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News Briefs: Historic log house opens; Family Service seeks new leader; local blood drive details

Winnetka’s historic Schmidt-Burnham Log House has reopened with new exhibits and artifacts, according to a release from the Winnetka Historical Society.

The landmark, 1140 Willow Road in Winnetka, is available for guests from 2-4 p.m. on Sundays starting Oct. 10 and through Nov. 21.

According to the historical society, the log house was built in 1987 and is the oldest log structure in Cook County. It was lived in until 2001 when was gifted to the historical society by the Burnham family in 2001.

The Schmidt family lived in the house from 1841-1870 and the Burnham family from 1917 to 2001. Anita Willets-Burnham reportedly purchased the home for $25 in 1917 and moved it by wagon from Ridge Road to 1407 Tower Road. The historical society moved it to its current location, Crow Island Woods, in 2003, and it was opened to the public in 2006.

The log house opens this Sunday, Oct. 10, for self-guided tours. For more information, email curator@winnetkahistory.org or call (847) 446-0001.


Bill Hansen

Bill Hansen praised for work at Family Service of Glencoe

The Family Service of Glencoe is searching for a new executive director after the resignation of Bill Hansen, who led the organization for seven years, according to a release from the nonprofit.

Hansen, who with his family is reportedly moving to North Carolina in 2022, will lead the search for his replacement, along with the Family Service’s executive committee.

During his tenure, Hansen has built a strong, effective and cohesive team of therapists, social workers, and administrators that have lasting connections within Glencoe. The team’s dedication to the FSG mission
is the reason FSG has thrived over the years,” it says in the release.

Family Service of Glencoe strives to promote a “stronger community by meeting individual and family needs through services that identify, prevent and resolve social and emotional problems.”

“All of us here at FSG are so grateful for Hansen’s leadership, as well as his compassion and commitment to the long-term success of FSG,” the release reads As an organization, we are well-positioned to carry on Hansen’s legacy and to build on the foundation that he has put in place. We are excited to see what the future has in store for FSG, and we hope that you are too.”

Local blood drives scheduled for this week

The American Red Cross is sponsoring a pair of blood drives in the community over the next week.

The Kenilworth Assembly Hall, 410 Kenilworth Ave., will host the 3rd Annual R. Scott Falk Memorial Blood Drive from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 15.

Roger Scott Falk, of Winnetka, died on May 17, 2018, at the age of 55. He was an attorney for Kirkland & Ellis and spent much of his time donating his time and efforts to the nonprofit community. He was a leader of the Chicago Humanities Festival and the northern Illinois chapter of the American Red Cross.

New Trier High School’s Northfield campus, 7 N. Happ Road, will host a drive from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 11.


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