Parade of Lights: Blast from the past

Ready for a retro Christmas? PAUL WOOD talked to the sponsors for the parade,
where Santa Claus will make an appearance in his sleigh at the end.

The Champaign Center Partnership and the 17th annual Christie Clinic Parade of Lights will present "Miracle on Neil Street" — a retro-themed holiday celebration in the heart of Downtown Champaign on Saturday.

My Amish Home: Grinding buggy wheel sets teeth on edge

"House and riches are the inheritance of fathers; and a prudent wife is from the Lord. Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger. He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; but he that despiseth his ways shall die.

Illinois Ancestors: State genealogical society's latest newsletter online

The November/December 2017 issue of the Illinois State Genealogical Society's Newsletter is now available, free, at the society's website at

Meg Makes: Time to get those cranberries popping

My husband has been counting down the weeks until he could buy fresh cranberries at the grocery store. So when they showed up as a seasonal item a few weeks ago, he was quick to pick them up.

We often eat cranberries, butternut squash and pecans baked together, but this recipe was a nice variation. It would make an easy side dish for Thanksgiving.

That festive FAFSA season

As we gather for turkey this week, let us all give thanks that we’ve made it past the Nov. 1 college early application deadline.

Family Life: Tips for communicating with Alzheimer's patients


Pet Talk: Teeth need attention

UI College of Veterinary Medicine

Teeth are amazingly strong. Nevertheless, when you consider that teeth are essential tools for your cat or dog, used not only for eating but for playing and picking things up, it's not surprising that veterinarians routinely see broken teeth in their patients.

Library events, Nov. 19-25, 2017

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the main library, kids 2 to 5 can jump in their jammies while enjoying a half hour of stories, music and fun at Goodnight Storytime.

At 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Douglass Branch, school-age kids will make their own turkey cups with treats.

Getting Personal: Kathy Wallig

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, staff wrtier Paul Wood chats with 66-year-old Urbana resident Kathy Wallig, a former Urbana schools public relations coordinator, journalist and METCAD dispatcher — and the mother of three public servants. Mostly, she is a neighborhood activist. When she has spare time, she quilts.

For the retirees, Nov. 19-25, 2017

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, 15 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, call 217-359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.