The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

Never know where I'll be!

by Dessa Rodeffer, Quill Publisher/Owner

July 14, 2010

There's lots to do in Midwestern Illinois. I was in the 34 Raceway pace truck leading the IMC Modifieds and 305 Sprints during their many stops and starts Saturday night. It takes a lot more than you think to run a good race track. Clearing wrecks as quickly as possible so fans are not waiting, is just one of many jobs. It includes a lot of walkie talkies, sharp eyes, wreckers, ambulances, firetrucks, and watching for debris on the track to keep things moving. Driving the pacer was Jeff Laue's dad, (one of the owners) who married Janet Vaughn, daughter of the late Anna Effland of Stronghurst. He gave Joyce Hetrick and I a ride for our money and more exercise than we expected jumping in and out of the truck due to the many restarts after wrecks. It's lots of hustling and the crew at 34 Raceway was handling it. Every racer I talked to from afar, told me the owners have made it the best racetrack in the Midwest. Of couse, there are lots of other busy people.

Thanks Johanna (Adair) Defenbaugh, member of the Roseville Garden Club, for telling me about their garden tour Sunday. The gardens and landcaping were wonderful, even in the light rain. Friends and neighbors continue to amaze us with their talent and ambition. Thursday I'm invited to a media showing of a replicas of the Pinta and The Nina. It will be open to to the public on the Mississippi river front in Burlington, IA Friday "til early Monday. Henderson County fair opens with a horse show Friday at 5 p.m. at Lomax, Relay for Life is at West Central High School at the same time. Sunday the Queen and Princess pageant is at the Fairgrounds in Stronghurst with 30 contestants and the 4-H fair runs all week!