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IN THEIR LIFE Get to know Barrington eighth-grade dancer Morgan Clune





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BARRINGTON – If there’s one thing I learned this past week, it’s the value of a positive attitude. Station Middle School student Morgan Clune took the spotlight and generously offered some elite dance insight, which you can read about on page 11. Clune began dancing when she was 2, and now spends up to 40 hours a week training in all forms of dance. This commitment might sound like a lot for a teen, but her hard work is paying off big time. I’d like to congratulate Clune on being named the National Elite dancer within the junior division of the National Dance Competition held in Las Vegas this past summer. Clune attributes her success to self-confidence. “I never would have done it if I didn’t tell myself I could,” Clune said. And as promised, I sat in the front row Sept. 17 at the Barrington High School singing competition, Barrington Idol. I was shocked to see such a large

TARAH THORNE Barrington Life reporter audience on a school night and felt a blast of energy as soon as the first act took the stage. Everyone sang their hearts out, and many students incorporated an instrument into their performance. I described winner Maggie Quinn’s rendition of Rihanna’s “Stay” as “seamless” because it honestly was just that. I wouldn’t have been able to tell if I was listening to Quinn or the pop star herself if I had shut my eyes. Way to go, Maggie! Meeting Quinn, she informed me that Barrington Idol was a last-minute decision this year, and said she already

competed three years ago. I could tell by her sheer shock that she hadn’t expected to win this year, and I think she set a positive example for the younger competitors – never give up. Finally, I’d like to encourage everyone to take a peek at page 18. The Loyola University men’s hockey team has a new coach, and he’s a BHS graduate. Accepting the Loyola coaching role at just 22 years old, Grant Riendeau said he’s ready to bring new energy to the team – and it looks like it’s working. The team kicked off its season splitting a two-game series against Marquette on Sept. 20 and 21. Loyola shut out Marquette in Friday evening’s game to earn a 2-0 win, and Marquette came in for the rebound Saturday as they defeated Loyola, 4-3, in a nail-biter. Riendeau said it’s his ultimate goal to make Loyola men’s hockey the official collegiate team of Chicago, and you can help him out by attending upcoming home games.



During the course of working for the McHenry Fire Department, Jeff Gross noticed many elderly residents needed help and accidents could have been prevented if someone had been checking in on a regular basis. That’s how he realized there was a need for Visiting Angels, an in-home care business. He bought the Barrington area franchise in May 2011. Gross told Barrington Life about his venture with his wife, Jackie, who has been working in the medical field for more than 10 years.

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At this point in time, I am running the majority of the business. Jackie needs to stay at her fulltime job to provide health insurance for us until I can grow the business large enough to support us. Jackie takes care of our online presence, which she is able to do at night and on the weekends. Otherwise, I have been doing all of the hiring of caregivers, assessments of clients and office work.

How many clients do you serve through Visiting Angels of Barrington? What is an average day like for your staff? We have served more than 60 clients in the last year and a half. Of course, that is ever-changing because of the nature of our business. The needs of clients vary greatly, from companionship to assistance with dressing and grooming, cooking and light housekeeping, and of course, respite care for the families who are taking care of mom or dad and just need a break.

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Jeff and Jackie Gross own the Barrington area Visiting Angels in-home care franchise.

Your business is still relatively new, opening in Barrington in 2011. What have you learned about home care in just two years and where do you think this industry is headed? After starting this business, I think what surprised me the most is the number of family members taking care of mom or dad, and doing the best they can until circumstances change to the point where they just can’t do it themselves anymore. With the economy the way it is and jobs being what they are, it is more and more difficult for the grown kids to leave a job to take care of mom or dad – but that’s exactly what they are doing. With 10,000 baby boomers retiring every day, this business really has nowhere to go but up. The fact that our completion has grown fourfold in two years is proof of that.

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WHAT’S INSIDE Village Board meeting............6 Children’s clothing sale..........7 Life 5..........................................9 In Their Life..............................11 Broncos football.....................17

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Barrington High School senior Maggie Quinn earned first place at the Barrington Idol talent competition held Sept. 17. She sang “Stay” by Rihanna, a song Quinn said she sings for fun nearly every day.

