Letter from Birdland: Making the rounds with the goose

"You've got the water; I've got the goose. You've got the water; I've got the goose. You've got the water; I've got the goose. Let's put 'em together and water us some.... What rhymes with 'goose?'"

Michael looks at me askance. "Moose?" I hold out my goose watering can expectantly, and he fills it. My husband is used to my silly songs in the morning.

Up a creek? There's plenty of paddles nearby

It can be cool and breezy even on the hottest days when you're on the water. While you won't see many boats on the Boneyard — though you should check out the Boneyard Yacht Club — there are a number of lakes and rivers in the area where you can rent a canoe, kayak, tubes or pedal boats or bring your own.

City officials to subdivision residents: Lake buyer's options limited

CHAMPAIGN — It was a tense situation as city representatives met face to face Wednesday with Timberline Valley South residents, whose two neighborhood lakes were sold by Champaign County to a non-local organization the residents think is up to no good.

The citizens in the packed room often argued with the representatives, at times talking over each other.

Champaign to help subdivision residents with strategy on lakes

CHAMPAIGN — City officials will meet with homeowners in Timberline Valley South tonight to talk about what might happen next after two detention lakes in the northwest Champaign subdivision were sold in a county auction earlier this year.

Clinton nuclear plant back at full power

CLINTON — The Clinton nuclear plant has returned to service after a refueling and maintenance outage that lasted about 29 days.

Exelon Generation Co. crews returned the 30-year-old plant to full power Monday, completing a scheduled outage that began May 8, said Exelon spokesman Brett Nauman.

Danville town hall sees support for moving coal ash away from river

DANVILLE — Urbana resident Eileen Borgia kayaked the Middle Fork River on Sunday for the first time this year.

She said she saw areas along the national scenic river upstream from Kickapoo State Park where she believes contaminants from coal-ash pits on the property of a former coal-fired power plant owned by Houston-based Dynegy are seeping into the river.

Letter from Birdland: Hungry, four-legged neighbors aren't shy

At the moment, the summer seems to stretch out in front of me forever. Heck, the solstice is still weeks away, so summer really hasn't even started yet.

Coal-ash pits focus of town hall set Monday in Danville

DANVILLE — Local citizens concerned with coal-ash pits on Dynegy's former power plant site along the Middle Fork River have the opportunity Monday during a town hall meeting to ask local elected officials about efforts to protect the scenic waterway.

Danville earns $300,000 EPA grant to help with brownfield sites

DANVILLE — With possible cuts looming over the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Danville officials are thrilled to get a $300,000 EPA grant to tackle environmental issues for potential commercial development sites near Danville Area Community College and the Veterans Affair Illiana Health Care System campus.