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Vol. 17 No. 13

Part of this non-existent breakfast Troy schools breakfast waiver approved By Sherri Dauskurdas Staff Reporter

Breakfast will not be part of the school day in Troy schools this fall. A request for waiver from the Illinois free and reduced price breakfast program for needy students was approved, meaning officials in Troy School District 30-C are not going to have to rearrange schedules, purchase busses or hire more drivers; something that may have been the case if the mandate was held in place. Serving breakfast is a mandate for any Illinois school where more than 40 percent of the students’ households fall below the poverty line, which is about $24,000/year for a family of four. In Troy, Crossroads and Heritage Trail now meet the criteria. Several others in the small district hover on the edge, with WB Orenic at 39 percent; Craughwell Elementary at 38 percent; and Hofer Elementary and Troy Middle School both at 36 percent. Superintendent Don White

last week, on behalf of the School Board, requested a waiver from the Will County Regional Superintendent of Schools to vacate its participation in the program, saying the program would cause financial hardship to the district. Schools get reimbursed for all or part of the breakfast meals they serve, but ancillary costs such as supervision and transportation can often go unsupported. Troy 30-C officials estimated those costs at about $1,225,051. Will County Regional Superintendent of Schools Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, herself a Shorewood resident,approved the waiver, adding that administration of the school breakfast program is a growing concern for many area school systems. “It definitely creates a financial strain for the district.” said Bertino-Tarrant.“This year alone I have received five more requests for the waiver. I had just one last year. The challenges for each of the school districts is the same-money and staffing.” Additionally, Bertino-Tarrant said in each of the districts

requesting to vacate the program, the public has not come forward to request or support the need for the free breakfast offerings. There are 398 students who qualify for free and reduced-price breakfasts in the district. Founded in 1966 as part of the Child Nutrition Act, the School Breakfast Program has seen the number of schools participating increase dramatically in the early 1990s, growing by nearly 9 percent annually between fiscal 1989 and fiscal 1995. Since then, the number of participating schools has continued to increase, although participation still lags that of the National School Lunch Program (with more than 101,000 schools and residential child care institutions participating). In 2010, 88,642 schools and residential child care institutions participated in the SBP, up from 87,814 in 2009. “While the options for the breakfast program vary, the reality remains staff and transportation costs need to be considered,” Bertino-Tarrant has said.




Lights, Camera, Action! Joliet Library opens digital media studio to general public Sherri Dauskurdas Staff Reporter

The world of communication is going digital. From MP3 files to social media, YouTube to online anime, connecting to the rest of the world is just a few clicks away… as long as you have the right software and equipment. But for many small businesses and individuals, expensive digital equipment and software is out of reach. But no longer, as the Joliet Public Library has the answer. At its main location on Ottawa Street, library patrons can reserve time in the facility’s newest addition, a digital media studio. Featuring such state-of-the-art technology as Adobe Creative Suite and Anime Studio Debut 4 software, Wacom Bamboo Tablets, condenser microphones, cameras, projectors, and even a green wall for advanced video production, this small-space studio can solve some big creative dilemmas for anyone on a budget.

Anyone can reserve space at the studio, not just library card holders. That means entrepreneurs, non-profits, students 14 and older, artists, musicians and aspiring politicians can all take advantage of the studio’s offerings, with no more than a photo ID and an idea. “We wanted to provide technology training and enhance skills in technology and social media,” said Library Marketing Director Kim Niedermyer.“There is a growing need for these skills, and a lot of people don’t have the money.” Technology Librarian Mary Golden said the placement of digital studios in libraries is rare, but growing, adding that facilities in Skokie, Barrington, and Chicago all offer studios that are similar. Fountaindale Library is devoting an entire floor of its new building to the concept. When people cut back, their internet service is often the first to go, she added. Cutbacks in schools often affect the libraries

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Mary Golden, Technology Librarian at the Joliet Public Library.

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and media centers first. “We have had people come in and ask for software access to the more expensive products,” she said. “We are in the early stages of what I believe is a trend in many libraries.” The $45,000 Digital Media Studio was made possible through a host of grants and donations, and has been in the works at the library for several years. “Equipment has been collected over the past couple of years, since about 2010,” Golden said, adding that staff members “walked every inch of the library to find the perfect space,” for the studio to be built. And as excited as they are about the studio, they haven’t stopped seeking equipment and software. “Oh, there’s always a wish

list,” quipped Golden. Golden’s wish list includes more Apple/ Mac hardware, higher-end video production software, and at least one more Adobe Suite of products for installation. Niedermyer said they are hoping small businesses will come in, and are building awareness of the studio through visits to chambers, non-profit organizations and schools. More than 80 members of the community showed up to check

it out during an open house recently, and already, patrons have started to reserve space. “You can think of it this way,” Golden said.“if you’ve paid taxes to the library, you’ve paid for this. It belongs to you, so come in and use it to your advantage.” Use of the studio must be reserved in advance, and charges apply for printed materials. More information about the Digital Media Studio is available at www.



Chambers of Commerce use classic techniques to reach new markets By Sherri Dauskurdas Staff Reporter

When the economy plunged following the financial meltdown 3 years ago,many businesses shuttered their doors, and even more cut back on all but the essentials. One might think these changes not only affected how they did business, but how the organizations which serve them do business as well. But at area Chambers of Commerce, priorities have remained constant throughout economic turmoil, executives say. “Our first priority is to aid members with their business by assisting however we can in member business profitability and to ensure a friendly business climate,” said Russ Slinkard, CEO of the Joliet Regional Chamber of Commerce. “Our priorities for members do not change with the times.” Those initiatives—from networking opportunities and

advertising,to advocacy,professional development and business referrals, have driven programming at the chamber for years. Traditional networking nights, complemented by opportunities to increase education, drive ongoing activities at the Joliet chamber.Visits with strong business advocates, such as a recent address by Illinois Chamber CEO Doug Whitley, and updates from legislative leaders dot the Chamber calendar. Slinkard said he is focused on making sure members are aware of all opportunities the Chamber offers, and helping them to take advantage of programs designed to add value to membership. Among the initiatives on the horizon include improved use of social media, development of advertising cooperatives, and coordination of payment plans for its 1,100 members, Slinkard said. In Plainfield, Liz Collins and her staff are putting the final polish on

“Our first priority is to aid members with their business by assisting however we can in member business profitability and to ensure a friendly business climate,” Russ Slinkard, Joliet Regional Chamber their annual business expo, to be held March 31. “It gives our members an opportunity to showcase their business not only to each other, but also to the residents of the Plainfield Area,” Collins said. Expos are a hallmark of chamber events. Both the Joliet and nearby Shorewood Chamber of Commerce hosted similar events in the past month. “Our number one priority is to offer as many opportunities to our members as we possibly can,” Collins said. These can include

membership lunches, Lunch and Learn workshops, and Chamber Network Nights. “Things of that sort help them to network themselves, and forge the relationships to grow their businesses,” she added. As many small businesses close up, growth is key to maintaining such opportunities. Plainfield has seen its membership hold steady, even in hard times, Collins said. “We have about the same number of businesses as we had in 2007, when the economy started showing signs of decline,” she said.

