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Low cost, local entertainment for the kids I’m not a parent, but I can guess that winter break is full of mixed emotions. You’re excited to spend more time with your family – yet, the kids are bouncing off the walls and the last thing you feel like doing is going to a McDonald’s PlayPlace or a Chuck E. Cheese. Well, good thing I’ve got you covered! Ever notice the large, white “Now Showing” sign as you drive down West Main Street in Barrington? I had noticed it plenty of times, but never really knew what it was all about. Until now. The Barrington History Museum at 212 W. Main St. is a hidden gem this time of the year. Calling ahead, you can book a personal tour for your family on virtually any weekday afternoon or on Saturdays, the museum is volunteer-run – meaning two things – entrance costs are low, and staff members love their jobs. Most thrilling, the traveling exhibits

TARAH THORNE Barrington Suburban Life reporter are exceptional. I found myself noseclose to a preserved mammoth tooth and a patch of Ice Age dirt that contains remnants of life from thousands of years ago. But what happens when you leave nearly any entertainment venue these days? Your kids want a souvenir ... and after the kicking and screaming or breaking out the cash – you finally strap them into their carseat. Am I right? Good thing the newly opened Barrington History Museum Store has

dozens of unique take-home trinkets – all reasonably priced. There are toys and books for a couple of bucks, as well as candy for mere cents. Kids or no kids – the Barrington History Museum has truly impressed me as a one-stop shop for winter break entertainment. It would even be a neat place to meet up with neighbors or a nice way to find some thoughtful gifts for friends without battling the shopping mall crowds. You can read my full story on page 12 for additional information on the Barrington Historical Society, its museum, exhibits, store and more. I’ve grown to learn the Barrington community is all about giving back, and while we are often reminded to shop local, I think we tend to forget about adventuring local as well. What better adventure than a time machine?

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SafeHouse Farm Alpacas of Barrington is one of the largest of 34 nationally registered alpaca farms in Illinois. SafeHouse Farm owner Jim Tomaszek told Barrington Suburban Life reporter Tarah Thorne more about the local business.

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There are only about 4 million alpacas in the world – found mostly in Peru, Bolivia and Chile – and 100,000 alpacas in America. We have 50 of the 1,500 alpacas found in Illinois.

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Where do guests travel from? Visitors and those interested in elite breeding stock have come from many places to visit the farm, including China, South America, the UK and Italy. Many U.S. farms have purchased champion alpaca stock from us. We are open to the public several times throughout the year for schools, tour groups, interested organizations and our annual Farm Day in October.

Why is Barrington such a good place for these animals? Barrington is a rural community where horses and other livestock grazing on acreage is a common sight. SafeHouse Farm sits on six acres next to the 600-acre Cuba Marsh Forest Preserve. Alpacas need to be fed twice a day, and their waste is recycled for gardens.

How would you describe the nature of an alpaca? Alpacas are herd animals, preferring to graze as a herd. They are not suited as house or backyard pets. They are one of the safest livestock for children to be around. Alpacas have an 11.5-month gestation period and produce the finest, strongest and most durable natural fiber in the world.

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SafeHouse Farm volunteer and alpaca owner Linda McGill (right) visited with farm owners Jim and Karen Tomaszek during the farm’s annual National Alpaca Farm Days in late September.

What are your plans for the farm? We plan on continuing to breed for elite (uniform, fine, long) fiber but remain a small breeder. We have also just opened a retail shop for alpaca items called The Old Alpaca Shoppe at Safehouse Farm. It features a wonderful collection of naturally elegant clothing and gift items including hats, socks, scarves, sweaters, gloves, blankets and rugs, as well as lusciously soft skeins of yarn spun from our very own alpacas. The Shoppe is open from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday; or by appointment by calling Linda at 847-209-5513. For information, visit

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Father-son team helps charities BHS alum awarded scholarship, $500 for Walk On Farm video project By TARAH THORNE BARRINGTON – Longtime Barrington resident photographer Thomas Balsamo has always had a few goals – to educate, inspire and make a positive impact on the world around him. Now, Balsamo is reveling in the recent achievements of his 19-year-old son, Wade. “My advice for youth is to find their gifts, passions and talents, then develop them and give them away – give your life meaning,” Thomas Balsamo said. On Dec. 2, Wade Balsamo, a Barrington High School alum and freshman at North Central College of Naperville, was awarded with a $1,000 academic scholarship from Cynthia Kay and Co. – a media production and communications firm based out of Grand Rapids, Mich. Wade Balsamo won the C.K. and Co.’s first scholarship contest with his short film about Walk On Farm of Barrington – a philanthropic organization established in 2006 to provide equine-assisted activities to people with physical, cognitive, social and emotional disabilities. Subsequently, Wade Balsamo earned $500 for Walk On Farm to use in the coming year. Wade Balsamo said he has been working with his father, Thomas, to develop his passion for production, documentaries and short films for quite some time, and applied for the scholarship contest when it began June 3. “I was thrilled to potentially win some money for Walk On and get my video seen, spreading the word of all the great things this organization does,” Wade Balsamo said. Wade Balsamo said his motivation to win the contest was more about Walk On Farm and less about the scholarship money. “Walk On is purely donation-based, and I knew they would really benefit from the win,” Wade Balsamo said. Michael Krampe of C.K. and Co. said the video schol-

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Thomas Balsamo (left) has started a philanthropic production company called World Touch Productions. Balsamo’s 19-year-old son, Wade (right), enjoys helping his father with the audio and editing aspects of these productions. Most recently, Wade Balsamo earned a $1,000 academic scholarship for his short film about Walk On Farm. BELOW: Walk On Farm provides equine therapy for disabled persons as young as 3. Leo Milik (left) was born with autism, and his family says Walk On Farm helped him develop self-confidence through horseback riding.

