The Zion-Benton Public Library hosted forums for candidates on the ballot in this April's election. (In Illinois we elect municipal officials and library district/school district/park district/etc. trustees on the first Tuesday of April of odd-numbered years.) The forums are held only for the races where there are contested seats. I was the moderator, which I've done in previous years. On Friday evening we heard the candidates for the library board and for the high school board. I did not pose the final question, but I relished asking it: "Do you have a library card and do you use it?" (The four library board candidates did. One of the high school board candidates did. The other two said, "No, I use the Internet," to which I replied, "We can remedy that.") On Sunday afternoon we heard the *six* candidates for Zion mayor and five of the six candidates for two seats on the Zion city commission. The meeting room was filled and people stood out in the lobby. The current mayor is retiring after 16 years. Economic development, public safety, and tax relief are the key issues.
The video is here . (Yikes. I need to stop wiggling when I speak in front of groups.)
On the other hand, projects with no deadline come together more easily. I have acquired a pile of 4.5" HSTs from the BlockSwappers' quarterly exchanges. I trimmed many of them to 3.5" and made pinwheels. I had a stack of 16-patches made as leaders-and-enders. The blocks are 6.5" unfin/6" fin. How would they look together? The scrappy blocks are intense and busy, no place for the eye to rest. How about adding some HST 9-patches? (Source: the 2.5" HST box.) How about making some stars? (Sources: the 2" HST box, the 2" squares box, and the 3.5" squares box.) I'm not sure where this will end up!
I'm linking up on Judy's Patchwork Times and Beth's Monday Making.