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JANUARY 19, 2011

Vol. 3 No. 19

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Now in Shorewood Lewis University’s new Shorewood Campus is now open at 247 Brookforest Ave. The 8,000 square-foot facility features six classrooms, a student lounge, a conference room and a computer lab. The newest campus provides a convenient, accessible classes to our working adult students in professional settings. During the day, the facility serves as an educational environment for businesses and associations to use for training purposes. A Jan. 13 open house provided program options/formats, unofficial transcript evaluation and orientation/registration opportunities. For more information you can call 815-744-0504 or email



Team name embraces Joliet’s history By Rick Kambic Staff reporter

Joliet’s player-less baseball team now has an identity: the Joliet Slammers. More than 300 names were submitted by 1,014 fans during a 10-day contest in December, but the team made it clear that management still held the executive decision. “When you think about it, what better name could there be for our ball club?” General Manager John Dittrich said. “It doesn’t have the negative connotation of some of the other names that were suggested, and it plays into both the history of our area and to baseball (terminology).” Joliet officials gave their blessings to the soon-to-be team name just before it was announced to the public. “They ran it by me and I’m very pleased,” Joliet City Manager Tom Thanas said.“I know a lot of city employees gave them some ideas, but the name ‘Slammers’ came from, I believe, the owner of the team. It was something he came up with while driving in his car.” The team said numerous fans suggested “Slammers” as well, alluding to the area’s reputation in the criminal justice system. Stateville Correctional Center houses 3,567 inmates, making it the second most populated prison in Illinois. While the separate Joliet Correctional Center, that operated from 1858 to 2002, was featured in the film “Blues Brothers” and the TV series “Prison Break” The city doesn’t find its current or historical role in

the correctional system to be a negative connotation. “The city has gone back and forth on that issue, and I think our current philosophy is that the prisons are something that’s part of the fabric of Joliet,”Thanas said. “Thousands of people have made a living working at those facilities.” Though on a similar vein, the name that received the most votes was discarded for the image it evoked. “A lot of people were talking

about ‘Jailbirds,’ but I think the team’s decision not to use it was a good decision,” Thanas said. “It seems to glorify the wrong side of the penal system.” Since the name was announced only last week, the logo has not yet been determined. Team President Bill Waliewski assures fans and city officials that the team is still making its due progress and will be ready for spring training in April.


Great Read shines e-book light on technology’s grip By Sherri Dauskurdas Staff reporter

When Tammy Reiher of the Will County Executive’s office was in her mid-twenties, a passing semi caused her little car to slide off of an icy interstate into a snowfilled ditch on a frigid winter Sunday. “There was no way I could drive the car out, and I would not have survived the walk to the next exit,” she said. Two men in a car with outof-state plates stopped to help. After trying to dig the car out, the pair offered Reiher a ride to the next off-ramp. “I had to decide between trusting strangers or hoping a state trooper would come along before I froze to death,” she recalled. “That’s a decision my phone-toting kids won’t ever have to make. With their phones always at the ready, they can call for help at anytime.” Certainly, cell phones have become the norm for nearly everyone over age 14, but the world of personal connectivity hardly ends there. Sunny Hill seniors are skyping their grandchildren. Middle-aged moms “friending” each other on Facebook and everybody who’s anybody is tweeting their company news. The latest advances in portable technology have many of us glued to our touch screens in a way we would never have thought possible, or preferable, just a few years ago. And that’s the focus of“Hamlet’s Blackberry,” chosen as this year’s community-wide Great Read.The program, designed to promote reading, literacy, conversation and community, kicked off this week at a Joliet bookstore with a cyber-visit from Hamlet author William Powers, via Skype of course. The journalistic commentary bemoans the takeover of digital mediums on our communications, which now requires people to divide attention between e-mails, text messages, cell phone calls, video streams, and blinking banners, resulting, the author

by the numbers Interesting facts provided courtesy of Kara Kohn of the Plainfield Public Library… •  Bookseller Barnes & Noble said in December of 2010 that it now sells more digital books than physical volumes on its online bookstore. •  Customers bought or downloaded nearly 1 million e-books on Christmas Day alone •  Amazon reported that its eBook sales outnumbered sales of hardcover books for the first time ever during the second quarter of 2010. •  Digital Book Readers came available on the market in 1998 with only 2 devices; today there are more than 50 eBook Reader devices on the market. •  Amazon launched their Kindle eReader in 2007 which retailed at $399!  Today, eReaders vary in price and many average in the $150 range with some available for under $100, making this technology more affordable for consumers. Photo illustration by M. Grace Tucker/ Bugle staff

argues, in lowered productivity and a distracted life devoid of meaning and depth. Powers looks to the idea leaders of the past–Plato, Shakespeare, Hamlet, Thoreau--for remedies to this hyper-modern predicament, and blends an appreciation of the advantages of information technology and a shrewd assessment of its pitfalls into a compelling call to disconnect. A variety of programs, from a book-writing contest to discussion groups throughout the community will take place between now and the Great Read Finale Celebration in April 2011. For many throughout the greater Plainfield community, facing the two-sides of an everincreasingly “connected” world come on a daily basis. “There is no doubt that technology has changed our lives, especially the past several

years. We can learn about a disaster on the other side of the world while the event is still unfolding. No more waiting for the evening news or the next day’s newspaper. We can get news flashes on our computers and telephones, Reiher said. “When you stop and really think about the technology individuals have at their fingertips -- literally, at their fingertips -- it’s amazing.” Reiher’s father had surgery over Thanksgiving weekend. The Minnesota hospital he was in had computers available for families in every waiting room. “During that long day, we kept in contact with extended family members by updating our Facebook pages, and using our cell phones to make calls and send texts. Each Facebook update covered people who were concerned, but with such a large extended family, we didn’t have time to call. When Dad was

finally out of recovery, my sister used her cell phone to take a picture of him waving to family members who weren’t able to be there and sent it to grandchildren in Hawaii and Illinois, and a daughter in California.” See READ, page 6



