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The Halloween season kicked off with a bang at the Glencoe Park District’s Boo Bash held at the Takiff Center Thursday, Oct. 23. More than 300 people attended the popular event, where families gathered to enjoy Halloween-themed games and festivities.

The newly named Boo Bash is one of the park district’s most popular events. 

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Everyone loves a good love story. 

In honor of Valentine’s Day, The Glencoe Anchor ran its annual How We Met contest, asking its readers to share their love stories for a chance to be featured in the paper and win a prize. 

We’ve rounded up all the entries right before the holiday, Wednesday, Feb. 14, and the results are in.

Megan Bernard
Brian Doll came to his alma mater New Trier three years ago to be its head football coach.
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Don’t go to the park at night without a friend. Don’t leave a small child alone in the car seat, even for a minute. If you sense a problem — any problem — call 911.

All of that might be second nature to North Shore girls, but young people from different cultures may live by different sets of rules and expectations, so sometimes it’s instructive just to lay the basic ground rules out there.

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Henrietta Sachs turned 101 recently — the longtime Glencoe resident is still as sharp as they come. 

Sachs, who grew up in Chicago but moved to Glencoe on Aug. 1, 1952, turned 101 on April 30, and that Saturday, May 2, she had some neighbors and a few friends over to celebrate the occasion. 

At 101, one has to ask: What’s her secret? In a family where many of those around her reached their 90s, Sachs said a lot of it is, quite simply, genetic. 

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Peter Nestos never thought he’d be in the family business.

Now, 24 years after taking over his parents deli, the owner of Spiro’s Deli continues to carry on the traditions his parents set back in 1966. 

When the store opened, on the northeast corner of Lake and Waukegan Road in Glenview, it was a full-service deli run by Nestos’ parents. But big chain grocery stores like Jewel-Osco, and the now defunct Dominick’s, forced the family to rethink its menu.

Megan Bernard
The purpose of life, the American essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson offered, “is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
Eric DeGrechie

A new way to explore the Skokie Lagoons has residents strapping their helmets and getting on two wheels. 

Through a recent partnership between the Cook County Forest Preserve and Bike and Roll, locals can rent bikes at six available docking stations along the North Branch Trail that were installed in recent weeks. The stations — similar to the blue Divvy stations in Chicago — require users to register online and punch in a code to access the bikes. 

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New Trier junior soccer player Kelly Maday was seen wearing a soft cast on her left hand for an injury that occurred in practice earlier in the week. 

However, it didn’t seem to have much effect on what she can do on the field as she found a way to score her 13th goal in 11 games to lead the top-seeded Trevians past No. 4 Hinsdale Central, 4-1, on Saturday, April 18, in the Aquafina bracket of the PepsiCo Showdown tournament at Olympic Park. 

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Valentine’s Day was Terry McDougall’s birthday and as one of her presents, husband Scott took her to the opening of the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Second Annual Orchid Show in Glencoe, which runs through March 15. 

The show features about 10,000 varieties of orchids, more than 40 of which are native to Illinois.

 “It’s gorgeous, so colorful and a bright spot in the middle of a dreary winter,” said McDougall, a gardener herself. “We’re taking a lot of photos to help remember the beauty of the orchids and the setting they are in.”

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