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Nick Younglove has led an active life. A 2008 graduate of Lincoln-Way East, who grew up in Frankfort and played in the marching and concert bands in high school and middle school, Younglove, 27, also had a fondness for fitness. He played baseball and soccer when he was younger, lived for outdoor activities like water skiing, whitewater rafting, hiking and cycling, and worked out at the gym on a daily basis. But all of that hit a snag in July, when an injury left Younglove paralyzed from the chest down. Now, his family and friends are hoping to raise funds for Younglove’s medical treatment in order to provide him with the best care and rehabilitation possible so he can hope to one day be able to walk again.
Amanda Stoll

A 57-year-old man, formerly of University Park, died Tuesday, Oct. 7, after a two-vehicle crash on Laraway Road in Frankfort.

The crash occurred at approximately 6:45 a.m. just west of 80th Avenue when an eastbound 2006 Chrysler Town and Country collided with a westbound 2007 Ford Taurus — driven by the University Park man — on Laraway Road, according to Frankfort Police Deputy Chief Kevin Keegan.

The driver of the Town and Country — a 55-year-old woman — was transported to Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, Keegan said.

Jon DePaolis

A Russian Imperial Stout is not a beer that was invented by Russians. It was, in fact, created by English brewers in the 1800s who were attempting to prove to the Russian czar that England had strong, alcoholic beers.
This small fact about brewing beer was one of many that accompanied the drinks and food on Jan. 16 at Build-A-Bun’s first beer-pairing night. Vicki Keller, owner of Build-A-Bun, hosted the sold-out event that featured four different beers from Blue Island Beer Company, a brewery located in Blue Island, Illinois that has been open less than one year.

Rebecca Susmarski

Seventeen Lincoln-Way North student athletes are bound for college athletics.
The Phoenix students signed letters of intent April 29 during a spring ceremony held at the school, located in Frankfort.
“It’s a very exciting time for these kids, and it’s a great day for not only them but also for all of our parents and guardians,” North Athletic Director Matt Lyke said. “We are extremely proud of our student athletes and honored to be part of this experience. You have always represented Lincoln-Way North in a positive way and it is much appreciated.

Jon DePaolis
The man went to work every day.
Kirsten Onsgard
Not long after completing four years of competitive cheer at Lincoln-Way East, Rachael Van Gennep could already sense a void in her life.
Kirsten Onsgard

What: A sprawling custom 4/5 bedroom, 4-1/2 bath home on a fantastic 3/4 acre lot overlooking the seventh green in Prestwick.

Where: 681 Hawthorne Drive in Frankfort

Nuria Mathog

While most of the D161 Board of Education agenda consisted of what board members call “housekeeping items” during the board’s June 13 meeting, two in particular addressed the relationship with and the possible future of Lincoln-Way D843 and D210. 

Board Members reviewed the Lincoln-Way District 843 status review, which assures Lincoln-Way Special Education District 843 that D161 will continue its co-op relationship with the district for the next two school years. The board voted in a 6-1 vote, with member David Faber casting the dissenting vote.

Nuria Mathog
It’s late this past May, and Frankfort resident John Brolley, 55, has found an area to himself.
Kirsten Onsgard

Fresh, young and energetic are not words director Gina Vitucci said most people usually use to describe "Oklahoma!"

The 1943 Broadway musical has been done time and time again by adults, but Vitucci said she thinks it’s a perfect show for high school students.

“I love 'Oklahoma!' with young people because it really is about teenagers,” she said.

Although the show will be just the second one Vitucci has directed, she has a lifelong passion for theater and the experience to back it up.

Kirsten Onsgard