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Spring, time for baseball and recycling

2014-04-17T00:00:00Z Spring, time for baseball and recyclingGeorge Grenchik Times Columnist
April 17, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Well, it’s spring ... I think, hope, pray.

I looked over some of my old columns and I have seen where I’ve said how spring is my least favorite season because it points to warmer, more pleasant weather, but so often reverts to colder and less pleasant weather. This year any day without snow and ice is a blessing.

And without snow and ice there can be spring and … baseball.

Personally, I’ve decided to stay retired from “old man” (65 years old and over) softball, though I may not be done umping in the Calumet Memorial Park District 16-inch softball league, where real men don’t wear gloves.

I’ve also taken in a couple of baseball games. I’m part owner of the T.F. North Meteors. And if you don’t understand that, I have the tax receipts to show that I have a stake.

Not too much of an exciting game. There were 12 runs but only two hits. Lots of walks, errors, and batters hit by pitches. But the home town team won. Plus I got the opportunity to talk with renowned Times correspondent and former kid ( i.e. student of mine) Jason Vignone. We were able to solve sundry issues regarding high school sports.

The T.F. North Meteors have some potential though they suffered some bad luck as two of their top pitchers are injured. Hopefully, they can come back and coach Mike Kosiara and the Meteors can have a successful season.

I’ve taught several thousand kids and many of them played sports. But it’s T.F. North’s baseball program that produced my, I’m speaking vicariously here, only major league victories in the person of Steve Wojciechowski. Steve won seven games with the Oakland A’s in the mid '90s. He became a victim of his craft as he blew out an elbow which ended his career.

I have also had a chance, thanks to the graciousness of Nancy Schneider — ultimate Cubs fan — to see my Pittsburgh Pirates at the beautiful confines of Wrigley Field. Out of respect to my benefactor, I will not mention the outcome of the game. Wrigley Field is a pretty cool place to watch a baseball game.

Also synonymous with spring, is cleaning as in spring cleaning. Pretty astute observation, no? Anyway largely through the efforts of Alderman Leni Wosczynski, Cal Citians and others can responsibly dispose of items that are problematic when put in the regular trash and are no longer being accepted in landfills.

All types of electronic devices and smaller appliances as well as paint and oil can be dropped off at the Calumet City Public Works Facility at 1701 Dolton Road between 9 a.m. and l p.m. on April 26. Also on site will be a paper shredder for documents with sensitive information. For further information, you can contact Alderwoman Leni at (708) 891-8192 or .

This past winter should be another reminder that human activity has had a negative impact on our happy human home. Our conspicuous consumption has caused numerous complications for the health of the only home we have. It’s important that we realize this and act in our own and in our posterity’s best interests.

To help impress the ideas of being ecologically intelligent on our youngsters, there are Earth Day activities for children through the Calumet City Public Library. Prime among these will be the flower planting at the library at 12:30 p.m. on April 26. You can call the Youth Services Department for details at (708) 862-6220.

Happy Easter everyone. And happy birthday Marie.

Thanks for reading

The opinions are solely those of the writer. George Grenchik is a longtime Calumet City resident and retired instructor at Bishop Noll Institute in Hammond. He can be reached at

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