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  • Re-enactor Steve Zahareas of Schaumburg looks out from a foxhole that he helped dig out, at World War II Days in Rockford.

    Moving Picture: Re-enactor pays tribute to veteransNov 8, 2013 12:00 AM
    Steve Zahareas of Schaumburg knows the true cost of war, after losing his nephew Peter Giannopolous during the Iraq War. As a former high school history teacher, Zahareas now participates in war re-enactments several times a year, doing his best to enlighten others on the realities of war. “There is only so much you can read about in a book or look on the Internet,” Zahareas said. “When it's in front of you, when you can touch it and feel it, it's a much more intimate experience.”

  •  Marklund client Ashley, who has severe developmental disabilities, sings along with Bartlett resident and recreation therapist Wesley Kochan, as he plays his guitar at the center in Geneva.

    Moving Picture: Bartlett guitarist also art therapist Nov 1, 2013 12:00 AM
    Wesley Kochan of Bartlett is a guitar hero to residents at Marklund in Geneva and Robin's Nest Senior Living in St. Charles. Or perhaps even to the fans who watch him perform as the Wes Lee "K" Experience at venues around the suburbs. Either way, his passion for music shines through. “I have to work on music, it's part of who I am,” Kochan says.

  • Lafi Lealaua, looking left, huddles with his teammates on the Fox Valley Maoris Rugby Football Club after their win over the Green Bay Celtics. Lealaua considers his teammates his family, often referring to them as brothers. It's a close-knit group.

    Moving Picture: Samoan at home on Fox Valley rugby team Oct 25, 2013 12:00 AM
    Lafitaga Lealaua moved from his native Samoa to Elgin five years ago, and immediately sought out a club to play his favorite sport of rugby. He quickly found the Fox Valley Marois Rugby Football Club and now he plays for the camaraderie almost as much as the sport itself. “Inside the game, we're always hitting each other,” Lealaua says, “At the end, after 80 minutes, and we're all friends. That is rugby. It's not just a game, it's a friendship thing.”

  • Hanover Park Police Officer George Sullivan talks about stranger danger while giving a tour of the police station to students from Ontarioville School.

    Moving Picture: Hanover Park officer serves community Oct 18, 2013 12:00 AM
    Hanover Park police officer George Sullivan is the closest thing the department has to an "officer friendly". The 24-year veteran says he feels like a success when he can reach out to members of the community and help improve communication with police. “My way of policing is being open, friendly,” Sullivan said, though he also states that, as with any officer, there are times when he has to be firm. “You’ve got to make arrests, you’ve got to write tickets, you can’t always be shaking hands and smiling,” Sullivan said.

  • Jeff Smith of West Chicago drills a hole for a water bottle mount on his next steel bike creation. Smith loves to build with steel due to its resiliency, ease of repair, custom geometry and tube selection that allow him to build a custom bike that will fit like a glove and last for years to come. Smith is very fond of mid to late 20th century steel bicycle frames and attempts to build their beauty into his bicycles.

    Moving Picture: W. Chicago man builds bikes of steel Oct 11, 2013 12:00 AM
    Jeff Smith of West Chicago loves to build bicycles, but nothing like you'll find in a modern bike store. Using steel to create bikes that take the rider back to the mid to late 20th century, he crafts each bike with the patience of an artist. Only building a handful of bikes each year, he refers to each one as a "rolling work of art."

  •  Artist R.J. Ogren works on a mural “Pearls of the Universe” on a 16x70 foot brick wall at 1026 College Ave., Wheaton. The mural is inspired by a poem by Wheaton resident Mehret Asgedom.

    Moving Picture: Wheaton muralist works on ‘masterpiece’ Oct 4, 2013 12:00 AM
    Muralist R.J Ogren of Naperville has worked as an artist at Disney World and is currently working on his largest mural - a 16x70 outdoor piece called Pearls of the Universe in Wheaton. “I hope this will be my masterpiece,” Ogren said, “I’ve done some nice paintings, but I hope this will be something that will inspire people in some way.”

  • “It´s a close-knit community. I view these students as if they are my children and I want their success as much as I want that for my children,” Schlinkmann says.

