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  •  Maria Metoki, 4, of Hoffman Estates moves an ice block down toward shore the “old fashioned way” with a long pike at Kline Creek Farm’s Ice Harvesting event Sunday in West Chicago. The event showed visitors how ice was harvested and stored in the late 19th century.

    Making ice, the old-fashioned way, in West Chicago Jan 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    Volunteers at Kline Creek Farm, an 1890s-era living-history farm in West Chicago, showed visitors Sunday how farmers of the day "harvested" ice for use in their homes. The demonstrators cut blocks of ice from a frozen lake and hauled them up to the farm's "ice house." Spectators got a chance to do some of the cutting themselves.

     
  • Forest preserve offers cast-iron cooking lessonsJan 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    Outdoor explorers can get a taste of cast-iron cooking during programs from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 26 and Feb. 23, at the cabin at Herrick Lake Forest Preserve in Wheaton. Participants should park in the main lot on Butterfield Road two miles west of Naperville Road and follow the signs to the cabin.

     
  •  DuPage County Forest Preserve commissioners are expected to decide whether to follow an expert’s recommendation and retrain lesson horses from Danada Equestrian Center in Wheaton.

    Expert suggests DuPage retrain Danada horses Jan 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    To ensure the safety of residents taking horse-riding lessons at Danada Equestrian Center, an expert is recommending the Wheaton facility’s horses — and the staff members and volunteers who care for them — be retrained. It’s advice DuPage County Forest Preserve commissioners are expected to implement before the riding program at the district-owned center resumes in May.

     
  • Republican candidates for DuPage County Forest Preserve President, Joseph Cantore, left, of Oak Brook and Mary Lou Wehrli, right, of Naperville.

    Candidates differ over DuPage forest preserve's transparency Jan 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    Joe Cantore wants to find ways to encourage more residents to use DuPage County's forest preserves. Mary Lou Wehrli wants the district to operate in ways that are more transparent for residents. Both Republican hopefuls for president of the DuPage County Forest Preserve Commission are looking to bring a fresh perspective to the position that's long been held by D. “Dewey” Pierotti Jr.

     
  •  The DuPage County Forest Preserve District might seek $215,000 in state grant money to help restore part of the exterior of Mayslake Hall in Oak Brook. The district is using the historic mansion as an educational center.

    Forest preserve may seek grant to help repair historic Oak Brook mansion Jan 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    A project identified as “the highest priority” for the continued restoration of Mayslake Hall in Oak Brook could proceed if the DuPage County Forest Preserve District secures a $215,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Forest preserve commissioners are slated to decide next week whether the district will apply for the money through the IDNR’s Illinois State Museums Capital Grant Program.

     
  • A coyote prowls a snow-covered field in the suburbs.

    Warning: Suburban coyotes view your pets as intruders Jan 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    It's coyote season in the suburbs: Young males separate from their families and search for their own place to live in preparation for the beginning of mating season. As a result, coyote attacks on ets are more likely. A Wheaton family had a coyote snatched their dog in the front yard, no more than 10 feet from its owner. “What scares me most is that they just don't seem to have the fear of human presence,” said Carol Cincinello, who lost her dog Daisy in the attack.

     
  •  Bob Pieczynski of Bolingbrook was one of more than 100 fisherman to take part in the Hard Water Classic ice-fishing tournament Saturday at Blackwell Forest Preserve.

    Anglers swap fish stories at ‘Hard Water Classic’ Jan 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    More than 100 hardy folks trudged onto 62-acre Silver Lake Saturday afternoon at Blackwell Forest Preserve near Warrenville to drill a hole in the ice and see what they could catch. Called the “Hard Water Classic,” the ice-fishing tournament was sponsored by the DuPage County Forest Preserve District and was open to anglers of all ages. “There’s a lot of nice prizes here,” said Andrew Green. “It’s going to be a fun event.”

     
  •  Rose Augustine, wildlife specialist at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn, releases a black-crowned night heron. Staff members returned several birds to their enclosures Thursday after bringing them inside to protect them from this week’s bitterly cold temperatures.

    Willowbrook birds return home as cold finally eases Jan 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    Several birds living at Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn returned to their enclosures Thursday after being kept inside for much of the week as temperatures plunged to dangerous levels. Staff members and volunteers at all three education centers operated by the DuPage County Forest Preserve District had taken extra steps this week to protect “resident animals” from the bitter cold and biting wind.

     
  •  Work has begun to construct a larger parking lot at Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn. The nearly $1.7 million project is expected to be completed in the spring.

    Lengthy to-do list for DuPage Forest Preserve District Jan 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    DuPage County Forest Preserve officials have compiled a long list of projects for the district to tackle in 2014, including creating wetlands, improving habitats and repairing historic buildings. “This is my last year and I wanted to make certain that all these various projects the board is looking to do are on the list,” said forest preserve President D. “Dewey” Pierotti, Jr., who is retiring from the commission in November.

     
  •  Jacob Shurba talks about peregrine falcons Saturday during a program at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center commemorating the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Endangered Species Act.