That’s due in part, she believes, to a chamber plan that included hiring a membership director when many other organizations were trimming staff. A centralized focus helps the chamber retain current membership, but also works to increase numbers for the chamber by identifying prospective companies, and often groups of companies for recruitment. “We have seen an increase in home-based businesses because of the high unemployment rate,” Collins said, “and those businesses are asked to join the chamber as well. In fact,the PlainfieldArea Chamber of Commerce recently started a Home-Based Business Committee to help ensure the success of that growing sector. “We might lose about 100 businesses in a year’s time, but there are at least that many startups waiting to get involved,” Collins said.



Hospital Gets New Digs Silver Cross Hospital makes final move to New Lenox location bedside care and dedicated family areas.At the new hospital, patients and families will also benefit from It’s been a busy first week at new technology and expanded Silver Cross Hospital, as staff and services through partnerships patients get used to the new with renowned academic centers facilities at its New Lenox location. including Children’s Memorial The hospital made the final move Hospital, The Rehabilitation out of its Joliet facility on Feb. Institute of Chicago, and most 26, transporting 129 patients by recently, the University of Chicago ambulance from Joliet to the New Medical Center (UCMC). UCMC Lenox campus at I-355 and Route and Silver Cross are currently 6. building an outpatient cancer Before the walls of the new center that will open in April 2012 hospital were even enclosed, on the New Lenox campus. Silver Cross leadership was busy “We are building on our century planning for a safe and efficient old commitment to the Will patient move to the new campus. County community by relocating Over the past several months staff  our seven-time 100 Top Hospital have been moving in equipment care to a state-of-the-art facility that and becoming orientated to the will serve future generations,” said new facility so that everyone was Paul Pawlak, President and CEO of ready when the new Silver Cross Silver Cross Hospital. Hospital  officially opened. As Lincoln-Way Central graduate “We’ve covered all aspects of Danielle McBride entered through the move,” said Peggy Gricus, Vice the glass double doors in the President of Patient Care at Silver Emergency Department at the Cross.“We’ve held drills with mock new Silver Cross Hospital, she patients replicating just about couldn’t help but be excited to every possible scenario that could be one of the first patients to be happen during transport such as cared for in the new hospital. cardiac arrest, birth of a baby, and “I am excited to participate in an accident along the route.” the move to see what the new Construction began on the hospital is like because I hear it is $370 million replacement hospital bigger and better,” said Manhattan in 2009.  The 6-story facility resident Danielle McBride. “I was built using evidence-based also heard that because of all the design, which has been proven to advanced technology at the new help in the healing process and hospital, there will be more ways contribute to a speedier recovery to care for people.” for patients. Some of the many The week was filled with ways that evidence-based design milestones for the hospital, has been integrated into the including the birth of the first 289-bed replacement hospital is baby at Silver Cross. with large, private patient rooms, James Xavier  Anderson was natural and enhanced lighting, born at 7:17 p.m. on February 26 sound and noise control, cheerful and weighed 7 pounds 4 ounces yet calming colors, ties to nature, and was 20 inches long, the first Sherri Dauskurdas Staff Reporter

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Christopher Joyce, MD, FACS, FASMBS, and Brian Lahmann, M.D., F.A.C.S., with Bariatric and Minimally Invasive (BMI) Surgery at Silver Cross Hospital as they perform their first operation on a bariatric patient.

child of Jim and Corey Anderson. “We are excited that our son, James’ birth will always be a special story, since he has such a unique birthday as he was the first baby born at the new Silver Cross Hospital,” said mom, Corey Anderson. Another milestone in Silver Cross’s history was met as the first surgeries were performed at the new hospital Feb. 27. Mark Danielson, M.D., general surgeon with Surgery Consultants of Joliet performed a general See HOSPITAL, page 10

Calendar ONGOING


Fish fry. Every Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus #4400, 1813 E. Cass St., Joliet. Dine in or carry out available. For more information call 815-723-3827 or visit www.

Pet Vaccine Clinic. Noon to 4 p.m. at Pampered Pups, 2011 Essington Road, Joliet. SPAY ILLINOIS is hosting a low cost pet vaccine clinic by appointment. Cash or credit is accepted, no personal checks please. Call 877-475-SPAY (7729).

Joliet Lupus Support Group Meeting. From 6:15-8 p.m. on the fourth Wednesdays of odd months at the Provena Physical Rehab & Sports Injury Center, 2132 Jefferson St. (in Marycrest Plaza), Joliet. The purpose of the LFAI support group is to provide participants knowledge, skills and support to manage their lupus effectively. Anyone with lupus or a family member or friend with lupus is welcome to join this group. Contact Tari at (815) 351-2544 or e-mail: tlapurdue82@gmail. com. Go for more information on lupus.

MARCH 9 Storytime at the Westfield Louis Joliet Mall. Noon to 1 p.m. at Westfield Louis Joliet Mall. Drop in to this storytime in the Carson Pirie Scott Court (behind the big tree) for stories, songs, a craft, and a snack.All ages are welcome, no registration is required. Learn to knit. 3-4:30 p.m. at the Crest Hill Library. Start with the basic garter stitch, and learn to use this simple stitch to make dish towels, scarves, and more. Needles and yarn will be provided, or you can bring your own materials. For more information call the library at 815-725-0234.

Childbirth express. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Provena St. Joseph Medical Center, 333 N. Madison St., Joliet. This class is designed for expectant parents in the last trimester of pregnancy. This fast-paced class will include pregnancy issues, labor and delivery basics, comfort measures, and postpartum. Tour of unit included. Lunch will be provided. Cost is $50. Call 815-725-9438 for more information. ACT Practice Test. 1-4 p.m. at the Shorewood-Troy Public Library. This fully-proctored ACT practice test is sponsored by Kaplan. Registration is required at www.shorewood.

MARCH 11 Corned beef dinner. Noon to 5 the Knights of Columbus #4400, 1813 E. Cass St., Joliet.

Dinner includes corned beef, rye bread, carrots, cabbage, and potatoes. Cost is $9 for dinner or $6 sandwich only. Dine in or carry out available, call 815-7233827 for carry out orders.

MARCH 12 Monday Kids Club: Crest Hill. 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Crest Hill Library. For kids 6-9 years old. Ms. Tracy will introduce a book about the Wild West, then guide kids in some book-related activities. For more information call the library at 815-7250234.


MARCH 13 Morning book discussion. 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Gaylord Building, 200 W. Eighth St., Lockport. Discussion will be on “Broken for You” by Stephanie Kallos. For more information call the library at 815-725-0234. Drop-in movie. 11 a.m. at the Shorewood-Troy Library. Drop in for this screening of Kung Fu Panda 2. Bring your own snacks and drinks.

