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North Shore Weekend NEWS 08 Dedicated to serve Though American Legions on the North Shore face dwindling membership, they still play an important role in communities — including putting on carnivals.

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Kathryn Cameron Porter, the wife of former North Shore Congressman John Porter, is as engaged as ever in Washington.

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18 Sunday Breakfast Christine Chakoian, pastor at the First Prebyterian Church of Lake Forest, talks about the joys of worship as Easter approaches.

20 Social whirl Take a look at some of the top parties attended by North Shore residents recently.

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Lake Forest High School won another state championship in girls’ hockey and the New Trier High School boys’ team captured another title.

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aster arrives on Sunday, the holiest of days for a religion which preaches forgiveness. The following afternoon, the Chicago Cubs begin their 105th straight quest to win a World Series. There’s a connection between those two sentences. His name is Steve Bartman. Nearly a decade has passed since the Northbrook resident tried to grab a foul ball Moises Alou may have caught during a playoff game and was escorted from Wrigley amid a shower of beer and insults as another World Series dream slipped away. In 2007, a top Cubs’ executive, when asked if Bartman would be welcome to return to Wrigley Field, said yes — as long as he bought a ticket. Around the same time, a Cubs’ fan in Murphy’s Bleachers said he would break Bartman’s knees if he saw him — years after the Game 6 debacle against the Florida Marlins. It’s past time for the Cubs and their fans to forgive. Maybe Bartman has snuck into Wrigley over the years unseen, but it’s doubtful. He’d probably fear another lynch mob would be ready to scalp him. The Cubs should publicly apologize for their fans’ behavior, invite him to a game — and pay for his ticket. A few rational fans would even shake his hand and apologize

for what he’s endured. By all accounts, he was a die-hard fan at the time of his split-second impulse — he wanted a championship as much as anyone. His nerdish look with the head phones helped propel dislike unfairly — think a pregnant mother who touched that ball would have been similarly vilified? The Cubs gave up eight runs in that inning, not Bartman. Absolve him. Though Bartman has amazingly avoided the social media era that’s emerged (no Facebook or Twitter accounts for him beyond phony ones are known), North Shore high schools are embracing it. Cheryl Waity reports on what they’re posting on Facebook and tweeting for the pleasure of parents and students. And though American Legion members aren’t known for their social media prowess, they are known for their good works. At the same time, they face the challenge of declining memberships. Angelika Labno has the story this week.

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Lake Forest American Legion McKinlock Post 264’s Marine Captain Christian Palmer joins Commander Tom Glover, a member for 35 years and Jim Holmes, the Boys Scout Troop 48 Scoutmaster — which is sponsored by the Legion — at its headquarters on McKinley Avenue.

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■ by angelika labno The number to Highland Park’s American Legion rings and rings, eventually ending in a disconnection. The listing serves as only a memory now. Larry Crone, former commander of the 10th District (Lake County), attributes the location’s closing to decreased membership, inability to recruit young members and neglect for the building’s maintenance. “Since I’ve been a member, we’ve lost three posts in Lake County for not getting the membership in; they couldn’t pay the expenses,” said Crone, who joined the Legion in 1956. “Members joined another post nearby.” American Legions across the North Shore are dealing with an uncomfortable reality: Their most faithful members, the World War II veterans, are passing away at a rate of an estimated 740 every day, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Posts have had to brainstorm ways to stay afloat. Wilmette Post 46’s saving grace is its rental operations. It charges $500 to rent out its banquet hall for 12 hours, which event coordinator Mike Luxem calls “a deal very hard to find on the North Shore.” The price of the space is considerably lowered or donated for free to various community groups, such as Irish step dancers or Cub Scout troops. The post’s other fundraising arm is its tavern. Crone agrees that the posts that have a bar seem to fare better than the ones that don’t. Besides membership dues, private donations help renovate the historic building, which has an upkeep of under $2,000 a month. New carpeted

floors were installed thanks to a $10,000 donation, and the post is looking to replace drafty windows. With a largely senior membership of about 100, Luxem relies on digital outreach to attract the younger generations. “We try to let new veterans find us on Google,” said Luxem, who is credited for implementing the Web site www. “We’re building our digital footprint, and because of our website, we’re getting new members.” Legions strive to stay relevant to the community and younger veterans. All posts, for example, either volunteer their time or donate funds to the Veterans Administration Hospital in North Chicago. Lake Forest Day, the primary fundraiser for Lake Forest’s American Legion McKinlock Post 264, has been produced by the post since 1921, says public relations officer Bill Gretz. Other events sponsored or held by the post include Toys for Iraq, American Legion Baseball, Lake Forest Ice Carnival, Cub and Boy Scouts and Lake Forest High School scholarships. Crone, currently the chaplain for Post 264, adds that some members go to Naval Station Great Lakes on the last Friday of the month to serve a No-Dough Dinner sponsored by the USO, which benefits up to 300 Navy recruits. Crone was also the state chairman for “Gifts to the Yanks that Gave,” an American Legion program that gives Christmas gifts to every veteran in a nursing home or hospital. In February of this year, Lake Bluff’s Post 510 received recognition in the press for pairing Iraqi Freedom veteran Sgt. Chris Stanton with a companion dog trained for posttraumatic syndrome disorder (PTSD). It is the second

PTSD service dog the post has sponsored. “Each Legion post has its own agenda as to what they’re trying to serve to the community,” said Crone. It has been admittedly hard for all posts to recruit newer veterans, and the reason is twofold. “Most people tell us they don’t want to be in the Legion right away — they want to take off their boots, start a family, get a job,” said Luxem. Crone also credits changes in society over the years. Back in the day, the American Legion used to be “the place to be at,” whereas now it competes with the other attractions and establishments of the North Shore. “The veterans would get out of service and they would all go to the Legion in their town, because that’s where all their friends were at and there was not much else going on at that time. That was before television or computers or e-mail,” he said. “The Legions had monthly dances at the post, and it was more of a community center. “After the Korean War, everything sort of changed. We couldn’t get the younger vets to join because there were so many other activities for them. They would rather stay home and watch TV.” Although membership numbers have been declining, Luxem believes it’s just a matter of time before the newer veterans join. “The positive thing is that the American Legion is still alive, and as the World War II generation starts to fade away, the next generation will pick up the slack. We’re keeping the lights on for them.” ■




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Kathryn Cameron Porter, the ex-wife of former North Shore Congressman John Porter, works as a special adviser on Iran to Sen. Mark Kirk.

