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An open


Lake Forest discusses

how it will handle

cannabis legalization in

the City, Page 6

Lake Bluff gathers for annual Fourth of July Parade, Page 3

A community


LFHS alum dies at age

20, Page 8



Lake Forest holds

Fourth of July

celebration of its own,

Page 10

Members of the American Legion Post 264 ride by on a float waving flags at residents during

the Lake Bluff Fourth of July Parade, Thursday, July 4. Sarah Zaute/22nd Century Media





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In this week’s


Pet of the Week10

News From Your Neighbors




Faith Briefs20

Dining Out23

Home of the Week24

Athlete of the Week27

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Sports editor

Nick Frazier, x35


Sales director

Teresa Lippert, x22


real estate agent

John Zeddies, x12


Legal Notices

Jeff Schouten, 708.326.9170, x51



Joe Coughlin, x16


Managing Editor

Eric DeGrechie, x23


AssT. Managing Editor

Megan Bernard, x24



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Nancy Burgan, 708.326.9170, x30


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Author visit Deborah Rine

6-7 p.m. July 11, 662 N.

Western Ave., Lake Forest.

Deborah Rine will discuss

her two new books in her

Emerald Coast Mystery

Series “Envy on 30A” and

“The Girl on 30A.” Register

at (847) 234-6620. For

more information, visit



Yes You Can Negotiate a

Job Offer

10 a.m.-noon July 11,

Career Resource Center,

40 E. Old Mill Road, Lake

Forest. Prepare before

getting an offer; Respond

when an offer is made;

Negotiate and close the

deal. Howard Campbell

is Principal of Campbell

Career Coaching where

he works with individuals

and groups to develop

excellence in career performance

and fulfillment.

For more information, call

(847) 295-5626.


Birds and Brews

6-8 p.m. July 12, Lake

Forest Open Lands’ Mellody

Farm Nature Preserve,

350 N. Waukegan Road,

Lake Forest. With more

than 220 bird species in

and around the preserves,

the bird watching is spectacular.

Come take an evening

birding stroll through

Mellody Farm Nature Preserve

to identify the songbirds,

see their nests and

learn about this important

migratory path. This event

costs $10 for members and

$15 for non-members. For

more contact information,

call (847) 234-3880.

Summer open house for

high school and transfer


8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

July 12 at Lake Forest

College, 555 N. Sheridan

Road, Lake Forest. Lake

Forest College will host an

Open House Program for

high school and transfer

students. Transfer students

applying for Fall 2019 who

visit before the transfer application

deadline on Aug.

1, will receive $1,000 annually

toward their cost of

attendance at the College.

To register, visit www.


or call (847) 735-5000.


PASTA presents Joseph

and the Amazing

Technicolor Dreamcoat

10-11 a.m. and 2-3

p.m. Saturday-Sunday

July 13-14, Gorton Community

Center, 400 E. Illinois

Road, Lake Forest.

The story follows Jacob’s

favored son Joseph who

is sold into slavery by his

jealous brothers. For more

information, call (847)



Flotstone Guest Speaker

5:30 p.m. July 16, Flotstone,

53 E. Scranton Ave.,

Lake Bluff. Come to Flotstone

to learn more about

electromagnetic radiation,

the implementation

of 5G, and how to protect

yourself from their harmful

effects. Welcome guest

speaker Mieke Jacobs, an

EMF specialist, to break

down the science and laws

that are bringing danger to

the community. For more

information, call (847)



The Community Church

of Lake Forest & Lake

Bluff presents “Tommy’s


5:30-8:30 p.m. July

17, Gorton Community

Center, 400 E. Illinois

Road, Lake Forest. Tommy’s

Honour is the 2016

BAFTA Award Best Picture

(the UK equivalent of

the Academy Award Best

Picture) about love, father

and son relationships, social

class dynamics and

ultimately the game of

golf. It is based on the true

story of old and young

Tom Morris, who ushered

in today’s modern game of

golf. There will be a barbecue,

bagpipes and more.

For more information, call

(847) 234-6060.

Women’s Luncheon:

Helen’s Troy

Noon July 17, Dickinson

Hall, 100 E. Old

Mill Road, Lake Forest.

Actress, Playwright and

Master Storyteller Megan

Wells brings to life

the famous Trojan War.

A sweeping epic from the

days of Homer, Megan’s

unique version illuminates

the heart of Helen. What

was it like to live behind

“the face that launched

a thousand ships”? This

event is $20 for members

and $25 for guests. For

more information, call

(847) 234-2209.


LF/LB Chamber - Annual

Luncheon with the Mayors

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. July

18, Deer Path Inn, 255 E.

Illinois Road, Lake Forest.

Come for the annual

Luncheon with the Mayors

featuring Kathy O’Hara,

President of the Village

of Lake Bluff and George

Pandaleon, Mayor of the

City of Lake Forest. For

more information, call

(847) 234-4282.

How to Write Your Family

History—Presented by

Authors Mike Conklin and

Judith Paine McBrien

7 p.m., July 18, History

Center Lake Forest-Lake

Bluff, 509 E. Deerpath

Road, Lake Forest. Conklin

and McBrien will discuss

the family experiences

that offer rich material

for writing and will share

strategies for beginning

the process, where it’s for

a short written story or

an oral history. Register

at lflbhistory.org or (847)


Movie at the Beach -

Christmas Countdown

8 p.m. July 19, Forest

Park Beach, Lake Forest.

What could be more enjoyable

than a day at the

beach? How about a night

under the stars watching

a family movie. This year

there will be a showing of

“Happy Feet.” Santa Claus

just might be there before

the movie to make sure

all the boys and girls are

being good. For more information,

call (847) 234-



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Lake Bluff Farmers Market

7 a.m.-noon Fridays,

Lake Bluff Village Green.

The annual market features

summer flowers,

baked goods, fresh fruits,

veggies and more for sale.

For more information, visit


Homefield Advantage

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-

Thursday and 1-4 p.m.

Satuday-Sunday, History

Center of Lake Forest-

Lake Bluff, 509 E. Deerpath

Road, Lake Forest.

The Chicago Bears in

Lake Forest-Lake Bluff an

exhibit curated by the History

Center of Lake Forest-Lake

Bluff. For more

information, call (847)


Concerts in the Square

6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays

through July, Market

Square, Lake Forest. Enjoy

summer nights with free

live music. Music, food,

and fun for the whole family.

For more information,

visit cityoflakeforest.org.

Go Walk

8 a.m. every Tuesday

morning at the Lake Bluff

Recreation Center, 355 W.

Washington Ave., Lake

Bluff. Free for all Lake

Forest/Lake Bluff residents.

Walks will be held

outdoors, weather permitting,

year round. On

inclement days, walkers

will be able to use the Fitness

Center’s indoor track.

Register at the Lake Bluff

Park District www.lakebluffparks.org.


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the lake forest leader | July 11, 2019 | 3

Lake Bluff parade theme focuses on reading

Alyssa Groh, Editor

For many years, the

Lake Bluff Fourth of July

Parade has attracted thousands

of people to the

streets of downtown Lake

Bluff for its traditionfilled


Al Trefts, president of

the Lake Bluff Fourth of

July committee, said the

parade is widely attended

each year.

“This is a very special

parade to the Village of

Lake Bluff and it attracts

18,000 to 20,000 visitors

from other areas,” he said.

“We have a total of somewhere

between 23,000 to

25,0000 people watching

the parade in a village of

only 6,000 people. It is

very locally focused, and

very strongly supported.”

And this year was no

different as paradegoers

flocked to downtown Lake

Bluff on Thursday, July 4,

for the annual parade.

Each year the parade focuses

on a central theme,

and this year the Lake

Bluff Fourth of July Committee

chose to focus the

parade around reading,

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“We have a focus this

year on reading, school

and students since its

the 150th anniversary of

schooling in Lake Bluff,”

Trefts said.

