July 30, 2014

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A miscellaneous column of ‘Did you know?’

By Roy Roberts
Trivia Too
This is another trivia column, kind of a miscellaneous,“Did You Know: type.”
*** For example, did you know that Gov. Bill Haslem of Tennessee is promoting a program to let any high school graduate go to college free. They will be able to go to a community college for two years, which reminds me of Mexico where a college education is free, but only for the brightest students.
*** In two years all new cars will have a TV screen in front of the driver that will picture what is in back of the car when backing up. Too many children have been killed by cars backing into them.  When our children were young I recall a grandfather did just that.  Our garage on the farm at that time was an unusual double garage, only it was a long building where two cars could park one in front of the other. I quickly put doors at the other end so that grandmother, Christine or I could have a clear view when pulling out of the garage.

Many hands make light work! Volunteers have opportunity to have a ‘Demo Party’

By Susan Carson
Virginia Happenings
Virginia Public Library's "Paws to Read" July 9 program is "Brrr! It's cold in the Artic" and the July 16 program will be "Puppy Dog Tails and Kitty Cat Whiskers."

Making decisions with the family

Kids want to keep the homestead in the family

By Kay Brown
The Garden Gate
It sure was a busy weekend with all the kids home. We got some chores done even though it was too hot.
For our family confab we must have talked for three hours with several breaks. I wanted everybody to be completely honest about what they wanted to see happen on the homestead, and they all want it to stay in the family.
I want to live here until otherwise, and of course they never want to talk about that. It’s been too soon since they lost their Dad, and they want me to be around a while. I’m certainly going to give it my best shot.
It’s Monday morning, and my oldest son and grandson just left to go back home to Missouri. They’ll be back this weekend. My daughter and her husband are still here and might be here for the rest of the month. It depends on when the new grandbaby comes, which is due the 22nd of July.

Marching on the Fourth of July: then and now

By Freida Marie Crump
The Coonridge Digest
Greetings from the Ridge.
There’s nothing that shouts the Fourth of July like a parade so Herb and I plan to plant our lawn chairs on the nearest shady curb this week to take in the great American spectacle.
I’m one of the surviving veterans of high school marching bands and can well remember the days of polishing my trumpet on the night before the big parade, hoping for maximum reflection power from the next day’s sun. And speaking on behalf of the marching musicians of the world, I’d like to say that marching in formation on the Fourth is every bit as an athletic event as playing in that afternoon’s baseball game. Times have changed and fabrics have improved but in those steamy days your band uniform was made of pure 100% wool. The temperature on the hot asphalt may be over the century mark and you’re standing there covered with a dark-colored uniform that has been worn, altered, snipped and amended by generations of marching trumpet players long gone.

Charles E. Lippincott adopts Cass County

By Leigh Morris
Our Place in History
Once hailed as a Civil War hero and a rising political star, few today know the name Charles Ellet Lippincott, M.D. Ah yes, fame can be fleeting.
The son of a minister, Lippincott was born on Jan. 26, 1825, at Edwardsville, Ill. Lippincott was a bright, creative lad who at an early age developed an unquenchable thirst for education. He also displayed a puckish sense of humor, a quick temper and an exaggerated sense of honor. As an adult, he was described as a handsome man, clean shaven with a fair complexion. He was short in stature, stocky and quite strong.

Many hands make productive work on Rexroat Building

By Susan Carson
Virginia Happenings
Virginia's Square One, Inc. had a productive work day on Saturday exposing the brick walls inside the Rexroat Building. Thanks to everyone who came to help in spite of the heat and humidity!  The plan is to clean and seal the interior brick walls to keep that historic look about the new space. Then it is on to heating and air conditioning, plumbing and electrical work to prepare the space for use. There will be another work day scheduled at a later date this summer to finish the brick work. In the meantime, several fundraisers will be announced as the group continues to raise money to finish the Rexroat General Store and to begin reconstructing the Old Dime Store to create the new Virginia Community Center. Donations can be dropped off or mailed to Petefish, Skiles and Company Bank, P.O. Box 18, Virginia, Illinois 62691. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Produce is coming on strong and should be plentiful

By Kay Brown
Kate’s Garden Gate
We certainly have had some nice days. In past years it rained a lot on Friday, and didn’t make market day very pleasant. This year it’s rained a lot but seemed to miss Friday.
Business is not what it used to be. There are not as many customers and some of the ones that used to come haven’t been back. We still have a good variety. It has been hard to have something to sell each week, because of the rain and cooler temps, but not many of the same vendors we used to have. Maybe that has made a difference. I don’t really know what the answer is.


IRS is at it again

By Don Chipman
For the Star-Gazette
Once again the IRS, part of the Administration Branch of our government, finds itself embroiled in yet another controversy. This time it is over “lost” e-mails.
How is it just the e-mails from Ms. Lerner’s hard drive are missing? How is it six higher-ups who work in the IRS received the e-mails from Lerner have suddenly become “lost,” while other insensitive e-mails are still in folders or on hard drives?

Outpouring of help reaffirms faith in people

By Roy Roberts
Trivia Too
Our friends, Jim and Joi Weakley Walker, former Beardstown High School graduates, live in Channahon. They have three children, Kellen, Collin and Cassi.
Joy quit teaching to open a bakery, and she became a real professional at baking and decorating cakes, many hundreds of them. The real reason for the bakery was so it would be a place she could be close to her oldest son, Kellen.
Kellen, a cross country runner while in college, started having seizures. During the past 20 years they have made over a dozen trips to Mayo Clinic for surgeries. Each surgery helped a little and eventually Kellen married a charming lady, Michelle (we remember being at the wedding), and they have two beautiful children, Kennedy, 4 and Landon, 2.

Fact-finding mission leaves aliens bewildered

By Freida Marie Crump
Coonridge Digest
Greetings from the Ridge.
I’ll admit that this doesn’t happen often, but last week an alien spacecraft landed in the middle of the Coonridge Memorial Park. The tavern wasn’t open yet so there was no traffic to speak of and since I’d gotten most of my housework done I shuffled over to see if I could be of assistance. I’ve sat on plenty of church committees so I was used to deciphering strange tongues. Here’s the translation of our meeting as best I can recall: