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Rich Paulsen - What’s Up

It’s going to be a hot one for Father’s Day weekend

This Sunday is Father’s Day. It’s going to be super hot if you are looking to have a cook out Sunday afternoon or early evening. It May be best to just take good ole dad to a nice air conditioned restaurant!

I’m headed to Newton compliments of my son and daughter-in-law to watch the race on Sunday. I get the feeling if the advanced forecast is right, I’m going to need two bottles of sun tan lotion and about 10 bottles of water to survive the event! Maybe a nice trip to the nearest swimming pool would be a great present to give.


It’s good to see everyone has good water coming out of their taps again. I’ve always had some extra water saved up, just in case of an emergency. I actually used some of it. It was great to see all the different companies giving out free water for the past two weeks. I see the water from MillerCoors came from Shenandoah, Virginia. I was about 20 miles from there last month when I was out that direction for a meeting. We stayed at Shenandoah Crossing. Hopefully they can figure out why the filters failed so it doesn’t happen again. I don’t think anyone went thirsty over the last couple of weeks, which is a good thing. Thanks to all the companies that donated water to keep us all hydrated.


Speaking of water, the rains this past week were sure a nice relief from all the hot, dry weather we have been having. Maybe we can get off the current drought map. It was the first time in over a year that I got to see my sump pump in action. At least I know it works!


They are just thick this year. We have been having problems at our condos with raccoons messing up our decks. The things are a real pest. I made up a mixture of water and hot sauce that seems to have kept them from coming back lately. So watch out, I understand they are living in the sewers. Maybe the rains will wash them all away!

Rainbow Park

This weekend Rainbow Park will showcase an ice cream social and Old Tyme Power show as a fundraiser for the Southside Boosters. The Old Tyme Power club makes a great tasting homemade ice cream. The social goes from 1-5 p.m. with music included.

Flag Day

Today is Flag Day. So hopefully you were able to participate and have your flag out in honor of our wonderful country. I had a chance last month to visit Fort McHenry where the “Star Spangled Banner” was penned. The flag flies high over the fort year round.

Party in the Park

Don’t forget Saturday June 23 is the annual Party in the Park. There are three great bands and the lush backdrop of McKinley Park. Go to the party – all the proceeds go for park projects.


Don’t look now, but June 21 is the official start of summer. It’s hard to believe but the days will start to get shorter. It always seems like summer goes flying by. The Fourth of July is right around the corner. Then the county and State Fair hit and we are headed down the stretch to Labor Day.

Thought for the week: “Character is not made in a crisis – it is only exhibited.” – Robert Freeman

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