Active duty Kathyrn Cameron Porter discusses human rights, life as a politician’s wife and social roles on the North Shore ■ by scott holleran North Shore residents may remember Kathryn Cameron Porter as the crusading former wife of Republican John Porter, who served as the North Shore’s 10th District Congressman from 1980 through 2001. Recently interviewed about a range of issues by telephone from her home near Washington, D.C., the Michigan native and current special adviser on Iran to Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk remains an outspoken activist. What do you miss about the North Shore? The honesty. I know that sounds terrible, but people are more straightforward on the North Shore. When you’re inside the Beltway, everyone has an angle. I miss my friends, too. I was very active in women’s organizations and the North Shore has some amazing women. I miss our old house on 1124 Sheridan Road in Evanston. It’s not there anymore. I’ll never forget when John Porter came home and handed me two bricks from [our former home] and he said, ‘They’re from our house’. They had taken our old house down. It had been taken from 1884 Ridge Road and the people who’d bought it took it down. There are things I don’t miss about the North Shore. Such as? A rigidity of social roles. I often felt like a rebel soul in an inflexible social model, where, frankly, there were many empty, vacuous lives. But it has been a long time, so maybe it’s changed. I’m going to visit fairly soon because my niece lives in Chicago. But I don’t plan to wander up to the North Shore. It’s too painful. What is the biggest misconception about being a politician’s wife?

That you can’t say what you want. I learned early on that I could say anything — I always tried to be honest and straightforward — if I smiled and talked in a sweet little voice. People responded to that, so I used it. I was very outspoken. I was head of the [feminist Equal Rights Amendment] movement, and I was very active. When I married John, I felt like I could change the North Shore, where I felt like there was almost a class system, and make it more amenable to looking at people’s troubles and acting on it. Instead of having dinner parties, I proposed going into the inner city and helping people. There was one time —and this was when I was driving a Porsche 914, the one with the roof that comes off — that I drove to [government housing] Cabrini-Green [in Chicago] for some project. So, I’ve always felt protected and had this feeling that, if you’re open and transparent, nobody’s going to hurt you. I still think that. You were recently in Africa promoting human rights when Islamic terrorists attacked the U.S. consulate in Libya at Benghazi and murdered the ambassador and three Americans. You had to go into hiding. Did you feel protected then? That was scary. I have been in some extraordinary situations where if I hadn’t gone into myself, I’d be dead. Years ago, I went to where the Dalai Lama was speaking and I made some supportive statements for Tibetans. Afterwards, the [Communist] Chinese government cracked down on them and 17 monks died, so I said, ‘That’s it, those people are dead because of me and my big mouth’ — but the Dalai Lama heard about my comments, came to me, grabbed my hands, gave this incredible body laugh and he told me I wasn’t meant for a contemplative path — he

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told me I’m meant for a rocky path — and I felt as if a protective shield was coming around me. What was your most dangerous trip? The north of Iraq in the 1990s. I was in a refugee camp with Kurds who had fled an attack by Turkey. I was trying to report back to various human rights groups in the United Nations. I’d had dreams about how I would die — it was always while trying to protect children — and here these people were in tents and suddenly military helicopters came down and people started running toward the mountains. I stood there throwing kids into the cave mouths as the helicopters went by and I just knew that was how I was going to die — but they didn’t fire a shot. It was terrifying. I said goodbye to my family in my mind. I had just been with this Kurdish girl who had been in a village in Turkey where the girls had been put in a hut while the men and boys were herded into the village center and shot. She had survived, but she was catatonic. They took me to see her. Nobody could get her to talk. I hugged her and held her and she started crying. What is your greatest achievement as an activist? I know I have affected policy and brought things to the table. I am proud of the creation of the Congressional human rights caucus. They shed light on the numbers of situations where people are denied basic rights. Look at what we did for [Soviet dissident] Natan Sharansky. What was your first job? I worked as a waitress at the A&W Root Beer stand while riding on rollerskates, so I was carhop. There was a rollerskating rink near where I grew up. We used to go there on Friday nights. Are you still in touch with John Porter? Yes. I was married to John for 30 years. I do miss the ‘remember when’ moments. I think I made a difference in his running for Congress, and John was a very good Congressman. He is more reserved [than me], and he motivated me in terms of what we could do together in changing the world. That’s why I wanted him to run. I should have done it myself. What were your first thoughts of Sen. Mark Kirk, Congressman Porter’s former chief of staff? That he was obviously intensely bright and he had a spark other people didn’t have — so we hired him as a legislative assistant, and he moved himself up. Mark was able to handle both my rebel soul and John’s buttoneddown personality, and he had a roundedness. He stood out. What are your thoughts on the North Shore’s last Republican Congresswoman, Marguerite Stitt Church? I loved that woman. She once told me: “You must convince John to run and if John doesn’t run, I think you should run.” I loved going to her house. I think about her all the time. I’m also still friends with her successor [former North Shore Congressman Donald Rumsfeld]. You traveled to Afghanistan when Mr. Rumsfeld was secretary of defense, right? Yes, I was active in Afghanistan under the Taliban. I visited a compound in a remote area near Jalalabad before 9/11. I was going to see a warlord who was dying. I was trying to bring the warlords together to allow us to build schools for girls — we built five under the Taliban — and they wanted me to sit on a chair on a structure and I would not sit on it because I [sensed] something bad was going to happen. I was veiled, not wearing a burka, but I was wrapped. Then, a person helpful to us came in and said we must leave now — so we did — and it turned out that Osama bin Laden had arrived and was in the same compound. The same person said we were to meet this group of people — this was the July before 9/11 — and these guys came in wearing wristwatches and Western dress. They allowed me to use my camera, and [I learned that] they had all received flight training in the U.S. A couple of months later, we were attacked on 9/11. My first thought went to that dinner in Afghanistan and the men with the flight training. You’re writing a book. What is the theme of Roads? Roads that I have been on in life. I started writing it as a letter to my granddaughter and grandson. I want them to understand what my life is about, from Sheridan Road to that CIA road in Iraq and the road that took us across the green line in Cyprus. It’s an exercise in anthropology — looking at differing lifestyles — and it’s a personal journal. I’ve written 12 chapters. What was your favorite thing about living on the North Shore? Our house on Sheridan Road. It was a block from the shore. You could see the lake through the trees and I loved walking and being near the lake. It’s just a unique, wonderful place to live. ■

