Naperville resident recognized for praying mantis pic; Naperville volunteer chosen for Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame; high school students sought to fill city board positions – Chicago Tribune
Naperville resident Bertrand Leclercq was cited in the Will County Forest Preserve District’s Preserve the Moment Photo Contest for snapping a photo of an upside-down praying mantis at Riverview Farmstead Preserve.
Leclercq was one of three photographers to receive honorable mentions for the month of August.
Byron Morgan of Crete snapped the winning picture of an eastern tiger swallowtail on a flower and a bee in air at Hickory Creek Preserve. Morgan’s photo received the most votes through public voting on Facebook after being chosen as one of five finalist photos by forest preserve judges.
The other finalist photos received honorable mentions in August were Greg Winkelmann, of Romeoville, for an egret at Rock Run Preserve and Jenny Cain Vocu, of Joliet, for a land snail at Rock Run preserve and for a garter snake at Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve.
The forest preserve district’s contest has monthly winners through December. Overall winners for the year will be chosen in January.
Monthly winners receive $75 Visa gift cards, and overall winners will receive $500, $250 and $150 Visa gift cards for first, second and third place.
Photos can be viewed at Flickr.com/WillCoForests.
For contest information, go to www.reconnectwithnature.org.
Naperville resident Jim McGuire was named to the 2022 class of the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame.
The 84 people making up this year’s hall of fame class were publicly recognized during ceremonies at the Illinois State Fair last month.
The Illinois 4-H Foundation established the statewide Hall of Fame in 2005 to honor extraordinary 4-H alumni, volunteers and former 4-H staff.
McGuire became an active 4-H volunteer following a visit with his young family to the DuPage County Fair years ago. He has served as president, treasurer and fair board director for 12 years and became the DuPage County Fair manager in 2015, a news release said.
“He knew right away he wanted to get his own children involved in 4-H,” Leilah Siegel, 4-H Youth Development Educator with University of Illinois Extension, said in a news release.
“From that point on, Jim was ‘all in,’ doing everything he could to improve the fairgrounds, spending many unpaid hours personally completing projects there. Today, he continues to be an enthusiastic and reliable partner for DuPage County 4-H.”
Naperville high school students have until Friday, Sept. 30, to apply for one of 25 student positions on several city boards and commissions.
Among the openings are spots on the Financial Advisory Board, Historic Preservation Commission, Human Rights & Fair Housing Commission, Naper Settlement Museum Board and Naperville Public Library Board of Trustees.
Students may also apply to be part of the Planning and Zoning Commission, Public Utilities Advisory Board, Riverwalk Commission, Sister Cities Commission, Special Events & Cultural Amenities Commission and Transportation Advisory Board.
Students can also participate in a Leadership Academy, available through a partnership with KidsMatter.
The academy is designed to enhance the student representative experience by providing leadership skills training. Its kick-off event is set for 10 am to 4 pm Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St.
Eligible students must live within the boundaries of Naperville. In lieu of a resume, a statement of interest that includes their year in school can be sumbitted.
For more information, go to www.naperville.il.us/boards or contact Rachel Pruneda at 630-420-6031 or [email protected]