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The phrase healthy dessert feels like an oxymoron, especially in a culinary culture emphasizing bigger portions and increasing amounts of sugar. A giant cookie from the deli counter surely cannot be … more
I’ve been busy this week directing Mayo Middle School’s annual musical. I’m usually busy between the paper and other responsibilities, but I cannot even imagine how parents who don’t want to … more
The aroma of freshly baked pie wafting from a cozy kitchen instantly warms the hearts of those basking in its glory. Fall is prime pie-baking season, and there is no better time to try your hand at a … more
Fall is here and people are putting their gardens to sleep. There are numerous presentations by Master Gardeners using this title with helpful information. Following the advice of a Master Gardener … more
A renovated classroom is making for happy students at Shiloh School. Family and Consumer Sciences, previously known as home economics, is a subject close to teacher Carolyn McIntyre’s heart. A … more
A Saturday field trip when I was a junior in high school opened my eyes to the migration of the monarch butterfly, thanks to Teddy Day and my plan to become a journalist. We were en route to a … more
In the world of beneficial insects, perhaps the most important is the honeybee. This industrious little worker not only provides a delectable food in honey and a useful product in beeswax, but it … more
I’ve been looking at the activity and sports calendars for our area schools and quite frankly, I don’t know how Moms and Dads do it. Not only are they running kids to practices and games, … more
The Illinois 4-H Foundation honors extraordinary 4-H alumni, volunteers, and former 4-H staff annually at the Illinois State Fair. This year, Edgar County’s own Brad Cash received this … more
Have many readers have heard the expression of someone living up to their name? The amazing apple tree in our yard has lived up to its name this year and many people have been blessed as a … more
Labor Day signals the shift from lazy summer afternoons and abbreviated office hours to the busyness and excitement of fall, but it also reminds us to do something we often forget to do—simply sit … more
The days are beginning to shorten, I can hear the locusts calling — fall is in the air. Our gardens know it, too. The plants are offering their fruits before the inevitable frost ends the … more
Every time I see a picture on social media of the buckets and trays of fresh tomatoes from local gardens, I have to admit I’m jealous. I haven’t planted a garden since my husband and I lived … more
Former Paris resident Shelby Applegate recently moved to Japan as an English teacher. The idea of living abroad appealed to Applegate although she wasn’t sure why the idea first arose. Just as … more
Corn dogs and cotton candy – what trip to the fair is complete without them? Ask anyone what they enjoy most about the fair and many will say the food. Pizza on a stick, fried butter, chocolate … more
It’s been exciting six weeks and particularly fulfilling to watch the second musical production of “Mamma Mia” come together with the Paris Community Theater. Opening night was exciting and we … more
When Jennie Hughes was being considered as the choreographer for the Paris Community Theater’s show “Mamma Mia,” she was given a challenge by the show’s director Stuart Metcalf. Hughes was … more
“Another Adventure,” is what my mother-in-law June always said whenever we set out to do something new. Husband Tom and I have been on the Hot Rod Power tour. It is something we have done … more
Those seeking a family-friendly vacation spot without spending the children’s college fund need look no further than the Myrtle Beach area in South Carolina. I was lucky to live in the Myrtle … more
I think one of the best things about enjoying the summer’s bounty of vegetables and fruit are the salads we can all enjoy thanks to the bounty of the Downtown Paris Farmers Market or Community … more
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