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or Winnetka resident Brad McLane and the august Sheridan Road house known as the Wayside, it was love at first sight. The 19th century home, once occupied by Henry Demarest Lloyd, a socialist-bent reformer and muckraking Chicago Tribune journalist who exposed abuses of industrial monopolies, is included on the National Register of Historic Places. McLane, who had lived with his family for 18 years on Provident Avenue, passed it on his running route. “It’s not often you get the chance to live in a unique, beautiful house like this,” McLane said. So when it went on the market in 2013, he purchased it. “Wayside” is ironic, because when McLane bought the

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s tens of thousands of people descend on Lake Forest in September for the BMW Championship, they will have the opportunity to watch many of the world’s top professional golfers such as Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler. Spectators will also help approximately 900 caddies a year attend college. All proceeds from the Western Golf Association tournament September 14-17 at Conway Farms Golf Club go to the Evans Scholars Foundation, covering tuition and housing for current and future scholars. The scholarship is need-based but also requires a good academic record as well as a demonstration of work and leaderContinued on PG 8

Evans Scholars from Lake Forest, from left, Roger Mohr, Mark Rinaolo and Tim Newman, walk off the 18th green at Conway Farms, where the BMW Championship will take place September 14-17. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOEL LERNER

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NEWS STATUE Cont. from PG 1 house, he discovered it came with an unexpected treasure that itself had fallen by the wayside; a statue located at the northwest corner of Sheridan Road and Lloyd Place commissioned from sculptor Charles Oscar Haag. That statue was unveiled in 1914. Its official name is Cornerstone of the Castle, and it depicts a “dejected worker,” according to the book, American Sculpture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. McLane and his family call the statue Everyman. On the statue is affixed this inscription: “Society should give every man not his daily bread, but a chance to earn his daily bread.” The statue and the ground upon which it sat belonged to the state of Illinois, which was responsible for maintaining it, according to documents McLane found. “It was all overgrown and decaying,” he said. “They were not in compliance. I went to the state and their reaction was, ‘We own what?’” McLane asked if they wanted him to bill the state for maintenance or if they just wanted to deed him the land and the CADDIE Continued from PG 1 ship ability shown while caddying. More than 10,400 people have received an Evans scholarship. Roger Mohr of Lake Forest, who was an Evans Scholar at Marquette University in Milwaukee from 1949 to 1953, said the average grade point average of a scholar today is 3.2 on a 4-point scale. The graduation rate is 95 percent. He has remained active in the organization since he graduated. Mohr, Alderman Tim Newman and 2017 Lake Forest High School graduate Mark Rinaolo have embraced the meaning of what the opportunity of an Evans Scholarship means. When it looked like donations from members of the WGA and tournament proceeds might not be enough to fund scholarships, Mohr started the organization’s endowment in 1989. The endowment is worth $84 million today. A former alderman and a co-winner of the city’s annual Lawrence R. Temple Distinguished Service Award for 2015, Mohr said his Evans Scholarship is largely respon-

Brad McLane and his 13- year-old daughter Elizabeth with the Haag Statue at the corner of their home at Lloyd Place and Sheridan Road in Winnetka. Elizabeth’s old Halloween costumes were Everyman’s first outfits. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOEL LERNER

statue. The state chose the latter holidays or special events. In Arlynn Leiber Presser’s pictooption, and under the care of anticipation of Labor Day, the rial history, Winnetka, the comMcLane and his family, Every- statue is currently bedecked in munity, while affluent, “still man has emerged as something a construction zone vest and maintained a forward-thinking of a cult celebrity in the com- hardhat. attitude.” The Wayside Inn munity. Drivers along Sheridan Lloyd bought the house in hosted meetings by activists and Road may crane their necks to 1878. Built two decades earlier, community organizers. get a glimpse of the statue, it was originally the Wayside Lloyd described himself as which the family whimsically Inn and located on the Win- “socialist-anarchist-communistdecorates to commemorate netka shoreline. According to individualist-collectivist-coopsible for the success he has achieved in his 85 years. He shared the prize with his wife, Pauline Mohr. College was not even a thought in Mohr’s mind in his early teens in the 1940s. His father died when he was young and his family was hard hit in the Depression. He caddied at the Milwaukee Country Club to help his family. “College first loomed for me when I learned about the Evans. I was the first member of my family to attend college. I was the first Evans Scholar from the Milwaukee Country Club. I was the first Evans scholar to graduate f rom Marquette. Today there is a chapter house with 60 scholars.” Eventually Mohr became an advertising executive in Chicago, rising from an announcer for radio spots to president of the agency. He said he has donated the value of his scholarship to the organization many times over. He is not alone. So has Newman, who graduated from Purdue University in 1976. “You are always an Evans Scholar,” said Newman. “I never would have gotten the education I did without it. I’ve given back my scholarship

