Grillers, vendors set for Swine 'N' Dine

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.

Their moment in the sun

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.

Details of picker's area visit

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.

Businesses sought for 'Jeans Day' fundraiser

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.

The Fit List

Good luck to everyone racing or riding this weekend. If you’re looking for an event, check out the list:

Weekend of Sept. 20-21:
Savoy Orchard Days 5K

Religion calendar, Sept. 19, 2014

To submit items for this calendar, visit and click "Add an event" under the miniature calendar on the page. You must be logged in, then fill in the appropriate fields and submit. Deadline is noon Tuesday before Friday publication.


Rich Warren: Trying to find the silver lining in 'the cloud'

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.

Illinois bands corner

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.

Illinois Ancestors: E-magazine features Illinois research

The most recent issue (Sept/Oct) of the free e-magazine, "Irish Lives Remembered Genealogy Magazine" at

Younger Generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults

Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of about 16,000 semifinalists in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship program.