I received the postal service’s post card for their yearly food collection and noticed that they emphasized that HEALTHY nonperishable foods are wanted for the Saturday, May 13th, 2017 food collection. “Donations stay in your community” according to the information on the post card. If you didn’t know, an overabundance of the nonperishable foods donated … Continue reading USPS “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Collection 2017
There are several food pantries located in Freeport, IL that I’ve written about here on Stephenson County Spotlight. Gospel Outreach’s food pantry is another option for those of us who need help making ends meet. Many of us, for one reason or another, are having a tough time doing just that these days. Gospel Outreach is … Continue reading Gospel Outreach Food Pantry
I’m so amazed that my lawn mower started the first time I cranked it that I decided to write a blog post about it. Wow. I think it’s only happened one time before. Usually, by the time I get it started, I’ve cranked it so many times that I was exhausted by the time I … Continue reading Ready, Set, Mow!
I didn’t write a post in February. I’ve been busier than normal. For one thing, I’ve been decluttering and downsizing the amount of unsold Rita’s Resales and Rita’s Really Great Stuff inventory in addition to unwanted personal belongings at my house; good stuff that other people could use. I had a giveaway at my house … Continue reading Getting Unstuffed: A Place For Everything
Hello readers: It’s me, Rita Hawkins, creator and writer of Stephenson County Spotlight. If you’ve read past blog posts, you know that I also love to crochet, knit, and paint! I want to let you know that along with other Momentum Art Guild (MAG) members, I have a painting on display at Higher Grounds Specialty Tea & Coffee … Continue reading Between Red and Blue @ Higher Grounds
Hi, it’s me, Rita Hawkins. I write Stephenson County Spotlight which I circulate on several local Facebook groups that I’m a member of. I met fellow frugal Freeport resident, Barbara Hyndman Vines, through a local Facebook group when she replied to my blog post in which I was seeking help around the house after spraining my … Continue reading How to Squeeze a Nickel Until the Buffalo S****
I was recently contacted on Facebook by a woman whose purse was stolen at a local grocery store while she was distracted. It only took a second. The woman asked me if I knew of community resources that could help her since all of her money was stolen. When I shop at grocery stores, I … Continue reading Shopping? Watch Your Purse & Smartphone