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Remembering the man who made it all possible By Nick Reiher Managing Editor

At nearly the same time Harrah’s Joliet officials were celebrating 20 years of anchoring the city’s downtown development, the man responsible for bringing that casino to City Center passed away at age 94. Were it not for hotel developer and philanthropist John Q. Hammons, that downtown riverboat likely would not have happened, said Joliet Councilman Mike Turk. Turk remembers Joliet officials had been working with officials from Hammons Harrah’s nearly since Illinois allowed cities to apply for riverboat licenses in the late 1980s. But when a group of local investors got a license for Empress Casino (now Hollywood Casino) downriver, he said, Harrah’s corporate officials pulled out several days before the request for proposals were due. “We were devastated,” said Don Fisher, then a “young planner” who would become the city’s Planning Director and a councilman.“All the See HARRAH’S, page 2

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Harrah’s Joliet celebrated its 20th year on May 26 by sharing the wealth with 20 local not-for-profit organizations.

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HARRAH’S Continued from page 1 other towns had their operators lined up except us.” Then, like a scene out of the movies, something happened that changed the course of downtown Joliet to this day. Several weeks before Harrah’s pulled out, Fisher said, he got a

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message that a scruffy looking man was waiting outside his City Hall office to talk to him. “He looked like a bum,” Fisher said. “Unshaved, and he asked a lot of questions about the city and its growth outlook.” For whatever reason,Fisher gave the guy a couple hours of his time. Just after Harrah’s pulled out, Fisher received a large packet that turned out to contain an RFP for the downtown casino license.

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Rev. Jim Allen address the attendees at Harrah’s Joliet on May 26. Harrah’s, which is celebrating 20 years, shared the wealth with 20 local not-for-profit organizations. Darren Vandover, Harrah’s senior vice president and general manager, is pictured at right.

Several pages into it, he saw an 8-by-10 photo of the scruffy man who visited him. It turned out to be John Q. Hammons, whom Fisher learned later would go around the nation anonymously looking for development opportunities in smaller communities. The Springfield, Mo.-based Hammons, whose 210 hotel properties included the Holiday Inn on South Larkin in Joliet, was approved by state, brought in The Northern Star as the city’s downtown riverboat casino. Although his proper first name was James, Hammons originally used the name “John Q.” when he introduced himself to city leaders or organizations as a way to convey the message that he was there representing the general public and progress, according to the John Q. Hammons Hotels and Resorts website.The name stuck, and he forever became known as“John Q. Hammons.” Later,Turk and Fisher said Harrah’s realized their mistake after seeing

how lucrative the first year was for the Illinois riverboat casinos. They bought out Hammons, Fisher said, but the developer retained a 20 percent cut for the duration of the license. “John Q. Hammons will hold a place in Joliet’s history as one of the visionaries who saw that riverboat gaming would attract thousands of people through the turnstiles,” said City Manager Tom Thanas, who worked as an attorney for Harrah’s between service with the city. “When he partnered with Harrah’s Entertainment, Corp., John Q. embarked on a project that would serve as a catalyst for the revitalization of Joliet. “John Q. was a great partner in the city’s efforts to create good-paying jobs, stimulate local business opportunities, and create an incredible revenue stream that changed the face of the city and helped Joliet residents rebound from the recession of the 1980s.” And on May 26 this year,

that partnership with the Joliet community continued as Harrah’s shared the wealth with 20 local notfor-profit organizations, presenting $1,000 donations at the casino to: Easter Seals Joliet Region, Senior Services Center of Will County, Will County Habitat for Humanity, Will Grundy Center for Independent Living, Joliet Area Historical Museum, The George Werden Buck Boys and Girls Club of Joliet, The Miracle League of Joliet, Guardian Angel Community Services, United Way of Will County, Joliet Will County Project Pride, Spanish Community Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties, March of Dimes, Regional CARE Association, ATI Foundation, Alzheimer’s Association of Joliet, Cornerstone Services, Inc., MorningStar Mission Ministries, Inc., Trinity Services, Inc. and Lamb’s Fold. “We are committed to sharing our financial success with our community by donating a portion of company profits to charitable causes,” said Darren VanDover, senior vice president and general manager.“We also value the diversity and vitality of our community which in turn fuels our dedication to local organizations.” Harrah’s Joliet has account ted for nearly $300 million in local taxes and has donated more than $6 million to local charitable causes by Harrah’s Joliet and the Caesars Foundation. In addition, Harrah’s employees (called HERO team members) have volunteered more than 9,000 hours in the community, and recently, the property was honored with the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce’s Salute to Accomplishment Award for being an outstanding corporate citizen.


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Crest Hill honors veterans on Memorial Day Photos by Nick Reiher

Right, U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Western Springs, was the keynote speaker at Crest Hill’s 25th annual Memorial Day celebration at St. Ambrose Church. Above, the program opened with the presentation of the colors by the Lockport Township Fire Department Honor Guard.

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Electric Daisy Carnival successful, but there are still some concerns By Thomas A. Thanas Joliet City Manager

The Electric Daisy Carnival has come and gone. For thousands of young people who attended EDC, the weekend was a high-energy dance party. Hotels were sold out. Some local businesses saw an increase in foot traffic from EDC patrons. Sales of EDC merchandise and food brought new revenue to the State of Illinois and local communities. There were no major traffic congestions. The weekend festivities saw no serious incidents, and the weekend totals show a few arrests for non-violent offenses and some calls for paramedic services. Many people came to Joliet and had a good time. That part of the event went off as planned. What didn’t work well was the noise level that emanated from EDC. City officials met with the promoter of EDC on

Saturday to make adjustments in volume levels and the timing of the fireworks show. Those adjustments seemed to address many of the noise complaints, but not all of them. There is no doubt that the peace and quiet of some of the residents in nearby communities was disturbed by the music, especially as the show went into the wee hours of the morning. The city welcomed the comments from Will County officials and the mayors of nearby communities, and we thank them for representing their constituents and working with us to make adjustments for the Saturday and Sunday shows. City officials will be meeting this week to analyze the event, assess the noise problem, and measure the economic impact of hosting EDC. If the promoter of EDC See CARNIVAL, page 5

