Donald D. Monty, Mayor
State of the City Address - December 10, 2013 by (Former Mayor Joel Fritzler)
From the Mayor
Welcome to SIUC students and other new members of our community. Where did “summer” go? According to the calendar, “summer” ends about September 21 each year. In practice, many people think of Labor Day as being the end of “summer.” But in Carbondale, we all know that “summer” ends when school begins. For local school children summer ended when school began in mid-August, and for SIUC students “summer” ended with the beginning of classes on August 18. Reconciling these different ending times for “summer” can be confusing. “Summer” may be over, but the daytime temperatures can still be into the 90’s into October. However, this summer, we had nights when the temperatures were down in the 50’s.
But no matter how you define “summer,” change is happening. Family vacation-time is over. Cedar Lake beach closes after Labor Day. Students are “hitting the books.” Football, soccer, and softball are in the air. The cooler temperatures which typically begin in September make hiking in the Shawnee National Forest, at Giant City State Park and on Green Earth’s trails more inviting. Students returning to SIUC bring more activity to the community. Streets and stores are busier. There are far more events (sports, lectures, entertainment, etc.) on the University campus, many of which are open to members of the entire community. Carbondale Main Street will resume its popular Wednesday Brown Bag Lunch concerts. Community organizations like Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and the Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale gear up their fall programs.
Whether you are new to Carbondale, have been here for decades, or somewhere in between, I encourage you to take advantage of the many opportunities to participate in activities in the community. Also, many organizations are looking for volunteers. Can you coach a team? Do you like to work with youth groups? Do you have an interest in environmental groups? Could you volunteer at a school? Would you organize a Neighborhood Watch group for your block? Helping others is very rewarding.
We are all part of the community. In the midst of our busy lives going to school or work, raising children, mowing the lawn, etc., we need to save some times for ourselves and our community. Enjoy all that there is to do in Carbondale and share that joy with others.