The most exciting news this week — and it’s no April fool — Dolores Holub will be 99 years old on April First! Congratulations and happy birthday, Dolores. She and her son Dean are staying in Peachtree, Georgia for the time being. Don’t be fooled by the name, however. There’s hardly a peach to be seen there, Dean says. 

But what is happening down in Georgia is the annual miracle we all get to witness each spring — fruit trees of all varieties are blooming and perfuming the air. All but peach trees. They are scarce in Georgia, according to Dean Holub. Dean says his mother is still aware of things, but she’s not able to speak. They all keep up with Forest Park news and are with us in spirit.

Dean misses Bob Sullivan‘s column and his stories of the old days. He recalled the days of Claude Walker when hardly any real news in town was printed. A story about a cat stuck in a tree once made the front page.

Coming soon to a hardware store near you: “Ladies Night” at Schauer’s on April 14. Demonstrations, food, music, bargains galore. Everyone is guaranteed a really great time. It starts around 6:30 and goes until? See you there.

Another great party will be Saint Bernardine’s “Come Sail Away” on Thursday, April 21. Cruise attire is encouraged, bathing suits optional. Contact Jean Scodius for ticket information. 

Music is in the April air as well. The Oak Park Concert Chorale will present its 35th Anniversary Festival Concert on Sunday, April 17 at Grace Lutheran Church, 7300 W. Division in River Forest at 4 p.m. The chorale’s conductor is Paul Lindblad, who follows in the footsteps of Victor Hildner, founder of the group. The Salt Creek Quilters Guild will have amazing, beautiful quilts on display at the Community House in Hinsdale, 415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale on Saturday and Sunday, April 2 and 3 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. 

Forest Parkers are conscientious about recycling. Some have questions about just what can be recycled. Karen Rozmus, recycling expert, who works for the village of Oak Park gives us a few tips. Everything must be clean; here are the No Thank You items: no used paper plates, no no no plastic bags (do not put your recyclable items in a plastic bag). It will all be put into regular trash if you do. No pizza boxes. Yes to clean plastic bottles, clean glass containers, clean metal cans. Did I mention no plastic bags? Thanks to Karen who tells us to call Republic for more answers. 773-579-3600. Good luck.

Belated happy birthday wishes to Ryder Rusk, March 21. Birthday wishes this week to Fabrizio Cirrintano, Frances Pusak, Ian Hitre, Jim McGuin, Todd Bower, Kyler Pacyga, Nick Novak, Keith Hickey, Tony Calderone, Ryan Tomoso, Rich Schauer, Nick Tricoci, Rich Barger, Joe Bugajsky, Jeanette Gerger, Tom Collis, Gianna Alvarez and Isabel Rossi

Happy anniversary to Brian and Mary Sullivan.

  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...