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Ravinia cuts James Levine amidst claims BY STEVE SADIN DAILYNORTHSHORE.COM

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ounting accusations in the media of sexual abuse of teenagers prompted the Ravinia Festival to sever all ties with James L evine, conductor laureate for the coming season and its music director between 1973 and 1993. “Ravinia maintains a zerotolerance policy and culture on sexual harassment,” the organization wrote in a December 4 statement. “We are deeply troubled and saddened by the allegations and sympathize with everyone who has been hurt.” Two more accused Levine of sexual abuse when they were teens over the weekend after a Kenilworth native made similar allegations a day before, according to the New York Times. New York’s Metropolitan Opera, where Levine was the music director for 40 years

Hanukkah is Happening

Where to go for menorahs dreidels, oil BY JULIE KEMP PICK DAILYNORTHSHORE.COM

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he eight days of Hanukkah begin on December 12, and there are almost as many ways to celebrate the holiday on the North Shore. But first, why does Hanukkah last eight days? That’s the length of time a one-day supply of oil lasted in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem more than 2,300 years ago, according to the Chabad Center for Jewish Life & Learning in Wilmette. “The Syrians had desecrated the ancient temple in hopes of stamping out the practice of Judaism. But the oil lasted long enough for the Maccabees to repair and rededicate the temple. In commemoration of that, Jews around the world light the Menorah as a symbol of light and liberty.”

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Children light the electric menorah at a previous Hanukkah Concert at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe. PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF THE CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN

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NEWS LEVINE Continued from PG 1 f rom 1976 to 2016 when he became its director emeritus, started an investigation when it learned about the initial allegations. The Met suspended him December 3 after the additional accusations surfaced, according to the Times. Allie Brightwell, a spokesperson for Ravinia, said in a

statement to DailyNorthShore December 3 Ravinia would await the outcome of existing investigations before making any decisions about Levine’s future at Ravinia. That changed after more allegations were made. As the Lake Forest Police Department and Lake County State’s Attorney

Mike Nerheim continue their investigations into Levine’s activities, three alleged victims are now talking about what they claim Levine did to them between 1968 and 1993 when they were teens and young adults. “ We have that case and we’re reviewing it,” Nerheim said to DNS.“I have not reviewed the whole file yet so I cannot confirm anything other than we’re reviewing it.” Cynthia Vargas, communications manager for the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office, said she could give no further information on the situation because it is a “pending c ase under review.” Rob Copeland, Lake Forest deputy police chief, was also limited in what he could say about the investigation. He said the initial allegations of sexual abuse were alleged to have taken place in Lake Forest in the 1980s. One of the men, Ashok Pai, a Kenilworth native who now lives in New York City, claims he had several encounters with Levine in a

will begin at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, December 17, with a Chanukah Carnival run by the students of the center’s Wilmette Community High School graduating class. Following the carnival, students will be transported to Village Hall, where there will be a public menorah lighting at  11:45 a.m.  with music, dancing and giveaways. “The beautiful message of Hanukkah is that a little bit of light has the ability to push away so much darkness, and we do that by lighting the menorah,” said Teldon.

The park is located at 754 Elm Street, Winnetka.

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WILMETTE The Chabad Center includes a Hebrew school. Four years ago, the school began hosting an annual menorah contest, where students were charged with creating their own menorahs. The Honorable Judge L ee Preston (retired) chooses the grand prize winner. “ The students have put their own passions into the menorahs by creating edible menorahs (from donuts, cake and Rice Krispies) and even hockey menorahs,” said Esther Leah Teldon, co-director of the Hebrew school with her husband, Rabbi Moshe Teldon. This year, she said, the school is bringing back a se ven-foot “Coin-O rah,” which originated 15 years ago. It will be used collectively by the entire school. Chabad will use the funds raised – known as tzedakah (charity) - to purchase gifts for children in hospitals as well as for people with reduced incomes. They will distribute the gifts on the last days of Hanukkah. Chabad Center’s festivities

The Chabad Center for Jewish Life & Learning is located at 2904 Old Glenview Road, Wilmette. For more information, call 847-251-7707.

WINNETKA MENORAH LIGHTING For those who want to celebrate on the first night of Hanukkah, the Chabad Center will ignite a public, six-foot menorah in downtown W innetka’s Station Park at 6 p.m. on December 12, featuring music, holiday treats, songs and Judah the Maccabee in costume.

Lake Forest hotel room between 1986 when he was 16 and 1993. Copeland said those allegations are contained in a report filed with his department in October of last year. Pai was the first alleged victim to come forward. Another alleged victim,

canvas art for Hanukkah. Additionally, a dreidel bounce house will be located in the CHANUKAH WONDER- center of the store. LAND, NORTHBROOK “There will be four magical A vacant storef ront cen- days at Northbrook Court trally located on the first with Hanukkah music, and floor of Northbrook Court the kids will decorate their will be transformed into a own donuts,” said Teldon. Chanukah Wonderland, feaTeldon said there were turing family fun for all ages peak times when the event during four full days of Ha- was packed last year, creating nukkah. a long line out the door. For “Chanukah Wonderland example, the olive oil demwas a big success last year,” onstration attracted a large said Chana Teldon of Chabad crowd. of Northbrook. Teldon will The Chanukah Wonderpartner again this year with land will open December 10 Fegie Slavaticki, Chabad and 11 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Israeli Center to present and December 17 and 18 Chanukah Wonderland. f rom 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cha“ With all of the holiday nukah Wonderland will also music out there, we wanted be open for appointments a Jewish presence as well,” only in the event a school said Teldon. wants to come in with a Slavaticki and Teldon re- group, or a family wants to invented the back of the make a separate appointment former clothing store and for a private showing. turned the fitting rooms into “ There’s a great energ y a tot zone for toddlers. coming f rom Chanukah There’s even a private corner Wonderland, and we encourfor nursing moms to feed age people to check the their babies. schedule of events to plan The f ront of the store will accordingly,” said Teldon. have activities for older children, including make-yourFor more information visit own dreidel snow globes and Chabad Northbrook on Face-

