate is provided by Record

Information Services, Inc. For more information,

visit www.public-record.com or

call (630) 557-1000.

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Help Wanted · Garage Sales · Automotive

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1010 Sitters


1050 Community Events

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1003 Help Wanted


for Custom Rubber Products Company

At Aero Rubber Company, Inc. we value the desire to succeed,

providing a great customer experience, and supporting our teams.

As a business development professional at Aero you’ll receive

in-depth training on our rubber products, so you can actively

identify new targets and establish new business from inception

through to final sale. To succeed, you’ll need to evaluate

opportunities, build relationships, and develop leads with

the support of targeted marketing campaigns. You’ll call on

qualified targets, provide technical sales consultations, develop

quotes, and provide outstanding customer service to ensure

loyal customers. Throughout the entire process you’ll track

your leads with our CRM system and report on your results.

This is an inside non-commissioned position;

it is not a telemarketing position.


- 3-5 years minimum successful B2B business development and

industrial sales experience

- Prior consultative sales experience and relationship building

(not catalog sales)

- Proven track record of achieving results

- Strong phone presence with excellent verbal communication

and listening skills

- ISO and/or quality system experience a plus


- Medical/Dental/Vision

- 401K

- Performance Bonus

-Relocation Package

About Aero:

Located in SW Suburb of Chicago

46+ Years Strong

ISO 9001:2015

To Apply:

Send cover letter and resume to: bschatte@aerorubber.com




HIRING F/T laborers, tree

climber, aerial lift operator,

drivers, and clam truck


$12 - $25 per hour

starting pay based

on skills and experience.

CDL or ability to obtain

is a plus.

Call (708) 535-9058

or Email


Are you a person with

attention to detail?

Hiring P/T House Cleaners

No Evenings/Weekends

Will Train

(815) 464-1988

Real Estate

$50 7 7 papers





$30 7 4 papers


Kirby School District 140

We are currently seeking

Full-Time Bus Drivers

A CDL License, with current

School Bus and Passenger

endorsement is preferred,

but we are willing to train.

$13.00/hour for training;

$17.00/hour with CDL and

SBP endorsements.

Benefits offered

Apply at KSD140.org

Outpatient Physical

Therapy Clinic

seeking hardworking,

full-time employee for

tech/receptionist position

No experience necessary

Job training provided

Send resume to:





Due to our rapid growth and

expansion, Tinley Park

Industrial Manufacturing Sales

office seeks detail-oriented

Sales Assistant for full-time

position. A Sales Assistant at

ARC does both sale’s

administrative and customer

service functions. This is a

very diversified position in our

FAST-PACED office. The

ideal candidate must be


needs to possess strong

organizational &

communication skills.

Excellent computer literacy

needed, including MS Word &

Excel. Industrial customer

service experience a plus.

Repeat customer & supplier

contact. No telemarketing or

cold calling required.

Competitive salary & benefit

pkg incl. 401K.

Send letter & resume to:


Part-time Telephone Work

calling from home for

AMVETS. Ideal for

homemakers and retirees.

Must be reliable and have

morning &evening hours

available for calling.

If interested,

Call 708 429 6477

M-F, 10am - 1pm Only!

Hiring Desk Clerk

(must be flexible w/ shifts)

& Housekeeping


Needed at Super 8 Motel

Apply within:

9485 W. 191st St, Mokena

No Phone Calls

Alvernia Manor in Lemont

Part-Time Driver

Monday - Friday

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

(630) 257-7721

Legal Secretary


Flexible Schedule

(708) 403-2555

1004 Employment



LWE Honors Student with

American Red Cross certific.

Flexible schedule -

days, evenings, weekends

Multiple children are OK

Reasonable fees

LW Area preferred

Call (815) 517-6603



Loving mom in New Lenox,

will provide daily care in my

home, Monday-Friday.

Nelson Prairie School area

and Spencer Kindergarten.

Call Stacy at


1023 Caregiver

Caregiver Services

Provided by

Margaret’s Agency Inc.

State Licensed & Bonded

since 1998. Providing quality

care for elderly.

Live-in/ Come & go.


Heaven Sent Caregivers

Professional caregiving

service. 24 hr or hourly

services; shower or bath

visits. Licensed & bonded.

