Welcome to November and our second annual “Gratitude” issue. Here are a few reasons why those of us around SW Lake Co. might take pause to express our thanks this month.
• A few weeks after Harvey and Irma blew through Texas, Florida and the Caribbean, we were grateful for a glorious fall with week-after-week of wonderful weather. Around here we know a good thing when we see it, so lots of us enjoyed every moment outdoors as if it was stolen time.
• In Hawthorn Woods adventurer Joel Schauer is grateful for surviving a tumble down Mount Everest, having scaled the tallest mountains on five continents and skied to both the North and South poles. Our editor, Stephen Neilson, recounts Schauer’s harrowing experience in a story that starts on page 18.
• November means the start of the annual holiday food frenzy. Alyssa Poggioli, a Lake Zurich wellness coach, offers four simple steps to ensure the groaning table of holiday goodies doesn’t result in unnecessary weight gain this year.
• Over at Roaring Table in Lake Zurich Beth May and her husband Lane Fearing are brewing up a storm. Roaring Table kicks off our newest feature, “Beer From Here”, that celebrates the best work of the many new breweries in our area.
• Kelli Schulte—a local counselor to business execs, families and teens—offers her perspective on gratitude, emphasizing the need to take stock and focus on the positive.
• Recently, I committed to working out a little harder (okay, a lot harder) with Sean Lee and his team at Restoration Fitness. So far I can report I’m getting stronger and improving my flexibility and stamina. I also recently took a float at Epic Float to enhance my well-being through a terrific relaxation experience.
So take some time this month to focus on what’s right. It’s our hope you’ll gather with family and friends, give thanks and enjoy the very best of the season.
We’ll see you around town.
Michael Beightol, Publisher