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Dickinson Hall welcomes guests to Thanksgiving celebration, Page 4

Lake Forest resident Jean Grost (right) listens as her friend Kay Thomas tells her

a story at Dickinson Hall’s annual Thanksgiving lunch on Thursday, Nov. 21. Alexa

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A Gracious Gift

Garden Club donates money for

recycling education, Page 3

For the kids

Fill a Heart 4 Kids celebrates

successful year, Page 9



Smith’s Men’s

Store reopens

with new


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In this week’s


Police Reports6

Pet of the Week8



Faith Briefs20

Dining Out22

Home of the Week23

Athlete of the Week26

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Sports Editor

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Legal Notices

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Joe Coughlin, x16


Managing Editor

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Holiday Tree Lighting


3-5:30 p.m., Nov. 29,

Market Square, 1 Market

Square, Lake Forest. Enjoy

an evening of live entertainment,

warm drinks,

carolers, LFDA dancers,

and Santa! This free community

event will be held

at Historic Market Square

in downtown Lake Forest.


Cocoa Crawl

1-5 p.m., Nov. 30, East

Lake Forest. Enjoy seasonal

specials & goodies

at Lake Forest merchants.

A complimentary Holly

Trolley will shuttle you up

and down Western Avenue;

north from Forest Needle

and south to Chief’s Pub!

All are welcome to celebrate

local business with

this event on Small Business


René Romero Schuler Book


11 a.m.-1 p.m., Nov. 30,

Pasquesi Home & Gardens,

975 North Shore

Drive, Lake Bluff. Meet

one of the most important

and well-collected artists

to emerge from the Midwestern

United States, as

she celebrates a new book

of her work. Books are

available for purchase and



All I Want For Christmas-

LoMastro Disney Troupe

Preview Performance

6 p.m. and 7 p.m., Dec.

2, Gorton Community

Center, 400 E. Illinois

Road, Lake Forest. This

heartwarming holiday tale

shares the story of a young

girl with a single wish. But

will she wake up Christmas

morning to find her special

request under the tree?

Dancers from LoMastro

Performing Arts Academy

will travel to perform this

25 minute show at Disney

World on Dec. 8. Enjoy

this preview showcase!

Proceeds donated to Fill A

Heart 4 Kids. $5 per ticket.

Call (847) 615-5400 for

more information.


D&D Dungeon Master

Training for grades 5–12

4-6 p.m., Dec. 3, Lake

Forest Library, 360 E.

Deerpath Road, Lake Forest.

As the host of the Dungeons

& Dragons game,

the Dungeon Master runs

the show. Learn the ins and

outs of this challenging

and rewarding role as we

practice rolling and narrating

random encounters.

Managing the Online

Reputation of Your


7-8 p.m., Dec. 3, Lake

Forest Library, 360 E.

Deerpath Road, Lake Forest.

Business ratings on

platforms such as Yelp

have a major influence on

who we do business with

and where we spend our

money. Learn to manage

your customer reviews and

maximize your online reputation.

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Kids Only Holiday Shop

2-6 p.m., Dec. 4, Gorton

Community Center, 400 E.

Illinois Road, Lake Forest.

A community favorite,

our Kids Only Holiday

Shop allows children ages

4-10 to conduct holiday

shopping without mom or

dad! Santa’s Helpers will

escort your child through

the boutique, visiting local

vendors and talented artisans

who all feature items

all $10 or under (and that

includes tax). $5 admission

Drop-in Trim a Tree Party

9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.,

Dec. 4, Lake Forest Library,

360 E. Deerpath

Road, Lake Forest. Join

us anytime between 9:30

am and Noon and again

from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. to

deck the Library halls with

homemade ornaments.

Make ornaments to hang

on the Library tree and to

take home. Mark your calendar

at https://www.lakeforestlibrary.org/trim.


Lake Forest College Band/

Orchestra Concert

7 p.m., Dec. 5, Lake Forest

College (Calvin Durand

Hall), 555 N. Sheridan

Road, Lake Forest.

The Lake Forest College

band and orchestra will

perform their annual holiday

concert, Seasons of

Joy. Free admission. For

information, go to lakeforest.edu/community

or contact

the music department

at (847) 735-6147.

Lake Forest College Choir


7 p.m., Dec. 6, Lake

Forest College (Calvin

Durand Hall), 555 N.

Sheridan Road, Lake Forest.

The Lake Forest College

choirs will perform

their annual holiday concert,

Seasons of Joy. Free

admission. For information,

go to lakeforest.edu/

community or contact the

music department at (847)


‘Twas the Night Before


2:30-3:30 p.m., Dec. 6,

Lake Bluff Library, 123 E.

Scranton Ave., Lake Bluff.

Martina Mathisen brings

the fascinating story of

“The Night Before Christmas”

to life, along with the

stories of other American

Christmas traditions. Join

us for an hour of delightful

Christmas stories. Registration

recommended, but

not required.

Drop-in Yoga for


10:30-11:30 a.m., Dec.

6, Lake Forest Library,

360 E. Deerpath Road,

Lake Forest. New to yoga?

No problem! Salute the

sun with us during this

beginner’s yoga class,

no experience necessary.

Taught by Lani Gerszonovicz

from Banner Day

Camp. Mark your calendar

at https://www.lakeforestlibrary.org/yoga.

It’s a Wonderful Life in

Lake Bluff

11 a.m.-5 p.m., Dec. 7,

Downtown Lake Bluff.

Join the fun as Lake Bluff

kicks off the holiday season

with old-fashioned

fun and merriment; horsedrawn

carriage rides, carolers,

roasted chestnuts,

a “Holly Jolly Passport”

for prizes and, of course,

a visit from jolly ol’ St.


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Nick. And at the close of

the day, Santa will flip the

switch to set the Village

Green ablaze!

Breakfast with Santa

8-11 a.m., Dec. 7 and

8, Grace United Methodist

Church, 244 E. Center

Ave., Lake Bluff, and First

Presbyterian Church, 700

Sheridan Road, Lake Forest.

The Kiwanis Club of

Lake Bluff & Lake Forest

will be hosting two

Pancake Breakfasts with

Santa. Enjoy pancakes,

sausage, coffee, milk and

juice before visiting with

Santa. Tickets may be purchased

at the door. Cost:

$7.50 (ages 3 -10), $10

(over 10) and FREE for

the little ones under 3. For

additional information,

please visit www.KiwanisLBLF.org.


CROYA Weekly Meetings

4-5 p.m. or 7-8 p.m.

Tuesdays and Wednesdays,

CROYA, 400 Hastings

Road, Lake Forest.

Take a mid-week break to

make friends, learn about

volunteer opportunities,

vote on community events,

join a CROYA subcommittee,

take on leadership

roles and have fun. The

middle school meetings

are 4-5 p.m. on Tuesdays at

CROYA. The high school

meetings are 7-8 p.m. on

Wednesdays at CROYA.

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Lake Forest City Council

Posted to LakeForestLeaderDaily.com 2 days ago

Garden Club donates $110,000

for recycling education efforts

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Peter Kaspari, Editor

The City of Lake Forest

received a $110,000

grant from the Lake Forest

Garden Club at its regular

meeting Monday, Nov. 18.

The grant will be used to

fund a recycling education

program, according to Loren

Dixon, president of the

Lake Forest Garden Club.

Dixon said the club has

always provided grants

and supported local community

organizations, dating

back to its founding in


She said one of the main

goals with the money will

be to help educate Lake

Forest residents on “recycling


“When we throw our recycling

into the bin, if you

take your soda can and half

the soda is still in there, the

soda that leeches out destroys

the entire load, and

none of that is no longer

recyclable,” she said.

Dixon added that 95

percent of Lake Forest

residents take part in the

city’s recycling program,

as compared to Chicago,

where only 8 percent of

the city participates.

“It’s clearly an important

topic for community

members,” Dixon said.

Mayor George Pandaleon

thanked Dixon and the

other Garden Club members

for their support, and

added this is the second

time in recent years they

have stepped up to help

the city with a major initiative.

Pandaleon said the

club provided a “substantial”

monetary donation

to help support the north

beach access road project,

which was completed earlier

this fall.

“This is a substantial gift

for this purpose,” Pandaleon

said of the recycling

program donation. “And

it’s really going to make a


The aldermen also heard

a presentation from the

city’s finance director,

Elizabeth Holleb, on the

first reading of the 2019

tax levy.

In her report, Holleb

said the proposed tax levy

for 2019 reflects a 4.64

percent increase over the

2018 tax levy extensions

for both the city and library

operating funds, as

well as the city pension

and debt service funds.

She said the increase

includes the 1.9 percent

property tax cap increase

on operating and Illinois

Municipal Retirement

Fund pension levels, as

well as the debt service

bond levies that were previously

approved by City

Council bond ordinances

(which are subject to

abatement for debt paid by

alternate revenue sources).

The increase is also attributed

to new construction

and increases in police

and fire pension costs as

determined by an independent

actuarial valuation.

Holleb estimates the average

increase to existing

residents, for an $800,000

home, is $130, or 3.82 percent.

She did say that the levy

amounts for Lake Forest

School District 67 were

not yet available at the

time of her presentation,

but they would be incorporated

into the final levy

ordinance that will be submitted

for final approval

on Dec. 2.

Aldermen unanimously

approved the first reading

of the tax levy following

Holleb’s presentation.

The aldermen also received

an update on the

census process, which

will begin in March 2020

across the country.

Michelle Friedrich, a

planning technician in the

city’s community development

department, gave a

presentation on the census

timeline as well as how to

fill out census forms.

This year, there will be

three options for completing

the census; the handwritten

form, and two new

methods; online and by


Friedrich said those filling

out the online form will

not have their information

used for any purpose other

than determining the population

of a given area.

Getting an accurate

count for the census is

important for congressional

and local redistricting


“It is important that every

person is counted once

and in the right place,”

Friedrich said. “Everyone

should be counted who

lives in the home, including

young children. College

students living away

from the home should also

be counted in the campus

housing that they live in.”

For people who spend

their winters in other places,

or who have multiple

homes, Friedrich said the

census says to fill out the

information for where you

“eat and sleep most of the


The census process will

begin in March 2020.

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Posted to LakeForestLeaderDaily.com 1 day ago

Friends celebrate Thanksgiving at Dickinson Hall

Alexa Burnell

Freelance Reporter

The annual Thanksgiving

celebration held at

Dickinson Hall on Thursday,

Nov. 21 combined

the comfort of a homecooked

meal with the joy

that comes from spending

time with dear friends and


The afternoon was organized

by Dickinson

Program Manager Tricia

Schwall, with help from

Program Assistant Katie

Dolan and Administrative

Assistant Tara Purtell.

The trio worked tirelessly

to see that they accomplished

Dickinson’s mission

to offer educational,

social and cultural opportunities

for adults, while

fostering independence

and personal growth.

Schwall reported that

more than 80 members

joined the festivities - the

largest turnout in recent

years. Better yet, were the

smiles on the faces of all

who attended.

“I love this annual

tradition because it provides

a place for seniors

to be with their friends,”

Schwall said. “Many have

lost loved ones, so their

holiday traditions have

changed over the years.

Today, however, there is a

celebratory feel in the air.

“It’s great to see everyone

all dressed up,

enjoying a meal together,

connect with old friends

and make new ones. Seeing

everyone have such a

great time is heartwarming

for us all.”

As the festivities began,

representatives from

the event sponsors, Lynn

Johnson, of Brookdale

Senior Living Solutions,

and Amy Cohen, of Home

The centerpieces on all the tables at Dickinson Hall’s

Thanksgiving lunch were all created by Lake Forest

resident Jean Grost.

Instead Senior Care, mingled

with the crowd and

gave a few words. Cohen

asked the crowd to shout

out what they were thankful

for and many laughed

when one women announced

she was grateful

for “living.” Others added,

they were grateful for

their grandkids, health,

family and friends.

