When I walked into a history museum in a small Illinois town, I was startled to see a mannequin dressed in the peaked hood finery of an Imperial Wizard. The curator told me that the historical society's mission was to preserve and present the history of the town good or bad.
As a certified silver lining specialist, I managed to find a few bright spots in our bitter weather: If snow-plowing was an Olympic event, Forest Park would take home the gold. Keeping our streets and sidewalks clear also earned our Public Works employees much-deserved overtime pay.
The key aspects to a fundraiser are the worthiness of the cause and what guests get for their donation. CAAEL's 12th Annual Band-a-Thon on February 16th at Doc Ryan's will not disappoint on either count.
I read a study about neighborliness written by students from Finland. (Forest Park and Finland have a lot in common – especially when we're under attack from a polar vortex.) Their findings confirm much of the behavior I've observed in suburbia.
Who would know that a year ending in "13" would be so fortunate for a Forest Park columnist? I'm particularly thankful for the many good-hearted people I've met and the privilege of hearing their stories.