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  • Taylor Gillen, 16, of Elgin, gives a funny look back to the lama in search of a snack at the Elgin Green Expo at the Centre of Elgin, Saturday. The lama and other petting zoo farm animals were on display by Santa's Village Azoosment Park in East Dundee.

       Taylor Gillen, 16, of Elgin, gives a funny look back to the lama in search of a snack at the Elgin Green Expo at the Centre of Elgin, Saturday. The lama and other petting zoo farm animals were on display by Santa's Village Azoosment Park in East Dundee.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • I was shooting the Jesse White Tumblers at Hillcrest Elementary School in Elgin about a month ago and the action was fast and furious. There were about 20 tumblers constantly in motion with kids screaming and applauding. So when I went back and edited the pictures I was really drawn to this 1/4000 of a second that looked so contemplative and at odds with the action of the event. This photo was published in the Perspective column in the print edition.

       I was shooting the Jesse White Tumblers at Hillcrest Elementary School in Elgin about a month ago and the action was fast and furious. There were about 20 tumblers constantly in motion with kids screaming and applauding. So when I went back and edited the pictures I was really drawn to this 1/4000 of a second that looked so contemplative and at odds with the action of the event. This photo was published in the Perspective column in the print edition.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Laborer Noel Garcia, of A Lamp Road Builders, replaces a sewer rim Monday during construction at Burdick Street and McKinley Avenue in Libertyville. Water main and sewer lines are being replaced or repaired along the neighborhood roads.

       Laborer Noel Garcia, of A Lamp Road Builders, replaces a sewer rim Monday during construction at Burdick Street and McKinley Avenue in Libertyville. Water main and sewer lines are being replaced or repaired along the neighborhood roads.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Clarice Colangelo, of Elmhurst, blows out the candles while celebrating her 101st birthday at Prime BurgerHouse at the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin Monday. She been coming to gamble at the casino every Monday and Thursday for about 8 years. She used to come with her sister before her passing, but now comes with either her son Larry or daughter Lenice. Her family and many staff members gathered to help her celebrate and sing. She said she usually plays video poker or slots and the most she's won in one day was about $600. "Where else can you get this kind of excitement, the grocery store?," she asked.

       Clarice Colangelo, of Elmhurst, blows out the candles while celebrating her 101st birthday at Prime BurgerHouse at the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin Monday. She been coming to gamble at the casino every Monday and Thursday for about 8 years. She used to come with her sister before her passing, but now comes with either her son Larry or daughter Lenice. Her family and many staff members gathered to help her celebrate and sing. She said she usually plays video poker or slots and the most she's won in one day was about $600. "Where else can you get this kind of excitement, the grocery store?," she asked.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Have European house sparrows completely overtaken your bird feeders? I have a bird-scaping insider tip on how to eliminate or decrease the amount of them. Recently while working on a story about Tim Joyce. a birdscaper at Wildbirds Unlimited in Glenview, he said European house sparrows are terrified of hanging fishing line. He recommended I hang plenty of the line on and above my feeders.The fishing line should stand out as much as possible. In my Glenview yard sunlight strikes the line but not the area behind the feeders causing the line to glisten. After using the hanging line for six months on several feeders we have no sparrows on those feeders – none! For the first few weeks after hanging the line - I must admit it was fun watching the European house sparrows fly up to the feeders and put on the brakes in midair with a look of terror on their face.  We reserved one feeder on the other side of our yard for the sparrows by not hanging the line on it.No other birds take notice of the line. On the feeders we have draped with the fishing line we get two types of woodpeckers, red and white breasted nuthatches, chickadees, red house finches and yellow finches, and even a few small songbirds. Because nonnative European house sparrows are extremely aggressive to other birds often destroying nest and eggs, even killing nestlings and adults, many birders don't want them at their feeders. This photo was published in the Perspective column in the print edition.

