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     Diana O'Kelly
Fremont Township Supervisor

May 6, 2016
Thank you for the donations to Fremont Township
On April 16th a memorial for Steven Daskauskas was held and donations of money, food and clothing were collected for Fremont Township residents in need.  We appreciate these contributions for our residents in memory of Steven.
Rain Barrel, Compost Bin and Native Plant Sale
The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County, Stormwater Management Commission and Lake County Forest Preserves will hold their annual rain barrel and compost bin sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 7. Learn about the benefits of composting and harvesting rain water. Watch demonstrations, and meet experts to answer your questions.  More Info

Also, don't miss the native plant sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 7 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 8, just in time for Mother's Day. Find all this at Independence Grove Forest Preserve's North Bay Pavilion in Libertyville. Learn the value of planting native species and find a variety of flowers, plants, shrubs and trees.   View the list of available plants.

Independence Grove Forest Preserve,  North Bay Pavilion is located at 
16400 W. Buckley Rd.(Rt.137) Libertyville, IL  just east of Milwaukee Avenue (Rt.21)
Northwestern Medicine Grayslake
Children's Health and Safety Fair Saturday May 7th, 2016

Our Fremont Township Cert team will be working The Childrens Fair  on Saturday, May 7 from 10 am - 1 pm at the Grayslake Outpatient Center 1475 East Belvidere Road in Grayslake, Illinois
(Route 120, just west of Route 45) Enter through Pavilion C on the west side of the building. (847) 535-8800.

Bring Your Camera
See public safety vehicles and take a photo with a Flight-for-Life helicopter, weather permitting.

Get a free teddy bear and bike helmet while supplies last.

Learn the benefits of exercise and eating right.

Find out how to keep your pets healthy.
IDOT Open House on Road Improvements
The Illinois Department of Transportation is hosting and open house public meeting concerning the proposed improvements of Illinois Route 83 from 132 to 120 and 137 from Route 83 east of US 45 in Lake County on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Round lake Beach Cultural and Civic Center, 2007 Civic Center Way, Round Lake Beach, IL.
Household Chemical Waste Collection Event
The next 2016 Mobile Household Chemical Waste Collection event is scheduled at the Vernon Hills Metra Train Station on Route 45.
Saturday, May 21st, 2016 from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm.  For more information

Electronic Recycling Event for Businesses, School and Government
One Day ONLY Special Electronics Recycling Event for Lake County BUSINESSES, SCHOOLS and GOVERNMENT

This one day special event will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Village of Mundelein Public Works Facility located at 440 East Crystal Street. Recycling fees will be assessed for televisions ($20 each) and cathode ray tube style monitors ($15 each), all other acceptable electronics will be collected at no cost. Click here for more information.
Election Judges Needed
Election Judges are needed for the November election.  If you are interested, contact our County Clerk Carla Wyckoff's office at 847 377-2408 or by email at 
Free Workshop for Homeowners Associations on May 23
For HOAs and property owners who are responsible for maintaining detention ponds, wetlands, and natural areas. Learn about maintaining these stormwater features and HOA legal responsibilities. Visit with vendors who can help with your maintenance needs. Click here for more information.
Affordable Pet Vaccination Clinics
Lake County Health Department Affordable Pet Vaccination Clinics

May 14 from 
9 a.m. til noon 
Lindenhurst Police Department Vaccination Clinic
2301 E. Sand Lake Road, Lindenhurst

June 4 from 9 a.m. til noon
The Regent Center Vaccination Clinic for Seniors Only
(Seniors age 55 and over will receive free rabies inoculations for their pets)
1200 Regent Drive, Mundelein
For Spayed/neutered Pets
  • One-year rabies vaccination and Lake County tag: $20
  • One-year rabies vaccination, tag and distemper: $25
  • Distemper complex only: $10
  • Microchip: $15
For Pets Not Spayed/Neutered
  • One-year rabies vaccination and Lake County tag: $60
  • One-year rabies vaccination, tag and distemper: $65
  • Distemper complex only: $10
  • Microchip: $15
For more information click here.
Zika Virus
Zika virus disease (Zika) is a disease caused by the Zika virus, which is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. Anyone who lives in or travels to an area where Zika virus is found and has not already been infected with Zika virus can get it from mosquito bites. The main mosquito that transmits Zika, Aedes aegypti, has not been found in Lake or surrounding counties. The Lake County Health Department and others actively monitor mosquito populations to determine the types of mosquitoes present and if they may be carrying diseases. 
Thank you Fremont Cert Team!!!!
The Fremont township board thanked and recognized our Fremont Township Cert team for all of their dedication to our community at the annual town meeting in April. They are celebrating ten years!

