Water line breaks at The Max in McCook

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By Steve Metsch A water line break flooded a concession stand and elevator shaft late last month at The Max, McCook Mayor Terrance Carr said. The Max is another name for McCook Athletic & Exposition, the village’s huge facility for indoor sports and gatherings at 4740 Vernon Ave. “Day after Christmas, we got the call,”…

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Short shift: McCook’s newest police officer resigns

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By Steve Metsch Much to the surprise of village officials, McCook is looking for a new police officer shortly after hiring one. That’s because the officer who had been was hired on Nov. 7 has resigned. Daniel Lorek, 22, submitted his letter of resignation which was effective Dec. 29, Carr told trustees during the village…

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No more soggy freezing nights for Lyons’ Richard Vabro

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By Steve Metsch It turns out Lyons Village Manager Tom Sheahan was spot on when he said there were many times village employee Richard Vabro found himself in less-than-ideal situations. “He was always bright and cheery even when he was in mud up to his waist trying to patch a pipe,” Sheahan said. When asked,…

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McCook Village Hall gets a puppy

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By Steve Metsch If any residents have a bone to pick at the McCook Village Hall, they will soon have competition. The village hall is getting a new resident, Coco, a chocolate Lab puppy that’s being billed as the “Village Ambassadog.” The village board on Dec. 19 voted unanimously to spend $400 to buy a…

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Polka star Eddie Korosa Jr. adds another honor

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By Steve Metsch Local polka legend Eddie Korosa Jr., has another honor for his growing collection. Korosa was recently named to the honor roll of the Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame. The ceremony was held over the Thanksgiving weekend. But Korosa – who seldom has a weekend off – was unable to attend. That’s right,…

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Avis car rental and a day care center are coming to Countryside

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By Steve Metsch A car rental company and a day care center/nursery school are coming to Countryside. The city council – at its only meeting in November – approved an ordinance that creates the special use variation needed to permit Avis Budget Car Rental at 9665 W. 55th St. That’s the address of Highline Automotive,…

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Bridgeview’s newest sergeant has 20 years with department

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By Steve Metsch Bridgeview’s newest police sergeant has been with the department for 20 years. Justin Brown, 43, was sworn in by Mayor Steve Landek at the Dec. 7 meeting of the village board. The biggest change Brown anticipates is the extra duties expected in the job of sergeant. “I’ve been responsible for handling myself,…

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