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Halloween is a scary time of year – with all the horror movies on TV and the ghouls going trick-or-treating in the dark. But there’s something scarier out there. It’s called carbon monoxide, and this is the time of year when fire departments remind homeowners to change the batteries on their carbon monoxide detectors, which by state law must be in your home. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, tasteless gas. If you’re not aware of its presence in your home, a hotel room or other enclosed building, it could kill. A coworker told me the sad story of her mother-in-law and father-in-law who died in August 2002 in a Wisconsin cabin after it filled with carbon monoxide. My coworker

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spent three years getting a law passed in Wisconsin requiring hotels, motels, cabins and rental apartments to have carbon monoxide detectors. To me, she’s a hero – someone who, in the face of a horrible event – found the courage to work to ensure it wouldn’t happen to others. Protect your family this Halloween -- make sure your carbon monoxide detector is working properly.

Sheryl DeVore is the editor of Gurnee Suburban Life. She can be reached at 847-231-7522 or

Meet the Lake County Suburban Life and Gurnee Life Suburban Life team members. FROM LEFT: Jesse Carpender, Cassandra Dowell, Sheryl DeVore and Yadira Sanchez Olson. The Lake County Suburban Life received four first-place plaques at the Oct. 24 Northern Illinois Newspaper Association awards banquet as well as several second and third place certificates. Gurnee Suburban Life received second place for best sports photo by Candace H. Johnson.


COMMUNITY CORNER: MARY LYNN CARVER Feel good about Christmas shopping – use it as an opportunity to support music in schools by attending Warren Township High School Band Boosters’ 19th annual craft fair. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 2 at Warren Township High School’s Almond Campus in the field house and utility gym, visitors can browse over 110 vendors and check out the raffle, bake sale and concessions. Admission is free. Mary Lynn Carver, craft fair coordinator and band booster parent, shared why residents should support young musicians with Gurnee Suburban Life reporter Jesse Carpender.

What are some Christmas gifts to purchase at the fair? I do all my Christmas shopping there. There’s painted glassware, wire-wrapped serving sets, dried silk wreaths. There’s a guy who carves wood baskets and bowls, someone with holiday signs for the yard and a local soap company. This year, we also have a retail room with Lia Sophia, Avon, Pampered Chef and others.

Why do you organize the event for band boosters? My daughter Clarissa is a senior at Warren. She plays sousaphone in marching band and tuba in symphonic. My son also played tuba. I believe in participating in your children’s education by

supporting their interests. I’m not crafty myself, but I love craft fairs. I’ve done a lot of volunteer things and the band boosters are the best I’ve ever worked with.

How do students get involved? Vendors love our fair because students help them load and unload using the band carts. The students usually fight over who gets to wear the Blue Devil costume. Last year, the Blue Devil took a conga line through the crafters.

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How does the fair help the band? We made about $8,000 for the bands last year. We have 300 students in our marching band, it’s the biggest in the state. We have really strong band programs in Gurnee. Kids who participate in music and band develop self-discipline and are better at math and science. Boosters help support that because the schools have a limited budget. This year, the marching band had four huge moving pieces with Chinese symbols that they used in the show. That’s something we couldn’t have without band boosters. Photo above provided

Mary Lynn Carver of Gurnee works with the Warren Township High School Band Boosters to provide items of need for music students like her daughter, Clarissa Carver who plays the sousaphone and tuba.

WHAT’S INSIDE Lead Story.....................................4 In Their Life...................................6 PlanitLake....................................10 Sports...........................................16 Schools..........................................8

ON THE COVER Pat Bodame, fitness supervisor with Gurnee Park District, shows off his Superman costume on the Halloween Trick or Treat Path at Viking Park in Gurnee. (Photo by Candace H. Johnson) See more photos on page 18.


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With snow plowing, practice makes perfect By JESSE CARPENDER Driving a snow plow on pavement, while weaving between orange safety cones isn’t easy. The driver has to be aware of the wings on the sides, which take six controls to operate and the enormous plow itself.

