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SEPTEMBER 23, 2010

Vol. 55 No. 48

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Boy Scouts celebrate 100 years of scouting The local Boy Scouts of America chapters celebrated their 100th anniversary at the Niles Village Hall. The event was attended by scouts and leaders from St. John Brebeuf Boy Scout Troop 175, Cub Scout Pack 175, St. Haralambos Boy Scout Troop 821, and Cub Scout Pack 821. Niles Mayor Robert Callero also attended the event. See more photos on Page 27.



Taking a walk through history in Park Ridge The Brickton Art Center’s “Not Your Average” House Walk included this 1890s Victorian home, which has been made into a combination home and gallery for its artist resident. The house contains a collection of art and sculptures from the resident’s favorite artists, as well as his own works. Other locations included a 1929 art deco styled house, several modern houses, and an energy efficient “green” house. Photos by Robert Bykowski/Staff photographer


‘Being an American’ essay contest opens U.S. high school students and their teachers are invited to compete for nearly $115,000 in prize money by participating in the Bill of Rights Institute’s fifth annual “Being an American” Essay Contest. Top prize winners and their teachers will also receive allexpenses paid trips to the nation’s capital. The largest high school essay contest in the country, awarding 180 students and teachers with cash prizes and attracting more than 50,000 essays last year, explores the rights and responsibilities of American citizenship. The contest is administered by the Bill of Rights Institute, a non-profit educational

organizationin the Washington, D.C. area devoted to educating children about the Constitution and Founding principles. The sponsors include the History Channel and the Stuart Family Foundation. “This contest is unique in that it gives students the opportunity to think about the important civic values communicated in our Founding documents, and embodied by American civic heroes,” said Dr. Jason Ross, Bill of Rights Institute Vice President of Education Programs. “This context is vital to helping students see their own acts of good citizenship as a meaningful part of the American experiment of self-government.” Specifically, students are

asked to share their thoughts on American citizenship by answering the following question: “What civic value do you believe is most essential to being an American?” The top three student winners and their teachers from each of the nine geographical regions will be announced at a special Washington, D.C. Awards Gala in the spring of 2011, where they will be awarded cash prizes of $5,000 (First Place), $1,000 (Second Place), and $500 (Third Place). The winning students will also explore the nation’s capital, meet contemporary American heroes and national leaders, and visit national landmarks. Additionally, the contest will

award 126 honorable mention prizes of $100 to seven students and their teachers from each region. “The contest not only honors and awards sponsoring teachers, but also equips them with free lesson plans and other supplemental materials that meet state and national academic standards so they can easily incorporate the essay contest into their classrooms,” said Being an American Essay Contest Director John Croft. Nearly 100,000 students have participated in the essay contest since it began in 2006. Now in its fifth year, the contest is the largest high school essay contest in the country. “The Being an American

Essay Contest is a wonderful way to awaken students’ interest in the ideas of the American Founding. The Stuart Family Foundation is honored to be one of the Contest’s supporters,” said Stuart Family Foundation Executive Director Truman Anderson. Complete contest details and eligibility information can be found online at www. Other information, including submission criteria, lesson plans and background information on the Constitution, Bill of Rights, Founders and other Americans who have contributed to America’s shared civic values, are available at www.

Disaster kits keep families safe during emergencies Disasters – natural and manmade – can happen anytime and anywhere and most people don’t have much time to respond. After a disaster, government officials and relief workers will be on the scene, but they can’t reach everyone immediately, and it may be hours, or days to receive help. September is National Emergency Preparedness Month and experts are taking the

opportunity to urge people to prepare for disasters before they strike. Authorities including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the American Red Cross strongly recommend assembling a home disaster kit to help deal with possible evacuation or home confinement. Emergency management professionals suggest that home disaster kits contain enough supplies to sustain all individuals

in a household for at least 72 hours, or three days. There are some basics that should be included in every home disaster kit including bottled water, non-perishable food for adults and children, first aid supplies, sanitation and hygiene supplies, a radio, flashlights, prescription medications, entertainment options and extra clothing. A home disaster kit should be stored in a secure, easy-

to-carry container such as a large covered garbage can, a camping backpack or a duffle bag. The kit container should be kept in a convenient place known to all family members. Stored water supplies and stored food should be rotated out every six months, and other kit items such as batteries and first aid supplies and medications need to be reconsidered each year.

Cari Selzer, R.N., M.S.N., an emergency medical services educator at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge has produced a brief video highlighting specific elements of a well-stocked home disaster kit. Selzer uses her own family’s kit to focus on what should be included, and how the supplies can be used. For more information visit

Maine South alumna takes the stage at Elmhurst College Hannah Johnson of Niles is a member of the ensemble in the Elmhurst College production of Steven Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd” beginning Thursday, September 30. The play is open to the public and will be performed at the College’s Mill Theatre, located at 253 Walter St., Elmhurst. Johnson, a junior theatre education major and 2008 graduate of Maine South High School, is the daughter of Eric and Lynn Johnson of Niles. Johnson has been involved in several theatrical productions at Elmhurst College, including Moon Over the Brewery, All in the Timing, Carousel, and Mother Hicks, and is also a member of Phi Mu and the

secretary of Theta Alpha Phi, the theatre recognition society. Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays, Sept. 30-Oct. 2, and Oct. 7-10. Curtain time for Thursday-Saturday performances is 8 p.m. On Sunday (Oct. 10), matinee curtain time is 2 p.m.   Directed by Janice Pohl,assistant professor of communication arts and sciences and director of the College theatre, the musical thriller“SweeneyTodd”combines horror and dark humor in the tale of an unjustly exiled barber who returns to 19-century London seeking revenge. A horrific and bloody tale, “Sweeney Todd” nevertheless has a wicked bit of fun. Each year, Elmhurst College Theatre works to create theatre

that engages both audiences and the College’s company of student and artist. The 2010-2011 school year is no exception, including

four main stage shows, four student-directed productions, and two dance concerts. With the addition of Light Opera and

Studio Showcases, Elmhurst College Theatre offers a full year of exciting and thoughtprovoking theatre.




and Rehabilitation Center, 6930 W. Touhy Ave. in Niles. Free educational program discussing the latest ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat stroke. Refreshments will be served after the program and all are welcome to attend. For more information or to register, call 847-647-0003 or online at www.saintbenedict.

Babytime. Continuous year round drop-in program for children ages birth to two years old with an adult. Includes stories, songs, fingerplays and an extended playtime afterward at 11 a.m. Mondays. For infants, 2 and under, at the Niles Public Library, 6960 West Oakton Street, 847-663-1234.


Rise & Shine Storytime. Drop in to hear some stories, sing some songs, and do some wiggling at 10 a.m. Thursdays. Children ages 2-6 with an adult; at the Niles Public Library, 6960 West Oakton Street, 847-663-1234. Get a library card. Do you have a library card? During September, you can refer a friend, neighbor or family member and receive a chance to win a pair of movie tickets for each Morton Grove resident who receives a library card as a result of your referral. There will be many winners of this drawing to be held October 1. Learn how easy it is to get a Morton Grove Public Library Card by going to: www.webrary. org/inside/cards.html or call 847-929-5103. Veterans History Project. The Morton Grove Library has partnered with the Morton Grove Historical Museum, American Legion Post 134, Morton Grove Family and Senior Services, and the North Shore Senior Center of Morton Grove in developing an oral history of veterans’ remembrances of wartime experiences and building the Museum’s collection of photographs, documents and artifacts. If you are interested in recording stories of military service, call 847-965-0203 to schedule an interview. Applications for volunteers are available through all five of the sponsoring organizations, and on the Village of Morton Grove’s website, www.mortongroveil. org Kay Cassidy Book Hunt. Love to read? Love to win? Niles Public Library Youth and Teen departments are joining in on the Kay Cassidy Scavenger Hunt ( hunt/). For more information ask at Youth Services and Readers’ Advisory desks, at the Niles Public Library, 6960 West Oakton Street, 847-663-1234

Battle of the Books. Join your school’s Battle of the Books team and compete at Niles Public Library! 4th to 6th grade students should contact their school to find out how to get on a team. Teams read from a list of 60 wonderful books selected by Youth Services librarians. During the Fall, teams will compete to see how well they remember characters and events in the books. At the Niles Public Library, 6960 West Oakton Street, 847-663-1234 Craft-in-a-Sack. Check out at least one book from the Niles Public Library, bring your checkout receipt to the Youth Services Desk and pick up a “craft-in-asack” beginning the 15th of each month (while supplies last). For more information, go online at or call 847663-1234.

SEPTEMBER 24 Feature film. “Billy Elliot” (2001, R, 111 min.) at 2 p.m. Drama, Cast: Julie Walters, Gary Lewis, Jamie Bell. Morton Grove Public Library, 6140 Lincoln Avenue, Morton Grove, 847-965-4220. Knights of Niles Chess Club. Starting at 3:45 p.m. at the Niles Public Library, learn and improve your skills with Mr. Chris. Must know how to move the pieces. Grades K-8. No registration necessary. For more information, go online at www.nileslibrary. org or call 847- 663-1234. Boy Scouts Pack Night. 7 p.m. at St. John Brebeuf Parish Ministry Center rooms A & B. 8301 N. Harlem Ave. Answering questions about Pack 175 and the scouting program in general. Applications will be available. For more information, visit the

pack website at www.pack175.

SEPTEMBER 25 Reptile ruckus. Children will be able to watch, touch, hold, feed and listen to Illinois frogs, toads, salamanders and more at 2 p.m. Each child will get a chance to hold the frogs, from tiny spring peepers to big bullfrogs. You will also meet Blinky, a special and rare gray tree frog. For ages 5-12 at the Morton Grove Public Library, 6140 Lincoln Avenue, Morton Grove, 847-965-4220. Family Big-Screen Movies. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid “(PG, 93 minutes) (NR): at 2pm, drop in to the Niles Public Library for a bigscreen movie and a little snack. For more information, go online at or call 847- 663-1234. Pasta and meatball dinner. 6 p.m. at St. Isaac Jogues on 8149 Gold Rd. in Niles. Cost is $7 per person. Event takes place in the Holy Family room. For more information or to buy advance tickets call Mary at 847-966-9679 or visit the rectory.

SEPTEMBER 26 Beatles Trivia Challenge. From 2-4 p.m. at the Niles Public Library. Test your knowledge of all things Fab Four with Beatles historian and pop culture expert Walter Podrazik. To register or for more information, go online at or call 847- 663-1234. St. John Brebeuf Milestone Reunion. From 7-11 p.m. SJB welcomes the classes of 2000, 1995, 1990, 1985, 1980, 1975, 1970, and 1965 to celebrate milestone reunions. Cost is $25 per person.For more information,

call 847-966-3266.

SEPTEMBER 27 Read to the Rainbow Dogs. Your child can practice reading to a certified therapy dog from the Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy Foundation at 7 p.m. Come in or call to sign up for a turn with one of the dogs. Bring what you want to read or we will have a selection to choose from to read to our four-legged friends. At the Morton Grove Public Library, 6140 Lincoln Avenue, Morton Grove, 847-965-4220.

