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posted: 4/20/2010 12:01 AM

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Cook library board meets:

The Cook Memorial Public Library board meets tonight to talk about the district's two construction projects, the search for a new director and other issues. A proposed reading garden at the soon-to-open Vernon Hills library also is on the agenda. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Laschen Center, 294 Evergreen Drive, Vernon Hills.

Buffalo Grove garage fire:

A fire about 2 a.m. Monday destroyed a garage and a car in the 200 block of St. Mary's Parkway in Buffalo Grove. When firefighters arrived, fire and smoke were reported on all sides of the two-car garage and the overhead power line to the house had burned through, creating an electrical hazard, fire officials said. ComEd secured the down line and the fire was extinguished in about 20 minutes with help from firefighters from Arlington Heights, Long Grove and Lincolnshire. The heat damaged the house's siding, windows and door. Power will have to be restored before the house can be reoccupied. The cause of the fire is under investigation, officials said.

Test drive for Warren High boosters:

Gurnee residents and others in surrounding communities will have a chance to raise up to $6,000 for a Warren Township High School booster club by testing driving a Ford, Lincoln or Mercury vehicle. The event will be at Warren's O'Plaine Road campus parking lot, just south of Grand Avenue, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Ford Motor Co. and its Gurnee dealership will donate $20 to the Blue Devil Booster Club for every person who test drives one of nine vehicles. Each test drive will last about 5 minutes. Money from the privately run booster organization goes toward financial and moral support to all sports programs and athletes at Warren. Other activities on tap that day will include a Warren Township High School Devilettes car wash. All who participate in Ford's Drive One 4 UR School event will be eligible to win a netbook computer. Participants must be 18 or older and have a valid driver's license.