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Homer Glen, conquers

the Fit Core Extreme area at

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Sept. 14, at Heritage Park. Bob

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Marian Village Presents:

Sally Field as Portrayed by

Jenny Riddle

1 p.m. Sept. 19, 15624

Marian Drive, Homer

Glen. In her latest dramatic

book review, Jenny Riddle

brings to life Sally Field

based on Field’s fabulous

new memoir “In Pieces”.

Sally’s new book is an intensely

personal, vulnerable

accounting of her life

and career. From Gidget to

Norma Rae to Mary Todd

Lincoln, Field has stunned

audiences with her artistic

range. Find out how Sally

Field eventually finds her

own voice in this inspiring

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For more information, or

to RSVP, call (708) 226-



Konow’s Corn Maze Fall


Opens for 2019 Sept.

21, Konow’s Corn Maze,

16849 S. Cedar Road,

Homer Glen. The farm

includes two mazes —

one longer one for serious

maze players to find

their way through, and

one smaller one for those

who want the excitement

of walking through the

tall corn or those with

small children who only

wish to walk a short distance.

Guests going into

the corn maze are asked

to wear proper shoes and

clothing. Other attractions

include two corn

pits guests can jump in,

hay rides, pony rides, the

cow train express and

more. For more information,

visit konowscorn

maze.com or call (708)


2019 Distinguished Citizen

Award Dinner

6 p.m. doors open, 7

p.m. dinner/program,

Sept. 19, Jacob Henry

Mansion, 20 S. Eastern

Ave., Joliet. The Rainbow

Council Boy Scouts

of America Distinguished

Citizen Award Dinner

will honor United Way

of Will County President

and CEO Michael Hennessy,

who has held those

roles since 1989 and has

had an exceptional impact

on the development of the

organization. Tickets are

$125. For more information,

visit scoutingevent.


Fall Craft Fair

10 a.m. Sept. 21, Homer

Township Public Library,

14320 W. 151st St., Homer

Glen. The library will

be holding its annual fall

craft fair. Come out and

start one’s holiday shopping

early. You will find a

variety of handmade items

and unique gifts.



7-8 p.m. Sept. 25, Homer

Township Public Library,

14320 W. 151st St., Homer

Glen. Cross Stitch is back

and is not the same as it

was before. This class will

teach the basics for those

beginning the needle art of

cross stitch. Two patterns

are available to choose

from and will be taught in

class. Supplies included.

For more information, call

(708) 301-7908.


“Stranger Things” Night

7-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept.

26, Homer Township Public

Library, 14320 W. 151st

St., Homer Glen. Head

back to the 1980s and enjoy

themed games and

trivia, raffles for “Stranger

Things” goodies, and a

waffle bar loaded with toppings

for you to make your

own triple-decker Eggo

extravaganza. For more

information, email teens@


Haunted Oak 5K

4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27,

Old Oak Country Club,

14200 S. Parker Road,

Homer Glen. Dress in

your best Halloween attire.

First 200 pre-registered

participants will get

limited edition event gifts.

Participants will endure a

run through haunted and

zombie-infested haunted

oak course. Those who

wish to interact with the

zombies will get to test

their speed, endurance

and strength while trying

to avoid the zombies. Costumes

are highly encouraged

so the zombies think

that you are one of them.

Awards will be given to

the Top 3 overall male and

female finishers. There

will also will be prizes

for best couple, creepy

superhero, best little terror

and drop dead beauty

costumes. Proceeds from

the event go to fund three

areas of Chicago Lithuanians

Rotary Club. For

more information, visit



Galactica Glow Bingo

5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept.

27, Lockport Moose, 118th

E. 10th St. Tickets are $30

per person for 10 games

and attendees must be 21

years or older. Proceeds

benefit LTHS students and

staff through scholarships

and grants. For tickets,

contact the LTHS Foundation

office at Foundation@

lths.org or (815) 588-8121.

Ladies Night Out - Ghouls

Night Out

6-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct.

3, Konow’s Corn Maze,

16849 S. Cedar Road in

Homer Glen. Cost is $5 in

advance, $10 at the door.

This 21-and-older 22nd

Century Media event is to

feature a variety of vendors

with health tips and

screenings, fashion and

beauty, food, home decor,

shopping, and more.

There also will be a cash

bar, concessions, music,

costume contest and more.

The first 200 attendees will

receive a free tote bag and

a wine glass. A portion of

each ticket will benefit Crisis

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Pancake Breakfast

8-11 a.m. Sunday, Oct.

13, 15052 Archer Ave.,

Lockport. The American

Legion Auxiliary Lockport

Unit 18 is inviting everyone

to stop by and enjoy

a breakfast of all-one-caneat

pancakes, bacon, sausage,

potatoes, scrambled

eggs and their homemade

biscuits and gravy. Tickets

are $8 for adults; children

ages 5 and under are

free. The profits from the

event will be used to help

local area veterans. For

more information, email



Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest

Open through Sunday,

Nov. 3, Bengtson’s Pumpkin

Farm, 13341 W. 151st

St., Homer Glen. The family

owned and operated

pumpkin festival has been

a local tradition for more

than 38 years. Discounted

weekday admission. Attractions

include the pumpkin

chucker, pig races,

90-foot mega fun slides,

haunted barn, fun barn,

pony rides, pumpkin patch

and more. For more information,

including a full list

of attractions, as well as

full hours and rates for the

2019 autumn season, visit

pumpkinfarm.com or call

(708) 301-3276.

Veterans Breakfast

7 a.m.-8:30 a.m. first

Monday of each month,

Blueberry Hill Breakfast

Cafe, 14355 S. Bell Road,

Homer Glen. Michelle

Kerfin — State Farm and

Blueberry Hill Breakfast

Cafe show appreciation

for veterans with complimentary

breakfast for all

active, inactive and retired

military personnel.

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the homer horizon | September 19, 2019 | 3

Explore the Core showcases range of amenities at Heritage Park


Jessie Molloy

Freelance Reporter

A much-anticipated and

long-awaited park setting

full of amenities brought

residents out in droves.

Homer Glen celebrated

the official opening of

Heritage Park’s Active

Core Saturday, Sept. 14,

with a ribbon cutting and

Explore the Core party for


Although the fencing for

the Active Core was taken

down several days prior to

the event, this was the first

real chance for the larger

public to experience the

park, which has been under

construction since last

August. The family-oriented

event included live

music by steel drum group

Pan Chicago, food from

Outdoor Lunchbox and

Smokin’ Z BBQ, cotton

candy, a scavenger hunt

and an obstacle course.

Attendees were also encouraged

to color in a large

poster dedicated to the

park, which will be hung

in the Village Hall, and

children were welcome to

decorate rocks provided

by Homer Township Public


“Thank you to everyone

for coming out today and

being so patient,” Mayor

George Yukich said as the

Village Board and Parks

& Recreation Committee

members gathered for the

ceremonial ribbon cutting

at the park’s main

gateway. “This park fills a

large need in the community

providing activities

for all ages. We’re happy

George Mastorakas, 11, of Homer Glen, tries out the

squat press during Explore the Core on Saturday, Sept.

14, at Heritage Park. Bob Klein/22nd Century Media

to share it with you and

look forward to expanding


Yukich also offered

his thanks to the Village

Board and staff, especially

Trustees Beth Rodgers and

Brian Burian, who oversaw

much of the construction.

“I can’t say enough how

much I appreciate them,”

he noted.

“This has been a labor

of love since 2013, from

improving the drainage, to

having something here you

can finally see, this is the

beginning of what we hope

will be an amazing community

development and a

gathering place we can be

proud of,” Rodgers said.

In addition to the ribbon

cutting, the board also was

presented with a check

from the Homer Glen Junior

Woman’s Club in the

amount of $24,000. The

group raised the money in

order to pay for the gazebo,

where the afternoon’s

live music was being performed.

“I know how much work

they do to raise money for

things like this,” Yukich

said. “So, I would like

to thank the ladies of the

woman’s club from the

deepest part of my heart.”

The gazebo is surrounded

by the park’s picnic

area and a cluster of hammocks,

which drew the attention

of a number of the

children in attendance. In

addition to that gathering

area, the park also includes

a central courtyard-like

space full of benches and

native plants, a sled hill, a

sensory and music garden

and playground equipment

for young children.

The fun amenities are

not limited to children,

though. The park also features

equipment for bocce

ball, horseshoes and beanbags,

as well as courts for

beach volleyball, tennis

and pickleball. The larger

sports courts are fenced

and illuminated for night

play using environmen-

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Homer Glen Village Board

Officials choose to wait on marijuana decision for community


Attorney reviews

2020 legalization,

options on table

Jessie Molloy

Freelance Reporter

The Homer Glen Village

Board spent the majority of

its Sept. 11 meeting holding

a workshop session

regarding the Village’s options

for the future sale of

recreational marijuana, ultimately

deciding to wait

to make a decision on the


As of Jan. 1, 2020 the

sale, possession and private

use of recreational

marijuana will be legalized

statewide in Illinois for

adults over the age of 21,

and municipalities around

the state are grappling with

the question of how to accommodate

the new, and

still controversial, industry.

Currently, the State allows

for small amounts of

the drug (which is federally

still classified as a Schedule

1 narcotic) to be sold and

used medicinally by prescription

for a list of preapproved

conditions; while

all cities were required to

allow for medical dispensaries

to locate within their

boundaries (Homer Glen

permits medicinal cannabis

businesses to locate in

the I-1 zoning district with

a special use permit), the

State’s recreational statute

has given wide authority to

municipalities to regulate

or ban the substance’s recreational


Attorney Stewart Weiss

of Holland & Knight

LLP appeared before the

board Sept. 11 to give an

overview of the new law,

what limits the Village

can and cannot place on

business and a summary of

what some other cities are


What is in the law

Once the law takes effect,

adult residents of Illinois

will be able to purchase

up to 30 grams of

raw marijuana, five grams

of concentrated marijuana

and 500 milligrams of

THC-infused products.

Out-of-state residents will

be able to purchase half of

those amounts.

Use of these products

will not be permitted in

public or in the presence of

children under the age of

21. Municipalities would

be allowed to license certain

businesses or dispensaries

for on-site consumption

of THC products;

however, as there is no

existing way to insure these

businesses against damages

caused by an intoxicated

patron (as there is for bars),

it is unlikely many will be

allowed to operate.

Driving with open THC

products in the car and

driving under the influence

of marijuana would still be

punishable offenses, much

like with alcohol. However,

enforcement of the DUIs is

likely to be complicated,

since there is no easy field

test available yet for THC.

“This is going to be a

problem, and states have

chosen to legalize it anyway,”

Weiss noted. “Whoever

comes up with a reliable

field test for this is

going to make a fortune.”

In addition to allowing

for recreational use, the

new law expands the list of

medical conditions eligible

for medical prescriptions

and grants permission to

registered nurses and physician

assistants to write

prescriptions for marijuana.

Patients with medical

cards and a prescription

will pay significantly less

for their THC products, as

they will be taxed as medicine

instead of at the high

rate recreational products

will be charged, which is

similar to cigarettes.

Medical patients will

also be permitted to grow

up to five of their own

plants at home out of the

public view and out of

reach of children.

While the Village will

have the authority to ban

the recreational sale of the

drug within the village,

municipalities do not have

the right to forbid home

growth by medical patients

or the use of any THC

product by individuals in

their own homes.

On-duty and on-call police

officers and firefighters

are the only adults explicitly

prohibited from using

THC products within the

wording of the law, though

some gray areas still remain

regarding off-duty

use by individuals who are

employed by a “zero tolerance”


This loophole could create

legal issues for individuals

and municipalities,

but ultimately needs to be

decided by Springfield or

the courts.

Cannabis businesses

Currently, there are 56

marijuana dispensaries and

20 cultivation centers operating

in the state to supply

the medical cannabis market,

none of which are located

within Homer Glen.

Those existing dispensaries

are eligible to apply

for a recreational distribution

license, and five have

already been granted the


Each dispensary owner

will also be allowed to apply

for a “secondary location”

license, which would

allow them to operate a

second location in the vicinity

(though the law limits

dispensaries to remain

at least 1,500 feet apart).

Villages and municipalities

would still need to grant

approval for the opening of

these new secondary locations.

After the “Day 1” permits

are issued to experienced

sellers, more individuals

will be able to apply with

the State for distribution

licenses. The State plans to

limit the number of dispensary

licenses to a total of

500 throughout Illinois.

Several cities, including

Naperville, Frankfort and

Bolingbrook, have already

opted out of allowing the

shops to open, with Naperville

granting only one

exception for an existing

medical dispensary in the


By opting out, cities

forego any potential tax

revenue and jobs the business

could potentially bring

but will suffer no penalties.

