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Thursday, December 23, 2010

2010 Pictures of the Year

It’s been a pretty good year for me. I graduated college, completed three internships and got a job. I also made a few good pictures along the way. Going through my archive recently, I compiled a gallery of the year in pictures that includes 75 photos. It’s a chronological gallery that shows what I’ve been up to this year. Figuring most people wouldn’t want to look at 75 photos, I edited down to my 15 favorites from this year. It’s been a fun year, but I’m very excited to get started in Wyoming in 2011.

Larenz Dempz, age 7, tries to keep his balance as he stands on Brian Beavliev's back during a push up at the East Boys and Girls Club in Austin on Wednesday, June 16, 2010. Area youngsters participated in a Police Activities League basketball camp at the gymnasium.

Larenz Dempz, age 7, tries to keep his balance as he stands on Brian Beavliev's back during a push up at the East Boys and Girls Club in Austin on Wednesday, June 16, 2010. Area youngsters participated in a Police Activities League basketball camp at the gymnasium.

Ongina reacts as a man stuffs money down her bra during a drag performance of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010, at the Peoria Pride Festival on the Riverfront.

Ongina reacts as a man stuffs money down her bra during a drag performance of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010, at the Peoria Pride Festival on the Riverfront.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Fun in the snow at Pekin winter break camp

Despite her best effort to hide behind her sled, Chloe McCabe, age 9, still gets pummeled by a snow ball from Evie Fornoff, age 8, during a winter break camp for kids out of school for the holidays on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, in Pekin, Ill. Temperatures in the mid 30s made for ideal sledding, snow ball fighting and snowman building conditions for the youngsters.

Despite her best effort to hide behind her sled, Chloe McCabe, age 9, still gets pummeled by a snow ball from Evie Fornoff, age 8, during a winter break camp for kids out of school for the holidays on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, in Pekin, Ill. Temperatures in the mid 30s made for ideal sledding, snow ball fighting and snowman building conditions for the youngsters.

Gavin Richardson, right, age 7, reacts as he gains some speed on a sled with Mason Graber, age 7, during a winter break camp for kids out of school for the holidays on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, in Pekin, Ill.

Gavin Richardson, right, age 7, reacts as he gains some speed on a sled with Mason Graber, age 7, during a winter break camp for kids out of school for the holidays on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, in Pekin, Ill.

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Rivermen-Monsters hockey

My only assignment today was the Rivermen hockey game. The game was a blowout as the Rivermen cruised to a 4-0 win over Lake Erie. After I had “the shot” for the paper, I got a little creative and spent most of the third period shooting pans of the Rivermen players. A pan action shot is a nice way to mix things up a bit, and it works very well in sports where players are moving quickly such as football, basketball and hockey.

Peoria Rivermen defender Brennan Evans (44) advances the puck as he skates through the Lake Erie defense during a game on Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, at Carver Arena. Peoria won 4-0.

Peoria Rivermen defender Brennan Evans (44) advances the puck as he skates through the Lake Erie defense during a game on Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, at Carver Arena. Peoria won 4-0.

Peoria Rivermen right wing Ryan Reaves (38) checks Lake Ernie Monsters defender Cameron Gaunce into the glass during a game on Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, at Carver Arena. Peoria won 4-0.

Peoria Rivermen right wing Ryan Reaves (38) checks Lake Ernie Monsters defender Cameron Gaunce into the glass during a game on Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, at Carver Arena. Peoria won 4-0.

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Sweet costume

Gingerbread man Carl Duckwiler interacts with a youngster during a Christmas party hosted by the Outlaws Peoria motorcycle club on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010, at Itoo Hall. Duckwiler said has been dressing up in gingerbread after the costume won a Christmas party contest a few years back. The annual Outlaws party is in it's 28th year, and organizers said it will provide individual toys to 305 needy children this year.

