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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 12:12 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...
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 12:09 am
 The holiday season brings many celebrations and traditions to enjoy, including gift-giving. Caitlin Huth, a University of Illinois Extension educator and registered dietitian, shares five health...
Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 12:12 am
Books with an Illinois or Springfield connection make great holiday gifts, whether you’re looking for something for children, photographers, cooks, Lincoln buffs or sports enthusiasts. There are boo...
Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 12:11 am
It isn’t always about what you receive or how much money was spent, but about the memories attached to a gift that sometimes ranks it up there with gifts to remember. As the holidays approach it is...
Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 12:07 am

East Peoria Festival of Lights, one of the largest in the Midwest

 East Peoria claims its Festival of Lights is “one of the largest, lighted nighttime festivals in the Midwest.” While such a boast is difficult to prove, visitors will encounter enough colorf...

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