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 This site is maintained by Greg Lopatka, I retired from teaching in the  Chicago Public Schools. My Randolph students sent in over 8000 measurements and observations to the GLOBE program. I have been a GLOBE teacher trainer since 1995.  Derrick Rose attended Randolph School for 7 years, he was a great kid from a great family.  I have a Randolph Memories Page.  

I had my right hip replaced in July 2005, it was so good, I had my left one replaced in August 2006.  I was back playing hockey by Thanksgiving.  My friends want to know what I am doing with my free time.  We celebrated our 49th wedding anniversary in June in the Smokey Mountains at our first Lopatka Family Reunion. On June 25th, 2011 we celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary on Mackinac Island at the Grand Hotel. We celebrated our 51st in Galena with Kathie, Michelle and Michael. We celebrated number 52 in the Smokey Mountains  where we watched the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup with many family members when we gathered for our 2nd Lopatka Family reunion that was arranged by my sister Pat and daughter Sandi. We celebrated our 54th wedding anniversary at the Duffer Picnic.  We will celebrate our 55th in Kentucky on our way to the 3rd Lopatka Reunion in the Smokey Mountains in June 2016.

Here are some links to my activities.

Some of my memories from the old days

Memories of Adeline 

Mom's Cook Book

Mom's Homes

Mom's 95th Birthday Party  

Aunt Irene's 100th Birthday

Morton Arboretum Seasons

Toys in the Attic

Michael is featured on the Earth Science Picture of The Day

My Planet Page

Scanned Slides from the 1970s

My Memories of Rich Dzingel


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I went to Phoenix in March 2008, where I played 3 hockey games, watched the Cubs and Sox play.  I took a train to the Grand Canyon.

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The GLOBE program sent me to Alaska in March of 2007 and again in September. I extended my stay into October and drove down to Seward, Alaska and took a 6 hour cruise.  I am helping Teachers and Students in Naperville study Phenology.  For more information on the workshop, go to Mary Ellsworth's site.

I go to watch my son Dan play hockey in the midnight Men's league.

This Web space is donated by my nephew Mark (You can visit his site at Lopatka.com You can see Mark's pictures.

September 11, 2011 Fun with the Grandkids

August 4-7, 2011 Bloomington Nationals

July 31, 2011 Roselle Champions

July 22, 2011 Rosemont Win against 18 year olds

June 12, 2011 Champions of the 12th Annual Heritage USSSA State Tournament. 

April 24, 2011 Happy Easter

February 1-2, 2011 Blizzard of 2011

December 25, 2010 Christmas at our house

December 20, 2010 Enchanted Railroad at the Arboretum

December 20, 2010 Cosley Zoo

August 5-8 Softball World Series in Mankato

July 30, 2010 Roselle Tournament

July 25, 2010 Kathie's Birthday and Car Wash

July 17, 2010 Hawk takes a bath

July15, 2010 Fun at the Arboretum 

July 9-11, 2010 Glenn Ellen Tournament

June 20-24, 2010 Lopatka Family Reunion in the Smokies

June 4-5 Moline Softball Tournament

April 23, 2010 Rocket Launch at Steeple Run School

March 28, 2010 Romeoville Varsity Softball starts

February 26, 2010 I Hit 70!

February 10, 2010 Snow Storm

January 2010 Skating Party

December 25, 2009 Christmas Pictures

October 24, 2009 Carmela's 3rd Birthday

October 6, 2009 Sabine's Birthday

September 5, 2009 Baby sitting

August 29, 2009 Michelle's 15th Birthday

August 18, 2009 Debbie's Birthday

2009 Revolution Team Statistics

July 23-25, World Series Page 3

July 21st -22nd Our First Win Page 2

July 20th, 2009 Kansas Softball World Series Page 1

July 4th 2009 Algonquin tournament

June 2, 2009 Rocket Day at Michael's School

May 2, 2009 Michael's 9th Birthday

May 1, 2009 Visit to Notre Dame

April 25, 2009 My Aunt Irene was buried today, just 2 months after we lost my Mom.

