Saturday, August 3, 2019

GOP members of Congress announce their retirements from the House early and often


Say goodbye to 58-year-old Susan Brooks, who represents Indiana's 5th congressional district.  

Indiana Republican Susan Brooks will not seek re-election to Congress.  (Indianapolis Star, 6/15/2019)
Although she doesn’t know yet what that next chapter will be, she knows she's ready to slow down and spend more time with her family. And that means no more bids for Congress or any other elected office — including the position of governor that she sought in 2016. 

The good news is that a Democratic challenger managed to get more than 40% of the vote in 2018.

Source:  Ballotpedia




Sources:  CNN (US/IN), Daily Kos (IN 5th CD)

The Obama elections:
  • 2008:  McCain, 52.6%; Obama 46.6%
  • 2012:  Romney, 57.5%; Obama 40.7%

Other retirement posts:
Alabama 1st CD.  Bradley Byrne.  (8/1/2019)
Alabama 2nd CD.  Martha Roby.  (8/1/2019)
Georgia 7th CD.  Rob Woodall.  (8/2/2019)

GET ME REWRITE: Most books by Martin Mayer purchased by LINKcat public libraries have been weeded


All that's left


Martin Mayer, Prolific and Protean Author and Critic, Dies at 91.  (The New York Times, 8/1/2019)
Many of his books examined familiar professions and institutions, with titles like “Madison Avenue, U.S.A.” (1958), “Wall Street: Men and Money” (1960), “The Schools” (1961), “The Lawyers” (1967), “About Television” (1972), “The Bankers” (1974), “The Builders: Houses, People, Neighborhoods, Governments, Money” (1978) and “The Diplomats” (1983). 
The titles made them sound perhaps like quickie surveys, but they proved to be serious books, often years in the making, that treated complex subjects with respect if not total justice. Reviewers and professionals often cited oversimplifications and said readers might be misled. The very title of “The Lawyers,” for example, suggested to one reviewer a wallow into the murkier gimmicks of the legal profession.



Related posts:
2019
Keeping tabs on Wright Morris in LINKcat.  (7/25/2019)
No room for Judith Krantz's tales of sex and shopping on the shelves of the Middleton Public Library.  (6/27/2019)
Nearly forgotten "sociological megahits" of 1970.  (6/18/2019)
Anthony Price, author of Cold War spy thrillers that few people read anymore, dies at 90.  (6/17/2019)
Herman Wouk, author of many fat books, dies at 103.  (5/20/2019)
Warren Adler:  Forgotten author who now takes up minuscule library shelf space dies at 91.  (4/23/2019)
Dan Jenkins, author of nearly forgotten classic sports novel, dies at 90.  (3/10/2019)

2018
Nearly forgotten "sociological megahits" of 1970 Neal Thompson on parenting books.  (6/17/2018)
LINKcat libraries provide little shelf space for titles by 'rule-breaking cookbook author' Barbara Kafka.  (6/8/2018)
Weeding or historical sanitization at LINKcat libraries?  (6/2/2018)

2017
The "spy' books by Aline Countess of Romanones haven't traveled well.  (12/17/2017)
Minimal shelf space devoted to Kit Reed's books in LINKcat public libraries.  (10/1/2017)
Carol J. Adams shares feminist classics from her personal library.  (9/8/2017)

2016
The distant dirty dozen literary career of E. M. Nathanson.  (4/10/2016)

2015
Gunter Grass (1927-2015).  (4/15/2015)

2014
Thomas Berger  (1924-2014).  (7/23/2014)
Peter Matthiessen (1927-2014)  (4/8/2014)

2013
Barbara Branden's shelf sitter.  (12/26/2013)

Population loss in North Dakota: McHenry County


It all started here.

Population loss as in major -- 50% or more. 

Source:  Wikipedia (McHenry County, Towner)


Towner is the county seat of McHenry County.

Population loss by degrees:  80-90%70-79%, 60-69%, 50-59%.
Percentage of population 25 and older with a bachelor's degree:
  • 19.6% - McHenry County
  • 28.9% - North Dakota
  • 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:
  • 20.4% - McHenry County
  • 15.3% - North Dakota
  • 15.6% - U.S.
The last time MeHenry County voted Democratic in a presidential election was 1964.  Trump won 72.7% of the vote in 2016.

