Heather Berry

Flower Power

Flower Power

Fresh bouquets keep business blooming in Clarence Inherited objects are wonderful keepsakes. Pam Stenger inherited a shared appreciation of something from her grandmother decades ago. Today she shares that passion with others in a beautiful way. “As a child, I used to...

Turn of the Lathe

Turn of the Lathe

Joplin couple creates beauty from fallen trees   The air hangs heavy with the pungent scent of freshly worked wood as you walk into Steve and Valerie Doerr’s basement workshop. The floor shows evidence that the chips have been flying. “This is camphor,” Steve...

Melodies of Prayer

Melodies of Prayer

Solitude and peace found at abbey in Gower It’s 10:40 a.m. and the Sisters quietly enter the chapel wing a few at a time, kneeling briefly before taking their seats in the choir stalls. Some whisper prayers, rosary beads in hand, while others silently read passages in...

Old Dutch Tavern

Old Dutch Tavern

Delicious Housemade Eats in a Retro, Casual Setting If you ask someone to describe what a tavern is, you’ll probably get a wide variety of replies. A tavern is a place of business where people gather to visit with friends. All serve drinks, and most have the added...

Smooth Spirits

Smooth Spirits

Nobletons embraces the world of rum Good things come to those who wait, and no one knows that better than Demetrius Cain. He often waits months for his efforts to come to fruition. But his patient nature — and a bit of chemist-like wizardry — make it all worthwhile....

Heavy Metal

Heavy Metal

Doug Cox and his stainless steel creations Weathered hands pick up the smooth stainless steel as if it were a piece of glass. The craftsman wipes the dust off onto his jeans. His smile indicates Doug Cox has found a diamond in the rough. “These make great bug bodies,”...

A Purpose for Everything

A Purpose for Everything

Fulton business helps employees shine If you ask Barbara Reid how long it takes for a dream to become reality, she will tell you “about six hours.” But it was six years ago when Barbara and fellow special education teacher Phyllis Swiney were thinking about their...

Isaiah’s Colorful Heart

Isaiah’s Colorful Heart

On a Mission to Spread Healing Smiles Five years ago, Isaiah Mills was at St. Louis Children’s Hospital for heart surgery to install a pacemaker. The 5-year-old was scared. To alleviate Isaiah’s fear, a nurse gave him a goody bag with coloring books and crayons hoping...

The Thrill of It All

The Thrill of It All

It may be difficult to imagine how elephants once came to reside in Lancaster more than 100 years ago. Numerous newspaper accounts from the day paint an exciting picture, but no source is better than the Schuyler County Historical Society. “Back then, it was probably...

Rescue on a Mission

Rescue on a Mission

Without a sound, she’s by your side gazing up at you. As you sit at the table, the furry greeter quietly hops up in the chair beside you and pleads with big brown eyes to be invited to sit. “Olive will work her way onto your lap and into your heart before you know...

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