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Judy's roommate at Warren Wilson College, back in the better days when co-ed dorms were at least a decade away, had a folksy saying, made more charming by her Southern accent–which Judy … more
Shortly after I met Kyle and was introduced to his family, I got to try one of their family-favorite recipes, taco soup. Since it's been more than a decade, I can't remember the occasion where I … more
Deer are common along Illinois roadways this time of year. Drivers should be alert and know how to respond when deer are nearby. Use the following strategies to reach your destination safely and … more
The one place that I love to travel to is Indiana to see my cousins and their families. Since my Grandma Mollet passed away several years ago, we rarely see one another due to busy schedules and … more
We are in full school mode at the O'Dell house and it is going. Glenn happily gets up at 6:30 a.m., chipper and full of smiles. He gets himself dressed with no more than the monitoring required for … more
I feel a need to respond to the Litchfield News-Herald "Break Time" column of Nov. 8 to offer a different view to some of the comments.  This letter is direct response to the editor for the … more
I just read the report on the joint school board meeting of last week. I didn't attend the meeting, but based on the report, I only missed one item of interest.  I hadn't heard that HJHS has … more
Many of us sense our great nation–that city upon a hill–is slipping down the slope, yet we're not sure how to restrain the slide. Our democratic process is wonderful, yet not perfect. … more
Consolidation. It's a word that has been the center of a lot of discussion lately. Where school consolidation is concerned, we have already expressed in this space how we believe pooling of … more
November 1952 was election time for the country. Grandma's notes about the election remind us that the partisan divide we see today is nothing new. Both Eisenhower and Stevenson supporters were just … more
Seeing the posts on Facebook and listening to the stories related to the closing of the Coffeen Power Plant is heartbreaking.  Generations of Montgomery County people at the plant have worked … more
Novellas are often shorter than this series of reminisces about the Preface, the once-alive HHS newspaper. Not only was I allowed to continue sponsoring the high school paper after the first year … more
Current "must win at all costs" campaigning–where big money and trashing one's opponent in a close race seem de rigueur–may be at the heart of what ails American politics. There are other … more
Beginning Nov. 1, the Litchfield Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center will be operating under winter hours. We will be welcoming visitors from 10 to 4 Tuesday through Saturday, and will be closed on … more
Just for one night, let's put aside the fact that many of us bleed purple and white or orange and black. Just for one night, let's come together and talk about some really great opportunities for … more
Wednesday when my daughter and I were in Hillsboro, our hearts were touched when we saw the different police cars from different areas honoring the K-9. These dogs are not just half-hearts.  … more
Nearly five decades ago Hillsboro High School was asked to be part of a new recycling effort.  The Biology Club, which I sponsored, was asked to help.   Back then the Biology Club helped … more
I muse widely, yet my knowledge base is quite narrow. So, I could sure use help from thoughtful readers who know more than I about the topics below, which I am beginning to explore for possible … more
I read the letter from Larissa Todt, "Please consider creative solutions to save recycling" in the Sept. 20 issue regarding the recent closure of the recycling centers throughout the county. Yes, … more
Way back in the day when you could make treats to take to school, we would make Halloween pumpkin cookies each year to take to our classmates during the Halloween party at elementary school. For … more
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