Thursday, March 19, 2015

Sunday bike ride and solstice bonfire

Friends of the Forest Preserves is having a solstice bonfire at Whistler Woods. Let's meet at Ridge Park (1817 W 96th St.) at 1:15 for a bike ride on the Major Taylor Trail down to Whistler.  At Whistler, the goal is to burn some of the many logs cut at recent habitat restoration workdays and enjoy the arrival of spring in the great outdoors. Spring plants are emerging and there are lots of migrating birds to see.

We'll head back around 5:00 p.m.  The ride is approximately 5 miles each way at a reasonable pace (10-14 mph).  Anne Alt of Friends of the Major Taylor Trail will lead the ride. For more info, email

Friday, March 6, 2015

Sunday, March 1, 2015

don't be that guy

How many days has it been since our last significant snow?  Too many sidewalks still look like this.

And this.  If you can clear this sidewalk this well, please do the neighborly thing and clear a path all the way to the street.

If there's a wall of snow at the curb (and many are bigger than this one), clearing your sidewalk isn't nearly as effective as it could be in helping people to get out and walk in the neighborhood.

Yes, winter got old a long time ago for many of us. Facing unnecessary difficulties when we want to get out of the house and walk makes it worse.

If you haven't already cleared your sidewalk - and the walls at the curb and alley if those apply to you - please do the kind and considerate thing while it's warm today.  If elderly or ill neighbors can't clear their sidewalks, please help them, too.