several times over.” Growing up in Decatur, Newman caddied at the Country Club of Decatur partly to get himself closer to golf and play on Mondays. Then he found out about the Evans scholarship, and it changed his life. He had opportunities to go to small schools and play basketball, but those offers were not as all inclusive as the Evans. Newman did play basketball for the Boilermakers for two years, but he said he was not wedded to the team like most scholarship athletes are today because he was an Evans Scholar. After graduating f rom Purdue, Newman earned a master’s degree from DePaul University in finance and taxation. He eventually moved to Lake Forest with his family and has been a financial advisor since 1998. Newman joined the caucus and eventually served six years on the Plan Commission before joining the Lake Forest City Council. He continues his involvement with the WGA and Evans Scholars. Rinaolo began caddying at Conway Farms in 2014 because, like Mohr before him, his

family needed the money. He said they incurred financial losses during the Great Recession, his mother had to work longer hours, and he caddied to help out. “On my first day they said you could get a scholarship,” said Rinaolo, adding he knew nothing of the scholarship when he took the job. “When

erative-aristocratic-democrat.” In 1881, he wrote “The Story of a Great Monopoly” for The Atlantic Monthly. The issue containing the controversial exposé of the Standard Oil trust sold out seven printings, and the article is credited with moving antitrust legislation to the forefront of national debate, paving the way for the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890, the magazine stated in 1999. Lloyd’s son William joined the Socialist Party in 1906. He ran unsuccessfully for an Illinois Senate seat in 1918. Two years later, he and 38 others were indicted for sedition. In 1922, he served eight days in prison. He would later shift to the Republican Party. The McLanes’ first forays into decorating the statue were modest. Once the covering vegetation had been trimmed back, the brooding figure “looked lonely,” McLane said. Shopping at Grand Foods during the winter holiday season, he asked to borrow one of their Christmas stocking decorations for Everyman. “It looked perfect,” he said. “I took a photo and sent it to the Grand. And then (the family) said, ‘Let’s think about other holidays.’”

A top hat for the New Year and Mylar balloons for Valentine’s Day followed. Daughter Elizabeth, 13, was very involved with decorating the statue until she became busy with school and hockey (two other family members, Emily and Connor, live in France and Boston, respectively). A turning point for the statue was when, unbeknownst to the family, it was designated a PokeStop when Pokemon GO was all the rage. “Kids started riding up on their bikes,” McLane said with a laugh. Now, neighborhood children offer decorating ideas for Everyman, such as a Pilgrim theme for Thanksgiving. Recently, a bike helmet was purloined from Everyman’s head. When McLane posted on a Winnetka community website a tongue-in-cheek request for its return in Everyman’s words (“I am sad”) an anonymous donor replaced the helmet within 24 hours. “People say it’s fun, no one is critical,” McLane said. The family is already looking ahead to Halloween. Ironically, considering Lloyd’s activism, they have done nothing concerning politics or elections.

I got home I researched it ... I decided right away I was going to go for it.” Rinaolo will start his freshman year at Northwestern University in September. He is planning to major in biology and take all pre-med requirements. Also an Eagle Scout, Rinaolo said that experience taught him about service and

leadership. He is primed to follow in the footsteps of Mohr and Newman. “I know I’ll need more education. I would like to do Doctors Without Borders. Giving back is an obligation in life. If it were not for the Evans, caddying would have been just another summer job,” said Rinaolo.





