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  • Environmental Educational Instructor Kimberly Kamps talks about the life of a Maple tree and how sap is extracted from the tree starting in February to a tour group Saturday at the Ryerson Woods Forest Preserve.

       Environmental Educational Instructor Kimberly Kamps talks about the life of a Maple tree and how sap is extracted from the tree starting in February to a tour group Saturday at the Ryerson Woods Forest Preserve.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Ryerson Woods Forest Preserve Maple trees started producing their sap for the season which started in February which got David Wurl, 3, of Gurnee curious about what was in these buckets hanging from the trees.

       Ryerson Woods Forest Preserve Maple trees started producing their sap for the season which started in February which got David Wurl, 3, of Gurnee curious about what was in these buckets hanging from the trees.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Craig Catalano of Fox Lake flattens the wiffle ball at Round Lake Park District's wiffleball playoffs at the Round Lake Area Sports Center in Round Lake Beach on Friday, March 18. The ball was deemed unusable.

       Craig Catalano of Fox Lake flattens the wiffle ball at Round Lake Park District's wiffleball playoffs at the Round Lake Area Sports Center in Round Lake Beach on Friday, March 18. The ball was deemed unusable.
    George Leclaire | Staff Photographer

  • Juliana Gomien, 6, of Morris, picks out plants for her container at Shady Hill Gardens' Early Bird Workshop in Elburn on Saturday, March 19. Juliana and her mom, Terry, grandma Rosemary Corcoran and aunt Maureen Komperda, both of Elmhurst, have attended the workshop every year for five years.

       Juliana Gomien, 6, of Morris, picks out plants for her container at Shady Hill Gardens' Early Bird Workshop in Elburn on Saturday, March 19. Juliana and her mom, Terry, grandma Rosemary Corcoran and aunt Maureen Komperda, both of Elmhurst, have attended the workshop every year for five years.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Vicki Vetter of Wilmette looks for birds during the bird walk at the Morton Arboretum Saturday.

       Vicki Vetter of Wilmette looks for birds during the bird walk at the Morton Arboretum Saturday.
    PAUL MICHNA | Staff Photographer

  • A junco makes an apperaence during the bird walk at the Morton Arboretum Saturday.

       A junco makes an apperaence during the bird walk at the Morton Arboretum Saturday.
    PAUL MICHNA | Staff Photographer

  • Virginia Freyre of the Friends of Algonquin Library group, left in orange hat, cheers after the team responded with the correct answer during the 14th-annual Trivia Bee presented by the Literacy Connection at the Grand Victoria Casino Saturday, March 19 in Elgin.

       Virginia Freyre of the Friends of Algonquin Library group, left in orange hat, cheers after the team responded with the correct answer during the 14th-annual Trivia Bee presented by the Literacy Connection at the Grand Victoria Casino Saturday, March 19 in Elgin.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Dundee Middle School eighth grade resource teacher Ann Campbell digs her way out of a foam pit after jumping into via trampoline during the Bounce Out Cancer fundraiser at Xtreme Trampolines in Carol Stream on Friday, March 18.

       Dundee Middle School eighth grade resource teacher Ann Campbell digs her way out of a foam pit after jumping into via trampoline during the Bounce Out Cancer fundraiser at Xtreme Trampolines in Carol Stream on Friday, March 18.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Trudy Vogel plants a big kiss on Godson as her husband, Paul looks on. Godson is their sponsored child who was pulled from the earthquake at his home in Jacmel, Haiti.

       Trudy Vogel plants a big kiss on Godson as her husband, Paul looks on. Godson is their sponsored child who was pulled from the earthquake at his home in Jacmel, Haiti.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Stephanie Vazquez of Villa Park takes part in the Zumbathon to benefit the Susan G. Komen Cure to Fight Breast Cancer Saturday, held at the Iowa Community Center in Villa Park.

