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The Money Issue • Tips For Tipping • Early Retirement Strategies • Local Professional Profiles

October 2012

investment BASICS

2 Lake County Financial Advisors Share Money ABCs


Amazing Leg-Toning Exercises!

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Fundraising Breast Cancer Research

How Technology Has Helped This Grayslake Woman pg 36



Delany Dental Care Blends Perfection With Professionalism pg 14


Home & Lifestyle



Home Design: Organization is key in a home

office, but having the right design in place can make it easier to get organized. Designers from Cadtek Design Studio in Grayslake, Jacqueline Zinn Design in Libertyville, Designs in Context in Libertyville and Decorating Den Interiors in Lake County share ideas to get your office into tip-top shape. Why do we pair certain wines with certain foods? National chefs share trade secrets so you’ll know just what to pair with that steak dinner you’re planning for this weekend.

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Cover Inset: Passion, perfection and possibility are

all synonymous with Delany Dental Care in Gurnee. Doctors Ira Shapira and Mark Amidei are not only at the top of their profession, they also truly care about their patients and invite them into their welcoming practice. The two-day 2012 Chicago Breast Symposium in North Chicago will help women learn more about breast health, survivorship and new technology to fight cancer from local and national health care professionals. Work It Out: The second part of this three-part series takes a look at exercises that target a woman’s legs. Learn how to get sexy legs from Scott Schwartz of Athletic Republic in Libertyville.

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What is proper tipping etiquette? Find out how much you should leave your taxi driver, your waiter or your hairdresser — and whether it matters if she owns the salon. Cover: Want to start investing but don’t know where to start? Casey Torrey and Amy Poduch, financial advisors with Edward Jones, offer up the basics when it comes to planning for the future. Professional Profiles: Take a look at some of the leading professionals in Lake County — including financial advisors, doctors and lawyers — and see what they have to offer!

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Halloween is the one time a year that you can dress like a monster and get away with it. Nicole Khayat, owner of Fancy Face Cosmetics, based in Gurnee


Early retirement. Does it sound too good to be true? Find out how Barb Amadei of Waukegan managed to retire at the age of 55! Success Lives Next Door: Cathy Liginski has fought breast cancer not once, but twice, so she’s seen what the power of new technology can do for those fighting the disease. Find out why raising money for breast cancer research is so important to this Grayslake woman.

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What types of jewelry are fit for the man in your life? TC Jewelry in Vernon Hills and Jewels of Lake Forest have some ideas for manly accessories. Nicole Khayat, the reigning Mrs. Illinois International 2011, and David Lundholm of Six Flags Great America share different tips on how to apply the prettiest, healthiest or spookiest Halloween makeup to complete your costume this year.

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Social Life: View the year-end winning photos of

members of the Lake County Camera Club, plus more! Get ready for fall … and Oktoberfests … and Halloween. We’ve got you covered with various events listed on our calendar page. Our Town: Boehmer Automotive in Wauconda is 100 years old! Find out how the village’s longest standing business formed its roots.

from the editor

Common ‘Cents’ M oney makes the world go round … right?

It would make sense, then, that sometimes money can become a major worry in our lives.

Teenagers worry if they have enough money to put gas in their (parent’s) cars or to take their dates out to a movie. College kids worry about the loans they’ll have once they graduate and if they’ll be able to find a job that pays enough to let them live comfortably … while they pay back those loans.

Our October issue is dedicated to helping you learn just a little bit more about your money and how it can work for you. Our cover story introduces the basics of saving and investing, with helpful tips from Casey Torrey and Amy Poduch, financial advisors at the investment firm Edward Jones (page 24).

Speaking of tips, do you sometimes wonder how much to tip your waitress? Your cab driver? Your hair stylist? We talk to area service providers — plus the president of — to figure out just how much to tip in different situations (page 22).

Newlyweds worry about saving enough money for a new house and how they’ll be able to afford mortgage payments.

We also share the success story of Barb Amadei of Waukegan who — with the help of a financial advisor — was able to retire early at the age of 55 (page 34).

New parents worry about the cost of diapers and formula and wonder when they should start a college account for their baby so little Johnny or Julie doesn’t have the huge loans Mom and Dad still are paying off.

And we take a look at how money can do good things, like fund breast cancer research, which has had a powerful impact on the lives of Cathy Liginski and her Grayslake family (page 36).

Older adults worry about retirement and whether they’ll have to work until they’re 75 … or if the money will ever run out.

Hopefully, these stories will help you understand more about the blessings of money and how to manage yours wisely.

While money can be a blessing, it sometimes can feel like a curse — especially for those who don’t know how to take advantage of opportunities to make their money grow.

Of course, October is full of fun Oktoberfest, Halloween and other fall-related activities, so make sure to look over the many events you can attend with your family on our calendar (page 45), and learn Halloween makeup tips from the pros, including the reigning 2011 Mrs. Illinois International and the man who does the makeup for actors at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee (page 40). Plus, we’ve got great tips on how to organize your home office in our monthly Home Design series (page 8), and we continue our Working It Out series with a look at how to get strong, sexy legs (page 20). No matter where you are in your financial journey, I hope you remember that money isn’t everything … but I also hope you find helpful tips in these pages to manage what you do have. Thanks for reading! — Stephanie N. Grimoldby Editor sgrimoldby@

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SNEAK PeeK In our November “Entertainment” issue, don’t miss: The best venues for movies, live entertainment and more “The Nutcracker” — a preview of local performances What to wear to a movie opening Tips for wearing high heels

On The Cover Pictured on the cover is Casey Torrey, 38, a financial advisor with Edward Jones in Lake Barrington. The Lake Villa woman and mother of four has three rules of thumb for beginning investors. To find out what they are, turn to page 24. Photo by Melissa Emory Hair and makeup by Katy and Patty, respectively, of Mario Tricoci Hair Salons and Day Spas in Libertyville

Thanksgiving traditions Profile of a female hunter

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home & lifestyle / HoMedesign

3 This custom home office was created by Designs in Context at a highrise condo on Lake Shore Drive. (Photos provided)

Office SPACE

How To Create The Perfect Home Office



Controlling a home office can be overwhelming. In just a matter of days, papers lose their fasteners, uncapped pens are thrown carelessly in a drawer and miniature paper towers made up of old car repair receipts and factory appliance warranties overtake the desk completely, turning what should be an inspirational working area into a jungle that takes hours to sort through. Four local designers offer suggestions on how to create the perfect home office — one that isn’t a breeding ground for clutter, but a productive environment set up in either an alcove of a room or a separate living space altogether.

AFTER 5 Wall space was utilized to provide more overhead storage in this office redesign by Cadtek Design Studio in Grayslake.

Focus on multi-functionality Organization can be key to being productive. “Some people just need to have a clean desk to get in the right mindset,” says Ivette Lemons, owner of Grayslake’s Cadtek Design Studio. Lemons, who launched her firm in early 2002, works with clients consisting of small- to medium-sized businesses. While the Chicago-native typically


works with commercial offices, many of her clients do run their businesses out of personal home offices where the same design concepts are played out. “The best office space is one that’s set up to suit your work and be functional,” Lemons says. “Pick an area specifically tailored to be a working space, whether it’s in the corner of the living room or utilizing an entire room on its own. “Taking advantage of any vertical space is key,” she continues. “Go up as high as you can, either with a tall bookcase or shelving.” Using items that are multi-functional will open up floor space. “Some people use an armoire as a desk, so when you close it up, it looks like a beautiful piece of furniture,” she says. One of Lemons’ favorite functional office pieces is a cushion-top storage cabinet that operates as a filing cabinet on wheels that can be sat on like a chair. The cabinet is just one of the many home office essentials designed by the manufacturer Three H that Lemons works with, she says. Designer Jacqueline Zinn of Jacqueline Zinn Design in Libertyville agrees that multi-functional pieces are popular in order to keep small spaces clutter-free. The concept of keeping things off the

ground creates the illusion of more room and less messy congestion, the 26-year-old Libertyville native explains. Zinn recommends purchasing picture storage boxes from stores like Michaels Stores or Hobby Lobby to keep cameras, cables and personal photos stored on wall shelves or in bookcases. As home offices decrease in size, utilizing available space is more important than ever. “With space oftentimes a limiting factor, people are steering away from having individual rooms designated to be their home office,” Zinn says. “A lot of people are transforming a walk-in closet or pantry into a work-station these days.” Having a designated niche in common areas such as kitchens and bedrooms makes it a convenient location for an office because so much time is spent in those areas already. However, for anyone utilizing a home office on a daily basis, a separate space is “absolutely necessary,” Zinn admits, referring to it as both “physical and mental space.” For Zinn, her own office consists of a large desk and a gallery of framed photos taken of

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various friends, family, and design projects. “It’s a wall that keeps me going and reminds me of my own passion.” Find simple solutions Oftentimes, a home office renovation may turn into a tedious task that involves numerous furniture selections and spacesaving tricks. Joan Suzio, a franchise owner of Decorating Den Interiors, suggests that just having a fresh coat of colorful paint will create a productive work environment — minus the showroom headache. “You’ve got to find a color in your office that makes you feel good once you walk in,” Suzio says. A design expert for nearly 25 years, Suzio has answered hundreds of what she refers to as “911 calls for decorating help.” “The home office desk is shrinking, and now I see people adding easy chairs and small TVs,” she says. While all three designers agree that remodeling a home office varies from client to client depending on his or her personality, there is one basic task that is, if anything, the very first step a client must take before a designer can even begin to draw out ideas.

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5 Three H manufactures a cushion-top storage cabinet which is a great example of a multifunctional furniture piece. Both pieces are available at Cadtek Design Studio in Grayslake.

“Remove everything and start over,” says Pam Rawles of Designs in Context in Libertyville. Rawles urges everyone to go through old magazines that haven’t been opened for years — though it’s a job that Zinn finds sometimes the most challenging one. “Getting my clients to part with their things is so personal,” she says. “They have to tackle it on their own.”

