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It’s truly a time to hold dear

By Mary Stanek

Your correspondent in Archer Heights and West Elsdon

3808 W. 57th Place • (773) 284-7394

“There’s a time in each year, that we always hold dear, good old summer time.” This tune, published in 1902 by George Evans and Ren Shields could not speak more of the truth. Let’s enjoy every minute of our summer. There’s also brisk brisk tea for you and me, if you can recall that classic commercial (1974).

The children may enjoy the summer and artwork with the help of our Archer Heights Branch Library. The library wants to construct a painted rock garden around the building. They are asking to share your art with them and bring a painted rock or pebble to be part of the rock garden. In addition, kids can bring any piece of art to the library for their gallery exhibit.

The library offers many virtual programs, as well, and I will just name a few. On July 21, kids ages 10-13 can learn needlepoint. On July 24, boys and girls ages 4 and up can create their own spilt milk art with blue paper and paint. To view the whole list, visit the library or their branch website.

It appears more and more people are enjoying their summer. I traveled quite a bit through June, and airports and planes are packed. What saved me from long lines is the TSA PreCheck, which allows low-risk travelers to experience faster TSA screenings at airports for a small fee, which will last five years. It requires a little work to obtain with a completed application, but in my opinion is worth it.

Thankfully, all of my flights have been pleasant. But the last one sort of came to a “quick” halt. Even the flight attendant announced to safely secure children and babies being held in laps because of the length of the runway. As we screeched to a landing, the pilot announced, “The brakes work.” The passengers started to applaud. Midway Airport’s runways are much shorter in comparison to O’Hare. The length of the runways at Midway do not allow for the larger aircraft.

On June 20, 2006 I met with Mr. Joe Boyle, and he signed me on to be the new Archer Heights/West Elsdon correspondent for the Southwest News-Herald. So Happy Anniversary to me! This is the 15th year that I have been sharing our events, acknowledgements, happy times, sad times and good news with my neighbors. I have loved every week and hope to continue for another 15 years.

Here’s thanks to Kathy for always remembering to throw a little surprise in the envelope when she mails me the St. Turibius bulletin.

Happy Birthday on July 13 to Sister Barbara Ann Bosch.

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