Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Top of the Morning, Sept. 7, 2018

TERRI LIPSCOMB is keeping an eye on the weather forecast. But she has a plan if the expected rains come to Champaign-Urbana on Saturday night.

Lipscomb organized the first "Endless Summer," a benefit for Merci's Refuge, a women's residential home. Lipscomb, chief development officer for the organization, started planning in April.

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Go figure, Sept. 6, 2018

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Estimated cost of replacing a metal panel in an elevator at the Illini Union.

The reason: Someone scratched a swastika — about 2 inches in size, says UIPD's PATRICK WADE — into a mirror-like panel.

Heather Hill residents press on after bid for drainage district board falls short

ST. JOSEPH — Residents in the Heather Hills neighborhood north of St. Joseph are already focusing on another attempt to gain representation on the Upper Salt Fork Drainage District commission after failing to get one of their own elected on Tuesday.

'Stompin' grounds': A few words with Barefoot Movement bassist Katie Blomarz

KATIE BLOMARZ has a heavy instrument to heave around, one amazing bass, but a light touch in the internationally touring acoustic band The Barefoot Movement. She calls Champaign her "stomping grounds," and she'll be stomping barefoot with other artists including MARTY STUART on Friday and Saturday at Allerton Park & Retreat Center.

Heritage students are Broadlands Festival's big winners

BROADLANDS — Saturday's annual Broadlands Festival will offer numerous chances for attendees to help raise money for Heritage students.

The Heritage Performing Arts program will put on a 5K race during the festival, with participants starting at the high school, then running through town and into the country before finishing back at the school.

Environmental Almanac | We live in a great area to view wildlife

Even though there's time on the calendar before autumn begins officially, we've hit some important marks on the cultural calendar. Labor Day weekend is here, the new school year is in full swing and for most people, the season of traveling to outdoor destinations is over. For me, that means it's a great time to renew appreciation for the undramatic nature that surrounds us every day.

Letter from Birdland | Flowers are therapeutic

In Birdland, we are under a heat advisory, and I feel limp with humidity.

Walking to work, I watched a gigantic dragonfly capture a smaller insect. It flew weaving around about 10 feet in the air, homing in on its quarry, and then darted up to hover high above after the capture.

What needs changing at Champaign County's only beach?

PENFIELD — Plenty of campers and other visitors to the Middle Fork River Forest Preserve through the years have let officials know their opinions of the lake and beach — the only public swim beach in Champaign County.

Opinions such as the water level is too low, and there are too many geese that drop loads of unwanted "presents."

3 sickened at Sholem after pool contaminated with feces

CHAMPAIGN -- The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District is revealing more about a waterborne disease that caused Sholem Aquatic Center in Champaign to close for 24 hours as a precaution.