Green team to direct county conservation efforts To further its green mission, Will County is creating a team that will offer ideas and policy recommendations to departments countywide about energy efficiency and conservation-oriented practices. The green team will be under the Will County Executive’s office in the newly formed Resource Recovery and Energy Division of the Land Use Department. The team will work with the various county departments and elected officials to establish protocol to reduce energy use, waste disposal, and water consumption. The team plans to meet monthly and will collectively “brainstorm” ideas for saving energy and recycling. Last summer, the County received a $3 million grant from the Department of Energy to finance a gas-to-energy plant at the County-owned landfill, a green roof on the County Office Building and an extensive retrofit program of county office buildings. According to Mike Miglorini, maintenance director, the County is also making strides in reducing energy costs by installing a “cool roof” on the Court Annex building, replacing windows in the County Office building and the Court Annex building, and replacing HVAC unit at the county-owned Sunny Hill nursing home. “Our number one priority is to ‘button up’ our buildings,” Miglorini said. “We are also replacing the boilers at Sunny Hill with tank less hot water heaters.These heaters will allow hot water to be generated on

an ‘as needed’ basis which will provide significant savings to the County.” The initial task of the green team was to ask all the members to provide information regarding the size of their respective buildings, the year built, the number of daytime employees, and the number of computers and copy machines. This information will be instrumental in evaluating energy needs and potential cost saving measures. “This information is necessary for us to process the next level of our grant,” said Dean Olson, Resource Recovery & Energy Division Director. “We are working to create a list of ideas all our employees can use to promote sustainability.” Preliminary suggestions included installing air dryers in public restrooms of county buildings, providing recycling bins to collect aluminum cans, and establishing centralized copiers in various offices. “I am excited to help gather and pass along specific information on current and new ways to recycle items, which will in turn save the county in operational costs,“said Rita Weiss, purchasing director. “I am pleased to say we are buying and recycling remanufactured toners for most printers throughout the county, as part of our bid process. This has saved the county thousands of dollars each year.” Marta Kean, recycling specialist with Will County, has been working with businesses since 1988 on saving energy through recycling and waste reduction. “Implementing green practices

saves money,” Keane said. “The County is like a diverse business, with office buildings, garage facilities and 24 hour a day operations such as the nursing home and jail. As we find additional methods of

saving energy and resources, we will pass them on to the public through our Web site, www.” “We are leading by example,” said Will County Executive Larry Walsh.

“The creation of this team is an important part of continuing our green efforts. This team will ensure efficiency and sustainability practices are consistent throughout county operations.”


ONGOING Career Café. Will County Workforce Services host its free weekly Career Café for job seekers at 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday in Room 519 of the JJC Renaissance Center, 214 N. Ottawa St., Joliet. Reserve a spot by calling (815) 727-4444, ext. 122 or emailing bwashington@ GED test dates. The GED is a 2-day test; Will County dates for January-March are as follows: January—Tuesday and Thursday 18 and 20; Saturdays 22 and 29, 2011. Tentative dates for February and March: Feb. 1 and 3, 7 and 9, and 19 and 26, 2011. March 5 and 12, 8 and 10,14 and 16, and 19 and 26, 2011. Please call the office to check on tentative dates and necessary verifications needed before coming in to register. Anyone interested may register for the GED test at the Will County Regional Office of Education, 702 West Maple St., New Lenox. For more information, call 815-7408360 weekdays, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. You may also visit willroe. org, choose the link for GED, and view the tentative GED dates.

JANUARY 21 Mo-Beat Blues. 6:30 p.m. at the Timbers of Shorewood, 1100 N. River Rd. Mo-Beat Blues is comprised of husband and wife

team Samuel and Janice Lozada, who will present a “full-throttle” show of jazz, soul, R&B, country, swing, and Rat Pack sounds. This event is open to the public. For more information, call Shelly Goggins at 815-609-0669 or visit

JANUARY 22 Prepared childbirth weekend class. At Silver Cross Hospital, 1200 Maple Rd. in Joliet. Class runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 22 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 23. Participants will receive instruction from a registered nurse on breathing, relaxation floor exercise techniques, and a tour of the luxurious birthing suite. Labor, delivery, recovery, post-partum, and other birthing options are also discussed. Cost is $75 per couple.To register, call 1-888-660-HEAL or visit www. GRASP support group. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Rialto Room at Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet. The GRASP (Grief Recovery After Substance Passing) support group is for individuals and family members coping with loss of loved ones due to substance abuse. For more information call Lynn Holley at 815-353-9939. ACT practice test. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lockport library. This fully proctored practice ACT test will show students what to

expect in a test-like environment. Students will receive a comprehensive analysis on the test,detailing individual strengths and weaknesses. Students MUST bring a calculator. Register or get more information by calling 815838-0755. Birthing center tours. 1:302:30 p.m. at Silver Cross Hospital, 1200 Maple Rd. in Joliet. Silver Cross Hospital is offering tours of its birthing center for expectant families, to help new parents prepare and expect the best from their birthing experience in the hospital’s luxurious birthing suites.

JANUARY 24 Microsoft Powerpoint basics. 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Lockport library. Contact the library at 815-838-0755 for class description, skill prerequisites, and registration.

JANUARY 25 Spaghetti dinner. 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Dirksen Junior High School, 203 S. Midland Ave. in Joliet. The District 86 Music Department is hosting its ninth annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser. The dinner includes all you can eat spaghetti, plus salad, bread, and a beverage. Tickets are $5 for pre-orders or $6 at the door. For more information call 815-7403196. All proceeds will benefit the District 86 Music Program.

Breast cancer support group. 7-9 p.m. in the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health Library, 1870 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. This group is for women and family members facing breast cancer. Topics covered are relevant to the cancer experience and offer practical help in coping with some of the emotional issues. Call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325) or visit www.imatter.silvercross. org to register or attend. Bipolar support group. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Silver Cross Hospital, 1300 Copperfield Ave. in Joliet.This support group is for individuals and family members coping with bipolar disease, and takes place in the Specialty Care Pavilion lobby. New participants should call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325) or visit www.silvercross. org to register to attend.

JANUARY 26 Lupus support group. 6:15-8 p.m. at the Provena Physical Rehab and Sports Injury Center, 2132 Jefferson St. in Joliet. Nancy E. Marshall, MA, RD, LDN, Consulting Dietitian, will take participants on a tour through a virtual supermarket. She will give practical shopping tips for each food group, including label reading and correct portion sizes. Start the new year right with healthy eating! This group normally meets the

4th Wednesday of odd months. Contact Tari at (815) 351-2544 or e-mail

JANUARY 27 & 28 ‘The Sparrow’ auditions. 6 p.m. at Joliet Junior College. Written by Nathan Allen, Chris Matthews, and Jake Minton, ‘The Sparrow’was originally produced by the House Theatre of Chicago and revolves around a troubled teenager with mysterious powers. Those interested in auditioning are asked to prepare a one-minute monologue from a modern drama.It is preferred that See CALENDAR, page 8



READ Continued from page 2 Perhaps no greater influence has been made than the rocketing growth of social media.What started as a concept for college students has grow to a multi-faceted phenomenon for consumers and businesses, old and young. The Village of Plainfield offices are now using Facebook and Twitter to communicate with residents. “We see these social media outlets as beneficial because they provide the Village with additional ways to communicate with residents on a timely basis,” said Community Relations Director Amy DeBoni. “The Village partners the use of social media with other more traditional forms of communication like the Village newsletter and press releases to provide residents with news and updates on Village business. Additionally, we also utilize the Village web site and E-News Updates.” “It seems to be an instantaneous way to communicate,” said Plainfield Area Chamber of Commerce director Liz Collins. “Since no one seems to have any

