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ROGER COLEMAN: 1951-2012

Commitment was ‘rock solid’ Words of tribute pour in for former Chronicle publisher By ERIC SCHELKOPF Words of tribute continue to pour in for former Kane County Chronicle publisher Roger Coleman. Coleman died of an apparent heart attack Monday in Kentucky. He was 61. Coleman had worked at Chronicle Newspapers from 1980 through the early 2000s, and most recently was group publisher of the HudsonCatskill Newspaper Corp. in New York. “I considered him a dear friend,” said Tom Shaw, president and CEO of Shaw Media, which publishes the Kane County Chronicle. “He served us faithfully.” Coleman was publisher of The Chronicle when Shaw Media acquired the company in 1989. He headed up the transition of the four semi-weekly Chronicles – those covering Batavia, Geneva, Elburn and St. Charles – into one unified paper and eventually a daily paper. “We always felt one of the best assets we got in the acquisition was Roger,” Shaw said. “In our view, the Kane County Chronicle became one of the most respected publications in Kane County under his leadership.” With Coleman, “what you saw is what you got,” Shaw said. “He was just honorable,

and loved his family and was very devout in his faith,” Shaw said. “He was kind and gentle, yet he was a fierce warrior. Roger If someone was Coleman challenging his integrity, or challenging his business or challenging his family, watch out.” Bob Miller, a former professional baseball player who lives in St. Charles, said Coleman was a man who always kept his word. “He did what he said he was going to do,” Miller said. For example, Coleman agreed to be part of all of the celebrity golf outings that Miller had arranged. “I had arranged eight celebrity golf outings for the Fox Valley area, and Roger was in every one of them,” Miller said. “He enjoyed meeting with all the celebrity football and baseball players.” The two also would regularly talk about local politics and sports. “He was always interested in what I had to say about the community,” Miller said. St. Charles Mayor Don DeWitte said Coleman’s commitment to the community was “rock solid.” DeWitte was a St. Charles alderman when Coleman was publisher. “He was very community

oriented,” DeWitte said. “He was an honorable guy in a tough business.” Shaw said Coleman was dedicated to serving the TriCities. “He was well-respected by a litany of business people,” Shaw said. “He was involved in a number of boards, and involved in a number of civic and community events.” Shaw also remembered Coleman’s charisma and his ability to “command an audience.” “People were always at attention when he was talking,” Shaw said. “They were interested in what he was saying, and his ability to communicate was superb. He could retell a story with such detail and emotion. It was a real gift.” Other past and current Shaw employees also fondly remembered Coleman. “He had an commanding presence,” said John Rung, Northwest Herald publisher and chief operating officer of Shaw Media. “He was a great public speaker. It was just so natural for him to talk to people. He taught me a lot about how a publisher should conduct themselves.” Rung was the Kane County Chronicle’s retail advertising manager from 1994-95 when Coleman was publisher. Bureau County Republican Publisher Sam Fisher worked for Coleman as the Kane

County Chronicle’s ad director from 1990-93. Fisher said he appreciated Coleman’s trust in him. “He trusted me to do my job,” Fisher said. “I enjoyed the years I worked for him.” Jim Holm was promoted from salesperson to ad director under Coleman’s leadership. Holm now is advertising director at the Journal and Courier in Indiana. “He had a big influence on my work ethic and how he handled himself and worked with people,” Holm said. Coleman’s funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Church in Utica, with Monsignor James Swaner officiating. Burial will follow at the St. Vincent Cemetery in LaSalle, where he will be laid to rest with his father. The visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Hurst Funeral Home in LaSalle. A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church in Ashland, Ky., with the Rev. Garrett Bugg and the Rev. Jennifer Johnson officiating. In lieu of flowers, the Roger F. Coleman Grandchildren’s Education Fund has been established in care of Bailey Family Funeral Home, 2110 Argillite Road, Flatwoods, KY 41139. Condolences for the family may be sent to

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ST. CHARLES – A Super Bowl party for those ages 50 and older is set from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Adult Activity Center in the Pottawatomie Community Center, 8 North Ave., St. Charles. The event is free for members of the AAC and $5 for others. Participants are urged to bring a tailgate dish to pass and wear their favorite NFL team

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BATAVIA – Julie Mackey and Elizabeth Gresher will lead students through partner-based work Friday at Shine, 5 N. River St. Participants support one another as they explore yoga

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SOUTH ELGIN – The first Budokan Holiday Vacation Challenge continues through Sunday at Budokan Martial Arts, 959 N.

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FACE TIME WITH paul gordon

Where did you grow up? Batavia Who would play you in the movie of your life? William Hurt First job? At the Geneva Golf Club in the pro shop As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? A writer. I do write, but I’m not making a living at it, yet, but I hope to, eventually. A movie you’d recommend? “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure” and “Dumb and Dumber” and “Tokyo Story” Hobbies? See movies and play basketball and tennis Do you play an instrument? Guitar Favorite local restaurant? The coffee shop at the library What is an interesting factoid about yourself? I was in Tokyo for a film festival.


Kane County Chronicle staffers pick the best of what to do in your free time

Exhibit opens at Fine Line

WHAT: Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles presents “Textile Traditions of Mesoamerica,” an exhibit of traditional Mexican textiles from the private collection of Ann Holt-Harris. WHEN: The show is from Friday to Feb. 2. The opening reception will be from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday WHERE: Fine Line’s Kavanagh Gallery, 6N158 Crane Road, St. Charles INFO: Visit

Luncheon at Sugar Grove United Methodist Church

WHAT: The Sugar Grove United Methodist Church is hosting a benefit bread, soup, and salad luncheon at the Sugar Grove Community House. The community is invited to come and share in the food, fun and fellowship with a meal of homemade soups, salads, breads, desserts and beverages. A free will offering will be collected to support Hurricane Sandy victims through UMCOR.


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WHEN: 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 13 WHERE: Sugar Grove Community House, 141 Main St. INFO: Call the church office at 630-466-4501 with any questions. Reservations are not necessary.

Performer headed to Fermilab

WHAT: Tomas Kubinek brings his humor and talent to Fermilab’s Ramsey Auditorium. Kubinek is billed as a “certified lunatic and master of the impossible.” WHEN: 7 p.m. Jan. 26 WHERE: Ramsey Auditorium in Wilson Hall, the central building of Fermilab. The address is Kirk Road at Pine Street, Batavia. COST: $22 for adults and $11 for those ages 18 and younger INFO: For information or telephone reservations, call 630-840-2787 weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For details, visit

Murdock concert at Kaneland High School

WHAT: Lee Murdock’s annual hometown

concert is set at the Kaneland High School auditorium. He will be joined by Anne Hill as the special guest on the first Saturday of the New Year. It is part of the Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival’s Concert Series. WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday WHERE: Kaneland High School auditorium, 47W326 Keslinger Road, Maple Park COST: Tickets are $12 and may be bought at the door. INFO: Advance reservations are not needed, but call 630-557-2329 for directions or further information.

Family night at Geneva American Legion

WHAT: The Geneva American Legion will have its family night. The event includes soup, sandwiches and chips. WHEN: 5 to 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month WHERE: Geneva American Legion, 22 S. Second St., Geneva INFO: Call 630-232-2171.


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Mastering the 12 steps

Retired minister stays sober a day at a time for 35 years By BRENDA SCHORY John Williams drank a bit in high school, but nothing serious until he was 17, when he said he was at a fraternity party that offered all the beer you could drink for $2. “At first, I liked being known as a drinker,” Williams, 70, of Geneva, said. “I bragged about drinking – ‘We drank a case of beer last night.’ It was a badge of honor. It was part of who I was.” Today, Williams is more proud to say he has been sober for 35 years with the help of a 12-step program. “When I tell my story, I always say, ‘If I drink after that, I’m an idiot.’ God shoved me in that meeting,” Williams said. “It’s a miracle how I got there.” He pays it forward, encouraging others to sobriety. Alcoholism used to be considered a moral failure instead of a disease and going to a 12-step meeting had a stigma, he said. “But not anymore,” he said. “These days, everybody goes to rehab – except the people who say, ‘No no no,’ and wind up dead.” A retired Unity Church minister, he facilitates weekend workshops at churches based on the spiritual principles of the 12 steps. Williams also ministers to others at meetings – as well as strangers if he senses they could use some help. How does he know a complete stranger might be an alcoholic? “It takes one to know one,” Williams said. ••• Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States, according to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Inc. About 17.6 million people – or one in every 12 adults – suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence, according to the council. Excessive alcohol use, including binge and underage drinking, is the third-leading preventable cause of death in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Williams said without divine intervention to get sober, he was headed for death. Williams was 34 when he quit drinking Feb. 4, 1977. “I would not have lasted another two years,” Williams said. “I would have been dead. You have three choices if you have this disease. One is to wind up in an institution, [the second

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John Williams of Geneva has been sober for 35 years and in a 12-step program. Williams is a retired Unity Church minister and facilitates weekend workshops at churches based on the spiritual principles of the 12 steps. is to] die – and the other one is to abstain and get into a program.” Jerry Skogmo, executive director of Renz Addiction Counseling Center, said addiction to alcohol or any substance is a progressive or chronic disease when a person becomes physically addicted. Health consequences are severe. Renz, with offices in St. Charles and Elgin, serves people with addictions through intensive outpatient programming and hosting 12-step meetings. “We see people from all walks of life, all situations, all conditions,” Skogmo said. “Their life is out of control, and they need to do something about that. We found that the people with the best prognoses are those involved in treatment and 12-step program, as well.” ••• Not only was Williams’ life out of control, so was his ability to drink. “It was getting pretty miserable, especially the last six months,” Williams said. “Your tolerance [for drinking] gets higher and higher and higher, and then it hits the top. Then the amount you drink before you get drunk starts to drop.”

Williams said his sister took him into her house on New Year’s Eve 1976. He was getting divorced from his second wife and had nowhere else to go. The family was getting ready for a party, and Williams was set for a night of drinking. “I made myself a scotch on the rocks, and I drank it and the room started spinning,” Williams said. “It was that way from then to February. I could not drink, and I couldn’t not drink. It was just horrible.” But to tell how he got to his first 12-step meeting, Williams’ story goes back to 1975 when he was tending bar. Usually, he worked the night shift. On this particular night, he switched with another bartender and was working a day shift. “A woman came into the bar, she said, ‘The kids are driving me crazy, I’m going to get drunk.’ I gave her a dime and told her to make a call,” Williams said. “Ten minutes later, she ordered a 7-Up, and another woman came in and they both left. I don’t know why I said that, I just did.” He later figured out the second woman was the first woman’s sponsor

– someone to help stay sober. In February 1977, the same woman was trying to get some cash, but the banks closed at 6 p.m. and there were no ATMs. She called her friend who owned the bar where Williams worked and asked whether she could cash a check. “So I’m sitting at the end of the bar drinking anisette and water, and I’m miserable,” Williams said. “And here comes that woman I gave the dime to two years ago. I said, ‘When are you going to one of those meeting things?’ She said, ‘I’ll take you.’ ” Williams believes the true reason that woman was in the bar that night was not to cash a check, but to take him to a 12-step meeting and give him a chance to save his life. “I knew people who went to [12-step meetings] but I did not know what they did,” Williams said. “I just knew they did not drink – somehow.” ••• After his first meeting, Williams admitted he was an alcoholic. “It was the first time I said I was an alcoholic,” Williams said.

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gains and inherited estates. He said he also liked that the bill would stabilize tax rates for years to come. “I’m just frustrated with both parties – both Republicans and Democrats – who make year-to-year tax policy changes,” he said. “That increases uncertainty for people with small businesses. [That change] was the best part.” Stephanie Genco, a spokeswoman for Roskam, said Roskam “certainly wasn’t happy” with the lack of spending cuts in the bill. “There was no attempt to cut spending. That’s the heart of the issue,” she said. She said the nation’s $16

House OKs deal, but next fight looms By RICHARD RUBIN, ROXANA TIRON and JAMES ROWLEY Bloomberg News

WASHINGTON – The House passed a bill undoing income tax increases for more than 99 percent of households, giving a victory to President Barack Obama even as Republicans vowed to fight him in coming weeks for spending cuts in exchange for raising the debt ceiling. The 257-167 vote late Tuesday capped a tension-filled final push as Republicans balked at a bipartisan Senate bill. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, ordered a vote even though 151 of 236 Republicans, including Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., ultimately voted no. Obama said he’d sign it into law. “The deficit needs to be reduced in a way that’s balanced,” Obama said at the White House. Top earners and corporations should pay even more, and Congress must raise the debt ceiling, he said. “Everyone pays their fair share. Everyone does their part.” The final days of drama surrounding the so-called fiscal cliff of scheduled tax increases and spending cuts illustrated the partisan struggle that has made U.S. budget policy unpredictable and prone to crises as deadlines approach. Obama wielded the leverage

he gained in his Nov. 6 reelection. Still, he fell short of reaching with Republicans a larger deficit- reduction grand bargain. Republicans immediately turned to their next battle: A bid to use the need to raise the nation’s $16.4 trillion debt ceiling to force Obama to accept cuts in entitlement programs such as Medicare. Congress must act as early as mid-February to prevent a default and the dispute may reprise a similar 2011 episode that led to a downgrade of the U.S. credit rating. “Without meaningful reform of entitlements, real spending controls, and a fairer, cleaner tax code, our debt will continue to grow, and our economy will continue to stumble,” Boehner said in a statement after the vote. Obama said he’s “very open to compromise.” Medicare spending can be reduced, he said, yet “we can’t simply cut our way to prosperity.” Futures on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index expiring in March added 1.6 percent to 1,442.4 at 7:23 a.m. in New York. The equity benchmark surged 1.7 percent Monday, the biggest rally on the final day of a year since 1974, as Republican and Democratic lawmakers made last-minute concessions to finalize the deal.

