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January Editor’s Notes


Above / PN appreciates folks who pack away copies of the monthly publication to read and share while visiting friends and family in other places such as Annapolis. Here the Jelineks are near the famous bronze “Billy the Goat” sculpture, the Naval Academy’s mascot.

While pages of the daily newspapers featured the first babies born in local hospitals for 2020, our thoughts fast-forwarded with wonderment to the growing population of healthy centenarians. Will any of these newborns be here to celebrate 2121?

We also searched a long list of centenarians born in 1919. While most names were unfamiliar, one individual’s name jumped out as a reminder of some of the best moments from the March Madness championship season in 2018. Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, BVM, was born Aug. 21, 1919. She’s chaplain for the Loyola Ramblers men’s basketball team of Loyola University Chicago. Cheers!

Moving right along… thanks to folks who expressed appreciation for the sentiment in PN’s December “sing-a-long” cover that included lines from 32 holiday and friendly songs to bring you good tidings. Inspired by the Monty Python song, “Always Look at the Bright Side of Life,” the words and whistles remind us to repeat that a good attitude accounts for handling the ups and downs for just about everything.

Fair Maps… From now on, as in the past, PN wants to embrace nonpartisanship issues such as term limits and Fair Maps to build a better Illinois, ergo Naperville. For starters and before May, get to know about proposed Fair Maps at www.changeil.org. CHANGE Illinois is a nonpartisan foundation that promotes an amendment for Fair Maps and redistricting reform in the State of Illinois. For “more ethical, efficient government and elections,” talk Fair Maps up with friends and help make a difference by urging all representatives in the Illinois House and Senate to put a Fair Maps vote on the ballot for Nov. 2020. The deadline to have it on the ballot is May 3, 2020.

Thank you, PN Readers!

Thanks for letting youngsters know the value of reading for pleasure.

We also want to lend a little space to let our readers know how much we appreciate everyone who supports our initiative to present this monthly lifestyle publication, in print and online, chock full of ways to participate and support this active community.

Thanks… to our advertisers who invest in our daily digital for a better Naperville by appreciating the value of the printed page every month, too. Newsprint, buckets of ink and distribution come with a cost.

Thanks… to our contributing columnists who share their experiences and perspectives (not always ours!) in support of making a difference in our community.

Thanks… also to Crime Stopping folks who keep an eye out in our community and to local law enforcement and first responders that protect us, alerting us when they think something needs immediate attention.

And Thanks… to everyone who understands the true value of supporting the local business community, mindful that every business relies on goods and services from here, there and around the world to provide what you might want and need for your home or business.

Following Christmas 2012, we posted online a story that focuses on “I, Pencil,” a long essay by economist Leonard Read. We’ve reposted it on National Pencil Days in March. And ever since, the post about economics, creativity and freedom has attracted readers from around the world to our website in Naperville.

We encourage you to read the story online when you have time. Simply search “I, Pencil” at www.positivelynaperville.com.

– Stephanie Penick, PN Publisher

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