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It is with great sadness that I announce that a great grandfather, father, brother, and son has passed away.

Those who knew him or have read his posts know that very few have the ability to capture such vivid pictures and match those pictures with such deep and eloquent thought.

For those that would like to pay their respects, the funeral arrangements have been included below.

In the coming weeks and months we will try and continue to fill these spaces with the same thoughts and visions that its founder was known for.

Thank You.

Prayers for James Peter Richardson, 59, of Bartlett will be held Friday 9:00a.m. at the Countryside Funeral Home 950 South Bartlett Rd. (at Stearns Rd.) Bartlett to St. Mary Catholic Church in Elgin. Mass 10:00a.m. Interment St. Michael.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home Thursday 3:00 – 9:00p.m.

James Is the beloved daddy of Erin (David) Figueiredo of Bartlett and Janet (Michael) Panek of Pewaukee, WI; Proud grandfather of Corinne, David James, Madison and Emma Figueiredo and Robert and Trinity Panek; Cherished son of Shirley Cozza and the late Eugene Richardson;stepson of the late Dominick Cozza; dear brother of 6 brothers and sisters and 4 step siblings.

In lieu of flowers, donations made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation 1332 N. Halsted Ste 201 Chicago 60642 would be appreciated. (630) 289-7575 or countrysidefuneralhomes.com.

T-Ball for Beginners
T-Ball for Beginners

Three to Six year olds can learn the game and the skill needs to play regular baseball with the Bartlett Park District   All Star T-Ball.  Imagine the excitement of the first baseball glove, actually catching a ball.  Kids can’t wait until the next “practice” and they will keep asking you “How many more days until the next T-Ball?”  I take my grandson and show him a claendar so we can count the days off.  I watched a dedicated group of instructors work with these young kids to teach the first days lessons. 

The thrill of running from base to base as the wind blows your hair, looking to see who can get there first. It must be exhilarating to make those great strides to the next base.  What a great way to spend a late afternoon in Bartlett.  

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David Petersons played for donations at the Farmers Market close to downtown Bartlett while others strolled through looking for those special things on a beautiful sunny Friday.  David has been playing for 14 years and goes to Wheaton College, where he will major in music education.  The donations?  They go to defray the cost of his education. 

The Farmers Market is open on Fridays from 2pm to 6pm.   I enjoyed my walk up and down the strip, however I only saw one booth that catered to what I would call Farmers itstreet_jprphotos_FM_2344ems, tomatoes, corn and the like.    The rest were items that people made or sold from their small businesses.  Either way it was a fun to walk in the warmth of the sun and look around.  Parking is provided by the Village Hall across the street. 

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The summer solstice occurs this June 21st.  It is here so fast amidst all of this rain and cold.  Seems like we could never get rid of the winter and now the cold wet spring will not go away. 

The bright spot is the 4th of July is on its way.  The carnival, parade, fireworks.  Let’s get to planning.  The best place to start is the Fourth of July committee’s web site.  It has many of the activities lined out along with times and places.  I have already invited friends and we have staked out our spot on the lawn and decided which day to take the kids to the carnival. 

This committee does an outstanding job every year and deserves many Thank You for all of their hard work.   Many of our surrounding communities have cancelled their festivals but our friends and neighbors have found a way to keep ours alive. 

This is the schedule from the committee below
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

This is the tentative schedule for the weekend’s events. Times are Subject to change without notices, please check back closer to the event for the most up to date schedule.
Thursday, July2
5:00 – 11:00 p.m.        Carnival (Pay One Price 5:00 – 11:00 p.m).
5:00 – 11:00 p.m.        Food Tent, Beer Tent,
3:00 – 11:00 p.m.        Bingo – Neighbors for Neighbors                                     (Bingo Tent)
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.          FM                                                                                     (Bandstand)
8:30 – 11:00 p.m.        Modern Day Romeo’s       (Bandstand)

Friday, July 3
1:00– 11:00 p.m.         Carnival (Pay One Price 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.)
1:00 – 11:00 p.m.        Food Tent; Beer Tent
3:00 – 11:00 p.m.        Bingo -Neighbors for Neighbors                                     (Bingo Tent)
4:00 – 5:15 p.m.          The Pieces                                                                        (Bandstand)
5:30 – 8:00 p.m.          Sam Savage                                                                      (Bandstand)
8:30 – 11:00 p.m.        Chase Daniels                                 (Bandstand)

