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Mary Stanek

Mary Stanek

Looking forward to life returning to schools

By Mary Stanek

Your correspondent in Archer Heights and West Elsdon

3808 W. 57th Place • (773) 284-7394

July 30, 2021

This Sunday we welcome August. While there aren’t any bank holidays, there are a bunch of fun days in August. For instance, Aug. 4 is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, commemorating America’s favorite cookie. Ruth Graves Wakefield, owner of the Toll House Inn, decided in 1938 to mix semi-sweet chocolate (instead of baker’s chocolate) into her cookie mix—and so, the chocolate chip cookie as we know it was born.

Chicago Public Schools are scheduled to re-open on Aug. 30. I, as I am sure we all do, really hope that all are back in person. To think I used to complain about the traffic jams around the school in the mornings and afternoons.

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I will never complain about them again, because I have missed them so much. It was great to see the families and loved ones bringing their kids to school. It was great to see the crossing guards. It was also great to see what I called the “Chicharrones” vendors, where you can get iced drinks, corn, and chicharrones (fried Mexican wheat crisps in the shape of a wheel) with chile and lime. Thank you chicharrones, for a few pounds around my waist. Looking forward to seeing you all again.

Three representatives (who were extremely nice) from SWOP (Southwest Organizing Project) stopped by last week and gave us a bunch of information.

SWOP is a non-profit organization that encourages families to connect with each other and improve life in their neighborhoods. They are located at 2558 W. 63rd St. If you live in 60629, 60632, 60638, 60623 or 60636 and are struggling to get food due to quarantine or high risk, they will deliver food from the pantry on certain scheduled days. If you need a ride to get your COVID-19 shot, free Uber rides may be available. For information, please call (773) 471-8208, ext. 115, or 773 554-1704.

We faithfully feed the birds (vultures) at the Peck Panther Patch. There are three bird feeders. But I’ve recently read of a new illness striking adult birds. Symptoms include swollen eyes and lethargy, mostly occurring in eastern states. So, to play it safe, I am going to follow the suggestion of washing the feeders once a week with a 10% bleach solution and rinse them thoroughly. If you have feeders, please do some research on how you can protect our feathered friends.

I’d like to thank Daria, from Guide’s Sports Bar, for the gladiolas bulbs she gave us at the start of the planting season. They are in full bloom, with a gorgeous orange-red tint. It is always a pleasure to visit her, which we try to do at least once every few weeks.

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