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Picture This: Young Entrepreneur

Published: Monday, May 19, 2014 11:32 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 6:53 a.m. CDT
(Monica Maschak – mmaschak@shawmedia.com)
Madilyn Schermerhorn, 9, and sister Olivia Schermerhorn, 5, play behind their lemonade stand while waiting for customers in front of their family's home near the intersection of Sycamore Avenue and 13th Street in DeKalb on Saturday, May 10, 2014. The older Schermerhorn hopes to save enough money to buy souvenirs when she and her family go on vacation to Wisconsin this summer. One year, she saved the money she earned from her lemonade stand to donate to TAILS Humane Society.

A couple of Saturdays ago, I drove past two little girls in their front yard setting up a lemonade stand. I was heading to another assignment, but I turned around and parked at Jewel, so I could walk the short distance to the lemonade stand on Sycamore Avenue near 13th Street.

The older girl, Madilyn Schermerhorn, 9, is the entrepreneur behind the stand, which she has been setting up in her family’s front yard the past few summers. Her sister, Olivia Schermerhorn, 5, may follow in her footsteps as she sells lemonade with her this summer.

Madilyn is saving money to buy souvenirs when she and her family go on vacation in Wisconsin this summer. One year, she took her earnings from the lemonade stand and donated it to TAILS Humane Society in DeKalb after her dog had been hit by a car.

It felt good to take a happy, slice-of-life photo ... and to drink their 99-cent pink lemonade.

• Picture This is an occasional column showcasing photographs by Daily Chronicle photographers. You can reach photographer Monica Maschak at mmaschak@shawmedia.com or 815-756-4841 ext. 2234. You can follow her on Twitter @ddc_mmaschak.

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