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Chicago Heights Star (Newspaper) - December 19, 1999, Chicago Heights, Illinois Coming thursday. 2000 cheers details on Chicago s hot new year s eve Celebration outlined. Firs look inside today just the facts scientific methodology gets to the Root of Santa s secrets. To closeup warm thoughts safety tips on those necessary space Heaters. Home guide old world flair stories explain distinctively different Holiday traditions. Dimensions Tri the 1901 -1999 Sia 20 newspapers serving 54 communities 76 pages a 7 sections 99th year no. 69 sunday december 19, 1999 an edition of the Star a $1 por copy Chicago Heights area bringing local news Home cold Winter rites longtime country club goes on Saleby Don Mica the Moon rises recently Over 159th Street and Wolf Road in Orland Park. Experts say the Mon will be a Little bigger and brighter when the Chris Sweda pedal to Tho Star solstice arrives marking the Start of Winter and nearly the end of the millennium. The solstice also Means the Days will Start to get get ready to Mark a rebirth of Sunby Mai Beth Beechen Long before the birth of the Christ child ancient pagans celebrated the midwinter return of the Sun a the Winter solstice. The Winter solstice occurs each year on or about dec. 21. This Day Marks the shortest period of Daylight during the year. From then on the periods of Daylight get longer As the Sun begins climbing in the sky to reach its Peak once again on june 21, the summer solstice. Followers of wicca an ancient Earth entered religion done to celebrate Christmas. Instead their midwinter festivities Center around the rebirth of the see wiccan Page a-5 Star photo by Robert Milkowsky morn Geiger a wiccan or Witch prepares for the Winter solstice at the Earth amp beyond Bookstore in Tinley solstice of 1900s arrives on wednesday by Linda Swisher Busy with Holiday preparations and y2k concerns have we overlooked the arrival of Winter Winters coming a wednesday at 1 44 . To he exact. That a when the Winter solstice occurs this year in our part of the world. At least one weather expert predicts somewhat higher than Normal temperatures for the Chicago Region this Winter but he anticipates a a Normal precipitation. So get ready for the Snow and ice. Are we ready yes according to Many who head up local emergency service agencies. Police and fire departments hone their skills with year round training. Police Deal with icy conditions and traffic safety As situations arise but As for proce a see solstice Page a-5 a Chicago Heights mainstay has been put up for Sale due to declining Revenue in recent years. The Chicago Heights country club 1112 Scott ave., has been in Chicago Heights since 1912. The private club offered its members a nine Hole Golf course a bar and a dining room for banquets. But declining membership and a subsequent decrease in Revenue has forced members to put the club up for Sale. The members made a decision nov. 30 to sell the club said Mike Bush club president. Bush said the night they announced the club would be put up for Sale was not a Good one for Many of the members. A it was a sad Day. There were a lot of tears. They All realized this was the Only option left a Bush said. One private Enterprise and two governmental entities have expressed initial interest in purchasing the club Bush said. He declined to disclose the names of those potential buyers. As of Friday Bush was not Able to provide any Concrete figures As to the Selling Price for the club As an appraisal of the facility and property is not yet Complete. The potential buyers have expressed an interest in keeping the club As a Golf course possibly Public or Semi private Bush said. This is Good news for the 59 current members of the club he said. A we feel it is one of the remaining jewels of Chicago Heights a Bush said. Club member and Board Secretary Richard Stelter agreed. A i done to think the City of Chicago Heights should lose it a Stelter said. Bush said membership at the club declined from 150 to 59 members in the last to years. To compensate for this loss in Revenue members retained a marketing director to help spread the word about the clubs amenities All in an attempt to see club Page a-4 state Grants keep �?T99 Park Levy steady by Don Mica the Chicago Heights Park District tax rate is expected to remain the same As last year As a result of the 1999 Levy officials a Aid. The rate is projected to be 74 cents per $100 equalized assessed valuation said David a. Gonzalez Chicago Heights Park District superintendent. One Pivotal Factor in keeping the general obligation Bond Levy As Low As possible was the availability of state Grant Money Gonzalez said. This year the District received a $275,000 reimbursable Grant from the Illinois department of natural resources. That Money will help pay for several capital projects including $30,000 to Complete a renovation of the recreation Center gymnasium and $75,000 to install lights and build Concession stands at a baseball Field near Chicago Road and Dixie High Way another $25,000 of the state Grant has been approved by the Illinois department of natural resources for the creation of a computer lab at the recreation Center. The lab will consist of to to 12 computers Gonzalez said and will allow residents an Opportunity for classroom computer training. Gonzalez said the lab most Likely will be completed in two months or so. Another reason the tax rate did not change is that the District Levy is the same As last year and the general obligation Bond Levy increased Only slightly from 1998, Gonzalez said. The 1999 District Levy is $707,200 and the general obligation Bond Levy is $1,398,950, which includes interest and loss amounts Gonzalez said. The two levies added together see Levy Page a-4 Page finder academics a-16 around town a-2 business Section d classified sections de editorials a-12 movies b-5 obituaries a-14 protect share a-19 sports Section c our numbers main number 708 802 8800 circulation 708 802-8000 classified 708 802-8888 display. 708 802-8001 editorial 708 802-8080 tax apportionment becomes Issue again by Don Mica world Witt web site newsroom email Star news a 57544 00003 the Issue of apportionment of taxes Between will and Cook counties within Bloom township High school District 206 is expected to be revisited by the school Board monday night. On dec. 13, the District 206 Board by a slim margin of 4 to 3, approved a apportionment plan but three of the members who voted Down the measure have requested a special meeting to reconsider the Issue. Those members Are Anthony Deluca Daniel Petrarca and Robert Rossi. The Board has until dec. 31 to file its decision with the Illinois department of Revenue officials said. The Issue of apportionment was brought to the forefront by a group of will county residents living within the District who called themselves the Steger will county action tax Force swat. Those residents expressed concern about Homes in the will county portion of District 206 being assessed at a higher Market value than those in Cook. However will county businesses Are assessed at a lower rate than those in Cook county. Apportionment would result in the owner of a Home in Cook county with a real Market value of $100,000, paying about $8 More per year to District 206, officials said. A see taxes Page a-4 reptile school Dino the iguana appears to be an attentive student recently at biology class at Marian Catholic High school in Chicago Heights. Oino was visiting As part of an exhibit called the travelling world of reptiles. 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