Urbana finishes first step in climate plan

URBANA — City officials have completed a greenhouse-gas inventory, the first step in writing Urbana's climate action plan which aims to reduce the city's negative environmental effects while increasing quality of life for residents.

DACC to offer smoking-cessation class

DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College will offer a class aimed at helping smokers kick the habit.

The American Lung Association's Freedom from Smoking program be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30 and 31 and Nov. 6, 13 and 20 at the Bremer Center on DACC's campus, 2000 E. Main St.

The class costs $50, and registration is capped at 15 participants.

Sunrise to pay for study of sale of water to proposed mine

HOMER — Sunrise Coal LLC has agreed to cover the village of Homer's expenses in hiring a special attorney and engineer to determine whether it's legal for the Champaign County municipality to sell water to the coal company.

Walgreens to collect unused medications

CHAMPAIGN — Area Walgreens drugstores will participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday.

Unused or expired medications can be brought to stores from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 841 Bloomington Road, C, and 1801 S. Philo Road, U.

Among other Walgreens locations participating are those in Mahomet, Rantoul, Danville, Monticello, Mattoon and Charleston.

Hazardous waste dropoff in Champaign; drug dropoff in Tuscola

Area residents can turn in unused or unwanted prescription drugs in Tuscola and hazardous household waste in Champaign at separate events this Saturday.

Urbana council gives first OK for software for tree inventory

URBANA — Not selling its “Tree City USA” designation short, the city of Urbana likely will share the cost of taking a detailed inventory of its prized tree stock to get a better handle on its “urban forest.”

Electronics-collection event to be held Saturday

DANVILLE — A free electronics-collection event will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Advantage Recycling, 14 S. Henning Road, Danville.

The event is jointly sponsored by the Vermilion County Health Department, Mervis Industries and Keep Vermilion County Beautiful.

Fall leaf pickup scheduled

Fall leaf collection in Urbana and Champaign will begin the week of Oct. 15, and in Danville on Oct. 1

Danville's program includes both leaf and brush collection, and probably will continue until about early December, said operations manager Bob Scott.

Ogden opposes sale of water to coal mine near Homer

HOMER — An Ogden village trustee presented the Homer Village Board with a letter stating Ogden's opposition to Homer's selling water to a proposed coal mine.

The letter, delivered by Ogden Trustee Sonja Vickers, cites water supply and environmental factors among the village's concerns.

Scientists finish relocating mussels to area rivers

OAKWOOD — The late afternoon sun breaks through the broad-leafed canopy of a large sycamore tree on the bank of the Salt Fork, penetrating the river's clear, swift-moving water and illuminating thousands of peanut-sized snail shells dotting the rocky river bottom Thursday.

Two of the horn snails cling to the empty shell of a large mussel sitting on the bottom.