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Horse camp in Homer Glen

offers chance for youngsters to

experience riding lessons, equine

upkeep and games, Page 3

Nine-year-old Kalista Andresen can expertly trot her horse, Trouble, after

attending sessions of the Cedar Stables Horse Camp in Homer Glen. Abhinanda

Datta/22nd Century Media

Moving on Village Board

resolves ongoing issue by allowing

beehives, chicken coops on residential

property with requirements, Page 4

Rolling into town

First of three planned Forest Preserve

District of Will County Food Truck Fridays

events takes place in Homer Glen, Page 6

A memorable


Homer Glen Navy

veteran gets chance

to go to Washington,

D.C., through

Honor Flight Chicago,

Page 8

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Defensive Driving Course

10 a.m.-3 p.m. July 11-

12, Homer Township Public

Library, 14320 W. 151st

St., Homer Glen. Upon

completion of the two-day

course participants 55 years

of age or older receive a

certificate that can provide

a discount on auto insurance

premiums. Registration

cost of $10 includes

free lunch for participants

each day. For more information,

email askalibrar

ian@homerlibrary.org or

call (708) 301-7908.


Hemp Night

6-9:30 p.m. July 12,

Hempology CBD, 14831

Founders Crossing, Homer

Glen. Several local artists

have been invited to showcase

their artwork with a

hemp/CBD theme. Live

music will showcase local

musicians and CBD, and

there will be food. Fore

more information, visit


Teen Takeover

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

Homer Township Public

Library, 14320 W. 151st

St., Homer Glen. Teens

will take over the library

at this special after-hours

event. There will be an

epic Trivia Battle with

prizes for the top three

teams, along with pizza,

ping pong, videos games,

and karaoke. No registration

required. For more

information, call (708)



Homer Glen Junior

Woman’s Club Garden Walk

9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. July

13, 14610 South Will

Cook Road, Homer Glen.

The Homer Glen Junior

Woman’s Club is hosting

its second annual Garden

Walk, featuring a fairy garden,

prairie garden, rockart

garden, wine country

cottage garden, upcycled

treasure garden and more.

Tickets are $12 in advance

or $15 at the door. Children

ages 12 and under

are free. The event will be

rain or shine, and guests

are asked not to bring pets

or strollers. To purchase

tickets, visit hgjwcgarden



Ice Cream Fest

7-8 p.m. July 16, Homer

Township Public Library,

14320 W. 151st St., Homer

Glen. Get wild with all of

the ice cream goodness

you can dream of from

ice cream tacos, ice cream

sandwiches, ice cream cake

to ice cream sundaes. For

teens in grades 6-12. For

more information, or to

register, visit www.homer



Escape Room Challenge —

Brenda’s Bakery Bonanza

7-8 p.m. July 17, Homer

Township Public Library,

14320 W. 151st St., Homer

Glen. Brenda Baker

misplaced her recipe card

and can’t finish her cake

orders. Work together to

locate clues and solve

puzzles to find the recipe

so she can bake it in time.

register with a $2 fee. For

more information, call

(708) 301-7908.


Be Greek For A Day

5-11 p.m. Friday, July 19;

3-11 p.m. Saturday, July

20; and 1-10 p.m. Sunday,

July 21, Assumption Greek

Orthodox Church, 15625

S. Bell Road, Homer Glen.

The weekend will feature

delicious Greek cuisine,

pastries, authentic Greek

yogurt, loukoumades and

taverna games for all ages,

a gift shop and raffle totaling

$9,000 in prizes. There

will also be Greek dance

performances featuring the

Hellenic Cathedral Dancers

Dance Troupe. Maggie

Speaks will perform from

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

and Ormi will perform

from 5-11 p.m. on Saturday

and Sunday. Admission is

$2. For more information,

call (708) 645-0652 or visit



Chalk-It-Up! Save the Date

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

Aug. 3, Stonebridge Park,

16000 S. Stonebridge

Drive, Homer Glen. A free

sidewalk chalk art contest

for all ages. Prizes awarded

in each age group.

Enjoy music, games and

more. Pre-registration required.

Registration opens

June 1. For more information,

visit homerglenil.org

under Special Events.

Prairie Fest

5-10:30 p.m. Friday,

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

Saturday, Aug. 10; and 11

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

11, Annunciation Byzantine

Catholic Church,

14610 Will-Cook Road,

Homer Glen. There will

be gift raffles, a beer tent,

children’s area, ethnic and

American foods, prairie

and church tours, a board

painting class, bake sale,

vendors and more. Friday

is Acoustic Night, Saturday

is Family Day and

Sunday is Polka Day. Admission

is $5 for adults

ages 14 plus on Friday

and Saturday, with Sunday

free. There is a $5 cost

for on premise parking or

free shuttle service from a

remote lot. For early registration

discounts and a

complete weekend schedule

of events, visit byzan


“Junque In Yer Trunk”

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

Aug. 24, Trantina Farm,

15744 W. 151st St. The

Homer Township Open

Space Committee is holding

this event and the proceeds

will be placed in the

Open Space Fund for the

Trantina property. Sell

out of one’s trunk vehicle.

Bring one’s own tables

and set up to add more sale

space to one’s place. No

large appliances, firearms,

ammunition, explosives or

fireworks will be allowed.

Fee for securing a place

is $30. For more information,

visit homertownship.



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4-7 p.m. Sundays, Big

R, 15830 S. Bell Road in

Homer Glen. Guests are

asked by Big R to not arrive

before 3:30 p.m. For

more information, visit


Blood Pressure Screenings

10 a.m.-2 p.m. daily, Silver

Cross Health Center,

12701 W. 143rd St., Homer

Glen. Free blood pressure

checks. Walk-ins are welcome.

For more information,

call (708) 364-6337.

Calcium Artery Scorings

By appointment, Silver

Cross Health Center,

12701 W. 143rd St.,

Homer Glen. A quick and

painless test using a highspeed

CT scanner that can

measure calcium deposits

in the coronary arteries

to determine one’s risk of

having a heart attack. Calcium

artery scoring is ideal

of men over the age of 45

and women over the age of

55 who smoke, have high

blood pressure, high cholesterol

or a family history

of premature coronary

artery disease. This scan

is available for $99. To

schedule an appointment,

call (815) 300-7076.

Fish Fry

5-8 p.m. Fridays. John

Olson American Legion

Post 18, 15052 Archer

Ave., Lockport. Dine in

or carry out. For more information,

call (815) 838-


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Local family-run stable offers a summer of equine fun

Horse camp geared

for teens, children

continues through

middle of August

Abhinanda Datta

Assistant Editor

Young Kalista Andresen

can walk and trot a horse

like a professional at the

mere age of 9.

Her inherent love for

these stately animals aside,

what helped her flourish

was the staff at Cedar

Stables, a family-run horse

farm in Homer Glen. Kalista’s

mother, Claire, said

they have seen the benefits

of going to a stable that is

family operated.

“Being that it is on the

smaller side, we quickly

got to know the staff and

even many of the horses

well,” Claire said. “Everyone

here is extremely

friendly and open to sharing

their knowledge with

our daughter.

“They encouraged her

in so many ways over the

years and even got her interested

in more than just

riding. Kalista loves to

barrel race. The lessons

and camps are not only

affordable but are full of

hands-on experiences.”

Cedar Stables, a boarding

and lesson barn, started

offering a summer horse

camp four years ago to give

children the chance to learn

more about these animals

and their day-to-day care.

In addition to riding lessons,

the children at the

camp get a chance to learn

how to clean stalls, feed

horses, take care of saddles

and bridles, and how

to tend to the barn. However,

it is not all lessons

and learning — they also

get to play games, explore

their creativity through

fun crafts and even have

a costume contest with the

horses each Thursday.

Julia Simmons, 9, said

she is excited to try on costumes

on her horse, Louie.

“I like this camp because

I get to take part in everything,

I don’t just sit and

watch,” Simmons said.

“This is my first time here,

but I will definitely want to

come back next year.”

The camp is five days

long and limited to six students

between the ages of

6-15 to ensure individual

attention while they ride,

said Oreanna Jonas, instructor

at the camp.

With degrees in equine

science and horse science

technology, Jonas has been

working at the farm for

three years and is excited

to share her love for horses

with younger children.

“I enjoy working here

because I love to see how

excited the kids get about

horses, especially watching

them ride for what is

the first time for some of

them,” she said. “It is also

really rewarding to see

the progress they make

throughout the week.”

The barn currently houses

30 horses, and six of

them take part in the camp.

Despite the presence of

other horse camps, Jonas

said the Cedar Stables

Horse Camp is unique.

“It is more hands-on

than some other camps,

and we keep the groups

small to give them as

much time with the horses

as possible,” she said. “We

teach them a lot about how

to take care of horses and

the work that goes into it

while keeping it fun. At the

end of the week, we invite

their families in to watch

them ride to see what they

Gianna D’Amico (left) and Giselle Vail learn how to brush Trouble’s hair during a recent session of the Cedar

Stables Horse Camp in Homer Glen. Photos by Abhinanda Datta/22nd Century Media

have learned. It is a very

friendly and laid-back barn

that welcomes everyone.”

This summer, the camp

has sessions that run from

9 a.m.-1 p.m. through Aug.

16 and cost $225 per week,

along with a $100 non-refundable


Cedar Stables also offers

an advanced three-day

camp for ages 11-17 — for

those who already know

how to walk, trot and canter

— focusing on drills and

barrel racing. The advanced

sessions run through

Wednesday, July 17, and

costs $133 per week, with

an additional $50 non-refundable


For more information,

visit cedarstables.webs.

com or call the barn phone

at (815) 258-7701.

Julia Simmons (left) and Isabella Vail get a photo with their horse, Louie, at summer


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Homer Glen Village Board

Vote carries 5-1 for residents to

keep beehives and chicken coops

Jessie Molloy

Freelance Reporter

The Village Board voted

to approve a compromise

measure on an ongoing issue

which has been a matter

of debate for the past

three months at its June 26


The board voted 5-1 to

approve an ordinance allowing

residents to keep

beehives and chicken

coops on property totaling

half an acre or more.

The compromise ordinance

broadens the Village’s

existing guidelines,

which currently prohibit

all “farm animals” on all

residentially zoned property.

The new rules permit

residents in single-family

homes zoned E1, E2, R1 or

R2 to keep up to four hens

in a coop and a beehive in

their backyards without a

special use permits. The

ordinance requires that the

structures retain a 50-foot

setback from all property

lines, and that beekeepers

post signage on their property

warning visitors of the

presence of the hive.

All animals are subject

to a nuisance ordinance,

and owners can be fined

if neighbors complain of

excessive noise or odors

from the animals.

Trustee Ann Holtz cast

the sole no vote on the

ordinance, which she said

she believed was still too


“I think the lot size is

too restrictive for bees,

and I think the 50-foot

setback is unrealistic,”

she said. “Not all lots are

shaped the same. I would

have been much happier

The Michael C. Olivieri American Legion 2011 received

a proclamation officially welcoming them to the

community at the June 26 meeting of the Village Board.

Jessie Molloy/22nd Century Media

with a 20- or 30-foot setback.”

During earlier discussions,

Holtz had said that

due to the agricultural

benefits of honeybees and

their growing endangered

status, anyone who was

willing to make the investment

required to install a

hive should be encouraged

to do so, since the insects

can travel several acres a

day to find pollen.

The board has left open

the option to revisit the

issue in the future and expand

the zoning at a later

date if this program is successful

or there is a high


Liquor licensing

After the action of the

meeting, the board held a

workshop discussion regarding

the future of the

Village’s liquor license

structure. Economic Development

Director Janie

Patch has been working on

fine-tuning the wording of

the Village’s liquor licenses

for nearly two years and

came to the board seeking

input on potential new liquor

license classifications.

While no official decisions

were made, the

board advised Patch to

move forward with a new

classification which would

allow liquor sales at movie

theaters, should one ever

be built in the village, and

discouraged the creation of

a license which would permit

salons and spas from

providing their paying

customers with a limited

amount of alcohol.

The spa and salon classification

prompted more

debate than other categories,

as Yukich strongly opposed

the measure. Holtz

argued that salons in other

towns, and some within

the village, already do it,

and that requiring them to

get a license “protects the

business and the Village in

case something happens.”

