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STC teen remembered as leader Police investigate after 19-year-old found unresponsive in an Elburn house By ASHLEY RHODEBECK ELBURN – Those who knew Michael D. Fairbanks say they are heartbroken that the 19-year-old died Tuesday at an Elburn home. “We are all very cheated by this loss,” said Nancy Mullen, executive director of Youth Outlook, an organization committed to providing a safe, supportive and respectful environment for adolescents, whether they identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or questioning. Fairbanks was Youth Leader of the Year in 2009 for his work with the Youth Outlook organization. Mullen said Fairbanks was generous with his time and, along with Mullen, spoke to groups about student rights issues. “He was very active in his own school in terms of helping with bullying work and drawing attention to that issue, so schools would be a safe environment,” Mullen said. Fairbanks, whose last known address was in the 1700 block of Jeanette Avenue in St. Charles, was found unresponsive Tuesday in a house in the 300 block of West Ne-

braska Street. Elburn and Countryside Fire Department paramedics found him dead when they responded to the house about 3:35 p.m., according to a news release. Elburn Police Chief Steve Smith said Fairbankswasfound in the home of a friend he was visiting. Fairbanks’ friend came home from work and Michael D. thought he was Fairbanks sleeping at first, Smith said. “There doesn’t seem to be any foul play,” he said. “There was nobody with this person when he died as far as we know.” Smith said police are in the early stages of the investigation. Police are interviewing family members to see whether there’s a history of illnesses, and toxicology tests will be performed. Fairbanks’ aunt, Deyanne Gabriel of West Chicago, said her nephew was involved in activities including the National Honor Society, the honors French club and honors music classes. He graduated early from high school in Jan-

uary 2012 and was concerned with the environment, economics, politics and current events. Gabriel said Fairbanks was studying full time at Elgin Community College to complete his general education credits before going to the University of Colorado Boulder, where he already had been accepted. She said he had hoped to study business. She described Fairbanks as mellow, bright, happy, caring and funny. He had tons of friends, and he cared a lot about animals. He was family-oriented and came from a tight-knit family, she added. “He was a real caring kid,” she said. “He’d give you the shirt off his back. For a young 19-year-old, he kind of had an old soul to him, I thought.” Mullen described Fairbanks as very kind and generous and as one of the smartest young men she has worked with. He had a beautiful spirit and soul, she said. “People gravitated toward him,” Mullen said. “He was a leader.” Renee Koch, a social worker at St. Charles East High School, said she was “deeply saddened by the loss of Mi-

chael Fairbanks.” She lauded his work with the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance. “He was a true visionary and advocate for the LGBT community,” Koch said. “His leadership of GSA at East High School brought such an awareness to issues like diversity and bullying. He truly wanted peace and happiness in this world. I will never forget his smile and the lives he touched here.” Tracy Whiteside, education manager at Fox Valley Repertory, knew Fairbanks since 2007, when the youth ensemble performed “Annie Junior.” She remembers him as a shy kid with a gorgeous voice who came out of his shell and played a lead role in “Oliver” a year later. He played the Tin Man in “The Wizard of Oz” in 2010, she said. “I couldn’t think of anyone more perfect for that role,” Whiteside said. She said she is heartbroken over his death. “I just don’t have the words to say how horrible I feel for him and his family,” she said. • Kane County Chronicle reporter Nicole Weskerna contributed to this report.

8LOCAL BRIEFS The Salvation Army to hold free aerobics class ST. CHARLES – A free, lowimpact aerobics class will be Tuesdays from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. beginning April 2 at The Salvation Army, 1710 S. Seventh Ave. Registration is recommended. Call Jolene Noel with Cadence Health at 630-938-9405.

Volunteer hospice to hold programs on loss, death GENEVA – The Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice, 200 Whitfield Drive, is offering a series of programs in March for those who have experienced the death of a family member or other loved one. They are free, but registra-

tion is required at 630-232-2233 or Our Grief Journey meets Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. from March 6 to April 10 for adults who have experienced the death of a spouse, parent, child, sibling, friend or other loved one. Light Finders meets Mondays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. from March 4 to April 8 for survivors of suicide loss. Footprints meets Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. from March 6 to April 17 for parents and adult family members coping with a miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or newborn death. Co-sponsored by Provena Mercy Medical Center and Provena Saint Joseph


Episcopal priest, author to lead healing mission GENEVA – The Power of Healing Prayer, a healing mission led by Episcopal priest and author the Rev. Nigel W. Mumford, will be Friday to Sunday at St. Mark’s Church, 320 Franklin St., Geneva. Registration is $25 at the door. Call 630-232-0133 or visit

Audubon society to hold nature-related meeting ST. CHARLES – The Kane County Audubon Society will meet at 7 p.m. March 13 at Hickory Knolls Discovery Center,

3795 Campton Hills Road, St. Charles. “The Secret Life of Birds” will be presented by nature photographer Arlene Koziol. For information, call Bob Andrini at 630-584-8386.

Spring Country Folk Art Festival set at fairgrounds ST. CHARLES – The Spring Country Folk Art Festival is set for March 22 to 24 at the Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road. Hours are 6 to 10 p.m. March 22, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 23 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 24. Visit www. for information.

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Where did you grow up? Aurora Pets? A bare-eyed cockatoo named Arnie Who would play you in the movie of your life? John Goodman First job? Mowed lawns As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to own a sports memorabilia store, and that’s what I did. A book you’d recom-

mend? I love the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling, and I’d recommend everybody read them. Favorite charity? The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Hobbies? I collect all kinds of sports memorabilia. I’m on the verge of being considered a hoarder. Favorite local restaurant? Riganato Old World Grille in Geneva What is an interesting factoid about yourself? I am an absolute aficionado on vintage baseball cards. Show me a card, and I can almost guarantee you I know exactly what it is.


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Genealogical Society meets in Geneva WHAT: The next monthly meeting of the Kane County Genealogical Society will be “Researching Your Chicago Ancestors,” presented by Steven Szabados. This program reviews what sources are available and where they can be found. Szabados is a board member of the Polish Genealogical Society of America as well as the genealogy columnist for the Polish American Journal. All are welcome to attend. WHEN: 7:30 p.m. today WHERE: First-floor meeting room of the Geneva History Center, 113 S. 3rd St., Geneva INFO: For information, call 847-697-1029 or visit

Bishop Malloy to speak Saturday at St. Patrick WHAT: Bishop David J. Malloy is scheduled to speak on a variety of issues, including the Year of Faith and the New Evangelization. The event is open to the public.

WHEN: 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday WHERE: St. Patrick Catholic Church, 6N491 Crane Road in St. Charles

Kane County Audubon sets bird walk WHAT: Kane County Audubon has planned a bird walk. The public is invited. WHEN: 8 a.m. Saturday WHERE: Nelson Lake/Dick Young Forest Preserve in Batavia. Meet in the parking lot by the silo, on Nelson Lake Road, south of Main Street and west of Randall Road. INFO: For information, call Terry Murray at 630-896-3219.

Northern Illinois Steelband at Norris Center WHAT: The Northern Illinois University Steelband will present an eclectic mix of music covering a variety of genres when it makes its third concert appearance. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students. WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday WHERE: Norris Cultural Arts Center, 1040

Dunham Road, St. Charles INFO: Tickets can be purchased at www. or by calling 630584-7200.

St. Gall plans 130th turkey dinner March 10 WHAT: St. Gall Catholic Church has planned its 130th annual St. Patrick’s Day turkey dinner. This is a sit-down, homecooked dinner that includes turkey, real mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, corn, green beans, rolls, cranberry, coleslaw and lots of pies to choose from for dessert. The cost is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, $4 for children 6 to 12 and free for those 5 and under are free. Carry outs are available at the American Legion Hall, downtown Elburn, for $8. WHEN: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 10 WHERE: The church’s parish hall, 120 W. Shannon St., Elburn INFO: For information, contact the parish office at 630-365-6030.

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Meeting set to discuss Brady’s role in the GOP By NICOLE WESKERNA Enough state central committeemen have signed a letter to convene a meeting to discuss ousting Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady over his open support of same-sex marriage. Jim Oberweis, R-Sugar Grove, has been trying to call a meeting since late January. He reserved conference room space in early February, but he didn’t have the five committeemen signatures required to call the meeting. Same-sex legislation passed in the Senate earlier this month and is pend-

ing in the House. The private meeting is scheduled for March 9, Oberweis said. He said the core of the issue is not about same-sex marriage, but about Brady’s conduct in parting with Jim Republican Oberweis views without discussing it with anyone first. “I’d like to emphasize that this is a question of corporate governance,” he said. Brady, of St. Charles, did not return messages seeking

comment. Oberweis said the meeting will give Brady a chance to explain his actions, and the committee can either accept that explanation or ask Brady to change his position and “admit he made a mistake or get a new CEO.” “I’d like that to happen as quickly as possible,” Oberweis said. “I think we’ve waited too long already.” Brady has been Illinois GOP chairman for more than three years, and his term ends in March 2014. It would require a three-fifths weighted vote from state party committeemen to remove him as chairman.

GENEVA – In the first seven months of 2012, the Geneva Chamber of Commerce purchased nearly 14 million “impressions” of Geneva, according to an annual report on the city’s tourism. “Impressions,” said Chamber President Jean Gaines, “is the number of times the name ‘Geneva’ was heard on the radio, seen in print or on multiple Web products.” In Gaines’ report to the Geneva City Council on how the city’s hotel/motel tax was used, the Chamber bought expanded radio ads, digital online and interstitial ads, QR codes, website products, apps, an online brochure and news release materials used by the media. The Chamber receives 3 percent of the city’s hotel tax, nearly $115,000, Gaines said. According to the report, the Chamber spent nearly $156,000 on the ads, using its share of the hotel tax as well as its own reserves. “We follow guidelines set by the Illinois Department

ST. CHARLES – St. Charles mayoral candidate Jake Wyatt is having a fundraiser dinner at 7 p.m. Saturday at VFW Post 5036, 119 N. Third St. There is a suggested donation of $25. There will be dinner and door prizes. Visit for information.

Altrusa plans meeting to work on blanket project GENEVA – Altrusa of Fox Valley will have its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. today at the Eagle Brook Country Club, 2288 Fargo Blvd. Members will work on blankets to be donated to Mutual Ground.

Altrusa of Fox Valley is an international organization made up of professional women of the Fox Valley area. Members are committed to the improvement of individuals through literacy projects and programs. Call Sandee Jensen at 630365-5685 for information.

The Salvation Army plans free blood screenings ST. CHARLES – Free blood pressure and blood sugar screening will be available at The Salvation Army, 1710 S. Seventh Ave., from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday. It is open to all and sponsored by Meridian Home Health Care.

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“We follow guidelines set by the Illinois Department of Tourism, that this money is designated to put ‘heads in beds.’ We don’t spend it on administration or postage, it’s strictly paid advertising in that area.” Jean Gaines Chamber president of Tourism, that this money is designated to put ‘heads in beds,’ ” Gaines said. “We don’t spend it on administration or postage, it’s strictly paid advertising in that area … where someone would stay overnight.” The Chamber used the money to promote each festival, special tab sections in local newspapers and online promotions. It bought ads in local theater and various events’ program books. The Chamber used direct mail, magazines, Yellow Pages and the Geneva Park District quarterly brochure. According to the report, “Advertising is a puzzle and we have to put the right pieces together to get results. The message must be consistent

and repeated over and over to be effective.” Because of the huge crowds seen at the events, Gaines reported, the Chamber’s promotions “reached the market in a variety of options.” Mayor Kevin Burns said the Chamber’s report gives positive and encouraging news to the council and the community. “Geneva remains a premier destination for folks throughout Chicagoland and beyond,” Burns said. “And that we are being good stewards of the treasure that is historic downtown Geneva. The Chamber’s primary responsibility is to bring visitors to town. The business owners’ job is to bring them back.”

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8LOCAL BRIEFS Severe weather spotters training class set in Elgin ELGIN – A countywide severe weather spotters training class conducted by the National Weather Service is set for 7 p.m. today at Elgin Community College’s Seigle Auditorium. The event is free for all weather enthusiasts, and seating is available on a first come, first seated basis. Severe weather spotters help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to local officials. The class is sponsored by Kane County Office of Emergency Management. ECC is at 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin.

Kaneland students, alumni eligible for Elburn grants ELBURN – The Elburn Scholarship Fund will be awarding grants for studies at the college level. All applications must be postmarked no later than Friday. Eligibility is limited to Kaneland High School alumni and members of Kaneland’s current senior class who will attend a local community college or a state university in

DISTRICT 101 Illinois. High school seniors may obtain application forms in the Kaneland High School guidance office. Former recipients should follow their earlier instructions for reapplication. Awards may be available for alumni whose pursuit of a degree was interrupted, or for those who would like to pursue a new career. Applications and supporting documents should be sent to The Elburn Scholarship Committee, 611 Plamondon Court, Wheaton, IL 60189-6305.

Sensible Threadz seeks baby-related items in STC ST. CHARLES – Sensible Threadz, 208 S. Kirk Road, is collecting baby-related items through today for a community program at VNA Health Care in Aurora. For a donation of such items as diapers, wipes, formula, toys, clothing, nursing pillows and play mats, customers will receive an in-store credit of $5. Call Sensible Threadz owner Carol Frey at 630-587-0736 for information. Store hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Sixth-graders will use tablets at school for pilot program By ERIC SCHELKOPF BATAVIA – Starting this spring, about 100 Rotolo Middle School sixth-grade students will receive Google Chromebooks to use during the school day. The Batavia School District 101 board on Tuesday approved the purchase of 100 Google Chromebooks for $27,900 as part of a pilot program. The district wants to see how technology can improve student learning. Last fall, the district launched an iPad pilot program at Alice Gustafson Elementary School. At the beginning of the year, each fifth-grader received a thirdgeneration iPad to use during the school day. The Batavia school board

in April approved the $54,055 expense for the iPad program. Anton Inglese, the district’s chief information officer, said Chromebooks are considerably cheaper than iPads. “A fully equipped iPad is almost $600,” he said. “A Chromebook is $250.” Google Chromebooks are “cloud-based” laptops in which all data is stored online. “We don’t have to worry about moving data between devices,” Inglese said. “Ev-

erything is stored in the cloud.” He said the Chromebooks will allow “collaboration with teachers and other students in real-life time.” Inglese said they also will help teachers to better gauge their students. “They will have a much better idea of what a student knows and doesn’t know,” Inglese said. He said the district will look at how the Chromebook pilot program goes before expanding the program.

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Building ‘a total loss’ after fire on Tuesday By AL LAGATTOLLA KANEVILLE TOWNSHIP – A fire Tuesday night at a fertilizer plant damaged two buildings, but there were no injuries. Dave Hintzche, the president of Hintzche Fertilizer on County Line Road, west of Kaneville, said the fire took place at a maintenance facility on the property. He said it appeared that a large truck parked in the shop had an electrical fire, and the building caught on fire. There were two buildings affected, but one was an addition, and Hintzche said it was

Zonta Club to host panel on domestic violence GENEVA – The Zonta Club of St. Charles-Geneva-Batavia will host a “Breaking the Silence” domestic violence panel at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Geneva History Center, 113 S. Third St., Geneva. Panelists include Jamie Mosser, Domestic Violence Unit supervisor at the Kane County State’s Attorney’s

Office; Jim Kintz, founder and president of Fox Valley Court Watch; Sgt. Branden Gentry, Kane County Sheriff Office Patrol Division; Sheila Gray, Court Advocate-Program Coordinator at Mutual Ground; Judge Linda Abrahamson, 16th Judicial Court Associate Judge; Kathryn McGowan Bettcher, Managing Attorney with Prairie State Legal Services; and Anna Whitmer, Abuse Intervention Program coordinator at Community Crisis Center. There is no cost to attend. For information on the Zonta Club, visit www.zontasaintcharles. org.

