Pulse: Naperville history professor on new H2 show

When producers of “This Old House” needed a history lesson, they turned to Naperville resident Dennis Cremin, professor of history at Lewis University. Cremin, a renowned Chicago history expert, author and director of the university’s History Center, was called on for a new television series, “Hidden History in your House,” which airs at 9 tonight on the H2 Channel.

The new series features “This Old House” host Kevin O’Connor, who is on a mission to “deconstruct the American home to reveal the hidden history inside.”

Cremin said it was really exciting to work with a team of seasoned professionals and was thrilled to be included as one of the show’s history experts.

“I met with them in Chicago in January, and then in April they flew me out to their production area in Concord, Massachusetts,” Cremin said. “The program is fast paced and full of interesting information.”

Tune in tonight to H2 or visit www.history.com/schedule to learn more.

Senior tribute

‘Happy’ at Naperville North

They are truly happy at Naperville North, and this proves it.

In celebration of graduation, the Huskies created a lip dub featuring graduates, current students, teachers and faculty members singing along to Pharrell Williams toe-tapping song “Happy.”

“We are thrilled to have another video that shows off our school pride and amazing students at Naperville North High School,” said Jennifer Baumgartner, dean of student activities. “The video also features landmarks in our community, which has been a great part of our seniors’ lives outside of school. We truly are ‘Happy’ in Naperville.”

The video was directed by Tobey Sanford and Mark Skarr along with film director Zach Scott. And there’s even more to be happy about. The video was made in support of the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund.

Check it out here.

Hydrate or Die

New drinking fountain at Knoch Park

If you’ve ever been parched at Knoch Park and couldn’t find a drinking fountain, you will find one now.

The Naperville Noon Lions Club and Foundation recently donated a drinking fountain for use in the park.

The Naperville Park District will host a brief ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 31, at the park, 724 S. West St., to thank the group for the donation. The drinking fountain is just northwest of the Barn Recreation Center’s west parking lot.

“Knoch Park is one of the most heavily used parks in our community,” Executive Director Ray McGury said. “We are grateful to the Naperville Noon Lions for their enthusiasm in providing a drinking fountain at this central location.”

The Naperville Park District completed extensive renovations last fall at Knoch Park, including renovating the tennis courts and adding ADA accessible concrete collars to the ball fields, new ballfield fencing on two of the fields, a new multi-use trail, a new crosswalk across Martin Avenue, irrigation lines to help maintain the fields, and the new drinking fountain.

“The Naperville Noon Lions are glad to be able to help with the improvements at Knoch Park,” said Lions Club President Gary Vician. “Partnering with the Park District is another way for Lions to promote a healthy lifestyle.”

Beating MS

Author trades wheelchair for bicycle

“Demented and bedridden,” that’s what Dr. Terry Wahls expected she would become after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2000. Since then, Wahls has traveled the world, researched autoimmune conditions and written a book about her radical treatment plan, which she will discuss June 5 at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville.

Wahls will explore sections of her book, “The Wahls Protocol: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine,” which focuses on nutritional, physical and mental changes she used to overcome debilitating MS symptoms. Before she created her own holistic treatment plan, Wahls worried that MS would take everything.

Three years after being diagnosed with MS, Wahls was in a tilt-recline wheelchair, the kind made for people who might never walk again. She tried medication, she tried surgery — but she didn’t begin to recover until she discovered the root of her symptoms.

“Environmental factors — food, toxins, activity level,” Wahls said. “These are responsible for 95 percent of chronic illness.”

Wahls’ book follows her personal story, examining the dietary and other lifestyle changes that form her treatment plan — a plan that allowed Wahls to trade her wheelchair for a bicycle.

“This is a very basic, powerful way of restoring health,” Wahls said. “It’s a way for people to get their lives back.”

The discussion begins at 7 p.m. at 123 W. Jefferson Ave.

Ready to ride

Brandon Marshall here to help others

Brandon Marshall is busy on more than just the football field these days. Saturday he will be on hand for a motorcycle ride that will help those suffering from mental health issues.

The Brandon Marshall Mental Health Awareness Ride will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 31, at the Linden Oaks Outpatient Center, 1335 N. Mill St. in Naperville. It begins with motorcycle registration and comments from Marshall, NFL Pro Bowl wide receiver with the Chicago Bears, and his wife, Michi.

Brandon, Michi and the bikers will hit the road at 9 a.m. for a trip of more than 50 miles through Aurora, Oswego and Yorkville, ending at the Starved Rock Harley-Davidson dealership, 750 Centennial Drive, Ottawa, where activities will include entertainment, a cookout, raffles and prizes.

The cost to have a motorcycle in the ride is $20 and includes lunch and a commemorative pin. Passenger registration is $10 and includes lunch. To register, visit www.starvedrockhd.com/brandonmarshallride.

Legends of golf

Rub elbows with celebrities for good cause

Golf legend Lee Trevino and CBS Sports analyst Gary McCord are the marquee names at the 20th annual President’s Invitational Golf Outing hosted by Benedictine University on Monday, July 28, at Cantigny Golf in Wheaton.

The event provides an opportunity for area golfers to rub elbows with some of golf’s greatest and play a championship course — all while contributing to a good cause. Proceeds from the event help provide scholarships for Benedictine students.

Registration and breakfast begin at 8 a.m. Golf begins at 10 a.m. sharp. Cocktails and photos begin at 4 p.m., followed by the program at 6 p.m. where McCord will interview Trevino and share stories of their time on the PGA Tour and the world of golf.

In a little more than four decades, Trevino has earned the reputation as one of golf’s all-time greatest and most popular performers. McCord, on the other hand, is well known for enduring 422 tournaments without a single win throughout his 23-year career on the PGA Tour. A man of good humor, he boasted a “NO WINS” license plate for years to poke fun at his own less-than-glamorous career as a professional golfer.

The cost for golf and the program is $300 a person ($1,200 a foursome). Sponsorships are available by contacting Deb Smith, director of University Development Events, at 630-829-6080, dsmith@ben.edu or by visiting ben.edu/golf.

Responsible education

NCC noted for green policies

For the fourth consecutive year, North Central College has been included in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition.”

With an increasing interest among students in attending colleges that practice, teach and support environmentally responsible choices, the guide began publication in 2010 in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools.

The 2014 guide highlights the 332 campuses that offer a holistic approach to sustainable living, from purchasing and building guidelines to green academic programs and preparation for sustainable careers. Selected schools display a willingness to be accountable for their commitments to sustainability.

Among the initiatives at North Central College cited in the guide are the college’s alternative transportation program, fleet of two electric vehicles and dual electric vehicle charging station, bike-sharing program, LEED-certified Silver Residence Hall/Recreation Center, refillable bottle program, Community Garden Project, campus dining efforts that include donating used oil and grease to green diesel research, composting program, faculty-student research in the area of sustainability, student clubs, and Career Center assistance with locating green jobs.

The schools featured in the “Guide to 332 Green Colleges” for 2014 earned scores of 83 or higher; North Central’s rating was 84. To view the list of 322 schools visit princetonreview.com/green-guide.

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