Quote of the week: It is my hope that many will attend and remember this extraordinary woman (Barbara Reed-Turner), and that the future caretakers of the Reed-Turner Woodland will continue her work to maintain it as a rare and wonderful hidden gem.

Read my outdoor column for more on the Reed-Turner Woodland and Baltimore orioles. Photo of Baltimore oriole by John Heneghan. All rights reserved.orioleheneghan

Quote of the week: Knowing our history helps us understand ourselves and our ability to survive difficult times — whether during the Civil War of 1861-1865 or the current pandemic — both events give us perspective to help us understand and to have hope.

Quote from Lake County historian Diana Dretske about creating a historical account of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Read the story here.influenza-cartoon-national

Quote of the Week: “You have the waves and you have that calming ebb and flow. I feel like it almost sinks in with your heartbeat and it helps calm your inner being. A lot of people are drawn to the water, whether or not they know why.

This story explains why beaches are so important to us during the coronavirus pandemic and which shoreline parks and local beaches are open and which ones are not. Photo below by Sheryl DeVore taken at Diamond Lake Beach.fishermanatbeach

Quote of the day: I felt how insignificant we all are, and how privileged we all are as humans.

Capt. James Lovell speaks on the 50th anniversary of the splashdown of the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission and how it relates to the coronavirus. Photo below is a NASA photo showing Capt. Lovell in 1970 during the mission. Portrait - Astronaut James A. Lovell Jr.pandemic. For the story, click here.

Quote of the week:When asked what would happen if all the restoration volunteers in Lake County suddenly stopped working on natural lands, Nan Buckardt replied, “It would be devastating.”


Kathleen Garness collects white sweet-clover from a rare sand prairie in Zion. Photo by Sheryl DeVore. For the story on volunteer restoration workers, click here.

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Quote of the week: “It’s possible we’re the first generation to use this site since the native peoples.”

Pamela Newton said this about the new nature preserve in Hawthorn Woods, designed to help monarchs and other wildlife. It contains myriad native trees, shrubs and wildflowers; plus volunteers and officials are working to eradicate purple loosestrife and buckthorn and add more native vegetation. Read here.

Photo below of Hawthorn Woods mayor releasing monarchs at the preserve’s opening. Sheryl DeVore/Photography