Weiss noted that cities, as

with any zoning regulation,

would be able to change

their regulations at a later

date once the law has been

in place if the board decided

to allow sales after previously

banning them.

If Homer Glen, or any

city, does choose to allow

cannabis businesses to operate

within their borders,

there are certain restrictions

that the city can place

on said businesses without

fear of a legal challenge.

Cities can choose to

regulate zoning for where

a shop can be located, put

reasonable restrictions on

hours of operation, limit the

number of cannabis businesses

the City will license

and require a special use

permit to operate in the village.

The board could also

limit the types of cannabis

businesses they would be

willing to allow.

For instance, the board

could allow for medicinal

dispensaries but not recreational

ones to operate

or allow for a cultivation

center or “infuser” business

(which produces but does

not sell the products to the

public) to enter the village,

but prohibit an actual dispensary.

Other types of businesses

that Weiss predicts will

grow out of the cannabis

industry (besides dispensaries

and cultivation centers)

are infusers; craft growers,

which are small cultivation

operations located with

a dispensary; processors,

a light industrial facility

which extracts THC oils to

produce concentrated resins

and oils for wholesale to

infusers and dispensaries;

testing facilities, which will

help regulate and test products

for potency in conjunction

with the Illinois

Department of Agriculture;

and transporters, armored

truck delivery companies

which would service cannabis


Transportation businesses

would not actually include

cannabis on-site, and

the trucks, while armored,

would not actually include

armed guards due to federal

regulations about the

separation of firearms and


Additionally, transportation

businesses would not

include home delivery of

cannabis products, which is

prohibited in the new law.

According to the law, no

matter what types of businesses

are allowed in any

municipality, there are limits

as to how much they can

advertise. No business will

be allowed to use pot leaf

imagery in their marketing

materials or any imagery

that is deemed as enticing

to children.


According to Weiss,

marijuana and THC-infused

products are set to

be one of the highest-taxed

products in Illinois when

they become legal.

“And that is really saying

something,” Weiss noted

with a laugh.

It is estimated that between

40 and 45 percent of

the final purchase price of

the products will be taxes

on recreational sales.

The State of Illinois will

place a 7 percent tax on

cultivation centers’ wholesale

profits from dispensaries,

as well as a sales tax

from civilian purchasers

between 10 and 25 percent

based on the type of product

and THC concentration.

Each County will also

be allowed to tax retailers

an “occupation tax” of either

3 percent for incorporated

areas or 3.75 percent

for unincorporated areas,

while municipalities have

the option of charging up

to a 3 percent sales tax on

the retail purchase price of

products sold within their

jurisdiction. Additionally,

all other State, County and

local sales taxes will apply.

The State revenue from

said taxes will go to paying

for the regulation costs of

the industry, as well as supporting

the cost of the law’s

provisions to expunge minor

cannabis conviction

records from individuals.

Additionally, 2 percent

will go to drug treatment

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New Lenox Area Historical Society throws party at historic train depot


Structure now

resides at Konow’s

Corn Maze in

Homer Glen

Laurie Fanelli

Freelance Reporter

Last August, the New

Lenox Area Historical

Society saved a then-118-

year-old Metro train depot

— located on Cedar

Road — from destruction

by finding it a home

at Konow’s Corn Maze in

Homer Glen.

One year later, members

of the group, friends

and history buffs had the

opportunity to tour the depot

Sept. 5 during a party

celebrating the building’s

preservation. A presentation

on the moving of the

depot from New Lenox

to Homer Glen followed,

providing additional information

on the teamwork

it took to save a

piece of history.

“This is an exciting

event,” said New Lenox

Area Historical Society

board chairperson Lori

Lindberg. “We want to

get right to it, and we’re

going to have a party and

celebrate our accomplishment.

The depot feels like

it really is at home here. It

isn’t an easy thing to save

a building. It takes a lot of

work, and it takes a lot of

support from the organization,

its members and

the community.

“This could have been

in a landfill. The real

green, the real preservation,

is taking this building

and repurposing


Konow’s Corn Maze

owner Walt Konow explained

the depot —

which has been restored

to feature roof, wall and

floor designs from its original

plan — is now open,

and he plans to make it

available for rentals in

2020. Much in the same

way the farm restored and

repurposed the historic

Tilsy Barn, Konow wants

the depot to be a space

the community can enjoy

while being encompassed

by local history.

“My dad really thought

a lot about history, and

he really instilled that in

Please see depot, 6

The New Lenox Area Historical Society hosted a presentation and party in honor of a

historic train depot and its current home on Sept. 5 at Konow’s Corn Maze in Homer

Glen. Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

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Police Reports

Purse reportedly stolen from vehicle that has window broken outside Megaplex

The driver side window

of a vehicle was reportedly

broken out in order to gain

entry on Aug. 26 outside

the Megaplex at 15301 S.

Bell Road. A purse was

taken, police said. The

vehicle was reportedly

parked on the north side of

the building, and the theft

occurred between 6:30 and

8:20 p.m.

Aug. 26

• The driver side window

of a vehicle was reportedly

broken out outside

Rising Lotus Healing Center

at 14911 S. Bell Road.

Someone allegedly entered

the vehicle and discovered

a purse under the

seat, stealing it, along with

an iPhone and garage door

opener. The theft occurred

around 7 or 7 p.m., according

to police.

Aug. 24

• A trolling motor from a

boat and a nail gun from

an unlocked truck were

reportedly stolen on the

17000 block of W. Bluff


Aug. 23

• Brendan G. Wydajewski,

19, of 14060 Bunratty

Court in Homer Glen, was

charged with retail theft at

the 7-Eleven at 14310 S.

Will Cook Road.

Aug. 20

• Juan M. Guerra Jr., 38,

of 10241 S. Central Avenue

in Oak Lawn, was

charged with possession of

registration, possession of

title, theft under $500, operating

an uninsured motor

vehicle, improper display

of registration, failure to

transfer title and stolen

registration at the Jiffy

Lube at 12554 W. 159th


Aug. 16

• Robert M. McNeal, 27,

of 2923 Jackson in Bellwood,

was charged with

identity theft, unauthorized

use of a credit/debit

card, burglary and theft

under $500 at Shady Oaks

East at 16240 S. Parker


Aug. 14

• Crystal Bass, 26, of 1712

Pinewood Lane in Joliet

was cited for speeding,

driving while having her

license suspended and no

driver’s license on person

at S. Gougar Road and W.

151st St. She was held on

two active Will County

failure to appear warrants,

police said.

Aug. 13

• Between Aug. 4 and 13,

a storage shed was allegedly

broken into on the

17000 block of S. Crystal

Lake Drive and had a riding

lawn mower, radial

saw, two weed trimmers,

blower, router, handsaw,

stapler, nail gun, sander,

set of golf clubs, Schwinn

bike and power washer all


Aug. 11

• A man reported to deputies

that while he and

a friend were walking

through Morris Park at

15365 W. 163rd St., an

unknown vehicle parked

next to his vehicle, and

that he saw his rear back

window had been smashed

out when he approached

it. His friends’ purse had

reportedly been stolen,

along with an iPhone.

Aug. 9

• Alfredo A. Arellano, 22,

of 3210 W. Arthington St.

in Chicago, was charged

with driving while having

a suspended license at W.

159th Street and S. Cedar

Road. The Worth Police

Department took custody

of Arellano relating to

a pending investigation

that led to the sheriff’s

office traffic stop and


these charges, police


Aug. 6

• Eggs were reportedly

thrown at two vehicles

parked in a resident’s

driveway on the 14000

block of S. Teakwood

Drive. Eggs were also

thrown at the front siding

and porch area of the

home, police said. The

eggs reportedly caused

damage and scratches to

the vehicles and siding.

Editor’s note: The Homer

Horizon’s police reports

come from the Will County

Sheriff’s Department’s online

news bulletin service. Anyone

listed in these reports is considered

to be innocent of all

charges until proven guilty in

a court of law.

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State senator slated to put on

Medicare informational seminar

Event set for Sept.

24 at library by

State Sen. Curran

Submitted by Office

of State Senator John


A Medicare informational

seminar hosted

by District 41 State Sen.

John Curran (R-Downers

Grove) is slated to be held

from 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesday,

Sept. 24, at Homer

Township Public Library

at 14320 W. 151st St. in

Homer Glen.

The informational seminar

will help attendees to

learn more about Medicare,

including who is

eligible, what it covers,

getting help with out-ofpocket

costs and open enrollment.

The event is facilitated

by the AARP, and there

will be free informational

brochures and refreshments.

For more information,

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From Page 5

me to value things that

were older and things

from our past,” Konow

said. “That really stuck

with me.”

Neil Stellwagen and

Lloyd Dodds both had

childhood adventures inside

the depot.

“We used to play in it

when we were kids 70

years ago,” Stellwagen

said. “It’s very cool. This

was worth doing.”

Dodds added, “During

my first year of high

school, we had to take

the train from New Lenox

to Joliet every day, so I

was in here every school

day for about a year. I’m

thinking about when I was

younger. It’s a lot of memories

coming back.”

Lindberg explained the

train depot was a gathering

place in many ways.

Along with providing

passenger and freight services,

it also hosted a telegraph

system connecting

New Lenox residents with

friends and family far and

wide. More recently, more

than 5,000 people from

across the globe joined

forces to sign a petition

to save the landmark, and

the New Lenox Area Historical

Society hopes the

depot will continue to be

a space for community,

conversation and fun for

years to come.

Along with tours and

a presentation on the depot’s

history and its move

to Homer Glen, partygoers

also enjoyed a pair

of cakes from the New

Lenox Area Historical

Society’s official bakery,

Fleckenstein’s Bakery.

“The idea of preservation

is people are celebrating

this again,” Lindberg


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Lifelong Homer area native, 94, to have Retrospective showcase

Morris: ‘Art was

always in my heart’

Alex Ivanisevic

Contributing Editor

Over 70 years ago, Louise

Morris was a student at

Lockport Township High

School with a passion for

art. Today, at 94 years old,

she is looking forward to

hosting her very own art

show and sale.

The Retrospective Art

Show & Sale will be from

5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday,

Sept. 21, at Franciscan Village

at 1270 Village Drive

in Lemont.

Morris moved to the

Franciscan Village four

years ago. Before that,

she was a lifelong resident

of the Homer Glen area.

Although she has always

loved art and being an artist,

it was not until she was

in her 50s that she was able

to wholeheartedly dedicate

time to the hobby.

“All my life, I wanted to

do art, and I took what art

I could in high school, but

I knew pursuing art wasn’t

practical to earn money,

so to earn money I studied

to be a nurse,” Morris

explained, adding that art

remained her pastime and


When Morris was a junior

at Lockport Township,

she recalled that World War

II had become “very bad,”

and she, having brothers in

the service, was not able

to complete the required

training to become a nurse.

“I became furious because

I felt [all my studies]

were wasted,” she said. “I

didn’t tell anybody, but I

heard about a government

course that was held every

night of the week, and it

was free for the war effort;

it was welding.”

More determined than

ever, the week Morris graduated

from high school, she

also graduated from welding


“I was working the next

week … at 19, I was teaching

aluminum welding to

men my father’s age,” she

said with a laugh.

A real life “Rosie the

Riveter,” Morris worked on

Navy contracts and taught

aluminum welding for 15

years at the Farrell Manufacturing

company in Joliet

at the time.

“Then, I worked at Globe

Aircraft in Lockport Township,”

Morris said, adding

she has written a detailed

manual on aircraft welding.

“I taught aircraft welding at

Globe for five or six years,

and when they closed, I got

married [in 1950], and then

had my kids.”

Morris has two daughters,

Sandra and Linda.

“She raised us to be independent

women, and

I’m grateful for that,” said

Linda, a certified clinical

nurse specialist. “Her faith

is strong, and she instilled

that in us.”

“She has high standards

and always encouraged my

sister and I to be the best

that we can be; she was truly

ahead of her time,” she

added, thinking about how

her mother was so young

and teaching men how to


Linda continued with stories

of Louise’s determined

character as a young woman

in the workforce and

throughout her life, “And

she was making a salary that

I made as a nurse 28 years

later. That was because she

advocated for herself.”

Linda proudly added,

“One story she told us was

that when she applied for a

job as an experienced welder,

she was quoted a salary.

Rather than accepting it immediately,

she asked, ‘Now

what would you offer me if

I was a man?’ And then she

negotiated a plan to achieve

the top salary within [a

certain number of weeks]

based on her performance.”

Morris said she was still

“dabbling” in art when she

was working and raising

her children, “But I didn’t

seriously get into it until I

was 50; by then, my kids

were on their way to their

own careers.”

