When Sean Bryan was a little fellow, his grandmother, Ruth Loyd, loved to take her little grandson to our library here in Forest Park. And little Sean loved listening to stories and being read to more than anything else. He loved his library excursions with his grandma (almost as much as she loved taking him). The years went by and Sean’s love of books and reading never waned. He went into business after college; married, moved to Connecticut and became a father himself. Daddy Sean began making up stories for his year old son, Benjamin Bryan. One of his stories “A Boy and His Bunny” has recently been published, illustrated by Sean’s friend Tom Murphy, and was well reviewed in the Tribune book section February 6. I haven’t read it yet, but it sounds like a delightful read, with a surprise ending. Check it out at the Forest Park Library. Benjamin’s mother is Patty Loyd Bryan. The book was published by a Time-Warner distributor!

Congratulations to Joan White who has returned to the noble profession of nursing. I always wondered why she made the move to politics, but she had her reasons, I’m sure. Actually politics and government should be the most noble profession, but so often it doesn’t happen that way. Back to the sick and needy for Joan. She loves it. They’ll love her.

Best of luck to Steve Webb. who has always been a decent, hard-working young man We will always wonder what the real story behind this mess is.

Congratulations to Gold Honor Rollees from St.Bernardine’s: Travis D’Souza, Christopher Dunaway, Zeke Beltran, Sheila O’Donoghue, Kate Dunaway, Christine Huebner, Matthew O’Connor and Corey Scott; Silver Honorees are Nick Maltby, Derric McCallister, Samora Nesbitt, Jim Patrick Quindara, Leah Scott, Dexter Taylor, Peter Gawlas and Heather Robare.

Robert L. Demilio earned his Bachelor of Business Management from Western Illinois University this month. Dina Walker received her Bachelor of Arts at the same university. Congratulations.

The Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest will feature pianist Spencer Myer performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 and Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand as well as Beethoven’s Symphony #6, Pastoral. That’s Sunday, Feb. 27, 4 p.m. at First United Church, 848 Lake Street in Oak Park.

BROGIE is still missing. Lots of people and one dog, his roommate Mac, are missing him so much. He’s a black lab mix with a little white on his chest. He’s exuberant, but gentle, loves people. Maybe someone found him and thought he was abandoned; no, he just got out and took off. Call the Forest Park police or 366-4685 if you think you’ve spotted him.

The OPCC will perform on March 13, 4 p.m. at Grace Lutheran and April 2 at Unity Temple, 875 Lake Street, 7 p.m.; tickets are $15, $10. Young children free. 708-383-4742 for more information or reservations.

Our new editor has quite a past! Born in Panama, she lived through the siege of the Noriega regime. Her father worked in the Panama Canal! Melissa herself was an Air Force ROTC Cadet! She is not your usual plain vanilla kind of drop in looking for a job editor! Neither was Lorien, though.

February birthdays for the week: Feb. 23, Meghan Krieger, Jean Guntow, Jacqueline Janney; Feb. 24, Chris Thornton, Mary White, Sam Huynh, Scott Grams, Haydn Bush; Feb. 25, Alexander Eterno and Rachel Hamilton; Feb. 26, Joseph Tricoci, Jillian Tricoci, Dan Criscione, Patrick Dornecker, Susan Rehore and Darryl Licht; Feb. 27, Diane Janopoulos McGrath, Arthur Kazar, Connor Sullivan, Gina Pardun; Feb. 28, Aaron Rada and Chris Borzello; Rosemary Besich is a Leap Year Baby so we’ll say happy birthday to Rosemary on March 1. Also, March 1 happy birthday to Kim Reina, John Rossi, Jim Breseman and Billy Brown; March 2, Heather Babcock, Joe Bresemn, Diannemarie Williams and Grace Spence.

Remember the St. John Lutheran School spaghetti dinner Saturday March 5 at St. John Parish Hall on 305 Circle, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Adults, $7; seniors and children under 10, $5. Families $17. Children under three free. Proceeds will benefit the sixth grade trip to Walcamp.

Big apologies to the Eagles for saying their dinner was March 18. It’s my fault, I’m on medication and not too alert when I’m not on medication. I hope nobody believed that date. Sorry, sorry, sorry. Now you’ll have to have another dinner on March 18, please?

Jackie Schulz

Jackie is a former Chicago and Elmwood Park schoolteacher with an undying love for music, friendly pets and a host of life's other treasures too numerous to list. She was born on the far southwest side...