From coaching basketball to chairing the board of directors, John Hubbuch has served the West Cook YMCA in Oak Park for more than 25 years, making him a natural choice for the Y’s 2006 Key Lay Leader Award.

As the West Cook Y’s choice for lay (volunteer) leader, John was recognized at the 2006 Illinois State Alliance Key Leaders Conference Friday, March 31, and also will be recognized at the Y’s annual meeting Thursday, April 27.

John and his wife, Marsha, moved to Oak Park in 1976, attracted by the community’s diversity and character. When their sons, Nick, Phil and Chris, began playing basketball in 1990, John volunteered to coach. He was so impressed, he joined the YMCA Board of Directors in 1997, served for two years as chairman and has served on the numerous committees, including the Annual Support Committee, Board Development Committee, Annual Meeting Committee and Executive Committee. He also chaired the Invest in Youth Campaign in 2000.

John, who writes a column for Wednesday Journal, is a partner with the law firm McCullough, Campbell & Lane, in Chicago. He is past president of the Oak Park and River Forest High School Booster Club and previously served on the District 97 elementary school board.

Architect addresses accessibility

Frank Heitzman, AIA, spoke at the Association for Preservation Technology Conference held at Navy Pier in Chicago on April 6. The topic of his presentation was “Accessibility Codes and their Implementation in Historic Buildings.” He made the observation that historic buildings are among the least accessible buildings, but they are also the most needed to be accessible because “they can help us understand our culture, linking the past and present in ways not always demonstrable in textbooks.” He discussed ways historic buildings can be made to be accessible without destroying their character, and described financial incentives available to assist building owners in providing accessibility. The entire presentation “Preservation and Accessibility” is available at

Heitzman is a professor of architecture at Triton College in River Grove. He is the author of a book titled, The Architect’s Guide to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and a brochure published by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, titled, “Illinois and Federal Accessibility Laws and Their Impact on Historic Buildings” (also available at


Sandy Grandt and Dan King are engaged to be married on May 28, 2006 at St. Eulalia Catholic Church in Maywood.

Sandy is a 1999 graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School and a 2003 graduate of Western Illinois University. She is the daughter of Robert and Mildred Grandt of Oak Park.

Dan is a 1999 graduate of Mt. Carmel High School and a 2003 graduate of Western Illinois University. He is the son of Eileen and John King of Lansing.

Engaging II

Dave and Cindy Swier of Hartford, S.D. have announced the engagement of their daughter, Laura Swier of Anchorage, Alaska to Paul Kotelman of Anchorage, son of Mary Claire Kotelman of Forest Park.

The bride-to-be is a 1996 graduate of West Central High School. She received her bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Sioux Falls in 2000. Laura is currently working towards a master’s degree in business at Auburn University.

The groom-to-be is a 1997 graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School. He is a member of the Alaska Army National Guard 103 Civil Support Team. Paul is currently working towards a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska-Anchorage.

The couple plan to marry on May 28, 2006 in Sioux Falls, S.D. and will honeymoon in Europe.

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