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When school starts on Aug. 18, the Mahomet-Seymour and Monticello districts plan to comply fully with Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s masks-for-all mandate. While they’d much prefer local control over COVID decisions, the two districts’ superintendents —Lindsey Hall and Vic Zimmerman — explain in a gue…

I love our historic downtown and it’s small businesses. And I love the financial and environmental benefits that solar energy brings. In fact, as Energy Campaign Coordinator with the local non-profit Prairie Rivers Network and Manager of the Monticello Farmers’ Market, I’ve dedicated my care…

Here in a Jiaxing hotel room for one more week, I am studying patience. My second quarantine site has everything I need and most of what I want. One friend called this my “forced writing retreat,” though I have actually been drawing more than writing. Our middle son, Dylan, compared my sudde…

With winter upon us, gardeners may be looking for a new project to keep their green thumbs active. “Growing microgreens indoors is a fun and relatively easy project to set up,” says Austin Little, University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. “It also rewards the grower with fresh,…

Last week I shared some of my firearm thoughts as well as experiences. This week I would like to share some of my mother’s thoughts and experiences with guns.

I’m in my second quarantine site in Jiaxing, China. Each move brings me a little closer to campus. I’ll be here for eleven days. They take Covid and quarantining very seriously here. I am not allowed to leave my room until I go to my final quarantine site, where I will spend two more weeks i…

Super Bowl Sunday has come and gone for another year. And yes. I am one of those people who looks forward to the big game each year. Not so much for who is playing the game, but you got it right. For the commercials. 

Curt Sinclair, University of Illinois Extension 4-H natural resources specialist, offers these guidelines for assessing whether icy ponds and rivers are safe. "A minimum of four inches of clear, newly-formed ice is needed to support one person on foot," Sinclair says. "New ice is usually str…

February celebrates National Canned Food Month, promoting the use of canned protein, vegetables, fruits, and other foods. Canned foods are inexpensive and convenient additions to meals and snack. Canning lengthens a foods’ shelf life and reduces food waste. Still, there are many myths around…