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Members of the Buffalo Grove police force are distributing laminated visor cards for deaf and hard of hearing motorists. The cards are available free of charge at the Buffalo Grove Police Department, 46 Raupp Blvd.


Village seeks artwork for Public Art Program

The village is seeking artwork from local artists as part of the fifth year of the Deerfield Public Art Program. The Deerfield Fine Arts Commission will review artwork proposals submitted by artists interested in having their work displayed in the community. Participating artists must be willing to loan works of art for public display for up to a year. Selected paintings, murals, drawings and other pieces will be displayed in Village Hall, the Public Works facility, Deerfield Park District facilities, the Deerfield Public Library and other governmental buildings. The program also seeks an outdoor sculpture to be placed at the northeast corner of Waukegan and Deerfield roads. Applications are available online at and are due by Aug. 15. For information, call David Fitzgerald at 847-719-7400 or visit

Buffalo Grove

Police offer visor cards for hearing impaired drivers

Buffalo Grove has announced that the village’s Police Department will distribute laminated visor cards for deaf and hard of hearing motorists. The visor cards allow drivers to quickly identify themselves as deaf or hard of hearing during a traffic stop. One side of the card features graphics to allow officers to communicate why the driver was stopped and what information the officer needs. The card also includes a section that allows drivers to quickly communicate if they are lost, out of fuel, need medical assistance, have a flat tire or need a tow truck. The opposite side of the card provides communication tips for officers and allows drivers to indicate the most effective way to communicate with them. The cards were designed through a partnership between the State of Illinois Deaf & Hard of Hearing Commission and the AIM Center for Independent Living. The visor cards are available free of charge at the Buffalo Grove Police Department, 46 Raupp Blvd. For information, call 847-459-2560 or visit


High school stadium to get new scoreboard

The Barrington 220 School District Board of Education has approved the installation of a new scoreboard for Barrington Community Stadium at Barrington High School. The board determined that the current scoreboard, installed more than 10 years ago, had reached the end of its functional life. The new scoreboard will have a larger video screen and an updated sound system. It will be paid for through donations — approved by the Board of Education – from Wickstrom Auto Group, Motor Werks of Barrington, Long & Co. Jewelers, Lake Cook Orthopedics and three sponsors to be named in the coming months. The new scoreboard is expected to be installed this fall. For information, call 847-381-1400 or visit


Lark named as 13th fire chief

Mayor Steve Lentz and the Mundelein Board of Trustees have approved the appointment of Bill Lark as fire chief. He becomes the 13th fire chief to serve Mundelein since the village incorporated in 1909. Lark began his career with the Mundelein Fire Department in 1990 as a paid on-call firefighter, and was hired to a career position in 1994. He has held every rank in the department during his tenure. Lark was promoted to lieutenant in 2007, battalion chief in 2014, deputy chief in 2015 and chief deputy in 2017. He attained his chief fire officer certification through the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshall in 2017. Lark also attended the Enhanced All-Hazards Incident Command Course at Texas A&M University. In addition to his current duties, Lark serves as team leader of the area’s mutual aid Water Rescue and Recovery Team. For information, call 847-949-3200 or visit

Port Barrington

Deadline extended for trade scholarship program

The village announced that the deadline to apply for the Mohr Vocational Skilled Trade Scholarship has been extended through Aug. 1. The scholarship, made possible by Port Barrington residents Lynne and Ken Mohr, will be awarded to support continuing skilled trade/technical education beyond the high school level with a focus on electrical, plumbing, mechanical, welding and other similar skilled trades. The program is open to village residents who are high school seniors, high school graduates (or GED equivalent) either enrolled or planning to enroll at an accredited two-year college, vocational school, technical school or other approved technical institute beginning with the 2018-19 academic year. In addition, applicants must demonstrate ambition and self-drive as evidenced by achievement in school, community or charity work. Applications are available online at Completed applications can be sent via email to or dropped off in person at Village Hall, 69 S. Circle Ave. For information, call 847-639-7595 or visit

Island Lake

Lakefest to include carnival, car show and fireworks

The village of Island Lake’s 2018 Lakefest will be held from 5-10 p.m. July 6, 1-10 p.m. July 7 and 1-6 p.m. July 8 at Water Tower Park, located on West State Road (Route 176). The event includes Skinner’s Carnival, with rides and games, as well as food vendors, a beer tent, entertainment and a car show (10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 7). A fireworks display is scheduled for July 7. (Rain date is July 8). Wristbands for carnival rides will be available. For information, call 847-526-8764 or visit


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