Kathy Headley

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Golfers undaunted by soggy park

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By Kathy Headley

Your correspondent in Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor

6610 S. Francisco • (773) 776-7778

It was a soggy day when golfers took to the links for the 39th Senior Amateur Golf Championship at Marquette Park.

As a matter of fact, it was pretty soggy during the whole two-day event at the end of June, but that didn’t stop the golfers.

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The scores stayed pretty close throughout the competition, and play got pretty exciting toward the end as it became apparent there would need to be a playoff.

Sure enough, Mark Walsh and Tom Biagi both tied for first place. In the end, Mark took first and Tom second, with Terry McGuire coming in third, Matt McIntee at fourth, Jim Zartman at fifth, Stan Stewart at sixth, Lawrence Prystalski at seventh, Kim Dong at eighth and Michael Layden took ninth. Congratulations to all the winners.

Once again this year, kids can play golf for free with an adult any day, anytime at Marquette. Without an adult, kids ages 17 and under can play free Monday through Friday.

Happy Birthday to our neighbor, Jose Luis, who celebrated this past week. The party was great, and the carnitas were fantastic!

Over at St. Adrian, safe travels to Father Jose as he leaves on a pilgrimage with the young people of Neocatechumenal communities this week. In his absence, Father Oscar Dario will assist Father John.

A family event, Stories of Peace, Power and Joy with Mama Edie, takes place at the Chicago Lawn Branch Library, 6120 S Kedzie, this Saturday, July 16, from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Storyteller and percussionist Mama Edie McLoud Armstrong will encourage the audience to broaden their imaginations, creating the world they would like to see with folktales and personal or historical stories. Register for this event up to 24 hours ahead at chipublib.org.

The Young Adult group of St. Rita of Cascia Parish is hosting “Theology and Tacos” on two Saturdays, July 16 and 30 at 3 p.m. in the garden of St. Rita Church (behind the rectory), 6243 S. Fairfield. All adults over the age of 18 are invited to join in. The guest speaker this Saturday will be Jeff Bartow, executive director of SWOP. Tacos will be served. For more information, call or text (773) 656-0776.

Kids Love Art, a weekly workshop, comes to the neighborhood on Wednesdays as Original Creations by Yaya visits the Monarca Event Room, 3300 W. 63rd St. The cost of $15 per child (or 2 for $25), includes materials and snacks. The event takes place at 2 and 4 p.m. each Wednesday.

Wednesday, July 20, is open play at the Chicago Lawn Branch Library from 4 to 5 p.m. Families with children ages toddler to 17 will have a chance to join in and play different types of board games and puzzles.

Coming up on Sunday, July 24, the new organ at St. Thomas More Church, 2825 W. 81st Place, will be blessed and dedicated at the 10 a.m. Mass. The Rev. Scott Haynes will be the celebrant.

For the last several weeks we have been focusing on businesses that were once located at 3927 W. 63rd St. We started with D.C. Sales, a local favorite for a long time. Then we hit on R & S Liquors, which was in that location prior to the little variety store. I’m pretty sure the R & S ghost sign stayed on the building for quite awhile after R & S moved to 65th and Pulaski. Debbie R reminded us that the predecessor to R & S was Armanetti Liquors, where she had good memories as a child of occasional Saturday nights when she would walk over with her dad and hope he would buy her a slice of pizza from the man making pizza inside.

Now let’s go one block further east. When Bernie M. first read the question of a type of variety store over on that side of the street, her initial thought was not D. C. Sales, but rather a larger store at 3843 W. 63rd Street. Let me put that location in perspective for you. Currently it is the home of Metropolitan Family Services. Until 1971 it was the home of this variety/discount store. Even if you didn’t live in the neighborhood at the time, I believe you would have heard of this one, as there were several locations both in Illinois and Indiana, the next closest being 79th and Oakley. I believe there was one on the northeast corner of 79th and Ashland for some time maybe? Right by the Highland Theatre? Anyway, think about it, and if you recognize the store Bernie is referring to, let us know.

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