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  • Janet Mocchi, 75, of Palatine, does what homeowers dread in late Autumn, clear the yard of leaves. She just finished cleaning the gutters on her house and it was time to tackle the yard. Her method was simple, use a blower, add a lawnmower and run those colorful leaves over.

       Janet Mocchi, 75, of Palatine, does what homeowers dread in late Autumn, clear the yard of leaves. She just finished cleaning the gutters on her house and it was time to tackle the yard. Her method was simple, use a blower, add a lawnmower and run those colorful leaves over.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • While recently on assignment at CarnEvil Haunted Houses at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, I took a long-exposure photograph of a carnival ride along the west side of the Sears Centre. Most compact cameras have a fireworks scene selection that will automatically set the camera to capture colorful trails of light. This photo was published in the weekly Perspective column in the print edition.

       While recently on assignment at CarnEvil Haunted Houses at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, I took a long-exposure photograph of a carnival ride along the west side of the Sears Centre. Most compact cameras have a fireworks scene selection that will automatically set the camera to capture colorful trails of light. This photo was published in the weekly Perspective column in the print edition.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • 2nd-grader Emma Woodford gets to ride a tortoise during a visit from Dave Dinaso's Traveling World of Reptiles at St. Peter School in Geneva Tuesday. Kids also got to get hands on with a monitor lizard, African bullfrog, an alligator and a Burmese python during the program.

       2nd-grader Emma Woodford gets to ride a tortoise during a visit from Dave Dinaso's Traveling World of Reptiles at St. Peter School in Geneva Tuesday. Kids also got to get hands on with a monitor lizard, African bullfrog, an alligator and a Burmese python during the program.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • What better way to celebrate your first birthday that with a trip to a pumpkin patch, as Finnegan White did during an outing with his mother from Oak Park and his grandma from Wheaton, at Pumpkin Fest at Cosley Zoo in Wheaton on Monday. The fest goes through October 31 with pumpkins for sale, a straw pyramid and a corn stalk tunnel.

       What better way to celebrate your first birthday that with a trip to a pumpkin patch, as Finnegan White did during an outing with his mother from Oak Park and his grandma from Wheaton, at Pumpkin Fest at Cosley Zoo in Wheaton on Monday. The fest goes through October 31 with pumpkins for sale, a straw pyramid and a corn stalk tunnel.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • 5th-grader Sam Hoying keeps a close eye on the movements of his python hat during a visit from Dave Dinaso's Traveling World of Reptiles at St. Peter School in Geneva Tuesday.

       5th-grader Sam Hoying keeps a close eye on the movements of his python hat during a visit from Dave Dinaso's Traveling World of Reptiles at St. Peter School in Geneva Tuesday.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Round Lake High School junior Tracy Koster gets an autograph on her shirt by Chicago Bears defensive end Cornelius Washington. 13 players from the Chicago Bears teamed up with the United Way to complete the "Chicago Bears Fitness Zone" at Round Lake High School Tuesday. The project involved improving and expanding the high school's existing weight training and conditioning room which is described by students as "The Dungeon."

       Round Lake High School junior Tracy Koster gets an autograph on her shirt by Chicago Bears defensive end Cornelius Washington. 13 players from the Chicago Bears teamed up with the United Way to complete the "Chicago Bears Fitness Zone" at Round Lake High School Tuesday. The project involved improving and expanding the high school's existing weight training and conditioning room which is described by students as "The Dungeon."
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Homecoming queen Anne Wagner, who has Down syndrome, along with her lifelong friend Mary Doro, sing during an assembly at Downers Grove North High School.

       Homecoming queen Anne Wagner, who has Down syndrome, along with her lifelong friend Mary Doro, sing during an assembly at Downers Grove North High School.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • With the day off from school for Columbus Day, Gilbert Green, 14, launches long range basketball shots in River Front Park in Algonquin Monday afternoon. He was visiting with his family from Lake Forest.

       With the day off from school for Columbus Day, Gilbert Green, 14, launches long range basketball shots in River Front Park in Algonquin Monday afternoon. He was visiting with his family from Lake Forest.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Dundee-Crown seniors Veronica Carrillo and Victor Alvarez rehearse an Argentinian dance number in preparation for the multicultural festival this weekend at Spring Hill Mall.

       Dundee-Crown seniors Veronica Carrillo and Victor Alvarez rehearse an Argentinian dance number in preparation for the multicultural festival this weekend at Spring Hill Mall.
    Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

  • Shoppers try to stay dry as they attend the last day of the Libertyville Farmers Market Thursday.