       Have European house sparrows completely overtaken your bird feeders? I have a bird-scaping insider tip on how to eliminate or decrease the amount of them. Recently while working on a story about Tim Joyce. a birdscaper at Wildbirds Unlimited in Glenview, he said European house sparrows are terrified of hanging fishing line. He recommended I hang plenty of the line on and above my feeders.The fishing line should stand out as much as possible. In my Glenview yard sunlight strikes the line but not the area behind the feeders causing the line to glisten. After using the hanging line for six months on several feeders we have no sparrows on those feeders – none! For the first few weeks after hanging the line - I must admit it was fun watching the European house sparrows fly up to the feeders and put on the brakes in midair with a look of terror on their face. We reserved one feeder on the other side of our yard for the sparrows by not hanging the line on it.No other birds take notice of the line. On the feeders we have draped with the fishing line we get two types of woodpeckers, red and white breasted nuthatches, chickadees, red house finches and yellow finches, and even a few small songbirds. Because nonnative European house sparrows are extremely aggressive to other birds often destroying nest and eggs, even killing nestlings and adults, many birders don't want them at their feeders. This photo was published in the Perspective column in the print edition.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Jim Zurek, of Naperville, works on improving his distance fly casting in Centennial Park in Naperville Monday afternoon.  Zurek has been working on his distance casting for about 15 years and practices twice a week at various location around Naperville and averages 70 foot casts and trying to get to 85 feet.

       Jim Zurek, of Naperville, works on improving his distance fly casting in Centennial Park in Naperville Monday afternoon. Zurek has been working on his distance casting for about 15 years and practices twice a week at various location around Naperville and averages 70 foot casts and trying to get to 85 feet.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Justin Winters, left, and Nolan Feeney, hack away at European buckthorn, as more than 250 eighth grade students from Fremont Elementary School headed into the Ray Lake Farms Forest behind their school Tuesday to remove invasive plant species as part of a community service project.

       Justin Winters, left, and Nolan Feeney, hack away at European buckthorn, as more than 250 eighth grade students from Fremont Elementary School headed into the Ray Lake Farms Forest behind their school Tuesday to remove invasive plant species as part of a community service project.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Vernon Hills High School freshman Zak Baumann drives the obstacle course Wednesday wearing special goggles simulating drunken driving. Security guard Al Frank, left, points out various obstacles during the prom week activity.

       Vernon Hills High School freshman Zak Baumann drives the obstacle course Wednesday wearing special goggles simulating drunken driving. Security guard Al Frank, left, points out various obstacles during the prom week activity.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Kindergartener Nikolai Polus places a paper-made seed on a dirt colored cloth in a row during a unique early childhood STEM program taught by Jeanne Wall, Wolf Trap master teaching artist, in Sue Matkovic's class on Wednesday at Kimball Hill School in Rolling Meadows. The Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts program is supported by the Northrop Grumman Foundation.

       Kindergartener Nikolai Polus places a paper-made seed on a dirt colored cloth in a row during a unique early childhood STEM program taught by Jeanne Wall, Wolf Trap master teaching artist, in Sue Matkovic's class on Wednesday at Kimball Hill School in Rolling Meadows. The Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts program is supported by the Northrop Grumman Foundation.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Foster mom Marianna Bagshaw, of Hawthorne Woods, hugs Andrea Escalante, 12, as Leslie Salas, 12, both of El Salvador, look on at Good Shepard Hospital in Barrington.  They were there getting tested for their upcoming tachycardia surgery which will cure them, a procedure they could not get in their home country.

       Foster mom Marianna Bagshaw, of Hawthorne Woods, hugs Andrea Escalante, 12, as Leslie Salas, 12, both of El Salvador, look on at Good Shepard Hospital in Barrington. They were there getting tested for their upcoming tachycardia surgery which will cure them, a procedure they could not get in their home country.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Cubs manager Justin Gebhardt directs Nicky Gebhardt, 8, during practice with he Lake Zurich Baseball and Softball Association Wednesday at the Main Street Sports Center in Lake Zurich. The LZBSA is starting up a Challenger Division for special needs children with help from older players from other divisions to teach them.

       Cubs manager Justin Gebhardt directs Nicky Gebhardt, 8, during practice with he Lake Zurich Baseball and Softball Association Wednesday at the Main Street Sports Center in Lake Zurich. The LZBSA is starting up a Challenger Division for special needs children with help from older players from other divisions to teach them.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • A Woodruff cannon is fired for Hawthorn Middle School North students in Vernon Hills Thursday as part of a Civil War Day event.

