Spotlight on Service, May 26, 2015

A look at area do-gooders. This week: Arcola Sunrise Rotary

About the club

President: Bill Wagoner

Origin: Chartered on Sept. 24, 1998

Meets: Thursday mornings at either the Dutch Kitchen or the It'll Do Bar & Grill

Family Checkbook: Energy-saving tips to keep you cool in summer

By Kathy Sweedler

As the summer heats up our utility bills can also soar. While we may only use our air conditioners for a few months each year, air conditioners use about five percent of all the electricity produced in the U.S., costing homeowners more than $11 billion a year in energy costs. This, on top of our normal energy use, can make a dent in our budgets!

Pet Talk: Face the fat

By Sarah Netherton/University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine

Getting Personal: Gina Hartleb

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, 46-year-old Champaign resident Gina Hartleb chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood. The teacher and parent is the wife of Illini baseball coach Dan Hartleb.

Where did you grow up?

John Roska: Passport expiration date could be headache overseas

Q: I'm going to Europe on vacation. Someone told me I could have trouble if my passport expires in six months. Why? As long as it's valid while I'm traveling, why should it make any difference?

Glory be!

On Memorial Day, the U.S. flag takes on a special sacredness as we honor our fallen.

Chuck Zelinsky of American Legion Post 24 in Champaign is a former national historian for the American Legion.

When Memorial Day celebrants need an expert on the Flag Code, he's the go-to guy on how to hoist it or when it should be displayed.

Don Follis: Holding onto anger rarely furthers the cause

One day when I was a young campus pastor at the University of Illinois, I attended an interfaith meeting where various views of biblical interpretation were discussed. A Protestant pastor I barely knew remarked that a few of us in the room were part of the group he called "Bible thumpers." The group I headed was among those named.

For the retirees, May 24-31, 2015

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, 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 Service of Champaign County.

A gem in the desert

By Vivienne Mackie

Letter from Birdland: Youngest member of flock returns

In Birdland, we hear the pitter-patter of little feet again ... or at least the pitter-patter of feet.

Ellis is home from his first semester at the university. I had to give up my "study" so our youngest could have his room back, but it was a small price to get to be a mom again, if only for the summer.