SEPTEMBER 28 Feature film. “A River Runs Through It” (1992, PG, 124 min.) at 11:30 a.m. Drama, Cast: Craig Sheffer, Brad Pitt, Tom Skerritt. Morton Grove Public Library, 6140 Lincoln Avenue, Morton Grove, 847-965-4220. Book Discussions. “Crossing to Safety” by Wallace Stegner at 7 p.m. at Morton Grove Public Library, 6140 Lincoln Avenue, Morton Grove, 847-965-4220. In spite of their class and personality differences, two married couples share a close friendship that starts during the Depression and spans several decades. eBay 101: Selling Basics. from 7-8:30 p.m. eBay University Instructor Jack Waddick will explain how to sell items on eBay in this free class. This lively session will include real time demonstrations on eBay. com and plenty of time for your questions.To register or for more information, go online at www. or call 847- 6631234.

SEPTEMBER 30 The Facts about Strokes. At 2 p.m. at St. Benedict Nursing

Workforce Investment Act Orientation. 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Morton Grove Library, 6140 Lincoln Ave. Learn about what services are available through the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, and what assistance you qualify for while searching for a job. To register, go to http:// Beginning Mouse Workshop. 2 p.m. at the Morton Grove Public Library, 6140 Lincoln Ave. in Morton Grove. How to use a computer mouse, for those with little or no experience with computers. To register, call the Reference Services Desk at 847929-5101.

OCTOBER 2 Introduction to Fly Fishing. Chicago Fly Fishers Club members will host a presentation from 1 to 3 p.m. explaining everything you always wanted to know about fly fishing, and will demonstrate how to tie a “wooly bugger, used for catching all species of fish. Be sure to enter the drawing for a box of handtied flies to use on your next fishing trip. Morton Grove Public Library, 6140 Lincoln Avenue, Morton Grove, 847-965-4220. Harvest Fest. 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Morton Grove Farmers Market, 8930 Waukegan. Festival will include live music, hay rides, fire trucks and police cars for children to investigate, Guitar Hero, food for sale, and more. For more information, visit www.

OCTOBER 3 Spice Seminar: Patty and Tom Erd. 2 p.m. at the Morton Grove Public Library, 6140 Lincoln Ave. in Morton Grove. The history of the spice trade reveals fascinating tales of piracy, adventures, and wars fought to control spices. Patty and Tom Erd will share historical information, anecdotes, and entertaining tales. See EVENTS, page 6


Financial review program can help determine housing options “What You Should Know About Your Finances Before You Move”, a program that will help you review the important financial information that can help you determine which senior housing options are the best for your personal situation, will be presented at The Summit of Uptown, 10 N. Summit (at Touhy) in Park Ridge, Thursday, Oct. 7, at 11 a.m. Speaker Bradley Dennison, MBA, Financial Advisor Summit Group, LLC, will talk about how having the information handy can not only relieve anxiety, but also may help determine which

housing options are the best financial fit for you. There is no charge for the program which includes lunch. For further information or reservations which are required by Tuesday, Oct. 5, call 847825-1161 Ext. 131. Guests are encouraged to arrive early or stay late for tours of the newly renovated retirement community. Parking is available in The Summit’s garage, the City’s Central Parking Lot and the Uptown lot across the street. For a list of other entertaining events at Summit, visit www.



EVENTS Continued from page 4 Registration is required, call 847929-5101.

OCTOBER 5 Mail Merge with Word 2007. 7 p.m. at the Morton Grove Public Library. Learn to create documents, letters, mailing lists, envelopes, and labels for mailing. To register, call the Reference Services Desk at 847-929-5101.

OCTOBER 6 Mother/Daughter Book Group. 7-8 p.m. “The Doll People” by Ann M. Martin Bring your mother (aunt, grandmother, neighbor, older sister, teacher) with you for a discussion. Register to be part of the group and pick up your own free copy of the book at the Youth Services Desk. Refreshments will be served. For 3rd and 4th grade girls. Limit: 10. At the Morton Grove Public Library, 847-965-4220. Getting Started on the Web Part 1. 10 a.m. at the Morton Grove Public Library, 6140 Lincoln Ave. in Morton Grove. Attendees will get a basic understanding of the internet and its related terminology and explore the basics of a web browser. To register, call the Reference Services Desk at 847929-5101.

OCTOBER 7 Sharing Photos Online with Flickr. 10 a.m. at the Morton Grove Public Library. Learn to upload, tag, and share photos online. Must have Yahoo! E-mail account before registering. To register, call the Reference Services Desk at 847-929-5101.

OCTOBER 9 Senior Health and Wellness. Attention senior adults and family members: Come to the Morton Grove Senior Center, 6140 Dempster Street, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to get information about senior adult health, housing, and retirement. You can talk to vendors and service providers, participate in health screenings, pick up literature to take home, and attend seminars. For further information, call the North Shore Senior Center of Morton Grove at 847-470-5223. TechSavvy Saturday. “Shaking the Family Tree: Tips and Tools

for Researching Your Family History,” at 10 a.m. Learn about pedigree charts, family group sheets and other tools to help get you started researching your family history in this introductory workshop. Morton Grove Public Library, 6140 Lincoln Avenue, Morton Grove, 847-965-4220. Meet the “Threetles”. From 2-4 p.m.come join us for a celebration of John Lennon’s Birthday with a very special performance by the amazingly talented Threetles, Eric Howell, Michael Mahler, and Frank Canino. These ‘three cool cats’ will bring their guitars, spirit and love of all things Beatles to the Niles Library “café.” Come sing along with the fabulous Threetles! To register or for more information, go online at or call 847- 663-1234.

OCTOBER 11 Getting Stated on Facebook. 10 a.m. at the Morton Grove Public Library. Learn how to set up an account, select privacy settings, find friends, and update your status. To register, call the Reference Services Desk at 847929-5101. Rope Warrior. 2 p.m. at the Morton Grove Public Library, 6140 Lincoln Ave. in Morton Grove. Guinness World Record Holder David Fisher will demonstrate jump rope tricks and give the audience an opportunity to challenge him to attempt some of his stunts. Introduction to Powerpoint 2007. 2 p.m. at the Morton Grove Public Library. Learn to create,edit,and save presentation slides using text, photos, clip art, and more. To register, call the Reference Services Desk at 847929-5101. Read to the Rainbow Dogs. 7 p.m. at the Morton Grove Public Library, 6140 Lincoln Ave. in Morton Grove. Children can practice reading to a certified therapy dog from the Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy Foundation. Come in or call 847965-4220 to sign up for a turn with one of the dogs. Bring a book or choose from the library’s selection.

OCTOBER 12 You Can’t Google This! 2 the Morton Grove Public Library. Learn about the many different online resources accessible from

home or the library. To register, call the Reference Services Desk at 847-929-5101.

OCTOBER 13 Getting Started on the Web Part 2. 10 a.m. at the Morton Grove Public Library, 6140 Lincoln Ave. in Morton Grove. A follow-up to Part 1 (Oct. 6). Learn how to navigate between webpages, evaluate information you find on the web, and do simple searches using Google. To register, call the Reference Services Desk at 847-929-5101.

OCTOBER 14 Setting up a Gmail Account. 10 a.m. at the Morton Grove Public Library. Learn to register for a free e-mail account and how to compose and send e-mail messages.

OCTOBER 15 Introduction to Word 2007. 2 p.m. Learn to create, format, proof, prints, and save documents in Word 2007.To register, call the Reference Services Desk at 847929-5101.

OCTOBER 17 History and personal narrative of Japanese Internment. 2 p.m. at the Morton Grove Public Library. Jean Mishiima and Richard Hidaka from the Chicago Japanese American Historical Society present a slide show about the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and their own experiences in the camps. Co-sponsored by the Morton Grove Historical Society.

energy assistance, property tax assistance, food stamps, subsidized housing, and Social Security; at the Morton Grove Public Library, 6140 Lincoln Avenue, (847) 965-4220. Concert by New Beginnings Chorus. 11:30 the Morton Grove Public Library, 6140 Lincoln Ave. in Morton Grove. Contemporary women’s choral group will play popular songs as well as new arrangements of favorite standards and Broadway show tunes. You Can’t Google This Either! 2 p.m. at the Morton Grove Public Library. Follow up to You Can’t Google This! (Oct. 12). Learn more about the online resources accessible from home or the library. To register, call the Reference Services Desk at 847929-5101.

OCTOBER 20 Haunted History. Doors open at 12 p.m. at the Park Ridge Senior Center. Terry Lynch plays “Old Hank” the haunted train conductor and tells chilling tales of the historical hauntings of the Midwest. Fee is $14 and includes lunch from Portillo’s. Reservations can be made by members of the Park Ridge Senior Center. Scrabble and Chess for Adults. 2-4 p.m. at the Morton Grove Public Library, 6140 Lincoln Ave. in Morton Grove. Friendly, noncompetitive games of chess and Scrabble. Light refreshments will be served.



Do More with Powerpoint 2007. 2 p.m. at the Morton Grove Public Library. Learn to add tables and hyperlinks, use transitions and animations, and create a customized template slide. To register, call the Reference Services Desk at 847929-5101.

Book Discussions. “The Senator’s Wife” by Sue Miller at 10 a.m. at Morton Grove Public Library, 6140 Lincoln Avenue, Morton Grove, 847-965-4220. The lives of two political wives converge in this dual family drama when two women realize they have more in common than just politics.

OCTOBER 19 Benefits CheckUp. Senior Resource Specialist Sharon Belloff from the Council for Jewish Elderly (CJE) will provide free and confidential Benefits CheckUps, information assistance, and advocacy on issues important to adults age 60 and over, and referrals for younger adults from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Find out about eligibility for Medicare savings, Medicare Part D subsidy, prescription drugs,

OCTOBER 22 Do More with Word 2007. 2 p.m. at the Morton Grove Public Library. Follow-up to the Introduction to Word 2007 class (Oct. 15). Learn page layouts, templates, columns, headers, and more. To register, call the Reference Services Desk at 847929-5101.

OCTOBER 23 Electronics Recycling. From

9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Public Works Service Center, 400 Busse Hwy in Park Ridge. There is a $5 fee per car, but participants will receive a $5 coupon for participating Chamber members. For more information, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 847-825-3121 Southern Vintage Treats. 2 p.m. at the Morton Grove Public Library, 6140 Lincoln Ave. in Morton Grove. Cooking demonstration based on the book The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Participants will receive recipes for treats such as coconut cake and pralines. Registration is required.

OCTOBER 25 Read to the Rainbow Dogs. 7 p.m. at the Morton Grove Public Library,6140 LincolnAve.,Morton Grove. Children can practice reading to a certified therapy dog from the Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy Foundation. Come in or call 847-965-4220 to sign up for a turn with one of the dogs. Bring a book or choose from the library’s selection. Introduction to Excel 2007. 7 p.m. Learn fundamental spreadsheet skills: opening a worksheet, entering/editing data, and simple formatting.To register, call the Reference Services Desk at 847-929-5101.

OCTOBER 26 Book Discussions. “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett at 7 p.m. at Morton Grove Public Library, 6140 Lincoln Avenue, Morton Grove, 847-965-4220. While home from college, a young woman gathers the stories of black women in civil rights-era Mississippi. Employment Power Workshop. 9:30-4:30 p.m. at the Morton Grove Public Library. All day workshop provided by coaches from Illinois WorkNet. Must bring own lunch, coffee and water provided. For additional information about Illinois WorkNet, call 847-864-3530 or go to

OCTOBER 27 Getting Started on the Web Part 3. 10 a.m. at the Morton Grove Public Library. Followup to Part 2 (October 6). Learn how to use a variety of tools to improve and control searches. To register, call the Reference Services Desk at 847-929-5101.