Try the best! 708.638.0641

1037 Prayer /


Oh most Beautiful Flower

of Mt Carmel, Fruitful vine,

splendor of heaven, blessed

mother of the Son of God,

Immaculate Virgin, Assist

me in this my neccessity, oh

star of the sea help me and

show me herein you are my

mother. Oh holy Mary,

Mother of God, Queen of

Heaven and Earth, I humbly

beeseach you from the bottom

ofmyheart to succor

me in my necessity (make

request) there are none that

can withstand your power,

oh Mary conceived without

sin, pray for us who have

recourse tothee (3x). Holy

Mary, Iplace this cause in

your hands (3x). Say this

prayer for three consecutive

days, you must publish it

and it will be granted to

you. MT

1052 Garage Sale

Frankfort 24150 S Harvest

Hills Rd 6/28 &6/29 9-7pm

antiques, 1970’s toys, chain

saw, pressure washer, antique

seed planter jr, housewares,

holiday, kids toys, some baby

clothes, like new stroller, rocking

horse, and much more

Lockport 15337 Edgewood Dr

6/27-6/29 8:30-4:30pm Tools,

lamps, desks, table w/6 chairs,

mens XXL 44w, wine rack

New Lenox 3315 Cascade Ln

6/27-6/29 9-5pm Furn, O-scale

trains & access., home goods,

beer signs, collector plates &


Tinley Park 8120 Shoshone Tr

6/28-6/29 9-2pm Home decor,

womens &jrs clothing, costume

jewelry, household items

Tinley Park 8824 172 St 6/28

9-3 &6/29 9-1 Tons of clothes

1x to jr’s, qn wood bed, household,

dorm items &bedding,

decorative, make-up and more

1053 Multi Family


Mokena 12336 W. Warren Dr.

Fri. 6/28 &Sat. 6/29. 9-3pm.

Furn., decor, household, tools,

garden, kids, books, DVDs,

clothes, and more!

New Lenox 6+ houses -

1170 / 1185 N. Pine Street,

142 / 145 / 150 Markev Street,

136 Maple Street. Fri. 6/28 &

Sat. 6/29, 9-4pm. Baby items,

baby clothes, girl’s clothes,

toys, books, stuffed animals,

kid’s stuff, XL and twin sized

bedding, household, home

decor, and much more!



1053 Multi Family


Orland Park 13414 Fawn Ct.

6/28 & 6/29 8-3pm Furn,

lamps, rugs, toys, kids clothing,

bikes, tons of hshld misc.

Tinley Park 6933 / 6919

W. 176th Street. Fri. 6/28 &

Sat. 6/29, 8:30am - 3:00pm.

Avon products, household

items, baby/kids clothes, toys,

games, tools, and much more!

Tinley Park 8500 Brandau Ct.

(Approx. 180th and 84th Ave.)

Sat. 6/29, 8am -2pm. Furniture,

clothing, electronics. etc.

Tinley Park 8543 Monaghan

Dr 6/28 & 6/29 8-2pm kids

clothes and shoes, toys, household

items and decor

1054 Subdivision


Lockport Cedar Ridge Subdivision,

West of Konows Farm.

Fri. 6/28 &Sat. 6/29, 8-3pm.

20+ homes! Lots of good finds

New Lenox Chestnut Point

Subdivision, 1Block South of

Route. 6 & Gouger Road.

6/27 -6/29, 8-3pm. 8 Homes -

China cabinet, children’s

toys/clothes/ gear, and avariety

of great deals!

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Homer Glen 15438 W. 151st

Street. Sat. 6/29, 7am - 3pm.

Tools, household items, luggage,

wheelchair, walkers, furniture,

TVs, holiday decor,

paintings, sewing accessories,

and 15-stair char lift

Tinley Park 16543 Evergreen

Drive. Fri. 6/28 & Sat. 6/29,

8am - 4pm. Looking to sell

furniture and lots more!

Tinley Park 16913 82nd Ave.

Fri. 6/28 &Sat. 6/29, 8-1pm.

Huge divorce/moving sale -

furniture and household items.

Everything must go!

1058 Moving Sale

Real Estate

1098 Land for Sale

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Sun. June 30th 11-2pm

11827 Oregon Trail

Orland Park, IL


$52 4 lines/

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Real Estate

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$13 4 lines/

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1124 Salon For


Salon for Sale, Orland Park

Turn key operation in busy

strip mall. Salon has 5 stations

3 shampoo chairs, 4 dryers

+color station. Cozy estheticians

rm. All fixtures & most

equip. stay. Rental income,

owner would like to stay.

$22,500. 708-577-8211

Business Directory

2003 Appliance Repair




• Air Conditioning • Furnaces

Refrigeration • Dishwashers

Stoves & Ovens • Microwaves

Garbage Disposals


Family Owned &Operatedsince 1986

Someone you can TRUST


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2004 Asphalt Paving/Seal Coating

Arkansaw - Arkansas

Now Available, wooded or

cleared, 2 acres tracts, next

door to boat launching. In

the heart of Arkansas Twin

Lakes area, Mountain

Home, Bull Shoals &Norfork

Lakes, White River &

Norfork River. Starting


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870-405-0500 or


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1099 Lake Front Property For Sale

4BR, 2.5BA, Oversized Forrester

Model. Many updates

include, new roof, AC, driveway,

sidewalk and patio. Spacious

kitchen. $319,900

ReMax Millennium









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2006 Basement Waterproofing

1225 Apartments for Rent

Oak Forest Terrace

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Serene setting & Beautiful

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Walking Trails. Near metra.






