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Helping families grow Woman matches surrogates with families in need By JESSE CARPENDER GURNEE – Shirley Zager wants her obituary to read, “Fairy godmother to hundreds of babies.” Through her surrogacy service, Parenting Partners, the Gurnee resident connects couples who want to have their own biological child with a surrogate mother. Sitting at her dining room table spread with photos of happy families and some of the 135 healthy babies born through her service since 1999, she shared her family’s surrogacy story. When Shirley Zager and her husband Bennet Zager were looking for their own surrogate in 1985, there were three surrogacy agencies nationwide, compared to hundreds of options today, she said. “My husband and I were shoved into this little conference room,” she said. “In those days, you had to go by the best information you had.” Shirley Zager provides a much more personalized “boutique” experience for today’s couples considering surrogacy, she said. When a couple is interested, she meets them at a restaurant or somewhere comfortable to discuss their options and provide information in a personalized way. Couples today have less legal hurdles than the Zagers

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Shirley Zager of Gurnee looks through photos of babies born by surrogates through Parenting Partners. did because new technology enables a surrogate to birth a baby with both partners’ DNA, making them the legal parents. Zager’s daughter Amy is genetically related to her father Bennet Zager and her surrogate mother Janey because the technology to use Shirley Zager’s egg, known as a gestational pregnancy, didn’t exist at the time. In order for Shirley Zager to legally become Amy Zager’s mother, Janey had to legally give up rights to baby Amy. Other legal hurdles were put in place by the famous case of Baby M in 1986, which led to the first American court


ruling on surrogacy. The case involved a surrogate mother in a custody battle against the baby’s parents. Shirley Zager said the case gave the American public a bad opinion of surrogacy and led to legislation limiting surrogacy across the nation. When the Baby M case media storm hit, Janey called the Zagers to say “that woman [the surrogate mother in the case] doesn’t speak for me. Don’t lose any sleep over this. This is your baby.” Five months after their baby girl was born in California, Shirley Zager and her husband had to fly to Florida

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where laws were friendlier to non-traditional families, and appear before a family court judge. After that, Shirley Zager was granted step-mother adoption rights. Even if Amy was born in 2014, Shirley Zager said she may not have been able to gain a full adoption because her egg was not used for the pregnancy. Many parents today avoid the issue by using their own egg and sperm. Shirley Zager is a legal advocate for surrogacy, and advised on the Illinois Gestational Surrogacy Act of 2005. “We are very surro-

gate-friendly in Illinois,” she said. “House majority leader Barbara Flynn Currie wanted to prevent Baby M situations, and she wanted to do something proactive to set guidelines.” Currie proposed a law to make surrogacy safe, feasible and fair, and asked Shirley Zager to advise on the final bill as part of a committee. Currie said in a 2004 hearing, “It is time for us to join the 21st century. Make sure our children are protected and cared for.” Shirley Zager said, “The bill passed without one vote against it. It set fair payment for the surrogate including medical expenses to avoid back room deals and provides an enforceable contract for the parents.” Since then, surrogacy has been normalized by celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Nicole Kidman, Shirley Zager said. In recent years, more gay couples and single parents have used Parenting Partners to find a surrogate. The Center for Disease Control’s 2007 report Assisted Reproductive Technology Success Rates indicates there were 352 clinics performing in vitro fertilization for gestational surrogates in that year. Though it’s unclear how many were surrogates, 142,435 total in vitro fertilization cycles were performed in 2007, resulting in 43,412 live birth deliveries that produced 57,569 infants born, according to the Council for Responsible Genetics.

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CLC singers to give Salute to Gospel By JESSE CARPENDER GRAYSLAKE – Dr. Charles Clency inspired College of Lake County Gospel Choir members to feel the music as he played the piano and tapped his feet at a Feb. 12 choir practice at the college’s Grayslake campus. Clency, choir director, told the vocalists to drop their sheet music and start dancing. The CLC Gospel Choir is preparing for the 30th annual Salute to Gospel event at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. Featured performers will be Beverly Crawford, Janet Sutton and the Voices of Acme. The program celebrates Black History Month and CLC’s 44th anniversary with the theme “The Evolution of the Gospel Choir,” according to a news release from the College of Lake County. Clency encouraged choir members to practice the music and study its message at home.

“The music is only there for reference. Once you’ve got it, put it away. That’s gospel style, don’t stare down your music,” he told them before heading to a baby grand piano strewn with sheet music and began pounding out the notes to “I Hear The Music In The Air.” Choir members of different ages and ethnicities bounced on their heels and swayed their arms – music sheets forgotten on their desks. The CLC Gospel Choir is comprised of 60 percent students and 40 percent community members, Clency said. The 45-member choir breaks into smaller groups to practice throughout the week and practices as a whole Monday nights. Choir member Dora King has been with the group since 2006. “I love the way gospel makes me feel,” King, of North Chicago, said. “I’ve been singing all my life.”