At the end of the plowing season, an award is given for the person who knocked over the most mailboxes. - Tom Rigwood, Gurnee Public Works Maneuvering through the obstacle course at Gurnee Public Works’ fourth annual Snow Plow rodeo is hard enough – and plowing gets a lot more difficult in actual snow, when the safety cones are replaced by mailboxes and parked cars. But that’s what practice is for, and the public works maintenance workers have a sense of humor about it. Tom Rigwood, director of Gurnee Public Works, said at the end of the plowing season, an award is given for the person who knocked over the most mailboxes. “Last year we took out 133 mailboxes,” he said, adding that public works replaces or repairs mailboxes as needed. Jake Balmes, street division supervisor, said despite some employee’s beliefs, the rodeo course is not set up to be impossible. “We set it to be very challenging,” Balmes said. Matt Bellefeuille drove a five-yard dump truck with a snow plow through the obstacles in Gurnee Mills’ entrance G parking lot. He’s won the snow plow rodeo for the last three years. He drives a truck with kids’ handprints in paint across the plow, stamped there during a Gurnee Days open house. Learning to drive with the plow “was a little nerve-wracking, but once you get used to it, it’s like driving a car,” Bellefeuille said.”I tore up a little

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ABOVE: A Gurnee public works employee gets ready to embark his snow plow truck for the annual Gurnee obstacle course. BELOW: Matt Bellefeuille maneuvers a snow plow truck through an obstacle course in Gurnee Mills parking lot. grass, but that’s about it. “It’s one of my absolute favorite things to do workwise,” said Bellefeuille, who has worked for Gurnee Public Works for 15 years. “It’s not physically demanding, you’re warm and it’s snowing.” Gurnee isn’t the only town with this type of rodeo – there’s an American Public Works Association snow plow contest in May, Rigwood said. Gurnee Public Works usually places somewhere in the middle of the 50 teams, he said. Twenty-five public workers participated in the rodeo, but not Rigwood. “I did it back in 2008 and [the workers] sabotaged the course for me,” he laughed. Balmes said the strangest thing he’s encountered while plowing was a resident who barricaded his driveway with chairs and two-by-fours to try and keep the plowed snow out.

“The police came and we ended up just pushing the snow there anyway,” he said. Rigwood said residents need to be patient. “We’re trying to plow in the same traffic you’re trying to get home in,” he said. Rush hour snow storms are the biggest challenge, he said. He also said kids shouldn’t play in roadside snow piles. “We’ve seen kids pop out of piles as we’re plowing. It’s a safety issue not only for us, but also kids can tunnel into those piles and it can collapse,” he said. Balmes said public works doesn’t have any special strategy when it comes to snow predictions. “I know it’s snowing when I see the flakes,” he said. Rigwood asks residents to view Gurnee Public Works’ snow plow plan and video at works.

By GURNEE SUBURBAN LIFE After a nine-month investigation into two burglaries at Harbor Coin in Gurnee, police arrested and charged Michael Paulson and Martha Paulson of Lake Villa and Robert Boardman of Chicago with felony burglaries. They were charged in relation to two burglaries that occurred at Harbor Coin of Gurnee, 5250 Route 132, on Jan. 28 and March 13, where

with a November 2012 robbery of Antique Coffee in Elk Grove Village and an August 2012 robbery from The Collector’s Gallery in Photos provided Tinley Park, according to FROM LEFT: Martha Paulson, Robert the release. On Sept. 28 Gurnee police Boardman and Michael Paulson. executed a search warrant several thousand dollars in the 1100 block of Tulip worth of collectible coins Tree Lane in Lake Villa and and currency were stolen, ac- recovered approximately cording to a release from the $130,000 worth of collectible Gurnee Police Department. coins, currency and stolen The suspects have also jewelry. been charged in connection Two additional search

warrants were executed at the same home Sept. 5 and Oct.11 in which about $17,000 worth of collectable coins and three stolen firearms were recovered, according to police. The homeowner, Martha Paulson, was charged with three felonies – possession of stolen property, possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of burglary tools, according to the release. Michael Paulson, also of Lake Villa was charged

Gurnee resident killed in semi-truck crash By GURNEE SUBURBAN LIFE Rex Smith, Gurnee resident, was killed in an auto accident Oct. 21 on Route 83, according to the Grayslake Police Department.