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New Trier graduate is paving his own path ■ by angelika labno Some people say travel is the best education. They likely do not mean traipsing around five-star hotels and luxury resorts, but moreso a raw, self-sufficient kind of exploration, such as backpacking or wilderness camping. After all, Ralph Waldo Emerson himself suggested to “go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Taylor Sweitzer of Wilmette is one of those people who would rather pave his own path. After graduating from New Trier High School last year, Sweitzer decided to go against the current and take a gap year to instead discover remote ends of the Earth. Adventure trips are not a novel hobby for the 18-year-old son of Rick Sweitzer, who is the owner and founder of PolarExplorers in Wilmette. In 2010, Sweitzer became the youngest person to ski the “Last Degree” journey to the North Pole. In January, he skied to the opposite pole and summited Mt. Vinson in Antarctica, one of the “Seven Summits,” or the highest mountain on each continent. Sweitzer has reached the peak of two others: Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa and Mt. McKinley in North America. The father and son hope to climb Mt. Everest later this year. “I guess you can call me an adrenaline junkie,” said Sweitzer. “I’ve been to some extreme places.” Sweitzer’s come a long way since his first trip outdoors, canoeing in northern Minnesota. He spotted around Europe and Africa, the latter because his mother is South African. He has always wanted to go back to New Zealand. Post-graduation, he worked to fund his gap-year travels. He spent part of last summer exploring the northern Alaskan wilderness above the

Arctic Circle, where he saw grizzlies and artic wolves. At the start of September, he went sea kayaking in the Greek Islands before traveling to South America, where he spent a month along the ocean in Chile exploring the archipelagos and mountains. After his ski trip in the South Pole, he returned to explore Argentina and Patagonia, which he calls “a pretty wild place, it’s beautiful.” “I have no favorite place in the world,” said Sweitzer, who has traveled to more than a dozen countries. “It’s hard to compare natural beauty.” Before he begins college in the fall, Sweitzer and a newfound friend from Patagonia will spend four to five months hiking the Appalachian Trail, a 2,200mile walk spanning 14 states, from Maine to Georgia. “I’ve spent a lot of time out in the wilderness with people from all over the world, and people always learn something about themselves and about the world when they’re disconnected from it all for so long,” Sweitzer said. “The reason why I go back is because it’s where my mind is at peace, and I can love people for who they are.” Circling back to how traveling is its own kind of education, different but arguably just as important as the institution itself, Sweitzer elaborates on all that he has learned from his basic travels. “You have all that you need to survive, and I don’t think people ever really realize what that actually means. When you spend hundreds of days out in the wilderness with just carrying whatever you can on your back, you know what’s necessary and what’s not in life.” “I think everybody should travel before going straight to a university.” ■

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High schools are atwitter about social media capabilities ■ by cheryl waity When New Trier High School, Lake Forest Academy and Highland Park High School were forced to make decisions on whether to cancel classes as a snowstorm approached earlier this month, they sent out emails and made telephone calls to parents — standard procedures for many years. But they also employed a more recent communication weapon: All three schools offered Facebook posts about whether they were closed (New Trier eventually stayed open while the other two were shuttered for the day). While the schools agreed social media was not viable to be their only channel of communication for essential news and emergencies, they are all using it to connect with the school community. For Nicole Dizon, director of communications and alumni relations at New Trier, the decision to turn to social media came when she was hired in 2009. The school rolled out its Facebook pages the next year after much discussion with parents, faculty and Superintendent Linda Yonke. The decision was made to mainly use the platform to promote good news. “We’ve never had a problem with offensive or abusive comments or arguments,” said Dizon, whose New Trier Facebook site has about 1,600 fans while Twitter boasts more than 900. Natalie Kaplan, the communications director in District 113 — which includes Highland Park High School —created Facebook and Twitter outlets when she joined the team in 2011. “There are so many positive things that are going on in our high schools every day that you don’t have to write a press release about,” she noted. Kaplan said students get excited when they are mentioned on their school’s social media platforms. “There’s gratification in knowing the

district and community are proud of them,” said Kaplan, who counts more than 1,000 Facebook followers and about 400 via Twitter. According to Kaplan, because Highland Park High School “truly has a group or extra curricular for everyone” she is able to publicize a lot more than most mainstream media would cover. She’s able to share things that teams and clubs like fencing, robotics and debate do as well as athletic events. At Lake Forest Academy, social media creation was one of Alexandra Campbell’s tasks when she was hired as the director of communications in 2010. “They knew there was a need to do this,” said Campbell, who now counts nearly 200 Twitter followers and about 700 on Facebook for LFA. Since about half of the private preparatory school student are boarders from other states — and sometimes other countries — the means of communication become extra beneficial. When there was an impromptu snowball fight on campus recently and Campbell posted a few pictures to Facebook, it got a lot of likes and tags. “It’s sort of a peek into what’s going on on campus,” she said. (Nearby Lake Forest High School also offers Facebook and Twitter updates.) For Dizon, New Trier’s current students don’t say much to the school via social media but get a reaction to posts about student accomplishments “It might not be so cool to ‘like’ your current high school,” said Dizon. “But we do get a lot of ‘likes’ from students when we’re posting about winning state championships or the school play.” Dizon feels they are probably “pushing out” more content then having conversations, like the platforms are designed for. “We would eventually like to see more interaction and more conversation,” she said. ■

