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home : lifestyle   January 24, 2015 

Retired captain finally writes that book
Now retired Capt. Bob Jornlin talks about how he came to write the book “Bringing Back a Hero” about his journey with LST 325, a ship that was found in Greece but built in the United States.NewsTribune photo/Tamara Abbey
Now retired Capt. Bob Jornlin talks about how he came to write the book “Bringing Back a Hero” about his journey with LST 325, a ship that was found in Greece but built in the United States.
NewsTribune photo/Tamara Abbey
Maybe you’ve heard the story about the 70-year-old ship that was taken out of mothballs and sailed across the oceans to return near to the place where it was originally built? If so, you also know now-retired Capt. Robert Jornlin of Earlville, since he’s the one that’s been telling the story since returning in 2001 with LST 325, one of the landing ship tanks built during World War II. Many of these ships were built in Seneca.
Monday, January 19, 2015

70th wedding anniversary
Mr. and Mrs. Glen (Josephine) Ator of Princeton; 70 years
Friday, January 23, 2015

Church Women, The Closet raise and donate $122,000
This year, Church Women United of the Princeton Area was able to donate $122,000 to 30 local schools and organizations, through various fundraising efforts. The Closet thrift store brings in most of those funds for the organization.
Thursday, January 22, 2015

50th wedding anniversary
Mr. and Mrs. William (Kathleen) Koehler of Peru; 50 years
Thursday, January 22, 2015

IVCH benefit ball marks 27 years
2015 marks the 27th consecutive year the Illinois Valley Community Hospital Foundation has hosted a benefit ball.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Retreat to the 'Rock' requires reservations
Retreat to the “Rock” Christian ladies retreat will be Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7 at Starved Rock Lodge, Utica. The keynote speaker is Dee Brestin of Door County Wis.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

'You Guys!' - a disliked phrase
One of the questions a couple of people have asked is, “what happened to ‘give-them-hell Prill?” “Give-them-hell Prill” was the four words that were attached to this column, by readers, when I began to write this column many, many years ago. I saw and tackled what I thought was wrong with the world and mostly politicians.
Monday, January 19, 2015

50th wedding anniversary
Mr. and Mrs. George (Ruth) Wixom of Mendota; 50 years
Monday, January 19, 2015

50th wedding anniversary
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry (Lynn) O’Sadnick of Mendota; 50 years
Thursday, January 15, 2015

60th wedding anniversary
Mr. and Mrs. Earle (Charlene) Theisinger of Oglesby; 60 years
Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Let's do it again
The newest member of Mendota Fire Department actually has a long and varied career. Cowboy, sales representative, Black Brothers Co. vice president, alderman and now emergency medical technician Walt Weiland said he likes to keep busy. His latest endeavor as an EMT is just another way to keep busy while also serving his community. His story started in the Chicago suburbs where he decided to take a year off high school and become a cowboy in Pennsylvania.
Monday, January 12, 2015

Hectic season is nontraditional
Nancy and Don PrillNancy and Don Prill
The holiday season this year was probably the longest on record and much more commercial than is needed. Not much fun. Our traditional Christmas wasn’t, because our family has expanded so everyone was going in a different direction.
Monday, January 12, 2015

Seniors celebrate birthdays
McCall and Conrad celebrate their birthdays
Monday, January 5, 2015

End of an era?
When Jim Foster opened his piano store 30 years ago, he had 10 competitors selling just pianos. When he closed Foster Family Music in late December, not one was still selling pianos in the Quad-Cities area of Iowa and Illinois. “We did try hard to find a buyer,” Foster said. There were no takers.
Monday, January 5, 2015

Craftsman known for his hard-working abilities
Known for his volunteerism and public service in Putnam County, Mark resident Don Troglio also is being remembered today throughout the Illinois Valley for his efforts with children. Troglio, whose machining and problem-solving work at Westclox led to second and third careers as head of automation design at Talley Industries in Peru and head engineer at Mennie Machine Co., died Jan. 2 after an extended illness. He was 81.
Monday, January 5, 2015

Say cheese! These cheesecakes will make you smile
Mendota’s Business and Professional Women’s club members needed a new idea for a fundraiser two years ago.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Nancy Prill: New Year's lentils
And I quote: “And now the year is dying. Or is it?”
Monday, December 29, 2014

Illinois woman makes Hollywood prop
Marcia Cox’s dolls have mingled with the stars.
Monday, December 29, 2014

Korean veteran presses his good life (with video)

Jack Bradley has spent his entire life through the eye of a lens, capturing the beauty and truth of the Midwest region to the harsh reality of war. From spending his time hovering in a press helicopter while a train crash explosion nearly engulfed his vehicle with a mushroom of flames, to shooting the battle fields of the Korean War, Bradley spent his life in middle of the action documenting every second.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Vintage clothing seamstress' passion

Women gliding down the wedding aisle 111 years ago could seek material assistance if their bodies had been jilted by capricious genetics. Fashion requirements around 1902 suggested the bride’s radiance would be enhanced by a full bosom and that, of course, posed a problem if you didn’t happen to have one. The haute couture answer, according to vintage clothing expert Nancy Torgerson, was “bust ruffles.”

Monday, January 28, 2013

Stories not stones give some jewelry its value
It’s the story, not necessarily the stone or other bells and whistles, that gives jewelry shared between generations its high value. And there is so often a good, interesting and meaningful story since many people get or give jewelry to commemorate an event or send a message: It could be a birthday or anniversary, a statement of love or gratitude. But, says Annabel Tollman, a top industry stylist, a pendant, earrings or bracelet “are rarely exchanged because it’s Tuesday.”
Sunday, January 6, 2013

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