Religion calendar, Dec. 19, 2014

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Rich Warren: Gift guide for your favorite gadget lover

The Big Day is just a week away and today also is the second day of Hanukkah, so you may still be scrambling for gifts. Here are a few suggestions in case you missed the Black Friday column. You might even have these gifts in hand by the last day of Hanukkah without paying for overnight shipping.

Illinois Ancestors: Adoption book an eye-opener

Lori Carangelo has been passionate about the plight of adoptees since her own son was "stolen by a Connecticut foster care agency for secret adoption" many years ago. Her new book, "The Adoption and Donor Conception Factbook: The Most Comprehensive Source of U.S.

Younger Generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults

Eagle Scout

Benjamin Phipps of Champaign, son of Rex and Kari Phipps, earned the rank of Eagle Scout in September, with his Eagle Court of Honor being held in October.

My Amish Home: Time to put new steed through paces

"If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us." John 1:8-10

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments in our communities

Sunderland performs

Sara Sunderland of Champaign was one of more than 50 students who participated in the Cornell College holiday concert on Dec. 6 in King Chapel.

Sunderland is a member of the Concert Choir.

Meg Makes: Decadent treats can be presents, too

We're well into the holiday season. If you haven't had time to make any treats, I have truffle recipes for you that are both easy and delicious.

The first is from my grandma, Bobbie Thilmony of Loda, and I found it when raiding her recipe box earlier this fall.

Let it snow, let it snow, LET IT SNOW!

I'm waiting for snow. Rather impatiently, as I'm desperate to cross-country ski.

I enjoy cross-country skiing, but I'm pretty inexperienced at it. So, I really have no business attempting a 23-kilometer ski race. But I've entered it, and now I need to train.

To Your Health: Nothing in nutrition is black and white

By Leia Kedem

Have you ever gotten an email, text or letter that made you go, "Wow, what is her problem?" In text, short sentences and using lots of periods can convey curtness. In person, the same message is tempered by facial expressions, gestures and tone of voice. The written word is tricky — so much can be lost in translation.

Spotlight on Service, Dec. 16, 2014

A weekly look at area do-gooders. This week: Tuscola Moose Lodge

About the club...

Governor: Colin Slaughter

Origin: Founded in 1918

Meets: At 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at lodge, located on U.S. 36 in Tuscola.