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If you think Apple's iPhone is just a telephone, Web browser, PDA, camera, GPS and mp3 player, you've got some more thinking to do.
According to video game developers, it – and the iPod Touch (an iPhone without the phone and camera) – is the newest major platform, with more than 400 games already released for the system. Of course, a large number of those are variations on casino games, crossword puzzles and Sudoku.
Local physician David Fletcher could easily qualify for another sort of academic degree: doctor of baseball.
How much does Fletcher love the game? Let us count the ways:
MONTICELLO – The University of Illinois School of Music has added two concerts to its Allerton Music Barn Festival from Aug. 29 to Sept. 1, making it a seven-concert event, up from five last year.
Last summer, all five concerts sold out. Tickets and festival passes remain available for all of the concerts in the second annual festival.
DANVILLE – The Danville Family YMCA, 1111 N. Vermilion St., will be closed for its annual maintenance week, Aug. 24 through Sept. 1.
The front desk will be open for class registration from 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 25 to 29.
WESTVILLE – The Westville Lions Club is seeking public donations to help defray the cost of the Labor Day Celebration fireworks display.
The display is set for 9 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Westville High School football field. Anyone wanting to donate may mail it to: Westville Lions Club, 119 Mullen, Westville, IL 61883.
DANVILLE – Helen Pentecost of Danville recently won the Schoolhouse Calendar Quilt raffled by the Vermilion County Museum Society during its annual Midwest Heritage Quilt Show during the month of July.
The pieced quilt was donated by the Hearts & Hands Quilt Guild. The design included blocks representing each month of the year surrounding a schoolhouse.
Whether it's plays, musicals or symphony music, Danville will have plenty to choose from for the 2008-09 season. And the local performing-arts groups welcome season ticket-holders as well as single-show- and concert-goers.
The Danville Symphony Orchestra features Danville musicians as well as professional and student musicians from Illinois and Indiana.
WESTVILLE – The public has spoken.
At the 17th annual Vermilion County Conservation District Counted Cross-Stitch Show and Exhibition held Aug. 10 at Forest Glen Preserve, the tradition of the public voting for its favorites continued.
GIFFORD – If you can't make out auctioneer Jim Hannagan's chatter, or "chant," between sales figures, don't feel bad. Even he doesn't know what he's uttering.
Hannagan, 41, of Gifford was named the state champion auctioneer at the Illinois State Fair on Tuesday and will advance to the International Auctioneer Championship at the National Auctioneers Association conference in Overland Park, Kan., next year.
Teachers in the Catlin and Bismarck-Henning school districts are heading back to school with one less matter on their mind.
This week, school boards for both districts approved three-year teacher contracts, sewing up several months of negotiations between district officials and their teacher unions.