Your Views Thoughts about a new library Let me begin by saying that I am not against books; nor am I against libraries (particularly because I am a frequent user of the Morton Grove Library). I am also a member of the Friends of the Morton Grove Library. What I am against is spending the money of Morton Grove’s residents unnecessarily. I am sure many people would like a new library. I myself would like a new library! However, I believe we must ask ourselves a couple of questions. First, is a new library really necessary? Second, if so, is this the appropriate time to be making a large capital expenditure? (i.e.

meaning increased property taxes during perilous economic times). The publisher of the Oxford Dictionary in a recent Chicago Sun-Times article (dated September 3, 2010), stated that they may not publish a printed edition of their dictionary next year. The company found that they sold only 30,000 of their printed editions while they had 2 million online subscribers! Looking to the future, in my opinion, more and more publishers will be moving to e-books and online models for the simple reason that it is more profitable. I think it would be wonderful if our library board would work towards embracing this model.

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I believe one of the library board’s missions should be to save the taxpayers’ money, not to spend it on a magnificent new building that may not be necessary. Jim Verhunce Morton Grove

National Take-Back Day Dear Editor: Saturday, September 25th is National Take-Back Day. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and state and local law enforcement officials have organized collection sites nationwide to take back unused, unwanted, or expired over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription drugs.

The designated collection site for Park Ridge and surrounding areas will be at the Park Ridge Farmers’ Market, located at 23 S. Prairie Street, from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 25, 2010. Leftover prescription and OTC drugs present a public health hazard, given the potential for accidental poisoning, abuse, and overdose. They can also pose environmental hazards from unsafe disposal. Prescription drug abuse by teens and young adults is a serious problem in the United States. As reported in the Partnership for a Drug Free America’s annual tracking study: • 1 in  5 teens has abused a prescription pain medication • 1 in  5 report abusing

prescription stimulants and tranquilizers • 1 in 10 has abused cough medication People who abuse prescription drugs can easily find them on the shelf and in the cabinet of their family home or a friend’s home. We encourage residents to take advantage of this opportunity to keep children and other family members safe. Please dispose of your old medications properly and at no cost by bringing them to the Farmers’ Market on September 25th. Consider telling a friend or colleague about the Take-Back Day, too. Margaret Polovchak director, Maine Community Youth Assistance Foundation

The Forgotten Man Is the TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party a refuge for kooks and nuts? The philosophy behind the movement has been with us since America has been a country. It is the belief that government shouldn’t interfere in the life and affairs of human beings. To this end we gave ourselves a Constitution — a contract between the people and our government. A contract isn’t to be broken, it is to be honored. But, something happened on the way to the present day. Conniving weasels looked to our government and decided that it could be had for loot and power. This didn’t just start in the 20th century under the Progressives and FDR, it started almost at the beginning when people began asking for special favors and privileges to be granted by the government and paid for by someone else’s

money. In an attempt to marginalize the modern TEA Party movement they’ve been branded racists and worse. I believe instead that they are good and honorable people. They are America. Is it racist to insist that visitors to our country respect our laws and conventions? Is it bigoted to not want to be cheated when trying to help? Is it kooky to expect our representatives, our “public servants”, to keep our best interests in mind as they work for us? What illegal immigrant wouldn’t be in a fury if Americans by the millions entered their country, ignored its laws, forged its documents, stole identities, and wasted its resources all the while without any sense of gratitude or loyalty for the largesse? What welfare recipient would explode with rage at being cheated and tricked? When I shop at Aldi’s and watch someone pay with a LINK welfare card, only to pack their groceries into a late model Mercedes SUV I feel cheated. Nobody likes a leach and a con.

Which of our elected officials would tolerate a thief as a financial advisor or a conman for a helper? Yet, we pay over $1 million/ mile to pave roads? Why does it take five guys to watch one guy dig a hole? The TEA Party is simply people fed up with paying the way and being overlooked. They’re tired of being treated like saps and dupes so the political class can live like kings.That’s why there’s such an anti-incumbent mood. You’ve had your chance. Make way for somebody new to try and get it right. Who, then, is he who provides it all? Go and find him and you will have once more before you The Forgotten Man. . . . The Forgotten Man is delving away in patient industry, supporting his family, paying his taxes, casting his vote, supporting the church and the school, reading his newspaper, and cheering for the politician of his admiration, but he is the only one for whom there is no provision in the great scramble and the big divide. - William Graham Sumner (1883)



National merit scholarship semifinalists chosen Five Maine Township High School District 207 students have earned the distinction of being named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists. The five are Michael Clarke, Nora Elderkin, Christina McGuire and Andrew Salomon from Maine South and Catherine Cwieka from Maine East. The National Merit Scholarship program involves competition for recognition and scholarships. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Of the 1.5 million students who enter the competition nationally each year, only about 50,000 — those with the highest PSAT/ NMSQT Selection Index scores (critical reading + mathematics + writing skills scores) qualify for recognition. In early September, about 16,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers, are notified that they have qualified as Semifinalists.  To ensure that academically able young people from all parts of the United States are included in this talent pool, Semifinalists are designated

on a state representational basis. Which means that District 207’s five Semifinalists are among the highest scoring entrants in Illinois. In February, some 15,000 Semifinalists will be notified by mail that they have advanced to Finalist standing.  To become a Finalist, a Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the school principal, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier qualifying test performance. The Semifinalist and a school official must submit a

detailed scholarship application, which includes the student’s self-descriptive essay and information about participation and leadership in school and community activities. All winners of Merit Scholarship awards will be chosen from the Finalist group, based on their abilities, skills, and accomplishments. Beginning in March and continuing to mid-June, the National Merit Scholarship Corp. will notify approximately 8,400 Finalists that they have been selected to receive a Merit Scholarship award. These awards

are of three types: National Merit $2,500 scholarships, which are awarded without consideration of family financial circumstances, college choice, major, or career plans;Corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards; and Collegesponsored Merit Scholarship awards. Merit Scholarship awards are supported by some 450 independent sponsors and by NMSC’s own funds. Sponsor organizations include corporations and businesses, company foundations, professional associations, and colleges and universities.


Jocks vs. Nerds Day 6 p.m. Powder Puff game on football field 7 p.m. Fall Band Concert in Auditorium

District 219 Niles North College info night Niles North freshmen and their parents are invited to attend a College Information Night from 7 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 4 at Niles North High School, 9800 Lawler, Skokie. The program will cover: graduation requirements, the college-bound student, what colleges are looking for, athletics, volunteer and community service, and high school transcripts. The program will be held in Room 1200 and conducted by College and Career Counselor Jodie Faltynski and District 219 National College Advisor Jerry Pope.

Niles North Homecoming Schedule Get ready for a Viking Masquerade, when Niles North High School celebrates its 2010 Homecoming festivities held the week of Oct. 11. Watch as the junior girls battle the senior girls during the Powder Puff game held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12 on the football field. The Fall Sports Fling, held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14 will feature performances by the Vikettes and Cheerleaders, choreographed to sports-themed songs played by the band, under the direction of Niles North football coach Scott Smith. The community is invited

to cheer on the participants and colorful floats in the Homecoming Parade that will begin at 6 p.m. in the North lot of the school on Oct. 15 and proceed down Lawler to the football field. The Niles North Vikings will take on the Maine West Warriors with the Sophomore team playing at 4:30 p.m. and the Varsity game at 7 p.m. All Niles North High School alumni are invited to visit the Alumni Tent beginning at 6 p.m. for a hamburger or hotdog. After the game, a colorful fireworks show will be held (weather permitting). The Homecoming dance will be held from 8 to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16 in the gym (photos begin at 7 p.m.) All events take place at Niles North High School, 9800 Lawler, Skokie. A detailed schedule of Homecoming events follows: Monday, Oct. 11

No School

Tuesday, Oct. 12

Tie-Dye Day 7 p.m. Powder Puff Game on football field Wednesday, Oct. 13

Pajama Day 5 p.m. Girls Volleyball (FB/JV) vs. Glenbrook North 6 p.m. Girls Volleyball (FA/V) vs. Glenbrook North Thursday, Oct. 14

Steve Urkel Day 6 p.m. Fall Sports Fling

Friday, October 15

Purple and White Day 4:30 p.m. Football (S) vs. Maine West 6 p.m. Homecoming Parade 6 p.m. Alumni Tent 7 p.m. Football (V) vs. Maine West After the game: Fireworks Saturday, Oct. 16

9 a.m. Football (FA) vs. Maine West 9:30 a.m. Boys and Girls Cross Country at Niles West invite 7 p.m. Photos before Homecoming Dance 8-10:30 p.m. Homecoming Dance

Math teacher at state conference Niles North High School math teacher David Ruth will give a presentation entitled “AP Computer Science Projects” at the 61st annual Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference held Oct. 15 and 16 in Springfield, Illinois. Ruth will showcase two videogame projects for Advanced Placement Computer Science students. One game is a twoplayer Tron LightCycle game and the other is a simple Super Mario-style platform game. Both games can be completed with less than 75 lines of Java code (starting with a 50 line

Niles West Homecoming Schedule Join the Niles West Wolves as they celebrate Homecoming 2010 the week of Oct. 18. Kicking off the fun-filled festivities, the junior and senior girls will battle it out at the annual Powder Puff football game held at 6 p.m on Wednesday, Oct. 20 on the football field. On Friday, Oct. 22, clubs and groups will participate in constructing colorful floats at 4 p.m. in the Niles West Student Parking Lot. On Saturday, Oct. 23, the community is invited to line the streets of Skokie to watch the Niles West Marching Band and festive floats in the Homecoming parade which leaves Niles West at 11 a.m. and proceeds through downtown Skokie. Alumni from Niles West are invited to stop in the Alumni Tent for some refreshments at 1 p.m.The Varsity football team will take the field at 1 p.m. against Waukegan. Niles West High School is at 5701 Oakton, Skokie. A detailed schedule of Homecoming events follows: Monday, Oct. 18

Late Start, Pajama Day

Tuesday, October 19

Black Out Day German Exchange students from Bruchsal, Germany visit Wednesday, Oct. 20

Thursday, Oct. 21

Middle School Day 5 p.m. Girls Volleyball vs. Glenbrook South 7 p.m. Juniors “Putting the Pieces Together” presentation in Auditorium 7:30 p.m. Fall Orchestra Concert in Auditorium Friday, Oct. 22

Class Competition Day 4 p.m. Float Construction Fest in Student Parking Lot: DJ, Food, Obstacle Course Saturday, Oct. 23

9 a.m. Football (FA) vs. Waukegan 10:30 a.m. Football (S) vs. Waukegan 12 p.m. Alumni Tent Opens 11 a.m. Homecoming Parade through downtown Skokie. Route: Starts at Niles West, then east on Oakton Street to Niles Avenue. Left at Niles Avenue to Niles Center Road. Right on Niles Center Road to Main Street. West on Main Street to Gross Point Road. South on Gross Point Road to South Parking Lot of Niles West. 1 p.m. Football (Varsity) vs. Waukegan Half-time: Niles West Marching Band performs. 7:30 p.m. Homecoming Dance “A Black Tie Affair”



Try natural solutions for good night’s sleep By Shawna Page Naturally

There’s nothing worse than not being able to fall sleep. Insomnia is a common concern among pre-menopause and menopausal women, affecting up to 56 percent of women. Difficulty falling asleep, waking up too early, awakening during the night, or waking feeling tired are the characteristic features of insomnia. For some women, the hot flashes caused by hormonal changes during menopause can disrupt sleep. For others, insomnia may be triggered by stress, diet, medications or poor sleep habits. Regardless of the cause, a lack of sleep can take a toll on your health. The optimum amount of sleep required is thought to be between seven and nine hours nightly. Getting less than six

hours is associated with health problems, such as memory loss, poor concentration, depression, headache, irritability, increased response to stress, high blood pressure, depressed immune function, low libido and weight gain. There are a few dietary strategies that can improve sleep. Try a light snack before bed of a food that contains tryptophan. This amino acid stimulates the release of serotonin and makes you feel sleepy.Examples include: turkey, chicken, soy foods, whole grain crackers or cereal. A warm glass of milk is an oldtime remedy for sleep and there is some basis to this. Milk contains certain proteins that aid sleep and the calcium in milk helps promote muscle relaxation. Caffeine (coffee, tea, pop, and chocolate) can affect sleep quality, and should be avoided

8 hours before bedtime. While alcohol may help you fall asleep, it causes nighttime wakening and reduces sleep quality, so minimize or avoid it completely. Go easy on sugary foods (cookies, candy) especially in the evening as these foods can cause a sugarrush and affect your ability to fall asleep.

