So many words to describe Opa

Honorable, veteran, loving, wise, funny, compassionate, strong, supportive, generous, irreplaceable, encourager and greatest cheerleader. These are just a few of the words his grandchildren used to describe Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative member Ernest Sjuts of rural Urbana on his 80th birthday.Sjuts is Opa (a German nickname for grandfather) to 15 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He and wife, Evelyn, referred ...Read More

Father of the Year Nomination Letters 2014

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Reducing e-waste

In keeping with the theme of this month’s feature article, let’s talk about recycling. Specifically, what do you do with e-waste? E-waste, or electronic waste, refers to all of those old electrical devices out there either already discarded, or waiting to be discarded. Many electronic devices now have such a shortened lifespan, the amount of them hitting the trash has ...Read More

Recycling Revolution

Shelby Electric Cooperative The Power of Green Shelby Electric Cooperative officially opened its Power of Green program July 10, 2010, in Shelbyville. “We saw a need and are filling it,” says Josh Shallenberger, COO at the cooperative. Among the items accepted are newspapers and magazines, office paper, steel and tin cans, aluminum cans, #1 and #2 plastics and corrugated cardboard.  ...Read More


Quesadilla Burger

200 Years of Home Cooking Who: West Eden United Methodist ChurchCost: $15 includes shippingDetails: soft-back, comb boundPages of Recipes: 199Send checks to: West Eden UMC, c/o James Anderson, 2740 West Eden Rd., Cypress, IL 62923 or call 618-634-9508


Hands off!

You had to know it was coming. With the ban on texting while driving put in place just a few years back, it was inevitable that a ban on cell phone use would soon follow. This month Illinois sees that new law take effect to ensure motorists are safe on the roadway; but there are exceptions. For instance, law enforcement ...Read More


New Year’s resolutions for your garden

The New Year brings new ­resolutions. If you go the healthy food and exercise route, you probably will break the resolution two weeks into the new year, if not sooner. Gardening resolutions have the advantage of lasting longer, but only due to the fact that it’s too cold to do much gardening until April or May. And by then we ...Read More

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Shipping Baked Goods

ICL Food Editor Val Cheatham shows us how to pack baked goods for shipping.  

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DIY Sweet and Condensed Milk

ICL Food Editor Val Cheatham shows how to make sweet and condensed milk.


Microsoft telephone scam

Cyber criminals are all the rage these days. You see them in the news with talks about the group Anonymous and the information leaks from Edward Snowden. Did you know that the FBI even has a “Cyber’s Most Wanted List?” And, it all boils down to one thing: money. Those running scams of this sort may speak loudly about freedom ...Read More