Carp-o-Rama on Memorial Day Weekend

The air and the water are starting to warm up and the activity in the water is beginning to ramp up. This can only mean one thing, Carp-o-Rama!

Fishing will start this Friday at 4:00 p.m. and will continue until the weigh-in on Monday at 3:00 p.m. at the beach.

To start the event, we will have kids prizes and a quick demonstration near the dam at 4:00 p.m. on Friday. 

Also, new this year we will have awards for the largest carp and most carp caught for both the adults and the kid’s division (15 and younger). As always, you will receive cash for each carp caught if you are not one of the elite winners. So get your pole, net, and can of corn ready to tackle some of the biggest fish in Sylvan Lake for Memorial Day weekend. Good luck and Carpe diem!

Spring Cleanup Day!

Date: Saturday, May 22 and rain date, Sunday, May 23

Time: 9:00 am until noon

Lunch: Noon at the beach

Thank you for volunteering to captain an area or to simply help at a park or easement near you. However, we are still in need of volunteers at the following locations:

  • Schwerman Park, Captains Renee Del Missier/Jeri Swanson: General clean up, spread dirt and reseed grassy areas, and plant trees.
  • Schwerman Park Benches, Captains Paul Stempian/Jeff Brashear: Dismantle and rebuild benches
  • Playground Equipment, Captains Bob Mihel/Scott Hanson: Updating hardware
  • Beach Triangle, Captains Fran & Dan Pacheco:  mulch spreading, weeding 
  • Beach, Captain Pete Lund: Sand spreading and piers installation 
  • Maple Park, Captain Mark Anderson: General cleanup of branches and leaves
  • Bjorklund Park, Captain Andi Dickinson: General cleanup and mulch spreading
  • Beach Rock Shoreline, Captain Logan Bellinder: Retrieving rocks from water to reinstall 
  • Buena Terrace, Captain Mara Campbell: General cleanup 
  • Wildflower Terrace, Captain Linda Mihel: General cleanup and weeding
  • Famous Pillars Entryway of Crescent Road, Captains Connor & Natalie O’Brien: General cleanup and spread mulch

Captains needed:

  • Highland Entrance: General cleanup
  • Point Comfort Park: General cleanup

*If you have branches for the Township to pick up on May 24, please neatly stack the cut branch edge at the curbside for ease of pick up and loading. There will be no leaf pick up by the Township, Groot must be used.

*Neighbors Al and Patti Burmeister will drive around handing out water bottles!

*Hey Kids, you can earn double volunteer hours. Please contact Jeri Swanson for details.

  • Ravinia: Erosion Management project is completed, many areas have been seeded. 
  • No work to be done at this time due to new plantings. Please stay off of seed blanketing. 
  • Fenceline on North Sylvan: Eco-Chicks/Eco-Neighbors will work at a later date
  • Juneau Terrace: Eco-Chicks/Eco-Neighbors will work at a later date
  • Briar Terrace: Eco-Chicks/Eco-Neighbors will work at a later date

What do I need to bring with me:

Shovels, work gloves, rakes, pruners, wheelbarrel, chainsaw

Lunch Details: Volunteers needed to cook and serve lunch at the Beach. The Borst family is organizing the food, drinks, and setup. Dan Washburn is cooking and will need a partner. Cooks/Servers will be wearing masks and gloves.

Please call Jeri Swanson @ 847-507-2760 if you have any questions or if you wish to volunteer. Thank you!

Easter Bunny Train

Saturday, April 3 at 9:00am

The Bunny Train will depart from the beach and make its way around the neighborhood. Neighbors from West Sylvan Dr. South should wait for the train at one of the parks or beach.

Please stay in your driveways while the tractor approaches and don’t forget your baskets!. The Bunny helper will drop a treat in the kids’ baskets. You can follow behind the bunny train as they make their way around the lake and please social distancing and wear a mask. 

*If you’re able, please make a small donating to the Garden Club so we can continue offering these types of kid events. We haven’t been able to host our bake sales and any donation would be appreciated.

January SLIA Board Meeting

Countryside Fire Department is still restricting meetings onsite due to COVID, so our January board meeting will be online via Zoom.

