Empowering the elderly

Lockport Police Department hosts Triad meeting to

help seniors protect themselves, Page 3

Swinging for Scholarships

The LTHS Foundation holds its 20th annual golf

outing, Page 4

Improvement and development

City Council approves plans for two big projects in

Lockport, Page 6

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Marissa McNeal and Abby Prasch,

students at Lockport High School

that live by the Matlak family and

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Dellwood Park Community

Theater: “Beauty and the


7 p.m. June 27, Friday,

June 28, Saturday, June 29

and Sunday, June 30, Performing

Arts Center 199

Woods Drive, Lockport.

Dellwood Park Community

Theater will be debuting

its first play production,

“Beauty and the Beast.”

Resident ticket prices are

$10 for adults and $8 for

children under 12. For

more information or tickets,

call (815) 838-1183.


Little Artists

10:30-11:15 a.m. June

28, White Oak Library

Lockport Branch, 121 E.

8th St. Kids and their caregivers

can read stories and

create beautiful works of

art. Registration is now

open. For more information,

call Jaci Kohn at

(815) 552-4265 or email



Teen After Hours

5-6:30 p.m. June 28,

White Oak Library Lockport

Branch, 121 E. 8th St.

Enjoy board games, video

games, pizza and more

after the library closes.

Registration not required.

For more information, call

Maisie Iven at (815) 552-

4260 or email miven@



2 and 1/2 Comics

8 p.m. June 29, ROXY

Event Venue, 1017 S State

St, Lockport. Comedy

Team 2 and 1/2 Comics,

featuring popular area

comedians Bob Jay and

Annivar, with special

guests, will headline an

extraordinary evening of

comedy with all proceeds

benefiting Trinity Services

that supports children and

adults with developmental

disabilities and adults with

mental illness in the Chicagoland

area. For more

information or to purchase

tickets, visit www.trinity.



Acorn in the Park

1:30- 2:15 p.m. July 2,

Willow Walk Park, Lockport.

This event will bring

a little piece of the White

Oak Library District to

Brent Hassert and Willow

Walk parks. Stories will be

told and fun outdoor activities

and mini crafts and

games will be available for

families along with information

about upcoming

programs. For more information,

call Jaci Kohn at

(815) 552-4265 or email




Summer Fireworks

Show/Independence Day


8:30- 10 p.m. July 3,

Dellwood Park, IL-171

and Woods Drive, Lockport.

Join the Lockport

community in celebrating

Independence Day at the

annual summer fireworks

show beginning at dusk.

Parking is limited.


Historic John Lane Farm

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

July 13 and Sunday, July

14, 16217 S. Gougar Road,

Lockport. John Lane Farm

is holding its annual fundraising

event to raise money

to renovate its historic

barn into a museum.

“Art of Illinois: 2019”

Submission dates are

July 15-August 15, Gallery

Seven 200 W. 8th St.,

Lockport. Gallery Seven

will hold a juried exhibit

of the artists of Illinois.

For more information,

visit galleryseven.net or

contact gallerysevenexhib



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

July 27, White Oak

Library Lockport Branch,

Meeting Room A/B, 121

E. 8th St. Lockport’s fifth

annual pop culture and

comic festival is free to the

public. Meet artists, buy

unique artwork and crafts,

enter a costume contest for

cash prizes, cosplay, strike

a pose in the photo booth,

bring the kids for activities

and crafts, test your skills

in online gaming, get some

swag, eat and enoy live

music. For more information,

call Patricia Jarog at

(815) 552-4185 or email



National Night Out Against


5:30-9 p.m. Tuesday,

August 6, Lockport City

Hall - Greens, 222 E. 9th

St. Unite with the Lockport

Police Department

and the community at this

annual event to enjoy activities

for kids, food vendors,

music and games.

For more information, call

(815) 838-2132 ext.2219.

Midwest Waters Short

Film Festival

6- 10 p.m. Second and

fourth Thursdays, July 11-

Sept. 12. Roxy Theater,

1017 S State St., Lockport.

The Summer Art Series

Committee is introducing

its first-ever Midwest Waterways

Short Film Festival.

Films will cover five

genres including drama,

comedy, horror, documentary,

sci-fi and animated.

For more information,



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May 28- Friday, July

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Lockport Branch, 121 E.

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Citizens Against Ruining

the Environment

6-7:30 p.m. every third

Monday of the month,

White Oak Library Lockport

Branch, 121 E. 8th

St. CARE, a nonprofit allvolunteer

organization, is

to discuss environmental

and health-related issues

in Will County and the

surrounding areas. Community

service hours also


Challenge Fitness Court


Challenge Fitness, 2021

S. Lawrence Ave., Lockport,

offers court rentals

for tennis and racquetball/

wallyball courts when

Lockport Township Park

District programs are not

running. Tennis courts are

rented on a per-hour basis,

with rates beginning at $14

an hour during the summer.


courts begin at $3 an hour

and have a two-hour limit.

For more information on

rates and court availability,

call (815) 838-3621, ext. 0

or visit www.lockportpark.


All By Myself

Wednesday and Thursday

mornings, Dellwood

Park Volz Fieldhouse, 199

E. Woods Dr., Lockport.

The Lockport Township

Park District is offering

“All By Myself” classes

for 2- and 3-year-olds with

a parent or adult. Social

and emotional development

is the main focus of

this class. Cost is $52 for

residents and $62 for nonresidents.

For more informations,

visit www.lock

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Law enforcement aims to educate, empower senior community

Alex Ivanisevic, Editor

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 theft.

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.

“We are here to service

the seniors in a way that

is different from the way

[law enforcement] serves

younger people,” Szmergalski

said. “We find that

sometimes older people

are the most vulnerable, so

we want to make sure we

are protecting them.”

The goal is to empower

the senior community.

Szmergalski said the

Illinois Attorney General

got TRIAD running

throughout Illinois in the

early ‘90s. Prior to Szmergalski

becoming involved

with the TRIAD program

in 2018, the meetings were

lacking attendees, “the

participation was maybe

one or two seniors, so

myself and Lieutenant Ed

Hayes of the Will County

Sheriff’s Department, who

is the overseer and coordinator

of the Will County

TRIADs, we sat down and

thought about what we

could do to revamp it.”

She said they have seen

a tremendous increase

in seniors coming to the

meetings since revamping

TRIAD, which Szmergalski

believes is because they

now have more community

businesses involved

with the program such as

“AARP and the Lockport

Township Senior Services,

also the Lockport Fire Protection

EMS is on board as


During the meeting’s

presentations by Ryan

Aderman, a legislative liaison,

from the Legislative

Affairs Bureau and Berenice

Martinez from the

Community Outreach Liaison,

Strategic Communications

Bureau, the senior attendees

were able to share

their personal experiences

having dealt with scam attempts

over the phone and

stolen credit card information

and received guidance

or feedback based on their


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.

Tammy Barnes, an outreach

coordinator from

Will County Meals on

Wheels will be providing a

free, but donation accepted,

breakfast for every senior

citizen in attendance.

