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Lake Bluff’s Alliance for Excellence Celebrates 25 Years of Service

Submitted by the Alliance for Excellence in Lake Bluff

The Alliance for Excellence donated these ukeleles.

The Alliance for Excellence donated these ukeleles.


The Alliance for Excellence is celebrating 25 years as the Lake Bluff Schools’ educational foundation. For a quarter of a century, the Alliance has strongly supported our teachers in their pursuit of excellence in teaching and learning. We have done this through the funding of innovative technologies, programs, and materials that enrich curriculum and inspire the joy of learning.

Through the generous donations of our parents and greater community, we support teachers’ initiatives across all grade levels and across all educational disciplines. We hope that the creative sparks generated through enthusiastic teaching and energetic learning will carry all of our children along their incredible journeys. We are grateful to live in a place that values education so highly, and one in which a K-8 foundation can thrive.

Some of the Alliance’s most recent grants have included:

  • Orff Musical Instruments
  • Digital SLR Video Cameras
  • The Aaron Reynolds Author Visit
  • Vernier Probeware, a measurement tool for Middle School Science
  • Poster Designer and Printer
  • Lake County Cares “Read with Me!”
  • Blueprints for the Outdoor Classroom
  • GenMove Physical Education Program
  • Ukuleles for 6th grade music

To mark this occasion, the Alliance is hosting a reception on Wednesday, October 29th at 7:00 p.m. in the Lake Bluff Elementary School Library at 350 West Washington Street. At the celebration we will recognize former board members, show examples of past grants, and hear about the history of Alliance for Excellence with our very special guest, Dr. Edward Noyes, who was the Superintendent of District 65 when the Alliance was created.

To continue our steadfast support of teachers, the Alliance is launching our fall fundraising campaign with a mailing in early November. But don’t wait! To donate now and support the outstanding teachers and staff in District 65, please visit our website: All donations to the Alliance are tax deductible and qualify for corporate matching donations.

The Alliance looks forward to many more years of fulfilling our mission to support excellence in education for District 65!


Logo created by LFHS student

Alliance for Excellence logo was created by LFHS student Chantal Varco.

Opinion: Lease Is More … For All Of Us

Editor’s note: This Reader Forum article was submitted by By Jon Rosen 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.

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By Jon Rosen, a Lake Bluff resident

Labor Day in Lake Bluff has long passed and the celebration with friends, neighbors and family sharing stories, food and cheer has faded quickly into fall. Hopefully you fired up the grill and were able to toast our good fortune and great village life in Lake Bluff. May be your BBQ or smoker included a selection of fine top quality meats or fish from the Daily Grind to accompany the beer from the Lake Bluff Brewery rounded out by dessert from Lulu’s; a tough combination to match on any holiday week end.

Come January 31, 2015 one-third of this culinary combination may not be available, as on this day the lease for the Daily Grind expires and the landlord has informed Rick Harness, owner of the Daily Grind, he does not intend to renew.

If you have visited the Daily Grind you know Rick, his wife, Debra and four kids (three in college and one a year away) along with his first mate assistant, Bill Kunicka. The store is open year round seven days a week and has continued to provide our community with unique quality goods and service not available in close proximity. You need a unique fare for that special occasion, ask Rick, he will get it for you. Have a question on how to prepare your choice; Rick can help with that too.

From our schools to local art shows and community non-profit organizations, The Daily Grind has participated in our community through a contribution of time, money and like-kind exchange of goods. Rick is and continues to be generous to help our community.

The landlord of the Daily Grind is a Lake Bluff resident, business owner (Lake Effect Architects, the former owner/operator of the Village Market) and Lake Bluff Village Park Trustee. Yes this is a business transaction between principals. No one should get a free ride and both parties need to function in this capitalist environment that we so respect on a level playing field to enable both business ventures to succeed. However one must question why can’t these parties work together for their mutual benefit when there is a local business need to fulfill and to our knowledge there has been no breech of lease terms. This is the operative question.

The Daily Grind has made a sizable investment in the form of tenant improvements (TI’s) that at the lease expiration remains with the property. These improvements include, upgraded electrical, ventilation and plumbing systems, refrigeration and freezer units, fire suppression along with stove and cooking units unique to the operation of the Daily Grind. If a new tenant moves in and does not use the TI’s, Rick loses, as does our community. If a tenant moves in that uses the facility investments, the tenant gains at the expense of Rick and us all. If a new tenant is related to the landlord and uses these improvements in a similar or related business, we all lose and one must ask was there ever a level playing field between these parties? Our answer will be known in the next few months.