Tech studio. 6-7:30 p.m. at the Joliet Main Library, 150 N. Ottawa St., Joliet. For grades 6-12. Green screen? Macs? Drawing tablets? GarageBand? The Joliet Library has them all. Come to Tech Studio for a chance to play and create your own project. Sign up online at

Illinois Treasurer’s Cash Dash program. 4-7 p.m. at the Shorewood-Troy Public Library. You may be among the millions of people, businesses, and heirs who have cash or valuables owed to you in Illinois. A representative from the Treasurer’s Office will be on hand to search for your unclaimed property. Stop in any time between 4-7 p.m.

Duct tape club. 6:30-8 p.m. at the Crest Hill Library. Learn to make a duct tape wallet, hat, tie, pencil case, or anything else. Bring your imagination and ideas, the library will provide the tape and supplies. For more information call the library at 815-725-0234.

Art experience. 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Joliet Black Road Library, 3395 Black Road, Joliet. Drawing, painting, printmaking, and more. Come to this monthly art experience and let your creativity grow. Registration is required. Sign up online at


Free Medicare Info Night at Provena. 6:30 p.m. in the Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center Auditorium. If you want to find out the basics of Medicare coverage, join us for this free educational event. LuAnn Stepina, SHIP-Certified Medicare Counselor will share important information to help you make the health care choices leading up to your Medicare eligibility. Learn more about Preventive Services, Managed Care Plans & Prescription Drug Plans that are covered in your Medicare plan. Call Provena Health Connection to register, 815-725-9438.

MARCH 14 Tween Scene: Lockport. 4-5 p.m. at the Gaylord Building, 200 W. Eighth St., Lockport. Want to channel your inner Picasso? Come to Tween Scene Arts & Crafts, where you’ll be working on mosaics. For kids aged 9-12. To sign up, call the library at 815838-0755. Teen Writer Group. 6:30-8 p.m. at the Gaylord Building, 200 W. Eighth St., Lockport. For grades 7-12. Meet monthly to get new inspiration, sharpen your skills, share your writing, and enjoy free snacks.To sign up, call the library at 815-838-0755.



Police Blotter

Man confesses to 2008 hit-and-run Sherri Dauskurdas Staff Reporter

It was a Sunday morning like any other when David McCarthy came to the door of Michelle Lech’s Joliet home. But the day would end up very different for all involved, according to Joliet Police, as McCarthy’s purpose for the visit was to admit responsibility for a fatal crash that killed Lech’s sister more than three years ago. On February 26, 2012 the Joliet Police Department arrested 27-year-old David H. McCarthy IV of 1817 Cliffside Ct. in Naperville for the fatal hit-andrun of 20-year-old Melissa Lech,

who was struck and killed while walking on McDonough street west of Infantry Drive in August 2008. The Plainfield South High School graduate was a student at University of Illinois UrbanaChampaign,and had been walking along Infantry Drive after leaving a get together with friends at a Joliet bar, when she was struck at about 12:20 a.m. A driver further down the road told police he came across her body in the road and called 911 after seeing taillights brake and swerve. Several witnesses arrived on the scene immediately following the incident but none were able to directly identify the offender, according to police.

The investigation continued for the past three-and-a-half years, police said, and included an aggressive media campaign this past summer in an effort to motivate anybody with information to come forward.The City of Joliet and Crimestoppers offered a reward, and professional NASCAR driver Kevin Conway built continued awareness for the crime by placing a picture of Melissa on his car during the Chase for the Sprint Cup at Chicagoland Speedway in September. Police report that prior to the Feb.26 arrest,McCarthy confessed to Michelle Lech his involvement in the fatal crash and then left Lech’s home. She reportedly

called police with McCarthy’s license plate number. Joliet Police detectives, working with the Naperville Police Department, tracked down McCarthy at his home in Naperville and brought him to the Joliet Police Department for further questioning. Assistant State’s Attorney Mary Fillipitch stated that McCarthy has claimed he was lost and driving down a darkened road when he struck Lech, and when other cars approached, he got scared and drove off. Working in tandem with States Attorney Jim Glasgow, McCarthy was later charged with Hit-and-Run/Leaving the Scene

of a Personal Injury or Death accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in 2010 more than 2,600 people died in hit-and-run accidents. These types of crashes are on the increase, officials say, compounded by the number of uninsured and underinsured motorists on the road. The investigation into the hit-and-run death of Melissa Lech is ongoing, and anyone with information regarding this incident should contact Detective Ross at (815) 724- 3045 or Joliet Crimestoppers at 1-800-323-6734.

Lockport man arrested for child pornography The Will County Sheriff’s Office announced recently that after a four week investigation, Rodney E. Albright, 57, of unincorporated Lockport, was arrested and charged with three counts of child pornography (class 1 felony), three counts of child pornography (class 2 felony), and one count of unauthorized video recording

(class 3 felony). On Jan. 26, the Will County Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation after learning that a 13 year-old-female had notified her local school officials that she felt her legal guardian may have filmed her while she was in a bathroom at her residence during the prior evening.

Sheriff’s detectives conducted a thorough investigation which ultimately led to the recovery of digital media evidence that clearly supported the allegations made by the 13-year-old.   Detectives worked closely with the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office, which led to the issuance of an arrest warrant late yesterday

afternoon. Albright was subsequently located yesterday evening at the home of a relative where he was taken into custody without incident. His bond was set at $3,000,000 (10% to apply). Will County Sheriff Paul Kaupas stated, “Mr. Albright violated the trust of this young girl in his care.   We have no

evidence that he videotaped any other young girls.” Charges:   Chapter 720, Section 5/11-20.1(a) Class 1 felony is specific to the filming of subject under the age of 18. Chapter 720, Section 5/1120.1(a)(6) Class 2 felony is specific to the possession of electronic media containing child pornography.

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.

a 62-inch television and a 42inch television.

John H. Payton, 51, 402 Elmwood Ave., Joliet, was cited Feb. 23 on Edward and Water for driving with a suspended license., possession of drug equipment, a traffic sign violation, and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

Xbox, iPod, docking station, and miscellaneous coins.

Joliet, was arrested Feb. 25 on S. Briggs and E. Washington for possession of cannabis under 30 grams, expired registration, driving on a suspended license, and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

Joliet Ryan M. Salyers, 21, 106 Peale, Joliet, was arrested Feb. 21 on S. Briggs and E. Washington for possession of a controlled substance,possession of cannabis under 30 grams, unlawful possession of a firearm, driving with a suspended license, and improper lane usage. On Feb. 21, persons unknown attempted to gain entry into a residence in the 200 block of Leach Ave by kicking in the back door. On Feb. 22, persons unknown broke into a residence in the 1400 block of Sterling and stole

Maurice Baker, 24, 313 Louis Road, Joliet, was cited Feb. 22 near Cherry Hill and New Lenox Road for driving with a suspended license, speeding, and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. Sometime between Feb. 20 and 22, persons unknown damaged the overhead garage door on a storage unit in the 1100 block of Manhattan Road. It was unknown at the time of the report if anything was missing from the unit. Jacob L. Trader, 26, 125 Twin Oaks Dr., Joliet, was cited Feb. 22 on Cottage and W. Jefferson for driving with a revoked license, illegal squealing of tires, and illegal transportation of alcohol. Donald L. Mayberry, 50, 1212 Gould, Joliet, was cited Feb. 22 on Algonquin and Elgin for driving with a suspended license.

