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  • Eight-graders Kathleen Graham, left, and Bridget Horvath shovel dirt onto an autumn sugar maple tree during a tree planting ceremony at St. Joseph Catholic School on Tuesday in Libertyville. All 400 students from the school attended the ceremony.

      Eight-graders Kathleen Graham, left, and Bridget Horvath shovel dirt onto an autumn sugar maple tree during a tree planting ceremony at St. Joseph Catholic School on Tuesday in Libertyville. All 400 students from the school attended the ceremony.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Nine-year-olds Cas Yovino, right, has her purse attack Sophia Barszcz during "Eureka: Invent the Newest Fashion" program Monday at Lake Villa Library. Children made dresses, backpacks, shoes and other items out of recycled material like newspaper, plastic bottles and plastic bags.

       Nine-year-olds Cas Yovino, right, has her purse attack Sophia Barszcz during "Eureka: Invent the Newest Fashion" program Monday at Lake Villa Library. Children made dresses, backpacks, shoes and other items out of recycled material like newspaper, plastic bottles and plastic bags.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Sometime's it's the little things that catch my eye. In this instance it was actually my son Erik, 11, who spotted the enormous snow flakes that we recently had during an April snow shower. We were waiting in the truck for basketball practice to start and Erik was very interested in the size of the snow flakes and wanted to see if I could photograph them. I put my 100mm macro lens on with a few extension rings and all of a sudden the snow flakes were larger than life, which Erik thought was pretty cool. Five minutes later Erik was back on schedule and headed into basketball not thinking about snow flakes at all. It is the little things and small moments in life that really make the difference in my opinion. This photo was published in the Perspective column in the print edition.

       Sometime's it's the little things that catch my eye. In this instance it was actually my son Erik, 11, who spotted the enormous snow flakes that we recently had during an April snow shower. We were waiting in the truck for basketball practice to start and Erik was very interested in the size of the snow flakes and wanted to see if I could photograph them. I put my 100mm macro lens on with a few extension rings and all of a sudden the snow flakes were larger than life, which Erik thought was pretty cool. Five minutes later Erik was back on schedule and headed into basketball not thinking about snow flakes at all. It is the little things and small moments in life that really make the difference in my opinion. This photo was published in the Perspective column in the print edition.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Crystal Sepulveda of Legacy salon.spa shaves the head of 13-year-old Griffin Hayes during a St. Baldrick's assembly at Grayslake Middle School Thursday.

       Crystal Sepulveda of Legacy salon.spa shaves the head of 13-year-old Griffin Hayes during a St. Baldrick's assembly at Grayslake Middle School Thursday.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Teacher Barb Mahoney, left, helps Emmanuel Cruz and Lilly Bridgeman, both 5, plant marigold seeds as Woodland Primary students participate in Earth Day activities Tuesday in Gages Lake.

       Teacher Barb Mahoney, left, helps Emmanuel Cruz and Lilly Bridgeman, both 5, plant marigold seeds as Woodland Primary students participate in Earth Day activities Tuesday in Gages Lake.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • While hikers discuss types of trees and fungi, Chloe Agustsson, 6, of St. Charles, explores the forest floor during an Earth Day nature walk at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles on Tuesday. The warm weather drew about 60 people, who were divided into three groups to explore the woods and prairie areas of the preserve.

       While hikers discuss types of trees and fungi, Chloe Agustsson, 6, of St. Charles, explores the forest floor during an Earth Day nature walk at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles on Tuesday. The warm weather drew about 60 people, who were divided into three groups to explore the woods and prairie areas of the preserve.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • The theme for this year's Earth Day event at ECC was "Play N Green." The 3-hour segment was packed with fun events, participant displays, and the much anticipated "ECC Shark Tank". With the seconds ticking off the stopwatch, South Elgin High School student Shaniah Morse, 17, explains to the Shark Tank judges her dream of a 24 hour day care facility that caters to parents that don't work the typical 9-5 grind.

       The theme for this year's Earth Day event at ECC was "Play N Green." The 3-hour segment was packed with fun events, participant displays, and the much anticipated "ECC Shark Tank". With the seconds ticking off the stopwatch, South Elgin High School student Shaniah Morse, 17, explains to the Shark Tank judges her dream of a 24 hour day care facility that caters to parents that don't work the typical 9-5 grind.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Technicians Alex Ellis, left, and Jake Forni, of Rollins Aquatics, repair the piers and docks at Lindy's Landing on Bangs Lake in Wauconda Wednesday. The extremely cold winter caused the docks to be in worse shape than in previous years.

