While almost everyone is familiar with the classic recipe for Rice Krispies Treats, slight variations on the original abound. We think our recipe gets them just right, with the perfect ratio of marshmallow and butter to cereal for a bar with the sticky chew that kids love and that adults rem…
HENRY — Last Thursday was Senior Day at the Marshall-Putnam Fair in Henry, and a crowd of around 200 people packed in to the Hunt Building to watch a morning performance from the Henry Torpedo Boys band.
PRINCETON — George and Dorothy Dall of Princeton don’t quite remember all the details of their wedding, but that’s understandable — it was 70 years ago, after all.
Jay Trimmer of La Salle receives a patriotic quilt from quilt maker Jean Baker and Illinois Valley Quilts of Valor’s Betty Baznik, who thanked him for his service and sacrifices. Trimmer is a World War II Army veteran and survivor of a prisoner of war camp. Trimmer talked about his time in t…
NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift's feuds can captivate the public almost as much as her music, and her latest emotional salvo against one of music's top managers not only made headlines but got key players in the industry riled up, with the likes of Justin Bieber, Halsey and Demi Lovato publicly…
MENDOTA — Children throughout the Illinois Valley area will again have their chance at becoming healthy chefs through a program offered by the University of Illinois Extension and 4-H.
Hello, my name is Peg, and I am an addict. I get shaky if I go a day without a fix. I’ve got a monkey on my back and HGTV is the organ grinder. I love to watch those shows about people buying, selling and renovating homes. My favorites are House Hunters and House Hunters International, and I…
CHICAGO (AP) — Preschoolers on government food aid have grown a little less pudgy, a U.S. study found, offering fresh evidence that previous signs of declining obesity rates weren’t a fluke.
The way things are set up this year, Illinois Valley residents could chart a course to see many displays on various evenings in late June and early July.
Saturday, June 29
Spring Valley: For the second year, Spring Valley Summerfest activities on Saturday include a fireworks display at Hall High School’s football stadium at dusk. City park board president Tony Mautino said donations from the community have provided enough for a strong show this year. The Summerfest takes place Friday and Saturday at Kirby Park, just southeast of Hall High.
Mendota: Celebration is 5-10 p.m. at Lake Mendota park. Food, bounce houses, and lots of other kids activities. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. and synchronized to music.
Wednesday, July 3
Peru: Fourth of July celebration, Wednesday, July 3, on Water Street (dependent on river level), with music to the east of Pike Street and a family area with bouncy houses farther east, toward the bridge. (Rain date July 4)
Streator: Fireworks will be around 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 3 with viewing at the Streator High School athletic field, following the 7 p.m. Red, White, Blue, and You Talent Competition.
Thursday, July 4
Princeton: The city’s annual fireworks show will take place at dusk at Zearing Park.
Hennepin: Daytime events traditionally include a bags tournament, car cruise in Bassi Park east of the courthouse, concerts in front of the courthouse, food vendors and water fights. Fireworks will be at dusk along the river front.
Henry: Along with Thursday’s fireworks, events will include a carnival July 1-4; parade at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 3 with line up 1 p.m. at the school, 201 Richards St.
Ottawa: Fireworks will be 9 p.m. Thursday, July 4, with viewing from the high school football stadium
Friday, July 5
Utica: The village will hold its Independence Day celebration starting at 5 p.m. Friday, July 5 at Carey Memorial Park. Fireworks begin at dusk. Families can enjoy free food and beverages (while supplies last) plus face painting, bounce slides and obstacle courses and more.
Sunday, July 7
Walnut: Fireworks cap off Walnut Days, which are July 5-7. Walnut Days activities range from bingo games, softball and poker tournaments to a pedal pull and duck races.
LA SALLE, OGLESBY
La Salle and Oglesby completed fireworks displays at recent city festivals.
NEW YORK (AP) — Chips, soda and frozen pizzas tend to be full of salt, sugar and fat, but now scientists are trying to understand if there’s something else about such processed foods that might be bad for us.
I had some leftover peaches that I forgot to put on the grill for Father’s Day (halve them, grill them, serve them with cream cheese/mascarpone and honey and thank me later), so I decided to try my hand at making a peach cobbler. It was fitting, because I had actually been looking to add som…
PRINCETON — In honor of Flag Day last Friday, Bureau County Historical Society curator David Gugerty shared an interesting piece from the society’s collection — a 39-star United States flag.
CHICAGO (AP) — Dozing off to late-night TV or sleeping with other lights on may mix up your metabolism and lead to weight gain and even obesity, provocative but preliminary U.S. research suggests.
Not interested in yet another memoir of moving to Italy, discovering great food and falling crazy in love with the man of your dreams? Me neither. But don’t let that stop you from picking up “From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home” by Tembi Locke.
Dr. Kara Fess has been licensed to practice medicine in Illinois since 2002. She’s seen a lot. There is, however, one thing she’s never done: Treated a case of measles.
Suzanne Schafer-Wilson has used recycled materials in her artwork over the years. Now, the retired art teacher is launching a bit of a second act herself.
I have featured several family heirloom dessert recipes in this column, and for this month’s recipe I’m dipping into a treat from my wife Chelsey’s family vault.
The Trump administration recently rolled back a rule that said foods like bread and pasta have to be made with whole grains. Before the rule was relaxed, schools needed temporary waivers to serve foods like white rice, which have a finer texture but also less fiber.
Summit Learning Academy hosted its first-ever Pre-K Prom Saturday evening in Peru, with about 75 guests in attendance. “All the kids really seemed to enjoy themselves and danced their little hearts out,” said Summit teacher Alex Ferbrache.
When you live in the country, like we do, you feel a kinship with Nature. But you must never lose sight of the fact that Nature isn’t all Bambi and butterflies. Sometimes, Nature is a fanged demon of destruction that wants to kill you.