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  • Marie Schaack, a 102-year old volunteer at JourneyCare in Barrington, loves to come to work every day.

    Don’t just sit on the couch, says 102-year-old volunteerApr 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    Marie Schaak is not only one of the longest serving volunteers at JourneyCare in Barrington, she's the oldest. At 102 Schaack comes to work every week to help other volunteers mail out the agency’s bereavement letters. “It’s nice to get out of the house and be with a lot of nice people," Schaak says. "I feel like I’m doing something worthwhile.”

  • Arlington Heights portrait artist William Chambers shakes hands with Hollywood film director Steven Spielberg at the 2014 Lincoln Leadership Dinner.

    Arlington Hts. artist’s portrait of Spielberg hangs in SpringfieldApr 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Arlington Heights portrait artist William Chambers recently received a priority letter from a rather surprising source: Hollywood filmmaker Steven Spielberg. The handwritten note thanked Chambers for his recent painting of Spielberg. “I can imagine I’m not an easy subject to paint,” Spielberg wrote. “My wife is a painter and when she saw your work, she was very impressed, and I must admit, so was I!”

  • National Guard reservist Amanda Beets of Rockford, second from right, who suffered a stroke, is introduced at the fashion show with her parents, Ray and Lonnie Beets, left. Funds from the show were used by Salute Inc. in Palatine to buy her an adaptive bicycle.

    Student fashion show raises $18,000 for veteransMar 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    In the fashion show produced last month by students from the Illinois Institute of Art in Schaumburg, models took to the runway escorted by Marines, wearing their dress uniforms. The event took place at the Meadows Club in Rolling Meadows and raised more than $18,000 for Salute Inc. in Palatine.

  • Annelies Kamen, a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, is interested in making art that appears as a system: “a set of symbols, indications, negations and constructions.”

    National Juried Art Exhibition opens at Harper for 37th yearMar 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    A juried art show has opened this week at Harper College, that not only drew nearly 500 entries from around the country, but has roots in the famous claims its roots in the Parisian studio Atelier 17, one of the most influential print workshops of the 20th century .

  • Schaumburg native Michelle Kelley will be a graduate student at the University of Cambridge in England after earning a prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship valued at $50,000. She’s with her poster that won an award at the 2014 Midwest Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics at the University of Chicago.

    Hoffman grad wins prestigious Gates Cambridge ScholarshipMar 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    Schaumburg native Michelle Kelley still cannot wrap her head around it: She's one of only 40 students awarded a Cambridge Scholarship from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, valued at $50,000. And next year at this time she'll be in England, furthering her ambition for a career in physics.

  • Jim Britton, principal of Hoffman Estates High School and his wife, Tanya, at the Rotary gala.

    Rotary gala funds a variety of community projectsMar 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Schaumburg/Hoffman Estates Rotary Club fundraiser Saturday night had a Mardi Gras theme but a serious purpose: Raise $75,000 to fund many worthwhile community projects - including the Blessings in a Backpack program at Schaumburg and Hoffman Estates high schools.

  • Sarah Griswold at the Walter R. Sundling Junior High library, with two of her favorite books.

    Competitive spelling career over for Palatine 8th-graderMar 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Eighth-grader Sarah Griswold of Palatine came very close to punching her ticket to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, coming in second at the Regional Suburban Cook County Bee. She survived 17 rounds and eventually went head to head with last year’s winner, Alia Abiad of Western Springs.

  • Documentary filmmaker Steve James, left, with Dann Gire, at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.

    Ebert documentary filmmaker a ‘magician’Feb 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Sundance Film Festival and the Arlington Heights Memorial Library shared a headliner last week, when award-winning filmmaker Steve James came to Arlington Heights less than a month after his newest documentary, “Life Itself” — profiling legendary film critic Roger Ebert — debuted at Sundance.

  • Jazz director Bryan Itzkowitz rehearses the Holmes Middle School jazz band in Wheeling in preparation for the upcoming Jazz in the Meadows competition.

    Holmes school ready for Jazz in the Meadows competitionFeb 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    Jazz in the Meadows, featuring almost 50 high schools and 15 middle schools, is Saturday. The chance to win top honors at the acclaimed 29-year-old festival has bands bringing out their best stuff. Holmes Middle School in Mount Prospect is coming off a win at the North Shore Jazz Festival, while Cooper Middle School in Buffalo Grove has won eight of the last 11 times.

  • Rudi Baruch of Buffalo Grove signs cards for Olympians Gracie Gold and Jason Brown at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion in Buffalo Grove.

    Friends send off Buffalo Grove-trained OlympiansJan 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    Figure skaters who train at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion in Buffalo Grove are sending Gracie Gold and Jason Brown off to the Sochi Olympics with giant cards and their best wishes. Gold and Brown, who will compete for gold medals in ladies and men's figure skating, are well known at Twin Rinks.

  •  A full house listens raptly to Amy Gail Hansen talk about her story and the process of getting it published.

    Popular Arlington Hts. book club brings authors to readers Jan 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    A unique book club held at Tuscan Market & Wine Shop in downtown Arlington Heights is packing them in - not just for the wine and hors d’oeuvres but for a chance to meeting the authors and hear firsthand about the publishing process.