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Lake County Magazine

H OME resource guide Fixing up your home this year? Find contacts for top home professionals in interior design, kitchen design, construction, and many other home-related fields. Whether you are a new or established home owner, you will find places and products of interest in this monthly guide! Stone Habitat

Plumbing ALLY PLUMBING CO., INC., Lake Villa, 847-356-1000,,

Ally Plumbing is a full service plumbing contractor. Servicing Lake, McHerny and Northern Cook counties. We have experienced and professional plumbers on staff with over 50 years combined plumbing experience. Maintaining up-to-date knowledge of plumbing codes and laws. We take every job seriously and treat every customer with respect and dignity. So next time you have a plumbing problem call Ally Plumbing because, “We’ll rush when you can’t flush”.

Windows / Doors

Kitchen/Bathrooms STONE HABITAT, 1476 Townline Rd., Mundelein, 847-837-9900,

We specialize in granite & marble countertops, fireplaces, moldings, medallions, and decorative tile. We set the highest standards of quality service and delivery. We feature Durasupreme & Well Born custom cabinetry & have products such as Cesarstone, Silestone, Icestone, Bisazza & much more.

Lighting WARREN ELECTRIC, 33261 N. Route 45, Wildwood, 847-223-8693,

Our goal at Warren Electric is to provide top quality lighting, electrical supplies, and power distribution equipment. Speak with our expert staff about your lighting and electrical needs. Our staff has over 50 years experience to help with any questions you may have. Come in and visit our showroom.

To have your business included in this guide, contact Stephanie Barrons at 847-231-7504

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A Perfect Pair Y ou’ve been picking up a bottle of wine along with all the rest of your groceries for years. But have you been doing it right? Ever wondered why certain wines taste so good with certain foods? You’re not alone. The answers are as simple and complex as the varietals you choose with your meal. Let’s get right down to the meat. No, if so — should we be drinking reds with our thick steak and why? It’s all about the tannins — a wine’s pucker power, so to speak — which is derived from the grapes’ skins, stems and seeds. Tannins in red wine are powerful and, frankly, overpowering for something as light and flaky as a white fish, says Chef Lucia Miltenberger, culinary instructor at The Art Institute of Colorado. “Tannins love a nice marbled ribeye,” she says. Just when things are getting juicy, it’s time for a chemistry lesson. “Food changes wines in very predictable, scientifically proven ways, and that can be for better or for worse,” says Chef Jane Nickles, culinary academic director at The Art Institute of Austin, a branch of The Art Institute of Houston. Take acidic foods like salad dressing, ceviche or anything vinegary. If you pair them with an acidic wine like a sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio or a riesling, it will make the wine less acidic — and that’s a good thing. If you’re serving sweeter foods, don’t serve a dry wine like a cabernet sauvignon, merlot or chardonnay, since the sweeter food will make your wine taste less sweet. Chef Larry Canepa, culinary instructor at The

Art Institute of Phoenix, says it’s really all about the sauce. “If you’re serving a heavy white sauce like an alfredo, choose a crisp white wine with some acidity to balance out the richness and fat of the dairy-based sauce,” he says. Conversely, if you’re serving an acidic tomato sauce, balance it out with a tannic red wine. Another rule of thumb Canepa uses is to pair the dish with a wine from the same region. “If you’re cooking up northern Italian fare, pick out a wine from that region in Italy,” he says. And if you’re just starting to delve into wines, Miltenberger recommends some balanced whites and reds that both newcomers and wine connoisseurs can enjoy. “If you haven’t had a lot of wine, you could be turned off by the dryness, so a nice balanced riesling or a Vouvray from the Loire Valley in France are a good start,” she says. “For reds, try an Oregon Pinot Noir or a Beaujolais or Rose d’Anjou from France.” Not only will your palate be happy, but so will your pocketbook. Miltenberger says most of these wines retail for $10 to $15. With that kind of price point, Canepa’s philosophy is on target. “Wine is not a luxury or an indulgence, it’s an ingredient,” he says. And Nickles sums it up. “The bottom line is simple — food and wine go well together,” she says. “You can serve any food with any wine and have a better meal.” lc Courtesy of ARA

OUT to EAT Lake County Magazine’s RESTAURANT GUIDE Planning on dining out? We recommend that you try one of these fabulous restaurants! They are the best places to dine in the Lake County area. TRATTORIA POMIGLIANO 602 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, 847-247-2208 Trattoria Pomigliano is located at the corner of Milwaukee Ave and School Street in Historic downtown Libertyville, with its casual attire atmosphere this is the restaurant to try for lunch or dinner. Our restaurant is children friendly with a complete childs menu. We offer sit-down, carryout, and catering service, a full bar as well as private parties. We are available for showers, weddings, birthdays, graduations, confirmation, rehearsal dinners and your other special events. Come stop by and see out new bar.... New bar hours, new appetizers and new entertainment! Try one of our “main street Martinis” and check out the outside patio. Come and enjoy with us “Italian style”!

MAMBO ITALIANO RISTORANTE, 748 S. Butterfield Rd., Mundelein, 847-281-9100 The Mambo Italiano Ristorante is family owned and operated for the past 7 years, the restaurant strives to provide a taste of new world yet authentic Italian cuisine, enjoy friendly service and genuine Italian dishes. Mambo Italiano has a full bar & wine selection, offers nightly dinner specials, all homemade pastas, fresh fish daily, steaks, and many more dishes to choose from. They offer full catering

Mambo Italiano Ristorante

forget. Breakfast buffet on Sundays from 9-11 and serving the BEST bloody Marys in Lake County..... and the BEST prices!! Watch your favorite NFL game here on one of our 17 TV’s or let us cater your party with one of our many catering packages available. Stop on into Hitz Pizza & Sports Bar today and check it out...... Bring your friends!

DAVIDS BISTRO 883 Main St., Antioch, 847-603-1196

SCALLOPS en Croute

with a sweet basil lemon cream sauce with diced pancetta, just one of the many creations that Chef David creates at his wonderful restaurant! David’s Bistro 883 Main Street Antioch Illinois 847-603-1196

After enjoying a stroll through Antioch’s downtown stop by David’s Bistro a contemporary American eatery to fill any appetite. Owner and Chef David Maish offers many spectacular dishes from his homemade soups, appetizers and wonderful entrees including daily specials. David’s Bistro opens at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday-Sunday and stays open until David kicks you out...nicely of course.

Opa Estiatorio

for all of your special events and welcome private parties and has delivery service. With its friendly staff ready to wait on you and open 7 days a week Mambo Italiano is definitely the place to check out and enjoy your dining experience.

HITZ PIZZA & SPORTS BAR 700 S. Butterfield Rd, Mundelein, 847-362-0505, Drop in to Hitz Pizza & Sports bar for our unforgettable food and great times with your family and friends. After all....We’re your neighborhood’s favorite restaurant. We offer friendly and casual dining atmosphere you and your friends are sure to enjoy. Our menu offers an inspired array of delicious selections made with the freshest ingredients for you to choose from. In addition to our delicious menu we offer live entertainment to help make your night an experience you won’t

OPA ESTIATORIO, 950 Lakeview Pkwy Vernon Hills, 847-968-4300,

Highest Zagat-rated Greek Restaurant in the Chicago area. Named a favorite alfresco suburban restaurant by Chicago Tribune food critic PhilVettel, Opa Estiatorio offers an unique and memorable dining experience. Its spacious interior dining room and outdoor patio creates plenty of room for special events and private parties. Opa Estiatorio invites you and your family to come, cheer and celebrate life with us. “The Greek restaurant with Soul.”




Delany Dental Care In Gurnee Provides Skills Other Dentists Do Not

Experience and a caring nature were characteristics at the top of John Hinde’s list three years ago as he methodically began interviewing doctors to replace his own dentist who was nearing retirement. The 63-year-old Lake Bluff resident had good reason to seek out a professional who could help him with his teeth problems. “My two front bottom teeth were falling out on a regular basis, and I was literally gluing them back in,” Mr. Hinde recalls, noting he took full responsibility for the condition of his teeth, having not paid particular attention to them for the past decade. “I was having

4 4The front reception area is warm and welcoming at Delany Dental Care.

3 3Dr. Mark J. Amidei (fourth from left) and Dr. Ira L. Shapira (fourth from right) stand with their team at Delany Dental Care in Gurnee. Photos by Candace H. Johnson

trouble eating [food], and I was super gluing teeth back in my mouth. I said, ‘I need a good set of new teeth.’” It wasn’t just Mr. Hinde’s eating habits that were subject to scrutiny. As a prominent speaker in the water and waste water business, Mr. Hinde also was aware that his face was on display very prominently at the nearly 10 seminars at which he spoke each year. “As a result, your smile becomes a fairly significant tool,” he says. Mr. Hinde finally found Delany Dental Care in Gurnee and spoke with Dr. Mark J. Amidei, who was upfront about the possibilities that Mr. Hinde had before him. It was the doctor’s candid professionalism that encouraged Mr. Hinde to not only seek a solution, but to work with Delany Dental Care to find the right answer for him. “I decided to choose a correct solution that would be permanent once and for all,” Mr. Hinde says, noting that solution was to accept implants with tooth colored restorations. “[Dr. Amidei] warned me and very explicitly told me this would take a year or so to fully correct — it wasn’t just the teeth, it was some gum damage I

had also — [and said], ‘They are going to be expensive, but I can almost ensure you they will last for a long, long time, perhaps even the rest of your life.’’ Mr. Hinde has had his implants with permanent caps for two years now and says he is thrilled with the work Amidei did. “I have never been more happy with chewing,” Mr. Hinde says, laughing. “I was afraid to chew down on steak or hard candy or peanuts. [Now], I have 4 4Dr. Mark J. Amidei absolutely no regrets. looks at a crown on a I’m eating better, I’m CEREC CAD/CAM system smiling better and I’m at Delany Dental Care. just feeling better.” “[And] I gotta tell you, out of all the dentists and doctors I’ve been to, he has been probably the most professional and most caring,” Mr. Hinde says of Dr. Amidei. “His care was very unique. It was more than consideration for my teeth and my mental stability. If any pain existed, he told me to phone him at any time, and that was day or night or weekends. And there were some times I had difficulty and I called him. He walked me through that … and I was very grateful.”

