Serendipity for November 2014

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Dear Emma Kate, During our last family get-together, you were vigorously wiggling a loose tooth. Your Mom later reported success with the tooth pulling, and that a serious discussion ensued about the Tooth Fairy being “real.” You are certainly old…

Straight Talk for November 2014

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TOO SOON! It was a shock, a disappointing shock, when the announcement came that well-known Manual High School and University of Illinois basketball coach, Wayne McClain had died at the young age of 60. While initial news reports said he…

Who gets to vote in America?

It is almost time to vote once again and all sorts of weird and wonderful things are happening. One of them is attack ads. Attack ads are so mean that many wonderful people will never consider running for public office.…

Nature Rambles for November 2014

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Prairie Chicken Politics Who would have thought that one of the iconic symbols of the Illinois Prairie could become a political hot potato? But that’s exactly what happened this year as biologists attempted to boost the crashing population of Greater…

Neighborhood Notes for November 2014

* Home sales up in 3rd quarter. Neighborhoods’ homes are selling steadily, according to the Peoria Area Association of Realtors (PAAR), which reported that the Peoria market’s third-quarter home sales were up 2.4 percent, to 1,440. Also, the average home…

Miscellaneous news for November 2014

Black Radio Station Launches on South Side WPNV 106.3 FM is celebrating its opening with a tour of its studios from noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 15 at Blaine Sumner Middle School, 919 S. Matthew St., Peoria. On-air personalities will…

The Magnificent Invalid

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Theater is sometimes referred to as “the magnificent invalid” for a variety of reasons including weak box office. The artful, complex storytelling technique has been around for more than 2,500 years and as such seems to be firmly situated as…

West Peoria News for November 2014

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Packets are still available for anyone interested in running for office in the City of West Peoria. The packets can be picked up 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at City Hall. Early voting for the Nov. 4 election is…

Exclusive: Stadium deal nixed by District 150

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Thanks to a conscientious former Peoria County board member and neighborhood leader, the famed Peoria Stadium was close to placing a sold sign on its property on War Memorial Drive. Well, that may be an exaggeration, but credit Bill O’Brien…