James Lestock, said he had his first encounter with Levine in 1968 when he was a 17-year-old music student in Michigan, according to the Times. Lestock is now a cellist with the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra in North Carolina, according to its website.

book.

Lestock said in the Times  story one of his experiences with Levine took place in a hotel room not far f rom Ravinia “a few years later.” Copeland said these allegations are not currently part of his department’s investigation.

for their guests in the midst of their very cheery Winter HANUKKAH CONCERT, Wonderland series,” said GLENCOE Lippitz. T h e M a x w e l l S t re e t At the Hanukkah Concert, Klezmer Band will perform children will gather to light Hanukkah songs at the the electrical menorah while Chicago Botanic Garden’s the band plays a collection of December 16 Hanukkah traditional Hanukkah songs. Concert in Glencoe. “There’s also plenty of room “ We don’t have the vast where kids can let loose on repertoire as Christmas, so the dance floor,” said Lippitz. the band has put a lot of Lippitz explained that one effort into expanding the of the founding members Hanukkah repertoire by cre- f rom 1983 is still with the ating many original songs band, and most of the band f rom blues to Latin style for players have been with it kids and adults,” said Lori since 1989 and 1990. Lippitz, director of the Musical Director Alex Maxwell Street Klezmer Koffman is “the fiddler and Band. She also performs as a the personality of the band,” singer and guitarist in the said Lippitz. She added that band. Billy Kaplan, who has written Some of the original song some of the original music, titles include Eight Nights of will make a special guest apJoy, Everybody Dance to the pearance at the Botanic GarHanukkah Song, Can You See den’s Hanukkah Concert. the Hanukkah Lights? and Come Home for Hanukkah. Ticket price includes the HaT h e M a x w e l l S t re e t nukkah Concert and a visit to Klezmer Band has been per- Wonderland Express on Sunday, forming at the Botanic December 17, with per forGarden for about 10 years. mances at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. “ The Chicago Botanic at the Chicago Botanic Garden Garden decided to offer in Glencoe. For more informaspecial programming with tion visit www.chicagobolively Klezmer dance music tanic.org.


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Amtrak stop OK’d, gets mixed reaction BY STEVE SADIN DAILYNORTHSHORE.COM

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mtrak favors a Lake Forest stop on its Hiawatha service between Chicago and Milwaukee, but a group of Lake Forest residents is not happy with some of the city’s efforts to obtain that approval. During a Lake Forest City Council meeting December 4 at City Hall, Mayor Rob Lansing read a letter Amtrak expressing approval of making Lake Forest the fourth stop between Milwaukee and Chicago. Before Lansing opened the public comment section of the meeting, he read the letter dated November 30 and gave his opinion why he does not believe the approximate two-mile long third rail feared by residents of the western part of town will ever come to pass. “We have developed potential schedules and forecasts of ridership and revenue associated with a new stop in Lake Forest,” said Joe McHugh, Amtrak’s vice president for state supported services and development, in the letter. “Our forecasting to date has shown that a stop in Lake Forest is expected to bring in

Amtrak is interested in a stop at the west Lake Forest depot.

close to 40,000 new riders to the Hiawathas per year.” Lansing also said the city paid $192,000 to a Washington lobbying firm to help get that decision. He said it was a necessary part of the process. Several residents who spoke after Lansing’s remarks said they were not happy with what they felt was a lack of transparency and a feared tradeoff between the Amtrak stop and a third rail.

“Between July 20, 2016 and October 20, 2017 (the money) was paid to lobby for the Amtrak stop,” said Joanne Desmond, president of the Academy Woods Homeowners Association and a leading organizer against the third rail. “There is no record of that in any minutes.” While Lake Forest has been trying to bring an Amtrak stop to its west side station, in an unrelated matter Amtrak has

posed between Highway 60 in Lake Forest and Rondout near Highway 176. The other will span Glenview and Northbrook between West Lake Avenue and Techny Road. A shorter, 1,500foot third rail is planned north of Greenwood Avenue in Deerfield. Some residents say a perceived increase in freight traffic is causing more noise and vibrations. They want the city to hire a lawyer to fight the third rail. “There is a train that goes by at 3 p.m. for 20 minutes,” said David Rose, one of the residents in the area. “It rumbles past my house like an earthquake. It shakes my wife’s dresser drawers.” Lansing said he has serious doubts there will ever be a third rail even if the FRA allows it. It asked the Federal Railroad Ad- needs funding from Congress to ministration to let it add three the tune of $150 million. Lansing round trips daily between said with all the projects in the pipeline, it is not likely funding Chicago and Milwaukee. The FRA, Illinois Department will be available. One member of the council of Transportation and Wisconsin Department of Transportation who wants the city to discuss the conducted an environmental as- residents’ needs and their consessment. It called for three cerns about transparency is Alholding tracks, which let freights derman Prue Beidler. After the sit while faster passenger trains time for public comment ended and many in the crowd left, she pass. One of those tracks is pro- wanted to have a discussion.