Other North Dakota posts:
Divide County/Crosby.  (7/23/2019)
Golden Valley County/Beach.  (7/24/2019)
Billings County/Medora.  (7/24/2019)
Slope County/Amidon.   (7/25/2019)
Adams County/Hettinger.  (7/25/2019)
Hettinger County/Mott.  (7/26/2019)
Dunn County/Manning.  (7/26/2019)
Burke County/Bowbells.  (7/28/2019)
Ranville County/Mohall.  (7/29/2019)
OIiver County/Center.  (7/30/2019)
Grant County/Carson.  (8/1/2019)
Emmons County/Linton.  (8/1/2019)

Other population loss series:

Population loss in North Dakota: Sheridan County


It all started here.

Population loss as in major -- 50% or more. 

Source:  Wikipedia (Sheridan County, McClusky)


McClusky is the county seat of Sheridan County, just north of Burleigh County (population 95,275), where the state capital of Bismarck is located.

Population loss by degrees:  80-90%70-79%, 60-69%, 50-59%.

Percentage of population 25 and older with a bachelor's degree:
  • 14.1% - Sheridan County
  • 28.9% - North Dakota
  • 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:
  • 32.4% - Sheridan County
  • 15.3% - North Dakota
  • 15.6% - U.S.
The last time Sheridan County voted Democratic in a presidential election was 1936.  Trump won 82.6% of the vote in 2016.

Related reading:
With Rural Towns Vanishing, States Choose Which to Save.  (The New York Times, 1/3/1990)
Since the 1950's half the people and most of the businesses have left the barren buttes and prairies of Sheridan County in central North Dakota. The county has no doctor, no hospital, no traffic light, no Greyhound bus service and more ghost towns than live ones. 
McClusky, the county's biggest town, might not be here if it were not the county seat, residents say. It has barely 600 people and a withering Main Street dotted with storefronts that have been closed for years. Nobody can remember when a new building last went up.

Other North Dakota posts:
Divide County/Crosby.  (7/23/2019)
Golden Valley County/Beach.  (7/24/2019)
Billings County/Medora.  (7/24/2019)
Slope County/Amidon.   (7/25/2019)
Adams County/Hettinger.  (7/25/2019)
Hettinger County/Mott.  (7/26/2019)
Dunn County/Manning.  (7/26/2019)
Burke County/Bowbells.  (7/28/2019)
Ranville County/Mohall.  (7/29/2019)
OIiver County/Center.  (7/30/2019)
Grant County/Carson.  (8/1/2019)
Emmons County/Linton.  (8/1/2019)

Other population loss series:

Friday, August 2, 2019

GOP members of Congress announce their retirements from the House early and often


Say goodbye to 49-year-old Rob Woodall, who represents Georgia's 7th congressional district.  

U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall will not seek re-election.  (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 2/7/2019)
Congressman Rob Woodall will not seek re-election next year, all but ensuring his rapidly-diversifying suburban Atlanta district will become one of the country’s fiercest political battlegrounds in 2020. 
The Lawrenceville Republican said Thursday he plans to step aside at the end of the current Congress because of recent political and personal developments. In addition to surviving the narrowest race of his political career last year, Woodall also lost his father.
He won by 430 votes.

Source:  Ballotpedia




Sources:  CNN (US/AL), Daily Kos (AL 1st CD)

The Obama elections:
  • 2008:  McCain, 60.1%; Obama 39.1%
  • 2012:  Romney, 60.2%; Obama 38.3%

Other retirement posts:
Alabama 1st CD.  Bradley Byrne.  (8/1/2019
Alabama 2nd CD.  Martha Roby.  (8/1/2019)

UPDATE. Woodside Heights Park new playground equipment in place



7/11/2019 update starts here.

Take a look

Photos by Retiring Guy



9/21/2018 update, "Four and a half weeks after the storm in Middleton:  A bit more of a bench starts to show at Woodside Heights Park", starts here.

Monday, September 17
Friday, September 21

9/18/2018 update starts here.




9/9/2018 update starts here.





9/4/2018 update, " The water is slowly receding at Woodside Heights Park", starts here.

Compare the panels just below the center point in photo below to same scene in the 8/28 photo.

Photos by Retiring Guy

Looks like another 8 feet to the water line compared to 8/28.


The planter in thet lower-center portion of the photo is no longer surrounded by water.





8/31/2018 update starts here.
Water is receding from the swing set

Photos by Retiring Guy

And the benches of the picnic table are now in view.  I'd like to think that most of the water level drop is attributable to the pumping of Tiedeman Pond.



8/28/2018 update, "Woodside Heights Park remains inundated", starts here.

Photos by Retiring Guy




8/24/2018 update starts here.
As of yesterday, the pond level continued to rise.

Photos by Retiring Guy

Steps to Woodside Heights Parks will likely need to be stabilized.


