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My life, like almost everyone in the world, has been complicated by 2020. There has been so much going on, and yet so little. However, I am choosing to count the blessings that I have received so far … more
You’ve likely heard that it is the year for the census–the time once every ten years when the US gets an official count of people living in the United States and its territories. If … more
Saturday night our Trump flag was stolen from our front porch. The cable ties were cut off in order for it to be taken.  Also, our Trump sign was taken as well. This is the second time our … more
The latest guilty pleasure at the Herschelman household has been watching “Madam Secretary” on Netflix after the girls go to sleep. It’s just kind of a fun show to relax and unwind … more
• I was around a positive and no one has contacted me.  Why not? In order to be classified as a close contact–which needs to be considered for quarantining–a few things have … more
The forgotten members of our community during this pandemic are our fellow citizens in nursing care facilities. They are being held in the facility without visits from family or friends.  … more
The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign is now performing its new rapid, saliva-based COVID-19 test under the umbrella of an approved FDA Emergency Use Authorization.  The CLIA-certified … more
I would like to suggest that the reporting of Montgomery County COVID test results should include not only the positive results, but also the negative results and the percentage positive.  Two … more
As we reflect on the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II over this past weekend, it is a good time to remember the men behind the victory in the Pacific. The lucky number 7 was unlucky for … more
An interesting fact about myself is that I have been married twice and never divorced.  My husband, Corey, and I had been engaged for a year when we found out that I was pregnant with our … more
“Bison, known also as buffalo and Illinois cattle, were plentiful in the 1600s and 1700s,” according to the Illinois State Museum. “The last reported bison kill in Illinois took … more
The 12th wettest July on record for Illinois has crops looking pretty good for the month of August. Recent rains this month have also been a blessing. For our August column we’ll visit with a … more
August 1953 continues the saga of bringing plumbing into the house. No more pumping water from the hand pump in the kitchen and heating it to wash dishes, and best of all no more trips to the … more
I would like to publicly thank Mr. Dennis Held for saving the day. My 30-year-old deep freeze, filled with food, recently had operational issues. After calling Springfield vendors and checking … more
One of the favorite old time hymns in our Christian community is “In the Garden.” It comes to mind when occasions like this arise, when we pause to remember those who have passed from us … more
This “Ramblings” is for Emma, my almost year old great-granddaughter, in hopes that she’ll care what my life was like when she turns 21. I don’t see her often enough, and I … more
These are certainly unusual times in our community and our country.  Unfortunately, many of our politicians have focused on issues that have little to do with the health and future of our … more
The Paws Care, Inc. board would like to thank the local communities for their support.   When the biggest fundraiser for Paws–their annual trivia night–was postponed and then … more
Hello, I am a site manager for the HR  support company that recently spent several days testing residents of Hillsboro and surrounding communities for COVID-19.   I wanted to thank the … more
“Grace changes everything.” Of the two-dozen or so Grace shirts I have in my wardrobe, my very favorite one is a crimson T-shirt with that very saying. Not only was it a gift from a … more
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