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Wills Apartments

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2025 Concrete Work


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2011 Brick/Chimney Experts

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2120 Handyman

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Custom Painting

Drywall & Plaster Repair

Carpentry Work

Trim & General

Tile & Laminated Flooring

Light Plumbing & Electrical

Remodeling, Kitchen & Bath

Install StormWindows/Doors

Clean Gutters

Wash Siding & Windows

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2132 Home Improvement 2140 Landscaping

2150 Paint & Decorating

2140 Landscaping





Sodding, Seeding, Trees

Shrubs, Pavers, Retaining

Walls, Firewood

Since 1973

708 856 5422

815 210 2882

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2170 Plumbing

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2170 Plumbing

2170 Plumbing 2174 Propane

Celebrating 3 generations of outstanding service!

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2200 Roofing

2220 Siding

2276 Tuckpointing/Masonry

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2294 Window Cleaning



Window Cleaning

Gutter Cleaning

Power Washing

Office Cleaning

call and get $40.00 off

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2489 Merchandise Wanted

Metal Wanted

Scrap Metal, Garden



Appliances, Etc.


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2490 Misc. Merchandise

American Girl items:

Dolls, Clothes, Accessories

Starting at $5 and up



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2702 Public


Certificate 032926 was filed in the

office of the County Clerk of Will

County on June 19, 2019 wherein

the business firm of Firehouse Inflatables

Located at 13653 S. Potawatomi

Tr. Homer Glen, IL 60491

was registered; that the true orreal

name of the person owning the

business, with their respective post

office address is as follows:

Christopher Dowdall

13653 S. Potawatomi Tr.

Homer Glen, IL 60491


hereunto set my hand and Official

Seal at my office in Joliet; Illinois,

this 19th day of June, 2019.

Lauren Staley Ferry

Will County Clerk

2900 Merchandise

Under $100

1 Bridgestone tire new D400

radial for SUV size

P215/70R17 100H $10, Glass

Libby drinking jars all 11 for

$7, Toaster $6, Zippo mug $10,

Etch A Sketch $12 Call


1-box has 30 planks - vinyl

planks 6” x 48” EA 60 sq ft

easy install each strip has its

own glue 1-box = $30 ea

3 boxes total 708-460-3626

4Bentwood chairs from Great

Nortnern Chair Company

#1250 Chicago 1938 All 4

$100 Mokena 708-479-1613

after 5

46 gallon bow front fish tank

w/glass cover and light. No

leaks. With gravel, filter, and

sand $100 Call 708-614-1988

81 older record albums 78 45s

$40, 2-5 gal glass water jugs

with original wooden slat holders

$40 Call 815-469-4577

Audi R8 Ride-on Car grey 3yrs

to 60lbs like new $75 Call


Beautiful 40”dia round accent

table 18” high with 33” dia

glass insert $59 OBO, Steel file

cabinet 2 drawers $15 OBO

Call 630-450-0245

Black Ikea leather chair $40,

Black entertainmet center $35,

Glass/birch DVD wall cabinet

$25 Call 815-534-5273

Bridgestone Dyeler A/T tires

4) 265/65R good shape $80

Call 708-305-3987

Car w/s sun shade new $8,

1998 car color chip book $35,

1988-1989 Merc. tracer service

manual $35, White floor lamp

steel $10 Call 708-40-8308

Carpenter’s tool box with

tray’s $25, Metal cars in box

$10 each Call 708-479-0193

Childrens KidKraft sturdy

wooden chairs 2blue and 2red

like new Originally $100 asking

$75 Call 815-469-6554

Chrome shelf 24” deep

60”wide 72” height new in box

$50 Call 708-599-6796

2900 Merchandise

Under $100

Craftsman small deluxe rauter

table onstand $30, Extension

cord on awheel great condition

$15, 5 boxes with metal cars in

boxes $10 ea, 4 boxes with

World War Two model ships

$15 ea Call 708-479-0193

Engraved brass veteran name

plaques 2” x6” from Tinley &

area, may have yours or relative.

FREE! Call 708-429-3623

Good 2 door metal wardrobe

for cabin or basement 36” wide

x 63” tall and 19” deep with

key $30 Call 708-710-0170

Ladies leather jackets small

$5-$10, Ladies leather jacket

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the homer horizon | June 27, 2019 | 35

Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Donny Wallace

Donny Wallace will be a senior

at Lockport Township this fall.

He is a guard on the basketball


How much were you and

the team looking forward

to going up to a shootout

in Grand Rapids, Michigan,

last weekend?

We were really looking forward

to it. We played really well

there last season, and that got us

off to a good start to the season.

