Magician, Magellan, Methuselah

Suddenly there it was. Right where I would never have expected it. On a window frame by the kitchen, like a little piece of jade jewelry, a chrysalis had mysteriously appeared, just hanging there, out of place, on the side…

Gold in the Harvest

The Set-up Crew arrived at 4 a.m. Their energy alone could power the sound system that was to accompany the host that would arrive at ten. For hours they labored laying cable, setting up speakers, cameras and mikes. But this…

Allison’s Engagement

Dear Allison, When you called to announce your engagement, the excitement in your voice was wonderfully contagious! How great hearing your good news! As your “beloved aunt,” your name for me, I’m permitted a certain nostalgia about this life-changing event…

Open burning is over

West Peoria will no longer have open burning beginning October 1, 2007. The City Council, in a 7-1 vote, on August 14, 2007 ended the years of debate over the burning topic. This is a huge relief for people who…

No hiding from the horrors of war

Another month, another hospital stay, but this time it was not me but my son Jason. He gave me quite a scare. On the fifteenth of September, on a Saturday night about ten, he called and told me he was…

A Slice of History

When Frankie was five years old, she was the perfect picture of a pregnant potato bug. I was just beginning to know her at the time and she was always underfoot. By the time she turned six, I came to…

Illinois’ New Teen Driver Laws Explained

An article featured in the October issue of The Community Word outlined the potential pitfalls teen drivers face and the requirements for the state’s graduated licensing system. On August 20 of this year, Governor Blagojevich signed a law that tightens…

New trend in beauty salons goes mobile

“Have Scissors, Will Travel,” should be Sharon Clark’s motto at her “Who Does Your Hair?” Beauty Salon. Although she’s owner/operator of a full-service salon, Clark is convinced taking her hair styling talent to shut-ins and people who find it hard…

New Bel-Wood building?

Don’t be surprised if Peoria County officials soon announce plans to construct a new Bel-Wood Nursing Home. A recent study of the existing facility revealed the need for an estimated $12 million in updates. Rather than spend that kind of…

LaHood a front-runner in GOP departure from Congress

When U.S. Rep. Ray LaHood announced that he wouldn’t seek re-election, some progressives wondered: Did his decision stem from the difficulty of once more legislating by collaboration and compromise without the dominance of controlling both houses of Congress (indeed, all…

Canaries in the Coal Mine

Let’s just take a moment and talk about the birds and the bees. After all, these critters can teach us a good deal about the world. Remember, they share our need for clean air and water. You may have heard…

Support the Radium Girls Monument

by Dolores Klein It is gratifying when we see very young people dedicate themselves to an important project, acting on research and study, and creatively and boldly taking action. An eighth grade student, now a graduate, Madeline Piller from Mendota,…

Get a grip!

Excuse me, but wasn’t it just Christmas? I’m a little hazy on this but I could swear we just exchanged gifts. Seriously, am I the only one who’s trying to remember when January happened? I honestly feel like yesterday was…

Getaway!

 Details were checked extensively before we decided on the specifics of our get-away. Twelve women involved in numerous activities make for lots of phone calls, emails and revisions in choosing a mutually convenient time. Our original number of 12, we…

West Peoria finally bans open burning

West Peoria will no longer have open burning beginning October 1, 2007. The City Council, in a 7-1 vote, on August 14, 2007 ended the years of debate over the burning topic.  This is a huge relief for people who…

Tolerance, and summer reading

Another rainy spell and then hot, hot hot. I do wish it would come in moderation. It seems to come in too much, too hot or too something. I am so looking forward to fall when temperatures will moderate a…