14 | November 14, 2019 | The glencoe anchor sound off glencoeanchordaily.com City Girl Confessions Grateful for wind, cold and air Kelly Anderson Contributing Columnist I can’t stop chuckling. It’s November but I’m still marveling at the visual of my daughter, clad in a red tomato costume, running up and down snow-covered driveways to trick-or-treat, as more snowflakes swirled through the air. It was delightful, it was maddening, and it was so whimsical that one couldn’t help but laugh. But let’s face it: the cold weather arrived fast. Much faster than anticipated. I would be lying if I said that I didn’t walk outside of my home each morning, steeling myself for the icy chill that hits my skin and freezes my face. This kind of weather is not exactly welcomed with open arms ... more like gritted teeth. “I love the Midwest but I can’t stand the cold weather.” I hear this statement so often that I should make it my iPhone ringtone. The thing is, over the past few years, I’ve made a conscious effort to shift my outlook on cold weather. What I’ve discovered is that this tiny shift had an incredible ripple effect when it came to winter optimism. I began by welcoming the serene visual of snow, whether that be a soft snowfall or a blanket of white covering every lawn on the street. I saw this clean, blank canvas among nature and one word came to mind: peaceful. I studied the romantic way the snow clung to tree branches or the cheerful way it was piled into a snowman by children. I made a point to slow down and watch the snow- even if just for a minute or two. The effect was akin to meditation: slow down, calm down. Once again, peaceful. Additionally, when the temps dip low, I focus on the community element. Gathering around a crackling fireplace or baking a lasagna to enjoy with neighbors allows for warmth to exist within our homes. For my family, cold weather is a nice excuse to make a huge bowl of popcorn (side of M&Ms) and put on a movie. Sometimes we skip the movie and listen to music while playing spirited games of UNO. I learned some valuable lessons about preparing my wardrobe for the cold. Instead of throwing on a bulky sweater, I dress in several layers of thinner clothing to keep warm. I don’t resist a hat, scar, or pair of mittens; I embrace function over fashion A scenic winter view captured on Halloween in Glencoe by The Anchor’s Contributing Columnist Kelly Anderson. photo submitted because function is usually warmer. I heartily endorse blanket snuggles on the couch, as well. Lastly, I have a mantra that I whisper to myself: I am in awe of nature every single day. This is one of the Midwest’s greatest gifts: four full yet individual seasons. Our trees are laid bare, only for Spring to sprout green and gold. Summer allows gardens and flowers to flourish until Fall colors our world like an artist with a palette. Winter wipes the slate clean. Think about it- how lucky are we to witness these evolutions daily? I’ll confess, I didn’t arrive at this cold weather clarity overnight. But when I walk outside and into the chill, I take a slow, deep breath and express gratitude for what I see and feel. It’s peaceful. Kelly Q. Anderson is a writer, photographer and former Chicagoan. She pens blogs and books from her home in Glencoe, which she shares with her husband, son and daughter. NFYN From Page 8 to the Glenview Municipal Code, which the Village Board approved at their most recent meeting. Trustees John Hinkmap and Chuck Gitles voted against the ordinance, on which trustees will take a final vote on Thursday, Nov. 21. Reporting by Chris Pullam, Freelance Reporter. Full story at GlenviewLantern- Daily.com. THE NORTHBROOK TOWER Application for recreational marijuana dispensary heading to vote An application for Northbrook’s first recreational marijuana dispensary is moving forward. The Northbrook Plan Commission instructed village staff to prepare a resolution recommending approval of an application filed by Greenhouse Group LLC as the potential lessee of the property located at 755 Skokie Blvd. during its Tuesday, Nov. 5 regular meeting. Commissioners conducted their second public hearing on the application during the meeting. The commission held its first review of the proposal during its Tuesday, Oct. 15 meeting, where almost two dozen members of the public spoke during the public-comment portion. Commissioners considered all elements of the application Oct. 15 except a text amendment to allow adult-use cannabis dispensaries as special-permit uses in Northbrook. At that time, Village trustees had not yet determined their opinions on the matter. Members of the commission predominantly agreed that the applicant’s requested relief was appropriate at that meeting. The Village Board of Trustees then unanimously voted Oct. 22 to allow special-use permits to be issued for recreational marijuana dispensaries in the C-2, C-3, C-4 and C-5 districts, but not in downtown Northbrook. With the Village Board’s approval, the Plan Commission was then able to consider all parts of Greenhouse Group’s application. The current proposal calls for a renovation of the existing 9,938-squarefoot building at 755 Skokie Blvd., which used to house the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and has long been vacant. According to the board packet, the applicant is proposing to completely renovate the inside of the structure to create two distinct zones within the building: a publicly accessible zone for retail area and communal activity space; and a private, restricted area for back-of-house business. Approximately 15-25 full-time employees will staff the potential dispensary, according to the applicant. Reporting by Martin Carlino, Contributing Editor. Full story at NorthbrookTower- Daily.com.
