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John Boone has found an unusual way to stay in shape and get around.

The Wilmette resident is the owner of a pterovelo (ptero for winged, velo is French for bicycle), a man-powered vehicle. Boone’s particular model is called a velomobile.

While it may look like a spaceship, the velomobile is actually made of a three-wheel recumbent bike and carbon fiber. 

People always ask him if it flies, Boone said, but noted that all feedback he’s gotten has been positive.

22nd Century Media Staff

It’s a miracle 19-year-old Tenzin Nordon is even here. 

Now, a senior at Loyola Academy and a resident of Chicago’s Rogers Park, Nordon is applying to colleges — Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass., an all girls schools — and she hopes to study math. She plays piano and has tried her hand at guitar, violin and even kickboxing. In a maroon and gold Loyola sweater, she smiles as she talks about all the things she still wants to try to do in life.  

22nd Century Media Staff

A northbound Metra train struck a pedestrian this afternoon just south of the Wilmette Avenue station, according to Meg Reile of Metra.

Metra officials confirmed the male pedestrian is dead.

The Wilmette Police Department, which Reile said was taking lead on the incident, was not immediately available for comment. 

Trains on the Union Pacific North line out of Ogilvie Transportation Center in Chicago were halted, Reile said, for a period of time, but were back in service as of 5:30 p.m.

22nd Century Media Staff

A dozen New Trier High School students were charged last week in relation to a recent digital photo scandal in which nude images of students were traded. 

Between Oct. 14-17, Winnetka police charged the 12 boys — all between 15 and 16 years old — with distribution of harmful material to a minor after an investigation found all 12 received at least one nude image of a juvenile female and forwarded it on, according to Winnetka Deputy Chief Joseph Pellus.

Danielle Tabor

A 53-year-old Wilmette man died after crashing into a construction site behind a “road closed” barricade on Tower Road in Winnetka early this morning, according to a release by the Winnetka Police Department.
Police and fire units responded to the scene after a passing motorist reported a crashed vehicle at 1:36 a.m. The single occupant, Douglas Pendry, was transported to Evanston Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

Eric DeGrechie
Generous. Hilarious. Caring. Outgoing.
Eric DeGrechie

Sydney Martin, of Wilmette, is heading back to Lollapalloza. 

The recent New Trier graduate, through her non-profit organization Syd Rocks, will be participating in the this year’s Lolla Cares program at the festival from July 31 through Aug. 2 in Grant Park. Syd Rocks was one of only 10 non-profit organizations nationally chosen for this honor. 

Christa Rooks
Meeting that someone special is among the most wonderful moments in our lives.
Eric DeGrechie

Four local men — two confirmed New Trier graduates — drowned Jan. 3 in an early morning canoe accident on Mill Lake in Walworth County, Wisconsin. 

According to authorities, the four men ranged in age from 20-23 years. Two bodies were recovered from the lake on the evening of Sunday, Jan. 3. The search resumed for the other two bodies the morning of Jan. 4 and a third was recovered that afternoon. At press time, the fourth body had not been found. Rescusers returned to the lake on Tuesday morning. 

Danielle Tabor

Decades of diners reunite with Sarkis

From 1970 to 2001, Sarkis Tashjian served up heaping portions of good cheer alongside platefuls of gustatory wonderment, topped off with a hug and an “I love you, buddy.” 

Eric DeGrechie

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