Congratulations and best wishes for a bright future to newlyweds, Kathy Mackrill and Jerome Walton. Mr. & Mrs. Walton were married recently at Holy Family Church in Chicago and will probably continue to make their home here in Forest Park. They are teachers for the Archdiocese of Chicago. I have it on good authority from a former principal of Mrs.Walton’s that she is “the best teacher there ever was!”

The article in “The Post” about Levonia Lewis’s Cleopatra statue brought to mind the late great Dr. Frank Orland. The Cleopatra statue was a labor of love for that man. He spent years researching, repairing and trying to find a home for the work. No one around here seemed to want it so Orland gave it to the Smithsonian Institute where it is on display today. I sent for several hundred post cards of the statue some years ago; I still have several hundred left. In typical Frank Orland style, there is no mention of him on the obverse of the postcard, the wording is simply “a gift of the Historical Society of Forest Park, Illinois.” If you’d like a postcard, I’ll dig around the house here and see if I can find a few. There are usually a few available at the library book sales.

Not only is Terry Meffley having a birthday this week, she is very much involved in the Good as Gold Golden Retriever rescue organization. Homes are urgently needed for these lovable pets. On March 11,12, and 13 they will hold a fundraiser featuring lots and lots of pizza called “A Tasty Way to Raise Dough;” it will be held at Uno’s Sportmart Plaza, on Roosevelt & Main Streets in Lombard. Call 630-792-1400 and you can get a coupon for free pizza if you go to These gentle dogs are well behaved and affectionate, just about perfect, as you know if you have ever known one. If you can’t adopt one, you may be able to be a foster “parent” until a permanent home is found. If you can’t make the March 11,12,13 event at Uno’s in Lombard, maybe you can get to the Chicagoland Family Pet Show in Arlington Heights March 18 to 20. Friday 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On April 2 they’ll be in Wheaton at the Natural Pet Market, 263 Rice Lake Square, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

It’s not too early to get ready for the Easter Eggstravaganza at the Community Center, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Raffles, food, a door prize, balloon twisting, carnival games, a magic show and the Easter Bunny. But space is limited so you must make a reservation. $5 for children,$2 for adults. Call 708-771-7737. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The community Center is at 7640 Jackson.

If you get this paper early Wednesday you just might have time to get over to the Community Center to see Benji. The show starts Wednesday, March 9 at 6:30 p.m., no reservations required, popcorn served.

On March 20 The Christus Chorus and Concert Band of Concordia University, Saint Paul, Min. will present “Fear Not, I Am With You,” a concert of sacred music at St. John Lutheran Church, 305 Circle Avenue. The concert will take place at 7 p.m. This 35 voice choir and 30 piece wind ensemble will perform together, and separately, a wide variety of styles: classical to hymns, contemporary pieces, spirituals and gospel music. Everyone is invited to come and bring a friend. There is no admission charge for this 90 minute concert, but a freewill offering will be taken.

On Saturday, March 19, Centuries & Sleuths’ Pat Fleming will lead the mystery lovers group in a discussion of Michael McGarrity’s Tularose, a mystery set in New Mexico with Kevin Kerney. On Sunday, March 20 John Doggett will critique Josef Skvorecky’s Sins for Father Knox, featuring Czech detective Lieutenant Boruvka. There’s always something interesting going on at Augie’s; just drop in and listen. You’ll be glad you did.

Belated Feb. 23 birthday to Phil Kachlic, sorry about the delay.

It’s March 9 and the happy birthday to Melissa Dodge, Steve Grams, Bill Scheiwe and five-year-old Logan Kantzler; on March 10, Matt Stefl, Julie Doloszicki, Jean Malone and Kelli Haukedahl get a birthday wish; on March 11, Loretta Jantz and Ruth Lussow get a birthday hug; on March 12, Orla Genens, Esther Hartke and Connor Grimes get one as well; March 13, Fritz and Suzanne Kloess have an anniversary and Terry Meffley has a birthday; March 14 and happy birthday to Geri Leninger, Ted Fox and Tom Pingel; March 15, Ides of March (beware) anniversary for Bev and Lou Thompson and Isabel and Bob Fox and a happy birthday to Coralee Johnson and Ethan Flanagan.

Thanks for listening.

Last minute news flash!!Delores McCain was at MacArthur’s on Madison Street (Chicago) when who should walk in but BARACK OBAMA!!! Delores whipped out her fancy digital camera, got several pictures of him and dashed back to the paper here so we could all enjoy them. As often happens, technology failed again and nobody could retrieve those pictures.

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...