arship contest was a way for the firm to engage with the next generation of video producers. “It was a way to generate more interest into the production field, plus we were able to check out the upcoming talent,” Krampe said. More than 20 students applied for the scholarship, and Wade Balsamo was chosen from three finalists. Applicants had to create a two-minute video showcasing a nonprofit organization and include many professional production elements. Krampe said Wade Balsa-

mo’s video captured a lot of emotion, was edited well, and included shots that were set up professionally. The winning piece, called “Walk On Farm Equine Assisted Activities for People with Disabilities,” can be viewed on YouTube. The short film features an interview with Barrington resident Maria Milik, who discusses her son Leo’s experience with autism and the success he has had with equine therapy. “My doctor said Leo would not lead a productive life. He told me to have another child because Leo may never talk

or walk properly,” Milik said. “My son now rides. He has a lot of self-confidence, and I have no doubt Leo will have a successful life.” Milik said previous forms of therapy did not help her son’s autism, and she attributes all of his physical and mental accomplishments to Walk On Farm. Walk On Farm instructors use therapy horses and ponies to help riders with a range of disabilities, such as autism, spina bifida, head trauma and other degenerative diseases. Ramps, special lifts and mounting blocks are used to make rides comfortable. Therapy sessions last six to 14 weeks and can be done in a private, semi-private or group setting. The riding center, located at 26665 W. Cuba Road in Barrington, has served children as young as 3 and even seniors experiencing Alzheimer’s disease. The Walk On Farm organization has become popular, with more than 50 participants and a waiting list. Meanwhile, Thomas and Wade Balsamo have said they will continue to work on philanthropic videos and doc-

umentaries as part of World Touch Productions – Thomas Balsamo’s newest extension of his Barrington photography business, “Portraits by Thomas.” World Touch Productions will use short films and books to educate and inspire others, Thomas Balsamo said. The production crew most recently worked on a commercial series for the Community Church of Barrington, which is playing during the Catlow Theater’s holiday matinee of A Christmas Story at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21. Thomas Balsamo said he also is working on a piece for GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Centers to premiere at the nonprofit’s March gala. “I have an initiative to keep working hard to help corporations take ownership of a good cause and bring about a positive change,” Thomas Balsamo said, adding that his son will continue to help out when he is home from school. “Wade is really talented with audio and editing,” Thomas Balsamo said. “I love working with him. We have a great synergy together.”

Food plates were at each table during Saturday’s “Sugar Plum Fairy” Holiday Tea at The Garlands of Barrington.

The Garlands hosts holiday tea event By TARAH THORNE


“Sugar Plum Fairy” Holiday Tea was held Saturday, Dec. 14, in the Robie Lounge of the Garlands of Barrington, 1000 Garlands Lane. The ballet performance was presented in two seatings – one of which sold out all 40 seats. Amy Hodgson of the Garlands sales team said the holiday teas have been a tradition for many years, but this year was the first “Sugar Plum Fairy” show in a number of years. “It’s a great tradition that hits all generations,” Franceska Karasinski of Barrington performs during Saturday’s “Sugar Plum Fairy” Holiday Tea at The Garlands of Barrington. She is a member Hodgson said. “It’s fun for of the Midwest Dance Collective. our member residents and their families and grandchildren.” The afternoon tea included light sandwiches, mini-pastries, scones and lemon curd. The Garlands of Barrington is a resort-like living community for people ages 55 and older. Another holiday event, “Celebrate the Season,” will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20, providing an opportunity to meet neighbors, tour the GarMidwest Dance Collective ballet dancers (left to right) Ashley Chitwood, Ella lands community, taste Graham and Franceska Karasinski, all of Barrington, talk with ladies after their festive treats, enjoy a hot performance. LEFT: Ladies enjoy Saturday’s holiday tea event. cocoa, and learn more about the Garlands lifePhotos by Jeff Krage – For Shaw Media style.

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Is Your Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Colitis or Crohn’s Disease Getting Worse? Feel Confined To Your Own Home Because Of It? What you are about to read will annoy and aggravate you. It may even turn your stomach. You see, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Colitis, and Crohn’s are reaching epidemic levels of misdiagnosis and mistreatment is rampant. If you suffer from these conditions and don’t know the information, I’m about to reveal to you, you may be setting yourself up for a life of constant pain, suffering, disability and misery. Most doctors have no clue when it comes to IBS, Colitis, and Crohn’s! What’s that? You don’t believe me? These doctors are all trained and know what they are doing. But when it comes to these digestive problems they lack the knowledge and understanding to properly treat this horrible condition. Most of you haven’t improved a whole lot or you wouldn’t be reading this article. I’ll actually tell you exactly what you’ve been going through. I call it “The Digestive dysfunctional loop of crazy.” First, you went to your practitioner, the guy who you HMO made you see because he’s on the list. Anyway, you told him you had constant, unrelenting diarrhea or constipation, constant episodes of gas, fullness and bloating, horrible heartburn, and stomach pain that won’t go away... Especially showing up at the most inopportune times, leading you to wonder if it’s even safe to leave the house and disrupting your daily schedule. You can’t even go about your life because it’s completely getting in the way. You can’t even enjoy the simple things in life anymore, like playing with your children or grandchildren. Getting out of bed everyday is an unbelievable challenge. Life has become unbearable and your schedule has been completely altered. Your GP does a 5 minute exam. • NEGATIVE. Abdominal CT scan or MRI • NEGATIVE. Does a few blood tests • NEGATIVE. Maybe even a Colonoscopy • NEGATIVE. Then he tells you he’s done all he can do, you’re gonna have to learn to live with it. You do what he says and guess what? It doesn’t work, it actually get worse. So you go back, again and again and your GP gives you different drugs, trial and error style. This time it’s a depression or anexiety medication, merely just chasing after an end result of the gastrointestinal problem. (Lot’s of side effects.) After he’s exhausted his list of “wonder drugs” he tells you it’s all in your head and sends you to a psychiatrist for other opinions. They’ve put you through months, if not years of grueling tests and issue drugs with horrible side effects. You’re scared, so you do what they tell you to do. We’ve heard it hundreds of times. All the drugs are making things worse. Destroying your liver. Destroying your stomach. Now you hear about some IBS surgery where they literally just take out the part of your intestines. Look, the truth is the doctors you are seeing are excellent, just not for

