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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.

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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…

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In honor of the Fourth of July, NewsTribune Lifestyle Editor Chris Yucus compiled this playlist of cover versions of songs about the United States of America.

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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…

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Like fireworks?

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.

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Editor's Note: NewsTribune Lifestyle Editor Chris Yucus is compiling a list of his favorite songs of 2019, and will update with new entries as the year progresses.

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It was last summer when television crews were on the Sandy Ford Bridge east of Leonore shooting for the upcoming HBO horror drama “Lovecraft Country.”

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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.

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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.

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In light of our recent weather, NewsTribune Lifestyle editor Chris Yucus compiled this playlist of songs for a rainy day.

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Editor’s note: Younger voices matter to us. That’s why the NewsTribune is teaming up with student columnists at Illinois Valley Community College to offer their perspectives in a recurring column. If you’re a student at IVCC and would like to participate, email lifestyle editor Chris Yucus a…

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Is this real life? Is this just fantasy? Sometimes the lines can get blurry on TV. But fear not, these four currently streaming shows and documentaries feature real people, even if it’s sometimes hard to believe. Check them out the next time you’re scrolling endlessly through your streaming …

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Oscar-winning interracial road trip movie “Green Book” has spurred interest in the real guidebook that helped black travelers navigate segregated America. With a little research, travelers can find copies of “The Negro Motorist Green Book” online and retrace the …

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Chef Brad Miller crafts some seriously complex food. For instance, a recent item from the Valentine’s Day menu at his fine dining restaurant “Inn of the Seventh Ray” in Topanga, Calif. was “Caviar and sea-urchin brioche toast with yuzu aoli and fresh dill.”

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PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The New England Patriots’ competitive but action-starved Super Bowl victory over the Los Angeles Rams was seen by 100.7 million people on television and streaming services, the smallest audience for football’s annual spectacle in a decade.

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 The Bureau County Senior Center, 16 W. Marion St., Princeton hosts a birthday lunch and bingo event on the first Friday of every month.

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Editor's note: NT Staff Picks is a recurring pop-culture survey compiled from members of the NewsTribune's editorial team.

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Check out this Youtube playlist of cool tunes to help you get through a stretch of cold winter weather.

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Like many of you, I made a New Year’s resolution to lose weight. That’s why I was wrestling with half a grapefruit at lunch. I worked up a sweat dodging flying acid missiles and digging out the bits clinging to the bottom. I caught a squirt square in the eye and, while doing the Angry Dance …

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Many folks already have their Christmas cards written, their presents bought and wrapped, and now all they have to do is sit back and enjoy the season. Not you, though. You have no money and no ideas so you’re basically out of luck, right?

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As I wrote last week, all have agreed — except maybe you — that my “weekly” column should end. I just turned 84, and mentally there are times I think I’m 48, and for reasons such as those, and because old age is catching up with me, I want to thank any and all through my writing career.

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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Nancy Dinelli-Prill was often told by her mother to “write our story,” and that is exactly what she has done for over four decades.

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“The time has come,” said the spider to the fly. This, of course, is from some old child’s tale, and it has been going through my head for the last couple of weeks. Frankly, it is driving me nuts.

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