Good sleeping tips Set aside at least 7 to 8 hours for sleep. Leaving only 5 or 6 hours may make you feel stressed and impact your ability to fall asleep. Establish a regular bed and wake time and try to follow this routine even on the weekends. Do relaxing activities before bedtime: read a book, listen to relaxing music or have a warm bath. Reserve your bedroom for intimacy and sleep only; don’t work in the bedroom.

Make your bedroom dark, quiet and comfortable. Exercise regularly early in the day. Vigorous activity in the evening can be stimulating and impair sleep. Don’t smoke - nicotine is a stimulant and impairs your ability to fall asleep and have a restful sleep. Consider acupuncture, massage, yoga and meditation to promote relaxation Prescription sedatives should only be used when all else fails as they are addictive and cause numerous side effects, including impairment in short term memory.

found in green tea,which reduces stress, promotes relaxation and improves sleep. Melatonin: a hormone naturally secreted by the brain that regulates our sleep/wake cycles. Supplements can help reduce the time needed to fall asleep, reduce nighttime wakening and improve sleep quality.Please note you should never take melatonin for long periods of time. Natural sleeping aids can help without the side effects that prescription sleeping pills can. Please check with your doctor before adding these supplements to your regimen.

Natural sleeping aids

Shawna Page is Naturally Savvy’s natural supplements and lifestyle expert. is a website that educates people on the benefits of living a natural, organic and green lifestyle. For more information and to sign up for their newsletter, visit www.

5-HTP: 5-hydroxytryptophan increases serotonin and melatonin levels which promotes relaxation and better sleep. L-theanine: an amino acid



Getting back to ‘root’ of autumn flavors Some of the most typical savory flavors of autumn are those of root vegetables. Just like the season itself, roots are earthy, rich and full-flavored, with a hint of sweetness, and those qualities seem to sustain us all as the days grow darker and cooler. That’s why I love to cook with roots at this time of year.As much as possible, I make them part of main courses, whether they’re a simple side of sauteed carrots or pureed potatoes, or part of the main dish itself, as in a stew full of potatoes, carrots, parsnips, turnips, sweet potatoes, and onions.

The onion is probably the root we rely on most of all. Usually, it plays the role of flavoring, contr ibuting to a recipe’s o v e r a l l p e r s o n a l i t y. Sometimes, however, onions actually become a featured player in a main dish that highlights their natural combination of pungency and sweetness. Such a role works especially well for a dinner in autumn, when

we especially crave foods that deliver robust satisfaction. For a good example of what I mean, look no further than my recipe for Pork Chops with Caramelized Onions. One of my all-time autumn favorites, it complements the natural sweetness of tender, meaty pork with that of onions, which have been sauteed until their sugars caramelize - a quality emphasized by the addition of maple syrup to enhance their deep, rich seasonal color and flavor.The caramelized onions not only season the meat while it cooks but also become a combination of vegetable and

sauce, adding to the pleasure delivered by every bite of pork. For the best results, I buy the pork chops as a single four-bone rack to cook whole, which keeps the meat juicier.Whether you get it from a specialty shop or your supermarket meat department, ask the butcher to leave a little fat on the rack, which will not only baste the meat while it cooks but also turn crispy and delicious. To keep it from drying out, cook the meat just until it is done medium, registering 160 degrees F.on an instant-read thermometer. Then, before you cut it into

chops, let it rest for about 10 minutes, during which time the hot juices will settle back into the meat and the residual heat will continue cooking the meat to perfect doneness. The recipe as I give it here works perfectly to serve four people. But I have to admit that when I’m preparing it for my family at home I’ll make as much as twice that quantity.The reason is simple. The next day, I’ll slice the leftover meat from the bones and combine it with the cold caramelized onions as the filling for the most delicious autumn sandwiches you can imagine.

PORK CHOPS WITH CARAMELIZED MAPLE ONIONS Serves 4 2-pound pork rack with 4 bones attached Salt Freshly ground black pepper 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 large yellow onions, sliced 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh ginger 1/2 stick cinnamon 1 whole star anise 1/4 cup pure maple syrup 2 cups apple cider About 20 minutes before cooking, season the pork rack all over with salt and pepper. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Meanwhile, in a large, heavy skillet over high heat, heat the olive oil. Add the pork rack and sear it on all sides until browned, 7 to 10 minutes. Set aside. In the same skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onions, ginger, cinnamon, and star anise. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are golden brown, about 10 minutes. Add the maple syrup and cook, stirring, until the onions are a deep caramel brown, about 2 minutes. Add the cider to the skillet and stir and scrape with a wooden spoon to deglaze the pan deposits. Continue cooking, stirring frequently, until the liquid has reduced by about half, about 5 minutes longer. Adjust the seasonings to taste with salt and pepper. Put the pork in a shallow roasting pan. Spoon enough of the oven mixture over the pork to cover it completely, reserving the rest of the onions. Roast in the preheated oven until the meat reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees F. on an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat, not touching bone, about 40 minutes total. About halfway through that cooking time, spoon the remaining onions over the meat. Remove the roast from the oven, cover loosely with aluminum foil, and leave to rest for 10 minutes. To serve, use a sharp carving knife to cut the roast between the bones into 4 equal chops. Place them on individual serving plates, spooning onions and juices from the pan over each chop. (c) 2010 WOLFGANG PUCK WORLDWIDE, INC.

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Maple syrup enhances the rich flavor of the onions.



THE BUGLE SEPTEMBER 23, 2010 1 Squabble

39 Fabrication

14 Tramp

42 Doctrine

5 Waned 10 Close to closed 15 Nurse Barton

18 Best Actor, “On Golden Pond” 20 Styles

22 Ryan or Tatum

23 Gave medical aid to 24 Concise

26 Actor Beatty

28 Scrap of food 31 Shies 34 Jokers

35 Classic

beginning? 36 Forestry tools 37 See 27D

38 Yemen capital

Look before you leap this week. Take care not to go with your first instinct regarding a situation, as there may be more than meets the eye. Get all the details before getting involved or risk making a grave error.

Kick back for a well-earned day of rest and relaxation. Leave business matters for the coming week, but for today just concentrate on doing the things that you most enjoy. Put off spending for a day or two.

Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones. Do not be overly critical of others as it is quite likely to come back to you in kind. Maintain an air of civility toward others and avoid confrontation this week.

Don Corleone kept his friends close, but his enemies closer. This may work in the movies, but in real life this week, it is wiser to steer clear of a nemesis and avoid conflicts. Life is just much easier that way.

Those who cannot swim should not venture into deep water. Make sure that you are well-prepared before starting a new project this week or you may find that you have bitten off far more than you can chew.

Wrong is still wrong no matter how many people tell you it’s right. Let common sense prevail over mob rule and try to influence others in the right direction. Take charge of the situation and assert your leadership abilities this week.

Be the voice of reason. Tensions can be easily soothed through a kind word or two. Maintain a positive attitude, but don’t let insincerity get to you. Diplomacy is key to making your proverbial ship sail smoothly this week.

Keep your teammates involved. Going off on your own and doing it all yourself might get the job done, but it could also bruise some egos in the process in the coming week. Get everyone involved and make it a group effort.

You can’t do everything at once. Prioritize tasks this week and make sure that you focus on what is really important before attempting lesser projects. Keep a friendly perspective to avoid friction with colleagues.

Knowledge is golden. Don’t tackle any new projects or tasks this week without knowing exactly what you are doing. Just because something seems easy doesn’t mean it is. Be prepared for all possible results.

Turn the other cheek. You may find people combative and irritable this week and you should do your best to lighten the mood. A close friend may need to lean on you for advice and guidance.

Use the soft-sell approach to your advantage. Don’t abuse your authority by making demands and barking orders. This week, be open-minded and receptive to the ideas of others to achieve harmony.

32 WWII alliance 33 Best Actor, “Cat

4 Best Actor, “Philadelphia”

34 Guarded 37 Whirring sound

5 Repeated

44 Vim 45 Mimicry

47 Mrs. FDR

51 Item with strings attached? 53 Surmounted

6 Mix together

7 Prohibits 8 Make a blunder 9 Actress Doris 10 Do penance


38 Best Actor, “Scent of a Woman”

40 While away 41 Clairvoyant 44 More than sufficient

11 Best Actress, “Coming Home”

46 Promontory 47 Occurrence

59 Looks __

Alan 13 Tangible

49 Man from Muscat 50 Coty and

61 Dispatched

21 Residents of: suff. 24 Tours topper

51 Summer coolers 52 Peel

27 With 37A, Best

55 Snooze

54 Best Actor, “Separate Tables” 57 Terrible czar? 58 Ireland

“Annie Get Your Gun”

1 Stream of light 2 __ bear 3 Invective

43 Quarry

16 Story 17 Grad

27 Howard of

40 View 41 Quench

everything 60 Hawaiian goose 62 Celebration 63 Medical suffix

12 “Paper Lion” star

19 Thwarts

25 Cincinnati nine

Actress, “Misery”

29 Stink 30 Inflection

31 Island east of Java

48 Church areas


53 Ended

56 One of the



Last Week’s Answers Jumbles: TYING TEMPO IMPEDE FASTEN Answer: A good way for an amateur carpenter to build a staircase - ONE STEP AT A TIME


INSIDE: Maine South takes fourth, Niles North grabs fifth at Maine East Girls Volleyball Invitational, page 11-13



Dons pull off remarkable comeback By Rob Valentin Sports editor

Down 11 points in the fourth quarter, Notre Dame looked dead in the water Friday night as Benet took over after a fourth down stop on defense. But the Dons kept saying a key word to each other on the sideline: Believe.

