It seems like we used to stop a little longer and do a little more for Good Friday than we do today. There are still programs, but not as many as even a few years ago. Even in the sectarian celebration of Easter there seems to be fewer referrals.
I hope we reconsider what's happened on both fronts. A bit more religion might be just what ails us and a few more Peeps couldn't really hurt - could they?
There are just over six weeks left before the May 7th Vincennes City Parks Referendum. For registered voters within the Vincennes City Limits, there will be a one issue special election that day. Vote "Yes" and you will be voting for the City to borrow about $3.8 Million dollars to be used to replace Gregg Park's Rainbow Beach Pool. Vote "No" and you will be voting for the City to be barred from borrowing the money to be used for the project.
Vote "Yes" and your taxes will rise because of the project and your community will get a new pool and family water park. Vote "No" and your taxes will not rise because the community will not get a new pool and family water park.
Early in the 70's Vincennes made the commitment for a "new" Rainbow Beach. It didn't include the sand of the old beach and cost a lot of money. The "new" Rainbow Beach served us well, but it is now done. 40+ years later we will be asked to do what many of you did four decades ago - look to the future and support a new pool. It won't be the same as the old pool and shouldn't be. It won't cost what the last pool cost - nothing does. And we'll be paying for it - we pay for everything the government does either for or against us so let's pay for something that will help our community.
You've got to give it to the Knox County Parks Department. The board, the Director, and citizens are on a roll of ideas. Whether it's another discussion of a lake, improvements at the parks, or even the idea of a Soap Box Derby at the county parks, the ideas are coming fast and furious.
A number of improvements and ideas have already been finished so we've got to believe they can pull off some of these too.
And with every improvement and completed project, the momentum will increase. The Knox County Parks have been too quiet for years. They are making some positive noise. We should support them.
It's come up again. The Knox County Park Board discussed the possibility - the dream of a recreation lake for Knox County. For decades a lake has been cussed and discussed in the county. Can we afford such a project? What good will it do for Knox County? Do we really need that expensive recreation?
That's what will come up again and that's too bad. Ask the citizens of Sullivan County about their lake. Ask Martin and Daviess County leaders about the value of West Boggs Lake. Both groups took the plunge as it were decades ago and now wouldn't do without the lakes.
Let's do it. Suck it up and just do it. This is a truly "you build it and they will come" project that the County Park Board will be remembered positively for if they do it.
The local community is always looking for slick marketing and slogans for describing our way of life. Positive descriptions of life in rural southern Indiana and Illinois aren't always easy to create. Most of our local tries have included the word "history" and focused on things that happened hundreds of years ago.
Yesterday we brought our only non-local grand child to Vincennes from his home in Chicago. He'll spend a few days with his grand parents and a few great days with his cousins-the same days. Kind of like the city mouse and the country mice in one of those children's books many of us read to our children.
His description of why he loves to come to Vincennes? "Vincennes is a great place to run around in and a great place to sit on the porch." That's it. He's coined a perfect marketing phrase for our community AND it doesn't include a hint of something in the past. He's all about today and tomorrow and never about yesterday.
That's how you grow. Work for today and look to the future. I bet the powers that be could get Caleb to sell them the rights to his phrase. Probably cost a pretty penny - really - a pretty penny. And add a Frosty, Mac and Cheese, and French Fries and the deal would be done. His mother wouldn't be happy about the items he will trade for the slogan - he doesn't get those things very often in Chicago, but she would be proud of his description of our area. She'd agree.
On the WZDM news today Vincennes Mayor Joe Yochum talked about the long drawn out Second Street project. The way it has been explained is that it's supposed to be a real re-construction of the street much like Sixth Street was done a number of years ago. It's not supposed to be a quick patch and repave job our city seems to do most of the time. There is even a rumor that the curbs will be replaced. Wow!
The project is moving at a snail's pace. It has spanned two city administrations (at least) and engineering firm after engineering firm. It's cost hundreds of thousands of dollars already and we've nothing to show for it.
The mayor assures us it will be finished under his watch. He seems like a trustworthy guy so when he said "...The Indiana Department of Transportation says complete one project before you ask for more money..." we're behind him.
Second Street needs a lot of work. There is money allocated for that project. The plan is to do the work right. And while that money might be reallocated and spread across town to take care of a lot of quick fixes, those fixes will not last as long as a job done right on Second Street. Sixth Street and Hart Street improvements of the last few years were done correctly. They are still good and will remain that way for a long time. Quick fixes like Veterans Drive a few years ago are not better than they were when "fixed". No curbs. No proper drainage. Not wide enough.
