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  • Rotary fundraiser helps feed Dist. 54 and 211 kids on weekends Mar 2, 2015 2:36 PM
    Members of the Schaumburg/Hoffman Estates Rotary Club are gearing up for their major fundraiser next weekend, the Classic. One of their passions is making sure area students have enough food to eat, especially on weekends, when they leave school. “We feel it’s a commitment to literacy,” says Eileen Higginbotham, community service chair for the club. “If you’re hungry, you can’t learn.”

     
  • Arlington Heights knitting class helps mothers in need Feb 16, 2015 1:00 PM
    The women who meet every Monday morning in the arts and crafts room at the Arlington Heights Senior Center think of their classes as something of a knitting circle. Sure, they registered for a knitting and crocheting class through the Arlington Heights Park District, but most of them also enjoy the weekly camaraderie of being together and working for a cause.

     
  • Bags league draws big following in Northwest suburbs Feb 9, 2015 2:35 PM
    The Southside Beanbags League, run every week by the River Trails Park District during the winter month, started with six teams nearly 10 years ago, but now takes in 44 teams grouped in five divisions according to ability. “It's perfect,” Larry Luttrell says, explaining that it gives him something to do in the winter when he can't play softball.

     
  • Wirtz Beverage employees, Salute team up to help vet Feb 3, 2015 10:57 AM
    Salute Inc. in Palatine is using $30,000 raised by Illinois employees of Wirtz Beverage Group to help Rocky Loera, a veteran of four deployments to Afghanistan, who suffered a traumatic brain injury after being hit by a car while leading recruits on a training run. "It was just so powerful to hear about the struggles they were facing,” Wirtz executive Jake Lavin said of Loera's family.

     
  • Young leukemia patients, families enjoy a respite from treatment Jan 26, 2015 12:46 PM
    Leukemia isn't fun and games, except for once a year when children with the blood cancer gather for the annual Kids Party, sponsored by the Leukemia Research Foundation.

     
  • Arlington Hts. native goes face-to-face with wolves Jan 20, 2015 5:34 AM
    Growing up in Arlington Heights, E.J. Horstman always had an interest in animals and the outdoors, and television shows like “Crocodile Hunter” and its star, the late Steve Irwin, helped fuel his passion. Now in his mid-20s, Horstman is living his dream. Not as a crocodile hunter, mind you, but as a wildlife filmmaker, with segments on the National Geographic and Animal Planet cable television channels to his credit. Horstman left last week to film his latest project, “Big Cats of India,” for Animal Planet, but when he returns he plans to resume his main passion: filming wolves.

     
  • Mt. Prospect company brings electricity to rural Ghana Jan 12, 2015 3:15 PM
    Employees of a small Mount Prospect engineering company, Weldy-Lamont, have been working to bring electricity to nearly 1,000 villages, or more than 1 million people in rural Ghana. It’s all part of a $350 million contract that Weldy-Lamont won from the government of Ghana in 2008. “We’re passionate now about doing work over there,” says President Patrick Hennelly, a Barrington resident.

     
  • ‘Operation Click’ getting results among teens Jan 5, 2015 1:52 PM
    Operation Click, the incentive-based program to encourage high schoolers to buckle up while driving, reports that nearly every Northwest suburban school reporting has 93 percent seat belt usage, or higher, by students.

     
  • ‘Tech, Tech Baby’ video a big winner for Des Plaines school Dec 22, 2014 9:50 AM
    Dorothy Henson has found entering students in competitions can be motivating -- and empowering. That was the case earlier this month at Algonquin Middle School in Des Plaines, when it was announced that a video Henson and co-teacher, Cathy Hanley, had helped students produce won a national contest and up to $60,000 worth of education technology. “Working together on a competition gets the kids involved,” Henson said, “and it teaches them that they can succeed.”

     
  • Patton School students inspired to help Arlington Hts. family Dec 15, 2014 1:12 PM
    Fifth-grader Liam McGuffin of Arlington Heights and nearly 60 other children enrolled in the Children At Play program at Patton Elementary School in Arlington Heights worked with their supervisor, Agnes Roberts, to adopt a local family this holiday season. “I wanted to help people get gifts over the holidays,” Liam said. They were one of the younger groups who participated in the program that is now 30 years old.