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Adelante Academy readies area Hispanic students for higher education By STEPHANIE KOHL Barrington Suburban Life contributor BARRINGTON – As a Barrington High School student, Brenda Padilla was not really motivated to enroll in college. And then the Carpentersville resident became part of the Adelante Academy. The free, four-week program was started last summer in partnership with Harper College. Barrington High School officials identify Hispanic students who they think could get a boost on college academics and help them avoid having to take noncredit classes and invite them to apply for the Adelante Academy. “I actually wasn’t going to [participate in the academy] because I thought it would be a waste of time,” Padilla said. “But instead, it motivated me.” “Adelante” is Spanish for

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Six Adelante scholarships were awarded during a ceremony at Sunny Hill Elementary on Oct. 18. Pictured are Rosa Maria Arreola (from left), Karla Dionicio, Jessica Mendez, President of Harper College Kenneth Ender, Motorola representative Tony Lopez, Fernando Silva, Daniel Nevarez and Brenda Padilla. “forward.” “Nationally, if you look at the data, you will see a trend of Hispanic students not performing at grade level, so this fast-tracks them,” said Cindy

Jaskowiak, assistant superintendent for educational programs and assessment at Barrington High School. Adelante Academy is held over the summer on

the Harper College campus. Last summer, students were able to choose a field of study from chemistry, graphic arts or computer programming. Students then worked with a

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WHEN: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 20 WHERE: Barrington Area Library Story Room, 505 N. Northwest Highway, Barrington COST & INFO: Free craft for children ages 2 to 5 with caregiver. Materials will be provided. Guest can attend on a drop-in basis, while supplies last. For information, contact the Youth Services Department at 847-382-1300.

‘A CHRISTMAS STORY,’ MATINEE WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21 WHERE: Catlow Theater, 116 W. Main St., Barrington COST & INFO: Tickets are $5 and will be sold up to one hour prior to movie, at the door. “A Christmas Story” is part of a Catlow Christmas Matinee Series sponsored by the Community Church of Barrington. For information, call 847-381-0777.



WHEN: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20 WHERE: La Citadelle Art, The Arboretum of South Barrington, 100 W. Higgins Road. COST & INFO: A series of contemporary realist paintings by Tony Armendariz depict urban landscape, featuring architectural and/or figurative subjects. This event will be an opening reception for the artist. For information, call La Citadelle at 224-622-9578.



WHEN: 8 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21 WHERE: California Pizza Kitchen, Deer Park Town Center, 20530 N. Rand Road. COST & INFO: Breakfast meal includes breakfast pizzas, French toast squares, scrambled eggs, potatoes, fruit, coffee, juice and milk. Meals are $11 adults; $6 children. Children 3 and under are free. Twenty percent of sales will be donated to St. Francis de Sales School. For reservations or information, call 847-550-0273.


WHEN: 5:30 and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, Monday and Thursday; closed Tuesday and Wednesday. WHERE: The Catlow, 116 W. Main St., Barrington COST & INFO: Starring Matthew McConaughey (above) and Jared Leto, this film is based on the true-life tale of Ron Woodroof, an electrician and rodeo cowboy who is diagnosed with AIDS and begins smuggling alternative treatments into the U.S. from Mexico. Tickets are $5.

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Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District Chief/Administrator Jeff Swanson (far left) welcomes three battalion chiefs, Ron Eilken, Scott Motisi and Jeff Tress, to the district to oversee operations as of Jan. 1. These battalion chiefs have developed and implemented an intensive training program for the district’s new firefighter/paramedics. All three have been leading daily training drills at the district’s fire stations since mid-November.

8LETTER TO THE EDITOR Down the tubes To the Editor: I have given a lot of thought to next year’s election, and I have come up with a list of ways that the Democrats can win again: 1. If you like Obamacare, you can keep your Democrat representatives. 2. If you like unemployment, you can keep your Democrat representatives. 3. If you like the shrinking jobs market, you can keep your Democrat representatives. 4. If you like higher corporate taxes, you can keep your Democrat representatives. 5. If you like higher personal taxes, you can keep your Democrat representatives. 6. If you like growing deficits, you can keep your Democrat representatives. 7. If you like out-of-control government spending and fiscal irresponsibility, you can keep your Democrat representatives. 8. If you like political whoppers, you can keep your Democrat representatives. 9. If you like the government spying on you, you can keep your Democrat representatives. 10. If you like a Senate with no rules, you can keep your Democrat representatives. 11. If you like a president with dictatorial powers, you can keep

your Democrat representatives. 12. If you like how the EPA operates, you can keep your Democrat representatives. 13. If you like illegal immigration, you can keep your Democrat representatives. 14. If you like open borders, you can keep your Democrat representatives. 15. If you like part-time, temporary jobs, you can keep your Democrat representatives. 16. If you like a shrinking military, you can keep your Democrat representatives. 17. If you like the demise of the dollar, you can keep you Democrat representatives. 18. If you do not like to be secure as a person, in your houses, personal papers and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures, you can keep your Democrat representatives. 19. If you like a president who avoids Congress and does not enforce laws he doesn’t like, you can keep your Democrat representatives. 20. If you like alienating Israel, you can keep your Democrat representatives. There seems to be a lot of reasons to keep the current Democrats in power so we can go down the tubes as a country. James A. Wagner Barrington

LAKE BARRINGTON – Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District trustees met Monday for what could be their last board meeting before the district “goes live” to begin independent operations Jan. 1. Final topics included auto-aid agreements, third station planning and the readying of equipment. To date, the district has secured 2014 auto-aid agreements with all neighboring communities except the Hoffman Estates and Palatine fire departments, and the village-run Barrington Fire Department. BCFPD Chief Jeff Swanson said the district will operate on a mutual-aid understanding with Hoffman Estates, sending mutual help when manpower is available without a formal contract. Although no such mutual-aid agreement is in place with the district’s closest neighbor – the Barrington

