C'est La Vie
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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
Every summer at Twin Lakes Park, those spending a Saturday afternoon at the splash park, on the mini golf course or with a picnic in the shade may be lucky enough to catch the one Saturday that Stone … more
Paris Downtown Farmers Market opens at 8 a.m. today and I couldn’t be more excited. I realize it’s not been the best weather for gardens so far with all the rain and cold. But my friend and … more
The Link Art Gallery, formerly the Bicentennial Art Center, is holding its first annual Painting the Prairie exhibition in place of the Paint Illinois show of the previous 25 years. Director … more
Springtime is here and that means camping season has arrived as well. Many families long for weekends spent in nature and roughing it for a few days with a pack of basic supplies and a blanket … more
Thinking back to childhood and straight into adulthood the coming of warm weather meant one thing – the return of the cookout. Grilling is an American tradition as families and friends all … more
With spring finally here, hunters everywhere will soon be out in their favorite spots searching for the ever-elusive morel mushroom. People all over will be light stepping throughout the countryside … more
Since the beginning of time the methods of cooking have changed in many ways. Some say for the better where others say they wish they had the old ways back. One thing is certain though, no matter … more
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