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Best friends prepare to canoe to Gulf

ST. JOSEPH — As young boys playing in the Salt Fork River, Levi Marriott and Paul Cousert often wondered if you could float the river all the way to the ocean.

In about 21 days, maybe as many as 28, the best friends from St. Joseph will finally answer that boyhood question when they paddle their canoe into the Gulf of Mexico.

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.

EIU arts center hosting gallery talk, lecture

CHARLESTON — The Tarble Arts Center will host an exhibition gallery talk and lecture this week in connection with the exhibit "Experiences of the Illinois Civil War Soldier: Reflections through Art and Artifacts."

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

Busy trumpeter making stop at Krannert

In early March, monster trumpeter Arturo Sandoval sent a tweet to a younger but equally awesome trumpeter, Alison Balsom:

"Italian Concertos. Congratulations, dear Alison, you are simply amazing."

He then suggested the two of them play duets. Looks like that might happen.

Three from N-G place in top three in writing contest

The News-Gazette's Paul Klee, Bob Asmussen and Jim Rossow each placed in the top three in writing categories in the national Associated Press Sports Editors contest.

The News-Gazette had more top five finishes (four) than any sports section in the country competing in the 30,000-75,000 circulation category.

The wines of a nation - red, white and pink

By Vivienne Mackie

South Africa has much to offer the visitor, but no trip is truly complete without taking to the wine routes.

For the retirees April 14, 2013

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Bodnar, 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 Services of Champaign County.

Compassionate care key for those struggling with mental illness

The Christian world was shocked last week when news spread of the death of 27-year-old Matthew Warren, the youngest son of internationally known pastor Rick Warren of the famed Saddleback Community Church in Orange County, Calif.

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.