Winnetka Wine Walk brings hope to boys, girls BY JULIE KEMP PICK DAILYNORTHSHORE.COM


he East Elm Wine Walk invites guests to spend Saturday, September 16, walking through the beautiful streets of downtown Winnetka to peruse shops and sip wine served by Wilmette Wine Cellar’s knowledgeable reps. The event benefits Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois. “Boys Hope Girls Hope helps change the trajectory of the lives of so many that have limited options because of where they are growing up,” said Peter BealeDelVecchio, executive director. “Events like the East Elm Wine Walk mean that we will have support to further the important work that we do.” Beale-DelVecchio said Boys Hope Girls Hope provides a family like environment for scholars. The proceeds from the East Elm Wine Walk will go directly toward food, housing, tuition, technology for school, electronic text book subscriptions, uniforms, ACT preparation, extracurricular fees, and counseling. Beale-DelVecchio said Boys

The Winnetka Wine Walk supports children from Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois.

Hope Girls Hope scholars come from North Chicago, Waukegan, and the south, west, and north sides of Chicago. “There is a lot of progress being made, but the challenges of getting a high quality education in their neighborhoods is still very real,” he said. “Coupled with the violence that we hear about day after day, we have to find answers for this next generation that want to chase the opportunity for better education.”

Co-chair Deb McMahon, manager of J. McLaughlin Winnetka, created the event three years ago to showcase the shops and restaurants in the Winnetka business districts. She said that despite pouring rain and conflicts with other events, there still was a nice turnout at the 2016 East Elm Wine Walk. That event also benefited Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois. “Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois is not only a great charity,

but they also have a strong support base, and they’re a wonderful organization to work with,” she said. McMahon said the East Elm Wine Walk will pair wine with local food offerings, and that there will be more food vendors this year, including Grateful Bites, Little Ricky’s, Trifecta, Mirani’s at Home, Stacked & Folded, Café Aroma, Guildhall, and The Floured Apron. Throughout the Wine Walk, Tom Boyle, owner of Wilmette Wine Cellar, will have trained wine

reps pouring wine at each store. “Tom provides all of the wine and he’s fabulous,” said McMahon. East Elm Wine Walk began featuring live music last year, and it will partner with the North Shore Music Institute to provide music in different locations. “We’re grateful to the chamber, the village and Boys Hope Girls Hope to have some great organizations behind us,” said McMahon, who is thrilled to be working with her first co-chair, Rachel Mann, managing director of CONLON/ Christie’s International Real Estate’s North Shore Office, Winnetka. Mann said that while guests are sampling wine and enjoying light bites, they will have the opportunity to explore the 16 local participating businesses, boutiques and shops on East Elm Street in Winnetka. Mann also has high praise for Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois. “The kids and their stories are incredibly inspiring and they are always willing to assist in preparation for this event,” said Mann. “Peter Beale-DelVecchio and his

team of leaders from Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois have been amazing to work with.” McMahon said each guest will receive a tasting glass, a swag bag and a tour book that includes information about Boys Hope Girls Hope, a map for each stop and explanation of which wine is being poured at each stop. Tickets may be purchased for $50 online or $60 at the door. “The total ticket price goes to the charity, as we have all of our expenses covered via our sponsorships,” said McMahon. She added this year East Elm Wine Walk will be considering having two walk-in registration sites, as the majority of the stops are on Lincoln, because Elm is going to be under construction. East Elm Wine Walk will be held on September 16 from 4 to 7 p.m. on the corner of Lincoln and Elm Street, Winnetka. For tickets and more information on the check-in sites visit: w w w. p i c a t i c . c o m / e a s te l m winewalk2017. Madeline Karnes contributed to this story.

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he Chicago Botanic Garden’s Nichols Hall will look like the inside of a firecracker when some 2,000 flowers ranging in size from a Frisbee to a plum are placed on competition tables for the 2017 National Dahlia Show September 9 and 10. Dahlias are known for producing huge flowers, but for the first time at the national competition level there will be a section of “micro dahlias” also vying for recognition. These diminutive pompons come in various forms, all less than 2 inches in diameter, but the competition is just as fierce, and the joy of winning just as huge, as with the extra-jumbo blooms. “Since this is the national show, we expect there will be roughly triple the number of blooms that are typically displayed at the annual Central States show,” said George Koons of Glencoe, a spokesman for the Central States Dahlia Society. The society recently surveyed members to ask what makes dahlias so special. This is what they said:

Some 2,000 blooms will be competing at the National Dahlia Show on September 9 and 10 at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe.

