It has been a big year in Lake Zurich.
Village trustees approved the Open Space and Recreation Master Plan, which will serve as a framework for the village’s parks and recreation. Lake Zurich, Hawthorn Woods and Kildeer put to rest their legal battle over properties at Route 22 and Quentin Road. Trustees also approved a water and sewer rate hike that will take effect Jan. 1.
We’ve seen village leaders leave. Village Administrator Bob Vitas and Finance Director Al Zochowski both submitted their resignations, effective at the end of 2011. Fire Chief Terry Mastandrea retired from the Lake Zurich Fire Department and then became Trustee Mastandrea. Deputy Police Chief Terry Vandergrift retired in May.
Lake Zurich High School saw its varsity Bears football team make it all the way to the semifinals against Boylan. What a thrilling year it was for the team and the enthusiastic community!
The stories that moved me the most were those we wrote about Gabriella Drozdz, who was killed in a hit-and-run on her way to Alpine Fest in July. Police still are looking for the person who hit her, and a $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.
Please take some time to look over this collection of some of the biggest stories from the past year. If there are any other stories you think should be mentioned, please let us know in the comments!