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Sadhbh Mowlds, a second year MFA student from Ireland, works in the glass blowing hot shop at SIU in Carbondale, Ill. Feb. 12, 2021. Mowlds said that she had a rough summer in regard to travelling during the COVID-19 pandemic. She said was able to get into Ireland because she has citizenship there, but had trouble getting into Germany. “When the borders went down, I was able to get into Germany to see my friends,” Mowlds said.

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March 6, 2021
Sadhbh Mowlds, a second year MFA student from Ireland, blows into a blow pipe in the glass blowing hot shop at SIU in Carbondale, Ill. Feb. 12, 2021.

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March 6, 2021
Sadhbh Mowlds, a second year MFA student from Ireland, uses a jack in the glass blowing hot shop at SIU in Carbondale, Ill. Feb. 12, 2021. Jacks can be used to separates the blowpipe from the molten glass.

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March 6, 2021
Dre James, owner of Victoria Candle Co. explains that he keeps a photo of him and his grandma in his workspace to help keep him motivated while making candles Feb. 21, 2021, in Carbondale Ill. James said that he was 3 years old in picture and his grandma was 57. “I just wanted to add something with her name on it that would push me to the spirit of excellence just because I know that it is attached to my grandmother,” James said.

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March 3, 2021
Dre James, owner of Victoria Candle Co., holds up one of the first candle vessels that he ever used Feb. 21, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. “This was one of the candles from the very first batch that I made, and I never lit it and held onto it as a reminder of where Victoria Candle Company started and as motivation to keep me going,

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February 26, 2021
Dre James, owner of Victoria Candle Co., holds up the first candle that he ever made Feb. 21, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. James started his candle company after having a dream about pouring wax in 2019. “I had the dream September and there was a pop-up shop that next weekend and I thought it would be a great way to get my candles out there, so I had to immediately order the materials,” James said.

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February 26, 2021
Dre James, owner of Victoria Candle Co., pours the lavender scented wax into the mason jar Feb. 21, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. James said that he customizes the scents of the candles based on the clients' request. “I will order all of the fragrances but some I will mix because I have some customers that will like lavender and eucalyptus, but usually, eucalyptus is paired with peppermint, but they don’t like peppermint,” James said.

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February 26, 2021
Dre James, owner of Victoria Candle Co., pours the lavender fragrance into the mason jar Feb. 21, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. James said that he customizes the scents of the candles based on the clients' request. “I will order all of the fragrances but some I will mix because I have some customers that will like lavender and eucalyptus, but usually, eucalyptus is paired with peppermint, but they don’t like peppermint,” James said.

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February 26, 2021
Dre James, owner of Victoria Candle Co., holds up a wooden wick Feb. 21, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill.

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February 26, 2021
Dre James, owner of Victoria Candle Co., melts a pitcher of wax on his stove Feb. 21, 2021, in Carbondale, Ill. James said that he uses a	Double boiling method so that the wax doesn't burn from the heat. He sources his wax from an American company that sells soy wax. “The first candles I made, I went to Dollar Tree and bought the candles that were already made and remelted them and it didn’t turn out too well. So that’s when I really started to research candle making,” James said.

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February 26, 2021
Melayne Ross dances during worship on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2021, in Murphysboro, Ill. According to Neophansya Robinson, the women who sing on the praise team sing every Sunday and have not missed  one Sunday during the pandemic.

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February 20, 2021
Bria McNutt dances during worship on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2021, in Murphysboro, Ill.

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February 20, 2021
Rosie Miller, 96, attends church on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2021, in Murphysboro, Ill. Miller has not been able to attend every church servicer due to the pandemic, but chose to be there on the first Sunday of Black History Month.

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February 20, 2021
Melayne Ross holds her hands up during worship on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2021, in Murphysboro, Ill. According to Neophansya Robinson, the women who sing on the praise team sing every Sunday and have not missed  one Sunday during the pandemic.

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February 20, 2021
Zion Temple COGIC church's senior pastor, Stephen Robinson Jr., preaches in the church Sunday, Feb. 8, 2021, in Murphysboro, Ill. He was installed  as senior pastor in 2014.

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February 20, 2021
Zion Temple COGIC church's senior pastor, Stephen Robinson Jr., preaches in the church Sunday, Feb. 8, 2021, in Murphysboro, Ill.

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February 10, 2021
A member of Zion Temple COGIC church follows along with the sermon with his bible on his phone Sunday, Feb. 8, 2021, in Murphysboro, Ill.

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February 10, 2021
Neophansya Robinson, First Lady of Zion Temple COGIC, leads the church in a prayer hosted over Facebook Live Sunday, Feb. 8, 2021, at Zion Temple COGIC church in Murphysboro, Ill.

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February 10, 2021
Danielle Pollard leads worship on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2021, at Zion Temple COGIC church in Murphysboro, Ill. According to Neophansya Robinson, the women who sing on the praise team sing every Sunday and have not missed  one Sunday during the pandemic.

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February 10, 2021
Neophansya Robinson, First Lady of Zion Temple COGIC, holds up her hands during worship Sunday, Feb. 8, 2021, at Zion Temple COGIC church in Murphysboro, Ill.

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February 10, 2021
Protestors stand on the corner of Main St. and Illinois Ave., in Carbondale, Ill. on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, during a protest on the U.S. involvement in the war on Yemen. Due to Biden's announcement to end the U.S. support of the Saudi war in Yemen on Feb. 4, the Peace Coalition decided to dedicate their vigil this month to supporting the end of the war in Yemen.

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February 10, 2021
Molly Gabel works on some earrings in her at-home studio Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, in Carbondale Ill. Gabel averages six to twelve pieces each day. She loves mixing colors and using gemstones and various metals with the wings.

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December 20, 2020
Molly Gabel sits with her dog, Amaya, in her at-home studio Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, in Carbondale Ill. Amaya is an aussie doodle heeler and

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December 20, 2020
Some completed products sit in Molly Gabel's at-home studio Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, in Carbondale Ill. Although Molly Flower Designs gets a lot of inquiries through social media and Etsy, Gabel said that some people stop by her studio to purchase leftover pieces from previous shows or at the Co-Op in Carbondale.

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December 20, 2020
A package gets prepared to be shipped to a client Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, in Carbondale Ill. Gabel likes to include personalized touches before sending her products to her clients.

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December 20, 2020
Molly Gabel holds a butterfly with its wings still attached to the abdomen Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, in Carbondale Ill. Most butterflies only have a lifespan of about one to three weeks. After the butterfly dies, the wings are available for purchase in either a bundle, where the wings have already been removed from the abdomen or individually, where the wings are still attached to the abdomen.

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December 20, 2020
Molly Gabel holds a bundle of butterflies that had been sold with their wings still attached to the abdomen Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, in Carbondale Ill. Most butterflies only have a lifespan of about one to three weeks. After the butterfly dies, the wings are available for purchase in either a bundle, where the wings have already been removed from the abdomen or individually, where the wings are still attached to the abdomen.

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December 20, 2020
Crosby Gardner, 24, completes his ninth dive with instructor Tish Kinseykautz Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Gardner graduated last year, 2019, with honors and a 3.10 GPA from the West Kentucky University Autism School. He had been chosen out of 80,000 applicants for one of five seats at the school. “When I was first diagnosed with autism, I was four years old and they told me that I would never walk, that I would never have balance, that I would never drive, that my life would be shit and I proved them wrong when I graduated [from the West Kentucky University Autism School],” Gardner said. He had been talked into trying scuba diving by a friend and has been diving since September 29, 2020.

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December 20, 2020
Dan Pender, U.S. Army veteran, shows his tattoo sleeve in memory of his father and to honor active and inactive service members on Veteran's Day at the Keller's Crossing at Stone Creek Golf Course in Makanda, Ill., Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020.

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December 20, 2020
Randy Hammersley, a U.S. veteran, prepares to tee off on Veteran's Day at the Keller's Crossing at Stone Creek Golf Course in Makanda, Ill., Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020.

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December 20, 2020
Dan Pender shows his tattoo sleeve in memory of his father and to honor active and inactive service members on Veteran's Day at the Keller's Crossing at Stone Creek Golf Course in Makanda, Ill., Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020.