       Stephanie Vazquez of Villa Park takes part in the Zumbathon to benefit the Susan G. Komen Cure to Fight Breast Cancer Saturday, held at the Iowa Community Center in Villa Park.
    PAUL MICHNA | Staff Photographer

  • "You have got to get out and enjoy it, even if it is windy." remarked Dona Stretch, of Elgin as she hit golf balls at the Highlands Golf Course in Elgin Thursday, March 17.

       "You have got to get out and enjoy it, even if it is windy." remarked Dona Stretch, of Elgin as she hit golf balls at the Highlands Golf Course in Elgin Thursday, March 17.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Johnny, a fawn pug, was watching the action at the Making Our Pugs Safe booth Friday at the Chicagoland Family Pet Expo at Arlington Park.

       Johnny, a fawn pug, was watching the action at the Making Our Pugs Safe booth Friday at the Chicagoland Family Pet Expo at Arlington Park.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

  • Casey Brock, 2, of Wood Dale paid a dollar to kiss Zhu Zhu, a 16-year-old Boston terrier Friday at the Chicagoland Family Pet Expo at Arlington Park. Midwest Boston Terrier Rescue set up the kissing booth to raise funds for their service that rescues dogs in Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio.

       Casey Brock, 2, of Wood Dale paid a dollar to kiss Zhu Zhu, a 16-year-old Boston terrier Friday at the Chicagoland Family Pet Expo at Arlington Park. Midwest Boston Terrier Rescue set up the kissing booth to raise funds for their service that rescues dogs in Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

  • Fischer Middle School students, in Aurora, receive a visit from X-Games and Pro BMX rider Matt Wilhelm, who performed for students and delivered messages in perseverance, overcoming odds and bullying. Above, Wilhelm jumps over teachers Jennifer Klen, Melissa Cullo and Michelle Nalon.

       Fischer Middle School students, in Aurora, receive a visit from X-Games and Pro BMX rider Matt Wilhelm, who performed for students and delivered messages in perseverance, overcoming odds and bullying. Above, Wilhelm jumps over teachers Jennifer Klen, Melissa Cullo and Michelle Nalon.
    Daniel White dwhite@dailyherald.com

  • Avon School first grader Nathalia Johnson enjoys the exercise course as she slides under a foam bar on cones at at Grayslake District 46 wellness night in Round Lake Beach on Friday, February 25.

       Avon School first grader Nathalia Johnson enjoys the exercise course as she slides under a foam bar on cones at at Grayslake District 46 wellness night in Round Lake Beach on Friday, February 25.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Joanna Mendoza and the rest of the Arianna String Quartet perform in Wilson Hall at Fermilab in Batavia Sunday, March 20.

       Joanna Mendoza and the rest of the Arianna String Quartet perform in Wilson Hall at Fermilab in Batavia Sunday, March 20.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Carolyn Scutella takes an afternoon stroll with 4-year-old Melyssa Muwanga in search of ducks in the Town Square pond next to the Schaumburg library.

       Carolyn Scutella takes an afternoon stroll with 4-year-old Melyssa Muwanga in search of ducks in the Town Square pond next to the Schaumburg library.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Volunteer mom Sandy Simon, right, playing a fortune teller, tells a fortune for Emily Pantelis during The Chicago Fair social science simulation at Half Day School in Lincolnshire.

       Volunteer mom Sandy Simon, right, playing a fortune teller, tells a fortune for Emily Pantelis during The Chicago Fair social science simulation at Half Day School in Lincolnshire.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Volunteer mom Carrie Greene shows her daughter Ruby, dressed in Victorian style, pictures she has taken during The Chicago Fair, a social science simulation put on by third grade students at Half Day School in Lincolnshire.

       Volunteer mom Carrie Greene shows her daughter Ruby, dressed in Victorian style, pictures she has taken during The Chicago Fair, a social science simulation put on by third grade students at Half Day School in Lincolnshire.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Clown/juggler/mom volunteer Emily Klein juggles for the crowd, a skill she picked up from her father, during The Chicago Fair.

