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Printmaker Kim Fredricks of North Aurora inks a silkscreen while demonstrating technique Saturday during a grand opening at Water Street Studios PrintLab in St. Charles.

LOOKING FORWARD Fun at Fireside Weekend at Durant House Museum ST. CHARLES – A Fun at Fireside Weekend is set from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 15 and 16, at the Durant House Museum, in the LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles. Admission to the Durant House is $2 for adults and $1 for children between the ages of 3 and 12. For information, visit or call 630-377-6424.

Dirty Dozen Brass Band to play at Fermilab BATAVIA – The Dirty Dozen Brass Band will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at Fermilab’s Ramsey Auditorium. Fermilab is at Pine Street and Kirk Road, Batavia. The cost is $30, $15 ages 18 and younger. For information or reservations, visit or call 630840-2787 weekdays.

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OUT AND ABOUT IMSA accepting applications AURORA – The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy is taking applications from Illinois ninth-grade students passionate about math and science for consideration to its three year (grades 10 through 12) advanced college preparatory program. Admission to IMSA’s teaching and learning laboratory is competitive, with approximately 250 students invited to live on campus out of about 750 applicants. IMSA is a state agency and tuition and most room and board expenses are provided by state funds. No student is ever refused because of inability to pay. Students must submit an admissions application electronically, which can be found at, by March 1. Admission notification letters will be mailed in May. Students also can contact their high school guidance counselor or IMSA’s Office of Admissions at 630-9075028 to request a paper application if Internet access is not available.

Bridges Montessori plans open house ST. CHARLES – Parents of potential preschool and kindergarten students for the 2014-15 school year can meet the staff and check out the classrooms during Bridges Montessori Academy’s open house from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the academy, 716 Oak St., St. Charles. The academy offers a multilevel guided curriculum for children in preschool through kindergarten. Private tour appointments are available for those who would like to see a Montessori classroom in action during school hours. For information or to schedule a visit, call 630-513-9742. Tours of the elementary campus, Bridges Academy, also are available. For information, visit, or check out Bridges’ Facebook page.

Fermilab Arts Gallery Chamber Series set BATAVIA – The 2014 season of the Fermilab Arts Series Gallery Chamber Series has been set. The Chicago Brass Quintet will perform Sunday. Cavatina Duo will perform Feb. 16. Rembrandt Chamber Players will perform March 9. The events start at 2:30 p.m. The performances take place at the second-floor Art Gallery at Fermilab, which is at Pine Street and Kirk Road, Batavia. The Gallery Chamber Series tickets are $42 for all three concerts, each of which includes a reception with the performers immediately after the concert. Often the exhibiting visual artists will also be in the audience. Tickets for individual concerts are $17. For information or telephone reservations, call 630-8402787 or visit The gallery is in Wilson Hall, the central building of Fermilab.

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ABOVE: Sue Peterson, owner of Sue Peterson Designs Unlimited, wraps flower bouquets with her granddaughter Lexi Leifel at a wedding expo Sunday at the Hickory Knolls Discovery Center in St. Charles. BELOW: Cindy Shuler (left), owner of Cindy’s Creative Cuisine, talks to St. Charles residents Chris Bethel and Lindsay Hutchins and Bridget Orkfritz of Elgin at a wedding expo.

Wedding expo draws crowds By CHARLES MENCHACA ST. CHARLES – Brides-to-be gathered in the Hickory Knolls Discovery Center on Sunday to get ideas and meet vendors for their big day. A total of 12 vendors were on hand to display their services, which included food, DJ, photography, jewelry, flowers and more. The expo brought in 45 separate families Sunday, up from 19 during its first event in 2013, said Tricia Claypool, the center’s wedding and event coordinator. Claypool attributed the growth in attendees to the inclusion of the expo in the latest St. Charles Park District winter brochure and also mentions of the event in local media. The center did not really start promoting itself as a wedding venue until 2012, and then an expo site until 2013, Claypool said. The center can host a variety of events, including wedding ceremonies, with seating for 125 people in the main exhibit hall. There also are the conference-style Twin Leaf rooms east and west, which together can hold about 160 people.

