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A lifeguard watches over swimmers at 63rd Street Beach in Chicago on Tuesday. State guidelines say where lifeguards are required, there must be a minimum of one per 100 bathers or 2,000 square feet of water surface area. ( Armando L. Sanchez, Chicago Tribune / June 17, 2012 )

Lifeguard on duty: Swim at your own risk

Lifeguards at Pioneer Park pool in Arlington Heights always have to be on alert — for swimmers in trouble, but also for the lifeguard certification … Read more ›

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Spring Grove portrait photographer says senior students want more creativity

Things change. Teenagers don’t listen to the same music their parents did, nor would anyone expect them to. Students considering their senior portraits, generally those … Read more ›

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World class portrait photographer takes her expertise out to the barn for limited edition opportunities

Where many of the portraits created by world-class portrait photographer Audrey Wancket give the impression of fine oil paintings, when she takes her camera outside, … Read more ›

Photo Courtesy of Gregory Slayton
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Bobblehead Dad: Be a Better Dad Today

Not a day goes by that I don't get to hang out with a dad who inspires me. Yesterday, I was able to spend some … Read more ›

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Your child's years are fleeting – portrait photography can capture them before they're gone

If you're expecting, there’s a lot to think about before your child arrives – the color to paint the bedroom, baby clothes to buy and … Read more ›

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Candy and flowers last for a season but, for Mother's Day, nothing says "I love you, mom," longer than a family portrait

Well, there are always chocolates and flowers, right? Mom seems to appreciate them. Of course, she'd say she loves them anyhow. It's the thought that … Read more ›

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The Plate Spinner Chronicles – The Winds of Change

Four years ago, I posted my first column on TribLocal, inviting you to follow my adventures as a working parent. With each submission, I’ve shared … Read more ›

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Bobblehead Dad: We Can Save 1.7 Million Children

I recently took my teenage son to the pediatrician for an annual check-up. Driving to the doctor’s office, my son asked, “Do I have to … Read more ›

Brothers Caynon, left, Caydon and Cayman have been waiting more than six months for a mentor through the Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County. (Lawerence Synett/Tribune)

Big Brothers Big Sister seeks a few good men

Jen Vojcik is a single mother with three young boys who also works full-time as a firefighter with the McHenry Township Fire Protection District. The … Read more ›

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The World's Cutest Portrait Sessions to start this month

When you take the incredible cuteness of a child and put it together with the wild cuteness of a baby duck or chick and combine … Read more ›