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  1. Anonymous on April 5, 2020 at 8:27 am

    This is a call out to the Mascoutah Chamber of Commerce: Where are you people? At a time when small business owners in Mascoutah need you to the most, you disappear. During these unprecedented economic times, we need your leadership, your support, and your ideas more than ever.
    Not once have you contacted us to tell us to hang in there, that we are all in this together. Not once have you rallied around us to check to see if we needed help, even if it was only as a sounding board.
    Has the board of directors even met through Facetime or Skype to discuss what can be done or how to help? I’m going to guess no.
    I received more heartfelt encouragement from strangers than I am receiving from you.
    Another Sweetie Pie Day is not going to fix this. It never fixed it.
    If the board can’t stand up and support us, or give us encouragement that we will get through this, that they are coming up with ideas to help us, then get out of the way and let others give it their best shot.
    We know there are no easy answers, but at least show us that we are in this together. We are on a sinking ship and I feel like you guys jumped on the lifeboat a long, long time ago, leaving us to drown alone.

    • Anonymous on April 5, 2020 at 12:51 pm

      What is Sweetie Pie Day?

  2. Anonymous on April 2, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    True Story: A guy in Nashville Illinois left his truck door open while he went into a convenience store to pay for gas. When he came out and got in his truck a few minutes later he found that someone had stolen toilet paper and hand sanitizer from inside his truck. There was a $10 bill sitting in plain site the owner had left on the truck seat and they did not take the money! There’s a sign of the times. Toilet paper is now worth more than money?

  3. Anonymous on March 30, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    Here we all are suffering in our houses not going to school but how come Illinois State Department in orange trucks are tearing up the road from Freeburg, Illinois to New Athens, Illinois? What’s up with that!! And they are working close together. Someone said now it is a good time to fix up the roads since there are no people on the roads. Not right. Here in Illinois, Missouri, and New York City all have to suffer. Not!!! Right!!! Tell your governor this, or your mayor. Mad like hell!!
    You all want to take photos of this. Show your mayor.
    Look at Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont that’s up there in New York. Look at all those kids on spring break at the beach by the water and still having fun. Look at the long line of people at the airport. How come they are not wearing masks? And also this is election year. Come on we get money from China.
    Then they say don’t buy the whole store out. Nothing is wrong, everything is okay why say that!!!!!!
    Illinois, New York, China. These are the states they are talking about. All it is we the states don’t have money. Again! Election! Year!
    How come the states like Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Naevada, Montana, Arizona, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Oklahoma, Utah, Louisiana okay how come these states don’t have Covid-19 what’s up with that???
    Look they say someone in Belleville Illinois had it at Belleville hospital. Now look never even had it. Is the president trying to earn brownie points?

    • Anonymous on March 30, 2020 at 4:34 pm

      Sounds like Grandma is off her meds again.

      • Anonymous on March 30, 2020 at 4:45 pm

        She is off her meds and fell off her rocker.

  4. Anonymous on March 30, 2020 at 9:19 am

    Anyone else still having trouble finding disinfecting spray (Microban or Lysol) and disinfecting wipes. I’ve been looking for three weeks and can’t find either one. I look at WalMart, Dollar Store, and the base commissary (3-4 times per store, per week) and none of these stores ever have the spray or wipes. Maybe these items aren’t being restocked.

  5. Anonymous on March 30, 2020 at 7:37 am

    This is for the person who goes through my recycling bin every weekend. I have no problem with you taking whatever it is you’re looking for, I’m assuming it aluminum cans, as I shred all of my paper items, but it pisses me off that you continually leave the top open on my bins! I don’t go out to those bins every day and they fill up with rain or get blown over by the wind because of you and it’s annoying me. I’m sure I’m not the only resident who has this issue with you. As I said, I don’t mind you taking the cans, but keep this up and I’ll wait until the last minute to put them out from now on.

  6. Anonymous on March 28, 2020 at 11:33 am

    The Governor said he would be releasing money to help small businesses during this crisis. That was good to hear. I’m a small business owner who needs all the help he can get. So I downloaded the application. The ONLY way this application could be completed is by a lawyer or someone extremely experienced in grant writing. It is impossible to figure it out. I am a college graduate, own my own business, and I could not get through Page 1. Page 1!!!!. So do they say they are giving us the money but make it impossible to collect or do I pay money for someone to help me get money? I’ve never been more confused and more disheartened in my life. I’m about ready to throw in the towel and let Mascoutah continue it’s road to being a ghost town.

