Autumn leaves of red and gold are this year’s story, nearly told. The trees now sleep, in dreams of glory, to awaken next Spring, with next year’s story.
Daily temperatures get a little cooler each morning, and don’t get quite as high each afternoon. This past week saw a few days with highs in the 40’s, then Sunday and Monday, October 9 & 10, reminded thermometers that numbers in the 70’s could be displayed. By Tuesday and Wednesday, though, any thoughts of perpetual Summer had been replaced with the reality of October. The month of October is, in some ways, similar to the legend of the ancient Greek soothsayer, Cassandra, a woman of great beauty whose presence always foretold tough times ahead. October is here. Winter is on its way.
Local grain producers took advantage of the dry, fair weather conditions last week to finish up on soybeans and make great strides with the 2016 corn harvest. The Rutland Elevator has been receiving grain early in the morning, late in the evening and at all times in between, as the combines have been steadily threshing out a bountiful harvest. As fast as local trucks and semis haul the grain in, the semis of the Wheaton-Dumont Co-op have been hauling it away to the Co-op’s unit train loading facilities. No confirmed yield reports on the corn harvest, yet, but, as the old saying goes, “It sure looks good from the road.”
Jen Christianson, the owner and operator of Alley Cuts Hair Salon in Rutland for the past 15 years, has announced that she will be closing her shop at 205 First Street in Rutland as of the close of business on Friday, October 14. Jen states that she has sold her building at 205 First Street to Lori McLaen, a former owner of the structure. Lori is planning to convert the building into short term rental units. This building started out as the Thompson Lumber Yard office in Cayuga, and was moved to Rutland in the 1930’s, after the old Farmers’ Store was destroyed by fire. It’s first use in Rutland was as the office for the International Harvester implement business that was operated by Lincoln Flados until 1938, and then by Emil McLaen until Emil moved the business down the street in the 1940’s. After that it was variously occupied as a barbershop, small appliance repair shop, coffee shop and lunch counter and private residence until it became the home of Alley Cuts in the mid-90’s. Jen will now be devoting all of her working time to her hair salon in Gwinner. The Rutland community extends its thanks to Jen for her 15 years of service on Rutland’s Main Street, and wishes her well in her new endeavors. Congratulations and best wishes are also due to Lori on her new venture. Jen says that she will be serving coffee, cookies and bars in the shop on her last day, Friday, October 14. Read More