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Local Boy Scout Troops volunteer weekly at American

Legion Post 18 Fish Fry, Page 5

Erin Meyers, of Homer Glen, gets a fish order from scout Joe Micheletto, 16, of

Troop 63 in Homer Glen, at the American Legion John Olson Post 18 Friday Fish

Fry. Mary Compton/22nd Century Media

Designing a brand

Public presentation and workshop held by

Village of Homer Glen on branding strategy

going forward, Page 3

Coronavirus concerns

Pandemic impacts schools and churches,

mayor writes message to residents on taking

precautions, Page 7

The chosen ones

Publisher 22nd Century Media

recognizes winners of the 2020

Southwest Choice Awards, Inside

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Safety Seat Check

2:30-4:30 p.m. March

19, Village of Homer

Glen, 14240 W. 151st St.,

Homer Glen. Ninety percent

of child car seats are

installed or used incorrectly.

Stop by and have a

certified safety technician

check yours.


Third Annual Mead Tasting

6-9 p.m. Saturday,

April 18, Old Oak Country

Club, 14200 S. Parker

Road, Homer Glen. Join

the Lithuanian Archives

Project for their third annual

mead tasting. It will

be a night of traditional

Lithuanian drink and celebration.

There will be

live music entertainment

by Paul Strolia at the mead


Morning Bird Hike

8 a.m. Sunday, April

19. Messenger Marsh,

16321 S. Bell Road,

Homer Glen. Spring migration

is underway, and

new birds are arriving every

week. Join a naturalist

and learn how to find

the birds that are arriving.

This hike is great for

anyone interested in birds

and for both beginners

and experienced birdwatchers

alike. Messenger

Marsh has open field

and marsh habitats with

the potential for a wide

variety of species to be

seen. This is a free event.

Ages 18 or older.

Editor’s Note

All events listed here were set to occur as of press time Monday, March 16. As cancellations may occur,

please check directly with the organization hosting the event for the most up-to-date information.

Coronavirus concerns

have caused a number

of cancellations and

restrictions around the

community, including the


• Will County Senior

Services announced

Thursday, March 12,

it is suspending group

activities and programs

until further notice

based on direction from

the Illinois Department

of Aging. Individual

services, including tax

preparation, benefit

assistance and Benefit

Access Application, were

set to continue. More

information can be found

at willcountyseniors.





• Victorian Village in

Homer Glen, a Providence

Life Services senior

community, announced

March 11 it is changing

its visiting policy to

limited visitation. Per

Shady Oaks Camp 12th

Annual Dinner Dance

6 p.m. Friday, April

24, DiNolfo’s Banquets,

14447 W. 159th St., Homer

Glen. Doors open, and

there is a preview of the

silent auction and raffle

baskets at 6 p.m., followed

by open bar from 6-7 p.m.

and family style dinner,

dancing and more beginning

at 7 p.m. Tickets are

$85 per person or $75 per

person for groups of 10 or

more. For tickets, contact

Sallie at (708) 404-1172

or salliehoekstra@yahoo.


Sweet Pickins Spring


direction from the

Centers for Disease

Control and Prevention,

as well as various health

departments, until further

notice, there is a need to

restrict all visitors except

for those visiting end-oflife

residents or residents

with dementia needing

emotional support.

Visitors will be screened

for illness before being

allowed to visit by going

through a screening

questionnaire. Visitors

have to be at least 18

years old or older, and

residents can have one

visitor per day.

For more

information, visit



• Marian Village senior

living in Homer Glen

announced on its website

it has taken a number

of steps to monitor

residents and staff for

any potential COVID-19

or other bacteria or virus

symptoms. Handwashing

10 a.m. Sunday, May 3,

Zachary’s Red Barn and

Farm Events, 16849 S.

Cedar Road, Homer Glen.

Join us for the Sweet Pickins

Spring Market. One

will find booths filled with

is being monitored

and encouraged to be

regularly done by all staff

and residents.

In addition, visitation

is being limited to

halt potential further

transmission of the

virus. Currently, activities

are still being planned,

but a focus is placing

more emphasis on 1:1


For more information,

visit franciscanministries.


• D210 did not allow

parents or outside

spectators to attend

opening ceremonies for

Special Games at Lincoln-

Way West on March 12,

which LTHS partook in.

• The Homer Township

Public Library, as of

Sunday, March 15, has

made the decision to

close to visitors and

offer limited service

to patrons. All public

seating, computer

area, study rooms and

gathering places are

freshly packed vintage

treasures, newly upcycled

finds, handmade goods,

refinished furniture, outdoor

and garden decor,

soaps, lotions, candles,

boutique clothing, jewelry


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closed until further

notice. All programs and

meetings are canceled.

A notice on the library’s

website notes these

decisions were made

based on guidelines from

the Illinois Department

of Public Health for social

distancing and event

cancellations as effective

means for preventing the

spread of disease.

To read the library’s

full statement on its

COVID-19 response, visit


•The Forest Preserve

District of Will County is

canceling all programs

and workdays through

Friday, April 3, and

closing all but one visitor

center due to health

concerns related to


•Also, Illinois bars and

restaurants have been

shut down for dine-in

service per an order

from Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

As such, The Scene

does not appear in this


and much more. This is a

family-friendly, indoor/

outdoor event that will be

taking place whether rain

or shine. Admission is $3,

children 12 and under get

in free.

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Residents give input on

Village branding at public


Benjamin Conboy

Assistant Editor

As the Village of Homer

Glen begins a rebranding

phase, residents are

being asked to articulate

what they feel is the soul

of their Village.

Is Homer Glen more

like a NASCAR race or a

leisurely walk in the park?

Is its soul more akin to climate

activist Greta Thunberg

or Rat Pack singer

Frank Sinatra? Is it more

like a classic American

muscle car or a Toyota


These are the questions

that representatives

from Merje Design, a

Pennsylvania-based design

and branding firm,

asked many residents at

a public presentation and

workshop on March 12 at

Village Hall.

John Bosio, principal

of Merje Design, said

that these community

feedback sessions are to

poll the community on

how they feel the Village

should present itself.

“It sets a tone for the

design process,” Bosio

said. “It gives us an idea

of what to stay away from

and to shape what the

brand should look like in

the future.”

Merje set up posters

with various images,

ranging from simple textures,

font styles, images

of activities and celebrities.

Two-dozen residents

and Village employees

filtered through, putting

green dots on the images

they felt represented the

spirit of Homer Glen and

putting red dots on those

that did not.

John McGary, a longtime

resident, said he believes

the Village should

go with a more traditional

route with its new


“I’m an old guy,” Mc-

Gary said. “I’m not for the

avant-garde stuff. We’re

not cutting-edge as a community.

I just want something

that’ll catch your

eye, but not shockyou.”

Most of what Merje

has seen so far indicates

most of Homer Glen

shares McGary’s ideas

about the direction of the


“In Homer, it’s really

about the natural environment,”

Bosio said. “Community,

family friendly,

nature — these are the elements

that we’re hearing

about the most.”

Unlike neighboring

Lockport, Homer Glen

does not have a traditional

downtown area. What

Homer does have is a robust

network of parks and

open areas.

“Community gathering

points are important

here,” Bosio said. “They

don’t have a traditional

downtown, but they do

have Heritage Park.”

As part of the rebranding

phase, the Village will

also adopt a new logo;

the Village seal will remain

unchanged). In the

proposed logos, natural

elements abound. Trees

and paths are all common

elements in the proposed


Residents put stickers on the images, textures and fonts they believe best fit the spirit of Homer Glen on March 11

at a public presentation and workshop on Village branding. Benjamin Conboy/22nd Century Media

Merje also sought input

on gateways and thoroughfare

signage denoting

boundaries of the Village.

Residents were asked to

fill out a survey on what

kind of signage they felt

was most appropriate for

the Village.

Pam Bengtson, of

Bengtson’s Pumpkin

Farm, like many others,

decided the Village

should go with a more traditional

sign with simple,

elegant text that is not too


Some gateways were

monoliths with neon

lighting and flashy electronic

messaging signs.

Others relied heavily on

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natural materials like timber

and stone. Others had

a 1700s New England esthetic,

with a simple post



and eggshell white sign.

“We’re not Las Vegas,”

Bengtson said. “We’re not

Florida. We don’t need a

big gateway welcoming

people, but we do need

something simple and traditional.”






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Homer Glen Boy Scout Troop 63 assists with Friday Fish Fry

Weekly American

Legion Post 18

meal a chance for

youth to serve

Mary Compton

Freelance Reporter

In the Boy Scout oath,

there is a line that states,

“To help people at all


Watching Boy Scouts

from Lockport Troop 64

and Homer Glen Troop 63

volunteering at a recent Friday

Fish Fry, it is evident

they live that oath.

“Volunteering tonight

feels great,” said Robert

Ryan, 12, who lives in

Lockport and is a scout

with Troop 63 in Homer

Glen. “There are veterans

here tonight that fought for

our freedom; it’s good to

give back to them.”

Prior to coronavirus

concerns, every Friday until

a week after Easter, the

American Legion John Olson

Post 18 in Lockport had

planned to host its Fish Fry.

Boy Scouts from various

troops stop by and volunteer

by cleaning up, helping

with orders and making the

guests feel at home.

Besides spending most

of his childhood as a scout,

16-year-old Joe Micheletto

is a mentor to younger

scouts in Troop 63 from

Homer Glen. At the recent

Fish Fry, Micheletto

showed younger scouts

how to serve.

“It’s very important to

give back to the community,”

Micheletto said. “Any

opportunity we get, we

want to show gratitude.”

The scout is a Junior at

Lockport High School.

He’s also been a Den Chief

for Cub Scouts and is now

working on his Eagle Scout

project. You can find Micheletto

volunteering at

community events several

times a year.

“With what’s going on

today, it’s good to show

we are a strong community

and bond together in tough

times,” he said. “I want to

do the little things that matter

and make a difference.”

Michael Meyers, commander

of American Legion

John Olson Post 18

and a resident of Homer

Glen, is always serving, always

volunteering. He has

been commander of Post

18 for 20 years.

“The reward of helping

other vets and giving to the

community is worth it,”

Meyers said. “I have a lot

of great officers where we

try and make this a welcoming

place for the vets

and the community.”

The events the post

holds, such as its spaghetti

dinners and Friday Fish

Fry, are open to the public.

It was Meyers who thought

of hosting fish fry at the

post more than a decade


“When I started doing

the cooking here, the first

thing I wanted to do was

a fish fry,” Meyers said.

“This gives people a decent

meal at a good price. It’s

also a good opportunity to

meet their neighbors; it’s

like a community center.”

Meyers’ family also volunteers

with him. His wife,

Vikki, was cutting bread,

while his daughter, Erin,

was cooking in the kitchen.

His father-in-law, Patrick

Erklin, delivered the fish to

the guests.

“This is a family place,”

Meyers said. “On Sundays,

there will be three generations

of families coming

here. The motto of the

American Legion is to take

care of the community,

Boy Scouts from Troop 65 in Lockport and Troop 63 in Homer Glen pose for a photo on Friday, March 13, during

the American Legion John Olson Post 18 Friday Fish Fry. The scouts continue to volunteer each Friday at the post.

Photos by Mary Compton/22nd Century Media

Homer Glen resident Michael Meyers, post commander of the Lockport American Legion John Olson Post 18,

helps fry fish at the event.

state and nation, and that’s

what we want to do here.”

Meyers recalled one of

his favorite events the post


“We did a fundraiser

here that made a blind girl

see,” Meyers said. They

raised over $50,000 for a

granddaughter of one of

the members. “The girl

needed to have an operation

for an eye condition;

[she] was born blind. They

were doing stem cell research

in China, so we

raised enough funds to

fly her there and pay for


the procedure. After the

second treatment, she regained

vision to see light.”

According to Meyers,

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Homer Glen Village Board

Officials, police lieutenant chide residents for mocking deputy

Measure also

approved to create

service area for


Benjamin Conboy

Assistant Editor

The Village of Homer

Glen Board of Trustees

condemned some residents

at its March 11 meeting for

mocking and antagonizing

a Will County Sheriff’s

Office deputy in Facebook


“Traffic Deputy [Harold]

Toong is doing his

job every day to keep residents

safe,” Mayor George

Yukich said. “The Village

gets hundreds of speeding

complaints every year.

Deputy Toong responds

respectfully to these requests

all over the Village,

preventing speeding and

keeping people safe. This

isn’t possible if residents

are sharing the location of

the police.”

Yukich is referring to

posts on Facebook where

residents have made a

game out of sighting

Toong while out and about

in the community. Toong

has garnered a reputation

among these groups for

giving out a lot of speeding


“I understand people

don’t like the tickets,”

Yukich said. “But if you

aren’t speeding, you won’t

get a ticket. If you’re trying

to catch up with where

[Toong] is at, you’re worried

about the wrong


Lt. Jim Holuj, of the

Will County Sheriff’s Office

who is in charge of policing

in Homer Glen, read

a prepared statement in

which he urged residents

in these Facebook groups

to refrain from making

personal attacks on Deputy

Toong for doing his job

and enforcing speed limits.

“The past several weeks

people have been singling

out a Homer Glen traffic

deputy on social media,”

Holuj said. “Comments

have steadily gotten worse,

calling his integrity into

question, calling him derogatory

and racist names

and disrespecting his service

in the U.S. Army.

How would you feel if your

loved one was being treated

like this for doing his job?”

Holuj said the game of

finding Toong’s location

has presented a public

safety issue.

“Some people have suggested

speeding where he

is not located or purposely

speeding so they can get

pulled over and take selfies

with him,” Holuj said.

Trustee Beth Rodgers

expelled a myth that the

Village somehow benefits

from the number of tickets

given out.

“There’s this notion that

the Village makes money

on these tickets,” Rodgers

said. “That’s just not true.”

Goodings Grove special

service area

The board approved a

measure to create a dormant

special service area

for The Square at Goodings

Grove, a new housing

development off of Bell


The special service area

is put in place to make sure

the incoming homeowner’s

association takes care

of public areas and infrastructure

within the development,

such as lighting,

signs and landscaping.

If the homeowner’s association

lets any part of

the development fall into

disrepair, the board will

activate the special service

area and will be allowed


From Page 5

between the Post members,

veterans, the Ladies Auxiliary,

the Legion Riders and

the Sons of American Legion,

there are over 1,000


Trustee Burian resigns from Village Board

Will take on new

position as chief

of staff for Illinois

State Senate

Benjamin Conboy

Assistant Editor


Brian Burian


his resignation


11 from

the Homer Burian

Glen Village

Board at its regular


Burian has accepted a

new position as the chief

of staff of the Illinois

State Senate. Due to the

demands of the new position,

he will no longer be

able to serve on the Village


“I believe the residents

of Homer Glen deserve

someone who can represent

their interests over

to levy a tax specifically

on that development, so

that taxpayers in the rest

of the Village will not have

to shoulder the burden of

funding repairs.

In approving the special

service area, the board set

a maximum tax levy of .2

“Fifty percent of our

membership is Lockport

and a lot of members from

Homer Glen,” Meyers


Summing it up, Jack

Hale, a scout from Homer

Glen from Troop 63, said

he is determined to always

live the Boy Scout promise.

“I try and encourage my

friends to become a scout

because you get to go to

camp outs, learn survival

and life skills,” Hale said.

The 10 year old was also

honored to help at the fish


the next several months

and attend important

meetings,” Burian said.

“It’s been one of the great

honors of my life to serve

the residents of this community

for the last five

years, and I am enormously

proud of the many

things we accomplished

together for Homer Glen.”

Mayor George Yukich,

with the concurrence of

the other trustees, will

appoint someone to fill

Burian’s position for the

remainder of his term,

ending May 2021.

“I know I will definitely

miss you,” Yukich said to

Burian. “But I know what

you’re getting into, and I

would never want to get

in your way.”

