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Wednesday in Birdland: A glance out the window reveals the brown trees of winter dipped in russet. The low rays of the morning sun have lit them all on one side, like they are the start of the show. The west side is all in shade, and the contrast makes a lovely picture, the shadow tangled in the trees.
CHAMPAIGN — Easter has always been a special time for the Altar Guild at Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church.
From the building facing West Side Park, colorful hand-decorated eggs, many with a silly sensibility, have been hatching since 1927.
This might be one of the most special Easters ever: the last time the guild, which has an aging population, crafts the eggs.
Andrea Reynolds clutches a red spiral notebook as her bus pulls up to Danville High School.
The Catlin High School student is both excited and nervous about her first visit to the school, which physically is nearly 7 times the size of hers and has more than 8 times the number of students.
Getting Personal is an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, a chat with longtime WICD weatherman and personality Doug Quick.
What time do you typically get up? What do you do the first hour of the morning?
URBANA — Success was simple for four men from Macedonia who have owned several family restaurants in central Illinois.
All you have to do is follow their simple instructions: Work seven days a week, 14 hours a day. Then draft or enlist your entire family in the restaurants.
"We always worked Christmas," Jack Pinjoli says. "We never even thought about it."
One by one, they are lined up in a cemetery in rural Thomasboro.
Five little children whose lives were cut short, each within a few months of one another, are buried there.
URBANA — Renowned civil rights activist Myrlie Evers will deliver the keynote address Wednesday at the University of Illinois' culminating celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation sesquicentennial.
In Birdland in the mist, I can hear the interstate that my bad hearing usually lets me forget.
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.
Yes, I know I've already written about "The Bachelor" once this year, and on top of that, this season of "The Bachelor" has been excruciatingly boring, the blame for which rests solely upon Bachelor Sean, who is basically a vanilla wafer with legs.