March 2009 Visit to Arizona

Here are some links to happier times Aunt Irene's 100th Birthday

Mom's 95th Birthday Party  

Visit to Aunt Irene

Mom and Aunt Irene's Homes

Old Family Photos from Darren

April 10, 2009 Michelle is on the Varsity Softball team

April 2, 2009 Our 1st Great Grandson was born

March 22, 2009 My Arizona Trip

March 21, 2009 Michelle hit a home run in her second JV High School Game, she was moved up to the Varsity a week later

February 26, 2009 My 69th Birthday Party

Christmas 2008 My Mom's last Christmas

November 1, 2008 Bass Release at Hidden Lake

October 31, 2008 Halloween at Dan's House

October 30, 2008 Dan's Hat Trick

October 18, 2008 Kankakee Softball Tournament

September 21, 2008 50th Reunion for the Holy Trinity Class of 1958

September 7, 2008 Michelle's 14th Birthday Party

August 14, 2008 Kane County Cougar Game

August 4, 2008 Visit to Aunt Irene and my old high school.

July 26, 2008 I went to see Jimmy Buffett on Kathie's Birthday

July 25, 2008 Our First World Series Win

July 23-24, 2008 Games 3 and 4

July 22, 2008 First 2 Games and Night Life

July 21, 2008 Fast Pitch Softball World Series

July 11, 2008 Hat Trick for Dan

July 4, 2008 Michelle's Softball

July 2, 2008 Took the Girls to see the "Big Bugs"

June 27, 2008 Our 47th Wedding Anniversary Surprise Party

June 24, 2008 Took the kids to the Children's Museum

June 22, 2008 Dan gets a Hat Trick in the championship Game

June 21, 2008 Grant Golf Outing

June 8, 2008 Michelle's Team wins another game

June 7, 2008 Duffer's Picnic

May 27, 2008 Rocket Launch at Highlands School

May 24, 2008 Mom's 95th Birthday Party

May 17, 2008 Michael Gets the Game Ball

May 6, 2008 Grace plays T Ball

May 2, 2008 Rocket Show at Michael's School

April 27, 2008 Michelle Wins 2 First Place Equestrian Ribbons

April 7, 2008 Pictures of Grace's 6th Birthday Party

Flat Stanley goes to Alaska

March 28, 2008 Memories of Wally Phillips

Pictures of Easter 2008 at Debbie and Dan's

Pictures of Arizona 2008 Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5

February 1, 2008 Jeff's Hockey in St. Louis

December 25, 2007 Christmas at Our House

November 17, 2007 Baby Sitting Carmela

November 10, 2007  Luke is 9 Days old

October 29, 2007 It is a Boy!

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October 27, 2007 Children's Museum

October 20, 2007 Carmela's First Birthday Party

October 12, 2007 Alaska Pictures

September 15, 2007 Sectional Championship Game

September 10, 2007 Regional Champions

September 9, 2007 Michelle leads her team to a 7 run last inning rally

and her 13th birthday party

August 19, 2007Rainy Cub Game

August 18, 2007 Michelle's Birthday with the Bandits

August 4-10, 2007 Michelle's School Softball

July 28, 2007 The West's Wedding

July 28, 2007 Aunt Irene turns 100!!

July 23, 2007 Kane County Cougar game

July 21st Jimmy Buffett Concert

07-07-14 Michelle Plays 3 Games

July 13th, 2007 Played Hockey with my sons and grandson

July 6th, 2007 Michelle hits another Homerun!

July 4th 2007 Dan and Sabine

July 2 2007 Michelle gets the game ball  

July 1, 2007 Dave and Nancy Visit

June 8th, 2007 Our trip to Atlanta

June 2nd, 2007 Michelle's Softball

May 26th, 2007 Mom's 94th Birthday

May 5, 2007 Michael's 7th Birthday

April 14, 2007 Fred turns 70!

April 11, 2007 Snow

March 21, 2007 My first trip to Alaska

January 20 Hockey road trip to Indianapolis

11:00 A.M. January 1st, 2007 I played Hockey with my sons

12:30 P.M. We partied on the ice

December 25, 2006 Christmas at Our House

December 2nd, 2006 Holy Trinity Christmas Party

November 18th, 2006 Michelle's Oswego Horse Show

November 17th, 2006 I returned to the Ice (only as a Referee)

November 8, 2006 Transit of Mercury

October 15th Fall celebration 43 floors above the LSD

September 30th Michelle's 12th Birthday

September 1st Earth is no longer a Planet?