Scholarship School’s in for summer – in the Bahamas, that is, for a handful of lucky high school students.Shedd Aquarium is inviting students from across the Chicagoland area to apply for this summer’s High School Marine Biology (HSMB) program. Those who are selected will spend three weeks over the summer literally diving into learning to discover what it takes to be a marine biologist up close in the aquatic environment of the Bahamas’ Bimini Islands. During the summer program, students spend three weeks living and learning aboard Shedd’s very own research vessel, the 85-foot R/V Coral Reef II. On the floating classroom, the next generation of explorers live the lives of marine biologists, learning the basic concepts of marine biology,while conducting research designed to engage and educate them. To qualify, students must be at least 14 years of age and live in Illinois or one of its immediately surrounding states.Students must also show a strong interest in

patience anymore, we are able to send announcements and receive a response within minutes. We are able to fill an opening for a Chamber Network Night in the event that someone else cancels. We can get a speaker if another cancels.” “The Chamber started using e-News to replace the paper newsletter in January of 2009 saving thousands of dollars in printing costs and postage,” Collins added. “There are numerous companies out there promoting their business on Linkedin, Facebook,etc. She said. “I’m not sure this is the BEST way of communicating with people, though. I still like to pick up a phone and hear a live voice on the other end. Collins said she worries whether or not the next generation, now textsavvy teenagers, will ever be able to speak in public, network with colleagues or be able to interview for a job. Reiher concurs. “Courtesy and attention often are cut short by people who pay more attention to their electronics than people,”she said. “I’d guess almost all of us know someone who will interrupt a conversation to answer a cell phone, or read and send texts

or e-mails, leaving you to drum your fingernails in boredom and then try to pick up your conversation. “While it’s nice when people can reach you in an emergency, it’s not nice to put friends, colleagues or people with whom you are doing business on a virtual “hold” while you set up your next shopping trip or golf date. Men and women who let their technology run their lives risk their inter-personal relationships. “Perhaps there needs to be Emily Post rules on the etiquette of social networking and the use of other electronics,” she added Still, the excitement over new technology continues, every new gadget from MP3 players to iPhones spark fervor among groups from techies to wordsmiths, like Kara Kohn of the Plainfield Library. “As a self-proclaimed ‘digital book junkie,’ it excites me that we are currently experiencing an unprecedented interest in digital books,” Kohn said.“ We are not your library of yesterday, which brings about images of dusty books and bun-wearing, glasses on a chain sporting librarians, but yet information specialists at the cutting edge of technology than can provide you with material

marine biology, have completed at least one year of high school biology, and possess reasonable swimming skills, although it’s not necessary to know how to snorkel. Tuition for the HSMB program is $1,600 not including airfare to Miami. Full and partial

scholarships are available, based on need. Applications are available by visiting www. or by e-mailing MentorPrograms@ The deadline for HSMB applications is Feb. 28.

from anywhere in the world.” The advantage of a digital book collection,” Kohn said, is that it allows Plainfield cardholders to browse, checkout, and download our materials virtually from anywhere in the world at any time of day as long as they have an Internet connection. “Additionally, our digital book collection helps to address the many space constraints we face here at the library for our physical collections,” Kohn said. In terms of drawbacks, as with anything, it costs money. “The biggest concern for me as a librarian is the widening of the digital divide,” Kohn said. “What happens to those users who can’t afford a digital reader or a computer to download materials?” But Kohn and her colleagues are bridging that gap through a special program that loans e-readers to cardholders. Through the Plainfield Library’s partnership with Sony’s Reader Library Program, Plainfield cardholders may now checkout a Sony Reader PRS-650 Touch Edition or Sony Reader PRS-350 Pocket Edition. These devices come with a USB cable and instruction card on how

to download free eBooks from MyMediaMall and checkout for two weeks. To place a device on hold, simply perform a title search in the library’s catalog for “Sony” and the devices will appear in your search results. After you place a device on hold, you will be notified when it is available for you to pick-up. “We hope that by being able to lend out devices that we can offer this technology to those who might otherwise not be able to afford it.” “The Great Read” is presented by the Plainfield School District 202; the Plainfield, Joliet, Fountaindale and Shorewood public libraries; and the Joliet, Bolingbrook, Plainfield and Naperville Barnes and Noble stores. “The Great Read” is supported by a generous grant from the Plainfield Foundation for Excellence and additional funding from participating member organizations. Visit the Great Read web site for more information about The Great Read, this year’s program and the Great Novel contest, sdauskurdas@




Burden on our shoulders increases How many times have we heard that governments are going to burden our children with their unchecked spending and unlimited borrowing to keep going year after year? The huge numbers thrown around seem suspect and why should we worry, it is our future generations that will deal with it and by then all of our problems will be solved. We all know the recession, depression, down-market, whatever you want to call it, has accelerated the loss of business which in turn reduces the amount of tax revenue governments collect. Then the borrowing to pay the bills begins: governments become deadbeats unable to pay their bills and accumulating a large debt load as the cost of borrowing increases with higher interest rates. We have heard this year after year! When does it end? STOP! That is what the last election told our governments. Stop spending more than the money coming in; reduce

From the Publisher By Rich Masterson

our borrowing and make governments accountable for balancing our budgets or else. The last election was reported by the major news outlets as a clear signal to make sure our leaders begin the long and difficult task of reducing government and its burden on its people. Before the last election I met with most of our elected officials in power at the time, both Democrat and Republicans. It was clear the Republicans saw an opportunity to advance their cause; most of them were behind Minority leader Tom Cross’ letter to Governor Quinn asking for a more fiscally sound budget. The Democrats did not offer any firm resolutions; they all indicated a tax increase may be in order but acknowledged that they had not decided on it yet. The election results showed what the people wanted. Most folks I spoke to

knew a tax increase was coming but wanted assurances that spending cuts would follow and the pension problem would be changed to reduce the burden on governments. At the final hour, and I mean the final hour, the existing legislators pushed through, without the help of any Republicans, a large tax increase for us all. I love the rhetoric: 66 percent increase in income tax and a big increase for businesses. Businesses really don’t pay taxes they pass on higher costs (taxes included) to us, the consumers; therefore we are footing the entire bill, not our children nor any future generations. The tax is even retroactive to the first of this year. It was a day of reckoning for us tax payers not a day of reckoning for elected officials as we thought it would be when we ousted them in

the November elections. The increased taxes are like another mortgage payment for most of us, can you afford another $1200 bill this year? The 14 outgoing house members who voted for the increase knowing they will not be there next week did us wrong; in fact all of them did us wrong. Both parties share the blame, will they work together to reduce the spending and how will they tackle the pension issue? The future is here, pay up!

