They were on a roll! By “they” I mean the members of the Riverside Presbyterian Church who “rolled” down Longcommon Road in the July 4 parade adorned with toilet paper.

There were those who wondered and those who just thought it was a clever entry in the parade. My wondering was satisfied when TP marcher Deb Pike explained, somewhat apologetically, the meaning of the TP brigade.

It was to advertise the church’s fundraiser. The Board of Deacons is raising money for its local mission outreach effort by selling toilet paper and paper towels.

She thought maybe I thought it was silly, and I replied it was something I had always thought was a worthwhile endeavor — after all who does not need and use toilet paper.

I told her I had been scoffed at whenever I had made the suggestion, so I applaud the Riverside Presbyterian Church for their effort.

The two-ply TP (there is a difference) and paper towels will be for sale through Aug. 11 with delivery on Sept. 4. Order forms may be obtained at the church office at 118 Bloomingbank Road, where you can also see the products, or contact Deb Pike at

So whether you hang your toilet paper over or under, you can’t go wrong by supporting this clever fundraiser. So get rollin’ and place your order. Remember you can always use it to decorate trees on homecoming or other special events!

Historical Society gala Aug. 10

When Bryant Rouleau took over the position of president of the North Riverside Historical Society, he immediately was busy organizing meetings and hoping to find a place the society can call its own to display items of historical interest.

The society is currently planning its annual gala fundraiser, which this year will celebrate the village’s 90th anniversary. It will be held on Saturday, Aug. 10 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the North Riverside Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave.

The gala will include hors d’ oeuvres, beverages and a raffle. Guests will be entertained by the music of the Steve Cooper Orchestra. Tickets are $25 and can be obtained by calling 630-258-7099.

Much of the proceeds from the event will help with the continuing effort to restore the sign from the Melody Mill Ballroom, which is in the possession of the society and will be displayed when a permanent place is established.