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Gun sales rise as bans are discussed By JEFF ENGELHARDT

SYCAMORE – About a week after Dec. 14, Dennis Leifheit saw his sales more than double. He was quickly selling out of certain items and his providers were moving products just as fast, making it impossible to restock his sold-out inventory. Guns were flying off the shelves and it was not just because of the usual holiday rush. Leifheit, owner of ZZ Cop’s Gun

Room in Sycamore, said anytime there are talks of stricter gun prohibitions, customers flock to the store, including new faces. Gun control continues to be a hot national issue after the shooting spree at Sandy Hook Elementary in December that left 20 children and six staff members dead. Leifheit said he understands gun owners’ uneasiness and reactive purchasing when gun control is discussed. He said an extreme minority continues to seek to vilify and define

gun owners. “Handguns, long guns; my suppliers are pretty much out everything. ... Sales have doubled within a month,” he said, adding Firearms Owner’s Identification Card applications also have increased. “I think people are concerned about their Second Amendment rights.” In the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14 in which 26 people and the shooter were killed, much of the gun control talk in Washington has centered

around the possibility of reinstating the federal ban on so-called “assault weapons,” banning high-capacity ammunition magazines, and enhanced background checks for gun purchases. Gun-safety activists are coalescing around expanded background checks as a key goal for the gun violence prevention task force convened by Vice President Joe Biden. Some advocates said it may be more politically realistic and more effective as policy than reinstating a ban


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on assault weapons. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence said some 40 percent of gun sales happen with no background checks, such as at gun shows and by private sellers over the Internet or through classified ads. “Our top policy priority is closing the massive hole in the background check system,” the group said.

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Pensions affecting Illinois’ finances

Fitch: State credit rating now has a ‘negative’ status By JoHN o’CoNNoR The Associated Press

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For months, a group of 20 school administrators, teachers, community leaders and teachers’ union representatives have been researching how the district can maximize its dollars and facilities while maintaining the quality of education. “Their job was to look at everything,” said Tracy Williams, the board’s vice president and a member of the finance and facilities advisory committee. Another board member, Michael Lord, also was on the committee. Committee members will report some of their findings and recommendations at the school board’s Jan. 22 meeting. See DISTRICT 428, page A7

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SPRINGFIELD – A major credit rating agency has soured on the economic forecast for Illinois after another failed attempt this week to rectify the $96 billion pension system deficit. Fitch Ratings announced Friday that it has relabeled Illinois’ financial outlook to “negative” from “stable.” The outlook does not affect Fitch’s opinion of the state’s credit worthiness, still listed as “A.” That’s two steps below the grade for the bestquality borrowers – sound, but reflective of a climate where state finances are vulnerable to economic changes. The announcement serves as an advance warning to Illinois that a downgrade could be on the horizon unless it resolves the gaping difference between its pension system’s assets and what it will eventually owe state employee retirees. “It’s important that our bondrating agencies give us as much time as possible in order to stabilize the pension system,” Gov. Pat Quinn told reporters Friday at a stop in Bedford Park, about 14 miles southwest of Chicago.

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Gov. Pat Quinn speaks to reporters Tuesday on pension reform legislation at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. Quinn suffered perhaps the worst fallout from this week’s lame-duck session which ended with no action on the $96 billion problem, including his last-ditch effort to form a pension commission that wasn’t even called for a vote.







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Narcotics Anonymous: 10 to 11 a.m. at United Church of Christ, 615 N. First St. in DeKalb; www.; 815-964-5959. Knights’ Saturday Burgers and More: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at DeKalb Knights of Columbus Club: 1336 E. Lincoln Highway. Open to the public. Burger buffet: Noon to 2 p.m. at Genoa Veterans Home, 311 S. Washington St. The public is invited for lunch. Lightning games: 1:30 p.m. at Genoa Veteran’s Club, 311 S. Washington St.; www.genoavetshome. us or contact Cindy at crmcorn65@ or 815-751-1509. AA Speaker Open Meeting: 8 p.m. at DeKalb Area Alano Club, 312 E. Taylor St., DeKalb, 800-4527990; Any Lengths AA(C): 10 p.m. at B argain Addict, 109 N. Seventh St., DeKalb. 800-452-7990; www. Sunday

Knights’ Sunday breakfast: 8 a.m. to noon at DeKalb Knights of Columbus Club: 1336 E. Lincoln Highway. Open to the public. 24 Hours a Day AA(C): 9:30 a.m. at DeKalb Area Alano Club, 312 E. Taylor St., DeKalb. 800-452-7990; Kishwaukee Valley Heritage Museum: 2 to 4 p.m. at 622 Park Ave. in Genoa. Call 815-784-5559 for appointments other days. Memories of DeKalb Ag: 2 to 4 p.m. at Nehring Gallery, Suite 204, 111 S. Second St., DeKalb. Free admission and open to all. www. Bread & Roses women’s chorus practice: 5:45 to 8 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 830 N. Annie Glidden Road in DeKalb. For information, call Patty Rieman at 815-758-4897 or visit Steps And Traditions AA(C): 6 p.m. at Masonic Hall, Route 23, Genoa. 800-452-7990; www. No Longer Hopeless AA(C): 7:30 p.m. at DeKalb Area Alano Club, 312 E. Taylor, DeKalb. 800-452-7990; Any Lengths AA(C): 8 p.m. at Federated Church, 612 W. State St., Sycamore, DeKalb. 800-452-7990; Monday

Big Book Study AA(C): 9:30 a.m. at 312 E. Taylor St., DeKalb. 800-4527990; Overeaters Anonymous: 10 a.m. at Senior Services Center, 330 Grove St. in DeKalb; 815-758-4718. Free blood pressure clinic: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, 1 Kish Hospital Drive in DeKalb.; 815-748-8962. Sycamore Food Pantry: Noon to 4 at Sycamore United Methodist Church, 160 Johnson Ave. 815-8959113. Winter coats are available through February. Feed My Sheep Food Pantry: 3 to 5 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1915 N. First St. in DeKalb. All are welcome. New Hope Baptist Church Food Pantry: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the church, 1201 Twombly Road in DeKalb. 815-756-7706. Kiwanis Club of DeKalb: 5:30 p.m. at the Dekalb Elks Lodge, 209 S. Annie Glidden Road. Contact Tarryn Thaden, club president, at; 815-7514719; Take Off Pounds Sensibly: 5:45 p.m. weigh-in and 6:30 p.m. meetings, St. John’s Lutheran Church, 13N535 French Road in Burlington. 847-833-6908 Safe Passage Domestic Violence support group; 815-7565228; DeKalb Rotary Club: 6 p.m. at Ellwood House Museum. 815-756-5677. 12 & 12 AA(C): 6 p.m. at Sycamore Public Library, 103 E. State St. 800-452-7990; www. 12 Step & 12 Traditions AA(C): 6:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 321 Oak St. in DeKalb; American Legion Auxiliary Unit 66: 6:30 p.m. at 1204 S. Fourth St. in DeKalb. Back to Basics AA(C): 7 p.m. at Union Congregational, 305 S. Gage St., Somonauk. 800-452-7990; DeKalb Festival Chorus: 7 to 9 p.m. rehearsals in Room 171, Northern Illinois University Music Building in DeKalb. Adults can schedule an audition; or 630453-8006.

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Unexpected visit to Kish hospital It was a moment of high drama at the Olson house last weekend. My 7-year-old daughter had cut herself, just above her elbow. The cut wasn’t horror-movie bad, but a Hello Kitty Band-Aid wasn’t going to be enough. My wife and I could tell it would need stitches. “Stitches?!? No! I don’t want stitches!” she screamed. “Don’t take me to the hospital!” “My life is ruined!” This went on for several trying minutes. I finally wrangled her into the car. We tried a local immediate care clinic, but it was going to be a three-hour wait. I realized quickly that I could not handle three hours with a terrorstricken child in a room full of people waiting to see a doctor. Next stop, the E.R. “What does E.R. stand for?” she asked when we got back in the car. She cracked the code quickly. “Emergency room! Did you think I wouldn’t figure that out?!” Kid’s too smart for her own good sometimes. We drove to Kishwaukee Community Hospital, where we waited 10 to 15 minutes while watching an MTV reality show. There still was fear. “Have you had stitches before?” Remarkably, no. But I probably should have. I didn’t want to go to the hospital, either. “I don’t want to have surgery.” This isn’t really surgery. “Will I have to spend the night here?” Not unless you make me leave you here. “How many stitches do I need?” I don’t know. “How many stitches?” I told you, I don’t know. The nurse came to get us. She led us to a clean room with another television. My daughter lay on the exam table. A doctor came in and was bombarded with questions. “How many stitches will I need? Is this going to hurt? What kind of thread will you use? Did you know my dad’s never had stitches? He said he should have but he didn’t.” The doctor did a great job, and my daughter went from being terrified to wanting to watch him sew her cut. Four stitches later, the doctor had heard all about my daughter’s favorite subject in school, how Christmas was, and how excited she was to start at a new school that week. She would have her own locker. Then it was over. “That wasn’t so bad,” she said. “I

EDITOR’S NOTE Eric Olson can’t believe I was scared of that.” So my first trip to the emergency room with one of my children ended a lot better than it started. Although there were some complaints about itchy stitching this week, it appears her life has not, in fact, been ruined. There are a lot of places in and around our new community that my family and I have yet to explore. The emergency room at Kishwaukee Community Hospital wasn’t at the top of my list, and I’d rather not go back any time soon. But after my first experience there, I feel pretty confident that if I ever should have to return, the people waiting to help will be competent and friendly. ••• And stay out: Speaking of emergency rooms and hospitals, this flu season is turning out to be a doozy. Illinois is one of more than 20 states that has been hit hard by the flu this year. It’s started early, and the risk of catching the bug will persist for months. The flu’s no joke. More than 368 people in the state have been admitted to hospital intensive care units with the flu this season and 27 have died, an Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman told the Associated Press on Friday. The older I get, the more conscious I’ve become about germs in general. I hate being sick. I turn into a big baby. Now that she has two real children, my wife shows no interest in babying me when I’m sick. So I try to avoid it whenever possible. There are good ways to protect yourself from the flu and other bugs. Wash your hands often. Cover your mouth with the crook of your elbow (like Dracula) when you cough or sneeze. Unlike in 2009, there’s no shortage of flu vaccine this year, so if you haven’t been vaccinated, it’s not too late. And if you are sick, don’t go into work just to show what a good soldier you are. You can make everyone else sick. ••• Girl scout cookies: A 10-year-old Girl Scout emissary named Rebecca Krieser visited the Daily Chronicle office this week. She brought cookies. We were all happy to see her. Until the end of the month, local

Girl Scouts will be selling the cookies. In addition to the usual offerings (I’m into cold Thin Mints and Samoas at room temperature) the Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois is one of six councils selling two types of new snack bars. They’re granola bars, basically. We had a chance to try both the Tagalongs bars (peanut buttery) and the Double Dutch bars (serious chocolate.) The bars are pretty tasty. Give them a try if you’re looking for something different, or if you want to avoid the guilt of eating cookies for breakfast. ••• Re-planting: Good to see that ComEd plans to participate in the effort to regreen the Nature Trail where they did the clear-cut in the fall. The effort’s been described as replacing the trees that were there, but that’s not exactly what should happen. Even though the tangle of trees and brush provided shade and wildlife habitat, there were a lot of invasive species, including honeysuckle and buckthorn. This effort is a chance not to replace what was, but to make it better, with plant species that are native and can co-exist with the high-voltage power lines overhead. That way, not only will the area look like genuine Illinois, but we can also ensure that it will never have to be laid low again. It sounds as though DeKalb Park Board member Steve Young has some good ideas and a passion to make things better going forward. Volunteers will be key to a restoration effort, which should focus on restoring the area with native species. The DeKalb Park District has formed a panel, which will include representatives from the utility, the park district, and the public, to work on the problem. Let’s hope the passion the clear-cut aroused in people will carry over to the restoration effort. ••• Bring them home: In the 12 years since 9/11, my appetite for war has waned. So I was glad to read that President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai are talking about speeding up the military transition in Afghanistan. How about speeding it up to bring the 66,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan home tomorrow?