When Schwall took to

the podium, she spoke

from the heart, saying,

“Our lives are more meaningful

when surrounded

by good friends, helping

us all live longer and fuller


After the announcements,

the volume in the

room turned back to high,

as the crowd laughed,

talked and joked around

with one another.

One of those jokesters

was 95-year-old Mary

Redmond, of Lake Forest,

who kidded around with

others at her table, particularly

her nephew Johnny,

who accompanied her.

Redmond is a longtime

resident of Lake Forest

and devoted 48 years

to teaching preschool in

town. For her, the celebration

was a wonderful

opportunity to be out and

about after an illness.

“I was very sick earlier

in the year, so to be here,

surrounded by friends

while being treated to a

great meal is really wonderful,”

she said.

Similarly, Nancy Homor

and Cathie Mariella,

both also longtime

residents of Lake Forest,

shared a meal, grateful to

have met one another at

Dickinson Hall.

“We both lived in Lake

Forest for years but didn’t

meet until we came to

Dickinson,” Homor said.

“Now we have a whole

group of new friends.

Many of us are widows,

so it’s great to have found

this new community.

“In my opinion, Dickinson

is the best kept secret

around. What they provide

for seniors is simply


Mariella added, “I’ve

met so many friends here.

I enjoy pinochle and come

to many of the lectures.

Everything they offer is


While guests feasted on

a delicious meal, many

Mary Redmond (right) and her nephew, Johnny, pose for a photo during the Thanksgiving

lunch at Dickinson Hall on Thursday, Nov. 21. Photos by Alexa Burnell/22nd

Century Media

Kay Thomas (left) and Jean Grost enjoy the Dickinson Hall Thanksgiving celebration.

commented on the beautiful

centerpieces that

adorned each table, giving

all compliments to the

most artistic in the bunch,

Jean Grost. A Lake Forest

resident with a reputation

for an unmatched creative

flare, Grost crafted each

centerpiece with thought

and care.

“I love to decorate and

start collecting different

pieces starting early in the

fall to make the perfect arrangements,”

Grost said.

“I’m thrilled to have my

centerpieces here today. I

make them every year and

always look forward to

doing so.”

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Police Reports

Posted to LakeForestLeaderDaily.com 2 days ago

More than $3,000 in iPhones stolen in Lake Bluff

Staff Report

The Lake Bluff Police

Department took a report

on Nov. 15 of a retail theft

that occurred in the 900

block of Rockland Road.

Police reported that two

unknown suspects entered

the store and left after taking

three Apple iPhones

without paying for them.

The total loss is more

than $3,000.

The investigation is ongoing.

In other police news:

Lake Forest

Nov. 10

• Mario Go, 35, of Niles,

was charged with driving

under the influence

of drugs. Police on routine

patrol in the area of

Waukegan Road and Everett

Road conducted a traffic

stop on a 2015 Subaru

after observing the vehicle

commit several moving violations.

Officers spoke to

the driver, Go, and while

speaking to him they noticed

he was demonstrating

signs of impairment.

Officers had Go step from

the vehicle and perform

several field sobriety tests.

Based on the officer’s observations

of Go’s driving,

observations of his

actions, and performance

on field sobriety test, Go

was placed under arrest.

He was transported to

Northwestern Medicine -

Lake Forest Hospital for a

DUI test, and subsequently

transported to the Public

Safety Building for processing.

Go was released

on bond with a December

court date.

Nov. 12

• Jorge O. Herrera, 47,

of Highwood, has been

charged with driving while

license revoked. Police

conducted a traffic stop on

a 2004 Chrysler sedan at

McKinley Road and Scott

Street after observing the

vehicle’s license plate was

expired. Officers spoke to

the driver, Herrera, and

when asked for his driver’s

license, he was unable

to provide one. A check of

his license status indicated

it was revoked for several

driving and alcohol violations.

Herrera was arrested

and transported to the Public

Safety Building for processing.

He was held overnight

pending transport to

the Lake County Jail for a

bond hearing.

Nov. 14

• Ann M. Buckley, 78,

of Highland Park, was

charged with driving under

the influence of alcohol.

While on routine patrol, an

officer observed a BMW

sedan driving erratically

on Sheridan Road. The officer

followed the vehicle

and saw more erratic driving

movements. A traffic

stop was conducted at the

intersection of Sheridan

and McCormick Drive.

The officer spoke with

the driver, identified as

Buckley, and observed

that she appeared to be

disorientated and not comprehending

questions that

were asked of her. Buckley

admitted to drinking

wine, and was then asked

to complete some standard

sobriety tests to determine

her ability to drive. Based

on Buckley’s performance

and the officer’s observations

of her driving, she

was arrested for driving

under the influence. Buckley

was transported to the

Public Safety Building for

processing. She was released

on bond and given a

December court date.

Nov. 15

• Brittney N. Strong, 29,

of Waukegan, has been

charged with no valid

driver’s license and operating

an uninsured motor

vehicle. Police responded

to a traffic crash in the area

of Waukegan Road and

Westleigh Road. During

the traffic crash investigation,

officers determined

Strong did not have a valid

driver’s license nor did

the vehicle she was driving

have insurance. Strong

was eventually taken into

custody and charged.

Strong was processed, released

on bond, and given

a December court date.

Nov. 18

• Humberto H. Gonzalez,

19, of Zion, has been

charged with driving while

license suspended. Police

pulled over a silver Honda

at Route 41 and Gage Lane

after spotting the vehicle

speeding 80 mph in a 55

mph zone. When the officer

spoke to the driver,

Gonzalez, he was unable to

produce a driver’s license.

A computer check was

made and the officer found

the Gonzalez’s license was

suspended. Gonzalez was

arrested and transported

to the Public Safety Building.

He was processed, released

on bond, and given

a December court date.

Lake Bluff

Nov. 20

• Jesus Montoya, 32,

of Waukegan, has been

charged with driving under

the influence of alcohol

and improper lane

usage. Police received a

driving complaint from another

agency and stopped

the suspected vehicle on

Route 41 near the intersection

of Route 176. Police

reported Montoya’s BAC

was .08 or higher. He was

released on bond and given

a December court date.


Lake Forest Leader’s Police

Reports are compiled from

official reports found on file

at the Lake Forest and Lake

Bluff Police Departments. Individuals

named in these reports

are considered innocent

of all charges until proven

guilty in a court of law.

Posted to LakeForestLeaderDaily.com 4 days ago

The Leader appeals District 67 denial of records requests regarding Deer Path principal

Peter Kaspari, Editor

The Lake Forest Leader

is appealing the denial of

an Illinois Freedom of Information

request made to

Lake Forest School District

67 that sought more

information about the

administrative leave, and

ultimate resignation, of

Deer Path Middle School

Principal Tom Cardamone.

Cardamone was placed

on administrative leave at

the end of September, and

announced his resignation

in October, effective Dec.


It is unclear why Cardamone

was placed on absence,

as school officials

have repeatedly declined

to comment on the matter,

calling it a personnel


In an attempt to seek

more information, The

Leader filed five records

requests in October. Three

were denied by the district,

while the district

also contended to have

no records of any “complaints”

or “grievances”

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against Cardamone made

in the last two years.

One request from The

Leader, however, produced

a copy of an email

conversation between

Cardamone and district

human resources director

Allison Stampien, in

which a meeting to discuss

a “teacher concern”

had been scheduled between

the two, where a

campus security guard

was also present.

When The Leader requested

more information

about that meeting, the

district denied the request,

calling any records it had

“predecisional communication

in which recommendations

and opinions

are expressed, or policies

or actions are formulated,

and the record has not

been publicly disclosed

by the head of the public

body. Thus, the record is

exempt from disclosure.”

The Leader is appealing

that ruling to the Office of

Illinois Attorney General

Kwame Raoul, contending

that District 67 is misinterpreting

the exemption

and any fact-based

materials are a matter of

public record.

The district has also

twice denied The Leader’s

request for internal

communication regarding

Cardamone in the week

leading up to the meeting

in question. The district

says the requests have

been too broad, returning

records too voluminous

and burdensome to staff.

The Leader has amended

its request to narrow its

scope and is awaiting response

from the district.

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8 | November 27, 2019 | The lake forest leader COMMUNITY



From Editor Peter


This is my family’s

dog, Panda (real

name Pandora). Nov.

28 marks the 10-year

anniversary of her

adoption from PAWS

Chicago! She loves

walking with her dog friends. While she will bark

at anybody who isn’t family, she enjoys laying in

her favorite living room chair, chewing on turkey

sticks and loves it when her human brother, Peter,

scratches her tummy. Panda also loves playing in

the snow, even in single-degree weather, much to

the annoyance of her family!

To see your pet featured as Pet of the Week, send a photo

and information to peter@lakeforestleader.com or 60

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Posted to LakeForestLeaderDaily.com 1 day ago

Anytime Fitness opens

its doors in Lake Bluff

Submitted Content

Anytime Fitness celebrated its

grand opening in Lake Bluff on

Saturday, Nov. 16.

Located at 219 Waukegan

Road, the premier 5,000-squarefoot,

24/7 fitness facility features

top-of-the-line cardio, strength,

free weight and functional training


Staff members are eager to help

members achieve their health and

wellness goals with professional

instruction and guidance through

group classes and one-on-one

personal training.

Anytime Fitness is ready to

help make healthy happen!

RIGHT: Lake Bluff Anytime Fitness

staff members along with

Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Chamber

of Commerce representatives

pose at the grand opening

ribbon cutting ceremony on

Saturday, Nov. 16. Pictured are

Chris Bandemeir (left to right),

Matt Thometz, Kristen Thometz,

owners Pat Thometz and Joe

Thometz, Nancy Thometz and LF/

LB Chamber Executive Director

Joanna Rolek Photo Submitted

Posted to LakeForestLeaderDaily.com 4 days ago

Burt recognized by women’s policy organization

Submitted Content

Janet Burt was awarded

with a national award

from The Policy Circle,

a nonprofit committed to

advancing women’s leadership.

Burt, who is circle leader

for the Lake Forest Policy

Circle, received the recognition

on Nov. 15 at the society’s

fourth annual Policy

Circle Leadership Summit

in Chicago.

She received the 2019

Experience Award.

In her position, Burt regularly

reviews The Policy

Circle’s policy briefs and

provides detailed feedback.

Founded in 2015, The

Policy Circle provides a

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Fill A Heart 4 Kids lunch

celebrates helping children

Peter Kaspari, Editor

Board members and supporters

of Fill A Heart 4

Kids gathered together on

Tuesday, Nov. 19, not to

celebrate what they were

thankful for, but to celebrate

the kids the nonprofit

has supported over the past


The Thanks for Giving

luncheon was held at the

home of Annie McAveeney,

co-founder of Fill

A Heart for Kids, a Lake

Forest-based nonprofit with

the goal of helping homeless

and foster children

across Lake County.

The get-together featured

a lunch as well as a home

decorated with Christmas

trees. Instead of ornaments,

the trees had little hearts

on them, each with a dollar

amount listed.

McAveeney said each

dollar amount meant something


“Fifty dollars represents

a gift and a special experience

for a foster child,” she

said. “And so then they’ll

get a holiday gift.”

Fill A Heart 4 Kids has

a goal of providing 1,350

gifts for children this holiday


Speaking to guests,

McAveeney highlighted all

the major milestones Fill A

Heart 4 Kids has accomplished

this year, all with

the goal of helping Lake

County’s homeless and foster


“We started our first

pop-up store,” she said.

“Over 35,000 school supplies

were delivered. It’s

where foster children can

come and shop and pick up

school supplies.”

There has been noticeable

improvement in the

grades of children supported

by Fill A Heart 4 Kids.

“Our kids went from getting

D’s and F’s in school,

and now we have kids that

are getting C’s and B’s and

A’s,” McAveeney said.

One major goal McAveeney

said Fill A Heart 4 Kids

wants to accomplish is to

make sure every homeless

and foster child supported

by the nonprofit goes to

either college or a trade


“And that is critical, because

not one child in Lake

County living in a group facility

this year went to college,”

she said. “And that’s

not acceptable.”

