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Highland Park graD Dustin Borenstein will take his game to the next level. P. 32

Deborah Rine’s first novel has North Shore influence. P. 18

social media Stephanie Hochschild takes over at venerable Book Stall. P. 16

featuring the news and personalities of Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, Northfield, Glencoe, Highland Park, Lake Forest & Lake Bluff

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

Riding horses is still a popular pastime, and competitive riding — such as dressage — is growing on the North Shore.

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Sunday Breakfast Deborah Rine has written “The Lake,” a mystery novel where a dead body is found in the town of Banner Bluff — which has great similarities to one North Shore village.


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’m not exactly what you’d call a horse whisperer. Never have I mounted a horse, nor have I hung out at stables. Sure, as a kid I enjoyed the TV show “Mr. Ed” — featuring a talking horse — but that didn’t prompt me to demand one for Christmas. My major interest in the mammal occurs each May, when I drive to an offtrack betting site and place a few bucks on a sure winner in the Kentucky Derby. But many on the North Shore are passionate about horses, especially when it comes to riding them. Some prefer a trot on a quiet trail, while others enjoy competitive riding, which has grown significantly on the North Shore in the past few years. Explains Denise Dennehy Lenn, whose parents were both noted horse riders, “With other sports, like tennis, a tennis racket doesn’t have its own opinion. The beautiful thing about this sport is that you’re working with another mind.” Read Angelika Labno’s piece on page 8. Horses eat grass, but suburban lawns wouldn’t look so good if they grazed there. The hard work is often done by lawn-care companies, which flourish on the North Shore. Homeowners are happy to defer

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Brooke Farrell hangs out with Blacky at Shadowbrook Farm in Mettawa. Her mother, Caroline, is a longtime horse rider.

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Riding horses — especially competitively — remains a passion on the North Shore ■ by angelika labno When Melissa Fleisher of Highland Park turned 16, her parents said she could have a horse or a car. She chose a car and never rode again. When she turned 40, her father — who owns racehorses — offered a deal. If she could find a place that could convert one of the horses to a saddle horse, she could be hers. After interviewing several stables around the North Shore, she settled with Celebration Farm, part of Shadowbrook Farm in Mettawa. It was a challenging feat for both Fleisher and Nosey, a black thoroughbred. She jokes that she couldn’t walk for a month since she hadn’t used those riding muscles in so long, whereas Nosey was temperamental and tried to race the other horses. “She would start galloping and bucking — it was like a rodeo!” said Fleisher. “The trainer worked diligently to calm her down, and now she’s as slow as molasses.” Though riding on the North Shore was more commonplace half a century ago — when places like Onwentsia Club in Lake Forest had stables — it still has many adherents, and competitive horseback riding is actually growing. Riders don’t need to drive far to pursue their passion — though they do need a hefty savings account to pay for feeding, veterinary costs, saddles and more. With four kids keeping her busy at home, Fleisher decided to splurge on the “Rolls Royce” level of full service at Celebration. Full service at stables can cost up to $1,500 a month, which includes bathing the horse and blanketing it in the winter. There are cheaper options. At Freedom Woods in Morton Grove, boarding starts around

$700 a month and includes stall cleaning, bedding changes and two feedings per day. For those looking to start riding, Caroline Farrell, a seasoned competitive rider who grew up in Lake Forest, suggests searching barns in Lake County — especially those with school horses — and visiting. There are various breeds, such as warmbloods and quarter horses, and some are better suited to riding goals (such as racing or jumping). “When you find the right horse, it’s worth its weight in gold,” said Farrell.

“When you find the right horse, it’s worth its weight in gold.” | Caroline Farrell Olde Welbourne’s head trainer and third-generation equestrian Denise Dennehy Lenn specifies that for beginners, the most important part is always safety, then the athleticism of the horse. “Your focus is going to be on how the horse takes care of the rider,” she says. Coming from a family of professionals — with father Charles a former member of the U.S. Equestrian Team and mother Daphne an American Horse Shows Association Horsewoman of the Year — Lenn knows the competitive world from a trainer’s perspective and from a competitor’s. She notes that the popularity of competitive horseback riding — especially hunter/jumper and dressage — has increased terrifically on the North Shore in the past few years. “With other sports, like tennis, a tennis racket doesn’t have its own opinion,” said Lenn. “The beautiful thing

about this sport is that you’re working with another mind.” For those who just want to enjoy trail riding, many barns offer year-round lessons in indoor tracks. Equestrian Connection in Lake Forest specializes in horseback riding for those with special needs. Many others offer summer camps where kids learn riding skills in addition to horse health, nutrition and maintenance. Farrell’s daughter, Brooke, who is part of U. S. Hunter Jumper Association, is especially excited for her upcoming camp session. “There’s nothing better than having that bond with a horse,” she said. “I go ride the horse, play with him, hug him and braid his hair.” The human-horse connection and the phenomenon of “horse whisperers” is truly an inspiring one. When Farrell was pregnant with Brooke, her Lipizzaner mare Beladona would not touch her. Once Brooke was old enough to sit on and pet her, the horse would bow her head nearly to the ground as they approached her. For Beladona’s 21st birthday, they treated her to champagne and carrot cake. When she was laid to rest after 17 years, friends came to the home with flowers and memories of the personable horse. Farrell says that her horse taught her to live in the moment. “If you show up in a hurry or you’re anxious, they’re anxious,” she notes. “I had Beladona go and nip me, almost as if she’s trying to slap me and say, ‘Leave your baggage at the door.’ “ She adds that what you put into a horse is what you get out of it. “It’s just like any relationship in life. At the end of the day, it’s a privilege to ride with a horse, and it’s a gift never to be taken for granted. ■

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The grass is greener North Shore yards get big boost from professional care ■ by bill mclean For an interior designer, Missie Bender of Glencoe sure knows what looks good outside. The back yard of her Tudor house — built in 1928, on Maple Hill Road — features a plush lawn, English Tudor garden, a woodland garden and a meandering path. Blades of grass under the sun vs. a luxurious carpet under a roof? Bender weighed in. “Equally important,” she insisted. “It gives a homeowner pleasure, being able to

look out at a beautiful yard from inside a beautiful house. “I’m all for attention to detail.” The thought of regularly taking good care of their front and back lawns is daunting for many homeowners along the North Shore. That’s why the vast majority of them hire lawn care and landscaping companies to deploy three- to five-man crews to mow, trim, weed, rake, prune and edge once a week. “My guess is that 75 percent of North Shore homeowners, at least, rely on professionals to maintain their lawns,” said Susan Maman,

