Ready for the dog days of summer to end


I am ready for the dog days of summer to be over.

These are the hot, sultry days between July 3 and Aug. 11, according to several internet sources. And internet information is always correct, right?

These past few weeks have been a real strain. Heat and humidity, but not a lot of rain. Hopefully next week will be a bit better.

One thing to love about this time of year is sweet corn!  Glad to see Seebach’s and Rainwater’s corn available again. There is another stand on Illinois Route 64 and Illinois Route 251 that is rumored to have excellent corn also.

Sweet corn is sort of bitter sweet. The appearance of this golden treat comes toward the end of July, meaning August and school, then September and fall.

Sadly, COVID-19 cases seem to be spiking, mainly in areas with many unvaccinated people. Now we have a candidate for governor saying people should not get vaccinated. I tend to go with the scientists and doctors in making life-altering decisions, which is why I have been vaccinated, as has my family. 

Page Park cleanup

There was a cleanup at Page Park recently. Several youngsters from Focus House pulled weeds and picked up trash in the little downtown park. I am looking forward to all the construction being completed and the park a quiet refuge once again.

Last weekend there was an event called Reconnecting in Rochelle at VFW Park. About 100 people came to the event, which was a way for newer residents to meet other residents and become more familiar with their town. Police and fire personnel were there to talk to people, and the mayor said a few words.

The group plans a fall get together and they hope for even more people to come together and get to know each other.

Country roads

I don’t like driving on country roads at this time of year. Too many intersections become blind corners because of corn. I tend to slow down when I reach these corners, which probably frustrates anyone behind me. I’m sorry, but I just don’t trust my fellow motorists.

Shop local

By the time you read this, the shop local utility rebate program will have changed a little.  From now until the end of the year a household will be limited to 3 credits. Up until Aug. 1 it had been unlimited.

I think it is a great program that has helped local businesses and local utility customers, a win for everyone.

RIP Chicago Cubs.

Terry Dickow may be contacted at [email protected]

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