“Are we going to address what we just heard,” said Beidler. “They have a lot of opposition to the third rail and they deserve a response from us. We have to bring them into the process in a constructive way.” Alderman Michelle Moreno suggested an ad hoc committee with members of the council and the community. Lansing said the problem the city is dealing with is it has no authority when it comes to decisions about the holding tracks. There was agreement something should be done but no decision on what it will be. The one condition Amtrak put on a Lake Forest stop is construction of a pedestrian underpass, negating the need for passengers to use a grade crossing to get from the depot to the northbound tracks. Lansing said it will take between two and four years to complete plans for the estimated $9 million project and obtain the funds, hopefully through a federal grant, to pay for the underpass. He said he is also exploring a public-private partnership with some of the businesses in the area to fund part of the underpass project.

Pet People opens in pet-friendly Lake Forest BY STEVE SADIN DAILYNORTHSHORE.COM

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ustomers walking into the new Pet People store in Lake Forest are likely to get a friendly welcome from Ollie, the store dog. Ollie is not any dog. He is specially trained with an approval from the American Kennel Club that his temperament is suitable for his position. “He went through training for a year to become a canine good citizen,” said store manager Kristi Lautenbach, a Lake Bluff resident and Ollie’s owner. “He’s pretty much comfortable in all social situations.” Pet People opened October 27 on Deerpath Road in downtown Lake Forest offering food, toys and other supplies for dogs and cats. Though Pet People sells items for pets besides dogs and cats at many of its locations, the Lake Forest shop specializes in those two animals because it is a smaller store. Lautenbach and her team

will special order items for other animals such as bunnies. Pet People does not sell animals, but there will be opportunities for people to take a pet home from the store, according to Terry Montigny, the company’s community relations manager. “We work with local shelters and animal rescuers to hold special events in our stores,” said Montigny. “That way we can help give homeless animals a home.” Customers’ pets are welcome too. There is a separate room in the back of the store with large windows, where people can bring their pet to bathe it, groom it or both. There is a $12 fee. “We provide the shampoo and everything,” said Montigny. “You just leave with your pet and we’ll take care of the mess.” Great care is given to selecting the food choices Pet People offers people to feed to their pets. Much of it is organic, and some comes frozen. Along with food for mealtime, there are treats and biscuits. Much of the food sold is fresh

Store Manager Kristi Lautenbach with a photo of store dog Olli, at Pet People’s new location in Lake Forest. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOEL LERNER

rather than processed. Raw and freeze dried meals are part of the product mix, which Lautenbach said are healthier for an animal’s skin and teeth, weight control and overall well being. The freeze dried food is beneficial when an owner is away and someone else

is feeding the pet. “You can provide the same nutrients and (the caretaker) does not have to measure it out,” said Lautenbach. “You can do it for them or give them instructions to make it easier. It’s a much healthier way to feed a pet.”

There is also an opportunity to spoil a pet with the bakery section. Custom order cakes are available as well as bulk treats with 18 different varieties. Along with everything a dog or cat needs to eat, there are toys. There are basic playthings and

others meant to challenge the animal’s intellect. One category is puzzle toys. “When the dog or cat figures it out they get a treat. It might be a maze or something they have to move. It gets harder as they get better,” said Montigny. “I’ve tested them all. I promise you,” she added referring to what she has taken home for her basset hound. There is a large section of cat trees. Many are custom made and specially designed. Montigny said the company prides itself on the training it gives employees before they help customers on the sales floor. Workers go through a 12-week course learning about the products. “We have really well educated associates in the store,” said Montigny. Pet People is located at 240 E Deerpath Road, Lake Forest. For more information, visit www.petpeoplestores.com or call (224) 4368138.


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fter fine tuning by the S ustainabilit y and Community Enhancement Ad Hoc Committee (SEC), a pilot program to allow Lake Bluff residents to keep chickens and beehives on their property is on its way to the Village Board of Trustees for consideration. The SEC discussed further details requested by the board’s Committee of the Whole, added some changes to its initial proposal and unanimously recommended the outline of an ordinance November 29 at Village Hall. Along with discussion among committee members, the public had an opportunity to speak. Though owning chickens was discussed, no one from the public made any comments about beehives, and they were not a topic at the meeting. The issues were limited solely to chickens. Originally recommending the outline of an ordinance to the board October 5, the trustees sent the project back to the

SEC November 13 to add more details about the administration of the program as well as dealing with details about structures and zoning. If approved by the board in its current form, the pilot program will allow 15 residents to have chickens or bees. Glen Cole, Lake Bluff ’s assistant to the village administrator, said after the meeting that a total of 15 permits will be issued. The limit is on total permits and not specifically for chickens or bees. There can be any combination of the two that totals 15. Of those 15 permits, they must be on residential lots of 10,000 square feet or more with two possible exceptions. Committee Co-Chair Brian Renner said two permits can be issued to residents whose homes sit on a 7,000-squarefoot lot. There will be no recommended changes to the zoning code. “We don’t see this as part of zoning,” said Renner. “It’s for private single-family homes.” Along with concerns over lot size, the board wanted the

program to be more specific with inspections. Permits would be for a period of no more than 14 months and must be renewed by March 1 of the following year. That gave Renner an idea to build inspections into the permit process. “They can do it at the time of renewal,” said Renner. Frank Swanton and other residents do not want chicken coops around their property, though Swanton did not speak against the proposal in its totality. He wants vigilant oversight by the village and tougher restrictions. “This should not be forced on anyone,” said Swanton. “It should be discussed among neighbors. I don’t want coops on the lot line. There should be ongoing inspections.” Cole said after the meeting that neighbors do not have veto power but their opinions “should be taken very seriously.” The current pilot proposal requires notice to all adjoining property owners and residents letting them know when there will be a hearing on a requested permit.