       Clown/juggler/mom volunteer Emily Klein juggles for the crowd, a skill she picked up from her father, during The Chicago Fair.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Jacque Dibble of Elburn voices her opposition to the crowd at Randy Hultgren's office in Geneva. Kane County Democrats and a group supported by the Democratic National Committee hosted a rally in support of the Affordable Care Act at Congressman Randy Hultgren´s Geneva office Tuesday. The rally is in recognition of the one-year anniversary of passage of the historic legislation.

       Jacque Dibble of Elburn voices her opposition to the crowd at Randy Hultgren's office in Geneva. Kane County Democrats and a group supported by the Democratic National Committee hosted a rally in support of the Affordable Care Act at Congressman Randy Hultgren´s Geneva office Tuesday. The rally is in recognition of the one-year anniversary of passage of the historic legislation.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • First graders at Reskin Elementary School are all smiles at the exotic fruit table during the school's farmers market event. The event for students is funded through a fresh fruit and vegetable grant program.

       First graders at Reskin Elementary School are all smiles at the exotic fruit table during the school's farmers market event. The event for students is funded through a fresh fruit and vegetable grant program.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Cindy Schroeder of Arlington Heights, top, and Cindy Prince of Mt. Prospect needed their umbrellas on Wednesday as they headed back to work in Arlington Heights after having lunch near their office downtown.

      Cindy Schroeder of Arlington Heights, top, and Cindy Prince of Mt. Prospect needed their umbrellas on Wednesday as they headed back to work in Arlington Heights after having lunch near their office downtown.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Eduardo Perez, 9, of Elgin, makes a dramatic scene with others at the Boys and Girls Club of Elgin after participating in a Guinness Book of World Records attempt to break the current record for most people doing jumping jacks at the same time on Tuesday, March 22. Dozens of kids participated in the 2-minute challenge and were wiped out afterwards.

       Eduardo Perez, 9, of Elgin, makes a dramatic scene with others at the Boys and Girls Club of Elgin after participating in a Guinness Book of World Records attempt to break the current record for most people doing jumping jacks at the same time on Tuesday, March 22. Dozens of kids participated in the 2-minute challenge and were wiped out afterwards.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Adrianna Jackson's hair flies while she participates in a Guinness Book of World Records attempt to break the current record for most people doing jumping jacks at the same time at the Boys and Girls Club of Elgin. Adrianna, 8, of Elgin and dozens of kids participated in the 2-minute challenge, and jumped at 5:30 along with other clubs across the country on Tuesday.

       Adrianna Jackson's hair flies while she participates in a Guinness Book of World Records attempt to break the current record for most people doing jumping jacks at the same time at the Boys and Girls Club of Elgin. Adrianna, 8, of Elgin and dozens of kids participated in the 2-minute challenge, and jumped at 5:30 along with other clubs across the country on Tuesday.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Four-year-old Alexandra Lee of Geneva practices her arabesques during a pre-ballet class at the Sunset Racquetball and Fitness Center in Geneva Wednesday. The tongue sticking out isn't normally part of the position, but she added her own little flourish.

       Four-year-old Alexandra Lee of Geneva practices her arabesques during a pre-ballet class at the Sunset Racquetball and Fitness Center in Geneva Wednesday. The tongue sticking out isn't normally part of the position, but she added her own little flourish.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Coin collector Rich Carlsen of Gilberts, left, discusses the value of his coins with buyer Nick Wittman during the International Coin Collectors Association Treasure Hunter show at the Elgin Holiday Inn Wednesday.

       Coin collector Rich Carlsen of Gilberts, left, discusses the value of his coins with buyer Nick Wittman during the International Coin Collectors Association Treasure Hunter show at the Elgin Holiday Inn Wednesday.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Some of the coins fetch large returns. The group bought a coin for more than $17,000 on Tuesday.

       Some of the coins fetch large returns. The group bought a coin for more than $17,000 on Tuesday.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Kevin Donka of Lake in the Hills, with students from Jacobs High School, points his finger at board member Monica Clark, accusing her of texting and not paying attention during the public hearing Tuesday on the Community Unit District 300 plan to reduce 363 positions in the next school year to save $5 million.

