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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Marrs-Meyer Auxiliary kicks off Vets Need Pets Project

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By Kelly White Marrs-Meyer American Legion Auxiliary Unit 991 has partnered with the Chicago Ridge Animal Welfare League to provide pets to Worth Village resident veterans at no cost. Located at 11001 S. Depot St, Worth, this is the first time the legion has hosted the Vets Need Pets Project. “We believe that many different…

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OLHMS educator nominated for Women Changing the World Award

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By Kelly White Heather McCarthy is constantly inspiring her students at Oak Lawn-Hometown to be everything they can be. As a woman and an educator, she believes all goals are obtainable. It was no surprise to her staff members or students at OLHMS, 5345 W. 99th Place in Oak Lawn, that McCarthy, of Oak Lawn,…

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OLHMS festival celebrates student cultures

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By Kelly White Oak Lawn students recently held a full day celebration of all of the cultures in the Oak Lawn Hometown Middle School community. Cleverly called International Fest or iFest, the day acknowledged 19 different cultures of students at the school at 5345 W. 99th Street in Oak Lawn. Cultures featured included Poland, Palestine,…

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