a senior real estate broker consultant at @ properties in Winnetka. “It’s physically hard, it’s often either too hot or too cold outside, and both spouses these days usually have jobs. “Good-looking lawns and landscapes,” she added, “require consistent effort, and people notice and appreciate effort because the result is aesthetically pleasing.” The Benders use Des Plaines-based Acuna Landscaping to spruce up their outdoor assets. Among the go-to North Shore options are Chalet in Wilmette, Mariani Landscaping in Lake Bluff, and Scott Byron & Co., Inc. in Lake Bluff. Other popular companies located outside the North Shore include Rocco Fiore & Sons in Libertyville, Van Zelst Inc. in Wadsworth and a pair of Chicago companies: Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects and Christy Webber Landscapes. There are smaller mom-and-pop operations in Waukegan and elsewhere which draw plenty of business too. “There are a lot of good lawn-care companies out there,” said Bill Leuenberger, soil and turf department manager at Chalet and the founding father of the Illinois Professional Lawn Care Association (established 2007). “And they all have different philosophies. We’re customer-centric. Unlike many other companies, we charge by the hour [ranging from $40-$80]. Taking good care of your lawn drives up the property value. “You could have the best-looking landscape in the neighborhood,” he added, “but when the lawn around it isn’t mowed properly or treated well, nobody notices the property’s great landscape.” Bonnie Hillman Shay, a professional organizer and owner/principal of Mariposa Creative Solutions in Highland Park, compares blades of grass to strands of hair. “If I drive by a house and notice weeds here and there and plants not planted properly in the front yard, it’s the same impression I get when I meet someone who has shaggy, unkempt hair,” Shay said. “It’s not

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Enlivening Ryerson is second nature to Twichell ■ by joanna brown Sophia Twichell wasn’t one of those kids who grew up loving the deciduous trees that populated her Lake Forest neighborhood. She did, however, love the rain forests. So it made sense that this self-proclaimed “science nerd” took a job at the

Field Museum that sent her on conservation projects in remote Latin American locales. But as time passed and Twichell found herself living back on the North Shore with a young family, she reconnected with her woodland roots. Twichell’s volunteer work at the Ryerson Conservation Area has turned into a decade-long career that has

brought innumerable Lake County residents closer to nature. “Everyone needs nature, and we want more people to connect with nature,” said Twichell, the executive director of the Friends of Ryerson Woods, whose own love for nature is shown by the fact she “birdscaped” the area (added garden features designed to attract birds) around her Lake Bluff home. The Friends of Ryerson Woods is a 30-year-old volunteer-based organization tasked with increasing respect and appreciation for the environment through lifelong learning. The group is based at the 561-acre Edward L. Ryerson Conservation Area in Riverwoods. “Conventional science education only reaches a small population, but at the intersection of art and nature we can broaden the appeal and expand education without a science base,” Twichell says, explaining why the Friends of Ryerson Woods organize a book group, art exhibits and a film festival in the woods, all with environmental themes. Programming has changed a lot since she signed on in 2004. She inherited two widely respected nature symposiums, as well as a board of directors that encouraged her to pursue new ideas. In 2006, they selected their first theme to structure the planned expansion of on-site programming: the Year of the Crane. “Our thought was to adopt a new theme each year based on a compelling environmental issue or concern,” Twichell recalled. “The bulk of our programming (annually) relates to the theme and explores it from multiple angles so that program attendees would gain a deeper appreciation or understanding of that concern.” Ryerson is midway through the Year of the Skies, with programming to explore weather, climate

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change and migration patterns. Chicagoan Judith Stockdale, a longtime Friends board member and a friend of the Ryerson family, explained that the focus on the arts for adults “brings a whole new constituency with each new program, and demonstrates that you don’t need to know how to use binoculars to enjoy the environment.” Another focus during Twichell’s tenure has been the use of Ryerson Woods by Lake County’s Latino community. Bilingual, guided hikes through the Forest Preserve have attracted the population that surveys say aren’t using the Forest Preserve facilities as frequently as local leaders would like. “At some point we started looking at the demographics of our region and the increase in Latinos in Lake County,” Twichell said. “Then we looked at what populations weren’t touched by our programming and said let’s try to touch on some of the thorny issue the conservation community is facing and make some headway there.” A grant from the Grand Victoria Foundation and a partnership with the Mano a Mano Family Resource Center have attracted local Latino families to Ryerson Woods to focus on nature education and healthy lifestyles. Immediate past Board president Georgie Geraghty of Winnetka credited Twichell’s creative thinking for the growth of the Friends’ programming. “Sophie has been willing to take calculated risks and experiment, to try different things. And when you have that approach and you recognize that no one bats 1.000, the outcome is extraordinary and has ramifications beyond Ryerson Woods,” she said. “Our hikes are the product of a lot of collaboration and a lot of lessons learned that can now be shared with other conservation groups in Chicago.” ■

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Elm Place Middle School seventh-grader Kate Fishbein wanted to do something different for her Bat Mitzvah. She became the first Bat Mitzvah in the second-oldest synagogue in the Czech Republic. The Kolin Synagogue is located about one hour from Prague. Kate became the first girl to read from the Torah at the Kolin Synagogue, thus becoming a Bat Mitzvah. The mayor and many residents came to see history in the making.

Student parking permits (S-permits) for Highland Park High School will be sold beginning Aug. 1 on a first-come, first serve basis. The S-permit allows students to park in 25 spaces in the North St. Johns parking lot as well as any available nonhandicapped space in the 1987 Second Street lot. The S-permit costs $250. Only 40 S-permits will be available. Contact Jennifer Dotson in the City Manager’s Office at (847) 926-1006 or e-mail

lake forest To facilitate youth conversations about underage drinking and drug use, LEAD and the SpeakUP! Coalition are sponsoring 19 high school students for participation in the Youth to Youth International Conferences this summer. The first conference, held in Columbus, Ohio, was attended by six students and two adults. The second conference to be held in Kingston, R.I, Saturday July 27 through Tuesday July 30, will be attended by 13 students and two adults. During the conferences, students spend time creating skits, listening to speakers and speaking about potentially risky situations.

Wilmette For the 15th consecutive year, the village has received the Government Finance Officers Association’s (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Award, this time for its 2013 budget. This award signifies the village's commitment to an open budget process. The village's 2013 budget satisfied the nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. Awards are based on an assessment of how well an entity's budget serves as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide, and communications device.

highWOOd A ban on handheld electronic devices while driving will go into effect Aug. 1. The City of Highwood will align with other Illinois towns, including neighboring Highland Park and Lake Forest, by prohibiting distracted driving. The ordinance will encourage drivers to use other means of communication if it is absolutely necessary, such as a Bluetooth or a hands-free headset. “Research shows that distracted drivers aren’t even aware that they’re distracted,” says Dave Wentz, Chief of Police.

