PAXTON – Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold and Bayles Lake homeowner Mike Benigno are sick and tired of seeing mounds of trash cluttering Ford County's roads – and they plan to do something about it.
For the third consecutive year, Benigno is kicking off a no-littering campaign this spring to create awareness of the impact the litter has on the area's environment and looks.
The annual town meetings will be held Tuesday evening in City of Champaign and Cunningham townships, and local activists are planning again to put advisory questions on the Nov. 4 ballot.
Champaign resident Carl Estabrook, who is active with AWARE, the Anti-War, Anti-Racism Effort, said he has been told about several advisory questions that various groups are planning to propose at the Cunningham and City of Champaign town meetings.
PAXTON – Fifty to 70 wind turbines are being considered for installation on farmland east of Paxton, and the developers of the project have scheduled a meeting for 7 p.m. today to get input from landowners in the area.
Stewardship Energy, an energy company based in Bureau County, has contacted property owners in the general vicinity where the wind farms would be installed, according to company President Matt Kauffman.
DANVILLE – Don't trash those gym shoes that are a size too small and have a hole in the toe.
Schlarman High School's National Honor Society is holding a collection for old athletic shoes. The shoes will be donated to Nike's Reuse-A-Shoe program, which recycles them by turning them into material used in sports surfaces, such as basketball and tennis courts, athletic fields, running tracks and playgrounds.
CHAMPAIGN – Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s, law firm is looking into representing residents who live near a contaminated former manufactured coal-gas plant site in north Champaign.
Kennedy's law partner, Kevin Madonna, said in a telephone interview Tuesday that his firm has been asked by a coalition of local groups to represent the neighborhood and is investigating whether to do so. Kennedy & Madonna, with offices in White Plains, N.Y., and Hurley, N.Y., is a nationally known firm in the field of environmental law.
CHAMPAIGN – If you make a dangerous chemical in a pesticide lab, 120 laws regulate your work.
Cross the hall and do it in a consumer products lab – 0 regulations, says Kenneth A. Cook, who co-founded the Environmental Working Group in 2002.
Organic yogurt maker Stonyfield Farm has launched a voluntary recall of its organic fat-free blueberry yogurt in six-ounce cups coded with the following dates: April 13, 14 and 15 and April 25 and 26, 2008.
The recall is in response to consumer complaints of "tiny beads the size of mustard seeds" in these yogurt batches, according to Schnucks, one of the grocery chains accepting the yogurt cups back for refunds.
DANVILLE – About 500 Vermilion County residents turned in hundreds of bottles of old prescription pills this past week, enough to fill almost four 30-gallon cardboard drums. The medication will soon be picked up and eventually incinerated.
"All this stuff won't go into the river," said John Bodensteiner, pharmacist at Carle RX Express Pharmacy, 622 N. Gilbert St., Danville, which served as the dropoff site for this first-ever Vermilion County pharmaceutical collection. The collection's "been far beyond our expectations."
DANVILLE – The public is invited to Ag Day 2008 at Danville Area Community College.
The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday at the college campus, 2000 E. Main St.
URBANA – You can't step in the same river twice, and for that matter, it might have a different name the next time you walk along its banks.
Same body of water, different maps: Upper Salt Fork, Upper Salt Fork Drainage District, Salt Fork, Salt Fork of the Vermilion River, Spoon River, Upper Salt Fork Ditch, Upper Salt Fork Drainage Ditch, Upper Salt Fork River.