The largest economic impact of the budget accord will come from ending a two-percentage-point payroll tax cut, a move that will shrink paychecks for U.S. workers immediately even as most income tax cuts that expired Dec. 31 are being extended permanently. The payroll cut’s lapse will pull more than $100 billion out of the economy in 2013 and is the primary reason why 77.1 percent of U.S. households will face higher taxes this year, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center in Washington. The Republican-controlled House on Tuesday almost unraveled a bipartisan agreement brokered over the waning days of 2012 by Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. The Senate passed that bill 89-8 in the first hours Touesday. In Tuesday night’s House vote, 85 Republicans and 172 Democrats voted for the measure while 16 Democrats and 151 Republicans opposed it. Compared with continuing 2012 policies, the agreement would increase taxes by $620 billion over the next decade, according to the White House. The federal budget will be $4 trillion bigger than projected had all the scheduled tax boosts been retained.

trillion in debt won’t be solved without reigning in government spending. She said Congress needs to make serious reforms to government programs, taxes and the nation’s tax codes. “The idea that revenues will take care of this is a false premise,” Genco said. Like Hultgren, she said there were parts of the bill Roskam did agree with, including the part that keeps tax rates low for a large number of Americans. Hultgren said moving forward, committees will have to work to find areas to cut spending while trying to keep a high level of service. He said Congress should continue to

cut out any duplication of services, as well. He said it may also be time to re-examine older policies that are no longer relevant. “It’s about getting back to where we’re not spending more than we’re taking in,” he said. Hultgren added that the bill passed Tuesday may affect lawmakers’ decisions in the future regarding sequestration and the debt ceiling. U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert, R-Hinsdale, voted yes on the bill, but couldn’t be reached for comment. U.S. Rep. Bill Foster was elected to replace Biggert during the Nov. 6 election and also could not be reached for comment.

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Two local congressmen voted against the “fiscal cliff” deal that ultimately was passed by both chambers of Congress late Tuesday night. U.S. Reps. Randy Hultgren, R-Winfield, and Peter Roskam, R-Wheaton, both voted against H.R. 8 – a package they say didn’t go far enough to reduce spending. The House passed the measure, 257-167, Tuesday. The measure would increase the top income tax rate to 39.6 percent on income of more than $400,000 for individuals and $450,000 for couples.

Decade-old income tax cuts remain the same for everyone else. The measure also extends unemployment insurance for the rest of the year. Hultgren said there were many parts of the bill he liked, but he said it ultimately didn’t go far enough in cutting spending. “What I see as the biggest threats are the debt and continued spending path,” he said. “... It was a difficult decision for me. There were many parts I liked.” Hultgren said he agreed with the portion of the bill that dealt with estate taxes. The bill would raise taxes paid on dividends, capital

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St. Charles teens featured on Vogue Italia site


and AL LAGATTOLLA ST. CHARLES – Daniela Kapusta wasn’t even supposed to be a part of a fashion show in November. But she seized her first modeling opportunity and has watched it become much more. The 17-year-old St. Charles resident said she was helping out with the Live Out Loud Charity Fashion Show, which featured her friend, 15-yearold Claudia Sitko. A model didn’t show up, and Kapusta was given the chance to step in. Chicago photographer Thomas H.P. “Jerry” Jerusalem took note of Kapusta and Sitko at the show and offered a photo shoot. The resulting shoot – which featured the girls wearing vintage clothing in and around a 1960s Mustang for a Route 66 road trip theme – ended up being featured on the Vogue Italia website. “It was always a dream of mine, but I never thought it was possible,” Kapusta said, adding that the fashion show “was basically the first modeling thing that I had ever done.” Jerusalem made no promises that the photos would be accepted by Vogue Italia’s editors when he offered the shoot. Sitko said it was a thrill when it happened. “I was at school when I found out, and I was freaking out,” Sitko said. Live Out Loud is a charity organization focusing on suicide prevention. The teenagers were among more than 160 models in the show. Sitko featured clothes from her

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Claudia Sitko, 15, of St. Charles, poses inside Claudia’s Closet, 217 W. Main St. Sitko, a freshman at St. Charles East High School, is a model who recently had photos published on the Vogue Italia website. mom’s boutique. Karla Sitko owns Claudia’s Closet LUX Boutique and Consignment in downtown St. Charles, which she opened in April 2011. Karla Sitko said beauty queens frequent her shop, including Miss Florida and Miss Illinois. It was Miss Midwest Madeline Cole of Elburn who was in the shop recently looking for formal wear. Cole and her mom introduced Claudia Sitko to the founder of Live Out Loud, Sherrie Gearhart, which eventually led to her being in the fashion show. “After the show, a bunch of pictures wound up on Facebook,” Karla Sitko said. “Kim Cole [Madeline’s mom] then suggested to the photographer [Jerusalem] that Claudia would be excellent for a photo

shoot.” For the shoot, Claudia Sitko and Kapusta modeled clothing from Claudia’s Closet. Their hair and make-up were done by Paty Ramirez and Taisha Davilla of One Salon and Bridal in St. Charles. Both St. Charles businesses were credited in Vogue Italia. “I’m very excited,” Karla Sitko said. “Our store went global. One Salon went global. How huge is that? ... It just puts [us] on the map. We’re the place to go.” Kapusta said she was supposed to help girls get dressed and fix up hair, just help in any way she was needed. She is grateful that it worked out so well. On Wednesday, she said she had just finished her third shoot, in Naperville.

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“It all happened with people believing in me and opening doors and giving me opportunities,” said Kapusta, who added she would have friends who are studying in the beauty field do her hair and makeup in hopes that others might be able to embrace a similar chance. The shoot might help open the door a little wider for Claudia Sitko who’s aspiring to be a full-time model. “I want to keep doing shoots,” she said. She said her eyes are distinctive, which Jerusalem commented on. During a shoot, models are sometimes asked to think about a story so that they talk with their eyes. But it can be difficult to portray the right persona. “You just kind of go with

it,” Claudia said. “You can’t overthink it. You have to be relaxed. ... You just have to [do] different things with your body that look unusual.” She’d like to try out for the TV show “America’s Next Top Model” but she said she’ll have to wait until she’s 18. If Claudia Sitko is selected for America’s Next Top Model, she’ll join ranks that include Geneva native Alexia Tomchek, who competed on the show in 2010. Claudia Sitko already would have a little bit of a leg up on some of her competition as one thing the models compete for is a feature in Vogue Italia. Karla Sitko said six photo shoots with various local studios were lined up for Claudia since the Vogue Italia publication.

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of Foreign Wars. He is survived by his wife, Judi; stepdaughters, Shawna Lee and Rachele Gatherings; one brother, Anthony; seven sisters, Sheryl Montavon, Mary (Joseph) Walter, Kathryn Belsches, Nancy Walter, Josephine Sprovieri, Rita (David) Campbell and Helen Umbdenstock; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Elvira; one sister, Carol Kohley; and three brothers-in-law. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at Grimes Funeral Chapels, Kerrville. Interment will be at a date to be determined at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio. A memorial gathering will be at a future date in Maple Park. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the American Legion Post 312, P.O. Box 97, Maple Park, IL 60151.


Roger F. Coleman: The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at St. Mary’s Church in Utica, with Monsignor James Swaner officiating. Burial will follow at the St. Vincent Cemetery in LaSalle, where he will be laid to rest with his father. The visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Hurst Funeral Home in LaSalle. A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at First Presbyterian Church in Ashland, Ky., with the Rev. Garrett Bugg and the Rev. Jennifer Johnson officiating. Cynthia Hill: A memorial service will be at Unitarian Universalist Church, 2000 S. Solano Drive, Las Cruces, N.M., at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6. The family suggests memorial gifts to the UUCLC, either to the capital campaign fund or to purchase hymnals or to Casa de Peregrinos. A memorial service also will be at First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4605 Cass Ave., Detroit, Mich.,

Obituary deadline The deadline for obituary notices is 4 p.m. for the next day’s edition. Obituaries can be emailed to obits@ For more information, contact news editor Al Lagattolla at at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20. Stanley D. Lee: A visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, at Yurs Funeral Home, 405 E. Main St., St. Charles. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at Rejoice Lutheran Church, on North Mill Creek Drive in Geneva. Interment will be in Whitney Cemetery in Wasco after the service. Joan Ann Leidig: Funeral services will be Saturday, Jan. 19, at a time to be announced at a later date, at First Baptist Church of Geneva, 2300 South

St., Geneva. Richard Lowell “Dick” Rice: A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at Fox Valley Presbyterian Church, 227 East Side Drive, Geneva, where a visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the service, with the Rev. Bart Roush officiating. A graveside service with military honors will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. Burton W. Von Ohlen: A memorial service, co-officiated by the Rev. Laura Crites and the Rev. Daniel Sullivan, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, with visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. at Hinckley First United Methodist Church, 801 N. Sycamore St., Hinckley. Dud Wasser: A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, at Moss Family Funeral Home, 209 S. Batavia Ave. in Batavia. Interment will be private.

St. Charles • Marc T. Okerblad, 21, of the 500 block of South Harrison Street, Batavia, was charged Sunday, Dec. 30, with public drunkenness and resisting police. He also was in violation of his bail bond, as he was arrested Dec. 7 for the same offenses, police reported. • Zachary Joseph Nuccio, 23, of the 1400 block of Pleasant Drive, Bartlett, was charged Sunday, Dec. 30, with criminal trespass and resisting/obstructing police. • Chad Allan Schroeder, 39, of the 1000 block of Horizon Drive, Bartlett, was charged Saturday,

Dec. 29, with driving under the influence of alcohol after his 2008 Land Rover Range Rover reportedly hit a Toyota Prius waiting to turn east on Country Club Road from North Fifth Avenue. No injuries were reported. • Alan P. Heidecke, 22, of the 34W900 block of North James Drive, St. Charles, was charged Sunday, Dec. 30, with driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding and improper lane use. • Kyle William Sullivan, 23, of the 3500 block of Deville Lane, St. Charles, was charged Sunday, Dec. 30, with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

8LOCAL BRIEFS Community invited to burning bowl ceremony

BATAVIA – Unity of Fox Valley, 213 Webster St., invites the community to a burning bowl ceremony at 10 a.m. Sunday. The ceremony provides a sacred way to release old, unwanted conditions or events and clears the way for new beginnings. Call 630-879-1115 or visit for information. Recorded services for shut-ins are available on the website.

Health project group holding orientations

GENEVA – The Fox Valley Food for Health Project will hold two volunteer orientation programs Jan. 9 at Roquette America Inc., 2211 Innovation Drive. A session for teens is set for 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., and an adult orientation is set for 5 to 6 p.m. The nonprofit program brings local teens into the kitchen and garden to learn how to use and grow healthy foods, which they use to prepare meals for medically challenged patients and their families. A volunteer coordinator, fundraising leader and adult volunteers to do food prep, deliver meals, act as client liaisons and help with artistic and accounting work are needed. The organization seeks business partners and community sponsors willing to help underwrite operating and food costs. The program

begins Jan. 14. The Fox Valley Food for Health Project plans to deliver five to seven days’ worth of meals to 20 clients during the next 12 months, with plans to increase services as needed. Email info@fvffhp. org or visit Fox Valley Food For Health Project of Facebook for information.

Volunteers needed for local literacy workshops

ST. CHARLES – Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley needs volunteers who can help adults read, write, understand and speak English better. There are about 50 adults waiting to learn. Free tutor training workshops are scheduled for January and February. The January workshop will meet Mondays and Wednesdays Jan. 7, 9, 14 and 16 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The February workshop will meet Mondays and Wednesdays Feb. 4, 6, 11 and 13 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Both sessions will meet at the St. Charles Public Library, 1 S. Sixth Ave. Volunteers who complete a workshop will be matched with one adult learner and meet for one hour each week in public locations, such as local libraries. Volunteers do not need to know a second language or have a background in education to help. Staff members will provide continuing support. To register or for information about the workshop, visit or call 630-584-4428. – Kane County Chronicle

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KERRVILLE, Texas – Ralph R. Umbdenstock, of Kerrville, Texas, passed away Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, in San Antonio, Texas. The son of Anthony and Elvira (Klemm) Umbdenstock, he was born Nov. 1, 1951, at home with his twin sister, Rita. On Oct. 16, 1999, he married Judi Kruzel. They made their home in Warrenville until Ralph’s retirement when they moved to Kerrville. He spent his early years on the farm working with his father building grain bins. Ralph graduated from Kaneland High School with the Class of 1970. He was a

Vietnam veteran. He graduated from Waubonsee Community College in 1975. Ralph loved to travel and had the opportunity when he worked for Barber Greene and later Lucent Technologies. He spent two years in Barcelona, Spain, helping set up a new phone system prior to the 1992 Olympics. He enjoyed skiing and scuba diving on his vacations. He could always tell a story or joke and always remember the punch line. He never met a person who did not become his friend and who ever forgot Ralph. Ralph continued to live on the family farm after his parents moved to Maple Park. He maintained the family farm pond where many swimming parties were enjoyed with family and friends. He was a 41-year member and past commander of Maple Park American Legion Post 312, the Knights of Columbus and Veterans

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CAMPTON HILLS – A St. Charles resident who has worked in the restaurant industry for 20 years is preparing to open a place of his own this month in Campton Hills. Jose Quintero said he had been thinking about opening a restaurant for a while, when an opportunity to start one across from Village Hall arose in early fall. “That was my chance,” he said. “We came to an agreement, and here I am, trying to open.”

Named after one of his 31⁄ 2-year-old twin daughters – Quintero joked he has to rush to open another restaurant for the other twin – Lupita’s Cocina occupies 40W222 LaFox Road just south of Route 64. Former occupants include short-lived Burrito Stop, Jalapeno Nacho and a coffeehouse. “I love my location,” Quintero said, noting the lack of Mexican restaurants nearby. Since October, Quintero has been transforming the small space into a sit-down restaurant. Changes include halving the office space to

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make room for a bar, redoing the counter around the kitchen and installing proper kitchen equipment, he said, noting the space didn’t even have a gas pipes when he moved in. Outdoor seating is planned for the summer. Looking outside, Quintero

noted how the seating will be in the shade later in the day. “This is going to be perfect,” he said. Quintero expects to be part of the kitchen crew, who will work off a menu developed by Mario Cruz. Dishes include tacos, enchiladas and fajitas featuring such ingredients, as wood-grilled skirt steak, wood-grilled chicken breast, wood-grilled shrimp, slow-roasted pork belly and various vegetables and salsas. A children’s menu also is offered. Meals will be made to order. In the summer, the

restaurant intends to buy ingredients, especially vegetables, from local farmers markets, Quintero said. “We want to try to keep it fresh,” he said. Quintero is excited and nervous about opening Lupita’s Cocina, he said. He worries about not getting enough business, he said, but he is comforted by the number of people – such as the nearby office workers – who have asked when the restaurant will open. Quintero hopes to open this month, he said, adding he planned to meet with employees this week.