Fire Department – there’s no worry, Swanson said. “There is absolutely no concern about operating without Barrington,” he said. A more prominent topic Monday was the newly acquired auto-aid agreement with the Palatine Rural Fire Department, a formerly pending negotiation that had left Inverness residents such as Kathy Feingold worried, since Palatine borders western portions of Inverness and eastern portions of the district. Palatine Rural Fire Chief Hank Clemmensen said the agreement took longer than expected, but it is now ready and equitable, stipulating that the district provide a fire engine or water tanker, as needed, for all structure fires in Palatine Rural’s jurisdiction. In return, Palatine Rural will provide an Advanced Life Support engine for district calls that occur south of Lake Cook Road and will provide initial fire and paramedic response for calls originating from the district’s

far-eastern edge. Feingold said she was ready to present district trustees with a 200-signature online petition Monday, but instead was pleased with the Palatine Rural agreement. Just over two weeks away from the start of the new year, Swanson announced Monday that the district is now 94 percent ready to begin its operations apart from the village. The district currently purchases emergency fire and medical services from the Barrington Fire Department, through an intergovernmental agreement that will expire Dec. 31. Swanson said the few remaining items of this year’s business include paperwork, the movement of equipment and a true-up process with the village, making sure each entity receives its fair share of disbursements. The next regular district board meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at district headquarters, 22222 N. Pepper Road, Lake Barrington.

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• ADELANTE Continued from page 7 so students could work on their skills in each subject. The program is open to graduating high school seniors and high school juniors heading into their senior year. Tadilla chose the chemistry strain because she plans to major in veterinary medicine. She said Adelante Academy helped her learn study skills and better time management. “[I gained] the ability to learn, to actually keep learning and keep my brain fresh,” Tadilla said. The first year of Adelante included 29 seniors and seven juniors. Of the seniors, 27 of them headed off to college. Six of those students who headed to Harper College, including Tadilla, received full scholarships from Motorola. “If our goal was to have students go to college, we did a pretty good job,” Jaskowiak said. During the program, Fridays were dedicated to Motorola Moments, where Latino and Latina members of Motorola spoke with the students. Students are assessed at both the beginning and the end of Adelante Academy to see where they would fall in terms of placement courses. Tadilla did not place into credit-bearing math classes before the academy, but her post test placed her into college-level math. The 29 seniors who participated in the program fast-tracked themselves through 34 courses, or 105 to 113 credit hours, Jaskowiak

“They can change generations and generations to come after them. What the academy does is it gives hope. ... Give me four weeks to show you what you can do and what you can be.” Michele Robinson Dean for business and social science at Harper College

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Lake Barrington Treetime Christmas Creations employees Robert McJennett (left) and Bill Gaydurgis gathered several hundred trees.

Several hundred tree donations benefit those in need said. “They got these credits as a result of their participation in this four-week program,” Jaskowiak said. Michele Robinson, dean for business and social science at Harper College, said Adelante Academy is especially beneficial to “cuspers,” those who might be just a little bit shy of placing into college-level courses. “The reality of it is going through that fourweek program can make them feel like they can move forward,” Robinson said. “They can change generations and generations to come after them. What the academy does is it gives hope. ... Give me four weeks to show you what you can do and what you can be.” The application process for this summer’s Adelante Academy will begin in late winter or early spring.

LAKE BARRINGTON – More than 900 artificial trees have been collected through Treetime Christmas Creation’s annual “Christmas Tree Trade-In” program to benefit Goodwill and residents in need throughout the Chicago area. Used, artificial Christmas trees were collected during October at Chicago area Goodwill stores and Treetime’s two locations: in Lake Barrington and Palatine. Treetime representatives presented Goodwill with their collected trees on Nov. 22.

This year’s program generated more than double the amount of trees collected by Goodwill in 2012, as this is the first year that Treetime has partnered with the program. All funds from Goodwill tree sales will be used to provide training and job opportunities for people with disabilities, or those who are dislocated or disadvantaged. Anyone who donated their used tree during the initiative received 15 percent off a new tree purchase at Treetime.

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CAMERON GOOD CHICAGO BEARS EDITOR AND DESIGNER Barrington High School alum Cameron Good has been working as a seasonal video editor/3D graphics designer for the Chicago Bears organization since the beginning of the 2013 NFL season. The May 2013 college graduate/athlete told Barrington Suburban Life reporter Tarah Thorne more about his thrilling, new job. Tell us about your daily role with the Chicago Bears. My main roles include creating content for the videoboard at Soldier Field on game days, and editing segments for our Chicago Bears Network productions. I work on “Bears Gameday Live” (10:30 a.m. Sundays, FOX Chicago), “Gamenight Live” (10:30 p.m. Sundays, FOX Chicago), “Inside The Bears” (9:30 p.m. Fridays, 6 p.m. Saturdays and 11 p.m. Sundays, FOX Chicago), and on various web segments on I am responsible for studio preparation and for running cameras for our TV programs.

What are your game-day responsibilities? I’m on the Bears’ 25-yard sideline every home game to communicate with the NFL and television networks regarding game commercial breaks. It’s a job not many people know about, but it is important to make sure every game fulfills its required amount of commercial breaks for advertising purposes. Specifically, my productions, which air on the scoreboard, range from highlight videos, player sit-down interviews and 3D graphics content for fan prompts and sponsored activities during the games.

Had a job like this always been a dream for you?

