JACKIE SCHULZ/Contributor

The exciting artwork on the Circle Bridge is one of the best ideas ever to hit Forest Park. Several people have said they want to park their cars on the street and slowly walk over the bridge and study the art. Congratulations to Sally Cody and the committee that thought up this one.

A big round of applause for the Cub Scouts who did a masterful job as maîtres ‘d and wait staff at the Kiwanis Pasta Dinner last Saturday. The pasta was delicious and we didn’t even have to take our empty plates back. The scouts did all the work.

Back here at the Wednesday Journal offices, everyone seems to be getting better looking every time I drop in. Ken Trainor is officially retiring as of June 6, but happily he’ll be doing a column for a long time to come. Much of Ken’s new free time will probably be spent with Tyler and Bryce, Ken’s 3-year-old grandsons.

A June 1 birthday greeting to Joe Bestwina is tinged with sadness as he recently lost his brother, David. Joe and David Bestwina have operated the Feed Store at Archer & Harlem for many years. 

John Rice has done a column about the circus this week. Haven’t read it yet. But I say “Good Riddance” to the circus and all the poor animals who were made to perform acts against their nature. The retiring animals got good homes, I hear.

“An Evening of Irreverence” was the title of the Michael Teolis concert May 6. If you have attended Teolis concerts in the past, you know they are not run-of-the-mill experiences. The singers are always full of surprises and this concert was certainly no exception. Louise Brueggeman and Cathy and Nancy Greco are all active participants in the organization. 

On June 3, “Splash & Dash” crafts and sales will be working for your enjoyment from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at The Park, 7501 Harrison (all outside if the weather cooperates) Call Rachell at 708-366-7500 for more information.

Remember The German Fest in the Grove on June 9 and 10. Food, beer, crafts and treats, all for your enjoyment. Isabel Herdeg is the one to talk to about this one. Rachell (above) can give you that information 

Happy birthday to Mark Janopoulos, Matt Schuler, Bill Tresise, Ben Reina, Sarah Lotus, LaVerne Cameron, Lauren Arnieri, Paul Schlichting, Dermot Casey, Jim Collis, Jim Watts, and Betty Zimmerman.

 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...