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It’s that time again, school supplies for thousands of kids going back to school. Some parents are thrilled and some are sad to see the summer ending too soon.

“This body is really only the worn-out garment that he has cast aside.”  This line, or something similar, is often said at a committal service at the cemetery when committing a body to the ground or the tomb.

The GFWC IL Metamora Woman’s Club is pleased to announce the winners of their raffles held at the Old Settler’s Festival.  Louise Wells of Metamora was the winner of Abby, the Springfield Boutique Doll, along with 17 outfits of clothing.  Mary Miller of Metamora won the Gift Card Bouquet fea…

WHIP, Washington Helps Its People, would like to thank the Washington residents and postal carriers for the  “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive. Over 7,000 pounds of food was collected in Washington! This food will stay in Washington to help those needing assistance. Thank you for helping stock t…

“I am never caught up! I always have a list of things to do! I will never get it all done! My work is never done!”.  It seems that just about everyone has said one of these lines or something similar.  This is true especially with those personalities that are never happy with the status quo …

In many ways the city of Washington has contributed to scouts. Some ways include fundraisers, camping and a place to have our meetings. For example, each year the cub scouts have a popcorn sale. The people see the cub scouts coming and love to support them on their journey in scouting.

With the end of this school year, Moms Who Care at Beverly Manor, which is one of 11 Moms in the area, would like to thank all who have supported us.  We are an exclusively NFP, locally funded organization that relies on in-kind and monetary community donations.   We assist students in need …

The Central Illinois Memorial Kidney Fund (CIMKF) would like to thank the Morton Civic Chorus, under the direction of Denise Adams, for another successful fundraiser "Encore 2019".  A special "Thank You" to those who attended the event, advertised in our show program or donated to the cause.…

Phones that are constantly ringing, the sounds of crowds just outside of your office, and countless meetings with countless different people about countless different problems -- this is the reality of our elected officials.

Thank you to all of the people who helped my campaign for Ward 1 Alderman. I am grateful to the 58 percent of the Ward 1 voters for having faith in me to represent you on the Washington City Council.

Thank You to all of the residents of Ward 2 who have supported me throughout my years with the City of Washington. I have enjoyed being one of your representatives on the City Council for over nine years. Thank you for taking time to discuss matters that are important to you, which gave me a…

Over the past few weeks there has been much discussion over social media and elsewhere regarding the County Facilities Sale tax issue on the ballot in Tazewell County on April 2. Morton District 709 joined an overwhelming majority of schools in Tazewell County to put the County Facilities Sa…

Jerry Merryman died February 27, 2019 in Dallas.  He was one of my heroes, and I didn’t even know it.

March 17 will be celebrated as St. Patrick’s Day. Those of Irish decent will proudly wear green. In Chicago, the river will be temporarily dyed green on that day, during a festive parade downtown. The most popular Irish name for newborn boys is still Patrick, and Patricia for girls.

Family bingo night was recently held at Deer Creek District Library, Deer Creek, IL. We had an awesome turnout with food, prizes and family fun. We couldn’t have done it without the following sponsors:

I ushered at church a few weeks ago.  I wear a suit and tie for that.  A friend came in and noted that I had my Mark Twain tie on.  He said Twain was noted for his funny quotes and stories. Could I think of any?

I have written this letter to share with readers a pleasurable pastime I enjoy that might be of interest to them. It's easy, it takes up little of my time and it costs me nothing. 

I still have the "1000 Books to Read Before You Die: a life-changing list", by James Mustich, on my desk.  There must be some silly game I can play with this huge tome.  I picked up my pencil and a blank sheet of paper. I would list all the books I can remember and see if they're listed in 1…

In the 2007 film “The Bucket List”, two terminal cancer patients escape the cancer ward to do all the things on their bucket lists (the things they want to do before they die). It starred Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman as the men whose deadlines were fast approaching. They set out on one …

I’ve been a Pastor for forty complete years last September ministering in one church or the other through the years. That means that I have officiated at many funerals. I also officiate for funeral homes and have done twenty-four so far this year. I always meet with the family privately befo…

I went to the dentist the other day for a semi-annual check-up. For these check-ups I spend a lot of time with the dental hygienist, assistant, tooth cleaner, molar mugger, or whatever they are called these days. 

During the weekend of January 18-20, Metamora Township High School held its 29th Operation Snowball. Operation Snowball is a lock-in at the high school that any MTHS student can attend. The weekend is busy and fun-filled. However, Operation Snowball has an extremely important purpose, especi…

Thank you to all who attended and participated in the Wreaths Across America wreath laying ceremony on Saturday, December 15 at Glendale Cemetery. As most attending and participating know, Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington, Maine donates seven ceremonial wreaths representing the six bra…

When I was growing up it was my job to take care of the used gift wrapping after we opened our gifts on Christmas Day. It was an easy job. All I had to do was gather all the wrappings and take them out to the burning barrel. There, I would throw all the wrappings in the barrel, set a match t…

In “Every Breath”, Nicholas Sparks examines the choices in life and explores the results of the road not taken.

Coffee pots and retirement.  What does one have to do with the other particularly?  What is the connection?  I never really gave it a thought because I’m not fully retired yet.  I still seem to work most of the time though I like to say I’m semi-retired.  My church laughs at that remark beca…

The tourist boat left the pier right on time.  We had waited for about twenty-five minutes in the shaded part of it but the heat was still very much present.  The temperatures elevated in the high 80’s with the heat index well into the 90’s, with the humidity also 90 plus.  It was Virginia B…

The GFWC Illinois Metamora-Germantown Hills Junior Woman’s Club is proud to announce that their 46th Annual Breakfast with Santa held on Saturday, December 1 was a successful one. The proceeds of $1,300 benefited the various community needs.

In the library the other day I noticed “Rover”, by Andrew Grant, on the new book shelf. I opened it up and found it was a picture book on dogs. It was a big book, over eleven inches square. Immediately, I thought of my wife who’s a dog person. So, I checked it out and took it home.