“After several of the events that we had, we then decided that we needed to have the expo to draw attention to the venue and also local businesses,” Claypool said. Chris Bethel of St. Charles is considering Hickory Knolls as the rehearsal wedding dinner site for her son, who is marrying Bridget Orkfritz of Elgin. Bethel came to the Sunday expo with her daughter, Lindsay Hutchins, and Orkfritz to also look into a caterer for the dinner. Orkfritz said she hasn’t done too much wedding planning yet, so she enjoyed visiting with the vendors. She is leaning towards having a photo booth after meeting with

Tiffany Kufer of Wheaton-based Best Booth Plus. Other vendors included Sue Peterson Designs Unlimited, who returned for a second straight year at the expo. Owner Sue Peterson handed out sample bouquets for the guests and answered questions about color trends and average prices for flowers. Wedding budgeting is one thing that newly engaged Missy Sulita of Naperville is learning. She completed her first expo visit at Hickory Knolls on Sunday with her friend, Kelly Olen of Aurora. “Some places can be very crowded and large,” Olen said of other expos. “The amount of vendors here is the right size.”

Water Street Studio PrintLab in St. Charles holds grand opening By BRENDA SCHORY

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ST. CHARLES – Kim Fredricks squeegeed a blast of bright blue ink across a silk screen, demonstrating how to pull a print that announced – appropriately – Water Street Studios PrintLab. For the uninitiated, it was like magic that a sweep of color on one side could produce a perfect print on the other. Next up was St. Charles 2nd Ward Alderman Rita Payleitner, followed by Athena Hanson, also of St. Charles. “I thought it was awesome,” Payleitner said. “I was surprised by how easy it is. I’m excited about bringing arts to the city and the city to the arts. We’re very excited about them being here.” An oil pastel artist herself, Hanson was thrilled at the hands-on experience available Saturday at the new Water Street Studios PrintLab, 117 W. Main St., St. Charles. Although it has been open for several months, the recent addition of a sign pointing the way down the stairs to a below-level space was cause for a celebration and ribbon cutting, as about 20 people attended, mingled and got to see some print work. “I love it,” Hanson said. “It’s neat. I’m definitely coming back and with my kids as well.” Director of Development Jim Kirkhoff and a founding member of Water Street Studios, said it was part of the mission to grow as an arts organization to help the region. “What PrintLab is, is a facility for children’s classes, as well as fine art printmaking,” Kirkhoff said. “But another really neat element of what it is, is a shared studio for artists who work in printing. ... We’re really glad to be here.” What PrintLab will

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Printmaker Kim Fredricks (right) of North Aurora helps Athena Hanson of St. Charles pull a silkscreen Saturday during a grand opening at Water Street Studios PrintLab in St. Charles. provide for printmakers, Kirkhoff said, is access to expensive equipment that they can use for a monthly or annual membership fee. Although Water Street Studios is based in Batavia, its mission is to develop the promotion of fine arts in neighboring communities, said Jill Kramer, general manager of Water Street Studios. “The PrintLab is important because it’s one of the only printmaking facilities outside of a university in the western suburbs of Chicago,” Kramer said. “It’s a facility that allows artists that are interested in pursuing that practice to come here and learn new techniques, continue with

the techniques that they are already familiar with and are working with, without having to make a large investment in studio space [or] equipment.” Kramer said printmaking in general is a democratic practice of art, usually done in groups, so having a central location like this brings people together. “Printmaking is a process-oriented practice,” Kramer said. “Where in painting, you are putting an image on the final canvass. Printmaking is – whether it is color-separating, cutting multiple blocks, etching multiple plates – printing is multi-process. Traditionally printmaking has been used for everything from social

revolutions to rock-and-roll posters.” Information about the

PrintLab is available online at www.waterstreetstudios. com.

