Sunday, November 22, 2020

Dairy Queen

 The downtown Carbondale Dairy Queen will close for the season today, likely around 9 p.m. Likely will reopen in late February.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Farmer's Market

 Next Saturday is the last Saturday of the year for the Murdale Farmer's Market at the outside location at Murdale. After that, it moves inside to the east End of University Mall starting December 5th. The market has announced it will offer curbside pickup but not sure how that will work. Apparently you put in orders through the market website and someone will bring the order out to you.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Christmas Lights

 Looks as if we are just going to ignore Thanksgiving for the most part this year. SIH Memorial Hospital put up lights along University and Main this week and I have seen lights appearing on houses throughout town for the last couple of weeks. The revolving memorial that graces the town square every holiday season also got installed this week.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Carbondale Characteristics

 Found the following characteristics about Carbondale from an email about a sustainability neighborhood proposal forwarded by D. Gorton

Carbondale is/has:

1) A low income base 

2) One of the highest college educated populations in Illinois and the United States (Carbondale is rated in the top 3%)

3) The youngest cohort in Illinois* (depending on the next census and the enrollment at SIUC)

4) The most diverse community in regards race, age, religion, sexuality and gender in the region, if not the state.

5) There has been continued support for action on Climate change, income inequality, and social injustice as the biggest threats to building strong, sustainable communities. These challenges define the current priorities of our community.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Crab Orchard Watershed

 If you are interested, here is some information on how the planning is progressing for maintaining and protecting the Western Crab Orchard Watershed, a process that started back in 2018

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

City Council Nominations Open

 And they are filing already. Three seats up in next year's election:

Four (4) candidates have filed their nominating petitions for Carbondale City Council Member. 


1 – Carolin Harvey, 109 South Tower Road

2 – Nathan Colombo, 229 Hunt Rd.

3 – Jeff Doherty, 2918 Kent Drive

4 – Tyrone Taliq Montgomery, 809 N. Springer

City Hall and Drivers License Offices

 Both Carbondale City Hall and the Secretary of State's Drivers License Facility on Old RTE 13 announced they would close for the foreseeable future, starting today. Offices are still available by phone and email but no walk in traffic.  Despite the increase in cases, I doubt very much that the state will announce another statewide closure of businesses. Too much negative pushback for a second round but it and the city can close the facilities under their respective control.

Incidentally, if you have not done so already, today is the last day to pay your county property taxes