These weekend shootouts really

give us a nice preview for the


When did you start playing


I started playing in the third

grade, but I really got into it in

the sixth grade. That’s when I

started playing for the Lockport

Thunder. One of my teammates,

Jake Kaczmarek, was on a team

and his dad, Kevin Kaczmarek,

was the coach. That’s what really

got me going.

Do you play any other


I actually played football here

at Lockport my sophomore year

and baseball my freshman year.

Baseball was my sport. I played

it my whole life. But I got tired

of it in high school, and I got cut

from the team my sophomore

year. So, ever since then, it’s

been all basketball.

What is it about the sport

of basketball that makes it

the game for you?

I really like those aggressive

moments. Those gritty plays that

you do well for the team. Plus,

those clutch moments at the end

of the games are the best.

How did you like it last

season when you played

a pair of games back at

Lockport Central?

I loved playing at “The Pit.”

It’s great with the fans looking

down on you. It gets the fans involved,

and there’s an amazing

energy in there.

You have your own Twitter

page called Donny’s

Disciples, but you are not

the one behind it. What is

the story there?

Yes, my teammate Tommy

Ferriter runs it. It all started as a

joke junior year. Tommy would

tell me how to pose for a picture

and put it on there. But now I

get people coming up to me and

telling me they are a fan, and

that they follow it [as of June

20, it had 117 followers]. I don’t

even have a Twitter account. I

just Google it to read the comments.

What do you do to pump

yourself up before a game?

Actually, I just like to stay

loose and not really pump myself

up. I like to talk to my teammates,

crack jokes and just have

fun with the guys.

What have you learned

from Lockport boys

basketball coach Brett


The biggest thing is that you

are part of a team. That playing

basketball is just part of it. You

not only want to become a better

basketball player, but you also

want to become a better person.

Photo submitted

He really stresses that. We have

guest speakers every Monday,

and we want to become a better

man on and off the court. We

want to be uncommon.

Are you planning to play

basketball next year at


No, I’m looking for the academic

side. My No. 1 goal is to

go to Notre Dame for finance. I

went for a visit there at the start

of June, and it was awesome.

But I will still probably play intramurals

there. I love the game.

What is the best thing

about being an athlete at


It’s really just being a part of

a family and having the guys at

our side. Just being with your

teammates is great. The coaches

are all really good, too, and create

a bond.

Interview by Freelance Reporter

Randy Whalen

Oak Prairie the site for

cross country clinic

Two-day August event

for high school juniors

and seniors, parents

Staff Report


From Page 39

other good juniors, too,” Czart

said. “We have a lot of good receivers

making good catches. It

should be a smooth transition on

offense, not a lot of changes in

the system.

“Defensively, we will be doing

a few new things. There, we have

a lot of guys competing for a lot

of positions and some new defensive


Voulgaris, whose dad, Spiro,

quarterbacked the Porters to

their first-ever playoff win, a

21-14 victory over visiting East

Moline United in the opening

round of the Class 6A playoffs

in 1985, is glad to have Czart in


Former Lockport Township

High School cross country coach

Keith Reed, who is now director

of Age Group Development

for the AAU and New Zealand’s

track coach, will host a free

cross country clinic for all boys

and girls runners who are juniors

and seniors in high school

across Will County and their


The event is to be held Aug. 2

and 3 at Oak Prairie Junior High,

located at 15161 S. Gougar

Road in Homer Glen. On Aug.

2, doors open at 6:30 p.m., with

clinics starting after the keynote

speaker, who is Al Carius, head

cross country and track coach

at North Central College in Naperville.

Carius has won over 38

national titles, with 22 of them

in cross country. Jeff DeGraw,

cross country coach at Joliet Junior

College, will also be in attendance,

as will two-time state

champion Larry Thompson, who

is slated to speak on Aug. 3.

The clinic runs from 7-9 p.m.

on Aug. 2 and from 8 am.-2 p.m.

on Aug. 3.

The clinic features a multitude

of guest speakers, including

nine state champion coaches at

the high school and junior high

levels in the Midwest, a panel

of orthopedic doctors, physical

therapist, nutritionist, sport

psychologists, trainers, individual

state champions and special

guests John MacDonald, a 2018

NCAA cross country national

champion, as well as 2016 Rio

de Janeiro Olympic silver medalist

Nick Willis.

Also in attendance will be Jim

Knudsen and his son, Soren,

who both won state titles in cross


The event will have door prizes

and gifts, as well. RSVPs are

needed by July 29.

A program syllabus is available

by emailing reedklreed67@


“I love coach Czart,” Voulgaris

said. “He’s a great guy.”

He also believes the Porters

have the makings of a really good


“We all push each other to

work hard,” Voulgaris said. “I like

where we are at. We’re all brothers

on the team. We have six home

games this season, and it’s going

to be a lot of fun.”

Czart could not agree more.

