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  • Sann Knipple

    Sann Knipple

  • Cindy Brick

    Cindy Brick


Mount Prospect Elementary District 57 is on the hunt for a new school board member.

A vacancy was created after Sann Knipple resigned her post on Jan. 16. In a letter she handed to the rest of the board, Knipple said she decided to resign because of growing obligations in her personal and professional lives.

Knipple had just started her second term on the board.

"As my children have grown and both my career and my husband's career have evolved, I can no longer devote the attention demanded by those roles while also meeting the demands of serving on the school board," she said.

School board President Karen Nejdl praised Knipple for her service to District 57.

"Sann was an outstanding board member," Nejdl said. "She was very well prepared and a true advocate for students and the community."

By state law, the district has 45 days from the resignation date to find a replacement. Interested residents are invited to fill out an online application, which can be found on the district's website, The applications will be reviewed by the full board, which may ask some candidates in to be interviewed.

The appointed board member will serve a two-year term that will end in April 2015. The deadline to fill out an online application is Feb. 5.

-- Matt Arado,

Buffalo Grove honors lifesaving efforts

The Buffalo Grove village board this week honored the heroic cooperation between Buffalo Grove and Long Grove firefighters, as well as the expert coordination of a dispatcher from Northwest Central Dispatch System which allowed it to happen.

Together, officials say, their teamwork saved a man's life.

Buffalo Grove Fire Chief Terry Vavra said the family of a 57-year-old man living in an area bordering Long Grove called 911 on Jan. 5, saying he had fallen and hit his head.

Vavra said that after dispatcher Cindy Brick was told the man was having very serious difficulty breathing, and it was questionable whether his heart was beating, she used her training in emergency medical dispatching to talk the man's family through the process of applying CPR.

An engine company from Long Grove responded to the scene, followed by a Buffalo Grove ambulance, a Buffalo Grove engine and a battalion chief. Together they were able to resuscitate the man.

"What's interesting about this is that every step of the way, every plan that we had put in place worked," Vavra said.

The initial contact through the dispatch center proved to be the key, he said.

"Cindy was able to calm the people, give them directions and actually make our job a lot easier."

Brick said, "It was terrifying and, obviously, people were upset. But we just try to do the best we can to get them to answer the questions."

The Buffalo Grove firefighters honored were Lt. Ron Two Bulls, Firefighter/Paramedic Larry Lezon, Firefighter/Paramedic Nick Otto, Firefighter/Paramedic Ryan McCarthy, Firefighter/Paramedic Dan Pasquarella and Firefighter/Paramedic Brian Steen. The Long Grove firefighters were Lt. John Jaworski, Firefighter/Paramedic Shaun Unell and Firefighter Roger Dini.

-- Steve Zalusky,

Harper demystifies the tasty quinoa

Poor quinoa, so often misunderstood.

No one is really sure what it is (a seed from a veggie -- not a grain). It's hard to pronounce ("Keen-WA").

But we want to know, above all else, does it taste good?

Harper College is rolling out two new cooking classes that demystify quinoa and has aspiring chefs pairing the nutrition-packed ingredient with some serious comfort food.

In Quinoa Breakfast Recipes, students will tackle inventive recipes like coconut quinoa pancakes (say that 10 times fast) and java quinoa smoothies from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday.

In Cooking with Quinoa, students will give mac and cheese a belt-friendly spin from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8.

So after all that quinoa, you're looking for another healthy staple?

Harper also is offering All Kale, from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30.

Harper will hold classes at My Chef Station, 632 E. Irving Park Road, Roselle. Tuition for each course is $90.

To sign up, call (847) 925-6300 or visit

-- Katlyn Smith,

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