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Mary Stanek

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So long, sunlight, ‘til 2022

By Mary Stanek

Your correspondent in Archer Heights and West Elsdon

3808 W. 57th Place • (773) 284-7394

Welcome, November, and the end to a great portion of daylight. Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 7 and won’t be back until March 13.

Twenty-third Ward Ald. Silvana Tabares is having her second annual charity food drive. Please stop by the ward office, 6247 S. Archer, and drop off canned and non-perishable food items. The drive runs through Nov. 19. The office is open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

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Currently, the Panther Patch at Peck School is back in business and in full bloom with fall mums. I’ll need to get over there and feed the birds. An exterminator was called to fight the yellow jackets, and hopefully the issue is taken care of. But I am going to tread lightly and be diligent on my visits for now.

By the end of this year, the goal of Chicago Public Library is to have all 81 branches open on Sunday. This will allow extra time for internet access, job training and more. Our Archer Heights Branch does have Sunday hours from 1 to 5 p.m. Please make use of their services if needed.

Happy Birthday to Mr. Ed Czuma from the Archer Heights community. Mr. Czuma is the father of my dear and close friend, Pat. Birthday wishes also go out to Mrs. Rosemary Cannon. And we can’t forget birthday wishes for my fellow neighborhood correspondent, Karen Sala, who writes the Gage Park column for the Greater Southwest News-Herald.

Thank you to all veterans for your service. Veterans Day was first recognized on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. It will always be on the same day each year, Nov. 11.

Our dog, Oliver, recently graduated from an Animal Assisted Therapy Class offered by Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy Inc., a volunteer organization that works with trained registered therapy dogs to help people and children improve their health.

He learned to accept friendly strangers, sit politely for petting, walk comfortably around medical equipment, welcome grooming, not to be startled by loud noises (plates slammed on the ground), and “leave it” (but that is his middle name, anyway).

We have now applied for membership and after a background check he can go on to the next step, visiting 3 Rainbow Programs. Thereafter he will receive his membership card and Rainbow dog tags. I will keep you posted.

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