“Every picture is worth a thousand words and so is our cover.” –Editor
On August 21st, millions of Americans will be treated to what scientists are calling “The Great American Total Solar Eclipse.” This is the first total eclipse visible in all 48 states since 1979. The last time a total eclipse was visible from coast to coast was on June 8th, 1908. The shadow’s midpoint will arrive at approximately 1:19 p.m. on the Mississippi River, south of St. Louis, and last a little over 2½ minutes. Giant City State Park, just southeast of Carbondale, is targeted for a direct hit and it should be very crowded.
For Illinois, the best total eclipse viewing area will be in the Southern portion of the state. The path will be about 70-miles wide. If you can’t make it south, Chicago will still be experiencing a partial eclipse (87%) beginning at 11:54 a.m. through 2:42 p.m., with the maximum eclipse at 1:19 p.m. Of course, living in the Midwest, we will have to rely on Mother Nature for good viewing.
If the weather cooperates and you make the trip south, look for the sun’s corona with huge jets and ribbons of light shooting and curling into the sky at totality. Also, focus your eyes on Baily’s Beads around the edges of the moon. They are the sun’s light rays streaming through the valleys along the moon’s horizon. Take precautions and use safe solar filters before and after the total eclipse.
On another note, as you know, we have faithfully published and mailed our Almanac to you for the last 20 years.
Over time, we have discovered that although work is important, so is having more time to enjoy our family, friends, and all life has to offer. We are thankful for the blessings from our Almanac and humbled by the responses and support we’ve received from all of you over the years. We thank everyone, especially the business community, whose participation makes our publication possible. We encourage you to make them your first choice for services and products. Without all of you, we would not be.
We are not going away and will continue our work, which we love. We are changing from a quarterly magazine, to a seasonal one, and will be publishing three times each year instead of our usual four.
We are combining some of the editions. The Holiday 2017-Winter 2018 edition will be delivered on November 11th of this year. The following edition will be our Spring book, which will be released on April 14th, 2018. And then the combined Summer-Fall magazine will be sent out July 28th, 2018.
Jim & Mindy Elgas
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