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Local Grandma Shares Secret To Happy Families

Marilyn and Win Gould's grandkids.

Marilyn and Win Gould’s grandkids.

By Adrienne Fawcett

Every Saturday of her childhood Marilyn Gould traveled from her south side Chicago home to her grandparents’ farm in Lowell, Indiana, where she and her siblings would play on the swing, toss around a ball, collect eggs from the hen house and sit around the table with all three generations for a long, unhurried dinner.

“They were very calm, very peaceful, non-judgmental,” she said of her maternal grandparents. “There was never any controversy. We’d just sit together and talk about the good old days.”

Talking – and more importantly listening – is something she does a lot with her own six grandchildren, five of whom grew up near her home in Lake Bluff. And she spends time with her neighbors’ children doing things like baking cookies and teaching them to knit and, of course talking and listening.

Marilyn knows how valuable the connection is from one generation to another, but she sees that many children hardly know their grandparents — and some don’t know them at all.

Hoping to change the dynamic in our culture, Marilyn wrote a book called “America’s Greatest Asset.”

“What is our society’s greatest asset?” she asks on the book jacket. “It is the accumulated experience and wisdom of rational, healthy and wise grandparents! In this troubled society, the wisdom of past generations can be invaluable. Grandparents can enhance family values. We can help resolve problems. We can discuss and re-establish core values.

This is her first effort at writing a book, but she’s no stranger to hard work. Marilyn and her husband, Win, have owned and operated the local Molly Maid North Shore franchise for 18 years. Hard work is just one of the values she learned all those years ago on her grandparents’ Indiana farm.

“I had a great relationship with my grandparents,” said Marilyn. “I learned their values, and I passed those on to my grandchildren,” she said. She hopes to pass on the generational wisdom to those who read her book, which is available on— click on the book jacket to learn more.

Click on the book jacket to get to Amazon ...

Click on the book jacket to get to Amazon …

As Autumn Looms, Paddle Courts Beckon …

Submitted by the Lake Bluff Paddle Tennis Club

The Lake Bluff Paddle Tennis Club is hosting its 1st Annual North Shore Kickoff Classic paddle tournament, pig roast dinner party and silent auction, which will benefit the Friends of Lake Bluff Parks Foundation. The event is on Saturday, September 20 and is for women and men of all abilities.


Justin Roberts Comes to Gorton for Recess

Submitted by Gorton Community Center

Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players will rock Gorton Community’s theater on Sunday, September 14 at 4 p.m. Performing his classics and his brand new, Grammy-nominated CD “Recess,” Roberts brings gigantic electric guitars, intricate vocal harmonies and impossibly catchy melodies that inspire both kids and their parents to dance and sing in the band’s famous kiddie mosh pit.

Often called the hardest working man in children’s show business, Roberts has a new book out this September called The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Class. He will sign books and CDs after the concert in Gorton’s solarium.
Tickets, available at, for this exclusive performance are $15 per person, children under 1 year dance for free. The Lake Forest Bookstore will be at the concert selling copies of Roberts’ book; and CDs including Recess, Jungle Gym, Yellow Bus and Not Naptime will be available for purchase as well.

Billed as his most unrestrained collection of songs yet, families won’t want to miss Roberts and his band as they explore varying perspectives from children jumping through the chalked boxes of hopscotch to exhausted parents of twins, to a loyal pet dog. Roberts’ Gorton concert promises an afternoon of joy, magic and fun for all ages.

Gorton Community Center is a privately-funded, not-for-profit 501c3 organization which operates in partnership with volunteers and the City of Lake Forest to enrich the lives of its residents through cultural arts, education and charitable service. Gorton relies on the generosity of residents and businesses to help fund programs, services and building improvements offered in the historic building owned by the city. The gathering place in the heart of our community where people connect, converse, learn, listen, play & perform.

Noodles & Company Partners with the League of Women Voters

Submitted by League of Women Voters of Lake Forest and Lake Bluff

Want to enjoy a fresh, fast meal from a global-inspired menu and help a community organization at the same time? The League of Women Voters – Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Area is grateful to partner with our neighborhood Noodles & Company. The League is selling $10 coupons, each good for one entree and one beverage, and redeemable only from Sunday, Aug. 31 through Sunday, Sept. 7th at Noodles & Co., 303 S. Waukegan Rd., Lake Bluff.

