Rob Kanter: Show some landscaping love to wildlife in area

On Saturday, the local conservation group Grand Prairie Friends will conduct a sale of native prairie and woodland plants at Lincoln Square Village in Urbana.

For the retirees, May 3-10, 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.

John Roska: Two ways to change judge deciding a case

Q: I think the judge in my divorce case is biased against me. Can I get a different judge? If I can't, I don't have a chance.

A: It sounds like the judge has done something in the case that makes you think he or she is biased. In that case, you can ask for the judge to be replaced "for cause."

Getting Personal: Julia Rietz

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, 46-year-old Urbana resident Julia Rietz, the Champaign County state's attorney and a horse enthusiast, chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood. Hear more from Rietz Monday at 10 on WDWS.

When you were growing up, what did your parents do?

Barns in Urbana have served merrymaking purpose for years

Know of a barn worth spotlighting? Email Melissa Merli at with the details

URBANA — Loretta Dessen remembers fondly the beautiful, Amish-built barn on her family property, Farm Lake.

Caesarea: Herod's city by the sea

By Vivienne Mackie/For The News-Gazette

Letter from Birdland: Laundry moves outdoors again

Birdland is nippy but deliciously green.

The daffodils have faded, but tulips in all colors have taken their place.

Bob Swisher: Bad weather didn't ruin our weekend

Harper and I do not run! The rest of the family was well represented in last weekend's C-U running events.

My grandson, Austin from San Diego, finished his first marathon. My ex, Carol, won age group awards in Friday and Saturday races. All in all, I had too many relatives participating to mention the results of all of them.

Milestone for Vermilion County Museum

The Vermilion County Museum Society will celebrate its 50th anniversary during an open house from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the museum, 116 N. Gilbert St.

Wheelathon fundraiser set

URBANA — Here's a chance to experience what it's like to navigate life in a wheelchair.

The annual Wheelathon, sponsored by PACE, Inc. (Persons Assuming Control of their Environment) will be held from 9:30-2 p.m. May 9 at Urbana's Meadowbrook Park.