The Pheasants Are Back

You know you live in the Midwest when you are awakened at 5am by a rooster pheasant crowing right outside your window. This happens to me about three times a week, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. What makes this scene so special is the fact that we had all but lost our pheasant population in the Thomson area a dozen...

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The Fish Are Biting

Good news, folks! The fish are biting in beautiful, sunny Thomson, Illinois! My son and I went out Saturday, and brought in a bucketful of bluegills and crappies. The fish were up in the shallows along the riverbanks, hanging tight to downed trees and stumps. We had a great time, now that the mighty Mississippi river has...

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Campers Coming From Chicago

Last weekend I met a couple from Chicago, they were camping at Potter’s Marsh campground just outside of the Thomson city limits. They were enjoying the outdoor concert at the Heirloom Market & Café, and after the music ended I had a chance to chat with them a bit. I was curious to see what might draw someone from the...

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Like A Tree Planted Along The Rivers Of Life

Welcome friends, from beautiful, sunny Thomson, Illinois! What a wonderful summer we are having this year. The temps have been in the 70s for most of the month, and the rain seems to come only at night lately. It’s one of those summers where you can leave the windows open day and night. We took the boat out over the weekend,...

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Golf Returns To Thomson

Growing up just a few miles from Thomson, one of my first jobs was at the golf course just outside of town. The place was called Lynnwood Links back then, and if my memory serves me, a guy named Del Curley owned the golf course and a beautiful restaurant called Buck’s Barn. Tilly Baldwin was the golf pro there, and his son,...

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Keeping “Melon Days” Alive

Hello folks, Bob Whitten here from beautiful, sunny Thomson, Illinois. We certainly have had some beautiful weather lately, with highs around 80 degrees and lows around 60 degrees. On top of that, the humidity has been very low. Instead of the corn being knee high by the 4th of July, it was well over my head. The grass is...

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Summertime Music

Growing up down the road a few miles from Thomson, I have some wonderful memories of the events this town hosted over the years. For many years, Thomson’s Melon Days was a celebration like no other, with farm families gathering together after the fall harvest to enjoy some “fun” time. Because I love music, my memories...

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Unleashing The River Rat Inside Of You

Well, here it is late June… and that ole’ Mississippi River is out of its banks again. Many locals are saying we should be used to this high water, as we have seen it for 3 years in a row through June. Fulton, Albany, East Clinton, Mickelson’s Landing, and two of Savanna’s boat ramps are closed, and that’s probably a...

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The Best Way To “Share Your Garden”

Hello, from beautiful, sunny Thomson, Illinois! It never ceases to amaze me how generous and caring our local residents are. Sure, we have state and government programs to help citizens get by during hard times, but here in Thomson and Carroll county, good people have stepped up to the plate to share what they have. Each...

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The Secret Farm Pond in the Bluffs

Hello, from beautiful, sunny Thomson, Illinois! With the weather warming our area lakes and rivers, my mind takes me back to the days of my youth, hiking for miles through thick and thin, looking for a secret body of water to fish. Just east of Thomson you will find our bluffs, as the rich, black farm bottomland quickly...

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Secrets Of Mushroom Hunting

Every year, around Mother’s Day people around here seem to go crazy. They start wandering around in the woods, moving little plants aside with walking sticks, and staring intently at the ground as though they have lost something. What makes our local citizens take on these strange habits? In the middle of May, all my friends...

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A Tribute To Lester

A few times in life, a person knows he or she has witnessed something God meant for us to see – His special gift to you. A handful of times while we roam this Earth, we are in the right place at the right time, and these moments are what keep us all going. These God moments are what gives us hope. Sometimes, I believe,...

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