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     Diana O'Kelly

May 7, 2015
Real Questions from Real People
Just wondering what is going on with Allegheny Rd?  Is it being repaved or widened?  There is a great deal of activity on it from Peterson north to the entrance to Saddlebrook Farms.

The first half mile of Alleghany, north of Peterson Rd (ending approximately around the Com Ed high tension lines), will be reconstructed and widened in conjunction with the Peterson Rd widening and reconstruction.  This work will result in an improved intersection at Peterson and Alleghany, allowing for 2 left turn lanes, and a right turn lane onto Peterson Rd.  Also, Alleghany will be resurfaced from where the widening ends to Hojem Rd (just north of the railroad tracks). 


Currently, North Shore Gas is working to relocate their gas main to accommodate the widened road, and Lake County Grading is installing new storm sewer and grading for the new lanes along Peterson.

Watch your speed limit through the construction zone because people are getting tickets!
Public Meeting Next Week

The Lake County Division of Transportation will host a Public Information Meeting for the reconstruction of Peterson Road and the resurfacing of Alleghany Road in the Village of Grayslake and Fremont Township.  The purpose of the meeting is to present the roadway improvement plans to the public and show the project schedule. The meeting will be conducted in an informal, open-house format. Exhibits will be on display and representatives fromLCDOT and the project team will be there to provide information and answer questions.

Date:               Thursday, May 14, 2015
Time:               5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Location:         Lake County Fairgrounds
                       1060 East Peterson Road, Grayslake

Food Drive Saturday

The 23rd annual Letter Carriers' Food Drive is on Saturday, May 9, 2015. The  Fremont Township Food Pantry receives food from the Mundelein Post Office from this drive.  We appreciate all that you donate. We will be sorting food on Tuesday, May 12 at 10 am in the lower level of the Township building.  If you would like to help, we would love to have you.  

Rain Barrel, Compost Bin and Native Plant Sale May 9-10

The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO), the Stormwater Management Commission and Lake County Forest Preserves will hold a compost bin, rain barrel and native plant sale. 


The compost bin and rain barrel sale will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 9. The native plant sale will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 9 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 10. Both events will take place at Independence Grove Forest Preserve's North Bay Pavilion, 16400 W. Route 137, Libertyville. Rain barrels cost $60, and compost bins cost $50. Rain barrels, compost bins, and accessories will be sold on Saturday only.

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Paper Shredding Only Event
State Rep Ed Sullivan is sponsoring a paper shredding only event on Saturday, May 16 from 9 am to noon at the Fremont Township Administrative Offices.
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Consider sharing your native plants

We are looking for donations of native flowering plants for the Fremont Township Community Garden.  Our garden would like to do its part to support the native pollinators that are an integral part of our food web.  Native plants provide food and shelter for these insects, while helping produce food.  If you have extra native plants, such as echinacea, yellow coneflower, bergamot, boneset, blazing star, compass flower, little bluestem or prairie dropseed, please consider sharing with our community garden!  Contact Alicia at to coordinate drop-off.  

A special Thank You to Jack Bowes, Dan Beelow and Rick Podgorski who donated bees for our garden.  Alicia will be bringing them to the garden on Saturday! Every workday seems to be accompanied with a special gift--sometimes it's new knowledge or meeting more wonderful friends of the garden. Other times the gift takes a more physical form--like the signs that arrived last Saturday, handcrafted by Earl and Jeanne Brown. Made of cedar with the burned lettering, these signs will last for years and they are going to make veggie bed identification a piece of cake, as well as helping newcomers identify what we have growing! The Browns also mounted the girls scouts painted birdhouses to their posts and we will be installing them soon.  

Next week is a busy week in the garden! We have a corporate workday on Tuesday afternoon, a class from St Mary's on Thursday (early afternoon) and an Indian Princess work team on Saturday morning. Volunteers are always welcome.
Job Openings
Lake County Government current job openings click here

Health Dept. Warns Residents to Watch Out for Ticks

Cases of Lyme disease, which deer ticks carry, have increased in the area since 2005. Click here to read the article from the Patch
District 75 Seeking Volunteers

Mundelein School District 75 is seeking parent and community volunteers to join a one-day Strategic Planning meeting on Saturday, June 20 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to gather input from many perspectives on where the district should focus its improvement efforts. A large group of 50-60 parents, community members, business people, staff, administrators, board members, and high school alumni will work through a collaborative process to identify core community values and aspirations for their children.

Please consider joining them. Application to Volunteer:

For more information, contact Dr. Andy Henrikson at 847-949-2700 or


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Community Events


Friends of Fremont Public Library Used Book Sale
1170 N. Midlothian Road
Saturday May 9, 10:00 - 4:30
Sunday May 10, 1:00 - 4:30


Cub Pack 295 in Mundelein is hosting a Family Fun Night on May 15th, for boys aged 6 (Kindergarten) through 10-11 (4th grade). The evening begins at 7pm, and will be held in the field directly north of Santa Maria del Popolo Church (Seymour and Courtland Ave., Mundelein; south of Kracklauer Park).
Questions?  Contact Wendy McMurray at


Relay for Life Event at Crossroads on May 31. 


The Kirk Players will be performing Charlotte's Web on Friday, June 12, Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14.


Kirk Players Offer Free Summer workshops  on Monday nights June 15th through July 27th. If you are interested drop them a noteat  Their summer workshops for children and adults are, and have always been, FREE!

Any child ages 5 to 14 who is interested in exploring the stage is invited to join them or a 7-week children's theatre workshop. Led by experienced Kirk Players, their workshop provides young actors with an opportunity to perform while giving them the ability to apply theatre techniques that can be used to enrich their everyday life. They will organize classes by age groups and these classes are still free of charge. Younger children play theatre games that use their highly developed sense of imagination and start them on the way to enjoying theatre. They learn listening skills, practice following directions and develop respect for others and their ideas. Older actors will be using scripted material to learn to develop characterization, think on their feet, improve focus and vocal projection and learn how to use stage directions.

For our adults workshop, they are asking students to bring their own material to work on - Paddy Lynn will explain more the first time they meet.  For your reference, here is a summary of the details for both programs:


WHO Children ages 5 through 14

Mondays, June 15 through July 27 

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm


Mundelein High School, 1350 W. Hawley, Mundelein, IL 60060

For the first class, please meet in the Auditorium and take a seat in the audience


WHO 15 and up

Mondays, June 15 through July 27 

7:30 pm to 10:00 pm


Carmel High School, 1 Carmel Parkway, Mundelein, IL 60060


Recycle Sheets, Blankets, Towels, Shoes, Eyeglasses
If you have used towels, sheets or blankets that need to be recycled, please consider bringing them to Fremont Township at 22385 Rt 60, Mundelein to be donated to local Animal Shelters and Rescues.  Please drop them in the bin on the front porch. This keeps them out of the landfill and puts them to good use.  

We also accept eye glasses and shoes to be recycled year round.  If you are disposing of shoes that have laces, please tie the laces together. Thanks to our residents, we recycled 1240 pairs of shoes in the last twelve months!
Car Show Scheduled at Grand Dominion

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Diana O'Kelly

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