glencoeanchordaily.com sound off the glencoe anchor | November 14, 2019 | 15 Social snapshot Top Stories from GlencoeAnchor.com as of Nov. 11: 1. No threat found after false, ‘stressful’ lockdown at New Trier 2. Glencoe teacher channels classroom experience, love of writing 3. Northbrook: North Shore Place worker sued for alleged sexual abuse, physical assault of former resident 4. Police Reports: Suspect attempts to scam resident after meeting on Poshmark 5. Lake Forest: Amid public outcry, booing, D67 board accepts principal’s resignation and offers no further information Become a Anchor Plus member: GlencoeAnchor.com/plus Glencoe Park District posted this photo on Nov. 6 with the caption: “Turf installation at the Early Childhood playground is underway! We can’t wait to play here!” Like The Glencoe Anchor: facebook.com/GlencoeAnchor “Anyone recognize this officer? It’s Officer Tetzlaff! She’s spending the next 2 weeks training to become a Hazardous Materials Technician and represent us on the Division 3 #Hazmat Team. #BestJobInTheWorld #GirlPower” @GlencoePS, Village of Glencoe, posted on Nov. 7 Follow The Glencoe Anchor: @GlencoeAnchor From the Editorial Kudos to students’ response of Megan Bernard email@example.com Just as we hit deadline for this issue on Friday, Nov. 8, I got word of a lockdown at New Trier High School’s Winnetka Campus. My heart sunk. As thoughts raced through my head of what it could be, minutes later, I saw the all clear from pancake From Page 13 closest friends by joining Troop 5,” Myerholtz said. “I have loved every minute of it and my biggest goal right now is to stay on track to achieve Eagle Scout status by October 2020. We will be the first group of females to achieve this honor and I have no doubt we will reach our goal.” Over the months, the girls have been exposed to all sorts of new adventures such as rifle shooting and the chance to earn various merit badge. They have also participated in numerous service opportunities like assisting other Eagle Scout candidates in rebuilding fences New Trier’s lockdown the Winnetka Police and school officials. In case you missed the story on Page 6, the school’s 15-minute lockdown was a false alarm activated by accident. As details have not emerged on exactly what caused the accident as of press time, Superintendent Paul Sally did say “our students and staff responded extraordinarily well to the lockdown announcement” in an email to the community later that afternoon. “They went to safe spaces and remained quiet while we worked as quickly as possible to determine that the campus was safe,” he at Gillson’s sailing beach. In addition, both boys and girls hold various leadership roles, learning how to inspire and manage their teammates. “We have a lot of responsibilities when in our leadership roles. Although being a leader can sometimes feel overwhelming, we rely on one another, making each situation easier to handle,” Ali said. “We are able to accomplish our goals, because we have each other; I’ve never felt so supported.” Along with building friendships and accomplishing one goal after another, the troop enjoys the good feeling that comes with providing a tradition within the continues. “We made an announcement at the end of the lockdown and released students to their next period class after it was over.” I personally haven’t been in a situation like this before, but I feel like it would be hard to not jump to conclusions if I was a student at the school in this lockdown. What touched me most were comments made by visiting guests for the school’s LitFest, which was happening at the same time. “These kids are braver than me,” tweeted Adam Morgan, the founding editor of Chicago Review of Books. troop’s hometown. For New Trier senior Ben Lewis, the annual breakfast is one that makes him feel very proud to be a part of Troop 5. “The best part of this whole day is seeing the smiles on the faces of the people we serve,” he said. “So many people have come up to thank us and tell us how much this breakfast means to them. Because this breakfast has been part of the community for such a long time, many have built family memories here. I love being part of the day and knowing we can have such a positive impact on someone else’s day.” “Kids are amazing and brave,” author Rebecca Makkai also shared on her Twitter page. We’re living in a difficult time these days; however, I’m proud to see local students so prepared and respond responsibly. go figure An intriguing number from this week’s edition 50 The lunches packed for Chicago’s homeless at Glencoe Youth Services. (Page 4) The Glencoe Anchor Sound Off Policy Editorials and columns are the opinions of the author. Pieces from 22nd Century Media are the thoughts of the company as a whole. The Glencoe Anchor encourages readers to write letters to Sound Off. All letters must be signed, and names and hometowns will be published. We also ask that writers include their address and phone number for verification, not publication. Letters should be limited to 400 words. The Glencoe Anchor reserves the right to edit letters. Letters become property of The Glencoe Anchor. Letters that are published do not reflect the thoughts and views of The Glencoe Anchor. Letters can be mailed to: The Glencoe Anchor, 60 Revere Drive ST 888, Northbrook, IL, 60062. 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