“I’ve liked what I’ve seen with

our guys competing against the

other kids,” Czart said of the

7-on-7’s. “I like to know how

they match up. We are looking

to go to a couple of more

of them [this] week. Then, we

will take the week of July 4 off

before coming back for a couple

more weeks of camp after


36 | June 27, 2019 | the homer horizon sports


Going Places

Porters ace pitcher prepares for expanded role in college

Kleffman headed

to Evansville for

softball career

Randy Whalen

Freelance Reporter

Erin Kleffman played on the LTHS varsity softball team for three seasons and is now headed to University of Evansville to play. 22nd Century

Media File Photo

On Thursday, June 6,

recent Lockport Township

graduate Erin Kleffman

was on her way to

college orientation at the

University of Evansville

in Indiana.

Even though Kleffman

knew two-and-a-half years

ago that is where she wanted

to college, the standout

softball pitcher for the

Porters wished she was not

going there at that time.

“I wish I was on my way

to state,” she said of the

IHSA Softball State Finals

that were held on June 7

and 8 at EastSide Centre

in East Peoria. “Not on my

way to orientation.”

The Porters, however,

lost to Joliet West 6-5 on

May 31 in the sectional

title game. The Tigers

went on to win their supersectional

game, advance to

the State Finals and finish

third in Class 4A. Lockport

wondered what could

have been.

“Nothing was clicking

like it had been,” Kleffman

said of the loss to Joliet

West. “Our fielding wasn’t

there, we were hitting the

ball at people. It was just


This past season, Kleffman

gave her all in being

the Porters’ ace pitcher.

The team went 29-6, and

she had more than half the

wins, going 15-3 in the circle

with 89 strikeouts. She

was named the SouthWest

Suburban Conference

Blue Division All-Area

team in helping the team

to an undefeated conference


“She was a workhorse,”

Lockport softball coach

Marissa Chovanec said

of Kleffman. “We really

worked hard this season.

She also contributed in the

role as a leader on and off

the field.”

Influenced by her mom,

Sue, who played softball

at Shepard in the 1980s,

Kleffman started playing

softball early.

“I started when I was 4,”

she said. “I’ve been pitching

since I was 8. I was

in Junior Miss Softball to

start, and my dad, Jack,

helped to coach me.”

At Lockport, Kleffman

was on the varsity softball

team for three seasons.

That was not her only

sport, however. She also

excelled at bowling. She

was a three-year varsity

member there, too, and the

only senior on the Porter

girls bowling team that finished

fifth in the state this

past winter.

On the final ball of her

high school bowling career,

Kleffman fired a

strike and then declared

herself “retired” from

the sport.

“It’s not that I was

tired of bowling,” Kleffman

said. “It was just my

hobby. I just did it for fun.

I like the team aspect of

softball better.”

Given that both bowling

and softball pitching requires

one to perform with

an underhand motion, did

that correlate at all?

“No, but a lot of people

have asked me if that

messed me up,” Kleffman

said of the motion for

bowling compared to that

of softball. “But no. I just

went from one sport to the

other. I never combined

the two, and it never affected


Kleffman never threw a

300 in bowling, She has,

however, fired a no-hitter

in softball. In fact, she had

two this past season. The

first one was in a 2-0 victory

over Joliet West with

five strikeouts on April 6

the title game of a WJOL

Tournament. The second

was a 16-0 win in four innings

with 11 strikeouts on

May 21 over Thornwood

in the semifinals of the

Lockport Regional.

“It’s hard to throw a

300,” Kleffman said. “You

just have to stay mentally

focused the whole time. In

softball, other people can

do things to affect it. So, I

actually think a no-hitter is

harder to accomplish.”

Even though she

wished her orientation for

college was later, Kleffman

is ready to move

to the next step. She has

known for a long time

that the University of

Evansville in Indiana was

the place for her.

“I committed there in

January of my sophomore

year,” she said of her early

commitment in 2017.

“For me, I went to a lot of

camps, a lot of schools. I

like that it was a smaller

school. I’m going to major

in economics, and the

coaches there prioritize

education. They make sure

you get good grades and

keep that balance.”

Kleffman plays for the

Chicago Bulls/Sox Youth

Academy Softball team

and will do so again this

summer. She also bats and

plays some first base there,

which she might also do in


“I have more of a possibility

of playing sooner,”

Kleffman said of going to

the University of Evansville.

“I will be pitching,

hitting and maybe playing

some at first. I’m looking

forward to it.”

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Team 22: softball

Publisher 22nd Century Media chose the best softball student-athletes in its seven-town southwest

suburban coverage area — based on coach and reporter recommendations, and player statistics — to

place on one super team. The team is made up of 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


P: Amanda Weyh,

senior, LW Central

13-1, .445 ERA

in 78.2 IP, .775

WHIP, 103 K.

