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Editor's Note I can’t believe it’s already November. Not because we’re standing at the precipice of another winter, but mainly because I am pregnant, and my due date is near the end of this month. It’s finally here. And I’m filled with anticipation, excitement and fear! This is my first child, and my husband and I are entering into completely foreign territory. Thoughts and worries regularly whirl in my head daily and nightly. I picture imaginary scenarios that answer unanswerable questions, like who will she be? What will she like? Will I be a good mom? Will I have any idea what I’m doing? The list seems to never end. I guess that’s what being a parent is all about.

in humanity is slowly being restored by these stories – told by inspiring locals whose good works often go unnoticed but have, nonetheless, created impactful change in their communities. With Thanksgiving approaching, it’s normal to consider the many ways in which I’m grateful. As a storyteller, I am grateful for all of YOU! For sharing your stories, for inspiring others, for instilling empathy and offering a different point of view. Every friendly gesture counts, every act of kindness adds up. The small good deeds made by many are mightier than the bad acts committed by a few.

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I think we all just want our kids to be better than ourselves. That’s the point, right? To pass on our knowledge and life experiences, and hope that they’ll take the best parts of us to create a better whole for themselves.

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ut of all of the decorating decisions you make in regard to your home, color may have the biggest impact. Your choice of paint can have an effect on how big a room looks, how well a space flows together and even how a person feels when he or she is in it. “There is definitely a connection to color and mood,” says Judy Pelinski, owner of Fresh Look Interiors in Lake in the Hills. “It’s the amount of colors in a space and the saturation of these colors that truly play on our emotions.” So, how do you pick the right paint color for inside your home? There are a few factors to consider, including the purpose of the room and the atmosphere you’re trying to create. “In general, color theory would encourage you to put cool calming tones, such as blues, greens, and purples in rooms where the primary function is relaxation and sleep,” says Angie Gardeck, interior designer and principal at New Perspective Interior Design in Cary.



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After more than two decades of dreaming, Marengo mayor and brother set to open Woodstock brewpub in late November


28 ‘SHE IS LOVED AND RESPECTED BY MANY’ Patti Lutz, a single mom of six children, inspires others through good works and unwavering integrity



Thanksgiving Day horror stories

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18 MISSION TO SERVE After surviving 9/11 Pentagon attack, Crystal Lake resident Ryan Yantis dedicates life to helping others

20 NEVER TOO YOUNG After beating breast cancer at 33, Woodstock resident Jeannine Ryan inspires support group for young women

22 EVOLVING ARTIST From entertainment writer to dance photographer, Ron McKinney masters movement in life and business

24 FINDING FORGIVENESS Woodstock priest, Dick Hattan, pens book about his struggle with ‘moral injury’ as a Vietnam veteran

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44 POWER OF GRATITUDE Wellness experts discuss how appreciating life’s gifts can keep you grounded and content

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After more than two decades of dreaming, Marengo mayor and brother set to open Woodstock brewpub in late November By Kevin Druley | Photos by Nancy Merkling


rothers John and Mark Koziol have entered the home stretch of their longtime goal to own and operate a brewpub.

The beer, burgers and wood-fired pizzas are so close to being served you can almost taste it! The Koziols are confident McHenry County residents will appreciate ShadowView Brewing, 2400 Lakeshore Drive, Woodstock, for its novel approach to craft beer. When folks will be able to start savoring the brewpubs beers and food is the only issue. ShadowView hopes to open its doors in late November. “That’s probably the most difficult thing we’re going to have,” John Koziol says. “We’re going to be open; we’re going to be ready to go, but we’re actually not going to be able to offer our full beer menu for a couple months. But we’re going to be focusing on craft across the board.” Home brewing has enticed these two brothers for decades, and will spill over into other areas of the drink menu, as the Koziols plan to use local wines and craft soft drinks from nearby companies. Mark Koziol ultimately took the brewing lead over his more food-oriented brother, and has sought to present his creations to a larger scale audience. Offerings include German beers, wheat beers, IPAs and stouts. Patrons can expect a rotating beer menu, and will be encouraged to offer feedback or suggestions about what to brew next. To the Koziols, that’s the beauty of the


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craft beer scene: any brew is possible, within reason. A similarly enterprising spirit guided the brothers toward opening ShadowView. John Koziol, the mayor of Marengo, was transitioning toward his June retirement as a McHenry County Sheriff’s Department sergeant, allowing him to devote more time to the project as Mark Koziol worked as an electrical engineer in Arlington Heights. Both brothers are longtime McHenry County residents, who decided to finally take a chance on delivering upon their desires to be restaurateurs. “Between me and my brother, we’ve been discussing this on and off for easily the last 20, 25 years,” John Koziol says. “And things just started falling into place and everything started to come together. We just figured, you know what, this is going to be the best time to try to jump in and see what we can get done and get accomplished.” The name ShadowView pays homage to the heritage of Woodstock’s Groundhog Day, an annual town pride point given its connection to the 1993 movie “Groundhog Day,” starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell. The Feb. 2 holiday originates from an Irish festival tied to Saint Brigid of Kildare, the “patron saint of beer.” After playing a waiting game of sorts for two-plus decades, the Koziols can stomach another few weeks of finalizing the details. “We’re excited,” John Koziol says. “It’s an exciting time, to be quite honest with you. But it’s been hectic. It’s been very, very busy, which I’m sure anyone in the business knows. I’m not lying there. But it’s all good. It’s been an exciting time, and it’s all been a learning experience.”

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A few years ago, I hosted my first Thanksgiving, and – a few months before that – we had just adopted a new boxer, Roxy.

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Thanksgiving Day horror stories When hosting any holiday event, things don’t always go according to plan. From cooking debacles and family feuds to pet problems and embarrassing toasts, here are just a few Thanksgiving Day hosting horror stories as told by fellow suburbanites:

A few days before thanksgiving, I went to the store and bought a 22-pound turkey. I placed the bird on my kitchen counter before remembering that I had forgotten to drop off my Redbox movie rental. So, I decided to run and return the DVD before I forgot. I was gone only 15 minutes. And during that time, Roxy found a way to drag the 22-pound frozen turkey from the counter to the floor, where she started to devour it! So, now I was left with a practically eaten frozen turkey that I obviously couldn’t feed to people, but I also felt guilty throwing it away. So, that year, I cooked two turkeys: one for us and one for the dogs.

but comfortable. The room was warm, but it was an especially cold Thanksgiving. My husband started bringing in the food. It was a bit of a tight squeeze between the seat at the head of the table and a window. And as my husband bent over to serve the turkey to my father, he backed into the window. His butt barely touched the window (he swears!), but – somehow – the window broke, sending a glass shower from the third floor to the apartment’s driveway, where our neighbors were loading up their car. The glass narrowly missed our neighbors for which we were thankful, indeed. The hot room and the outside cold, coupled with the age of the apartment, probably made the window extra fragile.

goes unconsumed. Pour the gravy, butter the roll, add a dollop of whip cream to that slice of pie, and, yes – thank you for asking – I will have seconds. But a couple of years ago, I was also served a healthy slice of humble pie. My mother hosts the big day every year, and every year we have at least 20 family members come together for the occasion. So, with a plate piled high and overflowing with all of the fixings, I squeezed in between two family members and bellied up to a dining room table that sat about 12. I caught a judgmental gaze from an aunt eyeing my behemoth helping, and even heard a “WOW!” from dear old dad before taking my seat.

I ignored the critics at the table, and proceeded to sit down. That’s when my chair decided to preemptively react to the plate of food set before me. The chair came crashing down from under me. Despite laughing it off, my face lit up like a flare, as I struggled to get up and the remnants of broken chair were – Lori Botterman removed from beneath me.

A quick cardboard and Duct Tape patch saved the rest of the evening and our guests from complete chill, and we enjoyed a slightly cold turkey dinner while laughing about my – Allison LaPorta husband’s “bionic butt.”

