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AUGUST 14, 2013

Vol. 5 No. 50

Rotary Club of Joliet Celebrates 100 Years of Service

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he Rotary Club of Joliet culminated celebrating its Centennial year at its recent 100th Year Anniversary Dinner featuring Rotary International President Ron D. Burton as the keynote speaker. Along with Burton, Joliet Rotary’s Centennial event drew more than 200 guests including, Rotarians from other clubs, government officials and a very special visitor from Africa: Father Philip Mbeta of Malawi, Africa, who came to celebrate and thank Joliet Rotarians for funding a clean water deep well in the village of Thyolo Malawi. The well was critical to the village as the lack of access to clean water commonly brought disease such as cholera and typhoid to the villagers. The

project was proposed by local attorney and Joliet Rotarian John Spesia, whose family became involved in helping the African village years ago.After his father, Joliet Rotarian Doug Spesia’s death in 2010, a memorial fund was started to construct the Douglas Spesia Center in Thyolo and the new deep well was constructed at the site. During the Anniversary Dinner, Burton applauded Joliet Rotary’s history and good work, commenting that he shared the club’s “pride in reaching this significant milestone. “Every club has an opportunity to strengthen its See 100 YEARS, page 3

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Members of the Joliet Study Club, who later became the Rotary Club of Joliet. The group hosted the highly acclaimed Joliet Business Show and Efficiency Conference in June 1913.


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Thanas: No plans yet for another Daisy Carnival By Nick Reiher Managing Editor

Joliet City Manager Tom Thanas said the Electric Daisy Carnival at Chicagoland Speedway in May was successful in many ways. But the duration and the noise and vibration from the bands were not among those successes. Thanas appeared before the

Will County Board’s Public Health and Safety Committee Aug. 8 in response to many complaints by residents from New Lenox, Manhattan and Joliet regarding the noise and bass vibrations from the band’s speakers. A New Lenox man said he felt the bass vibrations nine miles away, as did his parents See DAISY, page 4

Correction: A recent Bugle story said the boyfriend of a missing Louis’ Family Restaurant waitress died from injuries in a gas explosion he started at her home. Will County Police say he is still at Loyola University

Medical Center, and his condition is improving. In the same story, restaurant owner Louis Polimenakos’ name was misspelled. The Bugle regrets the errors.

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‘A Disaster’ Old Cub Foods building on South Larkin and nearby vacant Walmart rotting as they await new tenants By Stewart Warren For the Bugle

There are two vacant stores in Joliet that make the nearby area look simply terrible, city officials said at a recent meeting. Something should be done about the empty buildings that once housed Cub Foods and Walmart in the 300 block of South Larkin Avenue, they agreed. “(The parking lot) has basically turned into a mini truck stop,” said Councilman Jim McFarland, who mentioned the issue during the Aug. 5 City Council workshop. Several residents recently called him to complain about the site, McFarland said. Sometimes a half-dozen semi trucks are parked on the weedy pavement, their drivers apparently dozing inside the air-conditioned cabs. The rear of the buildings isn’t terrible attractive either. Garbage is strewn across the parking lot, including a television, and there is some graffiti. It won’t be easy to find a solution, however. Thanks to thieves and vandals, there isn’t much

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Joliet officials are concerned about the conditions of the long-dormant Cub Foods building (foreground) and the Walmart building just to the south on Larkin Avenue.

left inside one of the buildings, Mayor Tom Giarrante said.“The Cub Foods building is a disaster. It’s stripped down to the two-by-fours,” he said. There are problems with the location that make it less desirable for new retailers, City Manager Tom Thanas said.“The building is not that visible from Larkin Avenue,”Thanas explained. The former Walmart store is in better shape. Representatives from a company interested in opening a new grocery in Joliet recently toured the building,Thanas said. Nevertheless, the city must get involved, McFarland said, suggesting that officials begin the demolition process at the old Cub Foods. “It is something that we can no longer allow to rot and deteriorate,” McFarland said.


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U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, right, presents Joliet Rotary President Dave Thornton with a Congressional proclamation recognizing Joliet Rotary’s Centennial year. For more photo’s from Joliet Rotary’s Centennial event, SEE PAGE 6.

100 YEARS Continued from page 1 community. Your community has been given a great gift over the past 100 years. Joliet is a better place because of each one of you, as is our world,” said Burton, while encouraging guests to act on this year’s international theme of “Engage Rotary, Change Lives.” Established in 1905 Chicago by attorney Paul P. Harris, Rotary International began with four members and became known as the “world’s first service club.” Rotary International now serves more than 34,000 clubs and 1.2 million members worldwide. While Rotary International and other Rotary Clubs began growing, a group of businessmen from Joliet formed a Study Club in 1910 that promoted “the study of business building, efficiency and character building.” They used a lecturer from the Sheldon School of Business to teach a course in business development and character on a bi-weekly basis. After classes ended, the 16-member Joliet study group continued meeting on a weekly

basis, and named themselves Rotary Club, due to the rotation of meeting chairs. Ironically, the Joliet Study Club was not aware of Rotary International -- or other Rotary Clubs -- until 1911 when they applied for membership in the international service organization. But at that time, the Joliet group could not be approved for membership because Rotary bylaws allowed membership only to cities with more than 75,000 in population. Although Joliet’s population was only at 40,000, the Joliet group persevered as a club and continued to carry out its mission. After providing leadership in the highly acclaimed 1913 Joliet Business Show, the Joliet club was recognized by Rotary International and changed their bylaws to allow Rotary membership to cities with fewer than 75,000 in population. The Rotary Club of Joliet became official in August 1913 and was the first club admitted into membership under the new bylaws. Harvey Weeks served as its first president. “We in District 6450 like to call ourselves, the ‘Birthplace District,’ recognizing the importance of our

