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Deb Pyznarski plants flowers along Ridgeljust south Our Lady Ridge School. Twenty planters are scattered around Chicago Ridge.  |

Deb Pyznarski plants flowers along Ridgeland, just south of Our Lady of the Ridge School. Twenty planters are scattered around Chicago Ridge. | Steve Metsch/Sun-Times Media

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Updated: July 3, 2014 6:09AM



Chicago Ridge will look a bit prettier this summer, at least to those who like flowers.

A total of 20 planters have been placed along 111th Street and along Ridgeland Avenue — the two busiest streets in the village — and volunteers invested a day planting flowers in them.

Village Trustee Amanda Cardin coordinated the effort on a recent Thursday with the help of seven volunteers willing to get their hands dirty to spruce up the town.

They met behind the village hall and divvied up flowers bought from Saunoris’ Garden Center, 6000 W. 111th St., Chicago Ridge. The planters also were bought there.

Volunteers were assigned planters in which they planted colorful flowers which will watered by the public works department, Cardin said.

“This my baby. I wanted to do this as part of wanting to be elected (last year). I was really interested in beautification of the village and trying to get others involved as well. We were able to do it,” Cardin said. “Since we only had 20 (planters), we wanted to put as many of them as close to the businesses as we could because we want to draw attention to them from the street. That was part of it. It was important to me to see what we could do for businesses, keep them, support them, and bring in new businesses.”

Geraniums, marigolds, spikes and sedum were planted in a wide array of colors. Geraniums are hot coral, salmon and bright lilac in color.

“As I’m driving around the village, I’ll be checking them out myself,” Cardin said when asked about making sure they survive the summer heat.

Volunteers included Kim Reese, Sheila Kreis, Marge Krueger, Deb Pyznarski, Sharon Ciciora, Juanita Babcock and Rita Pratl.

Pyznarski, whose husband, Robert, is the Chicago Ridge police chief, wore a pink sweatshirt that read “USMC.” Their son is in the Marines.

She didn’t mind pitching in to plant flowers on a chilly and overcast day.

“I live here. I got recruited. There are worse things to do,” she said with a smile.

The women planted annuals, with the exception of the sedum, Cardin said.



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