They’ve teamed up with

the Princeton Review to

offer tutoring classes to

teenagers who want to take

the ACT in preparation for

college. For students who

would rather have another

career option, McAveeney

said Fill A Heart 4 Kids

has partnered with trade

schools to help students

who are interested in those


“If we catch the kids

now, at an early age, and

really work hard with them,

then we can really make a

difference,” she said.

One new program Fill A

Heart 4 Kids is starting is

Fill A Boot. The goal with

that fundraiser is to get

footwear for homeless and

foster children.

McAveeney said there

are more than 25,000 unaccompanied

homeless youth

in Illinois, and only 600

beds to house them.

The rest, she said, either

go couch-hopping or find

a garage to spend the night


“If they don’t have a

home that night, we want

to make sure those boots

are warm,” she said. “And

those kids, for the holidays,

they’re receiving a boot,

warm socks, foot warmers,

hand warmers, gloves,


The kids will also receive

$150 to pay for meals.

McAveeney added that,

this year, about 58 foster

children took part in Party

Like a Pilgrim, Fill A Heart

4 Kids’ annual Thanksgiving


Margie Alpert, a board

member with Fill A Heart

4 Kids, said she started

volunteering with the nonprofit

about three years ago

with her young children.

“Once I met Annie, and

the stories that she told me,

I had to help because I can’t

believe that this is happening,

in essence, in our back

yard,” she said.

Alpert said she and other

board members work to

make sure all homeless

and foster youth in Lake

County have a great holiday


“I’m trying to help make

this a well-oiled machine,”

she said. “Annie is amazing,

and what we do in

reaching out to 1,350 kids

on a monthly basis with

food and necessities and

letting them know that

they’re loved and cared for.

I know it’s going to make a


McAveeney said anybody

is welcome to give

to Fill A Heart 4 Kids, and

asked that those interested

in helping should visit their

website, fillaheart4kids.


Annie McAveeney, co-founder of Fill A Heart 4 Kids, speaks to board members and

supporters of the nonprofit during the Thanks for Giving Luncheon on Tuesday, Nov.

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Lake Bluff School D65 board of education

Schools receive positive audit results

Peter Kaspari, Editor

Lake Bluff School District

65 received positive

results from its annual audit,

which was presented

to board members at the

district’s regular meeting

on Nov. 12.

Nick Cavalier, an auditor

with Baker Tilly, shared

the results with board

members and said what he

found was all positive.

“It’s a clean audit opinion,

so very good audit

results,” he said. “We had

full cooperation through

the audit engagement.

Information was readily

available. And to issue an

annual financial report by

Oct. 4 requires a lot of coordination.”

One highlight in particular

Cavalier cited was

the district’s general fund,

which covers day-to-day


Based on his review,

Cavalier said the district

has “a very small operational


“The activity within

those accounts are trending

within your operational

resources,” he said.

“And that’s what you want

to see as a governing body

– that you’re living within

your means.”

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negative balance will be

corrected this fiscal year.

“Collectively, the district’s

financial position

is still healthy,” he said.

“There were no concerns

during the audit regarding

the district’s operations.”

Board members were

also presented the tentative

levy by Jay Kahn, director

of finance and operations/

chief school business official.

Kahn said the district

will be asking for a consumer-price

index increase

at the operation level.

“This will keep our

fund balance in the desired

range,” he said. “We

would like to continue to

grow revenue at a pace to

keep up with inflation. It

will allow us to address facility


The final levy will be

approved in December.

Dr. Kevin Rubenstein,

director of student services,

technology and assessment,

shared with board

members data on how students

compared with area

school districts in terms of

state assessments.

Overall, he said both

Lake Bluff Elementary

School and Lake Bluff

Middle School performed

very well, with LBES

rated “exemplary,” the

highest level a school can

achieve, and LBMS rated

“commendable,” the second-highest


In addition to the presentations,

Board President

Mark Barry gave an

update on the superintendent


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Lake Forest School D67 Board of education

$3.46 million science lab bids approved

Christa Rooks

Freelance Reporter

The Lake Forest District

67 Board of Education

unanimously approved

$3.46 million science lab

bids from Pepper Construction

for renovations to

Deer Path Middle School’s

science labs at its regular

meeting Tuesday, Nov. 19.

The bid package encompassed

costs for the

renovation of $2,459,321,

a construction management

fee of $76,262, construction

contingency funds of

$183,058, consultation fees

of $188,200, general conditions,

P&P and builder’s

risk costs of $374,904,

general liability costs of

$33,190, and miscellaneous

soft costs of $150,000 for

a total bid of $3,464,935.

This bid came in $438,806

lower than a bid submitted

in February.

Renee Fitzsimmons, District

67’s director of innovation,

presented the proposed

plans to the board.

“What we’re going to

hopefully do is take the existing

labs right now, tear

down the walls and turn it

into a completely brand new

[space], something that’s

never been done anywhere,

a completely different learning

space,” she said.

The plans for the new

grades seven/eight chemistry

lab includes installing a

moving wall, a living room

space and glass walls.

“The idea is to really

teach and learn without

limits and without boundaries,

just to go along with

our mission statement,”

Fitzsimmons said.

The grades seven/eight

physics lab will also be

renovated and also serve

as a space for earth science


The grades five/six side

will not have as many

changes, though lab tables

will become moveable. A

pass-through area between

the two labs will also be

added, and become a common

learning area, described

by Fitzsimmons as

a “gathering and regeneration


Science teachers have

been working on this project

since summer of 2018,

and visited science labs

at schools in Deerfield,

Northfield and Lake Bluff,

where new labs were recently


“We kind of took the

best of all these different

labs so we’re excited

because hopefully what

we’re going to be able to

present is something that’s

never been done before,”

Fitzsimmons said.

A group of students also

participated in a focus

group to help guide the

project’s direction.

“[I know] that this board

is student centric and our

schools are student centric

and this project clearly is

student centric,” Fitzsimmons


Addressing the financial

side of the project, District

67’s Chief Operating Officer

Jennifer Hermes explained

that because initial

bids for the project were

above the allotted budget,

teachers and district staff

were forced to reexamine

the project to lower costs.

“We told [the teachers]

to dream big, really, really

big, and they did … unfortunately,

in February 2019,

they dreamt a little bigger

than we could afford so we

did go back and worked diligently

through the spring

and summer and tried to

decide what we could do

to save the essence of the

project,” she said.

The teachers decided to

keep key elements like the

glass walls, garage doors

and flexible spaces while

adjusting smaller things

like ceiling materials.

Also helping with costs

was setting the project to

begin over spring break

2020, which is earlier than

the majority of school construction.

School staff has

already arranged for alternative

spaces for classes

using the labs for the remainder

of the 2019-2020

school year after construction


“That really gave us

an edge in the market,”

Hermes said, adding that

some of the contingency

costs also may be returned

based on what comes up

during the project.

Board member Justin

Engelland praised the project

and the district’s ability

to reduce the total cost.

“As an engineer by education

and someone who’s

made their career in the

software and technology

industry, this is a transformative

project the district is

about to undertake,” he said.

Board President Mike

Borkowski also expressed

his excitement for the project,

noting his love for science

and how the project

is in direct support of the

district’s vision of reimagining


“I love that there was

teacher input,” he said.

“Teachers know best we

need and I really appreciate

that. I love that the money

came down and I love [that

we] dreamed big and we

were able to keep the essence

of it and save almost

half a million dollars.”

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Longtime LF clothing store reopens with new owners

Peter Kaspari, Editor


Just five months after

the 82-year-old Smith’s

Men’s Store closed in

downtown Lake Forest,

it has reopened after two

men bought the property

and remodeled it.

Trey Gonzales and Kip

Helverson spent months

remodeling and refurbishing

the store, located at

770 N. Western Ave., to be

ready in time for its grand

reopening on Saturday,

Nov. 23.

Gonzales said the two

had seen on social media

that the store was closing

and that community

members were upset that

the longtime business was

closing down.

The two then made the

decision to buy the property,

move to Lake Forest

and reopen the store under

the Smith’s Men’s Store


And although it’s just

opened, Gonzales said

they’ve been receiving

positive reception.

“Over and over, we kept

hearing from the community

how much they appreciate

a men’s store in town

again,” he said. “They said

it was definitely needed


Gonzales and Halverson

had considered opening

their own store under a

new name, but after seeing

how much Smith’s Men’s

Store meant to Lake Forest,

they decided to bring

it back.

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store also gave the new



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“Essentially, the visual

aesthetic of the store will

be the main thing people

will notice whenever they

walk in,” Gonzales said.

“It looks very different,

but if they look a little

closer, they’ll see things

that are very familiar.”

Something else that will

remain the same is the selection

of brands available

for puchase.

But Gonzales said the

store will be adding some

to help diversify their


“We’re just going to

expand the assortment as

well as the fit and the cuts

of the different lines,” he

said. “We’ll have everything

from the traditional

fit to the more trim, modern

fit, so we’ll have a

wider range now.”

More products are also

available besides just


“In addition, we will

also have men’s skin care,”

he said. “We will have a

lot of gift items, which

we’ve been hearing about

is something that people

would like us to carry for

men specifically.”

Other products include

candles, cuff links and

leather goods.

In an era where it seems

more people are shopping

online, Gonzales said he

and Halverson offer a

more personal approach to


“What’s nice is that,

when you come in, after

you’re in a couple times,

we want it to feel like it’s

their store,” he said. “We

want people who come

in to feel like we’ve been

waiting all day for them to

walk through the door. It’s

that personal service.”

All customers will have

their sizes and personal

preferences on file. Gonzales

said he wants to know

his customers to the point

where, when one of their

favorite products comes

in, he’ll get ahold of them

to let them know.

“If I have something

that’s coming in, and I

know that John Smith really

likes this type of product,

then I can give him a

call and say, ‘Hey, we’re

getting a shipment in soon

and I know that you really

like Peter Millar and we’re

getting a whole new shipment

in,’” Gonzales said.

“‘I’m going to set some

things aside for you and let

me know when you might

be able to drop by to see if

it’s something you might

Trey Gonzales (center left) and Kip Helverson, owners

of Smith’s Men’s Store, cut the ribbon at its grand

re-opening Saturday, Nov. 23. Joanna Rolek (left),

executive director of the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff

Chamber of Commerce, and Jackie Smith (right), wife

of former owner Brooks Smith, look on. Photos by Alex

Newman/22nd Century Media

Customers look over the items for sale during the

grand re-opening of Smith’s Men’s Store.

be intersted in.’ There’s

just going to be a bit more

of a personal touch to the

shopping experience.”

Gonzales said he and

Halverson want to become

a part of the community

and know everybody in

town. The store’s many

previous owners were

known for having customers

stop by just to chat with

them and see them.

“We’re hoping that a lot

of people will come in just

to see us as well.”

The two owners also

have plans for events for

the community.

“Everything from shopping

nights that benefit

local nonprofit groups to

custom suiting events,”

he said. “We’ll have trunk

shows. There’s a bunch of

different events we’ll have

throughout the year to

keep people engaged and

knowledgeable about what

we’re doing.”

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Strauss joins Career Resource Center Board of Directors

Submitted Content

The Career


o u r c e

Center has


that John

Strauss, retired

senior Strauss

principal in

Accenture’s strategic practice,

has joined the the center’s

Board of Directors.

“John has assisted clients

for more than 25 years with

the development of growth

strategies and performance

improvement initiatives to

strengthen their market, operating,

and financial position,”

said Kristina Phillips,

executive director of CRC.

“A former client of CRC

earlier in his career, John

remained an active supporter

of CRC, including

leading our resume writing

workshops. We are thrilled

to have John join our board

and look forward to the expertise

and energy that he

will bring to our clients and

our team of advisors.”

Strauss will focus on the

unique needs of each client

he works with at CRC. His

expertise includes strategic

planning and performance

improvement for

large and complex health

care organizations including

hospitals, healthcare

organizations, and integrated

delivery systems. In

addition, Strauss was significantly

involved in staff

development and recruiting

throughout his career and

brings that knowledge and

experience to CRC’s clients.