Burian chaired the Village’s

Community &

Economic Development

Committee, and his stewardship

of that committee

earned praise from Trustee

Keith Gray.

“You made it look easy,

you made it look welcoming

and you made it look

worthwhile,” Gray said.

“I appreciate the influence

you’ve had upon me,

Brian, and I’ll miss you.

You’ve been a great colleague.”

Trustee Beth Rodgers

said she hopes Burian’s

new position in the State

legislature will help the

Village grow closer to


“I’m sure that we’ll

hear from you in the coming

years and gain some

insight into what’s going

on [in Springfield] and

get ahead of some of the

things that happen there,”

Rodgers said.

The Village of Homer

Glen will be accepting

resumes for this vacancy

until March 27. Interested

residents should send a

resume and cover letter

to Village Manager Karie

Friling at kfriling@

homerglenil.org or by

mail at 14240 W. 151st

St., Homer Glen, Illinois


percent of the equalized

assessed value of the property

within the special service


“This really will affect

future residents of

The Square at Goodings

Grove,” Trustee Keith

Gray said. “It’s just an insurance

policy so if they

don’t do the duties they are

obligated to do, it won’t

fall to all of the taxpayers

of the Village. It will just

fall on the homeowners

within that area. They will

pay into a fund to take care

of all of that.”

“Most people here are

veterans, which served

our country,” he said.

“They helped us, so we

want to give back and

help them.”

For more information on

the Friday Fish Fry, visit


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Governor orders schools closed, local

schools prepared for eLearning days

Staff Report

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced

Friday, March

13, that he is ordering all

public and private Illinois

schools closed from

March 17 to March 30 as

more people in Illinois

have tested positive for the

novel coronavirus.

Local schools are preparing

to institute eLearning

days to make up for the

lack of classroom instruction

time. Here is what

local school districts are


Lockport Township High

School District 205

In a letter to the community

from March 13,

Lockport Township High

School District 205 Superintendent

Robert Mc-

Bride said the district has

anticipated the emergency

closure and has prepared

an emergency eLearning

plan. Students had an opportunity

to access their

lockers to retrieve laptops

and other materials they

may need on Monday,

March 16. The school will

be closed from that date

through March 27.

All after-school activities

and practices are canceled

until further notice.

The district’s spring

break runs from March 30

to April 5, setting a tentative

return date after the

end of spring break.

A decision to hold events

scheduled after April 6 will

be determined at a later

date, McBride said.

More details about the

eLearning plan are forthcoming

from the district.

McBride’s statement

can be read at lths.org/


Homer Community

6 5

Consolidated School

District 33C

In response to Illinois

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announcing

Friday, March

13, that all schools statewide

will close due to the

coronavirus pandemic,

Homer Community Consolidated

School District

33C Superintendent Craig

Schoppe released a letter

to parents and staff that

same day noting the district

would be closed beginning

Monday, March

16 through March 27,

followed by spring break

from March 30-April 5.

Knowing the closure of

schools due to COVID-19

was a possibility, the district

had already been finalizing

emergency eLearning

plans, Schoppe said.

In preparation for nonstudent

attendance days,

Reptile conference with now former

Homer resident, his alligator canceled

Thomas Czaja, Editor

Former Homer Glen

resident Jim Nesci and

his alligator, Bubba, were

supposed to attend one final

event in the area, the

North American Reptile

Breeders Conference, on

Saturday, March 14, and

Sunday, March 15, at the

Tinley Park Convention

Center, before moving to

Florida on Monday, March


But Nesci, who has

been putting on his Cold

Blooded Creatures show

with Bubba and other animals

for years around the

area, teaching “Conservation

though Education” to

a variety of groups, was

unable to make that last

nearby appearance, as the

event was canceled Thursday,

March 12, because of

coronavirus concerns.

The NARBC said on

Facebook they were canceling

the event because

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker

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that same day announced

the shutdown of all events

having 1,000 or more people.

All pre-ordered tickets

for the show were to be

honored at the NARBC

October show or sooner, if

they are able to reschedule

before that, according to

the post.

A Friday, March 13, post

noted new spring dates for

the show are slated for

June 19-21, pending the

status of the pandemic at

that time.

Mayor Yukich issues message

on COVID-19 to community

Thomas Czaja, Editor

Homer Glen Mayor

George Yukich issued a

message on the coronavirus

pandemic on Friday,

March 13, that is posted on

the Village’s website.

In it, he notes the Village

has been in contact

with State and County

officials regarding the virus,

urging everyone take

precautions such as social

distancing and not touching

their face. He also

asked the public to stay

calm, saying at that time

of his message there were

144,000 people in the

world with COVID-19 out

of a worldwide population

of more than 7.8 billion


He likewise asked families

to take care of one

another and keep up with

news reports.

For general questions on

COVID-19 and Illinois’s

response and guidance, he

said to call the coronavirus

hotline at 1-(800) 889-

3931 or email dph.sick@


He also provided further

resources for residents,

including the Illinois

Department of Public

Health’s website at dph.illionis.gov

and Centers for

Disease Control and Prevention

frequently asked

questions page at cdc.gov/



Read the mayor’s

message at homergle



Catholic churches cancel Mass,

Parkview services go online, more

Thomas Czaja, Editor

St. Bernard Catholic

Church and Our Mother

of Good Counsel Catholic

Church canceled Masses

for the weekend of Saturday,

March 14, and Sunday,

March 15, per the Diocese

of Joliet. Weekday

Mass at both parishes is

still ongoing at St. Bernard

at 9 a.m. and OMGCCC at

8 a.m., according to their

respective websites, as of

press time.

Bishop Richard Pates

released a statement Friday,

March 13, on the

Masses being canceled out

of coronavirus concerns.

“I fully realize that some

of the accommodations are

difficult for us in light of

the great meaning of our

prayer life,” Pates said in

the statement. “But they

are undertaken in the interest

of the common good,

which ultimately is to the

benefit of us as individuals

and as communities.”

Pates added they will

consider if any further action

becomes necessary

for future weekends. Exceptions

are being made

for weddings, funerals and

Confirmations, as long as

the State guideline of having

no more than 250 people

participate is observed.

The bishop’s full letter

can be read at dioceseofjo



Other Homer Catholic

church events canceled include

St. Bernard’s Happy

Hours (Seniors Luncheon

and Bingo) and religious

education on Wednesday,

March 18, the Knowledge

and Prayer Series event at

OMGCCC on Thursday,

March 19, (with a new


date to be announced) and

Family Stations of the

Cross on Friday, March 20;

the Grief Support Group

on Saturday, March 21; an

Evening of Reflection on

Sunday, March 22; and the

Stations of the Cross concert

on Friday, March 27,

all at St. Bernard.

Each local Catholic parish

was open for private

prayer March 14 and 15.

Parishioners can check

back for updates at each

church at stbernardhg.org/


and omgccc.org.

Parkview Christian Church

moves services online

Parkview Christian

Church, including its

Homer Glen Campus, has

suspended all large in-person

gatherings effectively

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First coronavirus case reported in Will County


T.J. Kremer III

Contributing Editor

The Illinois Department

of Public Health announced

Monday, March

16, the first reported case

of the coronavirus in

Will County, according

to an email sent by the

Will County Health Department

& Community

Health Center.

The IDPH announced

that a 54-year-old man,

currently isolated in a hospital,

is Will County’s first

positive case of coronavirus,

according to the email.

A spokesman for the

Will County Health Department

would not release

the name of the hospital

where the patient is currently


It is also unknown when

the man contracted the virus,

only that it was reported

to Will County health

officials March 16.

There have been 105

cases involving the coronavirus

in Illinois, according

to the most recent data

from government officials

as of press time March 16.

The Will County Health

Department wrote that

for people who believe

they have been exposed

to the coronavirus to isolate

themselves and selfmonitor

for symptoms,

including taking your temperature

three times daily

to check for a fever, along

with watching for other

symptoms, such as cough

and shortness of breath.

More information on the

coronavirus and its symptoms

can be found at will

countyhealth.org, CDC.

gov and dph.illinois.gov.

Local program provides children with safe outlet, long-lasting friendships

Abhinanda Datta

Contributing Editor

Young Life, an international

Christian nonprofit

organization, began

in 1941 in Gainesville,

Texas, when a young pastor,

Jim Rayburn, decided

it was time for people of

faith to step outside the

church building and walk

across the street to the local

high school.

He was convinced this

was the best way to reach

kids who otherwise might

never step foot in a church.

Today, Young Life reaches

more than two million

high school students, offering

programs for students

with special needs,

teem moms and kids from

military families.

In October 2018, the

nonprofit launched a program

called WyldLife for

middle school students in

Homer Glen and Lockport.

“A group of community

members met in early

2018 to hear the impact

that Young Life was having

in nearby communities.

A volunteer committee

was formed with the goal

of creating and supporting

a WyldLife area in these

towns,” said WyldLife

director Jessica Gardner.

“Homer Glen was recently

ranked as the safest town

in Illinois, yet our students

are suffering from anxiety,

depression, bullying and

sexual exploitation. We [as

a nation] are facing unprecedented

numbers of kids

vaping, smoking pot, selfinjuring

and attempting to

take their lives by suicide.

Committee members saw

the need to support our parents,

schools and churches

struggling to help adolescents.”

WyldLife’s main event,

club, is held in the Homer

Jr. High gym 7-9 p.m. on

select Friday nights. According

to Gardner, it is “a

party with a purpose.”

“At club, we serve

snacks, play open gym

games like basketball,

board games, cards and

make friendship bracelets

for those who prefer to relax,”

she said. “Our volunteer

leaders then lead them

in silly, fun games and

mixers designed to have

fun and get to know each

other better. One leader

will share a message from

the gospel with the kids, in

a way that is easy to relate

to and understand. We then

split into small groups to

answer questions and let

the students share what’s

on their mind.”

Campaigners is a small

group Bible study designed

with the junior high student

in mind and held at one

Attendees enjoyed delicious fare (pictured) while

learning about the program.

of the leader’s homes on

Tuesday nights.

“All students are welcome,

but we usually find

that this is the next step

for those who have started

coming to club regularly.

We spend time getting to

know each other better and

reading and discussing a

story from the Bible and

how it is relevant to our

lives,” Gardner said.

A five-day camp experience

is also offered in

the summer. Leaders and

students get to experience

activities such as zip lining,

swimming, rock wall

climbing, a high ropes

course, sand volleyball and


“Many of the main activities

are designed to

challenge students and help

them to grow in their relationship

with each other,

their leaders, and, most

importantly, God,” Gardner

said. “The unique thing

about WyldLife camp is

that our leaders are able to

come home with them and

continue to walk through

life with them. They’re not

just counselors for a week,

but friends and mentors for

years to come.”

Gardner said their biggest

challenge is getting

the word out. The program

started with 18 students,

and currently an average

of 40 students attend the

meetings. The club saw an

all-time high of 68 participants

last month.

“Without a doubt, our

growth is directly due to

the relationships we are

Guests gather at the WyldLife Informational Night on

March 10 at Davidson’s Bar & Grill in Homer Glen.

Photos Submitted

building with the kids,” she

said. “Once kids see that

we are there for them, that

we are developing authentic

relationships with them,

they tell their friends about

us. It’s not uncommon to

see our regular WyldLifeattendees

showing up with

some of their friends the

next month.”

WyldLife is unique in the

way relationships are built

between students and their

leaders, Gardner said.

“We show up at their

sporting events, dance recitals,

play performances

and band and chorus concerts.

We meet kids for coffee,

lunch and just to hang

out. We are there to listen

when things aren’t going

well, and there to celebrate

with them when they are,”

Gardner said.

“WyldLife isn’t just another

activity to add to a

parent’s already bursting

schedule. We will be there

for the students whether

they can make it to events

or not. The foundation of

WyldLife is built on authentic


WyldLife is open to all

Homer Glen and Lockport

students in grades 6-8.

Due to the growing concern

for the spreading of

COVID-19, WyldLife has

temporarily suspended

any large group activities

through April 3.

The next scheduled

WyldLife club is from 7-9

p.m. on April 24 at Homer

Jr. High.

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LTHS musicians’ return to Carnegie Hall canceled as students were set to depart

Benjamin Conboy, Assistant Editor

As almost 50 students from

Lockport Township High

School packed for New York

City, they received disappointing


The students from LTHS’s

Wind Symphony orchestra were

set to return to Carnegie Hall to

play a concert on one of America’s

grandest and most storied

stages. But as they packed their

bags onto buses, Carnegie Hall

announced that it would be closing

its doors as the novel coronavirus

pandemic continues to

spread in New York City.

“[The students] are of course

disappointed and upset that they

weren’t able to go, but they

knew that there was nothing that

could be done, and that it wasn’t

anybody at LTHS’s fault,” said

Brian Covey, the band director

at LTHS.

“With the health and safety

of the public, our artists and

our staff as our foremost priority,

Carnegie Hall has cancelled

all events from Friday, March

13, through Tuesday, March 31,

2020, in an effort to reduce the

spread of the new coronavirus,”

a statement on Carnegie Hall’s

website said.

This would have been the

Wind Symphony’s second time

playing at Carnegie Hall. Covey

said he hopes that the concert

will continue after the pandemic

has been contained and the nation

returns to normal.

“We’re hoping that we’ll be

able to move it to a future time,

either this year or next year,”

Covey said.

The symphony was invited to

play at the concert after applying

to a festival that helps procure

audience members for the

band. They were approved after

the festival’s organizers saw that

LTHS’s orchestra was at a skill

level high enough to play at

Carnegie Hall.

There is an old adage in classical

music performance, “What’s

the best way to get to Carnegie

Hall? Practice, practice, practice.”

That’s what members of

the symphony did day in and day

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to perform at a higher


“You’re playing in one of the

most historic, prestigious places,

and you want to live up to that

sort of environment, that sort of

reputation,” Covey said. “It’s

been great for a motivation factor.”

Playing concerts on one of

the most storied stages in music

offers more than just prestige.

Covey noticed that the focus

of the students has increased

immensely in the run-up to the


“For every performance we

give, the level of performance,

focus and concentration is

getting stronger every time we

sit together as an ensemble,”

Covey said. “The transfer of

ownership is coming down from

me at the podium, and they want

to self-identify and self-correct

errors. We’re getting much



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Staying Safe

Treating your body

better than your car

Chris Dowdall

Contributing Columnist

Imagine for a second

you are driving your

car around town on a

nice spring day, a reality

we will all face sooner

than later. Suddenly, your

car sputters and stops in

the middle of an intersection.

The next day, while

driving to work, the same

thing happens. How many

days would this have

to continue before you

decided to bring it into

a trained professional

to have it checked out?

Most people would most

likely have it checked out

after it had only occurred

a handful of times.

Why is it that we do

not take this time of

meticulous approach to

our bodies? Our cars are

with us for an average

of six-and-a-half years

(according to IHS

Automotive), while our

bodies will be with us for

70 years (75 if you are a


There is a mentality

in a large percentage of

adults that they do not

need a doctor, and, in

some cases, they may be

right. They will avoid

going to the doctor for

any number of reasons.

They could lack financial

capabilities, or perhaps

they do not trust doctors.

Perhaps they do not feel

as though their problem

is serious enough, or perhaps,

if it is serious, they

do not want to hear the

truth, and believe in the

realm of health ignorance

is not bliss.

According to the

Mayo Clinic, there are

seven symptoms that you

should never ignore, even

if they happen shortly and

then disappear. They are:

• Fever

• Flashes of light

• Unexpected shortness

of breath

• Feeling full too


• Changes in bowel


• Unexplained weight


• Personality changes

or confusion

Your body is the most

complex and valuable

machine you will ever

have access to. The

investment you make in

your body will pay much

larger dividends then

what type of oil you put

in your car.

Think of these little

occurrences that may

happen in your health as

your body showing you

a check engine light. The

reality is that you will

always know your body

better than any doctor

you will encounter. If

something does not feel

right, it is because it

probably isn’t.