She decided it was time

to take her art seriously and

give herself the chance she

deserved to be an artist.

Just as she had shown her

unwavering confidence as

a hard worker in her youth,

“Art was always in my

heart,” Morris said. “When

I reached 50, I told my husband,

‘I am going to do art.

You have two choices; this

is what I am going to do:

like it or not.’”

The upcoming art show

will be Morris’ second. A

skilled artist, Morris has

had the privilege of studying

with a protégé of Frank

Lloyd Wright; over 250

pieces of her artwork will

be for sale at the show.

In recent years, she has

had to slow down, however,

so when someone with

Franciscan Village took

notice of her artwork a few

years ago and persuaded

her to do an art show, she

said, “As long as you do all

the work, that will be fine,”

because of her limited mobility.

Linda admiringly said,

“Mom has always been a

life force. She always has

something to say and loves

to talk about politics, her

family, her blessings and

the latest news. What you

don’t hear is anything about

her physical aches and

pains, which are constant,

but she never wants to focus

on negative things.”

Louise explained her

daughters organized her

art show this month after

they continued to request

she hold a second show and

sale of her paintings and


“I said no, I am not going

to,” she recalled. “If you

kids want to do it, then I am

going to keep my nose out

of it ... but I will be treating

them to the wine and hors


At the art show, attendees

and interested buyers will

find an assortment of paintings

that speak to Morris’

many interests. She mostly

uses oil paints and acrylics

to produce her artwork, but

she often will combine the

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two to achieve the look she

is trying to accomplish.

“I [paint] just about everything,”

Morris said. “I

used to resent going to art

shows, and I would see all

landscapes or portraits. I

saw beauty everywhere, so

I figured whatever it was

going to be, even if it was

hard to do, I was going to

force myself to do it, because

to me art is learning

to see, and I saw beauty in

my surroundings.”

Some of her favorite subjects

to paint are portraits,

landscapes, seascapes and

“about everything.”

“She always tries to focus

on the positive side of

things,” Linda said of her

mother’s outlook on both

art and life. “Which is great

advice for a happy life. As

she has become older, and

so have I, I enjoy spending

as much time with her as

possible. Life is precious,

and time is limited.”



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Coding academies coming to southwest suburbs


Homer resident opens

first of four planned

Code Ninjas locations

Will O’Brien, Freelance Reporter

Melissa Potempa’s oldest

son has been into video gaming

since he was little. So, every

summer, the Homer Glen

mother of three and entrepreneur

found herself researching

new camps and opportunities

for him to embrace his interest

in computers.

That is how she came across

Code Ninjas, a national coding

academy chain she is bringing to

the southwest suburbs.

“I started doing more research

and realized this would be good

for a lot of kids,” said Potempa,

also a Frankfort-based Allstate

agent. “It all lines up with where

schools are going. This was just

a good time to jump into that

kind of business.”

Potempa’s first location, in

Orland Hills, opened last month.

A Homer Glen location is under

construction and slated for October

or November, while outposts

in Frankfort and New Lenox are

being eyed for next year.

“It’s been a little crazy,” she

said of managing the multiple

new ventures.

Sarah Mazzulla, Code Ninjas

area director for the locations, is

helping Potempa manage all the


Code Ninjas started in Houston

and has hundreds of franchises

around the country. The

business offers a curriculum that

uses popular video games like

Minecraft to foster skills in computer

science and coding — both

highly in-demand skills among

modern employers, Potempa


The miniature schools lean on

martial arts as inspiration, with

locations called “dojos,” teachers

called “sensei” and students

earning different colored belts as

they advance through the ranks.

For a lot of the students, the

activities are “already something

they’re doing at home, but we’re

teaching them in more structured

environment,” she said. The collaborative

and in-person environment

helps build skills “they

wouldn’t pick up at home sitting

Students learn at Code Ninjas,

which offers a curriculum that

uses popular video games like

Minecraft to foster skills in

computer science and coding.

in front of a computer,” she said.

Students generally come in

for a couple hours a week and

go through lessons at their own

pace, Potempa said. Geared toward

students ages 7-14, Code

Ninjas is in the process of developing

learning plans for younger

and more advanced pupils as

well, she said.

Potempa, who previously

lived in Tinley Park for about a

decade, is accustomed to staying

Melissa Potempa (middle,

with scissors), a Homer Glen

resident and entrepreneur,

stands Aug. 22 during the

ribbon cutting for the Code

Ninjas location she opened

in Orland Hills. Potempa is

opening three more of the

coding academies in the

southwest suburbs, including

Homer Glen, in the coming

months. Photos submitted

busy with entrepreneurial opportunities.

In addition to her Allstate

office, she operates several

other businesses, she said, and

decided it was the right time to

give this sort of venture a shot.

“I have a lot of personal connections

down here,” she said.

Though Code Ninjas is already

established in Chicago,

the North Shore and western

suburbs, it is new to the south.

The business’ corporate team

was surprised to learn about the

southwest suburbs and the concentrations

of young families

Potempa told them about.

“We’re just not on the radar,”

she said. “But we have a very

good education system, both

public and Catholic. And us

parents are very child-centric.

Whatever they want to do, we’ll


In addition to general coursework,

Potempa’s Code Ninjas

locations will offer birthday

parties, parent nights and

camps. Potempa’s been in the

process of opening the locations

for just over a year now,

and, while pleased to have the

first open, she is looking forward

to having the full fleet


“I figure if my kid’s got a need,

there’s got to be a lot of kids like

him,” she said. “And a lot of

franchisees have a similar story.”


From Page 3

tally conscious lighting which

can be activated by players for

an hour at a time.

Members of the Lockport

Township High School tennis

and volleyball teams were onhand,

as well as a local pickleball

association, to demonstrate

proper play on the courts.

There also is a small outdoor

workout center and a “challenge

course” which resembles a cross

between an adult playground

and an American Ninja Warrior

course. While the equipment,

including climbing nets, high

monkey bars and a balance beam

are targeted to teens and adults,

it was the younger children in

attendance who seemed most

eager to give it a try at Explore

the Core.

“I think a few of them are a

little small for the course, but

that’s why we put it on a padded

surface,” Village Administrative

Analyst Matt Walsh laughed.

“When they fall off it, they

should just bounce.”

Kerrie Heeney said she and

her children were enjoying

themselves at the Active Core.

“I just got here a little while

ago, and I haven’t seen my kid

in 20 minutes, so obviously he

is enjoying everything,” Heeney


“I don’t think that challenge

course is really meant for adults,

though,” she added with a chuckle.

“We tried it the other day, and

it was hard.”

Fellow residents Candice

Bielski and Kristie Benaitis, the

other people referenced in Heeney’s

“we,” gave their laughing


“It really looks great,” Bielski

said. “It’s great to have a place

to bring the community together.

Plus, the moms can work out

while the kids play. It’s a good

start, for sure.”

Benaitis also noted her satisfaction

that the park’s walking

and bike paths are connecting all

the village’s paths.

“It’ll be nice for the kids to be

able to take their bikes over,” she


Village Manager Karie Friling

reported that over 600 people

had expressed interest in attending

the grand opening on the

village’s Facebook page, suggesting

that after a three-month

delay in opening due to inclement

weather, the residents were

excited to finally see the longawaited

park, which will remain

open year-round.

While the park opening was

behind schedule, Friling was

pleased to say it was still under

budget. She noted the budget

was $3.5 million, and the actual

cost was $2.4 million.

The Village plans to put the

savings toward the next phases

of the park, which Friling added

officials will be discussing at the

Committee of the Whole meeting

on Wednesday, Sept. 25.

Yukich noted that while the Active

Core wound up delayed, the

board still hopes to finish the park

in its entirety by the end of 2021.

Although the former golf

course has yet to complete its

full transformation, the village

is already planning ways to utilize

the new space. The park

hosted Homer Community Fest

for the first time in June, and

two other events are already


This Halloween, the park will

host a village-sponsored Trunk

or Treat event, and last month,

the board ordered an elaborate

display of customized Christmas

lights to decorate the Active

Core for the holiday season.

“We’re so excited to have

it open,” Walsh noted. “Pretty

much the minute we took the

fence down, it filled up with

people, so we’re expecting to see

crowds out here pretty much every


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Reed School celebrates students by giving positive recognition

Program honors many

contributions made

within school setting

Submitted by Will County

School District 92

Not enough can be said about

the importance of creating a positive

school culture.

In addition to Student of the

Month yard signs, this year Reed

School is spotlighting students for

their positive contributions within

the school setting, whether that be

through random acts of kindness,

an improvement in behavior, peer

assistance or volunteering to help

without being asked to name a

few. Principal Cathy Slee shared

she came across an article in a

magazine from the National Association

of Elementary School

Principals about the #Good-

CallOfTheDay Program that a

fellow principal had instituted

in 2015 and immediately knew

it was something she wanted to

bring to her building.

Through the support of the

D92 Educational Foundation for

Excellence, the program quickly

took root. Any staff member can

nominate a student for recognition.

Once identified, Slee visits the

student’s classroom, at which

time she shares the reason for the

recognition, and then the real fun


The student receives a #Good-

CallOfTheDay wristband, takes a

selfie for inclusion on the #Good-

NewsCallOfTheDay bulletin

board, rings the gong in the front

office and finally makes a positive

phone call home sharing the

good news.

Slee said they are off and running

with the program at the beginning

of this school year, and

that it is amazing how one simple

and positive phone call home can

bring about so many smiles.

Reed School Principal Cathy Slee helps recognize student Wyatt Basten through the

#GoodCallOfTheDay Program, which began this year there and spotlights students for various positive

contributions they make. Photo submitted


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Got pot? In Mokena

probably not

Sale and possession of

recreational marijuana

was approved by Illinois

lawmakers earlier this

year, but interested customers

may need to look

outside of Mokena.

The Mokena Village

Board discussed the matter

during work session

Sept. 9 and voiced agreement

regarding not allowing

the sale of recreational

marijuana in town.

Trustee Joseph Siwinski

was absent.

During the discussion,

Village Administrator

John Tomasoski recapped

that, effective Jan. 1,

2020, the Cannabis Regulation

and Tax Act legalizes

recreational use of

marijuana. As such, in Illinois,

residents 21 years

or older will be able to:

possess up to 30 grams

of marijuana or 500 milligrams

of THC content of

edible products; and use

marijuana in most private

residences and campus

lounges. The act also allows

for the expungement

of many prior convictions

of marijuana possession.

Tomasoski added,

though, that recreational

consumption will be

prohibited in any public

place. He also noted that

use of marijuana is still

federally illegal.

“But federal law enforcement

has not prosecuted

businesses complying

with State programs,”

he said.

Tomasoski also listed

the pros and cons for the

Village allowing sale of

recreational marijuana.

On the pro side: potential

tax revenue and shortterm

or long-term job creation.

For cons, he listed:

not having adequate locations

or zoning, and potential

impact on public

safety resources.

“I would much rather

err on the side of safety

than just say, ‘Look at the

revenue it’s going to bring

in for us,’” Mokena Mayor

Frank Fleischer said.

Reporting by Jon DePaolis,

Freelance Reporter. For

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Humphrey House

rededicated after


Taking a tour through

Orland Park’s Humphrey

House, one can smell

history — the black top

hat made of silk, and old

books made from leather

that hold the names of

Civil War soldiers, a mix

of trinkets the youngest

Humphrey son left to the

Orland Park Historical

Society when he died in


Diane Grah, the Orland

Parker who serves as president

of the Orland Park

Historical Society, was

giving tours of the house

Sept. 7 during a rededication,

following a time of

closure for renovations.

“We needed some extra

work on the house in the

past several months,” Grah

said. “We decided to do

some plaster work, paint

and cleaning of the home.

Today, we’re doing this

grand reopening to show

off some of the restoration


While the musical group

Weed Wackers sang bluegrass

music on the porch

of the house, residents and

guests stopped by to tour

the place.

“I think everyone should

know where they came

from,” said Laura Kolpak,

of Orland Park. “You

should have some awareness

of the town. This

town is rich in history, like

every town in America.”

Grah added, “It’s not

just the home. It’s knowing

who John Humphrey

was. He was our founding

president in Orland

Park. Before that, he did

so much work as a lawyer,

even for the State of Illinois.

People should learn

not only about this house

but what his family did for

Orland Park.”

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Author becomes

semifinalist in state


Former Lockport resident

and self-published

author Donna Malacina

has become a semifinalist

in the Soon to Be Famous

Illinois Authors Project

with her book “Twisted


Malacina is one of 10

semi-finalists in the Adult

Fiction category to gain

recognition through the

project. “Twisted Secrets”

is her third in a series of

adult fiction novels. The

winner has not yet been

announced for the competition,

but Malacina is


“I was so surprised to

hear the news,” Malacina

said. “It felt great! If I do

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and education programs,

8 percent will go to fund

crime prevention programs

(including DUI prevention),

25 percent of the

taxes will go to fund grant

programs for communities

negatively impacted by the

past abolition of marijuana,

10 percent will go to the

State Budget Stabilization

Fund and the remaining 35

percent will go the State’s

General Revenue Fund.