FOOTBALL Notre Dame never stopped believing and somehow, someway they pulled off a most improbable 35-31 East Suburban Catholic Conference victory in Niles. “We had the best week of practice we’ve ever had,” running back Connor Thomas said. “ We talked about belief a lot and Coach (Mike Hennessey) preached belief. That’s what we did. We believed and we won.” Notre Dame (3-1, 1-1) actually led 14-12 late in the third quarter but two long Benet touchdown passes gave the Redwings (2-2, 0-2) a 25-14 lead with 11:29 to play in the fourth quarter. The Dons got great field position on the ensuing kickoff thanks to a long return by Conner Gavin. But after a first down, the Benet defense stepped up and the Dons turned the ball over on downs. Things certainly looked bleak for Notre Dame, but they got the ball back with just under seven minutes to play and Tim Whalen hooked up with Jack McAndrew in the back of the end zone for a 29-yard touchdown pass. McAndrew juggled the catch but pulled it into his chest to cut the lead to 25-20 with 5:46 to play. The Dons went for two but were stopped. After a Benet three-and-out, Notre Dame was set to get the ball back. The punt return team had a different idea as

they turned into the punt block team. Nick Bascom raced through and blocked the punt, Gavin scooped it up and ran 22 yards into the end zone to give Notre Dame the lead. Thomas converted the two-point try to push the Dons advantage to 2825 with 3:44 to play. “Conner Gavin, Sean Kane and myself practice all the time during the week and we watched film and saw what they were doing,” Bascom said. “We saw they were weak to the (right) side and we wanted to bring the pressure. Sean took it to the inside and made a huge hole for me. “I saw the kicker and just put my head down and hands up. The ball was right there for me to hit and Conner just scooped it up for the touchdown. It was great. Our coach told us a stat that if you get a blocked punt you win 90 percent of the time.” The Dons weren’t finished yet as Jeremy Burgos picked off a pass on Benet’s next possession and returned it 20 yards to the Benet 17-yard line. Facing a fourth-and-14 from the 21, Whalen came through again tossing a perfect pass to Thomas down the middle of the field. Thomas got in between a pair of defenders and hauled in the pass in the end zone to extend the Notre Dame lead to 35-25 with 1:34 remaining. The touchdown turned out to be the game winner as Benet scored on a 35-yard touchdown pass with 8.7 seconds left. The Redwings recovered the onside kick but they touched it before it went 10 yards. Notre Dame took over and took a knee to secure the Homecoming victory. “I honestly believed we were going to win,” Whalen said. “I thought we’d get the ball back, drive down the field and score. I just threw the ball to my

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Notre Dame’s Jack McAndrew celebrates his fourth quarter touchdown in the back of the end zone Friday night as the Dons rallied for a 35-31 victory in Niles.

teammates and let them go up and get the ball.” “Big players make big plays and that was the difference in the game,” Hennessey said. “It was a defensive battle with kids knocking the snot out of each other in the first half and then it just exploded.” The Dons first two scores

came on a touchdown pass from Whalen to Brian Fitzsimmons and a 25-yard touchdown run from Burgos. Up next for Notre Dame is a long trip down to Chicago Heights on Friday night where they’ll face Marian Catholic. The Spartans are 3-1 after topping St. Patrick 49-33 on Friday night.

“They have a different style of offense but it’s still the same ‘Put your dukes up and fight,’” Hennessey said. “That’s what you’re going to see week in and week out in this conference. Everybody is playing competitive football and they’re all pretty close games.”



Niles North looks solid at Maine East Invite By Rob Valentin Sports editor

Niles North has its sights set on some big accomplishments this season. If the Vikings can play like they did at the Maine East Demon Invite over the weekend, they should have no problem achieving those goals.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Niles North wound up taking fifth place in the 16-team tournament with its only two losses coming to the champion and runner-up in the Invite. “I thought we performed great throughout the tournament,” Vikings coach Mike Cott said. “We’re usually in the consolation bracket so it was nice to be in the championship bracket and finish fifth. We want to continue to make small strides forward and over time those strides will add up.” Niles North opened the tournament on Friday by knocking off Riverside-Brookfield 25-22, 2520. In the second contest of the night the Vikings came up just short, falling to Lake Forest 25-20, 25-18 but they still advanced to the championship bracket. Saturday started with a tough game against York. Niles North hung around in the first game but the Dukes pulled out a 25-23 win and cruised in Game 2 25-13. “We were able to come back and show a littler resiliency,” Cott said.“We hung with York and held a lead in the first game. I thought they were a better team than we were but we kept fighting and never gave in.” TheVikings didn’t mope around after the loss. They focused on their next opponent, Maine West, and picked up a 20-25, 25-16, 2515 victory. That pushed them into the fifth-place game against Warren. Once again they lost the first game 25-21. But once again the Vikings bounced back winning the next two 25-22, 25-18 for fifth place. “The refocus was big,” Cott said. “The biggest thing is developing a mental toughness. In the past we’d get down a few points and they’d think ‘here we go again” and the wheels would fall off. Now we’re starting to believe that we can win matches when

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Niles North’s Keiko Sugihara bumps a ball during the Maine East Invite last Saturday.

we get down early. We were down five points but we just stayed with it.” The girls were thrilled to have a successful tournament that improved their overall record to 10-5 on the season. “I think it’s been a really long time that Niles North has been able to play in the championship bracket,” middle hitter Keiko Sugihara said.“It was a very good experience to play a lot of taller experienced teams who are used to playing in the championship bracket.” Niles North has some lofty goals this season and their solid start makes them very attainable. “Last year I think we finished 19-18 and our goal is to at least beat that,” Sugihara said. “I think

the school record is 23 wins and that’ one of our goals. We’re hoping to win conference and we know that we can compete with the other teams in our conference.” In order to make that happen, the Vikings need to play their best game every night. And there’s plenty to work on to make that happen. “On a day-to-day basis it’s always a little different but overall maybe just being able to communicate better as a team,” Sugihara said when asked about the team’s weakness. “We play really well together but sometimes when the game gets intense it’s hard to stay focused and keep the energy up.” While Sugihara has been the

team’s best overall player this year, Cott has had a lot of players step up throughout the season. Majda Jakupovic has been a good leader on the floor. Another girl who’s stood out is senior middle hitter Enela Palavra. “When she’s on she’s really tough,” Cott said. “She’s strong and athletic and hits the heck out of it. She’s not afraid to swing and she’s been big down the stretch. In the last few matches we won it seems like every 25th point it’s Enela cracking down the winner.” Sophomore Rachel Matthies and senior Melissa Dominguez have also done a remarkable job stepping up after an injury sidelined setter Maybelle Sicad. Niles North is 1-0 in the

Central Suburban League North and while they have plenty of big games left, there is one that’s been circled on the calendar. “All of our conference games are big but our match with Glenbrook North is especially big,” Cott said. “They’re the defending conference champion and I think we’ve only beat them once in 10 years. We saw them in the Summers End Tournament at New Trier and won the first game and were up 24-20 in the second game but we lost and then lost the third game We want to take the spot as the top team in conference and they’ve been that for a number of years.” The two teams square off 6 p.m. tonight at Glenbrook North.



Maine East continuing to make strides By Rob Valentin Sports editor

Get better every week. That’s the goal for Maine East this season and so far so good. The Blue Demons turned in a respectable showing as the hosts of the Maine East Invitational last weekend taking seventh place in the 16-team tournament.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL “I think we’re playing very well as a team, Maine East coach Chris Broska said. “We’re progressing each week and getting better every week.” The Blue Demons opened the tourney on Friday by knocking off Leyden 23-25, 25-21, 16-14. Deanna Vasilopoulos led the way for Maine East with seven kills, four digs and three blocks. Other key contributors were Jamie Short (6 kills, 5 blocks), Patrycja Wardynski (9 kills, 8 digs), Megan Harford (5 kills, 3

digs, 2 aces), Monique Tan (3 kills, 5 digs, 2 blocks, 36 assists, 2 aces) and Maggie Sompolski (4 digs). “We were serving tough and finishing our hits and getting a lot of kills,” Broska said. It was three-game match and we were putting away points. They played very aggressive and never doubted themselves. It was nice to see them come back from dropping a first game and then pulling out a close game.” After beating Leyden, the Blue Demons fell to Trinity 25-13, 2518 but they still finished second in Bracket A and advanced to Saturday’s championship playoffs. Two tough losses to Maine South (25-16, 25-10) and Warren (25-20, 25-23) pushed them into the seventh-place game against rival Maine West. The Blue Demons responded by having one of their best games of the tournament, knocking off the Warriors 25-18, 25-20. Leading the way for Maine

East in the victory were Harford (3 kills 3 aces), Tan (19 assists, 4 digs) and Vasilopoulos (3 kills, 4 digs, 4 blocks) “They’re one of our rivals and it’s good to show we can beat a rival school,” Tan said. “We beat them once last year but then we lost to them the next time.” “We’re a rival school with Maine West so beating them we felt really good about ourselves,” Wardynski added. Maine East is 3-9 on the season but has high hopes for the conference portion of the schedule. “To start out conference we lost to Glenbrook North and Deerfield,” Broska said.“We know we can compete with those two teams. We’re really focused on our conference season. We want to have the best record we can achieve. “I think a lot of our goals are to beat the teams we’ve already seen in conference,” Tan added. “We lost to Deerfield but they’re

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Maine East’s Patrycja Wardynski bumps a ball during the Blue Demons Invite on Saturday.

a very beatable team. I think all the teams in our conference have a chance of placing first or second.” Overall the players have been happy with the season but they know there’s things to work on. “I think it’s going great,”

Wardynski said. “Our teammates are getting along and we’re doing fine. I think as a team we need to work on being confident and starting out strong and we need to close the game as a strong team.”



Maine South takes fourth at Maine East By Rob Valentin Sports editor

Maine South continues to take steps forward under new head coach Sebastian Acevedo. The Hawks competed in the Maine East Demon Invite over the weekend and had a strong showing taking fourth place in the 16-team tournament.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL “I was incredibly impressed with the girls,”Acevedo said.“On Tuesday (Sept. 14) we played against New Trier and lost in two and just didn’t play our kind of volleyball. Coming in to this tournament we addressed all the concerns we had after that loss. We’re developing a mental toughness and enjoy being on the court. The girls have a real connection to each other.” Maine South started the tournament off on Friday by knocking off Oak Forest at Maine West. Up next for the Hawks was Warren. After dropping the first game 27-25, Maine South roared back, winning the final two games 25-17, 19-17. The final game was the toughest with Maine South facing a 14-8 deficit but eight straight service points put the Hawks back on top and they pulled it out down the stretch. The two wins gave them first place in Bracket D and sent them into the championship bracket on Saturday at Maine East. The Hawks started Saturday the same way they finished Friday, steamrolling Maine East 25-16, 25-10 to move into the semifinals against Lake Forest. Both teams fought a close battle but the Scouts came out on top winning 25-23, 25-22. “We went at them point for point,” Acevedo said. “It was great, fun volleyball and high energy. Both sides played the game the way it should be played.” Maine South finished the day falling to Trinity in the third place game. “I thought that we played very well,” Hawks’ libero April Simpson said. “We did a very good job of having positive energy and playing well together.

Our hitters did a really good job of putting the ball down and our setter hitter connection did a really good job today.” “I think the way we played was really well,” added middle hitter Heidi Gregerson. “We tried our best. The people on the bench really motivated us. They’re always helping us. They see things on the court that we don’t see and have a different point of view.” Maine South now stands at 8-7 on the season. Acevedo likes where the team is at and see big things ahead. “It’s a process,” he said. “I’m new this year and when a new coach comes in there’s a grace period. They have to make adjustments to you and as a coach you have to find out who we are and what kind of team we’re going to be. The girls are buying into the philosophy of learning from mistakes and playing relaxed. We’re learning how to succeed.” The players are responding very well to Acevedo’s coaching style. “Our coach is new this year and he’s a great motivator,” Gregerson said.“I think he really helps bring us all together. No matter what we do, win or lose he’s always proud of us. He never gets mad. He always tells us ‘I’m there for you and I believe in you.’” Maine South heads into the meat of its conference schedule in the next couple weeks and Acevedo hopes to continue to see progress. “I broke down the season into three sections,” he said. “Developing a trust and breaking down skill and technique was the first section. The middle section is becoming more consistent and knowing we can play against any team, anywhere. The third part is to play our best volleyball when it comes to regionals.” “I’m not so worried about our outcome as far as wins and losses,” Simpson added. “I just hope we keep getting a stronger connection with each other and play like we know how to play. Play strong. We want to become better players as we work with each other.”

