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Casale: This and That

Community voice

Jenny Casale
Jenny Casale

This exceptionally cold and snowy winter has really got the best of me and I know I am not alone.

Thankfully, my mother, Jennie, suggested I look on the bright side. She began reminiscing about the good ol’ days when my brother, John, and I couldn’t wait to play in the snow and how much fun we had.

I began to chuckle as I remembered the extremely snowy winters we experienced after my brother and I moved our families to Erie Court in 1977.

There was little protection from the blowing snow that made its way through the open fields across Kuhn Road into the newly developed Western Trails subdivision. But the higher snow drifts meant more fun for the kids and parents, too.

My sister in law, Karen, and I even taught the kids how to make snow angels and laughed while trying to help each other out of the snow.

So, maybe it’s time to head outdoors to create more fun winter memories and chase away the winter blahs.

Four-season photo
contest underway

When you head outdoors, keep in mind now is the time to choose your subject matter for the Seasons of Carol Stream photo contest hosted by the Carol Stream library and sponsored by Joe Cotton Ford in celebration of their 40th anniversary in the village.

Village residents of all ages can participate by taking four photos of a single location in Carol Stream, one for each season: winter, spring, summer and fall.

Photos must be 5-by-7 inches in size and submitted by Nov. 3.

Cash prizes will be awarded and the photos will be displayed at the Library.

“This is something I think the people will enjoy doing,” said Paul Cotton.

“I am looking forward to seeing the photos,” said Library Director Susan Westgate, who anticipates the photos to be very creative.

Contact the library at 630-653-0755 for information.

Benefit dinner to help wounded warriors

The community is invited to come together in support of our wounded warriors by attending the American Legion Post 76 Auxiliary benefit dinner Feb. 15 at the post, 570 S. Gary Ave.

A homemade pork roast dinner will be served between 5 and 6:30 p.m., followed by musical entertainment by the Stingrays, an auction and other surprises.

Tickets are $14 for adults and $9 for children 10 and under. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 630-682-0076 or at the door.

To contact Jenny Casale, email her at

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