Illinois Ancestors: ISGS posts 1812 Pension Match Challenge

The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) has announced that it is supporting the Federation of Genealogical Societies' (FGS) "Preserve The Pensions" campaign by issuing the ISGS War of 1812 Pension Match Challenge.

ISGS will match any donation up to the first $10,000 that is made before Jan. 31, 2015.

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments in our communities

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments in our communities

And the winner is ...

Brice Hutchcraft of Champaign won a new car during the Champaign Parks Foundation raffle to benefit the Park District's youth scholarship fund.

Meg Makes: Fresh jam always beats store-bought

I believe the gift of a plant, especially one that bears fruit, might be the best way to remind someone to think of you often.

My Amish Home: Sun hides as Sparky finally retires

"The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. O, taste and see that the Lord is good: Blessed is the man that trusteth in him. O, fear ye the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him." Psalm 34:7, 8, 9

Study: Social media users shy away from opinions

ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press

To Your Health: Recipes to kick off a new school year

By Leia Kedem

Everyone back on a normal sleep schedule? Check. New shoes broken in? Check. Backpacks fully loaded? Check. Frozen pizza for dinner? Wait a minute.

Positive results

When Paula Tatman enrolled in an exercise research program in June 2012, her greatest hope was that she would be able to walk down the aisle at her son’s wedding a year later. The Urbana woman had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2004, and at the time she started the research study, she had great difficulty walking.

Environmental Almanac: Take a walk on the wild side (of campus)

I take great pleasure in the activities and energy that mark the beginning of a new academic year at the University of Illinois in August. But I also make time to recharge by connecting with the natural world every day, whether by taking the long way as I cross campus for a meeting or a class or a dedicated walk at lunchtime.

For the retirees, Aug. 24-31, 2014

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Bodnar, 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 Services of Champaign County.

It's becoming cool for Illini grads to get hitched at ... Wedding U

The groom arrived on horseback, carrying a sword.

In the Punjab/Sikh tradition, the groom, Amandeep Gargi, was a prince. His wife, Supreet Kahlon, was every bit the princess.

With 200 dancers, almost 400 guests and a flock of musicians, Gargi says the wedding seemed, to many of his University of Illinois friends, something out of Bollywood.