It’s Rick Kogan! Rick Kogan!  Rick “Hogan” was a real Freudian slip.  When I was in sixth grade I fell in love with a seventh grader named Rick Hogan.  He became a priest and is long gone, but love lasts forever. Apologies to Rick Kogan for the error.

Schauer’s Hardware Store is the crossroads of Forest Park, possibly the world.  On a recent visit I talked to John Bell, an amateur underwater archaeologist who goes deep diving in Lake Michigan and other Great Lakes in search of underwater treasures; Web Musgrave, an apiarist (bee keeper) who keeps tends hives all across the state; and Neil and Kathy Driscoll, two home-beer brewers who make unusual brews in their own home – The Driscoll “breakfast beer” is made with Kap’n Krunch cereal. The duo recently volunteered an evening of beer brewing as a prize that was auctioned at the St. Edmond’s fundraiser.

Congratulations to Saint Bernardine’s Parish, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary this month.  A celebratory Mass will be held on Sunday, June 5th at 10:30 a.m. in the church at 815 South Elgin Ave.  The committee promises fun for the whole family following the Mass.  There will be food and drinks, entertainment, carnival activities, a moon walk, face-painting, Bozo buckets, races, games, good prizes and more.   The big-cash raffle is approximately $10,000. There will also be other cash prizes. All proceeds will benefit St. Bernardine’s. Ya’ll come now, hear?

Friends of the Forest Park Public Library will present its annual book sale on Friday, June 10, from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.; on Saturday June 11, from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.; and on Sunday, June 12, from 1 p.m. until 4:40 p.m. 

Most books always welcome, but, please, no magazines, or encyclopedias. For more information, call the library at 708 366 7171, or visit its website at I know one patron who buys most of her Christmas gifts at these book sales.

St. John’s Lutheran Church and Walter Lutheran Academy are serious about keeping our planet green.  The eighth graders, under the able direction of teacher Margaret Smith, and the cabinet-making talents of St. John’s member, Mark Holstein, have planted gardens in the school parking lot. Mr. Holstein made the garden borders and built a raised platform for rain barrels so watering the plants is easy.  

Remember the Gloria Hansberry retirement celebration on Thursday, June 9, at 8:30 a.m. at St. Bernardine’s Church. Mass is followed by a dessert reception in Fearon Hall.

Happy Birthdays to: Tony Sarli, Jack Pingel, Ian Hansen, Nancy Brod, Steve Huebner, Nicole Rice, Carter Leonerd, Janeen Dunst, Daniari Dejuiera, Patricia Gotier, Stella Kavarch, Nicholas Faber Ross, Nancy Lovell, Stella Kovarek, Angelina Seveda, John O’Donnell, Ashton and Mae McDonnell, Ken Trainor, Gloria Hansberry, Cindy Wood, Janine Boy, Gerhardt Kosh, Pat Cassiani, Kim Jargstorf, Dawn Jasper.

Happy Anniversaries to: Pat Williams and Howard Hansen, Ruth and Jerry Belonsky, and Diane and Colin Chin.  Thanks for your time. Sorry for any errors and or misspellings. 

– 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.