Forest Preserve & Shedd
The Shedd Aquarium is joining the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County in its efforts to save Blanding’s turtles. The aquarium is the largest partner in the forest preserve’s recovery program to save the endangered turtle species. The program raises hatchlings in captivity for a year before releasing them into the wild. The Shedd will start taking hatchlings next year.
Grant Donated to 360
360 Youth Services has received a $24,000 grant to support local women living in homelessness. The Baird & Warner Good Will Network awarded the Naperville non-profit with the grant after being the top voted finalist from an online poll giveaway. The grant will go toward 360’s transitional housing and support for young, non-parenting women.
Weekend Football Highlights
The high school football season neared the halfway point this weekend with several of our teams taking road trips.
Neuqua Valley trailed Normal Community 35-28 with 30 seconds to go in the game, but Wildcats returner Brandt Stare took the squib kick up the middle before breaking loose for a 77-yard touchdown. Down by one, Neuqua went for two and the win and Will Chevalier powered into the end zone to give the Wildcats a dramatic 36-35 win over the Ironmen.
For the second consecutive week Metea Valley took an early lead on their opponent, but the Naperville North offense broke out in the second half with three touchdowns. The Huskies picked up their first win of the season 38-18 over the Mustangs.
Benet Academy looked to move to 3-0 at home against Notre Dame. With Benet about to go into the end zone to tie the game at 7, the Redwings fumbled and Notre Dame recovered the ball in the end zone. Two plays later, the Dons broke off a 65-yard touchdown run. Benet drops its first game of the year 24 to 7.
Waubonsie Valley won over in Edwardsville 21-7, while Naperville Central travelled to Louisville, Kentucky and dominated Trinity High School 38-20.
On Saturday, North Central College won its home opener after jumping out to a 22-0 halftime lead and holding on for a 32-19 victory over Washington University. The Cardinals are now 2 and 0 and remain the #5 ranked team in the country.
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