If seniors will be attending

the future meetings

the LPD asks that they are

called at 815-838-2132

ext. 2219 to register for

Lockport Police Department Officer Jeren Szmergalski (far left) introduces (left to

right) Lt. Ed Hayes of the Will County Sheriff’s Office, Ryan Aderman, a legislative

liaison, from the Legislative Affairs Bureau and Berenice Martinez from the

Community Outreach Liaison, Strategic Communications Bureau to attendees at the

June TRIAD meeting in the LPD community room. Alex Ivanisevic/22nd Century Media

Ryan Aderman, a legislative liaison, from the Legislative Affairs Bureau presents to the group of seniors at the

June TRIAD meeting at the Lockport Police Department about common scams and fraudulent phone calls to be

aware of.

the meeting so the correct

number of breakfasts are


The next meeting on

July 16 will focus on physical

and emotional wellbeing.




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accommodating showings and

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the stresses don’t stop once

you accept an offer. Once

a contract is in place, the

parties usually have a one or

two week period where the

buyer can have an inspection

on the house done (a general

inspection and also perhaps

inspecting for radon, the well/

septic system, or for termites).

During the inspection, the

buyer may discover some

problems with the house that

range from the serious (like

a gas leak in the basement)

to the mundane (like a dirty

air filter in the furnace) and

the buyer may expect the

seller to hire a contractor to

fix those items or to knock

some money off the sales

price. These negotiations can

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LTHS golf outing raises funds for student scholarships

Mary Compton

Freelance Reporter

For twins, John and

Nolan Weis of Lockport,

helping at the LTHS Foundation

20th annual golf

outing was a given. The recent

graduates of Lockport

Township High School

volunteered to play in Beat

the Porters to help raise

funds for foundation.

“This means a lot to be

able to help out,” John said.

“Our golf coach asked us

to come out today. I’ll be at

one of the holes and hopefully

I can beat the golfers

and earn some money for


The twins are so much

alike. Both John and Nolan

have about the same GPA,

the same golf score and

both have received scholarships

to attend St. Francis.

“The St. Francis coach

came out to watch us play

golf and liked us and offered

us both partial scholarships,”

Nolan said. The

twins also received partial

scholarships from The

Lockport Township Foundation.

Mike Fricilone, President

of the Lockport Township

Foundation explained the

importance of the scholarships

and how the golf

outing funds help Lockport

High school students.

“This is our biggest fundraiser,

we give out a lot of

scholarships every year,”

Fricilone said. “We hope

to earn twenty-five thousand

dollars from the golf

outing. The original goal

of the foundation is giving

scholarships. We also give

mini grants for teachers.”

If a teacher has a need for

a specific piece of equipment

or something that affects

a lot of kids that’s not

in the budget at the school,

they can be given a grant.

Gus Tomac (far left) watches the putt of Ray Soliman,

Mayor of Crest Hill during the LTHS Foundation 20th

annual golf outing.

The goals of the Foundation

are to: Acquire materials

and services beyond

those allotted by the school

budget. Provide students

and faculty with opportunities

that go beyond what

the district could ordinarily

offer and promote and

support a positive relationship

between LTHS and its


“We’ve been in existence

for twenty-two

years, this is our 20th golf

outing,” explained Fricilone.

“We always have the

beneficiaries of the scholarships

come and work the

golf outings. The students

get up at dinner and will

let the golfers know where

they’re going to school

and what they’re going to

study. This makes a connection

to the golfers because

they see what they

are giving their money


One of those is Lockport

high school graduate Declan

Ruane from Lockport.

Volunteering comes easy

for Ruane as he volunteers

for his church St. Dennis.

“I was a table leader for

kids going through confirmation.

I led them in group

work. Today I’m going out

to various holes on the

course and letting them

know of certain events

going on throughout the

day,” Ruane said.

Ruane also supervised

the longest putt for the

event. He is grateful for

the scholarship he received.

“My goal is to become a

surgeon,” Ruane explains.

Sisters, Angela Huntington and Teresa Gibson watch the ball go into the cup during

the LTHS Foundation 20th annual golf outing. Mary Compton/22nd Century Media

Nolan Weis, of Lockport, gets in some swing time during the LTHS Foundation 20th

annual golf outing. He and his brother John, former golfers at Lockport High School

volunteered to Beat the Porter.

The foundation holds

a number of annual fundraising

events, including

Grapes and Grains, Prom

Dress Resale, Wild Fest,

Galactic Glow Bingo and

a 5K Run/Walk.

Rachael Howard from

Lockport is another Lockport

graduate that is honored

to receive a scholarship

from the foundation.

Howard was at hole 15

helping out with the longest

drive competition.

“Receiving the scholarship

I wanted to give

back” Howard said. “I

think it’s nice how a lot of

the scholarship sponsors

are here today, because

they helped me out I want

to make sure I help them

out today.”

For more information

about the foundation and

how you could be involved,

please email at

Foundation@lths.org or

call (815) 588-8121.

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Lockport community bands together to support local family

Fundraisers have been

held for the Matlak

family after their

daughter’s accident

Mary Compton, Freelance Reporter

Homemade signs in support of Gabby, hang in front of a home

along Highland in Lockport.

The city of Lockport’s residents

are known to band together

in good times and in hard

times. When one of it’s youngest

residents had an accident,

the whole town has gone pink.

Four-year-old Gabby Matlak,

of Lockport, was at a friends

house and fell into a pool on

June 7. According to a Go Fund

Me page, Gabby’s dad Tim and

a friend removed her from the

pool and began CPR. She was

not breathing and was taken to

Presence Saint Joseph Medical

Center in Joliet. Because of

Gabby’s injuries, the decision

was made to airlift her to Lurie

Children’s Hospital.

As of this writing, Gabby’s

family was able to leave the hospital

on Saturday, June 22 and

doctors were seeing positive improvements

in her condition.

“It was amazing to see Lockport

coming together with all

the pink ribbons and Go Pink

for Gabby signs at the local

businesses. We love you Lockport.”

said Becca Matlak-Hodges,

who is Gabby’s aunt and the

spokesperson for the family.

“Doctors told us Gabby did really

good with the pressure support

test once again. Keep the

prayers going and thank you to


Coming together, the community

has rallied around the

Matlak family. Since Gabby’s

favorite color is pink, Lockport

has taken to wrap the city in

pink. Traveling around Lockport

Square and along State

Street you will find support for

Gabby by ways of pink bows


“Spreading the word and

sending out prayers and decorating

the town has helped the

family so much,” Matlak-Hodges

said. “My brother Tim and his

wife Paula said this has given

them so much strength.”

A few fundraisers have been

going on since the accident.

Always getting involved in the

community is Sizzles owner

and Lockport Chamber member

Mervet Nolte. When three teens

that live close to Gabby asked

if they could do a lemonade

stand in front of Sizzles, Nolte

jumped in.

