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Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009 04:33 am

Celebrating 22 loved ones lost in 2009

KENNETH “GENE” WELLENREITER JR. Aug. 13, 1971 – July 27, 2009 {image-7167}Gene Wellenreiter came into my life about six years ago and taught me more about life and living through ...
Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009 04:00 pm

Earles brothers belong to a new breed of livestock producer

The South African Boer goat quietly invaded the United States via Texas about 15 years ago – and has been nibbling its way north ever since. Developed by Dutch farmers...
Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009 03:21 pm

A growing breed of livestock preserves an old way of life on a Sangamon County farm

Like an art critic judging a sculpture, Mike Earles leans back and places the end of his goateed chin between the raised thumb and forefinger of his left hand. His eyes narrow as he leans...
Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009 06:17 am

Russian Orthodoxy in downstate Illinois

T he trained eye rarely misses them: three-barred crosses and primitive, colorful icons, occasionally spotted in roadside cemeteries and out-of-the-way chapels from Chicago to Carbondale...
Thursday, July 30, 2009 08:36 am

To restart the economy while saving the planet, the Congress for the New Urbanism advocates traditional neighborhoods for all

“This is one of those moments to step up and articulate what urbanism is worth to America.” That’s how Scott Bernstein, president of the Center for Neighborhood Technolo...
Thursday, July 30, 2009 08:06 am

The capital city is brimming with grand ideas about how to grow the city’s core and push back against sprawl. So why hasn’t anything happened yet?

Springfield is bursting with new urbanists. While the phrase “new urbanism,” coined in the 1980s, often frightens people who think that new urbanism entails mandating an organi...
Thursday, July 23, 2009 04:50 pm

After beating string players twice his age, Springfield's Clayton Penrose-Whitmore moved on — to Chicago, Detroit and Carnegie Hall

T here must have been scores of kids who, like Clayton Penrose-Whitmore, found themselves enjoying a snack in the Ethnic Village at the Illinois State Fair, just as a group of Suzuki vio...
Thursday, July 16, 2009 01:51 pm

RaeLynn Costa is making a comeback, with the support of Project Return

RaeLynn Costa and her 14-year-old daughter, Nicole, bathe Buddy at a combination dog wash/car wash fundraiser for Project Return.PHOTO BY AMANDA ROBERT At 10 a.m. on a Saturday, RaeLynn Costa crouches next to a plastic kiddie pool, massaging oatmeal shampoo into the scruffy coat of a shelter dog named Buddy. She murmurs softly to the water-wary pooch as she rinses the soap from his ...
Thursday, July 9, 2009 12:27 pm

July 11 Corndog Kickoff to raise money toward museum

What do you do with 156 years of photos, programs, ribbons, exhibits and other memorabilia collected from the annual Illinois State Fair?...


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