It definitely is the typical March weather in Illinois as we have temperatures and weather conditions changing on a daily basis; sometimes even on an hourly basis. This, of course, makes it difficult to know what to wear each day. The best solution is the layering of clothing.
However, I am discovering one consistency in the month of March that has some effect on my wardrobe. There are many events involving food, which can lead to the expansion of the waistline. Thus far, there are 12 of which I am aware. These do not include any Friday Fish Fries or St. Patrick’s Day specials at various eateries in the community. Some have already occurred and others are in the future, now until the end of the month. Many are fundraisers for school organizations or not-for-profit groups. As I gain inches, I rationalize with the knowledge these groups are gaining funds for worthy causes. There also is an added benefit of visiting with family, friends and neighbors, plus meeting some new people. Take time to enjoy these and events and expand your horizons.
AROUND AND ABOUT
WeGo Drama at West Chicago Community High School continues its 2017-2018 season with its Illinois High School Association Showcase performance, a 40-minute play and a Group Interpretation featured in IHSA competition. Performances are at 7:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10, 2018, in Weyrauch Auditorium, 326 Joliet Street. The ticket price is a suggested donation of $10. Since these shows are designed to people finding their true identity in the face of adversity, the performances fit the WeGo Drama season theme of “Transform”. IHSA shows deal with serious content and are intended for those over the age of 13.
The company of actors and crew for the show are Ryan Castiglia, Kenneth Correa, Dylan Davidson, Andres Espinoza, Delaney Flynn, Ricky Gieser, Nora Zamora, Grecia Bahena, Nathan Bradley and Drew Brady.
Others are Abby Carr, Emily Carroso, Christina Champagne, Andres Espinal, Alexia Gountanis, Josie Kotke, Noemi Lara, Evy McLean, and Amanda Metzger.
Also in cast and crew are Audrey Miller, Jose “Rudy” Muñoz, Jeri Rethford, Sara Richert, Jaron Allen, Megan Kordik, Neve Ryan, Natalie Thompson, and Daniel Weber.
Mark Begovich is the director. Scenic Design and Technical Direction is by Chris Jensen. Hair and make-up is by Jamie Elza. (www.merleburl.com)
Gallery Theater of West Chicago now has new dates for the presentation of “Rose Colored Glass” by Sue Bigelow and Janice Goldberg. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, March 9 and 10, and March 16 and17, 2018 and at 3:00 p.m. Sundays, March 11 and 18, 2018, at Gallery Theater, 129 Main Street. Following the show Friday, March 10, there is a cheese and wine reception for guests to meet the cast. The ticket price is $16 and $14 for senior citizens. To reserve or reschedule your reservation tickets, call (630) 234-5919, Email email@example.com or visit the website firstname.lastname@example.org.
Set in 1938, in the back rooms of Lady O’Riley’s pub and Rose Fleishman’s delicatessen, these two women are about to collide. Peg O’Riley, the 13-year old granddaughter of Lady, is determined these two women become friends. The friendship does not begin to blossom until they become involved in the same cause, and attempt to bring Rose’s nephew out of Europe before the war. Rosie demonstrates this through flash backs. The play shows the beginning of the holocaust from our side of the ocean and how two remarkable women struggle not only with American apathy, but also with immigration laws and bureaucracy, in addition to their own prejudices.
The cast members are Carissa Zielinski, Kathy Bright and Helen Larsen. The director is Gail Cannata. (www.merleburl.com)
The annual West Chicago Community High School Music Boosters Pancake Breakfast is from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 10, 2018, in the Commons, 326 Joliet Street, Entrance H. Music students in jazz band, brass quintet, chamber choir and some string ensembles perform throughout the breakfast. Ticket price is $5, $3 for children 10 and under and senior citizens 65 and older. Proceeds from the pancake breakfast go towards funding scholarships for music students.
The West Chicago Public Library District has a two hour Open Lab for Social Media at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 10, 2018, in the small conference room, 118 West Washington Street. Persons can practice the basics of several media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Pinterest. To make reservations, call the adult services at (630) 231-1552, extension 4.
Winfield Township once again is participating in “Local Government Week” with an Open House from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 10, 2018, at Winfield Township Road District building, 30W575 Roosevelt Road. Hot dogs, snacks and beverages are served.
There are tours of the office and garage, plus the opportunity to view the road equipment. In addition to information on display, staff and elected officials are on hand to answer questions. Also available to answer questions and give information are members of the Citizen Emergency Response Team, referred to as CERT, Schools and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education, commonly known as SCARCE, DuPage County Sheriff’s Office and representatives from Wayne/Winfield Area Youth/Family Services (WAYS) share information on programs currently offered.
