Full Moons & Brittle Air, Hello Autumn, Welcome Fall, Naming Stuff, Adam & Eve & Oh Uh

Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.

I love the way in which one of my favorite authors describes this time of the year, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote: The morrow was a bright September morn; The earth was beautiful as if new-born;
There was that nameless splendor everywhere That wild exhilaration in the air.

I can write like Dr Seuss, I can only read Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and so I do. Perhaps the only thing prettier than a September morn is the sight of the September Full Moon rising. Did ya see the September full moon last night? Pretty site to look at, pretty site indeed. Don’t think I’ll ever tire of seeing the full moon bathing the countryside in that golden light.

Last night I observed the full moon at Bowling Green KY on my way home from the final sad, sad trip to Roswell Georgia. My sister, my son and I made our final trip to Georgia to say the final goodbye. Another story yet to be written, but it’s time will come, and then I’ll tell the story.

The light that only comes when the moon is full and the sky is clear is the most spectacular full moon of all. That’s the January Full Moon. If it is clear on the January Full Moon, you will see moonlight like no other, and cold, cold night air, so brittle it breaks when ya walk thru it. It’s the most spectacular moon light of all. It’s called the Wolf Moon. Come January I’m sure that I will go outside, break the brittle cold air, and look at that January Wolf Moon.

A good thing about living here in the EastWing is that when it gets dark, it’s really dark, no lights to interfere with the stargazing. I can control the amount of light in my nighttime world in the EastWing. In case ya missed the full moon of September, not to worry, the October full moon is equally pretty to look at, I’ll let ya know when to look into the skies for the full moon of October.

One of my favorite holidays is the September Holiday, Labor Day. Is also one of the few holidays not moved to a Monday so ya can have a three day weekend. Good thing its always been on the first Monday in September to start with or else somebody would get a bright idea and ZAP ! another three day holiday.

All the time I went to school, we started the new school year the day after Labor Day. That was not the reason I considered it one of my favorite holidays. The reason was on that day, my dad bought everyone ice cream of their choice, I always chose vanilla, always have, and would do so tomorrow, if given another chance. Now days it seems that kids start school in the middle summer and every other week are out of school for something. The one thing I hated in school was coloring. Just hated coloring, to this day I hate coloring.

One time in early college I needed a fill in class just to occupy a time slot till my next class ‘cause I lived too far to go home and back for the next class, a consular suggested an art class. All I could think about was coloring, I said no, I don’t want to color, the guy laughed. I took comparative religion just so I would not run the risk of having to color and ended up taking a total of 6 full semesters of comparative religion. At least in comparative religion not one time did anybody hand out a stupid black and white picture and say “color”

And so as September ends today, we all Fall directly into Autumn. Tomorrow it’s hello Fall, I’m glad you’re here. Show me your beautiful colors. Once again we’ll be treated to God’s Coloring Book. Ya don’t have to color, just enjoy. I love Fall.

Did ya ever wish ya were around when they named things? Not the technical names and scientific names but just everyday stuff. Anything and everything that had to be named, who named all this stuff? Now don’t go getting crazy on me and telling me God named all this stuff, ‘cause he didn’t, he just didn’t. ‘Cause God had more important things to do than naming little stuff. He let other people handle that.

God named the big stuff like the Earth and the Moon and the Stars and Adam and Eve and stuff like that. Then he left the little stuff to other people to name. Just think how much fun it would’ve been if ya were there when it came time to name stuff like “dirt”. Now wouldn’t ya like to know who choose that name for dirt. In our time it can mean soil, grime, gossip, filth, lowdown, smut, or even dirt.

Well it seems that a simple word like dirt has lots of meaning. What would ya have named it. It’s fun to think such thoughts, but I think most everything has been named and about the only thing left for average people like me and you to name are babies.

That may be why babies don’t come already named, it gives ya something to name. Maybe that’s why some people have so many babies, they just like naming things. They could be liking other reasons too.