area in Rotary history,” said Cliff Lyda, governor of District 6450, which encompasses 62 Rotary Clubs in the Chicago area. “The (Joliet) club has a proud record of community leadership, local service projects,international partnership, and leadership within Rotary itself.” During their first year as an official club, Joliet Rotarians ensured that the newly formed Joliet Township High School Band had the uniforms and instruments necessary to compete.A year later in 1914, the Joliet club’s second president,Vaughn Brooks, founded the Joliet Chamber of Commerce, with Rotarian Art Leach serving as the Chamber’s first president. Throughout the years, Joliet Rotary has been responsible for many community and service projects. In the early years some of their noted projects were providing funding to convert the Rowell Avenue quarry to a safe beach, obtaining Higginbotham Woods for city park property and supplying shoes and other equipment to World War I soldiers. More recently in 1984, Joliet Rotary began an annual raffle that continues today and has raised more than $1 million through for various organizations and charities in the Joliet area. Other organizations receiving support and donations from Joliet Rotary include: Habitat for Humanity; Easter Seals; Guardian Angel Home; Humane Society; Joliet Area Hospice; Lambs Fold; Morningstar Mission; Salvation Army; United Cerebral Palsy; and the Will-Grundy Medical Clinic. Scholarships are also given to students in the area and a variety of service projects area performed throughout the year. “Joliet Rotary has truly helped this community’s quality of life, as well as consistently making a difference worldwide,” said Dave Thornton, 2013-14 President Rotary Club of Joliet. “Recently, our club raised financial support for the YMCA sports facilities, donations to Boy and Girl Scout camps, and provided substantial contributions to various not-forprofit organizations in the area.” Other dignitaries at the 100th Anniversary Dinner included state Sen. Pat McGuire, D-Joliet, and U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, who read a proclamation honoring the Rotary Club of Joliet’s Centennial Year. Also at the dinner Ed Dollinger and Mike Rittof, co-chairs of Centennial celebration, presented Burton with a $5,000 check to the Rotary Foundation, a non-

profit corporation supported by voluntary contributions to “advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.“ Anniversary dinner co-chair, Russ Slinkard, was on hand with fellow Joliet Rotarian Mary Jaworski, both of the Joliet

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Chamber, to announce the Joliet club’s new project of providing a Rotary Wall exhibit at the Joliet Area Historical Museum. A conceptual drawing was presented at the dinner. For more information on the Rotary Club of Joliet, visit www. jolietrotary.com. Courtesy of Roxane M. Geraci-Militello


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HAJ loses chairman; CFO arrested in Chicago scheme By Stewart Warren For the Bugle

The Housing Authority of Joliet faced a double shock Aug. 7 as its chairman and longest serving board member resigned, and its Chief Financial Officer was arrested for allegedly defrauding the Chicago Housing Authority. Susie Barber announced her resignation from the Housing Authority of Joliet Board, telling Joliet city officials she wanted to spend more time with her family. Barber, a District 5 City Councilman, will remain on the Joliet City Council. “It was a difficult decision to make but I felt it was time,” Barber said Wednesday night, speaking softly, perhaps because of a recent cold. The Housing Authority of Joliet offers lowcost housing for needy families, seniors and the disabled, and controls 989 public housing units and 1,189 Section 8 vouchers. Although it is federally funded, Joliet Mayor Tom Giarrante chooses the people who serve on its seven-member board of commissioners, and the members of the City Council then approve his appointments. Barber announced her resignation on Wednesday morning, the same day the news emerged that the Housing Authority’s chief financial officer had been accused of stealing money several years ago from the Chicago Housing Authority. Charlene Potts was

DAISY Continued from page 2 in Mokena some 12 miles away from Chicagoland Speedway. Residents also said the festival went on too long, 4 a.m. compared to other areas such as New York where a similar festival

arrested Aug. 6. “CHA initiated an investigation last year to look into potential financial improprieties by Charlene Potts,” said Wendy Parks, the CHA’s Director of Communications and Marketing & Public Information Officer. “We referred the matter to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. As a result of the investigation launched at CHA’s request, Potts was arrested yesterday and will be charged with financial crimes.” Parks said Potts was an employee of a CHA vendor prior to 2008. Since that time, CHA has replaced the vendor and initiated “stringent managerial and financial controls” over its payment processes, including extensive accounting and quality control procedures. Barber spoke briefly Wednesday night about Potts.“She did her job well but sometimes you get caught up in the midst of it,” Barber said. Barber was elected chairman of the Housing Authority of Joliet in 2009 and served as Vice Chairman in 2005 and 2006. With more than 17 years on the Housing Authority of Joliet Board, she is its longest-serving member. Barber is also a Joliet City Councilman who

shut down nightly at 10 p.m. Thanas said Thursday he and Scott Paddock, Chicagoland Speedway Track Manager, agree that something must be done about the noise, vibrations and event times before deciding whether to allow another such event next year. Otherwise, the Electric Daisy Carnival was successful, Thanas

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aid. It created more than $1 million in salaries for temporary workers and $50,000 in sales tax revenue for Joliet alone. He also reported Joliet-based Telecabs reported its best weekend ever. People took the train in to Chicago for the event, and then hired cabs to take them to the Speedway on Joliet’s far south side.


