There was a line of people at the store, eager to greet the birthday boy, and Patch got a hold of him for a minute to ask the most important question I could think of: What's your secret to reaching 70 years?
"The secret to 70 years is a mitzvot a day," he said. "A kind word, a listening ear, focus on others and you'll be a smiling person like Ron Bernardi."
Dale Duda from the Northbrook's farmers market was at the party, and gushed a bit about Bernardi's impact on the community.
"I rue the day that Ron retires," she said. "If you need something, you call Ron. It's always been that way."
Missed Thursday's party? Watch the video above to get a glimpse of the fun.
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