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Village Voice

What’s To Like About Snow

Ask any winter sports enthusiast and they’ll say they love lots of snow on the ground.   Likewise, ask any tree and it will say it wants snow over its roots in the winter. But nobody who has to walk on snow-packed sidewalks or drive on icy streets will enjoy having...

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Climate Change

OUR CHANGING CLIMATEIs human-caused climate change real?  If so, does it adversely affect Riverwoods?  And if so, what can we do?The Earth’s climate has changed throughout history, mostly attributable to small variations in the Earth’s orbit or in solar radiation and...

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Our Changing Climate

Is human-caused climate change real?  If so, does it adversely affect Riverwoods?  And if so, what can we do?The Earth’s climate has changed throughout history, mostly attributable to small variations in the Earth’s orbit or in solar radiation and other natural...

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NIGHTTIME LIGHT POLLUTION

Feel Safe?  Nighttime exterior lighting provides security, right?  It depends. A study by Rutgers University found that common outdoor security lights often are less than useless.  A burglar forced to use a flashlight, or temporarily lit by a motion detector, is far...

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The Des Plaines River – A Nature Lover’s Paradise

Riverwoods residents are fortunate to live close to a significant waterway that is home to a wide variety of plants and animals.  Walk along the Des Plaines River Trail and Greenway and you will see evidence of the beaver’s handiwork, footprints of deer, raccoons and...

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THE ADVANTAGES OF TREES

Here’s what the experts say about the benefits that trees provide us:“Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30% and can save 20-50% in energy used for heating.”  - USDA Forest Service“Healthy mature trees add an average of 10% to...

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RAIN BARRELS: PRACTICAL AND ENVIRONMENTALLY BENEFICIAL

Collecting rainwater for use during dry months is an ancient practice.  Historical records show that rainwater was collected in simple clay containers as far back as 2,000 years ago in Thailand, and throughout other areas of the world after that.  With the rising...

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WINTER COMPOSTING

When it’s only January, does the winter already seem to have gone on too long? Are you already dreaming about your summer garden? Composting with worms is an easy winter project that will benefit not only your summer garden but the greater environment as well. Why...

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RPC WOODLAND HEALTH STUDY

In late 2008, the Riverwoods Preservation Council (RPC) embarked on a woodland health study, working with outside experts. The expense of the study was shared equally between RPC and the Village of Riverwoods.  Individuals from the Audubon Society and Lake County...

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THE EARLY YEARS IN RIVERWOODS

"When I first moved to Riverwoods on May 15, 1950, I thought I had landed in Paradise." That's the first sentence of Barbara Zimmer's Memories of Riverwoods and Surrounding Area (1991). Without a doubt many current residents feel the same way.When Mrs. Zimmer moved to...

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