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Storm sirens: deployed too quickly?

400px-Tornado_siren,_Pesotum_2 Last night’s storms by-passed Northfield once again. (The boys of KYMN joke that we’re protected by a high-pressure bubble whenever storms head our way.) When the sirens went off at about 5:30 pm, many people on Bridge Square for the Taste of Northfield headed for shelter in nearby stores or the Armory.

But just as many looked at the sky and could tell that nothing was imminent and just hung around and socialized. People like me. The tornado sirens ended after about 5 minutes, we got a few drops of rain, and that was it.

I don’t understand the decision-making process and the chain of command for when local sirens are deployed.  There’s no information about it on the City of Northfield’s emergency information page.

But it seems to me that the sirens too often are deployed too quickly, thereby teaching the public to not take them seriously because 99 times out of a hundred, nothing severe happens.

Or am I wrong?

Photo album: Taste of Northfield Day 1

Severe weather approaching downtown Northfield Day 1 of the Taste of Northfield was pretty much a bust due to the severe weather in the area. Good thing there’s going to be Day 2 tomorrow.

At around 5:30 pm, just as Robbie and I settled in the beer/wine tent with some ribs from the Quarterback, the storm sirens went off, triggering a mass exodus from Bridge Square. But even before that, the high winds and ominous clouds kept the crowd small, and many vendors had been packing up. Ross and Jessica were definitely grumpy.

Sunset over Hidden Valley Park The storms ultimately slid to our south and all we got was a light rain shower, with a spectacular sunset.

See the album of 13 photos, the large slideshow, or this small slideshow:

Taste of Northfield finally gets a domain name and its own web page, just in time for today

Taste of Northfield

I’ve nagged Ross for over a year to register a domain name and set up a webpage for the Taste of Northfield and he completely ignored me, hurting my feelings.

But last week, he got enough pressure from his task force that he finally caved and hired me to do what needed to be done.

tasteofnorthfield.org is now working and the page is up, complete with the two-day schedule of activities and performers, the list of vendors, the list of sponsors, and photo albums from previous events.

I’m pretty much over it now, Ross. No need to kiss and make up, however.

Sarah gets a taste of Ross with a Taste of Northfield

Video: Anna Balfany performs 4pm to 10 (The 2010 Taste of Northfield Song)

Anna BalfanyAnna Balfany and Jessica Paxton I took this video last week of Anna Balfany,  daughter of NDDC board member Anastasia Balfany, performing her new song, ‘4pm to 10,’ during Jessica Paxton’s All Wheel Drive show on KYMN 1080 AM. She’ll be performing it live on Bridge Square, tomorrow and Friday for the 2010 Taste of Northfield.

Anna wrote and performed a song called ‘The Taste’ for last year’s Taste of Northfield. See the video and lyrics: Continue reading Video: Anna Balfany performs 4pm to 10 (The 2010 Taste of Northfield Song)

Video: Anna Balfany performs ‘The Taste’

Taste of Northfield Next Thursday, June 18, is the annual Taste of Northfield event in downtown Northfield. See the NDDC home page for details/large PDF poster.

Griff Wigley, Anna Balfany, Anna Balfany, NDDC board member Anastasia Balfany’s daughter, wrote a song for the event called ‘The Taste.’ She sang it yesterday on the upper deck of The Contented Cow.

 

The Taste
Music and lyrics by Anna Balfany, © Copyright 2009

Every food I’m tasting
Every line I’m waiting in
Searching vendor to vendor
Hogan Brothers ice cream makes me feel a whole lot better
Stop and grab a smoothie at James Gang
The world’s best desserts at Ole Café
Cheesy, gooey Domino’s pizza
If you’re hot, get an icy at Sweet Pea’s Loft

At Bridge Square it’s The Taste
We hope you’ll be there, I just can’t wait!
What would be a great downtown without the NDDC?
And what would be the Taste of Northfield without anything to eat?
What would be a summer without a hotdog at Tiny’s?
And doesn’t it just make your day when you see Maggie Lee?
It’s the Taste, it’ll be great
At Bridge Square, it’s The Taste

Make sure to stop at Rueb-n-Stein
Their burgers are amazing I’m sure you’ll find
And you just can’t miss the food at the Cow
I guarantee you’re gonna say – delicious!

At Bridge Square it’s The Taste
We hope you’ll be there, I just can’t wait!
What would be a great downtown without the NDDC?
And what would be the Taste of Northfield without anything to eat?
What would be a summer without a hotdog at Tiny’s?
And doesn’t it just make your day when you see Maggie Lee?
It’s The Taste, it’ll be great
At Bridge Square, it’s The Taste