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  • A very merry Christmas Eve for Marklund children Dec 24, 2014 7:46 PM
    As they’ve been doing for 35 years, volunteers helped children at the Marklund Philip Center in Bloomingdale open presents on Christmas Eve, gifts from members of the community.

     
  • Hersey students help wounded soldier build new home Dec 24, 2014 2:33 PM
    Students at John Hersey High School raised more than $18,000 in just one month to help build a new home for an injured Afghanistan War veteran.

     
  • Suburban volunteers reunite dogs with returning soldiers Dec 24, 2014 7:30 AM
    Suburban volunteers are planning come sprig to welcome a group of dogs who made the long – and expensive – trip from Afghanistan to O'Hare. The team behind Puppy Rescue Mission also will prepare the pooches for reunions with the returning soldiers who adopted the companions in war. “There’s thousands of animals over here that deserve good homes, but you form a special bond over there that really can’t be equaled,” says Garrett Rogers, a Navy petty officer from Lindenhurst.

     
  • Editorial: The holiday warmth that comes from helping those in need Dec 24, 2014 5:01 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial says we must take time to bask in the the warmth and spirit of giving to those in need this time of year.

     
  • Amazon-Hachette feud headlines book news in 2014 Dec 24, 2014 6:00 AM
    Like a serial for the digital age, the book world's most dramatic story of 2014 unfolded in installments, often in real time. A dispute about e-book revenues between Amazon.com and Hachette Book Group led to Amazon's removing buy buttons, cutting discounts and reducing orders for works ranging from J.K. Rowling to J.D. Salinger. Here are the highlights from 2014 in book news.

     
  • Is your time worth more than your money to charity? Dec 24, 2014 6:55 AM
    As you mull over the best ways to give back during the holidays, keep in mind that cash isn’t the only currency at your disposal: You can also give of your time. Which is woth more? Try this online calculator to see.

     
  • Now that Detroit museum has been saved, go see it Dec 24, 2014 7:01 AM
    In the end, what saved Detroit’s art museum from being sold off painting by painting was a legal pad covered in doodles. The Detroit Institute of Arts has been owned by the city since 1919, when Detroit was “rolling in dough,” as museum director Graham Beal put it. But in 2013, with the city’s bankruptcy looming, the art collection was eyed as an asset worth hundreds of millions. Then in August 2013, bankruptcy mediator Judge Gerald Rosen started doodling on the back of a legal pad so full that it had no more blank paper. He circled the words “state,” “art” and “pensions,” connecting them with arrows and dollar signs. From that sketch a deal was born that saved both the pensions and paintings.

     
  • Iran’s unwelcome dogs find care at rare shelter Dec 24, 2014 7:00 AM
    Man’s best friend is seen as anything but in Iran, where city workers gun down strays and conservatives view pet dogs as a corrupting Western influence. But in a rare animal shelter in the countryside west of Tehran, hundreds of lucky pups have found mercy, and a growing number of Iranians are learning to love them. But outside Tehran, more than 500 dogs find care and affection at the Vafa Animal Shelter, which was established through an endowment in 2004 and is the country’s only licensed animal refuge.

     
  • Cooper Hewitt design museum reopens, revamped Dec 24, 2014 7:01 AM
    The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, revamped, restored and expanded after a three-year closure, reopened at last, all decked out for the 21st century in its historic Carnegie Mansion home just a few blocks up Fifth Avenue from the Guggenheim and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Visitors to the museum will be hard-pressed to recognize the old-fashioned, somewhat wonky entity of old. It’s now four stories of cutting-edge galleries, hands-on and community-friendly.

     
  • Reminders of 2004 tsunami in Indonesia loom large Dec 24, 2014 6:30 AM
    Ten years after a tsunami hit Banda Aceh,Indonesia, on Dec. 26, 2004, killing 167,000 people, roads and bridges have been rebuilt, there are houses on the beach, trees have grown back, and the millions of tons of debris that covered the island are gone. But for a first-time visitor, reminders of the disaster seem to be everywhere. A sculpture of a giant wave marks Lambaro. The dome of a mosque — torn off its building a mile away — rests in an emerald-green rice field. Water streams down the cave-like walls of the Tsunami Museum, which serves as both a memorial and evacuation site, with a knoll on high ground offering refuge in case another tsunami strikes.

