Justice board appointments inspectors

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New ‘smart’ water meters on the way By Carol McGowan The Justice Village Board made two appointments at last week’s meeting and announced new water meters are coming. Jason Horn was appointed electrical inspector, and Edward A. Shilka was appointed framing inspector for the period to end May 15, 2022. Both appointments were unanimous. Clerk…

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New hours for Moraine Valley COVID-19 test sites

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New hours for the free COVID-19 testing clinics at Moraine Valley Community College’s sites went into effect this week. The Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) saliva test is being administered in the Moraine Rooms in Building M on the main campus in Palos Hills, and at the extension sites in Blue Island and Tinley…

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Zakat Foundation makes its mark on the world

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Bridgeview-based Muslim relief agency celebrates 20th anniversary By Jeff Vorva Khalil Demir can’t keep up. How could he? How could anyone? His Zakat Foundation of America turns 20 this year and the generosity of the group is so far-reaching that there is no way he has been able to visit all of the places Zakat…

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SD103 teachers union unhappy with district, start of school year

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By Steve Metsch The teachers union in Lyons School District 103 is not pleased with COVID-19 cleaning, some paycheck issues and operation of its preschool. Union President Toni Jackman, at the school board’s meeting on Sept. 28, voiced the concerns of the 218 teachers she represents. Three other union members – of the two dozen…

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Former Lyons mayor Marie Vachata gets a fond farewell

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By Steve Metsch Pat Wideman will never forget the first time she met Marie Vachata. “When I first moved to Lyons 50 years ago, she was the very first neighbor who welcomed me to Lyons,” Wideman said while sitting on a bench outside the village hall. Vachata resided two doors down on 46th Street when…

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Palos Heights Woman’s Club welcomes new members

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The Palos Heights Woman’s Club had their first 2021-2022 club meeting on September 7. Ten new members were installed (plus four more who were unable to attend). Several members were recognized with service awards for membership, including Marianne Orr (55 years), Virginia Jones (50 years) and Sharon Kubasak (45 years). The club will hold a…

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Fire in Orland Hills smokes out apartment building

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The Orland Fire Protection District responded to a fire Thursday afternoon in an apartment building in the 9300 block of Hunter Drive in Orland Hills that spread to two apartments and caused smoke damage throughout the three-story, 12-unit apartment building. No one was injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation. A fire alarm…

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Comings & Goings: Raising Cane’s opens in Orland Park

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By Bob Bong Raising Cane’s chicken restaurant opened the doors to its Orland Park location on Tuesday and it was an immediate hit. The restaurant was the first to open at 15011 S. LaGrange Road. It’s one of the restaurants going up on the former site of Toys R Us. It will feature indoor dining…

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Elsie A. Hafner Pichman


Elsie A. Hafner Pichman, 98, passed away of natural causes peacefully on August 10, 2021. She is now together again with her beloved husband of 72 years, Larry Pichman who preceded her in death. Elsie was born to Valentine and Amalia Hafner. Elsie was a loving and devoted mother of Valarie Bryant, Ginger Peterman, Vicki…

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Worth residents salute impact of late Frank Bonham

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By Joe Boyle Frank Bonham left a legacy and a lot of smiles with Worth residents who knew him. Bonham, 93, died March 28 after serving the community of Worth for 52 years. The U.S. Navy veteran was a bricklayer foreman for 42 years. He began his long affiliation with the village with the Worth…

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