Peoria’s Salute to Women Historical Show

Smiling and Beguiling, A look back on our wise and wonderful womanly wiles! The Peoria Historical Society’s SALUTE TO WOMEN Historical Style Show at 11a.m. Luncheon at noon, November 3, 2007 at Pere Marquette Hotel There is a cartoon called…

Christian Bros. Boot Outlet Going Strong

“These boots were made for walkin,”’ could he a theme for the Christian Bros. Boot Outlet store in Bellevue. Instead, it’s a western store with a whole lot more,” is their slogan, according to its current co-owner Brenda Eberley. The…

2007 Women’s Lifestyle Show October 27

The 2007 Women’s Lifestyle Show will be entertaining and educating women on Saturday, October 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This is the 16th year of educational seminars, guest speakers, entertainment, handouts, healthcare screenings, makeovers and give-a-ways. The expanded…

‘Stop this insane war?’

Both the Senate and House were prepared to hear the General’s report on the surge against the enemy. The General commanding the troops was ready to deliver details. Was the surge working? Was it a failure? It had been several…

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…