A new approach to 'never again'.
A new approach to never again
We cant wait to see the new Take a Stand Center at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Skokie, where 13 local Holocaust survivors are immortalized as breathing, talking holograms. What a creative way to present their enduring stories as warnings against hatred, prejudice and indifference in modern times.
A real touchdown celebration
Jake Skonieczny wasnt the only one at Lisle Junior High to score a touchdown last week. The seventh-grader, who has Down syndrome and serves as team manager, went 60 yards in the second quarter for his score. But dont forget the other heroes his teammates, the visiting Burr Ridge players and Lisle coach John Ruettiger, who told Jake "This is your game."
Class runs in the family
By the way, if Coach Ruettigers name sounds familiar, it is. His brother, "Rudy," became a legend at Notre Dame when his determination and perseverance led his teammates to carry him off the field following a victory against Georgia Tech. Feel-good stories must run in the family.
The IHSA football pairings selection show will air on NBC Sports Channel Chicago Saturday night at 8 p.m. with our very own Kevin Schmit as one of the analysts. Tune in to see whom your favorite team plays in the first round.
Island Lake officials have a colorful community project blooming. Volunteers will meet next month to plant 500 iris rhizomes subterranean stems along Route 176. Trustee Sandy Doheler launched the effort in 2016. Many rhizomes are donated by area residents or were purchased with grant money. Can it lead to an iris festival? Doheler hopes so.
Making tragedy meaningful
Theres no making sense of tragedies like the sudden death of Josh Church, 17, at a swim team practice last year in Vernon Hills. But his former swim club is making it meaningful this weekend with its Josh Church "Race Me" swim meet. Hundreds of young swimmers will compete and be encouraged to get testing for heart ailments.
A star returns
Its always impressive when athletes who grew up in our suburbs go on to achieve even greater success, as Olympic silver medalist Evan Jager of Algonquin has done. Its even more impressive when they return to share their success with others, as Jager did in donating his uniform to Jacobs High School this week. Thanks, Evan.
Ambulance rides getting pricier
With the latest 275 percent increase to the fee for an ambulance ride in Arlington Heights, the cost is now $1,500 for nonresidents who have a medical emergency while in the village, plus $12 per mile. One doubts anyone in a true emergency will stop to ask the price of the ride as they are being carted off the heart attack may come later, when they get the bill.
Remembering Pat Schultz
Ed Ritter said it best. Pat Schultz was known to always utter a key phrase: "Our residents need ..." Schultz, elected to her third term on the Carpentersville village board last spring, died Monday at 61. "I never had anybody who was more of a village supporter or a harder worker for the residents," said Ritter, the former village president. She will be missed.