Photos Trees, like this pretty maple on Elmwood’s Main Street, are starting to show off their fall colors. The peak for foliage in central Illinois ranges from Oct. 15-25. Cloudy and unseasonably mild temperatures greeted football teams for their first day of practice on Monday. Elmwood-Brimfield football players spent a portion of the first practice working on tackling a rolling Tackle Wheel, as above. E-B had 61 out for practice Monday while Farmington was at 87, Princeville had 50 for the opener and ROWVA-Williamsfield saw 48 show up. Watch for more details Aug. 25 in The Weekly Post football section, one day before the Aug. 26 season opener. Photo by Jeff Lampe. Elmwood-Brimfield senior Johnny York soars on a long jump attempt Tuesday at the ICAC meet held at Elmwood. Photo by Collin Fairfield. Cowbirds are among the species that writer and photographer Gretchen Steele lumps together as “bully blackbirds,” who often create havoc at her feeders. Additionally, cowbirds parasitize the nests of at least 61 other species of Illinois birds. Santa and his helpers were everywhere last Saturday, as Brimfield, Elmwood and Farmington had Christmas events downtown. Above, Santa and his crew wave after riding in a horse-drawn carriage through Elmwood. Photo by Shelley Earnest Cassel. Farmington ends its WinterFest with the lighting of a tree in Reed Park. During Winterfest, a youngster enjoys getting close to sheep, courtesy of Farmington FFA. In keeping with the real reason for the season, youngsters from United Methodist Church of Elmwood dress up and stage a traveling nativity scene during the Christmas Walk.Photo by Dave Giagnoni. Female cardinals like this one are among the birds still lingering around central Illinois. Photo by Gretchen Steele. Elmwood Tornado of June 5, 2010 A cardinal finds more than he bargained for inside this bird feeder in an Elmwood back yard. Photo by Penny Marsh.