    • Anonymous on March 28, 2020 at 4:49 pm

      Mascoutah has never been on the road to being a ghost town. The population increases every year.

      • Anonymous on March 28, 2020 at 6:10 pm

        Population, yes. Downtown businesses, no.

        • Anonymous on March 29, 2020 at 9:44 am

          The population is about to stabilize, most likely freeze, or slightly decrease over the next decade. Cmon, it’s Illinois for one. And two, the older generation is dying off & the younger generation is not moving into this town. The military population is a revolving door. Most MHS graduates do not return to live here after college. Furthermore, in regards to small businesses suffering the last decade, ever heard of Amazon or the big box stores 5 miles away?

    • Anonymous on March 29, 2020 at 7:52 am

      Your right, the government red tape is overwhelming. Have you reached out to Rep. Charlie Meier? He’ll help. He’s a good guy to businesses.

  7. Anonymous on March 27, 2020 at 11:48 am

    I had a thought today that isn’t going to be too popular. I drove by the Leu Civic Center and wondered why we really need it. It’s a gorgeous historical building but do we really need the services it is suppose to provide? I would imagine that the electrical bill for that building is astronomical for taxpayers. Wouldn’t it be better to sell it to a company that would not only occupy it but provide jobs and pay their own bills? I would hate to see it demolished, but maybe a new rec center with pool would be better. Anyway, that was just a passing thought.

  8. Anonymous on March 27, 2020 at 11:12 am

    Smokers in Illinois must be immune to the COVID 19 virus. Since January 1, 2008 smokers in Illinois have been social distancing 15 feet from all entrances to public and private places, not allowed to smoke indoors (unless at home) and staying away from non-smokers. Also the non-smokers in Illinois have been avoiding smokers like they have the plague because they were told that they will die from second hand smoke. Who new, at the time, how much the nanny state cared about us smokers?

  9. Anonymous on March 26, 2020 at 4:07 pm

    After driving down Park Drive in Mascoutah, I decided to put words to my feelings. The Park is a great place. However in my mind it could be better. The submerged sidewalk on the Northeast could be raised. During wet times it is underwater. The skateboard park could be removed, I see more bicycles on it than skateboards. That is wasted space. Limbs need to be picked up sooner, not a week after they fall. When there is an auction participants should park in parking spaces or on roadways, not on grassy areas. They will make ruts when they move. They will make em, but not fix em.

    • Anonymous on March 26, 2020 at 4:09 pm

      Well, aren’t you a little ray of sunshine!

      • Editor on March 27, 2020 at 1:18 pm

        Keep him/her away from puppies and kittens!

  10. Anonymous on March 26, 2020 at 2:14 pm

    to the 1st Federal Bank window teller: It is not our fault your job is considered essential. There is no need to be snotty to customers. You should be happy you have a paycheck. I lot of us do not have that. We are on borrowed time. Treat your customers with a little bit of respect and – God forbid – a smile.

  11. Anonymous on March 24, 2020 at 11:03 am

    It’s been hard for some of our precious older folks, who are already in various degrees of confinement, to now find themselves further confined, with having to eat their meals alone. A creative friend further sparked an idea introduced to me by the sweet children of Bethel UMC, of sharing agape (love), through a note, magnet, small craft, etc., to deliver with each tray! It’d be great if someone could coordinate an on-line, sign-up sheet, for individuals, churches, and other Mascoutah community agencies. A once a month commitment of 20-25 groups, (firemen can write notes, too), or individuals, could provide our residents and shut-ins with a weekly reminder that they are loved and being thought of. We currently have over 200 residents in Mascoutah. When explaining, and asking for current resident head counts, approval for tray agape was given by: Aperion 35 residents; Brightly 64 residents; Marka 39 residents; Silver Creek 24 residents; and Meals on Wheels 40 residents. Care in selection of tray agape, based on: setting, level of independence, and impairment(s) need be encouraged. The tray agape, lovingly made by the children, were colorful, Springy, place-mats…Heartwarming, in a full-circle way, as the acronym MATS (Mascoutah Agape Tray Surprise), seems most fitting!

