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Life Is A Gift

A chat with 108-year-old Millie Eyre At 108 years old, Millie Eyre still has that sparkle in her eye. She still lets her fingers glide along the ivory as she plays the piano. She makes sure to get in a few games of bingo each week and believes ice cream is a food group. She…

Mana Lesman

Artist, Dancer, & Celebrant of the Ordinary Walk into the home of artist Mana Lesman and you’re awed by the beauty and peace, all enfolded into an airy sense of space. Shards of light dance on amber-colored wooden walls, old-timey snowshoes lie crisscrossed on rafters above your head, stained glass glows in a window, and…

The Old House Stays

Step inside the Gertsch home Chelsie and Jake Gertsch knew that living in town — in a subdivision — wasn’t exactly their idyllic spot for putting down roots. They desired to raise their children in similar fashion to how they had been raised. “Chelsie grew up in the country (between Billings and Shepherd) and I…

Clip It Up!

Turn an old frame into a memory holder Do you ever have those photos that you want to display but simply don’t have enough picture frames to display them all? Now, you can share these memories en masse with a fun and easy DIY project. This memory frame is not only a great project for…

Fearless Fashion

Please don’t “dress your age!” Break the rules. Shatter the chatter about what you can and cannot wear once you hit a certain age.  What does “dress your age” mean anyway?  We decided to throw out the rules and spark a fashion rebellion urging women to wear what speaks to them, sparks that passion for…

Flo McMasters

Kindness Ambassador If you could define the life of Joliet resident Flo McMasters in one word, it would be “service.” Just look at a few of the organizations she’s involved in — president of the Joliet Community Center and the Joliet Lions, member of the library board, a founding member of the Free Range Banana…

A Crisis in Care

The staggering statistics involving kids in foster care On any given day, most social workers in our region look at the rising caseload that sits on their desks. Many carry three times the number of cases that is ideal. Workers oversee anywhere from 40 to 60 cases at a time, trying to make sure each…

Writing Life’s Stories

Billings woman shares why you should write your own memoir Within arm’s reach, author Virginia Tranel has at least half a dozen books with colorful little slips of paper tucked between the pages. The books are memoirs by various writers, and since Virginia is in the process of writing a memoir – her second –…

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