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Letter from the editor
By John Moody

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.

In this issue, we introduce you to a few folks who are spending their time wisely.

Our cover is graced by Sue Clark, the longtime CEO of the Land of Lincoln Girl Scout Council. She has been described as selfless, and her contributions to the community and central Illinois girl scouting have been called "unique and lasting." Staff writer Kathleen Ostrander tells us all about this generous person.

Nina Harris serves as president and CEO of the Springfield Urban League. "Serve" is the exact word she would choose to describe her role as the leader of the largest urban league in the state of Illinois. Harris calls her job "the ultimate expression of servitude." She is a Springfield native who believes she is here to empower and to reveal potential in others.

Jack Robertson is a hard-working local business owner who has figured something out, something really important. Robertson is a hunter extraordinaire, and he has learned quite a secret. One of the hardest things you do in life is figuring out how to spend more time with the ones you love. So, how about turning your family on to the thing you love to do when escaping the demands of work? The Robertsons spend hours of family time in pursuit of their favorite sport: hunting.

We've got a couple of hot cars to share with you. Kim Shirley of Kim's Auto Body let us check out his 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge and his 1971 Pontiac Trans Am. There's muscle in every line of this story.

We are delighted to have a photo essay contribution from The State Journal-Register's award-winning outdoors editor Chris Young. See just where American bald eagles dare in this part of the world. Young offers an expert's eye on this most iconic and majestic of birds. You learn where and when to see them and even the best way to behave around these national treasures.

Thank you for having a look at SO the magazine and SO the Web site, too. We always appreciate your time.

John Moody


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Story published Friday, January 9, 2009 ( Volume 4, Number 1 )

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