If you choose to go to

a doctor (good decision)

and are not happy with

their decision, do not accept

it. You are your biggest

advocate. At times,

it will be frustrating,

and you will get tired of

going to your fourth and

fifth (maybe more) doctor’s

appointment without

having an answer in sight.

However, if it is a large

enough problem, more

likely than not it is not

going to resolve itself,

and, as it progresses, you

will be fighting an uphill

battle. Learn to fight with

your body rather than

against it.

Also, as a side note,

drink lots and lots of

water. Not coffee, not

soda, not tea or any other

incarnation. It does not

count just because the

drink has water in it. You

would not drive your car

without gas, oil and other

fluids, and, if you did, it

would not last very long.

Your body needs water,

and it will thank you for


Chris Dowdall is a Homer

Glen resident who is a nationally

and State of Illinoisregistered

EMT and also

certified as a Department of

Defense instructor. He has

completed two thesis papers

and other research papers

on public health issues and

has a master’s in emergency

management, global security

studies and human service


Police Reports

Watch and two gold necklaces

reported missing from home

A watch and two gold

necklaces were reported

missing Feb. 23 from an

upstairs bedroom of the

home of an elderly homeowner

on the 13000 block

of S. Derby Drive.

The homeowner said

about 1:30 p.m., a man

who police described as

being white with a heavy

build, bald and wearing a

plaid shirt and baseball hat

knocked on her door and

said he was a Sears employee

there to service her

garage door opener. The

woman reportedly escorted

the main into her home,

where they sat in the living

room to speak.

Shortly into the conversation,

though, the homeowner

became suspicious,

and the man abruptly left

the home, police said. He


From Page 7

immediately until further

notice amid COVID-19

concerns, per its website.

The Parkview leadership

team is said to have

made the decision give

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s

directive to strongly

discourage gatherings of

more than 250 people. All

who are interested are welcome

to join the churchwdie

digital platformas

on YouTube, Facebook

Live and parkviewchurch.

tv, which broadcasts live

on Saturday at 3 and 4:30

p.m., as well as on Sunday

at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and


The church noted the

pandemic is a constantly

reportedly entered a black

pickup truck with a second

person who was seen entering

the truck at the same


The homeowner then

realized the watch and

necklaces were missing,

according to police.

March 1

• Michael L. Haldeman,

26, of 17619 Village Lane

in Lockport, was charged

with driving under the influence,

improper lane usage

and failure to yield at

an intersection at S. Parker

Road and W. 159th St.

Feb. 29

• Matthew Riley, 36, of

38733 N. Gratton Road in

Lake Villa, was charged

with driving under the influence

at S. Cedar Road

changing situation, and

that it would provide updates

via email, its website

and social media.

For more information,

visit parkviewchurch.com/


Cross of Glory has Mass

March 15, moves online

going forward

Cross of Glory had its

Sunday service on March

15 but also invited the

faithful to stay home and

watch its online worship,

including the sermon and

second half of the service

live on its Facebook page,

with the sermon normally

starting around 9:45 a.m.

The church then announced

Monday, March

16, that all Cross of Glory

in-person gatherings were

as of that time canceled,


and W. 159th St.

Feb. 20

• An unoccupied home reportedly

was broken into

and had copper piping stolen

from its basement ceiling

on the 16000 block of

S. Wildwood Lane.

• John P. Wagner, 69, of

8117 Bormet Drive in Tinley

Park, was charged with

failure to reduce speed and

driving under the influence

at W. 167th St. and Spaniel

Drive in Homer Glen.

Editor’s note: The Homer

Horizon’s police reports

come from the Will County

Sheriff’s Department’s online

news bulletin service. Anyone

listed in these reports is considered

to be innocent of all

charges until proven guilty in

a court of law.

with those interested invited

to follow them on

Facebook and join 9:30

a.m. Sunday online for


Cross of Glory’s The

Welcome Place Preschool

Pancake Breakfast/Brunch

also was canceled for

March 15, with a new date

for it to be announced.

New Life Community

Church open March 15,

offers online service

All New Life Community

Church locations

were open for services,

including in Homer Glen,

on March 15. Those interested

could also watch


For more information,

visit newlifecommunity.


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From Page 7

all certified and 12-month

employees were asked to

report to work March 16

for normal work hours to

complete the plans.

All after-school activities,

practices and programs

are also canceled

until further notice, with

the district continually assessing

the situation and

providing updates accordingly,

Schoppe said.

The full letter can be

read at homerschools.org.

Will County School District


Will County School

District 92 Superintendent

Tim Arnold said the district

will be utilizing eLearning

days for the coming


The school will switch a

regularly scheduled teacher

institute day from Tuesday,

March 17, to March

16. Students will return to

school on Tuesday to pick

up devices with which

they will complete their

eLearning activities.

Days will be scheduled

in five hour-long blocks of

activities related to core

subjects. The eLearning

will include a rotation of

PE and art, “as much as

we can get in,” Arnold


Though Pritzker ordered

all schools closed through

March 30, D92’s spring

break is scheduled from

March 30 to April 6. The

district is aiming to be

back in class on April 6 as

a tentative return date, Arnold


More information can

be found at d92.org/index.



Providence Catholic High


Providence Catholic

High School will officially

close school on March 17

and will remain closed

pending further direction

from the Diocese of Joliet

and State of Illinois, according

to an announcement

on the school’s website

March 13.

Students were to be in

attendance on a special

bell schedule on March 16,

with each class lasting approximately

20 minutes,

the post states.

The schedule was to allow

students to pickup

textbooks, laptops and

other personal belongings

and to meet briefly with

each teacher to learn how

eLearning will operate

moving forward.

The school also has immediately

canceled all

sports/activities starting

Saturday, March 14, including

the ACT workshop,

as well as all practices

and activities scheduled

over the weekend of

March 13 through Sunday,

March 15.

A full list of bell schedules

and eLearning protocol

can be found at provi





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LTHS sends group

of students to

participate in latest

Special Games

RIGHT: Javohn Davis

bowls with his Best

Buddy Frank Biamote

at the Special Games

held Thursday, March

12, at Lincoln-Way West.

The annual event has a

number of sporting events

and is a display of school

spirit, sportsmanship

and camaraderie among

students. Photos by Sean

Hastings/22nd Century


LTHS’S Nick Floramo shoots a hockey puck during the events at Special Games.




