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PACE bus service adds lines to I-55 routes By Sherri Dauskurdas Staff Reporter


ublic transportation got another boost in service this week, as Pace expanded its highway shoulder routes from Will County to Chicago. A series of routes that began operating in November 2011 along the shoulder of I-55 during rush hour have been so successful that the transportation group has added buses to the existing service. The buses stop at park-and-ride lots located in Plainfield, Romeoville, Bolingbrook and Burr Ridge. The one-way fare is $4, and parking at the parkand-ride lots is free. Pace officials said the service transports more than 500 people each day to and from the suburbs. Pace’s 755 Route will add Union Station as a destination this week. It already made stops at the Illinois Medical District and the University of Illinois at Chicago.Three buses operate on the route. The 855 route, which had six buses headed to Chicago in the morning and returning in the evening, will add a seventh to both a.m. and p.m. routes. See PACE, page 3


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Plainfield schools to keep First Student bus service By Sherri Dauskurdas Staff Reporter

First Student,District 202’s bus provider for the past 15 years, will continue to drive Plainfield area children to school through the 2014-15 year. School board members voted to continue the company’s district transportation contract, saying a lesser bid by competitor Illinois Central did not meet the requirements of the district. The Board of Education on Monday approved a three-year contract with First Student

for regular and vocational education services that totaled $28.6 million. Septran, which provides bus service for special education students, also was approved for through the 2014-15 year at a cost of about $16 million. The First Student bid came in about $1.5 million higher than Illinois Central for regular services, and Illinois Central also undercut the Septran bid for special education busing by about $300,000. However, officials cited a lack of experience on the part of

Illinois Central’s management as the reason for rejecting the company’s bid. Requirements set forth by the district indicated that the transportation company bidding must have at least 10 years experience with larger school districts and transporting 10,000 students or more, which Illinois Central did not offer. State law requires that bids be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder for regular and vocational education transportation. Law allows for other considerations as well for special education

transportation. District 202 drives about 20,000 regular education and 950 special education students to and from school each day. Should those numbers remain steady,the accepted bids indicate a rise in cost of about $191,000 for transport next year. But district officials say that the actual increase is dependent upon state reimbursements, which have yet to be determined. The district is hoping for the state to reimburse 50 percent of its transportation cost, officials said.

In recent years transportation reimbursements from the state have been both delayed and diminished.This has been a point for ongoing frustration for board members and school officials when trying to determine budgets. Consequently, the school district also began a new school schedule this year, which allowed for fewer buses and drivers. The move is expected to save the district more than $600,000 a year. First Student modified its service for that change in routing and schedule last fall.

2012 Great Read wraps with big screen finale By Sherri Dauskurdas Staff Reporter

Readers from across the area are invited to set their sights on the big screen next week. On Tuesday, this year’s Great Read novel “Rocket Boys” will come to life in a free showing of its cinematic version “October Sky,”starring Jake Gyllenhaal.The film will show in the auditorium at Plainfield North High School, 12005 S. 248th St. “October Sky” is based on this year’s featured Great Read book, “Rocket Boys,” written by Homer Hickam Jr. The memoir describes the teen’s fascination with rocketry in the 1960s and how he went on to become an actual rocket scientist for NASA. The showing is in conjunction with The Great Read Closing Gala festivities, which begin at 5:30 p.m. with a reception featuring light “space-themed” refreshments. At 6 p.m. Hickam will chat briefly with movie-goers via Skype and announce the winners of the Great Read contests in trivia and art. A lucky reader will win four tickets to the Adler Planetarium as the main prize in the “Rocket

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Boys” trivia contest. Three community artists will each win $25 Barnes and Noble gift cards for their creativity as part of the Great Read Art Contest. Artists of all ages were invited to create their personal vision of an idea or scene form the book and were able to produce it in any medium. Prizes will be awarded by age group. Hickam will also announce the winners of autographed copies of “Rocket Boys” and his newest book, “Crater,” which will be awarded through a drawing held at the closing gala. Unsigned copies of both books also will be given away at the event. The Great Read was created in 2004 to promote literacy, reading, conversation and community. However, the Great

Read is more than a simple community book project. Instead, this year’s program included an earlier Skype chat with Hickam, breakout discussion groups on the book, a cooperative event with the Joliet Area Historical Museum’s exhibit on John Houbolt, and various creative-based contests and initiatives. All activities are grant funded.

The Great Read is presented by the Plainfield School District 202; the Plainfield, Joliet and Fountaindale public libraries; Plainfield Township; and the Joliet-area Barnes and Noble

stores. For more information about this year’s program, visit the Great Read’s Facebook page or the website at www.psd202. org/greatread.

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Parenting expert to address community By Sherri Dauskurdas Staff Reporter

Dr. Fran Walfish will be the featured guest at the annual community program hosted by the District 202 Parents Recognizing Individual Developmental Excellence group. PRIDE is comprised of parents of gifted students, but the program is open to everyone. Walfish, one of the foremost Beverly Hills child and family psychotherapists, will offer suggestions to help parents cope with the challenges of raising children in modern society. The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday April 26 at Plainfield East High School. She will share ideas on a variety of topics, including setting boundaries, establishing a sound disciplinary structure,

PACE Continued from page 1 For more than 20 years, Pace suburban bus has offered express bus service from the southwest suburbs to downtown via I-55. However, I-55 is a heavily traveled road with high levels of congestion and accompanying

“Some of the topics she will cover include time honored parental concerns such as setting boundaries, problem solving, opening lines of communication and establishing a sound disciplinary structure. [These are] areas that all parents are always eager to learn about.” Joan Woolwine, elementary curriculm identifying problem solving strategies and opening the lines of communication. “Dr. Walfish is a perfect fit for this event because she has written a book [titled] ‘The SelfAware Parent: Resolving Conflict and Building a Better Bond,’” Joan Woolwine, who heads up elementary curriculum for the district, said. “Some of the

topics she will cover include time honored parental concerns such as setting boundaries, problem solving, opening lines of communication and establishing a sound disciplinary structure. [These are] areas that all parents are always eager to learn about.” Woolwine said PRIDE fosters the belief that every child is talented in his or her own right.

slow travel speeds for over 11 hours per day. Pace buses get stuck in traffic and can only perform as well as the highway allows, often operating in the most congested segments of I-55 during the most congested times, according to IDOT reports. In the bus-on-shoulder project, when traffic is moving at 35 mph or less,transit buses will be able to use the inside shoulder. Merging

will only occur under congested conditions when buses and vehicles in the general purpose travel lanes are traveling at slower speeds. Bus on shoulder driving will be allowed during the hours of 5 to 9 a.m. northbound and 3 to 7 p.m. southbound Mon. – Fri. For full schedules and other information, visit www.pacebus. com or call Pace customer Service at 847-364-PACE.

“They also believe that parents require tools to assist them as they support their child’s academic, social and emotional growth and development,” Woolwine said. “In order to bring the goals to life, the group hosts an annual event that focuses on providing parents with an opportunity to learn from a noted speaker in the field of parenting.” Additionally, each event allows parents to submit specific questions to be answered during and after the presentation. Walfish has been a frequent guest on a long list of television news programs and quoted in many national publications as an expert in the field of innovative strategies for parents, children and couples. “The Self-Aware Parent” explores the bonds between children and parents, focusing on

the inevitable conflicts that arise. In the book, Walfish, shows parents how to distinguish their own personality types in order to make better decisions about how they interact with and raise their children. The books goal is to help parents who feel inadequate or “out of control” learn how to become the best parents possible. Walfish’s presentation will address topics that concern parents of children pre-K – 12, Woolwine said. The community program is free. However, pre-registration is strongly encouraged for planning purposes.Those who pre-register also can pose questions online for Walfish to answer “live” at the event. Attendees may pre-register on the District 202 website at www.