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Maine South’s Stephanie Sremac and Heidi Gregerson go up for a block.


Hawks steamroll Warriors By Rob Valentin Sports editor

Nelson picks B.C. By Rob Valentin Sports editor

Maine South’s offense was firing on all cylinders Thursday night as they lit up the scoreboard, defeating Maine West 49-0 in a Central Suburban League crossover in Des Plaines. The Hawks (2-2) scored on their first four possessions and led 28-0 at halftime. Maine South tacked on three more touchdowns in the second half and posted a shutout for the second straight week as Maine West fell to 1-3 on the year.

be able to look ourselves in the mirror and know we’re giving 100 percent.” Up next for Maine South is a home game against Niles West (1-3) on Friday night. The Wolves feature a lot of speed with four players who were a part of Niles West’s 400 and 800-meter relay teams that won a state title in the spring. “They have speed,” Inserra said. “They’ll score a bit. (Head coach) Scott (Baum) is doing a good job with their program but we need to just worry about ourselves and get it done like we did in practice and take care of some of the injuries.” Offensive tackle Victor Nelson, who made a verbal commitment to Boston College last Friday was out with a left leg injury and was joined on the sidelines by a couple other key players in Nelli and Connor Klein.

Victor Nelson’s college recruiting has come to an end. The Maine South senior tackle has made a verbal commitment to play college football at Boston College next season. “I’m really excited,” Nelson said. “They seemed like the perfect fit for me and I love it there.” There was a lot to like about Boston College. For one he was impressed with the academics. Nelson plans to major in business. In the end it was his trip to Boston College, located in the village of Chestnut Hills Massachusetts that wound up being the difference maker. “Just their coaches and players,” Nelson said.“They treated me just like I was already a part of their family. They made me feel real welcome and at home. “I got to see the campus, the football facilities and a business classroom. I picked up on their coaching style, which is real positive and I loved it.” Nelson certainly made a lot of trips before he decided on the Eagles.Over the last year he’s visited Wisconsin, Illinois, Vanderbilt, Dartmouth, Northwestern and a few others. In the end his final four was Boston College, Wisconsin, Vanderbilt and Illinois. Finally making the decision should have made the week one he’ll always remember. Instead it might be one he’d like to forget. Nelson, who stands 6-feet 7-inches tall and weighs 284 pounds missed his second straight game with a leg injury. He had an MRI last Friday but may need another one. “My MRI didn’t go high enough to where the injury is,” Nelson said. “They already found two fractures in my ankle but the part that is bothering me is my tibia.” Nelson isn’t sure when the injuries occurred and hopes to come back this week if he can get the doctor’s consent. “As long as it isn’t broken, I plan on convincing him,” said Nelson, who was in a walking boot during the Hawks 49-0 win over Maine West last Friday.“I can walk without it but I’m wearing it as a precaution here because there’s a lot of people around and chaos.”

FOOTBALL “Coming off 28 straight wins it was a disappointment and our team took it personally that we were 0-2,” said Hawks’ receiver Scott Derrick, who scored a pair of touchdowns Thursday night. “We sort of found ourselves after the Wheaton Warrenville South game and we’ve been practicing hard. It’s definitely good to be 2-2 going into our conference schedule.” Paul Preston started the scoring onslaught by finding the end zone on a 19-yard run on the team’s opening drive with 9:34 to play in the first. Quarterback Matt Alviti was almost perfect for the Hawks in the first half, tossing a 30-yard touchdown pass to Derrick and a 38-yard score to Imran Khan to push the lead to 21-0. Alviti, who finished the game 9-of-11 for 124 yards, also ran in an 11-yard score. Alviti rushed for 67 yards on six carries and didn’t play in the second half thanks to the comfortable lead. “Coming out and scoring on the first drive was awesome,” Alviti said. “That’s how we have to do it in every game.We have to keep the machine going.” The sophomore was making his second start of the season after rotating with junior Jimmy Frankos in the teams’ first two games. “It’s much better to know I have my position,” Alviti said. “I love Jimmy and he’s a great kid, but it’s a lot nicer to know you don’t have to compete against your teammate when you’re competing against the other team.” “I’m sure Matt does (feel comfortable) because he’s in there the whole time,” Maine South head coach Dave Inserra


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Maine South’s Scott Derrick heads upfield during the Hawks 49-0 win over Maine West.

said. “I’m sure Jimmy would feel very comfortable if he was in there the whole time. It probably is consistency, just letting them get on a roll and that probably helps the offense get on a roll. They share information nonstop and help each other out. They’re the consummate teammates.” Frankos (4-for-5 passing, 87 yards, TD) took over quarterback duties in the second half and had no trouble moving the team down the field. Frankos tossed a 19-yard touchdown pass to Derrick and ran in a score from six yards out. Joe Schmit finished the scoring with a 34-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Leading Maine West was quarterback Ziggy Krycka (7 carries, 58 yards) and running back Calvin Williams (18 carries, 55 yards). With kicker Marcus Nelli out with an injury, Frankos also took over the kicking responsibilities.

He made all seven extra point kicks and had three tackles after kicking off. “We had a lot of injuries and we had to shift and move around,” Inserra said. “(Frankos) understands it’s all about the team. That’s what Maine South football is all about.” Thursday night’s game against Maine West was the middle game of a three-game stretch where Maine South finds itself an overwhelming favorite going into the contest. But the Hawks have just focused on getting better. “We really got after it in practice,” Inserra said. “With it being a short week, we made it brutal in practice and that’s how you get it done.” “It all comes down to practice,” Derrick added. “Whether it’s Wheaton Warrenville South or Niles West, we’re basically playing against ourselves. We should be improving on what we do and



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On the Sognefjord, Norway shows off its scenic beauty.

Norway’s ultimate natural thrill—fjords My ancestors came from Norway, so I’m partial to that corner of Europe. But even if you’re not from Viking stock, don’t miss the fjords. From Oslo, northern Europe’s most scenic train takes you up and over the country’s mountainous spine and into the land of shiplap dreams. The tourist board calls it “Norway in a Nutshell” and that’s just what it gives you. Frankly, if you go to Oslo and don’t get out to the fjords, you should have your passport revoked. Norway’s greatest claim to scenic fame is its deep and lush saltwater inlets. Sognefjord, Norway’s longest (120 miles) and deepest (more than a mile), is tops. Sognefjord offers Norway’s best combination of scenic wonder and accessibility. For the best one-day look at fjords, follow the Nutshell’s series of well-organized train, ferry, and bus connections that

puts this beautiful fjord country spread-eagle on a scenic platter. Ambitious and energetic travelers can see the whole shebang in a day; with more time or less energy, consider an overnight along the fjord or in Bergen. Allow about $200 to take the Nutshell route from Oslo to Bergen on your own (cheaper if you have a railpass). Book your reservations for the train at least a week in advance (from the United States, dial 011-4781 50 08 88). Or you can take a package tour with Fjord Tours ( for about the same price and less hassle. Sunny July and August are the best months to go. The Nutshell route starts with a spectacular train ride, leaving Oslo at about 8 a.m. for Bergen. Your camera button will click like a castanet as the train roars over Norway’s mountainous spine. The barren, windswept heaths, glaciers, deep forests, countless lakes, and a few rugged ski resorts create a harsh beauty. The railroad is an amazing engineering feat. Completed in 1909, it’s 300 miles long and

peaks at 4,266 feet, which, at this Alaskan latitude, is far above the tree line.You’ll go under 18 miles of snow sheds, over 300 bridges, and through 200 tunnels in just less than seven hours. At Myrdal, a 12-mile spur line drops you 2,800 breathtaking feet in 55 minutes to the village of Flaam on Sognefjord. This is a party train. The engineer even stops the train for photographs at a particularly picturesque waterfall. While most “Norway in a Nutshell”tourists zip immediately from the train onto the scenic fjord boat in Flaam, those with time enjoy an overnight stop on the fjord. Flaam is a handy tourist depot with several simple hotels. Aurland, a few miles north of Flaam, is more of a town. It’s famous for producing some of Norway’s sweetest “geitost” — goat cheese.Aurland has as many goats as people (1,900). Nearly every train arriving in Flaam connects with a bus or boat to Aurland, also on Sognefjord. While nearby Bergen is famous for its rain — more than six feet

a year — Sognefjord is a relative sun belt, with only two feet of rain a year. The train from Myrdal to Flaam is quite scenic, but the ride doesn’t do the view justice. For the best single day’s activity from Flaam, take the train to Berekvam (halfway back up to Myrdal), then hike or bike (rentable from the Flaam tourist office) the gravelly construction road back down to Flaam. Bring a picnic and your camera. From Flaam, “Nutshellers” catch the most scenic of fjord cruises. Sightseeing boats leave throughout the day. For 90 minutes, camera-clicking tourists scurry on the drool-stained deck like nervous roosters, scratching fitfully for a photo to catch the magic. Waterfalls turn the blackrock cliffs into a bridal fair. You can nearly reach out and touch the sheer, towering walls. The ride is one of those fine times, like being high on the tip of an Alp, when a warm camaraderie spontaneously combusts among the strangers who came together for the experience. The boat takes you up one

narrow arm (Aurlandsfjord) and down the next (Naeroyfjord) to the nothing-to-stop-for town of Gudvangen, where waiting buses shuttle you back to the main train line at Voss. From Voss, carry on into Bergen for a short evening visit. Bergen, Norway’s second city and historic capital, is an entertaining place. You can finish the day there by browsing the touristy but fun wharf area, or zipping up the funicular to the top of 1,000-foot-tall “Mount” Floyen for city and fjord views. Then spend the night in Bergen — or, for maximum efficiency, catch the overnight train back to Oslo. Back in Oslo’s station, as you yawn and stretch and rummage around for a cup of morning coffee, it’ll hit you: You were gone for 24 hours, experienced the fjord wonder of Europe, and saw Bergen to boot. Rick Steves ( writes European travel guidebooks and hosts travel shows on public television and public radio. Email him at (c)2010 RICK STEVES