On Feb. 23, persons unknown broke into a vehicle in the 16000 block of S. Washington Ct. and stole a GPS unit. Jarrett McCullom, 24, 1462 Sterling Ave., Joliet, was cited Feb. 23 near N. Briggs and E. Cass for driving with a suspended license and driving without lights. An employee at the Will County Health Center, 1106 Neal Ave., Joliet, stated that between Feb. 16 and Feb. 24, someone entered an office and stole a laptop. On Feb. 24, persons unknown entered a residence in the 0-100 block of S. Kenmore and stole a 50-inch television, a 32inch television, a Playstation 3,

Fransisco Lemus, 26, 2610 Commonwealth Ave., Joliet, was arrested Feb. 25 at Caton Farm Road and Chevy Chase Drive for possession of a controlled substance, DUI, speeding, improper turning at an intersection, and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle. On Feb. 25, persons unknown entered a work vehicle in the 100 block of Schorie and stole a Caterpillar turbocharger with an estimated value of $8,000. Kristina L. Keating, 21, 2058 Whitmore Dr., Romeoville, was arrested Feb. 25 at the Adult Detention Facility, 95 S. Chicago St., Joliet, for possession of a controlled substance and contraband in prison after a search was conducted by correctional staff and drugs were found. Audwin D. Fitts, 34, 119 Peale,

Joel A. Castellanos, 20, 1610 Parkside Dr., Plainfield, was arrested Feb.26 on Caton Ave. and N. Midland for DUI, illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor, and failure to signal. Derrick D. William-Scott, 23, 124 Earl Ave., Joliet, was arrested Feb. 27 near I-80 and Richards for violation of an order of protection, no valid driver’s license, speeding, improper lane usage, and failure to signal.

Lockport It was reported during the evening hours of Feb. 21 that someone had spray painted gang graffiti onto two fences near McCameron and McGregor.

Forum Letter to the Editor



Letter to the Editor

Fitzgerald the wrong choice Dedication to library recognized As a “friend of the library,” I was impressed with 20 caring people who attended our monthly meeting. Scott Pointon (Director) of the three White Oak Library District, Romeoville, Lockport and Crest Hill, went into detail about the problems that incurred during the renovations. This has been a difficult time. Work to be done with certain remodeling was not always met as forecasted. This could be discouraging. But Scott and his staff just kept moving along with a positive and encouraging attitude. The patrons and myself admire their continued perseverance. Scott discussed at our meeting that 80% of the labor was provided by the employees of all three libraries. This work was the packing and moving books, shelves, office equipment, etc. This also included the dismantle of the shelves, etc. This director and staff should be applauded. The auction at the Gaylord Building went well. The staff moved 90,000 items in 2 days. All three libraries worked together. The bid for Crest Hill will be in March. Ground breaking

will be hopefully in May. There will be 88,000 feet of library space for the patrons when all three library renovations are completed. The Romeoville White Oak library is scheduled to be completed in May. I personally took two beginner computer classes at the Romeoville Library (White Oak). Two of their employees, Austin and Dennis are excellent instructors. At this time, only daytime classes are available. When the renovations are completed, nighttime and Saturday will be offered. Our friends of the library will start Facebook. Also the friends are working on a fundraiser.We need new books for all three libraries. When renovations are completed the libraries will purchase all the books that are needed. As the work continues -I am sure that our three White Oak Libraries will be the very best in the country.The phrase “The More You Know” continues to grow in our villages - thanks to the dedicated employees of these three libraries. Shirlee J. Pergler Friend of the Library

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The Illinois remapping has placed my residence in several new districts.  After researching the Republican candidates in the new 49th IL State Senate District, it is clear candidate Gary Fitzgerald is far too liberal

and the wrong choice. Fitzgerald openly supports gay marriage for our communities and as a Christian, I believe we need to vote for elected officials who protect marriage for its faithful, exclusive and lifelong union

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Slinkard honored for commitment Sherri Dauskurdas Staff Reporter

Will County’s Partners in Education honored one of its own this week, paying tribute to Joliet Chamber President Russ Slinkard for his ongoing commitment to local schools through his work as both a chamber executive and volunteer. Partners In Education is a joint program sponsored by the Joliet Chamber of Commerce, for which Slinkard is president, and

an array of Will County school districts. It provides an opportunity to foster partnership and relationships between members of the business community and schools within those same communities. The relationship is long-term, lasting a school year or more. Some programs, for example, bring together science professionals with students in the classroom setting, fostering creativity and enhancing

education through real-world experience. In other instances, business professionals may seek to assist students on long-term classroom projects, mentoring them,and sharing their knowledge in a practical, valuable manner. Slinkard, who has served as president of the Chamber of Commerce since 1996, is no stranger to local volunteerism. He has served as director and former president for the United Way of Will County, member and past president of the Joliet Rotary

Club and the Rainbow Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He served on the boards of the Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center of Will County, the Rialto Square Theatre, and the Joliet YMCA. He was director of Silver Cross Hospital and Midwest community Health Service, and gave time as a trustee to Joliet Junior College. A retired Ameritech executive, Slinkard has been a resident of Joliet since 1970. Furthering its commitment to area schools, the Joliet Chamber

of Commerce will honor 17 local teachers this month with the Joliet Area Great Teachers Award from the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry. The awards banquet will be March 15 at the Jacob Henry Mansion Estate Victorian Ballroom, at 15 S. Richards St. Joliet. For more information visit the Chamber of Commerce website at www.jolietchamber. com.

Relay For Life of Lockport hosting Kick-off event The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Lockport will hold its annual Kick-off event at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 22 at Lockport Township High School Community Wellness Center (1333 E. 7th Street, Lockport). Friends, neighbors, cancer survivors, caregivers and anyone interested in learning more about Relay For Life are encouraged to attend. The Kick-off event offers information about the American Cancer Society’s mission of saving lives faster

by helping people stay well, helping people get well, finding cures and fighting back. Refreshments will be served and the registration fee will be waived for teams who sign up before or during the Kick-off event. Relay For Life is an overnight event where teams of local businesses, schools, churches, community groups and families build awareness and raise funds - prior to and at the event - to fight cancer. While the main objective of Relay For Life

is to raise money for cancer research and cancer patients, the event helps spread cancer awareness, celebrate the lives of survivors, remember those who lost their lives to cancer and unite a community in the fight against cancer. This year’s American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Peotone will be July 20 at the Lockport Township Junior High School. Volunteers are needed to organize and recruit teams, secure community support,

coordinate logistics, obtain refreshments and prizes, assist with publicity and plan entertainment activities for this exciting and energizing event. For more information

on the Relay For Life Kickoff celebration, contact the American Cancer Society at 708-633-7770 or visit Teams may register on-line anytime.