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Artist brings therapy to Consider fire rules cancer patients with class By Sherri Dauskurdas Staff Reporter

Five years ago, Amanda Chakravarty was diagnosed with stage four kidney cancer. And after a battle with the disease that included six surgeries in 12 months and subsequent years of recovery, she just last month received an all clear from her doctors. To celebrate, Chakravarty is sharing with others battling the disease her greatest joy and her favorite therapy, art. Chakaravarty, creative director and owner of Art Cube Studios, is providing free art lessons to 50 area cancer fighters and survivors at her Plainfield location. Diagnosed in January of 2007, she underwent six surgeries to remove all the tumors in her body. Those surgeries included the removal of her left kidney and the top third of her right femur, which was replaced by a megaprosthetic. Many different doctors offered many different opinions on the course of therapy following the surgeries, but Chakravarty opted against all of them. “No two doctors shared the same opinion of my case, and I was given a different recommendation on what sort of therapies to receive by each one,” she said.“This was the most difficult decision of my life.” Recovery from the hip surgery

was long and difficult, and today she still lives with some degree of pain each day. However, she said she has “defied all odds.” Chakravarty has been an artist since childhood, and said she came to rely on her art as a way to manage the struggles of her diagnosis and recovery process. “During my first year of cancer, 2007, the exhibitions and shows that I participated in kept me focused on something more positive during a very dark and difficult time,” she said.“Having to take the time to create beautiful works of art, when all you can think of otherwise are thoughts of pain and death, gave me a bit of mental health, which I believe helped me physically as well.” So now, Chakravarty wants to share her favorite therapy with other patients and survivors. “I just would like to give them the opportunity that I had as an artist; to find some sort of happy moment and positive thought with enjoyable company; to help them through whatever difficult time they may be going through,” she said. “It’s easy to fall into depression when all you can do is sit and wait for others to help you. Having artistic, creative projects to complete were therapeutic for me in a way that gave me happiness. “Creating art is an outlet... even today,” she said. “If I’m having an off day, I can go upstairs in the

studio, turn the music on and stop thinking about all the things that are bringing me down. It gives me a fresh look on the day. It’s almost like taking a power nap when you’re tired.” Chakravarty also spreads her support and her experience by volunteering as a survivor mentor with Imerman Angels. The Chicago-based organization pairs up people seeking cancer support with a cancer survivor or survivor’s caregiver, who is the same age, same gender and who has beaten the same type of cancer. The one-on-one relationships give a cancer fighter or caregiver the chance to ask personal questions and get support from someone who has been there before. In return, they receive support and empathy from someone who can relate to their circumstance. “There were so many people that came through the hospitals to help me, and I am so thankful for them,”she said.“It makes you want to give back.This is something that I can do for those that are home... give them something positive to think about, something to do other than sit and worry.” An interactive calendar of classes with information is available online at www.artcubestudios. com. Registrants must call or stop in to enroll.The offer is valid for the first 50 applicants, and for classes between April and October 2012.

With the early spring weather more people have been spending time outdoors with recreational fires. Along with the recreational fires come questions concerning what is allowed, and that depends upon where you live. For residents of the Plainfield Fire Protection District that live within the Village of Plainfield and the City of Crest Hill, recreational fires must meet the following:

• Recreational fires cannot be located within 25 feet of a structure or combustible material, for example homes, garages, sheds, fences, trees and bushes. Recreational fire pile sizes cannot exceed 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height.

If your lot size is not large enough to provide the 25 foot separation/distance then you will need to use an approved container for your recreational fire. • Recreational fires in approved containers cannot be located within 15 feet of a structure.Examples of approved containers are portable metal fire pits and chimneys. For Plainfield Fire Protection District residents within the City of Crest Hill please be aware that all recreational fires within the City of Crest Hill must be in an approved container per City Ordinance. • Recreational fires shall be See FIRES, page 5

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Events to address disability challenges By Sherri Dauskurdas Staff Reporter

Living with a disability can present daily challenges and frustrations, but meeting those challenges can be both fulfilling and self-affirming. Helping folks in the Plainfield area navigate those challenges is the focus of the second annual “No One Can Stop Me” Abilities Expo. Vendors, workshops and guest speakers will be on hand to help families address some of the needs that living with a disability can present. “The purpose of this event is to provide information and resources to those with disabilities and their families,” Steve Cammack, Plainfield Township trustee and co-chair of the event, said “We’re hoping that

FIRES Continued from page 4 constantly attended until the fire is extinguished. A minimum of one portable fire extinguisher with at least a 4-A rating, or sand, water barrel or a charged garden hose shall be available for immediate use at all times during the recreational fire.

by educating them on their options and helping them find answers to their questions, that we can help alleviate some of the frustrations that arise.” The exhibitors showcase will feature products and services, including automobile/van conversions; assistive technologies; bathroom equipment; beds, furnishings and accessories; chairs and accessories; daily living aids; durable medical equipment; exercise, recreation, sports equipment and services; home medical equipment and services; incontinence products; insurance and insurance services; legal services; publications; ramps/ lifts; rehabilitative care/services; residential programs; seating/ positioning systems and accessories; travel and hospitality services; and

wheelchairs, scooters and walkers. “When living with a disability, each day presents new challenges. As a result, there is a never-ending need for new products,services and technologies to improve quality of life,” said Mike Brann, president of the Plainfield Park District Board of Commissioners and co-chair of the event. The Plainfield Township Disabilities Committee will host the free event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 14 at the Plainfield Central High School field house, 24120 W. Fort Beggs Drive. And while the Expo seeks to serve a wide variety of ability needs, another area event seeks to celebrate the achievements of those with hearing impairments. The 10th annual Hearing Advocacy Event onTuesday,April 17

will honor local students who are hard of hearing for their advocacy and achievements in living with hearing loss. The advocacy program was developed to reward students who have taken the step to use self-advocacy skills. It also looks to encourage self-conscious teens with hearing impairments to be proud of themselves and enable them to speak up for what they need in difficult communication situations, officials said. “These students are often the only ones in their school with hearing loss challenges, so we try to get them together so that they don’t feel so isolated,” District 202 Hearing Itinerant Programs Supervisor Brenda Schmidt said. A special panel will feature parents of children who have

• Recreational fires shall be immediately extinguished if they are found to be offensive or objectionable because of smoke or odor emissions or when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous. Examples include, but are not limited to, instances where the smoke is causing a medical issue for a nearby resident or neighbor or when high winds make it hazardous to

have a fire. • The burning of garbage, building materials, landscape waste and leaves is not allowed. • Recreational fires cannot be located within any easement and must be at least 15 feet from your lot lines.

Complaints regarding recreational fires should be directed to the appropriate Police Department while the fire is burning. Failure to comply with the above listed rules can result in tickets and fines.

a hearing loss. Attendees will participate in self-advocacy skills activities and eat lunch with a mentor whom they will interview. The Hearing Advocacy Event honors high school students from District 202; the Lockport Area Special Education Cooperative; Valley View School District 365U; Lincoln Way Area Special Education Joint Agreement; Illinois School for the Deaf; Joliet School District 86; Southwest Cook County Cooperative for Special Education; Hinsdale South High School District 86; Joliet Township High School District 204; and Kendall County Special Education Cooperative. About 200 students, staff members and parents are expected to attend this year’s event, which will be held at the 176 West Banquet Hall in Joliet.

If you have any questions regarding recreational fires please contact the Plainfield Fire Protection District at 815-4365335 or you may also contact the county or town in which you reside.

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From the Desk of Rep. Jim Sacia How are things in Springfield, Jim? Are we moving in the right direction? If I had a quarter for each time I’ve been asked those questions, I’d have enough money to take Jenny out for a nice dinner. The answers are – good and absolutely. More than any time in my ten years in this office, I see such positive efforts to fix a very difficult situation. Last week I attempted to simplify the complexity of our $58 billion budget and the income we anticipate from you. The most important aspect of that column, it was not “pie in the sky.” Both the House of Representatives and our State Senate have agreed that the “line in the sand” is that all the available money coming into our state coffers from you the taxpayers is $33,719,000,000. This is Amendment 2 to House Resolution 706, and it is identical to House Joint Resolution (HJR) 69 which is concurred to by the Senate. Once again this year, and not surprising, the governor’s office is in opposition as they believe that more money will become available. The resolutions are also opposed by the Illinois Policy Institute (which surprises me), the Illinois Association of

Rehabilitation Facilities, Planned Parenthood and SEIU (Service Employees International Union) (which doesn’t surprise me). Many organizations expect to be fully funded no matter how much money is available. Many of you would like to obtain things, but if no money is available, you know you’ll have to tighten your belt for at least another year. I’ve arrived at the point I want to make –the house and senate will allocate no more money than $33,719,000,000. If more money comes in we can pay down past due bills (now approximately $8 billion). The real good news is for the first time in many years (at least ten), we stand to spend less than our income. Recently, walking into the Freeport Farm and Fleet, a gentleman I know well said to me, “Jim, you’ve got to quit writing nice things about Chicago Democrats, I’m starting to think you are going over to the other side.” I’m just very proud of how so many of us are coming, perhaps begrudgingly, to consensus. As the old saying goes,“it’s not over until the fat lady sings” on May 31st. It will be a tough two months but it must happen.

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From Years Past State Rep. McGuire says goodbye to government One year ago… 2011

• The Enterprise editorialized about the rising cost of gasoline, and the impact it has had on everyday lives.The lack of consistent public transportation in the suburbs made gasoline “a necessary evil,” and petroleum’s pervasiveness in consumer goods made us think twice before replacing the carpet, getting new tires for the car, and other necessities.

Five years ago…2007 • Two Plainfield teens died following a two-vehicle crash Saturday morning in Polo, Illinois. Sixteen-year-olds Joshua A. Ferralez III and Anthony R. Espositista, both sophomores at Plainfield Central High School, were traveling west on Henry Road in Ferralez’ Toyota around 11 a.m. Saturday when the accident occurred. According to Ogle County police, Ferralez failed to stop at the intersection of Henry Road and Route 26. The Toyota was struck by a Dodge Ram pick-up truck. Espositista was pronounced dead at the scene by the Ogle County coroner. Ferralez was transported by helicopter to Rockford Memorial Hospital. He died of his injuries Monday morning.