Many of the words we both speak and write have different meanings, some recognized throughout society and others tend to be local , regional, or ethnic in recognition. My best experience with ethnic recognition of the language had to do with me meeting a Cajun family ‘bout a 100 miles or so south of New Orleans. I was introduced to this family as “this is my Coon Ass from Indiana, BobbyRay Howard” It turned out that the term “Coon Ass” is truly a term of endearment for the Cajuns. In Cajun Country there is no higher honor than being referred to as Coon Ass of a Cajun. And so it is to this day, for my Cajun friends in south Louisiana, I’m damn proud to be their Coon Ass from Indiana.

That was not the case when I lived in Downtown Toto, Coon Ass would’ve been fighting words for sure. As a matter of fact I’ve seen many a fight over something much less important than being called a Coon Ass. I once saw two little hillbilly boys fight over who could put the most marshmallows in their mouth at one time.

Actually, the fight was over who would do the counting of the marshmallows, not the count itself. The count never took place ‘cause by the time they got done fighting over who was going to count, they were too tired to stuff their faces with marshmallows. So we just built a fire and roasted ‘em. The marshmallows, not the little fighters.

Now with everything already named and many of the names having several different meanings depending where ya happen to be, it’s a wonder we can even understand each other to the extent we do. A large part of why we can communicate so well is the single most recognized word of all. Uh Oh !

“Uh Oh” isn’t something somebody named . “Uh Oh” has no meaning except in the ears of the hearer, and guess what, it’s universal understating every time ya hear it. Just stop and think for a second, did ya ever hear someone say “Uh Oh” and ya didn’t know exactly what they’re talking ‘bout? Of course ya knew, you always understand the meaning of “Uh Oh”. That’s the power of “Uh Oh”. Now “Uh Oh” isn’t even in the dictionary, it doesn’t have to be. Total understandability throughout the known universe, renders all dictionaries listings useless to “Oh Uh”

After due diligence in the research into the origin and the true meaning of ”Uh Oh”, I’ve finally concluded that “Uh Oh” came directly from God Himself.

I’m not gona bore ya with all the details about the creation and how Adam and Eve got here and how God told ‘em that they pretty much had the run of the place except for that one special tree, ‘cause if ya mess with the stuff on that tree it’ll do ya dirty. Now God went on about his business and so did Adam and Eve. Well ya know the rest of the story ‘bout the apple, the snake, and the bite, and all that stuff.

Now ya gotta remember that not every word that was ever spoken back then was recorded like it is today. Nobody texted or twittered, there was no FaceBook, or internet, nothing, just God, Adam and Eve. After talking to those two ‘bout the law, when God comes back to the garden a little while later, far off on the other side of the garden he saw Adam and Eve. So God starts walking over and as he gets about half way ‘cross the garden, he sees those fig leaves then God said “Uh Oh”.

Years ago when the space program was young and we had, for the first time, the ability to propel an object into space and escape the gravitational pull of the Earth. One of the plans was to send a message into space in the hope the message would sometime in the distant future encounter intelligent life forms. A difficult part of the mission, for a rocket called Pioneer 10, was how to phrase the message. Astronomer, Carl Sagan headed the team which came up with the final product. We ended up with a complex set of lines, circles, letters, mathematical equations, and nude human forms on a golden plate. The drawing kinda reminded ya that we’re the third rock from the sun.

We’d have been just as well off if someone had taken a magic marker on that same little gold plate and wrote “Uh Oh”. ‘Cause there is no doubt that if this thing is ever found by intelligent life forms, they will take one look at our little frail attempt to communicate with them, at their level of understanding, they’ll smile and say “Uh Oh”. ‘Cause if they’re there, then God made ‘em too. And if God made’ too, they’ll understand “Uh Oh” just like you and I understand today. Uh Oh.

Stay safe in Afghanistan.

