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If you go What: Hugs & Mugs Cafe Where: 2350 W Higgins Road, Hoffman Estates When: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Info: or 847-278-8531

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Brian Rogala assists many customers during his Wednesday afternoon shifts at Hugs & Mugs Cafe in Hoffman Estates. “I show the customers all the different mugs and ask if they need help,” Rogala said. “come out of their shell.” “Some [interns] who were once shy or hard to understand are now making direct eye contact with customers, approaching them for sales,” Richey said. Rogala’s mother, Antontella Rogala, stumbled upon the GiGi University program when she opted to volunteer with GiGi’s Playhouse last year and got her son involved right away. “The big picture is learning responsibility,” Antonella Rogala said. “They learn a lot of practical things here and know what to expect at another job.” Antonella Rogala noted the similarities between her son’s Hugs & Mugs and Mariano’s jobs such as using staff lockers, completing time records, wearing uniforms, arriving on time and communicating

with customers. Brian Rogala said he learned many things through GiGi University, including proper diet and exercise and tips for resume writing and job interviewing. “A speaker came in to help us with mock interviews the day before I had a real interview at Mariano’s,” Brian Rogala said. “It really helped me practice.” As a Hugs & Mugs intern, Brian Rogala said he most enjoyed the cash register as he is now “very good at making change.” “I always say ‘thank you’ and ‘come again,’ ” Brian Rogala said. His daily responsibilities included completing a checklist, wiping down tables, vacuuming, emptying the garbage, cleaning bathrooms and assisting customers.


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“When a customer comes in, I introduce myself and ask if they need help or want a cup of coffee,” Brian Rogala said. “I show them all our different mugs and if they want a special mug, I make one for them with a heat press. I’m very careful and use a glove because I don’t want to burn myself.” On days when he is not working as an intern or bagger, Brian Rogala said he enjoys watching TV and coloring pictures. He and his former Stevenson High School friends have been meeting for bowling and dinner every Friday for the past 10 years; dinner and a movie on Saturdays. Brian Rogala works at Mariano’s three days a week and sometimes weekends. “I think of this as a very positive thing,” Antonella Rogala said. “It’s nice to know the

store counts on Brian when they are busiest.” Brian Rogala said his Mariano’s supervisor Nick Postilion is a “cool boss” and he sees many familiar faces while working. “It’s fun to see my friends and neighbors when they shop at Mariano’s,” Brian Rogala said. “Everyone is friendly and it’s a fun place to work. Sometimes I help customers put groceries in their car.” Postilion said Brian Rogala “brings a lot to the table” and draws crowds to his checkout lane. “Brian will take on extra tasks all on his own,” Postilion said. “His work performance is above the rest. We receive customer compliments regarding Brian weekly and his checkout lane is always the busiest. Some customers will even refuse to move to a less crowded lane because they come to see Brian.” Prior to interning at Hugs & Mugs, Brian Rogala would help out with paperwork in GiGi’s office. “He’s very organized,” Antonella Rogala said. When asked about his dream job, Brian Rogala said he would like to work with cars, maybe at an outdoor dealership.

8ON THE COVER Mariano’s employee Brian Rogala bags groceries for a customer Thursday in Lake Zurich. Rogala had been working as an intern at GiGi’s Hugs & Mugs before getting a job in early February. Jeff Krage - For Shaw Media

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HOFFMAN ESTATES – Making new friends, learning responsibility and gaining confidence, GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center of Hoffman Estates has been a high stepping stone for Long Grove resident Brian Rogala. Rogala, 26, was one of the first adults to graduate from the center’s GiGi University program last December. After working as an intern at the GiGi’s Hugs & Mugs cafe, Rogala landed a job at Mariano’s Fresh Market in Lake Zurich in February. All GiGi’s Playhouse programs are free to children and adults with Down syndrome and their family members. GiGi University Program Director Maggie Richey said the adult program is in its second pilot with a 12-week course and 11 participants set to graduate May 8. Upon graduation, eight past graduates, including Rogala, will mentor their peers through the Hugs & Mugs internship. Richey said the internship is intended to be a “launching pad” for the graduates to move into other jobs, such as Rogala’s bagging position at Mariano’s. The program is for adults 22 years and older. The oldest participant was about 40 years old, Richey said. “Our interns work with in-store and online sales,” Richey said. “Some, like Brian, are completely independent. They are trained on how to use the cash register, prepare drinks, clean the shop and work a six-hour shift on their feet.” Richey said the internship allows many participants to


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Fire district discusses recent garage blaze By TARAH THORNE LAKE BARRINGTON – Barrington Countryside Fire District officials addressed their response to a recent structure fire at Monday’s board meeting. Acknowledging the severity of the April 9 garage fire on the 1000 block of South Grove Avenue, district trustees awarded a certificate of appreciation to a resident who had arrived on scene first to help his neighbors. District President Tom Rowan said he doesn’t recom-

If you go WHAT: New district officers will be elected at the next Barrington Countryside Fire District board meeting. WHEN: 6:30 p.m. May 19 WHERE: District headquarters, 22222 N. Pepper Road, Lake Barrington. INFO: Visit mend anyone ever enter a fire, but knowledge of who was and was not home was helpful for firefighters.

District resident Bob Hartman asked board members to consider entering an automatic aid agreement with the village of Barrington, adding that such an agreement could have made a difference in the recent fire. “I feel [sorry] for the family on Grove,” Hartman said. “Their house burned bad and every minute counts. I’m asking you to be professional here and overcome whatever it is that stands between you and the village.” The Grove Avenue fire was less than two blocks from village boundaries, but the Bar-

rington Fire Department did not respond due to what Swanson found to be dispatch complications. Crews from Hoffman Estates, Palatine, Cary, Fox River Grove, Lake Zurich and Buffalo Grove were on the scene. Barrington Countryside Fire District Chief Jeff Swanson said the Barrington Fire Department is listed on the district’s Mutual Aid Box Alarm System call list, and the dispatch matter is now resolved. Firefighters were able to save $200,000 worth of property in the home by extinguishing

the fire in about an hour, Swanson said. Swanson said there was “a large volume of fire issuing from the garage” upon the crew’s arrival. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The district will “continue to evaluate its response monthly” to determine whether or not village automatic aid is necessary,” Swanson said. Assistant Chief Don Wenschhof said the Grove Avenue home is not the furthest extent