We are so lucky to have such dedicated volunteers, and we also thanked Alicia Dodd who does such a wonderful job with our Fremont Township Community Garden.

Mundelein Farmers Market Seeking More Vendors
The Farmers Market will be held on Fridays from 3-7 p.m., June 17 through October 7, in the Santa Maria del Popolo Church parking lot on Highway Route 45. They expect to have about 30-35 vendors each week, plus they will feature a local business and non-profit group each week. There are two spaces available for the upcoming season. If you are interested in being a vendor please call Terry at 847-970-9235.
Senior Homestead Exemption
Please mention this to friends!
If you are 65 or older and a homeowner, have you filed for your senior homestead exemption?  We see people all the time who haven't filed for this and it will save you money on your property tax bill. 

This exemption lowers the equalized assessed value of your property by $5,000.00, and may be claimed in addition to the General Homestead Exemption. To receive this exemption, you must:
Have lived on the property on or before January 1st of the tax year.
Have reached age 65 during the tax year.
To apply for the exemption you need to visit the Fremont Township Assessor's office. If you have questions, please call our assessor's office at 847 223-2846.


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Com Ed to install Smart Meters
With all the scam phone calls you have been receiving, I wanted to let you know that ComEd will begin upgrading meters in homes across Lake County with a smart meter and will be contacting you. Over 300,000 smart meters will be installed starting this year and continuing through 2018.  Homeowners will not need to be home if the meter can be accessed. One week prior to scheduled installation, ComEd will contact homeowners by phone to notify you when the home is scheduled for installation. 
Bird Walk at Volo Bog
Join a bird walk at Volo Bog State Natural Area and McHenry Dam
Beginner and experienced bird watchers are invited to join bird walks at Volo Bog State Natural Area and the McHenry Dam. Walks will take place from 8 to 11 a.m. through September and range from two to three miles in length, covering a variety of habitats. The walks are hosted by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources at the McHenry County Audubon. Register by calling 815-344-1294 or send email to
Coffee with Joe Mancino, Hawthorn Woods Mayor
Meet Hawthorn Woods Mayor Joseph Mancino at Oregano's in Hawthorn Woods on Saturday, May 7 between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. to discuss topics impacting the Hawthorn Woods community that are important to you, or stop by and say hello. Come enjoy a cup of coffee with the Hawthorn Woods community and meet Mayor Mancino along with other Village Officials. Attendance is complimentary and open to everyone. If you are a Hawthorn Woods resident, click here  to sign up for the mayors email newsletter.
Local Events

Free Comic Book Day at Fremont Library

Free Comic Book Day is May 7- the first Saturday in May - when participating comic book shops and libraries around the world give away comic books absolutely FREE to anyone who comes in. Stop by the Youth Services desk or the Readers Services desk for your free comic book!

Friends of Fremont Library Used Book Sale
1170 N. Midlothian Road, Mundelein, Il. 60060
Saturday May 14, 10:00 - 4:30
Sunday May 15, 1:00 - 4:30
Any questions call: 847-918-3247

Public Information Meeting
The Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) will hold the second Public Information Meeting for potential roadway improvements to the intersection of Fremont Center Road and IL Route 60 on Wednesday, May 18 
from5 to 7 p.m at the Fremont Intermediate School Gym, 28754 N. Fremont Center Road,  Mundelein.