Up next:  Tree removal, reinforcement of road bed, new curb and gutter.


Under normal circulation, the pond would appear in the top third of the frame.


Floodwater encroaches onto condo parking lot


Original 8/21/2018 post starts here.


Photos by Retiring Guy


After the storm in Middleton (and Madison) posts:
August 2018
Pheasant Branch Trail at Park Street (part 2).  (8/21/2018)
Powerwashing between the Beltline and Parmenter Street.  (8/22/2018)
Along Pheasant Branch Creek east of Parmenter Street.  (8/23/2018)
Costco and environs.  (8/23/2018 update)
Entrance to Esser Place parking lot, then and now.  (8/24/2018)
Longmeadow Drive and Stricker's Pond, then and now.  (8/24/2018)
Greenway Station is open for business.  (8/24/2018 update)
Views of Pheasant Branch Creek from Parmenter Street bridge.  (8/25/2018 update)
Intersection of U.S. highway 14 and Deming Way.  (8/27/2018 update)
Century Avenue and entrances to Pheasant Branch Conservancy trails.  (8/27/2018)
UW Health administration office building.  (8/27/2018)
Longmeadow Gulch.  (8/28/2018)

September 1-15, 2018
Stricker's Park.  (9/4/2018 update)
Flooding in East Washington/East Mifflin area of Madison.  (9/7/2018)
The dual dead ends of Middleton Street.  (9/10/2018 update)
Stricker's Pond footpath.  (9/11/2018 update)
Confluence Pond expands to become Confluence Lake (and back again).  (9/12/2018 update)
Stricker's Pond.  (9/12/2018 update)
Pheasant Branch Creek algae bloom.  (9/15/2018)
Tiedeman Pond access at Pond View Road.  (9/15/2018 update)

September 16-30, 2018
Pheasant Branch Trail at Park Street (part 1).  (9/17/2018 update)
Pheasant Branch Conservancy trail and bridge.  (9/17/2018)
Pheasant Branch Conservancy just north of Century and Branch.  (9/17/2018)
Voss Parkway.  (9/18/2018 update)
Tiedeman Pond pumping.  (9/19/2018 update)
Boardwalk access ramp to Tiedeman Pond.  (9/19/2018 update)
Woodside Heights Park.  (9/21/2018 update)
Moving into the 6th week after the storm in Middleton (The Tiedeman Pond doubleheader edition).  (9/24/2018)
Moving into the 6th week after the storm in Middleton (The Stricker's Pond doubleheader edition).  (9/24/2018)
Moving into the 6th week after the storm in Middleton and Madison: Stricker's Pond discharge helps to lower water level.  (9/28/2018)

October 1-15, 2018
Seven weeks after the storm in Middleton (The Park Street/Tiedeman Pond edition).  (10/10/2018)
Seven weeks after the storm (The Woodside Heights Park/Tiedeman Pond edition).  (10/10/2018)
Seven weeks after the storm in Middleton and Madison (The Stricker's Pond edition).  (10/10/2018)

October 16-31, 2018
Two months after the storm in Middleton (Woodside Heights Park/Tiedeman Pond edition).  (10/18/2018)
Two months after the storm in Middleton (Stricker's Pond edition).  (10/18/2018)
Two months after the storm in Middleton (Pond View Road/Tiedeman Pond edition).  (10/18/2018)

Two months after the storm in Middleton: Woodside Heights Park access to Tiedeman Pond trail.  (10/22/2018)
10 weeks after the storm in Middleton (Pond View Road/Tiedeman Pond edition).  (10/31/2018)

November 2018
Ten weeks after the storm in Middleton: More of the Tiedeman Pond boardwalk reappears.  (11/1/2018)
Ten weeks after the storm in Middleton: Access path from Woodside Heights Park to South Avenue now fully open.  (11/4/2018)
Nearly 3 months after the storm in Middleton: Park Street/Tiedeman Pond edition.  (11/11/2018)
Nearly three months after the storm in Middleton: Woodside Heights Park access to Tiedeman Pond trail.  (11/13/2018)
Three months later, the Pheasant Branch Corridor trail has reopened (Parmenter to Park edition).  (11/20/2018)
Three months later, the Pheasant Branch Corridor trail has reopened (Park to Century edition).  (11/26/2018)

December 2018
Nearly 4 months after the storm in Middleton, washout damage to Voss Parkway repaired.  (12/7/2018)

March 2019
The following spring after the storm in Middleton: Rapid snow melt floods the path again.  (3/15/2019)
The following spring after the storm in Middleton (Stricker's Pond edition).  (3/15/2019)
The following spring after the storm in Middleton (Voss Parkway storm sewer edition).  (3/15/2019)