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Students speak candidly about sexting during forum By TARAH THORNE BARRINGTON – Several students openly addressed sexting with adults and peers at the Lake Barrington Field House Thursday. After learning that sexually explicit messages can present lifelong consequences when being sent to and from minors – consequences that include criminal charges – students brainstormed safe ways to handle a message being sent to their cellphones unwillingly. Dr. Nausheen Din, a Barrington mother and physician who specializes in child and adolescent psychiatry, presented the sexting talk to the students Thursday after addressing parents with the same topic Wednesday at the Sanfilippo Estate in Barrington. Both talks came in the wake of a public statement delivered to Barrington Middle School – Station Campus parents April 7 that said “a small group of Barrington 220 adolescents were recently involved in sexting inappropriate images among themselves using their smartphones” and “the real tragedy is some students were victimized in this incident.” The Barrington Police Department and Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and Children’s Advocacy Center in Cook County are investi-

Sexting prevention plan for parents • Monitor for signs of excessively sexualized youth. • Monitor for drastic changes in identity. • Teach your child to be multifaceted in their identity. Never focus too much on obtaining one identity. Have many platforms. • Be sensitive to body image issues. • Know your child’s relationships and social experiences – peers, whereabouts, dates, etc. • Discuss sexual violence with your child. • Be aware independence seeking is normal but that does not mean it’s always done safely. • Differentiate between mild irritability and aggression. gating the Station case to determine whether or not criminal charges will be pursued, according to a Barrington Police Department news release sent April 11. Din said her message was to reinforce the legal consequences of sexting to students and to make parents more aware of why adolescents are sexting images of themselves or requesting images of others, as well as what red flags to look for to know if their child is sexting. One of Din’s patients, Lau-

• Monitor and protect your child from bullying and dating violence. Bullying has escalated in recent years, with social media. • Enhance cognitive experiences such as organizational, planning, reading and learning opportunities. • Work together on stress reduction strategies. • Eliminate toxins. • Screen for substance abuse. • Discuss sleep hygiene. • Support a healthy diet. • Embrace social media but creating rules for use. Consequences are good but punitive approaches are not. Discuss, learn and share concerns together. Source: Dr. Nausheen Din

ren Marino, traveled from Chicago to attend Thursday’s talk. Marino does not have children of her own, but said she would like more education on the topic to help her nieces, nephews and colleagues who have children. “Parents cannot close their eyes to sexting,” Marino said. “They need to help their child navigate and gain the tools to deal with sexting. In my professional field, I interview job candidates and I don’t think teens understand that what they post on social media now

News to your phone Visit texts to sign up for news and weather text alerts from Suburban Life. can be found in five years. They need to think about what’s ahead for them.” A 19-year-old patient, who was not in attendance, shared her Snapchat conversations with Din’s audience. According to the young girl’s testimony, she and her minor peers were targeted by someone who made a fake Snapchat account posing as a friend who had moved away. The 19-yearold and two minors repeatedly received sexually explicit images from the predator who would make additional accounts to avoid being blocked. The patient said the predator would incite rumors and had convinced one of the female minors to send a sexually explicit photo of herself in return, which then surfaced to Facebook. The harassment continued, according to the testimony. Many students told Din Thursday that Snapchat is a fun phone app because once you send an image, “it’s gone forever.” However, many new apps allow smartphone users to save and view people’s Snapchat photos without the other party every receiving a notification, some students said.

Din said she would like parents to research the programs their children use. “It’s difficult to avoid social media,” Din said. “I believe these kids become desensitized to what’s right and wrong. I worry today’s youth is losing the art of having actual relationships.” Din linked sexting to sexual violence, and said adolescents who are sexting are more likely to be sexually active. Sexualization – such as selfies – can lead to sexting, which leads to sex, Din said. “There’s a selfless measure of self worth by judging yourself based on how many ‘likes’ you get on social media,” Din said. Din encouraged the students to be proactive in stopping sexts from circulating. “Ask the sender to stop, do not forward the sext, do not post it on social medial and do not print a copy of the image,” Din said. Din encouraged students to bring sexts to the attention of parents or trusted adults. “Don’t delete it. You’ll need to show police the proof or they might assume you’re trying to hide something,” Din said. Din told parents to set rules for social media. “The message is not to ban social media,” Din said. “It’s like having the responsibility of driving a car. You want good breaks and a well-trained driver who understands where one can and cannot go.”



Barrington House Bed and Breakfast owners share unique history By STEPHANIE KOHL Barrington Suburban Life Contributor BARRINGTON – Since July 2005, Mary and Marty O’Donnell have operated the first bed and breakfast in Barrington. It was a two-year project to take the historic building, located at 203 Dundee Ave., and put on an addition to accommodate five rooms. “Mary went to the village and asked to make it a bed and breakfast and they were very excited about it,” Marty O’Donnell said. “We are the first bed and breakfast in Barrington.” The land was originally owned by the Crabtree family, according to research Mary O’Donnell has completed. In August 1883, George Mueller bought the land and hired the Brazel Brothers in 1884 to build a boarding house of sorts, featuring six units, for

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$320. No owner actually lived in the home until 1957, when then-Barrington Police Chief Reynold Smith bought the home. He lived there for 20 years. “He was the first person that bought the home and made it his home,” Marty O’Donnell said. Following Smith, several owners lived in the single-family home before the O’Donnell’s bought it Feb. 14, 2003.

It took two years, and the help of Architect John Eifler, to build the five-room addition for the bed and breakfast, which had to maintain the historical integrity of the original building. “It’s a home that could have been torn down in any other village,” Marty O’Donnell said, citing the house as being protected in Barrington because it resides in the village’s historic district. The couple said their guests come from all over the world, with people traveling from as far as Japan and Australia. They have found that more and more often, people have a reason to visit Barrington whether it be for business, visiting family and friends, or attending weddings and other events. “We just like serving travelers and it’s just a great way to meet people from all over the world and we kind of get to be

ambassadors of Barrington,” Marty O’Donnell said. Over the years, the 1894 brick home has been restored to its original look. It is essentially a six bedroom, eight and a half bathroom house without much upkeep, which is a good thing since the O’Donnells are the staff. While Mary O’Donnell does things like cook and wash and press the sheets, her husband is responsible for things like vacuuming and cleaning the bathrooms. “Bed and breakfast is really not a business you open up to get rich – it’s a lifestyle,” Marty O’Donnell said, adding the Barrington House Bed and Breakfast is a second career for both. Because the home has been restored, Marty O’Donnell said it is really the best of both worlds. It is like a new house within a historic setting. “I like to say Mary re-

turned the house to the glory it never knew,” Marty O’Donnell said. For her part, Mary O’Donnell is very much about the hospitality of their guests. “My goal is for them to feel comfortable and when they walk in to just feel very peaceful,” Mary O’Donnell said. Guests can use the parlor, music room, dining room and courtyard. All guest rooms feature hardwood floors, ceiling fans, fine linens, free WiFi, flat-screen TVs and towel warmers. Rooms can often be booked a week or less in advance of a guest’s stay, but since they only have five rooms, the O’Donnell’s will recommend other places to stay if they’re fully booked. “We’d love if someone opened up a bed and breakfast,” Mary O’Donnell said. “We’d help them.” • Thursday, April 24, 2014

