Monday, October 20, 2014

Candidate Meet & Greets

Meet and greets with the candidates for Mike Post's position.  Based on the post cards I have seen from both campaigns, I want to ask each candidate how they became so evil. Sheesh.  Bill Kilquist is at the Old Train Depot tomorrow and Terry Bryant on Thursday.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Busy Weekend For Unofficial Halloween

From what I have heard, "Unofficial Halloween" kicked off with a large number of students roaming around Carbondale, looking to "do stuff" and take the Strip. Police had to use tear gas disperse at least one crowd and a car got flipped near West Cherry. Student apartments were pretty loud with partying until about midnight, I was told, then it quieted down as the residents headed out to find something 'interesting' to do in town.

Update:  Just heard police received a report sometime after midnight about someone waving a gun around on West Oak. Lots of people out in that area as well.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Haunted Carbondale

Here is one man's list of the top ten most haunted places in southern Illinois. Disagree with a couple of choices on the list as I do not see passing over the Old Slave House and Hundley House in favor of Sunset Haven and DCI Biologicals

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Pony Cabaret and Steakhouse

Opened yesterday at the rear of 213 East Main. From the name, I would guess some connection with the Pony Stripclubs in Memphis and East Cape Girardeau. Rules on the front door state the is is not an "adult cabaret" as defined by the city of Carbondale. Hours are 4 p.m to 2 a.m. if you want to take a look.

Update:  Apparently there are poles installed but the dancers do not appear topless and wear bikinis while working at the bar.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

More on Pravin Vanughese

Dan DiMaria, mayor of Morton Grove, the home town of Pravin Vanughese, has called for a re-examination of the circumstances of Vanughese's death and will ask Carbondale authorities to push forward with further investigation at a press conference this weekend.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Buckminister Fuller Presentation

Coming this Sunday at Morris Library. Still see it as a shame that Carbondale, and the university, do do more to honor Fuller's legacy. I think the only memorial I see in Carbondale proper is a mosaic on S. Illinois put in as part of the aborted Stars on Main project of a decade ago :

“Our Sustainable Legacy & Future: Buckminster Fuller at SIU”
Sunday, October 19, 2014 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm
Guyon Auditorium, Morris Library (605 Agriculture Drive), SIU Carbondale
Featuring presentations/discussion by Allegra Fuller Snyder, D.W. Jacobs, Benjamin Lowder and Brent Ritzel. Hosted/emceed by Janet Elizabeth Donoghue.
FREE and open to the public.

As the father of the modern sustainability movement Buckminster Fuller has left an important legacy to Southern Illinois University. With that in mind, The Buckminster Fuller Future Organization welcomes a rare and distinguished guest to campus on Sunday, October 19th: Allegra Fuller Snyder is the daughter of Buckminster Fuller and Anne Hewlett Fuller, she is the founder of The Buckminster Fuller Institute in New York and a pioneer of the field of dance ethnology. Join us for this exciting opportunity to honor our legacy and design our future, sustainably. 

Allegra Fuller Snyder (daughter of Buckminster Fuller and founder of the Buckminster Fuller Institute), D.W. Jacobs (playwright of R. Buckminster Fuller: THE HISTORY (and Mystery) OF THE UNIVERSE), Benjamin Lowder (SIUC alumnus, designer, curator and artist), and Brent Ritzel (former president of the Fuller Dome Non-Profit and the Buckminster Fuller Future Organization) will present and discuss the profound impact Buckminster Fuller had on humanity and how to honor the invaluable legacy of sustainability he left at SIU. The event will be hosted and emceed by Janet Elizabeth Donoghue (current president of the Buckminster Fuller Future Organization),

Buckminster Fuller is the father of the modern sustainability movement and as an SIU Carbondale professor from 1959 to 1971 he was SIUC’s number one ambassador to the world in the university’s history, traveling nearly 10 months a year and lecturing at more than 500 other universities throughout the world during his tenure at SIU. “Bucky” received the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1983, our nation’s highest civilian honor.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Reception to follow presentations and discussions in the Morris Library Rotunda catered by Cristaudo’s. “Our Sustainable Legacy & Future: Buckminster Fuller at SIU” has been made possible through the generous support of the SIUC Undergraduate Student Government (USG), the SIUC Graduate & Professional Student Council (GPSC), the SIUC Fine Arts Activity Fee and the Buckminster Fuller Future Organization. For more information contact Janet Elizabeth Donoghue at or 618.525.3099.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Koppers Update

Here's an update from Beazer on the company's activity cleaning up the former Kopper's site:

On September 5, 2014, USEPA provided preliminary comments on Attachments 1 and 2 of the Human Health Risk Assessment Work Plan (HHRA Work Plan).

 On September 11, 2014, Beazer submitted a letter to USEPA responding to USEPA’s August 19 and September 5, 2014 comments on the HHRA Work Plan.

 On September 19, 2014, USEPA submitted a follow-up letter to Dr. Brian Klubek (Concerned
Carbondale Citizens), providing a modified response regarding groundwater sampling for dioxins/furans.

 On September 26, 2014, USEPA approved Beazer’s September 11, 2014 responses to USEPA’s
comments on the HHRA Work Plan, and requested a revised/final HHRA Work Plan by October 17,

 Beazer, USEPA and others participated in corrective action coordination conference calls on September 4 and 18, 2014.

 Beazer continued post-construction OMM activities (e.g., DNAPL thickness measurements/removal, CAMU leachate monitoring/removal, Site inspections, etc.).

 Beazer collected approximately 86 gallons of DNAPL from the barrier trench and approximately 28 gallons of DNAPL from recovery well RW-23 during this reporting period. The approximate total
DNAPL volumes collected through September 2014 are 18,530 gallons from the barrier trench and
7,504 gallons from RW-23.