Best of the best Cosmetic dentistry is a powerful skill set that both Dr. Amidei and his partner, Dr. Ira L. Shapira possess at Delany Dental Care, which has been a staple practice in Gurnee for the last 28 years. “We do a lot of implants and full mouth reconstructions for patients who are missing a single tooth or have dentures,” says Dr. Shapira. “By utilizing implants, we can offer snap-in dentures in a single day. We can help them all. For people who are not comfortable, it can be truly life changing.” But it’s not their only skill. Together, the two are able to help almost any patient with any type of dental need, and more often than not they are using state of the art equipment and technology to do so. “A very large part of my practice is treating sleep apnea and snoring with oral appliances, as well as chronic headache/pain patients,” Dr. Shapira says. His studies in neuromuscular dentistry — which encourages doctors to treat the whole patient instead of just a single tooth — have helped many patients overcome migraine pain without taking medication. “We have skills in things that other dentists aren’t interested in learning,” Dr. Amidei says. “Dr. Shapira and his sleep apnea treatments and his chronic pain and TMJ treatments are above and beyond, second to none.” Dr. Shapira recently has begun the study of epigenetic orthodontics, which lets the body grow to its genetic potential. This practice holds the potential for curing sleep apnea without lifetime use of CPAP or appliances as well as an easy way to make TMD treatment permanent. “It allows us to promote genetic expression to correct problems as opposed to standard braces,” he says. “With epigenetics, it’s a very light appliance … [that you] only wear 16 hours a day. It lets things return to a more

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biologically correct position.” Multiple disciplines practiced at Delany Dental Care help patients stay at one central office for most all of their dental needs instead of going back and forth between specialists, Dr. Amidei says. “Patient care becomes more flowing and comfortable,” he says. The doctors have a well-versed background and extensive knowledge that allows them to perform multi-faceted procedures. They obligate themselves and their team to 96 hours of continuing education each year. But it’s the caring nature of Delany Dental Care’s entire team that truly sets the tone of what Delany Dental Care stands for, Dr. Amidei says. “I think we have a team here that caters to anyone with most dental needs,” Dr. Amidei says. “They’ll be made comfortable, they’ll be made to feel welcome … . I could talk all day about how wonderful and complete our care and services are, but that’s not the point — it’s how our patients feel when we greet them and how they feel when they leave.

Saving lives

The saga of Nancy Cook — another patient at Delany Dental Care — and the troubles she had with her mouth began nearly 20 years ago. The Lake Villa woman had found a lesion on her tongue and visited five different dental professionals — including a famous dermatologist — with the hope that one of them could explain what the abnormality was. Just as her search came up empty, she found Dr. Shapira at Delany Dental Care.

55Dr. Ira L. Shapira talks with Tony Psak of Lake Villa about snoring and sleep apnea appliances available at Delany Dental Care.

Dr. Shapira immediately sent Mrs. Cook for a biopsy, which confirmed that she had oral cancer. She underwent surgery and later radiation therapy at Lake Forest Hospital, and today the 74-year-old still goes back to the dentist’s office every two months to follow up and make sure everything is in order. She remains thankful that she found Dr. Shapira 19 years ago, and that he had the foresight and intellect to diagnose her case — and possibly save her life. “Dr. Shapira is that kind of guy,” she says. “He [even] went to doctor’s office with me when [the biopsy] results came back – he was kind of there to hold my hand.” While Mrs. Cook may visit the dentist’s office more than a typical patient, she says she has found a home where she feels comfortable. “All the gals that work there, Nancy and Patti and Barb who’s my hygienist and Kelly who’s Dr. Shapira’s assistant and Tori … I know all of them,” Mrs. Cook says. “They’re all fabulous. And what’s so wonderful about them, they’re so professional, but they’re so personable and they’re so caring about everyone, and they make you feel at home. There’s nothing frightening about their office ... . “I’ve watched other people in the office, and they seem to be feeling the same way.”

4 4The front entryway at Delany Dental Care is bright and cheerful.

On the cutting edge Nancy Cook says that even two decades ago, Dr. Ira Shapira was on the cusp of new technology, using CEREC modeling on her “before the rest of the world was doing it,” she says. In fact, Delany Dental Care was one of the first practices in Lake County to use the revolutionary technology, and even today, “very few dentists nationally have it,” Dr. Mark Amidei says. “Additionally, we use a laser diagnostic instrument to help detect early decay. Better caught early than late.” CEREC, an acronym for Ceramic Reconstruction, uses Cad-Cam technology to restore damaged teeth or fillings. A digital photo is taken of the damaged tooth, and a 3-D model is made to shape a ceramic block to fit the tooth. It’s the fastest, most reliable

way to get results that last, Dr. Amidei says. “The Cad-Cam is efficient and convenient for people who are busy,” Dr. Amidei says. “They come in, they have their tooth fixed, they’re done. No second visits, no impressions, no additional injections or lost work time.” Today, Doctors Amidei and Shapira also use the latest Velscope technology to detect early signs of oral cancer. While normal tissue fluoresces under Velscope light, cancerous tissue does not, allowing doctors to detect signs of oral cancer at its earliest stages, Dr. Shapira says. Last spring, Delany Dental Care decided to have a War on Oral Cancer and provided a free Velscope for patients, Dr. Shapira says. That offer still stands today. lc

YouCanHelp The doctors at Delany Dental Care have been improving quality of life and in some instances saving lives due to early detection of disease. Dr. Shapira knows painfully too well what it’s like to lose a loved one to disease. The 62-year-old doctor lost his wife of nearly 40 years, Elise, to cancer just one year ago. To celebrate her life and to help improve the lives of others living with cancer, Dr. Shapira and his son, Billy, will run the Chicago Marathon on behalf of the American Cancer Society. He is taking pledges to raise money to help fund cancer research and, for the months of September and October, for any new patient who mentions this article, Delany Dental Care will donate the cost of his or her initial exam and X-rays to the American Cancer Society. To pledge money or learn more, visit DetermiNation/DNFY11IL?team_ id=1168779&pg=team&fr_id=42914, or call 847-623-5530 to schedule an appointment.

Delany Dental Care 3 3Dr. Mark J. Amidei greets Amanda Gabik of Milwaukee, Wis., at Delany Dental Care.

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The POWER To KnOW Two-Day Chicago Breast Symposium Will Address Many Topics For those seeking information about the latest treatments and techniques when it comes to breast health, there is an opportunity for both the public and health care professionals to learn more. The second annual Chicago Breast Symposium — open to any and all — will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 and Sunday, Oct. 14, at Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science located at 3333 N. Green Bay Road in North Chicago. Hosted in October in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this year’s symposium has been lengthened to a two-day event following last year’s inaugural one-day event. “[This] …will enable [those involved with the symposium] to expand our coverage of basic science as well as current patient management, survivorship, disparity in care and other public advocacy issues,” says Dr. Loren Schecter, chief of the division of plastic surgery at Chicago Medical School, founding member of Chicago Plastic Surgery Research Foundation and University Plastic Surgery, and co-creator of the Chicago Breast Symposium, in a recent press release. Approximately 400 people attended last year’s symposium, making it the largest multidisciplinary continuing education event in Dr. Dean Tsarwhas, the Midwest. Schecter and others involved with the symposium are medical oncologist hoping to surpass that number this year. “We are building on last year’s success,” Schecter says. “We have expanded our coverage of access to care and disparities. We want to understand the reasons why the underserved do not receive the necessary care when it comes to breast health. “A representative from the Illinois Department of Health — Women’s Division will be at the symposium,” Schecter continues. “Health care, especially breast care, in the military will also be addressed during the symposium.”

Knowledge is power

According to Schecter, the Chicago Breast Dr. Loren Schecter, Symposium was developed after he attended a dinner plastic surgeon lecture in April 2010 attended mainly by individuals from the medical community. “Health care has become so sophisticated, and there are many gaps in the information women receive regarding breast care and breast cancer,” Schecter says. “For example, many lay publications do not inform women about various reconstruction options. Also, women receive their information via different publications and channels. “We wanted to combine all of the ideas concerning breast health and reach out to the public, providing a program that covers many topics,” he continues. “One such topic is genetic dispositions to breast cancer and the numerous surgical options. Genetic predisposition needs to be discussed more. Items to consider include when screening is appropriate, the proper treatment, the family relationship and even the insurance implications.” According to Schecter, the symposium is unique to the Chicago area, and it is expanding to include information on survivorship and after care for



those who have had breast cancer. “One out of every eight or nine women is affected by breast cancer,” Schecter says. “Knowledge is power. It’s important to learn about screening and have a strong support system.” Dr. Dean Tsarwhas, a medical oncologist of North Shore Oncology/Hematology Associates LTD, agrees that knowledge for all is important. “This conference spans many disciplines — it is not just for doctors or those in medical professions who deal with breast cancer,” Tsarwhas says. “Lay people who are interested in learning more about breast health and breast cancer are welcome to attend this event as well. Women need to continue to educate themselves about breast health, especially the fundamentals such as screenings, mammograms and diet and exercise. Early detection is key.”

What to expect

Some of the scheduled topics at this year’s symposium will include: • Latest advances in diagnostic screening and testing • Radiological, chemotherapeutic and surgical interventions • Legal considerations related to breast cancer diagnostics Attendees also can expect more of a focus on cancer survivorship, which has been expanded to a full track of sessions. This track will be geared toward survivors and their families and caregivers and will focus on nutritional considerations, exercise, care of the caregiver, spiritual and sexuality issues as well as the onside presence of all local cancer support agencies. Also new this year, scientific abstracts from universities and organizations from throughout the nation will be on exhibit for attendees to read. “Dr. Schecter is doing a great service to the community presenting this symposium,” Tsarwhas says. “Treatment is constantly changing, and there are new developments in breast cancer every week, so health care professionals must stay current with what’s new.”


For more informati the Chicago Breast Sy on or to register for chicagobreastsympomposium, visit www. siu of registration for two The cost physicians and $50 for days is $100 for public. To receive a dis other staff and the the Chicago Plastic Su count code, “like” Facebook. Also, the syrgery Foundation on 14 continuing medical mposium will offer ed contact hours for phys ucation (CME)/ physician assistants, icians, nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, radiolog y techn and surgical technician icians s. lc

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health / WorK it oUT

3Scott Schwartz, sports performance trainer at Athletic Republic in Libertyville, guides and coaches Lauren Withrow on the proper form and technique for the quadraped exercise.

