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  • Kerth: If you ever wondered how to get to the Empire Room…

    Last Sunday evening, I stood in the little dressing room behind the stage of the Empire Room in Chicago’s Palmer House, gazing at the photos of some o ...
    July 18, 2014 - 5:00 pm
  • Atwater:

    “Molly” was never physically abused, but she was never really parented, either. Her older sister got ...
    July 18, 2014 - 5:00 pm
  • Guerrilla gardening

    Ripping out the front lawn and its bordering rhododendrons and replacing them with a landscape of native grasses, groundcovers, succulents and rocks o ...
    July 18, 2014 - 4:59 pm
  • The Other Side

    The difference between a happy, healthy life and a quick decent into a place you never meant to find yourself can be a matter of four walls. Such a ha ...
    July 19, 2014 - 11:59 pm
  • Centegra Health System explains why women should schedule annual checkups

    Women who care for others should put their own health needs first to prevent heart disease. The stress of caregiving may cause a faster plaque buildup ...
    July 24, 2014 - 3:37 pm
  • Restorations Unlimited 2 in Cary renovates world’s only remaining Alpena Flyer

    The first time I saw this Concours Show-ready automobile was in the summer of 2008, but it was in less than show-ready condition at the time. The car ...
    July 18, 2014 - 12:02 am
  • ‘Planes’ never takes flight

    Before the final credits roll on “Planes: Fire & Rescue,” my 7-year-old turns and says to me: “If they come out with a toy of that, can I get it?”
    July 16, 2014 - 4:24 pm
  • ‘Suds’ deserves to clean up at the Raue Center box office

    “Do you want to know a secret?” I’m glad I didn’t “walk on by” the Raue Center Friday when Williams Street Repertory Company’s premiere of “Suds: The ...
    July 16, 2014 - 4:22 pm
  • Changing dreams to chase for Chasin’ Mason

    When Chasin’ Mason first formed about 11 years ago, they named themselves after a highly sought-after studio musician in Nashville.
    July 17, 2014 - 12:08 am
  • Magic of words and music inspires Woodstock Folk Festival honoree

    Andrew Calhoun sees the Woodstock Folk Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award as sort of a promissory note for future projects.
    July 17, 2014 - 12:07 am
  • 10 tips for blueberries lead to fresh ideas

    There are muffins, of course. And pancakes. And the obligatory fruit salad. But then what? After all the usual suspects, how do you handle a seasonal ...
    July 15, 2014 - 10:43 pm
  • Chef Debi: Moroccan Chicken Stew

    This Moroccan dish is created with a lot of flavor. Moroccan cuisine uses spices from several cultures. In this stew, I used a unique blend of spices, ...
    July 15, 2014 - 4:49 pm
  • Bull Valley Dentistry Periodontal Care

    Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a degenerative condition caused by bacteria in the plaque that builds up on the teeth. The first sy ...
    July 15, 2014 - 10:10 am
  • Beauty in subtlety

    Paint your walls a bold color and friends will likely praise your creativity. Invest in a standout piece of furniture or striking work of art and your ...
    July 14, 2014 - 12:45 pm
  • Retired math teacher shares his inventions

    WOODSTOCK – Andrew Parke’s creations, which fill about 50 boxes in his Woodstock basement, aren’t easy to describe.
    July 14, 2014 - 12:47 pm
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