Fowl Ideas

Just A Couple Of Chickens …said Hubby. I just read somewhere that bees are the gateway drug to chickens, and it was for Hubby. In my case, chickens led to peacocks. The price for new chicken coops was ridiculous and we went to pick up a used one. It just so happened the lady selling…

Monticello’s Great Fire

On Tuesday, August 10, 1909, an explosion at the Murray Electric Light & Power Co. left Monticello’s business section ravaged. Flames quickly engulfed the power plant and rapidly spread to the Palatine Hotel and Casino, the Strong & Co’s book store, the S. L. Strong’s grocery store, the T. H. Dougherty’s harness store, and John Lyon’s law office. Traveling…

A Sense of Decadence

Trying to convey a sense of richness, one of the words that came to mind was “Decadence”. I was considering that as part of a company name, but something told me to check the definition of the word. Dictionary.com defines the word as follows: dec·a·dence  noun 1. the act or process of falling into an…

Honey Quest

  I have a newfound appreciation for honey and all that goes into making it. The bees do the making, but getting them from the bees and into a jar is an involved process as well. Once that golden goodness is extracted, uses for it are endless. At a farmers market thins weekend, there was a…

Israel Putnam

Israel Putnam served throughout the French and Indian War, being captured by Indians and rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1759. At the outbreak of the American Revolution in 1775, Putnam was appointed a major general in the Continental Army. He distinguished himself at the Battle of Bunker (Breeds) Hill in June 1775 and in May 1777 he was put in…