Our hope is the parties can negotiate and work through the issues to arrive at mutually acceptable lease terms to enable the Daily Grind to remain in the present location. If not, Rick will be forced to move to another facility in Lake Bluff, if one is available, relocate to another community or close shop. Again, our wish is that both parties can work through whatever issues there are and simply resolve their differences, not only for themselves, but also for the constituents of our Lake Bluff community who support both parties.

Countdown to a Frightfully Fun Event: Ghost Walk 2014

Submitted by Lake Bluff History Museum

ghost walk 2014


In just days, the Lake Bluff History Museum Ghost Walk returns to Lake Bluff for two entertaining evenings, and signs of what is to come are showing up all around town thanks to the efforts of the talented group of volunteers who coordinate and stage this frightfully fun event.

This year’s alien theme pokes a bit of fun at the Village’s new logo while staying true to the museum’s goal to bring tales about the darker side of Lake Bluff’s history to light. To find out why an Alien Alert Warning System was placed outside Village Hall; thrill to tales of Lake Bluff’s past including the “furnace murder,” alcohol smuggling during prohibition and witches covens; and appreciate the talent of the cast and crew behind this event, join the museum October 25 or 26.

This event, the museum’s primary fundraising effort, costs $25 for adults and $10 for children eighth grade and under. Buy your tickets now – before it’s too late! Tours depart from the Lake Bluff History Museum, 127 Scranton Avenue, Lake Bluff every 15 minutes from 5 to 8 pm. Tickets must be purchased for a specific time slot and are available online at and at the museum daily October 20-25 from 10 am to 4 pm and October 26 1 pm to 5 pm. Advance purchase is recommended as space is limited.

The Ghost Walk is a guided walking tour featuring re-enactments of historic events based on facts uncovered through research and crafted into tales of Lake Bluff’s shadier past designed to thrill the audience. This year’s Ghost Walk features a talented cast comprised of local residents, civic leaders, merchants, dancers from Lake Forest Dance Academy and military personnel from Great Lakes Naval Training Center.

Lake Forest U-14 Gold Wins Softball Tourney; Heads To Nationals

Submitted by the Lake Forest 14U Softball Gold Team

The 14u girls fast pitch travel team: Champions! (Photo submitted by the team)

The 14u girls fast pitch travel team: Champions! (Photo submitted by the team)

There’s new ground being broken in Lake Forest Softball. The Lake Forest Scouts 14U Gold team won its second tournament Championship this fall, and with it the second bid for nationals next summer. Just a few weeks ago, the Scouts won their first ever nationals bid by winning the NSA Waukegan Wars tournament on a walk off double in the final inning. This weekend the magic struck again in this USSSA showdown, as they came from behind in the international tie-breaking 8th inning and erased an 8-6 deficit to win 9-8 once again in walk off fashion.

The Scouts went 5-0-1 scoring 38 runs while yielding 23 runs. Solid Pitching was provided by Elisa Nettesheim (4-0-1, 3.00 ERA) and Emma Olson 1-0, 1.00 ERA). The offense was led by Julia Frauenheim (7-14 7RS, 7RBI’s), Jon’nah Williams (7-17, 7RS, 8SB), Sydney Martens (7-17, 5RBI’s), and Shannon Stowe (5-11, 6 RBI’s).

It all started in the quarter final game with the Scouts defeating the Mundelein Stampede 5-2. Scouts pitcher Elisa Nettesheim was dominant scattering 4 hits, striking out 6 and allowing 0 earned runs. The Scouts scored 2 runs in the 2nd and 3 runs in the 3rd on extra base hits by Frauenheim and Martens providing all the runs needed for victory.

The Scouts then beat Tinley Park in the semi-final game with a great come from behind victory. The Scouts trailed 5-4 in the final inning. After a leadoff walk to Williams, Martens crushed a line shot double off the fence in left center scoring Williams to tie the game. One out later Nettesheim singled home Martens to give the Scouts the come from behind victory.