  • Paul Lewis, left, helps explain EYEsee's mission during a presentation at Northwestern University's Sheil Catholic Center. Founder, Janice Guzon, is front right, with fellow leaders Tristan Blus of North Barrington, back left, Tricia Aguilar of Des Plaines and Amy Sonnicksen of Hoffman Estates, back right.

    St. Viator senior helps carry EYEsee to new heights Jan 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    Started by high school students five years ago, EYEsee is the passion of St. Viator senior Paul Lewis. Through his innovation, now more than 100 local eye clinics are collecting used eyeglasses that EYEsee connects with missions in Third World countries.

  •  Former Olympic figure skater David Santee talks with Sarah Johnson of Park Ridge during his skating camp at the Oakton Ice Arena in Park Ridge.

    Area figure skater has new role at 2014 Olympics Jan 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    Renowned figure skater David Santee has been an athlete, a broadcaster and a torch runner for the Olympic games, but for the 2014 Sochi games he's got a new job - video operator for the international panel of ice skating judges. “I’m so excited,” Santee said last week at the Oakton Ice Arena in Park Ridge, where he coaches private students and is the skating director. “I’ll be in the middle of all the action.”

  • From left, Andy Konopka, Debbie Rohrwasser, Ramona and Rich Tyack founded Palatine Assisting Through Hope, a grass-roots organization that helps families in need find everything from winter clothing to job counseling. The group has grown rapidly since its creation in 2006.

    Palatine volunteers find PATH to helping suburban families in need Dec 30, 2013 12:00 AM
    It promises to be a good New Year for hundreds of Palatine area families, thanks to a grass-roots organization called Palatine Assisting Through Hope, or PATH. The group’s Annual Day of Giving, which took place in late November in a donated storefront in Palatine, drew 970 people in need of winter clothing and outerwear for children.

  •  Santa, Paul Zillman of Palatine, finds his way to the right houses in the Willow Wood subdivision with the help of his elves, from left, Emmi Antonik, Samantha Mogensen, Blake Nudo and Brent Nudo.

    Santa still makes house calls in Palatine neighborhood Dec 20, 2013 12:00 AM
    A tradition played out in the Willow Wood subdivision of Palatine this year, and not even most neighbors living in the area realized it stretched it stretched back 45 years. Santa and his elves made house calls throughout the neighborhood, visiting some 20 homes and more than 50 children.

  •  Lt. Andrew Larson talks about proper placement of smoke alarms, as volunteers prepare to help assure that there are working devices in the homes of senior citizens who signed up for the program.

    ‘Katie Project’ a fire-safety model begins in Arlington Hts. Dec 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    Six weeks after a deadly fire in Arlington Hts. took the lives of three women, an initiative to promote fire safety has taken flight. Named in memory of a 7-year-old Palatine girl who died in a house fire nearly 40 years ago, The Katie Project sends volunteers into the homes of elderly residents to make sure the smoke detectors are working, and change out the batteries or the detectors themselves if they are not.

  •  Supervisor Joe Zajac of Niles works with Owen Laatsch, 22, center, and Anthony Bossart, 23, left, placing cheesecake slices on plates for the holiday party at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.

    LGH volunteer program a boon for hospital and volunteers alike Dec 9, 2013 12:00 AM
    At Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, several young adults from its Adult Down Syndrome Center are volunteering at the hospital. “When he gets up on Tuesdays, he’s just giddy,” says Owen Laatsch’s mother, Cathy Laatsch. “He loves coming here and the teamwork involved.”

  • Schaumburg Township Library employees Amy Alessio with a book she wrote “Taking the High Ground” and Susan Miura with a book she wrote “Show Me A Sign” at the library on Tuesday, November 26, in Schaumburg.

    Schaumburg Township librarians publish young adult novels Dec 2, 2013 12:00 AM
    As teen librarians at Schaumburg Township District Library, Susan Miura and Amy Alessio know something about what kids read. Both have put that to work in novels of their own. Both novels are teen mysteries, and not surprisingly, each author drew from her own experiences to develop the characters and storyline.

  •  Judy Pappas, principal of St. James School in Arlington Heights, thanks members of the school following the surprise of her nomination for a national award

    St. James principal nominated for prestigious national Catholic educators award Nov 25, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Archdiocese of Chicago could nominate only one principal out of 250 for a national award, and it turned to Judy Pappas, a 37-year veteran in Catholic education and presently the principal of St. James Catholic School in Arlington Heights. Pappas learned of her nomination during an all-school Mass on Friday. “I’m stunned,” she said. "Just to be nominated is a blessing for the whole school.”

  •  Eleanor Peet of Rolling Meadows goes through the motions in a recent Tai Chi class.

    Nonagenarians find tai chi relaxing way to stay fit Nov 18, 2013 12:00 AM
    Eleanor Peet and Maxine Kitts are 90 and 91, respectively, and they credit their excellent health in part to a regimen that has involved practicing Tai Chi for nearly 20 years. “It’s kept me active enough that I don’t feel my age,” Kitts says.

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