Plant Parenthood

Our house was built in 1932.  We purchased it from the original owner whose father had farmed the land between Sheridan Road and University, near Forest Hill. According to her son, ours was the only house in the subdivision in…

Daddy’s Silent Love

Daddy didn’t talk much. Every morning he woke up at five, exercised, read his Bible in his big yellow chair then left for work. When he got home, he read the paper, watched the news, read a book or sat…

West Peoria News for June 2010

Results show that West Peoria’s 2010 census 77 percent of households have participated via mail. The Census now continues door-to-door to seek out those who haven’t yet responded. Please participate. If the occupant isn’t at home when a census worker…

Musings for June 2010

This morning, the 22nd, has turned out to be an incredibly foggy morning. When I started out with Kaja, my dog, for our morning walk, I could barely see the church across the street. It was not difficult walking and…

Some tomato tips

Not many people were happy with their tomato crop last year. Mostly because the crop was very late in maturing, and then quite a few of the plants died prior to providing a full crop. There is not much we…

June Happenings

thru June 13 – Conklin’s Barn II Dinner Theatre presents- “Your Bag or Mine” – A world premiere comedy written by one of our own. Stars Bob Lane Jr., Mary Simons, and Peoria’s own Mike Dentino and Lana Warner. Call…

Proctor Hospital Happenings

The Family Maternity Center at Proctor Hospital offers an array of classes for everyone in the family including moms, dads, siblings and grandparents. Most classes are free. Newborn Care (free) June 3 LAMAZE ($60 per couple) June 7-28 Breastfeeding ($10.00)…

Experiencing exellence

Excellence is often difficult to define, but easy to recognize. Sometimes it’s found in the ambiance of a restaurant or gift shop or in the presentation of a colorful and delicious meal. Excellence can be demonstrated in the positive, friendly…

Doing What You Are Called to Do

Nuns have fascinated me since I was first introduced to Sister Mary Paulinda, a young, pretty nun who was my kindergarten teacher. She must have rethought her vocation more than a few times as I was not thrilled about going…

Quinn picks Simon as running mate

The daughter of the late U.S. Senator and one-time presidential candidate Paul Simon is making a run for Lieutenant Governor. She’s not garrulous or shy, not a Washington insider or a political novice. But she’s savvy, real and ready to…

Extensive construction and renovations at Bradley

by Tyler Maritote The west side of Bradley’s campus has a new welcome sign: “Welcome to Bradley University, please excuse our dust.” That side of the campus is undergoing extensive construction with new additions, renovations and buildings, the most recent…