'I like the way they help people'

URBANA — It wasn't just driving on the other side of the road that Scotland native Paul Montador had to adjust to when he first began making his home in the U.S.

It was all the friendliness.

Back in the UK, he'd go into stores and encounter grumpiness, he recalled, and when he went into stores in Champaign-Urbana he found friendly faces and people telling him to have a nice day.

Strawberry fields not forever

The strawberries are slim pickings at Strawberry Acres near Danville as the 29th harvest comes to a close.

Religion calendar, Jun 3-10, 2016

To submit items for this calendar, visit and click "Add an event" under the miniature calendar on the page. You must be logged in, then fill in the appropriate fields and submit.

Deadline is noon Tuesday before Friday publication.


Area update: Library board interviewing candidates

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign Public Library officials will meet this week to interview semi-finalists for the open director position.

Today and Thursday, the library board will meet in closed session, interviewing applicants and determining which finalists to bring in for a two-day process on June 13 and 14.

Meg Makes: 2 healthy ways for runners to fuel up

One of my post-grad-school goals is to run a marathon. June brings the beginning of my training.

As a result, I have to start thinking carefully about what I eat to fuel up.

Homemade granola is an often-recommended running food because it's full of protein and natural carbohydrates, but the baker can control the amount of white sugar included.

My Amish Home: Outside chores done; inside up next

"Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth he has but a short time." Revelation 12:12

Has summer arrived? Not officially, but it is warm, yes! Open windows and doors warm. I love it! We've had four days of pure, unadulterated sunshine!

To Your Health: Updated food labels are coming — and it's about time

By Irisha Clark

First introduced in 1993, the Nutrition Facts label that can be found on most packaged foods was created to help consumers make informed choices when selecting food.

On May 20, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a "modernized" Nutrition Facts label will soon be on our store shelves.

Today's Special: New farm-to-table option

Willow Creek Farm is partnering with V.Picasso restaurant to open a new farm-to-table event space that will open in June.

The site at 1766 County Road 1850 N, U, plans to book a variety of events, including weddings, corporate retreats and private dinners, farm owner Traci Lipps said.

Inspectors closed Champaign Country Club facility this month

About this project

Restaurants that were closed temporarily, June 2015 to April 2016

About this project