       Technicians Alex Ellis, left, and Jake Forni, of Rollins Aquatics, repair the piers and docks at Lindy's Landing on Bangs Lake in Wauconda Wednesday. The extremely cold winter caused the docks to be in worse shape than in previous years.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Salvador Flores, of McGinty Brothers of Wauconda, completes a prescribed controlled burn near the southeast corner of Naperville and Warrenville Roads in Lisle. "The reason for the controlled burn is to stimulate light to the soil, and burn off the old built up accumulated material. With that light, it will increase new growth and the burn and the ash fertilizes the prairie back. It also makes the prairie look a lot nicer and aesthetically pleasing for the businesses and homeowners bordering the area being burned." said Joe Wiltjer, assistant field restoration manager for McGinty Brothers of Wauconda. Trained and licensed crews do the burning typically in the fall and spring.

       Salvador Flores, of McGinty Brothers of Wauconda, completes a prescribed controlled burn near the southeast corner of Naperville and Warrenville Roads in Lisle. "The reason for the controlled burn is to stimulate light to the soil, and burn off the old built up accumulated material. With that light, it will increase new growth and the burn and the ash fertilizes the prairie back. It also makes the prairie look a lot nicer and aesthetically pleasing for the businesses and homeowners bordering the area being burned." said Joe Wiltjer, assistant field restoration manager for McGinty Brothers of Wauconda. Trained and licensed crews do the burning typically in the fall and spring.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • I enjoy shooting all kinds of weather photos. Recently I was at Atten Park in Wheaton, when a stray shower came through as the sun was starting to set. I looked to the east and was able to capture the rainbow.

       I enjoy shooting all kinds of weather photos. Recently I was at Atten Park in Wheaton, when a stray shower came through as the sun was starting to set. I looked to the east and was able to capture the rainbow.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Einstein Academy third-grader Andrea Rathjen, of Elgin, works on specimens she collected with classmates Tuesday at the Tyler Creek Forest Preserve in Elgin. Looking over her work is second-grade classmate Jordan Merlo of Bartlett, as third-grader Annabel Ehreth, of Elgin, walks the creek in the background. Einstein Academy students spend a day studying Tyler Creek each Earth Day, in partnership with the Friends of the Fox organization, to help monitor the health of the stream.

       Einstein Academy third-grader Andrea Rathjen, of Elgin, works on specimens she collected with classmates Tuesday at the Tyler Creek Forest Preserve in Elgin. Looking over her work is second-grade classmate Jordan Merlo of Bartlett, as third-grader Annabel Ehreth, of Elgin, walks the creek in the background. Einstein Academy students spend a day studying Tyler Creek each Earth Day, in partnership with the Friends of the Fox organization, to help monitor the health of the stream.
    Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

  • Eighth grader Hunter Lasky is loaded down with an army uniform by WWII reenactor Phil Lauricella, of Elburn, Thursday at Fremont Middle School in Mundelein.

       Eighth grader Hunter Lasky is loaded down with an army uniform by WWII reenactor Phil Lauricella, of Elburn, Thursday at Fremont Middle School in Mundelein.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Ruvie Gloria, left, and Jessie Wood look at paintings by Kayla Smith, left, and Leanne Jamora during the annual Art Fair Thursday at Grayslake Central High School. Student artwork was displayed in the school gym and included painting, drawing, ceramics and photography.

       Ruvie Gloria, left, and Jessie Wood look at paintings by Kayla Smith, left, and Leanne Jamora during the annual Art Fair Thursday at Grayslake Central High School. Student artwork was displayed in the school gym and included painting, drawing, ceramics and photography.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Paul Calderon, of Aurora, takes a shot has he plays some pool with his cousin Brittany Butler at the Black Door Pub in Aurora.

       Paul Calderon, of Aurora, takes a shot has he plays some pool with his cousin Brittany Butler at the Black Door Pub in Aurora.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Steve Drews, of North Aurora, points out details to his son, Philip, 6, of the medieval city created by Dale Klein, of Hickory Hills, on display at Blackberry Farm's LEGO Bash event in Aurora on Sunday. Both are LEGO fans and Steve says seeing the LEGO displays is like taking a "trip back to childhood." Members of the Northern Illinois LEGO Train Club set up displays at the farm over the weekend.

       Steve Drews, of North Aurora, points out details to his son, Philip, 6, of the medieval city created by Dale Klein, of Hickory Hills, on display at Blackberry Farm's LEGO Bash event in Aurora on Sunday. Both are LEGO fans and Steve says seeing the LEGO displays is like taking a "trip back to childhood." Members of the Northern Illinois LEGO Train Club set up displays at the farm over the weekend.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Max Heide, of Sycamore, sorts donated bikes as he takes count of them inside the semi trailer parked in the lot at Hosanna! Lutheran Church in St. Charles on Sunday. As of early Sunday morning, 75 bikes had been donated to the Bikes for Tikes program. With a few hours left during the donation drop, their goal was to reach or surpass last year's total of 125 bikes.

       Max Heide, of Sycamore, sorts donated bikes as he takes count of them inside the semi trailer parked in the lot at Hosanna! Lutheran Church in St. Charles on Sunday. As of early Sunday morning, 75 bikes had been donated to the Bikes for Tikes program. With a few hours left during the donation drop, their goal was to reach or surpass last year's total of 125 bikes.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

 

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