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Laurine Thornton has her eyes back and her car keys as well. The eye surgery of a few weeks ago was a success, but evidently not enough of a success to keep her from losing those keys at the centennial celebration a few weeks ago. She and son Chris looked everywhere but couldn’t find the keys and they had to go home in a squad car. Next morning the mayor himself appeared at Laurine’s door and handed her those lost keys.

Here’s what happened; some of Forest Park’s finest, those who had a day off, used part of that day to comb the grounds where the fest had been held. Their young eyes and keen sense of observation led them to the spot where the keys were hiding out.

Congratulations to Albert and Flora (Fasano) Martini who are celebrating 60 years of marriage on September 27. The Martinis were married at Holy Family Church on Sept. 27, 1947. Mr. Martini served in WWII in the 132nd Infantry Division and received the Purple Heart along with many other medals and commendations. After serving in the Army he went to work at the Pick Congress Hotel. Mrs. Martini worked at Saint Ignatius High School (right next door to Holy Family Church) and was active in volunteer work at Misericordia. The union resulted in three children, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. There will be a gala dinner at Elmcrest Banquets in Elmwood Park given by their family. The Martinis have been members of St. Bernardine’s parish for 35 years; they feel their long married life is a “blessing from God.”

Cookbooks from our “centennial” celebration have finally arrived from the printers. They are available at the village hall or the Howard Mohr community center for a mere $5. Mere indeed, the village will make a profit of 7 cents on each book sold. There are more than 500 recipes and all have been family tested. Several have been Beverly tested as well. For a hot day Bev recommends the cold cucumber soup.

Citizens United in Forest Park will hold the annual rummage sale on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. till 3 p.m. at the First United Church of Christ, 1000 Elgin Ave. Just about everything will be on sale, except adult clothing. Donations will be accepted on Sunday, Sept. 30 from 1 till 3 p.m. or Tuesday, Oct. 2 from 7 p.m. till 8:30 p.m. CUinFP is a not-for-profit corporation. All proceeds from the sale will be used to support the organization’s civic efforts in Forest Park. For information call (708) 771-2478.

Delores McCain was among the marchers in Jena, La., last week. About 30,000 protesters stormed the town of 3,000 to voice their feelings about an injustice that was about to be meted out in that town.

David Nutley is back at work and feeling fine after his trip to the emergency room at Loyola last week. Daughter Megan Nutley and her mom Sandy Nutley are hosting an open house to showcase stationary at 444 Beloit Ave. on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m. Stop by for great gift ideas, Christmas and other holiday cards, note sets, personalized stationery designed and handmade by Megan, and lots more. Bring a friend; you’ll be glad you did. (708) 308-2406 for more information.

Jill Smentek daughter of Janet and Gary Fink and granddaughter of May Bill finished the half Iron Man triathlon at Lake Geneva, Wisc., a few weeks ago. She swam 1.2 miles, biked 56 miles and ran 13.1 miles in eight hours. Congratulations, Jill! I want to lie down for a while just thinking about all that exertion.

Happy birthday to Laura Zimmer on Sept. 27 and happy anniversary to Lori and Jim O’Shea; on the 28th, anniversary greetings to Tina and Gary Neubeiser and happy birthday to Lorian Menhennett; Sept. 29 birthday wishes to, Sydney Mangiaracina, Roy Sansone, Michael Clifton, Kimberly O’Shea; Sept. 30, Abigail Childs, Pat Falbo, Sawyer Paeth, Candy Dess Kowarsch and anniversary greetings to Maryann and Jim Blazek.