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to do it,” Zager said. “Those who aren’t sincere run for the hills.” In her service, parents and surrogate mothers must meet each other. “Part of the beauty of it is knowing who’s carrying your baby,” she said. Valerie Hanes of Crest Hill has been a surrogate through Parenting Partners for two different families. She has four daughters of her own, and when her cousin couldn’t get pregnant, she began researching surrogacy. Hanes’ cousin was able to get pregnant later on, but Hanes remembered seeing the pain of a couple who so badly wanted a baby. She decided to become a gestational surrogacy, convinced her husband it was a good thing and found Shirley Zager by recommendation. “It broke my heart to see families that couldn’t have a child, when they wanted something that was part of them,” Hanes said. She said for both pregnancies, the parents chose to be in the room during the birth. “Being able to see their faces when the doctor hands them the baby is a natural high. I’m overwhelmed that they can finally experience what I experienced with my own children,” Hanes said. When Zager held her baby daughter for the first time, it was a surreal feeling, she said. “The nurses showed me how to diaper, hold her, feed her … once she got home, she was all mine,” Zager said. “I had to figure out everything.” And she did. Now Amy Zager’s 26-years old and she’s happy, she said. “Surrogacy is awesome” because she wouldn’t be here without it, Amy Zager said. At age 4, Amy Zager recalls telling her mom, “When I grow up, I’ll have

[a child] in my uterus like you”– that lead to a straight-forward conversation of how she was born, she said. The Chicago tattoo artist is vocal about her family’s experience with surrogacy and has spoken on panels.

The most important thing for a healthy family is “Love, honesty and openness,” she said. “Families happen every which way with today’s technology, and it doesn’t matter how you end up [existing] as long as people love you.” Her mother said almost the same thing. “I am her real mother. I wanted her in my heart. I fed her, loved her and brought her up. It’s not about eggs and sperm – it’s about the family that loves you.” For information, call 847-782-0240 or visit www.

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IVF pregnancies can produce multiple birth pregnancies. Zager said most people who oppose surrogacy say it’s against God’s will. “If you look at these beautiful faces,” she said, gesturing to family photos on Christmas cards and smiling moms and dads with their kids, “these beautiful babies would never be here without it.” Most surrogate mothers are experienced in successful pregnancies and have families and children of their own, Zager said. “We have a wonderful surrogate mother [through Parenting Partners] who said, ‘I’m just baking. I didn’t put the ingredients in the bowl, I’m just the oven.’ And she’s much more than an oven, but it’s easier nowadays because [by not using their own egg] they don’t feel like their giving their children’s brothers and sisters away.” Zager said when she found out she couldn’t have a baby, “I wanted to crawl under a rock and die. Nature threw me a curveball. I had my life planned out and it was absolutely devastating. Nothing is worse than wanting – it’s such a hurt you can’t describe. You want what everyone wants, a family. “That’s what I’ve brought to this service – I’ve been there, done that. This is a service and a passion for me. This was absolutely my calling. If I wanted to retire, I could. But as long as I’m healthy enough, there are more miracle babies that wouldn’t be born except for this collaborative effort. When I make a match, I take it so seriously. This person is to carry a most wanted child – you trust them with your heart’s desire.” A surrogate must be older than 21, drug-free and have a record of successful pregnancy, Zager said. She said women usually decide to be surrogates for two reasons; pregnancy is something they do well, and they could use the $40,000 for their own families. “It takes a special person

She appeared on Oxygen channel’s Best Ink and has a couple family related tattoos – a rose with a ‘mom’ banner and a columbine flower to commemorate family trips to Colorado. Amy Zager said her relationship to her surrogate mother Janey is similar to a cousin – not immediate family but still pretty close. “People will ask me how I feel that my mom’s not my ‘real mom,’ ” Zager said. “You’d never say that to an adopted kid. Of course, they’re my real parents. They raised me and disciplined me and I love them.”


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Walking it off Dog sitter offers pets a change of pace, cure for boredom By JESSE CARPENDER After Diane Stuercke took a walk with Max, a fox red Labrador, she called Max’s owner for her routine check-in. “Hi Sandy. Max had a great day and a long walk. He pooped, peed, and he got a treat. He’s a good boy, and he’s excited to see you.” Every client of My Pet Pals in Gurnee gets a check-in for their dog or cat, Stuercke said, so they know their pets’ needs when they get home. Stuercke’s new Gurnee business offers pet sitting and dog walking services for the Lake County area. It has been a rough winter for pets, Stuercke said. “This time of year when it’s so cold, dogs and cats are left outside too long or don’t get walked because folks would rather not walk them. I want them to know there is an alternative. I’m sure there are plenty of folks ready to fly to warmer places right now but don’t know what to do with their animals.” Dogs get cabin fever just like people do, she said. She’s seen plenty of destroyed furniture as evidence of canine frustration. “It’s challenging to get them out when the pavement is 30 to 40 degrees colder than the air temperature, but it’s good to give them an outlet for excess energy. They’re so happy when they can tuck their butt under their legs and run really fast.” Stuercke, who walks six dogs daily, is the “Mary Poppins of dog sitters” according to Waukegan client Tamara Marshall. “For my three dogs it was love at first sight,” said Marshall, who’d hired two dog sitters before. “Meeting her, she instantly instilled confidence. I had no hesitation hiring her. If your dog has an upset stomach, she has an answer. She just has a connection with them.” Marshall said she almost feels like her dogs are disappointed with her when she comes home early and walks them instead of Stuercke. “I’m a low-key person. There must be something in my energy toward animals that makes them relaxed,” Stuerke said. An Illinois native, Stuercke got a call from a friend in Bloomington. Ind., in 2005 asking her to take a risk, uproot her life and partner in a pet sitting business. “She’d had bad experiences with