Getting A LeG Up 5 Exercises To Tone Those Lower Appendages


Ladies …

So, you say you want to wear cute short shorts and skirts, but your legs are not looking as svelte as you may like? Area physical trainers say you are not alone, but with a few regular exercises, you can achieve the nicely shaped and toned legs you desire. Scott Schwartz, sports performance trainer at Athletic Republic in Libertyville, offers five exercises to target those areas many women struggle with. “A lot of [women] are concerned obviously about the shapeliness of their legs,” Schwartz says, adding that today’s lifestyle — hours of sitting in the workplace — is one main reason that women lose tone and shape in their legs and backside. “[Women] lose stimulation in [their] hamstrings, [gluteus maximus], butt muscles — they are not used enough, and that is why women lose a lot of shape ... [and] strength,” 6Mats can be used for floor exercises to increase comfort.

he says. If the following routine is followed correctly — 12 to 20 repetitions a set, two to four sets a day, at least two days a week — a woman will start to notice shapelier, stronger legs in four to six weeks, he says. Adding weight to any exercise routine will add more resistance. As always, Schwartz says it is important to watch calorie intake and maintain nutritional balance in order to lose the fat surrounding those muscles. Remember, he says — building muscles can help melt away the fat covering their shape.

Schwartz offers this regular weekly exercise routine to target the legs:

BAsic BOdy wEighT squAT

Begin by standing straight up. Then move your hips back, as if you are sitting back into a chair. Bend both knees, ‘sitting back’ until your hip crease is equal with the top of your knee cap. Push down, driving your weight through your heels in order to return to a standing positions. Repeat. Add dumbbells or hand weights for an added challenge in each hand. DO: Make sure your chest stays up and facing forward and your back remains flat. DON’T: Let your knees go over your toes when sitting in the back position. If you don’t bring your hips far enough back, your

knee caps will be over your toes and it will not be very comfortable, Schwartz says.

BAsic LuNgE

Start in a standing position with your feet shoulder width apart. Take a big step forward with one leg, and bend, letting your back knee hover within an inch above the ground. Drive upwards by pressing down through your heel that is extended in front of you, pushing the weight of your body through your heel to return your body to the standing position. Alternate legs doing an equal number of lunges on each leg. Add dumbbells, hand weights or ankle weights to increase the resistance and difficulty. DO: Move slowly while maintaining your balance and controlling your body weight. Keep your hands at your sides and your chest up. DON’T: Lean forward, put your hands on your legs or push on top of your knee for assistance. “A common mistake is slouching over or bending forward during the step and doing the move too quickly and losing your balance,” Schwartz says.

gLuTE BRidgE

Lay flat on your back with your hands at your sides. Bend your knees, bringing your heels to within eight inches of your butt. Push your hips toward the ceiling, squeezing your bottom and the back of your legs as you go up. Hold this position for one to two seconds then return back down with your

back flat on the ground. DO: Keep your hips nice and square when holding at the top position. To add extra resistance, Schwartz recommends laying a barbell across your hips. DON’T: Let your hips twist when at the top.


Begin on all fours, on your hands and knees. Kick one leg straight back and raise your heel toward the ceiling as high as you can. Alternate legs, doing each one equally. DO: Keep your back flat and your leg reaching straight toward the ceiling. DON’T: Turn your hip when you kick back. Women with wrist pain due to arthritis and other conditions can put their weight on their elbows, Schwartz says. But their forearms must be laying flat on the ground. Do not balance on your elbows.

both legs equally. DO: Keep your body aligned and keep your leg lifts slow and controlled. Hold the lift up for a second or two and squeeze all your leg muscles to get the most out of the move. DON’T: Bend at the waist. If you bend at the waist, you will not work out as much musculature and will likely feel pain around your hip. Do not fold your shoulders in; keep your shoulders straight and squared. “The best tip for women when trying to shape their legs is to stay as consistent as possible when doing leg workouts,” says Lauren Withrow, also a personal trainer at Athletic Republic in Libertyville. “It is easy to get off track ... [but] the more consistent you

are, the better results you will see.” She says women often say they feel muscle soreness in the beginning of a leg workout routine, but she advises not quitting. “If you can push through the first few weeks of soreness, then you will be great,” Withrow says. “Legs can be very muscular. The more you work at it, the better it will be!”

This three-part health series will enlist the expertise of sports performance trainers at Athletic Republic in Libertyville to help Lake County women strengthen and tone their bodies. Each month will focus on exercises dedicated to one specific area of the body. November: Stomach lc

sidE LEg LiFTs

Begin by laying on your side, making sure your ankles and shoulders are aligned and your arm is under your body. Lift up your upper body by putting your bodyweight on your elbow with your forearm perpendicular to the rest of your body. Lift your top leg as high as you can, squeezing all of the muscles from your buttocks to the outside of your leg. Use ankle weights for added resistance, if you’re more advanced. To work out the buttock muscles more intensely, Schwartz recommends rotating your foot to point your toe down with your heal turned upward leading the movement. Work out

5Withraw demonstrates a basic lunge as Schwartz looks on.

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In the 21st century,

etiquette is becoming as much an anachronism as cursive writing: people wear pajamas to the grocery store; written thank-you notes are a quaint relic; and personal information between a patient and doctor can now be the basis of a reality television show. One thing that hasn’t changed is that service workers expect tips and rely on them to make a living. Customers can find themselves in a quandary because they are using more services that anticipate tipping, from the drive-through coffee person to a hotel concierge who told them which restaurant to try. According to Jackie Warrick, president and chief savings officer of, customers should consider the type of service that is being provided before deciding what tip to give. “For services that are more personal in nature or require more effort, like a wax or a pedicure, always tip on the higher side,” Warrick says. “For restaurants, pay attention to the service, but at least 15 percent is the norm. In most urban areas, though, 20 percent is considered the minimum, with tippers going higher if they receive exceptional service. “For bartenders, pay $1 or $2 per drink or, in the end, 15 to 20 percent of the total bill,” she adds. That rings true for Collin Krueger, 28, of Grayslake, who has been pouring drinks since he has been the legal age to do so. “It should be the same amount as if you’re going out to dinner — 18 to 20 percent,” the bartender at Timothy O’Toole’s Pub in Gurnee says. “Of course, 3 Collin Krueger serves a drink at that’s if I’m doing my job by making sure your drink is Timothy O’Toole’s Pub in Gurnee. He once always full, you have water and I’m giving you everything received a showerhead as a tip from a that you need.” customer who knew he had just moved Krueger goes beyond merely pouring adult beverages, and into a new place. (Photos provided) he is sure to engage customers in conversation. If he’s really busy, he tries to get a tête-à-tête going between customers. “You have to know your clientele, your regulars and try to match people up according to their interests and make sure that they’re having a good time and not just glued onto their iPhone,” he says.

Th Tip e pin Po g in t i B yJ AC KY





How can they serve you?

Regardless of economic conditions, restaurant staff members are the most likely to receive tips, according to a recent U.S. survey conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of CouponCabin. com. When more than 2,000 adults ages 18 and older were asked which types of people or services they typically feel obligated to leave a tip, 87 percent said restaurant staff, including the wait staff, take-out coordinator and maitre d’. That’s good news to Kaitlyn Stewart of Antioch, who has been waiting tables for about a year. Even so, there have been times when she has been stiffed. “There are tables where you can be the nicest and give the best service and still get very little,” the 20-year-old says. “Sometimes people don’t realize that if the food takes too long to come out or if they just don’t like what they‘ve ordered, it’s really the kitchen’s issue. I send the

manager over to apologize if that’s the case, but people can still blame me. Everything runs very smoothly here at Timothy O’Toole’s though.” On the upswing, Stewart has had the happy experience of snagging a $15 tip on a $20 tab. And like most people who have ever waited tables, Stewart leaves a sizeable 20 to 30 percent tip whenever she goes out.

Additional tips

When you’re traveling,’s president suggests customers aim for 15 to 20 percent the cost of the taxi fare, depending on how good the service is. “If your cabbie goes out of his/her way to show you sights or spends a lot of time helping you find a specific destination, consider tipping a bit more,” Warrick says. For hotel housekeeping, she notes that customers should tip $2 to $3 a night, up to $5, and more in high-end hotels. “Leave the tip in a conspicuous place so the staff knows it’s for them and not left out on accident,” she says. CouponCabin’s survey also discovered that many U.S. adults who tip admitted that even when they couldn’t afford it, they tipped because they felt pressure to do so. “Whether you’re at a restaurant or receiving services from other professionals, factor the tip into the overall cost,” says Warrick. “It’s easy to forget that the tip could push you over your budget, so plan accordingly. Take the time to add in the tip ahead of time, and if it exceeds your budget, seek out less expensive services or make alternative plans.” Or, you could do what one of Collin Krueger’s customers did. “The weirdest tip I ever got was a showerhead,” the bartender says. “The customer knew that I just moved into a new place. He left me a new Moen showerhead, one of those infinity rain things. I loved it. It’s an awesome showerhead!” To find out how to tip all of the other

people who service customers these days, from the dog walker and nutritionist to the postal worker and house sitter, check out the extensive list at The tipping question most asked at the site is “Do you tip the owner of a company when he or she provides your service?” The answer used to be “no,” but now it’s “yes,” so it might be worth it to work up an apology for the hair stylist who also owns the salon. lc

3 Amy Corvillion, owner of All About You Salon, styles Brittany Smith’s hair.

3 Kaitlyn Stewart (right) waits on a customer at Timothy O’Toole’s. She routinely tips wait staff 20 to 30 percent when she eats out.

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on the cover / money

Inve$ting ABCs

Knowing The Basics Can Help Build Your Nest Egg By ELIZABETH HARMON I Photos by MELISSA EMORY

Like exercising and eating broccoli, investing is something we are all supposed to do. But where to start? Understanding a few ideas and common terms can make it easier to talk with a professional and begin.

