Afterthoughts

Repurposing

Township officials were discussing signs that they remembered putting up in years past. The township didn’t get its money’s worth out of them, but someone may have. “What happened to them?” The answer? “The price of scrap went up.”

The big bucks

When someone in attendance at a township meeting asked if township supervisors were expected to be available, the chairman answered that he had no objection to the secretary giving out his personal contact information. “For the most part, we are available,” he said. “Unfortunately, or fortunately, we are all able to and do work. It’s hard to survive on supervisor pay. If anybody’s really curious to know about that, it pays $1,800 per year.”

In the name of progress?

When work got ahead of itself, the inconvenience for local ballplayers was minimal, but the problem for one of the teams they visit was more significant. A proposed construction project required that the outfield fence at a softball field be removed. So, the fence was removed and the team required to use a different field. Then the project was canceled. Then the fence was not put back up. Wait, why are our home games not on our home field, again?

… and crazier

The Warren County Historical Society is not known for throwing wild parties. However, it may be looking to change that image. In advertising for its “Fashion Flaunt Fundraiser” featuring 1960s era ball gowns (does anybody really play ball in those?) the society leads with “Party with the Wilder Women.” That leads to: who are these women? exactly who are they wilder than? what kind of party are we talking about? For those who would like to check it out, it will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 30, in Irvine at the Wilder Museum… oh. Nevermind.

Midas Touch

Turning things to gold may seem like a good idea, but the old tale shows how things eventually go very wrong. The school board was looking ahead to a situation in which recordings might be made of daily classroom activities. Recording a teacher’s activities would allow for those students who missed the lesson to get it straight, so to speak, from the horse’s mouth. That’s good. However, recordings would be available for other purposes and might contain unintended information. Capturing a student’s voice was one. “There’s always liability out there any time a human touches anything,” an administrator said. The power to record is, apparently, the power to destroy.