Tom Holmes has a gentle way of putting things into words, and in just the right way. Wisdom, perception, humor and readability come in just the right amounts. I especially liked his column last week, “Two cheers for our municipal government.” He’s right, you know. Sometimes this form of government works. As the old cliché goes, even a broken clock is right twice a day.

Two happy, young Forest Parkers who aren’t tired of the snow are Grace Ochenjele and her mother, Krista. They were the only ones enjoying the mounds of snow in the little park on Adams right after the recent snowstorm. Rolling around, sliding, sledding; oh what fun when you’re young! Grace’s dad is George Ochenjele, a student at Northwestern’s med school. He’ll soon begin his residency in orthopedics. The Ochenjeles came to us from Otukpo, Nigeria, where all the names sound like music.

Nancy Bower is all fired up with enthusiasm for Roe Conn, who will appear at P.J. Klem’s restaurant in Lyons on Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. For more information call 366-0650.

Some of the lovely stained glass mirrors, picture frames and sun catchers at Two Fish were created by Kim Dohnke, who comes to Two Fish compliments of Avenues to Independence. Ms. Dohnke lives in Park Ridge and rides the bus to work every day, including those impossible snow days recently. Kim takes pride in her work and Tonya and Cecilia are proud of Kim. Other stained glass creations are the result of Eddie Martinez‘s imagination. Eddie is a master craftsman/artist who came to the U.S. from Cuba when he was just a small boy. (But, no photo of Mr. Martinez.) If you want to see him, you’ll have to drop in at Two Fish.

Welcome home to Dorothy Smith who is recovering from her recent stroke. Dorothy’s really loving family is on hand giving constant care and affection.

Belated happy Valentine’s Day, and happy Fat Tuesday.

As I write this it is Friday, Feb.12, the birthday of Abraham Lincoln and the day the sun rose at 6:58 in the morning, and set at 5:20 in the evening. That’s about an hour more of sun than we had in December! Now that Lent is here, can spring be far behind?

This week you can sing “Happy Birthday” to Hannah Brown, Judy Jilek, Leonard Geiss, Mary Haley, Shartiase Clay, Kristi Kasack, Alexandria Reina, Jonah Victorson, Jacque Madden, Megan Lyons, Michael Gillian, Xavier Skinner, Rich Krieger, Phil Kachlic, Jean Guntow, Chris Wood, Jean Leinweber, Meghan Krieger, Jacqueline Janney, Chris Thornton, Mary White and Scott Grams.