The ba$ICS

What is saving and what is investing? Both involve putting away money, but the difference is the amount of time involved. Casey Torrey, a financial advisor with Edward Jones in Lake Barrington, defines savings as money set aside for emergencies or short-term goals — goals to be met in just about five years — that usually is placed in lowrisk accounts where they’re easily accessible or “liquid.” “The sooner you plan to use the money, the less volatile you want the account to be,” she says.

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Bank savings accounts, money market accounts, vacation or Christmas club accounts are tools to help people reach short-term savings goals. Many banks will automatically withdraw funds from a customer’s checking account, making it easy to stash money away. A less accessible, but still low-risk tool is a Certificate of Deposit. Issued by a bank, CDs hold a specific sum on deposit for a designated

length of time, ranging from a few months to five years or more. At maturity, a CD pays out a set amount of interest. “You know exactly what you’ll be getting, though there can be a penalty if you take the money out early,” Torrey says. Investing, meanwhile, is done with an eye further in the future. “Investing is buying a piece of a company or a piece of a group of companies that, over time, will hopefully grow in size and value and help you reach your personal goal for that investment,” says Amy M. Poduch, an accredited asset management specialist with Edward Jones in Mundelein.

$ToCKS and bondS

5 Amy M. Poduch (left) and Casey Torrey of Edward Jones enjoy helping people plan financially for their future.

The two primary investment vehicles are stocks and bonds, also known as securities. Stocks, or equities, are pieces of a company that an individual owns. Bonds, or fixed income instruments, allow investors to become creditors to a company

Investment TIPS

or government entity. “They take your investment and pay you interest over time,” Poduch says. “It’s a way for the issuer to raise capital.” Stocks and bonds may be owned individually, or through a mutual fund, which is a group of securities housed in a single fund. “Mutual funds can be all stocks, all bonds or a mix,” Torrey says. “The advantage is diversification, which means you’re spreading out the risk. The funds are also professionally managed to make sure the mix of investments are tailored to the goal of the fund.” Stocks and bonds may be in a brokerage account, which is taxable. “If someone simply wants to invest in the stock market, they come in and open a brokerage account,” Poduch says. They also can be in a retirement account, which is protected from taxes.

Casey Torrey of Edward Jones offers rules of thumb for beginning investors: $ Know your risk tolerance. Everyone feels differently about the market’s ups and downs. Where you are determines your strategy. Risk + timeline + goal = strategy. $ Never put all your eggs in one basket. Diversification maximizes benefits and minimizes risks. Review your portfolio at least once a year — quarterly is even better — and rebalance as needed. $ Stay invested. If you sit on the sidelines when the market is volatile, you may miss the start of the next big rally. Amy Poduch of Edward Jones adds: $ Any time is a good time to get started. “It’s never too early or too late to invest in your future,” she says.

Retirement fUnd$

Individual Retirement Accounts come in two types. In a traditional IRA, money goes in before taxes, then is taxed as income when it’s taken out at retirement. In a Roth IRA, money goes in after taxes and grows tax free. “When you take it out, you pay no taxes on it,” Torrey says. “There are some restrictions, such as you can’t take it out before age 59 and a half, and you have to start withdrawing by age 70 and a half. It’s a good thing to have both traditional and Roth in your portfolio.” A 401(k) is a retirement account administered by a private employer and works similar to a traditional IRA, Torrey says. Other types of employer administered retirement plans include the 403(b) for teachers and employees of tax-exempt organizations, and the 457 for government employees. “If you’re self-employed, there are also a number of options that people often aren’t aware of,” Torrey says. Annuities are insurance products, which can offer a guaranteed income or growth. “They’re insurance against the downside, and can be

very good for retirement, but they aren’t for everyone,” Torrey says. “They’re also extremely complicated, so you want to work with a financial professional to determine what’s right for you.”

contribution limit per year, but has income limitations for contributors,” she says. “The 529 College Savings Plan has no income requirements and higher annual and lifetime limits verses the Coverdell.”

College $avInGS

A PorTfoLIo

Special accounts designated for college savings are also comprised of mutual funds. “College accounts are designed to be tax deferred, and distributions are tax-free as long as the funds are used for qualified expenses,” Poduch says. There are two types of accounts people usually use for college savings, Poduch says. “The Coverdell Education Savings Plan has a $2,000

All of these tools together are grouped into an investment portfolio. “A portfolio is a mix of investments that’s customized to meet the individual needs of the investor,” Poduch says. To get started building one, Poduch recommends individuals take a close look at their spending and pay off non-mortgage debt as much as possible. “If you’re paying 20 to 30 percent interest on a credit card, it’s best to get rid of that first,” she says. Next, find a financial advisor you trust. Talk to friends, look at different firms, then make an appointment. “Do a budget, find someone you trust and go talk to them,” Poduch says. lc 3 Financial advisors can provide information on a variety of investment options.

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How To reTIre earLY Living the good life before your 60s is possible I By BETSY DEMITROPOULOS


That last day of work, right before a person is about to retire, is a dreaded day for some. But it’s a total delight for others. Count Barb Amadei in that second category. It’s been nearly two years since the Waukegan woman retired in November 2010, and she’s never regretted her decision to retire early at the age of 55. Amadei got her first job at a Burger King restaurant when she was 15. When she was 20, she started working for the Lake County government. Amadei went on to spend the rest of her working years at the county level. “I never thought I’d stay anywhere that long,” Amadei says. “Thirty-five years of employment was my magic number.” She worked in the county administrator’s office and in the solid waste agency, and she says she very much enjoyed her 35 years working for the county government and misses her friends there every day. “But it’s my time to relax now,” she says.

Living the good life

Amadei had originally planned to buy a condo or home in Florida during her retirement, but had second thoughts once the economy changed. She now plans to rent a

place in Florida or another spot in the U.S. But for the moment, she’s enjoying her retirement close to home. Amadei admits it wasn’t until the February following her 4 Barb Amadei retired two years ago at age 55. Photo by Candace H. Johnson

retirement that she finally felt retired. However, it didn’t take her long to realize the perks of being retired. She gets up later and has breakfast on the porch. She plays golf twice a week and participates in a golf league. She’s taken up yoga and exercises regularly. She loves to garden. “Now that I’m retired, I can do what I want when I want to do it,” Amadei says. Her husband, Raymond, who also worked for the county as its director of finance, passed away in 1999. But Amadei has three adult children — one in New York and two in Chicago — so retirement has meant more family time for her, as well. Retirement also has allowed Amadei time to be more altruistic. She pet-sits and housesits for her friends, waits for the “cable guy” to arrive at her friends’ homes and if a friend thinks she left her curling iron on, Amadei is free to check while the friend works. “The opportunities to be a good neighbor and friend and to help others are virtually endless,” Amadei says.

How she did it

Amadei has a government pension, a benefit that allowed her to retire at a younger age than the national average. Plus, she was a great saver. “Every time I got a raise, I pretended it didn’t exist, and I put it in the bank,” she says. Many people have concerns about when

they should retire, and they wonder if they will be able to maintain the same lifestyle when they do so. Amadei says she was definitely one of those people who thought, “Can I really do this? Can I really retire early?” Amadei wanted to feel secure in her decision to retire early, so she sought out the help of a financial planner to help answers these questions. She looked to Kathy Allen, owner of Allen Investments in Grayslake, to see if retiring at 55 was the right choice for her. Allen’s company is a full-service investment and tax firm that offers a wide range of financial products and services, retirement planning, tax planning and tax preparation. Allen herself is a certified public accountant and a certified financial planner.

Planning Your Retirement

Allen says most people retire at the age of 66 because that’s when Social Security benefits start kicking in, but some people do retire early. Amadei, for instance, had a government pension and took voluntary early retirement, but Allen notes some people have to take involuntary early retirement because cutbacks at their employers compel them to retire earlier than they had planned to. When Allen advises clients on their future

“It’s my time to relax.” Barb Amadei,

retired after 35 years with a Lake County government office

retirement, she first tells them to ask 5 Amadei consulted with Kathy Allen of Allen Investments to guide themselves, “What her in her retirement plans. Photo by Candace H. Johnson do you want to do during your retirement? How do have a tendency to go a little overboard with you envision your retirement?” the celebrating. One tip she offers for making After Allen’s clients have a good idea about retirement a successful adventure is not to get how they picture themselves spending their too carried away. retirement years, they need to ask themselves, “Be sensible, but do enjoy yourself,” she “How much is it going to cost?” From there, says. “After all, it is your retirement.” they should consider all of their income When Amadei was working, she says she did sources such as their pension and 401(k) her job well and was accountable to that job. retirement plans, and then set up a realistic But now that she’s retired, her concerns have budget and stick to it. changed. Allen says when some people first retire, they “I’m accountable to me now,” she says. lc

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family / success lives next door

6 Cathy Liginski holds her handmade Li'l Hope dolls with a little pink ribbon heart underneath the doll’s dress at her home in Grayslake. She sells these dolls on Photo by Candace H. Johnson

Raising Funds & HoPe



athy Liginski of Grayslake knows firsthand the value of breast cancer research. Fourteen years after her first goround with chemotherapy, the breast cancer survivor battled the disease a second time. Advancements in treatment were remarkable in that time span, Liginski says, and that’s why she’s planning to raise money for the 3 Liginski stands with her husband, Bob, and son, Bobby, before the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk last year. Photo provided

cause in the American Cancer Society walking fundraiser event “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” on Sunday, Oct. 21. “It was especially eye opening to me the second time [I had cancer],” says Liginski, who first walked in the event in 2010, just after she learned her own cancer-free status had changed. “I actually saw personally the [treatment] advances in just how I felt. The chemo didn’t feel as toxic to me.” With her treatment behind her, and a team of colleagues, friends and community supporters by her side, Liginski is setting out to raise money that will make a difference for other women with breast cancer — and those who love them.

Steps of unity

While fundraising for breast cancer research has many different options available, the physical experience of walking is rewarding for Liginski. Making Strides gives participants a social and personal connection to the cause, she says. “It’s a heartwarming and wonderful way to connect and know that you are doing something good,” says Liginski, who has also raised money with the ACS’s Relay for Life events. “It’s not competitive.” She says she likes the specificity of Making Strides, since it resonates so closely with her own life. “It brings together people affected by breast

cancer in so many stages — the caregivers, people in treatment, survivors,” she says. Particularly touching to her is the sight of children walking in the event, as a reminder that cancer affects everyone at home.

