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Lifeguards credited with saving 5-year-old in Danville

DANVILLE — It was something lifeguard Montana Schnelle spent hours training for, but never thought she'd have to do — save someone from drowning.

But city officials said last week, Schnelle and five other young lifeguards at the Danville Municipal Pool saved the life of a 5-year-old boy, who had sunk to the bottom of the pool and stopped breathing.

Green Street to be closed from Sixth to Wright on Saturday for fest

CHAMPAIGN — City officials will close a portion of Green Street in Campustown nearly all day on Saturday for the Center City Summer Stage festival.

Paxton pool opening near

UPDATED 4:55 p.m. Wednesday.

PAXTON — The opening of the city’s outdoor swimming pool is nearing, but an exact date is still up in the air as officials wait to acquire one last part that will bring it into compliance with state regulations.

New lamps being tested at West Side Park

CHAMPAIGN — Park officials have installed new lamps at West Side Park in hopes that new energy-efficient lights will provide better coverage and cost less at the same time.

Of the 53 poles in the park, officials are testing two right now. The poles themselves are in good condition, park district director Bobbie Herakovich said, but the fixtures are more than 20 years old.

Delays bedevil Crystal Lake pool project

URBANA — Nothing is coming easy for the Urbana Park District as it prepares to build a new Crystal Lake Park aquatic center.

Park district officials already are being tormented by delays in the approval of the swimming pool plans by the Illinois Department of Public Health and of the announcement of a hoped-for $400,000 grant to pay for a streambed feature at the pool.

Lake Vermilion homeowners back return of fueling station

DANVILLE — As boating picks up on Lake Vermilion this spring, plans are in motion to again make gasoline available at the Vermilion County Conservation District's boat dock on the west side of the lake.

Swimming pools open for 2012 season

A roundup of openings and information for area swimming pools: (If we've missed one, please add it in the comments)

Champaign's Sholem Pool

2205 Sangamon Drive

Opens: 11 a.m. Saturday


— Weekdays: 12:30 to 7 p.m. (open until 8 p.m. in July)

— Weekends: 11:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. (open until 8 p.m. in July)


Champaign moves forward on replacing Leonhard Center

CHAMPAIGN — With a $2.5 million state grant in hand, park officials now have a conceptual design for a facility that will replace the worn-out Leonhard Recreation Center and are continuing to move toward a late-fall groundbreaking.

Paxton pool expected to open in June


PAXTON — The park district's recreation director said he expects to be able to open the public swimming pool at Coady Park on the first or second weekend of June, assuming a variety of necessary preparations can be completed in the next couple of weeks.

Urbana parks hit by vandals

URBANA — Vandals have caused more than $1,500 in damage at two Urbana parks this spring, and the park district is appealing to those using the parks to report suspicious activity.