Pazmino did not voice

an opinion on the issue at

the meeting but said afterward

he was told he was

not allowed to because he

is a business owner with a

liquor license.

“I found out today that

that information was incorrect,”

he told The Homer

Horizon the day after the

meeting. “I am not allowed

to vote on liquor license issues,

which I am fine with,

but I am allowed to contribute

to conversations.”

In his comments to The

Horizon, Pazmino said he

opposed the restriction on

salons because “not only

can it drive away businesses,

it will drive away


Pazmino, along with

Holtz, said that groups going

into salons or barber

shops for weddings or “for

a girls’ day” often enjoy

having a beer or glass of

wine while they get their

hair or nails done and may

seek salons in other towns

where they could receive

this benefit if it was not licensed

in Homer Glen.

The ordinance had previously

been permitted

in 2013 but was repealed

due to concerns about salons

wanting electronic

gaming. Since Homer

Glen’s current ordinance

requires a business to have

a kitchen to have gaming,

this would no longer be a


Yukich said the license

would require more work

be done by the Village

or police to enforce the

policy, though Holtz said

that would not be the

Village’s responsibility.

Trustee Brian Burian

said he “was more open to

it” as a way of “attracting

and retaining businesses.”

Yukich effectively ended

the discussion, saying,

“There’s a lot of things

coming in, and I’m not

Please see village, 6

Chalk-It-Up! returns Aug.

3 for sidewalk art contest

Participants to be

given chalk block

workspace at event

Submitted by Village of

Homer Glen

The success of last year’s

inaugural Chalk-It-Up!

event commands a repeat.

The Village of Homer Glen

is calling on its residents to

fill Stonebridge Park with


The 2019 version of

the event is scheduled to

happen 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at

the park, which is located

at 16000 S. Stonebridge

Drive in Homer Glen just

south of 159th Street on the

west side of Stonebridge


To accommodate an increase

in registrants, the

Parks & Recreation Committee

has identified 150

available squares of sidewalk

to be colored this year

and has planned additional

activities for a fun and creative

day. Spectators are

welcome to watch the artists

fill the park with their

colorful masterpieces.

The Parks & Recreation

Committee and community

member and mural artist

Amy Blank are organizing

this event to encourage the

Homer Glen community to

participate in the creation

and enjoyment of art. Participants

will be able to enjoy

the park while actively

adding an element of art and

beauty to its surroundings.

At Chalk-It-Up!, families,

professional artists,

amateur artists, students and

anyone who just wants to

chalk are welcome to leave

their mark at the park. Preregistration

on the Village

website at homerglenil.org

is required. The event is

free of charge. Competition

space is limited.

Each participant will be

given one pack of chalk

and assigned a chalk block

workspace. It is recommended

that participants

bring a towel, hat, sunscreen,

bottle of water and

snack. Participants are also

welcome to bring extra

chalk, chalk pastels and

blending tools, if they wish.

Absolutely no paint of any

variety will be allowed.

If participants would like

to have a helper, they may,

but they are limited to one

extra person in their same

age group for a maximum

total of two people working

on one block. Two-person

teams will be treated as one

entry, so any prize awarded

must be shared.

Prizes will be awarded in

the categories of Best Use

of Color, Most Interesting

Characters and Most Creative


The event will also include

a featured artist,

Jackee Graves, a resident

of Homer Glen and member

of the Arts Guild of

Homer Glen. She will create

a featured chalk work at

the park for viewing. Other

members of the Arts Guild

of Homer Glen will also be

joining the event this year

to spread word about the

newly formed guild and to

fundraise for their organization

through the sale of

handmade art pieces. Free

goodies, music, face painting

and many fun games for

children, donated by Cross

of Glory Lutheran Church

in Homer Glen, will be

available to all who attend.

All attempts will be

made to hold the chalk art

contest. In the event of inclement

weather, check the

Village website for updates.

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Food Truck Fridays debut at Messenger Marsh draws crowd despite rainstorm

Amanda Del Buono

Freelance Reporter

Hunkered down underneath

the gazebo at Messenger

Marsh, a small

group of people sat June

28 waiting at picnic tables

hoping for the downpour

to pass.

The longer the storm

lasted, the more anxious

Ben Hecke, community

partnerships and outreach

coordinator at the Forest

Preserve District of Will

County, became.

“We had about 125

people come through before

the storm started,”

he said. “We were off to a

great start.”

Although the rain may

have put a damper on

things for a while, the

Forest Preserve District’s

summer Food Truck Fridays

event pulled through

once the clouds finally

broke. As the sun came

back out, community

members did, as well.

Despite being the third

year of the Food Truck

Fridays program, Friday

was the first time it came

to the Homer Glen forest


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“This was the one I was

really looking forward to

the most,” Hecke said.

“The layout, the parking,

it’s fantastic, except for

the weather today. I can’t

control that, though.”

Friday’s event included

a lineup of three food

trucks: Puff Truck Pizza,

Tacos Maui and Cookies

With Flavor. This is the

second year that Randall

Hunt, owner of Cookies

With Flavor, has driven

out from Chicago with his

truck to participate in the

Food Truck Fridays event.

“The atmosphere is

good, and it’s a good

chance to make some

money,” he said. “… The

business of what we do,

if you like it, you have to

like people and go where

people are. And it’s not all

about money, especially

being from the South Side

of Chicago, we can sit

back and enjoy and appreciate

the nature and space

here. Yeah, we make money,

but we also enjoy coming

here, too.”

The program aims to

bring community members

out to their local forest

preserves and can draw

anywhere from 350 to 700

attendees, Hecke said.

Rachel Tucker orders

cookies from the Cookies

With Flavor food truck on

June 28 at the first Food

Truck Fridays event put

on by the Forest Preserve

District of Will County

at Messenger Marsh in

Homer Glen. Amanda Del

Buono/22nd Century Media

“The idea is that it offers

a front door to nontraditional

forest preserve

patrons,” he said. “… It’s

designed to be a more

unique and draw people

that don’t usually come

to the forest preserves.

And food brings people


This logic has proven

effective, as the Forest

Preserve District has seen

an increase in volunteers

and attendance to other

events since beginning

the food truck program,

Hecke added.

“That’s just from opening

the front door to the

community with the food

trucks,” he said.

The event did, in fact,

introduce some attendees

to Messenger Marsh.

Among them, Rachel and

Bradley Tucker recently

moved to Lockport and

used the event as an opportunity

to explore their

new community while

also having the chance to

enjoy dinner from a food


“We like food trucks,”

Rachel said. “We just

moved to the area, and

we’re trying to explore a

little bit. We went to one

food truck at an apartment

complex, and liked

it so much, we want to try


Homer Glen residents

Lynn and Marty Jerger

enjoyed another forest

preserve food truck event

nearby enough they wanted

to come to another.

“It looked like it was

going to be a nice night,

and we decided to take a

ride on the [motorcycle]

for a nice meal outdoors,”

Lynn said. “We went last

week to the one in Mokena,

and it was really good.

It’s nice to be outside on a

nice night.”

Several families enjoyed

the chance to bring

their children outside and

skip a night of cooking.

Adrian and Barbara Ortiz,

along with their friends

Bobby and Anita Kruczak,

brought their children

for a family dinner.

“We saw an ad for it and

thought it was something

different,” Anita said. “…

There aren’t many events

like this in the suburbs.”

Barbara added: “It’s

something nice to do in

the area. … I work at the

University of Chicago, so

there’s always food trucks

around during lunchtime,

but it’s nice to have something

here and try new


The Forest Preserve District

of Will County will

host a food truck event

from 4:30-7 p.m. every Friday

through August, returning

to Messenger Marsh on

July 26 and Aug. 23.

For more information,

visit reconnectwithnature.




The Homer Horizon


708.326.9170 ext. 21 j.mcdermed@22ndcenturymedia.com


From Page 4

sure I’m ready to open the

doors to it and open up

Pandora’s box.”

“I think it’s tying the

hands of businesses in this

town in an effort to control

everything,” Pazmino


American Legion

Post 2011 receives


The Village of Homer

Glen issued a proclamation

at the meeting officially

welcoming the new

American Legion Post to


The Michael C. Olivieri

American Legion Post

2011 officially began this

spring after being founded

by veterans in the Marian

Village community. The

post already has over 30

members and is named after

Private First Class Michael

C. Olivieri, a Homer

Glen resident who died

while serving in Iraq.

Six members of the new

post were present at the

meeting to be recognized.

Commander Ron Boehm,

as well as members Lou

Zemke, Ken Williams,

Jack Shields, George Maddock

and Jim Woods, were

presented with a plaque by

Yukich and posed for pictures

with members of the


It was also announced

at the meeting that Post

2011 will hold a family

event for children under 12

and their parents later this

month. Post 2011 will hold

the first annual Marian Village

Fishing Contest from

9 a.m.-noon on July 28 at

the community’s fishing


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Homer Vietnam veteran receives Honor Flight

McCarthy, 84,

remarks on trip to

nation’s capital

Christian Villanueva

Editorial Intern

It was a thrill a long time

in the making, and it is one

he will not soon forget.

Jack McCarthy, 84, a

Vietnam veteran from

Homer Glen, recently returned

from a trip courtesy

of Honor Flight Chicago.

McCarthy served in the

U.S. Navy for 23 years,

working in naval intelligence

mainly during the

Vietnam War. He served

seven years on active duty,

and the remainder on active


Jack began his service

March 4, 1957 and retired

23 years later as a lieutenant

commander in the


The Honor Flight, which

boarded June 5 via Southwest

Airlines at Chicago

Midway International

Airport, had three World

War II veterans, 14 Korean

War veterans and 86

Vietnam veterans from the

Army, Coast Guard, Marine

Corps, Navy and Air


The trip took place a day

before the 75th anniversary

of D-Day.

The event was organized

by Honor Flight Chicago, a

nonprofit organization that

gives veterans in the area

the opportunity to take an

Honor Flight with all expenses

paid to Washington,

D.C., and visit all the

different memorials that

were created as a tribute

to them. The day long trip

also involves a ceremony

of thanks and a welcome

home celebration.

McCarthy said he was

picked up from his home

around 2:30 a.m. and had

arrived at Midway a little

past 3 a.m. Each attendee

was given a wheelchair to

sit down in. Singing and

dancing ensued, along

with applause for the veterans

as they waited to

board the plane.

“We were gone all day

long — it was one big long

day, and we got back home

around 10 p.m.,” Jack

said. “We visited the Marine

Corps Memorial, Air

Force Memorial, the Lincoln

Memorial, the Vietnam

Veterans Memorial

with the wall and many


Jack recalled what stood

out to him the most from

the one-day trip to Washington,

D.C., with 102 other

service members along

with him.

“The people,” he said.

“The volunteers and how

hard they worked and

how everything was so

organized. The whole trip

was so much bigger than

what I had expected. The

acknowledgement of the

people, the acceptance of

the people and the affection

of the people was really

something wonderful

to behold.”

Once McCarthy arrived

at Washington, D.C., he

met with a guardian that

took care of him during

the trip, received his nametag,

a challenge coin memento,

a map of the capital

and an itinerary with

the time and location for

all the marching orders

during the day.

In addition, he also received

a photo book of

everything to see in Washington,


McCarthy also got to

visit an extension of the

Smithsonian National Air

and Space Museum near

the airport in Washington,

D.C. There, he was able to

see the Enola Gay, the first

U.S. Navy veteran Jack McCarthy and his wife, Dorothy, of Homer Glen, got a chance

last month to travel to Washington, D.C., through Honor Flight Chicago. Photos by

Christian Villanueva/22nd Century Media

Jack McCarthy proudly wears his retired U.S. Navy hat and also received a challenge

coin from Honor Flight Chicago on his journey.

aircraft to drop an atomic

bomb, Amelia Earhart

flight suits and the retired

space shuttle.

Jack said that he never

expected there to be so

many citizens there lined

up to thank him wanting to

shake his hand.

“Each time we got on

or off the bus, there would

be a long line of people

waiting to talk to you and

thank you,” he said. “It

was very nice of them; it

was great. My hand was so

sore from shaking so many

people’s hands. You had

to go like a quarter mile

shaking all these people

hands, citizens and people

in uniform such as police,

armed guards and maybe

even Secret Service, all

welcoming you home.”

Jack’s wife, Dorothy,

83, said that some of her

favorite memories back

when McCarthy was serving

were attending parties

and memorials.

