The Daily Herald from Arlington Heights, Illinois on March 9, 2008 · Page 3
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SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 2008 DAILY MKRAI.l) SECTION 1 PAGE 3 Local Focus Today's quote She always wanted to make a difference in the world. And by her death and what people will remember of her, she is going to make a big impact, and that is amazing." Laurel Dubowski, mother of slain NIU student Gayie Dubowski Extreme close-up Can you guess what this is? Seepage 19 for the answer. Most-read stories As of 4 p.m. Saturday • Six students busted with pot in Barrington • Bond set in Hoffman Estates murder • Car found floating in Fox River • 14th Dist. voters go back to the polls today • Father held in death of 5-year-old girl Check out dallyheraM.com for today's top stories. 'Taste of heaven' Mapk Sugaring Days brings prairie life to Napervitte BY MELISSA JENCO mjenro@dailyhfmld.rom Steph Bronner likes maple syrup on just about anything — ice cream, eggs, vegetables. In fact, the self-described "mapleholic," carries a bottle of maple syrup in her purse wherever she goes. Originally from the east coast, the Piano woman knows the difference between most store-bought syrups and the real thing. "I learned to appreciate it because I know it's not easy to get," Bronner said. "Or cheap." Mapleholics and novice syrup lovers alike headed Saturday to Naper Settlement for the annual Maple Sugaring Days events to see how the favorite sweetener of the early 1800s was produced. See the video at dailyherald.com Museum educator Joseph Coleman demonstrated how sap comes out of a spout hammered into a tree. If the weather is right, it can flow at about 150 drops per minute. "We hope they gain perspective on how weather-dependent it is and how it's hopefully changed over the years," Coleman said. "And by going from site to site (they'll learn) what really goes into making the syrup we hopefully all love." Nearby, museum educator Patrick McGuire showed how the collected sap is boiled in a cauldron over a wood fire. "Boiling the sap was almost like a celebration, an end-of- winter type get-together for the entire town to celebrate even though winter is not over with yet," McGuire said. It takes 40 gallons of sap to boil down to 1 gallon of syrup. Most store-bought syrups today have 2 percent or less actual maple sap in them. But Saturday's visitors got to taste the real thing, donated by Trader Joe's. "You can imagine how sweet this would have been on the prairie," John Apple of Aurora said. "It's very sweet, and they didn't have sugar like we have today as a commodity as easily affordable as it is now. I'm guessing it was just like a little taste of heaven." Maple Sugaring Days continue from 1 to 4 p.m. today at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5.50 for children. ED LEE/ elce@ciailyhcrald.com Left, seventh-grader Josie Dalton, left, and eighth-grader Kimberly Simmons, both of Ss. Peter and Paul School in Naperville, take part in the balloon launch glider during the Illinois Science Olympiad Regional Competition Saturday at the College of DuPage. Above, Lake Park High School junior Carolyn Herber takes part in the Robot Ramble. El) I.EE/clcc@dailyhcralcl.com It's Scientific Lombard's Eric Slowinski, 6, shows his mom, Helen, his project on bubbles at Westlake Middle School's Science Fair Saturday. I'AUI. MK:ilNA/pniichna(a daily hern Id.coin Police: Ex-boyfriend kills woman in murder-suicide BY KAT ZEMAN kzemaii Slilaily herald, com An Arlington Heights woman was gunned down in Elmhurst by an ex-boyfriend who later turned the gun on himself, authorities said. Cindy L. Bischof, a 43-year- old real estate agent, was shot about 4 p.m. Friday outside Darwin Realty, 970 N. Oaklawn Ave., where she worked, police said. When police arrived, they found Bischof and her 60- year-old ex-boyfriend, Michael L. Giroux of Chicago, laying in the parking lot suffering from gun shot wounds. Both were taken to Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, where they eventually died, according to a police statement. Police have labeled the case a rr^jrder-suicide. Bischof had an order of protection against Giroux, according to a media report. Arlington Heights and Elmhurst police declined to comment. One of Bischof's neighbors, Randy Seibert, said she was a wonderful person who enjoyed golfing and was particularly good with children. "Cindy was a great person," he said. "She was a typical good neighbor." Bischof was a successful real estate agent who was nationally recognized for her work, according to her employer's Web site, www.dar- winrealty.com. She is categorized as one of the Chicago area's most powerful dealmakers who won numerous awards for her work, according to the site. Bischof w.?s featured in Midwest Real Estate News 2007 "Forty Plus Over 40" edition and profiled by the publication a number of times over the years. In 2006, she was named one of Midwest's powerful women in real estate. She also was profiled in 1999 in Grain's Chicago Business — in which she was a finalist for its "40 Under 40" — and in the Illinois Real Estate Journal. That same year, she was chosen as Industrial Broker of the Year at the Greater Chicago Commercial Real Estate Awards dinner. Bischof joined the Darwin team in 1999 and served as director of brokerage services. Funeral arrangements were pending, but were expected to be made at Glueckert Funeral Home in Arlington Heights, according to the funeral home. , MARCKU.i: HKIGHT/m hrighttn daily herald. Francine Rehor of Naperville feeds her son Charlie, 3, a maple syrup sno-cone during Maple Sugaring Days at Naper Settlement in Naperville. THE CHASE SPRING HOME EQUITY SALE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF A HISTORIC DROP IN RATES. 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