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Thursday, April 19, 2012 03:30 pm

Better yet, don’t buy it in the first place

Abby Walden believes that before Springfield residents start to consider recycling their trash, they should first be aware of the goods they are purchasing.“Products that cannot be reused, you s...
Thursday, April 19, 2012 03:28 pm

Ways to cut costs and save energy

Starting in July, the U.S. Department of Energy has new regulations to upgrade old, inefficient, mercury-laden fluorescent light bulbs. About 500 million of the lights, called T12, need to be replaced...
Thursday, April 19, 2012 03:28 pm

Be green – help keep the earth healthy.

ONGOINGOversized Items DisposalCity homeowners can schedule a free home pickup of items such as mattresses, furniture or appliances. Call Allied Waste, 522-7797. Residents limited to one free pickup o...
Thursday, April 5, 2012 04:27 pm
From Slave to State Legislator: John W.E. Thomas, Illinois’ First African American Lawmaker, by David A. Joens. Southern Illinois University Press, 2012. 288 pages, $34.95.In 1877, Illinois beca...
Thursday, March 15, 2012 05:13 pm

After sustaining a brain injury in a 1987 bobsled accident, William Shea strives for understanding

William “Bill” Shea’s wheelchair sits in the corner of his basement. It is both a reminder of the past and a foreshadowing of the future. At 59, Shea embodies the qualities of an Oly...
Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 07:16 am

As the caseload increases the support system grows

When Teresa Paul’s son, Sean, was born, she dreamed of the day when he would graduate from college, get married and have children of his own. Like many new moms, she was excited to take her baby...
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012 02:59 pm

A songwriter’s long, winding road from high school rocker to Sangamon Songs

To call Tom Irwin a fixture on the Springfield music scene would be something of an understatement. Beginning in the mid-1970s as a bass player and eventual frontman for various local rock bands, stra...


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