During the first full week of October, nearly 150,000 people converge on 0.3 miles on West Franklin Street. They eat deep fried Kool-Aid and deep fried s’mores. They ride the Ferris wheel. They struggle to find parking. For this one week, it is the most popular street in Evansville — as it has been for the last 90 years every fall — but along West Franklin, from Wabash Avenue of Flags westward across Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Avenues to St. Joseph Avenue, is more than a fried food frenzy.
October / November 2011
On the East Side of Evansville, Vogel Road dashes east from North Green River Road. It’s a steady stream of commerce: low-lying, single-story buildings housing chain restaurants, specialty shops, and strip malls with hair salons and dentist offices. It’s suburban comfort that crashes into Burkhardt Road.
Job: Mayor, City of Evansville (Two Terms) Hometown: Evansville
Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel was not happy with me nor I with him. It was November 2003, and he was going on the cover for the first time of our December/January 2004 issue of Evansville Business. As often is the case when communications are made through intermediaries, or in this case, staff, there indeed had been some miscommunications. At that time, I did not know the mayor very well at all.
Bloodsuckers. Bed bugs are bloodsuckers, and what used to be a problem in New York City is now Evansville’s problem. In early fall, Action Pest Control exterminators treated bed bug infestations in public places. Kevin Pass, Action’s president and owner, knew it was only a matter of time before these night crawling pests spread to the Tri-State.
Beaux Cheveux’s “old world” style had served the salon well for 16 years in the Curtis Building, but owners Julie Brendel and Susan Jennings were ready for a change. “We wanted to remodel, but you just can’t do that while you’re working,” Brendel says. So when Jennings’ son-in-law Adam Kunkel — a vice president with Evansville-based design-build firm The Kunkel Group known for Downtown redevelopment — turned them onto an available space in the revamped Walker Building Downtown, it piqued their interest.
When the 47-year-old Bill Merkel was a child, he’d sit on the front porch of his parents’ house and listen to a radio scanner. It was family fun to hear reports from dispatch agencies transmitting over the airwaves. “It revealed the excitement going on in town,” Merkel says. “Ever since then, I’ve always had one on in the background.”
When Rachael Goldman was a child, her family’s pawnshop was a playpen. It was where she and sister Andrea played dress-up with fine jewelry, where she learned to play a few notes on a purple sparkle Danelectro guitar, and where she borrowed a diamond necklace for her winter formal in high school. “That’s a beautiful necklace, Rachael,” a teacher told her. “It’s available,” she responded, “and I can get you a great deal.”
If you are in your 40s or 50s and already have your 62nd birthday highlighted on the calendar with a big smiley face, here’s some advice: Check your math first. Age 62 is when Social Security payments first become available to most of us, but full benefits don’t kick in until 66 for current retirees and 67 if you were born after 1959.
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