Soaking up the rays and shooting trash

Today the blog made its debut on our 14 News facebook page!  Thanks for all those who "liked" it or left a message-- it's very much appreciated!  I've not done anything like this before, but so far, I'm enjoying it.  Just hope a few people (besides my mom) decide to read it now and then:)

In my first post, I mentioned that some days, things just come together more easily than others.  Yesterday was not one of those days, but today was.  First of all, the weather was beautiful.  I spent most of the day outside, so the sunshine was a huge plus.  Dang, is our downtown Evansville riverfront nice when the sun's shining!  That's one nice thing about being a reporter—you aren't stuck inside all day.  It's also one bad thing about being a reporter because when it's snowy and freezing—you ALSO aren't stuck inside all day.  In Evansville, I think our weather probably balances out to be more in my favor, though I'm sure I'll change my tune when December rolls around.

If you caught the news today, you may have seen my main story about the lights along the Greenway in downtown.  Right now the lights are only about waist-high, which seems to make them excellent targets for vandals.  The Parks Dept. wants to put in tall lamp posts like the ones along Riverside Drive to make it harder for people to damage them.  They're still in the early stages of figuring it all out, but hope to start installation in the next few (to six) months.

I also got to spend some time shooting (filming) trash!  That was for my other story, about some changes coming to Evansville's trash and recycling system.  Good news!!  Monthly rates should be dropping by more than a buck soon—if the City Council approves the reduction.  Beginning in January, the City plans to deliver either 48 or 96-gallon carts to customers' homes—one for trash and one for recycling.  So, say goodbye to those tiny blue bins you have to cram stuff into now!  (Now if only my apartment would get on the recycling train!!)

Anyway, that stuff you saw on the news.  What you didn't see, was me taking a nice walk along SE 1st Street during my lunch break.  (And, let me just clarify, that doesn't happen very often!  "Lunch break" is a pretty loose term around a newsroom.)  But, today it just worked out that I had some time before an interview.  So I went for a walk downtown.  I love the old houses in the Historic District.  That being said, I have a confession to make.  Can you believe—being born and raised in Evansville—I've never been inside the Reitz Home?  I didn't even know exactly where it was!!  (I know, I know, I should be ashamed!!)  Somehow I guess my class missed the school field trip that just about everyone here takes!  Rest assured-- a tour is now officially on my to-do list.

If anyone reading this lives downtown, I'm curious.  Do you like it?  Has it gotten more "exciting" with the addition of the Ford Center?  I picked up a couple of info sheets on some homes for sale while I was walking, but I'm not sure what I'd do with a 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath, 117-year-old house at this stage of life.  Maybe someday:)

Well, that's all for today.  Tomorrow morning bright and early I'm heading to Celestine, Indiana, in Dubois County to cover the military funeral of fallen Marine, Lance Corporal Alec Terwiske.  It is sure to be an emotional day.  He was just 21 years old when he died while serving in Afghanistan.  Thank you for your service, Alec.

Until next time,