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Orland Park Star (Newspaper) - December 19, 1999, Orland Park, Illinois Coming thursday. 2000 cheers details on Chicago s hot new year s eve Celebration outlined. Firs look Iff f i 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 78 pages a 7 sections vol. 29, no. 33 sunday december is 1999. An edition of the Star a $1 per copy Orland Park with news of Orland Hills bringing local news Home cold Winter rites the Moon rises recently Over 159th Street and Wolf Road in Orland Park. Experts say the Moon will be a Little bigger and brighter when the Chris Sweda special to the 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 longer. District wins Back Legal Cost by of Rietsma Orland school District 135 is being reimbursed More than a half million dollars from its former insurance company for Money spent related to a lawsuit that originated in 1983. A reimbursement Check for $553,731 from Continental casualty company insurance is on its Way to the District As part of a lawsuit involving a number of plaintiffs Developer j. Fred Creek Terra com development group inc., pheasant Ridge venture and Shell development corporation attorney Dennis Walsh said. The partnership of pheasant Ridge venture and Shell development corporation also was named As a plaintiff Walsh said. Walsh informed school officials of the news at last weeks Board of education meeting. Klein Thorpe and Jenkins was the districts Long time Legal representative and served District 135 in that capacity when the lawsuit was instigated. The $553,000, Walsh said includes All Money the District spent defending itself and settling a portion of the claim against the plaintiffs including attorney fees expert witness costs and miscellaneous charges associated with the Case. Walsh convinced Continental to reimburse the school District every Dollar spent related to the litigation even though the insure see District Page a-4 done to feed the geese animal officer urge by of Rietsma wiccan get ready to Mark a rebirth of Sunby Marybeth 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 Sun. M see wiccan Page a-5 Star photo by Robert ill Kowsil 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 be 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 Orland Parks animal control officer is urging people to not feed bread to Canada geese because the practice is leading to fatal results. Officer Joyce Del Ricco said two geese this season had to be euthanized because their throats were clogged with bread. The problem she said occurs when geese eat As much bread As made available to them. When the moisture from the bread is digested and subsequently excreted the remaining solid dries in a clump into a material that Del Ricco said is a was hard As a i knew the minute i saw the geese something was wrong with them a she said. A their necks were swollen and hard. The bread backed up from their stomachs All the Way up into their the process she said is gastrointestinal slugging of foreign food. Del Ricco said Canada geese especially right now Are eating Large amounts of food to fatten up for the season and will Gorge themselves on anything they can find. Well intentioned people who provide a banquet of bread a see geese Page a-4 two join police pane by Jef Rietsma the commission that oversees hiring firing discipline and policy of the Orland Hills police department is Back to full strength following the appointment of two members last week. Mayor Kyle Hastings on wednesday named residents Anthony Mannina and Ron pan Ico to the commission. Mannina a term will expire in 2001, Panicoe a in 2002. For the past three months the commission has been shorthanded at one Point Down to Only one member after Frank Coddington resigned a month ago. Before that the commissions chairman Mark Demonte resigned in the Wake of an alleged theft incident at Georgios Comfort inn on sept. 25. Karen Klukis whose term will expire in 2000, is now the senior commissioner. Hastings said Mannina and a see panel Page a-4 around town Page finder a-2 business Section d oils Kiriou sections de dimensions Section b editorials a-14 Homs guide Section f obituaries a-16 police beat a-6 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 world wide wok sit com newsroom of mail Sta news 0 ,r57544l,00003topinka retracts 1998 allegation by Jennifer Armstrong special to the Star Illinois state treasurer Judy Baar Topinka on Friday publicly retracted a statement made in a 1998 Campaign and that her opponent Orland Park mayor Daniel Mclaughlin was a under investigation for giving Public land to a political contributor. Topinka issued a statement on the matter Friday As part of a settlement to a lawsuit Mclaughlin filed against her in october 1998. The republicans 30-second radio and accused her democratic challenger in the treasurers race of a trying to hide the fact that he a currently under investigation for giving away Over a million dollars of government owned land and tax Breaks in Exchange for Campaign the allegation stemmed from a proposal a which Village officials rejected a that would have Given 4�i acres of Public land near 149th Street and Ravinia Avenue to Chicago based Alden realty services for a a see Orland Page a-4scrooge at school teachers Joe Lyon and Karen Ritter portray Scrooge and the ghost of Christmas present last week in a performance of a a Christmas Carol put on for students at Jerling Junior High school in Orland Park. Star photo by Phil a Hiss a i

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