Bob Wichlinski will be interviewed this Thursday, Dec 1st, on PanoramaNOW Facebook LIVE and also on WVLP Radio on Friday Noon, Dec. 2nd to talk about renewing the Road Sign Sponsorships for the “Take Care, We’re Farming Around Here.”
As a local resident, Bob started an awareness effort more than a decade ago to help make sure everyone stays safe in Porter and LaPorte Counties during the Spring and Fall with farm vehicles sharing local roads with motorists. Bob Wichlinski founded the “Take Care, We’re Farming Around Here,” a local awareness program in 2003 which is now up for it’s 5 Year Renewal in December 2022.
Wichlinski , says as became involved in local agriculture, after moving here from Suburban Chicago. He could see the problems from drivers not used to occasional encounters with large, slow-moving farm equipment who moved throught rural Porter County. Farm Vehicles frequently have to use the roads for short distances during planting and harvest time.
“You could see clearly that there was a misunderstanding of the interaction between that single passenger vehicle and the tractor, or the combine, or the hay wagon,” Wichlinski said, “and motorists getting frustrated.“ “Don’t play chicken with a combine,” he continued, “it’s not going to end the way you want it to.”
When Wichlinski was Trustee of Porter Township from 2003-06. Together with the Porter County Sheriff, Highway Department and County Commissioners, he started a special awareness campaign to get the message out, an effort that includes roadside signs and education. You can hear more about it at the PanoramaNOW Videos on Facebook.
The first road signs, radio advertisements, and vehicle magnets appeared in Porter and LaPorte Counties in support of the program in the spring of 1995.
Wichlinski also featured “window clings” to promote the program. The “window cling” adds to the road signs, radio ads, vehicle magnets, and “dos and don’ts” flyer which have been used over the years to promote the program.
Past supporters include: Porter County Sheriff; Porter County Highway Department; Porter County Commissioners; Porter Township Trustee; Boone Township Trustee; and a host of private citizens and organizations. More info and a website link will be coming soon.
Email Bob Wilchinski at TakeCareBob@gmail.com.