• Eric Olson is editor of the Daily Chronicle. Reach him at 815-756-4841, ext. 2257, or email


Report: Abducted boy found in Minn. The ASSOCIATED PRESS LONG PRAIRIE, Minn. – In 2006, an 18-year-old Minnesota man legally changed his name to Michael Jeff Landers. Six years later, authorities determined Landers was really the Indiana child who had been abducted by his paternal grandparents in 1994. Richard Wayne Landers Jr., was reportedly abducted when he was 5 years old. The 24-year-old Michael Landers now lives in the small, central Minnesota town of Long Prairie, the Todd County Sheriff’s Office said Friday. Sheriff Peter Mikkelson said the investigation is ongoing and that the case will be forwarded to federal authorities for possible charges. It’s unclear what Landers knew about his history, but authorities said he had lived with his grandparents since birth. According to court records, Landers applied for the name change himself in

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Fog moves Friday into the tiny town of Browerville, Minn. Browerville is the home of Richard and Ruth Landers, who police say abducted grandson Richard Wayne Landers Jr. when he was 5 years old and his unemployed mother was living in a car in Indiana. Indiana State Police said the now 24-year-old Landers was found living under an assumed name near his grandparents who investigators said were living under aliases and and that they confirmed Landers’ identity. November 2006, just a couple weeks after he turned 18. The application does not say why he requested the change, and it wasn’t immediately clear how long he had used the name Michael. A home phone number for

Landers could not be found. Messages left with his wife were not immediately returned. “[The grandparents] were nice people. It was wrong for them to do it, but I can understand why,” he said. “But

I also didn’t think the child would be in any danger at all with them.” Landers’ stepfather, Richard Harter, did not respond to phone calls Friday. A phone number for Landers’ mother, Lisa Harter, could not be located. Indiana State Police spokesman Sgt. Ron Galaviz said it appears Landers’ father was never in the picture. Indiana attorney Richard Muntz has worked with Lisa Harter in her 19-year search and told the Star Tribune that child welfare services stepped in because she has some developmental disabilities and the grandparents had temporary custody. Muntz said after a judge granted Harter custody for a trial period, the grandparents took $5,000 out of a home equity line and left town. The grandparents were charged with misdemeanor interference with custody, which was bumped up to a felony in 1999.

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Sprinklers most pressing need for Egyptian Preservation group to hold off purchasing air-conditioning unit By DAVID THOMAS

dthomas@shawmediacom. DeKALB – The group that operates the Egyptian Theatre is forgoing a long-sought air-conditioning system in favor of a fire sprinkler system so the theater can continue hosting the Amenti Haunted House. To that end, the theater needs the DeKalb City Council to reallocate $474,080 already earmarked for the theater to pay for the installation and plaster repairs.

The nonprofit group Preservation of the Egyptian Theatre was hoping to pay only $450,000 for an air-conditioning system, but the lowest bid came in at $1.5 million. Meanwhile, the Illinois State Fire Marshal has stopped granting special waivers to the Egyptian. Haunted houses are required to be fitted with an automatic sprinkler system. “I think it’s a wise move, given how the cost of the air-conditioning has come in much higher than anticipated,” City Manager Mark Biernacki said. “Meanwhile there’s a life-safety issue that needs to be addressed.” After replacing its sound system and auditorium seating, the Egyptian had $374,080

remaining in its budget from the city’s tax increment financing account for this year. The theater was slated to receive another $100,000 in tax increment proceeds from the city in fiscal 2013. Alex Nerad, executive director of the theater, said a sprinkler system has been on their to-do list for a while, but the cost of installing one had been prohibitive until now. “We want to protect the thousands of people that come through here every year, but also protecting this treasure we have here in DeKalb,” Nerad said. Nerad said parts of the theater already have sprinklers, including the stage, dressing room and mechanical base-

ment. Because of those systems, the theater will not have to pay more for the water service, Nerad added. The fire marshal’s rule allows for a temporary sprinkler setup for temporary haunted houses, however, but Nerad said its only a matter of time before they will be required in the Egyptian and elsewhere. “At this point, we’re not required by fire code for the rest of the year to have a sprinkler system in place,” Nerad said. “But the writing is on the wall for that.” In the past, the theater has paid off-duty DeKalb firefighters to serve as monitors during the Amenti Haunted House at a cost of $3,300. “It’s quite an additional

cost to incur for a fundraising event,” Nerad said, adding that DeKalb firefighters always inspect the haunted house. The Amenti Haunted House is the Egyptian Theatre’s biggest fundraiser – city documents put the theater’s average net revenue at $25,000 a year. “Thousands of people are able to go through it each year and they’re able to enjoy it,” Nerad said. If the DeKalb City Council fully approved the funding, Nerad estimated the installation to take three to four months. He said he wants installation done in a way so that sprinklers look like they have always been a part of the building.

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DeKALB – Library director Dee Coover is looking for a philanthropist or two to be the top donors for the library’s expansion. Library leaders learned late last month that they are eligible for an $8.5 million Illinois Public Library Construction Grant so long as they can raise the rest of the money for the project by June 1. Coover said she still is determining how much money the library will have to raise and how grand expansion plans discussed months ago can be implemented in phases. But philanthropy will play a role in any expansion, just as it played a major role in the current Haish Memorial Library Building, which was dedicated at 309 Oak St. in 1931, Coover said. The city provided the land, and barbed-wire millionaire Jacob Haish provided $150,000 for the library with his name written above its entrance, ac-

n What: Tours of the DeKalb Public

Library n Where: 309 Oak St. n When: 6:30 p.m. Fridays n Information: Call the library at 815-756-9568.

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Youth services manager Theresa Winterbauer helps a group of children Dec. 26 with a craft project at the DeKalb Public Library. cording to the library’s website, “How do I know there won’t be someone who says, ‘Jacob Haish did this in 1930; I can do it for the next 100 years,’ ” Coover said. Library board members will discuss the expansion project and naming opportunities at a special meeting at 7 p.m. Tues-

day at the library. Coover has requested a meeting with state library officials to discuss the grant requirements and will discuss financing options and rules, including referendums, next week. She said the library plans to launch a public fundraising campaign in the middle of February. Plans have been drawn to

add 48,000 square feet to the existing 19,000-square-foot building. The three-story expansion would stretch west across Third Street, which would become a two-way street north of the library to allow access to First Lutheran Church at 324 N. Third St. The library building is on the National Register of His-

toric Places, which also means its handicapped accessibility is limited. The addition will have “universal access,” design, including a wide ramp at the main entrance. Coover is emphasizing the accessibility issues during the tours she started giving on Friday evenings. The multi-level library does not have an elevator. “I want people to imagine they are in a wheelchair,” Coover said. To participate in the tours, people should walk into the library’s Oak Street entrance and meet by its fireplace by 6:30 p.m. on Fridays. For information, call the library at 815-756-9568.


Driver in Route 38 fatal crash was drunk By BRENDA SCHORY

CAMPTON HILLS – A Wisconsin woman who died in a Dec. 1 four-car crash, which also killed an 18-yearold Kaneland graduate, had a blood-alcohol level of .229 at the time, according to toxicology results released Friday. That is almost three times the legal limit of .08 percent. Jennifer Liston, 30, of Madison also had cough syrup and other amounts of controlled substances in her blood, according to the report, made available from the Kane County Coroner’s office through the Freedom of Information Act. On Dec. 1, Liston led police on a chase on Route 38 through Geneva to Campton Hills, at speeds ranging from 65 to 100 mph. She hit a car in Geneva, kept going, then drove into oncoming traffic, killing both herself and Zachary Bingham of Maple Park in a head-on crash, according to crash reports. The coroner’s office said Liston died of blunt force trauma because of severe chest and abdominal injuries. The autopsy report shows she had a fractured breastbone, broken legs and internal bleeding, all from the crash. Campton Hills Police Chief Dan Hoffman said although Liston’s blood-alcohol content was not ruled the cause of death, alcohol was a major contributing factor in the crash.









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Hunter safety course offered at DHS

DeKALB – A 10-hour free hunter safety course will meet at DeKalb High School next month. The class, sponsored by the DeKalb Police Department and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 14, 19 and 21, at the school at 501 W. Dresser St., according to a news release. The course will cover firearms safety, hunter ethics, wildlife management, survival techniques, archery, muzzle loading and game identification. Participants must attend all three classes, which fulfill the education course people born on or after Jan. 1, 1980, need to receive their first hunting license. Registration is limited to

45 students. To register, call DeKalb police at 815-748-8400.

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Man killed in car vs. train crash Friday

WATERMAN – A man was killed Friday morning after his truck was struck by a freight train at the intersection of Route 30 and Crego Road east of Waterman. Dale Grometer, 59, of Waterman was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:01 a.m. DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott said Grometer’s 2005 Chevrolet pick-up truck was parked on the train tracks that run parallel to Route 30. Scott said they received the call about the incident at 7:28 a.m. The intersection was reopened to traffic at 9:45 a.m.

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Editor’s note: Information in Police Reports is obtained from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office and city police departments. Individuals listed in Police Reports who have been charged with a crime have not been proven guilty in court.

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Janelle V. Hammack, 18, of the 200 block of West Royal Drive in DeKalb, was charged Thursday, Jan. 10, with retail theft. George J. Pranckus, 22, of the 800 block of Edgebrook Drive in DeKalb, was charged Thursday, Jan. 10, with driving under the influence of alcohol. Steven W. Gahlbeck, 45, of the 1000 block of Bel Aire Lane in DeKalb, was charged Thursday, Jan. 10, with theft. Terrell Randle, 18, of the 300 block of Augusta Avenue in DeKalb, was charged Thursday, Jan. 10, with two counts of domestic battery.


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Small fire strikes Sycamore restaurant By DAVID THOMAS SYCAMORE – Firefighters were investigating the cause of a small fire on the roof of Tom & Jerry’s on Friday. Firefighters were on the restaurant’s roof Friday about 5 p.m., looking at one of the neon lights that encircle the top of Tom & Jerry’s, 1670 DeKalb Ave. Assistant Fire Chief Marc Doty said the fire was mostly extinguished when they got there. Patrons and customers inside the restaurant were evacuated as the fire filled the main area with smoke. No one was injured. Firefighters and police officers from DeKalb, GenoaKingston and Cortland also responded to the fire. Drivers heading northbound were directed around

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ST. LOUIS – Illinois corn production plunged 34 percent last year as a severe drought cost the state bragging rights as the country’s second-biggest grower of the grain, the federal government announced Friday in its final crop report for 2012. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said that despite planting more corn acreage than during the previous two years, Illinois finished 2012 fourth among corn states, accounting for 1.29 billion bushels of the 10.79 billion reaped nationwide. Iowa still solidly led the pack with 1.87 billion bushels, followed by Minnesota’s 1.37 billion and Nebraska’s 1.29 billion, which was roughly 6 million more than Illinois. Illinois farmers averaged 105 bushels per acre last year, down dramatically from the 157-bushel average growers

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As a former police officer who served DeKalb, Rochelle, Genoa and Sycamore over his 40-year career, Leifheit also understands the public’s concern for safety. He said it is firearm merchants’ responsibility to educate customers on the proper safety, storage, handling and responsibility

that comes with each gun purchase. He said his store also provides courses in safety and proper handling and is ready to offer courses in legal concealed carry should it ever become law in Illinois. A threejudge panel ruled Illinois’ ban on concealed carry unconstitutional in December, but Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is appealing that decision to the U.S. Circuit

Court of Appeals. Regardless of the outcome, Leifheit said an attack on gun ownership will not address the problems he saw as a police officer, or the recent spate of mass shootings. He said the discussion should focus on how to provide better mental health services to those who need it. “It’s not the gun that does the killing, it’s the person behind the gun,” Leifheit said.

“Evil walks out there and if that person wants to commit a crime, they are going to use something. It’s the person you need to work on and control because gun bans just don’t work.” For every violent tragedy, Leifheit said there are many more examples of responsible and social uses of firearms such as his shooting organization, the Kishwaukee Regulators, which hosts

Wild West shooting competitions. Dave Lombardo, president of the Aurora Sportsmen’s Club, said he too sees an increase in gun interest when government officials begin to talk about bans. He said the club’s 518-acre site in Waterman is home to 1,400 members, many of whom learned safety procedures and firearm responsibility from club staff. He said gun sales would

continue to soar so long as the focus was on prohibition and not education. “No one is suggesting we should be able to walk around with fully automatic weapons,” Lombardo said. “But the more the government is leaning towards outlawing firearms, the more people are going out and buying them.”

