Karen Sala

Karen Sala

Hoping you have a dzien dobry

By Karen Sala

Your correspondent in Gage Park

(773) 471-1429 • [email protected]

Dzien dobry (good day). October is Polish National Heritage Month.

In 1608 the Jamestown Colony attracted the first wave of Polish immigrants. Many Poles immigrated to Texas in 1854. In 1870 a group of Polish people, along with Father Vincent Bryzinski, a Chicago pastor, and Father Leopold Moczygemba, a pastor from Texas, established the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America. Father Bryzinski was pastor of St. Stanislaw Church. He died in 1899 and is buried in St. Adalbert Cemetery. I remember going to the Polish National Museum once when I was a little girl with my Auntie Jessie. It was a really cool place.

If you fly a flag from another country with an American flag, the American flag should be on top and bigger than the other flag.

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This is a good month to make some golabki (stuffed cabbage), pierogi (stuffed dumplings), kielbasa (Polish sausage), kapusta (sauerkraut), kruschicki (cruellers) and kotlety schabowy (breaded pork cutlets)–and if you are really brave, some czarnina (duck blood soup) or beef tongue. I’m getting hungry!

My Auntie Stella lived on a farm in Lockport, and she had her own chickens, ducks, geese and cows. Most of the time we did not have to go anywhere for duck blood, but I can remember going to a store on Kedzie. They had live chickens and ducks in the window. People would go there and pick out a chicken for Sunday dinner or a turkey for Thanksgiving.

It seems so strange now, but it was the norm back in the day. There is even a live poultry store like that in Gage Park at 51st and Rockwell. My little cousin just got a Polish chicken. It’s really pretty and has a weird Mohawk hairdo. She named it Mohawk, I told her Mohawk is Polish is chub pronounced choob.

I started out my day watching My Three Sons, Leave it to Beaver, Father Knows Best and The Donna Reed Show. That’s just the way I like to start at day. I’m glad I’m not alone, Carmen Thompson. I think the old shows are so much better than anything on TV now.

I felt sorry for the Water Department. They were trying to do their job, but there were too many cars parked in front of the No Parking signs. The guys went down the block, house to house, looking for the owners, to no avail. They finally left and were going to come back another day. They should have had the cars towed. Some people think they are above the law and rules don’t pertain to them.

Did you get a survey to fill out from the Chicago Department of Public Health? We got one the other day. When two brand new dollar bills fell out, I was wondering who was sending me money. You have to do it on line.

Thank you for the nice note, Mary Schmidt. Hope all is well with you. Sending you positive energy!

I received a nice phone call from Vincent Juarez. He picked up a 2-by-3 foot picture of Dolly Parton printed on tin, and he thinks he might have a real treasure. Keep reading the Greater Southwest News-Herald. I’m glad you enjoy it.

Do Widzenia (goodbye).

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