IGNITEPeoria! — and keep the fire burning

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Must local arts and entertainment be another attraction used to promote potential visitors to be valid, to have value? This month’s arts festival IGNITE Peoria! at the Civic Center on Saturday, August 9 seems to be an admirable endeavor: part…

More nonsense from District 150

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CHANGE 150 PRESIDENT TRANSFERS SONS TO PEORIA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Encounter with Superintendent Contributes to Tough Decision, the leader of Peoria’s Change 150 group, known for his strong and frequent criticism of the superintendent and board of School District 150, has…

The wisdom of crowds

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James Surowiecki wrote a book a few years ago that began with an anecdote about a crowd that guessed the weight of an ox. When their individual guesses were averaged, they were spot on. The title sums it up: “The…

West Peoria News for August 2014

Boy Scout Troop 11’s annual ice cream social is scheduled for Thursday, August 23rd from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the West Peoria Fire House. Tickets are $2.50 and can be purchased in advance from Troop 11 scouts or at…

Farewell Letter from the Editor

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After much deliberation, soul-searching, planning and researching, I decided the time had come for me to retire and find a new caretaker to carry on with the paper. This August 2014 issue is my last issue. After nearly a year…

Happenings for August 2014

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Aug 3 – German-American Central Society presents the annual Bratfest 2014 at Hickory Grove Park – 12:00 – 8:00 p.m. Call 309-691-7484. Live Entertainment, Muscle Car, Hot Rod & Customized Motorcycle Cruis’n, Arts & Craft Village, soccer, folk dancing, Bingo,…

Puzzle pieces

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It was complicated. Three hundred pieces cut in the oddest shapes I’d ever seen for a puzzle. Some I swore were edge pieces and for a while was frustrated that they weren’t fitting into the frame with the other edge…

Jump Simulation attracts Disney Institute to Peoria

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The creative concepts and innovative business practices that helped build Disney into a $150 billion worldwide enterprise are coming to Peoria. Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center is excited to host the Disney Institute for a magical, one day educational…

Unity Point mamogram schedule

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August 2nd Friendship House, 800 Madison,  Peoria August 5th Metamora UnityPoint Health Clinic August 6th Cherry Tree Shopping Center Washington August 9th Richwoods High School August 12th Morton UnityPoint Health Clinic August 13th Princeville UnityPoint Health Clinic August 15th Mackinaw…

Area colleges’ tuitions

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Private schools Tuition/fees per year Bradley University … $29,300 Eureka College … $19,600 Robert Morris University … $22,200 Public institutions Tuition/fees per year Illinois Central College … $7,100 Illinois State University … $18,700 University of Illinois/Springfield … $13,300 SOURCE: American…

The good, the bad and the ugly

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Famed actor Eli Wallach died recently at the age of 98. He was one of the actors in the movie, “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.” Clint Eastwood was the good, Lee Van Cleef was the bad, and Wallach…

Becoming at home on the range

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Between my father and Roy Rogers, I didn’t stand a chance. Songs of wide open spaces, mountains, and prairies, would weave a tantalizing tapestry of the trail. Dad grew up a country boy working around the farm and orchard, and…

Is your water making you sick?

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Lauri Gannon – Peoria, IL Have you recently been suffering from a compromised immune system, respiratory difficulties, congestion, coughing, sneezing, increased allergies, or skin ailments such as itching, roughness, blistering, etc.? Have the fish in your backyard pond died in…