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Ted Kooser: American life in poetry

Here's a delightful poem by Douglas S. Jones about a bicycle rider sharing his bike with a spider. Jones lives in Michigan, and spiders live just about everywhere.


The spider living in the bike seat has finally spun

its own spokes through the wheels.

I have seen it crawl upside down, armored

black and jigging back to the hollow frame,

C-U Haiku

Thunderous storm clouds

shouted promises of rain

whispering again.

— Jan Hansen, Champaign

Youth news: Champaign 4-H club gets state honor

The Champaign Shamrocks 4-H Club is a recipient of a 2012 State 4-H Club Award in Environment and Natural Resources.

Rich Warren: Reader needs repair on '60s-era stereo

This is the type of reader question with which I truly sympathize; it arrived via postal mail rather than email:

"My wife and I need someone to repair our Packard Bell stereo that we bought in 1965 when we lived in Springfield. It is in a large, heavy piece of furniture, so we cannot simply pick it up and take it anywhere.

Special events listing, Oct. 19-27

A listing of special events, provided by the venues. In case of an error, please click here to email online editor Mike Howie.

This weekend

Chief funny man leads 'Barnum Bash' coming to the Assembly Hall

If you want to be a clown, it doesn't hurt to know how to dance.

Dean Kelley, 32, has reached the pinnacle of clown success as the emcee and chief clown for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus' "Barnum Bash," in which he plays dancing DJ Dean.

A huge cowlick stands straight up from his bright orange wig — but don't call him a Bozo.

Gallery opening, along with photo exhibit, set at Krannert Art Museum

CHAMPAIGN — The first of several Krannert Art Museum galleries to be updated, the African Art Gallery will reopen Thursday evening with the new exhibition "Encounters: The Arts of Africa."

Annual stamp show to feature top Midwestern dealers

The Champaign-Urbana Stamp Club will welcome members of the American First Day Cover Society at its 39th annual show and exhibition next weekend at the Urbana Civic Center. An AFDCS society meeting is set for Saturday afternoon.

Bob Swisher: Take a drive to Saybrook, Monticello

Saybrook, population 725, is the home of an antique shop called Havenly Bliss, notice not heavenly. Haven like in home.

Paula Hany, a Webber Grade School alumna, owns it. That is where all four of my sons went to grade school in Urbana.