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Golf in full swing at Marquette Park

By Kathy Headley

Your correspondent in Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor

6610 S. Francisco • (773) 776-7778

Congratulations to the top finishers in the 38th Annual Amateur Senior Golf Tournament at Marquette Park.

Taking first place was Jim Zartman. Tom Biagi took second, and third was Ted Paleczny. Mark Walsh took fourth place; and tied for fifth were Stan Stewart and Jay Weinberg.

Even though fall is quickly approaching, there’s still plenty of time to get in a few rounds of golf. The target date to end the season at the course is the second week of November, weather permitting. Power carts and pull carts are available to rent.

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If you want to introduce your children or grandchildren to the game, kids 17 and under play for free if accompanied by an adult. To book a tee time, go to cpdgolf.com.

Beginning at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, the Marquette Park Golf Course will be hosting CPS high schools for match play. The competitions will be held four times, on the 8th, 11th, 15th and 18th. Schools participating include Kelly, Lindblom and Juarez.

Over at Nativity BVM Parish, it is time for the Our Lady of Siluva Novena followed by the annual parish banquet. The novena begins this Sunday, Sept. 5, and ends on Sunday, Sept. 12. The outdoor procession on the 12th stars at 11 a.m., followed by Mass at 11:15 a.m. and dinner at 1 p.m. The banquet promises to have delicious food and wonderful entertainment.

As always, the annual raffle will take place. Raffle tickets can be picked up this Sunday after the Masses. First prize is $500, second prize is $200 and third prize is $100. Reservations must be made to take part in the festivities. Call Audra at (773) 776-4600 for details.

The next Small Business Weekend Event at Monarca Financial, 3300 W. 63rd St., is planned for Sunday, Sept. 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jeanette is taking applications for vendors. This event, entitled La Fiesta, will feature delicious food, homemade crafts, novelty items and more. There will be raffles. As always, admission to the public is free. Small business owners may apply at fb.me/e/1GCbdl474 or for more information, call Jeanette at (773) 701-5000.

Did you know that the City Colleges of Chicago are offering some free courses this year? Future Ready is a new initiative this Fall that features 60 career training programs ranging from health care to cannabis operations to criminal justice to auto mechanics and more. The programs will be offered either in-person or online and range in length from one day to three semesters. Students can earn one college credential or basic or advanced certifications from these classes. To check it out go to ccc.edu.

When last we met, I wondered if anyone remembered when Vitner’s Potato Chip Company was in the neighborhood. Vitner’s opened up at 6010 S. Kedzie in the early 1960s. By the 1970s they needed a bigger facility, so they purchased an additional building at 59th and Kedzie. Pat P. was the first to call, and the impetus for the call was her memories of the Vitner’s being such a good family and community-oriented company. Pat was one of those moms that helped out with the kids’ school and Scouting events whenever she could.

“The Vitners were so wonderful. As an example, when my son was in Cub Scouts, I called them to ask for a donation of some chips for the annual Pow Wow,” Pat recounted. “Right away, they said, ‘Sure, where would you like them delivered?’ We didn’t even have to go pick them up. They sent over several cases for the boys.”

Dave M. said Vitner’s were the only chips he remembers in the house as a boy. His favorite, he is pretty sure, were called Korn Kurls.

Nancy G. remembers sneaking in and asking for free chips when she was walking home from school. “They never refused,” she recalled.

Paul L. specifically remembers going with his friends to trick-or-treat in hopes of getting a bag of barbeque chips. “They gave us a whole box of assorted lunch-box size chips, the kind of box that had maybe 10 little dime-size bags,” he said. “And it wasn’t just one box to share. It was a box for each of us.”

It appears Vitner’s left a pretty good impression on the neighborhood.

Pat P. gave us something to think about for next week. She said, “I wonder if anyone remembers Kairis’ Grill?” I am betting the answer will be yes, right?

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