Thumbs-up: To the most successful football coach DeKalb has had in recent memory. On Thursday, school officials announced that Matt Weckler was stepping down after leading the Barbs to the postseason in each of his six seasons as coach.
Weckler, who will remain as a physical education teacher at the school, said he wanted more time to watch his own children play sports. Winning is fun, and we appreciate the success Weckler brought the program. We hope the foundation he laid will lead to more good years.
Thumbs-up: To a local company that puts its money where its mouth is on shopping local. For the past six years, DeKalb-based Lehan Drugs has given employees $100 each – in $2 bills – to spend at local businesses.
On Sunday, the employees gathered in Van Buer Plaza in downtown DeKalb, along with some employees from OC Creative, then dispersed among the local shops to spend some money. Money spent at area businesses stays in the local economy, generates local sales tax dollars and supports local employment. The effort will put about $6,000 into the local economy this year. So if you see a $2 bill floating around, you might be able to guess where it came from.
Thumbs-down: To overheated rhetoric. State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit, D-Oswego, had other ways of making her point than saying that she wished another legislator’s family member would be be infected with Legionnaires’ disease, be mistreated and ultimately die. Kifowit, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, was speaking in support of overturning Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a bill to increase the state’s liability in lawsuits related to the Legionnaires’ outbreak at the Quincy Veterans Home.
We’re glad that she ultimately apologized, but here’s hoping the next session won’t come close to this level of vitriol.
Thumbs-up: To the Christmas season. In towns around DeKalb County there are holiday events, charity drives and light displays going up in front yards and in downtowns. This weekend, there will be holiday events in Malta and Waterman.
WLBK-AM radio personality T.D. Ryan will be collecting donations in the Hy-Vee parking lot at 2700 Sycamore Road in the “Freezin’ for Food” drive through 6 p.m. Saturday.
People everywhere are a bit cheerier, although the temperatures are getting down into the teens at night. We shouldn’t neglect to mention that Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, continues through Monday evening, too. There are more activities to come – enjoy the season.