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Duchnowski: Tell us about interesting locals

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Who is the most interesting person you know?

I asked the Daily Chronicle’s Facebook page followers that question about two months ago to get suggestions for a special feature called “Face Time” that we run on page A2 of each Monday’s edition.

The goal is to send a reporter to talk with someone special in the community who might not find their way onto the pages of the Daily Chronicle frequently. We print the conversation almost verbatim and include a photograph.

The Facebook post produced some great suggestions. Tamara Getzelman suggested Bill Lloyd, a lifelong Sycamore resident who runs a landscaping business and isn’t shy about donating to local causes. He was kind enough to invite me into his backyard, which has a spectacular patio, and our interview ran Oct. 14.

Several people suggested we feature Frank Beierlotzer, an Army veteran who helps organize several community events with the DeKalb County Forty-and-Eight. We’ll request an interview with him soon.

Sarie Turner emailed me suggesting her father, Todd, deserved some recognition for all he’s done and seen in almost three decades as a Sycamore firefighter. She mentioned that she’s also a paramedic/`firefighter and that her mother and brother are taking EMT classes, so Daily Chronicle photographer Monica Maschak took a family portrait to run with Todd Turner’s interview Oct. 28.

Just a couple of days ago, we featured Fuz Mathey, the owner of Mark’s Machine Shop Inc., 416 N. Main St. in Sycamore. On Monday, we’ll feature Soula Bahramis, a nutritionist with the DeKalb County Health Department whose parents own The Junction Eating Place, 816 W. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb.

As a newsroom, we dedicate so much time and newsprint – justifiably – to writing about upcoming fundraisers, crime and city council meetings that it’s nice to have space dedicated to writing about DeKalb County residents simply because they live here and have contributed in one way or another to the community.

It’s also nice to be able to tell someone we want to write about them because a friend or neighbor thought they were interesting.

So, if there’s someone you think deserves to grace the pages of the Daily Chronicle, please email me at and tell me a bit about them.

Jillian Duchnowski is the Daily Chronicle’s news editor. Reach her at 815-756-4841, ext. 2221, or email

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