Archive for January 2010
Maple City Restaurant is renovating this week. MCR is a great little place, with a wide variety of good food for very reasonable prices. I’m glad to hear this local business is doing well enough to remodel & may expand in the future.
Am I a stodgy old coot for thinking that it’s totally inappropriate for 4th, 5th & 6th graders to have a school-sponsored semi-formal after school dance? Lincoln Intermediate School is having a school dance on February 5th. We had to tell our 4th grader, who just turned 10, that she can’t go to this dance … and she has a January birthday, so she’s one of the older kids in her class!
I am not an especially conservative person, and those who know me certainly wouldn’t consider me a prude. I floated this situation through my Facebook & Twitter social network, and most of the responses I received were equally incredulous. In my opinion, dances are not an appropriate after school activity for middle school children. What about a game night, or a winter carnival, or a movie night – something more appropriate for 9-12 year olds??? There are many forces in our society that encourage children to grow up too quickly. I really don’t think that our public schools should contribute to that problem.
I really don’t think this was deliberate, but …
On Jan. 17 at 1 a.m., Drew Mills Pearman, Monmouth, was eastbound on 200th Ave. at the intersection of 140th St. and failed to negotiate a turn and exited the roadway, striking several bee hives.
Even though the Calvary Baptist Church is still in the midst of rebuilding, the church members are organizing a garage & bake sale to help the people of Haiti. The sale will start at 7 A.M. on Saturday, February 6 at the Jamieson Center.
The new Mercer County High School seems to be having a bit of trouble. The school board had to hire two additional officers for security at the high school due to fighting on campus. Five students have already been expelled this school year. I know this is the first year of the Aledo-Westmer merger, but … really?! Aledo?
Looks like there will be an interesting city council meeting Monday in Pekin, my old stomping grounds. Pekin City Council member Tom Blanchard has made quite a fool of himself by berating a city employee for doing their job & then asking for special favors from the police. Chicagoans may be jaded to this sort of behavior, but it’s not going to fly with the voting public in a town like Pekin. I’m thinking Blanchard just deep-sixed any chance he ever had of becoming mayor.
UPDATE 1: Read Blanchard’s unapologetic response.
UPDATE 2: Blanchard censured by Pekin City Council.