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Photographic RestorationsRestore Terry Farmer

by Terry Farmer Photography

Got an old favorite photo with a small tear or a rip? Maybe you have an old military photo of an ancestor that is faded? Terry Farmer Photography can preserve that old damaged photograph so that you can treasure it for a lifetime. What a great way to re-live and share your unique family history with your children by restoring your damaged photographs.

What causes photographs to become damaged in the first place?

  • too much light
  • excessive heat or cold
  • bug infestations
  • fingerprints
  • water damage and mildew
  • poor processing by the developer can cause fading or spotting
  • photographic paper or mounting boards may contain acid
  • peeling back a photo from a sticky page can cause cracks

What is our process with restoring a photograph?RestoreBabysm

  • We make a reproduction of the original so that you can store the original in a safe location.
  • Using a digital camera, a digital image is taken of your original photograph.
  • This digital image is stored on a computer system where trained artists will touch-up your image with special software and talent.
  • The reproduced digital image can be printed on custom-size archival paper which has been proven to provide the most permanent solution to the safekeeping of your photo. Image can also be saved on a DVD.
TF_Restoration330x100-1 50% off your first photographic restoration through 2-28-15

Bring in your original photograph to our office at 4133 Old Jacksonville Road in Springfield to get a quote. Depending on the level of restoration work desired will determine the price.

Call us at 217-698-6000 or visit our website at

You can view a video about our restorations here  or here at Vimeo

Other services Terry Farmer Photography specializes in:terry farmer logo

  • family portraits,
  • children portraits,
  • high school senior portraits,
  • business portraits,
  • commercial photography,
  • custom graphic design services, and
  • restorations of faded, discolored or damaged heirloom prints.




let's make dinnerThis is Big Brothers Big Sisters most important fundraiser of the year! Gather your family, friends and co-workers and Get Bowling…for Kids’ Sake! March 6, 7, 13, 15 and 20th.

The funds you help to raise will help hundreds of at-risk children throughout Sangamon County.

  1. Get Pledges & Set a personal goal! The basic level is $75.00 raised per person on the team. There are different prizes awarded for different levels!! Ask your family and friends to give at least $10.00 and you are on your way.   Start a team online  or request a pledge sheet by contacting Mary Bonner at 753-1216 or
  2. Big Brothers, Big Sisters is changing lives on kid at a time.  Read these stories of people making a difference and consider becoming a volunteer or joining the program!


Who inspires you?  It’s time to nominate our colleagues and our friends who demonstrate leadership in their profession, serve the community and mentor and develop women to achieve their leadership potential.  Let’s support and recognize those who go above and beyond.

I was more than honored and pleased to share this award in 2014 with Linda Jones, VP Operations at Memorial Health System.  I work full-time at McGraw-Hill Education as a Brand Manager, and of course SpMoms has been my virtual child for ten years.  Please take the time to consider who you’d like to nominate!

Illinois Women in Leadership is pleased to announce that nominations are open for the 2015

ATHENA Leadership Award® in Springfield, Illinois. Nominations may be submitted at through February 28. The ATHENA Award honors an exemplary leader who has

achieved excellence in a business or profession, served the community in a meaningful way and,

most importantly, actively assisted women to achieve their full leadership potential. Nominations are

sought throughout the community, and the recipient will be selected based on the criteria above.

“IWIL is proud to present the ATHENA Award,” said Jamie Stout, President of the local women’s

leadership organization, which has over 150 members. “We are excited for the opportunity to honor

leaders in Springfield who support and mentor women, and we encourage nominations from all

sectors of the community”

IWIL is also pleased to announce that United Community Bank will be our Platinum Sponsor again

this year and Memorial Health System has joined as the Venue Sponsor. The ATHENA Award will

be presented on July 15 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.

ATHENA International is an organization that supports, develops and honors women leaders. Over

7,000 community leaders from over 500 cities and eight countries have received the ATHENA

Leadership Award® since its inception in 1982. Recipients hail from all professional sectors. Its

rich history, international scope and emphasis on mentorship make this award unique and one of the

most prestigious leadership awards. ATHENA Leadership Award® Recipients are presented a hand-

cast bronzed and crystal sculpture that symbolizes strength, courage and wisdom.

Past Springfield ATHENA Recipients include: Linda Jones (2014), Kim Leistner (2014), Gail

Lorenzini (2013), Darlene Weaver (2012), Sarah Mackey (2011), Deb Shultz (2010), Evelyn Brandt

Thomas (2009), Lisa Pierce (2008), Linda Dillon (2007), Alison Novak (2006), Amy Hagen (2005),

Cindy Davis (2004), Judith Teller (2003), Sue Myerscough (2002), Linda Waldron (2001), L. Gay

Davidson (2000) and Desiree Logsdon (1999).

IWIL supports ATHENA’s philosophy of recognizing those who incorporate the talent and expertise

of women into the leadership of our businesses, communities and government. In the spirit of a

quote attributed to Plato, “What is honored in a country will be cultivated there,” the ATHENA

Leadership Award® honors and illuminates the leaders who support and mentor women, with the

goal of encouraging and fostering such leadership for our community.

