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Lake Bluff’s ‘Local Haunts’ is Wednesday; Proceeds To Benefit History Museum

Submitted by Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce

Enjoy fall fun at Lake Bluff’s downtown businesses in a special event for all ages on Wednesday, Oct. 22.

“Shop Your Local Haunts” for specials, events, food, hospitality – and the added plus is that 10% of all the day’s sales will to go to benefit the Lake Bluff History Museum, a beloved community institution. Adding to the celebration, downtown store hours will be extended to 8 pm for a longer day of fun and community gathering.

Thirteen favorite Lake Bluff businesses and organizations have jumped on board to participate including Bluffington’s, 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, and Artists on the Bluff. All ages are invited to stroll through the stores and enjoy dining or stopping for beverages with friends.

Among the special events planned for the day are the following:

  • Peg Ann Kompany will host a trunk show of Kathy Horton Designs from 5-7 pm
  • Spice Merchants of Lake Bluff will have specials on all spices, teas, blends, rice and soups at 10% off as well as free samples of various items from 3-8 pm.
  • ReImagined Vintage will be serving cider and have a cheese and jam tasting featuring Holcomb Hollow jams and regional cheeses.
  • Artists on the Bluff will open their gallery at the train station and have a special Halloween themed art show in the gallery with beverages, treats and glow sticks for giveaways as well as Halloween-themed activities for children. Art will also be on sale with 10% of proceeds benefiting the museum.

“Shop Your Local Haunts” is organized by the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce as another “Think Local First” event. These events are opportunities for the community to pull together for everyone’s enjoyment and benefit – customers, businesses, a local organization, and the community at large. Another recent event was last month’s “Red Carpet on the Green”, a fashion show in Market Square and shop and share program that partnered 18 businesses with the foundations of Lake Forest School District 67 and Lake Forest High School.

The Chamber welcomes resident input on more ideas for “Think Local First” events. For more information visit the “Buzz on the Bluff” page on the Chamber of Commerce website at or by clicking here. [Adrienne, the direct link if dropping it behind the word “here” is]

Obituary: Bailey Donnally, Renowned Physicist & Lake Forest College Prof


Bailey Donnally

Bailey Donnally

By Sam Eichner

Bailey Donnally passed away in his sleep from pancreatic cancer on Friday, October 17th. He was 84 years old.

Donnally is survived by his wife of 59 years, Patricia, with whom he had three children, Don, Brian, and Dice. He also leaves behind five grandchildren: John, Peter, Jess, Lucy, and Dennis.

Donnally was an accomplished physicist and well-known member of the greater Chicago community for over 50 years. By age 19, he had already been awarded a Master’s degree from Auburn University in engineering physics. While working towards his Ph.D in physics, he acted as associate professor at the University of Minnesota. Soon after, he started teaching physics at Lake Forest College, where he would remain for over 40 years. Throughout his long and storied career, Donnally published countless articles and earned numerous awards in the field.

In addition to his work in physics, Donnally was also a world-class traveler, who won national and international acclaim for his photography, including four Kodak Kinsey awards. Shortly before he passed, he became an Honorary Fellow at the Photographic Society of America—the highest honor the organization can bestow.

To those who knew him best, Donnally was a true southern gentleman. Though he was committed to excellence at work, he was not without a quirky sense of humor. He wished to be best remembered as a “teacher.”

“Physics, teaching and research, is both my job and my hobby, before and after retirement,” Donnally was quoted as saying, in a recent newsletter for the Photographic Society of America. “How could anyone have so much fun and get paid for it?”

The memorial service will be help at Lily Reid Holt Memorial Chapel on Nov 22 at 2 p.m. Any donations can be made in the memory of Bailey to:

Photographic Society of America
Greenhood Scholarship Fund


Lake Forest College
Dept. of Physics
555 N. Sheridan Rd.
Lake Forest IL 60045

Mothers Trust: Shop Whole Foods … AND … Donate Coats

Submitted by Mothers Trust Teens

Mothers Trust Foundation has a couple of things worth sharing:

Please shop Whole Foods Market in Deerfield on Wednesday, October 29th, and Mothers Trust Foundation will receive 5% of the day’s net profits. This is a significant opportunity to earn money for Lake County children.

Also, Mothers Trust Teens is seeking donations for its annual coat drive through October 29, 2014:

This winter many families will be struggling to stay warm because they lack adequate winter clothing. Please donate your gently-used or new coats, jackets, hats, gloves, scarves and mittens for infants, children and adults. Your donations will help people in need in the Lake County area and neighboring communities.

Donation boxes are located in Lake Forest at: Mothers Trust Office, Gorton Drop-In Center, Prudential Rubloff Properties, and CROYA.

Donation boxes are located in Lake Bluff at: WISMA, Lulu’s, Lake Bluff Elementary School, Lake Bluff Recreation Center, Lake Bluff Library, Union Church, Lake Bluff Police Department, and Lake Bluff Fire Department.

