Halloween mystery of the week: Why is the skeleton at Schauer’s Hardware sporting a Band-aid on his left metatarsals? Answer next week.

Welcome back to Forest Park, travelers Geri and Roger Grant. The Grants spent two weeks of R&R in London, Athens and on the island of Santorini. It was a well deserved rest for both of them.

Speaking of well deserved rests, John Fabrini has finally retired from the V.A. and is now busy at home painting, hammering and walking their two dogs. Congratulations on a successful career helping veterans.

A scene out of the past was Taylor Hassell and his friend Gabino Castro who were busy raking neighbors’ leaves last Sunday. How long has it been since anyone has seen young boys doing yard work? Good for those industrious young men.

The Sons (and daughters) of Norway are selling those excellent butter cookies for their Elvesund Lodge in LaGrange Park. You can order oatmeal lace crispy cookies, krumkake, waffle cookies, kransekake almond cookies, lefke potato cookies or my favorite, spritz. Nancy Robinson takes orders or call Dan Bjornson at 708.488.1800 (days) or 708.366.0269 (evenings). Cookies can be picked up at St. Michael’s Church, 500 31st Street in La Grange Park, Dec. 11 from 3 to 5 p.m. Email norskcookies@yahoo.com. Spritz are $3.75 per dozen, all the others are 6 for $3. You’ll never taste any better.

Uncle Fran Nee’s favorite nephew enjoyed his 3rd birthday party at the River Forest Community Center last Saturday. Uncle Fran works at the center so Riley got special VIP treatment.

The Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest will present a special Halloween concert on Sunday, Oct. 24 at 4 p.m. If you like scary music, you’ll enjoy this concert: Saint-Saens Danse Macabre, Gounod’ Funeral March, Humperdinck, Witches Ride from Hansel and Gretel and the Dream Pantomime, also from H&G. Liszt’s Totentanz (death dance) and Berlioz March to the Scaffold and Dream of Witches Sabbath. While this is not technically a children’s concert, children are admitted free and the music will be enjoyed by all ages. The concerts take place at First United Church, 848 Lake St., across the street from the O.P. post office.

Happy birthday on Oct. 16 to Don Webster, Proviso East football and track athlete, class of ’71. He and teammates go to every homecoming. Other birthdays this week are Joe Byrnes, Caitlin Gillian, Phil Abruzzino, Tierra Curry, John Peter Turek, Dave Smentek, Jonathan Kuehl, Ted Hosty, Niraj Koll, Rebecca Jargstorf, Michael Sansone, Judy Gist, Noreen Carr, Jesse Sosa, Elizabeth Schiffman, Mark Ross, Michael Rudalf, Angeline Cote, Gary Stetler, Anhil D’Sousa, Frank Anselmo, Hannah Connelly, John Schmitt, Josie Becker, Kay Duff, Drew Christopher  Frank, Samantha Zaverdas,  Charlotte Lavnick, Chloe Hilllis, Annette Stetler, Rich Bisluk, and on the 25th, the anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt (Henry V)!  Remember that famous line? 

Celebrating anniversaries are Brent and Yvonne Marler, Austin and Terry D’Souza, Connie and Ralph Considine, and Tim and Hazel Esposito. 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.