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Some resolutions worth pursuing
By Barry Schrader Senior Columnist...................December 17, 2012
Our pastor recently asked the congregation how many people
made resolutions for the new year. Only a smattering of hands
went up, including mine.
Three years ago, I tried to write a column about annual resolutions
people thought about but never made, but the effort flopped miserably.
So I thought why not make three resolutions for 2012 publicly
so people could encourage me, discourage me or forget about them
(like most of us do in six weeks or so).
First on my list is health and accepting Gov. Pat Quinns
challenge to walk 167 miles, or the width of the state, during
the year as part of a fitness regimen. I have invited a friend
to join me in a regular hike through the empty halls of a retirement
complex before the rooster crows, so we will see what happens
to this effort.
Barry Schrader (right) and the TransVac mechanic recently
inspected this 36-foot-long recreational vehicle (Ford V10 chassis
and a National RV Tropi-Cal motorhome) for sale in the DeKalb
area that could be converted into a museum on wheels. (Clegg
Second, I would like to find the residents of Oak Crest DeKalb
Area Retirement Center a companion dog, much like those now inhabiting
the corridors of Pine Acres Rehab & Living Center and the
Alzheimers unit at the DeKalb County Rehab & Nursing
Center. We had a taste of what a dog means to those in wheelchairs
when the Rev. John Seraphine and his friend, Sandi Scott, brought
a sheepdog and service dog as part of a program. I witnessed
what a brief encounter with a friendly canine can do for someones
spirits who doesnthave much excitement in life. I believe
this pet idea would work wonders with many elderly people in
is the big one, which I give a 50-50 chance of becoming a reality.
Going back some 20 years when we lived in Livermore, Calif.,
I was heavily involved in local historical activities and helped
form a new city historical society.
When I became president of that group I realized how few of the
citys 60,000 residents actually visited our museum or took
our guided tours maybe 15 percent and way too few young
people. About the same time, I came across an old recreational
vehicle that had been used by a school district for a mobile
speech and hearing clinic. It was on the auction block and could
be had for $2,500.
The board approved the purchase, concurring that a museum
on wheels would enable the story of our heritage and the
regions history to be brought to every school in the district
as well as to shopping centers and special celebrations.
We renovated it into a traveling exhibit. Two decades later,
that community is just inaugurating its second Historymobile
(a replacement) for use in conjunction with teaching local history
in the schools, plus visiting retirement centers and reaching
out to area wineries that dot the landscape around the Livermore
Five years after returning to our roots here, I brought up the
possibility of a similar project to encompass all of DeKalb County.
So far it has not met with a lot of enthusiasm, but I plan on
finding a willing group to sponsor such a traveling exhibit
or mobile classroom, as I like to call it.
Barry Schrader was editor of the Daily Chronicle from
1969-1972. He and his wife, Kay, are retired and live in DeKalb.
He can be reached at email@example.com or by mail at P.O.
Box 851, DeKalb, IL 60115.
P.S. I have locked in on the perfect RV and found
a non-profit sponsor, now all I need is the $18,000 !!!
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