Thumbs-up: To the McHenry Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4600 for giving the McHenry Elementary Education Foundation and McHenry School District 156 Education Foundation $2,500 checks Tuesday. The money came from the Queen of Hearts raffle drawing, VFW Cmdr. Dwane Lungren said. The latest pot reached more than $7 million, and about 20 percent of that went to the VFW. We’re glad the organization decided to share some of its winnings with the community.
Thumbs-up: To Thursday’s announcement regarding a merger for football between the East Suburban Catholic Conference and the Chicago Catholic League beginning next season. Yes, the schools have tried this before, but we’re confident things will go smoother than they did with the Chicago Metropolitan League from 1996 to 2002. The decision to split the conference into six four-team divisions should pay off for all 24 football programs, particularly smaller schools such as Marian Central. The conference should provide a better competitive balance in this format, and as a result, more teams will make the playoffs.
Thumbs-down: To a wet and dreary start to October. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch throughout northeastern Illinois until 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon, with rainfall to continue all weekend and into next week. Many high school football games were moved up to earlier start times Friday in an effort to avoid playing in heavy rainfall. As the system moves through, thunderstorms will mix with a warm front that can have the potential to create tornadoes. The Fox River already is near flood stage, and we are hopeful that flooding issues will be avoided. Let’s hope this weekend isn’t a total washout.
Thumbs-down: To an early end to the Cubs’ season. Everything seemed to be going so well at the beginning of September. The Cubs had a comfortable lead in their division and the best record in the National League. After back-to-back big-game losses to the Milwaukee Brewers and Colorado Rockies at Wrigley Field this week, Cubs fans were saying “wait till next year” again. Sports can be funny that way. Although it’s hard to see the team fall so far short of its potential this season, maybe they’ll be hungrier next year. Many of their key players still are in their prime, and they have deep-pocketed owners and a talented front office. We’re sure they’ll be back.