News From Terre Haute, Indiana

March 17, 2014

LIZ CIANCONE: Spreading news from one ‘Liz’ to another

Liz Ciancone
Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — I received a letter the other day from a Yorkville High School classmate. It wasn’t snail mail, it was written in cursive writing and although it required more than the 3-cent stamp of my youth, it found our mailbox within a couple of days of posting.

I didn’t meet “Liz” until I started high school. She had gone to elementary school at Millbrook so when she entered high school and encountered me with some seniority, she began to refer to herself as “the other Liz”. Still, she stuck it out in Millbrook and Yorkville while I chickened out on winter weather and headed south for Indiana. At this point, I feel as if I am “the other Liz”.

Liz — first or second, take your pick — usually writes to me about class reunions or when one of our classmates has died. Since there were only about 32 of us to begin with, the ranks are definitely thinning and I get out the YHS yearbook and chalk off another one. Liz has kept us all together with her handy pen and writing skill for a good many years.

But, this time it was not sad news. Liz sent me several clippings from what used to be the Kendall County Record, a weekly newspaper. It seems that Liz’s granddaughter has graduated from Northern Illinois University with a major in journalism and is now writing for the Record, which has morphed into a daily.

Fortunately, Beth shows more than a little talent and I could honestly encourage Liz to urge the young lady to follow her dream. She wants to write children’s books. Because I am of the opinion that children need to read and be read to as much as possible, Beth can count on a cheering section right here in Indiana as she works to achieve this laudable ambition.

Also among the clippings was an illustration of a building I thought I recognized as what was once the A&P Store. I even remember when it went out of business because, as a chain store, it could not extend credit and credit was an essential part of keeping a family in groceries during the Depression. Yes! It was the building I remembered and it looked pretty darned good. It has been an attorney’s office but the plan is to turn it into some sort of coffee house.

Ah me. I remember when Yorkville didn’t even have a restaurant.

So, Liz, from one who is now the “other Liz”, keep those letters coming. It’s almost as if your granddaughter has inherited your gift for writing. Keep me posted.

Liz Ciancone is a retired Tribune-Star reporter. Send email to opinion@tribstar.com.