Saturday, July 4
12:00 – 11:00 p.m.       Carnival (Pay One Price 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.)
2:00                             Tractor Pull for all ages                                               (Aquatic Center)
12:00 – 11:00 p.m.      Food Tent; Beer Tent
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.          Children’s Entertainment                 (Tent next to the Bandstand)
Balloon Animals, Face Painting, Magician & complimentary children’s Grab Bag.
3:00 – 11:00 p.m.        Bingo- Neighbors for Neighbors                                     (Bingo Tent)
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.          Little Nashville                               (Bandstand)
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.          Doll House                                                                              (Bandstand)
4:00 p.m.                     Turtle Race                                                                 (Aquatic Center)
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.          Howard & the White Boys     (Bandstand)
8:00 – 8:30 p.m.          Sky Divers
8:30 – 11:00 p.m.        Infinity                                   (Bandstand)
9:30 p.m.                     Fireworks Extravaganza        (Music simulcast on FM 98.1)

FESTIVAL CLOSES AT 9:30 BEFORE FIREWORKS AND RE-OPENS AFTER.
Sunday, July 5
1:00 p.m.                     Bartlett Lions’ Club Fourth of July Parade
2:00 – 9:00 p.m.          Food Tent; Beer Tent
2:00 – 9:00 p.m.           Carnival
3:00 – 9:00 p.m.          Bingo – Neighbors for Neighbors                                    (Bingo Tent)
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.          John Ford                                                                          (Bandstand)
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.          Karen Hart Band                  (Bandstand)
5:30 – 8:00 p.m.          Heartache Tonight                     (Bandstand)

FESTIVAL CLOSES AT 9:00 P.M. ON SUNDAY NIGHT      

Veteran readies for the flag retiring

Veteran readies for the flag retiring

Old Americans Flags are Burned for proper disposal

Old Americans Flags are Burned for proper disposal

Bartlett Scouts look on as Flags are burned

Bartlett Scouts look on as Flags are burned

Cub Scouts Stand guard

Cub Scouts Stand guard

Village President Mike Kelly talks to residents about recent lost soldiers

Village President Mike Kelly talks to residents about recent lost soldiers

The walk begins

The walk begins

Bartlett VFW walks proudly to Cemetery

Bartlett VFW walks proudly to Cemetery

Bartlett Police salute the flag as it passes by

Bartlett Police salute the flag as it passes by

Bartlett Womens Club waives as they pass by

Bartlett Womens Club waives as they pass by

Bartlett Walkers arrive

Bartlett Walkers arrive

You are ever too young to be a patriot

You are never too young to be a patriot

State Representative Randy Ramey talks with residents

State Representative Randy Ramey talks with residents

Taps was played

Taps was played

Village President Mike Kelly Stops for a photo with Veteran Walt Grajek

Village President Mike Kelly Stops for a photo with Veteran Walt Grajek

Go to the Bartlett Veterans Memorial Page and make a donation for our own memorial.   Every dollar counts, five, ten or any other amount.
Have a great Holiday and enjoy your family.

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Why do many of us have this day off from work, school?  What is the purpose of this day?  Memorial Day is a Federal Holiday to remember the US citizens in military service who died while protecting our freedoms. 
My father Dad-WWII did not die during WWII but I recall glimpses of conversation whereas they were on a small ship called an LSM stationed in the South Pacific .  When a powerful storm came and these young men with my father fought to keeps their ship afloat and to stay alive.  The rain and wind was fierce as they kept one eye on keeping the ship afloat and one eye on their fellow servicemen.  They formed some kind of human chain to keep each other from being swept overboard.  In the end, the ship went down.  The ship was refloated and used again and then retired in 1946.  What kind of young men were these that protected our country?  What kind of men are protecting us today.  How many of them live in Bartlett.  How many are our neighbors.  We should take a few moments and ponder this.  Then if you feel so inclined go to the Bartlett Veterans Memorial Page and make a donation for our own memorial.   Every dollar counts, five, ten or any other amount. 
Have a great Holiday and enjoy your family.   

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Mike Kelly sworn in as Bartlett, ILL Village President

Tuesday Night May 19,2009 Mike Kelly was sworn in as Village President.  His oldest Daughter Molli held the bible as Mike recited the Oath of Office.  Mike was surrounded by his family and a full capacity crowd at the Village Hall.  Cameras snapped from both journalists and supporters.  It was nice to see a community come together.

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Kelly thanked supporters and all the people of Bartlett for their faith in him.   A short reception was held in the multi purpose room after the swearing in.

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