Ten years ago… 2002 • Several small, partially burned paper bags imprinted with a fast-food restaurant label fluttered across a concrete floor at the destroyed S&G Packaging Company plant, the remnants of one of the most relentless fires in Plainfield’s history. Plainfield Fire Chief John Eichelberger called the blaze the most stubborn fire the department had fought. Large rolls of paper and mounds of bags and boxes continued to burn for three weeks at the plant site along U.S. 30 just south of 135th Street. Plainfield firefighters had been on duty at the scene every day since the April 1 fire that left 225 workers without jobs. • Firefighters battled a blaze at Miller’s Old Fashioned Butcher Shop on Lockport Street in downtown Plainfield after a patron at a neighboring business saw smoke and called 911. There were no injuries from the fire, which was contained to the front of the butcher shop.

Fifteen years ago… 1997 • Plainfield Village President Dick Rock introduced Terry Burghard as the village’s new administrator. Burghard, a Park Forest resident, had been in private business for 10 years as a co-owner of a real estate development and construction firm. He had also been a village manager and administrator for both Homewood and Mount Prospect. • Plainfield Public Library patrons were one step closer to the Internet as a result of action taken by the library board of trustees. The board unanimously approved the purchase and installation of a local area network to allow simultaneous access to the Internet on four public access personal computers and one staff-only PC. Library officials said the system would eventually allow simultaneous Internet access by 25 personal computers.

By Jonathan Samples Staff reporter

In a press release last Friday, State Rep. Jack McGuire bid farewell to his constituents in the 86th Representative District. “When I decided to seek reelection as state representative last summer,I had every intention of continuing that work to help put Illinois back on the right track,” McGuire said in the press release. “But while my head and my heart are telling me to keep up the fight, unfortunately my body is telling me otherwise.” An impromptu retirement party last Thursday was held in McGuire’s office and marked the end of the Joliet Democrat’s long career in the Illinois House. “We had a small gathering

yesterday for his last day,” district office manager Colleen Prieboy said.“It was wonderful.” Prieboy said McGuire has been planning his retirement for the last couple of weeks, but waited until last week to let everyone know. Will County Executive Larry Walsh and Joliet Mayor Tom Giarrante were just a few of the more than 100 people who came to see McGuire off. “I’ve known Jack a long, long time and I really respect what he’s done for the area,” Giarrante said. “I was more than happy to go over and wish him good luck in his retirement.” McGuire, 78, has been in the Illinois House of Representatives since 1990. During his time there he has won several awards,

By Laura Katauskas Staff Reporter

The allure of the jelly bean doesn’t have to disappear with the Easter Bunny. Nor does the giving and peaceful sentiment of the season. Soon, you will see volunteers handing out Jelly Belly beans in thanks for a donation to Misericordia during the upcoming 27th annual Candy Days from

sunrise to sunset on April 27 and April 28 throughout the area. Foundedin1921,Misericordia— which means “heart of mercy” in Latin—is a community of care for more than 600 children and adults with mild to profound developmental disabilities. They are persons of all races, religions and creeds and socio-economic backgrounds. Misericordia’s programs include residential placement and day-to-day support,

employment opportunities, physical and speech therapy, social and recreational outings, health and fitness activities, and opportunities for spiritual growth. State funding only covers a portion of Misericordia’s needs to operate. This year, Misericordia must raise $14 million for program costs not

moved to Plainfield in 1948. Proceeded in death by his sister ( Maxine Roberts), his brother, Matthew Dickerson and his father Max Dickerson. Survived by his mother Mary, his three brothers Charles,

James and Bruce Dickerson and numerous nieces and nephews. There will be a memorial mass at St. Mary’s on April 12, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. Marvin will be buried at the Lincoln Memorial Cemetary in Elwood, IL.

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including American Red Cross’ Legislator of the Year Award in 1991 and the Advocates United Legislator of the Year Award in 1997. “I have always considered my job a privilege, one that had to be earned every day,” McGuire said in the pres release. “I take my responsibilities and the duties of my office very seriously. I have always enjoyed working with my constituents and doing everything I can to help them access state services, cut government red tape, and provide a voice for them in state government.” McGuire was out of town and not available for comment during time of publication.

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Community Events

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ONGOING Anything Grows Garden Club of Plainfield. 7 p.m. at Plainfield Congregational Church, 24020 W. Fraser Road. Join us for “Garden Talk.” We meet every fourth Wednesday of the month. Guest speakers, garden projects or day trips are scheduled for every meeting. Dues are $15 for a single membership or $20 for a family membership. For more information contact Anita at Plainfield Art League Demos. Plainfield Art League holds their monthly art demo every second Wednesday of each month from 7 to 8:45 p.m. in the large meeting room, downstairs at the Plainfield Public Library unless otherwise noted - please check website for details/topics. The Plainfield Library is located on Illinois Street in downtown Plainfield. Art League demos are free and open to the public so come join us and bring a friend! For more info or to become a member, visit www., email or call 815-556-9278. Toddlin’ Twos. 10 a.m. Thursdays at the Plainfield Public Library. This 20-minute drop-in story time is for two-year-old children with an adult caregiver. Children will be treated to stories and finger plays. Bounce & Tickle for Babies. 9:15 a.m. Tuesdays at the Plainfield Public Library. This drop-in group is for children aged 6-23 months with an adult caregiver. Children will be introduced to stories, interactive songs, and finger plays. A short period of free play with educational toys will enhance socialization and fine motor skills. Main Street Museum. 1-4 p.m. Saturdays at the Plainfield Historical Society, 23836 W. Main St. in Plainfield. Admission is free, and group tours are available by appointment. Current exhibits include early local history projects created by community third grade students. Also featured are exhibits about

the Civil War, Electric Park, World War One and Two, and the school band program from the 1930s forward. Call 815-4364073 for more information. Birth after cesarean. 12-2 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. meetings the first Monday of the month in Romeoville. Come for encouragement, supports, and information on planning for your next birth. Babes-in-arms are always welcome. Call Melanie in Romeoville at 253-861-5897 for more information, or e-mail Young Widows Support Group. Meets the third Thursday of every month at varying locations in the Plainfield/Joliet area.  Open to those who have lost a partner and are ready to begin healing and moving forward in life by sharing their experiences with others. Children are welcome. For more information please contact Amanda at widowswear stilettos 
chicagosw@yahoo. com. Managing Multiples. A support group offered by Edward Hospital that is open to couples that are still expecting, parents of multiples or even parents who have one or more children who just need to get their life in order. The group will meet the second Thursday of each month from 10 – 11:30 a.m. Participants are encouraged to bring their babies. The class is free. For more information call (630) 527-5369. Breastfeeding support group. A free support group, offered by Edward Hospital and led by a certified Lactation Counselor, meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month from 11:30 – noon (following Cradle Talk). Join other breastfeeding moms for support and to have any questions answered. No registration required. For information and location, please call (630) 5273957. Nurturing Mom. A free support group for new moms or moms-to-be who are experiencing emotional lows,

depression, anxiety, fearful thoughts, difficulty sleeping, or other troubling behavior. Led by a licensed clinical psychologist and a therapist with extensive backgrounds in women’s services and postpartum depression, this support group meets weekly, on Thursdays from 6:30 – 7:30. Registration is suggested. For information and location, please call (630) 5273957. Silent Prayer hour. The members of the St. Mary Immaculate Military Ministry invite everyone to devote an hour together to pray for the dedicated individuals who wear the uniforms of our country. Please join us on the 3rd Friday of each month from 6 to 7 p.m. in the St. Mary Immaculate Parish Adoration Chapel for an hour of silent prayer for a soldier (or the soldier’s family). Use the North Wing entrance to the church at 15629 South Rt. 59 in Plainfield. We also invite you to submit a name (s) to be added to our prayer intention list. Please contact Maria Prekop at 312-259-6851 or Ann Eckhorn at 815-254-9656. Young Widows Support Group. Meets once per month at varying locations in the Plainfield/Joliet area. Open to those who have lost a partner and are ready to begin healing and moving forward in life by sharing their experiences with others. Children are welcome. For more information please contact Amanda at widowswear “Going Green” Electronics Recycling Project. In cooperation with Vintage Tech Recyclers, Wheatland Township will continue its recycling of electronic equipment

for township residents. All equipment received will be fully processed and recycled with a Zero-Tolerance for landfill policy adopted by the recycling company. Equipment that can be dropped off includes:Computers, Monitors, Memory Sticks, Printer Cartridges, Laptops and accessories, Hard Drives, Power Cables, Network Equipment, Fax Machines, Photocopiers and Cell Phones. If you have any other items of question, please call us to see if they will be accepted. All items can be dropped off at the Township office, 31 W 236 91st St. in Naperville, Monday thru Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. For more information, contact Jay Madalon at (630) 851-3952 or e-mail to: JayM@ Friday Night at Live 59. Every Friday, doors open at 10 p.m. and close at 2 a.m. FNL is an after the work week social mixer with live bands and comedy. There will be a $10 cover at the door, and early arrival is suggested to guarantee seating.