“The opening day with

the [USS] Arizona Memorial

was outstanding, because

I got to actually go,”

Dorothy said of the Pearl

Harbor National Memorial

that was established in

1962. “There were many

times where you would

get together like at official

parties and get to meet all

these different people. It

was really a unique experience.”

Jack has had all kinds

of jobs in his life, from

working at flower mills

to working at a park district.

He attended various

colleges, such as Chicago

State University, Governor’s

State University and

the University of Hawaii.

He even used to be a substitute

teacher at Lockport

Township High School for

a few years.

Jack and Dorothy both

grew up in Chicago. Before

living in Homer

Glen, the couple lived in

Hawaii for three years.

The duo has now called

this community home for

51 years.

Dorothy said that they

like to travel and had both

visited Washington, D.C.,

over 20 years ago before

Jack’s recent Honor Flight.

Jack noticed there were

some new memorials to

Please see veterans, 12

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Defensive driving course comes

to Homer library July 11 and 12

Submitted by Homer

Township Public Library

Those interested can

learn to recognize and deal

with impaired distracted

or negligent drivers at the

defensive driving course

to be held Thursday, July

11, and Friday, July 12,

at the Homer Township

Public Library, located

at 14320 W. 151st St. in

Homer Glen.

The informative session

will help answer many

questions, such as if one

effectively utilizes their

vehicle’s safety equipment,

such as lap and

shoulder belts, etc. The

two-day session hosted

by Homer Township Oak

Arbor, of Gleaner Life Insurance

Society, will also

discuss about saving on

travel expenses like fuel,

vehicle maintenance and

insurance costs.

The defensive driving

course will begin at

10 a.m. and conclude at

3 p.m. both days. Participants

must attend both

days in order to receive

certification. Certified

participants, ages 55 and

older, may be eligible to

receive a reduced premium

on their automobile

insurance. An examination

is not required to receive


The defensive driving

program was developed

by the National Safety

Council and will be presented

by safety specialist

Doug Sommer. Sommer

worked as a safety

educator with COUNTRY

Financial for more than

30 years. The course is

informative, entertaining

and relevant to today’s

driving environment and


Reservations are required,

and class size is

limited. A $10 fee covers

the course cost, all materials,

instruction, lunch and

snacks for both days.

To reserve one’s seat,

call the library at (708)


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The Southwest Suburban Activists

group issued on its Facebook

page July 2 a call for the

Village of Mokena to “not glorify

the Confederacy” by allowing

the 2nd Kentucky Cavalry to

participate in firing of cannons

during Mokena’s Fourth of July


Emily Biegel, the group’s director,

said the use of the 2nd

Kentucky Cavalry was “inappropriate

and insensitive” to members

of the community.

She went on to lament a lack

of response in other recent racial

incidents — including two separate

rounds of swastika vandalisms

and an incident in which

three Lincoln-Way Central

students were publicly spotted

wearing what appeared to some

to be blackface — from the Village’s


“[Village officials] are going

to have to open their mouths,”

Biegel said about the lack of

public condemnation of such


Mokena Mayor Frank Fleischer

defended the use of the 2nd

Kentucky Cavalry by reiterating

previous responses that “Everyone

has a right to their beliefs.”

Fleischer said there was “no

way in heck” that he supported

slavery, but he supports keeping

our nation’s history alive — “the

good and the bad” — through

monuments, documents and other

public displays, lest the public

“lose its reference point” for

such events.

The 2nd Kentucky Cavalry

group on its website declares:

“We chose to be Confederates

because they fought hard for

what they believed in — protecting

their homes, states’ rights,

equal treatment in commerce,

elimination of illegal tariffs, and

preservation of the agricultural

way of life.”

Reporting by T.J. Kremer III, Editor.

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Police stress road safety after

teen was hit by vehicle

The Frankfort Police Department

is urging Old Plank Road

Trail users to remember to yield

the right-of-way to traffic following

a June 30 accident involving

a teenager on a bicycle

who collided with a vehicle.

Frankfort Deputy Police Chief

Kevin Keegan told The Frankfort

Station the incident took

place at approximately 12:45

p.m., when a 14-year-old cyclist

traveling eastbound on the trail

rode into the path of a vehicle

traveling southbound on Elsner


“The juvenile bike rider never

stopped at the stop sign and rode

directly in front of the vehicle,”

Keegan said.

The teen suffered head and

soft tissue injuries in the collision,

and was taken to Silver

Cross Hospital for treatment.

Keegan said the incident has

been turned over to an accident

reconstruction team, and the police

department is waiting for the

investigation to be completed. At

this time, no charges or citations

have been issued.

During the July 1 Frankfort

Village Board meeting, Frankfort

Police Chief John Burica

stressed that it was important for

trail users to slow down when

crossing the street, and that drivers

had a responsibility to yield.

“The vehicles have the rightof-way,

and people should not

enter the crosswalk until it’s safe

to do so,” he said.

Reporting by Nuria Mathog, Editor.

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TPPD’s Shervino named Illinois’

top DARE instructor

Tinley Park Police Officer

Bob Shervino has always had

two passions: police work and


He has combined the interests

to great impact as a longtime

DARE program instructor. So

much so that in June he was selected

from more than 100 candidates

as the Illinois DARE Officer

of the Year.

“I was totally surprised,” said

Shervino, a member of the Tinley

department since 2000 and

DARE instructor since 2002.

“I didn’t even know I’d been


Shervino — who grew up

admiring an uncle who was a

sergeant in the Tinley department,

and became an Orland

Hills cadet in 1995 — had his

name raised by his colleagues

and a number of local teachers

whose classrooms he has graced

over the years. He was formally

presented with the award at the

annual DARE and Juvenile Officers

Conference in Peoria.

“It was a great day,” he said.

For Shervino, being an impactful

instructor has come down to

a personable approach and interest

in making a difference in the

lives of the more than 5,500 children

he has taught.

“Patrol work is more reactive,

and DARE is more proactive,”

Shervino said. “I really do enjoy

that. The kids are really smart,

and they’re pretty truthful and

honest. I teach them, but they

also teach me.”

Tinley Park’s DARE program

reaches nearly 1,000 students in

a calendar year, Shervino said.

“I think it’s made me a better

person, and I hope it’s made me

a better parent,” he said.

Reporting by Will O’Brien, Freelance

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Delivery driver allegedly tried to

kidnap female in Orland Park

A delivery driver was arrested

July 2 after he allegedly tried to

kidnap a female two days prior

in Orland Park.

Sofiane Mansouri, 34, of 1237

W. 31st Place, Apt. 1, in Chicago,

was charged with attempted

kidnapping, a Class 3 felony, according

to a press release issued

July 3 by the Orland Park Police


Mansouri reportedly pulled up

to the female — Sgt. Wayne Lee

declined to provide a specific age

but said she is an adult — in the

early morning hours of June 30

while driving a white box truck in

the 11400 block of 143rd Street.

The female was walking eastbound,

and Mansouri asked if she

was OK, police said. The female

said she was fine and not in need

of help, according to the release.

Mansouri then drove past her

and parked the truck on the side

of the road, got out of the truck

and approached her, again offering

help, police said. When

the female insisted she did not

need help, Mansouri allegedly

grabbed her and carried her back

to the truck.

The female was able to stop

Mansouri from opening the truck

door and eventually broke free of

his grip, police said. She contacted

police, who were later able to

identify the truck and driver.

Mansouri was arrested July 2

without incident after he came

to the police station, according

to Lee.

Reporting by Bill Jones, Editor. For

more, visit OPPrairie.com.


From Page 8

see that were not there the previous

time he had visited with his


“There is a new monument

there for women who were in

the service, specifically for the

women in Vietnam,” he noted.

“That was something brand new

that I have never seen before.

“There is also a new World

War II monument that shows

the Atlantic and the Pacific war.

There is so much to see, so I

would definitely like to go again

and get to see everything.”

Upon returning home, Jack

was pleased by all the mail he

had received from random people

and loved ones.

“I got so many letters from

grammar kids, high school kids,

people who have relatives in the

service,” Jack said. “I also got

a big pile of special letters I received

from my family that I

keep separate from all the other

letters I received when I returned

from the flight. It was really impressive.”

Jack has known about Honor

Flight Chicago for a while but

was not able to apply initially.

During a World War II reenactment

at Dellwood Park, Jack noticed

a booth from Honor Flight

Chicago and was able to sign up

there for the trip.

“I had tried signing up before

I saw that booth that night, but at

that time, they were only taking

World War II and Korean War

Vets, so I was not successful,”

Jack said. “Now, they are taking

more Vietnam War veterans, so

when I signed up at the booth,

I was able to actually go to the

flight this time.”

The biggest thing Jack has

taken from his time in the service

was the dedication of his fellow

soldiers, he said.

“Everybody took their job seriously,

and nobody ever blew it

off,” Jack said. “Everyone tried

to do the right thing all the time.

I have nothing but respect for

those guys.”

Jack said there were too many

good memories to choose from,

but then recalled being able to

be part of the opening day of the

Pearl Harbor Memorial, as his

wife previously mentioned.

“Something would happen every

day in the service, you know,

so it would be hard to choose

the best memory,” Jack said. “I

do remember I was stationed

at Pearl Harbor for naval intelligence,

and Pearl Harbor Memorial

opened up while I was


Jack and Dorothy have long

lived a peaceful life in Homer

Glen and hope they can visit all

the monuments in Washington,

D.C., again in the future.

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From the Editor

Takeaways from Girl Scout camp in Homer Glen

Thomas Czaja


One thing I often

say I enjoy about

my job is expecting

the unexpected, never

knowing what story a new

week may bring.

I enjoy, too, that even

after covering a community

for a while, you always

still learn about things you

never knew about before.

Both of these scenarios

happened to me simultaneously

when I recently

attended the Girl Scout

Service Unit 749 of Lockport/Homer

Glen Under

the Sea Day Camp at

Messenger Woods Nature

Preserve. It is a camp that

has been a tradition for

decades in the community,

and fortunately, a Girl

Scout mom reached out

to tell us about it, and we

made sure to cover it.

Hundreds of campers

honed skills old and new

while making friends with

others and enjoying time

outdoors. One of the nice

aspects of camp the adult

leaders shared is that it is

a break from technology,

a chance for children to

just focus on playing and

being outside and working

on social interactions.

In this day and age, that

is refreshing to see.

When I went, those involved

were kind enough

to give me an entire tour

of the grounds, and I

can say that there was

definitely a lot going on

simultaneously. That said,

everything was well-organized

and put together,

and things ran smoothly.

Not only was it a

chance for the younger

ones to get acclimated and

learn things at an early

age, it was a chance for

the older girls to work on

their own leadership skills

and foster a sense of giving

back. You can read the

full story on this camp on

Page 17 of this issue.

While I was never in

Boy Scouts myself, I can

certainly see the merit

of these programs and

camps. We enjoy running

stories on Girl Scouts and

Boy Scouts and the like

and all the good they do

in the community. These

groups teach discipline,

service and self-reliance

in creative and fun ways.

At the end of the story,

an email is given for those

interested in learning more

about the local service

unit for their daughters.

Given the popularity of

this day camp event, and

that the attendance numbers

remain strong year

after year, they clearly are

doing something right,

as evidenced by all the

smiles, laughter and positive

energy I encountered

while visiting there.

It was inspiring to see

all the campers working

together and having

a great time, making the

most of summer break and

the great outdoors.

“Both adopted from TLC! Noah (Shepherd) 4

years ago and Leia (4 months ago)”

Tender Loving Care Animal Shelter, from July 3.

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“Providence Catholic would like to wish everyone

a happy and safe Fourth of July! Today, we

remember those whose service makes such

celebrations possible. #HappyFourthOfJuly


@PCHS_Celtics, Providence Catholic High

School, from July 4.

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Letters to the Editor

Thank you for Homer

Community Fest support

I would like to take a

moment to express my

true appreciation for our


A few weeks ago, the

Village hosted our annual

Homer Community Fest,

and it was truly an amazing

event. The fest is symbolic

of all that is Homer

Glen — family, friends

and community. The

Thursday night fireworks

display was spectacular

and is by far the best in

the suburbs. Carlo Caprio

once again put together the

best band lineup for us and

entertained us all weekend


Many of our local restaurants

came out and

fed us fabulous foods. All

of this just made for an

amazing fest, and none of

this could have happened

without the hard work

and efforts of the many

volunteers and staff who

worked so tirelessly, not

only this weekend, but all

year long.

