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Stafford: Clark County faces dental health issues

1:00 PM Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018

TS: I, Tom Stafford, do solemnly swear that I shall tell the tooth, the whole tooth and nothing but the tooth, so help me God. RELATED: Health district to pursue fluoridation in Springfield this year Bailiff: You may be seated. Judge: Mr. District Attorney, you may examine the witness. DA: Mr. Stafford, isn’t it true that you recently...
Springfield men bring new life to old engine
 “Only in America,” said Roger Vaglia’s superbly written obituary, “could the grandson of barely educated European immigrants, son of a father who quit school after eighth grade to work in the mines, end up at Harvard and then see both his children get Master’s degrees in their chosen fields.” Vaglia&rsquo...

3:00 PM Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018

“Only in America,” said Roger Vaglia’s superbly written obituary, “could the grandson of barely educated European immigrants, son of a father who quit school after eighth grade to work in the mines, end up at Harvard and then see both his children get Master’s degrees in their chosen fields.” Vaglia&rsquo...
Stafford: Cold weather leads to conflict
 At this time of year, when the furnace runs continually and the air dries up, I sometimes wake up in the morning with a little dry particle that seems to be clinging to the inside of one of my nostrils like a bat in a cave. Stafford: Advice on how to survive a pre-schooling When I draw air in, the bat’s wings rub against the edge of...

1:00 PM Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018

At this time of year, when the furnace runs continually and the air dries up, I sometimes wake up in the morning with a little dry particle that seems to be clinging to the inside of one of my nostrils like a bat in a cave. Stafford: Advice on how to survive a pre-schooling When I draw air in, the bat’s wings rub against the edge of...
Stafford: Advice on how to survive a pre-schooling
 It’s one thing to get schooled. It’s another thing to get pre-schooled — to be humiliated by a goofy kid wearing crooked glasses and footed pajamas with bear paws all over them and a zipper that runs from ankle to neck. Well, welcome to my just completed holidays, which I emerged from feeling like I’d been stepped...

5:00 AM Saturday, Jan. 06, 2018

It’s one thing to get schooled. It’s another thing to get pre-schooled — to be humiliated by a goofy kid wearing crooked glasses and footed pajamas with bear paws all over them and a zipper that runs from ankle to neck. Well, welcome to my just completed holidays, which I emerged from feeling like I’d been stepped...
Stafford: Think now about restoring historic bridge to 1871 original
 This New Year’s Eve, while many of us are pondering the year to come, a part of Douglas Bailey’s mind will have wandered off to 2062. That’s the year the historic Enon Road Stone Arch Culvert — saved five years ago during a half million dollar project and celebrated last month with a posting of a historic marker &mdash...

3:00 PM Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017

This New Year’s Eve, while many of us are pondering the year to come, a part of Douglas Bailey’s mind will have wandered off to 2062. That’s the year the historic Enon Road Stone Arch Culvert — saved five years ago during a half million dollar project and celebrated last month with a posting of a historic marker &mdash...
Stafford: Time slips by fast as another holiday rolls in
 Since it’s Christmas Eve, I’ll make this short. Stafford: Wittenberg teaching job leads to new perspective We’ll probably see one another later on in the grocery anyway. Look for me in frozen foods and if I don’t move, give me a little shove. Yeah, it’s the usual at our house. The Boy Child is in town. He moved...

1:00 PM Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017

Since it’s Christmas Eve, I’ll make this short. Stafford: Wittenberg teaching job leads to new perspective We’ll probably see one another later on in the grocery anyway. Look for me in frozen foods and if I don’t move, give me a little shove. Yeah, it’s the usual at our house. The Boy Child is in town. He moved...
Stafford: Wittenberg teaching job leads to new perspective
 I don’t know how well I do it, which is one reason I’m not sure whether I’ll be doing it again. But I’m glad I’ve been teaching this fall: It has made me look not only at students but at everyone in a slightly different way. From mid-August until tomorrow, when I turn in grades, I’ll have been an adjunct...

1:00 PM Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017

I don’t know how well I do it, which is one reason I’m not sure whether I’ll be doing it again. But I’m glad I’ve been teaching this fall: It has made me look not only at students but at everyone in a slightly different way. From mid-August until tomorrow, when I turn in grades, I’ll have been an adjunct...
Stafford: Gifted friend will never know how much he was valued
 A week ago Saturday, on a day I should have been reading a Facebook notification asking me to help Jason Hurst celebrate his 51st birthday, I instead stood with others in a room at the V.F.W. Post on East Main Street in Springfield remembering his life. Like most obituaries, the one I’d read online a few days earlier listed some of...

