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February 26, 2021

Congratulations to Chicago Lawn residents Paul and Wanda Ballard on being awarded an Honorable Mention in Exterior Rehabilitation in the recent Driehaus Bungalow competition.

Back in 2005, the Chicago Bungalow Association, with the support of the Driehaus Foundation, created the Driehaus Bungalow Awards. The annual contest honors the creativity and efforts of homeowners in several categories including interior and exterior renovation, restoration and landscape design.

The Ballards, who live in the 6200 block of south Albany, put a new roof on their garage and covered the exterior with new siding. They followed that by remodeling the back yard space with a sharp patio, adding pavers, attractive lighting, decorative mulch and stone.

The back stairs leading to the yard were looking pretty shabby compared to the new patio area and garage. The stairs had no railing and were not up to code so they were the next to go. The Ballards decided to completely replace them and had the steps turned to face the yard space, adding a small deck area as well. Wanda said that with the pandemic it has been really nice to have this space to enjoy and relax as a family.

As you know, there are quite a few perks to living in the city. I have been pleasantly surprised to have those little goodie bags of hand sanitizer and packs of reusable face masks dropped off. In the beginning I thought it would only be a one-time shot, but that is not the case. These masks are nice, too and can be washed and re-used up to 15 times.

Good news! Palermo’s of 63rd is open once again for indoor dining, with the proper restrictions of course. Their first night was Valentine’s Day. I’ll bet there are a lot of folks that can’t wait to go back in to dine. Perhaps I’ll see you there.

Saturday, March 6, is Small Business Saturday in Chicago Lawn. This event was begun by Monarca Insurance and Financial Services, 3300 W. 63rd St., and is planned for the first Saturday of each month.

Last month, 15 vendors were set to be on hand offering food, hand-crafted items, candles, notions and more. Running from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., there’s plenty of time to stop in and check it out.

Now let’s get back to visiting 1966 and see what was happening in the neighborhood 55 years ago. Winnie the Pooh was in town, and WGN was filming a segment of Bozo Circus featuring the famous visiting bear right here at our Sears at 62nd and Western. Were any of you there? Or maybe you went to the “Golden Goose Show and Kiddie Cartoon Matinee” this weekend at the Hi-Way Theatre?

The Southwest News-Herald had begun a Vietnam project collecting paperback books to be sent to our boys overseas. Daisy Vondrak (co-owner of the SWNH with her husband, Edward) just announced they had reached 3,000 books and were continuing on.

Sandy’s Drive-In had come up with a new offering for Lent that they called the Mariner. As you probably guessed, it included a fish sandwich, fries and a Coke.

When we left last week, we had been shopping at Kiltz’s Bakery and then decided to stop in the drugstore on the southwest corner of 63rd and California, as suggested by Sister Elizbeth Ann. Maybe we would have met up with John P., who remembered going there with his dad and thinking it was pretty cool to test the tubes from their television in the tube-tester machine. Walter D. was the first to identify the drugstore as Jarek’s. He tells us, back probably long before our visit in 1966, they had a soda fountain, and that was really a treat.

Leaving Jarek’s, it might occur to us that we should zip across the street and see if our cleaning is ready. (I bet you don’t remember this one.) Standing on the northwest corner of 63rd and California and looking up at the sign overhead, what is the name of the cleaners?

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