From: The Register Mail (Galesburg, IL)
There’s a bit of madness at Blick Art Materials twice a year. The fall version of Blick Madness is 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday at [the Blick retail outlet in Galesburg] and all Blick Art Materials stores. Everything from discounts to a band, to a college art contest will be featured at the local store… The Moon Dog Trio will provide live music from 6-8 p.m. during the college painting competition… Monmouth College, Knox College, Carl Sandburg College, Bradley University and Western Illinois University have committed to take part in the painting competition… Carl Sandburg College won the first two events, followed by Southeast Community College of Burlington, Iowa, and Monmouth… Read more…
From the Murphysboro American:
Down a gravel road that cuts through steep wooded river bluffs along the Spoon River is a passive solar home with international provenance.
The home was conceived in the mind of Noel Lane while he was in Vietnam during the war.
It’s the only house along a three-mile stretch of road in a setting so peaceful that bald eagles and coyotes are more likely to visit than neighbors. In winter, Lane’s wife, Jamie, used to return home from third shift at the hospital where she worked, park on the main road and cross country ski in moonlight the rest of the way home…..
He said key elements that make passive solar effective are orientation, window placement, open floor plan and thermal mass. His utility bill in winter totals less than $85 a month for about 2,000 square feet of living space, as well as powering two deep freezers and a 15-year-old refrigerator.
Noel and Jamie Lane home schooled their sons but bought a house in Macomb so their youngest son could finish high school there. He and his mother live in town during the week.
From WHBF-TV4 (Quad Cities):
“These struggles are what I’ve witnessed for years in places like Elkhart, Indiana and Galesburg, Illinois.”
It was only a statement in President Obama’s State of the Union Address Wednesday, but it had people in Galesburg talking for hours.
“That was the talk around today, everybody was so excited. They’re like, ‘of all places, he gave a shout out to Galesburg, Illinois,” said Lisa Medina–Foshay.
But other’s weren’t so shocked.
The President has visited before, once as a guest speaker at Knox College and again as a senator running for president.
He has seemed to take an interest in the community, especially when the Maytag factory shut down, sending 3000 people to the unemployment line.
From the Qunicy Hearald-Whig:
Question: What do Pretzels, Geoducks and Wooden Shoes all have in common? Answer: The same thing Student Princes, Orphan Annies and Criminals do. They are all some of the best high school, collegiate or professional nicknames in sports.
No, really, they are.
Nicknames often give our teams an identity, but let’s face it, some are just downright hysterical.
Try telling me the Whittier College (Cal.) Fighting Poets doesn’t make you laugh. It’s almost as funny as the California State University-Long Beach baseball team, which unofficially goes as the Dirtbags…
Some nicknames are pretty creative like the Polo (S.D.) Bears. Trying saying that five times fast. What about the Gregory (S.D.) Girl-illas or the University of New England Nor’Easters?
Heck, even this extended area provides us with some interesting nicknames. Are the students in Putnam County (Mo.) really Midgets? Do Prairie Fires really rage at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill.? And what caused Western Illinois University to name their female teams the Westerwinds? It’s a good thing they switched and joined the men as the Leathernecks.