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Just an old-fashioned Fourth
By Barry Schrader.................................July
I cant forget to mention that the girl singing
The Star-Spangled Banner was Cassidy Meerman, a sophomore
in the Sycamore High choir. She needs to punch it up
to compete with the booming announcer who also did a great job
keeping us entertained. But this was only Cassidys second
solo performance on the field, so lets give her time to
climb to the class of a Kate Smith
Now, that grand dame
really made the national anthem come alive, sending a chill up
your spine. Anyway Go Liners!
Wanting to just relax and enjoy an old-fashioned Fourth of
July after our exhausting trip to California, I made a list of
all the things we could do that weekend.
to skip the Kirkland July 4th gala because of time constraints,
I concentrated on three places. Bill Braksick, editor of The
MidWeek, beat me to the punch writing about the DeKalb County
Liners baseball game, but I still had a ball. In fact I
caught two rubber balls tossed into the crowd by the Liners
pep squad. Isnt it great to have a nearly-pro
team right in our backyard, or in this case, at Sycamore Park?
The player who hit the game-winning home run for
the Liners against the DuPage Dragons was Anthony Foulk from
Sycamore. I found out from his father, Kelley, that he is a Base-liner.
That has nothing to do with baseball he was brought up
in the Ellen Oaks subdivision just off Base Line Road, where
I was also raised. Even though the Liners program lists his hometown
as Genoa, because of their mailing address, he is actually a
2008 Sycamore High grad. Now that is as local as one can get
and makes me hark back to the days of the Sycamore Sons and the
Henigan boys who made a name for that team. Fans turned out in
droves to see their town team play back then, so lets hope
people from around the county will adopt the Liners as their
team, instead of the White Sox or Cubs, and support them to a
greater degree. The hot dogs and ribs sell for a reasonable price,
and the $6 bleachers ticket is a steal.
Sycamore High solphomore Cassidy Meerman sings the National
Anthem.Liners catcher Anthony Foulk pauses for the National
Anthem with umpires.
adventure on the Fourth of July weekend was to go measure some
field corn to see how tall it is. I checked out the first field
I found tasseling out at the Larson farm on Keslinger Road and
it was nearly 9 feet tall already. But I was surprised I had
been misled all these years by the old term knee-high by
the Fourth of July. My writer friend Mil Misic claims that
saying referred to a man on horseback in a field of corn, not
Speaking of corn, this past weekend the
long-anticipated sweet corn season opened with local stands offering
that mouthwatering bicolor hybrid corn. I was almost the first
in line, as I think it can hold its own against that Japanese
brand super sweet corn from Harvard being hyped on the radio.
To round out a perfect Fourth, one only had to motor
or stroll over to Hopkins Park in DeKalb where Dee Palmer and
the longest-playing municipal band in the nation (but not the
original players) perform in the open band shell.
seems bigger than life even compared to his statue nearby
and when he told the crowd to stand up and swing to the
strains of Copacabana the response was immediate.
Of course to complete the Independence Day experience,
fireworks lit up the night sky with booms that could be heard
all the way from Sycamore to Malta.
Now is there
any place in the world more patriotic on the Fourth than DeKalb
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