He will assist clients

with the development of

their job search strategies

and preparation for reentry

into the market.

The Lake Forest-based

Career Resource Center

provides employment resources

featuring individualized

attention, education,

training and coaching by

industry professionals. A

nonprofit, CRC is assisted

by more than 100 volunteers

who deliver services

and assist with operations,

as well as the diversity of

donors who believe in the

group’s mission.

Strauss joins a dedicated

group of accomplished

volunteer advisors/coaches

who have varied backgrounds

and a commitment

to helping unemployed and

underemployed workers.

CRC advisors average 25

years of management experience

with companies

of all sizes, in a variety of

industries, including professional

career coaches.

Strauss’s expertise will

bring significant value to

CRC’s mission to strive

to help change lives and

strengthen communities

with confidence-building,

results-focused employment


Juarez achieves PGA Master Professional status

Submitted Content

Vince Juarez, general

manger of Deerpath Golf

Course, has achieved PGA

Master Professional status

in general management.

This certification is held

by fewer than 400 of the

28,000 PGA professionals

in the country. It recognizes

PGA members who

have made a significant

effort to improve as golf

professionals and maintain

the highest degree of

excellence for themselves

and their operations.

“On behalf of hundreds

of KemperSports PGA and

LPGA professionals and

more than 6,000 staffers, I

want to congratulate Vince

on this important and

well-deserved accomplishment,”

said Steve Skinner,

KemperSports CEO.

“We are very proud of his

dedication to his profession

and the outstanding

service he provides to our

guests. He is a leader in

every sense of the word.”

Juarez is entering his

fourth year with Deerpath

Golf Course and brings 20

years of club management

experience to the property.

During his time at Deerpath,

he has focused on

elevating inclusion and

customer service to new


He has been with KemperSports

for nearly eight

years. He previously

served in leadership roles

at Fox Lake Country Club

and was the 2014 recipient

of the James R. Seely General

Manager of the Year


‘The Nutcracker’ returns to Lake Forest Academy

Submitted Content

The North Shore School

of Dance will be returning

to Lake Forest for its 31st

annual production of “The


North Shore School of

Dance will present “The

Nutcracker” on Saturday,

Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. and 4

p.m., and Sunday, Dec.

15 at 3 p.m. Both performances

are at Lake Forest

Academy, 1500 West Kennedy

Road in Lake Forest.

The North Shore School

of Dance production has

been a Lake Forest holiday

tradition for decades.

Performances began at

Barat College, then Gorton

Center, Lake Forest

High School, and currently

in the Cressey Center

at Lake Forest Academy.

This “Nutcracker” production

has been known as the

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“Giving Nutcracker,” as a

portion of the proceeds go

to bringing joy and holiday

spirit to our military and

their families.

Tickets are $24 for

adults and $18 for children,

seniors and military.

This production is appropriate

for children of all

ages, with each act being

just over 30 minutes.

For purchasing tickets,

visit our website at www.


This show sells out every

year, so early purchase

is recommended.

The Nutcracker Boutique

will be at each performance.

Dolls, nutcrackers,

jewelry and other special

fun gifts can be purchased

for your dancer.

More information can

be found by calling (847)

432-2060 or visiting www.


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Lake Bluff welcomes

Christmas Home Tour

Submitted Content

Charming! That’s what

Lake Bluff is known for,

and it doesn’t get more

charming than the Lake

Bluff History Museum’s

Christmas Home Tour.

The 2019 tour of local

homes decked out in holiday

finery takes place Dec.

from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.,

giving visitors an opportunity

to experience each

homeowner’s unique style

while gathering ideas to

use in their own homes.

The tour includes several

historically significant

homes, including a stone

gatehouse built in 1925 on

the grounds of one of the

village’s most notable estates;

a circa 1905 Queen

Anne that was commissioned

by the “vaudeville

king” who went on to cofound

one of Hollywood’s

Big Five movie studios

with Joseph Kennedy; a

beautifully renovated midcentury


home whose rooms radiate

from a circular atrium

that spans two-stories, and

a sun-filled beach house

built in 2014 that is ready

to showcase new interior

decor upstairs and a lower-level

newly outfitted to

look like a speak-easy!

The tour also includes

two boutiques in historic

homes where guests will

find art, jewelry, clothing

and home decor sourced

and in many cases created

by local artisans.

“The houses on the tour

reflect an eclectic mix of

styles,” said Penny Marsh,

chair of the Christmas

Home Tour. “Many visitors

pick up ideas on the tour

and use it to jump-start their

own holiday decorating.”

Said a homeowner

whose house was featured

on a previous Christmas

Home Tour: “This event is

not to be missed.”

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Send us your most cheerful, creative cards this season

Eric DeGrechie

Managing Editor

While we enjoy our Thanksgiving

meals and the days ahead

of delicious leftovers, it’s time to

put on our creative caps and kerchiefs

for the next 22nd Century

Media contest.

Everyone loves to receive a

thoughtful card, especially during

the holiday season. Our editors

are no different as we run out

to the mailbox every day hoping

for cheerful mail. With the return

of the annual Holiday Greeting

Card Contest, and as Santa Claus

already knows, our staff has been

very good this year. Why not reward

them with your best entries?

We’ll be accepting submissions

of holiday cards through Wednesday,

Dec. 18. Entries will then be

evaluated by the editorial team

and winners will be selected,

notified and handed grand prizes

from local retailers.

We’ll be checking our mailing

list (more than twice) this holiday

season to collect holiday cards

from readers in Lake Forest and

Lake Bluff.

There are only a few rules:

1. One entry per family

2. Card must be from this holiday


3. E-cards are accepted

So, this holiday season, don’t

forget to add “award-winning

holiday card” to your wish list.

Please send your entries to

Attn: Holiday Card Contest, 60

Revere Drive ST 888, Northbrook,

IL, 60062, or email editor

Peter Kaspari at peter@lakeforestleader.com.

Entries are due Dec. 18 and

winners will be printed in a future

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Glenbrook North

custodian, wife ID’d as

victims in Buffalo Grove

double murder

The Buffalo Grove Police

Department has identified

Roman Frid, an evening

shift custodial crew

member at Glenbrook

North High School, as one

of the two subjects killed

the evening of Sunday,

Nov. 17, in a double homicide.

Frid, 69, was a member

of GBN’s plant operations

team since 2003, Principal

Dr. John L. Finan said in

an email sent to parents on

Tuesday, Nov. 19.

“He was a loyal GBN

employee who worked

to ensure that our school

facilities were clean and

prepared for students on a

daily basis,” Finan said in

the email.

According to Finan,

members of the evening

shift typically work at the

school from 3:30 p.m. to

midnight, thus it’s unlikely

many GBN students had a

close connection to him.

Frid and his wife, Nataliya

Ermak, were killed

in what Buffalo Grove

police called a “targeted”

attack. The department

identified Anatoliy Ermak,

64, as the suspect wanted

in connection with the alleged

murder, according to

Buffalo Grove officials.

Police said Anatoliy Ermak

should be considered

armed and dangerous.

The double homicide

occurred at 150 Lake

Blvd., police said. Anyone

with information on

Anatoliy Ermak’s location

should contact the Buffalo

Grove Police Department

at (847) 459-2560 or submit

an anonymous tip at

(847) 662-2222, lakecountycrimestoppers.com.

Reporting by Martin Carlino,

Contributing Editor. Full

story at NorthbrookTower-



Controversial Willow-

Pfingsten proposal gets

narrow approval from

Glenview Plan Commission

A proposed development

at the southwest

corner of Willow and

Pfingsten roads has elicited

strong pushback from

residents in the area, and a

recent design amendment,

while significant, hasn’t

managed to quell the opposition.

Still, during the Glenview

Plan Commission’s

Tuesday, Nov. 19 meeting,

the commissioners voted

3-2 in favor of recommending

the project to the

Glenview Village Board,

which will have the final

say on the issue.

Currently, the 8.5-acre

subject property holds a

two-story, single-family

residence and several accessory


Until this meeting,

the most recent proposal

would have replaced

those structures with a

35,000-square-foot grocery

store and three multitenant

retail buildings

totaling approximately

28,000 square feet, as well

as associated parking lots.

The project also would

have included six new single-family

homes, served

by a proposed extension of

Charlie Court, on the south

2.352 acres.

Although the Plan Commission

already recommended

that plan to the

Village Board, developer

GW Properties returned

to the Plan Commission

with an amendment,

which eliminated the six

single-family homes from

the plan to make room for

a larger water-detention


According to Mitch

Goltz, principal of GW

Properties, the new plan

includes “two-plus additional

acres of green

space, significantly more

tree preservation, a simple

project to execute on …

[and] would have greater

capacity for any future

growth or stormwater


Reporting by Chris Pullam,

Freelance Reporter. Full

story at GlenviewLantern-



Agreement between

teachers union, NSSD112


North Shore D112 board

members approved a fiveyear

collective bargaining

agreement with the district’s

teachers union, the

North Shore Education


Teachers will receive

annual salary increases

of 4.15 percent for those

deemed “on schedule”

and 2.1 percent for those

deemed “off schedule.”

K-5 teachers will continue

to receive 300 minutes

of preparation time

each week, 60 of which

will be spent in teams to

plan lessons, review data

and assessments and share

best practices and strategies.

The board also increased

its contribution to health

insurance, with teachers

paying 45 percent of premiums

for PPO familytier

options and 35 percent

of the total premium for

HMO options.

“This contract was a

financial stretch for the

board, but in order to move

our district forward, it was

worth it,” board member

Dan Jenks said. “This

measure doesn’t look at

our capital backlog… or

the fact that our suburb

cannot add additional tax

revenue. Simply put, our

district can’t afford to be

the highest payer in this

area. This contract is not

the high-end of the North

Shore, and it’s not the lowest.”

Reporting by Bianca Cseke,

Freelance Reporter. Full

story at HPLandmarkDaily.



Glencoe Park Board:

Levying taxes for 2019

tax year approved

The Glencoe Park Board

saw a shorter agenda at

this month’s meeting on

Nov. 19 as the winter season

enters full swing, but

there was some conversation

about a couple action

items. The most significant

move, while not discussed

for long, was the hearing

and approval of Ordinance

No. 906: levying taxes for

the 2019 tax year.

The Board went with

Director of Finance and

Human Resources Carol

Mensinger’s recommendation

of the amount of

$4,713,000 which was

talked about during last

month’s meeting. This

levy is a 4.93 percent increase

over the 2018 extension.

“This is what you file

with the county clerk’s

office to be able to levy

taxes and raise money,”

Mensinger said. “It’s a

yearly thing.”

Mensinger also mentioned

that 4.93 percent

increase was the only difference

from the previous


The tax extension includes

the Park District’s

general corporate, recreational,

special recreational,

liability insurance,

audit, I.M.R.F, social security

and workers’ compensation

insurance fund

which adds up to the 4.17

million dollars in leviedoperating


Meanwhile, Director of

Recreation and Facilities

Bobby Collins announced

that the Watts Center ice

rink will open for winter

operation the day after

Thanksgiving, as long as

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From the Editor

Thanksgiving offers time to reflect

Peter Kaspari


The holiday season is

my favorite time of

year. People seem

to be a lot happier, more

friendly, and, at least for a

little while, it seems like

most of the troubles in the

world melt away.

But even though Halloween

and Christmas

are two of my favorite

holidays, it seems to me

that many people overlook


To me, that’s really

a shame. Yeah, I’m not

really a huge fan of

Thanksgiving food, but

the holiday itself always

affords me an opportunity

to reflect on everything

that I’m thankful for.

I’m thankful for my

family, including my parents,

sister and extended

family of aunts, uncles,

cousins, and my grandfather,

who is my last

surviving grandparent.

I’m thankful for my education

and that I was able

to attend amazing schools

at both the high school

and collegiate level.

I’m thankful for my

health and that I’ve never

had any major health


I’m thankful for all

of my friends, whether

they’re from the North

Shore, the Chicagoland

area, Iowa or anywhere

across the United States

and beyond.

