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Connie Daylo came to us from the Philippines a few years ago. She has been taking preparatory classes at Triton for two years hoping to improve her English and her chances of being accepted at a nursing school. A year ago she applied and was denied; her English was not good enough. But Connie persevered, practiced, studied and worked very hard. Now she has been accepted and will begin nurses’ training at West Suburban in the fall. In the meantime, she has been working as a nurse’s aid at Resurrection Hospital, saving money to pay for her training. Good luck to Connie, a deserving young lady.

Zeno Jacquat is back at Rush downtown for surgery. Everyone prays and hopes for this very dear man’s speedy recovery. Never was anyone as well-loved as this remarkable man. He speaks about five languages, reads everything in print, and is active in Literacy Volunteers, Friends of the Library, Friends of the Symphony and probably other organizations we don’t even know about. We love you, Zeno. Get out of there and back to us soon.

The Mozart “Requiem” will be performed at First United Church 848 Lake St. at 4 p.m. on March 18. This grandiose work, Mozart’s last, will be the high point of the 75th anniversary celebration of the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest (and Forest Park). It will be performed by the orchestra and chorus, several of whom are Forest Parkers. Chorus members from town are, Nancy Greco, Jerry Hills, Louise Brueggemann, Elan Lange and Megan Dieschbourg.

As you probably know, Mozart did not actually complete this, his last work. He had been ill for some time. Late one night a Count Franz Walsegg (probably misspelled) came to Mozart’s quarters and requested a requiem be written for the young wife of an associate of the count. Mozart probably wrote much of the requiem, most probably all of the chorus parts, but the orchestration may have gone only as far as the “Lacrimosa”. A student of Mozart’s was called on to finish what Mozart hadn’t. Come to the concert, read the program notes and you’ll know a lot more.

After the program the audience is invited to attend a reception complete with refreshments, yes, food for the entire audience.

Watch for Centuries & Sleuths special program on June 20, more to come later. Augie has a new book in time for Saint Patrick’s Day. “I Never Knew that about Ireland” is the title. It’s a word trip around the Emerald Isle with some facts that may surprise you. Here are a few to whet your appetite (I hope). The word “quiz” came into being when a theatre manager, James Daly made a bet that he could invent a meaningless word to the English language within 24 hours. He then hired some schoolboys to write the word “quiz” all over town. Sure enough, soon everyone was asking about it and now it is one of our most commonly used words.

The Guinness Brewery opened in 1759, still the largest brewery in Europe. More interesting facts to follow, including some about the architect of the White House in D.C.

Happy anniversary to Bev and Lou Thompson and Isabel and Bob Fox on March 15; birthdays on the 15th, Coralee Johnson, Ethan Flanagan, Vandria Stevens, Jessica Conrad, Kathleen Pacudan; on the 17th, John Costello, Matt Lyons, Morgan Rae Vobornik, Sarah Buzanski; March 18, Ken Jasper, Dino Panzani, Kevin Sallerwaite, Katie Miller; 19th, Geoff Flight, Ed Huebner, Tara Cassiani, Joe Gianelli, Dan Gallina, Christal Freeman; March 20, Alexandria Reina, Lauren Haeger, Bob O’Brien, Ryan Mollo, Steve Urban and happy anniversary to Janet and Elmer Mittelhauser; on the 21st, Andrew Huebner, Grace Snyder, Peter Zapotek and anniversary wishes to Mr. and Mrs. Greg Horvath.