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Dear readers,

The late historian Shelby Foote wrote a novel about the far-reaching effects of the Civil War set nearly a century after the fact during the civil rights movement of the 1950s. It was for our purposes appropriately called "September, September." We welcome you to the September issue of SO Magazine as we mark the 150th anniversary of the War Between the States with our cover story. Contributor Theresa Schieffer writes about the 114th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry Reactivated and the popular summertime ritual the group performs weekly to the delight of visitors. 

 


Dear readers,

It sure feels like lake weather to us. Springfield has a long sailing tradition, dating to 1934, when a group of the sport's devotees came up with the idea of starting their own yacht club. It was a great idea, but it lacked one important nautical element: a body of water. Contributor Theresa Schieffer brings us our cover story on how the Island Bay Yacht Club came to be. This thriving club is near capacity, even at a time when similar private clubs find themselves in a struggle to keep old members and attract new ones.


 

Dear readers,

We Midwesterners love May. It means vibrant colors and moderate temperatures and even blue skies. Robert Frost paid tribute to this time of year when he wrote of the "pleasure in the flowers today" adding hope with his line to "keep us here all simply in the springing of the year." Welcome to the best time of year and to this spring edition of SO Magazine.

 


Dear readers,

March means we've turned the corner. It has a nice ring to it, especially given the snowy scene outside my window as I write to welcome you to this edition of Springfield's Own Magazine. But, thankfully and mercifully, as you read these opening pages, spring is mere days away. So let's get a move on. 


Dear readers,

There was not a particular theme in mind for this edition of SO Magazine, but it is fitting that we start a new year with some inspirational stories of people helping one another. Giving of talent and time to your neighbors, near and far, speaks to the character of our citizens. We hope you get a little bit inspired in the pages that follow. 


What if you could look back to your saddest childhood Christmas and recall spending that holiday sick and in the hospital? Maybe the experience and the memory would have been sweetened a bit by a visit from the big man himself: Santa Claus. 



Dear readers,

Every year about this time we take a moment - for us that means an entire magazine - to tip our caps to the medical profession. It is an unusual blessing for a community the size of Springfield to be such a hub for the practice of medicine. Folks in need come from faraway places or from just down the road to seek out the healing angels among us. And, it is not a stagnant industry; it is growing, evolving all the time, and we are the beneficiaries.


Dick Durbin is connected. Yeah, sure, in just the way you think, no doubt about it, but that's not the right context here.


 

It's OK to admit that sometimes you feel you could do more with your life. Heck, most of us just muddle through, taking on the next project and trying to meet our most pressing deadline while we keep our ducks lined up and our heads bobbing above the rising tide. 


 

Dear readers,

Welcome to our SO Magazine May/June edition, has a nice ring to it. It's a favorite time of year for many. Good weather, mostly. Good things to do outdoors. Good memories made. It's also a good time of year for sports. SO, let us begin there. 

March is the place where spring lives. We have earned a good and long season, warm and well. Let's enjoy, and let us begin with this March/April issue of Springfield's Own Magazine.

Dear readers,

The pages of the calendar fall away like so much confetti. These words always surprise when they come around again so quickly, but here goes: Happy New Year to you from all of us at Springfield's Own Magazine.

Dear readers,

This is the time of year when we dedicate ourselves to the vitally important subject of local medicine. We are in the fortunate position of living and working in a city with a strong and evolving medical tradition. With this issue of Springfield's Own Magazine, we salute the noble caregivers in our community and thank them for devoting their lives to the service of others.

Dear readers,

Welcome to the continuing adventures of SO Magazine. OK, maybe that's a bit of a stretch, but we do have a cover story on Adventure Dive and Travel, a local business devoted to dreams and fun, and certainly to the continuing of life's adventures.

Welcome to another edition of SO Magazine, as we turn the corner on summer and barrel our way headlong into autumn. As colorful as the coming fall leaves, we hope this issue offers an interesting palette of choices to pique your interest.

Every now and again, journalism offers a writer an opportunity that just about every other profession you can think of has no business or interest in pursuing. For me, this issue of Springfield's Own Magazine allowed for such an opportunity. I took a brief trip back into my childhood and had a reunion with a favorite teacher.

Dear readers,

The relationship between fathers and sons is dynamic and ever-changing. No more so than the way mothers and daughters find their way together. Add sport, which is inherently passionate, to the mix and you've potentially got the stuff of great drama. Drama and passion - don't we want a bit of both in our lives and in our sports?

Dear readers,

At this time of year, we ponder our connection to the past. In a place like Springfield, we actually do more than ponder, we celebrate it.

Ireland nowadays is a not-so-far-away place. But, for those brave souls who came before us, sailing across the Atlantic aboard what historians dubbed coffin ships, they knew they would not likely see home or their loved ones again. And, so this new world had to become home. There was little chance for turning back.

Dear readers,

Welcome to a new year and a new season and another edition of Springfield's Own Magazine. First, let us begin the year with a thank you. Last issue, we invited you to visit our new Web site, and you came in droves. We hope you like what you saw, and of course, we invite you back again and again. And, as always, we welcome your input in the form of story ideas and commentary.

Dear readers,

Welcome to SO Magazine's second annual Medical Issue. The fact that Springfield is such an important hub for medicine in the region warrants us dedicating an issue of the magazine to this vital topic.

 

You're invited. We welcome you to take a tour around SO Magazine's new Web site, www.springfieldsown.com. The site, brand-spanking new and still evolving, is quite a milestone for us in this our third year of producing the magazine. Not to be overly self-indulgent, but an online presence is a long way from the starting blocks for us. OK, we'll remove our collective hand from patting ourselves on the back, but we repeat: You are sincerely and cordially invited to visit your town's magazine online. Come see us and do tell us what you think.

In between the covers of this issue, you will find what we hope is a veritable feast of subjects for your in-depth perusal. As the holidays approach, feast seems an apropos word.

The theme, judging a book solely by its cover, is holiday decorating. Staff writer Kathy Ostrander takes us around town for unique ideas that cover the gamut from traditional and religious to contemporary and secular. There's color and light and lots of photos. Check it out, and see what might appeal to you for your home this season.

 

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