Roll call The following state senators for the area voted ‘yes’ to the tax increase: • AJ Wilhelmi The following state representatives for the area voted ‘yes’ to the tax increase: • Linda Holmes • Jack McGuire The following state representatives for the area voted ‘no’ to the tax increase: • Tom Cross • Emily McCasey

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On the Taxpayer Accountability and Budget Stabilization Act: “In my years in the General Assembly, I have seen our state budget go from bad to worse. We have spent the last couple of years cutting government services by $4.4 billion. The need to come up with a solution that a majority of the members of the General Assembly could agree on was of the utmost importance to myself and my colleagues.While the decision to raise revenue through taxes has not been an easy one, I and my fellow members of your General Assembly had to take action or the fiscal situation of the state would have fallen even further. With safeguards in place, such as the spending cap and the temporary nature of these taxes, I felt this option was the best of many bad choices.” AJ Wilhelmi State Senator 43rd District




and amazing creatures. Each adventure will include crafts, activities, games, and more. Ages 6-9. Visit the Children’s department or call 815-725-0234 to register.

Continued from page 5 the monologue is memorized, but you may read from a script.


JANUARY 29 Annual education summit. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Mt. Zion Family Life Center, 402 Singleton Place, Joliet. This summit, entitled “Control Your Destiny or Someone Else Will” is ideal for parents and students of all ages. There will be breakout sessions on study skills and testing. Teachers will be able to ask questions and explore ideas on how to help their student improve their grades and test scores. Prizes, lunch, and other giveaways will all be part of an exciting and informative day. For more information, contact the church office at 815-723-9445. Chinese New Year. 1 p.m. at the Crest Hill Library, 1298 Theodore St. Alan Chew, owner of the Dragon Light Restaurant in Crest Hill, will discuss Chinese food, customs, and traditions in this fun and educational program. For more information or to register, call the Library at 815-725-0234.

FEBRUARY 5 Joliet Montessori School Open House. 9:30 a.m. Joliet Montessori School (JMS) will host an Open House for parents of three year olds and those who will be turning three during the 2011-2012 school year and want to know what a Montessori education can do for their children. Events

Tween book discussion. 4:305:30 p.m. at the Crest Hill Library. Discuss Kenny and the Dragon by Tony Di Terlizzi. This program is for kids 9-12. Please register.


include a tour of the school and a preview of the Montessori Method. For information call (815) 741-4180 or visit www. Storytime in English and Spanish. 11 a.m. at the Crest Hill Library, 1298 Theodore St. Storytime in English and Spanish includes stories, rhymes, fingerplays, and songs. This program lasts 30 minutes. Sign up in the Children’s Department or call 815-725-0234. Tiempo de cuentos en espanol y en ingles incluye la lectura, rimas, dramas de dedos, y canciones. El programa dura 30 minutos. Registrate en el Departmento de ninos o llame 815-725-0234. Spaghetti dinner. 4-7 p.m. at Joliet West cafeteria, on Glenwood and Larkin Ave. in Joliet. The event will feature jazz music played by both jazz bands and a dinner of spaghetti, salad, bread, drinks, and homemade desserts for only $8 per person. Proceeds will support the bands

of Joliet West High School.Tickets will be sold at the event and food is available for dine in or carryout. For more information e-mail Mrs. Taylor at e_may_1@ “Hugs and Wishes” Chocolate Ball. 7-11 p.m. at Shorewood Village Hall. The second annual Chocolate Ball, sponsored by Exelon Nuclear Braidwood Station, is coming. Tickets can be purchased for $40 each at the Village Hall before the event, or for $50 at the door. Proceeds help support the “Hugs and Wishes” program and the Veteran’s Memorial Foundation. For more information go to

FEBRUARY 7 Monday Madness. 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Crest Hill Library, 1298 Theodore St. Will it be art, science, cooking, games, or something totally crazy? This bimonthly session of silliness is for kids aged 6-9. Registration

is required, so call the library at 815-725-0234.

Wii for kids. 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Crest Hill Library. Play video games like Mario Kart, Dance Dance Revolution, Mario Party, and Wii Sports on a big screen with your friends. For children 6 and up. Registration is required.



Chocolates and hearts. 4:305:30 p.m. at the Crest Hill Library. Come listen to some Valentines Day stories and songs, then make chocolates and valentines for your someone special. This event is for children from birth to 13 years old. Parents and guardians should accompany any children under 8 years old. Please register.

Brick building club. 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Crest Hill Library. Have fun building your own creations after school at the library. We’ll supply the LEGO bricks, you supply the creativity. Your finished work will go on display until next month when we meet again and start all over. Ages 6 and up. Registration is recommended.



Magic Tree House Club. 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Crest Hill Library, 1298 Theodore St.Where are Jack and Annie headed next? Follow them as they explore ancient worlds, distant lands,

Monday Madness. 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Crest Hill Library, 1298 Theodore St. Will it be art, science, cooking, games, or See CALENDAR, page 23





44 Dunkable treat

10 Racetrack figures

48 Attempt

6 Pilgrimage to Mecca 14 “Peanuts” character 15 Sea eagle

55 Period of note

17 State bird? 19 Legendary

57 Particle 60 Revise text

20 Dry ravine in

61 State bird?


21 Want __ 22 Watery impact

24 Call from baby 26 Seat 27 Boxing great 29 Iniquitous

38 Rounds or clips

43 Speech subtlety

You are intent on your intentions. In the week ahead, you could be passionate about getting what you want in areas that have to do with career, finance, or business, but may express yourself too harshly.

You are moved by the atmosphere that surrounds you. Seeing someone else’s peaceful nest may motivate you make to make your home a serene haven. At least pick up your socks in the week ahead.

Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, it’s off to work you go. In the week ahead, you will take pride in industry and can take active steps to make sure your health is everything it can be. An exercise program might be a new passion.

Your mind takes a magical mystery tour. You are intrigued by mysteries and puzzles in the week ahead. You may mentally explore the unknown and welcome a special someone along on the trip.

The social whirl widens your world. You are willing to experiment impulsively and may take on something out of the ordinary in the week ahead. Your love life might unwittingly walk on the wild side.

The mighty mind can conquer matter. You know that all things are related, so you may become intrigued by business secrets of the rich and famous. This is a good week to study investment techniques.

You are generous to a fault. In the week ahead, you can be easily fooled, but somehow it will work out all right because a friend or well-wisher will give you a heads-up before it is too late.

