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Vintage cars will be on display as part of the village of Island Lake’s 2018 Lakefest, running Friday through Sunday at Water Tower Park. The car show will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

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


Venetico hired as Marlowe Middle School principal

The Huntley Community School District 158 Board of Education has approved the hiring of Anthony Venetico as the next principal of Marlowe Middle School. Venetico has served as assistant principal of Carleton Washburne Middle School in Winnetka since 2015. The school is renowned for academic achievement, commitment to student wellness, and fine arts and extracurricular activities. Prior to his work at Washburne, Venetico was a math teacher at Barrington and Notre Dame high schools. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Loyola University Chicago, a master’s degree in education from Benedictine University and a master’s degree in principal preparation from Concordia University Chicago. For information, call 847-659-6121 or visit

Crystal Lake

Park earns Community Investment Award

The Quarry Wakeboard Park at Three Oaks Recreation Area, 5517 Northwest Highway, was presented with the Community Investment Award by members of Crystal Lake’s Economic Development Committee. The award acknowledges the Quarry’s investment in Crystal Lake as a tourist destination. The county’s tourism bureau, Visit McHenry County, featured the Quarry Wakeboard Park on the cover of its recent marketing brochure. The brochures are provided at numerous outlets (including highway rest areas, hotels and convention centers) as an informational source about tourism opportunities in McHenry County. In addition, Travel Illinois, the state’s official tourism magazine, included the Quarry Wakeboard Park and Three Oaks Recreation Area as a must-visit location in Illinois. For information, call 815-459-2020 or visit


R-B High School Alumni Banquet on tap

The Richmond-Burton Community High School Alumni Association will have the 2018 RBCHS Alumni Banquet from 6-11 p.m. July 21 at Maravela’s Banquet Hall, 4 Washington Ave., Fox Lake. The event will begin with a cocktail hour, followed by a buffet style dinner (7 p.m.), including salad bar, roast sirloin of beef au jus, roast turkey breast with bread dressing, baked cod almondine, twice-baked potatoes, buttered sweet corn and dessert. After dinner, there will be a short business meeting (8 p.m.), followed by class announcements, raffles and socializing (until 10:45 p.m.). Single and group photos will also be available. The cost to attend the banquet is $27.50 per person (cash or check), and the deadline for reservations is July 14. Checks should be made payable to “RBCHS Alumni Association” and mailed to: P.O. Box 66, Richmond, IL 60071. Reservations can also be made at Associated Bank, 10910 N. Main St., Richmond. For information, call 815-678-4525, send an email to or visit


City earns Tree City USA designation 22nd time

Algonquin announced that the Arbor Day Foundation selected the village as a Tree City USA community for its commitment to effective forest management. It marks the 22nd year that Algonquin has received the designation. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s  Forest Service. Algonquin met the four required standards to become a Tree City USA community: maintaining a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, a community forestry program with annual expenditures of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. For information, including details about the village’s urban forestry program, visit or call 847-658-2700. 


Food Truck FEASTival to be held downtown

The city announced that the Harvard Food Truck FEASTival will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 14 on three blocks of downtown Ayer Street. The event includes food trucks, domestic and craft beer, kids entertainment, a craft fair, art fair and classic car show. Admission is $5 per person and free for children ages 12 and under. For information, call 815-943-6468 or visit



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