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A 60 percent Christmas is much easier to put away than a 100 percent Christmas. The decorations are put away, and it did not take nearly as long this year. My son was thrilled when I said we were … more
Today, Jan. 11, is not for the lactose intolerant because it is National Milk Day. Dairy has an interesting connection to human development. Like all mammals, humans are born with the ability to … more
For those thinking about planning a girls' trip with their best friends, science says get that planning together as soon as possible. Research supports that taking a trip with friends can … more
When my siblings and I were growing up on Elm Street, there were not multiple present openings — at least that I can recall. I remember Grandma and Grandpa Dennison coming for dinner on … more
It all began in 1992 when a small group of gingerbread houses were built by community members in 1992 as another way to celebrate the holiday season. There were no plans to continue the competition … more
Between sports, meetings and regular everyday life at The Prairie Press, I have to admit Christmas has snuck up on me this year. I hope to get my tree decorated this weekend. I had planned to do … more
The old adage that a five-pound weight gain is inevitable during the holiday season is a myth. According to the National Institute of Health, the average American gains just under one pound during … more
A beloved children’s book will come alive on the stage of the Paris Center of Fine Arts Dec. 6-8 when Paris High School Drama presents the musical, “Tuck Everlasting.” Two casts will perform … more
It’s been years since there was a children’s boutique in Paris — but the Twigg sisters are changing that today. “Ellie and Olive Children’s Boutique” opened at 10 a.m. today on the … more
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
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