Rev. Register retires after 42 years of ministry

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The Rev. Donald B. Register, a resident of Oak Park for 33 years and pastor of the Sixth Grace Presbyterian Church in Chicago, retired March 31 after 42 years as a minister. With his wife E. Dolores Register, he was feted with a gala reception at the church on March 20. In addition to his ministry at Sixth Grace, Register served as a post-graduate urban intern and assistant pastor of Berea Presbyterian Church, a member of the North Side Team Ministry in St. Louis, Mo., and associate for Presbytery Mission for the Presbytery of Chicago. He has also served as a trustee and board member for a number of organizations and schools. Presently, Register is president of the Oak Park YMCA board and vice-president of the Racial Justice Now Foundation.

The Registers have three sons, all of whom graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School: John (Alice); Christopher (Samaria); and Mark (Kenyatta); and nine grandchildren.

December grads from NIU

The following students were awarded degrees from Northern Illinois University at commencement ceremonies last December: from Oak Park, Benjamin Brull, B.S. political science-public law; Brandon Hudson, B.S. economics; Annalisa Jacobs, B.A. philosophy; Kelly Bending, M.S. education; David Romano, M.S. education; and from River Forest, Annie Rath, B.F.A, fine arts-3D studio.

PCC gets perinatal and patient pilot program

PCC Community Wellness Center, a nonprofit community health organization in Oak Park, has been selected as one of five health centers nationwide to participate in the Perinatal and Patient Safety Pilot Collaborative. The collaborative is part of the United States Health Resources and Services Administration's Bureau of Primary Health Care. Perinatal care encompasses the array of women's health care needed throughout pregnancy until three months after birth. The project will address the issue of perinatal care and health statuses of mothers and infants, and work to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in infant mortality and safety in the critical, post-delivery period.

PCC includes four health centers that offer comprehensive health care and social services to children and adults in underserved communities, primarily the West Side of Chicago.

Making the most of moot points

Katherine Auerbach, a University of Iowa law student from Oak Park, is a member of the school's Jessup International Law Moot Court team that won the regional championship Feb. 27 in St. Louis and will compete in the international tournament in Washington D.C. Katherine is the daughter of Jean and Jesse Auerbach, and is a graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School. The legal problem argued by the team was a dispute between two fictitious countries over responsibility for a shipwreck and deadly release of a radioactive substance into the ocean.

A double dose for the Gripps

Kelley and Andrew Gripp are pleased to announce the birth of their twin sons, Sean Andrew Gripp and Jake Ryan Gripp, on March 4 at Hinsdale Hospital. Sean weighed in at 6 pounds 7 ounces, and Jake was 6 pounds 12 ounces. The proud grandparents are Mary Anne and John McDonald of Oak Park and June and Bob Gripp of Western Springs. Great-grandparents are Mildred McDonald and Peggy O'Shea of Oak Park; Tom and Jeanne O'Shea of Florida, formerly River Forest; and Dee Milvihill of Hinsdale.

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