Levin named Deputy of the Year by Illinois Sheriff’s Assoc.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office reported that the Illinois Sheriff’s Association recently named Marine Unit Deputy Jonathan Levin as its 2016 Deputy of the Year for his courage in pulling two trapped motorcyclists to safety from under a burning pick-up truck following a severe traffic crash in Fox Lake, in July 2016. Levin was driving home from his shift at the Lake County Sheriff’s Marine Unit when he encountered a major traffic accident that involved the pick-up truck and motorcycles. He immediately positioned his own vehicle to block traffic, thereby protecting the crash victims from other vehicles passing through the wreckage. After rescuing the motorcyclists, Levin began administering first aid until Fox Lake paramedics arrived on the scene. Because of Levin’s actions, one of the motorcyclists survived the crash. The other accident victim initially rescued by Levin ultimately passed away from his injuries.
Paulson earns Dept. of Defense Seven Seals Award
The Lake County Veterans Assistance Commission (VAC) recently honored Chief County Assessment Officer Martin Paulson with its Department of Defense Seven Seals Award. The Seven Seals Award recognizes a contribution to the seven military services of the United States. The award was presented to Paulson in recognition of the Chief Assessment Office’s partnership with VAC in processing the Standard Homestead Exemption for veterans with disability. More than 3,000 Lake County veterans are eligible for the exemption, and the Chief Assessment Office has simplified the process for veterans by allowing the VAC to re-verify the disabilities. The VAC is certified to access the Veterans Benefit Management System and perform the re-verification.
‘Cop on Top’ event to benefit Illinois Special Olympics
Officers from the Deerfield Police Department will participate in the annual “Cop on Top at Dunkin’ Donuts” event from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 19 on the roof at Dunkin’ Donuts, 499 Lake Cook Road. The annual event is designed to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics Illinois. Deerfield police officers raised $4,000 during the event in 2016, and hope to raise $5,000 this year. Dunkin’ Donuts of Illinois will be making a corporate contribution of $10,000 to Special Olympics Illinois in conjunction with the Deerfield Police Department’s efforts. In addition, the department is selling raffle tickets to support Special Olympics. Prizes include a new Harley Davidson motorcycle, a custom ATV, big-screen HD TVs and Special Olympics merchandise. For more information, call (847) 945-8636, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.deerfield.il.us.
College nets lofty grant to aid new science center
Lake Forest College, 555 N. Sheridan Ave., has received a $496,200 grant from the Sherman Fairchild Foundation for new scientific equipment and instrumentation to equip its expanded science facilities and better serve students’ expanding interest in pursuing science majors. The generous gift will provide more than $120,000 per year for four consecutive years, beginning with the 2017-18 academic year, to purchase critical instrumentation and equipment for all departments that will be housed in the Lillard Science Center, and to launch a program in biochemistry and molecular biology. The college broke ground in 2016 on the Lillard Science Center, a $43 million expansion and renovation of the college’s current science facilities. Designed to be interdisciplinary in nature, the Lillard Science Center will bring together teaching and research in biology, chemistry, environmental studies, neuroscience, physics and psychology, as well as the new biochemistry and molecular biology program. The 130-square-foot facility will open in the fall of 2018. For more information, call (847) 234-3100 or visit www.lakeforest.edu.
Garden Club to host Centennial Open House
The Lake Bluff Garden Club will host its Centennial Open House from 4-7 p.m. May 20 at the Lake Bluff History Museum, 127 E. Scranton Ave. The main focus of the event is an exhibit, entitled, “A Village Beautiful: Deeply Rooted in Lake Bluff for 100 Years.” The exhibit features artifacts, photographs and historical mementos describing the Lake Bluff Garden Club’s many beautification projects. The event also includes light refreshments. The exhibit will remain on display throughout the summer. For more information, call (847) 482-1571 or visit www.lakebluffhistory.org.
Village begins year-round organic waste pick-up program
The city announced that Highwood has become the first municipality in Illinois to approve year-round collection of food scraps and yard waste for residents. The program, under terms of a contract with Lakeshore Recycling Systems, is part of Highwood’s three-cart garbage collection program, which began May 3. By diverting organic material away from landfills to composting sites, implementation of this initiative is leading the way in helping Lake County and Highwood achieve its goal of a 60 percent recycling and composting rate by 2020. Highwood residents will receive smaller, 35-gallon organic waste carts, and will now be able to mix food scraps with yard waste for curbside collection throughout the year. Acceptable items include yard waste (grass clippings, garden vegetation, leaves and brush), food scraps (meat, bread, fruits, table scraps, dairy, coffee grounds and filters, tea bags, cereal, grains, pasta and egg shells) and unsoiled paper products (paper towels, paper cups, paper bags, napkins, pizza boxes and newspapers). Plastic bags or packaging, pet waste, sanitary products, diapers, glass, metal, Styrofoam, liquids, grease and oil will not be accepted. For more information, call (847) 432-1924 or visit www.cityofhighwood.com.