Absolutely. As a four-year, three-sport athlete at Barrington High School and then continuing to play football at Drake University (Des Moines, Iowa), my passion has always been in sports. The biggest challenge for me was to figure out how I could make a career out of sports. As much as I loved playing football, I knew that being a professional athlete was out of the question. It wasn’t until my junior year at BHS that I knew I wanted to do video production. I always loved making home videos throughout the years, but it wasn’t until I took Jim Doles’ BHS class that I learned that there are actually career opportunities within this field. This led to many opportunities, such as field trips to television networks, winning local and national video contests from our productions, and finally being able to start my own TV show, “Goody Tuesdays,” which aired on the Weekly School Video Announcements during my senior year of high school. My experience in video production expanded in college as I worked as a cameraman for Drake basketball games and a producer for Drake Broadcasting Systems.

What would be your advice for other high school or college students looking to go into the sports broadcasting field? What

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Barrington High School alum Cameron Good has just begun his new, post-college job as a video editor/3D graphics designer for the Chicago Bears Network. Good works on TV and web material during weekdays and coordinates commercial breaks from the field during game days. Good commutes from Barrington and says the role is a dream job.

has worked to your advantage? My advice for aspiring broadcast students is to be ready to adapt in diverse situations. You may have to make sacrifices in order to reach your highest goal. I took an unpaid summer internship with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2012. Being away from home in a new environment for an entire summer was a big challenge, but it was a big reason why I am with the Chicago Bears today. I also think it’s extremely important to expand your knowledge and experience in the different facets of video production: shooting, editing, writing, etc. The more you can do, the greater chance you will succeed in this field.

Is football your favorite sport? How long have you been a Chicago Bears fan? Basketball was actually my favorite sport for a long time, but once I figured out I was a lot better at football, it quickly overtook basketball.

I’ve been a lifelong Chicago sports fan, so this opportunity was certainly exhilarating and very humbling for me to work for the team that I love.

What’s been most rewarding with your job thus far? Challenging? Just having the ability to contribute and help out a team which I’ve idolized for years is the most rewarding part of this job. I’ve also had a great experience working with the players who have great personalities and are very kind toward the Chicago Bears staff. I’d say the most challenging part of the job is the pressure that comes along with production. If there is one mistake on TV, a videoboard or our website, it can be seen by thousands and sometimes millions of people. Although, it’s thrilling to be able to work through problems and perform in high-pressure situations.

What do you like to do when you aren’t busy working? I’ve been very fortunate to live at home to commute

for work, so I really enjoy hanging out with family and friends in the Barrington area. My other hobbies include community service through our Bears Care organization, playing pickup basketball and sneaker-collecting.

Tell us a little bit about your experience growing up in the Barrington area. Do you keep in touch with BHS? I enjoyed my experience at BHS. I still keep in contact with many teachers and coaches I had over the years. I’ve made many visits to see BHS video production students. In terms of specifics, I had the opportunity to speak to the BHS football team before they faced Fremd High School in 2011. It was the first time since 2004 that Barrington had defeated Fremd in football, so Coach Sanchez was very happy I came to help break the curse. Nowadays, I’m frequently back at the high school to support my brother, Justice, who is an active member of theater, choir and reality club.

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New steps for history Barrington Area Historical Society reopens full museum store, plans exhibits By TARAH THORNE BARRINGTON – Although their handprints are not mammoth-sized, the Barrington Area Historical Society’s volunteers have worked endlessly to preserve the town’s most treasured prizes while leaving their own mark for the future. The Barrington Area Historical Society consists of four buildings on West Main Street, run by an all-volunteer force. This month marks the opening of a fully stocked museum store at 218 W. Main St. – the red building formerly rented by Anderson’s Candy Shop before the family business relocated closer to the Metra station, at 128 E. Main St. The Barrington History Museum and store now serve as a one-stop shop for families looking for holiday gifts and educational entertainment

over winter break. Linda Brown, a three-year volunteer, began leading children’s activities through the historical society after retiring from her career as a Palatine teacher. Brown said her volunteership is a nice way to combine her two passions – history and teaching. Brown gives visiting children a tour of the historical society’s restored oneroom Applebee schoolhouse (adjacent to the museum) before inviting them into the museum exhibit hall’s classroom for a craft. The museum store is also kid-friendly with an entire wall of toys. The store first opened in 1986 in the old-time Folk Victorian Donlea-Kincaid house as a means of providing exhibit-related souvenirs to guests. Historical society Presi-

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Barrington Historical Society President Michael Harkins shows off an Eleanor Roosevelt self portrait caricature drawn by a Barrington-born artist, Frank Willmarth. The original portrait will be on display at the Barrington History Museum, 212 W. Main St., sometime in March 2014.

• HISTORY dent Micheal Harkins said the Donleas and the Kincaids were two significant families to Barrington in the late1800s, and the museum store has since down- and up-sized, depending on whether local business tenants were renting the retail space. All funds generated by the museum store go directly toward historical society educational programs. “It’s our mission to keep history alive through preservation and education,” Harkins said, placing his hand alongside a mammoth tooth twice the size of any human hand. According to lifelong resident and local historian William Klingenberg, life in Barrington dates to the Ice Age, with elephant-type animal remains being discovered in 2005 in a peat bog near Interstate Highway 90, south of Barrington. The Barrington History Museum’s current exhibit, “Ice Age, Mammoth Hunters: The History Before History” showcases this time. Nearly 12,000-year-old Ice Age artifacts from northern Illinois have been available for Barrington community viewing since March. Admission to this exhibit, as well as two others, is $10 for the public and $6 for museum members. Harkins is even more excited for next year’s exhibits debuting in March 2014. “We want our visitors to be able


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The Barrington History Museum Store has been open at 218 W. Main St. since 1987. Anderson’s Candy Shop occupied the retail space for the past year but still carried retail items for the Museum Store. Now that Anderson’s has relocated to 128 E. Main St., the Museum Store has expanded its souvenir collection to include handpainted ornaments, unique photo prints, an assortment of books, greeting cards, housewares, metal work, DVDs, old records and throw blankets. The Museum Store is generally open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, for children 5 to 8 years old. Advance registration is required.

