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Kathy Gomric: Local Escape Artist

by John Dorroh The old adage, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” may be a bit trite. Or how about “Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder?” Overused or not, both of these statements ring true when experiencing […]


Think SPRING! Belleville Old Town Farmers Market

by Mark Johnson and Paul Seibert   Saturday, May 2 will be the first day of many for 2015’s season of the Old Town Market in Downtown Belleville. Located in the parking lot at the corner of West Main and […]


Filmmaking to Save Lives: The Heroin Project

by Dan Cross   Ashley Seering was a student in the Mass Communications program at SIU-Edwardsville when she agreed to help make a public service announcement that ended up changing the direction of her career.  Students often do these kinds […]


My Mother’s Hands

[by Paul Seibert] I am so fascinated by my mother’s hands. My mother is 94 years old now. I have known her for 66 of those years. In that time, her hands have bathed me, changed my diapers, done the […]


Chilling with Christkind: Belleville’s First Open-Air Holiday Market Now Open

[by Mark Johnson]  Twin nutcrackers guard each entrance; their charges are the two ten-foot gates, each speckled with lights that spell out “Belleville Christkindlmarkt.” Beyond their post is Belleville’s newest holiday event, the only one of its kind for hundreds […]


Comic Book Culture in the Metro East

[Stephen Harrick]  Their characters dominate the box office and television screens. They appear in newspapers and online. Collectors spend hundreds of millions of dollars to procure the issues that they seek. Comics are everywhere, including the Metro East. San Diego […]


Belleville’s 200th Anniversary in Review

Belleville’s big 200th birthday bash was a tremendous success. Huge crowds all three days enjoyed the perfect weather, live music, German food, and of course, lots and lots of sudsy beer, especially the special Belleville 200th Anniversary Edition Stag Extra […]


Belleville – 200 – Oh What a Time

[Henry Collins]  Belleville’s biggest weekend festival ever is coming this month. The September weekend usually identified with OctoberFest is this year the signature celebratory event for Belleville’s 200th Anniversary. Three days of fun and music (almost Woodstock) on September 19, […]

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A Rose by Any Other Name – The New Neighborhood Herb Garden

[Michelle McIntosh]  A new public herb garden is making its home at the West End Public Square in Belleville. The West End Public Square is a pair of city parks on the South and North sides of West Main Street […]


In The Beginning, There Was Base Ball – The Belleville Stags Vintage Base Ball Club

[Robyn L. Kirsch]  Are you looking for something different that will really knock your white socks off? Then head down to Belleville-Swansea Moose Lodge 1221 this summer to watch the weekend home games of Belleville’s very own heritage base ball […]


Wellness and Balanced Living

[Paul Seibert]  There is a place of respite nestled into rolling hills just outside of Belleville. The family farm of Jan Rule is quiet and pristine. It is now also the home of the Stillpointe Wellness Center. Stillpointe Wellness Center […]


Forest Invaders

[Brenton Ebersole]  Looking into the Metro East woodlands, one sees a vision of wilderness teaming with plants and animal life. It is unfortunate to realize that, despite this intense look of vibrancy, there is an underlying problem: the natural world […]


Let’s Go Bowling – For a Cause

[Paul Seibert]  “Chris and Pat are waitressing super stars.” That’s the opinion of Al Carfagno, owner of Mama Gusto’s Italian restaurants in Lebanon and Belleville. “Wherever they worked, their customers followed.” He was speaking of twin sisters, Chris and Pat […]


Belleville Bicentennial Parade Photos

[Website Exclusive] Friday, April 25, provided one of a series of events and activities planned for the year-long Belleville Bicentennial 200 Celebration. The Belleville Bicentennial Parade filled Main Street with two hours of floats, bands, cars, motorcycles and marchers. In […]

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