Restoring Nature

On a brisk fall Saturday morning, a dozen Boy Scouts from Troop 93 of St. Peter United Church of Christ arrived at the Oak Ridge Marsh Nature Park in Lake Zurich for some volunteer work. The goal for the day was to ensure native plants would endure for years to come.

What’s Your Style?

Refer to a dictionary for a definition of style and you’ll likely find something like this: “A distinctive appearance, typically determined by the principles according to which something is designed.”

Teens Teaching Science to Young Children

Science For Future (SFF) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2012 in California by Snigdha Banda, a high school student who noticed that many elementary school students in low income areas were not receiving much in the way of science instruction. 

A Perfect Father’s Day Gift: A Golf Getaway

Planning the perfect golf trip can be difficult. It takes much research and experience to know where to play, when to play, where to stay and how to get there.

Women-Launched Businesses On the Rise

Claire Slattery Executive Director Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce Have you seen an increase year-over-year in women launching new businesses? Between 40-50% of our member companies are women-owned businesses. The number of women who have joined the Chamber either as owners or as lead representatives of their organization quadrupled from 2017 to 2018. Is it possible to characterize by…

In Living Color

When it comes to “bang for your buck” value, few home improvements match the quick results of painting. Whether it is personalizing your new home or refreshing the look of your living space, paint is a great do-it-yourself project.

Three Things We Like About The Buick Regal

 Article Michael Beightol | Photography Stephen Neilson  For Baby Boomers station wagons were de rigueur for the suburbs. My family had a succession of American-made iron for hauling the six of us around town or across the country.  Recently I had the good fortune to drive a Buick Regal TourX from Marquardt of Barrington. Here’s the top three reasons why…

Miracles on Milton Road

As you drive down this winding road in SW Lake County, you’ll see beautiful homes with large, gently sloping yards, multiple signs advertising hunter/jumper training and maybe even a horse and rider or two out for a leisurely ride. What you won’t see, unless you know where to look, are the every-day miracles happening at Partners for Progress (PFP) on…

Born From Tragedy, Shane’s Foundation Is Saving Children’s Lives

In 2011 my life was irrevocably changed when my family lost our 2-year-old son, Shane, to a furniture tip-over accident.

CWC Sets Big, Audacious Goals

Caring Women’s Connection (CWC), a Lake County based 501c3 charity, celebrated its 59th anniversary in September by setting an audacious goal: raise $100,000 over the next year with every penny to be spent on women and children in need in Lake County. Through a mix of social activities, fundraisers and volunteer opportunities, Caring Women’s Connection provides local women with fun…

Spotlight on STAR Charities

STAR Charities is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 2003 by Progressive Components, a company based in Wauconda that develops and distributes mold components for the production tooling industry worldwide. The STAR acronym stands for “Sharing Time and Resources”, and the organization actively does just that, sponsoring and co-sponsoring a range of special events each year to raise money…

Barrington Giving Day

The holiday season is for gathering with loved ones, sharing and making wonderful memories, and eating all sorts of delicious food. It's also a season for giving, and for one local charity, an entire day is dedicated to helping the less fortunate over the holidays. Barrington Giving Day is held for families in Barrington School District 220 who need coats,…

BACC Awards $3,500 in Scholarships to Local High School Students

The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) awarded $3,500 in scholarships to seven local high school students during its 39th annual “Spotlight on Barrington’s Stars Luncheon” on Wednesday, April 20 at the Marriott Northwest.

A Fundraising Success

The School District 95 Educational Foundation gathers and disburses resources to CUSD 95 to support activities that enhance, enrich and supplement instructional opportunities for CUSD 95 learners consistent with the School District’s core values and mission.

Leave a Book, Take a Book

What is a Little Free Library? It is box that can be of any shape or size. The box is often made to resemble a house and many are made out of recycled materials. Little Free Libraries (LFL) can be found almost anywhere from front lawns to forest preserves. The one thing that all of the boxes have in common…

Prom Gowns and the Glass Slipper Project

For the 13th year, Zengeler Cleaners helped to give Chicago-area high school girls the chance to go to prom, collecting a record number of nearly 5,000 prom dresses, plus shoes, jewelry, handbags and other accessories for the Glass Slipper Project, a local charity that gives prom gowns free to students who cannot otherwise afford them. Many of these beautiful gowns…

Giving Back With Gratitude

Serving others, serving self Words by Ben Walkuski When I was a child, sometimes I would ask my mother, “how much do you make?” or “how much do we have?” Unfailingly, her answer would always be, “enough.” Though the vagueness of her response always drove me nuts, it was likely the proper answer to a … Continued