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4 Nov 2011
Ok so I downloaded the accuweather desktop widget and it wont find my zip code. It stays in a constant state of searching. Any problems with the application?

If there is, does anyone know of a good weather desktop app that doesnt have ads. I hate with a passion weatherbug and TWC's desktop app. sad.gif
28 Jun 2010
Well this past weekend 6/26-6/27 was the last time there was a chance at severe weather in nortn central Illinois for awhile now I guess.

This week's weather pattern is actually refreshing for a change. Lower humidity, cooler nights, a nice high pressure system in place. And this is all week long.

Strange enough, I find myself missing the excitement of those severe weather days.

Makes me wonder when we will see them again here in the midwest, or is the weather taking a break?

What are your thoughts on this?
22 Dec 2008
Ok so many of you know I work part time on the weekends at Papa Johns. Right across the street is a 105 year old building which houses a restaurant called the Green Mill. This has been a staple of this town and really a landmark forever. I left work around 630pm last night and went to the laundrymat. Around 745pm, someone told me that the Green Mill was on fire. Apparently the fire broke out around 630-7pm.

My friends at work, had a front row seat to the main event. When I got home, I called down there to make sure everyone was ok. They were starting to get headaches from the smoke.

Anyway here is the article from the local paper and pics. Really amazing and very sad.

Green Mill goes up in smoke

Ottawa fire and city officials, as well as state officials likely will decide by the end of today whether the recently-burned brick building at the northwest corner of Columbus and Madison streets will have to be razed.

At 6:52 p.m. Sunday, Ottawa firefighters received a 911 call reporting flames coming from the Green Mill cafe at 100 W. Madison St. The building also houses Sun Loan Company at 102 W. Madison St.

Firefighters made entry in the rear of the building, where the kitchen of the Green Mill is located, Ottawa Fire Chief Jim Duback said this morning. Although it appears the fire may have started in the kitchen area, Duback said the exact origin of the fire has not yet been determined.

"Firefighters made an aggressive interior attack and found fire underneath in the basement so they had to get out of the building," Duback said. "Due to the significant fire and cold, we issued the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System."

Firefighters from Streator, Peru, Marseilles, Grand Ridge and Naplate also responded to the fire and helped staff Ottawa's station.

Billows of smoke filled West Madison Street, and firefighters knelt down in front of the restaurant to spray water through the front window of the restaurant known for its trademark aqua green-colored booths and rounded cove ceiling.

The windows of the Sun Loan Company also were broken out as smoke damage was apparent, but nearby S & S Travel of Ottawa seemed unaffected.

S & S Travel owner Sandy Robinson received a phone call Sunday to inform her of the fire near her business. She arrived on the scene about 7:45 p.m. and planned to stay until the fire was out.

"My whole livelihood is in there," she said looking at her 24-year-old business. "I gotta stay."

Firefighters told her they were going to check her basement to make sure it wasn't connected to other affected basements. Luckily, she didn't think it was.

Some people parked their cars at Centrue Bank across the road and others stood on Madison Street and watched the long-time Ottawa restaurant go up in smoke.

About 50 firefighters battled the blaze throughout the night and morning. The north portion of the building collapsed during the response, dropping debris and bricks onto Madison Street. Bricks also scattered across Columbus Street (Route 23) to the east of the building, prompting officials to close the road and detour traffic. The detour is still in effect today.

Duback said officials are now examining the south side of the building, and must make a decision soon whether to raze the building in order to re-open Route 23.

The three-story building was unoccupied on the top two floors, Duback said. The fire chief also said he did not believe anyone was in the restaurant when the fire started.

No injuries were reported, however, several firefighters fell on account of the icy conditions. A hydrant closest to the restaurant was frozen, but firefighters were able to utilize several other hydrants.

"There was plenty of water flow," Duback said.

While razing the building will likely allow for Route 23 to re-open, Duback said Madison Street from Columbus Street to Court Street likely will be closed indefinately.

"Now there's just so much ice and rubble," Duback said.

The Green Mill dates back 108 years, when it first opened as the College Inn, named for Brown's Business College, which was located just above the restaurant. Since then, ownership has changed five times and the restaurant has operated under three names. The current owners are Ann and George Kidonakis.

29 Jul 2008
It's becoming more and more frustrating for me here lately. None of my posts go answered. Perhaps, I am not smart enough with the weather, I dont know.

I have a passion for weather and I come here to ask questions and discuss weather like the rest of us, but when no one ever responds, as least 98% of the time over the past month.....well it makes one wonder, what's the point.

I am not quitting you guys, as I will come back and check on the weather, but I will just read other people's posts, and I doubt I will ask anymore questions.

I know I am still a newbie....and maybe that's why. sad.gif
3 Apr 2008
In the current weather discussion board Utica was mentioned briefly. That brought up a ton of memories of which I thought I would share. I live approx 15 miles from Utica. And on April 20, myself and the other coaches of T-ball were meeting in the office at the local fire station community center to draft our players for the upcoming year.

I remembered driving there from my home in pea sized hail and not thinking much of it at the time. Soon after the sirens sounded for the volunteers to come to the fire house and they all rushed off to Utica. (Of course we didnt know that at the time).

I have friends who suffered in that storm. Myself and others did what we could to help the community but it wasnt an easy time of it.

It was very cool when the Chicago White Sox donated themselves, their time and money to rebuild Utica's little league fields.

Anyway, just thought I'd share.


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Don't give up! I'm new here too and they don't usually answer me, but hopefully the regular users will get used to us and tell us what they think. Keep your head up!
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