In The News
August 25, 1999
Newton County Enterprise
Jean witnessed this accident and is quoted in the article.
Laura took this picture.
November 10, 2004
Newton County Enterprise
Daphne "campaigned" for Grandpa Jim for about half an hour.
And Grandpa Jim did win re-election.
Newton County Enterprise
We had a garage sale. The link is HERE
November 3, 2005
Rockford Register Star
Rebecca Hines of Rockford submitted this picture of her family's interesting Jack-O-Lanterns.
CHRISTOPHER SMITH | THE TIMES Christine Alms and Dan Zimmerman, of Schererville, met
five years ago on the South Shore train while commuting to work in Chicago. Zimmerman said
the train was a good place to get to know each other because they could have long
conversations. They went to a White Sox game for their first date, and they plan to marry in June.
Love on the South Shore
SCHERERVILLE: Couple to wed after many saved seats, long talks
BY TERRIE HENDERSON
This story ran on nwitimes.com on Tuesday, February 14, 2006 12:31 AM CST
SCHERERVILLE | Next time you're on the South Shore, look around you. It's very possible your soul mate could be sitting nearby.
That was the case for Schererville residents Christine Alms and Dan Zimmerman. The couple, who plan to wed next summer, met five years ago on the train while commuting to work in Chicago. The couple had a mutual friend on the train.
"I was dating somebody, and Dan and I became friends while we were riding the train," Alms said.
The relationship Alms was in soon ended, and she found herself attracted to her newfound friend on the train.
Zimmerman said he realized on his 22nd birthday that Alms could potentially be the one for him and that's when he decided to make his move.
A month after being introduced, the couple decided to go out on an official date.
"He thought I was cute, and I thought he was cute," Alms said. "He asked to take me to a White Sox game."
Zimmerman said it was the perfect date for the perfect couple.
"We are both big fans of the White Sox," Zimmerman said. "It was kind of our first date."
Although neither Alms nor Zimmerman still commute to work on the South Shore, the train will forever hold sentimental value.
"We are going to take our engagement picture at the South Shore," Alms said.
Zimmerman said the train, surprisingly, was the perfect place to become acquainted with Alms.
"It's not like meeting in a bar. It's somewhat of an intimate location," Zimmerman said. "People on the train have pretty much the same interests. You see people every day, and you kind of get to know them."
Alms said part of the courting process involved saving seats for one another, and having long conversations en route to work and back home again.
"My family thought it was kind of cute," Alms said. "They knew that I was actually sitting down and having a conversation."
CHRISTOPHER SMITH | THE TIMES Christine Alms and Dan Zimmerman, of Schererville, met
five years ago on the South Shore train and plan to marry in June. Although they don't
commute to Chicago for work these days, they plan to have their engagement picture taken
at a South Shore station
April 25, 2006
This story was on the front page of the Life&Style section of the Rockford Register Star:
Rebecca Hines and her daughter Hannah, 6, react as Alex, 9,
plays their Checkpoint pinball game Tuesday in their Byron home.
The family that plays pinball together ...
When Rebecca Hines and her soon-to-be-husband, Bill, were stationed at a Naval base in Orlando, Fla., they’d hit the arcades to play pinball. "He was so surprised because I was well-versed," said Rebecca, 34, a stay-at-home mom. They rarely saw women playing the game.
Today, she, her husband and their kids, Alex, 9, and Hannah, 6, play pinball at least an hour a week in their Byron basement. "It allows us to spend time together as a family," she said.
April 10, 2006
CBS 2 News Chicago
Finding A Carseat With The Right Fit For A Child With Disabilities
Sue Corbet had her own segment on TV demonstrating carseat safety and talking about how important it is. I don't know how long the link to the segment will be live, but here it is:
The video of Sue
May 9, 2006
Jean and Laura on NBC 5 News Chicago
In Line To See Conan O'Brien
Jean and Laura in line to see Conan
Laura got the tickets to the show online. They lined up at 9:30 and got in at 4:00. They had a great time and were actually on the show very briefly as they touched the self-pleasuring bear. Laura's childhood hero, Mr. T., was a guest on the show....it was quite thrilling for her.
