Jennifer E. Garner, 50, is the director of development for the Memorial Hospital Foundation in Carthage, Ill. She grew up in Henderson County …

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Burgundy Hill, 28, is the assistant director at Quincy Public Library. She was born and raised in Pittsfield and has lived in Quincy for the l…

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Rob Mellon, 49, is executive director of the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County and an U.S. Army Reserve officer instructing at Miz…

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John Ferguson, 76, grew up in Cabool, Missouri, graduated from SMS (now MSU) in Springfield, taught elementary and junior high orchestra for s…

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Pattie Paxton, 52, is an Omaha, Neb., native who has lived in South Dakota and Texas, but now has lived in Quincy the longest. She is married …

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Gabrielle Esselman, 27, is a special education teacher at Quincy Junior High School. She teaches sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students wi…

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It's that time. As we draw closer to the end of another year -- and who isn't ready for 2020 to be over? -- we once again honor the best of th…

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It's not that I don't necessarily care for early-morning bowls of cereal, but I could probably count on one hand the number of times I've had …

Heather Hayden, 51, grew up primarily in Pittsfield. She married Jeff and has spent the majority of her life in Milton. The Haydens have four …

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One of my top memories from decades of collecting sports memorabilia remains a 1967 Topps baseball card of Andy Etchebarren, a rather pedestri…

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Jeremy Wingerter, 48, grew up in Quincy, left for college and lived in Chicago and Los Angeles before moving back 2 1/2 years ago. Wingerter i…

David Iftner, 70, is married to Kaye. He was born and raised in northern Illinois and is retired from the U.S. Postal Service. His primary enj…

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When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... a teacher. I would play school with my younger sister, and of course, I was her teacher. I always had a d…

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Scott Koontz, 56, and his wife Tina have two children, Katelyn and Matthew, and three beautiful granddaughters, Ella, Sadie and Parker. He wor…