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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.
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
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
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
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 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
March 28, 2008 Memories of Wally Phillips
Pictures of Easter 2008 at Debbie and Dan's
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!
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
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!
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
On February 15, we were blessed with our 7th grandchild. Audrey gives us 4 Grand daughters and 3 grandsons. Click here
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.
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.
Getting ready for the Duffer picnic keeps me pretty busy in May and June.
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.
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......
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:
Illinois Urbana August 1995
in Philadelphia August, 1996
New York University October 1996
Institute November, 1996
Illinois Urbana March, 1997
Hampshire April, 1997
Iowa October, 1997
University of Colorado January, 1998
Institute November, 1998
GLOBE New Mexico Workshop
GLOBE New Mexico Workshop May, 1999
GLOBE South Carolina Workshop
GLOBE South Carolina Workshop October, 1999
West Chester PA October, 2000
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:
GLOBE Surface Temperature at the Arboretum
GLOBE Surface Temperature at Highlands School
GLOBE Hydrology Study websites:
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
Highlands 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
GLOBE Program: http://www.globe.gov
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