Barrington area resident Dale Ankele contributed a photo of his parents Edward and Lillian Ankele holding him as a baby in 1949, in front of the now-Barrington House Bed and Breakfast. Dale Ankele said the photo was taken during a Sunday visit to his Photos provided Grandma Foreman’s house when he was less than According to Barrington House Bed & Breakfast owner Mary O’Donnell’s research, several owners lived in the single-family one year old. His grandparents owned the home in home before Mary and her husband, Marty O’Donnell, purchased the building on Valentine’s Day in 2003. Barrington House the 1940s and 1950s, Dale Ankele said, prior to the contains five rooms for visitors. establishment of the bed and breakfast business.

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A Citizens for Conservation Youth Education astronomy class brought families together April 5 to view the Moon, Jupiter and its Galilean moons, Mars, the Pleiades, Orion Nebula (where new stars are born), the Double Cluster in Perseus and other galaxies.

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St. Anne student honored nationally By TARAH THORNE BARRINGTON – St. Anne Parish School seventh-grade student Anne MacDonald has been honored for her volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award. The award, which recog-

nizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama. St. Anne Parish School nominated MacDonald for

the national honor. MacDonald volunteers with an animal rescue and education program, working to get animals adopted and helping to improve the lives of those animals. St. Anne Principal Dawn Kapka said MacDonald inspires others and sets a great example.

By SUBURBAN LIFE MEDIA BARRINGTON – More than two dozen participants were treated to a spring astronomy program at Citizens for Conservation April 5 as part of the youth education class offerings. Families listened as amateur astronomer Edith Auchter discussed phases of the moon, exploration of the moon, its surface features, and its rotation about its own axis and the Earth. During the presentation, participants made lunar flip books so they could see the progression of the phases as well as lunar rotation around the Earth that results in those phases. Now, those participants can understand why only 59 percent of the moon is visible on Earth. However, even after 100 lu-

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nar missions, much is still a mystery such as the difference in features seen on the near and far sides. The next astronomy activity involved everyone making a pocket scale model of our solar system. Darkness came and it was very clear – not too cold and not windy. With binoculars and telescopes, provided by Auchter and another five members of the Northwest Suburban Astronomers, participants observed the moon, Jupiter and its Galilean moons, Mars, the Pleiades, Orion Nebula (where new stars are born), the Double Cluster in Perseus, and other galaxies. The group learned there will be a total lunar eclipse on Oct. 8. Visit for youth program information. closed session Monday, “moving progressively toward choosing the ultimate location.” The bulk of the district’s service calls continue to be EMS. Swanson reported 131 total calls for March – 67 of those being EMS, and 64 patients transported by ambulance in total. The district responded to four automatic aid calls with an engine, Swanson said. A new district engine, purchased for $318,550, is scheduled to arrive April 29 from Fire Service in Florida.

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BARRINGTON – Harry Benstein has never seen his wife, Julie Benstein, as enthusiastic about anything as she is about A Day Out. When he picked her up last Thursday, Harry Benstein said his wife was “bubbly about every part of the experience” and couldn’t stop talking about all the nice people at the program. A Day Out is an adult day respite program offered at Lutheran Church of the Atonement in Barrington, brought to the community by the Barrington Area Council on Aging. It offers caregivers a break from their demanding and stressful job, while providing the person being cared for an opportunity to socialize and participate in activities they might not otherwise do. Bonnie Scherkenbach, social services coordinator with Barrington Area Council on Aging, said the organization saw a need for such a program through the various social services and support groups it runs. The program is aimed at people whom have mild cognitive or physical impairments and will provide social, intellectual and emotional support and stimulation, as well as respite for primary caregivers. A Day Out is run by Scherkenbach and volunteers, all of which have undergone training with Barrington Area Council on Aging. “Studies have shown that socialization does help slow down the deterioration,” Scherkenbach said, adding there is no cure for dementia. “These people tend to isolate. Socialization keeps the brain active.” Activities include reminiscence activities, board/table games, crafts, physical fitness activities like chair yoga, discussion of current events and musical programs or performances. Because the program is a social model rather than a medical model, participants must be able to use the bathroom, eat and take medications independently. Of the eight people currently enrolled in the program some have mild cognitive impairments or dementia and others have mild physical impairments. They range in age from 65 to 92. The pilot program will run

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If you go What: A Day Out When: From 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. one day per week Where: Lutheran Church of the Atonement, 909 E. Main St., Barrington Cost: $35 per day Info: Bonnie Scherkenbach at 847-852-3890 Volunteer: Contact Volunteer Coordinator Kitti Quarfoot at 847-381-5030

A Day Out volunteer Donna Pettengill (left) plays foosball with program participant Vicki Nottke. The respite program is meant to give caregivers a break to run errands, get work done, or simply recharge while persons who have mild cognitive or physical impairments can enjoy social, intellectual and emotional support from licensed professional counselors. for about a year. It can accommodate up to 12 participants and will be offered one day each week from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Enrollment is $35 per day. If demand increases, an additional day could be added. Scherkenbach said the number of volunteers on each day

will vary depending on the number of participants and participants’ needs. “So far, I’m pretty excited about the number of calls of interest,” Scherkenbach said. As his wife’s full-time caregiver, Harry Benstein said the program was great because not

only did his wife, who has Alzheimer’s disease, enjoy herself, it also will allow him time to get things done he might not otherwise have a chance to do. “It’s always a relief,” he said of sharing caregiver duties. “There’s always a million things to do.”

