1957 to 1980
Dennis Russell

Unicoi, TN

#164 Jul 4, 2011
This is crazy wrote:
I have lived in this town a long time. How I wish the people would realize, we need to stand together, police our own streete, watch out for one another, and parent their kids better. They have dumb down our schools, taken God out, and allowed our goverment way to much power. Kids these days have no respect for others or themselves. Our education system is a joke! The thruth of the matter is this is our future. Uneducated kids, who are allowed to graduate, because it may upset a certain group of people, or pass them to play a sport to make millions. Family life no longer exits. Kids having kids, or having children with multiple fathers. Drugs of all kinds are perscribed, or bought of the streets. My question is what do you think is going to come from this? I will tell you its only going to get worse.
Hi, To try and answer this post as I see it. I personally think that the reason things have changed so radically is when they took GOD out of the classroom. I'm not looking down on any other religion, just when GOD was removed, following HIM was the notion of right and wrong. No more line between black and white, only grey. It is hard to put into words what I am saying. I think you have to take this into account when trying to explain the behavior you see now.
I am saddened by what I see going on in the country now. I really miss my years in Sauk Village. It was not perfect but was the nicest place I lived in my life. Followed by Glenwood, Il. as a close second.
When I think of Sauk Village, I think of the song by Mary Chapin Carpenter, "Stones in the Road"
I don't know if you remember, but house's built then were offered with fallout shelters. We did not have one. I guess most parents put they're faith in GOD.....
ps I am using my real name (Jack Dennis Russell) I was known in the village as Dennis. If anyone knew me, don't hesitate to contact me!
Regards to all.

Since: Jun 11

Location hidden

#165 Jul 11, 2011
Those were the days wrote:
Strassburg
1st Grade-Mrs. Wilson
2nd Grade-Mrs. Hovermale
3rd Grade-Mrs. Ricketts
Katz Corner/Wagoner
4th Grade-Mrs. Sporleder
Katz Corner
5th Grade-Mr Plummer
Wagoner
6th Grade-Mrs. Pito
Strassburg/Rickover(1st class to graduate)
7th Grade -Mr. Gurganus
8th Grade-Mr. Orseno
Mostly great teachers! I had Mr. Jorhgensen for 5th rare at Katz Corner.. I don't know where he was from, but he had a heavy accent, and loved soccer!
Those were the days, my friend!!

Since: Jun 11

Location hidden

#166 Jul 11, 2011
Neutral observer wrote:
I am not angry nor unhappy. I speak out against people like you who are so full of shit that you can control the minds of free people. Like I said , use insight , not rules.
"Neutral Observer" ?? Why don't you you shut up and Observe? You might learn something. Or at least have the guts to use your real name! You are like all the other people on forums, hiding in anonymity. This forum is to remember the good times. Just because you are miserable, why try and bring everyone else down?
I have really great memories of my time in Sauk village!!
JACK DENNIS RUSSELL. Sauk Village. 1962 - 1967
KJM 67-81

