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  • St. Charles artist paints with fire and smoke Aug 15, 2014 10:26 AM
    Abstract artist Anne Ressman Zabinski of St. Charles uses not only acrylic paints, watercolors and alcohol inks in her work, but also specializes in a technique called fumage, which is painting with a flame and smoke. She uses different sources of flame to create her artwork on canvas and clayboard, and further manipulates the soot residue using carving tools, erasers, water, paints and other techniques.

     
  • St. Charles engraver put his love of art to work by creating monuments Aug 8, 2014 11:38 AM
    Preserving a memory in stone has been Jim Shoaf's craft for nearly 30 years. His art gives a depiction of those who have passed on. As a monument maker at St. Charles Memorial Works, he finds his work very gratifying. “We can help them through the grieving process, by producing a monument or marker that reflects their life” Shoaf said.

     
  • Meet the museum volunteer who keeps history on track Aug 1, 2014 12:30 PM
    Jason Maxwell, 47, of Elgin is a volunteer in the steam department at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union. He is a fireman and engineer on locomotive 1630, a St. Louis-SanFrancisco 2-10-0 Russian decapod that was restored to service this past spring following a 10-year effort by museum volunteers, including Maxwell.

     
  • Moving Picture: CPA by day; drag racer after work Jul 25, 2014 1:29 PM
    Bruce Jones, managing partner at Porte Brown LLC accounting firm in Elk Grove Village, has been drag racing since 2012. Jones races a 1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt, which is both a show car and a race car. The car grabs immediate attention and respect as it heads down the quarter-mile stretch in nine seconds.

     
  • Moving Picture: 80-year-old softball player going strong Jul 18, 2014 5:11 PM
    Chris Argianas of Woodridge has some pop in his bat and good hands around first base. Oh, yeah: He’s 80 years old. "At my age," he says, "every day you are out here playing ball is a good day."

     
  • Moving Picture: Lemont competitive shooter ranks among best in U.S. Jul 11, 2014 2:25 PM
    Competitive shooter TD Roe is in a league of her own. One of nine siblings, Roe started shooting in 2006 to spend time with her brothers. With a background in competitive sports, Roe applied her talents and training and now is a nationally-ranked United States Practical Shooting Association shooter. Roe also teaches firearms classes in East Dundee and Lombard.

     
  • Moving Picture: Batavia man’s bike ride helping Africa Jun 27, 2014 1:29 PM
    Justin Ahrens of Batavia conceived the Wheels4Water ride from Boston to Chicago to raise money to supply water for life for 1,000 people in Uganda. He and his team more than doubled their goal and now Lifewater International will be able to supply a lifetime of water to more than 2,300 people with the more than $93,000 raised.

     
  • Moving Picture: Mundelein school kids call him ‘Grandpa’ Jun 13, 2014 10:36 AM
    “Grandpa Mark” is a school treasure. Just ask the students and faculty at Washington Elementary School in Mundelein. Students are so in love with Mark Stein that the school has worked him into a full-time volunteer job, helping out in kindergarten through second grade classes. “Kindergartners are a whole lot of fun to watch as they learn," Stein said..

     
  • Moving Picture: Libertyville computer whiz has big plans May 23, 2014 1:06 PM
    There's not much Andy Merrill can't do with a computer — even taking one apart and then rebuilding it himself. The 13-year-old from Libertyville has a big future in technology, and even bigger plans, including inventing a printer that will build him a home.

     
  • Moving picture: Elgin woman teaches belly dancing May 16, 2014 1:59 PM
    Christina King is more than a belly dancer. She lives and breathes all that it entails. King grew up immersed in the Middle Eastern and North African cultures where it flourishes. And she has come to realize it's about much more than the performance. It's not “adult-oriented entertainment” — it's for everyone.

     
  • Moving Picture: Elgin clockmaker in exclusive club May 9, 2014 2:40 PM
    Jim Lachapelle of Elgin is one of only 17 certified master clockmakers in the country, and has a passion for restoring old clocks for suburban residents. He and his business partner operate several locations in the suburbs, often restoring clocks that aren't worth the repair cost, but hold priceless memories for their owners. “I like the idea of the history you are touching,” he says. “There is a tremendous joy in working with those pieces.”