You work hard for your money. That is why when unexpected bills show up in the week to come, you may feel unable to get ahead. Be comforted by the fact that your reliability has been noticed.

Imagination and shrewdness work hand in hand. In the week to come, your ability to remain sensitive to the needs of others is a definite asset when dealing with financial or career decisions.

If love were an oil well it would come in like a gusher. Your sensitivity to others is accentuated in the week ahead, so you might find yourself in perfect attunement with a variety of harmonious souls.

65 Hawaiian port 66 Of an ecological sequence

67 Calendar units 68 Lambaste propose

35 Medicated 37 Declare

And now for something completely different. In the upcoming week, your tastes might stray toward the new and unusual, or you might feel an urge to invest in antiques. Expect the unexpected.

64 Feed the kitty

69 Prepared to

32 Scot’s cap

You are the “go to” person on the go in the week ahead. You have your goals firmly in mind and are ready to act in ways that will make them a reality. Friends may stimulate you to a higher level of accomplishment.

49 Muslim holy men 51 Building wings 53 Caspian sturgeon

16 Suitor

39 State bird? 42 Part of the eye

45 Bird’s beak 46 Integrity

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Flying Circus” 36 Superman’s letter 38 In the past 40 Shows intestinal fortitude 41 Pastoral poem 46 Shrew 47 Rip 50 Muffles 52 Heavily burdened 53 Rosary piece 54 __ St. Vincent Millay 55 First lady of scat 56 Sufficient space 58 Roundish shape 59 Thaw 62 Lubricate 63 Inquire


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West downs Central in renewed rivalry By Mark Gregory Sports reporter

In their first meeting in 17 years, the Joliet West vs. Joliet Central rivalry proved it only got stronger while gone. A crowd upward of 2,500 people watched as West defended their home turf with a 46-32 SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue Division win. The game was moved to the field house to allow such a large gathering. The night started out right for the host Tigers as for their introductions, they turned down the lights in the field house, shined a yellow spotlight on the bench, had smoke fill the human tunnel as the Tiger starters were introduced. The long wait and the hype even made West senior Remy Roberts-Burnett a little nervous. “As soon as we split, I knew the game of the year was going to be Joliet West versus Joliet Central,” Roberts-Burnett said. “Seeing all those people, I was a little nervous, because I have never played in front of a crowd like that. But once I settled down, I kind of forgot about the crowd and it was like practice. “It was a highly anticipated game.We kind of knew that if we lost this game, everyone would look down on us, so we came out with extra energy. We were working hard all week and I knew we would come out hard.”

BOYS BASKETBALL HIGHLIGHT: Remy RobertsBurnett scored 12 points as West defeated Central 46-32 in the renewed rivalry game. COMING UP: The Tigers will face Bolingbrook and the Steelmen face Lockport Friday.

Fellow senior Brandon Tyson knew it would be a big crowd, but wasn’t expecting what he saw. “I didn’t know it was going to be all those people in there,” Tyson said.”It was too much.” Roberts-Burnett suffered from leg cramps and a sore wrist from a fall early in the game, but battled through to lead the Tigers with 12 points, including the game’s final eight points. “As bad as my legs were cramping and my wrist was hurting, I was not staying out of that game,” he said. “I cannot let my teammates down. I can take the pain.” And the Tigers needed him, as Central (5-9, 2-3) hung close all game. In fact, they got the game back to four points late in the contest and had the possession to cut it to two. A blocked shot and a lay-up on the other end after a nice shot fake by Marlon Johnson put West (5-8, 1-4) up six and all but sealed the game. “By this time next year, he will be an absolute beast,” said West Mark Gregory/Bugle staff

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Remy Roberts-Burnett led all scorers with 20 points as Joliet West defeated Central.



RIVALS Continued from page 11 coach Luke Yaklich of Johnson. “The kid has skills. He took a lot from me in the summer and at the beginning of the year and I don’t think he liked me when he left the gym. But, he is starting to see what we are expecting of him and he is giving that effort on the floor every game and most importantly on practice.” Central had chances from the foul line late, but were 6-of-13 on

the game. “We got to the line and that is crucial because that could keep us in striking distance and it hurts us,” said Central coach Jeff Corcoran.“This is two weeks in a row it has hurt us.” Darius Norris led the Steelmen with eight points. He is the lone member of the Central team that played a key role on the combined team a year ago. “Me and Darius are real close friends, so our goal pretty much was to go out there and kill each other,” Roberts-Burnett joked. “When I finally had a chance

to guard him, I think my D got him.” It was a special game for Yaklich. “I mean this with all sincerity, I love Darius,”Yaklich said.“He was a big part of our team last year and we became very close. That is one of the thing with the split, that was a very hard relationship to distance yourself from. For the benefit of Darius, you keep it separate.We both respect each other and what we do, him as a player and me as a coach. Darius is their leader and he should be.”

Angels have tough schedule ahead By Mark Gregory Sports reporter

After a date with No. 14 Marist last week and top 25 teams Fenwick, Marian Catholic and Benet coming up, the remaining Joliet Catholic Academy girls basketball schedule is like a who’s who of the state’s best. Few teams in Illinois will play the schedule the Angels have. “It is an honor to play and coach in this conference because it makes you be all that you need to be,” said JCA coach Ed Schodrof. “We have (four) teams that are ranked in the top 25 that we are playing in the next three weeks.” The first of those was Marist who defeated the Angels 57-41 Tuesday in East Suburban Catholic Conference action. Marist jumped out to an early 12-2 lead with 3:28 left to play in the first quarter and held serve

GIRLS BASKETBALL HIGHLIGHT: Joliet Catholic Academy fell to ESCC opponent Marist 57-41 last week. Meghan Novak tallied 20 points. COMING UP: The Angels face three teams ranked in the top 25 in the next three weeks.

most of the game. The game was 29-14 at half. The Angels (11-7, 2-1) got down, but cut the lead to 10 midway through the third quarter, but Marist went on a 10-0 run, seven of those points coming without the ball crossing half court. “They have the athletes to do that to you,” Schodrof said. “We need to run our press break better no matter who we are playing and no matter what kind of pressure. Our lack of boxing out in the first half was horrible and without boxing out, we are not going to beat any of the upper See ANGELS, page 16







Minooka boys peaking at the right time By Scott Taylor Sports reporter

Minooka is peaking at the right time. The Indians had their best performance of the year last Saturday at the Southwest Prairie Conference meet, taking second place with a 6,059 total. For the season they took fourth place. “We’re extremely excited,” Minooka’s Mike Maida said. “We could’ve shot better. The lanes broke down and we had to make adjustments, but our coaches were there with us the whole day..” “I’m really happy with that because that’s the best we’ve done at any tournament (this year),” Minooka’s Zach Segatto added. It was their final meet before Saturday’s Joliet West Sectional at Town and Country Lanes. The confidence level will be huge for a young team who is looking to get back to state after

BOYS BOWLING HIGHLIGHT: Minooka placed second at the SPC meet with a total 6,059 pin fall. They finished fourth as a team for the season. COMING UP: The Indians will take part in Saturday’s IHSA sectional at Town & Country Lanes in Joliet.

finishing seventh last year. “We have to do good and pump each other up,” Segatto said.“After today, we have the confidence for next week. We have to keep our confidence and pick up our spares.We can definitely do it.” However, Maida was the only one to compete in last year’s sectional. “I really struggled (at sectionals) last year,” Maida said. “We have a young team and don’t have much experience in big tournaments like this. We’re going to have to have a couple of leaders.We have the team to do it and we lead by example sometimes.” Oswego won the SPC meet with a 6,532 and will be the team to beat at the sectional.