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December 20, 2020
Dan Pender, left, and Randy Hammersley, right, play a round of golf on Veteran's Day at the Keller's Crossing at Stone Creek Golf Course in Makanda, Ill., Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. Each year on Veteran's Day, owners and veterans Tim Chrzan and his son Jason, host a veterans golf free event to honor those who have served their countries and their families.

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December 20, 2020
Rodney Miller, 15 year Marine Corps veteran, wears his Marine Corps pin during a free game of golf for veterans on Veteran's Day at the Keller's Crossing at Stone Creek Golf Course in Makanda, Ill., Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020.

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December 20, 2020
Randy Hammersley, left, and Dan Pender, right, pose for a portrait on Veteran's Day at the Keller's Crossing at Stone Creek Golf Course in Makanda, Ill., Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. Each year on Veteran's Day, owners and veterans Tim Chrzan and his son Jason, host a veterans golf free event to honor those who have served their countries and their families.

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December 20, 2020
Rodney Miller, 15 year Marine Corps veteran, and Michael Bailey enjoy a game of golf on Veteran's Day at the Keller's Crossing at Stone Creek Golf Course in Makanda, Ill., Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. Each year on Veteran's Day, owners and veterans Tim Chrzan and his son Jason, host a veterans golf free event to honor those who have served their countries.

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December 20, 2020
Dan Pender, a four year Army veteran, tees off on Veteran's Day at the Keller's Crossing at Stone Creek Golf Course in Makanda, Ill., Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. Each year on Veteran's Day, owners and veterans Tim Chrzan and his son Jason, host a veterans golf free event to honor those who have served their countries.

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December 20, 2020
David Hester submits his ballot at the Senior Center in Belknap, Ill. Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.

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December 20, 2020
David Hester signs in to receive his ballot at the Senior Center in Belknap, Ill. Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.

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November 3, 2020
Steve Barnes submits his ballot at the Senior Center in Belknap, Ill. Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.

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November 3, 2020
Steve Barnes signs in to vote at the Senior Center in Belknap, Ill., Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.

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November 3, 2020
Mike Cullison and his brother, Tony Cullison, fill out their ballots Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. Mike and Tony both live in Belknap, Ill. and Mike is the owner of Mike's Saw Shop in Belknap, Ill.

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November 3, 2020
Jack Dunker, owner of Cache River Basin Vineyard and Winery in Belknap, Ill., submits his ballot Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Belknap, Ill.

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November 5, 2020
Jack Dunker, owner of Cache River Basin Vineyard and Winery in Belknap, Ill., submits his ballot Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Belknap, Ill.

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November 5, 2020
A Trump 'Make America Great Again' hat sits on the ballot table where a voter was asked to remove it due to the state law for election petitioning that you can campaign within 100 feet of a polling place Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Belknap, Ill.

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November 5, 2020
Chile, an educational barred owl, makes an appearance at one of the booths for people to learn more about owls at Treehouse Wildlife Center's first-ever, Owl-A-Ween Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, in Dow, Ill.

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November 5, 2020
Stacia Petersen looks at the pelicans with her daughter, Lena, at Treehouse Wildlife Center's first-ever, Owl-A-Ween Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, in Dow, Ill. Lena said that her favorite animal at the center was Vixey, the red fox. The Petersen family is visiting Illinois from Texas while staying with their grandma who lives in the area. “When we’re in town we come here at least once and if they’re having an event, we’ll come to that to walk around and see the animals. When the inside is open, you can keep the kids busy forever,” Stacia Petersen said.

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November 5, 2020
Lena Petersen looks at the memorial wall for Treehouse Wildlife Center's celebrity red fox, Chuckles, at the first-ever, Owl-A-Ween Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, in Dow, Ill. “She did pass away, the memorial fence is over there, and then starting tomorrow I’ll have to pick a date so we can burn them [memorial notes] with everybody’s messages. Today is the last day for people to put messages up on the fence for her. It’s kind of like the idea of a Tibetan prayer [flag] site,

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November 5, 2020
Matt Otte and his son, Elijah, look at some of the birds at Treehouse Wildlife Center's first-ever, Owl-A-Ween event Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020.