The Township is collecting cell telephones, eyeglasses and hearing aids to distribute to the appropriate organizations. There are bins for newspapers and non-perishable foods. Foods are donated to Neighborhood Food Pantry located at the Crossroads Church location. Persons also may bring tattered and faded American flags to give to American Legions Post 300 or Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6791 for proper disposal at a flag ceremony. For further information call the Township office at (630) 231-3591 or road district office at (630) 231-8850. For further information call the township office at (630) 231-3591 or road district office at (630) 231-8850.
Remember to Spring Ahead. Daylight Savings time begins at 2:00 a.m. Sunday, March 11, 2018.
Wayne/Winfield Area Youth/Family Services offers hour-long computer classes for senior citizens at Wayne Township, 27W031 North Avenue. Not only do seniors learn basic skills, but also have the opportunity to socialize. The fee is $2. Reservations are required and may be made by calling (630) 231-7166. Beginner classes are at 1:00 p.m. Tuesdays. “Using GPS on Smart Phones” class is at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, 2018.
The Winter Choral Concert of West Chicago Community High School is at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in Weyrauch Auditorium, 326 Joliet Street. Brandon Fantozzi is the director. (www.merleburl.com)
WeGo Wildcat Boosters Club holds its Fourth Annual Spaghetti Dinner from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, 2018, in the high school Commons, 326 Joliet Street, entrance H. The menu is unlimited spaghetti, a serving of salad, bread, cookie and cold beverage. Advance tickets are $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for children age 11 and under and are available from students in any participating club/sport. Advance tickets also are available from Activity Director Marc Wolfe in the Student Activity Center. Ticket price at the door is $8.00 for adults and $6.00 for children.
Also there are more than 30 raffle baskets. These include golf packages, overnight stays and gift certificates for restaurants. (www.merleburl.com)
West Chicago Public Library District hosts “Introduction to Genealogy” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, 2018, in the meeting room, 118 West Washington Street. Librarian Austin Hall teaches how to begin a family research project. The discussion includes the basics of online and real life genealogy and pointers on how to get started and stay organized. Persons learn how to create family trees, acquire first hand documents such as birth certificates, and find the best possible international resources in the field of genealogy. To make a reservation, call the adult services department at (630) 231-1552, extension 4.
West Chicago City Museum Historiography program, a non-fiction book reading group, resumes in at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the museum, 132 Main Street. Guests can bring a lunch. Dessert and a beverage are provided The book to be discussed is “Ulysses S. Grant” by Ron Chernow. “A biographer at the height of his powers, Chernow has produced a portrait of Grant that is a masterpiece, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency,” according to a book review by Goodreads. Chernow is a Pulitzer-Prize winner and author of biographies on Alexander Hamilton, George Washington and John David Rockefeller.
In honor of Women’s History Month, the League of Women Voters of Wheaton and Wheaton Public Library co-sponsor, “Eleanor Roosevelt: Her Story, Her Day,” at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 15, 2018, in the large meeting room, 225 North Cross Street. Telling part of her life her through writings of her newspaper column and her reflections, “Eleanor” relates her different roles and how her life changed and moved forward. Seating is limited. Registration is required and may be made on line at wheatonlibrary.org/calendar or call (630) 868-7520. League of Women Voters of Wheaton includes West Chicago, Warrenville, Winfield, Wheaton and Carol Stream. (www.merleburl.com)
The youth group at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 155 North Prince Crossing Road, offers a St. Patrick’s Day Parents’ Night Out from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Saturday, March 17, 2018. While parents enjoy a night to themselves, their children enjoy songs, active games, crafts and a movie. Dinner and snacks are provided. The cost is $10 per child, a maximum of $30 per family. To make a reservation, call the church office at (630) 231-3787.
In partnership with Cantigny Park, the League of Women Voters of Wheaton hosts a “Drinks and Discussion” event at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 22, 2018, in the McCormick House at Cantigny, 1S151 Winfield Road in Wheaton. Attendees socialize and discuss the topic for the evening, “Is the ERA dead? Does gender still matter in politics?” Michelle Fadeley, president of the Illinois state chapter of the National Organization for Women, speaks on the status and future of the Equal Rights Amendment in Illinois. Question and answer and social time follow the presentation. A cash bar is available; complimentary coffee and dessert are served. Registration is required for the free program. To register, visit www.wheatonlwvil.org.
