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60 within 60

60 within 60

The following is a list of 60 destinations and events in and around the Illinois Valley. Many are nearby and well known to residents, and th…
Crossing that bridge when you come to it

Crossing that bridge when you come to it

It wasn’t that long ago that “The Bridges of Madison County,” first as a novel and then as a major motion picture, drew attention to vintage…
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…
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, …
Coming up roses

Coming up roses

Lori Mudge knows her job as owner of De’Vine Floral Designs and Gifts in Oglesby and Granville is not a 40-hour-a-week occupation.
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…
Embrace those curves

Embrace those curves

Small business owners know they need to satisfy their customers’ needs in order to compete with larger box stores.
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