  12. Anonymous on March 23, 2020 at 7:26 pm

    A huge shout out to our Mascoutah School District Administrators, Teachers and Support Staff for their creativity, committment to students, patience with parents, and their time in such an unheard-of situation. Our community and our children will always remember this time and the example our school district has set in how to deal with and react in times of uncertainty will never be forgotten. Thank you!

    • Anonymous on March 26, 2020 at 12:24 pm

      A huge shout out to parents who are trying the best they can.

      • Anonymous on March 27, 2020 at 11:51 am

        It would be funny if they could give out grades for parents who are helping with their child’s homework. The child gets a B for effort, but you get a D for lack of knowledge. Seriously, kudos to all parents for trying!

  13. Anonymous on March 23, 2020 at 10:38 am

    Closing the Dog Park is so stupid. It is outside, it is huge so no one will be standing next to each other, and you can’t get the virus from dogs. Talk about taking fear to the extreme.

    • Anonymous on March 26, 2020 at 12:27 pm

      My Golden Retriever misses the dog park. And it was only place I could feel comfortable with her running around off a leash. I understand playgrounds being closed because little ones’ hands are all over the equipment, but why the dog park? Or at least open it on a Saturday morning or something.

      • Anonymous on March 26, 2020 at 12:34 pm

        We still plan on going this weekend if dry.
        One of the few amenities this town has.
        What, are they going to arrest us?
        Just play dumb like you didn’t know, if patrol stops by, which they probably won’t.
        20 minutes shouldn’t be an issue.
        Other dog parks are open FYI.

        • Anonymous on March 26, 2020 at 2:09 pm

          I’m in. I don’t have children, so my two fur-babies are my kids. They need fun and exercise too. The dog park is practically in a field away from everyone and everything. What is the big deal.

          • Anonymous on March 26, 2020 at 2:16 pm

            May be the policemen in Mascoutah will not bother stopping at the Dog Park. (wink, wink) I am sure they have better things to do then kick us out

          • Editor on March 27, 2020 at 1:19 pm

            I think they would just tell us to leave.

  14. Anonymous on March 22, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    Want to give a high five to Mike and the whole staff at Tom’s. Have been in numerous times throughout the past couple of weeks, and they were all awesome. Thanks for all the hard work.

    • Anonymous on March 23, 2020 at 12:51 pm

      I have to say Toms has stepped up to the issue at hand. I’m glad they are here otherwise we all would have to travel far for our food needs. Maybe ,just maybe when Covid-19 has ran its coursed and we get back to a normal type of life, we don’t forget to support all of our local businesses.

      • Anonymous on March 23, 2020 at 4:49 pm

        I bought a new mower from a local merchant. Got it home and it had no oil. Went back and bought some oil. When I looked in the manual to see how much oil it needed, the manual stated that one container of oil is provided with the mower from the manufacturer of the mower . Went back to merchant and he said “yeah, when the new mowers come in we take the oil and sell I it”. So I don’t care how good their every other Friday loaded bake potatoes are, I will never support that business again. I won’t go to one hardware store in town because you can’t shop around because the lady follows you aisle to aisle like your going to steal something. Bought a new Weber grill at the new hardware store. They told me it would be delivered the next day. I asked if I could buy the display model and they said no because it was dented on one side and they would have to offer a discount so I paid for a new one. Two days later they deliver the grill and Lo and behold it’s the damaged one that was on display. Asked them about a discount since they sold me the damaged display model and they refused. So I have never been back in there and will never go back in there. If I need something from that store, I go to the one in Freeburg. Hired a local electrician to put in a new circuit breaker panel. He mislabeled every circuit except for the dryer,oven and cooktop. I had to turn on every light switch in the house and place a nightlight into every outlet at the same time and then shutoff every breaker individually to figure what each breaker provides power to. Used to use a dog groomer here in town but switched to one in Belleville because they charge $35 for the same service the one in town charges $55 for. So you can keep your local businesses.

        • Anonymous on March 24, 2020 at 12:39 pm

          WOW!!!! Maybe you are a magnet for mishaps. Never had any of those issues here.
          If i were this P.O.ed i think I’d move.

