April 24, 2014

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Beardstown votes for a pool

Not many remember that there were problems 60 years ago when Beardstown was trying to get a swimming pool. Now it is that time again with the park director trying to get the town a pool. Not many recall that in trying to get that first pool, the Park Board was sued and the law case went all the way to the Supreme Court before we could build the swimming pool.
The History of the Park District isn’t completed, but those early years are ready for the printer, and for the next few columns I will use parts of that history.

Use senses, not cameras, to record memories

Greetings from the Ridge.
I knew someone would prove this since I’ve suspicioned it for years. Farfield University sent students to a museum to spend a half-day perusing the artwork. Half the group was allowed to take their smartphones to record whatever they liked, and the other half was asked to leave all cameras at home. The next day they got a test that confirmed what I’d learned at Coonridge college years ago. The students who took pictures remembered less of what they’d seen.

Square One to raffle Oldsmobile

What a difference a week makes! Last week we were recovering from the polar vortex and its extremely cold visit and this week, temperatures in the 50s. Welcome to Illinois!

Thank you to all who donated toys

The Cass County Star-Gazette wishes to thank everyone who donated toys to Santa’s Workshop this year. Your generosity helped make Christmas special for many children this year.
May God bless you and again, we thank you for your giving spirit.
Staff of Star-Gazette

Merchants should be held accountable

As has been reported in  newspapers, the Target data breach has affected millions of consumers by compromising their credit and debit cards, once again raising the issue of a retailer’s responsibility in securing sensitive information for card transactions at their stores. How many millions of cardholders have to be harmed by financial data breaches before Congress enacts legislation to hold merchants accountable?

Thank you for your generosity

Christmas is over, but let’s pray that the spirit continues throughout the year. I have many to thank for helping me and providing the needed toys for a Merry Christmas for many children. We furnished toys to 2,431 children this year by distributing nearly 5,000 toys in a seven-county area.

A little of this ... a little of that ...

According to Evangelist Harry Camping, who unsuccessfully predicted the end of the world in December 21, 2012, now has his own world end.  He was 92.
The New Year started with a New Year’s Eve celebration here at the retirement home; the notice above the fireplace said that it was to be from 8 pm. to 9:30 pm. About 35 of us senior citizens sat around with funny hats on, listening to the music we used to dance to. One younger man was able to dance and had three volunteers. The best part of the party was the table with punch, shrimp and other good party food. That hour and a half was plenty long enough for all of us. We could go to our apartments, get in our recliners and watch the replay of the celebration of the New Year in Sidney, Australia, then Hong Kong and Japan followed by New York City.

January – a month to remember

The Christmas decorations have been put away for another year, company has safely made it home and now it is January.  Usually it is an uneventful month but not this year.
Kicking off the new year with bitterly cold temperatures and blizzard-like conditions will be something that is remembered for quite some time and make the temperatures for the coming week seem balmy as they rise to the upper thirties and low forties.

No one talks anymore ... We’re all working our thumbs

Greetings from the Ridge.
Maybe the only thing sweeter than Christmas is listening to your friends’ tales of the holiday season. Our Ladies of the Afternoon group meets around three o’clock every day to rehash the past 24 hours, catch up on gossip, and solve every problem in the civilized world. Unlike the United Nations, we have the world straightened out by suppertime.

Illinois builds a magnificent Capitol

It proved easier to select Springfield as the capital city than build a suitable Capitol building.
Architect John F. Rague, who moved to Springfield in 1831, designed the new Capitol and directed its construction. This building would become the crowning achievement of his career.