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DevCorp shows kindness to seniors

Who would have thought that by the time we reached Thanksgiving week, our activities would still be limited by the pandemic? But alas, they are and it certainly puts a damper on everyone; but maybe a bit more so on the seniors at Churchview Manor and Lawn Terrace as both are closed to visitors.

However, through a partnership between Greater Southwest Development Corp. and Hope Church in La Grange, each senior has received a holiday gift bag just in time for Thanksgiving.

“This is less about turkeys and more about food/things that support and bless seniors,” explained GSDC Director of Operations Tina James. “Hope Church receives donations from the international organization Convoy of Hope (the folks we partner with for the big family day at Marquette Park) and this year Convoy decided to donate food and goods throughout the year as much as possible as opposed to a one day back-to-school party.”

So, Convoy of Hope Chicago donated gift bags of food and goodies for the 150+ seniors living at Churchview Manor and Lawn Terrace Apartments. The bags have food, toiletries, paper products, socks donated from Bombas Socks, pastries, handwritten holiday cards and other festive goodies. What a wonderful way to take care of the seniors at Thanksgiving.

Remember a few weeks back when I shared a hint from Bob G. on how to get to the top of the Darius Girenus monument at Marquette Park? Some of you had some other tricks to share, which a lot of us wish we had known way back when.

Well, Dennis D. (who grew up in the neighborhood and has a great memory of all things Chicago Lawn), was the first to answer our history trivia question for this week which we will get to at the end of the column. But while we were talking, I found out Dennis was also one of those kids on top of the monument, looking down at the rest of us.

He shared the trick he and his friends used back then: Grab some weeds and grass and squash it on the bottom of your shoes. “Got us up there every time,” said Dennis.

Happy birthday to Ron Kalat, who will celebrate this weekend. I know most of you know Ron. He is and has been active in so many events on the Southwest Side. Hope you enjoy your day, Ron!

If you happen to have an account at Marquette Bank, you know they are celebrating their 75th anniversary with all kind of nice surprises. A few weeks back, I got a couple of official Marquette Bank reversible masks when I stopped in.

Currently, the bank is holding an Anniversary Customer Survey Prize Drawing. Grand prize is $750 and there will be 20 secondary prizes of a $50 gift card to a local restaurant. Take the survey at emarquettebank.com/survey. Answer the survey by Nov. 30 for your chance to win.

Due to the pandemic, St. Rita Parish has changed their weekday office hours to 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. People can still call the office or make an appointment; however, the physical office will only be open during those afternoon hours. This will continue through the end of December.

Now back to 1970. Last week’s question, which was suggested by Dave K., was: Going back as far as 1927, an event took place every year over Thanksgiving weekend that generally attracted 60,000 people. In 1970 this event took on special meaning and cause for celebration right here in Chicago Lawn because the winners were “our guys.”

Dennis D., whom you will remember from a few paragraphs earlier, was the first to identify it as the Prep Bowl–in which the St. Rita Mustangs roared from behind to overtake Lane Tech and win the coveted City Championship 12-8 at Soldier Field. Not only was this a big deal in itself, but it is important to note that just two years prior St. Rita was 0 and 9 for the season. Enter Coach Pat Cronin and his staff from De La Salle and St. Rita became a championship team.

Tim Maher, who played in the game that day, wrote a book about it titled Three Yards and a Cloud of Dust. Tim self-published the book, so it’s not an easy one to get your hands on; but for football fans it’s an exciting story.

As soon as Thanksgiving is over, thoughts turn to Christmas. In 1970 Christmas cards imprinted with your name were quite popular. A shop on 59th Street, at 2841 to be exact, was offering a really good deal on this service. Anyone remember the name of the shop?

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