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Music Lovers Have Many Events to Enjoy at LFHS In Coming Weeks

Submitted by a Lake Forest High School Applause Member


Whatever style of music you prefer, the talented Music Department students at Lake Forest High School have upcoming concerts and events to suit all tastes, so please join us for any and all of these exciting performances, most of which are held at LFHS, 1285 N. McKinley Road in Lake Forest. PS: RMA stands for Raymond Moore Auditorium.

Tuesday, October 21 7:30 p.m. RMA Choral Concert

Thursday, October 23 7:00 p.m. RMA Orchestra Festival

Tuesday, October 28 7:00 p.m. RMA Choral Festival, including students from Lake Bluff & Deerpath Middle Schools

Thursday, October 30 7:00 p.m. RMA Band Festival

Saturday, November 1 7:30 p.m. RMA Symphony for Survival

Tuesday, November 11 Various Lake Bluff Village Veterans’ Day Band Performances at the Village Green & LFHS

Friday, November 28 – Time TBD — Market Choral Performance at the Tree Lighting in Lake Forest’s Market Square

Sunday, December 14 Holiday Concerts and Spaghetti Dinner

  • 3:00 p.m. RMA — Instrumental Concert
  • 4:45 – 6:30 pm — Cafeteria/Commons — Spaghetti Dinner
  • 7:00 p.m. RMA Choral Concert

In addition to these events, we’re waiting for you – members of the community — to join us at Glee Club every Tuesday morning in the Chorus Room (Room 83) from 7:00-7:50 AM. All students, parents, community members and faculty are welcome. Come join Mr. Haskett and 40 of your neighbors for a lively morning of song, music, coffee, and donuts. If a mix of Beatles, Queen, Handel and show tunes are your thing, you belong here! Our first performance will be on October 21 at the Choral Concert.

Meanwhile, show your School Spirit by learning the LFHS Fight Song!Thanks to the Band and Choir for creating the music!

Turn up your speakers and play it while you sing along:

Cheer, cheer for Lake Forest High
The school whose spirit never dies!
Cheer for the team that has made it famous in the years gone by
And we will cheer for the blue and the gold, the colors ever wave on high.
So let’s add to the score and win here once more,
Come on and fight, Lake Forest High!

For more information on any of the Music Department’s events, please see the Applause newsletter 

Applause is the booster organization for the musical arts at Lake Forest High School, an organization of parents, alumni, faculty, and friends that provides support and communication for all band, choral, orchestral, and other music activities.

Last year, thanks to memberships and the Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser, Applause was able to contribute about $25,000 to the High School music program helping to fund scholarships, lessons, the spring trip abroad, grants to the music department, and student recognition. We’re hoping this year that even more local families will participate.

Join Applause at any level of support, starting at $25, online at or contact Membership Chairman Lorraine Condic, 35 W. Old Mill Rd, Lake Forest, IL 60045, Thank you!

The Church of the Holy Spirit Honored as Parish of the Year

Submitted by The Church of the Holy Spirit

Lake Forest, Ill. – The Church of the Holy Spirit, the Episcopal church in Lake Forest, has been named the Parish of the Year by the Revive Center for Housing and Healing (formerly Cathedral Shelter) in Chicago.

The Parish of the Year award recognizes a church that has made a significant contribution the Revive Center’s work to alleviate and prevent homelessness in the city of Chicago.

“We are humbled to receive this honor,” said the Rev. Alan C. James, rector of The Church of the Holy Spirit. “Serving others is at the core of our mission, and our work with the Revive Center is a reflection of our commitment to loving our neighbors in tangible ways that support them in their lives.”

For decades The Church of the Holy Spirit has provided gifts for the Revive Center’s Christmas Basket program which distributes Christmas gifts to more than 5,000 people in December of each year. The church’s Senior Choir also collects hams for Revive to distribute each Easter.

The Church of the Holy Spirit’s Rev. Alan James, Cathy Weingart-Ryan, and Lynne Atherton will formally accept the award at Revive’s Awards Celebration! on Friday, November 15 at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago.

Founded in 1902, The Church of the Holy Spirit is a vibrant and inviting Episcopal parish in Lake Forest, Ill., with services at 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 7:30, 9, and 11 a.m. on Sundays.

LEAD Plans 7th Annual Red Ribbon 5K Race & 2K Family Fun Run

Submitted by LEAD

Get Out and Run!

