Food Drive Spurs Friendly Competition

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Byline: Rod Gerlach

Youths from Libertyville and Mundelein high schools collected about 47,000 food items for local food pantries in an annual drive that also serves as a friendly competition between the two schools before Thanksgiving.

Collecting 32,881 items, Libertyville won the Golden Can award over Mundelein, which collected about 15,000 items.

Tom Jurco, inter-class council sponsor at Mundelein High School, said the collection of 15,000 food items was one of the largest in the seven years for both schools.

Giving a feast

Tim Meyers, a certified culinary arts instructor at the Technology Campus of Lake County High Schools in Grayslake, joined nine other chefs from the Chicago area in whipping up a Thanksgiving feast of a different kind.

They provided a nutritious meal Wednesday at Kids Cafe in Chicago for about 50 needy kids as part of the program ChefsGiving.

Sponsored by Hewlett Packard, ConAgra Foods and Alliant Foodservice, the American Culinary Federation, Chef & Child Foundation and America's Second Harvest - ChefsGiving brought Thanksgiving dinner to hungry children in Chicago, Orlando, Los Angeles and New Orleans.

Park district resignation

Gurnee Park District has lost what officials say was a valuable employee to the private sector.

Jeff Tatgenhorst recently resigned as a safety specialist at the district. In his one-and-a-half years with the park district, Tatgenhorst became heavily involved with the community on several committees and helped bring the inaugural fireworks show to last August's Gurnee Days. …