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TCF Bank plans to close 37 branches, including Barrington SHAW MEDIA BARRINGTON – Five TCF National Bank locations inside Jewel-Osco grocery stores throughout McHenry County will close by the end of March. The closings are part of 37 bank branches in the Chicago area that will shut their doors as part of a realignment of retail banking resources meant to support the company’s strategic growth initiatives, according to a news release. Four branches in Lake County also will close, as well as a location in Barrington. “We determined our customer base at these branches could be served by other nearby TCF locations, enabling us to redirect resources to fund our growth initiatives,” said Thomas Jasper, TCF vice chairman of funding, operations and finance, in the

release. “We are working aggressively to minimize the impact of these changes on our customers, and we expect to retain many of the employees impacted by the consolidations.” Branches closing include those located inside grocery stores in Antioch, Zion, Spring Grove, Grayslake, Barrington, Wauconda, McHenry, Cary, Woodstock and Algonquin, according to Crain’s Chicago Business. Several of the locations to close are in northwest Indiana. TCF still will have 118 instore Jewel branches throughout the Chicago area. “Our partnership has enabled both TCF and Jewel to grow in the Chicago market over the last 16 years, delivering convenient services that make the Jewel-Osco stores a primary destination for consumers,” Jasper said.



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to literally handle history,” Harkins said. “We focus on bringing in exhibits that are relevant to the history of our area, such as mammoths, and also ask our members what they would like to see.” Harkins said all three current exhibits – consisting of mammoths, nature photos and rare pianos – can be toured in about 20 minutes. Visiting exhibits rotate once every nine to 12 months, coming from the Mid-America Arts Alliance of Kansas City, the National Endowment for the Humanities on the Road, or the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. One exhibit already secured for March is what Harkins called “Barrington’s Native Son,” a tribute to Barrington-born caricature artist Frank Willmarth. An original Willmarth portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt will be on display in the museum’s exhibit hall. Harkins said this exhibit will speak toward the early and existing talent of the Barrington community. “Barrington has always had tremendous talent,” Harkins said. “This community, foundation and upbringing influenced Willmarth’s art.” The Barrington History Museum at 212 W. Main St. is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, by appointment on Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The museum store is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. A free children’s program will be held at the Applebee schoolhouse from • Thursday, December 19, 2013

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George W. Bush launched the Medical Reserve Corps in 2002 for medical professionals to contribute their skill and expertise throughout the year, as well as during times of community need. Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital nurse Mary Cote volunteers her time with the McHenry County Medical Reserve Corps and recently became part of the newly formed Fire Rehab team.

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By STEPHANIE KOHL Barrington Suburban Life contributor BARRINGTON – When a fire starts, people rely on firefighters to save their lives and their property, but who is looking out for the firefighters? With the formation of a Fire Rehab Team in April 2013, part of the McHenry County Medical Reserve Corps, one of those people looking out for firefighters is Mary Cote, a Cary resident and nurse at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington. The Fire Rehab Team is a specially trained team of health professionals that responds when a larger fire occurs requiring multiple departments to respond. Their main role is to care for the well-being of the first responders. At any given fire, firefighters are rotated in and out of service. When they are sent to the Fire Rehab Team, they are assessed to make sure they are in healthy enough condition to continue fighting the fire. Vitals are checked. On hot days, firefighters are cooled off, and on cold days, they are warmed up. Things that could keep a firefighter from returning to battle the blaze include dangerously elevated blood pressure, oxygen levels and elevated heart rate, Cote said. “These men and women are risking their lives to go into dangerous situations,” Cote said. “If they are willing to do that, we want to keep them as safe as possible in that situation. We want to make sure they all get out and get home at the end of the day.” Cote and the Fire Rehab Team have responded to two fires since its formation. On May 1, the team went to a fire in Crystal Lake, which was

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“Our job really is to take care of first responders,” said McHenry County Medical Reserve Corps volunteer Mary Cote. “Not only do they wear 60-plus pounds of gear, but their body heat can rise to nearly 104 degrees. Those types of extreme conditions with large fires are extremely dangerous to firefighters.” the hottest day of the year up to that point, and they went to a barn fire Nov. 26 in Union. When the Fire Rehab Team is needed, calls and text messages go out to its members. Members then call in and respond whether they can get there and, if so, how long before they arrive. A trailer of supplies is brought from Woodstock to use at the scene. “We respond directly to the scene and hope our trailer shows up,” she said, laughing. Although Cote has been a nurse for years, 10 of them with Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, she originally

wanted to be a paramedic. When she was 16 years old, her uncle’s nephew died as a result of a car accident, and it inspired her to help. However, when she told her father she wanted to join the Army to train as a paramedic, he wasn’t thrilled. So she ended up in nursing school. As a nurse in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit, Cote sees patients from 6 years old to 96 years old, recovering from everything but open heart surgery. It is considered critical care and requires nurses to check the patient’s vital signs at least every 10 minutes, a

skill she uses out in the field with the Fire Rehab Team. “They are in a really vulnerable state, and you really have to be on your toes in terms of assessment skills,” Cote said. Cote has been part of the all volunteer McHenry County Medical Reserve Corps practically since it was established in September 2003. After the events of Sept. 11, 2001, she, like many others in the health-care field, wanted to do something. She joined the Medical Reserve Corps so if something every happened again,

she could help. The team has trained to respond to natural disasters. When the Fire Rehab Team was established, Hackett knew she wanted Cote to be part of it. “Mary is one of my goto gals,” said Liz Hackett, McHenry County Medical Reserve Corps liaison. For her part, Cote is just happy to be a part of the Medical Reserve Corps and the Fire Rehab Team. “We’re the sidekicks to the superheroes,” she said. “The firefighters are the real heroes.”

