For the retirees, Aug. 30-Sept. 6, 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: Headphones a no-no while driving

Q: Is it illegal to drive wearing headphones?

A:Yes, in Illinois, unless it's a Bluetooth headset for one ear. Any other kind of headphones or headset is prohibited.

Rob Kanter: Perspective on coyotes

When was the last time you saw a coyote? Such a question would have seemed ridiculous to most residents of East Central Illinois in the not-too-distant past. But in recent years these adaptable carnivores seem to have filled in every niche available in the landscape that we humans have developed.

Don Follis: Whatever comes our way, this is not the end of our story

Holy cow, my dad could work. He worked all week, and then on Saturdays he swept and mopped floors and washed and vacuumed his cars. If someone asked him if he was retired, he would say, "What? Of course not." When he was 80 I heard him say to someone, "I work 40 hours a week. A man has to pull his weight in this old world."

Talk dirt to me

Cindy Ludwig, who describes herself as "retired Monsanto," moved to Champaign in March for a new job with the American Oil Chemists' Society.

Like other newcomers, she'd like to meet new people.

Touring Turin

By Mark Dirksen and Beth Maynard

Italy's greatest travel hits are great indeed: Rome and Florence, Venice and Naples, the Lago di Como, and all the marvelous countryside in between. Turin usually doesn't make the list — indeed, the Shroud is about all anyone ever mentions.

Getting Personal: Matthew Duco

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, 34-year-old Champaign attorney Matthew Duco, an up-and-coming Democrat, chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood.

What's something people don't know about you?

Reluctant Townie: Lessons learned from last week's column

Last week, I wrote a column titled "The new Jared Fogle Diet" that broke The News-Gazette website.

Letter from Birdland: On the lookout for Monarchs

It's refreshingly cool in Birdland, and we have flung the windows open. It feels more like October than August, and that's all right with me.

Sandra Mason: The real culprit

A snort, a sneeze, followed by two sniffles. Ahhh, it's the call of the allergy sufferer.

With the telltale symptoms of sneezing, runny nose and itchy, watery eyes, an estimated 50 million people suffer each year from allergies.

Although people can be allergic to many different things (pet dander, work, mold and fragrances), flower pollen is a common allergen.