Flour Teeming with Life

Seth Higgins

Seth Higgins measures, mixes, folds, observes and tastes the differences between dead flour and living flour. “This flour is alive,” he said as he removed two bags made with Glenn hard red spring wheat from his walk-in refrigerator. “I’ve fallen…

Straight Talk | The “Honeymoon” Is Over?

Whenever a new executive comes on the scene, whether in business or government, there’s always a period of time when everyone is supportive. Some refer to that period as a “honeymoon.” Criticism is muffled in order to create a positive…

Bill Knight | “The Return of the Slinkenwolf”

Cynics or snobs listening to “The Return of the Slinkenwolf” may hear a banshee wielding a buzzsaw, but such types might also prefer humpback whales’ mating calls or think Up With People really was. However, the raw, industrial-strength style displayed…

Inland Art | Barry Blinderman

Blinderman

While my column is generally about art in the Midwest, this month’s notes on Barry Blinderman’s retirement from Illinois State University speak to a germane link between coastal and inland art. In the 1980s, Barry was the director and co-owner…

Nature Rambles | Look and Listen

Gray treefrog

June is the month when several species of milkweed come into bloom. This is Butterfly Milkweed, above, with distinct orange flowers. Native milkweeds are important nectar sources for many species of insects. They are also crucial nurse species for Monarch…

Real Talk | A nation’s wasted mind

I sat in a popular fast food chain and observed a woman talk and respond to herself and write down circles as if she was journaling the best novel that ever existed and I wondered to myself, how was I…

Serendipity | Quickly 70

Turning 70 is not without challenges. When the age category is asked on questionnaires, it means moving one more down the list to mark an X or circle. Not a big deal to some, but definitely a visual reminder that…

Science & Environmental Briefs | June 2018

In Denmark, people use about four, single-use plastic bags a year. By contrast, Americans use an average of one single-use plastic bag a day. Stores in Denmark do not provide free plastic bags. In 1993, Denmark implemented a tax on…

New Publisher at Peoria Journal Star

Announcements were made in the Journal Star and the Rockford Register Star regarding reorganization within GateHouse Media. Paul Gaier was named president and publisher of the Journal Star. However, readers of the Rockford paper were informed Gaier continues as publisher…

West Peoria News | Jamboree Run

There is a new starting time for the 21st Jamboree Run which steps off 5 p.m. Saturday, June 2 from the corner of Heading and Sterling avenues. Run proceeds will be used for local organizations. Registration fee is $30, and…

Arts Beat | June 2018

Music June 1: “Catch A Wave” (Beach Boys tribute). 7:30 p.m. ICC Performing Arts Center. 694-5136. June 1: Peoria Rhythm Kings. 10 p.m. Kenny’s Westside Pub. 676-1693. June 1: Cousin Eddie Live at the Five Spot. 5:30 p.m. Contemporary Art…

Labor Roundup | June 2018

“Medicare for All” campaign got Sanders, Ellison boost, but mixed congressional reception despite more than 150 nurses from around the country descending on Capitol Hill last month. The nurses were members of National Nurses United; they were praised by the…

When jail provides hope

Young and Anderson

Romie Anderson and Maurice Young both landed in the Peoria County Jail after decades of minor crimes. That was a stroke of luck for both of them. In jail, both men ended up in a GED class together and encouraged…

Hate groups within law enforcement

Racists and neo-Nazis with guns and badges within the ranks of local law enforcement across the country is antithetical to American democracy, yet the evidence is visible and documented by the FBI, Office of Homeland Security and Southern Poverty Law…

Concerns mount for Water Warriors

Teresa Kaiser

BY ANDREA ROTH East Peoria resident Teresa Kaiser changed how she thought about water eight years ago. “We came home after a few days away, and I opened the freezer and an overwhelming swimming pool smell hit me,” Kaiser said.…

Peoria tap water assessments

Disinfection byproducts in tap water vary widely based on the source of the water, the geographic location, the treatment methods used and even the season and weather. Karen Cotton, spokesperson at Illinois American Water Co. in Peoria, said treatment methods…

“Fakebook news”

Bobbi Millinger realized she should be skeptical of news on Facebook. “We truly thought that we were being careful about who we were interacting with, given the need for discretion on social media. We were very aware that people can…