‘Poppy Day’ highlights need to reach out to veterans

Members and volunteers from the Marrs-Meyer American Legion Post 991 in Worth will be out in force next Thursday. The volunteers will be found at main intersections and near retail stores throughout the village on May 25 collecting for current and past veterans. The gift for people who donate will be artificial flowers that represent poppies. Bethanne Lode, secretary and treasurer for Marrs-Meyer American Legion Auxiliary, is the local Poppy Day chairman.... Read more


Baker springs into postseason

Baker springs into postseason

Photo by Jeff Vorva Brother Rice’s Jimmy Baker could have a wild weekend with sectional volleyball and state track right after his graduation.    When Brother Rice’s Jimmy Baker graduates tonight, Thursday night, his academic career at the Chicago school will be over. But his athletic career will continue and he could have one wild weekend in store. Baker is an unusual two-sport athlete as he competed in both boys volleyball and track and field this spring and the postseason... Read more

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‘Ted 2’ sequel should have stayed in hibernation The comedy “Ted 2” is an unneeded sequel to the film “Ted.” The first brought us Mark Wahlberg as John, along with Seth MacFarlane as Ted, his foul-mouthed Teddy bear of a best friend. This film picks up a little after the first film ended. We see the bear getting married to his sleazy fiancee, Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth), at a wedding officiated by Sam... Read more


Time is right for opening door to new po…


Time is right for opening door to new possibilities

Photo by Claudia Parker Claudia Parker is retiring as a columnist so she can pursue other projects, like this recent assignment taking photos of a 2017 graduate.   “When one door closes, another one opens…” --Alexander Graham Bell Cheers to new beginnings! Last Saturday, I shot senior portraits for a 2017 graduate who said, “Do whatever you want,” she shrugged. “You’re the photographer, I trust you.” My mind looped with endless possibilities. “I’ve got this,” I told... Read more