Indian Market and Festival to take place this weekend

The Eiteljorg Museum will present its 17th annual Indian Market and Festival this weekend on the museum grounds at White River State Park on the west side of downtown Indianapolis.

The Indian Market and Festival on Saturday and Sunday will feature more work by 130 American Indian artists; performances by native storytellers, dancers and singers; food including Indian tacos; and family activities, from mask-making to corncob-dart tossing.

Tried and True: Cucumber Pasta Salad a cool treat

Becky Rodgers of Clinton offers this recipe for Cucumber Pasta Salad. She tried it and recommends it to others.

If you would like to share a recipe you've had success with, mail to or The News-Gazette, Recipes, 15 Main St., Champaign, IL 61820.

Decisions expected on Champaign magnet schools' themes

CHAMPAIGN – Two elementary schools in Champaign will focus on either international education or science, technology, engineering and math if the Champaign school board approves those themes this week.

The school district plans to create magnet schools at Garden Hills and Washington elementary schools. A committee has recommended two themes for the schools – Primary Years Programme/Fine Arts and STEM, or Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Danville teens learn work skills the hard way

DANVILLE – By 10 a.m. Tuesday, Tre' Von McCrady and Byron Beard's shirts were damp with sweat.

The Danville teens had spent the past hour removing guttering from an old house on Grant Street, nailing loose boards and scraping off several layers of peeling paint. Their hard work was made even harder by the 90-degree-plus heat.

But the teens weren't complaining about the work, even the heat.

Heritage district hopes 3rd architect hired will be last

HOMER – Heritage school board has hired Gilfillan Callahan Nelson Architects, based out of Rolling Meadows, to take over the delayed cafeteria and gymnasium projects at the district's two campuses. This is the third firm hired on the project; the first was fired for missed deadlines, the second for lack of an on-staff architect.

Superintendent Andrew Larson said completion is now scheduled for the end of July 2010. The project was initially scheduled to be completed by fall 2009.

UI trustees to weigh a slight tuition increase

URBANA – Urbana campus freshmen could pay $370 more a year in University of Illinois tuition, or 4 percent, a significantly smaller increase than in recent years.

Urbana Middle hits progress goals for 1st time since '06

URBANA – For the past two years, Urbana Middle School failed to meet state learning standards, and one of the reasons for the shortfall was test scores for special education students.

"We hadn't moved in a couple of years, and we were pretty disappointed with that, because we have a wonderful staff and they were working hard," said Principal Nancy Clinton.

Fisher school board pledges to cut property taxes

FISHER – The Fisher school board has reaffirmed a promise it made to taxpayers before last April's passage of the county sales tax to benefit school districts.

The board will drop 10 cents off its property tax rate, and will use the sales tax money to increase energy efficiency at both school buildings and will address the problem of overcrowding at the junior/senior high school.

Rossville-Alvin teachers' contract negotiations begin soon

ROSSVILLE – Debra Wilson still remembers when contract negotiations between the Rossville-Alvin school district and its teachers' union were sometimes contentious, always stressful.

DACC trustees to vote on buying computer equipment

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College officials hope to make major improvements to technology across campus this summer.

On Tuesday, college trustees will vote on whether to buy $250,027 worth of computer equipment from Y&S Technologies of the Brooklyn borough of New York. The equipment would include 257 Lenovo desktop computers, 207 monitors and 62 laptops.