Municipal taxes will be

remitted to the cities, as any

other sales tax would be.

Cities that wish to be

involved in the cannabis

market will need to pass an

ordinance establishing their

tax rates by June 1, 2020

in order to begin collecting

taxes by Sept. 1, 2020.

The details of how Villages

could collect the first nine

months of sales tax are

still being worked out in

Springfield, though according

to Weiss, if the board

were to pass a bill by October

stating what the tax rate

would be if the board opted

to allow cannabis sales, it

could theoretically go into

effect by January.

Homer’s regulation options

Several cities which

have already opted to allow

cannabis sales have

moved to put specific regulations

on the businesses.

Skokie, for example, is

allowing for dispensaries

but is limiting its licenses

to two as the program

starts, requires the dispensaries

to be in stand-alone

buildings and put a rule in

place to ban consumption

of products on-premises.

Similarly, Des Plaines

is in the process of capping

the number of cannabis

businesses it will

allow in the city limits

and classifies all cannabis

businesses as needing

“conditional use” permits.

Weiss advised the board

to consider what they

want to do and make any

regulating ordinances

very clear and specific.

He noted that the business

as a whole is “tricky” due

to its current cash only

nature and banking limitations

(another fallout

of the federal Schedule

1 classification) but suggested

that may change in

the coming years.

“Wait until New York

and New Jersey vote on

this,” Weiss said. “If they

go ahead and approve it,

you’ll have over 40 percent

of the population living

in states where it’s legal,

and you’ll have Visa

and Mastercard decide

they want in.”

He also noted that, since

Illinois is the first state to

legalize cannabis through

legislative action instead

of a voter referendum, it

has left it in the unique

position of being wellprepared

for the change.

“Considering the very

small pilot program and

medical program we’ve

had, the State has done a

competent job regulating

it,” he said. “It’s been effective,

regular and fair,

which is not something

we see out of State government

all the time. It

just remains to be seen if

that can continue when

the business increases by

a factor of 10.”

Weiss also noted that

if the board wants to see

what happens when the

sales become legal and

decide at a later date,

there would be no harm.

“You might miss out on

the high initial sales, but

you could definitely put

a moratorium on all cannabis

licenses for a year

and see how it plays out in

other communities before

you make a final decision,”

he said.

Waiting to decide

Mayor George Yukich

said, “I think we should

wait and see. It seems the

benefit to us is a lot of

headaches, while the benefit

to the State is all the

cash. It just doesn’t make

much sense to me now.”

Trustee Keith Gray suggested

he is not opposed

to allowing some of the

related businesses into the

village, but possibly banning

commercial sales,

then asked Weiss if it was

possible that too many

towns taking that course

of action would cause the

State to limit their authority

to do so.

“That’s a fair question,”

Weiss said. “We can assume

the State only legalized

this because of

the budget implications,

and it is possible they

could legally preempt local

authority to boost the

market, but I doubt they

would, because I think

there would be a lot of political

pushback on that.”

No decisions were

made at the meeting, and

the board plans to revisit

the question in the coming

weeks or months.

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From the Editor

Examining the snapping of a streak

Thomas Czaja


Records are made to

be broken is one

of the old sayings

in sports, and I think the

phrase streaks are made to

be broken also applies in

that realm just as equally.

It is hard to say when

a streak will start, how

long it will last or what sequence

of events will prolong

or end it. Of course,

there can be both good

and bad streaks, and they

can last for an indefinite

amount of time.

We see winning and losing

streaks all the time in

sports, as well as streaks

of consecutive games of

hits or touchdowns or

goals, depending on the

sport. Usually, when a

streak gets long enough, it

tends to garner attention,

and the logical human

thought is how long it will

go on for.

The Porters football

team has in the past nearly

two years found itself with

a streak it did not wish to

have: an 11-game losing

streak overall dating back

to October 2017. There

were some close losses

and some not-so-close

losses in there, but the

team had kept admirably

fighting, waiting for a


That breakthrough

came this past Friday,

Sept. 13, when the team

won against Lincoln-Way

Central 6-3 in overtime.

The Porters went

from giving up 42 and

41 points their first two

games of this season to

just three. Last year, in

the midst of the losing

streak, they gave up 46

points to the Knights last

year in a 46-29 defeat.

The decrease in points

shows a more than respectable

turnaround. In

the midst of a tough streak

like that one, it would

be easy to get down,

especially when Lincoln-

Way Central scored first

in overtime for a 3-0

advantage. But by pulling

together, they were able

to vanquish the streak and

move on.

It may just be one game

and a single win, but the

positive effect it will have

on the players and program

to shake that streak

going forward is immeasurable.

That is one of the

reasons why you have to

love sports — seeing that

resiliency the Porters displayed

to win, demonstrating

that new beginnings

are always possible and

could be right around the

corner when going about

things the right way, keeping

the faith and putting in

the time and effort.

“The staff at Butler showing their Bears (and

Packers) pride!”

Homer Community Consolidated School

District 33C, from Sept. 10.

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“We pray for the souls that were lost 18 years

ago. We pray for their loved ones left behind.

We pray for continued peace and healing.”

@PCHS_Celtics, Providence Catholic High

School, from Sept. 11.

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end up winning, which

would be really nice, I’ll

fly back up to Illinois.”

Though Malacina has

now taken up residence

in Naples, Florida, to focus

on writing, her home

library is still listed as

Lockport. Even though

one of the requirements of

the competition is to be an

Illinois resident, Malacina

still qualifies, as she was a

resident when she submitted

her work.

Should Malacina win

the competition, she will

be awarded a cash prize,

increased recognition, the

opportunity to compete

in the national Indie Author

Project competition

and more opportunities

to work with traditional

publishers. In addition,

participating libraries

would give her the opportunity

to promote her

book and dispense print


The winner will be announced

in late October.

Malacina continues to

keep busy with writing in

anticipation of the October


Reporting by Derek Swanson,

Editorial Intern. For

more, visit LockportLegend.


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Ghouls Night Out




6–9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3,

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Homer Glen

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• Color Street

• Crafts by Rosemary

• DIY Sign Party


• Eagle Sports Range

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• Fred Astaire Mokena

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• Gracie Pie Apothecary

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• Huaywasi: Handmade in Peru

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• Jewels 2 U

• Laurie’s Fudgelicious


• LuLaRoe (Inspirational Lula Ladies

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• Mary Kay Cosmetics

• Moody Blues Jean Boutique

• Mrs. Banton’s Cookies

• Norwex

• NuMark Credit Union

• Paparazzi (Glamour Bijoux)

• Parker James Boutique

• Patty’s Painted Wine Ware

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• Premier Designs Jewelry

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• Free tote bag to first 200 attendees,

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Not clowning around

Unscripted: ‘IT Chapter Two’ delivers

with satisfying scares, deeper themes of

friendship and sentimentality, Page 18

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Raising the bar Old Tinley Pub

& Eatery tries to elevate its menu to stand

out from Oak Park Ave. scene, Page 19

Homer Glen resident

Dorothy Marusarz

and her daughter,

Gianna 1, visit

with an alpaca on

Friday, Sept. 13, on

the opening day of

Bengtson’s Pumpkin

Farm and Fall Fest.

Abhinanda Datta/22nd

Century Media

Family-run Homer pumpkin fest returns with attractions new and old, Page 17

16 | September 19, 2019 | the homer horizon faith


Pastor Column

Discovering the strength to do it anyway

Rev. Joseph McCormick, OSA

St. Bernard Catholic Church and

Our Mother of Good Counsel

Catholic Church

Peer pressure is an

experience often

recognized as an

issue among our youth,

but it can have an impact

on older persons, as well.

Plus, peer pressure can

have a positive impact.

While it is usually recognized

as a negative influence

on others, prompting

them to do wrong or

neglect doing good, it

can also move others in

the direction of positive

action. For example, some

youth ministers promote

a positive service project

by recruiting a few of the

“leader” types or popular

teens first and watch them

influence their peers to join

the effort. Of course, this

method needs to be used

with other strategies so as

not to neglect the different

subgroups of teens.

As I said, the more

negative peer pressure that

prompts us to do wrong

or neglect the good can

impact persons of all ages.

“What will my neighbors

think if I reach out to that

crab next door?” “How

might I get criticized

among the guys if I voice

my concern for greater

gun control?” “Can I

‘blow the whistle’ on the

dishonesty I see at work?”

Perhaps the less secure

we are about ourselves or

an issue, the more influence

negative peer pressure

can have on us.

While it is helpful to

listen to the different perspectives

of others and be

respectful of the feelings

of others, good mental

and spiritual health calls

us to be our own persons.

It is amazing to see how

for some of us in some

situations, just one critical

voice can drown out all

the other positive support

that is offered us.

As contemporary spiritual

writers and motivational

speakers propose,

it is our personal mission

in life to become the

best possible version of

ourselves. Helpful for me

is this reflection that some

say is credited to Mother

Theresa of Kolkata, who

gave her life working

among the poor:

People are often unreasonable,

irrational and

self-centered. Forgive

them anyway.

If you are kind, people

may accuse you of selfish,

ulterior motives. Be kind


If you are successful,

you will win some unfaithful

friends and some

genuine enemies.

Be successful anyway.

If you are honest and sincere,

people may deceive

you. Be honest anyway.

What you spend years

creating, others could

destroy overnight. Create


If you find serenity and

happiness, some may be

jealous. Be happy anyway.

The good you do today

will often be forgotten. Do

good anyway.

Give the best you

have, and it will never be

enough for some. Give

your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it

is between you and God.

It was never between you

and them anyway.

The opinions of this column

are that of the writer. They do

not necessarily reflect those

of The Homer Horizon.


Cross of Glory Lutheran Church

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

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., 5

p.m. Sunday


4-4:45 p.m. Saturdays;

9:30-10:15 a.m. Sundays;

8:30 a.m. every first Friday

Holy Hour

First Friday of each

month with 8 a.m. Mass

followed by exposition of

the blessed sacrament at

8:30 a.m. and concluding

with benediction at 9 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

Assumption Greek Orthodox Church

(15625 S. Bell Road, Homer Glen)

Sunday Services

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

a.m. Divine Liturgy; 10

a.m. Sunday School. For

more information, call

(708) 645-0652.

New Life Community Church - Homer


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

Weekly Worship Services

10 a.m. Sundays; for

more information, call

(815) 838-1416.

Kids Zone Ministry

10 a.m. Sundays.

Children up to fifth grade

can participate in games,

singing, take part in interactive

Bible teaching and

participate in hands-on

crafts. Participants should

arrive 5-10 minutes prior

to the service to sign children

up for the group. For

more information, call

(815) 838-1416.

Women’s Ministry

9:30 a.m. Fridays. Bible

study for women of all


Prayer Meeting

10 a.m. Tuesdays.

Parkview Christian Church - Homer Glen

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

Senior Connections

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

Park Campus, 11110

Orland Parkway, Orland

Park. Second Friday of

the month, chili lunch

and program. The cost is

$10, and Pastor Chaz will

speak. To RSVP, call (708)

478-7477 ext. 272 or email


Sunday Services

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

11:30 a.m.

Lemont United Methodist Church

(25 W. Custer St., Lemont)

Sunday Services

8:30 a.m. Communion

Worship Service

9:30 a.m. Sunday School

10:45 a.m. Contemporary

Worship Service

(nursery available)

Have something for Faith

Briefs? Contact Assistant

Editor 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 | September 19, 2019 | 17

Popular pumpkin fest returns for its 39th year


Abhinanda Datta

Assistant Editor

With its humble beginnings

as a U-pick pumpkin

patch where people

came to sought out Jacko’-lanterns,

the Bengtson’s

Pumpkin Farm has been

deeply rooted in family traditions,

and today it hosts

one of the most popular fall

festivals in Homer Glen.

“It is from that family-focused

annual outing that we

have evolved with one goal

in mind,” Jeremy Bengtson

said. “We want to give our

guests a reason to return

every year. We focus on

improving the experience

so that visitors are excited

to spend the day with each

other and visit the farm.”

Opened Friday, Sept.

13, the Bengtson’s Pumpkin

Farm and Fall Fest has

returned for its 39th year

with a plethora of popular

attractions, along with

maybe its most ambitious

expansion ever: a tractorthemed

immersive story


The Tractor Town Adventure

ride is an original

concept developed from

inception to completion by

the Bengtson family, and

it takes four people on a

unique journey in a small

antique tractor.

