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St. Patrick football team rekindles memories

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A St. Raphael's football shirt still adorns a hanger in my closet, as a memento of my days of youth football at that Catholic elementary school in Naperville.

I remember those days fondly, so news this past week that St. Patrick Catholic School in St. Charles had formed a fifth- and sixth-grade football team caught my attention.

The team played its first game last weekend against Holy Cross on the Marmion High School field. So, already, memories are being created.

Tri-Cities Youth Football has done a great job in this area for decades, but there's something about playing for your school against other Catholic school teams that takes the fun to another level.

Designing a prize: A prize is a prize, no matter how you win it.

When it's a prize related to something you are passionate about, it's even better.

Trish Tkach of Geneva knows that, especially after winning a trip to New York that was the prize in a House Beautiful magazine contest she entered.

Tkach, the newest member of the Geneva Cultural Arts Commission, is a freelance interior designer.

"I don't know that my prize is particularly newsworthy," she said. "I was helping a client with a kitchen design and she showed me the contest. I didn't have to do anything but enter, so it wasn't a design prize."

But once she got to New York it was about design. The prize included "a gala opening party of House Beautiful's kitchen of the year that was set up in Rockefeller Center," Tkach said.

Tkach said she also spent plenty of the time in New York at museums and plays.

Her last hurrah: Plenty of well-deserved thanks and praise was heaped upon Carol Glemza nearly two weeks ago when the 87-year-old St. Charles icon was honored at her retirement party, signaling the end of a 69-year career as a park district employee.

Thursday marks her official last day at the park district, but plenty of folks got in well wishes at the Baker Community Center party Aug. 19.

I was out of town that afternoon, and couldn't stop by. However, I enjoyed looking at the excellent video of the party the Daily Herald put together to go with the recent story I wrote about Carol. If you haven't seen it, check it out on the Daily Herald website. Just type Carol Glemza or Dave Heun on the website search line, and when the story comes up, click on the video link -- and enjoy.

Carnival for a cause: At this time of year, small carnivals with rides and a few game booths pop up in area parking lots. You figure they are just for a last summer hurrah, but one begins Thursday that will benefit a couple of worthwhile causes.

It's a Labor Day Festival through Sept. 5 at the corner of Lincoln Highway (Route 38) and Randall Road for the Literacy Volunteers of Fox Valley and the Fox Valley Troop Support program.

Let the young kids in your family have another blast of fun while the weather is good -- and give these organizations the support they deserve.