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Kevin Finizio, of Addison, left, talks with Brandon Eger, of Big E Outfitters, at the 28th Annual Chicago Outdoor Sports Show at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Jenna Strohbusch, of Glenbard South High School, is a student at the Technology Center of DuPage, which allows DuPage County high school students the opportunity to explore in-depth possible career pathways.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

I had just left an assignment in Carpentersville recently after a snow storm hit the area, and had to double back in my car to shoot a picture of this stranded vehicle parked in a driveway along Maple Avenue. The sight of the abandoned snow shovel cracked me up. I assume the driver finished the job at some point, but they clearly needed a break with more than six inches of snow to clear from the driveway. This photo was published in the Perspective column in the print edition.

Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

There are often times when a photographer has to make a choice between similar photos during the editing process. While covering the Chili Open at the Golf Center in Des Plaines recently, I photographed Jessica Lang of Mount Prospect just as she had slipped on an icy green while attempting a putt. The frame turned in for the next day's paper showed Lang smiling as, undeterred by her circumstances, she lined up the putt and shot anyway. After missing that attempt however, her teammates razzed her by kicking snow onto her as she gave it another try. This photo was published in the Perspective column in the print edition.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Gina Clements, of Elgin, right, answers a question during a table discussion about Martin Luther King, Jr. Monday with other members of the Living Gospel Youth Group, including her brother Chevelle, at left. Dozens of youth from local schools, churches and other civic groups attended a luncheon Monday afternoon in the Heritage Ballroom at The Centre of Elgin, the culmination of their volunteer work during the Day of Service event to honor the legacy of the civil rights leader.

Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

Vanessa Meeks, of the Sears Holdings Associate Gospel Choir, sings a solo during the Hoffman Estates Cultural Awareness Commission's 12th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Breakfast.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Ted Goergen, director of student activities, works with Stevenson High School students Monday at the Vernon Township Food Pantry on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

A green plant sits in a window while a snow covered background sets the scene on a cold January afternoon in Naperville. I liked the way the leaves filled the frame and offered a glimpse of spring, so I snapped a quick frame. This photo was published in the Perspective column in the print edition.

Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

Andy Patete, of South Elgin, blasts the new snow from the sidewalks Tuesday morning near his Spring Street home, behind the protection of a plastic shield affixed to his snow thrower. Patete said the shield does keep things a bit warmer for him while he works. "At least it keeps the snow from blowing in your face," he said.

Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

Ray Fossum, of Hanover Park, clears a path in front of his home on Yorkshire Drive. He says he's been keeping up with it this winter because he's now retired and has the time.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Palatine's Pat Dormann, 67, tackles the light dusting of snow that greeted her on Tuesday morning. She was asked how she likes the cold weather, "What can you do. I still wouldn't want to live in Florida." she said.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Bob Pinion, of Rolling Meadows, braves the cold while walking in downtown Palatine Thursday.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Jennifer Rigler holds a mirror and watches as her son Andrew works with therapist Mary Kochanski in their Bartlett home. The two-year-old was born prematurely and has therapy to promote his development.

John Starks | Staff Photographer

Catharine Steiner, 16, of St. Charles, settles onto her bed in her made-over bedroom for the first time on Thursday. Special Spaces Chicagoland, a non-profit organization, creates dream bedrooms for children with life-threatening medical conditions. Catharine was born with Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa, a rare genetic connective tissue disorder. She requested a garden theme with blues, pinks, greens and purples.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Woody Waugh, 12, of Cloquet, MN, launches himself from the 40-meter ramp during warm-ups at the 109th Norge Ski Jump Tournament Saturday in Fox River Grove.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

All bundled up for some practice jumps, 10-year-old Matt Smith, of Cary, prepares for the next run during the 109th Norge Ski Jump Tournament Saturday in Fox River Grove.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

Rachael Faust, of Lombard, avoids a big wet kiss from Fozzie, one of the many dogs up for adoption at the Morton Arboretum's annual Husky Heroes program, with demonstrations of Siberian huskies pulling sleds as well as skijoring and speed demonstrations.

Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

Coin dealer Fred Dennis, of Geneva, talks with 13-year-olds Connor Bystrom, Alex Kelly and Marshall Bott, friends from Lake Zurich, Sunday at the Geneva Coin Club's Mid-Winter Classic Coin Show at the Holiday Inn on Airport Road in Elgin. Dennis is the club chairman.

John Starks | Staff Photographer

Grace Schroeder, 11, of West Chicago, cuts blocks of ice the "old fashion way" at Kline Creek Farm's Ice Harvesting event at the 1890's era heritage farm in West Chicago. Schroeder is dressed in 1890's era clothing, as she is a volunteer at the heritage farm.

Mark Black | Staff Photographer

Steve Lundy/slundy@dailyherald.com Libertyville Public Works employee Tom Govekar shovels around the ice rink at Bolander Park in Libertyville as temperatures plummeted Thursday.

Gallery updated: 1/27/2014 9:15 AM

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This edition of The Week in Pictures features old fashioned ice harvesting, Siberian Husky demonstrations, ski jumping, and more cold weather.
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