It wasn't long after I came to Vincennes that I met Bob and Teeter Tresslar. Bob the businessman and Teeter housewife. They were of course way more than that to their close friends. Married 69 years, raised nine children, and did tons of things in our neighborhood and town.
Teeter's funeral is today and they'll say all the nice things that should be said about her.
But this entry is about her visitation. What a noisy, laughter filled, community get together. There were certainly some sad faces I'm sure, but the 47 - count them 47 Tresslars milling about were really celebrating their Teeter. And that's what she would have wanted.
When the national company where we "park" this web site lost service yesterday for awhile our visitors could not get to our pages. While many of us still marvel at how this all works, it has still become part of our lives.
A lot of people were concerned that they couldn't get what they wanted when they wanted it because of the downtime. It was fixed quickly and we were back up an running before ten yesterday morning.
Thanks to all of you who depend on us for radio, print, and digital information and entertainment. We take our responsibility seriously and are working to make our infrastructure more dependable every day.
I think that's what that new little box with the flashing lights is doing in the corner of my office. Some sort of additional backup system is what they've said. I wonder if it is something more though? Could "they" be spying on me? Could it be a secret device to...
I've got to quit watching those spy movies on television.
Lindel Hume has had it with politics. The 70 year old State Senator will wrap up about four decades of statemanship after this term. He says the politics not the tough issues we all face are what got him.
I don't know Hume personally, but every time I've spoken to him, wrote him, or heard him speak he was way more than a politician. He was a gentleman that seemed unable to speak out of both corners of his mouth. He didn't seem to have a bad word for anyone. His representation wasn't a personal ego trip, but quiet moves toward real solutions.
That doesn't mean I believe he was a pushover. I bet he wasn't. Just a gentleman we should all be proud represents us.
The meeting of the City Council's Service Committee is this Wednesday at 6 pm and the topic is the long discussed trash collection problem. Of course its not a collection problem but a cost and a bright shiny object problem. The shiny object - that cool one armed bandit lifting trash toes and dumping them into the big one person trash truck the city leased for hundreds of thousands of dollars. The cost issue - nobody in city government thought that "citizens" wouldn't cheat by putting un stickered trash into the closed totes.
Now they have to fix the problem and talking about it meeting after meeting eventually has to come to a head and this wednesday is the night. Get out and make you stand know. We're already paying our tax money for that cool truck which does pick up trash faster from totes that help the eliminate a lot of litter. But since we'll end up paying more you might as well get your two cents in.
It may have been in the twenties yesterday morning, but there was a general buzz out in the country. A perfect day to spray wheat. A perfect day to haul corn. A perfect day to check fields and equipment. And today? Even better. With temperatures in the 60's, clocks set on Daylight "Savings", and rain predicted, the smiles will be even wider out in the country - our country.
Watch for the equipment in the next couple of weeks because the early planters are chomping at the bit to get out there. Feel the local economy perk up. Watch as we do our part to feed the world.
It isn't officially spring, but in our country it is.
Maybe its just me but have the Knox County Commission and Knox County Council been working together since the beginning of the year? It seems like there is less emotion and confrontation and more planning and communication.
Let's hope it continues because that's what we need. It's tough enough for the Commissioners to supervise the day to day activities of the county without being treated like an enemy of the county. It's hard as a County Council member to balance the multiple real and perceived needs of citizens, the various county offices, and projects with limited resources when people are whining to you month after month.
The Urban Enterprise Association Board has voted up to $9,000 for enterprise development within the urban zone. With its approval Marones Restaurant may reopen. There is a whole group of people who would love to see another restaurant, but that's not what is good about the vote.
It seems like it's been a long time since the Enterprise Board voted to actually spend money on a new enterprise - not just residences and infrastructure in need of repair.
Andrew Chuang has the food-service-grind experience and if he actually does make it on his own as a young independant restaurant owner it will mainly be based on the food that comes out of the kitchen and the service he and his employees offer - and to a vote from the Urban Enterpise folks who are rightfully making an investment in the project.
Dig Deeper by Mark Lange,posted Mar 12 2013 6:08AM
The Bicknell City Council was informed last night that it could use $64,000 in Cable Franchise income for the General Fund budget crisis. How many meetings have they bickered about the budget when all they would have had to do is their home work and figure out if all the money they have in separate funds are in the correct fund?
It's kind of like when the Pizza Man comes and you have to dig under the couch cushions for the money...Oh you haven't had to do that?
Well, anyway, let's hope they look at each and every fund and figure out where the money should actually be and how it can or can't be spent.
You REALLY haven't ever had to dig for change? Anywhere?
Can you imagine the money Congress could come up with by digging under the couch cushions of the Federal Budget.