Thursday Doors – is for the Birds…

Seems like since we went on our hiking trip to Glacier National Park last month that we only slow down and stay at home long enough to do laundry and reacquaint ourselves with our cats… And so, I offer the following door from a quick return trip for us to Starved Rock State Park. We headed north to northern Illinois in order to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving with my siblings. We went up a day early so we could go hiking at the park and stay overnight, making our drive the next day a quicker and less tiring event…

And so, here is a door that we found in the lobby of the Check-in desk at Starved Rock. This is an antique Finch Cage. Not sure when it was acquired and placed in the lobby, and I forgot to take a picture of the information card. Note: there are no birds housed in here anymore.  So there it is… A Door For The Birds!!

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More doors, whether for the birds or not, can be accessed by visiting Norm 2.0 HERE. Be sure to scroll down to his Comments section to see doors from around the world!!

Illinois State Police Museum

Here is a great short video that discusses the Illinois State Police Museum located in Springfield, Illinois. Lots of planning now underway to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the ISP being officially formed on April 1, 1922.

Illinois State Police Museum

In the video you will see a few of the display boards, and if you look for the one with a uniform patch on a sleeve surrounded by the stars and rank insignias, you will see some of my handiwork while I was assigned to the ISP Academy… I will keep posting updates of preparations for the celebrations as they finalize…

The first patrol vehicles issued to the Illinois State Police Highway Patrol Officers were WW1 US Army surplus Harley Davidson motorcycles. Each motorcycle was eventually equipped with a sidecar.  The pictures below show an Auto-Lite carbide headlight, similar to the one on the surplus Harleys’ “light system”.

Approaching 100 years old…

On April 1, 2022, the Illinois State Police will mark 100 years of serving the people of the the State of Illinois. Celebrations, commemorations, activities, publications, and such are already in the planning stages, and some in actual process.

The Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation is working to coordinate many of the activities, and has an “events” page on their website that will list significant events as they are finalized.

One thing, I would recommend you watch a video that is posted on the Homepage of their website. It is titled, “Not Forgotten…”  It is a moving video about the Foundation’s work to build a Memorial to the Fallen Illinois State Police Officers, and includes interviews with family members of a few of the Fallen.

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Major Historical Event, circa 2010

Do you remember this landmark historical event from 2010??

Araneus diadematus was announced The European Spider of the YEAR for 2010!!!

The  European Society of Arachnology  made this honorific decision due to Araneus being “…one of the best known of all the spiders: the garden spider.”

I point this out because The Mrs posted a photo (a FANTASTIC photo) of a female Garden Spider resting in the center of her orb at the back of our house! This kindled fond memories of my Advanced Biology class my senior year in high school when one of my projects was the overwinter nurturing of an Araneus diadematus egg sac. One early spring morning I stopped into the biology lab and my corner of the lab was COVERED in a mob of tiny little spiderlings! I collected as many as I could and carried them outside to a courtyard. Many opted to stay inside, where they and their offspring happily lived for many generations… much to the dismay of the school janitorial staff and arachnophobes alike.

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Since this IS on the internet, what is a photo posting without a little bit of spider porn, right?

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Araneus diademus male genitalia….

And a quick physical update: My left eye is slowly improving, I was actually able to read a WORD last week with it. My ophthalmologist was very encouraging at my last checkup, and said I may not need surgery to reverse the blindness… YAY!!!

And at the other end of my breaking down body, my plantar fasciitis has all but disappeared, thanks to steroid shots in the heel and ongoing stretching…!

So now I am waiting for my health condition to return to normal so I can get back to my normal routine…. and stop surfing spider porn…

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Hero Down: Illinois State Trooper Ryan Albin Killed By Semi

Illinois State Police Trooper Ryan Albin EOW 06/28/2017.

Trooper Ryan Albin Killed

Farmer City, IL – Illinois State Trooper Ryan Albin was killed in a traffic crash on Wednesday, June 28, according to The Chicago Tribune.

The incident occurred about 3:10 PM on I-74, in the westbound lanes near milepost 155, which is near Farmer City, about 25 miles northwest of Champaign.  Trooper Albin was on patrol and involved in a crash with a semitrailer truck.  According to Fox2now,  the driver of the second vehicle, a truck, and a passenger, were not injured.

According to The Pantagraph, “preliminary investigation showed both vehicles were in slowed/stopped westbound traffic approaching a merge area ahead of a construction zone when the crash occurred”.

Trooper Albin was airlifted by a medical helicopter to a local hospital, where he died about 8:45 PM  The investigation into the crash is ongoing.

In a Facebook post, The Illinois State Police said:

“Illinois State Police (ISP) Director Leo P. Schmitz regretfully announces that ISP Trooper Ryan Albin, star number 5718, was tragically killed on June 28, 2017, while on patrol.

On June 28, 2017, at approximately 3:10 p.m. Trooper Albin was involved in a crash on I-74 near Farmer City. Trooper Albin sustained serious injuries as a result of the crash. At approximately 8:45pm on the same day, Trooper Albin succumbed to his injuries.

“Our hearts are heavy with grief as we mourn the loss of Trooper Albin,” stated Director Schmitz. “I extend my deepest sympathy to Trooper Albin’s family, friends, and co-workers. I pray that those who cared for and loved him find the strength they need during this most difficult time. No further words can express the pain and loss we are all feeling.”

Trooper Albin joined the ISP on January 8, 2006. He was assigned to District 6 in Pontiac as a canine officer. Trooper Albin’s canine partner, “Biko,” was in the rear of the squad car at the time of the crash. Biko was transported to a local veterinarian’s office and appears to have sustained only minor injuries.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Illinois State Trooper Ryan Albin, both blood and blue.  Godspeed, sir, we will take the watch from here.  Thank you for your service.

Trooper Albin, your life mattered.

Source: https://bluelivesmatter.blue/illinois-state-trooper-ryan-albin/