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This seven story tall hot air balloon will be taking fest-goers 300 feet in the air on tethered rides during Plainfield RiverDays, Sept. 15 and 16.

Annual River Days makes a splash Sept. 15, 16

A seven story tall hot air balloon will be taking fest-goers 300 feet in the air on tethered rides during Plainfield RiverDays, Sept. 15 and 16. If you’re looking for a boatload of family entertainment, mark the calendar for Sept. 15 and 16, and Plainfield River Days. The annual event, just two weeks away, is sporting a huge lineup of

activities; from musical entertainment, to mud volleyball, hot air balloon rides and a talent competition. “My goal this year was to bring a variety of activities to the Riverfront for the community to enjoy,” said River Days Coordinator Heather Heavens. “There is so much that is different from last year. So many new things.” The River Days festival kicks off Friday evening, with a Wine & Jazz On The River. Some 200 tickets are available and attendees can enjoy


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the sounds of jazz vocalist Stephanie Browning and the Spiral Jazz Quartet at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $40 per person and include a small-plate dinner from Wine and Cheese by TCC, and two drinks. Tickets may be purchased in person with no transaction fees at Plainfield Village Hall and at Wine and Cheese by TCC. Tickets are also available on-line. Fest-goers can peruse some vintage wheels at the Classic Car Show offered on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Anyone wanting to show their

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automobile can register online for free. Day of show there is a $10 fee. The best views of the Riverfront might be seen on high, as RiverDays brings in Hot Air Balloons. Tethered balloon rides will take up to four travelers 300 feet in the air, on both Saturday and Sunday evenings, from 5-7 p.m. and 4 – 6 p.m., respectively, weather permitting. Price per ride is $15 per person. See RIVER, page 2

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Easter Seals seeks approval for north side home in Plainfield By Sherri Dauskurdas Staff Reporter

Despite its unanimous approval by the village’s plan commissioners, a plan that would convert a Heritage Meadows single-family home into a group residence for six disabled adults concerned some neighborhood residents. Plainfield’s Planning Board voted Aug. 21 in favor of an Easter Seals project that would convert a home at 24212 W. Apple Tree Lane into a residence for six residents and two caregivers. The house was purchased by Easter Seals Joliet Region after it went into foreclosure, and

RIVER Continued from page 1 “Hot air balloons have always fascinated people and the opportunity for available minirides is an added attraction that we wanted to bring to our guests,” said Heather Heavens. “Bring your camera to take pictures of this truly unique hot air balloon and consider an advance ride ticket for Sunday!” Back this year are both mud volleyball and a bags tournament. Volleyball teams of six can register online for $20 for the Saturday tournament. Bags Tourney takes place on Sunday, Sept. 16, and teams of two register for $40. Also returning to the river are the ducks. The 3rd annual duck race will be held Saturday at 4 p.m. Attendees can sponsor a numbered rubber duck and watch as it heads downriver toward the finish line. There is a chance for one lucky duck to win the $50,000 Grand Prize drawing. Additionally, the top 5 ducks will place. 1st prize is $2,000 - 2nd Prize is $1,000 - 3rd Prize is $500 - 4th Prize is $100 - 5th Prize is $50. Only 3,000 ducks are available. Festgoers can sponsor a duck for $5 a duck, $25 for a Quack Pack (6), and a Flock of 12 is $50. Just for the younger set, 1 p.m. Sunday there will be a “Who’s Got Class” Duck race where each class K-5 in the Plainfield School district will be given a free duck in their teacher’s name. The winning class will win a Pizza & Bowling Party provided by Brunzwick Zone XL in Romeoville. Any kids who come to see their own class duck race can enter a free raffle to win free prizes , including Brookfield Zoo passes, Legoland admission, toys, and gift cards. The “Battle of the Businesses” Duck Race pits local business owners against each other for

Easter Seals officials say it would replace an existing group home. The six male residents, ranging in age from 34 and 57, all have varying degrees of cognitive disabilities, including blindness, hearing impairment and physical disabilities. This group home would replace an existing residence where the six men currently live. Currently, there are two similar homes in Plainfield. Although the Fair Housing amendment to the Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination based on disabilities or familial status, some Heritage Meadows residents expressed concerns about the project, citing fire

safety issues, concerns about too many residents for the home and safety concerns for their children. Others were worried the home might one day be used as a halfway house for exconvicts or recovering addicts. However, Easter Seals officials noted that the home’s special use permit, if granted, would be strictly for the purposes of housing adults with cognitive and physical disabilities. That permit is not transferrable. Easter Seals is not licensed to serve any of the other populations that were in question. The plan commission approved the proposal with the stipulation that a fence be built

Ride For The River Looking for a great bike ride to wrap the season? The Plainfield Riverfront Foundation is hosting a scenic ride along rural routes throughout Will and Kendall Counties all in support of the revitalization of the Plainfield Riverfront. “Ride for the River” takes place Oct. 14, and riders take off at noon from Plainfield and pedal 15 miles to Platteville, Ill. and back. While this is a scenic ride for a variety of ability levels, rather than a race, the first three riders to return to the starting point at Village Hall will receive a 90-day gym membership at Hometown Fitness. Bathroom facilities will be available at Village Hall prior to the race, and a near half-way point in Platteville. An energy bar/ water station will be located at the halfway point as well, and a car or truck will follow along the route in case any riders need assistance. The registration fee is $20 per person.Any riders under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit

both bragging rights as the Lucky Business Duck. Only 100 ducks will be sold. In the KidsZone, youngsters can purchase wristbands for $6 for unlimited visits to the petting zoo & inflatables, as well as enjoy train rides games magicians, stilt walkers, crafts, and duck decorating Pony rides, hayrack rides, and turns in the Human Hamster Ball will require an extra ticket. Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of Plainfield will be on-hand with demonstrations, as well as visits from the Legoland mascots, Chili’s Red Pepper Mascot, Mario Brothers Mascot and a special visit from Ronald McDonald. “Yes, Ronald is coming to Plainfield,” Heavens said. “He will have a special performance Sunday at 1:30 p.m.” Saturday evening fireworks are sponsored by the Plainfield Park District at 8:30 p.m. “These are the rescheduled fireworks from the 4th of July,” Heavens explained. Plainfield canceled its fireworks display because of severely dry conditions. “The fireworks will be directed over the river from

Renwick Park,” she said. Musical entertainment features Keegan Eich, and “Five Guys Named Moe” will hit the stage starting after the fireworks at 9 p.m. Hungry fest attendees can whet their appetites at “Taste of Plainfield,” where local purveyors and food vendors serve up delicious menu items. River Days is a fund and awareness raising event to support the Plainfield Riverfront foundation. Plans are in place and work has begun on the revitalization of the Plainfield Riverfront, including park land, walking areas, and riverfront entertainment areas. Currently in the works is the construction of the pedestrian bridge on Lockport Street, which will provide better access and beautiful river views to those walking from one side of downtown to the other. Heavens said the event organizers still need sponsors, vendors and volunteers. Signup, as well as registration for teams events and complete rules and schedules are available online at the River Days website at

on the property, as an in ground pool in an adjacent yard could prove hazardous to the residents with visual impairment. It now goes before the Village Board for

final approval A second public hearing on the proposal will be held before trustees vote on the proposal at their Sept. 17 meeting.

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A ‘Real’ Runner Plainfield woman hits the streets to support charity, battle disease By Sherri Dauskurdas Staff Reporter

Beckie Fry is not a real runner. Just ask her and she’ll tell you. Despite the miles she puts in each day, the half marathon scheduled for September, and the group of women she heads out with every morning…she’s not a real runner. “I am pretending,” she joked. What she is, for certain, is inspiring. The 47-year-old Plainfield resident began to run,for real, in February, amidst radiation treatments for breast cancer, a diagnosis she received in Dec. 2011. She started her treatments in December. About halfway through the process, she decided she wanted to do something healthy, and something concrete, for herself and for others. “Because of the treatment and the cancer stress, doctor appointments, all the unknowns in my life, I felt I needed to make a difference,” she said, “to do something bigger than myself.” Westbrook Christian Church in Bolingbrook, where Fry and her family attend, has a large group of members who run every year on behalf of World Vision. The World Vision organization

“Because of the treatment and the cancer stress,

doctor appointments, all the unknowns in my life, I felt I needed to make a difference,” Beckie Fry encourages teams of runners to raise funds by asking others to make donations on their behalf. Those donations help people in communities in Africa and Haiti get access to clean water, food and medical supplies. “They seem to have fun, and who has fun running?” she joked. “Many said they never ran before. Some are seasoned runners. One ran 40 miles on his 40th birthday.” So with running shoes on her feet and hope in her heart, Fry joined the team. She started to go to the group runs on Saturdays. “At first, it was very intimidating. I felt like everyone was saying, ‘she isn’t a runner, she doesn’t look like a runner,’ But everyone was very encouraging and it has been a great experience.” “There is a wonderful group of us who are slow and not really runners,” she said.“We encourage each other.”