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Smith, 61, was driving a semitruck and trailer which went off the roadway and struck a tree in the 800 block of Route 83, the report said. Grayslake Fire Department transported Smith to Condell Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

with theft over $100,000, two counts of burglary, unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon and unlawful possession of burglary tools, all felonies. Boardman was charged with theft over $100,000, and two counts of burglary, all felonies. Both Michael Paulson and Boardman had already been in jail at the Illinois Department of Corrections for unrelated charges at the time of Martha Paulson’s arrest,

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PETE SCHAEFER NORTHERN ILLINIOS FOODBANK Give Pete Schaefer a dollar and he’ll turn it into eight. No, he’s not a counterfeit money-maker or a magician. He’s the president and chief executive officer of the Northern Illinois Food Bank, with sites in Park City, Geneva and Rockford. Through the NIFB’s partnerships with food organizations, any dollar donated to them can buy $8 worth of food for the people in Lake County. Schaefer began as a volunteer of the NIFB 20 years ago, packing noodles in Chicago and working the mobile center, which travels to churches to feed the hungry on the spot. This is the NIFB’s 30th anniversary and this year, its members and volunteers served 6.4 million meals with 7,710,054 pounds of food going to Lake County families. Schaefer of Lake Forest spoke to Gurnee Suburban Life reporter Yadira Sanchez Olson about the food bank’s operation and needs. When are the busiest seasons for NIFB? We say that hunger is a yearround issue, but right around the time it gets cold and people start getting their electric and heating bill is when we start to see the families who now don’t have the budget for food.

How does the NIFB help those families in need? We have many programs and organizations we partner with. The Holiday Meal Box program provides families with a frozen turkey that Jewel provides us at a discount. The box has the turkey, the stuffing, potatoes, fruit, vegetables and dessert. This year we’re providing 32,000. We can put together that meal for a family of eight for about $30. In our Mobile Pantry Program, we have two mobile

pantries. Last year we visited 400 sites, like churches and shelters with deliveries of nutritious food directly to hungry neighbors. Working with local community groups and network partners, these specially designed trucks deliver meat, produce, nonperishable food and other products to communities where hunger needs surpass the capacity of current food pantry resources. All we need are 20 people with big hearts to volunteer and we’ll show up and provide the food. Another one is the Backpack Program. Over the weekend, those kids who get their nutritional meals from school, get nothing. We partner with area schools to identify and provide chronically hungry children with a backpack to take home with enough nutritious food for them and two siblings.

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Pete Schaefer is executive director of the Northern Illinois Food Bank.

Through the Senior Meal Box Program, 6,000 seniors have been fed. The program provides nutritious, easy-toprepare foods to seniors who are capable of cooking, but lack access to food due to financial or physical challenges. Each box contains nutritious and shelf-stable meal components that supplement senior dietary needs. The food bank partners with senior associations and housing facilities to provide these boxes free of charge.

Why do people in Lake County go hungry? Many reasons, joblessness, medical conditions. A lot of our clients have a job but they’re basically the working poor because they don’t make enough to feed a family. There was a recent study by the Brookings Institute that found more people in the suburbs are now living

in poverty than in the city.

More than half the food source the NIFB provides is donated. How many volunteers work at NIFB and what do they do? The bad news is that one in five kids in Lake County face hunger. The good news is that we have 14,000 volunteers, of different ages, from different walks of life that help to sort, inspect, package and everything else. They’re the engine that makes us run. I tell people there’s no shortage of food or money in Lake County, we just need people to volunteer, donate, get involved and they do. We can always use more.

What volunteer events are coming up? Since 2001 we’ve partnered with the Canadian Pacific

Railway for the Holiday Train fundraiser. On Dec. 4 at Viking Park in Gurnee, families can stop to see Santa and climb aboard the train and can bring canned food or donate money to the food bank. It’s a really sweet event for the kids to attend. The kids like to bring their cans of food to the box. I think it makes them feel good to help.

The Northern Illinois Food Bank has started an ecard campaign in which all online donations of $30 or more will be matched by a private foundation. The tax-deductible gift will provide a traditional holiday meal including a turkey, sides and desert for a family of eight. To learn more and make a donation, visit