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My (first) husband and I were hosting our first Thanksgiving as a married couple in our Woodstock apartment. It was a beautiful old apartment building with a separate, formal dining room and many tall windows. Both sets of parents and our siblings were there, and we all gathered at the table – snug

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No matter the size or shape, it’s no secret that women have a distaste for any attention drawn to their weight. I’m no different. But during Thanksgiving, I indulge. No calorie

This year, I’m pregnant. And, as of Thanksgiving, I’ll be a mere two days away from my due date. So, who knows, maybe I’ll have an even better story to tell next year, or – at the very least – I’ll have to choose wisely when sitting down to dinner. – Kara Silva Editor, Shaw Media

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akeside Arts Park will host one of its largest annual the bill with famous musicians, such as Katy Perry, Barry fundraisers, the Christmas at the Dole Gala, and its Manilow and Rod Stewart. 1st Friday Art Show in December. In addition to the gala, Lakeside will continue its Christmas tradition by hosting the 1st Friday Art show. The gala will take place from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, The family-friendly event will feature an art exhibition, Dec. 1, and the 1st Friday Art Show will take place from entitled “Niveous Gifts,” that will showcase winter3 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. Both events will take place at Lakeside Legacy Arts Park at the Dole, 401 Country Club themed artwork. Road, in Crystal Lake. Patrons also can enjoy photos with Santa, a train village The gala’s “Roaring ’20s”-themed gala will feature cocktails and appetizers in the Dole Mansion, live music, a plated dinner in the Sage Gallery, silent and spot auctions, and an after party in “the Listening Room.” VIP guests can enjoy a pre-gala whiskey tasting experience in the speakeasy, presented by Harvard’s Rush Creek Distillery. “America’s Got Talent” finalists David and Dania will perform during the Gala. The Quick-Change artists have performed in more than 40 countries, have been on various TV shows – such as “Ellen,” and “Oprah” – have performed for the Queen of England, and have shared

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ART OF THE LAND ART SHOW AND FUNDRAISER WHEN: 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, and Saturday, Nov. 10 WHERE: The Starline Factory, 306 W. Front St., Harvard Experience two nights of artwork, photography, live music and more, in support of land preservation in McHenry County. This year is the 10th year of Art of the Land, a fundraiser benefiting The Land Conservancy of McHenry County. Both nights will feature art inspired by the local landscape, unique gifts for purchase, nature photography and People’s Choice photo-contest voting, a raffle, appetizers and a cash bar. Tickets start at $20. For tickets or more information, visit

Facebook page or veterans-day-runway-5k. HAPPY HOLLY DAYS IN DOWNTOWN MCHENRY WHEN: 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 WHERE: Veteran’s Park and Downtown McHenry, 3400 Pearl St., McHenry Happy Holly Days will feature a local food and craft fair, tree lighting (6 p.m. Saturday in Veteran’s Park), the grand opening of the Santa House (built by the McHenry High School Construction Technology Department), Christmas Walk (10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday), shopping specials in stores, characters, games, treats, and the Toys for Tots Parade (2 p.m. Sunday). For more information, visit the Happy Holly Days Facebook page.

AMY GRANT TO PERFORM AT RAUE CENTER WHEN: 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 WHERE: Raue Center For The Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake Grammy Award-winning crossover artist Amy Grant returns to Raue Center. Grant put contemporary Christian music on the map, becoming the first CCM artist to have a platinum record, the first to hit number one on the pop charts and the first to perform at the Grammy Awards. Tickets start at $65. For tickets or more information, visit

‘LITTLE WOMEN,’ THE MUSICAL WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, running Nov. 2 through Nov. 18 WHERE: Woodstock Opera House, 121 W. Van Buren St., Woodstock ‘Little Women,’ the musical, is and enduring classic that captures the essence of what it was like growing up in Civil War America. Tickets start at $18. For tickets or more information, visit www.

VETERANS DAY RUNWAY 5K WHEN: 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 WHERE: Lake in the Hills Airport, 8407 Pyott Road, Lake in the Hills The second annual Veterans Day 5K event gives runners the chance to race on a fully-functional airport runway. The event will feature a post-race celebration and awards ceremony in one of the airplane hangars. Veterans will receive a $5 discount and a free Veterans Day 5K sticker. For more information, visit the event

LIGHTING OF THE SQUARE WHEN: 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23 WHERE: Woodstock Square Historic District, 121 W. Van Buren St., Woodstock Kick off the holiday celebrations and Woodstock’s Victorian Christmas at the annual Lighting of the Square. At 7 p.m., a giant switch will be flipped as tens of thousands of twinkling lights illuminate the Woodstock sky. For more information, visit www.

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FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS PARADE IN CRYSTAL LAKE WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23 WHERE: Downtown Crystal Lake, 4471 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake The Festival of Lights Parade is the traditional start to the season when Santa Claus comes to town to light the town’s 40-foot community Christmas tree. The evening will be filled with lights, music and pageantry. The parade will end at the corner of Williams and Crystal Lake Ave. For more information, visit WOODSTOCK LADIES NIGHT OUT WHEN: 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 WHERE: Woodstock Square Historic District, 121 W. Van Buren St., Woodstock Hundreds of women from near and far will come out to enjoy local shops and restaurants during this popular holiday outing. For more information, visit ‘JANE LYNCH: A SWINGIN’ LITTLE CHRISTMAS’ WHEN: 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 WHERE: Raue Center For The Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake Broadway and Emmy Award-winning actress Jane Lynch and her posse are back for a comically kitsch throwback to the old WWII USO canteen and 1960s Christmas specials of yore. Lynch will be joined by fellow comedic actress Kate Flannery (“The Office”) and “Glee” vocal arranger, Tim Davis. Tickets start at $50. For tickets or more information, visit www. ‘A CHRISTMAS CAROL’ WHEN: Times vary; Friday, Nov. 23, through Sunday, Dec. 2 WHERE: Woodstock Opera House, 121 W. Van Buren St., Woodstock Join Ebenezer Scrooge as he journeys through the Christmases of past, present and future with his three ghostly guides. The production will feature colorful costumes, clever special effects and Christmas carols. Capture the spirit of the holiday season with this classic Dickens tale. Tickets start at $18. For tickets or more information, visit CHRISTMAS IN HARVARD WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 WHERE: Various locations in Downtown Harvard The event will feature breakfast with Mrs. Claus, a craft show, a visit with Santa, Christmas parade and Tree Lighting. For more information, visit www.




MERRY CARY HOLIDAY PARADE AND FESTIVAL WHEN: 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday,Dec. 2 WHERE: Downtown Cary The Merry Cary Parade will take place at 1 p.m. Other event features will include a visit with Santa, a petting zoo, pony rides, sleigh rides, carolers, music and more. For more information, visit ‘WINTER POPS 2018’ WHEN: 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 WHERE: Crystal Lake Holiday Inn, 800 S. Illinois Rte. 31, Crystal Lake The Crystal Lake Community Band will present “Winter POPS 2018” on Sunday, Dec. 2. Mike Polyack will be featured on bass trombone playing “Proclamation” by Gordon Langford. Tickets cost $12 for adults, $10 for seniors/students/military and $7 for groups of 10 or more. For tickets or more information, visit the www. or call 815-679-2263.

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NANCY L. STEINMEYER | Woodstock MIXED MEDIA: PAINT, PAPER AND WOOD CONSTRUCTION Nancy L. Steinmeyer has been an artist for more than 40 years, and has been working full time on her art for the past 30 years.

Thru November 10th:

The various media and methods she uses in her work include drawing, 3-D paintings, mixed-media constructions, murals and paper sculptures.

• Clayworkers Guild of Illinois Annual Members' Show, a juried exhibition of local ceramic artists • FUSEDChicago, an encaustic fine art exhibition by Chicago-area artists

Her work explores the relationships between family members and pets, and the relationships of animals to each other, as well as environmental issues, the right to vote and more.