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talented tradition Voters choose among 12 acts to crown next Barrington Idol By TARAH THORNE arrington Idol is a tradition unlike any other, and Maggie Quinn is glad she gave the talent competition a shot this year. “I tried out my freshman year and didn’t decide to try out again this year until the day of auditions,” said Quinn, a senior at Barrington High School. Quinn took first place in the 12-act musical competition with her rendition of “Stay” by pop star Rihanna. The competition, held Sept. 17, was hosted by the BHS choir board and stage operations were aided by a student production team. Winners were chosen by audience vote and the top three performers received iTunes gift cards. More than 150 audience members placed their votes after viewing a broad range of performances that included solos, duets, acoustic guitar, piano and track-based acts. Abbey Cerek took second place with her soul ballad performance of “One and Only” by British singer Adele, and a duo of “Skinny Love” by another British sensation, Birdy, landed Sarah Cullen and Denny Dee in third place. Last year’s Barrington Idol winner, sophomore JT Snyder, shocked the crowd with his surprise guest perfor-


mance of “Don’t You Worry Child” by Swedish House Mafia. Fans were reaching out onto the stage, hoping for a high-five as Snyder raced back and forth during his performance. “The more fun I have performing, the more fun the audience has,” Snyder said. Sophomores Teegan Shultz, Jason Ramel and Cassady Parquette attended the show to support their friends and classmates. Shultz and Parquette had never been to a Barrington Idol show before and said they were excited to see the hidden talent their peers had. Ramel has attended previous years’ events and said he enjoyed the interactive experience where performers give the final performances “their all” and “do their very best” to win votes from the audience – just like the TV show “American Idol.” Other notable performances were Aiden Fox’s danceheavy rendition of “Footloose,” Nick Witer’s acoustic guitar rendition of “Hallelujah,” Charlotte Elo and Emily Leontyev’s mixed duo of “Ra-

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ABOVE: During the Barrington Idol talent competition, Bruno Lima performed “The Sound of Silence,” originally performed by Simon & Garfunkel. INSET: Patrick Andriesen had the crowd singing along to his solo acoustic rendition of “Ho Hey” by the Lumineers. dioactive” and “Pumped Up Kicks,” Lizzy Sohn and Adam Velleur’s ironic piano/guitar duet of “Two is Better Than One,” Clare McLaughlin’s performance of Christina Aguilera’s “Hurt,” Jon Carter with an energetic “Best Song Ever,” Bruno Lima with an acoustic guitar version of “The Sound of Silence,” and Barrington-based, four-person band “Fear of Falling,” who performed a rock medley. Maty Bauer, choir board vice president, said that Barrington Idol was the board’s first big event of the year and it aimed to appeal to a broad

audience, selecting acts that would appeal to the greater community. Barrington Idol did just that. An audience of all ages filled the high school auditorium from start to finish – students, parents, grandparents, siblings and staff members shouted out well-wishes to their favorite performers. A “Fear of Falling” band member’s mother, Melissa McCaulley, attended the competition for the first time with her daughter, Kate Maccaulley. “Max (McCaulley’s son) has been in a band for a while, but it’s neat that they

all decided to do this show together,” she said. Barrington High School choir director Nancie Tobison who started the Barrington Idol competition nearly 10 years ago, plans to retire at the end of this year. Tobison said that the competition is a fun way to begin her final year of teaching as she can watch her students showcase their talent in new ways. “It gives a whole different group a chance to stand out,” Tobison said. “I’ve seen the people who get leads in the musicals, but here, they’re rock and roll stars.”


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Village to consider video gaming options Allowing for a one-year, temporary license is among the board’s options By TARAH THORNE BARRINGTON – After a second call for public video gaming feedback Monday evening, the Barrington Village Board may postpone its decision on whether to allow video gaming until it hears from more village residents. When the Illinois Video Gaming Act was passed in 2009 allowing restaurants and bars with restricted areas for patrons 21 and older to have up to five video gaming terminals, the village of Barrington passed an ordinance banning the machines within its boundaries. “There was no infrastructure at the time,” said Steve

Miller, former village trustee. “We were afraid things would get crazy and made the decision to opt out as a starting point until we saw video gaming was being regulated elsewhere in a sound order.” Video gaming is growing in surrounding communities such as Fox River Grove, Hoffman Estates and East Dundee. These video game terminals allow patrons to play games in return for possible free games or cash credits. The Illinois Gaming Board regulates the machines. Rick Heidner of Glendale Heights-based Gold Rush Amusements said that his company has had no problems with operating its machines in surrounding communities.

Heidner said the video gaming business saves bars and restaurants from having a hard time financially. According to the IGB website, more than 700 Illinois municipalities allow video gaming. A 30 percent tax on the net income generated by each machine is distributed to the state’s capital projects fund, with local governments receiving one-sixth of that tax. Villa Park resident Kathy Gilroy has been outspoken against video gaming. Gilroy said she has spoken to officials from more than 30 surrounding communities, urging them to maintain a ban on video gambling. “Gambling cafés come into

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Street Grill & Sports Bar in Barrington asked the board to weigh their options over the next year and give Barrington businesses an opportunity to have video gaming, even if just temporarily. When the board began asking for public opinion at its Sept. 9 meeting, a tentative decision was to be made by Oct. 14. Darch said Monday that she plans to look into the idea of a one-year temporary license and will talk to the board’s committee of the whole on Oct. 7 to see if any more information is needed before a decision is made. Comments can be sent to the village of Barrington through its “contact us” page at

