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People

Buck ‘n’ Me

Buck ‘n’ Me

People researching genealogy often get started after realizing that once too much time passes, some family history will be lost forever. Whi…
Crafting a business

Crafting a business

Jody Fogle has always enjoyed getting together with friends to work on craft projects. The conversations and creativity that flowed during t…
Full-time blacksmith

Full-time blacksmith

Although there are women who are blacksmiths, Vickie Schertz of Tiskilwa said she is the only one she knows who is doing this work on a full…
Traveling to totality

Traveling to totality

PRINCETON — Though people used to hide in fear from solar eclipses and view celestial events as ominous harbingers of doom and destruction, …
The Golden Girl Scout

The Golden Girl Scout

If asked about Girl Scouts, the most likely image to pop into someone’s mind will be of a young girl selling cookies. However, one local mem…
A guardian  of our  smallest friends

A guardian of our smallest friends

SPRING VALLEY — While Linda Moreno has been in the restaurant and tavern business for 45 years, her true life’s work has been helping to pro…
Recipe for success

Recipe for success

The Flour House Bakery in Princeton is run by Terri and Sallee Zearing. The mother/daughter duo put their heads together and opened the uniq…
First Person

First Person

City: Every week, my mission takes me out into Princeton, Peru, Ottawa, Streator, and Pontiac. I get to spend all of my time living, working…
Meet our 2017 winners

Meet our 2017 winners

It’s no secret the women of the Illinois Valley are an amazing group of ladies. Just ask anyone to name a woman who has made a difference in…
Cool in a crisis

Cool in a crisis

Seventeen years ago, Diana Stiles never dreamed of a career in telecommunications. But as soon as the idea found her, it seemed to be fate.
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