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Happy birthday, Sister Concetta Petrauskas

Happy 100th birthday to Sister of St. Casimir Concetta Petrauskas. The weekly SSC Zoom Reflections meeting celebrated Sister with an E-party, including Sister Concetta’s sister and family from Pennsylvania, SSCs and associates in Argentina, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Indiana, and Sisters on retreat in Minnesota; and of course, several Sisters, associates and friends in Chicago.

Congratulations also go out to Allison Sanchez of 66th and Francisco on her graduation from Marquette School.

Last week I mentioned that former SWNH reporter Sheila Elliot’s daughter had been on a recent episode of Jeopardy. I did a little more checking on the Jeopardy website and I found that Megan would have won the game that day if not for the final Jeopardy question. Going into that final she had a healthy lead with $18,800, followed by Ben with $9,400 and Jesse with $5,400. Ben made the final bet a ‘True Jeopardy’ bet which ended up doubling his score. Unfortunately, Megan lost on that last question. But how proud Sheila and her husband John must have been!

From what I am hearing, many of us spent our downtime during “shelter in place” doing home improvement projects, which included getting our gardens and outside areas of the house prettied up. If you have a certified Chicago bungalow, that could really pay off this year. For the fourth year in a row, the Chicago Bungalow Association is holding a garden contest.

Entrants may choose one of more of the categories to compete in: Front Garden, Rear/Side Garden or Window/Planter Boxes. The winner in each category will receive a $250 cash prize, $150 gift certificate to City Grange garden centers, a free 1-hour garden consultation ($100 value) and MODGY expandable flower vase from Prairie Godmothers, a personalized garden award plaque and a feature on the CBA website. Randomly selected entrants will be given a free rain barrel. Entries must be received by noon on July 7. Check out more detailed information at chicagobungalow.org.

As you may know, many of the Chicago Public Libraries have opened up, but with some restrictions and that includes Chicago Lawn. The meeting room and computer help are unavailable right now and the hours have been shortened. Monday and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. If you have any questions call the library during business hours at (312) 747-0639.

The St. Rita Gift Shop is open for purchase of candles on the 63rd Street church steps every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vigil candles are $3. Paschal candles range in price by size $8, $15, $25, $29. Holy Water bottles are $1. Customers are asked to bring exact change and wear a mask.

Now back to 1980. Last week’s question was: What was the name of the auto supply store on the corner of 63rd and California? Glen M. was the first to come up with the correct answer of Arrow Auto Supply. Rich C. remembered it as Robin’s place. Both are right. It was Robin’s Arrow Auto Supply. In doing a little research, I found the business was not limited to selling auto supplies. As many of you probably know there was also a garage area for car repairs. While I don’t know the extent of their involvement, I do know they had a large advertisement at Raceway Park in the 1960s and 1970s. Anyone know if they sponsored cars at Raceway?

Gil G. told me he was sure that was where his dad bought chemistry sets for him. In checking it out, I found Robin’s Arrow Auto Supply was a licensed dealer for Gilbert Chemistry sets, which were pretty popular. Let me just toss out a few of the other licensed dealers for Gilbert: Montgomery Ward, W. T. Grant, Community Discount Stores, Shoppers World, Speigel to name a few. Sadly, as I’m sure you know, none of those businesses are still operating.

Forty years ago there was a dry cleaner/coin laundry at 2617 W. 63rd St. I believe the owner would also become the owner of the dry cleaner’s on the northwest corner of Marquette and Kedzie. As with Robin’s Arrow Auto Supply, the 63rd Street location was there for several decades. What was the name?

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