•Dahlias come in a wide range of sizes - from 2 to 12-inches. They can grow in gardens, containers, and flower boxes by choosing appropriate size  •Range of color - virtually all colors but blue.  They come in solid, bi-color, and variegated types •Easy to grow - some say, “If you can grow a tomato, you can grow a dahlia”  •Relatively inexpensive - while tubers for the newest varieties can cost $25, hundreds of old favorites

can be had for between $5 and $10 per tuber. Considering that you could get maybe 10 blooms per plant, it is a very inexpensive way to decorate your house  •Prolific bloomers - unlike many other types of flowers, the more you cut dahlia blooms, the more blooming you encourage.  Your house can constantly have a vase on display •Long growing season - from July to first frost.  Dahlias are in your garden when most other plants are past their peak

“Of these, I personally think that the last is the strongest argument for having dahlias in your garden,” said Koons. “Who wouldn’t like having beautiful flowers in their house for three or four months of the year at a minimal cost and with relatively little effort?” The 2017 National Dahlia Show will take place September 9 and 10 from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Chicago Botanic Garden.






Francesca’s maintains tradition while trying new things BY STEVE SADIN DAILYNORTHSHORE.COM

pictures of food. If I see something in a magazine that looks colorful rancesca’s Restaurant Group and I think the customers will like, has provided Chicagoland I make it. I keep it interesting with with traditional Italian fare for a few great ingredients.” Though the new introductions 25 years along with the variety accompanying its rotating monthly have to do with what is both in menu. There will always be pasta, season and what is available, Salapizza and salad staples, but a diner tino said he keeps the basic, simple looking for a fish or chicken dish philosophy of Italian cooking in from a recipe crafted by corporate mind at all times. chef Massimo Salatino can order “I’ll take a great sea bass from that as well. the Mediterranean and add extra “We change our menu monthly,” virgin olive oil, sea salt and fresh said Salatino. “We listen to what lemon juice,” said Salatino. “Then our customers want, and there are I can either oven bake it or pan sear new ideas I get.” it.” With 23 restaurants and all but Along with continually adding four in the Chicago area, North new selections and removing others, Shore residents have a choice of Salatino said he has his favorite selecting Francesca’s Intimo in Lake staples. Items that may get tweaked Forest or Francesca’s North near but will never go away include Pollo downtown Northbrook with the Arrosto alla Romana—roasted half same menu choices in both spots. chicken with shallots, rosemary, Salatino said he does like to garlic, lemon and olive oil—and come up with new dishes or varia- Salmone alla Fresca—salmon with tions on existing themes to keep avocado, tomatoes, red onions, olive the diners’ choice fresh. He also oil, basil and lemon over asparagus. considers the customer feedback he Other staples include appetizers Above: Chef Javier Gomez serves up the Linguine Con Prociutto Di receives and the traditions started such as fried calamari and capriccio, Parma e Basilico at Francesca’s North in Northbrook. Right: Pollo by founder and owner Scott Harris as well as salads, basic pizzas and a Arrosto Alla Romana. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOEL LERNER build-your-own pizza selection. in 1992. Chicken and fish are always on by Salatino. For those who want director of operations with direct “Nothing will reinvent the wheel,” said Salatino. “I love to see the menu with variations created beef, Joe Taylor, the company’s responsibility for both the Lake


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The Brawny Bunch New Trier unlooses trio of formidable tight ends in season-opening rout BY BILL MCLEAN, SPORTS@NORTHSHOREWEEKEND.COM


hey are New Trier tight ends today. They sat together in basements years ago, playing with building bloc ks as 3-year-olds. “I’m guessing they were pretty big kids back then,” Trevians football coach Brian Doll said of 6-foot-7, 223pound senior Brian Kaiser and 6-3, 225-pound senior Max Kaufman. The former bib-wearing architects are still good f riends in 2017, and both had impactful games in NT’s 31-0 defeat of visiting York in the season opener for both schools on Aug. 25. Kaufman, also a defensive end, recorded

Our energy in all four quarters — that’s what I really like about our team this year. We’re electric, especially on defense.”

