Today in Washington - March 20, 2009

Donelle Pardee Whiting
Cherry blossoms in bloom in Washington, Ill.

As we all know by now, the Golden Corral restaurant closed without warning Feb. 21.

Employees reported for work that Saturday morning to find the doors locked and a handwritten note on the stating “Sorry, we are closed.”

No one knows the fate of the restaurant because no one can get a hold of owner, Doug Waldemar.

The property is not listed, so one might think he plans to possibly reopen.

But there is no way to know for sure, because, again, the Waldemar is not communicating his plans.

Even the city is in the dark.

Waldemar’s behavior in this matter is not conducive to good feelings toward him or Golden Corral.

It is OK if he does not plan, or is unable, to reopen. Then put the property up for lease or sale.

City planner Jon Oliphant said he has had a couple of inquiries about the building, but because he is unable to discuss the matter with Waldemar he has to tell people he does not know.

That does not leave a good impression.

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It is that time of year.

Warmer weather is working its way into Central Illinois, and people are thinking spring.

With the first run of warm weather, motorcycle enthusiasts began coming out of hibernation.

Washington’s streets and all the other roads in the area have been teeming with motorcycles.

Also with spring, each year we run an editorial about the importance of seeing motorcyclists.

This year will probably not be any different.

The point is, drivers, be sure to pay attention to who you are sharing the road with.

Not everyone drives a car.

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Don’t forget tonight is the CD release concert of Two Cent Offering at 8 p.m. in the Caterpillar Performing Arts Center at Five Points Washington.

And for those of you who don’t mind a late night, stop by the Gin Joint next to Hydrate in downtown Peoria and listen to the acoustic/vocal stylings of fellow Washingtonian Paul Strömberg.

Strömberg begins playing at 11 p.m. tonight and Saturday.

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