Gas prices spuring uptick in thefts

Driving up the gas pump recently can elicit that “internal silent scream.” Compounding the initial pump investment” is the potential to have such precious drops taken out of the tank. Rick Atterberry, University of Illinois Communications Specialist, provides some thoughts…

Mobile Mammography Schedule July 2008

The following is the schedule for the Methodist Medical Center Mobile Mammography Van for the month of July 2008. Unless otherwise listed, the van will be in these locations from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Methodist now features all digital…

Working to Upgrade Peoria’s Public Libraries

Peoria’s intellectual safety net is about to receive its first major upgrade in half a century with the improvement and expansion of the city’s library system. The City Council is heeding the voice of the Peoria citizenry and taking steps…

School District 150 controversy — again

School District 150 is in the middle of another controversy—again. This time it’s about reducing the school day for all primary students by 45 minutes. A few schools, like Edison, will not be affected by the ruling. The school board…

The Diobolical Committee

The World Trade Center in New York was officially dedicated in 1973. That was the year Spiro Agnew resigned from the Vice Presidency charged with income tax evasion. A first class stamp cost only eight cents. Watergate hearings began, and…

District 150 needs to be taught a lesson

You know, for a moment there last month, I had hope. The administrators who run Peoria School District 150 wanted to cut 45 minutes out of the schedule at all of Peoria’s primary schools. They also wanted to fire part-time…

Peoria Area issues and concerns

I had some thoughts on some of Peoria’s recent news items that I thought I’d share with the Community Word readers. The first item of interest is District 150’s latest cost-saving efforts. While it is usually quite acceptable by taxpayers…

Graduating with honors

Graduation is indeed an accomplishment worth celebrating – a time to reflect on hard work and good times. For high school seniors, it’s like a wedding. Students order invitations, gowns, rings and flowers. They attend rehearsals and welcome relatives from…

Training for a marathon

Training began in earnest January 1st. While we are not an inherently athletic family, my children participated in sports in school including basketball, volleyball, soccer, and baseball. Collectively they achieved a respectable level of success and then some. Obviously I’m…

West Peoria News

Join us in the 2008 Jamboree Race on Saturday, June 7! If you would like to volunteer for this early morning event, please contact Krystiana, 674-1993. Volunteers are needed from approximately 6:00-9:00 a.m. The race starts promptly at 7:00 a.m.…

Musings

Well, I have to report that I had another bout of stomach upset and dehydration and ended up in the emergency room for about six hours last Saturday night. I think between my son and me, we are keeping Methodist…

Somebody shoot this thing!

Freddy Rickrack and I were inseparable school buddies who were always leaping before looking, and getting ourselves in a web of trouble. This one particular day Freddy had just returned from his doctor clutching an unpaid bill and a sack…

Tips on organic gardening

Over the last couple years, I have continued to hear more interest in “organics.” Some are concerned with their health, while some the environment. Whatever one’s focus of concern, there are ways in which you can garden “organically”, at home.…

Area Social Service Agencies Hard at Work

Social service agencies are identified by their address and name prominently displayed in front of their building. Such identification lets curious on-lookers or people needing help know they are at the right place. The name, however detailed or descriptive, cannot…

Royce is back

ROYCE IS BACK! After a brief bout with his health, my radio co-host, comedian and good friend Royce Elliott, is once again bringing smiles and laughter to those who participate and listen to “Breakfast with Royce and Roger” on 1350…

May flowers reminiscent of May powers’

To many, May means Mayday and May flowers – violets in baskets left at doorsteps where bells are rung and visitors flee, laughing. May means Mother’s Day, too, of course, but more, too. Personally, May is when my son was…

This Old Canoe

The canvas was timeworn, and tattered; the wood… worn, brittle, and battered. But one thing time could not tarnish was an enduring beauty, grace, and symmetry. This weathered wooden canoe was a relic; a special gift from a special friend…

Junk bond Journal Star

According to an article that was carried by the Associated Press, Moody’s Investors Services doesn’t think much of the future of GateHouse Media stock. The agency cut GateHouse’s corporate family rating to “B2” from “B1.” Moody’s also “reduced its probability…