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Preschool programs are filled with investigation, exploration, and discovery, where active and enthusiastic children can refine and expand their skills and knowledge. Amber Kretsch is pictured with Tiger Cubs preschoolers as they play and learn.
Preschool education plays an essential role in early childhood development, both socially and academically, and it prepares children for kindergarten.  Springfield School District offers Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) through its Community Education program, Pre-School Classes for children...
Birthday cakes have been a requisite part of birthday parties since at least Roman times, when the emperors offered cake all around on their birthdays. But it takes just two to make a birthday party—two people and a cake! A birthday cake, dedicated and sung over, is a big deal. It may be the magic...
Agnes Kosel fits the pattern  of astounding centenarians  to note101st birthday on January 18
Lorna Thorston "The Cookie Angel"
Lorna Thorston — some people call her the Cookie Lady and others call her the Cookie Angel. That’s because Mrs. Thorston bakes cookies — lots of cookies — and distributes them freely. “They just disappear,” Lorna said during a recent interview. “When someone comes by, I give them a bag of cookies,...
African violet is an armful! Peggy Bredvold holds an African violet plant that resembles a big bouquet.  Bredvold received the plant from Greta Jensen several months ago and says it’s been blooming ever since. African violets are grown almost entirely as houseplants. A full-sized plant typically...
Jordan and Jeanette Pidde and five-month-old daughter Lorelei are cast as Joseph, Mary and the Baby Jesus in the 2014 Springfield Nativity Pageant.
“It’s exciting,” to have a role in the Springfield Nativity Pageant says Jeanette Pidde, who with husband Jordan and their daughter Lorelei are cast as Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus in this season’s performances this weekend. Jeanette and Jordan are interested in music and theatre and both have had...
SAHS Festival of Trees displays clever themes!
Little Aubrey Schilling and Logan Shoen found a Christmas tree that struck their fancy at the Springfield Museum.  The Farmers & Merchants Bank tree promotes mobile banking, and the tree is decorated with a variety of toy vehicles of all sorts. At left is Aubrey’s mother, Christa Schilling, and at the right is Lisa Reiner.
  The Springfield Area Historical Society (SAHS) is again sponsoring the Christmas tree exhibit  Hours for visiting are from 5:00 to 8:00. Everyone is invited to view the trees and encouraged to vote for their favorites.   Twenty-five cents counts as one vote and you may vote for as many trees as...

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