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Saints hits high gear, rout North Stars By JAY SCHWAB ST. CHARLES – St. Charles North boys basketball coach Tom Poulin can’t recall an opponent ever raining 16 3-point makes on his team, nor can he recollect 90 points being hung on his North Stars in regulation. But Poulin has a theory on why that dubious trivia surfaced Saturday, after St. Charles East embarrassed the visiting North Stars, 90-55. North showed up to play a game. East laced ’em up with much more in mind. “We came and played St. Charles East,” Poulin said. “And they came to kick our butts. “They came to send a message and blow us out and get some payback and things like that. They came to win and compete with everything they have, and we showed up to play the game.” East entered the season boasting a deep reservoir of perimeter snipers. On Saturday, all that promise was delivered upon in astounding fashion as East canned eight 3-pointers in each half, rolling off the fingertips of six different shooters. North (11-6, 5-2 UEC River) entered play winners of four straight games, having held its past two opponents – Bartlett and Streamwood – to a combined 63 points. Dealing with East (11-7, 5-2 UEC River) at its best was a completely different animal. “You never know who to guard because if we’re all knocking down shots, you can’t guard everyone,” East reserve guard Zach Manibog said. Saints coach Pat Woods perhaps stated the obvious in calling East’s performance one of the best he’s seen in his three years on the job. “That’s what people don’t realize, we have so many kids that can shoot the ball,” Woods said. “And the way I play, I give them the green light. They had their confidence going, and shots were falling.” East senior guard Dom

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ABOVE: St. Charles East’s Zach Manibog is guarded by St. Charles North’s Johnny Davern during Saturday’s game. BELOW: St. Charles East’s Cole Gentry smiles as the Saints enjoy a big lead. St Charles East won, 90-55.

Adduci, coming off a 40-point bonanza last time out against Elgin, hadn’t cooled off much, scoring 18 points in the first half, including a 25-plus foot strike to give East a 20-5 lead late in the first quarter. It was a walk-on-water night for the Saints in just about every way imaginable, including buzzer-beating 3-pointers by Manibog for a 50-22 halftime lead and from Cole Gentry for a staggering 68-33 lead to close the third

quarter. Gentry didn’t feel himself when the teams met the first time at North, a 68-58 North Stars victory in early December. At the time, Gentry was still bothered by back trouble that dogged him during the offseason, but Saturday, he was the difference-maker the Saints expect, splitting double teams with regularity and accounting for nine of East’s 23 assists to go with eight points. “The key is to attack their

wings and make them make a decision, and tonight everybody made the right decisions kicking it out, and we were just finding everybody and hitting shots,” Gentry said. In addition to Gentry’s resurgence, East enjoyed a morale boost with the return of 6-foot-7 senior David Mason, who made his season debut off the bench after undergoing foot survey in November. As much progress as the Saints made from Round 1 to Round 2 against the North Stars, Adduci recognized Saturday’s performance offers no guarantees if the teams were to meet for a third time in regionals, a realistic prospect. “Basketball definitely has its ups and downs,” Adduci said. “Some nights you’ll be on, you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world, and some nights you’ll just have a bad game. We recognize that. We fight through the highs and the lows. Credit to our team for battling through those tough losses we had early on and getting to where we are now.” Adduci scored 23 points before sitting for the entire fourth quarter. Senior forward AJ Washington scored

all 10 of his points in the first half while junior guard Jake Clodi scored all 10 of his points in the fourth quarter, including a pair of 3-pointers. East was 16 for 29 from 3-point territory on the night. Jake Asquini made 3 of 4 from beyond the arc. North’s heralded guard duo of Alec Goetz (17 points) and Jake Ludwig (12) paced the North Stars, but Poulin said his team was “stuck in mud” at both ends of the floor. “We allowed the ball to get to the high post and the lane, which just collapses you, consistently, and we haven’t done that all year,” Poulin said. Now East and North each have two conference losses. Both teams have one game remaining with Larkin, the UEC River’s lone unbeaten team. Gentry said treating the huge crowd Saturday to such a sizzling performance could pay dividends in the coming weeks for the Saints. “It’s big just to keep generating the support so now when we play Larkin coming up or Geneva coming up, we still have that many people here, because we really feed off the crowd,” Gentry said.