Calendar ONGOING EVENTS Adult Beginner Golf Playing Lessons. Lockport Township Park District offers Adult Beginner Playing Lessons for ages 18 years and older from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 6 through Sept. 17, at Prairie Bluff Golf Course, 19433 Renwick Road, Crest Hill. Program is for adults who have completed the Beginner Lessons. This sixhour program will help the golfer bridge the gap between the driving range and the golf course. Fee: $80/resident; $90/nonresident. For more information, call 815-838-3621, ext. 0. Farmer’s Market. Fresh fruit, vegetables, crafts, and more every Friday through September 8 a.m.to 2 p.m. at Chicago Street between Van Buren and West Jefferson Street. 25 different vendors will be selling a variety of items from locally grown produce, farm-fresh eggs, jams and jellies and much more. For more information call Cam Barnett at 815- 774-6066. Slammers Stadium Tours. Tours of Silver Cross Field, at 1 Mayor Art Schultz Dr., Joliet IL, home of the Joliet Slammers, will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. now through Aug. 31. Stroll through the home of the Slammers and get the chance to see what happens behind the scenes of Silver Cross Field. Costs are five dollars for adults, two dollars for those two to 12 years of age, and no charge for those two and under.The cost for those in groups of 20 or more is two dollars per person. For more information call 815-722-2287. Girls night out shopping. Lodging Packages is offering a shopping trip worth remembering with the help of TownePlace Suites Joliet at the Marriott Towneplace Suites Joliet, 1515 Riverboat Center Dr., Joliet. This special offer includes a $25 Visa gift card, TownePlace Suite Recyclable tote bag, overnight accommodations in a spacious king suite, and complimentary “Morning Break” breakfast. For more information call 815-7412400.

Rialto Square Theatre summer tours. The magnificent Rialto Square Theatre, located at 102 N. Chicago St., will be hosting weekday tours and organ concerts from June 10 through Aug. 30. Tours and organ concerts are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. and noon. Tickets are five dollars per person and can be purchased at the Rialto box office. For more information, contact the Rialto box office at 815-726-6600. Summer luncheons at the Mansion. Enjoy an award winning lunch in the opulence of Jacob Henry’s home, 20 S. Eastern Ave., Joliet, will be hosting lunch every Monday at 11:30 a.m. until Aug. 26.The meal consists of fresh garden salad, desert, warm rolls and hot coffee or tea. Advance reservations are preferred. Seating is limited so make reservations early. For more information call 815-722-1420. The Soaring Achievements of John C. Houbolt. Visit this state of the art exhibit celebrating the historic 1969 moon landing and honoring the former Joliet resident and supporter of the lunar orbit rendezvous concept, John C. Houbolt. Call the Joliet Area Historical Museum at 815723-5201 or visit jolietmuseum. org.

ONGOING CHILDREN Challenge Fitness. Challenge Fitness, 2021 S. Lawrence Ave., in Lockport is offering Kid’s Kourt Childcare Center - the perfect place to leave your children while you work out at Challenge Fitness. Our childcare center is equipped for children 6 months to 12yrs and is available for members using the facility or enrolled in any adult Park District class held at Challenge Fitness. Hours are: Mon-Sat, 8am-1pm; Mon-Thurs 4pm-8:30pm; Members- $6.67/ mo., or $2.50 per hr per child. To register or for more information, call 815-838-3621, ext. 0, or visit “http://www.lockportpark.org” www.lockportpark.org

Lapsit  (Birth-24 months). 9:15,10:15 and 11:15 a.m.Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday, 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. Saturdays, Joliet Public Library, Black Road Branch, 3395 Black Road. Caregivers and babies will enjoy playing games, singing songs, reading stories and chasing bubbles.  This is a great first playgroup for children and a great opportunity to meet other caregivers 815-846-6500 Toddler Time (Ages 18 months to 3 years). 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Mondays and 9:45, 10:45 and 11:45 a.m. Wednesdays, Joliet Public Library, Black Road Branch, 3395 Black Road.; 9:45 a.m. Thursdays, Joliet Public Library, 150 N. Ottawa St. Toddler time is a story program for children who are “too big” for lapsit and are not yet ready for the structure of storytime.  Your child will enjoy stories, games, songs, movement activities and a simple craft. 815-846-6500/815-740-2660 Monday Fun Day. 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Mondays, Dellwood Park, 1911 Lawrence Ave., Lockport. Children enjoy playing, learning and socializing with music, games and crafts. Fee: $91 Lockport Township Park District resident/$101 non-resident. For more info., visit “http:// www.lockportpark.org” www. lockportpark.org or call 815-8383621, ext. 0. Preschool Storytime (ages 3 to 5). 1 p.m. Mondays, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Joliet Public Library, Black Road Branch, 3395 Black Road; 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursdays, and 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays (Spanish language storytime), Joliet Public Library, 150 N. Ottawa St. Storytime is a chance for children to explore the world of books through stories, songs and crafts.  Each week begins with a special visit by our puppet mascot “Jamberry” Bear, and finishes with each child marching and playing an instrument in the library’s very own storytime parade. 815-846-

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music, games and crafts. Fee: $91 Lockport Township Park District resident/$101 non-resident. For more info., visit “http:// www.lockportpark.org” www. lockportpark.org or call 815-8383621, ext. 0.


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Joliet Rotarian and Gala Event co-chair, Russ Slinkard announces the Club’s new project with the Joliet Area Historical Museum while, Joliet Rotarian Mary Jaworski looks on.

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Joliet Rotary celebrates 100 years

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Rotary International President Ron D. Burton, left, current member and past president of the Rotary Club of Norman, Okla., and Rotary District 6450 Governor Cliff Lyda, past president of the Elmhurst Rotary Club.

he Rotary Club of Joliet culminated celebrating its Centennial year at its recent 100th Year Anniversary Dinner featuring Rotary International President Ron D. Burton as the keynote speaker. Along with Burton, Joliet Rotary’s Centennial event drew more than 200 guests including, Rotarians from other clubs, government officials and a very special visitor from Africa: Father Philip Mbeta of Malawi,Africa, who came to celebrate and thank Joliet Rotarians for funding a clean water deep well in the village of Thyolo Malawi.

Joliet Rotarians Centennial Celebration co-chairs Mike Rittof, left, and Ed Dollinger present Rotary International President Ron D. Burton with a $5,000 check for the Rotary Foundation.

