HOLLAND, Mass. (AP) — The year was 1992, and Dick Hoyt and his son, Rick, wanted to run and bike across the country to raise funds for a charity for cerebral palsy — a condition 30-year-old Rick developed at birth.
The Reluctant Townie sat at his computer, eating a small plate of nachos.
The word processor was open in front of him, its blinking cursor taunting him at approximately 60 bpm, or the equivalent of one blink per second. He had always found it difficult to count to one second exactly. Who had counted the first second? And how could they be sure they got it right?
Spectators were crowding along the sides of the road next to the start line of the Boston Marathon. The wheelchair participants were lined up, and the top racers in the world were being introduced.
And Aaron Pike was pretty pumped up for his first Boston Marathon.
ST. JOSEPH — As young boys playing in the Salt Fork River, Levi Marriott and Paul Cousert often wondered if you could float the river all the way to the ocean.
In about 21 days, maybe as many as 28, the best friends from St. Joseph will finally answer that boyhood question when they paddle their canoe into the Gulf of Mexico.
For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Bodnar, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.
RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Services of Champaign County.
Getting Personal is an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, Paul Wood chats with radio personality Hallie Marshall, 29, of Rantoul. She's on Lite Rock 97.5-FM on Saturday mornings and assists the WDWS, WHMS and WKIO radio stations.
All around the country this week, groups of people will be talking about and promoting a new baseball movie.
But not the one about Jackie Robinson, the revered Brooklyn Dodger who broke baseball's color barrier in 1947.
A second baseball-themed movie, opening next Friday, confronts a different social issue: abuse and dependency.
In Birdland, spring seems to be settling in. For weeks now, since before that last blizzard, in fact, the bulbs in my yard have been pushing up their greenery more slowly than usual.
Updated 2:36 p.m. Friday
DANVILLE — The good news: Fewer Vermilion County high school students are drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes and marijuana, attempting suicide, and using unhealthy methods to lose weight.