shoots a

basket at


Games. A

number of





at the


School News

Lockport Township High


Juniors on honor roll for

first semester

Members of the LTHS

Class of 2021 named to the

first semester honor roll

for the 2019-2020 school

year include: Muhammad

Abdelqader, Ava Adams,

Claire Ancevicius, Ernest

Baker, Justin Barron, Ian

Bauer, Alyssa Becerra,

Lauren Bellair, Alexander

Bernatowicz, Paolo Binkley,

Douglas Blomquist,

Josephine Bober, MacKenna

Bochnak, Evelyn

Bombard, Vincent Brannigan,

Breanna Bufka, Fiona

Burke, Ethan Cala, Aidan

Callahan, Devan Callahan,

Vincent Camardo, Robert

Cavallo, Kent Cherry,

Kevin Chorley, Carli

Cocco, Ann Coniglio,

Jack Crowley, Axel Cruz,

Adam Dalton, Eileen Delgado,

Amelia Diaz, Zachary

Dolci, Cassie Dragosh,

Mathias Drong, Kaitlyn

Dunagan, Kyle Ehrenhaft,

Gabrielle Ellstrom, Jose

Espino, Morgan Field,

Isabel Forneris, Benjamin

Fox, Nicole Freisleben,

Emma Gallagher, Nolan

Ganser, Hayden Gernade,

Paolo Geronimo, Tannor

Giertuga, Stephanie Godinez,

Nadia Goich, Kayla

Gonzalez, Sofia Gonzalez,

Hannah Gorecki, Vincent

Greci, Allison Greenfield,

Erin Hanes, Thomas

Hayes, Christopher

Heintz, Jasmine Heise,

Julianna Henrichs, Leonardo

Hernandez, Daniel

Hill, Devin Hill, Alex Jerabek,

Aniyah Jones, Eileen

Kang, Quinn Kelly, Aries

Kemp, Tyler Kern, Damian

Kolasik, James Kontos,

Skylar Kopfer, John Koroyanis,

Andrea Korzonas,

Dylan Kure, Morgan Lavery,

Alexis Lehr, Angelina

Lombardo, Jamelle Mayor,

Caitlyn McGraw, Madelynn

McNamara, Marissa

McNeal, Joshua Mehnert,

Giselle Mendoza, Sierra

Miedona, Olivia Minogue,

Megan Mitchell, Elle Mizwicki,

Kevin Moe, Joseph

Mondrella, Mia Moore,

Alaa Musa, Lydia Mutz,

Billie Mutzbauer, Mason

Myre, Daniella Nartey, Zakari

Navarra, Peter Naylor,

Sydney Neander, Craig

Newmes, Jared Nienhuis,

Andrew Odle, Isabella Olivero,

Damir Oliynyk, William

Orban, Patricia Ornelas,

Gianna Ortega, Ryan

Oster, Brenna Pacetti, Harrison

Pacheco, Michael

Pasciak, Maja Pazdziora,

Madalyn Pencak, Monica

Petek, Riley Pfeiffer, Mark

Piazza, Dominic Picciola,

Vincenzo Pichardo,

Zackary Pollard, Joshua

Porrey, Bryanna Portis,

Mary Rasmussen, Christian

Ray, Michael Reczek,

Nathaniel Reczek, Anna

Reilly, Veronica Rincon,

Rebecca Rozhon, William

Rudd, Canon Russell,

Hailey Russo, Imanol

Salgado, Mariella Kristine

Salvador, Dana Samara,

Garrett Schad, Jameson

Schnell, Gwendolynn

Schott, Juliana Schuldt,

Kayla Schurig, Joseph

Seiber, Matthew Sevik,

Nasser Shamah, Xenia

Sinclair, Daniel Skupien,

Lauren Smith, Brendan

Spratt, Carter Steffgen, Allison

Strote, Ian Sturma,

Grace Sullivan, Randall

Sullivan, Aiden Swain,

Gabriella Tanguay, Alexander

Tardecilla, Hayley

Thomas, Katherine Tomczuk,

Shea Vance, Alicia

VanKuiken, Diego Vega,

Julie Vera, Kristen Volpe,

Alexander Vukobratovich,

Justin Waddell, Mia Wentland,

Jacquelyn Wheaton,

Daniel White, Alima Williams,

Kimberly Wilson,

Kelly Wojcikiewicz, Olivia

Wolf, Logan Wrona,

Michael Wujkowski, Zoe

Zaffer, Brooke Zaker, Sebastian

Zbylut and Gabrielle


Sophomores on honor roll

for first semester

Members of the LTHS

Class of 2022 named to the

first semester honor roll for

the 2019-2020 school year

include: Isa Abdallah, Alia

Abuzir, Juan Aguilar, Liliana

Alayyoub, Noah Allen-

Cidon, Lanna Almatarneh,

Angel Almazan, Ranya Alsalahi,

Michael Alvarado,

Anthony Anderson, Jazmyn

Angelo, Emilio Arias, Angel

Arzuaga, Talon Athos,

Jennifer Babica, Isabella

Baer, Angelica Bafia, Kane

Balcaitis, Reese Benda,

Lilah Bergbower, Cierra

Bilotto, Ceciliya Bisaga,

Andrew Blackburn-Forst,

Hannah Boetscher, Joseph

Boguslawski, Arianna

Borla, Christian Bouie, Isabella

Bozen, Ryan Brich,

Malik Brown, Tatum Bush,

Jennifer Carbajal, Alyssa

Catemis, Emiliano Cazares,

Glaycon Cezarotto,

Sarah Chlebek, Christopher


Alexis Churchill, Liliana

Cislo, Bianca Cisneros,

Jackson Cocke, Dominic

Crapia, Erin Cronin, Angelica

Cruz, Alexzandra

Curiel, Ellie Curtis, Rickey

De La Garza, Neveen Deffala,

Brayden Diaz, Trevor

Dooley, Adam Doyle, Noah

Drebing, Chloe Eggers,

Yousef Farhan, Kathleen

Fennessy, Stephen Finlon,

Kevin Fleming, Elliana

Fontanetta, Nikola Goich,

Grant Gollinger, Kristian

Goss, Gavin Gucwa, Brianna

Guilfoyle, Stephanie

Hayes, Colton Henrie,

Daniel Hernandez, Orion

Hernandez, Julian Hillman,

Andelina Hindhaugh, Payton

Ignasiak, Mohammed

Jaber, Emily Jacob, Colin

Jaskiewicz, Isabel Jeffries,

Jason Jeszke, Aidan Jilek,

Paul Kadlec, Scott Kampenga,

Adrienne Karpen,

Blake Kast, Caitlyn Kies,

Gregory Kirylko, Grace

Kozuch, Joshua Krueger,

Colin Krzeczkowski,

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Matthew Krzos, Jacqueline

Kuffel, Joseph Kutz,

Ethan Lave, Ashley Leeney,

Ryan Little, America

Lopez-Buendia, Michal

Marszalek, Cameron Martinez,

Daniel Martisek,

Tyler McCann, John Mc-

Cormick, Shane McEntee,

Lauren McGowan, Jeton

Memishi, Ashley Mendelson,

Matthew Merk, Austin

Miller, Cassidy Moore,

Emma Morgan, Sabrina

Mustafa, Janiel Nevarez,

Dylan Nommensen, Celena

Nowak, Aidan OConnor,

Brian Ondyak, Atziry Padilla,

Leah Panozzo, Ashka

Patel, David Pehlke, Naomi

Pentell, Anthony Perez,

Maxwell Pericak, Taylor Piontek,

Jagger Pisano, Olivia

Procaccio, Haley Pruchnik,

Jack Pubentz, Simon Rachel,

Skylar Rahn, Alyssa

Ramos, Hailey Richards,

Carly Ringelsten, Matthew

Rosier, Aiden Ruiz, Hernan

Sanchez Marin, Marisol

Sanchez-Ramirez, Anthony

Schenk, Emma Schmutzler,

Darrany Sem, Marian

Semlow, David Serapin,

Cody Silzer, Cole Silzer,

Aiden Slattery, Nicole Starmann,

Mia Stillo, Matthew

Strom, Nicolas Styrczula,

Aaron Sullivan, Grace

Surin, Sarah Szarzynski,

Melanie Szkodon, Steven

Szpicki, Liam Taylor, Nathan

Tepper, Stavroula

Theoharis, Skylar Ulrich,

Ryan Vandertuuk, Alexander

Vassilakis, Daniel Veltman,

Emily Villasenor,

Jordan Vrba, David Vukobratovich,

Sadie Walton,

Trinity Weingart, Kevin

Wildhirt, Skylar Wojcik,

Andrew Wood, Alexander

Worachek and Nicole


Freshmen on honor roll for

first semester

Members of the LTHS

Class of 2023 named to

the first semester honor roll

for the 2019-2020 school

year include: Lamees Abdelrahman,

Madison Adcock,

Rachel Aiello, Tyler

Albright, Joshua Alvarez,

Christina Arens, Sara Attieh,

Michael Bain, Dylan

Begeske, Logan Beissel,

Kaedan Blonski, Nathan

Bombard, Santino Bonko,

Grant Brannigan, Kevin

Brennan, Abrinna Bruyneel,

Adrian Bzdel, John

Camardo, Christopher Cannatello,

Diego Castaneda,

Daniela Chang, Mackenzie

Christopher, Joselle Ciucci,

Miguel Colunga, Hailey

Cousineau, Dylan Curry,

Alivia Czaplicki, Tomasz

Czaplinski, Lily Daher,

Madilynn Dahlberg, Frank

Delelio, Victoria Dinh, Jack

Doherty, Nicholas Dominici,

Michael Doneske, Nathaniel

Drong, Ryan Dunagan,

Ryan Eaton, Michael

Erickson, Abigail Falbo,

Skylor Feldman, Bella

Fitch, Nicholas Floramo,

Alberto Flores, Anthony

Francone, Niko Frcek, Kaitlin

Gallagher, Alycia Garcia,

Iris Garcia, Xavier Garcia,

Julian Garzon, Isabella

Hammond, Rayyad Hasan,

Jami Herman, Alexander

Hernandez, Evan Herzog,

Zachary Hojnacki, Emily

Ignasiak, Gina Jablonski,

Julian Jaime, Raymond Jesse,

Jake Judd, Maya Kendzior,

Victoria Kiriakopulous-DiSalvo,


Kontos, Ryan Kratz, Alyssa

Krzak, Jackson Kundrat, Isabella

Lappay, Jessica Larson,

Sophia Lattuca, Roxanne

Lebron, Paige Ledwa,

Danielle Leonardy, Lindsey

Lepore, Jennifer Lesniak,

Teagan Lilleberg, Martha

Lira Trujillo, Steven Lopez,

Alex Lukaszczyk, Jacob

Lyons, Tyler Lyons, David

Mancini, Aidan Marcinkewicz,

Benjamin Markham,

Addison Markiewicz,

Donald Marta, Jonathan

Martinez, Liliana Martinez,

Sarynna Matlock,

Jack Maurer, Robert Meyers,

Joshua Michalski, Sara

Micheletto, Gage Mikulski,

Olivia Minorini, Narmier

Moore-Manning, Julian

Moreno, Andrew Mowery,

Victoria Mrowca, Bailey

Murphy, Jeremy Murray,

Ryan Murray, Troy Mutz,

Abdullah Navaid, James

Nawoski, Ava Niesman,

John Nowak, Nataly Nunez,

Carter Olino, Audrey Orban,

Kaya Osinski, Hannah

Ostrander, Christian Pakos,

Dev Patranabish, Ceanna

Patterson, Marek Pawlica,

Hannah Payne, Kira

Pluta, Joseph Popovits,

Jennessa Puga, Brayden

Pygott, Draven Quante,

Jessica Raske, Andrew

Reifel, Robert Richardson,

Rocco Rigoni, Thomas

Ringelsten, Gabriel

Riniker, Anthony Rivera,

Frida Rodriguez, Soundus

Salah-Hamideh, Michael

Salerno, Nicole Sanchez,

Joseph Scaramuzzo, Kaitlin

Scarpa, Jacob Schindler,

Andrew Schmidt, Nicholas

Sem, Dalia Shehayber,

Gavin Sherstad, Caroline

Siedlarczyk, Gabriele Silinskas,

Jerry Simek, Gianna

Siniscalchi, Riley Siwinski,

Owen Skentzos, Jakub

Skiba, Neil Skly, Emma

Soderberg, Alyssa Soroko,

Matthew Specht, Michael

Stavropoulos, Michael

Stonis, Jonathan Such,

Victoria Szczerbiak, David

Szymaszek, Izzat Taha,

Patricija Tamasauskas,

Grace Tanguay, Courtney

Tedesco, Kayla Thurner,

Maya Tohme, Ariana Torres,

Kimora Torrez, Jesus

Unzueta, Bilal Useini,

Emilio Valencia, Samantha

Vargo, Angelina Velez, Yarissa

Vila, Emily Vineyard,

Claudia Walkosz, Michael

Waterloo, Kelli Watkins,

Lauren Wattawa, Jeremy

Weinstein, Michael Welcome,

Tyler Wells, Grace

Wilczak, Nicholas Wood,

Allison Worst, Yesenia Zavala,

Kaylin Zeglen and

Brooke Zmucki.

School News is compiled by

Editor Thomas Czaja, tom@


Preschool screening next set for

April 21 for District 92 children

Staff Report

As a means of identifying

preschool children

who may qualify for special

education services,

Will County School District

92 will be screening

children ages 3 to 5 in the

areas of concepts, motor,

speech and language with

the DIAL-4 team. These

services are provided at no

cost to parents as an early

intervention service.

Screenings will be held at

Walsh School at 514 Mac-

Gregor Road in Lockport.

The remaining screening

date for 2019-2020 is

on April 21.

Those interested in having

their child participate

in a DIAL-4 screening can

call Special Services at

(815) 836-7719, ext. 1 to

schedule an appointment.

Kindergarten registration

now open for Homer 33C

Staff Report

Kindergarten registration

is now open for the

2020-2021 school year for

Homer Community Consolidated

School District


To complete the online

registration process, parents/guardians

will need to

complete the “new student

enrollment form” located

at homerschools.org/enroll.

Once the initial information

is reviewed and approved,

a followup email

will be sent to parents

containing steps to create

a PowerSchool Parent Portal

Account. If the family

already has this account,

they can follow directions

in the email to add their

new student to the existing


Once their account is

setup, log in and select

“ecollect forms” from the

menu; ecollect is the new

registration tool for next

school year. From the

ecollect forms page, complete

all currently assigned

forms. Additional forms

will be available after

April 1.

For full information on

Homer 33C kindergarten

registration, visit homer




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Parking obstacle overcome

for proposed taco


Superheroes and Mexican

food enthusiasts may

soon be assembling in

downtown Mokena.

The Mokena Village

Board during a work session

March 9 discussed

possibly granting a special

use permit and rezoning

for a comic book-themed

taco restaurant — ZAP!

Taco — at 19711 Mokena


During the discussion,

Village Building and Planning

Director Matt Ziska

said the Village Board

reviewed the request conceptually

in December

2019. He noted that there

were concerns about the

parking limitations at the

site, so staff conducted a

parking analysis.

“Based on our parking

analysis, most of the parking

[needed] would be

available on Front Street,”

Ziska said. “We have 29

spaces along the south side

of Front [Street], and then

you have the 37 customer

spaces that are available

within the Village-owned

Front Street lot. Also, I

wanted to point out that

parking often becomes

available in the McGovney

lot during the evening

hours, roughly after 4 p.m.

or so.”

Trustee George Metanias

said his initial concern

was on the parking, but he

now believes that has been


“I’ve been to a lot of

downtowns, and most

downtowns you don’t park

in front of the place,” he

said. “You park somewhere

else, and you walk

to the restaurant.”

The item will be voted

on at a future Village

Board meeting.

Reporting by Jon DePaolis,

Freelance Reporter. For

more, visit MokenaMesseng



D135 student asked to

stay home following trip

to country considered highrisk

for travel

Orland School District

135 has confirmed a student

was asked to stay

home for two weeks after

returning from a country

with a “Level 3” travel

warning amid international

coronavirus concerns.

The district published

a letter to the community,

signed by Interim Superintendent

John Bryk on

March 9, saying that “early

last week” it was alerted

to news that a student traveled

to a Level 3 warning

country, but “did not spend

time in an area of quarantine.”

The district asked

that student “as soon as the

school was alerted to this

travel” to remain at home

for 14 days in accordance

with guidance provided by

the Illinois Department of

Public Health.

The district emphasized

that no student is “being

assessed or treated for the

coronavirus” in the letter,

but noted a building

has since been sanitized.

District 135 spokesperson

Jen Obright confirmed

the student was “in attendance

prior to the building

administration being notified

about the location of


The letter did not state

which building within the

district that is, and Obright

did not provide more information

when asked which

school was involved.

Bryk did not respond

to an email or phone call

seeking that information.

The letter also noted “as

an additional precautionary

measure,” students in

grades K-5 will be eating

their lunch prior to recess

to allow them “the opportunity

to wash their hands

prior to eating lunch and

after recess.”

Reporting by Bill Jones, Editor.

For more, visit OPPrai



Fourth man arrested in

November abduction case

A fourth man was arrested

March 10 in the case

of an alleged abduction of

a woman in Frankfort on

Nov. 16.

David Gilmore, 20, was

arrested at his residence at

132 E. 119th Street in Chicago

by the U.S. Marshals

Great Lakes Regional Fugitive

Task Force, according

to a Frankfort Police

Department press release.

He has been charged

with aggravated vehicular

hijacking, aggravated

kidnapping, aggravated

robbery, armed robbery

and aggravated unlawful


Gilmore is in the custody

of the Will County

Adult Detention Facility

on a $750,000 bond.

On Nov. 16, a woman

told police she was robbed

at gunpoint at the ATM at

the Chase bank in Frankfort.

She reported a man

approached her with a

gun, accessed her accounts

through the ATM and then

left with her in her vehicle,

making several stops to

acquire additional money

and items.

Three other suspects in

the case were arrested Dec.

18 by the U.S. Marshals

Great Lakes Regional Fugitive

Task Force and the

Chicago Police Department.

Justin A. Brown, 20, of

312 W. 34th St. in Steger;

Dontavious A. Harvey, 20,

of 14341 Drexel Ave. in

Dolton; and Terwon Matthews,

20, of 11355 S. Forest

Ave. in Chicago; each

were charged with aggravated

kidnapping, aggravated

robbery and armed


Frankfort Deputy Police

Chief Kevin Keegan

said those three are still in

custody at the Will County

Adult Detention Facility

and awaiting trial.

Reporting by Steve Millar,

Contributing Editor. For

more, visit FrankfortStation.



Tinley VFW’s first

Veteran’s Patriot 5K run,

walk set for April 5

The Bremen VFW Post

2791 Auxiliary is always

on the lookout for new

events that can help bring

awareness and funds to the

VFW Post, and its veteran

and military programs.

Among the newest events

added to its calendar is the

upcoming Veteran’s Patriot

5K Run/Walk.

The race is to take place

at 8 a.m. Sunday, April 5

— rain or shine — at the

Oak Park Avenue Metra

Train Station. Racers of all

ages and abilities are invited

to participate, and all of

the funds will support the

VFW and its veteran and

military programs.

Those interested in participating

in the 5K run/

walk can pre-register online

through March 15

at raceentry.com/races/


register for $25. Preregistration

includes a T-

shirt, pre-race snacks and

water, and post-race food

and beverages. Registration

will be open in person

through April 5 at the

VFW post for $30, with no

guarantee of a T-shirt.

Reporting by Amanda Del

Buono, Freelance Reporter.

For more, visit TinleyJunc



Final site approval nearing

for Arby’s construction

amid resident concerns

The site plans for the Arby’s

coming to New Lenox

have drawn concern from

residents near the location.

The Arby’s, set to be

built at the corner of Route

30 and Tonell Avenue, will

include the demolition of a

single-family home that is

boarded up, and back up to

three residential lots.

The board all voted in

favor — minus the votes

of Doug Finnegan and David

Butterfield, who were

absent — to approve an

ordinance authorizing the

execution of an annexation

agreement at the southwest

corner of Route 30

and Tonell Avenue; an ordinance

annexing certain

property at southwest corner

of Route 30 and Tonell

Avenue; an ordinance rezoning

the property; and

an ordinance granting variances

at the southwest corner

of Route 30 and Tonell


While the board voted

to approve all of the ordinances,

it is still working

with the residents’ concerns

for the placement of

the dumpster for Arby’s,

which in its current plans

is near a residential property.

Resident Donna Skiniotes

asked that it be

moved to the west side of

the parking lot from the

south to avoid smell and

the noise it may produce.

Robin Ellis, director of

community development,

said moving the dumpster

would impact trucks’ ability

to access the dumpster,

as well as keep the fire lane


She added they will not

know if it is possible until

a “full-blown geometric

site plan” is finalized.

Reporting by Sean Hastings,

Editor. For more, visit New



City officials address rise

in vehicle crimes

As a wave of car burglaries

and thefts has

swept over Lockport and

the rest of the Southwest

suburbs, police are now

warning residents that the

criminals are highly organized

and pose a serious

threat to public safety.

“This is the crime of the

area right now,” Lockport

Chief of Police Terry Lemming

said. “These are different

kinds of criminals.

The evidence we’ve seen

so far is that a lot of them

are armed.”

“The truth is, we anticipate

something really bad

happening here, like a bad

crash, an innocent person

getting hurt,” Lemming

continued. “These aren’t

nice people. Many of them

are street gang members

with long criminal histories.”

Lemming cited intelligence

that suggests there

may be up to 47 different

burglary crews — many of

them with different operating

in the Chicago suburbs

from Lake County to the

Indiana border.

He said the individuals

committing the burglaries

have been caught on doorbell

cameras “opening the

[car] doors with one hand

holding a gun in the other.”

He also said that they

are “prepared to confront

someone coming out of a


Reporting by Benjamin

Conboy, Assistant Editor. For

more, visit LockportLegend


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From the Editor

In the midst of unprecedented, challenging times

Thomas Czaja


What we are now

going through is

something none

of us have experienced

before, something that as

recently as a couple weeks

ago may have seemed


As the world tries to do

the best it can during the

pandemic, we are dealing

with closures of schools,

churches, the library and

more. Restaurants and

bars currently do not have

dine-in service. To say it

is a troubling time is an

understatement, and no

one knows how long this

will all last.

But in this time, how

we respond to it, as

always, is up to us. Being

stricken with fear, panic

and paranoia is understandable

right now, but

we cannot let those things

control us. That said, it

is time to take all extra

precautions, to practice

frequent handwashing,

social distancing and doing

what we need to do to

get through this.


The thing about this

virus is medical professionals

say we can be

carrying it and not even

realize it, not showing

symptoms. That is why

staying home and limiting

going around as much as

possible to stop its spread

is so important.

In a time like this, I

would rather overreact

and know I am doing my

all to keep loved ones

safe rather than ultimately

find out I did not react

enough. Having some

level of cabin fever really

is the least of our worries.

Also, in a time like this,

please do not be one of

those individuals hoarding

toilet paper and being

short with people.

Instead, take the time

to check in with others,

share resources, stay calm



and spend your downtime

wisely, helping to bring

out the best in yourself,

your family and humanity

as a whole.

It is difficult to predict

what the future holds,

even by the time this paper

gets in your hands.

On Pages 2, 7 and 10

of this issue, we update

how this pandemic has

impacted the community

thus far. It is obviously an

ever-changing situation,

so please follow us and

elsewhere online to keep

up on the latest with what

is going on. Please stay

safe and be well.

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Disc golf tourney the first of its kind at Old Oak Country Club, Page 21

Brian Tusher composes his throw while Joe Lozano (left) and Roger Tranowski look on Saturday, March 14, at the Old Oak Country Club disc golf tournament.

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20 | March 19, 2020 | the homer horizon faith



Editor’s note: Catholic

parishes within the

Diocese of Joliet had

Mass canceled on the

weekend of Saturday,

March 14, and Sunday,

March 15, because of

coronavirus concerns.

Daily Mass was still

ongoing, as of press

time Monday, March 16,

while future weekend

Masses had not yet been

announced. Parkview

Christian Church and

Cross of Glory Lutheran

Church have each moved

their regular services

online indefinitely to

also safeguard against

the spread of COVID-19.

Worshipers should check

with their respective

church for updates on

future Masses, services

or events.

Cross of Glory Lutheran Church

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

Nursery for Children

9:30 a.m. Sundays. Parishioners

may use the

nursery for their children

up to age 3 during services.

There is a Kids Klub

for children in grades 4-5

during the service.

Bible Study

7:30 p.m. Wednesdays

Open to anyone ready to

discuss the Bible.

Christian Life Church

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

Sunday Service

10 a.m.

EDGE Youth Service

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

Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish

(16043 S. Bell Road, Homer Glen)

Blessing of Baskets

Noon April 11.

Daily Mass

8 a.m. Monday-Friday

Weekend Mass

5 p.m. Saturday

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



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Holy Hour

First Friday of each

month with 8 a.m. Mass

followed by exposition of

the blessed sacrament at

8:30 a.m. and concluding

with benediction at 9 a.m.

Council of Catholic Women

7 p.m. Second Tuesday

of the month.

Women of the parish

meet to discuss its needs.

The group also hosts a

monthly charity bake sale.