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Disabled Alliance offers support, chance to connect By JESSE CARPENDER Ryan Nieves realized no one was working to make the Disabled Student Alliance at College of Lake County in Grayslake more active. So, he decided to do it himself. Nieves, 22 talked to the alliance’s advisors, Mary Ann Bretzlauf and Tom Crowe, to get meetings started up. Now, the group has 14 regular members, and they have made several changes to help the disabled at the college. Last year, a set of automatic doors had the timing wrong, so students in wheelchairs couldn’t get through the second set of doors before they closed, said Bretzlauf. “Students have advocated for that since 2012 and it’s been fixed. That’s why it’s so important that this club exists,” she said. Four percent of the CLC student population have disabilities, according to CLC’s Office for Students with Disabilities. Nieves, who’s studying communications at CLC, wants to be a motivational speaker advocating for disabled people. “We are a strong group of people and we need to speak for ourselves,” he said. Nieves advocates for people with disabilities to have the same rights and to be recognized rather than looked down upon in society. He wasn’t always so outspoken – a high school speech class helped him break out of his shell. “I blossomed. It made me feel cool,” he said. Nieves was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, which rapidly breaks down muscles, when he was 5 years old. As he grew up, his mobility lessened, he started with a walker, then leg braces and now uses a wheelchair. Three years ago, medical issues arose and he began to have a nurse assist him throughout the day. “It was interesting having to put myself in the hands of someone I just met and rely on

them,” he said. Being a rebellious teen, “I’d speed off in my wheelchair and leave them in my dust,” he said. “Some people don’t understand what having a disability entails,” he said. “With my condition, it’s difficult for me to do anything. I need help getting around. My muscles are weakened, so I can’t lift my arms or legs.” “I don’t let it get to me because if I do, it will destroy me,” he said. “Having a smile and a positive attitude has kept me going.” CLC staff – especially in the Office for Students with Disabilities – are willing to help, he said. Jamie Guadarrama, senior secretary for the Office for Students with Disabilities, said the office provides students services based on their needs, like extended test-taking time, note-takers or sign language. “Students have come in and said [the DSA] gives them the chance to connect,” Guadarrama said. Nieves said in the Disabled Student Alliance, he’s met people who can relate to his experiences. “We’ve had some of the same experiences, but we’re all very different,” he said. He said being able to relate to each other on days they feel weaker has brought him closer to some members. Nieves said the group has talked about how non-disabled people at CLC need to remember to give people in wheelchairs first priority when it comes to the elevator. Besides being polite, Nieves said to be kind to disabled people: “People are scared of people in wheelchairs. Look us in the eye. Talk to us. You never know the interesting conversation you might have. We like the same things everyone else does. I don’t think people realize that,” he said. Nieves, for example, is a huge fan of AMC’s The Walking Dead. The DSA had a fundraiser event to watch

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WHERE: C-Wing, Room C005, College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake WHEN: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5 COST & INFO: Las Cafeteras, a group of musicians from East Los Angeles, will perform orm and

then conduct an interactive workshop on racism. The musical performance begins at 11:30 a.m. and the workshop begins at 1:30 in Room C003. Both events are free and open to the public. To watch performance videos, visit For more information, call Jorge Nieto at 847-543-2595 or email him at

PUMPKIN DROP WHERE: Keith Mione Community Park Sled Hill, 1401 N. Midlothian Road, Mundelein WHEN: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3 COST & INFO: Bring a pumpkin (one per person) to the sled hill and watch them soar, roll and

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34090 Almond Road, Gurnee, WHEN: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 COST & INFO: Shop early for the holidays and ind great personalized and unique gifts for friends and family! Featured will be jewelry, wood work, glassware, fabric crafts, stationery, food and more. Doors open at 9am sharp. There will also be rafle and bake sale. Free parking and admission. For more information, visit crafts.

LAKE COUNTY AUDUBON EVENT WHERE: Libertyville Village Hall, 118 W. Cook


St., LIbertyville WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4 COST & INFO: This free public meeting will feature Andrea Cline, water resource specialist, Lake County Stormwater Management Commission. Cline will discuss the planning process and goals for improving water quality, reducing looding and protecting the habitat and natural resources in the Mill Creek watershed. The 31-acre watershed contains eleven lakes. Children are welcome. For more information, call 847-362-5134.

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Cemetery lets humans rest with beloved pets By YADIRA SANCHEZ OLSON Tony Dillon’s experience with his chocolate Labrador, Guiness, was from the womb to the grave, he said. As a veterinarian in Lake Bluff, he said he listened to Guiness’ “little heart when he was inside his mom,” and that theirs was an inseparable bond since then. That’s why Dillon chose to bury Guiness June 6 at Aarrowood Pet Cemetery in Vernon Hills. Guiness died May 5. Guiness’ body, Dillon said, was failing him and he made the difficult decision to euthanize him. Guiness was 15 years old. Dillon said as difficult as that was, he would have had no one else perform the euthanization. While making burial arrangements for his loyal canine, Dillon made another decision. He bought a plot next to Guiness so that after he dies he may forever rest by his friend.

