Meet 18-year-old Naperville, who is the youngest American woman to summit Everest

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Lucy Westlake did.

The 18-year-old Naperville native has become the youngest American woman to summit Mount Everest, according to a post on the Instagram account of the expedition group she climbs with.

The Xtreme Climbers group made “an official announcement” around 7:30 p.m. Central Time that Westlake, a recent graduate of Naperville North High School, “successfully stood atop Mount Everest at 8848.86m on May 12, 2022 at 5:36 a.m. Nepali time.”

After spending a few minutes “on top of the world”, Westlake and his Sherpa, Mingma Chhiring, began the descent to Lower Camp, which is expected to take four to five hours, the expedition group said.

Reaching the highest point on the planet — at an altitude of over 29,000 feet — is the latest goal achieved by Westlake, whose bigger plan is to complete the Explorers’ Grand Slam.


It is a challenge to reach the North and South Poles and climb the highest mountains in each of the seven continents, also known as the Seven Summits.

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Local Men Recognized by Kane County for Heroic Efforts

Jose Bosque Jr., center, and Jose Bosque III, center left, receive a heroic citizen award from Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain during the Kane County Council meeting Tuesday in Geneva. Deputy Matt Drab, whom the Bosques helped, is pictured on the left.
– Brian Hill | Personal photographer

March was a month of heroism in Kane County as three area residents put their safety on the line to help sheriff’s deputies in two incidents, including one that an official described as “straight out of a film”.

In an incident in Elgin, Jose Bosque Jr. and his son, also named Jose, helped a deputy take a suspect into custody by restraining him so the deputy could handcuff him. This was after the deputy chased the suspect in a car and on foot and used a Taser on him, and the deputy was injured in his struggles with the suspect. Without the help of the Bosques, the offender could have escaped, according to the sheriff’s department.

In another incident, Michael J. Curtis, a ComEd line worker at the scene of a car accident near Route 25 and Dunham Road, helped deputies remove an injured driver from a vehicle on fire that was surrounded by live wires from a downed utility pole.

The Bosques received official congratulations from Sheriff Ron Hain and the Kane County Council on Tuesday. Curtis also received a citation commending him for his bravery and rescue efforts.

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The tradition of the neighborhood hardware store renewed at Lake Zurich

Dipak Patel, left, co-owner of the new Ace Hardware store at Lake Zurich, with manager Christi Hartigan.  The store recently opened in the building formerly occupied by Casper's True Value on Route 22 and Old Rand Road.

Dipak Patel, left, co-owner of the new Ace Hardware store at Lake Zurich, with manager Christi Hartigan. The store recently opened in the building formerly occupied by Casper’s True Value on Route 22 and Old Rand Road.
-Mick Zawislak | Personal photographer

A neighborhood tradition is renewed in the city center of Lake Zurich.

“People love their local hardware store,” said Christi Hartigan, co-manager of Ace Hardware, which opened last week in a familiar location on Route 22 and Old Rand Road in the village’s Main Street district.

“We are here and happy to be open,” she added.

Until last fall, the prominent 2-acre building had been occupied by Casper’s True Value Hardware, built by the family in the mid-1980s to accommodate expansion.

Even before the business closed last fall, circumstances coalesced to ensure it wouldn’t sit empty for long.

As John Casper considered retirement, business partners Dipak Patel and Rick Vora, who owned Ace stores in Barrington, St. Charles and Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, wanted to expand.

“We reached out to John Casper. We talked for about a year,” Vora said. The deal was completed in October, with Casper as tenant overseeing a liquidation sale that concluded in January.

Several True Value employees have taken jobs with the new operation, which had its “soft” opening last week.

“I think people like to see former employees here. It’s good for them and good for us,” said Hartigan, a Hawthorn Woods resident who has worked in the hardware business since 2006.

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