St. Bernard Parish

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

Lenten Penance Service

7 p.m. Tuesday, March

31. The service will be at

St. Bernard’s and held together

with Our Mother of

Good Counsel Parish.

Happy Hours (Seniors)

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

Seniors meet monthly for

food, fun and fellowship.

St. Bernards Kids’ Choir

4:30-6 p.m. Thursdays.

All children in grades

first through eighth are

welcome to join choir.

A permission slip to join

can be obtained through

Julie Kane at the table by

the church exit or through

one’s RE teacher.

Weekday Worship

9:30 a.m. weekdays.

Communion Service on


Weekend Worship

4:30 p.m. Saturdays.

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

11:30 a.m. every Sunday.

and older may join the

choir. The choir needs vocalists

and instrumentalists.

For more information,

join the weekly rehearsal

or contact the music director,

Julie Kane, after Mass

on Sundays.

Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church

(14610 S. Will Cook Road, Homer Glen)

Sunday Services

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

a.m. Divine Liturgy; 10

a.m. Sunday School. For

more information, call

(708) 645-0652.

Adult Bible Study

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

third Sundays of the month

Assumption Greek Orthodox Church

(15625 S. Bell Road, Homer Glen)

Sunday Services

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

a.m. Divine Liturgy; 10

a.m. Sunday School. For

more information, call

(708) 645-0652.

New Life Community Church - Homer


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

Weekly Worship Services

10 a.m. Sundays; for

more information, call

(815) 838-1416.

Kids Zone Ministry

10 a.m. Sundays.

Children up to fifth grade

can participate in games,

singing, take part in interactive

Bible teaching and

participate in hands-on

crafts. Participants should

arrive 5-10 minutes prior

to the service to sign children

up for the group. For

more information, call

(815) 838-1416.

Contact the



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

and third Saturday of the

month. Confessions are

also available upon request

at any time.

Community Choir Practice

7:30-9 p.m. Thursdays.

Parish members ages 16

Women’s Ministry

9:30 a.m. Fridays. Bible

study for women of all


Prayer Meeting

10 a.m. Tuesdays.

Parkview Christian Church - Homer Glen

Please see faith, 26

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the homer horizon | March 19, 2020 | 21

Old Oak Country Club the site for pop-up disc golf tournament

Roughly 200

people participate

in event that is also

a fundraiser

Amanda Del Buono

Freelance Reporter

As spring sneaks in, the

grass is getting greener,

and area golf courses are

getting their affairs in line

for the start of the season.

In line with this preparation,

Old Oak Country

Club hosted its first disc

golf tournament on Saturday,

March 14, which

could be the beginning of a

partnership that brings the

sport to the Homer Glen

golf club on a more regular


The event was organized

by the Greater Joliet Tour

Series, an organization

that arranges sanctioned

Professional Disc Golf

Association tournaments

throughout the year. GJTS

is made of a group of avid

disc golfers, including

Sean Callahan, owner of

Lockport’s Dellwood Disc

Golf shop; Thor Batchelor;

Leo Borlowski; and Ryan


This past Saturday’s

pop-up tournament was

an unsanctioned, less

competitive tournament

that served as a fundraiser

for the GJTS-sanctioned

events to come later this


“We run all sanctioned

PDGA events throughout

the year, and there’s cash

we have to add through

fundraisers to support

the other events we do

through the Greater Joliet

Tour Series,” Callahan


Batchelor, a Homer

Glen resident, arranged

the tournament at a location

right down the street

from his home.

“I drive by here all the

time, I come here for pizza

all the time, and I just

wanted to do something

local,” he said.

The group has put on a

spring warm-up tournament

for many years and

was excited to be at Old

Oak Country Club for

the first time this year. In

fact, they are hoping the

event’s success will help

them build a partnership

with Old Oak Country


“We want to build a

partnership to not only

throw events like this, but

also get something on the

course more regularly,”

Batchelor said, adding

the sport is growing, and

the team is hoping to help

build a community in the


Old Oak Country Club

owner Al Lieponis said

he was impressed with the

event and would consider

incorporating disc golf at

the facility in some way

going forward.

“We’ve never done

something like this before

and thought it could be

a complement to regular

golf,” Lieponis said. “So,

we did it early in the season

to try it, and they got about

200 people signed up and

paid. None of us play disc

golf, so we weren’t sure

what to expect.”

He added that the GJTS

tournament directors had

been great to work with,

and the pop-up course

would not cause damage

to the regular golf course,

a benefit if he continues

hosting such events.

The pop-up aspect of

this event was a key draw

for many of the tournament

participants. Lockport residents

Rob Jokubauskas

Ryan Langbehn (left) and Martin Kennoy retrieve their discs after a warm-up round on Saturday, March 14, at the

Old Oak Country Club disc golf tournament. Photos by Derek Swanson/22nd Century Media

and his 26-year-old son,

V.J., said they’ve attended

several of GJTS’ pop-up

tournaments during the

past several years they

have been playing disc


“We do basically all of

their events,” V.J. said.

“The pop-up events are

fun, because you play a

course that no one has ever

played before. We have

to rely on our skillset and

what we know. It’s not like

playing on a course you’ve

played before, and you

know which disc to use on

which basket. Getting it

in the basket relies on you

making the right decisions

in the moment.”

Rob added he also appreciates

the GJTS’ creativity

in coming up with

events like the pop-ups,

and others throughout the

wintertime that allow the

community to get involved

in a variety of ways.

“The other draw is that

they do these events and

Rob Jokubauskas launches his disc down the course in a warm-up round.

look for creative ways to

keep people engaged,” he


The event also drew

competitors from beyond

the local area. Ryan Langbehn

and Martin Kennoy

traveled from Valparaiso,

Indiana, to participate last

Saturday morning.

“This is an anomaly

to play on a regular golf

course,” Langbehn said.

Kennoy added: “It’s one

of those rare things to be

able to do.”

The friends have been

playing disc golf for only

a few years but have

quickly become avid competitors,

already finishing

four tournaments so far


this year. They have also

participated in several

other GJTS events and

said that they are always

well-attended and wellorganized.

“They’re well-ran

events,” Langbehn said.

“There’s no mix-ups, and

everything’s just done really


22 | March 19, 2020 | the homer horizon life & arts


Artistic expressions

DIY Wood Sign Workshop comes to

Pelican Harry’s

Attendees (left to right) Cindy Plouzek, Maureen Reilly and Diane Rakoci work on signs together March 11 at the DIY

Wood Sign Workshop held at Pelican Harry’s Sports Grill in Homer Glen. Photos by Jesse Wright/22nd Century Media

RIGHT: Diane Rakoci

created this Home

Sweet Home sign

with multiple paw

prints during the


LEFT DIY Wood Sign

Workshop attendees

mingle while

creating a variety

of items for their

homes or possibly

as gifts for others.

United for Puerto Rico fundraiser takes place at Rubi Agave

Submitted by Rubi Agave

On March 7, Homer Glen

Trustee Ruben Pazmino

and the Heritage Corridor

Business Alliance hosted a

fundraiser called United for

Puerto Rico at Rubi Agave.

This event brought together

several local businesses,

organizations, public officials,

and commissioned

fire officials including the

Northwest Homer Fire Protection

District, the Chicago

Fire Department and the

City of Chicago.

The event raised more

than $3,000 for the transport

of an ambulance and

Attendees dance at the United for Puerto Rico fundraiser held March 7 at Rubi Agave

in Homer Glen. Photos submitted

a fire engine to hurricane

and earthquake-ridden

Puerto Rico. These retired

units were donated by the

Chicago Fire Department

with the help of Ald. Ariel

Reboyras from Chicago’s

30th Ward and Firefighter

Hearts United, an organization

that helps underfunded

fire departments in

Latin America with lifesaving

training and equipment.

Many local business

owners contributed and attended

the event, including

Jim Lahey from A Touch

The United for Puerto Rico fundraiser raised more than

$3,000 for the transport of an ambulance and a fire

engine to hurricane and earthquake-ridden Puerto Rico.

of Green, Adam Koch

from Express Carwash and

Tim Ozinga from Ozinga

Concrete. Local public officials

that contributed and

attended included Mayor

George Yukich, Pazmino

and Will County Board

Commissioners Steve Balich

and Mike Fricilone.

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Library to remove use

of fines as of April 1

Submitted by Homer

Township Public Library

Effective April 1 at

Homer Township Public

Library, there will no longer

be charges for late fees

for items. All late fees are

to be waived for most materials.

Library Executive Director

Sheree Kozel-La

Ha said as they strive to

provide excellent service

to district residents, they

thoughtfully began the discussion

of removing fines

for most items. She added

the reality is that fines and

overdues can stop people

from using the library, and

that library staff and trustees

felt strongly that we

want to encourage library


Fines are less than half

of 1 percent of the library’s

budget, so that minor revenue

can be absorbed,

and the staff time used to

address fines can be better

spent on additional

positive customer service,

Kozel-La Ha said. She

said the library realizes

that there are times when

life becomes more complicated

for people, and there


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are better ways of encouraging

users to return items

on time rather than impose

financial penalties.

As a result, the library is

to systematically give all

residents with past fines

a fresh start on April 1 by

eliminating old fines from

their records.

That said, the library

notes that “no fines” does

not mean “no due dates,”

and materials are still expected

to be returned on

time. Reminders and overdue

notices will still be

sent out.

The incentive to return

an item is what it has always

been: if one does not

return it, they will have

to pay for it or check out

privileges will be suspended.

The frequency of

notices to return items will

increase, with library users

now to be receiving overdue

notices at seven, 14,

21 and 30 days overdue.

Once an item is 44 days

overdue, the library user’s

account will be suspended,

and an invoice for the cost

of the item will go out,

meaning no new checkouts

until the overdue item

is either returned or paid

Sunday Services

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

noon, Sundays.

First United Methodist Church of


(1000 S. Washington St., Lockport)

Circle of Love

9 a.m. Wednesdays. Circle

of Love provides diapers,

feminine and incontinence

products to clients

who are qualified to use the

local FISH Food Pantry.

Christ Community Church

for. Replacement fees for

damaged/lost items will

remain the responsibility

of the customer.

There are several ways

to manage one’s account

so that materials do not become

overdue. Users can

sign-up for email notification

at checkout, and they

will receive email notices

for holds ready for pick up

and courtesy reminders for

items on their account that

will be due. Those with renewal

option inquiries can

also call lending staff directly

at the library, email


com or renew online by

clicking “My Account” to

renew items 24/7.

Kozel-La Ha said the library

is an important community

hub that sees itself

as partners with residents

and will be proactive with

early reminders before

items come due, and that

part of the goal is to advance

literacy and inspire

curiosity for their users,

with late fees doing the opposite

by creating anxiety

and embarrassment.

For more information,

call the library at (708)


(13400 Bell Road, Lemont)

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9:30 a.m. Sundays. Worship

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The Dish

Ambrosino’s brings traditional Italian tastes to the table

Nuria Mathog

Contributing Editor

Renee Anderson has

been a familiar face at

Ambrosino’s Italian Market

and Deli for the past

decade. The longtime employee

has held various

roles throughout her time

with the shop, working at

the register, at the deli and

in the kitchen.

Today, the New Lenox

resident runs the show.

She took over the deli in

September 2018, following

the retirement of former

owner Peter Ambrosino.

“I like the small business

atmosphere,” Anderson

said. “I like the

family atmosphere. It’s

something I really enjoy

and have taken on. It’s

been part of me forever.”

Originally a Chicagobased

deli, Ambrosino’s

has been a staple of the

Frankfort community for

the past 23 years. The

shop specializes in authentic

Italian food, with

classic pasta and sandwich

dinners. It also is a

popular catering option

for the Christmas holidays,

graduations and other

milestones, Anderson


“For me, personally,

I like the meatballs and

the lasagna,” she said.

“It’s just like the homemade

flavor. It’s what I’d

be making at home, and

I can pick it up and have

it here and know that it’s

just homemade.”

One the deli’s specialities

is its homemade Italian

sausage, which comes

in hot and mild varieties

and sells for $3.99 per

pound (or $3.79 per pound

in a 10-pound box). Other

signature items include

Ambrosino’s Italian

Market & Deli

20495 S. LaGrange

Road in Frankfort


• 9 a.m.-7 p.m.


• 9 a.m.-6 p.m.


• 9 a.m.-2 p.m.


Phone: (815) 464-


Website: www.


the hot sandwiches, many

of which are named after

Italian artists and composers

— for instance, the

Vivaldi ($6.99), a sausage

and beef combo; and the

Angelico ($4.99), featuring

hot corned beef with

Swiss on rye.

Ambrosino’s also offers

a large selection of cheeses

imported from Italy —

bestsellers around the

holidays, when customers

stop by the deli to pick up

freshly grated provolone

and Parmesan for their

family recipes.

In addition to deli

items, Ambrosino’s offers

an in-store market stocked

with Italian goods. Jars of

the deli’s homemade pasta

sauce — which comes

in marinara, arrabbiata,

vodka and fire-roasted varieties

— line the shelves,

along with boxes of pasta,

dipping oil and other staples

of Italian cuisine.

“We do get requests to

have them shipped,” Anderson

said. “We have a

lot of families who moved,

and they miss their giardiniera.

I’ve shipped a lot to

Florida and Arizona.”

Ambrosino’s started out

as a family-run business,

Ambrosino’s homemade Italian sausages come in hot and mild varieties, and are available for $3.99 per pound (or

$3.79 per pound for a 10-pound box). Photos by Nuria Mathog/22nd Century Media

and even with new management,

it continues to

fulfill that tradition. Two

of Anderson’s three children,

Lincoln-Way West

students Zachary and

Amanda, regularly help

out with the store, and her

husband, David, and college-aged

daughter Deja

also assists during the


For Anderson, making

customers’ day is the most

rewarding part of the job.

“I like the customer

service,” she said. “I like

working with the people.

I like a happy, smiling

face when they get their


RIGHT: The deli offers a

variety of Italian cheeses.

On top is the pecorino

Romano ($10.99 per

pound) and on the bottom

is the Parmesan-Reggiano

($16.99 per pound).

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6. “Stat!”

10. Not at all serious

14. Oranjestad’s


15. 100-pound units

16. Hilariously funny


17. “With parsley,”

on some menus

18. Schooner part

19. Simpsons’ character

20. Step in

22. Hot car

23. Nutritional std.

24. Selling condition

26. CPR pro

29. Hot spot

32. Original name of

New Lenox

36. Brit. police rank,


37. Powerful ocean


39. Bug

40. New Lenox

microbrewery, goes

with 65 across

42. Sheep cry

43. Fire off a round

45. Checks for under


46. San Simeon


47. Pigeon’s pad

50. Fishing equipment

51. Online DIY store

53. Hosp. areas

55. Bar order

56. Luau serving

62. Nevada city

64. Pakistani tongue

65. See 40 across

66. Enter

67. Striking end of a


68. Suri’s mom

69. Percussion instrument

70. Theories

71. Stand in good ___


1. Epiphany figures

2. Formerly Persia

3. Short

4. Li’l one

5. Mohawk, e.g.

6. Loony Tunes company

7. Trumpeting creature

8. Befuddled

9. L.A. clock setting

10. Fine-toothed cutter

11. Venetian island

12. Chemistry term

13. Academic group,


21. 6th letter of the

Hebrew alphabet

22. Frilly and feminine

25. Hollywood Boulevard


26. Archie Bunker’s


27. Jazz singer Carmen

28. Chicken ___ masala

(Indian dish)

30. Fix firmly

31. Canon rival

33. Home in the


34. Sidestep

35. Bakery supply

38. Be overly fond

40. Urgency


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If you are looking for the perfect ranch home

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Keating Point, in the Village of Channahon,

offers ranch homes that are both beautiful and


These unique, detached townhomes feature

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square feet. Each comes equipped with a full

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These Ranch Villas start in the $230’s and

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Distinctive Home Builders Debuts Luxury Furnished Model

At Hanover Estates in Manhattan within the Lincoln-Way School District

Distinctive Home Builders

continues to add high

quality homes to the

Manhattan landscape at

Hanover Estates; its latest

new home community

located within the highlyregarded


School District. Distinctive

is selling Craftsman

Series and Legacy Series

single family homes with

base prices from the upper

$290s - $400s. Square

footage of the ranch

homes begins at 2,400

square feet and the twostory

homes start from

2,700 square feet. Many

of the sites in both neighborhoods

offer lake views

and all homes will have

brick around the first

floor as a premium standard


“Sales and construction

are underway and a

brand new Stonebridge

II model is open for touring,”

said Bryan Nooner,

President of Distinctive

Home Builders, “These

new home designs are a

result of an extraordinary

amount of time and effort

spent on refining the

architectural standards.”