State OKs bill allowing public-private partnership for South Suburban Airport Legislation creating a privatepublic partnership for the South Suburban Airport was included in economic development legislation approved by the Legislature and Gov. Pat Quinn May 31. Senate Bill 20, co-sponsored by state Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, D-Shorewood, supports economic developmentprojectsthroughoutthe state and creates the South Suburban Airport Act, which dedicates funding to the development of a new airport in Peotone. The bill calls for the airport to be built by the Illinois Department of Transportation and operated in a public-private partnership, known as a “P3.”The Illiana Expressway is being built the same way. The Will County Business and Labor Coalition and Will County Officials on Friday applauded the Governor and the General Assembly for the passage of Senate Bill 20. Since 2002 the Business Labor Coalition -- composed of business and labor leaders and locally elected officials from Will, Kankakee and Cook counties -- have actively fought for legislation to move the South Suburban Airport forward. SB 20 as amended contains the majority of the key components from legislation introduced on behalf of the Coalition by state Sen. Toi Hutchinson and former senators A.J.Wilhelmi and Debbie Halverson. Coalition Chairman Jim Roolf said he is extremely pleased SB 20 passed the General Assembly and is looking forward to the beginning of this long awaited project. “The Coalition has always supported the construction,

operation, maintenance and financing of the South Suburban Airport through a public private partnership and has fought hard to ensure that the procurement process for this project is open and transparent and free of outside influence or interference.” In addition, the bill requires that the Illinois Department of Transportation collaborate with the municipalities, counties and other stakeholders. It also requires project labor agreements and legislative oversight by the Commission on Government Forecast and Accountability and the Procurement Policy Board. Will County Executive Larry Walsh praised area legislators for fighting to protect the interests of the working men and women of Will, Kankakee and Cook counties and for helping to create an economic environment in the region that will provide thousands of jobs and new economic develop for many years to come. “The construction and development of the South Suburban Airport will create more than 11,000 construction jobs over a three-year period and an estimated 3,400 permanent jobs once the airport is operational,” Walsh said. “In addition to the Illiana Expressway, the construction of the SSA will mean more than $2 billion will be spent on new infrastructure in Will County and the region.” State Rep. Larry Walsh Jr., D-Elwood, issued a statement noting his strong support for the bill. “By passing this legislation, we are now one step closer to having a South Suburban Airport in Will County that will settle

the governance issue that has been debated for the last 20 plus years,”Walsh Jr. said. “This airport will help to create much-needed jobs, improve our local economy and will improve the transportation needs of the area well, at the same time easing the heavy traffic on I-55 and I-80.” Not everyone is pleased with what has been happening, or not, since Gov. Jim Edgar first identified the site near Peotone and Monee as the preferred one for the third airport 20 years ago. The state, trying to hold off speculators and show the federal government there is “consensus” in the area for the airport, already has purchased thousands of acres, mostly farmland, in the airport footprint, even though there has been little movement on an official plan. Fighting the airport are longtime third airport opponents, including members of Shut This Airport Nightmare Down (STAND), who number Board Member Judy Ogalla, R-Monee, among them. She said the state has bulled and intimidated landowners in the proposed airport footprint to sell their properties, and the project has not even been approved. The issue was muddied for several years as former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. offered a plan competing with one supported by Will County.The county hired consultants to help with the airport issue, including Aaron Quick, Vice President of the Farnsworth Group, Inc. Quick recently told the board Elk Grove Village officials used Jackson’s, in his words, flawed, third airport plan to block O’Hare expansion.


Calendar CARNIVAL Continued from page 4 determines that an encore is in the future, then City officials will work with the promoter in developing a plan to address the noise issue. City officials will also work with leaders from nearby communities to make sure they are aware of measures that have been taken to minimize the impact on their communities. While the City of Joliet attempted to make sure everyone knew in advance that EDC was coming through media releases, radio appearances, newspaper articles and online publications, it was evident not everyone was aware of the event.The City will do a better job of publicizing the event and communicating what to expect. For those wondering whether a return visit by EDC will happen, no decisions have been made yet, nor have City officials approved another EDC weekend in 2014. The City’s position will most likely be governed by making sure that there isn’t a repeat of the problem. Thank you for your patience … we want to be good neighbors, and we will make sure that future

JUNE 5 TO JUNE 7 Trip: Behind the Scenes at Indy 500 in Indianapolis, Ind. The Lockport Township Park District is offering a trip to Indianapolis, IN for Behind the Scenes at the Indy 500 for all ages from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.Wednesday, June 5, to Friday, June 7. Transportation departs at Prairie Bluff Golf Course, 19433 Renwick Rd., Crest Hill. Enjoy tours at Fair Oaks Dairy Farm, Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts, a behind the scenes look at Indy 500, Hall of Fame Museum, a free lunch buffet at Hoosier Park Casino with free slot play, includes 5 meals and deluxe motor coach transportation. Fees: $379/resident; $389/non-resident. For more information, call the Lockport Township Park District at 815-838-1183, ext. 207 or visit www.lockportpark.org.

JUNE 14 Guard Start at Heritage Falls. Lockport Township Park District is offering The Guard Start program for children ages 11-14 years on Fridays beginning June 14 through July 19 from 9:30am-11am at Heritage Falls Waterpark, 101 Troxel, Romeoville.This program is

for children who want to become lifeguards. Fee: $65/resident; $75/ non-resident. For more info. visit www.lockportpark.org or call 815838-3621, ext. 0.

JUNE 15 Join author, Mary Anne Barothy, talk about her sentimental journey with Doris Day at 10 a.m. at Willow Falls Senior Living Community, 1691 Willow Circle Drive, Crest Hill. Mary Anne shares her memories and Hollywood memorabilia from her private collection including many never-before-seen photos.  She became a Doris Day fan as a young Indianapolis girl.  She left her society reporter’s job at the Indianapolis News and traveled to California to meet her idol.  Mary Anne eventually became Doris Day’s personal assistant for four years in the ‘70s while Doris was filming her hit TV show at CBS and then lived with the screen legend for two years. Please call Valerie Brockman at 815-7736229 for details and to RSVP.

