PAXTON — Today's third annual Paxton Swine 'N' Dine BBQ Contest & Festival represents not only a chance for area residents to test their grilling talents in an organized competition. It's also an opportunity for some to get their name out as a local barbecue vendor.
I envy the laser focus of gardeners dedicated to one plant. Roses, hostas, daylilies — they all have their fans and fanatics.
I'm more shotgun than laser in my focus. However, if I was forced by trowel point to pick a group of plants to shower my enthusiasm (and my money), I would pick sedums. They offer amazing diversity and durability in the landscape.
Quite some time ago, Robin McNish, owner of Country Crossroads and Homespun Dreams Antiques and Things in downtown Paxton, won a contest that she entered.
She originally thought she was going to be involved in a three-day picking trip around Frank Fritz's home base in Iowa.
URBANA — Presence Covenant Medical Center is looking for employers to participate in its next "It's All in the Jeans Day" fundraiser for services fighting cancer.
Businesses can get involved by giving employees a chance to wear denim in exchange for a $5 donation on Oct. 3, with the money all going to the Covenant foundation women's health fund.
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Back in the 1960s Joni Mitchell wrote: "I've looked at clouds from both sides now, from up and down and still somehow it's cloud illusions I recall, I really don't know clouds at all."
Judy Collins hit it big with that song and it should enjoy a resurgence of popularity today about an entirely different kind of cloud.
Here is what the Marching Illini are doing this weekend:
5-6:30 p.m.: Marching Illini Rehearsal on the new MI Practice Field at the corner of First and Gregory. Public welcome to attend.
10:30-11 p.m.: Illini Drumline Friday Nite Hypeat the corner of Wright and Green — Alma Mater.
The most recent issue (Sept/Oct) of the free e-magazine, "Irish Lives Remembered Genealogy Magazine" at http://www.irishlivesremembered.com
Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of about 16,000 semifinalists in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship program.