Spotlight on Service, Jan. 27, 2015

A weekly look at area do-gooders. This week: Pride in Paxton

About the club

President: Teri Hancock

Origin: Founded in 1993

Meets: At 11 a.m. on the second Thursday of every other month at Monical's Pizza in Paxton.

To Your Health: Detoxing the myths of so-called cleanse diets

By Leia Kedem

Cleanses and detox diets take many shapes and forms, but are similar in that they claim to remove toxins from the body and cause drastic weight loss. Many people even report high levels of energy and euphoria as well as feeling more spiritual overall. Sounds good, right?

Place for work and play

DANVILLE — Carol Gats remembers the field trip she and her first-grade classmates took to her family farm — even though it took place six decades ago.

Letter from Birdland: Some cold, hard facts about snow

Birdland is frigid. For the past week, I've found one small, blue egg in the nest box each day. The Auracana pullets must be laying. But today's egg has frozen to bust out of its shell in one long crack. Yesterday's egg was like that too. I bring them in and put them into a small dish. Today, I will bake something that calls for two eggs.

For the retirees, Jan. 25-Feb. 1, 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.

Surprise trip to the Keys

By Judi Kutzko

Getting Personal: Brian Moody

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, 41-year-old Tuscola resident Brian Moody, the executive director of Tuscola Economic Development Inc., chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

Looking forward to March shows

Keep the first weekend in March open for the big primitive show in Amish land. It features four promoters in six locations. It just gets bigger and better every year. One of the promoters just got three pages in the Jan. 12 issue of Antique Week.

The language of gardening

Twitter, tweets, Google and geeks. Every leisure pursuit or profession has its own language. Gardening is no exception.

For example, a lady called the Extension office with a question for the Master Gardener about her container plant that wasn't flowering. After several exchanges of questions and corresponding answers, no obvious reason for the lack of flowers emerged.

Runners symposium scheduled

CHAMPAIGN — The next Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon is three months away, but runners planning to enter can sign up now for a free educational event to help them get ready to compete.