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Homan: Winter Wonderland has something for everyone

By John D. Homan
Managing editor
updated: 12/8/2017 11:23 AM

Granted, there is no snow in Southern Illinois yet, but there will be ice -- the kind you can skate on -- at Rent One Park in Marion this weekend.

This weekend marks the second straight year the Southern Illinois Miners have hosted Winter Wonderland at the ballpark. Besides ice skating, there is a giant snow slide, a snow maze, Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf; snowball fights for kids; visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus; and carriage rides.

Additionally, on Friday at 9 p.m., there will be a fireworks display for all who attend. The CASA houses will also be on display and patrons will have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets to win one of six that have been constructed by local high school shop students.

And cost isn't much of a factor for attending Winter Wonderland with tickets for individual activities ranging from $2 to $5 apiece. Fans can even purchase all-access wristbands for $14 on Friday and $12 on Saturday. Friday night activities run from 6-10 p.m. Saturday hours are from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday hours are from 1-8 p.m.

So, if you're looking for something completely different to do this weekend that is fun for the entire family, you may want to give the Winter Wonderland a try.

Too many shootings reported

Hey, what's up in Harrisburg with the rash of shootings of late?

Harrisburg Register ace reporter, Travis DeNeal, points out that some residents feel like the fact that no one has been seriously hurt is a positive take-away. But others feel like there's getting to be a feeling of lawlessness that borders on embarrassment.

Mayor John McPeek recently tried to hire two new police officers, but the city council wouldn't second the motion.

Maybe the council will reconsider despite the added cost. Stepped-up patrols and neighborhood watches only work so well. Added manpower is almost a must. It also wouldn't hurt to keep a closer tab on those residents with a known history of mental illness.

There is nothing more disconcerting to a community than the reckless use of a firearm, putting lives in harm's way.

Just ask Carbondale residents. The number of shooting incidents there resulting in some deaths has left an indelible stain on that city.