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Lake Villa Marine is Hometown Hero

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  • U.S. Marine LCpl Anton Salomon, RLA Exchange Club Hometown Hero, November, 2011

    U.S. Marine LCpl Anton Salomon, RLA Exchange Club Hometown Hero, November, 2011

Round Lake Area Exchange Club submission

The Round Lake Area Exchange Club Hometown Hero Committee and sponsor, Linda Snelten, COO of NICASA, announce U.S. Marine LCpl Anton Salomon as their November hero.

Salomon a 2008 Grayslake North High School graduate and Lake Villa resident is deployed to Afghanistan; his duty station is Camp Pendleton, CA. He is a motor-t operator and has served for more than two years.

Some of the awards and medals he has earned are the National Defense, Afghanistan Campaign, Overseas Deployment, NATO Metal and Fleet Medal.

Salomon, a supporter and volunteer for the Grayslake/Round Lake Relay For Life, and was registered at the club's site,, by his mother, Janet.

Hometown Hero Project Chairman Sherry Ridge said Salomon's "Hanging with the Heroes" care package will be filled with beef Jerky, Tic Tacs, cheese snacks, gum and other goodies. Also included with the sponsorship of NICASA's Snelten will be special requested items of iPod ear buds and socks.

All "Hanging with the Heroes" care packages are delivered with a personalized "Hanging with the Heroes" T-shirt (donated by Artrageous of Hainesville), a piece of home and letters from Round Lake Area Unit District 116 students.

The club will present a plaque on behalf of the November Hometown Hero to his family at their meeting on Nov. 23. The meeting is held at Panera Bread in Round Lake Beach, 7:30 a.m. and is open to the public.

Five minutes is all it takes to register your hero. Any and all military personnel serving overseas or in the USA from any of the Round Lake communities, Hainesville, Fox Lake or Ingleside qualify for the program.

If you have a neighbor, family member, friend, employee, employer, etc. serving in the military register them by going to For information, visit the website or contact Ridge at (847) 740-2379.