The 16th annual Herb and Scented Plant Sale has now come and gone, which is hard to believe after 10 months of planning and preparation. But what a wonderful sale! After all these years it's clear that the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory (FOPCON) have this event wonderfully well in hand.
I read the June 8 issue of WEDNESDAY JOURNAL and had to respond to several related issues. Marc Stopeck's cartoon was simply disgusting. The Geneva Convention on toilet paper? Give me a break. Ken Trainor believes we need a national day of atonement.
Whenever he needs it, this is Bruce Broerman's mental therapy: half a dozen raised plant beds out in the backyard of his Oak Park home, each of them sprouting tidy rows of green beans, tomatoes, radishes, rhubarb, mescaline, lettuce, basil, squash and cucumbers.
On June 2, over 125 guests gathered at the Cheney Mansion to celebrate the Annual Meeting of the United Way of Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park (formerly Community Chest of Oak Park-River Forest). Residents, local businesses and community organizations were recognized for their generous contributions to the 2004 United Way campaign. The keynote speaker was Marty Noll, Community Bank president.
At an age when some of us might be thinking about retirement, Downs was installed as president of the Illinois State Bar Association on June 18, after winning a three-way race against two prominent Chicago attorneys, Russell W. Hartigan and Stephen M. Komie.