LOOKING FORWARD Coverage of the Batavia girls basketball competing against Joliet Catholic today at the McDonald’s Shootout in Willowbrook. The Bulldogs are the final area team to take part in the multiday event after Geneva and Burlington Central played in the shootout on Saturday.

Thursday Feature story on the 25th reunion of the St. Francis boys basketball team’s 1988-89 state tournament team. That team will be honored Saturday during the Spartans’ “Alumni Night” game against Prairie Ridge.


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St. Charles North’s Nicole Davidson drives around St. Charles East’s Kyra Washington during Saturday’s game. St. Charles North won 63-54.

North Stars showcase their depth, conditioning in win By JAY SCHWAB ST. CHARLES – Quicker, deeper and healthier, the St. Charles North girls basketball team had little trouble Saturday evening the regular season series with rival St. Charles East. The North Stars pulled away in the middle stages of the game and drew upon their substantial cushion to fend off the host Saints on Saturday, 63-54. The game was played at a brisk pace, which seemed to favor the North Stars, especially in the aftermath of East point guard Amanda Hilton’s recent season-ending injury. For large stretches of the game, any possession that resulted in a half-court set was the exception to the rule – drive it at the rim as quickly as possible, preferably in transition. “That’s all we do in practice,” North forward Nichole Davidson said. “We always just run the floor, run the floor. That’s what our coach expects, and that’s what we do.” North coach Sean Masoncup said playing fast is his ex-

pectation. “That’s what I know best, and that’s what the girls like to play,” Masoncup said. “And it’s a fun game for the girls, playing uptempo and getting up and down. And I thought they did a great job of it.” Davidson scored 18 points and had six rebounds, and each of North’s five starters scored at least six points, with forward Morgan Rosencrants chipping in 12 points and six rebounds. The North Stars (10-10, 4-3 UEC River) also received a boost from reserve center Liz McNally, who recently returned from injury to enhance the team’s frontcourt depth. McNally had seven points, two rebounds and a block. North’s interior passing was successful, often resulting in point-blank shots or East fouls. “That was the key tonight, is we had to get them in foul trouble because they’re not as deep without Hilton,” Masconcup said. “And I feel terrible for that kid. She’s a great kid.” Saints forward Kyra Washington scored a game-high 25

points, 19 of which in the second half, to keep East (10-11, 4-4 UEC River) competitive. “I came an hour before we were supposed to be here, and I worked on my shot and stuff like that, and it paid off, so that was good,” Washington said. East trailed 31-21 at halftime and 48-34 after the third quarter, only returning the margin to single digits on a Washington 3-pointer in the closing seconds. North’s Ashling Davern and Kyla Helsel scored nine points each, while Katelyn Claussner had nine points and MacKenzie Meadows added eight for East, which defeated North, 72-68, in December. In that one, the Saints had Hilton, East’s four-year starter at point guard who is done for the year with a kneecap fracture. “We’re not pushing the ball up the court as fast, and it’s hard to set up the plays,” Washington said of moving on without Hilton. “She usually gets everyone under control, so it’s hard doing that. She’s just a great team leader. It’s hard to replace that spot, too.”