Since his wife enjoyed the program so much, Harry Benstein said she will become a regular attendee. During this time, he will do “whatever needs to be done urgently,” he said. “Some of these people are together 24/7,” Scherkenbach said. “It’s impossible for them to have time for themselves… It’s something they can count on every week.” The program is supported through a grant from the Barrington Area Community Foundation, a grant from Wheat Ridge Ministires, a donation from Dr. Robert and Kimberly Albrecht and through the donation of space and other support from Lutheran Church of Atonement. • Thursday, April 24, 2014

A Day Out participant Julie Benstein (far right) sings “You Are My Sunshine” with Barrington Area Council on Aging respite program volunteers. A Day Out is offered from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. one day per week at the Lutheran Church of Atonement in Barrington.

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The Barrington 220 Educational Foundation received a $166,090 donation from the Friends of the Barrington Area Library, which will dissolve as an organization later this year. Hough Street Elementary students, Barrington 220 staff and Educational Foundation members and Friends of the Barrington Area Library representatives were present April 15 at the donation ceremony.

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I’d like to respond on the comment made by the person who wrote a position on state teacher pensions. They start off by saying Illinois teachers’ pensions are primarily funded by the taxpayers, which is largely inaccurate. I hope people will do their homework when they take a position on this stance. I thought that was the case as well until I became a teacher. I’ve been teaching for 10 years, and a good portion of my salary is contributed to the teachers’ pension fund that I’m a participant in. People are misinformed and that’s something that needs to be changed. Currently teachers can retire at the age of 55, but that is also being phased out. People need to understand that the political problems of our state are not the result of the teachers’ pensions issues, but they’re the result of mismanagement of our state tax dollars overall.

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How do other unionized employees at colleges and universities feel about football players and other athletes unionizing? I attended a large state university. The professors, the secretaries, the nurses at the university hospital, campus security personnel and custodians and maintenance personnel were all unionized. I’d like to know if they are happy that there are college athletes who want to join the fight for better conditions for workers? Or do they think these are a bunch of whining crybabies who, but for the fact they are good at sports, might not have been admitted to a specific school, let alone get free tuition, books and room and board?

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Local man charged with marijuana trafficking By TARAH THORNE BARRINGTON – The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Barrington man in addition to two other individuals allegedly involved in a marijuana trafficking ring this month. Larry A. Thompson, 52, of the 400 block of East Lake Shore Drive, Barrington, was charged with unlawful marijuana trafficking, unlawful delivery of marijuana and unlawful possession of marijuana April 15 with a bond set at $75,000, according to a news release from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office. On April 7, members of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force, Lake County Metropolitan Enforcement Group, and Union Police Department investigated a report of suspicious packages delivered to an address in the 6300 block of Main Street, Union, according to the release. During the course of the investigation, Sheriff’s Office Narcotics detectives searched the Union residence and seized about four pounds of high-grade marijuana, packaging material and a scale, according to the release. Lake County MEG agents assisted in searching Thompson’s residence and seized an additional two pounds of high-grade marijuana. Linda and Stephan Rednez of Union were charged April 8 with unlawful possession of marijuana. The Sheriff’s Office estimated the street value of the marijuana seized during the investigation to be about $27,000. Defendants are scheduled to appear in court April 25.

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Eastern Meadowlark is Flautist of Prairies By WENDY PAULSON One of the grassland melodies I most look forward to each spring is that of the eastern meadowlark. For me, the notes defy translation into words that attempt to approximate the vocalization. They are, rather, simply an ethereal tremulo that lifts and transports the heart. To be sure, the meadowlark is also capable of crass earthy chatter – like most birds, it has a call as well as a song – but its lilting refrain is the communication with which I prefer to associate it. Meadowlarks are among the earliest species to return to northern grasslands. In many parts of the country they reside year-round. As short-distance migrants, the meadowlarks we see locally spend winter months probably in the southern U.S. and even in southern Illinois. In March, it is not uncommon to hear their song or spot their

.com awkward flight in Barrington area grassy habitats. Some of the best spots locally to see and hear meadowlarks include Grigsby Prairie (a Citizens for Conservation preserve) or one of the many sections of Cook County’s Spring Creek preserve, especially Galloping Hill (opposite Penny Road Pond parking lot in Barrington Hills) and Longmeadow (east of Bateman Road and Longmeadow Road, also in Barrington Hills). It is easy to identify an eastern meadowlark, either at rest on a fencepost or in flight. It is a stout, sturdy bird with a short tail. What stands out if the bird faces

you is its rich yellow breast marked with a conspicuous black V of black feathers on its chest. Its head is largish and flat and it has a long, strong, pointed beak that signals its membership in the blackbird family. When it flies, the meadowlark is hardly graceful. It employs stiff, rapid, downward wingbeats to propel itself skyward, then flies with periodic glides, giving the flight a jerky character. In the air, it exposes the white outer tail feathers that are a giveaway field mark. As native grasslands succumbed to agriculture and development, populations of the eastern meadowlark plummeted. The National

Audubon Society has estimated a decline in Northern Illinois of 87% since 1967. But prairie restoration initiatives by Citizens for Conservation, National Audubon, Cook County Forest Preserve District and others have begun to bring the species back to our area. For a visual and aural treat, plan to visit a local grassland this spring or summer to welcome the return of the eastern meadowlark.

Wendy Paulson is a nationally known birder, naturalist and longtime Barrington Hills resident. She leads bird walks in Barrington and Chicago and developed the education program for Citizens for Conservation. Paulson contributes regular bird profiles to in an ongoing series called Birds of Barrington. You’ll find her contributions at

Barrington area specialty store to relocate downtown By TARAH THORNE BARRINGTON – Heads Up Apparel is moving to the bank. Currently located on Northwest Highway, the shop is moving to the old LaSalle Bank building in the center of downtown Barrington, at the corner of Main and Cook streets.

Heads Up Apparel President Jessica Young said her company’s move is “a dream come true.” “With this move, the company will be doubling its retail space and more than doubling production space for spirit wear,” Young said. “All this and we will have our own 30-space parking lot – a huge improvement over our cur-

rent location.” Heads Up Apparel is both a retail boutique and a schoolclub spirit wear business. Young said she simply ran out of space at her current location, serving more than 70 school-club clients in a year’s time. Young and her parents, Sandie and Dan Paxton, run the business. In addition

to personalized items for the home, babies, children, brides and more, the new location will feature a Vineyard Vines line of men’s and women’s clothing and accessories. Young said the renovation of the bank space is progressing nicely. Heads Up is set to open in the new location late May.

