Dec 1, 2017

Romveoville, Illinois - New Train Station

Romeoville breaks ground on new Metra station

(May 16, 2017) - 
Romeoville Mayor John Noak, U.S. Congressman Dan Lipinski, Will County Executive Larry Walsh and Metra Executive Director/CEO Don Orseno officially broke ground today on the Romeoville Metra Station, a new stop along the Heritage Corridor Line.
“Getting a Metra stop has been a village goal for a long time, so we’re very excited to break ground today,” Noak said. “Having another transportation link to the city will be a great benefit for residents as well as businesses.”
Located near the intersection of 135th Street and New Avenue, the Romeoville Station will be the first new stop on the Heritage Corridor since Metra’s creation in 1984 and the first new stop on any Chicagoland Metra line since 2011. Construction is scheduled to be completed in the fall of this year, giving Romeoville residents a direct connection to downtown Chicago just in time for the holiday season. 
The Heritage Corridor Line runs between Joliet and Chicago Union Station. 
“Once completed, this new station will mean more people in Romeoville and the surrounding area will be able to spend less of their valuable time each day driving on congested roads or traveling to less convenient Metra stations,”  Lipinski said. “As the most senior member from Illinois on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and co-chair of the Congressional Public Transit Caucus, I would like to thank Mayor John Noak, the village of Romeoville, Will County Executive Larry Walsh and Metra for their hard work on this important project.”
We first planned this METRA Train station in 1982 and then again in 1997. The 1982 plan was an effort by Will County and the Regional Transportation Authority of Northeast Illinois, while the 1997 effort was part of the Will County Transportation Plan. The need for the station was clear - there is a large distance from the existing stations in Lockport and Lemont. The commuter line did not have enough ridership and too little service, which the new station should help.

It takes a long time to get things done. Good thing we were not in a big hurry!

METRA Timeline
1960's - Chicago commuter rail is deteriorating under individual railroad operation. Equipment and motive power is old.

1970's - Railoads want out of commuter business. 

1974 - Chicago forms Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) to run public transpotation needs.

1984 - The RTA's rail operations were reorganized into METRA (Northeast Illinois Railroad Corporation). and all commuter rail operations were handed over to Metra 

Nov 30, 2017

My 70th Birthday Party ? The Marine Corps Birthday Ball


Our Florida Gang at my 70th Birthday Party at the Bradenton, Florida Marine Corps Ball. Looking Good! We celebrated with our friends at the Ball. I cut the Marine Corps Birthday Cake with my sword and did not cut anyone, so it worked well.

Thanks to Betty Greenspan and Bob Fields for taking the photos:

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Nov 27, 2017

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Row, Row, Row Your Boat, 

Gently Down the Stream

Merrily, Merrily, Merrily, Merrily,

Life is but a Dream

Nov 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

 The video below from WKRP Cinncinati video on Thanksgiving.  No turkeys were harmed in this video.

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Les Nessman discovers that his station's Thanksgiving promotion just isn't going to fly. For more info ...

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Stream WKRP in Cincinnati season 1, episode 7 instantly. ... This one website, wetpaint, showed 12 Thanksgiving Day episodes, and the  ...

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WKRP "Turkey's Away" .... This was a great old Thanksgivingshow. .... WKRP "As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly" Thanksgiving  ...

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Watch the latest WKRP in Cincinnati Full Episode (Turkeys Away) on IMDb.

Nov 19, 2017

Coming Soon

Trump Trophies

Donald Junior with his Elephant Kill

First the Federal Government decided to allow the import of elephant hunting trophies, then Trump reversed the decision. I was surprised. 

Then I received the poll results from my Conservative Republican Congressman - results below. Turns out a lot of people don't want us importing trophies of an endangered animal.

Seems to me that it is kind of fraternal genocide for the Republicans to be killing elephants. 

Wouldn't be more logical for the Trump White House to authorize trophy hunting of donkeys?


Almost exactly 117 years ago, a Category 4 hurricane made landfall on the barrier-island city of Galveston, Texas, with the storm surge and winds destroying at least half of the residential areas and killing at least 6,000 people. The September 8, 1900 catastrophe was one of the most destructive and costly natural disasters in American history, and even generations later it’s the watch word of sorts for what nature is capable of, and how seriously humans need to take it.

One of the reasons Galveston—which suffered damage from Hurricane Harvey in late August—is still around today is because the surviving residents rebuilt around the memory of destruction. Authorities at the federal, state, and local levels joined in building a massive 10-mile-long seawall to guard the city from the brunt of storm-driven waves. Galveston residents also changed the governing structure of the municipality in order to begin work on a most ambitious engineering effort: a project to raise the entire city above flood level, which required lifting buildings by as much as 16 feet and filling in foundations with millions of tons of sand.

Anti Kidnaping

Nov 15, 2017

Walk in Sarasota, Florida

The area along the water between USF Sarasota on the north and Ringling Museum on the south provide a nice if confusing walk along the water. Park at USF on the north, go to water and walk south through New College and the Powell Crosley Mansion, then to Ringling and back.

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