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Social media ■ by katie rose mceneely Patti Bartelstein is the executive director, founder and driving force behind The Project Room in Chicago ( She lives in Highland Park. Reading: I’m reading “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide,” by Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas Kristof. It is very parallel to what The Project Room is about. It’s a fantastic book. Listening: I’m a huge music fan, I love all genres. I tend to go to WXRT out of habit, but I’m on Spotify and Pandora. NPR and 60 minutes are the building blocks. There’s one other thing one of my international contacts showed me — Flipboard. It’s an app that curates all of your interests. It’s just for the iPad — you put in what you listen to, what you like to read, and it curates it for you. Watching: I’m always watching art trends. That goes back to “60 Minutes”; if it comes to something brainless, I sit with my kids and watch “Modern Family.” It’s fun to watch, it’s nice to just sit down. I’m not a big TV watcher, probably because I’m on the go so much. I did really love the movie “Silver Linings Playbook,” it was great. Following: I follow very in-depth stories that are I’d say related to fine art and liberal arts. I follow personal stories, nonfiction triumphs; I like to read books like Jeannette Walls’ “The Glass Castle,” which is very much to me about people against all odds. I don’t come away feeling depressed because they tend to be people who have

made something against all odds and turned their life around. That’s something I’m on a daily search for. For example, Steve Pemberton, the chief diversity officer and divisional vice president for Walgreens, wrote the book “A Chance in the World,” which is his story — abused foster child in the system, terrible, terrible, terrible. He speaks throughout the country about child advocacy rights. We’re featuring him at The Project Room to raise money for an organization in Chicago to support children who suffer trauma. Activity: I work on The Project Room every day —bringing in fine arts exhibitions and liberal arts programs to inspire people to make any difference they are able to make. It’s a 24/7 passionate project. It’s a gallery and multi-disciplinary action space to inspire positive action. I’ve been told over and over again that I have so much energy. This is kind of bottling up all of that and putting in this space, sharing my energy. The current show “Out of Darkness Comes Light” runs through April 27. It was quoted as a “brilliant art exhibition that sheds light on our strong will to survive...” The artists exhibiting in this show are from Italy, Chile, Belgium and California as well as Chicago. Eating: I’m a huge health nut, have been since I was 13. Eating seaweed way before people were eating it. I eat tofu and seaweed and beans and fruits. My favorite foods are chips, salsa, and avocados. I love to go check out new restaurants in the city. Favorite Mistake: I have a lot of Buddhist influence in my life, and I have to say that

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direction, which is dictated by the steps you take. It’s not a mistake. Sometimes it’s not a choice —things just unfold. It takes a certain amount of time to be in tune with what resonates or excites you. ■

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Churches to offer traditional, unique Easter offerings to punctuate Holy Week ■ by angelika labno Among Christians, Easter is a day of supreme importance. And churches on the North Shore are poised to mix beloved traditions with unique offerings this Sunday. As the 40-day period of fasting and prayer called Lent ends, parishioners will rejoice and celebrate their core belief of Jesus Christ rising from the dead. In previous weeks, churches have been engaged with Scripture studies, parish missions and extra confession time. Many have hosted events: Saints Faith, Hope and Charity Church in Winnetka held a movie series followed by thematic discussion. St. Francis Xavier Church in Wilmette is unique in that it held a service on Wednesday, Tenebrae, which featured Scripture readings and music. Most churches entered the Easter Triduum, a three-day preparation period, on Holy Thursday, which commemorates the Last Supper. Saints Faith, Hope and Charity featured a local pilgrimage that day. Following the evening mass, people boarded a bus that stopped at four different churches. In each one, the devout prayed a decade of the rosary before the Blessed Sacrament. “We go to different areas each year so that people can be exposed to the different Catholic churches and architectures,” said Father Marty O’Donovan, pastor of the church. On Good Friday, the First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest, among others, held a noon service, signifying the time Christ’s crucifixion began. Holy Saturday, also known as Easter Vigil, is the day when Catechumens are baptized and welcomed into the Catholic Church. Easter is celebrated at nightfall, and a new Paschal candle is brought out. During the service, candles are handed out, the lights are shut off, and the light from the Easter candle is spread throughout the pews. “It’s the ‘liturgy of all liturgies,’” said Maura Schelhammer, coordinator of liturgy and media at Church of St. Mary in Lake Forest. One might notice that during Lent, churches can be exceptionally bare. In visually preparing for Easter, the most notable decoration is flowers. Churches fill their

Reverend William Sheridan of Wilmette’s St. Francis Xavier Church holds palm fronds and holy water. Palm Sunday kicked off Holy Week.

photography by joel lerner space with an abundance of fresh and fragrant blossoms and often adorn crucifixes in and out of the church. One flower stands out among the rest: the Easter lily. Lilies objectify Easter, as they often symbolize purity, hope and new life. Schelhammer relates the bloom of flowers to a new bloom in faith. “It’s almost springtime, which signifies Jesus’s resurrection and that new hope that we have in Christ,” she said. Although the tradition of Easter eggs has pagan origins, blessing of the Easter baskets is an ethnic religious tradition that traces back to Europe. “In Europe, they did not eat eggs during Lent,” said

Patty Jane Pelton, pastoral associate at St. Francis Xavier, who recently looked into the history of Easter traditions. “They hardboiled the eggs, painted them and waited until Easter to eat them. Today, we spend 40 days fasting, not eating luxurious foods but simple foods. What we put in our baskets are the foods we could not eat before.” The holiday concludes with the majestic Easter Sunday. Trumpets blare and harps are strummed in grand musical displays while the chorus welcomes back the “Gloria” and “Hallelujah” hymns. The spirit of the Church is uplifted — not to mention that what was given up for Lent can be enjoyed once again. “It’s a glorious day,” said Schelhammer. ■

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Highland Park resident Chelsey Maxwell was approved as the new principal of the Green Bay Early Childhood Center during a North Shore District 112 Board of Education vote on March 20. Maxwell currently serves as the early childhood principal in Skokie District 69, where she has worked since 2008. Her new position starts July 1. “Ms. Maxwell brings to the position an extensive knowledge of special education and early childhood education, ” said North Shore School District 112 Superintendent of Schools Dr. David L. Behlow. “Her energy and enthusiasm will make a difference in the lives of our children and staff.”

Friends of Lake Bluff Parks will sponsor the 2013 Lake Bluff Block Party and assume management of the annual summertime event in the Village of Lake Bluff. This year’s Block Party will be held in conjunction with the second annual Northwestern Medicine Lake Bluff Criterium on Saturday, July 20. The Lake Bluff Park District will host kids’ games on the Village Green. “Sponsoring the Block Party is a natural fit for us and consistent with our mission,” said Peter Arnstein, president of the Friends’ Board of Trustees.

