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Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 12:01 am
 If the sun shines for the winter solstice on Sunday, Dec. 21, Robert Croteau will be at Southwind Park checking the alignments on the giant sunflower sundial he designed and helped to install. T...
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 12:01 am

The General Assembly tags the museum building

 In a 2010 column titled “A school by any other name” I explored the changing fashions in naming public buildings. I noted that public officials eager to not be caught endorsing anyone who mi...
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 12:01 am
 The Cats are back! For anyone around the Springfield music scene from the 80s on, that can mean only one thing. Yes, that’s right, Cats on Holiday are back in town for a one night only Holiday...
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 12:01 am
Every week that governor-elect Bruce Rauner comes to Springfield he learns that the state’s fiscal condition is far worse than it was when he came the week before. This time he discovered a plan to ...
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 12:01 am
 I’ve got an intense attraction to this musician I’ve been dating for four months. He’s on the road a lot, plus he’s new to the city and recently out of a relationship. He says he’s not...
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 12:01 am
Curses, foiled again• Police investigating a theft at a coin laundry in Great Falls, Mont., captured suspect Curtis Dear, 28, after following his footprints in the snow to a nearby residence. They f...
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 12:01 am

From handed-down heirlooms to modern, whimsical designs, faith-focused décor items are some of the most cherished, unique items of the season.

 There’s no time like the holidays.They are a time of family, tradition and celebration – and of a very particular aesthetic. Wherever you live, from the Northeast to the Southwest, every hou...
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 12:01 am

Some gifts they want, and some gifts they want to return. Here’s how to be sure to give a great one.

 There are great gifts, and there are not-so-great gifts, and luckily for you, we know just what they are.If gift-giving gives you anxiety, here’s a bit of good news: 70 percent of people polle...
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 12:01 am

James Armstrong, the internationally renowned bluesman, relocates to Springfield

 Believe it or not, Springfield, Illinois, is red hot for the cool blues. The capital city is home to one of the oldest blues clubs in the nation, hosts a nearly 30-year-old weekly blues performa...

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