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it a strong war veterans post. He became the commander of the second-largest post in Chicago from Larry Sassorossi of Highland Park was attend- 1998-2002. Just as the nursing home led to a new commuing Marquette University when he jokingly signed up for the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps nity, the Italian-American post spurred his work (NROTC). While accompanying his roommate with the Korean War National Museum. Sassorossi — who had already been inducted and who was served as executive director of the Illinois-based formally signing in to the NROTC — Larry also museum from 2003-2010. During his time, he was asked to sign in. was able to secure Buzz Aldrin, Clint Eastwood, “I got a letter two days later saying, ‘Welcome to James Garner and Ed McMahon as spokesmen the Navy,’” he recalled, laughing. “I cheated — to for the museum. This year has been especially busy for the vetthis day, I can’t swim.” His service took place during the Cold War on eran devotee. His American flag wallet holds what’s known as the Far East Tour, with his home his new business cards: vice president of probase in San Diego. There were drills for atomic grams and events of the Lake County Council warfare and simulated war games. The biggest of the Navy League of the United States. He is shock he encountered was when the satellite also on board of the Sister Cities Foundation of Sputnik was launched by the Soviet Union in 1957. Highland Park. This year will be the first cultural “That really rattled the cage; it took everyone exchange between Highland Park and Modena, by surprise,” he said. “For two days, we were on Italy. Coincidentally, Sassorossi is a native of the full battle alert.” Modena mountain region, so the trip will be one During two years of active duty, he traveled to back to his roots. Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan and the “Those are my famous words — ‘I’d like to get Philippines, plus participated in patrolling the involved,’” he jokes. Formosa Straits in Taiwan. He extended his serBut his greatest achievement, in his opinion, vice for one and a half years to be the Battalion is what he’s doing with veterans and art therapy Commander Recruit Training Command, Great right now. He is serving as executive director of Lakes, followed by eight years in the Navy “Warriors of Art: A Path to Healing,” an exhibit Reserves, and received an honorable discharge done by veterans and for veterans that just wrapped in 1967 having attained the rank of lieutenant. up its Highland Park viewing on July 14. In the Although Sassorossi considers his service a nomi- weeks leading up to its debut, Sassorossi spent nal contribution, what he’s been able to accom- every Friday sitting in a class at the James A. plish post-service for veterans exceeds average Lovell Federal Health Care Center observing vetcommitments. erans with traumatic brain injury or post traumatic Born just north of Tuscany, Italy, Sassorossi stress disorder heal through making art. He has arrived in Highland Park at age two and has lived watched one perform soulful lyrics with his guitar there since. His time with Catholic Charities in and another paint a complete landscape in an hour. the 1990s led him to a nursing facility called Villa “I come into the room and I see their eyes light Scalabrini, the “crown jewel” of the Italian commu- up,” he said. “What I’m doing now — giving an nity. As he became more involved with the Italian- outlet, providing a venue for veterans currently Ravinia North Shore 7-26 Mahoney ad_Layout 1 7/17/13 9:47 AM Page 1 American community of Chicago, he found within suffering — is probably the highlight.” ■


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the sea change in our lives. The kids are quite busy, and I like to play tennis and garden and cook — we’ll see how [the store changes how much] time I have for these activities. It’s getting used to a new schedule, which is exciting and challenging at once.

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■ by david sweet Once married to a Frenchman while trying to raise three children without a stroller or a car in the mountains of Italy, Deborah Rine was encouraged by a friend to write about that and other experiences. Struggling with a memoir, she joined a writing course for $99 a few years ago — and discovered the joy of fiction. “We had to write something with emotion in it, and I wrote about a big fight between a brother and a sister. I just loved it!” says Rine, sipping a coffee at a Starbucks on the North Shore (where she prefers to have her Sunday breakfast, complete with half of an oatmeal raisin cookie). “Writing helps create a virtual reality for myself. When I worry about whatever, I write.” Earlier this year, Rine — a longtime teacher of foreign languages at the high school level — completed her debut novel, “The Lake.” Self-published through, “The Lake” is a murder mystery set in Banner Bluff (a ringer for Lake Bluff), a village whose Fourth of July parade will be familiar to many area readers. “One time, I was walking the dogs to Sunrise Beach and thought, ‘What if I find a dead body here?’ “ says Rine, referring to the book’s prologue. “I have a bad imagination.” She was helped by a writing class at Northwestern University, which taught her to let the characters make the book happen. “It’s like you’re reading about it as you’re writing,” Rine says. She wrote the 286-page book in about six months (“I didn’t have any writer’s block,” she says). After an editor read it, she suggested switching who found the first body. After a substantial rewrite — and a book cover created by her husband, Larry — she was ready to publish. The main character, Francesca Antonelli — the editor of the online Banner Bee — is somewhat based on Adrienne Fawcett, who runs GazeboNews in Lake Bluff. Based on her profession, “Francesca is uniquely situated to investigate these crimes,” writes Rine in promotional copy for the book. A gathering based on the century-old Spring Fair

at Church of the Holy Spirit in Lake Forest will resonate with some readers. A devotee of Facebook, Rine boasts many former students who are excited about her novel (“Madame, you wrote a book!” they post). And she has received solid advice from them as well. “I wondered if I should put the book on Kindle, in an area where you give it away for free,” Rine says. “The students convinced me: ‘Madame, you should absolutely do that. You need name recognition.’ “

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Born in San Francisco, Rine grew up in Evanston, Bronxville, N.Y. and Washington, D.C. (her father, a hospital lobbyist, was an architect of Medicare). She spent a year of high school in France, enjoyed a post-graduate year in Sweden and then attended Northwestern University, where she earned a bachelor of arts and a master of arts in French literature. With 12 grandchildren all under 11 years of age, the Lake Bluff resident finds plenty to occupy herself away from the computer screen. Her second book, “Face Blind” — which features the same editor character — is nearly complete. She found out about the disorder known as face blindness (an inability to recognize a face) through The New York Times. “This fellow becomes face blind after falling off a ladder — then he sees a murder, but he can’t figure out who did it,” she explains about the plot. Though she occasionally serves as a substitute teacher at Elmhurst High School, Rine is dedicated to her newfound career. “They say that writing is 5 percent inspiration and 95 percent perspiration,” she notes. “A lot of it is sitting down and doing it.” ■