In searching for the

theme each year, Trefts

said they always look to

see which community organizations

are celebrating

anniversaries and then

they choose their theme

off of that.

“We look through the

different anniversaries and

we pick one that will lend

itself to somehow celebrating

freedom,” he said.

And this year, the committee

found it is the

150th anniversary of

schooling in Lake Bluff,

and the Lake Bluff Alliance

for Excellence and

the Lake Bluff Public Library

are also celebrating


“...We chose ‘FREA-


this year’s theme to recognize

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and organizations and to

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Members of The Falcons Hockey Association walk in

the parade.

learning to read and the

benefits of receiving a

quality education. Simply

put, reading and learning

provide knowledge and

power and pave the path

to freedom, independence

and choice in life,” Trefts

wrote in part on the Lake

Bluff Fourth of July Parade


And in honoring the anniversary

of schooling in

Lake Bluff, Lake Bluff

Schools’ teachers and

staff were the parade marshal

this year.

In total there were 110

floats in the parade, all of


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year, but many return year

after year. And to make

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Lake Forest City Council

Officials discuss banning cannabis businesses at special workshop


Freelance Reporter

After Illinois Gov. JB

Pritzker signed a new bill

making Illinois the 11th

state to legalize marijuana,

the Lake Forest City Council

met to discuss how it

would impact the city.

Sentiment of the Lake

Forest City Council members

was solidly in favor

of a ban on the sale of cannabis

within the corporate

boundaries following an

explanatory presentation

at a Monday, July 1, workshop

by City Attorney Julie

Tappendorf on the new

state law that will take effect

Jan. 1.

George Pandaleon, the

mayor of Lake Forest, Jason

Wicha, the city manager,

Karl Walldorf, the chief

of police, and Desha Kalmar,

the human resource

director, also weighed in

on the ramifications of the


“It has a wide-ranging

impact on our community

— on law enforcement,

zoning and municipal employment,”

Wicha said.

Tappendorf pointed out

that any ban could not

extend to possession of

cannabis or its use in the

homes of residents and she

said prior criminal convictions

of marijuana users

would be expunged.

However, smoking

marijuana in public places

will be prohibited. Tappendorf

likened it to “walking

down Deerpath Road with

an open can of beer.”

The state has imposed

other restrictions: sale,

possession and use of

marijuana by individuals

under 21 years of age is

forbidden, school grounds

are designated smoke free

zones and home delivery is


Tappendorf said the statute

allows dispensaries,

cultivation centers, craft

growers, the production

of edibles and cannabis

lounges. There are limits

on the amount of cannabis

that can be purchased and

residents of Illinois will be

allowed to buy more than


“Through zoning, you

can pick and choose the

kind of business you

want,” Tappendorf explained.

“If you allow

them, there is a revenue

generating opportunity.

You can impose a tax of

up to 3 percent on sales on

top of the 10 to 25 percent

taxes that the sate imposes.

There is a privilege tax

on cultivation centers and

craft growers.

“Medical marijuana dispensaries

will have first

dibs on licenses. There

is one significant change

(for medical marijuana users)

— someone who has

a medical marijuana card

can have five homegrown


The Illinois law is modeled

after the Colorado

statute, but is stricter.

Walldorf said in Colorado

“they have constant

live streaming on security

cameras (at dispensaries

enabling law enforcement

agencies to monitor


According to the Walldorf,

“there are going to be

dispensaries all around us”

and one of the detrimental

effects is that “the black

market always increases.”

“The only justification I

can think of (for legalizing

marijuana in Lake Forest)

is to grab the taxes and

they won’t be very much,”

Pandaleon told the Council.

IDOT pump station project to begin next spring


Freelance Reporter

Lake Forest residents

can anticipate some major

traffic changes from next

spring until October of

2021 because of the Illinois

Department of Transportation

(IDOT) pump

station project at Highway

41 and Deerpath Road.

Mike Thomas, the director

of public works for

the City of Lake Forest,

detailed the extent of the

work and emphasized its

necessity at the Lake Forest

City Council’s workshop

on Monday, July 1.

According to Thomas,

the pumps currently being

used at the location

date back to 1951 and “90

percent of the time when

Deerpath is flooded it’s

because those pumps are


Plans call for a new

pump station at Ahwahnee

Lane and Deerpath Road,

additional storm sewers

to be installed at Highway

41 and Deerpath Road

and two detention ponds

to be used at the Deerpath

Golf Course. The Deerpath

Road eastbound and

westbound lanes will be

widened six feet. Four

lanes totaling 11 feet each

— two through lanes and

two dedicated left and

right turn lanes — will be


Thomas said the estimated

cost of the project is

First Ward Alderman

Prudence R. Beidler said

she “was worried about

teenagers” being exposed

to marijuana and becoming


$11 million and it will be

paid entirely by IDOT.

“These are true IDOT

projects,” he told the

Council. “They call the

shots. They bid them, they

manage them and they run


An agreement between

the City and IDOT is being

developed regarding the

Deerpath landscape plan

and restoration, the pump

station plan and restoration

and relocation of city


At the completion of the

project the city will own

all of the project items

and will be responsible for

their maintenance.

The timetable calls

for IDOT headquarters

in Springfield to review

the design from August

through October; bidding

to begin in November;

contractor documents to

be submitted in December

and January of 2020;

and construction to start

in March or April of 2020

with completion scheduled

for October of the following


“City staff will be working

with public safety,

churches, hospitals and

schools throughout the

project,” Thomas said.

The city is requesting

that the golf course pond

excavation and storm sewer

work to be done late this

fall and early next winter

to have a minimal impact

“I don’t think Lake Forest

should be on the cutting

edge on this,” said

Melanie Rummel, second

ward alderman.

Tappendorf gave the

on golfers and underground

work on Deerpath

Road to be done during the

2020 summer months.

Fund Transfer

Director of Finance

Elizabeth Holleb discussed

her proposed additional

$3 million fiscal

year 2019 transfer from

the General Fund to the

Capital Improvements

Fund that will be brought

to the Council for consideration

at its Monday,

July 15 meeting. She

also is proposing that the

additional $3 million allocation

to specific purposes

for discussion at

the Council’s workshop in


“We came in significantly

better in fiscal year

2018 than we thought we

would,” Holleb said. “Our

General Fund balance is

very sufficient and very


A $1.8 million surplus

was originally projected

for fiscal year 2019.

By Holleb’s calculations

the one-time transfers

would result in a

fiscal year 2019 General

Fund balance closing at

$28,342,719, “roughly the

same as the 2018 balance”

of $28,302,946.

Mayor Pandaleon spoke

in favor of the transfers.

“It makes sense to have

a contingency fund for

emergencies, but its size

needs to be balanced with

City Council direction on

how to move forward if

they do not want cannabis

businesses in the City.

“If the thought is not to

pursue it, take the position

other pressing needs of the

City” he told the Council.

Legal Committee

conducting 60-day review

Acting on the recommendation

of the mayor

and city attorney, the

Council deferred anticipated

lengthy discussions

on decision-making parameters,

conduct and possible

conflicts of interest

for members because the

Legal Committee is conducting

a 60-day review.

City Attorney Julie

Tappendorf said the Legal

Committee is revising

rules governing these


“It’s not just conflicts of

interest; they’re looking

at the entire ethics code,”

she said.

Pandaleon expressed

his “general thoughts” on

the subject.

“We’re in the service

business,” he said. “We

should hand off questions

or requests to staff members

and follow through

(to ensure that they are


“When we finish a decision-making

process we

should be united behind the

decision that was made.

“We have established

avenues for concerned

citizens (to express their

opinions) at meetings (but)

we have to be careful not

to devote too much time

to (those of) specific individuals.”

that it is banned,” Tappendorf


The City Council did

not vote on placing a ban

on cannabis businesses at

this meeting.