I’m also thankful to the

people of Lake Forest and

Lake Bluff, who have welcomed

me in my almost

four months here at The

Leader. Your warm welcome

has assured me that

I made the right choice in

coming back to the North

Shore to start the next

chapter of my life.

Too often, it seems

like people focus on the

negative. I’m not one that

likes to do that. There is so

much to be thankful for in

this world, and I hope that

everybody takes some time

to reflect on what they’re

thankful for this season.

Happy Thanksgiving,


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From Page 14

the weather is OK. There

will be free open skate

along with broomball and

hockey sessions. Skate

rental fees are also lowered.

“The ice started getting

made yesterday and should

be finished by tomorrow,

day after. We’re watching

the weather closely,” Collins


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Landscaping contract for

all buildings approved in


After tabling the contract

last month, the Wilmette

School District 39 Board

of Education awarded a

bid package to Landscape

Concepts Management

for landscaping services

at all district buildings

from Dec. 1, 2019 to Nov.

30, 2020 in the amount

of $46,632 at its Monday,

Nov. 18 meeting.

The board additionally

authorized Business Manager

Ellen Crispino to add

change orders not to exceed

$4,663, which is 10

percent of the contract.

“The district is committed

to providing equitable

services across the district

as needed and will ensure

that each school has access

to landscaping services of

their vegetable gardens if

desired,” board member

Ellen Sternweiler said.

The scope of work includes

vegetable garden

services at Central and

McKenzie, as well as initial

cleanup, base maintenance

and final cleanup

at all district buildings.

Change orders will be used

as needed for additional

services not included in the

landscaping bid, including

vegetable garden services

at Harper, Romona, Highcrest

and Wilmette Junior

High, similar to services at

Central and McKenzie.

“All vegetable gardens

that would like assistance

can be covered under the

contract,” Superintendent

Kari Cremascoli said.

The board also reviewed

a draft of student fees proposed

for the 2020-21

school year. These fees are

scheduled for approval at

the board’s Dec. 16 meeting.

go figure


An intriguing number from this week’s edition

The amount of gifts Fill A

Heart 4 Kids wants to buy for

homeless and foster children

in Lake County. Full story on

Page 9.

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growing concern with student

fees. I’ve had enough.

We pay enough already,”

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Conkey said.

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Lake Forest author details controversial 1972 basketball game in new book, Page 19

David Sweet, an author

from Lake Forest, reads

a portion of his new

book, “Three Seconds

in Munich,” during an

author event at the Lake

Forest Book Store.

Peter Kaspari/22nd

Century Media

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Posted to LakeForestLeaderDaily.com 2 days ago

Sweet’s new book details controversial Olympic basketball game

Peter Kaspari, Editor

It was perhaps the most

unusual and controversial

ending to a basketball

game in the history of the


In the 1972 Olympics in

Munich, the United States

men’s basketball team was

leading the Soviet Union

in the final second of the

gold medal game.

Out of nowhere, R. William

Jones, the head of

international basketball,

called a timeout and added

three seconds to the clock.

Then he added another

three seconds after that.

In that time, the Soviet

Union scored and won the

game, defeating the championship

U.S. men’s basketball


That game is the subject

of the new book, “Three

Seconds in Munich,” written

by Lake Forest author

David Sweet.

“I didn’t see the game

back in 1972,” he said. “I

was nine years old, but as

I was researching different

sports ideas, it really

appealed to me, and for a

variety of reasons.”

One of the big reasons

the topic appealed to him

was the fact that it was

overshadowed by the

Munich massacre, where

11 Israeli Olympic team

members were taken hostage

and assassinated.

Sweet said he considers

the final result of the

basketball game “the most

controversial finish in the

history of sports.”

For the book, Sweet interviewed

surviving members

of the team, including

team captain Kenny Davis,

whom Sweet traveled to

Kentucky to speak with.

To this day, the controversial

ending of that game

impacts the players.

“It still resonates today

because these players have

still rejected their medals,”

Sweet said. “Even though

they’re asked time and

again to accept them, they

will not. And some of them

have put in their wills that

their descendants cannot

accept them either.”

Sweet spent about two

years writing the book,

while also working a fulltime

job. Most of his research

he did online or

over-the-phone interviews.

Davis was the only person

he traveled to visit, but he

said it was an eye-opening

experience visiting the former

team captain.

“That turned out to be a

great day,” he said. “Just

going through his memorabilia,

talking with Kenny

and his wife. Just seeing

his house, too.”

Sweet said Davis has

an American flag with the

Pledge of Allegiance on

it outside of his house.

But despite how patriotic

Davis is, Sweet said that

game had an impact on his


“And that’s when he also

told me he still can’t hear a

National Anthem without

thinking what they were

robbed from that day,”

he said. “They missed,

that day, not being able to

stand on the podium and be

able to hear that National

Anthem. He can’t hear a

National Anthem without

thinking of what they lost.”

In addition to being overshadowed

by the terrorist

attacks, as well as the victories

of other Olympians

such as Mark Spitz, Sweet

said part of the reason he

believes most people may

not remember the game is

because, back then, game

analysis wasn’t as popular

as it is today.

David Sweet, an author from Lake Forest, speaks to an audience at the Lake Forest Book Store about what inspired

him to write “Three Seconds in Munich,” which details the controversial final 1972 Olympic basketball game

that pitted the United States against the Soviet Union. Photos by Peter Kaspari/22nd Century Media

“This was all before

ESPN, before Twitter,” he

said. “There wasn’t a way

to sort of keep it live for

another couple of days afterward,

aside from a column

or two.”

Sweet is happy with

how the book turned out,

and he’s gotten praise

from some of the players

from that game, including


He went into writing the

book with an open mind,

and didn’t have any preconceived

notions about

what might have happened.

“But as I did the research,

it really became

obvious that this was a

very strange, unusual and

unprecedented way for

a game to end,” he said.

“With the head of international

basketball putting

time back on the clock

twice, overruling referees

David Sweet, of Lake Forest, reads from his new book, “Three Seconds in Munich,”

during an author talk at the Lake Forest Book Store.

who were supposed to run

the game.”

He soon realized how big

of an impact that game had

on the lives of the 12 American

basketball players.

“The idea of sort of innocence

lost and the world

can be corrupt and other

things really resounds with

them (the players) to this

day,” Sweet said.

20 | November 27, 2019 | The lake forest leader FAITH


Faith Briefs

Faith Lutheran Church

(680 West Deerpath, Lake Forest)

Mid-week Bible Study

Join us for mid-week

Bible Study each Wednesday

from 10-11 a.m. in the

Adult Forum Room. The

Lord’s Supper is offered

after each class.

Celebration Worship with


Weekly on Saturdays, 5

to 6 p.m.

Hogar de Fe, Our Hispanic

Worship Service

Hogar de Fe is Faith’s

Spanish-language church

service. Saturdays, 6:30 to

8 p.m.

Women’s Small Group

Bible Study

Monthly on the first and

third Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday Tie’ers

9:30-11:30 a.m., second

and fourth Tuesday of the

month. Put together quilts

for Lutheran World Relief.

No sewing experience required!

All are welcome.

Steeple Quilters

Weekly on Thursdays,

7:30 to 9 p.m.

Grace United Methodist Church (244

East Center Ave., Lake Bluff)

Boy Scouts

7-9 p.m. Mondays. Boy

Scout Troop 42 will meet

in Fellowship Hall.

Adult Formation

6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays at

Inovasi, 28 E. Center Ave.,

Lake Bluff.

Bible Study

Saturdays, 8-9 a.m. We

are studying The Last

Week by Marcus Borg and

John Crossan. Join us.

Prayer Shawl Group


The Grace Prayer Shawl

Group meets the third

Martin LeRoy Thompson

Martin LeRoy Thompson, 84, of Venice, formerly of Lake Forest, IL, passed away

November 18, 2019 inVenice, FL. He was born January 8, 1935 in Kindred, N.D. to the

late Nathaniel andVictoria ParksThompson. Dr.Thompson received a B.S.degree from

Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and his PhD. from Indiana University. During his

36 years of tenure, teaching chemistry at Lake Forest College, Dr.Thompson conducted

sabbatical research at the University of Virginia, the University of Colorado and the

University of Sussex, UK.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years,Ann SwitzerThompson; daughter, Paige Slover

(Mark) of Versailles, KY; son, NielsThompson (Laura) of Indianapolis, IN; son, Kurt

Thompson (Amy) of Plainfield, IN; daughter, Cole Healy (Peter) of Indianapolis, IN;

grandchildren, Christine and William Slover, Annabella and HazelThompson; Dugan,

Cole and MaggieThompson and Olin andVictoria Healy, as well as his brothersVictor

(Elaine)Thompson and Lyndon (Marlys) Thompson. In addition to his parents,

Dr.Thompson was preceded in death by his brother, Dwight.

A graveside service will be held in Monticello, IN on June 6th.

Please visit his online guestbook at


Monday of every month at

1:00 p.m. at Panera Bread

in Lake Bluff, corner of

Rockland Road (176) and

Waukegan Road. Anyone

who knows of a person

in need of a Prayer Shawl

may take one. Please contact

Susan Kenyon for

more information.

Women’s Support Group

The Women’s Support

Group will be meeting on

the second Thursday of

each month at 6:30 p.m.

in the Fireplace room. Our

support group is a group

of women that face challenging,

and, at times difficult

circumstances in our

daily lives. If you, a family

member, or friends (female

only please) that you

feel would benefit from

our group, please join us.

First Presbyterian Church

(700 Sheridan Road, Lake Forest)

Thanksgiving Day Worship

10 a.m., Nov. 28. Annual

Community Worship

with St. James Lutheran

Church and Church of

the Holy Spirit, with Rev.

Luke Back of Church of

the Holy Spirit preaching.

Wednesday Women’s Bible


9:45-11 a.m., Wednesdays

in the South Parlor.

Brown Bag Bible Study

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesdays

Church of St. Mary

(175 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest)

Advent Wreath-Making


3-4:30 p.m., Nov. 30.

The Guild of St. Mary is

hosting an Advent Wreath-

Making Event at St. Mary’s

Upper Grade Center Cafeteria.

St. Jude and St. Elizabeth

Circles invite you to

this family event to create

your Advent Wreath.

Materials and instructions

will be provided by Lake

Forest Flowers. Attendees

are encouraged to bring

their own clippers to cut

greens. Refreshments are

available. The cost is $42

per family (one wreath).

To register, visit https://


org. Registration deadline

is Nov. 22.

Eucharistic Adoration

Each Wednesday, the

Church of St. Mary offers

Eucharistic Adoration following

the 8 a.m. Mass. A

rosary will be prayed each

week at 6:40 p.m. with

Benediction following at

7 p.m.

Handbell Choir Practice

6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays

Adult Choir

7:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays

Christ Church of Lake Forest

(100 N. Waukegan Road)

Senior High Youth Group

7-9 p.m. Sundays. All

are welcome for a time

of worship, teaching and

fellowship. Friends are

encouraged to attend. For

more information, call

(847) 234-1001.

The Bridge Young Adults


7-9 p.m., every Wednesday.

All young adults are

welcome to join. For more

information, contact The-


Financial Peace University

6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesdays.

Financial Peace University

is designed to help

you achieve your financial

goals by showing you how

to eliminate debt and save

for the future. You will

be challenged and motivated

to make a plan for

your money and decrease

your stress over finances.

No matter how much you

make or how much debt

you may or may not have,

this class is for you!

The Fraternity

6-7:30 a.m. Fridays.

The Fraternity is a weekly

gathering of men’s small

groups to explore what the

Bible says about life, faith

and ideas that matter to

men. It’s an effort to combine

relevant topics with

Bible-based content that’s

accessible yet challenging

for any man. Learn more:



Women on Wednesdays

9-11 a.m. Join with

other women on Wednesday

mornings. Visit the

Women’s page for current

topic and to register: http://



9:15-11:15 a.m.,

Wednesdays. Join us the

first three Wednesdays

of the month for MOPS

(Mothers of Preschoolers).


