Bridal showers

Bridal shower invitations aren’t exactly flooding my mailbox these days. Such special events tend to be rather cyclical and apparently I’m cycling in the nearly finished category. More specifically, that means invitations to 60th and 70th birthday parties, or 40th…

West Peoria News

There will be a Mass offered for the West Peoria Community on Sunday, August 10, 2008, 10:30 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Convent, 2408 W. Heading Avenue. The West Peoria Fire Department will begin charging for ambulance calls beginning October…

Briefs for August 2008

Web Tech Services, Inc Announces Sponsorship for 100 Women in Business Event Web Tech Services, Inc, a website design and computer repair company in East Peoria, IL, announced that it has joined Doris Symonds, CEO of Teaching Learning and Knowledge…

Debugging a No No!’

(A few months ago I started writing about my hitch in the military, but soon discovered I should have done this before my memory went. Oh well, so much for that). Maria Cardona was my little Spanish pal and there…

Gifts in the moment

Moments are flashes of time not precisely measured. Quick, often lasting just an instant, they can be incredibly valuable and important. Kim Keenan and Denise Urycki are passionate about them. They see “every moment and every person as an opportunity…

Here we go again

While the news media is heavily invested in telling everyone how terrible the economy is supposed to be, Peoria and central Illinois, for the most part, continues to roll merrily along. Caterpillar just announced a huge contract with the government,…

Thoughts on Being Pro Life

There it was, the Maharajah of Muck, the Sultan of swamp. This was not just any old turtle. A very special skeleton, this was a remarkable relic; an ambassador from antiquity. Sommer Park staff had discovered the remains of a…

Turning 60!

This coming of age, a.k.a. turning 60, is complicated and requires considerable introspection. Looking inward is not difficult for me. My dear husband, who doesn’t share my need to multi-examine priorities, values, and life in general, once told me, “you…

Honor Guard

Less than two weeks before the somber moment pictured above was captured on film, my husband and I sat with his father in a Peoria Illinois restaurant. All was normal. He was well. We chatted, he asked us questions about…

West Peoria news for July 2008

Evan Murphy became the 59th Eagle Scout for Troop 11 in early June 2008. His Eagle project consisted of remodeling work to the United Disciples Christian Church, the sponsoring institution for Troop 11. Troop 11 sent eleven boy scouts to…

Musings

I just returned from having dinner at Prairie Grille in Kickapoo. I’ve been hearing good things about it, and found out that everything they said was true. It is a building that looks like a former old corner grocery. I’m…

The Little Rich Waif

After you reach 60, all that’s left is to grab hold of whatever is worth remembering. Now that I’m beyond 60, the best of what’s left within my reach is reminiscing in the wake of my wonder years. During those…

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…