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By TRACY GRUEN Barrington Life contributor BARRINGTON – What started as a way to sell her children’s clothes that didn’t fit anymore is now a popular community sale that includes about 375 consigners. Jenny Welsh started Growing Cents of Style, a seasonal children’s consignment sale, after hearing from moms who found it challenging to sell clothing through other means. “They are moms whose children have outgrown their items, and they are looking to make money back on the items,” Welsh said about the majority of her consigners. “It’s a great alternative to something like eBay.” The 16th Growing Cents of Style sale will be held Sept. 28 and 29 at 22 N. 102 Pepper Road in Lake Barrington, adjacent to Tree Time Christmas Creations. At the sale, people can find designer and boutique-quality clothes for their children, strollers, a wide variety of toys, and more. The sale helps to support three good local causes: research of a disease that a local child is suffering from, a medical trust for another local sick child, and WINGS, which operates shelters locally for women and children.

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At the upcoming Growing Cents of Style children’s consignment sale, parents can find designer and boutique-quality clothes, strollers, toys and more. The sale will be held Sept. 28 and 29 in Lake Barrington. Proceeds benefit medical research and a local women and children’s shelter. Welsh said the event also has a special night for new moms to shop the night before the sale is open to the public. “It’s one of my favorite nights,” Welsh said. She said she can remember one woman who came in who was grateful to buy a stroller, Pack ’n Play and a

bouncy seat for a good price. Walsh said the woman didn’t have any family in the area or a baby shower, so she was happy to buy high-quality items at an affordable price. Suzanne Speichinger of Barrington has been participating in the Growing Cents of Style sale since the beginning. “I’ve watched it evolve,” Spe-

ichinger said. “It’s a massive, successful business.” Speichinger said she loves knowing that other families are excited to buy and use her items. “I think what makes this so special is that it is a 100 percent targeted environment for people who are looking for items especially for their kids,” Speichinger said, adding that it’s different from holding a garage sale where random people are trying to bargain with her. Speichinger has participated in several of the Growing Cents of Style sales. “I’ve been super successful,” she shared. Welsh said that the consigners make 70 percent on their sales and if they volunteer to help at the event, they take away 80 percent. She said consigners have mentioned that it’s a better profit than they would make if they took their items to a consignment store. The Pampered Chef and other vendors will be featured at the sale, as well as designer handbags, providing a little something special for the women shoppers as well. Welsh’s twin daughters also will hold a book sale to benefit a local ill child.

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RIGHT: A line forms for burgers outside Mago Girll & Cantina during Saturday’s Harvest Musical Festival at the Arboretum of South Barrington. BELOW: HiFi Superstar performs.

ABOVE: A hamburger is removed from Ruth’s Chris Steak House’s outdoor grill during Saturday’s festival. RIGHT: Unplugged performs.

FREE FUN AT FEST Photos by Jeff Krage for Shaw Media The Harvest Musical Festival brought free entertainment to the Arboretum of South Barrington on Saturday to welcome the change of seasons. Headlining act Maggie Speaks played from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and two opening acts, 7th Heaven Unplugged and HiFi Superstar, set the stage for a fun evening. Seasonal

craft beer and original Arboretum restaurant bites were available for purchase, as well as $5 tickets to a special burger tasting. Restaurants such as Cooper’s Hawk and Pinstripes participated in the Burger Bash, where guests received “Burger Booklets” and placed their vote for the shopping center’s winner.


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WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29 WHERE: Crabtree Nature Center, 3 Stover Road in Barrington Hills COST & INFO: The Forest Preserves of Cook County and the Barrington Cultural Arts Center invite guests to come watch 50 artists paint alongside scenic nature trails at the fourth annual Art in Nature event. This is a free event that includes children’s crafts, food and live music, as well as watercolor painting and drawing lessons. Call Crabtree Nature Center at 847-381-6592 for more information.



WHEN: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28 WHERE: Willow Creek Community Church, 67 E. Algonquin Road in South Barrington COST & INFO: This event challenges participants through a muddy course that includes mud pits, mud slides, swamps, tunnel crawls, climbing walls, slippery hill climbs and more. The heats race every half hour beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 11 a.m. Adult registration, on-site at 8 a.m., includes a timing chip, bib, official race shirt and after-race food. 5K registration is $70 before race day and $80 the day of. The children’s mini-mud run fee is $20; $30 on race day. Visit www.eatdirtmudrun. com to register or find more information.

