This love story starts at the circus. Hannah McGinnis was a diminutive aerialist in need of a stunt partner for the Triton Trouper Circus when it was suggested she pair up with David Jeselski, a slab of a man with tattoos and spiked hair.
Taron Pellettieri, 9, opens the wood box and deposits food scraps for hungry worms. It's hard to pinpoint exactly where life begins in the Pellettieri-Molony garden but the worms are a good place to start to understand the cycle. The food scraps, much of which came from the garden, make the worms produce waste that enriches the soil that allow plants to grow.
Months ago, when I heard that Sugar Beet Co-op was staging its 2nd Annual Edible Garden Tour on Saturday, July 27 in Oak Park, I was intrigued. Frankly, I knew it would be a great opportunity for me to answer the question of our times: "What the heck is permaculture, anyway?"
In walks the client on two good legs ready for his massage. As a dog missing the other two legs, his life depends on it. And the sweet 8-year-old pit bull named Fifty seems to know it as he hops over to Denise Theobald and lies down, exposing the overworked legs that carry the strain of his muscular, energetic body.
Robin Blench is every real estate agent's dream-client. He's recently retired, an empty-nester, owns a spacious single-family home in a neighborhood close to public transportation and downtown Oak Park, and he's selling it with the intention of buying a condo in the village. If only there were more homeowners like Blench out there.
Driving past Pieritz Bros. Office Supply and Stationery in Oak Park, it's not difficult to wonder if the 118-year-old, third-generation family-run store is patronized - or even open. It looks a little like the Ghost of Storefronts Past.