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Carole Fanizzo Mackey

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Feb
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Feb 23, 2021 at 6:05 PM

Bill,

Don't tell anyone, I had to look up sickle before I posted it.

Carole

Feb 23, 2021 at 6:04 PM

Carol, My brother was just mentioning that he had some eight foot ice sickles hanging from the roof of his two story building over a sidewalk that runs between his and his neighbor's building in Forest Park, IL. He then got a broom and began breaking them off. I haven't gotten the final report on that endeavor. Here at our home in Wisconsin, we haven't gotten any ice sickles this year, and, to be honest, I couldn't even remember how to spell sickle until I read your message!

Bill Schallhammer

Feb
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Feb 22, 2021 at 10:35 AM

ICE SICKLE CHALLENGE

I bet you can't beat the size of my massive ice sickle grouping!

Note: The tracks are those of our dog as she ignores the steep snow covering the deck and makes her way to the back yard via the area protected by the eves of he house.

Jan
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Jan 27, 2021 at 7:20 PM

Hi All!

I have a question for all of you that I'm really curious about.

What have you been doing to pass the time while you're stuck at home?

It's been about a year since the seriousness of Covid 19 attacked our world and forced us inside, and I need some new ideas to keep busy going forward. I've done the obvious: deep-cleaned portions of the house, begun long-neglected repairs, organized my recipe box, talked on the phone, attacked the pile of books-I-want-to-read-someday, pulled weeds when weather permitted, purged my computer files, and put together more jigsaw puzzles than Amazon sells.

As my list may suggest, none of these endeavors held my interest and, consequently, lasted too love – save the puzzles and phone calls. There always seemed like there was plenty of time to complete the tasks, so “Why bother.” I don’t know if that makes much sense, but that’s the way it’s worked for me.

So tell me, please, “What have you been up to?”

Thanks,
Carole

Jan
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Jan 21, 2021 at 8:14 AM

Lots of good information . . .
Now That I'm Older …..

My goal for 2020 was to lose 10 pounds. Only have 14 to go.

Ate salad for dinner. Mostly croutons and tomatoes. Really just one big round crouton covered with tomato sauce, and cheese. FINE, it was a pizza ... OK, I ate a pizza! Are you happy now?

How to prepare Tofu:
a. Throw it in the trash
b. Grill some meat, chicken or fish

I just did a week's worth of cardio after walking into a spider web.

I don't mean to brag, but I finished my 14-day diet food supply in 3 hours and 20 minutes.

A recent study has found women who carry a little extra weight live longer than men who mention it.

Kids today don't know how easy they have it. When I was young, I had to walk 9 feet through shag carpet to change the TV channel.

Senility has been a smooth transition for me.

Remember back when we were kids and every time it was below zero outside they closed school? Yeah, Me neither.

I may not be that funny or athletic or good looking or smart or talented. I forgot where I was going with this.

I love approaching 80, I learn something new every day and forget 5 other things.

A thief broke into my house last night. He started searching for money so I got up and searched with him.

I think I'll just put an "Out of Order" sticker on my forehead and call it a day.

Just remember, once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed.

Having plans sounds like a good idea until you have to put on clothes and leave the house.

It’s weird being the same age as old people.

When I was a kid I wanted to be older … this is not what I expected.

Life is like a helicopter. I don’t know how to operate a helicopter.

Chocolate is God’s way of telling us he likes us a little bit chubby.

It’s probably my age that tricks people into thinking I’m an adult.

Marriage Counselor: Your wife says you never buy her flowers. Is that true?
Husband: To be honest, I never knew she sold flowers.

Never sing in the shower! Singing leads to dancing, dancing leads to slipping, and slipping leads to paramedics seeing you naked. So remember … Don’t sing!

If 2020 was a math word-problem: If you’re going down a river at 2 MPH and your canoe loses a wheel, how much pancake mix would you need to re-shingle your roof?

I see people about my age mountain climbing; I feel good getting my leg through my underwear without losing my balance.

So if a cow doesn’t produce milk, is it a milk dud or an udder failure?

If you can’t think of a word say “I forgot the English word for it.” That way people will think you’re bilingual instead of an idiot.

I’m at a place in my life where errands are starting to count as going out.

Coronacoaster: noun; the ups and downs of a pandemic. One day you’re loving your bubble, doing work outs, baking banana bread and going for long walks and the next you’re crying, drinking gin for breakfast and missing people you don’t even like.

I’m at that age where my mind still thinks I’m 29, my humor suggests I’m 12, while my body mostly keeps asking if I’m sure I’m not dead yet.

Don’t be worried about your smartphone or TV spying on you. Your vacuum cleaner has been collecting dirt on you for years.

I’m getting tired of being part of a major historical event.

I don’t always go the extra mile, but when I do it’s because I missed my exit.

At what point can we just start using 2020 as profanity? As in: “That’s a load of 2020.” or “What in the 2020.” or “abso-2020-lutely.”

You don’t realize how old you are until you sit on the floor and then try to get back up.

We all get heavier as we get older, because there's a lot more information in our heads. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Dec
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Dec 31, 2020 at 4:51 PM

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Dec 31, 2020 at 4:50 PM

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Dec 31, 2020 at 4:49 PM

Happy New :Year, Everyone!

Dec 31, 2020 at 4:47 PM

Happy New Year, Everyone!

Dec 31, 2020 at 4:34 PM

Happy New Year Everyone!

Dec
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Dec 14, 2020 at 10:37 AM

2020 CHRISTMAS
(Author Unknown)

T'was weeks before Christmas,
And all through the town,
People wore masks,
That covered their frown.

The frown had begun
Way back in the Spring,
When a global pandemic
Changed everything.

They called it corona,
But unlike the beer,
It didn’t bring good times,
It didn’t bring cheer.

Contagious and deadly,
This virus spread fast,
Like a wildfire that starts
When fueled by gas.

Airplanes were grounded,
Travel was banned.
Borders were closed
Across air, sea and land.

As the world entered lockdown
To flatten the curve,
The economy halted,
And folks lost their verve.

From March to July
We rode the first wave,
People stayed home,
They tried to behave.

When summer emerged
The lockdown was lifted.
But away from caution,
Many folks drifted.

Now it’s November
And cases are spiking,
Wave two has arrived,
Much to our disliking.

Frontline workers,
Doctors and nurses,
Try to save people,
From riding in hearses.

It’s true that this year
Has had sadness a plenty,
We’ll never forget
The year 2020.

And just ‘round the corner -
The holiday season,
But why be merry?
Is there even one reason?

To decorate the house
And put up the tree,
When no one will see it,
No one but me.

But outside my window
The snow gently falls,
And I think to myself,
Let’s deck the halls!

So, I gather the ribbon,
The garland and bows,
As I play those old carols,
My happiness grows.

Christmas is not cancelled
And neither is hope.
If we lean on each other,
I know we can cope
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Mar 22, 2019 at 7:52 PM

Sorry it's taken so long to continue the new series, Movie Serials. I had arthoscopic knee surgery on March 6, and it's taken longer than I expected to resume life. All went really well, and I'm done with crutches and busy with PT. ~Carole

Oct 22, 2018 at 7:50 PM

October 22, 2018


Classmates:

We just learned that our subscription with Class Creator, the business which handles our web site, ends on November 22, 2018 and must be renewed to keep the site as we know it. The web site has been in existence for ten years; and during the first five years, the only cost was for the Domain Name, which was paid for by Carole and me. Donations from both the Class of '58 and individual class members provided enough money to purchase the present five year subscription, which is ending soon.

If we do not pay for a new membership/subscription, the web site will continue without additional content and with advertisements. Exactly how many and what type of ads is not clear. If anyone wishes to continue the site as it has been, please send me a check, payable to Bruce Mackey, before November 20 -- a donation of $15 or $20 is suggested.

In the event there are sufficient donations to pay for one or more years, we will renew our subscription and continue to expand our content. If there are not sufficient donations to pay for at least one year, donation checks will be returned to the sender. Our mailing address is 1920 Oriole Trail, Long Beach, IN 46360.

The new subscription rates are set forth below:

1 Year, $165
3 Years, $385
5 Years, $495
10 Years, $825

Sincerely,

Bruce Mackey

Aug 01, 2018 at 5:23 PM

Just added this neat photo of downtown Streator in the 20s. It's from Facebook: You Know You're from Streator . . .

Jun 23, 2018 at 5:34 AM

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR WALLDOGS
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More volunteers are needed to help move supplies from mural sites, monitor and assist at City Park and to put up scaffolding before and after the festival.

Finefield said he’s been happy to see the community support the festival and implores others to take part in the city-changing event.

“I want to stress how really proud I am that Streator has come forward to support the Walldogs,” Finefield said. “Everyone is so excited and positive about this event. You can feel the anticipation building.”

Volunteers needed

Runners: 25 volunteers are needed to take supplies to and from the murals such as water, ice, garbage, etc. This volunteer opportunity is for those willing to walk across to different mural sites throughout the day and assess needs.

City Park Hosts: 10 volunteers are needed for work at City Park. They’ll be expected to open the City Park garage for the runners, help tourists find their way around the city and check restrooms. This volunteer opportunity is for those who do not want to be actively moving between mural sites and will remain at City Park during their volunteer hours.

Scaffolding Support: Volunteers are needed to help put up the scaffolding at mural sites starting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, at City Park. They will also be asked to take down scaffolding on Sunday, July 1. This volunteer opportunity is for able-bodied individuals for more strenuous work.

CleanUp Effort: All volunteers are welcome to clean up City Park following the festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 1, at City Park.

For more information and to register as a volunteer, email streatorwalldogsvolunteer@gmail.com.More volunteers are needed to help move supplies from mural sites, monitor and assist at City Park and to put up scaffolding before and after the festival.

Finefield said he’s been happy to see the community support the festival and implores others to take part in the city-changing event.

“I want to stress how really proud I am that Streator has come forward to support the Walldogs,” Finefield said. “Everyone is so excited and positive about this event. You can feel the anticipation building.”

Volunteers needed

Runners: 25 volunteers are needed to take supplies to and from the murals such as water, ice, garbage, etc. This volunteer opportunity is for those willing to walk across to different mural sites throughout the day and assess needs.

City Park Hosts: 10 volunteers are needed for work at City Park. They’ll be expected to open the City Park garage for the runners, help tourists find their way around the city and check restrooms. This volunteer opportunity is for those who do not want to be actively moving between mural sites and will remain at City Park during their volunteer hours.

Scaffolding Support: Volunteers are needed to help put up the scaffolding at mural sites starting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, at City Park. They will also be asked to take down scaffolding on Sunday, July 1. This volunteer opportunity is for able-bodied individuals for more strenuous work.

CleanUp Effort: All volunteers are welcome to clean up City Park following the festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 1, at City Park.

For more information and to register as a volunteer, email streatorwalldogsvolunteer@gmail.com.

Jun 23, 2018 at 5:30 AM

DONATIONS AND EQUIPMENT NEEDED FOR WALLDOGS
By The Times Staff
The Streator Walldogs Committee is still looking for donations and some equipment to borrow for next week’s event.

The committee is in need of ladders, coolers, extension cords, pop-up tents and folding tables as well as supplies to be donated such as garbage bags, tape and large paint brushes.

Borrowed equipment will be tagged and returned to its owner after the event.

A drop-off drive is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday and from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the west doors of the Streator Incubator, 401 W. Bridge St.

The group also has a registry at Ace Hardware, 404 E. Main St., for supplies.

For a full list of supplies and equipment, visit streatorwalldogs.com/sponsor.html#donate.

Feb 01, 2018 at 11:04 AM

If you looked at the results of the "Remembering Bulldog Classmate quiz, you'll note that many classmates were identified correctly. All names for the '58 Review are now posted on our HOME PAGE and a new group photo has been posted for you to identify. See how many people you can name in the picture of the Hardscrabble staff."

Good luck!

Jan 15, 2018 at 9:31 AM

HEY EVERYONE, WE'VE A NEW FEATURE!

It's time to get ready for our 60 Year Class Reunion and I'm NOT talking about losing weight or having a face lift. It's far more important to greet our classmates with a big smile, a story or two, and their name. With this in mind we'll post a photo from 1958 and allow you to show how well your memory -- contrary to popular belief about senior minds -- recalls each face. Collectively, at least, we'll have all the answers and be "in shape" to dazzle each other on September 8th!

A new photo will be posted on the HOME PAGE on a regular basis and you'll record your answers to the left under the feature entitled "Remembering Fenger Classmates." Just list the names you remember in the commentary box that appears when you choose the feature's title and then hit "submit." You will be able to see the answers posted by others but you won't be able to see persons' names with their answers.

So, let's get going!

Dec 21, 2017 at 9:04 AM

Carole I. Fanizzo Mackey posted a message.
DEC
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Dec 21, 2017 at 10:03 am
POISONOUS CHRISTMAS PLANTS MYTHS & FACTS
by Rob Sproule

‘Tis the season when ordinary houseplants give way to the reds, white, and greens of Christmas flowers. Before you put that poinsettia on the mantle and hang that mistletoe, there are a few things you need to know. Every plant has different chemicals running through it, and, like all chemicals, some of them are dangerous when ingested. Just as plants like rosemary and aloe vera have beneficial qualities, other plants have toxic qualities that we need to be aware of.

POINSETTIAS
The humble poinsettia has been on the wrong side of a bad rumour for decades. Today, lets take the first step in setting things straight.
Contrary to everything you’ve undoubtedly heard, poinsettias are not poisonous. I repeat: not. The myth began in 1919 when a 2 year old girl died and the cause was incorrectly blamed on a poinsettia leaf.

Poinsettia sap does irritate the mouth, if enough is eaten, can cause vomiting (just like pretty much anything else). The POISONDEX information database however, which is the go-to resource for the majority of poison-control centers in the US, says that for a 50 pound child to reach toxic levels of compound he/she would have to eat 500 poinsettia leaves.

If you catch puppy or kitty nibbling on the leaves, don’t worry about it unless they start to vomit repeatedly, at which time I’d call the vet. Poinsettias belong to the Euphorbia family, and the milky sap of some species is highly abrasive to human skin, an unfortunate family association that doesn’t help the poinsettias reputation.

So stop worrying about needing to keep your poinsettia out of reach and enjoy it for the gorgeous plant that it is! It’s witnessing a bit of a revival right now, and a bad rumor shouldn’t ruin that.

MISTLETOE & HOLLY
While we’re busy worrying about poinsettias, much more poisonous plants sometimes go unawares. Mistletoe and holly are beautiful but the berries they produce are highly toxic and, in the case of mistletoe, potentially deadly. This is one of the reasons why real mistletoe is sometimes hard to come by.

If you bring home fresh holly, which is brings an intoxicating sense of nostalgic authenticity along with it, be on the safe side and snip off berries as they appear. Twenty holly berries, and even fewer for white mistletoe berries, can be fatal.

FRESH TREES
No, your Christmas tree isn’t poisonous. I included this section to give notice about pine trees. If allowed to dry out to the point where they become brittle and fall, they are long and sharp enough to damage the insides of cat or dog who decides (for whatever reason) to eat them. It’s basically the same as eating a pin.

Caring for a Fresh Christmas Tree
If you have a fresh pine tree, please clean up any needles that fall. While cases of animals being hurt by eating these are extremely rare, it’s best to err on the safe side.

I hope that I’ve cleared up some myths here. Nothing deserves a bad reputation when it’s not deserved, but potential hazards need to be identified.

http://www.salisburygreenhouse.com/poisonous-christmas-plants-myths-facts/

Dec 16, 2017 at 12:36 PM

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