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  • McHenry resident honored at Soroptimist reception May 20, 2014 5:32 PM
    Jaclyn Fowler of McHenry receives the Virginia Wagner Educational Grant at the Soroptimist Awards Celebration on May 17,2014.

  • Pet Vaccination Clinic for Pets of Seniors to be Held June 7 May 20, 2014 11:30 AM
    The Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center's Animal Care and Control Program is offering a low-cost pet vaccination clinic for pets of seniors on Saturday, June 7.

  • Stories of War Brought to Life by Vietnam Veteran on May 19 May 20, 2014 10:56 AM
    Paul Baffico, a Vietnam veteran, will speak about his war experiences at a free event at the Lake Bluff Public Safety Building, 45 East Center Street, Lake Bluff, on Monday, May 19, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. His presentation is part of the series “The Stories of War from those Who Have Been There” coordinated by the Lake-McHenry Veterans and Family Services program affiliated with the Lake County Health Department. Paul Baffico is a Vietnam veteran who served as a communications platoon leader with the 101st Airborne Division in 1970 and 1971. He flew 206 combat assaults and is the recipient of the Air Medal with 7 oak leaf clusters, the Bronze Star with 1 oak leaf cluster, and the Army Commendation Medal. Baffico fought in Vietnam 44 years ago and he still lives with the memories of that experience every day since coming home. Founded in 2010, the Lake McHenry Veterans and Family Services program is designed to honor veterans and promote conversation among veterans, their loved ones and the public about the long-term effects of military experiences. Currently, there are approximately 40,000 veterans in Lake County alone, and of those veterans, 20 to 25 percent struggle with mental health issues. Veterans are often reluctant to seek help on issues ranging from job and benefit issues to emotional stress caused by deployment, reintegration, and family issues. The Lake-McHenry Veterans and Family Services program assists veterans, whether they served in Vietnam or more present day conflicts, and their families, face challenges before, during and after deployments. The program is free and open to the public. Reservations are unnecessary. For more information, call: (847) 377-8386 or visit: # # #

  • West Chicago Police Department Committed to Road Safety Education May 17, 2014 1:01 AM
    West Chicago Police Department Committed to Road Safety Education

  • Culver’s to support Honor Flight Network with Day of Giving May 20 May 16, 2014 2:25 PM
    As Memorial Day celebrations take place across the area later this month, the owners of more than 65 Chicago area and Northwest Indiana Culver’s restaurants will host a “Day of Giving” on Tuesday, May 20, and donate 10 percent of sales to Honor Flight organizations in Chicago, Lake County and McHenry County.

  • Ayusa kicks off search for American families to host exchange students May 15, 2014 9:16 PM
    Ayusa International is currently seeking volunteer U.S. host families in Illinois interested in hosting a foreign exchange student for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year.

  • Fine Line Arts Festival: first ever aluminum pour and more! May 15, 2014 5:14 PM
    The Fine Line Arts Festival kicks off with opening night on Friday, June 6, with dinner, live music by "Fight With Monsters," and Fine Line's first-ever aluminum pour! The festival (formerly known as Raku Day) has something for everyone. Come on Saturday June 7, from 9 am – 3 pm, and enjoy hands-on explorations of raku, copper etching, wet felting, art demos, live music, lunch, and more.

  • Become a 4-H Citizen Scientist, help improve the local environment May 13, 2014 3:47 PM
    The 4-H Citizen Scientist program provides junior and senior high youth opportunities to extend learning beyond current 4-H project work into the world of hands-on research. The next Citizen Scientist trainings closest to area residents will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 17 at College of Lake County in Grayslake; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 31 at Severson Dells Nature Center in Rockford.

  • Calling all (Summer Day) Campers May 12, 2014 3:43 PM
    With approximately one month to go before Summer Day Camps get rolling, Deerfield Park District is spreading the word about which camps still have openings for participants.

    As Memorial Day celebrations will take place across the area later this month, the owners of more than 65 Chicago area and Northwest Indiana Culver’s restaurants will host a “Day of Giving” on Tuesday, May 20, and donate 10 percent of sales to Honor Flight organizations in Chicago, Lake County and McHenry County.

  • Blooming Fest to Combine Petals and Pedals May 12, 2014 5:14 PM
    14th Annual Downtown Garden Festival Features Plant Sale and Bicycle Activities Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 9:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m.