     
  • Schaumburg students campaign to save monarch butterflies Dec 8, 2014 12:00 PM
    Students in Kim Savino’s classroom at Collins Elementary School in Schaumburg are on a mission. Simply put, they want local residents to “start seeing monarchs.”

     
  • When it comes to outfitting needy families, PATH lends hand Dec 1, 2014 1:18 PM
    When the temperature suddenly dropped in late November, social workers at Palatine High School noticed some teens arriving at school unprepared for the unseasonable chill - wearing T-shirts and jeans, and no jackets. They knew where to turn — a local group called Palatine Assisting Through Hope. PATH volunteers delivered an assortment of winter coats to the high school that very same day.

     
  • Boy raises nearly $1,000 for restoration of Mt. Prospect's Central School Nov 18, 2014 10:42 AM
    At the tender age of 8, Nolan Hahn of Mount Prospect is one of the leading donators to a village cause: the renovation of the 19th century one-room schoolhouse, Central School. “It's part of Mount Prospect's history,” Nolan says. “We have to save it.” His method? He and his grandmother, Janet Kirch of Arlington Heights, have developed a business selling jewelry.

     
  • Nurses' care sparks legacy gift to Northwest Community Hospital Nov 11, 2014 8:48 AM
    The compassionate care of orthopedic nurses for a patient more than 10 years ago has resulted in a nearly million dollar bequest to Northwest Community Hospital by the Laseke family. “I wanted to make sure she wasn't in pain and was comfortable,” said Mary Justo,then fresh out of nursing school.

     
  • Clinic painting event in Palatine draws lots of volunteers Nov 3, 2014 2:47 PM
    Take nearly 100 volunteers, 158 paint brushes and 37 gallons of paint, and it adds up to a complete makeover for a medical clinic located at the Palatine Opportunity Center. HandsOn Suburban Chicago, a volunteer agency based in Arlington Heights, regularly promotes opportunities to help, in the Neighbor section of the Daily Herald. Its posting about painting the Vista Health Center in Palatine ran Sept. 29 and drew 97 volunteers of all ages and from all walks of life.

     
  • Smart Farm in Barrington proves to be a smart idea Oct 27, 2014 2:34 PM
    Organizers with Smart Farm in Barrington are wrapping up their sixth growing season, and the numbers are staggering. This grass-roots, educational farm project produced more than 7,100 pounds of fresh vegetables — and donated 100 percent of it to food pantries. “We’re winding down now,” says founder Kathy Gabelman of Barrington, “but the garden is still producing and we could use help harvesting and preparing our beds for winter."

     
  • Royals' run to Series sparks memories of Arlington Heights' Splittorff Oct 20, 2014 2:56 PM
    As the Kansas City Royals revel in their first trip to the World Series in 29 years, Arlington Heights friends of the late Paul Splittorff recall his remarkable career — and where it all began. Splittorff's former American Legion coach, Lloyd Meyer, will be rooting for Kansas City this week, in memory of his former player who contributed so much to the Royals' organization. “He was a steady pitcher,” Meyer says, “who sort of came out of nowhere to make the major leagues.”

     
  • WINGS second in nationwide Allstate fundraising challenge Oct 13, 2014 3:26 PM
    Two local agencies came in first and second amoung 140 nationwide in an Allstate fundraising challenge to programs addressing domestic violence. The YWCA North Shore in Evanston wound up in first place, after raising more than $311,000, about $30,000 more than WINGS, a Palatine-based agency. “It is amazing that the top two agencies in the challenge serve the Northwest and North regions of Cook County,” says Rebecca Darr, executive director of WINGS. “We both won.”

     
  • Dogs making a big impact on patient care at local hospitals Oct 6, 2014 12:05 PM
    It's official. Health care is going to the dogs. At Northwest Community Hospital, administrators have started training their 10th team of animal assisted therapy dogs and trainers — just to keep up with demand. At nearly the same time, officials at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge held a picnic to honor their therapy dogs and handlers

     
  • Daday: Elk Grove Senior Center hub for the 90-somethings Sep 29, 2014 11:02 AM
    A funny thing happened to administrators with the Elk Grove Senior Center. When they tried to take a photograph of their members, 90 years and older, they couldn’t fit them all in one frame. More than 40 of the center's members are in their 90s. “We’re seeing people living longer,” says Cindy Sortino, director of the Elk Grove Park District’s Hattendorf Center. “They’re more active and more involved, and our center really relies on them. We’re all about volunteering.”

     
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