Thumbs up: To the Goodfellows, who not only distributed gifts Tuesday to about 900 local children but are expanding their efforts to Genoa. Genoa volunteers Pat and Georgeann Felvey, who are working with Genoa residents Bart Lawson and Katie Appleby, have shadowed the organizers all season in preparation for a Goodfellows kickoff in their community in 2014. We wish them well in expanding this worthwhile effort to spread Christmas cheer to those in need.
Thumbs up: To local firefighters and police who worked on Christmas Day. The DeKalb firefighters prepared a holiday meal at their three stations and took it to the new DeKalb police station to share. Meanwhile, at least one Sycamore firefighter celebrated Christmas with his family early; the children wrote Santa a letter requesting an early delivery on Christmas Eve because Dad had to work the next day. We appreciate the sacrifices our first-responders make, as well as their families who still find ways to make the holidays special.
Thumbs up: To another season at the community ice rink in Genoa. Volunteers worked last weekend to set up the rink in the 100 block of North Genoa Street. The Genoa-Kingston Fire Department filled the 50-by-100 foot rink with water, and pennants will fly near the rink when the ice is safe for skating. Folks can borrow skates for free at Heartland Bank, 327 W. Main St., Genoa. For information, visit genoamainstreet.com or call 815-784-6961.
Thumbs down: To Gov. Pat Quinn’s “do as I say, not as I do” attitude on term limits for elected officials. Although he pushed for limits with an intiative he called “Eight is Enough” in the 1990s, now that he’s running for his second full term as governor, it’s a different story. Quinn said there would have to be a constitutional amendment passed before he would limit himself. “I believe in term limits, but when they’re passed. ... I think that’s the only fair way to go,” Quinn told AP this week. If the governor believes term limits are good for government, why not apply them to himself whether they’re the law or not? To whom is that “not fair”?
Thumbs up: To Maple Park police, who met their goal by collecting more than $63,000 for the Law Enforcement Torch Run For Special Olympics – the most of any law enforcement agency in the state. The seven officers of the Maple Park force were helped by Colleen MacRunnels, an Elburn resident who helped the Illinois Department of Corrections with its Torch Run fundraising when she worked for that agency. Police Chief Mike Acosta said next year’s goal would be to raise the largest amount in state history – which would require raising another $13,000. Great work by those who helped raise money to benefit athletes who participate in Special Olympics.
Thumbs up: To one man’s mission to prevent cold feet. When Tom McNamara of Crystal Lake retired from teaching, he traded his house for an RV he drives around the country, delivering clean, dry socks to the homeless. “All our other organizations do a great job, but they get jackets, hats, scarves, gloves; we forget socks,” McNamara said. “You hand them a pair of socks and they are jumping for joy.”