Students from St. Bruno School created a butterfly habitat at Pyramid State Park as part of an Earth Day celebration. The event was sponsored by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Friends of Pyramid State Park donated freshments. (click on image to view the photo gallery)
By Jeff Smyth
Work on the new high school is progressing nicely although I can’t say I am a big fan the pale-colored exterior brick. That aside, I had a chance to take an inside tour and was impressed by the form and function of the layout. It is really a smart design and plays much larger than from the street.
Of course, no PCHS project would be complete with some TLC to the “cathedral” (i.e. Thomas gym). I think the obsession with this building is over the top. The fact is we might already have had a new high school years ago if the threat of losing Thomas Gym (that, and the lack of honesty and transparency of the school board back then) wasn’t a possibility.
After demolition of the old building slated to begin June 15 the next phase will be to create a new football field and, more excitingly, a real track. It is the latter I’d like to open up dialogue on.
I think it only fitting that the track be dedicated to a person who is inarguably the greatest athlete to ever come out of PCHS: Kimberly Spencer. Kim’s achievements are truly legendary. She holds four state Class A high school titles in the 100 yard dash and couple more in the 200 yard dash.
A group has been created to raise money for improvement projects at Pyramid State Park in Perry County, as well as increase awareness of the state’s largest outdoor and recreation site.
Friends of Pyramid State Park (FPSP) is a recently formed 501c3 not for profit organization that is working with park supervisors and officials from the Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources (IDNR) in Springfield to identify areas in which the group can support enhancements to the park. IDNR director Marc Miller has state publicly that the approach by FPSP can serve as a model for like groups statewide.
By Jeff Smyth
If I was Pat Quinn I would fire my advance team because they definitely dropped the ball during the governor’s impromptu visit to the Class 2A Sectional Championship in Eldorado Saturday.
The governor was in the neighborhood after attending the funeral of three people who tragically perished in last week’s tornado that ravaged Harrisburg. That alone reeked of political opportunism as he had already visited the region two days prior and who when you are grieving wants some politician hanging around pretending he cares?