“I use my popularity to make

good things happen,” Nolte

said. “My goal was to create

community spirit and bring people


Sizzles also has pink bracelets

in support of Gabby, for a donation

you can pick up a Pink For

Gabby bracelet at the restaurant.

“They are also making vehicle

stickers in support of Gabby,”

Nolte said.

Three teens, April Smith, Marissa

McNeal and Abby Prasch

all from Lockport wanted to do

something for Gabby. On June

15 and 16 they took donations

and sold lemonade. According

to April’s mother Liz Smith,

about three hundred people

stopped by to purchase pink

lemonade or donate to get a pink


“People were still driving up

in the rain and handing money

out saying this is for Gabby,”

Liz said. Three of Gabby’s preschool

teachers from Walsh

School stopped by as well.

“We came out to support our

sweet Gabby girl,” said Christy

Koszela from Lockport. “She’s

such a spunky girl, we had to be


Looking on as people stopped

by to donate was Gabby’s uncle,

Will Matlak. “My brother

and his family need all the help

they can get. They love Lockport

and are so thankful the way

the community has turned out,

it’s more than we expected.”

Matlack-Hodges has given

a list of items the family could

use. Both parents have taken off

work to be with their daughter.

“They can use gift cards for

food and gas due to the family

going up to the hospital in Chicago.”

Community members can

drop off snacks and the gift cards

in Gabby’s name to Sizzles during

business hours. Sizzles is

located at 110 Macgregor Road.

A few more fundraisers are

planned for the Matlak family.

Culvers along Farrell Road in

Lockport has planned a fundraiser

for Gabby on July 2 from

Please see gabby, 6

Encouraging drivers to stop and have lemonade to support Gabby

(left to right) Brianna Sanford, Alex Perez, Selena Kranz and Haley

Smith, all from Lockport and all students at Oak Prairie school.

Mary Compton/22nd Century Media

Four-year-old Gabby Matlak, of Lockport. Photo Submitted

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City Council

Council approves contract for Gougar Road and expansion to the Prologis development

Jessie Molloy

Freelance Reporter

The Lockport City

Council approved a contract

for a significant improvement

to Gougar

Road and amendments to

the Prologis development

at its meeting Wednesday

night under the direction

of Trustee Darren Deskin,

who was acting as Temporary

Chairman due to

Mayor Steven Streit’s absence.

The board voted unanimously,

minus Trustee

Catherine Perretta who

was absent, to approve a

contract with Christopher

Burke Engineering Ltd.

for construction engineering

of a signalization project

at the corner of Gougar

Road and 163rd Street.

Director of Public Works

Brett Cann explained that

project only includes the

installation of a traffic signal

and resurfacing of the

road. “There will be no

geometric improvements

made,” he said. “The signalization

was made a priority

due to some bad accidents

we’ve seen there in

the last year or so.”

The $510,900 contract

with Christopher Burke

will put the company in

charge of managing the

project and putting out additional

work to bid with

other contractors.

“I’m very comfortable

with this set up, since I did

something very similar at

an intersection in another

community,” Cann said.

“This will save us at least

fifty percent on the design


Originally the project

was budgeted for a cost of


In addition to the Gougar

project, Cann announced

that the public works department

will be piloting

a system for replacing the

city’s lights with LED fixtures.

The city will be installing

four new LED light

fixtures, similar in style to

the existing light fixtures,

along Hamilton Street between

8th and 9th Streets

and inviting feedback from

the community later this


If the feedback is positive,

the same light fixtures

will be introduced

throughout the downtown

to reduce energy use while

still maintaining the historic

aesthetic of the downtown


“The style is very close

to the lights we have now,

the major difference is that

of course the bulbs are different,

so they give off a

slightly different glow,”

explained Cann.

Cann also provided the

board with updates during

the Committee of the

Whole meeting on several

other ongoing road

projects. As of June 19,

the 2019 road resurfacing

work was completed with

only landscaping and striping

remaining to be done,

a feat Cann noted had not

been easy to achieve given

the constant rain.

Additionally, the work

on State Street is almost

complete with only the

traffic signals on 9th

Street incomplete, and the

Gougar Road water main

project is on schedule to

be done by the end of the



The board voted in six

separate motions to approve

an expansion to the

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Prologis business park

development. The newly

reworked plan includes

an expansion of approximately

500,000 square feet

in warehouse space and

the creation of additional

commercial space along

Archer Avenue.

The originally proposed

“building 5” of the plan

has had its warehouse

area reduced in order to

create three commercial

lots along Archer Avenue,

instead of having the development’s


space located along 143rd

Street. The location along

143rd Street will instead

now contain two new industrial


In order to make the

change, the board also

voted unanimously to annex

nine acres of property

off Pasquinelli Parcel off

143rd Street, which is to

be absorbed in part by the

Prologis development.

The entire development

will take several years to be

completed, and as of this

time there are no tenants

confirmed for the newly relocated

commercial space.

Makers’ Park

The city council voted

unanimously to approve

a feasibility study for a

“Maker’s Park” on the old

Chevron property. Streit


From Page 5

4-8 p.m.

“The community support

has meant so much to

me and my family,” Matlak-Hodges

said. “It has

helped keep us strong and

having as many prayers

as possible coming Gabby’s

way, it has made us

introduced the concept to

the board in an extensive

presentation during the

Committee of the Whole

meeting on June 5.

Under the plan the 10 to

13 acre site would be utilized

to create a workspace

where skilled craftspeople

could have access to tools

and facilities needed to

hone their crafts and potentially

start their own

businesses in fields like

metal working, tailoring,

cooking, or engineering.

Streit has been in the

process of finding organizational

partners to help

back this plan financially,

including for the cost of

the feasibility study. On

Wednesday the board

granted approval for a

study to be conducted by

Hitchcock Design Group

for a cost “not to exceed

$29,800.” The cost of the

study is actually $39,800,

though Streit is confident

he will be able to secure at

least $10,000 in funding to

offset the cost.

According to City Administrator

Ben Benson,

“We wanted to approve

this amount in case more

funding does not come

through, but at the end of

the day I don’t think we

will need to spend more

than $18,000 as a city for


feel so loved.”

On Sunday, June 23,

Becca Matlack-Hodges

sent this update from

Gabby’s parents: “We

would like to thank family,

friends and community

for being such amazing

support system while

we’re here with Gabby.

We were able to leave

the hospital Saturday and

come back home for a

Other Business

The board approved the

annexation of two residential

properties off of 163rd

Street. The two homes, located

at 16253 W. 163rd

Street and 16237 W. 163rd

Street, decided to annex to

the city in order to tap into

the city’s water and sewer

services, following a problem

with their well.

The city granted a Special

Use Permit for a

Unique Use to allow a kennel

and doggie day care facility

to open at the Prime

Business Campus Lot 13.

Although the area is usually

zoned for General Office,

the 8,051 square foot

space will be permitted to

house dogs overnight as

well as host doggie day

care and obedience training

classes during regular

business hours.

The Committee of the

Whole voted to advance

a permit for the construction

of an outdoor seating

area for a new restaurant.