The Wauconda Fire District will be hosting a Blood Drive on Thursday, May 26th.  The Blood Drive will be at Fire Station #1 at 109 West Liberty Street in Wauconda from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  Walk-ins for the Blood Drive are welcome but appointments are appreciated.  Call Lori at the Fire Department  (847) 526-2821 to schedule your appointment.

Cub Scout Information night will be May 23rd at 7pm in the Fremont Elementary cafeteria.  It's for anyone going into 1st grade next year and above.

Seussical the Musical Jr.
Kirk Players, celebrating its 50th anniversary, is excited to present its first children's musical, Seussical the Musical Jr.  The delightfully charming show about family and friendship will open on Friday, June 3 at 7:00 pm, followed by performances at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm on Saturday, June 4, and 2:00 pm on Sunday, June 5.  All performances will be in the air-conditioned Mundelein High School auditorium.  More information is available by visiting or calling 847-521-6192. Get a Seusscial sneak-peak of the show at the Barnes and Noble Bookfair on Wednesday, May 18 at 6:30pm at the Deer Park Barnes and Noble.  It's free and there will be show tickets given away that night, too!

Remember the Repellent When You Go Outdoors
Message from the Lake County Health Department

Warmer weather means spending more time outdoors. But, it also means that mosquitoes are becoming active. The Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center is encouraging residents to be vigilant about eliminating sources for mosquitoes to breed as well as using protection to avoid mosquito bites. 

"The first human cases of WNV infection were reported in Lake County in 2002 and since then there have been 56 human cases and two confirmed deaths," said Health Department Executive Director Tony Beltran. "We encourage people to stay active outdoors, but please remember to wear insect repellent and take other precautions to avoid mosquito bites." 

Most people become infected with West Nile virus by the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds and then spread the virus to humans and other animals. In 2015, five human cases of West Nile virus were reported in Lake County. 

"While the Zika virus is in the news, it is West Nile virus that we need to be concerned about in this area," said Beltran. "Fortunately, Aedes aegypti, the primary mosquito that transmits Zika virus, has not been found in this area." 
Recommendations to prevent mosquito breeding include:
  • Discard old tires, buckets, drums or any water holding containers; poke holes in tires used as bumpers on docks
  • Keep roof gutters and downspouts clear of debris
  • Keep trash containers covered
  • Empty plastic wading pools at least once a week and store indoors when not in use
  • Drain unused swimming pools
  • Fill in tree rot holes and hollow stumps that hold water
  • Change the water in bird baths and plant urns at least once a week
  • Store boats upside down or drain rainwater weekly 
Recommendations to prevent mosquito bites include:
  • Wear light-colored clothing that minimizes exposed skin and provides some protection from mosquito bites
  • Make sure door and window screens fit tightly and that all holes are repaired
  • Apply insect repellent that includes DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535 according to label instructions; consult a physician before using repellents on infants 
County residents may report areas of stagnant water (conducive for mosquito breeding) as well as locations of dead birds, or learn more about the signs and symptoms of West Nile encephalitis by calling the West Nile hotline number: (847) 377-8300. 

While most people infected with WNV have no symptoms of illness, some may become ill, usually three to 15 days after the bite of an infected mosquito. In some individuals, particularly the elderly, the virus can cause muscle weakness, inflammation of the brain (encephalitis), stiff neck, stupor, disorientation, tremors, convulsions, paralysis, coma or death. 

The Health Department conducts a multi-faceted mosquito surveillance program in Lake County. Beginning in late spring and continuing into the autumn, a series of traps are set around the county, including within the Lake County forest preserves. At each site, a pool or batch of mosquitoes is tested weekly for West Nile virus. Areas of stagnant water are also investigated throughout the season for the presence of mosquito larvae, specifically from the Culex mosquito, which is the primary carrier of West Nile in Illinois. Finally, the locations of dead birds are monitored to assist in the assessment of potential West Nile virus activity. The Health Department works closely with municipalities, townships, and the Lake County Forest Preserve District in monitoring the mosquitoes that may pose a public health threat.
Information about WNV can be found on the Department's website at: 

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Diana O'Kelly
Fremont Township Supervisor    

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