August 26th Audrey and Grace visit

August 14th my left hip was replaced.

August 6th My Sister Pat pays a visit

August 4th Michelle's Bandits Party

July 19th Kathie gets her first coaching win

July 15th, 2006 I watched 6 Games

July 8th 2005 Michelle's Softball 

June 27, 2006 Gone Fishing

June 24, 2006 Ken's Car

June 23, 2006 Milwaukee Polish Fest

May 14, 2006 Happy Mother's Day

May 5, 2006 Busy Start of May 

April 15, 2006 Easter Sunday

March 19, 2006 Michelle's Horse Show

March 2, 2006 My Son Dan and I went to Toronto and Played Hockey.

February 26, 2006 My 66th Birthday

February 16, 2006 Audrey's First Birthday

New Year's Day 2006 http://www.lopatka.net/1-6-06/index.htm

December 10, 2005 Winter Wonderland

December 3, 2005 Christmas Party

November 25, 2005 Happy Thanksgiving

November 10, 2005 Owl Pellets 

September 10, 2005 Michelle's 11th Birthday Party

September 6, 2005 Michelle's  Softball Team

August 3, 2005 Check out my latest page about the Olden Days.

July 15, 2005 Home with a new hip!

Wags HockeyJuly 9, 2005 Dan's Team wins summer hockey league championship

June 25th, 2005 Carole an I celebrated our 44th wedding anniversary with all of our children, some of our grand children and 100 friends at the Duffer Picnic.  

On Sunday June 26, I watched the Cubs and Mark Prior shut out the White Sox.

May 28th, 2005 we celebrated my Mom's 92nd birthday.

March 27, 2005 Easter Sunday

In March, April and May, I watched Ken and Jeff get a new garage.

I turned 65 on February 26th!  Click here for pictures 

See our Birthday Dinner

On February 15, we were blessed with our 7th grandchild.  Audrey gives us 4 Grand daughters and 3 grandsons.  Click here 

I do enjoy Baby sitting at the DuPage Children's Museum and the Fullersburg woods.

In July, Carole and I finally picked up our new 2004 Toyota Prius that we ordered last November.  The 60 miles per gallon is coming in handy as we visit my Mom after her fall and hip surgery in June.  Mom came home in September and is doing well after therapy.  See Family pictures.

My sister Pat came to town, so we took a trip with our sister Mary to Ohio, Niagara, Milwaukee and Toronto.  

I am working part time as a consultant with Morton Arboretum and the Naperville school system for the GLOBE program.  For more information about my involvement with the GLOBE program, scroll down to the bottom of this page.

I do some volunteer work for Holy Trinity and St. Rita High Schools.

Getting ready for the Duffer picnic keeps me pretty busy in May and June.

I golf once or twice a year and I go to 2 Jimmy Buffett concerts in August.

I went to Denver in March of 2004, to watch the Avalanche play 2 games.  We played 2 games too and I worked up a big thirst, but I behaved myself and stayed on my low carb diet and lost 20 pounds. 

We drove to El Paso, Texas right after Christmas for Ann's wedding.  We visited the Odessa Meteor crater on New Year's Eve 2003.  We stopped at Carlsbad Caverns on the way home.

In May, 2003 my brother, sisters and I threw a surprise party for my mom's 90th  Birthday.  Go to Mom's Party Pictures.

I love it!  I have a 3 hour lunch  at a tavern in Lemont, every Wednesday with my Hockey friends, I play Hockey with my kids and grand kids every Friday.  See Duffer News at:  Duffers Hockey 

I have a 2 hour lunch with my high school pals every month. See  Holy Trinity.

I take my mom to the bank and Aldi's once a month. see pictures of mom's home at:

I went to Las Vegas to play hockey at the end of January 2003.


On January 12, 2003, I went to watch my Grandson win a tournament in the Dells, Wisconsin.  I captured a great video of my 2 year old grandson taking an ice cube out of his pants and eating it.  American's Funniest Videos has asked for written permission to view it.  Stay tuned......

Huskies Hockey

I  went to Kitchener, Canada in November to watch Cammi Granato and the USA team play Canada, Finland and Sweden.