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BATAVIA – A “Moon River Mingle” – a wine and craft beer tasting and silent auction to benefit Elderday Center – will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at 409 N. River St., Batavia. A selection of wine and craft beer will be offered from Gibby’s Wine Den and Stockholm’s, as well as hors d’oeuvres from some of Fox Valley’s favorite dining establishments. Tickets are $25 at the door. For information about Elderday Center, visit

Proceeds support Elderday’s mission to provide area seniors with therapeutic day programming that focuses on maintaining independence and self-worth.

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Geneva • Jennifer M. Kraus, 18, of the 15000 block of South Indian Boundary Line Road, Plainfield,

St. Charles • Miguel Corona-Torres, 21, of the 500 block of State Avenue, St. Charles, turned himself in on a St. Charles Police Department warrant Sunday, Feb. 24. • Gary Glen Chitwood, 57, of the 32W600 block of North Avenue, West Chicago, was charged Sunday, Feb. 24, with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a blood-alcohol content greater than 0.08 percent, disobeying a traffic control signal, improper lane use and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle. • Daniel P. Schlegel, 33, of the 1700 block of North 4101st Road, Leland, was charged Saturday, Feb. 23, with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a blood-alcohol content greater than 0.08 percent and speeding. • Ashley M. Pomplin, 24, of the 500 block of Westfield Course,

Geneva, was charged Saturday, Feb. 23, with battery. • Kaycee Michelle Znalezniak, 22, of the 400 block of South Avenue, St. Charles, was charged Saturday, Feb. 23, with battery. • David Matthew Steckel, 47, of the 37W200 block of Dean Street, St. Charles, was arrested Friday, Feb. 22, on a St. Charles warrant. • Elvir Hamzic, 33, of the 100 block of Lakeside Drive, St. Charles, was charged Thursday, Feb. 21, with disorderly conduct for loud noise. • Walmart, 150 Smith Road, reported Thursday, Feb. 21, a Samsung Galaxy prepaid phone was stolen by a Hispanic man in his mid- to late 20s. He was described as 150 to 160 pounds with no facial hair or glasses. He wore jeans and a black jacket with faux fur trim. • TK Sealcoating and Painting, 1870 Dean St., reported Thursday, Feb. 21, catalytic converters and surrounding exhaust pipes were stolen from three work trucks. • A customer at XSport Fitness, 238 North Randall Road, reported Tuesday, Feb. 19, these belongings were stolen from a locker: an $850 iPhone with a $50 case, and a $20 wallet containing $20, his driver’s license, his FOID card, his work ID, credit cards, $50 restaurant gift card and $200 Metra train ticket. He was adamant he locked the locker. Police reported the lock was intact.

8SUPPORT GROUPS THURSDAYS • Batavia Area Autism Support Group, 6:30 p.m. third Thursday of the month through June, Panera Bread, 154 W. Wilson St., Batavia. Reservations, autismbatavia@ or 630-406-0810. • Emotions Anonymous, 7:30 p.m., Geneva Lutheran Church, 301 S. Third St., Geneva. Twelve-step program for emotional problems such as depression, anxiety, abnormal fears, etc. For women only. Information: Rosemary, 630-587-3950 or • For Spouses Who are Caregivers, 1:30 to 3 p.m., second Thursday of the month, Elderday Center, 8 S. Lincoln St., Batavia. Designed to help those who have

a spouse suffering from dementia or another progressive illness to discuss challenges and ways to reduce stress and increase quality of life. Information: Kathy Hanlon, 630-761-9750. • Friendship Night, 7 p.m., fourth Thursday of the month, Elburn and Countryside Community Center, 525 Main St., Room 10, Elburn. Informal sharing will follow the group discussion. New members invited. Free. Information: 630-365-2880. • Grieving Parent Support Group, 7 p.m., second Thursday of the month, Elburn and Countryside Community Center, 525 Main St., Room 10, Elburn. Provides drop-in support for parents who have suffered the death of a child of any age. Registration required. Free.

Information: 630-365-2880. • Home Birth Options and Women’s Wellness Coffee House, 6:30 p.m., third Thursday of the month, Caribou Coffee, 507 S. Third St., Geneva. Information: 630-232-6422. • Hope and Cope Support, third Thursday of the month, 1720 Pleasant Ave., St. Charles. Open to parents of HIV-positive adult children. Information: 630-669-2588. • I’m Too Young for This! Young Adult Networking Group, 7 p.m., first Thursday of the month, LivingWell Cancer Resource Center, 442 Williamsburg Ave., Geneva. Open to ages 17 to 35 who have or have had cancer. Registration required. Registration and information: 630-262-1111.

WILLIAM CRAIG THATCHER Died: Feb. 26, 2013 ST. CHARLES – William Craig Thatcher, M.D., of St. Charles, passed away Feb. 26, 2013. Born in New London, Conn., Craig was raised in Hinsdale, attended Dartmouth College and the University of Toulouse Medical School. While in school, he became an accomplished pianist who participated in various competitions. It always was his goal to pursue a career in medicine, and while he was studying for his degree, he met the love of his life, Michele, a classmate of his, and the daughter of a local physician and pharmacist. Their first son, David Francois Olivier, was born in Toulouse. After their graduation, they moved to Buffalo, N.Y., where both completed internships, and their second child, John Christopher, was born. Craig and Michele then moved to Chicago, where he completed a residency in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital. After three years as an instructor in surgery at Loyola University Medical Center, he joined Elgin Cardiac Surgery in 1984, which now is known as Northern Illinois Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery. In 2006, Craig started the Vein and Laser Center, now a part of the practice. He was a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and a fellow of the American College of

Surgeons. He was a compassionate doctor, loved and admired by patients and colleagues. He also was a devoted family man, whose generosity of spirit was showered upon all members of the extended family. He hosted an annual family reunion attended by dozens of relatives from all over the world. It became a highlight for all who could attend. A true gentleman, he had a sophisticated appreciation of fine art, good food and wine, and classical music. He is survived by his two loving sons, David Francois Olivier and John Christopher; his mother, Jean Thatcher; one sister, Jane Williamson (Rich); four brothers, Andy (Barb), David, Aaron (Kelly) and Adam; eight nieces and nephews; and seven great-nieces and -nephews. The visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 1, at Yurs Funeral Home, 405 E. Main St. (corner of Routes 25 and 64), St. Charles, IL 60174. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Yurs Funeral Home. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 143 S. First St., Batavia, IL 60510, in honor of Michele Thatcher. To leave an online condolence or remembrance to the family, visit the funeral home’s obituary page at For information, call Yurs Funeral Home of St. Charles at 630-584-0060. Please sign the guest book at

8FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS Frank L. Bruno: A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 9, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 1891 Kaneville Road in Geneva. A funeral luncheon will follow at Salerno’s on the Fox, 320 N. Second St. in St. Charles. Burial will be private. A memorial visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 8, at Malone Funeral Home, 324 E. State St. (Route 38) in Geneva. Donald “Harvey” McClurg: There will be a celebration of life service

at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at Portage United Methodist Church in Portage, Wis. Arsenio G. Sala: A memorial celebration of Arsenio’s life will be Memorial Day weekend at Garfield Farm Museum. Adolph “Bud” Shulske: A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at Yurs Funeral Home, 405 E. Main St. (corner of Routes 64 and 25), in St. Charles. Interment will be private in Union Cemetery in St. Charles.

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• Jason R. Leannah, 20, of the 0-100 block of South Grace Street, North Aurora, was charged Thursday, Feb. 21, with speeding and unlawful consumption of alcohol. • Philip R.C. Vermaas, 19, of the 800 block of North Forest Ave., Batavia, was charged Thursday, Feb. 21, with failure to wear a seat belt and unlawful consumption of alcohol. • An iPhone 5 valued at $700 was reported taken Friday, Feb. 22, from Rendezvous restaurant, 1 E. Wilson St. • Jose A. Ramirez, 23, of the 100 block of South Prospect Avenue, Bartlett, was charged Sunday, Feb. 24, with unlawful possession of marijuana. • Alice A. Sorensen, 62, of the 700 block of Jay Street, Elgin, was charged Monday, Feb. 25, with criminal trespass to property at Menards, 300 N. Randall Road. • David M.N. Gray II, 21, of the 1600 block of North Marywood Avenue, Aurora, was charged Monday, Feb. 25, with criminal trespass to land at 1100 E. Wilson St., after notice was given that entry is forbidden.

was charged Monday, Feb. 18, with possession of drug paraphernalia and less than 2.5 grams of marijuana and received a written warning for not having a rear registration light. • Two bottles of prescription medications were reported stolen Wednesday, Feb. 20, from the glove box of a car parked in the 100 block of Syril Drive. Taken were a bottle of 30 Xanax pills and a bottle of 24 Adderall pills, valued at $52.


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Lost and, with help, found Some local residents go above and beyond to bring about a happy reunion By NICOLE WESKERNA


teve Johnson had seen a black lab running around one evening near his Sugar Grove home. Because it appeared the dog had gotten loose and Johnson lives near a fairly busy road, Johnson decided to take it in. Thanks to technology and with the help of strangers, the dog, Jasper, was safely returned to the Gatewood family of Sugar Grove just hours after he had gone missing. When something gets lost – whether it’s the family pet or a treasured heirloom – the owners sometimes rely on the kindness of strangers to retrieve it. That’s how Beth Orticelli was recently reunited with her class ring from 1980. Orticelli, of St. Charles, said she had traded the ring with a fellow classmate because each liked the other’s better. Still, Orticelli’s name was inscribed on the ring, which helped Melissa Patterson track down Orticelli three decades later. Patterson was raking her yard in Elgin in October when she found a class ring caked in mud. As she cleaned it off, she noticed the name inscribed on the inside. “I looked at my husband and said, ‘I’m going to find this person,’ ” Patterson said. “How could you not? It’s not every day that you find a piece of jewelry with someone’s name on it. I felt it was appropriate.” And so began Patterson’s journey of locating Orticelli, whose name had changed twice through marriages and who no longer lived in the Schaumburg area, where she graduated high school. Patterson found Orticelli’s email address the next day, but her emails were filtered by a spam folder, so Patterson assumed she had the wrong person. “I didn’t want to pry, or for her to think I’m some stalker,” Patterson said. As she continued her search, she stumbled across Orticelli’s brother and daughter.

“It’s so nostalgic. The most meaningful part of it is that there are such nice people in the world that would go to such great lengths for a stranger. That’s what makes [the ring] meaningful now, that act of kindness.” Beth Orticelli was reunited with her class ring from 1980 Through the daughter’s Facebook page, Patterson found she had one friend named Beth. She decided to send Orticelli a message through Facebook. By mid-February, Orticelli was reunited with her class ring. Sandy Bressner – “It’s so nostalgic,” Orticelli Jameson Gatewood, 3, plays with his family’s dog, Jasper, in his Sugar Grove home. Jasper was found resaid. “The most meaningful part of it is that there are such cently at a neighbor’s home after he went missing for several hours. nice people in the world that would go to such great lengths for a stranger. That’s what makes [the ring] meaningful now, that act of kindness.” ••• The Gatewood family of Sugar Grove experienced similar acts of goodwill when their ART INSIGHTS AT HERITAGE WOODS dog went missing after he took off chasing an animal. WITH THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO Because the dog had been Tuesday, March 12 at 2:00 PM running around near a busy SPRING WAFFLE BREAKFAST road, Johnson didn’t want anything to happen to it, so he (For Here or To Go!) took it in. He tied the dog in his Wednesday, March 20 from 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM front yard, hoping someone FREE Waffles from our Gourmet Kitchen would drive by and recognize ANIMAL QUEST EXOTIC ANIMAL SHOW it. After a few hours, he decided to take the dog to a nearby Tuesday, March 26 at 2:00 PM animal hospital to see whether Hedgehogs, squirrels, snakes, & more! it had a microchip. HERITAGE WOODS LOCAL SPELLING BEE The dog was microchipped, Thursday, March 14th at 2:00 PM but the information hadn’t Cheer for our seniors as they spell been updated since the family Please note that their way to the top! moved. Sugar Grove resident all events are for Pat Graceffa got word of the seniors 62+ missing dog, sent out a com*Please call to RSVP munity email blast and posted for any Heritage information to a community Managed by BMA Management, Ltd. Woods event! website.

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other where the photos on a lost camera led an officer to the rightful owner. “You try to give the respect that people would give to you,” Sullivan said. “You spent hours working to buy that. Officers are very conscious about getting things back to their legitimate owners when they can.” ••• Karen Ditch of St. Charles still is waiting to be reunited with a ring that she had hoped to pass on to her daughter and granddaughter. She had the piece of jewelry made earlier last year out Photo provided of rings owned by her mother and mother-in-law. Ditch Beth Orticelli of St. Charles (left) and Melissa Patterson of Elgin met for said she was at the Geneva the first time last week when Patterson returned Orticelli’s long-lost Commons in December when class ring from 1980. she believes her ring got lost, possibly because it got pulled off with her glove. She went back to all the stores she had been to and had no luck tracking it down. She offered a reward and posted information in newspaper classifieds. “That’s about all I could do. I made a trip back and looked myself and even looked in the parking lot,” she said. “I’m always looking.”

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The information prompted a neighbor to call Lara Hosking, who owns a similar-looking black lab. Her dog had been mixed up with Jasper in the past, and she thought maybe the dog belonged to a neighboring family she had never met before. She helped locate the Gatewoods, and Jasper was returned safe and sound. “It’s nice to know that they thought enough to try to seek us out and find our number and give us a call,” said Dirk Gatewood, who owns Jasper. “It’s more than what should have been done and it’s really nice.” He said he plans to update Jasper’s microchip information to avoid losing him in the future. ••• When items are lost, they sometimes end up at a police station waiting for someone to claim them. Rusty Sullivan, forensic investigator and property custodian with the St. Charles Police Department, is in charge of those

items when they come in. He said if property isn’t united with its owner after a certain period of time, it usually ends up in a disposal site or sold for auction online. But some officers have gone out of their way to locate the owners of items they come across. One of those items was a set of car keys lost last spring. The keys had been found in the street, and the only identifying information attached to the keychain was a grocery store preferred card. The grocery store contacted a woman in California who had the same name. The woman called St. Charles police and said she had not been to Illinois, so police changed their approach. Police looked through their records and found a woman with the same name residing in St. Charles. Sullivan said the woman later emailed the officer who returned her car keys, saying an item on her keychain had sentimental value. Sullivan shared similar stories – one where an officer found a lost debit card in a store parking lot, and an-


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Dancing with the Geneva Stars a success To the Editor: Thanks to the Dancing with the Geneva Stars sponsors, volunteers, dance teams and the public for contributing vote dollars. The committee has announced that $18,500 was raised benefiting the Geneva Cultural Arts Commission and the Geneva Academic Foundation. The team sponsors ($600) include Allied Waste/Republic Services, Mike and Carol Donahue, Fox Valley Orthopedics, ATI Physical Therapy, Roquette America, St. Charles Bank and Trust and Stith Oral and Mixillofacial Surgery. In-kind sponsors ($600) include Fagans, Fox Valley SuddenValues, Reszel Industries Ideavertising and Town and Country Gardens. Event sponsors ($250) include Bob and Sue Darnall, the Geneva Eye Clinic, David and Julie Lamb, Nuveen, Fox Valley Family Physicians, McDonald’s of Geneva, Peacock Engineering, PHN Architects, Chuck and Barb Radovich, Stockholms’ and Wildwood Restaurant. In-kind sponsors ($250) include Down to Earth Pottery, Image Awards, Megan Kelly Photography, and The Herrington Inn. Sponsor level sponsors ($100) include Aurelio’s, Blue Haven Capital, Carlson’s Flooring, Chicago Title-Geneva, Dick Lewis State Farm, Fona International, MB Financial, Needle Things and Creative Impression, Riley Drugs, Sacrey and Sacrey, Troiani Subway and U.S. Bank. An in-kind sponsor ($100) was Scott Lebin. Special thanks to those donating their time and talents to the event, including Odalisque Beauty, Katrina’s Hair Salon, Scott Rolf, Vic Portincaso, Steve Lord and the GHS student television network. The dance teams swag – or gift – bag contributors were Coffee Drop Shop, Egg Harbor Café, Fuller’s Car Wash, Geneva Cleaners, the Geneva Park District, Kane County Cougars, Kernel’s Gourmet Popcorn, Paper Merchant, State Street Dance Studio, The Latest Crave, Olive Mill, Spice House and The Sugar Path. Those providing needed assistance include All Dressed Up (costumes), lia sophia, R J Recording and Sound, Julie Williams of GHS and GHS volunteers. Special thanks to Grahams’s Fine Chocolates, the city of Geneva, Gallery 28 and Eagle Brook Country Club. Thanks to Linda Cunningham, founder and artistic director of State Street Dance Studio; the entire show would not happen without her artistry and dance instructors. Also thanks to Alex Artega and Michael and AuBrey Saelee, who took 12 amateur dancers and created a special evening. To the dance teams, thank you for your tireless work soliciting votes and rehearsing your dance routines. Thanks to the volunteers who worked for the committee at the event. Carolyn Hill, Tim Vetang, Lisa Otto, Jane Cladis, Sheila Belon, Paulette Borota, Nancy Dantino, Therese Davison, Mary Ann Diggory, Dave Heun, Mary O’Brien, Susan Terwilliger, Trish Tkach, Connie Wagner, Paul Wessel and Linda Cunningham Members of the Dancing with the Geneva Stars Committee

The Kane County Chronicle welcomes original letters on public issues. Letters must include the author’s full name, home address and day and evening telephone numbers. We limit letters to 400 words. All letters are subject to editing for length and clarity at the sole discretion of the editor. Letters can be emailed to letters@kcchronicle. com, faxed to 630-4441641 and mailed to Letters, Kane County Chronicle, 333 N. Randall Road, Suite 2, St. Charles IL 60174.