The top two teams and two individuals on non-qualifying teams will advance to state. It’s a loaded sectional featuring four state-qualifying teams from last year, including three in the top 10 and the defending state champions (Plainfield South). That list doesn’t even include Lockport, who was second in the state two years ago and features the defending individual state champion in Kyle Anderson, who has won four straight tournaments. The team is also coming off a title after winning the Southwest Suburban Conference meet Saturday. Back in November three teams separated themselves from the pack as Oswego, Lockport and Plainfield Central finished with more than a 6,400 total at the Plainfield South Invite. Segatto led the Indians at the SPC meet with a 1,344 (4th), while Maida had a 1,217 (15th). Both were named to the All-SPC

team. “I was hitting my targets and picking up my spares,” Segatto said. “I knew if I missed my spares it was going to cost us the game. This gives me a really big confidence boost because the house we’re shooting at next week is one of my favorite houses. I like synthetic lanes a lot more.” “I’m not happy,” Maida said. “I missed a lot of shots. I have a lot of work to do for sectionals. I can live with it though as long as I don’t make the stupid mistakes I did today.” Nick Beeler added a 1,193, Justin Shepard had a 1,179 and Derek Duggins recorded a 1,126. Lockport won the SWSC Blue Invite with a 6,163. Anderson won the individual title with a 1,436. John Isit added a 1,279 to place sixth, David Wysocki was seventh with a 1,240 and Justin Vandenburg placed 14th with a 1,152. Joliet West was fourth with

a 5,767 and was led by Mike Layfield, who placed eighth with a 1,235. Central was fifth with a 5,307 and Jason Willis took fifth with a 1,281.

GIRLS Minooka won the title at the Morris Invite with a 5,890. Courtney Johnston won the individual title by one pin with a 1,295 for the Indians.Ashley Dylik shot a 1,239 (3rd), Allison Lakota had a 1,153 (10th) and Danielle Musgrave fired a 1,149 (14th). Joliet West was fifth with a 5,528 and Joliet Central finished 14th with a 3,976. The Tigers defeated Sandburg 1,779-1,729 in SWSC action. Julianne Kowalski fired games of 205 and 182 to lead West. Lockport took sixth at the Fred Green Classic with a 5,384 total. Schaumburg won with a 6,022. Megan Szczepanski was fourth with a 1,231 and Marki Kernbauer had a 1,212.



BOYS BASKETBALL 1. Notre Dame 2. Downers Grove South 3. Lockport 4. Plainfield North 5. Plainfield Central 6. Maine South 7. Plainfield South

GIRLS BASKETBALL 1. Bolingbrook 2. Minooka 3. Maine South 4. Niles West 5. Romeoville 6. Downers South 7. Downers North

GIRLS BOWLING 1. Plainfield Central 2. Minooka 3. Plainfield South 4. Lockport 5. Joliet West 6. Plainfield North 7. Downers South

BOYS BOWLING 1. Lockport 2. Romeoville 3. Plainfield Central 4. Bolingbrook 5. Notre Dame 6. Minooka 7. Plainfield South

WRESTLING 1. Minooka 2. Plainfield Central 3. Notre Dame 4. Lockport 5. Downers North 6. Bolingbrook 7. Joliet West Voyager Media is the parent company of the The Enterprise, Bugle and Sentinel newspapers. The three papers cover 18 high schools in 12 communities. The rankings are compiled by Rob Valentin, Mark Gregory and Scott Taylor.

Central falls to Romeoville By Scott Taylor Sports reporter

It’s hard to win if you can’t score. Joliet Central again found that hard the hard way in a 68-22 loss to Romeoville Monday at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Hoops at Joliet West. “We rebounded reasonably well, but we can’t score,” Joliet Central coach Daniel Drye said. “They scouted us pretty food and denied (Damica Myers) the ball.We don’t really have anyone else who can handle the ball real well. We just don’t have enough scorers.” The Steelwomen came out with a lot of energy to open both halves, but missed several close opportunities. “I was trying to tell them to keep playing hard,” Drye said. “We were getting four or five stops in a row, but we were missing easy shots and we turned the ball over a lot. I think we had 27 turnovers. “I try to tell them to play as hard as they can and not to worry

GIRLS BASKETBALL HIGHLIGHT: Brianna Marble had eight points and Damica Myers had seven in Joliet Central’s loss to Romeoville Monday. COMING UP: Central travels to Homewood-Flossmoor Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

about the score too much.” Romeoville took advantage both times as it jumped out to a 18-4 lead after one quarter. With the score 33-16 early in the third Romeoville went on a 35-6 run to close the game. “In the third quarter we probably missed four or five point-blank shots,” Drye said. “And we were still in the game. We were playing good defense and rebounding, we just couldn’t score. We came out with energy.” Brianna Marble scored eight points and Myers added seven in the loss. “LaSoji Ward had a great day rebounding,” Drye said.“It wasn’t that we were scoring that much, but we were stopping them (in the second quarter).”

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Toriana Martin and Joliet Central fell to Romeoville Monday.


in how we play and playing hard.”

Tucker led all scorers with 20 points.

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The Minooka boys made a late push but could not grab the win as Plainfield Central won 55-52. Adam Reynolds (16 points), Lavelle Dean (14) and Jake Hogen (11) all scored in double digits for the Indians.

echelon teams. I was proud of the kids effort, we played with heart.” Meghan Novak led JCA with 20 points in the game. She said she enjoys playing the schedule the Angels have. “I would rather play a harder schedule,” she said. “We have a lot of high pressure teams in this conference. It is fun, kind of like travel ball and a lot of transition ball and I like that. We take pride

Finishing games has been the Achilles Heel of the JCA season. Not Saturday night. The Hillmen outscored Bishop McNamara 18-9 in the fourth quarter Saturday night and earned a 49-44 win. JCA (5-9) trailed 35-31 entering the fourth quarter, but Breshion and Breion Tucker tallied a combined 13 points. Breshion

LOCKPORT Lockport defeated Southwest Suburban Conference Blue Division opponent Lincoln-Way Central 43-26 Friday night in New Lenox. Karrington Ward and Courtney Cole both had 12 points for the Porters (12-5, 4-1).