Father Philip Mbeta Of Malawi, Africa, left, RI President Ron D. Burton and Joliet Rotarian John Spesia. Spesian and other Rotarians were instrumental in the Malawi’s Clean Water Project

RI President Burton, District 6450 Governor Lyda, and Lori Wilcox, President of Chicago Heights Rotary.


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News HAJ Continued from page 4 represents parts of the East and Near West Sides. Although some have predicted that she would relinquish her seat on the council because of health problems she’s had this year, she has not quit that job. In her letter of resignation submitted to the mayor, Barber did not discuss her health. “I have decided to spend more time with my family, and I need to find time to dedicate to them,” she wrote. Giarrante did not seem surprised by the news. “Susie and I have talked about this for a while because she has some medical problems,” Giarrante said. During the next 30 days, the mayor will be looking for someone to replace Barber. “I am leaning toward someone with some financial expertise. I have no one in mind at this time,” Giarrante said. He urged residents who are interested in the position to contact him. Barber’s resignation and Potts’ arrest are not related, the mayor emphasized. It was a coincidence

the two events happened during the same week. “The issue with Ms. Potts has nothing to do with this,” Giarrante said. The mayor said he met with Michael Simelton, the housing authority’s interim chief executive, on Wednesday. “Every year, (the housing authority has) an independent audit. He is in the process of having an internal audit, and he commented on what a great job (Potts) had been doing,” Giarrante said. Additionally, city finance director Ken Mihelich had gone over the housing authority’s books earlier this year and everything was fine. “He found no irregularities,” Giarrante said. The mayor thanked Barber for her contribution to the housing authority. “She did a great job. She worked hard,” Giarrante said. “She was the person who the residents went to when they had problems, and she addressed those problems. She was there when they needed her, and I commend her for her service.” Managing Editor Nick Reiher contributed to this article.


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Horoscopes You can still take a proverbial victory lap if you remain humble in the week ahead. It isn’t a good idea to let good fortune or praise go to your head. Circumstances can change quickly.

Look ahead, not behind. Issues from the past might waste time or cause friction. Sudden changes that occur in the week ahead can be turned to good use if you put on your thinking cap.

Charity begins at home. In the week to come, benevolent instincts make it easy to forgive those who have not been fair. Strike a compromise, be generous and create some good karma.

A tendency to go to extremes in order to please and amuse your admirers could backfire and upset some of your well-laid plans in the week ahead. Restrain your wilder impulses.

Don’t be derailed by the details. People will appreciate your tactfulness and thoughtfulness more than picky attention to minor details in the week ahead. Remain broadminded at all costs.

The low road is beneath you. Take the high road this week when faced with questions of moral standards or ethics. Earn respect and help your reputation by sticking to your convictions.

Some things are cast in stone, but some are like feathers that blow away on the breeze. Anything rock solid will be impervious to pressure or unexpected changes in the week ahead.

The trend is your friend during the upcoming week. Deep concentration helps you sort truth from fiction. You may be fascinated by mysteries or enthralled by veiled situations.

Bend into the wind. Yield to pressures from peers with good grace so you can spring back later. You might feel that principles are temporarily compromised in the week ahead.

Endless amounts of enthusiasm are at your beck and call. Put the pedal to the metal and pursue a fresh mission or project in the week ahead, but don’t upset any apple carts on the way.

You can easily earn or attain whatever you can visualize. If you want to fatten your hungry piggy bank, strive for compromise and be sure to be a team player in the week ahead.

You can make a pledge or a promise in the week to come and will be able to faithfully fulfil it. Earn merit badges for mastering a new skill or lead others to excellence by example.

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Joliet grade school starts August 19 The first day of school for all Joliet Grade School District 86 students will be Monday,Aug. 19. Children must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 to start Kindergarten. Students entering Early Childhood, Kindergarten, Sixth Grade, or any new students to District 86, must present

proof of the required State of Illinois physical examination and immunizations. The Illinois Department of Public Health requires that all Kindergarten, second and sixth grade students have a dental examination. In addition, all students enrolling in Kindergarten

and any student enrolling for the first time in an Illinois school must have an eye exam. All students who are not yet registered for the 2013-14 school year must register prior to the first day of school. For more information, call the J.F. Kennedy Administrative Office at 815-740-3196.


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Locals having success in minor leagues By Mark Gregory Sports Reporter

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Joliet native Ethan Hollingsworth was promoted to Class triple-A.

As the Major League Baseball season hits the home stretch, we decided to check around the minor leagues at some of the local talent. While there may not be any locals called up in September when the rosters expand, there are some having success in the minor leagues. After a slow start to his season in Double-A Altoona in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, Joliet native and Plainfield South graduate Ethan Hollingsworth posted a 0.71 ERA in the month of June and had an overall 6-4 record with a 3.20 ERA in 23 games. He started eight of those games, throwing 78.2 innings, striking out 41 batters and walking only 14. That performance led to Hollingsworth’s promotion to Triple-A Indianapolis on July 29. He made his first start for the Indians, allowing five earned runs over five innings. • Another pitcher to come from the SPC is Minooka’s Mike Foltynewicz. See LOCALS, page 13


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Starks trying to make Bears’ roster By Mike Sandrolini Sports Reporter

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Andrew Starks signs autographs after a practice last week. He is trying to make the Bears’ 53-man roster.

