News and stuff about Lake Forest and Lake Bluff

A Grinch Stole Christmas. Here’s How You Can Help Get It Back.

By Sam Eichner

This past summer when Christmas Gift Program Coordinator Jim Wogan checked the Waukegan storage facility where Catholic Charities of Lake County stores leftover donations, he discovered a kicked-in panel adjacent to the door and, once inside, a room noticeably bereft of toys.

“My guess is that it was a cold winter last year,” Wogan. “And someone broke in to get out of the cold, started nosing around, and realized they hit the jackpot.”

In this case, the jackpot was hundreds of extra toys — surplus from the previous year’s Christmas gift drive that Wogan and Catholic Charities of Lake County planned to use to springboard this year’s program, which collects toys for underprivileged families in Lake County.

Last year, the program provided gifts to approximately 15,000 people; though hundreds of toys were stolen from this year’s seed fund, they account for only a small fraction of what the drive will ultimately collect.

Following several local TV spots, Catholic Charities of Lake County has already managed to recoup a good portion of the stolen gifts.  Some people have come forward to write checks on behalf of the program, while some toy companies have simply sent over boxes of gifts.

“I never cease to be surprised by people’s generosity,” Wogan says, “and how they rally around a cause like this.”

Intake for this year’s Christmas gift drive started two days after Labor Day.  If you or anyone you know is interested in donating gifts, drop off is located at the Catholic Charities office at 671 S. Lewis Avenue in Waukegan.

Next year, Wogan said, they’ll have a new, more secure storage facility for this season’s store of leftover toys.

Ask the Gazebo: What’s Going Down At Route 41 and Westleigh in Lake Forest?

A reader from Lake Forest wrote to Ask The Gazebo about construction at the intersection of Route 41 on Westleigh Road. “Are we building an underpass to accommodate bikers crossing 41?” he asked hopefully.

Alas, no tunnel is in the offing. Lake Forest’s Public Works Supervisor of Engineering Brian Joyce told GazeboNews that the gas company hired a contractor to replace the gas main that crosses route 41.

Obituary: Barbara Lee of Lake Bluff

Submitted by Wenban Funeral Home, Lake Forest

Barbara E. Lee nee Rogers, 89, of Lake Bluff, IL died September 28, 2014. She was an active member of the League of Women Voters and the local chapter of P.E.O. since the late 1950s.

Wife of the late Laurence R. “Larry” Lee (2010); mother of Justin L. Lee of Lake Forest and David R. Lee of Lake Bluff; grandmother of Justin, Jr., Chistopher & Caroline Lee and Chelsea & Alexander Lee; sister of Justin T. Jr. (Jane) Rogers; aunt of Sarah, Larkin & Justin, III “Brody” Rogers.

Memorial Service 6 p.m. Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest, 700 N. Sheridan Rd., Lake Forest. Interment will be private at German Settlement Cemetery, Spring Prairie, WI.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Midwest Hospice & Palliative CareCenter, 2050 Claire Ct., Glenview, IL 60025. Info. Wenban Funeral Home, Lake Forest or (847)234-0022.

First Presbyterian Church Event Features Rep. Dold

Submitted by First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest

First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest will host a “Lunch and Learn” program with guest speaker former *U.S. Representative Bob Dold on Oct. 10 at 12 p.m. Rep. Dold is a candidate in the current 10th Congressional District race with incumbent U.S. Representative Brad Schneider (D-IL). (First Pres tries to ensure all voices are heard during these programs, but Rep. Schneider is unable to attend.)

The election is on Nov. 4, 2014.

The “Lunch and Learn” program is open to all communities — Lake Forest and beyond — and is designed to give people a forum to engage in interesting subject matters while enjoying fellowship with others.

The event will be held at the church, located at 700 N Sheridan Road in Lake Forest. It will start with an informal lunch, followed by a short presentation by Rep. Dold and concludes with a Q&A.

There is a $5 fee per person to cover the cost of food. Seating is limited and will be filled on a first come, first served basis. For more information or to reserve your seat, contact Donna Birney at (847) 234-6250

*First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest does not endorse Rep. Bob Dold for Congress or any other candidate in the 10th District race.