Snow days welcomed by many students This winter has seemingly lasted longer than ever. It started off slowly, but now we’re getting bouts of snow, and summer doesn’t seem to be coming anytime soon. It’s snowing as I write this, and looking around at all the white is putting me in an eager mood. As I’ve stated before, I have extremely fond memories of playing in the snow during my childhood. Winter, snow, Christmas and family blend together in my mind, and seeing snowflakes always gets me singing carols. I’m a little too old for things such as sledding and snowmen, and the horrors of driving in slush have decreased my excitement. But something about snowflakes still makes me check the weather and flip my pajamas inside out – the hope of a snow day. A snow day, for any Southerners or people who live under a rock, is a day when school is canceled because there is too much snow. It’s different than a weekend, a teacher institute day or a planned vacation. On snow days, the universe is telling you to forget about school. The Hand of God

Editorial board J. Tom Shaw, publisher Jay Schwab

Kathy Gresey

Al Lagattolla Kate Schott

GUEST VIEW Courtney Phelan has come down and denied trigonometry, reading guides and unflattering P.E. uniforms a day of their devilish taunts. When I was younger, it was like the world was literally telling me to go play in the snow. Now, it’s telling me to take a nap, take a bath and take some time to appreciate the weather. Whenever snow is forecast, students mumble about a snow day. “Tom Skilling said it was only going to be, like, 6 inches.” “Yeah, but it’s starting at 3:30 a.m. That means they won’t have time to plow the roads before school!” “I’m not reading this chapter. We won’t have school tomorrow.” “Who wants to go sledding?!?!” We students will ask the teachers what they think. Mostly they ignore us. Some express that they, too, have a sincere desire for an unscheduled day off. Some teachers tell

us their earnest predictions, occasionally egging us on with weather reports and other area school closings. My sophomore English teacher openly mocked our hopes and guaranteed that we would not have a snow day. We actually had two days off after those comments. Then again, having days off in January or February means that we have to make them up in June. Most people think that pushing back finals a day is a fair trade-off for not having to drive through the snow and getting a random day to catch up on anything they need – homework, TiVo or sleep. One nice thing is that, unless we have five or more snow days, the date for graduation is set, and seniors don’t make up missed days. Keeping that in mind, I have one thing to say to the universe – bring it on.

• Courtney Phelan is a senior at Geneva High School. She is an outgoing and energetic young writer who likes to swim, read and participate in general teenage activities. She can be contacted at editorial@

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By JONATHAN BILYK GENEVA – The County Board has put off any discussion surrounding the county’s hiring freeze, and particularly, which county hires would be subject to review under the policy. Earlier this month, the County Board appeared poised to launch a re-evaluation of the county’s hiring policies in some departments. The discussion came after the hiring of Robert Sauceda, a political ally of County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen, as a

ty’s hiring policies began last week, at the County Board’s Human Services Committee, and the discussion was to continue at the board’s Finance Committee on Wednesday. The freeze was implemented in 2008 in response to county financial difficulties linked to the Great Recession. The ordinance allowed county department directors to hire to fill vacancies and for hiring in emergency situations. The ordinance also required the County Board to review the policy every six months – a stipulation previously overlooked by the

board. But the ordinance also does not expressly require county department heads to receive explicit approval from the County Board to hire temporary, seasonal or part-time workers. At the Human Services Committee meeting Feb. 21, a representative of the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office told committee members that such hires would be subject to the hiring freeze, County Board members said. County Board members have said they would like to address the “ambiguity” concerning that question in the ordinance. However, when

the discussion arrived at the Finance Committee on Wednesday, committee members shied away from such discussion. Instead, committee members restated their belief that the hiring freeze should be reviewed again in six months, as required by the ordinance. County Board member John Hoscheit, R-St. Charles, chairman of the Finance Committee, said the committee could take up discussion on proposed changes to the hiring freeze ordinance at later committee meetings, perhaps as soon as the next meeting, scheduled for March 27.

ed tour through five residential gardens. The walks are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with lunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Reserved tickets are $16, and reserved lunch tickets are $12. The cost on the

day of the event is $18 and lunch tickets are $14. Starting April 15, tickets will be sold at the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, 8 S. Third St., Geneva; the Geneva Park District, 710

Western Ave., Geneva; the Geneva History Center, 113 S. Third St., Geneva; Ace Hardware, 617 W. State St., Geneva; Chez Moi Cafe, 415 W. State St., Geneva; Country Naturals, 316 Campbell

St., Geneva; Gibby’s Wine Den, 1772 S. Randall Road, Geneva; and Heinz Brothers Greenhouse Garden Center, 2010 E. Main St., St. Charles.

8LOCAL BRIEFS ‘Reflexions de Monet’ garden walk set in Geneva GENEVA – The annual Geneva Garden Club walk, “Reflexions de Monet,” will be June 14 and 15. The walk will include a self-guid-

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temporary billing manager at the county’s Animal Control Department. Some County Board members have said they want to know whether the hiring of temporary, seasonal or parttime employees is subject to review under the provisions of the hiring freeze. While County Board members have made efforts to avoid mentioning Sauceda or the Animal Control Department by name, their public inquiries followed Sauceda’s hiring, which was not submitted to the board for review or a vote. The evaluation of the coun-

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8LOCAL BRIEFS St. Charles law firm to hold teleseminar

Free income tax prep set at Aurora University

ST. CHARLES – The law firm of Wessels Sherman Joerg Liszka Laverty Seneczko P.C. will have a teleseminar titled “How Illinois Employers Can WIN Misconduct and Voluntary Quit IDES Unemployment Insurance Claims and Hearings: Valuable Tips & Strategies!” Participants can listen to attorneys Nancy E. Joerg and Anthony J. Caruso, Jr. “over the phone” from 2 to 3 p.m. March 21. The cost is $100 and includes a packet of materials. To register or for information, call legal assistant Tammy Nelson at 630-377-1554 or email tanelson@wesselssherman. com.

AURORA – Free public income tax preparation sessions at Aurora University will be held. Taxpayers may drop off materials for free income tax preparation service from 8 to 11 a.m. March 16 and 23 in the lobby of Dunham Hall, 1400 Marseillaise Place in Aurora. The service, including on-site e-filing, is available to lowincome, elderly and disabled residents, including non-English speaking taxpayers earning up to $50,000. Bilingual college students will provide translation assistance for Spanish-speaking taxpayers. Call 630-844-7557 or email for information.

Fox Valley Writers Group plans book launch party AURORA – The Fox Valley Writers Group will have a launch party for the publication of its first book, “FoxTales: A Collection of Poetry and Fiction.” The event takes place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Culture Stock, 43 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. There will be an opportunity to hear authors read from their published work. Snacks and beverages will be served. For information, email group facilitator Kevin Moriarity at

TriCity Family Services to have dinner, auction BATAVIA – TriCity Family Services will have its 24th annual benefit dinner and auction starting at 5:30 p.m. April 20 at Lincoln Inn Banquets, 1345 S. Batavia Ave., Batavia. This evening of celebration will include a seated dinner, silent and live auction, raffles and entertainment. “All That Glitters … Treasuring Teens” is the theme for this year’s event. Cocktail attire is required. Tickets are $80 each. Tables of eight can be purchased for $600. Tables of 10 can be purchased for $750. Sponsorship and ad purchase opportunities also are available. Proceeds benefit TriCity Family Services. Make a reservation online at or call 630-232-1070.

America’s Treasures plans upcycle painting demo GENEVA – America’s Treasures Antique store will host Sarahi Rodway from Color Me Vintage to demonstrate her painting services for antique or upcycled furniture. The event will be from noon to 3 p.m. March 17 at the store, 34 N. Bennett St., Geneva. There is no cost for the program. For information, call 630-208-1003.

Volunteer hospice offers support group for pet loss AURORA – Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice is offering a program to help people cope with the loss of a pet. The group meetings are designed for individuals who have experienced the significant loss of one or more companion animals, including dogs, horses, rabbits, cats, birds, rodents and reptiles. Loving Legacies will provide mutual support for members and will provide valuable tools to successfully navigate the grief process. The group will meet Tuesdays through March 19 at Fox Valley Welfare League, 11 John St. in Aurora. For information or to register, contact Christy Pitol at Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice at 630-232-2233, ext. 230. All programs are free, but registration is required.

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A little bit of something for everyone on BATV this weekend! Second taping of

Out on the Town TONIGHT! We will start at OPEN RANGE AMERICAN GRILL at 5:00pm, the move to BATAVIA CREAMERY arou d 6:30pm, the e d at the BATAVIA ACADEMY OF DANCE with a Ballroom Class.

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Geneva after hours

Batavia United Way seeks volunteers for office work

Geneva Mothers Club to offer financial aid

Geneva Garden Club offers horticulture scholarship

BATAVIA – The Batavia United Way is looking for several volunteers who would like to share time with the group. Jody Haltenhof, executive director of the nonprofit organization, said that general office help is the most critical. Help is needed from individuals about eight hours a week, assisting the executive director with day-to-day office work, letter writing, organizing and maintaining files. Also, committee positions and general volunteer help will be needed. For information, call Jody Haltenhof at 630-879-4041 or email jody@bataviaunitedway. org.

GENEVA – The Mothers Club of Geneva will offer tuition aid to Geneva school district residents who will pursue higher education. For the 2013-14 academic year, the organization will award multiple scholarships totaling $10,000. Qualifying applicants will be evaluated on the basis of financial need, community service and academic achievement. Applicants must reside in the Geneva school district, have a minimum grade-point average of 3.0, show proof of community service hours, be a high school senior during the 201213 academic year and enroll at an accredited two- or fouryear college or university or a vocational-technical school. Application forms are available at the Geneva High School guidance office or can be downloaded at Applications, along with required attachments, must be postmarked or electronically sent by March 31. For information, email

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Girl Scouts to sell cookies in St. Charles, Geneva Girl Scout Troop 4817 will sell Girl Scout cookies from noon to 4 p.m. March 16 and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 17 at Walmart, 150 Smith Road, St. Charles, and Gander Mountain, 2100 S. Randall Road, Geneva. The cost is $4 a box. For information, call 630-5467068.

Aurora church to hold Pork and Kraut Dinner AURORA – The 42nd annual Big Woods Congregational Church Pork and Kraut Dinner will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at the church at 3003 N. Eola Road, Aurora. The menu will include the traditional roast pork, three kinds of sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, dumplings and applesauce. Tickets for adults are $10 and $5 for children younger than 12. For tickets, call 630-393-1848.

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A stroll down memory MacLaine Like so many others, I went from “Sesame Street” to “The Electric Company,” then from “Soundstage” to “NOVA,” then from those Doo Wop shows to “Chicago Tonight.” PBS has always been a big part of my educational and entertainment growth process. Then a program based in the 20th century came along and captivated audiences all over the country. Although I was a Sunday-night “Monty Python” fan back in the day, I never thought I would get into a British television experience that didn’t involve Benny Hill, or Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes. But as I watched this year’s Emmy Awards, I noticed a show called “Downtown Abbey” (at least that’s what I thought they said) was racking up all the accolades. Almost as quick as it took me to flip the channel, I was hooked on the masterful ways the Crawley family, their servants and guest inhabitants of the 18th century English castle with a storyline set in the 1920s were interwoven in “Downton Abbey.” When Shirley MacLaine joined the cast in season three as Martha Levinson, mother of Countess Cora and a sharptonged liberal from America, I was reminded of what an American show-biz treasure she was. An Academy Award winner for her work in the 1983 classic “Terms Of Endearment,” she is the star of many other iconic films, television shows and Broadway presentations, as well as a most respected author. So, when I got the call that she was interested in coming to our Arcada Theatre to perform her one-woman, multimedia career retrospective, my response was reduced to a Jackie Gleason-style “Homina, homina, homina,” followed by a deep breath and a poor attempt at an English ac-

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Rich Onesti (left), vice president of Onesti Entertainment Corp., stands with Oscar winner Shirley MacLaine and Ron Onesti, president and CEO of Onesti Entertainment Corp., backstage at the Arcada Theatre on Feb. 22 during MacLaine’s live show. cent, “But, of course!” She was such an open and friendly lady. Very quick-witted and a superb conversationalist, she seemed genuinely interested in everyone she met. Whether it was with Rick who met her at the airport, or Johnny who drove her to The Hotel Baker, she quickly made all feel comfortable and got them to talk about who THEY were. She actually cared! We spent two hours at lunch and she was literally an open book. I was enamored with the fact that she was an unofficial member of the famed “Rat Pack” as the “little sister” to Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. “I was very close to [legendary Hollywood film director] Vincente Minnelli,” she said. “... he cast me in ‘Some Came Running’ that starred Frank and Dean. Frank had so much power, he actually told Vince to cast Dean. He also had the ending of the film changed so that it focused more on me. So much so, that I got my first Academy Award

nomination for it. Ever since that film, I became close to all those guys, and they allowed me to hang around the folks in their inner circle like Jack Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, Sidney Poitier (who I had a huge crush on) and so many others.” She told me about a young upand-comer named Al Pacino she met in New York while she was doing Broadway. “He just got the role as Michael Corleone in ‘The Godfather.’ He was freaking out because the director of the film, Francis Ford Coppola, was really on him to ‘do something’ with the character. His character was more quiet than anything and typically without expression, and Coppola thought that this son of a mob boss should be more expressive. In his heart, he felt the character was more powerful ‘Being there by not being there.’ He knew the strength of just using his eyes to control the emotion, something Michael Corleone became famous for. He

was a young genius that stuck to his convictions,” Shirley said. “So, how did this ‘Downton Abbey’” thing come about,” I asked. “I had not seen the show,” she said, “but my hairdresser and everybody in the salon was talking about it. So, when my agent called to tell me they were interested in having me become a part of it, I watched it for about a week. I was hooked!” she said. “Me too,” I snapped. “What do you think the magic of the show is?” I asked. “I think [series writer] Julian Fellowes has the winning formula,” she said. “He has many characters involved with varying plots and subplots. So many ways to keep people interested. It’s not a show based on one or two characters or themes. It’s what hooked me!” After lunch, we went to the theater where we sat for another hour talking about Jack Nicholson, more about Frank and Dean, and even about Chicago mobster Sam Giancana. It is no secret

that she is a huge proponent of the afterlife, UFOs and spiritual beings. “What haven’t you told me about this place?” she asked me directly as she sat in the main dressing room, located in the theater’s basement. “Are you asking if there are any ghosts here?” I responded just as directly. “That’s exactly what I am referring to,” she said. Did that creep me out? You bet it did! I began telling her about some of the stories I have heard over the years (as well as a couple of personal experiences I have had) regarding possible “ghost stories” involving my 1926 vaudeville theater. “I knew it,” she said. “I swear I felt it as soon as I entered this room.” Now I am not sure if any of that stuff really exists. But when a “Grand Dame” of Hollywood gives you a piercing stare and says it does, it tends to turn you into a believer real quick. I told her that as long as the spirit of Shirley MacLaine remains around our stage, I am sure we will always enjoy classic success. She then said, “On your knees,” and proceeded to “Knight” me as “Prince of the Theatre.” The next day, I sent my headshot with a note to the “Downton Abbey” folks. Maybe her highness can use a good ol’ Court Jester.

