Saturday, September 20, 2014

We're Back From Our Road Trip with Photos and Memories to Share of the Madonnas of the Trail

The Owl Creek Gazette was pleased to feature the Madonna of the Trail (located in Vandalia, IL) on the cover of the September issue with an informative article inside ... and we are equally pleased to share photos of three other Madonnas from across the country as we made our way west on our recent road trip.

Our first Madonna of the Trail stop was in Lexington, Missouri.



Our second stop was in Council Grove, Kansas where we found the Madonna on a beautiful day in a beautiful setting.



We found the Madonna of the Trail in Albuquerque, NM, located at the corner of Marble Ave. and Fourth St. in a small park on the grounds of the Federal Courthouse.


Sunday, September 7, 2014

We're on Vacation...

The Owl Creek Gazette
Don's Uniques & Repairs 
will be closed Wed, Thurs, and Fri
(September 10th, 11th and 12th)
'cause, we're ...

In the mean time, we'll be sharing our travels on the Owl Creek Gazette facebook page at and we invite you to check and see what we're up to! 

Feel free to send us an email with your questions: -- or --

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Information and Inspiration Abound in the September 2014 Issue of the Owl Creek Gazette

Whether you grab a hard copy of the September issue of the Owl Creek Gazette or read it online ... you're sure to enjoy this month's content!

To read online, visit our Current Issue page 

Monday, August 25, 2014

"The House That Called On Us"

Owl Creek Gazette readers will know co-editors, Don and Jan Stover, have been renovating an old farmhouse with the eventual goal to call it their home. In the spirit of practicing what they preach in the OCG,  plans to recycle and repurpose as much of the existing materials being removed during the demolition process is leading the couple down an exciting path of renovating and remodeling.  Below are some pics of the process.

Though this pic is somewhat askew ... the sidewalk gives a feel for the distance the house sits off from the road (which we love) and the huge trees offer up a perfect framing for the house itself.

We see most folks entering the house via this door (which leads into the kitchen) in a "back door friends are best" kind of way.

We can just imagine ourselves sitting on the front porch enjoying the calm.

And now Don and Jan invite you to step inside ...

Don in the kitchen pointing out the area where the recessed shelving/pantry will be installed.

Don stands in the "kitchen" looking into the "bathroom".

Photo taken from the "back porch" looking through the "bathroom" into the bedbroom.

Peace and Unity Vigil for Ferguson, Missouri

On August 14th, Don and Jan Stover joined others around the country as a Peace and Unity Candlelight Vigil was held hoping for and supporting efforts for better times Ferguson, Missouri.

Friday, August 1, 2014

The August Issue of the Owl Creek Gazette is Hot Off the Press and Ready to Read

We're loving all the great info in the August issue of the Owl Creek Gazette ... we invite you to visit our Current Issue page to give it a read (or drop by the office and pick up a hard copy at 208 South Second Street in downtown Greenville, IL)!

Owl Creek Gazette Old Fashioned Christmas in July Review

A great time was had by all who attended our Old Fashioned Christmas in July event held at the Owl Creek Gazette office, 208 South Second Street in downtown Greenville, Illinois.

The front of the Owl Creek Gazette office was decorated to reflect the "holiday" happenings inside at the "Old Fashioned Christmas in July" event!

The fireplace and Christmas tree added a homey, holiday atmosphere inside.

Friends attending the event brought us some surprise "Christmas" gifts: including tasty homemade jams and jellies, and cinnamon Christmas tree ornaments.

Don Stover served up some of his "legen-dairy" homemade chocolate ice cream too ... and it was a hit!

Ellen Ludwig won our Christmas in July Gift Basket!

Additional adventures at the Owl Creek Gazette and Don's Uniques and Repairs during Christmas in July included (left to right)  Richard Barth, Keith Ford and Don Stover having a "spontaneous moment of combustion" using a Fresnel lens, and a 2x4. Ignition occurred in less than a minute, enhanced by a little extra air using Don's "fire stick".

Another nice addition to the day was the American Farm Heritage Museum Tractor Show Parade that made its way down Second Street in Greenville, IL coming right in front of the Owl Creek Gazette and Don's Uniques and Repairs. Here neighbor, Sam Langel, owner of Downtown Barbershop on Second Street in Greenville, IL drive his John Deere in the parade and give us a big wave.  Gotta love life in small town Midwest America!

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For a fun recap of our OCG Old Fashioned Christmas in July event tune in to Episode 78 of Creekside with Don and Jan HERE.