September 2014

America's Cup, a place where innovation is king!

Larry and Diane Pankey just got their liquor license so they can sell wine and beer at their antique store America’s Cup.  The store is so named because of a painted advertisement on the side of their store that was once a grocery store. The picture says, American’s Cup an ad for a coffee company that had […]

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The harvest stopping show

As a farmer’s wife, I know there are not many times that he will shut down the combine but a short morning trip to the Jacksonville Steam show is one time he will. As long as we are ahead of the game, it is an annual trek to head out to the Prairieland Museum grounds […]

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Recently I went on a bus trip which was a first in itself.  My mom and I headed out with the ultimate destination Little Rock, Arkansas with a stop in southern, Illinois along the way.  When I told her we were going to a garden container site, she was not excited. That was, until we […]

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Sometimes you see something that shouts out story, story, story and at this year’s show in Salem, Illinois that featured lawn and garden tractors it was the George Company tractors.  I had never seen this brand of tractor and when I heard the story, I was transfixed, especially because I don’t live that far from […]

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My friend Annie Jansen and I decided to meet up and play tourist in the city of Taylorville, IL which was not too far from where either of us live.  While checking out the shops on Taylorville’s square that surrounds the Courthouse where kids cruise on the weekends and the downtown where many community activities […]

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The Salem Illinois tractor show featured lawn and garden tractors but there was something at this show I had never seen before, a man, Al Kamminga set up with two braid machines making shoe lace lengths of braid. While this in itself would not be all that amazing, the fact that he is braiding on […]

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I I admit I am usually partial to old, odd machinery and jeepy- looking tractor types, or old steel wheeled beauties, but the25th Annual Antique Power Days Farm Show at Salem Illinois had enough odd ball lawn and garden type tractors that I must say, I was lovin them!  The names especially are quite catchy […]

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.  From 1969 to 1971, John Deere manufactured a unique collection of lawn and garden tractors they called the “Patio Series”. Built to lure suburbanites, women and non-farmers, they painted the tractor hood and seats bright colors to attract buyers.  The Patio Models were not painted in the traditional John Deere green but in custom […]

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Today I bought my first few Christmas presents and I also met up with a friend to get a few copies of pictures of her dad and his good friend from when they served together in the Merchant Marines during World War II.  I am finishing up a story for Senior News &Times about our […]

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