Susan Anderson-Khleif and her husband are shown at their hotel in Marrakech.

Grief & healing: The light was pink and magical

Memories of magical times together are the basis of the long-term grief that writer feels after her husband died 12 years ago.

Ela Township’s pickleball courts at Knox Park in Lake Zurich are closed temporarily due to bullying and other reports. A tournament Saturday will be held as scheduled and the courts could reopen for public use Monday with revised rules and signage, officials said.

Quite the pickle: Bullying and other complaints lead Ela Township to temporarily close pickleball courts

Ela Township this week closed pickleball courts at Knox Park in Lake Zurich over concerns about reported bullying and other actions.

Orange creamsicle or minty watermelon? Homemade popsicles are healthy alternative

Do you want orange creamsicle or minty watermelon treats? Homemade popsicles are not only easy to make, but also they’re healthier than anything you’ll find in the freezer aisle.

"Adult Cicada Sideview" by Samantha Gallagher.

From classroom bees to museum murals: Lake County artist’s inspiring path

Samantha Gallagher has transformed her lifelong love for insects and drawing into a business. The Lake County Forest Preserves commissioned Gallagher to create 11 cicada illustrations that make up a large part of the Dunn Museum’s special exhibition, “Celebrating Cicadas.”

Divide and replant bearded iris after it’s done blooming. Discard any shriveled or diseased parts.

Let the pruning begin: New growth is vigorous this year

New growth, which has been vigorous this summer, stops by early July, so now is the right time to prune shrubs into shape.

Schaumburg Fire Lt. John Chambers with 7-year-old Savanah and her mother Kelly Boscardin during the girl’s visit to the fire station through the Project Fire Buddies program for children with disabilities and illnesses.

Fire ‘buddies’ helping build pool deck for Schaumburg girl with cerebral palsy

Schaumburg firefighters are continuing their friendship with a 7-year-old girl with cerebral palsy and epilepsy by helping build a deck for the beloved swimming pool she recently received through Make-A-Wish.

Bob Ciulla wears the Vegas Gold shirt in honor of the UMPS Strikes Out Cancer Foundation. Here, he is umpiring in the initial game to benefit the family of fellow umpire Dave Pluda.

Striking out cancer: Foundation helps officials/umpires fighting the disease

If you see a high school umpiring crew working a game in a Vegas Gold shirt instead than their usual blues or black, it is because they are doing more than just calling balls and strikes. Members of the UMPS Strikes Out Cancer Foundation are raising money and bringing awareness to their cause.