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• New Hires: (Nov 1 - Jan 20): An exhibition featuring work by the new adjunct faculty from the McHenry County College Art Department. In the MCC Satellite Gallery. • Winter Solstice Holiday Show: (Nov 15 - Jan 5) Local artists present a diverse collection of hand-made gifts of all sorts, including paintings, ceramics, jewelry, fiber arts and more! • Clayworkers Guild of Illinois Holiday Sale: (Nov 15 - Jan 5) The Clayworkers return for their fabulous Holiday Sale, featuring hundreds of ceramic items hand-crafted by local artists. Featured Local Artist: Nan Seidler

Steinmeyer has shown her work all over the country. Locations have included the Willis Tower in Chicago, the Museum of Wisconsin Art and Charleston Heights Arts Center Gallery in Las Vegas. Her work also can be found in both public and private collections, including the home of former Lt. Gov. Corinne Wood and the Illinois State Museum, she says. Locals may have seen Steinmeyer’s work in the downtown Woodstock area, as well, as she has participated in the painted carousel and rocking horse public art displays. For more information about her work or to contact the artist, visit SM-CL1592796

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OF MENTAL HEALTH Through art therapy, Woodstock resident Linda Ziert helps clients uncover subconscious By Annemarie Mannion Photos by Ron McKinney


abbing images with paint on canvas, arranging words in a collage or molding clay – each are acts of creativity that also have the power to change lives. Linda Ziert, who operates Radiant Art Therapy in Crystal Lake, is a registered art therapist who incorporates various media into her mental health counseling work in order to help people grow, thrive and create the lives they want. Ziert believes art has the power to save lives. She first got interested in the form of therapy while observing a group of kids creating pieces of art. “I was shocked and amazed to see how these kids, who were quiet and guarded, opened up when they were in the art therapy group,” she says.   Ziert, who lives in Woodstock, received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Barat College in Lake Forest and a Master of Science in art therapy from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in Indiana. “Art therapy is a mental health field that helps people use the creative process for self-expression and for self-management,” Ziert says. Ziert’s clients receive an initial assessment of their needs, and then – during their sessions – she asks them to work on art projects. She uses a variety


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of media, including chalk, colored pencil, watercolor, acrylic paint, clay and collage materials. Often Ziert will pose a question for clients to be thinking about as they work. For someone who is numbed by depression or substance abuse, for instance, the creative process may help them connect with long buried feelings. “It’s sensory, so they tap into their emotions,” she says. Interpreting the images they create can help clients better understand a problem. For someone in an unhappy relationship, she might challenge them to draw what their relationship looks like to them. In one instance, it helped a client better understand a problem. “They didn’t realize their current relationship had made them feel like a child again,” she says. By creating art “you can uncover subconscious things – things they haven’t been able to verbalize,” Ziert adds. As Ziert helps clients untangle what the artwork means to them, she helps them set goals, solve problems or gain insight. “You ask from a place of wonderment and curiosity so they can make the connections themselves,” she says. “There’s a knack to the verbal part of the processing.”

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Art therapy doesn’t require any special talents. “You don’t have to have any artistic skill,” Ziert says. “It’s a way of communicating and organizing your thoughts.” Art therapy also can be useful in groups. While working with a group of junior high students, Ziert wanted to help them increase their self-esteem. So, she challenged them to think about their passions and then create necklaces with letters spelling a word that meant the most to them. Ziert says art therapy is powerful, action-oriented and requires brain power. And, at the end, clients go home with an object that is meaningful to them. “There is a lasting, tangible thing after each session that also reminds people of what they learned,” she says.

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To serve is Ryan Yantis’ passion. After college in 1983, Yantis entered the U.S. Army. He served in various leadership positions and as an Army public relations officer in 33 countries. His leadership skills and abilities allowed him to interact with global influencers in sensitive situations. On September 11, 2001, the then-major, Yantis, served at the Pentagon – the headquarters for the U.S. Department of Defense. That morning, Yantis and his superior, Lt. Col. Henry Huntley, were scheduled to attend a meeting on the west side of the building. But Huntley didn’t have the room number for the meeting, and Yantis insisted that they circle back to get the information. Because of Yantis’ decision, both men survived the explosion when

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American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the building. Both men were actively involved in helping victims on the scene that day. Yantis was decorated for his heroic actions on the day of the attack; he also provided servant leadership in the months that followed. Today, Yantis is committed to sharing his 9/11 experience to keep the history relevant. He presents the facts with gratitude and emotion to schools, businesses and community groups nationwide. “High school students are fascinated by the story,” says Yantis. “This world-changing event happened before they were born. They are full of curiosity and questions.” After completing his Army career in 2006, Yantis spent several years in

leadership positions for nonprofit organizations and in the state government. In 2016, he founded SilverLeaf Leadership Communication in Crystal Lake to provide leadership training, PR consulting and help with veterans issues. SilverLeaf is a nod to the silver “leaves” rank on the shoulder of Lt. Col. Yantis’ uniform, since his business incorporates proven military leadership and communication practices gleaned over 30 years of experience and service. Additionally, Yantis offers “Veteran Oral History” to allow veterans to share their stories. He has a gift for helping family and friends understand the service of their loved ones. Community service is at the core of Yantis’ works, and he continues to engage in local outreach through the

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Rotary Club of Crystal Lake Dawnbreakers, which he joined two years ago. “Ryan has immersed himself in the Rotary motto of ‘Service Above Self,’” says club president Dean Solberg. “He has led the club on service projects with Home of the Sparrow, Salvation Army bell-ringing, road cleanup and much more. He is the co-chair of our 30th annual Western Auction, where we raise $60 to $80,000 to give back to the community.”


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Five years ago, Jeannine Ryan of Woodstock became a statistic. She became one of the eight women in the U.S. who will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. She was just 33 when she received the difficult diagnosis in January 2014. “I was in shock,” Ryan says. “I found a lump myself during a self-exam.” Ryan underwent a double mastectomy, and became the inspiration for Young Ribbons – a breast cancer support group geared toward breast cancer survivors under age 50 at Centegra Health System, which is part of Northwestern Medicine.

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As a mother of two children who were in kindergarten and first grade at the time of her diagnosis, Ryan found that she didn’t relate well to other breast cancer support groups, which tended to draw an older crowd. “I was going to meetings with people who were 70 or 80, and I was 33,” says Ryan, who is now 38 years old. “Someone who’s older when they’re diagnosed doesn’t have the same battle.”

Young women with breast cancer face different issues than older patients, including raising young children, balancing treatment with family or jobs or wondering how treatment may affect fertility.

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The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation reports that young women with breast cancer are a relatively small group compared to older women. Fewer than five percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer are younger than 40. Rates begin to increase after age 50 and are highest for women over age 70. The median age of diagnosis of breast cancer for women in the U.S. is 62.

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Ryan wanted to find support and help others in her age group through such challenges as loss of privacy. “All of a sudden you go from something (your body) that’s private to something that’s not private,” Ryan says. “All of a sudden, you’re in a room picking out nipple tattoos.”




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The monthly meetings of Young Ribbons at Centegra Gravers Breast Care Center in Crystal Lake attract about five to 10 people per meeting. “A lot of time we talk about our kids. We’re still trying to make things normal for our families,” Ryan says. As someone who’s been through a cancer battle, Ryan says she can offer practical advice on such items as what to have on hand for post-surgery recovery and what are possible side effects of surgery. Karla Towlinski, a breast health navigator at Centegra, says the Young Ribbons group is needed. “Our other group is more general, and our young women’s journey is a little different,” Towlinski says. “Their stage of life is different. They are talking about raising younger kids, relationships and sexuality.”

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From entertainment writer to dance photographer, Ron McKinney masters movement in life and business By Annemarie Mannion


rom military journalist to entertainment writer to photographer specializing in capturing the beauty of movement and dance, Algonquin resident Ron McKinney has walked many paths in his lifetime.

As an entertainment writer he has interviewed a slew of musical luminaries, such as Melissa Etheridge, Chris Isaak, Kris Kristofferson and Harry Connick Jr., among many others. McKinney, 59, grew up in California and New Mexico. His first love was writing, and it served him well in the late 1980s and early 1990s as a journalist and photographer for the U.S. Army’s European edition of Stars and Stripes in Griesheim, Germany. “I always had an interest in being creative – whether it was writing or photography,” says McKinney, who recently relocated his namesake photography business from his downtown Algonquin studio to a large warehouse in Crystal Lake. McKinney also works as the principal photographer for Shaw Media’s magazines covers. McKinney continued his proclivity for the written word when he worked at a newspaper, where he served as an entertainment and sports writer, which provided opportunities for him to interview top musicians and athletes. He took photos and chatted with iconic ice-skating stars, such as Kristi Yamaguchi and Brian Boitano. “I loved the beauty of figure skating, particularly ice dancing, and the athleticism needed to make those leaps and spins,” McKinney says. “It was absolutely mesmerizing to watch.” One of his favorite interviews was with singer-songwriter Kristofferson, who, like McKinney, had served in the military.


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Self-portrait by Ron McKinney

“[Kris Kristofferson] was someone who had to work really hard for his success,” says McKinney. “His songs have always touched me. It was just a meaningful conversation.”

“If you had told me as a teenager that I’d end up being a dance photographer, I’d have had a pretty good laugh at that,” he says.

He also spent three days with the Beach Boys, which let him see how the band interacted when not in the spotlight.

While he also does headshots, portraits of seniors, families and other work, McKinney is still intrigued mostly by dance. He revels in the challenge of finding that moment when a dancer’s skill is on display most beautifully.

