Burglaries probed / BGHS athletic field overhaul / Congressional art contest

Residential burglary – Police report that a home in the 600 block of Aspen Drive was burgled sometime Feb. 18. Police say residents told them everything inside the house was ransacked. Police did not report what was reportedly taken from the home or how it was entered.

Catalytic converter swiped – Police say a resident in the 701 block of Grove reported that his catalytic converter was taken from his car.

Retail theft – Police responded to the Walgreen drug store, 15 N. Buffalo Grove Rd., after employees contacted them saying two unknown men came into the store and stole two bottles of alcohol and left in a black Mazda without paying. Reports did not indicate the cost of the liquor.

Breaking and entering  --  Police report that two men entered the Mobil station, 10 W. Dundee shortly after midnight on Feb. by shattering the glass door. Once inside, reports say the two men unsuccessfully attempted to remove the ATM located just inside the entrance to the gas station. They then left the station in an unknown vehicle.

Stolen vehicle --  Police say a resident in the 800 block of Stratford Court reported that her Kia Optima was stolen from her driveway. Police have not reported if the car has been found.

Business burglaries --  Police are investigating two burglaries along Dundee Road.  The first was at Buffalo Grove Liquors. Reports say someone entered the business by breaking multiple glass door panels. Damage to the doors was estimated at $1,700. Police did not list the stolen items.

The Second burglary occurred at Smokers Hut and Sneakers. 80 W. Dundee. Reports say officers on patrol noticed that the front door had broken glass. Reports say responding officers found a piece of cement which was used to break the glass door.  Reports note that there were “several vapes laying on the floor near the counter along with one orange vape laying outside on the sidewalk.” An undetermined amount of cash was also reported missing.

Damage from DUI – A Lake Zurich man was charged with DUI, and driving too fast for conditions after a traffic accident near McHenry Road and Pauline Avenue. Reports say responding officers “observed debris strewn across the road with several light posts, trees, and a traffic signal damaged.” Police say that during the investigation they noticed that the man was showing signs of alcohol impairment.


In Other Community News


One Book, One Community finale Feb. 25

Indian Trails, Cook Memorial and Vernon Area public libraries are sponsoring a One Book, One Community finale event at the Stevenson High School, 1 Stevenson Drive, at 1 p.m. on Feb. 25.

The event will feature Author Brendan Slocumb who will share his inspiration behind The Violin Conspiracy.

The event will include live string music performed by students from the Libertyville High School orchestra. Copies of Slocumb’s books will be available for purchase courtesy of the Book Bin of Northbrook.

This event is free. Registration is required. In-person registration is available here while registration for virtual attendance is available at this link.

BGHS athletic fields getting multi-million-dollar overhaul

            The first of three phases of an overhaul to Buffalo Grove High School’s athletic fields is expected to begin this summer. According to reporting in the Daily Herald, the phase, carrying a $5.1 million price tag, will include regrading parts of the existing fields to pave the way for the new athletic facilities: a varsity girls’ softball field with dugouts and bleachers; a 100-yard artificial turf field with lights for football, soccer, lacrosse and physical education classes; 10 tennis courts and associated bleachers; and a concession stand building with bathrooms and storage.

            Additional phases will be done in 2025 and 2026 or 2027. The Herald reports that “While the Northwest Suburban High School District 214 school board approved bids totaling $5.1 million for the phase one work in December, officials didn’t provide a cost estimate for the rest of the project.”

Vendor applications available

            Vendor applications are now available for the 2024 season of the Buffalo Grove Farmers Market.

Vendors who have products that they think would be of interest to shoppers can email their application request to vbgfarmersmarket@gmail.com.

In accordance with our village charter, only agricultural products, food items, or food services can be sold. Craft items are not permitted.

However, vendors with a Class G6 license granted by the Village of Buffalo Grove can sell liquor items

Vet clinic opens

            Got a sick dog, cat or ferret? The new Veterinary Emergency Group at the corner of Lake-Cook and McHenry roads is now open. The Daily Herald reports that it’s the fifth center opened by the group.

Musical program on Twain set

The Indian Trails Library District will present “Catch the Twain: The Musical” from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 9 at in the Lake-Cook Room at the Library, 355 Schoenbeck Rd., Wheeling. Warren Brown will portray Mark Twain and share humorous insights about Twain’s life, family, books, world travels, anecdotes and maxims. Folk musician and songwriter Mark Dvorak will provide the soundtrack for Brown’s performance with old-time banjo tunes, period songs and audience participation. Registration required and can done at this link.

Congressional art competition open

Congressman Brad Schneider (D-10)  is encouraging Tenth District students to participate in the annual Congressional Art Competition. The theme for this year's contest is " Celebrating the American Cultural Mosaic."

Area high school students are invited to submit a piece of art they have created within the past year, which will be judged by a panel of local educators and artists. Students are encouraged to interpret the theme of " Celebrating the American Cultural Mosaic" creatively and submit artwork that reflects their personal interpretation.

Details on how to apply can be found here. The deadline to submit artwork for the competition is 5 p.m. Friday, March 22.

The winning submission will be exhibited in the U.S. Capitol for a year. The second and third place pieces will be displayed in the Congressman's District and Washington D.C. offices, respectively.

“Grease” performances set

Big Deal Productions is presenting Grease: School Edition as the winter young adult musical production.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on March 1, 2, and 8 and at 3 p.m. on March 3 and March 9 at 3 pm.

All performances are at the Community Arts Center, 225 N. McHenry Rd.

Tickets are $16 in advance or $21 at the door and are available for purchase at  this link. For more information, contact Ann Marie Shipstad-Schwartz at 847-850-2152.

Indoor farmers market Sunday

            An indoor farmers market is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday Feb. 25, at the Vernon Township Community Center, 2900 N. Main Street. Produce, baked goods, jams and jellies are among the items that will be available.

Scholarship winner

Stevenson High School senior Molly Pinta, has been awarded one of five Diversity Scholarships by the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS), a national scholarship organization committed to advancing high achieving students and educators

Since 2002, the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) has been supporting young academics on their journey to college and beyond as they prepare to become the leaders of tomorrow. Co-founded by the grand-nephew of Alfred Nobel, NSHSS is inspired by the mission of the Nobel Prize to support academic achievement and world betterment. NSHSS pursues this mission by connecting members with scholarships, college fairs, internships, career and leadership opportunities, partner discounts, and more.


Need a Reason to Celebrate?


Feb. 22

Be Humble Day

Play More Cards Day

National Chili Day

National Margarita Day

Feb. 23

Curling Is Cool Day

National Play Tennis Day

National Banana Bread Day

National Tootsie Roll Day

Feb. 24

I Hate Coriander Day

International Sword Swallowers Day

Introduce A Girl To Engineering Day

World Bartender Day

Feb. 25

Let's All Eat Right Day

National Chocolate Covered Nut Day

Quiet Day

Feb. 26

International Tongue Twister Contest Day

National Pistachio Day

Tell a Fairy Tale Day

Feb. 27

International Polar Bear Day

National Kahlua Day

The Big Breakfast Day

Feb. 28

Inconvenience Yourself Day

National Chocolate Souffle Day

National Pancake Day

Floral Design Day

Feb. 29

National Toast Day

Digital Learning Day




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