Empathy provides remedy against revenge How to diffuse vengeful feelings into energy that will benefit you most Q. I ended up getting squeezed out of my last job by an underhanded coworker and a malicious boss. I have to admit that revenge fantasies are consuming most of my time, even though I found a better job. How do I handle wanting to get even? A. Handle wanting to get even by channeling all that aggressive energy into going after everything you most desire at work. Once when I was feeling vengeful, a wise mentor asked me who I would want to get even with if I had everything I wanted. I considered the question, and noticed my interest in vengeance evaporated. Realize there is nothing that kicks us in our self-esteem chops like being the victim of a great injustice. Most of us just aren’t resilient enough to realize that people who act badly - act badly

with everyone. Most of us take bad behavior very personally and somehow decide we have been singled out for torture by the universe. The truth is, in a long life, we will all be the victim of other people acting badly.The more we pay attention and get to know ourselves well, the more we will spot human predators or people we simply shouldn’t trust. But, no matter how awake we are, sometimes bad stuff really does happen to good people. In the wake of experiencing malicious people at work, we may compound our suffering by becoming consumed by hurting them back. The irony is most of

us really aren’t horrible people who delight in inflicting pain on our enemies. The desire for revenge is motivated by a longing for empathy from people who hurt us. We get it into our heads that if we can hurt them the way they hurt us ... then our enemies will realize their mistakes and apologize. Although revenge fantasies can seem sweeter than chocolate ice cream, the reality of acting out our fantasies is that our enemies just get madder and meaner. People at work who have a capacity for empathy tend to not act badly in the first place. People with empathy have a high ability to feel any pain they inflict upon others; thus, they are compassionate and kind. People with low levels of empathy can’t walk a mile in any one else’s moccasins. Since they cannot imagine how you feel,

they usually focus only on what works for them. Therefore, the people who are most likely to treat you horribly at work are the exact same people least likely to have any remorse, consciousness or understanding of the pain they inflict. They know not and care not what they do. At this moment, you may not be comforted by the fact that these people’s lack of empathy is also what ultimately creates suffering for them. People stop trusting them, stop wanting to do business with them, and socially isolate them. What they put out to others does eventually come home to roost. While you’re waiting for the universe to balance your score, pour that aggressive energy into making sure you learn why you didn’t see your boss and coworker plotting. Make sure

Equation makes sense of car’s worth Dear Dave, What’s your rule of thumb about how much your car should be worth in comparison with your income? Madea Dear Madea, Great question! My rule of thumb is that all of your vehicles—I’m talking about cars, trucks, boats and their SeaDoo sisters, motorcycles, and anything else like this—should not total more than half your annual income. Why? It’s because all of these kinds of things go down in value. You never want half of your income going into things whose value is dropping like a rock. You don’t need a $20,000 car if you’re making $30,000

a year. That’s just stupid. Think about it this way. If you’re making that kind of money, and I walk up and tell you I’ve got an investment opportunity that will turn $20,000 of your hardearned income into $12,000 in just three or four years, are you going to take me up on the offer? If you’ve got a brain in your head, the answer’s no! Now, I’m okay with it if you make $300,000 a year and buy a $20,000 car if you pay cash. That’s like most people running out and buying a Happy Meal. It’s just not a big deal! Dear Dave, Do you ever reach a point in your plan where you stop budgeting or using the envelope system? Craig Dear Craig, I’ve been fortunate enough to build a net worth of several million dollars, and my wife and I never stopped doing either one.

We still sit down together every month and plan out a written budget. Every dollar is spent on paper before the next month begins, and we follow it exactly. And I can promise that were you to look in my wife’s purse, you’d find one of our deluxe envelope systems, just like we sell in our office bookstore. She carries it with her everywhere! We do these things because we’re responsible spiritually for handling that money well. Those of us who are Christians call that “stewardship.” We feel like we’re called to be good stewards—good managers—of God’s money. It’s not a freaky thing. It’s just a matter of following God’s good advice and common sense. I want that money to behave, and these things are some of the best ways I’ve found to make it do what it’s supposed to do! Dave Ramsey is a personal money

management expert, popular national radio personality and the author of three New York Times bestseller— “­The Total Money Makeover,”“Financial Peace Revisited” and “More Than Enough.” As the host of a nationally syndicated radio program, “The Dave Ramsey Show,” he can be heard daily from 1 to 4 p.m. on WJOL AM1340. For more financial advice, plus special offers to our readers, please visit www.

you will never fall victim to the same game again. And use your aggression to put rocket fuel into your current career.

The last word(s) Q. I just took a job but also have a much better job offer that just became available. Should I check it out? A. Yes,if your current employer had a much better employee, they wouldn’t hesitate to replace you. 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) 2010 INTERPERSONAL EDGE









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How much will you need to live on in retirement? You’ll often hear the big financial services companies offer this rule of thumb: Plan to replace 80 percent of your working income in retirement. Ellen Wagner tossed the rule of thumb out the window when she retired in 2008. Instead, she developed a plan to live well on less than half of what she had been making. Executing that plan helped allow Wagner, who’s been widowed since 2008, to retire at age 58. Wagner’s story underscores an important point about retirement planning: Income and assets are just one set of values in the retirement security equation; on the other side sit lifestyle and spending. There’s a growing focus on this side of the equation, thanks to writers like Chris Farrell, a journalist and author of “The New Frugality” (Bloomsbury Press, 2009, http:// and retirement educator Steve Vernon, who blogs on this topic frequently at CBS (http:// Farrell makes the case for a new frugality based on values that are good for pocketbooks and for the environment at the same time. The core of his argument is that

a conservative approach to consumerism leads to green decisionmaking, such as downsizing your home, using energyefficient appliances, recycling and using public transportation instead of cars. And from a pocketbook perspective, Farrell’s frugality doesn’t mean pinching pennies; instead, it means spending on quality - buying the best you can afford but no more than you need. Vernon has pointed out other creative ways to slash spending. “(Live) like you did in your college years.Take in a roommate or two. Maybe beg your kids to move back in with you in order to share expenses,” he says. “Grow your own food. Entertain yourself and your friends by renting DVDs and sharing a $5-dollar bottle of wine from your local discount retailer. Many of my contemporaries have fond memories of their college years, partly due to the shared bond of figuring out how to enjoy life on a shoestring. Is it time to go back to the future?”

Ellen Wagner thinks so. After a first career as a professional violinist in the New Orleans Symphony, she later completed a Ph.D. in philosophy and taught at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville until 2008, when she decided to make a major change in her life. “My husband was killed in an accident in 2004. I decided to sell our house in Jacksonville, and move back to Boulder, where I’d met my husband when I was in grad school. Selling the house in Jacksonville in which we’d lived was hard but really made all the difference in my retirement.” Here are the key areas where Wager cut spending: Downsized real estate: Wagner sold a 2,000-square-foot house in Jacksonville and bought-for cash-a condo half that size in Boulder. “Jacksonville is actually a much less expensive place to live than Boulder, but my condo costs so much less to maintain that my life here is cheaper,” she says. “I dropped the mortgage payment, alarm company, lawn care, termite spray, bug spray, and pesticide/herbicide spray fees plus costs of fixing the roof, maintaining the irrigation system, paying for water for the lawn and shrubs, and higher

utilities costs. “My homeowners’ assessment in the condo is less than I used to pay monthly to have the lawn mowed! And my southwestern exposure provides passive solar heating all winter, when my furnace does not generally get a lot of use. Downsizing drastically in what I own has reduced stuff and clutter to just the right amount. This was the largest cutback in living costs.” Simplicity at home: Wagner stopped worrying about having all the latest and greatest in her home.“I stopped wanting to have newer, upgraded appliances, devices, etc. In the Jacksonville house,I had nice 42-inch cabinets and put in new countertops with an integrated sink and a designer faucet.These were good investments, as the upgrades helped me sell the house before the market had tanked completely. Here in Boulder, I have a 1985 kitchen, complete with Formica countertops and laminate cabinets with the oak strips on the bottom.” Simplicity in diet. “I stopped eating out very often and also doing much shopping. Instead, I cook at home, which I absolutely love to do, and entertain friends here with excellent food and reasonable wines. Also, I use our

great public library for books I want to read, as well as the place to donate books I no longer want.” Less driving. “Now that I’m retired and living in a walkable city with great public transportation I am putting half the miles on my car each year, which saves gas and wear-andtear.And car insurance is cheaper now since I drive less.” Along with extending her retirement income, Wagner feels good about the new lifestyle values in her retirement equation. “The general result is that now I can honor my ethical principles,” she comments.“I use less, buy fewer new things, and tread more lightly on the planet in general. Ultimately, my life feels very luxurious because getting rid of the meaningless extra stuff has enabled me to choose what matters most to me and what I most enjoy from day to day.” Mark Miller is the author of “The Hard Times Guide to Retirement Security” (John Wiley & Sons/ Bloomberg Press, June 2010). He publishes, featured recently in Money Magazine as one of the best retirement planning sites on the web. Contact him with questions and comments at mark@


Niles For a detailed description of programs & activities or to ask about membership or registration requirements, please check the Naturally Active Program Guides or call the Niles Senior Center at 588-8420 Information about the Niles Senior Center can be found on the Village of Niles Website at . Click on “Departments” (upper left), and then Click on “Senior” You can now see what’s new at the Senior Center. Advanced registration is generally required for programs. September/October Registrations Members Early Registration Forms from the September/ August Naturally Active were due at the Center on Friday, September 3rd. Member Walk-in Registrations for programs with openings began Wednesday, Sept. 8th. Non-members may register for any classes and programs at the Niles Senior Center five (5) days prior to an event’s/program’s confirmation due date. For more information about program eligibility, contact one of our program coordinators. Individuals must be a registered member of the Niles Senior Center to receive the member price. Membership application forms are available at the Front Desk, Membership Service Desk, or on-line. Lap Robe for Veterans in Need of Yarn Donations Our dedicated volunteers make lap robes for veterans throughout the year using donated yarn. We have been out of yarn for several months and are looking for donations of clean 4 ply yarn. Please contact MaryAnn at the Center or drop by with your donations. 9th Annual Pet Parade, Monday, October 11, Hot Dog Lunch at 12noon to Benefit Wrightway Pet Rescue with “Parade of Pets” to follow at 1:00PM Come one, come all to the 9th annual pet parade. Sign up to showcase your special pet. Prizes are given for furriest, largest, smallest, best behaved, human-pet look-a-like, and much more. If you would like to join us for the Hot Dog Lunch, there is a cost of $2 with all profits going to the Wrightway Animal


Chocolate Workshop, Monday, October 18, 2:00-3:00pm $10M/$15NM Spend time dipping and decorating treats with a chocolate expert from the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Company in Park Ridge. There will be milk chocolate for making molds; marshmallows and pretzels for dipping; and much more. Participants limited.

Rescue. If you are coming for the “Parade of Animals” we are asking that you bring a donation of paper towels, bleach, clean bath towels, and/or, of course, a monetary donation. Bavarian Festival at the Milk Pail,Tuesday, October 12, 11:15AM- 4:45PM, $52M/$57NM Get ready for an afternoon of song and dance the German way! You’ll love the international music entertainment, and you’ll sing along to great European songs and American classics that will have you up and dancing. Lunch at the Milk Pail Restaurant will feature a Caesar salad, biscuits and butter, tender German pot roast with sauerkraut, hot German potatoes, apple strudel, coffee, decaf, & tea with free beer and wine. Flu Vaccination Clinics will beheld at the Niles Senior Center on Tues., Wed., & Thurs, October 5th, 6th, and 7th. Page 14 of the September/October Naturally Active contains the flu shot registration form. Carefully complete the form as directed and return it to the Center by Friday, September 3rd. Walk-in registrations will be accepted beginning Wednesday, September 8th. Vaccinations are available for persons age 9 and over. Individuals on Medicare must bring their Medicare Card on the day of their flu shot for billing purposes. The cost for those not on Medicare is $20. Driver’s Safety Basics,Tues., Sept. 28, 2:30-3:30 FREE with advanced registration Defensive driving is the best way to ensure the safety of a driver and his/her passengers. This lecture is a precursor to the AARP Driver’s Safety Class.

