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War diaries by Lake Barrington Shores vet make Pritzker Military Library

Sam Gevirtz, who was honored at the Lake Barrington Shores’ Veterans Day ceremony, has had his two World War II diaries accepted by the Pritzker Military Library in Chicago.

Gevirtz, an 89-year-old resident of Lake Barrington Shores, was a private first class gunner aboard the U.S.S. Bunker Hill during the invasion of Okinawa, Japan. Although keeping journals was forbidden at the time, one of Gevirtz’s superiors allowed him to continue to write, albeit on the QT. The diaries contain more than 100 pages and are part of the library’s growing archival collection.

It was serendipitous the way the diaries came to be accepted by the Pritzker Library. About a year ago, Gevirtz wanted to make copies of them for his children. He happened to find a man to make five copies and he did it for free. The copier knew someone at the library and the rest is history.

The public can read the diary transcriptions on the library’s website, www.pritzkermilitarylibrary.org. There also is a 30-minute video interview with Gevirtz, part of the Holt Oral History Program.

When I asked Gevirtz how he felt about the diaries being accepted, he said: “I never expected it. I wrote the diaries for my own pleasure. It’s interesting to see what effect it’s had on people.”

PARTY TIME

Live it up, La Dolce Vita style, at Lake Barrington Shores’ New Year’s Eve party.

The Sweet Life is the theme, and festivities run from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. in the ballroom. Popular DJ Sweet Sioux returns with her vocals over recorded music, covering a wide variety of styles.

Guests are asked to bring an appetizer or dessert for two to four people and BYOB. All this for $15 per person by Dec. 20, or $20 at the door. Checks should be made out to Lake Barrington Shores and delivered to the management office.

LAKE COUNTY NEWS

Every few weeks, our Lake County Board representative Nick Sauer sends an informative e-newsletter. Here are some highlights from recent communications.

Sauer posted a three-minute “get-to-know me” video, filmed in Lake Barrington.

He grew up in our District 17 area and three generations of his family have lived in the district. Covering all of the Barrington area and parts of Wauconda and Island Lake, there are more municipalities in District 17 than any other county board district. He is a member of the board’s public works and transportation committee, the finance and administration committee, and is also a forest preserve commissioner.

He said residents value the environment in our district.

“I ran for the board to maintain fiscal discipline and stewardship of open spaces,” he said.

The county board recently approved a balanced $488.3 million budget for fiscal 2014, Sauer said in his report. Spending in the budget remains flat.

He also noted the recently court-overturned state law that would have created an elections commission in Lake County. The county estimates this saved taxpayers about $600,000.

While so many entities’ credit ratings are being downgraded, Sauer reported Lake County has once again received a Aaa bond rating from Moody’s Investors Services, Inc., and Standard & Poor’s.

To receive Sauer’s e-newsletter, contact him at nsauer@lakecountyil.gov.

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