Secondary Feature

Northern Cardinal male_021

Gardening that’s for the birds

By Kristen Hannum Gardening with an eye to attracting birds, plus the ­butterflies and bees that come along with them, means gardening with a completely different mindset than we’re used to. So why do it? The joy of creating a lively home for a wide variety of colorful, lively birds turns out to be reason […]

Read More
Leave a comment


ButterflyHC0504_L_300_C_Y

Butterfly Gardens Work!

By: Barbara Sherwood Imagine a world without crisp apples, strong coffee, autumn pumpkins, and sweet chocolate. If not for ­pollinating insects, such as butterflies and bees, this could be our reality! Did you know that pollinators help produce more than a third of the foods we eat? We depend on these hard working creatures, but […]

Read More
Leave a comment

Some prefer to use a fly rod for the excitement of fighting fish like this hybrid sunfish on a long rod with light line. There is something about using a fly rod that is magical. It’s the flow of the rod from the reel, it’s the line as it moves through the air, it’s the fish at the end of the line. It’s an art.

Finding a secret fishing spot

By Kevin Wright I had taken an easy hike to get to this out-of-the-way pond. It was still early in the morning. Behind me the sun had yet to break the horizon but the sky was the most beautiful ­tangerine color I had ever seen. With fly rods in tow I was ­prepared to target […]

Read More
1 Comment

DSC_1054_r1

The Michelangelo of motorcycles

While Anthony Spinazola’s name may not be as ­familiar to many in art circles, to people who know and appreciate customized motorcycles and the amazing talent and creativity that goes into producing these rolling works of art, the Cobden resident is a master — like the Michelangelo of motorcycle art. Spinazola is gaining national attention […]

Read More
Leave a comment




USFlagsHC1405_X_300_C_Y

HONOR and REMEMBRANCE

Each year on the last Monday in May, the hauntingly beautiful scenes of rows of pristine white grave ­markers in our National Cemeteries appear in newspapers and on television reminding us it is Memorial Day. Usually the graves are decorated with American flags, helping us recall and honor those who perished in defense of our […]

Read More
Leave a comment

sultana3

The worst Civil War tragedy few remember

A lot of family trees have a fork connected in some way to the Civil War. My family tree’s connection was my great-great grandfather, Captain Deming Norton Lowrey and a disaster on the Mississippi River you’ve probably never heard about. The story includes some mystery, scandal and even some Illinois politics and wartime corruption. Capt. […]

Read More
Leave a comment