Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Travel/Missouri River, Part II: In the footsteps of Lewis and Clark


In this space a few weeks ago, we offered some highlights along the lower Missouri River. This week, we turn to the upper portion of the Missouri.

We recommend flying into Bismarck, N.D., which is located on the Missouri, and renting a car for this leg of the Lewis and Clark trip to the headwaters of the Missouri.

Weekend Planner: This may tickle the stuffing out of you

The 25th annual Scarecrow Festival today at AMBUCS Park in east Urbana is not much of a fundraiser for the Greater Champaign County AMBUCS, said organizer KEITH JAMIESON. Instead, it's designed to promote the park at 1200 E. University Ave.

LL Bean offers outdoors ad only visible in sunlight

NEW YORK (AP) — If you want to see L.L. Bean's new ad, you're going to have to step outdoors.

The company took its mission to get people outside to a new level Friday by publishing an ad in The New York Times in ink that can only be seen when the newspaper is taken outside and exposed to sunlight.

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Give the good-timing award to the Illini Quarterback Club. For the third year in a row, it's hosting a Punt, Pass & Kick competition for area youths. The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday.

Last year, it was held at the Irwin Indoor Practice Facility. This year, the event is moving to Champaign's Zahnd Park.

Bloomington zoo opens new exhibits

BLOOMINGTON (AP) — A central Illinois zoo has two new exhibits featuring six species, including a 17-foot-long snake.

Officials with Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington say most of the featured species are new to the zoo. One exhibit includes a large female snake called a reticulated python who is 4 years old.

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$1 million gift to Allerton Park to be used to improve access to mansion

MONTICELLO — A $1 million gift to the Allerton Park and Retreat Center will improve access to the mansion, the top source of revenue for the University of Illinois park.

The gift from Dave and Debbie Rathje of Decatur will be used for a new 22-foot concrete driveway that will run along the current Gate House carriage lane, where guests would have historically approached the mansion.

Bloomington zoo's Malayan sun bear euthanized

BLOOMINGTON (AP) — Officials of Miller Park Zoo in central Illinois say their 33-year-old Malayan sun bear has been euthanized.

Bement site named to National Register of Historic Places

BEMENT (AP) — A central Illinois home where Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas had a historic meeting is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Getting Personal: Dave Monk

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, staff writer Paul Wood chats with Dave Monk of Champaign, who has combined agriculture, artistry, engineering and education as a media presence since he came to the U.S. from Australia more than three decades ago. Monk can be heard on the WEFT-FM show "Prairie Monk" and its podcasts.