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I had to chuckle when I considered my Internet use a few days ago. My browser was open to an article from a national news source that had caught my eye; the headline asked, “Should parents vacation without the kids?” The other open tab was reviews of Disney cruises. Turning my attention away from the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, I found quite a lot to consider. The U.S. Travel Association ( found in a December study of adults in relationships that couples who travel together have healthier, happier relationships. Couples in romantic relationships report that traveling together makes them significantly more likely to be satisfied in their relationships, communicate well with their partners, enjoy more romance, have

goings on about towns FRIDAY, JULY 26 The Artists at 3150 Open House | 3150 Skokie Valley Road, Highland Park | 4-9 p.m. | | Nine artists in six studios in an openair courtyard setting will be showing their paintings, sculptures, mixedmedia, drawings and photography. Participating artists are Joan Holleb, painter, Suzanne Horwitz, sculptor, Julia Katz, painter, Pamela Lee, sculptor, Chandrika Marla, painter, Robert Tolchin, photographer, Daniel Weinstock, sculptor, Nina Weiss, painter, Carol Ysla, photographer. Refreshments will be provided. Kimberly Kolb, author of “Lindsey: Love and Intrigue.” | Lake Forest Book Store Summer Fridays | 680 N. Western Avenue, Lake Forest | 7 p.m. | To reserve a copy of the book, call 847-234-4420. | Meet author Kimberly Kolb, who will discuss her novel, “Lindsay: Love and Intrigue” (iUniverse,  $22.95) as part of the Lake Forest Book Store’s Summer Fridays author program. Oliver! | CenterStage at Gorton Community Center | 400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest | 7:30 p.m. | Tickets $20 | Based on the novel “Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens, this familyfriendly musical follows the adven-

percentage of the children surveyed agreed that they get to see and do things on vacation that they’ll remember for a long time, and that vacations bring their families closer together. And children who traveled with their extended families reported that they feel closer to their grandparents (60 percent), got to spend quality time with them (78 percent), and like to remember stories about what they did together (65 percent). The research left me with more than a few options to consider, but I still had that search of Disney cruises to wrap up. Also, I need to book a babysitter, beg someone to cover for me at work, stop the mail and newspapers — the list goes on. Tell me how you carve out time for a couple’s vacation. Send an email to Joanna@ ■ bruce kaplan/the new yorker collection/

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The evidence continued, and I was a believer; my heart was halfway to O’Hare. But I know in my head that it’s not that simple to travel as a couple. There are careers to juggle, expenses to prioritize, and childcare to arrange. And when there is limited time and money to put toward a vacation, family time often becomes a priority. Not to worry, though, because the U.S. Travel Association (“the voice for the U.S. travel industry”) has a study for that, too. A survey of 1,130 children ages 8-18 and 2,531 adults suggested that family vacations give way to our most cherished memories. More than 60 percent of adults said their earliest memories were of family vacations taken between ages 5-10, and they remember childhood trips more than school events or birthday celebrations. A similar

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a better sex life, spend quality time together and share common goals and desires. Among the findings: Ÿ  86 percent of those who travel believe the romance is still alive in their relationships, compared to 73 percent of those who do not travel together. Ÿ  More than seven in 10 couples who travel together say talking and reconnecting is an important reason to spend time alone together while on vacation. Ÿ  21 percent of couples who do not travel together say that their differences never seem to get resolved, compared to 13 percent of respondents who do travel together. Ÿ Two-thirds of respondents believe that at least one aspect of their relationship is improved after traveling as a couple.

tures of young Oliver as he is recruited into a gang of pickpockets. Directed by Jo Ann Avellone, this is the closing weekend for the show. Additional show on July 27. SATURDAY, JULY 27 Venus de Miles: All-Women Road Ride | Glen Rowan House, Lake Forest College | 500 N. Sheridan Road, Lake Forest | 6 a.m. (65-mile ride); 7 a.m. (25-mile ride) | Registration: $129 on day of the event | | Venus de Miles Illinois won the Best Cycling Event by Competitor Magazine for the 2012 inaugural event. The 2013 ride will offer 25- and 61-mile options. A post-ride expo will offer complimentary women’s spa services, gourmet food, spirits, and cocktails. Proceeds benefit the Greenhouse Scholars, an organization dedicated to helping high-performing, under-resourced students reach their full potential. Gogh Green: Pre-Owned Art Sale   | The Art Center – Highland Park | 1957 Sheridan Road, Highland Park | Through Aug. 16 | | The Art Center – Highland Park’s annual recycled art sale offers thousands of paintings, prints, sculptures, jewelry, furniture and more. Each year, The Art Center – Highland Park resells donated art pieces to raise funds for TAC’s Art School Scholarship Fund. The money raised

allows hundreds of children, seniors and adults in need to take classes at The Art Center and enrich their lives through the visual arts. Artesian Market Class | Williams Sonoma Lake Forest and Elawa Farm | 1401 Middlefork Drive, Lake Forest| Noon | $10 donation to Elawa Farm | Register at Williams Sonoma: 847-295-7045 | Summer is prime time at farmers markets, when fresh vegetables and herbs are overflowing. Join Williams Sonoma Lake Forest at Elawa Farm and learn to create simple summer recipes. Garden Clubs of Illinois District IX Show | Chicago Botanic Garden | 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe | Noon- 4 p.m.; continues July 28, 10 a.m.4:30 p.m. | chicagobotanic. org | A standard flower show presented by the District IX Garden Clubs of Illinois. The show includes tabletop arrangements, floral designs, educational exhibits, photography, artistic crafts, youth exhibits and horticulture exhibits. Garden Clubs of Illinois is comprised of near-

ly 10,000 members and is divided up into nine districts. 750 Show | ZIA Gallery | 548 Chestnut St., Winnetka | 4–7 p.m. (opening reception) | 847-446-3970 or | ZIA Gallery opens its 750 Show, a group exhibition of gallery and invited artists, covering ZIA’s main exhibition space with artworks priced at $750 and below. The show will continue through Aug. 31. SUNDAY, JULY 28 Highwood Bike Rally | Toadstool Pub | 327 Waukegan Ave., Highwood | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | |

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Sonja Kassebaum co-owns North Shore Distillery in Lake Bluff with her husband, Derek. Among other things, she develops the recipes for their tasting room. How did you start mixing drinks? When I was younger I couldn’t drink wine. I drank beer and moved to cocktails earlier than most other people. I started with simple rumand-coke cocktails, but I kept experimenting. It became something Derek and I did together, going to the liquor store and picking out ingredients to try new drinks. I was always interested in the drinks; he was more curious about the distilling process. Years behind the bar? Ten years. How did you learn to mix drinks? I bought my first cocktail book in 2003 and kept adding to my collection, especially classic cocktails from Prohibition — the cocktail is an American invention. I started experimenting — you learn how different ingredients play together and how to compose different styles, starting from what others had done and trying to replicate that so I could start making cocktails of my own. Opening a distillery came from my husband; the idea really resonated with him. He started working on it just for fun, but he decided it was feasible and wanted to do it. And I was practicing as an attorney and wanted to do something else, and it sounded fun. We decided to give it a go. From the beginning, I was focused on sales and marketing and developing recipes, and he was focused on developing products. Best cocktail tweak? A key principle is having a balance of flavors, but if you’re going to shake a drink, really shake it. You’re trying to wake the drink up. Signature drink? There are drinks I love and make often — for instance, every Friday night when we get home, we have a proper martini with our Distiller’s Gin No. 6 with an artisanal vermouth and bitters. But I love playing around with new flavors and ingredients. Favorite drink to make? I really love the ritual and