May 24, 2006
Laura on Max's Blog (Max works for Z97-5 in Nashville)
The Long Journey Home...
Airline travel blows, right?
Especially when you're a poor bastard who's makin' his way compliments of low-cost, no-frills carriers...
Step one - Stand in the pen with the herd like the cattle you are:
Me and 150 or so strangers sitting around waiting to be allowed on board... at which point we will push and shove like doomed concert-goers at a 1970's Cincinnati WHO concert!
The price was right, I guess.
We crawled on board and found our seats... expecting it to be another miserable, crowded, uncomfortable, screaming-child-filled travel experience.
That was before we met LAURA!
Laura has re-affirmed my faith inthe wonderful world of flight attendants!
She's the one who dimmed the lights and told us we could get a little extra reading light by pressing the "hairy lightbulb button" above our heads...
Never really thought of it that way... but, ya know... they ARE hairy lightbulbs!
Laura also had tasty nips... and, she wasn't afraid to share them with us!
There's something about Cheese Nips at 38,000 feet... I'm still not sure if they were a blessing or a curse... but, we clamored for them like we had been denied cheesey goodness for the past 13 years... Then we paid the paid the price of cheesey, motion-fueled nausea!
(That's the country guy from down the hall, coveting his package of nippage.)
ANYONE could have delivered cheese nips... but, it took our bouncy and fun duo of Laura & Maribel to deliver them with style! (There was also another cool attendant on the plane... but, she was in back and we didn't really get to deal with her.)
Cute, fun and tolerant of idiot passengers (me and the country guy), they restored my faith in the current state of flight attendant-dom... asking trivia questions... singing songs... making bad jokes... (wait, maybe that was me)
The Max Show
From Onboard, a monthly publication for the people of Southwest inflight
Alex's Winning Baseball Team
From Ogle County Life
Becky attended a Town Hall meeting regarding some school issues, and was on TV with Library Board Member Richard Pleniewiez.
Playing on the Huntsville local channels (including the local cable).
Teresa Womack in a TV spot for the Huntsville Hospital.
Click here to see the commercial!
November 2, 2006
The Post Tribune
Jeff working on the building!
Jean and Laura painted football signs that made the news!
The WGN News Van pulled up and Robert Jordan interviewed Laura!
Kathy was in the scene for about 2 seconds. Laura's interview was shown on WGN'S Noon News.
And the link to the interview was on WGN's website and The Chicago Tribune's website!
Our signs were featured on the front page of the KV Post.
This local publication comes out once a week.
Our sign was featured in a spot on CNN.com!
And it also ran several times on CNN Headline News on February 3, 2007!
As Eileen aptly put it, our signs are becoming a legend!
Daphne on TV on her Birthday
March 27, 2007
Alex and Hannah at the Air Show
They sure had a great time!
Erin on TV on her Birthday
October 25, 2007
Erin on the Channel 7 News
Bill and Alex in the Rockford Register Star
December 12, 2007
The Hineses in the Rockford Register Star...Again!
Januray 13, 2007
They also made the print edition: Here.
This article contains the two following quotes from Becky:
"Our sentiments echo Brett's",said Becky Hines. "He said they could go 6-10 or
10-6, that it could go either way. He just wanted to have a good
season." Instead, he got a great season.
No one's laughing now.
Except Hines. She used to be the lone Bears's holdout in the Byron family of Packer fans. She converted in March after
attending the Packers's Fan Fest with her husband, Bill, 10-year-old son, Alex,
and 7-year-old daughter, Hannah.
"I got a taste of the insanity," Becky
Hines said. "God knows, I love the insanity."