“They kind of let their guard down a little,” McKinney says. In 1990, he interviewed Rob Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan who had soared to fame as the pop duo Milli Vanilli. Their success was fleeting, however, when it was discovered that the duo were not actually singing their songs. “It was a really fascinating study in pop culture … using a couple of hip, dread-locked dancers to front the band,” says McKinney. After getting out of the army in 1993, McKinney went to work for the Clovis News Journal in New Mexico. Eventually, he diverted from journalism to the nonprofit education world where he became president of the Art Institute of Austin (Texas) and Houston-North. He also married his wife, Beth, with whom he has two girls, Elle, 16, Mia, 14 and a boy, Casey, 11. Shooting photos of his daughter’s dance recitals ignited a passion for capturing the beauty of dance. His photos impressed Vicki Summers, executive director of the Summers Academy of Dance in Crystal Lake. “Ron has an extraordinarily good and innate sense of athletics, timing and color,” says Summers. “He captures the movement of dance very well.” McKinney continued to shoot dance photos as a hobby. He took photos of the Houston Ballet and saw his work was published in Dance, Pointe and other national dance magazines. So, eventually, in 2012, he became a full-time photographer. PEOPLE

“It takes a lot to understand what the key moment is and to capture it,” he says. “I like figuring that out … .” For a series of photographs he has dubbed the “Urban Portrait Series,” McKinney takes dancers to unexpected locations for photo shoots that highlight their skills, as well as the setting’s unique look, drama or beauty. “It’s about taking the dancer off stage and into nature or the city. The dancer interacts with the environment,” he says. “It’s a broader, more creative approach to photography.” While most of his clients want outdoor shoots, McKinney also has a well-appointed studio for indoor shoots. His new studio, located at 800 McArdle Drive, Unit G, in Crystal Lake, is 3,250 square feet and has 20-foot-high ceilings. When he considers where his career has taken him – from interviewing celebrities to the nonprofit education sector to dance photography – McKinney is amazed. “It’s taken a lot of directions. It’s been interesting, for sure,” he says. While he enjoyed meeting celebrities in the sports and music worlds, McKinney has no regrets about pursuing his passion for photography, particularly to capture the beauty of dance. “Dance is my thing now,” he says.

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forgiveness Woodstock priest Dick Hattan pens book about his struggle with ‘moral injury’ as a Vietnam veteran By Jonathan Bilyk

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oodstock resident Dick Hattan tried, for many years, to put his finger on a particular feeling that was consistently gnawing at the back of his mind, he says.

boy, he wanted to be a Catholic priest. But after three years of seminary, he said he discovered he also wanted to marry and start a family.

He had long known that this feeling involved the need to do something more – not for himself, necessarily – but for “humanity,” as he puts it.

So, in 1969, he says that he “allowed” himself to be drafted by the Army.

Once Hattan figured out what this “feeling” was, he also discovered a desire to share it with others, like him, who struggled with the same ailment. It’s what those in the mental health community are coming to know as “moral injury.” “It’s something people are just becoming aware of,” Hattan says. “We know of the injuries soldiers will come home with, devastating injuries to their bodies and their mental health, through PTSD and the like. But now we are seeing something else: an injury to the soul.” Recently, Hattan has published his first book, entitled “Invisible Scars of War: A Veteran’s Struggle with Moral Injury.” The book centers on Hattan’s experiences, now with nearly 50 years of hindsight, as a soldier in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Growing up on the South Side of Chicago, Hattan says that he never really wanted to be a soldier. While his father was a veteran of World War II, Hattan says, as a

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He says that he knew even then, after studying the writings of Augustine and others, that the war in Vietnam was “immoral.” “It was imperialistic,” he says. “An undeclared war that violated every part of ‘Just War Theory.’” Looking back, he says that he could’ve done any number of things to avoid being drafted. “I could have protested; I could have gone into the Peace Corps; or find some other peaceful way. Yet, ultimately, I didn’t have the courage,” he says. Hattan ultimately served in Vietnam from 1970-1972, assigned to the 101st Airborne division. And while he served in a non-combat role, Hattan still served in support of operations and ideas that provided a justification for the war effort, he says. “It looked and felt like [colonization],” Hattan says. “I saw firsthand how our soldiers treated the people there, doing what they were taught to do by a program that taught us to hate and dehumanize those on the other side.”

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“We know of the injuries soldiers will come home with, devastating injuries to their bodies and their mental health, through PTSD and the like. But now we are seeing something else: an injury to the soul.” – Dick Hattan, Woodstock resident and author of “Invisible Scars of War: A Veteran’s Struggle with Moral Injury”

In the four decades that followed his return home, Hattan says that he was never able to shake the feelings of “self-loathing” and depression that resulted from the war. No matter how much success he found in his life, such as raising and supporting his family, working in a 44-year career in healthcare administration or becoming a priest in the Independent Catholic Church – a post to which he was ordained in 2015 – he still found himself returning to the same spot in his mind – this unshakable “feeling.” “I knew from the start God would and had forgiven me,” says Hattan. “But I never forgave myself.” In more recent years, Hattan says he had also begun journaling about his life experiences, either as a blogger or as part of writing groups, including a writing workshop for veterans. And it was in a writing environment that he says he finally landed on the words he needed to give form to his unhealed moral injury, and – at last – began to find release.

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Given the large numbers of U.S. Armed Forces veterans who have served in conflicts, and who are still returning home regularly from continuing U.S. military operations in places like Afghanistan and elsewhere, Hattan says he hopes his book can help others like him struggling to square their service in war against their moral beliefs. “I wrote this book for myself,” says Hattan. “But my hope is someone out there, my fellow vets and their family members, can use this book to get their arms and their minds around the idea of moral injury, identify it in themselves and find some way to deal with it.”

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very morning before dawn, Paul Turnbaugh takes his two rescue dogs and goes for a walk. He hikes in the prairie and conservation areas around his Marengo home, taking hundreds of photographs that will later become subjects of his paintings. “McHenry County has a wealth of wildlife and natural prairie,” he says. “That’s where I get my inspiration.” Turnbaugh has been painting local landscapes for the past 20 years. His realistic depictions of the area’s wetlands, woodlands, farms and birds are on display at Wild Heartland, the art gallery he owns in Marengo.

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“It’s a great place for people to come and view the work up close,” he says. Many of Turnbaugh’s pieces at the


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gallery are available for sale as limited-edition prints. (Typically, there are 500.) He has sold his work to buyers all across the country. At Wild Heartland, guests can peruse a selection of his work and browse the full collection on his computer. He can only display a fraction of his collection, since his paintings number close to 400.

of-a-kind space and studio over the course of eight months. “It’s kind of like my paintings,” he says. “I have no idea what it’s going to look like when it’s done. I just go into it, and I’m surprised at the end.”

“I work really fast because I’ve been an illustrator all these years, and they have very tight deadlines, so I crank out a lot of work,” he says.

Besides wildlife, Turnbaugh also paints patriotic subjects, such as the flag, bald eagles and national monuments. He’s officially licensed to use military imagery by the Army and Marine Corps and frequently donates his prints to raise funds for veteran groups.

Visitors also can check out his studio in the gallery and sign the “guest book” on the back of the door, which has accumulated more than 800 signatures.

“I do a lot of things involving military and veterans,” he says. “My son enlisted in the army in 2009 – and my interest switched to that – and it really changed my life.”

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Marengo area, and he’s a longtime participant in 4th Fridays at The Starline Gallery in Harvard. “I love showing [my work] so I can talk to people about it,” he says. “People are curious about artists, they want to know what makes you tick.” Before he began painting full time, Turnbaugh worked as a freelance illustrator and created artwork for books, advertisements and more. “With the advent of digital technology, the need for illustrations just diminished,” he says. “I still do some, but publishing changed radically.”

