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Andrew Affrunti is a rock star who answers his phone 24/7, and makes time for anyone that asks. He is reasonable and tells you if your case sucks. He offers educated and experienced advice, and it … more
Greetings from the Ridge. You're offered a choice of flavors like orange mango, coconut, or a combination of blueberry and cucumber, and it comes either plain or carbonated. The iconic American … more
Greetings from the Ridge. Herb and I are always looking for a new adventure, an excursion to some place we've never been and although I've usually got to do most of the planning, this time Herb … more
A Father's Day present suggested in June and executed in early July confirmed what I've long suspected–I am not a flatlander. Dawn, 13-year-old grandchild Kamryn, and I were eating in a … more
Recently, I was privileged to participate with the city of Litchfield in an economic development presentation to "Atlas 46," a very successful manufacturing operation based in Fenton, MO. Atlas is … more
After I finished labeling all of Grace's school supplies for kindergarten this year, Kyle and I got to talking about her school experiences and the friends she has made over the years. And then he … more
The Litchfield Museum needs help with a project.  We are working with Tom Burenga of Worksaver on a project to find information on the businesses and camps which were located south and east of … more
Greetings from the Ridge. I once heard it called the PGA, the Personal Golden Age. It's the age in our life we look back upon as being idyllic, perfect, the way things were and the way they should … more
For several months she ran loose in Irving. People sat food out for her, knowing she was hungry.  No one knew where she came from.   The collar she had on disappeared.  Animal control tried to … more
I've been told recently by my column readers to keep writing from my heart and that my stories are so relatable, often bringing up memories of the past for those of my generation and older. This … more
Greetings from the Ridge. They asked Michael what had inspired him to make such a journey. He said, "We're put here to help. When people need help it really doesn't matter who they are or where … more
It isn't that easy to drop everything in the middle of the week and fly to Washington. If you're a community newspaper publisher, going anywhere in the middle of the week is a challenge. That is when … more
August means it's time for harvest. Although Grandma and Grandpa had been using Paris Frozen Food for butchering and storing meat for several years, this is the first time in the diaries I have read … more
Greetings from the Ridge. 'Twas told to me as true and the little gal was such a sweetheart that I had no choice but to believe her. According to Ellie, she has a good friend who lives in … more
Comments directed my way at the Sertoma Picnic in the Park(ing Lot) held on June 1 brought back memories from my days as an educator and my brief weeks spent working part-time as a gas station … more
President Donald J. Trump visited Granite City Steel (United States Steel) this week and delivered a stirring, encouraging speech to the employees of the newly re-opened plant. It was wonderful to … more
When I was younger I would write all kinds of songs, poems and stories. Some resonate more to me than others, but through it all, those writings are a part of who I am today. In fact, I still have … more
God our Father, who came to earth to remove our fear of death, we humans in our weakness turn to Thee once more for the peace that passes all understanding as we gather to remember those who went to … more
Greetings from the Ridge. My grandmother called it an "old switch" and she swore it was a real thing. She'd tell me, "I swear, Freida. Everybody's got this little hidden switch somewhere along … more
Looking back at some newspapers over the past year, I couldn't help but smile as I stopped to look at this year's Hillsboro High School Prom King Dalton Tefteller, whose million dollar smile is one … more
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