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Some kernels of wisdom on sweet corn with season in full swing

Sweet corn season is now.

Festivals for eating ears of the delectable grain abound.

If you are cooking or preserving it at home, here are some ideas.

Stopping By: Walnut Point State Park worth it just for food

OAKLAND – Nestled under a canopy of trees, right on the edge of Shady Bay at Walnut Point Lake, sits the Walnut Point Cafe, where you can satisfy just about any craving for homemade comfort food. Ice cream is a big seller here, as are the cobblers and the hot fudge brownie sundaes.

But it's the hot foods, heaped high on the plates, that get the regulars stopping by each week. Co-owners Kathy and Rick Strange have been running the Walnut Point Concessions within Walnut Point State Park for eight years.

Apple's iPhone offers plenty of options for gamers on the go

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.

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.

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.