Tangled Roots Restaurant

and Microbrewery plans

to open at 1025 S. State

Street before the holidays

and will include an 800

square-foot patio area in

the back which will contain

ten tables. The item is

expected to be approved at

the next meeting as part of

the consent agenda.

bit. Everything is lining

up with taking her tube

out [Monday]. With that

being said she does have

her throat swollen and

will be needing antibiotics

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Lockport teen celebrates heroic act and birthday

Alex Ivanisevic, Editor

A Lockport teen rang in

his 18th birthday by becoming

a hero overnight.

According to Lori

Houts, of Lockport, early

on the morning of Saturday,

June 15, her son Josh

Houts was walking down

the stairs of their home located

in a duplex on Natoma

Dr. in Lockport when

he noticed something unusual

coming from the living

room window.

“I saw something really

bright coming from

the window and when

I realized what it was I

screamed, “fire” and yelled

for my mom to call 911.”

It turned out the side

of the Houts’ neighbor’s

home had caught on fire.

Josh immediately ran to

the side of the home and

grabbed the garden hose

and began to extinguish

the flames.

Josh said he knew his

neighbor had not woken

up so, “I started just banging

on the door as hard as I

could and nearly knocked

it down to get my neighbor’s


Lori, startled by her

son’s abrupt call for help,

said it took her a moment

to realize it was not her

own home that had caught

fire and as she noticed the

“orange blaze” she called


Josh said the police arrived

approximately five

minutes later. At that point

he had almost the entirety

of the fire under control and

his neighbor was no longer

inside; Lori said officers

thanked him for jumping in

and taking action.

Once the Lockport

Township Fire Protection

District came and

took note of the situation,

Josh said a few firefighters

came up to him and told

him he had done a good

job, one of them commenting

that if another 30 seconds

had gone by, the fire

would have reached the attic

of the home.

“We are in a town home

community and live very

close to each other,” Lori

said. “Had Josh not reacted

so quickly, multiple

families could have lost

their homes or their lives,

especially at approximately

3 a.m. when we’re all

asleep, he was a true hero

that night.”

Lori said she is proud of

the way her son was able

to react in a situation under

pressure and kept those

around him safe.

The very next day on

June 16, was Josh’s 18th


For him, the experience

confirmed that he would

like to go into the law enforcement

field because “it

is so important to be careful

and prepared in those

types of situations,” he





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What are some of your

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Whom do you look up to

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What do you keep under

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What’s your favorite class

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What extracurricular(s) do

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If you could change one

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What’s your favorite thing

to eat in the cafeteria?

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from school?

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the swing and I fell backwards.

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Student’s photograph to be

on display in Illinois Board

of Education offices

Taking pictures is more

than just a hobby for Andrew

High School student

Emmily Scumaci.

Although only a rising

junior, Scumaci has plans

to become a professional

photographer after graduation.

Her talent and artistic

skills will be on display

through a photograph of a

fall leaf she took last October

that is to rotate between

the Springfield and

Chicago offices of the Illinois

State Board of Education.

“I’m really excited

about it,” she said. “I never

expected that picture to get

so much recognition.”

As part of an initiative

launched by State Superintendent

Carmen Ayala

upon taking office in

March, students from all

across the state were invited

to submit artwork to

be hung in her offices.

“In the spirit of celebrating

Illinois students, Ayala

wanted to decorate the

walls of the ISBE offices

in Springfield and Chicago

with examples of Illinois’

students’ creations,” said

Max Weiss, who does external

communications for

the Board of Education.

Scumaci said she took

the photo of the leaf that

had fallen off of an apple

tree because it was “vibrant

and colorful.”

Andrew photography

teacher David Carroll encouraged

Scumaci to send

in her photograph because

of the vivid color.

“When you see it, the

color really jumps out at

you and also the impression

of fall — the impression

of colors [are] put

together in a very interesting

way that she found

in nature, and [she] chose

to photograph it,” Caroll


Reporting by Jacquelyn

Schlabach, Editor. For more,

visit TinleyJunction.com.


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.

“None of us have ever

organized anything like

this,” Nowland said. “We

just felt like we needed to

do something when she

got sick.”

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 sheri


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 Commission.”

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 Chicago.

Savaria also has volunteered

for various events

and projects in the community,

including helping

with the entertainment tent

at the Frankfort Fall Festival

and assisting with the

creation of Fort Frankfort

at Commissioners Park.

Reporting by Nuria Mathog,

Editor. For more, visit



Arts Guild of Homer Glen

to introduce Children’s

Summer Art Camp

Soon, young people in

the area will have a chance

to hone 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, 16057 S. Cedar

Road. The weeklong Children’s

Summer Art Camp

will run from July 8-12

and include artistic instruction

in painting, clay

work and music, according

to Arts Guild President

Sandra Harney.

“We haven’t gotten the

whole curriculum nailed

down yet, but the emphasis

is going to be on the

fine arts, not crafts,” Harney

said. “We’ll start with

basics, like the elements

of art and the color wheel,

and build on those lessons

all week.”

Students will be divided

into groups by age in order

to tailor lessons more to

their skill level. Children

ages 5-7 will meet from

9:30 a.m.-noon each morning,

while participants

ages 8 and older will meet

from 1:30-4 p.m.

“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.”

Those interested are

asked to register by July 5

for the camp.

To enroll children or

volunteer, email arts


com or call (708) 203-


Reporting by Jessie Molloy,

Freelance Reporter. For

more, visit HomerHorizon.



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.

“The reality of it is —

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Social snapshot

Top Web Stories

From LockportLegend.com from

Monday, June 24.

From the Editor

New role, new experiences

1. Lockport father and son start craft

beer company

2. Home of the Week: 13751 Smith

Road, Lockport

3. Homer Glen: Girl, 14, suffers broken

bones, bruised liver after being

struck by car

4. Old Canal Days brings family, fun

and history to the streets of Lockport

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“To ALL the Volunteers that helped out with Canal

Days 2019. We would like to Thank You for your

support, time, and efforts in making this event so

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Alex Ivanisevic


When I first came

to Lockport

almost five

months ago to begin my

role as the assistant editor

of The Lockport Legend

and The Homer Horizon,

the town was completely

blanketed in snow. In fact,

it was so snowy that when

I made my first attempt

to come to work, I spun

out on the slick road and

ended up with my wheels

buried and no way of getting

out on my own.

Once I made it to town

for my first time, in the

depths of winter, I found

myself taking in my surroundings

and thinking,

“What will I write about

this place, who lives here

and what is the community


As it would turn out,

I have learned there are

many intriguing, colorful

and entertaining stories to

be written about the Lockport

community, which

is why I am very excited

to take on my new role as

the Editor of The Lockport

Legend newspaper.

Since I have become

more familiar with Lockport,

each week I have

had the chance to uncover

all the exciting happenings

around town. Not to

mention, I got to take in

the adorable and historic

Downtown Lockport area

which, let’s face it, is

about as Gilmore Girls as

it gets in real life.