About First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest
Our mission at First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest is to send inspired and well-equipped followers of Jesus into the world, loving and serving God in their daily lives. We invite you to join us in these resilient Christian practices: worship, learn, connect, serve and invite. Find out more about our worship services, study groups, mission outreach and fellowship opportunities by visiting our website at or calling us at (847) 234-6250.

Homecoming A Hit As LFHS Beats Libertyville

LFHS senior Wes Janeck

LFHS senior Wes Janeck; photo by Joel Lerner, Chief Photographer for The North Shore Weekend

By Kevin Reiterman, sports editor for The North Shore Weekend

Senior Wes Janeck spent a big chunk of his night celebrating in the end zone.

The Lake Forest High School running back scored three touchdowns in his team’s 29-20 homecoming win over Libertyville on Friday night.

Janeck, who will play lacrosse for the University of Maryland next year, scored his first TD of the night just before halftime on a 71-yard kick return.

He also rushed for two touchdowns (19 and 7 yards) in the fourth quarter. Janeck finished the game with 148 rushing yards. He went over 100 yards for the third time this season.

Lake Forest quarterback Danny Carolla finished the game with 132 passing yards. Senior Kyle Gattari made a pair of first quarter field goals: 33 and 44 yards. Senior linebacker Jack Traynor had an interception.

The Scouts improved to 4-1.

N Plus N Equals Nice Win For Highland Park Football

By Bill McLean, sports reporter for The North Shore Weekend

Highland Park quarterback Sam Nevers connected with Luke Norcia for a 36-yard touchdown and the clinching points in the fourth quarter of a 17-14 win at Deerfield High School Friday night.

The Giants improved to 5-0.

Deerfield had taken a 13-10 lead on a 28-yard run by Johnny Fisher in the third quarter.

HP lineman Teddy Sutker made the stop of the night in the fourth quarter, tackling a Warriors ball carrier on a fourth down at HP’s 11-yard line with about a minute remaining. Deerfield fell three yards short of a first down on the play.

Lake Forest Takes On Rival Libertyville for Homecoming

Senior Virgil Young (No. 5) celebrates with his Lake Forest High School teammates after scoring on a fumble recovery against Stevenson on Sept. 19.

Senior Virgil Young (No. 5) celebrates with his Lake Forest High School teammates after scoring on a fumble recovery against Stevenson on Sept. 19. Photo by Joel Lerner.

By Kevin Reiterman

A pair of 3-1 football teams will battle it out on Friday night at 7:30 p.m., when Lake Forest High School hosts rival Libertyville in its homecoming game.

The Scouts dropped a 34-17 decision to the state’s top-ranked team, Stevenson, on Sept. 19. Libertyville, which also started the season 3-0, came up short against Warren 43-26 in Week 4.

Senior linebacker Jack Traynor has been one of the standouts for LF. In the game at Stevenson, he had eight tackles and a quarterback sack. Defensive back Virgil Young, who returned a fumble for a touchdown, was another headliner.

Offensively, the Scouts are being led by senior running back Wes Janeck and junior quarterback Danny Carollo. Janeck has rushed for more than 100 yards in two of the team’s four games. Carollo threw for 154 yards against Stevenson.

As shown in the photos below, many Lake Forest and Lake Bluff merchants are decked out for Homecoming. The storefront windows are decorated by various LFHS teams and clubs, an old tradition that Student Council revised for last year’s Homecoming. 












5 Things To Do This Weekend in Lake Forest & Lake Bluff

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The first weekend of fall is here .. and herewith are five great ideas on how to spend it:

Friday, 9/26

  • Ragdale’s Novel Affair Benefit at the Chicago Botanic Garden: Join renowned authors, artists, and architects–such as Sherman Alexie and Saturday Night Live alum Julia Sweeney–for two nights of stimulating conversation and creativity in support of Ragdale, Lake Forest’s only artist retreat.  Tickets for Friday’s cocktail reception, which starts at 6pm, are $200 each. For both the cocktail reception and Saturday night’s dinner party, tickets are $500.

