In the Garden | Early risers

Nothing signals the coming of spring quite like a daffodil (Narcissus psuedonarcissus) in full bloom. After winter slumber as bulbs beneath the ground, these tiny plants emerge very early in the year to put on a spectacular flowering display each spring.

Religion calendar, March 22-29, 2019

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My Amish Home | New events springing up with new season

"All the ways of man are clean in his own eyes; but the Lord weigheth the spirits. Commit thy works until the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established. The Lord hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil. Everyone that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished." Proverbs 16:2-5

Family Life | The importance of stress relief

Today's article comes from UI Extension intern Kyle Dickey:

Stress is an unavoidable part of life, but it doesn't have to overwhelm you. While you are sure to encounter your fair share of stress from various aspects of your life, it is manageable with the right approach.

Pet Talk | New treatment approach for canine arthritis

UI College of Veterinary Medicine

A treatment approach that has been in practice in human medicine for decades is now offered for dogs at the UI Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana.

Significant Structures | An entrancing entrance at Urbana's Huff House

URBANA — There's no fooling around with the entrance off the porch at 611 W. Oregon St.

First, there's a pair of massive doors to pass through to a second set and a third, virtually an airlock.

Nanette Donohue | Authors make science entertaining


Several years ago, I had a memorable encounter with a very large centipede that was making its way across my living room floor. I don't know how the centipede got there, and I don't remember how it was removed (other than the fact that I didn't remove it), but this imposition of the outside world into my home still sends a shiver down my spine.

Getting Personal: Tracy Wingler

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 57-year-old Urbana resident Tracy Wingler chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood. He's been the highway-maintenance supervisor for Champaign County, and now he has a new position with the AHW John Deere dealership in Urbana. Wingler is big on the Cardinals, the Apple Dumplin' Restaurant and the GOP.

Library events, March 17-24, 2019

Champaign Public Library
Main library, 200 W. Green St.
Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

At 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Douglass Branch, school-age children and their families can attend DIY Kids Week, with different hands-on activities each day. Create your own cup-stacking challenge, kaleidoscope, origami animal puppet and lava lamp.

Krazy Is A Perk | Friends don't let friends do business in the woods


"Don't freak out," Thomas warned, "but our department is going on a mandatory camping weekend and spouses are encouraged to attend."

"I'm not freaking out," I said, "cuz I'm not going."

"I'd really appreciate it if you came along."

"Is there a beach?"


"Will you be taking me to a beach after the camping trip?"