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Home & Garden
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 12:00 am

Consistency, common sense and cool technology work together to make your home safe.

 For Michelle Tjelmeland, a good home security system is about personal safety. Various zones in her Springfield home are wired and monitored with door chimes, motion sensors, sirens and flashing
Capital City Parent
Thursday, May 1, 2014 12:00 am

What begins as cooking with kids becomes much more

 When my son unexpectedly brought home a school friend for video games, homework and supper one afternoon years ago, I baked an easy cake recipe, topped it with fresh, sweet whipped cream and ser
Capital City Parent
Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 12:00 am

Lincoln and others offer character lessons for kids

 Abraham Lincoln is on bookstore new release racks again, this time in Brad Meltzer’s fresh new look at history and heroism “Ordinary People Change the World,” illustrated by Christopher El
Capital City Parent
Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 12:00 am

Slippery slope or safety net?

 Just before kids turn 18 and prepare to leave home, credit card companies swoop in. It’s not fair, particularly for those who don’t have a good grasp on money and budget, who haven’t been
Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011 12:00 am

Thousands take the field for youth soccer

With the end of summer come the beginning of a new school year, the harvest and the start of an area tradition that draws thousands of children away from their video games and outside onto the mown gr
Wednesday, April 8, 2009 12:00 am

How to invest in a good instrument... and make the most of your investment

It will soon be time for fifth graders’ families to sign up for middle school band, and families who have arranged for their own instruments, whether by renting or purchasing, will h
Wednesday, April 8, 2009 12:00 am

The decline of instrumental music instruction in Springfield schools

In Springfield’s rich band music history, instruction began in elementary school. By middle school, concert bands performed intermediate literature and pep bands played at sporting


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