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J o h n

“Jack” Ireland


20, of Lake

Forest, died

at Clear

Lake, Ind.

on Saturday, Adams

June 29,

while wake surfing, one of

his favorite activities.

Adams was born in

1998 in Indianapolis and

is preceded in death by

his grandparents, Robert

H. Adams and Joan I. Adams,

and his aunt Debra

Adams. He is survived by

his parents, Richard and

Kristine, brother Connor

and sister Lindsay, grandparents

Gary and Suzi

Hewitt, aunt Kelly Mc-

Cabe (Paul), uncle Robert

Adams (Nancy), cousins

John and Kate McCabe,

Courtney, Kelsey and

Mackenzie Adams.

After graduating from

Lake Forest High School,

Adams attended The College

of Charleston where

he pledged the Pi Kappa

Alpha fraternity. He cherished

his short time with

his “brothers”.

Adams was passionate

about lacrosse and loved

every aspect of the game,

particularly the camaraderie

he enjoyed with his

teammates and coaches.

Adams was a four-year

varsity player for the

Scouts, and in 2017 he

was named team captain,


All-Conference first team,

was voted the team’s Most

Valuable Defenseman.

“Sweet Jack” had an infectious

smile, was quick

to make friends and was

a leader on the field as a

coach for The Lake Forest

Lacrosse Association.

Marc Thiergart, who

became the head coach for

the Scouts boys lacrosse

team in 2015 and coached

Adams for three years, remembers

his passion for

the sport vividly.

“Jack had a passion for

the game, his teammates

and the school,” Thiergart

told The Leader.

“His effort every time

he stepped onto the field

was unmatched. He had

tremendous speed and

athleticism, which made

him a fun player to watch.

I don’t think we’ve ever

had a player like him ...

since he graduated and we

probably never will. He

was electric on the field.”

While Adams was a

quiet leader who led by

example, Thiergart said

the team respected him.

“He was a quiet leader,

but he led by example,”

he said. “All of the kids

respected him and he led

on the field with his effort.

He was extremely passionate

for the game. He

played hard for the game

every time, he never complained

and he was an unbelievable

player to have

on the team.”

Coaching Adams for

three years, Thiergart was

able to witness Adams

grow in many ways, but

one memory will always

stick out.

Thiergart recalled Adams

being selected for the

All-Star team his senior

year. The game took place

after Adams graduated,

but that didn’t stop him

from putting in his full effort.

“Justin Smith, the assistant

coach, and I were

walking up to coach the

All-Star team for the

north,” Thiergart said.

“We spent that last game

with him, and he was already

graduated, so the

situation kind of changes

when we are no longer his

coach. He treated us like

adults and we had a really

good experience and

made good memories. It

was a good experience

to see him graduate and

move onto the next step of

his life.”

Adams was fascinated

and curious about many

things including history,

music, fishing, wake surfing,

snow skiing, cooking

and sewing. Above

all, Adams most enjoyed

spending time with those

he loved and adored at his

favorite place, Clear Lake.

A Memorial Service

will be held on Thursday,

July 11, at 11 a.m. at The

Church of the Holy Spirit,

400 E. Westminster Ave.,

Lake Forest.

To honor Adams’s

memory and in lieu of

flowers, donations may

be made to Lake Forest

Lacrosse Association: by

Chase QuickPay or Zelle

(made to treasurer@lakeforestlax.org)

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Mosquitoes test positive

for West Nile virus in

Highland Park

A batch of mosquitoes

sampled on June 13 in

Highland Park has tested

positive for West Nile virus.

The batch, also known

as a mosquito pool, is the

first confirmed indicator

of West Nile presence in

Lake County in 2019.

“In 2018, there were

eight human cases of West

Nile virus, including one

death confirmed in Lake

County,” said Mark Pfister,

executive director for

the Lake County Health

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Top stories from www.lakeforestleader.com

as of July 8:

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surfing accident

2. Police Reports: LF woman charged with

felony after stealing more than $300 from LB


3. Glenview: Police searching for missing

20-year-old man

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Forest baseball

5. Photo Gallery: Lake Forest Festival and

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From the Sports Editor

The Varsity: North Shore is worth a listen

Nick Frazier

Sports Editor

Have you been

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itching to know as much

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If you answered yes to

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check out The Varsity:

North Shore, 22nd Century

Media’s podcast

dedicated solely to high

school sports in the area.

Each week, sports editors

Michal Dwojak, Michael

Wojtychiw and myself

discuss the latest happenings

from our local teams

and athletes.

Of course, there isn’t a

whole lot of high school

sports going on in the

summer, but we still

find plenty to talk about.

Recently, we did a deep

dive on the Illinois High

School Association, going

over what works for the

organization as well as

some logistics and rules

they can improve on.

How is there STILL no

shot clock in high school


We’ll also be starting a

bracket of the best current

professional athletes for

the North Shore. If you’ve

ever wanted to hear three

grown men argue over

which pro athlete has had

the better career, this is

the podcast for you.

If that isn’t enough to

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As the podcast nears

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From Page 13

Nile in Illinois.

In 2018, 72 batches of

mosquitoes and two birds

tested positive for West

Nile virus. Since 2002,

there have been 73 confirmed

human cases of

West Nile virus in Lake

County, as well as four

confirmed deaths.

Submitted by the Lake

County Health Department.

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Wilmette’s Actors Training

Center assists collegebound

actors with new


The Actors Training

Center in Wilmette is piloting

a new program at

the end of this summer

aimed at helping young

actors apply to college theater

departments and conservatories.

The program, called the

College Audition Clinic,

will offer a holistic approach

to the college audition

process and provide

professional assistance in

managing this process.

Carole Dibo, the founder

of the Actors Training Center,

said the idea for the

clinic started a decade ago.

“Ten years ago, Rachel

Brosnahan, who is now the

lead in the ‘Marvelous Mrs.

Maisel,’ came to me looking

for help to get into college

and to help her choose

the right monologue for her

audition,” Dibo said.

According to Dibo,

since then many of the

center’s top instructors are

approached by students to

help coach them in their

monologues and interview

skills in order to prepare

for college auditions.

“I saw the stress that this

was causing on the kids,”

Dibo said. “The students

wanted it so badly but the

parents didn’t quite know

what they needed. The

process is so complicated,

so we came up with this

clinic to take the pressure

off the family and give the

students a community of

professional teachers.”

Students who want to

continue learning theater

in college go through a

complicated and arduous

process that far exceeds

the normal stress of college

applications. With

go figure


An intriguing number from this week’s edition

Schooling in Lake Bluff

is celebrating 150 years,

Page 3

The Lake Forest Leader

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the process itself becomes


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A touch of class

Winnetka’s Aboyer serves ‘elevated’ bistro cuisine, Page 23

Spoken Four band members Taylor Mallory (left) and Lauren Banning sing to the crowd

at the first Bluffinia event of the summer Sunday, July 7, on the Lake Bluff Village Green.

Alex Newman/22nd Century Media.

Bluffinia concert series kicks off in Lake Bluff, Page 19

18 | July 11, 2019 | The lake forest leader Puzzles


north shore puzzler CROSSWORD & Sudoku

Glencoe, Glenview, Highland Park, Highwood, Northbrook, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, Northfield, Lake Forest and Lake Bluff

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1. PA system


4. Not hearing

8. Coach of the 17-0

1972 Miami Dolphins

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(sushi fish)

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volleyball team

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branding iron

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names, abbr.

