MP proclaims 2 days of recognition

By on September 6, 2013

MAPLE PARK—The Maple Park Village Board on Tuesday proclaimed Aug. 30, 2013, and Sept. 19, 2013, as “Dorothy Pingel Day” and “Drive 4 Pledges Day,” respectively.

Pingel, a longtime Maple Park resident, celebrated her 90th birthday on Aug. 30. She co-owned a farm implement shop on Main Street, and it stayed in business for over 60 years.

A proclamation document states that Dorothy’s family and friends wish to honor her on “Dorothy Pingel Day” and thank her for participating in their lives.

“(I) hereby extend best wishes to Dorothy Pingel on the occasion of her 90th birthday, with sincere congratulations for many more happy and productive years,” Village President Kathy Curtis stated in the document.

The “Drive 4 Pledges Day” is a commitment to never text and drive. According to the proclamation document, nearly 50 percent of commuters text while behind the wheel. In addition, a Virginia Tech study concluded that those who send text messages while driving are 23 times more likely to crash.

The document further stated that the village of Maple Park “holds the health and safety of its teenagers and adults as a chief concern.”