I feel it is important to

take a moment to recognize

the efforts that go into

this fest. The Homer Community

Festival Committee,

all of whom are volunteers,

meet all year long to

plan and organize this for

our community. Many of

the Fest Committee members

use personal time off

from work during the fest

week so they can focus

solely on the event.

The staff, residents, the

Homer Township Road

District, the Homer Township

Fire Protection District,

the Northwest Homer

Fire Protection District, the

Will County Sheriff’s Office,

the Will County Sheriff’s

Auxiliary and your

elected officials all donate

hundreds of hours at the

fest coordinating traffic,

ticket sales, information

booth, security and cleanup.

The list is endless, and I

am so truly appreciative of

them all.

I am very proud to serve

as the mayor of Homer

Glen with a town of volunteers

that endlessly give

back to our Village, as well

as the Homer Community

Fest that we all really enjoy

and love. Thank you!

George Yukich,

Mayor of Homer Glen

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the third month of


Stephens said Tinley

Court calls itself a “veteran-first

community” and

works with military

veterans and their

spouses to secure financial


For more information

about Tinley Court,

located at 16301

Brementowne Road,

Tinley Park, call (708)

532-7800, email

tinley-court@att.net or

visit www.tinleycourt.com.

Tours are


For more information:

708.532.7800 • www.tinleycourt.com • tinley-court@att.net

Offering support

New PFLAG chapter in Homer Glen and

Lockport encourages education, respect for

LGBTQ community, Page 18

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Pigs fly

Irish Pig BBQ’s variety soars under

new ownership, Page 21

Day camp a summer tradition for local Girl Scouts, Page 17

Girl Scouts (left to right) Kayla Demoor and Hailey Smith, both of Lockport, along with Christina Harris, of Homer Glen, cook over a fire using pie irons, box ovens,

one-pot cooking and charcoal at the 2019 Service Unit 749 Lockport/Homer Glen Under the Sea Day Camp at Messenger Woods Nature Preserve in Homer Glen.

Photos by Thomas Czaja/22nd Century Media INSET: This year’s camp patch was designed by Lockport resident Violet Barder.

16 | July 11, 2019 | the homer horizon FAITH


Pastor Column

Avoiding trying to distort truth and creating a false utopia


Annunciation Byzantine

Catholic Church

There is growing

malaise in our

culture of loneliness,

anxiety, depression,

division, addictions and

suicide (both assisted and

unassisted). But, why?

We promised ourselves a

utopian society, if only we

could dismantle and redefine

every single structure

of society that since time

immemorial provided order,

balance, justice, peace

and prosperity.

Shouldn’t everything

and everyone be better off

by now? In truth, what

we have done is taken the

blueprint for happiness, the

natural order of creation

designed by God, and we

told God to sit on the sidelines

while we redesign and

improve on his mistakes.

During the so-called

“sexual revolution” of

the 1960s to the present,

we separated out the

unitive and procreative

dimensions of human

sexuality. The result has

been skyrocketing divorce

rates, sexually transmitted

diseases previously

unheard of and increases

in unplanned pregnancy

and abortion, especially

among teenagers. The

psycho-dynamic of attachment

is a critical

dimension of a child’s

psychological development.

But this need has

been frustrated by broken

homes. Attachment issues

are behind many of today’s


We bought the lie of

overpopulation. Now,

many cultures, including

our own, are committing

demographic suicide, allowing

their birth rates to

slip below the necessary

rate of replenishment.

We have taken our ideological,


arrogance even further

and made delusion normative

by pretending gender

and sexual complementarity

does not exist, and we

can freely label ourselves

whatever we want at the

moment. This in itself is

born of another dysfunctional

mode of our culture:


The growing loneliness,

anxiety, depression,

addictive behavior, sense

of entitlement and suicide

contributes to our living

in a type of fear with the

resultant desire to control

one’s own life and experiences.

Control is affected

by intimidation, manipulation

and bullying.

This in turn contributes

to growing division in our

culture. Wherever coercion

and bullying is taking

place, there will inevitably

be a reaction against it.

Then, the civil war is on.

The blueprint for life,

the order of creation as

God has designed it, is actually

very simple, yet not

always easy to understand,

accept and follow faithfully.

But that does not make

it wrong or in error warranting

our re-invention.

Behind our rebellion

against God’s order of

creation is the “mother of

all sins” — pride. It will

take a great deal of humility

for our culture to lay

aside its presumptuousness

and defer once again

to God’s order of things.

If our culture does not

choose this humility, our

culture will nonetheless

be humbled either by the

consequences of our own

arrogance, or perhaps by

divine intervention.

The opinions of this column

are that of the writer. They do

not necessarily reflect those

of The Homer Horizon.

Methodist church

welcomes new pastor

Submitted by First United

Methodist Church of


The First

United Methodist


of Lockport

welcomed its

new pastor,

the Rev. Ga-

Hyung Kim, Kim

on Sunday,

July 7.

GaHyung came to the

United States at the age of

18 from Korea. She was

ordained as a deacon in the

Northern Illinois Conference

of the United Methodist

Church in 1988 and

as an elder in 1993.

She previously served

churches in Aurora, Winthrop

Harbor, Wauconda,

DeKalb, Naperville, Oak

Lawn, Sycamore and Lake

Bluff. Within the NIC, she

has been active on the General

Commission on the Status

and Role of Women, the

Board of Ordained Ministry

and the Methodist Federation

of Social Action.

Changes to In Memoriam

The Homer Horizon’s the company’s classifieds

obituaries have moved. department. If you would

You can now find our In like to place an obituary,

Memoriam pieces at the reach out to Jeff Schouten at

back end of the Life & Arts j.schouten@22ndcentury

section. In addition, obituaries

are now handled by 9170 ext.

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Cross of Glory Lutheran Church

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

Nursery for Children

9:30 a.m. Sundays, 6:30

p.m. Wednesdays. Parishioners

may use the nursery

for their children up to age

3 during services. There is

a Kids Klub for children in

grades 4-5 during the service.

Bible Study

7:30 p.m. Wednesdays

Open to anyone ready to

discuss the Bible.

Christian Life Church

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

Sunday Service

10 a.m.

EDGE Youth Service

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

Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish

(16043 S. Bell Road, Homer Glen)

Daily Mass

8 a.m. Monday-Saturday

Weekend Mass

5 p.m. Saturday

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


Council of Catholic Women

7 p.m. Second Tuesday

of the month.

Women of the parish

meet to discuss its needs.

The group also hosts a

monthly charity bake sale.

St. Bernard Parish

(13030 W. 143rd St., Homer Glen)

Happy Hours (Seniors)

11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Seniors meet monthly for

food, fun and fellowship.

St. Bernards Kids’ Choir

4:30-6 p.m. Thursdays.

All children in grades

first through eighth are

welcome to join choir.

A permission slip to join

can be obtained through

Julie Kane at the table by

the church exit or through

one’s RE teacher.

Weekday Worship

9:30 a.m. weekdays.

Communion Service on


Weekend Worship

4:30 p.m. Saturdays.

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

11:30 a.m. every Sunday.


3:30-4:15 p.m. First

and third Saturday of the

month. Confessions are

also available upon request

at any time.

Community Choir Practice

7:30-9 p.m. Thursdays.

Parish members ages 16

and older may join the

choir. The choir needs vocalists

and instrumentalists.

For more information,

join the weekly rehearsal

or contact the music director,

Julie Kane, after Mass

on Sundays.

Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church

(14610 S. Will Cook Road, Homer Glen)

Sunday Services

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

a.m. Divine Liturgy; 10

a.m. Sunday School. For

more information, call

(708) 645-0652.

Adult Bible Study

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

third Sundays of the month

Lemont United Methodist Church

(25 W. Custer St., Lemont)

Sunday Services

8:30 a.m. Communion

Worship Service

9:30 a.m. Sunday School

10:45 a.m. Contemporary

Worship Service

(nursery available)

Christ Community Church

(13400 Bell Road, Lemont)

Sunday Worship

9:30 a.m. Sundays. Worship

is casual.

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.

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the homer horizon | July 11, 2019 | 17

Girl Scout event full of learning, amusements at Messenger Woods

Total of nearly 300

campers attend

this year’s Under

the Sea Day Camp

Thomas Czaja, Editor

It is a place and gathering

that can best be described

as one of constant energy

and movement, with units

simultaneously working on

skills, sharing laughs and

bonding under the summer


The latest annual Girl

Scout day camp took place

recently from June 24

through June 27 at Messenger

Woods Nature Preserve

in Homer Glen, with those

campers entering fourth

grade and up also having

the option to camp out

overnight the final evening

of the week-long event.

The Girl Scout Service

Unit 749 of Lockport/Homer

Glen Under the Sea Day

Camp in 2019 had approximately

290 Girl Scouts and

45 registered adults helping

run the event, according to

Missy Chandarana, a program

director from Lockport.

“Our camp is broken up

into units by age levels that

are supported by a minimum

of two adults,” Chandarana

said. “While in the

units, they work on basic

camping skills like starting

fires, running a wash line,

working on outdoor badge


“We try to teach them to

be independent in everything

they do.”

The summer camp is a

chance to become reacquainted

with and further

appreciate nature. The

campers involved — which

can range in age from kindergarten

through 12th

grade, with those going

Homer Glen resident Anna Crabbe (left) and Jania Kennedy show off the bird feeder

craft made out of an orange and twine at the 2019 Service Unit 749 Lockport/Homer

Glen Under the Sea Day Camp at Messenger Woods Nature Preserve in Homer Glen.

Photos by Thomas Czaja/22nd Century Media

into eighth grade and up

able to have the chance to

help lead the younger attendees

as aides — tend to

really enjoy that aspect.

“These girls love being

out there,” Chandarana

said. “They go on hikes,

get muddy, get dirty and

go home exhausted. They

have survived 95-degree

days, survived rain. We

have many safety things in

place and weather watches

to keep everyone safe while

at the woods to provide a

wonderful event.”

On the final evening of

camp on Thursday, the Girl

Scouts enjoy a dinner made

possible through donations

from area businesses. That

day is also filled with a variety

of stations the campers

can rotate through and

enjoy, as well as a squeegee

hunt activity.

Each day brings its own

fun, with the Wednesday

of the event featuring an

all-camp water gun fight.

Camp likewise has an

opening and closing flag

ceremony honoring the

American flag and featuring

the Girl Scout flag, and

each camper walks around

the site with a buddy.

Chandarana had her

four girls out at this year’s

camp, including Maya,

who helped lead.

“My girls are going into

third grade, so they are

learning all about nature

and going out on hikes and

made bird feeders out of

orange peels,” Maya said

of her unit. “I’ve been coming

here since I was 3 or 4.”

Maya added one of her

favorite parts of camp was

the fact she was once one

of the little ones looking up

to the big girls, and that she

is now one of the older ones

inspiring the youngsters.

The camp is a tradition

that has been going on

for over 30 years for girls

mostly from the Homer

Glen and Lockport area.

The theme for the camp is

constantly remembered,

whether it is one of the

Thursday stations having

sea snacks of blue Jell-O,

red Swedish Fish and Goldfish

crackers or a water relay

race filling up buckets

with H20 while wearing

scuba flippers and masks.

Kiley Fiffles, a camper

from Homer Glen, summed

up why she loves camp.

“I like the food and all

the nice ladies that run it,”

she said.

There is even an area

within the Girl Scout camp

dubbed boys’ island for

those moms who volunteer

and have boys they need to

bring with. The boys congregate

and stay busy with

food and activities, even

coming up with chants and

occasionally using water

guns on girls who may

come by.

It all adds up to a memorable

week, one that brings

many of the campers back

year after year. Campers

bring their own mess kit,

and everyone gets a hat,

bandana, camp shirt and is

told to stay hydrated with

plenty of water bottles.

Each unit is given a different

name — an example

this year being Silly

Squids, again tying into the

theme — and campers also

come up with their own fun


Tammy Shea, a Homer

Glen resident helping out

Abraham St Peter, of Homer Glen, plays with

homemade slime at the camp. The Girl Scouts

allow parents with children ages 3 to 5 and boys an

opportunity to volunteer by providing a Pixie Unit and

Boy Unit.