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1 Birthday secret 5 “Back in Black” band 9 Visibly amazed 14 __ Domini 15 Bodybuilder’s supplement 16 Hand-dyeing craft 17 Very narrow fissure? 19 Vintage violin 20 Michael Moore health-care film 21 Melody 23 Rock ‘n’ roll middle name 24 Didn’t sell 26 Landfill in a toy city? 28 CIA part: Abbr. 30 Arthur Fiedler et al. 32 Hamm of soccer 33 Ryder rentals 34 Where eaglets hatch 38 Minuscule tattoo? 40 Dollhouse dress adornment? 42 Opposite of perfect pitch

43 Composer __ Carlo Menotti 44 Transp. group in the Loop 45 Pago Pago people 48 Did a farrier’s job 49 Where to wear a training bra? 52 Lacking spice 54 Chain selling stacks 55 Clue in a case 57 Dip for a chip 60 Mila of “Black Swan” 62 Very young hobo? 64 “Fear of Flying” author Jong 65 Sneaky trick 66 Luke’s sci-fi sister 67 Waterfowl whose young inspired this puzzle’s theme 68 Black stone 69 Enjoys a smorgasbord

Initiative isn’t something for the uninitiated. Luckily, you can overlook a lack of experience and charge forward fearlessly in the week ahead. Your industry on the job should enrich your bank account.

You can benefit by giving others the benefit of the doubt. Do not waste time trying to see through people but focus on ways to see people through. This is a week to take advantage of every opportunity.

Line your pockets with gold by being bold. You can make proposals in the week to come that will fall on eager ears. When you speak, people listen - so take advantage of any opportunity to air your ideas.

Learn the lingo. By verbalizing your ideas in a way that resonates with others, you can impress others with your knowledge and expertise. Gain trust in the week ahead by speaking to other people’s needs.

Clean up or make up. Whatever has fallen by the wayside can be picked up in the week ahead. An apology will be accepted if you take the time to offer it. Revise your goals and plans for the future.

Prove your mettle and earn a medal. Nothing looks better at the end of a game than having more points than an opponent. Your take-charge attitude will win appreciation in the upcoming week.

The past is but prologue. When one door closes, another opens but in the week to come, be sure that you don’t look so long and regretfully upon the closed door that you do not see the one that has opened.

The simplest solution is often the best. Whatever comes to you effortlessly is beneficial, but you can’t exert your will and force some things into being in the week ahead.

You will want everyone to jump on the bandwagon when you are part of the band. Don’t exclude anyone from your circle, but offer encouragement and educate others in the week ahead.

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Your life is lived on a stage. You are the star of your own production, but most key events happen without a rehearsal. During the coming week, go ahead and act on impulse; those who hesitate are lost.

Even a reluctant warrior picks up a weapon when necessary. You must learn to accept the necessity of fighting your way to the top of the food chain. Be aggressive in the week ahead.

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megapopular web videos 35 Cardinal who was a foe of the Musketeers 36 Wild about 37 “Zounds!” 39 Unwanted playground game teammate 40 Recycling vessel 41 Brewer’s kiln 43 Yuri who was the first to orbit Earth 46 Wire measure 47 Punch sequence 48 Some tees 49 Pedaled 50 Freedom, in Swahili 51 Part of SST 53 “Antony and Cleopatra” killer 56 Tyne with a Tony and Emmys 58 Salon sound 59 “What __!”: “How fun!” 61 Palindromic airline 63 Tex-__ cuisine©2012



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HOSPITAL Continued from page 4 surgery the first day and was also very pleased.“Everything was well planned and I was very impressed at how the staff successfully embraced their new work environment,” said Danielson. A variety of surgical cases were performed during the first day of surgeries and physician feedback was extremely positive. “Once you went through the doors in New Lenox, it was comforting to see the familiar faces that we have worked beside so many times,” said Paul Kirchner, D.P.M., podiatric surgeon with Lincolnway Medical Associates. “The staff did a remarkable job of preparing the patients for the first official surgeries. Actually, the staff made it feel like Christmas day! I’ll never forget the expression on the face of John Lindemuler,R.N.,when I walked into the room for the first case. You would have thought he was 8 years old and just got a new bike! The new operating room lighting technology is incredible

and we really enjoyed turning on the lights from the laptop!” Silver Cross Hospital had been a part of the Joliet community for more than 100 years.The campus it vacated is now planning to house a Veteran’s Medical clinic, and space for an Aunt Martha’s youth center facility.The remainder of space on the campus is still available, and city officials have said they are working to keep the entire space a medical-related campus. Hospital expansion continues throughout the greater Will county area. Edward Hospital will begin work this summer on a $63.7 million expansion project that will add two floors and 60 beds to the west building of its Naperville campus. The project will add a third floor with 36 beds for orthopedic and spinal patients, along with a physical therapy gym, and 24 intensive care unit beds. Edward Hospital officials say the project should be completed by late 2013. Further, hospital officials contend they continue to consider a plan for a new Plainfield-based hospital.

INSIDE: Minooka falls to Sandburg, page 12; Lockport loses oprner, page 14; Hamlin wins NASCAR in Phoenix, page 16



Joliet West out in regional final By Mark Gregory Sports Reporter

For the second time this season, free throws played a big part in a loss for Joliet West. Unfortunately for the Tigers, the 45-41 loss to Thornton came in the regional final and ended their season.

BOYS BASKETBALL West (17-10) finished the game 16-for-30 from the free throw line. “Free throws came back to haunt us,” said West coach Luke Yaklich. “Free thrown hurt us in two games this year,West Aurora and then this one. It came down to free throw shooting. I tip my hat to Thornton, they played hard all game and in a four-point game, it is going to come down to free throws. “We had our opportunities to win, I thought we executed very well down the stretch. We got great looks, but we did not make free throws and we did not make shots in the lane. We missed a lot of bunnies tonight.” One of those bunnies, was a Marlon Johnson dunk with 27

seconds left to play that would have tied the game. Joliet West was down 17-16 at the intermission and Johnson picked up his third personal foul less than a minute into the second half. That forced him to the bench for nearly six minutes in which the Wildcats opened the game to a 10-point lead and held a 31-26 lead after three. “As a coach, we wanted to get him a couple minutes,” Yaklich said about Johnson. “We got him a couple minutes and unfortunately those couple minutes let them stretch the lead to a point where we had to work to get back the whole rest of the game.” After the Tigers cut the lead to 40-34 with 2 minutes, 55 seconds left to play, Thornton didn’t connect on another field goal, but unlike West, the Wildcats were 5-for-6 from the free-throw line in the closing minutes. Junior Morris Dunnigan led Joliet West with 16 points, while Johnson tallied 13 points and Brandon McCullum added seven. Dunnigan was the hero the game before, as West defeated

Plainfield South 64-61. Dunnigan won the game for the Tigers on an acrobatic drive in the lane went in as he was fouled. He connected on the free throw to close the game. “Nothing is easy in March,” Yaklich said after the regional semi-final win. “We could have played better in the second half. You have to give credit to Plainfield South, they showed a lot of character in the second half.To our guys credit, I thought we showed a lot of character too. We stayed together and made the big play to win.” After being down 33-17 at halftime, Plainfield South and senior Edvinas Presniakovas fought back hard to try and save their season for the Cougars. Presniakovas scored 15 of his game-high 25 points to rally South (13-14) back to tie the game 61-61 with 21 seconds left in the game. Presniakovas tied the game with three free throws when he was fouled on a top-ofthe-key three-point attempt. “I am very proud of our kids,” Yaklich said. “They represented our school well all year in victory and defeat.”

