Friends & Family

Lara Renner, 15, carried her dad’s old stuffed husky around on her sled as she prepared for the race.
Lara Renner of Alton, New Hampshire,  behind her team of Siberian Huskies, finished in tenth place in the 2018 Junior Iditarod that was finished on February 26. She was one of 11 mushers, ages 14-17, in a field of five veterans and six rookies racing 150 miles, responsible for their dogs, their...
Maria Wilmes was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in the lungs) at age two. She would eventually need a heart-lung transplant. Maria’s doctors gave her five to 10 years before she would need a heart/lung transplant.   Growing up, Maria’s activities were limited. She was...
Maple Syrup Making Time
Hilary Mohr shows children how to tap a tree for maple sap. One container per tap is used to catch the sap. Depending upon the weather conditions, sap will start to flow immediately after tapping the tree. It drips from the spile into the bucket. The collection amount may vary — some days only a...
A tradition of the Springfield Area Historical Society was telling the heartwarming story by Tom Hegg, A Cup of Christmas Tea, during their annual Christmas tea at the local museum Friday afternoon, December 2. The museum was filled with guests who enjoyed flavorful tea, tiny sandwiches and sweet...
Shirley Brand
Shirley Brand enjoys music and has always loved to play the keyboards.  She has played the keyboards — piano, organ and clavinova —  47 years at the Springfield United Methodist Church. The church community will celebrate Brand’s near half-century of service on Sunday, October 23. Shirley began...
Mike and Bev Krueger are pictured with local health care providers, from left: Teresa Hensch, R.N., Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE); Linda Carruthers, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist; and Kelsey Nylander, D.C., family medicine.
Mike Krueger was distressed when diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. He was determined, however, to manage the condition without medication.    Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the way one’s body metabolizes sugar (glucose), the body’s important source of fuel.  With type 2 diabetes...
Backbone to Health team — from left: Donna Krueger, Nancy Anderson, Bev Krueger, Mike Rogotzke, Crissy Rogotzke and Ashley Rogotzke.  Team members not available for picture are Theresa Beckman, Rachael Beckman and Tammy Kieper.
Jake and Jamie Wenisch and their sons, Brody, 5, and Kasen, 2.
Five - year - old Brody Wenisch loves Monster trucks, Batman and Wonder Woman action figures and cartoons.  He likes to color pictures, ride in the combine with Grandpa Darrell, and play catch with his Daddy.  “Brody pitches to his Daddy. He has a very good arm,” said his mother, Jamie Wenisch,...
The Springfield Public Library Summer Reading Program ended with a big splash on Wednesday, July 27.  The children who finished the program enjoyed a private pool party sponsored by John Watson Post American Legion and the Sons of the American Legion (SAL). They loved it! 

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