Spencer’s Coffee

One of the pleasant surprises during a recent trip to Bowling Green, KY was a stop at Spencer’s Coffee. Knowing I would need some caffeine for the long ride home, I selected Spencer’s. The downtown location has an upscale, coffee-shop vibe. Well-appointed and spacious, the shop’s walls are tastefully filled with original artwork, including a

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New Year Goodbye

I said goodbye to a good friend this week. At my age I feel the need to clarify that my friend was just moving away. Larry and I worked together for nearly twenty years. I remember hiring Larry to help with our expanding business. With similar backgrounds, values and hobbies, it was easy for me

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Bowling Green Swim Meet

The Barbara Stevens Memorial Swim Meet in Bowling Green, KY was an excellent January event. The venue was not quite as nice as Western Kentucky University, where I first swam this meet. Bowling Green High School was hosting a volleyball tournament at the same time which made parking a small challenge. But once inside, the

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Small Town Big Money

I had never been to a Book Release Event. Never had a desire to. Have never really anticipated the release of a book. This was different. It was local and I knew the author. There was music, comedy, readings, food, a variety of people, late night in downtown Sikeston, MO. Something compelled me to be

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Resolution Challenge

The Resolution Challenge in Cape Girardeau was a great way to start the new year. Over 100 runners, walkers and encouragers came out in support of myTEAM TRIUMPH. The 10K, 5K and 1-mile runs raised funds for the organization focused on providing people of all abilities the opportunity to participate in athletic endeavors. myTEAM TRIUMPH

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Illinois Senior Games Part 3

My kids introduced me to track meets while they were in school. While I focused on watching them participate in their events, there were many other events to watch. I learned to appreciate and enjoy the different running, throwing and jumping events. I was able to renew some of that joy during the Illinois Senior

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Illinois Senior Games Part 2

The caffeinated athlete appreciates the schedule of the Illinois Senior Olympics. The timing of events allowed for participation in the road race and swimming on Saturday and the track meet on Sunday. After completing the 10K road race awards, I had time to go back to the hotel for a shower and a quick bite

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Illinois Senior Olympics

The Caffeinated Athlete likes the Senior Games. The competition is good, but the competitors are better. While participants come to compete in sports they are passionate about, there is an air of friendly camaraderie rather than cut-throat competition. This was very apparent to me during the Illinois Senior Olympics held in Springfield, IL. National Senior

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Parengo Coffee

Parengo Coffee opened a small shop on Malone St. in 2013. It was a comfortable space with counter service and a somewhat detached seating area. Parking and access were a bit limited by the location on Sikeston’s major east-west thoroughfare which is also Highway 62. But Colby Williams and staff built a good business of

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Meandering Turkey

Brian and Kim Kelpe at Missouri Running Company hosted the Meandering Turkey trail run November 18 at Klaus Park in Cape Girardeau, MO. In 2011, Brian decided to share his passion for trail running with the local running community. Combining the trail run with a customer appreciation event makes the Meandering Turkey a fun late-fall

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