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November 5, 2020
Elijah Otte points while looking at the coyotes at the Treehouse Wildlife Center's first-ever, Owl-A-Ween Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020.

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November 5, 2020
Vixey, a red fox stands by a carved pumpkin at the Treehouse Wildlife Center's first-ever, Owl-A-Ween Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, in Dow, Ill. “They’re under Carnivora [red foxes], so they are carnivores, but they can and will eat plant matter [pumpkins]. Their success rate of catching live prey in the wild isn’t that high, so they have to sometimes supplement their diet with other things,

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November 5, 2020
Coleman and Will Kuebrich wait in line to receive a balloon animal at Treehouse Wildlife Center's first-ever, Owl-A-Ween Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, in Dow, Ill.

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November 5, 2020
Will Kuebrich reaches for his balloon animal that was made by Professor Longhair from Professor Longhair's Grande Illusions at Treehouse Wildlife Center's first-ever, Owl-A-Ween Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, in Dow, Ill. Professor Longhair and his grandson, Corbin, practice magic together and have done a lot of shows in Edwardsville, Ill.

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November 5, 2020
Sara and Josh Linn show their kids, Tyler and Tessa, the coyotes and foxes at Treehouse Wildlife Center's first-ever, Owl-A-Ween Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, in Dow, Ill.

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November 1, 2020
Matt Ahlfield, co-owner of Backwoods Axe Throwing in Murphysboro, Ill., practices his axe throwing Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020.

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November 1, 2020
Isaac Gibson, co-owner of Backwoods Axe Throwing in Murphysboro, Ill., practices his axe throwing Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020.

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November 1, 2020
Isaac Gibson, co-owner of Backwoods Axe Throwing in Murphysboro, draws back to throw an axe Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020.

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November 1, 2020
Currently, the Fermentation Science Lab at SIU is not making any more Saluki Sanitizer due to the decrease in demand Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. Mandy Rothert, lab manager at the Fermentation Science Institute at SIU, said, “It seems like the demand has really slowed down and people aren’t buying it anymore, so the SIU Foundation bought a bunch of these little bottles from us and they would send them out to their alumni with a Saluki mask.”

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October 29, 2020
Mandy Rothert, lab manager at the Fermentation Science Institute at SIU, “Campus had us make ten 55-gallon drums for them and then they took them to a centralized location and that’s where they pump it out and then put it in containers to distribute, but then we had made this [stock] and planned on selling it at some point,” Rothert said. “It seems like the demand has really slowed down and people aren’t buying it anymore, so the SIU Foundation bought a bunch of these little bottles from us and they would send them out to their alumni with a Saluki mask,” Rothert said.

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November 1, 2020
Community members walk quietly in remembrance of Xe’Quan Campbell, a 16-year-old Carbondale Community High School student who was murdered in Nov. of 2019,  and to bring awareness to gun violence Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Carbondale, Ill. The gathering was organized by the Southern Illinois Unity Coalition. There will also be events going on throughout the weekend of Oct. 24 and 25 to help raise awareness on gun violence.

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November 20, 2020
Community members walk quietly in remembrance of Xe’Quan Campbell, a 16-year-old Carbondale Community High School student who was murdered in Nov. of 2019, and to bring awareness to gun violence Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Carbondale, Ill. The gathering was organized by the Southern Illinois Unity Coalition and started near the apartment that Campbell was shot at on Freeman St. in Carbondale, Ill. There will also be events going on throughout the weekend of Oct. 24 and 25 to help raise awareness on gun violence.

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October 23, 2020
Julian Wells and her daughter, Rumi, 6, observe a moment of silence in remembrance of Xe’Quan Campbell, a 16-year-old Carbondale Community High School student who was murdered outside of a relative’s apartment in 2019, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Carbondale, Ill. The memorial march started almost a minute away from where Campbell was shot. The quiet, march was the kickoff event for a weekend of Stop the Violence events hosted by the Southern Illinois Unity Coalition.

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October 23, 2020
Emerald Avril holds a phone flashlight at the Kick Off Candlelight March during a moment of silence in remembrance of Xe’Quan Campbell, a 16-year-old Carbondale Community High School student who was murdered in 2019, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Carbondale, Ill. Those in attendance had to resort to using flashlights instead of candles due to wind.