Girl Scouts have a number of fun and unique

traditions, including SWAPS, which stands for Special

Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere

or Shared With A Pal. SWAPS are small tokens of

friendship the girls exchange with other Girl Scouts

they meet along the way.

as a headquarters floater

at camp from the main pavilion

of operation there,

said her daughter, Kailey,

is going into her senior

year at Lockport Township

High School, and that

they have been attending

camp since she was in


Seeing her child work

her way up from the firstgrade

unit and develop lifelong

friendships along the

way has been an irreplaceable


“She just loves it,” Tammy

said. “… It’s just fun

meeting all the different

kids, eating the camp food.

Just the atmosphere and the

kids being so excited is the

best part.”

Kailey said sleeping over

on the final night of camp

in tents, spending time with

friends, having a dance

party under the pavilion

and going on the aforementioned

squeegee hunt were

all some of her favorite

memories from there.

Service Unit 749 hopes

to keep the camp flourishing

and is always happy to

welcome new campers and

members to its ranks.

Those interested in learning

more can email gssu


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LGBTQ support group comes to Homer Glen and Lockport

PFLAG meets last

Tuesday of every month

at Cross of Glory

Christian Villanueva

Editorial Intern

Lockport and Homer Glen

residents are invited to attend

the chapter meeting for Parents,

Families and Friends of Lesbians

and Gays or PFLAG each month.

The PFLAG organization,

which was founded in 1973 by

Jeanne Manford, is an active organization

with 400 chapters across

the country. PFLAG’s mission is

to “build on a foundation of loving

families united with LGBTQ

people and allies who support one

another, and to educate ourselves

and our communities to speak up

as advocates until all hearts and

minds respect, value and affirm

LGBTQ people.”

Michelle Eckmayer, president

of the chapter in Homer Glen

and Lockport, which had its first

meeting at the end of May, is

confident PFLAG is contributing

to the communities by positively

affecting the push for equality

for the LGBTQ community and

making discrimination less and

less prevalent.

“Really, there are three basic

things that we try to do, that is

support, educate and advocate,”

Eckmayer said. “Those three

things are what we basically

stand for.”

Eckmayer believes educating

others can lessen the ignorance

surrounding this topic.

The chapter in Homer Glen

and Lockport has meetings the

last Tuesday of every month.

Meetings are open to anyone who

wants to support the LGBTQ

community, not just the parents

of members of LGBTQ community.

It will not be mandatory to

speak at the meetings. The goal

is to embrace one another and be

unified as a community.

Meetings are to be held from

6:30-8 p.m. at Cross of Glory Lutheran

Church, 14719 W. 163rd

St. in Homer Glen.

“It does not matter where you

are in your journey, we will try to

help educate and support people

that come into the meetings regardless

of what part of their journey

they are on,” Eckmayer said.

“Ultimately, the goal is definitely

to move towards total acceptance

and respect.”

There will be introductions at

the meeting, and at some meetings,

there will be certain topics

presented and then discussion.

Lisa O’Malley, a secretary of

the PFLAG organization, feels

PFLAG is a place the people

and families of the local LGBTQ

Members of PFLAG gather for a photo last year at the Chicago Pride Parade. The local chapter of the

group meets the last Tuesday of every month at Cross of Glory Lutheran Church in Homer Glen. Photo


community can go to for support.

“It is somewhere to go if you

have no one,” O’Malley said.

“The people at the meetings will

support you.”

She said the organization

means a lot to her and by being

a part of it, she hopes to be there

for children and adults who do

not have their families’ support.

Allen Kirkland, treasurer of

the Homer Glen and Lockport

chapter, sees PFLAG as a great

resource for people of all ages to

be able to come and find answers.

Being part of the LGBTQ community

himself, Kirkland thinks

it important for people to find

support and feel accepted.

Aside from the meetings, the

chapter also attends pride parades

together. Other events include

picnics, movie nights and fundraisers.

In addition, the group and

its supporters will go to Springfield

to advocate for their cause.

“We like to get out there as

much as we can to let people

know that we are in the area,”

Kirkland said. “We’ve been to

the Mokena fest, the Bolingbrook

pride fest, and plan to be in the

Joliet pride fest to give out flyers

and let people know that there is

a local place they can go to for

support,” he said, adding that he

feels there is a large need because

people “really do not have a place

to go where they can feel comfortable,”

and PFLAG is where

children and parents of the LG-

BTQ community need to be.

Those involved with the organization

said they feel it has grown

and has made a difference in the

lives of the people involved. The

group’s goal is to one day achieve

complete equality.

Children’s fishing derby a thrill for young anglers

Submitted by St. Bernard Men’s


The St. Bernard Men’s

Club held their annual Children’s

Fishing Derby June 15

at the church pond in Homer


The weather was threatening

to spoil the event, but the

rain did hold off, and the fish

were hungry and biting. Lots

of fish were caught, especially

bluegill, and this brought

a smile to the young anglers’


Over 20 children participated

and brought their families for

this fun-filled event.

The fishing contest resulted

in Lexie Rodriguez, 9, winning

the big fish category with

a 7.5-inch bluegill. In the small

fish category, Jonathan Simokaitis,

11, landed a whopping

three-inch bluegill. Both contest

winners were rewarded the

first choice from all the donated


Local businesses Meijer,

Home Depot and McDonald’s

provided gifts and incentives

to all the children who participated.

The State of Illinois holds

its annual Free Fishing Days

during Father’s Day weekend

every year to encourage young

anglers to learn the sport of

fishing from their more experienced

parents and grandparents.

Fishing is an activity that

can be enjoyed year-round but

especially during the summer

months. During the derby,

conservation and sportsmanship

were explained and encouraged.

Lexie Rodriguez was the big

fish winner at the Children’s

Fishing Derby held last month

by St. Bernard Men’s Club in

Homer Glen. Photos submitted

Jonathan Simokaitis was

winning young angler in the

small fish category at the event

held at the church pond for


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the homer horizon | July 11, 2019 | 21

The Dish

Irish Pig BBQ’s new owner blends tradition with variety

T.J. Kremer III

Contributing Editor

Irish Pig BBQ

280 E. Lincoln Highway

in New Lenox


• 11 a.m.-7 p.m.


• 11 a.m.-8 p.m.


• Noon-6 p.m. Sunday

• Closed Mondays

For more information…

Phone: (815) 485-


Web: irishpigbbq.com

When Scott Tabor took

over ownership in February

of New Lenox’s Irish

Pig BBQ, he brought a lot

of experience with him,

albeit from a different profession.

Tabor spent the

last 30 years as a mechanic

and had his own shop in


But his love for all

things barbecue has been

a big part of his life, and

Tabor has been “experimenting”

with barbecue,

He even did some catering

when he was in California,

where he lived for roughly

25 years.

After having neck surgery,

he decided he would

rather work full-time on

ribs, chicken and pork than

go back to working on

cars, trucks and vans.

Everything came together

when Tabor was getting

ready to celebrate a birthday

and told his girlfriend

at the time that he “wanted

something different” for

his meal.

“She saw this place

with the barbecue, and

she knew I loved barbecue,

and she saw the sign

‘For Sale,’ and she let me

know,” Tabor said. “Me

and [former owner Kathy

Connolly] strike up a deal,

and here I am.”

Tabor has kept many of

the same menu items —

such as BBQ ribs ($13.95

for a half slab, $22.50 for

a full slab, each with two

sides), pulled pork ($8 for

a small sandwich, $9 for

the large, each with a small

side or fries) and brisket

($11 for the small sandwich,

$12 for the large,

also with a small side or

fries) — and has started to

add his own touch of flavor

to the restaurant’s offerings.

“I added a whole Carribean

menu, actually,” Tabor

said. “I have a Jamaican

gourmet chef [Newton

Hood], kind of a silent

partner. He prepares all the

food and shows me what

to do.”

That Caribbean menu includes

jerk chicken ($10),

curried goat ($11.95),

oxtail ($9.99) and brown

stew catfish ($11.95).

Of course, Irish Pig

BBQ would not be the

same without its popular

corned beef.

“The platinum dish

when I bought the place

was the corned beef,” Tabor

said. “[Irish Pig BBQ]

is known to have the best

corned beef around. So,

I didn’t touch that, didn’t

change it. You can’t

change perfection.”

Connolly left the secret

recipe with Tabor when

she sold the restaurant to

him, and Tabor said he intends

to keep the dish on

the menu.

“We’re keeping a little

bit of the old, because a lot

of regulars they love that

corned beef, and it is good

corned beef,” Tabor said.

But Tabor has started

his own tradition at Irish

Irish Pig BBQ’s half slab of ribs with two sides ($13.95) is one of the staple dishes new owner Scott Tabor has kept

on the menu and put his stamp on after taking over the New Lenox spot. Photos by T.J. Kremer III/22nd Century Media

Pig BBQ, too, in Southern


“That’s where my Mississippi

comes in,” Tabor said.

While he was born in Joliet

and lives there now, his

family is from Mississippi.

“It’s some comfort

food, some down-home

country food,” he said of

the special Sunday menu,

which he plans on rotating

throughout the summer.

It recently featured

smothered chicken, smothered

pork chops, fried catfish

and rib tips (an entree

costs $11.95 and comes

with two sides).

So what else does Tabor

have planned for Irish Pig


“Still experimenting

with the menu,” he said.

“I love experimenting with

food, in general — trying

to change things up to generate


Scott Tabor, the new owner of Irish Pig BBQ, keeps many of the restaurant’s wellknown

attributes in tact — such as the decor and popular menu items — and has

started to add his own touch with a Carribean menu and Southern Sundays.

22 | July 11, 2019 | the homer horizon puzzles


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

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Cindy LaFleur


1. Subsequently

6. Homer Glen

soccer team

11. Bygone love


14. Sneak ___

15. Financial statistics


17. OPEC land

18. Santa ___


19. Backup cause

21. Guru

23. Spiritual center

in the Middle East

26. “Take ___ a


30. Furtiveness

33. Lack

35. “Enough of


36. Not very likely

37. It’s cut and


39. Tune player

40. Victor

41. “Good shot!”

43. It’s behind the

Homer Glen Village


46. City SSW of


47. Biblical verb

48. It resounds

52. 1990s singer


54. LL Cool J’s


55. Snapshot

58. Western that

starred Kurt Russell

64. Prohibition

65. Like Socrates

66. Like much


67. Falsifiers


1. Patriots’ grp.

2. Lake Okeechobee’s

state, abbr.

3. Spigot

4. Longtime record label

5. Out of service now,


6. Glowing circle

7. Confidence trick

8. Filigree

9. Essential

10. Cousin of reggae

11. Fire or Peruvian

12. Russian river

13. Apothecary’s weight

16. IRA part, abbr.

20. 6th note of the musical


22. One who incorporates

23. Board game tokens

24. Apiece

25. Laundered

27. Half a joint

28. “All kidding ___...”

29. Mach 1 breaker

31. Bait

32. More aloof

33. Peter of the duo Peter

and Gordon

34. Horn blast

38. Barks

40. Comedian Margaret

42. Construction site

sight, abbr.

44. Play title word

45. Heart of the matter

49. Gator’s cousin

50. Tennis’s Mandlikova

51. Vectra maker

53. Earth circler

55. N, E, S and W

56. “Left turn, horse!”

57. Abbr. after a seller’s

suggested price

59. Body soother

60. Diagnostic proc.

61. Scarf

62. Elder

63. Frank McCourt’s



Traverso’s Restaurant

(15601 S Harlem Ave,

Orland Park; (708)


■■5-7 p.m. Mondays:

Free bar bingo


350 Brewing

(7144 W. 183rd St.,

Tinley Park (708) 825-


■■6:30 p.m. First Thursday

of each month:

Laugh Riot. Cost is

$25 and includes

dinner, two beers

and a comedy show.

For tickets, email




Port Noir

(900 S. State St.,

Lockport; (815) 834-


■■4-7 p.m. Monday-

Friday: Happy Hour

■■8-10 p.m. Thursdays:

Comedy Bingo

■■8-11 p.m. Fridays

and Saturdays: Live


■■7-11 p.m. Sundays:

Open Mic Night

Strike N Spare II

(811 Northern Drive,

Lockport; (708) 301-


■9:30 ■ p.m.-12:30 a.m.

