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Many students graduating from high school are pretty excited to go off to college. They believe it’s finally the time that they’ll be free from their parents and life will be so much easier. What students often don’t understand is…

Harvest Supper Will Feature Local Farms

  Mika’s Bistro in Eureka and Henry’s Farm in Congerville are collaborating to host a special farm-to-table harvest supper featuring chef-prepared food from local farms. The dinner will include a five-course meal with fresh, organic ingredients from Henry’s Farm and…

Hunger, Gleaning and Clarence

PHOTO BY CLARE HOWARD 
Clarence Johnson collects and weighs unsold produce at the close of the Old Capitol Farmers Market in Springfield each Saturday for Central Illinois Food Bank. The not-for-profit food bank then distributes the produce to 150 agencies in 21 counties. Volunteer Mary Ann McLean, left, helps Johnson tabulate the donations so farmers can take an enhanced tax deduction for their unsold produce. Congress approved an enhanced tax deduction in December 2015.

SPRINGFIELD – The ancient Biblical practice of gleaning fields after harvest to collect remnants of food for the hungry is spreading from fields to markets, and a newly enhanced federal tax benefit is incentivizing the practice for farmers. In the…

‘Slinkenwolf’

PHOTO BY BILL KNIGHT
Slink Rand, drummer Matthew Warren and Craig “Wolfman” Moore will perform Aug. 20 at Catalpa Grove in Toulon.

  Beyond a grassy ridge from a tree-covered bandshell, carnival rides twinkle and sparkle in the humid evening, calliope music tinkling softly. It could be almost any year in the last century. The louder music exploding from six Marshall amps…