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Rickie Traeger: So I had an interesting experience a bit ago. I thought I would blog about it




So I had an interesting experience a bit ago. I thought I would blog about it. 

When I drive, I never lock my doors.   Well after tonight, I just might start locking my doors.

I was driving East on W State st around 1:30 am (Time might be off some, because I wasn’t sure on the exact time)  and I got in front of the Winnebago County Jail or better known as the CJC.  There were 2 subjects that walked out into the middle of the road. I had 2 options. #1 hit them or #2 to stop. I obviously stopped.

I thought they were trying to cross the road. They were not, they actually hopped into my vehicle!  Yes, they hopped into my vehicle!  I was like WTF.

Since they were in my vehicle I decided to play it cool. I asked them where they wanted to go. They said over off 11th st.  I was headed that way anyways, so I gave them a ride. I was trying to understand what they were saying, but they both were drunk.  So here they are, they walked out in front of my vehicle to make me stop, hop into my vehicle, and then want a ride.

During the ride, they demanded money.   I was like double WTF.  Here I am trying to be nice to you guys and you demand money.  I obviously did not give them any.

The one guy wanted to be dropped off at the Mcdonalds at Charles and E State st, so I dropped him off. The other one wanted to be dropped off near 11th st and Alton. He kept on trying to act like a female. It was strange!  Thankfully we arrived at the destination he wanted to be dropped of at.

As he got out, he grabbed some papers I had in my vehicle. I held out my arm, wanting my papers back.  He just held them in his hand and waved to me, with my papers in his hand.   I was going to get out and get them, but decided I would just leave and be thankful they were out of my vehicle.

So I just drove away, as this guy was still waving with my papers from my vehicle he stole from me, was in his hand.

I can tell you one thing, I am locking my damn doors from now on…

 








Rickie Traeger: As We Complain About The Cold , Many Have No Choice But To Live Outside In It

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As we complain that it is cold outside, most of us are spoiled and have our own warm houses to live in. Some people out there do not have this luxury option because of various reasons.

There are many homeless people in and around the area.  They are stuck living out in these cold weather conditions.

They have to live in this cold weather.  While many of us go into our nice warm houses.

So when you are nice and toasty chilling on your cell phones or PC’s reading this, just remember there are many people and families that are out there that do not have this luxury, warmth.


So please keep those people and families that are out in this cold weather in your thoughts and prayers, and if possible help them. You can donate stuff to the local shelters.  Miss Carly’s, Rockford Rescue Mission, Carpenters Place, Etc… I am sure they will gladly accept your donations, that will help with the homeless during the cold weather (And probably all year around)

Things such as gloves, hats, coats, socks, shoes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, hairbrushes, toilet paper, scarfs, food, water, etc…   Anything that will help, I am sure they will accept it to assist the homeless.


Thankfully there are a few places that are able to assist the homeless during the cold weather.

I have did a search online and came across a few places and links that I have listed below:

  • https://www.misscarlys.org/
  • https://www.rockfordrescuemission.org/
  • https://www.carpentersplace.org/
  • https://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/cgi-bin/id/city.cgi?city=Rockford&state=IL

Winnebago County Warming Center Sites:

City of Rockford Community Action Agency
612 N. Church Street, Rockford
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Carpenter’s Place
1149 Railroad Ave. Rockford
Monday-Friday, 8:15 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Rockford Rescue Mission
715 W. State Rockford
Women’s Crisis Center (Women and Children Only)
Monday-Sunday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Men’s Crisis Center
Monday-Sunday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Pecatonica Village Hall
405 Main St. Pecatonica
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Village of Machesney Park
300 Roosevelt Rd. Machesney Park
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Boone County :

Salvation Army
422 S. Main St. Belvidere
Monday-Friday, 9-11:45 a.m., 1-4 p.m.

Belvidere Public Safety Building:
615 N. Main St. Belvidere
Monday-Sunday, 24 hours

Area State Authorized Sites:

Illinois Dept. of Human Services
Family Community Resource Center
171 Executive Parkway Rockford
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.(besides State and Federal holidays)

Belvidere Oasis/Illinois Tollway
East of Belvidere Toll Plaza on I90
Monday-Sunday, 24 hours

Warming centers run from November 2019 to April 2020.

Read More: Here’s Where To Get Warm During This Super-Cold Weather


Winter Storm Preparedness Tips Provided by IEMA

 Winter storm tips for home

  • Make sure your Emergency Kit is stocked and winter storm ready.
  • Use sand to improve traction and apply products that melt ice on walkways.
  • Make sure you have sufficient heating fuel. Regular fuel sources may be cut off.
  • Keep emergency heating equipment and fuel so you can keep at least one room of your house warm enough to be livable.
  • Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure your family knows how to use them.
  • Winterize your home to extend the life of your fuel supply. Insulate walls, attics, doors, and windows.
  • Install storm windows or cover windows with plastic.
  • Do not overexert yourself or work outside for extended periods of time.

Winter storm tips for traveling

  • Make sure your car is in good operating condition before using it in extreme cold.
  • Keep condensation (water) out of your gas tank by keeping the tank as full as possible.
  • Maintain a storm kit in your car with such items as a cell phone and charger; blankets; extra clothing; jumper cables; a flashlight; extra batteries; high-calorie, non-perishable food; and matches or a lighter.
  • Plan your trip carefully. If cold, snowy, or icy conditions exceed your ability or your car’s ability, don’t travel. If you must travel be cautious.
  • Tell someone about your travel plans.
  • Never leave the motor running in a vehicle parked in an enclosed or partially enclosed space, such as a garage.

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Note/Edit:  Never fails, LOL.  Someone always has to twist things around. A positive post about helping the homeless, some are trying to spin it. SMH…    Seems like every-time I do a positive post, there is always someone out there that wants to spin it for the bad. That is what is wrong with the world these days. You try to do something positive, and you have a negative nancy out there to spin it.  I swear everytime, LMFAO.   Never fails…