Community Assoc. seeks nominations for Citizen of the Year
The Lincolnshire Community Association (LCA) is now accepting nominations for its 2017 Citizen of the Year Award. The community award is designed to recognize, thank and honor a resident who has made a significant contribution to Lincolnshire. Nominated residents may not be a sitting elected official, current school board member or active LCA board member. The resident who is ultimately chosen as Citizen of the Year will be invited to ride in the LCA 4th of July Parade, receive a special memento to commemorate the honor and be recognized on the Citizen of the Year plaque in Village Hall. The deadline to submit a nomination is June 18. To access a nomination form, visit www.lincolnshirecommunity.org. For more information, call 847-883-8600 or visit www.lincolnshireil.gov.
Public Works offers new parkway tree replacement program
The village announced that the Public Works staff is currently updating its parkway tree replacement plan, and is reaching out to nurseries in the area to determine pricing and availability of replacement trees. During the past few years, the village has removed more than 1,000 parkway tress that were dead, damaged or otherwise affected by Emerald ash borers. Due to the large number of trees cut down, the replacement process will likely take several years to complete. Residents who wish to plant their own parkway tress must pick a tree from a list of approved trees, and must obtain a permit from the Building Department (at no cost) before doing any planting. The permit process allows village staff an opportunity to verify that a chosen location will be a good fit, and also updates the database of parkway trees. A list of approved trees is available on the village website (www.eroundlake.com). For more information, call 847-546-5400 or visit the website.
Ravinia Dist. to host Food Truck Thursdays program
The Ravinia District of Highland Park announced that its Food Truck Thursdays program will begin June 1 and run through Sept. 14. The program offers a wide variety of food and drinks from more than a dozen food trucks and local restaurants while enjoying live outdoor musical performances. Food Truck Thursdays will begin at 4:30 p.m. each week (and end at dusk) on Dean Avenue between Rogers Williams and St. Johns avenues, and in Jens Jansen Park, across from the Ravinia Metra Station. Free parking is available. Participants can dine al fresco at picnic benches in Jens Jansen Park or bring their own folding chairs and blankets. Live music includes area bands Bowmanville, Radio Free Honduras and the Dan Stiernberg Trio. Performances are sponsored by the Highland Park Community Foundation, Ravinia District Special Service Area 17 property owners and Life Rhythms. For more information, visit facebook.com/raviniadistrict.highlandpark, call 847-432-0800 or visit www.cityhpil.com.
Park Dist. to host Recycle-O-Rama event
The Vernon Hills Park District will host Recycle-O-Rama from 9 a.m. to noon May 20 in the Sears parking lot at Vernon Hills Hawthorn Mall, located on Ring Drive off of Milwaukee Avenue. Accepted items include CRT monitors, laptops, CD/DVD players, cell phones, televisions printers, computer towers, small appliances and paper for shredding (with a limit of two boxes per vehicle). The event does not include chemical waste recycling. In addition appointments for latex paint recycling are available by calling Epaint Recycling Solutions at 847-666-8351. The cost is $1 per quart can, $3 per 1-gallon pail and $10 per 5-gallon pail. Oil-based paint products, spray cans, solvents or leaking cans will not be accepted. For more information on Recycle-O-Rama, call 847-367-3700 or visit www.vernonhills.org.
Village to hold Memorial Day Parade, ceremonies
The village announced that it will hold its annual Memorial Day Parade and ceremonies on May 29. The parade will step off from the Hillside Avenue parking lot across from Grayslake Central High School, 400 N. Lake St., at 9:30 a.m., travel south on Lake Street and proceed east on Park Avenue near the downtown clock tower at the Millennium Court Veterans Memorial site, located at the corner of Seymour Avenue and Center Street. Memorial Day ceremonies will be held immediately following the parade. For more information, call Village Hall at 847-223-8515 or visit www.villageofgrayslake.com.
City earns Distinguished Budget Presentation Award
The city announced that it has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its budget from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada. The award reflects the commitment of a governing body and staff in meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. In order to receive the award, Lake Forest was required to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. The guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide and as a communications device. Budget documents must be rated “proficient” in all categories, and the 14 mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award. For more information, call 847-234-2600 or visit www.cityoflakeforest.com.
High school student newspaper places first in ASPA contest
Mundelein High School’s student newspaper, The Mustang, recently earned a first-place finish in the American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA) School Newspaper Contest with a score of 900 out of a possible 1,000. ASPA judged The Mustang to be, “an excellent school newspaper showing the creativity and journalistic knowledge of its editors, reporters, writers, photographers, layout/graphic designers and its advisor.” Senior editors of The Mustang who will continue their studies in journalism upon graduation include Melissa Burgett (print editor-in-chief), Stephanie Zeiger (online editor-in-chief), Michael Del Rosario (production editor-in-chief), Kate Stiltman (management editor), Delaney Applehans and Adriana Feijoo (feature/center spread editors), and Alex Loding and Ben Szalinski (sports editors). Michelle Didzbalis is The Mustang’s advisor.