April 24, 2014

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There’s magic in the number ‘ten’

Greetings from the Ridge.
I got snookered in. Seems like I always do. The article in the magazine was entitled, “The Top Ten Reasons for Visiting a Health Spa.” I have absolutely no desire to go a spa myself nor do I see any chance of me getting the urge in the near future, but I read the list. My curiosity had nothing to do with shape of my thighs or my hip tone, but it was a list and God knows we’re all suckers for lists.

The Future of A-C Central’s curriculum

I was recently asked to write an article featuring the curriculum and the future at A-C Central High School. A school’s curriculum is driven by several different forces. The first and most obvious of these forces is the state of Illinois and the requirements it has set for graduation. These requirements are the same at every high school in Illinois. If you look at the historical trend, these requirements have also steadily increased over the years. This makes sense as the demands in society for higher education and skills have steadily increased as well.

A consolidated district would benefit the children’s education

The duty and responsibility to educate our children has been around a long time. Thirty-five hundred years ago Moses commanded the Hebrews to teach what they had learned at Mount Sinai to their children and their children’s children. Plato was giving instructions to the Greeks about 2,500 years ago on how to best educate their children. Currently in the State of Illinois a parent who allows a child to be truant can be found to have committed a Class C misdemeanor.

Financing Beardstown schools

To Beardstown CUSD#15 Board of Education, employees, taxpayers and concerned citizens:
School finance. It is in the news and unless you live under a rock you know that in the state of Illinois it is a rough subject. The state continues to whittle away at reimbursement and continues to drag its feet on funding that is due to the districts. The state is continually talking about shifting funding from the state level to the local level.
Our district is better off than some other area districts in the fact that our taxpayers have already passed a one percent sales tax to help fund the district (this money can only be used for certain items and is not intended for the day to day operation of the school district). Our taxpayers have been very generous to the school district over the years, passing the referendum to build the new school, passing the one percent sales tax, among other things. Many times throughout the years items have come up to be placed on the chopping block only to have volunteers from the community step forward and save that item.

A winter to be remembered

This winter will no doubt be one we remember a long time. It’s been colder here in central Illinois than in Alaska, and I’ve been told, even at the North Pole. It seems like there have been more “snow days” for the kids in the last two months than there was in my entire high school career. Come to think about it, we never had “snow days” when I was a kid. No one had a car except the farmer students and they made it to school if the drifts weren’t too high. Now, 90 percent of the students have a car to drive to school and there are a lot of snow days.

Herb: the thorn in Freida’s side

Greetings from the Ridge.
Some women marry partners. I married Herb. I said, “Herbie, I think this calls for a celebration!”
“Of what?”
“Thirty years! This makes thirty years for the Coonridge Digest!”
“I agree. The Black Plague only lasted four and didn’t do near as much damage.”
“The Great Chicago Fire only went for three days.”

1883 tornado leaves death, destruction in its wake

May 18, 1883, had turned into a day of horror as evidenced by this account in the Jacksonville Journal of May 20:
“No one reading these hastily written lines can conceive, or form but little idea of the desolate and heart-sickening sight that is presented to all who visit the scenes in and about Liter (now called Literberry). Men, women and children standing about, their homes all gone, carried away by the stormy elements, nothing left but the clothing on their backs.

Busy month for City of Virginia

By Susan Carson
For the Star-Gazette
Virginia's Square One, Inc. is hosting a BBQ Dinner Fundraising event this Saturday, February 22 at Dr. Ugs Drugstore Cafe. Mike Bentley of Bent Bones BBQ will be firing up the smoker and dinner begins at 6 p.m. There will be a silent auction with fabulous items and the winner of the car raffle will be announced.

Greenhouse is the place to be during winter

Woke-up this a.m. (Monday) to the windows iced over. Do you remember the windows they used to put in bathrooms that looked icy? Sometimes they had a star pattern, sometimes just frosty looking. That's what most of my windows looked like. You could make out shapes and shadows but not much else.
When I let the dog out I couldn’t see where he was because he’s white and buff and disappears in the snow. I had to break the ice to get his chain off of the hook by the back door. I am really getting tired of this weather!!

The longest-serving scout

There were scouts who worked for the army who may be better known…Buffalo Bill Cody for one. But, as we shall see today, there was none who served longer or were better at the job than Albert Sieber.    Al Sieber was born in Germany on February 29, 1844. As a young boy, he, his brothers and sisters and his mother migrated to Pennsylvania. He served on the Union side during the Civil War…during which time he was wounded in the leg at the Battle of Gettysburg.