PHOTOS: Neighborhood children celebrate 96-year-old local resident’s birthday

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By Erin Achenbach, Staff Reporter

Melvin ‘Mel’ Bequette celebrated his 96th birthday Aug. 6 with friends and neighbors at his home in Crestwood. Mel was born in 1924 and every year on Aug. 6 children from around the neighborhood and other surrounding neighborhoods come and decorate his home with balloons, signs and chalk drawings to wish Mel a happy birthday. Crestwood Police also stop by and pay him a visit.