Can you believe it's almost August?
School is right around the corner, and the trees will be turning colors before long.
But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let me pass along some information:
The Linton Community Food Pantry and Thrift Shop will host a couple of celebrations in August.
On Aug. 9 at 2 p.m., the facility will be dedicated in honor of the late Rev. Hilary Vieck, former pastor at St. Peter's Catholic Church.
Martha Roach of St. Peter's and Tim Hale of the Linton First Christian Church stopped by the office Thursday morning to share information about the celebrations. They're excited about the work that is taking place at the pantry/thrift shop, and they want to spread the word.
The Rev. Vieck was transferred to St. Peter's in Linton and Holy Name Catholic in Bloomfield in June 1990. He served as pastor of both parishes until 2002 when Holy Name was assigned a new pastor. Rev. Vieck continued at St. Peter's, and on July 1, 2008, he was named pastor emeritus.
During his 18 years at St. Peter's, Rev. Vieck's main emphasis was to steer the parish toward a full commitment to and participation in their church and community.
He passed away Nov. 27, 2008.
The second event is planned for Aug. 15, and will be a community celebration. Games, prizes, music, and food will be available, according to Roach and Hale.
The main purpose of the event is to let people get an up-close look at what the food pantry/thrift shop is all about. It's also a way to say thank you to those who support the facility.
The food pantry/thrift store is located on the northeast corner of the intersection of E and 4th Sts. NE in Linton, just north of St. Peter's.
The five churches involved with the facility are Saron United Church of Christ, St. Peter's, Linton First Christian Church, Linton First United Methodist Church, and Trinity Lutheran Church.
A more detailed story on the Aug. 15 celebration will appear in the paper a few days before the event.
GE to remain open
Employees of the General Electric plant in Bloomington received some good news earlier this week -- the plant won't close as previously announced.
Not everyone, though, will keep their jobs.
According to The Associated Press, about a quarter of the plant's 720 employees will be laid off this fall.
Plant manager Kent Suiters says that a re-evaluation led the company to reverse its decision to close the Bloomington refrigerator factory. One reason is government incentives the company receives for making energy-efficient appliances at the plant that could be extended until 2013.
But 190 jobs will be cut because demand for GE refrigerators is down 27 percent this year.
The plant used to employee 3,400 people.
Road may open soon
If you're one of the many people who use County Road 1100 West in Stockton Township -- also known as Old Dump Road -- there's good news. It may open soon.
A a resident who lives along the road told me Wednesday evening that a project worker told him that the road should open soon.
Workers were busy Wednesday putting down gravel, blacktopping and rolling the stretch of road that was torn up because of the work.
I was told by a county highway employee that mine subsidence was a problem on one side of the road, and that's what led to the work and road being closed.
Chris is the general manager/editor of the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached by telephone at 847-4487 or 1-800-947-4487 or by e-mail at email@example.com .