• Ron Onesti is president and CEO of Onesti Entertainment Corp. and the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles. He provides personal recollections of people who he has encountered. Send comments to

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‘American Idol’ runner-up coming to St. Charles By ERIC SCHELKOPF “American Idol” runner-up Crystal Bowersox remains very much in the spotlight these days. In 2010, Bowersox placed second in the ninth season of “American Idol,” being named runner-up to Lee DeWyze, of Mount Prospect. In March, she will release her second album, “All That For This,” and later this year will play Patsy Cline on Broadway. Bowersox is sure to perform songs from her new album when she appears at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Tickets start at $15 and are available by calling 630-962-7000 or at Kane County Chronicle reporter Eric Schelkopf had the chance to talk to Bowersox about the upcoming show.

Eric Schelkopf: Of course, Lee DeWyze is from Mount Prospect, and some of his fans could very well show up for your show. Crystal Bowersox: Oh, sure, we share fans, and that’s always a good thing.

ES: So, that’s OK if they show up? CB: Absolutely. I would welcome them for sure, no matter who they are a fan of.

ES: Your new CD, “All That For This,” comes out March 26. What kind of goals did you have for the CD? Did you want to build on what you did with your first CD? CB: I think this is just another step in my life story. The process in making this record was a little more relaxed. It was a little easier. There wasn’t

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the same crazy energy coming off “American Idol.” My goals for it are that I just send it out to the world, and I hope people like it. I hope it does well, and I’m going to have a really good time going on tour with it.

ES: Of course, you have a duet with Jakob Dylan on the song “Stitches.” What was it like recording with him? CB: He was a breeze to work with. He’s just an all-around, nice guy. My husband and I wrote “Stitches” together for our 4-year-old son, who, I believe was 2 1/2 or 3 at the time that he ran into a coffee table, and got stitches.

ES: What do you think Dylan brought to the song? CB: His voice is so unique. I think that he brought a whole new flavor to it. I was so used to singing it a different way, and singing it with Jakob with a

completely new melody was fun. It was fun to work with him.

awareness. I remember the commercial you made with B.B. King. CB: That was a lot of fun to get

ES: It seems like you just kind of put yourself out there as far as things going on in your life. Would you call the record autobiographical? CB: I think most of my music is that

to work with B.B. I’m definitely an advocate for Type 1 diabetes awareness. I think so much these days, people view diabetes as a blanket term for the epidemic of obesity. People don’t understand it. They don’t understand what it is like. People need to know the difference, and then they need to know what to look out for in their own lives. Food is medicine, I will stress that, food is medicine.

way. The only experiences I can share are the experiences that I have had. It’s tough sometimes when I think about the material, and what I’m putting out there. A song like “Shine,” for example, is a very personal, heartfelt, tragic song. It’s very real. It makes me feel pretty horrible. But I know that is what fans really appreciate, the honesty in knowing that there’s someone who is also going through the same emotions that maybe they are.

ES: It seems like the “American Idol” contestants who finish in second place sometimes end up having better careers than those who finished first. CB: I don’t know if it’s so de-

ES: I know that when you were 8 years old, you used to sing Patsy Cline songs with your mom and now you will be playing Patsy Cline on Broadway. How does it feel to take on that role? CB: It feels pretty good. I know that they are big shoes to fill, or big boots to fill, rather. She’s a music icon, and one of the most unique voices of the century, in my opinion. It’s quite an undertaking. The producers called me, so if it goes awry, it’s their fault. I’m going to have a really good time with this. I already feel like I’m getting a personal attachment to the role.

ES: You were diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when you were 6, and one of the things that you want to do is bring about diabetes

pendent upon the place that you come in. Jennifer Hudson is a great example; Chris Daughtry is another great example. I think it has more to do with the choices you make after the show, and your business sense and things like that. Having a great team around you to get you where you need to be is imperative. Everybody wins on that show, because you’re on TV in front of 30 million people.

ES: What was the biggest thing that “American Idol” gave you? CB: Confidence, for sure. It gave me a lot of confidence, and it gave me a sense of knowing what I’m made of and what I’m capable of.

SPARK BRIEFS Youth theater presents ‘The Sound of Music’ BATAVIA – Spotlight Youth Theater students ages 8 through 18 will perform “The Sound of Music” from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, March 1, at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre, 1201 Main St. (entrance to center on Wilson Street), Batavia. “The Sound of Music” tells the story of Maria Rainer, a free-spirited nun is sent to be a governess to seven children of Captain Von Trapp. Maria’s love of music and of life soon endears her to the children and even the strict of Captain begins to deeply admire her. Pre-bought tickets cost between $9 and $12; attendees pay an additional $2

at the door. Group, child and senior discounts are available. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www. or call 847-5162298.

‘Regal Mozart’ to reign at Singers’ concerts ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles Singers, the internationally recognized professional chamber choir founded and conducted by Jeffrey Hunt, will conclude its 29th concert season in March with the sixth and newest installment of its enterprising Mozart Journey series. The mixed-voice choir of 36 singers based in St. Charles, and the Metropolis Chamber Orchestra with concertmaster

Thomas Yang, will present the season-finale program “Mozart Journey VI: Regal Mozart” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 1010 W. Webster Ave., Chicago; and 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, at College Church, 332 E. Seminary Ave., Wheaton. Both locations are first-time venues for the St. Charles Singers. Tickets for Mozart Journey concerts cost $40 for adults, $30 for seniors ages 65 and older, and $10 for students. Tickets are available at or by calling 630-513-5272. Tickets are also available at Town House Books, 105 N. Second Ave., St. Charles.

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St. Charles East’s David Mason (right) battles Ryan Thomas of St. Charles North for a rebound Wednesday during their IHSA Class 4A South Elgin Regional semifinal.

All-area final Tim Zettinger (left) and the St. Francis boys basketball team knock off Kaneland and will face Aurora Central Catholic, which defeated Wheaton Academy, for the IHSA Class 3A IMSA Regional championship. PAGE 26



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North leaves no doubt

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By KEVIN DRULEY SOUTH ELGIN – Only a handful of St. Charles North students rushed the floor after Wednesday’s 4A South Elgin Regional semifinal between the North Stars and St. Charles East. North was preparing to saunter through the postgame handshake line when players shook off their pals and proceeded forward. Don’t get the North Stars wrong, defeating their crosstown rivals always is nice, and this 69-53 victory was no different. Still, when the result was something within North’s grasp – not to mention its goal sheets – the whole getting engulfed thing isn’t always necessary. “We were ready for this game. We were preparing all week,” North junior forward Erik Miller said. “We couldn’t overlook South Elgin on Monday, but we’ve been waiting for this game for so long. We got them at our court, but they got us the first two, so to even this up was huge for us.” While North (18-10) evened the season series with the Saints (15-12) at two games apiece, it can’t exactly revel for too long. The North Stars advanced to face another Upstate Eight Conference River Division foe in Friday’s regional final. Larkin, which defeated North by 13 and 20 points in league play, cruised past Elgin in Wednesday’s earlier semifinal. Still, with players such as senior forward Justin Stanko (13 points, nine rebounds) emerging as scoring threats alongside Quinten Payne (26 points), North is confident about reversing the result against the Royals. A string of hot starts during its recent run of eight wins in nine games has created a lasting buzz. Plus, it’s the postseason, which says a mouthful to Stanko. “Playoffs is just a totally different mindset,” Stanko said. “It’s like once you get in the playoffs, you just want to go out there and just absolutely

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St. Charles North’s Jake Ludwig (4) and Erik Miller (15) celebrate the North Stars’ 69-53 IHSA Class 4A South Elgin Regional win Wednesday over St. Charles East.

4A South Elgin Regional Monday’s quarterfinals Elgin 64, Streamwood 41 St. Charles East 73, South Elgin 52 Wednesday’s semifinals Larkin 74, Elgin 52 St. Charles North 69, St. Charles East 53 Friday’s championship Larkin vs. St. Charles North, 7:30 p.m.

kill every other team. I don’t know, I feel like I go out there with a different mindset than I do in a regular game.” “Get to the rim” was North’s civil and neutral mindset throughout the game. The North Stars entered the bonus with 7:49 remaining until halftime and alertly darted to the basket on many of their ensuing possessions. The North Stars converted 5 of their 8 attempts from the foul line in the quarter, but were equally effective in the paint

and around the rim when they weren’t fouled. All the while, the Saints struggled through a 17 for 49 shooting night and weren’t as quick to loose balls. They also lacked competitiveness for perhaps the first time this season. While Saints coach Pat Woods by no means questioned players’ fight, he did observe that long-term climb against the North Stars was a rarity. “That’s the tough part about tonight, especially a rivalry like this and the great fan support we’ve had all year,” Woods said. “We don’t like to disappoint and the kids don’t like to disappoint.” Stanko, a 6-foot-6 senior forward coming off a career-best 17-point night in Monday’s quarterfinal rout of the host Storm, made each of his four field-goal attempts before the break. Building from an energetic stretch that included two field goals and two blocks in 50-second span in the first quarter, Stanko helped North take a 32-21 lead at halftime. East went 8 for 19 from the floor in the first half, includ-

ing a pair of baseline 3s from Dom Adduci, who teamed with backcourt mate Cole Gentry to score 19 of the team’s 21 points before halftime. Adduci (15 points) and sophomore Jake Asquini (11) finished in double figures for East. Asquini boosted the Saints with three treys in the final quarter, although Woods hoped to get him involved in the attack much earlier. “Jake’s one of the best shooters on the team,” Woods said. “We tried to get him some looks. They obviously know us well. They’ve played us four times, so they guarded him well, I thought, and a lot of his stuff came in off kick-outs on double teams and stuff like that. … When he develops his game a little further, he’s going to be very tough to stop.” By the time East got to connecting from long range, however, North had already done its job on the inside. “We’ve been working in practice, and getting to the rim was huge for us,” Miller said. “Getting fouls, getting them in foul trouble. We did that, and it came out successful.”

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PREP SCHEDULE TODAY Boys basketball: Geneva vs. Hinsdale Central at 4A Wheaton Warrenville South Regional, 7:30 p.m. Friday Boys basketball: St. Charles North vs. Larkin at 4A South Elgin Regional, 7:30 p.m.; St. Francis vs. Aurora Central Catholic at 3A IMSA Regional, 7:30 p.m.

once we started hanging out, we have a big bond now, and we’re best friends,” Stanko said. “I love it.” Payne laughed at the memory of Stanko being skittish around him a few years ago. Then again, the 6-foot-6, broad-shouldered Stanko didn’t hold the same stature as a sophomore, physically or otherwise. “When I came to the school, he was shorter than me,” the 6-foot-4 Payne said. “He didn’t look physically like he does now.” Neither Payne nor Stanko were particularly friendly to the Saints on Wednesday. Payne ripped East for a game-high 26 points, making memories of his missed free throws at the end of a regular season loss to the Saints melt away like Tuesday’s snow. Stanko, meanwhile, continued his postseason emergence, following his 17-point night in Monday’s win against South Elgin with 13 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots against East.

PREP ZONE Jay Schwab Nothing calms a team like receiving inside production early in a game, and that’s exactly what Stanko supplied Wednesday. Better yet, North coach Tom Poulin said Stanko’s many contributions extend beyond the easily identifiable stats. “From defensively playing it correctly and chesting up and not going for a block, and then turning around and being the first guy down the floor and finishing on the other end – just hustle plays,” Poulin said. “Really everybody has kind of been playing with their heart, and Justin’s kind of led the way in that department for us.” Payne, meanwhile, was his relentless self, pump-faking and driving his way to the rim – or at least the free throw line – with regularity. Few players have an offseason work ethic that can match

Payne’s, and after a North career with plenty of postseason disappointment, Wednesday provided a fitting reward. “This is what I’ve worked 18 years for, to try to get to this point,” Payne said. As impressive of a night as it was for Payne, Stanko and the North Stars, it was tough to see the Saints end their season in such meek fashion. A year that started with a St. Charles East Thanksgiving Tournament championship and saw point guards Dom Adduci and Cole Gentry develop into a dynamic tandem in East’s backcourt came to a close with a one-and-done thumping in regionals at the hands of the Saints’ archival. Then again, this is a St. Charles East team that envisioned Kendall Stephens slinging in clutch shots, not working his way out of a sling after shoulder surgery. It’s a what-might-have-been type winter for East, which figures to be back in a big way next year with Adduci and Gentry among a deep pool of promising

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returnees. North, more of a senior-oriented squad, is playing for the present, albeit with an opponent in Friday’s regional opponent that looked just as impressive Wednesday; Upstate Eight Conference River champion Larkin whipped Elgin in the night’s first semifinal. Continued leadership from Payne and Stanko will be needed, along with plenty of help from their teammates. The two plan to room together on the north side of Chicago come the fall. Since their seasons don’t conflict, Payne and Stanko will have ample opportunity to root one another on from the stands, as well. “I’ll be cheering him on, he’ll be cheering me on,” Stanko said. “We’ll be in the gym shooting all the time, and just helping each other out.” After a tentative start to their friendship, Payne and Stanko are making up for lost time. • Jay Schwab is sports editor of the Kane County Chronicle. He can be reached at 630-845-5382 or

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SOUTH ELGIN – Quinten Payne moved back to the St. Charles area leading up to his sophomore year of high school, and instantly reconnected with some old friends he knew as a boy before temporarily relocating to Florida. Justin Stanko was not one of the North students he was close with as a youth, and Payne and Stanko didn’t have much to do with each other in his initial months back in Illinois. Look at them now. Payne and Stanko are enjoying their present together as key members of a St. Charles North boys basketball team that routed rival St. Charles East, 69-53, in Wednesday’s IHSA Class 4A South Elgin Regional semifinal, and their promising futures are also linked. Payne will play college basketball at Loyola, while Stanko will also be a Rambler athlete in soccer. They call each other best friends these days, even if it wasn’t friendship at first sight. “At first I was kind of afraid to talk to him because he was the big star in the school, but

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St. Francis runs past Kaneland

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By KEVIN SHEPKE AURORA – Tim Zettinger had one of his better offensive nights of the season, and the St. Francis boys basketball team’s defense did the rest. Zettinger finished with a game-high 21 points to lead the No. 2-seeded St. Francis boys basketball team to a 43-32 victory Wednesday over No. 3 seed Kaneland in an IHSA Class 3A IMSA Regional semifinal. “I don’t care about the points as long as we play as a team and get the victory,” said Zettinger, who scored 12 of his 21 in the second half. “We’re a unit and we work together, and I think we really showed that in the fourth quarter.” After Kaneland grabbed a 31-29 lead on Matt Limbrunner’s 3-pointer with 4:18 left, the Spartans finished the game with a 14-1 scoring run. “We did a tremendous job defensively,” St. Francis coach Bob Ward said. “Our seniors really stepped up and this was a real team win.” Kaneland staked a 4-0 lead at the start of the game after two quick baskets from senior Dan Miller and later extended their lead to 7-2 on 1-of-2 free throws from Tyler Carlson, but St. Francis fought back and put together a 6-0 scoring run to grab an 8-7 lead after one quarter. Both teams then traded baskets for the first three minutes of the second quarter. It wasn’t until Andrew Kimball’s basket with 43 seconds left that the Spartans were able to grab a little momentum, taking a 17-14 lead at halftime. “It was like pulling teeth between both teams the whole game,” Ward said. “Both teams defended real well and played great, but we had just enough to pull it out in the end.” Along with Zettinger’s effort, senior Kevin McShea added 7 points and Kimball finished with 6 to lead the Spartans. Miller led the Knights with 10 points. “This is a tough loss, but I thought we did a great job defensively,” Kaneland coach Brian Johnson said. “But they sealed the deal by executing

3A IMSA Regional Monday’s quarterfinals Aurora Central Catholic 53, Marmion 51 Kaneland 79, IMSA 40 Wednesday’s semifinals Aurora Central Catholic 41, Wheaton Academy 37 St. Francis 43, Kaneland 32 Friday’s championship Aurora Central Catholic vs. St. Francis, 7:30 p.m.

and we couldn’t hit shots at the end.” The Knights finish the season with a 16-12 record. “We’ve got a great group of young men,” Johnson said. “They’re great in the classroom and just respectful in everything they do. I can’t say enough about them. We had a great season.”

