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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

Rabbi: Aging well, and loving long
 When he spoke last month in Springfield, Rabbi Richard Address cited half a dozen passages from Genesis and Deuteronomy in addressing how religious traditions can guide their adherents to more meaningful and healthy experiences of older age. But he also cited the spiritual teachings of Snoopy; gave those who correctly answered his questions...

Posted: 2 days ago

When he spoke last month in Springfield, Rabbi Richard Address cited half a dozen passages from Genesis and Deuteronomy in addressing how religious traditions can guide their adherents to more meaningful and healthy experiences of older age. But he also cited the spiritual teachings of Snoopy; gave those who correctly answered his questions...
Springfield man’s bassoon mistaken for a weapon by 911 caller
 In April, 22-year-old Eric Barga arrived Covenant Presbyterian Church in Springfield waiting for a music practice to begin, but he was early. He took out his bassoon, sat on his car and started playing. Springfield police received a 911 call shortly after with concerns there was a man sitting on his car with a weapon. Police responded...

Posted: 9 days ago

In April, 22-year-old Eric Barga arrived Covenant Presbyterian Church in Springfield waiting for a music practice to begin, but he was early. He took out his bassoon, sat on his car and started playing. Springfield police received a 911 call shortly after with concerns there was a man sitting on his car with a weapon. Police responded...
They have a racing team, a driver and a logo. It’s all fake (except the fun).
 The Minnesota city on the west edge of Lake Superior is now known for a clothier whose bewhiskered, manly advertisements radiate a bearlike comfort and warmth, if not scent. But in January of 1988, as Jim Ingledue, Ed Gyenes and their displeased wives migrated north through a snowstorm to the relocated offices of the Beckley Cardy Co., their...

Posted: 9 days ago

The Minnesota city on the west edge of Lake Superior is now known for a clothier whose bewhiskered, manly advertisements radiate a bearlike comfort and warmth, if not scent. But in January of 1988, as Jim Ingledue, Ed Gyenes and their displeased wives migrated north through a snowstorm to the relocated offices of the Beckley Cardy Co., their...
Someone called 911, but this man’s maple instrument wasn’t a gun. It was a bassoon.
 On the afternoon of April 5, after giving three lessons at his alma mater, Kenton Ridge High School, 22-year-old Eric Barga drove to Covenant Presbyterian Church for practices of the bell choir and arrived half an hour early, at about 6 p.m. Although the temperature was in the mid-50s, after years spent in claustrophobic practice rooms while...

Posted: 9 days ago

On the afternoon of April 5, after giving three lessons at his alma mater, Kenton Ridge High School, 22-year-old Eric Barga drove to Covenant Presbyterian Church for practices of the bell choir and arrived half an hour early, at about 6 p.m. Although the temperature was in the mid-50s, after years spent in claustrophobic practice rooms while...
A doctor’s efforts to fight a particular type of cancer will be featured at this Springfield event
 In the 13 years since Dr. Shari Hicks-Graham founded Downtown Dermatology in Columbus, her efforts to diagnose a deadly form of skin cancer at earlier stages in African-American women have been increasingly helped by referrals from trichologists, which are cosmetologists who specialize in issues of hair loss and other skin-related problems...

Posted: 16 days ago

In the 13 years since Dr. Shari Hicks-Graham founded Downtown Dermatology in Columbus, her efforts to diagnose a deadly form of skin cancer at earlier stages in African-American women have been increasingly helped by referrals from trichologists, which are cosmetologists who specialize in issues of hair loss and other skin-related problems...
The fascinating 19th century history behind a Springfield school namesake
  This Memorial Day, Clark Countians may need to be reminded that Gen. J. Warren Keifer’s last name rhymes with Michelle Pfeiffer’s last name and isn’t pronounced like Kiefer Sutherland’s first. It also would bear mention that the man for whom Springfield’s public alternative high school is named commanded a brigade...

Posted: 28 days ago

This Memorial Day, Clark Countians may need to be reminded that Gen. J. Warren Keifer’s last name rhymes with Michelle Pfeiffer’s last name and isn’t pronounced like Kiefer Sutherland’s first. It also would bear mention that the man for whom Springfield’s public alternative high school is named commanded a brigade...
Stafford: I thought it was just a cute nickname, but it meant much more
 Meg has long worked at a deli I often visit. The other day, to add a little formality to her name, I called her Megalith, a name I thought added a slight ring of Celtic royalty. Although I don’t think she was offended, like many of my acquaintances, Meg has developed a keen sense of when to ignore me and focus on others around her....

2:00 PM Saturday, Apr. 21, 2018

Meg has long worked at a deli I often visit. The other day, to add a little formality to her name, I called her Megalith, a name I thought added a slight ring of Celtic royalty. Although I don’t think she was offended, like many of my acquaintances, Meg has developed a keen sense of when to ignore me and focus on others around her....
Bra shopping with mom expands world view
 Some of you may have missed the Kohl’s bra sale a couple of months back. I didn’t. Being my first, it was memorable. It also proved to be another instance in which being my now 90-year-old mother’s occasional shopping companion and chauffeur has expanded my world view. »STAFFORD: North High grad photographs the world...

12:00 AM Saturday, Apr. 14, 2018

Some of you may have missed the Kohl’s bra sale a couple of months back. I didn’t. Being my first, it was memorable. It also proved to be another instance in which being my now 90-year-old mother’s occasional shopping companion and chauffeur has expanded my world view. »STAFFORD: North High grad photographs the world...
Rabbi to share sage advice on aging, love at Springfield stops
 An email I punched up about a month ago reminded me of why I have come to so like rabbis. The reminder sprang out from the first half of the title Rabbi Richard Address of Jewish Sacred Aging, a sort of spiritual think tank on the subject, chose for the overarching theme of four talks he will deliver when he visits Springfield on Tuesday...

12:00 AM Sunday, Apr. 08, 2018

An email I punched up about a month ago reminded me of why I have come to so like rabbis. The reminder sprang out from the first half of the title Rabbi Richard Address of Jewish Sacred Aging, a sort of spiritual think tank on the subject, chose for the overarching theme of four talks he will deliver when he visits Springfield on Tuesday...
North High grad photographs the world, new film looks at Guatemala
 After being robbed five times and losing a vehicle in Costa Rica, 1976 North High School graduate Brent Winebrenner left in 1998 swearing he’d never return to Central America. Then, three years ago, Elsie YiDonoy, founder of Bella Guatemala Travel, made him an offer the freelance photographer whose work has been published in National...

2:00 PM Saturday, Mar. 31, 2018

After being robbed five times and losing a vehicle in Costa Rica, 1976 North High School graduate Brent Winebrenner left in 1998 swearing he’d never return to Central America. Then, three years ago, Elsie YiDonoy, founder of Bella Guatemala Travel, made him an offer the freelance photographer whose work has been published in National...