LLCC-logo-NEWThe Community Education department at Lincoln Land Community College is a wonderful resource for non-credit learning activities, with offerings for people of all ages.   Experience learning through non-credit classes, workshops, events and travel opportunities.


The culinary institute offers a variety of training for various skill levels.  Cooking and baking workshops are offered.  Classes are led by local chefs and food experts.


Every summer LLCC offers College for Kids (CFK).  CFK offers unique learning experiences for kids K-8 grade.   The Academy of Life Long Learners offers various classes for people age 50 or older.   More than a dozen classes offered per month.


For information on these classes and more click here! 

moms-ValentinesWe’re your source for all things Valentine’s Day!  Whether it’s classroom parties, crafts for the preschoolers, decor, baby photos or date night, SpringfieldMoms is your go-to resource!

Fun Activities:

Have a group of children to entertain?

Cards and Photos:

Sweet Treats:

Special Valentine’s Story Times:

Date Night & Romantic Getaways:

What have we missed?  Let us know so we can post your events and suggestions, too!


Young Couples Dancing at PartyProm it Forward is back for the third year, and it’s a great way to share the joy of prom and recycle the fashion to help others! It’s time to go to your closets and collect gently used formal wear and accessories and drop off by January 20th. The Springfield YMCA is collecting dresses, shoes, jewelry, purses, etc. On Jan. 24 local high school girls come to the Downtown branch and are able to select dresses and accessories for prom. The girls are asked to give a donation of a book or something small for a child or $20 to our Strong Kids Scholarship Fund. It is a way for the girls to have a role in giving back. Donors may bring the dresses to either branch (racks in both lobbies for drop off) or call the Y at 217-544-9846, ext. 120 and schedule a time for us to pick them up.

Read more here.

_G1C4481.CR2New Year…New Skills…New Activities:  LLCC Community Education is launching some fun new courses for adults AND kids!

Lesson on Social Media, Wedding Workshops, Blogging, Your Money/Your Life and so much more.

Take a look at these two:  who doesn’t need practical organizing tips to kick off the new year!  Invest two hours and reap the benefits year-round!

Organizing 101:  Saturday 01/24/2015 9:30-11:30 a.m. $21   (Taught by Springfield Moms contributor Amy Peterson from The Closet Guy; she’s great!)
Young Chefs: (grades 4-8)  The perfect weekend activity for the young ones in the state of the art kitchen.  Note, the one in April is for State Fair Favorite!
Chocolate Chocolate –Saturday 01/31/2015 9:30-12:30 p.m. $39
Hawaiian Luau–Saturday 02/28/2015  9:30-12:30 p.m. $39

You can view the full schedule here!  Let us know what classes you’re interested in the future, and we will share your feedback with the LLCC staff!

The trend for one word resolutions is powerful. We asked our Facebook readers to share their area of focus this year, using just one word. Here are some of their responses:

Woman Sitting in Meditation

Health – Eva Hayes
Family – Amanda G.
Faith – Jodie D.
Health – Melissa T.
Myself – Tara K.
Degree – Melissa B.
Organization – Jodi T.
Time – Karolyn A.
Simplify – Angie W.
Others – Hayden S.
Intentional – Pamela M.
Simplify – Melody G.
Forgiveness – Brooke R

Share your word for 2015 in the reader comments below!

hockey Learn to skate, pass, and shoot with the beginner ‘Learn to Play Hockey’ program! The ‘Learn to Play Hockey’ program is for beginner boys and girls alike, ages 3-15, and provides new players with basic hockey skills. The program is the starter, feeder program for all other hockey programs and league play. The program’s winter session gets underway starting January 3rd.
Families can choose between a Wednesday evening or Saturday morning class, and each class session is just 45 minutes in length.
No previous skating or experience is needed, and rental equipment is available.
Register by December 29th for an early bird discount!
The ‘Learn to Play Hockey’ program is made possible by a partnership between the Springfield Youth Hockey Association and Springfield Park District. Together, the two organizations offer a variety of fun and affordable recreational hockey programs for kids of all ages and abilities.
For more information or to register, please visit or call the Nelson Center at 217-753-2800.


Rotator-GetSocial2One of the best ways to share tips and advice or to share with our community of readers is to post a comment on our website, emails us, or share comments on facebook, instagram, twitter or pinterest.  We host a lot of sponsor contests online too giving away a slew of fun prizes to say  “thanks” for taking the time to share your ideas, your photos and your input to continue to provide the area’s best online resource for parenting and so much more.  Get SOCIAL and stay connected with us to win.

blanket summer summer fun superhero summer toddlerCongrats to the following readers who won in August!

Traci Ondrey, Sharon Tuxhorn, Danielle Watson-Watts each won two tickets to Shrek: The Musical at The Muni.

Patrick Trees, Amanda Buxton, Jenni Bulusko, Marie Zirkelbach, Nancy Stanton Bitner each won two tickets to Sesame Street Live!  Redeem by emailing us your mailing address ASAP.  Contact the PCCC ticket office to redeem your vouchers for one of the fours shows August 30 or 31st

Several others won pre-season tickets to the Jr Blues…we appreciate everyone’s comments and entries.