       Shoppers try to stay dry as they attend the last day of the Libertyville Farmers Market Thursday.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Jacob Thorby, of Schaumburg, gives a smooch to the Stanley Cup on display at the Trickster Art Gallery in Schaumburg Saturday.

       Jacob Thorby, of Schaumburg, gives a smooch to the Stanley Cup on display at the Trickster Art Gallery in Schaumburg Saturday.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • St. Patrick Catholic School third-grader Grant Bettag finds it a bit hard to run full speed and carry a sign during a walk-a-thon Friday in St. Charles to raise money for Misericordia, an organization that supports more than 560 children and adults with developmental disabilities. Students walked, or ran laps, around the school and church campus and raised money from sponsors for each lap they completed.

       St. Patrick Catholic School third-grader Grant Bettag finds it a bit hard to run full speed and carry a sign during a walk-a-thon Friday in St. Charles to raise money for Misericordia, an organization that supports more than 560 children and adults with developmental disabilities. Students walked, or ran laps, around the school and church campus and raised money from sponsors for each lap they completed.
    Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

  • Will McElroy, 2, of Barrington, picks out a pumpkin while at Goebberts Pumpkin Patch in South Barrington Sunday.

       Will McElroy, 2, of Barrington, picks out a pumpkin while at Goebberts Pumpkin Patch in South Barrington Sunday.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Lakewood School fifth-grader Julian Garcia Pulida earned enough "Bulldog Bucks" through good behavior at school that he earned a ride home aboard a Carpentersville fire engine Friday, along with his friend Fernando Aguilar. Carpentersville firefighter Art Carrillo helps Julian put on a department jacket for his ride home. The "bucks" were earned through the school's Positive Behavior Intervention System.

       Lakewood School fifth-grader Julian Garcia Pulida earned enough "Bulldog Bucks" through good behavior at school that he earned a ride home aboard a Carpentersville fire engine Friday, along with his friend Fernando Aguilar. Carpentersville firefighter Art Carrillo helps Julian put on a department jacket for his ride home. The "bucks" were earned through the school's Positive Behavior Intervention System.
    Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

  • Danny Reid, 15, of Anitoch, watches his putt sink at Anitoch Fall Fest at the Williams E. Brook Entertainment Center in Antioch on Saturday.

       Danny Reid, 15, of Anitoch, watches his putt sink at Anitoch Fall Fest at the Williams E. Brook Entertainment Center in Antioch on Saturday.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Susan Christensen, grandmother of Addison Dunne, 2, of Glen Ellyn, dance together during a Boo Bash at Lake Ellyn Park in Glen Ellyn.

       Susan Christensen, grandmother of Addison Dunne, 2, of Glen Ellyn, dance together during a Boo Bash at Lake Ellyn Park in Glen Ellyn.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Jack Kramer of St. Charles, aka Polyester the Clown, samples "Fox Valley Red" chili by Jack Kinsman of Geneva at Kuipers Family Farm's annual Chili Cook-Off in Maple Park on Saturday. The farm holds the event in partnership with the Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI). This is Kinsman's first time in a CASI competition, but he's competed in several other contests. Kramer was on site to entertain guests, and also take in a bit of sampling. 19 chefs entered and chili was sampled by the public while a panel of judges decided the winner.

       Jack Kramer of St. Charles, aka Polyester the Clown, samples "Fox Valley Red" chili by Jack Kinsman of Geneva at Kuipers Family Farm's annual Chili Cook-Off in Maple Park on Saturday. The farm holds the event in partnership with the Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI). This is Kinsman's first time in a CASI competition, but he's competed in several other contests. Kramer was on site to entertain guests, and also take in a bit of sampling. 19 chefs entered and chili was sampled by the public while a panel of judges decided the winner.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Siena Harper, 7, of Winnetka, tries out the High Ropes course during the Community Fun Day at YMCA Camp Duncan in Ingleside Sunday.

       Siena Harper, 7, of Winnetka, tries out the High Ropes course during the Community Fun Day at YMCA Camp Duncan in Ingleside Sunday.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Brian Dougherty, 41, of Elgin, leaps over an obstacle Sunday at the Carpentersville Oktoberfest and Chicago Cyclocross Cup bicycle races at Carpenter Park. More than 600 racers competed in the off-road race during the day. Races last 45 minutes.

       Brian Dougherty, 41, of Elgin, leaps over an obstacle Sunday at the Carpentersville Oktoberfest and Chicago Cyclocross Cup bicycle races at Carpenter Park. More than 600 racers competed in the off-road race during the day. Races last 45 minutes.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

 

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