8POLICE REPORTS Information in Police Reports is obtained from the Barrington Police Department. Individuals listed in Police Reports who have been charged with a crime have not been proven guilty in court. Police responded April 15 to the 500 block of West Russell Street for a burglary report.

for driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol content more than 0.08, improper lane Deceptive practices use and failure to notify the • Police took a deceptive prac- Secretary of State for a change tice report April 18 at Wickstrom of address April 19 at Lake Cook Auto Group, 600 W. Northwest and Ela roads. Highway. • Jonathan Rogers, 20, of the • Police responded April 18 to 1100 block of Victoria Drive, Fox the Barrington Bank and Trust, River Grove, was arrested April 20 201 S. Hough St., for a deceptive for disobeying a traffic control sigpractice report. nal and DUI at Routes 14 and 59.



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Lee Paulson, 22, of the 8800 block of Roland Drive, Barrington, was arrested April 18

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Natalie Kuempel, 22, of the 600 block of Park Drive, Barrington, was arrested for the


for assault at North Avenue and June Terrace.

possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia April 18 at North Avenue and June Terrace.

Theft of services Stephan McPike, 54, of the 400 block of North County Street, Waukegan, was arrested April 16 for theft of services at 287 Beverly Road.

Battery A battery was reported to have occurred April 17 at Blue Heron Cafe, 405 W. Northwest Highway. The incident was reported to police April 18.

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Deer Park mom experiencing pageant circuit D

eer Park mother Lori Elo competed to be Mrs. Illinois April 19 at the Hemmen’s Auditorium in Elgin. Although Elo

did not win, she said she met some great people. Elo shared her life story with Barrington Suburban Life Report-

ready. I am having my evening gown donated by A’L’Amour, and I purchased my costume at Victoria Secret and swimsuit at Everything But Water. I already owned my suit for the interview.

Thorne: What drew you to Deer Park to live? How do you spend your time in the area? Elo: We moved from Palatine to Deer Park 21 years ago. Why we chose this area is because we wanted land, and when my husband found the property we chose to build. We hired the Amish to build our home. My time is spent driving my daughters to and from school, activities and the mall.

Thorne: Has anyone given you advice for the interview? What did they tell you? Elo: I have had a great mentor in Karen Lea Cline. She is a former Mrs Illinois in 1998. Also wonderful friends like Christina Currie of Christina Currie Events.

Thorne: As a parent of two twin daughters, what has been most rewarding? Challenging? Elo: Having twins is truly a double blessing. They have very different personalities with different interests, so being actively involved in their lives is very rewarding. The challenges are managing schedules. It requires a lot of multitasking.

Thorne: You’re so busy. What inspired you to compete to be Mrs. Illinois/America? Have you done pageants before? Elo: I participated in a Bridal Show for Christina Currie Events and a connection from her network asked me to compete for Mrs. Illinois. Area resident Karen Lea Cline was a previous winner and encouraged me to participate. I was in the Miss Illinois pageant when I was in my senior year in college.

Thorne: Where did you attend college? What was your Miss Illinois competition experience like? How did you place and what did you take away mentally from that pageant? Elo: I attended the University of Illinois in Champaign Urbana. The Miss Illinois pageant was very compet-

er Tarah Thorne before the pageant. Elo said she has been most busy owning an area business and parenting her twin daughters.

Thorne: If you win the title of being Mrs. Illinois or America, what would you like to do in this role? Elo: I would like to represent women in business. I received my woman-owned business certification this past November and hope to be a voice and inspiration to all women that is acceptable to take risks and see the challenges and rewards life has to Photo provided With support from her family and local mentors, Deer Park mother Lori offer. I would like to give back and mentor other women in Elo competed April 19 in the Mrs. Illinois pageant at the Hemmens Autheir pursuits.

ditorium in Elgin. Elo previously competed to be Miss Illinois in college. itive, with enormous talent. Some of the contestants had already competed five or six times. I did not win that pageant, but I learned a lot about women and a lot about competition.

get to know these amazing women. It all takes place on one day, so that is when we first rehearse.

Thorne: What do you expect the Mrs. Illinois/America competition to be like? How have you rehearsed? Elo: There are so many

have to perform a talent. Mrs Illinois bases 50 percent of the total points on your interview. We also have to compete in a state costume, swimsuit and evening gown.

talented, beautiful and qualified women competing in the pageant, so I expect the competition to be tough. I want to enjoy the day and

Thorne: Do you have to perform a talent? Elo: I sing but you do not

Thorne: Do you have your attire ready? Where did you shop? Elo: I have all of my attire

Thorne: What led you to go for your woman-owned business certification this past year? What business do you own? What’s most rewarding for you being a woman in business? Elo: I wanted to obtain my certification because I feel that it is important to be recognized as a woman in business. Also, when certified, you get to bid on set aside opportunities. My business is Print By Numbers, which is a printing and packaging company. Female entrepreneurship has skyrocketed.

Thorne: Who has been most supportive of your competing thus far? How? Elo: I have wonderful family and friends. I would not be participating in the pageant if it weren’t for Christina Currie at Christina Currie Events, Denise Rouse at Northwest Suburban Physicians (sponsor), Nancy Prince at Electro Insulation Corp. (sponsor), Deedee Gallagher at Bataille Academie of the Danse (costume), A’L’Amour (evening gown), Julie Drover (fitness trainer) and Karen Lea Cline at Lea Image Studio (pageant consultant).

Thorne: What’s something most people wouldn’t know about you? Elo: I would have to say, it’s that I sing. I also love to cook and bake.

Thorne: What are some of your favorite things to cook and bake? What do your daughters enjoy most? Elo: I love to cook big meals and am most known for my breakfasts. Sunday brunch is a special time for our family. The girls love my cornmeal crisp waffles.

Thorne: What would be your advice to other busy mothers who would like to pursue something they’re passionate about? Elo: Even if it seems daunting or scary, take a leap of faith and believe in yourself. You cannot grow as a person if you don’t try.

Thorne: What’s some of the best advice you’ve received thus far? Elo: “Enjoy the journey” … and I will.



