Durable toys still around

I recently had breakfast with longtime friend Rudy Ebeling. He brought with him a toy wrecker truck, all steel, and about 22 inches long. It is in very good condition, which was surprising because it is probably close to 75 years old.

I was curious about its history and value, and Rudy gave me the truck for research.

Trees must adapt or die

Flooded soils, furious winds, street construction and building destruction are a few of the onslaughts against trees. No matter the offense, trees must adapt or die. They can't pick up their roots and move to a better place.

Some trees can amazingly live a couple hundred years in the same spot. They suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous people and extreme weather.

The Fit List

It’s going to be a beautiful weekend for the Allerton Trail Run. Get registered and find a costume! Here’s your list:

Weekend of Oct. 25-26:
Allerton Trail Run

Religion calendar, Oct. 24, 2014

To submit items for this calendar, visit and click "Add an event" under the miniature calendar on the page. You must be logged in, then fill in the appropriate fields and submit. Deadline is noon Tuesday before Friday publication.


Going gray for homecoming at UI

Do not adjust your television sets. The Illini will indeed be playing in gray on homecoming.

It's the 90th anniversary of the day Harold "Red" Grange dominated with four TDs in the Memorial Stadium dedication game, Oct. 18, 1924.

Rich Warren: AM radio, better on the Internet

Hold the champagne. In just six years, AM radio celebrates its centennial in the United States. Although radio historians dispute the exact date, Westinghouse Electric's experimental KDKA in Pittsburgh began broadcasting in November of 1920. Most AM stations did not sign on until 1922. KDKA continues broadcasting today as a CBS affiliate.

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments in our communities

SIU School of Medicine students

Four area students from the Class of 2018 began training in August at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. The students participate in a "white coat ceremony" that welcomed them into the medical profession.

Illinois Ancestors: Cemeteries' data withheld by states

Steve Seim has a most comprehensive website at that is designed to record burials of residents of such institutions as asylums, poor farms, orphanages, etc., so that those individuals will not be lost to history.

My Amish Home: When days get dreary, I get weary

"But fornication and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient; but rather, giving thanks.

Meg Makes: A quick, versatile, 2-veggie side dish

This is a really simple veggie side dish, but it's so delicious that it would suit a Sunday dinner or special occasion.

I created it when I realized I had the two main ingredients in my fridge, and needed to use them both before they spoiled.

The roasted mushrooms took on an intense flavor, but it went really well with the sprouts.