Cole said he and John Scopelliti, the village’s administrative intern, toured several suburban chicken coops including some in Deerfield before the meeting. There was space for the animals to roam f ree in the yard as well as remain in their enclosure. “They were pretty calm,” said Scopelliti. “They just walked around.” Residents who do get a permit to raise chickens must have at least two and no more than six. They must be hens. Roosters are not allowed. Eggs produced on the property cannot be sold and chickens cannot be killed in public view. Committee member Jill Danly wanted to know how the program’s success will be measured to help the village evaluate whether the pilot program should become permanent. Renner said officials and residents will provide the necessary feedback. The only other North Shore communities that allow chickens on private residential properties are Evanston and Deerfield.

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ith a population of just under 9,000, Glencoe is one of the smaller communities on the North Shore. But village pride is strong among people who reside there as well as those who have moved away and fanned out all over the globe. And now there are just-right gifts for Glencoephiles ever ywhere: Mugs, tumblers, posters and more featuring a map of the village painted by ar tist Mark McMahon. “I am a big fan of his work,” said Chris Barber, owner of The Grand Food Centers in Glencoe and W innetka, which commissioned the map of Glencoe and one of Winnetka, too. Ear lier this year The Grand unveiled its map of Winnetka, also by McMahon. When shoppers round the corner by the cheese area where the map is on display, they take notice. “People tell us it is such a gift f rom the store to the community. People really love it. We are trying to replicate that in the Glencoe store,” said Barber. McMahon also painted a map of Lake Forest for the City of Lake Forest.

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French-born customer once told Mary Greub that her pastry shop’s croissants were the best this side of Paris. “For someone from France to say that, you know it’s a big deal,” said Greub, owner of Gerhard’s Elegant European Desserts in Lake Forest. Having European in the name of the business is a big deal to Greub. She makes a point of using ingredients from the Continent, and follows that style in many of the shop’s recipes. Just don’t call the business a bakery. “We’re more of a European pastry shop,” said Greub, who lives in Lake Forest. “We take pride in our European ingredients. We use natural ingredients and no preservatives. There is less sugar. Americans put so much sugar in the stuff. We use natural sweeteners from berries and confectioners’ sugar.” Gerhard’s has offered customers from the North Shore single portion desserts and other treats along with cakes, pies and special-order items with a European bent for 23 years. The croissants are an example of the care and patience that goes into putting a taste of Europe in Lake Forest. All the baked goods and other treats are prepared daily in the kitchen under the direction of Chef José Silva. “It’s very buttery,” said Chef Silva. They come in butter, chocolate and almond. “We put butter between each layer and fold it over. We roll it and roll it. The more butter the better.” Everything in the shop is fresh and nothing sold is less than 12 hours old. Silva arrives at 4 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday—Gerhard’s is closed Sunday and Monday—to start preparing the day’s treats. There will be no happy hour toward the end of the day or a discounted price on day-old goods. The Church of St. Mary sends someone around to pick up the unsold items to feed those in need. “They’ve picked up our leftovers for 23 years,” Greub said.

Above: An individual Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake with French Macarons and Lavata Cappacino at Gerhard’s Elegant European Desserts in Lake Forest. Right: Chef Jose Silva and owner Mary Grueb with a Passion Fruit Mousse Cake at Gerhard’s Elegant European Desserts in Lake Forest. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOEL LERNER

Some of her favorite desserts are dark chocolate mousse, passion f ruit, tiramisu and cheese cake. They come in individual portions and in larger sizes for customers to take home. Though she admits cheesecake is particularly American, she touts the European qualities of the other pastries. It comes out when she recites the recipe. “It has two layers of genoise, that’s the French translation of cake,” said Greub of the mousse. “Then there are two layers of Swiss chocolate mousse and a thin layer of raspberry jam added for a little sweetness.” The passion f ruit dessert features vanilla genoise with passion f ruit mousse and a crunchy fouilletine bottom. The tiramisu has Galbani

mascarpone cheese along with the other ingredients. “Galbani is the brand name,” said Greub. “It ’s an Italian cheese.” Greub got her European schooling f rom her former husband, Gerhard Greub. They started the shop together 23 years ago and were business partners for 15 years. He was born in Switzerland and trained there. “He worked in some of the finest restaurants and hotels in the world,” she said. Along with their dessert or treat, customers often have coffee, tea or a cold drink and sit at one of the tables in the shop or, in warm weather, at one of the outdoor tables. The shop services everything from a basic American cup of coffee to cappuccino and espresso.

