Melanie Ann Henrich and Evan Michael Saliny were married Sunday, Sept. 2, 2007, at First United Church of Oak Park, the Rev. Beth Freese Dammers officiating. The bride is the daughter of Kay Brennan and David Henrich of Red Oak, Iowa. The groom, a 1998 graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School, is the son of Susan and Stevan Saliny of Oak Park. Following a honeymoon in Cozumel, the newlyweds are at home in LaVista, Neb.

Engaging couple

Lynn Heald and Susan Abbott of Oak Park announce the engagement of their daughter, Taylor Alis Heald, to Nathan Hamilton Sargent, son of John and Lynda Sargent of Marstons Mills, Mass. Taylor, a 2006 graduate of Smith College, is a medical student at the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University. She graduated in 2002 from Oak Park and River Forest High School. Nathan is a media planner at Prometheus Media, Inc., an MBA student at Loyola University Chicago and a 2004 graduate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. A September wedding is planned.

Politician honored
for clean, not hot, air

State Senator Don Harmon recently received the Lung Health Champion Award from Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago’s Director of Environmental Health Programs, Brian Urbanszewski. The award recognizes Harmon’s dedication to lung health initiatives, including his support of the Smoke Free Illinois Act. Harmon’s recent support led to the Lung Cancer Research Fund check-off on the 2007 Illinois standard income tax form.

Venezuela bound

Oak Park resident Michael Conolly, now a sophomore at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Business Administration, has won a $5,000 Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship for study this semester in Merida, Venezuela. Conolly is a finance major and expects to graduate UIC by 2010.

High note

Bryant R. Smith of Oak Park, a student in the School of Music at Northwestern University, has been named to the Dean’s List for the fall quarter of this academic year. Students on the Dean’s List have attained a grade point average of at least 3.75/4.0.

Essayists honored

The Optimist Club of Oak Park recently honored the winners of their Essay Contest at an award luncheon at the Nineteenth Century Club. Winner of the gold medallion for first place was senior Brittany Kelleher (left) of Oak Park. Second place went to sophomore Colin Smith of Maywood. Senior Brigid Whorley of River Forest (center) received the bronze medallion.

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