If you’re looking for something to do on Saturday, head on over to Jaycee/Ehlert Park in Brookfield for the annual Relay for Life, which raises funds for the American Cancer Society.
And bring a checkbook.
This is the 12th year the organization has run the event in Brookfield, and the local relay is slowly closing in on a milestone. The Brookfield Relay for Life is about $20,000 short of raising $1 million to fund cancer research and other programs for the American Cancer Society.
The local Relay started out strong in 2002, when it collected as much as $100,000, but the pace of donations has slackened some in recent years – two straight years of terrible, stormy weather didn’t help.
That’s led to a change in the format of the event, which used to be an overnighter, to one primarily in the daytime. The event kicks off at 11 a.m. and ends at 11 p.m. You can go over at any time to visit with neighbors whose lives may have been touched by that terrible disease, and, of course, you’ll have the opportunity to donate funds to help the Brookfield Relay for Life reach its $1 million goal.
Perhaps the best time to visit would be around 10 p.m., when volunteers light the luminaria along the walking path. Each one memorializes someone who fought cancer. It’s a moving way to end the event and a fitting one to signify just how many lives the disease has extinguished.
Anyone who has been over to the old Hofmann Dam site knows that the old concrete structure is pretty well gone. Well, not exactly. There’s plenty of debris from the demolition still piled up along the river bed, including chunks of concrete and other items pulled from the river in the days following the dam’s notching.
In addition, the gravel access roads on each bank of the river are still there in all their unsightly glory. While the Riverside access road is likely needed to deal with the toe stone on that side of river, we’re wondering what the holdup is on getting rid of the junk piled up on the Lyons side.
We realize it’s still an active construction site, but it looks like hell. Carting off the piled up debris is the least that can be done.
One other thing: We’re not sure how much more work is going to be done in the vicinity of the old horseshoe dam, which was located behind the larger straight dam that everyone remembers.
There are still steel reinforcing bars sticking up from the river bed like petrified snakes, and we sure hope that area isn’t considered finished. The Army Corps of Engineers has said that the legacy dam would be taken down to bedrock. If steel bars are still in place, that job hasn’t been finished.