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Continued from page 4 At his second meeting the next night, Williams said all he could think of was that he wanted to be sober for two years. Then Steve, the speaker for that night’s meeting, started talking. “I’m an alcoholic, and I wanted to be sober for two years,” Steve said. “Tonight I am.” That was it for Williams. “I got a sponsor, and I started doing the 12 steps,” Williams said. “One day at a time. I had a coming realization that the only thing that exists is right now, this very moment. Yesterday does not exist. Dinner tonight

Resources on alcoholism • Alcoholics Anonymous – • Renz Addiction Counseling – • Breaking Free – • Central DuPage Hospital Substance Abuse and Addiction Treatment – • Hearts of Hope – • John Williams’ 12-step workshop – • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism – [does] not exist. That is how you do one day at a time.” The hard work to stay sober was worth it, he said. “I have enough to eat, a roof over my head, and my children love me,” Williams said. ••• Williams had been sober

for eight years when he became a minister at the Unity Church when it was in St. Charles from 1987 to 1990. The church now is in Batavia. He said he has had many jobs – from delivering newspapers to waiting tables, working for Chicago’s first Mayor

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Daley to a publishing company. Currently, he drives a limo part time and does 12step workshops on weekends. But he looks upon his journey to sobriety as a purposeful divine effort to save his life – and to give him the opportunity to do the same for others. “I don’t believe in coincidences,” Williams said. And so, he pays it forward whenever the opportunity arises. Recently, he met a woman while driving the limo – again, on a different shift. She was facing driving under the influence charges, had big fines to pay, her car was impounded and she still hungered for a drink. Williams encouraged her to go to a 12step meeting, gave her his cell

number, then dropped her off. Many text messages later, the woman told him she was outside of a building with a 12-step meeting inside but she could not bring herself to go in. Then, she got as far as the lobby. Each time, he texted back some encouragement. He said hours later, she texted him that she went to the meeting and thanked him for saving her life. Williams choked up a bit when he considered his role in helping a fellow sufferer on a journey to recovery. “I look at life like a tapestry: ‘This is an interesting-looking thread,’ ” Williams said. “But you put them together, and you have something beautiful.”




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Action plan can help with new year’s resolutions

At the start of each year, in between the cries of wellwishers and requests to not drink and drive, I always hear about “New Year’s resolutions” – some things people will start doing in the new year, making it the best 365 days of their lives. Working out more, being nicer and getting work done on time are all examples. Recently, my Facebook and Twitter feeds have been filled with friends’ promises to themselves about how they will become better people in 2013. None of my friends, however, take the time to explain how exactly they’ll be a new-and-improved person in 2013. I know that posting specifics about workout plans on Facebook is a bit unreasonable, but it’s still rare to hear anyone say, “I’m going to stop procrastinating in the new year. I’ll do this by initially reorganizing my workspace to limit distractions, then maintaining by writing out a to-do list every day at breakfast and only allowing myself to watch TV once I’ve completed everything on it.” There are books, websites and apps about how to stick to your resolution, but I’ve yet to see an iPhone app that helps ensure that you’re making smart goals. SMART, of course, meaning specific, measurable, actionfocused, realistic and timely. I could resolve myself to make a $1 million this year, but I think that’s pretty futile. Although making money is specific and measurable, I’ve yet to plan any action toward my goal. And even if I took action immediately, making that much money as a full-time student would be nothing short of miraculous. Perhaps this

GUEST VIEW Courtney Phelan goal could be more manageable if I decided to make a million dollars in the next 20 years. Another problem with New Year’s resolutions is that many people are seemingly unable to make changes or set goals at times that aren’t January. Why can’t people make new month resolutions? Or simply set new goals each week? In fact, setting a new goal each week would make it easier to achieve a year-long goal – no one is as optimistic each Monday as they are on Jan. 1. I’m not immune to New Year’s resolutions; I always find myself deciding that I’ll do something after winter break ends. My resolution last year was to eat healthier, and the Chipotle employees can tell you exactly how well that went. So, this year, I’ve decided that my goal is to make better goals. I’m not going to commit to doing every single homework assignment or keeping my room perfectly tidy. Instead, I’m dedicating myself to making better long-term study goals and actually making a plan about when and how I’ll clean my room. And I’ll let everyone know how well those go next year.

• Courtney Phelan is a senior at Geneva High School. She is an outgoing and energetic young writer who likes to swim, read and participate in general teenage activities. She can be contacted at editorial@

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Knee-jerk reactions

To the Editor: In response to the editorial “A powerful incentive to bring about change” (Kane County Chronicle, Dec. 18) and the editorial board of the Kane County Chronicle – like a lot of people around the country, I am upset, saddened and shocked at the news of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. What kind of person would even comprehend such an act of violence against an elementary school or anywhere for that matter? Well, these shootings happen in Chicago every week. The numbers are at record levels (500). Where is the outrage? Where are the national media? How is the current law preventing the murder of children on the South Side of Chicago? Some may say that our society has lost God and our moral compass has shifted for the worst; others want to blame the tool of the destruction, while others fail to recognize that our society

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has an obsesseion with horrific acts, played out on the TV, radio, Internet and in the newspapers over and over again. Within hours of the news reports, numerous local and national politicians and advocates were calling for stricter controls on fire arms. Mental health checks, schools sending emails about counselor availability and how they are going to monitor our kids to identify any mental or behavioral issues – all this before the facts were known. The very people that are calling for gun bans on all of us are the same people who have armed body guards. It seems self-serving for those who wish to get their point across. They just want to get their mug on TV and get a little PR out of a tragedy. This is an emotional time and to have a knee-jerk reaction to these events may have unintended consequences. For the Kane County Chronicle to put an editorial viewpoint

supporting a knee-jerk reaction to this incident is just sad, considering that right below the editorial is the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights with the editorial board members’ names right next to it. The Second Amendment speaks just as plainly as the first and has been upheld by SCOTUS. Ben Franklin said that they who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little tempororary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. The Bill of Rights is not outdated and cannot be negotiated away. Without the Second Amendment, the First Amendment cannot be protected by the people – our last and final defense against tyranny. If you take away the ability to vote, people will speak with their wallet. And they are. Timothy P. Cooper

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Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. First Amendment, U.S. Bill of Rights


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All-Canada show headed to Pheasant Run KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE

ST. CHARLES – The 30th annual All-Canada Show will take place at the Pheasant Run Mega Center next week, featuring Canada’s fishing and hunting destinations. The event includes semiars, maps and travel guides. The event runs Jan. 10 to 13 at Pheasant Run, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. Those interested in traveling to

Canada will find a variety of destinations including drivein resorts, camps, and lodges, remote fly-in outposts, canoe outfitters, five-star fly-in lodges and hunting outfitters. “The key to a successful Canadian trip is proper planning,” Jennifer Young, the show’s general manager, said in a news release. “That’s the whole premise of the All-Canada Show – we have everything show guests need to plan their trip. The opportunity for show

guests to talk, face-to-face, with the owners/operators of these lodges greatly improves their chances of a successful adventure. We work with reputable, well-established camp and lodge owner/operators.” Show staff and featured speaker Norm “the Great” McCreight will head to the show’s seminar stage to educate consumers. The presentations offer insight into selecting for the perfect destination, choosing the right lodge plan, crossing

the border, plus tips on saving money and wilderness safety. “Canada is a great destination for these and many more reasons: the nature is amazing, seeing wildlife in their natural habitat is an awesome experience (including bears, moose, eagles, fox, deer, arctic turns, and so much more), it is safe to travel in Canada, it is easy to cross the border (bring your passport), and lastly it is close and accessible,” Young said. “Go this year, cross it off

of your bucket list, don’t wait another year.” For information, visit “If you like Canada, there’s plenty to keep you occupied at the show,” Young said. “Although the primary purpose of the show is to select the perfect destination for your adventure, we also offer a variety of information, attractions and entertainment to aid in the process and create a real Canadian atmosphere.”

St. Charles PD accepting applications for Citizen’s Police Academy KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE

ST. CHARLES – Residents can learn what it’s like to work in law enforcement through the St. Charles Police Department’s annual Citizen’s Police Academy. The Citizen’s Police Academy aims to give participants a better understanding of how the St. Charles Police Depart-

ment operates. Topics included criminal and narcotics investigations; arrest and courts procedures; traffic stops; the K-9 unit; the SWAT team; crime scene processing; domestic violence; and the firearms training simulator. When possible, the curriculum uses classroom instruction and outside demonstrations, where students can perform the activity demon-

strated. Such activities are processing a “crime scene” for fingerprints, getting a radar reading on a moving vehicle and shooting on the firearms training simulator machine. The academy also is a sounding board on how the police department is meeting the needs of its citizens. The class meets 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from March 5 to April 30. Most class-

es are held in the St. Charles Police Department training room, 211 N. Riverside Ave. A graduation is usually held the Tuesday following the last class. Applications are available at the police department’s front lobby and at www.stcharlesil. gov under “Crime Prevention.” Completed applications can be returned or mailed to the police department in care of Officer Bill Tynan at 211 N.

Riverside Ave., St. Charles, IL 60174. All applications are subject to approval. The class is open free of charge to St. Charles residents, property and business owners and their employees as well as to approved St. Charles high school juniors and seniors. Applications are due Feb. 26. Contact Tynan at 630-4433730 or btynan@stcharlesil. gov for information.

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Jeff Krage – For the Kane County Chronicle

Folks grab brochures and discuss travel destinations during the All Canada Show at the Pheasant Run Resort.

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8SUPPORT GROUPS THURSDAYS • Batavia Area Autism Support Group, 6:30 p.m. third Thursday of the month through June, Panera Bread, 154 W. Wilson St., Batavia. Reservations, autismbatavia@yahoo. com or 630-406-0810. • Emotions Anonymous, 7:30 p.m., Geneva Lutheran Church, 301 S. Third St., Geneva. Twelve-step program for emotional problems such as depression, anxiety, abnormal fears, etc. For women only. Information: Rosemary, 630-587-3950 or www. • For Spouses Who are Caregivers, 1:30 to 3 p.m., second Thursday of the month, Elderday Center, 8 S. Lincoln St., Batavia. Designed to help those who have a spouse suffering from dementia or another progressive illness to discuss challenges and ways to reduce stress and increase quality of life. Information: Kathy Hanlon, 630-761-9750. • Friendship Night, 7 p.m., fourth Thursday of the month, Elburn and Countryside Community Center, 525 Main St., Room 10, Elburn. Informal sharing will follow the group discussion. New members invited. Free. Information: 630-365-2880. • Grieving Parent Support Group, 7 p.m., second Thursday of the month, Elburn and Countryside Community Center, 525 Main St., Room 10, Elburn. Provides drop-in support for parents who have suffered the death of a child of any age. Registration required. Free. Information: 630-365-2880. • Home Birth Options and Women’s Wellness Coffee House, 6:30 p.m., third Thursday of the month, Caribou Coffee, 507 S. Third St., Geneva. Information: 630-2326422. • Hope and Cope Support, third Thursday of the month, 1720 Pleasant Ave., St. Charles. Open to parents of HIV positive adult children. Information: 630-669-2588. • I’m Too Young for This! Young Adult Networking Group, 7 p.m., first Thursday of the month, LivingWell Cancer Resource Center, 442 Williamsburg Ave., Geneva. Open to ages 17 to 35 who have or have had cancer. Registration required. Registration and information: 630262-1111. • Mourning After, first Thursday of the month, Elburn and Countryside Community Center, 525 Main St., Room 10, Elburn. The self-help group is for young widows and widowers to explore the emotional and practical aspects of grief and day-to-day living.

Free. Information: Conley Outreach, 630-365-2880. • National Alliance on Mental Illness-Kane County – Family to Family Support Group, 7 to 8:30 p.m., first Thursday of the month, Congregational United Church of Christ, 40W451 Fox Mill Blvd., off LaFox Road south of Route 64, St. Charles. Information: 630-584-7481 or • Next Step, 7 p.m., second Thursday of each month, Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice, 200 Whitfield Drive, Geneva. A monthly drop-in support group allowing those who have lost a spouse or significant other to discuss grief issues in a welcoming and nurturing environment. Participants will develop skills that will assist them in adapting to the life changes they are experiencing. See for 2012 topics. Spanish interpretation available. Free but registration is required at 630-232-2233, info@ • Weaver’s Circle, provides a way for those ages 60 and older to begin to reconnect social relationships. Monthly meetings take place at local restaurants. Information: Fox Valley Hospice, 630-232-2233. • Women’s Enrichment Group, 7 to 9:30 p.m., Tri-City Family Services, 1120 Randall Court, Geneva. Women interested in pursuing goals of selfdevelopment and growth will benefit from the support and feedback of other members on issues such as assertiveness, self-esteem and stress management. Information: 630-2321070. • Young Adult Grief Journey: Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice, 200 Whitfield Drive, Geneva. Open to adults ages 18-28 who have experienced the loss of a loved one or friend to learn about normal grief and share feelings of loss with others who have had similar experiences. Free. Registration required at 630-232-2233 or FRIDAYS • LifeSupport Substance Abuse, 6:30 p.m., New Beginnings Fellowship, 613 N. Van Buren St., Batavia. Information: Tom DeVore, 630-675-5040. • Mothers First, 10 to 11:45 a.m. second and fourth Fridays, Christ Community Church, St. Charles. Sponsored by Delnor Hospital, the support group for mothers of infants and young children offers a place to share insights and experiences, exchange information and discuss the parent’s role. Information: 630-377-6165.

New church opening this month By ERIC SCHELKOPF BATAVIA – A new church is getting ready to open in Batavia. River City Church will hold its first service at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 13 at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre, located on the Batavia High School campus at 1201 Main St. River City Church lead pastor Damian McCrink sees the church as being an extension of the community around it. “We really wanted to start a church that partnered with the community at large,” McCrink said. McCrink and his wife, Nancy, live in Batavia with their three children. The church in

September helped with Batavia MainStreet’s Block Party in downtown Batavia. “We want to be a community of volunteers that supports what the town is already doing,” he said. River City Church is inviting members from the area’s nonprofit agencies to attend its first church service. McCrink said the purpose is twofold. “We want to support them, and we want to help people learn more about the agencies here,” he said. McCrink and his wife have served as missionaries in Jamaica, Portugal and Mozambique. He recently served as the student pastor and local missions pastor at The Or-

chard Community in Aurora. For the past few weeks, the church has been meeting at Water Street Studios in downtown Batavia. McCrink said the Batavia Fine Arts Centre will serve the church’s needs well. “It’s beautiful and offers all of the latest technology,” he said. “Also, sometimes people can feel uncomfortable walking into a church. Batavia Fine Arts Centre is a community place. It breaks down those barriers that people have of going to church. We want to be a church where both the spiritual and skeptic is welcome.” Information about River City Church is available at





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Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch returns a newly autographed football to 11-year-old Cole Heinisch, a DeKalb resident and NIU fan, Wednesday just outside of the Convocation Center as the team returned to DeKalb from their trip to Miami for the Orange Bowl. if they didn’t before,” Isabel said. “I think the students are proud of it.” Wednesday’s welcoming was another example of the fan support Lynch said the team was grateful for all season. Although the junior quarterback said he was disappointed the Huskies could not send the seniors out with an upset victory, he said all the players felt huge fan support in Miami. “It was a great experience,” Lynch said. “It was special ... I think [the fans] were louder than Florida State’s at times.” NIU’s season had some fans believing that a spot in the top 25 and BCS bowl bids could become more familiar territory for the Huskies. With two consecutive MAC championships, an Orange Bowl appearance and an indoor practice facility on the way, Ryan McGee said he thought NIU had a chance to rise to prominence the way Boise State and Texas Christian universities did before them. “They just need to keep actively recruiting and play with the determination they did this season,” said Ryan McGee, Lee’s son and a soon-tobe NIU student. The Huskies also provided inspiration and motivation for some fans.