ART IN THE BARN WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, and Sunday, Sept. 29 WHERE: Grounds of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, 450 West Highway 22, Barrington COST & INFO: Juried fine arts show with more than 150 artists displaying their work. All art is for sale. Also, children’s art activities, pony rides, food, and continuous entertainment. Admission is $5. Children under 12 are free. No pets please. (Photo above courtesy of



WHEN: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 28 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 29. A shop-and-stock charity presale will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 27, but only a limited number of tickets are available. WHERE: 22n102 Pepper Road, Lake Barrington COST & INFO: Free admittance. Cash, Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express accepted; no checks. Bring your own bags. Visit for more information.



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What do you aspire to be when you grow up? Do you plan to continue dancing?


When I grow older, I want to study dance and business in college. I would like to start my own dance studio and train amazing dancers just like my teacher, Missy Ridgeway, does.

After being named the National Elite dancer within the junior division of the National Dance Competition held July 6 in Las Vegas, Barrington eighth-grader Morgan Clune has said this is just the beginning of what she hopes is her lifelong dance career. Clune, who practices dance 16 to 40 hours a week in Carol Stream, competed with 140 national dancers. She conquered four elimination rounds during the national competition, first being selected to be in a group of the final 60, final 15, top three, and ultimately, the national champion in the junior division. Barrington Life asked Clune about her dance experience, dedicated lifestyle and goals for the future. How long have you been dancing? What types of dance? Do you have a favorite type? I have been dancing for 11 years, since I was 2 years old. I have done all types of dance, such as ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap and hiphop. My favorite is contemporary dance because I usually get to express a story within it. I also love jazz.

Do you dance at Station Middle School? How do you balance dancing 16 to 40 hours per week with your school life? I do not dance at Station Middle School. I just focus on my dance company called Perseverance in Carol Stream. Throughout the school year, it gets difficult, but I have learned to be very organized to be able to keep up with my schoolwork. I usually go straight to dance from school, which gives me about 30 minutes of homework time in the car because

Would you like to compete nationally again? What did you learn from this competition in Las Vegas? I would love to compete nationally again, and I plan on doing so next summer, in July. The main thing I learned and experienced while I was there was that you can achieve anything you put your mind to. I never would have done it if I didn’t tell myself I could do it. Confidence is a big factor in this situation.

Who are your biggest fans?

I need to eat before dance. I have a study hall, which I use to my advantage, getting as much as I can done so I won’t need to do it later.

What was it like traveling to Las Vegas to compete? Were you nervous? Had you competed at this scale before? It was great being able to travel to Las Vegas for a national competition! I was a little nervous knowing what I had ahead of me, with an audition and competition scaling out my end result. I was used to the competitiveness from regional competitions throughout the year, but this one was the next step up.

What were the interviews and impromptu performances like? What did you do for your solo dance? How long had you practiced? In the auditions, I really had to focus and knew I could not let my mind drift off onto

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Station Middle School student Morgan Clune has embraced dancing for 11 years. She achieved one of her goals when she was named the National Elite Dancer for the junior division of the National Dance Competition held July 6 in Las Vegas. anything else. This was my chance. We learned a short ballet combo and jazz combo, which we performed in front of a judges panel consisting of five judges. They were all randomly selected and sat there watching and studying each dancer. The scores from this audition subtotaled with the dancer’s solo performance score. I competed a contemporary solo to “Sad Eyes” by Robert John. This dance was choreographed by my teachers, Destini Rogers and Missy Ridgeway. I learned this piece in about two to three days

and worked on it for about 10 months.

What do you like to do outside of dance? Do you have any other hobbies or sport interests? Outside of dance, I like to be around my friends or read a good book. I am also interested in fashion.

Did you grow up in Barrington? What is your favorite thing to do here when you are not dancing? I was born in Scottsdale, Ariz., in 2000. We moved

My biggest fans would be my mom, dad and two sisters, Madison and Mackenzie. They are always there supporting me, and if they aren’t there in person, they are in spirit or behind a screen. I also couldn’t have done it without the support of Missy Ridgeway, my dance teacher and owner of Perseverance Dance Company in Carol Stream. She is more than a teacher to me and has helped me grow as a dancer and person. She always inspires me to keep going, or in better words, to persevere.

What does being an elite dancer mean to you? Being a National Elite Dancer means so much to me, knowing that I have accomplished a huge goal that I have always wanted to achieve. In addition, it boosts my confidence knowing that I can do whatever I put my mind to. There are bigger and better things out there that I want to do. This is just the beginning.


