Sandra Mason: Choose native sumacs for fall foliage

With autumn's arrival, some plants retire quietly into winter. After a final exhalation, their leaves gradually give up their green lifeblood as they gravitate to the ground. Other plants flaunt their foliage to an autumn audience. Their leaves shriek in a dizzying carousel of orange, red and yellow as they swirl around limbs and legs.

Seminars on fresh water scheduled in Urbana

URBANA — A six-week seminar series on the availability of fresh water will be offered, beginning Oct. 6, at First Presbyterian Church of Urbana, 602 W. Green St., U.

The seminars will be held from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. in the church's fellowship hall. The public is invited to attend the free seminars, which are secular and strictly educational, according to the church's Earth Care Team.

Environmental Almanac: Local man doing his part to fight global warming

Last November, Champaign resident Scott Willenbrock read in this column the story of another local man and University of Illinois faculty colleague, Phil Krein, who was installing solar panels on the roof of his garage. For Willenbrock, a professor of physics, the timing of that column was perfect.

Some say 'gift of cloth' saves money and environment

CHAMPAIGN — Mary Anderson said she and her husband began diapering their first child in cloth diapers for health reasons, but the move to cloth also turned out to be a considerable cost savings.

Storm drain artwork sends a clear message: Rainwater only

Like many folks, University of Illinois art major Langston Allston is aware of the tons of plastic trash that float in the oceans.

Attracted by the color, birds ingest the plastic and later die as result, he said.

Environmental Almanac: Families encouraged to take children outside

UI researchers and local park districts want you to take a child outside this week.

State offering help with federal 'brownfield' grant

DANVILLE — Officials with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency have extra money, and they'd like to spend it in Danville, according to city officials.

Recycling business sets grand opening

URBANA — Advantage Recycling will have its grand opening from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at 3008 N. Cunningham Ave., U.

Refreshments will be served, tote bags will be given away and guests will have the opportunity to win gasoline gift cards and University of Illinois football tickets.

Environmental Almanac: Concerned citizens speak out against threats to water

There's nothing like a long, hot dry spell to draw attention to the critical role of water in our lives, especially for those of us continuing to nurse along vegetable gardens. A little further consideration provides a reminder that water also plays a key role in most of the ongoing environmental issues in central Illinois.

Next electronics recycling event scheduled

CHAMPAIGN — The next free countywide electronics recycling event will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 12 at The News-Gazette Distribution Center, 3202 Apollo Drive, Champaign.

Drivers are asked to enter the event at Market Street and Olympian Drive.