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Families head outdoors for holiday weekend as weather holds

Published: Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 5:00 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 10:09 p.m. CDT
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(Kyle Grillot – kgrillot@shawmedia.com)
Zachary Unzicker, 6, and his brother Colin, 10, of Rolling Meadows chase after a ball Monday while spending the day with his grandparents at the Crystal Lake Park District's Main Beach. After growing up in Crystal Lake, the Unzicker family has a tradition of spending the first and last day of summer with their family at the beach in Crystal Lake.

Their chairs lined up along the trout pond of Lake Julian, Janet and Bob Joesel of Fox River Grove watched their son and grandson try to catch dinner.

The quiet afternoon was the cap to a holiday weekend filled with boating and entertaining and for daughter-in-law Becky Allen, who sat beside her in-laws, a chance to relax after working the weekend.

“The weather has been so unpredictable that everything’s been last minute,” Bob Joesel said.

But despite a hazardous weather outlook warning of thunderstorms that hovered over Labor Day festivities, other families joined the Joesels and Allens outside, hosting barbecues, heading to the beach and taking to the Fox River.

Temperatures reached a high of 82 degrees in the early afternoon Monday with humidity pushing the heat index higher, according to the National Weather Service.

Light rain sprinkled some areas.

The weather hit similar points throughout the weekend, with temperatures peaking in the mid-80s both Saturday and Sunday and clouds filling the skies most of the weekend.

Sitting on the stone wall outside The Freeze in Crystal Lake, Kylan and Andrea Harasimowicz enjoyed ice cream and people watching with their two daughters, Grace, 4, and Brynn, 6. The treat followed a day of mini golf.

“There’s always a line here, but we were able to zip right in,” Andrea Harasimowicz said as they watched the line begin to grow out the door. The Harasimowiczs live just around the corner and are frequent visitors to the ice cream parlor.

Christie George of Chicago suggested a trip to Crystal Lake Park District’s Main Beach as a family outing for her son and his cousins.

“They’ve been in the water all day,” she said, adding that they try to get together as a family pretty often.

Courtenay and Tim Sterzik of Cary also joined their friends, Jill and Ken Shadel of Crystal Lake, at the beach, talking as their kids built sandcastles and dashed into the water.

The rest of the weekend had been spent at family gatherings and kayaking at Three Oaks Recreation Area. The Shadels planned on finishing off the evening having dinner on a restaurant’s outdoor patio.

“We are just going to wrap up here at the beach and then get the kids ready for school,” Courtenay Sterzik said.

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