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Northern Illinois fans, including 16-year-old Clayton Kaus (with flag), line up on the curb Wednesday in front of the Convocation Center to welcome back the Huskies to DeKalb. Nick Quick, a sophomore football player at Ottawa High School, came to welcome a team that inspired him throughout the year with its ability to overcome the odds.

“It was the David versus Goliath of football games,” the sophomore lineman said of the Orange Bowl match-up. “But they earned it and took the hard way to get there.”

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DeKALB – Lee McGee thought the Northern Illinois University Huskies would have to rebuild in 2012. After the Mid-American Conference football champions lost their starting quarterback to the NFL, a repeat as conference kingpins seemed unlikely to the lifelong NIU fan. An invitation to a Bowl Championship Subdivision game – a feat never accomplished by any Mid-American Conference team – was only possible in McGee’s wildest dreams. But there was no need to wake up from any dream Wednesday as McGee and roughly 150 other fans waited in sub-freezing weather to welcome the Huskies back from their historic run to the Orange Bowl. The fans lined the Convocation Center drive as the players buses approached. “It’s nice for them to get this appreciation,” McGee, of DeKalb, said of the welcome home ceremony. “No one expected them to have the season they had.” There were only smiles from fans and alums Wednesday after NIU’s 3110 loss to Florida State on Tuesday. For fans such as Ron Jossendal, win or lose, the team already exceeded the program’s previous crowning achievement when it defeated Alabama in 2003. “I never thought I would see anything like this in my lifetime,” he said. “I was just pleased [the Huskies] stayed with Florida State.” Despite the three-touchdown defeat, NIU stayed within striking distance of the heavily favored Seminoles for three quarters in a game season ticket-holder Larry Brodersen said showed NIU’s toughness. From the fake punt, to their recovery of a surprise onside kick and big hits absorbed by quarterback Jordan Lynch, Brodersen said the Huskies showed the guts and toughness that brought them to the Orange Bowl. “We watched the whole game. I wasn’t going to turn it off no matter what the score was,” he said. “It was real special.” Jeanne Isabel, an NIU faculty member, wanted to welcome the team Wednesday to show her appreciation for the way the players represented the university the whole year. She said the Orange Bowl trip resulted in some of the most positive national coverage the university has received in years. “With all the ads on TV, the logos ... people will know about NIU now

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Fructose tied to obesity Scientists: Oldest man can thank genes doesn’t curb appetite, study from Yale finds By KANOKO MATSUYAMA and MEG TIRRELL Bloomberg News

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NEW YORK – Fructose, a sweetener found on many food labels, may contribute to weight gain and obesity because it has minimal effect on brain regions that control appetite, a study by Yale University researchers found. The research, published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, is the first to compare the human brain’s response to both fructose and glucose, two types of simple sugars used separately and together to sweeten food. Researchers have long suspected that increased consumption of food flavored with fructose, a substance sweeter to the taste than glucose, may contribute to the U.S. obesity epidemic. The latest study used brain imaging to measure activity after the sweeteners were consumed. It found that only glucose had the ability to reduce blood flow in areas of the brain that regulate appetite, stopping people from wanting to eat more. The data “surely suggest that it’s probably not in your best interest to have high fructose-containing drinks because they’re not going to cause you to be full, and you’ll tend to consume more calories,” said Robert Sherwin, a professor of medicine at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn., in a telephone interview. The brain requires glucose as a fuel, Sherwin said. When there isn’t enough in the body, it turns on cells to try to get a person to eat more. Once glucose levels rise, the brain turns those cells off. The study found that fructose doesn’t have the ability to operate that off switch, he said. “If you don’t turn off the areas of the brain that are driving you to eat, you have a tendency to eat more than you would,” Sherwin said. Better understanding of how certain foods and obesity affect the brain and body is

important, researchers have said, at a time when the number of obese American adults has more than doubled in the past 30 years to about 78 million. The study included 20 healthy adults who underwent Magnetic Resonance Imaging. The researchers found a “significantly greater” reduction in blood flow after glucose ingestion, reducing activation of the hypothalamus, insula and striatum, brain areas that regulate food motivation and reward processing. Glucose, the main type of sugar in the blood, is the top source of energy for the body’s cells. It comes from fruits, vegetables and other foods we eat, such as starches that the body breaks down into glucose. The healthiest source for glucose is natural complex carbohydrates like fruits and vegetables, Sherwin said. Fructose is largely derived within the food industry from sugar cane, beets and corn. It’s added to foods and drinks because it is so sweet, helping food maintain its sweetness over longer periods of time and through the freezing process. While corn is also high in glucose, high-fructose corn syrup that’s added to processed foods, sodas, juices and sauces is made by adding fructose to corn syrup. Jonathan Purnell, a professor of medicine at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland who wrote an accompanying editorial in the journal with colleague Damien Fair, said based on these results people should avoid processed and refined foods and drinks that contain fructose as well as glucose and eat more natural foods to reverse the trend in weight gain. “It’s not that we are what we eat but what we eat influences what we become,” Purnell said in a Friday telephone interview. Future studies are needed to see what effect fructose has under real world conditions where people in the trial are eating and drinking typical foods.

TOKYO – Jiroemon Kimura, who became the world’s oldest man on record last week, can thank a combination of luck early in life and, later, good genes for surviving seven decades longer than most of his peers. Kimura, a former postman who is 115 years and 258 days old and still greets visitors with a warm smile, dodged childhood killers such as tuberculosis and pneumonia that kept life expectancy in Japan to 44 years around the time he was born in 1897. As an adult living in the town of Tango, he had no major illnesses, his granddaughter-inlaw Eiko Kimura said in an interview. He followed sumo wrestling on TV and read two newspapers a day until the last few years, she said. As Kimura ages, his DNA is giving him an edge. Scientists say specific genes that protect against heart disease, cancer and other old-age ailments foster longevity. Knowing the biological mechanisms involved may provide clues to counter a rising tide of noncommunicable diseases predicted to cost

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the global economy $47 trillion during the next 20 years. “Getting the right combination is like winning the lottery,” said Thomas Perls, director of the New England Centenarian Study at Boston University. Some of Kimura’s genes “are likely protective against damaging cellular processes that contribute to aging and even protective against genetic variants that may not be good for him.” Genetic factors may account for about 30 percent of a person’s chances of living to their late 80s, with behavior and the environment contributing the remainder, according to Perls. The reverse is true in people who survive to 105 years, when genetic influences become more significant, he said. As people age, cells accumulate potentially harmful mutations as mechanisms to repair defective DNA become less efficient, said Dario Alessi, a cell biologist at the University of Dundee in Scotland. Kimura may have no major disease-causing mutations or a superior ability to repair defective genes, he said. Scientists are making conclusions about Kimura based on the medical history

of the centenarian and his relatives; they haven’t studied his genome. Another cellular aging mechanism involves DNA sequences at the ends of chromosomes known as telomeres which help determine how often cells can divide. While telomere lengths vary from person to person at the time of birth, centenarians tend to have longer ones, said Carol Greider, professor of molecular biology and genetics at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, who won a Nobel prize in 2009 for her research. “Every time your cell divides, the telomeres get to be a little bit shorter,” Greider said in an interview. “You may be born with telomeres that are fine and healthy, but those will erode over the lifespan of the individual.” Those born with the shortest telomeres tend to suffer at higher rates from age-related degenerative diseases, she said, adding that Kimura may have long telomeres. Though Kimura’s parents died at ages 78 and 65, four of his five siblings lived to be more than 90 years old and his youngest brother, Tetsuo, died at 100, nephew Tamotsu Miyake said.

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Entertainment venues looking forward to a good year By ERIC SCHELKOPF

Entertainment venues like the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles and the Paramount Theatre in Aurora are looking to build on the success they enjoyed last year. “In 2012, we more than doubled attendance and the number of shows than we did in the previous year,” said Ron Onesti, president and CEO of Onesti Entertainment Corp. and the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles. The Arcada already has booked a number of acts for 2013, including Jim Peterik’s World Stage on Jan. 19, country star Jo Dee Messina on Jan. 25, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo on Feb. 7, Shirley MacLaine on Feb. 22, Rich Little on April 13 and Frankie Avalon on May 4. “We already have 46 presentations booked for the year, and quite a few more on the way,” Onesti said. The Arcada on Dec. 9 kicked off its Arcada Cabaret concert series. “It’s a smaller house at the theater,” Onesti said. “It’s a smaller version of the theater within the theater, and it showcases some amazing talent from all over the world, but at a very reasonable price. It’s structured as an intimate experience, and we offer different appetizers as well as cocktails.” Australian native Alfio was the featured act that night. “The people just had an unbelievable experience,” Onesti said. “They loved it, and we’re going to expand it.” The Arcada also plans to present more concert movies this year.

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William Shatner will bring his one-man Broadway show, “Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It,” to the Paramount Theatre in Aurora on Friday. “For example, we’ve got the rights to ‘Celebration Day,’ the Led Zeppelin reunion concert that happened in 2007, but was just released as a full-length feature film.” The theater will be showing the film in January and February in conjunction with the Feb. 2 appearance of Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience at The Arcada. Jason Bonham is the son of the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. “We’ll be doing more of that,” Onesti said. “We’ll be doing more classic films as well.”

The Arcada could also get some physical improvements starting in 2013. The St. Charles City Council in December unanimously approved the purchase of the building at 107-109 E. Main St., which formerly housed George’s Sporting Goods. The city plans to enter into a partnership with the Arcada that would allow the venue to expand. “We thought it would be really, really great for the downtown if I expanded operations there,” Onesti said. “We’re moving at a very fast pace. I think I’ve shown the city and the community what we’re made of, with regards to a commitment and an investment into bringing these big acts.” He doesn’t see the Arcada as being in competition with other entertainment venues. “I hope we all complement each other,” Onesti said. “We recently had a meeting with all of the theatrical venues in St. Charles, just talking about ways to help each other.” The Paramount Theatre in Aurora will kick off 2013 in big fashion Friday when actor William Shatner brings his one-man Broadway show “Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It” to the theater. “I think William Shatner is a great way to start the year,” said Tim Rater, president and CEO of the Paramount. “He’s going to be a lot of fun. Even if you’re not a fan, you can find his stories pretty interesting.” The theater will continue its Broadway series with “The Music Man” from Jan. 16 to Feb. 3, and “Fiddler on the Roof” from March 6 to 24. Paramount’s fall theatrical series will be announced in February.

“We’re going to build on the recent success of ‘Annie,’” Rater said. “We had more than 43,000 people see the production. It was the most highly attended single production that we’ve had at the Paramount.” Other upcoming shows include Chicago band Poi Dog Pondering on Feb. 9, Bobby Vinton on Feb. 14, “Staying Alive: One Night of the Bee Gees” on March 30, percussion group STOMP on April 13 and April 14 and Herman’s Hermits and the Ideas of March on May 18. The Paramount Theatre’s Classic Movie series kicks off Jan. 7 with the 1968 classic movie “Night of the Living Dead. Admission is $1 and shows start at 7 p.m. The Paramount started the classic movie series in December 2011 and it continues to grow in popularity. “Last week, we had a little over 400 people come for “The Polar Express,” Rater said. “We traditionally have between 100 and 200 people, and that’s just been creeping up.” The Paramount Theatre also will be booking acts for the debut season of the new 8,500-seat RiverEdge Park in Aurora. “There will be stuff to do all summer long, concerts or festivals, or different types of activities,” Rater said. That includes the Blues on the Fox festival in June. Rater said they are looking to also book acts at RiverEdge Park that would normally play at Ravinia in Highland Park. “A lot of the acts that we are looking to bring here would be acts that would be appropriate for and have played at Ravinia,” he said.


ESO to present ‘Four Seasons’ concert

BATAVIA – In anticipation of “The Four Seasons” concert by the Elgin Symphony Orchestra at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre, the Batavia Public Library will host a program on classical music at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at the library, 10 S. Batavia Ave.

Music historian and composer Jim Kendros will explain how to listen to classical music, and he also will discuss the works of Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky and Vivaldi, whose music will be featured during the concert. The library program is free. Registration is required. Register

online at www.bataviapubliclibrary. org or call 630-879-1393, ext. 200.

Contemporary dance to return to Water Street

BATAVIA – Contemporary dance is returning to Water Street Studios. A Chicago-based group, Core Project Chicago

will perform “6 Women” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11 in the main gallery of Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia. The work will include artistic voices, which will explore an array of feminine roles the artists have taken on in their daily lives, while also introducing

movement and media throughout the gallery. There is a suggested donation of $5, which can be made at the door or purchased in advance at the Water Street Studios gallery. The scope and nature of a CPC performance is unique, so seating will be limited.

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Short proof that warmth sets the table for laughter Few would disagree that the glory days of “Saturday Night Live,” one of the most popular pop-culture television shows in history, revolve around the comedic wizardry of John Belushi, Jane Curtin, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase and the rest of that classic cast. But as those iconic figures spread their individual wings to rise to great heights, or in a couple of cases, meet with a tragic end, the show began to falter despite heroic attempts to keep it rockin’ with emerging superstars like Eddie Murphy. In 1984, the show began its rise back to the top of the ratings charts with Billy Crystal and Martin Short, the Canadian actor and star of “SCTV.” Short’s physical comedy made him an absolute favorite of mine. Each one of his characters was over the top yet in so many ways believable to the point that you felt you knew them intimately. On occasion, he would hit the road performing some of his classic bits with video footage of his most famous roles, from “SNL” to “Father Of The Bride” to “The Three Amigos.” As I had not done major comedy at The Arcada Theatre yet, I wanted to start, and what better a person to go after than Martin Short? He flew in early to promote our show on morning news TV. As I waited to meet him at the CBS studios in downtown Chicago, I was anticipating a hurried and pretentious person, as many Hollywood-types can be. As the town car pulled up, the door flew open and I was met with a “Ron! How are you! It’s so nice to finally meet you!” He was so animated and since we had never met before his greeting actually stunned me for a moment. “I’m great, Martin,” I responded. “Call me Marty,” he said. He then put his hand on my shoulder and thanked me for bringing him in. “Wow!” I thought to myself. He was so real, so nice.