“There is indeed a difference

– there is nothing

else like it on the market

– the elevations are outstanding

and our homeowners

also have the ability

to customize so they

can truly have the home

of their dreams,” he said.

Nooner speaks of the

Craftsman designs the

company has introduced

at Hanover Estates. These

new designs feature low

pitched rooflines, large

front porches with tapered

columns and stone

piers, partially-paned

windows, gable brackets,

and an exterior color

palate with a variety of

earth tones or gray tones.

Popular exterior options

are stone and cedar shake


Besides the new model,

there are several homes

at various stages of construction

are available to

tour and as a semi-custom

builder, Distinctive can

modify any of its standard

designs to cater to a

customer’s tastes, which

means that moving walls,

adding extra windows or

even extending the garage

are all possible.

Numerous home styles

are available, each with

multiple exterior elevations.

Hanover Estates

homes have three to five

bedrooms and two full to

three and one-half baths

and two to three-car garages.

All of the Legacy

Series homes will have

three-car garages.

Homes include custom

maple kitchen cabinets

featuring solid wood

construction (no particle

board) with solid

wood drawers and dove

tail joints; ceramic tile

or hardwood floors in

the kitchen, baths and

foyer; genuine wood

trim and doors; granite

countertops and

concrete driveways.

Building a new home is

certainly not what it used

to be. Thankfully, the latest

technology coupled

with fine-tuned people

skills, has made the experience

an exciting one for

Distinctive buyers at Hanover


“We are on the leading

edge when it comes to the

home buying customer

sales experience,” said

Nooner. “Our sales professionals

are among the

best. We provide them

with high-level training

and the latest tech tools to

enhance our homebuyer’s

experience. We also provide

technology to our

homeowners throughout

the home building

process with a private

homeowner portal app.

Building a new home is

an exciting yet long process

that can have many

ups and downs that can

be neutralized by simply

having great communication.

We want our buyers

to be informed and empowered

every step of the


Daily pictures of customer

homes in progress

are taken and uploaded

for easy access from

anywhere in the world.

Homeowners can view

their selections from their

phone, tablet or desktop;

review detailed information

about the quality

components used in their

new home, and easily access

their documents using

a username and password

that is issued once

construction of their new

home begins.

“Communication exists

on an entirely new level

making building with us a

very personal experience.

Never before could customers

have access to all

of this information 24/7.

We want to raise the bar

for our industry,” added


Through the customer

portal, homeowners can

easily share the pictures

and progress of their

home with friends and

family via e-mail and integrated

links to social

media. They can also

review the construction

schedule to see

what is happening next

in the building of their

new home.

Hanover Estates boasts

four lakes and three

parks within its borders.

The Manhattan Metra

train station, several forest

preserves and many

dining and entertainment

options are nearby.

Hanover Estates children

attend schools

within the Lincoln-Way

School District.

Besides Hanover Estates,

Distinctive Home Builders

has built hundreds

of homes throughout

Manhattan most recently

at Prairie Trails; also in

the Butternut Ridge and

Leighlinbridge communities,

as well as thousands

of other homes in

the Will and south Cook

county areas over the past

30 years.

Our model home visitor

center is located at

23936 William Drive,

Manhattan, IL 60442

and is open daily from 10

a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days

a week or by appointment.

Contact Lynne at

708-737-9142 or 708-

479-7700 to schedule a

private viewing. Specials,

prices, specifications,

standard features, model

offerings, build times and

lot availability are subject

to change without notice.

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Luxury Townhomes in New Lenox Pre-Construction Sales

Distinctive Homebuilders debuts SkyHarbor Townhomes from the $300s

Sales have commenced on

luxury townhomes in a prime

location in New Lenox at

Laraway and Schoolhouse/

Lincolnway Roads. Known

as SkyHarbor Townhomes,

Distinctive Home Builders

is meeting the need for

townhomes in an area where

they have not been built in a

long time.

“We are excited to bring

these fresh, new architecturally

refined townhome designs to

New Lenox. Now residents

can stay put in town when they

downsize from a large home to

a maintenance free lifestyle,”

said Bryan Nooner, president

of Distinctive Home Builders.

“We discovered that many

area single-family residents

have parents seeking an

independent, carefree lifestyle,

who want to live in close

proximity to their children

and grandchildren. These

buyers tend to spend a couple

months of the year in warmer

climates and don’t want to

be concerned with home

upkeep while they are away.

At SkyHarbor Townhomes a

homeowner’s association takes

care of lawn maintenance and

snow removal for residents.

Additionally, SkyHarbor is

a good fit for many young

families as well. Just a few

minutes from several commuter

train stations and major

highways, the location of

this property makes it easy to

commute to work. The idea of

living in a community with a

maintenance free lifestyle gives

today’s buyer the freedom to

travel and recreate without the

time burden of home upkeep.

SkyHarbor Townhomes is

a small enclave community

with an on-site lake and is

adjacent to single family

homes. Townhomes range in

size from two to four bedrooms

with 1,800 to 2,600 square feet

of living space in three and

four-unit buildings. All homes

include a full basement and

luxury appointments such

as granite counter tops and

custom maple cabinets.

SkyHarbor Townhome

exteriors are architecturally

refined and feature Craftsman

style designs in brick and

stone construction on the

first floor. Tapered columns,

stone accents, bracketing

on gables and bracket detail

on garage doors are some

of the thoughtful features

Distinctive Home Builders has

incorporated into the design.

Distinctive Home Builders

has built thousands of singlefamily

homes throughout

the South and Southwest

suburbs over the past 30 years,

and is dedicated to giving

its customers the best home

buying experience.

Top-notch home creation

with zero punch list items is an

expectation Distinctive delivers

to its homeowners. The builder

performs numerous quality

control checks throughout the

building process and adheres

to a nearly 1,500-point formal

checklist that project managers

certify. Before closing, each

home undergoes an industryleading

checklist that ensures

each home measures up to the

firm’s high quality standards.

“Having measurable, identifiable

standards that our

craftsmen are expected to


high quality standards and


Home to our homeowners,”

Nooner said.

Communication is key to

maintaining an overall positive

experience during the construction

process. Therefore,

all Distinctive customers have

the Project Manager’s e-mail

address and cell phone

number, as well as access to

the secure online portal where

pictures and logs chronicle the

continued progress on their

home. Customers have access

to the online portal through the

Distinctive Homebuilders App

that can be easily downloaded

to any smartphone or tablet.

“Our customers simply download

our app and they are in

touch with their new home

24/7 from anywhere in the

world. The app allows our

customers to see the progress

of their home and access

their documents at any time”

Nooner explained. “Our customers

really appreciate the

integration of social media

sites within the app allowing

them to easily share photos

and updates of their new

home with family and friends,”

he concluded.

Nooner added that all homes

are highly energy efficient with

upgraded wall and ceiling

insulation, energy efficient

windows and high efficiency

furnaces. Before homeowners

move into their new home,

Distinctive conducts a Blower

Door Test that pressurizes

the home to ensure that each

home passes stringent Energy

Efficiency Guidelines.

SkyHarbor Townhomes is

within New Lenox School

District 122 serving students

K-8 and Lincoln-Way Community

High School District

210, which is ranked in the

top 10 high school districts in

Illinois. Providence Catholic

High School is also located

in New Lenox.

SkyHarbor Townhomes are

served by major thoroughfares

such as IL Rtes. 30, 45 and

52 and I-80, I-355 and I-57.

Residents are serviced by

the New Lenox Metra

Station on the corner of

Cedar and Laraway Roads.

Two large hospital complexes

are in the vicinity: Silver Cross

Hospital and Presence Saint


education nearby includes

Lewis University, the University

of St. Francis and

Joliet Junior College. Many

restaurants and pubs are in

the area: Starbucks, Cooper’s

Hawk, Teardrop Café, Arrowhead

Ales Brewing Company,

Chicago Dough Company,

Bulldog Ale House, Portillo’s,

and Country Charm Restaurant.

Jewel/Osco is within

walking distance from the

Skyharbor Townhomes. Other

notable retailers nearby are

Kohls, JC Penny and Petsmart.

and the 14-screen AMC

Showplace is on Maple Street.

Our model home visitor

center is open for viewing.

Contact Lynne at 708-737-

9142 or 708-479-7700 to

schedule a private viewing

of our luxury townhomes

or visit our on-site Sales

Information Center located

at 23936 William Drive,

Manhattan, IL., 60442. Hours

are daily 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

open seven days a week.

Specials, prices, specifications,

standard features, model

offerings, build times and

lot availability are subject

to change without notice.

Please contact a Distinctive

representative for current

pricing and complete details.

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the homer horizon | March 19, 2020 | 41

Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Gianna Bauer

Gianna Bauer is a senior

at Lockport Township. She

is entering her fourth year

as a starting pitcher for

the Porters softball team.

I know you are

looking forward to the

upcoming season, but

how concerned are you

that the coronavirus is

going to delay it?

The whole team has

been talking. We are very

concerned that it will lead

to cancellations. We are all

praying it’s not, because

this is our season.

When you step into a

program like Lockport

softball, how much

are you familiar with

the rich history of the


We are very much

aware, especially because

the Findlays [Angie Findlay

Cushman is an assistant

coach for the Porters,

and her older sister, Sam,

had the winning hit as

Lockport rallied to win

the 2004 Class AA state

championship 8-6 over

Oak Park/River Forest] are

still around. It’s a privilege

to be part of the softball


How did you get

started playing


My family has always

been into baseball/softball.

My older sister, Marissa,

and my older brother,

Danny, played. When I

was younger, I played everything

from gymnastics

to soccer, but I stayed with


What is it about

softball that makes it

the sport for you?

I’ve always loved pitching.

I’ve pitched ever since

I started playing softball in

a rec league when I was 6 or

7. I started pitching on travel

ball when I was 8. When

you pitch, you are in every

single play. It’s just very intense

and very competitive.

What have you

learned from Lockport

softball coach Marissa


She’s been such a great

coach. She saw the potential

in me from freshman year.

She’s helped develop my

talent, my accountability,

and I always work on that.

What team are you

looking forward to

playing the most this


Joliet West [on Monday,

April 6, at home]. That’s

because we lost to them

[6-5] in the sectional final

last year. I think that will

be an exceptionally fun

game, and I want to pitch

in that one.

If you could have any

superpower, what

would it be?

I want to be able to talk

to animals. I love animals,

so I think that would be

perfect. I would also love

to be super fast, like the

Flash, and be able to get

anywhere quickly.

Photo submitted

A two-part question.

Do you have a name

for your vehicle?

And what do you do

to pump yourself up

before a game?

The G-Mobile. Because

most people call me “G.”

It’s a 2016 Chrysler 300.

As for pump-up, I really

don’t need anything to

pump myself up. Once I’m

out there, I find it super

easy to focus and get the

job done.

Are you going to play

softball in college?

No, I’m not planning to

play softball. I’m going to

Western Michigan. I take

my academics really seriously.

That’s been my

dream school, and I’m glad

to go there. I want to be a

teacher and maybe give

back to the game as a coach

in the future. I still may

try to walk-on the softball

team, but I’m not sure now.

What is the best thing

about being an athlete

at Lockport?

Just being part of some

tremendously great athletics.

We have especially

great coaches that support

you. We also have

great boosters that provide

things for us, along with

great fields and an administration

that provides resources

for us.

Interview by Freelance Reporter

Randy Whalen

This Week In...

Porters Varsity


Girls Track and Field

■March ■ 21 at Lockport

SWSC, 9 a.m.

Boys Track and Field

■March ■ 21 at SWSC Indoor

Meet, 8:30 a.m.

Boys Water Polo

■March ■ 19 at St. Charles

North, 6 p.m.

■March ■ 20 at Mundelein

Water Polo Invite, 4:30 p.m.

■March ■ 21 at Mundelein

Water Polo Invite, 8:30 a.m.

Girls Badminton

■March ■ 21 at Downers

Grove North Invite, 8:30


■March ■ 23 at Quad Meet,

4:30 p.m.

■March ■ 24 at Lincoln-Way

Central, 4:30 p.m.

Girls Water Polo

■March ■ 21 at St. Charles

North SCN Girls Invite

Championship, 10:40 a.m.

■March ■ 21 at Andrew High

School SCN Girls Invite,

12:20 p.m.

■March ■ 23 hosts Richards,

5 p.m.

■March ■ 24 hosts Bremen,

5 p.m.

Boys Lacrosse

■March ■ 19 at Wheaton

Warrenville South, 6:30


■March ■ 25 at Plaainfield

Co-Op, 7 p.m.

Boys Baseball

■March ■ 20 at Galesburg

PBR Metro East Classic

Tournament, 2 p.m.

■March ■ 20 at Mascoutah

PBR Metro East Classic

Tournament, 7 p.m.

■March ■ 21 at Harrisburg

PBR Metro East Classic

Tournament, 11:30 a.m.

■March ■ 21 at O’Fallon High

School PBR Metro East

Classic Tournament, 4:30


Boys Volleyball

■March ■ 20 at Maroon and

White Scrimmage, 6:30


Boys Tennis

■March ■ 21 at Triad

Triangular, 8:30 a.m.

Girls Soccer

■March ■ 25 hosts Plainfield

East, 4:30 p.m.

Celtics Varsity



■March ■ 21 host


From Page 45

see the ball very well. I do

whatever it takes and just


Also returning for their

senior season and going

on to play in college

are catcher Angelle Bills

[Lake Forest College], outfielder

Brooke Ligacki

[Ball State University], first

baseman Marissa McElligott

[University of

Wisconsin - Platteville],

outfielder Haley Panfil

[Charleston Southern

University], catcher/first

baseman Maya Renfro

[University of Rhode Island],

third baseman Kara

Riordan [Moraine Valley

Community College],

second baseman/shortstop

Kelli Riordan [Rock Valley

Community College], and

outfielder Danielle Travis

[Moraine Valley Community


Katelyn Woulfe, who

plays second base and

shortstop, is one of just

three juniors on the team.

In the end, the Porters hope

all their experience adds up

to a special season.

“We have a tough schedule

with some great pitchers

this season,” Chovanec

said. “We will play last

year’s state champions,

Huntley, along with York,

Crown Point, Indiana, Joliet

West, Joliet Catholic

Academy and others. You

Bolingbrook, 11 a.m.

■March ■ 23 at Joliet Central,

4:30 p.m.

Boys Lacrosse

■March ■ 20 at South Elgin,

6:15 p.m.

■March ■ 25 host Nazareth,

5 p.m.

Girls Soccer

■March ■ 19-24 Windy City

Ram Classic, TBD


■March ■ 24 host LW

Central, 4:30 p.m.

Boys Tennis

■March ■ 24 at Montini, 4:30


■March ■ 25 host Andrew,

4 p.m.

Boys Indoor Track and


■March ■ 21 Catholic League

Meet at University of

Chicago, 8 a.m.

Girls Indoor Track and


■March ■ 21 GCAC Meet at

University of Chicago, 8


Boys Volleyball

■March ■ 24 host St. Rita,

6 p.m.

have to play the best to be

the best. Our strength of

schedule will hopefully

help us late in the season.”