Roots of support

The reality of the lifestyle change that occurs with kids touched by breast cancer at home became the paramount concern for Liginski during her 2010 treatment. In 1996, the first time Liginski was diagnosed, she was single. But as a wife and mother the second time around, Liginski was primarily concerned for her toddler. “I was focused on making everything normal for my son, Bobby,” she says. “The thing I found very interesting was that my hair loss affected him the most.” The visual change of Mom’s new look was one that made her condition difficult to hide. “The hair loss is so physical, and [when that happens], then you’re a cancer patient,” she says. Staying close with their support, friends joined her in the goal of raising money for breast cancer research, and the camaraderie itself was comforting, Liginski says. “I got all my girlfriends together, and we thought this was something we could do,” she says. A pre-event gathering became a coffee, wine, dessert and jewelry party, and a portion of the

jewelry sales went to the team’s funds. “Women are so good at supporting each other.”

Fundraising and feeling good While the Making Strides walk itself is an “inspiring” experience, Liginski says she is comforted knowing the funds raised are helping breast cancer patients experience positive lifestyle changes. For example, the ACS’s “Look Good, Feel Good” program pairs cosmetologists with women fighting breast cancer. They provide advice on beauty tips, styling and wigs, if desired. “They are there for you when you need them,” she says. “When I was going through treatments, I knew I could go on the ACS website and find anything I needed.” The event page for Making Strides gives participants a vehicle through which to raise money, recruit team members and share their own connection to the cause. Another advocate of Making Strides who is set to participate in the Oct. 21 event is Lindsey Casillas of Waukegan. Casillas’ mother, Margarita Jadrich, died of breast cancer at age 38. With close to a dozen contributors, Casillas has raised nearly $360, according to her Making Strides page on the ACS’s event website. “My brothers and I lost our mother, my aunts and uncles lost a sister, and my grandparents lost a daughter,” Casillas writes on

her event page profile. “She fought for as long as her body would let her but ultimately lost her battle. I’m participating in this walk to continue the battle for her and hope that one day we’ll be able to find a cure.”

Raising hope

Now that Liginski has fought the breast cancer battle twice, she recognizes she can be an inspiration to help others. Fundraising is one way, and the second is sharing her 5 Liginski and her husband, Bob, own story. look at a book she put together full The day she came home from her of entries from a blog she started double mastectomy, Liginski was to record her breast cancer journey. filmed in a documentary called “Life Photo by Candace H. Johnson in a Day,” a National Geographic project that would eventually change endeavor is more about raising hope than the course of her family’s lives. dollars, though some money does trickle in for “It was the most incredible experience for the cause. us,” says Liginski. “We were a major part of “I make little hope dolls with little pink the story because we were a family dealing with ribbons,” Liginski says. cancer.” The fabric used for the dolls is earmarked They went to film festivals around the world so that a portion of the sale goes to cancer and experienced sights and people they never research, she says. The act of making them, and imagined. sharing them, is a win-win to Liginski. “It turned a year that was really difficult into “They just make me happy, and I feel like something that was really amazing,” she says. “I I just want to be a part of helping people,” feel like we were able to inspire people.” she says, adding her endeavors focus on both With her treatment behind her and regained financial and emotional benefits. “We need strength propelling her, Liginski also is raising dollars so we need to raise money, but I think awareness about breast cancer with another stories of inspiration are just as important to project. lc people.” Initially designed as a fundraiser, the

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fashion & beauty

manlY jewelry?

For decades, men wore watches … and maybe a wedding band. That was it for jewelry except, on rare occasion, cufflinks when they dressed up. However, with the explosion of new metals and designers making a splash in the men’s jewelry arena, things are changing quickly. Choices are becoming abundant with masculine pendants, rings, bracelets and more. Men’s jewelry can be found to enhance and accessorize a man’s casual look or a sophisticated style. Combinations of metals with leather or rubber are also hot commodities that have an inexpensive price tag, says Sam Chau of TC Jewelry in Vernon Hills. “It’s very common now to have rubber mixed in with the metals,” he says. “The rubber tends to give bracelets flexibility. Men wear jewelry such as bracelets that mostly resembles their lifestyle. For instance, the mechanic-minded guy will wear a bracelet that resembles chains or gears.”

The hoT new meTals

4 Tungsten tag. (Photos provided by TC Jewelry in V ernon Hills)

Tungsten has become a big seller, as has cobalt and titanium, especially in wedding bands, says Dru Anne Smyth, owner of the Jewels of Lake Forest. “Although [these] alternative metals are inexpensive for now, you may not be happy with it later,” she warns. “There are some issues with tungsten. It can’t be sized in the future. If you have a wedding band in it and it becomes too tight over the years, you can’t just go into a jewelry store and get it sized.” It is possible to get a custom tungsten wedding band for less than $200, and an even less expensive one that is plain, Chau notes. “Tungsten carbide is an element in the periodic table,” he says. “It’s found all over South Africa and South America and small deposits in the states and Canada. It hasn’t been around that long. But tungsten and stainless steel are great for guys’ jewelry. We have a record of being harsh on our jewelry, and we are prone to breaking things.” Tungsten is a very tough and durable material and not prone to scratching, dents and abrasions, Chau says. Stainless steel is the least expensive of jewelry metals. A wedding

ring can cost just $40, but it’s like “wearing a spoon on your finger,” he says, and it doesn’t withstand 3Tungsten scratches. bracelet. Smyth’s store still does a majority of its business in platinum. Today, it is priced below gold per ounce. However, platinum is much heavier than gold, which means the same ring made of platinum will cost more than one in gold because of its weight. “With the high price of gold, people are choosing alternative metals because they have more choices now,” Smyth says.

waTches, braceleTs a fashionable sTaTemenT

Chau sent out a customer survey in late 2011 and found out that men wear watches to complete a wardrobe, not to tell the time. “Sales went down in 2007 for watches because everyone was using their cell phones to look at the time,” he says. “Ever since then, it hasn’t climbed back to near the level we were selling. But sales have been consistent the past four years.” His store sells Seiko and Skagen watches. Skagen is known for its thinness. “When they first came to the market, they were known as the really thin watch, like the thickness of a quarter,” he says. “They’ve really evolved. They still carry the simplicity design with simple colors, but they got a bit thicker and can be bought for under $500.” Chau is seeing a lot more men buying and wearing bracelets. The materials used in masculine bracelets tend to be thicker metals or leather, or a mixture of the two. “There’s a general rule of thumb for men’s jewelry — they use very little gemstones, maybe one or two just to add a little sparkle to the piece instead of the whole piece being a gemstone,” Chau says.



oTher opTions

Smyth still sells a lot of cufflinks and money clips. “We don’t sell a lot of men’s jewelry in our store because it is a more conservative town,” she says. “However, cufflinks are still big, especially anything engraved. They become special pieces that become family heirlooms whether they are gold or silver.” When it comes to accessorizing the neck, men select heavier chains and usually hang their dog tags or another important piece of jewelry from it. Crosses are still the most popular choice among men, Chau says. However, the choice of necklace materials can vary drastically. “Most consumers tend to not mind paying a little more for a gold or platinum chain,” he says. “But for their wedding band, they really mind paying $1,500 and go toward the less expensive metals.” When it comes to choosing the right piece of jewelry, Chau says that most men are not keen on detail. Most of them just want something nice, masculine and durable. “Many times when I mention the benefits of metals such as Tungsten and that it doesn’t need [to be] polished and is maintenance-free, they are sold on that,” he says. lc

October 2012 • Lake County Magazine


fashion & beauty


MaKeUP MaGIC For Halloween

What do a pretty princess and a scary monster likely have in common on Halloween?

Makeup. Applying it doesn’t take an expert, but some expert tips can help. A couple area makeup artists share their advice on how to transform yourself or your child on Halloween. A main tip from both of them? Use photos. “Even though I’m a makeup artist and the president of a cosmetics company, I always refer to photos to get the look just right,” says Nicole

6Sweat resistant mineral poweders by Fancy Face Cosmetics lay on a counter. The powders were used on Jessica Schwartz, 15, of Gurnee, to turn her into Snow White.

35Before and after shots of Jacci Naughton, as Jasmine from “Aladdin,” and Jessica Schwartz, who was made up as Snow White. Nicole Khayat, owner of Fancy Face Cosmetics in Gurnee, did the makeup for the 15-year-old girls who live in Gurnee. Khayat is the reigning Mrs. Illinois International 2011. Photos by Candace H. Johnson

Khayat, owner of Fancy Face Cosmetics, based in Gurnee. Khayat also is the reigning Mrs. Illinois International 2011. “Halloween is the one time a year that you can dress like a monster and get away with it, so go for it,” she says.

Looking Fancy

The biggest mistake people make on Halloween is buying cheap, low quality makeup, Khayat says. Fancy Face Cosmetics is known for offering the world’s only sweat-resistant makeup that is not made from chemical preservatives, chemical dyes, perfumes or alcohol. Avoid Halloween-specific makeup, Khayat says, because the quality isn’t the best. And for children, it’s not always safe, she says. “Without fail, every year I’ll be at the Halloween store buying a costume, [and] I’ll see someone buying the gross face paint and run up to them like a maniac saying, ‘Do not put that on your child’s face!’” she says.

Instead, she suggests using dry makeup, including bright eyeshadows and shimmers — available through High Impact Pigments. Paint products aren’t necessary, she says. To get the look of paint, simply wet the brush first. This also cuts down on the messy cleanup. “Opt for everyday makeup brands that have heavy pigments and that are produced in the USA,” she says. “This will ensure that the makeup meets the highest FDA regulations.” For those looking to make their hair stand on end, Khayat suggests using Freeze It, a hairspray she frequently uses herself.