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Where one opportunity faded, a decades-long passion emerged. “The act of painting is just euphoric for me,” Turnbaugh says. “I love the process; I’m excited to go into work after all these years. I just can’t wait to get in and get started.” Wild Heartland is located at 116 S. State St. in Marengo. For more information or to view Paul’s artwork, visit

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Patti Lutz, a single mom of six children, inspires others through good works and unwavering integrity By MELISSA RUBALCABA RISKE | Photo by FROM ME 2 YOU PHOTOGRAPHY


fter seeing a job posting at Home State Bank in Crystal Lake, Patti Lutz applied. Then, the next day, she followed up with a phone call. She called again the next day, and the next, asking if the position had been filled. After several days of calling her tenacity paid off when the hiring manager told her she got the job. It was more than persistence that landed her the job. Lutz had just become a single parent of six children, and she needed income to keep a roof over their heads. A job that was still close to home and the children’s school was ideal. She was hired as a teller, working at the drive-up window and moving between the main bank and the branch on Route 14. It’s been 39 years since she first walked into the bank seeking a job. Today, Lutz is the vice president of commercial services, which means – each day – she meets with her clients, whom she knows by name. Whether her clients have multi-million dollar businesses or have small, family-run businesses, she treats each of them exactly the same, she says. “I have the best clients, and I love them all,” Lutz says. “I love knowing your helping them grow their business.” From early on in her career, the bank proved to be more than a job for Lutz. “Integrity is something very important to me and something Home State Bank stood for,” she says, adding that community service was encouraged by her managers. Lutz joined the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce where, Lutz says, she met incredible mentors and others dedicated to their work and to serving the community. “I jumped in with both feet,” she says, adding that “I tend to back things I respect and admire. A healthy,

vibrant community is very intertwined with a healthy, vibrant business community.” Lutz grew up in upstate New York. When she was young, her family moved to Crystal Lake after her father was transferred to a job working in downtown Chicago. She says her dad was her first mentor. “He just had a passion for life, and he taught us from an early age that actions have consequences, and you’ve got to be responsible; you’ve got to give it everything you’ve got,” she says. Today, Lutz practices those lessons and brings passion to both her work and volunteer efforts in the community. She is an active part of the Lakeside Legacy Foundation having completed a six-year term on the foundation board, which oversees the Lakeside Legacy Arts Park at the Dole. There, Lutz combines her love of art and music by helping support programming and events. “She’s an inspiring woman who loves her family, has a strong faith and a passion to help and serve others,” says Siobhan Cottone, executive director of the Lakeside Legacy Arts Park at the Dole. Cottone also says that Lutz is a leader who has the ability to inspire people to work together on specific tasks with successful outcomes. “She’s a leader who’s positive attitude is contagious, and she is not afraid to take risks,” Cottone adds. “She is loved and respected by many.” Lutz also is a longtime volunteer with Resurrection Catholic Church, where, for more than 30 years, she has served in a variety of ways, from chairwoman of a finance committee to youth ministry and choir. “It’s a very welcoming church and very family-oriented,” Lutz says. “No one comes and feels left out.”

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And while it wasn’t easy raising six children as a single-parent, Lutz says by rising early, staying organized and with some help from the older children, they made it. Today, she boasts that she has the best children. For her 60th birthday, Lutz’ children presented her with a small box containing drawings from her grandchildren and letters from each of them, sharing their memories. “I still keep that box on my dresser. It’s probably the most precious thing I’ve got,” Lutz says. “I got to see what’s in their hearts and that means more to me than anything.”

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Holiday treasure hunt Deck the halls with one-of-a-kind wares at Roscoe antique mall in Woodstock By Kelsey O’Connor | Photos by Nancy Merkling


f the idea of an antique mall conjures up cluttered rooms piled high with dusty plates and trinkets, then you probably haven’t visited Roscoe Woodstock Antique Mall. “Antique malls have gotten a bad name because they’ve filled up with a lot of garage sale stuff that aren’t really antiques,” says Gaylene Stromberg, who owns two local antique malls with her husband, Ted London. “We’ve established our malls with guidelines that have brought us much better quality of merchandise.” These guidelines help the couple determine what merchandise they’ll display and sell at their 35,000-square-foot showroom in Woodstock. The couple focuses on items made in the 1960s or earlier that are of good quality and have a certain eye-catching quality. “Typically, it has to be unique,” says Stromberg. “We have really great, authentic things because in the 1960s, and earlier, not nearly as much was mass-produced.” That means that you won’t find corny collectible items or kitschy baubles. For Stromberg and London, an antique should be functional or bring an interesting accent to the home.


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The couple now has two local showrooms: their original location, Roscoe Antique Mall in South Beloit, and their newer spot, Roscoe Woodstock Antique Mall. While both malls focus on high-quality, hard-to-find antiques, the Woodstock location has a slightly different emphasis. Alongside furniture, shoppers will find unique game room items, such an vintage gas pumps, advertising signs, early slot machines, pinball games, gumball machines, and more. “Those are my husband’s specialty,” says Stromberg. “We have an enormous collection ourselves, and it’s what he most enjoys shopping for and knows the most about.” The mall also features 35 different vendors that bring a variety of goods to sell. Both the vendors and the Strombergs are constantly switching up their wares by offering new items. “It’s always changing,” says Stromberg. “There’s different merchandise all the time and different displays, so it’s always interesting.” One of the best times of year to visit the antique mall is during the holiday season. Beginning on Thanksgiving weekend, both malls will feature special Christmas displays, and offer special holiday sales and hot cider on weekends. The Woodstock location will feature aluminum and ceramic mid-century style Christmas trees. At the South Beloit mall, there will be an extensive antique BUSINESS & CIVIC

Christmas display on loan, including an array of vintage snow globes. The holidays are a popular time to shop for furniture, says Stromberg. Often, visitors will come in looking for additional chairs, a bigger table, nice serving dishes or decorative items before they host family and friends at their home. “There are lots of things to choose from, not just for gifts but entertaining,” she says. “We have a lot of holiday prep, decorating and entertaining items.” Whether you’re looking to shop or not, visiting an antique mall during the holidays is a one-of-a-kind experience you won’t get elsewhere. “If they have an appreciation for old things, they’ll enjoy their time walking around whether they buy something or not,” says Stromberg. “They come in and they’re in awe of all the stuff that we have. It’s kind of a jawdropping experience for most people.”

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THINK BIG , shop small

The benefits of shopping locally on Small Business Saturday By Allison Horne


hanksgiving is approaching rapidly, which means that holiday décor and Christmas trees have started to line the aisles at every store in town. Once November’s family feast is over, everyone’s attention will turn to one thing: holiday shopping. For small business owners in McHenry County, the month before Christmas is so much more than just a busy time full of holiday merriment: it’s their livelihood. That’s where Small Business Saturday comes in.


Small Business Saturday was started by American Express in 2010 to encourage shopping at local businesses during a time when the economy was in recession. By 2012, officials in all 50 states were participating and, by 2017, there were 7,200 Neighborhood Champions


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across the country organizing events in their communities. “We choose to participate, as American Express makes it so easy to do so, and the community has chosen to embrace it,” says Arlene Lynes, owner of Read Between the Lynes book shop in Woodstock. “It is truly a way for the community to come together, shop local and say thank you for being a part of our community.” The event is held yearly across the nation the Saturday after Thanksgiving, just one day after Black Friday, which generally tends to be one of the biggest shopping days of the year. “We’re not celebrating one business; we’re celebrating a group,” says Lori McConville, coowner of Marvin’s Toy Store in Crystal Lake. “It takes a lot of effort to pull all the pieces together, and there’s a lot more behind [Small Business Saturday] than just one store. It’s an enjoyable atmosphere and your dollars are staying close.”


While Small Business Saturday may have started as a national initiative, it’s become so much more close to home for local business owners who have invested their time and energy into making it a success every year.


While most small business owners pride themselves on quality customer service and products offered year-round, Small Business Saturday puts their shops and businesses in the spotlight – and they take full advantage. “On Small Business Saturday, we highlight the uniqueness that small businesses offer,” Lynes says. “It’s no secret that the products we sell can be purchased elsewhere and even at a discount. We choose to focus on what shopping online doesn’t provide.” For some shop owners, those unique services

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provided in the store can be as simple as a smile and a friendly face. Others are experts in their trade and can offer their knowledge from behind the counter, instead of letting shoppers take a risk on unverified products online. “We show our customers we appreciate them,” McConville says. “We are talking to them, talking about their kids, and asking what’s new with them. We’re watching people build their families, and we’ve got lots to say and hear for the people who walk through our doors.”

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McConville and her daughter and co-owner, Kate, originally decided to start the shop when her daughter was looking for toys for her own kids and couldn’t find any quality toys in the community. Instead of turning to the internet, the duo decided to bring those quality products to the community. “When you shop locally, you’re investing in the people who live in your community,” McConville says. “It’s very much a group effort – one of us doesn’t exist without the others.” To draw customers in, many shops are offering special deals or incentives. Marvin’s Toy Store will be doing some sort of raffle or giveaway, while Read Between the Lynes will be featuring local resident Chris Parrish, who will be selling his film, “Thrill Ride,” at the event, and Joni Downey of “Characters of Characters” will be hosting a storytime. Downtown Crystal Lake, along Main Street, also is running a fun selfie contest, which gives consumers the chance to win a goody bag if they post a picture of themselves and their purchased items on its Facebook event page.