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Williams and other members of the committee declined to comment ahead of time on what will be featured in the report, as it still was being finalized. Some of the committee’s findings will center around grade configuration and school consolidation, said Andrea Gorla, the district’s assistant superintendent of business and finance. For example, one school building might house kindergarten through third-grade students, while another would be geared to fourth- through sixth-grade students. “The committee was there to research all viable options for utilization of facilities, possible

configurations of school districting, consolidating,” Williams said. The school board tasked the committee with a number of objectives in March 2012, board president Tom Matya said. But that was before the school district entered the 2012-2013 school year with a $2.3 million deficit. Matya and other school officials previously have spoken about the financial challenges awaiting the district in 2013. State payments to the district have been late and pro-rated, forcing the district to rely on local property taxes (69 percent for the 2012-2013 school year). Matya said the board has tried to maintain a strong fund balance while looking to trim $7 million from the budget over the next three to four years.

The district has a $21 million construction grant that it received to help build DeKalb High School. The district received the grant after construction was completed, so the money has been sitting in the district’s reserves. The board did not use the money to eliminate the $2.3 million deficit, as officials said at they wanted to use it for educational purposes. Matya, Gorla, and Williams mentioned that the committee explored different options on how the money could be used. Matya said it was possible the money could be used to increase parity among some school buildings. One of the committee’s other objectives was to examine how the district could make every school building equitable in

If you go The DeKalb School District 428 Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 in the board room at the Education Center, 901 S. 4th St. The finance and facility advisory committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the board room at the Education Center, 901 S. 4th St. terms of conditions and amenities. Matya said this could be difficult to accomplish, as some of the schools are considerably older than the newest ones. Another unknown factor is the upcoming election April 9. Three members of the board – Lord, Jessica Lyons, and Mike Verbic – are not seeking re-election. Matya said he did not know if the board will want to take action before the election. “We’ll have opportunities to the public to comment on it,” Matya said. “We want to be as


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Cheaper by the gallon

8LETTERS TO THE EDITOR With rights come responsibilities

silent. Gun regulation has been the great untouchable. All of our rights come with responsibilities and limitations. Among the rights enumerated in the Bill of Rights, I especially cherish our First Amendment right to freedom of speech. However,

To the Editor: After the killings at Newtown, we seem prepared at last to examine the place of guns in our society. For too long it has been assumed that we must remain

every schoolchild learns Oliver Wendell Holmes’ example of limitations on freedom of speech –that you may not falsely shout “fire” in a crowded theater. It is time to acknowledge that there are limitations, too, on our

Second Amendment right to bear arms. Newtown has shown us that as long as we maintain an absolute hands-off attitude to gun regulation, we fail to meet one of our most solemn responsibilities – our children’s safety.

Don Richgels DeKalb

Freedom disappearing in today’s America

If you see Kris Kristofferson around, please tell him thanks for writing the line “freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose” in his song “Me and Bobby McGee.” That thought is sage and very appropriate for America in the year 2013. In California, Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law an astounding 876 new mandates. They all took effect last week. Now, in the Golden State, you cannot do the following: • Hunt a bear using trained dogs. Untrained canines are OK, I guess. And how would the authorities be able to tell? Would the dog have to take a test in the forest? • Sit in an off-road vehicle without being in a seat. You can’t sit on the floor or on the roof. Do off-road vehicles even have roofs? I don’t know. • Use a boat in a “freshwater body” without paying a separate fee. The purpose of the fee is to raise money to control the influx of “invasive mussels.” I thought that was a 1950s monster movie. • Drive a party bus without a special license. Can’t wait to see that test. “Do you know the words to ‘Celebration’ by Kool and the Gang?”

VIEWS Bill O’Reilly The list of new laws is almost endless, and it is clear that Brown and the California legislature have been very busy thinking up ways to control every aspect of people’s lives. And that is what’s basically happening throughout this country. Politicians, some of them wellmeaning, are trying to legislate everything. New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg doesn’t want us to be chubby, so he’s trying to ban soft drinks in large cups. If a child rides his bike, he often looks like a Roman gladiator with all the protective gear. Drive through a yellow light, and you may be ticketed thanks to a camera tied to a pole. Everybody’s watching everything – and then sending it out to the world via technology. The more laws that governments pass, the less individual freedom there is. Any student of history will tell you that. Totalitarian countries ban pretty much everything. The Taliban whipped people in public for dancing.

Mao would execute you for saying a prayer. Hitler would send you to a concentration camp if he thought you were gay. We Americans need to stop this nanny state stuff. Reasonable protections are fine. It should be a crime to text while driving. But in California it now is against the law to park at a broken meter for more time than you could if said meter were working. I can just see the cops standing there with a stopwatch. I consider myself a law-abiding person. But I’m exhausted. I don’t know where to put the bottles, newspapers, cans and other stuff for garbage pickup outside my house. The rules are so thick you need someone from MIT to explain them. So here’s my pitch to Brown and other elected officials: Relax. The bears will be fine. The mussels will invade no matter what you do. The parking meter deal isn’t important. OK?

• Veteran TV news anchor Bill O’Reilly is host of the Fox News show “The O’Reilly Factor” and author of the book “Pinheads and Patriots: Where You Stand in the Age of Obama.”

Thumbs up: To plans to restore the Nature Trail in DeKalb. The panel that will work toward restoring vegetation along the trail, which was cleared last month by ComEd, includes representatives from the utility, the park district that maintains the trail and the public that enjoys it. In a letter to the park district, a ComEd official said the utility will “work with the panel to create a long-term sustainable plan for the trail” that will take into consideration aesthetics, wildlife, erosion and the still-present high-voltage lines. By replacing invasive species with native ones and considering plants that are less likely to interfere with the lines – thereby reducing or eliminating the need to trim or clear them in the future – the trail could come back better than ever. But what’s really great is seeing all three stakeholders collaborating to make it happen. Thumbs down: To Michael Madigan’s re-election to another term as speaker of the Illinois House. Madigan is a Chicago Democrat who has held the position of House speaker almost continuously since 1983. The exception was a two-year period in the 1990s when Republicans had control of the House. Madigan is arguably the most powerful Democrat in Illinois. He also serves as chairman of the Illinois Democratic Party. We know it was never a thought to the Democrats that replacing Madigan might be a good idea, but Madigan’s iron-fisted control over the business of the Illinois House is bad for the citizens of Illinois. Illinois government is a mess and new leadership is needed. But doing things differently does not appear to be of any real importance to our state leaders. Thumbs up: To the parishioners at Mayfield Congregational Church, who worshiped at their church for the first time in nine months on Sunday. The interior ceiling of the 150-year-old church at 28405 Church Road in Sycamore collapsed in March. Longtime member Joan Berger coordinated work with insurance agencies, contractors and interior designers and local volunteers helped make the main cross in the sanctuary and new offering plates from the original wooden beams. First Congregational United Church of Christ in DeKalb allowed the members to use their chapel as its church during the rebuilding. What a wonderful story of faith, generosity and overcoming adversity. Thumbs up: To cheaper gasoline in 2013. According to an Associated Press story this week, forecasters say a plentiful oil supply and weak demand here at home should cause the average price of a gallon of gas to fall 5 percent in the year ahead. At a time when predictions are for increases in other areas, such as food and health care, at least one staple of daily life should be cheaper this year, barring a natural disaster or more trouble in the Middle East. Thumbs up: To Raven’s Husky Haven and Rescue. The new animal shelter at 27779 Five Points Road outside Sycamore is dedicated to giving these dogs training and care tailored to the unique needs of the high-energy breed. The center is named for shelter President Kelly Lambert’s first husky, which was rescued from Indiana in 2008. They will host an open house from 1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 10. What a wonderful addition to a community that already celebrates the husky as Northern Illinois University’s mascot.


New Congress, Making nutrition labels more useful new perspectives


By MICHAEL F. JACOBSON Special to the Washington Post

How many calories are in that yogurt? How much salt is in that soup? To many people, the nutrition label on packaged food is a given, something that seems always to have been part of the wrapping. But the calorie or sodium or fat content of packaged foods used to be a mystery. It was only two decades ago, with the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990, that key nutrition facts were required to be printed on almost all packaged foods. Then-FDA Commissioner David Kessler made sure that the information would be rendered clearly, in contrast to ingredient lists, which are often printed in a tiny, hard-to-read font. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its final regulations in January 1993. The only substantive change since then has been the addition of a line for trans fat in 2006. Everyone involved in the passage of the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act knew that the information on, and perhaps the design of, the label would

have to be updated as nutrition science evolved and as the public used (or didn’t use) labels. Millions of health-conscious people consider nutrition labels essential when they buy food, but the labels are showing their age. Improving food labels could spur companies to market much healthier foods and encourage consumers to make smarter choices. One problem is that because of advances in nutrition research since 1993, calories and refined sugars are considered more important today, and concern has shifted from total fat to saturated and trans fats. A bigger problem is that the standard label offers two dozen numbers. But who, other than a nutritionist, might know whether to put back a food that is high in vitamin C and fiber – but also high in sodium and saturated fat? Some problems could be easily fixed. The labels should display calorie content more prominently. “Sugars” should include only refined sugars added to food and not the naturally occurring sugars in fruits,

vegetables and milk. Since – and partly because – trans fat was added to nutrition labels, most artificial trans fat, from partially hydrogenated oil, has been eliminated from foods. The FDA should protect consumers’ health and simply ban partially hydrogenated oil, obviating the need for a “trans fat” line. And consumers would be helped tremendously if the labels highlighted high amounts of saturated fat, sodium and added sugars. But those changes still would not address label complexity, which can leave many shoppers mystified. What consumers need is easy-to-comprehend information on the front of food packages. Perhaps the smartest approaches rate foods by giving them credit for the nutrients we should be eating more of and subtracting credit for the bad stuff. The Hannaford Brothers and Food Lion supermarket chains give all foods zero to three gold stars, depending on the balance of nutrients. Everyone can understand these simple ratings, which are printed on

shelf tags rather than on labels. The NuVal system, which is used on shelf tags by Raley’s, Hy-Vee and two dozen other supermarket chains, rates all foods on a scale of 1 to 100. That approach allows people to scan dozens of salad dressings, breakfast cereals or frozen dinners to see which have the highest, or best, numbers. For several years, the FDA has studied updating food labels to ensure they reflect the latest nutrition science and dietary trends. New regulations might be proposed this year, followed by a period for public comment. The agency has also explored approaches for presenting information on the front of packages. Let’s hope that, in a few years, food packages will have second-generation labels that really will move our population toward healthier diets. But let’s also hope that Americans eat a lot of foods that don’t have labels and are the healthiest: fresh fruits and vegetables.

• Michael F. Jacobson is executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

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The transition in Congress from one of the least productive in memory to the most diverse in history is a welcome change – but one that will be but a footnote without new members agitating the old guard for action. The previous 112th Congress was a failure of historic proportions, passing fewer bills than any in the post-World War II era. Its most noteworthy accomplishments were negative: a knock-down, drag-out in 2011 over raising the federal debt ceiling that resulted in the nation’s credit rating being lowered, and subsequent failure to resolve related budgeting issues that led to last month’s “fiscal cliff” debacle. The 113th Congress sworn in on Jan. 3 doesn’t just boast new blood, but new perspectives. More than 100 women, 43 African-Americans, 31 Latinos, 12 Asian-Americans and seven openly gay or bisexual members are among the ranks. Religious diversity is likewise broad, including the first Buddhist senator and first Hindu representative. All to the good, in terms of Congress looking a little more like the folks it represents. Yet, Congress does not yet truly reflect America. It’s getting there but, as with so many other issues, the House GOP is not doing the leading. Doctors and other providers don’t like Medicaid because it pays only a small portion of the actual cost of treating a patient. In fact, more than 35 percent of Illinois doctors have stopped taking new Medicaid patients. Why stick more people in a broken system and leave Illinois taxpayers picking up the tab? That doesn’t make any sense. But that is exactly the direction the lawmakers are headed. The Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, N.Y.

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It will be a nice start to the weekend with some sunshine and mild temperatures. A cold front will sweep in by the afternoon, bringing colder temperatures along with some sleet and snow; an inch is possible by Sunday morning. Drier, but colder air will move in Sunday with highs only in the 20s. It will be fairly chilly and quiet next week with some light snow by Wednesday.





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Temperatures are today’s highs and tonight’s lows.