We walked to the receptionist and she got a bit flushed at the site of the very familiar face. As we walked down the hall, person after person came out of their offices to see him. He said hello to each and every one of them, stopping to take photos each time it was requested. We were staged in the green room for a while where he barraged me with questions about the theater and specifically, the audience. “I try to incorporate the locals into my act as much as possible,” he said. What a great time he had with Bill Zwecker of CBS. He had the entire studio laughing, including the cameramen and other behind-the-scenes staff. We arrived at the theater and he spent the first half hour literally feeling its walls, practically caressing each brick of the backstage area. He said something to the effect of, “I absolutely love these Vaudeville houses. Such a tragedy when these places get torn down for shopping centers. That’s one of the reason’s I wanted to come here. I actually get inspiration from places like this.” After an intense rehearsal with his piano player he went into the empty audience and just stared at the stage, discussing creative options with my brother and technical director Rich. He then put on his weathered trench coat and baseball cap and said he was going to

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the hotel – The Hotel Baker – which is located across the river about two blocks away. It was a brisk day and I said the car was out front. “No, I’ll just walk it,” he said. He then walked down the street by himself, waving at onlookers and signing autographs for shocked St. Charles visitors. This is one show I wanted to be front and center for. From his much anticipated entrance on stage he had the audience in the palm of his hand. So much of it was true connection to the audience as opposed to standard stand-up shtick. He then broke into his characters, actually transforming himself into them. Ed Grimly, his most popular character (the only spin-off from “SNL” to actually have its own cartoon show), skipped onto the stage and was met with an actual roar from the crowd. “Here I am in St. Charles!

My career is soaring, I must say!” he proclaimed. He then jumped on top of my 1929 vintage piano, the one Duke Ellington and Neil Sedaka played on, and burst out into song. I held my breath as I waited for the piano to explode into a thousand pieces of Arcada history. “I love the Arcada cuz Carnegie Hall was booked,” he sang. Then another famous character entered the stage, talk show host Jiminy Glick. He welcomed the audience and introduced his guest … Ron Onesti! I was taken by surprise and he pulled me up on stage. Here is a guy whose talk show parodies have welcomed Tom Hanks, John Travolta, Tom Cruise … and now me! He introduced me as his Jewish friend (I’m about as Italian as it gets) and really interviewed me, actually doing research on my background. Shot after shot he

threw at me, the audience joined me in uncontrollable laughter. His signature bit on television was to take a large bowl of candy and literally pour it down his throat, a testimonial to his pudgy persona. As I sat on the chair in the talk show-style format, I happened to notice a box of Krispy Kreme donuts behind his seat. I was a bit embarrassed because I thought my stage crew forgot it out there. At that moment, he reached around, grabbed the box and began stuffing the donuts into his mouth, consistent with his on-TV shtick of an overeating talk show host. One, then two … not to be outdone, I picked one up and shoved the whole thing into my own mouth. He then picked up two more and stuffed them into MY mouth. On the fourth doughnut, I actually bit his thumb so as to stop the force-feeding. So, there we were, both mouths stuffed beyond their capacities. He then turned behind me and emptied his mouth. I went to do the same thing but as I looked onto the floor and saw this chewed-up glop of anything but Krispy or Kremey, I just could not spit it out. So, practically for the remainder of the interview, I kept chewing and chewing and chewing. Really, one of the funniest nights I have ever witnessed, or been a part of. Yes, Marty made quite the impression on the audience, as he has for over four decades including his return to “SNL,” co-hosting its recent holiday show with Sir Paul McCartney. What a guy, and what a talent – a gift from Canada for whom we should be forever grateful. I am convinced that warmth sets the table for laughter, and he is living proof of that.

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Kaneland graduate Dave Dudzinski has shown improvement from his already superb play in high school, as he leads Holy Cross in scoring and rebounding, writes sports reporter Dennis D. Jacobs. PAGE 22

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Goal-oriented Hawks keep skating during holiday break By KEVIN DRULEY Pond hockey promotes plenty of scoring and open ice, the same features the Fox Valley Hawks pine for in the regular season. As a prolonged holiday break sends players from Geneva’s Fox Valley Ice Arena to the pickup game scene, the Hawks might be gaining strategy while maintaining their stamina. “We haven’t been taking as many shots as we should be. We pass the puck a lot and like to move the puck around,” forward Billy Petersen said. “We’ve got to work on shooting it more, even when we’re away from practice.” Hawks coach Jim Quinn advised the team to scavenge for any nearby pond or rat hockey games between ends of its break. A mixture of players from seven schools – including St. Charles East, St. Charles North, Batavia, Geneva and Kaneland – the Hawks last practiced together Dec. 18, two days after their most recent game. Fox Valley is set for its first practice of 2013 Monday before resuming league play Jan. 11 against Glenbard. The team enters the new year at 8-7-1. Sparked by top defenseman Brett Roon (St. Charles East) and goaltender Jonathon Durrbeck of Wheaton Warrenville South, the Hawks have been stingy for much of the

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Fox Valley Hawks players practice at Geneva Fox Valley Ice Arena earlier this season. The Hawks are set to resume play Jan. 11 after a holiday break.

The home stretch Here’s a look at the remaining regular-season home schedule for the Fox Valley Hawks, tenants of the Fox Valley Ice Arena in Geneva Date Jan. 13 Jan. 27 Feb. 10

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season, allowing four goals in their past three games. “We’ve been playing relatively good. Not great, but relatively good,” said forward Mike Potvin, a Kaneland senior. “We’re looking to be improved the rest of the way and pick the offense up.”

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Players skate drills during the first practice with the Fox Valley Hawks hockey club at Fox Valley Ice Arena in Geneva in August. Sandy Bressner - sbressner@

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Dudzinski seizes offensive opportunities Kaneland grad leads Holy Cross in scoring, rebounding

Dave Dudzinski keeps upping his game and he doesn’t think he’s hit the ceiling yet. The 6-foot-9, 227-pound junior from Elburn is a big cog in the men’s basketball machine at Holy Cross, part of the NCAA Division I Patriot League. He’s shown improvement each year with Dave the Crusaders Dudzinski and this season he’s leading the team in scoring (15.1 points a game) and rebounding (7.2 rebounds a game) while serving as one of three captains. “My game has really changed since high school,“ Dudzinski said. “I credit that to the Holy Cross coaches.” Not that his game was bad in high school. Dudzinski broke the Kaneland school record with 287 career blocked shots and ranks fourth on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,269 career points. He was second team all-state as a senior and was the Kane County Chronicle Player of the Year. His play as a prep attracted plenty of attention from college coaches. “I had a lot of opportunities all around the nation, all different levels,” Dudzinski said. “It came down to [Holy Cross] and Loyola. … I really clicked with the guys when I came out here on my visit.” It didn’t take long for Dudzinski to notice the difference between playing in the Western Sun Conference and Division I. “In high school, I was probably one of the most athletic guys and certainly the tallest,“ he said. “You come out here and you’ve got to find new moves.” As a freshman at Holy Cross, he played in 27 games, all off the bench, but was a key contributor for the Crusaders, averaging 4.6 points and 2.8 rebounds a game. He was named to the Patriot League All-Rookie team.

ON CAMPUS Dennis D. Jacobs Last season, he started all 29 games, averaging 9.4 points and six rebounds a game. He ranked fourth in the league in several categories – rebounding, fieldgoal percentage (48.7), freethrow percentage (83.1), and blocked shots. He scored in double figures 11 times, including a 23-point performance in a victory against Lehigh, which represented the league in the NCAA Tournament, upsetting Duke in the first round. Dudzinski figures Lehigh will be tough again this season. Holy Cross (7-6) opens conference play at Lehigh a week from Saturday. “We did have a nice threegame winning streak,“ Dudzinski said. “We’re going to be ready for conference play.” The Crusaders likely will go as far as Dudzinski can carry them. He’s now the prime focus in the offense. “I’ve been getting a lot of touches in the post,” he said. “That’s something I really wanted to do this year.” Dudzinski says sophomore point guard Justin Burrell has been getting him the ball in good spots. “I’ve hit a couple 3s,” Dudzinski said. “I’m shooting the ball real well. I spent a lot of time this summer working on it, so it’s good to see it pay off.” Dudzinski’s actually hit on 7 of 18 shots from beyond the arc (38.9 percent). Overall, he’s hitting on 49.3 percent of his shots from the floor and 84.5 percent of his free throws. During the Crusaders’ earlier three-game winning streak,, he scored a careerhigh 31 points at San Francisco. He followed that up with 22 points in a loss at Harvard. Together, those two performances earned him accolades as the Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week, the first time he received the honor. Dudzinski says he wants to continue to improve his

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PREP SCHEDULE TODAY Boys basketball: Wheaton Academy at Cary Christian (N.C.), 7:30 p.m. Wrestling: Rochelle at Kaneland, 5:30 p.m. Boys swimming: St. Charles East at Neuqua Valley, 4:30 p.m.; St. Charles North at Bartlett, 5 p.m. FRiDAY Boys basketball: Yorkville at Kaneland, 5:30 p.m.; Marmion at Marian Catholic, 7:30 p.m. Girls basketball: Yorkville at Kaneland, 4 p.m.; Plano at Rosary, 7 p.m.; Marengo at Burlington Central, 7:15 p.m. Wrestling: Elgin at Batavia, 5:30 p.m.; South Elgin at Geneva, 5:30 p.m.; Marmion at Cheesehead Tournament (Wisc.), TBD

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Kaneland alumnus Dave Dudzsinski has been a key contributor to the post game for the Holy Cross men’s basketball team. strength, which he says was considered a liability entering college, as well as his perimeter shooting and being a “little more comfortable off the drive.” He’s got one more year at Holy Cross and he hopes it will not mark the end of his basketball career. “I’ve had a lot of time to think about it,” he said of his post-college plans. “I definitely want to play a couple years overseas in Europe.” After that, he might seek a career in accounting, which is his collegiate major.

For now, though, he’s enjoying living and playing on the East Coast. “It’s a little bit different“ from the Chicago area, Dudzinski said. “It’s not flat. … I really like it. There’s just a lot of big cities close together, so there’s a lot of opportunities.”

• Dennis D. Jacobs writes the On Campus column for the Kane County Chronicle. To submit information on area athletes competing in college, email him at

SATURDAY Boys basketball: Evanston at St. Charles East, 7:30 p.m.; Burlington Central at Kaneland, 5:30 p.m.; Kenwood at Aurora Central Catholic, 2:30 p.m.; Aurora Christian vs. ProvidenceSt. Mel at Rock Falls Shootout, 6:30 p.m. Girls basketball: Geneva at St. Charles North, 2:30 p.m.; St. Charles East at Evanston, 7:15 p.m.; Burlington Central at Kaneland, 4 p.m.; Rosary at Guerin, 1:30 p.m.; Wheaton Academy at Valley Christian (Calif.), 5 p.m. Wrestling: Batavia at Batavia Quad, 8 a.m.; St. Charles East at Glenbard West Invitational, 9 a.m. Geneva at Geneva Invitational, 9 a.m.; Kaneland at Sycamore Invitational, 9 a.m.; Marmion at Cheesehead Tournament (Wisc.), TBD Boys swimming: St. Charles North at Evanston Invite, 1 p.m.


A closer look at boys wrestling

in The GRooVe Ryan Rubino St. Charles East, Sr., 106 pounds What he did: Rubino captured the 106-pound title at this weekend’s Palatine Berman Invitational, helping the Saints finish third in the 27-team field.

WhaT We leaRneD laST WeeK ... Batavia is plenty deep. Every Bulldog had at least one victory in the six-match DeKalb Don Flavin Invite, led by Joel Shump, Jon Wagner and Connor McKeehan, who each went 6-0. Charlie Smorczewski (five wins) wasn’t far behind, while Michael Doranski and Noah Frazier – who swung between 182 and 195 pounds – scored four victories each.

WhaT We’ll leaRn in The WeeK aheaD ... Whether Marmion can keep building on its success in elite tournaments. The Cadets are set to compete in this weekend’s traditionally-challenging Cheesehead Tournament in Wisconsin, keeping pace with a tough schedule. Last month, Marmion finished eighth at the Walsh Ironman in Ohio and fourth at Harlem’s Dvorak Tournament.

Charting the climb

Burlington Central coach Vince Govea hovered around the Rockets while guiding BC’s middle school program the past six seasons, offering tutelage during spring camps and the state series. Shortly after ascending the varsity ranks to replace Tony Rigitano this winter, Govea embraced a newfound, unique view of his athletes. “Just to see where they started with me to see where they’re finishing has been a tremendous thing,” Govea said. “Really, I’ve always known the kids, I’ve always kind of been there. It’s just been nice to take them through a regular season and watch them be successful and do the things they do.” Central has navigated its share of inexperience and injuries this season while fielding a handful of standout individuals in its lineup. Senior 132-pounder Brady Weinrich enters Saturday’s quad with Rochelle, Hampshire and Springfield Southeast with 99 career victories. One more win would make him the fourth 100-match winner in program history. “He’s pretty much the heart of our team,” Govea said. “He’s looking to be downstate and hopefully getting on the medal stand.” Sophomore Craig Kein holds the same February aspirations at 170 as his stellar varsity debut continues. Kein wrestled for Govea in sixth, seventh and eighth grade but was unable to make the varsity lineup last season. Recent graduate Omar Awad, an eventual 2A state semifinalist who placed fourth in state at 170 last season, wouldn’t budge. Kein has steeled himself by wrestling extensively in the spring, adding muscle and match experience. “We’re interested to see where the season takes him,” Govea said. “We’re thinking he can be really successful.” Kein won last week’s Harvard Tournament and was second in the Sterling Tournament earlier this season.

