Readers, we are surprised so few of you knew last week's "Whatizit?" was the skull of a tyrannosaurus rex. We accepted the simple answer of dinosaur, too. Those who got it right were Gene Sikora and E.J. Oahueke of Worth, Dan Higgins of Chicago Ridge, Lois Faragher of Palos Hills, Jane Foley of Oak Lawn, Bella Fruendt of Hickory Hills, and Carol DenBesten.

This week's clue is: I say to-may-to, you say to-motto. Send responses to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. under the subject Whatizit, and include your first and last names and where you live.

Spreading the warmth

Lauren Mikos (left) and Kelli Ahern, members of the Shepard High School Leo Club, work on a fleece blanket that was one of several club members made for babies born prematurely at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, above.

The service project connects to faculty co-sponsor Meghan Hurley, whose son was born 10 weeks early and spent an extended period in the natal intensive care unit at Little Company in 2011. Someone had donated a fleece blanket to her son, so Hurley thought the Leo Club might like to help her return the favor.

Leo Club member Nancy Lesnicki stands next to a stack of fleece blankets, left. Leo Club members Kevin Martin and Kiersten Mahler work on fleece blankets, below.

Focus on Seniors

Pat Rack

The Oak Lawn Senior Center, 5330 W. 95th St., will present organist Dennis Colby at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25. Colby will entertain with his "Pat Rack" show, and take attendees back to the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas during the days of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the program.

Box Lunch

The Oak Lawn Senior Center, 5330 W. 95th St., will hold a box lunch Thursday, Feb. 28. The sponsors of the lunch are Waterford Estates and Advancare Healthcare. Presentation begins at 10:30 a.m. followed by lunch and bingo. Tickets are $4 at the Senior Center. For more information call 499-0240.

Tax Filing Help

The Evergreen Park Office of Citizens' Services offers a volunteer tax filing program in Room 110 at the Community Center, 3450 W. 97th St. E-filing and direct deposits are available. Call 422-8776 for an appointment. Counselors are volunteers and are available Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Assistance with circuit breaker, property tax exemption forms, and notary service is also available. Bring last year's federal and state returns, bank statements, and all forms showing income including social security, pension, dividends, interest and property tax bill. Business returns and complicated returns will not be accepted.

Rules of Road

The Worth Township Seniors will hold a free Rules of the Road class from 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. April 3, June 5, Aug. 7 and Oct. 2. Appointment must be made to attend; call the Worth Township Senior Room at 371-2900, Ext. 28. Worth Township Center is at 11601 Pulaski Road in Alsip.

Meals on Wheels

The Evergreen Park Office of Citizens' Services offers a Meals on Wheels program for village residents 60 years and older who are unable to prepare their own meals. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday. For more information call 422-8776.

55 and Up

Palos Hills residents 55 years and older meet from noon to 2 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at the Palos Hills Community Center, 8455 W. 103rd St. Tickets for events must be purchased one week in advance. Entertainment includes musicians, singers, luncheons, movies, plays and bingo.


The Worth Senior Pinochle club is seeking new members. Membership is free. Visit the group at the Worth Park District Terrace Centre, 11500 Beloit Ave., every Monday and Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Games begin at noon. Call 448-1181 for information.

Our Neighbors

MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island has named Ray Welcome of Evergreen Park its 2012 Employee of the Year. Welcome was chosen from more than 1,000 employees. He and a guest will receive an all-expense-paid trip to the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville in March.

Employees are nominated for the award by their hospital peers based on commitment to patient care, professionalism, and contributions on the job. Welcome is a patient transporter and is referred to as "Ray the Man." He has worked for MetroSouth since 1983, and during those 29 years has not been late or missed a day of work.


Navy Seaman Jessica E. Jennings has completed Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command at Great Lakes Naval Base in North Chicago.

During the eight-week program, Jennings completed training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness. The capstone event of boot camp is "Battle Stations," which is designed to give recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet.

Jennings is the daughter of John Jennings of Palos Hills and Heidi E. Jennings of Carlsbad, Calif. She is a 2011 graduate of Carlsbad High School of Carlsbad, Calif.