10:30-11:30 a.m., Sundays.

GIFT (Growing in

Faith Together) offers a

potpourri of teachings

from students and teachers,

lay people and ministry

leaders. We look

forward to thoughtful presentations

with time for Q

and A in an informal, intergenerational


Drop-ins welcome.

Christian Science Society

(Gorton Center, 400 E. Illinois Road,

Lake Forest)

Testimony Meeting

7:30 p.m. first Wednesday

of each month. Come

to Gorton Center for

prayer, hymns, and readings

from the Bible, with

related passages from the

“Christian Science” textbook,

“Science and Health

with Key to the Scriptures”

by Mary Baker Eddy. Then

participants share their

own healings and inspiration.

For more information,

call (847) 234-0820

or email cssocietylakeforest@gmail.com.

Bible Blast

5-6 p.m. Sunday evenings.

Bible Blast is a family

program for children

4 years old through fifth

grade. Guide your child’s

spiritual growth and biblical

literacy to a new level

through Bible Blast. There

is a one-time registration

fee of $45. Free childcare

is provided for 3 years old

and younger.

Union Church of Lake Bluff

(525 E. Prospect Ave., Lake Bluff)

Live Wires

4-5 p.m. Wednesdays,

Fellowship Hall. Live

Wires is the Union Church

youth group for fourththrough

sixth-graders. The

group meets for lively discussion

and fun activities.

Submit information for

The Leader’s Faith page

to peter@lakeforestleader.

com. The deadline is noon on

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Radio show adaptation of ‘It’s a

Wonderful Life’ coming to Gorton

Peter Kaspari, Editor

Actors Geoff Isaac (center) and Hope Rosiak (right) appear

in a photo from “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio

Play.” The show will be performed in December. Photo


The stage adaptation of

a holiday classic that has

been enjoyed by audiences

for more than 70 years

is coming to the Gorton

Community Center.

The season-opener for

CenterStage in Lake Forest,

“It’s a Wonderful Life:

A Live Radio Play,” stars

22 actors from across the

North Shore, including

multiple from Lake Forest

and Lake Bluff.

It debuts Thursday, Dec.

12 at 7:30 p.m. and continues

Friday, Dec. 13 and

Saturday, Dec. 14. There

is also a matinee performance

at 3 p.m. Dec. 14.

“It’s a Wonderful Life”

tells the story of George

Bailey, a man who thinks

he has nothing to live for

until his guardian angel,

Clarence, shows him what

life would have been like

if he had never been born.

For the Gorton Center’s

performance, director Tom

Baker decided to try something

different; he is staging

the play as a live radio


Baker said this has led

to some creativity when it

comes to direction.

“We’re staging it as a radio

show, but I’ve been advising

the actors, as we’re

going through rehearsals,

that it has to be more than

just what audiences are

hearing,” he said. “The

audience has to see what

you’re doing with it too.

So we’ve been working

on, even though they have

their script in their hands,

and they’re reading it towards

the microphone,

that they also need to be

sharing looks with each

other and reacting to what

the other person is saying

so that it becomes interesting

to the person sitting in

the audience.”

While this is the first

time Baker has staged “It’s

a Wonderful Life” in this

way, it’s not his first experience

with the radio adaptation.

“Actually, I was in a radio

play production of ‘It’s

a Wonderful Life’ about

12 years ago as an actor,”

Baker said. “I had the privilege

of playing Clarence

the guardian angel.”

He was curious to see

what it would be like to

direct that version of the


“I’ve directed a lot of

plays,” he said. “I’ve done

a lot of children’s theater.

But I’ve never done a radio

show before.”

He’s also encouraged his

actors to help distinguish

their parts, as many actors

play multiple roles within

the show. Some actors will

use different voices for

different characters, while

others might be wearing

a different clothing item,

such as a scarf or a hat.

“When they (the audience)

see the same person

come up there and the person’s

playing three or four

different characters, they

might think it’s a character

they’ve seen before,”

Baker said.

One of the biggest challenges

Baker and the actors

have had to deal with

is moving around the

stage. Baker said there are

only three microphones on

stage, so one of the first

tasks he had to do was figure

out where each actor

should be and how they

should move about without

creating too much of a


“It’s almost like drawing

up a football play,” he said.

“You have to get the people

to move to the different

microphones at different

points in the scene and not

create a traffic jam and try

to do it smoothly.”

But once everyone figured

out their movements,

Baker said the actors were

able to begin their rehearsals

and focus on that.

Something else Baker

said was a bit of a challenge

was incorporating

parts of the movie into the


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22 | November 27, 2019 | The lake forest leader DINING OUT


Doña Paty’s expands menu to cater to customers

Erin Yarnall

Contributing Editor

Oscar Sanchez, his mom

Patricia, and the rest of their

family left their hometown

of Puebla, Mexico, around

30 years ago. Since then,

they’ve been keeping traditional

Mexican cooking

alive in their home kitchens.

But earlier this year, Sanchez

and his mom opened

up Doña Paty’s, named after

Patricia, and have been

serving up their homemade

recipes to Highwood.

Sanchez said opening

the restaurant has been his

mom’s dream since they

immigrated from Mexico.

“[She] used to own a

restaurant back in Mexico,

maybe 30 years ago,” Sanchez

said. “So it’s been a

[dream for a] long, long


In the meantime, both

Sanchez and his mom have

been working in the medical

field as nurse technicians.

Sanchez said the

transition was simple because

both the medical field

and restaurant industry focus

on customer service.

“In the medical field we

have to make sure our patients

are very well taken

care of,” Sanchez said.

“The food industry is the

same thing. We have to

make sure customers will

walk out of the place being

satisfied. It comes to the

same thing.”

Sanchez didn’t feel nervous

about opening up the

restaurant — instead he felt

that he and his mother had

to try it, even if they eventually

failed, because he

didn’t want to live his life

wondering “What if?”

“You’re going to get old,

and you don’t want to keep

that in your head,” Sanchez

said. “Just do it, give it a

try. If it doesn’t work, it

doesn’t work.”

The veggie omelette ($12.95) is filled with an

assortment of vegetables, and served with house

potatoes and sausage links.

The restaurant has recently started serving Americanstyle

breakfasts, including French toast (pictured,

$7.99) and pancakes.

Sanchez admitted that

working with his family

can be difficult at some

points, because of personality

clashes, but at the end

of the day, he can never

take problems too seriously,

adding he has worked

with his mom in the medical

field for 15 years prior

to opening the restaurant.

“It’s your mother, you’re

never going to stop talking

to your mom,” Sanchez

said. “You’re never going

to get that serious with your

mom, at least not me.”

In addition to his mom,

Doña Paty’s is filled with

relatives that Sanchez said

are crucial to helping run

the business, including his

younger brother, Israel.

While the restaurant initially

focused on serving

up Patricia’s recipes she

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brought with her from Mexico,

it recently branched out

with its menu, expanding

to include more traditional

American cuisine.

Sanchez said the decision

was made to add American

breakfast items to the menu

after witnessing families

with small children come

in, and not come back to

the restaurant.

“Kids aren’t eating chilaquiles,

or tacos,” Sanchez


When a couple of 22nd

Century Media editors

stopped by Doña Paty’s

Doña Paty’s Ristorante’s asada tacos ($2.75 each) are topped with the classic pairing

of onion and cilantro. Photos by Jason Addy/22nd Century Media

The chilaquiles con carne breakfast ($8) features steak and tortilla chips covered

with green salsa and topped with two eggs. The dish is served with a side of beans.

recently, Sanchez let us

sample some of his new

breakfast items, in addition

to the more classic Mexican


The restaurant’s traditional

pancakes ($8.95)

come in a filling pile of

three stacked flapjacks, and

is served with a cup of fresh

fruit. The pancakes can be

filled with chocolate chips,

strawberries, bananas or

served plain.

Sanchez also brought out

an order of the restaurant’s

French toast ($7.99), also

served with a fruit cup.

In addition to the pancakes

and French toast,

Doña Paty’s also serves an

assortment of omelette options

chorizo, ham, veggie,

bacon and a la Mexicana.

We also sampled some

of Doña Paty’s more traditional

Mexican fare, including

the breakfast staple

chilaquiles — tortilla chips

covered with green salsa,

and topped with two eggs.

The dish is served with

beans, and can be served

with steak for an additional


The restaurant also features

several taco choices

on its menu, including

asada (steak), carne molida

(ground beef), chorizo,

al pastor (pork marinated

with pineapple seasoning),

chicharron (fried pork skin

mixed with green salsa)

and tinga (chicken marinated

with chipotle) all for

$2.75, as well as the taco

arabe (pork marinated in

chipotle salsa) for $3.50.

The taco plate is served

with beans and lime.

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26 | November 27, 2019 | The lake forest leader SPORTS


Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Kenny Turelli

Turelli is a Lake Forest

native and a goaltender

on the Lake Forest Academy

boys hockey team.

How did you get

started playing


My uncle on my moms

side bought me skates

when I was a year and a

half years old. Then I just

put them on, started skating

and starting playing

organized hockey when I

was four or five.

What’s your favorite

part of playing


Seeing that competitive

nature and how close I

became with the people in

the locker room, just how

competitive it was. We’re

all striving for the same

goal, we’re all working as

hard as we can.

What’s the most

challenging part of

playing hockey?

The schedule, honestly.

It’s a bit of a grind, we’re

on the ice everyday and the

gym everyday and away

almost every weekend.

What’s the best

coaching advice you’ve

ever gotten?

Keep your head clear.

I personally am a goalie,

if you get scored on you

have to be able to erase the

memory of it really fast

so you can get back in the

game and continue to play

as well as you possibly can

to give your team a chance

to win.

Do you have any

pregame rituals or


I have too many. Same

routine every game, same

music, same warm-up and

stretch at the same time

before a game ... pretty

much the same everything.

If you could play

another sport besides

hockey, what would

it be?

Probably baseball. My

entire family grew up

playing, I have cousins

who are playing in college,

cousins who are playing in

high school. I just enjoy

the experience of it.

What’s your favorite

place to eat?

Chipotle. It’s relatively

fast, it’s relatively healthy

and relatively inexpensive.

photo Submitted

Who is your favorite


Braden Holtby from the

Washington Captitals. Just

his whole approach to the

game, from the mental

aspect, how he’s able to

control his mind, keep it

in check the whole time

in a game and be able to

rebound from bad goals.

It’s his technical approach

where he’s able to make

different saves and different

plays in a game.

If you could have any

superpower, what

would it be?

I’d want to be able to fly,

it’d be a cool way to travel,

a cool way to get around.

If you won the lottery,

what’s the first thing

you would buy?

Probably a pickup truck,

just something I’ve always

wanted and strived to be

able to pay for when I’m


Interview by Sports Editor

Nick Frazier

The Varsity: North Shore Podcast

Guys recap state swimming,

announce football honors

Staff Report

In this week’s episode of

The Varsity: North Shore,

the only podcast focused

on North Shore sports,

hosts Michal Dwojak,

Nick Frazier and Michael

Wojtychiw recap have another

special episode to

end November. The guys

recap the girls swimming

and diving state meet and

some basketball scores,

announce the football

Team 22 all-area teams

and announce this year’s

football Coach and Player

This Week In…




■Nov. ■ 30 - vs. TBA at

Loyola, TBD

■Dec. ■ 4 - at Grayslake

Central, 7 p.m.


■Dec. ■ 3 - hosts LIbertyville,

7 p.m.


■Dec. ■ 4 - hosts Warren,

Lake Zurich, 5:30 p.m.


LFHS 51, Vernon Hills 36

Halle Douglass dropped

21 points, and freshman

Bella Ranallo added 12

more on Nov. 18.

LFHS 57, LFA 10

Finola Summerville led

all scorers with 13 points

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First Period

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Second Period

With football done in


■Dec. ■ 4 - at Libertyville,

8:40 p.m.


■Dec. ■ 1 - at Loyola, 6 p.m.

