?New? doors a nice deal for office

We have been sporting new front doors on the Free Press office since Labor Day. Actually, they?re not new doors, but are new to us. We have always wanted to have real commercial doors on our building.

When Emprise Bank demolished the former location of Walter?s Shoe Repair and Silver Shears, located just north of their building, I asked what they were going to do with the doors. They offered them to me.

If you?ve been away for more than 20 years, the Silver Shears door was Wayne?s Barber Shop and Vernon Bartel?s Barber Shop before that.

So when you enter the Free Press now, you are walking through a bit of history. The doors are in the same relative position they were up the street.

Both doors were rebuilt with new hinges, thresholds and safety glass since one was broken in the demo process.


It was fun helping my son, Dan, yank out the old doors and install the new ones. I?m glad he knows what to do. If I would have done it myself, I?d probably still be working on the project. Instead, the job was completed in less than eight hours.

I still have to fill a few nail holes and paint. By using the existing framework and old trim, we only had to buy a couple of 2-by-8-footers for a new header.


Unintended consequences of putting in the new doors cropped up over the weekend. I forgot that our cleaning service didn?t have a key to the usual door, so our office didn?t get cleaned this week. I thought hard, but I didn?t think of that potential problem.


I am pleased to announce we?ve met our deadline of having our Web cam installed prior to this year?s Arts and Crafts Fair.

Thanks to Chris Luce at RocketTech and native-son Mark Krotz, friends of Hillsboro from all over the world can observe downtown Hillsboro 24/7.

You?ll find a link on the left side of the Free Press home page. If it doesn?t load, you may have to update your Java script.


Sunday was potluck and Tabor Sunday at our church. Nancy made one of those trifle things?chocolate velvet cake with whipped cream and cherries layered all the way to the top. It was a work of art.

She asked me to carry it over to the kitchen, so as I walked in and proudly set it down, I told the ladies it was way easier to make than I thought.

I don?t think any of them believed I had made it.


Last week I mentioned a website from Europe that streams lots of sports. I checked into it further this week when I couldn?t find the KU game to watch on my computer via the TV. There are literally thousands of games to watch on computer from this site in Sweden.

Here is the link if you want to check it out: firstrowsports.eu.


Two ladies from a good distance were in town this past Saturday. Asked what brought them here, they said they were here for the Arts & Crafts Fair. They observed rather quickly that they were here on the wrong day.

In case anyone isn?t sure about the date, it?s always the third Saturday in September.

If you wish to share your comments or ideas, my e-mail address is joel@hillsborofreepress.com.

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