• Thursday, January 3, 2013

Joel Shump Batavia, Sr., 126 pounds What he did: Shump pinned each of his six opponents at the DeKalb Don Flavin Invite over the weekend, scoring three falls each Friday and Saturday. Teammates Jon Wagner (160) and Connor McKeehan (220) also went 6-0, with McKeehan notching five falls during the event.



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Geneva’s Tony Castelvecchi (left) wrestles Batavia’s Nick Offutt in a 170-pound match Nov. 29 during a dual meet at Batavia High School. Castelvecchi won 11-4.

Castelvecchi on the move

Geneva senior Tony Castelvecchi climbed from 130 pounds as a freshman to 145 as a sophomore. He split time between 152 and 160 last season, and now is wrestling at 160 and 170. Castelvecchi has seen four-year contributors stick around one weight class, but he has no regrets about his path or progression. “There’s a lot of tough kids who do that. They end up just getting stronger but staying the same weight,” Castelvecchi said. “And that’s a good thing. But I’ve tried to lift a lot and gain

a good amount of weight.” Vikings coach Tom Chernich calls Castelvecchi’s toughness his biggest constant. Wherever he has competed in the lineup, Castelvecchi has been a motivational force both vocally and by example. “I’ve kind of taken in a lot over the last few years from coaches and my fellow wrestlers, really anyone,” Castelvecchi said. “I try to do the best I can, especially since it’s my last year.”

– Kevin Druley

CoaCh Sly SeZ ... Man, did the calendar turn already? Seems like just the other day they were getting Wredling ready for the annual East-North clash that traditionally starts the wrestling season around here. Well, no matter. That just means we’re even closer to state series time, when seasons can start and finish during the span of a combination flurry.

There certainly are some stellar athletes with big seasons going so far, but January and February have been known to produce dark horses, too. Here’s to finding out who those young men are in the next few weeks. Sly definitely won’t let that pass him by. • You can respond at blogs/sly.

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NIU players: Orange Bowl loss doesn’t diminish season by STeVe niTZ MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Northern Illinois coach Rod Carey wasn’t able to put his team’s 2012 season into perspective after Tuesday’s 31-10 loss to Florida State in the Orange Bowl. The Huskies had been outmatched by a bigger, stronger, faster Seminoles team, which was considered to be a national title contender at the start of the season. For Carey, it was tough to talk about the 12 consecutive wins, second Mid-American Championship title in a row or the school’s first BCS berth. “Well, talk to me [Wednesday] and I’m sure I’ll have it in better balance. I hate to lose, and I know these guys [hate losing], too,” said Carey, who made his debut as coach after taking over for Dave Doeren the day NIU earned its Orange Bowl berth. “I told you when we first all talked when I got the job, I wear my emotions on my sleeve and I’m upset. I give them a lot of credit. Florida State is a great team and Jimbo [Fisher] does a great job. “They are a well-coached, well-oiled machine. They beat us, no doubt about it. That doesn’t change the fact that I don’t like to lose.” Ever since the Huskies’ Orange Bowl berth was made official, the team had many doubters, most prominently ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit, whose negative comments about NIU irked Huskies fans from the start. NIU certainly didn’t play its best game in south Florida, but the Huskies were in the contest well into the third quarter. After recovering an onside kick after Martel Moore’s 11-yard touchdown catch from Jordan Lynch, the Huskies drove into the red zone down by seven points. The Huskies’ hopes of an upset diminished when Florida State safety Terrence Brooks picked off Lynch on a pass he probably should have just thrown away. With the final score, NIU’s critics certainly won’t go away. The Huskies don’t seem to care.

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northern illinois’ Rod Carey began the season as huskies co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, working closely with such players as left tackle Ryan brown (left), a St. Charles north alumnus. he ended the campaign as niU’s head coach, and guided the team during Tuesday’s Orange bowl, a 31-10 loss to florida State. “People are going to say what they want regardless; we are not worried about that,” said receiver Tommylee Lewis, who caught a team-high five passes for 61 yards. “We came out and played our game and fought hard. FSU was the better team today and came out with the win.” When players, coaches and fans look back on NIU’s 2012 season, they’ll remember games like the thrilling MAC Championship win over Kent State in Detroit, beating Toledo to clinch the MAC West and the victory over Kansas, when the school hosted a BCS team at Huskie Stadium for the first time since 2003. The Huskies finished the season with a school-record 12 wins, and could be ranked in the final top 25 polls for the first time. For a month, NIU’s appearance in the Orange Bowl was one of the hottest stories in college football. Despite the New Year’s Day defeat, Huskies right tackle

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Several northern illinois players – including Geneva products Michael Santacaterina and Matt Williams (front left and right) – visited baptist Children’s hospital near Miami as part of the team’s Orange bowl week. Matt Krempel summed up the Orange Bowl win like most players probably will when they sit back and remember their week in south Florida. “I thought it was a blast. I

am very proud to be a Huskie and proud to be here. I am very happy we got here and hope to make it again next year,” he said. “The fact that we lost doesn’t put a damper on the

overall season. we had a 12win season for the first time in school history. “I think we are going to take motivation out of [Tuesday] and move forward.”

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Hawks stay in shape with club teams during high school season • haWkS Continued from page 21 Petersen, an East junior, finds the team’s puck movement to be “pretty sound,” which is notable given the Hawks’ seasonlong theme of self-discovery. While several players know each other from youth teams, the Hawks remain a first-year mixture of other co-ops from past seasons. The high school hockey fraternity might be a close one, but arguably is not as tight-knit as as the bond shared between golfers from opposing schools. Then again, forwards Nathan Podraza (Batavia) and Santino Salamone (North) were known to talk hockey while representing their schools on the links in the fall.

Quinn promotes camaraderie with pizza parties and occasional movie outings or other get-togethers, gestures many players call effective. “When I first got there it was weird playing with guys from other schools,” said Podraza, a senior, “but we’ve really jelled nicely.” The Hawks also tout their conditioning, which partially is a product of drills or punishment skating when the team doesn’t execute offensively in practice. Drill lines served another purpose in the early season, as some players scrambled to learn teammates’ names. “They only discourage you from talking when coach is talking,” Potvin said. A handful of Hawks play with other club teams dur-

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Newspaper Enterprise Association TODAY – Trade upon past experiences and you’ll be less likely to make mistakes in the year ahead. You should know better than most that when you draw on what you’ve learned, you can avoid getting into trouble. cAPRicORn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) – Surplus self-doubt or feelings of inadequacy might override the more outgoing aspects of your personality. You don’t have to be belligerent or rash to get what you want. AQUARiUs (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) – If you’re not careful, you could be drawn into a costly situation while socializing with friends. Watch out for someone looking to you to pay the lion’s share. PiscEs (Feb. 20-March 20) – Making a big commitment before taking the time to think things through could work to your detriment. You could easily sabotage yourself if you’re not careful. ARiEs (March 21-April 19) – Even if you are normally an industrious person, you can still allow laziness to prevent you from accomplishing anything important. Don’t let it do so. TAURUs (April 20-May 20) – If a close confederate tends to be a bit of a loose cannon, don’t go along with any of his or her harebrained schemes. You’d be held accountable for the consequences as well. GEMini (May 21-June 20) – Don’t allow a disagreement with your mate or special someone to become sticky. Even if the other party is totally unyielding, keep your head. For the sake of peace, make the first overture. cAncER (June 21-July 22) – For some strange reason, you might not be too capable in the do-it-yourself department. If at all possible, it behooves you to avoid anything requiring work with sharp tools. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) – Miscalculations in your financial dealings could wreak some serious damage in the long run. First and foremost, be as prudent and cautious as you can when dealing with the green stuff. ViRGO (Aug. 23-sept. 22) – Being too rigid when dealing with others will make for some painful experiences for you. Regardless of your own predilections, hang loose. LiBRA (sept. 23-Oct. 23) – Your customary pleasant but glib personality won’t get you out of trouble. In fact, it might only serve to get you in deeper. Be mindful of what you say at all times. scORPiO (Oct. 24-nov. 22) – Your gains could diminish or take a beating if you engage in any unreasonable financial shenanigans. Things could turn out rather poorly if you make an unwise move. sAGiTTARiUs (nov. 23-Dec. 21) – Tread warily in all career-related situations. Without realizing it, you could promise more than you can deliver, or use tactics that would hurt your image.

Massachusetts natives Krasinski, Damon team up for ‘Promised Land’ By ED sYMKUs

GateHouse News Service In Hollywood circles it’s always been Matt and Ben, as in Damon and Affleck, as in the guys who grabbed the Oscar for writing “Good Will Hunting.” But if “Promised Land,” the film about both sides of the controversial issue of fracking for natural gas that opened Friday, is a sign, Hollywood may soon be referring to Matt (Cambridge, Mass.) and John (Newton, Mass.), who wrote the script together, and costar in the film. Damon plays a company agent who’s trying to get struggling farmers to lease out their land to drillers. Krasinski plays an activist who’s trying to convince the same farmers that the practice is dangerous. At a recent interview session in Los Angeles, the actor-writers seemed relieved and a little surprised that, due to certain circumstances, the film actually got made. “I had never written an original script,” said Krasinski. “So, about two years ago, I started thinking about what I wanted to write about, and the thing I came to was American identity. We’d all made so much noise about the people who were being elected, but I think a lot of times we forgot to tell the story of the people who were being affected by all this stuff. So, when the idea of natural gas drilling came into the story, it was a perfect backdrop. It’s like high stakes poker. There’s so much potentially to gain and so much potentially to lose, that these people are in an incredibly complicated situation. It’s sort of ignorant to say one side is wrong or the

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John Krasinski (left), director Gus Van sant (center) and Matt Damon (right) come together on set for “Promised Land.” other side is wrong; somewhere in the middle is the truth, and you find it in these people.” Krasinski would eventually present the idea to Damon, who had already been thinking about working with him. “We befriended each other when I worked with Emily [Blunt, Krasinski’s wife] on “The Adjustment Bureau’,” said Damon. “My wife and I hit it off with them so we started going out to dinner. John’s a great writer and producer, and the scope of his talent is vast and impressive. So, I immediately started trying to find stuff that we could do together. Then he suggested this, so we decided to take a crack at writing it.” Damon was attracted to the American identity idea, and knew the importance and relevance of the fracking issue. “It’s very polarizing,” he said. “Because people have to engage with the issue. It’s real and it’s here. We wanted to show the human cost of something like this.” Damon went so far as to agree to make “Promised

Land” his directorial debut while he and Krasinski were still writing it. He has fond memories of the writing sessions, but the directing part didn’t happen. “John was doing ‘The Office’ and I was out here doing ‘We Bought a Zoo,’ and he just started showing up at my house on weekends. He’d show up for breakfast, and we’d work all day Saturday and then end with dinner. It was hard, but writing a script isn’t something that’s totally focused. You’re taking little breaks all the time. One of my kids might run in and John would give him a horsey ride and then you might think, ‘Oh yeah, I know what this character will say here.’” “Yeah, I did a lot of horseback rides, and threw out my back,” said Krasinski, then added, “Matt and I worked really well together. We worked quickly, and had similar sensibilities. I think we have an innately positive outlook on life, so our idea of where we wanted this movie to go was always similar.” Then things went wrong, or at least got too busy. Damon had been working

without a break, and near the end of 2011, having been away from his family to act in “Elysium” for director Neill Blomkamp, he came home to finish promoting “We Bought a Zoo.” “It was Dec. 15, and my year was over. But I got home and looked at my calendar and realized that if I was going to direct this movie and get it out this year, I had to go into pre-production on Jan. 2. And I just couldn’t leave my kids again.” He called Krasinski to tell him he wasn’t going to direct. That didn’t go well. Neither did the rest of his news. “Warner Brothers had given us the money for the film. They were backing it because of me,” he said. “But I knew the second I told them I wasn’t going to direct it, they would pull out, which they did. So, I lost us a director and our money. But it was the right decision. I told John I didn’t know what was gonna happen but our script is good and there’ll be a great director who wants to do it.” “It was a rough phone call to get,” recalled Krasinski. “But I totally understood what he was doing. Well, I won’t lie. I didn’t understand at the time. It was really hard. I went downstairs and said to my wife, ‘What do I do now? How do I pick up the pieces?’ But it was incredible that less than 12 hours later, Gus Van Sant had signed on to direct.” “I almost said yes right away, but then I decided I should read the script first,” said Van Sant. “So, I did, and the script was great. We were all off and running the next day.” “Promised Land” also co-stars Hal Holbrook, from Weymouth, Mass.

DEAR ABBY Jeanne Phillips sion I made after our marriage. My father was not aware that I had gotten married. I think I have overwhelmed him again. Please advise me on how to proceed. – Prodigal Son in California Dear Son: Call your father, tell him you love him and that you would like to schedule a visit with him – but would like to send him some reading material before you do. Then contact PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays). They will be happy to provide you with literature for your dad to help him “understand.” Frankly, he has my sympathy because before you hit him with the “double whammy,” he didn’t have a clue about who you really are. Dear Abby: Two years ago, I proposed to the woman who

changed me for the better. I love her with all my heart, but after we had been engaged for only four days everything came to a stop. Her mother was against the marriage, and my fiancee wasn’t strong enough to follow her heart. After getting no reason for calling off the wedding, I began texting her for an answer only to be arrested for cyber-stalking. How do I let her go? – Grieving in Florida Dear Grieving: It may take the help of a psychologist for you to disengage emotionally and move on. Given that you wound up in trouble with the law, this would be a wise decision. It might also help to envision what it would have been like being married not only to Claudette, but also to her mother. The one who’s doing the thinking isn’t your former fiancee. This may be the reason that her first marriage failed. • Write Dear Abby at www.

Premature ovarian failure may explain lack of menstruation

Dear Doctor K: I have not had my period for three months. I’m not pregnant and I’m only 40, so I’m too young for menopause. What’s going on? Dear Reader: What you’re experiencing sounds like secondary amenorrhea. I say that because you’ve menstruated in the past, you’re not old enough to be entering menopause, and you’ve stopped menstruating for three or more consecutive months. That’s the definition of secondary amenorrhea. Having regular menstrual periods requires the normal production of sex hormones in the brain (the hypothalamus and pituitary gland). These sex hormones travel through the blood to the ovaries. Sex hormones produced by the ovaries are what tell the uterus to go through the changes that lead to monthly periods – and allow you to conceive a child. So, problems in the brain, the ovaries or uterus can all cause secondary amenorrhea. Some more specific causes include: • Emotional or physical stress. • Rapid weight loss. • Frequent strenuous exercise. • Recent use of hormonal birth control methods, including birth control pills, the patch and longacting progesterone. A woman who stops taking birth control pills may not have a period for three months to a year. • Polycystic ovary syndrome.