     
  • Moving picture: Rolling Meadows man shares love of hockey May 2, 2014 1:36 PM
    Hockey veteran Gerry Dudziak, 56, of Rolling Meadows is passing his love of the game down to his granddaughter as she competes in a league where most of the participants are boys. Dudziak coaches his granddaughter, Nina Griffiths, 8, in the Mite Majors developmental league. “We really have a great time,” Dudziak said. “It's kind of bonded us together because we're both hockey players. She's kind of taken after grandpa.”

     
  • Moving picture: Mount Prospect minister inspires with music Apr 25, 2014 2:34 PM
    The Rev. Shawn Kafader, chaplain at Friendship Village in Schaumburg ministers to residents through music. "When I come in and do a sing-a-long with them, there's still a spiritual quallity in that music that allows me to connect with those residents and be their chaplain," Kafader says. Mixing songs of faith with golden oldies such as “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” “In the Good’ Ol Summertime” and “You Are My Sunshine,” he hopes to spark memories, taking them back to their younger days.

     
  • Moving Picture: Hoffman Estates man portrays Jesus every Good Friday Apr 18, 2014 10:17 AM
    For the past twelve years on Good Friday, tens of thousands have watched and walked with Hoffman Estates resident Romualdo Alvarado, who portrays Jesus in the final moments of his life before his crucifixion. Via Crucis, The Way of the Cross, takes place at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the Maryville Campus in Des Plaines. “Now, I’m ready for the cross. I love the cross,” Alvarado says, “I don’t follow Jesus for the milk or the bread. I follow Jesus because he promised me eternal life. I believe in his words, that’s why I follow him.”

     
  • Moving Picture: Elgin library artist builds cityscape Apr 11, 2014 2:03 PM
    Mary Amici-Kozi doesn't get the spotlight much, but her work sure does. The graphic artist at the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin creates displays both large and small that complement the themes or events happening in the library. “We are always changing, always coming up with new ideas,” she says. “You want to give as much as you can. You want to be as creative as you can. I like to see how much the public enjoys things that touch them.”

     
  • Moving Picture: A career cataloging Aurora history Apr 4, 2014 4:06 PM
    John Jaros has a passion for history. So much so that he studied it in college. But the Chicago native didn't know much about Aurora when a position opened up at the Aurora Historical Society, so Jaros became an eager student of the town's past. “Aurora is a big city all in itself,” said Jaros.

     
  • Moving picture: Streamwood teen creates own sound Mar 28, 2014 10:02 AM
    Streamwood High School junior Miguel Thompson likes to hide away from other students during his free time at school, but it's not because he's shy or doesn't want to interact. It's just that he would prefer to be in the school's recording studio working on his own freestyle hip-hop rap, and mixing his own songs to share with friends on social media."I make music through my feelings," he says.

     
  • Moving Picture: Elgin native collects native seeds Mar 21, 2014 2:51 PM
    Kelly Schultz, much like the seeds she works with in Lake County Forest Preserves, started small. Her interest in environmental studies led her to small jobs in other suburban forest preserve districts, but now the Washington University grad runs the native seed nursery at the Rollins Savana Forest Preserve. The beauty is in the details for Schultz. "Understanding what it takes to grow the plant; how do the seeds germinate? What can we do to make them happier and healthier?”

     
  • Moving Picture: Glen Ellyn passionate about woodworking Mar 14, 2014 3:03 PM
    Wayne Maier of Glen Ellyn has become an expert woodworker in his retirement years, crafting an impressive workworking shop in the addition to his home. He's made a host of new friends with his hobby, and he looks forward to the end of each project where he gets the payoff for his creativity.

     
  • Moving Picture: Elgin man gives back to God and church Mar 7, 2014 1:54 PM
    Edward Hayes of Elgin has been on a long road to recovery from his drug addiction. But he firmly believes God kept pursuing him, leading him back to a better life. Now he helps clean after meals at Vineyard Church in Elgin, the very place where he got so much help from others, and from God. And he's trying to pay back what he has received. “As long as I wake up every morning, I will be here to help out,” he says.

     
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