idiosyncrasies of the Sazerac; you can get into a lot of discussions about the proper way to make it. It’s typically rye whiskey, Peychaud’s bitters, and simple syrup, garnished with lemon rind. There’s some discussion as to whether you should use angostura bitters as well, or if you drop the lemon rind into the cocktail, or if you garnish with an orange slice. Worthwhile gadget? I like to have a good jigger with accurate measures, and I like to have a great bar spoon. Favorite cocktail book? My favorite has got to be “Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails” by Ted Hayes. It was the first book I made every single recipe in and thought each time, “This is a great drink.” Best bar story? One night I was coming back from an event in the city. Derek was still working at the distillery, and I stopped by to tell him to come home. Unbeknownst to me, there were some sheriff deputies following me — they thought I was trying to rob the place. We ended up giving them a tour at 2 a.m. North Shore Distillery is located at 28913 Herky Drive, Unit 308 in Lake Bluff. For more information or to join a distillery tour, visit or call 847574-2499. ■

Recipe: Grapefruit Basil Fizz Combine 2 ounces Distiller’s Gin No. 11; ¾ ounce red grapefruit juice; ½ ounce simple syrup; and one large basil leaf in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a cocktail glass or ice-filled rocks glass. Top with ½ ounce club soda and garnish with sprig of fresh basil.

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English flourished in an ad world resembling ‘Mad Men’

■ by bob gariano Lake Forest resident Stephanie English was a National Merit Scholar at Deerfield High School. But she only attended Carroll College for eight months before dropping out. “I was bored to death and came home before my freshman year was complete,” English says. Needing work, English took on a number of clerical roles. For several months she typed 3 x 5 cards for the Deerfield Library for a nickel apiece. By happenstance, a neighbor observed her work ethic and

asked her to join his small advertising firm, Edward H. Weiss. It was the start of a remarkably successful career. English would find the advertising profession to be challenging and rewarding, a perfect fit for her ambition, intelligence, and personal drive. Her work led her to the industry’s preeminent firm, Leo Burnett, where she became one of the leading female advertising executives in the country. She was named one of the first two women vice presidents at Leo Burnett in 1979. In the course of her professional career, English would have responsibility for some

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Knowledge is power with student-of-the-game Borenstein

Ex-Highland Park High School standout Dustin Borenstein will play college volleyball at McKendree.

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■ by bill mclean Any story about Dustin Borenstein must begin with history — volleyball history. The 2013 Highland Park High School graduate doesn’t just know the sport inside out, from its origins to the nuances of its present. The outside hitter could easily stand inside a lecture hall and enlighten dozens of volleyball conventioneers twice his age. Dub him “Dustin-pedia” for his encyclopedic knowledge of a sport hatched in Massachusetts. “It was created 10 miles from Springfield, where [James] Naismith invented basketball,” said the 6-foot-4, 170-pound Borenstein, a two-time all-CSL pick. “I’ve always enjoyed soaking up everything about the sport. Techniques, strategies … I’ve always wanted to learned about them and use them in matches. “This morning,” he added on July 13, “I watched USA play Brazil in a world league men’s volleyball match. I’ve watched the 2008 Penn State-Pepperdine NCAA men’s championship several times. And I’m always scouring YouTube for volleyball action.” Imagine how big Borenstein’s eyes would get if he were a “Jeopardy!” contestant and one of the categories, “Can you dig it?” displayed nothing but volleyball answers. Now imagine him trying to contain his smile while delivering the correct questions to all of those answers. Borenstein, fittingly, will be part of McKendree (Lebanon, Ill.) University history when he suits up for the Bearcats in early 2014. MU will face Dominican University in the school’s first-ever men’s volleyball match on Jan. 25. McKendree will welcome Missouri Baptist University three

days later for the program’s first-ever home contest. Bearcats coach Nickie Sanlin got commitments from nine other founding freshmen. “He’ll do well there,” said Borenstein’s Adversity club coach, Jeremy Desiron. “Dustin is like a coach on the court, always absorbing information, always even-keeled. He’s my cerebral guy; it’s very rare when the wheels aren’t turning in his head.” Borenstein and his Adversity 18s Purple teammates traveled to Reno, Nev., in late June for the USA Volleyball National tournament. Seeded 12th, Vernon Hills-based Adversity smashed the seventh-seeded team (a Hawaiian entrant) in its third pool-play match and ended up in fifth place for the second year in a row. “We rode that team’s seed the rest of the tournament,” said Borenstein, who paced Highland Park’s Giants in kills, aces and digs in his final prep season. “Our team out there … we were able to rely on anyone, basically. Our depth helped us a lot.” Three recent New Trier High School graduates — setter Matt Wascher and outside hitters Mike Gajos and Carlos Zambrano — also battled for Adversity in “The Silver State.” Zambrano, who hopes to make USC’s men’s volleyball team as a walk-on, was one of only eight to be named to the all-tournament team. The name he thinks of when he thinks of the foundation of Adversity’s 18s Purple squad: Borenstein’s. “There’s no doubt that Dustin is a leader, and he always knows what the other team’s strengths are and what his team has to do well in order to win,” Zambrano said. “Five years … he’s been a big part of Adversity for five years. But he doesn’t just know so much and care so much about volleyball; he’s also a genuinely nice guy.”

And a guy who made USA Volleyball’s High Performance Championship Team, now competing against high-caliber teams from other countries in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Team USA was scheduled to start training for the event on July 18; the competition ends on July 28. Many of this summer’s Adversity 18s Purple unit helped the club’s 16s team place ninth nationally two summers ago. Borenstein was in sixth grade when an eighth-grade science teacher at Northwood Junior High in Highland Park, Steve Wolf, first sparked his interest in volleyball. A mad-about volleyball conflagration has been raging inside Borenstein ever since. Wolf has been an Adversity coach since the club’s inception in 1997, and he served as a USA Volleyball Men’s Junior National Team coach in 2006. Adversity Director Mike Hulett founded the non-profit volleyball club for boys players (ages 15-18) and in 2012 received the George “Friar” Friarmood Award — USA Volleyball’s highest award. “I’ve met tons of great people and coaches through volleyball,” Borenstein said, noting one of them is Roger Knipe, who coached the U.S. men’s volleyball team to a fifthplace tie at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. “That’s another reason I consider volleyball to be an awesome sport. Coach Knipe is an incredible person and coach. “My coaches at Adversity … unbelievable and so knowledgeable. I’ve been fortunate.” So have his Adversity teammates. “Dustin was, in a way, a team psychotherapist for us in matches,” Desiron said. “He has a way of getting everybody involved, everybody engaged on a volleyball court. “And all of his teammates,” he added, “know the guy to go to for the who, what, when, where and why of volleyball is Dustin.” ■