From the EastWing, Full Moons & Brittle Air, Hello Autumn, Welcome Fall, Naming Stuff, Adam & Eve & Oh Uh

I wish you well


Guilty Verdict Returned For Ryan Taylor

Starke County Courthouse

The jury came back with its verdict in the case against Ryan Taylor, a man charged with Arson after setting his mother’s car on fire with a flare in an attempt to destroy the vehicle.

The final arguments were heard yesterday morning, first from the state, then from the defense. The defense claimed Taylor was the rightful owner of the vehicle, having both possession and control of the vehicle after he said his mother gave it to him because she was moving to Florida; the state refutes that, saying his mother was still the legal owner to whom the vehicle was registered, and consequently, Taylor had no right to destroy it.

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Knox City Council Approves 2013 Budget

Knox City Council

The Knox City Council this week adopted their budget for 2013, but Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston pointed out that they did hit a big of a snag. The state originally denied their intent to reestablish the Cumulative Capital Fund because the city did not publish the notice of adoption before Aug. 1 as required, but Houston said that was due to the fact that they did not have enough time to do so.

Houston said that they were behind schedule because they did not learn of the time requirement until June, and since governmental entities are required to publish the notice eight days ahead time, then hold a hearing and go through other time-consuming processes, they simply were unable to meet that deadline. He said a number of other towns and cities are in the same boat, and as a result, the Department of Local Government Finance reconsidered and accepted the city’s reestablishment of the Cumulative Capital Fund.

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Andrew Williams Bowls Perfect Game At Bowlaway Lanes

The name of Andrew Williams will soon adorn the 300 Club plaque; the 12th name, to celebrate his 12-strike streak.

A new name will be added to the 300 Club at Bowlaway Lanes this week, after Andrew Williams bowled a perfect game amidst a crowd of cheers. Williams’ streak of 12 perfect frames makes him the 12th member of the prestigious club.

Williams said he was particularly surprised at the outcome of his game because he was at a disadvantage; not only was he not planning on bowling that day, but he was suffering from a knee injury as well.

“I was asked Tuesday night if I could bowl with the team Wednesday, but I had a hurt knee, so I figured I’d sit it out,” Williams said. “Then I got a call from Estill Shepard around 1 o’clock asking if I could fill in since one of their guys called off, I figured I might as well since we got off work early, so I was feeling pretty good.”

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Alliance EMS Shows Customer Appreciation Today

Alliance EMS will be hosting their first ever Community Appreciation Day at Broken Arrow Campground from noon to 3 p.m. CT on Sunday, Sept. 30.

There will be activities for all ages, including face painting, balloon animals, minute-to-win-it games, and a moon bounce! There will also be free food such as chips, hamburgers, hot dogs, water, and sodas.

WKVI will also be at the celebration with a live broadcast at the event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. CT. If you miss the exciting event, you’re missing out!

Lt. Gov. Stops By Knox To Visit J.W. Hicks

Lt. Governor Becky Skillman made an appearance in Knox recently to meeting with the leaders of J.W. Hicks, a manufacturer of refractory products and services for the metals industry. Skillman said J.W. Hicks is one-of-a-kind in the United States, and there are only four other companies in the world that produce similar products.

Established in 1985, J.W. Hicks continues to thrive in Indiana, and Skillman said she was pleased to see their latest expansion: a second facility for refractory recycling production. She said there are few things more rewarding than seeing a company expand and grow at a time when Indiana is most in need of jobs.

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Hunting Season Approaching; DNR Urges Caution While On The Hunt

With hunting season just around the corner, Indiana Conservation Officers want to remind hunters to put safety first as they take to the woods or waters this hunting season. Thousands of hunters will be participating in the sport this season, and the Department of Natural Resources would like to ensure that all hunters understand these basic tips.