Saturday, 9/27

  • Lake Forest Preservation House & Garden WalkA Chicago Art Deco expert is among the six speakers who are scheduled to present at the Lake Forest Preservation Foundation’s House and Garden Walk benefit, which takes place from 1 to 4 p.m, at a late 1920s home built by architect Ralph Milman, and later, Lake Forest’s very own Art Deco Post Office. 
  • Fall Rummage Sale at First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest: From 8am to 3pm, sift through a wide array men’s and women’s clothing, furniture, home décor, toys, linens, shoes, and more.  One man’s trash is another man’s treasure…

Sunday, 9/28

  • Lake Forest Civic Orchestra Performs with Christopher Ramaekers on the Podium: Throughout this season of the Lake Forest Civic Orchestra, four guest conductors will stand in to conduct a concert. At the end of the season, the board will select one to be its new music director. Ramaekers is the first to go, at Gorton Community Center; his concert, entitled “Fanfare and Intrigue,” will include works from Haydn, Bizet, and Rossini.
  • Lake Forest Open Lands’ annual Bagpipes and Bonfire: Kilted skydivers, a roaring bonfire, and a unified procession of bagpipers–not to mention outrageous amounts of tender pulled pork–make this one of the most unique events of the fall season.



‘Race To Nowhere’ Documentary on PBS

Race to Nowhere, the documentary that challenges America’s cut-throat educational culture, is airing on PBS beginning on Thursday, Sept. 25. The documentary was presented in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff, along with communities nationwide, a few years ago and started a conversation about the stress that many of our teens experience during their high school years.

League Hosts Candidate Debates for 58th State Rep. and Lake County Officials

Submitted by the League of Women Voters – Lake Forest-Lake Bluff area

The League of Women Voters is hosting a set of debates between candidates running for the 58th State Representative seat and Lake county-wide offices. Here is an opportunity to meet and question candidates for important races on your November ballot. Please plan to attend on Sunday, Sept. 28, 1 p.m. at Dickinson Hall, 100 E. Old Mill. Rd, Lake Forest. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. This is one of only a few chances to hear the candidates debate.

Scott Drury (D), incumbent, will square off against Mark Neerhof (R) in the race for the 58th State Representative seat. Neerhof is a physician and lost his bid for the seat in the primary two years ago. Drury is an attorney and previously served in the U.S. Attorney’s Office under Patrick Fitzgerald. The district includes all or portions of Bannockburn, Deerfield, Glencoe, Highland Park, Highwood, Knollwood, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Lincolnshire, Northbrook, North Chicago, and Riverwoods.

Carla Wyckoff (R) a Lake Forest lawyer with the Lake County State’s Attorney office and Janet Kilkelly (D) an elected official from Waukegan are running for Lake County Clerk. With the retirement of Willard Helander, the Clerk’s office is an open race. Lake County Treasurer is another open seat. Candidates for Treasurer are David Stolman (R) and Glenn Ryback (D). Stolman, from Buffalo Grove, has served on the Lake County Board for 22 years. Ryback has served as Village Board President of Wadsworth for two terms. Mark Curran (R), Lake Villa, is seeking to continue his 8 years as Lake County Sheriff. His opponent is Jason Patt (D) from Zion, an investigator in the Lake County Coroner’s office. Roycealee Wood, incumbent, is running unopposed for Regional Superintendent of Schools. She will make a brief statement.

The sponsoring organizations of the debates are four local chapters of the League of Women Voters along with the Lake Forest Bank & Trust, American Legion Post 145 of Highland Park, and Dickinson Hall. The League chapters are LWV-Deerfield, LWV-Glencoe, LWV-Highland Park/Highwood, and LWV-Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Area.

The debates will be videotaped and shown on LFTV,, and YouTube.

For more information, go to website
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. Membership in the League is open to men and women of all ages. With more than 94 years of experience and 800 local and state affiliates, the League is one of America’s most trusted grassroots organizations.