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Bye to Beautiful Summer!


By: Veronica Leighton


It’s almost the end of summer, sad to say. Just like many Chicagoans, we always want to enjoy our short beautiful summer to the fullest; it’s sadder to think that many people have opted on staying home, instead of enjoying summer this year, due to fear of Covid that’s still lurking around us.

Though colorful autumn is expected and always welcome with open arms, we are hesitant to say goodbye to the warmth, beauty and joys of the season of summer. Ah, the beauty of the Four Seasons! We excitedly look forward with each passage of season…our clothing, our habits, our food, our temperament, our hobbies, so on and so forth will have to change in accordance to the change of temperatures.

Summer 2020 will be indelible with VT/CPRTV family’s minds as each and everyone of us try to stay alive, remain healthy and functional, and give cheers to our readers (VT) and viewers (CPRTV).

Being proactive for summer 2021, we have an important announcement to make for our readers who are pepper-plant enthusiasts. Via Times will be giving away some seeds of siling labuyo, tabasco and carolina reaper (HOT!!!) varieties, also malunggay seeds. First come, first served basis only. Please call 773-866-0811.

Our never-ending thanks go to the following people who have made our summer worth remembering for their abundant and generous sharing through the season… Ruth Juachon with sis Marilou, as pictured in this column, for the fun treks to her bountiful veggies garden harvests of upo, tomatoes, okra, ampalaya, talong, etc., complemented with fave yummy home-cooked dishes of dinuguan, laing, pinakbet, tamales, etc.; to Alicia Monk (see Veronica’s Vibes); to the loving guests who graced the “birthday festival”of Joe Mauricio (editorialist and columnist, Objectively Harsh, page 22). Happy birthday to August birthday celebrators Robert Chavez, Dan Gawat, and Elsie Sy-Niebar.

We thank God for everything, for helping us survive and live and serve the community with what we do through our media. Religious or not, we encourage our readers to enjoy and know more about our beautiful religious cover featuring the miraculous Our Lady of Good Help. Please visit its national shrine in Champion, Wisconsin (close to Green Bay). the site of America’s Marian Apparition. Special masses and processions in September and October. Please see ads and announcements on pages 2 and of this issue.

Enjoy, as usual, reading your favorite columnists’ exciting articles on this beautiful month of September that is honoring the historical Labor Day weekend.

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