League of Women Voters of Wheaton includes West Chicago, Warrenville, Winfield, Wheaton and Carol Stream. The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization that does not support or oppose any political party or candidate, but whose purpose is to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government.
West Chicago Citizen Corps offers a free seven-week Community Emergency Response Team training course at the Regional Firefighting Training Academy of the West Chicago Fire Protection District, 302 Kress Road. Classes take place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, starting March 28, 2018. Participants must be at least 18 years old and live or work in West Chicago or the WCFPD. To enroll send name, address and contact telephone number to West Chicago Police Detective Robbi Peterson at email@example.com.
CERT training provides basic training in disaster preparedness, which increases the ability of citizens to survive until responders or other assistance arrives. Topics covered include weather safety, fire and life safety, medical, light search and rescue, CERT organization, psychology and terrorism. (www.merleburl.com)
Both of the West Chicago veterans’ organizations hold Bingo as a fundraiser on a weekly basis. The games at American Legion Post 300, 123 Main Street, are on Fridays. Doors open at 5:00 p.m., games start at 7:00 p.m. Games at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6791, 431 North Neltnor Boulevard, are on Wednesdays. Doors open at 5:00 p.m.; games start at 7:00 p.m. The Auxiliary games are Sundays. Doors open at noon, games start at 2:00 p.m.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Jack Blane, who at the age of 94 passed away Monday, February 19, 2018.
Deepest sympathy is expressed to the family of Oscar Rangel, who at the age of 68 passed away Tuesday, February 27, 2018.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Lou Divina Dela Cruz, who at the age of 74 passed way Sunday, February 25, 2018.
At the Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Community High School District 94 Board of Education meeting, the West Chicago VFW Post 6791 and the Auxiliary presented more than $3,000 in prize money to students who entered the annual Voice of Democracy competition. Representing the VFW were Commander Steve Bennier, Past Commander Don Smith and Voice of Democracy co-chair Bob Gustafson. Representing the Auxiliary was Voice of Democracy co-chair Nancy Smith.
Sixty-seven students from West Chicago Community High School entered the contest designed to foster patriotism, and allow students the opportunity to voice their opinion in a three to five minute recorded essay based on an annual theme. This year’s theme was “American History: Our Hope for the Future.”
West Chicago Community High School senior Natalie Thompson of Winfield placed first in the 19th District VFW Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition held on Saturday, January13 in Addison. She competed against 145 entrants from 24 VFW posts in the 19th District.Four other WCCHS students also qualified for the 19th District competition. They were Daniela Almarales, junior; Jacob Beaird, a senior; Jeremy Belingon, a senior; and Michael Sawicki, a senior, who placed fifth in the 19th District competition.
Other participants were Joshua Chica, Alexandra Chwastek, Kenneth Correa, Dylan Davidson, Hunter Eidel, Clare Hur, Urszula Konopko, Kenneth Correa, Dylan Davidson,Hunter Eidel; Clare Hur; Urszula Konopko, Luke Madden, Dean McMahon, Kyra Meyer, Gabriel Montanez, Taylor Strachota, Andrew Tortorello, Jake Ullman, Cameryn Zapata and Joshua Zeilinger.
Also included were Serena Balzer, Seth Beaird, Brittany Bowie, John Brotnow, Madelyn Brotnow, Zenen Cardenas, Isabela Casimiro, Jenna Castelluccio, Lucia Cielo, Sandra Cortez, Lily Cuka, David Flores, Robert Fortelka, Amanda Gove, Kathryn Gramit, Luis Guerrero, Zane Hassan, Sydney Johnson, Vianey Luna, Kelly Lynch, Eraclio Marquez, John Moore and Kevin Morales.
Other participants were Alejandro Munoz, Anjali Patel Bansri Patel, Sunny Patel, Nathan Pechtel, Britney Prebis, Sean Renwick, Saul Ruiz, Margaret Smith, Andrea Stancik, Sean Tannehill, Conor Tully, Clarissa Vargas, Abil Vellikara, Michael Wagner, Kristen Aalbue, Jack Gillespie, Jerod Goodale, Cade McHenry, Samantha Mitchell, Emily Murphy, Kaya Shipkowski and Madysen Simanonis. (www.merleburl.com)
Also at the meeting, the District 94 Board of Education approved the bid for the Special Education transportation in the amount of an estimated $727,000 per year to Sunrise Southwest LLC in Crestwood. Board president Gary Saake said, “This is a 25 percent, almost $145,000 increase, over this year. We are hearing our regular transportation bid could be an even larger increase based on the experiences of other (school) districts.”
