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Grant will enhance nature area near Danville industrial park

DANVILLE — The Southgate Industrial Park doesn't sound like a place someone would go to exercise or enjoy nature.

But city workers who regularly mow parts of a 16-acre city-owned section of the industrial park see plenty of wildlife, including beaver, herons and ducks, according to Steve Lane with the Danville parks department.

Fundraisers set for wildlife clinic

The University of Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic has announced three upcoming fundraisers — one in Gibson City, one in Champaign and one at Homer Lake.

— "Howl at the Harvest Moon" is an annual, pet-friendly fund-raiser for the University of Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic.

How leaves change color

According to University of Illinois Jeffrey O. Dawson, with declining autumn temperatures, tree leaves stop producing chlorophyll, the green pigment of photosynthesis.

Leaves might give us an autumn show after all

URBANA — Rumors of the demise of fall color in our local trees have been slightly exaggerated.

State climatologist Jim Angel said this summer's drought might make the prognosis for Technicolor leaves seem dire, but our recent weather has perked up the chances for a bit of display of natural beauty.

Urbana may use bequest to add to pool

URBANA — Urbana park commissioners are being urged to finance additional enhancements at the new Crystal Lake Park pool with money from two sources, among them a gift left to the park district more than 20 years ago.

The park district board will consider the plan when it meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the district's operations center at 1011 Kerr Ave., U.

Bridge to Allerton reopened after years of closure

RURAL MONTICELLO — The reopening of the main entrance at Allerton Park and Retreat Center will make it easier for nature lovers to access the 1,600-acre park just south of Monticello.

Park district cancels 'Maltese Falcon'

CHAMPAIGN - The Champaign Park District has canceled its showing of "The Maltese Falcon" that was scheduled for Sunday evening at Hessel Park.

"Due to weather, tonight's concert at Hessel Park and the screening of 'The Maltese Falcon' have been canceled," the park district says on its website. "There is no rain date."

'The Maltese Falcon' canceled

Editor's note: This movie and the concert scheduled with it have been CANCELED.


Champaign council makes mayor's stadium plan a city project

CHAMPAIGN — Exploring the potential of Mayor Don Gerard's minor league baseball stadium is now a bona fide city project after it got the minimum amount of city council support this week to become an assignment for city staff.

Beaches, boat ramps remain open at Lake Shelbyville

SHELBYVILLE — While the water levels at Lake Shelbyville are below a normal summer level, beaches and boat ramps at the lake remain open.

The lake level was 598.31 feet above sea level on Friday, which is 1.39 feet below normal, according to Doug Vogel, interpretive services and outreach ranger for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.