John Andersen: Looking ahead to autumn

“My favorite poem is the one that starts ‘Thirty days hath September’ because it actually tells you something,” Groucho Marx said some years back.

You can only be too careful of September because if you aren’t, September can become a season of melancholy and drabness that belies its place as a time of bright reflection.

This weekend we are getting in the last of the summer and thinking of the autumn ahead. We have had our summer’s fun. We took a family vacation up to the Apostle Islands. As always when our daughters are home, it was a whirlwind of activity then silence around the house. Quite a few people on our street are gone for the long weekend, and I might get caught up on a few chores around the house. While I do that, a few items from the summer of 2017:

We had both our daughters home for a week in August. During that week, we went back to where we vacationed when they were little. Bayfield and the Apostle Islands has always been a vacation spot we enjoyed. Lake Superior holds a special place for our family. Our oldest daughter is a stand-up paddle boarder, and she had a few hours of paddling Lake Superior. She has paddled on the Pacific Ocean and is learning to surf at Malibu.

Our youngest daughter treated everyone to dinner. There is always a moment when roles change in a relationship, and this was one of them. Having your kid pick up the tab is a strange feeling. Our daughters are full grown adults but the father–daughter relationship is always one that requires reassessment from time to time.

If you are riding down Highway 29 past the Lake Hallie water tower, you will now see that it is completely white. Originally the base was supposed to be white when construction was finished, but there was a miscommunication, and the concrete was sealed instead of being painted white. Two years later, the work was done, and the tower and the base are the color they are supposed to be.

On Wednesday, Aug. 30, the pickle ball court in Lake Hallie by the old Gower School site will be dedicated. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 6 p.m. For those of you who enjoy pickle ball, there is one more court to play on in the area now.

Coming up on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9 and 10, the Lake Hallie Parks, Rec and Tourism Board will be sponsoring the first annual Lake Hallie Food Festival. This event will feature hopefully 10 local food truck vendors. There will be craft booths, displays and some entertainment each day from noon to 7 p.m. The event will take place at Peace Memorial Park.

Many of you might know that the Eagles Club and Sport Motors Harley-Davidson also hold an End of Summer Hallie Block Party. This year, that event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9. There will be a raffle and food available. So if you have a moment that weekend you may just want to check it out. That event is located by the Eagles Club in Lake Hallie.

We all know about Hurricane Harvey hitting Texas last week. Hopefully things will work out for the best for those folks. But when Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey and New York, there were 67 Republican legislators, including our own Tom Petri, Sean Duffy, Jim Sensenbrenner and Paul Ryan, who refused to vote for money to help the people of New York and New Jersey. I wonder how they will vote now if Texas comes hat in hand asking for the same help. I would think what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

Emergency Services in Chippewa County has had a fair amount of large scale events this year. The one group of individuals that rarely gets thanked is the dispatchers who work for the Chippewa County Emergency Center. No call ever starts and no call is ever finished without them. So on this Labor Day weekend, thank you, ladies and gentlemen of the Chippewa County 911 Center. You are appreciated more than you will ever know.

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Craig Ballantyne

I love anything to do with Harley Davidson and have two beautiful children and a beautiful partner. In my spare time i like building websites and love anything to do with the internet.

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