1:00 PM Saturday, Dec. 09, 2017

A week ago Saturday, on a day I should have been reading a Facebook notification asking me to help Jason Hurst celebrate his 51st birthday, I instead stood with others in a room at the V.F.W. Post on East Main Street in Springfield remembering his life. Like most obituaries, the one I’d read online a few days earlier listed some of...
Stafford: Christmas carols need updating for current scandalous era
 “If Joseph and Mary had showed up at Trump Tower, the Bible would be different. Better. There would have been room at the inn, which Obama never provided. And they’d have been able to afford to pay on the installment plan because of the massive middle class tax cut … BEST EVER … “… Their baby’s...

1:00 PM Saturday, Dec. 02, 2017

“If Joseph and Mary had showed up at Trump Tower, the Bible would be different. Better. There would have been room at the inn, which Obama never provided. And they’d have been able to afford to pay on the installment plan because of the massive middle class tax cut … BEST EVER … “… Their baby’s...
Stafford: Familiar breakfast on the road feels like home
 If you ever find yourself on McCormick Avenue beside the Skokie/North Shore Sculpture Park north of Chicago, you’re not far away. Head south, find Oakton Street and take a right. READ MORE BY STAFFORD: Christmas season should wait its turn When you see the Chicago Transit Authority car repair shop, you’re about there. Sparky&rsquo...

12:00 AM Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017

If you ever find yourself on McCormick Avenue beside the Skokie/North Shore Sculpture Park north of Chicago, you’re not far away. Head south, find Oakton Street and take a right. READ MORE BY STAFFORD: Christmas season should wait its turn When you see the Chicago Transit Authority car repair shop, you’re about there. Sparky&rsquo...
Stafford: 99-year-old war of words over ‘fake news’ sounds familiar
 Ninety-nine Novembers ago, Springfielders and other Clark Countians were primed to celebrate the end of the bloodiest war to that date in human history and breathe a sigh of relief over the fate of homegrown boys who had been exposed to bullets, bombs and mustard gas in muddy foreign trenches. Just as peace was about to arrive, however, a...

3:00 PM Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017

Ninety-nine Novembers ago, Springfielders and other Clark Countians were primed to celebrate the end of the bloodiest war to that date in human history and breathe a sigh of relief over the fate of homegrown boys who had been exposed to bullets, bombs and mustard gas in muddy foreign trenches. Just as peace was about to arrive, however, a...
Stafford: Christmas season should wait its turn
 It’s a wonder to me that his wife puts up with it. He’s been doing the same thing at the same time of year for so many years that news of it tends to go in one ear and out the other, and I tend to notice it only if it dislodges a little earwax. RELATED: All the Black Friday sales you should be jumping on now But as I stood in...

3:00 PM Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017

It’s a wonder to me that his wife puts up with it. He’s been doing the same thing at the same time of year for so many years that news of it tends to go in one ear and out the other, and I tend to notice it only if it dislodges a little earwax. RELATED: All the Black Friday sales you should be jumping on now But as I stood in...
Stafford: Little ones are magical, no matter the era
 Thirty years ago, when our kids were small and we visited Young’s Jersey Dairy on weekends, I developed the habit of reaching into my pocket and dropping loose change into the small, unused ashtray attached to the back seat of our Corolla. Stafford: J.D. Vance talk a chance to reflect on ‘Springtucky’ We called it our Goat...

12:00 AM Saturday, Nov. 04, 2017

Thirty years ago, when our kids were small and we visited Young’s Jersey Dairy on weekends, I developed the habit of reaching into my pocket and dropping loose change into the small, unused ashtray attached to the back seat of our Corolla. Stafford: J.D. Vance talk a chance to reflect on ‘Springtucky’ We called it our Goat...
Stafford: J.D. Vance talk a chance to reflect on ‘Springtucky’
 It doesn’t roll off the tongue like Springtucky. But Middletucky, the Middletown variation, speaks to the kinship of communities whose factories were filled by Appalachian migration that began filling Midwest factories after World War I and accelerated when the Midwest was transformed into thrumming manufacturing dynamo during and after...

