Ridgefest returns after a one-year absence for pandemic

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By Bob Bong Chicago Ridge is bringing back its popular Ridgefest for three days starting Friday at 5 p.m. at Freedom Park, 6200 Birmingham St. “This was the fastest we ever put a fest together,” said Chicago Ridge Mayor Chuck Tokar. “At the beginning of the year, I didn’t even know if we’d have one…

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St. Hugh Farewell: ‘We had it all in this parish’

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By Steve Metsch Ending 96 years on Joliet Avenue in Lyons, the last Mass was said Sunday at St. Hugh Roman Catholic Church. Current and former parishioners gathered in the red brick church with six elegant stained-glass windows. Others watched a closed-circuit broadcast in the school auditorium. Standing outside the church after Mass, Renee Zakosek,…

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Kids, Grace Point Place residents fly kites

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By Kelly White After months of sheltering at home, elementary students and residents at an Oak Lawn memory care community were able to spread their wings recently. Residents residing within Grace Point Place, a live-in memory care facility located at 5701 W. 101st St. in Oak Lawn decorated kites to be flown by local elementary…

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Former world champ wins Chili in the Park cookoff

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By Jeff Vorva Of course, he won. He was once a world champion. He is used to it. Rockton’s Jim Weller made the trip to Palos Park on Saturday and won the village’s Chili in the Park competition, which was held outdoors behind the recreation center. The event has been held indoors in the winter…

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Orland to honor vets four more times

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By Jeff Vorva Orland Park has traditionally been a village that makes it a point to honor its veterans with various events throughout the year. There will be four more in 2021. The village’s board of trustees voted to host a four-event Veterans Tuesdays in the Park at the April 5 meeting at Village Hall.…

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McNicholas does swimmingly in pool and in the classroom

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By Jeff Vorva, Correspondent Mother McAuley senior Elizabeth McNicholas admits that the process she uses to keep track of her busy schedule could be a little better. “I have some things in my phone and some things in my planner,” she said. “It’s unorganized a little bit, but it’s working.” That’s true. The swimmer and…

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‘Enchanted’ day at Ridge Central School

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By Joe Boyle Students and faculty at Ridge Central School in Chicago Ridge gave a rousing reception to a charitable organization whose primary goal is to provide resources where there is a need. Staff from Enchanted Backpack pulled up in the parking lot of Ridge Central School, 10800 S. Lyman Ave., to shouts and screams from not…

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