Last weekend was their longest run to date, at 11 miles. “Some of us have been running atTurtle Lake in Plainfield,because it is flat and the path is near the parking lot - in case we have to stop and drive home,” she said. In September, just 7 months after setting herself on the path, she’ll be running a half-marathon, 13 miles down the Chicago lakefront. “I started slow, and I still am slow,” she said. “But I can do it! I record everything - what I am eating, when I run, how fast I run, how I feel, what I wear, when I walk versus run, how many beats per minute are in each song on my playlist.” And in these final weeks of preparation, Fry said she realizes how beneficial running has become in her own battles, both physically, and mentally, with her diagnosis. “Instead of being consumed

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Beckie Fry, bottom right, of Plainfield and her “running” mates from top left, Erin Koppel, Bolingbrook/Sandra Hennet, Plainfield/ Miriam Larrick, Bolingbrook and bottom left,Tracie Orlowski, Romeoville. The women, all novice runners, will take on the chicago Half Marathon in September on behalf of World Vision.

with my life changes because of cancer, I have focused on what I am doing to help others and how I am improving my life.” she said. “The side effects of the cancer treatments were not near as bad either - mainly due to the increase of exercise, relying on God, and

seeing a purpose in my life that is bigger than me.” Fry sets off with Team World Vision on Sept. 8 in the 16th Annual Chicago Half Marathon. For more information on Team World Vision, visit www.

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A Walk Through Time Historians host tours of downtown Plainfield By Sherri Dauskurdas Staff Reporter

The Plainfield Historical Society is inviting local residents to take a step, quite literally, back in time, by participating in a Historic Downtown Plainfield Walking tour during September. The tours, led by members of the Plainfield Historical Society, take visitors through the village’s downtown, showcasing the buildings and their history, as well as many of the original businesses and their proprietors. Original photos from the 1800s will be available for viewing,

and the tour will include details about the events that helped to shape the downtown area, from fires that burned on both sides of Lockport Street, to the robbery of the Plainfield State Bank. Discussion of the Worst Barber Shop and Jones Hardware, two of the longestoperated businesses in town, will be shared. Each tour will consist of three segments of Lockport Street, and one along Des Plaines Street to the Village Green. The tours are an offshoot of a current program offered to the students of Plainfield School District 202. Third-grade children study

local history as part of their social studies curriculum, and since the children have begun the walking tours, the requests from parents and other adults in the community have increased, local historians said. The September tours will be offered from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Sept. 13 and 20; and from 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturdays, Sept. 15 and 22. Participants will gather at the corner of Lockport and Des Plaines Streets adjacent to Andreasen Travel. Weather cancellations will be made 90 minutes prior to the start of the program and participants can check the status of the

Rep. Tom Cross’ Women’s Fair set for Sept. 8 Over 80 area vendors covering a wide range of women’s health, child care, recreational and community services will participate in State Rep. Tom Cross’ Women’s Health & Wellness Fair to be held on Saturday, September 8 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the C.W. Avery YMCA in Plainfield. Admission to the event is free with complimentary refreshments. Guests can receive

free blood pressure, body fat analysis, and foot screenings. Information will be available on topics such as nutrition, skin care, child care, Alzheimer’s, exercise programs, assisted living, and financial planning; to name just a few. Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to be donated to the Plainfield Interfaith Food Pantry. “Our Women’s Fair showcases

the wide range of local resources and activities available to women of all ages and their families,” said Cross. “This year’s event is shaping up to be our largest and most comprehensive Health and Wellness Fair for women to date. We look forward to seeing you there!” For questions or more information, please call Rep. Cross’ office at (815) 254-0000 or visit

tour by going to the Society’s Facebook page, plainfieldhistoricalsociety or The tours are open for anyone ages 18 or older. Cost is $5

for residents and $10 for nonresidents of the Plainfield park district boundaries. For more information, visit http://www.

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Craft beer event delights palates of thirsty fest-goers By Sherri Dauskurdas Staff Reporter

Attendees at the second annual Midwest Brewer’s Fest in Plainfield last weekend all agreed, the Fest was hot. Hot when temperatures cruised past 90 degrees, and hot as attendees perused some 200 varieties of beer for tasting. Sixty craft breweries from across the nation landed with their wares along the Plainfield Riverfront Saturday, some sharing space with other brewers, just to get in on the act. Nearly 3,000 people came to the event, to share their love of hops and barley, ales and lagers, and music and food. This was a day for the beer connoisseur, designed to educate, inform and electrify the palate. A VIP tent ushered in those seeking an extra special day at the Riverfront, complete with private brews, personal chats with the brew masters themselves and fabulous food. “We wanted to make sure the perception of our guests, from start to finish, was that they were the most important,” Midwest Brewer’s Fest Board President Rahul Wahi said. “We understand that not everyone enjoys American craft beer, and without these attendees, there is no fest. We wanted to say thank you.” But after the event, it was the attendees that were offering

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their thanks for a beautiful wrap to summer, and a glorious day of beer and food. “It was a great event, once again,” said Emily Matteson, who came to the event from Elgin after first attending last season. “The site is beautiful, and beer was cold, and the people were great. How can you argue?” A huge hit from last year was the Homebrewer’s tent,organized by event partners Plainfield Ale and Lager Enthusiasts and new start-up business Chicago Brew Werks, which sells homebrewing supplies and ingredients.

Last year, home brewers actually offered their creations up for tasting, but this year, inhibited by regulations that kept them from their beer, the tent took on a classroom environment. Craft Beer 101 was a collection of lectures, talks and other handy information, keeping beer enthusiasts abreast of all that goes into home brewing and producing great craft beer. “It was really neat to hear all about how they make the beer, and how I could do the same… See FEST, page 7

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From Years Past Five years ago…2007 • A plan to re-engineer the Renwick Road bridge that already is decades in the planning stages hit another road block. The village of Plainfield threatened to pull funding from the design and engineering of the bridge, if it features an at-grade crossing. Plainfield village trustee Jim Racich during the Aug. 20 village board meeting criticized the “unilateral” decision by Plainfield Township Highway Commissioner Sam Reichert to push for construction of a low-level bridge. The existing bridge, built in 1912, crosses the DuPage River near Renwick and River roads.

Ten years ago… 2002 • In an Enterprise guest comment, the Plainfield School District 202 Board of Education defended its actions regarding its decision to include a salary increase in Superintendent David Stanfield’s controversial retirement and personal leave contract addendum. The board wrote, in part,“The board does not see itself as holding onto a secret. Rather, in honoring the legalities of a closed session process that protects the personal interests of an employee at a vulnerable time, the board was not prepared to release personal information until an agreement was reached and permission granted to do so. “Unfortunately, information leaked out a little at a time. If we had foreseen the intense public interest fueled by partial information, speculation and rumors, we may have requested authorization to release personal information sooner.”

Young ball players prep for Cooperstown As the weather begins to cool and schoolchildren head back to their classrooms, the summer youth baseball season draws to a close. But while little leaguers may be cleaning off their cleats, baseball is hardly over. Throughout the winter months, the youngsters on the Plainfield Raiders 2013 12U team spend a good deal of time on skill development, drills and agility training. “The development of happy, well-rounded, and healthy, goaloriented boys is our objective,” coach Dwight Nelson said. “Creating and nurturing opportunities for boys to learn

• The community mourned the passing of the Rev. Charles Van Duren, 77, retired pastor of St. Mary Immaculate Parish of Plainfield. Van Duren served St. Mary Immaculate from 1982 until his retirement in 1995. Throughout his religious life, Van Duren elected to work closely with people in individual congregations rather than seeking administrative positions in the church. An avid reader and gardener, Van Duren was well known in the community for his work with the local food pantry and Plainfield Ministerial Association. He also wrote a weekly inspirational column, “Reflections for Living,” for The Enterprise. • Construction crews in south suburban Worth discovered the skeletal remains of Inge Strama, a Plainfield woman who had disappeared four years before. Police had never closed the missing person case of the 42-year-old, and questions over how the woman died remained unanswered.

