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Nothing says ‘summer’ like corn

By Peggy Zabicki

Greetings, neighbors! June 11 is National Corn Day. Nothing says “summer” like corn.

I’m not a great fan of corn on the cob, but I will eat it from time to time. A couple of years ago I brought a big kettle of corn on the cob to a family picnic, and it was gobbled up in minutes. I think it is a fun food to eat.

I remember when I was a kid, my mom would put those corn holder stabby things at the ends of our cobs. I wanted to keep the corn holders and put them in my Barbie Dream House. I felt that Barbie needed them, but my mom put a kabosh on that idea. Probably a good thing she did.

If you decide to buy some corn on the cob, look for organic corn, because it isn’t genetically modified. About 95% of corn in the U.S. is genetically modified. The long-term results of consuming these substances are rather grim, and so it’s best to avoid them if you can. If you can’t find good organic corn and you have to eat the genetically modified kind, try to limit your consumption of it. We know the results of eating too much of it based on years of extensive testing. Those of us “oldsters” are lucky to have grown up at a time before genetically modified foods.

Some substances we put in our bodies have not been tested thoroughly, and we don’t know what the long-term results will be. So, when in doubt, avoid the product and look for healthy alternatives.

It’s all about being your best self.

Speaking of summer, the West Lawn Park field house, 4233 W. 65th St., is now open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. The racquetball courts are open. Call or come in person to reserve a time slot. Conditioning classes will start soon. Memberships are available at $10 per month. Having a membership entitles you to many classes and the use of the exercise equipment. Call for more information at (773) 284-2803.

Midway International Airport is a busy place once again. You do need to wear a mask and keep a distance between you and the person in front of you as you stand in all the lines. Once you are on a plane, you will be sitting shoulder to shoulder in a tight space, crammed together like sardines in a can. I won’t pretend to understand the logic in this, but I am glad the airport is now open for those who want to fly.

There are job opportunities at Midway Airport. The concessions department has openings, as well as other departments. You can stop by the Human Resources department, located at the pre-security area across from baggage claim 6 and fill out an application; or you can email them for more information at [email protected]

The next CAPS meeting for Beat 823 will take place on Tuesday, June 16 at 7 p.m. This meeting will provide opportunities for residents to voice their concerns and opinions about activities going on in the neighborhood. As of this writing, the meeting will be held online. At some point, the meetings will be held in person. Call the community policing office at (312) 747-8724 for more information.

Here’s a follow up on a problem I mentioned last week concerning a West Lawn neighbor who was unable to get her eyeglasses from the now-closed Midwest Eye Clinic, 6254 S. Pulaski. Her insurance was very helpful. A claim had been submitted by the eye clinic, and so her insurance was able to follow up and make sure she was not charged a co-pay or any money. It is a shame she never got her eyeglasses and had to wait so long for answers.

My friend, Pat, suggested that customers could get in touch with the Attorney General, their alderman or the Quinn/Guerrero-Cueller/Service Office, (773) 581-8000.

Pat also reminded me about the history of that eye care office. It was originally owned by Dr. Bernard Frankel and his son, Dr. Hal Frankel. I remember that, and I never heard any complaints about them.

The Calvary Lutheran Church Senior Club will have a barbecue picnic at noon Tuesday, June 15 at the church, 6149 S. Kenneth. All are invited. There will be a cost of $5. Call Elaine at (773) 424-3031 to reserve a spot.

I want to send a big thank you to Kathy, Terry, Elaine and Pat for the lovely cards you all sent me. How nice! I have them lined up on my desk and think of each of you and your kindness every time I look at them.

Stay cool, my friends!

 

 

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