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WHERE: Main Stage of the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, 19351 Washington St., Grayslake WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26; 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27 COST & INFO: College of Lake County’s 16th annual festival of dance, music, drama, poetry and the visual arts will be presented by students, faculty and community members. The festival embraces original works by a variety of creative artists. Tickets are $9 for adults, $7 for CLC/Senior/JLC Subscribers and $3 for children under age 12.


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GRAYSLAKE’S SPRING FARMER’S MARKET WHERE: Downtown Grayslake, Center Street and Centennial Park, Grayslake WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through May 24 COST & INFO: A sure sign of spring beginning is the opening of the Grayslake Farmer’s Market. Come out and pick up some fresh produce, wine, cheese, baked goods, olives and more. Admission is free. For information, call 847-289-7138.



WHERE: Independence Grove Forest Preserve, 16400 W. Buckley Road, Libertyville WHEN: 9 a.m. Sunday, April 27 COST & INFO: Gather the friends, family and coworkers, and register for the second annual Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center 5K Run/Walk. Admission is $25. The run will be timed, but not for specific, personal times. For information, visit


WHERE: Lindenhurst Village Hall, 2301 Sand Lake Road, Lindenhurst WHEN: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26 COST & INFO: Lindenhurst Park District will be hosting the Earth 5K at Millennium Park. Admission is free. Also beginning at 9 a.m. will be a village-wide cleanup, followed by free refreshments, kids’ activities, raffles and prizes and more than 30 booths. For information, visit

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WHERE: James Lumber Center, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake WHEN: 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, April 30 COST & INFO: Moving from the city to a new house in the country can be tough. Just ask Henry, who can’t find a playmate. Luckily, he’s got Mudge, a great big, 182-pound canine buddy. But when Henry runs away, Mudge follows the boy’s scent into the forest. Will the two friends be reunited happily? Find out in this charming musical, based on the Cynthia Rylant books. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for school groups. For information, visit

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Get a lot more than wine and martinis at The Vine GRAYSLAKE – I had been hearing for a while that if you want to experience a great meal in Grayslake, you want to start with The Vine. When I found myself with some free time at lunch recently, I headed down Center Street with a companion to check it out. An unassuming brick building from the outside, The Vine is instantly welcoming when you walk through the doors. Attention to detail evident is everywhere as we found ourselves being seated in an atrium-like area with a high ceiling and a skylight. The abundant sunlight and the clay tile faux-roof on one portion gave the feeling of a sidewalk cafe – without having to be outside on what was a chilly day. The appetizers were enticing, but since it was lunchtime, we opted to dive right into entrées. I selected the Tortellini Bolognese, while my companion selected the Salmon Piccata. I had been looking for a hearty meal, and that’s exactly what I got. A generous helping of three cheese tortellini was piled atop a mound of Bolognese meat sauce, which the menu said was made with ground pork, beef, carrots, onions, celery, red wine and tomatoes. Atop the tortellini were strips of shaved Parmesan. There are a lot of great combos that basically boil down to meat and cheese, but this dish is especially flavorful, with the meat sauce perfectly complementing the savory tastiness of the tortellini. My companion was just as pleased by the salmon. The sautéed fillet was served with wild rice and steamed asparagus, a combo that was as delightful to look at as it was to eat. The creamy piccata sauce was just the thing to tie the flavors together. Dessert at lunchtime is probably a terrible idea, but I couldn’t resist when I saw that The Vine has carrot cake. We were warned by our server that it was a generous portion,

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A meal that’s as nice to look at as it is to eat – the Salmon Piccata at The Vine.

The Tortellini Bolognese at The Vine in Grayslake is a delightful combination of savory flavors. The Vine is easy to spot on Center Street in downtown Grayslake. and she wasn’t kidding. More than enough for the two of us to split, we probably could’ve sliced it into thirds or quarters and still been satisfied. Of course, tasty as it was, we ended up polishing off the whole thing. My waistline certainly suffered as a result of my taste buds’ appetite. The Vine has an extensive menu, with a full complement of appetizers (the chorizo-stuffed dates sound interesting), salads, burgers,

sandwiches and wraps, not to mention more than a dozen full entrées. And, of course, being a wine and martini bar, there’s an extensive menu of libations available. There’s also a section of the menu devoted just to dishes featuring mussels; that’s not really my area of expertise, but I imagine anyone who enjoys mussels would get a kick out of sampling all the different preparations. Just glancing over the

menu online to write this piece, I find myself tempted by a number of items that I didn’t get to try on my first visit. The question is, will I be able to restrain myself when it comes to dessert? I wouldn’t bet on it.

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Grayslake n Hours: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday to Thursday; 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday. n Dress code: Casual n Info: 847-543-0900, www.


FAITH ON TAP, 6:30 p.m. April 24, St. Peter United Church of Christ, 47 Church Street, Lake Zurich. Group for young adults ages 21-35. Information: 847-438-6441, or GUIDED MEDITATION, 7 p.m. April 24, Lake Villa District Library, 1001 E. Grand Avenue, Lake Villa. An hour of guided meditation. No experience necessary. Information: MELTED CRAYON ART, 7 p.m. April 24, Lake Villa District Library, 1001 E. Grand Avenue, Lake Villa. Information: “THE MUSIC MAN,” 7:30 p.m. April 24, 25 and 26, Lake Zurich Performing Arts Center, 300 Church St., Lake Zurich. Cost: $10-$12. Information:

APRIL 25 LUNCH AND A MOVIE, noon April 25, Wauconda Area Public Library, 801 N. Main Street, Wauconda. Information: ITALIAN FEST, 5 p.m. April 25, Viking Park Dance Hall, 4373 Old Grand Ave, Gurnee. Saluto’s spaghetti dinner served by the singers with a performance to follow. Tickets, $10 for adults and $5 for children, are only available in advance. Information: 847-623-7788. BINGO, 6 p.m. April 25, Grandwood Park - Park District Community Center, 36630 N. Hutchins Road, Gurnee. For ages 18 years and older. Proceeds fund Music by the Lake. Information: DESTINATION BAND, 7 p.m. April 25, Penny Road Pub, 545 Penny Road, Barrington. Live music. Information: 16TH ANNUAL FEAR NO ART, 7:30 p.m. April 25 and 26 and 2 p.m. April 27, James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. Packed with an exciting variety of original choreography by CLC students and faculty, CLC’s 16th annual festival of dance, music, drama, poetry and the visual arts is the dance seasons inale, embracing original works by a variety of creative artists. Cost: $3-$9. Information: jlc.