Wilmette Bids for the Wilmette Park District’s proposed platform tennis facility in West Park were sent out this month. Plans call for the construction of four paddle courts and a warming hut, along with a new parking area. The Park District has set a fall 2013 opening date for the new facility, which would offer league and recreational play, lessons and parties. The estimated cost for the project is $1.2 million.
Winnetka North Shore Country Day’s Middle School placed second out of 16 varsity teams at the Regional Science Olympiad held at the College of Lake County in Grayslake this month. At the varsity level, North Shore earned medals in 21 of 23 events. Students earned first-place medals in “Mousetrap,” “Write-it-do-it,” “Road Scholars” and “Shock Value.” They will proceed to compete in the Illinois State finals at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana for the 15th consecutive year in April.

Highland Park The Highland Park Police Department will join the Deerfield, Lake Forest, Waukegan and Winnetka Police Departments on April 1 to conduct education and enforcement pertaining to their communities’ hand-held cell phone use while driving restrictions. The aforementioned communities each have similar ordinances. Exemptions apply for reporting police, fire or medical emergencies. The police departments will also increase their enforcement of the state law, which restricts the use of a handheld cell phone while driving in posted school speed zones or construction zones. Winnetka O’Neil’s Restaurant will host a grand re-opening night event on Thursday, April 11 from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Wine and appetizers will be served, and attendees can preview several “guest appearances” from The Porsche Exchange, which will flatbedding six new cars to parking spaces in front of the restaurant. The event is open to the public. O’Neil’s Restaurant is located at 1003 Green Bay Road.

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18 | lifestyle & arts sunday breakfast ■ by david sweet When Christine Chakoian served as the pastor at a Presbyterian church in Clarendon Hills, she lived two blocks away, and her young daughter, Anna, could enjoy child care in the church. The congregation, she said, was “wonderful.” So when a First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest search committee approached her to fill its pastor position, she said no with ease. But the committee persisted. “Finally, I sat down for a phone interview,” said Chakoian, enjoying a breakfast of oatmeal and coffee at The Deer Path Inn in Lake Forest. “At that point, it clicked — it’s like I started ministry during that conversation. There was only one other time I felt like I was picked up by the nape of the neck, and that was to join Clarendon Hills.” Eight years into her journey at First Pres, Chakoian — who oversees the largest Presbyterian congregation led by a woman in the United States — has more than justified the search committee’s faith. Her sermons are poignant, her manner is inviting, and she is passionate about her work. “There are a few things I love,” she says. “One is worship. The experience of people coming together in humility and joy in God’s presence. It’s so refreshing to be in a place where we can take off the mask and be loved for who we are. “I love teaching and pastoral care. There are so many times people come to me not sure about the next step. And then to have that ‘aha’ moment of what God is asking is so exciting.” Raised in Mount Prospect, where her mother was a Sunday School teacher in the Presbyterian church and her father was clerk of session, she attended Bible study on Friday nights and toured with a production of “Godspell” for two years. After graduating from the University of Illinois as a religion and culture major, she attended seminary at the Yale Divinity School and fulfilled a one-year internship, where she functioned like an associate pastor,

even performing funerals. “It was so exciting,” said Chakoian, who was ordained in 1983. “The first time someone came to me for counseling, I thought, ‘Why are they asking me these questions? What do I know?’ “ After stints at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago among others, Chakoian — whose twin sister Karen is also a Presbyterian pastor in Granville, Ohio — came to Lake Forest with a wealth of experience. “I felt there were so many people who were ready to roll up their sleeves, who wanted to be challenged from the pulpit,” she said. “I wanted to create a place that was welcoming, safe, honest and that drew people to the presence of God.” U n d e r Chakoian, the c hu r c h has increased its help to the needy in nearby North Christine Chakoian

Called to serve Chicago and Waukegan. “I’m thrilled that much of our mission is northward now,” says Chakoian. “If our church isn’t going to help Lake County, who is?” No period is busier for Christian churches than Holy Week, which is punctuated by Easter this Sunday. During one Holy Week many years ago, Chakoian suffered the loss of a late-term pregnancy. “The sorrow we carried was so intense,” says Chakoian, who is married to John Shustitzky, a psychologist who serves as executive director of the Alliance for Human Services of Lake County. “I felt the presence of Jesus in our suffering, that he came alongside of us in the depths of our pain.” And with Easter approaching (when she will oversee three services beginning at 7 a.m.), Chakoian is excited to once again spread the good news of resurrection. “Easter tells us that death is not the last word,” Chakoian says. “We have hope i n seemi n g l y hopeless situations.” ■

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Last month, The Art Center – Highland Park hosted Soup & Art Night, an evening benefitting the families of Family Network. The event included dinner and art activities, as well as music courtesy of The Music Institute of Chicago, and served as a kick-off for TAC’s 2013 Spring Gala, “Celebrate Art…Canvas, Cocktails, Cuisine,” which will occur in May. ■








A Birthday Party for Mies Mies van der Rohe Society celebrates Mies’ 127th birthday

photography by bonnie robinson Earlier this month, architectural aficionados, architects, and guests gathered to celebrate the 127th birthday of fames architect Mies van der Rohe at S.R. Crown Hall on the Illinois Institute of Technology campus. The party is a yearly tradition sponsored by IIT’s Mies van der Rohe Society, and included an opportunity for attendees to meet Dean Weil Arets, the new IIT Dean of Architecture. Crown Hall is widely regarded as Mies’ masterpiece, and was restored in 2005, fifty years after its completion. ■



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Identical twins Paul and Phil Gayter debut their “twinism” show at Re-invent. Starting with a 4’ x 2’ panel board, Paul paints on the left, then covers his finished work completely with tape and cardboard; Phil then paints on the right without any prior knowledge of Paul’s concept. The result is an eclectic and compelling set of paintings and installations that show an innate connectivity in color and idea, demonstrating with amazing clarity the uniqueness of being an identical twin. Exhibit runs through April 27.

