IDA SCHOPP, CURATOR of the Gardner Archives, stands next to a display of the Gardner Centennial of 1954 while wearing a top hat designed for the event. The Archives, located in the Gardner Village Council chambers, contains historical docu-
￼ments and artifacts from Gardner’s rich history.
PARALYMPIANS RAYMOND MARTIN, below, and Brian Siemann, above, are just two of the athletes who will be leading Waddle along with Daisy, Sunday, September 20, during Dwight’s Harvest Days Celebration. Martin has won five gold medals, and has been named the United States Olympic Committee’s Paralympic Sportsman of the Year twice. Brian Siemann is the winner of two gold medals, and placed ninth in the 2011 Chicago Marathon.
Governor Bruce Rauner poses for pictures during the Governor’s motorcycle visit to Dwight Saturday, a stop on a charity ride to honor veterans.
LA to New York: The Hard Way
by Tom Tock
Ryuta Ishiba and Yu Suzuki of Osaka, Japan, above were hamming it up for the camera when we caught up with them Saturday morning. We had been told they had passed through Dwight earlier that morning — walking from Los Angeles to New York City. One of them was kicking a soccer ball as they walked. Really Walked. College graduates and good friends, Ryuta and Yu decided walking across the United States would be a grand adventure. Ryuta, a soccer player in college, decided he would take along a soccer ball . . . add some fun.Obviously in great physical condition, both young men admitted to some difficult miles crossing the desert in Arizona. They decided to follow Route 66 to Chicago after they reached Amarillo, Texas. Ryuta and Yu were about four-and-one-half months into their stateside journey. Did they stay in motels? “No, no, no motels. We camp, sometimes we are invited to stay in homes along the way.” Faith. They will fly home to Osaka once they reach New York City. Yu plans to open a vegetable store. Ryuta had no plans other than to continue walking across Japan. With a soccer ball.