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ELECTRONICS RECYCLING EVENT, 8 a.m. April 26, Knox Park, 1155 E. Route 22, Lake Zurich. Accepted items include: computers, monitors, copiers, scanners, fax machines, cell phones and landline phones, radios, stereos, DVR, DVD players, video games, small kitchen appliances, tools, televisions, fans, etc. Not accepted include: large kitchen appliances, refrigerators of any size, air conditioners of any size. Information:

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BRAINETICS – MATH AND MEMORY WHERE: Barrington High School Black Box Theater, 616 W Main St., Barrington WHEN: 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 30 INFORMATION: Brainetics creator Mike Byster will teach children how to master math and memory skills. Byster will give participants tips to increase focus and and quickly process math. This event is sponsored by the Barrington Council for the Gifted and Talented. Any family can attend. Registration is recommended. Visit for information. “THE BULLY PLAYS,” 9:30 and 11 a.m. April 26, Lake Villa District Library, 1001 E. Grand Avenue, Lake Villa. Lakes Community High School’s Studio Theater Class will present six plays from “The Bully Plays” anthology. Intended for those in high school and older. Information: SPRING FARMERS’ MARKET, 10 a.m. April 26, Centennial Plaza, Whitney and Center Streets, Grayslake. Local vendors offer baked goods, cheese, granola, wine, chocolate and more. Information: BARK IN THE PARK, 10 a.m. April 26, Hawthorn Community Park, Hawthorn Woods, 42 Park View Lane, Hawthorn Woods. Dogs can run, jump, roll over and play with other friends. A variety of vendors will be available. Information: index.aspx?nid=281. RAIN GARDEN SEMINAR, 10 a.m. April 26, Barrington Village Hall, 200 S. Hough Street, Barrington. Presented by Iva McRoberts and Kevin Rische of Trillium Native Landscapes and Kevin Hebert of Kevin’s Rain Gardens. Registration: Information: POP MACHINE AND ALTERNATE PAST, 7 p.m. April 26, Penny Road Pub, 545 Penny Road, Barrington. Live music. Information:

APRIL 27 GRAYSLAKE LIONS PANCAKE BREAKFAST, 7:30 a.m. April 27, Grayslake Lions Pancake Breakfast, 160 Hawley Street, Grayslake. $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 children 5-12, children under 5 eat free. Information: www. TRIVIA, 1:30 p.m. April 27, Lake Villa District Library, 1001 E. Grand Avenue,

Lake Villa. All ages welcome. Information: UNITY YOUTH FELLOWSHIP, 7 p.m. April 27, St. Peter United Church of Christ, 47 Church Street, Lake Zurich. For young people in grades 9-12. Information: 847-438-6441, PastorEmily@stpeterlz. org or

APRIL 28 TEEN ACTION GROUP (TAG), 3:30 p.m. April 28, Wauconda Area Public Library, 801 N. Main Street, Wauconda. Help with library projects and let us know which programs, video games, and books you’d like to see at the library. Information: GARDEN CLUB MEETING, 6:30 p.m. April 28, State Bank of the Lakes, Lower Level, 50 Commerce Drive, Grayslake. Program will be on Unique Container Combinations with speaker Shirley Laux, owner of Gurnee Garden Center. New members and guests always welcome. Information: 847707-8841 or TEEN IMPROV, 7 p.m. April 28, Lake Villa District Library, 1001 E. Grand Avenue, Lake Villa. Learn teamwork, conidence, and spontaneity as you improvise with some of Lakes’ funniest performers. Information:

APRIL 29 BUSINESS BUILDERS BREAKFAST, 7:30 a.m. April 29, Lake Villa District Library, 1001 E. Grand Avenue, Lake Villa. Thinking of starting a home-based business? You’re invited. Co-sponsored by the Lindenhurst-Lake Villa Chamber of Commerce. Information: KNITTERS NIGHT OUT, 7 p.m. April 29, Lake Villa District Library, 1001 E. Grand Avenue, Lake Villa. Grab your

knitting (or crochet) project. Ages 18+. Information:

APRIL 30 “HENRY AND MUDGE,” 9 and 11:15 a.m. April 30, James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. Henry can’t ind a playmate in his new neighborhood. Luckily, he’s got Mudge, a great big, 182-pound canine buddy. But when Henry runs away, Mudge follows the boy’s scent into the forest. Based on the Cynthia Rylant books. Cost: $5$10. Information: GARDEN OF GIVING WOMEN’S LUNCHEON, 11 a.m. April 30, Inverness Golf Club, 102 North Roselle Road, Inverness. Aids homeless and low income children. Gourmet lunch will be served along with instrumental entertainment, cash bar and fun rafle prizes. Cost: $45. Information: www. EDGAR HARRELL - A TRUE AMERICAN HERO, 7 p.m. April 30, Chain of Lakes Community Bible Church, 43 W. Grass Lake Road, Lake Villa. Ed Harrell, WWII survivor, tells the tragic story of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis, the largest casualty at sea in the history of the U.S. Navy. Information: 847838-0103 ext. 201, evey.pucel@clcbc. com or AUTHOR EVENT, 7 p.m. April 30, Ela Area Public Library, 275 Mohawk Trail, Lake Zurich. California author Marty Brounstein discusses his book “Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust.” OPEN JAM & LIVE MUSIC, 8 p.m. April 30, Tracks on Grand, 151 East Grand Ave., Lake Villa. Musicians just bring instruments. Full sound system, amps, drum set and mics provided for by the host band. Information: www.

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Golf therapy improves pain on and off the course By TARAH THORNE BARRINGTON – Accelerated Rehabilitation Physical Therapist Alecia Grounds admits that she thought golfing was simple, until she tried the sport for herself. “It was much harder than I thought,” Grounds said. Already specializing in helping clients improve their running performance, Grounds decided to become Nike Golf Functional Performance certified last February. The program, powered by the Gray Institute, teaches movement professionals the functional and logical process of golf-specific principals, strategies and techniques. If a client has pain during or after their golf game, Grounds helps them to break down their movement with video software and correct their swing. In a scheduled golf evaluation Friday morning, Grounds video-taped the golf swing of Kildeer resident and hobby golfer John Schleder. Grounds used Dartfish video analysis software to assess a golfer’s mobility, stability and power. Grounds said golf therapy is usually a one-time visit. Evaluation and testing takes about an hour and Grounds recommends various exercises to improve mobility at home. Grounds focuses on how body joints are affected during golf – what happens to ankles, hips, knees and backs during the golf swing and follow through. But because of the rehabilitation setting of where she works, Grounds said most of her golf clients are seen post-injury. “People typically don’t want to fix their swing until they are in pain,” Grounds said. The golf evaluation can be paid for out-of-pocket, or covered by insurance if the physical therapy is doctor-prescribed, Grounds said. Schleder was referred to Accelerated Rehabilitation Barrington by a podiatrist after being struck in a hit-and-run bike accident. Hit by another biker, Schleder said he experienced constant ankle pain and ligament dam-

Tarah Thorne –

Alecia Grounds, a physical therapist at Accelerated Rehab Barrington, records a video of Kildeer resident John Schleder’s golf swing. Grounds will spend time analyzing the video and report back to Schleder with tips to improve his mobility and his overall game.