First, always point the muzzle of the gun in a safe direction, and never assume that a gun isn’t loaded. Most accidental shootings happen this way and most of them occur in the home. Before shooting, make sure that you know that your target is a game animal. Make sure that you don’t shoot at flashes of color as those flashes could be another person.

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Week in Review for Sept. 24-28, 2012

Here is a look at some of the news that made the news in the Kankakee Valley this week:

No one was hurt in a Saturday morning train crash in Knox. U.S. 35, East Division Street and North 300 East were closed so crews could clear the wreckage. A Norfolk Southern employee was performing maintenance on the tracks when a train collided with the service truck. It had been parked on a set of parallel tracks at the time of the accident. The employee was not in the truck at the time of the crash. It took crews nearly four hours to clear the wreckage and open the roads. Continue reading

Area Football Coaching Leaders

Football Coaching Leaders: Through 9/28/12

Tim Roth-Winamac (32 years): 198-130 .604

Justin Bogunia-John Glenn (15 years): 99-65 .604

Andy Thomas-Culver (13 years): 85-58 .594

Kevin Cox-NJSP (11 years): 74-47 .612

Dan Klimczak-South Central (7 years): 64-13 .831

Darren Rodriguez (5 years): 21-27 .437

Chris McGowen-Knox (1 year): 1-6 .142

Beatrice O’Grady

Beatrice O’Grady, 86, Orland Park, Illinois, formerly of Monterey, Indiana passed away Tuesday, September 25, 2012.  Funeral Mass will be Monday, October 1, 2012 at the Incarnation Catholic Church in Palos Heights, Illinois.  A commital service and interment will be held at St. Anne’s Cemetery in Monterey at 2:00 p.m. ET.  Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund.  The Heeney-Laughlin Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.

North Judson Man Arrested After Shooting At Neighbor’s Home

A North Judson man was arrested Thursday after a bullet fired from his gun allegedly went through a young girl’s bedroom window and grazed her in the back.

At 12:30 a.m., Donnie Greer told Starke County police that he was awoken to the sound of a crash in his daughter’s bedroom. He thought at first that it may have been a shelf that fell, but then he heard his daughter crying. When he entered her room, he saw a bullet hole in the window and found that a bullet had grazed his daughter in the back. After canvassing the area, police found that the shot could have originated from a neighbor’s house.

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Trial Against Ryan Taylor Expected To Go To Jury Today

Starke County Courthouse

The jury trial for Ryan Taylor is well underway in Starke Circuit Court, and the final arguments are expected to be heard this morning at 11 a.m. The case will then go to the jury for a verdict. The state rested its case yesterday after a recess, and arguments on directed verdict were heard. The jury also heard the case from the defense.

Taylor is charged with Arson after he allegedly lit a car on fire, destroying it. The state claims the car rightfully belonged to Taylor’s mother and he had no right to destroy the vehicle, but the defense says Taylor was the actual owner, having both possession and control of the vehicle, so it was his right to do with the vehicle what he pleased.

The trial is expected to come to a close today.

Five Arrested After Search Of Knox Residence

Five people were arrested Wednesday after a search warrant was executed at a Starke County residence.

Officers from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Knox City Police Department and the Probation Department went to 11240 E. State Road 8 and announced their presence at the residence. Officers knocked a few times and attempted to kick in the door. At that time, Austin Owens opened the door for the police. An officer read the contents of the search warrant and police conducted a search.

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Woman Arrested For Trafficking With Starke County Inmate

A Knox woman was arrested after allegedly trafficking with an inmate at the Starke County Jail.

Ashley Cooke arrived at the jail and gave the jailer some items for an inmate. The jailer was suspicious of the items so he inspected them. The jailer reportedly found a plastic baggie containing tobacco and two foil packs containing a white powdery substance inside a deodorant container. The powdery substance field-tested positive for methamphetamine.

Officers took her into custody and Ashley Cooke has preliminary charges of Dealing in Methamphetamine and Trafficking with Inmates. She is held on a $30,000 surety bond.

