Who is the real locust?

A big black insect, two inches long, with intense red eyes, landed on my hand and brazenly buzzed as I was giving a customer her change. It was the “Return To Pimiteoui Pow-wow” and I was collecting admissions. This newly…

There’s something about Paris

Bear with me. This is still a column about media and politics in the ol’ River City. I’ve been doing this for several years now, and I think I’ve earned the right to digress a bit and devote just a…

Our flag: Not going anywhere

Oh say, can you see?  I am still waving at you – raised to represent the freedom for which you live. I boast of your unity as I fly proudly over your Capitol, your courthouses, schools and homes. I bring…

Dressing rooms chatter be a bit revealing

Dressing room conversations lend themselves nicely to eavesdropping. Although if the conversation can be clearly heard without effort, it’s probably not eavesdropping. The anonymity provided by closed doors and partitions gives shoppers a false sense of privacy. They feel it’s…

July 4 parade planning invites go out

The community of West Peoria, Troop & Pack 11 and the West Peoria Lions Club extend an invitation to join the annual 4th of July Parade and Flag Raising celebration. This special day brings with it a feeling of community…

The year my father bought a used cow

The Great Depression was not to my liking, neither was moving to that small farm on the outskirts of town. This decision had caused trials and tribulations long before it became a fact. The very thought of leaving my friends…

Linking markets with producers

The Peoria Chapter of IDEA links potential markets with potential producers. This program has grown tremendously since its first inception, through the Peoria County Office, in 2005. On Monday, July 30 University of Illinois Extension is sponsoring a tour of…