JUNE 15-16 Trip – Milwaukee Polish Fest. The Lockport Township

THE BUGLE/SENTINEL JUNE 5, 2013 Park District is offering a trip to the Milwaukee Polish Fest for all ages June 15 through June 16.Transportation departs at Prairie Bluff Golf Course, 19433 Renwick Rd., Crest Hill. Enjoy live entertainment on five stages,

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Polish folk art, demonstrations and a market place filled with treasures, authentic Polish food and fireworks. Fees: $80/resident; $90/ non-resident. For more information, call the Lockport Township Park District at 815-838-1183, ext. 207.


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The following items were compiled from the official reports of the Joliet Police Department. Appearing in the police blotter does not constitute a finding of guilt, only a court of law can make that determination. David M. Vaksdal, 45, 212 Madison, was arrested at 5:30 a.m. May 23 at that address for two counts of Child Pornography. Kelly J. Longfield, 50, 3010 Thomas Hickey, was arrested at 1:24 p.m. May 23 at 2510 S. Route 59 for Retail Theft. A 15-year-old was arrested at 7:30 a.m. May 23 at 1105 Richards for Domestic Battery. OliviaVazquez-Mendoza,32, 108 Iowa, was arrested at 3:48 p.m. May 32 at that address for Dog Running At Large. Shawon P. Borre, 22, 2816 Sun Valley Drive, Plainfield, was arrested at 2:36 p.m. May 23 at that address for Delivery of Cannabis and Possession of Drug Equipment. Jose Roman, 40, 3819 Adesso Lane, was arrested at 4:45 p.m. May 23 at 3340 Mall Loop Drive for Retail Theft. Jeremiah W. Johnson, 19, 311 N. Ottawa, was arrested at 5:50 p.m. May 23 at that address for Criminal Sexual Abuse, Obstructing Justice, Harboring a Runaway, Travel to Meet a Minor and Sex Offender – Soliciting to Meet a Minor. Romeo S. Gallegos, 55, 823 Elizabeth, was arrested at 11:58 p.m. May 23 at that address for Sex Offender – Failure to Register and Sex Offender – Other Violation. Justin Z. Alberico, 20, 823 N. Hickory, was arrested at 12:16 a.m. May 23 at that address on four counts of Aggravated Battery To A P.O., Possession Of Controlled Substance, Two Counts Of Resisting A P.O., Illegal Consumption Of Alcohol By Minor, Obstructing Justice And Criminal Damage To State-Supported Land. Rodolfo D. Vasquez, 46, Homeless, was arrested at 2:03 a.m. May 23 at 352 N. Ottawa for Domestic Battery and Criminal Damage to Property. 15-year-olds were 10 Two arrested at 4:16 a.m. May 24 at Jefferson and Houbolt for Burglary, Possession of Burglary Tools, Criminal Damage to Property and Curfew. H. Ostrowski, 56, 11 James 2126 Root St., Crest Hill, was arrested at 5:25 a.m. May 24 at 151 N. Joliet St. for Criminal Trespass to Property.

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Mark A. Salazar Sr., 42, 3471 Buck Ave., was arrested at 1:05 p.m. May 24 at 405 W. Caton Farm Road for Domestic Battery. R. Cummins, 13 Christopher 25, 1102 S. Second St., St. Charles, was arrested at 5:44 a.m. May 24 at 500 Speedway Blvd. for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Obstructing a Peace Officer. Ramirez, 24, 5211 14 Abraham S. Fairfield, Chicago, was arrested at 11:30 p.m. May 24 at 500 Speedway Blvd. for Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance, two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance W/Intent to Deliver and Possession of Cannabis. M. Provancal, 23, 15 Stephen 531 Carlysle, Clarendon Hills, was arrested at 11:52 p.m. May 24 at 500 Speedway Blvd. for Possession of a Controlled Substance And Possession of Cannabis. T. Gomoll, 308 16 Richard Parkside, Shorewood, and Jason Stava, 42, 829 Phyllis, Wilmington, were arrested at 5:28 p.m. May 25 at 3340 Mall Loop Drive for Disorderly Conduct. was arrested 17 Aat 17-year-old 8:09 p.m. May 25 at 502 Irene for Domestic Battery. D. Randolph, 21, 18 Austin 2806 Wake Island, was arrested at 3:57 p.m. May 25 at 3340 Mall Loop Drive for Retail Theft. J. Crowder, 34, 19 Matthew 1509 Englewood, was arrested at 10:29 p.m. May 25 at

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that address for Domestic Battery and Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle. D. Reed, 22, 2620 20 Jessica River Bend, Plainfield, was arrested at 8:58 p.m. May 25 at River Bend and Stonybrook for Battery. K. Sears, 24, 510 21 Don Camden, Romeoville, and Jason A. Carter, 27, 311 S. Lodge, Lombard, were Arrested At 7:46 P.M. May 25 At 1125 N. Collins St. for Criminal Trespass to Property. J. Knight, 56, 270 22 Kevin SE Frontage Road, was arrested at 8 a.m. May 26 at 150 W. Washington for Domestic Battery. T. Kleis, 23, 23 Christopher 2512 1st Ave., River Grove, was arrested at 9:45 p.m. May 26 at 500 Speedway for Battery. R. Baker, 19, 2703 24 Erianna Fairway Drive, was arrested at 5:25 a.m. May 26 at 1513 Arthur for Aggravated Domestic Battery. El White, 17, 409 25 Latarrya Sehring, was arrested at 1:38 p.m. May 26 at 401 N. Larkin for three counts of Theft. L. Terry, 24, 5204 26 David Burgess Drive, Plainfield, was arrested at 2:09 p.m. May 26 at 2101 Wesmere Pkwy for Violate Bail Bond, Use of Intoxicating Compounds and Criminal Trespass to Real Property. O. Armstrong, 41, 27 Kyle 350 E. Washington, was arrested at 4:03 p.m. May 26 at 6 Washington for Aggravated Battery and Attempt Robbery.