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Ryan Modiest goes up for a lay up in the Tigers’ regional final loss.




Indians lose to Sandburg in regional semifinal By Scott Taylor Sports Reporter

In a slow paced game between two methodical teams, it was important to get out to a quick start.

BOYS BASKETBALL Unfortunately for Minooka, it was the team that fell behind early and ended up losing to Sandburg 43-36 last Tuesday in a Joliet Central Regional semifinal. No. 8 seed Minooka in the Lockport Sectional got behind No. 9 Sandburg 18-9 early in the second quarter. However, the Indians didn’t allow another basket the rest of the half and cut it to 19-14 at the half. Seven straight points by Ben Heide got Minooka to within one at 22-21 early in the third and Minooka took the lead late in the third on a basket by Anthony Thomas. A buzzer-beating three pointer gave Sandburg a 29-27 lead after three. “We battled back and took the lead,” Minooka coach Scott Tanaka said. “They are just a good basketball team. They made the shots down the stretch when it counted. We had to take care of the glass on offense and defense.” After a Lavell Dean basket to tie the game at 29-29, Jake Hogen scored the final seven points for the Indians on a pair of putbacks and a three-pointer that cut the lead to one at 37-36 with 2:19 left.

“He had some putbacks,” Tanaka said. “Jake Hogen is a special player. He’s going to do real well in the future for us.” However, the basket was closed off from there as a pair of close opportunities missed the mark and the Eagles took care of the ball and made their free throws. “We were trying to get a steal,” Tanaka stated. “They are a very, very, very good free throw shooting team. When you are playing against a good free throw shooting team, you want to try to get them to make mistakes.To their credit they are a very good basketball team. They took care of the ball and made free throws down the stretch.” Hogen led the way with 11 points for the Indians. Despite getting a brief lead, the Indians were unable to get it to more than a point, which turned out to be pivotal. “I think if we would have gotten a four or five point lead, it would have helped,” Tanaka said. “Every time we got the lead though we have up an easy bucket. We pride ourselves defensively, but we made some bad decisions down the stretch and that ended up hurting us.” The loss marked the final game for seniors Dean, Heide, Adam Reynolds, Nick CasimirLang, Nick Vertin and Damarius Edwards. “The seniors are real special,” Tanaka said. “They are real close to my heart. My heart goes out to them that we couldn’t get this victory.”

Scott Taylor/Bugle staff

Darrin Myers looks for a lane to drive in Minooka’s regional loss to Sandburg last week.

Minooka had one of its best seasons in years, but it came up short in the playoffs and in the Southwest Prairie Conference,

where it settled for second. “You always go for first place,” Tanaka said. “If you don’t get that, you are always a little

disappointed. Unfortunately the season didn’t end the way we wanted it to.”






Porters fall in opener for first time in seven years By Mark Gregory Sports Reporter

After getting down early, Lockport battled back last week in the semi-final of the Andrew Regional and held a one point lead in the closing seconds of the first half.

BOYS BASKETBALL That lead disappeared in one heave, as Marian Catholic sophomore point guard Tyler Ulis hit a shot at the buzzer from beyond half court to give Marian the lead and momentum. That momentum led to a 4333 Spartan win. “We made some shots in the first half to stay in the game,” said Lockport coach Lawrence Thompson, Jr. “That three at the end of the half by Ulis was big. It gave them their ability to stay in the game. Kyle (Ward) had just got his second foul, so I didn’t want him too aggressive there. You figure from a step past half court, you just get a hand up and it would make him adjust, but it was one of those things. “We were up 18-17. We were down 11-2 and battled back. That shot let them come out at their pace and they got the game to 25-18 before we made a basket.” It was the first time since 2005

that the Porters have lost their first game in the postseason. “It feels bad, but the kids always gave their best,” Thompson said. “Things might have went awry, but they always battled back and you can’t fault them for that. It was a little of it was nerves early on even though some of these guys played last year. It was different this year. Being the No. 10 seed and playing the No. 7, we were supposed to lose. But, let’s give credit to Marian Catholic. Their guards are quick, they play well

together and they forced us to be a little quick around the basket. Overall, they were just quicker to the draw than us. It wasn’t for the lack of trying to put the ball in the basket. I didn’t think the shot selection was that bad most of the game. We just have to do a better job of scoring.” “It has been that kind of roller coaster all year. A shot missed puts us behind the eight ball. You can only play great defense for so long. I thought the kids played great good for a

while and didn’t give up many offense baskets until late when we started pressing.” Ward, a staple on the Porters squad the past three seasons, ended his career on the bench with a sprained ankle. Ward rolled his ankle with

one minute, 37 seconds left in the game with the Porters down 40-33 and ended with 12 points. Fellow senior Courtney Cole added eight points, all in the second half.




Voyager Media Madness coming soon There are two weeks left to register for the Voyager Media Madness contest. The free contest will coincide with the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament. Completed brackets, which must include a name, age and hometown, must be received by 11 a.m. Thursday, March 15. Hard copies will be available when the 68-team field is announced Sunday, March 11. Hard copies can be faxed to (815) 439-2548 or dropped off at our office at 23856 Andrew Road, Plainfield, IL. Entries not completed on-line must include a contact number and e-mail address. Entries and brackets are available at buglenewspapers. com/madness If you do not sign in or do not have a Yahoo account, you will be prompted to register or sign The group ID # is 5765 and the group password is newspaper. Create a bracket that includes your first and last name, age and hometown. Agree to the terms and conditions, then check back Sunday evening to see all the brackets and make your picks.

Points will be awarded for wins in each round. One point will be awarded for a win in the first round. The feed-in games will not count. Standings will be found online at each week and the leaders can be found in the Bugle/Enterprise/ Sentinel. Employees of Voyager Media are eligible to compete in the competition, but are not eligible for prizes. You must be 18 years or older to participate.

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Denny Hamlin celebrates his first victory and seventh top-10 finish in 14 races on Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway. He is the seventh consecutive different winner at the Avondale, Ariz. facility.

