Upriver Sangamon Highwater Adventure

Sangamon Rx

October is fast approaching, and we all know what that means. Required “Obamacare” sign up of course! And with all the hubbub and debate surrounding required health insurance, I have my own healthcare prescription. Yes, we’ve all heard some of the scary statistics regarding our health: Fewer than 20% of adults achieve the recommended minimum of 150 minutes per week […]

A Particular Piece of Land

There is a particular piece of land. It is just north of here along the Sangamon River and east of the Hazen Bridge. And on a rise along County Road 2600N just east of the Hazen Bridge, there is a sign posted by the U of I Foundation that a man named “Jack Commodore Richmond” donated this particular piece of […]

Sangamon River: By the numbers

246 miles – Total length of the Sangamon River from Arrowsmith, Illinois to its confluence with the Illinois River at Beardstown, Illinois. 7 feet – Distance across the Sangamon River at its confluence with Crooked Creek at our place during the drought of 2012. 12.67 feet – Height of the Sangamon River at the Fisher Gage where US 136 crosses […]

Duck Dynasty: Mahomet

This week, Notes from the River gets in on the action from the latest breakaway hit cable reality-show phenom: Duck Dynasty: Mahomet. Recently we had the opportunity to interview several of the show’s stars, a hirsute, tight-knit family of common, everyday folks running a highly successful local Mahomet operation. In the past few years, they have seen the fame and […]