This recipe for Urbana resident Wayne Jones' apple pie was inadvertently left out of last week's special feature of dads' recipes.
Since we have an abundance of fresh vegetables and fruits growing in local gardens and available at area farmers' markets, we'll be providing recipes to help you put the produce on the dinner table. This Garden Fresh column will appear each Wednesday from now until the snow flies.
Previous weeks have featured peas, spinach and rhubarb. Now we're looking at lettuce. A friend said she's been overrun by all the lettuce from her garden and wondered why she planted so much. You can only eat so many salads, she said. It's a dilemma, but here we offer one recipe that cooks lettuce up with mushrooms, one for sandwich wraps, and we offer a few unique dressings to try. Let us know if you find any other great uses for lettuce from your gardens.
URBANA – Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup reported Tuesday that the late rock musician Jay Bennett died from an overdose of pain medication.
Mr. Bennett, 45, of Urbana, was found in his bed on May 24 and was pronounced dead later at Carle Foundation Hospital.
DANVILLE – The GAO Grotto and the Danville Boat Club will sponsor their joint Parade of Lights on Lake Vermilion at 9 p.m. Friday.
Prior to the parade, food will be served at both locations, which will be open to the public for the event.
CHAMPAIGN – WEIU-TV's program listings will return to The News-Gazette's "TV This Week" supplement following a few weeks' absence.
The listings were dropped after changes in April that forced Comcast's analog customers to get a set-top box if they wanted to continue seeing the Charleston-based public broadcasting station on cable.
More than meets the eye? The motto of "Transformers," whose sequel, "Revenge of the Fallen," is opening at midnight tonight at both Champaign's Carmike Beverly Cinema and the Goodrich Savoy 16, could also describe Champaign native Josh Nizzi, a 32-year-old freelance artist whose designs of transforming alien robots such as Megatron will grace big screens around the world.
Nizzi, who now lives in Cary, N.C., tapped into a more typical machine to tell The News-Gazette how he broke into film, and how a Transformer goes from sketch to screen.
Cultra criticizes proposal to slash social services as blackmail to get votes on tax hike
An area state representative who is thought to be among the most conservative in the Illinois General Assembly said Monday that no tax increase should be enacted before a complete review of state spending.
URBANA – Some downtown Urbana streets will be closed for the Urbana Blues, Brews and BBQ festival this weekend.
At 8 a.m. Friday, Main Street between Broadway Avenue and Vine Street will close. Then at 2 p.m., Broadway Avenue between Elm and Main streets will be closed, and Walnut Street between Main and Water streets will be closed.
CHAMPAIGN – The Orpheum Children's Science Museum doesn't have specific plans at this point of precisely how it would use the $500,000 proposed in the state capital bill for expansion.
But the museum would like to expand to the north with a multistory building perhaps two or three years down the road, said Sonya Darter, the museum's executive director.
CHAMPAIGN – "Who wouldn't want to be in a movie?"
That's the reason Madison Rice, an 11-year-old from Champaign, cited for showing up early Saturday morning at Franklin Middle School, ready to shoot a scene as part of the crowd in an amateur dance competition that's part of "Leading Ladies," a movie currently filming around the area.
"Strangely enough, we're shooting the first scene in the movie and the last scene today," said Jenna Weglarz-Ward of Champaign, casting director for the extras. Both scenes are dances taking place in the Champaign school, one set in the fall and one set in spring.