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The race begins as Lake County Board Member Pat Carey, left, and State Senator Melinda Bush, right, take their shopping carts to collect food during the 15th Annual Race for Hunger Monday at the Piggly Wiggly grocery store in Antioch. This year's five-minute race benefitted local food pantries.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Joyce Huggins portrays famous abolitionist and author Harriet Beecher Stowe in a program titled, In Her Own Time at the Hoffman Estates Village Hall.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

A lone bicycle rider makes her way east through a light dusting of snow along the Illinois Prairie Path in Villa Park. I used a long lens to compresses the subject, framed between banks of trees. A blood-red stop sign accents the monochromatic feel.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

Elgin Public Works employee Carl Peterson performs some annual maintenance on swings in Lords Park Monday, preparing them for the warmer months when kids will be using them.

Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

The play of light and the shadows can often change a normal scene into something altogether unrecognizable. I was at Sherman Hospital in Elgin recently on assignment when I went upstairs in the lobby to get a different angle and saw this scene below.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

Abbie Sheldon, 6, and her sister, Allie, 4, have a snow fight with their father, Kent, of North Aurora, after sledding at Johnson's Mound Forest Preserve in Elburn Tuesday.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Kendall Forbes, 8, of Geneva, takes a break to watch sledders descent a large hill at Johnson's Mound Forest Preserve in Elburn Tuesday. Kendall joined her sister, Jordan, 6, and father, Mike, at the forest preserve.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Rich Jackson shovels his sidewalk on S. First Street in Elburn Tuesday. Jackson saw this shovel in a catalog and bought it. He says it does a nice job and is great for his back. "It just looked like a lot of fun," adding that if he has to shovel, it might as well be fun.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

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Brian Jus of Batavia flies off a hay bale jump at Johnson's Mound Forest Preserve in Elburn Tuesday.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Julie Mueller keeps her head down as the wet snow falls and she shovels the sidewalk on Route 31 in Algonquin during Tuesday's storm. She lives in Algonquin and was doing her son's job while he is ill.

John Starks | Staff Photographer

Jack Magee, 4, of Carpentersville, screams and tries to steer to keep from hitting someone while sledding with Jacob Jones, 5, of Gilberts, at Randall Oaks Park in West Dundee Wednesday.

Rick West | Staff Photographer

Kaity Szymanski gives Isabelle Dirks a piggy back ride along the snow covered streets of Warrenvile Tuesday. The two 16-year-olds were heading home from school.

Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

Ramona Fleming of Warrenville shoves snow from her sidewalk late Tuesday afternoon.

Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

Bob Costello, of Geneva, clears snow off his car at the West Chicago train station, Tuesday

Mark Black | Staff Photographer

Paige Small, 4, of West Dundee winces as she gets a face full of snow while playing with her nanny at Randall Oaks Park in West Dundee Wednesday.

Rick West | Staff Photographer

Advay Nittala, 4, of West Dundee gets some air while sledding at Randall Oaks Park in West Dundee Wednesday.

Rick West | Staff Photographer

Emily Celaric, left, and Maeve Rattin measure a solution as Copeland Manor fifth graders conduct chemistry experiments with parent volunteers Thursday in Libertyville.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Several entrants try to get psyched up before the annual Fox Lake Polar Plunge at Lake Front Park. The funds raised from the Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge will benefit Special Olympics Illinois Northeastern/Area 13, which serves athletes with physical and intellectual disabilities in Lake and McHenry counties.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

The Pajama Princesses leave the water during the annual Fox Lake Polar Plunge at Lake Front Park.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Principal Lauren Fagel hugs swimmer Connor Black who was honored at an all-school assembly Wednesday at Mundelein High School after he broke state and national records at the state swimming tournament. Connor set a state record in the 50 freestyle and broke state and national records in the 100 butterfly.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Lisa Musialowicz, with the Arlington Heights Police Department team called Ice Cold Cops, screams as she comes out of the frigid water during the 2013 Palatine Polar Plunge Sunday at Twin Lakes Recreation Area in Palatine. More then 290 people braved the cold to take the plunge in the event sponsored by the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Illinois.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Oscar Tilford, 11, of Round Lake, shovels the driveway of his grandparents in Mundelein Wednesday after a snow storm pounded Lake County.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Karla Richards and her son Charlie, 3, of Palatine, find that the snow is just right for sledding at the Hamiliton Reservoir in Palatine Wednesday.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Seventh graders Penny Dannewitz, Emma Lawley, Kenna Powell, teachers aide Tina Smith, and Anthony Cutrara, help carry Bob, an albino burmese python, back to his traveling container at the end of a presentation by Dick Buchholz of Mobile Ed Productions, Inc. at Geneva Middle School South's fourth annual Science Enrichment Day on Thursday.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Eight grader Laura Termondt watches the chemical reaction she helped demonstrate with Bill Bosworth of The Science Alliance at Geneva Middle School South's fourth annual Science Enrichment Day Thursday. Bosworth taught high school chemistry, physics and biology for ten years before forming The Science Alliance in 1990, which is targeted for grades K-8. His goal is to get kids interested in science before they reach high school.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Future Teachers Club member, Andrea Bribiesca, 14, calls on a student to read about Dr. Seuss in Stacy Graves' third grade class at Huff Elementary on Read Across America Day Thursday. The club, which is inclusive of grades 9-12, has 35 current active members and is in its second year.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Ellie Pinfo, 5, of Wheaton looks up close at frozen sap during the maple tapping education at the Morton Arboretum.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

Tommy Dvorak of Antioch exits the icy waters of Lake Michigan during the Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge at Sunrise Beach in Lake Bluff Saturday.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Danny Solovastru, of Morton Grove, dresses like Sponge Bob as he jumps out of the frigid water during the 2013 Palatine Polar Plunge Sunday at Twin Lakes Recreation Area in Palatine.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Solomon Morgan, 11, of Zion, and Davonte Welch, 12, of Waukegan, look at and smell maple syrup before it is cooked during the maple syrup hike Sunday at Ryerson Woods Nature Center.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Lisa Musialowicz, with the Arlington Heights Police Department team called Ice Cold Cops, screams as she comes out of the frigid water during the 2013 Palatine Polar Plunge Sunday at Twin Lakes Recreation Area in Palatine. More then 290 people braved the cold to take the plunge in the event sponsored by the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Illinois.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Gallery posted: 3/3/2013 7:53 PM

About this Gallery

This edition of The Week in Pictures features the last snowstorm of February, the first maple syrup festivals of March, and more than one Polar Plunge event.
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