     
  • Lobster Manicotti Fra Diavolo Dec 23, 2014 6:01 AM
    Go Italian this Christmas with lobster manicotti. It can also be made with shrimp.

     
  • Annual health survey keeps Indiana at 41st in U.S. Dec 23, 2014 9:38 AM
    An annual survey of U.S. health rankings puts Indiana at 41st in the nation for the third straight year. Although United Health Foundation’s new rankings keep Indiana at 41st in the nation, the state did make improvements in smoking and childhood poverty. Last week’s report indicates that while Indiana was strong with regards to immunizations, infectious diseases and binge drinking, it still has work to do in physical activity, obesity, air pollution and other categories. State health commissioner Jerome Adams tells The Times of Munster it will take a coalition of state and local officials and Hoosier themselves to make progress on some of Indiana’s greatest health challenges. He plans to meet with Gary officials to discuss how that city can work to overcome some of its health-related deficiencies.

     
  • Spiritual leaders offer insights into service as a ‘Pathway to Peace’ Dec 23, 2014 1:20 PM
    The Sikh Religious Society, hosted an Interfaith Peace Conference, along with an open house at its Gurdwara Sahib facilities at 1280 Winnetka St., in Palatine, on Saturday, Nov.15. The topic for the conference was “Service: A Pathway to Peace.” Selfless Service (“Seva”) is an integral part of Sikh tenets that the Sikhs learn to practice from their early childhood.

     
  • Open house for volunteers in Lake County Dec 23, 2014 4:56 PM
    The Lake County Forest Preserve District will hold an open house for interested volunteers on Jan. 7. The gathering will run from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the district office, 1899 W. Winchester Road, Libertyville.

     
  • Need a little Christmas? This house has a lot! Dec 23, 2014 4:16 PM
    Authors Patricia Hart McMillan and Katharine Kaye McMillan, a mother/daughter team, celebrate the season in two colorful volumes called “Christmas at Historic Houses.” There's no better time than the holidays to visit a historic home, they say.

     
  • Waukegan blood drive Dec 23, 2014 4:59 PM
    The Waukegan Public Library is hosting a blood drive Tuesday, Dec. 30, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Bradbury Room at the library at 128 North County St., Waukegan.

     
  • A look at one woman’s collection of more than 500 Santas Dec 23, 2014 12:01 AM
    Linda Schielke’s parents loved Christmas. It’s no surprise that she loves the holiday as well. Schielke, wife of Batavia mayor Jeff Schielke, expresses her love of the season through her extensive collection of Santas, which now numbers more than 500.

     
  • He carves Dala horses; his daughter paints them Dec 23, 2014 6:01 AM
    He does the carving, and she does the painting. That's how Swedish Dala horses are created by father-daughter team Jason and Julia Lekander of Batavia. The horses are popular in Scandinavian decor, particularly around the holidays.

     
  • Right at home: Holiday sleepover solutions Dec 23, 2014 6:01 AM
    One of the nicest things about the holidays can be the chance to see friends and family from far away. In some cases, that means finding sleepover space in your home. Even those short on space can make guests feel welcome and comfortable, says New York interior designer Elaine Griffin. First, she says, consider your guest’s age. If you can afford it, consider investing in a chair bed.

     
  • Fire tables join campfire fun Dec 23, 2014 6:01 AM
    Gas-operated fire pits, fire rings and firepit tables are emerging as modern-day substitutes for campfires. Flipping a switch to ignite the flames is a whole lot easier than kindling a stack of firewood. Safer, too. “The outdoor living trend is continuing to gain momentum,” said Ross Johnson, sales and marketing manager for The Outdoor Great Room Co. in Eagan, Minnesota.

     
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