Porters still waiting for full lineup By Mark Gregory Sports reporter

With some of the best wrestlers in the state on the sideline, Lockport still had to face the teams that were on their schedule last week. Friday, that team was LincolnWay Central, who defeated the Porters 41-13. Then Saturday, the Porters hosted their own mega dual, where the Porters went 2-1. Lockport beat Brother Rice 38-15 and Geneva 44-25 and lost 50-7 to Barrington. “I think we did alright with what we have,” Lockport coach Joe Williams said. “There are matches that even if they are young, we could have won and we are trying to get those turned around because who knows, some of these kids might not be back. I think they are, but you can never predict these things. Some of these young guys might be our starters.” The starters that are out of the lineup are Jameson Oster, who was second in state last season, Brad Johnson, the No. 1 ranked 189 pounder in the state and Shaquille McMurtry. “We have to stay positive as coaches,”Williams said.“The kids are doing a good job.” Johnson and McMurtry are expected to be back for next weekend’s SouthWest Suburban Conference meet. As for Oster, he will not return until the IHSA regional.


WRESTLING HIGHLIGHT: Lockport went 2-1 at the Porter mega duals Saturday despite not having some of their top wrestlers in the lineup. COMING UP: The Porters will get back some of their regulars in time for the SWSC meet Saturday.

“We will probably see him at regional,” Williams said. “That is the most important. He will be focused, no matter what his physical situation is, his mental situation will be ready to go.” As for the wrestlers that are in the line-up, Shaun’Que McMurtry and Tony Rossi enjoyed a successful dual meet. “I am trying to build momentum for conference and ultimately the state series,” Rossi said. “We have had guys out this year and our lineup has been messed up most of the year. Hopefully we can get back to full strength.” McMurtry went 2-0 on the day with a forfeit. “The lineup is messed up, but we are still able to compete,” he said. “There is small things we have to work on.” One of the things the Porters want to work on is getting back at teams that beat them earlier in the season like Lincoln-Way Central and Joliet West. “Conference is a place to show people that we are better than what we showed that day,” McMurtey said. “We want to try and win it when it counts.” Chris Tragos earned one of the big wins for Lockport in

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Lockport’s Shaun’Que McMurtry was 2-0 on the day at the Lockport Mega Dual last weekend.

the SWSC loss to Lincoln-Way Central, pinning Austin Seliga in 3:32 at 140. Adding to that was No.4ranked Shaun’Qae McMurtry earned the 16-3 win over Matt Schneider at 152.



Minooka (20-3) went 2-1 at Sandburg, defeating Antioch 6110 and Sycamore 30-25, before losing to Crystal Lake Central 35-27.

Joliet Catholic finished fourth with 105 points at the Lisle Invite. Taking firsts were Braden Lancaster (119), Nick Collofello (171) and C.J. Haney (215).

SENIORS As boomers turn 65, ‘What’s next?’ 18


The oldest baby boomers start turning 65 in January. For the next two decades, roughly 10,000 Americans will be getting their Medicare cards in the mail every month. The largest generation’s symbolic milepost has sparked predictable newspaper feature stories and polls about how boomers are feeling about the big six-five. Take your pick among the findings-boomers are satisfied with their lives (AARP), or they’re glum and pessimistic about the future (Pew Research Center). Why is 65 our official senior moment? Mainly because it was adopted as the official retirement age when Social Security was created in the 1930s under Franklin Delano Roosevelt. But rising longevity has reduced the relevance of 65 as a symbol of old age. So has the boomer desire to rebel against stereotypes at each stage of their lives. If the largest generation in American history can look forward to a couple more decades of usefulness and engagement, what will they do with those years? I posed this question recently to Marc Freedman, one of the country’s leading thinkers and writers on how Americans can redefine life after 50. Freedman is the CEO of Civic Ventures, a non-profit that’s leading the charge for the encore career movement - the idea that older adults can blaze new career trails that can transform the country. His new book,

“The Big Shift” (PublicAffairs, April 2011), argues that we need to recognize and develop a new stage of life between midlife and true old age. He goes on to describe how this can best be done and the benefits that can be reaped. Freedman advocates continued participation in the labor force by older people who need and want to keep working. Labor force participation generates economic growth, and can contribute to national deficit reduction.There’s even evidence that working longer could extend the solvency of the Social Security Trust Fund, currently projected to be exhausted around 2035. But don’t count Freedman among those who argue for a mandated higher Social Security retirement age. He prefers the carrot to the stick. “I think what we need to do is focus on those who voluntarily are going to work longer-not necessarily those who don’t want to, but have to,” he says. “Rather than try raise the retirement age or coerce someone who doesn’t want to work longer, let’s help those who are already determined to go in that direction get from aspiration to action.” Freedman urges creation of public policies and programs that

can help with these critical life transitions. “Right now, the only transition we do a decent job on is the one young people make from adolescent to adulthood. At this later juncture, it’s a do-ityourself process-you’re on your own. “People are hungry for help with this. What we need are new pathways for people in their 50s, 60s and 70s. Let’s meet them halfway with additional education, internships or service projects. Let’s make it easier for this group to do what they want to do-and what we need them to do as a society.” Expect to hear more from Freedman on how to make these transitions easier when his book is published in the spring, but here are some of the key ideas: Education: Our higher education system offers undergraduate training for 18to-25-year -olds and lifelong learning for those who are over 70 and truly retired. “A school for the second half of life has not been developed yet,” Freedman says. “It would be tailored for those who have another phase of their working lives yet to come.” Freedman sees community colleges as the best candidates to offer this new encore career pathway, since they already offer career training, can offer affordable classes and are wellconnected to local labor markets and employers. Financing transitions. Freedman wants to re-think the

way retirement assets are used by splitting savings into two buckets-one for lifetime security and the other invested to produce income that can help pay for a mid-life career transition. Some people already are using 529 education accounts and Roth IRAs for this purpose, but Civic Ventures has been advocating creation of a new type of savings vehicle to support midlife education called an Individual Purpose Account (IPA). IPAs could incorporate valuable features such as tax credits, employer matches and loan options. Volunteering as a pathway. The Serve America Act of 2009 funded a dramatic expansion of public service programs, and it envisioned national service “encore fellowships” to help people transition to public service in the non-profit sector, but the fellowships haven’t yet been funded. Some corporations are adding encore career programs, and some community colleges are starting programs.