As Bears players walk off the field following a practice session at Olivet Nazarene University— the site of training camp—they must pass through a long, narrow roped-off area before they can gain access to their dorm rooms, meeting rooms or the lunch hall. That area is blanketed with hundreds of fans shouting their names, pleading with them to scribble their signatures on whatever those fans happen to be waving over the ropes—Tshirts, jerseys, signs, programs, newspapers, you name it. Andrew Starks was learning the ropes, so to speak, in regard to mingling with fans and other points of summer training camp protocol during his first full week as a member of the Chicago Bears recently. The former Illinois Football Coaches Association Class 7A all-stater at Plainfield North, who recently signed a three-year contract with the club he’s been following all his life, admits he may never fully embrace all the attention he’s receiving from fans. “I don’t know if I’ll ever get used to that (going through the crowd at Bourbonnais),” said Starks, a former Southwest Prairie Conference Player of the Year with the Tigers. “To me, this is still … I’m shocked. I’m still in shock.The first practice I went through here, everybody was calling my name and number.” Starks discovered Bears fans do their homework on players, even the rookies. “It seemed like they already knew me,” he said. “I was kind of walking through (the roped-off area the first time), and I thought all the cheers were for everybody else. It turned out some of them were for me. It’s incredible.” It was a whirlwind week for Starks, who signed his contract Aug. 2 and suited up for his first practice as a Bear the following evening at Soldier Field during the team’s annual Family Fest. His father, Kevin, his mother, Lenora, and his two sisters, Jennifer and Jordan, were among the 29,000 in attendance. “It was fantastic to be able to share that experience with them,” Starks said. “Running out of the tunnel with the fog and the lights and the crowd going crazy, it was just incredible. There’s nothing See STARKS, page 14


Sports LOCALS Continued from page 11 The 6-foot, 4-inch right hander is pitching in the Houston Astros organization at the Class Double-A Corpus Christi. Foltynewicz has made 18 appearances this season, including 12 starts. He has posted a 5-2 record with a 2.67 ERA. In 81 total innings, he has allowed 61 hits, has struck out 82 batters and walked 41. He averages 9.1 strikeouts per nine innings pitched. Last month, the former firstround draft choice was selected to the Texas League All-Star team and threw one perfect inning to help the South beat the North 6-0. • Another former Indian hurler, Tony Bucciferro, is in Class A Kannapolis in the White Sox organization. He was selected in the 14th round (No. 441 overall) of the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Chicago White Sox last year out of Michigan State. The Joliet-born righty has appeared in seven games, starting six and has a 1-3 record with a 3.07 ERA. In 37 innings pitched, Bucciferro has struck out 35 batters and walked only two. • Former Minooka and Northern Illinois University catcher Brett Frantini is in the Orioles Gulf Coast League Rookie League team. He has played in five games and is 1-11 at the plate (0.91) with three walks and two runs scored. • Former Joliet Catholic outfielder John Ruettiger is also in the Baltimore Orioles organization, playing in Advanced-A with the Frederick Keys of the Carolina League. In 79 games played, he is batting .258 with a .337 on base percentage. He has five doubles, two triples and one home run, while scoring 37 runs and driving in 21. Ruettiger has stolen 31 bases this season and has been caught only seven times. He also played 14 games in Double-A Bowie this season, where he batted .262 with two doubles, three RBI and seven runs scored. • Former Hilltopper outfielder Joe Benson was claimed off waivers by the Texas Rangers on May 25 of this year. Benson is hitting .288 with four home runs and nine RBI in 65 games played for the

Rangers’ Class Double-A Frisco RoughRiders. Benson had been on the disabled list for nearly six weeks with a groin injury. • Former Joliet Junior College pitcher Zach Petrick, a Morris High School graduate, was has

moved around a lot this season. He opened up the year at Class-A Peoria in the St. Louis Cardinals organization, throwing in 32.2 innings over 16 games and posting a 0.83 ERA with 46 strikeouts and only eight

THE BUGLE/SENTINEL AUGUST 14, 2013 walks. He was then promoted to Advanced-A Palm Beach in the Florida State League where he was 3-0 with one save in nine games, including four starts. He posted a 0.27 ERA with 32 strikeouts and four walks.

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STARKS Continued from page 12 like it.” Throughout last week, Starks— who was in uniform for the Bears’ first preseason game at Carolina last Friday—received most of his reps on special teams and limited reps at linebacker. He’s been busy learning the playbook. “I’m behind in the playbooks,

and every day, I’m trying to catch up little by little, and taking this process one day at a time,” he said. “There’s only so many reps I can take on the field, so for now, I’m just working my behind off on special teams, trying to help out that way.As I come along with the scrimmage reps, I’ll get better with that. “When you get to the NFL, it’s a new level, and there’s so many different minor adjustments and tweaks and different formations,

Sports different personnel groupings. So each call might have however many different adjustments. It’s just a matter of getting all of those adjustments down and being able to line up right, know my assignment and know the adjustments that go with it.” After practice concludes late in the morning, Starks takes part in various meetings throughout the rest of the day. “There’s pretty much meetings all day,” he said. “I hit the showers

(after practice), go to lunch and I probably have a half an hour or so before special teams meetings. I’ll be in special teams meetings, positional meetings and then have a walk-through and evening meetings again. It’s just a lot of film study, a lot of meeting time with the coaches and just trying to bring me along and get up to speed.” Starks, of course, spends a good chunk of time in those meetings with the linebackers, including

Lance Briggs, now the leader of the group following the retirement of Brian Urlacher. Briggs is one of only nine players in franchise history who’s been voted to seven Pro Bowls. “Charles Tillman has talked to me a few times, too,” Starks said. “It’s definitely a different experience. I grew up watching a lot of those guys, and even last year, watching them on TV. Now I’m on the field with them. It’s a bit of an adjustment; I’m not trying to be too star-struck or overwhelmed, but I’m getting there. I’ve got to do my best to think of myself as a player and not just a fan anymore.” Starks inked a three-year contract with the Bears, but the contract is contingent on him making the final 53-man roster. The Bears will probably carry six linebackers, and five of those slots—barring a serious or seasonending injury—are likely already spoken for: Briggs, off-season freeagent signees James Anderson and D.J. Williams (currently out with a calf strain), and rookies John Bostic and Khaseem Greene. Blake Costanzo could be on the bubble, but Costanzo proved himself to be a valuable special teams player last season. Nonetheless, Starks plans on giving it his best shot. If he doesn’t make the final roster, he also could be placed on the Bears’ practice squad. “I’ll sign a different contract if I’m put on the practice squad,” he said.“That’s how it works. I haven’t looked past the Bears at all. It’s my hometown team; it would be incredible if I ended up here. “I’m definitely going to pursue it (playing pro football) for as long as I can. It’s my passion, and I want to play for as long as I can. I know football doesn’t last forever, but I have an opportunity now, and I’m going to give it all that I’ve got.” Starks wasn’t selected in this year’s NFL draft, but he ended up receiving an invitation to Bears camp after taking part in a Pro Day at Princeton University, where he led the Tigers in tackles the past two seasons, was co-captain his senior year and an all-Ivy League pick. He certainly has the pedigree of an NFL player. His father was a tight end at the University of Minnesota who was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons and also played for the Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings and Washington Redskins. “It’s definitely a dream come true,” he said. “I’ve had this dream since I’ve been 7 or 8 and first started playing football when I was little. For it to finally come to fruition, it’s incredible. It still hasn’t fully hit me yet.”