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October 23, 2020
Julian Wells and her daughter, Rumi, 6, march in remembrance of Xe’Quan Campbell, a 16-year-old Carbondale Community High School student who was murdered in 2019, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Carbondale, Ill.

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October 23, 2020
John Weyers and his son, John demonstrate how to properly dismount a boat while scuba diving by doing a “back roll” Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, at Mermet Springs. “Do you know why you do a back roll from a boat? Because if you did a front roll, you’d still be in the boat,” Faith joked.

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October 23, 2020
John Weyers and his son, John demonstrate how to do a “giant stride,” which is common to do from boats and docks as a way to enter the water while diving, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, at Mermet Springs.

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October 23, 2020
David Shepard, who is in the process of becoming a staff member, finishes filling air tanks Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. To be on staff at Mermet Springs, people have to volunteer for one or two years to ensure that they are dedicated and want to be on staff.

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October 23, 2020
Landen Robison, 7, feeds a catfish a hotdog on a dock at Mermet Springs Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. “I’ve never really seen a place that you can go scuba diving like this before,” Landen's mom, Haley Robison said. She has been bringing her son to see the fish in the quarry. “His favorite thing in the world is fish,”  Haley Robison said. Having just learned to swim, Landen Robison is looking forward to being able to swim with the fish. “Next spring, I get to snorkel here,” Landen Robison said. Having been to Mermet Springs one time the previous weekend, Robison was excited to go back and told his mom that he was sure the fish were hungry.

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October 23, 2020
David Shepard, who is in the process of becoming a staff member, finishes filling air tanks Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. To be on staff at Mermet Springs, people have to volunteer for one or two years to ensure that they are dedicated and want to be on staff.

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October 23, 2020
Katie Robison sits on her brother, Landen Robison, while he feeds the catfish at Mermet Springs Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020.

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October 23, 2020
Protestors gather across from the Makanda Boardwalk at the planned site for a Canada National Railroad 185-foot, communications tower Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2020.

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October 23, 2020
University Honors Assembly President, Martiece Arrington helps hand out snacks at the Moon Light on the Lake event hosted by the Honors Assembly Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020.

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October 21, 2020
A Trump supporter follows the Trump Train around the roundabout off of hwy. 127 and hwy. 146 in Jonesboro, Ill., on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020.

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October 21, 2020
Trump supporters gather in an empty lot in Anna, Ill. for the Trump Train on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020.

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October 21, 2020
Takiyah Coleman, center, and a group of Black Lives Matter protestors argue with a Trump supporter who refused to give their name at the Trump Train on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Anna, Ill.

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October 21, 2020
Pam and Ed Hickam, Shade Tree Farm, talk with fellow farmer, at the Humpday Farmer's market on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2020, in Carbondale, Ill. 
Shade Tree Farm sells tomatoes, eggs, cucumbers, okra, garlic, house plants, and Pam does flower arrangements.

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October 21, 2020
Marla Biller sells homemade baked goods at the Humpday Farmer's Market on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in  Carbondale, ILL. Biller and her family, along with some family friends, bake all of the baked goods that get sold at their stand at the farmer's market. Biller said that her favorite of the pies was the pecan pie.

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October 21, 2020
Tonya Green talks with Loraine Reinhardt about the masks made by a farm that she partners with at the Humpday Farmer's Market in Carbondale, ILL., on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Green sells sweet peppers, green peppers, and squash and the farm that she partners with was selling tomatoes, honey, and masks. Green attends the Humpday Farmer's Market every Wednesday.

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October 21, 2020
Richard Bochantin, DuBois, ILL., sells a variety of watermelons, spaghetti squash, pumpkins, and peppers at the Humpday Farmer's Market on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Carbondale, ILL.

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October 21, 2020
Al Morgan, a local Native American artist, plays a flute at the Humpday Farmer's Market on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Carbondale, ILL. Morgan makes and sells jewelry, dreamcatcher, baskets, and more. He began creating art when his wife got sick from Parkinson's as a hobby and has continued to expand the types of art that he makes.

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