April 2019
Approaching 8 months after the storm in Middleton: Is this the new normal? (Tiedeman Pond   (4/11/2019)
Approaching 8 months after the storm in Middleton: Is this the new normal? (Woodside Heights Park edition).  (4/11/2019)
Approaching 8 months after the storm in Middleton: Once again, the Stricker's Pond walking path is accessible, back to normal.  (4/12/2019)
8 months after the storm in Middleton: Water tiedemanlevel drops at Tiedeman Pond (Accessiible ramp edition).  (4/26/2019)
8 months after the storm in Middleton: A platform bench has become unmoored (Tiedeman Pond benchmark edition).  (4/26/2019)
The "lectern" is gone 8 months after the storm in Middleton (Park Street/Tiedeman Pond edition).  (4/26/2019)

May 2019
Tiedeman Pond boardwalk: The flooding last August and the continuing damage done.  (5/14/2019)
9 months after the storm in Middleton WI the Tiedeman Pond boardwalk is accessible.  (5/22/2019)

July 2019
Approaching 11 months after the storm in Middleton: This is the new normal (Stricker's Park as an extension of Stricker's Pond).  (7/11/2019)

Around Town Middleton UPDATE: Staff and visitors may now park in the MCPASD Services Center lot


Photo by Retiring Guy

All of the departments are located at the Services Center.



Original 7/11/2019 post, "Why are there so many cars parked on South Avenue by the MCPASD Services Center in the middle of summer?", starts here.

Photos by Retiring Guy

Reconstruction of parking lot

Around Town Middleton posts
June 2019
"ROAD WORK AHEAD" trumps "DRIVE LIKE YOUR KIDS LIVE HERE" on Park Street.  (6/27/2019)
Free lunch Friday.  (6/24/2019)
CBD, just like everywhere else in Wisconsin.  (6/24/2019)
 
February 2019
According to chapter 8.07 of the city ordinances....  (2/4/2019)

January 2019
More than a snow fort, but not a standing-room igloo.  (1/2/2019)
 
December 2018
This section of sidewalk was replaced in 1980.  (12/18/2018)
The post office's new and improved self-service kiosk.  (12/18/2018)

November 2018
Spell checker.  (11/19/2018)

August 2018
Must be on a tight schedule.  (8/6/2018)

July 2018
What type of seeds?  (7/6/2018)

June 2018
If it's not one thing, it's another.  (6/23/2018)
Bloom Bake Shop to reopen as Bloom Bindery, a bakery/bookstore.  (6/15/2018)

May 2018
The Tiedeman Pond frog chorus.  (5/15/2018)

March 2018
Tiedeman Pond winter fish kill.  (3/30/2018)
Hear that lonesome whistle blow.  (3/22/2018)
Explosion on Elmwood Avenue.  (3/20/2018)
Googling 'Henry Hubbard'.  (3/18/2018) 
A not-so-faded Flo strikes a new pose.  (3/12/2018)

February 2018

Marilyn Smith Miller (1934-2019) Warren High School class of 1952



1952 Dragon yearbook

1967 Warren City Directory (no entries)

1983 Warren City Directory

The popularity of Marilyn as a baby name is graphed here.  Let's take a look at granddaughter Gabrielle.

 Source:  Social Security Administration

Gabrielle debuted in 1957 and took some time finding a steady upward path.  She flourished during the l990s and 2000s, spending 21 years (1990-2010) in the top 100, peaking at #46 in 1999.  She's now on her way to becoming yesterday's news.

Other class of '52 grads:
2019
Ralph Wade.  (7/8/2019)
Dudley Donaldson.  (2/8/2019)
June Odmark Wiggins.  (1/5/2019)

2018
Richard Hansen.  (1/2/2018)

2017
Donald "Dean" Webster.  (8/2/2017)
Earl Henry Campbell.  (7/17/2017)
Theodore Shaw.  (6/7/2017)
Richard Suppa.  (5/27/2017)
Neil Siefert.  (4/18/2017)
Mary Anne Handest McHenry.  (3/23/2017)
Reynold Flatt.  (2/27/2017)

2016
Donald Merkle.  (9/23/2016)
Minnie Bonavita Miller.  (6/10/2016)
Myra Wilson Babcock.  (5/19/2016)
Norma Pierce Nielsen.  (4/6/2016)
Santo 'Sam' Pascuzzi.  (2/14/2016)

2015
Glenn Culbertson.  (10/23/2015)

2014
Elizabeth Eggleston Hoffman.  (10/17/2014)