If you go What: Golf therapy Where: Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers Barrington, 455 W. Northwest Highway When: By appointment Cost & Info: 847-381-0372

age until he started the rehab program. “Alecia has been outstanding and helpful through the healing process,” Schleder said. “The pain is nearly gone.” Playing golf about three times per month during spring and summer, Schleder said he decided to try the golf therapy program in hopes of a pain-free golf season. “I couldn’t swing a golf club immediately after my injury,” Schleder said. “I was in a cast for eight weeks. I’m just hoping to return to my fitness routine and maybe gain a few tips.”

like to work more closely with golf professionals or personal trainers in the future. “There’s multiple golf strength training exercises Adjust your swing: Think about courses in the Barrington area year-round. your posture before and during and a lot of people physically Build endurance: Regular your swing. Stand with your cannot do what their trainer aerobic activity can give you feet shoulder-width apart and is telling them to do,” Grounds staying power on the course. distribute your weight equally said. “Once we improve moTry walking, jogging, bicycling on booth feet. Avoid hunching bility at home, correct their or swimming. over the ball, which may conmechanics and free up their tribute to neck and back strain. Lift and carry clubs carefully: range of motion, their golf game will improve greatly.” Keep your back straight and Stay smooth: Don’t overemOn the course, Grounds use the strength of your legs phasize your wrists during recommends warming up to carry golf bags and heavy your swing, which can lead to and stretching beforehand. clubs. golfer’s elbow – a strain on “It’s important to stay flexible Choose proper footwear: Dress forearm muscles. throughout the entire year, for comfort and protection Don’t overswing: Relax and take not just during outdoor golf from the elements. Wear golf a nice, easy swing at the ball. season” Grounds said. shoes with short cleats. Long Warm up: Try a brisk walk or set “I see more physical theracleats dig into the sod and hold of jumping jacks. Stretch your py patients during the spring your feet planted as you swing, arms, wrists, forearms, elbows, because they think if they which may strain your knees shoulders, spine and pelvis. rest all winter, they’ll be and ankles. Start slowly: Work up to your good-to-go by spring and they Info: desired level of activity. end up hurting themselves Source: Mayo Clinic Strengthen your muscles: Do doing too much, too soon.” Grounds said her goal is to break the “only hurts when I Using frame-by-frame video client, but most golfers have golf” stigma associated with analysis, Grounds finds that tightness in the hips. pain by correcting her client’s mobility is different for every Grounds said she would movement off the course.

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Barrington teacher by day, sports announcer by night By ANDY SCHMIDT Barrington Suburban Life Contributor BARRINGTON – The job of the public address announcer is to keep the fans in attendance informed on what is going on with the game or event that is taking place. Barrington is lucky to have one of the most experienced announcers in the area with Jeffrey Price. Price has been announcing baseball at Barrington since 2002, boys’ basketball since 2005 and boys’ soccer since 2011. It is those jobs that keep the Barrington Middle School Station Campus algebra and geometry teacher busy on a daily basis. Price also is the Scholastic Bowl Coach for Station Campus. Price said while it may appear to be a lot of work, it really isn’t that many days out of a school year. “When you count them all up, it winds up being about 35 dates that I do PA work over the course of the school year which averages out to once per week,” Price said. “That’s not too great of a hardship in terms of finding the time to complete what’s needed for school. I strive to get things graded and returned the next day but sometimes the kids have to wait an extra day, particularly if they take a long test on the same day as a game. That sometimes can happen even when I’m not announcing due to domestic factors.” Over the course of the last decade, Price has many called games the Broncos played but there is one Barrington game in particular that actually helped advance his career. “In about 2007, I was asked to work as PA for Barrington’s

baseball game versus Schaumburg at Alexian Field,” Price added. “It was the largest venue I’ve ever announced in and it was a unique experience to hear my voice echoing throughout the stadium. Moreover, it led to me being offered a position as the regular PA announcer for the Schaumburg Flyers.” Price said he has deep roots with baseball, but he enjoys staying busy with all three sports. He added the postseason makes the job even more exciting, regardless of sport. “I suppose baseball would have to be the favorite, as it’s the first sport I played as a child and I feel I understand it best of all. Also, since games are played in the late afternoon, it allows me to do what needs to get done afterwards,” Price said. “However, the most enjoyable games to announce are the ones when it’s a playoff game, such as regionals or sectionals, regardless of the sport. The emotion of the crowd at those games energizes me.” There are many errors that come from being a public address announcer with any number of issues occurring from a name that is hard to pronounce to the microphone not working. While Price said he has made mistakes in the past, there is nothing that can be done after it is over with. “Mistakes are common, actually. The key is to correct myself and not dwell on it,” Price said. However, he added he enjoys trying to pronounce the harder names. “I actually embrace the difficult names. I go over pronunciations with visiting teams and write pronunciation keys as necessary,” Price

said. “I’ve even been complimented by parents from visiting schools for saying some of their player names better than their home announcers. That motivates me to continue paying attention to those details.” It has been more than a decade of baseball and a number of years doing boys basketball and soccer but Price has made a commitment to himself to when it will be time to stop. “I get paid for doing this job, so that’s motivation to keep doing it but I’ve promised myself I’ll stop announcing when it’s no longer fun,” Price said. Fans in Barrington will be hoping that Price doesn’t go anywhere anytime soon.

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Barrington Middle School Station Campus algebra and geometry teacher, Scholastic Bowl coach, and sports announcer Jeffrey Price is a busy man. Price said baseball is his favorite sport, having played as a child.



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