Donation boxes are also located at: Glacier Ice Rink – Vernon Hills, Jenny’s Dance Centre – Libertyville, AYCO Company – Deerfield, Fields & Fences School of Horsemanship – Gurnee, Stevenson High School – Lincolnshire.

Mothers Trust Teens is a group of local teenagers working to make a difference in the lives of children who live just miles away from Lake Forest, Lake Bluff & Knollwood. The Teens are also welcoming monetary donations to purchase winter items.
For more information please visit or call 847-482-9189.

Opinion: Irregular and Unsupported Action by Shields Township Supervisor

Editor’s note: This Reader Forum article was submitted by Shields Township Trustees Heather Kerr and Richard Goshgarian. Reader Forum articles represent the writers’ opinions and not necessarily those of GazeboNews. We encourage you to comment on this article, but please include your full name per the GazeboNews comments policy.

GazeboNews Reader Forum


By Shields Township Trustees Richard Goshgarian and Heather Kerr

The most recent board meeting of the Shields Township Board of Trustees occurred on 9/25/14. At that meeting, Trustee Laura Carney resigned. Carney’s planned resignation was known only to her, Supervisor Cynthia Maloney, and sometime later the Township’s longstanding attorney Richard Cowen. The balance of the Board only became aware 1-2 days prior to that 9/25/14 meeting. Their knowledge was by way of rumor, no advance notice from either Maloney or Carney.

Why is this important? It has since been learned (throught emails between Maloney and the Township attorney) that Supervisor Maloney knew of the intended Carney resignation in mid-late August. At that time, Maloney sought a legal opinion from the Township’s attorney.

In an email exchange dated 9/2/14, Maloney was advised by the Township’s attorney that vacancies in office are filled (by Illinois law) in accordance with the statute 60 ILCS 5/60-5. That statute reads in part … 1. “The Board has the responsibility for filling the vacancy. The procedure to be used in terms of notifying the public of the vacancy, requesting application, holding interviews is up to the Board.”

The Township’s attorney further advised in that 9/2/14 email that Maloney notify the media and share his opinion memo with the entire Board. Maloney followed none of the guidelines in the Statute (law), and further disregarded the attorney’s recommendations regarding notice to the media and availing the Board of his opinion. Instead Maloney sought input exclusively from the resigning trustee, and a former non-voting member of the Board.

Result: On 9/25/14 in the course of that Board meeting, Maloney announced who she had selected. This was the first time she shared the name of her chosen replacement with 2 of the 4 board members. We, Trustees Kerr and Goshgarian, were excluded from Maloney’s irregular actions of the prior 4 weeks. Further, Trustee Bill Brown only learned of Maloney’s chosen replacement the day prior (9/24/14).

Over our (Trustees Kerr and Goshgarian’s) vigorous objection, Supervisor Maloney motioned for a vote on Carney’s replacement. She prevailed on that motion, her objective to force a vote, and by 3 to 0 had her replacement. We abstained voting on the individual citing irregularities(listed above) and disregard of the relevant statute and attorney’s recommendations.

What is known about your new trustee? -For more than four(4) weeks we have requested repeatedly information about him from Supervisor Maloney. Those requests have included information via a resume, a biography, a curriculum vitae, or any kind of background informational. To date nothing offered, nor does the web-site provide.

Following the law and proper procedure within Township Government is crucial to the vitality of this administration. Without it, other potential irregularities in any of the Township’s other functions( the Assessor’s office, or Highway Department) may be emboldened.

Trustees Richard Goshgarian and Heather Kerr

Want To Raise Responsible Kids? Best-Selling Author Coming to Lake Forest

Submitted by Lake Forest Country Day School

Lake Forest Country Day School will host internationally acclaimed author and speaker Dr. Michael Thompson on Wednesday, October 22 in the school’s Green Bay Atrium as part of its Special Speaker Series. The event is free and open to the public and Dr. Thompson will begin speaking at 10:00 a.m. on “How to Raise Responsible Children.”

Michael Thompson, Ph.D., is a New York Times best-selling author and renowned clinical psychologist who has specialized on the subjects of children, schools, and parenting for nearly thirty-five years. Dr. Thompson is the author of nine books, including Raising Cain and Best Friends, Worst Enemies. In his capacity as a psychologist and school consultant, Dr. Thompson has worked with independent schools across the nation where he has led workshops for teachers, administrators, parents, and students.

The October 22 lecture by Dr. Thompson will address topics such as effective parent communication with children, providing an internal foundation for moral behavior for children, and which parenting methods are most effective in reinforcing responsibility.

This event will be held at Lake Forest Country Day School, 145 South Green Bay Road, Lake Forest. Please use the Green Bay Road entrance. The event is open to the public, but seating will be limited. To RSVP for the event please visit or call the LFCDS main office at (847) 234-2350.

About the school:

Lake Forest Country Day School serves students from more than 30 communities throughout the North Shore and beyond. A regional center of excellence for early childhood, elementary, and middle school education for children ages 2 to Grade 8, LFCDS is committed to inspired teaching, academic rigor, attention to individual needs, and responsible citizenship as well as the dedication to producing students of strong character with a passion for learning. For more information on LFCDS, please visit or call (847) 234-2350.

