March 2021 City of Peoria maintenance worker Javier Murillo spreads asphalt into a pothole while fellow worker Matt Savage waits to move on to the next hole Wednesday, March 3, on North Grand Prairie Drive in Peoria.Peoria High School football player Tim Petty practices punching the ball and recovering it during two-minute drills on the first official day of spring high school football practice Wednesday, March 3, in Peoria.Bradley’s Malte Winkler, facing, and Gerit Wintermeyer celebrate Wintermeyer’s first-period goal against Evansville on Thursday, March 4, at Eureka College’s Pete FioRito Stadium at McKinzie Field. The Braves held on to win 1-0.Ron Gulley of Hanna City stands outside the new business he is opening, The Coffee Can, a coffeehouse and lounge built out of shipping containers, in Hanna City. The entrepreneur is building the unique coffee shop, complete with a drive-thru, coffee lounge and a big deck on the roof, out of 13 shipping containers.ZEEK’S COMICS AND GAMES – Tabletop gamers battle it out at Zeek’s Comics and Games at the store’s new location in the Cherry Tree Shopping Center in Washington.ZEEK’S COMICS AND GAMES – Characters in the tabletop game Warhammer are lined up for battle during a recent game night at Zeek’s Comics and Games in the Cherry Tree Shopping Center in Washington. Players purchase, assemble and paint their own characters from kits and supplies sold at the store.ZEEK’S COMICS AND GAMES – Owner Zack Kaline, middle in ball cap, helps players learn the ins-and-outs of the tabletop fantasy game Warhammer: Age of Sigmar during a recent game night at the new location of Zeek’s Comics and Games next to Kroger in the Cherry Tree Shopping Center in Washington.ZEEK’S COMICS AND GAMES – Ayrton Chitwood, left, and Jared Cody, both of Bartonville, relax in the lounge area at the back of the new location for Zeek’s Comics and Games in the Cherry Tree Shopping Center in Washington.HOLY TRANSFIGURATION – Deacon Benjamin Bryant prays in the temple of the Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church at 6216 N. Sheridan Road in Peoria. Bryant and the Church recently moved from a smaller location nearby to the former Christian Science Reading Room. The church is part of the Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.HOLY TRANSFIGURATION –An ornate Old Believers Cross lies on the podium next to a Bible in the temple of the Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church on Sheridan Road in Peoria.HOLY TRANSFIGURATION – Deacon Benjamin Bryant found his religious calling in the Russian Orthodox Church and created the Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church in Peoria. The church recently acquired and converted the former Christian Science Reading Room at 6216 N. Sheridan Road in Peoria.Morton senior Raquel Frakes, left, junior Katie Krupa, middle, and senior Sedona McCartney shed tears of joy after defeating Washington 49-44 in overtime for the Mid-Illini Conference title Saturday, March 13 in Morton. The game was their last one together as COVID-19 restrictions forced a shortened basketball season with no state tournament.Metamora’s Ethan Kizer, left, and Washington’s Drew Lewis and Devon Vanderheydt chase a loose ball in the second half of the Mid-Illini Conference title game Saturday, March 13 in Washington. The Panthers defeated the Redbirds 69-52 for the title.St. Patrick’s Day revelers Donnie Driscoll, left, of West Peoria, Edward Watkins, middle of East Peoria, John Matheny, right, of West Peoria and Riley Driscoll, foreground, also of West Peoria, enjoy a pint or two Wednesday, March 17 at Jimmy’s Bar, 2801 W. Farmington Rd., in West Peoria.DUNLAP VS. PEKIN – The Dunlap Eagles take the field for their home opener against the Pekin Dragons on the first night of spring football Friday, March 19 in Dunlap.DUNLAP VS. PEKKN – Pekin running back Kanye Tyler, right, fends off Dunlap’s Ryan Schuck in the first half Friday, March 19 in Dunlap.DUNLAP VS. PEKIN – Pekin’s Chase Frainer, left, defends a pass to Dunlap’s Gabe Calhoun in the first half Friday, March 19 in Dunlap. The pass fell incomplete.PEORIA HIGH VS. NOTRE DAME – Peoria High running back Aziah Fisher (5) escapes a Peoria Notre Dame defender in the second half Friday, March 19 at Peoria Stadium. The Lions defeated the Irish 62-49.PEORIA HIGH VS. NOTRE DAME – The Peoria High Lions and senior Bryson Powell listen as head coach Tim Thornton praises the team after their 62-49 victory over Peoria Notre Dame on Friday, March 19 at Peoria Stadium.BRIDGE WORK – Workers build piers for the new eastbound span under construction next to the McClugage Bridge on Tuesday, March 23 in Peoria. Work is expected to last through most of 2022.BRIDGE WORK – The east and west sections of the new eastbound span of the McClugage Bridge currently under construction will eventually meet in the middle to form the complete bridge.WYOMING STREET FIRE – Peoria firefighters knock down hot spots from a house fire Thursday, March 25 at 2813 W. Wyoming Street in Peoria. The Peoria Fire Department responded at about 2:30 p.m. to find flames shooting out the front of the house. According to Battalion Chief Ralph Phillips, three dogs died in the blaze. No one was home at the time and no one was injured.WYOMING STREET FIRE – A pair of Peoria firefighters tear siding off a burning house to expose hot spots underneath Thursday, March 25 at 2813 W. Wyoming Street in Peoria.WYOMING STREET FIRE – Peoria firefighterS work the scene of a house fire Thursday, March 25 at 2813 W. Wyoming Street in Peoria.Patrons enjoy some coffee and sunshine at Zion Coffee Bar, 803 SW Adams St., in Peoria’s Warehouse District. The coffee shop has proven to be one of the most popular and enduring developments in the Warehouse District.