Parks and Recreation
East Central Illinois residents don't have to go to Vermont for maple syrup.
Pure maple syrup, that is.
"Most of the syrups at the grocery store are made with corn syrup. Then they add a little maple flavoring," said Charles Rhoden, superintendent of Forest Glen Preserve, which has been producing maple syrup commercially in 1984.
CHAMPAIGN — One of Champaign's newest parks could officially have a name two weeks from now.
During a study session on Wednesday, three of the Champaign Park District's five park commissioners agreed that the 20 acres of land directly north of the Trails of Abbey Fields subdivision be named Commissioners Park.
DANVILLE — When Jessica Alyea's students at Northeast Elementary Magnet School in Danville learned they would be getting more homework this year, they cheered.
TRIVIA NIGHT AND SILENT AUCTION
What: Hosted by Unity West PTO. Arrive early to pick your own table, view and bid on the silent auction items. Maximum of eight players per table; work as a team to come up with the answers. 50/50 raffle and games between rounds. Bring your own food.
URBANA — You could call it a memorable meeting of the minds.
It was eight years ago in winter at Yellowstone National Park when University of Illinois Professor Bruce Fouke met famed nature photographer Tom Murphy.
The U.S. National Park Service had hired Murphy to photograph Fouke as he finished up research he'd been doing at Mammoth Hot Springs.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Obama Foundation says it has hired the firm that helped shape the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington to lead the exhibition design for the Obama Presidential Center's museum.
OAKWOOD — A pond at Kickapoo State Park will remain off-limits to fishermen for the foreseeable future as the Illinois Department of Natural Resources continues analyzing whether a coal-ash dump nearby has contaminated the area.
Pond 6, as it's known, is on the south side of Kickapoo and has been closed to the public for about three years.
URBANA — The Urbana Aquatic Center — owned by the school district and managed by the park district — was praised Tuesday by a top state official as a shining example of how shared services by local governments can lighten the tax load on citizens.
It doesn't take a thermometer to figure out it's unseasonably warm.
All those golfers give it away.
"It's like it's May already," MIKE WALLNER said Monday afternoon.
The University of Illinois' director of golf said more than 450 rounds were played over the weekend, with Monday's total expected to be about 175.
Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 59-year-old JOE DeLUCE, the executive director of the Champaign Park District and a football player turned golfer, chats with staff writer PAUL WOOD.
You've been with the park district for nearly two decades. How have parks changed their mission over all those years?