Aurora Central Catholic 41, Wheaton Academy 37: Senior

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Anthony Andujar picked the Kaneland’s John Pruett (5) drives to the basket against St. Francis’ Andrew Kimball (right) and Tim Zettinger perfect time to hit his first in Wednesday’s IHSA Class 3A IMSA Regional semifinals in Aurora.) 3-pointer of the night in the first regional semifinal. Andujar buried the shot from just beyond the top of the key to give the No. 6-seeded Chargers a 41-37 victory over top-seeded Wheaton Academy. “I knew I was going to make it,” said Andujar, who was 0 for 4 from the 3-point arc before his game-winner. “There was a lot of guys on me, but I had all the confidence that it was going in.” The shot capped an 18-5 AuEarly registration fee (prior to 3/1/13) rora Central Catholic run after • Tackle Football - $325.00/player Wheaton Academy held a 32-23 • Flag Football - $199.00/player lead with 5:56 left. • Plus applicable park district fees, if necessary “I didn’t think it was going • Discounts for families with additional players to unfold like this but we felt • $25 - for one additional player confident that if we kept it close • $50 - for second additional player into the fourth quarter that we Must be registered in same session! could pull it out,” Chargers coach Nathe Drye said. “Our Regular registration fee (after 3/1/13) kids are pretty resilient and • Tackle Football - $399.00/player we have a knack that when our • Flag Football - $199.00/player guys have a chance to make a • Plus applicable park district fees, if necessary big play they step up big.” July 31st Football registration closes Senior Phil Schuetz led Aurora Central Catholic with For registration log on to: 16 points while senior Shawn Soris added 11. Junior Gordon For additional information, contact Chris Hansen at Behr led Wheaton Academy or call 630-308-1935 with 13 points.

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IHSA Class 1A Mooseheart Sectional Wednesday’s semifinals Newark 61, Hope Academy 51 Chicagoland Jewish 70, Mooseheart 67 Saturday’s championship Newark vs. Chicagoland Jewish, 7:30 p.m.

tie the game with 17.2 seconds to go but split a pair of freethrows that made it 66-65. After Jake Newlander sank a pair at the line, Puou again brought the Ramblers within one after knocking down two free-throws that made it 68-67 with five seconds left. Chicagoland Jewish’s Josh Newlander missed two freethrows with 3.1 seconds to go but the Tigers corralled the rebound with .02 seconds left and hit both free throws to provide

the final score of 70-67. The Ramblers full-court heave was intercepted and the Tigers ended Mooseheart’s season. “Being up in the fourth quarter, I never once thought we were out of the woods,” Mooseheart coach Ron Ahrens said. “The way that those guys shoot the 3s. Each of the Newlander’s hit a 3 – I just knew how well they shot the 3 and that 10 was never enough.” Chicagoland Jewish led early in the second quarter 18-11 as the Tigers’ physical, full-court pressure gave Mooseheart trouble. The Ramblers regrouped quickly though because of Puou, who put Moosheart on his back in the second quarter. The 6-foot-10 Puou, part of the South Sudanese trio, scored 15 straight points in a four-minute span, as the Ramblers turned the seven-point deficit into a 3324 halftime lead. Puou finished the half with 21 points and 11 rebounds.

Puou never really got going in the second half after the monster opening 16 minutes. The junior only managed nine points on two field goals as the Tigers swarmed the big man on defense. “We were dribbling too much against their press and weren’t passing the ball very well,” Ahrens said. “We probably had 25 turnovers tonight. That’s a tough way to end the season. They are a good defensive team and play full-court pressure the entire team that allowed them to come back.” Puou led Moosheart in the loss with 30 points and 16 rebounds. The Newlander brothers combined to hit 10 3-pointers, which allowed the Tigers to creep back into the game late. Jake Newlander finished with a team-high 25 points while brother Josh had 21. Chicagoland Jewish moves on to play Newark in the sectional final Saturday.


Bulldogs falter in first quarter, fall to Panthers BATAVIA – The Batavia boys basketball team got off to a bad start Wednesday against Oswego, the top seed in the IHSA Class 4A Bolingbrook Sectional. The host Bulldogs missed their first six shots and turned the ball over seven times in the first five minutes to enable the Panthers to take a 14-0 lead in the IHSA Class 4A Batavia Regional semifinal. Oswego went on to rout Batavia, 91-51. Senior Zach Strittmatter finally got Batavia on the scoreboard with three minutes left in the first quarter, hitting a short jumper in the paint. “I think we were ready for this game,” Strittmatter said. “We came out a little bit flat. They’re a really good team, obviously. It felt like they didn’t miss in the first half.”

4A Batavia Regional Monday’s quarterfinal Batavia 61, Plainfield East 52 Wednesday’s semifinals Oswego 91, Batavia 51 Bolingbrook 71, Lemont 63 Friday’s championship Oswego vs. Bolingbrook, 7:30 p.m.

Oswego senior Elliott McGaughy didn’t miss often in the opening half. The 6-foot-2 guard hit three 3-pointers in the first quarter and scored 14 of his game-high 28 points in the period. McGaughy said the Panthers were itching to begin postseason play after the game was postponed from Tuesday. “We were waiting for this game,” he said. “We were kind of upset that it was a

snow day yesterday. We’ve been ready. We’ve been preparing for this. Coach [Kevin Schnable] said we had to treat this game like a championship game and that’s what we did tonight. We came out strong, fast, and physical.” Sophomore Zach West came off the bench to drain a couple more 3-pointers for Oswego in the final minute of the quarter, giving the Panthers a 28-5 lead. “Every time I turned around there was somebody else hitting a 3,” Batavia coach Jim Nazos said. “They’re a good team. They’ve got a lot of guys that can hurt you.” No one hurt the Bulldogs (12-15) more than McGaughy and Miles Simelton. Simelton, a 6-1 senior, scored 19 of his 22 points in the first half. He opened the second quarter scoring on a 3 from the left wing and closed it with another from the top of the key to put Oswego (27-2) up 51-23

at the half. The Panthers hit 53 percent of their shots from the field in the first half, including an amazing 91 percent (10 of 11) from beyond the arc. Oswego set two school records in the win – singleseason wins with 27, and 14 3-pointers in a game. “You know, good sharing leads to good shooting and this is a group that has really developed an unselfish approach to playing offensive basketball,” Schnable said. Batavia made 15 turnovers in the first half and finished with 22. Oswego had just four turnovers in the opening half. As bad as the first half was for the Bulldogs, it could have been even worse. The Panthers hit just 56 percent (9 for 16) of their free throws in the half. Batavia’s man-to-man defense was no match for Oswego’s quickness, which resulted in a lot of fouls.

Strittmatter led the Bulldogs with 15 points – 11 coming in the second half – and five rebounds. “Just going out fighting,” Strittmatter said. “We knew we weren’t probably going to come back from that deficit, but that’s the way I’ve always played. You’ve got to pretend like the score’s 0-0 and just go hard the whole game.” Micah Coffey added 8 points for Batavia and senior point guard Mike Rueffer scored 7.

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MOOSEHEART – The T-shirts in the sea of red proclaimed Mooseheart’s first regional championship in school history. For other schools, a lack of postseason success might have meant just playing in the sectional was fulfilling enough. But Mooseheart features a once-in-a-lifetime, prospectladen team that had a lot more than a regional championship on its mind. All seemed to be right for the Ramblers, who led comfortably throughout the fourth quarter only to see Chicagoland Jewish win in stunning fashion, 7067, to advance to the IHSA 3A Mooseheart Sectional championship game. The Ramblers saw a 64-54 lead with 3:06 left slip away as the Tigers scored nine points in the final minute to pull the upset.

Brothers Josh and Jake Newlander proved too much for Mooseheart to stop as each had a hand in the win. Jake Newlander knocked down a 3-pointer with 23 seconds to go that gave Chicagoland Jewish its first lead of the second half and Tigers had just enough to hang on. “What we really felt is as they can take advantage of us with their size, we can take advantage of them with our quickness,” Chicagoland Jewish coach Marty Dello said. “We felt like they had to guard our guards and we knew it would be tough for them being that big.” The final minutes of the game were made possible as the Tigers’ relentless pressure forced a number of turnovers in a row, including one that led to Newlander’s 3-pointer that gave Chicagoland Jewish a 6664 lead. Makur Puou, who finished with 30 points, had a chance to

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Barr relishes balance at Northwestern Finding the perfect spot on and off the soccer field has not been easy for KK Barr of St. Charles, but the Northwestern University sophomore keeps making successful transitions. Take, for example, the adjustment of being called KK instead of her given name, Kaitlin. She has her younger (by 15 months) brother Quint to thank for that. “When he first started to talk, he couldn’t say Kaitlin,” Barr explains. “It came out KK, and for some reason it stuck.” Barr spent most of her formative years in the Seattle area and, as a freshman, helped the Redmond (Wash.) High School girls soccer team reach the state quarterfinals. Before her sophomore year, the family relocated to the St. Charles North district. “It was very hard at first,” she says, noting that the only people she knew were her teammates on the Strikers soccer club. “As soon as the

high school season started, it made things a lot easier. I started hanging out with kids at the school, and I think soccer really helped with that.” At North, Barr was a threeyear letterwinner in soccer. The North Stars finished third in the IHSA Class 3A state tournament in her senior year. Barr was a defender, but would join in the attack when the opportunity arose. She scored three goals in a game against Larkin in 2010. Her versatility pay dividends in college, but first she had to decide between prestigious academic schools such as the University of Chicago and Johns Hopkins that played NCAA Division III soccer or Division I programs such as Northern Illinois, Toledo and Central Michigan. “I was torn between wanting to play D-I and D-III,” Barr said. “I was kind of all over the board. I think I went on like 14 visits. Northwestern was actually the last one I

ON CAMPUS Dennis D. Jacobs visited and I fell in love with it right away.” Barr thought NU represented “the perfect balance” of academics and athletics. “I’m completely happy,” she says. “I love it here.” Barr played in eight matches for the Wildcats as a freshman and started two, Her first start came at Nebraska in a nationally televised game because it marked the first Big Ten competition in any sport for the Cornhuskers. The team was not very successful, winning just two games, leading to some coaching changes. New coach Mike Moynahan and his staff decided Barr might be more useful as a forward than an outside defender. “It was more fun for me to get up the field and dribble

down the side and try to cross it,” said Barr, whose younger sister, Jenny, is a junior for St. Charles North who already has committed to play at Miami (Ohio). “It was a lot more exciting for me.” Moving Barr to forward immediately paid off for the Wildcats as she contributed to a successful debut for Moynahan by assisting on a goal in Northwestern’s upset win at Kansas. The victory was all the sweeter because it came on Barr’s birthday. Barr had assists in each of the next two matches and scored her first collegiate goal against Northern Illinois as Northwestern started the season 4-2-1. The Wildcats struggled at the start of Big Ten play, losing their first eight conference matches, but finished the year with three straight wins. “That was exciting,” Barr said. “My hope is for our team to make the Big Ten tournament next year.”

Barr’s production tapered off toward the end of the season and there turned out to be a good reason – a torn labrum in her right hip. An MRI after the end of the season confirmed the injury and she had surgery in December. She says the recovery period is usually four to six months. “I don’t get to actually start running until April,” she said. She’ll miss the entire spring season. “I just need to be patient with the injury,” she says. “You can’t rush it or it will come back to bite you in the future. … I’m hoping to come back better than ever.” Given Barr’s history of successful transitions, it’s a good bet she will.

• Dennis D. Jacobs writes a weekly On Campus column about area athletes competing in college. If you have a column idea, contact him at



Central’s early run evaporates

Eagles stumble in 2nd quarter By CHRIS ETHERIDGE

By JARED BIRCHFIELD BURLINGTON – Hampshire’s boys basketball team showed Wednesday night one of the reasons why it’s the top seed in the Class 3A Burlington Central Regional. After fourth-seeded Burlington Central scored the first 11 points of the game, the Whip-Purs kept their cool and turned the game around for a 49-31 semifinal win. Solving Burlington Central’s 1-3-1 zone was the key to the Whip-Purs taking charge of the game. Controlling the boards was also a contributing factor for Hampshire (23-5). The Whip-Purs had more second-chance points than the Rockets. “It came down to making shots. We struggled with that all year,” Bulington Central coach Brett Porto said “If we can’t create turnovers and

3A Burlington Central Regional Monday’s quarterfinal Burlington Central 51, GenoaKingston 30 Wednesday’s semifinals Hampshire 49, Burlington Central 31 Sycamore 66, Rochelle 46 Friday’s championship Hampshire vs. Sycamore, 7:30 p.m.

get some one-and-dones on the other end, we struggle with scoring.” Reserve Matthew Bridges finally put Hampshire on the board with 1:51 left in the first quarter with a layup. The sophomore added three more points on the Whips’ next possession with another layup and Hampshire’s

only converted free throw of night. The Rockets (14-14) started the second quarter leading 11-8. Brett Rau (eight points) opened Burlington Central’s scoring with a 3-pointer before Hampshire went on a 8-0 run to take a 16-14 lead, capped by a Tyler Crater alley-oop dunk on a long pass from Ryan Cork. The Rockets tied the score with two Rau free throws. A Duncan Ozburn basket gave Central an 18-16 lead at the half. The bottom fell out for the Rockets in the third quarter when they were outscored 19-2. An Ozburn putback with 5:11 left in the third quarter was their only points until 5:10 left in the fourth quarter. Michael Dumoulin and Shane Hernandez both scored 10 points for Hampshire. Moter Deng led the Rockets with nine points.