APRIL 13 Art, Wine, And Jazz Festival. 6:30 p.m. at Salentino Italian Ristorante located at 15420 South Route 59, Plainfield, IL 60544. The Rotary Club of Plainfield is hosting its second annual Art, Wine, and Jazz Festival. This event features art from several local and regional artists as well as the very talented students from Plainfield area high schools.  Attendees will enjoy live jazz music, appetizers, and various wines.  Proceeds from the event go towards providing scholarships for Plainfield area students. Tickets for the event are $50 in advance and $55 at the door. Registration is highly recommended,as space is limited.

Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.rotaryplainfieldil. org. CPR Heartsaver AED. 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Edward Hospital Education Center. Classroom-based, video-driven course led by an AHA Heartsaver of Basic Life Support instructor. Upon successful completion of all course requirements, students received a course completion card, valid for two years. Register by calling 630-527-6363.

APRIL 14 Abilities Expo. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Plainfield Central High School Field House, 24120 W. Fort Beggs Drive, Plainfield. The events will include vendors, workshops, and guest speakers. Concessions will also be available. For more information visit www. or

APRIL 16 Kendall County Republican Women General Meeting. 7 p.m. at the Yorkville Public Library. Kendall County Republican Women will hold an open general meeting. State Rep. Kay Hatcher will give a legislative update. All area residents are invited to attend this meeting. For more information, call the KCRW president, Pam Watts at 630-553-1726 or check the website at See CALENDAR, page 9

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Prepared foods OK for farmers markets By Sherri Dauskurdas Staff Reporter

As the weather warms and village events kick into gear, towns across the area are preparing for the weekly tradition of the farmer’s market. This year, the array of items for sale could grow, as new laws allow for prepared foods to be sold at the popular seasonal events. The Cottage Food Operation Law allows for home bakers and jelly makers to sell their wares at farmers markets as part of the cottage food industry. Such prepared items were previously not allowed to be sold by home cooks except at a yard sale or during a fundraiser. The measure allows people to sell home-baked “non potentially hazardous food,” like cookies, breads, and cakes, as well as some jams and preserves, all which have been deemed to have a low risk of transmitting a food borne illness. “The best way to celebrate Illinois’ agricultural strength is by making it easier for Illinois residents to buy fresh foods and support farmers and local economies,” Governor Quinn said. “Farmers’ markets allow us to buy fresh, healthy produce and other homemade goods directly from the people who make them, and this legislation will enable those business owners to sell directly to consumers while making sure safety standards are consistent for all markets throughout the state.” Until now in Illinois, baked goods sold as part of a business have to be prepared in a kitchen that passes a state health inspection. In most cases, people who want to sell their

own homemade baked goods have to rent or purchase a commercially certified kitchen. The legislation requires people to have a food sanitation license, and it states that they must clearly label goods that are prepared in a home. Additionally, income from the cottage food industry is limited by the state law to no more than $25,000 in gross receipts for the calendar year. “Purchasing from and promoting local food producers will not only lead us to healthier eating habits and lifestyles,” said Lt. Governor Sheila Simon, ”but also boost our economy and create sustainable jobs.” Small business consultant Susan O’Hara says the measure will not only allow current Farmer’s Market vendors to deepen their offerings, and their profits, but also provide budding entrepreneurs a venue to develop a customer base before making a significant investment in overhead. “Opening a bakery or any food preparation facility can be an expensive task, not to mention all the inspections and paperwork involved in the process,” O’Hara said. “This new law will let home cooks get their feet wet with a small investment of time and money, and little risk, before deciding if the business is a good choice.” Farmer’s markets are offered from May through September across the Will County area through villages, cities and chambers of commerce. For more information about becoming a food vendor in Will County, contact Will County Environmental Health at (815) 727-8490 or at info@

CANDY Continued from page 8 covered by the government. In addition, Misericordia raises funds for construction projects in order to welcome some of the 500 individuals on its waiting list. To date, Misericordia has completed its seventh home in the neighboring community and four additional homes on its campus in Chicago. The organization has started and with donations hopes to expand an outreach program for children with disabilities and their families. For volunteers like 91-year-old Chris Kutselas, Candy Days are an opportunity to give back to a place that made a world of difference for his daughter, who needed the services of Misericordia. Misericordia operates on a 31acre campus setting, offering a home for those that need it,offering opportunities while teaching skills for those with disabilities to live as independently as possible. Twenty

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APRIL 17 Ribbon Cutting. 11:30 a.m. at Back On The Rack, 24038 W. Lockport St., Suite 100. Ribbon cutting for Back On The Rack. Please make your reservations with the Chamber office at 815-436-4431 or via e-mail to Everyone is welcome to our networking events.

APRIL 21 Apple Tree Preschool Children’s Resale Event. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Plainfield

percent of Misericordia’s residents either come from families living in poverty, or are without a family and are wards of the State. For Kutselas, the people at Misericordia are family and are why he has been volunteering for more than 25 years, and has become a champion coordinator for Candy Days. “This is a good cause—you have to visit this place and see what it is like and what they have built,” said Kutselas.“It’s my way of giving back for what they have given my family. It is a wonderful home.You have to see just how amazing they treat everyone.” In a time when state services are being cut, and services for the disabled are notoriously circumspect, Misericordia stands out as a leader in its services, lending both compassion and physical support to all that need it, Kutselas explained. “Anyone that comes to Misericordia gets the care that they are suppose to get, and beyond,” said Kutselas. A couple of hours are all it takes

Congregational Church of Christ at the corner of Rt. 59 and Fraser Rd. in Plainfield. Featuring toys, clothing for infants up to size 10, furniture and much more. Proceeds to support Apple Tree programs and scholarship funds.

APRIL 22 CPR/First Aid for family and friends. 1-4:30 p.m. at the Edward Hospital Education Center, third floor. This videobased classroom course teaches adult Hands-Only CPR and AED use, Child CPR and AED use, Infant CPR, and how to relieve choking in an adult, child, or infant. This is not a certification course. Cost is $10 per person. Register by calling 630-5276363.

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to make a difference,say organizers. Thousands of volunteers are needed throughout Chicago and its suburbs to work on the streets and in storefronts collecting donations. “It is important to volunteer for Misericordia Candy Days because it is a win-win for everyone,” said Assistant Executive Director Lois Gates.“The funds raised go directly to the programs to enhance quality life at Misericordia, home to over 600 children and adults with developmental disabilities. The person volunteering feels good knowing that they are making a significant difference and witnesses to the good people of Chicago and the suburbs that all children and adults have a right to life in a beautiful and loving environment.” For more information on the organization, how to help or to make a donation visit www. You also can text “MIS” to 25383 to make a $5 donation. The Jesse Marymont and Lauren Rafferty Families will match 100 percent of all texted donations this year.

APRIL 25 CPR HeartsaverAED. 8:30 noonattheEdwardHospitalEducation Center.Classroom-based,video-driven course led by an AHA Heartsaver of Basic Life Support instructor. Upon successful completion of all course requirements, students received a course completion card, valid for two years. Register by calling 630-5276363.

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The following items were compiled from the official reports of the Plainfield Police Department. Appearing in the police blotter does not constitute a finding of guilt, only a court of law can make that determination. Bhadur Mankoo, 19, 11363 S. Belmont Drive, Plainfield, was arrested on March 29 at 7:30 a.m. on S. Lincoln Highway and S. Spangler Road for illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor.


Emily Dudasik, 21, 20 N. Tower Road, Oakbrook, was arrested on March 29 at 3:25 p.m. on 143rd and S. Van Dyke Road for n in-state warrant.


Augurio Rodriguez-Vera, 35, 579 Constitution, Aurora, was arrested on March


31 at 8:25 a.m. on S. 248th Avenue and S. Winterberry Lane for driving without a valid driver’s license. Tess Cochrane, 20, 16136 S. Arbor Drive, Plainfield, was arrested on April 1 at 2:29 a.m. in the 15000 block of S. Lexington Drive for illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor.


Michael Pardon, 23, 3107 Fiday Road, Joliet, was arrested on April 1 at 3:45 a.m. on S. Lincoln Highway and Spangler Road for driving under the influence.


Phontane Frazier, 20, 1910 Mystic Drive, Plainfield, was arrested on April 1 at 3:57 a.m. on S. Lincoln Highway and S. Spangler Road for driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a blood alcohol content


over .08 and driving without a valid driver’s license. Keith Carter, 52, 2501 Silver Rock Drive, Crest Hill, was arrested on April 1 at 9:21 p.m. on S. Joliet Road and S. Route 59.


Blas Vazquez-Gomez, 27, 2708 Village Green Drive, Aurora, was arrested on April 2 at 7:35 a.m. on W. 135th and S. Route 30 for driving without a valid driver’s license, with a suspended registration and no insurance.


