The Daily Herald from Arlington Heights, Illinois on March 9, 2008 · Page 107
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SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 2008 DAILY HERALD SECTION 1 PAGE 3 Local Focus Today's quote She always wanted to make a difference in die world. And by her death and what people will remember of her, she is going to make a big impact, and that is amazing." Laurel Dubowski, mother of slain NIU student Gajle Diibmvski Extreme close-up Can you guess what this Is? fOfiMMUWWi Most-read stories As of 4p.m. Saturday • Six students busted with pot in Barrington • Bond set in Hoffman Estates murder • Car found floating in Fox River • 14th Dist. voters go back to the polls today • Father held in death of 5-year-old girl J*feA«fc * ^^M^f^mmi^ JMMM U10CH OHI MNIjllBnmMimil A— A —• •- A »^—J__ fornMays rap SIMMS. F1 HAIR-RAZING PHOTOS BY GEORGE LECLAIRE gfrdnirr®dail\hrralil.com Christy Cordt, a fifth-grade teacher from Corron Elementary School in South Elgin, has her head shaved by Anita Turi to honor former student Paige Stibgen, who died of acute myeloid leukemia in November. Meanwhile, students snap pictures of Cordt as well as teachers Kristy Dihel and Erik Robinson having their heads shaved. They did so to raise money for childhood cancer research at the St. Baldrick's event held at the South Elgin Clubhouse. Ifs all about image this week in Elgin Sue Moylan Talk oftlie Town For the 16th year, the Image Advisory Commission will hold the Elgin Image Awards. The ceremony will*Begin with a reception at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Heritage Ballroom of the Centre of Elgin. This year, The Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra ensemble will play during the reception, honoring the nomination of Lisa Boehm for ^ mmim the Legacy ^"""" Award. The program follows at 7 p.m. People in town have nominated individuals in both volunteer and professional roles, businesses, civic groups and organizations. The nominees are Elisabeth Spalinger Boehm; Children's Theatre of Elgin; Jerry Cain and Judson University; Demi Cooper Advertising; Jim Durante; First Community Bank; James Halik; J.B. Harris & Co.; Sandy Kaptain; Kim's Black Belt Academy; Little Angels; Elgin Community Network; Order Sons of Italy in America, Lodge 2446; Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society of Elgin Community College; and Reily Graphics. All nominees receive a certificate, and then commission members honor the individual recipients of the awards. All are welcome, and no reservation is required. For details, visit www.cityofelgin.org or call (847)931-5601. Centennial ceremony At 11:30 a.m. Friday, the Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual awards ceremony. This centennial year, the chamber has moved the naming of its award-winning companies to a luncheon in the Centre's Heritage Ballroom. Chairman of the board Dave Strahl will welcome the attendees, and past president Cheryl Wendt will serve as emcee. Awards to be presented are large and small businesses of the year; ambassador, volunteer and new member recruiter of the year; work force development award of businesses and professionals; the community improvement award for new construction and for renovation; and the business/ school partnership of 2007 with Elgin Area School Mike Alft District U46. Retiring board members Carolyn Kirk Likou from Total Home Health, Randy Roberts from Grand Victoria Casino, and Joann Reynolds of Schleifer- ing Medical will be honored. I was able to talk to Carolyn about her 6-year term of office. She said several faces have changed at the chamber in her term. The level of participation in the business community remains high, with many companies extremely active. The economy has forced a retrenchment in some goals in many ways, but this gives a time to upgrade services and involvement. Although she is retiring, she plans to stay here and remain active in the chamber and the community. For details or to make a reservation for the luncheon, call Catherine Smith at (847) 741-5660. Fay's Barbeque The third annual Fay's Barbeque will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday at Larkin High School. Gary Masching of the Larkin Parent Association says you can buy tickets ahead of time by calling (847) 888-5200 by Wednesday. The $10 fee gets you a choice of pork chops, chicken or catfish. Four sides go along with the meal. We loved the catfish last year! Twenty-five veteran volunteers work from noon to get the feast ready. Some parents make sure that elderly neighbors and those suffering hard times get a meal, too. All funds raised go to the Larkin High post-prom and scholarships. For details, call Gary at (847) 742-2951. Elgin Academy Celebrating the growth of the 169-year-old campus this year, Elgin Academy will hold its annual fundraiser at Boulder Ridge County Club at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The beautiful Harold D. Rider Media, Science, and Fine Arts Center will be dedicated in the coming year. The building was named for Rider because of the great number of hours he volunteered to assist in making the building possible. His wife and his four sons graduated from the academy, and he has an enduring love of the school. Laura Anderson, who leads the school's development committee and is in her 18th year of board membership, said the black tie optional evening will feature a 350- item silent auction, an elegant meal and then a live auction led by Greg Parker. Some of die items are four first-night NASCAR tickets for the Nationwide series on July 11, one day at the Indy 500 and a private tour of the Air Traffic Control Center for O'Hare Airport. An iPhone, a day at Mario Tricoci and an autographed Hannah Montana guitar will be offered. For details or reservations, call Laura Anderson at (847) 695-0369, ext. 257. Spring at Old Main The Elgin Area Historical Society's museum at Old Main opens for the season at 1 p.m. March 16. There will be new exhibits, including: Piano in the Parlor, about the Seybold piano manufactured in Elgin; One Hundred Years of Wing Park; and At the Ballet: Lisa Boehm's "Nutcracker." At 1:30 p.m., there wjll be a panel discussion to begin the Boehm exhibit. Volunteers have built a mini dance studio with mirrors, a bar and wooden floor. Costumes from the studio and the Nutcracker will be part of the exhibit. Maurice Dyer, vice president of the historical society, will moderate the panel. Longtime past performer Clare Ollayos, stage production manager Don Haefliger, costume designer Sandy Haggard and parent and volunteer Jean Keltner will speak. They will recall their experiences with the ballet, Lisa Boehm and her studio. Admission to the museum that day will be free to the public, and refreshments will be served. For details, visit www.elginhistory.org or call (847) 742-4248. » Sue Moylan's column appears each Sunday. E-mail her at smoylan@dailyherald.com; leave a message at (847) 6082726; or send her mail at Daily Herald, 385 Airport Road, Suite A,Elgin,lL,6ai23-9341. \ » Grand Victoria profits down BY HARRY HITZEMAN lihilzfman@(lnilylumM.cnm The state's smoking ban could be a bust for Elgin. For the second straight month, receipts from the Grand Victoria Casino were down nearly 20 percent. According to figures released Friday, the Elgin casino's revenues were about 18.5 percent lower than city leaders expected. For February, that's $325,000 less from gambling receipts, although the city still received $1.56 million. January casino receipts also were down. If this drop continues, it could mean about $4.3 million less for the city in 2008. Sue Olafson, city spokeswoman, said Elgin leaders are very concerned about the past two months. "If it continues, there's going to be serious consideration of what programs have to be cut back," she said. The city received about $24.3 million from die casino last year. At this year's pace, it will take in about $19.7 million. The city has traditionally used casino revenue for large, one-time expenses or capital projects instead of paying for rank-and-file staff. Elgin Mayor Ed Schock believes a combination of poor weather, the economy and the Jan. 1 smoking ban have led to the drop in business. But most of all, he believes die smoking ban has had the greatest effect on the bottom line. "I still hold out hope dial a casino (smoking) exemption could go forward," Schock said. "When we lose money, the state is losing more money." Earlier diis week, an Illinois House committee voted down two proposals aimed at easing the no smoking law, including one that would have allowed businesses to buy smoking licenses from local governments. 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