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FWAI builds a legacy

By David Blanchette Much of what is recognizable in Springfield has a connection to FWAI Architects Inc., but it’s something else that gives the firm’s founder the greatest sense of pride.  “Hiring good staff. We’ve fortunately always had good staff,” said Carl Fischer, who founded the firm with his wife, Kay, in 1976. “We’ve also [...]

By |January 3rd, 2019|Categories: Articles, Secondary Feature|0 Comments

A century of crunching the numbers

BY DAVID BLANCHETTE Although figures are their business, a 100-year-old Springfield accounting firm wants customers to know that they are more than just numbers. “We provide a good service to a lot of people. I enjoy it, because it’s always something different,” said Lori Milosevich, CPA, one of three partners at Estes, Bridgewater & Ogden. [...]

By |November 27th, 2018|Categories: Featured Article|0 Comments

FRANK G. “BEAVER” SCHWARTZ (Feb. 24, 1934-Oct. 19, 2018)

He was in the business of helping people   BY CATHY SCHWARTZ, ED SCHWARTZ, PAULA RYAN, JEAN WEISS AND ANN SCHWARTZ Springfield lost an icon last month with the unexpected passing of Frank G. “Beaver” Schwartz, Jr. Officially, Beaver’s business was financial planning, specializing in life and disability insurance, but he always felt that he [...]

By |November 27th, 2018|Categories: Featured Article|0 Comments

#ILGIVE encourages charitable donations

BY JANET SEITZ ’Tis the season for giving, as many charities push year-end donations, which historically have provided donors with opportunities for both charitable gestures and tax deductions. Annual efforts such as #Giving Tuesday, the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, help spotlight charitable causes and the spirit of giving. Forefront, Illinois’ statewide association for nonprofits and [...]

By |November 27th, 2018|Categories: Featured Article|0 Comments

American Metals Supply grows and adapts

BY DAVID BLANCHETTE A Springfield-based company that has eight locations in six states began more than a half-century ago over a dinner table discussion. “The business was started in 1962, and I remember sitting at the kitchen table with my dad and mom saying, ‘If this doesn’t work, we want to be able to keep [...]

Sales tax proposal splits business community

BY RACHEL JOHNSON Already struggling to compete against online stores, Just Beds store owner Steve Stimac is not in favor of a proposed one percent sales tax increase for Sangamon County. If the proposition on the November ballot passes, he says he’ll have to pass on higher costs to his customers. A $450 bed would [...]

Ansar Shrine Circus benefits local children

BY JANET SEITZ Sometimes life seems like a three-ring circus. But a real three-ring circus, such as the November Ansar Shrine Circus in Springfield, can offer family fun and provide some stability in the life of a child and family. “We are known for our funny little hats, our little cars and our clowns, but [...]

Many different options for senior living

BY DIANNE CROWN Like many seniors, Angie Squires and her husband had moved from a house to a condo where they could still enjoy independent living; but, in the years after Chet died, Angie began falling and needed a different housing solution. She chose River Birch Senior Living from Springfield’s wide variety of options, and [...]

By |September 25th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Featured Article|0 Comments
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