Lorenzo Puga, 24, 29837 S. Route 50, Peotone, was arrested at 7:54 p.m. May 27 at 150 N. Ottawa for Criminal Trespass to Real Property. was arrested 29 Aat 16-year-old 7 p.m. May 27 at Cass and Casseday for Possession of Cannabis. M. Anderson, 18, 30 Detrion 222 Anderson Ave., was arrested at 3:19 p.m. May 27 at 121 Richards for Criminal Trespass to Real Property. M. Zedler, 22, 31 Tiffany 3021 Heritage Drive, was arrested at 5:20 a.m. May 27 at that address for Domestic Battery and Resisting a P.O. L. Holmes, 32, 214 32 Charles N. Hickory, was arrested at 9:27 a.m. May 27 at 73 W. Jefferson for Criminal Trespass to Real Property. E. Langston, 48, 2 33 Rodney N. Broadway, was arrested at 10:15 a.m. May 27 at 308 Western for Disorderly Conduct. Chamberlain Jr., 27, 34 Gerald 1319 Englewood Ave., was arrested at 12:23 p.m. May 27 at 410 Henderson for Possession of a Controlled Substance. Baker, 60, 227 35 Lynette Illinois, was arrested at 2:27 p.m. May 27 at 2424 W. Jefferson for Retail Theft. Soni, 54, 14629 Karlov 36 Kirit Ave., Midlothian, Was Arrested At 6:27 P.M. May 28 At 3340 Mall Loop Drive For Sale Of Tobacco To Minors.

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Peggy Early, 55, 15051 Archer Ave., Lockport, was arrested at 7:33 p.m. May 28 at 2352 Glenwood for Sale of Tobacco to Minors. Vasquez, 32, 115 38 Adriana Pleasant,was arrested at 7:05 p.m. May 28 at 1115 Plainfield for Sale of Tobacco to Minors. J. Casey, 21, 615 39 Brendan Western Ave., was arrested at 6:43 p.m. May 28 at 1415 Plainfield for Sale of Tobacco to Minors. Hansen, 27, 26009 40 Johanna S. Bell Road, Channahon, was arrested at 6:21 p.m. may 28 at 1401 Route 59 for Sale of Tobacco to Minors. D. Brooks, 29, 1020 41 Aleshea E. Washington, was arrested at 7:03 p.m. May 28 at 105 S. Briggs for Sale of Tobacco to 42 Minors. Bria McCallum, 19, 112 Hunter, was arrested at 5:25 p.m. May 28 at 98 W. Jefferson for Sale Tobacco to Minors. 43 of Holly N. Roesel, 21, 26158 Tallgrass Trail, Channahon, was arrested at 6:30 p.m. May 28 at 325 S. Larkin for Sale of Tobacco Minors. 44 to Diabreanah L. Roberts, 20, 1106 Ridgewood Ave., was arrested at 5:50 p.m. May 28 at 1987 W. Jefferson for Sale of to Minors. 45 Tobacco A 17-year-old was arrested at 5:52 p.m. May 28 at 124 Richards for Sale of Tobacco to Minors.

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ForuM Columnist: Nick Reiher

Memorial Day event was one for the books

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was invited by Crest Hill Mayor Ray Soliman to attend the city’s annual Memorial Day ceremony.This would be their 25th. Geez, it’s hard to believe it’s been that long since the Veterans Memorial was set up outside City Hall. But Phyllis Powell, one of the original members of the Crest Hill Veterans and Police Memorial Committee, told the nice crowd gathered in the St. Ambrose Parish gym she remembered the day very well. The day was miserably hot, she said, and she wore high heels. So with every step on the City Hall parking lot surface, her heels dug into the pavement, which, she later learned, was poured only the day before. She also remembers the gathering was honored by the attendance of a “doughboy,” a veteran of World War I. He was in his 90s, Powell said, but he insisted on wearing his uniform buttoned all the way up the neck, as well as his metal hat. Doing anything else would have violated regulations. And he was proud and honored to be there.

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Powell said the Veterans Memorial cost about $80,000, and the nearby Police Memorial was about $20,000, all paid by donations. No tax dollars.There are more than 1,000 names on the Veterans Memorial, she said, and two on the Police Memorial: James W. Nink, killed in 1967 in a car accident while pursuing a suspect; and Timothy A. Simenson, who was killed in 1994 after stopping a suspicious car. I can’t believe it’s been nearly 20 years since Tim Simenson was killed. I was on my way to Manhattan Police on my Lincoln-Way police blotter rounds. I called in to the office to ask a routine question, and then-Managing Editor Bill Wimbiscus said he couldn’t talk. A police officer had been killed, and they were on deadline. It was just horrible. The celebration on Memorial Day in the St. Ambrose gym (The threat of rain moved it inside at the last minute) was nice for a lot of reasons. For one, the Frankfort Brass Band under the direction of Michael See MEMORIAL, page 9

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Central names Mr. and Miss J Joliet Central High School seniors Elliot Cobb and Autumn Frykholm were recently awarded the prestigious title of Mr. and Miss J for 2012-2013. “The award is presented to the most well-rounded and involved senior boy and girl. In order to qualify, students are nominated by teachersandmusthaveacumulative GPA of 3.5 for seven consecutive semesters,” said sponsor Linda Bowers. “Candidates also write a resume detailing scholastic achievements and community service and must undergo an interview conducted by a panel of community volunteers.” Cobb, a distinguished musician, has been on the honor roll every semester thus far at Joliet Central. A multi-instrumentalist, he is currently the top ranked high

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school bassoonist in the state of Illinois as determined by the Illinois Music EducatorAssociation. He has received numerous other awards for his musical talents from both the Illinois High School Association and the ILMEA. Cobb has used his love for music to serve the community as well. He has been an active member of

many organizations offered at Joliet Central, including National Honor Society and the Steelmen News Network. Frykolm has challenged herself throughout her time at Joliet Central by taking honors and AP classes since her freshman year. She has managed to stay on the high honor roll all four years of high school, and was recently named an Illinois State Scholar. She has been involved with the JCHS band program, participating in Symphonic, Marching, Pep and Big Band, Pit Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra and Percussion Ensemble. She has received numerous awards for her musical talents, and has taken on many leadership roles, including Band President and Percussion Section Leader.

