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For 90 frantic minutes Monday afternoon, Gregg Sierminski and his wife wandered through the chaos, searching for their daughter, Rachel, who finished the Boston Marathon a half hour before two explosions near the finish line killed three people and injured more than 100 others.

Rachel Sierminski, a member of Marian Central's 1998 state championship cross country team, was running the famed Boston course for the first time. Despite knowing she had finished, Sierminski, who lives in McHenry and works as a dentist in Wonder Lake, was forced to deal with uncertainty while he and his wife continued their search for their daughter.

Initially, their search was unsuccessful as they got lost in the congestion that followed the two explosions. They heard the blasts from a few hundred yards away and finally located Rachel an hour and a half after she finished.

HARVARD – Bullets struck a home and vehicle in Harvard on Monday night, according to the Harvard Police Department.

Police were called to the area of South Eastman and West Thompson streets at around 9 p.m. for a report of shots fired, according to a news release. Investigators later found bullets in the door of a home in the 200 block of West Thompson Street as well as a truck parked along the roadway. No one was injured during the incident, and no suspects have been identified. The investigation is ongoing.

This is the second report of shots fired in Harvard in just over a week. A 22-year-old man was taken to the hospital April 7 with a gunshot wound that was not considered life threatening.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has issued an air quality alert for the Chicago area.

An Air Pollution Action Day was declared at 4 a.m. Tuesday and it has been extended through midnight Wednesday, affecting McHenry, Lake, Kane, DuPage, Cook, Kendall, Grundy and Will counties, according to the National Weather Service. People with asthma and other breathing problems should limit their outdoor activity, the National Weather Service said.

This is the first Air Pollution Action Day declared for the Chicago area this year. In 2012, the area had 12 Air Pollution Action Days, said Kim Biggs, special programs coordinator at the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. “This year has been very good thanks to mild temperatures," Biggs said.

WOODSTOCK – Featuring all new artists this year, the Jazz on the Square Jazz Festival promises to bring a slice of Chicago's jazz scene to Woodstock.

In its sixth year, the three-day event runs Aug. 22-24, with most events taking place at Stage Left Cafe, 125 W. Van Buren, Woodstock. A free show beginning at 9 a.m Aug. 24 takes place on the Woodstock Square during the Woodstock Farmers Market. “We really want to try to show some of the up-and-coming Chicago jazz musicians," said Erin Denk, executive director of Jazz on the Square.

Along with the festival, the group hosts regular jazz jams throughout the year and provides scholarships for youth jazz camps. In keeping with its mission to not only entertain, but also to educate, the festival features a variety of musicians, Denk said.

LAKE IN THE HILLS – A Lake in the Hills teen whose life was cut short Monday will be remembered as a do-gooder who always had a smile on her face, her family said.

Emily Weyers, 18, was struck and seriously injured by a vehicle Monday night on Algonquin Road west of Oakleaf Road in Lake in the Hills, police said. She was taken by ambulance to Sherman Hospital in Elgin, where she was pronounced dead. The teen was walking home from Joe Caputo & Sons Fruit Market on Randall Road in Algonquin, where she worked in the deli, said her brother, Joe Weyers.

“With the injuries she sustained, the doctors said there was nothing they could do," said Weyers, 29. “I got the phone call saying she was in a car accident around 10 p.m., and by 10:30 p.m. the doctor came in and told us she was dead. Our lives forever changed from that moment on in a drastic way."

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