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tenderly, he said. “They let me go loose with what I wanted,” Dillon said.

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accompanied him to work every single day, the one who he said, stole his heart when he stole that first french fry from the Burger King bag he had left in the car when he walked out to run an errand. “He loved Burger King,” Dillon said. He loved it so much, Dillon buried him with a cardboard Burger King crown and his favorite stuffed animals. His staff, his friends, his family and even his real estate agent attended Guiness’ funeral. It was a rainy day and a friend played classical tunes with his guitar while doves were released into the sky and to remember the occasion, Dillon passed out dog tags with Guiness’ name. “Everyone mourns in different ways,” Dillon said. “That was a celebration of his life.” He added that the staff at Aarrowood was always com-

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because they’re so sweet,” said Anna Locki, family service manager of the human burial side of the cemetery, Willow Lawn. Locki said pet owners express their love with flowers, stuffed animals and other items that represented the personality of the family pet. Poems and nicknames also appear on some of the headstones. Locki said 7,793 animals are buried there, including llamas, monkeys and hamsters. She recalls a recent funeral of a 12-year-old’s hamster. “She wanted him next to her heart,” Locki said. “She didn’t know how but that’s what she wanted.” Locki made that happen by putting the cremated ashes in a locket she gave to the little girl. “We’re here to make this hurtful process a loving expression,” Locki said. Aarrowood is located at 24090 N. Hwy. 45 in Vernon Hills. For more information, call 847-634-3787.


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Despite loss to LF, Warren in playoff By BILL PEMSTEIN Warren Township High School had a chance to get a home playoff game. The Blue Devils needed to topple a good Lake Forest squad on Friday night to do that. It didn’t happen. Both teams entered this game at Lake Forest with identical 6-2 marks. And the Scouts moved to 7-2 with a 3119 victory. High-scoring Warren was held down in this loss. It didn’t help to have star running back Max Sorby sidelined with an injury. He was fresh off a nearly 300-yards rushing game the week before in a romp over Mundelein. The Devils fell down by a pair of touchdowns early, but responded. Just before halftime, quarterback Andrew Nickell hooked up with receiver Javon Charleston with a short touchdown pass and the Devils were down 14-7. The Scouts took over from there and pushed their advantage to 31-7. Warren fought back as Nickell rang up TD passes to Danny Rockingham and Caleb Reams. Missing Sorby hurt badly as Warren’s rushing offense didn’t crack the 20-yards mark. Nickell was forced to throw the ball most of the game. Rockingham was Nickell’s favorite receiver as he collared eight passes. Reams had 4 catches and Charleston had 3 receptions. And now, Warren Township football fans finally have a Friday night free. You can leave all the Halloween candy at home and take in a movie. However, put your Saturday night plans on hold. It’s a 6 p.m. start in

Glenview come Saturday night. For all the marbles. It’s time for a Class 8A football playoff game. Warren (6-3) will take on Glenbrook South that night. It’s simple now. Win and move on in the playoffs. Lose and football season is over. The Titans and Blue Devils had one common foe during the season. It was 5-4 New Trier. Both clubs pounded the Trevians. That’s the same New Trier team that Warren dominated earlier in the campaign. The Blue Devils had a 42-0 lead after three quarters. Warren won that game 42-6. Glenbrook South played just four games against teams with winning records. On the other hand, Warren’s three losses came against teams that are headed to the playoffs with a combined record of 22-5. Does that make Warren a slight favorite? Will Warren be at full force come Saturday night? Will the offense be able to put up points like it did earlier in the campaign? Throw out the records. It will come down to the team that wants it more. Warren must get healthy this week in preparation for this big game.The winner of this game draws the Evanston-Barrington winner the following weekend. Glenbrook South dropped a 17-14 decision to Evanston in the middle of the season. The players to watch for Glenbrook South include running backs Brett Laurie and Michael Gentile. The GBS quarterback is Fitz Stadler. The Titans, who have made eight straight playoff appearances, are coached by former McHenry head coach Mike Noll.