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The par-4 17th hole has a tee box well above the fairway, with plenty of hazards on the hole.

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Grand Geneva course, The Brute, a treat to play I never had such high ex p e c t a t i o n s for a golf course as I had for The Brute at Grand Geneva in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. And, it lived up to every one of them. A course that costs around $150 to play is worth every penny as it offers up spectacular views and holes throughout the course. It also offers a stay-andplay package where the golf is nearly free if you stay at the Grand Geneva. The course is one of two at Grand Geneva, with the other being The Highlands. The Highlands though doesn’t play as long as The Brute and doesn’t have the enormous bunkers that The Brute does. The Brute is not only the best course I’ve ever played, but also the most difficult. It plays at

7,085 yards from the blue tees and 6,554 from the white.That is about 500 yards farther than most courses we have played this year. With that said, it was probably my best round of the year (it helps to hit the fairways off the tee). The course actually played a little shorter than its yardage with some of the tees moved up, as well as having quite a few holes go downhill. It all started with a par-4 that had a creek on the right. That followed with a 544-yard par-5 from the tips with a large driving fairway, but it tightened up from there with an elevated green and rough separating the fairway. A short downhill par-4 followed but it was far from easy. There was water to the left and a very narrow fairway inside of 150 yards leading up to the green. The fourth hole was a par-3 over water that plays 204 yards from the back and is followed with a fairly straightforward par-4 that doglegs right. The sixth hole is a par five

which also plays a bit uphill at the green and has a creek where you would lay up after your second shot.The green has a big slope in the back and plays fast. No. 7 is a downhill par-4 that doglegs left and gives you plenty of room. The eighth hole is a par-3 that doesn’t give you nearly as much room. The front nine finishes with a par-4 that has water to the left and giant bunkers to the right. The back nine begins with the 10th hole that plays alongside the 1st hole, with the creek separating the two to the left of the 10th fairway.The 11th hole is the shortest of the par-5s (barely) and has a sharp dogleg right. The 12th hole is a dogleg right par-4 and is followed by a short, downhill par-3 with bunkers all around the green. After another dogleg right par4, the 15th hole is a par-5 that plays 605 yards from the back and 572 from the white! It does play downhill a bit, but a straight drive could hit a bunker or rough, while

you have to play a little right to hit the fairway. That makes the hole play even longer.That is followed by a straightforward par-3. The course closes with a couple more signature holes. There is the 17th hole, which has a tee box well above the fairway, which makes the hole play pretty short. However, there is water to the right and a creek in front of the green. The closing hole is a long par4 that also plays downhill. There is water and large bunkers to the right. Easily the biggest thing I learned about the course is that it doesn’t play nearly as long as its distance on the scorecard, thanks to several downhill holes. That doesn’t mean it isn’t challenging though.The fairways are rather wide on most holes, but are very small on others. Most of the greens are pretty big. However, the bunkers are nearly as big as some of the greens and there is water in play on many holes.

The greens play pretty fast and they have the biggest slopes that I have seen.It is rare to get a straight putt. Despite the difficulties, it plays fair. There are definitely opportunities to put together some good scores. I managed five pars on the day and it probably should have been more, and I’m far from a great golfer. On top of the course itself, the location is great as well.The view of the houses and hills in the distance is something not often seen in the Midwest. If you are looking for a golf trip somewhere, or even if you have a day to take a longer drive to play a great course, The Brute at the Grand Geneva would be a great place to go to. Editor’s note: This is the final golf course review in a series of six installments. During our rounds we will be tweeting out updates. Follow Mark Gregory @2Mark_My_Words and retweet him to be entered to win a golf discount card. The hashtag is #Voyagergolf


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Slammers fall to 10 games below .500 The Joliet Slammers (31-41) scored first, taking a 2-0 lead over the Washington Wild Things (3436) after the top of the third, but Joliet’s pitching could not hold onto the lead, losing the final game by a final tally of 4-3 at Consol Energy Park. Andrew Busby suffers the difficult loss, falling to 0-3 on

the year after lasting six strong innings and only allowing two earned runs on six hits. Gary Lee (5-7) picks up the win after also tossing six complete innings with two earned runs scoring for Joliet on five hits. The 13th rubber match of the season was a sloppy contest with both sides committing three errors. Niko Vasquez handed the Slammers the early 1-0 lead in the top of the first after recording his fifth home run with one out in the frame. Vasquez would bat

home Darian Sandford in the third inning to stretch the largest lead for Joliet to 2-0 but it would not hold as Washington tied the game immediately in the bottom of the inning. Mark Samuelson and two and two third innings later, broke the 2-2 tie with a solo home run to left field making it 3-2 Wild Things.The Slammers inched one run closer in the eighth after Washington took a two run lead at 4-2 but Joliet could not take advantage of a bases loaded situation in the ninth, losing by a final of 4-3.


