Preserving Our Rural Heritage

Some people might call Pinckneyville’s Charlie Greer a hoarder. After all, he’s collected for years and his accumulation ranges from antique tractors to tools and telephone equipment. But unlike those for whom gathering can become a serious problem, Greer’s collection instead is a source of preservation, education and remembrances. Greer and his wife Mary are […]

Tractor club’s best kept secret revealed each year in Penfield

Surrounded by corn and bean fields approximately 11 miles east of Rantoul, Ill. lies the quiet community of Penfield. Situated on the eastern edge of town is the former Penfield Grade School. It’s been more than two decades since students attended the school, but the school is still being used to provide a history lesson […]

Window Wizardry

Dear Jim: Our house has its original single-pane ­windows, and we always feel chilly near them. I got quotes on ­having them replaced, but I can’t afford it now. What can I do in the meantime to improve the efficiency of the old windows?-Pete N.   Dear Pete: I’m not surprised to hear you feel […]