Thumbs up: To being kind. The family and friends of Tim Getzelman and Lexi Weber declared Friday the second annual Random Act of Kindness Day in memory of the young couple. Getzelman and Weber were killed in a car crash on Feb. 21, 2011. The two were known for their desire to help others – Getzelman was an intern at the Sycamore Fire Department, and Weber was one of the early core volunteers at Feed ’em Soup, which named its children’s program in her memory. People going out of their way to do nice things for strangers is a beautiful tribute to the pair and a way to turn a sad anniversary into a positive day.
Thumbs down: To gaining nothing from silence. The Town of Cortland received a guarantee of a $1 million windfall from Waste Management in exchange for the town board’s agreement not to protest its plan to expand the DeKalb County Landfill. Many town residents certainly seem to object now that the expansion is closer to becoming reality. Meanwhile, the $1 million the town hopes to receive in December 2015 is already earmarked – to pay part of a $1.75 million lawsuit judgment housing developer Eagle Homes won against the village. The end result is that Cortland residents will be living near a much larger landfill and won’t even benefit from some small public improvement.
Thumbs up: To providing a rest stop for monarch butterflies. Sycamore’s Mayfield Congregational Church is using a $750 grant to create a garden that the migratory butterflies can use to lay their eggs and eat. Monarch butterflies only lay their eggs on milkweed plants, and need nectar-producing plants for energy, and the church garden will have both. Monarch butterflies migrate between Canada and Mexico – the insects go through several generations during the trip – and their observed numbers have been declining as the plants they need have become more scarce. They are fascinating creatures that are also a Christian symbol of resurrection. It is good to see the church doing something to help such unique and beautiful creatures.
Thumbs up: To the area’s top spellers, who will face off at the DeKalb County Spelling Bee today at Kishwaukee College. Each school district in the county hosts its own spelling bee, including St. Mary’s Catholic School in Sycamore and St. Mary School in DeKalb. The winner and runner-up from each district are eligible to participate in the countywide contest. The winner of today’s contest will travel to Washington, D.C., for the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May. Best of luck to all the competitors.
Thumbs up: To KishHealth System for providing Free screenings and vital health education to women in our communities. On Friday and Saturday, women of all ages were invited to join them at Kishwaukee Hospital for a morning dedicated to them. Activities included blood glucose testing, spot skin checks, blood pressure checks and much more.