Donning Dracula

David Lundholm also knows what he’s talking about when it comes to Halloween makeup. The Waukegan man is the one putting the scary, the blood, the gore and the fantasy into Fright Fest, the seasonal celebration of Halloween at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee. Lundholm does the makeup for roughly 150 people, including 75 actors performing as part of a Haunted House attraction, 75 street actors and 27 show performers. He also puts on his own makeup regularly when he steps into the starring role of Dracula. He started at Six Flags in 1991 as a performer and became a makeup coordinator several years ago. “A lot of it comes down to your artistic ability,” he says of applying makeup. “I like the idea of


being able to explore my creativity. That’s really important to me, and especially with something like Fright Fest, it’s to have an idea in my head and to have that idea fully realized that is extremely gratifying.” That said, with the Internet and a little effort, anyone can transform themselves or others for Halloween. It just takes a little effort, the right tools and perhaps some inside tips. “Makeup is all about highlights and shadows,” Lundholm says. “It’s making the things prominent

4Nicole Khayat, CEO of Fancy Face Cosmetics, applies red lipstick called “Red Audacity” to Schwartz as she is transformed into Snow White.

more prominent and the things sunkin sunk-in more. “And always, less is more. That’s a big one.” When doing makeup, it’s easier to add on than it is to take away, he says. “All you’re doing is just smearing it around, and you’re not really achieving any kind of affect whatsoever because you have so much makeup on your face,” he says. At Six Flags, Joe Blasco cosmetics are used, which also are used by the Miami 5Khayat (center) poses with Jacci Naughton, as Dolphin Cheerleaders. Jasmine, and Jessica Schwartz, as Snow White. But even the kits available at most stores can work with the right brushes, he when they weren’t so readily available. says. Lundholm suggests using paint and As far as hair sprays and such, it all depends craft brushes available at craft stores as on the length of hair and the overall goal of the opposed to those that come with the kits. costume. “Those are really hard to get any kind of Some typical gels and sprays available in stores effect with,” he said. “They don’t have to be makeup brushes per say. You can use paint might work better than people think, especially when it comes to getting hair to stand on end, brushes.” Lundholm says. Don’t be afraid to experiment and have fun. Hair-raising And use the Internet, Lundholm says. When it comes to the perfect hair for a “If you’re trying to come up with a character for Halloween costume, times have changed. Halloween, scour the Internet and pull out photos,” With the Internet, it’s easy to find the he says. “It’s going to help you figure out the color right wigs, Lundholm says, unlike years ago it needs to be, the shape it needs to be.” lc

October 2012 • Lake County Magazine


social life Grayslake Summer Days

5 Thousands attended the recent Grayslake Summer Days. Live bands, parades and even a pig kissing contest took place. For more information on Grayslake Chamber of Commerce events, visit www.grayslakechamber. com. Photos provided

Lake County Camera Club Year-End Competition

Club recently hosted its annual 5 The Lake County Camera n. Don Chen won Digitally year-end party and competitio his photo titled “Dancers in h Projected Image of the Year wit won Small Monochrome Print also n Che ve. Black” pictured abo d “Profile” (above right). of the Year with his photo title Photos provided 4 Jim Ross won Large Monochrome Print of the Year with his photo titl ed “End of the Day” pictur ed at right. Additionally, Paul Kurek was name d 2011-12 Photographer of the Year, which he earned by having the highest average score s throughout the yearly competitions as well as by the number of award s he earned.

or Print of 5 Ron Meyers won Large Col of the ge Ima 1-12 201 as ll we as r the Yea ’s Mill.” tter “Po d title Year with his photo

42 Lake County Magazine • October 2012

on Small 3 Linda Kruzic w ar with Ye e th Color Print of ivil War her photo titled “C lc Surgeon.”

October Events In Lake County ARTS

Oct. 6 — “The Hobbit’s Greatest Hits Radio Play,” 2:30 p.m. at the PM&L Theatre, 877 N. Main St., in Antioch Don’t miss this great radio play show! For more information, call 847-395-3055 or visit www.pmltheatre. com. Oct. 6 and 7 — Arts and Crafts Show, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 1060 E. Peterson Road, in Grayslake There will be jewelry, wood crafts, country, plush, fine art, floral and much more. Cost is $3. For more information, call 847-680-7200 or visit Oct. 7 — Giordano Dance Chicago, 7 p.m. at the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, 19351 W. Washington St., in Grayslake Celebrate the 50th anniversary season of this captivating dance company by experiencing its powerful performance of high-energy, high-impact dance that is as thoroughly entertaining as it is moving. For tickets or more information, call 847-543-2300 or visit Oct. 14 — Bill Maher, 7 p.m. at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., in Waukegan Bill Maher has set the boundaries of where funny, political talk can go on American television. Tickets are $39.50 to $69.50. For tickets or more information, call 847-782-2366 or visit Oct. 19 — “Singin’ in the Rain,” 7:30 p.m. at the Genesee Theatre, at 203 N. Genesee St., in Waukegan Don’t miss a special showing of this classic movie! Movie concession food and beverages will available, and concession items will be allowed into the seating area during the screening. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for seniors, kids younger than 12 and military with identification. For more information, call 847-782-2366 or visit Oct. 21 — Hotel California “A Salute to the Eagles,” 7 p.m. at the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, 19351 W. Washington St., in Grayslake For more than two decades, Hotel California has touched the hearts of fans all over the world by faithfully and accurately reproducing the Grammy award-winning sounds of The Eagles. For tickets or more information, call 847-5432300 or visit

Oct. 13 and 14 — Long Grove’s Oktoberfest, 10:30 a.m. in Long Grove’s Historic Village, in downtown Long Grove Start out the day with an old-fashioned parade through the center of town. Enjoy live entertainment, including folk dancing and a variety of German bands. Experience the oldfashioned fun of a family hayride or carriage ride, pumpkin decorating and children’s activities, including a “haunted walk” through historic Long Grove. Stay for beer, brats and traditional German food. For more information, call 847-6340888 or visit Oct. 18 through 20 — Annual Highwood Pumpkin Fest, at Highwood’s City Park at Highwood City Hall, 17 Highwood Avenue, in Highwood With 30,919 pumpkins carved in 2011 to break the Guinness World Record, the city of Highwood is going to do it again. This festival is packed with daily events, vendors, live music, hay rides, pumpkin carving, displays, nightly lightings, a 5K Pumpkin Run and pumpkin pie competition and more. For more information, call 847-432-1924 or visit Oct. 19 — Family Halloween Dance, 6 to 8 p.m. at Belvidere Recreation Center, 412 S. Lewis Avenue, in Waukegan Parents and children ages 2 to 12 years will enjoy this fun and safe evening of dancing, a costume contest, food and prizes. Costumes are encouraged. Preregistration is $5/$6 for kids and $4/$5 for parents/guardians; day of registration is $7/$8 for kids and $6/$7 for adults. For more information, call 847-360-4700 or visit Oct. 19 — Kids Halloween Spooktacular Party, 6 to 8 p.m. at Viking Community Center, 4374 Old Grand Avenue, in Gurnee Children ages 4 to 8 can enjoy crafts, games and a hayride, weather permitting. Treats and ghoul-ade will be served, and don’t forget to wear a costume! Cost is $7. For more information, call 847-623-7788 or visit www. Oct. 20 — Imagination Movers: Rock-O-Matic Tour 2012, 1 to 4pm at the Genesee Theatre, at 203 N. Genesee Street in Waukegan Don’t miss the Imagination Movers’ 2012 Rock-O-Matic Tour! Rich, Scott, Dave and Smitty of the Emmy-winning Disney Channel TV series “Imagination Movers” will be bringing their high-octane rock concert to the Genesee Theatre for two shows, and it’s an event the whole family can enjoy. Tickets are priced at $18.50 to $45. For tickets or more information, call 847-782-2366 or visit www. Oct. 20 — Howl’oween Doggie Dash, 9 to 11 a.m. at Hunt Club Park, 900 N. Hunt Club Road, in Gurnee Bring your furry friend for a barking good time. Take your dog on a half mile Waggin’ Walk, a 25-yard Doggie Dash or participate in the Howl’oween Costume Contest. Refreshments will be available for both humans and dogs. This is a free event. For more information, call 847-623-7788 or visit Oct. 26 and 27 — Maze Til Midnight, 3 p.m. to midnight Friday and 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday at Richardson Adventure Farm and Corn Maze, 9407 Richardson Road, in Spring Grove Maze til Midnight by the light of the full moon in the world’s largest corn maze, with 33 acres and 11 miles of trails. Explore the whole thing or just one short trail. Bring flashlights or glow-sticks, or buy some onsite. Enjoy a wooded picnic area, free campfires, pedal carts, a corn crib, a pumpkin patch, wagon rides, a 50-foot tube slide, a 50-foot observation tower, a 700-foot zip line and Zorbing. Cost is $12.95 for adults and $9.95 for children. For more information, call 815-675-9729 or visit www. lc For additional calendar events and updated details, visit


Oct. 6 — Fall Fest, Noon to 4 p.m. at Viking Park, 4374 Old Grand Avenue, in Gurnee Celebrate the changing of the season with the Gurnee Park District. Enjoy free activities for the whole family, including kid’s games, crafts, an electric train ride, tractorpulled hay rides, touch-a-tractor, children’s musical entertainment, and food for purchase. For more information, call 847-623-7788 or visit Oct. 6 — Vernon Hills 8th annual Oktoberfest Celebration, 3 to 10 p.m. at Vernon Hills Metra Station, 75 Route 45, in Vernon Hills Free crafts, pumpkin painting, petting zoo, raffles inflatable activities and more will be available. All food and drinks for this event will be prepared and sold by local notfor-profit organizations. Join in for brats, burgers, hot dogs, taffy apples and more. For more information, call 847-3673700 or visit Oct. 6 — Fox Lake Oktoberfest, 11 a.m. at Lakefront Park, 71 Nippersink Blvd., in Fox Lake Bring the whole family and enjoy a day of arts and crafts, food, hayrides, a petting zoo, kid’s games and a beer tent. Kid’s activities will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and activities for adults 21 and older will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. For more information, call 847-587-7474 or visit www. Oct. 13 — Trucks, Trunks and Treats, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Vernon Hills Sullivan Community Center, 635 Aspen Drive, in Vernon Hills Put on the Halloween costumes and come over to the Sullivan Center parking lot. There will be a variety of local organizations that bring their vehicles for kids to trick or treat at, and treat bags will be supplied. Refreshments will be available for purchase. For more information, call 847996-6800 or visit October 2012 • Lake County Magazine


oUr town: WAUCONDA

100 YearS For Hometown Business Boehmer Automotive Inc. in Wauconda is the village’s oldest continuing business, having opened in 1913 on Main Street. Today, Boehmer is in its 100th year of business, and current family owner Steve Boehmer recently sat down with Lake County Magazine Editor Stephanie N. Grimoldby to talk about the longevity of his company. LC: How did your family company get started? Boehmer: Well, my grandfather [Arthur] bought a building from a man in Barrington … up on Main Street here in Wauconda … and he and a partner started what they called the Wauconda Garage. I have no idea what was in their minds at the time, but we can look at history and realize they worked on machinery and what early automobiles they had back in 1913. There weren’t a lot, and I suppose there was some horse and buggies in there, too. They had no indoor plumbing. The bathrooms were outside the buildings in the back — outhouses, I guess you could call them. Over the years, they improved the building to put in a concrete floor — [it was a dirt floor] — and indoor plumbing. And over the years, as they approached the Second World War, they were working on more and more cars … because they became more prevalent. And then of course, the war effort came along, and just about everything went into building military equipment — very little automobiles and things of that nature. So, they didn’t have very many cars to sell during the Second World War. My father [Kenneth] was around at that time, a young man, and he said my grandfather would try to latch on to any