■Dec. ■ 2 - hosts Warren, 8





■Nov. ■ 29 - tournament at


■Nov. ■ 30 - tournament at


■Dec. ■ 3 - hosts

the area, the guys announce

their football allarea


Third Period

To finish off the episode

and the football season,

the guys announce this

season’s Coach and Player

of the Year.

Foundations, 6 p.m.


■Dec. ■ 4 - hosts Zion-

Benton, 6 p.m.

high school highlights

The rest of the week in high school sports

on Nov. 19.

LFHS 56, Elk Grove 32

Douglass put up 18

points and nine rebounds,

and Molly Fisher scored

17 on Saturday, Nov. 23.


LFHS 3, New Trier White 2


■Dec. ■ 3 - at New Trier, 4


■Dec. ■ 4 - at Latin, 6 p.m.


■Dec. ■ 3 - hosts University

School of MIlwaukee, 6 p.m.


■Dec. ■ 3 - hosts Beacon,

4:30 p.m.

Mike Manfred and Nate

Dee scored in the third period

for a comeback win

Friday, Nov. 22.


Lake Forest 3, Maine 0

Kennedy Stein scored

twice for the Scouts co-op

team on Nov. 18.

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Football Player of the Year

Posted to LakeForestLeaderDaily.com 2 dayS ago

Uihlein anchors Scouts’ defense, leads by example

Nick Frazier, Sports Editor

Less than a week after

Deerfield eliminated Lake

Forest from the Class 6A

quarterfinals, Scouts linebacker

Mac Uihlein was

back at work in the weight


He could have taken

some time off from training

and no one would

blame him. But that’s not

like Mac.

“More than anything,

Mac is passionate about

what he’s doing and his

passion shows in his play,”

Lake Forest coach Chuck

Spagnoli said. “He’s very

conscious about what he’s

responsible for and how

he can do it to the best of

his ability. That’s what sets

him apart, his passion for

his teammates and his play

is what is most important

for him.”

Hard-working, dedicated,

talented; these adjectives

are used to describe

star athletes all the time.

Yet, according to Spagnoli,

the linebacker’s passion for

the game and his team is

where he really stands out.

It showed on the gridiron

as well, resulting in Uihlein

winning 22nd Century Media’s

2019 Football Player

of the Year honor.

Uihlein, a 6-foot-1,

210-pound junior, was a

factor for the Scouts in

2018. Then a sophomore,

Uihlein totaled 57 tackles

and two sacks. He also ran

for five touchdowns, helping

Lake Forest clinch another

postseason berth.

An uber-athletic twoway

player, Uihlein soon

got attention from Division-I

colleges. First came

the University of Wisconsin-Madison,

then the

University of Louisville,

then Purdue University in

April. The University of

Iowa, Northwestern University

and the University

of Virginia soon followed.

Of course, Uihlein

didn’t have college on his

mind when he was just

a sophomore; he was focused

on how he could

help the team. Entering

this year with several Division

I offers, Uihlein stuck

to that same mindset. He

just wanted to do what was

best for the Scouts.

“This year was kind of

the same thing,” Uihlein

said. “I have those offers

now, but if I don’t focus on

the team and continue to

do what I’m doing, those

offers might as well disappear.

They can all go away

and things can change if

I don’t continue to hold

up my end of the bargain.

There wasn’t added pressure,

I think naturally I add

pressure to myself to do my

job and my assignment and

play to the best to my ability,

but the colleges didn’t

add any extra pressure. It

was all already there.”

Understanding that he

had the talent to play football

at the collegiate level,

Uihlein adjusted his approach

to training in the

offseason. He also put on

some extra muscle and

trained more specifically

as an inside linebacker.

“It was about just continuing

to hone my skills,

the groundwork had been

placed but not exactly

fine-tuned,” Uihlein said.

“It was just continuing to

play and continuing to get

better at those skills. To

be a master at something,

it takes 10,000 hours, just

continuing towards those

10,000 hours and continuing

to work hard.”

After splitting time at

linebacker and running

back last season, Uihlein

became primarily a linebacker

to start his junior

year. Uihlein totaled 79

tackles, 11 tackles for loss,

a sack, four forced fumbles

and two fumble recoveries

in the regular season.

As a result, Lake Forest

once again qualified

for the postseason, but not

without some scares in the

regular season. Star defensive

lineman Rylie Mills

went down with an injury

in the second game of the

year, a huge blow to the

Scouts defense.

With Uihlein anchoring

the defense, Lake Forest

won two of the four games

Mills missed to stay in the

hunt for five wins. Both

of the Scouts’ wins in that

stretch were shutouts.

Looking back on it, Uihlein

takes a page from

New England Patriots

coach Bill Belichick, saying

the Scouts’ mentality

was “Next man up” when

Mills went down. Uihlein’s

ability to lead Lake Forest

with his actions would also

make Belichick proud.

“I think just doing my job

is the most important part

of being on that defense,”

Uihlein said. “The guys

around me see that I’m doing

my job and doing it as

hard as I can. It elevates

them to want to do their

job as hard as they can and

as well as they can. When

you think of a leader you

think of someone charismatic

and the big pregame

speeches. I don’t think I

was a leader in that sense,

I think I was able to elevate

play just by focusing more

throughout the season on

just doing my job.”

Despite Uihlein’s terrific

play, the Scouts still

needed a win against NSC

foe Stevenson in the final

regular season game. Lake

Forest trailed by 20 points

at halftime and needed to

make some changes.

Enter Uihlein, who ran

for 40 yards and three

short touchdowns to help

the Scouts complete the

comeback and secure a

playoff berth. He kept running

during the Lake Forest

postseason run, totaling

six rushing touchdowns in

those three games.

“I guess I provide some

advantages in the run

game, and the coaches

wanted to take advantage

of them towards the end of

the season,” Uihlein said.

“I definitely enjoy playing

some running back. ... It’s

fun to score every once in

a while.”

It was a memorable

run for the Scouts, who


Lake Forest football Mac Uihlein’s impressive 2019 season

on both sides of the ball earned him 22nd Century

Media’s 2019 Football Player of the Year honor. 22nd

Century Media File Photo




reached the quarterfinals

for the first time since

2016. Yet Uihlein says

his favorite memory from

the season was the team’s

summer camp at the University

of Wisconsin-Parkside.

For four days, the

Scouts ran practices and

held team activities on the

Parkside campus.

“One of the highlights

this year was being at

Parkside and just watching

this group of guys come together

and become a team

instead of just a bunch of

different group of guys,”

Uihlein said.

Out of all the big plays

and the big games, the

summer camp at Parkside

stands out the most to Uihlein

because it was best

for the team. That’s always

been his top priority.

That’s why Uihlein is

already back training and

getting better for next season.




about your favorite high

school teams. Sports

editors Michal Dwojak,

Michael Wojtychiw, and

Nick Frazier host the only

North Shore sports podcast.

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FooTball (oFFenSe)

Welcome to the 22nd Century Media All-Area team: Team 22. Thanks to help from area

coaches and the eyes of 22nd Century Media staff, the best players were selected from

the six high schools — Glenbrook North (GBN), Glenbrook South (GBS), Highland Park

(HP), Lake Forest (LF), Loyola Academy (LA) and New Trier (NT) — in our coverage area.

FirST Team

Second Team


Michael Bauer, GBS junior

• 914 passing yards, 11 TDs; After splitting

time at the position early in the season,

Bauer solidified himself as the team’s



JT Thomas, LA junior

• 1,212 passing yards, 14 total

TDs; After splitting time at the

position at the beginning of the

season, the junior took control of

the position and helped lead Loyola

to a quarterfinal appearance.

running back

Michael Ciss, GBN senior

• 1,125 yards, 16 total TDs; The

Spartan runner had quite the

season, averaging 7.03 yards

per carry.

running back

Vaughn Pemberton, LA junior

• 816 yards, 14 TDs; Loyola’s

lead running back battled injury

but was dominant when he

played, averaging 6.9 yards per


Wide receiver

Chris Demirlika, GBS senior

• 46 catches, 667 yards, 6

TDs; A finalist for the Central

Suburban League South

Offensive Player of the Year,

the Titan became quarterback

Michael Bauer’s go-to target.

running back

Giovanni Volpentesta, HP junior

• 796 yards, 11 TDs; The CSL All-

Conference two-way player ran with power

out of the Giants’ backfield this season.

Jahari Scott, LF sophomore

• 1,026 yards, 8 TDs; Scott burst onto the

scene, averaging 5.82 yards per carry.

Wide receiver

Avery Burow, GBN junior

• 26 catches, 315 yards; Burow was a

trusted target in key situations for GBN.

Aiden Brownlee, LA junior

• 29 catches, 327 yards, 3 TDs; The

Ramblers receiver made some key

catches to help Loyola’s postseason push.

Wide receiver

Andrew Koulogeorge, GBN senior

• 36 catches, 508 yards, 2

TDs; The Spartans’ top receiver

connected with quarterback

Dylan Buckner throughout the

season, helping lead a strong

GBN passing attack.

Wide receiver

Matt Mangan, LA senior

• 35 catches, 520 yards,

8 TDs; Loyola’s top passing

target caught half the team’s

touchdowns and earned

Chicago Catholic League All-

Conference honors.

Offensive Lineman

Kyle Brattleaf, GBS senior

• The CSL All-Conference tackle

helped shore up the Titans’

passing and running games.

Offensive Lineman

Charlie Aberle, LF senior

• A North Suburban Conference

All-Conference honoree, the

offensive lineman helped the

Scouts’ running game average

4.84 yards per carry.

Connor Milliman, LF senior

• 29 catches, 297 yards, 2 TDs; Milliman

became a key target for the Scouts as the

offense took off near the end of the year.

Offensive Lineman

Louis Schaller, GBN senior

• A key cog on the Spartans’ line returned

to the Second Team after a strong season.

Jackson Carsello, GBN junior

• The junior took a big step and will be a

key returner for the Spartans next season.

Peter Gianaris, LA senior

• Loyola’s All-Conference lineman helped

create holes for a strong rushing game.

Josh Kreutz, LA junior

• Kreutz took a big step his junior season,

becoming an All-Conference lineman.

Chris Lee, HP junior

• Lee missed time with a hand injury, but

when healthy, proved his value on the


Offensive Lineman

Christo Kelly, LA senior

• The Holy Cross commit and

CCL All-Conference honoree was

a key part of a strong Ramblers


Offensive Lineman

David Davidkov, NT junior

• Considered to be one of

the best offensive linemen in

the state, the junior led the

Trevians’ line.

Offensive Lineman

Chris Hernandez, HP senior

• The All-Conference honoree

helped carve out running lanes

for his Giants teammates.


Nate Van Zelst, LA junior

• Loyola’s CCL All-Conference

kicker made all six kicks,

including a 49-yard conversion,

and connected on 32 extra


Honorable mentions:

Dylan Buckner, GBN junior QB; Andrew

Gall, GBS senior RB; Tyler

Hardin, NT junior QB

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Welcome to the 22nd Century Media All-Area team: Team 22. Thanks to help from area

coaches and the eyes of 22nd Century Media staff, the best players were selected from

the six high schools — Glenbrook North (GBN), Glenbrook South (GBS), Highland Park

(HP), Lake Forest (LF), Loyola Academy (LA) and New Trier (NT) — in our coverage area.

FirST Team

Defensive Lineman

Aidan Prikos, GBS senior

• 49 tackles (8 TFL), 2 sacks;

The senior captain was a key

leader for a Titans team that

turned around their season.

Defensive Lineman

Sam Fishman, HP senior

• 51 tackles (9 TFL), 4 sacks,

2 forced fumbles; An All-State

honorable mention selection,

Fishman was a two-way lineman

who earned the CSL North

Lineman of the Year honor.

Defensive Lineman

Luke Desherow, LA senior

• 45 tackles (6 TFL), 2 sacks;

The Chicago Catholic League

All-Conference player added a

forced fumble and two fumble



Mac Uihlein, LF junior

• 79 tackles (11 TFL), 1 sack;

The versatile junior returns to

the First Team after a strong

year, earning interest from

multiple Power Five schools.