  • Artist Seeks Collections of All Sorts for Photographic Exhibit May 12, 2014 5:04 PM
    Danish Artist Marlene Klok Invites Community Participation

  • Health Department Hosts Free Hepatitis Health Fair May 8, 2014 3:44 PM
    In observance of National Hepatitis Testing Day, the Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center will host a free hepatitis health fair in conjunction with Walgreens, the YWCA Lake County and GlenLake Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. The event will take place on Monday, May 19, in the lobby of the County Building, 18 N. County Street in Waukegan, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Program staff will provide information and education about hepatitis B and C prevention, care and treatment. Free blood pressure screenings will be offered. Participants can also receive general information related to overall health and wellbeing. In 2013, 212 cases of all types of hepatitis were reported in Lake County. The Health Department’s Sexually Transmitted Infections program provides counseling and resources, as well as a monthly support group for people infected with hepatitis C. Health officials estimate that one in 12 people worldwide are living with either chronic hepatitis B or hepatitis C, and that one in three people have been exposed to both viruses. These diseases can be spread by: • sharing needles, syringes, or other equipment to inject drugs and needle stick injuries • sharing personal care items that have come in contact with another person’s blood, such as razors or toothbrushes • having sexual contact with an infected person Symptoms of hepatitis C, which include yellowing of the skin or eyes, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, fever, extreme fatigue and stomach pain, can take up to 20 years to appear; many people live with the infection but are unaware of their status. Chronic hepatitis C is a serious disease that can result in long-term health problems, including liver damage, liver failure, liver cancer, or even death. It is the leading cause of cirrhosis, liver cancer and the most common reason for liver transplantation in the United States. Currently, there are vaccines available for hepatitis A and hepatitis B, but not for hepatitis C. The Health Department’s Sexually Transmitted Infections Program, along with several other programs, is working to reduce the incidence of infectious diseases in alignment with the Health Department’s strategic plan goals. Located at 2400 Belvidere Road in Waukegan, it offers sexually transmitted infections screening, treatment and hepatitis vaccines; other services including counseling, education, free and confidential HIV testing, educational based support/talk groups; and outreach. For additional information or to make an appointment, call: (847) 377-8450 or visit:

  • Girl Scouts Host Area Internet Cafés for Spring Registration Apr 30, 2014 9:27 PM
    Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois will host internet cafés at area locations to help members re-register. Girls who re-register at an internet café will receive a sheet of special Girl Scout stickers and be entered in a drawing to win one of 18 Girl Scout mini-plush stuffed animals.

  • Lyme Disease Increase Prompts Protection Reminder Apr 30, 2014 11:31 AM
    With the number of confirmed Lyme disease cases last year nearly tripling in Lake County, the Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center is encouraging county residents to take precautions against ticks. Last year, 46 confirmed cases of Lyme disease were reported in the county, up from just 17 in 2012. “We have already begun to receive reports of ticks in Lake County this spring,” said Mike Adam, a senior biologist at the Lake County Health Department. “So as people go outside to enjoy warmer weather they should remember to protect themselves and their families against ticks and Lyme disease. It is anticipated that the harsh winter did not reduce the number of ticks.” Deer ticks (sometimes called the black-legged tick) can carry Lyme disease, as well as other diseases such as anaplasmosis and babesiosis. They are about an eighth of an inch long as adults, and dark brown to bright red with black legs. Deer ticks were first documented in Lake County in 2006. Another kind of local tick is the American dog tick (sometimes called the wood tick). Dog ticks are one-quarter-inch long as adults, much smaller as juveniles, and are dark reddish brown with irregular silvery or cream-colored patterns on their backs. Additionally, the Lone Star tick, distinguished by a white dot, or star on its back, was documented for the first time last year in Lake County. Neither Lone Star nor dog ticks transmit Lyme disease. However, the dog tick can transmit Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and the Lone Star tick can transmit STARI (Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness), although no cases of these diseases have been reported in Lake County. The Lake County Health Department is working with academia, state, regional and county partners, communicating with health care providers, and developing educational messages for the general public regarding Lyme disease. This year, in addition to environmental tick surveillance, the Health Department is conducting an extensive analysis of human cases, repeatedly notifying health care providers, and implementing the “Fight the Bite” educational campaign. The Health Department is urging residents to protect themselves from exposure to ticks by following the guidelines below: Tips for reducing tick habitat around your home: • Clear leaf litter under trees, and keep the ground clean under bird feeders. • Keep grass near playground equipment short. • Install a wood chip or gravel barrier between lawns and wooded and tall grass areas. Minimize wood piles as these are attractive to small mammals such as mice, which can carry ticks. Tips for reducing exposure to ticks: • Avoid tick habitat by staying on trails when in forest preserves and parks. • Wear light-colored, protective clothing, such as long-sleeved shirts, long trousers, boots or sturdy shoes, and a head covering. Tuck trouser cuffs in socks and tuck in shirt tails. • Apply insect repellent containing DEET primarily to clothes. Apply repellent sparingly to exposed skin. Do not apply directly to the face. Be sure to wash treated skin after coming indoors. Use repellents containing permethrin to treat clothes (especially pants, socks and shoes), but not skin. Always follow label directions and supervise children in the use of repellents. • Walk in the center of trails so plants do not brush against you. • Check yourself, your children and other family members every two to three hours for ticks. • If your pets spend time outdoors, regularly check them for ticks, too. • Promptly remove any ticks to help prevent infection. To find and remove ticks: • Check the skin and clothing of anyone that has been in grassy areas for an extended period. • Pay extra attention to the neck, behind the ears and the groin. • Use fine-tipped tweezers or shield your fingers with a tissue when removing a tick. • Do not burn the tick with a match or cover it with petroleum jelly. • Grasp the tick close to the skin surface and pull upward with slow, even pressure. • Do not twist or pull the tick quickly; this causes the mouthparts to break off and remain in the skin. • Do not squeeze the tick’s body. • Once the tick is removed, disinfect the bite site and wash your hands with soap and water. Make a note of the date you removed the tick and save it for identification in case you become ill. Place the tick in a plastic bag and put it in your freezer. In order to transmit illness, a deer tick must be attached to the skin for at least 24 hours. Symptoms of Lyme disease may include “bull’s-eye” rashes or lesions around the site of the bite (generally seven to 14 days after the tick has consumed a blood meal) accompanied by fever, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, and/or joint aches. If you experience any of the signs or symptoms seven days or more following a known tick bite, you should consult your physician. For more information, visit the Insect and Other Vector page of the Health Department’s site:

  • Girl Scouts host camp open houses Apr 29, 2014 1:01 AM
    Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois will host camp open houses for prospective campers at Camp McCormick in Stillman Valley on Saturday, May 3, from 10 a.m.–1 p.m., and at Camp Dean in Big Rock, Illinois, on Sunday, May 4, from 1–4 p.m.

  • Antioch Community High School Production of Oklahoma Begins April 24th Apr 25, 2014 3:44 PM
    Classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical to have four performances this weekend

  • Health Department Observes National Infant Immunization Week, April 26- May 3 Apr 25, 2014 3:44 PM
    Each year, numerous vaccine-preventable illnesses are reported in Illinois. Certain diseases, such as measles, are making a comeback as some parents choose to either delay or decline vaccinations for their children. In observance of National Infant Immunizations Week, April 26 to May 3, the Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center is reminding parents to follow the recommended immunization schedule to protect their infants and children by providing immunity early in life. “Babies need to visit a doctor or clinic for vaccinations at least five times by the age of 2 for protection against serious childhood diseases,” said Tony Beltran, the Lake County Health Department’s Executive Director. “Immunizations not only provide individual protection to each child, but protect the health of the entire community.” The Health Department’s Immunizations Program works to prevent the spread of illness by vaccinating adults and children for protection against a wide variety of diseases. These diseases can be especially serious for infants and young children. Last year the program provided more than 20,000 vaccinations to babies up to 2 years of age and more than 23,000 vaccinations to children between 2 and 18 years of age. Vaccine-preventable diseases still circulate in the United States and around the world. In 2013, the Lake County Health Department investigated nine outbreaks of vaccine-preventable illnesses. One example of the seriousness of vaccine-preventable diseases is an increase in measles cases or outbreaks that were reported in 2013. Data from 2013 showed a higher than normal number of measles cases nationally and in individual states, including an outbreak of 58 cases in New York City that was the largest reported outbreak of measles in the U.S. since 1996. Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death. They not only help protect vaccinated individuals, but also help protect entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases. Diseases that vaccines protect against include chickenpox, diphtheria, measles, mumps, pertussis, polio, rubella, tetanus, hepatitis B, hepatitis A, rotavirus, haemophilus influenza type b, pneumococcus, and influenza. For the 2014 infant immunizations schedule, visit: Immunizations are available by appointment only at the Lake County Health Department’s Immunizations Clinic, 2303 Dodge Avenue in Waukegan. The clinic is open Monday through Friday and on the second and fourth Saturday of each month. For more information or to make an appointment, call: (847) 377-8470 or visit: The Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center is a member of the Northern Illinois Public Health Consortium (NIPHC), a 501 (c)(4) organization of public health departments. Other members include the health departments of the City of Chicago, the Village of Skokie, and the Counties of Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, McHenry, Will and Winnebago. These organizations are promoting in unison the importance of immunizations in observance of National Infant Immunizations Week.

  • Health Department Offers Low-Cost Pet Vaccination Clinic in Lindenhurst Apr 21, 2014 3:41 PM
    The Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center’s Animal Care and Control Program, in cooperation with the Lindenhurst Police Department, will offer a low-cost pet vaccination clinic on Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m. until noon at 2301 E. Sand Lake Road in Lindenhurst.

  • 4th Fridays at The Starline Gallery celebrates 3rd anniversary Apr 18, 2014 10:37 AM
    This month, 4th Fridays at The Starline in Harvard, IL will celebrate three years of bringing a monthly fresh and fun night of art and music to the Northwest suburbs of Chicago.

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