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8NEWS BRIEFS D-220 approves 2013-14 budget BARRINGTON – The Barrington 220 Board of Education has approved a budget where projected expenses for the current school year would be less than anticipated income. The financial plan, approved by the board Sept. 17, calls for the district’s fund balance to remain just under $50 million, representing 38 percent of the $129.6 million in budgeted revenues. The district said the reserve funds are necessary because of potential decreases in state and federal funding, changes in the economy, and to help pay for future facility repairs. Additionally, the board allocated $1 million for instructional technology improvements in the coming year and said it will adjust the budget when it completes negotiations with the Barrington School District Employee Organization. Thomas Banfield, chairman of the members’ advisory committee of The Garlands retirement community in Barrington, made a presentation to the school board on the same day. Banfield said that one in seven Barrington households has suffered unemployment or underemployment in recent years, yet the school district continues to keep property taxes high. “In the interest of equity, especially for the 60 percent of citizens who have no children in the schools, we ask that District 220 stay below the rate of inflation,” Banfield said.

Barrington grad awarded Presidential Scholarship NAPERVILLE – North Central College has announced that a Barrington resident will be the recipient of a Presidential Scholarship, awarded to academically talented and highly motivated students. Robert Oberschneider, a North Central freshman and Barrington High School graduate, began his college studies majoring in English writing. This scholarship is the top merit-based scholarship at North Central College of Naperville

and is offered to fewer than 15 percent of the incoming class. The scholarship is based on a combination of a student’s high school grade-point average from core academic classes and ACT/ SAT test scores. It is renewable for up to four years.

‘Divergent’ author to appear in Barrington BARRINGTON – Barrington High School alumna Veronica Roth has published and sold the film rights to her first New York Times best-selling novel, “Divergent.” In an Alumni Legends event to be hosted by the Barrington 220 Educational Foundation, Roth will come home to Barrington to share her story. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, in the Barrington High School auditorium. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at The Foundation is offering an additional opportunity to join Roth for dinner at Francesca’s Famiglia restaurant before her BHS appearance for $100. Dinner guests will receive an autographed book and admittance to the BHS event. “Divergent,” released in May 2011, was the first of a now three-part book series by the 2006 BHS graduate. “Insurgent” was released in May 2012 and “Allegiant” is set to debut on Oct. 22. Visit www. veronicarothbooks.blogspot. com for more information.

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Rose school to host family fundraiser SOUTH BARRINGTON – Barbara B. Rose Elementary School will be holding its annual Family Fun Night from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 27 in the school’s gym at 61 W. Penny Road. Families are invited to experience inflatables, old-fashioned carnival games, food and more. This year, a silent auction will be held online and funds raised from the auction will be used for enrichment programs, school events and education equipment. Visit www. for online bidding and event tickets.

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Hospital introduces lifelike manikin at ‘baby shower’ By JIM DALLKE BARRINGTON – The staff at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital last week attended a “baby shower” for Noelle, the hospital’s first manikin designed to simulate the birthing process. The Barrington hospital acquired Noelle in August. She is one of three high-fidelity manikins in the hospital’s simulation lab, which allows nurses and physicians to practice real-life scenarios on mechanical bodies. Noelle simulates the experience of shoulder dystocia, postpartum hemorrhage and emergency C-section, as well as basic delivery. The hospital – which paid more than $100,000 for Noelle and her baby – already has seen the benefits of the manikins. “One piece of feedback I got from a staff member was that their favorite part was the baby because they felt like it finally pulled it together,” said Gwen Wilke, clinical educator and simulation lab coordinator at Advocate Good Shepherd. “It was a real scenario rather than just a discussion. They had to see what

was going on and how they would react. I think we’re very blessed to have this.” Wilke can download an experience, such as an emergency C-section, and program the manikin to perform it. If the physician performs the procedure incorrectly, the desired outcome won’t happen. “You can really analyze what went well and what didn’t,” Wilke said. “And we’ve actually made changes in our processes based on these simulations.” The simulation lab was decorated with balloons Friday, and staff members even had a “name the baby” contest. Noelle was “registered” at the medical supply department in the hospital, and some people brought items that the lab needed. The lab had the look and feel of a real baby shower, but the day was meant for hospital staff members to come in and see Noelle in action. “This is really exciting for us,” said Mariann Hisel, clinical educator at Advocate Good Shepherd. “For us to be able to train with our own physicians as a team, here together, on how we do things, it’s much better.”

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Local family raises $70,000 for ALS research Paul Launer was diagnosed in 2011 with Lou Gehrig’s disease By STEPHANIE KOHL Barrington Life contributor BARRINGTON – With the help of the Barrington community, Paul Launer’s Iron Horse Brigade will contribute more than $70,000 to aid ALS research. Launer, a Barrington resident, was diagnosed with ALS in June 2011. As of Sept. 22, the team had raised $35,070. With a matching donation from the Foglia Family Foundation, the Iron Horse Brigade will contribute $70,140 toward finding a cure for ALS. More than 170 walkers registered with the team to walk in the Les Turner ALS

Walk4Life in Chicago on Sept. 22. An additional 20 people showed up just to show their support of the team. “I’m not just surprised, I’m shocked,” said Kris Launer, Paul’s wife. “There’s just such an outpouring of love and support.” Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly called Lou Gehrig’s disease, affects motor neurons. As the illness affects the body, motor neurons stop working and muscles weaken. Mobility becomes nearly impossible, and the ability to speak disappears. While every case is different,