Furthermore, what has

really blown me away

about Lockport is its

people. The sense of community

I observe in this

town is unparalleled. This

week’s news cover story is

about just that.

The joint efforts made

by Lockport residents to

decorate the town with

pink ribbons and hold fundraisers

for a local family

in need during a hard time

are highlighted on Page 5.

Seeing the heartfelt

support coming from the

people in this town is

heartwarming, to say the


Whether they are young

or old residents, they are

sure to receive support

in Lockport. See Page 3

to learn about what the

Lockport Police Department

and Triad are doing

for Will County’s senior


From stories about

Lockport Township High

School, Old Canal Days

and the Artist’s Guild of

Lockport, there has never

been a shortage of stories

to share.

I look forward to this

new chapter and new experiences

in the Lockport

community as editor of

the newspaper.

“Fresh Start at Central Campus. Incoming

Porters are enhancing their study skills, while

boosting self-confidence and making new friends.


LTHS, @LockportHS205, from Thursday, June


Follow The Lockport Legend: @LockportLegend


From Page 12

I always call it the ‘H’

word — it’s still, in some

cultures and some parts of

society, it’s still the forbidden

word,” Bello said.

“Nobody wants to think

about dying. And that’s

because we’ve medicanized


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



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 months.

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 Department.

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


Detectives conducted a

“lengthy and comprehensive”

investigation 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


Reporting by Bill Jones,

Editor. For more, visit


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Chillingly enchanting

Lockport-Homer Youth Theater stages

production of ‘Frozen Jr.,’ Page 18

Panful of possibilities

The Whistle in Tinley Park open for early

morning breakfast, late-night fun, Page 22

Members of the Dellwood Park Community

Theater (left to right) Kevin Traynor,

Caroline Duka, Jack Williams, Griffin Garrett

and Sam Serritella-Smith rehearse at the

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Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Church

(925 E. 9th St., Lockport)

Saturday Service

5 p.m.

Sundays Service

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

Weight Watchers

5:30 p.m. Tuesdays

weigh-in, meeting starts at

6 p.m.

Alcoholics Anonymous

6:30 p.m. Wednesdays

for beginners

7:30 p.m. Wednesdays

for established members

All meetings are “closed


Care for the Caregiver

Group Meetings:

Please call the church

office at 815-838-0708 for

information and to RSVP.

Vacation Bible School

9 a.m.-noon July 15-19;

$15 per child/$35 max per


4 years old thru 5th

grade, Registration

forms online: www.shep

herdofthehill.com or at


Summer Service Schedule:

Ends on August 7,

Wednesday 6:30 p.m.

service, includes a light

supper at 6:00pm

Sunday 9 a.m. and

10:35am all year long

The last Saturday service

will be on June 1, and

start up again on August


Legacy Vineyard Church (315 E. 11th

St., Lockport)

Sunday Services

10 a.m.

Mt. Ebal Missionary Baptist Church

(221 Cameron Ave. Lockport)

Early Sunday Morning


8 a.m. There is communion

every first Sunday.

For more information, call

(815) 838-6727.

Sunday School

9:15 a.m.

Worship Service

11 a.m. There is communion

every first


Mission Ministry

6 p.m. Mondays

Bible Study

7 p.m. Tuesdays

Narcotics Anonymous

6 p.m. Wednesdays

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (1500 S.

Briggs St., Lockport)

Divine Worship

9 a.m. Sundays with

Fellowship to follow

at 10 a.m. For more information,

call (815)


First Congregational United Church of

Christ (700 N. Ninth St., Lockport)


9:30 a.m. Sundays.


Open to all. First Sunday

of the month.

Nursery Program

Available Sundays during


Greet and Meet over


10:30 a.m. Sundays.

Ladies Craft and Chat

Third Friday, June 21st.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m.

Carry-out dinner at

6:00 p.m.

First United Methodist Church of

Lockport (1000 S. Washington St.,


Chicken A’La King


11 a.m.-2 p.m. $10 for a

large serving, includes two

biscuits, and $7 for a small

serving, all servings include

a salad and dessert.

Worship/Jr. Church

10:25 a.m. June 23 and

30; starting July 7 Worship/Jr.

Church time will

be 10:45 a.m.

Circle of Love

9 a.m. Wednesdays. Circle

of Love provides diapers,

feminine and incontinence

products to clients

who are qualified to use

the local FISH Food Pantry.

For more information,

call (815) 838-1017.

Joliet Seventh-Day Adventist Church

(21514 W. Division St., Lockport)

Saturday Services

9:30 a.m. Sabbath

school; 10:45 a.m. Worship


Prayer Meeting

7:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

Attendees can share their

praise reports and prayer

requests. The call-in number

is (530) 881-1200.

When prompted enter the

access code: 761835 then

the # key. The prayer line

is free, and there is no additional

cost beyond regular

phone charges.

St. Dennis Church (1214 S. Hamilton

St., Lockport)

Angel Choir

All school and parish

students in grades 3

through 8 can participate.

Rehearsal is every

Thursday from 5-6 p.m. in

church. Angel Choir sings

two weekend mass times

per month.

Kids Chime Choir

All school and parish

students in grades 3

through 8 can participate.

Rehearsal is every

Thursday from 3-4 p.m. in

church music room.

Daily Mass Times

8 a.m. Monday, Tuesday,


8:15 a.m. Wednesday

8 a.m. Friday with communion


Healing Prayer

Following the Saturday

mass and 9:30 a.m. and

11:15 a.m. Sunday mass.

All are welcome. Contact

Parish Secretary at secretary@saint-dennis.org


call (815) 838-2592 for

more information.

Assumption Greek Orthodox Church

(15625 S. Bell Road, Lockport)

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.

THRIVE Church (Kelvin Grove School,

808 Adams St., Lockport)

Sunday Worship

10:30 a.m. Adult Service

10:30 a.m. Kid’s Church

Thrive Youth

7 p.m. Wednesdays

night youth gatherings

Thrive Circles

7 p.m. for adults. Days

vary. Email pastorbrian@

gmail.com for more info.

First Baptist Church of Lockport (800

Thornton St., Lockport)

POWER UP Vacation Bible


6-8:30 p.m. July 8-12

Sunday Services

9:30 a.m. Morning Bible

study classes for all ages;

10:45 a.m.-noon Morning

Worship Service.

Angel Food House Food


12:15-1 p.m. Sundays

and 6-7 p.m. Wednesdays.

Open to the public. First

time users please bring

two forms of identification.

For more information,

call Kathy at (872)


Wednesday Night Bible


6:30-7:30 p.m.

Coloring Club

5:30–7:00 p.m. Friday


Grace Baptist Church (501 N. State St.,


Sunday Schedule

9:30 a.m. Sunday

school; 10:45 a.m. Morning

service; 6 p.m. Night


Cross Point Church of Lockport (17530

W. Fox Hollow Drive, Lockport)

Sunday Service

10 a.m. For more information,

call (815)


St. John the Evangelist Episcopal

Church (312 E. 11th St., Lockport)

Sunday Services:

Worship Services: Holy


8:30 (no music) and

10:30 am


Children meet at

10:25 a.m. on the second-fifth

Sundays of the


Bible Study

9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.