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for one

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St. airport

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on the head

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the lake forest leader | July 11, 2019 | 19

Bluffinia starts off strong with large crowd, dancing

Katie Copenhaver

Freelance Reporter

The popular Sunday

evening concert series on

Lake Bluff Village Green

kicked off its 2019 season

Sunday, July 7, with a performance

by Spoken Four,

a cover band that plays

dance, R&B, rock and pop

songs from the 1960s to

today. Hundreds of people

set up a low-key version

of Ravinia, with blankets,

tables, portable chairs and

picnic food on the lawn.

There were also a number

of children and dogs along

for the fun.

“This is so kid friendly,”

said Sue Tierno, owner of

Suzy’s Swirl of Lake Bluff

and a Bluffinia vendor for

the fifth year. “It’s fenced

in, so it’s very safe. It’s

nice the park district supplies

the hula hoops and

balls for the kids.”

This free event attracts

500 to 800 people each

week, said Jim Lakeman,

superintendent of recreation,

facility and safety

services for Lake Bluff

Park District and the concert

series organizer. It

runs every Sunday with

music from 6-7:30 p.m.

through Aug. 18.

He noted the key event

backers are the Lake Bluff

Park District Board and

Executive Director Ron

Salski, plus event sponsor

Lake Forest Bank and


“They are very supportive

of this nice community

event for Sunday

evenings,” he said.

Bluffinia had become

a popular event that welcomes

residents back year

after year.

“We’ve enjoyed this

venue for three or four

years,” said Tom Zurrick,

a Lake Forest resident.

Attendees include Lake

Bluff residents who are

within walking distance

and people who come

from other communities,

taking the train or parking

for free in the Metra

station parking lot.

A large group accompanied

Scott Rosen, a

CenterStage Lake Forest

actor, who was celebrating

his birthday on Sunday,

July 7. In attendance

with Rosen was Marla

Jacobson, of Glencoe, attended

Bluffinia for the

first time, and Mark Swiftney,

who has been coming

to Bluffinia concerts for

years, since his parents

were Lake Bluff residents.

“It’s not so much about

celebrating a birthday, it’s

about spending a day with

close friends,” Rosen said.

The other two Bluffinia

food vendors participating

this year are Pizzeria

DeVille, of Libertyville,

serving whole wood-fired

pizzas, and Left Bank,

of Lake Forest, serving

Kobe beef hot dogs, Vienna

all-beef hot dogs,

Polish sausages, chips and

nonalcoholic drinks.

Randy Earls, owner of

Left Bank, and his son

Ian will both be working

the food truck at Bluffinia

this summer as well as

Children and adults danced along to music by Spoken

Four, during the first night of Bluffinia Sunday, July

7, on the Lake Bluff Village Green. Alex Newman/22nd

Century Media

participating in other outdoor

events, including the

Knollwood Block Party on

July 13.

In addition, Be Market,

Maevery Public House and

Lake Bluff Brewery are

all open during Bluffinia

and for some time after the

music stops.

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Faith Briefs

Faith Lutheran Church (680 West Deerpath, Lake Forest)

Mid-week Bible Study

Join us for mid-week Bible Study each Wednesday

from 10-11 a.m. in the Adult Forum Room.

The Parables of Jesus are being studied. The Lord’s

Supper is offered after each class.

First Presbyterian Church (700 Sheridan Road, Lake Forest)

Summer Worship

Through Sept. 1 at 10 a.m., followed by


Grace United Methodist Church (244 East Center Ave., Lake Bluff)

Boy Scouts

7-9 p.m. Mondays. Boy Scout Troop 42 will meet

in Fellowship Hall.

Church of St. Mary (175 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest)

Eucharistic Adoration

Each Wednesday, the Church of St. Mary offers

Eucharistic Adoration following the 8 a.m. Mass. A

rosary will be prayed each week at 6:40 p.m. with

Benediction following at 7 p.m.

Christ Church of Lake Forest (100 N. Waukegan Road)

Senior High Youth Group

7-9 p.m. Sundays. All are welcome for a time

of worship, teaching and fellowship. Friends are

encouraged to attend. For more information, call

(847) 234-1001.

Submit information for The Leader’s Faith page to

alyssa@lakeforestleader.com. The deadline is noon on

Thursday. Questions? Call (847) 272-4565 ext. 21.


From Page 19

Be Market, has a table with one of his staff on the

sidewalk in front of his restaurant selling beer, wine,

sparkling water and other beverages, plus snacks.

Both Maevery and the brewery have sidewalk seating

overlooking the village green where people can

have dinner and drinks and enjoy the music.

“It’s a great annual tradition,” said Greg Derman,

owner of Maevery Public House. He and his wife

are entrenched in the community, having grown up

in Lake Forest and now living in Lake Bluff and

enjoy being part of Bluffinia.

The band schedule for the series is Mason Rivers,

country, on July 14; Feel Good Party Band, rock/

pop, on July 21; Cadillac Groove, R&B and classic

rock, on July 28; Johnny Russler and the Beach

Bum Band, Caribbean, on Aug. 4; Rockin’ Fenderskirts,

1950s and 1960s rock, on Aug. 11; and Sushi

Roll cover band on Aug. 18.

“All the bands are from the Chicago

area,” said Lakeman. “We have a variety to

hit different genres.”

In Memoriam

James Stephen


James Stephen

Mills, of

Lake Forest, co-founder and

former chief executive officer

of Medline Industries,

Inc., died on July 1. He was

born in Chicago on Sept.

29, 1936, and he attended

DeWitt Clinton Elementary

School. The eldest child of

Irving and Beatrice Mills,

Mills recalled at one point

that when he was a small

boy with his brother Jon,

“nothing was mine or nothing

was his…everything

belonged to our family.”

Upon graduating from

Senn High School, Mills

attended Northwestern

University and graduated

in 1957 with a bachelor’s

of science in business. He

then served his country in

the United States Army as a

clerk and a typist. After his

discharge, Mills continued

to serve in the Army Reserve

Corps for five years,

despite a self-evaluation of

not being very good at being

in the Army. By his own admission,

he broke four pairs

of glasses learning to shoot

a rifle and was best when

marching in a parade or

carrying the company flag.

After his military service,

he went to work as a

sales representative first

at National Cash Register

and later at General Mills

in Rockford, Ill. In 1960,

he became a sales rep at

his father’s company, Mills

Hospital Supply.

Mills’ first marriage gave

him three children, Charles,

Donald and Peggy, and in

1973 he married the love

of his life Victoria Krisch,

bringing two daughters,

Margueritte and Deidre,

into the family.

In 1961, Irv Mills sold

Mills Hospital Supply, and

Mills and his brother Jon

stayed on for five years. In

1966, the two brothers left

and founded the company

that today is Medline. By

1972, the business had more

than $8 million in annual

revenue and has continued

to grow at a double-digit

rate annually.

In 1997, Medline was a

medical supply company

with more than $600 million

in annual sales when Mills

and Jon handed the reins to

Mills’ son and current CEO

Charlie Mills, Mills’ nephew

and current company

president Andy Mills, and

Jon’s son-in-law and current

COO Jim Abrams. Mills

and his brother stayed on as

co-chairmen of the business

that today is a healthcare

company manufacturing and

distributing medical supplies

globally with more than $13

billion in annual sales and

23,000 employees.

Mills laid out his principles

for Medline and said

that “…the management of

the company will run the

company for the total workforce

of the company, not

necessarily for the shareholders

or any individual.”

He and Vicki established the

company’s total focus on

customer service, opening

their home to customers and

often having houseguests

staying with them two to

three nights each week for

more than 25 years.

Mills established Medline’s

strong entrepreneurial

spirit, work ethic, relentless

dedication to customer service,

and never-give-up attitude.

He was a man who

loved Orange Julius from

Dairy Queen and trips to

Las Vegas equally. His love

of horseback riding included

dreams of being a cowboy,

and he was known to

eat blueberry blintzes while

razzing family and friends.