BYRON – The second quarter proved to be the Aurora Christian boys basketball team’s downfall Wednesday. Aurora Christian (19-12) stayed with high-powered and undefeated Winnebago until a minute into the second quarter of an IHSA Class 2A Byron Sectional semifinal. A 3-pointer from Ryan McQuade and a jumper from Ryan Suttle tied the score at 19, but the Indians responded with an 18-2 run to close out the first half en route to a 69-51 victory. Aurora Christian’s only other points in the quarter came with 24 seconds left, a jumper from junior Johnathan Harrell. “That was the ballgame,” said McNamara. “This one hurts. We just didn’t do a good enough job of closing out their shooters.” ACS showed some life coming out in the second half and was led by McQuade, who finished with 25 points off the

2A Byron Sectional Wednesday’s semifinals Winnebago 69, Aurora Christian 51 Newman Central Catholic 45, Seneca 27 Friday’s championship Winnebago vs. Newman Central Catholic, 7:30 p.m. bench, including 19 in the second half. The forward hit three straight 3-pointers in the first two minutes of the third, but Winnebago shooters responded each time to keep separation and hold off a surge. “Guys get me the ball when I get hot,” McQuade said. “Coach tells them to get me the ball and they do. But you have to give [Winnebago] a lot of credit. They have a great defense.” The Eagles pulled to within 11 points of Winnebago when McQuade hit three free throws with 3:40 left, but Aurora Christian could not get any closer.

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Mario Andretti (1940), racecar driver; Bernadette Peters (1948), actress; John Turturro (1957), actor; Robert Sean Leonard (1969), actor; Pat Monahan (1969), singer; Eric Lindros (1973), hockey player. – United Feature Syndicate

HOROSCOPE By BERNICE BEDE OSOL Newspaper Enterprise Association TODAY – The aspects indicate that greater stabilization in your financial affairs will be taking place in the year ahead. Chances are if it hasn’t already started, you’ll soon be entering a growth pattern that will prove very interesting. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) – Even though any rewards you reap will be due more to the efforts of others than your own, your prospects look exceptionally good. Later, you’ll find a way to balance the account. ARIES (March 21-April 19) – Do your best to keep all of your involvements in good, proper balance. Don’t attempt to take on more than you can manage, but by the same token, don’t idle your time away, either. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) – When working on something you deem to be a labor of love, positive results are inevitable. Without question, the secret to your success is enjoying what you are doing. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) – Seek out activities devoid of competition that bring you together with friends whose company you enjoy. You need to relax, not vie with rivals. CANCER (June 21-July 22) – This could a particularly good time to invite friends over to your place for a little tete-a-tete. Most of the time, these impromptu gettogethers turn out great. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) – You’re likely to be exceptionally competent with projects that are more mental than physical in nature. You won’t find a better day to rest your muscle and give your brain a workout. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) – Material increases are indicated if you operate along traditional lines. However, the picture could suddenly change if out of the blue, you decide to take a risk on something. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) – Although you have excellent leadership qualities, they will remain dormant unless there is something specific that you decide to do. Whatever your aim, it will require tact and grace. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) – You could find yourself involved in something that affects others more than you. Rather than get deeply drawn in, keep a safe and respectful distance. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) – You have a wonderful faculty of being able to enjoy yourself regardless of the hand that is dealt you. You’ll capitalize on this gift in two separate situations. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) – Even though you might not be aware of it, you are apt to be the center of attention in at least one gathering. It’ll be your convivial conduct that enhances these conditions. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) – One of your best assets is being able to make friends with people from all walks of life. This wonderful quality will be in good working order – use it to your advantage.

Activists hungry for change in the documentary ‘A Place at the Table’ By MICHAEL O’SULLIVAN The Washington Post A lot of Americans are going hungry, even as their bellies are full. That’s the central theme of “A Place at the Table,” a documentary whose trenchant message is echoed in the title of the book “Stuffed and Starved,” by Raj Patel. Along with other food activists – some as famous as actor Jeff Bridges, founder of the End Hunger Network, and “Top Chef” host Tom Colicchio, an executive producer of this film – the academic and author Patel appears on camera to drive home the point that hunger is not caused by a food shortage. In fact, as the film notes, the state of Mississippi has both the highest rate of obesity and the highest rate of something called “food insecurity.” That’s not the chronic, abject starvation that a lot of us think of when we think of hunger, but rather a situation in which the source of one’s next meal is uncertain. The problem, as “Table” shows us, isn’t that the next meal never comes. It’s that when it arrives, too often it is filled with empty calories. The root cause of this is manifold, as articulated methodically by documentarians Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush. They lay part of the blame at the feet of the Department of Agriculture for allowing its farmsubsidy program to be hijacked by big agribusinesses specializing in corn, wheat and rice – the staples of the processed-food industry – instead of family farms. The filmmakers argue,

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The documentary “A Place at the Table” conveys a message about hunger in America, which is echoed in the book “Stuffed and Starved” by Raj Patel. convincingly, that this has led to a situation in which junk food is cheaper to buy than healthy fruits and vegetables. In other words, a bag of corn chips provides a bigger bang for the buck, caloriewise, than carrots. That’s economically significant for a low-income family. Even food banks suffer, preferring to stock nutritionally dubious – and fattening – items instead of healthier, lowercalorie products. Distribution also is at fault. The number of urban and rural Americans living in so-called “food deserts” – areas where there may be

convenience stores but no easily accessible grocery stores – has risen dramatically. For too many people, what’s on the shelves of the local quickie mart is breakfast, lunch and dinner. Jacobson and Silverbush take approving note of efforts to educate people, showing us a classroom of kids being introduced to a honeydew melon for the first time and loving it. On the whole, however, their film has a tone of intelligent, if subdued, outrage. It deserves to be seen, along with “Food, Inc.,” “King Corn” and other muckraking food docs of recent years.

One thing the movie does not get into is how junk food is not just cheap and fattening, but also addictive. For an expose of the engineering behind your lunchtime chips and soda – which may rival cigarettes in their ability to hook heavy users – I recommend reading Michael Moss’ disturbing magazine article in the Feb. 24 edition of The New York Times Magazine, adapted from his new book, “Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us.” Taken as a companion piece to the sharply argued “A Place at the Table,” it delivers a powerful, even nauseating, one-two punch.

DEAR ABBY Jeanne Phillips it will only become more complicated. You have helped her for two weeks. Now it’s time to direct her to a shelter that can help her get her life back together and give her son a stable home. Your responsibility for her welfare ended when she left you for another man. Dear Abby: I just finished reading the letter from “Cafe Crazy” (Jan. 4), about the woman changing the baby on the restaurant’s table. You advised that she should have taken the baby to the ladies’ room to change it on a changing table there, and if there wasn’t one, there should be. I am a stay-at-home father and many times have had to resort to an awkward changing table alternative to accomplish the task (though never a restaurant table) as there are very few changing tables in men’s rooms. In these dynamic, diverse and changing economic times, the ability to

stay home and raise my children has been awesome, and I would do it over again in a heartbeat. Not only should there have been a changing table in the ladies’ room, but also one in the men’s room. Abby, please help us proud papas to raise our children with the same facilities allowed the mommas of the world! – Grant in Sunnyvale, Calif. Dear Grant: I apologize, and I’m glad to have the opportunity to not only help fathers everywhere to raise their children, but also to raise consciousness where it is needed. Since the letter from “Cafe Crazy” was printed, I have heard from parents of both sexes, as far away as Denmark. Although some men’s restrooms are equipped with changing tables, not all are – and they should be. Another solution is a “family” restroom; however, many establishments have neither the money nor the room to install a third one. • Write Dear Abby at www.

Think of exercise as an excuse to feel good Dear Doctor K: I know I should exercise regularly, but I just can’t get motivated. Do you have any suggestions? Dear Reader: Practically everyone has heard that exercise is good for you. But not many people know just how good it is for you. For example, did you know that walking briskly for 30 minutes, at least five times a week, can do more to reduce your risk of getting diabetes than any medicine yet invented? It cuts your risk of diabetes in half. Regular exercise helps you feel better, look great, and live a longer, more joyful life. I exercise for half an hour nearly every morning. Here are some strategies that help me – and many of my patients – stay on course when our motivation flags. I hope they’ll help you, too. • Keep it personal. Choose activities that suit your lifestyle, time constraints, budget and physical condition. It doesn’t need to be at a gym; I have equipment in my basement. The time it would take to go to a gym just wouldn’t work for me. You can get exercise through-

ASK DOCTOR K Anthony L. Komaroff out the day. For example, take the stairs instead of the elevator. I moved from a one-level home to a three-level home about 10 years ago, and I found that my weight dropped about 3 pounds within a month of the move – just from using the stairs. • It’s OK to do it in pieces. You don’t need to exercise for 30 minutes at a time. You can do it in pieces, five to 10 minutes at a time, throughout the day. • You don’t need to sweat. When you exercise in pieces, you won’t sweat – or need to shower, change clothes and so forth. That’s fine; it still leads to healthy changes in the body. • Make it fit. Schedule blocks of exercise into your weekly schedule, and add bits of activity and recreational exercise to your day. An extra lap around the mall or some stair-climbing at home can add up. I deliberately park in a garage that’s about a half-mile from my office, even

though I could park closer. That’s about a mile walk every day. • Try an app. Smartphones can’t exercise for you, but they can give you friendly reminders, track your progress and make the process more interesting. • Set realistic goals. Unrealistic expectations will set you up for frustration and failure. A better approach is to set an attainable long-term goal, such as walking for 30 minutes five days a week. Then break it down into monthly or weekly targets. • Get back on track. Even the most dedicated exercisers sometimes go astray. If you’ve been away from your routine for two weeks or more, don’t expect to start where you left off. Give your body time to readjust. And a final tip that helps when all else fails: Rather than focus on why I don’t want to exercise, I concentrate on how good I’ll feel when I’ve finished.

• Dr. Komaroff is a physician and professor at Harvard Medical School. Visit to send questions and get additional information.

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Teens: According to a recent report by the Automobile Association of America, young drivers are the most likely to drive while drowsy. One in seven licensed drivers, ages 16 to 24, admitted to have nodded off at least once while driving in the past year, compared to one in 10 of all licensed drivers who admitted falling asleep at the wheel during the same period. AAA research shows that fatigue impairs safe driving by causing drivers to behave in ways similar to drivers who are intoxicated. AAA said that 30 percent of licensed drivers reported having driven in the last 30 days when they were so tired that they struggled to keep their eyes open. Again, young drivers ages 16 to 24 were more likely by some 78 percent to be drowsy at the time of a crash than drivers ages 40 to 59. Some of the common signs of driving drowsy include having trouble remembering the last miles driven or missing exits and traffic signs, difficulty keeping eyes open, yawning frequently or drifting from your lane or off the road. Analysis also revealed that one in six deadly crashes involved a drowsy driver, making it one of the leading contributors to traffic crashes. Mercedes-Benz now has a system that senses driving patterns that might indicate drowsy driving and sounds a chime and flashes an alert on the dashboard. Other automobile manufacturers are planning to install the

’TWEEN 12 & 20 Robert Wallace same system. Teens, please take this “Driving Drowsy” message seriously. Driving while drowsy can be a fatal mistake! Dr. Wallace: I broke up with Lamont because of his cocaine use. He kept telling me he was in complete control of his drug habit and could quit any time he wanted, but for the moment he didn’t want to stop using. This went on almost every day the entire seven months we were seeing each other. Lamont lost two jobs in the time we were together, and when we split up, he was out of work and living with his brother, who is also a drug abuser. Whenever I said I thought he was addicted to cocaine, he would get upset and angry. He firmly believes he’s in control of his drug use and considers himself to be a recreational cocaine user, not an addict. How does one really know? – Nameless, Gary, Ind. Dear Nameless: According to the Johnson Institute, a nonprofit organization that researches the effects that drugs have on society, Lamont’s drug use is that of a person who is a drug addict.

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Dear Abby: My ex-wife cheated on me five years ago. She ran off with a nonworking criminal type and has been bouncing from place to place with this bozo ever since. When they and their 3-yearold became homeless two weeks ago, all of a sudden she showed up at my door shoeless and with their son in a diaper. She said her boyfriend was abusive and asked to stay with me until she finds a place. I agreed under the provision that she not see this guy. I am a hard-working single father of two. I know my heart is two sizes too big for my own good sometimes, and I don’t want to be taken advantage of. Abby, did I make the right choice? Or should I have told her she was not welcome and turned her and her son away? I really feel I shouldn’t have to help her, and she should rely on her loser boyfriend – who she has started seeing again. I need your expert advice. – Confused Dear Confused: You’re not an idiot; you’re a pushover. Your ex has already broken the agreement she made when you let her in. The situation is not going to get better;


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Is it a finesse or up-to-honors?


Elvis Stojko, a Canadian figure skater who won three world championships, said, “I had the strength and the finesse there and put it all together.” Bridge declarers (and sometimes defenders) with high-card strength often put together tricks with finesses. There is rarely a deal without at least one finesse. However, occasionally a suit combination comes along that looks like a finesse, but isn’t. Which applies in this deal – finesse or look-alike non-finesse? South is in three no-trump. West leads the heart queen. What should declarer do? Would the best line change if South’s clubs were Q-J-9-2? When in no-trump, always start by counting your top tricks, your instant winners. Here South has seven: four spades, two hearts and one club. So, if he can rake in three club tricks, he will make his contract. Any declarer who thinks that club suit is a finessing combination will take the first trick with his heart king (he does not want to risk a diamond shift) and run the club queen. However, when East turns up with four clubs, three no-trump must fail. Instead, South should play a low club to dummy’s ace and return a club toward his queenjack. East will probably play low. Then declarer, after winning with his club queen, returns to dummy with a spade and leads another club to gain that third club trick. Interestingly, that is still the right approach even with acefourth opposite queen-jack-ninefourth. Running the queen loses when East has a singleton king. Lead toward the hand with the two honors.

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We want someone who is going to dig in to each assignment and not return to the office until he or she has the best image possible for a given story. Expect to develop your own story ideas & generate still and video enterprise projects that add a dimension beyond the daily photo report, using images to show the texture and diversity of the area of the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Sports photography also is a significant part of the job. Successful candidates should have a college degree in photojournalism or related field. Knowledge of Photoshop, Photo Mechanic, Final Cut Pro and some experience shooting DV/HDV video required. Night and weekend work is expected. Solid knowledge and usage of AP Style required. Ability to shoot video and interest in blogging a plus. The successful candidate must possess & maintain a valid driver's license, proof of insurance, reliable transportation and acceptable motor vehicle record. Candidates with at least a year of professional experience will be considered, but those with exceptional internship experience are encouraged to apply.

