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No, Cinco de Mayo Isn’t Mexican Independence Day

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It’s actually today, September 16.  Cinco de Mayo celebrates the victory of the Mexican army over invading French forces at the Battle of Puebla.  May 5 has achieved more notoriety in the U.S. … because we like to drink in May?  It’s become the Mexican St. Patrick’s Day.

There will be a local celebration of Mexican Independence Day on the 200 block of South Main Street (in front of La Tapatia) on Saturday, September 18, from 4 PM to 11 PM.  Gus Munoz, owner of La Tapatia, is organizing the event.  Come down and support a local business!


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September 16, 2010 at 7:06 am

Two More Local Businesses Closing

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Vaughn’s Jewelry and the Downtown Coffeehouse, both owned by Tom & Mary Scudder, will be closing.  Unfortunately Monmouth seems to be losing more small local businesses than it’s gaining lately.  Walgreens and Dollar General are fine, and they provide employment (albeit low wage) and tax revenue.  However, no one is going to drive to Monmouth to visit those stores, and most of the profits generated by the chains don’t stay local, either.

Monmouth has a great downtown area, with local cultural institutions like the Warren County Library and the Buchanan Center for the Arts.  I hate to see the businesses there dying off.

Written by Matthew

September 15, 2010 at 11:55 am

Protests Across Afghanistan

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The BBC reports protests across Afghanistan over the now-cancelled plans to burn Korans on the anniversary of 9/11.  Can anyone still tell me with a straight face that all the hysteria generated over this “ground-zero mosque” nonsense hasn’t endangered our troops in Afghanistan???  Even though Terry Jones has “suspended” his planned Koran burning, too much damage has already been done.  I’m sure some ingrates will still burn Korans tomorrow, and the media will likely oblige those idiots with international coverage.

Want to strike a blow against the Taliban and Al Qaeda on the eve of 9/11?  If so, then support charities like the Central Asia Institute, Arghand and Beyond the 11th.  Education, employment and empowerment of women in Afghanistan and other Muslim nations – those are the cruise missiles that will destroy Islamic fundamentalism.


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The Peoria Journal Star is renewing their education blog after 2 years.  The new blog will be called “School Daze” and will be written by Dave Haney.  I thought this was a good bit of news, since I enjoyed Claire Jellick’s  “School Crossing” blog.

The online article reporting on the new blog did have a funny little blooper, though.  Instead of saying that Dave Haney was entering the BLOGosphere, the article stated that he was entering the “blagosphere.”  Heh.  I saw fit to define that term.

Written by Matthew

September 5, 2010 at 8:26 am

Another Day on the River

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Brought to you by my good friend Eric Gittinger & his compatriots at the Great Rivers Field Station of the Illinois Natural History Survey.  Watch for flying carp!

Written by Matthew

September 2, 2010 at 11:55 pm

Cerar’s New Restaurant to Open Soon!

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According to the Review Atlas, Kevin Cerar’s new restaurant, Petey’s Pub and Grill, should open in the next few weeks.  The restaurant will employ 50 to 60 people including about a dozen full time employees, which is certainly good news for Monmouth.  It’s nice to see  a new local business open up, instead of more chain stores, and I look forward to checking out the new place.

Written by Matthew

September 1, 2010 at 3:34 am