SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 2008 MotropoHtati DAimiF.RAI.I) SKCTION I PAGE 19 Scouting around for a good cause Twop members work to help fillfood pantries, shelters for families in need BY OWEN H. JADER Daily Hemlti Conrs/mirltnl Aaron Robbins, a Life Scout from Mundelein, spent four hours Saturday packing food for the needy onto a truck in a Libertyville parking lot. Sure, it was cold, "but it makes me feel good to help," said the Vernon Hills High School junior. He was among scores of Cub and Boy Scouts in northeast Illinois who collected and loaded food for soup kitchens, food pantries and shelters, said Carol Bobis, senior district executive. Robbins worked packing a Northern Illinois Food Bank truck parked at Sunset Foods during the annual "Scouting for Food" drive. Scouts from communities throughput the area, including Antioch, Buffalo Grove, Fox Lake, Grayslake, Green Oaks, Gurnee, Island Lake, Kildeer, Lake Villa, Libertyville, Long Grove, Mundelein, Round Lake Beach, Round Lake Heights, Round Lake Park, Vernon Hills and Wauconda, collected food from neighbors and delivered them to trucks in Lake Forest, Libertyville, Round Lake Beach and Park PHOTOS IIY STEVE l.UNDY/sluncly (fjklailylieralcl .com Tim Robbins of Vernon Hills Boy Scout Troop 95 loads bags of canned goods onto a Northern Illinois Food Bank truck at Sunset Foods in Libertyville Saturday. Hundreds of area cub and boy scouts collected and delivered food for needy families during their Scouting for Food drive. City. Older Scouts such as Robbins packed the trucks. It's the second weekend in a row that Scouts have been working on the project. Last weekend, Scouts delivered plastic bags to front doors of homes throughout Lake County and northern Cook County. Residents were asked to put canned goods and other nonperishable food donations in the bags, which the Scouts picked up Saturday. "Last weekend, we delivered the bags as part of an activity that we do each year," said Troop 388 member Spencer Ward, an eighth- Nine-year-old Zach Jenkins of Cub Scout pack 71 delivers canned goods to the Northern Illinois Food Bank truck at Sunset Foods in Libertyville Saturday. grader at Carl Sandburg Middle School in Mundelein. Scouting for Food Chair Paul Snow said the need is growing. "Our food drive helps feed families in need. The need has tripled, even in areas like this. There are more families headed by single parents," he said. The food will be taken to 60 food pantries in northeast Cook County and Lake County, Snow said. Sunset Foods stores aided the food drive by donating 120,000 specially marked "Scouting for Food" plastic grocery bags for Scouts to distribute. Food donations will be accepted at Sunset Food stores in Libertyville and Lake Forest through Monday. Today's extreme close-up from Page 3 is the windmill at Fabyan Forest Preserve in Geneva. The windmill is listed as a National Historic Place and was rehabbed in 2003. KICK WEST/rwos it"' 1 daily he raid, com 'Taste of heaven' Maple Sugaring Days recalls prairie life BY MELISSA JENCO mjenco@(lailylirraht.mm Steph Bronner likes maple syrup on just about anything — ice cream, eggs, vegetables. In fact, the self-described "mapleholic," carries a bottie 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. 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 s weet, 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." Plans for third airport get revision Associated rt»« State officials have submitted updated plans to the Federal Aviation Administration for a proposed airport in Chicago's south suburbs. The new plans move the runway about 600 feet south from what was proposed earlier for the Will County location. State officials have considered several locations for the airport, which proponents have claimed will stimulate the economy. Officials with the Illinois Department of Transportation say the airport will create about 2,000 jobs in the first year. By the fifth year of operation, they claim it will generate about 9,700 jobs. The proposal is subject to reviews by the FAA, including how the runway layout will affect the air traffic system in theU.S. Kenyan elder: Garb Obama wore cultural, not religious Axsoririlnl I'nss NAIROBI, Kenya — A Kenyan elder who presented Barack Obama with a traditional outfit that fueled false rumors he was Muslim says the garb was cultural, not religious — and that had President Bush visited he could have "dressed him the same." Pictures of the Democratic presidential candidate wearing the robe and turban over his Western-style clothing spread on the Internet. The gossip and news Web site The Drudge Report said the photo was circulated by the campaign of Obama rival Hillary Rodham Clinton. But Clinton aides said the campaign had never sanctioned its distribution. Obama is a member of the United Church of Christ and says he has never been a Muslim. His late father was from western Kenya, and Obama visited the country in 2006, attracting thousands of well- wishers. He was presented the white turban and wraparound white robe by a group of elders in northeastern Kenya, including Mohammed Hassan Mumin. Mumin told a Kenyan newspaper in remarks published Saturday that he had presented gifts of similar clothing to several other leaders. If Bush came, "I could have dressed him the same as Barack Obama," Mumin told Kenya's independent daily The Nation. In recent weeks, two volunteers on the Clinton campaign have had to resign after circulating e-mails falsely saying Obama was a Muslim and a threat to national security. Obama's grandmother has said that her late son was a Christian. Last month, Obama said his grandfather had converted to Christianity and then converted to Islam. "My father never practiced; he was basically agnostic," Obama said. 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