One of Greub’s favorite larger desserts is the plum franchipan. Depending on the season, it can come in cherry or apricot. It has moist layers of almond cake with the fruit baked on the top. Among the more unusual items are sliced cake donuts with a layer of seedless, Swiss

raspberry jam between the slices. Greub said she has not seen it anywhere else and Silva agrees. “In my 40 years experience I’ve never seen it except here,” said Silva. Along with catering to daily customers, Gerhard’s sells special-occasion cakes for

weddings, birthdays and other celebrations. Once customers select a flavor, they decide what it will look like. “We show them pictures or they bring us pictures,” said Greub. “Sometimes they decide quickly and other times they want to check with their florist or consultant.”


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n a hallway near Highland Park High School’s new main gym, a smiling Daniel Michelon — about to answer a post-game question after a big varsity basketball win — spots his father, Rick, walking the other way. “Dad!” the senior guard shouts. Dad turns around. “You once scored 35 points in a game against Maine West, right?” the son asks.

“The team responds well when he shoots well; the guys get excited. He’s good at hunting for his shots. He’s a crafty dribbler in traffic, and he changes speed well, uses screen well. “When he plays with a bounce in his step,” the coach adds, “we play better basketball.” HP ended a season-opening four-game losing streak with the win against Maine West last weekend. Michelon averaged eight points, nearly two assists and a steal per game as a first-year varsity hoopster last winter. Through five games this season, he was averaging 8.8 points per game, with his season-high point total (14) coming in a 61-58 loss to Evanston in a St. Viator Thanksgiving Tournament opener on Nov. 20. “Daniel is playing with more confidence this year,” says HP senior guard Lucas Fleisher, a former “rival” of Michelon when the two battled for backcourt playing time on teams at Lincoln Elementary School. “That shot of his … it’s pure, [Cleveland Cavaliers guard] J.R. Smith-pure. He’s good at navigating around big guys, and he’s added a nice pull-up — Highland Park jumper to his game.” HS senior guard Michelon’s favorite game on Sundays in the fall and early winter Lucas Fleisher, on months is football — fantasy football, to be exact. He welcomes basketball teammate friends, sometimes as many as 15, Daniel Michelon to his house to watch NFL games each Sunday. Rick Michelon, a Highland “I’m in charge of the snacks,” Park HS graduate, stops. Pauses. Michelon says. And then he reveals a humble Viewing NBA games also consmile. sumes his free time, particularly “Yes, Maine West,” the former when the Milwaukee Bucks and guard replies. his favorite player, 22-year-old “He was a shooter,” the proud Giannis “The Greek Freak” AnteHighland Park High School’s Daniel Michelon drives the lane and puts up a shot during play in the tokounmpo, are in action. son says, adding his father has sufSt. Viator Tournament. PHOTOGRAPHY BY GEORGE PFOERTNER fered a pair of knee ligament tears “He does it all — scores, reand an Achilles tendon rupture in Michelon got another delight- bounds, plays good defense, gets Yes, Maine West, on Dec. 1, the quarter. his post-HPHS days. “Scored a lot date HP’s varsity played its first The Warrior guarding Michelon ful earful from the fans the his teammates involved,” Michelon of points. He gives me pep talks game in the new home venue and got all tied up and stumbled back- moment his shot hit nothing but says of the 6-11 guard/small before games. My dad is positive, won 72-59 in a Central Suburban ward because of the 5-foot-11, twine. The entertaining possession forward with the gaudy averages always positive, around me after a League North opener. 160-pounder’s Harlem Globetrot- upped the hosts’ advantage to (29.4 points, 10.2 rebound, 4.5 game, no matter what the outcome But the game, in the Michelon ter-ish move. The Giants’ vocifer- 47-38 — after Maine West (which assists, 1.8 steals and 1.8 blocks). was. If I had a tough night with household and beyond, won’t be ous fans roared their approval as trailed 37-23 at the half ) had found “Big NBA fan; I’m a big NBA fan.” Fleisher, meanwhile, is a Daniel my shot, he tells me, ‘Keep shoot- remembered for any of the shots Michelon prepared to elevate from life with a 13-2 run from the 6:18 ing; you’re a shooter.’ ” taken by Daniel. Nobody will three-point real estate. mark to the 1:41 mark of the third Michelon fan, a big Daniel MiDaniel Michelon (pronounced forget the crossover dribble he had chelon fan. “That was the loudest the crowd frame. Michael-on) had just scored nine executed before nailing a trey in got tonight,” Giants senior guard And not just when Michelon is “Daniel is an excellent shooter,” points against … Maine West. the final minute of the third Ziv Tal would say later. Giants coach Paul Harris says. doing his thing on hardwood.

He’s a ball of energy, always smiling, always making people laugh, always ready to brighten everybody’s day in school.

