Forest Park bid a sad farewell to one of the greatest people it has ever known. Ron Kaminski seems to have been a victim of the recession. He has left us for Denver where he can ski, hike and enjoy friends in a more rugged setting. Ron will especially miss his friends at Louie’s where he enjoyed breakfast almost daily. Goodbye and good luck to Ron Kaminski.

Another young man who is leaving us is Dr. Larry Foster, colonel in the army and singer with the Harlem Maennerchor. This will be Dr. Larry’s third deployment. He’s been in Iraq once, Afghanistan once and now it’s back to Iraq. His friends want him to know he’s in their prayers.

Last Wednesday’s senior trip was a riotous afternoon at Drury Lane where everyone laughed until they couldn’t laugh anymore. “Spamalot” lived up to its reputation and the Drury Lane luncheon menu outdid itself. Our favorite bus driver, Carrol, is breaking in new drivers. If he quits he will be greatly missed. Everyone liked last week’s trainee. He surely knows the best route to Drury Lane. Congratulations to Terry Muffley, who performs a difficult job with grace and humor. Among the theatergoers were Ruth and Jerry Belonsky.

Congratulations to Michelle Becker Baum who delivered twin boys on January 6, 2011!  The proud father is Clay Baum who is doing well after the ordeal. Urban Baum weighed 6’13”, his brother Luke, 5’10”. 

John Bell, computer professor at UIC has another, much more exciting, life.  He is a member of the Underwater Archaeological Society of Chicago. The members of this society are constantly in search of submerged cultural resources. The Chicago Maritime Festival begins next month at The Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark, and will include underwater diving mockups for all to experience. There will also be demonstrations of the ghost ships of Lake Michigan and DVDs will be available. The recent experiences of present-day underwater explorers will also be shared. To find out more, visit Mr. Bell is very passionate about his hobby.

Birthdays this week are going to be celebrated by Cassidy Brown, Audree Catalano, Olivia Schauer, Erin Connor, Kathy Doss, Gladys Gulla, Connor Bafetti, Ken Oliver, Natalie Frank, Kelly Rosen, Catherine Marquart Nickels, Esther Huebner, Tracy Doss Leela and Orion Itzel.

Thank you for spending this time with me. It has been a harrowing experience
trying to get the hang of this mini computer. Somebody! Please help!

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.