THUMBS UP TO ... downtown development. Streator residents flocked to the opening of More on Main inside the Main Street Market at 317 E. Main St. With a similar setup to Jeremiah Joe Coffee, which has had success in Ottawa, More on Main is just one business in the Streator building set to be an anchor for the downtown. A few other businesses share the building space: Sew Personal 4 U, which is a custom T-shirt shop; Three Wishes, a home and gift store; and Jill Zavada, a diagnostic nutrition practitioner.
A coffee shop and gathering place has long been on Streator residents’ wish list. On its first day, the shop did nonstop business. The added foot traffic downtown will be a boon to other current and prospective businesses on a Main Street that continues to get spruced up through the city’s facade grant program. Along with the installment of the large mural at Heritage Park and the upcoming Walldogs event, we’re excited to see Streator’s downtown development continue forward.
THUMBS DOWN TO ... the loss of a local legend. We were saddened to hear the news Thursday morning of the death of retired Streator barber Bob Harcar. After 57 years in the hair cutting business, Harcar made an impact on many people. He certainly will be missed.
We are hopeful, however. Harcar’s successor, Alex Wahl, wants to continue many of Harcar’s traditions by keeping the same kind of welcome environment operating out of the same shop on Park Street. In that way, Harcar’s memory will live on in the community as the stories will continue to flow.
THUMBS UP TO ... giving back. Don and Val King, of rural Manlius, provided support to fund an OSF HealthCare mobile health center to benefit residents in La Salle, Bureau and Putnam counties.
The Kings were inspired to make the donation, citing the care OSF gave their son, father, niece and great-niece. The mobile health center will be used to connect residents with screenings, immunizations and health education as well as assist with tasks such as signing up for health coverage and exploring advanced medical planning. This donation will help other patients get care when they might not be able to get to the doctor on their own.
THUMBS DOWN TO ... not following cemetery rules. The Ottawa Avenue Cemetery Association put out a notice to the public that anyone on the grounds after hours or caught not picking up their pet’s waste will be prosecuted. The association brought the Ottawa police into the discussion about trespassers and vandalism.
It’s a shame the cemetery association has to put out a notice for what should be recognized as common decency. Families of the deceased deserve a sacred and peaceful place to honor their loved ones when they pass. Visitors should follow the rules when they are on cemetery grounds.