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A Matter of Taste

Brussat blends two cuisines at popular Convito Cafe of food is a hearty peasant food. The polenta dish I mentioned falls into this category. It’s not fancy. What do you like to eat at home: A lot of Nancy Brussat is the founder of Convito Café in Wilmette. pasta. I bring home pasta from Convito and How did you start cooking? I started cook it — we have 21 different sauces that cooking as a housewife way back in the we developed in Italy with my partner’s dark ages — the 1960s and early 1970s. It mother in 1980. They’re available frozen. wasn’t until I moved to England with my Worthwhile gadget? I have a gadget that then-husband and my two kids and met an nobody else in America has: a polenta maker Italian man who had a passion for Italian from Italy. If you know anything about makfood — we opened a business, that’s how I ing polenta, it’s a long process [with a lot Nancy Brussat started! I was never a trained chef. of stirring]. I have a copper pot with an Years cooking? Convito has been open for attachment that you plug in and it’s a steel 32 years, and I’ve been cooking since I was paddle that stirs the polenta. I have no idea a kid, back in the 1950s. where you’d buy it. over everyone in the front row. She didn’t Best tweak? Polenta pastissada. It’s a Favorite cookbook? Marcella Hazan’s — miss a beat, so we wiped our faces and kept dish where you make polenta, and after it’s it’s one I started with back in the early ‘70s. taking notes. cooled, cut layers and put it in a casserole I think it’s the “Art of Italian Cooking.” dish like lasagna. The recipe I learned in Favorite fruit or vegetable? Broccoli or Recipe: Convito’s Capelli & Asparagus Italy, the sauces that were typical for this asparagus or Brussels sprouts — it’s hard Cut 4 cups asparagus in 1 inch slices particular dish, but I completely changed to pick. on an angle. Blanche asparagus in boilthem: I made a chicken sauce and a mushFunniest or most memorable kitchen ing water for 2 minutes. Set aside. Zest room. It’s really complicated; I don’t expect incident? 1 lemon. Set aside. Squeeze approxiMy friend Leslee Reis, who was a pretty the average home cook would make it. mately 3 lemons to make 1 cup of lemon Signature dish? Convito was combined famous restaurateur in Evanston, conducted juice, or use bottled lemon juice. Grate with my French restaurant, so the dishes classes in the basement of her church. She 2 cups Parmesan and chop 1 tablespoon that are currently on the menu are a com- was very expressive and funny and one time, parsley. Set aside. bination of a French bistro and an Italian she had a hand mixer and was whipping Heat a stockpot of salted water to a boil. trattoria. It’s a blending of two cuisines that cream. She wanted to make a point but forAdd 1 pound angel hair pasta. Cook for are fairly informal. got that she was mixing the cream, lifted 5-6 minutes, or until al dente. Drain Favorite food to make? My favorite kind the electric mixer, and the cream splattered pasta. Add a touch of olive oil so it

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The Lake Forest Scouts surround Caroline Knop (25) after she scored the overtime goal against Loyola to send them to state.

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Signature season Knop, Scouts cap things off by winning state championship ■by kevin reiterman Just outside of the winners’ locker room — following her team’s vital win in the state semifinals — Liz Zorn was multi-tasking. While answering questions from reporters, the Lake Forest Scouts girls hockey coach was meticulously applying white adhesive tape to a puck. With great care, she was bandaging up the game-winning puck, covering it completely — side to side, top to bottom. She eventually pulled out a black magic marker and started writing: “CK, #25, Game-Winner, State Semifinal, March 19, 2013.” “Usually, when I give out an individual award, it’s a bottle of Gatorade,” said the Scouts’ first-year head coach, minutes after her team’s 3-2 overtime victory over Loyola Academy at The Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville. This time was different. This time she presented the team’s player of the game — Caroline Knop (CK), who also is referred to as “Money” — with a priceless memento. “She gets the game puck — the one she shot into the net to end the game,” Zorn said after capping the marker. “We’re retiring it.” Knop, a junior all-stater, also scored the game-tying goal with only 1:52 left to play. “She’s our X factor,” Zorn said. “And like all good athletes, she plays her best in the big games. “She willed those pucks into the net,” the coach added. “I just shot it,” said Knop, referring to her game-winner at the 8:13 mark of overtime. “Then, I saw everyone (teammates) come at me.”

Those two crucial goals, along with Willa DeBoom’s score late in the second quarter, did the trick. It put the Scouts into the state championship game at the United Center on March 24. And, as it turned out, things could not have gone any better for the Scouts at the Madhouse on Madison. Highlighted by the goaltending of Lindsay Projansky and the scoring of Bridget Roche and Chandler Scoco, the Scouts (18-8-4) defeated the Fenwick Friars 2-0 to win their second Blackhawk Cup state title in three years. “It was an all-around team effort,” said Zorn. “Everyone contributed.” Projansky, as expected, played at her all-state level. The sophomore stymied the Friars with a 12-save effort, with several of the stops coming on point-blank shots. “A shutout is always special,” said Zorn. “We rely on her.” “I had a few hard saves,” said Projansky. “But I thought we did a good job of keeping the pressure on them.” The Friars (15-9-4), who went 2-1 against the Scouts during the regular season, had their chances. But they came up empty on two power plays. Getting on the board in the opening period did wonders for the Scouts. Roche, a senior all-stater, lit the lamp and tripped the familiar UC horn on an unassisted goal at 6:21. “I felt a little more confident after we scored our goal,” said Projansky. “And … after the second goal, I was even more confident.” Scoco’s goal was a pretty thing. She took a pass from Knop, skated to the top of the left circle and blasted in a top-shelf shot above goaltender Francis Flores’ right shoulder at 4:26 of the second period.

Caroline Knop and Chandler Scoco kiss the Blackhawk Cup following the Scouts’ 2-0 win over Fenwick at the United Center on Sunday.

“I’ve been working on that shot,” said Scoco, a lefthanded forward who finished the regular season with six goals and four assists. “I was just trying to put it on the net. I don’t think their goalie saw it coming. She was a little surprised. She was caught off guard.” It’s been a winning year for the amiable Scoco. The junior was the starting goalkeeper for the school’s state champion field hockey team. Scoco will go for the state-meet hat trick this spring, when she takes the field — as a defender — for the LF lacrosse team. Notable: The Scouts had only five seniors on the roster: Frannie Sensenbrenner, Lucy Baron, Katherine Hayes, Madison Pfalzer and Roche. … LF’s Anna Bleck (two), Hannah Conroy and Roche were credited with assists in the semifinal win over Loyola. … The star for Loyola was Erin O’Connor. The junior, who will play hockey at Harvard, scored twice to give LA a 2-0 advantage. The Ramblers, seeded sixth, finished the season 14-12-2. … New Trier, which finished the season 26-2-2, was unable to repeat as state champs when it fell to Fenwick 3-2 in the state semifinal on March 19. Jessica Cwik of the Friars broke a 2-2 tie with 3:17 left in the third quarter. Katy Ratty and Lauren Michalec scored for the Trevians. ■

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New Trier Green players celebrate their Blackhawk Cup state title on Sunday at the United Center.

