Updated: March 30, 2013 2:16AM
Celebration: A tribute to Lake County’s African-American educators will be held at the free annual Profiles in Excellence program celebrating black history Feb. 3 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Greenbelt Cultural Center, 1215 Green Bay Road. Learn about the history of African-Americans education from slavery to modern times. Local teachers will be honored. Round Lake School District 116 Superintendent, Constance Collins, will be the featured guest speaker. Singers and praise dancers will perform and free refreshments will be served. The program honors the history and achievements of Lake County African-Americans. For more information, call (847) 968-3477.
Input: State Rep. Barbara Wheeler, R-Crystal Lake, is asking her constituents to let her know their opinions on issues expected to come up in the next year. Wheeler has written a survey using a free electronic service and is asking her constituents of the 64th Legislative District to follow the link, www.surveymonkey.com/s/LJLZNLY, and let her know how they feel. Wheeler’s survey focuses on major issues expected to come up in the 98th General Assembly and issues that directly affect the people of eastern McHenry and western Lake counties, including Fox Lake, Antioch, Lake Villa, Crystal Lake, McHenry and Spring Grove. For more information, call (847) 937-0064.
Recycling plan: Village officials have approved a multi-family recycling plan that requires all licensed waste haulers that pick up garbage from multi-family units to also provide recycling by January 2015. Mayor Rhett Taylor said the program would meet the village’s 60 percent recycling goal.
Donations: Bear Magic in Lake County processed over 9,500 toys in 2012 that were given to local hospital E.R.s, pantries and social service agencies that help traumatized children. Helping with this not-for-profit agency are residents in Lake County sharing the ‘pre-loved-toys’ they no longer use or need that gives a second life to toys and Beanie Babies and brings smiles again. Businesses that recycle toys from events and have overstock are asked to call Doreen J. Lagoni at (847) 367-0087. Bear Magic is also accepting monetary donations to purchase toys. Checks can be made to: Bear Magic and mailed to 16075 W. Arlington Drive, Libertyville, IL 60048. These donations are tax deductible.
Stormwater panel: Jim Barkemeyer, Bannockburn’s village president, has been named chairman of the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission board. Barkemeyer takes over for Stevenson Mountsier, who stepped down from the Lake County Board in 2012 and after serving as SMC’s chair since 2001. The 12-member board also voted Craig Taylor of Lake Zurich, County Board District 19, vice chair; Gurnee Mayor Kristina Kovarik, treasurer; and Ann Maine of Lincolnshire, County Board District 21, secretary. In addition to Barkemeyer, municipal members include Round Lake Mayor Jim Dietz, Beach Park Trustee Richard Gust, North Chicago Mayor Leon Rockingham and Long Grove Mayor Maria Rodriguez. Other County Board members include Steve Carlson of Grandwood Park, County Board District 7; Sandra Hart of Lake Bluff, County Board District 13; Brent Paxton of Zion, County Board District 4; and Linda Pedersen of Antioch, County Board District 1. Members serve 2-year terms. The board meets the first Thursday of the month, 7p.m. at the Lake County Central Permit Facility, 500 W. Winchester Road, Libertyville.
Grant: Waukegan’s Youth Conservation Corps has received a $10,000 grant from the Comcast Foundation. This grant is given in support of YCC’s Digital Literacy Expansion Project and will provide the non-profit group with funding for program materials and GED books. This grant from the Comcast Foundation is in recognition of Comcast’s commitment to the communities where its customers and employees live and work. Since its founding in 1999, the Comcast Foundation has distributed more than $90 million in cash support of programs implemented locally in Comcast communities. Youth Conservation Corps is a nonprofit organization that challenges youth to make a positive difference in their community.