For more information,

call (815)834-1168 or

email office@stjohnslockport-il.org

Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church

(18101 W. Oak Ave., Lockport)

Sunday Services

8:30 a.m. Sunday

school; 10 a.m. Morning

worship, Nursery ministry

(ages infant to 4) and

Youth church (ages 5-12);

12 p.m. Adult Bible Study.

For more information,

contact (815) 774-1016.

St. Joseph Catholic Church (410 S.

Jefferson St. Lockport)

Sunday Services

8 a.m., 10 a.m. and

11:45 a.m.


4 p.m. every Saturday in

the church

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

Kathleen Provancal

Kathleen C. Provancal,

age 55, of Lockport,

died on June 16. She is

survived by her beloved

husband John, her three

sons, four grandchildren,

four siblings and numerous

nieces and nephews.

Provancal was employed

by St. Dennis Catholic

Church of Lockport for

20 years. A memorial

service was held June 21

at O’Neil Funeral Home

Chapel, followed by Interment

at Elmwood

Cemetery, Yorkville, IL.

In lieu of flowers, donations

to the St. Dennis

Annual School Fund appreciated.

Have someone’s life you’d

like to honor? Email


com with information about a

loved one who was a part of

the Lockport community.

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Dellwood Park Community Theater stages first play

alex Ivanisevic, Editor

A new Lockport community

theater will take to

the stage for its first time

to present “Beauty and the


The Dellwood Park

Community Theater and

its cast and crew of 17

members has been working

since March to bring

its first play production

to the community. The

play will show at 7 p.m.

this Thursday, June 27

through Sunday, June

30. It will take place at

Lockport’s Performing

Arts Center located at 199

Woods Drive and costs

$8-$10 for Lockport residents

to attend. If there is

bad weather, the play will

be moved to the Township

Building on Farrell


“I wanted to do a community

theater because we

run the Hayride of Horror

and I have so much stuff

with that including costumes

and props and sets,

and I also have a theater

degree,” Andrea Vaughn,

the creator of the theater

group and director of the

play, said. “So I thought,

“why are we not doing

something like a community

theater with the awesome

location we have in

the [Dellwood] park.”

At the beginning of

the year, Vaughn and Assistant

Director of the

“Beauty and the Beast”

production Ava Johnson

went to Dave Herman the

director of recreation for

the Lockport Township

Park District with the idea

to establish the theater


“We always go to him

with new ideas,” Vaughn

said. Shortly after gaining

approval for the theater

group, Vaughn and

Johnson landed on the

“Beauty and the Beast”

script by Timothy Mason

for the first play they

would produce. They then

put information about the

theater group and their

first play in the park district’s

brochure which

comes out every season,

to try and get the word

out about the play and

auditions, which began in

March and rehearsals in


“There were a lot of

people who came from

other theater groups to the

auditions,” Vaughn said,

it was interesting to see

how people heard about

the play.

Theater member Griffin

Garrett said he had heard

about the theater group

through Vaughn who he

had worked with on other

plays and the Hayride of

Horror in Dellwood Park.

“Andrea said, “Hey guess

what..” and basically that

was how I and a couple

other members got involved,”

Garrett said.

The cast of “Beauty and

the Beast” rehearsed three

times per week for the

play and ranges from age

12 to 50 years old Vaughn


“I really enjoy the story

because “Beauty and the

Beast” is about loving

someone even if society

thinks you shouldn’t and

looking on the inside, love

can conquer anything,”

Vaughn said. “I think

it’s fun and kid-friendly,

something I think the

community will like.”

Johnson added that

something the community

might find unique is that

although “Beauty and the

Beast” is familiar, the production

they are putting

Theater members (left to right) Caroline Duka, Sam Serritella-Smith, Kevin Traynor, Willow Garrett (front), Griffin

Garrett and Jack Williams rehearse for “Beauty and the Beast.” Alex Ivanisevic/22nd Century Media

Main characters (left to right) Caroline Duka who plays Rose/Beauty and Erik Lindblom who plays the Beast.

on is a “non-musical, not

the classic Disney version.”

The two are extremely

excited for the premiere

of the play and to see all

the cast’s hard work pay


“My favorite part of

any production is watching

the people in the production

fall in love with

the process,” Vaughn

said. “At the end of this

I know they are going to

miss it.”

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‘Frozen Jr.’ delivers an enchanting performance from Lockport-Homer Youth Theater

Leads happy to

mentor younger

children in


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


“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

Studio from Lockport, and

Graham Carlson played the snowman Olaf in the

“Frozen Jr.” production.

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 for 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

Elsa, played by Abigail Sanford, of Lockport, sings “Let It Go” during a “Frozen Jr.”

performance with Lockport-Homer Youth Theater on Saturday, June 22, at LTHS’s

East Campus. Photos by Mary Compton/22nd Century Media

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


“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

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.


“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

Part of the cast from the Lockport-Homer Youth Theater

dances a number as they sing “Hygge” during “Frozen


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


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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LTHS grad shares his story as an organist

Tallar speaks on his

love of, experiences

playing instrument

Mary Compton, Freelance Reporter

While walking along Scott

Street behind the Rialto Square

Theatre in Joliet on some evenings,

one’s ears might pick up

the sounds of organ music from

“The Phantom of the Opera.”

Glenn Tallar, a Homer Glen

native is the one rehearsing said

music, destined for a life on the

organ bench.

Pointing to a Barton Grand

Theatre Pipe Organ inside the

Rialto, Tallar begins the story of

his love for music.

“Growing up, I had a pipe

organ in my house in Homer

Glen,” he said. “My parents, Janet

and Robert Tallar, still have

that organ in their home today.

“My whole family was Joliet

Area Theatre Organ Enthusiasts

members. I grew up around organs.

I’ve been coming to the Rialto

since I was born. I’ve been

playing this Barton organ since I

was about 3.”

Tallar explained he could not

even reach the pedals when first

began to play.

“While playing on this organ

as I kid, I could never read the

music because I was so short,”

he said. “There was a pane of

glass where the music would sit.

I would read the music through

the glass.”

At the age of 5, Tallar would

begin to play “When the Saints

Go Marching In.” His first concert

was at the Rialto when he

was 11 years old.

Today, he plays music from

everything from Star Wars and

Disney movies to Lady Gaga.

Tallar started saxophone lessons

in grade school.

“I went to grade school at

[Homer 33C] and high school

at Lockport [Township] High

School” Tallar said. “I was always

fascinated by sound and

lighting, so in my freshman year

Glen Tallar, originally from Homer Glen, rehearses recently on the Barton Grande Theatre Pipe Organ

at Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet. Mary Compton/22nd Century Media

at Lockport [Township] High

School, I joined the Drama Club.

By my senior year in 2006, I was

in charge of running sound for

the productions.

