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Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 12:00 am

ALFREDA “FREDA” “ALLIE” KATAUSKI: Oct. 25, 1925 - April 15, 2017

 She was a ray of sunshine whose sparkling eyes never met a stranger. My mom, Alfreda “Freda” “Allie” Katauski – a timeless beauty with a heart of gold and passion for fun.Growing up in...
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 12:00 am

JOSEPH RAYMOND KLAUZER: Oct. 27, 1952 - April 24, 2017

 On April 24, 2017, Springfield lost one of its greatest treasures, Joseph Raymond Klauzer. In 64 years of life, he touched many hearts. If you knew Joe, you were blessed with an amazing friendsh...
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 12:00 am

DAVID LEACH: Oct. 1, 1952 - April 18, 2017

 With a shock of red hair, a full white beard and the body of a Weeble, children would often call Dave Leach “Santa Claus.” He was jolly and filled with joy. You would always walk away from D...
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 12:00 am

WILLIAM PATRICK CANAVAN: Sept. 25, 1919 - Jan. 8, 2017

 I met Uncle Bill in the summer of 1962 when I was 3½ years old. My parents, older sister and I had made the trip from Springfield to Uncle Bill and Aunt Nan’s home in Connecticut. When we arr...
Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 12:10 am

Reaching out to help military families, or other neighbors, pays much more than it costs

 Military families often suffer from isolation, and the problem is even more pervasive at the holidays. Here’s how one couple went above and beyond to provide love, peace of mind and a few good...
Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 12:09 am

The surprising financial benefits of buying locally

 We humans are social creatures, and nothing highlights our need for human interaction and goodwill like the holiday season. That’s why many shoppers prefer to patronize local stores, where a s...
Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 12:08 am
This is Roy French’s annual Christmas memóir.Mr. Houck came early to the Sangamon Valley while it was still a wilderness without many inhabitants. He came before the land was surveyed so his fields...
Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 12:08 am

A guide to finding the right charity

 We’re moved to express our gratitude to those in need and those who have made a positive impact on our community. And many times, we feel the urge to do something that goes beyond a spoken “...
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 12:13 am

SIU School of Medicine remains a leader among medical schools worldwide

 Founded in Springfield in 1970, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine has seen 2,818 students graduate (with 42 percent of those currently practicing medicine doing so in Illinois). Th...
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 12:12 am

Land of Lincoln Bookshare gets donated books into the hands of new readers

 Tiffany Roe and Litina Carnes looked at their collection of books that had outgrown their houses and started brainstorming ways to share their love of books. “We didn’t just want to donate t...


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