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On-Line Edition        Wednesday, October 29, 2014        Vol. 56  No. 44

Home again                                          Photo by Steve Spoden

OVER 200 PEOPLE, OVER 100 MOTORCYCLISTS and family members were on hand Sunday afternoon to welcome home USMC Sgt. Thomas Johnson (second from right). The group of well wishers, which also included Lombard police and fire department personnel, met at Kmart parking lot and then drove past Glenbard East High School before proceeding to Johnson’s home. “I find it very emotional myself,” said Lombard Police Lt. Scott Watkins, who participated in Sunday’s greeting for the returning hero. “It is probably one of the best things we do in Lombard.” Watkins related that the Marine had been shot twice during his tour of duty and received two Purple Hearts. Johnson attended Madison School, Glenn Westlake Middle School and graduated from Glenbard East High School. He was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, where his Company Kilo 3/6 was the first to be dropped via chopper in the middle of the night in an unknown hostile territory.

Christmas Mart coming Saturday               Photo by Steve Spoden                                                                         
    THE POPULAR LOMBARD CHRISTMAS MART, an art, craft and boutique extravaganza, will be returning to Lombard’s West Maple Street on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The mart, sponsored by area churches and organizations, will feature over 75 crafters, artisans and specialty vendors from Lombard and the surrounding area. Helen Plum Memorial Library, along with Lombard Historical Society, First United Methodist Church, First Church of Lombard, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Maple Street Chapel, Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Lombard Community Senior Center, make this a great community event. The mart will be within a three-block area and easily walkable. Besides the unique items for Christmas giving, there will be a rummage sale, attic treasure sales and a used book sale. Shoppers may also visit Lombard’s history at the Lombard Historical Society’s 1800s Victorian Cottage Museum and the Maple Street Chapel. Shoppers who visit five of the seven locations will be eligible for prize drawings. Those attending the mart can park for free in any of the church parking lots along Maple Street. Pictured at St. John’s Lutheran Church inviting everyone to the Christmas Mart are (seated, l. to r.) Ellen Wolatz, First United Methodist Church; Mary Ann Giacalone, Sacred Heart Church; and (standing, l. to r.) Carol Anderson, St. John’s Lutheran Church; Linda Johnson, Lombard Community Senior Center; Marlene Peaslee, First Church of Lombard; Sandy Smith, St. John’s Lutheran Church; and Natalie Troiani, Lombard Historical Society.

                 *** September 11, 2011 ***