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Aubrey, 11 (left) and Sarah, 9 (right) traveled to North Barrington School with their father, Paul Launer, to share their family’s story with classmates. Aubrey said she had a great time talking to her school about ALS, commonly called Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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• LAUNER Continued from page 14 ALS claims the life of the majority of patients three to five years after they are diagnosed. There is no cure. Vince Foglia, of the Foglia Family Foundation, has gained a greater knowledge of ALS in recent years. He is friends with Bob Lee of Barrington, who is active in several charities, and has ridden more than 12,000 miles across the country on his bike to raise money for cancer, ALS and hospice. He is on the board at the Les Turner Foundation. Foglia and his wife, Pat, were introduced to the Launer family by Lee, and the two were so impressed with the family’s dedication to finding a cure for ALS they pledged to match, dollar for dollar, funds raised by the Iron Horse Brigade, up to $20,000. And when the team reached their $20,000 goal several days in advance of the walk, the Foglia Family Foundation agreed to keep matching funds through the day of the walk. “This ALS thing bothers me,” Foglia said. “... I decided to join in just to help out. When it gets personal, it’s easy to give.” The Launers have received support

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Paul Launer’s daughter Aubrey is in fifth grade at North Barrington School. The Launer family spent an entire day sharing their story with everyone in the building. from throughout the Barrington community, including North Barrington Elementary School, where the couple’s two daughters, Aubrey, 11, and Sarah, 9, go to school. The school donated the proceeds of its annual Car Wash – $3,268.27 – to the Iron Horse Brigade. “We decided this year, we would donate the money to ALS fundraising,” Principal Diane Wood said. “We’ve known the Launers since they’ve been in kindergarten. Paul and Kris have always been very active volunteers.

They’re friends... They’re part of our NBS community.” On the day of the car wash, some North Barrington School families were already committed to the Tower Lakes communitywide garage sale, but still wanted to contribute to the Iron Horse Brigade. In fact, Wood said several children held lemonade stands during the garage sale and donated the money to the team. A group of boys donated $242.50 and a group of girls donated $112,

Wood said. Wood said part of what made the contributions of North Barrington School even more special is that the Launer family spent an entire day at the school, sharing their story with everyone in the building. The family made several presentations throughout the day to each grade level. “All the different classes had their eyes on me so I was nervous, but I was really, really excited,” said Aubrey, who is in fifth grade at the school. Aubrey said she had a great time talking to her school about her father and her family’s journey with ALS. “It makes me feel like my school really cares about me, my sister and my parents,” she said. “... I feel like my school is definitely trying to support us and I’m so glad [for] everything [they are doing].” Sarah said it was nice to share her family’s story with her classmates and she likes that now her friends have a better understanding of what is going on with her family. “I just felt great having my classmates and my entire school’s support,” said Sarah, a fourth-grader at the school. “It makes me feel like they actually really care. I know now that they all really care.”

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The first resident centenarian at The Garlands of Barrington, Betty Catlin, celebrated her 100th birthday on Sept. 19 with cake, friends and a barbershop quartet serenade. She was all smiles as she greeted her many birthday guests at The Garlands. As a mother to six, grandmother to 10 and great-grandmother to 14, Mrs. Catlin has lived a full and lively 100 years. She said she never dreamed she’d live to celebrate this milestone birthday. I asked her whether there is one most valuable lesson she has learned in life that she’d be willing to share. She says her secret is simple. “Whatever you have to put up with,

find something positive about it. My husband developed Alzheimer’s when he was in his late 60s, and that was pretty hard to take. But I kept telling myself he’s not suffering. He was perfectly happy, so there was something good even about that. If you look hard enough, you’ll find something good in every situation, and that’s the thing to do.” With that, Mrs. Catlin politely excused herself, but not without first adding this last thought about the past 11 years she’s been living at The Garlands. “Living here is a wonderful thing when you get past a certain age and you have times when you need a little help with something very simple but you can’t do it yourself. All you have to do is pick up the telephone and somebody will be there to help you. It really is a wonderful place to live.”