The Porters had been

slated to open the season

this Saturday, March 21, by

hosting a triangular starting

at 10 a.m. with Oswego and

Montini, which won state

titles in 2016 and 2018

in Class 3A. On Monday,

March 23, at 4:30 p.m.,

they were supposed to host

last year’s Class 4A state

champion, Huntley.

The next day, the Porters

were supposed to travel to

Elmhurst for a 4:45 p.m.

game against York. With

coronavirus concerns, how

the season progresses was

not immediately known.

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Alumni Spotlight

Provi grad shines bright among athletes at St. Xavier University

Randy Whalen

Freelance Reporter

Sometimes you have to

want to go away to realize

that you want to be close

to home.

That was the case for

Jack Brody, who recently

wrapped up his collegiate

basketball career at St.

Xavier University.

A 2015 Providence

graduate, who grew up

in Lockport, Brody originally

went to the University

of Indianapolis out of

high school to continue his

academic and basketball

career. But after redshirting

his freshman season,

he decided to transfer to

St. Xavier.

“Yes, it really was a

good decision,” Brody

said of transferring to the

university on the far southside

of Chicago. “Originally,

I thought I wanted

to get away, but the funny

thing was I wanted to stay

near home.

“It wasn’t anything with

the school in Indy. The

coaches and teammates

there were great. I enjoyed

my time in Indy, but mentally

I had to be closer to

home so that my family

could see me play.”

As a guard/forward

there, he got to play. A lot.

“Coach [head coach

Tom] O’Malley and [then

assistant coach John]

Chappetto welcomed me,”

Brody said. “Some of their

best players had just transferred

out, and it was a really

good fit.”

The transfer to play

for the Cougars certainly

worked out. As a fouryear

player, Brody started

in 111 of the 117 games he

played in, and he finished

among the all-time leaders

in St. Xavier’s history in

nearly every category.

His name is listed in

24 different categories.

Of those, he’s in the Top

10 on 13 occasions. The

most noticeable of those

are he is far-and-away the

school’s career leader in

blocked shots with 144.

While that stat has only

been kept since the 1993-

1994 season, that’s still

52 more than the secondplace

person, Jabari Saunders,

who played there between

2002-2006. Brody’s

1.2 average blocks per

game also tops in the record


But the 6-foot-5 inch

Brody is very proud of

his rebounding. Usually

going against guys his

height or bigger, Brody

banged his way to 887 rebounds,

which ranks fifth

on the all-time list. That’s

a 7.6 rebounding average

per game, which ranks

10th out of the players in

school history that have

played in 50 or more career


Since the 1994-1995

season, rebounding has

been broken down into offensive

and defensive categories.

Brody had 672 defensive

rebounds, second

in that category, and his

5.7 defensive rebounds per

game were tops. His 215

offensive rebounds rank

fifth, and his 1.8 rebounds

per game in the category

are 10th.

“I’m a pretty good athlete,”

Brody said. “And

I think it was one of my

high school coaches that

told me to be a selfish rebounder.

That just stuck

with me, and I brought that

mindset into every game.”

He also had 27 doubledoubles,

ranking him

fourth all-time on that list,

which has been around

Pictured is Jack Brody during one of the games at St. Xavier University last season. Mark Korosa/St. Xavier


since the 1980-1981 season.

In a statistical category

that’s been around for the

past 40 years, he finished

seventh on the career list

in steals (206) and seventh

in average steals per game

(1.8). He did that while

playing the fifth-most minutes

(3,689) and averaging

the seventh-most minutes

(31.5) per game in team

history, or at least in the

past 25 seasons the stat has

been kept.

“Jack has been a great

asset to our program,”

said O’Malley, who has

527 wins in his 23 seasons

as Cougars head coach.

“After his transfer, he has

scored [exactly] 1,500

points [15th on the all-time

school list] and has been a

very good rebounder and

shot blocker that has displayed

quickness in steals

for all four years. He is

also a very good student

and an excellent character

young man. Our success

this year is a team affair,

and he has been a big part

of that for four years.”

The Cougars had a

couple of good seasons

with Brody in the fold.

His scoring average this

season was 11.4 points

per game, the lowest in his

four seasons. But the team

went 20-11, the first 20-

win season in five years.

“Record-wise, this season

was definitely the

best,” Brody said. “My

sophomore season, we

won 19 games, but this

season was great, as we

had eight guys that played

and contributed. My freshman

year and my junior

year were my best, personally.

It was just coach

O’Malley and being able

to play with freedom under

him. That and believing in

my teammates made it a

great four years here.”

At Providence, Brody

had an outstanding career.

He was team captain as

a senior, named Chicago

Catholic League All-Conference

as a junior and

senior, and was chosen

for the CCL All-Star game

during his senior season.

He helped the team win a

CCL championship and a

Class 4A regional championship

while averaging

13.5 points, 7.6 rebounds,

3.6 assists and 1.2 blocks

per game as a senior. He

also shot .574 from the

field to help the Celtics to

a 21-10 record that season.

“Jack was a big part of

it,” said former Providence

coach and current Marist

head basketball coach Tim

Trendel of Brody. “It’s

been fun to watch him

grow as a person and a

player at St. Xavier. “He

was on our sophomore

team as a freshman, and

it was there that I knew he

had the potential. He had a

knack for rebounding and

blocking shots.”

Redshirting at Indianapolis

meant that Brody had

a head start at school. So,

he’s already got his bachelor’s

degree and is currently

working on his master’s.

He plans to go into

management or marketing.

No matter what the future

holds, Brody will never

forget not only the past

four years but also his time

at Providence.

“Playing at Providence,

I’ll probably just remember

my bond with those

teammates,” said Brody,

who was teammates on the

basketball team with current

Baltimore Raven wide

receiver Miles Boykin.

“My senior year, we had a

six-, seven-man rotation. I

will just remember being a

team and knowing that you

can only be as successful

as your weakest link.”

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At the end of every girls basketball season, 22nd Century Media scours through stories, stat

sheets and reporters’ notebooks to compile its Team 22 All-Star lineup. The team features

student-athletes from Lincoln-Way Central, LW East, LW West, Providence Catholic, Andrew,

Tinley Park, Lockport Township and Sandburg high schools.

—Compiled by 22nd Century Media staff

First team

second team

G: olivia molnar, senior, LW


15 points per game, 3.1 assists

per game. IBCA All-State Special

Mention. SouthWest Suburban

Blue Player of the Year.

Medieval Classic Most Valuable

Player. Committed to Wisconsin-


G: taylor Gugliuzza, senior, LW West

17.6 points per game, 3 rebounds per

game, 3 assists per game. 71 percent

free-throw shooter. Illinois Basketball

Coaches Association First Team All-

State. SouthWest Suburban Red Player

of the Year. Led Warriors to first state

trophy with runner-up finish in Class 4A.

Scored over 2,000 career points. Set to

continue her career at Lewis.

G: tara Gugliuzza, junior, LW West

11.8 points per game, 5.2 rebounds per

game, 2.4 assists per game. 81 percent

free-throw shooter. IBCA Third Team

All-State. All-SouthWest Suburban Red.

Committed to Lewis. Scored a teamhigh

16 points in the Class 4A state

championship game loss to Fremd.

G: Lauren Knight, senior, Providence

13.5 points per game, 2 assists per

game. 72 percent free-throw shooter.

IBCA All-State Special Mention. Girls

Catholic Athletic Conference White Co-

Player of the Year. Beecher Fall Classic

Most Valuable Player. Led Celtics to

first sectional championship and school

record 27 wins. Scored 1,250 career

points. Headed to Carthage College for


Honorable mentions

G: ava Gugliuzza, freshman,

LW West

13.5 points per game. School

record 115 3-pointers made.

IBCA All-State Special Mention.

G: erin o’connor, sophomore,


8.1 points per game, 5

rebounds per game, 3.6 assists

per game, 2.7 steals per game.

All-SouthWest Suburban Blue.

G: regan Loconte, senior, LW central

14.7 points per game. 84 3-pointers

made. 73 percent career free-throw

shooter. All-Southwest Suburban Red.

Led Knights to 19 wins, most since

2007-08. Scored over 1,000 career

points. Set to continue her career at

Quincy University.

F: Brianna Wooldridge, sophomore, LW


11.9 points per game, 7.3 rebounds

per game, 2.2 assists per game. IBCA

Third Team All-State. All-SouthWest

Suburban Red. In her first season with

West, transfer from Fremd was a huge

addition, providing an inside presence

for the state runners-up.

G: Grace Badon, senior, Sandburg;

Josie Canellis, freshman, Sandburg;

Destyni Cobbs, junior, Tinley Park; Lilly

Genis, senior, LW East; Autumn Jones,

junior, Tinley Park; Claire McGrath,

senior, Providence; Bella Milazzo,

sophomore, Andrew; Azyah Newson-Cole,

freshman, LW Central; Annalise Pietrzyk,

freshman, Providence; Ashley Raymer,

junior, Providence; Elizabeth Sochacki,

sophomore, Lockport; Sydney Swanberg,

senior, LW West

F: Katie DeHaaan, sophomore, Andrew;

Sydney Furr, junior, Lockport; Maggie

Manthey, senior, Sandburg; Andie Perch,

senior, LW East; Haley Stoklosa, junior,

LW Central; Charlotte Trunk, sophomore,


F: emily Kleffman, senior,

tinley Park

10.6 points per game, 11.4

rebounds per game. 64 blocked

shots. All-South Suburban Blue.

F: Jenna cotter, senior,


7.5 points per game, 6.1

rebounds per game, 2 blocked

shots per game. All-SouthWest

Suburban Blue. Signed with

NCAA Division I school IUPUI.

44 | March 19, 2020 | the homer horizon sports



Providence hopes experience pays off

Randy Whalen

Freelance Reporter

There is no substitute for


At least, that is what the

Providence baseball team

hopes this season.

The Celtics have 18 seniors

and 14 starters back

from last season’s squad,

which made the team’s

deepest postseason run

since they captured the

trio of Class 4A state titles

from 2014-2016.

So, the talent is there for

a return to the state finals

pinnacle again this season.

Of course, this area is one

of the most competitive in

the state. But the pieces are

certainly in place.

“The expectations are

high,” Providence coach

Mark Smith said. “Especially

when you have this

much experience back.”

While the Celtics’ record

was 23-16 last year,

marking their 46th-straight

season of 20 or more wins,

they had a lot of close losses

and finished 4-8 in the

Chicago Catholic League

Blue Division.

“A year ago, we lost

nine games in our last

at-bat,” Smith said. “If

we won those, we could

have been 32-7, and everyone

would have talked

about what a good season

we had. But we did what

Providence baseball does

and played our best in the


Providence did indeed

do that. As the No. 8 seed

in the Class 4A Lockport

Sectional, it advanced to

the sectional championship

game, eventually losing

9-5 to Marist.

So, what is it going to

take for the Celtics to get

back to and beyond that?

“I feel like the leadership

is the best since I’ve

been here,” said Providence

senior Ryan Manikowski,

who is in his third

varsity season. “We are really

close. We have a good

core group returning. We

might not have that one superstar,

but we have a good

overall group.”

Manikowski, who has

committed to Creighton,

is one of the team’s top

pitchers. Fellow seniors

Creighton commit Ryan Manikowski, in his third varsity season, is expected to be

one of the leaders of the Providence baseball team. 22nd Century Media File Photo

Ben Vitas, who doubles

at shortstop and will attend

Central Michigan,

and Aidan Goggins, who

has committed to Lincoln

Land Community College,

are also on that right-handed

pitching list.

“Hopefully, winning,”

said Vitas, a four-year

varsity player on how he

wanted to finish his high

school career. “We have

a lot of guys with experience,

guys that have been

in pressure situations. I’m

looking forward to seeing

how we handle that. Plus,

we’ve got guys with good

velocity, a lot of good


Seven pitchers total who

combined for 14 wins are

back from last year’s team.

So are seven position players,

including senior Jake

Mucha, of Homer Glen,

who plays second and

third base and can also

play outfield.

“Our senior class is really

close and plays well

together,” Mucha said.

“Just that experience will

help us. “I’m looking forward

to the WJOL Tournament

[between April 2-4],

for sure. That’s always big.

I know a lot of other good

players in the area and [being

from Homer Glen] always

look forward to playing


The rest of the returning

starters are senior infielder/designated


Jake Hesselmann, junior

infielder Ryan O’Neil, senior

outfielder Luke Pell,

junior catcher Jake Rybka

and senior third baseman

Brendan Slota, who has

committed to Lindenwood


Some newcomers to

keep an eye on are sophomore

outfielder Alex Alberico,

junior outfielder

Cain Headrick and junior

infielder Ryan Hussey.

All three of them can also

double as a right-handed


“I’m looking forward to

a fun season with a really

great group of kids,” said

Smith, who is in his 14th

year as Celtics head coach.

“We’ve got a lot of experience

back but a lot of

new guys, too. But there’s

always something that the

guys understand. They

know the responsibility of

wearing Celtics on their


Providence was slated

to open the season on

Saturday, March 21, with

a home game against

Bolingbrook, though it is

uncertain how the season

will now progress with

COVID-19 concerns.


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have had girls from other

sports come out, and they

have picked it up really


What has made Frieri so

good so soon?

“Probably all the good,

diverse training from

my club team," she said.

"That's Team ONE Lacrosse

out of Glenview.

They continue to help me

develop my skills.”

Of course, Frieri is not

alone on the team, as others

will have to step up

for the Porters to have a

winning season. Some of

those key players include

goalie McKenna Graf,

along with fellow sophomore

Paige Knight, juniors

Abby Varkalis and Elle

Mizwicki, and senior Ella


The Porters have a good

one in Kelly. She is a 2015

Sandburg graduate, where

she was a four-year starter

in lacrosse for what was

then a District 230 club

team. She was secondteam

Southwest Suburban

All-Conference during the

2014 season, was named

team captain junior and senior

year, along with earning

team MVP during the

2014 season and received

Academic Award Honors

all four years.

She graduated from Illinois

Wesleyan in the

spring of 2019 after a

stellar four-year lacrosse

career there. As a senior,

she was named to the first

team of the Great Lakes

All-Region squad named

by the Intercollegiate

Women's Lacrosse Coaches

Association. From her

sophomore through senior

years, she scored at least

50 goals each season and

was elected to the first

team of All-College Conference

of Illinois and

Wisconsin squads each


As a senior, she was

named College Conference

of Illinois and Wisconsin

Merle Chapman

Leadership Award Winner.

She was also chosen

as the winner of the

"Heart of a Titan" award

for her leadership, attitude

and overall contributions

to the team.

Like everyone, Kelly,

whose twin sister, Kate,

played women's lacrosse

at Saint Mary's College in

Indiana, hopes the coronavirus

scare ends quickly

and school can resume so

the Porters can have time

to play a season.

"Although it's my first

year, I'm looking forward

to discovering the

strengths of our studentathletes

and using them

to build a strong foundation

for this program,"

Kelly said. "I think that

all together, team members

and coaching staff,

we are looking to take

this program to the next

level. Although it doesn't

happen overnight, we

have a great group of

committed girls, wanting

to better themselves and

the program.

"Our word for this season

is 'purpose,' and we

plan to apply that in practice,

in games and in everything

we do as Porters.

I'm looking forward to a

season full of growth."

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Returning LTHS seniors all have

high hopes for upcoming season


Freelance Reporter

The delightful dozen.

That’s what the Lockport

Township softball team has

this season in terms of returning


That’s correct, 12 seniors

are back from a Porter team

that was very close to a sectional

championship last

season. With all that experience

returning, Lockport

hopes to scratch its 15-year

itch and win a sectional

championship for the first

time since 2005.

“I believe we should be a

conference contender along

with playing late into the

postseason,” coach Marissa

Chovanec said. “We have

to beat our local competition

day in and day out; the

postseason will be no different.”