kennels and wanted to offer something different,” Stuercke said. Stuercke, who was working in retail, decided to give it a chance. Stuercke had two puppies at the time she started pet sitting, and before that she’d only owned parakeets, she said. While growing up, Stuercke was the seventh of eight kids, and her mother had been terrorized by a dog. She learns from every dog. “Every client is a new experience,” Stuercke said. “Every dog is unique and needs individual care.” The pet sitter will care for dogs, cats and fish, but “I’m not big on arachnids,” she said. When she first meets a dog, she lets them approach her at their own pace, she said. “Dogs in general will try to guard their homes, so the usual reaction is like ‘Why are you here?’” It takes a while to build a relationship with a dog, but it helps that they instinctively love to walk, she said. During the holidays, she’s walked up to six miles in a day. When dogs are walked regularly and are exposed to other dogs and people, they start to behave better, Stuercke said. “One of my clients told me, ‘When we go to the dog park, she sits next to me and listens,’ ” she said. Stuercke is not an official dog trainer, but she can do basic medicine administration and can care for special needs dogs depending on the situation, she said. As owners trust her with their homes and furry family members, Stuercke said she handles it all with care. “I can feel the love people have for their pets,” she said. Some of the dogs are loved so much, owners will grate special cheeses on their dog food, she said. “When you see toy boxes overflowing with happiness, you can tell they’re living a good life.” Many people think cats can be left on their own, but they do miss their owners, Stuercke said. She entertains lonely cats with catnip and a laser light. “Cats love to be brushed and sit in your lap,” she said. She admits sometimes she falls in love with someone else’s pet. “The hardest part is when someone moves away or when an animal crosses the rainbow bridge,” she said. “When I’ve seen a dog every day for seven years, it can be hard to let go.” For information, visit

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tephen Bero, executive director of the Warren-Newport Public Library in Gurnee, announced his retirement after nine years on the job, effective July 31. Bero has been in public libraries for 23 years and in the book business for 37 years. The library board of trustees is expected to conduct a national search for a successor. During his tenure at the library, Bero oversaw a 14-month, $8.7 million expansion and renovation program. Last year, the library wrapped up a 40th anniversary celebration with family programs, permanent art and higher levels of fundraising. Although Bero is saving his goodbyes for July, he talked with Gurnee Suburban Life reporter Jesse Carpender about his decision to leave.

Stephen Bero, executive director of Warren-Newport Public Library, will retire. made two appearances here that were both blockbusters with additional staff needed for traffic control.

Carpender: Why did you decide to retire now? Bero: It was a long process. I felt I’d reached a good place to end my career. I’d accomplished what I’d wanted to. There are certainly more mountains to climb in the library world, but it’s good to go out on top. We’re coming off our very successful 40th anniversary celebration. My family situation is also a factor; it’s a good time for my wife and children, and this will enable my wife to get back to work.

Carpender: You plan to focus on writing. What do you write about? Bero: I’m working on a

Carpender: What will you focus on until your last day? Bero: From now until July, I’ll be finishing up any assignments scheduled for completion. The library fiscal year ends June 30 so I’ll be wrapping up all those projects. I’ll also help the library board in the search for my successor.

Carpender: What challenges will your successor face? Bero: We’re coming out of

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The Warren-Newport Public Library has undergone many changes during the tenure of Stephen Bero. tor along with reduced tax revenues. Hopefully, this year we’ll see (revenues) pick up again. In 2015, there will be elections of the new board members, and the petition process for that will happen at the end of this year.

the recession still, and public Carpender: How will you libraries and entities are stay connected to the library? behind the curb. Bero: I still plan on being a We’re still feeling the friend to this library; I won’t recession, and that will be a be a stranger here. challenge for the next direc-

I forged close relationships with the staff and I hope those will become friendships. I’m proud of this library and I’m leaving a big legacy here.

Carpender: What accomplishments are you most proud of? Bero: The building project we just completed is No. 1. A close No. 2 is our great staff here and enabling and encouraging them to excel.

Carpender: Any memories you’d like to share? Bero: We’ve had a lot of good times. Our 40th anniversary celebration started in January 2013 and went throughout the year. The Oct. 6 event, a toast and tour, was an open house to recognize our donors and show off the new artwork we acquired with donations. It was a celebration of community support. Eric Larson, the author,

fantasy novel. I’ll have to dust off some files and get my imagination primed. I also want to work more with online media and blogging. I’ve had some ideas in the works. My writing career in the past hasn’t been major, and I’m itching to get back to that and see if I can make a bigger impact. I’m also interested in getting back to music. I’m a flute player and singer – singing is where I’ve made the most money musically.

Carpender: Is there anything you want to say to the community? Bero: It’s been a great honor and privilege to serve the public as a public librarian. I’ve met so many wonderful staffers, board members and members of the public. I’m gratified to have made my career here. For information about the Warren-Newport Public Library, visit • Thursday, February 20, 2014

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WHERE: Rink Side Family Entertainment Center, 6152 W. Grand Ave., Gurnee WHEN: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21 INFO & COST: Make reservations for your church youth group to enjoy unlimited laser tag, mini-golf, ice skating, video games, two slices of pizza and soda. Admission is $20. For information, call 847-856-1064.



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WHERE: The Lifetree Cafe, 749 S. Hunt Club Road, Gurnee WHEN: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27 INFO & COST: The program titled “The Struggle to Forgive: Finding a Way Forward” features the ilmed story of Alicia Brady. Brady was a dancer who lost the ability to perform competitively when she was wounded in a gang-related drive-by shooting. It offers guidance for those who ind it dificult to heal and forgive after being wronged by others. Free. For information, call Jenelle Ancona at 847-362-4569.