LEAD’s RED Ribbon 5K Race/2K Family Fun Run set for October 25, 2014
The race will be held at the Gorton Center and begins at 9 am

Please join LEAD on Saturday, October 25th for its 7th annual Red Ribbon 5K Race/2K Family Fun Run starting at the Gorton Center at 9 am. All proceeds from the race support LEAD’s programming and events for the 2014-2015 school year.

New this year, LEAD is teaming up with Fox Nation Indian Guides and Princesses for Fox Nation’s Pumpkin Patch fundraiser. Pumpkins will be sold in the parking lot of the Gorton Center, with all proceeds funding Fox Nation’s Kids Caring for Kids program. For more information on Fox Nation, please visit their website at

Additionally, this year marks the third annual Taste of Wellness Fair. Race participants and community members are invited to check out the fair, which highlights local businesses that are committed to healthy living.

Activities for the kids will include face painting, soccer kick and a Fire truck. FM 100.3 will be on hand to provide music for the event.

To register or for more information, please visit If you have additional questions, please contact LEAD at 847-295-9075

Service Dogs Meet Post 510 Sponsors

Submitted by Lake Bluff American Legion Post 510


Recruit PSTD Service Dog Joseph Ellis Bohon, service dog trainer Pam Barnett and PSTD trained Service Dog Harold Koal visit American Legion Lake Bluff Post 510.

Recruit PSTD Service Dog Joseph Ellis Bohon, service dog trainer Pam Barnett and PSTD trained Service Dog Harold Koal visit American Legion Lake Bluff Post 510.

Experienced PTSD Service Dog Harold Koal, his apprentice PTSD recruit Service Dog Joseph Ellis Bohon and Pack Leader Academy trainer Pam Barnett paid a visit to a recent meeting of their sponsoring organization Lake Bluff’s American Legion Post 510.

“Taking care of veterans is one of the objectives of Lake Bluff‘s American Legion Post 510. Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Blast Injury presented Post 510 with a challenge. Service dogs were suggested and Post 510 turned to the community for help meeting the need,” according to Post 510 Commander David Cimarrusti.

The Knights of Columbus Lake Forest Council #1268 at St. Mary’s Church was looking for a veteran project to underwrite. Commander Cimarrusti and Post Vice Commander Jim Graham saw a match with the Post mission to care for veterans. A relationship was formed. The search was on to identify a suitable canine source.

Pam Barnett, president of “Paws Assisting Wounded Warriors” (PAWWS), a recognized regional non-profit PTSD dog-training subsidiary of Pack Leader Academy in Palos Heights was contacted by Post Commander Cimarrusti. Barnett agreed to take on the challenge to find a suitable dog, do the appropriate training and match dog and veteran.

The Post 510, Knights of Columbus, PAWWS service dog team has been functioning since 2012. During that time two veterans have visited Post 510 with their Post 510 PTSD Service dogs. Three dogs have been or are being prepared to act as service dogs; trained dog Black Lab Harold Koal, trainee dog Black Lab Joseph Ellis Bohon and the newest potential service dog Standard Poodle Jimmie Dobbins.

Of note, the dogs are named after either veterans or donors. Service dog Jimmie Dobbins represents long time Post 510 veteran Bill Dobbins.

For additional information on Post 510 or its PTSD service dog project contact Post Commander David Cimarrusti at 847-234-5261 or email


Want To Help The Daily Grind? Here’s How …

By Adrienne Fawcett

More than 500 people have liked a Facebook page called “Save The Daily Grind” since it was created in late August, when word got out that the meat market’s Lake Bluff lease would not be renewed at the end of January 2015. Did you know you have an opportunity to put your money where your tastebuds are?

On September 13, Ellie Harness started an online fund-raising campaign to help her dad, Daily Grind owner Rick Harness, with moving expenses and equipment replacement. So far, 11 people have pitched in a combined $1,895 to toward the $10,000 goal.

Rick told GazeboNews he would like to relocate in Lake Forest or Lake Bluff but has not signed a lease on a new storefront at this time.

Harness said he hates asking for money and was reluctant to talk about the fundraising campaign, but he said Ellie is studying to be a chef, is working in the kitchen at The Vine in Grayslake, and has a dream of one day running The Daily Grind.

Visit for more information and/or if you want to pitch in.

