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Clan gathers to celebrate 75th consecutive reunion

From an immigrant couple, Onorato and Mary Pinta Vacketta, have come more than 300 descendants, and on Sunday, a good portion of generations three through seven met at Zamberletti Park for the 75th consecutive Vacketta Family Reunion.

The story of this family reflects that of many immigrant families who came to the area. Onorato first came to the U.S. as a boy, but later returned to Italy, married and started a family. He came back to the U.S. in 1891, leaving his wife and two children and arriving in New Orleans, trying to earn a living in the sugar cane fields.

14th annual Community Day in Danville draws about 500

DANVILLE – The fun and feasting did a lot more than offer city residents free entertainment for a Sunday afternoon – it helped people take one more step toward learning more about each other.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee and the Danville Human Relations Committee sponsored the 14th annual Community Day on Sunday. An estimated 500 people attended.

Vigil held on anniversary of toddler's death

DANVILLE – When Ray Skidmore heard about the candlelight vigil to mark the 1-year anniversary of Reagan Williams' death, he felt compelled to be there.

Skidmore, a lieutenant with the Tilton Fire Department, responded to the 911 call for help at a Tilton home a year ago, and started CPR on a 2 1/2-year-old, who was unconscious. The child was Reagan.

Gene Barton: No longer in operations

CHAMPAIGN – Here's a quick quiz: Who has the unenviable task of overseeing operations for all the following University of Illinois facilities and programs?

a) The Assembly Hall.

Couple re-enacts ceremony in renewing vows 50 years later

Urbana High School students Johnny and Judy met each other at Vriner's.

The cafe/confectionery was a teenage hangout in downtown Urbana before it made the move to Champaign.

C-U'S longtime environmental health director is moving on

CHAMPAIGN – Lead poisoning, food-borne illnesses, radon contamination, West Nile virus ...

For 30 years, it's been Garry Bird's job to keep the unsuspecting people of Champaign-Urbana safe from vile stuff like that, and now he's passing the torch to somebody else.

Mahomet woman sends messages of love to soldiers

Carol Reynolds was watching the evening news in her Mahomet home when she saw a familiar name flash across the screen: Pfc. Lucas Starcevich.

She knew exactly how it was spelled and how it felt to form the letters with her pen.

Friend of the homeless stepping down

CHAMPAIGN – Jumping rope with a 3-year-old isn't exactly in her job description, but Kathy Ouellette doesn't mind.

In fact, the longtime director of the Center for Women in Transition values her time with clients much more than her official duties running the shelter for homeless women and children.

Rehab isn't just for people: Savoy vet works with dogs

Steve Jacobs leads one of his first patients of the day – a 4-year-old boxer named Riley – to an underwater treadmill for one of his twice-a-week physical therapy sessions.

A dog barely able to limp outside to his own yard a few months ago, Riley is soon trotting steadily through hip-high water, working his recently repaired knee and well on the road back to the active dog he used to be.

Aunt turns anger over infant's death into activism

Illinois public school students could get a classroom lesson on the dangers of shaking a baby.

The Illinois House recently approved a resolution urging the state board of education to include Shaken Baby Syndrome awareness and prevention education programs in curricula for junior high and high school students.