Rev. John and Nancy Helmke celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Changes at Schauer Hardware are underway. Bob Farro is now a full time employee there. A new face behind the counter is part time dog groomer, Kasey Krupa. Kasey has lots of Forest Park friends who will be happy to see her more often. Fans of Paul Nelson will have to look elsewhere to find him as will the friends of Ruth Sinott. Paul and Ruth are gone. Sylvia Wilson will soon begin working at S.G.S. Herguth Labs in Naperville where she will make better use of her degrees. We will miss all of them. We welcome Kasey.

Rev. Ernie Hines of the Forest Park Baptist Church will present 90 minutes of song every Friday evening this summer from 8- 9 p.m. Rev. Hines invites everyone to join the sing along revival festival. He hopes uniting people in music will help dispel negative feelings. I think he has a point there. Let’s get everyone get together to make music.

Don’t miss the voices from Forest Home and other cemeteries Friday night at a special performance to benefit the Historical Society of Forest Park. The sneak peek for the Des Plaines River Anthology happens at 7 p.m. Friday at Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 Madison Street. It’s free, with a suggested donation to the Historical Society.

Congratulations to Rev. John and Nancy Helmke who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a reaffirmation of vows at St. John. This was followed by a party at Drury Lane Oak Brook attended by many family members and friends.

Welcome home to our Harlem Maennerchor and Damenchor singers who are back after a four day hiatus in Milwaukee for this year’s Sangerfest.

Four days of singing, meeting old friends and enjoying some of Milwaukee’s quality restaurants and beer! This year’s president is Blondine Klimach of Macomb, Michigan. Representing our area on the board of directors is Rudolf Dick. Director of our (actually now located in Lombard) chorus is Catherine Wendt. Peter Herdeg can look forward to hours and hours of hard work planning the 2016 Sangerfest since he is now on the board. Former Forest Park Mayor Fred Marunde was the chairman several years ago when he had to carefully plan for hotel rooms, rehearsal space, etc., for about 2,000 singers and their families. Zeno Jacquat gets an honorable mention for his efforts at publicity and creating good will for the event.

Forest Parkers will get a chance to see the documentary Love Under Fire: The Story of Bertha & Potter Palmer, directed by River Forest’s Eric Anderson and Amelia Dellos at the library on Thursday, July 25 at 7 p.m. The film just screened on PBS in February. The filmmakers will be there to chat as well.

This week birthday greetings are in order for Jackie Vince Clifton, Augie Hegg, Vic Lentini, Keegan Brown, Peggy Grams, Dianna Howard Beatty, Adam Powers, Tyler Lipsi, Mike Martinski, Nick Martinjski, Cheryl Jargstorf, Brian Casey, Laura Hodges, Grant Neubeiser, Anthony Huynh, Chris Cody, Lester Nixon, Augie Aleksy, Connor Wode, Daniel Stroth, Sammy Marino, and Michael Block. Happy anniversary wishes to Darcy and Kelsey Carlson, Ramya and Carl Tellarovic, John and Diane Rice, Jennifer and Mark Hosty.

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...