As Medline continued to

grow, Mills remained humble

and took pride in working

longer and harder than

anyone else. He was very

philanthropic, making generous

donations to Chicago

Public Schools, Miseracordia,

the Friends of Clinton

School and established its

“One Year Older, One Year

Smarter” program which selects

one eighth grader each

year to earn a scholarship.

Additionally he quietly and

without fanfare often paid

for both employees’ and

strangers’ college tuition

and medical bills.

In addition to his wife,

Vicki, Jim is survived by his

children Charlie, Donnie,

Peggy (John) Baker, Margueritte

(Mark) Milhollin

and Deidre (Clay) Grubb, 10

grandchildren Adam, Julia,

Tessa, Blair, Hayden, Wilson,

Miriam, Joseph, Rosalie,

and Davis, his brother

and sister-in-law Jon and

Lois Mills, and dozens of

nieces and nephews and

many, many lifelong friends.

In lieu of flowers, the

family requests donations to

a charity of your choice.

John H. Bleck

John “Jack”

H. Bleck, 94,

a 52-year resident

of Lake Bluff, died

June 21, surrounded by his

loving family.

Bleck was born in Milwaukee

on April 20, 1925.

He was one of five children

of Henry B. Bleck and

Edna C. Kilbert, long-time

residents of Milwaukee.

He grew up in Waukegan,

where he attended St. Anastasia

School and Waukegan

Township High School.

In 1943, Bleck enlisted in

the U.S. Navy and attended

the V-12 aviation training

program at Newberry College.

There he received his

wings, qualified for carrier

landings and then was assigned

to the VT-17 torpedo


Upon his honorable discharge

in 1946, he joined

the reserves, attended the

University of Illinois where

he received his Bachelors of

Science degree in Civil Engineering.

After graduating,

he acquired his license as a

Professional Engineer and

started the family business

with his father.

He is preceded in death

by his parents, his brother

Eugene, his sister Carol,

and his wife of 63 years

Marilyn (“Lynn”).

He is survived by his

brothers Thomas (the

late Virginia) and Daniel

(Dode), his children Terri,

Donna (Thom Beeson),

Patrick (Diane), Jeanne,

Michael (Corry), William,

Jack (Carol), Kathleen

(Paul Burgener), Timothy

and Lynn Marie. He was

a fond grandfather of 22,

great-grandfather of 5 and

uncle to numerous nieces

and nephews.

He loved his family, flying

and boating. He was always

quick with a joke and

loved to laugh. Guaranteed,

he would much rather be

flying or fishing.

Our sincere gratitude to

Nurse Adrian and Caregiver

Jessica from Journey Care,

as well as Caregivers Barbara,

Elizabeth, and Adam

for their patience, respect,

care and love you gave Dad.

In lieu of flowers, the

family requests sending

memorial contributions

to the “Lynn Marie Bleck

Supplemental Needs Trust”

for the continuing care and

needs of Lynn Marie. Contributions

may be made c/o

Patrick J. Bleck, Trustee;

1375 Western Avenue, Lake

Forest, IL 60045.

Mary C. Pomerantz

Mary C. Pomerantz, of

Lake Forest, formerly of

Winnetka died. She was the

beloved wife of James C.

Pomerantz; loving mother

of Jimmy (Erin), Kiley, Michael

and Matthew Pomerantz;

sister of Ruth Pana.

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the lake forest leader | July 11, 2019 | 21

Highwood theater company takes on Broadway musical

Lake Forest native

to be featured in


Erin Yarnall

Contributing Editor

Fans of the musical “Be

More Chill” don’t have to

rush out to Broadway to see

it before the show ends its

run in the New York theater

district next month.

Highwood-based theater

company 4 Chairs Theatre

is taking on the musical

which follows social outcast

Jeremy Heere, who

takes a pill, called a squip,

which will help him to become

more popular. The

show also features a Lake

Forest native.

“The writer of the book

and the composer say this

is about beautiful, messy

people, and aren’t we all?

So we should celebrate

that,” said Lauren Rawitz,

the director of the production

and the founder of the


One of the differences

between the Highwood

production and Broadway’s

is the age of the cast

members. The Broadway

cast is comprised of adults

playing high school students,

while Rawitz’s cast

features high school students

playing characters

their own age.

“It’s worth a watch because

we’re doing a very

different version of it compared

to what they do on

Broadway,” said Hanoko

Walrath, a recent Stevenson

High School graduate who

plays Christine in the musical.

“I think it’s just as good

because it’s a little more

real. We’re playing actors

of our age and Broadway

has actors in their upper

30s playing our age.”

There are other subtle

differences between the

two productions — including

the sets and props.

Because Rawitz didn’t

have a Broadway budget,

she had to improvise when

it came to some of her set


In a scene that was supposed

to take place in a

bedroom, Rawitz set the

cast up with a yoga mat and

exercise ball, and had the

scene take place in a home

gym instead.

“You do what you’ve got

to do, right?” Rawitz said.

Lake Forest native Anthony

DePew, now an

acting student at the University

of Minnesota, met

Rawitz while he was attending

Stevenson High

School, where she was

formerly the theater director

before branching out on

her own to start 4 Chairs


He said he enjoys coming

home for the summer

and being able to take part

in community productions,

such as “Be More Chill.”

“It’s such a nice environment,”

DePew said.

“[Rawitz] is so knowledgeable

about everything about

theater, and it’s always such

an easy process.”

Mundelein High School

student Matthew Callas

plays the main character,

Jeremy Heere. He heard

about the theater through

word-of-mouth and auditioned

with a friend for the

production this year.

Callas said he wasn’t a

fan of the musical when

Hanoko Walrath plays Christine in “Be More Chill”

which runs at 4 Chairs Theatre in Highwood through

July 28. Erin Yarnall/22nd Century Media

he first heard it, but said it

grew on him over time.

“When I heard I could

audition for it I gave it another

shot,” Callas said.

“Now I love it all and I

think it’s really fun.”

The musical features

music direction from Glenview

resident Aaron Kahn,

who previously worked

with the theater company

on their 2018 production of

“Spring Awakening.”

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experience working on

“Spring Awakening” it

was a “no-brainer” to be

involved for a second year.

He added that although it

was a different musical being

performed last year, he

was able to draw upon similarities

between the two in

order to direct the sound for

“Be More Chill.”

“One is a lot older of a

story and one is more contemporary,

but they both

have a contemporary sound

to it,” Kahn said.

For Kahn, the best part

of working with 4 Chairs

Theatre are the people he

has worked with, and the

amount of creativity they

put into their work.

“They’ve taken our

space in Highwood, which

is not normally a space for

theater, and have turned it

into a professional-quality

production,” Kahn said. “I

think that shows the effort

and the amount of professionalism

and creativity

that everybody in 4 Chairs

Theatre has.”

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the lake forest leader | July 11, 2019 | 23

Aboyer a ‘lively’ contribution to Winnetka culinary scene

Erin Yarnall

Contributing Editor

After 14 years in business,

chef and restaurateur

Michael Lachowicz decided

to close the door on

his Winnetka restaurant,

Restaurant Michael.

Instead of packing up

shop and moving elsewhere

when his restaurant closed,

Lachowicz transformed the

former Restaurant Michael

into three unique restaurants

— Aboyer, Silencieux

and George Trois (which

was opened in 2015).

Aboyer, according to

Lachowicz, is the most

accessible of the three


With the restaurant’s

proximity to the kitchen,

it’s aptly named after the

French word for “to bark.”

“The reason I named

Aboyer ‘the barker’ is because

the barker in the

French brigade system in

the kitchen is the expediter,”

Lachowicz said. “The

expediter barks out orders

all night long.”

