Wilmette, Community

News Briefs: Clean-energy grant awarded to District 39; Street to temporarily close in Wilmette; License fees are due in Glencoe; Historic log house to open for season

The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation has awarded a grant to Wilmette Public Schools District 39 to install five clean-energy systems across the district.

This grant supports the installation of a 1 kW photovoltaic system at Central, Harper, McKenzie, Romana and Wilmette Junior High schools, as well as funds for data monitoring and system training. In a press release, the district says that Highcrest Middle School already has a PV system funded by a similar grant.

“We are extremely proud of our students and staff for their efforts to learn more about sustainable energy and to take action to support these efforts within our schools,” D39 Superintendent Dr. Kari Cremascoli said in the release. “This grant will advance our community-wide efforts at sustainability while providing our students with hands-on, real-world experiences to learn about renewable energy. We are thrilled!”

The grant is part of the foundation’s K-12 Solar Schools program, which fosters the teaching of science, math, technology, and the environment through the use of solar panels to create energy.


Closure of portion of Central Avenue April 25-29

A two-block stretch of Central Avenue in Wilmette will be closed this upcoming week, from Monday-Friday, April 25-29.

The closure from Park Avenue to Green Bay Road is reportedly necessary as a tower crane is erected for the Optima development, 1210 Central Ave.

According to the Village, traffic will be detoured south to Wilmette AvenueCentral Avenue traffic will be detoured to Wilmette Avenue during this time.


Glencoe vehicle, pet registration due this week

Glencoe residents have one more week to purchase vehicle and pet licenses before late fees kick in.

Vehicle licenses are $50, and pet licenses are $20, according to the Village website. Senior citizens receives a discount on vehicle stickers ($25 per vehicle). As of May 1, the vehicle licenses incur a $50 late fee.

According to the Village, licenses must be purchased by April 30, and this week, Monday-Friday, April 25-29, the Village Hall, 675 Village Court, will open early (8 a.m.) to enable in-person purchases.

Residents can also choose to purchase the licenses online.

With questions or for more information, call the village’s finance department at (847) 835-4113.


Schmidt-Burnham Log House ready for season

Access to Winnetka’s historic Schmidt-Burnham Log House in Crow Island Woods will resume on Sunday, May 1, and continue through Nov. 20.

The house will be open from 2-4 p.m. Saturday. There will be a scavenger hunt and pioneer games, as well as the exhibits inside the log house.


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