Mondays: Quartermania

■10 ■ p.m.-midnight Saturdays:

Cosmic Bowl


Front Row

(14903 S. Bell Road,

Homer Glen; (708) 645-


■7 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:



Little Joe’s Restaurant

(1300 N. Cedar Road,

New Lenox; (815) 463-


■5-8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays:

Piano Styles by Joe

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Introducing the Dunree II: Crana Homes’ Newest Luxury Townhome Design at Brookside Meadows

Crana Homes, the acclaimed developer

of hundreds of homes in the southwest

suburbs has introduced another awardwinning

luxury townhome design, the

Dunree II, available now at Brookside

Meadows in Tinley Park. The Dunree II

joins the award-winning Lennan II and

Fahan II in a secluded area of trees, lakes

and open spaces. Prices range from the

upper-$200s – including site – and with

only a limited number of sites

available buyers should act quickly.

For45 yearsCrana Homes commitment

to complete customer satisfaction

has been summed up as “Pride of

Workmanship - Pride of Ownership.”

This commitment to quality and

satisfaction makes Brookside Meadows

the ‘best of the best’. The proof is in the

homes which are attractive, comfortable,

well-built and energy-efficient. But, the

entire community will soon be

sold out so now is the time to make a

commitment and select a home from

one of the award-winning floorplans of

the Dunree II, the Fahan II and the

Lennan II.

The new Dunree II is a generous three

bedroom design with 3,194 square feet

of total living space, including a large

1,226 sq.' basement. The master suite is

on the first floor which features a walk-in

shower and seat. The home has elegant

nine foot tall first floor ceilings, two and

a half baths, upgraded custom maple

kitchen cabinets, granite countertops,

upgraded light fixtures, and hardwood

oak floors in the foyer, powder room,

kitchen and living room. The Dunree

II also includes deluxe landscaping

and a two and a half car dry-walled

garage with a cement driveway. Enjoy

entertaining guests with a full walk out

basement and a 12' x 12' deck.

The Fahan II has a grand two-story

entrance foyer that leads to a split level

floor plan with three bedrooms (fourth

bedroom optional) and two and a half

baths. It is a beautiful 3,303 total square

foot luxury townhome (including a

1,216 sq.' basement). A large open space

kitchen with sleek granite countertops is

surrounded by generous custom maple

cabinets. The 1st floor master bedroom

offers an optional coffered ceiling and

the optional master bath includes a

relaxing soaker tub. Overlooking the

great room is an elegant loft. The home

is accented by beautiful oak throughout,

including doors, floors, railings and trim.

A full lookout basement and a patio are

also included in the Fahan II.

The Lennan II is a comfortable two/

three bedroom split level home and

includes most of the features of the

Fahan II except the master suite is on the

upper level and the Lennan II features a

dining/family room. It has 3,167 square

feet of total space (including a 1,049 sq.'


All homes have underground utilities,

deluxe landscaping and first floor

laundry rooms. Buyers can select options

like an impressive fireplace, walkout

basement, coffered ceilings, skylights and

a soaker tub in the master bath.

Lake Michigan water, a sprinkler system

and smoke detectors are provided.

Brookside Meadows also has important

cost-efficient, energy-saving features

like a high-efficiency furnace and

Lo-E glass installed throughout. Other

‘green’ features include an Energy

Miser hot water heater, vented soffits,

1.75" insulated entrance doors, energy

efficient appliances and Tuff-R insulated

wall sheathing.

Tucked away in a quiet section of Tinley

Park, Brookside Meadows is close to

everything: retail, dining, transportation

routes, Metra rail station and airports.

The school system is among the best in

the state and Tinley Park, named “The

Best Place In America to Raise aFamily”

by Bloomberg’s BusinessWeek, maintains

40 parks and the Bettenhausen indoor

recreational center.

The Dunree II floorplan gives

buyers a fresh set of new choices

at Brookside Meadows – but only

while they last! See the fully furnished

and beautifully decorated models which

are open Monday - Thursday 10:00am

to 4:00pm; Saturday and Sunday from

noon to 4:00pm; and open Friday by


To visit Brookside Meadows take I-80,

exit La Grange Road south for just

under two miles to La Porte Road and

turn east for one-half mile. If mapping

by way of a GPS, enter the address:

19839 Mulroy Circle, Tinley Park, IL.

Options, dimensions and specs can

change so contact a Sales Associate at

708-479-5111 for any updates and go

online at www.cranahomes.com.

Brookside Meadows luxury townhomes are located in Tinley Park,

named“The Best Place In America to Raise a Family”by

Bloomberg’s Business Week, maintains 40 parks and

the huge Bettenhausen indoor recreational center.

3 Bedrooms, Plus Loft, 2 ½ Bath - Chicago Water

Dunree II

1 st Floor Master Suite with Walk-in Closet

and Large Bathroom

Decorated Models are Open

Contact the Sales Center

Mon-Thu 10am-4pm

for details at 708.479.5111

Sat/Sun Noon-4pm

and visit online any time at

Friday by Appt.

Since 1970


Exit I-80 at La Grange Road south for just under two miles to La Porte Road and turn east for one-half mile to Brookside Meadows.


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The Homer Horizon’s

Simply gorgeous Homer

Glen home in perfect

move-in ready condition.

All of this in a nice,

quiet neighborhood with

awesome neighbors.

What more could you

ask? Come see it today

before it is gone.

What: The original

owners have taken

exceptional care of this

stately home with fine

woodwork and detailed

finishes throughout,

including crown molding,

wainscoting, custom

molding and chair rails,

inlay wood flooring and a

custom-designed bar and

mantle in the full-finished

basement. All of this in a

nice quiet neighborhood

with awesome neighbors.

What more could you ask?

Come see it today before it

is gone.

Where: 16860 Pineview

Drive, Homer Glen

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of the


Amenities: The enormous

master suite comes

complete with tray ceiling, crown molding, sitting area and a gas fireplace. There

are also three more spacious bedrooms on the second floor, including

one with a Juliet balcony overlook into the family room. As an added

bonus, this home has a spacious in-law suite addition with a sleek

modern bathroom intentionally designed for related living. There is

also an expansive deck overlooking the sprawling backyard, complete

with a large storage shed and a concrete pad, half basketball court.

Listing Price: $499,000

Listing Agents:

Dan Kenney Group,

(708) 629-6452 or


Agent Brokerage:

Keller Williams Preferred


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

May 30

• 12123 Arlene

Drive, Homer Glen,

604916814 Frederick

E. Senne to Dawn

Simms, Sebastian

Badillo, $387,350

June 3

• 13609 S. Potawatomi

Trail, Homer Glen,

604916700 Carl K.

Courtright to Joseph

E. Fornell, Christina C.

Fornell, $375,000

• 13946 S. Split

Rail Drive, Homer

Glen, 604916703

Marteau Trust to Ashley

Guajardo Atlas, James

St. Paul, $370,000

• 14537 S. Appaloosa

Lane, Homer Glen,

604918304 Kozeluh

Trust to Todd P.

Schuster, Megan R.

Schuster, $313,000

• 15218 Pleasant

Court, Homer Glen,

604919467 Mark E.

Schulthies to Rafal

Urbanczyk, Joanna

Urbanczyk, $350,000

The Going Rate is provided

by Record Information

Services, Inc. For more

information, visit www.

public-record.com or call

(630) 557-1000.

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Caregiver Services

Provided by

Margaret’s Agency Inc.

State Licensed & Bonded

since 1998. Providing quality

care for elderly.

Live-in/ Come & go.


1023 Caregiver

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services; shower or bath

visits. Licensed & bonded.

Try the best! 708.638.0641

1050 Community Events


1124 Salon For


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Business Directory

2003 Appliance




Due to our rapid growth and

expansion, Tinley Park

Industrial Manufacturing Sales

office seeks detail-oriented

Sales Assistant for full-time

position. A Sales Assistant at

ARC does both sale’s

administrative and customer

service functions. This is a

very diversified position in our

FAST-PACED office. The

ideal candidate must be


needs to possess strong

organizational &

communication skills.

Excellent computer literacy

needed, including MS Word &

Excel. Industrial customer

service experience a plus.

Repeat customer & supplier

contact. No telemarketing or

cold calling required.

Competitive salary & benefit

pkg incl. 401K.

Send letter & resume to:


Position available for a full

time water treatment

technician for south

suburban company.

On site job training provided.

Job includes product delivery,

installation and/or equipment

repair. Must be able to lift and

move heavy products for

delivery. 40 hour week plus

occasional Saturday work.

Benefits include vacation,

health insurance and 401K

contributions. Email resume

to jrob36@ameritech.net or

fax to 815-485-2451.

Non-Union Concrete

Company looking for:

- Experienced

Concrete Finishers

- Laborers (will train)

- CDL Drivers

Please call 815.462.8400

and leave a message

Hiring Desk Clerk

(must be flexible w/ shifts)

& Housekeeping


Needed at Super 8 Motel

Apply within:

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No Phone Calls

Medical Transportation

Drivers Wanted.

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Senior Living - Lemont

Part-Time Cook

Call for Details

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1004 Employment


1010 Sitters Available



Loving mom in New Lenox,

will provide daily care in my

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and Spencer Kindergarten.

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Free booklets will be available. Everyone is welcome!

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1052 Garage Sale

Frankfort , 213 Pfaff Dr. 7/12

10-6pm & 7/13 9-5pm designer

womans clothes xl, 1x, purses,

and shoes (size 9), men’s

t-shirts, furniture, 2recliner’s

and 1lift chair, department 56

villages, lawn &garden, books

and many miscellaneous items.

Mokena , 18821 Ruth Dr

(Route 6between Parker and

Marley) , 7/11, 7/12, 7/13,


Mega Garage Sale! Craftsman

tablesaw, tools, shop shelving,

Echo weedwacker, 3couches,

antique side tables, ornate antique

prestine dining room set,

ornate figural chairs, china,

collectables, mid-century furniture

and much more.

Tinley Park, 7519 Dorothy

Lane, 7/12 &7/13 8-3pm, Kids

gear/toys, clothes, furniture,

home goods, and much more.

Tinley Park, 7919 Lakeside

Drive 7/13 8-4pm, Interior

home decorations, misc. electronics,

yard tools, ladders.



1053 Multi Family


New Lenox, 812 Cessna Court

7/12 &7/13, 8-3pm, furniture,

baby clothes, electronics, home

decor, genuine fur coat, and

more. All good quality!

Orland Park 11221 Bradley

Ct 7/11-7/12 8-2pm 3 Families

Hshld, furn, clothes, shoes,

books, crafts, Prec. Mom. holiday,

antiques, misc & more!

Orland Park, 14130 Michael

Dr. 7/12 &7/13 8-2pm, household

items, kids/adult clothes,

DVD’s, CD’s, and much more.

1057 Estate Sale

Tinley Park, 9237 178th St.,

7-13 & 7-14 9-3pm modern

furniture, 80’s & 90’s clean

toys, tools, computer switches,

and more. Everything reasonably

priced! See photos at


Turn key operation in busy

strip mall. Salon has 5 stations

3 shampoo chairs, 4 dryers

+color station. Cozy estheticians

rm. All fixtures & most

equip. stay. Rental income,

owner would like to stay.

$19,500. 708-577-8211


1225 Apartments

for Rent

Oak Forest Terrace

15815 Terrace, Oak Forest

Spacious 1 & 2 Bdrms.

Serene setting & Beautiful

Grounds. Tennis, Pool,

Walking Trails. Near metra.




Wills Apartments

1 Bedroom apt. $ 850

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Stoves & Ovens • Microwaves

Garbage Disposals


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2006 Basement Waterproofing


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2025 Concrete Work

2007 Black Dirt/Top Soil



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If you’re tired of housework

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5th Cleaning is

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708 479 9035

2060 Drywall


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2070 Electrical







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2120 Handyman


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2090 Flooring

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Custom Painting

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Tile & Laminated Flooring

Light Plumbing & Electrical

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Install StormWindows/Doors

Clean Gutters

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708 714 7549

815 838 4347

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2702 Public


Certificate 032926 was filed in the

office of the County Clerk of Will

County on June 19, 2019 wherein

the business firm of Firehouse Inflatables

Located at 13653 S. Potawatomi

Tr. Homer Glen, IL 60491

was registered; that the true or real

name of the person owning the

business, with their respective post

office address is as follows:

Christopher Dowdall

13653 S. Potawatomi Tr.

Homer Glen, IL 60491


hereunto set my hand and Official

Seal at my office in Joliet; Illinois,

this 19th day of June, 2019.

