Forest Park has played host to some very special people from different parts of the world. Edward Limo is one of them. This great humanitarian has aided hundreds of his fellow humans in both Nigeria and Kenya. He has been an ardent fighter against female circumcision and has practically risked his life to help young girls fleeing this brutal practice. Mr. Limo rescued about 40 of these unfortunates a few years ago and took them into his home, educated them and sent many on to colleges and universities.

On a recent visit here his granddaughter Mary Tallam, her husband Steven, and son Chris were entertained by a Forest Park family. The Tallams are from Eldoret, Kenya.

Mr. Limo himself began to work hard at the tender age of 13 and through frugal living and hard work acquired hundreds of acres of land. This land he apportioned to his many sons and to his many workers who were in need. His name is honored throughout the land today.

Another visitor to town is businesswoman Xinxin Dong of Shenzhen, Guangdong Province in China. This attractive woman operates her own business school in Shenzhen. She and her daughter TianLu Sung (Lucy, here in the U.S) were here to celebrate her daughter’s birthday and entry into a master’s program in business here in the Chicago area. The women had much praise for Forest Park, its quiet streets, flowers, trees, etc. We are all invited to visit them in Shenzhen!

Before going off to China, however, stop off at the library’s annual book sale Friday, June 20 and Saturday, June 21. If you have books, magazines, tapes, CDs, maps, etc., feel free to drop them off at the library for resale. Great bargains are always found at the Friends of the Library book sale. If you would like to volunteer for the sale, call 366-4774 for information.

Roger Grant is thinking of having a July 4 early morning Thanksgiving Service in his back yard. He would like as many neighbors as are so inclined to gather to meditate on the blessings we have living here in the U.S.A. The plan has not been thoroughly worked out, but I’ll keep you posted.

If you haven’t played your flute in years but would like to take it out for a spin, here’s your opportunity. Two orchestra sight reading sessions are planned for July 15 from 1 p.m. till 3 p.m. and on Aug. 12 at the same time. The place: Fairview Village in Downers Grove. Call (630) 935-7103 or e-mail Players of any and all instruments and any and all degrees of proficiency are invited. Just call before July 1 so they can have music available for you. There is no charge, and refreshments will be served. You will be welcomed with smiles and open arms.

On June 19 Danny and Diane Mohr will celebrate wedding anniversary number four; on the 20th of June, Ginger McKay has a birthday; June 21, Angela Hodges, Jophia Miller; 22nd, Lillian Tester, and Greg and Sydney Gray celebrate an anniversary; June 23, Charles Watson has a birthday, Angela and Cory Fink have an anniversary and Leshundra Ford has a birthday; on the 24th, birthday greetings to Susan Covington, Michael Fumo, Tyler Leninger; June 25, Chuck Brod has a birthday, as do 3-year-old Caileigh Pronek and Steve Backman, while Mark and Joan Janopoulos have a wedding anniversary.

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 of Chicago in a great neighborhood when it was a great time to be young.