30 August 2011

canoeing down the nippersink

An end of summer feature.
Jessica Carlson and Jon Stiegleiter, of McHenry, canoe in the Nippersink Creek in Richmond on Saturday, Aug. 20. The duo, were waiting for six others in their group, to catch up with them.
Here's a view from my seat. Rough day at work.

building an airplane

"It just takes some glue, a good saw, and some wood," Brad Delisle says of building his own personal airplane, and Delisle is making it happen with his father Mike in the basement of their Lakewood home. I had the pleasure of hanging out with them while they worked on their 1929 wooden Pietenpol Aircamper that will travel 60 miles per hour once finished and be covered in fabric. Amazing!

that time of year

Fall sports season is back in action, and so are the mascots.

25 August 2011

back to school

I got to hang out with Katrina, 11, an aspiring writer and musician going into sixth-grade, and Maya, 5, who will be attending kindergarten and wants to be a teacher when she grows up. The challenging part was shooting video and linking these two strangers together into one cohesive piece. I think it all came together; here is what they are looking forward to this coming school year.

Katrina Troy, 11, prepares to play a tune on her guitar at her family's home in Lake in the HIlls. Troy will be attending the sixth-grade at Marlowe Middle School and is looking forward to band, choir, art and cooking class. "I already have my backpack packed and ready to go," Troy said of going back to school.
Maya Tierney, 5, laughs as her mother Seija Tierney reads a book with her at their home in Algonquin. Maya will be attending kindergarten at Algonquin Lakes Elementary School and wants to be a teacher when she grows up.

plans to run again

McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi smiles with wife Jean before taking the podium at his fundraiser dinner Thursday evening at Boulder Ridge Country Club in Lake in the Hills to announce his plans for re-election.

09 August 2011

a smattering of summer scenes

Summer varies from culture to climate, but in northern Illinois and throughout America similar classic scenes can be seen year after year.  A county fair, an afternoon baseball game, an outdoor ice cream stand. Though these photos may not be mind-blowing, to me they represent Americana and are timeless; the year could be 1950 or 2011.
A look at the County Fair Pageant contest.

I love the stance of this Japanese pitcher! It looks like art! Japan's Masato Hagiwara pitches against Victory Illinois in the game Saturday at Lippold Park.

the king and his court

I recently crossed paths with the Harlem Globetrotters of the softball world: The King and His Court. This four man team has played in over 104 countries and includes a pitcher, catcher, first baseman and shortstop. The tradition began in 1946 after a former Marine came home from the war and continued playing softball and taking on challengers. The current 4 King and His Court players took on the Tidal Waves, an all girl team in the area, before a massive summer storm rolled in.

100 years young

In 1911, Machu Picchu was discovered, the average price of a home was $4,800, Niagra Falls froze over, Taft was president, and Eleanor Thompson was born. The Huntley resident celebrated her 100th birthday with friends and family in late July, and I also made a short video of the milestone event.