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saloon across the road.” In 1868, a two-room brick building was erected and James Alvord is listed as the first teacher in the new school. Students from first to 10th grade attended. Those who wished to complete their high school education then had to board in Waukegan or to travel by horse and buggy to attend Waukegan High School. Tuition was $25 per year. As the population of Gurnee grew, the school building grew with several additions. Warren Township High School erected its own building on O’Plaine Road, and Gurnee Grade School became an elementary school. Viking School was built in 1970 (the current building was erected in 1998) to house sixth, seventh and eighth grades, with kindergarten through fifth grades remaining at Gurnee Grade. When Spaulding School District was dissolved, Gurnee District 56 now included Spaulding North School. Later, O’Plaine School was added, and most recently, Gurnee Grade School became a magnet school. Of course, many people have had ties to Gurnee Grade School. While neither Bob nor I attended it, both of our kids are graduates of District 56. Both Tom and Lisa attended Gurnee Grade School for a number of years, and both requested bricks from the building to keep as souvenirs. Bob and I attended the demolition ceremony on Sept. 30 and got a couple of bricks, and have since been able to get a few more (we had requests from our kids’ friends to get bricks for them). Bricks are available while supplies last and may be obtained from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., weekdays from the Gurnee Public Works Building, 1151 Kilbourne Road.

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As I write this column, Gurnee Grade School is being torn down. In fact, it may very well be all gone. When my husband, Bob and I went past it on Oct. 15, the newest part had already been demolished. The older sections, at first glance, looked to be intact. However, as I looked through the windows, I could see that there was no back wall. Pretty much, only the facade remained. The former school grounds will be converted into a park, which will help alleviate some of the flooding that occurs when the nearby Des Plaines River overflows its banks. District 56 did not have to sandbag there this year when the river flooded. That’s because students from Gurnee Grade School moved to the River Trail School, formerly O’Plaine School, in Gurnee. Another school, Prairie Trail, was completed in January in Wadsworth to accommodate the students from River Trail. People have asked me why Gurnee Grade was built on the floodplain. Well, it’s simple. Back before the interstates, before automobiles, before railroads, waterways – rivers, lakes, oceans – were a main source of transportation. Many towns and cities were built along waterways and the Des Plaines River was no exception. When the first Gurnee school building was built around 1838, it made perfect sense to build it by the river. The first church in Warren Township, now known as Gurnee Community Church, was built alongside the Gurnee school on Kilbourne Road across from Mother Rudd’s Tavern. (Yes, it was Mother Rudd’s Tavern, not “home,” although Wealthy Rudd probably lived there. It was an inn and a stop for weary travelers, as well as a stop on the Underground Railroad.) According to the Warren Township Historical Society, a second school building was erected in 1840. It was later relocated a quarter mile down the road after a protest by parents who objected to their children“seeing drunken men at the

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Trick or Treat Gurnee Park District hosts Halloween fun Photos by Candace H. Johnson

Elmo and Big Bird greet Sawyer Atchison, 1, of Gurnee, dressed as Elmo, on the Halloween Trick or Treat Path Oct. 25 at Viking Park in Gurnee. Sawyer was with his mother, Lauren, and grandmother, Ann Harrelson, of Cary.

Niko Papadakes, 4, of Wadsworth, as Superman and his sister, Morgan, 3, as Tinker Bell, say hello to the characters from the Wizard of Oz as they make their way through the Halloween Trick or Treat Path at Viking Park in Gurnee. Deb Kowalczyk, of Gurnee, Emma Swain, 15, of Grayslake, Eva Savovich, 16, of Gurnee and Dana Fabbri, 15, of Grayslake played the characters from the movie.


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Zach Genc, 12, of Hainesville, organizer of Zach’s Save-A-Pet fundraiser pets Finnie, a 1-year-old Chihuahua held by his owner, Lisa Velez, of Round Lake Beach, during the fundraiser at Save-A-Pet in Grayslake. Velez and her dog were dressed for the costume contest with a Day of the Dead theme that took place during the fundraiser. Zach was Save-A-Pet’s 2012 Junior Volunteer of the Year.

ABOVE: Volunteer Cristina McGill, of Grayslake, dressed in a Halloween costume as Mustard, puts a raffle ticket in a bucket. LEFT: Mike Doody, of Lake Zurich holds onto Bailey and Riley, both 9-years-old, while they wear their Jimmy Buffett costumes for the costume contest.