Sylvester Young, 23, 4604 Governors Drive, Rockford, was arrested on April 2 at 1:05 p.m. on W. Lockport and S. Route 59.


Robert Green, 65, 24349 W. Fraser Road, Plainfield, was arrested on April 2 at 4:16 p.m.


in the 24000 block of W. Fraser Road for aggravated domestic battery. Scott Dussman, 28, 24476 W. John Adams Drive, Plainfield, was arrested on April 2 at 5:15 p.m. on W. Lockport and S. Wood Farm Road for driving with a suspended/ revoked driver’s license.


Mario Ochoa-Ortiz, 33, 709 Belmont Drive, Romeoville, was arrested on April 5 at 7:32 p.m. on S. Eastern Avenue and W. Lockport for diving without a valid driver’s license.


Lindengate Circle, Plainfield, was arrested on April 5 at 11:23 p.m. on W 135th and Blakely Drive for driving on a suspended/revoked driver’s license. Kory Landrum, 30, 2173 Walcott Road, Aurora, was arrested on April 6 at 9:06 a.m. on S. James and W. Lockport for operating a vehicle with a suspended registration, no insurance and driving with a a suspended/revoked driver’s license.



Maria Chavez,46,216 Grinton Ave., Joliet, was arrested on April 6 at 7:20 p.m.on S.Hometown Drive and W. Renwick Road for driving without a valid driver’s license.


Feliciano Tejeda-Gonalez, 41, 786 E. Benton, Aurora, was arrested on April 7 at 3:55 p.m. on W. 135th and S.Vicarage Drive for driving without a valid driver’s license.

Luis Gonzalez, 23, 222 N. Oak St., West Chicago, was arrested on April 5 at 9:32 p.m. on W. 135th and Route 59 for driving without a valid driver’s license. Vanessa Gomez, 21, 26728



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‘Vision’ for youth rehab excludes Youth Center By Sherri Dauskurdas Staff Reporter

The possible closing of the Joliet-based Illinois Youth Center, which houses the state’s most violent and aggressive young people, has become an issue fueled by emotion over safety, treatment, money and jobs. But closing the Joliet-based Illinois Youth Center and disbursing those incarcerated to other facilities across the state is about more than budget, it’s about vision. At an open hearing in Joliet last week, arguments for and against the closure of the Joliet facility were heard by the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability, chaired by Rep. Patti Bellock. According to Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice Director Arthur Bishop, the recommendation to shutter the Joliet Youth Center in favor of other facilities in St. Charles, Kewanee and Harrisburg comes not only from budgetary pressure, but from a desire to change the way youth in Illinois are rehabilitated. Bishop told the commission that because 90 percent of the budget of the IDJJ is allocated to running facilities, it has no choice but to close two in order to meet budgetary cuts. On average, the facilities statewide operate at 64 percent capacity, with about 570 beds empty on any given day. However, which facilities get closed should be determined not solely on the dollar. Instead, he

“Research and studies across the country have verified that strong diversion and after school programs are more successful than incarceration,” Arthur Bishop, IDJJ director said the decision should “seek to cut inefficiency first,” while “keeping in mind the long-term vision of a more therapeutic and rehabilitative system.” “Research and studies across the country have verified that strong diversion and after school programs are more successful than incarceration,” Bishop said. He added that the very environment at the Joliet Youth Center, built in the 1950s, inhibits such rehabilitation. He called the St. Charles facility “more conducive to our long-term vision of being more rehabilitative, in terms of its sight, look, environment and even ambience.” Joliet’s youth center is the only suchfacilitydesignedformaximum security of the most dangerous and violent incarcerated youth. Bishop described the facility as looking like an “adult prison.” He added that it often fails to meet the needs of a population, which has a large percentage of kids with unresolved issues of mental health, trauma or abuse. Bishop added that closing the facilitywouldallowhisdepartment to better serve the population by rebalancing services and programming, providing ongoing professional development to staff and “moving toward a continuum

of care that leverages evidencebased, cost-effective programs at the remaining six facilities in the state. But doing so comes with a laundry list of challenges, both environmental and budgetary. Accommodations must be made to upgrade security at the St. Charles facility in order to house maximum-security inmates there. Costs are estimated at more than $5 million. Furthermore, the facility is in need of other maintenance and repairs, such as rook and hvac systems, for which Joliet already has been upgraded. Additionally, the per capita marginal cost to house a youth at Joliet (food, medical, treatment, clothing, etc.) is $12,000, according to Bishop, while at St. Charles, it is $17,500. All these factors were argued by Will County officials, who voiced their strong objections to closing the Joliet center. Calling the decision to close the Joliet Youth Center “rushed, haphazard and narrowly focused

on bricks and mortar,” Sen. Pat McGuire also argued the facilities proximity to Chicago as a major factor. He said that that 85 percent of the Joliet center’s population is from Cook County, and that transportation costs back and forth to court proceedings, including fuel, staff, overtime, all would increase, as would the risk of incident en route. Further, both McGuire and Will County Executive Larry Walsh indicated concern over the distance between young offenders and family, should Chicago-area youth be sent to places like Kewanee and Harrisburg.These visits are an intricate part of the rehabilitative process,Walsh contended. Furthermore, McGuire took issue with the claim by Bishop that IYC Joliet lacked the rehabilitative structure desired. “Calling IYC Joliet the least rehabilitative is a simplistic view of the reality at IYC-Joliet,” McGuire said, paying homage to successful substance abuse programs, as well as high school GED and vocational education. If security concerns and budgetary issues weren’t enough to argue about, Will County looks to lose 190 jobs in the process. These factors make the shut down of the Joliet location a hard pill for local legislators to

swallow. “Expertise comes from experience,” Walsh said, adding that the staff at the Joliet facility has the experience it takes to handle the violent, aggressive, impulsive population on a day-today basis. Rep. Emily McCasey added, “IYC Joliet is unique. It’s the only maximum security facility for male youth in the state. Why retrofit other facilities to do the same thing Joliet already does? It doesn’t make economic sense.” The commission has asked Bishop to present a clearer picture of the total costs of closing the Joliet location and moving the inmates, as well as a comparison of the ongoing costs at Joliet and St. Charles. Additionally, the commission has asked that any work to renovate the St. Charles facility into a maximum security location cease, as the law states no action be taken to implement closure until 50 days after the recommendation to close has been filed, according to the State Facility Closure Act. In an April 2 memo, Bishop agreed, and said only roof and asbestos abatement work would continue. Gov. Pat Quinn has until early May to make a final decision on the IDJJ’s proposal.

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Plainfield Central rallies past East By Scott Taylor Sports Reporter

Trailing 13-5 in the first set, it appeared the youthful Wildcats were going to get run out of their gym by Plainfield East Thursday. However, Plainfield Central (21) rallied in a big way to win the first set 25-21 and added a 25-12 win in the second set.

BOYS VOLLEYBALL “We were enthused to come out and play,” East coach Dan Vergo said. “Then they started getting a couple runs on us and for some reason our guys decided to shut down a little. They are a good team. Our guys just had a problem adjusting for some reason.” “We talked about it in the huddle that we needed to strive for perfection,”Central coach Katie Prast said. “They have to set their standard high and they continue doing that. Defensively they were really good and we had a lot of strong hitters. Will Schunenman was all over the place, getting balls down and playing great defense. I’m very proud of them.” Central tallied seven of the next eight points in the first set to get back in the game at 14-12 and took a 21-16 lead before holding off the Bengals. “We started focusing and everything started coming together,” Central setter Cody Swanson said. “As soon as we got down in the hole, we came together and picked it up. As a senior, it all comes back to me. It’s a lot of pressure. After we came back, we felt that we could put them away.” East (1-5-1) held a 7-6 lead in the second set, but five straight points gave the Wildcats a lead

they would not relinquish. “They have the desire,” Prast said. “They wanted it and you could tell.They did a really nice job coming together and supporting one another. We put the pressure on, especially with the serving. The great thing about us is that we have a lot of guys who are developed both in the front row and back row. We have so many guys who can play in any position and step up.” Having a lot of options is especially pleasing for a setter. “With a lot of different hitters, you can mix it up,” Swanson said. “You can pretty much put it anywhere and trust that someone will put it down.” The Wildcats haven’t played much to start the season, but seem to be developing well, despite having just two seniors. “We had a big tournament this weekend at Glenbard,” Prast stated. “We talk about how we get better every day and if we can be our best by the end of the season, we can make some things happen.” “The more games we play, the more everyone will gain experience,” Swanson added. “Everything should come together much better by the end of the season.We want to be conference champs and place first in a tournament.” The Bengals have gotten off to a slow start this year adjusting to a new group of players, but they expect to be strong by the end of the year. “We have a lot of new guys who were on JV last year,” Vergo said. “We will come together.They have way too much talent. We’ll get better throughout the year. They have to talk and play together.”

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Central’s Mike Leffler (left) and Blake Wuestenfeld go up for a block against East’s Andre Flores in Central’s 25-21, 25-12 win last Thursday.

