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Thanks for making Dundee pumpkin contest, market a success

Updated: December 5, 2012 6:28AM

Thanks for making Dundee pumpkin contest and Farmer’s Market a success

The 14th Annual Dundee Township Visitor’s Center Pumpkin Contest was held on Saturday, Oct. 27. This was also the final day of our weekly Farmer’s Market on the grounds of “The Depot” in historical downtown East Dundee.

Blake Brewer of East Dundee won in the Largest Pumpkin category with his 100-pound behemoth. Mitch Saxon claimed top prize for decorated pumpkin. Ten judges had the difficult task of placing the final winning order from those entered in the Decorated/Carved category. For complete contest results and photos, please visit our website,

A simple “thank you” hardly seems adequate to the many participating area businesses, which through their generous donations provided prizes to all our winners. This year’s total package of $900 for the day again guaranteed greater prize values for our six finalists.

As contest and Farmer’s Market coordinator, I encourage area residents to please support our dedicated sponsors. Their success makes our success possible. Our sincere “thank you” to the following: author Phil Aleo; Barb’s Studio 104; Denny’s Restaurant; Diamond Jim’s Gas Grill; Dundee Dairy Queen; Dundee Landscape Nursery; Dundee Manor Restaurant; First American Bank; Haeger Potteries Inc.; Jewel-Osco; Liberty Lanes; Measuring Cup; Olive Garden Italian Restaurant; One Cut Above the Rest; Piece-A-Cake Bakery; Red Lobster Restaurant; US Bank; and Wal-Mart.

Finally, even though this season we tolerated more than our usual number of hot and humid Saturdays, may I gratefully acknowledge all participants in this year’s market. Our vendors and customers are a dedicated and loyal group of individuals. They are the ones ensuring our successes. May they all experience and enjoy the same. Thank you to each and every one.

Bill Zelsdorf

East Dundee

Give kids an open-minded approach to creationism and evolution theories

In light of your Sept. 25 article with Bill Nye’s view on creationism, I have to say that I disagree with everything he had to say. Here are some reasons why.

I have been taught by my parents about the six-day creation and do not agree with Nye’s opinion that parents should not teach their children about their own religious or scientific beliefs. This is because it is the privilege of a parent to raise and teach their children, including the basics of life: learning to speak, walk, read, write, morals, etc. Therefore, there is nothing wrong with a parent teaching or expressing their beliefs about science or religion to his or her child, and the child can certainly explore the values he or she was taught by the parent as the child grows older.

I also think creation should be taught in the schools because if evolution — which is only a theory — is taught, then why not creation? Some people may say that since creation is part of a religion, it should not be taught. However, religion is defined as “a cause, principle or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith” (Webster’s Dictionary). Clearly, if evolutionists believe in evolution so strongly to the exclusion of other possibilities, then evolution can be called a religion itself!

Even so, both provide an explanation on the creation of the Earth; and if you think being open minded is important to being objective when faced with observations and evidence, then every theory should get an equal hearing, in my opinion.

Students should be able to learn both theories on how the Earth began. And if creationism is less scientific than evolution, I think the student should decide that for his or herself.

Emma Wen


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