Hitting: .430 AVG,

.478 OBP, .797

SLG, 8 doubles,

7 HR, 35 RBI, 25

R. Committed to

Lindenwood, All-


1B: Molly Ryan,

junior, LW West

.416 AVG, .509

OBP, .742 SLG, 8

doubles, 7 HR, 31

RBI, 37 R. All-SWSC

Red. Commit to

Toledo U. Hitting for

power and average,

she had clutch RBI

shots this season.

SS: Teagan Sopczak,

junior, Providence

.439 AVG, 6 doubles,

1 triple, 4 HR, 30

RBI, 43 R, 10 SB.

All-GCAC. Committed

to Loyola. Both a

threat at the plate

and threat of speed

on the bases.

OF: Emma Young,

sophomore, LW


.495 AVG, .558

OBP, .758 SLG,

12 doubles, 3 HR,

33 RBI, 30 R. All-

SWSC Red. The

utility player was

a regular scoring

threat for the


P: Danielle


junior, LW East

16-7, 2.011 ERA

in 125.1 IP, 161

K. Hitting: .333

AVG, .383 OBP,

.600 SLG, 5 HR,

14 RBI. All-SWSC

Blue. Committed

to University of


2B: Payton Grcevic,

senior, Lockport

.352 AVG, .441

OBP, .525 SLG, 7

doubles, 2 triples,

2 HR, 24 RBI, 31

R, 13 BB. All-SWSC

Blue. Also playing at

catcher, she made

a big impact for the


OF: Alyssa

Drogemuller, junior,


.549 AVG, .636

OBP, .736 SLG, 8

doubles, 3 HR, 41

RBI, 43 R, 12 BB.

Pitching: 1-0, .350

ERA in 20 IP, 4

saves, .600 WHIP.

All-SWSC Blue.

DH: Carly Alvers,

sophomore, LW


.461 AVG, .495

OBP, .787 SLG, 11

doubles, 1 triple, 6

HR, 36 RBI, 28 R.

All-SWSC Red. Also

a fantastic third

baseman who was

a powerhouse at

the plate.


C: Keke Tholl,

junior, Andrew

.600 AVG, 13

doubles, 1 triple,

15 HR, 61 RBI,

26 R, .629 OBP,

1.291 SLG. SWSC

Red Player of the

Year. Verbally

committed to


P: Ashley Platek, senior, LW


8-0, 1.52 ERA in 50.2 IP, 60 K.

All-SWSC Red.

P: Nicole Mucha, sophomore,


7-1, 3 saves, .936 ERA in 52.1 IP,

49 K.

C: Shannon Smith, senior,


.432 AVG, 19 doubles, 9 HR, 54

RBI, 43 R, 9 SB,. GCAC Player of

the Year.

1B: Torince Muczynski, junior, LW


.389 AVG, .511 SLG, 8 doubles, 32

RBI, 21 R, 6 SB.

2B: Corey Maloney, sophomore,


.447 AVG, 4 doubles, 3 triples, 22

3B: Irene Travis,

senior, Sandburg

.453 AVG, 15

doubles, 44 R, 3 HR,

.481 OBP, .642 SLG.

SWSC Blue Player

of the Year. Against

tough competition,

Travis put up big

numbers throughout

the season.

RBI, 41 R, 14 SB.

SS: Grace Piotrowski, junior, Tinley

.576 AVG, 16 doubles, 3 triples, 3

HR, 20 RBI.

3B: Lexi Krause, senior, LW East

.418 AVG, 3 HR, 9 doubles, 23

RBI. All-SWSC Blue.

OF: Ella LeMonier, junior, Andrew

.449 AVG, 9 doubles, 6 RBI, 33 R,

21 SB. All-SWSC Red.

OF: Gabriella

Gedville, senior, LW


.506 AVG, .543 OBP,

.575 SLG, 32 R,

17 SB. Committed

Winona State.

All-SWSC Red. The

lead-off hitter for

the Knights was a

four-year starter for

a reason.

OF: Sarah Gonsch, junior,


.464 AVG, 39 R, 5 doubles, 3 HR.

All-SWSC Blue.

OF: Haley Panfil, junior, Lockport

.440 AVG, 12 doubles,25 RBI. All-

SWSC Blue.

DH: Sarah Taheny, senior, LW West

.362 AVG, 7 doubles, 6 HR, 30

RBI, 20 R. All-SWSC Red.


P: Jules Gomez, junior, Tinley; Erin

Kleffman, senior, Lockport; Ashley

Matejka, junior, Sandburg; Laila

Summers, junior, Providence.

C: Riley Schultz, junior, Tinley; Lauren

Johnson, senior, Lockport.

IF: Jenna Deang, junior, LW Central;

Kaylee Clifton, junior, Sandburg;

Melena Stemmler, junior, Lockport;

Kayla Serafini, senior, Tinley; Kelli

Riordan, junior, Lockport; Maggie

Joutras, senior, Providence.

