Registration deadline set for Jan. 16 Herb Day event

URBANA – The registration deadline is Jan. 8 for Herb Day 2010, which will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center, 1001 Killarney St., U.

Registrations will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the available 270 spaces are filled, any additional registrations will be returned. On-site registration will only be available if all 270 seats are not filled by pre-registration. On-site registration does not include lunch.

Arborists ponder how to deal with emerald ash borer

CHAMPAIGN – Arborists and foresters across East Central Illinois are brainstorming how to prepare for a beetle that has already killed millions of ash trees in the Midwest.

Meadowbrook has 2 beavers, and they've been busy

URBANA – Along the Wandell Sculpture Garden trail at Meadowbrook Park is a special attraction, installed by nature's architect, the beaver.

The beaver dams on McCullough Creek are small but impressive. The first (upstream) is 35 feet across and about 6 feet wide. The water now, after all the rain, is 4 feet lower below the dam. The second, smaller dam is about 50 yards downstream. It is about 9 feet across and creates a 2-foot water level difference. Recent rains have left a good deal of standing and streaming water where it had been dry land two weeks ago.

One-time hoops expert indicted in bank robberies

PEORIA – A once-popular basketball talent analyst with a history of robbery and theft has been indicted by a federal grand jury for bank robbery again.

Stephen D. Wacaser, 57, no address available, was indicted Wednesday for the Oct. 19 robbery of the Regions Bank in Decatur and the Oct. 20 robbery of the Illini Bank in Sherman.

Soil cleanup proposed at 7 Chanute sites

RANTOUL – The Air Force has proposed removing 6 inches or more of soil from seven separate sites on the old Chanute Air Force Base property as a way of cleaning up the property and making it available for redevelopment.

The proposal is part of a plan to remove environmental hazards on the 2,174-acre former military base by 2016. It was made public Thursday at a quarterly meeting of the base's restoration advisory board.

Gibson City a finalist for company's 'green' plant

GIBSON CITY – The "green" business that has picked Gibson City as one of two finalists for a factory site is Eco Manufacturing of Cambridge, Mass.

Garrett Gates, vice-president of business development for Eco Manufacturing, said this week that the potential site of a plant would be on Gibson City's west side, along Illinois 9 and just south of Jordan Industrial Park. Eco Manufacturing has been looking at various sites for about two years and at Gibson City for one year. A Tennessee site is also "still in the running," Gates said.

Some options for recycling remain viable in Vermilion

Alan and Carla Pollman of rural Georgetown have had a pile of recyclables just sitting beside their garbage for a while.

"I just don't have the heart to put it in the garbage," said Carla Pollman, who had been taking recycling to the now-closed county recycling site in Georgetown. "We had finally gotten good at it and then they took the bins away."

Carla Pollman said not separating out the plastic, glass and paperboard from their trash has increased their garbage stream by three bags a week.

Not enough support for curbside recycling in Danville

DANVILLE – The city will not be pursuing a curbside recycling program.

Public Works Director Doug Ah- rens said the city did not get enough surveys from residents who would support paying for a service.

Lecture to focus on e-waste issues

CHAMPAIGN – The founder of PC Rebuilders & Recyclers will be on the University of Illinois campus Wednesday to discuss "The Truth, Tragedy and Transformation of E-Waste."

Willie Cade, who founded PCRR in 2000 to provide refurbished personal computers to schools, non-profits and at-risk children, will speak at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Illinois Ballroom of the I Hotel and Conference Center, 1900 S. First St., C.

Good thing C-U forefathers knew to go green

One hundred years ago, the Champaign Chamber of Commerce developed its own subdivision and, smart and forward-looking men they were, made sure that there was land for public use. The chamber of commerce donated eight lots to be used for a future public school.

They knew that close-by schools and parks would be an asset to a community and a neighborhood, not just in the early 1900s but 100 years later.