Former BHS athlete survives, helps others By STEPHANIE KOHL Barrington Suburban Life contributor BARRINGTON – In November 1983, a 16-year-old junior All-Conference and All-American volleyball player was in a car accident that left her in a coma for three weeks and required months of rehab. Thirty years later, Jill (Remack) Hawkins is a successful personal trainer and a certified therapeutic recreation specialist. She has been married to Erik Hawkins for five years and has a 5-year-old daughter, Neve, despite doctors telling her she may never be able to have children, for medical reasons unrelated to the accident. But she still has no memories of the car accident or the many months of rehabilitation she endured. Though she can’t recall the exact date of the accident, and news reports from the time are inconsistent, Hawkins believes her accident occurred on either Nov. 2 or Nov. 3. The last thing she remembers is leaving Barrington High School with her brother, who was driving the two to their orthodontist appointments. On the way home from the orthodontist, her brother, Joe, tried to pass a car on Roselle Road in Palatine when a car turned onto Roselle Road from a side street, forcing him to get back into his original lane, according to what Hawkins has been told. While trying to do that, the vehicle hydroplaned and hit the curb, causing the car to flip into a ditch. Her brother broke a vertebrae in his lower back but made a full recovery. Hawkins, however, was unconscious when paramedics arrived. She had hit her forehead on the windshield and the right side of her head on the passenger window, causing injuries that resulted in a coma. Seat belts were not required to be worn by law, so neither passenger was wear-

“I remember the doctors saying, whatever you do, when you walk into the room, don’t be upset. You had to do a lot to really promote her recovery.” Jenny (Selman) Drecoll Jill Hawkins’ best friend at the time ing one. “They had to cut the roof of the car to get us out,” she said. Hawkins was at Northwest Community Hospital in intenPhoto provided sive care for 21 days, but there Car accident survivor Jill (Remack) Hawkins rests in a hospital bed in November 1983 while her mother, was a constant crew of visiMarion Zuckerman, helps her drink and her best friend, Jenny (Selman) Drecoll, brushes her hair. Drecoll tors supporting her. “I remember the doctors and Hawkins remain close friends 30 years later. saying, whatever you do, when you walk into the room, don’t be upset,” said Jenny (Selman) Drecoll, Hawkins’ best friend at the time. Drecoll lives in Barrington Hills. “You had to do a lot to really promote her recovery.” Drecoll said the community rallied around Hawkins, hosting fundraisers of all sorts to help the Remack family with costs associated with Hawkins’ care. And Drecoll added that Hawkins’ coma wasn’t like the comas you typically see on TV or in movies. While she was definitely “out of it,” she could still move her arms and legs and would sometimes recite the alphabet or numbers, something the doctors said she would do as she started getting ready to come out of the coma. Drecoll even recalls that on one visit, with several people in the room, the group played catch with Hawkins, using a volleyball. “It was just an amazing experience,” she said. When Hawkins came out of the coma, of which she has no

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BARRINGTON – Conscious Cup Coffee Roasters has acquired the business and assets of Cook Street Coffee in Barrington. “We’re excited to join the Barrington community and for the growth prospects we see in Cook Street Coffee,” said Michael Shipley, partner with Conscious Cup Coffee Roasters. “We’ll keep the Cook Street Coffee name active because we like that it’s a reflection of the community.” Conscious Cup has been managing Cook Street Coffee for more than two years. Concurrent with the purchase, Conscious Cup signed a three-year lease to continue operations at 100 Station St. The acquisition was effective Dec. 1 from Cook Street Coffee LLC, represented by Steve, Holly and Kennon McClintock, owners of the retail and condominium complex at the intersection of Station and Cook Streets in

BHS group requests fundraising help BARRINGTON – The Barrington Area Community Foundation Youth Advisory Council is requesting public sponsorship to help fundraise for a Barrington High School charity dance on Jan. 25 – at the end of final exams. The Barrington Area Community Foundation was established 15 years ago to grant seed money to charitable organizations in the Barrington area for the purpose of initiating or expanding programs and projects that address unmet needs in the community. The Youth Advisory Council is raising money for these charities by holding a fundraising dance called the Barrington Beach Bash. For information, contact fundraising chairman Matthew Drew-Caffin at 847-387-3334 or email

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• ACCIDENT Continued from page 15 recollection, she was paralyzed on her left side and her speech was repetitive and slurred. “My mom [Marion Zuckerman] was just the greatest you could ever expect a mom to be,” Hawkins said. “She had someone with me at all times. I really think that a lot of the reason I did so well coming out of a horrific accident is because of her.” After coming out of the coma, Hawkins spent seven weeks in rehab at Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove. She was released two days before her 17th birthday, though she still had to complete outpatient rehabilitation. “I had to relearn everything all over again,” Hawkins said. After outpatient rehab, Hawkins went back to finish her junior year of high school and stayed on track to become a senior and graduate with her class. Hawkins was offered volleyball scholarships, but decided not to go off to college right away. “I was happy to be alive,” she said. “I didn’t really know what I wanted to do.” After a couple of years living with her father in Kansas City, Kan., Hawkins returned to Illinois and attended Harper College. After a few years, she finally decided on pursuing a degree in recreation administration with a focus on therapeutic recreation. “I think the accident gave me a lot of perspective that most teenagers don’t get,” Hawkins said. “It changed me a little bit.”

“My career path is helping people. I think that’s my role in the world is to help people.” Jill (Remack) Hawkins Barrington High School graduate and accident survivor She put herself through school at Aurora University as a personal trainer. She owned AJillity Personal Training, an in-home personal training company, from 1995 to 2004. In 2004, she opened Totally Fit in Barrington with her then-boyfriend, Erik Hawkins. They sold the business in July 2011, when the family relocated to North Carolina, where they currently reside, so Erik could attend law school. Hawkins currently works as a personal trainer in Greensboro. “My career path is helping people,” Hawkins said. “I think that’s my role in the world is to help people.” Drecoll admires her friend for going through what she’s gone through. “Jill has just always been a survivor,” Drecoll said. “There’s a lot of things she’s done that she’s just shown so much courage and so much strength.” For her part, Hawkins is going to just keep living her life. “I don’t look at the accident as a bad thing,” she said. “I look at it as something that helped me become the person I am today.”

