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Forest preserve officials toss out idea for dog park

MAHOMET – Squirrels, hide your nuts. Birdies, find a higher branch. Dogs could be coming – unleashed at that – to five acres of Lake of the Woods Park.

Champaign County Forest Preserve District Executive Director Jerry Pagac said Wednesday that the district is tossing out the idea to see if anybody responds.

UI survey seeks public input on Allerton Park

Why do you visit Allerton Park? How would you rank its condition? Would you recommend the park for a retreat or a party?

Whether you frequently participate in the park's activities or you have stopped by once or twice, you're invited to weigh in about Allerton Park in Monticello.

Cultural center proposed at Danville's Carver Park

DANVILLE – He was the first black dentist in Danville when he moved to the area from Texas in 1918.

He organized events such as a visit by Olympic great Jesse Owens to raise money for the Laura Lee Fellowship House.

Midwest matchup may mean a good day for bars

CHAMPAIGN – For some people, the crowd at their favorite watering hole can become almost like family.

And on Super Bowl Sunday, owners and managers of several local bars say they're expecting good crowds made up of regular customers to get together to watch the Chicago Bears-Indianapolis Colts matchup. In many cases, bars are offering free food, adding to the familylike atmosphere.

YMCA opts for 1 site

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign County YMCA has decided to consolidate in southwest Champaign, sell off the McKinley Family Center on Church Street and eventually close its building on Country Fair Drive.

The organization planned to announce today that it will build a new $14 million facility on 12 acres near Staley and Windsor roads, in cooperation with the Carle Foundation, which would have a wellness center there.

Land buy to expand Garfield Park recommended

DANVILLE – By June, patrons of Garfield Park could have more options for the usual $3 fee – a swim in the city pool, a splash in the new AMBUCS' aquatic playground or both.

Members of the city council's public services committee approved an ordinance Wednesday night that expands Garfield Park with the purchase of four adjacent lots. Full council approval is needed before the city can pursue ways to acquire the property, located at 1104-1106 E. Fairchild St. and 1112 Industrial St.

Orpheum Museum board adopting new safety measures

CHAMPAIGN – Board members of the Orpheum Children's Science Museum in Champaign will be adopting new safety measures for the museum after a child was injured there last weekend.

The child was injured Sunday afternoon when a steel bell on a new tugboat exhibit at the museum came loose and fell on the child, hitting him on the head, said George Stanhope, president of the museum's board of directors.

Swimming facility reopens to public after monthslong closure

URBANA – Within minutes of its official opening, the Urbana Indoor Aquatic Center was filled with sound and splashing.

At 1:30 p.m. Friday, Gary Cziko became the first member of the public to slip into the cool water of the lap pool, where he started doing the crawl.

Activities planned for Urbana pool reopening

After months of waiting, there are only two days to go until the official reopening of the Urbana Indoor Aquatic Center.

The facility, which was damaged after a July 24 fire, has already hosted the Urbana High School boys' swim team for its last several practices.