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Congratulations to hard workers Ellie Clifton and Ed Huether who were honored by the Deutscher Chorverband for 25 years of singing and service with that organization. They also received awards from the North American Singers Association and the United German-American Choruses of the Chicagoland Area. Shown in the photo are Ed Huether, Helmut Groetzel, who presented the awards, Ellie Clifton and Master of Ceremonies Peter Herdeg.

It’s a boy! (As if we didn’t know) and a baby brother for big brother Ernesto Gasse. Parents of Antonio Gasse, born Nov. 1, are Sarah and Peter Gasse. Now the Gasse family has a ready made string quartet. As soon as baby Antonio stops gripping fingers, he’ll be given a violin to practice.

The 17th Meeting of Minds was a success at Centuries & Sleuths, our famous bookstore in Forest Park. GB Shaw was still snarling about the making of an operetta out of his prize winning play “Pygmalion.” He didn’t even tell us the doubly clever meaning of “My Fair Lady.” It didn’t come from just the children’s game London Bridge. The late Ruth Schmitt, a retired English teacher, once told us it was a cockney version of “Mayfair Lady.” But the late Mr. Shaw was still mad about it nonetheless. He did not want his play set to music.

He did tell us he stole the idea from the Greek myth. The sculptor, Pygmalion, fell in love with one of his creations, a statue he’d named “Galatea.” Pygmalion begged Venus to put life into the statue, which Venus did.

On Nov. 13 Scott McAdam celebrated a special birthday so, happy birthday to Scott. His wife, Veronika McAdam arranged to have a surprise party in his honor. In order to get Scott out of the house, son Scotty and a friend took dad out for a morning of golf while Veronika and friends scrambled around setting up the party for about 80 friends and family.

The Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest never sounded better than it does this year, according to some critics. You may want to mark your calendar: Dec. 2 at 4:30 p.m. you will hear an afternoon of memorable music when violinist Yang Liu and cellist Pjotr Meshvinsky perform the Brahms Double Concerto with the symphony.

A postscript to the chili contest held on the 600 block of Thomas Avenue: Naturally the ex-Texans Brobsts won. Whoever heard of Armenian chili, Marty?

Also, a belated congratulations is owed to Mark Hosty, who married Jenny Giles at First United Church of Christ in Oak Park on Oct. 7. (Hey, better late than never). If you haven’t already, you can offer your own congrats to Mark, who is a village commissioner, at the next council meeting.

Happy Nov. 14 birthday to Jennifer Mendenhall, Jacqueline Neubeiser, Eric Bothie, Michael Harnett; on the 15th, Elizabeth Kachlic, Rebecca Borzello; on the Nov. 16, Daniel Robert Leisten, Michael Mayman, Cara White, Carol Jargstorf; on the 17th, Dave Michaelson, Jim Bruzek, Michow Akimora, Jessica Dylewski and anniversary greetings to Phil and Pat Czuprynski; on Nov. 18, Chris Brower has a birthday; on the 19th, Aaron Apilado, Bill Kenny, Pat Carey, Sara Scheiwe, Letitia Olmsted, Nicholas Mear, Susanne Jasper, Inga Sieber; Nov. 20, happy anniversary to Chris and Dennis Rossselli.

Thanks for your time or, as they say in Albania, Fa la minder it.