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Jaxon Wilson (left) competed for a spot on the Jr. Blackhawks at the United Center in Chicago in December. December 2012, and had another evaluation in December at the United Center. Jaxon has been playing hockey since he was 2 years old on the street with his neighbors, the Thrawls. When he comes home from Woodland Intermediate School, the first thing he asks his parents is if he has practice or a game. If he doesn’t, he skates out on the ice behind

his home, Shawn Wilson said. The fourth-grader plays center for Vernon Hills Ice Dogs. His coach, Steve Dubinsky, played for the Chicago Blackhawks for seven years. Dubinsky’s son Aiden Dubinsky also made the Jr. Blackhawks team. Steve Dubinsky of Highland Park said his son and Jaxon are “attached at the hip on the ice. They’re very talented for being

9 years old. They work hard and they’re nice boys. They both earned it.” Dubinsky said all eight of the Vernon Hills Ice Dogs who tried out for the tournament made it through the first cut. Jaxon Wilson is a strong skater and a loyal teammate, he said. “I think it’s a great honor,” Steve Dubinsky said. “They only take 14 kids from the state

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GURNEE – During recent tryouts for the Chicago Jr. Blackhawks Brick Hockey Club team at the United Center in Chicago, Jaxon Wilson, 9, noticed other kids’ hockey sticks out on the ice with a Zamboni heading toward them. Wilson skated out and gathered them. “No one asked him to do that and no one thanked him,” his father Shawn Wilson said – that’s just the kind of team player Jaxon is. Jaxon of Gurnee has been chosen to play with an elite group, the Chicago Jr. Blackhawks Brick Hockey Club. In July, he’ll travel to Edmonton, Alberta for the Brick Tournament, representing Illinois and the surrounding area with 16 other kids. At the week-long tournament, seven teams from the U.S. and seven from Canada will play against each other. The Brick Tournament is “one of the most prestigious hockey events available for players at the 10 and under age level,” with National Hockey League level production, according to the Chicago Blackhawks website. The tryouts for the Jr. Blackhawks were challenging. Jaxon took part in the first evaluation

of Illinois [three are taken from surrounding states] and that’s 14 out of hundreds of kids who try out.” Jaxon’s favorite hockey moment was getting to the top tier of the Bauer Selects Team Championship last spring in Toronto, he said. He looks up to Jonathan Toews, captain of the Chicago Blackhawks, who also played in the Brick Tournament as a kid. “He’s the captain and center, and that’s what I want to be someday,” Jaxon said. Lucky for him, a perk of being on the Jr. Blackhawks team is that he’ll get one of the Chicago Blackhawks as a pen pal, though Jaxon doesn’t know which player will be his yet. To prepare for the Brick Tournament, Jaxon said he’ll “skate on the rink out back and work on my shot 10,000 times.” The team provides a website where he can track how many shots he’s done. Shawn Wilson is proud of his son. “He’s talented. The challenge as a parent is to find the right mix of encouragement or push,” Wilson said. “It’s an absolute joy to watch him play. All you see are his two big front teeth and his smile . He’s got a unique little attitude and he’s a leader.” For information, visit www.


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Helping cancer patients Shop owner looks to offer mastectomy bras, certified fitter By KATHRYN CRAFFEY GRAYSLAKE – Bex Anderson is a woman who doesn’t like to ask for help. Anderson, owner of The Fitting Room, a lingerie boutique in downtown Grayslake, never anticipated needing it. But, late last year the Grayslake resident found that despite positive customer feedback she was not making enough to carry the items customers were requesting – including a new product that would help women throughout Lake County and even out of state. “I saw an available market for mastectomy bras and had been receiving inquiries for this product,” Anderson said, adding that most local stores don’t stock the specialized bras, which have pockets for prostheses. Ordering such an item on the Internet proved difficult as sizing can vary widely. Anderson is eager to offer mastectomy bras because of the women she has met in her store, she said. “Just within the last few months, I’ve had dozens of clients break into tears in my fitting rooms while sharing their stories with breast cancer,” she said. “On top of the physical and emotional suffering, these women are finding it difficult to get prosthesis and bras that make to make them feel beautiful again. “These women are some of the strongest, most inspirational women I’ve ever met, and they all have such a positive spirit, despite what they’ve been through. I want to help them feel as beautiful on the outside as they are on the inside.” However, to bring a line of mastectomy bras into her

The Fitting Room is a lingerie boutique, is located at 11 S. Lake St., in Grayslake. store would cost thousands of dollars. A Certified Mastectomy Fitter, considered a standard in the industry, would also be needed to provide such an amenity, or she would need training to get certified herself, requiring additional capital on top of already-needed funds, she said. To help fund her business Bex and provide Anderson this specialized product, Anderson has turned to the crowdfunding website RocketHub. The site allows her to collect money online – from existing to potential customers, as well as family and friends. The site requests a donation and offers gifts at various levels of financial support with the ultimate goal of obtaining $85,000 to purchase new inventory and offer new services including hiring a Certified Mastecto-

my Fitter. The deadline to The Fitting Room donate is Feb. 28. Before trying to raise Where: 11 S Lake St., Grayslake money online, Anderson Information: The Fitting Room approached banks and small is a lingerie boutique. Hours business development cenare 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday ters. Financial institutions through Thursday, 10 a.m. to told her that for her business 8 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to to be bankable they had cer4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 tain conditions – conditions p.m. Sunday. For information, that proved to be challenging call 847-986-9272 or visit www. for the young To an. donate, visit www.rockethub. “They have requirements com/projects/38591. such as collateral, excellent credit and a long business history,” she said. Anderson opened the business in November 2012, using County. “What we ask for in our personal savings. program is that you have a “It’s been very frustratvision or passion, experience ing. I have high customer demand, yet dwindling reve- in that industry, and have either cash behind you or an nue,” she said. investor,” Brisbois said. “In Frank Brisbois, director this economy service busiof the Small Business Develnesses can do well, but you opment and International need cash infusion to make Trade Center at the College it sustainable. But entrepreof Lake County, said it’s not neurs are entrepreneurs and uncommon for a business to be required to be operational they typically jump in and go for it.” for two years before a bank Anderson said she continwill loan them money. Brisues to stay positive. bois helps people start new “I’m looking to keep my businesses throughout Lake