Free Movie Classics “To Sir With Love,” Mon., Sept., 27 2:30-4:30PM (1966)Stars Sydney Poitier. “Arsenic and Old Lace,“Thurs., Sept., 30 2:00-4:00PM (1944) Cary Grant Classic FREE Programs at the Center – Please register in Advance Free lectures coming up that may interest you are as follows: Online Workshop – Banking and Purchasing – Mon & Wed, Sept. 27 &29 10:30AM12:00Noon, $20M/$25NM Purchasing and banking online is becoming more and more popular. Learn how to do this safely and conveniently from your home computer. Instructor: Ila Ligut. 9th Annual Pet Parade, Monday, October 11, Hot Dog Lunch at 12noon to Benefit Wrightway Pet Rescue with “Parade of Pets” to follow at 1:00PM Come one, come all to the 9th annual pet parade. Sign up to showcase your special pet. Prizes are given for furriest, largest, smallest, best behaved,

human-pet look-a-like, and much more. If you would like to join us for the Hot Dog Lunch, there is a cost of $2 with all profits going to the Wrightway Animal Rescue. If you are coming for the “Parade of Animals” we are asking that you bring a donation of paper towels, bleach, clean bath towels, and, of course, a monetary donation. Bavarian Festival at the Milk Pail, Tuesday, October 12, 11:15AM- 4:45PM, $52M/$57NM Get ready for an afternoon of song and dance the German way! You’ll love the international music entertainment, and you’ll sing along to great European songs and American classics that will have you up and dancing. Lunch at the Milk Pail Restaurant will feature a Caesar salad, biscuits and butter, tender German pot roast with sauerkraut, hot German potatoes, apple strudel, coffee, decaf, & tea with free beer and wine. Final Fishing Outing of the Season, Fish Lake in Volo, Oct., 1st 8AM-2PM Fishing Banquet at Andrews on Thursday, Oct., 14th 4-6PM $20.

Branson Ozark Christmas Trip with Mayflower Tours, 4-day Departure date:November 18th $879 Twin There is no better time to visit Branson, Missouri, that during the magical season of Christmas! See five (5) fabulous shows and stay at the Grand Oaks Hotel in Branson. The trip by Mayflower includes: Free home or local pick up and return; Six meals (3 continental breakfasts & 3 dinners); an opportunity to do a little holiday shopping; $20 in Mayflower money. Call Mayflower at 1 800 728-0724 for more details or to sign up for this trip. Caregiver Support Available at the Senior Center If you have questions about resources to assist a caregiver or would like to participate in a caregiver support group, please contact Bev Wessels at 847 5888420. Dinner and a Movie 5:00PM 8:30 PM The evening movie series offers recent releases that that may contain controversial topics. Detailed descriptions of the following scheduled movies can be obtained at the NSC. Cost covers the meal. If you are only interested in the movie only, there is no charge. Dinner See EVENTS, page 24



EVENTS Continued from page 23 is served at 5PM and the movie starts at 5:15PM. Tuesday, September 28, Angels and Demons (PG13 2009) Hot Dog $2M/$3NM Upcoming Tournaments at the Center- Advanced registration required. Pinochle Tournaments$5M/$7.50NM - Friday, October 8 & November 12 12- 4PM Participate in a three-handed tournament. Lunch will be served prior to the game. Refreshments and prizes included. Call for availability. Poker Tournaments$5M/$7.50NM – Fri., October 29 12-3: PM Play 7-Card Stud and 5-Card Draw. Lunch, refreshments and prizes included. Wii Bowling Tournament on Thursday , October 21 2-4 PM $2M/$3 NM. Join in the fun! If you’ve never played before, give us a call to schedule a practice. Refreshments and prizes are awarded. Register as soon as possible as there is limited space available. Niles FREE Bus: How it Works, Every Friday at 10:00AM. Meet Tom Surace, Transportation Supervisor for the Village of Niles, who will explain how to use the FREE Bus. Call 847 5888420 to register.

Morton Grove North Shore Senior Center in Morton Grove The Senior Center, located Center at 6140 Dempster Street, offers programs, activities, and travel opportunities for adults.All programs and membership are operated by North Shore Senior Center based in Northfield. You may register for all programs at the Senior Center or call 847470-5223.

Senior Center Membership Become a member of North Shore Senior Center in Morton Grove (NSSC in MG) and enjoy opportunities to live longer, happier, healthier lives through an array of programs, activities, trips and services. NSSC in MG Members receive a discount on all programs, activities, and trips, Program Calendar & Newsletter six times per year, information on local, state, and federal issues affecting seniors, and invitations to special events and presentations. Annual memberships for the remainder of 2010 have been prorated to $7 for an individual and $12 for a couple/household. Everyone welcome! Call North Shore Senior Center in Morton Grove at 847-470-5223 from 9 am to 4 pm or stop by the Senior Center, 6140 Dempster Street in Morton Grove, to become a member. Active Aging Week 2010 North Shore Senior Center in Morton Grove is committed to providing opportunities to help you to live a longer, happier, and healthier life,which is why we are proud to celebrate Active Aging Week 2010 from September 2026 with a variety of programs and events for you to enjoy. Programs include: Navigating Your Way through Retirement, Wii Bowling, Your Keys to Active Aging,Your Brian Fitness Lifestyle, Addressing Sleep Issues, and a Dining For Wellness Cooking Demonstration and Tasting. Call the senior center at 847-4705223 for more information and schedule details. Classical Music’s Greatest Hits In this special presentation, composer and educator Jim Kendros will gather together what many consider to be the greatest hits of classical music. Listen to short selections of magnificent beauty and enjoy each treasure as you discover the background of these musical gems. Program takes place on Monday, September 20 at 1pm at NSSC in Morton Grove, 6140 Dempster Street. Fee is $5 for NSSC-MG members and $7 for

non-members. Call 847-4705223 to register or for more information. Health and Wellness Fair 2010 Local organizations come together to offer older adults information and resources on health, housing, and retirement lifestyle opportunities on Saturday, October 9 from 9:30 am– 1:30pm at the American Legion Memorial Civic Center, 6140 Dempster Street, Morton Grove. Talk with representatives from local organizations and businesses, participate in health screenings, pick up information and educational literature, and attend one or more of the following seminars: “After the Kids Are Gone: Lifestyle and Housing Options”with Gail Niksic at 10am; “Retirement Planning in the Current Economy” with Karen Chan at 11am; and, “To Your Health: Simple Steps to Eating Well” with Eileen Walsh at noon. Fair is co-sponsored by Morton Grove Family and Senior Services, North Shore Senior Center in Morton Grove, Morton Grove Public Library, and The Bethany Terrace. For more information call NSSC in Morton Grove at 847-470-5223. Clubs and Special Interest Groups NSSC in Morton Grove has many clubs and special interest groups that meet weekly, such as bridge, Mah Jongg, canasta, Humanities Treasures, Needlework, Poker, and more. New members are always welcome. Most clubs have a $7 MGSC member and $9 nonmember fee per term. Registration required for all clubs and special interest groups. Health Screenings Morton Grove Family and Senior Services has expanded the health screenings available at the American Legion Memorial Civic Center, 6140 Dempster Street. Diabetes Screenings will now be held every Tuesday from 9 -10am. Blood Pressure Screening will be held every Tuesday and Friday from 9 -11am. Both are

free of charge. Cholesterol Screening will be held the first Wednesday of each month. Cost: $10 for residents over age 65. There is a $12 fee for residents under 65 and for non-residents. Prime Care Resources will be providing the health screenings. Appointments are necessary for cholesterol screening. Call 847470-5223 for an appointment. Podiatry Screening and Nail Care On the first Tuesday of each month, Dr. Neamand will provide basic foot assessments and nail clipping. Medicare and private insurance is accepted. Residents not covered will be charged a fee of $30.00. Call 847-470-5223 for an appointment. Flu & Pneumonia Clinic Morton Grove Family and Senior Services will hold flu clinics for residents age 65 and older on the following dates: Thursday, September 30 from 9am – 1:30pm; Wednesday, October 6 from 1-4pm; and Thursday, October 7 from 9am12pm. There is no charge for those with Medicare Part B. The fee for those without Medicare Part B is $25 for the flu shot and $45 for the pneumonia shot. Appointments are required. Call 847-470-5223 for information and appointments.

Park Ridge OPERA ARTS DISCUSSION GROUP Beginning at 12:30 p.m. sharp on Thursday, October 14, the Opera Arts Discussion Group, moderated by Leo Rizzetto, will view a great 2003 production of Franz Lehar’s last operetta “Giuditta.” This is a German DVD with English subtitles. The beautiful Giuditta leaves her much older husband going to Morocco where she takes up with a military man. When he has to go to battle she becomes a famous singer and dancer in night clubs and panders to rich and influential men. Years later,

she meets her military man and tells him he is the only one she has really loved. However, he has grown cold towards her and leaves. In her big production number she appears in the briefest costume imaginable. With magnificent sets, beautiful orchestral and vocal music, this is a production definitely not to be missed. Refreshments served after the program. ‘’BOOK WORMS’’ BOOK DISCUSSION The group started their new season in early September in the Center library. Books are distributed monthly for discussion the following month. There are a variety of books and the discussion is always interesting. New members are always welcome. Terry Caldrone is the group leader. For future dates, call the Center for more information at 847-692-3597. WOMEN’S CLUB ANNUAL LUNCH AND CARD PARTY The Women’s Club annual lunch and card party begins with lunch at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 27. Menu will be chicken caesar salad with fruit. After lunch, any game of choice can be played ... bridge, pinochle, etc. Participants are encouraged to get up foursomes in advance. Reservations are required in advance and should be made according to current policy. The charge is $10.00 for the party. FLU SHOTS Flu shots are already scheduled for Tuesday, October 5 from 9 a.m. - 12 noon and will be available to all area seniors. ANNUAL BAZAAR The Center’s annual bazaar has been secheduled from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 6. The Center is accepting donations of gently used “white elephant” items. The bazaar workshop has been busy all year creating one-of-a-kind items to be sold. This is a good time to get that special and unique gift for a loved one.


Obituaries WILLIAM D. PIAZZI, 78 William D. Piazzi, 78, of Niles, passed away Saturday, September 11, 2010 at Lutheran General Hospital. He was born June 26, 1932. Beloved son of the late Daniel William Piazzi and the late Rose E. Piazzi. Loving husband of Violet Piazzi of Niles. Cherished father of Michele (Randy) Farmer, Tony (Lisa) Piazzi, Chris (Katie) Piazzi and Angela (Nathan) Stehle. Grandfather of Meredith, Matt (Kelly), John, Katie Grace, Miranda, Will, Natalie, Wes, Maggie, Noelle, Dan and Zach. Brother of the late Elizabeth. Services were held September 16, 2010 at St. John Brebeuf Church. Arrangements handled by Skaja Terrace Funeral Home. Interment at All Saints Cemetery. He was a Taxi Driver and a Korea Army Veteran.






Photos by Robert Bykowski/Staff photographer

Themi Bournias walks around prior to a Scouting event at the Niles village hall on Thursday.

Scouting celebrated in Niles Mayor Robert Callero

Scoutmasters Tom Bournias and George Alpogianis get ready for the Scout presentation.

Ross Melonides, Bobby Brownlow and Perry Hasapis recite the scouts’ pledge at the opening of the meeting.

Costa Alpogianis shakes hands while John Melonides looks on during an Scout event at the Niles village hall on Thursday.




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