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Green is gold New Trier boys hockey team in 11th heaven after beating GBN in state title game ■ by t.j. brown Hats should have rained on the ice at the United Center near the end of the Blackhawk Cup boys hockey state championship on Sunday night. New Trier High School senior Brian Enriquez, after all, had recorded a hat trick with two seconds remaining on Chicago’s West Side. But pads, sticks and helmets, all belonging to Enriquez and his teammates, fell instead after brief flights. Celebratory litter. New Trier Green defeated Glenbrook North 5-3 for its 11th state title in program history. The all-senior line of Enriquez, Andrew Koch (goal, three assists) and Kyle Melton (two assists) was on the ice for all five of NT’s goals, and sophomore goaltender Jack Junge — a reigning state champion golfer — saved shots (30), not par. “Our line has come up big all year,” Enriquez said. “Every player on our line knows how to score and how to pass well. We just really move the puck well. We’ve been playing together so long we always know where the others are on the ice; that’s the story all year. “We’ve been finding each other and making good plays.” The first period Sunday night was a good one, if scoreless ties excite you. In the second period the high-powered teams got busy and fatigued the lamps, combining for five goals in five minutes. Four of them were tallied in less than two minutes. “The first period was a time to kind of feel things out — new ice, new boards, big crowd,” NT Green coach Bob Melton said. “Once the first goal was scored, both teams settled in. And then, I don’t think I’ve ever seen something

like that in a big game. It was boom, boom, boom both ways.” Enriquez got things started with a goal at 13:48 (on assists from sophomore defenseman Jack Dolby and Koch), followed by a goal from Glenbrook North’s Ryan Slovis at 10:10. North’s Ryan Maksimovic made it 2-1 65 seconds later, but that advantage lasted only 13 seconds thanks to Enriquez’s second goal. Koch struck for his goal at 8:28. NT Green (54-14-1) went up 4-2 at 2:09 of the period on senior Daniel Spitz’s power-play goal. “Two of my best friends (Enriquez and Koch) are on my line,” Kyle Melton said. “They are the snipers; I’m

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen something like that in a big game. It was boom, boom, boom both ways.” | New Trier coach Bob Melton the playmaker. I’ll get them the puck and they can finish really well.” Enriquez said that he, Koch and Kyle Melton understood their roles as the team’s leaders this winter. “We led by example,” he said. “Once we put the puck in the goal, our teammates followed.” Junge stood out — stood on his head, too — in the third

New Trier Green’s Daniel Spitz jumps for joy after he scored a goal against GBN.

period. A couple of Glenbrook North’s breakaway shots, including one by Maksimovic, died in Junge’s glove. “To me, the biggest play of the game was that save on Maksimovic,” Bob Melton said of Junge’s snare midway through the final period. “The one thing that’s ironic is that Jack’s a left-handed goalie and has a lefty glove. Maksimovic went with his forehand and that’s the glove side, and that’s where he made his save. Usually you want to go for the blocker’s side, but most kids go that way because (Junge’s glove side) is the blocker’s side.” “A similar situation happened to me in our semifinal against Sandburg,” Junge recalled. “(A player) came in on a breakaway and tried to roof it in on the glove side. I put my glove there, didn’t catch it, but I just stopped it.” After the Spartans scored with less than three minutes left in the third period to cut New Trier’s lead to 4-3, Enriquez notched an empty-netter. The champs started their equipment-flinging celebration shortly thereafter. “Those are definitely the three most memorable goals in my life,” Enriquez said. “I’ll never forget scoring three goals in the United Center.” ■

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Arrow point-ing up

Sachs developing into an A-list guard for Highland Park

Highland Park High School sophomore guard David Sachs (center) was an all-league selection.

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■ by kevin reiterman Quality point guards don’t grow on trees in Highland Park. It only seems that way. Sophomore David Sachs is The Latest. Over the years, Paul Harris, head boys basketball coach at Highland Park High School, has seen point guards of Sachs’ ilk come through the Giants’ system. And every time, it’s a real rush for Harris. Sachs — who plays his home games on Vine Avenue — established himself as one of the area’s top point guards this winter. The sophomore guard made the CSL North all-league team and helped the Giants to a 14-win season. “He’s following a great tradition of guards here,” said Harris, who just completed his 14th season at the HP helm. “And he’s got a chance to be right there with those players.” The list includes such names as Chris Wroblewski, Seth Harris, Adam Katlin, Zach Meuser and Joey Paul. Sachs knows all about the heritage. He grew up watching — and admiring — Wroblewski, who went on to have a stellar career at Cornell University. “I’ve talked to him a couple of times,” the 6-foot Sachs said. “He just tells me to keep working hard on my game.” Sachs, a year-round basketball player, is committed to

his craft. “I try to be in the gym every day,” said Sachs, who plays club basketball with the Rising Stars Red Elite U16 team along with fellow HP sophomore guard Luke Norcia. “I’m trying to do everything I can to improve my game.” Sachs, who averaged just under 9.0 points per game, shot 52 percent from the field and 74 percent from the foul line. He led the team in assists (116) and steals (56). “He’s a steady player with a great demeanor,” said Harris. “Statistically, he had a good year. But his season went beyond the statistics. You can tell that he has a love for the game. When he’s out there, he makes those around him better. Which is the sign of a good point guard. “And he’s very coachable,” the coach added. ”He’s looking to develop his game.” That next step is awaiting him. “He’s still got to realize how good he can be,” Harris said. “He’s got to embrace that and not shy away from it. And I think he will. He’s got a chance to be really, really good.” Sachs didn’t shy away from a leadership role this season. He’s won the trust of fellow sophomores Jordan Krawitz and Norcia. “He’s really grown as a player,” said Norcia, who played AAU ball with Sachs for the past four years. “He’s gotten mentally tougher. It was nice to see him get all-conference.