business going whether it’s finding an investor or business partner committed to the mission,” Anderson said. “I believe there is a real need for this type of business in the area.” Customers range in age from 8 to 102 years old, she said. Clients like Allison Chase, of Lindenhurst, said she found The Fitting Room last spring on a social networking site when doing a search for lingerie in a unique size. “I am so comfortable in purchasing from Bex, and there is nothing else in close proximity to my home where I can find what I need when it comes to women’s lingerie,” Chase said. “She’s also willing to order different pieces so the main selling point for me is that she has what I need and I don’t have to hunt all over.” Grayslake resident Liz Fogarty has been visiting Anderson’s store regularly since starting a weight loss program last year. Each loss of 10 pounds compels her to make another visit to the shop to be fitted for new undergarments. “The store was really helpful in getting me the right size each time I needed a new undergarment and I don’t know where else I’d get these items,” Fogarty said. “I even brought my daughter in to be fitted before her prom, and I’ve told my book club about this business.” Anderson hopes to one day offer support groups for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. “The women I’ve spoken to right out of surgery don’t know what to expect, or how they are supposed to feel, and I think being able to talk about these things in a safe, comfortable environment might help,” Anderson said.

“The women I’ve spoken to right out of surgery don’t know what to expect, or how they are supposed to feel, and I think being able to talk about these things in a safe, comfortable environment might help.” Bex Anderson, The Fitting Room owner

OFF THE DEEP END Judi Veoukas his finger and had to give him the ring after he screamed his head off. But at least the ring showed up, and at least he still had nine other fingers on which to place it. The last time I ever sent away for something, it was for Rice Krispies Snap! Crackle! and Pop! hand puppets, which arrived in the promised time, but their fronts and backs lay flat, like drawings, on two thin cloth panels. The directions said, “Cut each out and sew its front to its back, leaving a bottom opening in which to insert

the hand.” I begged my mother and grandmother to sew them, but both said, “You think we have nothing better to do than make puppets?” I cut them out myself and placed them together using straight pins. I put on some mighty bloody puppet shows. When raising my own kids I tried offering them cereal because, by then, crappy bonuses were put right in the box, but the kids preferred frozen waffles (many times unthawed), Pop Tarts or a glob of Bosco straight out of the jar, so there were no inbox or box-top rewards. Child Services never investigated their food consumption, and they are reasonably healthy adults today. On a rare cereal day, one

son managed to accidentally swallow a tiny plastic Darth Vader. To this day he loves Star Wars. My grandchildren have to be happy with the cereal alone as the once ubiquitous premium has disappeared from inside packages, and I doubt today’s child would send away for anything via mail. Besides, with cereals named Honey Smacks, Fruit Loops with Marshmallows, or Sugar-Coated Stimulants, kids don’t need box-tops to send away for anything fun. There’s a party going on in the bowls. But what about us, the seniors who have to schlep out of bed each morning with nothing to look forward to for breakfast but cereals such as oatmeal, All Bran, or Cap’n

Crunch with Less Crunch but More Fiber? Wouldn’t it be nice if we could receive something additional just for eating our breakfasts, something besides what fiber is supposed to give us? How about we reach into our oatmeal’s cylindrical container and find a gift card to our pharmacy, a large-print version of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” or maybe a parakeet to keep us company? Or perhaps just a little pennant, the size of the ones I never received. It would say, “Congratulations! You made it the heck out of bed this morning!”

Judi Veoukas is an award-winning columnist who writes from her home in Lake County.



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I cannot remember what I had for breakfast this morning, but I can recall that in December of 1950 I cut off a cereal box-top, and, with 25 cents, sent away for 16 miniature major league baseball pennants. Every day for months, I’d run to the mail box, hoping my pennants would arrive. They never did. As a result, I detest baseball, dislike corn flakes and hate that these pennants might be worth $9,000 on eBay today. Undaunted, I next sent away for a glow-in-the-dark Kix cereal Lone Ranger atomic bomb ring. When it arrived, I couldn’t wait to show it off to my cousin in a pitch black closet. Yes, I accidentally slammed the door on


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Sue Bruesch of Gurnee works out with others Feb. 3 during a Jazzercise class at the Grandwood Park Community Center in Gurnee.

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nstructor Shaneice Rayunas encourages participants to burn up to 600 calories on the dance loor during Jazzercise classes, offered during the Grandwood Park Community Center. Rayunas said people braved some of January’s worst weather to make it to the high-energy class. Classes are at 5:45 a.m. and 4:30 and 5:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5:45 a.m. Friday and 8:15 a.m. Saturday. For information or pricing, call 224-358-9522.

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Stephans: What do you do as an English Language Learner coordinator? Morey: I am in charge of the programmatic pieces that go on, such as classes that are taught in the student’s native language or bilingual classes.

Stephans: How big is the bilingual student population at Woodland? Morey: We have in our program – which consists of

Stephans: What does the Bilingual Parent Advisory Group do? Morey: They meet four times a year. At the meetings we provide information to the parents about the community and school events, like summer reading programs at the library.

Stephans: How do bilingual skills enhance students’ ability to succeed? Morey: In our growing society and economy it helps you compete in other countries – understanding their history and events. It makes it easier to communicate with others, and it greatly increases your marketability to get a job.

Stephans: What is your favorite part of your job? Morey: Working with the teachers to help improve instructions to the entire classroom.

