by Almanac Artist, Scott Westgard
Winter: Past and Present
Before moving to the Midwest, my wife and I lived in the green mountain state of Vermont. After having grown up in Southern California, there was much to be learned on adapting to a winter-orientated lifestyle. Clothing (forget about fashion), driving in snow, occupying your time (a good book), eating canned goods, cutting and stacking wood, scheduling trips to the grocery store and dealing with cabin fever were among the lessons I faced. The Old Farmers’ Almanac became a must-read and was kept in an easy spot to retrieve.
Oh, did I mention there was no cable then? Those fortunate enough had satellite dishes and those who weren’t had the choice of two channels— PBS and CBS— which all but made the remote obsolete. It was a luxury having a small child who was capable of changing the stations. Our options were The Muppets or Dan Rather on the news. My young daughter usually won out, and to this day, I can still recite the words to the Sesame Street song.
I developed a new respect for nature and its challenges. Even now, during the winter, I still drive at the speed of a Zamboni clearing the ice at a hockey rink.
Last winter brought back memories of the ones we experienced annually in Vermont. The difference is that the roads here are cleared quicker. In Vermont, it sometimes took days to open them up for traffic. I still ponder the need for Hummers in the Chicagoland area. Even in the green mountains, they’re considered overkill.
On another note… we have teamed up with the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre and are presenting a survey for residents to offer feedback in regards to programming preferences to help make the theater more successful. To take part in the survey, you can download it from our website. By participating, you will be eligible for the random drawing to win one of these valuable prizes: Five Restaurant/Metropolis Theater Packages from Mago Grill, Circa ‘57, Salsa 17, and Peggy Kinnane’s, and five movie passes to the Star Cinema Grill Theater.
And last but not least, our local election will be taking place on Tuesday, April 7th. Normally, we don’t make endorsements, but we believe in Trustee Carol Blackwood, who is seeking re-election, and encourage your support. Carol is a woman with common sense and has a long-standing commitment to our community. Thank you!
Jim & Mindy Elgas
P.S. Win gift certificates from local businesses when you play our three quarterly contests, found under the header “Contests”. We are, once again, offering “The Almanac Sun Search” contest that can only be played online. Three winners will each receive a Raceway Deluxe Car Wash! Congratulations to our recent winners: Kelly Garay, Norman Rifkind and Patty Colabuono! You can also play our Crypto-Nitions™ & Cartoon Caption contests, also found under the header “Contests”. Good luck!
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