Twenty years ago… 1992 • Workers were busy putting the finishing touches on Plainfield High School’s Wildcat Stadium.The ’Cats would play host to Yorkville for the first football game at the stadium since the school was destroyed by the Aug. 28, 1990, tornado. • The Downtown Business Association was planning events for its second Harvest Days including food, music, face painting, an art fair, a beer garden, trolley rides, bingo, a Lions Club barbecue, sidewalk sale on Lockport Street and a farmers market.

organizational skills, develop lifelong friendships and be active is so important these days.” Additionally, coaches work to secure sponsorships and donations from area businesses to help defray the costs of uniforms, equipment, tournament fees and travel expenses. One major expense for the 2013 season will be a week-long trip in July to Cooperstown, N.Y., where the boys will compete with teams from around the country at the famous Dreams Park. “Dreams Park is for 12-yearold players only, so it is a oncein-a-lifetime opportunity,” Nelson said.

He would like to make certain every player gets to go on this unique baseball trip, but a week to New York can be pricey. “With the financial support from area businesses, the expenses for the families will be eased,” Nelson said. Since the Raiders are a nonprofit organization run by volunteers, 100 percent of donations are used for the team and players. Donations are tax deductible. Questions can be directed to Nelson at 331-4259928. Mail donations are made payable to Plainfield Raiders, 1934 Spinnaker Court, Aurora, IL 60503.

Jean (the late Donald) Pfeifer and Robert (Jinna) Bower. Cherished grandmother of Ann Marie Prater, Jeffrey (Monica) Mison, Lynn (Dave) Olson, Karla (Jim) Rung, Ashley (Robert) Mirakian, Seth Boughton. Fond greatgrandmother of Chris, Trey, and Tayla Prater, Chloe Mison, Paige and Kendall Rung, Parker,Ally and Kyra Olson. Dear sister of the late Thomas, the late Howard and the late Roy Brossman. Member of PlymouthCongregationalChurch. In lieu of flowers, memorials to her church. Memorial Visitation

Saturday, September 1, 2012 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM at Plymouth Congregational Church, 24022 W. Lockport St., Plainfield, IL 60544 with a memorial service to follow at 11:00 AM. Private family inurnment at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to: OVERMAN-JONES FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES 15219 S. Joliet Road (Corner of Rts. 59 & East 30) Plainfield, IL 60544 Info:(815) 436 – 9221 or www.

Jack unfiltered black rye India Pale Ale, a favorite among judges and attendees across the fest grounds. In its inaugural year, the 2011 festival received rave reviews from attendees, but spirits were dampened when the financial return did not meet organizers’ expectations. This year, Wati and his team worked to make beneficial financial decisions, secure active, in-kind sponsorships, and work with

village officials to make sure the fest went off without a hitch. Once again, the event worked to raise awareness and funds for the Riverfront Foundation. “We are so very grateful to all our 300 volunteers who helped put up tents and get ready for the event,” Wahi said. “We are especially thankful to the Village of Plainfield, the police and all the folks who really worked well with us this year. I cannot thank those people enough.”

Obituary Leona Mae Bower

Fifteen years ago… 1997

Leona Mae Bower, age 95, a life long resident of the Plainfield, IL area, at rest Monday, August 27, 2012 at Provena St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, IL. Born December 16, 1916 in Wheatland Township, IL, the daughter of the late Arthur and Mae Brossman. Beloved wife of the late Robert T. Boughton and the late Lloyd J. Bower. Loving mother of Delores (the late Robert) Mison, Karen (Gerald) Pilcher and William (Katie) Boughton, step-mother of

FEST Continued from page 5 if I wanted too,” Ed Wankat of Crest Hill said.“Maybe now that I am retired, I have found a new hobby.” This year’s festival offered competition and camaraderie. A Best in Class Award went to Firestone Walker, a craft brewery out of California, for its Wookey

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Community Events

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ONGOING Craft Fair accepting applications. The Kendal County Historical Society is looking for vendors and demonstrators for the 39th Annual Fall Festival, held Sept. 29 and 30 at the Lyon Farm and Village on Route 71 in Yorkville. A 10x10 outdoor space is $30 for two days, demonstration space available at no charge for anyone with a skill to share with no sales. For more information and applications, visit or call Cathy Jenkins at 630-554-3064. ESL study groups. There are several groups at the Plainfield Public Library for multi-lingual adults who want to strengthen their English skills with other learners and an English-speaking tutor. Practice English writing and grammar on Mondays at 10 a.m. in the lower-level bay area. Practice your speaking skills and learn about American culture on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and Friday at 10 a.m. Learn new words, practice pronunciation, and become more fluent at reading aloud on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. with newspapers, magazines, and books for all levels. Overeaters Anonymous. Sundays from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Plainfield Congregational United Church of Christ, at the corner of Rte. 59 and Fraser Rd. Meeting is held in the lounge room. No dues, fees or weigh-ins. Everyone is welcome! Tai Chi and Westfield Walkers. Senior Services Center of Will County wants to keep seniors healthy and living independently as long as possible. Tai Chi is offered here at the center on Tuesday’s and other locations throughout the county. This is a 12-week program. Join us on Mondays and Wednesdays as we walk the mall. Not only do you get the benefit of walking twice a week, once a month we offer a free breakfast at Panera and an opportunity to hear a speaker provided by Provena Health. You can take a 12-week Tai Chi class for a $20 suggested donation, and you can join our Westfield Walkers Club for $25 per year. For more information please give us a call at 815-723-9713. Anything Grows Garden Club of Plainfield. Fourth Wednesdays of every month at 7 p.m. at Plainfield Congregational Church, 24020 W. Fraser Road. Join us for “Garden Talk.” 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 PlainfieldArt 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. 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 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. If you have any items of question, please call 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: Circle of Hope Al-Anon Family Group. Sundays at 1:302:30 p.m. at Joliet Alano Club (back entrance), 265 Republic Ave. in Joliet. This on-going support group with no fees or dues is for all families and friends of problem drinkers, especially those who are affected today by growing up in an alcoholic home. For more information contact Al-Anon/Alateen 815-773-9623 or visit for more information. Food Pantry. To better serve your needs, Power Connection’s Large Food Pantry will now be open on the second and fourth Mondays of the month from 1 to 6:45 p.m. For a $20 donation you can shop the aisles of canned/ boxed goods, drinks, desserts, snacks, breads, fruits & vegetables. There is no income verification and all residents of Illinois are welcome.  The Clothing Pantry is open from 9 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. on those Mondays. Donations accepted Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (630) 679-6899 or visit www.thepowerconnection. org for more information/services available.

SEPTEMBER 4 Middle School Writers’ Group. 5 p.m. at the Plainfield

Public Library. Aspiring authors in grades 6, 7, and 8 are invited to share stories, poetry, and writing of all types. Sign up at the Plainfield Public Library.

SEPTEMBER 5 Paranormal activity. 7 p.m. at the Plainfield Public Library. Explore actual cases of paranormal activity with the team from TnT Paranormal Investigators. Learn the methods used to investigate and solve cases of unexplained activity. Sign up at www.

SEPTEMBER 6 Strictly Business Lunch & Learn. 12 p.m. at the Plainfield Public Library. Pinterest for business (and fun).Create online exposure and generate traffic to your website with the fastest growing social network site in history. Get a brief overview of signing up, how Pinterest work, and more. Bring your lunch – drinks and dessert will be provided. Sign up at www.

SEPTEMBER 7 Friday movie matinee. 1 p.m. at the Plainfield Public Library. Iron Lady is the new release movie selection. Popcorn, snacks, and beverages will be served. Sign up at www.plainfieldpubliclibrary. org.