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Luol Deng scores a season-high 33 points in the Bulls’ third victory over the Knicks this season, a 108-101 victory. PAGE B2


Saturday, January 12, 2013 Daily Chronicle

Sports editor Ross Jacobson •



Price scores career-high 29 in victory Cogs hold Rockets to 19 points in 2nd half in BNC East victory

AP photo

Ex-NIU assistant Shafer takes over at Syracuse

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – As he addressed the media at his first news conference as coach, Syracuse’s Scott Shafer briefly fumbled for words as he looked over at his wife and two children and thought about his father. “[Being a head coach] has been a goal of mine since I was 10 years old because I was influenced by my dad. I just have so many vivid memories of the influence that he had on so many young men and young women,” Shafer said Friday as he remembered his father, Ron, a high school coach who died in 1994. “I came home for the funeral and I can remember as a couple of thousand people lined up outside waiting to see my dad. He touched everyone, and that’s always been a goal of mine. “It’s hard not to be emotional about this sort of thing, but at a very young age I just knew it was something great.” A former defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach for Northern Illinois (19962003) under Joe Novak and for the Orange for the past four years, Shafer succeeds Doug Marrone, who resigned and was named coach of the Buffalo Bills on Monday. Marrone preached discipline, accountability, character, and integrity, in rejuvenating a team that went 10-37 under his predecessor, Greg Robinson, and transformed it into a two-time bowl winner. Syracuse finished 2012 at 8-5 after beating West Virginia, 38-14, in the Pinstripe Bowl and earned a share of the Big East regular-season title with a 5-2 conference mark, its best since Paul Pasqualoni’s 2001 team went 6-1. Shafer promised to follow that lead with a foundation based on attitude, effort and enthusiasm as the Orange prepare to leave the Big East and join the Atlantic Coast Conference in July. Shafer said he planned to meet with the players Sunday when they return from semester break, and Marrone is expected to address the team, as well. – Wire report

8WHAT TO WATCH Men’s basketball Illinois at Wisconsin, 1:15 p.m., BTN

The 12th-ranked Illini (14-3, 1-2 Big Ten) look to bounce back from Wednesday night’s 84-67 home loss to No. 8 Minnesota against the Badgers (11-4, 2-0). More on Page B2.

• The rest of the weekend TV sports schedule on Page B2.


Rob Winner –

Genoa-Kingston’s Adam Price goes to the basket in the second quarter for two of his career-high 29 points in the Cogs’ 63-50 victory against Richmond-Burton on Friday night in Genoa.

GENOA – Adam Price was on fire from the start Friday night. The senior forward scored GenoaKingston’s first 12 points in the Cogs’ 63-50 victory over Richmond-Burton. He ended the game with a career-high 29 points as the Rockets couldn’t do anything to stop him. G-K improved to 11-6 and 3-2 in the Big Northern Conference East Division with the win. R-B falls to 2-13 and 1-1 in conference play. Price said his success was just a matter of his guards, who were able to consistently break the Rockets’ press,

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Slumping Spartans hang on Mottet and Co. halt 3-game losing streak By ANTHONy ZIlIS SYCAMORE – The script looked the same for the Sycamore boys basketball team with five minutes left in Friday’s 59-53 win over Burlington Central. During a three-game losing streak, turnovers killed them down the stretch, and the Spartans lost after blowing big leads late in games. The Spartans began Friday’s game with a 14-0 run before the Rockets (6-11) chipped away at the deficit, using a 7-2 spurt to cut the lead to two midway through the fourth quarter. But the Spartans were determined to finally close out a tight game. “It definitely wasn’t over [when the lead was cut to two],” said Scott Nelson, who scored 11 points. “We stuck together, got a timeout and came out ready to play.” Junior point guard Jake Winters hit a 3-pointer shortly after the timeout to give Sycamore a five-point cushion, leading off a 10-2 run and giving the Spartans (10-7) a 56-46 lead with a minute remaining. Led by Devin Mottet’s 13 points, the Spartans finally were able to come out with a close win. “We let them back in and we know we shouldn’t have,” said Winters, who chipped in 11 points. “This one we really didn’t want to let slip out of our hands.”

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Sycamore’s Devin Mottet puts up a shot while being defended by Burlington Central center Duncan Ozburn (left) in the first quarter of Sycamore’s 59-53 victory Friday night in Sycamore.


Rodgers returns to Bay Area

QB aims to avenge draft day snub, too By JANIE McCAulEy The Associated Press


being able to get him the ball. Price moved at the top of the key, and just tried to find an open space in the R-B zone so he could get to the basket and make some shots. He certainly made plenty. “That was one of the bigger things we were talking about before the game, just pound the post constantly,” he said. “It seemed to work out to our benefit tonight.” G-K coach Corey Jenkins said his forward’s success was just a matter of confidence. When Price gets a few baskets early, Jenkins said anything can happen. “When he gets his first couple shots to drop, he tends to get rolling like that,” Jenkins said. Rockets coach Brandon Creason said his team just wasn’t able to do anything against Price. He thought his defense left the G-K forward open too often.

SAN FRANCISCO – The anxiety-filled green room and draft day seem so long ago now to Aaron Rodgers. Still, on this weekend, any lingering feelings of frustration about how far he dropped will be directed right at the team that passed him up with the No. 1 pick nearly eight years ago. Rodgers brings the highAP photo scoring Green Bay Packers (12Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers reacts during last weekend’s wild- 5) to Candlestick Park tonight card game against the Vikings in Green Bay, Wis. Rodgers brings the to face No. 2-seed San Franhigh-scoring Packers to Candlestick Park tonight to face No. 2-seed cisco (11-4-1) in prime time San Francisco for a spot in the NFC Championship Game. for a place in the NFC Cham-

pionship Game. He’ll take the field in the very venue where he became a regular fan as a boy rooting for Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Steve Young. Rodgers, who appeared in a preseason game at Candlestick in 2008, will play his first meaningful game at the stadium at last, as an eighth-year pro. He will look to avenge a 30-22 season-opening home loss to the 49ers. “It will be fun. I went to a few baseball games there growing up, and saw a game there when I was in college,” Rodgers said. “Stadium’s got a lot of tradition. Looks like we’re kind of fortunate with the weather right now. Still wonder what that’s going to be like.


Playoff schedule Today’s divisional games AFC: Baltimore at Denver, 3:30 p.m., CBS NFC: Green Bay at San Francisco, 7 p.m., FOX Sunday divisional games NFC: Seattle at Atlanta, noon, FOX AFC: Houston at New England, 3:30 p.m., CBS

Inside NFL analyst Jimmy Johnson clarifies tweet about excolleague Marc Trestman getting the Bears’ head coaching job. Page B4


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Boys Basketball Morris at DeKalb, 6:30 p.m. Indian Creek at Rockford Christian, 7 p.m. Girls Basketball Kaneland at Ottawa, 2:30 p.m. Sycamore at Dixon, 6 p.m. Boys Swimming DeKalb at Rockford Jefferson Invite, 11 a.m. Wrestling Sycamore at Carl Sandburg Duals, 9 a.m. Kaneland hosts Margaret Flott Memorial Invite, 9 a.m. DeKalb hosts DeKalb Quad, 10 a.m. Girls Bowling DeKalb at IMSA Invite at Mardi Gras Lanes, 8:30 a.m. Sycamore at Fenton Invitational (Wood Dale Bowl), 9 a.m.


Girls Basketball Hiawatha at Serena, 6:30 p.m. Hinckley-Big Rock vs. Paw Paw at Serena, 8 p.m.


Boys Basketball Hiawatha at LaMoille, 6:45 p.m. Indian Creek at H-BR, 6:45 p.m. Genoa-Kingston at Marengo, 7 p.m. Girls Basketball Morris at Kaneland, 7 p.m. Indian Creek vs. Somonauk at Serena, 7 p.m. Rochelle at Sycamore, 7 p.m. North Boone at Genoa-Kingston, 7 p.m. Yorkville at DeKalb, 7 p.m. Boys Bowling Sycamore at Dixon, Plum Hollow, 4 p.m. Girls Bowling Morris at DeKalb, 4 p.m. Kaneland at Rochelle, 4 p.m. Sycamore at Dixon, 4 p.m.


Only 1,950 NIU Orange Bowl tickets not distributed

Northern Illinois distributed 15,550 of its ticket allotment of 17,500 for the Orange Bowl, according to the NIU athletic office. The school sold only 3,266 tickets, while 2,876 were given away to NIU students for free. The team (players, coaches and staff) and band were given 1,308 tickets, and the school donated 8,100 tickets. NIU won’t be on the hook for all the unsold tickets, as the Mid-American Conference covered the school’s ticket obligation.

Earnhardt Jr. starts big wreck at Daytona test

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – New cars, same results at Daytona International Speedway. Dale Earnhardt Jr. started a 12-car accident at Daytona on Friday that essentially shut down a three-day test session designed to hone NASCAR’s redesigned cars. Stock-car racing’s most popular driver was trying to bump draft with Marcos Ambrose on the back straightaway when he lifted Ambrose “like a forklift” and turned him into the wall. Ambrose’s Ford bounced back across the track and triggered a pileup that collected a host of others. “It was a big mess and tore up a lot of cars down here trying to work on their stuff,” Earnhardt said. “Definitely the drafting is not like it used to be. You can’t really tandem certain cars; certain cars don’t match up well.”

Rookies rule in Sony Open

HONOLULU – Two days into his PGA Tour career, Russell Henley was on his way to breaking a record. Henley putted for birdie on every hole on his way to a second straight round of a 7-under-par 63, giving him a two-shot lead over fellow rookie Scott Langley among early starters Friday in the Sony Open. He was 14-under 126, which would break the 36-hole scoring record at this event by two shots. “It’s pretty surreal,” Henley said. – From staff, wire reports

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Deng leads way with season-high 33 Next

By BRiAn MAhOneY The Associated Press

NEW YORK – Luol Deng scored a season-high 33 points in the Bulls’ third victory over New York this season, a 108101 win Friday that sent the Knicks to their season-high third straight loss. Topping the 29 points he scored here last month, Deng shot 13 of 18 from the field and also led the defensive effort that contained Carmelo Anthony in the decisive first half of his return from a one-game suspension. Carlos Boozer added 17

vs. Phoenix, 7 p.m. today, WGN, AM-1000 points for the Bulls, whose offense won’t be at full strength until Derrick Rose is back from knee surgery, yet they still shot 57 percent. Anthony finished with 39 points for the Knicks, who were roughed up again a night after losing in Indiana. Without starting point guard Raymond Felton and key big men Marcus Camby and

Rasheed Wallace, they lack the depth or sharpness on either end they had during their fast start to the season. Rose is practicing and nearing his return after tearing up his knee in the opener of last season’s playoffs. The Bulls have managed to stay among the top teams in the East without him, and three times have outclassed a Knicks team that has been in or near the conference lead all season. Richard Hamilton had 14 points as the Bulls won for the fourth time in five games. J.R. Smith shot 4 of 17 for his 13 points as the Knicks lost for

the fifth time in seven games. Tyson Chandler grabbed 18 rebounds. The Bulls held the Knicks to then-season lows of 85 points and 32 percent shooting in an eight-point victory in the first meeting, a game Anthony missed because of a finger injury. He played the second one but was in the locker room before it ended, getting thrown out of a game that featured nine technical fouls and four ejections in a game the Bulls were dominating until the Knicks make it look respectable after all the fireworks were finished.