Not only does money spent in small businesses benefit small storeowners, but it also has a huge impact on the communities surrounding those shops. “None of the money you spend online stays in your community,” says Mary Margaret Maule, president of the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce. “Even the internet tax goes to the state. The best way to have the highest level of impact on your community ecosystem is to buy from independent owneroperators.” Roughly 68 cents of every dollar spent in a local independently-owned store stays in the community, Maule says, adding that the sales tax is used for things like infrastructure, school districts, first responders and emergency management. Maule notes that even if you spent $100 of your holiday shopping money at a small, independentlyowned storefront, the impact could be exponential. “If you shop local, it really benefits in keeping your community unique and having decision makers who are your neighbors,” Maule says. “It creates jobs locally, and ultimately, you help the environment by eliminating packing waste, and you help to bring the community up more.”

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ou could call Elisabet Reyes something of a Renaissance woman. She plays the violin, paints, speaks five languages and is working on her PhD. And, as of March this year, you can add professional junk remover to the list. “I never expected I’d be doing this. My mom had a heart attack when I told her,” Reyes says with a laugh. Reyes, an Army Reservist and member of the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce, is the owner of JDog Junk Removal and Hauling in Lake Zurich, which serves McHenry County and other areas north of Interstate 90 to the Wisconsin state line. Reyes and her three employees, two of whom are also military veterans, collect refuse from homes and businesses that

include construction debris, discarded electronics, furniture, appliances, yard waste and more. The company, which was founded in Philadelphia, is the only company in America that offers franchise opportunities exclusively to veterans and their families. In a 2017 interview with CBS Pittsburgh, Founder and CEO Jerry Flanagan says that the training and work ethic woven into military culture goes a long way in helping veterans succeed as small business owners. “It makes all the difference. This is not an easy job; it’s hard work,” Flanagan says. The military also teaches members to treat one another with respect and trust. That not only influences how JDog owners and employees treat the public,


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but how the public responds to JDog. “Customers want to support military veteran-owned businesses and welcome us into their homes,” Flanagan says. In her work, Reyes has found that sense of reciprocal good will to be very real. “People trust us,” she says. Reyes enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2011 as a way to pay for her education at Penn State University, and quickly realized she was getting more out of the experience than tuition. “[The Army] taught me discipline and about following through with my commitments. I learned the importance of putting others before myself and that what we do has an impact in the world,” she says. In 2016, she graduated with a degree in


human development and family studies, with a specialty in trauma, and moved to San Diego for a new job and to work on her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of California. A chance meeting with a JDog franchisee sparked her interest in the company’s mission to help veterans transition into civilian life, and provide a work environment that mirrors the close bond soldiers share. A few months later, she took over the Lake Zurich franchise. Since serving others and making a positive difference are values that drew Reyes both to the military, and to the field of psychology, she sees her JDog business as an extension of that mission. “Junk removal is just the discipline we’re using to bring veterans together and deploy them in community service,” she says.

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DIABETES Sheila Glazov Photos provided

In honor of National Diabetes Awareness Month, the Glazov family shares their diagnosis journey By Sue Dobbe-Leahy

It’s a difficult reality to face when a doctor says, “I’m sorry to tell you that your child has Type 1 Diabetes.” That’s precisely what happened to Barrington resident Sheila Glazov in 1985, when her 15-year old son, Joshua, was diagnosed with diabetes. After Joshua’s diagnosis, the immediate focus of Glazov and her husband, Jordan, was to find a diabetes clinic to take care of their son and to educate their family about Type 1 Diabetes. At the time, there were few resources on the subject available to families. Since there seemed to be an educational void, Glazov decided to partner with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Through the foundation, Glazov has been able to help educate other families facing the new and daunting challenges of living with T1D. Glazov wrote a book on the topic, as well, entitled “Purr-fect Pals: A Kid, A Cat & Diabetes,” which has served as a valuable source of information, inspiration and comfort. The book is given out to families in what is known as a “Bag of Hope,” which contains other diabetes-related


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educations materials, as well. Today, JDRF prepares thousands of Bags of Hope, annually, to give to newly diagnosed children and their families. Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune disease that does not have a cure. For most people, the pancreas releases insulin to help the body store and use sugar and fat from food. Diabetes occurs when the pancreas no longer produces enough insulin to keep blood sugar in a safe and healthy range. The risks to individuals with swings in blood sugar levels can include mood changes, fainting, seizures, stroke, coma, brain damage, loss of sight, loss of limbs, and even death. But, “diabetes can be managed with care and attention,” says Dr. Achal Garbharran, an endocrinologist with Centegra Physician Care in McHenry. Garbharran has been caring for people with diabetes for 11 years, and believes that “education is at the heart of successful diabetes management.” “Northwestern Medicine’s program has been recognized as a Center of Excellence


by the American Diabetes Association,” Garbharran says. “We have a team that includes clinical nurse specialists, registered dietitians, registered nurses, [a] diabetes center coordinator and four endocrinologists with offices in McHenry, Huntley and Crystal Lake.” Garbharran says that Type 1 diabetes will always be there, every time the child eats, plays, and sleeps. Starting with the basics, people with diabetes must learn to count carbohydrates, read food labels and estimate carbohydrates. “It is still difficult to manage at times, but new technology can lead to fewer interruptions of daily life,” Garbharran says. Her team trains and coaches the entire family to properly eat, exercise, shop and prepare food. “We want children with diabetes to live, as much as possible, like their peers without diabetes,” Garbharran says. There have been many advancement’s in technology to help make that desire a reality.

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“Today’s insulin pumps can be worn on the body and can provide insulin when it is needed. A waterproof glucose monitoring sensor can attach to the arm or stomach to continuously read levels. The device has a sensor alarm and data can be downloaded to share with the medical team and family,� Garbharran says. At the time of Joshua Glazov’s diagnosis, his dream was to fly airplanes. But he wasn’t eligible to be a pilot because of his T1D diagnosis. Yet, he still pursued his dream of being amongst the clouds when he decided to go skydiving. His passion for flight wasn’t satisfied with just one jump, however. So, he trained to become one of two skydiving jump masters living with T1D in the U.S. at the time, according to JDRF’s spring issue of Countdown Magazine, published in 2001. At 48-years of age, Joshua Glazov is now a successful attorney, married to Sheryl Freeman Glazov, and is the father of a 14-year old son, who is taking flying lessons.

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It may be getting cold outside, but that’s no reason to avoid the great outdoors and all of the amazing fall and winter runs and races that await. From races for a good cause, turkey trots and Santa fun runs to 50Ks sprawling through multiple forest preserves, there’s a race for the entire family.

Lace up those sneakers and get ready to run (or walk) to 2019: LOU BIRD EPILEPSY 5K

Participate in McHenry County’s inaugural Lou Bird Epilepsy 5K – an event launched by Lou Bird, a foundation started in 2017 by Margaret and Chris Chase after their daughter, Larkin (“Lou Bird”), was diagnosed with Epilepsy. While Larkin’s medications are covered, her parents want others struggling with the same issues to be covered, so all funds raised will be donated to the Epilepsy Foundation of North/Central Illinois in Crystal Lake, which serves all of McHenry County. The race itself is a chip-timed, certified 5K-course, and each participant will be entered in a free raffle. WHERE: Betsy Warrington Park, 12209 W. Main St., Huntley WHEN: 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 COST: $30 in advance, prices are higher the day of the race MORE INFO:; 985-213-2684


Grab your four-legged friend and get to Lippold Park to help support homeless animals at the Panting for Paws 5K and 1-Mile Family Run/Walk. All funds raised will benefit the Helping Paws Animal Shelter in Woodstock, which has been providing food, shelter and medical care to animals for the last 49 years. The 5K is a timed and certified race. The family run/walk is untimed and canine companions are allowed to participate. Participants will get a long-sleeved performance shirt, and hot dogs, beer and other snacks will be available after the race. WHERE: Lippold Park, 851 IL 176, Crystal Lake WHEN: 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 COST: $20-$35 MORE INFO:; 815-338-4400


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Henry’s Thanksgiving Day Hustle was founded in honor of Henry Betts, who was born in 2012 and later diagnosed with muscular dystrophy. The sixth annual event will benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and non-perishable food items will also be collected for the Algonquin Lake in the Hills Interfaith Food Pantry. Awards will be given to the top finishers in each age division in the 5K. There also is a kids’ dash available for younger children. WHERE: Marlowe Middle School, 9625 Haligus Rd., Lake in the Hills WHEN: 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 22 COST: $20-$30 MORE INFO:; 630-476-6187