Knox City Council Approves List of Employees Exempt From Nepotism Policy

Knox City Council

In an effort to adhere to new state policies, the Knox City Council this week entered a list of city employees into the official record. City Attorney David Matsey noted that this is in reference to the newly-required nepotism policies, which requires a list of current employees that are grandfathered in to employment and thus exempt from the new policy.

Mayor Rick Chambers said they had to revise the list nearly a dozen times to keep it up to date and accurate. The list consists of every employee currently employed by the city since before July 1 of this year.

The council in June passed a motion adopting a policy regarding conflicts of interest and nepotism of office, which Matsey said was the first step required to conform to Indiana’s new guidelines. The council adopted the minimum provisions required by state statutes for nepotism, prohibiting a person from supervising a direct relative. Matsey pointed out that the law does not prevent grandparents from supervising grandchildren in office, and it only affects direct supervisors.

Legacy of Women to Hold “Head to Toe” Event in October

Starke County Legacy of Women Committee members

The Legacy of Women have scheduled their fall event for Sunday, Oct. 14 from 1–4 p.m. CT at the Knox Middle School. Member Sheri Bartoli says this year’s event is entitled, “Head to Toe,” and several volunteers will have their hair, makeup, and wardrobe made over by professionals.

“We’re actually doing makeovers on Starke County women and they include Kris Arvello, June Binkley, May Crider, Carol Bombagetti and Joan Haugh,” said Bartoli. “We are selling tickets for $8 in advance and they will be available at 1st Source Bank, Demotte State Bank, First National Bank of Monterey and the Starke County Public Library in Knox.”

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State Senator Arnold to Visit 30 Local Businesses

Senator Jim Arnold

Democratic State Senator Jim Arnold will be visiting 30 businesses in 30 days in the next month. Arnold says he wants to meet with local business owners and tour company sites to gain a perspective on current economic conditions.

Business owners in LaPorte County and northern Starke County are encouraged to contact the Senator to set a visit in October by calling (317) 232-9532.

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Donnelly Attends Groundbreaking Ceremony for INland Logistics Port In Kingsbury

Congressman Donnelly (fourth from left) breaks ground on the initial phase of construction for INland Logistics Port-Kingsbury.

Congressman Joe Donnelly yesterday attended the groundbreaking ceremony for INland Logistics Port–Kingsbury. This LaPorte County project aims to develop 800 acres of land and increase accessibility to the industrial park via truck and rail. Donnelly has worked with the Army Corps of Engineers, Kingsbury Utilities, the 624th Quartermaster Company, and Halfwassen Group, LLC, to come to an agreement to begin developing the intermodal port.

Donnelly said he was pleased to help break ground on such an important project, and said the improvements in rail access to help to give area businesses easier access to more markets. He said it will provide them with additional opportunities to grow their business and ultimately create more jobs in Indiana.

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Week 7 Football Predictions

Harold’s Picks: 24-10 (overall) 20-9 (with blind picks)

West Central-52  Frontier-12

Jimtown-48  Culver-7

New Prairie-36  John Glenn-14

Bremen-25  Knox-21

South Central-23  North Newton-21

Winamac-27  NJSP-21

Nathan’s Picks: 23-11 (overall) 20-9 (with blind picks)

West Central-52  Frontier-0

Jimtown-42  Culver-0

New Prairie-35  John Glenn-7

Bremen-28  Knox-14

South Central-28  North Newton-20

NJSP-28  Winamac-24

Sean’s Picks: 9-3

West Central-68  Frontier-3

Jimtown-42  Culver-0

New Prairie-44  John Glenn-28

Bremen-31  Knox-13

South Central-27  North Newton-24

Winamac-31  NJSP-27

Tom’s Blind Picks: 12-18

Frontier over West Central

Culver over Jimtown

John Glenn over New Prairie

Knox over Bremen

South Central over North Newton

NJSP over Winamac