SEPTEMBER 8 Community Day of Play. 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Four Seasons Park in Plainfield. This event is a joint celebration of play with the Plainfield Park District and Romeoville Recreation Department. Bring your family and play. Activities include playground games, inflatables, obstacle courses, fun Olympics, and giveaways. Free for all ages. Jeric’s Skate Contest. Noon to 4 p.m. at Renwick Park, Plainfield. All contestants will be guaranteed one qualifier one-minute run to show off their best tricks for the crowd and judges. Top scorers from the first run will skate in a second and deciding final run. All participants must wear helmets. Registration begins at 11 a.m. Cost is $5 in advance, $10 at the event.

Road intersection public meeting. 5-8 p.m. at Plainfield Village Hall, 24401 W. Lockport Street, Plainfield. This public meeting will concern the proposed improvements to the intersection of 127th Street and Plainfield-Naperville Road. The project includes reconstruction of the intersection to provide left turn lanes, a new traffic signal, and improved drainage.

Township Disabilities Committee. Noon to 4 p.m. at the Plainfield Village Green. The Plainfield Township Disabilities Committee will host their 11th annual picnic for those with special needs and their families at Village Green Park. There will be a DJ, food, and fun for all who attend.

The life of Robert Todd Lincoln. 7 p.m. at the Plainfield Public Library. Historical reenactor D. Gregory shares details of the family life and career of presidential son Robert Todd Lincoln. Sign up at www.plainfieldpubliclibrary. org.

Drop-in bounce and tickle for babies. 9:15 a.m. at the Plainfield Public Library. Bond with your baby with books, music, and rhymes. Meet new friends during the ten-minute free play with educational toys. No registration is required but space is limited.


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District 202 mulls use of millions By Sherri Dauskurdas Staff Reporter

The District 202 Board of Education is facing a decision on how to make up for an $8.9 million operating fund deficit in its proposed school year budget. Board members have been mulling their options, including the possible use of an estimated $7.5 million in operating revenues that exceeded expenditures from the 2011-12 school year. Michelle Smith, Assistant Superintendent for Business and Operations said the uncertainty of state funding is driving budgetary shortfalls and hampering the planning process. “The problem is, our revenue stream is very unpredictable, mostly because of state funding which changes day to day, sometimes minute to minute, which makes it very hard to present an accurate financial plan,” Smith said. Three weeks ago, Smith projected an $8.1 million operating fund deficit. Yet even since then, District 202’s share of General State Aid dropped by $1.2 million. Likewise, the district lost another $6 million in general state aid because the state has prorated at a lower percentage the minimum amount of general state aid money that the state gives local school districts. One of the choices facing the Board, is to use some or all of the money to offset yet another projected revenue shortfall

this school year, of about $8.9 million, as part of a multi-year plan to build an operating fund reserve. District 202 spends about $18 million in a typical month, and has about $30 million in reserves. That amount would sustain operations for about 45 days if state funding were to stop for some reason, Smith said. That’s comparatively low, she explained, as some school districts have enough reserves to keep the doors open for 180 days or more. She advised that District 202 consider creating an operating reserve balance sufficient for three to six months. The $7.5 million balance could be a start, she said. The Board could choose to keep part of that money in reserve to start building a more appropriate operating fund balance. Also, Board members could move to put the entire $7.5 million toward this year’s projected operating deficit, and reduce projected non-personnel cutbacks for the 2012-13 school year. The proposed 2012-13 budget will be posted for public review on August 10. The proposed 2012-13 operating budget includes $242 million in expenses, compared to $242.2 million last year, down about one percent. The Operating Budget includes the Education Fund, which pays for most daily operating expenses. Projected 2012-13 operating revenues total $233.1 million, down from $242.8

million last year, or about four percent less. The $233.1 million in projected revenues this year includes about $74 million in state funding down about 11 percent, or about $9 million from last year. The total 2012-13 projected budget, including debt service and construction is $277.5 million, down from $279 million last year. Total projected revenues this year are $267.1 million, down from $277 million last year, down about four percent. The proposed 2012-13 budget

is now on public display on the district web site (www.psd202. org) under “Announcements,” and at the district administrative center, 15732 Howard Street, Plainfield. The Board of Education will hold a public hearing on the proposed budget at 5:45 p.m. Monday, September 24, 2012 at the administrative center, before voting on the fiscal plan later that evening at its regular meeting. Community members can comment on the proposed budget through the 202 Inbox link posted on the front page of

the district web site. The Board of Education receives all emails sent through the Inbox. Meanwhile, the annual audit will be conducted in late August and, hopefully, state funding will become clearer. Board members will then use all of that information to help decide how to use the $7.5 million in operating revenues. A School Board vote is expected on September 24, 2012. State law requires that the budget be approved in September, but allows for an approved budget to be amended later.

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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. Angel Martinez-Bahena, 45, 14041 S. Lakeridge Drive, Plainfield, was arrested on Aug. 17 at 11:25 a.m. on S. Eastern Avenue and W. Lockport for no valid driver’s license.


Michael Camp, 34, 4 W. Bailey, Naperville, was arrested on Aug. 17 at 6:19 p.m. at 23820 W. Main for aggravated battery.


Isauro Ortiz, 40, 1016 Elgin Ave., Joliet, was arrested on Aug. 17 at 9:49 p.m. on W. Lockport and S. Route 59 for no valid driver’s license.


Shane Valentine, 23, 23306 W. 135th, Plainfield, was arrested on Aug. 18 at 12:38 a.m. on W. 135th and Naperville Road for suspended driver’s license.


Guadalupe Herrera, 40, 807 Ingalls Ave., Joliet, was arrested on Aug. 18 ay 7:20 p.m. on W. Riverwalk Court and S. Route


59 for no valid driver’s license. Johnny Anderson, 37, 24821 W. Winterberry Lane, Plainfield, was arrested on Aug. 18 at 10:34 p.m. on W. 119th and S. Heritage Meadows for suspended/ revoked driver’s license.


Tijerina, 22, 7441 W. 7 Daniel Arran Drive, Frankfort, was arrested on Aug. 17 at 11:59 p.m. on W. Chicago and S. Des Plaines for DUI/alcohol. Ivan Soto, 29, 18 S. Fourth St., Aurora, was arrested on Aug. 19 at 12:14 a.m. on S. Bartlett and W. Lockport for suspended/ revoked driver’s license and no valid driver’s license.


Steven Crocker, 46, 1910 Kelly Ave., Crest Hill, was arrested on Aug. 13 at 5:55 a.m. on W. Roberts Avenue and S. Route 59 for DUI/alcohol.


Gonzalo Herrera, 23, 1913 Arbor Falls Drive, Plainfield, was arrested on Aug. 20 at 4:32 p.m. at 16200 S. Lincoln Highway for an in-state warrant.



Michael Knight, 33, 3715 Gabrielle Lane, Aurora, was

arrested on Aug. 20 at 10:05 p.m. on 127th and S. Route 59 for an instate warrant. Perry, 44, 46 W. 12 Raymond 141st St., Dixmoor, was arrested on Aug. 12 at 1:46 p.m. on W 143rd and S. Route 59 for improper use of registration. Christopher Conway, 21, 25513 W. Blakely Drive, Plainfield, was arrested on Aug. 15 at 4:06 p.m. on W. Getson Avenue and S. Joliet Road for no valid driver’s license.


Erin Rodney, 26, 24501 W. Renwick Road, Plainfield, was arrested on Aug. 17 at 1:45 a.m. on W. Fort Beggs Drive and S. Route 59 for no valid driver’s license.


Victor Cepeda, 27, 412 S. LaSalle St., Aurora, was arrested on Aug. 17 at 10:17 a.m. on W. Newkirk Drive and S. Route 59 for no valid driver’s license.


Lisa Pentecost, 43, 304 Wedgewood Circle, Romeoville, was arrested on Aug. 20 at 3:23 p.m.on S.EasternAvenue and W. Lockport for suspended/ revoked for driver’s license.


German Ramos, 27, 108 Testa Drive, Naperville, was arrested on Aug. 20 at 3:50 p.m. on Pasquinelli Drive and S. Route 59 for no valid driver’s license. Percennia Hannsberry, 28, 13921 S. Isle Royal Circle, Plainfield, was arrested on Aug. 20 at 8:22 p.m. on W. Douglas Drive and S. Route 59 for suspended/ revoked driver’s license.


