Elgin Mail Carrier Returns Lost Wallet to Sender

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Byline: Jim Baumann

You never know what you might find in the mail these days - credit card applications, catalogs, test products and the occasional wallet.

A wallet?

On his recent daily collection at Sherman Hospital, Elgin mail carrier Cliff Wenzel found among the letters and packages in the box a valuable wallet.

This is one package professor Joginder Puri of Carpentersville was glad to have returned - with all the credit cards, a driver's license and $450 still in it.

"What a wonderful experience," said Puri, who received a call from the Elgin postmaster just a few minutes after realizing his wallet was missing.

Puri wanted to give Wenzel a cash reward, but it's against postal policy.

"It doesn't matter," Wenzel said.

All in a day's work.

Tie a pi-ink ribbon ...

The merchants who own the new Boston Market in West Dundee are serving up some public education along with their chicken dinners these days.

Drivers who pass the restaurant on Route 31 may have wondered why that pink ribbon was hanging from the roof.

It's not a faded display of support for people with AIDS. Rather, the pink signifies support for victims of breast cancer.

"Breast cancer is a very important issue and we felt that as a nationwide company we could support and help some of the families," general manager Rich Ehrenberger said. "It helps raise awareness."

The company participated in a race in Chicago on Mother's Day, sponsored by the Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization. It also offers brochures with the organization's information hotline at all of their restaurants.

"We just felt it was a good cause to get involved with," Ehrenberger said.

Play ball, finally

The hullabaloo over Lake in the Hills' new American Legion baseball field officially will end the first day in June.

The field, in the Hidden Valley subdivision, gained notoriety last summer when village trustees squabbled over how to light it.

Rival factions on the village board accused each other of bid-rigging and wasting taxpayer money, but McHenry County State's Attorney Gary Pack found both charges unsubstantiated.

Members of American Legion Post No. 1231 plan to put all the politics behind them when they dedicate the field at noon June 1. The public is invited to attend.

Legion dignitaries and village officials plan to dedicate a 40-foot flag pole, commemorative sign and flag during the special ceremony. The ceremony will end with a 2 p. …