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Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009 04:35 pm
Springfield continues to have a large homeless population. And while you and I are tucked in our warm cushy beds there are people on our city streets hoping for a warm blanket or sleeping bag to shield them from these unusually chilly mornings. If you have items to share please call Peg Knoepfle - 793-5074 - to make arrangements....
Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009 10:25 am
Thanks to the 1700 who’ve already voted in the BEST OF SPRINGFIELD 2009 poll. The online voting remains open until midnight, Wednesday September 30 … but there’s no time like the present to let your voice be heard. (The paper ballot in the paper must be received in our office by close of business on Wednesday the 30th … so if you’re determined to vote the ol...
Friday, Sept. 25, 2009 07:27 pm
I must get about 4 emails a week from Carol Rodgers - a dedicated volunteer with the local Animal Protective League. I don't know about you, but I have a very soft spot for pets of all kinds; I believe that there is special place in heaven for people who take care of these creatures who can't take care of themselves.  Carol, you go girl!   This would be a great weekend to find a new furry f...
Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009 10:08 am
One of our Capital Area Independent Business members sent this news item: SIU School of Medicine will present a seminar on H1N1 FLU Pandemic Preparedness For Businesses and Organizations  Wednesday, September 30, 2009 Dove Conference Center of Prairie Heart Institute 8:00am to 1:00pm $25.00 To register www.siumed.edu/cme CME & CEUs available ...
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009 08:53 am
Thanks to Michelle Higginbotham and her merry band of protestors, the effort to fight the expansion of freight traffic on the 3rd Street tracks in Springfield is now at fever pitch. Working with the Enos Park Neighborhood Association, DSI, the medical district plus city and county officials this group has done an excellent job of raising awareness of the problems the Union Pacif...
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009 08:38 am
Welcome home kitties … Welcome home … Have you heard about the plans for the FOREVER HOME FELINE RANCH? Brenda Barton and friends have formed this 501c3 organization and are working hard raising money to purchase a home and land to provide a ‘forever home’ for cats in need. A primary goal is to eliminate euthanasia as a remedy for over-population, change in ...
Friday, Sept. 18, 2009 03:18 pm
In the last couple of years we lost several of our favorite downtown watering holes (Underground City Tavern, Top of the Hilton, the martini bar - I can't even remember it's name! But look, now we have a whole new crop to enjoy. The bar at Bennigan’s (at the Hilton) is doing a great job helping non-profit groups raise money with their Movers & Shakers nights. Bar None is not so new...
Friday, Sept. 18, 2009 03:04 pm
Wasn’t it great to hear that Norb Andy’s will reopen in mid October? Even without a kitchen (maybe in the early new year??) those of us with fond memories of times spent in this Springfield version of Cheers! wish Jeremy and Nathan the best of luck. Stay posted here for news of the grand opening party. These are not the easiest of times to open a new business so please Springfie...
Friday, Sept. 18, 2009 03:53 pm
As I drove home for lunch today I noticed the electrico workers were high in the air installing traffic lights at Junction Circle and MacArthur Boulevard. Which means an actual extension to I72 can’t be too far away. At last week’s MacArthur Boulevard Business Association meeting Norm Sims (country regional planning director) confirmed that the deadline is approaching proposals from...
Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009 03:44 pm
Ok, it is actually a smallish patio not a veranda but we’re loving the new outdoor digs at Ross Isaac. What fun to see 12-15 people gathered together under patio umbrellas and twinkling lights on a beautiful summer evening. And now there is a heater too? I tell this must be what heaven is like. This writer actually inspired the $5 martinis every Monday (thank you, thank you very...

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