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He shoots … he saves Junge’s stellar goaltending is on par with his golf game ■ by bill mclean Jack Junge admitted he does not like to live in the past. Jack Junge, who will be a junior at New Trier High School, will be aiming to defend his state golf title this fall. He shared last But his recent past is certainly worth revisiting. As a year’s Class 3A title with Deerfield’s Ian Kelsey. sophomore at New Trier High School in 2012-13, he holed putts in the fall and parried pucks as a goaltender in the photography by joel lerner winter. “It’s kind of hard not to look back,” Junge said in the those years, and they all had better games than mine. I fazes him. He’s a confident young man, humble and likable. summer. “I had a lot of fun.” felt honored to have won it while representing New Trier.” What I also like about him is the way he looks at shots; every He had a lot of success, too. Junge shot a 1-under 71 and The pivotal hole for Junge at state last fall was the par-5 shot to him is a challenge, and he welcomes each challenge.” tied for medalist honors with Deerfield High School’s Ian 14th at The Den at Fox Creek Golf Course. His second Junge’s summer on golf courses, in a word: challenging. He Kelsey at the rain-shortened Class 3A IHSA state tour- shot landed in a back bunker. He then notched an up and now stands 5-foot-11. Nearly a year ago he was “seven to eight nament in Bloomington. Five months later, at the United down for a birdie. inches” shorter. Basketball players welcome significant spurts. Center, Junge made 30 saves in New Trier Green’s Most golfers do not. 5-3 defeat of Glenbrook North in the state champi“It’s been a little hard, making the adjustments onship game. I’ve had to make,” said Junge, who, as the young“That was quite a sophomore year,” NT Green est player in the field, shot an 80-82 and missed the coach Bob Melton said. “There’s something about cut at the Illinois State Amateur at Alden Golf Club a golfer’s mentality, something calming. Jack has in Rockford July 15-18. “The arc of my swing has had to change a lot. But I’m getting the hang of it.” it and carried that over during the hockey season. Nothing rattled him, and during the playoffs he Golf will be Junge’s sole athletic pursuit in college, made some phenomenal saves and was probably our even though he made a spectacular, Division-I-type most important player down the stretch.” save late in a state semifinal win over Sandburg, NTHS boasts four hockey teams, including a JV which had defeated NT Green twice in the regular season. With the score tied in the third period and squad. NT Green is the program’s parent club. Junge a trip to the UC on the line, Sandburg had a 2-on-1 was a JV member as a freshman. He established breakaway. As the shot neared him, Junge nearly himself as Green’s top goalie in January, after shardid the splits, Melton noted. ing the job in the first half of the season. “He then made the save with his right toe,” the “He’s kind of quiet, but the guys liked him and coach added. knew how important he was to the team,” Melton NT scored the game-winner shortly thereafter. said. “In a way he was everybody’s ‘little brother.’ The seniors liked to put him in a headlock now and Hockey and golf — an odd combo to some. But then, have some fun with him. Jack had great relanot to Junge. tionships with his teammates.” “People ask me, ‘Why do you play sports that are Junge did not take his role for Green lightly. The so different?’ ” Junge said. “I don’t think they’re goal of every young goalie who grows up in New that different. I think they’re similar, because you have to have the right attitude and the right menTrier’s school district is to stop pucks for New Trier’s top club. tal approach in both if you want to do well in both.” “I always looked up to those bigger, older guys,” He’s right. Successful goaltenders don’t sulk after said Junge, a Winnetka resident. allowing an easy goal. Successful golfers look ahead The title in late March was NT Green’s 11th. positively after missing an easy putt. Junge became only the third Trevian to capture New Trier’s Kyle Melton (right) celebrates with goalie Jack Junge after the “His maturity level was higher than most sophoa state boys golf title in October, joining Michael Trevians won the state hockey title in March. mores’ last year,” Melton said. “His athleticism was Slavin (1999) and Bernie Magnussen (1954). Junge something else that I noticed right away. He’s comphotography by joel lerner petitive and intense, but he’s also calm, so it doesn’t still has a hard time believing he’s in such select company. surprise me that he’s also a very good golfer. “Look back at the past five, 10 years,” he said. “So many “He is so even-keeled,” Trevians golf coach Pete Drevline “I’ve never played golf with him; I’d be too embarrassed. outstanding golfers from New Trier did not win state in said. “His demeanor is the kind you want in a golfer. Nothing But I know he’d be able to give me a lot of good tips.”. ■

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Lake Forest’s Hunt displays his golden arm ■ by kevin reiterman Finishing fourth in a throwing competition at Cooperstown Dreams Park? Sounds like an impossible mission. Not for Ethan Hunt. The 12-year-old baseball player, who plays for the Lake Forest Scouts Gold team, showed off his arm strength and accuracy in the tournament’s Golden Arm competition at the famed New York baseball complex. There were 104 teams entered in the June 22-27 tournament, which drew teams from all over the country. And he out-performed 100 other players in the contest. “Throwing far comes pretty naturally for me,” said Hunt, who threw at a home-plate target from center field, approximately 125 feet. “I just tried my best. It worked out.” Hunt, a Black Belt in taekwondo who also lines up at linebacker and center for his football teams, went into the contest prepared. “Long toss,” he said. “I do a lot of long toss and that definitely helped.” He was introduced to long toss by his 9-and-10-year old Scouts coach David Holmes, a former Lake Forest High School standout who went on to play college baseball at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. Hunt is proving to be more than a one-tool baseball player. His bat can be potent. He also smacked a grand slam at Cooperstown and was named the team’s tournament MVP. “He had a great tournament (in New York), and he usually does come up big in tournaments,” said his Gold 12s coach Daniel Gribble, noting that Hunt also went deep in the Memorial Day Tournament at Vernon Hills and has three bombs on the season. “He’s our No. 4 hitter. He drives in a lot of runs for us. “He loves the game and plays it hard,” the coach added. “As a coach, he’s the type of player that you’re looking for.” Defensively, he’s Mr. Utility. According to Hunt, he’s played every position this summer except second base. In a Lake Shore Feeder Baseball League (LSFBL) game against Wilmette Blue at South Park on July 20, Hunt played shortstop and center field before taking his cannon

Ethan Hunt runs the bases during Lake Shore Feeder Baseball League action earlier this summer.