       A Woodruff cannon is fired for Hawthorn Middle School North students in Vernon Hills Thursday as part of a Civil War Day event.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Fittest Loser John Bohanek, of South Elgin, walks the walk of a winner as he is introduced to the sold-out crowd at the 2014 Fittest Loser Challenge in Itasca on Thursday. John won the title of Fittest Loser.

       Fittest Loser John Bohanek, of South Elgin, walks the walk of a winner as he is introduced to the sold-out crowd at the 2014 Fittest Loser Challenge in Itasca on Thursday. John won the title of Fittest Loser.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • R.N. Theresa Weiss, left, walks Julie D'Agostino, of Emhurst, and Robert Senander, of Winfield, down the hall at Loyola Medical Center in Maywood. They both had lung transplants and now share a lung.

       R.N. Theresa Weiss, left, walks Julie D'Agostino, of Emhurst, and Robert Senander, of Winfield, down the hall at Loyola Medical Center in Maywood. They both had lung transplants and now share a lung.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • John Starks/jstarks@dailyheraldElgin Police Honor Guard officer John Slocum bows his head during the annual police memorial ceremony in front of city hall in Elgin Thursday afternoon.

      John Starks/jstarks@dailyheraldElgin Police Honor Guard officer John Slocum bows his head during the annual police memorial ceremony in front of city hall in Elgin Thursday afternoon.

  • Richard Nowinski walks his two dogs Archie and Cartman in the snow along Terrace Drive in Algonquin Friday morning. "The dogs love it, but I don't, not in May," said Nowinski.

       Richard Nowinski walks his two dogs Archie and Cartman in the snow along Terrace Drive in Algonquin Friday morning. "The dogs love it, but I don't, not in May," said Nowinski.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Anglers fish in the fog on Bangs Lake in Wauconda Friday morning. Friday's wather got off to a rough start as snow fell throughout much of the Chicagoland area.

       Anglers fish in the fog on Bangs Lake in Wauconda Friday morning. Friday's wather got off to a rough start as snow fell throughout much of the Chicagoland area.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Victoria Wojcik, left, pitches Lousiana State University to Ashley Huerta, as Ontarioville Elementary School 5th graders hosted a college fair Friday.

       Victoria Wojcik, left, pitches Lousiana State University to Ashley Huerta, as Ontarioville Elementary School 5th graders hosted a college fair Friday.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Edilson Lima leads fourth-graders in latin dancing during the annual Multi-Cultural Day at Johnson Elementary School in Warrenville on Friday. This is the ninth year for the event and parents help by volunteering in the classrooms and to present. Each grade level works on a different country or region. Kids will dance, taste food, learn languages and do crafts. "The kids love it." said art teacher Liana Waldron. "Once they see that it's getting to be that time, they get excited".

       Edilson Lima leads fourth-graders in latin dancing during the annual Multi-Cultural Day at Johnson Elementary School in Warrenville on Friday. This is the ninth year for the event and parents help by volunteering in the classrooms and to present. Each grade level works on a different country or region. Kids will dance, taste food, learn languages and do crafts. "The kids love it." said art teacher Liana Waldron. "Once they see that it's getting to be that time, they get excited".
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Carmel High School students Matt Pomierski, left, and Brendan Higgins, both 17 of Libertyville, jump to clean the top part of a side window at Agnes Radakovitz house in Mundelein as part of the Village of Mundelein's annual A-May-Zing event on Saturday.

       Carmel High School students Matt Pomierski, left, and Brendan Higgins, both 17 of Libertyville, jump to clean the top part of a side window at Agnes Radakovitz house in Mundelein as part of the Village of Mundelein's annual A-May-Zing event on Saturday.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Four-year-old Brady Hamman gets a closer look at a chick at the Loretto Preschool and Retreat in Wheaton. They incubated the chicks for 21 days in the class.

       Four-year-old Brady Hamman gets a closer look at a chick at the Loretto Preschool and Retreat in Wheaton. They incubated the chicks for 21 days in the class.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

 

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