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Barrington High School alumna and car accident survivor Jill (Remack) Hawkins cherishes time with her daughter, Neve Hawkins. “I think the accident gave me a lot of perspective that most teenagers don’t get,” Jill Hawkins said. “It changed me a little bit.”



BARRINGTON – Barrington hosted its first Merry Tuba Christmas and Community Sing-Along at ChristKindlFest on Sunday, Dec. 8. Barrington was one of 250 national sites to host the musical event during the month of December. Barrington High School’s Director of Bands Randy Karon directed the ChristKindlFest group of 30 tuba, euphonium and baritone players as they played an array of holiday songs. ChristKindlFest was a collaborative project by the Barrington Breakfast Rotary, Village Association and village of Barrington.

‘Geo-caching,’ the new scavenger hunt BARRINGTON – The Citizens for Conservation Youth Education Committee presented a geo-caching event on Saturday, Nov. 9. More than 50 community members visited the Barrington Hills Riding Center

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Why does it feel like the Browns were the Bears last exhibition game and now things start for real? Because the Browns are one of the weaker teams in the league this year. With Philadelphia this week and the Packers to close out the season, it’s almost as if the Bears will have to win two playoff games just to get to the playoffs. The Eagles figure to show up angry this Sunday after getting upset at Minnesota last week to snap their five-game win streak and lose the chance to open up a two-game lead in the NFC East. Like the Bears, Philadelphia is 8-6 and vying for first place in their division, but would lose a tiebreaker if they don’t win out. Also like the Bears, they control

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“There’s a lot of stress that goes with the territory of cancer. If I’m listening to someone playing music, I’m not going to be thinking about cancer and my fears. Music can release emotions and may open up something that feels stuck.” – Katherine Puckett, national director of mind-body medicine for Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Zion

Music is medicine for soul at center By JESSE CARPENDER Fox Lake resident Robbie Robinson says the lasting effect of music is almost like medicine. When he sings, his body gets more oxygen, and he is mentally and spiritually calmed. That’s why Robinson and Lina Schaal, of Burlington, Wis., created a weekly music group at the Cancer Treatment Center of America in Zion for patients, caregivers and staff. The group, which started five years ago, gets together for hourlong jam sessions each Tuesday, Schaal said. Robinson and his family use music to cope with cancer. Robinson, his wife, daughter and other family members all have battled the disease. Robinson, who has been in remission for 11 years, enjoys singing, though he’s not formally trained and follows his gut to harmonize with other voices. “Music is as universal as laughter or crying,” he said. “It takes your mind off the pain and the downside of cancer.” When he was a patient at the center, Robinson would hear other patients say, “I miss my dog. If I had my dog, it would feel like home.” “For a musician, he’d feel like he was home if he had his guitar with him,” Robinson said. Schaal, who is a professional pianist, said the group is her way of giving back to Cancer Treatment Centers of America. “I do it because music is what helps me when I’m down in the dumps,” she said. “I practice piano when I’m sad, and play it heavier when I’m angry. My piano is my friend and helps me out of all types of moods. “We don’t want to be performers; we want every-

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The Cancer Treatment Centers of America patient support music group inclues Ralph Tripp (from left), Katherine Puckett, Lina Schaal and Robbie Robinson. The group gets together for an hour each Tuesday for jam sessions. one to come and sing and play,” Schaal said. “It gives them time to relax and enjoy music.” She plays the piano, and doctors play guitar, harmonica and violin. Many of the patients are singers, Schaal said. Robinson said he still comes to the group when he can, but Schaal is “the driving force who makes it happen.” During a jam session, a young man once asked Schaal if he could play “Old McDonald” on the piano. He only knew the beginning of the song, so she filled in the rest. “[Jam sessions] are really just to get people out of the serious mode and into something more healthy, where they forget about this nasty word ‘cancer.’” she said. “It helps people know that we don’t have to be perfect.” Katherine Puckett, national director of mind-body medicine for Cancer Treatment

Centers of America in Zion, said music can be a form of escapism, as well as a release. “There’s a lot of stress that goes with the territory of cancer,” she said. “If I’m listening to someone playing music, I’m not going to be thinking about cancer and my fears. Music can release emotions and may open up something that feels stuck.” Puckett, who participates in the weekly music group, said it’s a great way to build community. During one session, Puckett heard a beautiful voice singing behind her. “It was a patient who had once been an opera singer,” Puckett said. “I saw her a couple weeks later, and she said that the group saved her life because it engaged her in music, which she loved, again.” Puckett said musicians sometimes visit the Cancer Treatment Center of Amer-

ica and go from room to room playing for patients or perform in the cafeteria or conference room. She said that for a while, a classically trained viola player would visit patients’ rooms and compose a song for them on the spot. “One of our patients said, ‘I waited my whole life to hear that song,’” she said. Robinson said his favorite song to sing is “Time” by Pink Floyd. “The lyrics are timeless – it’s about not wasting time, because time is not like money,” he said. “Money comes and goes, but you can’t invest time, and once you spend it, you can’t get it back. Cancer is like that – you have to live every day like it’s your last. Why worry about how long I’ll live? I have to focus on how I’m living.” Gurnee resident Mike Louie is a jazz musician who performs at Cancer Treatment of

America special events. “I played for a man and woman getting married,” Louie said. “The groom’s mother was in CTCA, so they had the wedding right there. It was very moving . . . I was playing music as they gathered, some jazz standards and more reserved songs.” Louie plays in hospitals and hospices because he wants to help people cope. “Before my mother passed away, I saw the progression of what she went through,” he said. Louie said seeing his mother lose her independence gave him an affinity for people in similar situations. His mother loved music, and when he visited, someone would be playing piano for her. “Most of us don’t think about people outside the mainstream. Sometimes it takes someone you love to open your eyes,” Louie said.


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