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Prairie Center's third annual Walk for Recovery set Sept. 8

URBANA — The Prairie Center is inviting the local community to join in a walk next month to help promote substance abuse treatment and prevention and celebrate people in recovery.


Sam Banks focusing on rebuilding connections with community

CHAMPAIGN — In his first weeks of leading the Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club, Sam Banks is thinking a lot about rebuilding connections.

This Champaign agency serving local kids needs a strong link to the local community and "we've lost some of that," he says.


Virginia renovation revealing details lost in time

CHAMPAIGN — The Virginia Theatre has never looked bigger, with its seats removed and light flooding in on the enormous hall from doors opened by workers.

Pretty spry for a 90-year-old.

Work has just begun on restoring the theater to its glamour of yore, with comfortable seats, repaired plaster works and a new paint scheme that fits with the feel of the space.


Urbana board approves Crystal Lake pool contract

URBANA — About four years after Crystal Lake Pool was closed over safety concerns, the Urbana park board voted unanimously Tuesday to award a $6.52 million contract for construction of an aquatic center at the same site in north Urbana.


Staff: Leave some items out of Crystal Lake plans for now

URBANA — A climbing wall and three other items will be left out of construction plans — for now — for the new $8.8 million Urbana aquatic center, under a staff recommendation going to the Urbana park board Tuesday (Aug.7).

But the items could be reinstated later, depending on new funding, park district Executive Director Vicki Mayes said Monday.


Crystal Lake Pool bids above estimates

URBANA — Members of the Urbana park board will have a special meeting Aug. 7 to award construction contracts for the new Crystal Lake aquatic center still scheduled to open next spring.


Main pool at Sholem closed till Saturday

CHAMPAIGN — The main pool at the Sholem Aquatic Center in Champaign will remain closed until Saturday morning while park district employees treat the water following "an incident of severe diarrhea" that happened Thursday.

"It happened about 8 p.m. Thursday," said park district spokesman Laura Auteberry.


Group upset over tree removal at Lake of the Woods

MAHOMET — A group of avid users of a large section of Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve in Mahomet is upset about the way dozens of trees have been removed this year without any notification or discussion.

The group hopes to voice its displeasure at a meeting of the forest preserve board at 6 p.m. today at the Izaak Walton Cabin at Lake of the Woods.


Sale of seats Friday to benefit theater's restoration effort

CHAMPAIGN — It's believed that the seats in the Virginia Theatre have been playing an integral role to performances and movies in downtown Champaign since about 1939.


Expert: Give trees a good soaking to save them from stress

CHAMPAIGN — Forget about your lawn, says Jay Hayek, just water your trees.