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Illini look to rebound Epstein: Team has lost 10 of past 14 against Badgers By DAviD MeRceR The Associated Press

CHAMPAIGN – Among the things John Groce has preached to his Illinois team is the need to keep their emotions under control. Never get too high with a win or too low with a loss. The home loss to No. 8 Minnesota this week could prove to be a test of just how well the 12th-ranked Illini have listened. The 84-67 loss followed a 74-55 blowout win over thenNo. 8 Ohio State, a split almost any team would take. But the loss also left Illinois (14-3 overall) at 1-2 in the Big Ten, losers of three of its past five. Maybe worse, Illinois couldn’t pin the loss to Minnesota on a lack of effort or toughness. Illinois did plenty that qualified as tough, Groce said Friday, taking charges, running and diving after loose balls, looking for contact. The Illini just couldn’t knock down shots – they hit only 35.4 percent overall and were a miserable 3 of 24 from 3-point range. And, tough or not, they gave up 21 points in transition to the Gophers. “Ran into a little bit of a buzz saw Wednesday night,” Groce said. “They were really good.” Now the Illini are looking ahead to a game today at Wisconsin (11-4, 2-0), not the first team you’d pick to bounce back against. Illinois has lost 10 of its past 14 against the Badgers, who stubbornly stick to just the kind of low-scoring, methodical game that the Illini – averaging a solid 75.2 points a game – have managed to avoid this season. Wisconsin is averaging 70.6 a game, but that figure is dropping. The Badgers have scored 47 on Nebraska and 60 on Penn State in their past two games, both wins. “They’re very, I don’t want to say very deliberate, but very calculating,” Groce said. “They’re determined to get what they want to get and not very often will they take a bad shot.” “It’s hard to speed them up,” he added. SophomorecenterNnanna Egwu, who has played twice against Bo Ryan’s Badgers, sounded a little frustrated just describing of Wisconsin’s slowdown game. “They do a good job getting to you, making you prolong your offense,” he said. “And

No more lovable losers By JiMMY GOlen

The Associated Press

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illinois sophomore center nnanna egwu shoots and scores during the first half against Ohio State on Jan. 5 in champaign. on the offensive end they take their time. They make you guard for (almost) 35 seconds and then they shoot with two seconds left – and then they get the offensive rebound and make you guard for another 35 seconds.” Egwu, in his first year as a starter, will see a lot of Badgers center Jared Berggren. He is the team’s leading scorer, averaging 13.3 points a game, and one of its top rebounders with six a game. The 6-10, 235-pound Berggren is in his fifth season in Madison, and has started every game since the opener last season, 51 in a row. Along the way, Groce said, he’s become very good. “He’s really polished offensively, he’s very skilled, he can shoot the ball from the perimeter, he can score it inside,” Groce said. “They use him a lot like we use Egwu defensively.” Egwu, an inch taller than Berggren, isn’t nearly as polished but he’s started to

come into his own the past few weeks. He’s averaging 8.2 points and seven rebounds a game over the past five, and has given Illinois a smart, physical presence inside on defense that the team wasn’t sure it would have this season. He quietly had one of the better nights of any Illinois player in the loss to Minnesota, pulling down nine rebounds while scoring eight points. A loss today would push the Illini toward the back of the Big Ten pack. The next two games, against Northwestern and Nebraska, would give them a chance to claw back. But there’s no question they’d be well behind the top of the conference that could include a pair of 4-0 teams in Michigan and Minnesota by the end of the weekend. That, Groce said, is something Illinois can’t worry about. “In terms of getting away from you and all that, I can’t control that,” he said.

BOSTON – Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein says he understands the ballclub’s culture better now than he did when he first arrived in Chicago. “I think we all recognized we had a building process. We’ve been transparent about that,” he said Friday night before a charity event at Fenway Park. “At the same time, we realize that every season is precious. Everyone wants to win. It kind of reminds me of my first year in Boston. Theo epstein ... When we first got here, there was the burden of the ‘curse.’ ” Epstein was the youngest general manager in baseball history when he took over the Red Sox in the winter after the 2002 season. Two years later, he was drenched in champagne as the architect of Boston’s first World Series champions in 86 years. (And, three years later, they won again.) In his first year in Chicago, the Cubs lost 101 games. Epstein was asked if he had more of a honeymoon there because he now has a record of success. He said that the Cubs’ reputation as “lovable losers” allowed the team to draw almost 2.9 million fans despite losing 101 games, but it also makes it difficult to turn things around. “I think that’s also an opportunity: I tell the players, ‘Right now, we’re called ‘loveable losers. What do you want to stand for?’ ” he said. “I guarantee you if you ask the guys, they don’t want to be known as loveable losers three or four years from now.” Red Sox GM Ben Cherington also participated in the panel discussion but pushed past reporters without answering questions about the stalled negotiations for freeagent first baseman Mike Napoli. Also taking part in the event for Epstein’s charity, The Foundation to be Named Later, were Red Sox manager John Farrell, Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter and Boston assistant GM Mike Hazen. Farrell said he went to Fort Myers, Fla., after the winter meetings to see the team’s new spring training facility. “Hopefully, we can keep our daily schedule as efficient as possible,” he said.

8WEEKEND TV SPORTS SCHEDULE TODAy’S LINEUP Pro basketball Phoenix at Bulls, 7 p.m., WGN nfl playoffs AFC divisional playoff, Baltimore at Denver, 3:30 p.m., CBS NFC divisional playoff, Green Bay at San Francisco, 7 p.m., FOX Men’s basketball Georgetown at St. John’s, 10 a.m., ESPN2 Minnesota at Indiana, 11 a.m., BTN Duke at N.C. State, 11 a.m., ESPN Tennessee at Alabama, noon, ESPN2 Bradley at Northern Iowa, 1 p.m., CSN

North Carolina at Florida St., 1 p.m., ESPN Butler at Dayton, 1 p.m., NBCSN Oklahoma St. at Oklahoma, 2 p.m., ESPN2 Valparaiso at Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 3 p.m., CSN (same-day tape) Drexel at James Madison, 3 p.m., NBCSN Penn at Princeton, 5 p.m., NBCSN Colorado St. at San Diego St., 7 p.m., NBCS Memphis at Alabama-Birmingham, 7:30 p.m., CSN Golf PGA Tour, Sony Open, third round, 6 p.m., TGC

Soccer Nebraska at Michigan St., 5 p.m., English Premier League, Totten- BTN ham at Queens Park, 6:30 a.m., Golf ESPN2 PGA Tour, Sony Open, final Prep basketball round, 6 p.m., TGC Huntington Prep (W.Va.) vs. Tennis Cape Henry (Va.), 3 p.m., ESPN Australian Open, first round, 5:30 p.m. and 2 a.m. (Monday), SUNDAy’S LINEUP ESPN2 nfl playoffs Women’s basketball NFC divisional playoff, Seattle Nebraska at Penn St., 1 p.m., at Atlanta, noon, FOX ESPN2 AFC divisional playoff, Houston Wisconsin at Michigan, 1 p.m., at New England, 3:30 p.m., CBS BTN Men’s basketball Michigan St. at Illinois, 3 p.m., Penn St. at Purdue, 11 a.m., BTN BTN Michigan at Ohio St., 12:30 p.m., California at Stanford, 3 p.m., CBS ESPN2

NFL PlAYOffS WilD-cARD Saturday, Jan. 5 Houston 19, Cincinnati 13 Green Bay 24, Minnesota 10 Sunday, Jan. 6 Baltimore 24, Indianapolis 9 Seattle 24, Washington 14 DiviSiOnAl ROunD Today Baltimore at Denver, 3:30 p.m. (CBS) Green Bay at San Francisco, 7 p.m. (FOX) Sunday Seattle at Atlanta, noon (FOX) Houston at New England, 3:30 p.m. (CBS) cOnfeRence chAMPiOnShiPS Sunday, Jan. 20 NFC, 2 p.m. (FOX) AFC, 5:30 p.m. (CBS) PRO BOWl Sunday, Jan. 27 At honolulu AFC vs. NFC, 6 p.m. (NBC) SuPeR BOWl Sunday, feb. 3 At new Orleans AFC champion vs. NFC champion, 5 p.m. (CBS)

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x-Larry Allen, G-T, Dallas and San Francisco Jerome Bettis, RB, L.A./St. Louis Rams and Pittsburgh Tim Brown, WR, L.A/Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Cris Carter, WR, Philadelphia, Minnesota and Miami y-Curley Culp, DT, Kansas City, Houston Oilers, Detroit Edward DeBartolo, Jr. owner, San Francisco Kevin Greene, LB-DE, L.A. Rams, Pittsburgh, Carolina and San Francisco Charles Haley, LB-DE, San Francisco and Dallas Art Modell, owner, Cleveland Browns/ Baltimore Ravens x-Jonathan Ogden, OT, Baltimore Ravens Bill Parcells, coach, N.Y. Giants, New England, N.Y. Jets, Dallas Andre Reed, WR, Buffalo and Washington y-Dave Robinson, LB, Green Bay and Washington x-Warren Sapp, DT, Tampa Bay and Oakland Will Shields, G, Kansas City x-Michael Strahan, DE, N.Y. Giants Aeneas Williams, DB, Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams

Cowboys hire Kiffin to replace Ryan

IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys hired former Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin as the replacement for Rob Ryan on Friday. The move signals a switch back to the 4-3 alignment eight years after Bill Parcells implemented the 3-4. Dallas coach Jason Garrett said he had two days of discussions with the 72-year-old Kiffin and came away believing the Cowboys have the personnel to make the switch work. – Wire reports

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central Division W l Pct IIndiana 22 14 .611 Bulls 20 14 .588 Milwaukee 18 17 .514 Detroit 14 23 .378 Cleveland 9 29 .237 Atlantic Division W l Pct New York 23 13 .639 Brooklyn 21 15 .583 Boston 19 17 .528 Philadelphia 15 22 .405 Toronto 14 22 .389 Southeast Division W l Pct Miami 23 11 .676 Atlanta 21 14 .600 Orlando 12 23 .343 Charlotte 9 26 .257 Washington 5 28 .152

GB — 1 3½ 8½ 14 GB — 2 4 8½ 9 GB — 2½ 11½ 14½ 17½

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Southwest Division W L Pct San Antonio 28 11 .718 Memphis 24 10 .706 Houston 21 16 .568 Dallas 14 23 .378 New Orleans 11 25 .306 northwest Division W L Pct Oklahoma City 27 8 .771 Denver 22 16 .579 Portland 20 15 .571 Utah 19 19 .500 Minnesota 16 17 .485 Pacific Division W L Pct L.A. Clippers 28 8 .778 Golden State 22 12 .647 L.A. Lakers 15 20 .429 Sacramento 13 23 .361 Phoenix 12 26 .316

GB — 1½ 6 13 15½ GB — 6½ 7 9½ 10 GB — 5 12½ 15 17

friday’s Results Bulls 108, New York 101 Toronto 99, Charlotte 78 Boston 103, Houston 91 Atlanta 103, Utah 95 Brooklyn 99, Phoenix 79 Memphis 101, San Antonio 98 (OT) New Orleans 104, Minnesota 92 Detroit 103, Milwaukee 87 Denver 98, Cleveland 91 Portland at Golden State (n) Oklahoma City at L.A. Lakers (n) Today’s Games Orlando at L.A. Clippers, 2:30 p.m. Charlotte at Indiana, 6 p.m. Atlanta at Washington, 6 p.m. Utah at Detroit, 6:30 p.m. Houston at Philadelphia, 6:30 p.m. Phoenix at Bulls, 7 p.m. Memphis at Dallas, 8 p.m. Miami at Sacramento, 9 p.m. Sunday’s Games New Orleans at New York, 11 a.m. Milwaukee at Toronto, noon Indiana at Brooklyn, 5 p.m. Minnesota at San Antonio, 6 p.m. Golden State at Denver, 7 p.m. Oklahoma City at Portland, 8 p.m. Cleveland at L.A. Lakers, 8:30 p.m. Thursday’s Results Indiana 81, New York 76 Dallas 117, Sacramento 112 (OT) Portland 92, Miami 90


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Junior squeezes in time to hit the lanes Kaneland junior Christie Crews is busy with numerous extracurricular activities, including playing saxophone in the school’s band, so the Sugar Grove resident didn’t come out for bowling as a freshman. But Crews really wanted to bowl and said she “literally just made time for it” these past couple years, as she’s ascended to the top of the Knights’ lineup. Shaw Media sports editor Jay Schwab spoke with Crews, who is averaging around 160, and touched base on her approach to the sport, now and in the future. The following is an edited transcript:

How old were you when you got your first bowling ball? I was 13 years old.

Have you taken lessons over the years or are you more selftaught? Some of it was coach-

ing from my dad (Scot) but recently I’ve gone to [lessons] once a week.

Do you go bowling much socially or is more just when you’re in competitive mode?

I would say more when I’m in competitive mode. Typically I go at least once on the weekends with my family just to Christie Crews go have some fun.

ing as a grueling sport per se, compared to some of the other sports, but can that be a pretty big challenge from a stamina and endurance standpoint?

Definitely. ... When you use a higher weight ball, it’s hard to keep the same technique over and over when you begin to feel strain in your back and arms, especially your back, I’d say.

Do you talk much with bowlers on other teams during matches or are you more just locked in?

If they’re willing to, sure. I try to just keep it light. ... that’s really what it’s all about here.

I know Kaneland’s home lanes are Mardi Gras in DeKalb – is that where you usually go when you’re on your own, too?

I actually like to go to Parkside Lanes in Aurora.

What’s the most games you ever have bowled in a day?

Do you think you’ll be in an adult bowling league when you’re 35, 40 years old? Do you think that will hold appeal to you?

I definitely think so, but again, [not to be competitive]. It would just be for fun.

Nine. (In a tournament).