Moving forward, please get the location details for our monthly board meetings from our event calendar located here:

We’ll try to get the calendar updated at least one week prior to each meeting.

SLIA Board

2021 Association Dues

Hope you all are well! Please take note of the following for 2021 SLIA Association Dues.

  1. The invoices will going out in the mail tomorrow
  2. Terms are net 60. This means they are due by 3/1/21. Any payments made with a postmark after 3/1 will begin accruing administrative fees.
  3. If for some reason you don’t get your invoice in the mail, please contact me or simply mail your check to Sylvan Lake Improvement Association 781 S. Midlothian Rd., Mundelein, IL 60060
  4. If there are any suspected errors or questions regarding your invoice, please contact me (and be nice)

Happy New Year (see ya’ 2020 – you won’t be missed)
Ed Meltzer – SLIA Treasurer

Raft Pontoons, Boats on Beach, and our next Board Meeting

Pontoons Available
With the deconstruction of our broken raft at the beach, we have pontoons available for anyone that would like to take them.  They’re located next to the beach shed near the grill.  We’ll keep them for the next week, but then will look to have them removed by Groot or someone else.  

Boats on Beach
Also just a friendly reminder that all watercraft at the beach, except those stored on the boat rack or behind the shed on the other side of the stored piers, must be moved to either your home or an easement by Sunday Nov 15.  They can return to the beach on Mar 15, 2021.  We appreciate your cooperation in keeping the beach as clear as possible during the winter months.

Next Board Meeting
Our next monthly board meeting will be held next Wed, Nov 18 @ 7:30pm at the Countryside Fire Department.  

Countryside has a few rules for us to follow:
– Face mask/face covering must be worn while within the building.
– All visitors must sign in at the entrance.
– Visitors must have their temperature checked and logged at the entrance.
– Modified Training Room Capacity
   *  Station 1: Max Occupancy 22  

All our events can be viewed on our SLIA Events web page:

Halloween (COVID style)

Due to COVID-19, we wanted to provide some tips this year for Halloween on Saturday. Trick-or-treating will be between 4pm and 8pm. If you are passing out candy, here’s some ideas to keep contact to a minimum:

  • Turn on your porch light to show you’re welcoming trick-or-treaters.
  • Set up outside with a table in your driveway (weather permitting).
  • Put candy in individual bags and lay outside on a table or tray.
  • Use dixie or small cups filled with package candy and have kids take one.
  • Only have a few pieces of candy in the bowl at a time.
  • Face masks should be worn by everybody.

If you’re not comfortable having trick-or-treaters or are not feeling well:

Cleanup Day this Saturday!

Cleanup Day is this Sat, Oct. 17th, at 9am-Noon (rain date of Sun Oct 18th) 

There will be no lunch served at the beach due to COVID-19.

Projects we know about and where you can help:

  • Beach/Shoreline :  Retrieve rocks out of the lake and place them back where they belong. Renee DelMissier in charge.
  • Briar Terrace:  Trim vegetation to recreate path down to the pier area. Dan Trahan in charge.

Volunteers needed:

  • To drive around with garbage bags and water bottles for distribution.
  • For the Maple Park Trail
    • Near Deadman’s curve and through to Crescent Dr to haul out dead wood, excess brush
  • Schwerman Park? Let me know if you can head up a crew there!
  • No work needed in Ravinia Park as we’re waiting for work to begin there by ILM (creek and pond rehabs).

Note, last Saturday two trees were cut down on Highland Dr near the dam as they were diseased.

A new red oak was planted in honor of Nick & Bunny Molsen and will have a carved stone placed with their names engraved when it is finished.  It is the first tree along the shoreline when you pull in on Highland Dr.

IMPORTANT:  Please place any brush at the curb with the cut ends facing the street to make it easier for Fremont Township to pick up and shred.  Please do not pile anything in the streets.  The chipper cannot handle anything over 2”, so no logs are allowed.

If you can lead a group in any needed area, please call Jeri Swanson @ 847-507-2760 and leave her a message.

Leaf Pick Up Reminder: The first attempt will be Tuesday Oct 20th. Leaves are to be on your own property at the curb and not in the street by 6am. Since this is the very first time, they are not sure how busy this process will be or when the next pick up will be.   Fremont Township will keep us posted.

Thanks in advance!