Since the first event in 2012, the McHenry Turkey Trot for Hospice has raised $142,000 to honor its family matriarch, Carlene Siman, who died of cancer in 2011. She spent her last days with the JourneyCare Hospice and Palliative Services, which receive all of the proceeds from this annual race. The race is chip-timed, and there will be awards for the top finishers in each age group. The Siman Family Charities are hoping to cross the $175,000 threshold in 2018. WHERE: McHenry High School – East Campus, 1012 N. Green St., McHenry WHEN: 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 22 COST: $35-$40 MORE INFO:

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Start your Thanksgiving off by shedding a few pounds at the Trout Valley Turkey Trot so you can take in some extra calories later at dinner. The annual Hertz Trout Valley Turkey Trot, now in its 12th year, is a great family tradition that also benefits the Cary Grove Food Pantry and the Trojan Track, Field and Cross Country Association. Racers are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to the race, and snacks and drinks will be provided after the race. WHERE: Trout Valley Park, River Drive, Trout Valley WHEN: 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 22 COST: $10-$30 MORE INFO:


Get suited up like Santa Claus and run for a cause at the seventh annual Santa Run for the Kids. The 5K is a chiptimed race, but for those looking to take it easy, there is also a 1-mile walking course. The run benefits various agencies that impact the lives of kids in McHenry, and the race has raised more than $45,000 to date. Strollers and licensed, leashed dogs are welcome. Santa outfits are included in the price of the race. WHERE: Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake WHEN: 9 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 COST: $15-$40 MORE INFO:; 815-459-1773


These races definitely aren’t for the faint of heart! The Viking Dash Trail Run has expanded to two days this year, both of which include a 5K, 10K, 15K and half marathon. Awards are given to the top finishers, and the top three overall males and females and the top three age groupers qualify for nationals and the chance to win a Viking Cruise. WHERE: Veteran Acres Park, 431 Walkup Rd., Crystal Lake WHEN: Various times, Sat., Dec. 8 and Sun., Dec. 9 COST: $44-$89 MORE INFO:






The Frozen Gnome is literally everything you could want from a winter wonderland race in the middle of one of the coldest months in McHenry County. There is a 10K race and a 50K race, both of which are considered extremely difficult. The single-track course is a 10K-loop through Veteran Acres and Sterne’s Woods and features a butt-slide hill, hot food, coffee and heat. There will be prizes for the top finishers in each age group, as well as top female and male awards. WHERE: Veteran Acres Park, 435 Walkup Rd., Crystal Lake WHEN: 7:45 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 COST: $50-$89 MORE INFO:

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council, which has 107 teams in McHenry, Kane, DeKalb, Winnebago and Boone Counties. an helping young girls train for a 5K make a difference in the world?

Laurie Dayon, executive director of nonprofit organization Northwest Illinois Girls on the Run, has seen that it does. “So many girls believe negative messages – that they aren’t good enough, or strong enough – but when they set a goal and achieve it, it sets a foundation for what comes after,” Dayon says. Girls on the Run, a nationwide non-profit program dedicated to using meaningful games and activities as a way to empower girls, began in North Carolina in 1996. Today, GOTR has grown to include more than 200 local councils that have served more than a million girls. In 2007, Dayon established the Northwest Illinois


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encourages all girls in third through eighth grade to take part and works to overcome barriers that might stand in the way. GOTR has an adapted curriculum to include students with mild to moderate special needs. Fundraisers throughout the year cover registration costs for girls with economic challenges. about starting

Initially, she inquired with GOTR Chicago, in hopes that, by the time her daughter reached school age, there would be a “I wasn’t sure program in McHenry a nonprofit at first, but when County. Little did Dayon you set a goal and reach know, she’d be the one to launch it locally. it, you feel more confident Just like the girls that GOTR mentors, Dayon was goal-driven.

about the next one, and the one after that.”

“This program brings so many benefits to girls, by teaching important life lessons, building confidence and empowering them to be happy and healthy,” says Janet Peterson of Algonquin, a GOTR coach at Conley Elementary.

Laurie Dayon, executive director of nonprofit “I wasn’t sure about organization Northwest Illinois Girls on the Run starting a nonprofit at first, but when you set a goal and reach it, you During a 10-week season, which begins each feel more confident about the next one, and the one March, two adult volunteer coaches are matched after that,” she says. with a team of 15 girls to meet for 90 minutes, GOTR promotes a culture of inclusion that HEALTH & WELLNESS

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twice a week after school. In addition to running, each meeting includes a lesson from an interactive curriculum, designed to inspire selfrespect and healthy lifestyles. Lessons address physical, emotional, mental and social wellbeing, and give girls the tools to make positive decisions. “Every topic deals with what goes on in elementary schools,� says Peterson. At the end of 10 weeks, each participant will be physically and emotionally prepared to complete the annual celebratory 5K. Parents, siblings, GOTR running buddies – which provide alongside support to an individual during the 5K race – and members of the community are also encouraged to participate. This year’s 5k events will take place in the May next year in Woodstock, DeKalb and Machesney Park, near Rockford. As the program grows, so does the need for coaches and running buddies, and the Northwest Illinois council has already begun recruitment. “We need to have our coaches in place before registration for the girls opens in January,� says GOTR program director Lisa Puma.

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Portfolio performance needs careful evaluation

If you are really ambitious you can take this a step further to see what your “real return” is by also taking into account the impact of taxes and inflation. An example of the impact of taxes and inflation on common market segments is illustrated here:



s of the end of the third quarter of 2018 U.S. stocks continue moving forward in this historic 9 year bull market. How happy are you with the performance of your investment portfolio and what are you comparing it to? It is not uncommon for smart people to take shortcuts when evaluating how their investment portfolio is performing. Here are some of the most common mistakes we see:

GROSS RETURNS VS. NET RETURNS: You’ve probably heard the adage that it is not what you make, but what you keep that matters. At a minimum, an investor should make sure that she/he is measuring their returns after all relevant fees and expenses. When is an 8% return not really an 8% return? Consider the following illustration: Gross Return: Annualized Advisory Fee: Annualized Product Expenses: Annualized Administrative Fees: Net Return:

Oversimplification: Comparing the return of a diversified portfolio to a single market index like the DJIA1 or the S&P 5002 is often done but when viewed alone misses much of the story. Diversified portfolios are made up of different asset classes that typically don’t correlate exactly to each other in hopes of providing a hedge against an uncertain future. The more conservative the investor the greater the diversification towards bonds. Here is one way to view varying behavior of different asset classes:

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You may see a performance number quoted from one firm that is a gross return figure compared to a net figure quoted from another firm. Demand full transparency so that you are confident of the performance figure you are looking at.

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To compare a complex portfolio’s performance to a simple index is probably not going to tell you much. Think of this like comparing the estimated mpg of a pickup to a small sedan. Each vehicle is built for a different purpose and has different capabilities. Time: Lastly, we caution investors to not become hyper-focused on returns over a short period of time but rather encourage at least a trailing five-year view and preferably a measurement over a complete market cycle.

Note how given time assets have historically stabilized suggesting that you should allow them to do so in your portfolio rather than falling victim to an impulse to make short-term trades based on the news of the day.

Keeping Returns “Real” Who’d have thought that something as apparently simple as measuring the performance of your investment portfolio could be so complex? Although evaluating performance may now seem daunting, your financial advisor should have the tools and experience to help you better understand your returns on a risk-adjusted basis.

1 Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) is an average of prices of 30 well-known, predominantly blue-chip industrial stocks. 2 Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (S&P 500) is a composite index that tracks 500 industrial, transportation, public utility, and financial stocks. The selection of stocks included in the index is determined by Standard & Poor's Corporation, which also publishes the index.


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Power of gratitude Wellness experts discuss how appreciating life’s gifts can keep you grounded and content By Aimee Barrows

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ne of the best times of the year is upon us, and – while you always count your blessings on Thanksgiving – appreciating life’s gifts and practicing gratitude year-round can keep you grounded, content and more resilient. Being grateful can give hope, meaning and purpose that feeds your soul, says Donna Buss, certified recovery specialist at NAMI McHenry County. She explains that gratitude can make you “feel alive.” “Once you’ve lost gratitude, you can lose hope,” she says. “It’s almost like a loss of purpose or meaning. To me, it’s appreciating the small things, which are the big things in life. Being


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grateful invites love into your life. Feeling grateful gives people a connection to life.”

used improperly, social media can be damaging to mental health.”

