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It's not your imagination; this spring was fifth-wettest

CHAMPAIGN – If you're beginning to think an ark is the best choice for transportation, you're not far off.

Jim Angel of the Illinois State Water Survey reports Champaign-Urbana is in the midst of its fifth-wettest spring on record.

Several Champaign roads to close today for road work

CHAMPAIGN – Several Champaign streets are being temporarily closed for construction work.

Williamsburg Drive will be closed on Thursday from Mattis Avenue to Thornton Drive to allow Feutz Contractors to complete storm sewer construction work.

Woman injured in Campustown collision

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign woman was injured when her scooter was struck by a car in Campustown on Wednesday morning.
According to a Champaign police report, Candice Smith of Champaign was driving a scooter when it was struck by a car driven by Robert Nakea of Champaign at the corner of Sixth and Green streets at 8:51 a.m.

It's not your imagination; fifth-wettest spring in C-U

CHAMPAIGN – If you're beginning to think an ark is the best choice for transportation, you're not far off.

Jim Angel of the Illinois State Water Survey reports Champaign-Urbana is in the midst of its fifth wettest spring on record.

Provena to dissolve physician practice in Danville

DANVILLE – Provena Health will dissolve its physician practice in Danville over the next several months and help the doctors make transitions to other practices, a spokesman for Provena United Samaritans Medical Center said.

 

Fresh lemons, easy recipes for summer's main squeeze

You don't have to go to that dry lemonade drink powder. This time of year, the grocery stores are offering deals on fresh lemons. Don't be intimidated. Make your own fresh lemonade. Squeeze out the lemon juice, mix with water and sugar and you will be amazed at the difference and freshness.

Here are some recipes with the exact measurements – and some twists to make it more interesting. I can vouch for the last one – with the maraschino cherries. It's always an attention-getter and fave with guests.

Tried and True: Mushroom variety key to spaghetti

Each week, we'll be using this space to feature a recipe that has been tried and comes highly recommended. Sometimes the recipe and review will come from one of us on staff who loves to cook, and frequently it will come from our food-loving readers.

This recipe from Food Network cook Rachael Ray produced a quick, delicious supper for my husband and I, and there were enough leftovers for a couple lunches or more. The mix of a variety of mushrooms is key, though. I used shiitake, crimini and oyster mushrooms. I also used whole-wheat angel hair pasta. And I had no leeks in the house, so I substituted a whole yellow onion that I cooked along with the mushrooms.

Garden Fresh: Choose spinach for nutrients, minerals

If the rabbits haven't eaten it all, fresh spinach is popping up ripe and ready for eating these days.

Experts love spinach because they've learned – maybe from Popeye – that its nutrients and minerals keep us strong and healthy. Grocery stores offer bags of prewashed spinach that's delicate enough for fresh salads.

UI disables lobbying branch's access to student info

URBANA – The University of Illinois has restricted access to its student-information system following a News-Gazette report that found legislators attempted to influence the admissions process on campus.

The office of government relations, or the university's lobbying branch, was suspended from having access to the UI's Banner system, which includes student information.

Sidney board OKs bond issue for treatment plant

SIDNEY – The Sidney Village Board has green-lighted a bond issue to finance a sanitary sewer system.

At its meeting Monday night, the board voted 5-0 to authorize the issuance of up to $10.2 million in sewer bonds. Trustee Cory Willard was not in attendance.