Until late Friday night, Monticello's Harold Hansen figured he'd spend Sunday at a cookout with family and friends.
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Here's the scoop on one of the area's yummiest fundraisers: Saturday's Champaign-Urbana Kiwanis Club all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast (7:30-11 a.m.) at Bromley Hall, 910 S. Third St, C:
— There's been a lot of batter in the first 21 years: About 10,000 guests have devoured 31,000 pancakes.
Having family by her side was fantastic. And the trip to get frozen yogurt was a treat.
But what put Eloise Heller's 92nd birthday celebration over the top was the award she received on her special day.
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Sunday's celebration at Salem Baptist Church in Champaign included visiting pastors and a table full of proclamations, including one from the White House. It also featured the oldest living member of the congregation — 95-year-old Veola Tinsley — on video, highlighting the church's 150-year history.
I'm happy to report that Wayne Foran is indeed alive, well and a very good sport.
Earlier this week, we published a brief about the latest additions to the Bement High School Hall of Fame, a class that we wrote included "the late Wayne Foran (Class of 1943)."
Foran, 90 and still living on the outskirts of Bement, "had a good laugh over it," said his wife of 62 years, Claudette.
I figured Brad Allen would be a nervous wreck today.
Principal at Tuscola High, he has a graduation ceremony to run. Father of a senior softball slugger, Karli, he has a regional championship game to sweat out.
But Allen said he's worry-free. An office staff like no other makes commencement a breeze. "I just have to show up and talk," he said.