And then their picture made the Front Page:
Cherie in The Wellspring---Fall 2009 Edition
Changes in the seasons affect us all in different ways. For some, it may require an adjustment to our morning routine to get the kids off to school on time. For others, it might mean getting up later when the sun is shining, rather than driving to work in the dark. What changes do you make in your lifestyle, home or work habits to adjust to the shorter daylight hours and cooler weather that the coming of fall and winter brings?
Cherie Dabbs (Management Analyst) The biggest change I will make around this time of year is the time I start work. I love to run outside and during the summer I usually run in the morning before work when it is still pretty cool outside. But when it starts to stay dark later, I shift the running to after work and come to work around 6am. I’m training for my first half marathon now so I need to devote more time to running and the cooler afternoon temperatures will be perfect for that. I’m very excited for fall; it’s my favorite season. I especially love the taste and smell of anything pumpkin-flavored . . . muffins, pie, coffee, and even beer And my mom recently moved out here from Illinois so I can’t wait to show her around the area. We can be tourists together.
Jeff on the front page of The Post Tribune---January 25, 2010
Some article about building stuff in this economy
Terry is on the very right of this picture---November, 2010
Oh Fuuudge competitors
Northwest Indiana Times
December 13, 2010
HAMMOND | Eleven-year-old Kimberly Snell, 11, returns with lug nuts for her father Eric at the Oh Fuuudge Relay Race at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond. He must re-attach the tire with the lug nuts and the two of them jump back into a vehicle
Jeff and Brendan had a lot of fun in this contest
Hannah on the Rockford News Website---January 20, 2011
Mike's grandson Brandon Womack in a wonderful video
Watch his video here
Jean in the Hammond Times
Becky Wins State With Her Essay
From the Rockford News:
“Mom, did you make any friends today?” my 9-year-old daughter asked after my first day at Rock Valley College. “No, Sweetie, I did not.” My 12-year-old son had a more astute observation: “Aren’t you embarrassed to be there? I mean, you are older than the other students.” I was embarrassed and quite self-conscious — for about 15 minutes. That embarrassment quickly made way for enthusiasm and the realization that I was finally taking the next step toward bettering my life.
“Going back to school” was merely an idea I had been mulling over for months, and when it was time to take action, Rock Valley College stood out as a great fit for me. The reasonable cost and location of the main campus meant that I could attend classes without adversely affecting my family’s finances. Their helpful staff guided me through the sign-up process, and before I knew it “going back to school” had made the leap from idea to reality.
My family noticed a change within weeks; I was happier, more organized, more focused. My workload forced me to manage my time more wisely and work more efficiently. My intellectual frustrations disappeared, as I was challenged by my professors and the class material. I felt confident, ready to take on new academic challenges and fill in my knowledge gaps.
However, the changes I’ve experienced run deeper than that. There is a renewed sense of curiosity and a desire to learn in our house — not only for me, but also my children and husband. They see the value of a quality education; they see me study, of course, but they also share my excitement to learn more material, to open more doors. By demonstrating that a life filled with education is a rich life, I set the stage for my children to succeed in their chosen paths.
Without the excellent professors and great classes at Rock Valley College, it would have been difficult to pass these lessons on to my children. “Education is important” would have been just words, instead of a way of life they now see. The example I set sends a stronger message: Pursue education with passion, and happiness will follow.
Rock Valley College has made it possible for me to reach my new potential and set higher goals for my life. It’s easy to see that I’m happier — which has a very nice trickle-down effect for my family — but going back to school has enriched my entire outlook on life. Anything is possible with an education; I felt that from my first day at Rock Valley College and still believe it today. My community college has most certainly changed my life for the better, and I even made a few friends.
From The Rockford Register Star:
Rebecca Hines, a student at Rock Valley College, won the Paul Simon Student Essay Contest for Illinois.
Her essay was one of 24 entries by community college students.
Hines will receive prize money, recognition at an awards ceremony at Rock Valley College and a luncheon in Normal. Lt. Governor Shelia Simon will help present the award, which was named after her late father, Paul Simon, who served in the U.S. Congress from 1975 to 1997.
Hines is the first Rock Valley College student to win the statewide contest since the competition was created in 1990.
