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Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 12:01 am

As homes take on a smaller interior footprint, front porches are seeing a renaissance

 A curb appeal-boosting outdoor amenity that fell out of favor for years in new single-family home construction appears to be on the rebound. It’s the front porch, and it’s in greater demand ...
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 12:01 am
 Demonstration garden programSep 18, 5:30-6pm, Free program, “Creating a Prairie Garden Demo.” University of Illinois Extension Sangamon-Menard Unit, 2501 N. Eighth St., Illinois State Fairgr...
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 12:42 pm

You want your home to stand out as your own, but you also want to be able to sell it down the road. Here’s what you should remember when you decorate, remodel and even build.

 It was a house of mirrors. But this was the kind you had to live in. “No matter which way you turned, you saw yourself reflected back. It seemed like the entire house was covered in mirrors. E...
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 12:01 am

With new digs and respect, The Pharmacy grows up

 Since its first group exhibit in November of 2011, the independent artist collective known as The Pharmacy has been a force to be reckoned with in the Springfield arts scene, providing affordabl...
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 12:01 am

Danville’s underground forest reveals the ancient past

 A warm, moist breeze blows through the swampy forest at what is now Danville, Illinois. An eight-foot-long millipede scurries by. Nearby, a dragonfly with a foot-wide wingspan zips through the 1...
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 12:01 am
 The heart of Virginia, Illinois, about 30 miles northwest of Springfield on Rt. 125, is its town square. The anchor of the square’s southwest corner is the Robertson Building, built in 1897. O...
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 12:01 am

There are many more rewards at the end of the trail

 If you’ve long thought Rochester the last exit on the Lost Bridge Trail, the end of the line for your urban adventures on the fringes of Springfield, get off your bike and take a hike. There a...
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 12:01 am
 When thinking of heading north, often we think of Chicago. The suburbs get lost in the plans. A recent trip reminded me that there is a lot of beauty and history outside the urban sprawl. This f...
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 12:01 am

A season of robust theater in central Illinois

 A good actor isn’t afraid to be emotionally naked in front of an audience. From the silver screen to Broadway, talented thespians figuratively bare themselves to the public. But how much more...

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