Getting comfortable with home energy efficiency

Melanie wants her home to be comfortable, cheerful, and bright. Winter gusts blowing across the Kansas prairie send her to the thermostat to fight the chill. In the summer, she nudges the temperature down to keep cool, all while avoiding her husband’s detection. Melanie’s husband, Scott, frowns on tweaking the thermostat. He canvases the home, […]

Illinois Country Mother of the Year

Whether it be rain, snow, sleet or fair weather, you can find Illinois Country Mother of the Year, JoAn Bollmann (Grandma Jo to her ­grandchildren), sitting on the sidelines with a scorebook in her lap cheering on whichever grandchild is on the field. The scorebook tradition began out of the natural ­curiosity of her grandchildren. […]

Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour comes to southern Illinois

Imagine feeling the rush of adrenaline as you safely soar through a forest at speeds topping 35 mph while learning about ecology, geology and history. Guests have that opportunity at the newly opened Shawnee Bluff Canopy Tour in Makanda, Ill. The first of its kind in Illinois, the zip line tour is located on 83 […]

Nomination Letters

Mother of the Year – JoAn Bollmann Jeanie AldrichBarbara BennettCristen CarlsonRenee DepriestIrene FraneyCarolyn HallSandra HelminkBrenda JenkinsDebbie JohnstonBarbra KhourieMary Jean KraftJoyce KuhleLaDonna MillerJanice PasiewiczBarbara RaweJanie SchultzLouise ShepherdRobin ShipmanMarlena SiverlyThala Jean StewartKaren TuckerAmanda TwitchellRuthie Jane McGilvry Welty   Nominee: JoAn BollmannTown: AvaNominated by: Mark Bollman (son) My special mother…. My mother, JoAn Bollmann, is a member of […]