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Barrington, Schaumburg winner to sit atop Mid-Suburban West Conference By DAN VASKO Barrington Life contributor The Barrington Broncos (4-0) have been nothing short of excellent four games into the 2013 season, but this week they will face their toughest opponent in Schaumburg (also 4-0). It will be a battle for first place in the Mid-Suburban West Conference. Come Friday night, only one team will remain unbeaten. The Broncos and Saxons are a matchup of two very similar teams. Schaumburg presents a dual threat at quarterback with Stacey Smith recording more than 200 yards on the ground last week. It will certainly be a test for the Bronco defense, which has been stellar against the run so far. It will take a full team effort – on special teams, offense and defense – if Barrington ex-

pects to improve to 5-0. “We gotta keep getting better because if you want to compete in the west, you gotta have all three phases,” Broncos head coach Joe Sanchez said. The two teams have one common opponent on their schedule so far. Barrington beat Prospect, 27-14, in week two. Schaumburg beat Prospect last week, 34-13. The Broncos will look to prepare much like they have all season, planning against the read-option, Sanchez said. With the Barrington offense being so similar to Schaumburg, the Broncos’ defense shouldn’t be too surprised at what they see this week, but it will require a consistent effort and focus to get the job done. It would be very easy for a team with an undefeated record to celebrate its recent

success. However, Sanchez stresses that these players understand the team focus, which is on this week and this week only. “For us, it’s just a singular focus and that’s all we try to do is to give ourselves an opportunity to be 1-0 with a great week of practice at the end of every Friday night,” Sanchez said. “With our guys, I know they buy into that message and they understand that message.” The focus seems to be loud and clear among the players as they try to avoid complacency and continue to improve. “We have to keep practicing hard and we have to keep focus,” junior receiver Scotty Miller said. “Every week we have to be 1-0. That’s our goal.” Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Friday in Schaumburg.

Broncos shut out Buffalo Grove BUFFALO GROVE – It was senior night for the Buffalo Grove Bison, but it was a junior for Barrington, receiver Scotty Miller, who would make the biggest impact. In his second year on varsity, Miller played a key role in Barrington’s success as the Broncos beat the Bison, 45-0. It all started with the Broncos’ first play from scrimmage. Quarterback Daniel Kubiuk executed a play-action pass while Miller burned his defender, catching Kubiuk’s pass and taking it 80 yards for a touchdown and an early Broncos’ lead. Just two drives later, Miller returned a Bison’s punt 56 yards for his second score of the first half. Miller wasn’t done just

yet, however. The Broncos got the ball to start the second half, and after a couple of successful runs, Kubiuk again connected on a pass to Miller, who took it 56 yards for his third touchdown. Kubiuk and Miller have been a force to be reckoned with so far this season. “We’re really good friends,” Miller said. “We’ve got really good chemistry…it was really fun working with him ...” With the victory, the Broncos improved to 4-0 on the season, already ahead of last season’s win total (3-6). “Last year wasn’t the norm for Barrington, but this year we’re kind of bringing it back,” Miller said.

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BHS grad new head coach of Loyola hockey By TARAH THORNE BARRINGTON – Grant Riendeau grew up on the ice, and according to those who know him best, he’s not about to leave it anytime soon. After graduating from Barrington High School in 2009, Riendeau went on to play center for Loyola University’s men’s hockey team. At age 22, he accepted the position as the team’s head coach upon his May 2013 graduation. Riendeau said he always has wanted to coach hockey in some form, having frequently coached youth camps with the Chicago Wolves for four years, but it wasn’t until last year that he realized Loyola Hockey needed a makeover of sorts. “Our record was pretty stagnant the whole time I was

on the team,” Riendeau said. “No one was held accountable for what they did or didn’t do.” Loyola Hockey is an American Collegiate Hockey Association Division II and Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association Gold Division team with 12 new players on the roster for the 2013-14 season and roughly 30 scheduled games – 12 of which are at “home” at the Centennial Ice Rink in Wilmette. The season kicked off with a split of a two-game series against Marquette University at home last weekend, and is scheduled to run through the beginning of next year, with playoffs starting in February. Riendeau has two goals – to revamp Loyola’s hockey program and to win. Riendeau said more than half of the team graduated as seniors last

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• LOYOLA Continued from page 18 year and when tryouts were held in late August, he was looking for players with a good attitude and an eagerness to compete. “Attitude makes a strong team,” Riendeau said. “Winning isn’t about who scores or who puts the shots in. It’s about how many players put in effort and work as a unit.” Perhaps Riendeau’s family “unit” philosophy began when he first stepped into skates at age 3. Grant’s father, Russ Riendeau, played hockey through high school and spent a year on a semi-professional team. Russ said that Grant picked up his own love for the sport and would often spend late nights skating under the lights on the pond at their Barrington home. “It was never unusual to

The next home games are scheduled for 9:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, and 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 vs. Robert Morris University at Centenniel Ice Rink, 2300 Old Glenview Road, Wilmette. Tickets can be purchased at the door and range from free to $5. For a complete schedule and more information, visit www. or like the team’s Facebook page, “Loyola University Chicago Hockey Team.” have family Christmas Eve hockey games at midnight,” Russ Riendeau said. Grant’s former high school coach, Steve Sarauer, said Grant is exactly what the Loyola team needs. “[Grant] always stood out as a player,” Sarauer said. “He’s positive and a leader.” When asked if Grant has the strategic mindset needed

to excel in coaching, Sarauer said that Grant Riendeau learned the game quicker and better than most players he coached. Grant Riendeau spent some time traveling to the East Coast to recruit players before the season and when he’s not scheduling games or catering to clients for his secondary job with equipment company Harrow Sports, Riendeau can be found organizing practice drills both on and off the ice – often late into the night. The team meets in Wilmette for 11 p.m. practice twice a week, returning home by 1 a.m. This schedule allows the team to attend all daily classes and finish academic work before practice. Additional office strength and conditioning sessions are held on campus twice a week and games run back-to-back on weekend evenings.