People don’t think of bowl-

Cogs’ press stifles Rockets in 2nd half • COGS

Continued from page B1 “We just sat back, let him catch it in the middle of the lane, attack the rim and then watch the ball go in,” Creason said. The final score of Friday’s BNC East contest didn’t necessarily indicate how well R-B played G-K throughout the first half. The Rockets were on fire from 3-point range, hitting seven before halftime, and took an eight-point lead into the break. However, the second half was a different story, when R-B scored only 19 points. The Rockets had success with the 3, but didn’t show much else, according to their coach. “We don’t convert any buckets in transition, we force lots of steals and we convert steals into turnovers and missed shots,” Creason said. “And so if our 3-pointers don’t fall, we just don’t have a lot of other

Kyle Bursaw –

sycamore’s Kyle Buzzard looks for an open teammate while being defended by Burlington Central guard ryan ritchie in the third quarter of sycamore’s 59-53 victory Friday night in sycamore.

Spartans hope trend reverses itself • SPARTANS

Continued from page B1 Through the early going of the season, the Spartans didn’t have late-game issues and they didn’t struggle against the press. But as the season has wore on, the young Sycamore team became plagued by issues typical of an inexperienced team, turning the ball over in key situations after taking early leads. “We play three or four juniors out there extensive minutes,” coach Andrew Stacy said. “No matter how good they are, there’s a huge jump from the sophomore level to the varsity level, and when teams are down, teams are playing a little bit harder than they normally would, and you can’t ever simulate that in practice.” But Stacy thinks his players learned from their failures over the past few weeks, and

Kyle Bursaw –

sycamore center scott Nelson looks for somewhere to pass to while being defended by Burlington Central center Duncan Ozburn (left) in the third quarter. when it came to crunch time, the young team made smart decisions. After a recurring storyline contributed to three consecutive losses, the Spartans hope Friday’s finish sets a blueprint for the stretch run in the Northern Illinois Big 12 East.

“We started off like gangbusters like we’ve been doing and we were actually able to finish a game,” Stacy said. “It’s good to be able to finish a game. Their pressure got to us in the fourth quarter, but we made enough plays down the stretch to pull out a win.”

Rob Winner –

Genoa-Kingston’s Eli Thurlby goes to the basket for two points in the fourth quarter against Richmond-Burton on Friday night in Genoa. options right now.” Defensively, the Cogs had success with the press in the second half, and G-K ended up forcing 17 Rocket turnovers, 10 coming after halftime. Jenkins also said his team was able to be patient on offense in the final two quarters, after watching his team put up

what he called “crazy” shots during the first half. “The ball movement and post touches were pretty solid in the second half,” Jenkins said. “The things we weren’t doing in the first half.” Mason Lucca added 13 points for the Cogs, and Tommy Lucca finished with eight.

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Johnson clarifies Lewis, Manning meet 1 last time Trestman tweet By eDDie peLLs

The Associated Press

By TOM MUSICK Several hours after creating a news story, Jimmy Johnson tried to diminish it. Johnson, a former coach and current NFL analyst for FOX Sports, wrote on his Twitter page Friday morning that ex-colleague Marc Trestman was heading to the Bears. Trestman, who worked as an assistant for Johnson at the University of Miami, is the Marc coach of the Trestman Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. “Looks like 2 of my guys getting NFL jobs,” wrote Johnson, who has more than 120,000 Twitter followers. “Chud Cleveland and my QB coach at U Trestman to Chicago.” Translated: Rob Chudzinski would be the next coach of the Cleveland Browns, which multiple outlets reported. But Johnson was the only person to suggest Trestman is joining the Bears. By Friday afternoon, Johnson backtracked with another Twitter message. “I tweeted this morning, [it]

LOOKS like 2 of my guys were getting NFL jobs not that Trestman got it!” Johnson wrote. Trestman also denied that he was the Bears’ next coach in an email sent to the Montreal Gazette. He said he had not heard from the team about whether he would be a finalist. The timing of Johnson’s first announcement seemed premature because the Bears have not finished interviewing candidates. General manager Phil Emery said he hoped to bring in several finalists to meet with chairman George McCaskey and president Ted Phillips, and that process likely would not take place until next week at the earliest. By all accounts, Trestman is a strong candidate for the Bears’ opening because of his knowledge of NFL offenses. Before he went to Montreal, he served as offensive coordinator of the Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, Arizona Cardinals and Cleveland Browns. Trestman also has one-onone experience with Jay Cutler, whom he worked with leading up to the 2006 NFL Draft. Other quarterbacks who have worked with Trestman before the draft include Jason Campbell, Tim Tebow, Brandon Weeden and Brock Osweiler.

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Falcons try to end trend of early exits By cHarLes ODUM The Associated Press

ATLANTA – It’s 2010 all over again for the Atlanta Falcons. Just like two seasons back, the Falcons finished 13-3 in the regular season. Once again, they have the top seed and home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs. This time, they vow they’re mature enough to make the most of the opportunity. The Falcons Matt Ryan will try to end their recent trend of firstgame postseason exits Sunday when they play the streaking Seattle Seahawks in the divisional playoffs. The Falcons had a first-round bye last week while rookie quarterback Russell Wilson led Seattle to a 2414 comeback win at the Washington Redskins. The Seahawks (12-5) bring a six-game winning streak to Atlanta. Atlanta never had managed back-to-back winning seasons before a new era began in 2008 with general manager Thomas Dimitroff, coach Mike Smith and quarterback Matt Ryan. The Falcons have five straight winning records and four playoff seasons, including three straight. So far, all the regular-season success has led only to

DENVER – Sometime after the season is over, Peyton Manning will sit down with Ray Lewis and congratulate him on a job well done. During Lewis’ 17-year career, he redefined his position and cemented himself as one of the most fearsome players in the game. What Manning hopes to avoid is congratulating Lewis on winning a second Super Bowl. In what could be the last game for Baltimore’s seventime All Pro linebacker, who is retiring after this season, the Broncos and Ravens meet today in the AFC divisional

playoffs. Two NFL icons, each three wins away from a second championship. “I’ve addressed it every time I’ve played against him. He’s an excellent player,” said Manning, who’d rather share his most heartfelt praise for Lewis with the Ray Lewis man himself than with the media. “He’s special. That’s all you can say.” Special as Lewis may be, Manning has won his past nine games against the Ravens. Befitting a player who thinks about Super Bowls above all else, only one of the defeats really sticks with

Continued from page B1

“But it will be a night game, it will be loud, it will be a great environment and it should be a good show for the fans.” Rodgers is putting on quite a show, all right. He returns to northern California, where he became

that isn’t you or the team that beat you, then so be it.” The Broncos (13-3) are ninepoint favorites against the Ravens (11-6) and the odds-on favorite, at 3-1, to win the title. And while Lewis may carry the baggage from the game six years ago, it’s the meeting between these teams a mere four weeks ago in Baltimore that holds the most weight in the respective locker rooms this week. Denver won that game, 3417, although it really wasn’t that close. Manning threw for only 204 yards, but Knowshon Moreno rushed for 115 as the Broncos built a 31-3 lead. The Ravens, playing without Lewis that day, got a couple courtesy scores at the end.

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Pats, Texans hungry to keep title hopes alive By HOWarD ULMan The Associated Press

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Vince Wilfork was a champion as a rookie with the New England Patriots. So, he wondered, how hard could it be to win the Super Bowl every year? After the past seven seasons without another title, he has his answer. “Winning one early in my career, you kind of get the sense that it happens like this all the time, but it doesn’t,” the defensive tackle said. “It’s very, very hard to win at this

level, at any level.” His college teammate at Miami, Andre Johnson, never reached the playoffs in his first eight seasons with the Houston Texans. He finally got there last year. On Sunday, he faces W i l f o r k a n d Vince Wilfork the Patriots in a divisional-round game. “It means a lot,” the receiver said. “It makes you appreciate all the tough times you went through to get to this point.”

postseason disappointment. Smith and Ryan are 0-3 in the postseason, including a home loss to Green Bay in 2010 and an ugly 24-2 loss at the Giants last year. The Falcons say they’ve learned from the playoff defeats and are better prepared this year. “We’ve been here in the past before and now we’re more mature,” safety Thomas DeCoud said. “We know what we can and cannot do. “It’s a sense of pride, more of an internal sense of pressure rather than anything external. As professional athletes we all want to go out there and perform well and get this monkey off our backs, so to speak.” The Falcons can only marvel at Wilson’s ability to pull off a road win in his first playoff game. Wilson completed 15 of 26 passes for 187 yards and ran for 67 yards in last week’s win. Seattle overcame a 14-0 deficit to beat the Redskins. Wilson, a third-round pick, has outlasted Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III in the playoffs. “My expectations are very high,” Wilson said. “That’s allowed me to be where I am today. If I listen to everybody who said I can’t do it, there’s no way I could play in the National Football League, there’s no way I’d be starting in the National Football League. There’s no way I’d be here today.”

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Lewis: a 15-6 loss to the Colts in the 2006 divisional playoffs. Indianapolis then won the Super Bowl. “We gave up five field goals to him and they went on to win the Super Bowl,” said the inside linebacker, who returned from a biceps injury Peyton last week and Manning finished with 13 tackles in a 24-9 win against the Colts. “That hurts to lose to somebody you thought you had beat and then they go on to win the Super Bowl. All the other times, whether you win or not, there’s only one champ at the end of the day, and if

a college star for California across San Francisco Bay in Berkeley, with a healthy cast of receivers and the swagger of a Super Bowl champion. When Rodgers dropped to No. 24 in the 2005 draft after Alex Smith went No. 1, he was asked about his disappointment. He so matter-of-factly said, “not as disappointed as the 49ers will be that they didn’t draft me.”

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The Patriots (12-4) have a rich tradition of three titles in four years before the current championship drought. They won nine of their past 10 games, are coming off a bye and are heavily favored, having routed Houston, 42-14, on Dec. 10. The Texans (13-4) have a poor history with only two postseason wins in 11 years of existence. They lost three of their past four regular-season games, then edged the Cincinnati Bengals, 19-13 last Saturday in the wild-card round. Those differences aside, both teams are hungry to keep

the season going – all the way to a Super Bowl triumph. New England almost won it last season, falling to the New York Giants, 21-17, on a last-minute touchdown. That was a huge disappointment for special teams captain Matthew Slater, a rookie in 2008 who wasn’t part of any of the championships. He didn’t even win a playoff game in his first three seasons. “To be able to come as close as we did last year and have past failures in my previous seasons here, it just drives you and motivates you more,” he said.



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Features editor Inger Koch •

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Janell Burley Hofmann poses with her son Gregory at their home in Sandwich, Mass, on Jan. 4. Janell holds a copy of the contract she drafted and that Gregory signed as a condition for receiving his first Apple iPhone.


Mom goes viral with son’s phone code of conduct



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anell Burley Hofmann honored her 13-year-old son’s “maturity and growth” at Christmas with his first iPhone, but it came with strings attached. Eighteen strings, to be exact, in a written code of conduct that placed the mommy blogger at the center of the debate over how parents should handle technology in the hands of their teens, especially younger ones just entering the frenetic world of social networks and smartphones. Thousands of people, including those bemoaning too much helicopter parenting, commented and shared the funny, heartfelt agreement posted at the holiday by the Cape Cod, Mass., mom of five. The interest crashed her website and led her to appear with her eldest, Gregory, on morning TV. Hofmann’s first order of business: “1. It is my phone. I bought it. I pay for it. I am loaning it to you. Aren’t I the greatest?” She included caveats that some parenting and tech addiction experts consider crucial in easing new entrants onto Facebook, Instagram and shiny new mobile devices: You must share passwords with a parent, answer their calls, hand over said device early on school nights and a little later on weekends. You must avoid hurtful texts and porn and pay for a replacement if your phone “falls into the toilet, smashes on the ground, or vanishes into thin air.” Of the latter Hofmann advises her teen, “Mow a lawn, stash some birthday money. It will happen, you should be prepared.” Hofmann said in an interview that she decided on the contract as she pondered the power of the technology she and her husband were about to plop into their son’s world. She was looking for a way to be present in his phone use without being