Second Team

Defensive Linemen

Miles Thompson, GBN senior

• 49 tackles (8 TFL), 2 sacks; Was a

disruptive force all season.

Rylie Mills, LF senior

• 15 tackles (10 TFL), 3 sacks; Despite

missing 4 games, Notre Dame commit

and All-State selection was difference

maker when on the field.

Matt Karis, GBN sophomore

• 38 tackles (8 TFL), 2.5 sacks; North’s

sophomore had quite the varsity debut.


Will Solis, GBS junior

• 50 tackles, .5 sacks; South’s junior

stepped in nicely, finishing with 4.5 TFL.

Jack Graham, LF senior

• 63 tackles (3 TFL): Leader of the

defense, adding an INT and forced fumble.

Connor Morrison, LF senior

• 38 tackles (11 TFL), 6 sacks; The Scout

paired well with Graham.

Liam Conaghan, LA junior

• 47 tackles (10 TFL), 2 sacks; The junior

rounded out a strong LA linebacker corps.


Clayton Finzer, GBS senior

• 50 tackles (5.5 TFL); South’s

senior earned Central Suburban

League South Co-Defensive

Player of the Year and All-

Conference honors after a big



Brandon Svets, LA junior

• 43 tackles (8 TFL), 5 sacks;

Loyola’s junior stepped into a

key role defensively and shined,

becoming one of the Ramblers’

top defenders.


Anthony Kozlowski, LA senior

• 104 tackles, 1 forced

fumble; The CCL All-Conference

honoree continued a tradition of

linebacker excellence at Loyola.

Defensive back

Ben Foster, GBN senior

• 47 tackles, 2 interceptions,

1 forced fumble, 2 fumble

recoveries; The senior made

several big plays and was a key

piece in the Spartans’ defensive


Defensive backs

James Hemmer, NT senior

• 70 tackles, 4 TFL; Had 6 broken-up

passes, limiting opposing air attacks.

Brody Roth, NT junior

• 45 tackles (2 TFL); Finished with two

interceptions, pairing well with Hemmer.

Jack Nimesheim, LA senior

• 68 tackles (2 TFL); The senior stepped

up, adding three broken-up passes.

Jaden Holzman, HP junior

• 47 tackles (2 TFL), 1 INT; Holzman was

team’s top secondary player.

Honorable mention:

Defensive back

Jon Jasica, LF senior

• 68 tackles, 2 interceptions;

Lake Forest’s senior helped the

Scouts with critical plays when it

mattered most.

Defensive back

Marty Auer, LA junior

• 36 tackles, 4 interceptions;

Auer stepped in nicely in the

Ramblers’ secondary and also

had two blocked kicks.

Defensive back

Tanner Mack, HP senior

• 49 tackles, 4 interceptions,

4 TFL; Mack made picking off

opponents’ quarterbacks a

hobby this season, leading the

Giants’ defense.


Kai Kroeger, LF senior

• The All-State honorable

mention senior averaged 40.79

yards per punt with eight punts

inside the 20-yard line.

Alex Borczyk, GBN DL; Quinn Sybert,

GBN LB; Drayton Charlton-Perrin, GBN

LB; Kannon Acocella, GBS DL; Michael

Carney, GBS LB; Drew Deer, HP LB; Jack

Shea, LF DL; Frank Schurer, LA LB; Dan

Naselli, LA junior LB;

Eddie Harvey, NT

senior LB; Brendan

Chestnut, NT DL

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Posted to LakeForestLeaderDaily.com 3 days ago

King overcomes nerves, takes eighth at state meet


Contributing Sports Editor

Coming off of a dominant

sectional performance,

it would have

been easy for Lake Forest

freshman Mary Grace

King to go into the IHSA

state finals with a high

level of confidence.

That wasn’t the case


“This (weekend) was a

lot,” King said. “Yesterday

was more stressful

than today, but I’m really

happy that I got the state

final experience. I wanted

to come out and give it my

all and I’m really happy

with my results. Everyone

was telling me there’s so

many people, it’s so big

and then I got there, it

seemed like every other


King overcame those

jitters well, however, as

she took eighth in the

500-freestyle in a time of

4:58.38 on Saturday, Nov.

23, at New Trier.

Coming into her high

school career, she wasn’t

sure what to expect on the

varsity level and how she

would be able to take it in.

That changed as the season

went along, however,

and she was able to continue

improving her times

and seeing the hard work

pay off in the pool.

“I improved a lot this

season,” she said. “Most

of the swims I did this

year ended up being my

personal bests.”

A big thing for the

freshman was not getting

in her own head and not

letting things get to her on

the mental side of swimming.

She can thank her

coaches, especially assistant

coach Cindy Dell, for

helping her through any

“I improved a

lot this season.

Most of the

swims I did

this year ended

up being

my personal


- Scouts freshman

Mary Grace King

times she may have been

doubting herself.

“During prelims, she

was telling to just swim

my meet and not worry

about anything else and I

did,” King said. “Having

swam for the high school

team this year, it’s such a

different experience (than

club). There’s such a great

team environment and

everyone is so supportive

of each other. During sectionals

in my 500, I was so

scared, but everyone was

telling me ‘You got this.

You can do it.’”

With the high school

season coming to an end,

King starts her club season

right away. Literally.

Her first club meet with

the Lake Forest Swim

Club was Sunday, Nov.

24, the day after the IHSA

state finals. King planned

on swimming the mile at

that first meet.

King had also qualified

in the 200-yard freestyle,

but fell short of qualifying

for the finals. She was

also part of the state-qualifying

400 free and 200

medley relays, but neither

of those teams qualified

for Saturday’s finals.

Ashley Updike competes in the 100-yard freestyle in the IHSA state meet on Friday, Nov. 22, at New Trier High

School. Photos by Carlos Alvarez/22nd Century Media

Lake Forest had seniors

Ashley Updike and Kendra

Joachim qualify individually

for the meet as


Unfortunately for the

Scouts, neither qualified

for Saturday’s final round.

The state meet ended a

stellar high school career

that saw Joachim make

the state finals her sophomore,

junior and senior


The future is bright for

the Scouts, as they bring

back King and a number

of other underclassmen


RIGHT: Lake Forest senior

Kendra Joachim in the

100-yard fly race.

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22nd century media file



Stars of the Week

1. Halle Douglass.

(ABOVE) Douglass

shined for the

Scouts to start the

season, leading

LFHS to an early

3-0 record.

2. Mac Uihlein. The

junior excelled for

the Scouts on both

side of the ball to

earn 22nd Century

Media’s 2019

Football Player of

the Year honor.

3. Chuck Spagnoli.

The veteran coach

earned his 100th

win with the

Scouts this year to

be named 22nd

Century Media’s

2019 Football

Coach of the Year.

Football Coach of the Year

Spagnoli leads Scouts to state quarterfinals

Nick Frazier, Sports Editor

Chuck Spagnoli’s 100th

win as head coach at Lake

Forest was memorable.

Trailing by 14 points

to No. 3 Belvidere North

at halftime of his team’s

first-round playoff game,

the No. 14 Scouts stormed

back on the road to win

21-14. Lake Forest gained

utmost confidence after the

hard-fought win.

And yet, Spagnoli said

he didn’t know that was

win No. 100 until someone

told him afterward.

“I guess it’s a big deal,”

Spagnoli said. “To me it

just means you’re old.”

The Scouts ability to

peak at the perfect time

and reach the Class 6A

quarterfinals for the first

time since 2016 is much

more important to Spagnoli.

That magical run is why

Game of the Week:

• Lincoln-Way East (13-0) vs. Warren (13-0)

Other matchups:

• Mt. Carmel (13-0) vs. Nazareth (13-0)

• Prairie Ridge (12-1) vs. East St. Louis (13-0)

• St. Rita (10-3) vs. Rochester (12-1)

• Richmond-Burton (13-0) vs. Murphysboro


• Byron (12-1) vs. Williamsville (13-0)

• Newman Central (12-1) vs. Nashville (12-1)

• Lena-Winslow (13-0) vs. Central A&M (13-0)

Lake Forest head football coach Chuck Spagnoli’s

leadership is why 22nd Century Media named him its

2019 Football Coach of the Year. 22nd Century Media FILE


Spagnoli is 22nd Century

Media’s 2019 Football

Coach of the Year.

At one point this season,

Lake Forest was 2-3 and

needed a spark on offense.

The Scouts hadn’t scored

more than 13 points in a

game. Spagnoli then made

a change at quarterback to

junior Richie Hoskins, an

athletic signal-caller who




• Lincoln-Way East 20, Warren 7:

Griffins D proves its mettle again,

and starpower on O is enough.

• Mt. Carmel

• East St. Louis

• Rochester

• Richmond-Burton

• Williamsville

• Newman Central Catholic

• Lena-Winslow


could run the ball as well

as he could throw it.

The Scouts averaged

nearly 27 points a game

after making the switch,

but Spagnoli said the team

began making execution

on the field a priority. He

credits the seniors for that.

Full story at LakeForestLeaderDaily.com.


Sports Editor

• Lincoln-Way East 31, Warren 28: AJ

Henning and LWE come away with

the Class 8A state title.

• Nazareth

• Prairie Ridge

• St. Rita

• Richmond-Burton

• Williamsville

• Newman Central Catholic

• Central A&M



Contributing Sports Editor

• Warren 17, Lincoln-Way East 16:

Warren’s historic season ends with

a championship, holding off the


• Nazareth

• Prairie Ridge

• St. Rita

• Richmond-Burton

• Byron

• Newman Central Catholic

• Lena-Winslow

Basketball Power Rankings

The 22nd Century Media Sports Editors

ranked the North Shore area girls

basketball teams in our coverage area

throughout the season.


1. Lake Forest (Previous week: 1)

The Scouts took care of business to start their season

2-0 at the Vernon Hills Tournament.

2. Loyola Academy (2)

The Ramblers started the season on a roll, with convincing

wins over Warren and Taft at the New Trier

Thanksgiving Tournament.

3. New Trier (4)

New Trier just got past Phillips to start the season and

took care of business against Warren in their second game.

4. Glenbrook South (3)

South dropped its game against Carmel but rebounded

in its next game to improve to 2-1.

5. Highland Park (5)

The Giants started the season strong, taking down

Grayslake North and Grant.

6. Glenbrook North (6)

The Spartans had quite the start, taking down Round

Lake 47-19.

64-27 71-20


Contributing Sports Editor

• Warren 14, Lincoln-Way East 7:

Warren hasn’t given up more than

seven points a game. That’s pretty


• Nazareth

• East St. Louis

• St. Rita

• Richmond-Burton

• Williamsville

• Newman Central Catholic

• Lena-Winslow


Contributing Editor

• Warren 21, Lincoln-Way East 20:

Defense wins championships. The

state’s best defense limits LWE’s

powerhouse offense.

• Nazareth

• East St. Louis

• St. Rita

• Richmond-Burton

• Williamsville

• Newman Central Catholic

• Lena-Winslow

Listen Up

“I definitely enjoy playing some running back ... It’s

fun to score every once in a while.”

Mac Uihelin - Lake Forest junior on playing both sides of the ball for the


tune in

What to Watch this Week

GIRLS GYMNASTICS: The Scouts open the

season with a challenging tri-meet

LFHS hosts Warren, Lake Zurich on Dec. 4 at 5:30 p.m.


26 - High School Highlights

26 - Athlete of The Week

Fastbreak is compiled by Sports Editor Nick

Frazier. Send any questions or comments to


Lake Forest Leader | November 27, 2019 | LakeForestLeaderdaily.com

A Career Year Spagnoli,

Uihlein win honors, Page 31 & 27

Cream of the Crop

Scouts named to 22CM Team 22, Page 28-29

Mary Grace King competes in the 200-yard

medley relay in the IHSA state meet on Friday,

Nov. 22, at New Trier High School. Carlos

Alvarez/22nd Century Media

King finishes strong at state meet, Page 30





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