He had a great season, and I know Coach is expecting a lot from him (in the future).” Krawitz added: “A lot of burden was placed on his back (this winter). And he took the challenges head on. It’s been fun watching him grow as a player and a person. He’s developing into something great.” Notable: Senior forward Brandon Krawitz led the 201213 squad in scoring (9.2 ppg), while senior center Sam Shrago paced the team in rebounding (3.9). Norcia, who averaged 6.4 ppg, led the team in three-point field goals (32). Harris tipped his hat to his other seniors: Josh Weiss, Max Kaplan, Rickey Deutsch, Sam Iden and Jonah Baim. “I’m proud of them,” Harris said. “They didn’t have a lot of success during feeder basketball. But they hung in there. They learned a great lesson on what can happen if you keep working hard. “For us to finish 14-14 after starting the season 2-7 says a lot,” said Harris. HP’s sophomore team — playing without Sachs, Norcia and Jordan Krawitz — finished 17-7 overall and 8-2 in the CSL North. The freshman A squad wound up 11-13. The B team was 12-6. ■




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Richie Wehman, seen here last fall, caught 67 passes for 765 yards. He will play college football at Denison.

The senior, an honorable mention all-conference player, drives to the bucket during a win over St. Joseph.


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Denison-bound Wehman snares heavy praise in two sports at Loyola ■ by bill mclean Richie Wehman III, a Division-III bound football player, and Jabari Parker, a Division-I bound basketball player, competed against each other in the title game of an AAU basketball tournament in 2009. Both were eighth-graders then. The gridder from Winnetka walked out of the gym with the tourney’s Most Valuable Player trophy. “It’s not like I beat him one-on-one,” said the ever humble Wehman, a Loyola Academy senior who played three years of varsity basketball and two years of varsity football for the Ramblers. Parker, of four-time reigning Class 4A state champion Simeon, graced the cover of Sports Illustrated as a junior and signed to play basketball at Duke University in December. “We won,” Wehman recalled, referring to his Chi-town Diablos AAU squad. We — it’s Wehman’s favorite word when the future Denison (Ohio) University wide receiver talks sports. Winner — it’s what others typically think of when they see the 6-foot-2, 170-pound Wehman, who finished with 67

catches for 765 yards for Loyola’s Class 8A state semifinalist last fall and was the linchpin for the Ramblers’ Catholic League North championship hoops team this winter. “Richie was a blue-collar player who understood his role perfectly and was motivated by team success,” Loyola basketball coach Tom Livatino said of the speedy, defensefirst guard and second-year captain who earned honorable mention all-conference honors. “He was the driving force behind our championship skin looked tightening season, and our team really up to him.” wrinkle reduction Wehman came down with 15 receptions — a normal wideout’s aggregate insun three games — in a 31-7 defeat damage reversal of Bartlett in a stateskin quarterfinal last fall. In a thrilling texture rejuvenation 27-24 overtime defeat of Mount Carmel in the regular season, he caught five balls in the game-tying drive late in regulation, with four of the grabs resulting in first downs near a sideline. “He’s an extremely talented and elusive receiver who has the speed to win on the outside,” Ramblers football coach John Holecek said. “But he’s also nicely suited for the slot because of his quick cutting ability, explosiveness and toughness while catching balls in traffic.” One of Wehman’s toughest challenges in a Ramblers

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uniform involved neither a football nor a basketball. It had to do with leadership. “I was just OK as a (basketball) captain my junior year,” said Wehman, a grandson of a 1952 Olympic medalist in swimming (Merilee Stepan Wehman), the son of a former College of Holy Cross basketball player (Richard Jr., a Loyola Academy graduate) and the brother of a 6-1 guard (Lilly) on Sacred Heart’s seventh-grade girls basketball team. “It was a hard role for me. Senior year, though, I fully understood what my coach needed me to do as a leader, as a communicator. “I found out that you can’t lead all of your teammates the same way. Some needed to be pushed a little and some needed to be persuaded in other ways. There are nuances to leadership.” But Wehman, the leader, benched subtlety after Loyola fell behind by double digits in the first half of a game at Fenwick on Jan. 25. Senior teammate Jack Byrne saw Wehman’s timely brand of leadership at the break. And heard it. “Richie,” Byrne said, “motivated all of us. He said all the right stuff … Stuff we needed to hear. He’s a natural born leader and one of the best leaders I’ve ever been around.” Loyola, down by 22 points early in the second half, forced overtime with a 31-9 run in the final 12 minutes of regulation before posting a stunning 52-50 victory. The Ramblers clinched the league title nearly three weeks later with a 43-42 defeat of host St. Joseph and entered the postseason on a 14-game winning streak. Loyola (22-6) lost 68-57 to Niles North in a 4A regional title game on March 1. “He’s probably the only player at Loyola to ever play on Catholic League championship teams in football and basketball in the same (academic) year,” Holecek said. “Not even the old-timers around here remember that ever happening.” What Wehman won’t ever forget is what his ill Uncle Paul said to him shortly after Loyola’s football team lost 21-17 to Bolingbrook in the 8A state final in 2011. The Indiana native has cancer. “He told me he’d do all he could to hang on so that he could watch me play football as a senior,” Wehman said. Uncle Paul did just that, attending Loyola’s final playoff game in Wilmette last year. He was unable to stay for the whole game, but he saw his nephew snag a one-handed touchdown pass in the corner of an end zone in a 27-24 loss to Glenbard North. “The strength he showed by showing up was amazing,” Wehman said. “It inspired me then and it inspired me throughout the basketball season. I played as hard as I could to show how much I admire my uncle.” Wehman’s admirers? Way too many to count. One of them needed only a handful of words to capture the essence of Wehman, the athlete. “A pleasure to a coach,” Holecek said. “A kid who gets it, a competitor, a winner.” ■

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beaches you wouldn’t see people for miles. I (Rob) would hike and find the crocodiles — I became good friends with an old 12-foot one in the wetlands. I’d bring him four or five dead chickens to eat, feathers and all. The ironman event itself was this insanely surreal experience. They probably had 3,000 competitors. They began in the morning with a three-mile swim in the ocean current. A good 100-200 had to come back in because the currents were so strong. Then they had a 100-mile bike ride. We found a strategic point and interacted with the locals. Then they do the 26-mile marathon. It didn’t end until after dark. At the finish line, it was very festive. Rob and Toni Carmichael, as told to David Sweet

Rob Carmichael, curator of the Wildlife Discovery Center in Lake Forest, and his wife Toni enjoyed a trip to the island of Cozumel in the Caribbean Sea in November.

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