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Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 12:07 am

MARJORIE SWANSON FARRAR March 11, 1922 – Nov. 27, 2016

 Mom had the quality of stability. She not only did things for a long time, she was content to be where she was and to do what she did. She was married to Dad for 51 years, until his death parted...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 12:06 am

JOHN CURTIS HUTCHES May 27, 1966 – April 18, 2016

 John almost made it to see, from Earth, his beloved Chicago Cubs win the pennant this year. His family and friends believe that he saw it from his resting place, and perhaps had a hand in it.Joh...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 12:05 am

WILLIAM L. “BILL” ROTH Aug. 30, 1934 – July 10, 2016

Bill Roth was born and raised on his family’s farm just a few miles west of Ashland. He graduated from Ashland High School in 1952. Bill was raised with farm values and a belief in God that guided h...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 12:04 am

SILVESTER WALTON, JR. Feb. 22, 1946-Oct. 11, 2016

 Praise him with the sound of the trumpet, praise him with the psaltery and harp.Praise him with the timbrel and dance, praise him with stringed instruments and organs.Praise him upon the loud cy...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 12:03 am

JILL BUFFINGTON Oct. 26, 1987 – Sept. 15, 2016

Beautiful, genuine, joyful, dedicated, unique, intelligent, devoted, inviting, traveler, family-oriented, spirited, driven, kind, cinephile, patient, loving, witty, adventurous and positive were words...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 12:02 am

LARRY SELINGER July 2, 1948 – Aug. 20, 2016

 Larry Selinger was born and grew up in his beloved north end of Springfield, on a street that he affectionately referred to simply as “22.” It was on 22nd Street that his love and fierc...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 12:01 am
Remembering the lives they livedAbout the issueIt is our tradition to reserve our last issue of the year to remember some of the Springfield-area people who have died in the past year. Those we write...
Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 04:49 pm
Way back in 2014, when the sun still shone on America, I did a column titled New York, New York in which  I ventured an opinion or two about why New York City draws to it the best and...
Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 12:17 am

Creeping conversions remain a problem after 28 years

 Organizers with the City of Springfield and the Springfield Regional Planning Commission held what amounted to an informal design charette the other day. Citizens were invited to imagine a futur...


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