When you bring your cleaning into Bakoll Cleaners in Constitution Court, the diminutive lady behind the counter already knows your name and how to spell it. This remarkable little lady, Jin Sook Shen, is also a talented seamstress, musician and painter. She is shown here in her cleaning establishment with one of her Korean party dresses behind her. In her hands she holds a few samples of the watercolors, which she does at home after work.

Faithful Polly, her Lahsa Apso, accompanies Jin Sook to work each day. She and her husband have two grown children, son Edwin a lawyer with the JAG department in Hawaii and a daughter, Lauren, a physician at Harvard University. Edwin was in Iraq for a long time and everyone is thankful he is now in Hawaii.

Congratulations to newlyweds, Jill Fink and David Smentek who were married at St. Isadore’s Chapel in Bloomington, Ill., with a reception at Embassy Suites following their Oct. 21 wedding. The ceremonies extended to the following day with a champagne breakfast. The Smenteks will make their home in Addison, Ill.

Jill is the granddaughter of May Bill and the late Bob Bill. She is the daughter of Janet and Gary Fink, longtime and long ago Forest Parkers. David is the son of Lynn and James Smentek of Bridgeview, Ill.

Shirley Christell is happy to announce the $1,000 from last fall’s book sale will be used to buy rolling shelves for the library. There is a shortage of paper backs to be sold at the ongoing and twice yearly book sale, so dig around and see if you can find some to donate to the library.

Sympathy to the Marunde family on the death of Alma, “Grandma” Marunde. Word got around too late for many of the Marunde’s friends to get to the wake or funeral services.

Erika Goodman sends thanks to all of those who supported her in the November Marathon for Leukemia. She is already in training for the 2007 Chicago Marathon (keep those donations coming). Last year’s race netted more than $850,000 for the Leukemia Society.

The Forest Park Little League Winter Carnival committee is hoping for a big turnout this year to launch the 2007 season. On Saturday, Jan. 20 from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. kids can sign up for next spring/summer Little League and enjoy a great party with games, prizes, movies, a raffle and a surprise special guest. The event will be held at the Howard Mohr Community Center. For more information call Kristine Lazzara at (312) 261-9608 or (708) 670-5570.

January 17 happy birthday to Marge Zwadlo, Janet Fabiani, Joan Steinbach, Margaret Flanagan and Daniel Mondragon; on the 19th, to Christopher Madden, Cali Orquiz, Katie Fetting and anniversary greetings to Jack and Shirley Christell; on the 20th, birthday greetings to Sharon Tierney, Julie Kaiser and Dale Heath; on Jan. 21, special happy 53rd anniversary greetings to Sam and Anna Roti.