Grayslake events keep residents busy
BY ED COLLINS Special to The News-Sun August 22, 2013 4:44PM
Updated: October 22, 2013 3:14AM
Grayslake has provided Lake County families plenty of options to keep busy this summer.
The Grayslake Heritage Center and Museum’s special salute to President Abraham Lincoln attracted more than 3,000 people during the March 23 to June 16 tribute.
And at the village board meeting Monday night, Aug. 20, trustees reported that last weekend’s Summerfest, with its popular parade and other activities, was one of the best attended ever. The village board also gave the cooperative summer weather some credit, too.
And a new community event will keep the fun going this weekend.
A colorful hot air balloon race is set for 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, in Central Park. Admission is free, and snack vendors will be available.
Seven hot air balloons will be involved in a “fox and hounds” balloon chase flying over Lake County for about 45 minutes, with the hounds attempting to land the closest to the fox hiding in a secret destination.
Crews will then return the balloons to Central Park, where at dusk they will light their respective burners to display colorful shapes and pictorial designs.
Grayslake Trustee Bruce Bassett, who promoted the effort, called the balloon burner lighting at dusk “picture-perfect” material for photographers. He added that there will be plenty of additional activities in the park while the seven-story balloons are in flight.
Mayor Rhett Taylor praised the Grayslake Chamber of Commerce and the village staff for organizational the series of community events.
Board meeting notes
The balance of Monday’s board meeting was rather mundane after the enthusiastic report about the summer’s popular events.
Trustees approved a variance allowing the Waukegan Tire Company to erect an eight-foot-tall fence for its property at 2060 E. Belvidere Road (Route 120).
The board also approved a street closure request by the Grayslake Farmers Market to have Whitney Street, between the alley and Center Street, closed for the spring, summer and fall Farmers Market events.
At the request of Grayslake High School District 127, trustees ruled that turns on red lights from Hillside Avenue to Lake Street will be prohibited.
School administrators requested the safety measure to address heavy pedestrian traffic crossing at the intersection near Grayslake Central High School during school days.