In Bob Sullivan’s column last week, he mentioned Pete Burgio’s adventure the day Pete shot the robber. Pete used to get robbed about as regularly as Apu Nahasapeemapetilon at the Kwik-E-Mart. During one of his robberies, Pete activated the buzzer or whatever it is that sounds an alarm in the police station. Within a few minutes one of Forest Park’s finest was on the scene to save the day, but instead, the robber tied Pete and the cop together and threw them in the back room where they remained until the robber was safely out of sight.

Our Review gets classier every week. On February 9th the front page featured a beautiful shot of the lovely young cellist, Ellie Anderson. This week we had the second violinist from the Tokyo String Quartet, Kikuei Ikeda! Where can we go from here?

Congratulations to Jill Fink who just keeps getting one promotion after another at Marshall Field’s. Now she has been made assistant manager at the Stratford Square store. Jill is the granddaughter of May Bill and the daughter of former Forest Park teachers Janet and Gary Fink.

Congratulations to Katherine Bak who has earned a place on the Dean’s List at Elmhurst College.

Meanwhile over at Immaculate Heart of Mary High School in Westchester, 1st Honors were earned by Emma Trahey, junior. 2nd honors went to juniors Samantha Kyles and Jacqueline Potratz and sophomores Deborah Kozlowski and Alexandra Zaverdas.

It just might not be too early to reserve a space for the HUGE garage sale, part of this year’s Summerfest. 18 spots will be available along Madison Street, a slot costs $25 and can be an individual, family or block project. Call Rich Schauer at 366-1100 or Cec Hardacker at Two Fish, 366-6800. Summerfest hours will be 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on June 11.

Peg O’Connell and her friends are back home after a nice warm visit to the genteel south, including Savannah, Ga., Atlanta and other points of interest.

The senior movie for March 10 will begin at 1 p.m. This month’s movie is Ray, the story of Ray Charles. Born in a poor town in Georgia, Ray Charles went blind at the age of seven, shortly after witnessing his younger brother’s death. The movie is an honest portrayal of Charles’ musical talent as he overcomes his obstacles to become one of this country’s most beloved performers. No reservations are required, popcorn will be served and you can even have transportation, just call 771-7737.

Seats on the Wednesday trips are at a premium, but there are a few vacancies on the March 9 trip to Joey Buona’s Grille and the Looking Glass Theatre in the Water Tower Works Building and on the March 23 trip to Historic Autos in Roscoe, Ill. Also on the roster is the April 6 trip to charming Princeton, Ill., home of the famous Drew Carter. Among other things this town features the red covered bridge (one of five remaining in Illinois), Owen Lovejoy’s home, a station on the Underground Railway, Midwest Trophy Mfg., Inc. (MTM), ( formerly Jostens, makers of Super bowl rings) and old fashioned dime stores. It’s a lovely little town, well worth the visit.

March 2 and happy birthday to Grace Spence, Heather Babcock, Joe Breseman, Diannemarie Williams; on March 3 the same to Edith Scheiwe, Jill Fink, David Rodenbostel, Brandon Thompson; on March 4 happy birthday to Joe Calcagno, Vicki Fipinger and Christian Schremser; March 5 birthday wishes to Jeremy Loll, Tara Cassiani, Speedy Christiansen, Grant Heyer, Jennifer Deering; March 6, Lucy Landata, Steve Blazek, Ryan Marinier, Christopher Loughlin, and Corwin Lindell; March 7 happy birthday to Ed Martinski; March 8 best wishes to Scott Novak, Beau Ahern, Whitey Harris, Eddie Johnson and Madelyn Krieger; March 9 happy birthday to Steve Grams, Bill Scheiwe and Logan Kantzlero.

The Saint John spaghetti dinner on March 5 (4:30 to 6:30 p.m.) will also feature an open house during the same hours and again on Sunday, March 6 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Saint John School is very proud of the Girls’ 7th and 8th grade basketball team. These athletes have been invited to the Lutheran Sports Association state tournament! Congratulations!

Thanks for your time. Wish I had a happy ending to the missing dog story for you. Unfortunately many stories in our lives do not end happily.

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...