Parks and Recreation

Bike polo a fast-paced, adrenaline-pumping good time for all skill levels

The first time David Moore showed up to play a game of pickup bike polo he asked whether he could practice first.

"They told me to get in on the next game," he said.

The "welcoming" atmosphere is one thing the 30-year-old graphic designer likes about CU Bike Polo, one of the newest street games to pedal into the twin cities.


IDNR cutting deer permits

DANVILLE — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is reducing the number of firearm deer hunting permits in some counties this year — including Champaign and Vermilion — and eliminating late winter hunting in 20 counties.

But some hunters believe those changes still aren't enough to deal with dramatic drop-offs in the state's deer harvest.


School site may well become central in years ahead

Cornfields. Fringe. The boonies.

The proposed site for Central High School along the city's northern border has inspired those descriptions from residents who see it as urban sprawl.

The site itself — 80 acres north of Interstate Drive, where Neil Street ends — is still a farm field, and to the north and beyond is nothing but soybeans, corn, trees and silos.


Entertainment listings, July 24-30, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.

Special events

This weekend


Teepees: An undiscovered delight

GEORGETOWN — Before my parents moved to assisted living earlier this year, my mother and I would go to Forest Glen Preserve every Sunday to hike.

We usually headed to our favorite trails near the Pioneer Cabin. The road to them leads through the campgrounds, which include three large white teepees for rent.


Rule changes coming in 2014-15 deer hunting season

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is announcing a number of changes for the upcoming deer hunting season.

Department Director Marc Miller says 20 counties will be removed from the late-winter season and the number of firearm permits available in some counties will also be reduced.


Future Five: Entertainment for the week ahead

From a Disney sing-along to an American Idol in C-U — Tim Mitchell's entertainment recommendations for the week ahead.

TUESDAY


Top of the Morning, July 21, 2014: From the archives

It's so cliche to call Allerton Park a jewel, but cliches get that way for a reason.

Ask folks around here for their favorite public places and Allerton is always on the short list. It gets 100,000 visitors a year.


Swimsuit? Birthday suit? Remembering swimming holes

Swimming holes have been going in and out of style, but they're guaranteed to raise a smile, at least in our memories.

Many around here were open ditches, as in the Saline Branch and the Boneyard, or gravel pits, or land scooped up to build highway ramps.

Every generation has its own memories of getting away from tiresome adults and skinny-dipping with friends


Ask 'Mimi' July 20, 2014

Q: Mimi, have you ever visited the Bryant Cottage State Historic Site in Bement?

A: I stopped in Bement a couple of months ago but the cute little cottage was closed. I hear it's worth a visit.

Built in 1856 by Bement businessman Francis E. Bryant, it's known as the place where Stephen Douglas and Abraham Lincoln talked about their famous 1858 debates.


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