You can order for carryout, or take a break and stay while enjoying a fast, casual, individually prepared meal. Go alone or meet with friends. Noodles & Co. has won awards and accolades for its fresh and healthy dishes. Coupons can be purchased from Liz Bradner (847-234-1612) or Ann Grant (847-234-2782). Buy one or more!

The League has a busy fall schedule with voter registration opportunities and candidate debates. Watch for more information.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. For more information, please visit our website . We welcome men and women of all ages to become members.

Friday Night Lights Up As HP Overtakes LFA Football

By Bill McLean

Highland Park High School scored 28 unanswered points after an hour lightning delay and defeated visiting Lake Forest Academy 41-10 in a football season opener Friday night. HPHS led 13-7 with eight minutes left in the third quarter when lighting halted play.

Lake Forest Academy football players, including Dejon Brissett (No. 8), warm up after an hour lightning delay Friday night at Wolters Field in Highland Park. Brissett caught a touchdown pass and came down with an interception in LFA's 41-10 loss to Highland Park High School in a season opener for schools. Photo by Bill McLean.

Lake Forest Academy football players, including Dejon Brissett (No. 8), warm up after an hour lightning delay Friday night at Wolters Field in Highland Park. Brissett caught a touchdown pass and came down with an interception in LFA’s 41-10 loss to Highland Park High School in a season opener for schools. Photo by Bill McLean.

Lake Forest Man Charged With Sexual Assault

Information provided by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office

Michael Vucic; photo by Lake County Sheriff's Office.

Michael Vucic; photo by Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

Lake County Sheriff’s officers on Aug. 29 issued an arrest warrant for Michael R. Vucic, 41, of the 100 block of east Laurel Avenue in Lake Forest for five counts of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault (Class X Felony) and five counts of Criminal Sexual Assault (Class 1 Felony). The suspect is a teacher at Gavin South Middle School in Ingleside.

According to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office, a female under the age of 13 on Aug. 25 told her grandparents that Vucic had inappropriate sexual contact with her multiple times in 2012 when she was a student in his class at Gavin South Middle School, where he has worked for 18 years.

The press release said Vucic is believed to have fled to Germany, and that bond was set at $1 million for the arrest warrant.

The release said the Sheriff’s Office believes there may be additional victims and requests that anyone who has any information to contact the office’s non-emergency communications center at 847-549-5200.

Click here to read the letter to parents from Gavin School District 37 Superintendent John Ahlemeyer.

LFHS Varsity Football Dunks Dunbar

By Kevin Reitman, sports editor of North Shore Weekend

Lake Forest High School’s football team opened the season in positive fashion by downing Chicago Dunbar 35-8 on Friday night at Varsity Field.

Running back Wes Janeck scored two first-half touchdowns as the Scouts took a commanding 35-0 lead into halftime. LF junior Danny Carolla, making his first varsity start, connected with Matthew Hargett on a 2-yard pass play as the Scouts scored on their first series of the season.

Lake Forest junior running back Quinn Julian had a nine-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter. The team’s final TD came on a 24-yard interception return by Kyle Gattari.

It was a good night for Gattari. He also added five extra point kicks.

Here’s a photo of the opening of the LFHS 2014 football opener:

Lake Forest varsity football at the start of the first game of the 2014-15 season; photo by Kevin Reitman.

Lake Forest varsity football prepares to take on Dunbar High School of Chicago at the start of the first game of the 2014-15 season; photo by Kevin Reitman.

Beef4Hunger Preps For Charity Golf Outing and Big Bad Q

Sponsored Post by Beef4Hunger:  Beef4Hunger, a Lake Forest-based nonprofit organization dedicated to providing high protein, fresh beef meals to people in need, announced its 3rd annual Drive Fore Food Golf Outing and Big Bad Q. The event will be held on September 6, 2014 at the Lake Bluff Golf Course, bringing together the local community to reach its goal of providing 50,000 fresh beef meals to the Northern Illinois and Greater Chicago Food Depository.