Gingerbread man Carl Duckwiler interacts with a youngster during a Christmas party hosted by the Outlaws Peoria motorcycle club on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010, at Itoo Hall. Duckwiler said has been dressing up in gingerbread after the costume won a Christmas party contest a few years back. The annual Outlaws party is in its 28th year, and organizers said it will provide individual toys to 305 needy children this year.

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Happy Hanger closing after 30 years

There were more laughs than tears on Friday as Sylvia Straw, owner of Happy Hanger in Peoria Heights, prepared to close her store after 30 years in business. The store is closing due to retirement as the owner plans to walk away to focus on painting and traveling in her retirement. The store offered a special on Friday: $1 for a bag full of anything in the store except for clothes hangers or furniture.

Sylvia Straw, owner of Happy Hanger, hugs Julie Polonus, a long-time patron, during a retirement sale on Friday, Dec. 17, 2010, at the store in Peoria Heights. Straw is closing the store after 30 years to retire. She says she's looking forward to painting and traveling in retirement.

Sylvia Straw, owner of Happy Hanger, hugs Julie Polonus, a long-time patron, during a retirement sale on Friday, Dec. 17, 2010, at the store in Peoria Heights. Straw is closing the store after 30 years to retire. She says she's looking forward to painting and traveling in retirement.

Sylvia Straw, owner  of Happy Hanger, interacts with a patron during a retirement sale on Friday, Dec. 17, 2010, at the store in Peoria Heights. Straw is closing the store after 30 years to retire. She says she's looking forward to painting and traveling in retirement.

Sylvia Straw, owner of Happy Hanger, interacts with a patron during a retirement sale on Friday, Dec. 17, 2010, at the store in Peoria Heights. Straw is closing the store after 30 years to retire. She says she's looking forward to painting and traveling in retirement.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Bradley basketball players visit Methodist Hospital

Payton McSimov, age 10, gives a high five to Bradley basketball guard Walt Lemon Jr. during Methodist  Hospital's annual Christmas dinner on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010, at the hospital. The players greeted patients at Methodist and signed autographs.

Payton McSimov, age 10, gives a high five to Bradley basketball guard Walt Lemon Jr. during Methodist Hospital's annual Christmas dinner on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010, at the hospital. The players greeted patients at Methodist and signed autographs.

Bradley basketball forward Milos Knezevic shares a laugh with his teammates as they sign autographs during a visit to Methodist Hospital on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010. The team greeted patients in their rooms and signed autographs for employees and patients at the hospital's Christmas dinner.

Bradley basketball forward Milos Knezevic shares a laugh with his teammates as they sign autographs during a visit to Methodist Hospital on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010. The team greeted patients in their rooms and signed autographs for employees and patients at the hospital's Christmas dinner.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

An eye for cold weather

Holly Lipman walks Roxy on Monday, Dec. 13, 2010, at the Peoria Animal Welfare Shelter. Lipman the sub-freezing temperatures couldn't keep her from walking the dogs, something the volunteer does rain or shine every Monday.

Holly Lipman walks Roxy on Monday, Dec. 13, 2010, at the Peoria Animal Welfare Shelter. Lipman the sub-freezing temperatures couldn't keep her from walking the dogs, something the volunteer does rain or shine every Monday.

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Nutcracker

Malinda Martin, left, shares a laugh with Renee Spenny as Martin makes a few adjustments to Spenny's hair before her walk on role in the Peoria Ballet's performance of the Nutcracker on Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010, at the Civic Center.

Malinda Martin, left, shares a laugh with Renee Spenny as Martin makes a few adjustments to Spenny's hair before her walk on role in the Peoria Ballet's performance of the Nutcracker on Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010, at the Civic Center.

Ellen Cook, age 16, plays the role of Clara in the Peoria Ballet's production of the Nutcracker on Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010, at the Civic Center. Cook is a student at Metamora High School.

Ellen Cook, age 16, plays the role of Clara in the Peoria Ballet's production of the Nutcracker on Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010, at the Civic Center. Cook is a student at Metamora High School.

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