More grit, less salt

My complaint is about icy roads. Salt may melt the ice, but it doesn’t give you any traction and also eats the metal on your vehicle. Grit is a ...

February 12th, 2019 |  


Winter a time to polish skills

Editor’s note: This is part 1 of 2 columns.With all the “snow days,” bad weather, and exams, January and February have prevented a l...

February 12th, 2019 |  


What kids still need to know

I recently clicked on yet another internet list, compelled as I was by the title: “40 Old-Fashioned Skills That Kids Need to Know Today.” ...

February 11th, 2019 |  



Enroll now for 4-H

Want to be a part of the Champaign County Fair and 4-H? Join over 1,200 current members. 4-H clubs are now forming and taking new members. Final enrol...

February 11th, 2019 |  


Get on the waitlist for Carol Marak’s Facebook subscription group and learn how to plan for aging well. Send an email to carol@seniorcare.com and say you’re interested in the group.

A great question to ask when buying something, especially big ticket items: “Is this the best you can do?” It doesn’t hurt to ask.A ...

February 10th, 2019 |  


City reviews accomplishments, focuses on goals

There’s an old adage that goes something like, “time flies when you’re having fun,” and like most people, when we flipped the ...

February 7th, 2019 |  


Prep and freeze food for later use

Prep and freeze food for later use

Question: When I get home from work some nights, I am exhausted and simply don’t feel like cooking. Any tips on what I can do to still eat healt...

February 4th, 2019 |  


Grand transformations

I have watched in amazement the transformation of the sisters with whom I shared childhood into their roles as grandparents. Oh, it has nothing to do ...

February 4th, 2019 |  


Get on the waitlist for Carol Marak’s Facebook subscription group and learn how to plan for aging well. Send an email to carol@seniorcare.com and say you’re interested in the group.

My wife, Gina, and I are in year five of owning and running a home care agency, and we’ve experienced firsthand the pain of families struggling ...

January 31st, 2019 |  


Food delivery services should focus on food safety

Food delivery services should focus on food safety

Question: I’m using a meal kit delivery service for the first time. What do I need to be aware of when ordering and when the food arrives? Answe...

January 30th, 2019 |