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Letter from Birdland: When the snow comes, so does the fun

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.

They started in Macedonia; now they're an all-American success

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.

And Christmas?

"We always worked Christmas," Jack Pinjoli says. "We never even thought about it."

Schools not so different after all

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: Doug Quick

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?

Rantoul couple documenting graves

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.

Myrlie Evers to speak at UI

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.

Letter from Birdland: Alive with the sounds of the misty prairie

In Birdland in the mist, I can hear the interstate that my bad hearing usually lets me forget.

Reluctant Townie: Still more musings on 'The Bachelor'

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.

For the retirees Feb. 24, 2013

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.

Melissa Merli's Art Beat: Comic pays tribute to a major voice for equality

The late John Lee Johnson was an uncompromising civil rights activist who could at times be a pain in the you know what.

But we needed someone like him to keep us honest and to move us forward in the area of racial equality.

I, as well as many other folks, miss him.