Wauconda Garage, pictured here, was co-founded by Steve Boehmer’s grandfather, Arthur.

automobile he could because it was something he could sell to the local people in town here. It was always something used … During the war years, it was mainly doctors — influential people that had money and had clout — that could get automobiles. Everyone else was relegated to walking, trains and things like that. After the war, my father came back and worked with my grandfather in the business. And in 1960, they built the property here [at 416 W. Liberty St.] — they bought the property in 1958-59 and built the building in 1960 — and we’ve been here ever since. We’ve added onto the building, expanded the parking lot — just a small, hometown dealership is all we ever were, and that’s

all we’ll ever be … . LC: How have things changed recently? Boehmer: Along came the recession and economy falling apart, and [General Motors] had their problems, and we ended up as collateral damage to the automobile world when we, along with 1,400 other GM dealers, were not allowed to continue as a GM franchise. So, we [changed from Boehmer Chevrolet to] Boehmer Automotive independent used car and repair facility [in 2010], and we’re doing a lot now with these classics and muscle cars you see in the showroom here. And we’ve taken out a U-Haul franchise, which is doing pretty well for us … . LC: Did your family always live in Wauconda? Boehmer: My great-grandfather came over from Germany … but [my grandfather] ran a business in Wheeling … and evidently my grandfather and that partner knew each other from Wheeling, and they came out here and bought this building and opened up Wauconda Garage. They both had a vision, I guess, of being an auto repair facility and an auto sales facility, way back in 1913. I’ve got a picture of a 1914 automobile with my grandfather in it, that evidently was something that they worked on and had in town here at one time. Wheels are in our blood, I guess. LC: How have you survived all of the changes? Boehmer: Worked a lot of hours, cut way back on expenses, did away with things that we found to be a luxury. It’s been very hard. Emotionally, when they took that sign down, here was 98 years of tradition, and they came along with some settling torches and trucks and a forklift and took it all away when they took that GM sign down. Fortunately, my father was not around to see it. He passed away about five years ago … and of course, this went on around the country … . But we’ve had to cut way back, rethink what we’re doing — we’ve had to reinvent ourselves, so to speak … . There aren’t many car dealerships, let along Chevrolet or franchise dealers, that would be 100 years old. There are a few in the country, but not many. LC: So, you really stand out for your longevity. Boehmer: We like to think so. We like to do things right. If we weren’t doing things right and weren’t treating people right, we couldn’t be here and be profitable … . LC: What are you looking forward to in the future? Boehmer: We are [saying] we’re starting our second 100 years … . We’d like to continue doing what we’re doing with being in the automobile business and used cars. We’d like to see it expand … I look forward to seeing the business grow and getting back as close to where we were before, and continuing to be an important part of the community, supporting the community in the ways that we can and just keeping my people employed here. We’ve gone from working almost exclusively on General Motors automobiles to working on just about anything: imports, domestics, the old classics and muscle cars ... . When the economy comes back, these classics and muscle cars that are luxuries will start to become popular again, and there will be a good market for them, and if we are in that market, I think that will help us a lot. So, I’m looking toward expanding our classic and muscle car business, getting this U-Haul business just as strong as it can be because, again, when the economy starts to grow and the housing industry starts coming back again, there will be more people moving around, going places … . People lucky enough to sell a house and move in are using a U-Haul. That’s been growing every single month the last year and a half, so that’s encouraging. lc • Our Town features a different person, organization, event or historical landmark in a Lake County community on a rotating monthly basis.


David’s Bistro, 883 Main St. Jonny’s Chop House, 1500 Main St. Olivenic North, 384 Lake St. State Bank of the Lakes, 440 Lake St.


Chamber Office, 71 Nippersink Thomas Place, 229 Thomas Lane Dunkin Donuts, 5 E. Grand Ave. Fox Lake Library, 255 E. Grand Ave. Kings Landing, 1 Nippersink


Grayslake Library, 100 Library Lane Gymnastics Factory, 888 E Belvidere #202 Grayslake Park Dist, 240 Commerce Dr Debbie & Co Hair, 15 Commerce Dr, Ste 114 Vista Health, 15 Commerce Dr, Ste 113 RE/MAX, 100 N Atkinson, Ste 106 Maya Salon, 116 S Il Rte 83 Premier Chiropractic, 419 Center St. Rowland Custom Picture,170 Center St. This Old Book, 138 Center St. Hobby World, 140 Center St. Grayslake Rehab & Phys. Therapy, 107 Center St. Grayslake Chamber, 10 S Seymour Something’s Brewing, 82 Center St. Curves, 55 N Baron Blvd, #4 Cynthia’s Sweets, 206 Barron Blvd Scruffy Paws, 227 Barron Blvd IT Cleaners, 1108 E Washington St. T5 Hair Design, 1116 E Washington St. Something’s Brewing, 1126 E Washington St. Lovely Thai Restaurant, 1144 E Washington St. Wine Knows, 1130 E Washington St. Country Financial, 1190 E Washington St. College Of Lake Co, 19351 W Washington, Ent C Lake County Journal, 1100 Washington, Ste 101 Grayslake YMCA, 1850 E Belvidere Rd Comfort Suites, 1775 E Belvidere Rd Mitch’s Chicago Grill, 116 S. Il Rte 83 TOPS Canine Complex, 1460 E. Belvidere Rd


Vital Points Therapy, 34498 Old Walnut Cir #D Bittersweet Golf Course, 875 Almond Rd Saluto’s, 7680 W. Grand Ave Salon Bliss, 7075 W. Grand Ave Uno Chicago Grill, 6593 W. Grand Ave Columbia College, 1225 Tri St.ate Pkwy Vista Hotel On Grand, 6161 W Grand Ave. Comfort Inn, 6080 Gurnee Mills Circle Fairfield Inn, 6090 Gurnee Mills Circle LoneStar Steak House, 6210 Grand Ave La Quinta, 5688 Northbridge Dr Gurnee Extended Stay, 1724 Northbridge Dr Goshman Orthodontics, 5465 Grand Ave Lake Co Visitors Bureau, 5465 W Grand Ave Life Source, 5250-1 Grand Ave Country Inn & Suites, 5420 Grand Ave Best Western, 5430 Grand Ave Timothy O’Tooles, 5572 Grand Ave Key Lime Cove, 1700 Nations Drive Lake Co Chamber Of Comm, 5221 W Grand Ave Fifth Third Bank, 4840 Grand Ave Cardinal Liquors, 980 N Riverside Gurnee Library, 224 N. O’Plaine Rd Huntington Learning Center, 5101 Washington St. Jenny Craig, 5101 Washington St. Studio 21, 5101 Washington St. Advanced Laser Clinic, 5101 Washington St. Heather Ridge Golf Course, 5900 Manchester Dr Gurnee Mills Mall, 6710 W. Grand Ave. (Ent J) Rinkside Sports, 6152 Grand Ave. Bradley Counseling Center, 5465 Grand Ave. The Shipping Point, 5250 Grand Ave. Risotto’s Italian Restaurant, 5101 Washington St. Larry’s Barber Shop, 5101 Washington St. Tina’s Italian Bake Shop, 5101 Washington St. Ultimate Gymnastics, 1018 Tri State Pkwy


Lake Forest Hospital, 660 N Westmoreland Rd Fifth Third Bank, 990 S. Waukegan Rd Forrest Bootery, 284 E. Market Sq. Chamber Office, 695 N. Western Ave. DeerPath Inn, 255 E. Illinois Rd.


Twister’s Elite Allstar Cheer & Dance, 1600 N Milwaukee Ave

Therapy Tree, 89 Cedar Ave Bella’s Bounces, 1600 N. Milwaukee Ave. LLV Chamber, 500 E. Grand Ave. Round Lake Beach Chiropractic, 36735 N. Rte 83

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Park District, 2200 Grasslake Rd YMCA, 670 Lakeview Pkwy


Joy Of The Game, 1160 Allanson Rd Mundelein Park Dist., 1401 N Midlothian Mundelein Library, 1170 N Midlothian Bill’s Pub, 624 S Lake St. Mundelein Village Hall, 440 E Hawley St. Kumon, 726 Butterfield Rd PK Bennett Jewelers, 726 S Butterfield Rd Stone Habitat, 1476 Townline Rd Schwake Stone, 1440 Townline Rd DiCarlo Fine Wine & Spirits, 425 Townline Rd Corner Health Foods, 502 N Seymour Sheer Paradise Pet Salon & Spa, 408 N Seymour Dunkin Donuts, 722 S Il Rte 83 Natures Cleaners, 716 S Il Rte 83

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Park District, 814 Hart Rd. Panera Bread, 254 E. Rollins Rd. Dunkin Donuts, 706 E. Rollins Rd. Family Dental, 305 E. Rollins Rd. Olandos, 843 W. Rollins Rd. Chamber of Commerce, 2007 Civic Way


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