Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Area update: St. Joe Legion proposing memorial for veterans

ST. JOSEPH — The St. Joseph American Legion is proposing a veterans memorial, to be placed at the sports complex on the east side of the village.

Area update: Preparing for budget cuts helped Mahomet

MAHOMET — At this time last year, Gov. Bruce Rauner had proposed slashing local governments' share of income tax revenue — and Mahomet officials responded by making some cuts to the village budget.

But that decrease in revenue never materialized, chiefly because state lawmakers never passed a budget of their own.

Waltz this way

David Bowie said it best in "Let's Dance":

While color lights up your face, Let's Sway, sway through the crowd to an empty space.

Even if you felt like ballet as a kid was a flop, or you could never master the latest moves, there are several places in the area that offer adult classes.

Entertainment listings, March 24-31, 2016

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are 

'This is payback time'

DANVILLE — As a first lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, Julius W. Hegeler II flew 70 combat missions in the Korean War, including the last.

Later, he helped build a company that would become the world's largest contract packager of chemical specialties and one of Vermilion County's largest employers.

Summer Fun Guide

The News-Gazette will publish its annual Summer Fun Guide — a calendar of festivals, plays, concerts, donkey races, etc. — on May 11.

If you'd like your event to be included — free of charge — let us know by April 14.

Weekend planner: Evening bird walk

Chelsey Walsh, public program specialist at Champaign County Forest Preserve District, likes the American Woodcock, also known as a Timberdoodle, Sky Dancer and Labrador Twister. She calls the bird cool, kind of cute and funky looking — they have long tweezer-like beaks and brown feathers that camouflage them against leaf litter on the ground.

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Tom Kacich: Rail-trail will be about history, too

Dan Olson, the executive director of the Champaign County Forest Preserve District, has heard the nonbelievers.

As head of the agency that will build and operate the first phase of what eventually will be a 24.5-mile recreation trail between Urbana and Kickapoo State Park, he's heard from a lot of naysayers and doubters.

Rob Kanter/Environmental Almanac: Author puts spotlight on biodiversity loss

If you're familiar with this column, you know I take great pleasure in observing the natural world, especially the wildlife I come across on a day-to-day basis in East Central Illinois.