Village Viewpoint

By: Mary Jo Viero

BAPA Executive Director

It’s here!  May! I feel like I need to put a seatbelt on!  There is so much happening this month it’s hard to imagine that one month from now, we will have hosted our first porch concert of the season, the Home Tour, and the Ridge Run and Memorial Day Parade. On top of all that BAPA has going on this month, there are the OSF Little Company of Mary Mother’s Day Breast Cancer Walk, proms, graduations, and Communions. And let’s not forget our teachers, whom we celebrate with Teacher Appreciation Week, May 8 to 12.  

There is so much that goes into all that is happening this month, I thought I should thank and recognize the wonderful people that make it all happen.  First, I want to thank our community event sponsors.  We are so lucky and grateful to have the support of our local businesses. We simply could not host our events without you. I can’t name them all here, but you will see all their names and logos on our ads and posters. I also want to thank our Ridge Run and Home Tour committees who have spent months working to bring these events to you. Then we have all our volunteers! Hundreds of neighbors give their time to help us, and we are so thankful.   

If you have not registered to run the Ridge Run or purchased tickets to our Home Tour, I hope you will do it soon!  All the information is in this issue and online at   

Speaking of this month’s Villager, there is also a wonderful article that shares the stories of some of our local brave veterans. I sincerely hope you take the time to read it. These veterans are another reason that I love where I live.  

Whatever you have planned for this month, I hope you have great weather, the love and support of your families and friends, and lots of fun in the neighborhood. 

I sure hope to see you this month!  

Cheers to May! 

Mary Jo  


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