Shnay: Notes from the bottom of the pad
By Jerry Shnay Citizen Journalistfirstname.lastname@example.org January 24, 2013 10:20AM
A Park Forest resident clears his sidewalk of snow in 2010. | File photo
Updated: February 28, 2013 6:19AM
I have often thought much of what passes for statistics is merely a recital of the obvious.
It’s not hard to figure out some of the reasons why we read less, why we eat more, why we work longer hours for less pay and even why many of the religious institutions around us are faltering.
At the end of this month, Celebration Ministries, the successor to Hope Lutheran Church on Indianwood Drive, will close its doors with the hope of selling the architecturally significant building and its large parking lot to another house of worship. We are told it was a matter of too much overhead and too small a congregation.
We know another Park Forest congregation is considering selling its building to a church. All this comes in the wake of the sale of St. Paul’s/Good Shepherd United Protestant Church, which was purchased by another church last year.
We are aware of some reasons this is happening.
Attendance declines because elderly members die. New residents attend services in familiar settings where they once lived. There is more competition for a person’s spare time. There are more things to do and more places to go. You can add your own reasons.
This is merely a recitation of facts. Time marches on, and circumstances always change.
Water we going to pay?
As we discussed at our last get-together in print, and as the village explained in detail in the most recent issue of its village-wide “Discover” magazine, there is a problem with the water mains in Park Forest. They’ve been working for more than 60 years, and they’re getting tired.
When the village’s new water treatment plant went into operation some years ago, the additional pressure began tearing up the 72 miles of water lines in the village. In the last two years there have been nearly 400 line breaks in the village. It takes time and money to make those repairs.
By the end of the year, we will all be paying more and, by mid-year, if all goes well, Park Forest will send out monthly bills instead of the bi-monthly statements. Don’t know how much more we will pay, but any increase may not seem as big if we do it on a monthly basis.
Or will it?
Winter has arrived.
The snow on the ground last week reminded us once again that winter is too long.
However, our 4-year-old snow blower is still gathering dust in a corner of the garage. Those heavy winter boots, built for trudging in the deep snow, are somewhere in the front closet, tucked into a dark corner next to an old bowling ball. They keep company with a heavy winter parka guaranteed to keep the wearer warm in Antarctica.
This past week, in a just-in-case move, both the parka and the big boots were taken out of the closet for inspection but were then quickly put back.
The snow blower, used four times since its purchase, still sits in darkness.
Should the unforeseen occur, and there is more snow on the ground than can be scraped aside with a shovel, there is a lingering doubt as to whether the darn thing will work.
To tell the truth, I can do without being muffled in the parka, slogging through snow in those boots and pushing a loud, noisy machine in bitter cold weather.
Will spring ever arrive?