Jason Gimre, a senior at West Chicago Community High School, was selected unanimously to the Upstate 8 Valley All Conference basketball team. Head Boys Basketball Coach Bill Rechia said, “It really was a no-brainer for the coaches in the conference to agree with my nomination, as Jason was second in the area in scoring and lead the area in three pointers.” He added,”Jason also became the all-time leader in our program for three pointers made in a season and in a career. He really did have a nice career.” Also the “Daily Herald” named Gimre to its DuPage Boys Basketball All-Area team. (www.merleburl.com)
Jayston Williams, a senior at Wheaton Academy was named to the Daily Herald Boys Basketball All-Area team. Named as an Honorable Mention, was J. D. Gunn, a senior at Wheaton Academy.
Named as an Honorable Mention to the Daily Herald’s Girls Basketball All-Area-team was Tierra Koenig, a senior at West Chicago Community High School.
Benjamin Middle School band teacher Matthew Turek is the recipient of the Bob Haisman New Teacher of the Year Award from the Illinois Education Association. Turek was selected from among more than 135,000 Illinois teachers from more than 850 school districts across the state for this prestigious statewide award celebrating new teachers in their first five years of teaching.
The award recognizes a new teacher and IEA member, who shows outstanding accomplishments including involvement in the local, state, and/or national association, professional achievement, the promotion of public education, and enhancement of the image of “new teachers” in the school and community. It is named in honor of retired Hinsdale South High School social studies teacher and coach Bob Haisman, who served as IEA president from 1993 through 1999. (www.merleburl.com)
St. Michael’s United Church of Christ held its fifth annual Souper Bowl of Caring for the Super Bowl Sunday, February 4, 2018. Members chose the football team they thought would win with the donation of a can of soup or money. The final vote was 32 cans of soup and $5 for the Philadelphia Eagles, 19 cans of soup for the New England Patriots, and 20 cans of soup and $5 for the third option of giving. Thus the total donation was 71 cans of soup and $10 to Neighborhood Food Pantry at the Real Life Church location. Through their donations, the members of the church did select the actually winner of the Super Bowl. The final score was Philadelphia Eagles-41, and the New England Patriots-33.
Wheaton Academy named Steven Thonn Head Boys Basketball Coach. Erin Carwell was named
Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 68 Choir and Orchestra students departed for a 5-day trip to New York City. While visiting the Big Apple, they performed concerts, attended Master Classes with the New York Philharmonic and musicians from a Broadway show, toured musical sites such as Radio City Music Hall and Lincoln Center, and famous landmarks such as Statue of Liberty and the 9/11 Memorial. Trips like these help foster a larger appreciation and understanding of music, provide new performance opportunities, expose students to musical career options, provide bonding experiences for ensembles, and learn from professional musicians.
Derek Mielke was sworn in as a new West Chicago Police Department officer January 2, 2018. He now is enrolled in the Basic officer Training Course at the Chicago Police Department Training Academy.
The Ballet Folklorico Dance Troupe of West Chicago Elementary School District 33 has more than 120 students from grades fifth through eighth grade participating, led by Pilar Rocha who creates the choreography based on the students’ level of dance. Supporting Rocha are Maribel Rivera, Luzma Fuentes, Martha Ayala and Sal Tamayo. The troupe is scheduled to perform for the Illinois Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents Conclave Conference March 22, 2018, on the El Centro campus at Northeastern University in Chicago.
Starting in March 2018, a group of West Chicago Police Officers who volunteered to wear and field test body cameras, started wearing them while on patrol. The Police Department is taking advantage of an offer from Axon US, who are providing the department with the cameras, supporting hardware, software, data storage, training, and support free of cost for one year. Axon provided training to the West Chicago Police Department to ensure it is adhering to Illinois law to both enhance transparency and properly safeguard the privacy of people captured on camera, including children, witnesses, and bystanders. Police Chief Mike Uplegger was instrumental in getting the cameras as part of this offer.
Terry Adams, president of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6791, recently presented monetary awards to the winners of the 2018 Patriot’s Pen Essay contest at Leman Middle School. The winners were eighth grader Karina Lemus, first place, and sixth grader Ayelin Vellikara, second place. The theme was “America’s Gift to My Generation.” The essay length is 200 to 400 words, and must be typed in English.
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