Monday, January 14, 2013
Q&A with Comfort Dog Ministry from Hawthorn Woods: "Dogs created a bridge to help bring people back from a dark period and place back into a place where they can begin the healing process."
Ladel, a Comfort Dog from St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Hawthorn Woods returned from Newtown, CT, after a three-day visit, where she helped spread some joy and comfort to children and adults recovering from the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. Ladel lives with Pastor Tim Kinne and his wife, Deb. Ladel traveled to Newtown with three handlers, Deb Kinne, Lauraine Morajda and Kylie Yocum. Read about their experience in this Q&A with Deb Kinne: How many dogs went to Newtown? Nine full grown and one puppy in training. One dog turned 1 year old while we were in Connecticut and she is almost ready to be "placed." The puppy is just 9 weeks old and, you can imagine, he was pretty popular! Which places did you visit? Ladel visited …
Friday, January 4, 2013
Ladel, a golden retriever, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Hawthorn Woods has been called to service.
Chicago-area K-9 Comfort Dogs, a ministry from Lutheran Church Charities (LCC), have been aiding in the healing in Newtown, CT, since shortly after the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy occurred. On Jan. 1, Ladel, a Comfort Dog from St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Hawthorn Woods, left with a team of dogs and handlers for Newtown. Ladel was invited to Newtown High School to provide the unconditional love and compassion that define Comfort Dogs. The last months have been busy for Ladel as she recently served in New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy devastated the area. Ladel lives with Senior Pastor Tim Kinne’s family at the parsonage in Mundelein. Deb Kinne, the pastor’s wife and Ladel’s primary handler, said Ladel was the first Comfort Dog …
Friday, December 21, 2012
"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," the NRA's Wayne LaPierre said.
In an amazing Friday morning press conference, the National Rifle Association broke its weeklong silence following the horrific shooting of 26 people at a school in Newtown, CT and called for a surge of gun-carrying "good guys" around American schools. NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre called for a new kind of American domestic security revolving around armed civilians, arguing that "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." "We care about our president, so we protect him with armed Secret Service agents," LaPierre said. "Members of Congress work in offices surrounded by Capitol Police officers. Yet, when it comes to our most beloved, innocent, and vulnerable members of the American family, our …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Lydia Gabriel recorded a CD of traditional Christmas songs. All proceeds will go toward Sandy Hook School.
A Barrington High School student is going above and beyond to help the community of Newtown, Conn. heal from the tragic school shooting that happened last week. Lydia Gabriel, a freshman at BHS just knew she wanted to do something to help when she heard about the 27 people killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14. “I always loved elementary school and when I heard about the people in Connecticut, I was just so upset and heartbroken,” she said. Gabriel, a member of the Barrington High School choir, was singing Christmas songs when something clicked. “I said, maybe I could make a CD of traditional Christmas songs and give a CD to them, and donate money I raise to Connecticut,” she said. Gabriel recorded the tracks at a …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
A search of the school turned up nothing suspicious and an investigation is ongoing.
A McHenry County elementary school was among many schools throughout the country that police responded to Monday for potentially suspicious incidents on the first day back to school following the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn. Harvard Police responded to Crosby Elementary School at 7:45 a.m. after a .22-caliber shell casing was found on the cafeteria floor, according to the Northwest Herald. Students "were kept in their classrooms doing school work for about three hours" as a search was conducted at the school, according to the Chicago Tribune. The school day later resumed after nothing suspicious was found. An investigtion is ongoing, according to the Northwest Herald. There are about 850 students that attend Crosby Elementary …
Place a candle on your porch Dec. 18 from 7-9 p.m. to honor lives lost.
Twenty-six innocent lives were lost last week when a gunman opened fire in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Many of the dead will be laid to rest this week. To honor lives lost, Barrington-area residents are asked to place a lit candle (flameless or real) on their porch tonight, Dec. 18, from 7-9 p.m. The effort was inspired by a luminaria lighting in Grayslake Please share this article with your friends and neighbors to spread the word. It's a very small act, but will help show our compassion and respect for the families who are mourning.
Friday, December 14, 2012
Superintendent Tom Leonard said the district regularly screens those wanting access to any school.
Security measures are being revisited in Barrington School District 220 in light of the mass shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, CT earlier today. “As upsetting as this is, however, it is also sobering to realize crimes against schools do occur and we must always be vigilant. Regularly in Barrington 220, we revisit security procedures to ensure our students and staff know what to do in the event of a lockdown, and we are re-examining our entry protocols to remain diligent about screening those who request access to our schools. In addition, partnerships with and proximity to our local law enforcement agencies are both proactive and reassuring,” read a letter from District 220 Superintendent Tom Leonard. In Newtown, the gunman …