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Icicles hang from a picnic table as Sue and Les Dixon, of Geneva, brave temperatures in the teens for a walk near Fabyan Forest Preserve in Geneva Monday. They said they walk in the preserve a few days a week.

Rick West | Staff Photographer

Icicles dangle from a stop sign in Wheaton after temperatures plunged into the single digits Monday.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

Patty Hanscom, of Ingleside, left, talks with Amy Payleitner, of Wildwood, as they watch their dogs play at the Lakewood Dog Exercise Area near Wauconda on one of the coldest days of the year in Lake County.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Water color artist Julie Adriansen of Lake Villa drew a small crowd as she shared her painting skills during Lake Villa District Library's Artist in Residence program Monday.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Judy Anglada, left, and Jeanne Derrig brave the cold on their way to lunch at Elk Crossings in Elk Grove Village.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Elgin resident Barbara Gordon was bundled up for her walk to the Chicago Street Metra station Monday morning in Elgin, as th first real cold snap of the 2012-2013 winter season hit the Fox Valley. Gordon said she has dogs at home to walk, so she knows how to deal with the colder temperatures.

Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

Cold weather doesn't stop Paula Brashear of Wheaton from giving her two dogs, Katrina, left, and Bear, their daily exercise at Northside Park Monday.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

Fast water pours over the South Elgin dam and sprays on a log while creating foam on the Fox River surface. I shot this photo on New Year's Eve with a digital Nikon. I used a 300 mm lens and a 1.4 teleconverter. The camera was mounted on a monopod which I braced against a wood rail and used a slow shutter speed of 1/13 of a second and an aperature of F22 and ISO of 100. It was cold and difficult to keep the camera still but I wanted the slow shutter speed to show the motion of the water. I used Photoshop on the computer to saturate the green tones slightly and separate the algae on the dam from the falling water.

John Starks | Staff Photographer

While driving through Villa Park recently, I took notice of many fun and colorfully painted fire hydrants, like this one on Ardmore Avenue. It turns out these are part of Adopt and Paint a Fire Hydrant, which the city started in June of 2012 for 1,016 hydrants in the city. It is open to residents, organizations, and businesses with all proceeds going to the Villa Park Fire Department. The program will open again in the spring of this year.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

The high school version of a scarecrow is erected in centerfield of the baseball fields at Mundelein High School. Dressed in faded jeans and a red hoodie, the scarecrow is used to try to keep geese off the field. I am always on the lookout for the unusual and I spotted this stuffed object on a cross at the high school. I was taken by the care chosen in the clothing used on the scarecrow, and to the links that the high school took to try to eliminate the geese problem.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Maddie Pietranek describes her science project on model rockets and comparisons for distance with the judges during the judging of the 2013 Woodland Middle School seventh grade science fair Tuesday in Gurnee.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Fourth grader Gian Sarita enjoys a hamburger from Wendy's as students from Round Lake Beach Elementary School were treated to a free lunch for reading 550 books from Sept. 15 through Dec. 21 last year. The project was sponsored by the village, the Round Lake Area Exchange Club and Round Lake School District 116.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Fourth grader Kassidy Rouse plays the part of Bill, as actor Bob Dawson reads "Ransom of Red Chief" by O. Henry, to fourth grade students who were honored for reading 550 books last year at Round Lake Beach Elementary.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Jonathan Hales demonstrates his "Mr. Mist-er," designed to help keep you cool in the summer, during the 5th grade Invention Convention at Robert Crown School in Wauconda.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Tyler Heinz, right, demonstrates his "Remote Control Ball Retriever," to Jeremy Pones, left, and Nate Seminaro, center, during the 5th grade Invention Convention at Robert Crown School in Wauconda.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Casey Zyskowski demonstrates his "Geese-Be-Gone" invention, designed to chase away geese by use of a motion detector, during the 5th grade Invention Convention at Robert Crown School in Wauconda.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Nico Carillo has a teacher feel his Huggie Buddie pillow, that generates its own heat, which he invented so kids can sleep well. He and other 5th-graders were taking part in an Invention Convention at Westview Elementary School in Wood Dale on Wednesday. Parents were able to visit and view the inventions as well. "The kids are very excited", said district SCM consultant Joe Krause. "They've worked hard on it and have wonderful ideas and great ingenuity".

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

7-year-old Edison Schultz of Buffalo Grove builds a paper airplane as kids learned about aeronautics during a program called Science Sleuths at Vernon Area Public Library in Lincolnshire Wednesday.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

8-year-old Riley Heydenburg of Buffalo Grove launches a paper airplane during a program called Science Sleuths at Vernon Area Public Library.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

For the better part of the past three-years, members of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra have been routinely visiting and playing for patients, visiting family, and staff at Sherman Hospital in Elgin.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

Students from the British Montessori School in Bogota, Columbia get students from Hawthorn Middle School South involved in a dance during an assembly at the school Thursday in Vernon Hills.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Park District staff member Lynn Wells plays monopoly with kids attending Strike Camp at the Grayslake Park District Recreation Center Thursday morning.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Fourth grade students at Half Day School in Lincolnshire find locations on a traveling National Geographic Giant Map of North America during a round of Simon Says Thursday. Third and fourth grade students have been using the map, which also comes with accessories, games, and books that assist the students in studying.

Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

Mackenzie Adkins tries to draw customers to her booth at the "Shops Around the Green" marketplace during the annual Patriots Day event at Geneva Middle School North Friday. Seventh-graders dressed up in costumes and incorporated their study of colonial life while enjoying a tournament of games, a marketplace and a stage presentation.

Rick West | Staff Photographer

Logan Hunter throws his hands up after his cannon was named a winner for being the most realistic replica in the colonial tournamnet during the annual Patriots Day event at Geneva Middle School North Friday.

Rick West | Staff Photographer

The "Swaggy Choppers" team of Kimball Middle School, Allison Marsh, 13, Erin Haerr, 13, and Martin Bello, 14, react to being named the winners of the U-46 Junior Chopped competition at South Elgin High School on Saturday. The students, all of Elgin, rejoiced with their coach, Maria Martinez, back to camera, after taking the win with their Mediterranean and Italian themed lunch combo. Career and Technical Education and Nutrition Serves partnered for the event for Middle School FACS Rotation students to showcase their culinary skills at the competition based on the Food Network show, "Chopped."

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Scouts watch as some of the first races get underway as Cub Scout Pack 36, of West Dundee holds their pinewood derby Saturday at Spring Hill Ford in East Dundee.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

Wearing a Chicago Blackhawks hockey goalie mask, Scott Johnson, of Arlington Heights, is excited to have hockey back but wanted to partake in the annual chilly golf at Arlington Lakes Golf course on Saturday.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Kathryn Larson explains how she made a carbon dioxide generator to test her theories on global warming and its affects on the Earth during the judging of the 2013 Woodland Middle School seventh grade science fair in Gurnee.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Gallery posted: 1/20/2013 7:36 PM

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This edition of The Week in Pictures features school programs including historical reenactments and invention contests, as well as people dealing with the coldest day of the year.
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