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LEFT: Cecilia Torres of Round Lake embraces her children at the Dec. 13 Project SUCCEED event. Torres said, “I receive a lot of good information about taking care of my kids from the YWCA.” ABOVE: Thomas Lassiter, US Navy, enjoys a fun learning moment.

Parents build learning foundation for children’s future SUBURBAN LIFE MEDIA The most influential times in a young child’s life are often linked to fun experiences and memorable events. When parents, who are typically a child’s first teacher, engage their children in play, they are creating lifelong learning skills. Recognizing the important link between play and learning, the YWCA Lake County offers parents many free interactive and fun educational programs to enable them to prepare a strong foundation for their child’s success in school and life. One recent event, the annual Winter Festival of Stories, welcomed more than 400 area residents, including more than 300 preschoolers. Held at Greenbelt Cultural Center in North Chicago, the free early-reader literacy event was organized by YWCA Lake County Parent Services Department to support its Project SUCCEED, which recognizes the need for school readiness and provides parents of young children with ideas and activities to enhance reading skills at home. The highlight of the day was the group reading of the book “Quiet Bunny, Noisy

Puppy” written by Lisa McCue and performed by a storyteller from Paddy Lynn Storyacting for Children in Mundelein. In addition, every family received a free copy of the featured book, and each child received a bag full of books and a healthy sack lunch to take home. “The families we serve do not have the funds for enrichment programs. These parents want educational opportunities for their kids so we plan our literacy programs as fun community events that help to put underserved children on the road to reading,” said Elvira Ortega, parent services manager for YWCA Lake County. “Project SUCCEED is a year-round program that offers vital educational literature, parent workshops, literacy events, mentoring, and much, much more to promote school readiness.” Through Project SUCCEED, YWCA Lake County Parent Services Department provides support and tools to families so that literacy is encouraged everywhere — while driving, walking home, taking the bus, at the grocery store, playgrounds, laundromats, libraries and everywhere else.

Children attending the Winter Festival of Stories received a free book. Parents involved with Project SUCCEED do not generally have English as their first language or are from cultures that have not reinforced the benefits of becoming involved in their children’s reading and education. The next SUCCEED event will be in for June.


19 give Lake County the ability to collect the cost of bulldozing or refurbishing an abandoned property when that property is eventually sold, according to a news release from the senator’s office. Bush introduced the bill on behalf of the Lake County Board. “Cities and towns have always been awarded this right, but


“[Spirituals] were psychological, about the realities of what slaves lived,” said Clency, citing the spiritual “Come Here Jesus, If You Please,” which includes lyrics such as “When you see me on my knees, dear Lord Jesus/come here if you please.” However, gospel differs from spirituals in that it proclaims the “good news” of the first four books of the Bible, uses multiple instruments and is more improvisational in structure, Clency said. The biggest difference is

Continued from page 6 When all 45 choir members sing together, the beautiful, full voices envelop the room, King said, adding, “Singing for me is a sanctuary.” Before members launched into song at their recent practice, they spent time talking about the music’s history. Clency talked about gospel music’s roots, including how it evolved from the mid-1700s spirituals of slaves.

GURNEE – The Gurnee Police Department is following up on its school lockdown training video with a new training block

for teachers at Woodland School District 50 titled “Human Response to Crisis; What to Expect and How to Overcome.” Tom Agos, crime prevention specialist at the Gurnee Police Department, said teachers will receive the same crisis response training as Gurnee police officers. Agos said it’s important for teachers to understand the myths on how people respond to crisis so that they can act in a

“spirituals deal with oppression, evangelism and Jesus,” while gospel music is jubilant and celebratory, he said. After practice, new choir member Sunny Sonnenschein of Grayslake said gospel music brings people of all backgrounds together. “It’s just good for people,” Sonnenschein said. King said she trusts Clency’s leadership as choir director and is a confident soprano and soloist after following his advice to pursue vocal lessons. “He knows everyone’s name

that was ever in this choir,” King said. The choir began as a club in Waukegan 25 years ago and became an accredited CLC course when Clency became choral program director 10 years ago. It has grown from 12 people. “Our campus is very diverse and we have all kinds of people. The life and energy of the music speaks to them – gospel music has a high level of energy, drama and rhythm. “The only difference between gospel and rock is Jesus,” Clency said.

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Films for charity Catlow to offer afternoon of culture, Oscar-nominated films By TARAH THORNE BARRINGTON – What better way to beat winter weather than a cozy day in the theater. At least that’s what Barrington Cultural Commission members have decided. For a second year, the Barrington Cultural Commission and the Catlow Theater will host an afternoon of Oscar-nominated short films at the Catlow, 116 W. Main St., from noon to 4 p.m. March 1. Admission is $10. Catlow owner Tim O’Connor said the event is “like bringing a bit of Hollywood to Main Street Barrington.” Five-year commission member Jack Schaefer said last year’s short film event sold out about a week before the showing, a total of 550 seats, and members would like to fill 600 seats this year. “It’s very doable,” Schaefer said. Formed Aug. 17, 2009, by the Barrington village board, the commission is comprised of about 20 community members who represent the promotion of cultural activities within the village. Members represent various performing, musical and visual arts organizations such as the Barrington Area Library, park districts, writers workshop groups, and dance, theater and vocal performance groups. “It’s a great cross-section of community members,” Schaefer said. “Our motto is to ‘create, discover and inspire.’ ” Schaefer said the commission is thrilled to make use of Barrington’s White House, 145 W. Main St., once renovations are complete in 2015 (the village centennial), hosting cultural arts affairs. Until then, the commission will keep busy with promoting national poetry month in April, the annual Memorial Day weekend Barrington Art Festival, winter holiday Barrington Aglow festivities and upcoming afternoon at the Catlow. The Oscar-nominated short film event will be held just one

