Greendale, like Great Britain is now in the full throes of Purdah.
Purdah is the pre-election period, specifically the time between an election and the final election results. I didn’t even know there was such a word for it until I stumbled across it in this video.
When translated, it means there’s not much public action at Village Hall or the school district. That doesn’t mean important things aren’t simmering on back burners.
Village Hall did unleash the “Village Views” newsletter on our mailboxes this week. It featured a swan song edition of the “President’s Corner” from outgoing Village President John Hermes.
This was epic Hermes as he talked about his decision to “relinquish the presidency”. It included a laundry list of his accomplishments punctuated with dollar signs. It is fair to say he hasn’t perfected the humble-brag, even after three terms.
Hermes’ quarterly update in the newsletter had been a public bone of contention for at least some Village trustees who felt there was far too much opinion in his writings.
As a result there is a disclaimer at the end of his column, “Opinions/views reflected are those of the Village President and may not necessarily reflect the opinions/views of Village Trustees.”
I’m sure that disclaimer very much applies to his last installment.
The old-fashioned, dead-tree “Village Views” remains a major source of news in the community. It looks like the school district spruced up its “school connection” insert and I hear the Village portion of the newsletter could be due for a similar upgrade.
I was only able to attend a portion of the candidate forum on April 1. The energy level in the GHS multipurpose room was on a low dimmer and audience attendance was down from the February primary forum. It was a group of 50 or so “usual suspects” as one attendee put it.
The April forum was professionally conducted and, well, just boring as heck. I know I am not the only attendee who thought so. There were questions for the four candidates with a two-minute response time allotted for each answer to insure succinct answers.
Here’s a suggestion: How about allowing each candidate to ask one question that they answer first and then all the other candidates will answer? That could be interesting.
As I’ve written before, any real drama is likely to occur in the race for Anne Szcygiel’s seat.
It will be interesting to see whether John Tharp can deliver that seat to newcomer John Comiskey or if voters believe that Noelle Joers-Yanisch has paid her dues. Perhaps, Kathleen Wied-Vincent will deliver an upset. We shall see on Tuesday, April 7.
People have started making up their minds.
Everybody loves a parade. But somehow I think pancakes must be a close second. The Lions Club will be holding a pancake breakfast on Sunday, April 12. That’s the second week in a row I’ve mentioned an activity organized by the Lions. They are a busy bunch and the breakfast is for a good cause.
Don’t forget to vote on Tuesday.
A Parting Gif