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NTHS Sophomore Secures Gold at Ismaili Games; Solar Tour and Electric Vehicle Show on Sept. 30; Glencoe Welcomes New Public Works Director; Wilmette Art Exhibits Displayed in Glencoe

Latest Trier High School sophomore Iman Merchant brought home gold from the Ismaili Games in Dallas over Labor Day weekend.

The 15-year-old and her partner went unbeaten within the junior doubles bracket to say first place within the tournament held Sept. 1-4. With the victory, the pair qualified for the international Ismaili Games next summer.

The Ismaili Games celebrates the Shia branch of the faith of Islam. A program record 1,900 athletes participated within the annual games.

Wilmette, Winnetka, Highland Park homes amongst those featured in Sept. 30 solar tour

Residents of Wilmette, Winnetka and Highland Park will likely be amongst greater than 100 solar homes, businesses and nonprofits across the state participating within the 2023 Illinois Solar Tour from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30.

The local homebase for the tour will likely be St. John’s Church, 1235 Wilmette Ave., which is able to concurrently host an electrical vehicle and bicycle show.

The annual Illinois Solar Tour, hosted by the Illinois Solar Education Association, is a free experience, including each in-person and virtual events. The tour allows the general public to view real-life examples of local homeowners and businesses who’ve transitioned to solar to chop their utility bills and reduce their carbon footprint.

The Solar Tour operates as a network of open houses, with solar sites throughout the state — including greater than a dozen in Wilmette — opening their doors to visitors. Many sites also offer video tours, and a few communities are hosting local events in partnership with ISEA. The hybrid format will offer the general public a probability to interact and ask questions of solar owners and other enthusiasts like never before.

Monica Sarna will start with the Village of Glencoe in October.

Glencoe finds its latest Public Works director

The Village of Glencoe has found its latest Public Works leader in Monica Sarna, who will begin because the department’s director on Oct. 23, in line with a press release from the Village.

Sarna follows within the footsteps of David Mau, who retired on Aug. 1. General Superintendent Don Kirk is serving as interim Public Works director.

Sarna is currently an assistant engineering director in Wake Forest, North Carolina, where she has worked since March 2020. Before starting her profession in municipal government, Sarna worked as an engineer for several private engineering firms, including Milhouse Engineering & Construction and Kudrna & Associates, each based out of Chicago.

“I’m so pleased to hitch Glencoe’s team and to have the  opportunity to serve the residents of this community,” Sarna said in the discharge. ‘A lot vital work has been done under the regular  guidance and leadership of the Public Works Department, due to the unwavering commitment to providing the highest level of service to residents exhibited by the whole Public Works team. Continuing that legacy is inspiring and a unique challenge I look ahead to undertaking.”

As Glencoe’s Public Works director, Sarna will oversee all Public Works Department operational areas, including sanitary and storm sewer systems, streets and sidewalks, traffic management, fleet and equipment, constructing and grounds, and water production and distribution.

She reportedly will even function project manager for the brand new Glencoe Golf Club Clubhouse, which is  expected to be under construction by late summer 2024.

“I’m so pleased and proud to have Ms. Sarna join our community because the Village’s next Public Works Director,” Village Manager Phil Kiraly said in the discharge. “Her varied and dynamic skillset will guide her leadership of the Public Works Department  and can bring a fresh, thoughtful perspective to the services we offer.”

Village President Howard Roin added that “the Public Works director is charged with overseeing among the most visible and tangible services the Village provides and should be keen about delivering the very best possible services to our residents. It’s clear Ms. Sarna exemplifies the shopper service mentality that our Village prioritizes.”

“Balancing Act” by Anne Hughes is one in all the works on display at AIR until Oct. 7.

Wilmette artist debuts ‘Welcome to the Theatre of Life‘ in Glencoe

Wilmette artist Anne Hughes’ exhibit “Welcome to the Theatre of Life: Works by Anne Hughes” recently opened at AIR Studio & Gallery in Glencoe.

In response to a release from AIR, “Anne Hughes employs a wealthy color palette of sentimental pastels to create thought-provoking semi-abstract paintings. Hughes’ imagery is activated by her intuitive curiosity and sincere reverence for wonder and the environment, in addition to her respect for philosophical and scientific questioning. Unexpected connections flow together in these graceful compositions, stimulating the mind and delighting the senses.

The exhibit runs through Oct. 7, and the gallery, 348 Tudor Court, is open Thursday-Saturday, noon to five p.m. and by appointment.

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