“The short story nominees have always looked intriguing on the Academy Awards show, but I never knew where to view them,” Schaefer said. “After making some phone calls and talking to the producers and distributors, we found out we could arrange for the films to be shown locally.” Schaefer added the films shown have already won countless awards at other regional film festivals. O’Connor said the Catlow staff enjoys special events such as the short films viewing. “They are a lot of fun, and they bring in some people that we don’t normally see here the rest of the year,” O’Connor said. New this year are the Catlow’s comfortable, cup holder-equipped theater seats. O’Connor said attendees will be able to socialize, buy concessions or even bring in homemade meals from the neighboring Boloney’s Sandwich Shop. O’Connor said Catlow staff will be sure to make extra popcorn since seats were nearly sold out as of Friday morning – just one week after ticket sales began. All volunteer-based, Schaefer said commission members will be sticking around after the afternoon show to help clean up the theater, and event proceeds go back into the commission’s general budget to continue promoting the arts in Barrington. Neither Schaefer or O’Connor have seen this year’s chosen short films, waiting Photo provided to view the nominees in good The Catlow Theater at 116 W Main St., Barrington is celebrating its second year of showing an afternoon of company. Oscar-nominated short films to benefit the Barrington Cultural Commission. “I will wait until I run a quality check of the movies, day before the 2014 Academy same importance as a short for all ages, none of the films right before we show them Awards. A total of 10 short story does in book form, have been rated, Schaefer said. here,” O’Connor said. “It was films will been shown; five without spending two or three Schaefer suggested that hard to single out a favorite in each of the commission’s hours revealing the plot. children would most enjoy from last year. All these films chosen Oscar-nominated cate“They were highly regardthe animated short films, as are extremely well made.” gories – animated short films ed by our audience last year. this category is a bit more Tickets for this short film and live action short films. There was a lot of clapping afcartoon-like and the latter live viewing event are limited The animated short films will ter each short film,” O’Connor action short films can be more and available for purchase at begin at noon with the live said. “They are Oscar-nomifought provoking and serious. Boloney’s, 114 W. Main St., and action short films starting at 2 nated after all – the cream of Both Schaefer and O’Conat the Catlow. Proceeds will p.m. after a brief intermission. the crop for their respective nor agree that the viewing benefit both the Catlow and O’Connor said these short categories.” event is a special treat for the the Barrington Cultural Arts films are unique, sharing the Although this is an event area. Commission.

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Antioch’s PM&L Theater to present ‘Radio Noir’ SUBURBAN LIFE MEDIA ANTIOCH – RG Productions brings a series of hard-boiled heavies and dangerous dames to the stage at PM&L Theatre in Antioch for one performance only at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. “Radio Noir” features four famous detective stories, and the audience is sure to experience a veritable banquet of saucy one-liners and snappy comebacks. Costumed actors will bring to life classics like Sam Spade and “Night Beat” and also feature new noir hits, authored by local writers, such as “Rebecca Diamond Private Eye” by director Nita Hunter (Barrington), and “Dragnet” spoofs by Richard Bell (Salem, Wis.) and John McLaughlin (Barrington). The performance will be tied together with the ‘40s jazz music of the Together Again Duo featuring Marti Bonne and Geoff DeMuth (Crystal Lake). “We really have fun with the noir shows,” said show director and RG Producer Nita Hunter. “They have some of the best one-liners ever performed on radio or in film and the plots put you on the edge of your seat. Sam Spade was portrayed by Humphrey Bogart in the 1941 film “The Maltese Falcon.” As for the ladies, they love playing dames with attitudes.” Hunter says the shows are carefully choreographed and

What: Theatre will present four famous detective stories during its production of “Radio Noir.” Where: PM&L Theatre, 877 N. Main St., Antioch When: Sunday. Doors open at 1 p.m. Show begins at 2:30 p.m. Cost: $10. Info: Tickets can be purchased at the door or online. All proceeds will go toward PM&L’s curtain fundraiser. For information, visit For information about RG Productions, visit www.

make use of the theatre’s many features to put together a true multimedia show. Audiences will enjoy learning a bit about the history of each show to get a better sense of why this classic style of radio was so popular in the 1940s. “Night Beat” follows the exploits of Randy Stone who worked for the Chicago Star. “We’re especially excited to bring new radio theatre to the audience, too,” Hunter said. “A character I created several years ago, Rebecca Diamond Private Eye, is a tough-talking New York City detective played by Leslie Utech (Racine, Wis.), and she’s making her much anticipated third appearance in this episode: “Angel Face.”

