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Updated: January 2, 2013 1:38AM

Highland Park

Parking: The Lake County Forest Preserve District has responded to increased demand for parking at the Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve with planned improvements that will grow the parking spaces from 20 to 100 by spring 2013. The first new parking installment took place this summer when 20 spaces were added to the current lot located off of Gilgare Road, bringing the total spaces to 40. The District will increase parking spaces over the next six months at two locations within the preserve. The Gilgare Road parking lot will increase by 40 spaces, bringing its total to 80 spaces prior to next summer’s busy season. An additional 20 parking spaces will be installed at the Fort Sheridan Cemetery and will serve a dual purpose of trailhead parking and overflow parking for the approximately 40 funerals held there annually. Gates will be installed at both locations to close the parking lots from sunset to sunrise, eliminating unauthorized use of the parking areas after the preserve is closed. Also, at its Oct. 1 meeting, the District’s Planning and Restoration Committee reaffirmed its intent to restrict swimming at the preserve’s beach, which will likely reduce the number of visitors looking for a place to swim. For more information, call (847) 968-3151.

Lake Bluff

Partners: United Services by Permaco, Inc. has partnered with Bernie’s Book Bank, a Chicagoland non-profit that’s mission is to “Connect Children Needing Books with Books Needing Children.” Bernie’s Book Bank Distribution Partners are schools and organizations that serve large populations of at-risk children. Each child the bank serves receives a minimum of 12 books per year. The books are theirs to keep at home forever. United Services has committed to an annual financial donation to support the efforts at Bernie’s Book Bank in addition to working in conjunction with the Bernie’s Book Bank staff to help bring awareness to the high numbers of children in the Chicagoland suburbs that don’t have access to books. For more information, call (847) 816-9800.

Lake County

Grant deadline: The Lake County Farm Bureau’s Agriculture in the Classroom program is once again offering grants of up to $250 to K-12 teachers in Lake County who would like to incorporate agriculture into their classroom. Applicants are encouraged to be creative and develop an interesting, valuable agricultural experience for their students. Previous recipients of the grant have used the funds to stem outdoor school gardens, indoor growing of plants, the purchase of learning materials that are related to agriculture, as well as many other projects. AITC grants cannot be used to fund transportation, consumable products such as food for lessons, or to pay for presentations. The deadline for AITC grant applications is Nov. 9 at 4 p.m. To request a copy of an application, or to learn more about the available grants, call (847) 223-6506 or email

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