For the retirees, July 15-22, 2018

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.

Getting Personal: Jamar Brown

Jamar Brown talks about his current activities at Newmark Civil Engineering lab in Urbana on Friday, July 6, 2018.

On The Town: Napleton Teacher of the Year Awards 2018

Napleton Teacher of the Year awards at Pear Tree Estates in Champaign, on Thursday, May 17, 2018.

In the Garden | Supporting the monarchs

The iconic monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) has become somewhat of a poster child for the plight that many pollinators face, and for good reason. Monarch populations have experienced drastic declines in recent years for a variety of reasons, some of which researchers are still trying to explain.

Religion calendar, July 13-20, 2018

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Rosemary Laughlin/review | Station's 'Aliens' entirely down to earth


Do not let the title of the Station Theatre's new play — "Aliens — suggest it to be about outer-space arrivals. It's about 30-year-old American males who never "got on" with their dreams or possibilities beyond working in a small-town Vermont coffee shop.

Illinois Ancestors | State genealogical society's website update helpful

Researchers who have recently viewed the website of the Illinois State Genealogical Society ( have, no doubt, been pleasantly surprised at the recent (June 2018) updates.

Meg Makes | A great dish for summer's sour cherries

When my husband and mom picked sour cherries in the heat on the Fourth of July, I knew the resulting dish would have to be good. My idea for this recipe didn't disappoint.

My Amish Home | Resisting the call of a sunny day while prepping for vacation

"And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God. The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it. And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.

A colorful gathering place

The Turquoise Table movement may be catching on in Champaign-Urbana.

A few months ago, after writing about a trend that started in Austin, Texas, to encourage neighborly connections, I got an email from local real estate broker Debbie Hensleigh.

Turns out she was way ahead of me.