Lauren Staley Ferry

Will County Clerk

2703 Legal


Notice is hereby given that on

8/7/18 at or after 10:00 am at

15935 SParker Rd, Homer Glen,

IL 60491, Parker Self Storage will

sell by public auction a Boat &

Trailer stored in parking spot Y26

by Eric Ortiz. The Boat isdescribed

as a 1985 Lund 14 foot

Row Boat (UIN:LUNE0351A585),

Boat Tr ailer (VIN #

1YR0010086EH001277). Boat and

Trailer will be sold as is with no title

for parts.

2900 Merchandise

Under $100

2 10 speed touring bikes 40

years old, brand name Sentinal.

You pick up $30

Call 708-301-0249

21 inch, self-proppelled,

5 horsepower Briggs &Stratton

motor $40. 708.323.6973

Black w/glass entertainment /

TV center good condition $30,

Component stand black $20

Call Debbie 815-534-5273


Black with glass entertainment

/TV center good condition $30,

Component stand black $20

Call Debbie @ 815-534-5273


CIPA custom towing mirrors

$35, New sedan style PolyPro

3 car cover $40, Alexandria

chrome and white double towel

bar $25 Call 708-995-5556

Closet shelves white wire free

slide shelves with built in hang

rod. 4at 77”x12”, 3t36”x12”

(no hang rod) All for $25 Call


Craftsman 10” table saw on

stand with wheels needs motor

$50, Sears Craftsman router

1hp on Craftsman table $50

Call 708-532-3423

Craftsman router’s 1HP $10,

1.5 HP $15, Router table $15

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Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Davis Billows

Davis Billows is a rising

junior golfer at Providence

who recently won

the Illinois Junior Golf

Association tournament in

Homer Glen.

When did you start

playing golf?

I’ve been playing golf

forever. My dad played it,

so I’ve always been around

it. Around sixth grade, I

really started to take golf

more seriously.

You recently won the

Illinois Junior Golf

Association tournament

at Old Oak Country

Club. How was that?

It was cool because it

happened close to home.

You’re competing against

a lot of people you know.

It’s a good reward to know

that all of your hard work

has paid off. I had played

in one other playoff before.

I remember being super

nervous the first time

I had to do that. This time

around, I knew what to

expect, and it didn’t really

bother me.

Do you plan on playing

golf in college?

That’s definitely the goal

that I am working toward.

It would be amazing to

see that come true, knowing

that all of the work I

have put in was worth it.

It would be awesome to

get a scholarship and see

where the game can take

me. I’d love to go pro, but

I also know that getting an

education is what’s most


Explain something

about golf the average

person may not know?

If you’ve never played

golf at the competitive level,

it’s definitely a mental

game. You have to be mentally

fortified to get through

all 18 holes. It’s easy to

have a bad hole and have

that affect you throughout

the course. You have to be

able to move on from that

shot. If you don’t, it can

cost you a lot of strokes,

and you fall behind.

Who is your favorite


It’s between Rickie

Fowler and Tiger Woods.

They’re both equal in my

favorite golfer rankings.

What do you enjoy

doing in your free time?

Hanging out with my

friends or working out.

Oddly enough, I also enjoy

golfing with my friends.

It’s different than competing

in a tournament, so I

enjoy that.

Any hidden talents or

anything else you’re

good at?

I do play a lot of other

sports. I played on the

school basketball team

this year. It’s not so much

a hidden talent, but I just

like staying active.

If you could play any

course, which would

you pick?

Playing Augusta would

be a dream scenario. My

parents have gone down

Photo submitted

there to watch the Masters

and say it’s really beautiful.

Hopefully, one day I’ll get

that opportunity to play.

What has been your

favorite golf memory?

The first time that I

broke 80 in a tournament.

Everything fell into place,

and that was a really cool

experience. That memory

will stick for a while.

In 2018, you won the

IJGA Sportsmanship

award. What is that?

It’s an award they give

out to athletes who do

good work around the

community. That year,

I had raised money for

the Nicklaus Children’s

Health Care Foundation.

On the course, I always try

to have good sportsmanship,

too. I go out there

and try to act professional,

nothing too crazy. One of

the coolest things I’ve ever

done, because of winning

the award, was meet Jack

Nicklaus. I got to go to his

house. I’ve never been so

nervous. We were having

normal conversation, but

I was screaming inside the

whole time. It was an unforgettable


Interview by Editorial Intern

Joe Bielanski

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Alumni Spotlight

LTHS grad competes in the decathlon at NCAA championships

Walder a track and

field All-American

Randy Whalen

Freelance Reporter

It was March 2013.

Wade Walder was just

finishing up his freshman

basketball season at Lockport


He was looking for a

way to stay in shape in the

offseason, so he decided

to join the track and field


Fast forward six years,

and 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 June 5 and 6

at the University of Texas

in Austin.

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 would 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

locally. After competing

in baseball and basketball

at Oak Prairie Junior

High, Walder played basketball

at Lockport. After

his freshmen season at the

school, he joined the track

team looking to stay in


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 did not make the

final day either season,

he was part of a Porter

team that placed sixth (30

points) in Class 3A his senior


But it was his freshmen

season that he made a

huge impression on someone

who would mentor

him. That was Lockport

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


“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 and

field until after basketball

season was over. Now, he’s

an NCAA Division I 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

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

Wade Walder competes in the heptathlon during the

indoor Big East Championships earlier this year.

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

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 past


Decathlon competitions

include 100-meter

sprint, 110-meter hurdles,

400-meter event,

1,500-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

sixth-place discus finish

was his best finish in an

event during the decathlon

competition. He hit

a mark of 40.07 meters

(131 feet, 5 inches). In his

favorite event, the pole

vault, Walder tied for 11th

by clearing the mark of

4.41 meters (14-feet, 5.5


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 seniors.

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 has

seen the type of person he

has 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.”

36 | July 11, 2019 | the homer horizon sports


Going Places

Barnett set for next step at Arizona State

Former Providence

star the winning

pitcher in Chicago

prep All-Star Game

Chris Walker

Freelance Reporter

Bryce Barnett’s fastball

gets in on hitters pretty

quickly — just ask the

Stagg players who combined

to strike out 15 times

against the right-hander

during a Class 4A sectional

semifinal victory in late


The Providence graduate’s

life is also moving

by at a similar rate of high


The Celtics’ season

ended with a 9-5 sectional

final loss to Marist on June

1, and Barnett was already

planning to be at Arizona

State University by July 1

to prepare for the next step

in playing career.

“I’ll be down there this

summer lifting every day

for six weeks and doing

whatever programs they

have for pitchers,” he said.

“They’ll have a schedule

for me, and I don’t have

much longer to wait. I’m


Providence coach Mark

Smith knows that Barnett

is ready for his next challenge.

“If I ever had a kid that

was prepared for the rigors

of Division I, highend,

Top 25 baseball, it’s

Bryce,” Smith said. “From

a mental standpoint, he’s

mature beyond his years.

He’s a kid who wants to

be successful. He wants

greatness. He’s the hardest-working

kid I’ve had

as a coach in 27 years, and

that says an awful lot. And

the thing is, when a kid

wants greatness, his actions

have to back that up,

and not every kid is willing

to do that. He not only

says it, but he does it every

day, getting after what he


Pitcher Merrill Kelly,

who was called up by the

Arizona Diamondbacks in

April, became the 110th

Sun Devil to make it to the

majors. Maybe someday,

Barnett will be on that list,


Barnett got a little taste

of the big leagues, as he

was the winning pitcher

at Guaranteed Rate

Field, home of the White

Sox, during the Chicago

Catholic League/Public

League All-Star Game on

June 17.

“That was great, just

an awesome experience

to be in that sort of atmosphere,”

he said. “You

play your whole life on

different baseball fields,

and getting on any big

league field is that goal,

and I was able to experience

that at 18 years old.

Honestly, it really was

such a great experience.”

Barnett does not possess

a ton of size, but he

packs a lot of firepower in

his 6-foot-1, 175-pound

frame and is bound to get

even stronger as he remains

committed to working

hard in the weight


His fastball already is

regularly registering in the

low 90s [miles per hour]

on the radar gun, and he

has got other pitches, including

a dynamite slider,

combined with command

and a mental approach of

attacking hitters that is


“When you’re right at

Providence Class of 2019 graduate Bryce Barnett is headed to Arizona State as a pitcher. 22nd Century Media File


the same level, and you’re

a pitcher, you’ve got to

find what separates you,”

he said. “For me, it could

be moving the ball in and

out. Look at Kumar Rocker

[a freshman who just

helped Vanderbilt win the

national championship].

He was throwing 97 when

he was 17, but when he

got to Vanderbilt, his stuff

took off because he probably

used to just throw,

and now he’s learned how

to pitch.”

Barnett realized relatively

early during his

high school years that he

needed to find ways to

work on his craft consistently,

and he established

a regimen, one which he is

taking to Tempe.

“I had a good sophomore

year at Providence,

but when I looked back at

all the downtime and then

went into junior year with

arm fatigue and then got

hurt, I had to ask myself

what I was doing wrong,”

he said. “So, after that

summer when I went

down to ASU, I asked the

trainers what they do with

their pitchers consistently

to keep them healthy.

They told me they kind

of create and do whatever

they want, but they still

have some guidelines, so

I went home and created

something for me to do

day after day.”

A combination of different

distance throwing,

doing so at different percentages

of effort, working

on mechanics, doing

flat ground work, dedicating

time to leg work,

weight lifting and focusing

on a plan of attack

against opponents are just

some of a variety of the

tasks included in such a


The transition to Tempe

could freak out many

18-year-olds, but not Barnett.

“Being away from

home is definitely going

to be a little weird, but I

also have some family out

there,” he said. “It’ll be

a little different, and I’ll

have to adjust, but that’s

the same with everything,

and I think I’ll be fine.

The culture will be a little

different, and I’ll have to

focus on time management,

making sure I get

my homework done, but

I just have to make sure I

have a nice balance.”

Going Places is a summer

series featuring area athletes

who have committed to play

sports in college.

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Lockport wins its summer league sectional

Randy Whalen

Freelance Reporter

In the ever-changing

world of high school summer

baseball, Lockport

Township hosted and

played in its own summer

sectional baseball tournament


The sectional featured

only SouthWest Suburban

Conference teams, as Lincoln-Way

East, Lincoln-

Way West, Sandburg and

the host Porters competed

in the double-elimination

tournament to see who

would advance to the summer

state finals.

That is the Illinois High

School Baseball Coaches

Association/Phil Lawler

Summer Classic State

Tournament, which takes

place at Benedictine University

in Lisle, as well as

at North Central College in


There used to be one big

local single-elimination regional

tournament that was

held, and the winner would

advance to the IHSBCA/

Lawler Finals. But since

about half the local area

teams that participated a

few years ago play summer

ball, that is no longer

the case.

So, Lockport hosted

what was supposed to be a

double-elimination regional

tournament in the last

week of June.

An intention of the double-elimination

format was

that a team could come

back from the losers bracket

and still win it.

That was if there was

enough pitching. That

proved to be a big issue.

The scheduled three-day

tournament was now down

to two days because all the

games being washed out by

rain the day before.

Which also meant that

two teams were going to

have to play three games

on June 25. The opening

games that Tuesday were

played at noon at different

sites. Host Lockport held

on to edge Romeoville 8-7,

and Providence beat Minooka

11-7 in New Lenox.

The rest of the games

were scheduled to be

played at Lockport, with

the Porters and Providence

squaring off in the winner’s

bracket at 3 p.m. There

were so many runs scored,

and the scoreboard was not

in operation, that each team

had a different final score.

The Celtics had it 19-15,

and Lockport had it 18-14.

But either way, the Porters

won by four, and by virtue

of winning two games on

Tuesday, advanced to the

title game round.

In the wild affair, the Porters

led 8-0 after an inning

and 9-0 after two. They

still led 13-5 after three, but

Providence poured it on in

the top of the fourth and

drew back within a run. But

the Celtics (1-4 in the summer)

had the bases loaded

with one out and could not

add on.

