More questions than answers

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Power brokers or power vacuum? BY BILL KNIGHT The increasing vibrancy of the Warehouse District is seen when crowds hear the Peoria Municipal Band play on Water Street, and the livelier downtown is showcased in Caterpillar’s Visitors Center or the…

Rethinking a lot . . . a parking lot

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Several clients walk into CrossFit Peoria, 428 SW Washington St., as Les Cohen, left, and Chris Joos discuss vegetation for the planters bordering this new permeable paver parking lot. Cohen said he selected the color of the paver surface to match the bricks used for the 1930’s building that once housed Larkin Service Station. The color of pavers defining the parking spots was selected to match limestone on the building façade. Cohen selected a graphite colored paver to define the border of the lot. One of the deep-rooted plants he and Joos are discussing for the bordering vegetation is Karl Foerster reed grass.

BY CLARE HOWARD Les Cohen firmly believes part of the solution to Peoria’s combined sewer overflow problem lies in rethinking the notion of parking lot. He recently replaced the old asphalt lot at his building at 428 SW Washington St.…

Straight Talk

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  A FITTING TRIBUTE A large crowd gathered at the remaining baseball diamond at Glen Oak Park Saturday, June 6, for the ceremony naming it Royce Elliott Field. Park board president Tim Cassidy and Mayor Jim Ardis were among Royce’s…

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‘Tis the Season . . . for toxins Driving north on Knoxville Avenue recently, I spotted a seasonally ubiquitous and totally illogical sight: a man striding across a tiny swatch of turf grass near a strip shopping center. Marching across…

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Talking about drugs’ side effects, the late comic Robin Williams said, “There’s a product called Olestra, which is a very strange thing. ‘Olestra? What is that?’ It’s said on the little side of the chips: ‘May cause anal leakage.’ That’s…

Health benefits of a plant-based diet

BY DR. BOB EASTON AND NANCY LONG Most Midwesterners don’t worship sacred cows–or do we? If we count the varieties of meat and dairy products that fill the shelves of our grocery stores and compare the percentage of food budgets spent on…

Trans fat ban; Koehler was right Illinois Sen. Dave Koehler should feel exonerated. Labels like “nanny state” were hurled at him years ago for his efforts to ban trans fat. It took the FDA a while to catch up with…

Shavua Tov! (Happy New Week!)

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Shavua Tov! (Happy New Week!) I write this sitting in Jerusalem, looking out my window as the Sabbath has ended and the city is coming back to life after the 25 hours of quiet and calm that mark Shabbat in…

Serendipity

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Simplicity is often touted for reducing stress and enhancing calmness. Theoretically that’s valid, and wise souls try to live simply. Reality may vary. Consider technology that makes lives easier in many respects and more complicated in others, particularly for those…

A Changing Planet

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  The earth is changing. In fact, it is in a constant state of change. Tectonic plates slowly grind and move. Mountains lift in the Himalayas, and slowly wear down in the Appalachians. I’m now sitting in a cottage in…

West Peoria News

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July Fourth marks a special day for our West Peoria community and citizens. It is the day that each year the community opens its doors, streets, hearts and welcomes thousands to our community for the longest running Fourth of July…

The Magnificent Invalid

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The Great Work Begins is a group of young actors who have formed a collective to produce and perform some of the most important theatrical literature of the past. They have no funding, no roof, no grants, nothing but passion…

Arts Beat

  MUSIC July 2: Bluprint. 8:30 p.m. Festival Park on Peoria’s riverfront. Produced by Alpha Media. 637-3700. July 3: Molly Hatchet, with the Outlaws. 7:30 p.m. Festival Park on Peoria’s riverfront. Produced by Alpha Media. 637-3700. July 3: Change-Up. 8…

Moving from Dull to Dynamic

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Moving from Dull to Dynamic Peoria has an image problem. For over a hundred years we have suffered the vaudevillian view of Peoria as the paramount example of the dull, banal and provincial. And to make matters worse, Peorians embraced…

Labor Roundup

Louisville Slugger plant is unionized. As Peoria’s Louisville Slugger Sports Complex gets busier this month, it’s interesting to note the bat company’s labor relations. Every month is baseball season for members of Steelworkers Local 1693 at the Hillerich & Bradsby…