Today we got word of the retirement of two strong, amazing women, Melissa Lou and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. We will feel the loss of Melissa here, but I’m afraid the loss of Justice O’Connor will change the course of history in the nation. Where will we be as a nation in ten years? As an aunt of mine (died at 93) used to say, “I’m glad I’m on the way out.”

Melissa is on her way out to a bilingual (English and Spanish) publication and we wish her well.

Get well wishes to Barb Thiis, secretary at our Middle School.

Good luck to Kevin Harnett on his new venture on Madison Street.

Everything else will be the same as it’s been for about a hundred years. Remember “the more things change, the more they stay the same.”

Dana Valenza and Joe Jaime were married June 24. Best wishes for the happiness of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Jaime. Dana is the daughter of Anna Marie Gilardi.

John Ericksen is recovering and we wish him an even speedier recovery. John may have left Forest Park and our school system, but he will never be forgotten here.

Lucky Berwyn library patrons will be enjoying the services and smiles of Jeanine Brown, formerly of the Forest Park Library. We miss Jeanine and the many others who have left our library”much happiness in Berwyn, Jeanine.

The multi-talented Jennifer Taylor (Painted Board Studio, 7418 Madison St.) not only paints your furniture with great imagination and creativity, she’s also in show business”T.V. and advertising.

Drop in and say hello to her dog Rosie. Rosie has one blue eye and one brown eye. Drop in and see for yourself.

If you were wondering where Sara Paretsky is going to sign copies of her latest book Fire Sale”it’s at Centuries & Sleuths, 7419 Madison St., on July 19, 7 p.m. You might want to call and reserve a seat, I have a feeling this will be another overflow crowd.

Maxine Lange is, even as we speak, in London, England. She and her fellow seventh graders will travel to Birmingham, England, various cities in Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

Maxine is a member of the “People to People Student Ambassador” program. Don’t you wish they’d had that program when you were in seventh grade?

A happy July 6 birthday to Barb Sullivan and Dan Giers; on July 7 the same to James Childs; on July 8 happy 18th wedding anniversary to Tim and Peggy Grams; July 9 happy birthday to T.J. Janopoulos, Diane Becker and Danny Seveda; on July 10 Carol Dwyer has a happy birthday; on July 11 Rebecca Greskoniak, Allison Pacyga and Jake Brown have theirs; July 12 and happy 91st birthday to Al Verri.

Thanks for your time.

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...