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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.

Fall Rain … Fall

How much rain so far this week? If you’re wondering for a precise measurement you’ve come to the right place — 2.28 inches in Lake Forest over the past three days, based on Carl Noble’s calculations in his Lake Forest back yard for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network.


Ravine at Moffett and Withwood Lane in Lake Bluff on Oct. 14, 2014; photo by Adrienne Fawcett

Ravine at Moffett and Withwood Lane in Lake Bluff on Oct. 14, 2014; photo by Adrienne Fawcett

There’s A New Panera in Highland Park

Submitted by Panera Bread

Panera Bread will open its newest bakery-cafe in Highland Park at 1853 2nd Street on Friday, October 17th. The location will feature Rapid-Pick Up for the convenience of customers and will open its doors at 6:00 a.m.

On opening day, the first 30 customers with purchase will receive a Panera travel mug with complimentary coffee or tea for two weeks and a certificate* for a loaf of bread every month for a year. *One certificate per person.

Customers may eat in or dine out. An ordering option called Rapid Pick-Up will enable customers to place an online/mobile order from their office, car, work or home – up to five days in advance – and pick up their food at a pre-determined time without waiting in line. The bakery-cafe will be equipped with a special “to go” pick-up area, featuring dedicated seating, an order-status monitor providing real-time information as orders are prepared and completed, and shelf space, all to facilitate easy pick up.

Hours of Operation
The hours of operation fare Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Monday through Saturday from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. For more information, call Panera Bread at (847) 579-5056).

An Active Community Partner
Since our beginning, the company and its franchisees have been active participants in the communities in which it does business. The new location will give back to the community through its Day-End Dough-Nation™ and Community Breadbox™ programs.

Panera Bread has worked to help combat the problem of hunger for 25 years, since it began donating unsold bread and baked goods to local organizations. Under its Day-End Dough-Nation™ program, in 2012, Panera Bread bakery-cafes nationally (company and franchise) donated a retail value of approximately $100 million worth of unsold bread and baked goods to help neighbors in need.

As part of the local Community Breadbox™ program, all donations made by customers in the new Highland Park bakery-cafe will benefit Make-A-Wish® Illinois, a charity that helps grant the wishes of children with life threatening medical conditions. For the past five years over 30 local bakery-cafes joined the community in contributing over $450,000 to Make-A-Wish® Illinois to grant 70 wishes.

About Panera Bread
Chicago Bread, LLC, is a Panera Bread franchisee; family owned and operated by Hamra Enterprises, operators of 33 Panera Bread bakery-cafés in the Greater Chicago area. Chicago Bread is committed to Panera Bread’s focus on providing customers and employees with high quality sweet and savory products and engaging each of its café neighborhoods through community service, fundraising, and other philanthropic activities. With our identity rooted in handcrafted, fresh-baked, artisan bread, we are committed to providing great tasting, quality food that people can trust. All of our bakery-cafes have a menu highlighted by antibiotic free chicken, whole grain bread and select organic and all natural ingredients, with zero grams of artificial trans fat per serving, which provide flavorful, wholesome offerings. Our bakery-cafes routinely donate bread and baked goods to community organizations in need. Additional information is available on the Chicago Bread website,

Introducing: Your North Shore Halloween Itinerary

By Sam Eichner

Halloween is fast approaching, and with so many festivities on the North Shore it can be hard to know where to start. Which is why we’ve created a comprehensive itinerary, highlighting the dates, times, and activities at the best (and spookiest) events the area has to offer.

Be sure to click the links for each event for more information, and to check the corresponding map below to see where each is located. If you have an event that you’d like to add, just email it to

1. 5th Annual Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival, sponsored by The Autism Society of Illinois and the City of Highwood, Oct. 17th (4-9pm), Oct. 18th (11am-9pm), and Oct. 19th (11am-8pm). Come out and support a great cause as downtown Highwood once again transforms into Pumpkin Fest HQ, featuring a pet costume contest, the Light Up the Night Parade, a 5k Pumpkin Run, onsite carving, pumpkin beer tasting, carnival rides and much more.

2. Spooky Pooch at Chicago Botanic Gardens, Oct. 18th (11am-1pm). Dress your dog in its spookiest Halloween costume for a parade through the Botanic Gardens. And by spookiest, we mean most ridiculously adorable.

3. Boo Bash, at Takiff Center, Oct. 23rd (5:30-7pm). Enjoy an evening of family fun filled with crafts, carnival games, treats, entertainment, and pizza. Trick-or-Treat bag/pillowcase is highly recommended.

4. Halloween Happening at Wilmette Park District Community Center, Oct. 24th (6-9pm). Bring the kids to a family-friendly event featuring carnival games, a fortune teller, a moonwalk, pony rides, and thrilling performances from the Theater of Terror and the Traveling World of Reptiles.

5. Halloween Hoopla, at Jewett Park in Deerfield, October 24-25th (7-9pm). Make the trip to the Jewett Community Center for a limited-time Haunted House, a family-fun movie in the park, and a Halloween bonfire. Kids of all ages will enjoy the event, which also features fun inflatables, a haywagon ride around the park, costumed characters, and much more.

6. HallowFest, A Garden of Good…And Evil, at Chicago Botanic Gardens, October 25th (5:30-9pm) and October 26th (4-7:30pm). Return to the Botanic Gardens for a live pumpkin carving, fortune telling, face-painting, and spooky train ride around the grounds on the Howlin’ Express.

7. Lake Bluff’s Ghost Walk, at the Lake Bluff History Museum, October 25th and 26th (5-8pm). On Halloween, nothing’s as it seems. Which is why the Village President enlisted the Men in Black to assist with this year’s Ghost Walk. Follow them as they seek to uncover the mysteries behind a series of strange (and spooky) events in Lake Bluff’s history.

8. Lake Bluff’s Pumpkin Fest and Pumpkin Chase: The Lake Bluff PTO Pumpkin Chase 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run is on October 18 but festivities begin Friday (Oct. 17th) evening (5PM-8PM) at the Lake Bluff Middle School Gym where you can pick up your race packet and get a pre-race dinner for a nominal amount. Don’t forget to bring the kids as there will be games and the ever popular Haunted Forest across the street in Artesian Park. The next morning is the 5K at 8 am and the Fun Run @ 9:15 am. Stick around for the Pumpkin Fest ,which begins right after the Fun Run at the Middle School adjacent to the start/finish line.

9. Trick-or-Treat in Downtown Highland Park, October 30th (4-6pm). Give your kids a head start on the big day with an afternoon of trick-or-treating at the stores in downtown HP.

10. Trick-or-Treat in Downtown Lake Forest, October 31st (2pm-close). Bring your kids and pets in costume to collect treats from all the stores with a Trick-or-Treat sign in their window.

And now…Let this map be your guide: