Friday, April 22, 2011

CHICAGO FIREARMS PERMIT CLASS

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Available at

G.A.T. Guns, Inc.
FIREARMS SUPERSTORE
14N915 State Route 25, Dundee, IL 60118
Phone: 847-428-4867

CLICK HERE for details.

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Northern Illinois Women's Introduction to Handguns

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by Excel Training Group at

G.A.T. Guns, Inc.
FIREARMS SUPERSTORE
14N915 State Route 25, Dundee, IL 60118
Phone: 847-428-4867

CLICK HERE for details.

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An F4 tornado hits Lake Zurich Illinois April 21, 1967

Edit 12/7/2014:  Scroll down to the comments section.  Just before Thanksgiving, Bob Johnson sent us a narrative via EMAIL and gave permission for me to copy and paste it into the ever-growing comments area. It is a very valuable addition; it is an excellent narrative of what the 1967 tornado did to portions of Lake Zurich on the west side of Highway 12. Many thanks, Bob!

Edit 3/14/2014:  Awesome news!  Many momentous 1967 Lake Zurich tornado aftermath photos (complete with annotations) and news-clippings have been generously submitted by Jim Herron and his father, Larry Herron.  Many thanks to both of them for sharing, and for the narrative that Jim left in the comments section.  Please pass the word about these valuable additions!

282 Pine Tree Row & Rugby (this garage still stands today)

282 Pine Tree Row (Floor Decking only)

282 Pine Tree Row (Front Door)

282 Pine Tree Row (what was left after tornado struck)

282 Pine Tree Row Yard Debris (Manor Park at Rugby & Pine Tree Row in Background)

Aerial view of 282 Pine tree row - my house center(Corner of Pine Tree Row and Rugby Rd)

Back door of 282 Pine Tree Row Snow storm before tornado

I think this is Fenners House on Pine Tree Row

I think this is Seth Paine

Inside front door of 282 Pine Tree Row (room we laid in under couch during tornado)

Lake Zurich Tornado 1967 (1)

Lake Zurich Tornado 1967 (2)

Lake Zurich Tornado 1967 (3)

Lake Zurich Tornado 1967 (4)

Larry Herron owner of 282 Pine Tree Row (Cleaning up after tornado - Same Day)

National Guardsmen Carrying Torsion Spring for Garage Door

Newspaper Article

Page 3 Aerial view (That is the St. Pius Shrine in upper left corner, which sits on north side of Miller Road, a bit east of where Rugby meets Miller; the long curved road from bottom left of photo to the top left is Rugby)

Pic of truck and carpenter (I think)

Pine Tree Row near Rugby

State Truck

Tom Skilling Article

Unidentified Car

View just west of Manor Park off Rugby

(End items from the Jim Herron LZ tornado files.)


Edit 4/26/2011:  In 1967, Mindy’s family lived just up the street from us in the subdivision known as The Woodlands. Her brother Chris has his recollections of the tornado, along with an account written by his father in 1967, posted HERE. It is well worth your time to click on over there and give it a read. Note: The “Boy Scout Trail” Chris refers to was a path along a portion of the abandoned Palatine, Lake Zurich, and Wauconda Railroad. For a short time, the local Boy Scouts held campouts near the abandoned Lake Zurich station house, hence the name. The path was a shortcut from the Manor and the Woodlands subdivision to downtown Lake Zurich, which many of us used to circumvent the curfew and the requisite access-passes during the aftermath of the tornado. As kids, we experienced many good times along that trail; many of us used to hunt and camp in those woods and fish at the slough and Echo Lake. Alas, we were a brokenhearted group of kids when they extended Lions Drive the entire length of the trail and subdivided the area for houses.

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Edit 4/25/2011: The following photos of the 1967 Lake Zurich, Illinois tornado damage were generously contributed by Mindy Sherwood.  Many thanks for sharing, Mindy!

Depending on your browser, you may be able to click on the photos for a larger view.







The view in the above photo looks like it is facing west down Miller Road, as seen from standing approximately halfway between Vista Road and Crescent Road (shown just to the left).  I believe the blob of debris on the right is the rubble from the corner of the gymnasium / lunchroom portion of the Seth Paine Elementary school.  The storm tore a gap in the row of houses on the left, sparing a few here and there.




The view in the above photo looks like it is facing northwest from Miller Road as seen from standing approximately halfway between Vista Road and Crescent Road, looking toward the remains of the Seth Paine Elementary School. The school entrance would be at the far left of the photo, with the gymnasium / lunchroom portion not shown beyond that. What you see in the photo from left to right is the classroom portion of the school.  If I remember correctly, the school was brand new in 1959 when I was in the second grade.  It was a stout building, constructed from brick, block, and steel.  Providentially, school was out for the day when the storm struck.


