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John Bailey

Hickory Ridge village manager retiring after three decades

Jane Parrish arrived in what was then one of Columbia's smaller villages, the Hickory Ridge of 1980, so early in its development that it didn't yet have its own community center. Its office was farther north on Cedar Lane in the village of Harper's Choice, within Swansfield's neighborhood center. Parrish will step out of her office — the village long since opened one in Hawthorn — when she retires in October. In her more than 31 years, she's seen Hickory Ridge open a village center and undergo a boom in development that made it one of Columbia's largest villages. "I learned as it grew," Parrish said. She had to. Parrish came into the job...