“He’s a ball of energy, always smiling, always making people laugh, always ready to brighten everybody’s day in school,” says Fleisher, who, with his all-out hustle and willingness to suffer a floor burn or two, kept a key possession alive in the third quarter of the game against Maine West last weekend. “He’s caring … he genuinely cares about others and our team. “Daniel,” he adds, “loves our team, loves being a part of it.” A Miles Michelon is a member of the school’s freshman hoops team. “Plays guard,” Daniel Michelon says of his brother. “Likes to shoot, too.” Notable: HPHS senior guard Ziv Tal poured in a season-high 30 points — including 21 in the first half — in a 72-59 defeat of visiting Maine West (1-4, 0-1 in the Central Suburban League North) on Dec. 1. The total was two shy of his career-high point total in a game (achieved twice last winter, once against Maine West and once against Maine East) and swelled his points-per-game average to 23.3. Twelve of his points in the MW game came via the ‘3’ ball. The 6-foot-1, 190pounder also finished with six rebounds and six steals against the Warriors. Senior guard Noah Shutan was next among Giants with 13 points, followed by senior guard/forward Tyler Gussis (10), senior guard Daniel Michelon (9) and senior guard/forward Jonny Koenig (9). Michelon also grabbed six boards, including three in his five-point third quarter. Senior forward Ethan Goldberg came down with four rebounds off the bench for the Giants (1-4, 1-0). HP coach Paul Harris, on Maine West’s surge in the third quarter, when the Warriors used 5-0 and 8-0 spurts to narrow the 14-point gap HP had enjoyed at the break: “Maine West picked up the tempo in the third quarter and put a lot of pressure on us. I have to give a lot of credit to my assistants Ross [Deutsch] and Brian [Lukens], because both gave me good advice on changing things up after that third quarter.”


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ff the rink, away from the nets she protects as Loyola Academy’s hockey goaltender, junior Kayla Johnson likes to watch horror movies. She saw It in a theater not too long ago. The flick, based on a novel by Stephen King, is about a not-so-friendly clown named Pennywise. “I embrace the fear when I watch scary movies,” said Johnson, a first-year Ramblers goalie who lives in Wheeling and attends St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights. Her biggest fear in a hockey game? “Letting my teammates down.” The 5-foot-11 Johnson did just the opposite in LA’s Quadheader clash with New Trier’s girls hockey club at Centennial Ice Rink in Wilmette on Dec. 3. Reigning Amateur Hockey Association Illinois (AHAI) state runner-up LA edged NT 1-0, thanks to Johnson’s saves and freshman Bryn Jones’ breakaway goal with 3:43 left in the second period. “It can be very stressful, doing all you can to stop shots as your team’s last line of defense,” she added. “But that stress can be helpful, because it gets your adrenaline going. Hockey games, like some movies, can be thrilling.” NT — which beat LA 4-3 on Oct. 3 and 3-0 on Nov. 19 — had entered the game with a 9-0 record. “Our goalie played great,” firstyear Ramblers coach Ralph Dynek said. “So did our lines, all four. Our ‘D’ corps … outstanding. We kept up with [NT’s] energy, and we adjusted well. “We have a couple of great leaders in Caty [Cusick, team captain] and Kaela [Finegan], along with so many fine young players, so many talented sophomores and freshmen. Caty and Kaela do a good job controlling and encouraging their teammates.” LA junior Gabriella Ciesla, an alternate captain, initiated her club’s scoring sequence with a deft maneuver under pressure near center ice.

But that stress [in hockey games] can be helpful, because it gets your adrenaline going. Hockey games, like some movies, can be thrilling. — Loyola Academy junior goaltender Kayla Johnson hockey coaches under head coach Ralph Dynek, whose daughters, Grace and Ivy, played for New Trier ice hockey teams earlier this decade. Ivy scored the gamewinning goal in NT’s 3-2 doubleovertime defeat of Loyola Academy in the 2014 Amateur Hockey Association Illinois (AHAI) state girls championship game at United Center … Flashback: LA, coached by Michael Glass in the 2016-17 season, fell Loyola Academy goaltender Kayla Johnson prepares to stop a shot by New Trier’s Julia Laden during the Quadheader. PHOTOGRAPHY 7-3 to Glenbrook in the AHAI BY GEORGE PFOERTNER state championship game at “New Trier’s defense was in Wrigleyville. “We just played face each game.” Glenview Stars girls teams (U10 United Center in March. … LA’s pinching us,” said Dynek, whose hard, went hard to the puck. and U12) won back-to-back state current squad had won five “We passed well, too.” other alternate captain is junior New Trier: New Trier first- championships. His 2013 Girls straight games — outscoring its Jane O’Connor. “The best way to New Trier, which had out- year girls hockey coach Bill Brush U14 Chicago Young Americans opponents by a combined 38-5 respond to that is to chip up, chip scored its first nine opponents succeeded Nelson Forsberg, a club skated to a national cham- — before a 3-0 home loss to New up, chip up.” 45-12, did not let up a bit after member of New Trier Green’s pionship in San Jose, California. Trier at American Heartland Ice Ciesla “golfed” the puck over the goal, relying on its collective state championship team in 1999 Bill, a graduate of Hersey High Arena in Lincolnwood on Nov. NT sticks, and Jones caught up speed and surplus of skills to and the Amateur Hockey As- School in Arlington Heights, and 19. … LA senior captain Caty to it before chipping it again, this prevent LA (7-3) from settling sociation Illinois (AHAI) Girls his wife, Liz, live in Mount Pros- Cusick recently received Blacktime off a side board. Jones then into any kind of comfort zone. High School Coach of the Year pect. Brit Schneiders and Katy hawks ServICE Volunteer of the raced some more, controlled the NT senior captain Maureen Mc- in 2010. Forsberg guided NT Shadek are serving at Brush’s Month honors, along with two puck and approached NT goal- Nerney was always a threat with teams to AHAI state titles in assistant coaches. Their daughter, tickets to a Chicago Blackhawks the puck on her stick. tender Hayden Snow. 2012 and ’14. Brush began coach- Abby, is a student and hockey home game that accompanied “Every team we play has four ing youth hockey in 1986 with player at Plattsburgh State the recognition. … Quote-worJones’ shot flew to the norththy: “She’s fiery out there, isn’t east corner of the goal. or five girls with ridiculous his brother, Bob, in Glenview. College in New York. she?” — Ramblers coach Ralph “We dictated the tempo really dangles (quick hands and excep- They coached Glenview Stars well against a team that has a lot tional stick skills),” Dynek said. boys teams for more than 12 years Notable: Mike Fates and Jen- Dynek, on LA freshman Caroof speed and ability to move the “It’s really impressive, the number before Bill began to organize nifer Boniecki are serving as line Smith, a speedy and fearless puck fast,” said Jones, who lives of outstanding hockey players we clinics and house leagues for girls. Loyola Academy assistant girls forward.