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Ana Vara, of Gurnee holds on to her dog, Brian, a 1-year old Maltese Terrier, dressed as Woody from Toy Story for the costume contest, as Sierra Bouchard, 11, of Mundelein holds on to her astronaut, Rosie, a 2-year-old Sheltie/pug Oct. 26 before they wait for the results of the contest during Zach’s Save-A-Pet fundraiser at Save-A-Pet in Grayslake. the start of the costume contest during Zach’s Save-A-Pet fundraiser at Save-A-Pet in Grayslake. • Thursday, October 31, 2013

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Bears best chance vs. Packers is a shootout Hub Arkush

The first thing you need to realize about the Bears trip to Lambeau Field this Monday night is these are not your father’s Green Bay Packers and these aren’t your granddaddy’s Bears. When was the last time the Bears were one of the NFL’s worst defenses, but one of the game’s most explosive offenses? Not in my lifetime. But there it is as the Bears prepare for the Packers. The Bears are ranked 27th in the NFL in total defense, 31st in average gain per play allowed, 31st in sacking the quarterback, and 29th in points allowed. Offensively, it’s a different story. The Bears are fourth in the league in average gain per offensive play and second in points scored. Somewhere, there are cows jumping over the moon. Not everything is different in Green

Bay. The Packers still are No. 2 in total offense, first in average gain per play, third in third down efficiency, seventh in time of possession and third in points scored. But when was the last time the Packers were fourth in the NFL running the football? If you look on the other side of the ball, you’ll find a Packers’ defense that was near the bottom of the league last year but is now 11th overall, fourth vs. the run, fifth sacking the quarterback, and 10th in third down efficiency. The only statistic that actually favors the Bears in this game is one you’d expect, with the Bears at plus seven turnover/takeaway ratio and the Packers at minus two. Even that is misleading, however. The Bears have actually turned the ball over 11 times to just nine for the Packers, but the Bears defense has 18 takeaways while the Packers have only seven. The turnover/takeaway ratio is a battle the Bears will have to win to have a chance to pull the upset. The new fearsome Packers’ ground game is keyed by rookie Eddie Lacy,

who’s piled up 446 yards on 112 carries for a 4.0 average, and supplemented by the rejuvenated James Starks, who has 244 yards on 41 carries for a gaudy 6.0 average. Another rookie, Johnathan Franklin, has 19 carries for 107 yards and a 5.6 average. What is so troublesome about the Packers rushing attack is it’s the main reason they are seventh in the NFL in time of possession while the Bears are 21st. The key to helping the Bears defense is to keep it off the field, but that will be difficult if they can’t handle the Packers running game. Then, of course, there’s Aaron Rodgers. In spite of playing the entire season without his left tackle, Bryan Bulaga, and now significant time without James Jones, Randall Cobb and Jermichael Finley, at 108.0 he is still the NFL’s fourth-rated quarterback behind only Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers and Drew Brees. The idea of Rodgers dissecting a Bears defense with its third string three-technique tackle, backup defensive ends, two rookie linebackers and

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Guarantees are based on the financial strength and claims-paying ability of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Interest rates are banded, which means a higher rate is paid for higher premiums. Interest is compounded daily and continues to accrue until a payout is chosen. Surrender charge schedule: Year 1–7%, Year 2–6%, Year 3–5%, Year–4%, Year 5–3%, Year 6–2%, Year 7–1%, Year 8 and beyond–0%. Withdrawals or surrenders are subject to federal income taxation. Contract owner may withdraw up to 10% of accumulated value every year without surrender charges. Withdrawals in excess of 10% per year are subject to surrender charges. Upon contract termination, Thrivent Financial will pay no less than all premiums paid, less any previous withdrawals. The bonus rate provides a higher interest rate for two full contract years. If the two-year interest rate bonus is selected, a longer surrender charge period (nine years instead of seven years) applies, and the return-ofpremium benefit and enhanced surrender benefit are not available. Distributions prior to age 59½ may be subject to 10% IRS premature distribution penalty. Products issued by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans are available to applicants who meet membership, insurability, U.S. citizenship and residency requirements. 1Rates are current as of 10/1/2013 and are subject to change at any time. Minimum single premium $5,000 (at a guaranteed minimum rate of 1.00%). A-AS-SPDA (04) Series, A-AS-SPDA ID (04)

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