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3104 Pendelton Ct, St Charles, IL 1.8 Miles North of Rt. 64 on Rt. 31 to Abbeywood Dr. West to Pendelton Ct. North. Seller: Mr. & Mrs. Stern Sold home & are moving. House hold: Upscale furniture, King Size sleep number bed, Queen sized bed. Double Bed, 2 antique single beds. Slant front secretary desk. 1/2 Hall table, 2 Entertainment centers,1 Maghoney, Computer desk w/hutch, & chairs, 4 metal file cabinets, Antique nursing rocking chair, 2 side chairs, card table, 2 wingback chairs, 2 recliners, 4 side chairs, 2 -3 cushion couch's, 2 love seats, 2 end tables, 2 rocking recliners, 2 end tables, 4 large stereo speakers, 2 stereo sets, 2 large tv's, fire place and irons, 2- 4 drawer chests, Childs dresser, & dressing table, 2 child's chairs, Dining room table 2 leaves 5 chairs, 4 wrought iron padded bar stools, foot stool, Framed art work, scenes and wild life, Brass wall hanger w/porcelain birds (nice), Longaberger Basket, 2 vintage Ladies Fur Coats, Some linens. Glass ware: Gold rimmed wine & champagne glass's, Playboy mugs, steins, ash trays, Pink Depression glassware, clear glassware, cookware, Cook books, Humidifier, Collector t-cups & saucers, Large collection of decorator plates ,Nortakie China, Sango china, and much more. Hanging Glass Light fixtures. Collectables: Hopalong Cassidy holster & belt, Toy guns, Children's books & records, Board & box games, 3 dolls, & doll clothes, large collection of c.d.'s , Cast Iron toys, Tonka toys, 2 Erector sets, Large collection of Hot Wheels cars & trucks w/ cases, Cast Iron toys, Antique Stereo viewer and disc's, Cast Iron toys, Sports card collection,150 Plus marbles and shooters. Vintage Fishing lures & fly tying collection, Collection of fishing reels, Lead melting pot to make sinkers, Tackle Box, and more. Sword w/scabbard, Glass animal figurines, Antique Southwind Auto Heater tool box, and gas convertor, 2 rolling floor jacks, 2 jack stands, pedestal grinder, hand & power tools, Engine stand, Steel work bench,3 rolling tool boxes, hinged tool box, several metal wardrobe's & 2 & 4 drawer metal file cabinets, Yard & garden tools, Yard ornaments, lawn Thatcher, Ladders, Metal shelving and Racking, Pancake air compressor, Bench saw, Rolling air compressor, Christmas items. Many more items to numerous to list. This is a large and very clean Auction! Terms & Conditions: All sold as is and where is. All must be paid for & removed day of auction. Cash or good checks. 10% buyers' premium. Col. Gene Warrington 847-456-9728


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vs. FERNANDO ARELLANO; MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC. AS NOMINEE FOR AMERICA MORTGAGE NETWORK, INC. DOING BUSINESS AS AMNET; GALENA AT THE RESERVE CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION; UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS, DEFENDANT 11 CH 3767 Address: 532 King Ave, East Dundee, Illinois 60118 Judge Leonard J. Wojtecki NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S SALE OF REAL ESTATE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVCAR, TRUCK, SUV, ENPUBLIC that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on May 17, 2012, I, Sheriff of Kane County, Illinois, will WILL BEAT ANY on March 28, 2013 at the hour of QUOTE GIVEN!! 9:00 AM at the Kane County Judicial Center, 37W777 Route 38, St. $400 - $2000 Charles, IL 60175, Room JC 100, or in a place otherwise designated NO TITLE...... at the time of sale, County of Kane, NO PROBLEM State of Illinois, sell at public auction to the highest bidder for cash, 815-575-5153 as set forth below, the following described real estate: COMMON ADDRESS: 532 King Ave, East Dundee, Illinois 60118 P.I.N.: 03-26-204-064 Cars, Trucks & Vans The real estate is improved with $500 Cash. Free Towing. a single family residence. 815-739-9221 THE JUDGMENT AMOUNT WAS: $172,499.94 Sale terms: 10% down by certified funds; the balance, by certified funds, is due within twenty four (24) hours. The subject property is subject to real estate taxes, special assessments or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in "as is" condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the PUBLIC NOTICE amount bid, the purchaser shall reIN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE ceive a Certificate of Sale, which 16TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT KANE will entitle the purchaser to a Deed to the real estate after Confirmation COUNTY - GENEVA, ILLINOIS FEDERAL NATIONAL MORTGAGE of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and Plaintiff ASSOCIATION,



$$ WANTED $$

Kane County Chronicle / ope sp makes no representations as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the Court file to verify all information. Pursuant to 735 ILCS 5/151512, the amounts of any surplus bid will be held by the sheriff until a party obtains a Court Order for its distribution, or for 60 days following the date of the entry of the order confirming sale, at which time, in the absence of an order directing payment of the surplus, it may be automatically forfeited to the State without further notice. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 151701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. For information: Examine the court file or contact Plaintiff's attorney: Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, LLC, 230 W. Monroe St., Chicago, IL 60606, telephone 312-541-9710. Please refer to file number IL 11 0026. Sheriff of Kane County, Illinois Johnson, Blumberg, & Associates, LLC 230 W. Monroe Street, Suite 1125 Chicago, Illinois 60606 Ph. 312-541-9710 Fax 312-541-9711 JB&A # IL 11 0026 I509228 (Published in the Kane County Chronicle, February 14, 21 & 28, 2013.)

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PUBLIC NOTICE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 16TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT KANE COUNTY - GENEVA, ILLINOIS FEDERAL NATIONAL MORTGAGE ASSOCIATION, PLAINTIFF vs. FERNANDO ARELLANO; MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC. AS NOMINEE FOR AMERICA MORTGAGE NETWORK, INC. DOING BUSINESS AS AMNET; GALENA AT THE RESERVE CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION; UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS, DEFENDANT 11 CH 3767 Address: 532 King Ave, East Dundee, Illinois 60118 Judge Leonard J. Wojtecki NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S SALE OF REAL ESTATE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on May 17, 2012, I, Sheriff of Kane County, Illinois, will on March 28, 2013 at the hour of 9:00 AM at the Kane County Judicial Center, 37W777 Route 38, St. Charles, IL 60175, Room JC 100, or in a place otherwise designated at the time of sale, County of Kane, State of Illinois, sell at public auction to the highest bidder for cash, as set forth below, the following described real estate: BLDG/UNIT 23-2, TOGETHER WITH ITS UNDIVIDED PERCENTAGE INTEREST IN THE COMMON ELEMENTS IN GALENA AT THE RESERVE CONDOMINIUM, AS DELINEATED AND DEFINED IN THE DECLARATION RECORDED AS DOCUMENT NUMBER 95K034436, AS AMENDED FROM TIME TO TIME, IN KANE COUNTY, ILLINOIS. COMMON ADDRESS: 532 King Ave, East Dundee, Illinois 60118 P.I.N.: 03-26-204-064 The real estate is improved with a single family residence. THE JUDGMENT AMOUNT WAS: $172,499.94 Sale terms: 10% down by certified funds; the balance, by certified funds, is due within twenty four (24) hours. The subject property is subject to real estate taxes, special assessments or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in "as is" condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser shall receive a Certificate of Sale, which will entitle the purchaser to a Deed to the real estate after Confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT

prope y be open for inspection and Plaintiff makes no representations as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the Court file to verify all information. Pursuant to 735 ILCS 5/151512, the amounts of any surplus bid will be held by the sheriff until a party obtains a Court Order for its distribution, or for 60 days following the date of the entry of the order confirming sale, at which time, in the absence of an order directing payment of the surplus, it may be automatically forfeited to the State without further notice. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 151701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. For information: Examine the court file or contact Plaintiff's attorney: Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, LLC, 230 W. Monroe St., Chicago, IL 60606, telephone 312-541-9710. Please refer to file number IL 11 0026. Sheriff of Kane County, Illinois Johnson, Blumberg, & Associates, LLC 230 W. Monroe Street, Suite 1125 Chicago, Illinois 60606 Ph. 312-541-9710 Fax 312-541-9711 JB&A # IL 11 0026 I509228

PUBLIC NOTICE Kane County is accepting Sealed Proposal 08-013 GPS System and Monitoring Service, seeking qualified Vendor to provide global positioning technology and monitoring service for Court Services Department.

Christopher Rossman County Purchasing Director (Published in the Kane County Chronicle, February 28, 2013.)

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Hampshire, IL 60140. Dated: February 05, 2013.

/s/ John A. Cunningham Kane County Clerk Public Notice is hereby given that on February 20, 2013 a certifi(Published in the Kane County (Published in the Kane County Chronicle, February 21, 28 & cate was filed in the office of the Chronicle, February 21, 28 & County Clerk of Kane County, Illi- March 7, 2013.) March 7, 2013.) nois, setting forth the names and addresses of all persons owning, PUBLIC NOTICE conducting and transacting the business known as HOT TUB SERASSUMED NAME VICES located at 606 Fulton St., PUBLICATION NOTICE Aurora, IL 60505. PUBLIC NOTICE /s/ Peggy Granquist Petitioner

ASSUMED NAME PUBLICATION NOTICE Public Notice is hereby given that on February 07, 2013 a certificate was filed in the office of the County Clerk of Kane County, Illinois, setting forth the names and addresses of all persons owning, conducting and transacting the business known as ASSOCIATED DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OVERSIGHT located at 39W435 W. Mallory Dr., Geneva, IL 60134. Dated: February 07, 2013. /s/ John A. Cunningham Kane County Clerk (Published in the Kane County Chronicle, February 14, 21 & 28, 2013.)


Public Notice is hereby given that on February 19, 2013 a certifi(Published in the Kane County cate was filed in the office of the Chronicle, February 14, 21 & 28, County Clerk of Kane County, Illinois, setting forth the names and 2013.) addresses of all persons owning, conducting and transacting the business known as BLACKLINE PUBLIC NOTICE RACING located at 39W835 Midan Drive, Elburn, IL 60119. IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE SIXTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT Dated: February 19, 2013. KANE COUNTY, ILLINOIS /s/ John A. Cunningham 13 MR 199 Kane County Clerk NOTICE OF PUBLICATION REGARDING NAME CHANGE (Published in the Kane County Chronicle, February 21, 28 & Public notice is hereby given that March 7, 2013.) on April 24, 2013, in Courtroom No. 110, of the Kane County Courthouse, 100 South Third, Geneva, Illinois, at the hour of 9:30 A.M. or as soon thereafter as this matter may heard, a Petition will be heard in said Courtroom for the change of name of PEGGY JEAN GRANQUIST to PEGGY JEAN HANSEN pursuant to 735 ILCS 5/21-101 et seq.


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Thursday, February 28, 2013 â&#x20AC;˘ Page 37 PUBLIC NOTICE ASSUMED NAME PUBLICATION NOTICE Public Notice is hereby given that on February 19, 2013 a certificate was filed in the office of the County Clerk of Kane County, Illinois, setting forth the names and addresses of all persons owning, conducting and transacting the business known as SQUARE CIRCLE WIRELESS located at 323 Robin Glen Lane, South Elgin, IL 60177.

Public Notice is hereby given that on February 20, 2013 a certifi- Dated: February 19, 2013. /s/ John A. Cunningham cate was filed in the office of the /s/ John A. Cunningham Kane County Clerk County Clerk of Kane County, Illinois, setting forth the names and Kane County Clerk addresses of all persons owning, (Published in the Kane County Chronicle, February 21, 28 & conducting and transacting the (Published in the Kane County business known as MICHAEL BAR- Chronicle, February 21, 28 & March 7, 2013.) TON ART located at 217 Larch- March 7, 2013.) wood Lane, North Aurora, IL PUBLIC NOTICE 60542. Dated: February 20, 2013.


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/s/ John A. Cunningham Public Notice is hereby given Kane County Clerk that on February 27, 2013 a certificate was filed in the office of the (Published in the Kane County County Clerk of Kane County, Illi- Chronicle, February 21, 28 & nois, setting forth the names and March 7, 2013.) addresses of all persons owning, conducting and transacting the PUBLIC NOTICE business known as LDG located at 5N428 Brown Road, Campton ASSUMED NAME Hills, IL 60175. PUBLICATION NOTICE Dated: February 27, 2013. Public Notice is hereby given /s/ John A. Cunningham that on February 26, 2013 a certifiKane County Clerk cate was filed in the office of the County Clerk of Kane County, Illi(Published in the Kane County nois, setting forth the names and Chronicle, February 28, March 7 & addresses of all persons owning, conducting and transacting the 14, 2013.) business known as ORGANICALLY YOU located at 227 S. 3rd St PUBLIC NOTICE #206, Geneva, IL 60134. ASSUMED NAME PUBLICATION NOTICE

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REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS Batavia 2425 Hunt Ln: Sold on or before 013013 by Faganel Builders Llc to Dave A Wagenknecht & Heather M Wagenknecht; $513,000.00 407 S Jackson St: Sold on or before 012413 by Johnson Trust to June E Thomas; $115,000.00

Elburn 113 N 1st St: Sold on or before 013113 by William R Zwiers to Karl J Schutzenhofer & Katherine M Schutzenhofer; $155,000.00 1424 Anderson Rd: Sold on or before 012513 by Fannie Mae to Ryan R Purmann; $240,000.00 40W654 Campton Wood Dr: Sold on or before 013013 by Bank Of New York Mellon Ttee to Cory J Hansen & Rachel J Hansen; $204,000.00 425 Prairie Valley St: Sold on or before 012313 by Lora S Gigl to Christopher Lindsay & Jennifer Lindsay; $226,000.00 43W465 Hawkeye Dr: Sold on or before 012813 by Sickafoose Trust to Sarah Swindell; $310,000.00 710 Westlake Dr: Sold on or before 012513 by Orbe Trust to Bret E Tucker & Julie A Tucker; $217,000.00

to Relo Direct Inc; $388,000.00 39W190 Preston Cir: Sold on or before 012313 by Relo Derect Inc to Jon M Schram & Alexis A Schram; $388,000.00 40W255 Chadsworth Dr: Sold on or before 012813 by Sho Deen Inc to Christopher Castaneda & Elise M Castaneda; $298,500.00 708 Tanager Ln: Sold on or before 013013 by Willard G Pott to Taylor Mckinley Obrien & Bailey Obrien; $300,000.00 931 Western Ave: Sold on or before 012813 by Robert W Carriveau to Jean Sorce; $210,000.00 997 Manchester Crse: Sold on or before 012513 by Jo Anne Bergman to Benjamin Herbert Haberthur & Jennifer Kd Haberthur; $157,000.00

Maple Park 5N0279 County Line Rd: Sold on or before 013113 by Daniel E Brown to Peter F Jensen & Tina L Jensen; $323,000.00

2630 Cedar Ave: Sold on or before 013013 by Danielle Leach to Nicholas Murphy & Lisa Bleck; $283,500.00 311 S Harrison St 6: Sold on or before 012313 by Us Bank Na Trustee to Michael J Buffington & Jacqueline S Buffington; $82,000.00 322 Larsdotter Ln 434: Sold on or before 013013 by Angela Brotcke to Adrian Rios & Lisa Rios; $237,000.00 3450 Heartland Dr: Sold on or before 013113 by Fohn Trust to Gaelen W Cole & Michelle L Cole; $425,000.00 38W499 Mcquire Pl: Sold on or before 012213 by Shodeen Trust to Shodeen Homes Llc; $88,000.00 39W183 Washburn Dr: Sold on or before 012913 by Kane County Sheriff to Pnc Bank Na; $382,500.00 39W190 Preston Cir: Sold on or before 012313 by Ryan Schwede

253 Kathryn Ln: Sold on or before 012213 by Jose Contreras to Linda Ast; $106,000.00 1001 Geneva Rd: Sold on or before 012513 by Mark Leffler to Danielle C Leach; $235,000.00 1016 Ronzheimer Ave: Sold on or before 012413 by Mason Trust to Penny Porter; $75,000.00 1224 E Main St: Sold on or before 012513 by Kane County Sheriff to Eric M Larson & Joyce J Larson; $90,000.00 1404 S 8th St: Sold on or before 012413 by Daniel E Abendroth to Mario Soto Jr & Cheryl A Soto; $200,000.00 1454 Madison Ave: Sold on or before 012513 by Richard H Wiesolek to Chicago Title Land Trt Co Ttee; $223,000.00 202 Windsor Cir: Sold on or before 012213 by Wayland Wilson to Richard E Escalante & Joyce A Escalante; $405,000.00 2699 Regency Ct E: Sold on or before 012513 by K Hovnanian Estates At Regency to Suzanne Kos; $291,500.00 312 Brownstone Dr: Sold on or before 012313 by Michael

fore 012813 by Shelagh M Noble Estate to Alpine Landscape Llc; $44,500.00 6N584 Tuscola Ave: Sold on or before 013113 by Sergio Martnez to Helps; $180,000.00 6N879 Balmoral Ln: Sold on or before 012913 by Michelangelo Grano to Nathan P Clark & Cindi L Clark; $326,500.00 729 Cutler St: Sold on or before 012813 by Marilyn Connelly to Michael Bos & Michelle Bos; $236,000.00 7N029 Roosevelt Ave: Sold on or before 012213 by Kane County Sheriff to Hud; $188,524.00 7N194 Longridge Rd: Sold on or before 013013 by Kane County Sheriff to Federal National Mortgage Assn; $285,776.00

South Elgin 1011 N South Elgin Blvd: Sold on or before 013013 by Federal National Mortgage Assn to Brian Lacewell; $148,000.00

1560 Chipstone Dr: Sold on or before 012513 by Carl S Peterson to John E Hubiak & Jeanette C Hubiak; $160,000.00 17 Longbow Ct: Sold on or before 013113 by Daniel R Amburgey to Andrew T Monts; $162,000.00 205 Courtland Dr C: Sold on or before 012213 by Kiri J Alviola to Mark Pautsch & Dana Hanselmann; $132,000.00 375 S Gilbert St: Sold on or before 012313 by Wade Wiltsie to Steven R Barnes; $117,000.00 494 N Walnut St: Sold on or before 012813 by Wells Fargo Bank to Christopher J Merritt; $88,000.00 585 Juli Dr: Sold on or before 012313 by Michael Cavaliere to Michael G Shea & Kelly S Shea; $212,500.00 755 E State St: Sold on or before 012413 by Lou Ann Armstrong to Arthur G Beckman; $109,000.00 See TRANSFERS, page 3


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Demnicki to Gregory Trust; $510,000.00 35W945 Fieldcrest Dr: Sold on or before 013013 by Dennis E Krueger to John M Henry & Beverly W Henry; $365,000.00 36W698 Wild Rose Rd: Sold on or before 012813 by Rittmueller Trust to Christopher Patrick; $370,000.00 39W746 Crosscreek Ln: Sold on or before 013013 by David Gustafson to Luke J Slawek & Megan Slawek; $660,000.00 4N698 High Meadow Rd: Sold on or before 012313 by Intercounty Judicial Sales Co to Legacy Capital Partners Llc; $371,500.00 504 Jackson Ave: Sold on or before 012513 by Fannie Mae to Nicholas Powers & Sharon Plucinski; $195,000.00 514 S 16th St: Sold on or before 013013 by Laura Leonard to Raymond J Marchand & Marikate E Marchand; $218,000.00 6N115 Emily Ln: Sold on or be-

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Lot 1 Barlow Drive St. Charles $245,000 Last available lot in Barlow Woods Subdivision. Great opportunity to build your custom dream home on this 2 acre wooded lot in the country, just west of St. Charles. Gorgeous mature trees creates a private setting. Convenient access to shopping, entertainment, and close to LaFox and Elburn Metro Train Station. 2.03 acres.

