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Three-year-old Corinne Kalvass enjoys a float during the Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center's last day of operation on Labor Day in Gurnee.

Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

A couple of weeks ago a big storm rolled through the area and I was tasked with making a picture or two. I made this picture of a pedestrian crossing the Main Street bridge in St. Charles from my driver seat in a parking space. While I deemed it kind of a success, I also felt like a bit of a slacker. I ended up getting out of the car and shooting something else across the street. This picture was published in the weekly Perspective column.

Rick West | Staff Photographer

Buffalo Grove High School Physics teachers Tim Kosiek, top, and Rich Schram wait to go on stage to preform the "banana cheer" with the complete student body during the first day of school rally. "Its a way to make the first day of school rally fun and unite the student body", said Kosiek. This picture was published in the weekly Perspective column.

Covenant Village resident Tom Nelson, 89, gives a thumbs up before taking flight in a 1942 Boeing Stearman with pilot Darryl Fisher Monday at the Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling. The flights are arranged for U.S. military veterans living in long-term care facilities courtesy of Ageless Aviation Dreams, a non-profit organization.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Pat McCoy, of Palatine, and her husband Mac, have been running the Yellow Ribbon Support Group for over 10 years, and are now shutting down the organization because of lack of funds and support from major sponsors. Pat sorts through the hundreds of Beenie Babies to be given to the children of Afghanistan.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Frank Lanzarotta, of Chicago, enjoys the fine weather and some lunch with his four-year-old nephew Johnny Tendy, of South Elgin, Tuesday at Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve in South Elgin. They were looking for a good fishing spot for later in the week.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

Fifth grade teacher Darlene Placko gives a high five to Caden Moe, of Grayslake, after he received a ride on a Grayslake Fire Department truck Tuesday to Frederick School. Moe won a raffle prize at the end of the Kick Off Camp for 175 new students.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Jill Cooper, of Wauconda, walks her daughter's dog, Puddles, in the Lakewood Dog Exercise Area. Jill's daughter Kristen fosters and rescues dogs from shelters. Kristen also decided it would be a good idea to use some leftover hair dye to color Puddles pink.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Jack Slezak, of Palatine, makes a jump on his skateboard at the Community Park Skate Park in Palatine Tuesday.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Jack Laraia, 4, of St. Charles picks a pumpkin while tending to his plot with his mom Lori at the community gardens at James O. Breen Community Park in St. Charles Wednesday. This is their second year with a plot where they grow tomatoes, zucchini, beans and peppers in addition to pumpkins.

Rick West | Staff Photographer

Kindergatner Jack Morreale listens as the Cheng Da Drum Team, of Oak Brook, plays Chinese drums which were donated by the Taiwanese Compatriot Affairs Council to Campanelli School in Schaumburg Thursday.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Kane County Forest Preserve naturalist Ben Katzen, in tan shirt with backpack, turns to check on the group as he explains the flowers and plants that inhabit the prairie during the Senior Stroll at Fitchie Creek Forest Preserve in Plato center. Katzen said the sunflowers are not natural to the area and thought maybe birds or humans had unknowingly transplanted them. Fitchie Creek Forest Preserve is comprised of 467 acres and has 3.5 miles of trails.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

Jerry Factley, of Gilberts, has a barking contest with the family dog, Riley, at the annual Dog Days of Dundee event at Randall Oaks Park in West Dundee Saturday. Riley, who is a rescue, was waiting for his turn to run a dog race for a ribbon.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Lucy Elliott, in hat, of Elgin, takes a photo of the installation of a 91-year-old historic windmill which returned to Foundry Park in Elgin Saturday.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

Paige Franzen, 3, of Chicago, pumps her fist so the fire trucks will blow their horn during Bloomingdale's September Fest at Old Town Park Saturday.

Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

Taylor Bugnowski and Jennifer Nazha, both 17 and with Barrington High School TV, video record the nature and events at Flint Creek Savanna during the Citizens for Conservation 25th anniversary of its Flint Creek Savanna in Lake Barrington Saturday.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Zachary Kazumura, 9, may live in Wisconsin, but he gets his Chicago Bears game face on at a face painting booth at Antioch's Fall Arts and Crafts Fair on Main Street in Antioch Saturday. Zachary dad, Jeff Kazumura, works in Lake County.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Ruth Sender talks with retiring Wheaton Library Director Sarah Meisels, right, during the an open house to honor her 47 years of service with the library Sunday at the Wheaton Library.

Mark Black | Staff Photographer

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Infantry reenactors take formation Sunday during a Civil War encampment on the Batavia Riverwalk. It was sponsored by the 17th Corp. Field Hospital and 104th Illinois Volunteers Battery G.

John Starks | Staff Photographer

Life long Wheaton resident and patron Lewis Morgan signs a star on the mural "Pearls of the Universe" by R.J. Ogren, Sunday. The mural celebrates the immigrant journey to Wheaton.

Mark Black | Staff Photographer

Singers Liam Bachmann, right, and Zach Szczupaj of the band "Why Should I ?" perform during the Fine Arts Festival Sunday in Palatine Towne Square, sponsored by the Palatine Jaycees. The festival featured a variety of art media, live music and food.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Gallery posted: 9/8/2013 8:59 PM

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This edition of The Week in Pictures features a pink dog, men dressed as bananas, the beginning of the pumpin season, and the end of a successful charity organization.
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