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100-Year Homesteads
Passionate about their work and the history it represents, the Brown and Noland families exemplify the enduring way of life of multi-generational farming.

U-Pick Harvest
Take the whole family picking! Area farms are brimming with fall's bounty, and now's the best time to stock up on apples, pumpkins, squash, and more.

Today’s Farmer
Armed with advanced education and a lifetime of living off the land, today's farmer is changing the face of Macon County agribusiness by cultivating the necessary equipment and technology to grow.

cover illustration by Tronnie Goss

Canning Wizards
Canning is making a comeback with Decatur gardeners, who appreciate this time-honored craft as the best way to enjoy fresh flavors all year long. Contributor Kathy Schanefelt shares easy-to-preserve tips.

Good Eggs
Retired District 61 vocal teacher Kathleen Bell returned to school as a student — learning about agriculture and giving the local food movement a new voice with Mrs. Bell's Free Range Eggs.

Vacation On The Farm
A growing sector of agritourism, “farm stays” treat city folks to country life where you can pitch in with daily chores, enjoy farm fresh meals, and relax with all the comforts of home.




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The Flewelling Fur
The owner of the fur stole with the initials WHF has been identified with the help of a few Decatur “super sleuths.” Find out the history behind the mystery, and where the fur goes from here…

Read part one of the mystery from our Aug/Sep issue here: Mystery of the Old Fur Stole

arts & entertainment

Coming soon to a stage near you: Cows, dancing girls, French folk, and killer rabbits – an entertaining musical uniting 44 local performers and plenty of shenanigans in epic Monte Python style.

travel & leisure

Cruising The Rhine
Contributor Ann Dawson and ten “old” friends experience shore excursions and city tours along this historic European river. An ideal overseas adventure that’s bound to be repeated!

home & garden

Fine Wines For Less
When it comes to buying and enjoying quality wines, there are lots of savvy ways to stretch your budget. Columnist Kevin Graham shares his thrifty shopping tips.

Run With It
It's tough to out-pace Joe Caputo, a local volunteer and coach who tirelessly creates and directs competitive cross-country events that benefit Decatur's middle and elementary school athletes.

Sierra Boggess Live
Star of Broadway's “Little Mermaid” and “Phantom Of The Opera,” Millikin alumna Sierra Boggess returns to the University that launched her success for a special October 11th fundraising performance.

Bailey Goes To Washington
Seeing D.C.'s historical sites through the eyes of their nine-year-old granddaughter, Bailey, proved the trip of a lifetime for Decatur residents Donna and Tom Swartz.

Birth Of A Restaurant
Building on his tasteful track record, longtime Decatur Chef Josh Irby's newest downtown venture is The Gin Mill, a casual restaurant with a '30s-era
club vibe.








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