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Time once again to mask up

By Karen Sala

Your correspondent in Gage Park

(773) 471-1429 • [email protected]

Summer will be coming to an end shortly. Soon it will be September.

For now, the mask mandate is back. Most people cooperate and play by the rules. But, I realize some of you are special and think the rules don’t apply to you. Guess what? You are not so special, and the rules do apply. You find people like this all over and not just about the masks. They think they are above rules in everything, be it driving, picking up their dog waste or just waiting their turn in a line. These people will always be around, and we just have to rise above the situation.

The Gage Park Community Garden is still going strong. They are harvesting the vegetable crops to help feed the community. It is located at 3401 W. 53rd Place Stop by the plant shelf. Take a plant and leave a plant for someone else to enjoy.

Pretty soon I will have to take my shamrock inside, She is so happy outside, and she’s huge. The secret is a cup of coffee. She loves her caffeine. Shamrocks are bulbs; so when they go dormant, don’t throw them out. Just give them a little rest and start watering them again and they will come back bigger and better than before.

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You are invited to the Chicago Permaculture Convergence Urban Gardening Conference Sept. 10-12. Wow, that is a mouthful. Come celebrate life and the growing season. For more information email [email protected] or call (773) 699-8682.

My daughter-in-law, Kristen, is a wonderful gardener. Her yard is spectacular, not only with beautiful flowers but a pretty good vegetable garden too. She has kept me supplied with tomatoes this year. Timmy made pickles from the harvest in their yard, and they are delicious.

As always, I encourage everyone in Gage Park to read the Greater Southwest News-Herald—the paper that has faithfully served the Southwest Side since 1924. In years past, that meant either buying a copy of the paper on the newsstand or calling (708) 496-0265 and ordering a one-year subscription by mail.

Now there is a third option. Go to the company’s sharp-looking new website, southwestregionalpublishing.com, click on the “Subscribe Today” option at the top menu bar, and you’ll find three options (online, print, online and print). Not only can you subscribe quickly and easily to the Greater Southwest News-Herald, you’ll see how you can subscribe to the company’s four other publications (the Clear-Ridge Reporter & NewsHound, Desplaines Valley News, the Regional News, and the Reporter). These papers cover other parts of the city, as well as a wide range of southwest suburbs. Please check it out today!

It’s a small world, Peggy Zabricki. I couldn’t believe it when Mr. Smo told me we had a mutual friend.

I have another new reader, Jim Racich. I love to hear about new readers. Keep reading!

I’m glad you received the letter from Timmy, Pat Pavlica!

It was nice to see Rita and Bob the other day. I haven’t seen them in a long time.

Happy, Happy Birthday to my grandson, Alex. He’s 2 years old today. We love you and hope you have a wonderful day! I’m babysitting for him all week, so I am going to have loads of fun. I know I’ll be sleeping good at night.

Please send your Gage Park information to [email protected]

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