Icemen Gets Senator Affiliation

It’s official, the Evansville Icemen have secured a deal with the Ottawa Senators for the upcoming hockey season. In previous seasons the Icemen were the farm for the Blues and Predators, but starting the 2014 Season will feature talent from Ottawa.

Part of this new affiliate may be in part due to the new Icemen head coach Dwight Mullins. Dwight was the coach for the Elmira Jackals, which was a farm for the Senators as well.

hockey photoWhat’s most exciting for this Evansvillian is the prospect of the Ford Center hosting an NHL Exhibition Game. The Icemen owner had this to say; “I told them I wanted to do an exhibition game with the Senators and maybe the Blues, maybe the Predators, or the Blackhawks at the Ford Center.”

It's official, the Evansville Icemen have secured a deal with the Ottawa Senators for the upcoming hockey season.  In previous seasons the Icemen were the farm for the Blues and Predators, but starting the 2014 Season will feature talent from Ottawa.

Part of this new affiliate may be in part due to the new Icemen head coach Dwight Mullins.  Dwight was the coach for the Elmira Jackals, which was a farm for the Senators as well.

What's most exciting for this Evansvillian is the prospect of the Ford Center hosting an NHL Exhibition Game.  The Icemen owner had this to say; "I told them I wanted to do an exhibition game with the Senators and maybe the Blues, maybe the Predators, or the Blackhawks at the Ford Center."

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Evansville City Council Drug Testing

A few days ago the Evansville City Council has voted down the policy to be drug tested, while serving in office. With a 7-2 vote against the drug testing policy, it was stated that it was simply ‘lousy’. Interesting opinion on a policy, that most anyone who has a job must submit themselves to, at least randomly. Missy Mosby and Jonathan Weaver were both sponsors of this resolution, that fell short.

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Photo by Jack Spades

A few days ago the Evansville City Council voted down the resolution to be drug tested, while serving in office.  With a 7-2 vote against the drug testing policy, it was stated that it was simply 'lousy'.  Interesting opinion on a policy, that most anyone who has a job must submit themselves to, at least randomly.  Missy Mosby and Jonathan Weaver were both sponsors of this resolution, that fell short.

So, I have a few questions, in regards to this resolution vote.  Why are we leaving the decision to be drug tested up to the people whom would be tested?  What is the exact reason for not submitting to this requirement, besides a 'lousy' opinion?

Laws providing for government employee drug testing.

There are two court cases that allow the drug testing of any city employees.  Skinner/Van Raab allows for drug testing of city workers, based on need over privacy.  Therefore, if they are in a position that is security or safety related, it's supported and even encouraged.  To justify the privacy concern, if the ability of a city official could be affected by drugs, then it overrides the need for privacy and the individual should be subjected to testing.

An argument against the drug testing is the actual cost of the test.  Why should we subject the city of Evansville to this increase in cost, that may not be necessary?  I argue that I don't trust anyone in the public service sector, so they should be tested.  These city workers should be held at a higher standard than their constituents and even they have to take drug tests, at least randomly at private companies.

Why do private companies drug test?

According to the 2007 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 8.4 percent of full-time employees (10.2 million) and 10.1 percent of part-time employees (3 million) aged 18 or older reported using illicit drugs within the past month. Employees who abuse drugs are 2.5 times more likely than other non-substance abusing coworkers to be absent for eight or more days.2 Drug abusers are 3.6 times more likely to be involved in an accident at work and 5 times more likely to file a workers compensation claim.2 Forty-four percent of abusers have sold drugs to other employees and 18 percent have stolen from co-workers to support their habit.

This study brings up some serious concerns for a private business.  I feel these same concerns can be applied directly to city employees and their involvement in the community.   What do you think? 14News.com has a poll on their homepage asking whether Evansville City Council members should be drug tested, I encourage you to place your vote.

Frog Follies 2014 Pictures

Pictures from the 2014 Frog Follies. This was the 40th anniversary of the antique car show event, which is the biggest and best pre-49 car show in the United States.

Was miserably hot today, August 23rd, 2014 at the Vanderburgh County 4H Fair Grounds for the 40th Anniversary of the Frog Follies.  This event is the biggest and best pre 1949 automotive show in the United States and it's easy to see why.  There was hardly any space not covered by antique cars and all the buildings were full of vendors.  Even the fields were covered by swap events and vendors slinging any product remotely related to automotive.

The Frog Follies have become an annual event for father daughter time in the Davidson house hold.  My 6 year old was just as excited to see all of the cars as I was, even tolerating my endless scanning of booths for a good deal.

Evansville does an amazing job at hosting this event and accommodating all the extra people inside the city.  During my time, there were hardly any traffic jams, as 41 and Booneville-New Harmony road were clear and lines of cars were in constant motion.  Furthermore, inside the fair grounds there were plenty of helpers parking cars, directing traffic, and watching out for walkers to and from the event.

As usual, I plan on attending again next year.  Although, I'd like to order a little bit cooler weather please.

For the entire 2014 Frog Follies picture album, please visit the Evansville Blog Flickr page for all 75 photos. Click Here - 2014 Frog Follies Flickr Album

Video of Macroburst Hitting Evansville 2014

I was at work when the macroburst hit Evansville, IN on Friday May 9th, 2014. It was the strongest wind I have ever experienced and it was compounded by the fact that there were no warnings of any kind. There were no tornado warnings, and I don’ t think there were even any severe thunderstorm warnings. So, when the wind picked up, I thought nothing of it.

I was at work when the macroburst hit Evansville, IN on Friday May 9th, 2014.  It was the strongest wind I have ever experienced and it was compounded by the fact that there were no warnings of any kind.  There were no tornado warnings, and I don' t think there were even any severe thunderstorm warnings.  So, when the wind picked up, I  thought nothing of it.

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Observations From the NEYSC Bench

I have a 6 year old daughter that has loved playing U6 soccer in NEYSC for 4 seasons now. When she started she was very shy, but playing amongst girls her age has changed her. She has come out of her shell, more out going, loves soccer, and loves being amongst friends and meeting new people. It’s changed me as well, especially this season, when I was asked to help from the bench.

My experience with any children, let alone 4, 5 and 6 year old girls is entirely limited to my own daughter. Sure, I’ve been to preschool events, sat in on a few play dates, but never have I had to interact solely and directly with little ladies. This changed in March 2014, when I began helping out on the bench for the NEYSC. I have no experience in soccer, so I am not fit to coach anyone, but why should that stop me from helping keep 4 girls focused on the game, while their teammates are on the field? How hard could it be?

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