“Back in 2004, we got an interesting

request from the music

choir director, Sarah Randolph

at Kelvin Grove School in Lockport”

explains Tallar.” Myself,

Jim Patak and other JATOE

members coordinated playing

“The Phantom of the Opera”

on donated instruments, and we

gave a concert to kickoff their

music program. To this day, she

is still doing that.”

Randolph brought her students

to Rialto recently for a chance to

play the famous organ. Eight of

the students became members

of the Joliet Area Theatre Organ


Tallar said he does his best to

keep the pipe organ music up-todate.

“If you play music from the

[19]20s and [19]30s, the general

public is not interested in

that style of music,” Tallar said.

“You’re going to get more of an

interest and applause if you play

Star Wars than you would from

the Gershwin era. That’s what

has to bring this music back.

“I play anything from Joplin to

Gaga because everyone knows

the entertainer. I always hope to

stay current in my music. It also

takes a long time to develop your

skills to play one of these. It’s a

never-ending process.”

Joel Martis, president of the

Joliet Area Theatre Organ Enthusiasts,

has been coming to

the Rialto since he was a young

boy. Back in the early 1970s, after

going to see the movies there,

his eyes caught the attention of

a beautiful pipe organ in the orchestra


“We maintain the Barton pipe

organ at the Rialto Square Theatre”

Martis noted. “This is one

of the original theatres that still

have the original instrument designed

for it. There’s only about

300 left in the country.”

According to Martis, he, Tallar

and Patak perform on the pipe

organ made in 1926.

“Most of the organs from the

era met their demise, busted up

or moved,” he said.

One of the goals for Martis

and Tallar is to keep the art of the

organ pipe alive, so they host socials

inviting church groups and

others. The JATOE organization

has been doing so for 48 years.

“I have been house organist at

the Rialto since 1992,” said Patak,

the treasurer for the group.

“I’m 88 years old and still having

a ball.”

As Tallar gives a recent mini

concert, Patak keeps a watchful

eye as Tallar’s fingers move

across four keyboards with keys.

Meanwhile, Martis explains how

Tallar got a wedding gig.

“We were all here going over

maintenance of the Barton organ,”

Martis said. “A bride and

groom walk in explaining to

the wedding planner of their

‘Phantom of the Opera’ wedding

theme. She hands the planner a

CD from the movie and told her

we’re going to use this.

“After a few minutes, they

walk in the hallway as Glenn

jumps on the organ to play. He

begins to play the music from the

production “Phantom of the Opera.”

The bride runs in and told

Glenn we want you, we want to

hire you. And so, they did.”

Tallar said he still gets hired

to play at weddings and also is

invited to play the pipe organ

around the country. Between

all of that, he runs a business

restoring and servicing pipe organs.

At the age of 14, Tallar was

hired to play an old pipe organ

which is now at Beggars Pizza in

Lansing. When he is available,

he still plays there on Tuesday

and Friday evenings.

He is also the house organist at

the Chicago Theatre.

“I opened for the former Mayor

of Chicago Rahm Emanuel

and also opened for Ken Burns,

as well as the Oak Ridge Boys.”

Earlier this month, when an

organist that usually plays for

the Providence Catholic High

School graduation booked another

event, Tallar came and

played an hour before graduation,

giving a full concert to the

surprised crowd of family and


It was the first time he had

performed for a Providence


The Barton organ is used for

all the movie events at Rialto.

Another goal for JATOE members

is to bring back their oncea-year

concert, Rialto Extravaganza.

“That was a lot of fun,” Tallar


The group is also trying to attract

younger members to their


“We want the young musicians

to inherit this,” Martis said

as he put one of his hands on the

organ. “If you don’t get them interested

in this, it’s just going to

stay covered.”

JATOE is always looking for

new members. For more information,

visit jatoe.org.

The Rialto Square Theatre

in Joliet also gives tours and

concerts of the Barton pipe organ.

For more information, call

Leann Hoffrogge at (815) 726-

7171, ext. 209.

To contact Tallar, visit gtorgan.com

or email gtallar@gtorgan.com.

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The Dish

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

Alex Ivanisevic, 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. 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

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(15601 S Harlem Ave,

Orland Park; (708) 532-


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(9655 W. 143rd St.,

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(7537 W. 159th St.,

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Outstanding new home values in Peotone can be yours At Westgate Manor

Distinctive Home Builders is building new homes from the mid $200s

When it comes to a preferred location,

Peotone is a steadily growing suburb

with a strong infrastructure and an

irresistible small-town charm with a

bright future—which is why Distinctive

Home Builders chose the Will County

village for its newest community of 38

single-family homes: Westgate Manor.

“Peotone is a family-friendly village

just south of Chicago and is one of

the best kept secrets among new home

seekers,” said Bryan Nooner, President

of Distinctive Home Builders. “We

expect to attract home shoppers from

northwest Indiana and the south

suburban Chicago marketplace. We will

likely also see buyers from the Kankakee

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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for Custom Rubber Products Company

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- 3-5 years minimum successful B2B business development and

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- Strong phone presence with excellent verbal communication

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- ISO and/or quality system experience a plus


- Medical/Dental/Vision

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Due to our rapid growth and

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Industrial Manufacturing Sales

office seeks detail-oriented

Sales Assistant for full-time

position. A Sales Assistant at

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administrative and customer

service functions. This is a

very diversified position in our

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ideal candidate must be


needs to possess strong

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service experience a plus.

Repeat customer & supplier

contact. No telemarketing or

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Competitive salary & benefit

pkg incl. 401K.

Send letter & resume to:


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calling from home for

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Legal Secretary


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Oh most Beautiful Flower

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Frankfort 24150 S Harvest

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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,

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New Lenox 6+ houses -

1170 / 1185 N. Pine Street,

142 / 145 / 150 Markev Street,

136 Maple Street. Fri. 6/28 &

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baby clothes, girl’s clothes,

toys, books, stuffed animals,

kid’s stuff, XL and twin sized

bedding, household, home

decor, and much more!



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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

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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

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Tinley Park 16543 Evergreen

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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 team.

How much were you and

the team looking forward

to going up to a shootout in

Grand Rapids, Michigan, last


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 season.

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 sports?

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


What have you learned from

Lockport boys basketball

coach Brett Hespell?

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. 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


Photo submitted

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


What is the best thing about

being an athlete at Lockport?

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


Interview by Freelance Reporter Randy


Oak Prairie the site

for cross country clinic

August event for

high school juniors

and seniors, their


Staff Report

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 parents.

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


From Page 39

“I love coach Czart,”

Voulgaris said. “He’s a

great guy.”

He also believes the Porters

have the makings of a

really good team.

“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.”

country coach at Joliet Junior

College, will also be

in attendance, as will twotime

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 country.

The event will have door

prizes and gifts, as well.

RSVPs are needed by July


A program syllabus

is available by emailing


Czart could not agree


“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 lockport orland Park legend Prairie sports



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.

