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Urbana considers new artist for King work

URBANA — City officials will look to a new artist to come up with a design for public art in King Park after they rejected the initial concept developed by a Massachusetts artist.

Rantoul man taps into past, makes syrup

Don't be surprised if Al Varney and Mrs. Butterworth know each other on a first-name basis.

A Vermont native, Varney grew up tapping maple trees the way many central Illinois residents grew up tasseling corn and baling hay.

It was a way to make some cash.

Now 86, the Rantoul man still keeps his hand in making maple syrup, but on a far smaller scale.

Summer registration open for Danville club

DANVILLE — Area youths can now register for the summer program session at the Boys & Girls Club of Danville. The session runs from June 10 through Aug. 16.

The fee is $175 per member and $125 for each additional member in the same family. Fees must be paid in full in order for members to have a guaranteed spot.

Market Street to undergo repairs

CHAMPAIGN — Traffic will be reduced on a portion of Market Street on Champaign's north side beginning Monday as part of the Market Street improvement project.

Cross Construction will be working on the east side of Market Street between Kenyon Road and Wallace Avenue starting Monday, April 15.

Mild temperatures, wet week ahead

CHAMPAIGN — Warm temperatures will remain through at least Wednesday, but keep an umbrella close as the National Weather Service forecasts showers and thunderstorms through Friday.

Early Monday morning brings the first chance for thunderstorms. The high temperature is expected to reach the mid-60s during the afternoon, but showers are likely throughout the day.

Business calendar April 14, 2013

Wednesday, April 17

'Job Seeking Skills' class. 6 p.m., Habitat for Humanity, 119 E. University Ave., C. Topics include: creating a resume; applying for the right position; and a winning interview. Free. Call Michelle Stallmeyer at Habitat for Humanity, 819-5113, to register.

Activist returning to Urbana to speak, show films

Bhavia Wagner started out being an activist 45 years ago when she was Carol Hartstirn, an Urbana student working to save Allerton Park from a dam project.

Now she lives in Eugene, Ore., and the 1974 Urbana High School graduate works to help children in Cambodia get a good education.

Ted Kooser: American life in poetry April 14, 2013

There's something wonderful about happening upon a musician playing for his or her own pleasure, completely absorbed in the music. Jeff Daniel Marion is a fine poet from east Tennessee. And here's a woman playing the bagpipes.

Playing to the River

She stands by the riverbank,

notes from her bagpipes lapping

across to us as we wait

It's Your Business: Record shop open; game shop expands

Nathan Landolt has opened Error Records at 702 S. Neil St., C, in the space that formerly housed the skateboard shop called Board Boutique.

Error Records sells vinyl records, cassette tapes, compact discs, DVDs and zines — often self-published magazines.

Studio Visit: Leif Olson

 

Studio Visit appears in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. Here, a visit with Leif Olson, who created the signature image for this year's Boneyard Arts Festival.

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