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Vietnam veteran William Welch, center, receives his Joliet Township Central High School diploma at the May 21 school board meeting from, Principal John Randich, left, and JTHS Board President Jeff Pierson.

JTHS awards diploma to Vietnam veteran The Joliet Township High School Board presented Vietnam Veteran William Welch with his Joliet Township Central High School diploma on May 21. Welch left at the end of his junior year and did not return in the fall. He served his country as a member of the U.S. Army, stationed at Fort Polk, La., Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. and Fort Ord, Calif. If he had returned to school, Welch would have graduated with the class of 1973. He is the first Vietnam Veteran to receive his diploma from the JTHS Board of Education.

Through “Operation Recognition,” the JTHS Board of Education has the ability to recognize its veterans by presenting them with high school diplomas. This program allows educational institutions to honor and thank veterans who left high school before their graduation in order to serve their country. “Since their first ceremony on Dec. 6, 2001, JTHS has recognized 52 veterans who left the classroom to go to World War II and the Korean War,” said JTHS Director of Alumni Relations, Lynne Lichtenauer.


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O’Keefe honored with independent living award The Will-Grundy Center for Independent Living held its 23rd annual meeting on May 15. Robert O’Keefe was presented with the Ed Roberts Excellence in Independent Living Award. O’Keefe was assisted by the Center in moving out of a nursing home into his own apartment. “Every day in a nursing home means that part of you is wasting away. I now have a life,” he commented. Jean Lamb-Blackmon was recognized as Volunteer of the Year. She teaches computer skills and facilitates the Women’s Group at the Center. The board of directors was introduced and includes: Robert Smith, President; Val Rand, Vice

President; Donald Cordano, Treasurer;JimAlbritton,Secretary; Elaine Sommer, Member at Large; John Stanton, Past President. Directors include: Paul Lagomarcino, Nancy Pohlman, Denise Winfrey, Rhonda Price, Diane Zigrossi, Aleem Junaidi, Anthony Cornoyer, Jac Buchanan, Stephanie White, David Cumbo, Linda Thompson, and Russell Anderson. A United Way agency, the Center for Independent Living annually serves over 2,100 people with disabilities of all types and of all ages. The center is located at 2415 W. Jefferson St. (at Barney Drive) in Joliet and can be reached at 815-729-0162; 815-729-2085,TTY.

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Soliman said she has performed at each of the 25 ceremonies. The best thing? There were all ages sitting in those seats. You had the elderly veterans and many of those who waited for them, or lost loved ones in the wars.You had middle-agers there who remembered what their parents had told them they had done in the wars … like flying some 35 bombing runs over Germany as a bombardier on a B-17 before he was 20. Hypothetically. And then you had the young families, with young kids. Maybe

Continued from page 7 Orenic was outstanding. When they played the Armed Services Medley, it made me wish I had served, and even more thankful for those who did. It also was a great opportunity to hear Anna Mae Lukancic sing solo again. I still have a cassette tape of religious songs she recorded a few years back when I wrote a story on her.Wonderful lady.Absolutely fantastic voice.

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they have a loved one serving now. Or maybe they just wanted to honor those who had. It’s really nice when you are able to see the people who helped write history instead of just reading about it.Those guys and ladies are disappearing pretty fast. But like that doughboy 25 years ago, they were sure proud to be there on Memorial Day. So was I. Nick Reiher is managing editor of the Bugle, Enterprise and Sentinel newspapers.


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Horoscopes Baby steps are better than crawling. The courage to move forward even when bombarded by doubts or on uncertain ground will create momentum. Use logic to overcome obstacles this week.

Knowledge is power. The more you know and learn, the easier it will be to make and keep money this week. Respect sound advice from trusted advisers rather than trying to figure it out for yourself.

Rather than rocking the boat, pick up a paddle and choose a clear direction. You can count on being diverted from impulsive actions by a guardian angel in the week to come - if you heed friendly advice.

Put on your thinking cap. Mercury is traveling through your sign and you might get a chance to figure something out in a creative way during the week ahead. Put your best thoughts down on paper.

Think before you act. In the first part of the week, you might be tempted to take spur-of-the-moment steps or change something that is better left alone. You will benefit by the advice of trusted friends.

Strive for popularity this week, but you don’t bend over backward to earn esteem. Keep relationships in perspective; someone who asks much of you may be doing you a favor by showing you your limits.

Multitasking could be counterproductive in the approaching week. You may find that you can do one thing well or several things poorly. Focus on one thing at a time; avoid frequent changes of direction.

Suspicions may be grounded in fact. It might be wise to check the facts twice before embarking on new enterprises in the early part of the week. Someone may only show you what you want to see.

Tit for tat. Remain open and sincere with others in the upcoming week and they will reciprocate. You may be called upon to be generous to those who helped you in the past.

Focus on constructive activities in the week ahead. You can wrap things up that have been pending for a long time with a flourish. Remain secure in your solid routine and a reliable work ethic.

In the week to come, you might meet up with people who have your best interests at heart. There’s a whole world of endless possibilities to explore. Accept invitations to find opportunities.

Fads fade and won’t fit your future. You can’t alter your fate by changing your clothes or your habits. You will be considered more trustworthy and reliable if you stick to routines in the week ahead.

