Top of the Morning, Aug. 16, 2017

On a wall inside Giant City Lodge hangs pictures of the many politicians and celebrities to have stopped by the southern Illinois hotspot, including former President BILL CLINTON.

Any commotion caused by their visits, however, won't be anything like the ruckus resulting from Monday's eclipse.

Tuscola art gallery plans eclipse preview party Saturday

TUSCOLA — An art gallery is offering an early preview of the total solar eclipse that will pass over a wide swath of southern Illinois and will be 93 percent visible in Central Illinois.

The solar-eclipse preview party is free and runs from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at The Vault Art Gallery in downtown Tuscola. A new exhibit of sun and moon art there is called "Howl at the Moon."

Discussion about irrigation and water supply set Aug. 24 at Champaign library

CHAMPAIGN — "Uncharted Waters," a community conversation about increases in agricultural irrigation in Illinois and what it means for the water supply, will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Champaign Public Library.

John Roska: Neighbors can eliminate tree encroachment within limits

Q: I have a neighbor who planted a tree 10 feet from my property line. When the tree gets bigger, can I trim the limbs over my property line? Or will I get in trouble?

A: Your concerns may be premature, but if the sapling becomes a tree, and if its branches extend over your property line, you can trim them. But only up to your property line.

Environmental Almanac: Local wildlife, waterways part of larger picture

My angler's heart compels me to look over the railings of bridges whenever I get a chance to, and it's my good fortune to get that chance often as I bicycle between my home in central Champaign and my office at the University of Illinois.

The railings I look over are on the White Street Bridge over the Boneyard Creek at the upstream end of the Second Street Basin.

Letter from Birdland: The best surprise of all

Sometimes, a few miles can make a big difference.

A few weeks ago, I wrote about ghost lilies in Allerton Park. We were walking from the reflecting pond at the mansion up to the formal gardens, and the walkway wound through a grove of trees.

Entertainment listings, Aug. 10-17, 2017


This weekend


What: Livestock auction and shows, carnival, tractor pull, rodeo, pedal tractor pull, demo derby, and music by Torn Labels are among the highlights.

When: Continues Aug. 10-12.

Where: Georgetown fairgrounds, 13 N. Seminary, Georgetown.

UI professor co-authored new federal report on climate change

A University of Illinois scientist co-authored a federal report citing "unambiguous" evidence that Earth's temperatures are rising rapidly and that humans are primarily responsible for climate change.

Getting Personal: Derek Peterson

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 35-year-old Derek Peterson, associate director of Allerton Park and Retreat Center in Monticello, chats with staff writer Melissa Merli. The UI graduate has a degree in horticulture.

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South Farms: Despite racing's demise, standardbreds stay

Established in 1903, the University of Illinois horse farm has ties to athletics dating back to its founding.

The draft horses initially housed there, or so the story goes, helped with the construction of Memorial Stadium, said Kevin Kline, an animal sciences professor who has worked on the farm since 1974 as a student and faculty member.