Tree Tips

Proverbially Speaking . . . Trees form an important part of our lives.  We are surrounded by trees both outside our homes and towns and also in our homes itself – wooden flooring, paneling, furniture, etc. Wood is also a part of our culture and language.  Trees and reference to trees are found in numerous…

School Zone

 By Superintendent Philip Pempin       You may have heard news reports about the educational achievements of U.S. students compared with students in other countries.  Many times these reports paint a grim picture of a public education system that is falling far behind student achievement in other nations.  I was interested to read a recent report commissioned…

Learning about Dawn Malson Full with interest and intrigue

By Rich Tarrant After a recent hip replacement I was grousing about my aches and pains to Vermilionite Dawn Full. She looked at me with a “so what?” smile on her face and said, “Getting old ain’t for wimps.” Well, she should know. On January 28th she will celebrate her 100th birthday. What follows was…

School Zone

By Superintendent Philip Pempin I came across the article below in my reading and research.  This expresses many of the thoughts I have regarding the State Report Card. “Most of us can remember getting report cards as kids. Sometimes the grades would be a validation of a job well done; sometimes they were disappointing, considering…

Tree Tips: Memorial Trees

Several weeks ago there was a newspaper article about a very large Southern Magnolia on the White House lawn that has become old and badly damaged and is to be cut down.  Aside from the fact that it is very old with an extremely large and wide canopy and trunk size, it has a very…

Something about Vermilion poet Helen Kelsey Fox

By Rich Tarrant REPETITIO MATER STUDIORUM EST. If that which follows seems familiar to some readers, it should. It is a reiteration of a story – with some minor additions / corrections that appeared in the VPJ on 07/01/2010. While I don’t often make a habit out of formally repeating articles, as a student-recorder of…

The never before told story of Starr Gardner

By Rich Tarrant If, perchance, I should write a mystery / detective novel my main character would be named Starr Gardner. The name, way back in the early to mid-years of the 20th century was actually that of a Vermilion businessman – a butcher – who owned a shop along with a well-known Vermilionite named…

Charting the Course

By Mayor Eileen Bulan I started writing this column in April of 2010.  It is hard to believe that it has been eight years.  It is also hard to believe that this is my last column. I began my journey with the City of Vermilion in 1980 as Clerk of City Council.  The City Council…

Vermilion Tree Commission revisited

The Vermilion Tree Commission is entering its seventh year this January of service to the Vermilion community and time has flown.  We have grown and expanded in objectives, projects, education, working with the public and service to the community.  Some people are certainly aware of what we do, but there is still some confusion about…