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Sendik's Food Market 60 Days Later...
I have yet to encounter a Sendik's associate who wasn't happy to be there and who wasn't happy to help me.
I have noted that the facility remains bright and cheery with a very clean floor, which I thought might be problematic given carpeting. Winter will be a bigger challenge. Shelves are always fully stocked; delicious samples are scattered throughout the store.
I don't know about you, but I am happy Sendik's selected Germantown as the site for one of their beautiful grocery facilities.
Veterans Day 2008...
Remember that the 2008 Veterans Day ceremony will be held at the Veterans Memorial at the corner of Freistadt Road and Park Avenue on Sunday, November 9th at 10:30AM. If you've not seen the memorial, it is worth your time.
A little history...
Veterans Day was originally known as Armistice Day when proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson for November 11, 1919 to celebrate all veterans of World War I. It finally became known as Veterans Day on November 8, 1954 when Congress amended the act to change the name and to have the day honor all veterans who have served their country. The President was Dwight D. Eisenhower.
The American Legion will also conduct a flag disposal ceremony following the program so that you can properly dispose of any torn, tattered and/or faded American Flag you may have.
County Supervisors Cut Property Tax Levy...
The supervisors agreed to take half of the county's sales tax revenue into the operating budget for 2009.
Unfortunately, this budget cuts the $35,000 for the County Convention and Visitors Bureau and cuts $15,000 from the Fair Park. The Village of Germantown is working to assist the Convention and Visitors Bureau since it receives significant promotion from that organization and felt that the funding cut by the county would have consequences for the community and its merchants.
The county set a 2009 tax rate of $2.71 per $1,000 which is down about $0.10 per $1,000 from this year.
SRO Officer In Schools...
I had the pleasure of meeting SRO Tim Miller during the Citizen Police Academy session this past Wednesday evening. He gave us an overview of his duties in the schools and discussed the changes that have been brought about since this program was initiated. "SRO" means School Resource Officer. The SRO is a sworn officer and funding for this position is paid jointly by the school district and the police department on a 75%-25% ratio, respectively.
Our high school is a much quieter place of learning than before the initiation of this program several years ago. Student fights seldom occur now; the SRO has formed relationships that help both students and administration. And, students develop, I suspect, a much different view of police officers having had this experience. The SRO is available for class instruction whenever the subject matter entails. SRO Miller, in this case, can 'tell it like it is' during driver education and health classes, for example.
This strikes me as a very good use of taxpayer dollars that provides both a current payback as well as future benefits.