OF: Kaitlin Lynch, senior, Andrew;

Paige Geraghty, junior, LW East; Sydra

Seville, sophomore, LW Central;

Ashley Tipping, sophomore, Tinley.

38 | June 27, 2019 | the homer horizon sports


Porters still see plenty of value in playing summer baseball

Program once

again hosts

Wooden Bat


Randy Whalen

Freelance Reporter

In a world of summer

travel baseball, Lockport

Township baseball coach

Andy Satunas is doing his

best to keep high school

team summer ball alive.

Numerous schools have

made a choice to scale

back or stop playing high

school summer baseball

altogether. But Satunas

sees the benefits of it and

thought that showed last

week when Lockport hosted

its own Wooden Bat

Tournament between June

17 and June 19 at Flink

Field in Lockport.

It is part of Lockport’s

summer baseball program,

which goes from the second

week of June and

could stretch out into mid-

July, depending on the how

far the team is able to go in

the summer postseason.

“We’ve done this the

past eight years in a

row,” Satunas said of the

Wooden Bat Tournament.

“We’re constantly making

adjustments to give value

to our high school baseball

team and experience. The

summer is a chance to be

evaluated over at least five

weeks. That’s rather than

four days in the gym at the

start of March.

“So, it’s very beneficial

to be a part of. We sit

down with the players afterward

and do an evaluation.”

Satunas is well aware

that travel baseball is now

firmly embedded as a huge

recruiting tool. In fact, it

caused him and the team

to give up a fun event that

would have taken place in

mid-June. That was the

College World Series trip.

In past years, the Porters

had traveled to Omaha for

a few days. There, they

partook in a high school

summer tournament and

also got to take in a couple

of the College World Series

baseball games.

“No, we had to cut that

out,” Satunas said of the

Omaha trip. “It was getting

to be too much with

everyone’s travel ball


The Wooden Bat Tournament,

however, lives on.

This summer, it was sponsored

by Barnwood Sports.

There were eight teams total,

and the first two days

were divided between

two locations. Those were

Lemont and then Flink

Field at Lockport.

Not only that, but the

Porters fielded two teams.

Their White team was

a JV one, and they tied

Marist 2-2 in opening day


The Maroon team was

made up of more of the returning

varsity guys. That

one lost to Lincoln-Way

East 11-0 on the first day.

On the second day, June

18, the Porter White team

lost to host Lemont 6-3

and also dropped a 14-1

game to Homewood-

Flossmoor. Back in Lockport,

the Maroon team

toppled Andrew 8-3 but

lost 6-4 to Palatine.

So, when it came down

to the final day on June

19, both Porter teams were

eliminated from championship

bracket contention

because of their record in

pool play. But both got early

games in on the final day.

Lockport’s Matt Santarelli throws a pitch against Lemont on June 19 in the Porter

Wood Bat Summer Classic. Photos by Steve Millar/22nd Century Media

At the Porter Wood Bat Summer Classic, players hit with wood bats instead of the

aluminum bats typically used in high school games.

In fact, due to Palatine

not being able to make

the long trip back down

to Lockport for a thirdstraight

day, the Porter

White team played the

Lockport freshmen team.

They tied 5-5.

The Lockport Maroon

team defeated Lemont 7-3.

Marist, which won a Class

4A sectional championship

with a 9-5 win over Providence

on June 1 at Flink

Field, defeated Lincoln-

Way East 1-0 in the first

semifinal. Andrew defeated

H-F in a five-inning suspended

game because of

rain. But the title tilt between

Andrew and Marist

never happened because

the rains kept up, washing

it out.

With travel teams heading

to weekend tournaments

starting the next day,

that was it for this season’s

Wooden Bat Tournament,

but the players certainly

seemed to enjoy it.

“I played in this last

year,” junior Matt Santarelli

said. “In fact, last year

we won it, so we hoped to

do it again. But the goal is

to get better with my team.

It’s different to get used to

the ball off a wooden bat.

In fact, I broke a bat. But

I think it helps you with

your swing.”

Both Santarelli, who

also pitches, and fellow

junior Riley Pfeiffer, play

middle infield.

“It’s my first summer

playing this, and it’s a good

experience,” Pfeiffer said.

“We get to know our teammates

for next year’s season,

and it’s good to know

them and their tendencies.

I like using a wooden bat

and seeing if you’re able to

barrel one up on it.

“If you can hit well with

a wooden bat, it will get

easier to hit when we use

an aluminum bat again,

because it’s lighter.”

Although the Porters did

not fare as well as the year

before, and the end was

rained out, Satunas still

thought the Wooden Bat

Tournament was a hit.

“It’s just fun, and it adds

a little bit of excitement to

it,” Satunas said of using

just the wooden bats. “It

gives the players a little

different experience to just

play with the wood bats.”

