Pulse: Darken the oval
November 4, 2012 8:34PM
Will County Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots
Updated: December 6, 2012 6:06AM
When you vote Tuesday on Election Day, don’t be like the elderly man who mis-marked his ballot last week during early voting in Bolingbrook. Instead of darkening the oval, he made X’s on his ballot.
“X’s are not good,” he said after he realized his error. “X’s are old fashioned.”
A woman walking by the man advised him to “Fill in the oval.”
That’s what you have to do with the newfangled computer scan ballots. No more punching a hole and leaving chads. But no X’s either. You have to “darken the oval,” Will County Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots has said since the ballots debuted.
But don’t worry too much, Voots said.
“You don’t have to be an artist,” she advised. “And you don’t have to darken the complete oval, either.”
Farmer John Kiefner and his wife Sherri created quite the media sensation with their Roost 66 — Home of the Happy Hens free-range chicken farm and Facebook page. Area residents who “adopted” the chickens for $25 are supposed to get 10 dozen free eggs and the right to name their fowl. There was only one problems. No eggs! Until Thursday. Finally, after 21 weeks of pampered farm living in Manhattan Township, John reported the first egg. He speculated that the egg was worth $2,500 — about the amount he has invested in the Roost so far.
More eggs are sure to follow, he said. So what will the fate of the first, much-anticipated egg be?
“We could put it on display and get multiple pictures,” Kiefner joked.
Keeping the heat on
Nothing really unusual about that long line on Scott Street in downtown Joliet on Thursday morning, said Kris White, executive director for the Will County Center for Community Concerns.
The 125 people who showed up outside the center at 9 a.m. was a typical number for the first day when people can apply for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, known better under its acronym LIHEAP.
“I’m going to say demand is as we normally see it,” White said. “Of course, that’s a lot.”
Wet your whistle
Does a hot dog and a beer sound good?
Babe’s Hot Dogs, one of Joliet’s most popular hot dog spots, is on the agenda for the Monday city council meeting for a liquor license that would allow beer and wine sales on premises.
Also seeking liquor licenses are the Cherry Hill Cafe at 2635 E. Cass St. and the Walgreens store at 7851 Caton Farm Road.
Cindy Wojdyla Cain and Bob Okon contributed to Pulse.