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Busch wins at Watkins Glen The third time may have been the charm for Kyle Busch, but it was a jinx for pole winner Marcos Ambrose. Having surrendered the lead late in the last two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Watkins Glen International, Busch reversed the trend Sunday in winning the Cheez-It 355 at the 2.45-mile road course by .486 seconds over runner-up Brad Keselowski. Ambrose had the race in hand, having led 51 of the first 61 laps, until an inopportune caution in the middle of a pit stop cycle dropped him back to 12th for a restart on Lap 64 of 90. Busch grabbed the lead when Ambrose came to pit road under yellow on Lap 62 and held it the rest of the way. A wreck on Lap 85 ended Ambrose’s bid for a third

straight win at the Glen. Martin Truex Jr. ran third, followed by Carl Edwards and Juan Pablo Montoya. Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch and AJ Allmendinger completed the top 10. Busch, who was already on pit road when the fifth caution changed the race on Lap 60, nevertheless had to survive a succession of restarts in the final 15 laps before edging Keselowski for the victory in a two-lap shootout. Busch collected his third win of the season, his second at the Glen and the 27th of his career--but nothing about it was easy. And he can thank Keselowski for resisting the temptation to move him out of the way in the final two corners. “It was just run as hard as

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Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Toyota, celebrates with the checkered flag after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Cheez-It 355 at The Glen at Watkins Glen International on August

you can, drive your car, try not to worry about what’s behind, whatever happens, happens-we’ll deal with it,” Busch said. “I commend Brad for doing a better job this year at bringing home a cleaner race. “I felt we ran really hard there those last couple laps. I couldn’t get away from him. My car wouldn’t turn through the corners as well a s I needed it to. I just couldn’t get the front tires to bite, and so he could

catch me through the corners. But in the braking zones and exiting the corners, I felt like I was really strong and could get away from him.” Last year, Keselowski spun Busch in Turn 3 with fewer than two laps left, as the cars slid on a glaze of oil. This race was a completely different matter, Keselowski said. “I could have dumped Kyle and won the race,” said the defending Cup champion, who

climbed to eighth in the series standings on the strength of the runner-up finish. “That stuff goes back and forth, and I’m sure someone in the tabloid side of the media will make a big deal about that, but it won’t be me, because I know I did the right thing… “It doesn’t mean there isn’t temptation, but there’s a level of respect and a code of honor that you have to have as a man.”

WEEKLY RACING UPDATE MUST BE COUNTRY WIDE

Country music star Brantley Gilbert will perform a pre-race concert in Chicagoland Speedway’s infield prior to the GEICO 400, the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. While all fans with a Sunday race ticket will be able to enjoy the concert from the grandstands, Pit and Infield Fan Zone Experience pass holders will be able to walk down to the infield to enjoy No. 1 hits such as “Country Must Be Country Wide” and “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do.” Though season ticket holders receive complimentary Pit and Infield Fan Zone Experience passes, they will also be available for purchase to non-season ticket holders. For $50, fans can purchase the pass for Sunday’s GEICO 400 that will put them close to the stage as Brantley performs. “As one of our sport’s most anticipated events, the kick-off to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup deserves one of music’s most exciting acts, and Brantley Gilbert certainly fits that mold,” said Scott Paddock, Chicagoland Speedway president. “We have a history of top-talent performing here and by continuing to provide our fans with firstclass entertainment, along with the GEICO 400, a playoff caliber race that has paved the way for back-to-back Champions, we are confident that our guests will have the experience of a lifetime this September.”

STANDINGS 2013 Sprint Cup Series 1) Jimmie Johnson 808 2) Clint Bowyer - 75 3) Carl Edwards -80 4) Kevin Harvick -101 5) Kyle Busch -115 6) Dale Earnhardt, Jr. - 138 7) Matt Kenseth -149 8) Brad Keselowski -174 9) Greg Biffle -181 10) Martin Truex, Jr. -183 11) Kurt Busch -185 12) Kasey Kahne -186

2013 Nationwide Series 1)Austin Dillon 2) Sam Hornish Jr. 3) Regan Smith 4) Elliott Sadler 5) Brian Vickers

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2013 Cheez-It 355 RESULTS 1. Kyle Busch 2. Brad Keselowski 3. Martin Truex Jr. 4. Carl Edwards 5. Juan Pablo Montoya 6. Clint Bowyer 7. Joey Logano 8. Jimmie Johnson 9. Kurt Busch 10. AJ Allmendinger 11. Jamie McMurray 12. Casey Mears 13. Kevin Harvick 14. Ryan Newman 15. Max Papis(i) 16. Greg Biffle 17. Paul Menard 18. Ricky Stenhouse Jr 19. Denny Hamlin 20. Danica Patrick


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Best advice: Just say no to hiring personality problems Q. I recently hired a guy who is very smart, but I knew he was really self-absorbed and entitled. I thought his resume and skill set would be worth his demanding attitude. I’m finding that he is pawning projects off on coworkers, lying to me about what he has done, and blaming everyone but himself

for problems.What can I do now, and how can I avoid this in the future? A. What you can do now is to sit down and spell out a performance plan complete with penalties. Realize that this guy isn’t going to change. Make sure you consult with your human resource and legal staff to figure

out the fastest way to fire him when he fails to meet goals. In the future, avoid a common human tendency to refuse to see fundamental character problems in other people. Many managers will hire narcissists, drama kings/queens or professional victims and believe these employees will change their spots. If you enjoy believing in unicorns, fairies and other mythical creatures, you can hire these people and spend your time hoping and suffering. Otherwise, just say,“No!” Social psychologists tell us that personality after the age of 30 is pretty much like concrete. Very few adults change much or at all after this age.When you are interviewing an adult you are getting information not just about what they can do but also who they are.

