September 2, 2014

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Adopt a child, a class, and/or a school to rid yourself of the world’s woes

By Freida Marie Crump
The Coonridge Digest
Greetings from the Ridge.
Herb and I have a great doctor. The little rascal can out-diagnose the best and he keeps up to date on the latest tonics, pills, and potions. If the paperwork doesn’t kill him we plan to keep the guy forever.
But there’s one malady I’ve contracted that even the town’s finest physician can’t cure. After a long weary year of wars, epidemics, tyrants, and weather, I’ve been left with a severe case of helplessness. Perhaps you feel the same way . . . the Middle East, Ebola, the Ukraine, Iraq, Afghanistan. . . the worrisome beat goes on. Americans have long prided themselves on the ability to look at a problem, figure out a way to solve it then get‘er done. More and more we find ourselves feeling powerless and even vulnerable as the world seems to be spinning out of control.

Macomb: a key supplier to electric utilities

By Leigh Morris
Our Place in History
When you’ve visited an antique shop, you no doubt encountered glass and porcelain insulators that were used by electric utilities as well as telephone and telegraph companies. How quaint.
While these antique insulators often are relegated to paperweight duty, insulators are critical to our 21st century way of life. From generating plants and high-voltage transmission lines to distribution lines and substations, every aspect of the electric grid is dependent on insulators of various types.

Swingbilly RFD performs to a full house

By Susan Carson
Virginia Happenings
Swingbilly RFD, fronted by George Wulf, rolled into Dr. Ugs Drugstore Café on Saturday evening and put on a rousing show filled with great rockabilly sounds which was thoroughly enjoyed by the appreciative full house. George, the son-in-law of Don and Trish Bell, lives in Rockford, and plays in several bands in the Chicago area. His new band which includes his son, Zac, took time to travel to Virginia to play and judging by the reaction of the crowd when the young fiddle player set those strings on fire during "Orange Blossom Special," they'd be welcomed back anytime.

What Do You Think?

Un-American or Good business
It has been brought to light lately that more than 47 corporations and businesses have left the U.S. since 2004 to “evade” the extremely high 35% corporate tax rates.
Is this good business or is it un-American? I suppose it is which side of fence you’re on.
If you’re a corporation you feel you are obligated to return the most “bang for your buck” regarding profits.

Prairie Skies Library District thank you

The Prairie Skies Library District, children of the 2014 “PAWS TO READ” summer reading program and their parents would like to thank the following businesses for their support.

Wanting to get in touch with brothers

My name is Donnie E. Wubker and I am wanting to get in touch with my brothers. They are Rusty John Wubker and family and John Wubker and family and Jessie Carl Garmon and family.

Broadway comes to Beardstown

Broadway came to Beardstown with the BHS/HPF presentation of ”Grease.” What amazing performances from the magnificent cast. Great performances only occur after hours and hours of hard “work” on the drama, the songs and the choreography. The performances were skillfully guided by Allison Wilson, Shaver Tillitt and Cathy Megginson.
The performances couldn’t have occurred without many “behind the scene workers,” including but not limited to Sue and Steve Wilson, the cast parents, the chorus boosters and the HPF members. A big “Thank You” also goes to Cargill for their great financial support.

Where did you come from?

By Roy Roberts
Trivia Too
Where did you come from? ---I was born in 1922. My Mother didn’t hesitate at all to answer my question, “Where did you get me?” I asked.  “I got you from the gypsies,” she nonchalantly answered as she went on with her work.
When I was a child, adults were very careful about what they discussed in front of their children. Today it is much different.

Attending the family reunion from a different vantage point

By Roy Roberts
Trivia Too
We have been going to our family reunion, which meets every two years, for over eighteen years, but this one was quite different.
I am sorry to tell you our walking days are over, so when not using our walkers at the hotel we had to be in wheel chairs. Thanks to our “pushers” we had one day at the Brookfield Zoo, where we enjoyed watching the wide-eyed great-grandchildren enjoy the animals. Then on Sunday of the reunion we were back in wheel chairs and enjoyed the Cub-Cardinal game. There were 55 of the 109 who attended the reunion who went to the baseball game. The handicap seats are right behind home plate and the 1-0 ballgame pleased half of our bunch. It was a good game and a beautiful afternoon.

Tomatoes...ripe or green, both are tasty

By Kay Brown
Kate’s Garden Gate
The tomatoes started rolling in; everybody had some at their stand. I sold green tomatoes. I figured if they weren’t going to get ripe, I’d sell them green and they did sell. People wanted to fix fried green tomatoes. My daughter-in-law tried them but didn’t like them. I have fixed them for myself but probably won’t since it’s just me.
The coons are getting all of my corn, so after all that hard work hoeing, etc., we’re not planting corn next year. We’ll just buy it at market like everybody else.
My melons were getting ripe and something is eating them as well. Just a big bite out of the top and side. We think it’s probably the deer. I’m not sure I’ll get any to market.
I did pick six blackberries Saturday, but they’re not getting ripe very fast. Our asparagus guy said he had dug up a row to plant spinach and down six inches the earth wasn’t warm. I’m guessing that is the problem.