Tracy Widloe, 42, 701 Margaret, Rockdale, was arrested on Aug. 21 at 5:59 p.m. at 15213 S. Meadow Lane for domestic battery.


Booczko, 18, 4014 19 Jillian Brenton Drive, Joliet, was arrested on Aug. 22 at 1:07 a.m. on s. Joliet Road and W. Union for suspended/revoked driver’s license.

9:06 p.m. on W. 127th and S. Route 59 for no valid driver’s license. Patricia Riley, 40, 15411 S. Joliet Road, Plainfield, was arrested on Aug. 22 at 11:26 p.m. at 16031 S. Lincoln for battery.


Kristen Soper, 19, 50 Tahoe Lane,Romeoville,was arrested on Aug. 11 at 10:29 a.m. at 14411 S. Route 59 for disorderly conduct.


Deshone Grissom, 19, 14510 Whipple Posen, was arrested on Aug. 15 at 2:31 a.m. at 14807 S. Route 59 for armed robbery.


Andre Mack, 18, 5756 Washtenaw, Chicago, was arrested on Aug. 15 at 2:31 a.m. at 14807 S. Route 59 for armed robbery, aggravated assault, aggravated discharge of a firearm and defacing a firearm.


Phillip Maniscalo, 46, 4 Crenshaw Court, Bolingbrook, was arrested on Aug. 19 at 3:18 a.m. on W. 143rd and S. Route 30 for DUI with blood alcohol content over .08.

Mequin Samples, 24, 1009 Lois Place,Joliet,was arrested on Aug. 15 at 2:31 a.m. at 14807 S. Route 59 for armed robbery.

Jorge Garay-Salazar, 32, 27W270 Geneva Road, West Chicago, was arrested on Aug. 22 at

arrested on Aug. 20 at 5:20 p.m. on S. Bartlett and W. Lockport for no valid driver’s license.




Salazar, 47, 442 Rachel 27 Irma Circle, Romeoville, was

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Plainfield man faces two counts of first-degree homicide By Jonathan Samples Staff Reporter

The Door County District Attorney’s office is expected to formally charge a Plainfield man with two counts of firstdegree intentional homicide and one count of third-degree sexual assault Wednesday. Brian Cooper, 35, of the 2400 block of Oaktree Lane, was arrested last weekend after 21-year-old Plainfield resident Alisha Bromfield was found strangled to death in a Nasewaupee, Wis., hotel room. Bromfield was 6.5 months pregnant at the time of her death. Door County District Attorney Raymond Pelrine said Cooper had sex with Bromfield’s body after the murder. “He got on top of her, with his hands, he strangled her to death,” Pelrine said at Cooper’s Aug. 21 bail hearing. “After killing her, he then undressed her and undressed himself, and

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he had sexual intercourse with the body.” Pelrine said Cooper was taken into custody on Aug. 19 after calling police to report a homicide. “Mr. Cooper, when he got ahold of the 911 dispatcher, he reported to her that he wanted to report a murder, a murder that he had committed,” Pelrine said. Cooper was taken into

custody eight hours after the homicide. In that time, he drove 35 miles north to Ellison Bay, Wis., where Door County Sheriff Terry Vogel said Cooper attempted suicide by drowning himself. “He did make a suicide attempt as far as drowning himself, but then decided not to do that,” Vogel said. “He was soaking wet when taken into custody.” Cooper is currently being held on $1 million bail. Vogel could not comment on a motive, but said investigators are looking into the relationship between Cooper and Bromfield. He said that although they believe the two may have dated up to two years ago, they were not currently involved in a romantic relationship. Vogel said Cooper and Bromfield were in the area to attend the wedding of Cooper’s sister.

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End-of-summer grilling spectaculars: Part 2 When it comes to grilling during the so-called dog days of summer, the hottest and muggiest of the seasons, smart cooks find ways to enjoy all of the smoky flavor and well-seared texture you get from food cooked over an open fire with as little human exposure to the heat as possible. This week, I share one great secret for achieving that goal: Grill a big piece of meat. But doesn’t a larger cut require longer cooking, meaning you’ll actually wind up spending more time slaving over the grill? My answer is that you are correct about the cooking time, but not yet clued in to my strategy. So please let me share that secret now: You only want to expose the meat to the grill’s direct heat for a brief length of time, just long enough to sear its surface beautifully and season

it with a little smoke from the fire. While on slightly cooler days you might consider then moving the meat to a cooler part of the cooking grid away from the direct heat and covering the grill to complete the cooking, when it’s uncomfortably hot outside it makes more sense to bring the meat indoors to your airconditioned (I hope) kitchen to finish cooking inside a preheated oven. That doesn’t mean, of course, you’ve necessarily prepared an outdoor fire just for a few minutes of searing.You can still use the grill for other quick recipes, such as an appetizer of skewered shrimp;

FIRE-ROASTED BEEF TENDERLOIN WITH ASIAN SPICES Serves 4 2 pounds beef tenderloin 1 cup peanut oil, plus 2 tablespoons for brushing 2 tablespoons whole black peppercorns 2 teaspoons whole coriander seeds 1/2 teaspoon whole Szechuan peppercorns 5 whole star anise 2 tablespoons tamarind paste 2 tablespoons honey 1 teaspoon Thai-style red curry paste 1 cup Madeira 1-1/2 cups organic beef broth Salt

some slices or kebabs of fresh vegetables or oil-and-garlic-rubbed sourdough toasts to serve with the meat; and some grilled fruit or classic s’mores for dessert. The simple two-step strategy of cooking the meat enables you to spend a little extra time giving it exciting flavor. I often like to flavor beef tenderloin, pork or lamb cooked this way with Asian spices. I prepare a well-seasoned liquid, concentrated by boiling to reduce it, and use half of it as a quick brush-on flavoring for the meat before it goes on the grill. Later, when the meat rests so its juices can settle after roasting in the oven and before carving, I simmer the remaining liquid to concentrate it even further, then enhance it further with the quick addition of rice vinegar, Chinese mustard and a touch of butter to make a sauce to spoon over and

Freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar 1 tablespoon Chinese mustard powder 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces Prepare a fire in an outdoor grill. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Remove the beef tenderloin from the refrigerator to rest at room temperature until ready to cook. Put the 1 cup oil, peppercorns, coriander seeds, Szechuan peppercorns and star anise in a medium-size saucepan. Place the pan over medium-high heat and cook until the spices are aromatic, about 1 minute. Reduce the heat to medium and stir in the tamarind paste, honey and red curry paste. Carefully pour in the Madeira and cook, stirring and scraping frequently with a wooden spoon to deglaze any pan deposits,

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Beef tenderloin can be a stunning end-of-summer treat.

around the sliced meat. Serve the fire-roasted meat with something to soak up every drop of those juices and sauce: maybe a rice pilaf, some mashed potatoes,

until the mixture reduces to a syrupy consistency, about 5 minutes. Stir in the broth, raise the heat to maintain a brisk simmer, and cook until the mixture has reduced by half, about 10 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a blender and, taking care to follow manufacturer’s instructions to avoid spattering of the hot liquid, process to puree. Pour the mixture through a fine-meshed stainless-steel sieve into a heatproof bowl. Set aside. Brush the tenderloin with the remaining 2 tablespoons oil and season lightly all over with salt and pepper. Grill just until evenly seared all over with grill marks, 1 to 2 minutes per side, turning with long-handled tongs. Transfer the meat to an ovenproof saute pan and pour half of the strained liquid over the meat, reserving the rest. Put in the preheated oven and roast until the desired doneness is reached.

or just those slices of grilled bread I mentioned. You’ll enjoy spectacular results from your grill without spending very much time at all out in the heat.

For medium-rare, the meat should register 130 to 135 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part, about 5 minutes. Transfer the meat to a cutting board, cover with foil, and leave to rest while you prepare the sauce. Put the remaining strained liquid in a saucepan over medium heat and simmer until thickened to sauce consistency, 7 to 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small bowl or cup, stir together the rice vinegar and mustard powder until smooth. With a wire whisk, briskly stir the mustard mixture and butter into the sauce. With a sharp knife, cut the tenderloin across the grain into thin slices.Arrange on serving plates and spoon the sauce over and around the beef. (c) 2012 WOLFGANG PUCK WORLDWIDE, INC. DISTRIBUTED BY TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES, INC.