Hofmann’s contract highlights • “It is my phone. I bought it. I pay for it. I am loaning it to you. Aren’t I the greatest?” • “You must share passwords with a parent, answer their calls, hand over said device early on school nights and a little later on weekends. You must avoid hurtful texts and porn and pay for a replacement if your phone falls into the toilet, smashes on the ground, or vanishes into thin air.” • “Keep your eyes up. See the world happening around you. Stare out a window. Listen to the birds. Take a walk. Talk to a stranger. Wonder without googling.” • “You will mess up. I will take away your phone. We will sit down and talk about it. We will start over again. You & I, we are always learning. I am on your team. We are in this together.” a “creeper,” his word for stalky, spying parents. She wasn’t surprised that her list, which Greg agreed to, resonates with other parents. It also resonates with psychologist David Greenfield, a technology addiction specialist in West Hartford, Conn. “We have ritualized the gift of the smartphone,” he said, yet many parents don’t have the know-how, stomach, time or interest in actively guiding kids when they first jump into digital life. For some parents, he said, it’s only when things go horribly wrong that attention is paid. He knows of parents who have gone so far as to jam all Internet and cell phone signals at home when they couldn’t get their kids to power down. Police in Rocklin, Calif., said two girls, ages 15 and 16, used a prescription sleeping medication recently to spike the milkshakes of one’s parents so they could log onto the Internet after 10 p.m. Greenfield recommends contracts like Hofmann’s, if parents follow through. Others creep using apps and monitoring software. He thinks that’s fine, too. There’s little data broken down by age

on the number of Internet users whose their body, and they treat it that way,” lives are negatively impacted by smartGreenfield said. phones, tablets, laptops and other techHofmann’s contract is her own atnology, Greenfield said. In the general tempt at education. “Don’t take a zillion population, studies range from 1 percent pictures and videos. There is no need to to 10 percent of users whose digital habits document everything. Live your exinterfere with their lives. Greenfield estiperiences. They will be stored in your mates the reality is somewhere between 2 memory for eternity.” and 6 percent. And she gets downright inspirational Hofmann was looking for a way to toward the bottom: “Leave your phone open the conversation with her son. Many home sometimes and feel safe and secure other parents are, obviously, concerned in that decision. It is not alive or an extenas well about what their teens are doing sion of you. Learn to live without it. Be online, but also what is being done to bigger and more powerful than FOMO – them. fear of missing out.” In a recent report from Hofmann also urges Online the Pew Internet & Ameriher boy to, “Keep your can Life Project, 81 percent eyes up. See the world Janell Burley Hofmann’s blog: of parents with online happening around you. teens said they are conStare out a window. Listen cerned about how much to the birds. Take a walk. information advertisers Talk to a stranger. Woncan learn about their kids’ behavior and der without googling.” 72 percent said they’re concerned about And her final word: “You will mess how their children interact online with up. I will take away your phone. We will people they don’t know. sit down and talk about it. We will start Nearly 70 percent said they’re conover again. You & I, we are always learncerned about how their children manage ing. I am on your team. We are in this their reputations online and 57 percent together.” of kids ages 12 and 13 said they’re very Aisha Sultan in St. Louis studied concerned about it. parenting in the digital age as a Knight The report said parents are being more Wallace Fellow at the University of Michiproactive, not just relying on parentalgan. As parents, she said, “We’ve sort of control tools such as browser filters. An hit a tipping point. The conversation has increasing number are joining their kids shifted from wow, isn’t all this technolon social media, but older parents may be ogy cool to wow, how do we control it? We approaching their kids’ lives there with can’t eliminate it completely.” the wrong emotional filters. But parental frustration is mounting, “We see it as a separation from social Sultan said. She cited last year’s case of a behavior. They see it AS social behavfather who shot up his daughter’s laptop ior,” Greenfield said. “I’m not sure we’re over a profanity-infused Facebook rant going to be able to bridge that difference against her parents. He recorded the act generationally.” and earned more than 23 million YouTube More tech abuse education needs to views for his trouble. be done in this country before teens are Before the conversation with our kids actively engaged, he said. In parts of begins, Greenfield said, parents have to Europe and Asia, for instance, kids learn deal with their own digital obsessions. how to handle their digital lives as formal “Parents have to have limits, too,” he training in third or fourth grade. said. “We have to be brutally honest with “Here they think of it like it’s part of ourselves on our own use and abuse.”


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Family time | Welcoming a new pet into your home

tip of the week Congratulations! You’re a pet owner. Bringing a new pet home is an exciting experience but requires some preparation. Prepping your house, wardrobe and routines ahead of time can help ease the transition for both you and your new family member. Here are some tips to welcome a new pet into your household and ensure a smooth transition for everyone: • Pet-proof your home. Just as you would baby-proof a house for an infant, make sure to pet-proof your house for

your furry friend. Rearrange your living space by placing anything breakable at a higher level. Baby gates work well to prevent dogs from entering areas of the house that aren’t safe for them, or places you don’t want them to be. Remember, cats can jump extreme distances, so clean off the top of your cabinets and refrigerator in case your kitty decides those are his or her favorite places to play “hide and pounce.” • Manage pet hair on your clothing. Many would agree that if they have a “pet peeve” about their four-legged friends, it’s the shedding. Fifty-seven percent of women are hesitant to wear black clothing around cats and dogs because of the lint and pet hair it attracts, according to a Procter & Gamble study conducted in August. However, you don’t need to change your wardrobe just to snuggle with your new pet. Use a hair-repelling laundry product to keep hair away. • Prepare for pet odor. A dog or


cat will introduce new smells to your house. You can help contain these pet smells with frequent vacuuming, disinfecting toys on a regular basis, and clumping and deodorizing litter. Regularly bathing your dog is an important part of keeping their skin and coats clean and odor-free. Also, brushing your dog or cat’s teeth can help keep his or her mouth healthy and help prevent bad breath. • Help your new pal adjust. Place a cozy bed in several rooms where your pet will be allowed, giving him or her a comfortable place to snuggle and sleep. This will help encourage your pet to stay off the furniture. Keep in mind that your pet has a highly developed sense of smell, and a brand new bed from the store could contain strange odors to him. Rubbing a blanket or old towel on your pet’s bed can help make the smells of the bed more familiar and friendly. – ARA

Book report “Awake at Dawn,” by C. C. Hunter Ages: Young adult Pages: 400 synopsis: From the moment Kylie Galen arrived at Shadow Falls Camp, she’s had one burning question: What am I? Surrounded by vampires, werewolves, shape-shifters, fairies and witches, Kylie longs to figure out her own supernatural identity ... and what

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Jamie Wehrheim of Normal and David Love of Rockford were married at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 26, 2012, at Evelyn Chapel in Bloomington. The bride is the daughter of William and Brenda Wehrheim of Red Bud. She is a librarian. The groom is the son of Scott and Sharon Love of Malta. He is an athletic trainer. Jill Wehrheim served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Jenna Wehrheim and Sarah Jakymiw. The flowergirl was Nora Jakymiw. Mark Lovell served as best man. The groomsmen were Mike Peterson and Jim Jakymiw. The reception was held at Bone Student Center, Illinois State University in Normal. The wedding trip was to Charleston, South Carolina, and a cruise to the Bahamas. The couple resides in Rockford.

This year looks to be another good one for family movies. Here’s a look at some of the family-friendly flicks coming out in the first couple months of 2013 (release dates subject to change): • “Escape from Planet Earth,” Feb. 15 • “Jack the Giant Slayer,” March 1 • “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” March 8 • “The Croods,” March 22

8neW arriVals Caitlin and John Puterbaugh of Oak Park, formerly of Sycamore, announce the birth of a daughter, Abigail Cait Puterbaugh, born Dec. 17, 2012, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb. She weighed 6 pounds, 9 ounces. Grandparents are Donna McDowell and Scott Mullen of Charlotte, N.C., Robin Puterbaugh of Carmel, Ind., and Joe Puterbaugh of Downers Grove. Great-grandparents are Don and Stacy McDowell of Oswego, Jack and Ledell McConnell of Scipio, Ind., and Phil and Barb Puterbaugh of Colorado Springs, Colo.


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Jacob and Jenny Challand of DeKalb announce the birth of a daughter, Josie Julia Challand, born Aug. 31, 2012, at Valley West Community Hospital, Sandwich. She weighed 9 pounds and was welcomed home by Reid, 2, and Reagan, 1. Grandparents are Tom and Priscilla Kapraun of Lee and John and Sharon Challand of Malta. Great-grandparents are Harold Angotti of Wirth, Ark., Bob and Elaine Kapraun of El Paso, Ill., and Roy France of DeKalb.

shipper Jerry and Angie Shipper of Baraboo, Wis., announce the birth of a daughter, Samantha Jean Shipper, born Nov. 9, 2012, at St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo, Wis. She weighed 6 pounds. Grandparents are Kathi and Bill Shipper of Sycamore and Judy and Jerry Ostrowski, formerly of Lombard, currently of Baraboo, Wis.

Pollack Emily Pollack of Sycamore announces the birth of a son, Oliver Edward Pollack, born Dec. 11, 2012, at Delnor Hospital, Geneva. He weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces, and was welcomed home by Constance Wedel, 10. Grandparents are Roy and Denise Pollack of Campton Hills.

Crittenden Josh and Trisha Crittenden of Sycamore announce the birth of a daughter, Neve Lynn Crittenden, born Dec. 26, 2012, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb. She weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces, and was welcomed by Drake, 3. Grandparents are Bob and Jacquie Drake of Clare and Roger and Deb Hodgkinson of Genoa. Great-grandparents are Helen Beamish of Sycamore and Jane Brackett of Fletcher, N.C.

To the Editor: I’d like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the businesses who contributed a basket for the family of the First New Year Baby of 2013. We are very grateful to the continued support of local businesses and organizations. Their ongoing support will not be forgotten. Thank you to: Valley West Maternity Suites; Aishling Obstetrics & Gynecology; A Beautiful You; Trinity Women’s Health Care; John Acardo, DeKalb County Clerk Recorder; Johnson’s Floral & Gift; Balloons Aloft; Admire Salon; Vitality Salon & Spa; Idle Hour Bowling Lanes; Rosati’s Pizza, Sandwich; Hoadley’s Hallmark; Art’s Supermarket; Fox Valley YMCA, Sandwich; Sandwich Library; Pizza Hut, Sandwich; Studio One Salon and Spa; Johnny K’s; Sante Fe Restaurant; Village Courtyard; Platinum Tan; Leo’s Trophies, Awards & Engraving; Gene’s Pizza; Laura Towle Photography; and Pamela Miller, licensed massaged therapist. To learn more about Valley West Maternity Suites, call 815-786-3760. Carrie Paull, RN, MsN Manager, Maternity Suites Valley West Community Hospital

assistance is appreciated To the Editor: How truly blessed I am – more than that, truly doubly blessed! People may think due to my physical situation, which includes multiple sclerosis (MS), diabetes and other various and sundry afflictions, I claim truly double blessedness. I say this because I have two of the kindest, competent people assisting me in performing and accomplishing the tasks needed to sustain and continue whatever my lifestyle requires for my well being. These two angels are Dora Rodriguies and Hannah Thompson. The house cleaning, transporting me to stores, hospitals, doctors, clinics and any place I need and are required to visit, are done by them with the most pleasant of attitudes and care. Most of all, Dora and Hannah and their children with whom I have become much attached, are the make-up of the best support group anyone could have. In the quiet confines of my apartment their participation in discussions about current events, philosophical ideas, health issues, and yes, even sports

her burgeoning powers mean. And now she’ll need them more than ever, because she’s being haunted by a new spirit who insists that someone Kylie knows – and loves – will die before the end of the summer. If only she only knew who she was supposed to save. – St. Martin’s Press

Did you know? According to the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, teens are more likely to be obese if they didn’t have a strong emotional tie to their mother when they were toddlers.