          • Anonymous on March 24, 2020 at 2:48 pm

            Not P.O.ed. Why move? I like Mascoutah. Just pointing out the fact that when a business blatantly rips you off, you would be a fool to ever go back to that business. I wasn’t trying to put all local businesses into one bad category. I do have the maintenance on my vehicles done right here in town. I just want people to know that just because a business is local doesn’t mean that they won’t take advantage of you. Mascoutah is a very nice town. And there are thousands more in the country just like it. It’s a cookie cutter community.

        • Anonymous on March 24, 2020 at 8:30 pm

          Boy I’m glad I’m not you. I’ve had nothing but good experiences. I kinda wonder how much of what you’re sayings is exaggerations. Mascoutah merchants have always gone above to make things right for me. Like I said “must suck to be you”.

          • Anonymous on March 24, 2020 at 11:16 pm

            None of it is exaggerating. After living here for 24 years I have noticed a person born and raised here is treated differently than a transplant such as myself. No it doesn’t suck to be me. I have an awesome life, but have had a few bad experiences with a few merchants as mentioned earlier. I just learned at an early age when a business rips you off or gives terrible customer service you don’t go back to that business. The experiences I listed earlier are the only bad experiences I have had here. I still frequent some local businesses, just not the three I was talking about.

        • Anonymous on March 26, 2020 at 12:29 pm

          I agree with the other commenters. You are a walking, talking pile of toxic negativity! You sure you don’t want to move? We’ll help you pack.

    • Anonymous on March 23, 2020 at 12:59 pm

      Kudos to all the Mascoutah businesses . They all have been great. Im done with Wal mart and Schuck’s .Ill remember who took care of my families needs during these trying times. THANKS

      • Anonymous on March 23, 2020 at 4:59 pm

        I’m glad we have Wal Mart and Schnucks. None of the stores (whether local or not) is the problem. The problem is the idiot hoarders. I have been trying to find just one bottle of sanitizing wipes for three weeks and can’t find any. I don’t hoard toilet paper, paper towels, sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer or anything else for that matter because there is no reason to. The industries are producing plenty but too many people want to stockpile products.

      • Anonymous on March 23, 2020 at 8:57 pm

        I agree. All Mascoutah businesses have been awesome. Hope it continues. Thanks to all who have worked so hard during this tough time.

  15. Anonymous on March 22, 2020 at 8:55 pm

    I am concerned with the economic hits small businesses will experience in response to COVID-19. For example, I am an employee at Rainbow Ranch Petting Zoo. Although Rainbow Ranch is not located in Mascoutah, I know many individuals from Mascoutah visit the farm for a tour. Typically opening day for the petting zoo is April 1st. This includes personal tours for anyone that comes to the zoo, tours for many schools, and traveling to locations (like nursing homes). Similar to many other businesses, Rainbow Ranch is not opening to protect the well-being of the employees and individuals who may come for a tour. Most of the revenue that keeps the petting zoo rolling comes from the traveling zoo gigs, tours, and animal sales. With traveling zoo gigs/animal sales canceled, and the new opening date for the zoo remaining unknown finances are a worrisome problem. Money is withdrawn in the form of Veterinarian bills, feed/water bills, payment of employees, and many others costs. It is hard to see places that bring copious amounts of happiness to people of all ages, like Rainbow Ranch, take heavy financial hits in light of COVID-19.

  16. Anonymous on March 21, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    Since we can’t leave the house or travel on any roads maybe the government should use this time to fix our roads since there won’t be any traffic. Governor Pritzker could use the extra gas tax money he charges us then we’d have better roads than Missouri and Indiana. The city could also fix our potholes with the extra water money they’re taxing us. At least we’d get something in return.

  17. Anonymous on March 21, 2020 at 6:57 am

    Never would I believe that I’m locking my doors because of a type of flu. Everything I worked day and night for is being destroyed. i’ve given my heart to this city and the state. This is how they repay me. Now I will go home and pray I will be be able to pay my bills or even open my doors again.

    • Anonymous on March 21, 2020 at 11:11 am

      Why does it seem like you are blaming the city and state?

    • Editor on March 27, 2020 at 1:21 pm

      OMG! We haven’t been invaded. Chill.

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