Freedman still hopes the fellowship program will be funded and expanded. Does the push for encore careers make practical sense in a period of high unemployment and scarce jobs? Freedman argues that the new life stage he envisions involves “a long-term structural change in the shape of our lives, and it will include upturns and downturns in the economy. “And it’s not a zero-sum game of competition between the old and young for jobs. When we develop the new concept of this period of life and work, it’s something we’re doing not just for people at this juncture now, but for those who will live even longer later on.”

Mark Miller is the author of “The Hard Times Guide to Retirement Security: Practical Strategies for Money, Work and Living” (John Wiley & Sons/ Bloomberg Press, June 2010). Subscribe to Mark’s free weekly eNewsletter at Contact:



Is criticizing ‘fat people’ workplace harassment? Q. I work with a guy who has lost a lot of weight and now is constantly running down “disgusting fat people.” In every conversation, he brings up his healthy food choices and criticizes fat people. I’m overweight and starting to dread going to work. My coworker brings up the topic at every chance (even in front of clients). My husband says this is harassment. What can I do? A. Unfortunately, lots of people we work with will indeed hurt our feelings for multiple reasons. What you can do is make it clear to your co-worker that the “fat” conversation is over. Start by telling your co-worker you need some help with something and set up a private meeting to talk to him. Make the place where you meet neutral not your office or his. Also make sure your meeting spot is out of earshot of others. Tell your co-worker that you admire his self-discipline in taking care of his body and

making healthy food choices. Let him know that you can see he has enjoyed making these changes and is feeling enthusiastic a b o u t supporting everyone in wellness. Also tell him that you are certain he would not want to embarrass you or anyone else who is overweight by having conversations about fat people in front of you. The general tone of the conversation is to assume he has good intentions and to assume he is merely ignorant of the impact he is having. Even people who do intend to hurt your feelings will not want to openly admit to being malicious. Assuming innocence allows ignorant people to save face and malicious people to stop their bad behavior without taking a self-esteem hit.

I realize that after feeling tortured daily by this guy, you might secretly want to make him feel like a heel, but making him feel bad won’t guarantee anything but revenge. Instead, focus on letting him off the hook and getting a comfortable work environment. Finish your conversation with him by telling him that you know he wouldn’t want to undermine your effectiveness with clients by discussing weight issues in front of you. Thank him for ceasing to have these conversations with you about weight and focusing instead on work projects. If, despite your diplomatic approach, he continues to discuss fat people with you, don’t assume you have to put up with it. Ask him for another conversation and give him two

options: 1) He keeps his earlier commitment to stop discussing fat, or… 2) You’ll have to ask for assistance from your boss, because these conversations are distracting you from your job. My clients tell me that the best part of having interpersonal tools is realizing they are not powerless in the workplace. People who don’t learn people tools usually put up with problems and then blow up. They then learn the hard way that counterattacking just creates more conflict. If you can allow your co-worker to save face, he’ll have the incentive to change, and you can again look forward to going to work.

The last word(s) Q. I have a co-worker who is a yeller. I’m nearly developing panic attacks when I have to deal with him. Any easy fixes? A. Yes. Say,“Loud voice volume shuts down my thinking process. I need to think to work. Can you speak more softly, or should we meet again later?” Daneen Skube, Ph.D., executive coach, trainer, therapist and speaker, also appears as the FOX Channel’s “Workplace Guru” each Monday morning. She’s the author of “Interpersonal Edge: Breakthrough Tools for Talking to Anyone, Anywhere, About Anything” (Hay House, 2006). You can contact Dr. Skube at www. or 1420 NW Gilman Blvd., #2845, Issaquah, WA 98027. Sorry, no personal replies. (c) 2011 INTERPERSONAL EDGE







CALENDAR Continued from page 8 something totally crazy? This bimonthly session of silliness is for kids aged 6-9. Registration is required, so call the library at 815-725-0234.

MARCH 5 Storytime in English and Spanish. 11 a.m. at the Crest Hill Library, 1298 Theodore St. Storytime in English and Spanish includes stories, rhymes, fingerplays, and songs. This program lasts 30 minutes. Sign up in the Children’s Department or call 815-725-0234. Tiempo de cuentos en espanol y en ingles incluye la lectura, rimas, dramas de dedos, y canciones. El programa dura 30 minutos. Registrate en el Departmento de ninos o llame 815-725-0234.

MARCH 7 Monday Madness. 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Crest Hill Library, 1298 Theodore St. Will it be art, science, cooking, games, or something totally crazy? This bimonthly session of silliness is for kids aged 6-9. Registration is required, so call the library at 815-725-0234.

MARCH 8 Cirque du Freak Trivia Challenge. At the Crest Hill Library. Go head to head with other fans in the ultimate trivia challenge. Trivia will come from all the Cirque du Freak books and the 2009 movie “The Vampire’s Assistant.”

MARCH 12 Parishes on the Prairie. 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Crest Hill Library. The histories of parishes and their communities can be told through the role the church played in the lives of the Irish Catholic immigrants who settled and worked the I&M Canal. Join Dr. Eileen McMahon of Lewis University as she discusses Irish history along the Canal. For more information, contact the library at 815-725-0234.

MARCH 14 Magic Tree House Club. 4:305:30 p.m. at the Crest Hill Library, 1298 Theodore St.Where are Jack and Annie headed next? Follow them as they explore ancient worlds,distant lands,and amazing creatures. Each adventure will include crafts, activities, games, and more. Ages 6-9. Visit the

THE BUGLE/SENTINEL JANUARY 19, 2011 Children’s department or call 815-725-0234. to register.

MARCH 16 Shamrock festival. 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Crest Hill Library.Wear something green and come to the library for this Irish celebration. This event is for children from birth to 13 years of age. Parents or guardians should accompany any children under 8 years old.

MARCH 17 Tween book discussion. 4:305:30 p.m. Discuss No Talking by Andrew Clements. This program is just for kids age 9-12. Please register.

MARCH 21 Monday Madness. 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Crest Hill Library, 1298 Theodore St. Will it be art, science, cooking, games, or

something totally crazy? This bimonthly session of silliness is for kids aged 6-9. Registration is required, so call the library at 815-725-0234.

MARCH 24 Wii for kids. 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Crest Hill Library. Play video games like Mario Kart, Dance Dance Revolution, Mario Party, and Wii Sports on a big screen with your friends. For children 6


and up. Registration is required.

MARCH 28 Hair feathers. 6:30-8 p.m. at the Crest Hill Library. Sick of boring crafts that involve safety scissors and crayons? Sign up at the reference desk for this program, and learn to make beautiful feathered hair clips. This program is for grades 7-12. For more information contact the library at 815-725-0234.




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