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Champaign doctor seeks lasting tribute to America's pastime

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:

Allerton Music Barn fest bigger, better second time around

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 Family YMCA closing for annual maintenance week

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 Lions Club seeking funds for Labor Day fireworks

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.

Winners of Midwest Heritage Quilt Show announced

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.

Danville ensembles plan diverse season of music, theater

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.

Public's choices at Counted Cross-Stitch Show revealed

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.

Auctioneer heading to national contest

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.

3-year contracts approved in Catlin, Bismarck-Henning

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.

Champaign teen is seventh of seven siblings to go to 4-H event

With seven kids in the family, sibling rivalry is no foreign concept to the Hays family of Champaign.

But that doesn't mean a little competition doesn't have its benefits.

By this fall, rivalry among the Hays siblings will have taken all seven to the National 4-H Congress, an annual event attended by more than 1,000 4-H members from all 50 states, where activities include workshops and service projects.