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Hurricane Katrina reached all the way up to Forest Park. Lance Christell and his wife Carol had moved into their new home near Lake Ponchartrain just a month ago. When hurricane warnings were announced their neighbors told them not to worry, they’d come through the ’69 hurricane just fine and would make it again. So they boarded up their house and waited, until they got orders to evacuate. They grabbed their cats, took them to a vet on high ground and drove off to Carol’s parents’ home in Peoria as fast as they could. Needless to say Jack and Shirley Christell had been in a state of extreme anxiety until a call came from Peoria that their kids were ok. The young Christell’s home is devastated but DuPont, where Lance works, wants him back this week so they have a home and a job, more than most down there. Lance can’t see how they could ever rebuild New Orleans.

Sympathy to the family of Jim Sarno. Jim was the boss at the park for a long time. He was the one who started that 16″ tournament way, way back. His sidekick was John Banks with Alice Conway managing things in the office. Dave Novak was a kid out of college, Carol Novak a starry eyed young girl. Dave and Carol met while they were working at the park for Jim and got married a few years later. They always credited (or blamed) Alice Conway with getting them together.

Wedding bells will be ringing at the Goodman house next year. L.A.Goodman, daughter of Ben and Laura Goodman, became engaged in July to Adrian Marquis. They are planning an outdoor wedding for September, 2007.

Congratulations to Ted and Laurie Cowen who celebrated 60 years of Marriage June 14. The Cowens were married in 1945 at Our Lady Help of Christians Church in Chicago. Ted Cowen was born in Forest Park on Hannah Avenue and went to school here. He and his wife moved to Belvidere, Illinois after their wedding and he went to work for The Belvidere Company. Ted is still working as a volunteer for many organizations in and around Belvidere. Their six children are Ted, Marsha Hosfeld, Peter, Tony, Martin, and one deceased son, Larry. The Cowens have five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Zeno Jacquat is happy to announce that St. Bernardine Parish will begin another Oktoberfest tradition in Forest Park. This one will take place in St. Bernardine’s parking lot (thanks to Ferrara Pan Candy Company). The Harlem Manner und Damenchor will sort of co-host the event. You’ll be able to enjoy German specialties, music, lemonhead martinis, dancing, a raffle and who knows how much more. For more information, visit www.stbern.com or email forestparkoctoberfest***yahoo.com. Next week: a short summary of the original brew of Barvaian Kings.

On September 7 happy birthday to Millie Mango and John Deering; on the 8th to Aaron Bakartis,to Christine and Joey Carr and Todd Marler; September 9 happy birthday to Karen Conway Kurey, Clayton Davis, Kirk Scully and John Ericksen; on the 10th happy anniversary to Tony and Lois Calderone,Catherine and John Trage;and birthday wishes to Rick Stephanie; on September 11th anniversary greetings to Carol and Dave Novak and happy birthday to Diane Huebner, Betty Huebner and Marion Flight; on September 12th Guy and Katina Macino have a happy anniversary and Nicole Walsh gets a happy birthday; on September 13th happy birthday to Brian Foley, Adam Goetz and happy anniversary to Irene and Ed O’Shea.

Thanks for your time. Chop a bun!

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...