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Wildcats make quick work of Amundsen By Mike Sandrolini Sports Reporter

Plainfield Central’s football team spent more time on the bus traveling to and from Chicago Amundsen High School for its season-opener against the Vikings Saturday afternoon than it did actually competing on the field. It turned out to be a short day at the office for the Wildcats, who roared out to a 42-0 lead late in the second quarter. That huge margin forced a running clock for the rest of the game. Plainfield Central ended up winning 42-7 to kick off a 2012 season that it hopes will avenge last year’s 5-4 club which fell short of making the playoffs after dropping a highscoring heartbreaker (49-46) to Romeoville in Week 9. “It hurts when you don’t make that last win,” said senior running back Gino Giarratano, who found the end zone three times on Saturday. “We’ve got a really good team this year. We have big potential if we do everything we’ve got to do. “Our coaches have set us up great this year, and we’re back for revenge.We’re tired of being the underdog; we’re trying to make a statement and be back on top in Plainfield again. But it was a big team win.” It didn’t’ take long for the Wildcats’ running game, featuring Giarratano, Jordan Elligwood and Tyler Erdmann, to get the chains moving. Elligwood’s 22-yard run to the Vikings’ 4-yard line preceded Girratano’s first TD. Then after an Amundsen three-and-out, Derek Bernasik fielded a punt, scooted 45 yards along the right sideline and dove across the goal line just before he was about to be pushed out of bounds to make it 14-0. In spite of the lopsided score, Bernasik said he and his Wildcat teammates weren’t overlooking Amundsen by any means. “We didn’t take them lightly,” he said. “We went full out and it showed.” A 48-yard run by Giarratano upped the lead to 21-0. The margin increased to 28-0 after Bryan Blair, the Wildcats’ new quarterback, hooked up with Giarratano for a touchdown that covered 17 yards. Blair provided this assessment of his starting debut: “Things are definitely coming along,” he said. “I definitely didn’t expect it to run this smoothly for me. I definitely

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Plainfield Central’s Bryan Blair scrambles for yardage on Saturday. Blair, a senior, made his debut as the starting quarterback.

expected a few more hurdles, but I figured that I got over them. The team helped me get over them.” “He made a few mistakes,” said head coach John Jackson, “but I think he showed some good poise today. I can’t give him 100 percent—I’ll never give a kid 100 percent—but he did a good job. He kept his composure well even when things didn’t go as well as he’d like them to.We really didn’t get a chance to air it out a lot, but when you get four touchdowns that fast you don’t do that.” A little later, A.J. Apiquian

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Plainfield Central


7 pm Friday

Who to watch: Erik Miller QB (St Charles N.) Bryce Douglas DT (Plainfield)

blocked a punt deep in Amundsen territory, which was recovered by Shayne Blidy at the 5-yard line. Elligwood ran it in on

the next play for a 35-0 lead. Mike Lefley’s pass interception set up an 18-yard Erdmann touchdown run to close out the scoring for Plainfield Central. The Wildcats’ matchup at home versus St. Charles North Friday night promises to be much more of a challenge. The two teams squared off last year, also on Week 2, and the Wildcats pulled out a 26-21 victory in the game’s closing seconds. The Saints are coming off a 30-0 loss to highly regarded Hinsdale Central in Week 1, but Jackson insists St. Charles North will be a tough squad.

“They’re a very physical team,” he said. “They had some tough breaks against Hinsdale Central. They’re running a new offense and are probably getting some of the bugs out of that, but defensively they’re really tough up front and they should be a good challenge for us.” “We just squeezed by last year in the last five seconds of the game,” Giarratano added, “so we really want to take it to them this year and practice hard. Practice is the most important thing.”

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Cougars fall victim to Bailey, champs By Scott Taylor Sports Editor

It isn’t easy tackling a quarterback who is as big as many defenders, just ask those who go up against the Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton. Bolingbrook’s Aaron Bailey is similar to Newton at the high school level at 6-feet, 2-inches and 225 pounds. He ended up carrying the ball 24 times for 151 yards in a 33-6 win over Plainfield South. Despite his success, the Cougars felt they did well against him and the rest of the attack for the defending Class 8A state

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Terrance Russell (left) and Nicholas Mark tackle Bolingbrook’s Omar Stover during their 33-6 loss.

champs. “It was pretty hard, but we knew what he was going to do coming into the game,” South junior linebacker Clifton Garrett said. “I felt like we did a pretty good job. I’m proud of my linebackers and our entire defense.” “It was very tiring out there,” Bailey said. “I thank God for conditioning because I was tired out there. But we did really good. Our defense gave us great field position and the offensive line did great for us today. I was anticipating the carries. They See COUGARS, page 16

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Plainfield looking to end Oswego’s reign By Scott Taylor Sports Editor

Plainfield North and Central hope to put an end to the Oswego stranglehold on top of the Southwest Prairie Conference after the two schools finished in the top two positions last year.


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Ariel Na returns for Plainfield North.

While Plainfield North lost its first and third doubles squad, they do have their other two teams returning in tact. Junior Adila Esaak and senior Ariel Na return after finishing second in conference last year, going 6-1 in regular the regular season. Junior Kaylin Holmes and senior Maddy Sorlien are also returning after playing fourth doubles last year, also finishing second and notching a 6-1 SPC record. Junior Christina Morthorst and senior Jazmine Povlick are back from last year on the singles side. There are several newcomers to the varsity squad who are looking to fill out the lineup. “We have two new freshmen Kendall Junger and Sarah Holmes who are eager to make their mark in the SPC conference

this year,” North coach Lauren Madawick said. “Cara Fazio and Manasa Bandapalle are also new to the varsity squad after having a fantastic singles season on JV both finishing top in the conference.Lastly,veterans to our program, seniors Cate Hiemenz and Samantha Gambuzza, who finished 2nd at 2D last season on JV and Desiree Mamparo will be looking to also compete at the varsity level.” After finishing in third place the past two seasons in the SPC, North hopes to track down the Oswego schools and win the title this year, along with sending members to state. With the work that was put in, those are definitely possibilities. “The girls have put some good time in to their own training and playing this summer,” Madawick said. “They are ready for what the season will bring and will work hard to bring home the hardware. The team bonding that happens early in the season will also help keep us strong and united.” North finished in third place at its own invite Saturday with seven points. Kaneland won with 13. The Tigers’ third doubles team See REIGN, page 18

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COUGARS Continued from page 14 were giving me the opportunity to run. Clifton Garrett is a big dude and I was joking around with him about why he has to hit so hard.” South was able to keep Bailey and the Raiders from making a lot of big plays (Bailey had just two runs of 15 yards or more, including his first carry that went for 46 yards), but the abundance of 5-10 yard gains was enough to get the job done. “Bolingbrook is going to grind you,” Bublitz said.“They are going to keep swinging and punching you.Their offense comes straight

at you and then all of a sudden someone breaks loose. They are a good football team, there’s no doubt about it. I really like the way our guys hung in there. Our defense fought hard the entire game.” Bolingbrook grinded its way to 389 total yards on 71 plays. South ran just 41 plays for 119 yards, as the defense eventually wore down in the second half. “Our defense played with a lot of heart and a lot of toughness,” Bublitz said. “They held their ground. It is too difficult against a team like Bolingbrook to be on the field that long. Our offense did not provide enough punch in the second half to allow our defense to play as well as they could have.”

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Who to watch: Kameron Hargrove RB (Joliet W.) Clifton Garrett LB (Plainfield S.)

“We were on the field a lot and were getting tired, but that is a part of football,” Garrett said.“I’m proud of our whole team. I’m proud of how everyone came out. We were physical. I’m pretty excited about the upcoming season.”

The offense got a 43-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter from Joshua Harris. Trailing 14-6 late in the half, Harris had a pass go just off his fingertips in the back of the end zone on fourth down. That was the story for much of the game offensively as several deep passes were just long of the receivers. Harris finished the game with eight carries for 57 yards. Quarterback Ricky Luna was 6-of-18 for 34 yards. “Early on we got some things going, but we couldn’t sustain it in the second half,” Bublitz said. “We had no rhythm. You have to give Bolingbrook some credit as well.” Playing a team as good as

Bolingbrook should help South moving forward, especially into week two against an improved Joliet West squad Friday at home. “We have to use the experience to our advantage,” Bublitz said. “I think our kids will respond. We have no illusions about Joliet West.They are improved and have great speed on their squad. They are hungry and we are going to have to be prepared every single game.With our schedule, there is no game that requires anything but our whole effort.” “We’re going to have a great week of practice,” Garrett added. “We can’t let down. We beat them last year, but that was last year.We have to come to practice every week and prepare hard.”