They actually went in

order in the fifth and sixth

innings before adding more

runs in the seventh.

But Lockport (5-2-1 in

the summer) had done that

same too and won by the

four-run margin.

There were numerous

good performances on the

day for the Porters. Senior

Jake Kampf had a grand

slam in the Romeoville

game. Also homering twice

for Lockport on the day

was senior Nick Schindler,

who smacked a two-run

homer to left in the bottom

of the sixth against Providence

to put the Porters up

by six runs.

Juniors-to-be Matt Johnson

and Ryan Moerman

also homered. Although

Lockport gave up a lot of

runs, there were some key

pitching performances.

Minooka defeated Romeoville

17-0 in the next

game to eliminate the Spartans

and move on to the

rematch with Providence,

which waited it out but

simply did not have enough

pitching to continue since

many of the Celtics players

would be in showcase

travel team tournaments

that weekend.

With both the Celtics

and Minooka nearly out of

pitching and the prospect

that either team would have

had to win two games over

Lockport the next day to

advance, both Providence

coach Mark Smith and Minooka

coach Jeff Petrovic

decided they did not have

enough pitching to play.

So, since the Porters won

both games, they were declared

the regional winner

of the sectional.


Celtics compete in summer league play, evaluate roster

Randy Whalen

Freelance Reporter

Providence coach Mark

Smith still sees benefits of

playing high school summer

league baseball.

But for him and the Celtics,

those benefits were not

enough to keep the team

going last week.

The Celtics simply ran

out of pitching and decided

to not play the third game

in one day as part of the

Lockport Summer League

Regional on June 25 at

Flink Field in Lockport.

Under a new format,

the regional tournament

was a double elimination

one. So, a team could

come back from the loser’s

bracket and still win it.

Due to all the games being

washed out by rain the

day before, the scheduled

three-day tournament went

down to two days, which

also meant that two teams

were going to have to play

three games on that Tuesday.

Providence, which defeated

Minooka to start the

day before losing a wild

game to the host Porters,

had one pitcher left for a final

game of the day, which

once again would have

been against Minooka.

The Porters won both

their games and were declared

regional winner.

“It was a good idea, but

for us, it just didn’t work,”

Smith said of the summer

regional format. “It’s not

that the kids don’t want to

play — they want to play.

It’s just that many of them

pitch on the weekend for

their travel teams. I had 10

seniors that were at showcases.

That’s where they

get the exposure. I’m not

going to stop them from


”I like the team bonding,

the team camaraderie of

high school summer baseball.

I was proud of our

guy’s efforts. We just didn’t

have the pitching.”

The opening games on

that Tuesday were played

at noon at different sites.

Host Lockport held on to

edge Romeoville 8-7, and

the host Celtics beat Minooka


The rest of the games

were scheduled to be

played at Lockport, with

the Porters and Providence

squaring off at 3 p.m. There

were so many runs scored,

and the scoreboard was not

in operation, that each team

had a different final score.

The Celtics had it 19-15,

and Lockport had it 18-14.

But either way, the Porters

won by four, and by virtue

of winning two games on

that Tuesday, advanced to

the title game round.

Providence junior shortstop

Ryan O’Neil did enjoy

it, however.

“It’s the program bond,”

O’Neil said of summer

high school baseball. “You

get to know your teammates

and get to play with


Despite the outcome,

O’Neil, a Homer Glen

resident, enjoyed playing

against a lot of guys he

knows on Lockport.

“It’s just high emotions,”

he said of playing against

the Porters. “Of course you

want to win it, but it’s so

much fun playing against

your buddies.”

Aidan Goggins, a senior

right-handed pitcher and

first baseman, agreed.

“It’s more for development,”

Goggins said of

high school summer baseball.

“It’s a good time for

development, and it’s not

about wins and losses.

[Losing to Lockport] was

a little disappointing, but

everyone is getting better.”

Smith also credited juniors

Cain Headrick, who

caught both games against

Minooka and Lockport,

Kyle Hussey, Sebastian

Biggs and Justin Janowski

among others, as playing

well in the regional.

“One thing it is about is

becoming a great defensive

team in the summer,”

Smith said. “We try to put

guys in the best position,

and I thought that’s what

we did.

“I’m really excited about

next season. We lose a couple

of top pitchers but also

have a lot back. We lost

eight games this spring in

the opponent’s last at-bat,

but then won 12 of 14 at

the end and finished 23-16.

We have a great group of


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LTHS softball player commits to Ball State in Muncie

Ligacki a leader

on offense for her

team heading into

senior season

Randy Whalen

Freelance Reporter

Sometimes, a life decision

all comes together

very quickly.

It certainly did for

Brooke Ligacki.

Fresh off a very good

junior season for the Lockport

Township softball

team, Ligacki recently

committed to continue her

softball career at an NCAA

Division I college, Ball

State University in Muncie,


The thing was, just over

a month ago she had no

idea that she would be going


“I was at a camp in

Crown Point, Indiana with

my travel team, the Chicago

Barbusters,” Ligacki

said of the June 8 event. “I

met the Ball State coach

[Megan Ciolli Bartlett]

there, and they invited

me to their softball camp

[on June 11]. There, I met

with the coach again, and

she invited me on a visit.

“It was really nice there,

everyone was great, so I

took that official visit the

next day. I just liked the

school. It’s all on one street

and easy to navigate. It’s

not super big, but it’s not

super small, either. I liked

everything. It all happened

really fast.”

Plus, it helped that they

have a program in her intended


“They have a very good

biology program, and I

most likely want to major

in that,” Ligacki said. “I

want to do bio-med work

in a lab. I’ve always found

that interesting.”

She plays mostly right

field for the Batbusters

and plans to play outfield

for the Cardinals in college.

Ligacki announced

on Twitter on June 28

that she had committed to

Ball State. Now, no matter

what position she plays,

she is happy the process

is done.

“Yes, it’s nice,” she said

of having her college decision

out of the way. “It’s

less stressful, and in my

senior year, I can just go

out and play relaxed.”

Playing in left field for

the Porters, Ligacki had a

good initial varsity season

as a junior this spring. She

batted .337 with an onbase

percentage of .362

and a slugging percentage

of .525. She had a pair of

doubles, led the team in

triples with four, as the

Porters only had 10 total,

and she smacked three

home runs. Her 29 RBI

were second on the team.

“Brooke is a great student-athlete,”


softball coach Marissa

Chovanec said. “She

worked hard in the offseason

on her hitting. Not

only did Lockport benefit

from her efforts this past

season, but her efforts are

paying off for her future

in college, too. Brooke

is a player who wants

to learn the game and

improve every day, an

athlete any coach would

want to have on their

team. Excited for Brooke

and her decision to play

ball in college.”

Ligacki wears No. 7 to

follow in the footsteps of

her brother, Ben.

“My brother was always

No. 7 when he played,”

Lagacki said of Ben, who

Porters left fielder Brooke Ligacki (7) announced at the end of last month on Twitter that will she will continue

playing softball at Ball State in Muncie, Indiana. Photos submitted

played baseball for the

Porters and graduated in

2017. “So, I just decided

to be No. 7, too.”

But when she was age

7, Ligacki was not playing


“I started really late for

most people,” she said. “I

started playing in a 10U

league with Lockport Jr.

Miss. I played there for

two years, and then went

to travel ball. I used to

play volleyball too, but I

stopped that to focus on


“I’d say hitting is my favorite

part of the game. It’s

what I’m best at, and it’s

fun for me. I just want to

work to be better. This past

season, it was just keeping

my head in there and my

eye on the ball. I really did

that better as the season


This past season the

Porters reached 29 wins

but lost to eventual Class

4A third-place winner Joliet

West 6-5 in the sectional

final. In that game,

Brooke Ligacki was a force at the plate this past season for Lockport, batting .337

with 29 RBI.

Ligacki did her part by

going 2-for-4 with two

runs scored. She belted

a home run and drove in

three runs.

“Just to get better,” she

said of the goal for next

spring. “We just hope to

get farther next year. I

just know if we have that

same bond, it will be really


Ligacki knows playing

for the Porters has helped

her in preparation to play

at a DI softball program.

“Coach Chovanec and

coach Angie [Findlay

Cushman] help a lot because

they want the best

for us,” Ligacki said.

“Plus, playing all the good

teams and competition

that we do helps a lot, too.

Most of the girls on the

team want to play in college.

That’s the goal.”

homerhorizon.com sports

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Girls Basketball

Porters run annual summer camp for local youth

22nd Century Media File


1st and 3

Porters sharp in

summer baseball


1. Winning a shortened


The Porters baseball

team won the

shortened sectional

it hosted late last

month. The tournament

was ultimately

shortened from

three days to two

since Providence

and Minooka were

both nearly out of


2. Putting runs on the


Lockport beat

Romeoville 8-7 and

Providence in a wild

19-15 game in the

summer sectional


3. Big leads

LTHS raced out

to an 8-0 lead

after the first inning

against Provi, but

the Celtics showed

a lot of heart in

getting the score to

within a run in the

top of the fourth

before the Porters

secured the win.


Randy Whalen

Freelance Reporter

Dan Kelly is a recent

proud father.

While the Lockport

Township girls basketball

coach and his wife enjoy

the new addition to the

family, Kelly looked like

a parent in another way


A proud parent of his

team as the Porters ran

their annual summer girls

basketball camp for local

youth at the end of June

in the fieldhouse at the

school’s East Campus.

“The kids are really

the ones in charge of the

camps,” Kelly said. “It’s

great to see them take

pride and ownership in

Lockport Township girls

basketball. To see them

pass along what we’ve

taught them and are doing

it very well.

“We’ve worked very

hard to establish the culture

of our program. I’m

really happy to see them

out running the camp, and

they’ve bought into it.”

Kelly was hired in 2014

and jumped right into running

a summer camp for

many of the local children.

The times ran from 8:30-

10 a.m. for junior high

ages and from 11 a.m.-

noon for the first- through

fourth-graders. There were

fundamentals, especially

with the younger age

group, but also games and

interactive drill, too.

“It’s my sixth camp, and

“It was a fun game with a lot of offense. It just showed how when you

get off to an early lead like we did that you can never take the foot off the

pedal, and that no lead is ever big enough.”

Ryan Moerman — LTHS baseball player, on his team’s 19-15 win

over Provi in the summer sectional

Lockport girls basketball player Sawyer Hollatz helped lead the recent youth hoops camp along with her team at

LTHS’s East Campus. 22nd Century Media File Photo

I’ve seen girls that were in

the first- to fourth-grade

one now in the junior high

one,” Kelly said. “We had

28 here this year for our

junior high camp. That’s

down from about 40 in the

past, but a junior high also

had one [around the same


While many of the girls

that are expected to be on

the high school team this

upcoming season were

helping with the camp, it

Tune In

was really special for the

trio of seniors that were

working it.

“I’ve been to all these

camps,” said Sawyer Hollatz,

who attended them

and is now instructing

them. “I know how they

treated me, and that’s the

way I want to treat them,


Fellow guard Abby Papageorge

has enjoyed the

instructing part, too.

“I just think these kids

Junior high badminton

Learning the basics — through Thursday, July 11, at

LTHS East Campus Gym

• Junior high students get the chance to work

with coaches and former players to learn the

fundamental skills needed to play badminton.


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34 - Athlete of the Week

are so easy to teach,” Papageorge

said. “Maybe

they don’t always remember

what we taught them,

but they remember us, and

they love it here.”

The youth camps ran

from June 24-27. The basketball

team itself had its

own camp all throughout

June. That consisted of

working out, practicing,

playing games and participating

in shootouts.

Many on the team likewise

stressed they would

be getting together in the

months to come before

basketball season starts in


In the meantime, they

knew the impact the youth

camp can have on the children


“It’s good to give back

to the community,” post

player Jenna Cotter said.

“That’s because a lot of

these girls will be future


FASTBREAK is compiled by Editor Thomas Czaja,


homer glen’s Hometown Newspaper | July 11, 2019

Summertime success

Porters win their summer sectional

baseball tournament, Page 37

Celtics to Sun Devils Providence

hurler ready to take his blazing fastball west to

Arizona State University, Page 36

Key contributor for Lockport softball announces college

choice, Page 38


Brooke Ligacki

has decided

to commit to

Ball State after

meeting the


coach at a camp

with her travel

team last month.

Photo submitted

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