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LA’s fourth goal — a game-winner by O’Brien —clinches thrilling overtime win in Quadheader BY BILL MCLEAN, SPORTS@NORTHSHOREWEEKEND.COM

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idan Finegan slapped a screamer of a shot in the overtime session of a boys hockey game last weekend. The puck off the stick of the Loyola Gold junior resembled a dark poker chip, as it hissed wide right of the goal in the annual Quadheader game with New Trier Green on Dec. 3. Green senior goaltender Hayden Wieczorek watched it sail to his left and must have heard it dent a board behind him at the Centennial Ice Rink in Wilmette. An alert Eamon O’Brien, another LA Gold junior, fielded

We found a way to win, and we did it with our resilience. — LA Gold boys hockey coach D.J. LaVarre, after his team’s 4-3 overtime defeat of New Trier Green in a Quadheader game in Wilmette last weekend the carom with his stick and stuffed it past Wieczorek for a one-foot goal — the suddenvictory tally in a 4-3 decision before a packed, raucous crowd. “The puck … it was right there for me,” said O’Brien, a Wilmette resident whose first goal of the night had extended LA’s lead to 3-1 at the 4:50 mark of the second period. LA Gold (25-1-1) had defeated two-time reigning AHAI state champion New Trier Green (22-8-1) in their previous two meetings this season: 4-2 at Winnetka Ice Arena on Oct. 25; 5-0 at American Heartland Ice Arena in Lincolnwood on Nov. 19. “That’s good, sure, but it’s not the season; we’re nowhere near March,” said Gold coach D.J.

Members of the Loyola Gold boys hockey team hit the glass and celebrate their overtime victory over New Trier PHOTOGRAPHY BY GEORGE PFOERTNER

LaVarre, whose club fell to Providence Catholic in an AHAI state semifinal last season. “We’re taking this week to week. “I liked our resilience night,” he added. NT Green struck first, getting a power-play goal from senior Costa Pavlopoulos with 7:22 left in the first period; junior Mark Ashmore and senior Sam Shrier provided the assists. Gold knotted it with a power-play goal by junior alternate captain Cooper Prawdzik (on a assists from juniors Timmy Hackett and Nick Liebers) in the first minute

of the second period. About three minutes before O’Brien’s first goal, LA senior Zack Bartuce broke the 1-1 tie, with helpers coming off the sticks of senior captain Danny Stevens and senior John Purcell. Gold entered the third period with a seemingly comfortable 3-1 advantage and an excessive amount of momentum. But Green gave its home fans two excuses to pop out of their seats and strain their vocal cords. Junior Bobby Soudan’s goal narrowed the gap to 3-2, and — nearly eight minutes later (with

4:01 left in regulation) — senior Mason Smith beat Gold goaltender Hugh Brady to even it at 3-3. “All of a sudden, the other team has all of the momentum,” LaVarre said. “Hey, we found a way to win, and we did it with our resilience.” And with his club’s special teams. All three of Gold’s goals in regulation came via the power play. Green’s three goals? Power play, power play, power play. “Special teams,” LaVarre said,

“were huge tonight.” Stevens appreciated an order his coaches had delivered to the team with a few minutes left in the third period. “They told us to sit back and relax; we were skating faster than our minds were thinking,” said Stevens, in his third season with LA’s top hockey team. “We needed to slow it down, and that helped us.” What NT Green needs to do the next time it faces LA Gold? “Win,” NT senior defenseman Gavin Randle said.

Notable: LA Gold junior Timmy Hackett finished with two assists in his team’s 4-3 defeat of New Trier Green in the Quadheader game on Dec. 3. … New Trier Green’s other assists in the game with LA Gold came from sophomore Brian Dolby, senior Connor Baldwin and juniors Jakob Travis and Bobby Soudan. … NT Green’s players changed their uniforms after the Quadheader warm-up session last weekend. They returned to the ice in bright green-and-white togs, looking a lot like Boston Celtics hoopsters in skates. … LA junior Nick Liebers recently received Blackhawks ServICE Volunteer of the Month honors, along with the two tickets to a Chicago Blackhawks game that accompanied the recognition. … NT Green’s top players in points, through Dec. 3: Soudan (26 goals, 28 assists); John Robinson (23, 27); Travis (17, 11); Tyler Baird (7, 14), Sam Shrier (9, 10); Baldwin (3, 16); and Costa Pavlopoulos (7, 12). … NT Green goaltender Hayden Wieczorek has a record of 11-4; and his teammate, Ethan Paul, is 11-4-1 in goal. … LA senior goaltender Hugh Brady, backup to senior Thomas Moran, hasn’t lost a game since filling in for Moran for the past two weeks. “Hugh has been great for us,” LA Gold captain Danny Stevens said, adding Brady didn’t survive tryout cuts a year ago. … NT Green’s AHAI state championship this past March was its 14th in program history and sixth in nine years. … Coach Bob Melton’s Green team routed Barrington 14-1 at North Shore Ice Arena on Oct. 15. Travis scored four of his five goals in Green’s seven-goal first period; all but one of his tallies were evenstrength goals. He and Dolby had the assists on a Mark Ashmore goal in the second period. Shrier paced the team in assists with four, one more than Ashmore’s total. … NT Green junior Gavin Randle was asked to select his team’s unsung hero after the Quadheader game on Dec. 3. “[Senior] Hunter Roggekamp,” Randle said. “He doesn’t score a lot of goals, but he always plays incredibly hard in every game.”


