Area history, Aug. 12, 2017

Area history, Aug. 12, 2017

Today is Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1917, 10 new airplanes arrived at Chanute Field in Rantoul from the Curtis factory in Buffalo, N.Y., and were unloaded. The work of assembling the planes was to begin the next day. There were now 32 planes at Chanute. Almost 2,000 people were on the road west of the field to watch the flying. Only one machine went up, however.

In 1967, "Your idealism does not last long at all," said Ed Scoggin, a Peace Corps member from Hensley Township outside of Champaign, after he returned from two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Brazil. "But you have to keep a little of it to last for two years."

In 2002, the Urbana Park District was developing a 10-acre dog park as part of Judge Webber Park in east Urbana. When the dog park was completed that fall, pet owners who bought memberships could bring their pooches to the enclosed area and allow them to run around and play free of the constraints of leashes. Ellen Kirsanoff, volunteer coordinator and fundraising coordinator for the park along Perkins Road, said efforts to establish a recreation area just for canines started two years earlier, when several residents asked the park board to consider the project.

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