Thumbs up: To locally grown food. Eating local produce is easy during the summer months, and considering that we live on some of the most fertile farmland on Earth, there’s no need to eat food that’s trucked in from somewhere else if you don’t have to. Farmers markets will be opening in coming days, with today marking the opening of the Genoa farmers market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Main and South Genoa streets. The Genoa market is open the fourth Saturday of each month through October. DeKalb’s farmers market will open for the season from noon to 6 p.m. June 6 and continue every Thursday through Sept. 29 at Van Buer Plaza at north Second and Locust streets. In downtown Sycamore, the farmers market will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays starting June 2 and continuing through Sept. 29. When the community supports local agriculture, growers and consumer both win.
Thumbs down: To the now obviously oversold Facebook IPO. The company went public May 18 with a flourish of media hype and an opening price of $38 a share – a number time has shown to have been grossly inflated. Although the initial public offering made billions for Facebook and millions for the investment banks underwriting the deal, anyone who actually bought Facebook stock in May 2012 took a bath. The stock is trading in the $25-a-share range, down 34 percent from its IPO price a year ago. Meanwhile, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index is up about 25 percent over the same period. Deals like the Facebook IPO only serve to reinforce the belief held by some that on Wall Street, the game is rigged and only insiders are positioned to prosper.
Thumbs up: To the many Memorial Day services and ceremonies planned throughout the county this weekend. Events include a mayors’ breakfast, parades and cemetery services in every corner of the county. Please take some time to participate in one of these events or just take a moment to remember the men and women who have died while serving our country.
Thumbs up: To Amanda Ericson and to all women who donate something that is uniquely personal: their hair. Ericson, 18, grew out her hair for three years before cutting off 8 inches this week to donate to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, which provides free wigs for American Cancer Society wig banks. The stylists at Great Clips in DeKalb, where Ericson had her hair cut, said that salon alone sees about two hair donors in a typical week. Some organizations make wigs for adults undergoing cancer treatment; others, like Locks of Love, make wigs for children with permanent hair loss. Thanks to hair donors, these organizations can help children fit in and can make women with cancer feel more like themselves again.
Thumbs up: To potential progress in a north Sycamore subdivision. Youssi Investments is buying 85 lots in North Grove Crossings subdivision after more than two years of negotiations. The previous developer defaulted on a loan, and the lots were owned by Old Second National Bank. Putting them back in a developer’s hands is a step toward finishing the subdivision.