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Checking in with LFC’s all-time winningest women’s hockey coach BY BILL MCLEAN ILLUSTRATION BY BARRY BLITT

Girl in middle school makes a boys club soccer team because a girls team does not exist. Resentful boy on team throws a burr at girl. Burr sticks in girl’s hair. “It took me forever to get that out,” recalls the girl, Carisa Wahlig, 40 years old today, the wife of Alex, the mother of two sons (Alex Jr., 2, and Watson, 7 months) and the women’s ice hockey coach at Lake Forest College since 2005. “I was a tomboy. I got picked on. But incidents like that with the boy motivated me, made me more determined, and I became stronger mentally. When somebody told me I couldn’t do something when I was young, I did everything I could to do it.” Wahlig, a Lake Forest resident since early 2016, sits with me and her two sons at Egg Harbor Café in Lake Forest. Big-eyed Alex Jr., seated to her right, is full of energy and curiosity; Watson rests silently in a baby car seat to Wahlig’s left. The 1995 Glenbrook South High School graduate and all-time leader in points in women’s hockey at the University of New Hampshire orders coffee and a scrambled-egg skillet with bacon, green peppers, cheese and potatoes. Her LFC Foresters hockey squad is scheduled to face visiting Trine (Indiana) University later tonight, four days before welcoming Aurora University for its first outdoor game (at The Winter Club in Lake Forest, on Dec. 5) in program history. “It’s been challenging and rewarding, balancing life as a mom and a full-time coach,” says Wahlig (formerly Carisa Zaban, or “Zabes” to her hockey mates), who also teaches a strength and conditioning class for students and a fitness class for faculty and staff members at LFC. “I’ve mellowed as a coach, but I still have the same intensity I’ve always had. I still want to win. Developing team chemistry is really important to me, and the ultimate goal for my program — a national championship — will never change. “I’m not interested in women who come out for college hockey just to have fun.”

The all-time winningest women’s ice hockey coach at LFC with a career mark of 188-103-39 (including 7-3 this winter), Wahlig guided a team to the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA) Slaats Cup championship game for the third time in four years last season. She earned NCHA Coach of the Year honors in 2010, 2013 and 2014. Myles Gottainer taught a 5-year-old Carisa how to skate and coached her on elite youth hockey teams. A 26-year-old Carisa coached a high school girls hockey team with Gottainer. “I was in charge of the forwards, and Myles was in charge of the defensive players,” says Wahlig, who won a silver medal at the 2001 World Championships with the U.S. National Team and skated with the pre-Olympic team in 2002. “It was during that time with Myles that I realized, This is clicking, this is exactly what I want to do. Myles was like family to me. He was so good at getting his messages across to a player without making it seem like he was picking on a player. Yes, he was tough, but his players knew he cared. I strive to be the kind of coach he was to me. “I’ll never be as good, but I can always continue to strive.” One of her players once sat down in Wahlig’s office for a captains meeting with her arms crossed. Wahlig’s blunt message to the defiant player: “That’s bad body language; uncross your arms.” The player uncrossed her arms. That same player became a hockey coach years later. “She told me,” a smiling Wahlig says, “that one of her players crossed her arms in front of her, and the scene immediately reminded her of the time I had pointed out her bad body language in my office.” Wa h l i g , playing center, led her first University of New Hamp-

shire women’s hockey team to a national championship in the 1995-96 season. She read the ice well, burned defenses with her quick hands and maneuvered the puck well in tight spaces. A right knee ligament tear kept her off the ice for the entire season two years later — when UNH captured another national title. “I learned the importance of playing good defense in a hurry, without it hurting my off ense, ” Wahlig recalls. “If I didn’t play defense, I’d get benched. I didn’t like that. I had to become a better two-way player in college.

Yes, he was tough, but his players knew he cared. I strive to be the kind of coach he was to me. — Lake Forest College women’s ice hockey coach Carisa Wahlig, on her first skating coach, Myles Gottainer “Sometimes,” the Glenview native adds, “while watching the Blackhawks on TV, I’ll yell, ‘Why aren’t you backchecking!?’ at [star right winger] Patrick Kane.” Wahlig played one year (2002-03) of professional hockey for HC Lugano, in Switzerland. All she did there was lead the league in scoring. Elite roller hockey players persuaded her to give that sport a try a short time later. Wahlig trained with the national women’s team in California and competed at the 2004 World Championships in the Czech Republic. All that team did was collect a gold medal. Not bad for a self-described “geek” who loved to read and collect comic books and play street hockey with older brother Scott in her early years. Girl makes another boys club soccer team a year after the incident with the burr. Girl plays quite well. Once again.

Carisa Wahlig

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