Trevs boast another tight end in 6-5, 240-pound junior Duke Olges, who also hits as a linebacker on Game Nights. “A major, major Division I prospect,” Doll said of Olges, who came down with a nine— New Trier senior yard reception and stopped a tight end/defensive end ball carrier for no gain. Doll had all three tight Max Kaufman ends line up in a bunch fora sack in the D ukes’ first mation on plays in the opener. Imagine the sound of colseries, batted away a pass in the third quarter and caught lective gulps made by defena four-yard pass f rom class- sive backs at the sight of that mate Reed Bianucci. North- 688-pound cluster. Unlike Kaiser and Olges, western University-bound Kaiser caught two passes for Kaufman doesn’t intend to 45 yards, with his second re- play organized football in ception covering 36 yards in college. Born in Cleveland, the first drive of the fourth Kaufman is interested in atquarter, and even ran the ball tending Ohio State University, where his sister, Hailey, twice for 10 more yards. Another f rightening reality, is majoring in sports marketfor teams on NT’s schedule: ing. “Ohio State,” the probable the reigning Central Suburban League South champion economics major said with a

smile, “is pretty good in football each year; you might have heard. This is it for me in football, this season. “O ur energ y in all four quarters — that’s what I really like about our team this year. We’re electric, especially on defense.” On the other side of the ball, Kaufman plays with a physicality-first approach. “Brian,” Kaufman said, “is very quick and very focused. We complement each other well.” Olges? “Intense and extremely physical,” Doll said. “I like what all three tight ends bring to games. I can count on Max being dialed in on offense and defense, and Kaiser might appear laid-back, but he cares deeply about the team and his teammates. He looks after them in a fatherly way.”

Kaufman looks menacing in a New Trier uniform. In his work uniform? Softer. You would, too, if you served softser ve ice cream at a Dairy Q ueen after creaming and blocking gridders. “Have not paid for anything at DQ for three years,” Kaufman said. “And I specialize in making blizzards.” On the fourth play of last weekend’s season opener in Northfield, a nor’easter in pads and a helmet sacked York senior quarterback David Leonard. It was Kaufman. “I saw the quarterback roll out, I shed a blocker, and then I got him at full speed,” he recounted. NT’s entire defense stymied York all night. The linemen, the linebackers and the secondary all had a say in the shutout. Defensive backs

Jacob Levy, Matt Mosher and Mike Neuhaus each had an interception. A junior named Duke [Olges] tackled a Duke named James Moag at the line of scrimmage. “I’m really proud of our defense, our defensive coordinator [ Jason Dane] and his coaches,” said Doll, whose squad edged York 14-10 in Elmhurst in the season opener last year and finished with a record of 8-3. “It ’s always tough to prepare for an option offense like York’s, but our coaches did an excellent job of getting our players ready. “Our ‘D’ line played excellent football tonight. We’d been focusing on improving our pass rush and getting after people, and we got a ton of production f rom our ‘D’ f ront and f rom our linebackers. I love our team speed; this team is faster than any of the other

teams I had here [since the start of the 2014 season].” NT junior running back Brian Sitzer’s speed helped him score two touchdowns — on his first two varsity carries. The first TD covered 45 yards, and the second — at 4:50 of the first quarter — gave the hosts a 13-0 lead. The 5-11, 180-pounder finished with a team-high 98 yards on only nine totes. His backfield mate, senior Peter Murray, rushed 12 times for 76 yards and two TD runs (34 and 2 yards). “[Sitzer] is capable of taking the ball to the house ever y time he touches the ball,” Doll said. “Such a threat with his speed. And Peter takes a beating but gets his yards. It ’s a nice 1-2 punch.” Six Trevs caught at least one pass f rom Bianucci (9of-17, 136 yards). Senior wideout Anthony Nicholas led the way with 52 receiving yards (on two grabs). Senior Cameron Rosin’s only reception went for 17 yards — the lone doubledigit gain in an 84-yard, second-quarter drive that ended with senior Sam Rutherford’s 37-yard field goal. Notable: New Trier (1-0) visits Warren Township High School (0-1) in Gurnee on Sept. 1 (7:30 p.m.). Warren lost 34-20 to host Barrington in a season opener on Aug. 25. Barrington visits New Trier in Week 3, on Sept. 8. … NT’s 31-0 defeat of York last weekend was the first shutout under fourth-year head coach and New Trier graduate Brian Doll. He improved to 28-7 at NT with the win. … Trevians senior Cameron Rosin, a 5-foot-7, 150-pound running back/ defensive back, made the top special-teams tackle of the night in the opener, dropping a D ukes kick returner at York’s 12-yard line in the first quarter