United States

#167 Aug 8, 2011
Joe Phillips marrie Susie Caminker.
Not so fast

Denver, CO

#168 Dec 5, 2012
Even during the so called "Good Times" were many home burglaries. As far back as I can recall Sauk Village has had its share of crooks. I agree there were places a lot worse to grow up.
Former Trustee wrote:
All the good things that have happened over the years while I was growing up. The only murder they had was Mary Utter back in like 1960- and it was never solved--- hmmm the boyfriend did it if you didn't know! Nobody was knocking over the Chicken Shack- AKA Popeye's Chicken-- well we didn't have a Popeyes Chicken when I was growing up! You could leave your doors unlocked- and everyone did...
What is wrong with the people that live there now? I found out that an "old time" Village resident- who refuses to leave- had their home broke into and the "little crooks" made not 1 but 3 trips! Took the safe, electronics, everything that had any "value". 3 trips- You've got to be kidding me? OH- they "wheeled" it down the street to their homes too as they weren't quite 16 and didn't have a license!
It's a far cry from when I was growing up in the 70's 80's. What's wrong with the parents now? Who is in control- clearly not the parents--- OH let's blame the Police that's obvious that is what I've read on the blogs here. The Police are to blame! I guess there would be less "crime" if the Police could shoot to kill and not worry about a lawsuit from the criminal's family! What about the parents- the neighbors who allow kids to walk down the street with the LOOT because they don't want to get involved! Damn lazy cops!!!! It's their fault--- GIVE ME A BREAK!
The Village has 3 patrol officers and half of their time is spent filling out STUPID reports to avoid LAWSUITS from drunks and domestic violence offenders. So that would leave about 1.5 patrol officers at any given time to cover some 12,000 residents! Hire more police--- PAY HIGHER TAXES! Nobody will buy that, they'll say the Village is being the Gestapo!
Times definitly have changed!
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Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#169 Jan 8, 2013
I see that Jeffery Nickolaides posted on Blankenship's death. He is a real weasel in court he said he waited until Blankenship had a lot of beer than acted like he (Nickolaides) had to use the bathroom went behind Blankeship pulled his head back and cut his throat then proceeded to stab him about 38 times. He also said he had made previous sexual advances at Blankenship but Blankenship told him that he was not into men and asked Jeff to get away from him. Hopefully he (Jeffery) is in a good place to get a boyfriend. You would think that inmates would not be allowed to use computers.
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Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#170 Jan 8, 2013
Jeffery Nicolaides wrote:
MARKHAM -- Murder charges have been filed against one suspect in the death of Terry Blankenship, the Sauk Village man whose body was found Friday morning behind the vacant Village Bowl and Lounge in the 1700 block of Sauk Trail.
Jeffery Nicolaides, 25, of Sauk Village, was charged Saturday, in 6th District Cook County Circuit Court, with first-degree murder in the death of Blankenship, 37, who was known around town as "T-Bone."
Nicolaides' cash bond was set at $150,000. He is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing June 6 in Markham.
Friday afternoon Deputy Chief of Police Tom Lacheta said he had three suspects, two men and one woman, in custody in connection with the investigation. At that time Lacheta said he expected charges would be filed against two of the individuals by the Cook County states attorney's office. Lacheta could not be reached Sunday for information regarding any other suspects.
Blankenship's body was found around 8 a.m. Friday, according to Lacheta. He said police were called to the parking lot of the vacant bowling alley to investigate an intoxicated man lying on the pavement. When police arrived it was reportedly apparent Blankenship was dead and a homicide investigation began.
The Sauk Village Police Department was assisted by the Illinois State Police Crime Scene Technicians in processing the area where Blankenship's body was found.
According to Lacheta the area where Blankenship's body was found is a spot where people are known to congregate, but he was not sure if Blankenship frequented the area.
Workers at several of the businesses located in the strip mall to the west of the bowling alley said Blankenship and several others were often seen in the parking lot behind their businesses drinking alcohol they would purchase at a nearby convenience store.
Sauk Village Detective Terry Cates verified rumors Friday that Blankenship's throat appeared to have had been cut, but said it would be up to the Cook County medical examiner's office to make a determination on the cause of death. No one could be reached at the medical examiner's office over the weekend.
Marion Sosnowski, owner of a business, just north of the site where Blankenship was found, said he arrived at work at 7 a.m. Friday and saw something in the parking lot that appeared to be garbage. He drove over to the spot and realized it was a body.
"There was a lot of blood around the face," Sosnowski said.
I see that Jeffery Nickolaides posted on Blankenship's death. He is a real weasel in court he said he waited until Blankenship had a lot of beer than acted like he (Nickolaides) had to use the bathroom went behind Blankeship pulled his head back and cut his throat then proceeded to stab him about 38 times. He also said he had made previous sexual advances at Blankenship but Blankenship told him that he was not into men and asked Jeff to get away from him. Hopefully he (Jeffery) is in a good place to get a boyfriend. You would think that inmates would not be allowed to use computers.
remember

Fort Myers, FL

#171 Apr 9, 2013
lived in the village from 1957 to 1973 it was a great place to grow up
talandis drive

United States

#172 Jul 26, 2013
Ice cream truck. Time tunnel arcade. Hopping rickovers fence to go sledding. Riding bikes to porkchop hill and axmans bridge. Xmas parties in the basement of police station. Stone dinosaur at St James park. Hiding in the willows.baseball in the street. Dr okomotos ring drawer.Chinese store.Mr g. Kelly's gas station. Trick or treating til midnight! 39/F
talandis drive