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LTHS grad competes in the decathlon at the NCAA division

Walder is a Track

and Field All-


Randy Whalen

Freelance Reporter

It was March of 2013.

Wade Walder was just

finishing up his freshmen

basketball season at Lockport

Township. He was

looking for a way to stay

in shape in the offseason,

so he decided to join the

track and field team.

Fast forward six years,

Walder is now a Track and

Field All-American, who

just completed his junior

season at Butler University.

That happened when

Walder finished his 2019

season by placing 15th in

the decathlon at the NCAA

Outdoor Track and Field

Championships, which

were held on Wednesday,

June 5 and Thursday, June

6 at the University of Texas

in Austin, Texas.

Walder’s final point total

was 7,090. Johannes

Erm of Georgia won the

decathlon with a score

of 8,352. With his 15thplace

performance, Walder

earned second-team All-

American honors.

“I don’t think I would

have believed them,”

Walder said when asked

what he would have

thought if someone told

him he’d be an All-American

in track and field after

his freshman year at Lockport.

“Just competing at

this level has been a dream

come true.”

That dream has its roots

at Lockport. After competing

in baseball and basketball

at Oak Prairie Jr.

High, Walder played basketball

at Lockport. After

his freshmen season at

the school, he joined the

Wade Walder competes in the heptathlon during the

indoor Big East Championships earlier this year

track team looking to stay

in shape. He found something

a lot more, success

in the sport. Specializing

in the hurdle races and

the pole vault he made it

to state in the pole vault

both his junior and senior

seasons, While he didn’t

make the final day either

season he was part of a

Porter team that placed

sixth (30 points) in Class

3A his senior year.

But it was his freshmen

season that he made a huge

impression on someone

who would mentor him.

That was Lockport head

boys basketball coach and

the track and field hurdle

coach, Brett Hespell.

“Where to even begin

with Wade Walder,” Hespell

said. “I’ve never been

more impressed with an

athlete I’ve had the good

fortune to coach and I got

to coach him in basketball

and he was in my event

group in track. He exemplifies

our theme of being

‘uncommon’ in every way.

I still remember the

5-foot-7 inch, 120-pound

boy who strolled into high

school as a freshman and

had never even considered

participating in Track &

Field until after basketball

season was over. Now he’s

an NCAA Division 1 All-

American in the toughest

event in all of sports.”

Following high school,

Walder continued to be

“uncommon” by walking

on to the track and field

team at Butler.

“It all came together,”

he said of walking on at

Butler. “It took a long time

but it was totally worth it.”

It certainly was as these

are accolades Walder received

in his first two seasons

there: 2017 Indoor

Track & Field All-BIG

EAST Champion (Heptathlon),

2017 Outdoor

Track & Field All-BIG

EAST Champion (Decathlon),

2018 Indoor

Track & Field All-BIG

EAST (Heptathlon and

Pole Vault), 2018 Outdoor

Track & Field All-

BIG EAST (Javelin), 2018

Outdoor Track & Field

All-BIG EAST Champion

(Decathlon), 2018

Outdoor Track & Field

All-BIG EAST Most Outstanding

Field Performer,

and 2018 Outdoor Track &

Field All-BIG EAST High

Wade Walder, a soon-to-be senior at Butler University,

competes in the indoor Big East Championships earlier

this year in the heptathlon. Photos Submitted

Point Performer.

Walder won the BIG

EAST title in the decathlon

at the 2017 and 2018

outdoor championships

but did not compete in the

event at the 2019 meet Instead

in his first try for the

National Finals in the Decathlon,

Walder edged his

way into the Top 24 qualifiers

for the event.

“The previous two years

I only competed in the

conference meet,” he said

of the BIG EAST event.

“This year I went for the


Walder, behind his Butler

record performance of

7,355 points in the event,

did just that as he qualified

for the Nationals at the

Bryan Clay Invitational on

April 17 of this spring.

Decathlon competitions

include 100-meter

sprint, 110-meter hurdles,

400-meter event,

1500-meter event, long

jump, high jump, shot

put, discus throw, javelin

throw, and pole vault.

“The pole vault,” Walder

said when asked what his

favorite event of the decathlon

is. “That’s the one

that got me going when I

started at Lockport. The

fans love it and it’s always

fun for me. I’d say the one

I’ve struggled the most

with is the discus It’s been

a new event for me and I

struggled with it at times

in college.”

Even so, Walder’s sixthplace

discus finish was

his best finish in an event

during the decathlon competition.

He hit a mark of

40.07m (131 feet-5 inches).In

his favorite event,

the pole vault, Walder tied

for 11th by clearing the

mark of 4.41m (14-feet-

5.5 inches).

The entire competition

is one of stamina as nine

athletes failed to finish

the 10 events. So while

Walder, who stressed that

“it was tough in the Texas

heat,” may have had the

lowest total score of the

15 finishers, he did finish.

Plus he hopes to return

next year. Eight of the 14

decathletes who finished

in front of Walder at the

2019 Championships were


The work for that starts

this summer.

“I’ve been resting up but

there are some long days in

the summer,” said Walder,

who is majoring in accuracy

science. “I’m training

up to six hours a day.

During school, it’s usually

four hours per day.”

Hespell sees more than

the work ethic that Walder

puts in athletically. He’s

seen the type of person

he’s become too.

“What people don’t see

was the young man who

volunteered to come and

speak to our basketball

program this winter,” Hespell

said of Walder. “He

gave a real, genuine message

about what it takes to

succeed. He spoke about

‘being a little crazy, ‘uncommon’

and making mature

choices if you want to

be excellent. Eat healthy,

sleep, pay attention to the

details, hang around good

people, learn from your


“Teachers don’t say this

often, but it’s 100 percent

true in this instance. I am

a better coach, a better

teacher, and a better person

as a result of having

the chance to get to know

Wade. He’s the best!”

Walder believes the

same of Hespell and is

glad to return to his Lockport

roots whenever possible.

“It’s always nice to

come back to where you

started,” Walder said.

“Coach Hespell is a big

reason why I’m so successful.

I wouldn’t have

accomplished what I have

without him.”

What bit of advice does

Walder have for those who

dream of accomplishing

goals and doing great


“If you find something

you like to do, keep at it,”

he said. “You never know

how far it can take you.”

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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

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.

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 schedule.”

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 action.

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


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

League 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 four-team sub-regional

type of tournament

this week. It is slated to be

a double-elimination tourney,

and the exact teams

at each location and times

were still to be announced,

as of the end of last week.

lockportlegend.com sports

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

Randy Whalen

Freelance Reporter

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 record.

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 team.

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.

Plus, there is a new

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

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-


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

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 coaches.”

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 charge.

Please see football, 35


“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


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 Contributing

Editor Thomas Czaja, tom@homerhori


lockport’s Hometown Newspaper | June 27, 2019

Getting back on the gridiron

LTHS football turns up the intensity with summer workouts

in hopes of big rebound season, Page 39

Dominant on the

diamond Team 22 for girls

softball announced, Page 36

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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