Are we ready for the coming Winter storm? You bet! As Vincennes Attorney and FBS+ Jeff Neal says, "With the total lack of milk, bread, and eggs on the shelves of Vincennes stores it once again gives proof that Vincennes residents consumemore french toast per capita than any group of people in the world."* Are we ready for the coming Winter storm? You bet! And well fed too.
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*a version of what he wrote yesterday...
Officially Black Friday was last week and yesterday was Cyber Monday, but at the Vincennes Post Office it was Black Monday and it had nothing to do with Black Friday or Cyber Monday eventhough it sounds like it with the "mash" of days. Nationally it was one of the bussiest days of the year at the post office and in Vincennes you couldn't buy a roll of stamps. You could buy pages of stamps, you could buy stamps with fun pictures on them, but rolls of stamps - a $46 sale for one roll? Nope. They had them in the building, but they couldn't sell them. Now many people don't need rolls of stamps so they were still in business I guess. But the fact that they couldn't sell rolls that were in the building is a good example why Amazon or some other company will end up owning the Postal Service. Why no rolls? The person with the key to the safe where stamps to be sold are kept was on vacation and no one else is authorized to get the stamps out of the safe. Well actually they say they don't even have the key. (I guess the key needed a vacation too...)
What if the guy with the key doesn't come back? Will they ever be able to sell rolls of stamps again? It's not the rolls, it's the system that cannot survive. I love to get mail. I love to feel a card. I love to read the hand written word. But because of stupid out of date rules that don't make sense I will eventually lose those simple loves.
It was Black Monday, the beginning of the final end of the greatest idea Ben Franklin ever had - or at least I think Ben Franklin thought of the Postal Service began in Vincennes.
There are not too many towns the size of ours who get a new business employing three hundred people. There are not too many towns the size of ours that get a new business that employs three hundred people that also offers benefits. There are not too many towns the size of ours that the new business with three hundred new jobs says that's just a start as far as employment is concerned.
Welcome Farbest. Even with Thanksgiving just passed, I'm getting a craving for Turkey already and today will be the first day of production. Thanks to everyone involved. Let's not forget the Farbest folks, but let's also move on and figure out how to fill the former Essex Plant and the rest of the industrial park. Three hundred jobs is a great start, but more is better for all of us.
I hate to complain about the new sporting goods store opening in Vincennes this weekend, but here goes. The jobs supported by the new store will be important to the individuals with those jobs. But most of the money we spend at that store will head out of town just as fast as our out of town based banks credit and debit cards are swiped through their check outs. Based in Troy, Michigan and covering fourteen states Dunham's Sports has opened six new stores just this month in Pennsylvania, Indiana, Georgia, Minnesota, and North Carolina and now has about 180 stores. It has been inbusiness since 1937 and started out as a bait and tackle shop.
Now I'm beginning to feel a little bad. When it started it WAS a local store. The bait shop just got successful and expanded. Isn't that what the American Dream was all about in 1937? Isn't that what it sort of still is today? Sort of, but that's for another rant.
If you went to the Parade of Lights on Saturday night you already know what this will be about. Cold, Windy, Really COLD and REALLY Windy. Am I a weeny? YEP. But there were a lot of folks who were not. They bundled up and jumped up and down in glee - or was that to get feeling back in their toes - as the floats blew by.
And the floats? The Parade of Lights is the best parade all year as far as floats and entries are concerned. They look and sound fantastic. The work by the entrants is tremendous.
It's just too bad it's not the best attended parade, but with the cost of health care well we're not getting into that this time...