In the championship game against the Arlington Patriots, key hits and key defensive plays in the outfield by Skye Miller and Izzy Bogdanowicz, and in the infield by Hanna Atchley and Ellie Pearson, kept the Scouts in the game early on. Still trailing 4-1 in the 4th with 2 outs and runners on 2nd and 3rd, Frauenheim continued her clutch hitting by ripping a single to right to make it 4-3. The Scouts trailed 6-3 in the bottom of the 6th when Stowe, Williams and Martens delivered consecutive extra base hits to tie the game. The game remained tied after 7. In the international tie breaker 8th inning, the Patriots scored 2 runs in the top of the frame to grab an 8-6 lead. In the home half of the frame, with one out and Bogdanowicz on 3rd, Williams singled to center to make it an 8-7 game; she then stole 2nd and with two outs and the game on the line, Grace Tirzmalis hit a shot up the middle to score Williams with the tying run. Tirzmalis went to 2nd on the throw home, setting the stage for Nettesheim once again. On the second pitch, she ripped one down the left field line bringing home Tirzmalis giving the Scouts the championship win in an incredible finish.

“This team played with great heart, spirit and intensity and with a ‘Never say die’ attitude, which allowed them to prevail. In all the years I’ve coached, I’ve had the good fortune to be a part of many championships, but none as hard fought, dramatic and exciting as this one. This team simply would not quit; they are truly learning what it takes to win,” Said Scouts manager Neal Kahalnik, who is assisted by Sammie Bloomfield. “This is a talented and dedicated group of kids who love to play softball. The future is looking bright for Lake Forest Softball.”

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.

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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

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.

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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)

Lake Bluff Family Loses Dog To Fatal Bacterial Infection

This story was updated Monday morning to include feedback from Dr. David McKenna of West Lake Forest Animal Hospital

By Adrienne Fawcett

At least three suburban dogs died last week after being infected with Leptospirosis, a bacteria that dogs can come in contact with by simply sniffing the urine of infected wildlife in parks, back yards or city sidewalks — anywhere a squirrel or rodent passes through.

“Lepto” is not new and it is often more prevalent in the fall, but it is noteworthy because the recent infections have been more severe, said Dr. Melissa Pales, who specializes in internal medicine at Veterinarian Specialty Center in Buffalo Grove, which treated four – possibly five — cases of Leptospirosis last week. Three of the infected dogs died on their own or were euthanized.

Mac Fletcher of Lake Bluff was one of those recent cases. On October 9, Cindy and Tom Fletcher and their son Austin noticed something was up with their big, normally exuberant Golden Retriever when he didn’t eat his dinner, which was unusual because Mac normally ate so fast that he’d empty the bowl moments after it was placed in front of him.

A few hours later he seemed lethargic, which was also unusual – but not alarming. Workers had installed a new roof on their home that day, and the family thought maybe Mac was just tired from all the pounding. He didn’t seem all that sick – just tired, said Cindy.


Mac became lethargic ... but there was no way to know how serious things were until a few days later.

Mac became lethargic … but there was no way to know how serious things were until a few days later.


But the Fletchers now wish they had been more concerned about those early, subtle changes in their dog’s behavior, because less than five days later on the afternoon of October 14, they faced a wrenching decision: euthanize their beloved pup, who was only four years old, or watch him die of organ failure due to what veterinarians suspect was an acute case of Leptospirosis infection. They chose to have him put to sleep and they’re sharing their story with GazeboNews so that other pet owners can perhaps avoid a similar fate.

“I would hate to think this would happen to another dog,” said Cindy. “If your dog seems a little lethargic – just be proactive and call your vet.”


Mac assumed that every time the door bell rang, the visitors were coming to see him, said his owner Cindy Fletcher.

Mac assumed that every time the door bell rang, visitors were coming to see him, said Cindy Fletcher.


What is Leptospirosis? Here is some basic information provided by Cathy Mordini of Veterinary Specialty Center:

Leptospirosis is caused by spiral-shaped bacteria called leptospires and is carried by cattle, rats, raccoons, skunks and other wildlife and is spread through their urine. Dogs come into contact with leptospira in infected water, soil or mud and may become infected by sniffing the urine or by wading, swimming or drinking infected water. Dog parks, nature preserves or any area where there is wildlife could present a risk. Lepto can be passed on to humans through exposure to infected urine.

About that later point: At a time when the Ebola virus is making headlines around the world, how worried about Lepto should humans be?

Dr. David McKenna of Animal Hospital of West Lake Forest said Leptospirosis is zoonotic, meaning it can spread to humans. “Common carriers in our area are raccoons, deer, rats and rodents, and skunks.  Transmission can occur via direct host to host contact, or indirectly through urine in a contaminated environment.  Due to increasing wildlife populations there is greater risk of exposure,” he said. “An important note is that infected dogs can spread the disease to their owners through exposure to their urine.  It is important to be very careful to wash hands well after cleaning up a urine accident.”