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BUTTER CHURN - Antique Wooden VANITY Butter Churn 18" high, the barrel is Beautiful antique pine vanity constructed w/ oak wood slats & w/ attached mirror & center drawer. 4 brass bands & 10" diameter at Brought from England by the dealer, 37-1/4"W, 20"D & 29-1/2" to the bottom tapered to 8-1/2" at the top of vanity. Mirror 22-3/8"W top. The dasher stick is 42" long. by 35-3/8"H. Center drawer has It is in excellent used condition & metal pull. Legs & side mirror is very clean. This is a fun piece for country decoration and can be supports have charming decorative sculptured detail. $400. used for storage. $145. 815-236-1747 Bring cash. 815-236-1747

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PUBLIC NOTICE WARREN TOWNSHIP HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT Notice is hereby given that sealed proposal will be received at the office of Warren Township Highway Department, 17801 W. Washington Street, Gurnee, Illinois 60031, until 9:00 o'clock A.M. on Tuesday March 4, 2014 for furnishing of the following material: 25,000 gallons premium no lead gasoline 35,000 gallons #2 premium low sulfur diesel Proposals shall be made on forms furnished by the Township Highway Commissioner, and shall be addressed in a sealed envelope to: Warren Township Highway Department, c/o George Iler, Town Clerk, 17801 W. Washington Street, Gurnee, Illinois 60031, and shall be marked "Material Proposal-Letting of Tuesday March 4, 2014." Further information regarding the letting may be obtained by contacting the Highway Commissioner at (847) 244-1101, Extension 3. The Township in accordance with the Laws of the State of Illinois hereby notified all bidders that it will affirmatively insure that the contract entered into pursuant to this awarded to the lowest responsible bidder without discrimination, on the ground of race, color or national origin. Gerald E. Rudd Warren Township Highway Commissioner (Published in the Gurnee Life February 20, 2014. #425) • Thursday, February 20, 2014


Why Haven’t Neuropathy Sufferers Been Told These Facts? Do you have any of the following symptoms? • Pins and needles feeling • Numbness in the hands or feet • Tingling or burning sensations • Weakness in the arms or legs • Sharp shooting or burning pains

If so, you may have a condition called peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy, or “nerve damage,” is one of the most chronic conditions in the U.S., affecting over 20 million Americans. Neuropathy results from injury to the nerves in the arms and legs. This disrupts the body’s ability to communicate with its muscles, organs and tissues. Most people don’t recognize neuropathy’s symptoms, which are: • Pins and needles feeling • Numbness in the hands or feet • Tingling or burning sensations • Weakness in the arms or legs • Sharp shooting or burning pains These annoying problems may come and go...interrupt your sleep...or even make your arm or legs feel weak at times. But even if you’ve had neuropathy symptoms for a while, there are 3 common myths I often see with this condition. Myth #1: Thinking More Pills Are The Only Solution A common treatment for many nerve problems is the ‘take some pills and wait and see’ method. While this may be necessary for temporary relief of severe symptoms, using them long term is no way to live. Some of the more common drugs given include pain pills, anti-seizure mediations, and anti-depressants -- all of which have serious side effects. Why not look for a drugless solution instead of just covering over the pain? Myth #2: Assuming Neuropathy is Only Found in Diabetic People Diabetic patients are not the only group to suffer with this condition. Actually more neuropathy sufferers are nondiabetic than are, according to a recent 2009 study. Here’s what the study, done by The Neuropathy Association, revealed... “Neuropathy is often misrepresented as only being diabetes related. However, this survey demonstrates that for every diabetic neuropathy patient, there are at least six more patients suffering with various neuropathies...” - Dr. Thomas H. Brannagan, III, medical advisor for The Neuropathy Association. Myth #3: Believing Numbness and Tingling will go away on it’s own. One of the biggest myths people believe about their numbness, tingling, and pain is that it goes away all by itself... without any treatment. But a study on back pain in

the British Medical Journal proved this myth false, showing that 75% of back pain sufferers who do nothing about it will have either pain or disability 12 months later. Let’s face it, your neuropathy symptoms haven’t gone away by now, it’s not likely they will disappear on their own. And it’s been shown in studies that if ignored, symptoms can intensify causing loss of sensation, unremitting pain, and even disability. Neuropathy Treatment System Relieves Numbness & Pain Fortunately, if you are suffering from any neuropathy pain, numbness or tingling, your symptoms may be relieved or eliminated by a new treatment. A new proven peripheral neuropathy treatment has been developed by a leading medical device inventor. The system helps the natural nerve pathways between your spine and feet (or hands) and can make your nerves functioning again. Just listen to what this new technology can do... Before each impulse is sent, it analyzes the waveform of your nerves, determines any abnormalities, creates the unique healing signal necessary, administers it, and then re-evaluates the result. This process happens 7.83 times every second or the 30 minute treatment.

on this offer. Call 847-901-3535 now. We can get you scheduled for your Neuropathy Evaluation as soon as there’s an opening in our schedule. What Other Professionals are saying about this program. ”The ReBuilder has helped our patients who have painful side effects from chemotherapy neuropathy so much...” -Cancer Treatment Centers of America. ”Previously, treating peripheral neuropathy patients hasn’t been really successful...but I’ve never seen resolutions like we’re seeing in these cases.”

John P. Hayes, Jr., DC, DABCO Author- “Beating Neuropathy”

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Your Neuropathy. While we cannot accept every case that walks into our office, if you’re suffering with neuropathy there is a good chance you can be helped by this treatment. To find out if this treatment solution could be the answer to your neuropathy condition give us a call to see if we can help you. Take advantage of our New Patient Special with a $37. Call to schedule your neuropathy evaluation.

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It’s time for you to find out if this new treatment will be your neuropathy solution. Use our new patient special on page 4 so you can get a neuropathy evaluation to determine if you qualify for this new treatment! What does this offer include? Everything. Take a look at what you will receive: An in-depth consultation about your health and well-being where we will listen…really listen…to the details of your case. A complete neuropathy evaluation. Two specialized x-rays to determine if a spinal problem is contributing to your pain or symptoms…(NOTE: These would normally cost you at least $100). A thorough analysis of all your findings so we can start mapping out your plan to being pain free. Act now this offer is only good for the next 14 days so you can get everything I’ve listed here for $37. The normal price for this type of evaluation including x-rays is $250, so you’re saving a considerable amount by taking me up

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