Danville yard waste pick-up requires city bags or stickers

DANVILLE – Since the city's yard waste collection program restarted last week, workers have collected between 20 and 30 tons of waste, solid waste superintendent Carl Carpenter said.

"The only rule we have trouble enforcing is people using bags other than the 'City of Danville' bags," Carpenter said.

For 3rd year, Paxton resident pushes no-litter efforts

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.

Local activists will propose ballot questions

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.

Company to unveil plans for turbines in Ford County

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.

Group collecting old athletic shoes

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.

Kennedy's law firm asked to represent Champaign residents

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.

Environmental group co-founder talks about chemicals found in humans

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 blueberry yogurt recalled

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.

Residents turn in plenty of old pills

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."

Ag Day 2008 scheduled for Thursday at DACC

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.