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Ooms brings oodles and oodles of skills to Lake Forest High School’s lineup BY KEVIN REITERMAN, SPORTS@NORTHSHOREWEEKEND.COM


n a postgame inter view, pragmatic Lake Forest High School head football coach Chuck Spagnoli kept it real. He usually does. He loves his players. He appreciates how hard they play. But the veteran coach said that he wasn’t ready to “place an order for granite” just yet. Not quite ready to erect any statues. Such a statement is Spagnoli’s way of pumping the brakes a little. Lake Forest’s 38-23 seasonopening victory over visiting Glenbard East on Aug. 25 was a good win. Just not a monumental one. But maybe the time has come to pump up the volume on one of LF ’s top players: Bryan Ooms. Feel f ree to crank the hype machine. Sculpted and shredded, the previously unheralded senior linebacker, who is nicknamed “The Ox”, has developed into one of LF’s defensive pillars. Moving f rom “Sam” linebacker to “Jack” (hybrid linebacker/defensive end) this season, Ooms is ready for that breakout season. He’s licensed to roam. Licensed to get after it. He’s been turned loose. Thus, he wreaked havoc in Glenbard East ’s backfield. Heaps of it. The indefatigable Ooms was un-re-lent-ing. Combining speed with power, the 6-foot, 218pounder with the ripped frame came up with two of his team’s eight quarterback sacks. Sack No. 1, with seven minutes left in the second quarter, was of the Big League variety. He bulled in and took down Rams quarterback Bret Bushka for a 12-yard loss. And then, in Glenbard East’s final series of the first half, Ooms blasted through for a seven-yard sack. Meanwhile, Ooms just missed getting a third sack, when he pressured Bushka and forced an intentional grounding penalty. Perhaps, his most showy play came midway through the fourth quarter, when he raced downfield and made a solo open-field form tackle on a punt.

“I’ve tried to get as strong as possible,” says Ooms, who, as a sophomore, was moved up to the varsity midway through the season. “I’ve worked real hard in the weight room.” That 290 hang clean puts him in some elite company. Over the years, only two explayers at LF — Chris Meng and Owen Williams — have exceeded 290. That kind of strength also plays well on the other side of the ball. Thus, getting a chance to line up at running back — on occasion — makes Ooms darn near giddy. In the second half against Glenbard East, he rushed the ball four times for 32 yards, including a three-yard TD run with 4:05 left in regulation. “So much fun,” Ooms says. “On defense, you just react. But, on offense, you have the whole deck of cards. There are a lot of things you can do. “There’s nothing like having the football in your hands,” he adds. Ooms’ best carry of the night came early in the third quarter, when he got to the edge and busted outside on an 18-yard gain, setting up a 17-yard TD run for LF quarterback Jack Mislinski. “That ’s what he can do,” says Mislinski. “He’s an athlete. He’s got a lot of speed.” The kid can move. And he did plenty of that — moving — during the first 13 years of his life. Born in the Netherlands, he lived in five different locales, including one year in Colo“My mindset is to play fast, said Ooms, not afraid to make Dayton. “He gets hyped up. rado, two years in Switzerland play smart,” says Ooms. “Go a prediction. “Dropping the Plays with a lot of intensity. and one year in Wyoming, full speed on every play. quarterback behind the line is “We feed off each other,” before his family settled in “I love the physicality of one of the greatest feelings. adds Deering, who finished Lake Forest four years ago. “My dad,” says Ooms, football. The ruthlessness of There’s nothing like it.” Friday’s opener with 12 tackles it,” he adds. The 1-2 punch of Ooms and and a 10-yard sack. “It’s been “works for a moving company. “I was pretty excited, when He’s in the business of senior inside linebacker John a gift to play on the same the we moved back to the states stacking sacks. Last year, Deering can cause high team with him.” Ooms compiled seven sacks to anxiety — for opposing ofOoms came into this season and I was able to speak the go along with five tackles for fensive coordinators. This duo ready. He’s a specimen with language that I know,” he adds. loss. doesn’t dally. No dawdling some pretty special specs. A “And playing football at Lake Not. allowed. former sprinter on the LF Forest is the best thing that Enough. “Bryan is totally invested in track team, he runs the 100 in I’ve ever been a part of.” He’d like nothing more than the team,” says Deering, an 11.47. Notable: Swim enthusiasts In the weight room, he’s a to raise his stock — and those all-North Suburban Confersack totals — this fall. ence returner who already has mad man. He benches 300 will recall the surname, Ooms. “I want to be somewhere in received Division I offers from pounds, squats 395 and hang Bryan’s brother, Symen, was a star sprinter at Lake Forest, a the teens. Thirteen, maybe 14,” Air Force Academy and cleans 290. 2015 grad who took ninth in