“This ride is filled with

beautiful elements from the

rich farm history of middle

America,” Bengtson said.

“Along the way, families

will find our newest completely

animated talking


Since the farm was started

in 1981 by brothers Dave

and Dan on their original

homestead on Parker Road,

it has moved to its current

location and now occupies

80 acres of expansive land

purchased in 2015.

“It was this fortuitous

event that has allowed us to

finally work towards constructing

a unique and unforgettable


Bengtson said.

Over the past three years,

they have planted over

1,000 deciduous trees and

evergreens, in addition to

thousands of flowers and


“We look forward to

becoming a preferred destination

for local families

looking for a place to spend

quality time with loved

ones in a pristine environment

surrounded by nature,”

he said.

Each year, the family

spends the 11 months prior

to the season planning and

creating additions and revitalizations

of classic attractions.

From kiddie rides

such as Frog Hopper and

Mega Fun Slide to attractions

such as the Haunted

Barn and Petting Zoo, the

farm has more than 30

different attractions to explore.

Special care was

also taken to search for the

“best food options from

restaurants and food trucks

throughout Illinois” to offer

guests a delectable array of

choices not found at any

other entertainment venue,

Bengtson said.

Whether it is churros

or apple cider doughnuts

from their own bakery, edibles

here cater to all kinds

of palates.

The fest also provides

earning opportunities to

Homer Glen residents.

“We employee many residents,

and for many kids,

it’s their first job,” Bengtson

said. “We are a family

owned business and have

our kids within the community,

so we treat our employees

like family.”

He said the fest also

brings a lot of awareness

The Tractor Town Adventure (pictured), the first of its kind in the country, is the newest attraction at the fest. Photo


about their community,

and, as a result of the increased

influx of guests,

many of the local restaurants

and businesses are

exposed to new customers

and clients.

Each festival season continues

to be a labor of love

for the three generations of

the Bengtson family.

“They say if you do what

you love, you will never

work a day in your life,”

Bengtson said. “We have

found that to be true here

with our festival.

“We are fortunate to

be given the opportunity

to work with loved ones

throughout the year while

creating attractions and

experiences that bring

families together and result

in lifelong traditions and


But, none of this would

have been possible without

the hard work of a dedicated

group of people, and

many of their 260 employees

have been with them

for 10-20 years.

“It takes a village is

no cliche when it comes

to running the pumpkin

farm,” he said. “We work

all year to plan and prepare

and create new experiences

for our fall fest.”

For the first time this year

because of popular demand,

the fest will be open through

Nov. 3, and Bengtson hopes

it will be the beginning of

a new tradition where children

can trick or treat on

Halloween at the farm.

“Due to the rapidly

growing popularity of the

festival, we are able to

dream bigger with each

passing year,” he said. “We

have grown from a focus

on just keeping our guests

happy and entertained to

becoming the most unique,

most memorable and most

enjoyable experience our

guests have ever had.”

The Bengtson’s Pumpkin

Farm and Fall Fest is

located at 13341 W. 151st

St. in Homer Glen. Hours

and prices vary by day.

For more information,

visit pumpkinfarm.com.

Rima Shatat (left) and Lareen Awadallah play in the

corn Friday, Sept. 13, on the opening day of Bengtson’s

Pumpkin Farm and Fall Fest. Abhinanda Datta/22nd

Century Media

18 | September 19, 2019 | the homer horizon life & arts


‘IT Chapter Two’ is a harlequin of horror with an overpowering tone of nostalgia

Abhinanda Datta

Assistant Editor

Sequels often fall short

of overbearing expectations

from loyal fans of

the franchise, and Andy

Muschietti’s “IT Chapter

Two” is no exception. After

the astounding success

of the first film released in

2017, he had to deliver a

smorgasbord of terror to

keep viewers hooked.

As a couple wander

through the streets of

Derry in Maine, the underbelly

of the small town

reveals itself, when Adrian

Mellon (Xavier Dolan)

meets a violent, bonecrunching

death at the

hands of Pennywise the

clown (Bill Skarsgard).

Set 27 years after the

members of the Losers’

Club defeat the infamous

clown, this grisly opening

sequence sets the tone for

the film, which is gruesome,

terrifying but with

a strong vein of nostalgia

running through it.

Mike Hanlon (Isaiah

Mustafa) has been anticipating

the return of the

eponymous It, and as history

repeats itself with a

rising body count, he is

forced to reunite the losers

to honor their promise

and defeat the creature.

We meet each of the characters

as adults, oblivious

of the horrific past they

Out-of-this-world plant coming to Mokena

MPAA Rating: R | Genres: Thriller/Mystery | running time: 170 minutes

shared until they arrive at

their hometown. Crushed

under a wave of remembrance,

each of them fight

the urge to escape before

finally giving in to help


The losers once again

band together — this

time armed with a secret

knowledge inherited from

the Native Americans —

as the present timeline

unfolds, interspersed with

scenes from what had followed

their initial victory

in the 1950s. All the actors

bring Stephen King’s

beloved characters to life

with compelling performances,

and Skarsgard’s

deft portrayal of the maniacal

dancing clown is a

treat. Gary Dauberman’s

screenplay is taut for the

most part, losing its integrity

during the climax.

The hackneyed, unsatisfying

ending makes matters

worse. A very special

cameo, however, does

help revive the plot.

There are rumors about

a third installment of the

film that will focus on It’s

origin story, and while

this trope has worked

for most Marvel and DC

characters, it could take

away the aura of intrigue

that surrounds this prehistoric


King called this book

the “final exam on horror,”

bringing in all the

monsters that plagued his

imagination, and so the

movie undeniably has ample

jump scares, gore and

drama. But, what makes it

different from the horde

of horror flicks released

each year is its narrative

— at its heart, “IT Chapter

Two” is an ode to friendship

that proudly upholds

the importance of sentimentality.


sinister orders for the losers

to “come home” helps

them realize what is worth

holding on to.

Mike says in the beginning

that “sometimes, we

are what we wish to forget,”

but if you are a horror

aficionado, this movie

will, and should, help you

remember why.

Have you seen a movie

recently and want to let

everyone know about it? The

Homer Horizon is looking

for residents to review the

latest new releases for its

Unscripted feature. The best

reviews will be published in

The Horizon and online at

HomerHorizon.com. Keep

reviews around 400 words or

fewer and try not to give away

the key moments of the movie.

Submit your review to tom@

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include your name and phone

number in the email.

Homer resident to

appear in ‘Little

Shop of Horrors’

T.J. Kremer III

Contributing Editor

“Feed me, Seymour.”

Those chilling words

from perhaps the most

iconic, man-eating space

plant in the history of theatre

will soon be heard on

the stage of Mokena’s Curtain

Call Theatre, as it prepares

to debut “Little Shop

of Horrors” in eight performances

spanning from

Sept. 26 to Oct. 6.

It’s been a long time

coming, but Director Mark

Frost said now the stars finally

aligned to bring the

cult classic to Mokena.

“I’m on the board, and

I also wanted to direct the

show for a long time,”

Frost said. “And we finally

got to a point, quite honestly,

where we were able

to find the plant rentals at

an affordable price.”

Frost said that Curtain

Call was able to find a

place in Michigan that was

willing to rent out the puppet

plants — named Audrey

II in the production

and played by New Lenox

resident Ben Radeke —

as well as an old dentist’s


“He’s very grungy

and very gospel-souly,

and creepy up to a point

where it’s funny,” Radeke,

a 17-year-old student at

Lincoln-Way West High

School, said of his role as

Audrey II.

The plant, owned by the

character Seymour Krelborn,

winds up in Mushnik’s

Flower Shop just as

Mr. Mushnik is about to

give up all hope and close

the shop’s doors.

Ken Czechanski, of

Frankfort, plays the downtrodden

Mr. Mushnik.

Czechanski said that his

character’s view of the

world is indicative of the

overall feelings of the rest

of the characters who are

all trying to make their way

to the American dream, but

ultimately end up sacrificing

too much to get there.

“From my perspective,

I think [Mr. Mushnik] is

very jaded because he’s

been around long enough

to see all this happen,”

Czechanski said. “I just assume

he’s always been on

the losing end of things. I

think he takes everything

with a huge grain of salt;

he doesn’t think anything’s

going to work. But, once

he gets that taste of it, he’s

so desperate to hang onto

it — the whole show everyone

is manipulating

everyone in the show. The

plant, Mr. Mushnik, Seymour,

everyone is pushing

their own agenda. Musnik

Thespians (left to right) Mandy Barry, of Evergreen Park, plays Audrey; Rick Zwart,

of Homer Glen, plays Orin Scrivello; Geoffrey Purvis, of Homewood, plays Seymour

Krelborn; and Ken Czechanski, of Frankfort, plays Mr. Mushnik during rehearsal

Sept. 3 for Curtain Call Theatre’s upcoming production of “Little Shop of Horrors.”

T.J. Kremer III/22nd Century Media

does it with aplomb. He

pushes pretty hard, and

bad things happen.”

Serving as a sort of

Greek Chorus throughout

the show are a trio of characters:

Ronette, Chiffon

and Crystal.

Amanda Mascarello, of

Mokena, plays Crystal,

one of the trio of the sort

of Greek Chorus in the

show. Mascarello said that

the trio are often looked

upon by the other denizens

of Skid Row as the sea urchins

of the town.

“I see them as the narrators,”

Mascarello said of

the trio. “But, sometimes

in the show, they act as

the narrator, so they know

what’s going on, and other

times they’re part of the

show. So, it kind of changes


For a full listing of show

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visit ccctheatre.com,

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The Dish

Old Tinley Pub & Eatery a staple of the neighborhood for 21 years

Jacquelyn Schlabach

Contributing Editor

When customers walk

into Old Tinley Pub & Eatery,

they can expect to be

welcomed with open arms.

Whether new to the bar

or a returning customer,

everyone receives a friendly


This atmosphere is what

has made Old Tinley Pub

& Eatery a popular place

along Oak Park Avenue

in Tinley Park for the last

21 years. Owners Cathie

Ivanelli and Tony Montesano

opened the bar with

every intention of making

it a fun place to be.

“We have 21-year-olds

to 60-year-olds,” Ivanelli

said. “It’s a wide variety

of people, and everybody

seems to get along.”

The owners did not expect

the bar to become

as successful as it has,

but they certainly always

hoped it would be.

“We’ve made some really

great friends, and [there

are] people who have been

coming here for 20 years,”

she said. “Ups and downs,

of course, financially and

so many other ways, but

it’s been an experience.”

When they first opened

in 1998, the bar was just

two units of space before

they expanded two years

later and tore down a wall,

creating a third addition.

Neither Ivanelli nor Montesano

had much of a background

in food service before

they opened, but they

quickly figured out how

they wanted to make their

bar known.

“For me not having any

background, it was a lot of

common sense,” Ivanelli

said. “What makes people

happy? Being friendly

and trying to be consistent

Bartender Breanna Young pours a Miller Lite.

with things. I’m an OCD

person, so I wanted everything

the way it comes out

to come out the same all

the time.”

In order to keep up with

the competition of numerous

bars along Oak Park

Avenue, the owners did

not second-guess serving

food in addition to drinks.

“Our [food] is not like

you’re walking into a bar,

and I think that sets us

apart,” Ivanelli said.

She described the menu

items at Old Tinley Pub

& Eatery as upscale bar

food, which they ramped

up three years ago.

“We always had pretty

good food, but our appetizers

were more bar food

— onion rings, mozzarella

sticks, that kind of stuff

— and we just decided

that we needed to change,

and that really makes us,”

she said. “I think with all

the bars up and down the

street, anyone will say we

have the best food.”

Three years ago, they

took away the traditional

bar food appetizers and

replaced them with the

likes of stuffed mushrooms

($8), which are

baked mushrooms stuffed

Old Tinley Pub & Eatery

17020 Oak Park Ave.

in Tinley Park


• 11 a.m.-2 a.m.


• 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Friday

and Saturday

• Noon-2 a.m. Sunday

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Pub & Eatery

with cream cheese and

corned beef; steak bites

($13), which are handcarved

seasoned filet

topped with onion strings,

served with chipotle and

garlic aioli; and one of

Ivanelli’s favorites, the

pub sticks ($8), which

are corned beef and Swiss

wrapped in dough, fried

and served with Thousand

Island dressing.

