Editor’s note: This letter was e-mailed to the Review at 2:10 a.m. Saturday. Ed’s Way Food Mart is at 946 Beloit.

Here’s why I love Forest Park – it is truly a community!

After the storm blew through, my sons and I went through the neighborhood helping to pull tree limbs out of the roads, when I received a phone call that the power was out at my store, The Brown Cow Ice Cream Parlor. This has happened at least five times in the two years we’ve been on our strip of Madison Street. So I knew what to do:

Close every freezer and pray the power comes back on quickly. However, after a call to ComEd verified that the power would not be back on until at least the next morning, it was time to scramble to find a home for my 500-plus gallons of ice cream and dozens of freshly made ice cream cakes and pies I had just stocked up for Father’s Day weekend.

I’d like to give a huge thank you to Ed’s Way, which opened their doors after hours to help us shuttle in each and every tub of ice cream, frozen handmade cakes and novelties, and a truck full of cream and milk. Mike and Andrew at Ed’s Way helped us move all our product into their walk-in freezers and cooler.

I’d also like to thank Judy and Bill Plum for allowing me to use their large truck to haul all of our ice cream more efficiently. Between Ed’s Way’s generocity, my neighbors’ willingness to help in a time of need, and the hard work from my staff, I was able to save just about everything.

I’m proud to have a business in this town and even more proud to call Forest Park my home. Thank you.

Connie Brown
The Brown Cow Ice Cream Parlor