Opinion: Vote Yes For Lake Bluff Park District Referendum

Editor’s note: This Reader Forum article was submitted by Gail Nielsen Gamrath (and family) of Lake Bluff. Reader Forum articles represent the writers’ opinions and not necessarily those of GazeboNews. We encourage you to comment on this article, but please include your full name per the GazeboNews comments policy.

GazeboNews Reader Forum

Dear Lake Bluff Residents,

I have written before to local media about having the privilege of growing up in Lake Bluff. I feel so lucky to have had that experience. It was an easy choice for me and my husband, who also grew up here, to raise our own family in this wonderful village. The Park District was a large part of my childhood. Learning to swim at the pool, attending day camp and going to the beach was just the natural daily agenda for a LB kid. In 6th grade I was so proud when I received my first pay check from the Park District for being a highly skilled and assertive Tennis Court Monitor at Artesian Park for a pay rate of $1.60 per hour. Followed by ten summers working at the Pool, I gained many life skills learning the responsibility of holding a job and earning the respect of fellow residents. It was part of my young identity and to this day, I still run into other adults who I taught swim lessons to or who were on the swim team that I coached back when we had a booming 16-swimmer roster.

It is time once again to vote on a referendum to help fund the upkeep of not only the pool, but the beach and our parks. I feel this vote is different from the one which was voted down a few years back. With the help of over 600 residents, the Park District has prioritized what is really necessary to save some of our greatest resources from either shutting down or being taken away. We all know how great this town is and the Park District funds a large part of what makes it so special. Whether you are taking your grandkids to Artesian Park or needing to use the bathrooms at the beach (that currently some children are afraid to enter) these are resources that the Park District cannot fund within their current budget.

So the bottom line stands that Lake Bluff will lose some of our dearest assets if we do not look forward and act now. We cannot judge what people choose to spend their own money on but at $70 a year on a $450,000 house this seems like a no-brainer to me. It is an investment in our town. I hope you will join us in voting YES for our Pool, Parks and Beach.

Gail Nielsen Gamrath (and family)

‘A Safe Place’ Shelter Earns State Award

Submitted by AT&T

A Safe Place, a shelter in Zion that supports victims of domestic violence, has received an “AT&T Investing in Illinois Award,” which includes a contribution of $2,000 to be used for housing services for victims of domestic violence. These services includes shelter, transitional and permanent housing.

Illinois State Senator Melinda Bush and State Representative Sam Yingling nominated the organization for the recognition from AT&T Illinois.

The AT&T Investing in Illinois Awards provide resources and recognition to organizations and programs that are improving lives in their communities and the state by advancing education, economic growth, new technologies and other essential community services.

What’s ‘Trunk Or Treat’?

Submitted by the Lake Bluff Park District

The Lake Bluff Park District will host a new Halloween event called “TRUNK OR TREAT” on  Friday, Oct. 24 in the Park District parking lot.

Up to 100 volunteers will park and decorate their cars, and they will hand out TREATS to early trick or treaters. There will be a contest for best decorated car and fun with friends and parents too. Park next to each other– IT’S FREE.

Register at the Lake Bluff Park District.

LFHS Parents: Don’t Panic If You Get An Instant Alert On Thursday Night

From Lake Forest High School:

Lake Forest High School District 115 will test the Honeywell Instant Alert notification system on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 6:30 pm. Here’s a note sent to parents on Monday:

A message will be sent to your primary phone number and any other devices you have registered with your account.

Don’t miss important weather-related closings or emergency announcements; log in today to verify your contact information and add devices, such as email, or cell phone! If you have difficulty logging into your account, follow the instructions under “HELPFUL HINTS” on the Instant Alert website.

Attention New Families

Your primary phone number has been added to the system, but you must set up a user account to make changes or add other devices. If you are not able to create an account, please contact

Additional information and instruction can be found here.

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Deer Path Middle School Readies For Community Service Day

Submitted by Lake Forest School District 67

Community Service Day is a wonderful opportunity for our 8th graders to reach outside of their own lives and truly make a difference for the community in which they live. During the morning of October 24th, all 262 of the students that make up the graduating class of Deer Path 2015 will begin, or continue for some, the charitable work that we hope will turn into a lifelong commitment to giving back. As a class, they will come together to volunteer a total of 2015 hours dedicated to community service. On that particular Friday morning, each student will earn 2 hours toward that goal. They will devote their time and talent at various locations around our area, helping the young and the elderly, the needy and the poor, and in doing so; we hope their commitment to service will be solidified!

Some of the organizations that will benefit from this year’s Community Service Day include CROYA, Benny’s World, Lake Forest Parks/Recreation, LEAD, Lake County Cares/Gorton Drop-In, Forest and Found, Ragdale, Bernies Book Bank, Equestrian Connection, Elawa – City of LF, Lake County Forest Preserve – Middlefork Savannah, Northern Illinois Food Bank, A Safe Place, Beacon Place, and NCCP – NCHS Family Care Closet.