United States

#173 Jul 26, 2013
Riding beneath the cart at Bonnie's. Ben Franklin and laundrymat. Working at BK. Selling girl scout Cookies door to door. Community center. Esda. Walking around the block. Riding bigwheels around the tree at Katz corner. Riding the "blue ball" bus. Riding the bus to prairie state college. Waving goodbye to my mom as my recruiter took me away.
Hot summer nights looking at the stars and spending the night at friend's houses. Throwing candy to kids out the window of my dads old cars in the parades. Watching the cubs play ball on TV. Playing pong, Atari, Nintendo (Mario brothers!). Riding bikes thru the forest on Burnham. Fireworks at St James. Young author's contests and popcorn parties.
blueeyes

Ozark, MO

#174 Aug 15, 2013
I see that Jeffery Nickolaides posted on Blankenship's death. He is a real weasel in court he said he waited until Blankenship had a lot of beer than acted like he (Nickolaides) had to use the bathroom went behind Blankeship pulled his head back and cut his throat then proceeded to stab him about 38 times. He also said he had made previous sexual advances at Blankenship but Blankenship told him that he was not into men and asked Jeff to get away from him. Hopefully he (Jeffery) is in a good place to get a boyfriend. You would think that inmates would not be allowed to use computers.
Were you actually in the court room when those things were said ......Or are you just spouting shit because you think no one will care what you say about someone who could do what he did. I do not condone it in any way shape or form but I knew that family and Jeff personally for many many years before they even moved there and everyone makes mistakes,every one lies cheats steals something in their lifetime his mistake was just a lot worse then most and drugs and boose do not make you the clearest headed person . So before you throw stones make sure you do not live in a glass house . If you were not there that night you do not know the facts so keep your mouth shut . I do not care what was "supposedly" said in court. That family is all good people including Jeff even tho he has done an terrible thing . My heart goes out to both of those families to this day for both of their losses.
Flashback

Killeen, TX

#175 Sep 19, 2013
November 1985, Sauk Village Police Sergeants Gerald Poppers, and Timothy Crose, patrolmen Gary Ridge and Kurt Madsen were busted and Illinois State Police had to patrol the streets of the town.
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Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#176 Nov 6, 2013
Maybe you better shut your mouth. Yes, I was in the courtroom I am Blankenship's sister. Were you in the court room? I am sorry that you know this person, drugs and booze is no excuse.
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Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#177 Nov 6, 2013
blueeyes wrote:
I see that Jeffery Nickolaides posted on Blankenship's death. He is a real weasel in court he said he waited until Blankenship had a lot of beer than acted like he (Nickolaides) had to use the bathroom went behind Blankeship pulled his head back and cut his throat then proceeded to stab him about 38 times. He also said he had made previous sexual advances at Blankenship but Blankenship told him that he was not into men and asked Jeff to get away from him. Hopefully he (Jeffery) is in a good place to get a boyfriend. You would think that inmates would not be allowed to use computers.
Were you actually in the court room when those things were said ......Or are you just spouting shit because you think no one will care what you say about someone who could do what he did. I do not condone it in any way shape or form but I knew that family and Jeff personally for many many years before they even moved there and everyone makes mistakes,every one lies cheats steals something in their lifetime his mistake was just a lot worse then most and drugs and boose do not make you the clearest headed person . So before you throw stones make sure you do not live in a glass house . If you were not there that night you do not know the facts so keep your mouth shut . I do not care what was "supposedly" said in court. That family is all good people including Jeff even tho he has done an terrible thing . My heart goes out to both of those families to this day for both of their losses.
Maybe you better shut your mouth. Yes, I was in the courtroom, I listened to Jeffery taped confession. I am Blankenship's sister. Were you in the court room or there that night? I am sorry that you know this person, I don't think drugs or booze is responsible for this act.
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Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#179 Nov 6, 2013
I think the key words in your comment is that you "knew that family and Jeff personally for many many years before they even moved there". Remember drugs and booze is not the scape goat in this crime.
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Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#180 Nov 6, 2013
I don't consider murder a mistake!!!!
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Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#181 Nov 6, 2013
Before, I forget thanks for your feelings of sympathy.
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Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#182 Dec 19, 2013
I thought I heard on the radio yesterday that Larry Lujack of WLS died. I was a little surprised to hear it on a Cali. station. Does anyone know how.
anonamous

Griffith, IN

#183 Feb 27, 2014
What ever happened to Tammy Vandeveld ?
WHAT

Griffith, IN

#184 Mar 14, 2014
Who was the woman that was having sex with the 2 guys in the garage at the baseball fields in sauk village ?

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