I spend some of my time travelling through Southern Illinois. Not much population and fewer trees on the weekly trip to Fairfield. Had a flat tire yesterday on the highway between Albion and Mt. Carmel and learned a lot about the neighbors and maybe a little about myself. I was going to make the change by myself. I was going to have to because there was no cell phone service at that spot along route 15, but I couldn't find the jack. I'll read the van's book. Discovered it didn't HAVE a book, but had a DVD. Now THAT seemed very unhelpful until I figured out the van had a DVD player. While figuring out how to use the DVD player a truck pulled up. There was 88 year old Car ready to help. He was about as old as my dad but looked like he could wrestle with those wheel nuts way better than me. He also had a come-along. While we were working on the project, another truck pulled up. It was Dick from Grayville. I knew it right away since his truck was a tow truck labeled "Dick's Auto Repair of Grayville" and his jacket? Carhart with a "Dick's of Grayville" emblazoned above the pocket. Dick took over and proved I would never have gotten it done. No only did he have a bigger come-along, he knew the spare was hidden under the front of the vehicle and that you had to remove the console in the front to release it. Dick did the work, refused any money and sent me on my way.
If you ever need work done in southern Illinois remember Dick's of Grayville. Very neighborly. If you every get stopped on Highway 15 remember there are more of them out there than Carl ready to help. And if you don't have one, get a come along. Everyone seemed to have one but me - though they were willing to share. Thanks Carl and Dick.
One of the best ways around here to beat the Winter Blaas is attend a high school basketball game. Preferably in a small gym, packed with firends and neighbors rooting for one team or the other, but knowing just about everyone in the stands and on the court. South Knox at Lincoln last night fit the bill. Cold air outside and a warm friendly atmosphere on the inside. Good fun and good friends on the court and in the stands. I can't even remember who won, but can listen to Dave Young's sports on WZDM 92.1 fm and here at WZDM.com (shamless plug!).
The local basketball game also precluded watching the State of the Union message. It doesn't matter who is making the speech, I can't do it even though I know I should. Thank goodness for high school basketball.
According to our news reports, health officials may have missed on picking the strain of flu to get us all vacinated against this year. Health officials still say there may be time to get the shot or mist, but time is about run out and the medicine may not be aws effective as years past. Area hospitals are seeing an early influx of flu like symptoms and though they haven't stopped visits, they are reminding us to not show up in a sick person's room when you are sick.
What else can we do? Cough in your sleeve, wash your hands a lot, stay away from other people who are sick if you can, and don't bring your sickness to school or work if you do become sick.
That's all the suggestions from "Dr. Lange" who is NOT a doctor and who only has the pleasure of passing on the actual information. I handle illness by feeding a fever and feeding a cold and complaining a lot to my wife who just pretents to listen.
Closed, One Hour Delay, Early Dismissal, Two Hour Delay, Suck it Up and Run on Time. All viable options. All difficult to make, but they can mold the memory of a school administrator in these parts. Remember "Hour Later Ader". Wayne Ader was a long time administrator instrumental for a number of local educational innovations and the construction of Lincoln High School, but I still hear him referred to by his closing, delay, and cancellation persona. I can also see his smile a couple of years ago when he overheard it while attending a LHS basketball game. Wayne is fading now, but eventhough there is a auditorium named after him, a lot of us will still remember the phrase.
What can we do with Bobe, Parsley, and Grove? What cute phrases can be conjur up? Let me work on it. Right now I've got to check on the closings, cancellations, and delays...
The sewer and water extension system to the Vincennes Industrial Park is almost complete. We've reported about the project and why it is needed for the Farbest Plant, but what about the land along the route of the new lines? The lines are able to handle more than just the turkey processing center. They can take on other customers. The land along the new lines could also be impacted in a very positive way. While most business expansion has been on the east side of US 41 South, the west side of the highway could be the next industrial expansion area. Do we have some inside information? Nope. But the Water Utilities people continue to plan for more than just the current needs and that 's good for all of us.