With all three of Lachowicz’s

Winnetka restaurants

housed in the same

building, Aboyer is centerstage,

and because of its

positioning, tends to be the


“[The name] implies that

it’s going to be lively,” Lachowicz

said. “It’s going

to be louder and it’s going

to be more of a raucous


He wanted it to take

after French brasseries,

which he described as “an

elevated bistro service.”

“Bistros were traditionally

known to be very traditional,

everyday places.

It’s like ‘Cheers,’” where

everyone knows diners’

names. Lachowicz said.

“A brasserie is an elevated

version of that, with more

of an escalated-style menu

Aboyer’s rabbit and sage sausage ($13) is served over charred savoy cabbage and

white quinoa with finger limes and topped with serrano ham crisps. Photos by Jason

Addy/22nd Century Media

The Berkshire pork ($27) features grilled loin and Thai-spiced braised pork belly with

a pomme puree, morels and broccolini.

and prices.”

Last week, a group of

22nd Century Media editors

stopped by Aboyer to

meet Lachowicz and check

out his new restaurant’s


Lachowicz and his staff

served us up some of his favorites

on the menu, along

with several other items.

They first brought us the

confit new potato brandade

($10) — a French dish

that’s an emulsion of cod

and olive oil. The dish was

served with an aerated garlic

bechamel, black sea salt

and grilled garlic croutons.

“That’s a super classic

dish,” Lachowicz said.

“It’s classic bistro brasserie

because it’s great for

communal eating and bar

dining and beer- and winefriendly.

It’s communal.

You can dip and talk, and

it sits and holds. As it cools

off, it doesn’t disappear.

It’s delicious.”

Another of Lachowicz’s

favorite dishes is the

rabbit and sage sausage

($13), which is served with

a charred savoy cabbage

confit, white quinoa, finger

lime and serrano ham


“The rabbit sausage is a

beautiful dish,” Lachowicz

said. “We make all of

the sausage here and we

bring in whole rabbits. We

butcher them down and use

the bones to make sauce.

We use the rabbit meat to

make sausages. We braise

the legs and thighs and

we take the saddle and

loins to make the sausage

meat. We season them

and they’re aged properly.

They’re crisp on the grill

and they’re lovely.”

Lachowicz said the dish

goes along with the ethos

of Aboyer — making the

The Suffolk lamb ($25) showcases a grilled porterhouse

lamb over a bacon-braised red chard and sunchoke


Aboyer’s trout ($23) is served with edamame, pickled

daikon radish, red miso glaçage and an okra beignet.


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customers want more.

“It’s one of those dishes

that when the last bite is

consumed, you want another

bite,” Lachowicz said.

We also sampled the restaurant’s

trout entree ($23),

served with a red miso

glaçage, an okra beignet,

pickled daikon radish and


The Suffolk lamb ($27),

with an English-inspired

name, is made of grilled

porterhouse lamb, a lamb

bacon-braised red chard,

sunchoke pureé and served

atop white beans.


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The Berkshire pork

($27), which also takes its

name from an area in England,

features a grilled pork

loin and braised pork belly,

pomme pureé, and morels

alongside broccolini.

Aboyer surprised us with

the expertly plated octopus

carpaccio ($12), which is

the perfect choice if you’re

looking for an Instagramworthy

dish to consume.

The octopus is served

alongside avocado, serrano

pepper, green garlic, pickled

pearl onions, olive oil

and micro sorrel.

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Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Ben Rosa

Rosa finished third in the

state in the 1,600-meter

race this past spring for

the Lake Forest boys track


How did you get

started running track?

I originally did swimming

for a couple of

years in middle school. I

did that with a few of my

friends. Eventually I got

tired of that so I stopped

swimming, I spent a year

in middle school where I

didn’t really do anything.

After that, my friends convinced

me to join the track

team in seventh grade.

What is your favorite

part of running track?

Definitely meets the

most. During practice the

distance guys go up and do

their thing, and the sprinters

are doing their thing

and the jumpers are doing

their thing. At the meets,

everyone gets together for

six or seven hours, however

long the meet takes,

they get to see how the

other guys perform, it’s really

just a lot of fun.

What is your least

favorite part of

running track?

A lot of the training in

the offseason, especially

over the winter when it’s

20 degrees out, that’s not

always the most fun, but

it’s something you have

to do to make sure you’re

ready for the season.

What’s the best

coaching advice you’ve

ever gotten?

Build up into things

slowly with running, it’s

definitely worth your time

to slowly build up mileage

and workouts as opposed

to jump into something

full speed.

If you could play

another sport besides

track, what would it


None of the school

sports appeal to me. I

would do probably rowing

or cross-country skiing,

they’re things I do sometimes

on my own, I’ve always

really enjoyed.

What’s your favorite

place to eat?

I’d probably say The

Other Door, they’ve got

really good Mexican food

in general, I really like

their burritos, they’re really


Who is your favorite


I’d probably have to go

with Bernard Lagat. He’s

currently 43 years old

and he’s still one of the

best runners in the world,

and I find that kind of

inspiring that he’s been

able to be one of the most

dominant athletes in all

of track and field for 20

years now.

22nd Century Media File


If you won the lottery,

what’s the first thing

you would buy?

I’d invest it all. There’s

no material good right now

worth more than saving for

the future.

If you could travel

anywhere in the

world, where would

you go?

Maybe somewhere in

Portugal, my family is

from Portugal, and there

are some areas I think

would be cool to see.

What’s something on

your bucket list you’d

like to cross off?

I don’t really have a

bucket list, I just do things

as they come to me.

Interview by Sports Editor

Nick Frazier

The Varsity: North Shore Podcast

Guys start talk of bracket for best current player

Staff Report

In this week’s episode

of The Varsity: North

Shore, the only podcast

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sports, hosts Michal

Dwojak, Michael Wojtychiw

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Area coaches react to IHSA state series changes

Drew Favakeh, Sports Intern

The IHSA announced

changes to the way it

will run its boys and girls

state-championship series

for the first time since the

implementation of four

classes in 2007.

Starting in 2021, the

boys state final tournament

will take place on the

weekend of March 11-13,

with the same Thursday,

Friday and Saturday model

while the girls state tournament

will be held March


Currently, the IHSA

splits each respective final

series, pairing 1A and

2A together for a weekend

while 3A and 4A teams

compete the following


While the board is still

accepting host proposals,

the new format goes into

effect from 2021-2023.

“There has been a great

deal of support for this

new tournament format

over the past few months,”

IHSA Executive Director

Craig Anderson says in a

press release on the organization’s

website. “We

tried to be as transparent

as possible, communicating

the idea and seeking

feedback from basketball

coaches and school administrators

throughout the

state in a variety of ways.

It was fairly unanimous

that most felt like it was an

idea worth trying.”

Lake Forest girls basketball

head coach Kyle Wilhelm

prefers one weekend

of basketball. Although

he’s never reached the

state tournament, Wilhelm

has attended as a spectator

the last seven years.

The coach agrees it

makes for a longer day

of games, but thinks the

idea of getting more teams

down there and having

the kids exposed to other

styles of teams would be


“It has the potential for

a nice championship Saturday,”

Wilhelm said. “To

watch four state championships

on one day, that

sounds pretty cool. I like

the idea of putting all

four together, but my only

concern is the third-place

games, if those are still

gonna be needed.”

Highland Park boys basketball

coach Paul Harris

says he understands the organization’s

rationale behind

the decision, as one of

the final weekends would

typically conflict with the

NCAA men’s basketball


The IHSA also announced

that there may be

changes to the state final

venues. The finals have

been held at Illinois State

University’s Redbird Arena

in Normal and at Carver

Arena inside the Peoria

Civic Center.

Harris remembers going

to games at the State Farm

Center in Champaign and

having a great time. He’s

in favor of the IHSA looking

at other possible venues.

“I think it’s healthy in

any kind of environment

when you’ve been somewhere

for a while, to see

what other communities,

what other cities would be

open to hosting, and what

that would look like,” Harris

said. “We have a fairly

large state, if you have it in

southern Illinois or northern

Illinois somebody is

going to get upset. I’m

sure having it centrally

located is an important

factor. I think it’s healthy

to look, I’m sure whoever

they decide is going to be

the community that really

is all in in their presentation

and what they can do

for high school basketball

in the state of Illinois.”

David Weber has been

the boys coach at Glenbrook

North for the last

24 years and was recently

inducted into the Illinois

Basketball Coaches Association

Hall of Fame. He

traveled to state four times,

collecting a state title and

third-place finish. The year

he won a state title, 2005,

he remembered the games

were sold out and people

scrambled to get in.

However, he doesn’t

think the talent has decreased

in the state, but the

popularity of college basketball

is to blame.

“The state is trying to

increase the crowds and

make it like it used to be,”

Weber said. “From what

I hear, it’s not as well-attended

as it had been in the

past. The big thing with

this is March Madness is

killing the state tournament

attendance. If you’re

a basketball fan now, we

never had March Madness

on TV, where everybody is

watching it.”

Glenbrook South boys

head coach Phil Ralston

thinks the overall experience

was what made the

Illinois state tournament so

magical in the first place.

After coaching at Geneva

for nine years, Ralston has

spent two seasons coaching

Glenbrook South.

“It was like a basketball

lover’s dream: you go see

great high school basketball,

in-between games

you go the hotel, watch

the NCAA tournament,”

Ralston said. “Heck, for

me and my kids, those

were cherished weekends.

Lake Forest girls basketball coach Kyle Wilhelm during a game last season. 22nd

Century Media File Photo

It’s not that way anymore,

sadly. The state messed

with something really, really

good and now this is

what we have. It’s sad to

see high school basketball

deteriorate as much as it

has in the last 20 years.

And they can’t figure out

how to fix it.”

Although he cherishes

memories at Peoria,

Ralston proposes switching

venues, specifically to

DePaul University’s Wintrust


“One of the best things

Peoria offers being the

host is the basketball experience

in the convention

center,” Ralston said.

“I think the enthusiasm

to be a part of that and be

there and experience that

has dwindled. If you don’t

have that many people to

check out the convention

center, the basketball experience,

then why even

have i?.”

Teri Rodgers has

coached New Trier’s girls

program for 20 years, finishing

third in the state in

2001 and 2015, and second

in 2004. Although

she acknowledged the decrease

in attendance, she

attributed that to variance.

“If anything, in the last

20 years, attendance has

gone down,” Teri Rodgers

said. “There have been

years where we did draw

well and there have been

years where we didn’t

draw well at all. In 04-05,

we draw really, really well,

the last two times we’ve

been there, we didn’t draw

as well. It’s hard, there’s

a lot going on; boys are

playing at the same time.”

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IHSA releases 2019 Scouts schedule, LFHS to play five home games

Nick Frazier, Sports Editor

The countdown to the

start of the high school

football season is underway,

and with the IHSA

announcing the team

schedules on June 26, the

excitement is ramping up.

The IHSA revealed Lake

Forest football’s schedule

this upcoming fall, and

there is plenty to take away

from it. The Scouts open

the 2019 season at home

against Antioch on Aug.

30. They’ll begin North

Suburban Conference play

on Sept. 13 when they travel

to Mundelein.

After playing five regular-season

games on the

road last year, Lake Forest

has five matchups at home

this fall.

“We feel good about

the fact that we got a really

good home schedule,

some of the best teams in

the conference are coming

to our place to play, we’re

excited about that,” Scouts

head coach Chuck Spagnoli

said. “We open the

season at home which is always

a good thing against

a team (Antioch) that had

a great year a year ago,

maybe their best year ever.

It will be a great challenge

for us.”

A nice treat for the

Scouts, who are coming off

a 5-5 season, is that they’ll

play three of their last four

games at home. Waukegan,


From Page 31

Libertyville and Stevenson

will travel to Lake Forest’s

west campus, and Lake

Forest should get a competitive

edge as a result.

“It certainly sounds better

than three of the last

four on the road, but last

year we had three of the

last four on the road and

won all three of them,”

Spagnoli said. “Until those

games are completed, it’s

awful difficult to definitely

say one of the other. Sitting

here in July, we would

certainly much prefer to

be able to play at home

as opposed to on the road,

there’s no two ways about


The game to watch

this season might be the

regular-season finale versus

the Patriots, who the

Scouts beat 26-23 last season

to secure a postseason

berth. It’s possible the final

game on Oct. 25 decides if

Lake Forest advances once


Yet Spagnoli says keeping

his team focused on the

day-by-day things isn’t too


“We’re not such a talented

program that we can decide

we’re going to win every

week no matter what,”

Spagnoli said. “It takes a

lot of work and a lot of effort

by our kids to prepare

for that mentally now, so

when we get in that situation

later it’s not something

new or special or unusual.”

aspect of his game.

At the international

level, he’d see men across

the net: older, more athletic.

It intimidated him. At

the next level, he understands

he can’t take points

off for this exact reason.

Opponents are going to be

older and more athletic,

so Lamp has to out-wit


“The Cubans, for example,

their middles were

seven feet tall and they

jumped 40 inches,” Lamp

2019 Lake Forest

Football Schedule

Aug. 30 hosts Antioch,

7:30 p.m.

Sept. 6 at Wheaton

North, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 13 at Mundelein,

7:30 p.m.

Sept. 20 hosts Lake

Zurich, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 27 at Warren,

7:30 p.m.

Oct. 4 hosts

Waukegan, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 11 at Zion-Benton,

7:30 p.m.

Oct. 18 hosts

Libertyville, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 25 hosts

Stevenson, 7:30 p.m.

Until the season starts

versus Antioch at the end

of August, the Scouts are

working hard at summer

camp. The team is only a

week into it, but Spagnoli

is happy to be out there

with the players.

“I love more than anything

the fact that we get

the chance to put all our

kids on the field together

at one time with our coaches,”

Spagnoli said. “The

development day in and

day out is the best part of

summer camp. We’re kind

of in our infancy right now

with summer camp, just

being out there again with

all those kids is the best

part of it.”

said. “Athletically, I could

compete with those guys,

but mentally, I couldn’t.

Once I started to develop

that, I started to get more


If he’s to achieve his

lofty goals, bet on Lamp

being the most confident

in the room.

The Scouts, coming off a 5-4 season in 2018, will play three of their last four regularseason

games at home. 22nd Century Media File Photo








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30 | July 11, 2019 | The lake forest leader SPORTS


Durbin shines in first season at WashU

Nick Frazier, Sports Editor

Caleb Durbin knew

he’d get the chance to

flourish in his first season

at Washington University

in St. Louis, and he didn’t


The former Lake Forest

High School baseball star

proved vital for the Bears

this past spring, ultimately

being named the University

Athletic Association

Rookie of the Year.

Durbin finished second on

the team in batting average

(.390), fourth in RBI

(26) and he led the entire

UAA in runs scored with


By leading off in the

batting order and playing

shortstop, Durbin picked

up valuable lessons in his

first year at WUSTL while

also making an impact.

The Bears won a program-best

34 games, three

of those games coming in

the NCAA’s Division III


“It was definitely a

good expereince for my

first year,” Durbin said.

“(Head coach Pat) Bloom

definitely gave me an opportunity

to come in as

a freshman and impact

the team, which is what I

wanted coming into college.

WashU the team was

a system that I was able

to fit into really well, I

thought. Obviously I had

a good team, we were

ranked fifth at the end of

the year.”

Durbin, who was one

of two freshman named

to the All-UAA First

Team, knew he’d have a

shot to prove his worth to

the Bears this spring. He

started off his collegiate

career strong by totaling

six hits in three games,

and he hasn’t looked back.