“There’s zero fan perception of collegiate hockey in Chicago, and I want to change that. I want to make Loyola Hockey the official collegiate hockey team of Chicago.” Grant Riendeau Loyola University’s new men’s hockey coach Riendeau said he likes to keep practice drills simple for the beginning of the season, and the first few games will be a good test to see where the team stands. “Everyone’s still getting to know each other,” Riendeau said. “I don’t want to make anything too complicated just yet.” As for an ultimate aspiration, Riendeau would like to see Loyola hockey through its journey of becoming an American Collegiate Hockey Association Division I team. “I want to see where this year goes and continue to

grow the program,” Riendeau said. “In order to apply for Division I recognition, we would have to hold a record above .500 for at least three years.” Riendeau said that the players had different attitudes last year, as did he, and now the team understands where he’s coming from and what he’s trying to accomplish. “There’s zero fan perception of collegiate hockey in Chicago, and I want to change that,” Riendeau said. “I want to make Loyola Hockey the official collegiate hockey team of Chicago.”


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For all the experts and handicappers who saw the Steelers game as the classic trap for the Bears, you were off by a week. At this point in the season, the Steelers just weren’t good enough to beat the Bears, who proved it Sunday night. Plus, the Bears still had plenty to prove on their first road trip of the year to a perennial playoff power. This week is a different story. At 3-0, the Bears have control of the NFC North, have had their way with the Lions for the most part in recent years, and the week after the Lions they return to Soldier Field for what could prove to be their toughest test of the season – a battle of the undefeated with the New Orleans Saints, one of the real powers in the NFC.

Of course, that assumes the Bears stay undefeated, since this Lions game is the classic trap. Matt Stafford is a Pro Bowl quarterback who, after a poor 2012, is playing at a high level again. His 99.9 passer rating is 5 ½ points better than Jay Cutler. Both have six touchdown passes, and Stafford has thrown two interceptions while Cutler has thrown three. Cutler has been slightly more accurate at a 67.3 percent completion rate to Stafford’s 63.6 percent, but the big difference is production. Stafford has thrown more than 100 yards per game more than Cutler with 1,020 passing yards to Cutler’s 693. Stafford is averaging 1.5 yards per pass more than Cutler, and Cutler has completed passes to only five different receivers while Stafford has found 11. The Lions’ offense has been more diverse than the Bears’ and, therefore, tougher to defend. Of course, Calvin Johnson, aka Megatron, is the man you fear the most, and he’s off to a nice start with

17 catches for 268 yards and three touchdowns. Nate Burleson, who has been targeted seven less times but actually has two more catches than Megatron with 19 for 239 yards, is likely out after breaking his arm in a single-car accident earlier this week. Brandon Pettigrew is back from a serious knee injury that ended his 2012 season, and rookie Joseph Fauria already has two touchdowns backing him up at tight end. The big question will be the status of Reggie Bush. With 30 rushes for 115 yards and seven catches for 145 yards and one touchdown in the Lions’ first two games, Bush was held out of the Redskins game in week three with a sore knee. Bush has said he’ll be ready for the Bears, but the Lions’ trainers haven’t agreed to anything yet. Joique Bell has been almost as good in relief of Bush with 34 carries and 119 rushing yards, three touchdowns, and 14 catches for 177 yards. The Lions easily will be the stiffest

test the Bears defense has faced. Defense is again where the Lions are a bit sketchy, but not up front, where Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley are the best defensive tackle duo in the league. Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah, the fifth choice overall in the 2013 draft, already has 2 ½ sacks, and an old friend, Izzy Idonije, along with Willie Young, will bring heat off the ends. The back seven are where teams attack the Lions. While DeAndre Levy and Stephen Tulloch are two of the top three tacklers on the club, they are undersized at linebacker; and Martellus Bennett and Matt Forte could create some mismatches. With Chris Houston on the corner and Louis Delmas and Glover Quin at the safeties, the Lions’ secondary is better but not great. Make no mistake – the Bears are the better of these two teams. But if they don’t bring their “A” game, they could wake up after 60 minutes without knowing what hit them.


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