The owners not only revamped

the appetizers portion

of the menu but also

added flatbreads, wraps, a

chicken chopped salad and

gourmet burgers. All sandwiches,

wraps and burgers

are served with a choice of

fries, onion strings, coleslaw,

sweet potato fries or

The steak sandwich ($12) comes with grilled butt steak, topped with caramelized

onions and sauteed mushrooms on crispy garlic bread. Photos by Jacquelyn

Schlabach/22nd Century Media

One of the most popular appetizers at Old Tinley Pub & Eatery is called the

pub’s own French onion soup ($5). It is baked and served in a crock, topped with

mozzarella cheese.

house-made chips, along

with a crisp pickle.

“We used to have plainold

chicken wings on there

and chicken tenders,”

Ivanelli said. “It was just

a question of: Do we just

want to have that mediocre

stuff that they can get anywhere

down the street, as

well? And we decided to

pump it up.”

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of 16125 Wildwood Lane, Homer

Glen, IL 60491 (Residential). On the

3rd day of October, 2019 to be held at

12:00 noon, at the Will County Courthouse

Annex, 57 N. Ottawa Street,

Room 201, Joliet, IL 60432, under Case

Title: BMO Harris Bank N.A.f/k/a

Harris National Association successor

by merger to NLSB Bank Plaintiff V.

Paul Zabrodski; et. al. Defendant.

Case No. 18 CH 1450 in the Circuit

Court of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit,

Will County, Illinois.

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

time of sale and the balance within

twenty-four (24) hours. Nojudicial sale

fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring

the residential real estate pursuant

to its credit bid at the sale or by any

mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other

lienor acquiring the residential real estate

whose rights in and tothe residential

real estate arose prior to the sale. All

payments shall be made in cash or certified

funds payable tothe Sheriff of Will


In the event the property is acondomin-

ium, in accordance with 735 ILCS

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

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

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

that the purchaser of the unit, other than

amortgagee, shall pay the assessments

and legal fees required bysubdivisions

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

required by subsection (g-1)

of Section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium

Property Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03 (J)

if there is asurplus following application

ofthe proceeds of sale, then the

plaintiff shall send written notice pursuant

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

to the proceeding advising them of

the amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty obtains

acourt order for its distribution or, in

the absence of an order, until the surplus

is forfeited to the State.

For Information Please Contact:

Codilis & Associates, P.C.

15W030 N. Frontage Road Suite 100

Burr Ridge, Illinois 60527

P: 630-794-5300

F: 630-794-9090









2703 Legal












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

Association successor by merger

to NLSB Bank



Paul Zabrodski; et. al.


No. 18 CH 1450


Public notice ishereby given that pursuant

toajudgment entered in the above

cause on the 26th day of June, 2019,

2703 Legal


MIKE KELLEY, Sheriff of Will

County, Illinois, will on Thursday, the

3rd day of October, 2019 ,commenc -

ing at 12:00 o'clock noon, at the Will

County Courthouse Annex, 57 N. Ottawa

Street, Room 201, Joliet, IL 60432,

sell at public auction tothe highest and

best bidder orbidders the following-described

real estate:










NO. 96-32956, IN WILL COUNTY,


Commonly known as:

16125 Wildwood Lane, Homer Glen,

IL 60491

Description of Improvements:




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

time of sale and the balance within

twenty-four (24) hours. Nojudicial sale

fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring

the residential real estate pursuant

to its credit bid at the sale or by any

mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other

lienor acquiring the residential real estate

whose rights in and tothe residential

real estate arose prior to the sale. All

payments shall be made in cash or certified

funds payable tothe Sheriff of Will


In the event the property is acondomin-

ium, in accordance with 735 ILCS

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

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

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

that the purchaser of the unit, other than

amortgagee, shall pay the assessments

and legal fees required bysubdivisions

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

required by subsection (g-1)

of Section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium

Property Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03 (J)

if there is asurplus following application

ofthe proceeds of sale, then the

plaintiff shall send written notice pursuant

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

to the proceeding advising them of

the amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty obtains

acourt order for its distribution or, in

the absence of an order, until the surplus

is forfeited to the State.



Codilis & Associates, P.C.

15W030 N. Frontage Road Suite 100

Burr Ridge, Illinois 60527

P: 630-794-5300

F: 630-794-9090

Plaintiff's Attorney


Sheriff of Will County

For Sale: Forfeiture of lien,

Sure-Lock Homes Storage, 13708

W. 159th St., Homer Glen IL,

708-301-2200. Cash sale 10/9/19 at

10AM atabove location. Auction:

Opening bid equal to all rents due

at time of sale. M.Sisti, unit B30,

M. Martisek, unit E16.

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Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Damir Oliynyk

Damir Oliynyk is a junior

forward on the Lockport

Township boys soccer

team. He scored four

goals, all off set piece

plays, to help the Porters

win the championship

of the Windy City Ram

Classic and a 6-0 record

[through Sept. 10] to start

the season.

LTHS won the Windy

City Ram Classic to

open the season. What

do you think of the

team going forward

this year?

I feel like the morale,

the positivity of the squad

is moving us forward.

Everyone knows the ins

and outs, and that makes

our mindset that much


How did you get

started playing


When I was 3, my grandfather

[Vasily Oliynyk]

handed me a ball and said,

“Here, have fun.” Then I

started watching Manchester

United and Cristiano

Ronaldo and developed a

love for the game and that


What is it about the

game of soccer that

makes it the sport for


Just everything. The

environment, the atmosphere,

the love that goes

into the sport. That all

drives me. Plus, it’s just a

rush when you score and it

helps to win the game.

I’m sure you have had

people tell you that

soccer is boring. What

is your answer to


I don’t respond with

anything negative. If they

are convinced of that, I’m

not going to force them to

like it. But if they are interested,

I will explain it to


What have you

learned from Lockport

soccer coach Chris


He’s helped me progress

my game, keep a positive

attitude and make sure that

I get results for the team.

He’s reminded me not to

just look for results for

myself, but for the team.

It’s a team sport.

What opponent are

you looking forward

to playing the most

the rest of the year?

It has to be Sandburg

[on Tuesday, Oct. 8, in Orland

Park]. I have a lot of

friends on that team since

we play club ball together

at Chicago Inter soccer.

But once the whistle blows

when we play them, we’re

not friends on the field.

What would your

spirit animal be?

An owl. That’s because

I’ve wised up, toned down

the attitude and focused on

getting results.

Photo submitted

If you could meet

anyone in the world,

who would it be and


Cristiano Ronaldo. Just

because of his drive and

work ethic that he’s put

into it. Also, that at his age

[34] to see him out there

producing results like that

is amazing.

You still have another

year of high school.

But do you plan on

playing soccer in


Yes, I probably plan to.

But I’ve also been trying

to find a way to Europe

and find a way to play

there. But if not, I’d play

in college.

What is the best thing

about being an athlete

at Lockport?

I’d say the coaching

staff and the facilities are

the top of the line. From

our grass field to our other

facilities, they are all top


Interview by Freelance Reporter

Randy Whalen

34 | September 19, 2019 | the homer horizon sports


boys golf

Porters finish second at Providence Invite tournament

Randy Whalen, Freelance Reporter

When one sees a team that

gets second in one of the largest,

more prestigious boys golf tournaments

of the season and they

are sort of disappointed, that

means the bar has been set high.

That is the case for the Lockport

Township boys golf team.

The Porters placed second last

weekend at the Providence Invite,

held Saturday, Sept. 14, at

the Sanctuary Golf Course in

New Lenox.

The Porters had been on a

roll, winning most of their tournaments

and dual or triangular

meets this season. But last season’s

Class 3A third-place finishers

shot a 310 to place second

behind Waubonsie Valley (303).

“A 310 score is a little high for

us,” Lockport coach Matt Eber

said. “We have been getting

better than 310 in these tournaments.

But I like how we played

in these [windy] conditions. We

just needed someone to have a

better back-nine score. But we

will be there. We will be fine.

I’m not worried.”

Ben Sluzas, who won the individual

Class 3A state championship

last season, led Lockport

with an even par 72. That was

good for fifth place overall individually.

He was also a bit disappointed.

“My putting wasn’t too good,

but VJ did really well,” said Sluzas

of fellow junior VJ Greci,

who shot a 74. “But all-in-all, it

wasn’t our best, and we still did

pretty good.

“If our bad day is still getting

second, then we have things to

look forward to. I was a little disappointed,

but again, its a good

sign if I’m complaining about

shooting a par. We’ve obviously

been playing well and are looking

forward to the rest of the season.”

Besides Sluzas and Greci,

sophomore Brody McCarthy

shot a 79, senior Sam Hook had

an 85 and senior Caleb Andrea

added an 87.

“The wind picked up a little,

but otherwise, the weather was

nice,” Greci said. “Our Top 3

guys played well, and I think in

the future, we will have others

pull through. We know we have

the potential. It’s nice to see

what all these teams are shooting.

We have an idea what we

are going to go up against in the


Earlier in the week, on Thursday,

Sept. 12, the Porters traveled

to Silver Lakes Golf Course

in Orland Park for a SouthWest

Suburban Conference triangular.

There, they defeated host

Sandburg and Bolingbrook by

shooting a score of 149, while

Sandburg shot 152 and Bolingbrook

199. Sluzas shot a 35 to

share medalist honors with Farley.

The rest of the Lockport

scores were 37 from McCarthy

and Andrea and a 40 from seniors

Ryan Way and Brian Carter.

On Sept. 10, Lockport hosted

a five-team, 9-hole tournament

at Big Run Golf Club, the Inaugural

Big Run Challenge. There,

the Porters won the Gee Cup by

shooting a 161. Lincoln-Way

West was second at 164, followed

by Neuqua Valley (166),

Lincoln-Way Central (167) and

Lincoln-Way East (174). Sluzas

shot 35 for medalist honors. Mc-

Carthy, and Andrea each shot 41,

and Greci and Way shot 44 to

round out the team scoring.

“It was really good,” Eber said

of the Inaugural Big Run Challenge.

“I wanted to put something

together to honor what the

Gee family and Big Run have

done for us over the years.”

Behind a 74 from senior Max

Farley, Sandburg finished third

with a 314. Lincoln-Way Central

was fourth with a 316, followed

by Fenwick (323), Neuqua Valley

(324), Providence (326), Lincoln-Way

West (328) and Loyola

Academy (328) tied for eighth

and Oswego (335) to round out

the Top 10 teams.

Locally, Lincoln-Way East

(339) was 13th, and Andrew

(351), behind a 78 from senior

Billy Nagel, placed 18th.

Individually, freshman Ryan

Banas from Loyola finished first

with a 4-under 68. Senior Will

Troy (69) from Waubonsie Valley

was second, followed by Lincoln-

Way Central junior Sean Curran

(70), Waubonsie Valley senior

Jacob Fritz (71) and Sluzas (72).

Neuqua Valley sophomore Alec

Cross (73) was sixth, Greci (74)

and Farley (74) tied for seventh,

Fenwick junior Jake Wiktor (75)

was ninth and Lemont junior Paulius

Malcius rounded out the Top

10 individuals.

Last year, Curran was second

in state in Class 3A, one stroke

behind Sluzas.

“I’m getting ready for the

postseason,” Curran said. “It’s

a lot of fun playing against Ben,

and I know him well.”

After qualifying for state two

years ago, the Knights were not

able to advance out of the regional

as a team last fall. They

hope to make another state run

this year.

Besides Curran, the rest of the

Knight scores were sophomore

Juney Bai (80), senior TJ Edmier

(83), junior Nick Tingley (83)

and junior Tommy Schaaf (83).

Host Providence was paced by

a 78 from junior Davis Billows.

Sophomore Drew Brasky (79),

senior Ryan Hilty (82), senior

Trevor Vandenberg (87) and junior

Michael Blake (98) rounded

out the Celtic scores.

“We shot a 326, and we will be

in Class 2A this season,” Providence

coach John Platt said of

his team’s playing in the smaller

class this year. “[The Lemont]

Regional will be at Cog Hill,

and the [Hinsdale South] Sectional

will be at Prairie Bluff. In

the meantime, I’ve got to get my

third and fourth scores up. My

Top 2 have been consistent, but

I find a lot of teams are having

a hard time with that. The top

scores are lower, but the bottom

ones are higher.

“We played the back tees today,

and it’s the first year we’ve

used them in the 19 years I’ve

been here and over 20 now for

the tournament. But the field

had last season’s No. 1 [Sluzas],

No. 2 [Curran] and No. 4 [Troy]

golfers in the [Class 3A] state

from last year. So, that’s how

good it was.”

This Week In...

Porters Varsity Athletics

Boys Soccer

■Sept. ■ 19 host Bradley, 4:30 p.m.

Girls Tennis

■Sept. ■ 19 at Homewood

Flossmoor, 4:30 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 21 host Lockport

Invitational, 8 a.m.

■Sept. ■ 24 at Sandburg,

4:30 p.m.