ASK DOCTOR K Anthony L. Komaroff This condition is associated with a tendency to be overweight, with excessive body and facial hair and hormonal irregularities. • Abnormal production of certain hormones, such as testosterone, thyroid and cortisone. • Tumors of the pituitary gland, ovaries or uterus. There are other conditions that don’t apply to you that can stop menstrual periods. Chemotherapy for cancer can at least temporarily affect the ovaries and lead to secondary amenorrhea. So can breast feeding. Finally, there’s a condition that might apply to you. About one in 100 women who are age 40 get what’s called premature ovarian failure. Their ovaries suddenly stop making sex hormones and stop releasing eggs each month. The causes of this condition are largely unknown, but we do know that autoimmune diseases are associated with the condition. To figure out the reason for your loss of regular menstrual periods, check with your doctor. You’ll be asked questions about your typical menstrual patterns, rapid weight changes, birth control methods, exercise regimen, stress

in your life and the medications you are taking. The doctor may also do blood and urine tests or a noninvasive pelvic ultrasound. Finally, your doctor may want to recheck to make sure you’re not pregnant. In most cases, the treatment depends on the cause of the amenorrhea: • Stress. A stress-management course, meditation, yoga or other stress-relieving techniques may help. • Excessive athletic training. A more moderate program will help normal menstruation to start again. • Hormone imbalance. Supplemental hormones can help. • Polycystic ovary syndrome. Multiple medical treatments can help regulate menstrual periods, and a diet and exercise program can help reduce obesity that may be contributing to the syndrome. • Tumors in the ovaries, uterus or pituitary gland. Treatment depends on the type and location of the cysts or tumors. Surgery is sometimes necessary. • Structural problem in the ovaries or uterus. Surgery may be necessary.

• Dr. Komaroff is a physician and professor at Harvard Medical School. Visit www.AskDoctorK. com to send questions and get additional information.

Dr. Wallace: I’m 13 and so is my best friend. Our problem is that we both like the same boy. We asked him which one of us he likes better, and he said he likes us both the same. She and I talked it over and decided that one of us would have to find another boy to like. First, we were going to flip a coin to see who would be his girlfriend, but then she suggested that whoever got the highest grade on our next spelling test would be the winner. Both of us studied really hard. She only missed one word and got an A. Because I was nervous, I missed two words and received an A-. Now that I think about it, she has always been the better speller, and I think she conned me into competing with her on the spelling test. Yesterday she told me she has let the boy know that she’s now his girlfriend. But I don’t want to look for another boy. I like this one. I also think he really likes me more than he likes her. I have a huge dilemma. What should I do? – Nameless, Knoxville, Tenn. Dear Nameless: You made an agreement with your friend, and now you must honor it. Don’t interfere with her and the boy. Too many times, one party agrees to something and will later try to back out. Professional athletes are a good example. They sign a contract for millions of dollars and then decide midway through that they want to renegotiate for more money because some other player signed a better contract. You gave your word. Now keep it! Besides, boys are fickle! Don’t be surprised if he decides

’TWEEN 12 & 20 Robert Wallace he likes you a little more than he likes your friend. Dr. Wallace: You said that students who sit at the front of the class usually get better grades. I challenge that statement. I always sit as far back in the classroom as possible. That way I can see everything unfold in front of me. I never have trouble hearing the teacher because the classrooms aren’t very large. Oh, by the way, I’m an honors student and will graduate second in a class of over 200. Not too shabby for a backseat student. – Brent, Lincoln, Neb. Dear Brent: Congratulations! You deserve high praise for your academic success – but you are an exception. According to surveys conducted by Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., and the Secondary School Administrators’ Association, students who sit in the front of the class do generally get better grades than their classmates. One reason is that they have to get more involved in class discussions since the teacher is looking directly at them. It’s also hard to tune out, or worse, nod off, when the teacher is only a few feet away. Some teachers rotate students so everyone will have an opportunity to sit up front. When teaching, I rotated the students every month. Almost everyone liked the rotation except for a few who enjoyed sitting in the very back. • Write Dr. Wallace at


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Dear Abby: I cut my father out of my life years ago, after he declared he could not support my decision to adopt three children from a Russian orphanage with my longtime companion. The adoption announcement coincided with my “coming out” to Dad, who is now married to his third wife. It must have been a lot for him to take in at one time. He told me plainly that he could not support my decision because he could not “understand” it. He has never met our children, and does not acknowledge them as his grandchildren. This year on Father’s Day, I sent him a card and he replied by email that he was glad to hear from me and he hoped for a reconciliation, but was not sure how to go about it. I responded by email that I was cautiously optimistic. I haven’t heard back from him and I suspect it’s because he saw that I had changed my last name from his to my husband’s, a deci-

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President John F. Kennedy said: “When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.” There are bridge deals where declarer is in danger only if two suits are lying unfavorably. But sometimes he has the opportunity to survive anyway. How does that apply in this deal? South is in six spades. West leads the club king. North’s two-no-trump response showed four-plus spades and at least game-forcing highcard values. South’s three-club rebid indicated a singleton or void in that suit. Three diamonds and three hearts were controlbids (cue-bids) promising firstround controls in those suits. South has possible losers in each major. The heart finesse is apparently unavoidable. The trump suit is a danger only if it is breaking 3-0 – and even then, declarer might avoid a loser. The key point of the deal is that the trump suit isn’t a guess. Declarer should cash dummy’s spade king first. Here, West discards, so South draws trumps with the aid of a finesse and later tries the heart finesse for an overtrick.What happens, though, if East discards under the spade king? Declarer ruffs the club seven in his hand, cashes the spade ace, and turns to diamonds. If West never ruffs, South discards one heart, then plays a trump to West’s queen. West is caught. He must either lead a heart into declarer’s ace-queen or concede a ruff-and-sluff (when declarer pitches a heart from the board and ruffs in his hand). Either way, South has no heart loser.

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ERS ASSOCIATION; UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON RECORD CLAIMANTS ; DEFENDANTS 10 CH 00003 58 AUGUSTA DRIVE GILBERTS, IL 60136 NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO JUDGMENT OF FORECLOSURE UNDER ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE ACT ***THIS DOCUMENT IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT ON A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE*** PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered by said Court in the above entitled cause on September 28, 2012, KANE COUNTY SHERIFF in KANE County, Illinois, will on February 7, 2013, in Room JC 100, Kane County Judicial Center, 37W777 Route 38, St. Charles, IL 60175, at 9:00 AM, sell at public auction and sale to the highest bidder for cash, all and singular, the following described real estate mentioned in said Judgment, situated in the County of KANE, State of Illinois, or so much thereof as shall be sufficient to satisfy said Judgment: TAX NO. 02-36-252-009 COMMONLY KNOWN AS: 58 AUGUSTA DRIVE GILBERTS, IL 60136 Description of Improvements: LOT TRACT BLOCK BOOK PAGES***BROWN HOUSE WITH VINYL SIDING TWO STORY WITH TWO CAR ATTACHED GARAGE. UTILITIES ARE ON. HOUSE DOES NOT HAVE A FENCE. The Judgment amount was $246,483.61. Sale Terms: This is an "AS IS" sale for "CASH". The successful bidder must deposit 25% down by certified funds; balance, by certified funds, within 24 hours. NO REFUNDS. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments or special taxes levied against said real estate, water bills, etc., and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to plaintiff. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the bid amount, the purchaser shall receive a Certificate of Sale, which ill titl th h t De d

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will entitle the purchaser to a Deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. The successful purchaser has the sole responsibility/expense of evicting any tenants or other individuals presently in possession of the subject premises. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g) (1) and (g)(4). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DYAS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. For Information: Visit our website at http:\\ Between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. only - Pierce & Associates, Plaintiff's Attorneys, 1 North Dearborn, Chicago, Illinois 60602. Tel. No. (312) 372-2060. Please refer to file #PA0935211 Plaintiff's attorney is not required to provide additional information other than that set forth in this notice of sale. I494012 (Published in the Kane County Chronicle, December 27, 2012, January 3 & 10, 2013.)


DER ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE ACT ***THIS DOCUMENT IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT ON A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE*** PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered by said Court in the above entitled cause on September 5, 2012, KANE COUNTY SHERIFF in KANE County, Illinois, will on February 7, 2013, in Room JC 100, Kane County Judicial Center, 37W777 Route 38, St. Charles, IL 60175, at 9:00 AM, sell at public auction and sale to the highest bidder for cash, all and singular, the following described real estate mentioned in said Judgment, situated in the County of KANE, State of Illinois, or so much thereof as shall be sufficient to satisfy said Judgment: TAX NO. 02-25-378-012 COMMONLY KNOWN AS: 266 EVERGREEN CIRCLE GILBERTS, IL 60136 Description of Improvements: BROWN VINYL SIDED TOWNHOUSE WITH TWO CAR ATTACHED GARAGE The Judgment amount was $188,531.41. Sale Terms: This is an "AS IS" sale for "CASH". The successful bidder must deposit 25% down by certified funds; balance, by certified funds, within 24 hours. NO REFUNDS. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments or special taxes levied against said real estate, water bills, etc., and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to plaintiff. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the bid amount, the purchaser shall receive a Certificate of Sale, which will entitle the purchaser to a Deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. The successful purchaser has the sole responsibility/expense of evicting any tenants or other individuals presently in possession of the subject premises. If this property is a condominium unit, the pur-

Kane County Chronicle / pu chaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g) (1) and (g)(4). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DYAS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. For Information: Visit our website at http:\\ Between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. only - Pierce & Associates, Plaintiff's Attorneys, 1 North Dearborn, Chicago, Illinois 60602. Tel. No. (312) 372-2060. Please refer to file #PA1126861 Plaintiff's attorney is not required to provide additional information other than that set forth in this notice of sale. I494050 (Published in the Kane County Chronicle, December 27, 2012, January 3 & 10, 2013.)

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PUBLIC NOTICE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE 16TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT KANE COUNTY - GENEVA, ILLINOIS BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, LP FKA COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING LP PLAINTIFF VS TIMOTHY C. WOOD; SONIA R. WOOD; JPMORGAN CHASE BANK N.A.; TIMBER TRAILS HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION; UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON RECORD CLAIMANTS ; DEFENDANTS 10 CH 00003 58 AUGUSTA DRIVE GILBERTS, IL 60136 NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO JUDGMENT OF FORECLOSURE UNDER ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE ACT ***THIS DOCUMENT IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT ON A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE*** PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered by said Court in the above entitled cause on September 28, 2012, KANE COUNTY SHERIFF in KANE County, Illinois, will on February 7, 2013, in Room JC 100, Kane County Judicial Center, 37W777 Route 38, St. Charles, IL 60175, at 9:00 AM, sell at public auction and sale to the highest bidder for cash, all and singular, the following described real estate mentioned in said Judgment, situated in the County of KANE, State of Illinois, or so much thereof as shall be sufficient to satisfy said Judgment: LOT 836 IN TIMBER TRAILS UNIT 8 BEING A PART OF THE EAST HALF OF SECTION 36, TOWNSHIP 42 NORTH, RANGE 7 EAST OF THE THIRD PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED JANUARY 18, 2002 AS DOCUMENT 2002K010624, IN KANE COUNTY, ILLINOIS. TAX NO. 02-36-252-009 COMMONLY KNOWN AS: 58 AUGUSTA DRIVE GILBERTS, IL 60136 Description of Improvements: LOT TRACT BLOCK BOOK PAGES***BROWN HOUSE WITH VINYL SIDING TWO STORY WITH TWO CAR ATTACHED GARAGE. UTILITIES ARE ON. HOUSE DOES NOT HAVE A FENCE. The Judgment amount was $246,483.61. Sale Terms: This is an "AS IS" sale for "CASH". The successful bidder must deposit 25% down by certified funds; balance, by certified funds, within 24 hours. NO REFUNDS. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments or special taxes levied against said real estate, water bills, etc., and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to plaintiff. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the bid amount, the purchaser shall receive a Certificate of Sale, which will entitle the purchaser to a Deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. The successful purchaser has the sole responsibility/expense of evicting any tenants or other individuals presently in possession of

pr y po the subject premises. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g) (1) and (g)(4). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DYAS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. For Information: Visit our website at http:\\ Between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. only - Pierce & Associates, Plaintiff's Attorneys, 1 North Dearborn, Chicago, Illinois 60602. Tel. No. (312) 372-2060. Please refer to file #PA0935211 Plaintiff's attorney is not required to provide additional information other than that set forth in this notice of sale. I494012 (Published in the Kane County Chronicle, December 27, 2012, January 3 & 10, 2013.)

PUBLIC NOTICE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE 16TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT KANE COUNTY - GENEVA, ILLINOIS GREEN TREE SERVICING LLC PLAINTIFF VS SARGON D TCHADO; DIANA BARKHO; TIMBER TRAILS UNIT 4 CONDOMINUM ASSOCIATION; UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON RECORD CLAIMANTS; DEFENDANTS 12 CH 00077 266 EVERGREEN CIRCLE GILBERTS, IL 60136 NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO JUDGMENT OF FORECLOSURE UNDER ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE ACT ***THIS DOCUMENT IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT ON A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE*** PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered by said Court in the above entitled cause on September 5, 2012, KANE COUNTY SHERIFF in KANE County, Illinois, will on February 7, 2013, in Room JC 100, Kane County Judicial Center, 37W777 Route 38, St. Charles, IL 60175, at 9:00 AM, sell at public auction and sale to the highest bidder for cash, all and singular, the following described real estate mentioned in said Judgment, situated in the County of KANE, State of Illinois, or so much thereof as shall be sufficient to satisfy said Judgment: UNIT 587-2 TOGETHER WITH

ITS UNDIVIDED PERCENTAGE INTEREST IN THE COMMON ELEMENTS IN TIMBER TRAILS UNIT 4 CONDOMINIUM, AS DELINEATED AND DEFINED IN THE DECLARATION RECORDED MARCH 1, 2002 AS DOCUMENT NO. 2002K030381, AS AMENDED FROM TIME TO TIME, IN THE SOUTH HALF OF SECTION 25, TOWNSHIP 42 NORTH, RANGE 7, EAST OF THE THIRD PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN, IN KANE COUNTY, ILLINOIS. TAX NO. 02-25-378-012 COMMONLY KNOWN AS: 266 EVERGREEN CIRCLE GILBERTS, IL 60136 Description of Improvements: BROWN VINYL SIDED TOWNHOUSE WITH TWO CAR ATTACHED GARAGE The Judgment amount was $188,531.41. Sale Terms: This is an "AS IS" sale for "CASH". The successful bidder must deposit 25% down by certified funds; balance, by certified funds, within 24 hours. NO REFUNDS. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments or special taxes levied against said real estate, water bills, etc., and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to plaintiff. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the bid amount, the purchaser shall receive a Certificate of Sale, which will entitle the purchaser to a Deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. The successful purchaser has the sole responsibility/expense of evicting any tenants or other individuals presently in possession of the subject premises. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g) (1) and (g)(4). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DYAS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. For Information: Visit our website at http:\\ Between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. only - Pierce & Associates, Plaintiff's Attorneys, 1 North Dearborn, Chicago, Illinois 60602. Tel. No. (312) 372-2060. Please refer to file #PA1126861 Plaintiff's attorney is not required to provide additional information other than that t f th i thi ti of l

set forth in this notice of sale. I494050 (Published in the Kane County Chronicle, December 27, 2012, January 3 & 10, 2013.)

PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Written quotes (2 Copies) are being requested to be submitted on or before 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 22, 2013 at the office of the City Administrator located at 22 S. First Street, Geneva, IL 60134, for the furnishing of all materials, labor, and for performing all related work thereto for the interior cleaning of it's Public Works Facility, City Hall & Finance, Police Department, and Tri-Com.

Dated: December 21, 2012. /s/ John A. Cunningham Kane County Clerk


(Published in the Kane County Public Notice is hereby given Chronicle, January 3, 10, 17 that on December 28, 2012 a certificate was filed in the office of the 2013.) County Clerk of Kane County, Illinois, setting forth the names and PUBLIC NOTICE addresses of all persons owning, conducting and transacting the ASSUMED NAME business known as NWA CONPUBLICATION NOTICE SULTING located at 805 Oakley Avenue, Elgin, IL 60123. Public Notice is hereby given that on December 18, 2012 a cer- Dated: December 28, 2012. tificate was filed in the office of the County Clerk of Kane County, Illi/s/ John A. Cunningham nois, setting forth the names and Kane County Clerk addresses of all persons owning, conducting and transacting the (Published in the Kane County business known as LAWSON Chronicle, January 3, 10, 17 PRIDE CONSTRUCTION located at 2013.) 9N213 Cross Creek Ct., Elgin, IL 60124.

This work shall be done in accordance with the specifications as prepared by the City of Geneva Public Works Department. Copies Dated: December 18, 2012. of the specifications may be obCall to advertise /s/ John A. Cunningham tained at the office of the Public 800-589-8237 Works Department located at 1800 Kane County Clerk South Street, Geneva, Illinois or on CRST offers the Best Lease Purthe City's website http://www.gene- (Published in the Kane County chase Program! SIGN ON BONUS. Chronicle, December 20, 27, No Down Payment or Credit 2012 & January 3, 2013.) Check. Great Pay. Class A CDL The City of Geneva, IL reserves required. Owner Operators Welthe right to reject any or all written PUBLIC NOTICE come! Call: 866-508-7106 quotes and waive technicalities. GORDON TRUCKING CDL-A ASSUMED NAME The City of Geneva, Illinois Drivers Needed! Up to $4,000 Sign PUBLICATION NOTICE Mary McKittrick On Bonus! Dry, Reefer, OTR, ReCity Administrator Public Notice is hereby given gional. Benefits, 401k, EOE, No East Coast. Call 7 days/wk! that on December 21, 2012 a cerJanuary 2013 tificate was filed in the office of the 888-653-3304 County Clerk of Kane County, Illi(Published in the Kane County nois, setting forth the names and Need Legal Help? FREE REFERRAL Call 877-270-3855 Chronicle, January 3, 2012.) addresses of all persons owning, Courtesy of the conducting and transacting the Illinois State Bar Association at business known as LISA BROOK- ER, LCSW located at 514 Terry Avenue, Aurora, IL 60506. PUBLIC NOTICE Having a Birthday, Anniversary, Graduation Dated: December 21, 2012. or Event Coming Up? ASSUMED NAME PUBLICATION NOTICE /s/ John A. Cunningham Share It With Everyone by Kane County Clerk Placing a HAPPY AD! Public Notice is hereby given that on December 21, 2012 a cer(Published in the Kane County tificate was filed in the office of the County Clerk of Kane County, Illi- Chronicle, December 27, 2012 & nois, setting forth the names and January 3 & 10, 2013.) addresses of all persons owning, Have a news tip conducting and transacting the or story idea? Kane County Chronicle business known as GIRLIE POWER Call us at 630-845-5355 located at 486 MILL ST., BATAVIA, Classified or email IL 60510 877-264-2527



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237 Republic Rd: Sold on or before 112912 by Mary C Doyle to Michelle Malenke; $150,000.00 581 Monticello Rd: Sold on or before 112912 by Patricia A Wolfe to Nysen Group Llc; $118,000.00

308 Dee Rd: Sold on or before 112912 by Marc A Lupo to Jeanne Ranson; $125,000.00 46 Windstone Dr: Sold on or before 112912 by Saleem Mohammed to Andrew Harding; $220,000.00

before 112912 by M I Homes Of Chicago Llc to Brandon L Cortesi & Sarah A Cortesi; $276,000.00 6N658 Wabash Ave: Sold on or before 112912 by Clinton Trust to Eric Gregorash; $140,000.00


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2233 Brookwood Dr: Sold on or before 112912 by Mark J Calbeck to Joseph G Vivacqua & Elizabeth Vivacqua; $395,000.00 641 W Thornwood Dr: Sold on or before 112912 by Wmsy Properties Llc 641 W Thor to Sarah Leonard & David Matheis; $361,000.00 7 Kaelynn Ct: Sold on or before 112912 by Saleem Mohammed to Michael L Bartelt & Katherine 3 Bartelt; $157,500.00

2305 Pepper Valley Dr: Sold on or before 112912 by Kenneth P Burg to Joseph W Kane & Christina M Stotko; $290,000.00 2963 Caldwell Ln: Sold on or before 112912 by James B Naughton to James E Slowey & Mary E Slowey; $195,000.00 829 Cheever Ave: Sold on or before 112912 by Chicago Title Land Trt Co Ttee to James N Chakires & Jessie L Chakires; $537,500.00

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211 John St: Sold on or before 112912 by Pennymae Corp to 3 Land Development Ltd; $60,000.00

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207 S 19th St: Sold on or before 112912 by Anely Ravelo to Paul Chadwick & Michael Chadwick; $178,000.00 3218 Blackhawk Trl: Sold on or before 112912 by Kane County Sheriff to Stearns Trust; $196,200.00 48 Whittington Crse: Sold on or before 112912 by Kelley Trust to Sandra Vilumis Stubbs; $207,000.00 4N910 Greenwood Ln: Sold on or before 112912 by Bank Of New York Mellon Ttee to Brian Kobylinski & Sherri Kobylinski; $604,000.00 6N475 Valley Cir: Sold on or

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Marketing home as pet-friendly may appeal to wider audience • HOME HELP

Continued from page 3 Most washers today are highefficient, meaning they use 20 to 66 percent less water than traditional agitator washers – an appealing benefit for the environmentally conscious, or for those just hoping to save on their water and electric bills. Plus, most are available with largecapacity tubs to accommodate bigger loads. And, with less water being used and high-speed spin cycles to remove more water, clothes feel dryer when they come out – saving time and energy on the drying cycle. – Brandpoint

Home Selling Tip: Market home as pet-friendly

Pet owners want a home that will be comfortable for their furry family members as well as the human ones, according to Ways to make your home seem more pet-friendly can be as cheap as hanging leashes near the door and putting out water bowls. Hanging pictures of you and your pet on your fridge and walls can also help prospective buyers imagine their pet living in your house.

If you want to go all out, installing an attractive, sturdy fence can add huge appeal to your house for dog owners.

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Decorating Tip: New life for lighting

Light is an important element for any room – but are your lamps looking a bit lackluster? Turn older lamps from trash to treasure with a coat of spray paint. Today’s spray paint offerings provide endless choices – from shiny metallics to subdued hammered or brushed finishes – which can create the style you desire in minutes.

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Ways to make your home seem more pet-friendly can be as cheap as hanging leashes near the door and putting out water bowls. Hanging pictures of you and your pet on your fridge and walls can also help prospective buyers imagine their pet living in your house.

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ble. “This is a big problem for a lot of people,” he said. “Place in a south or southeast-facing window. If you don’t have enough light, you can always add fluorescent or spotlights with full-spectrum lights.” With modern insulated windows, put the plant pretty close to the window. If the window isn’t insulated, back off a foot or two. • Maintain an evenly moist soil. Don’t treat citrus like other plants – that is, letting it dry out between waterings. Instead, keep it moist. “During the winter, however, don’t over water, or you’ll get root rot, which is fairly common,” he said. “When the soil is dry an inch below the surface, add water.” Don’t let water sit in the saucer below the container. • Keep the humidity high. Citrus requires a humidity of 50 to 60 percent. Most households, however, measure only 20 percent during the winter. “Misting daily is very important, and few people do that,” he said. “Try to get in the habit of it. Maybe if you’re fixing dinner, take a break and give it a spray.” Group plants together to make

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it easier to keep humidity elevated, and set saucers of water around the plants. • Watch for pests. The most likely are whiteflies and spider mites. “Insecticidal soap controls virtually all the pests for houseplants and it’s non-toxic,” James said. • Fertilize lightly. “You have to be careful when fertilizing in winter,” he said. “The citrus will have a slow growth rate anyway, so I’d suggest maybe once a month with a weak liquid fertilizer, diluted from a quarter to a third of what the manufacturer recommends.” James uses organic products such as seaweed extract. • Prune lightly when necessary. “If it’s a little straggly or misshapen, you can cut all the way back to the main branch, or you can do just a little pinching to make it bushier,” he said. • Some citrus works better indoors than others. You’ll have the best luck with dwarf plants that have been bred for container gardening, and if you select from these varieties: Meyer lemon, lime, sour orange, grapefruit, kumquat, mandarin, or limequat. – Marie Hofer for

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Sooner or later the gardener has to try growing a citrus tree inside. There’s something so winter-defying about it – the notion of growing tropical fruits when outside the driveway has been iced over for days. But, as most gardeners know, success can be fleeting. Tell that to the thousands of folks who get citrus plants as holiday gifts every year or the thousands of gardeners who have brought one inside to overwinter. Chances are, a month after they’ve been unwrapped and lovingly placed by the window, the little orange, lemon or kumquat trees look more than worse for wear.

In fact, most of them succumb because they’re not getting the conditions they need, said master gardener Paul James, host of “Gardening by the Yard.” Still, he said, overwintering citrus indoors can be done – with a great deal of the right conditions and a dose of good luck. “These recommendations are the ideal,” he said. “Not everyone can provide all of them.” The closer you get to ideal, however, the better the chances are you’ll be able to keep your citrus alive and thriving. • Plant deep. A wide and deep container, either terra cotta or plastic. Citrus roots are fairly deep, so you’ll need a fairly tall pot. • Use an all-purpose potting mix. It’s nice if it’s slightly acidic, and you can sometimes find potting mixes especially made for citrus. • Give your tree chilly nights. “The temperature during the day is not a big deal,” said James. “However, at night, citrus likes to be chilly, kind of like me and you.” A temperature between 50 to 55 degrees is ideal. • Provide as much light as possi-


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Home Style: New Year’s resolutions to freshen decor By MARY CAROL GARRITY GateHouse News Service

I love making New Year’s resolutions, and here are a few from me and my decorating team that you might want to adopt to make your home even more lovely in 2013. (Thankfully, none of them involves dieting.) • Do something wonderful with windows. For years, I was convinced that shutters were the only kind of window treatments that would work in my living room. But I revisited the idea of drapes, thinking they could be my ticket to fabric paradise. I am so glad I did, because I was completely wrong – my windows look lovely framed by simple fabric panels. Next on my list: Updating the tired drapes in my bedroom. I prefer subtle colors in my bedroom, perhaps because by the end of the day my overcharged brain needs a chance to chill out. The camel-and-cream animal print I used for my drapes is the perfect blend of edgy and serene. • Rethink your decor when the decorations come down.

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Moving furniture from room to room will give you a different look without spending extra money.

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My home always seems so bare right after I take down holiday decorations. But it’s the perfect time to look at your decor with fresh, new eyes and make some much-needed changes. First, take a critical look at everything in your home. Start with the displays in bookcases and on side tables. How can you edit them so the design is clean? As you pinpoint items you are not using or no longer love, donate them to a charitable organization so they can bring joy to someone else. Once you’ve done a good, thorough cleaning-out, take a second look at your furniture placement. Does the flow of each room work? Are all the furnishings to scale? If not, try moving pieces from room to room, using them in new places and in new ways. • Hang some beautiful art. Take a look at the walls of your home. Are

they filled with artwork that makes your heart sing? Far too often, customers tell us they don’t hang art in their homes because they are afraid they won’t buy the “right” artwork or hang it “correctly.” Toss that one out the window, because in my book, the only “right” artwork is the kind that makes your heart skip a beat. And the only “correct” way to hang it is the way that pleases you. Can it get any better than that? • Add theatrical lighting. All the world’s a stage, so light it well,” says my decorating team. People can use three creative techniques to create dramatic lighting in a home. The first is “framing,” placing a pair of matched lamps on either side of a killer display. Try it on your buffet or mantel this year. You’ll be surprised by how the lamps spotlight the tableau. The second is “illuminating,” using lovely lamps to provide the light you need to perform a task,

like reading. And the last is “highlighting,” using a small accent lamp to call attention to something special to you. To pull this off, pick out some objects of great sentimental value, like snapshots of loved ones, a treasure from vacation or a family heirloom. Then, put them on a side table under the downward light of an accent lamp. • Freshen accent pillows. The secret to being a pillow princess is to fill the pillows with high-quality down inserts. Get rid of any old poly forms you may have in your accent pillows and replace them with down pillow forms. When you do, you will be amazed by how sink-into-soft your pillows look. Instead of the stiff, uninviting look you get with poly form pillows, those stuffed with down inserts are plump and full and indulgent. Unlike poly forms, down forms don’t lose their shape. Just plump them and they are perfect again.

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“Highlighting” is when attention is called to something special through the use of an accent lamp. • This column has been adapted from Mary Carol Garrity’s blog at She can be reached at

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To change the look of a space, replace accent pillows and hang beautiful artwork.

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