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Tom Stafford

Tom Stafford has worked at the News-Sun and lived in Springfield for 30 years, covering most of the newsroom beats. For 28 years he has written a weekly feature column and for about 15 years has explored the area's history in a weekly feature called Looking Back. A graduate of Wittenberg University, his personal interests include playing music, in-line skating on area bike trails and reading.

Latest from Tom Stafford

A walk through a D.C. neighborhood
 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Waiting at the crosswalk on Columbia Road NW at 18th Street, in the heart of Washington’s Adams-Morgan neighborhood, I heard two young men engaged in one of those early 20s arguments that, to the compromised ears of this 62-year-old drummer, sounded a bit like toddlers arguing over which Mutant Ninja Turtle...

Posted: a minute ago

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Waiting at the crosswalk on Columbia Road NW at 18th Street, in the heart of Washington’s Adams-Morgan neighborhood, I heard two young men engaged in one of those early 20s arguments that, to the compromised ears of this 62-year-old drummer, sounded a bit like toddlers arguing over which Mutant Ninja Turtle...
Stafford: Health care coverage costs concerning
 This may not be sweet. It will be short. You likely have seen the commercial. It’s one of those, “What’s in your wallet?” ads for Capital One and has the usual message. Dear Consumer: If you’re piling up bonus cash while using your charge card, you shouldn’t be cheated by some company that places all kinds...

Posted: 7 days ago

This may not be sweet. It will be short. You likely have seen the commercial. It’s one of those, “What’s in your wallet?” ads for Capital One and has the usual message. Dear Consumer: If you’re piling up bonus cash while using your charge card, you shouldn’t be cheated by some company that places all kinds...
Stafford: Service served as reminder of News-Sun colleague
 Most time capsules try to encapsulate a single moment. Tucked into building cornerstones, they’re filled with newspaper clippings, yearbooks, photos and maybe a program from a building’s dedication day. They’re passed on as a kind of keepsake in hopes of giving future generations some feel for the community that came together...

Posted: 13 days ago

Most time capsules try to encapsulate a single moment. Tucked into building cornerstones, they’re filled with newspaper clippings, yearbooks, photos and maybe a program from a building’s dedication day. They’re passed on as a kind of keepsake in hopes of giving future generations some feel for the community that came together...
Stafford: Letting go to become fluent in music
 I try not to obsess about our 4-year-old grandson. I check out the occasional Facebook post with picture and sometimes scan the photos attached to his pre-K class teacher’s email thinking about what roles he and his classmates might play in a present-day production of the Little Rascals. Similarly, I don’t worry about the progress...

Posted: 21 days ago

I try not to obsess about our 4-year-old grandson. I check out the occasional Facebook post with picture and sometimes scan the photos attached to his pre-K class teacher’s email thinking about what roles he and his classmates might play in a present-day production of the Little Rascals. Similarly, I don’t worry about the progress...
92-year-old Springfield woman still swimming, takes life lap at a time
 Clear-eyed and energetic, Springfielder Jean Braun turns 92 on Sunday. She swims half a mile three days a week and, come April, plans to complete her 30th annual mile-long swim to raise money for diabetes prevention and care. It’s worth underscoring that she began this lengthy tradition at age 62. These essentials of Braun’s story...

Posted: 28 days ago

Clear-eyed and energetic, Springfielder Jean Braun turns 92 on Sunday. She swims half a mile three days a week and, come April, plans to complete her 30th annual mile-long swim to raise money for diabetes prevention and care. It’s worth underscoring that she began this lengthy tradition at age 62. These essentials of Braun’s story...
Stafford: News-Sun morgue alive at Heritage Center
 The morgue is alive again. It’s not alive in quite the same way it was when I habitually slipped in and out of it on the third floor of the News-Sun Building. Still, in the roughly 100 boxes shelved in the Clark County Heritage Center library, the largest body of its material is available to the public. Those who aren’t arthritic...

3:00 PM Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017

The morgue is alive again. It’s not alive in quite the same way it was when I habitually slipped in and out of it on the third floor of the News-Sun Building. Still, in the roughly 100 boxes shelved in the Clark County Heritage Center library, the largest body of its material is available to the public. Those who aren’t arthritic...
Husbands, time to plan your annual spousal performance review
 This column is for husbands only. I can cite no study, of course, but I’d still claim that first sentence is virtually guaranteed to swell the readership of this week’s column among wives – and maybe even more among ex-wives. Given their commitment curve, the line could even draw a few millennial readers. They likely would...

1:00 PM Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017

This column is for husbands only. I can cite no study, of course, but I’d still claim that first sentence is virtually guaranteed to swell the readership of this week’s column among wives – and maybe even more among ex-wives. Given their commitment curve, the line could even draw a few millennial readers. They likely would...
Springfield resident finds comfort playing piano
 Her memory isn’t what she’d like it to be. Her glasses don’t seem to work as well as they once did. And there are those pains that arrive with the cold fronts. At age 92, none of that prevents Irene Davenport from having a following. They find her at four places in Oakwood Village: The dining room of the care center, where...

1:00 PM Saturday, Jan. 07, 2017

Her memory isn’t what she’d like it to be. Her glasses don’t seem to work as well as they once did. And there are those pains that arrive with the cold fronts. At age 92, none of that prevents Irene Davenport from having a following. They find her at four places in Oakwood Village: The dining room of the care center, where...
Stafford: Here are my predictions for the New Year
 With my column scheduled to appear today, a day on which our minds turn to predictions for a New Year, I figured it was time to do a little poking around about doomsday cult legend, astrologist and numerologist Nostradamus. Roughly translated, Nostradamus means Dude of Notre Dame, and is the Latinized name by which Michel de Nostradame, the...

6:00 PM Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016

With my column scheduled to appear today, a day on which our minds turn to predictions for a New Year, I figured it was time to do a little poking around about doomsday cult legend, astrologist and numerologist Nostradamus. Roughly translated, Nostradamus means Dude of Notre Dame, and is the Latinized name by which Michel de Nostradame, the...
Stafford: Learn how to pull off a Christmas shopping miracle
 During most of the calendar year, when it comes to shopping, my wife is our household’s commander-in-chief. During the Christmas season, she is our Vladimir Putin. Nothing can happen without her being aware of it. And that, frankly, is the way it should be. With moderate supervision, support and a large crayon with which to circle items...

3:00 PM Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016

During most of the calendar year, when it comes to shopping, my wife is our household’s commander-in-chief. During the Christmas season, she is our Vladimir Putin. Nothing can happen without her being aware of it. And that, frankly, is the way it should be. With moderate supervision, support and a large crayon with which to circle items...
Springfield taxidermist retires from storied career
 The rattler under the chair. The spider in the air. The salmon in the pipeline. The buffalo that terrorized Catawba. The dead lion at the front door. The alligator behind the stove. As someone who first dabbled in taxidermy at age 11, 81-year-old Bob Anderson knows better than anyone that it’s a laborious and taxing undertaking. RELATED...

10:00 PM Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016

The rattler under the chair. The spider in the air. The salmon in the pipeline. The buffalo that terrorized Catawba. The dead lion at the front door. The alligator behind the stove. As someone who first dabbled in taxidermy at age 11, 81-year-old Bob Anderson knows better than anyone that it’s a laborious and taxing undertaking. RELATED...