The essay contest is held each year and is open to all Rock Valley College students. To enter, students must write an essay of fewer than 500 words on the topic, "How Community College Has Changed My Life."
From Rock Valley College Online:
Friday, May 4, 2012
Rock Valley College student Rebecca Hines has won the Paul Simon Student Essay Contest for the state of Illinois. Her essay was chosen as the winner by a panel of ICCTA (Illinois Community College Trustees Association) members from amongst 24 entries by students representing community colleges from across the state.
This contest is an annual event open to all currently enrolled Rock Valley College students. To qualify, each essay must be fewer than 500 words and must address the contest theme of How My Community College Has Changed My Life. Each year Rock Valley College chooses one winner who receives a monetary prize, special recognition at RVC’s Writing Awards Ceremony, and entry into the statewide contest.
Hines is the first student from RVC to claim the top prize in the state competition since the competition was created in 1990.
For also winning the state’s top honor, Hines will now receive an additional $500 award and a trip to a special awards luncheon in Normal, Illinois, on June 1, 2012. For the first time in since the contest was formed, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will be on hand to help present the scholarship named after her father, Paul Simon.
Becky's Billboard was in several places around Rockford
Jean in the Northwest Indiana Times:
June 13, 2012 12:00 am
“I think Geisen Funeral Home has been a member since the Chamber’s inception, and I’ve personally been a member for two years now. Community involvement is an important part of my job, and the Chamber really does provide some very unique opportunities for business people. Working at events like Hometown Festival Days is just one example, but it’s what I love to do. You can to spend the entire day getting to know people, developing good strong relationships and ties with other business professionals. Chamber events create opportunities for people to talk about their businesses and learn about each other so it’s a great way to reach people with our story. It’s also exciting when an event draws so many people since so much work goes into it. Expanding and combining the Corn Roast, Taste of the Region plus the Arts & Crafts Festival makes so much sense. Not only is it a smart decision time-wise for everyone to work together, it’s really taking things up a notch, and we have the perfect community to do it! Crown Point is the perfect setting, and we are an extremely hard working Chamber.”
Jean Lahm, Geisen’s Funeral Home
Jean was co-chair of the Corn Roast. Northwest Indiana Times:
Hail at the Corn Roast!
Daphne, Erin and cousin Maddie in the Northwest Indiana Times:
January 21, 2013
Staley Da Bear scored big with "da kids" Monday when he visited the Lowell Public Library to urge youngsters to tackle reading.
The mascot for the Chicago Bears charmed a field of kids and adults garbed in orange and Navy blue jerseys that swelled beyond the library's children's room and numbered more than 100.
Jean Presents Winning Poster Award
Jean as Co-Chair of the Crown Point Corn Roast
Jean Installation....Reginal Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors....2014
Billy Crump Jingles
Billy Crump Jingles is a friend of Brendan and Owen Lahm
Congratulations to Jean for winning this contest!
January 1, 2014
Owen at the St. Mathias Parish Hall
For Brendan's Birthday on New Year's Eve
This was a huge picture on the front page
Brendan and his crew were at their table during the magic show
The Lowell Parks Department
Brendan doing Wado-Ki-Karate
Northwest Indiana Times
Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce
Daphne Pistello at the Corn Roast
If you recently indulged in buttery golden ears at the yearly Crown Point Corn Roast, you can thank the Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce for hosting this popular event.
August 20, 2015 Karyn Brodsky Times Correspondent
What do you get when you combine approximately 700 businesses, engaging and exciting local activities and a commitment to support, advocate for and give back to the community? The answer: the Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce.
If you recently indulged in buttery golden ears at the yearly Crown Point Corn Roast or attended the Food and Arts Festival, you can credit the chamber for hosting both events. At each gathering, attendees enjoyed delectable treats from local food vendors, and the Food and Arts Festival included local arts and crafters, live entertainment, a kids' zone area and a "Best Of" food competition.
The article continues with information about the Chamber of Commerce
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