Focusing on the present also can make you feel more grateful. Buss says that there are so many distractions in our everyday life that we often fail to appreciate the now. Social media also can cause some of us to feel less grateful when we compare our lives to others.

In Buddhist teachings, gratitude is one of the most important tenets. Abbot Bhante Sujatha, the spiritual leader of Blue Lotus Temple in Woodstock, explains that grateful people are more compassionate, kind and deep.

“Take time to stop and see things in the present. So many of us aren’t in the moment. If people try to focus on what they can be grateful for, it becomes a habit,” she says. “With social media, what’s you’re seeing is all the good and not the bad in someone’s life. If


“Gratitude means respect and acceptance. There’s no harmony or connection without gratitude,” he says. “When you learn how to love yourself, you understand what you have in your life, and when you understand more about yourself, you’re grateful for your existence and for the other things and people in your life.”

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There is always something to be grateful for, even in bad or stressful situations, says Michelle Tate, founder of Abiding Spirit Center in Crystal Lake – a nonprofit organization that provides resources that focus on empowering the individual, improving health and strengthening relationships through mind, body, spirit connections. Tate recommends that people find one thing, no matter how small, to be grateful for every morning.

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“Gratitude isn’t materialistic; you can be grateful for a cool breeze on a hot day,” Tate says. “When we can be grateful, tension is relieved. It’s hard to feel angry or intense when there is something to be grateful for. People should define what gratitude means to them, and once they have their own personal view, they can determine what being grateful means and how it can affect them.”

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COMPLETE CARE FOR WEEKEND WARRIORS With two convenient locations, Centegra Physician Care-McHenry County Orthopedics provides the latest advances in orthopedic care for athletes of all ages. Whether it’s a sprain, broken bone or aching joint, you receive personalized treatment from our fellowship-trained physicians. Get the support you need to get back in the game. Same-day appointments available in Crystal Lake and Huntley. Walk-in appointments available in Crystal Lake. Ask about MDsave pricing options for our imaging services.

To make an appointment, call 815-356-5200.

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A salute to those who help keep things ‘chill’ With JONATHAN BILYK

There are few things that can make a child of the 21st Century lose his cool faster than losing power.

lectures and reminisces drawn from a childhood spent in a house without a/c:

Kids today can otherwise be quite resilient, from what I’ve seen, educated as they are in processes and techniques my peers didn’t even stop to consider.

“We’ll be fine.” “Yes.” “No.” “Get a glass of cold water and sit outside.” “Nice try.”

But kill the power? Now, you’ve got problems. “Why aren’t the lights working?” “Can I still get into the refrigerator?” “No wifi? Now what will we do?” Thankfully, despite the seemingly never ending roll of storms that so characterized our summer months and left neighborhoods and communities all around ours suffering the doom of blackouts, my young ones didn’t come face to face with what is (thankfully) one of their worst nightmares: An evening, at home, with no wifi –no streaming Netflix, Disney, Nickelodeon or Pandora – as the house plunges into darkness. However, we did not escape entirely unscathed, as one of the final storms of the summer dealt a lightning strike very close to our house. It seemed at first a passing blow. Days would go by before the real damage surfaced. As the thermostat logged the steady march upward of the temperature inside the house, it became clear that our air conditioner was no longer working. Once the oldest of my young ones learned this, panic quickly set in. “What will we do?” “Can we sleep here?” “Will we have to leave?” “It’s getting so hot!” “Can I sleep over at my friend’s house?” Then came the answers from Dad, interspersed with

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After calls throughout the next morning to arrange service, a technician – Greg, was his name - at last pulled into the driveway early in the evening, and quickly diagnosed the problem: The component that regulates the condenser had failed. Likely cause? A power surge (read: Lightning strike.) Thirty minutes after he pulled in, Greg was on his way to the next service call, thanks to an innate ability to quickly and smoothly diagnose the problem, using only his eyes, his ears, his hands, his mind, a voltage meter and a couple of hand tools. But in that intervening half hour, we had a bit of time to chat as he ran his diagnostics to confirm everything was working properly. He shied from sharing war stories of his travels around town, or even from his decades in the business. Instead, Greg preferred to lament what he saw as the impending death of his industry. It was hurting, as he said it, for qualified technicians and young ones willing to be trained and one day replace him and other aging techs and shop owners as they approach retirement. He lamented the number of young people, including some from his own family, who recoil in horror at the thought of working outside with their hands, preferring to pour themselves and their children into computer coding and other deskbound pursuits. He did not ask what I do for a living, and I did not tell. Nor did I share my plans to enroll my young ones in FAMILY IN FOCUS

computer coding classes, to ensure they develop the skills everyone believes they will need in our digital reality. In the end, he packed up his tools, swiped my card on his noticeably high-tech portable card reader, and headed toward his van. I suggested more young people may choose to head into his profession once they recognize what life might be like without the HVAC creature comforts we take for granted, and the pay they could demand. Greg paused and smirked a bit. “Or perhaps they can just ask Amazon to install their parts with a drone,” he said. We shared a laugh, and he was on his way. And while she never got to meet him, my daughter that evening made sure to thank God for the technicians willing to log long hours in terrible conditions, often with little thanks, to ensure our modern life goes on, so kids, and their parents, keep their cool.

 Jonathan Bilyk writes about the triumphs and travails of being a modern-day dad who legitimately enjoys time with his family, while tolerating a dog that seems to adore him. He also doesn’t really like the moniker “Superdad” because it makes it sound like he wants to wear his undergarments on the outside of his pants. (Also, the cape remains on back order.) MCHENRY COUNTY MAGAZINE | NOVEMBER 2018 | 47

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Wanderer A night in the DogHouse

First-ever brewery hotel opens in Columbus, Ohio By Aimee Barrows

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t’s not often that you can wake up to the smell of aromatic hops and freshly-brewed beer. But that’s exactly what you’ll experience at The DogHouse, the first-ever brewery hotel, located near Columbus, Ohio. The hotel is located inside the sour beer brewery of BrewDog Brewing, which makes some of the most sought-after craft beers in the world. The company, which is headquartered in the U.K., opened its first traditional brewery and taproom in the U.S. right next door to the hotel on its 42-acre site, just 20 minutes from downtown Columbus. The brewery and taproom opened in 2017, while the hotel welcomed its first guests at the end of August of this year. “We call it the ‘hoppiest place on earth.’ It’s a fullyimmersive experience for all craft beer fans. We’ve had guests come from all over the country and world,”


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says BrewDog USA CEO Tanisha Robinson. The one-of-a-kind craft beer hotel has 32 rooms, including several dog-friendly rooms, where you’ll find two fully-stocked mini fridges and the option of having your own beer tap. All guests are given tours of the sour brewery and the traditional brewery before sampling the 16 unique BrewDog beers on tap – including the “Hazy Jane,” a New England-style IPA, and “Elvis Juice,” a grapefruit and blood orangeinfused IPA. BrewDog creates a wide variety of beer styles to suit all tastes, from light pilsners to dark, thick stouts. The beer selections change every week, so no visit is ever the same. The taproom also serves beers from other craft breweries, as well as a fresh, homemade salads, pizzas, small plates and other delectable entrees.

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In addition to the brewery tours, hotel guests can spend the day wandering through BrewDog’s 6,000-square-foot beer museum before attending “beer school,” where they’ll learn about the intricacies of pairing beer with food. The brewery also hosts several educational seminars. “Anyone who enjoys craft beer and the culture of craft beer should visit us,” says The DogHouse general manager Jon Quick. “We’re ever-evolving and changing. We had an idea that challenges the concept of what a brewery was. Usually it’s just beer-tasting and we wanted to extend that experience beyond the taproom.”

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The company wasn’t sure if beer lovers would be receptive to the idea of a brewery hotel, so it decided to try a crowd-source funding website to gauge interest. The original goal was to raise $100,000, but the site brought in more than $300,000 which helped fund a portion of the start-up costs.

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Beer enthusiasts can also own a portion of the company – which is not publicly traded – by buying shares for $50 in the “Equity for Punks” investor program. Shareholders receive special discounts at the brewery and hotel, as well as other special perks. “Crowd-source funding was a great way to validate if our crazy idea was worth doing,” Robinson says. “We had such an enthusiastic response with more than 1,500 participants, so we knew there was a real interest from people all over the world. There are a lot of breweries in the country, and we were thinking of ways to make ours a destination. This is truly a unique experience.” For more information about BrewDog Brewing or The DogHouse, visit www.

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