10:16 AM Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017

It doesn’t roll off the tongue like Springtucky. But Middletucky, the Middletown variation, speaks to the kinship of communities whose factories were filled by Appalachian migration that began filling Midwest factories after World War I and accelerated when the Midwest was transformed into thrumming manufacturing dynamo during and after...
Stafford: Drive to Springfield a moment to learn from missed details
 I’m a person who has learned from his mistakes. I’ve learned to make more of them. To paraphrase Star Wars, the farce is strong in me. DETAILS: Springfield city clerk retires after 30 years, focuses on writing Now in my seventh decade of stumbling around the planet, I’ve come to fancy myself as a Yoda of foul-ups. Wanting...

10:00 AM Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017

I’m a person who has learned from his mistakes. I’ve learned to make more of them. To paraphrase Star Wars, the farce is strong in me. DETAILS: Springfield city clerk retires after 30 years, focuses on writing Now in my seventh decade of stumbling around the planet, I’ve come to fancy myself as a Yoda of foul-ups. Wanting...
Springfield families continue fall color trips for 80 years
 Bob Hulsizer was 4 years old in 1937 when his parents, Lou and Theodore (called Thee) started their annual fall color trips to the hills of Southern Ohio with Mae and Paul Ballentine and Stanley and Rose Bedford. “It was always around Dad’s birthday, which was in late October,” Hulsizer recalled. He has a more vibrant memory...

2:00 PM Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017

Bob Hulsizer was 4 years old in 1937 when his parents, Lou and Theodore (called Thee) started their annual fall color trips to the hills of Southern Ohio with Mae and Paul Ballentine and Stanley and Rose Bedford. “It was always around Dad’s birthday, which was in late October,” Hulsizer recalled. He has a more vibrant memory...
Lawrenceville company recognizes worker for 55 years on the job
 Freshly graduated from high school that spring of 1962, Ron Bright was washing and waxing his 1955 Chevy street rod at his home just outside of Christiansburg that October when a friend dropped by with a question. “Are you looking for work?” “Not really,” came Bright’s reply, “but I’ll go to work...

2:00 PM Saturday, Oct. 07, 2017

Freshly graduated from high school that spring of 1962, Ron Bright was washing and waxing his 1955 Chevy street rod at his home just outside of Christiansburg that October when a friend dropped by with a question. “Are you looking for work?” “Not really,” came Bright’s reply, “but I’ll go to work...
Springfield city clerk retires after 30 years, focuses on writing
 For most people, getting up and starting work at 4 a.m. on the first official day of retirement would be a nightmare-come-true. But after 30 years as clerk of the Springfield City Commission — a job she said “I was born to do” and did longer than any of her predecessors — Connie Chappell rose in the dark on Monday...

10:00 AM Saturday, Sep. 30, 2017

For most people, getting up and starting work at 4 a.m. on the first official day of retirement would be a nightmare-come-true. But after 30 years as clerk of the Springfield City Commission — a job she said “I was born to do” and did longer than any of her predecessors — Connie Chappell rose in the dark on Monday...
Stafford: Group marks 20th year of funding literacy projects
 For the past 19 years, the Springfield Literacy Sting has given adults the rare opportunity to publically humiliate themselves by misspelling words in a crowded room, while at the same time raising $150,000 for a crucial community cause. »MORE: 
            
               Songs can recall history, predict future Much of this multi-tasking...

1:00 PM Friday, Sep. 22, 2017

For the past 19 years, the Springfield Literacy Sting has given adults the rare opportunity to publically humiliate themselves by misspelling words in a crowded room, while at the same time raising $150,000 for a crucial community cause. »MORE: Songs can recall history, predict future Much of this multi-tasking...
STAFFORD: Local artist may have hit breakthrough after years of work
 Keith Skogstrom knew it before a performance artist struck her elegant pose in front of the 12-by-52-foot work the Urbana artist had installed on the exterior wall of a trend-setting speakeasy in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. But when her fingers and toes came together behind her back in front of the Violet Hour, she seemed to...

12:00 AM Saturday, Sep. 16, 2017

Keith Skogstrom knew it before a performance artist struck her elegant pose in front of the 12-by-52-foot work the Urbana artist had installed on the exterior wall of a trend-setting speakeasy in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. But when her fingers and toes came together behind her back in front of the Violet Hour, she seemed to...
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