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Amy Cunningham finds her rhythm as leader of drumming exercise class

As a college student, Amy Cunningham had no desire to exercise regularly. She always enjoyed public speaking, but she never pictured herself doing so as a fitness instructor.

Now Cunningham leads Mahomet Parks and Recreation's Pound, a group fitness class that uses drumsticks to exercise to the tune of upbeat pop music.


The Hennesys are Mahomet's 'Griswolds of Halloween' for fall home, yard display

The holidays are just around the corner, and decorations will soon appear on just about every home. But there is one house in Mahomet that goes all out for a different holiday — Halloween.

Meet Michael and Meghan Hennesy, who consider themselves the "Griswolds of Halloween."

The couple deck out their West Lake Drive home with the help of sons Brogan and Kelton Hennesy.


Mahomet's Kathleen El Koury eager to help people reach personal goals at Insight Therapy

Kathleen El Koury originally wanted to be a dental hygienist as a teen, but after being introduced to therapy, she suddenly changed career tracks.

"I started going to Barnes & Noble and reading all kinds of psychology books and learning about different topics and disorders," she said. "I just fell in love with it."


Big Apple dreams: Oak Street Salon stylists take part in New York Fashion Week

Allison Yeager always had New York Fashion Week on her bucket list, but she had no idea she'd check it off this year.


Twist and Shout Dance and Cheer studio continues building character, providing fun

Madison Ade joined Twist and Shout Dance and Cheer's studio shortly after it opened, and now, 10 years later, she's not looking back.

The 13-year-old is enrolled in a Jazz 3 class and also enjoys dancing along to hip-hop music as well as performing musical theater.

"I really just enjoy dancing in general," Ade said. "It's relaxing and fun."

The hardest part?


Mahomet-Seymour Homecoming

Bulldog pride was on full display during last week’s homecoming celebrations. Activities included hall decorations, class color day, powderpuff football games and a homecoming parade with an “Under the Sea” theme.


Outstanding Bulldogs: Mahomet-Seymour recognizes second Hall of Fame class

To some, Mahomet is just another dot on a map, but to the second annual Hall of Fame inductees, Mahomet is a special place — one that unites them all.

"There is a tie to that geographic place," said Brian Haag, a Hall of Fame inductee. "There's a lot to be said for that place."


She's all tech: Jen Quinlan is one of three Forty Under 40 winners with Mahomet ties

Jen Quinlan is recognized by Mahomet residents as the co-owner of a bed-and-breakfast and U-pick flower farm better known as Moon Grove Farm, but many may be unfamiliar with her robust career in technology.

"I guess you could say I'm a startup tech nerd lady who also loves the small-scale farming scene," she joked.


Lincoln Trail's Special Persons Day a 'feel-good' event

With the sweet, gentle question, "Grandma, would you come to my Special Persons Luncheon?" from her grandson, Tristen Adams, 8, Tarrie Adams knew she had to make the two-hour drive from the south suburbs of Chicago to attend the Lincoln Trail Elementary School event.


Mahomet MOMS group a 'blessing' to area mothers

Gayle Lewis felt alone after she left her career as a middle school math and science teacher to be a stay-at-home mom when her family made the move from Chicagoland to Mahomet.

"When you first move here, of course, you know no one, and when you're a stay-at-home mom, you just feel isolated," Lewis said.


 
 
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