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Members of an honor guard rest before performing a rifle salute during the Memorial Day celebration at Bluff City Cemetery in Elgin last May. I saw the how the contrast between the gloves and dark uniforms set up a nice reccurring pattern. I am always impressed with professionalism that that these former military men and women have. They absolutely deserve our respect and gratitude. Thank you for your service and for continuing to serve. This photo was published in the Prespective column in the print edition.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

As summer turns to autumn, a young cardinal dines on a breakfast of seeds after landing on the patio of an Arlington Heights home. A sibling was nearby, and a male cardinal was watching over the birds while perched on the wall of the patio. This photo was published in the Perspective column in the print edtion.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Tim Boyle of Des Plaines rides through Camp Pine Woods in Des Plaines at least once a week for usually 15-20 miles.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Ra Dymny of St. Charles, camera in tow, takes in the fall colors during a walk through the Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve in South Elgin Monday.

Rick West | Staff Photographer

October is my favorite month and as the late afternoon sun started to set behind this large tree at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, I thought it looked rather spooky. By turning it into a black and white and making it more stark, it makes the perfect photo for the week of Halloween. This photo was published in the Perspective column in the print edition.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

Jonathan Embree, left, joins his grand parents Tom and Connie Embree in a sing-a-long during Senior Citizens Day Tuesday at Daniel Wright Junior High in Lincolnshire.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Spooky lights are part of the haunted garage of Larry and Liz Hunka in Wheaton.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

U.S. Army Sgt. Robert Schroeder of Lake Barrington got a surprise hero's welcome Wednesday at St. Anne School in Barrington. Home on a two week leave from his assignment in Korea, Sgt. Schroeder planned on surprising his 4-year-old son William in his pre-kindergarten class. However, the surprise was on him as he arrived at the school greeted by the school's band playing the Star Spangled Banner, and cheered on by students lining the hallway.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

After a tearful reunion with his son William, U.S. Army Sgt. Robert Schroeder sat down with his wife Irma and William, as Irma read to the St. Anne School class from a book called Hero Dad. "I've been in Korea for six and a half months," he said. "It was actually my wife's idea coming back to his school and surprising him, the rest of this stuff is a surprise. I had no idea about any of this. It's been shocking and an honor." Wife Irma added, "I'm just really excited to have him home."

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Jasmine Delgado, 17, of Elgin, huddles under a patio umbrella in the stands at Huntley High School during the Larkin vs. Hononegah boys soccer sectional semifinals on Wednesday. Delgado attended the game with Maria Alvarez, whose son, Freddy, plays for Larkin.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Kyte Coulter, 3, of Mt. Prospect, pays no attention to witch Jackie Kendrigan as she scares kids with her rooster during the Treat or Treat time in downtown Arlington Heights on Halloween.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Seven-year-old Bailey Truitt, left, dressed as Wizard of Oz character Dorothy while her twin brother, Lucas, both of Grayslake, dressed as Robin during the MainStreet Libertyville Trick or Treat event Friday.

Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

Aydian Webb, 10, of Streamwood, looks glum while ran falls outside the Clare Woods Academy in Wheaton Thursday. Due to poor weather the scheduled Halloween parade was moved inside.

Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

Teresa Russo, daughter of Frank Russo, left, consoles Kaylee Roden, Frank Russo's niece's daughter, during a special ceremony outside the Schaumburg police station to rename Hammond Drive as Officer Frank Russo Way in honor of the officer who died in the line of duty five years ago.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Shannon Hanson, of Wauconda, gives her son, Grady, 4, a boost to look at fish from the Fox River on display in a 2,500 gallon tank at the Friends of the Fox River's booth at the sixth annual Green Living Expo at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake on Saturday. Hanson came with her mother, Ellen Hanson of Crystal Lake, to the event for the first time. They thought Grady would enjoy seeing the massive tank.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Marla Bradley of the Pedal Power Bike Drive in Palatine, takes a bike from Karolyn Hilquist, 10, which she received as a Christmas gift many years ago, as her mom, Beth, and brother Ben, 8, look on. The bikes were donated through Mike's Bike Shop on Saturday and will be passed along to the Chicago Public Schools as a reward for good grades.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Brigadier General Gracus K. Dunn awards Frank Andrews, of Des Plaines, six medals he earned during his service with the U.S. Army in World War II, during a ceremony at the First Division Museum at Cantigny Park in Wheaton Sunday.

Mark Black | Staff Photographer

Marine Corp, Vietnam veteran Jake Horn, of Sugar Grove, adjusts one of the over 2,000 American flags on Aurora Healing Field at West Aurora High School Sunday. Horn was part of a group of volunteers who helped install the flags early Sunday morning.

Mark Black | Staff Photographer

Violins play as the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra opens it's 38th concert season Sunday at the Blizzard Theater at Elgin Community College.

John Starks | Staff Photographer

Farm operations coordinator Jonathan Kuester puts a hog head into a large kettle for making headcheese, with help from volunteer Nancy Lyons during "From Hoghouse to Smokehouse" event Sunday at Volkening Heritage Farm at Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg. Participants learned about the process for butchering hogs, smoking and curing in a smokehouse, and techniques for making sausage.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Spectators watch the launch of another pumpkin by Big Red, the catapult, during Mundelein's 6th Annual Pumpkin Drop Sunday at Keith Mione Community Park. Families brought their Halloween pumpkins to the event where they were bashed, rolled and flung with the catapult.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Mundelein High School physics teacher Mike Hickey marks the landing of the first pumpkin a couple of feet from the catapult after it went straight up after its launch during Mundelein's 6th Annual Pumpkin Drop Sunday at Keith Mione Community Park. Families brought their Halloween pumpkins to the event where they were bashed, rolled and flung with a catapult. Big Red, the catapult, designed and built by Mundelein High School students, was the star of the event.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Gallery posted: 11/4/2013 1:17 PM

About this Gallery

This edition of The Week in Pictures features a surprised returning soldier, Trick or Treaters, and a catapult named Big Red flinging pumpkins.
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