Hamlin rises for win in Phoenix At the racetrack that dashed his championship hopes in 2010, Denny Hamlin found redemption in Sunday’s Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. In his second race with 2011 Sprint Cup championship crew chief Darian Grubb on his pit box, Hamlin held off Kevin Harvick in a 53-lap green-flag run to finish the 312-lap race at the one-mile track and took over the series points lead for the first time since surrendering it in the final race of 2010 at HomesteadMiami Speedway. Harvick lost fuel pressure with fewer than two laps left but had enough momentum to retain the second position, 7.315 seconds behind the race winner. Greg Biffle came home third,

followed by Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski. Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Jeff Gordon, pole-sitter Mark Martin and Joey Logano completed the top 10. Hamlin surged into the lead after a restart on Lap 254, passing Harvick and pulling away. Ryan Newman’s hard contact with the Turn 4 wall two laps later caused the seventh caution of the afternoon, but Hamlin again stretched his advantage over Harvick after a restart on Lap 260 and held on the rest of the way. “I don’t know where this came from,” Hamlin said. “We were solidly off in practice. We were off, but we kept getting it better and closer and closer to being competitive, but I had no idea that we were going to fire

off like we did today.” With an opportunity to secure his first title in the next-to-last race of 2010, Hamlin led a racehigh 190 laps but fell victim to pit strategy from other teams, finished 12th and lost 18 points of a 33-point advantage over Jimmie Johnson. A week later, a shell-shocked Hamlin spun early and saw the championship escape him. Hamlin admitted there might have been a lingering malaise in 2011, when he made the Chase for the Sprint Cup as a wild card and finished ninth in the

standings but didn’t come close to matching his 2010 stats. “We just never got going (in 2011),” Hamlin said.“Yeah, maybe there was a hangover effect for the first half of the year -- you can claim that -- but it didn’t have anything to do with how bad I ran the last 10 races. We just didn’t have it all together . . . “We’ve still got work to do. I’m going to push for more and more and more -- things within our racecar -- that’s the attitude you’ve got to have to stay on top, See HAMLIN, page 17


RESULTS The Chase again this year starts at Chicagoland Speedway with the Geico 400 on Sept. 16 Driver

Pts. Diff.

1. Denny Hamlin



2. Greg Biffle



3. Kevin Harvick



4. Matt Kenseth



5. D. Earnhardt Jr. 72


6. Martin Truex Jr. 71


7. Mark Martin



8. Joey Logano



9. Kyle Busch



10. Carl Edwards



11. Bobby Labonte 58


12. Br. Keselowski 52


13. Jeff Burton

52 -37

14. Paul Menard



15. Tony Stewart



16. Dave Blaney



17. Clint Bowyer



18. Ryan Newman 46


19. Regan Smith



20. Aric Almirola



Points are given to each driver by place, with 43 points going to a first place finish and one point going to a 43rd-place finish.

Mark Gregory, Bugle Staff Last week: Harvick (2nd) Total Pts (2 races): 84 Scott Paddock, Pres., Chicagoland Speedway

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Last week: Kenseth(13th) Total Pts (2 races): 67 Scott Taylor, Bugle Staff

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and when I come back here, it just puts 2011 to rest. That year is done. It’s a year I’d just as soon forget about, and we’re focused on winning a championship.” Jettisoned by Tony Stewart in favor of Steve Addington despite leading the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing team to its first Cup championship -- and Stewart’s third -- Grubb savored the victory as much as Hamlin did. “I guess you could say it is a little bit of vindication, but I really don’t think that way,” Grubb said. “I try to just think the high road all the time. I feel like I came into a very good situation. Mike Ford (Grubb’s predecessor) built one heck of a team here with the No. 11 car. “I’m proud to be able to come in here and lead this bunch of guys.” Notes: Hamlin leads the series standings by six points over Biffle, who also finished third in the Daytona 500 ...Stewart turned his engine off after NASCAR threw the yellow flag for the seventh caution and couldn’t get the No. 14 restarted. The defending Cup champion finished 22nd, two laps down . . . Daytona runnerup Dale Earnhardt Jr. posted a nondescript 14th-place result and left PIR fifth in points, 17 behind Hamlin.


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Three schools claim regionals By Scott Taylor Sports Reporter

The sign of a great team is winning when you aren’t at your best and facing adversity. Plainfield East (27-1) proved that it was a great team Friday night after overcoming a rough night offensively to beat Neuqua Valley at Neuqua Valley 4745 in the Neuqua Regional Championship. The Bengals, the No. 1 seed in the East Aurora Sectional, face No. 4 seed West Aurora Tuesday. The winner advances to Friday’s sectional title. No Plainfield boys hoops team has ever won a sectional game. The win marked the first regional title for East in any sport, and once the buzzer sounded, was more of a relief than jubilation. East held on to narrow leads at the end of each quarter (13-11, 22-20, 37-33). Its biggest lead was 34-27 late in the third quarter.The Bengals held a 42-36 lead in the fourth, but missed free throws (6-of-16 for the game) kept the Wildcats alive. The lead was sliced to one at 46-45 when Dee Brown made one of two free throws with 37.8 seconds left. Neuqua took a lot of time off the clock before a miss and Jawan Straughter was fouled with 6.6 seconds left. He missed the front end of a 1-and-1 and Neuqua grabbed the rebound, but a halfcourt heave was long. Brown led the way with 17 points. Brian Bennett added 13 points and 11 rebounds and Myles Walters contributed 10 points. •As one of four senior starters

playing their final home game for Downers Grove South, Jamall Millison was determined to make sure it wasn’t the last game of their high school careers. Millison scored nine of his 17 points, all on three-pointers, in the decisive third quarter as the Mustangs rallied to beat upsetminded Hinsdale Central 64-51 Friday night to win their second consecutive Class 4A regional championship. Second-seeded Downers South (23-5) advances to the East Aurora Sectional semifinals, where it will face No. 3 seed Metea Valley (24-4), which edged Benet 45-44, tonight at 7:30 p.m. “It means a lot to me as a senior and I know [also for] the rest of them because this is our last time ever playing here,” Millison said. “So we wanted to go out with a win for everybody and give the fans a good show.” The fans got a good show, albeit one a little more nervewracking than it would have liked. The Mustangs had beaten No. 10 seed Hinsdale Central 7156 on this same floor nine days before, but the Red Devils (17-10) came out hustling and stymied Downers South’s offense, forcing the Mustangs into taking tough shots. The Red Devils led 19-11 with 5:17 left in the second quarter before senior Kevin Honn got the rally started by sinking a three-pointer from the right corner. The visitors were still up by seven before the Mustangs tallied the last seven points of the half to forge a 24-24 halftime tie. •Maine South’s boys basketball team advances to sectional play

for the first time in two years this week after handing No. 3-seeded St. Patrick a 43-30 loss on its home court in the regional championship Friday night. The Hawks, who led 20-12 at halftime, took a 27-21 lead into the fourth quarter. St. Patrick cut Maine South’s lead to five twice during the fourth, but the Hawks finished off the Shamrocks with a 9-0 run. John Solari scored 15 points to lead Maine South, while Frank Dounis added 10. Maine South (19-12), seeded sixth, will square off with Niles North (20-8) in the Glenbrook South sectional semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Hawks defeated Niles North in late January, 55-53. •Evanston put an end to the Dons’ 2011-12 basketball season at Friday night’s Notre Dame regional title game, holding off a late charge by the host team to win, 51-48. The Dons (20-9) took their only lead of the contest, 33-32, late in the third quarter on threepointers from Justin Halloran and Joe Ferrici. Evanston regained the lead at the end of the quarter and kept it despite Notre Dame coming within two points (4543) and one point (49-48) late in

