Stimulus idea keeps popping up

My stimulus package for our local economy still keeps coming up in conversation and via e-mails these past few weeks.

Here?s another example. If you have a fire or a medical emergency, you expect help immediately. A few cents from every dollar spent in your local stores goes toward those services.

n

Congratulations to Jon Hefley and the gang at The Lumberyard for investing in the future of Hillsboro and their business with the opening of their new store and offices?and for reaching the 125-year milestone.

It doesn?t appear they will be participating in any recession.

n

I entered the beard contest for the 125th celebration. Maybe they have a prize for the scraggliest one. Besides, I might not get another chance to enter by the time the 150th rolls around. I?ll be 88 then.

n

This past week I was told by descendants of the Klaassen boys, who were pictured in the beard contest ad, were misidentified. In further checking by looking on the back of the photo it was discovered that they were listed right to left there.

Nowadays we assume everything is left to right with photo ID?which proves never to assume anything.

n

Is anyone else missing the Olde Towne Low-German buffet? Looks like we will have to go to Atlanta for our ethnic fix as daughter Amy has started to make bierrock and zwiebach.

n

With the recent death of my mother, I?ve decided it would be a good thing to start planning ahead for when it?s my time.

One always assumes death will come when you are old, but that?s not always the case. I discovered a Web site that will assist you in planning for the inevitable. It it is www.mywonderfullife.com. It gives a lot of information about what we should be thinking about.

n

It is nice when people who knew my mom come up to me now and tell me things about her and special memories they have of her. The common theme seems to be how helpful she tried to be no matter what the situation.

n

I saw some neat new tools at The Lumberyard open house on Friday. A power caulking gun that gives steady pressure when laying down a bead?I never could squeeze the lever and keep the material flowing evenly.

And a track saw that acts like a portable table saw. You don?t bring the work to the saw?you take the saw to the work.

You might call looking at this stuff ?tool drool.?

n

Our first Biz Expo is in the books and I think it went well. It never would have happened without the dedicated efforts of our staff and especially Will Tate, who took the project by the horns and willed it into reality.

We know we can always improve how we do business with our customers, and now we have some good information on how to do just that.

n

If the way the trillion-dollar stimulus package was handled in Washington is the way business will be conducted in the future, I see little hope for change for the better. In fact it demonstrates no change at all.

It?s totally irresponsible to pass a bill no one has had time to read and without hearings to discuss the merits of its provisions. What a huge disappointment to watch this fiasco unfold.

Written By
More from Joel Klaassen
Reporting from the big city
October greetings from Atlanta, GA. We were always amused when our grandson’s...
Read More