General manager new to
Star Staff Report
CROWN POINT - The Post-Tribune recently announced the appointment of
John Schoon as the Star's new General Manager.
Previously the classified advertising director
for the Post-Tribune, Schoon will be in charge of overall operations of
the Star and Shopper.
"John (Schoon) will be the face of the
Star to the public," said Boni Fine, publisher of the
"He brings a unique mix of experience to
this role combining his daily advertising expertise with his firsthand
knowledge of the market," Fine said.
"I look forward to the opportunity to work
in the communities I grew up in and currently live in," said Schoon.
The Star is a part of the Hollinger Newspaper
company's Chicago Group, overseen as a division of the
The Post-Tribune officially took over the Star
in January of 2000.
Macker Mania grips Northwest
By Sean McNab
Star Staff Writer
HOBART - Now that summer is approaching, some say that America's
national past time is bringing out the leather glove, throwing around
the hardball, and swinging the bat.
Don't tell that to the over 25,000 spectators and
1101 teams that participated in the ninth Annual Gus Macker 3-on-3
Basketball Tournament this past weekend.
Attendees young and old had visions of 'being like
Mike' for a day or, more realistically, hitting a game winning
three-pointer like Reggie Miller does so many times for the playoff
Three elementary girls took this attitude to the
court Saturday afternoon 'schooling' the opponents in their first two
games of competition.
Known under the alias of the 'Crown Point Crushers',
sixth-graders Kaitlin Sautter and Stephanie Poulos of Winfield
Elementary, and point guard Allison Frank of Solon Robinson put on their
'game faces' for the biggest basketball tournament of the summer.
"We're here for the competition. We want to
cream everybody," stated Frank brewing with confidence.
Her comrade Sautter seemed to take a more political
approach to the event by adding that she "was there just for the
fun of the sport."
Co-chairman Speros Batistatos, who helped bring the
event to Lake County nine years ago, explained, "The purpose of Gus
Macker is to bring notoriety to Lake County and generate business for
commercial establishments in the area."
Batistatos, who is the President of the Lake County
Convention & Visitors Bureau (LCCVB) - the entity sponsoring the
event, was proud to mention that this year spawned the most teams of any
year since the inception.
"We had 23 more teams participate than last
year's record of 1079."
Batistatos added that he was pleased with the
controlling of tempers and professional sportsmanship by the
"I think a lot of it has to do with the cool
weather we had today. It seems from past experience that when the
weekends are hotter, tempers flare up a lot quicker because of the
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Winfield passes water measures
Ordinances designed to hold line
on current problems
By Sean McNab
Star Staff Writer
WINFIELD - Because
of the recent water problems within the town, the Town Council passed
two ordinances May 16 with the hopes of containing the present problems
until they are able to be remedied.
Ordinance 71 was adopted prohibiting residences
from attaching sump pump or rain leader connections to the present
sanitary sewer system.
Town Treasurer Ed Graveline asked if anyone was
presently in violation of this of which Wilbur Cox, the Building
Administrator and Inspector, stated "no."
Town Attorney George Patrick added, "This
ordinance protects the town and all our constituencies from possible
problems in the future."
The motion was adopted but was placed on
next month's Town Council agenda for publishing purposes because of the
ordinance subtext of fees and scheduling.
Ordinance 72 provided regulations for well-digging
within the town limits.
"The purpose of this is for licensed water
well drillers and water well drilling to conform to the health, safety,
and welfare of the citizens of the town," explained Patrick.
Included in this is that each well digger is
required to keep accurate records of each well drilled in the town
including its location.
"This involves the possibility of
Conservation Officers and other representatives from the Department of
Natural Resources coming into town and inspecting particular
Graveline questioned if there was a time frame
in which inspections where to made.
"There really is no time frame for this
and, basically, it will be done on an 'as needed' basis. This ordinance
provides a remedy for someone who has a question as to why a well was
dug. It gives residents some 'teeth' to have inspections done,"
The Town Council suspended the rules for this
ordinance and passed it with a unanimous vote.