photography by joel lerner arm to the mound in the fifth inning. After two hitless innings, including three strikeouts in the sixth, Hunt’s mettle was tested in the top of the seventh. He was touched up for five runs (only 1 earned) and a 5-3 deficit turned into a 10-3 defeat. Though unhappy, Hunt handled it like a pro. The beautiful blue sky that afternoon had just fallen on No. 34 — but you couldn’t tell it by his mannerisms. No hat tossing. No glove throwing. No harsh words. Baseball is big in Hunt’s world. But it’s not everything. Family and school are high on his list. And, of course, like most kids, he likes the action movies,

especially the “Mission: Impossible” series. Understandably, this Ethan Hunt is a big fan of that Ethan Hunt — Tom Cruise’s character in the film. “We didn’t realize it at the time,” said his father, Andy Hunt. “We actually named him after (actor) Ethan Hawke.” Noteworthy: One of the highlights for Lake Forest Gold in its loss to Wilmette Blue was a home run down the right-field line by Matt D’Alessandro in the second inning. Teammate Jack Klinge helped out the LF cause with two hits. Meanwhile, Brady Christoph has been the Scouts’ top power hitter this summer. He’s hit eight home runs. ■

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The Press Box Shafiq commits to UC-Berkeley Volleyball (Women’s): At 6-foot-5, Sarah Shafiq is a force in the middle. The coaching staff at the UC-Berkeley needs no further convincing. Shafiq, who plays on the Wildcat Juniors 16 Black club team, has accepted a full scholarship to play volleyball for the Cal Golden Bears. It’s an early commit. The highly athletic Shafiq will be a junior at New Trier High School this fall. Last year, Shafiq was a factor on NT’s varsity squad. She came off the bench and helped the Trevians to a second-place finish at state.

Tashima makes U.S. National Team Volleyball (Women’s): For the second year in row, Taylor Tashima has been named to the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Volleyball Team (GYNT). The New Trier High School senior, who plays club ball with the Wildcat Juniors, will team up with 11 other star players and compete in the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Girls’ U18 World Championship in Nakhon Ratchisima, Thailand on July 25-Aug. 4. “She’s very talented,” noted Wildcat Juniors head coach Karen Sonders. “But, on top of that, she works incredibly hard in the gym.”

Tashima is familiar with international competition. She helped the U.S. team win the 2012 NORCECA Girls Youth Continental Championship held in Mexico last August. The only other Illinois player to be selected was Glen Ellyn outside hitter Molly Haggerty, who plays for Sports Performance.

Eclipse Select claims two ECNL national titles Soccer (girls): The Eclipse U-15 squad, which rosters Hannah Marwede (Lake Forest), Zoe Redei (Highland Park), Katie Sadera (Winnetka) and Lea Waddle (Lake Forest), put it all together in championship play of the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL). On July 15 in Henrico, Va., the Eclipse used goals by Marissa Bosco (St. Charles) and Waddle to defeat Real Colorado 2-0 in the national title game. Marwede’s corner kick set up Bosco’s tally. Redei assisted Waddle’s score. The squad was dominant throughout. Eclipse outscored its opponents 15-2 in the tourney. It defeated FC Dallas 4-1 and FC Bucks 5-1 on July 14. Redei had a goal against the Bucks. was impressed with the play of Marwede in the final. The website praised her defense, which helped Eclipse to shut down the “dangerous and everpresent” Mallory Pugh. Redei, who is ranked as the No. 1 player

Sarah Shafiq, who will be a junior at New Trier High School, has made a verbal commitment to Cal-Berkeley.

photography by joel lerner in the Midwest, also was cited for her strong showing in the final. Eclipse also celebrated an ECNL title in the U-23 Division. It defeated FC Wisconsin 4-1 in the title match on July

14. Lake Forest’s Ginny McGowan (class of 2014) was moved up for the tournament. This was history in the making. Prior to this summer, Eclipse had never won an ECNL championship. ■

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Baseball: The shortstop earned the Golden Bat Award this summer for the Waves (26-9), who were eliminated from the Connie Mack Regional in Battle Creek, Mich., on July 20. LaMotte batted a team-beast .375 with 34 runs, 25 RBI and 11 doubles. His on-base percentage was .487. LaMotte, who will be a senior at New Trier High School, had six hits in 12 at-bats during his team’s three regional games. The Waves, who defeated A Green 11-10 (9 innings) and Grand Rapids, Mich., 5-0 in pool play, lost a heartbreaker to the Illinois Sparks 5-4 in single-elimination bracket play. The Sparks scored two runs with one out in the bottom of the seventh. The winning run came home on a wild pitch during an intentional walk attempt. “Tough way to lose,” said Waves head coach Mike Napolean. “We don’t like to intentionally walk hitters (and usually don’t). So we never practice it.” The team’s best overall game came against Grand Rapids. Left-hander Brian Gerner tossed a three-hit shutout. “An outstanding performance,” said Napolean. Second baseman Sammy Visconti, who earned the team’s Gold Glove Award, had a two-run single in the game. Scott Hammes scored twice and stole two bases. In the opener, Nolan Stojentin was the hero. A late-inning substitute, he made three running catches in the top of the ninth inning. And, in the bottom of the ninth, he singled home Will Francke with the game-winner. Luke Turelli Lake Forest

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25.18; 100 free, 55.80) and Madeline Smith (200 free, 1:58.53). The team’s runner-ups included Max Haubrich (1000 free, 10:44.94), Josephine Annin (500 free, 5:27.44), Hillary Rancamp (100 fly, 1:03.32), Emma Kyle (50 free, 25.73), Maia Brearton (200 free, 1:59.02), Ella Needler (200 free, 1:59.80), Lettera (200 fly, 2:22.49), Ortiz (50 fly, 29.93), Hamilton (100 back, 1:02.43), Smith (200 IM, 2:19.89) and Gottschalk (200 IM, 2:17.07; 100 free, 55.72).

Golf: Willis, who will be a sophomore at Yale University, finished five strokes off the lead to place fourth (286) at the 83rd Illinois State Amateur Championship on July 16-18 at Aldeen Golf Club in Rockford. Winnetka’s Bradley Rendell also had a nice State Am, finishing in a tie for 10th (293). Highwood’s Patrick Flavin came in tied for 22nd (297), while Lake Forest’s Ian Mankoff and Lake Bluff’s Jonathon Klein shared 27th place (299). Wilmette’s Michael Hultquist shot 300 to finish in a tie for 29th.

Swimming: Kingsley finished first in the 10-U 500 free (5:43.61) at the regional championship at LFHS. Bentley was the runner-up finisher in the 10-U 200 free (2:27.42) and 100 free (1:08.10).

