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Happy 42nd anniversary to the Beckers, Diane and John. The date was Oct. 10, 1964. And Diane is looking stronger every day-sounding stronger, too. Ask for her opinion and see for yourself.

The Beckers are going through years and years of book collecting, getting ready for the Friends of the Library book sale. This year in time for the holidays, the sale will be Nov. 10, 11, and 12. See you there.

While your thoughts are with the library you might consider a “yes” vote on the referendum. Things have been getting much better over there lately.

Congratulations to Ben and Laureen Caruso on the birth of baby Anna Bell. Baby Anna Bell has a big brother, Zachary who is 2 and a half years old.

A big loud, hearty applause for new President Laureen Thornton of the Forest Park Kiwanis. Past president Nancy Bower handed over the gavel at a dinner at the Pines last week. Carl Schwebl, was honored in absentia for 40 years of membership. Another honoree who couldn’t make it was Dennie Moran whose garage the Kiwanis peanuts have been stored in for about 40 years. Peanuts are looking for a new home next year.

Guest of honor at a shower was bride-to-be Marcy Wozniak. Terry Steinbach and Cathy McDermott feted the lady with lunch at De Luca’s followed by gift opening at Cathy’s home.

Members of “Miss Lois’s” Grant White kindergarten class of 1954-55 had a reunion a few weeks ago. Beth Prueter found the old class picture and they took a current one that evening. The old friends are planning another reunion, this time with more class members. Shown in the photo are (seated) Steve Wojtkiewicz and John Tricoci standing left to right, Sandy Loyd Bezik, Beth Prueter, Andy Giancana, Guy Castaldo, Jeanie Tsikretsis Benfield, and Mike Swertfeger.

Do you know of anyone else from this class?

Saint Bernardine will hold its annual spaghetti dinner on Oct. 19 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. All you can eat spaghetti, sausage, salad and desserts for adults $9; seniors $6; kids 4 to 10 $4; and kids younger than 3 eat free.

You’ll be so full on Oct. 21 that you’ll probably not eat at all. But by the 22nd you’ll be hungry again and ready for St. Bernardine’s pancake breakfast, which will be served from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. for $5. This breakfast always had a lot of raffle tickets and the piece de resistance every year is the famous magnificent Victorian doll house, hand made, unique each year and raffled off at the breakfast.

Get your reservations in early for Centuries and Sleuths Oct. 25 book signing and discussion by Erik Larson and his really new book “Thunderstruck,” a true to life mystery involving Guglielmo Marconi. Call 771-7243 for reservations and information. This book is so new it won’t even be released until the day before Mr. Larson appears.

On Oct. 18 happy birthday to Samantha Jilek, Shayna McIlquham, Fred Schildt, and anniversary greetings to Fred and Jennifer Ehringer; on the 19th happy birthday to Diane Barron, Ken Trainor, Sr. and Tim Bode special birthday greetings to Irma Koch; Oct. 20 happy birthday to Joe Byrnes, Caitlin Gillian, Phil Abruzzino, Tierra Curry; on the 21st Jonathan Kuehl and Ted Hosty; Oct. 22 Rebecca Jargstorf, Michael Sansone. Anniversary greetings to Kathleen and Michael Redmond and The Cirrintanos, Lou and Rich; Oct. 23 Noreen Carr, Jese Sosa, Elizabeth Schiffman, Mark Ross, Angeline Cote, Gary Stetler, Michael Rudolf Oct. 24 Irene Cosgrove, Anil D’Souza, Frank Anselmo, Charlie Lihoene and anniversary greetings to Brent and Yvonne Marler; Oct 25 birthdays, Hannah Connolly, John Paul Schmidt and anniversary celebrants are Austin and Terry D’Souza.

Faleminderit and Mirupafshim (that’s thank you and see you later in Albanian).

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...