For the Fletchers, this meant having to wear masks and gloves when they said their final goodbyes to Mac before he was put to sleep. “We were told not to kiss him, not to touch his face,” said Cindy.

Dr. Pales said that like dogs, humans can be infected with “Lepto” if they come in contact with the urine of an infected animal. And that in humans, as with dogs, “Lepto” infection can cause flu-like symptoms and is treated with an antibiotic. “So if a person starts to exhibit flu-like symptoms, they need to let their doctor know if they may have been exposed to Leptospirosis from an animal,” she said.  (She also said cats can get Leptospirosis and that they may become carriers, but they don’t get sick the way dogs do.)

Treatment for Leptospirosis — for both humans and canines — is through supportive care and antibiotics.  The most common effective antibiotic is Doxycycline or Minocycline, said Dr. McKenna. 

What are the symptoms?

Dogs with the disease usually present with kidney or liver related symptoms, said Dr. McKenna., including increased thirst and urination, lethargy, vomiting, and diarrhea.

The Veterinary Care Center fact sheet on Leptospirosis described the canine symptoms as follows:

Lepto primarily affects the kidneys and/or liver. Dogs generally start showing symptoms 4 to 14 days after exposure with a fever sometimes present in the early stages. Along with sudden fever and illness, other symptoms include loss of appetite, vomiting, lethargy and muscle pain. A dog’s gums or whites of his or her eyes may also become yellow. Kidney failure and or liver failure may occur in severe cases.

Diagnosis & Treatment
Lepto is treatable with antibiotics if it’s diagnosed and treated quickly. If lepto is suspected, dog owners should contact their veterinarian or bring their dog to an emergency veterinarian for testing and treatment. The recommended diagnostic test for leptospirosis remains serology with the microscopic agglutination test (MAT). Urine/blood PCR is also recommended concurrently with MAT testing in order to obtain an early diagnosis, as PCR is a highly sensitive test.

But as the Fletchers found, the symptoms can easily be misunderstood. For example, Mac turned down dinner on Thursday night but ate breakfast the following morning, perhaps with less gusto than usual, but he ate it nonetheless. He was lethargic over the weekend but still went on walks with Tom to Mawman Park across the street from their home. As usual, he slept in Austin’s room on Saturday night.

But by Sunday night, he seemed to be having trouble urinating, and overnight he started vomiting bile.

They took him first thing Monday to Animal Hospital of West Lake Forest, which conducted numerous tests, gave him penicillin and tried to rehydrate him so that he would produce urine. But by late afternoon on Monday, it appeared Mac’s kidneys were shutting down. The office referred Mac to Veterinary Specialty Center, and the Fletchers told their daughter Abby to come home from Augustana College in Rock Island, where she is a freshman. Mac’s condition worsened and by 10 p.m. on Monday, the VCC veterinarians informed the Fletchers that his kidneys were indeed shutting down, and his liver was damaged as well.

“They brought up Leptospirosis, but there was not a clean test to say what it was,” said Cindy. “And we were really puzzled, because he doesn’t leave the yard. There’s no standing water, and he has an invisible fence, and he won’t cross it.”

Another puzzling thing: Mac had been vaccinated for Lepto last November.

Dr. Pales on October 19 told GazeboNews that the vaccine for Leptospirosis doesn’t provide 100% protection. She explained there are several strains of the bacteria and that the vaccine protects against four of them. “It’s like the flu vaccine in people; it’s not 100%. But if dogs do get Lepto, the symptoms are usually not as severe if they have been vaccinated. Unfortunately that was not the case for Mac.”

Is there anyway to prevent Leptospirosis?

“Any dog who goes outside is susceptible because Lepto can be carried by so many different wildlife. Even little dogs who live in high rise apartments and only walk on sidewalks can be exposed to it,” said Dr. Pales. “You’d have to live in a bubble to prevent all the diseases that dogs can get just by stepping outside.”

So how do we protect our dogs?

“Just be vigilant for symptoms,” she said. “If they are lethargic, not eating, vomiting, experiencing diarrhea —anything abnormal, just get them checked out. Even if it’s not Leptospirosis, they might have something else that needs treatemtent.”

The Fletchers wish they had taken Mac to the vet earlier, but Dr. Pales said they did everything they could have done for Mac: “Mac’s family brought him in in the appropriate length of time, but his disease progressed really quickly. Some dogs, we can put them on dialysis. But that wasn’t possible with Mac, he just had all the bad things happen and there was nothing that could be done for him. It wasn’t in any way their fault.”

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!

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


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.