Sparks can fly at Christmas Time

Anticipation over shopping and festivities sometimes over shadow more important, long-term issues pertaining to the holidays such as the safety of those you love. “There are several more reports on Christmas and Thanksgiving than any other day of the year,”…

New Passport Laws for All U.S. Citizens

Undoubtedly, you have heard rumblings about new passport laws. Passports are now needed for any kind of travel outside of the United States, even to Mexico and Canada. However, these laws seem to be coming in fast and are changing…

‘Tis the season to be jolly,’ and …

I’m smiling at the latest developments regarding the “Get Jeanette Mitzelfelt Campaign.” You’ll recall our local newspaper virtually ignored the efforts by election commissioners to keep Mrs. Mitzelfelt from collecting due unemployment compensation AFTER the two fired her. Mary Harkrader…

Collateral Damage

The sound was awful. After all these years I can still remember it. “Ka-CHOOK…” and suddenly there was a very damaged and very dead baby bunny. The nest had been so well concealed I had no idea I was about…

Letter: Gender Discrimination Against Boys

In the recent spate of national and local news concerning women teachers being sexually involved with young make students, a recurring question arises: isn’t there gender “discrimination” in the public’s reactions and in the legal sanctions involved? There’s no question…

West Peoria prepares for Christmas

The West Peoria Residents’ Association is hosting their annual Christmas gathering on December 2, 2007 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Franciscan Center. Join them for an evening of Christmas music, hot chocolate, cookies, hay rack rides, and a…

Love in a manger

Heaven was buzzing with excitement. The time to save the world from sin had finally arrived. Angels gathered from the four corners of the universe at the throne of their Creator to watch the mission commence. “I wonder how He’s…

Thanksgiving

Another Thanksgiving and another self examination and reflection on my life. It was nine years ago Thanksgiving eve that my dear husband, Jack, left this physical life, and changed my life forever after. I think many times of both the…

Precious Memories, How They Linger

When my great grandparents – the Callahans, moved westward from North Carolina, not once did they forsee all the wonderful miseries they were about to enjoy. Finding Ohio somewhat sort of “Eden,” Julius and Martha migrated to the hills of…

Tell-tail signs of Christmas

Even though it doesn’t seem that Christmas should be around the corner, all the tell-tale signs are there. Traffic patterns have been adjusted. Lines are longer at eating establishments. And, parking lots are replete with the sights, sounds and smells…

Consequences of driving drunk in Illinois

With the holiday season fast approaching, there will be lots of opportunities to attend parties that offer alcoholic beverages. Many partygoers who decide to drink may then decide to drive a car afterwards, even though it is no secret that…

Results of Clean River Committee Sampling Study

The City of Peoria’s Clean River Committee recently released sampling results from their River Study. The city is trying to develop a long-term plan to control sewer overflows and to protect the Illinois River. The study revealed that sewer overflows…

Airport agreement a win-win deal

When I was on the Peoria County Board everyone agreed that it was very important to develop and maintain positive intergovernmental relationships. Matter of fact, it was an annual goal. The recent agreement for the Peoria County Sheriff’s Department to…

Call of the wild

n spite of the deluge, our twenty plus year old tent held up fairly well. Never mind that there were little drips of water occasionally making their way onto our sleeping bags. For the previous two days we could hardly…