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    Teachers Of Our Past:

    MR. KANTER With retirement ahead at the end of the year, Howard Kanter has taught art at Algonquin Middle School for 30 years. He runs an art club and sometimes a yoga club where he gets to connect with his students outside of class. Although not the most well behaved student in his younger years,…

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    Hidden Gems

    T he story of the History Center starts in the 1960s. “We were founded in 1967 as the Des Plaines Historical Society,” Siobhan Heraty, the curator of col-lections at the History Center said. “We were part of that national trend of historical societies being founded. Our first few years we didn’t have a set first…

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    The River That Never Sleeps

    T he ancient Egyptians used flooding to their advantage, relying on floods to create fertile soil to fertilize their crops. In agrarian societies, flooding often was considered a gift. Des Plaines, like the whole world, was once farmland. But as Des Plaines developed, flooding ended up becoming far more of a nuisance than a gain,…

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    Working Local & Giving Back

    From growing up spending summers playing in the parks and pools, going to summer camp, and attending their annual community events and programs, the park district has etched itself into the lives of many, and some students have chosen to deepen their involvement through employment. Operating nearly 60 parks and facilities, the Des Plaines Park…

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    The Fall Golden Of The Arches

    A peculiar 50’s style neon sign held by a single golden arch stood out among the surrounding buildings, capturing the attention of anyone who happened to be passing by. Behind the iron fence stood a small building with two giant golden arches on either side, along with old models of cars parked out in front…

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    Branches of Forgotten History

    All forests have their mysteries. To most residents, a Des Plaines mystery might mean the century-old United Methodist Campground situated alongside Algonquin Road with its perimeters tucked inside of the forest preserve. Since 1860, the Methodist Campground has stood to see the founding of Des Plaines in 1869 and all of the expansion and development…

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