the 50 f reestyle (20.99) at state during his senior season. He went on to swim one season at the Air Force Academy. … Bryan Ooms, on coach Chuck Spagnoli: “He puts it out there straight. He’s always honest. He says what he thinks. I respect that.” … In addition to Ooms, LF ’s other standouts in the win over Glenbard East included quarterback Jack Mislinski, defensive back Chris Cavalaris, linebacker John Deering, wide receiver Ryan Cekay and defensive lineman Rylie Mills. … Mislinski, making his first varsity start at quarterback, completed 14 of 22 passes for 152 yards. He tossed a 26-yard touchdown pass to Cekay (5 catches, 78 yards) in the second quarter. He also ran the ball 11 times for 93 yards. He opened the second half with a 57-yard TD run. He added a 17-yard TD run in the fourth period. … Cavalaris intercepted two passes, made four tackles and shared a sack with Mills on the final play of the first quarter. … Mills made a bid to be the team’s “Newcomer of the Year”. The kid with the unique first name has unique ability. The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder, who plays with a ton of enthusiasm, was hard to miss. He had five tackles and batted down two passes. He also blocked a PAT attempt in the second quarter. … And, keep an eye on this guy. Senior Caleb Durbin, a standout baseball player and wrestler for the school who hasn’t played football since his f reshman year, saw action at cornerback in the final series of the game. No. 26 had two pass breakups and two tackles. … Another big guy, junior offensive lineman Chase Bahr, also turned some heads. On the seventh play of LF ’s second series of the second half, the 6-4, 260-pound Bahr came up with consecutive monster blocks in an attempt to spring Mislinski. “I didn’t see the blocks when I was out there, but I heard about them after I got off the field,” said Mislinski. “Some guys got into my ear to tell me about them. So I went over to Chase and thanked him personally.”




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s an early graduate of Highland Park High School in the middle of a winter in the early 1970s, Jill Weinberg could have stayed at home for six months and slept in until it was time for lunch each day. She chose instead to work with an American Indian cultural center and museum — in Ponca City, Oklahoma. “American Indians at the time were finding their voices and establishing their strength politically,” says Weinberg, who had volunteered at the American Indian Center in Chicago during her high school years and heard about the opportunity in Oklahoma from her college guidance counselor, Jim Alexander. “I cared deeply about causes at a young age. “I was a doer.” Still is. Weinberg, 62, has been the Midwest regional director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) for nearly 29 years. Located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the museum has welcomed more than 40 million visitors, including 10 million school-aged children, since its dedication in 1993. The living memorial, according to its website, “inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide and promote human dignity.” Weeks before the “What You Do Matters” Risa K. Lambert Chicago Luncheon — an annual benefit for the USHMM, to be held at Sheraton Grand Chicago, on Sept. 8 — I find myself sitting at Weinberg’s kitchen table in her elegant house in Highland Park. The former waitress at Pickle Barrel in Northbrook and at Zelda’s in the Lincoln Village shopping center and at Mushrooms & Sons in Highland Park had politely declined my invitation to meet me at a restaurant for an interview. Before me, in the middle of the table in a house built in 1868, rests an empty parfait glass next to a bowl of yogurt and small glasses filled with strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and pineapple slices. My first thought:

So THIS is what a charming bed and breakfast in the morning must look like. I concoct a personal breakfast parfait. Weinberg also offers me coffee, homemade sourdough bread, biscotti and Ping-Pongball-sized muffins. “I enjoy baking and cooking,” says the wife of Bernard Kramer and the mother of daughters Perri, 32, and Julia, 31, and the grandmother of newborn Philip ( Julia’s son). “To create a meal or a dessert for somebody brings joy and pleasure to me; there’s a therapeutic aspect to baking and cooking. I sometimes bake things at 3 a.m., if I’m up and can’t get back to sleep. “My father [Louis] loved to cook, loved to share food with our neighbors. He’d search for hours to find the best tomatoes, going from grocery store to grocery store. He’d make the best onion soup and then head out the door to deliver some of it to friends who lived nearby.” Weinberg’s mother, Elaine, had a passion for all things Chicago, particularly if they had anything to do with the city’s museums, theaters and music halls. She started a business and called it Fancy Free Tours. Of Chicago, of course. “My mother was a great appreciator of experiences,” says Weinberg, who worked for the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago for 11 years before Ralph Grunewald of the USHMM offered her the position she holds today in 1989 — when the museum was a vision. “I am an appreciator, too. I’ve always been a seeker of experiences.” Weinberg flew to Washington, D.C. 28 years ago to meet with Grunewald and other members of the USHMM team and absorbed every detail of the concept. The privately funded landmark would provide educational outreach and onsite and traveling exhibitions, as well as serve as an enduring reminder that freedom is fragile. “I was amazed when I looked at a model of the museum and the big opportunity presented to me,” Weinberg recalls. “I returned home and asked everybody what they

thought of the opportunity to become a regional director of something that would focus on the importance of Holocaust history. I asked my parents, my husband, my friends, my neighbors and even my kids, who were 2 and 3 at the time.” The museum’s first Midwest regional office, for 18 years? Right here, where I’m breaking a thick piece of sourdough bread and listening to a classy, engaging dynamo. I learn her Midwest team’s Next Generation Group began with three young men: Scott Bernstein, Aaron Tucker and Jordan Goodman. “Those three men, about 10 years ago, had returned to begin their professional lives here and were looking to do something meaningful for an organization,” says Weinberg, who double majored (art history and urban studies) at Colorado College and earned master’s degrees in social work and Jewish Communal Service at Yeshiva University in New York City. “The number of members in that group has grown to a thousand, and we’re also excited about our Teen Committee. I am proud of this community and so many other Chicagoarea people. I consider it a blessing to do what I do and work with wonderful, dedicated people. I’ve met the most extraordinary people.” This year’s Risa K. Lambert Chicago Luncheon is expected to draw more the 2,000 attendees, with the goal to raise $5 million. The e v e n t ’s k e y n o t e speaker will be Maziar Bahari, a Muslim journalist, Jill Weinberg filmmaker, human rights activist and subject of Jon Stewart’s film, Rose- finement — in Tehran, Iran. The Mesirow Financial CEO and water. A former Newsweek re- subject of his most recent film, Founder Richard Price, a porter, Bahari was jailed for 118 Crime and Denial, addresses Iran’s USHMM founder, council member and former luncheon days — in 2009, in solitary con- denial of the Holocaust.

chair, will be honored with a National Leadership Award for his commitment to keeping Holocaust memory alive. Rabbi Steven and Julie Stark Lowenstein of Glencoe will cochair the luncheon. Julie, whose parents escaped Germany in 1938, is active in the recovery and study of Holocaust artifacts. Rabbi Steven, the senior rabbi of Am Shalom Congregation in Glencoe, has spent much of this year helping Syrian refugees transition to life in the United States. In May 1993, the first major delegation to tour the new USHMM arrived from Chicago. Dignitaries in the gathering of 800 included then Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar and then Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. The resourceful Weinberg and her tireless staff had secured $30 million in private donations for the USHMM in only four years. Admission to the USHMM then and now: free. “The museum, with its collection of artifacts and oral histories, is for every person,” Weinberg says, adding the museum’s website (ushmm.org) is available in 16 languages and amassed millions of visitors from natives of 240 countries and territories in 2016. “It’s for people, young and old, from the smallest town in Kentucky to New York City. “This cause, this museum, is important to me, is a passion of mine. And it has been since the day I started as Midwest regional director of it. We were so busy from the beginning, so immersed in what we were doing. There wasn’t time to look for a traditional office location in my first 18 years with the organization.” For more information about the “What You Do Matters” Risa K. Lambert Chicago Luncheon, please visit midwest@ ushmm.org or call the USHMM Midwest regional office in Highland Park at 847-433-8099.



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