It won’t be. It’s just a

matter of winning those

postseason games against

the other top opponents.

Last year, the Porters did

something they hadn’t

done in a long time: Beat

Lincoln-Way East.

That was no easy task for

Lockport, which had a 12-

game losing streak to the

Griffins, which dated back

to May 22, 2014. But last

season, the Porters won a

trio of games against East,

including 11-3 in a Class

4A sectional semifinal.

En route to that, the Porters

pulled out an undefeated

SouthWest Suburban

Conference championship.

That was their first league

title since 2013. In the postseason,

they looked poised

to break through and capture

their first sectional title

since 2005. But they fell

to eventual Class 4A thirdplace

finisher, Joliet West

6-5 in the sectional title


“I think last year really

fueled us,” Lockport senior

pitcher Gianna Bauer said.

“It made us more hungry

to do it. Especially since

we’ve been together for

a while, just us being together

is big. This is one of

the most talented groups in


“We all know each other’s

strengths and weaknesses,

and that will help.

We are focused on getting

to state.”

For Bauer, this is probably

her last chance at softball

glory. Although she’s

left open the possibility

of walking on at Western

Michigan University, she

doesn’t plan to. She plans

to concentrate on her academics

and is one of two

seniors on this seasons

squad that don’t plan to

play in college. The other is

first baseman Sydney Bush,

who will attend Bemidji

State University.

Bauer is certainly the elder

statesman on the team.

That’s because she’s the

lone four-year varsity player.

In fact, she’s the lone

player, other than the end

of their sophomore season,

when some were brought

up for the playoffs., that’s

been on the varsity for

more than two years.

“This group has played

together for four years,”

Chovanec said. “Other

than moving up Gianna,

we made that choice to

have them stick together.

On a lot of other programs,

a lot of our players would

have been four-year varsity

ones. But we kept them on

the freshman and then the

sophomore team because

we had a lot of talented

players on the varsity the

past three years.”

Yes, they have as the

last three teams have gone

a combined 91-17, twice

reaching 31 wins and last

year getting 29. All three

of those seasons resulted

in regional championships,

and twice in that span, the

Porters lost in the sectional

title game.

If this season is played in

full, they should have similar

numbers. Of the dozen

returning seniors, 10 of

them are going on to play

in college. Two of those are

pitchers, Madeline Kundrat,

who will continue on

at Seton Hall, and Alyssa

Drogemuller, who will

continue at the University

of North Alabama.

“Alyssa, Gianna and I are

all so different in styles,”

Kundrat said of pitching.

“I’m not as fast, but I have

a lot of movement on my

ball, so all our styles will

help throw everyone off. I

know we all have the defense

behind us, too.

“We are hoping this is

our year.”

Drogemuller burst on

the scene last year. Not just

pitching-wise, but hitting,

too. She played right field

also last season and hit a

robust .549.

“We have been together

for all four years and are

the best of friends,” Drogemuller

said of the key to

this season. “We are all determined

that we are going

to state this year. It’s just

our hearts that tell us that.

Our heads are in the game,

and we give 110 percent all

the time, and we are one

big family.

“As for my hitting, I just

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Boys Track and Field

Lockport hopes outdoor season

will still commence next month

Randy Whalen

Freelance Reporter

By its nature, the track

and field season is two

parts in one season. Indoor

and outdoor.

With the closing of the

schools for at least the

next several weeks due to

coronavirus concerns, the

Lockport Township indoor

season came to a premature

end last week. Prior to that,

the Porters were on a record


But they are holding out

hope that school can resume

as scheduled on April

6, and the outdoor season

can kick off as scheduled

with a meet at Belleville

West on Friday, April 10, at

11 a.m.

In the meantime, the

athletes will have to train

themselves and work out

on their own.

"We have a special

group, and it's up to them

now," Lockport track and

field coach Tom Razo said

of what is hopefully just a

layoff from competition.

"It's strange, it's a strange

time of life. We have a lot

of kids in a lot of events

that can do well at the state


One of the standouts for

the Porters is senior Kyle

Langellier. At last season's

Class 3A state meet, he

placed fifth (48.91 seconds)

in the 400-meter

dash and was the anchor on

the 4x400 meter relay that

placed second (3:19.58) in

the state.

"It's a bummer that we

can't do the [SouthWest

Suburban] Conference or

Top Times [unofficial state

meet at Illinois Wesleyan]

meets," said Langellier of

the events that were scheduled

for Saturday, March

21, and March 27 and 28.

"But still, thankfully this

is happening during the

indoor season and not the

outdoor season. Hopefully,

we can get back and have

an outdoor season."

Lockport was supposed

to host a quad meet on

Saturday, March 14, with

Fenton, Joliet Central and

Streamwood. But that was

canceled even before the

governor declared schools

to be closed for two weeks.

But the Porters did run in

four indoor meets this season.

The most recent one

of those was on March 9 at

the Downers Grove South

Mustang Relay Invite,

which was held at North

Central College in Naperville.

There, they broke a

pair of school indoor records.

Those were in the 4x200

meter relay, where seniors

Michael Walkosz, Langellier,

Michael Gradle and

sophomore Gabe Czako

came in with a time of

1:31.59. The old record of

1:32.20 was set in 2018 by

Jacob Freese, Langellier,

Walkosz and Conor Mc-


A new mark was also

made in the 4x400 meter relay.

That was 3:27.39, done

by the foursome of Walkosz,

Czako, Colin Stapleton

and Langellier. The old record

was 3:29.09, done just

last year by Langellier, then

senior Ray Holland, Czako

and Walkosz.

"We were blessed to

have that meet and get

those times," said Langellier

of the Mustang Relay

Invite. "Gabe ran well there

and really surprised us. Our

4x200 relay was spicy, and

it was a good first step for

our 4x400 meter relay, a

great positive.”

Walkosz, who placed

sixth (:49.36) at state in the

400-meter dash last spring,


"I'm happy with how we

did the 4x200," he said.

"I've never run that fast. I

got the team off to a decent

lead, and they did the rest.

"I feel like this [layoff]

will show who works the

hardest. As [sprint coach

Robert] Beach says, 'Be the

team that works the hardest.'

The people that do that

will come out of this well."

The 4x400 meter relay

that took second in the state

last year, only missing first

by .14th of a second, consisted

of Walkosz, Czako,

Holland and Langellier.

Czako was a freshman on

that team and knows this

group is a special one, so

he is very hopeful that the

season can go on.

"We were working hard

before the season," Czako

said. "We were able to

come out in the indoor

season and get some PRs.

We have a lot of guys doing

well and pushing each

other even harder. Now, we

just hope to get our outdoor

season in this spring."

When the outdoor season

hopefully takes off,

the Porters will be strong

in other areas, too. Seniors

Ross Cronholm and Jacob

Hinchley and junior Wil

Kiley head the distance

running. Czako and Arron

Kiela will be looked to in

the hurdles, Colin Cunnane

is the top pole vaulter and

Matt Johnson is looking

to emerge in the throwing


46 | March 19, 2020 | the homer horizon sports


Attack Volleyball Club is digging its new digs in Homer Glen

Jeff Vorva, Sports Editor

After 15 years based in

Orland Park, the Attack

Volleyball Club has found

a home in Homer Glen.

The club moved in to the

78,000-square-foot Homer

Glen Megaplex Sports

Center in the fall and

since then, the program

has grown from 16 teams

to 24 with approximately

250 area athletes served

plus more athletes who

take part in camps, learning

sessions and a beach


In Orland Park, the club

was scattered with practices

held at the Franklin

Loebe Recreation Center,

Palos South school, the

Sports Plex and the Orland

Park Health and Fitness


Now that everything is

under one roof, Homer

Glen could be a hub for

some big-time volleyball

tournaments in the future

as the facility can hold as

many at 10 courts.

“Our immediate goal

is to start hosting some

Windy City Power League

games here,” Attack President/Club

Director Pam

Campbell said. “Maybe we

can run some bigger tournaments.

We can put about

10 courts in here. My goal

would be to have a 10-court

tournament next year.”

The facility might be big

enough to host a national

qualifier in the future, but

Campbell said she is not

looking that far ahead, yet.

The Attack hosted its

first tournament on March

8, a two-division 16-team

affair on four courts that

featured a 10-year old girls

division and an 11/12 division

with seven girls teams

and a boys squad.

The Attack’s 11 Blue

Members of the Attack 11 Blue and Orange teams congratulate each other after playing each other in pool play of the volleyball club’s first

tournament March 8 at the Homer Glen Megaplex Sports Center. Jeff Vorva/22nd Century Media

team placed second. Members

of the team are Homer

Glen’s Allie Hedrich, Mallory

Reichardt and Akvile

Leimonas, Lockports’s

Nina Stroud and Hutsyn Timosciek,

and Orland Park’s

Isabella Van Alst, Ella

O’Brochta and Christina

Lavery. Shawn Wendling is

the coach.

The 10 Blue squad

claimed third. Members

of that squad are Homer

Glens’ Brooklyn Chesna,

Lockport’s Josephine Baranowski,

Orland Park’s

Peyton Pawlicki, Ellery

Dyran, Aubrey Deverick

and Valentina Walas, Tinley

Park’s Marcie Campbell,

and Manhattan’s

Libby Condon. Christine

Chesna is the coach.

The players appreciated

being a part of the historic

inaugural Attack-sponsored

tournament at the

new place.

“I like that they are able

to host tournaments,” said

Lavery, a Meadow Ridge

student. “They have different

things like a store

[merchandise and clothing]

and gym and concession


“The gym is very big so

there is a lot of open space

for practice and game,”

added O’Brochta, who attends

St. Michael School.

“They have a lot of good

food at the concessions

and I love the store. There

is good stuff at the store.

The mac and cheese from

the concessions stand here

is great.

“I used to roller skate

here, and they turned it into

a volleyball complex, and

it’s really fun. This is our

first tournament at home;

it’s special to us. It’s exciting

to us.”

Some of the older players

have not yet enjoyed a

home tournament, but they

still enjoy practicing at one


“It is different, it’s a

great change,” said Lainey

Green, an eighth-grader at

Homer Jr. High who plans

on attending Lockport

next season. “It’s impressive

that there are so many

courts here. I’m used to

places with two courts, and

now we have a lot more.”

“I think it’s really nice,”

said Century Junior High

eighth-grader Reilly

Chausse, who plans to attend

Sandburg. “I like the

courts and the setup.”

Campbell, an Orland

Park resident, started the

club in 1999 in Blue Island

with five teams. It moved

to Richards, and, thanks

to vice president Judy Pavone’s

help, got into the Orland

Park market with teams

practicing at Sandburg.

It has been a good relationship

between Orland

and the Attack, but practicing

under one roof was too

good for Campbell to pass


“We absolutely loved

the folks in Orland,”

Campbell said. “But we

just grew out of it. Me being

a director, it was hard

for me to get to see all of

my teams. I would have

four teams at one place

and eight teams at another.

I can’t be everywhere. Being

under one roof was my

ultimate goal.”

A Cork & Kerry restaurant

is scheduled to open at

the facility in the coming

weeks, and an MPX Elite

Fitness facility is on the

second floor.

“It’s been a lot of hard

work, but it has paid off

in so many ways,” Campbell

said. “We’re closer to

our coaches and our parents.

We are able to walk

upstairs and there is a full

workout facility. It’s not

just some weights. We have

our own jump boxes. We

built our own setting machines

that are utilized every

day. We are able to start

our master’s program this

year where every child is

learning the same thing in

every division. When you

have two teams here and

two teams there, you can’t

do that. It’s been phenomenal,

and there are still a ton

of awesome things coming.

“It’s a dream I’ve had for

a long time. The sky is the

limit now.”

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22nd Century Media

File Photo

1st and 3

Returning seniors

hope to get LTHS

softball to state

1. A dozen returners

A total of 12 seniors

are back from

an LTHS team that

was very close to a

sectional championship

last season.

2. One more go-round

For senior pitcher

Gianna Bauer, this

is likely her last

chance at softball

glory. Although she

has left open the

possibility of walking

on at Western

Michigan University,

she does not plan

to. She plans to

focus on academics

and is one of two

seniors this year

who do not plan to

play in college.

3. Beating a rival

Last year, the

Porters did something

they had not

done in a long time:

Beat Lincoln-Way

East. Lockport had

a 12-game losing

streak to the Griffins

before beating

them three times

last season.


Honoring a hero

WWII veteran from Homer Glen recognized at Blackhawks game

Sam Vinci, 95, a World War II veteran who lives in the independent living portion of

Victorian Village in Homer Glen, was honored March 11 for his service during the

national anthem at the Chicago Blackhawks game. Vinci was on the waitlist for more

than two years to be honored. Photos submitted

ABOVE: Sam Vinci (left) is shown on the jumbotron

being honored at the professional hockey game. The

Blackhawks honor three active military members or

veterans each game.

RIGHT: Some of the family joining Sam Vinci (bottom

left) at the game where he was honored included (top

from left) Karen Lynch, his daughter; her daughters

and his granddaughters Briana and Kendyl; Kendyl’s

boyfriend John Flaherty and Sam’s son and Karen’s

brother Mark seated beside him.

“We all know each other’s strengths and weaknesses and

that will help. We are focused on getting to state.”

Gianna Bauer — LTHS senior softball pitcher, on the team’s

ambitions this season

Tune In

Girls Lacrosse

Porters look to keep

building program

with new coaches

Sophomore Frieri a

standout player on

Lockport squad

Randy Whalen

Freelance Reporter


Triangular start — 10 a.m. Saturday, March 21, vs.

Oswego and Montini

• LTHS had looked to showcase its talent in this game

that was to be played at DuPage Medical Group

Field in Joliet and now awaits starting the year.

When the Lockport girls

lacrosse team takes the

field this season, it will

have a new look.

That's because Grainne

Kelly has taken over as

head coach for the Porters.

She replaces David Smietanski,

who moved onto

the boys side of the program.

"I heard about the job

and contacted [Lockport

athletic director] Mike

Dwyer about it," Kelly

said of how she went

about taking over the

LTHS program. "I've been

substitute teaching here,

and I'm currently working

on getting my master's


"I'm super excited to

know the girls and the

team and to build off that

for the future."

Kelly will also welcome

three new assistant coaches

to the program. They

are Gary Cope, who is the

head JV coach, along with

Meera Gosein and Ryan



41 - This Week In

41 - Athlete of the Week

While this will be the

third spring that lacrosse

is an official sport at Lockport,

it is only the second

varsity season for the girls

program. In their first official

season last spring, the

Porters were 7-12. Nine

seniors graduated from

that team. There are 21

total girls on this season's

squad, with seven of them


But the top Lockport

player is undoubtedly a

sophomore. That is Francesca

Frieri, who scored

an almost unreal 154 goals

last season.

"Francesca definitely

has a lot of talent," Kelly

said. "I can't wait to see her

play in a game and see her

help take the team to the

next level."

Frieri is overjoyed to

have Kelly as a coach and

sees the program taking


"It's awesome, and we

are really fortunate to have

her here," Frieri said of

Kelly. "Just in a couple of

weeks of practice, we have

developed. We had 60 total

girls come out [for all

three levels] this season. It

was great, really awesome.

We have a lot of talent and

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FASTBREAK is compiled by Assistant

Editor Benjamin Conboy,


homer glen’s Hometown Newspaper | March 19, 2020

Thank you for service

Homer Glen WWII veteran, 95, honored at recent

Blackhawks game, Page 47

Meet the squad

Team 22 girls basketball announced,

Page 43

Attack Volleyball club settles in to new home with

big plans for future, Page 46

Allie Dedrich, of Homer

Glen, serves the ball for

Attack’s 11 Blue team.

Photos by Jeff Vorva/22nd

Century Media

INSET: Attack Volleyball

Club President Pam

Campbell (left) and Vice

President Judy Pavone

brought their teams to

the Homer Glen Megaplex

after spending 15 years

based in Orland Park.

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