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Jumbles: • FACET • NOVEL • LOTION • CYMBAL

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Minooka falls in state opener By Mark Gregory Sports Reporter

The schedule said the IHSA state volleyball title match was played at 5:15 p.m. June 1 at Hoffman Estates High School. However, to many people, the true meeting of the state’s top teams happened in the opening game of the state’s elite eight, as Minooka and Lincoln-Way North met up. The teams entered with a combined five losses between them, and the quarterfinal play showed their skill, as North defeated Minooka 25-21, 2426, 26-24. It was only the third loss on the year for the Indians and the second to a team from Illinois, both coming at the hands of Lincoln-Way North. Minooka coach Janel Grzetich was not willing to come out and say she felt the best two teams met in the quarterfinals. “I don’t want to say that and sound conceited,” she said. “But, the first game of the state tournament was just so early. I know how good we are, and obviously Lincoln-Way North is See MINOOKA, page 12

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Minooka senior Maalik Walker goes up for a kill in the Indians loss to Lincoln-Way North in the state quarterfinals last Friday.


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Sports MINOOKA Continued from page 11 an outstanding team as well. It is frustrating as a coach to see this as the opening matchup of the state tournament, but that is just the way things go.” Lincoln-Way North drew first blood with the game one win, but Minooka bounced back in game two, refusing to go out easy. “Our blocking was a little stronger in the second game.We were playing looser and making better passes,” Grzetich said. “We just cleaned up a lot of the mistakes from game one.” In game three, the Indians looked several times as if they are about to take control of the match, but each game, the

Phoenix got a kill from Jake Walenga, who posted a matchhigh 26 kills. “We couldn’t shut him down, especially in game three. He had quite a few kills,” Grzetich said. “We had trouble blocking when he was hitting from the back row, and he was doing a good job reading the block or hitting around the block.” “He hit over me every time from the back row,”said Minooka senior Maalik Walker.“He was so hard to block.” Matt Svetlecich paced Minooka with 16 kills, while Mitch Perinar added 11, Walker posted 10 and Mason Novak had nine. Perinar and Adam Holstine each contributed 13 digs, while senior setter Phil Hannon tallied 44 assists. Minooka graduates nine

seniors from this year’s team, including Holstine, Walker, Svetlecich, Hannon, David Hynek, Jake Fleischauer, Luis Guerrero, Alex Short and Nick Mason. “We have nine seniors, and that is the majority of the team,” Grzetich said. “Their personalities, their want to win, their drive is so good. Their ability level is so high, yet they are not cocky about it at all. That is cool for me as a coach, to have to wonder if they know how good they are. “They have huge work ethic. In the beginning of the season, we do doubles for a month, and they have no problem running stairs at 6 a.m. again and again and again. That is because of that drive. Those kids are hard to find, and we had a whole team of them.” The captains said they will remember a lot of the team bonding. “I had a lot of fun on this team,” Walker said. “This is the most fun I’ve had. We hung out every day, and I will miss this whole team. I feel like we have really built a family, and players are really going to come in and do their job and keep getting back here.” Hannon agreed. “I am going to remember all the fun I had on this team because I have never played on a team this good, not only talent wise, but off the court as well,” he said. Follow Mark @2Mark-My_Words mark@buglenewspapers.com


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JCA, Lockport claim sectional baseball titles By Mark Gregory Sports Reporter

Like every season, the Joliet Catholic Academy baseball schedule is packed full of tough opponents that are on the schedule to make the Hillmen better, not improve their winloss record. “We don’t schedule games to go for wins. We go for experience,” said JCA senior shortstop Chris Tschida. “We have three sophomores starting for us right now, and we want those kids to be ready for when we hit the playoffs so they are ready.” That schedule was compounded by pitcher Matt Testa being lost for the season with an elbow injury, as well as a streak where the Hillmen bats just went cold. The offense heated up with the weather, as JCA scored 23 runs and had 19 hits in a pair of decisive wins. “The beginning of the year, we were not hitting the ball as well as we were supposed to,”Tschida said.“But as we got to the end of Mark Gregory/Bugle Staff

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JCA’s Cal Placher earned the win in the sectional opener.

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Indians win first sectional By Mike Sandrolini Sports Reporter

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Minooka softball players show off the first-ever sectional plaque.

Minooka was fighting for its playoff life early last week, trailing Lockport by a seemingly insurmountable 13-4 margin in the Indians’ Class 4A LincolnWay East sectional semifinal game May 28. However, the Indians staged a stunning comeback and ended up ousting the Porters, 15-14, to move into Saturday’s sectional championship duel opposite a familiar conference foe, Plainfield Central. Well, those Atlanta Braveslike cheers from the Indians’ dugout—minus the tomahawk chops—are working like a charm. Minooka continued its magical postseason run Saturday by eliminating the Wildcats, 4-2, to capture the first sectional softball championship in school history. Minooka (19-9) traveled to Illinois State University on Monday for another first: a supersectional game versus Normal West, which is 31-3 and won the Normal Community sectional, 8-3, over Belleville East. “It’s going to be cool,” senior shortstop-pitcher Sara Novak said. “It’s going to be at ISU’s field, so it’s definitely going to be a great experience.” A victory would put the Indians in East Peoria for the state tournament this weekend. Given the way things played out last week, are the 2013 Indians a team of destiny? Coach Mark Brown and his club certainly think so. “We do want that comeback to be our season,” Brown said, “so we said, ‘Let that be the game we look back on and say, ‘That’s what propelled us.’We’re just using that as motivation, and now they’re starting to believe that they can play with anybody.” “We feel like we can do it, go downstate and do it this year,” said senior Jackie Lilek, who hit a grand slam against Lockport and picked up the pitching victory Saturday.“I’m really glad See FIRST, page 15


Sports FIRST Continued from page 14 we get to finish the season like this.” Fortunately, the Indians didn’t need 15 runs to defeat Plainfield Central. Having faced Wildcats starter Kaleigh Nagle four times over the past two seasons, it was obvious to Brown what the Indians needed to accomplish in order to have a chance to win the title game: get to the Plainfield Central star early. “The deeper in the game she

BASEBALL Continued from page 13 the year, we started to get balls on the barrel and get two-out hits and score runs. This is the best time of the year to get hot, and that is what we are doing.” To win the Class 3A LincolnWay West Sectional, JCA blanked Evergreen Park 13-0 in five innings behind the second masterful performance of the post season from pitcher Sam Couch. Couch fanned 15 Mustang hitters and allowed two hits in the win. He was coming off a no-hitter against Lemont in the regional final last weekend. Couch got early run support, as JCA posted four runs in the top of the first inning and held an 8-0 lead through three. Several Hillmen hitters contributed to the offense, as Tschida was 2-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored, Aaron