In a different format,

this season the summer

league baseball playoff

will start this week. Lockport

is hosting a fourteam

sub-regional type of

tournament this week. It

is slated to be a doubleelimination

tourney, and

the exact teams at each location

and times were still

to be announced, as of the

end of last week.

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Porters ramp up summer training with camps, 7-on-7 scrimmages

22nd Century Media File


1st and 3

Porters football

puts in work in


1. Striving to get better

The Lockport football

team is having

a busy summer

gearing up for the

season with a number

of workouts,

camps and 7-on-7

scrimmages in an

effort to improve

on last year’s 0-9


2. Lots of returners

LTHS only graduated

13 players

from last year’s

team, meaning they

will have many guys

back on the squad

under new coach

George Czart.

3. Looking at quarterback

Marcos Voulgaris

is most likely back

at quarterback for

the Porters, though

Czart noted there is

“still competition,”

with Riley Pfeiffer,

a junior, coming

off a solid season

with the sophomore


Randy Whalen

Freelance Reporter

Marcos Voulgaris stood

outside the Lockport

Township football locker

room after a practice last

week sporting a Marvel

Comics character shirt.

As the returning starting

quarterback for the football

team, Voulgaris hopes

people are marveling at a

Porter turnaround season

this fall.

“We want to make our

own movie,” said Voulgaris,

who was among the

first in line for “Avengers:

Endgame.” “We want to

make our own story.”

With lots of workouts,

camps and 7-on-7 scrimmages

that are going on

this summer, the Porters

are putting in that work to

make their own story.

“We’ve had three days

of 7-on-7‘s with three

games on each of those

days,” Voulgaris said.

“The most recent one was

at Lemont [on June 19]. I

think they have been going

very well. I’m ready.

It’s nice to get back into it

and get out here. It’s going

to be a great season

this year, and I’m excited

about it.”

Even though they are

coming off an 0-9 season

last fall, Voulgaris and the

Porters have lots of reasons

to be excited. They

only graduated 13 guys

from that team. So, many

are back and they are

ready to go.

Marcos Voulgaris returns as quarterback for the Porters and hopes to help lead the team to a positive turnaround

this upcoming season. 22nd Century Media File Photo

Plus, there is a new

coach in charge, as George

Czart had taken over in

that capacity.

“It feels nice to be back

in the role I relish,” Czart

said of being back on the

field as a head coach for

the first time since fall

2015 at Lincoln-Way

North. “It’s felt comfortable

and natural to be back

in this position.”

Before this season,

Czart was last on the

Lockport football field in

a coaching role as an assistant

at Lincoln-Way

West in 2016. But he spent

many a day and night on

the field as the Porter defensive

coordinator between

1994-2006. During

that time, the Porters won

back-to-back Class 8A

state titles in 2002 and 03

and posted a 34-4 record

between 2002-2004.

Anytime a team has that

sort of success, the work

starts in the offseason.

So, Czart knows all these

7-on-7 drills will pave the

way for future things down

the road.

“We competed against

Richards, Lemont and Peotone

[the night before],”

Czart said of doing the

7-on-7 drills on June 19 at

Lemont. “I like that we’ve

really got a lot of guys

coming back offensively.

There’s not a lot of question

marks there.”

Although Crazt acknowledges

that Voulgaris

is the probably starting

quarterback again this season,

he said there is “still

competition,” as junior Riley

Pfeiffer is coming off a

nice season where he quarterbacked

the sophomore

team to a 6-3 record.

Seniors Aidan Ensley

and Malik Makhlouf,

along with junior Kyle

Yehling, will be among the

many vying for a spot at

the wide receiver position.

“We have a bunch of

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“We all push each other to work hard. I like where we are at. We’re all

brothers on the team. We have six home games this season, and it’s going

to be a lot of fun.”

Marcos Voulgaris — LTHS football player, on how the team is

shaping up this summer and the upcoming season’s schedule

Tune In

Youth and Teen Basketball Camp

Hoops clinic — 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 28 and 9 a.m.-1

p.m. June 29, at LTHS

• Former Porter and current Phoenix Suns

basketball player Richaun Holmes hosts his

annual camp for boys and girls ages 7 to 18.


37 - Team 22 Softball

35 - Athlete of the Week

FASTBREAK is compiled by Editor Thomas Czaja,


homer glen’s Hometown Newspaper | June 27, 2019

Getting back on the gridiron

LTHS football turns up the intensity with summer workouts

in hopes of rebound season, Page 39

Dominant on the

diamond Team 22 for girls

softball announced, Page 37

Porters stay sharp in offseason with

Porter Wood Bat Summer Classic,

Page 38

Lockport’s Matt Merk takes a swing against Lemont

on June 19 in the Porter Wood Bat Summer Classic.

Steve Millar/22nd Century Media

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