The Riverside American Legion Post #488 member Don Farnham, was honored for his service on the ice at the United Center during the National Anthem prior to the Chicago Blackhawks’ game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday, Feb. 16.
Before every home game, the Blackhawks roll out the red carpet and invite three veterans to honor for the anthem, which is sung by operatic baritone Jim Cornelison.
“It’s awesome,” Farnham said of his experience. “I was really impressed. I can’t say enough about it. I appreciate it no end.”
Accompanying Farnham at the game was his adult grandson, Ryan Farnham. In addition to standing at attention and saluting the flag during the anthem, Farnham and the two other veterans honored that night were given brief video profiles on the scoreboard. When Farnham’s story was described, he got a standing ovations from the crowd.
“It was the greatest thing in the world,” Farnham said. “At 93, I don’t expect many more.”
Farnham was instrumental in getting Riverside’s Cable TV Commission off the ground and remained one of its commissioners until 2016 – retiring at the age of 90.
He’s was an Emmy Award-winning cameraman for ABC-TV for 45 years, a career that was inspired by his time as a U.S. Marine, where he was a naval artillery spotter/radioman who landed on Iwo Jima on Feb. 19, 1945.
Farnham’s appearance on the ice marked nearly 74 years to the day of his landing on the black sands of Iwo Jima.
Brookfield Elks recognized
On Jan. 28, the Brookfield Police Department presented a plaque to members of Brookfield Elks Lodge #1510 for their dedicated commitment to aiding the village through contributions and serves.
Most recently the club donated a thermal smart monocular device to the police department. The device allows users to see in the dark and through smoke for up to 875 yards.
The $2,300 gift was funded by an Elks National Foundation grant and donations from individual members. Among those present to be recognized by Police Chief James Episcopo on Jan. 28 at the Brookfield Village Board meeting were club chairman Robert Rolewicz, Marie LeGros, club president Vicki Rolewicz, Frank Clark and vice president Mark Roegner.
Brookfield resident Libby Creek graduated from Hofstra University with a bachelor’s degree in video/television at the school’s winter commencement ceremonies in December 2018 in Hempstead, New York. She was also named to the dean’s list for the 2018 fall semester.
Rachel Heuel, of Riverside, received a Bachelor of Science degree with high distinction in nursing from the University of Iowa following the 2018 fall semester at the Iowa City school.
Michael Rouleau, of Riverside, was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude, in mechanical engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology at their winter commencement ceremonies in December 2018. He was also named to the school’s honor list for the fall semester.
Riverside resident Cassidy Rayfield was among the more than 1,000 students who received degrees during the winter commencement ceremony in December 2018 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Rayfield graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology.
Nisi Diaz, of Riverside, was one of 124 students from Bradley University in Peoria to participate in the White Coat Ceremony, which honors sophomore nursing students as they begin a concentrated supervised clinical experience.
Grace Knowski, of Brookfield, was named to the 2018 fall semester dean’s list at Millikin University in Decatur for earning a grade-point average of at least 3.5 on a 4-point scale for the grading period.
Gloria Corona, of Brookfield, was named to the 2018 fall semester dean’s list at the University of Findlay (Ohio) for attaining a GPA of at least 3.5.
Samantha Doornebos, of Riverside, was named to the 2018 fall semester dean’s list at Hofstra University for earning a GPA of at least 3.5 during the semester.
Riverside resident Erika Sterner was named to the 2018 fall semester dean’s list at the University of Nebraska for attaining semester GPA of at least 3.75 as a senior mathematics major in the College of Education and Human Sciences.
The following local students have been named to the 2018 fall semester dean’s list at the University of Iowa in Iowa City for attaining GPAs of at least 3.5 for the grading period: Brookfield residents Alex Contreras, Marissa Cruz and Ajla Smajlovic and Riverside residents Sara LaMantia, Anna Milleker and Caroline Willinger.
Riverside residents Guillermo Arroyo (mechanical engineering), Haley Legan (biomedical sciences), Margaret Lyons (nursing), Riley Mullen (criminology and law studies) and Lucille Roudebush (exercise physiology) were named to the 2018 fall semester dean’s list at Marquette University in Milwaukee.
Riverside residents Evan Jones and Nicole LaBelle were named to the 2018 fall semester dean’s list at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, for ranking in the top 20 percent of undergraduate students in their division.
Coulter W. Greenwell, of Riverside, was named to the 2018 fall semester dean’s list at Clemson (South Carolina) University for attaining a semester GPA of at least 3.5. Greenwell is majoring in financial management. Meanwhile, Riverside resident Grace Tucek was named to the Clemson University president’s list for achieving a semester GPA of 4.0. She is a political science major.
Marcus Canada, of Brookfield, was named to the 2018 fall semester president’s honor roll at Oklahoma City University for maintaining a GPA of at least 3.9.
Jeremy Kolasa, of Brookfield, was named to the 2018 fall semester dean’s list at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais for attaining a semester GPA of at least 3.5.
Brookfield residents Amber Bittourna and Lydia Olson were among those named to the dean’s list for the 2018 fall semester at the University of Alabama for attaining a GPA of at least 3.5.
Brian Kulaga, of Riverside, was named to the 2018 fall semester dean’s list at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Kulaga is majoring in business.
Several RBHS students were selected as All-State Musicians and traveled downstate last month for final culminating concerts and an awards ceremony. The students included Zachary Picton (All-State Honors Choir); Kate Culloden, Tess Obuchowski and Eric Watson (All-State Chorus); Abigail Morrisey (Orchestra); and Emily Ruvoli (Band).
Lyons Township High School senior Jason Fung, of Brookfield, and fellow culinary teammates are headed to a national cooking competition after being named state champions at the 18th Annual Illinois ProStart Invitational.
Fung and his teammates are enrolled in the Professional Cooking, Baking and Service program at Technology center of DuPage. His teammates include two students from Wheaton North, one from Lake Park and one from Glenbard West.
Four Brookfield residents were among the 20 Lyons Township High School students named to the Technology Center of DuPage’s A-Team for outstanding achievement during the first semester of the 2018-19 school year. Among those recognized were Jason Fung (professional cooking), Jonathan Guadalupe (criminal justice), Christina Pina (criminal justice) and Andrew Rojas (computer information systems/game design).