Just in time for Halloween, here's a horror story that might make you squirm in your seat — or bed. It's a cautionary tale about bedbugs, Cimex lectularius, those quarter-inch-long, six-legged, reddish-brown, apple-seed-shaped, wingless insects that live in mattresses and as parasites, love to sup on our blood at night.
For the last 20 or so third Sundays in October, Doug Deuchler, 67, has played a famous — or infamous — corporeal version of the deceased for an afternoon at Forest Home Cemetery, to help set a Halloween mood.
In May, 78-year-old Leila Hill was the West Cook YMCA's "Senior of the Month." The vibrant, gregarious and indefatigable senior deserves the recognition. When asked about it, she smiles and says, "The YMCA saved my life."