Zion-Benton News

Stories from the October 16, 2014 Issue

Play 60/Read 20 a hit at Elmwood School

By Ginny Skweres
Zion-Benton News staff 

It's easy to forget that most professional football players have gone to college in addition to being athletes, although that's what often puts them in the limelight. Two football players who love to read came to Elmwood School on Tuesday to promote reading and a healthy way of life for children. The program is called Play 60/Read20.

Martellus Bennett, tight end for the Chicago Bears teamed up with Tim Green, a former defensive end for the Atlanta Falcons for eight years and an author of about 30 books. The United Way of Lake County arranged to have them visit Elmwood.

The gym at Elmwood was a hotbed of enthusiasm. Bennett began by reading Green's book, 'First Team,' a story about a boy trying to make a fresh start in a new town since his dad has been avoiding bad guys. Saying that Bennett read out loud with expression is almost an understatement. All of the children were given a copy of the book and plan to finish reading it.

The men talked to kids about how important it is to read to grow strong academically and build character.

"I love reading and I love books," Bennett said. "Being with the kids and sharing is what it's about.” More...

Buena Vista restaurant given an

By Ginny Skweres

Zion-Benton News staff 

Beach Park village trustees discussed the certificate of occupancy for the Buena Vista Restaurant on Wadsworth Road. It was set to expire last week.

When owner Jose Giles opened the restaurant, he was given a temporary certificate to expedite the opening. It came with a list of requirements that were to be completed within the year. Those requirements have not been met.

However, the temporary permit also required him to pave the new parking lot and stripe it for parking. An enclosure for garbage was to be constructed on the paved portion to keep the garbage out of view. Landscaping and lighting also remain undone.

Currently the business must limit itself to 100 customers and 15 employees. When using the banquet rooms for special events Giles obtains a permit that allows parking on the gravel lot. He has a capacity for 325 customers which requires more than 100 parking spaces.

Village administrator Jon Kindseth told the board staff needed direction from the board as how to handle the situation. Trustee Mark Ottersen suggested not allowing any special event permits. More...

Photo of the Week

Alyssa Amann was elected Queen and Jonathan Roberts was elected King at the Z-BTHS Homecoming last weekend.


Kiwanis honor firefighters, police officers

The Kiwanis Club of Zion-Benton recognized local police officers and
fi refi ghters with the Lee J. Fischer Firefi ghter/Police Awards Sept. 25.

School News

Students Phoenix Stroud, DJ Jackson,
and Jason Burrow worked together to
complete a multiplication ‘hunt.’


Reid Edwards, #14, blocks the extra point.