Bengals score twice in sixth to beat Tigers By Scott Taylor Sports Reporter

Plainfield East picked up a Southwest Prairie Conference win to open play, 3-1 over Plainfield North last Tuesday.

SOFTBALL The Bengals trailed 1-0 after North scored on a pickoff play in the third, with Tayler Weck scoring the run. “We ended up executing the wrong play for what I called for the first and third,” East coach Chris Morris said. “It burned us,

but fortunately we were able to get it back.We did the little things at the end of the game to get the win.” East could muster much of a challenge until the fourth when pitcher Annie Molek and Justine Bunn led off with back-to-back singles and a sacrifice by Alora O’Malley moved the runners over. That set up an RBI groundout by Taylor Messer to tie the game. In the bottom of the sixth the Bengals took the lead when Fran Giovannini led off with a double. Molek bunted to sacrifice her to third, but there was a wild throw

and Giovannini scored and Molek was safe. “It’s been a common theme so far,” North coach Allison Wodziak said. “We’re a great hitting team when we want to be, but we can’t wait till the sixth or seventh inning. We’ve been pretty consistent with making a couple errors. There is so much more potential that we have, we just haven’t found it yet. We’re all making adjustments. You just can’t make the mental errors, you know how to throw the ball.” Bunn then had a sacrifice and O’Malley came through with an RBI single for the final run of the

game. “It’s exciting because I know their whole team,” O’Malley said. “It felt good to play well. I didn’t want to pop it up, I wanted to get a line drive. I just wanted a base hit and didn’t try to go for a homer.” Molek shut down the heart of the order in the seventh for the win. “I felt a lot more comfortable and relaxed,” said Molek, after getting the insurance run. “I was able to throw better.” There was a stiff breeze blowing to right field and in, making things difficult for everyone involved.

“The wind was a huge factor,” Morris said. “Both pitchers were throwing in a lot because it was tough hitting the ball to left field or center field.” “I wanted to keep the ball inside,” Molek said. “That way they couldn’t really get anything out. I was trying to keep it away from the outside.” Thursday the Bengals were blanked by Minooka, but will have a chance for revenge later in the year. “I was worried that we were looking ahead toThursday (against See TWICE, page 17

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North’s Jaclyn Aremka is back after placing second in the state last year in the high jump.

Aremka ready to soar By Scott Taylor Sports Reporter

Coming off a second-place finish at state last year in the high jump, Plainfield North’s Jaclyn Aremka doesn’t have much farther to go to bring home a state title. As a senior, she knows what she has to do to get on the top spot on the podium.

GIRLS TRACK “I really want to hit the state qualifying mark of 5-3 in every meet,” Aremka said. “Hopefully by the end of the year I’ll hit 5-9. I got 5-6 at state last year. The goal is a state championship this year.” She has gotten off to a strong start so far this year. “So far this year I’ve jumped the state qualifying mark in every jump this year,” Aremka said. “Hopefully by the end of the year I’ll be able to reach my goal. When I’ve been practicing I’ve been splitting my work with the relays, so I’m not overtraining.” Aremka is joined by fellow senior and six-time state medalist Cessily Jones, who runs in the 100 and 200-meter dash, as well as the 4x1 and 4x2 relays. With Jones not at the Plainfield North Relay Invite Saturday, the four who competed in the 4x2 were Jazmine Frank, Aremka, Ashley Ojederin and Khristian Jones. “We were going for the win at the indoor state top times meet,” said Aremka about the 800 relay squad. “We ended up placing second, so hopefully we will get first by the end of the year. We want to bring the 4x4 team Downstate too.” “I like the relays,” Frank said. “Today we are missing one of our best runners (Cessily Jones), but we still did pretty good. I think we’re going to have pretty good

relays in both the 4x1 and 4x2.We have an alternate too, so we have a pretty good team this year.” The group likes their chances of making it to state. “I think our relays will be able to qualify,” Frank stated.“We’re going to try to have a good qualifying time to make it in the fastest heat (at sectionals) and go to state. That’s our goal.” Frank also hopes she can make it to state in the 200. “I’m going to try to (make it to state),” Frank said.“That’s my goal. I want to make it in the 200.” Before the sectional meet is the Southwest Prairie Conference

meet, where the Tigers hope they can take the title back from Minooka. “I hope we can get it back, I really do,” Frank said of the SPC title. “They are a good team. It’s going to be a challenge, but I think we can do it. When we have a meet with individual races, we’ll have the ability to compete with them.” “It’s a big goal,” Aremka added. “They are our biggest rivals. But it’s definitely very friendly. We cheer each other on, but we want to beat them.” See SOAR, page 15

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BASEBALL 1. Downers South 2. Plainfield North 3. Niles West 4. Minooka 5. Joliet Catholic 6. Maine South 7. Lockport

SOFTBALL 1. Benet 2. Downers North 3. Lockport 4. Minooka 5. Plainfield South 6. Plainfield Central 7. Plainfield East

GIRLS SOCCER 1. Downers South 2. Plainfield North 3. Plainfield Central 4. Lockport 5. Maine South 6. Plainfield South 7. Benet

BOYS VOLLEYBALL 1. Downers North 2. Benet 3. Minooka 4. Downers South 5. Plainfield North 6. Maine South 7. Bolingbrook

BOYS TRACK 1. Plainfield South 2. Minooka 3. Maine South 4. Niles West 5. Plainfield North 6. Joliet West 7. Benet

GIRLS TRACK 1. Minooka 2. Plainfield North 3. Downers South 4. Downers North 5. Bolingbrook 6. Lockport 7. Niles West Rankings are compiled by Mark Gregory and Scott Taylor.

Also expected to make headlines this year is Plainfield Central’s Jenna Moody, who qualified for state in the 400 last year. “My goal for this year is to make it to the state finals,” Moody said. “I’ve already made it to state. I’m going to try to make it to the top five. I’m definitely a lot more confident in my races because I know I can do it. Now I’m trying to make a better PR. I want to go under 58 (seconds) by sectionals. I’m working on different parts of my races right not.” Moody also runs in the 200, but knows what her bread and butter is. “I’ve ran a couple of races with state qualifying times (in the 200),” Moody said. “But I’m focusing on the 400 and the 200 comes next.”

GIRLS SOCCER Plainfield Central defeated Minooka 2-1 behind goals from Paige Fuller and Sami Jensen. The Wildcats (5-2, 2-1) added a 2-1 win over Stagg thanks to goals by Jensen and Brigid Hanley, with a pair of assists from Deanna Decristina.

BASEBALL North (8-1, 2-1) beat Oswego 7-4 last Thursday.

Brendan Miller (3-0) picked up the win, going five innings, allowing one earned run and striking out five. Kurt Palandech (2B, Colton Smith and Zach Zyburt each had two hits for the Tigers, whle Alex Starks had a pair of RBI. •Eric Fetchko had four hits and three RBI in East’s 9-5 win over Minooka. •Central one just once in six games last week. That win was a 6-4 win over Bolingbrook Saturday as Chris Edgar was 2-for-2 with a triple and Reid Mizerka was 2-for3 with two RBI. Joe Sparacio was 1-for-4 with a double and three RBI in a 6-4 loss to Plainfield South.

SOFTBALL South (8-2, 2-0) beat Central (102, 1-1) 4-1 last Thursday. Alyssa Mannucci had two RBI to give the Cougars some insurance runs, while Jordan Harbacek got the win on the mound. •The Wildcats opened SPC play with a 12-1 win over Oswego East as Rachel Egly and Rachel Scaman (2B, 3 RBI) each went 3-for-4 and Morgan Vogt was 4-for-4. Scaman (2-0) allowed five hits and no earned runs while striking out four. They also beat Naperville Central 4-1 as Vogt was 3-for-4 and Kaleigh Nagle (8-1) allowed three hits and no earned runs over seven innings.

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Batting Average Dan Sullivan, Lockport Zach Melone, JCA Derek Bangert, Lockport Chris Tschida, JCA Josh Altmann, Lockport Ryan Peter, JCA

.500 .469 .438 .429 .395 .394

Runs Ryan Peter, JCA Tom Vachon, Plainfield East Matt Kramer, Plainfield East Derek Bangert, Lockport Zach Melone, JCA Chris Tschida, JCA Josh Altmann, Lockport Nate Searing, JCA

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Hits Zach Melone, JCA Josh Altmann, Lockport Derek Bangert, Lockport Nate Searing, JCA

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Michael Rogala, Plainfield East

Matt Venn, Romeoville Nate Searing, JCA Alex Voitik, JCA Eric Fetchko, Plainfield East Ron Sessler, Lockport

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Homers Matt Venn, Romeoville Alex Voitik, JCA Matt Kramer, Plainfield East

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Doubles Matt Venn, Romeoville Josh Altmann, Lockport Derek Bangert, Lockport

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ERA Kevin Duchene, JCA Doug Matthews, Lockport William Herkel, Romeoville Eric Duzan, Lockport

0.64 0.70 0.74 1.14

Wins Nick Davito, Lockport William Herkel, Romeoville Kevin Duchene, JCA

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Strikeouts Jim Rooks, Romeoville William Herkel, Romeoville Brian Hurley, Romeoville Kevin Duchene, JCA Evan Martens, Lockport

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SOFTBALL Batting Average Morgan Vogt, Plainfield Central Rachel Scaman, Plainfield Central Kaleigh Nagle, Plainfield Central Cailey Baker, Plainfield Central Rachel Egly, Plainfield Central

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Runs Morgan Vogt, Plainfield Central Kaleigh Nagle, Plainfield Central Cailey Baker, Plainfield Central Timi Tooley, Plainfield Central

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Alora O’Malley drives in an RBI in the bottom of the sixth for Plainfield East in a 3-1 win over North.