Talented managers can always mentor a bright employee in learning new skills. However, the most brilliant manager in the world cannot change the foundational personality of an employee. Even in therapy it takes years for adults to really change their core habits. We all know if we are buying a house, we shouldn’t even consider a building with a broken foundation. So what are the reasons that so many of us will consider an employee with core emotional issues? If you came from a family that was dysfunctional, you’ll be particularly vulnerable to wanting to save dysfunctional people.At some level, you’ll feel good if you attempt to save the same type of people you grew up around. If you consider yourself to be really competent, you might like

the challenge of volunteering to save employees with fatal flaws. Being a savior will seem noble until you start feeling like the victim of the poor soul you thought you were saving. You may also be tempted if you like to see the best rather than the reality in people. Just like Charlie Brown in the comic strip, you may valiantly try kicking that football every time Lucy offers to hold it for you. You will also find yourself flat on your back because Lucy is mean and will pull away the ball as you put yourself off balance trying to kick. Seeing the world as it is rather than as we believe it should be can be demoralizing at first. Seeing reality can also cause us to grieve for our ideals. However, unless you enjoy suffering, drama and powerlessness, playing pretend at work will just make you miserable and ineffective.


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Maintaining your garage door helps keep family safe Is your garage door working properly? If not, you may be sweeping an important problem under the rug. If other home repair projects seem more pressing, consider this: a broken or weak garage door can welcome crime, as many home robberies occur either in the garage or through the garage “A well-maintained garage door can help reinforce your family’s safety and security,” says Chris Terrill, CEO of HomeAdvisor, a leading website offering resources for home repair and improvement projects. “Minor fixes on your garage door now can go a long way in the future.” With this in mind, HomeAdvisor is offering repair solutions to common garage door problems: • The garage door won`t open or close: If you have an electric opener, check your keypad first and find out if your opener is functioning.You might need to have the opener reprogrammed. • The garage door sticks when opening or closing: It’s likely that the metal

rollers and hinges need lubricating. The tracks may also be dirty, clogged or out of alignment. • When the garage door is released, it falls: When a garage door is released it should remain in position if it`s in good shape. If it falls, odds are that the extension springs are worn and should be replaced. • The garage door opens on its own: If a garage door opens entirely on its own, the extension springs are too strong and should be replaced with lighter ones. Many garage door issues will require the effort of a professional. So if you’re looking for a contractor to make repairs or replace your garage door, do your research. By reading pro reviews on a site like HomeAdvisor, you can find a reputable service professional from a network of 85,000 background-checked service professionals to do your garage repair, as well as other home repairs and improvements. Remove the guesswork out of the project and research garage

STaTEPOinT mEdia

If other home repair projects seem more pressing, consider this: a broken or weak garage door can welcome crime, as many home robberies occur either in the garage or through the garage.

door repair costs prior to hiring a professional. More information can be found at www.HomeAdvisor.com.

Don’t let a shoddy garage door make a criminal’s day. By taking steps to maintain this key entryway to your home, you can help ensure your family’s well-being.


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New home technologies can save family time, money By StatePoint Media

New technologies are now enabling homeowners to automate lights, entertainment and security systems, thermostats, door locks and more. And experts say that coordinating these control systems can save you time and money, and increase the value of your home. Gone are the days when home automation was a futuristic concept from science fiction or an out of reach luxury, as new innovations are making such technologies more affordable and easier to use. “While many automation products available today are stand-alone  devices, offering control for only one component of your house, such as your thermostat or music, it’s possible to bring all of those various smart home features together under one system,” says Martin Plaehn, CEO for Control4, a market leader in home automation. “And doing so can make your life easier.” If you’re not entirely sure that modernizing your home in this way is right for you, there are many things to consider, ranging from security to  budget to comfort to increasing the value of your home. • Stay safe: An automation

Deck staining tips Whether your deck is new or old, there will come a day when you decide to stain it. No matter if you’re a new DIYer or an old pro, you’ll want to avoid missteps that can ruin your deck’s finish. The most common mistake is failing to properly prepare a deck before staining it, with 85 percent of staining failures stemming from this pitfall. If you don’t clean your deck properly and use the right prep products to eliminate dirt, mildew and dead fibers, your stain might peel,blister or prematurely fade.Even a new deck can cause problems, as new wood typically comes with a hard, subtly shiny, stain resistant layer called mill glaze. More information about the enemies of wood staining, along with tips for choosing prep products for staining projects, are available at www.flood.com.

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New technologies are now enabling homeowners to automate lights, entertainment and security systems, thermostats, door locks and more.

system can deliver peace of mind. Before you left for vacation, did you forget to lock the door or schedule your lights to rotate? With a system like the Control4 MyHome app, you can use your mobile device to check your security system or lock your front door from wherever you are in the world.

• Stay on budget:  It may be hard to imagine a high-tech home, but flexible systems allow you to start small, controlling just one room and then expand through the home.  For example, Control4 can start with a single controller, remote and an app to automate and control existing or new smart devices.  Over time the system

can grow, adding more devices and functionality to meet your changing lifestyle needs and budget. • Invest: While there are upfront costs to modernizing your home, you may recover some of your initial investment if you’re looking to sell any time in the future. Such an upgrade can potentially drive

up your home’s value and will definitely set it apart from others on the market. • Go green: By scheduling everything -- from lighting control to thermostat management, you can stop wasting energy at home and save kilowatts and dollars. You can even program your shades to be drawn at a certain time of day to keep your house cooler. An installer can consult with you to offer more ideas for how to make your home more energyefficient. • Reduce clutter: With one remote, you can turn on your television, draw the shades, dim the lights and control the temperature of the room, making space on your coffee table for more snacks! • Ease of use: Many home automation systems operate from a device you’re already familiar with, such as your smartphone, tablet or computer. More information about modernizing your home can be found at www.Control4. com. Envy the Jetsons? While robot maids may still be a futuristic fantasy, new technologies available today can help you live a more comfortable lifestyle.


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