County & State Announce Contest for Weather Alert Radios Now that Tornado Time Is Upon Us

Yesterday, before a tornado devastating Harrisburg in Southern Illinois, the McHenry County Emergency Management Agency released this press release: Local, State Emergency Management Officials Launch Weather Alert Radio Contest March is Severe Weather Preparedness Month in Illinois McHENRY COUNTY, IL- … Continue reading

Crystal Lake Ex-Pat Makes Front Page of Joplin Globe as St. John’s Selects Rebuilding Site

My brother-in-law Denny Desmond, 1966 graduate of Crystal Lake Central High School, married my sister Ellen, Class of 1970. They moved to Joplin, Missouri in the early 1990’s. The self-effacing guy ended up on the village board of a suburb … Continue reading

A Letter from Joplin – Part 1

What follows is the first part of a long note from my sister, who lives in Joplin. Mercifully, her family lives in Leawood, about a quarter of a mile south of the Interstate on which I saw a photo of … Continue reading

Joplin Tornado – What Happened at the AT&T Store Across from Walmart


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With my sister’s family living in Joplin, you can imagine our concern when the massive tornado hit. I knew where she lived and I knew where St. John’s Hospital was and I heard the tornado was a mile wide. She … Continue reading