Good news of the week! The popcorn machine at Schauer’s Hardware has finally been repaired and is back in action every Saturday morning. Happily showing it off is employee Olivia Gunter. Olivia wants to remind us that a contribution to the Forest Park Food Pantry is always appreciated when you help yourself to a bag of popcorn — really good popcorn.

In case you missed it, everyone is going to “Beers for Brad” this Thursday, Aug. 6 from 6 till 9 p.m. at Healy’s Westside, 7321 Madison St. Brad Zandstra is a well-loved, longtime Forest Parker who is suffering from cancer. Mark Hosty generously offered the use of Healy’s for this benefit. Requested donation, $40.

A sad farewell to Forest Park for Sandy Boy the other day. She will be back from time to time to visit her 102-year-old mother-in-law who lives on Lathrop. But the house the Boys lived in on Harrison Street since 1971 was sold as soon as it got on the market. Janine Boy has moved to Marco Island. Claudine has been there for 20 years. Michelle lives in Lombard. But the Boy family will always love Forest Park and treasure their Forest Park memories.

Happy birthday this week to Barbara Sullivan, Dan Giers, David Stahlke, James Childs, Betty Schulz, Flynn Vogel, Dylan Rozmus, Roger Grant, Janet Sullivan, T.J. Janopoulos, Danny Seveda, Connie Robey, Rebecca Greskoniak, Allison Pacyga, Jake Brown, Phil Jilek, Storey Hannah Novak, and Journey Alvarado. Happy anniversary to Tim and Peggy Grams and to the Goetzes

In case you haven’t heard, baby skunks abound in town lately. My Callahan got “skunked” last week. It’s not pleasant; I’d never smelled “skunk” before and to tell the truth, it wasn’t as bad as I’d feared. One neighbor’s little orange-colored dog was “skunked” twice. She washed him with peroxide, and he’s turning white! 

 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.

Jackie Schulz

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...