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ORIGINAL BLOG-ENTRY TEXT:

I was a high school student back then. A scant few minutes after 5 PM forty-four years ago today, the small town I grew up in was hit by one of the many tornadoes that raked northern Illinois that same day. This tornado was not the stereotypical funnel that we have all seen in many photos and videos… it was a low, surprisingly fast moving, non-uniform, swirling black cloud looking much like dense smoke. As it mowed through our subdivision, I witnessed it ripping the Eisenhower era houses to shreds. Our house was among those spared by the storm, which demolished 75 and extensively damaged another 200 or so. It also destroyed the Seth Paine Grade School that was down the street from our house. A couple of days later, with the entire area still without electricity, natural gas, or water, the temperature dropped below freezing and we had about 3-inches of snow. For a good while, we all lived a primitive existence.

Click HERE and then click HERE to read some historic information in pdf files.

For many weeks now, I have tried to put my thoughts and recollections down about that day and the following recovery period but I keep freezing up when I sit down at the keyboard. I organize my thoughts each day but when I sit down to type, something akin to a melancholy sets in. Even after so many years, my memories are still vivid; perhaps I want the portraits in my mind to obey the inevitability of senescence and just fade away. For now, this entry will serve as a bookmark; I’ll fill in the blanks below when my moods allow.

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Yard and garden journal entry 4/18/2011

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It has been cold and rainy lately. We had a covering of 2’’ of snow this morning; about half of it was gone by late afternoon. I usually apply my lawn weed-and-feed in mid-April (I only do one application per year), so I decided not to let the snow stop me today. In fact, the tracks left in the snow by my drop-spreader made keeping track of the job easier. I like putting the weed-and-feed out in the early spring when the weather is going to give it a good soaking; it dissolves and spreads evenly because my lawn is thick and prevents runoff. In a couple of weeks, I will look the lawn over and reapply to areas that I might have missed today. This is the first year that I have used the “phosphorus free” fertilizer; I am curious to see if the lawn greens as nicely as it has in the past. I don’t bag my clippings for disposal, I just let it mulch into the lawn…I doubt that the lack of phosphorus in the fertilizer will be a problem. Some of my neighbors use professionals to care for their lawns… and their lawns look bad for some reason…I am not sure that the annual core-aeration and dethatching is a good thing... and the four applications of that expensive liquid weed-and-feed every year does not seem to do as good a job as my one application of the dry stuff. 

I moved the six flowerpots from the front of the house to the backyard patio in anticipation of the homeowner’s association getting cranky (the pots actually did not look good the way I had them set). My tulips (some in the pots, some in the gardens) seem to be growing okay but I doubt that I will have any serious blooms until May. My daffodils were a big bust this spring; only a few of the ones I planted last fall sprouted and the few blooms that I do have look pretty weak. I need to do some studying to find out what I did wrong. I was hoping for an explosion of daffodil blooms to complement the forsythias; maybe next year will be better.

Much work still to do on the flowerbeds…I hope we get a string of fair-weather days soon.

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Friday, April 15, 2011

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Yard and garden journal entry 4/14/2011, the Forsythias are flowering.

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It is nice finally to have some color in the yard.

The forsythia bush on the east side of the house is large and doing well. The two newest bushes in the front yard are stunted because they are competing for root space with a large tree. Some aggressive root feeding may help.

NOTE TO SELF: Although it already is a bit crowed, I believe the front yard could use two or three more forsythia bushes for a bigger splash of early spring color. Since the two newest bushes are growing slowly, it is advisable to plant stock that is more mature.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Chorus frogs announce the official arrival of spring.

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Last night was the first time that I heard them this year; no symphony ever sounded so sweet.

The calendar “first day of spring” means little to me. When I hear the chorus frogs, then I know the long cold winter is officially over.

When I was a youngster, Mom and Dad tolerated my bringing home buckets full of swamp water filled with tadpoles. I’d watch them go grow into adult frogs then I would set them free back into the swamp. My folks became less tolerant when I started bringing home buckets full of snakes…

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Back from a short trip

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We were tired of waiting for summer to arrive in Chicagoland, so we decided to chase it down. We made the drive down to Florida in two days, spent six days touring and beachcombing, and made the drive back home in two days. When I leave town it is for a change of pace so I always leave the laptop (and internet) at home. We are now unpacked and settling back to the norm of home life, catching up on the backlog of U.S. Mail and email, paying bills, etc.

Some trip observations:

1) The high gasoline prices are not yet keeping people off the interstate highways; plenty of folks seem to be making and keeping vacation plans.

2) People were driving like high-octane maniacs and we saw the aftermath of many accidents, including this one involving a busload of kids.

3) Commercial truck traffic was not as heavy as it was on a similar trip last September.

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