• TRANSFERS 9 Brandywine Ct: Sold on or before 012413 by M&jm Holdings Llc to Bruce H Frier & Ana Frier; $200,000.00 942 Manchester Ct: Sold on or before 013013 by Us Bank Na Trustee to Donald L Stark; $61,500.00

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By MARY CAROL GARRITY Scripps Howard News Service If you have kids at home, from toddlers to teenagers, I have fabulous news for you: You don’t have to wait until they leave home to infuse your home with high style. There are lots of kid-friendly ways to make your home beautiful, despite the wear and tear that a family can bring. Here are five tips for making your home look sensational and familyfriendly:

1. Dress your walls in great art If your kids are not at a stage of life where you can place accessories on your coffee table or end tables for fear of the accessories being broken, finish off your room by dressing your walls in imaginative artwork. Think of art as accessories that hang, instead of sitting on a tabletop. When it’s up on a wall, it’s safe from little hands, and unless it gets hit by a flying basketball, it won’t break. Start by getting your furniture placed exactly where you want it. Then fill in the open wall space with art that expresses your family’s spirit. What do you love? Tell people through your artwork. It will not only become

the focal point of your room, it will give people insight into what makes your family special.

want the basket to show? Pick an ottoman with a skirt.

2. Use an ottoman as a coffee table

When young moms (or people with pets) used to ask me to help them select fabrics for upholstered furnishings, I always teased that we needed to pick something the color of dirt. But now, the sky is the limit when it comes to kid-friendly upholstered furniture, thanks to the revolution in outdoor fabrics. Today’s outdoor fabrics are absolutely gorgeous, not at all the stiff and shiny and unattractive stuff we used to put on the chaise lounge on the patio. If outdoor fabric isn’t for you, here’s a recommendation I make to young moms that may sound crazy: Put white fabrics on your furniture. I know – it may show dirt easier. But you can often clean up that little dribble of juice or pencil mark using a stain stick. Still doesn’t sound appealing to you? Then go for fabric that camouflages dirt.

Coffee-table ottomans are one of the greatest things to happen to family homes. They are attractive and perfect for little kids. I can’t tell you how many moms have told me that their babies learned to walk by scooting around a big ottoman. Others tell me their preschoolers like to curl up on top of the comfy ottomans, pop in their thumb and rest for a few minutes from their play. Now that is a family-friendly piece of furniture if ever there was one. One great feature of a coffee-table ottoman is that if your kids accidentally decorate it with markers, or spill grape juice on it, or just love it until it’s a bit threadbare, it can easily be recovered using just a few yards of fabric. Another plus is that these ottomans look great with absolutely no decorations on top of them. Pick fabric that sports a fun pattern or arresting color, and you’re good to go. Some ottomans are tall enough for you to slide a storage basket filled with toys underneath, giving you bonus storage space. Don’t

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4. Dress up windows One easy way to cozy up a room is by dressing windows with fabric panels.

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1995 Fays Ln: Sold on or before 012413 by Rolf Akandt to Shawn S Pjesky & Kirsten A Pjesky; $217,000.00 200 Brompton Ln A: Sold on or before 012813 by Bramer Trust to George E Alewel & Carol J Alewel; $140,000.00 223 W Park Ave D: Sold on or before 012513 by Fannie Mae to Lisa Dugger; $129,500.00 324 Yolane Dr: Sold on or before 013013 by Federal National Mortgage Assn to Lisa Gunderson; $140,000.00 909 Oak St: Sold on or before 012213 by Shupe Trust to George J Kearns & Melody L Kearns; $333,000.00

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• HOME STYLE Continued from page 3 While there are always exceptions to the rules, most kids leave drapes alone. But still, select fabric that can handle the occasional jelly smudge.

5. Put your pretties up high Miraculously, some kids seem to never bother child-safe accents that are displayed on tables or other spots within their reach. But in my experience, most kids like to investigate, so if you want to use accents in your interior decor – especially those that are breakable – they must be displayed where the kids can’t reach so the children run absolutely no risk of harming themselves. If you love to decorate with breakables like plates and platters, mount the plates on the wall, above your kitchen cabinets or stove, where they can’t accidentally be knocked down by a flying Nerf ball. Another great place to decorate when your kids are very little is the fireplace mantel. Usually the

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To maximize space, use the area above the toilet for a towel rack or storage unit.

Quick tips: Organize, beautify bathrooms By CAREN BAGINSKI Scripps Howard News Service Use these tips for bathroom organization to make the most of your bathroom, regardless of its size.

1. Organize your medicine cabinet. Make your medicine cabinet a repository of things you need and use regularly, which means chucking any outdated medicines and relocating excess to another location. Keep like items in their own labeled storage bins underneath the sink or in the linen closet. When you need to use something, slide the whole container out for easy access.

ture is a great place to put extra toilet paper, toiletries and even towels. Consider a unit with cabinets or closed shelving.

6. Add style and function with apothecary jars. If you have a lot of counter space, and don’t mind leaving things out in the open, invest in some stylish apothecary jars to hold necessities. Cotton swabs, soap and bath salts look great in clear glass containers.




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There are lots of kid-friendly ways to make a home beautiful, despite the wear and tear that a family can bring. mantel is the focal point of the room, so if you are able to dress it up, no one will notice if your side tables are undecorated.

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2. Control hair-product clutter. Gels, sprays, curlers, combs and hair dryers take up a lot of space in the bathroom. For quick organization, buy a plastic tub for under the sink and load it up with your supplies. When you fix your hair, the whole tub can be taken out and put away without creating a mess.

3. Add creative towel storage. If your towel rack isn’t big enough to hang the family’s towels, add hooks to the bathroom.

4. Divide and conquer your makeup. An expandable cosmetic-drawer organizer fits in a shallow drawer and takes the place of bulky cosmetic bags. Various compartments will organize lipstick, blush and eye shadow so you never have to root around to find what you’re looking for.

5. Claim the space over your toilet. Over-the-toilet bath furni-

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By JURA KONCIUS The Washington Post Annie Elliott, chief executive and principal designer at Bossy Color, and an expert in color, residential space planning and interior design, joined staff writer Jura Koncius recently on the Post’s Home Front online chat. Here is an edited excerpt.

Q: Can you tell us why you named your company Bossy Color? Are you bossy? Annie Elliott: I love that question!

Q: I would like to change the paint of photo

A bigger area rug can make a room appear larger and it helps define a space. Don’t feel you have to go with a neutral; any light color will make the room feel large. I just painted my dining room Farrow & Ball’s No. 22 Light Blue, which goes from blue to gray. It looks great with our dark wood furniture.

my living room. Can you suggest a neutral color that would go well with dark wood furniture? I want to make the small room appear lighter and more spacious. AE: Tricks to make a room appear larger: a bigger rug (counterintuitive, I know!), a mirror to bounce the light, and plenty of lamps.

Q: What do you suggest for those

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of us with Ikea addictions, who might be afraid to try the next step? Cost and decorating safety are strong pulls to the ginormous blue store, after all. What is a timid decorator to do? AE: Ikea addictions – sing it! See INTERIOR DESIGN, page 6

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My younger brother actually came up with the name; I was “Annie Elliott Interiors” for the first year or so, and then I mentioned that I needed to get a website up. He guffawed – guffawed! – and said, “What’s the address going to be – w-w-w-bossy-color-dot-com?” I thought it was so funny that I had to use it. And I’m NOT that bossy in real life; I think of the “bossy” as helping my clients make tough decisions. Thanks for the question.

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Interior design: Help with paint colors


Kane County Chronicle / • Thursday, February 28, 2013



Don’t try to mimic magazines; they’re not real life Q: Any ideas for paint color for a small powder room? Something bright and cheery for a small space – but not too overwhelming? AE: I have the best paint

• INTERIOR DESIGN Continued from page 5 Nothing wrong with a little Ikea now and then. I suggest moving up slowly and ordering from well-known, national brands such as Crate & Barrel. Their customer service is usually better than the small guys.’ Good luck with branching out! Be brave!

Q: There are rooms in my house that have ceiling lights, but those lights do not provide enough illumination. Should I have track lighting installed or use floor lamps? AE: Floor and table lamps, definitely. Track lighting has come a long way since the ’80s, but non-overhead light is more flattering. Try Shades of Light – they have some terrific fixtures for good prices.

Q: I’m planning to redo the upstairs bath in my 1837 New England Cape house. The bathroom is tiny (and will remain so). I’d love advice on flooring options that will suit the character of the house and stand the test of time. Perhaps tile? AE: Yes to tile, although wood is probably more historically accurate. Try oneinch marble hexagonal tiles. They’re timeless!

Q: Can you offer advice for coordinating rugs in a combined L-shaped living and dining room? I’d like to put one rug under my dining room table and another in the living room area. AE: Why don’t you try using the same rug in both areas? Or you could do a neutral sisal (or polypropylene sisal – more durable) in the dining area and a colorful, patterned rug in the other.

Q: We are converting our guest room to my husband’s home office. It’s a small room without much natural light. Can you recommend a warm gray for the walls? We will still use this room on occasion for guests, so would you squeeze a sleeper sofa into the space or buy a frame for an air mattress? AE: I definitely would find a comfortable sleeper sofa. It makes guests feel so much more welcome than putting in an air mattress. You can also lounge on the sofa with a laptop. As for a warm gray, I like

color: wallpaper! Honestly, if you can’t go a little crazy in the powder room, where CAN you? Kitschy, floral, geometric — whatever strikes your fancy. photo

When choosing paint colors, consider wallpaper. Wallpaper can allow for freedom in color and design. Martha Stewart’s Bedford Gray as well as Benjamin Moore’s Sandy Hook Gray.

Q: All the homes in magazines look uncluttered, serene and gorgeous. My home is filled with chargers, docks and computer wires everywhere. Can you suggest some solutions? AE: Ah, modern life. I suggest consolidating: Have one docking station in the kitchen (on a shelf or in a cabinet with a plug, if that’s possible) and one on the credenza in your home office. Just embrace the problem by plugging in a power strip and keeping the electronics in one place. It sounds like the overall clutter is what’s driving you nuts. And magazines are not real life. Please remember that!

Q: I love blue ceilings – especially on exteriors in porches – what is your favorite blue? Mine is Farrow & Ball Skylight. What other colors do you recommend for ceilings? AE: I agree – a blue ceiling can be gorgeous (and I love Skylight!). It helps if the blue has a little aqua in it so that it doesn’t go gray or purple on the ceiling. Try Sherwin Williams’ SW 6770, Bubble. Good luck!

Q: What’s your go-to, alwaysreliable white paint for walls? AE: Benjamin Moore’s Super White is a terrific white. But if you mean OFF-white, or ivory, try Ben Moore’s Linen White or Ivory Tusk, which is more yellow.

Q: Dining room color assistance, please! I am in the process of remodeling my dining room and need a new paint color. Previously it was painted a dark burgundy, top to bottom with the exception of the chair rail, crown molding, and ceiling (antique white). The problem is the furniture (large dining room table and china cabinet) is a white-washed oak and the hardwood floors are natural honeyoak finish. I want something lighter than

the previous burgundy walls, but want to keep the chair rail molding; I also prefer to keep the ceiling white. Any suggestions for a new, lighter wall color that will accent the furniture and go with the oak flooring? I am open to a new area rug color, too, to tie it all in. Surrounding rooms include a hallway (antique white walls) and a kitchen that is wallpapered in beiges. Thanks! AE: Have I confessed that burgundy makes my teeth itch? I had a professor who said it was his favorite color ... we were doomed from the start. Anyway, this is bold, but how about light black? It will make your oak furniture look fresh. Check out Benjamin Moore’s HC-166 Kendall Charcoal – and put it above AND below the chair rail, please. Go to Pinterest and search black dining room to summon

your courage!

Q: How did you decide to become an interior designer? I am interested [to] know your career path. AE: Hi! I like to say that I’m a recovering art historian. I have a master’s degree in art history, so my first career was in museums (on the administrative side). I think I always wanted to be a designer, but I didn’t know any, and I didn’t know how one went about it. So, while I was working at the Smithsonian, I started taking some night classes at the Corcoran (art gallery) to see if this would be the right field for me. It was. I spread the word among friends that I was considering a change, and people started asking me for help. It was a very organic beginning.

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Making a thank you magnet takes less time than driving to the store to pick out a card, and the surprise value alone is worth the effort.

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In this electronic age, it’s not unusual to get invited to a party through the Internet with an e-vite. The RSVP will likely also be a link on which you click. After the party, you could continue the pattern with a “thank you” email, but I’m suggesting you break the cycle and go old-school with a handmade thank you. If time is an issue (it almost always is), then I have a solution that is quick and easy and a lot more personal than an email. When I am going to attend a party or get-together at someone’s home, I make a thank-you magnet and bring it with me to the event. Start with a box of selfadhesive, business-cardsized magnets from the office-supply store. They are available in a box of 50 and

cost about 30 cents apiece, so price is not a concern. Remove the protective backing and attach a scrap of paper to the magnet, embellish it to match the theme of the event, write out a quick thanks and sign it. The trick is to do this before the party and take it to the event. Enjoy the evening. And when you are getting ready to leave, just slap the magnet onto the fridge (or other metal surface in the kitchen). Your hosts are not likely to discover it till the next day when they are cleaning up, and the sheer surprise of finding an unexpected thank-you note on the fridge is downright charming. Making a thank-you magnet takes less time than driving to the store to pick out a card (forget about remembering to buy stamps), and the surprise value alone is worth the effort.

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Hobbies: Thank-you magnets will draw praise


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