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Former Miss Universe returns to her Highland Park school with encouragement and a $100,000 donation

HIGHLAND PARK -- When Porntip Nakhirunkanok, a 1986 graduate of Franklin High School, visited her mother in Thailand during her first year of college, she had no idea that she would soon be crowned Miss Universe. She had entered a "Miss Thailand" contest at the urging of her mom, and a whirlwind of events followed, with her being named Miss Universe in 1988. Earlier this week, Porntip was back at Franklin High to donate $100,000 to a school scholarship fund. Read More »

Discover Woodworking at Off The Saw

Off The Saw is offering three back-to-school (for the parents!) woodworking workshops in September. Each of these workshops is a great introduction to the tools and techniques used in fine furniture making. You'll learn about the properties of wood, work shop safety, and the proper use of woodworking machines in Intro to Woodworking and select hand tools in the joinery workshops. Read More »