Lo shana tova — happy new year, 5776. And belated celebration of the 1,000th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta by King John on June 15, 1215 at Runymede. How could we have let that slip by? I guess it really didn’t do much for the common people, but at least it got things started. Well, until the last election in Illinois.

The skunk season is not yet over. Here is the official recipe from Randy Weaver of the Nuisance Wildlife Service for removing the skunk smell. It is safe, effective, humane and discreet. Call 630-546-8001 for more information. 

Use 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide, 1 cup of baking soda, 1 teaspoon liquid dish soap. Mix all ingredients together in an open bucket; once combined these cannot be contained safely. Use a sponge or cloth to wipe the animal. Keep out of eyes! Skunk odor should be gone immediately. It worked just fine for Christine Respass last week on super-dog Suzie.

The Huebner Family had a mini-reunion last week. Mom, Betty and daughter Diane share a birthday and the rest of the family, including new puppy, Bo, all got together for an afternoon of celebration including everybody’s favorite sport, bocce ball. Along with Bo are Huebner “kids” Diane, Steve and Cindy.

Most Forest Parkers were acquainted with the lovable white Westie called “Rumpy” who loved everyone and most of us loved him. His family loved him most of all, but unfortunately they were forced to move to a different apartment that would not allow dogs. So last week the Oak Park Animal Care League took Rumpy in and are now trying to find a home for him. Rumpy loves people of all sizes and ages; animals, ditto. If he has a fault it’s that he is so loving, happy and excited about being with people he can get a bit overwhelming. But Rumpy must find a good, loving home. 

Congratulations to Eric Neubeiser, Erich Baccke, Emamanuel Mackenzie and Donavin Sharber, who were honored at last Sunday’s concert at St. John Church. The young men have been honored for outstanding contributions to the Saint John Choristers and Scola Cantorum. These choristers performed last Sunday afternoon under the direction of Paul Lindblad, who also takes students and trains them in music literature, voice technique, and the reading of music. He conducts a day camp in the summer and gives individual attention to singers from third through 12th grade. Paul was a student of the late, great Victor Hildner who established the Oak Park Concert Chorale as well as being director of Symphony Chorus of Oak Park-River Forest. For information about how to reach Paul, call 708-366-3226.

And this Saturday, Sept. 19, from 12 to 3 p.m., the Women’s Exchange, 839 S. Oak Park Ave., invites every American girl, age 4-14, to an American Girl Doll tea party. Bring your dolls and enter the raffle for an American Girl Doll.

Birthdays this week include Jodi Gianakopoulis, Alexander Bafetti, Nick Spanello, Dee Galbraith, Debbie Doss Morris, Lacy Gianelli, Laura McDermott, Hunter Van Zant, Dan Lola, Brendan Miranda, Angelo Spinelli, and Christina Respass

Happy anniversary to Sandy and Joe Byrnes, Frank and Loudine Romano, Tony and Jackie Cardamone, and Ben and Millie Spinelli

  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 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...