TWICE Continued from page 13 Minooka),” Morris stated. “We want to beat Plainfield Central and Minooka in conference, we have beaten everyone else. “We have a goal to be conference champs,” O’Malley said.“We want to beat Minooka and Plainfield Central. It was important to get the win (against North).” It has been a strong start to the season for the Bengals (7-3). “We’ve done well so far,” Morris said. “The next two weeks are going be a bear for us with

Plainfield Central, Benet, Andrew and Minooka. That’s what we want though we want to get better and we want to play the best.” “We’re working so well together,” O’Malley said. “We really like playing for our coach. We only had like two seniors graduate last year and we have no seniors this year, so we have the next two years.” Wodziak, a first year coach, has liked the effort from her team. “We have a great group who works hard on a daily basis,” Wodziak said. “I couldn’t be prouder of them there. We just have to figure out how to

eliminate a couple of the errors that we make.” While the Tigers are 3-6 early in the season, Wodziak hopes her young team will hit its stride. “I think we set the bar pretty high,” Wodziak said. “We expect to be in the top half of the conference and finish over .500. I’m not changing anything because it’s a new team.They are a great team, they just need to recognize it.” Amy Cecil was 3-for-3 with a double, homer and four RBI in North’s 14-1 win over Oswego. Erica Kramer had two doubles and three RBI.

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Bison may be headed to Wilmington

By Dan Stefanich

Could be in Will County,Illinois in the near future. Officials recently announced a plan that includes the introduction of a herd of bison to the Midewin Tallgrass Prairie in Wilmington. The initial herd could include up to 75 bison managed on 1,000 acres. But they could expand the area and the size of the herd over time. Most of the Midewin property is comprised of open prairie, grassland, savannah and some timber along several creeks — perfect habitat for bison. According to the plan, they will be completely fenced in for public safety. Eventually there may be observation platforms and a 12-mile tram where the public can come safely view the bison. The plan could take up to 5 years before it comes to fruition. Located about 40 miles south of Chicago, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie has over 20,000 acres with 7,200 acres and 22 miles of trails open to the public for hiking, biking, horseback riding and hunting. The property is also rich in history. It was formerly home to the Joliet Army Ammunition Plant that produced TNT and various munitions during WWII, the Korean War, and Vietnam Conflicts and at one time employed 12,000 people.Certain areas have trails where visitors can actually walk inside the bunkers where the ammunition was once stored. Midewin is actually part of the Federallymanaged National Forest System, and was the very first official

National Tallgrass Prairies to be established in the country. The master plan has always been to restore the property to it’s native state of open grasslands and prairie. What better way to restore a natural prairie than with bison — a majestic symbol of the Great American Prairies.

Spring Turkey Season is Here . . . AT LAST The 2012 Illinois turkey season opens this weekend starting with the Youth Turkey Season, April 7th and 8th. Kids 16 and under are eligible to hunt as youths. Youth Turkey Hunting Permits are STILL AVAILABLE OVER THE COUNTER! For participating counties only. Get more information here. The “regular” seasons for permit holders in the Northern Zone are: •1st season- April 14th • 2nd season- April 21st • 3rd season- April 27th • 4th season- May 3rd • 5th season- May10th

Mushrooms are Poppin’ Early Due to a mild winter, morels started growing about three weeks early this year. The little greys have been up for about a week now, and the yellows won’t be far behind. Get out and start looking NOW, or all you may find are litte cut stumps (where a morel USED to be)!

Bison may soon be grazing at Midewin Tallgrass Prairie in Wilmington.

Cottonwood stands, dead elms, and apple orchards are some of our favorite places to look.

2012 Illinois Trout Season Opens

trout in 43 bodies of water that are open to the public for trout fishing. Need a place to go? Click here for a list of nearby hotspots. Make sure you have a valid 2012 Fishing license AND an inland trout stamp!

The 2012Trout season officially opens this Saturday, April 7th, at 5 am. This year, the IDNR has stocked over 60,000 rainbow

Dan Stefanich is an outdoors writer for and will be featured all season on the Voyager Media Outdoors Page.

Links Report It was a typical Easter Sunday at the Masters. You could cut the tension with a knife as several players had a crack at the green jacket. The best part of it all was that in the end, the tournament was won, not lost, just like the past few years. Bubba Watson needed four straight birdies on the back nine to force a playoff and from there used an incredible hook shot off the pine needles to win the tournament on the second playoff hole. And it wasn’t like Luis Oosthuizen gave it to him. He had a double eagle on the second hole to take a two-shot lead and made his only bogies of the day shortly after. He made clutch putt after clutch putt on the back nine to stay in the lead. There were other charges throughout the day as Matt Kuchar and Lee Westwood missed some short putts and Phil Mickelson had a disastrous six on the par-3 fourth hole that he couldn’t recover from. In the end it was great theatre for the fourth straight year and continues to live up to my billing (and many others) as the greatest tournament of the year. It was great to see Bubba break through and win his first major of his career and get the monkey off his back as so many others are still looking for their first.


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H o ro s c o p e s

Across 1 Aaron of Cooperstown 5 Fast ender 9 Drink in a Dixie cup? 14 Lotion additive 15 ___ breve: 2/2 time 16 Get under one umbrella, so to speak 17 Filled to capacity 19 Panel member 20 Soaking and relaxed 21 One seeking repayment 23 Form W-4 fig. 24 NFL mike wearer 26 Ballpark fig. 27 Certain wildlife refuge 34 Annoying kid at the pool 36 Catch, as a podcast 37 Panache 38 What a fluid oz. measures 40 Half of MCDII

Down 41 Geometry measure 44 Was in pain 47 Hit from the “Moulin Rouge!” soundtrack 49 Ending with Cray 50 CBS’s Rather 51 Shakespearean exclamations 54 Ticking danger 59 Summer pitcherful 61 Stradivari’s tutor 62 Spineless one 64 Star in the same constellation as Betelgeuse 65 Latin 101 infinitive 66 Collette of “United States of Tara” 67 Ouzo flavoring 68 White House maiden name 69 Name-dropper, often

1 Pilgrims to Mecca 2 Greenspan and Turing 3 Area of uncertainty 4 Held on to 5 Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy 6 Yellowstone grazer 7 Guinness of “Star Wars” 8 Soup kitchen volunteer 9 Martial art emphasizing throws 10 Word on a dime 11 Pre-euro Italian currency 12 Harrow rival 13 Cheeky 18 New Age-y emanations 22 Words before “of rules” 25 Have a hunch 28 Like some barbecue sauce 29 Periscope part 30 Wrapped up 31 Hiking or biking 32 Nasty habit 33 Oklahoma city 34 Broker’s order

35 Entreaty 39 Four-sided campus space 42 BlackBerry network choice 43 Saintly ring 45 Made things harder for the lifeguard 46 Ornate 48 Engine for missiles 52 Like some easy questions 53 Indian honorific 54 O’Hara plantation 55 “See you,” in poker 56 Star-struck trio? 57 Hot times in the cité 58 Anka’s “Eso __” 60 Young newts 63 Source of some ‘60s trips

Life has no remote control, so you have to get up and change it yourself. You may be inspired by the religious holiday message to do better in the week to come. Follow your dream this week, but not too far.

Fantasies are but tiny rowboats next to ocean liners of reality. The Easter message of new growth and life may inspire you to begin something new in the week ahead. Be sure your ideas are reasonable.

Don’t keep all your Easter eggs in one basket. You can’t count on any one source of revenue to be the only way to sustain your hobbies and interests. In the week ahead, consider other viable options.

Travel light. Don’t carry too much emotional baggage around in the week ahead - and don’t be tricked by your own gullibility, either. The lure of a fake carrot gives others a way to use you for their own purposes

You can make key decisions by playing rock, paper, scissors - or you can wait for better timing. Avoid making major financial decisions or purchases in the week ahead, as the results can be unpredictable.

When the circumstances around you speed up, you need to slow down. By taking your time, you can keep your balance, solve problems, regroup and find peace. Avoid confrontations in the week ahead.

Sleep late and put the button on snooze. Your biological clock might set off its alarm in the week to come, but it is most likely just a false alarm. A new romance might be nine-tenths fantasy.