Lake County Offers Pollwatcher Creds & Training

Submitted by Lake County Clerk’s Office

WAUKEGAN, Illinois – Lake County Clerk Willard Helander announced today that Pollwatcher Credentials are available to qualified political organizations needing credentials for the November 4 General Election.

All pollwatchers are required to have credentials issued by the Lake County Clerk or the Illinois State Board of Elections in order to observe at voting sites. Pollwatchers may represent candidates, established political parties, qualified civic organizations and organized proponents or opponents of ballot propositions.

The Clerk’s office will offer training on the rights and limitations of pollwatchers on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 10:00 a.m. in Conference Room B on the 10th Floor of the Lake County Administrative Complex, 18 N. County St., Waukegan.

Requests for Pollwatcher Credentials from the Clerk’s office and registration for the class can be sent via email to or by calling 847.377.2314. Candidates can visit and download the Pollwatcher Guide, a helpful brochure explaining the qualifications and responsibilities of a pollwatcher.

For more information on County Clerk services and election news, visit, follow us at, join our page at, or subscribe to our e-newsletter at by clicking on the envelope icon or call 847.377.2400.

Lake Bluff’s Downtown Shops Get Into Halloween Spirit

Submitted by the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce

For a GHOULISHLY good time make plans to drop by Downtown Lake Bluff’s eateries, drinkeries and favorite shops for all sorts of specials and fun on Wednesday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with Lake Bluff retailers and restaurants for a special shopping event to benefit the Lake Bluff History Museum. Up to 10% of your purchase will be donated by the business to the Museum to support their wonderful activities.

Participating businesses:

  • Bluffingtons
  • The Clockworks
  • Inovasi
  • Lake Bluff Brewing Co.
  • Lawrence Interiors
  • Lulu’s/Big Al’s Pizza
  • The Other Door
  • Peg Ann Kompany
  • Reimagined Vintage
  • Spice Merchants of Lake Bluff
  • Twigs
  • Voila
  • Wisma

AbbVie In the News

North Chicago-based AbbVie Inc., employer of lots of local people, is in the news this week because its board recommended that shareholders reject a multi-billion dollar takeover of Shire PLC. Here are links to stories about it: AbbVie board recommends rejecting Shire deal

Chicago Tribune: AbbVie board ditches planned $55 billion acquisition


People Are Talking About: Upscale Rummage Sale

The Upscale Rummage Sale takes place this weekend. The three-day event is run by Renée Baldwin of Lake Forest, and the proceeds benefit local non-profits, including Montessori School Lake Forest, North Point Resources, House of Peace, Lakeside Singers Outreach Program, Lake County seniors, PADS and LEAD.

The sale also benefits the shoppers — because there really is a lot of great stuff every year. If you’ve been to Upscale Rummage in the past, you need no further introduction. If you don’t know much about it, click here to learn more.

  • Friday, October 17, 8:30am-4:00pm
  • Saturday, October 18, 8:30am-3:00pm
  • Sunday, October 19, 10:00am-1:00pm

Location: 28839 Nagel Court, Lake Bluff, directly behind Metro Self Storage on Rte. 176, west of Waukegan Road.


Lake Forester Reese Marcusson Joins LFHS Board

From Lake Forest School District 115:

Lake Forest High School Board President Dick Block welcomes newcomer Reese Marcussen to the board

Lake Forest High School Board President Dick Block, left, welcomes newcomer Reese Marcusson to the board

The Lake Forest High School District 115 Board of Education is pleased to announce the appointment of Reese Marcusson. Mr. Marcusson was sworn in at the October 14 Board of Education meeting and will fill the board vacancy that resulted from the resignation of Todd Burgener.

Board of Education President Dick Block said: “We are fortunate to have so many interested residents volunteer to serve our school community. After reviewing 14 applications, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Reese Marcusson. Mr. Marcusson currently serves on our education committee and for many years has been Executive VP & CFO of Window to the World Communications, Inc. (WTTW/WFMT). He has also served on the Boards of the Lake Forest Library, Gorton Community Center, and the Lake County Boys & Girls Club, as well as Guerin Prep. We look forward to Reese contributing his extensive experience in financial matters and educational programming to our board and district.”

Mr. Marcusson said: “I love this community and we are blessed to have a great high school. I am humbled to be appointed to the District 115 board and excited to work with everyone – fellow board members, administrators and teachers – to keep our schools great.”

Mr. Marcusson and his wife are 16-year residents of Lake Forest and have two children.