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are the quintessential events of my life. Yes, truly I am doubly blessed, who wouldn’t be. David lindquist DeKalb

thank you for birthday wishes To the Editor: A sincere thank-you to everyone who sent a card, called or stopped by to wish me a happy 90th birthday! It meant a lot! I wish you all the best! Also, thank you to the Chronicle and The MidWeek. thelma (Adolph) Miller DeKalb

Good samaritans came to our rescue

To the Editor: On Jan. 5, the first Saturday of the year 2013, in the parking lot in front of the Target store on Sycamore Road, we met a couple of good Samaritans. With our shopping completed, we were ready to head home. Problem: our car wouldn’t start. With the temperature hovering at 32 degrees – a drizzle of rain and snow falling, bone-chilling winds increasing – the prospect for finding aid was not promising. Everywhere, everyone was hurrying toward the shelter of their cars. Nevertheless, when two people approached their car on our right, we asked for help. Without an instant’s hesitation they flew into action! Determining that their cables would not reach our terminals, they stood, waiting patiently in that miserable weather until the driver on our left moved out and they were able to position their car closer to ours. It took several unsuccessful “tries” and then, finally we were up and running. With hurried hand shakes, a few hugs and encouraging smiles they sent us on our way. We have lived in the Sycamore-DeKalb area all of our years. Thank you, Don and Anita Teague of Sycamore, for your kindness in reminding us of something we have known all along. What a privilege and special blessing it is to live a lifetime in a community of caring citizens. Thanks and Happy New Year. R&R Niebergall DeKalb

Ice rink opens for fifth season 45th anniversary Richard “Dick” Atkinson and Dorothea “Dee” Atkinson of DeKalb will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary on Sunday. Dorothea Ruth Boyd and Richard Elwood Atkinson were married Jan. 13, 1968, at Chicago Gospel Tabernacle. He was employed by United States Shipper in West Chicago as a national accounts sales manager. He retired in July 1998. She was employed by Granat Industries Inc. in Elk Grove Village as an accountant, book keeper, etc. She retired in October 1995. Dick is a former youth pastor and enjoys photography and junior center activities. Dee enjoys crocheting and book keeping. The couple enjoys church activities. They have one son, Donald (Robin) Zonic of Saratoga, Calif.; three daughters, Linda (Peter) Dzialo of Lake in Hills, Melody (Ben) Pahlow of Arlington Heights and Rachelle (Robert) Loncarevic of Chicago; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

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Genoa’s Community ice Rink is open for its fifth season thanks to Genoa Main street volunteers. the group assembled the rink and filled it. the rink is located in downtown Genoa on North Genoa street, one block north of Main street. Genoa Main street inc., in cooperation with the city of Genoa and the Genoa township Park District, provides the free skating rink as well as free loaner skates. skates in all sizes can be borrowed at Heartland Bank at 327 W. Main st., during bank hours. Genoa Main street inc. is a nonprofit, donation-funded volunteer organization. for more information, visit


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Winemaker remains driven after nearly 50 years

Richard Arrowood has completed nearly a half century of harvests. After the recent completion of his 47th growing season, the Sonoma County winemaker remains driven. He claims to have never made or drank the perfect wine. A challenge that Arrowood assumed when he put a pair of Sonoma wineries on the map as winemaker prior to 2006 when he founded Amapola Creek. “I don’t know in 47 years if I’ve ever been 100 percent satisfied,” Arrowood said. “I’ve never tasted a perfect wine. But I do my best to create one.” Using the majestic western-facing slope of the Mayacamas Mountain Range, Arrowood has 20 acres of grapes grown from 350 to 1,000 feet. A new canvas on which the experienced winemaker can show his deft touch.

UNCORKED James Nokes as a winemaker at Chateau St. Jean where he produced the first vineyard designated wines in Sonoma County. He founded an eponymous label in 1985 and served as winemaster until 2010. It seemed like Arrowood had little to prove in a long, illustrious career, and he could ride into the sunset with countless accolades. There’s a lot of red tape to cut through opening a winery. Harvests demand excruciatingly long hours. There are countless other challenges that thwart many attempts. But, Arrowood wanted the opportunity. “I had to convince my wife that I wanted to build a totally new winery,” Arrowood said. “She did a little kicking and screaming and asked me if I was out of my mind. But it has been fun and exciting. It’s provided me a chance to

Winemaker spotlight Sanity was questioned when Richard Arrowood told his wife Alis he wanted to build a new winery. Arrowood’s career started in 1974,

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Richard Arrowood founded Amapola Creek Vineyards & Winery in Sonoma, Calif., in 2006. correct some of the mistakes I made in the past. The bureaucracy involved can wear you down. But each harvest there’s a new excitement and a yearly renewal.” The results have been phenomenal. Arrowood’s new facility is mostly metal as the elimination of wood helps deter TCA, a chemical compound that can taint a cork and ruin a wine. The vineyards are certified by the California Certified Organic Farmers and

the wine is spectacular. While there may have been a time where Sonoma had an inferiority complex to its supposed “big brother,” Napa Valley, Arrowood is a leader amongst winemakers that have defined the area’s wines. “Napa had the sizzle,” Arrowood said. “But we had the steak. Napa makes great wine. But so do we in Sonoma.” Loaded with integrity, Arrowood only puts his finest fruit into the final product. In 2011, there were only 600 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon. While the statewide harvest was troubled, Arrowwod kept his best fruit and quality didn’t suffer. Last year was a great harvest for Arrowood, one of the top two to three he’s seen in 47 years. Arrowood dropped half a crop and still easily hit normal year numbers. As for his lengthy tenure as a winemaker and critical acclaim, Arrowood’s roots remain as a farmer. “I still put my pants on one leg at a time like every-

one else,” Arrowood humbly joked. “As a winemaker you are only as good as this year’s harvest. I believe in what we do and our philosophy has been to produce quality wine without compromise.”

What to buy Amapola Creek, Zinfandel, Monte Rosso Vineyard 2009 ($42): This is an amazing

interpretation of Zinfandel. The characteristics of the 118-year-old vines shine. With incredibly low yields, the flavors are intense but in balance. Arrowood lets the vineyard really speak in this wine as vibrant black cherry, licorice and pepper notes resonate. A great mixture of vanilla and cedar highlight a lingering finish.

Amapola Creek, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley 2008 ($70): This wine has a satiny

mouthfeel and a complexity that calls attention to what flavors emerge. It’s elegantly crafted with tannins that provide a structure for cocoa and dark chocolate to mix with plum and cassis in a wine that stands as a Sonoma

County standard barer. It is long-lasting with a robust finish of black cherry notes that continue to linger. Layer after layer of dark chocolate, coffee and cherry continue to emerge the longer it stays open. This is special.

Wine 101 Arrowood said the usage of certified organic grown grapes has led to stronger vines and better grapes. No artificial sources are allowed in the vineyard. “We produce a better wine without chemistry,” Arrowood said. “The soil is more alive and healthier. We only take out what we put back into the ground. It’s a 360-degree circle and we are stewards of the land. I always wanted to take pictures and leave footprints when it came to farming.”

• James Nokes writes a bi-weekly wine column for the Daily Chronicle. He’s been tasting, touring and collecting in the wine world for several years. Contact him at

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Please prune the shrubs, deer

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Deer are ready to start pruning our trees and shrubs. Although unconcerned with promoting plant health or aesthetics, in at least one situation deer can actually help us prune well. Picture an overgrown shrub, especially one planted too close to a home. With age and a little neglect, said shrub begins to swallow up the home, or at least block the view from a window. There are many approaches to dealing with an overgrown shrub. Briefly, you could, over the course of a few years, renovate the plant by each year cutting some of the oldest stems to the ground to make way for younger, shorter ones. Or you could take the dramatic approach: Lop the whole plant to the ground and start anew with all young shoots, which will enthusiastically sprout forth from the established roots. Also worth considering is just grubbing out the shrub and replacing it with something, or even nothing. Deer aren’t much help with any of these approaches. But they can help out with another, which capitalizes on the venerability of such a plant: You and your hoofed friends can transform a selected portion of the plant into a picturesque, small tree. An ideal candidate for this operation is yew, a fastgrowing evergreen frequently snuggled against home foundations. The first step in transforming an old yew – or any other old shrub – is to select two or three of the oldest stems to become the trunks of your tree-to-be. These stems should have pleasant forms and extend from ground level to as high as the future crown of

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A deer pruned yew is seen next to the foundation of a house in New Paltz, N.y.

branches. Once selections are made, cut away all other stems growing from the base of the plant. The next step – cutting away any branches growing off those new trunks between the ground and a few feet above the ground – is where deer help out. They’ll enjoy munching on all those smaller branches. You and your deer helpers will want to remove branches high enough along the trunk so the plant looks like a tree, or, in the case of the deer, as high as they can reach. The final step in pruning will be to shorten and remove enough branches in the crown of your new tree to give it good shape. Do this step yourself. Yew is a particularly good candidate for this treatment because its reddish brown, peeling trunk is well worth exposing and highlighting, and age deepens its beauty. Yew also bounces back enthusiastically from virtually any type of pruning, so you can do the job fearlessly. In subsequent years, new sprouts will arise from ground level and off the trunks; after all, the plant was once, and really aspires to be, a bush. Deer will be eager to nip off all those young sprouts, but check on their work to cut away any that they miss.

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Mike Jump, president of somonauk summer Recreation, accepted a $2,500 grant check from the DeKalb County Community foundation, presented by Patricia foster. the money will be used by somonauk summer Recreation to make improvements on all the ball fields its teams use. this picture was taken in front of the new (under construction) dugouts at the bus barn field. this project was coordinated and built by resident eagle scout candidate Jake fischer with funding by somonauk summer Recreation. ssR also donated the aluminum benches and the overhang on the backstop on the bus barn field in the past year.

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GateHouse News Service Here are your breakfast choices: 1. A doughnut 2. A Pop-Tart 3. Lean ham on an English muffin with a glass of vegetable juice You may crave the doughnut or Pop-Tart, but your morning will go a lot smoother if you choose the third option. “What I suggest is a balance of carbohydrates, protein and fat for the best nutrition and the release of energy,” said Sara Lopinski, a registered dietitian with Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield. “You can think of breakfast as the body’s early morning refueling stop after we’ve not eaten for eight to 12 hours. We need a new supply of glucose, or blood sugar, to power our brains and our muscles,” she said. Breakfast skippers tend to grab not-so-healthy options later in the morning when they get hungry, she said. They often feel sluggish, and miss the opportunity to get the vitamins and minerals a good breakfast provides. “If you eat doughnuts and Pop-Tarts, you’ll feel full at first, but then you’ll crash. They won’t sustain you through the morning,” said Lopinski. “And breakfast skippers never seem to make up the nutrients.” Consider incorporating these foods into your morning meal: hot and cold cereals (whole grain is best); English muffins; breads; bagels; buckwheat pancakes; milk; yogurt; cheeses; nut butters; eggs; cottage cheese; hummus and beans; vegetables; nuts; lean meats (turkey sausage, Canadian bacon, poultry); fish; and fruits of all kinds, including raisins and dried cranberries. “Don’t feel like you have to eat traditional breakfast foods. Eat last night’s leftover pizza with fruit or juice. Make a wrap with a corn or wholewheat tortilla with hummus, salsa and cheese. Heat leftover rice with beans and salsa,” she said. Other breakfast suggestions: • Add fruit, granola, flaxseeds or wheat germ to yogurt. • Make a meal of cottage cheese, fruit and crackers. • Pair fruit or yogurt with a whole-grain waffle. • Have a poached egg over whole-grain toast. • Add berries and walnuts to oatmeal. • Spread whole-grain toast with tuna salad. • Make oatmeal with milk instead of water for more protein. For those who don’t feel hungry in the morning, Lopinski suggests breaking up breakfast into two smaller portions. Have a piece of fruit early and a hard-boiled egg later in the morning, for

example. “People who routinely eat breakfast have more nutritional quality to their diet,” she said. “And there’s no evidence to suggest that skipping breakfast helps you lose weight.” Recipes are from Women’s Health magazine.

Sunrise Sandwich with Turkey, Cheddar and Guacamole Makes 1 serving. 1 teaspoon canola or olive oil 1 egg Salt and black pepper, to taste 2 ounces smoked turkey breast 1 slice american, cheddar, or pepper Jack cheese 1 thick slice tomato 1 whole-wheat english muffin, split and toasted 1 tablespoon guacamole Heat oil in small nonstick skillet or saute pan over medium heat until hot. Add egg and gently fry until the white is set but the yolk is still runny, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Place turkey on a plate, top with the cheese, and microwave for 30 to 45 seconds, until the turkey is hot and the cheese is melted. Place tomato on the bottom half of the English muffin and season with salt and pepper. Top with the turkey and egg. Slather guacamole on the top half of the muffin and crown the sandwich.

Orient Express Oatmeal Makes 1 serving. 3/4 cup plain instant oatmeal 1 cup (1-percent) milk 1 tablespoon sliced almonds 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger 1 teaspoon honey 1 teaspoon ground flaxseed 1 tablespoon low-fat vanilla yogurt Mix oats, milk, almonds, ginger, honey and flaxseed in a microwavable bowl. Microwave 2 minutes. Top with yogurt.

Berry Breakfast Smoothie Makes 1 serving.

1 banana, cut into chunks 1/2 cup fat-free milk (cold in the summer, warm in the winter) 1/4 cup frozen unsweetened blueberries 1/4 cup frozen unsweetened strawberries 1 teaspoon peanut butter 1/2 teaspoon honey In a blender, combine the banana, milk, blueberries, strawberies, peanut butter and honey. Process about 1 minute, or until it’s the consistency of a thick milkshake.

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