Eight years ago, I ran for a seat on the Village Board because I wanted to live in a community that valued sustainable and smart growth, valued a vibrant downtown and actively recruited successful businesses. I wanted to serve my community in a meaningful way.

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Rising out of the forest at the edge of Fitchburg’s bustling Terravessa development, the new 130,000 square foot elementary school represents the wave of growth arriving in the Oregon School District.

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Lerner Park, located on North Burr Oak Ave., has been a passion project of the Rotary Club for two decades, as the group has spearheaded prairie restoration, removal of invasive plants and building walking trails.

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The familiar warning goes, “Never take candy from a stranger,” so that’s why Oregon Youth Center director Precious Woodley makes sure to visibly wear the recognizable orange logo when she hands out candy to youth at the skate park.