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Help keep the parks clean in Mt. Morris

Published: Friday, May 24, 2013 3:48 p.m. CST

Dear Editor,

It appears that the Village of Mt. Morris’ residents have been a bit lax in park etiquette these days.

Going to Mounder Park this past Sunday with my young daughter, I was saddened and disturbed about what we found.

We spent half of my daughter’s playtime cleaning the rubber mulch from the steps to the slides and bridge, not to mention a huge pile from the circular ride.

I am using Mounder Park as an example, Dillehay Park is abused also.

While my daughter was playing, I went and picked up a crushed pop can, two glass Snapple bottles, parts of a broken cap gun and several empty wrappers, with a large garbage can available right by the tables.

During this time, three kids old enough to be responsible and know better, began throwing a plastic water bottle back and forth at each other from top of the slide (while my young daughter was trying to actually play on the equipment).

I informed these kids that this was unacceptable behavior, and that the mulch was not intended to be taken or thrown around.

Upon picking the bottle off the ground, I discovered it had been filled with the rubber mulch from the playground.

Briefly walking around the playground area, I saw spray paint on the equipment and words scratched into the picnic tables.

Now I realize kids are kids, but I find it troubling that they feel vandalism is the only way to have fun these days.

And to the parents and older adults, if you see something like this going on, say something to the kids that this isn’t right and won’t be tolerated.

Spend a few minutes and pick up trash, or put mulch back where it belongs.

Our village park employees work hard and trying to make our parks a clean and safe place for our kids to play and have fun, but they can’t do it all themselves.

Explain this to your kids, maybe we can put a lid on this.

The village spent lots of money on the construction and development of our parks, so that our young people would have places to go and enjoy themselves, in a safe and clean environment.

I for one, do not want to worry about my daughter stepping on broken toys, cans or bottles when she plays, or reading some undesirable graffiti.

Let’s all strive to keep our parks respectable, both in picking up after yourselves, and the way you conduct yourself at the parks.

Thank you,

Dan Elsasser

Mt. Morris

Village President

Woman shocked by condition of cemetery lawn

Dear Editor,

To all the people who have loved ones at St. Mary Cemetery, Pines Road, Oregon.

We have just celebrated Mother’s Day, which is a time most of us take flowers to the cemeteries.

I was shocked at the state of our cemetery lawn.

Since the “robo-mowers” have been doing the lawn care it is very shabby; you can tell they are just there to collect their dollars per mowing.

There were even some Christmas decorations still out there. Also, there are graves that need to be filled in with dirt and then seeded.

Who is in charge of cleaning up? I know who did it up to July of last  year; it wasn’t the “robo-mowers”.

Our dad has been there since August of 1990 and our Mom said when shopping for a stone “this is the last thing I will be able to buy for your Dad, so I want the right one.”

This is the only involvement I have had in picking out a gravestone and I remember it wasn’t cheap, so I know that there are no cheap stones out there. This brings up my second complaint with the “robo-mowers”, they have damaged the front base of the stone where the names are engraved.

I checked some of the surrounding stones (Reinders, Lauer, Garrison, Guentert). These are just a few, and the bases of those stones are damaged with big scrape marks from the mower deck.

Since 1990 to July of last year, these things did not take place, only after the hiring of the “robo-mowers”.

We were told that we couldn’t have shepherd hooks or any kind of bench, well, there are shepherd hoods and a big black bench.

Who IS in charge and really what are the rules? When you ask, no one seems to know.

Why do some of the other parishes (in the Rockford Diocese) have their employees doing lawn care and we can’t?

Becky (Reimer) Bolthouse

Daughter of Dan and Margaret Reimer

Oregon

Landscaping in Mt. Morris is spectacular

Dear Editor,

The first verse of Kurt Kaiser’s evangelical hymn “Pass It On”  begins with the words: “It only takes a spark. . . .”

And as I begin to look around my village, I wonder if, just maybe, there has been a spark?

I was a bit apprehensive about the concrete slab at the band shell when it was first proposed.

Now that it’s in I want to yell ‘hurrah’. It looks great and once Jerry Stauffer and his hard-working crew get the benches installed it will become an absolute focal point for the town. The flag pole and its landscaping are spectacular.

Then, drive down to the Community Gardens in back of the Brethren Church and you see another grand example of working together. It’s beautiful to behold.

Meanwhile, Mary Jane Warkins is touting marigolds, marigolds, marigolds; and here and there they are beginning to appear.

Union Savings Bank has installed 4 large pots of them; marigolds have appeared on the campus at various places; I saw Dianne Swingel planting marigolds at the Church of the Brethren the other day; Our Place Restaurant has installed window boxes with marigolds; Jan Hough stopped by the other evening and said she was thinking about putting marigolds at our sign at the west end of town; that yellow and orange blossom has become flower of the day at Pinecrest Grove.

And around town, here and there, marigolds are beginning to show up.

What Kurt Kasiser wrote just might be true: “It only takes a spark to get a fire going. . . .”

Nel Miller

Mt. Morris

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