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Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 12:10 am

Tastes change with the weather

 When it comes to cocktails, fall is a tweener season.Not too hot, not too cold, autumn demands beverages that can, at once, warm and refresh the palate. It’s a time to get reacquainted with li...
Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 12:09 am

Timing, athleticism and thinking are all part of the sport Springfield Fencing Club promotes

 Many are attracted to the sport of fencing by the love of sword play. Once you pick up a foil, your life will never be the same.Joanne Liu, who has been fencing for more than 20 years, took up t...
Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 12:08 am

Prisoner phone law among those signed

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a suite of bills into law this week focused on criminal justice reforms, including one which limits how much prisoners pay for phone calls.The laws come as Rauner seeks a 25-p...
Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 12:08 am

Plan ahead for school-year sanity

 The start of a new school year signals the start of a footrace for busy families with work, school, sports, music lessons and more. To make sure homework, healthful meals, adequate rest and fami...
Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 12:07 am

Little old band from Texas closes fair

For ZZ Top, Oct. 23, 2013, was, in part, the measuring stick for last Sunday’s grandstand show to close the state fair.It was barely three years ago that the three-same-guys-three-same-chords (just...
Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 12:07 am

How to get everyone to sit down for dinner

 Jennifer Tirey has a goal each time she fixes dinner for her family – make a colorful plate. “I’m lucky, my daughter, age 10, loves snap peas and sweet peppers, and my son, age 11, loves a...
Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 12:06 am
Illinois has a serious lack of transitional housing for people reintegrating into society after prison, but where to put such housing raises its own concerns. An adult transitional house in Springfiel...
Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 12:06 am
 We treat a lot of children in our practice. Parents want their children to be as fit as possible, and this includes optimizing their foot and ankle health. Many parents are concerned that their...
Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 12:05 am
Our limits change as we age, and when it comes to driving, minding those limits can mean the difference between life and death. The AARP Driver Safety Class is aimed at drivers over age 50, and it’s...
Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 12:05 am

A down Wednesday, and moving forward

 Wednesday, July 6, was a down day for me. I have those in the summer when I’m not connected to social media and the news of the world. In fact, I have spent much of the summer healing from a d...


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