TODAY Girls basketball: Batavia vs. Joliet Catholic at Willowbrook McDonalds Shootout, 1:30 p.m.; St. Francis vs. TBD, at Marshall High School, TBD. Girls bowling: St. Charles East at Zion-Benton Invite, 9 a.m. TUESDAY Boys basketball: Glenbard North at Geneva, 7:15 p.m.; Sycamore at Burlington Central, 7:15 p.m. Girls basketball: Glenbard North at Geneva, 5:45 p.m.; Aurora Central Catholic at Immaculate Conception, 7:30 p.m.; Montini at St. Francis, 7 p.m.; Rosary at Aurora Christian, 7:30 p.m.; Guerin at Wheaton Academy, 7:30 p.m. Girls bowling: Geneva at Streamwood, 4 p.m.; St. Charles East at St. Charles North, 4 p.m.; Rochelle at Kaneland, 4 p.m. Girls gymnastics: Geneva at Neuqua Valley, 6 p.m. THURSDAY Boys basketball: St. Charles East at Metea Valley, 7:15 p.m.; North Boone at Burlington Central, 7:15 p.m. Girls basketball: Batavia at Larkin, 7:15 p.m.; Streamwood at St. Charles East, 7:15 p.m.; Elgin at Geneva, 7:15 p.m.; St. Francis at Glenbard South, 7 p.m.; Rosary at Walther Lutheran, 7 p.m. Boys wresting: Aurora Central Catholic, Walther Lutheran at St. Francis, 5:30 p.m. Boys swimming: Neuqua Valley at St. Charles East, 4:30 p.m.; St. Charles North at Bartlett, 5 p.m.; Walther Lutheran at St. Francis, 5 p.m. Girls bowling: UEC Conference Tournament at St. Charles East, 4 p.m.

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DEAR ABBY Jeanne Phillips help new mothers who are feeling overwhelmed. It’s not about holding the babies; everyone wants to do that. Instead, if you really want to help tired parents, do one of the following: Take the older children to the park, the library, the zoo, to a diner for breakfast. Keep them happy and safe, and bring them home worn out. Bring dinner or takeout when visiting. Wash, dry and fold the laundry. Get the kids ready for bed, give them their baths, read books to them and wait until they are asleep to leave. Clean the house, run the vacuum, empty the garbage and change the beds. Buy groceries (the basics), including paper goods, and grab a box of gallon plastic bags, masking tape and Sharpies (to date frozen foods). The gift of your time is ever so much more helpful than cute baby outfits that are quickly outgrown. Thanks, Abby! – Proud Grandma In New York Dear Proud Grandma: My warm congratulations on the new additions to your family. Your daughter is a lucky woman. Your letter should be clipped and saved by anyone who is looking forward to grandparenthood because it is a classic. Dear Readers: Today we celebrate the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the visionary civil rights leader who was assassinated in 1968. Many of his words ring as true today as when they were first spoken. The quote I have in mind as I write this is, “All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face-to-face with another problem.” It applies to many aspects of life. • Write Dear Abby at

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Try not to bet on a 3-3 split



Wayne Gretzky, the ice hockey superstar who surprisingly won the Stanley Cup only four times (the record for a player is 11, held by Henri Richard of the Montreal Canadiens), said, “You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.” Experts carry a fair number of percentages around in their heads. Less capable players know a few. This means that when two lines of play present themselves, the expert can usually calculate which is mathematically better. But someone else might have to rely on instinct. In this example, how should South play in three no-trump after West leads the club queen? North might have used Stayman to try to find a 4-4 major-suit fit. However, with his points in his short suits, it was reasonable to raise to three no-trump. Using Stayman is fine when you have a 4-4 major-suit fit and game in that suit makes. But when you do not have a fit, employing Stayman just gives the defenders extra information about declarer’s hand. South starts with seven top tricks: one spade, one heart, three diamonds and two clubs. If declarer can take five diamond tricks, he will be home. But should he cash the top honors or start with a finesse of dummy’s 10? A priori, a 3-3 split has a probability of 35.53 percent. Most players know that. But few will be aware that the finessing line will work 42 percent of the time, making it the preferable choice. Win the first trick with your club ace, play a diamond to dummy’s 10, cash the diamond queen, and claim nine tricks. In general, try not to bank everything on a 3-3 split.