    Moving Picture: For 40 years, kids are priority for Mooseheart teacher Sep 27, 2013 12:00 AM
    For more than 40 years Curt Schlinkmann has taught and coached at Mooseheart Child City & School. He teaches high school science and physics, coaches the boys track and field and middle school football teams, and above all tries to inspire his students to a lifetime of success. “I really like when the kids are successful,” he said, “When they struggle and finally get it, it's like Christmastime for me."

  • Putting the finishing touches on a grave just after the service, Adalberto Nevarez lays fresh topsoil around the grave marker, then places sod along with flowers brought by the family.

    Moving Picture: Northlake gravedigger says job part of life Sep 20, 2013 12:00 AM
    Adalberto Nevarez, Jr. gives people the creeps when he tells them about his job as a gravedigger in Arlington Heights. But after four years on the job, it's just become part of life for him. “When I dug my first grave I thought about it more, that there's somebody deceased right next to me,” Nevarez says. “As the years went by I just look at it like a normal job."

  •  Nick Balk, 14, balances on one hand on 18-inch high balancing canes he made out of leftover lumber and pipes. He prefers strength tricks while sister Katie, 16, prefers balancing and flexibility tricks.

    Moving Picture: South Elgin siblings polish their acts Sep 13, 2013 12:00 AM
    There's a circus happening just about every day in South Elgin these days. Teen siblings Katie and Nick Balk can be found juggling, pedaling unicycles in tight circles, balancing on one hand, and holding each other over their heads, to hone their circus skills. “I like to do acts where it’s both of us and we are a partnership,” Katie says. “It’s a lot of trust. I feel like I know my brother." Nick agrees that communication is the key to working together. “There’s a lot of silent communication,” he says.

  • Rebekah Gillette of Elgin helps Kailyn Mahaffey, 11, of Carpentersville get her timing down in her floor routine at Spring Hill Gymnastics. The Greater Illinois Junior Olympics Competitive Program team meets three times a week and is a competitive team that helps young athletes get ready for high school gymnastics.

    Moving Picture: Cancer survivor leads students by example Sep 6, 2013 12:00 AM
    Rebekah Gillette of Elgin beat breast cancer, and that same fighting spirit helps her inspire the kids she coaches at Spring Hill Gymnastics in Elgin. Even throughout her treatment, she showed up and pushed the kids to do their best. “For me it was I'm not going to let this stop me and I'm not going to let these kids down,” Gillette said.

  • Videographer Max Kollman of Libertyville shoots video of street skateboarder Matt Satchell of Libertyville at an outdoor basketball court in McHenry. Kollman, 18, documents the gritty aspects of the sport using high-end video equipment.

    Moving Picture: Libertyville teen films fellow skateboarders Aug 30, 2013 12:00 AM
    Libertyville teenager Max Kollman turned his love of skateboarding into a passion for shooting video of other skateboarders. Roaming the streets looking for good spots to skate and film, Kollman says that skateboarders are a special breed. “Skateboarding is amazing because people suffer through the pain because it gives them pleasure to ride this piece of wood down the street,” Kollman says.

  • Frank Engel of Hampshire works on a windmill in his barn workshop.

    Moving picture: Hampshire farmer turns hobby for restoring windmills into a side business Aug 23, 2013 12:00 AM
    Frank Engel of Hampshire started fixing up old windmills for relatives, but it wasn't until he put one up for sale on his farm that his hobby turned into a regular side job. “Sold that windmill without a problem,” Engel said. A month or so later he did the same thing and the same thing happened. “Turns out there's quite a bit of interest in old windmills out here,” he said.

  • Joe Rothleutner, tree improvement specialist for the Morton Arboretum, documents his St. John's Wort plant data. White bags are kept over the newly pollinated plant, protecting it from pests and cross contamination.

    Moving Picture: Arboretum specialist creates new plants Aug 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    Joe Rothleutner, a tree improvement specialist at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, helps select, breed or cross trees and shrubs to develop new cultivars to be planted in Chicago and the suburbs. Working at one of the world's premier woody plant museums and facilities, he says he loves the work.