    Willowbrook Wildlife Center celebrates endangered species success Dec 28, 2013 12:00 AM
    Visitors to Willowbrook Wildlife Center on Saturday learned about the history and intent of the law that has helped animals such as the bald eagle go from rare to relatively common — the federal Endangered Species Act. The wildlife center, an animal rehabilitation and public education facility run by the DuPage County Forest Preserve District, celebrated the act’s 40th anniversary Saturday with a presentation by Ron Skleney, a naturalist.

     
  • Mary Lou Wehrli

    DuPage panel allows Wehrli to stay on forest ballot Dec 24, 2013 12:00 AM
    Mary Lou Wehrli’s campaign to become the next president of the DuPage County Forest Preserve District is moving forward after a failed attempt to have her kicked off the March primary ballot. The county electoral board on Monday determined that Wehrli, a Naperville Republican, has more than enough valid signatures to remain on the March 18 ballot.

     
  • Joseph C. Wozniak

    Error costs DuPage forest candidate a ballot spot Dec 23, 2013 12:00 AM
    A DuPage County Forest Preserve Commission candidate won’t have his name appear on the primary election ballot because of a mistake he didn’t commit. Joseph C. Wozniak of Naperville gathered enough signatures to enter the Republican primary against forest preserve Commissioner Linda Painter of Hinsdale. But because Wozniak’s nomination petition was notarized by a notary who didn’t have the proper certification to do the work, the entire 31-page document has been deemed invalid on Monday by the county electoral board.

     
  • Joseph C. Wozniak

    DuPage County candidate's phone mistaken for weaponDec 17, 2013 12:00 AM
    DuPage County Forest Preserve Commission candidate Joseph C. Wozniak knew his fight to stay on the primary election ballot would be stressful. The Naperville Republican just never expected it would include being handcuffed. During the meeting, someone in the room mistook the cellphone Wozniak wears on his belt for a concealed weapon. When Wozniak left, officials called campus security.

     
  • Nick Fuller, a natural resource project coordinator with the DuPage County Forest Preserve District, describes how rocks have been put into the West Branch of the DuPage River at McDowell Grove Forest Preserve near Naperville.

    Improvements begin at McDowell Grove Forest Preserve near Naperville Dec 17, 2013 12:00 AM
    An effort is under way to improve McDowell Grove Forest Preserve while creating flood-control features along the West Branch of the DuPage River. Crews have started the process of selectively removing buckthorn, honeysuckle and other invasive and aggressive woody species along 33 acres of floodplains in the Naperville-area preserve.

     
  • Joseph C. Wozniak

    DuPage to review candidates’ right to stay on primary ballot Dec 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    Joseph C. Wozniak, a forest preserve commission candidate in DuPage County, soon could learn whether his name will remain on the March primary ballot. The county’s electoral board on Monday afternoon is expected to begin the process of determining whether Wozniak of Naperville and two other candidates seeking countywide seats have valid nomination papers.

     
  •  Arnie Biondo has been named executive director of the DuPage County Forest Preserve District. He will assume his new duties in January.

    New DuPage forest preserve leader looks to shape district’s direction Dec 12, 2013 12:00 AM
    After being named executive director of DuPage County Forest Preserve District, Arnie Biondo says his focus will be to ensure that he and forest preserve commissioners are heading in the same direction. “My key role is taking the vision of the forest preserve board and helping to put that into action,” Biondo said.

     
  • Mary Lou Wehrli

    Three DuPage candidates face battle to stay on March ballot Dec 12, 2013 12:00 AM
    Three DuPage County candidates, including two seeking countywide seats, could be kicked off the March primary ballot if residents opposing their candidacies can prove mistakes were made on their nomination papers.

     
  •  Doug Mains is credited with preserving both the Danada Forest Preserve in Wheaton and the historic St. James Farm in Winfield.

    DuPage mourns leading preservationist Dec 10, 2013 12:00 AM
    Douglas Mains is being remembered this week for his passion for preservation that helped spare the Danada Forest Preserve in Wheaton and St. James Farm in Winfield from development. One of DuPage County’s most influential environmentalists, the longtime Wheaton resident died Monday after a brief illness. He was 79.

     
  • Arnold Biondo

    DuPage forest preserve district names executive director Dec 10, 2013 12:00 AM
    The longtime executive director of Carol Stream Park District, Arnold Biondo, has been picked to fill the top administrative post at the DuPage County Forest Preserve District. Biondo's selection as executive director was approved Tuesday by district commissioners. He replaces Brent Manning, who stepped down in June 2012 citing health and family concerns.

     
  •  The tubing hill at Mount Hoy at Blackwell Forest Preserve near Warrenville offers rides down an 800-foot run.

    DuPage forest preserves ready for winter sports Dec 9, 2013 12:00 AM
    Fans of winter activities, including snow tubing, cross-country skiing and ice fishing, will find plenty of opportunities this season at DuPage County forest preserves.

     
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