'It wouldn't be the Sausage Supper' without 96-year-old co-founder

BONDVILLE — There are two mainstays when it comes to the Bondville United Methodist Church's annual Sausage Supper — the sausage and John Rayburn.

The 96-year-old Bondville man helped start the event in 1958. And organizers said he's been instrumental in its success every year since then, from selling tickets and sausage to serving up the griddle-fried fare.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 1-8, 2018


This weekend


What:Lumen Loves Wine! Gala to benefit for Imbibe Urbana, Love for All Poetry Crawl at The Urbana Free Library, dining at Pizza M, Broadway Food Hall and more, free acupuncture at Urbana Acupuncture, family fun at Spark Museum + Play Cafe, art shows at Urbana galleries and music at Blackbird Urbana and Iron Post.

Meg Makes: Smaller, sweeter river pecans star in brittle

When Dr. Tom Updike of Paxton gave me a big bag of river pecans, I felt like I'd won the lottery.

River pecans are smaller and sweeter than what you'd typically buy, he told me. He's from near where the Illinois and Mississippi rivers meet, and wild river pecans grow throughout that area.

My Amish Home: Grumpy horses and a craving for PB&Cheese

"Set your affection on things above, not on things on the Earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

Pet Talk: Look at the label

UI College of Veterinary Medicine

Today's Special: Pastrami the star of Nation restaurant

URBANA — When Shai Mauth lived in Orange County in California, he loved eating West Coast pastrami sandwiches.

Mauth has brought that sandwich, along with two other popular pastrami favorites, to his new restaurant, Nation, which opened recently at 401 N. Broadway Ave., U.

A Life Remembered: 'Really good guy doing lots of nice things'

CHAMPAIGN — Longtime Champaign resident Leonard Doyle is being remembered by friends as the "ultimate community volunteer."

"There was almost more Leonard than there were volunteer organizations," said fellow man-about-town and volunteer Tom Costello. "He was never running the show. He was just helping out."

A Life Remembered: Many have sweet memories of Timpone's matriarch

URBANA — The thousands of folks who've dined through the decades at Timpone's Restaurant may not have realized they were enjoying the creation of a true artist when they ordered dessert.

But anyone who has ever tasted Ginger Timpone's creme brulee — a unique recipe of her design — surely did.

Milo's in Urbana closing at end of February after 20-year run

URBANA — Family restaurant Milo's is closing next month.

The restaurant, which recently celebrated 20 years in business, announced Thursday that its last day will be Feb. 25.

Entertainment listings, Jan. 25-Feb. 1, 2018


This weekend


What: An annual literary festival, featuring readings by three visiting authors, CM Burroughs, Rachael Hanel and Vu Tran, who will also lead craft talks on writing poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction; an editors' panel; a book fair and more.

When: 9 a.m. Jan. 27.