Emily Post I Am Not

Emily Post I am not. We share only a last name with that happening some 11 years after her death. Etiquette was her passion, and she was much more concerned about propriety than the average person. Which is not meant…

West Peoria News for January

Township government is required by law to hold caucus sessions (instead of primaries) for their elections. Thus, every four years, caucus meetings are held to nominate individuals for the various township offices. Offices available for election are: township supervisor, township…

The growing popularity of cyclamens

Cyclamen has become one of the favorite winter blooming pot plants. Newer, hardier varieties introduced during the 1980’s have increased the ease with which it can be grown and has led to increased popularity, states David Robson, University of Illinois…

Just Don’t Swallow the Juice!

When Marvin Rainwater and I were about fifteen years old, we just couldn’t wait to experience the misery of camping out in the middle of nowhere. Nowhere was near an old logging road next to a small spring-fed lake. Since…

Downstate story is now available

The 17th annual volume of Downstate Story is now available for purchase. It features ten new short stories by Illinois writers and is illustrated with original art. Downstate Story is Peoria’s only literary magazine. This publication makes an interesting gift…

Tree Limb Update

Beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 6, 2009, City crews will begin removing storm debris while working two 12 hour shifts. Crews will continue working the Wednesday trash collection route, which is 2/3 complete, along with the Tuesday trash…

That Winning Smile! Let the Work Begin

Winners of district seats celebrate good times while “runners up” take a positive look forward “We did it!” That was how an exuberant Aaron Schock opened his acceptance speech for the 18th District Congressional seat during his Election Day party…

Food Relief for Peoria Citizens

Angel Food might sound a bit like treats for celestial beings, particularly at this festive time of year, but it’s much more than what the name might imply. Angel Food Ministries is the official name and it was founded in…

Another great Peoria welcome for Santa

Congratulations to all those who made the 121st Santa Claus Parade another great success on Friday, November 28th! Special thanks to WMBD-TV and its sponsor, South Side Trust and Savings Bank, for making the telecast possible. Once again the affable…

Winds of Change

What a difference a day can make. Actually, one cold night in November was all it took. The following day our maple tree was foliage free. The deck was gilded in golden yellow leaves, and the entire back yard was…

Essential. Services. First. Get it?

What is it about the concept of “essential services first” that is so hard to understand? Basically, it’s a philosophy that says if the City of Peoria has the cash for extras, that’s fine. Let’s debate how to divvy up…

Dear Santa Claus:

You probably don’t receive many letters from 60-year-olds, do you? Not that I doubt your popularity with the older crowd, but most aren’t into writing request lists. Oh, I still believe in you and all you mean to starry-eyed innocent…

Unto Us a Child

New pictures arrived in my e-mailbox just before Thanksgiving. There were two and the second one grabbed my heart. His face was beaming with a smile that melted me off my seat; his eyes twinkled and for some reason, through…

West Peoria News for December

The West Peoria Residents Association Community Christmas Party will be Sunday, December 7, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Franciscan Recreation Center. Santa will arrive in West Peoria style aboard West Peoria Fire Engine #1072. Residents are invited to join…

Musings

Another Thanksgiving over. It has been ten years since by dear husband, Jack, died on Thanksgiving Eve. Each year gets a little easier to bear, and I have learned the hard way that I can be happy with what family…

Shoes Were Worn to a Frazzle

Funny how in my days, mathematics was called arithmetic, art was nothing more than drawing or coloring between the lines with crayons and our music was just singing silly little songs on Tuesday afternoons. The most serious mischief was when…

Dilligence required for turkey dinner

 I remember quite well those past Thanksgiving dinners. Mom would prepare the turkey, serve it for dinner and then my brothers and I would “circle like vultures,” consuming the remainder throughout the entire day.  Gone are those days. With the…