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Wednesday, March 27, 2013 11:32 am
CWLP just announced their 2013 Water Conservation Poster Contest winners! Submissions were received from first through third grade students in Springfield schools. The theme was Every Drop Counts. Entries were to demonstrate water conservation in action, highlighting the need for everyone to conserve. Below is the top honor winner given to Dallas Crum of Laketown School. Check out other w...
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 04:57 pm
Recently purchased a new battery for my electric lawn mower for about $100 dollars. Definitely worth the price. I've used no gas for the last three years. I haven't had to drive to the...
Monday, June 25, 2012 03:34 pm
Should the film Noise, starring Tim Robbins, be required viewing for all? Well, that might be going a little far, but during this year of compassion in Springfield, Illinois many might benefit to know that there are those among them who are sensitive to or suffer with their noise. In the film, Robbins’ character lives in New York City where he becomes painfully bothered by the city&rsqu...
Monday, March 5, 2012 12:19 pm
You know those compact fluorescent light bulbs you’ve been buying? Well, they contain small amounts of mercury and should be recycled instead of thrown in the trash such as you would an incandescent bulb. So where to disposal of compact florescent light bulbs? Seriously, supermarkets should offer this service. Everyone goes there regularly. But in the meantime bring them to Ace Hardware,...
Monday, Feb. 20, 2012 03:09 pm
Recycle your electronics—computers and all the extras, televisions, cell phones, VCRs, game players, answering machines, calculators, copiers, fax machines, cables, telephones, pagers, typewriters and more. Where: Habitat ReStore, 1514 W. Jefferson, Springfield, Illinois When: Mon-Fri 10 a.m. -6 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Why: The Electronic Waste Recycling Act, Public...
Friday, Sept. 24, 2010 07:21 pm
Most of my distinct memories from elementary school have stuck with me purely because I was impressed that someone else didn’t cry – that girl who stapled her finger, the boy who knocked out his two front teeth, or my big sister with a face full of gravel after a misguided jungle gym move. But yesterday, as I tore into another six-pack of canned caffeine,* I remembered one very i...
Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010 04:11 pm
The standard advice for anyone wishing to reduce their energy consumption tends to include turning off the lights, walking instead of driving and turning down the heat. Turning off the lights when I’m not in the room? Check. That one’s pretty easy. Walking everywhere? Wearing five sweaters all winter long? … Fail and fail. Some days I can do it. But on others, it just ain...
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 03:36 pm
No, really, it’s for the birds. For months, my smart phone-, Mp3-, cable-less self was reluctant to join, even explore the world of Twitter. Constant updates on Lindsay Lohan’s latest faux pas? No, thanks. I only signed up for the service in January as a way to keep track of some politicos in the statehouse while I was working there for another publication. But somewhere in my n...
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 09:42 am
Sewage. It happens. And, typically, it ain’t pretty. But! Check it out: decorative manhole covers!  A photograph of just one of many artsy manhole covers on Japan’s streets, the image is from Remo Camerota’s book Drainspotting. There are...
Friday, March 26, 2010 04:20 pm
Just a reminder that Earth Hour is this Saturday from 8:30-9:30 p.m. It's simple: turn off your lights for an hour to demonstrate your support for global climate change initiatives. Last year, over 4000 cities in 88 countries officially switched off to pledge their support for the planet, making Earth Hour 2009...

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