The marriage of environmental design and biomedical engineering

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Jennifer Kreyer and Scott Baltsen are pleased to announce their marriage on June 12 at St. Giles Church, with a reception at The Newberry Library in Chicago. The bride is the daughter of Lester and Ruth Kreyer of Oak Park. The groom is the son of Richard and Linda Baltsen, also of Oak Park.

The couple attended Emerson Junior High (now Brooks Middle School) and Oak Park and River Forest High School together, graduating in 1996. Jennifer holds a B.A. in environmental design from Miami University of Ohio and a masters of architecture from the University of Illinois. She works as a designer for JDL Development in Chicago. Scott earned a B.S. in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins University and is territory manager in Illinois for Arthrosurface Inc.

Now settled in Oak Park, the Baltsens report that they spend most of their time "renovating our home."

Bramhall competes for Miss Jr. Teen

Deelee Bramhall of River Forest competed in the National Miss Jr. Teen Chicago Pageant on Sept. 10. She was accepted into the competition based on her application and an interview. A former Wednesday Journal carrier, Deelee, 14, is a freshman at Oak Park and River Forest High School. She is aiming for a career in modeling or acting.

Washington for wellness, Young for teens

The West Cook YMCA in Oak Park has appointed Cortes Washington as its new health and wellness director. He has more than eight years of experience in fitness management and personal training, holds a bachelor's degree in exercise science from Southern Illinois University, and is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a performance enhancement specialist and by the American Council on Exercise as a personal trainer. Washington will be in charge of the new Family Activity Center, as well as fitness and wellness programs for all age groups.

The Y has also appointed Andre Young as sport teen and education director. Young, who has been with the organization in various capacities for a long time, is in charge of the computer learning center and all teen activities, including sports and the Teen Leaders Club.

In other Y news, the day camp program has received accreditation from the American Camping Association and the Adventure Guides program for children ages 5 to 9 and their parents is being restarted with a kickoff on Oct. 1.

Superior seniors

Belmont Village Assisted Living Community commemorated National Assisted Living Week by hosting a series of events from Sept. 11 to 17. Local residents Dick Buckley, Virginia Cassin, Nancy Teclaw and Lee Brooke were honored with Blue Ribbon Awards, presented by Village President David Pope, for their volunteer efforts. The week also included a Grandparents' Day celebration, featuring games, prizes and food.

Bridge's brush with the best

Oak Park artist Nick Bridge was awarded Best in Show at "The Modern Landscape," an Illinois Artist Invitational Exhibition in Springfield that runs through Nov. 5. He won for an oil painting entitled "Chamber of Repose," part of a series depicting Chicago's Lower Wacker Drive.

Art by Deco

A collage by River Forest artist Bernadette Freeman, who goes by the name Deco, will be featured in the eighth annual Chicago Art Open in the third floor gallery at 847 W. Jackson in Chicago. The collage, "Limitless Undying Love," will be on display from Oct. 10 to 24.

Historic step

Bruce N. Janacek of Oak Park has been promoted to associate professor of history and was granted tenure at North Central College in Naperville. He received a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, an M.A. from George Washington University, and a Ph.D. in early modern Europe at the University of California-Davis.

Elder rights recognition

Laura Hill of Oak Park received an Elder Abuse Caseworker Certificate of Recogition at the 19th Annual Elder Rights Conference Awards Luncheon in July. Hill has been with the Oak Park Township Senior Services office for two years.

A good read

The Literacy Volunteers of Western Cook County, headquartered in Oak Park, received a $40,000 adult/volunteer literacy grant for fiscal year 2006 from Secretary of State Jesse White.

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