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O’odham, supporters reaffirm religious practices in border ceremony

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QUITOBAQUITO SPRINGS — Eleanor Ortega filled a clear plastic water bottle from the small current of a sacred spring that has sprouted lifefor centuries in the heart of the Sonoran desert.

It sustained generations of Tohono and Hia-Ced O’odham — the Desert and Sand Dune People, respectively — including her great-great-grandfather, who is buried a short distance away.

As the sun began its ascent into the clear Sunday sky, she poured the water into a pumpkin gourd lying in the hardened white sand next to her. 

When she finished, she picked the gourd up with both hands, stepped over the concrete-lined ditch carrying the water downstream, and began walking back along a clearly-marked trail. 

“When I was young, my grandfather used to bring me up here all the time,” Ortega said as she walked, the sand crunching loudly beneath her black

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Reopening ceremony shows off improvements at Naperville’s Knoch Park

New athletic fields, walking paths and other amenities have been completed at Naperville’s Knoch Park, culminating a roughly two-year partnership between the park district and Naperville Unit District 203.

Park board President Mike Reilly said during a grand reopening ceremony Thursday for Knoch Park that “we had the need to expand pickleball to four courts because it is one of the fastest growing sports in the Naperville Park District, which I never ever heard of three or four years ago.”

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

In addition, Reilly said, “District 203 had the need for the girls softball field and the Naperville Park District had the need for the synthetic field for the residents.”

The upgrades were designed to address an increased need for athletic fields in the area, as well as to expand the park’s use by school athletes, park district participants and community members, officials said. The new features were shown off during

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