Not too early to think about the holidays

Opinion: Kosey Corner

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By Joanne Kosey

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It is not too early to begin your holiday shopping or for yourself and help local organizations. 

The Riverside Arts Center has been holding Holiday Harvest auction featuring gift and service items. The Arts Center has been keeping busy providing activities for those who are trying to keep busy during COVID-19. Get the details at riversideartscenter.com.

The Riverside Branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW) will be selling 10-ounce boxes of Aunt Diana's Fudge for $7 -- $3 of which will benefit the organization and charities, one being a scholarship. Fudge may be ordered, plain chocolate fudge or with nuts, by contacting Christine Zogas at 708-373-9173 or teachbest@aol.com on or before Nov. 24.

Beginning Dec. 6, orders can be picked up at 372 Herrick Road. Precautions have been and will be taken to insure the best for all. I suggest that when you make your order(s) that you include at least one for yourself. You deserve it after all this time for being "good."

Big loss: Riverside and Brookfield lost one of their valued citizens last week with the passing of Myron "Mike" Wimmer. At the time of his death, Mike lived in Brookfield with his wife, Louise, who you may know as the owner of Higgins Glass in Riverside.

While a Riverside resident Mike, an architect by profession, was a member of the Riverside Historical Commission. It was during his tenure that the commission was given the building which now houses the Riverside Museum. 

At the time, it was bare inside with little or no storage space. The conditions were not good for the papers and other items that were in the building. It was then that Wimmer volunteered his expertise and designed the interior as it is now, making sure all was conducive for maintaining papers and items of historical value. 

As a commissioner, he also was instrumental in helping to decide the placement of the plaque designating its landmark status at the Coonley Estate. Placement of the plaque had been a longstanding problem, since none of the homeowners at the time wanted it on their property. It is now located at the small triangular park across from the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed estate.

When the couple moved to Brookfield, they brought with them their willingness to get involved and they became active in that village as well. The legacy of Mike Wimmer will be remembered by the two communities as a citizen willing to serve.

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