Apologies to Kathy Thompson and Famous Liquors for giving the impression that she was dropped suddenly from the staff there. The deli department had been slowly fading away. Kathy and Famous regretted her leaving but it was time to drop the department. They left as best of friends, and I am sorry if my words left a different impression.

Mark Twain is being honored all around here during October. Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore has a window full of Twain and will feature programs discussing Twain’s “Saint Joan,” “Connecticut Yankee” and “Prince and the Pauper” among other works.   The River Forest Library has programs on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m., more on the 7th at 7 p.m., and on Friday, Oct. 8th, Mark Twain (Richard Henzel) will appear in person at 7 p.m.

Last week’s honoree in the street naming celebration was the much beloved Dorothy Tricoci. Dorothy has been a friend to all who know her for many years. By the way, her maiden name, Calderone, means just that, a cauldron. In French, Spanish or Italian, a cauldron is a cauldron regardless of how you spell it. Tricoci means “three things.” Dorothy’s late husband, Mario Tricoci, told me that many years ago.

Getting back to C&S, the panelists last Sunday included, as usual, some very interesting authors who spoke about their latest works. It is a fitting way to celebrate the shop’s 20th anniversary. On the 20th we heard Helen Osgterman, a psychiatric nurse who worked at Dunning and bases some of her novels on experiences there. Jeff Coen and David Hheinzmann worked in real crime and used their experiences in the field, much of it at 26th and California, giving their words authenticity. Andy Austin is the illustrator for the courts, judges, defendants, etc. that you see in the newspapers, since cameras are not allowed in courtrooms. Andy’s experiences over the years also give her written word a special excitement. Andy presented Augie with a signed copy of one of her courtroom scenes. Drop in and have a look.

Have you got the urge to start throwing things away now that we have some cool fall days? Don’t throw them too far, save some of those discards for the CUinFP rummage sale at First United Church, 1000 Elgin Ave. The sale is Oct. 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can drop off your sale items on Sunday, Oct. 3rd from 2 to 4 p.m. or Tuesday, Oct. 5 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Just about everything, with the exception of adult clothing, is needed. Pass this news on to your friends, too. For more information call 708.771.2478. See you there!

The Farmers’ Market has gone so well there’s a good chance that next year’s market will be at the Grove – more room, benches for sitting, munching, talking, and so on.   

Time to say goodbye to September and happy birthday to Sydney Mangiaracina, Roy Sansone, Laura Zimmer, Michael Clifton, Kimberly O’Shea, Abigail Childs, Pat Falbo, Sawyer Paeth, Candy Doss Kowarsch, Mike O’Connor, Diannne Rice, Sheryl Neff, Paul Jargstorf, Robert Mintz, Nathan Johnson, Derek Gist, Allen Latall, Jason Fabiani, Gary Almeroth and happy anniversary to Frank and Loudine Romano, Tony and Jackie Cardamone, Gus and Marie Scolero, Bridget and Bob Dowdle, Jody and Sandi Tracey. Thanks for your time.

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.