This holiday gives you an excuse to indulge in chocolate treats and marshmallow confections. Just because you can have something you always dreamed of in the week ahead doesn’t mean you should get it.

Fake it until you make it. During the week to come, you might be placed in a situation in which people think you are better or more adept than you really are. Work hard to earn the misplaced admiration.

Put some shine on the apple. If you are going to give a gift to the teacher or share the fruits of your labors, be sure to do it in the most particular way. Be particularly precise in the week ahead.

Keep theories straight this week. Music, mythology, Einstein and astrology, according to a TV show theme song, all started with the big bang theory. Your reality could revolve around other premises.

Dip your toe in the pool of possibilities. In the week ahead, you should pay strict attention to verifiable information. If you take careful notes, you may be able to formulate excellent plans.



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PNHS students qualify for National Chemistry Olympiad Plainfield North High School seniors Kyle Chynoweth and Ben O’Donnell will be among 1,000 students nationwide to compete in the National Chemistry Olympiad April 21, 2012. Chynoweth and O’Donnell could also possibly earn a chance to compete with the United States team at the International Chemistry Olympiad in Washington, D.C. from July 21-30. The top 20 scoring students at the National Chemistry Olympiad are invited to a special study camp, at which they will try to win a spot on the U.S. team. The International Chemistry Olympiad is an annual competition for the world’s most talented secondary school chemistry students. Nations from around the

world send four-member teams, who are tested on their chemistry knowledge and skills in a five-hour laboratory practical exam and a five-hour written theoretical exam. Chynoweth and O’Donnell were two of the 14 PNHS AP chemistry students who toke part in the Chemistry Olympiad on March 20 at Lewis University. Along with Chynoweth and O’Donnell, the PNHS students who competed in the regional Chemistry Olympiad were seniors Samed Arif, Austina Blecha, Kyndal Currie, Katlyn Fayman, Puneeth Kodavatiganti, Mitchell Wagner and Shaw Watkins. Juniors Jorell Ferraren, Desiree Mamparo,Ariel Na, Emily Otstott and Katlyn Withner also competed

Wesmere 5th graders collect pop tabs for charity Wesmere Elementary School fifth grade students are again collecting pop tabs to benefit the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Edward Hospital in Naperville. The students in Robin Sohovich’s fifth grade class will pick up donations from other Wesmere classes on April 24 and 25. Community members may donate pop tabs during school hours at the school,2001 Wesmere Parkway. Students will then weigh their final collection, hoping to beat last year’s total of 266 pounds.The aluminum pop can tabs will then be turned in to a recycling center for cash, which will be donated to the charity. This effort is also connected to Wesmere’s participation in the Rachel’s Challenge program, which teaches elementaryage children citizenship and encourages kindness and community service. Rachel Joy Scott was the first person killed in the Columbine school shooting. Now, Rachel’s Challenge is an international program that encourages children to “begin a chain reaction of kindness and compassion.”

Sohovich’s class first took part in the pop tab collection in November 2010 with the help and encouragement of a group of students from Plainfield High School – Central Campus. The high school students were also collecting the pop tabs as part of PHSCC’s Rachel’s Challenge initiative. The collection project was started in New York by Victor Armstead, who was touched after hearing Scott’s story. But just three days after Armstead organized the first pop tab collection for a local hospital, he died in a car accident. Each year since the accident, schools and organizations have been working toward Armstead’s goal of collecting 4 million pop tabs.

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Health & Fitness

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To sleep, perchance to dream? We spend a third of our life sleeping but how much do we really know about it? You know if you slept well or slept poorly. You may recall your dreams. However,you can relate very little of a night’s sleep. You can vividly tell your doctor about specific pains, concerns, maladies, and troubles that inhabit your wake time hours but the best you can relate about sleep is the indirect effects it has on wakefulness. If you wake up feeling tired and your energy level is low, or if you have frequent daytime drowsiness you can presume that you have a sleep problem. Unfortunately you probably have no insight into the problem or its causes.  Your family and intimates are much more likely to know of your problem than you are.  In fact, they are often aware of an obvious problem to which you are clueless at best, and deny at worst. Do you snore?  Does your spouse or partner tell you that you snore? Sleep Medicine as a medical discipline was established in the late 1970’s.  It has become increasingly important in routine medical care over the past twenty years. Over several occasional articles I will discuss some of the current sleep issues. Of these issues, sleep apnea is probably the best known.  Obstructive SleepApnea (OSA) has two major types. The first type is caused by abnormalities in the brain stem that control sleep and breathing.The second type is caused by factors in the nose and throat that cut off the air supply while sleeping. The second type is more common and is usually referred to as OSA. Twenty six percent of the adult population is thought to be at high risk for OSA. It increases in frequency through your 20’s to your 50’s and then tends to level off after age 65. There is a racial preference for AfricanAmericans over Whites and Asians whose risks are similar. OSA is twice as common in males than in females.Two other common risk factors are obesity and airway anatomy.  Tobacco use increases your risk three-

fold. Sleep apnea occurs when breathing in while sleeping causes negative pressures in the upper airway. The negative pressure results in a collapse of the surrounding soft tissues.The airway closes and air can’t get in. If the collapse is incomplete, some air gets by. The tissues vibrate and snoring occurs. Snoring is the best-known symptom of OSA but it is not the only one. If no air gets by, you stop breathing and apnea occurs. Particularly severe apnea episodes will cause a person to awaken abruptly with a sense of choking, gasping for air, or a sense of asphyxiation. This is because the person is actually choking.  This always and obviously results in disturbed sleep. Most of the other symptoms of OSA relate to poor sleep:  fatigue, daytime drowsiness, poor concentration etc. The diagnosis of OSA can be made by a sleep study.While you are sleeping, a small monitor on the finger or earlobe measures continuous oxygen levels. Other monitors check for air movement and obstruction.  A diagnosis of, as well as the specific type of OSA can usually

be made by this technique. However, it can only be done while you are sleeping. The test is usually done in a sleep lab but simpler home monitoring kits have also been developed. The usual treatment for OSA is some form of positive pressure being administered to the upper airway to hold it open. A facial mask with flowing oxygen is the typical mechanism. Newer apparatus are much less obtrusive and can occasionally be limited to the nose instead of the nose and mouth.

Doctor’s Rx: If your spouse or partner has moved to another bedroom because of snoring, or if you awaken with a sensation of choking or similar symptoms, please be professionally evaluated. At the minimum, stop smoking and lose excess weight. Not only will you feel better, be more alert, and have more energy, you will greatly decrease your risk of death. Sleep apnea increases your all-cause risk of mortality by three to six-fold and should be taken very seriously. Dr. Christopher Rose, M.D. is a physician and author based in Niles, Illinois. The advice contained in this column is for informational purposes only. Readers should consult with their own physician to evaluate any illness or medical condition. Contact Dr. Rose at (847) 965-3200 or view his web site at:

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Is there a fast track to success? Q. I’ve been working in my field for about 10 years and am frustrated at my slow progress. I keep reading in books and magazines about clever people who leaped over obstacles on a fast track to success. Is there a secret to getting to the top quickly? A. No, the business myth that a journey of a thousand steps starts with one grand, brilliant leap forward is just not true. The truth is that overnight success take years of time and patience. Of course, the promise of overnight success sells countless books and makes certain speakers very popular on the business lecture circuit. Anyone who wants to appear magical, superhuman and limitless can skip over the “hard work, time consuming” part of their success and brag they zoomed to the top. The trouble isn’t that people will lie about the reality of how they arrived at their achievement. The trouble is other people want to believe the lie so badly that

they accept these fairy tales about success. What I see in my executive coaching practice is that new clients have often been profoundly demoralized by hearing these false tales of accomplishment. My clients compare themselves with these tall tales and just give up. So let me say this once and very clearly: Success takes hard work, tough tradeoffs and a long time to achieve. If you really want to achieve a goal at work, you must know what you want (specifically), you must know the price to obtain it, and you must be willing to pay the price. There is no magical shortcut to success, no matter how many false stories you might hear. Once you accept that even talented, smart and inspired human beings have to put their pants on one leg at a time, you

can put a realistic map together for your dream. Start out by using what I call the “mosquito strategy” for success. Consider the smallest step you can take and be willing to start there. If you want to write the great American novel, take a writing class or write for your neighborhood newsletter. If you want to be a CEO, volunteer to lead a community group with a cause you support. If you want to start your own business, pay the people who are most respected in your field an hourly fee to give you advice. None of these “mosquito” steps will bring you overnight achievement, but they all will lay the ground work for you to plan an effective campaign to get from where you are to where you want to be. The ironic secret about success is that people who get realistic, are willing to do the hard work, and think smaller (not grander) are more likely achieve some version of their dreams. There is a personal tragedy for people

who stall out in the workplace just because they believed some blowhard who wanted to look impressive at the expense of the truth.

The last word(s) Q. Is there one top tip you teach your clients to make them successful at work? A. Yes, learn to behave well when you feel badly.

(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.)


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