Girls Volleyball

■Sept. ■ 19 host Stagg, 5:30 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 20 at Mother McAuley

Preview Invite, TBD

■Sept. ■ 21 at Mother McAuley

Preview Invite, TBD

■Sept. ■ 24 at Andrew High School,

5:30 p.m.


■Sept. ■ 20 host Homewood

Flossmoor, Homecoming game,

7 p.m.

Boys Golf

■Sept. ■ 21 at Lincoln-Way Central

Green Wedge Conference, 7 a.m.

Girls Golf

■Sept. ■ 21 at Providence Catholic

High School, 8 a.m.

■Sept. ■ 23 at Bolingbrook,

4:30 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 24 at Oak Forest,

4:30 p.m.

Boys Cross Country

■Sept. ■ 21 at Minooka High

School, 8:30 a.m.

Girls Cross Country

■Sept. ■ 21 at Libertyville Invite,

9 a.m.

Boys Soccer

■Sept. ■ 24 host Stagg,

4:45 p.m.

Celtics Varsity Athletics

Boys Cross Country

■Sept. ■ 21 Peoria Notre Dame

Invite at Detweiller Park, 9 a.m.

Girls Cross Country

■Sept. ■ 21 Peoria Notre Dame

Invite at Detweiller Park, 9 a.m.


■Sept. ■ 20 host Notre Dame,

7:30 p.m.

Boys Golf

■Sept. ■ 21 Naperville Central

Invite at Naperbrook, 10 a.m.

Girls Golf

■Sept. ■ 21 host Providence Invite

at Ravisloe, 8 a.m.

■Sept. ■ 23 at Lemont at Cog Hill,

4 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 25 host Trinity at

Woodruff, 4 p.m.

Boys Soccer

■Sept. ■ 19 at De La Salle,

6 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 20 at Bremen, 4:30 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 24 at St. Francis de Sales,

5 p.m.

Girls Tennis

■Sept. ■ 19 host Marist,

4:30 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 21 at Sandburg Invite,

9 a.m.

■Sept. ■ 23 at Minooka, 4 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 24 host Mother McAuley,

4:30 p.m.

Girls Volleyball

■Sept. ■ 20 at Oak Lawn Invite,

5 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 21 at Oak Lawn Invite,

9 a.m.

■Sept. ■ 24 at Montini, 6 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 25 host Joliet West,

6 p.m.

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the homer horizon | September 19, 2019 | 35

Girls Volleyball

Lockport builds big lead before faltering at Minooka


Squad bounces

back with two-set

domination of


Randy Whalen

Freelance Reporter

The Lockport Township

girls volleyball team is going

to end up with plenty

of wins this season.

But last week, the Porters

had an opportunity to

register a big one against a

top team and for a set and

two-thirds, they looked

like world beaters. But in

the end, they could not

close out a big lead and

lost to Minooka 19-25, 25-

23, 25-15 in a nonconference

tussle on Sept. 10 in


Lockport bounced back

the next day and dismantled

Romeoville 25-11,

25-13 and was 7-3 on the

season through the end of

last week.

But a win over Minooka,

which went on to

defeat visiting Yorkville

25-13, 25-17 on Thursday,

Sept. 12, to improve

to 8-1, would have been

the signature type of victory

that the Porters have

been searching for. After

all, the Indians were state

runner-up in Class 4A in

both 2016 and 2017.

“I know, it’s frustrating,”

Lockport junior opposite

side/middle hitter

Nadia Goich said of not

being able to complete

what would have been a

big win. “The energy just

died down in the second

set, and it’s just disappointing.

We just have to

work on it in practice. We

have to learn how to win

as a team and how to overcome

the challenges.”

Goich was one of the

key contributors for the

Porters with five kills and

three blocks. Senior middle

blockers Leena Ajibola

(3 blocks) and Becca Oldendorf

led Lockport with

seven kills apiece, while

sophomore setter Dovile

Gorys distributed 17 assists

for the Porters.

Senior outside/ right

side hitter Desi Anderson

led Minooka back with 15

kills and 10 digs. Sophomore

middle blocker Jada

Hampton hammered seven

blocks and added a trio

of kills, and senior setter

Zoey Seput passed out

34 assists and added four

blocks for Minooka. Senor

outside hitters Holly

Kropke and Hailey Sperling

each had six kills

apiece, while senior libero

Mia Alessio added 15 digs

for the Indians.

After winning the first

set, the Porters looked

poised to pull away for

the victory. They led 4-1

early on and 12-10 when

Ajibola had a pair of kills

and a block to help cap a

6-0 spurt for an 18-10 lead.

They still led 20-14, but

Anderson had four kills,

and Alessio added an ace

as the Indians closed within


A long hit and a kill from

Oldendorf moved Lockport

two points from victory.

Those points never came,

however. Anderson added

yet another kill, Seput

tipped a pair of blocks back

at the net and the Porters hit

a pair of returns long to end

the second set.

“When we were up 18-

10 against Minooka in the

second set, everything was

going right for us,” Lockport

coach Nick Mraz said.

“We were passing well,

terminating near .500 and

Senior middle blocker Leena Ajibola had three blocks in the match Sept. 10 against Minooka. 22nd Century Media

File Photo

controlling things at the

net with our block. It was

certainly the best I’ve ever

seen a Lockport girls team

play in a particular stretch

since I’ve been here.

“Then, everything just

fell apart. We got aced a

few teams, missed backto-back

serves and had a

lot of hitting errors, especially

those last few that

ultimately finished us.

Even with all that, we still

had that 23-20 lead but in

those moments, Minooka

made a ton of defensive

plays on balls I thought

were going to be kills.”

That momentum carried

over to the third set

for the Indians. Lockport

had leads of 7-3 and 10-

7, but Minooka went on a

5-0 run to take the lead for

good. Hampton (3 kills, 7

blocks) had four blocks in

the final set for Minooka,

which scored 10 of the final

12 points to pull away.

“Minooka is a great team

on their home floor, and

they never let up, so credit

to them for fighting back,”

Mraz said. “Once we lost

that lead and went to three,

I knew it would be hard to

bounce back. They are a

resilient, tough team and

they earned the win. Desi

Anderson took over, and

Zoey [Seput] made some

smart decisions on dumps

and feeding the right girls.”

Trailing 3-2 in the opening

set, the Porters went

on a 10-2 run of their own

to take charge with a 12-5

lead. Minooka never got

closer than four points,

and a kill from Goich ended

the opener.

“That’s the best offensive

team we played all

year, and I give Lockport

a lot of credit,” Minooka

coach Carrie Prosek said.

“They came out and broke

our serve receiving. But I

give our girls credit. It’s

hard to come back from

18-10 down, but we fixed

our block, and Lockport

started to get conservative

and made some errors.

That’s a big confidence

builder win for us.”

In the home match

against Romeoville (4-11)

on Sept. 11, the Porters

were led by senior outside

hitter Hannah Knippenberg

(4 kills, 4 aces, block),

sophomore opposite side/

middle hitter Lindsay Oldendorf

(5 kills) and Gorys

(13 assists, ace, 4 digs).

“The next night, we had

complete control from start

to finish,” Mraz said. “We

handled Romeoville 25-

11, 25-13 and took care of

business as we should. All

of the girls contributed and

were able to bounce back

without thinking about the

night before.”

This week, Lockport

traveled to Plainfield Central

on Sept. 17 for a rematch

of last season’s regional

title match, which

was won by the Porters.

Lockport already defeated

the Wildcats 25-18, 25-16

this season on Aug. 31 in

the seventh-place match at

the Plainfield North Invite.

On Thursday, Sept. 19,

Stagg comes to town for

a 5:30 p.m. SouthWest

Suburban Conference

crossover. This Friday and

Saturday brings a trip to

Mother McAuley for the

McAuley Preview Invite,

with times and opponents

to be determined.

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the homer horizon | September 19, 2019 | 37

Former LTHS baseball star inducted into Joliet Area Sports Hall of Fame

Coomer looks back

on his career at

museum ceremony

Patrick Z. McGavin

Freelance Reporter

A transfer from St. Rita

of Cascia High School,

Ron Coomer returned

home and led the Porters’

1984 team to the Class AA

state finals.

“Lockport is just an inviting

town,” he said. “It

always has been, and it

always will be. Being able

to compete at Lockport,

compete and play for two

coaches, we were a really

good team. We ended up

going downstate. When

you do that, it was a lot of

fun. Great coaches and a

lot of support.

Coomer shared these

thoughts while reflecting

on his time playing for the

Porters on Saturday, Sept.

14, as he was part of the

four-member 2019 induction

class of the Joliet Area

Sports Hall of Fame that

evening in a special rooftop

ceremony at the Joliet

Area Historical Museum.

Former Lincoln Way

soccer player Ned Grabavoy

was also honored

for his remarkable career.

Jane Condon, who lettered

in five sports at the former

St. Francis Academy and

earned 11 letters in four

sports at then Lewis College,

and Eural McLaughlin,

who was the wrestling

coach at Joliet Central

High School, compiling

a 507-192-9 record, were

the others.

As for the LTHS alumnus

honored, at Taft College

in California, Coomer

eviscerated college pitching,

showing off his power

and versatility.

He was drafted in the

14th round by the Oakland

Athletics in the 1987 amateur

draft. Then, disaster


“When I first signed, I

was in college, and I hurt

my knee,” he said. “I needed

my knee reconstructed.

I knew when I got drafted

that I needed an ACL reconstruction.

When that

happens, you know you

have an uphill battle. The

surgeries were changing.

“I decided to play and

do my thing and see what


For more than eight

years, Coomer worked

his way through the minor

Ron Coomer, who played baseball for the Porters

before going on to a professional career, was inducted

on Saturday, Sept. 24, into the Joliet Area Sports Hall

of Fame at the Joliet Area Historical Museum. Patrick Z.

McGavin/22nd Century Media

league culture, convinced

of his ability and knowing

his day would come. He

did a stint in Venezuela.

It was all part of the process.

“I don’t think you give

up on anything,” he said.

“You just keep playing,

and you compete and you

try. I had a couple of really

good years in a row at the

beginning playing. Then I

was hurt.

“They fixed my knee,

and it took two years to

come back from that. It

took a long time. Once you

get a taste of success in the

minor leagues and you are

playing, you start to say,

‘I played against this guy,

who’s in the big leagues,’

and, ‘I played against

this guy,’ and he’s in the

big leagues, and I knew I

could compete with them.

It gives you some fire.”

His patience paid off

big time with a nine-year

career with four MLB

teams. His best years were

with the Minnesota Twins

from 1995 through 2000,

where he was named an

All-Star in 1999. He also

played a year with the

New York Yankees (2001),

the Chicago Cubs (2001),

New York Yankees (2002)

and Los Angeles Dodgers


He had a career average

of .274 with 827 hits, 92

home runs and 449 runs

batted in.

A big part of sport is theater

and the nature of performance.


and athleticism entwine

and get mixed together.

Coomer realized that.

“You are a performer,”

Coomer said. “There is no

doubt about it. There were

40,000 people at our ballgame

tonight [at Wrigley

Field]. So, that is just the

way it is. There is television

and radio.

“You are competitive,

trying to win a championship,

but you are also part

of a thing of putting on a

show, putting on a good

product. You want to give

a good show for the fans.”

Broadcasting is a way

of playing by other means.

Coomer brings his passion,

erudition and personal

style working in the radio

booth for the Chicago


Coomer is also a local

entrepreneur and businessman.

With several of

his former teammates at

Lockport, he founded the

bar and restaurant Coom’s

Corner in Lockport.

“People are what did

it for me,” Coomer said.

“The town welcomed me

like crazy. Now, I am [a

business owner] with some

of my former teammates. I

have traveled the country,

but I am still friends, business

partners and teammates

with all of those


“After all of these years,

I am 52 and I own a business

in Lockport. I love the

whole area.”


From Page 38


What was the thinking

behind the play?

“We just wanted to get

Collin with a step in the

open field,” Lockport offensive

coordinator Cory

Dillard said. “And we did.

I just asked [offensive line

coach] Dave Pammer what

side to run it on.”

That was only the fifth

play of 10 or more yards for

Lockport. The Knights only

had four plays of 10 or more

yards, with senior quarterback

Liam Higgins (4-of-11

passing, 27 yards; 6 carries,

37 yards) having the longest

play of the game with a 22-

yard scamper early in the

second quarter.

The longest play of the

game would have been a

46-yard pass from Schmutzler

to senior Malik

Makhlouf on the first play

of the fourth quarter, but it

was called back because of


Otherwise, the Porters’

best drive was the opening

one of the game. They

reached the Central 30, but

never got closer, losing a

yard on third down and

3 on fourth. The Knights

then took over and drove to

the Lockport 14. A 31-yard

field goal attempt by Andjelic,

however, was just

wide left with 1:12 to play

in the first quarter.

