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Illinois from December 2007 until May 2011.
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Seasonal changes shift over time
By Barry Schrader.................................September
Can summer really be over?
Summer has come and gone and another season approaches. But
wait, summer is not over until each of us wants it to be over.
The calendar states autumn began Sept. 23, but not in my book.
When I was young, summer ended when the school bus pulled
up in front of our place.
Then when I entered the working world, it was after Labor
Day when we had our last fling at a three-day weekend, or even
a month later when we went up to our Lake Kegonsa cabin and pulled
the pier out of the water. Now I want to drag this season out
until Indian Summer comes.
Barry next to corn as high as an elephants eye. (Barry Schrader
This year I wondered if summer was over when the Sandwich
Fair ended, but that was really too early. I am a dyed-in-the-wool
fair buff and have to go multiple times. After having lunch one
day there with my old Genoa schoolmate Eddie Carter who
used to publish the Hinckley Review and is now head of the Illinois
postal service workers union I headed over to see the
new fair museum created by Joan Hardekopf. She graciously gave
me a tour of the little building packed to the ceiling with the
type of memorabilia many of us might still have in our basements.
Now about this changing season: Guess I will have to let
it be autumn since I am in the autumn of my life.
So Ill enjoy it one day at a time. In my book, fall wont
end until the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival is over. Meanwhile, during
the next month I look forward to passing under those colorful
trees that arch over Somonauk Street in Sycamore. You dont
have to drive anywhere else to see all the vibrant fall colors
in one place.
It feels good to be writing columns again, and I hope to
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