  • Tony Farina works in his Mundelein basement workshop.

    Moving Picture: Mundelein man gets crafty with ammunitionAug 2, 2013 12:00 AM
    72-year-old Tony Farina of Mundelein makes jewelry. But the Marine Corps veteran doesn't make your grandmother's kind of jewelry. He creates works of art from rounds of ammunition in all shapes and sizes. And he takes requests. “I'm making a lamp now for a guy who wants one in pink for his nine-month-old granddaughter, can you imagine that?” Farina jokes, “He wants a pink hand grenade with a pink helmet. I said 'Are you sure?'”

  • Lawrence DuBose takes a closer look at a beehive.

    Moving Picture: Kline Creek beekeeper in 30th yearJul 26, 2013 12:00 AM
    Lawrence DuBose still laughs about the time a young visitor to Kline Creek Farm called him Dr. DuBees. It’s a perfect moniker because DuBose has been a beekeeper at the living-history farm near West Chicago since 1984. Now 92, the Carol Stream man still heads to the 1800s-style farm nearly every day to tend to about 20 hives.

  • Alex Rothacker works out on a forearm machine he developed. He has the world record for a one-arm forearm curl of 156 pounds.

    Moving Picture: Grayslake man has record-breaking goalsJul 19, 2013 12:00 AM
    Grayslake resident and natural-born competitor Alex Rothacker wakes up thinking about how to break records. “I always have goals,” says Rothacker. “If you have goals, you're never bored." Whether it's weightlifting, training his show dog, training dogs at his kennel, or even competitive eating, Rothacker loves a challenge.

  • Birdscaper Tim Joyce hangs seed feeders he filled on an advanced pole system in Darlene Schuff’s backyard in Highland Park.

    Moving Picture: Mt. Prospect man brings birds to yards Jul 12, 2013 12:00 AM
    Tim Joyce of Mount Prospect is a birdscaper. In other words, he can transform your yard into a haven for a wide variety of bird species using various feeders, seed and suet. “Birds bring me an incredible amount of joy,” Joyce said, “If I can coach someone into bringing the right birds to their yard and they get that same joy, I’ve accomplished my mission.”

  • Arcada Theatre organist Jim Shaffer plays a short set before local band 8-Track opens a recent show for heavy-metal band Nazareth at the St. Charles theater. Shaffer, 78, of Aurora, has been volunteering at the theater as an usher and organ repairman for more than 30 years. It wasn't until a few years ago that he learned how to play the organ and became the theater's only organist.

    Moving Picture: St. Charles theater has living treasureJul 5, 2013 12:00 AM
    Jim Shaffer of Aurora is a hidden treasure at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles. A 30-year veteran volunteer there, he's the organist/head usher/organ repairman at the landmark venue. He prefers the oldies from the 1940 to 1960s, and as far as performing in front of an audience, Shaffer says, “Yeah, you get a little nervous. You wonder if there's gonna be any tomatoes coming at you.”

  • Yogi Ram Kanagarajan teaches at Sree Sakthi Yoga in Arlington Heights.

    Moving Picture: Yogi brings ancient teachings to Arlington Hts. Jun 28, 2013 12:00 AM
    As a yoga instructor, or yogi, Ram Kanagarajan comes from a long line of yoga practitioners. “My father, my grandfather, my great-grandfather, all were yogis. Even my mother,” Ram says, “So, I've been raised as a yogi (since) I was 6 years old.” But a humble spirit also defines the teacher at Sree Sakthi Yoga Studio in downtown Arlington Heights. “I have no special thing as a yogi, I am just equal like all these disciples. That is how I am."

  • Some of the businesses Virgil Pop has on his client list require he clean only outside windows, taking careful measures to not scratch the glass.

    Moving Picture: Window washer has a higher calling Jun 21, 2013 12:00 AM
    Virgil Pop of Prospect Heights has God-sized plans, but for now he's happy washing windows in the Northwest suburbs. Pop is supporting a wife and furthering his education with money he earns as a professional window washer, but his ultimate goal is to become a Navy chaplain.

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