“I came in knowing

that I could help this team

win, I knew they needed a

shortstop and I knew that

the leadoff hitter graduated

last year,” Durbin

said. “I knew I’d fit in to

the team pretty well.”

Durbin is used to receiving

accolades for his

work on the field, having

excelled with the Scouts

in high school. When he

graduated, he was the

school’s record holder for

hits, stolen bases, triples

and runs. A three-sport

athlete at Lake Forest,

Durbin batted .500 his junior

year, won a regional

title as a sophomore, and

earned All-North Suburban

Conference honors


According to Durbin,

playing three years of varsity

baseball at Lake Forest

has gone a long way in

preparing him for the next


“The two main things

that helped me was

(Scouts head coach Ray)

DelFava gave me an opportunity

to play on varsity

as a sophomore, that

was a big thing for me just

to get that step,” Durbin

said. “Each year in my

sophomore, junior, senior

year, our baseball conference

was pretty stacked

with Division 1 pitchers

and a few draft picks.

Playing with all the D1

players in that conference,

it prepares you well for

college baseball.”

That doesn’t mean

Durbin didn’t have to adjust

somewhat to college

baseball. WashU routinely

played four games in

Washington University of St. Louis rising sophomore Caleb Durbin was named the University Athletic Association

Rookie of the Year. Photos courtesy of WUSTL Athletics

a weekend, and Durbin

played in 41 games total.

There was a learning

curve, but Durbin, a former

Illinois State Scholar

in high school, got the

hang of it pretty quickly.

Durbin will look to

build off a great rookie

season next year, but for

now, he can look back on

the spring and smile.

“It was definitely a

good freshman year,”

Durbin said.

RIGHT: Durbin (center) left

Lake Forest High School

as the school record

holder in hits, stolen

bases, triples and runs.

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Going Places

Lamp continues excellent career at Stanford

22nd Century Media File



Top three Scouts

Football Games

1. October 25 vs.

Stevenson, 7:30.

The Scouts lost

23-0 last season

and will be looking

for revenge in the

final game of this


2. October 11 at Zion-

Benton, 7:30. Lake

Forest edged out

a 14-8 win over

the Zee-Bees in

2018. For fans of

defense, this may

be the game to


3. September 20 vs.

Lake Zurich, 7:30.

The Bears were

the top team in

the NSC last year,

and the Scouts

will get a crack at

them in their home


Drew Favakeh, Sports Intern

Sitting at a Lake Forest

Starbucks booth, Kevin

Lamp was confident his

club team, the Sports Performance

Volleyball Club

— fresh off a tournament

win in Palos, Illinois —

would win the national finals

in Dallas. A week later,

his voice cracked over

the phone as he explained

his team finished in fifth

place, losing to Nine for

Nine 18-black Volleyball


After losing the match

in two sets, he broke down


“We were all crushed

because we put a lot of energy

into this,” said Troy

Bib, Kevin’s club coach

the past two seasons. “It’s

hard to come away with

a loss after spending so

much time together working

to achieve a goal. It

was tough on all of us, but

for the seniors especially.”

This loss hurt the most

of all the heart-wrenching

losses Lamp has suffered

recently. More than the

two U21 national team

losses, both of which kept

the team from competing

in the national finals. More

than the final game of his

high school career, the regional

final against Barrington,

which he missed

due to a knee injury.

“I’d say that the toughest

loss is the club one,”

Lamp admitted. “In terms

of time and bonding with

those on the team, those

are the closest teammates

I’ve ever been to. High

school, you swap players

every year, so you only

have a couple months with

them if you’re lucky. Couple

of those guys are some

of my best friends.”

Each loss represents a

page turned in his volleyball

career, but this one

flips it to a new chapter:

Stanford University.

It was his last time playing

club volleyball. No

more playing with some

of his best buddies; Kevin

Kauling, Hunter Bailey,

and Rico Wardlow. No

more five-hour commutes

from Lake Bluff to Aurora.

“It was heartbreaking.

It hurt,” Lamp said. “I’ve

been playing club volleyball

with them for a few

years and we had gotten

really close over that span,

but now that it’s all over, it

just hurts.”

In the few months normally

dedicated to training

with the national team,

Lamp is looking forward

to a break. At the end of

July, he’s attending Lollapalooza.

He is also traveling

to Europe, including

Estonia, where a few family

members reside.

But for a competitor

who once asked his parents

to let him play club volleyball

as a birthday present,

rarely does his mind drift

from the game. He plans

to sprinkle in beach volleyball

sessions with club

teammates before heading

to college.

As August and September

peer around the corner,

his focus turns to Stanford.

He expects to compete for

the starting outside hitter

position, opposite rising

senior Eric Beatty. Consider

his main competitors

incoming freshman Will

Rottman and rising junior

J.P. Reilly.

Reilly started eight

games last season and has

totaled 74 kills for the Cardinal.

He also has national

team experience of his


Meanwhile, Lamp tied

Rottman for second on

Volleyball Mag’s Fab-50

list. When Lamp spotted

his name second, he digested

it as a byproduct of

his hard work.

“It’s pretty cool, especially

considering I

switched positions a few

years ago,” Lamp said.

“It’s pretty cool considering

Will Rottmann, who’s

a friend of mine and going

to Stanford, will build

competition early on for

that second outside hitter.”

As a rail-thin, 6-foot-

1 high school freshman,

Lamp never expected to be

bestowed such a high honor.

Since then, not only has

he grown four inches but

he also has created and demolished

new goals in his

path. Making the Scouts

Kevin Lamp spikes the ball over the net in a game earlier

this season. 22nd century media file photo

varsity team. Making the

All-State team. Committing

to Stanford.

“He’s a bright kid, he

works as hard at being a

student as he does a volleyball

player,” said Steve

Wolf, Lamp’s high school

coach. “Stanford was always

his number one

choice, he visited other

schools, especially out in

California, but Stanford

was always number one

with him. I’m not happy

to see him go, but he’s

worked for this for longer

than his four years at Lake

Forest. He started back in

sixth grade playing club,

and it’s been about seven

years of hard work that’s

got him to this point.”

His next three goals?

Be named an NCAA All-

American. Win an NCAA

Championship. And if

Stanford is the next chapter,

the Olympics is akin to

the New York Times Best-

Seller stamp; it’s the ultimate


“I have the characteristics

to make the Olympics,”

Lamp said. “I can

jump, I’m pretty tall. If

I was 6-foot-1, I don’t

think I’d have a shot. But

at 6-foot-5, there are few

players that are 6-foot-5

on the team. Really it’s all

about if I can step up in

college and basically figure

it out.”

On first watch of his

highlights, the physical

tools are apparent. He has

a 44-inch vertical. Jumping

runs in his family: his

cousin is Grete Sadeiko, an

Estonian Heptathlete who

finished fourth and fifth in

the 2010 and 2012 World

Junior Championships, respectively.

He also placed

ninth in the 2015 European

U23 Championships.

To clear the final hurdle,

he has to refine the mental

Please see LAMP, 29

Listen Up

“We’re not such a talented program that we can

decide we’re going to win every week no matter


Chuck Spagnoli - Scouts football coach on his team’s outlook after IHSA

released the team’s schedule.

tune in

What to Watch this Week

•Fencing: The Gorton Community Center in Lake

Forest will have fencing lessons on Mondays

starting July 15.

Lessons start at 5 p.m., register online.


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27 - Athlete of The Week

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Go West Young Man

Lamp off to Stanford for volleyball, Page 31

Lots to discuss

IHSA changes state series, Page 28



LFHS alumnus Durbin named conference Rookie of the Year, Page 30

Washington University of St. Louis freshman Caleb Durbin waits for his pitch in a game earlier this season.

Photo courtesy of WUSTL Athletics

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