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Peggy Zabicki

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Skeleton back in the closet

By Peggy Zabicki

Your correspondent in West Lawn

3633 W. 60th Place • (773) 504-9327

My Halloween candy is all gone. My old, cardboard skeleton has been removed from my front door and put back in its home in the hall closet with coats, boots and suitcases. I have a skeleton in my closet once again.

Many neighborhood organizations had Halloween events for all the kids last week. Thank you to New Life Community Church, West Lawn Park, Midway Baseball Association, Tonti School, St. Mary Star of the Sea and Our Lady of the Snows for the wonderful parties.

In addition to the parties, all the West Lawn Catholic schools had Halloween parties during school hours–complete with costumes, treats and games.

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Many of the public schools had parties, too. Lee School had classroom parties and a costume parade. Some public schools let the students wear costumes to school. Others did not. Some gave the kids candy and prizes. Others did not.

One mom told me that her child’s high school had a Halloween pizza party. Another mom told me that her two kids go to two different schools. One school allowed the kids to wear costumes and have parties. The other did not. I feel bad for her kid that missed out on the fun. It’s too bad that not all of the public schools had Halloween activities.

Finally, one school had no Halloween events at all but instead had a vocabulary parade. This is perhaps the funniest and saddest thing I heard about from all the moms I talked to. I’m sure the kids at that school were delighted.

Moving on to more important issues, I thought I’d share an idea about what to do with leftover candy corn. I mix it with peanuts. This tastes just like Payday candy bars. It is called Poor Man’s Payday.

Last week, I mentioned the monthly meetings held in the ballroom at the Balzekas Museum Lithuanian Culture, 6500 S. Pulaski. Last Friday’s meeting took place at 9 a.m. Alderman Quinn was there for most of the meeting and then had to leave for a City Hall meeting regarding vaccine mandates for our police. If you would like to be on the mailing list for these senior meetings, call Barb at (773) 581-1313.

The senior meeting covered topics like the nuisance drag racing going on every day in our neighborhood. My friend, Elaine, provided information on a program called LIHEAP (Low Income Heating and Electric Program). This program helps low-income seniors pay their electric and heating bills.

They also have a program to help seniors with their water bill. This program is run by the Latino Organization of the South West 4051 W. 63rd St. Their phone number is (773) 581-1900. If you decide to call or visit this organization, tell them you want to apply for LIHEAP. The program is open to all low-income seniors.

The West Lawn Runners Club is open to all who want to run or walk. They meet regularly and run or walk in groups for safety. Whether you run marathons or are a beginner, you are welcome to join this group.

One of the leaders of the club encourages people to challenge themselves. He said, “The first step to winning a fight is the one you take to get into the ring…proving that you are up to the challenge…and showing that no matter what’s in front of you …you’re not backing down.”

Inspiring words for all of us when dealing with our own personal challenges. Visit the West Lawn Runners Club Facebook page if you’d like to get in touch with them. If you don’t have a computer, call me and I will help you get in touch with them.

I want to thank Pat for the Halloween card and jokes you sent me. Made my day.

I also want to thank Vinnie for your call. Vinnie talked about Lithuania’s president, Gitanas Nauseda, and first lady, Diana Nausediene, and their recent visit to the Balzekas Museum. He asked me why they have different last names. I found out that in Lithuania, a wife traditionally has the same last name as her husband, but hers is the feminine form.

The Calvary Lutheran Church Seniors wish a very happy birthday to Joan Kincade, whose birthday is Nov. 3. May our Lord bless you with happiness and love and comfort always.

Thank you for reading my column!

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