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goes, the stronger she gets,” Brown said. The Indians did just that, putting up four runs in the first and making that total stick. After three of the first four Minooka batters reached base, Caroline Brown ripped a double that drove in leadoff hitter Rachel May (single) and Sara Novak (infield error). Lilek’s groundout brought in another run, and Mikayla Malone’s RBI single made it 4-0. “Our goal was to score (in) more than one inning,” Novak said, “but the first inning, we just came out fired up, and we

were aggressive, swinging at good pitches, having good atbats, and it just seemed like everybody got on base. People came up with the big hits when we needed them, and getting up early definitely helps.” Brown’s assessment of Nagle was spot-on. Nagle settled down after that and retired the last 12 hitters she faced. But Lilek and Novak held their own on the mound, too. During the playoffs, Brown has gone with a system of starting Lilek and having Novak enter the game in the later innings. That was the case again on

Saturday. Lilek went the first five innings, and Novak the final two. The only runs Minooka surrendered were unearned in the fifth. “We believe we have 1-A and 1-B with her and Sara Novak,” Brown said. “It gives hitters different looks and it’s been really working for us. I can’t say enough about Jackie and Sara; they give us a chance to win every game. And that’s all you need, and with a good offense, you push three, four, five (runs) across.” Brown finished with two hits

Markley went 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored, Nick Dalesandro was 3-for-5 with four RBI and a run, John Kalisik was 2-for-2 with an RBI, Mitch Boe was 2-for-5 with an RBI and three runs, while Ryan Peter and Alex Voitik each had a pair of RBI. In the sectional semifinal, Cal Placher fanned six in the five-inning, 10-0 win over Rich Central. The Hillmen played Chicago Harlan at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood June 3 for a chance to advance to the state finals.

innings to win the Providence Catholic Sectional title. The two conference opponents battled tight early, playing to a scoreless tie through three innings. Lockport, however, used an Austin Kolmodin grand slam to break the tie and start a sevenrun fourth inning. Also in the fourth inning, Thomas Smith posted an RBI single, and Jeff Duschene singled home two more runs. He also had an RBI in the fifth inning, Senior right-hander Eric Duzan moved to 8-1 on the season,

allowing five hits, striking out two and walking only one. The win over the Griffins avenged Duzan’s lone loss of the year. In the sectional semifinal, Lockport defeated host Providence 2-1 on a walk-off base hit from Ron Sessler off Celtic ace Jake Godfrey into left field with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning. Right-hander Evan Martens moved to 10-0, allowing only two hits, striking out five and allowing only one walk.

CLASS 4A While Joliet Catholic played the first of two supersectional games in Crestwood, the night cap featured Lockport and Mt. Carmel playing for a chance to advance to the state tournament next weekend at Silver Cross Field in Joliet. The Porters blanked SouthWest Suburban Conference foe Lincoln-Way East 10-0 in five

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for the Indians, who, of course, are hoping to add a few more paragraphs to the school record books this week. “We knew at the beginning of the season that this team had a lot of talent, and was special,” Novak said. “We knew we could definitely go far in the postseason. “Our regular season was a little streaky, so we buckled down and just said, ‘Well, the regular season doesn’t matter once we get here.’ It’s all about peaking and playing your best softball going into the postseason, and that’s what we’ve done.”


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Slammers offense key in win So far in 2013, it’s been the pitching that has carried the Joliet Slammers. But the offense carried Joliet to victory on Sunday. The Slammers (6-9) recorded a season high 16 hits and also scored the game’s first run for the first time this year, topping the Lake Erie Crushers (6-9) by a final score of 9-5. Marquis Riley led off the ballgame with a single and after both Nate Wilder and Grant DeBruin followed with groundouts, it looked like the Slammers would strand the leadoff man. Clean-up man David Christensen silenced those worries by hitting his first home run of the season to give Joliet a 2-0 lead. The Slammers were not done in the first, as Michael Wing followed up Christensen with a ground rule double and he eventually would score on an error by Crusher’s catcher Emmanual Quilles. Lake Erie responded right back in the home half of the

first, plating two runs in Kevin Berard and Andrew Davis both on RBI groundouts from Russell Moldenhour and Anderson Hidalgo. It was a 3-2 Joliet lead after one inning. The Slammers continued to add to their lead in the second inning with two more runs. In fact, Joliet scored again not only in the second, but also one run in both the third and the fourth. Tyler Goodro led off the second inning with a single and Marquis Riley also reached the base paths after an error by Lake Erie second baseman Max Casper. Nate Wilder bunted both runners over on a sacrifice and DeBruin brought both home on a two-RBI double. After the two more runs scored in the third and fourth innings, Joliet was in control, 7-2. However Lake Erie climbed back into the ballgame, driving one run home in the bottom of the fourth and two more in the home half of the fifth. Moldenhauer started the

bottom of the fifth inning by grounding out to second base, but then Lake Erie would get three consecutive hits. Andrew Davis reached on a single, Daniel Bowman hit a double and Anderson Hidalgo drove both home on a two-RBI single to make it a 7-5 ballgame after five innings.

POST-DRAFT WORKOUT The Joliet Slammers announced Friday they will be hosting a workout at Silver Cross Field after the June MLB draft. The event will take place on Monday, June 10, starting at 9:00 a.m. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and it costs $50 per player to participate in the workout. All participants must be 20 years of age or over and cannot have turned 27 years old after January 1, 2013. Players should bring all their own baseball equipment for the workout. A sign-up form can be found at jolietslammers.com.


