Zion-Benton News


Stories from the September 22, 2016 Issue

Zion moves to change

By Mona Shannon
Zion-Benton News staff 

Tuesday's city council meeting began with 2016 Little Miss Zion Daija Hoard calling the meeting to order. Jr. Miss Zion Kayla Vines conducting the roll call and Miss Zion Zaryah Dixon leading the Pledge of Allegiance.

That was followed by the presentation of the Jubilee Days Awards by Rich Walker.
Walker was also recognized by the city for his 30 years of service as the executive director of the Jubilee Days Festival. Mayor Al Hill said the job is difficult and extremely complicated. "He must motivate people to do what they are supposed to do."

Consolidating emergency dispatch
Fire Chief John Lewis requested permission to develop an intergovernmental agreement with Gurnee to consolidate emergency dispatch. The state has mandated that communities with a service area of less than 25,000 must consolidate their dispatch with another community. Lewis said talks were held with both Winthrop Harbor and Gurnee. He said Gurnee has more to offer now and in the future.

Chief Lewis said Gurnee plans to offer six to seven positions to Zion personnel. They would have to apply for the positions and would become employees of Gurnee. He said the public will see no difference in service. The cost will be equal to the city's current costs  More...

WH mourns a retired fire chief

By Meridith Jumisko
Zion-Benton News staff 

It was announced at Tuesday’s regular village board meeting in Winthrop Harbor retired Fire Chief Robert Smith passed away last week: He was part of the Winthrop Harbor Fire Department from 1967 to 1993, and was the Fire Chief from May 1, 1981 to May 1, 1983.

Two of his children would also serve on the department: Rob Smith and Alicia McCoy.
McCoy is still on the department as Assistant Chief and is instrumental in training new recruits. Trustee Richard Robards called Smith a 'good friend of his.' “He will be greatly missed. He had a lot of knowledge he passed on to a lot of young people” at the fire department. It was Smith who talked Robards into joining the department, where Robards would stay for 25 years. Now, as trustee, he oversees the same department.

Baseball diamonds

Also at the meeting, the trustees gave their approval to proceed with the renovation of the south ball diamond in Village Park. The renovation will cost $19,690 – money that was donated through the fundraising efforts of the Winthrop Harbor Baseball/Softball Committee.

The committee’s fundraising efforts began in April 2015 to make the fields, often plagued with drainage issues, more playable for the kids. Committee members and ball players were at Tuesday’s meeting, and announced that a pancake breakfast will be held at Applebee’s in Zion on Oct. 8 from 8 to 10 a.m. to start raising money for the next field’s renovations. It’s an all you can eat event; tickets are $7. There will be raffles.


Photo of the Week

Community of Character

Zion Police officer Steve Vines helps Angel Contreras try on his helmet during the annual Community of Character Walk held Sept. 15.


NorthPointe Resources

NorthPointe Resources is partnering with the Wellness Task Force of the Coalition for Healthy Communities to enhance its gardening program.


Keeley McNabb-Buckley and Jackson Zuilek are enjoying the option of flexible seating to complete their work.


Friends and family of Thom Sczygielski (left) recently celebrated his 50 years of bowling on Wednesday nights. Sczygielksi bowled for 10 years at Sunset Bowl before
moving to Bertrand’s Bowl in Waukegan.

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