The Knights had one

other opportunity, reaching

the Lockport 22 late

in the first half. But a pass

on fourth-and-3 from there

was incomplete with 3:14

left in the half. Neither

team crossed past the other

team’s 41-yard line in the

second half.

Reyna got his 101 yards

on 29 carries. Central finished

with 205 total yards.

Lockport was limited to

134 total yards. Sophomore

running back Ty Schultz

led the way with 20 carries

for 73 yards. Making

his first ever varsity start

in place of senior Marcos

Voulgaris, who is out at

least a month with a broken

left hand, junior quarterback

Riley Pfeiffer finished

5-of-16 passing with an interception

for 48 yards and

added six carries for four


Key Porter players on defense

included junior defensive

back William Orban,

along with senior linebacker

Donovan Kot and junior

linebackers Joe Fiorillo and

Joe Suchorabski.

In the locker room afterward,

the Porters were all

singing, “Ain’t No Mountain

High Enough.”

“This just feels so good,”

Fiorillo said. “We were all

hungry for it after being

0-11, and we did it by having

a fantastic defensive

performance. It was amazing,

and the whole time this

week, we all just said, ‘Do

your job.’”

Czart agreed that was a

big difference.

“We broke down in the

first two weeks because

we had guys doing some

things they weren’t supposed

to do,” said Czart,

whose squad surrendered

88 total points in the first

two weeks. “But [against

Central], we did our jobs.

That [Knights] team is so

physical, and our kids battled

and battled and didn’t

let up. We knew with a

quality team like them, it

would be a battle and a

hard-fought game. We just

stuck to it.”

38 | September 19, 2019 | the homer horizon sports


Lockport’s defense stellar in team’s first victory since October 2017


Porters win 6-3

thriller against

Knights in overtime

Randy Whalen

Freelance Reporter

In order to end an 11-

game losing streak, Collin

Schmutzler knew he had to

gain 10 yards.

That is exactly what the

Lockport Township senior

did on his team’s first possession

of overtime. When

Schmutzler scampered into

the right corner of the end

zone after taking a direct

snap in a wildcat-type formation,

it gave the Porters

more than a victory.

It ended their 11-game

losing streak which had

dated back to Oct. 20,

2017, a span of 693 days.

It also was the only

touchdown in an unforgettable

defensive classic

game. The final score in

overtime was Lockport 6,

Lincoln-Way Central 3, the

SouthWest Suburban Conference

crossover for both

teams having been played

under a full moon on Friday,

Sept. 13, in Lockport.

The Porters (1-2) waited

for this moment after losing

a trio of those 11 games by

eight points or less. On the

flip side, it was the second

close loss for Central (1-2),

which was led by 101 yards

from senior running back

Danny Reyna, this season.

“I just knew I wasn’t

going down, and this feels

amazing,” Schmutzler said.

“It’s a great feeling, and

I’m never going to forget

this. It means a lot and is

just incredible.”

Schmutzler, who was

honored along with all of

the other seniors before

the game on Senior Night,

does everything for the

Porters. He also doubles as

a free safety on defense and

helped firsthand in shutting

down a Knights team

which beat Bloomington

46-6 the previous week.

“Defensively, we were

just following the ball, doing

our jobs,” Schmutzler

said. “Coach [George]

Czart gave us hope. This

whole team just believes.

This is one; there’s more to


It was the first win for

Czart, who spent 13 seasons

as an assistant coach at

Lockport from 1994-2006,

as head coach of the Porters.

He had a 54-29 record

Lincoln-Way Central vs. Lockport

1 2 3 4 OT F

LW Central 0 0 0 0 3 3

Lockport 0 0 0 0 6 6


1. Collin Schmutzler, Lockport senior running back/

defensive back — 3 carries, 9 yards; game-winning 10-

yard touchdown run on Porters’ first play of overtime

2. Danny Reyna, Lincoln-Way Central senior running back —

29 carries, 101 yards

3. Ty Schultz, Lockport sophomore running back — 20

carries, 73 yards

as head coach at Lincoln-

Way North between 2008-

2015. But career win No.

55, his first at Lockport, is

one he will never forget.

“This is what you play

for, the victory,” Czart

said. “It feels great. Being

a teacher and a coach, you

just love that feeling.”

Neither team will forget

the hard-fought defensive

battle that was scoreless

through regulation, and

neither coach remembers

seeing that.

“I don’t recall having a

0-0 game,” Czart said.

Knights coach Jeremy

Cordell knew he has never

coached in one.

“I’ve been coaching 20

years,” Cordell said. “I’ve

Lockport’s Collin Schmutzler goes in for the winning

score in overtime against Lincoln-Way Central in his

team’s 6-3 win on Friday, Sept. 13, at home. Mark

Korosa/22nd Century Media

never been in a 0-0 game

through regulation. It was

a physical game on both

sides, a field position game.

We had our opportunities.

We just didn’t capitalize

on them. It hurts, but it’s a

long season. It’s still only

Week No. 3.

“[The Porters] didn’t

surprise us. We just didn’t

make the plays. We had a

few guys go out with some

injuries, but that’s no excuse.

Otherwise, the defense

played very well. We

were communicating well,

and we got the turnover at

the end of regulation. That

was great.”

That turnover, the only

one of the game, was an interception

by junior defensive

back Jack Duvall with

3:41 to play in the game. It

gave the Knights possession

at their own 40, and

they had an opportunity to

drive for the winning score

in the waning moments.

But facing a third-and-2

at the Porter 42, Central

lost two yards and punted

the ball away. Lockport

got the ball at its own 12

with 32 seconds left and

elected to take a knee, ending

the scoreless regulation

and sending the game into


Lockport won the coin

toss and elected to play defense

first. Two runs and an

incomplete pass netted the

Knights 2 yards, and they

went for the field goal. That

25-yard kick was good by

sophomore Jake Andjelic,

and the first points were on

the scoreboard.

If the Knights defense

could hold, they would

win. Instead, Schmutzler

slipped right through the

line and darted to the right

to score the TD and send

the L-Town faithful into a


“We were just point on

executing the block off the

line,” said Schmutzler, who

finished with three carries

for 9 yards, of the winning

Please see football, 37

Congratulations go to Lockport for winning its

first game since 2017. Curses go to Lockport for

making this sextet look silly. It prevented Sean

Hastings from a perfect week but it did not stop

him from breaking the three-way tie and taking

the lead. 18-4






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Mark Korosa/22nd Century


1st and 3

Porters football

gets win over

Knights in overtime

1. Streak is over

The Lockport

football team broke

its 11-game losing

streak by defeating


Central by a final of

6-3 on Friday, Sept.

13, at home. Their

previous win was

on Oct. 20, 2017.

2. Defense stands out

After giving up 42

and 41 points in

the first and second

games of the

season, respectively,

the Lockport

defense only gave

up a field goal in

overtime to the


3. Senior Night heroics

LTHS senior Collin


who was honored

along with all other

seniors before the

game on Senior

Night, ran 10 yards

for the game-winning

touchdown in



Conway, Celtics knock off 2018 state runner-up Brother Rice

Steve Millar, Sports Editor

Last year, injured Providence

quarterback Kevin

Conway had to sit on the

bench and watch the Celtics

offense get completely

dominated by Brother Rice

in a shutout loss.

On Friday, Sept. 13,

Conway and the Celtics

got their vengeance.

Conway, a Mokena resident,

ran for three touchdowns

and threw for another,

and a playmaking

Providence defense came

up with four interceptions

as the Celtics topped the

Crusaders 34-22 in a Catholic

League/ESCC crossover

on the road in Mount


“It felt amazing,” Conway

said. “We knew we

could do it. We just had

to execute. We knew we

could put points up on

the board and we did.

We knew we were both

great teams and whoever

played the best game

would win.”

It was another statement

win away from home for

the Celtics (3-0), who now

have a pair of road victories

against teams that recorded

double-digit wins

last season, adding to the

season-opening defeat of


Brother Rice (2-1) was

the 2018 Class 8A state

runner-up, went 13-1 and

beat Providence 20-0.

“The first two games

were tough ones, but nothing

compared to this one,”

Providence vs. Brother Rice

1 2 3 4 F

Providence 0 14 13 7 34

Brother Rice 2 7 7 6 22


1. Kevin Conway, Providence junior quarterback — three

rushing touchdowns; 12-of-22 passing, 181 yards,


2. Ryan Manikowski, Providence senior defensive back —

two interceptions

3. Kevin Countryman, Providence, senior defensive back —

interception return for touchdown

defensive back Ryan Manikowski

said. “We knew

this game would prepare

us for the rest of the season.

We played our hearts

out, and we came out with

the win.”

Manikowski, a senior

from New Lenox, came

up with two interceptions,

including the game-sealer

with under two minutes to


“I’m not going to lie,

that’s my least favorite

catch to make, over the

shoulder like that,” he

said. “I was just thinking,

‘Please don’t drop this.’ It

was kind of like it was in

slow motion, it was nervewracking.

I came down

with it, and it was awesome.”

Providence’s offense

was sluggish at times over

the first two weeks and

overly reliant on running

back Aaron Vaughn.

Conway, though, had

his breakout game against

the Crusaders. The junior

finished 12-of-22 passing

for 181 yards and a touchdown.

Because of sacks, he

finished with just 28 yards

rushing on 15 attempts,

but he made several big

plays with his feet, including

a 21-yard touchdown

run that gave the Celtics a

27-16 lead with 1:04 left in

the third quarter.

“I had to bring it to the

legs,” Conway said. “It

was there. Their pass coverage

was pretty good. I

know any big play can

happen any moment. You

just have to be ready.”

Conway also delivered

the game’s most important

play when he scored on a

1-yard run on fourth-andgoal

to make it a two-score

game at 34-22 with 7:08


“Kevin certainly came

out ready,” Providence

coach Mark Coglianese

said. “He’s been under a

lot of pressure. He made

great decisions, knew when

to run the ball, made good

throws. I think offensively


Providence defensive lineman Ben Seeber celebrates

one of his three sacks in the Celtics’ 34-22 win over

Brother Rice on Friday, Sept. 13, on the road. Chip

DeLorenzo/22nd Century Media

we did a good job mixing

it up and keeping them off

balance. We finally got in a


It did not start that way,


Providence began the

first drive of the night on

its own 11 and got backed

up to the 4 after a rush for

a loss and a penalty. Then,

Brother Rice’s Alex Roche

sacked Conway in the end

zone for a safety.

The Celtics, though,

shook off the shaky start.

“Bad field position,

penalty right away, it’s all

about short-term memory,”

Conway said. “You

just have to forget about

what happened. I don’t

think the safety fazed us.”

Conway scored on a

5-yard run and hit Lucas

Porto for a 9-yard touchdown

pass to give the Celtics

a 14-2 lead.

After the Crusaders

pulled within 14-9 at halftime,

Providence’s Kevin

Countryman picked off a

Ben Somers pass around

the Rice 10-yard line and

returned it for a touchdown

early in the third.

“I saw the quarterback’s

eyes, read it right away,

jumped it and took it to the

house,” Countryman said.

“It’s awesome.”

Frankfort resident Dakota

Straight also had an

interception for the Celtics,

while Mokena’s Ben

Seeber had three sacks and

New Lenox’s Elias Valdez

added another sack.

Vaughn finished with

113 yards on 29 carries.

“We showed that we’re

here, that we have a great

defense and we’re not just

some kids that make mistakes,

went 5-4 last year and

got shutout by Washington

in the playoffs,” Countryman

said. “We’re a team

that plays hard, has a lot of

heart and goes all out.”’


“This just feels so good. We were all hungry for it after being 0-11, and

we did it by having a fantastic defensive performance. It was amazing,

and the whole time this week, we all just said, ‘Do your job.’”

Joe Fiorillo — Porters football junior linebacker, on the team

getting the win against the Knights

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On to the next — 7:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, vs. Homewood-Flossmoor

• The Porters play the final of four-straight home games to open the

season looking to build off the momentum of their victory from the

previous week.


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homer glen’s Hometown Newspaper | September 19, 2019

Colossal showdown

Celtics football tops Brother Rice to

secure another road win over quality

opponent, Page 39

Receiving enshrinement

Ron Coomer, LTHS baseball legend and current

Chicago Cubs radio announcer, enters Joliet Area

Sports Hall of Fame, Page 37

Porters football snaps 11-game losing

streak with win over Lincoln-Way

Central, Page 38

The Porters football team

celebrates with the LTHS student

section after beating the Knights by

a final score of 6-3 on Friday, Sept.

13, in Lockport. Mark Korosa/22nd

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