       Kevin Donka of Lake in the Hills, with students from Jacobs High School, points his finger at board member Monica Clark, accusing her of texting and not paying attention during the public hearing Tuesday on the Community Unit District 300 plan to reduce 363 positions in the next school year to save $5 million.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Cole Moriarty, a senior at Dundee-Crown vents his anger during public District 300 hearing Tuesday.

       Cole Moriarty, a senior at Dundee-Crown vents his anger during public District 300 hearing Tuesday.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Dundee-Crown senior Milton LeBron Jr. is asked to move on after his 60 seconds are up during public hearing Tuesday evening.

       Dundee-Crown senior Milton LeBron Jr. is asked to move on after his 60 seconds are up during public hearing Tuesday evening.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Third-grade students participating in Pioneer Day at Woodland Elementary East made rag dolls, which was one activity at their Gages Lake school. Breanden Zeitler puts the finishing touches on his doll Thursday.

       Third-grade students participating in Pioneer Day at Woodland Elementary East made rag dolls, which was one activity at their Gages Lake school. Breanden Zeitler puts the finishing touches on his doll Thursday.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Lake County Discovery Museum educator Seleena Kuester shows Woodland Elementary East third grade student Owen Brown what it's like to use a yoke to carry buckets of water to Thursday in Gages Lake. Students from three classes participated in Pioneer Day rotating through various activities.

       Lake County Discovery Museum educator Seleena Kuester shows Woodland Elementary East third grade student Owen Brown what it's like to use a yoke to carry buckets of water to Thursday in Gages Lake. Students from three classes participated in Pioneer Day rotating through various activities.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Director of choirs Jeffrey Brown leads the Libertyville High School choir Thursday before heading to Italy. They are scheduled to sing at the Vatican this Sunday.

       Director of choirs Jeffrey Brown leads the Libertyville High School choir Thursday before heading to Italy. They are scheduled to sing at the Vatican this Sunday.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Katie Glazbrook, left, Ginger Mirabelli and Madelyn Milowski join other second graders as they dance to "Beat It" by Michael Jackson during the Let's Get It Started talent show Thursday at May Whitney School in Lake Zurich.

       Katie Glazbrook, left, Ginger Mirabelli and Madelyn Milowski join other second graders as they dance to "Beat It" by Michael Jackson during the Let's Get It Started talent show Thursday at May Whitney School in Lake Zurich.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Tony Majak of Huntley pops his hands back and forth to the beat during the jazz band's final number Thursday during the lunch hour at the Dundee Township Park District Senior Center in East Dundee.

       Tony Majak of Huntley pops his hands back and forth to the beat during the jazz band's final number Thursday during the lunch hour at the Dundee Township Park District Senior Center in East Dundee.
    Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

  • Dundee Middle School jazz band tenor saxophone player Mary Pedraza stands for her brief solo as she and fellow students perform during the lunch hour at the Dundee Township Park District Senior Center in East Dundee. Band director John Evans, seen at right, led the group through a short set of jazz tunes before the students joined the seniors for lunch.

       Dundee Middle School jazz band tenor saxophone player Mary Pedraza stands for her brief solo as she and fellow students perform during the lunch hour at the Dundee Township Park District Senior Center in East Dundee. Band director John Evans, seen at right, led the group through a short set of jazz tunes before the students joined the seniors for lunch.
    Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

  • Josh Clark, left, and Eric Hoogveld with the St. Charles Park District unload and stack the last of 16 ash trees they and a crew cut down at the Norris Woods Forest Preserve in St. Charles on Thursday, March 24. The trees were cleared along the trail at the preserve as part of the soon to start watershed and stabilization project. 30 ash trees were cut down over two days. The park district clears about 5% of their ash trees every winter because of the insect.

       Josh Clark, left, and Eric Hoogveld with the St. Charles Park District unload and stack the last of 16 ash trees they and a crew cut down at the Norris Woods Forest Preserve in St. Charles on Thursday, March 24. The trees were cleared along the trail at the preserve as part of the soon to start watershed and stabilization project. 30 ash trees were cut down over two days. The park district clears about 5% of their ash trees every winter because of the insect.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

 

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