I went to the Big Island with my Sister in August 2002.  She made me eat good foods and walk 4 or 5 miles every day.  I lost 10 pounds and I feel great:

I went to Salt Lake City for the Winter Olympics in February, 2002:

I watch my Grand children play baseball  all summer

I go to a car show on summer Saturdays,  My Son, Ken, had his car featured in the Sun. http://www.lopatka.net/Chrome.htm

 My hockey team was featured in the Sun and Frank and I were the "cover boys."

My son Dan, had his first child. Grace was born on April 1st, 2002.

Other than that, I don't do any thing but make web pages and watch sports on TV.

The Duffers go to Peoria several times a year.  We play on Saturday in the Civic center and then watch the Rivermen Play at night. http://www.lopatka.net/11-8-02/index.html 

Peoria Trip 2001 http://www.lopatka.net/11-23-01.html



Information about the GLOBE program

GLOBE is an acronym for Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment.

GLOBE is a global environmental program that uses the internet to share studentís observations and measurements with GLOBE scientist and students.  My Randolph School  students recorded over 8000 environmental measurements during my 6 years in the program.

I was trained for GLOBE at University of Illinois Urbana     March 1995  

I served as a GLOBE Teacher Trainer at the following places:

University of Illinois Urbana     August 1995

Drexel University in Philadelphia  August, 1996  

New York University October 1996

 Ohio Aerospace Institute November, 1996

University of Illinois Urbana March, 1997

New Hampshire  April, 1997  

University of Iowa  October, 1997

University of Colorado  January, 1998

 Ohio Aerospace Institute November, 1998

GLOBE New Mexico Workshop May, 1999

Charleston GLOBE South Carolina Workshop October, 1999

West Chester PA  October, 2000 

Fairbanks Alaska March 2007

Fairbanks Alaska September 2007

In September of 2003, the Naperville School District 203 formed a partnership with the GLOBE Program.  We have performed Teacher workshops in the following places:

Naperville IL  September, 2003

Highland Park, Illinois July, 2005 Workshop

Park Ridge, Illinois September, 2005

Morton Arboretum, Lisle Illinois February 2010


GLOBE Freeze Up Data at the DuPage River

GLOBE Surface Temperature at the Arboretum

GLOBE Surface Temperature at Highlands School

GLOBE Hydrology Study websites:

Bass release November 4, 2006

Bass Release November 3, 2007

Bass Release November 1, 2008

Bass Release November 7, 2009

Steeple Run Fall 2008 Hydrology at Rotts Creek

Steeple Run Fall 2009 Hydrology at Rotts Creek

Steeple Run Fall 2010 Hydrology at Rotts Creek

Steeple Run Fall 2011 Hydrology at Rotts Creek

Steeple Run students at the Morton Arboretum 2005

Steeple Run Transit of Mercury 11/08/06

Steeple Run and Highlands Bass release 11/4/06

Steeple Run and Highlands 5/6/08 Field Trip to the Adler Planetarium

Highlands School 10/14/05 Hydrology at Highlands School

Highlands School 10/11/07 Hydrology at Highlands School

Highlands School macro invertebrates study.

Highlands School Bass Release May 18, 2006

Highlands School Site Definition

Highlands School Phenology 2008

Randolph School Hydrology at Marquette Park

Phenology at the Arboretum Spring

Fall Phenology 2007

Fall Phenology 2008

Highlands School Frost Tube

Steeple Run School Frost Tube

Lake Marmo Freeze up 2007-2008 

Lake Marmo Freeze up 2008-2009

Lake Marmo Freeze up 2009-2010

Lake Marmo Freeze up 2011-2012

Lake Marmo Freeze up 2012-2013

Lake Marmo Freeze up 2013-Present

Rocket Day at Steeple Run School

Rocket Launch at Highlands School

Rocket launch at Irene King School

Make a 2 liter bottle rocket 

Solar Noon Shadow Measurements

3 Arboretum Trees

Morton Arboretum Seasons

Flat Stanley learns about GLOBE

Flat Stanley Goes to Alaska

GLOBE Program: http://www.globe.gov

To E-mail the Web master, just click here! g.lopatka@comcast.net


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