I remember the old library when it was on 143rd street and riding my bike to the “new” library when it was on Park Lane. On Park Lane, I still remember the exact row and shelf where the sci-fi books were located. Now I have trouble remembering what I had for lunch yesterday. Our kids are growing up with the library on Ravinia, the pool complex and the intricate parks and bike trail system that we now have here in Orland.
I attended Center School, Park school, High Point, OJ, Carl Sandburg and even colleges in the area. I grew up with Orland as my friends and I saw the mall develop, RT45 widen and the population double and even triple in 20 years. Married after college, moved away from Orland for a while, then moved back in 2000 to raise a family.
For almost 15 years I have been doing freelance writing and publishing in different magazines and newspapers covering the outdoors, archery, fishing, hunting, travel, conservation issues and the environment. Professionally my background is in chemical/geological sciences, environmental remediation and project management. I’m very active locally with the YMCA Adventure Guide Program and Open Lands in Orland Park. Free time finds me tinkering with boats, finding new places to go fishing and transitioning all my house chores to my kids as they get older.
I like to remember the good old days in Orland, but I also like progress. See ya around town!
I can be reached at email@example.com, on facebook or at my outdoor blog called Outcasting (www.fourseasonangler.com/outcasting)