Adopt-A-Pot program brightens up Palos Heights

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By Kelly White The Palos Heights Beautification Committee works hard to do just what its name entails, keep the city beautiful. To provide a spark of greenery and a pop of color outside of local businesses, parks and municipal buildings, the committee hosted an Adopt-A-Pot flower planting day on May 20 in the parking lot…

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Worth police hit the roof for Special Olympics Illinois


By Kelly White Worth’s Police Department takes pride in having close ties with the local community. For the 11th year, the department was happy to once again take part in Cop on a Rooftop to benefit Special Olympics Illinois. Police officers mingled with residents on Friday morning at Dunkin Donuts, 6707 W. 111th St.,…

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Orland Park welcomes Rainbow Cone

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By Kelly White Rainbow Cone was welcomed in to the Orland Park community on Friday morning when a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the franchise’s newest location, 15711 Harlem Ave., Orland Park. The location is run by the duo, John Buonavolanto and Fernando Toscano. “There are a lot of South Siders right here…

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Oak Lawn author blends fantasy and romance

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By Kelly White Renowned author, Emily Hornburg, has South Side roots. Growing up in Evergreen Park and currently living in Oak Lawn, Hornburg, better known by her readers as EE Hornburg, has three books published in her Cursed Queens series: “The Night’s Chosen,” “The Shadow’s Heir,” and “The Forest’s Keeper.” All of the novels balance…

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Pop culture celebrated at Oak Lawn Library Fan Fest

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By Kelly White Comic book enthusiasts united last weekend at the Oak Lawn Public Library. The library, 9427 Raymond Ave., Oak Lawn, held its seventh annual Fan Fest, a pop culture celebration on May 6. The day provided an opportunity for the community to come to a local event without having to drive far or…

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Lake Katherine celebrates with Earth Day BioBlitz

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By Kelly White Earth Day is an annual celebration is an opportunity to raise awareness and advocate for change around the issues most impacting our planet and to celebrate the beauty of Mother Earth. It is held globally every year on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was no surprise that Lake…

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Joan Buschbach retires after 30 years on the Oak Lawn Library board

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By Kelly White Joan Buschbach and her late husband, Jim, dedicated their lives to the Oak Lawn community. For more than 60 years, these Oak Lawn residents managed a successful business, Buschbach Insurance Agency Inc., as well as a travel agency, World Travel Mart. On top of their continuously busy schedule, they also raised a family of four children…

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Palos Park native choreographs new musical


By Kelly White Children’s Theatre Company is thrilled to have Palos Park native Katie Spelman as choreographer for the highly-anticipated world premiere of “An American Tail the Musical.” Showcasing from April 25 through June 18 at CTC’s UnitedHealth Group Stage, 2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, “An American Tail the Musical” will hold its opening night on Saturday,…

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Chicago Ridge fetes solar power at Solarbration


By Kelly White In honor of National Solar Appreciation Day, the Chicago Ridge Park District offered residents the opportunity to come out and celebrate. Cleverly called Solarbration, the free event was held at Freedom Activity Center, 6252 Birmingham St., Chicago Ridge, on March 11. “This event breaks up the winter blues with allows residents to take…

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Independence teacher Pamela Peters is a Golden Apple finalist


By Kelly White Independence Jr. High School teacher Pamela Peters has dedicated her educational career toward preparing tomorrow’s leaders. “Pam’s commitment to ensuring all students in her classes learn and grow makes her stand out as an educator,” Principal Kevin Kirk said. Peters teaches eighth-grade English/Language Arts at Independence Junior High School, 6610 W. Highland…

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