Pet Talk: Tips for improving your pet's golden years

University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine

Thanks to advancing medicine, pets live longer than ever before. However, with these added years of valuable life, come more age-related health problems.

On The Town: Danville Lions Club Banquet

Danville Lions Club annual installation banquet at the Possom Trot restaurant near Oakwood on Thursday, June 29, 2107.

Getting Personal: Abby Foster

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 2017 Miss Illinois Abby Foster chats with staff writer Melissa Merli. The 20-year-old from Danville is a student at Ball State University.

What interests you the most right now?

Susan McKinney: A must-read for fans of Sherlock Holmes

"The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes," by Leonard Goldberg, is set in London in 1910. Dr. Watson, Holmes' friend and sidekick, is an aging man, still living at 221B Baker St. Holmes passed away years ago. Dr. Watson's son, John, also is a doctor and visits his father regularly.The book is told from a first-person perspective by Dr. John Watson.

John Roska: 3 kinds of convictions bar gun owner's card

Q: Can I get a gun license if I have a criminal record?

A: Officially, you're talking about a firearm owner's identification (FOID) card. It's issued by the Illinois State Police. You have to have one to legally possess a firearm or ammunition in Illinois.

The Reluctant Townie: You can shop like a king at Aldi

A trip to the grocery store can really take a bite out of your budget. But it doesn't have to. What if I told you there was an enchanted land of low prices and strange customs? That place is Aldi, a lo-fi grocery store where you can shop like a king. But there are some things you need to know before you venture into this exotic land.

Letter from Birdland: Finding peace on the water

We are sitting in the cockpit of a sailboat anchored in a cove of Chambers Island in Green Bay. Michael is looking thoughtfully at the horizon, and I am still nibbling at our picnic lunch — kipper snacks, apples, hummus, cucumbers and cheese. My husband and I packed for this trip specifically so we wouldn't have to use the galley much.

Local reviewers', veterans' highest-ranking war movies

"Dunkirk" is this weekend's big movie. It's the true story of 400,000 British soldiers trapped by the Germans on the wrong side of the English Channel and how they escape at the beginning of World War II.

It got staff writer PAUL WOOD thinking: What would movie buffs and veterans pick as their favorite war movies?

Library events, July 23-29, 2017

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

At 10 a.m. Tuesday at the main library, Rachel Z will introduce Zumba at this week's Fit & Fabulous workshop. Zumba combines lively music with movement that's more dance than fitness.

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, July 23, 2017


U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06

Here's a lovely poem that imagines the afterlife by Emily Ransdell, who divides her time between Washington and the Oregon coast. This poem appeared first in The Cortland Review.

Bowling in Heaven

Like newlyweds,

my parents slip out of their clothes.