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North offers depth By Scott Taylor Sports Editor

FOOTBALL 1. Bolingbrook 2. Maine South 3. JCA 4. Plainfield Central 5. Notre Dame 6. Downers North 7. Downers South

TENNIS 1. Benet 2. Downers South 3. Maine South 4. Lockport 5. Plainfield North 6. Plainfield East 7. Joliet

BOYS SOCCER 1. Benet 2. Plainfield Central 3. Downers North 4. Lisle 5. Maine East 6. Plainfield North 7. Downers South

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL 1. Benet 2. JCA 3. Minooka 4. Niles West 5. Downers North 6. Lockport 7. Plainfield North

BOYS CROSS 1. Plainfield South 2. Minooka 3. Plainfield East 4. Maine South 5. Niles West 6. Notre Dame 7. Downers North

GIRLS CROSS 1. Maine South 2. Downers North 3. Downers South 4. Minooka 5. Plainfield Central 6. Lockport 7. Plainfield South Rankings are compiled by Mark Gregory and Scott Taylor.

Plainfield North loses Diana Clark, but has a veteran unit coming back.

GIRLS GOLF Juniors Christian Cousar, Kayla Dunbar, Marissa Platt and Carly Staser are joined by senior Katlyn Withner In the lineup. They will be joined by junior Margo McClintic, a transfer. “We want to improve from last year,” North coach Devin Torii said. “We have to improve our mental toughness.” •Plainfield East continues to make progress and possesses an experienced lineup. Jasmine Wissinger (allconference, sectional qualifier), Anna Gahafer (all-conference), Rebekah Pittman, Darby Naheedy and Kaitlyn Bailey all return for the Bengals. “We want to continue to compete with our conference at a high level,” East coach Paul Raspolich said. “The key for us is consistency. If we want to compete in our conference we have to become more consistent”. •Plainfield South welcomes back a trio of juniors in Alex Catalano, Trinity Hill and Ashley McClendon. Catalano and Hill were sectional qualifiers a year ago. “We want to compete within the conference and qualify girls for state,” South coach Nikki Larson said. “We need to focus at practice and be consistent.” At the Plainfield Central Invite on August 15, Catalano placed sixth overall with an 86. North was the top team finisher among Plainfield schools with a 420 and were led by Withner’s 95. Central shot a 427 and was paced by a 103 from Natalya Wager, South shot a 434 and East had a 458 with Gahafer shooting a 100. North opened its dual season with a 196-204 loss to JCA as Dunbar led the way with a 47. The Tigers opened SPC play the following day with a 196-200 win over Central. Withner shot a 46, while Staser and Margo McClintic each shot a 47. They had their low round of the year to end the week in a 170187 loss to Lemont. Withner fired a 44, McClintic added a 45, Platt shot a 48 and Cousar had a 50.

SOCCER East rolled past JCA 7-0 behind four goals from Ryan Olans. Mike Brazinski added two goals and two assists and Clyde Troche scored the other goal. •South opened up its season with a 2-1 record. The Cougars opened the season with a 2-0 loss to LincolnWay Central in a game that was scoreless at the half.

They then defeated Morris 2-1 on a penalty kick goal by Anthony Skrip and the winner from Rodrigo Garcia with an assist to Miguel Espinoza. Tyler Olsen made six saves for the win as South was just 1-for4 on penalty kicks during the game. Garcia had two goals and an assist in South’s 3-0 win over JCA. Anthony Skrip had the other goal, while Olsen and Mike Dunning combined for the shutout. •North opened the season with a 3-2 win over Illiana Chrsitan. Andres Castellanos scored twices, while Logan Wright added the other goal.Assists went to Tyler Petprachan, Wright and Zack Foust. The Tigers opened the Lemont Tournament with a 1-0 win over Lockport. Castellanos scored a goal with an assist to Petprachan. Trevor Hansen got the shutout in goal.

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NORTH Continued from page 17 each to open play before a 25-22, 25-18 loss to Lincoln-Way West. They lost to Joliet Central 25-18, 25-22 and then defeated Deerfield 25-17, 25-16. Kenzi Welsh led the offensive attack with 31 kills for the

REIGN Continued from page 15 of Sorlien and Holmes took home the title.

CENTRAL The Wildcats star Ali Foster, may be deeper three returning competition.

lose four-year but the team this year with from sectional

tournament, while Justine Bunn dded 22 and Kathleen Freebern had 22. Welsh also had 62 assists and Allison Bowbin contributed 45 assists. Freebern and Bunn had eight aces each.

FOOTBALL Plainfield East dropped a 24-22 heartbreaker to Metea Valley.

Juniors Katy Shay and Sarah Wurster will join seniors Hailey Lorenc and Liz Brown as veteran returners. Moving up from the JV level this year are senior Jasmine Cortez and juniors Mia Cordano, Rachael Burns, Jamie Pay, Rachael Martinez, Patricia Aquino and Hailey McClain. “We want to gain match play experience at the varsity level, remain competitive in the conference and advance players through the Sectional

The Bengals led 22-18 after three, but a pair of fumbles set up two field goals for the Mustangs. Quarterback Jacob Kotopka threw a pair of touchdown passes, one to Mozel Hargrays (32 yards) and the other to Adrian Simbulan (20 yards). Brennan Rompa added a touchdown run for East. •North fell to BradleyBourbonnais 27-22 Friday.

tournament,” Central coach Josh Bloodgood said. “We need to utilize practice time and weekend tournaments to develop strategy and endurance.” While the Oswego schools reload this year, Bloodgood hopes the Wildcats can make some noise the next two years. “We are a junior heavy squad looking to establish ourselves as a solid contender for two years,” he said.

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JCA loses game, Isaac at Providence By Mark Gregory Sports Reporter Online @

It looked as if the Joliet Catholic Academy offense didn’t miss a beat from last season’s Class 5A state title game. Unfortunately for the Hilltoppers, the defense looked the same as it did in that 70-45 loss to Montini in November. Even without the services of senior Ty Isaac, who left with just under three minutes left in the first quarter with a right shoulder injury, JCA still put up 34 points, but it wasn’t enough as Providence won the game 40-34 in front on an overflow crowd and an ESPNU television audience. “If you would have told me Ty would go out in the first quarter and we would still score 34 points, I probably would have laughed,” Joliet Catholic coach Dan Sharp said.“I wish we could have gotten one more stop in there, but this was a great game between two quality teams. “We just didn’t tackle anyone. We were in position, we just didn’t tackle well. I think the most frustrating thing is the way they ran the ball on us because we are usually better against the run.” The Celtics got things going right out of the box, as Brandon Price took the handoff on the game’s opening play and went 77 yards for the score. Price would end the game with 148 yards and two scores on 17 carries. Isaac would answer on the next JCA possession, as he broke

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JCA’s Tyler Reitz had to shoulder the load after Ty Isaac was lost to injury.

a 43-yarder to tie the game. Isaac would finish with 67 yards on seven carries, and had a 32-yard TD run called back on a holding penalty. The injury happened two plays later. “When you look at that penalty, it was two plays later that Ty goes down,” Sharp said. “He probably doesn’t even get hurt if not for that penalty. “All we know is that it’s a shoulder injury. Ty left at halftime to get X-rays. He will probably need an MRI this week. We know he will be out

for a while, we just hope it’s a short while.” Several players stepped up offensively in Isaac’s absence, including all three newcomers to the JCA offense. Minooka transfer Mike Ivlow (8 carries, 30 yards) plowed in for a 5-yard TD run with 5:04 remaining in the third quarter to make the game 30-27 in favor of the Celtics. “Ivlow was still sore, he had an infection and was in the hospital for a couple of days, so he wasn’t quite right himself and he was playing in pain,”

Sharp said. The Hilltoppers then went to the air, as quarterback Craig Slowik completed 13-of-23 passes for 214 yards. Oswego transfer Jordan Jones caught six passes for 104 yards and senior Chris Tschida, who took last season off to focus on baseball, caught four for 81, including a 28-yard TD. “I wish I never took the year off,”Tschida said.“I loved it. I wish I could play at the next level, but I will be playing baseball. I just committed to Western Illinois.” Sharp was happy with the air

attack. “With a kid like Craig Slowik, we can put the ball in the air,” Sharp said. “So, when Ty does come back, have more weapons.” Slowik agrees. “We really hope Ty is OK, but we did show what we can do in the passing game,” he said. “We had some guys step up and we still put 34 points on the board.” On the ground, Tyler Reitz carried the ball 12 times for 98 with scoring runs of one and 75 yards.