the game. Notre Dame had a chance to tie it, but Matt Mooney couldn’t get a jumper to fall just before the horn sounded. Mooney and Ferrici each finished with 17 points for the Dons. The Wildkits advance to face top-seeded New Trier in a Glenbrook South sectional semifinal game Tuesday night. •For the second time this season, free throws played a big part in a loss for Joliet West. Unfortunately for the Tigers, the 45-41 loss to Thornton came in the regional final and ended their season. West (17-10) finished the game 16-for-30 from the free throw line. “Free throws came back to haunt us,” said West coach Luke Yaklich. “Free thrown hurt us in two games this year, West Aurora and then this one. It came down to free throw shooting. I tip my hat to Thornton, they played hard all game and in a four-point game, it is going to come down to free throws. “We had our opportunities to win, I thought we executed very well down the stretch. We got great looks, but we did not make free throws and we did not make shots in the lane. We missed a lot


Dee Brown, Plainfield East 17 points in regional final win

Kevin Honn, Downers S. 20 points in regional final win

John Solari, Maine South 15 points in regional final win

Pat McInerney, Benet 17 second half pts in semi win

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of bunnies tonight.” One of those bunnies, was a Marlon Johnson dunk with 27 seconds left to play that would have tied the game. Joliet West was down 17-16 at the intermission and after Johnson picked up his third personal foul less than a minute into the second half. That forced him to the bench for nearly six minutes in which the Wildcats opened the game to a 10-point lead and held a 31-26 lead after three. “As a coach, we wanted to get him a couple minutes,” Yaklich said about Johnson. “We got him a couple minutes and unfortunately those couple minutes let them stretch the lead to a point where we had to work to get back the whole rest of the game.” After the Tigers cut the lead to 40-34 with 2 minutes, 55 seconds left to play, Thornton didn’t connect on another field goal, but unlike West, the Wildcats were 5-for-6 from the free-throw line in the closing minutes. Junior Morris Dunnigan led Joliet West with 16 points, while Johnson tallied 13 points and Brandon McCullum added seven. Matt Le Cren, Mike Sandrolini and Mark Gregory also contributed.


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Merlin announces newest franchisee in Lockport Merlin 200,000 Mile Shops recently announced that Mr. Chris Schultz has opened the Merlin 200,000 Miles Shop in Lockport, located at 983 E. 9th St (in the Summit Plaza shopping center). “I’m very excited to be a part of the Lockport community and offer customers professional vehicle repair and maintenance that can help their automobiles reach their full life potential,” said Mr. Chris Schultz, franchisee of Merlin 200,000 Miles Shop in Lockport.  “I hope to help the Lockport community understand the true mileage potential of today’s passenger vehicles by introducing them to Merlin’s DRIVE FOR 200,000 during the course of every business day.” Mr. Chris Schultz opened his first Merlin 200,000 Miles Shop in Aurora in March 1999 where he and his team broke the chain’s first year sales record. Mr Schultz opened his second Merlin shop located at 14120 S. Route 30 in Plainfield, Illinois in June 2010. Again, Mr Schultz and his team

set a new first year sales record for the chain. During his career at Merlin, Mr Schultz has received countless awards for sales records, customer service, marketing effectiveness, and facility image and maintenance. A Merlin 200,000 Miles Shop provides both repair and maintenance services as well as tires - almost anything a consumer would need during the first 200,000 miles of their car’s life (except car washes, major engine, transmission, and collision repair). Special offers for the Merlin 200,000 Miles Shop in Lockport can be found at www.merlins. com/lockport or in The Bugle newspaper. “Merlin 200,000 Mile Shops have a commitment to longterm customer relationships, and I look forward to meeting and serving the people of the Lockport area,” said Chris. For more information on the Merlin 200,000 Miles Shop in Lockport, please contact Mr. Chris Schultz at 815-838-1100.

Chiro One offers free exams for kids Have you ever been frustrated trying to find help for your child who suffers with asthma, chronic ear infections or ADHD? If you’ve used the traditional medical model with its array of beneficial options including drugs and surgery and your child still suffers, there still may be hope. Chiropractic care has been shown to be an effective treatment to help reduce a myriad of childhood illnesses and diseases including ear infections, asthma, allergies, as well as symptoms associated with ADHD, Autism and more. Chiropractic has also been shown to boost the immune system by up to 48% and is a great way to keep your kids healthy and well. In an effort to bring the healing power of Chiropractic to kids, Chiro One Wellness Centers is offering free Chiropractic

exams* for kids in March.  Chiro One Wellness Centers’ ‘Spring into Healthy Kids’ Month’ is for children 0 to 18 years of age and has been developed to educate parents about the devastating effects of  subluxation and the importance of maintaining a healthy spine and nervous system. A  subluxation is a misaligned vertebrae that puts pressure on the nervous system and can be a precursor to many childhood illnesses and symptoms. Supported by their vision, “that every human being discovers their full potential,”  Chiro One invites parents to bring in their kids to find out more about how they can benefit from the opportunity to experience incredible health through an optimally functioning spine and nervous system.












Babies build important antibodies with cold The Kid’s Doctor: By Sue Hubbard, M.D.

I find myself in the office each day amid a host of babies succumbing to their first colds. I walk into the room and see their little runny noses, their red rimmed eyes and hear their frequent coughs while they sit their mom’s or dad’s laps.The parents, of course, are “worried sick,” but I’m immediately reassured as I watch each bright-eyed, stuffed-up infant interact with me. So it goes in the winter. No one is immune to those nasty cold viruses. Many of these babies have managed to ward off illness for months, but are finally battling their first cold. The babies actually are fairing pretty well, although their parents are both worried and sleep deprived because young children with colds just don’t sleep well. Colds are an unfortunate fact of life, but each cold your baby suffers through actually makes him/her a little stronger. The child’s body is making antibodies that combat the virus and help shore up their immune system. These are small victories amid the myriad of viral infections a child can contract between the ages of 6 and 24 month. There’s still no real treatment or cure for the common cold. The recommendations for babies are fairly similar to those for the rest of us: hydration (milk is OK), fever control if they need it, TLC and tincture of time.The first cold is the hardest, at least for the parent. You can try putting a humidifier

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in your baby’s room and irrigating the child’s nose with saline to help clear the mucus and make it easier to breathe.Tylenol for fever, which is common in the first several days of a cold, may also make your baby more

comfortable. After several days, the worst of the cold will be over and your child should feel a little better. Watch for fever that recurs, or worsening of your baby’s sleep habits or mood,

which may signal an ear infection. Most ear infections don’t occur on the first day of a cold, so wait a bit and if the child is not improving, this may warrant a trip to the pediatrician.

(Dr. Sue Hubbard is a nationally known pediatrician and co-host of “The Kid’s Doctor” radio show. Submit questions at




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