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Golf: He finished in a three-way tie for fifth place (225) at the Championship at Geneva National on July 16-18. Winnetka’s Matt Murlick and Lake Forest’s Jack Garrity

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Swimming: He claimed two championships at the regional championship at LFHS. He won the 50 free in 22.65 and the 100 free in 49.85. HPAC’s other winners were Andrew Vorobev (1000 free, 10:30.16), Ryan Tran (500 free, 5:43.39) and Tobe Obochi (50 breast, 40.03). The second-place finishers were Sydney Tran (400 IM, 5:01.42), Helena Blumenau (1000 free, 11:11.34), Abigail Smith (100 fly, 1:07.07), Tim Smith (50 back, 31.50), Sophia Livney (200 breast, 2:36.17), Steven Sirois (1650 free, 19:55.13), Ben Laedlein (400 IM, 4:34.60) and Vorobev (500 free, 5:05.40; 50 free, 24.26). Charles Scheinfeld/Phillip Srivastava/Ingrid Wall New Trier Swim Club

Baseball: Competing in the Swimming: This trio picked up two 10 th District American Legion victories each at the regional chamTournament, the 6-foot-5 rightpionship at Lake Forest. Scheinfeld hander tossed a three-hitter to beat was first in the 200 free (1:56.38) and Lake Villa 4-0 on July 14. 200 IM (2:14.02). Srivastava earned Turelli, who will pitch for titles in the 100 back (1:00.19) and 50 Augustana College, finished with six free (23.54). And Wall claimed wins strikeouts over seven innings. in the 500 free (5:15.84) and 200 fly “I can’t say enough about Luke,” (2:15.81). said Lake Forest American Legion NTSC’s other champs were Andy coach Mike Nilles. “When he’s on the Xue (100 breast, 1:28.20), Kathryne mound, he attacks and is very aggresTao (200 back, 2:16.90), Patrick sive. When he’s not on the mound, Gridley (200 back, 2:12.98), Jack Kohr he’s the nicest kid that you will ever (100 back, 1:19.05), Ceola Halloran meet. He turns back into friendly (50 breast, 34.84) and Jeffrey Ingle Luke Turelli.” (200 fly, 2:06.22). Nilles believes Augustana has a The runners-up were Diarmaid can’t-miss prospect in Turelli. Kendra Joachim of Scouts Aquatics races to a first-place finish in the 500 freestyle 10-U at the ISI Summer Halloran (50 breast, 40.61), Ceola “He gets his Ks. And he gets them Regional Championships at Lake Forest High School. Halloran (50 free, 26.86; 200 free, in the crucial parts of the game,” said Nilles. “He’s going to be throwing in photography by joel lerner 2:09.54), Milena Srivastava (200 IM, 2:26.80), Ryan Gridley (200 the 90s sooner than you think.” free, 1:56.55), Samuel Linn (200 fly, Turelli received early support in 2:09.13), Alexandra Christian (200 breast, 2:38.35) and Riley shot 228s (tied for 13th) in this Mid-America Junior Golf this first-round losers’ bracket game. Sam Templeman Mech (200 IM, 2:07.58). Tour event. singled and scored the first run of the game in the first On the girls side, Lake Forest’s Cindy Wang carded a inning on a double by George Karkazis, who later came Tonya Piergies 245 to place fourth overall at Geneva National. around on a sacrifice fly by Peter Gruenes. North Shore Country Day Lake Forest tacked on two more runs in the sixth. George Galanis Track (Girls): She qualified to the USATF National Gruenes singled and scored on a double by Turelli. And Glencoe Junior Olympics Meet in two events. then Turelli came around on a double by JR Reimer. Golf: He had a top-10 finish at the Championship of In the Region 7 meet in Kankakee on July 11-14, LF opened the tournament on July 13 with a 4-0 loss Purdue on July 1-3. He shot a 239 to finish in a three-way Piergies, who will be a junior at NSCD, won the 400 hurto the Gurnee Riverdogs. Alex Athenson, who pitches for tie for ninth place. dles (1:10.57) and qualified for nationals in the javelin the University of Chicago, had a decent outing but was On July 16, at the IJGA Sectional #6 at Highland Park CC, (22.16 meters). She also took fourth in the heptathlon but tagged with the loss. Galanis finished in a tie for eighth place (77) with Highland did not qualify in the event. On July 15, the team was eliminated from postseason Park’s Daniel Hetlinger and Wilmette’s Brian Gerner. The national competition will be held in Greensboro, play. Mundelein used a walk-off balk to claim a 5-4 victory. N.C., on July 22-28. Connor Hanrahan, who hopes to walk on at Denison, Paige Lettera was the hard-luck hurler. He had seven strikeouts and Scouts Aquatics Forest Moses went the distance. Highland Park Swimming: Competing in the 12-U division, she claimed “Connor threw a lot of quality innings for us this sumTrack (Boys): Moses, who attends Northridge Prep, has four titles in the 2013 ISI Summer Regional Championships mer,” said Nilles. qualified to the USATF National Junior Olympics (July at Lake Forest High School on July 26-28. She was first James Padley, who plays at Lake Forest Academy, had 22-28 in Greenboro, N.C.) in the high jump. He cleared 1.80 in the 200 back (2:18.78), 50 free (29.54), 100 IM (1:06.35) a two-run double in the loss. meters to place fifth in the Region 7 meet in Kankakee and 200 IM (100 IM). Isabelle Kane on July 11-14. Earlier this summer, he took fourth in the SCT’s other champs were Kendra Joachim (500 free, Winnetka state meet in Lisle. 5:48.03), Alexander Ortiz (200 breast, 2:30.53), Laura Golf: Kane, who will be a senior at Loyola Academy, Moses is a two-time IHSA state qualifier. Gottschalk (100 fly, 1:01.44), Caylee Hamilton (50 free, qualified to the U.S. Women’s Amateur on July 10 at

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One of our favorite places for weekend trips has been the Baraboo area of Wisconsin. We had a year-round vacation home near Lodi for years in the woods overlooking Lake Wisconsin on seven acres. It was kind of remote and a fairly large home with three bedrooms and a fireplace in the living room conversation area. Driving time from the North Shore is about three hours. It was pleasant to go there year-round. We’d hike in the snow in the woods, and there were beautiful fall colors. It was a great place to have family reunions. There were nice restaurants nearby — Fitz’s on the Lake, Merrimac, is our favorite all-you-can-eat Friday night fish fry. One of our favorite places to hike around there is Parfrey’s Glen. It is a deeply incised canyon, unusual for the Midwest, with lots of ferns and mosses and boulders.

“We’d hike in the snow in the woods, and there were beautiful fall colors. It was a great place to have family reunions.”

Bill Bishoff, a volunteer photographer at the Chicago Botanic Garden, and his wife Leda live in Wilmette.

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It’s not too far from Devil’s Lake State Park, where the kids used to go rock climbing. We’ve also visited the Baraboo Circus Museum to see demonstrations of loading the circus wagons, a circus parade and a performance under the big top. They have a wonderful circus wagon museum. The House on the Rock is a great collection of architecturally unique rooms, streets, gardens and shops designed by Alex Jordan. You can spend the whole day there marveling at carousels, music machines and industrial castoffs made into fantastic art. We sold the home to my (Bill’s) brother because we wanted to spend more time with international travel. We spent June in the Arctic and in Denmark. We’ve been to all seven continents and are going to Turkey in October. Bill and Leda Bishoff, as told to David Sweet ■


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