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H o ro s c o p e s

Across 1 Espresso concoction 6 Pile 10 With 13-Across, coming-out phrase? 13 See 10-Across 14 Surprisingly, the Rays don’t play there 15 Something to pick 16 Dairy food for a haunted house? 18 “CSI” proof 19 Campfire whopper 20 Mer flow 21 More revolting 23 Boxed Brie? 26 Shower head, maybe 29 Georgetown athlete 30 Outlet store abbr. 31 Thwart the reelection bid of 34 Sask. neighbor 38 With 41-Across, pancake-flavored drink? 40 Priest’s vestment

Down 41 See 38-Across 42 Drifting, maybe 43 Pedicure stone 45 Parliament vote 46 Literary __ 48 Runs the show 50 Snacks for an all-nighter? 55 Goldbricks 56 App with a Buddy List 57 __ vez: Spaniard’s “again” 61 Flee 62 Dinner dish decorated for a king? 65 Sugar suffix 66 Filled a hold with 67 Western 68 Kitten’s cry 69 Checked out 70 Set of principles

1 Like some lingerie 2 Uttar Pradesh tourist city 3 Stratum 4 Medium state? 5 Bugler with horns 6 With “The,” city with a lake called the Hofvijver at its center 7 It has six toes 8 Fuzzy fruit 9 Weather forecast word 10 Sundance entry, usually 11 Pitchfork parts 12 Gape 14 Perfectly 17 Be homesick (for) 22 Name that means “cool breeze” in Hawaiian 24 Casanova 25 Abu __ 26 Flaky mineral 27 Boots an easy grounder 28 Arbor Day planting 32 Spa offering 33 Popular street

name 35 “Correct answer” sound 36 “... Prince Albert in __?” 37 Ring jinglers 39 Conceals sneakily 41 Boo bird’s call 43 Depict 44 Cupcake filling 47 Emotionally unavailable type 49 Weather map line 50 Drive insert 51 Stir 52 One of Nixon’s vices? 53 Made like a crow 54 Good-hearted 58 Spot for un chapeau 59 Lou of The Velvet Underground 60 __-Cuban music 63 William Browne’s “Awake, faire Muse,” e.g. 64 Sawbones


Get your show on the road. Be enthusiastic about games, sports, or drop-in visitors. Make the most of shared hours with loved ones and friends as numerous projects in the week ahead could keep you apart.

Darkness is banished when light bulbs go off in your head. A magazine, trade journal or even a headline can give you the necessary nudge to set important matters rolling merrily along this week.

Courage is needed to stand up and speak; courage is also required to sit down and listen. In the week to come, be fearless about discussing your principles, but be sure to be quiet and listen to others, too.

If at first you don’t succeed, keep on trying. If you refuse to embrace a unique opportunity, you lose the prize as surely as if you failed. In the week to come, don’t let fear of failure hold you back.

You can win if you remember that your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. Trust your own judgment when spending money this week, but don’t become sidetracked by the opinions of others.

Be superlative. Remember that the difference between being ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra. People will be impressed by your industry this week - but will be more impressed by added bonuses.

Use your imagination. The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings. In the week to come, write down your ideas and goals and remember that there is no limit to wishes.

You can only truly become yourself by giving up on the idea of perfection. In the week to come, however, you might find some personal areas that require improvement.

Take no prisoners. An ability to make a deal that is beneficial to both sides is enhanced in the week ahead. Your business sense is in tiptop shape; you can get sound advice when needed.

History is not your destiny. You have the common sense to resist temptations that you know from experience might not pan out in your favor. Everyone finds you irresistible in the week ahead.

Please yourself. It isn’t necessary to turn on the razzle-dazzle to impress your friends in the week ahead. Your popularity won’t drop a notch if you are only involved in simple everyday routine tasks.

You don’t need dark glasses to avoid the paparazzi in the week to come. You shouldn’t play hard to get. A relationship with no trust is like a cellphone with no service, all you can do is play games.



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Q. I work as a traveling teacher spread throughout several districts. My office is in a building where I attend weekly morning meetings. The group that is part of these meetings has frequent lunches that I’m never invited to. Should I even say something or just let it go? A. You should say something, but don’t assume that anyone is purposely not inviting you. Typically, when a person’s feelings get hurt in the workplace, it is based on assumptions about the motives of others. Many of us tend to make up what we think that coworkers think, and then we decide that we are hurt about what we have made up. You’ll notice a dramatic increase in your enjoyment and peace of mind on the job if you just make one change. Before you make any assumptions about what other people think - ask them. Go to the supervisor who sets up these lunches and let him or her know that you would like to join in. Tell them you don’t know if these meetings are private or planning meetings for a certain team. Ask about how these lunches are organized. When people who feel hurt go to coworkers for an explanation, they tend to make accusations rather than inquiries. You may have been tempted to say things

such as “Why don’t you include me?” or “Why am I being left out?” Notice these are not questions but statements about others being rude. If you come out shooting verbally in the workplace, most people will simply defend or counterattack. People may not have invited you previously because they didn’t think you were interested. After you make accusations of insensitivity, you won’t be included because they are now hurt. Most of us are too quick to assume the worst about other people. We scan our workplaces every day because we are just waiting for someone to offend us. If we were quicker to be inquisitive and slower to take offense, we’d find out that most people most of the time either have benevolent motives or just didn’t think. When we ask the critical question to gather data before we attack, most of the time the attack isn’t necessary. One thing you can do tomorrow to generate more peace in your workplace is to open your mind to the possibility

that other people really aren’t out to get you. They make their own assumptions about us and then make decisions. Most of the time they had no intention to harm you. Prepare to be pleasantly surprised that when you approach the supervisor to ask about being included.You’ll likely find yourself most welcome at lunch. By expressing what you want without assuming malicious intent, you’ll also find you’ve built bridges rather than walls the rest of your workday.

The last word(s) Q. I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my career. Is it too late to turn things around? A. No, good judgment is only developed through bad judgment. Mistakes are those things we trip over on our way to wisdom. (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.)


Dear Dave, I’ve been working the Baby Steps and doing a budget most months. But how does someone who is single stay motivated and focused with something like this? It feels sometimes like it would be easier if I had someone holding me accountable. Rick Dear Rick, The first thing is to make sure you do a written budget each month. Not once in a while, not most months—every single month. If you don’t draw the out-of-bounds markers, there’s no way to know when you’ve stepped over the line, right? A monthly, written budget becomes your selfaccountability tool, especially when you’re single. Still, there’s nothing wrong with introducing a little accountability into your life. You don’t have to be married to be accountable to someone other than yourself. Ask a good friend or maybe even your

pastor to have a look at your plan and see what they think. Just make sure this person is someone who knows a little something about money and finances. Honestly though, Rick. I think doing the Baby Steps and following my plan can be easier for single people. Think about it this way: You don’t have to talk someone else into coming along for the ride. You also don’t have to come to an agreement with someone else on everything financial. All you have to do is get serious, look in the mirror, and say, “Quit being stupid with money!” In other words, you just have to do it. Admittedly, you don’t have the built-in accountability in a singles situation. But on the other hand, you don’t have someone calling you a doofus when you mess up! —Dave * Dave Ramsey is America’s trusted voice on money and business. He’s authored four New York Times bestselling books: Financial Peace, More Than Enough, The Total Money Makeover and EntreLeadership. The Dave Ramsey Show is heard by more than 5 million listeners each week on more than 500 radio stations. Follow Dave on Twitter at @DaveRamsey and on the web at

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