“Hunger relief organizations lack quality beef high in protein to feed children, families and those less fortunate in our communities. Supporting Beef4Hunger is a unique way to be part of the solution and ensure that our neighbors are not only able to feed their families but feed them well.” said Greg Barnum, President of Beef4Hunger. “We set a goal to raise enough to provide at least 50,000 meals this year and frankly, we won’t stop until we get there.”

Event Details:

The Drive Fore Food Golf Outing will begin registration at 12:00 p.m. at the Lake Bluff Golf Course. Shotgun begins at 1:00. The cost is $125 per person and both adults and children are welcome. Space is limited.
The golf outing will include:

  • 18 holes of golf with a cart
  • Store merchandise
  • Driving range warm up
  • On-course contests

The Big Bad Q will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Lake Bluff Golf Course “Barn.” The cost is $50 prior to the event and $65 at the door.

The Big Bad Q will include:

  • Dinner featuring a full BBQ
  • Premium Terlato wines
  • Custom Lake Bluff Brewery Beer
  • Live music from the Hell Hound Band
  • Mechanical bull rides
  • Photo Booth

To purchase tickets, please visit

About Beef4Hunger
Founded in 2011, Beef4Hunger is a registered 501(c) 3 non-profit organization whose mission is to provide quality beef to America’s hungry through a network of food banks and hunger relief organizations. Privately funded through generous donations from individuals, family foundations, caring corporations and others, B4H is completely volunteer based and 100 percent of funds are dedicated to feeding those in need and program growth. It is the only organization that exclusively procures, distributes and donates fresh beef to those in need. For more information, visit
Visit Beef4Hunger on Facebook at and on our Twitter page at

Countdown to Lake Forest’s Art Fair on the Square

Updated August 29 with fall paintings by Mel Thompson:

Painting by Mel Thompson

Painting by Mel Thompson


By Mel Thompson

By Mel Thompson

Fall in Lake County by Bob London

Fall in Lake County by Bob London



Labor Day is coming up but it’s labor week for the Deer Path Art League as it prepares for the 60th annual Art Fair on the Square, a juried fine art show that takes place on Market Square in Lake Forest Sunday August 31 and Monday (Labor Day) September 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

During the week, GazeboNews will share some photos from artists who will be exhibiting at the event. These are from local artist Mark McMahon:

Eddie Ottoman Risher

Eddie Ottoman Risher

Eddie Ottoman Risher

Eddie Ottoman Risher

Ohio State University stadium by Mark McMahon

Ohio State University stadium by Mark McMahon

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain, by Mark McMahon.

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain, by Mark McMahon.

Notre Dame Blue Gold Game 2014 by Mark McMahon

Notre Dame Blue Gold Game 2014 by Mark McMahon

As Activator Cycles Transitions to New Owner, Lake Bluff Music Closes

Submitted by Activator Cycles

Activator Cycles is pleased to announce that employee Rich Gier will assume ownership of the cycle shop this fall.

Richard Geier behind the counter ...

Richard Gier behind the counter …


Shelia Christofalos opened Activator Cycles with her husband Nick:

“We are extremely excited for Rich and for the community as we believe that the bike shop is a valued storefront in the downtown Lake Bluff business district. Nick and I have enjoyed starting and growing the business, and it was always our intent to see the shop remain open in downtown Lake Bluff when we were ready to move on,” said Shelia. “That day has arrived and Rich brings decades of cycle industry experience to the table from both a managerial and technical standpoint. He always has a smile on his face and is eager to help folks in any way. Rich also espouses our dedication to the community and to the concept that cycling can and should be an affordable activity. Rich will continue to focus on serving local families and riders of all ages and skill levels.”

“We feel such heartfelt thanks to everyone who has supported the store and helped us along since we opened in the 625 sq. ft. space on Center Avenue in 2010. That was a tremendous leap of faith for us, but the community and our business partners embraced us and made the dream come true,” she added. “We trust that you will continue to support Activator Cycles and help Rich to sustain and grow the shop in the months and years ahead. It takes a Village.”

A celebration is planned for later this fall to give everyone a chance to congratulate Rich in his new role.

Rich can be reached at or call the shop at #224-544-5749. Visit for more info.

Around the corner, Lake Bluff Music Co. is closing. The store also was founded by the Shelia and Nick, who eventually plan to relocate to North Carolina to be closer to daughter Alex and Shelia’s parents. Here is a memorial video that Shelia shared.