Here is the news! Tickets for the Riverside Person of the Year dinner honoring Riverside Deputy Fire Chief Bill Sherman are now available. The tickets are $45 and can be purchased at Aunt Diana’s, 29 E. Burlington St.; Riverside Bank, 17 E. Burlington St.; and the Riverside Library, 1 Burling Road. The date is Sept. 25. 

Tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be available at the door. The dinner, an annual event sponsored by the Riverside Township Lions Club, will be held at the Riverside Golf Club, 2520 Desplaines Ave. in North Riverside. 

A committee of Lions Club members selects the Person of the Year after seeking and accepting nominations from the community. Sherman, this year’s honoree, has served with the Riverside Fire Department for 45 years and is a deserving, well-respected and popular choice.

I’m taking liberty this week to fill you in on more Lions Club news. On Sunday, Sept. 8, the hot air balloon is going to hope Mother Nature cooperates, so there can be a hot air lift-off in the Big Ball Park. 

But, and this is a definite, the Lions will have a free hearing screening on Monday, Sept. 9 at the North Riverside Village Commons, 2401 S. Desplaines Ave. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a chance to find out if your friends (or mates) really don’t hear what you are saying or are just not listening.

You asked: From time to time I am asked my opinion on local happenings, so here are some opinions, brief though they may be, on some latest queries. 

What about the hibiscus flowers on Desplaines? 

Actually, I like them. They brighten up the way. WWOD (What Would Olmsted Do)? I don’t know, nobody knows. Remember, he was designing for the times. These are different times, and I think he wouldn’t mind seeing the happy blooms. Somehow, I feel he would do things differently in 2019 than he did 150 years ago.

What do you think about a pot shop in Riverside? 

I am in favor of medical marijuana — recreational, not so much. I understand we are looking at revenue, but I am not quite so sure it will bring in the tax revenue that people are hoping for. 

Of course, anything that will help to lower our taxes is good. I would prefer aggressively recruiting retail businesses where I would like to shop.