Younger Generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults

Area bands fare well

Several area high school bands placed at last weekend's 44th Annual Illinois Marching Band Championships at Memorial Stadium.

In an area sweep in Class 1A, Tri-Valley placed first, Watseka second and Blue Ridge third.

Monticello was second in Class 2A and Champaign Central was third in Class 4A,

My Amish Home: When days get dreary, I get weary

"But fornication and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient; but rather, giving thanks.

Meg Makes: A quick, versatile, 2-veggie side dish

This is a really simple veggie side dish, but it's so delicious that it would suit a Sunday dinner or special occasion.

I created it when I realized I had the two main ingredients in my fridge, and needed to use them both before they spoiled.

The roasted mushrooms took on an intense flavor, but it went really well with the sprouts.

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments in our communities

SIU School of Medicine students

Four area students from the Class of 2018 began training in August at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. The students participate in a "white coat ceremony" that welcomed them into the medical profession.

Illinois Ancestors: Cemeteries' data withheld by states

Steve Seim has a most comprehensive website at that is designed to record burials of residents of such institutions as asylums, poor farms, orphanages, etc., so that those individuals will not be lost to history.

This ride has its ups, downs

When Richard Harden first heard about the Hilly Hundred bicycle ride in Indiana, he was more than up for the challenge.

“A lot of people who are into cycling are like sled dogs. Put a challenge before them and they are panting and ready to go try it,” Harden said. “I heard there are a lot of steep, challenging hills and pretty scenery, and I said, ‘Sure, count me in.’ ”

To your health: Stormy weather calls for comfort food

By Leia Kedem

Dreary weather lately has me craving comfort food like none other, so while it's storming outside, I've been cooking up a storm inside my kitchen.

Letter from Birdland: Harvest brings horizon, reflection

In Birdland the corn has been cut! We have swapped our cozy isolation for an open landscape in all directions. I came home the other day and our farmer friend, Sean, was standing next to his grain truck on the roadside looking out into the field. I got out of the car to say hi. "I got my horizon back," I called to him.

Reluctant Townie: A grand dumpster anniversary

This weekend marks the arrival of not only Sweetest Day but also my fifth wedding anniversary to my beautiful, smart, witty and altogether first wife, Rolls. The synchronicity of Sweetest Day and our anniversary is coincidental; we were forced to choose our wedding date around which weekend in October 2009 the Illini weren't playing a home game.

Denali Grand Slam

By Fred Delcomyn

"Stop!" yelled one of our companions, pointing out the window. The old converted school bus ground to a halt. We were on a tour of Denali National Park and Preserve, scanning for wildlife.