My Amish Home: Hanging on to summer as fall sweeps in

"If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you; continue ye in my love.

Just Askin': The price of milk

At Meijer in Champaign, a gallon of milk was on sale for less than a dollar. At nearby Schnucks, it was $2.85.

Said Kappy Koch, a director on the Illinois Milk Producers' Association board: "Stores are doing it as a loss leader to gain customers. The store price has nothing to do with what the dairymen receive."

Weekend Planner: A taste of the 'Greatest Midwest Food Town'

Champaign-Urbana was a late bloomer to the locavore food movement, Chef ANN SWANSON told Midwest Living magazine after its readers named C-U the "Greatest Midwest Food Town." Visit Champaign County and the magazine will celebrate that at three pop-up events today in the twin towns, where people may taste samples of the some of the foods that put C-U on the map.

Entertainment listings, Sept. 7-14, 2017


This weekend


What:Dancing, food, native crafts and jewelry, corn maze, children's activities, and a chance to visit the bison herd.

When: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 9 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 10.

My Amish Home: Coming up just short at charity auction

"Thy testimonies are wonderful; therefore doth my soul keep them. The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. I opened my mouth and panted, for I longed for thy commandments. Look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, as thou usest to do unto those that love thy name." Psalm 119:129-132

Meg Makes: Contest-worthy ribs from Paxton festival's organizer

Last fall, I had the pleasure of serving as one of many judges for the annual Paxton Swine 'N' Dine BBQ Cook-Off and Festival.

The festival is an incredibly fun early fall activity — the air smells great, the atmosphere is fun, and there's tons of live music.

Ministry hopes to have new venture in place in November

URBANA — If a fundraising campaign goes as well as Executive Director Nathan Montgomery hopes, Salt and Light Ministries could move into its second location in November.

The Champaign-based non-profit plans to increase its space by nearly seven times when it opens at the old County Market on Philo Road in Urbana.

To Your Health: Bump up flavor at mealtime with stuffed peppers


If you have been looking at the farmers' markets lately, you will see bell peppers in all different colors, such as red, orange, yellow, green, white and purple. Bell peppers are a versatile vegetable — you can slice for dipping in your favorite dressing, chop and add to tomato sauce or sauté slices in your stir-fry.

Today's Special: Joe's Pizza expanding to Tuscola

TUSCOLA — Making pizza has been a way of life for Tony Vitale since he was a toddler.

Soon he will have his own pizzeria in downtown Tuscola.

When Tony was 1 year old, his father, Joe, founded Joe's Pizza in Paris, Ill., in 1973.

Entertainment listings, Aug. 31-Sept. 7, 2017


This weekend


What: Presented by Hoopeston Jaycees. National Sweetheart Pageant, midway, beer tent, flea market, display area, car show, 5K, truck and tractor pull, demo derby, contests, entertainment including Jo Dee Messina with Forgotten Highway at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2, and more.