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Build buzz by setting your own agenda Q. I like to live each day at a time. I’m pretty laid back and like to be spontaneous, but I’m in my late 30s and my career is not thriving. How can I start getting the promotions and the salary I want? A. If you want to move up a corporate food chain, you cannot be a leaf in the wind. You’ll simply end up with everyone else’s agenda blowing you around in ways that serve their goals. My clients tell me one of the hardest aspects of executive coaching is realizing that they have got to define their own goals. No good fairy is going to show up someday and tell them what they ought to be when they grow up. As we age, it does tend to occur to us that the grownups are now us. The only guarantee we have at work is our failure to define our goals means we will end up somewhere else.

A liberating way to start goal setting is to pretend you do know a magic fairy and that it’s on your schedule this week to have lunch with her. What would you ask her for? If you believed you could do absolutely anything, where would you tell her you want to go? Now, the scary part is to put a road map between where you are now and where you want to be. Most of my time with clients is spent building this road. The biggest challenge for them is to be willing to break the journey into baby steps. The reason baby steps are tough is most people want something they could do tomorrow that will cause the clouds to break open and the angels to sing. Unfortunately, no goal you can put on your list will give you this Technicolor result. Instead, we have to be willing to pick away at what

looks like a mountain with a fork but do it every day. You’d be amazed at the steps you can carve into the side of the mountain with a fork by tenacity, consistency and clarity of direction. Once you know where you are going and the steps you are going to take, it is much easier to influence other people toward your goals. During meetings, you can articulate where you will end up. During your conversations with your boss you can get his counsel on how best to go where you want. As you have these conversations, you build a buzz and belief in others that you are going to do exactly what you’ve been saying. Others will then support and anticipate your future achievements. Floating on the latest corporate breeze and crossing your fingers that people will support the goals that you yourself can’t even articulate is only a recipe for misery. At the end of a long career, you may have been

spontaneous but it is highly unlikely you will be happy or well paid.

Last word(s) Q. One of my employees tends to make mistakes that I always end up reminding him about. Is there any diplomatic way to get him to remember? I’m tired of being his external memory unit! A. Yes, tell him you know he knows it is critical in his job to remember his job. Let him know you want to keep him but need him to come up with a technique to remember. Otherwise, he may need a job with fewer memory demands.

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. interpersonaledge.com or 1420 NW Gilman Blvd., #2845, Issaquah, WA 98027. Sorry, no personal replies.

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A classical way to see (and hear) Europe’s finest

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’ve always taught what I loved - and I’ve always loved music. I spent my high school years as a piano teacher. I’d start out my students with boogies and pop songs, and eventually get them turned on to Bach and Beethoven. In 1980, a truck dropped off 2,500 copies of my first guidebook - “Europe Through the Back Door.” During that year’s Christmas recital, some parents sat on boxes of travel books while their kids played carols, boogies, and Bach. By the next Christmas, I had let my piano students go. From that point on, I would be teaching European culture in print rather than on the keyboard. But I haven’t abandoned my Bach and Beethoven. Just as travel broadens your perspectives, so can music. Mixing the two on a trip to Europe brings an extra dimension to your travels. And four European cities - Salzburg, Leipzig, Bergen and Vienna - really rock when it comes to sights honoring local composers and their music. Salzburg is forever smiling to the tunes of Mozart.You’ll get a double dose of Wolfgang Amadeus here - the Mozart Birthplace and the Mozart Residence (www.mozarteum. at).The house where Mozart was born is also where he composed most of his boy-genius works. Today it’s the most popular Mozart sight in town.You’ll peruse three floors of rooms with exhibits displaying paintings, letters, personal items, and lots of facsimiles, all attempting to bring life to the Mozart story. The Mozart Residence Mozart’s second home (his family moved here when he was 17) - is less interesting than the house where he was born, but it’s also roomier, less crowded, and holds a piano that Mozart actually owned. It also comes with an informative audioguide and a 30-minute narrated slideshow. If you’re looking for a deal, one combo ticket will get you into both places. For those traveling to Germany, there are two sights in Leipzig that pay homage to another musical genius - Johann Sebastian Bach.The historic St.Thomas Church (www. thomaskirche.org) is where Bach ran the boys’ choir from 1723 until 1750.While here, Bach was

entire “House of Music.”The Haus der Musik (www.hdm.at) is a hightech experience that celebrates the hometown specialty.The museum, spread over five floors and well-described in English, is unique for its effective use of interactive touch-screen computers and headphones to explore the physics of sound. The museum also features fine audiovisual exhibits on each of the famous local heroes (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Strauss and Mahler). Before leaving, pick up a virtual baton to TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES

The star of Salzburg’s Mozart Residence is one of Mozart’s very own pianos, seen here near the windows.

remarkably prolific - for a time, he even composed a new cantata every week. In front of the altar is the composer’s tomb. Across the little square from St.Thomas is the small, pricey, but very well-presented Bach Museum (www. bach-leipzig.de).You’ll see the actual organ console where Bach played his favorite instrument, an iron chest that came from his household and original manuscripts.With the help of the excellent audioguide, this museum is an absolute delight for music lovers. Far to the north near the Norwegian port of Bergen is Edvard Grieg’s home,Troldhaugen (www.kunstmuseene.no/ troldhaugen). Norway’s greatest

composer spent his last 22 summers here, soaking up inspirational fjord beauty and composing many of his greatest works.You can visit his house on your own, but it’s more enjoyable if you take the included 20-minute tour. In summer, try to also attend the lunchtime piano concert.And don’t miss his little studio near the fjord; in this tiny space Grieg created some huge works. Vienna is to classical music what Athens is to sculpture, Florence to painting, and Milwaukee to beer.You can make pilgrimages to the homes (now mostly small museums) of many composers: Schubert, Brahms, Haydn, Beethoven or Mozart. But I find these places inconveniently located and generally underwhelming. My favorite musical setting in Vienna is not a single home but an

conduct the Vienna Philharmonic. Each time you screw up, the musicians put their instruments down and ridicule you; make it through the piece, and you’ll get a rousing round of applause. If you can’t get to Europe soon,“Rick Steves’ Europe:A Symphonic Journey,” is debuting all across the United States on public television this spring. I team up with my hometown Cascade Symphony Orchestra on a musical tour that begins in the U.S. and then touches down in seven European countries,


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