Parks and Recreation
This is a big weekend for the central Illinois radio-controlled model enthusiasts community. Starting today and running through Sunday, the Champaign County Radio Control Club will be hosting the Extreme Flight Championships at its flying field on Bloomington Road, a half-mile west of Mattis Avenue
The event is billed as the battle of the best in Champaign.
DANVILLE — Lead-up events to next month's new festival — Balloons Over Vermilion — kick off next week.
Seven communities will host events prior to the big show on July 15-16, which will feature about 30 hot air balloons at the Vermilion Regional Airport north of Danville.
RANTOUL — If not for a village of Rantoul loan program, a long-established local business might have closed.
DANVILLE — As a kid growing up in Westville, Ken Konsis would go with his dad east of town to a rugged, wooded area to hunt squirrels. In the summertime, they'd pick blackberries, then cool off with a swim in a nearby creek.
"You'd be so hot and sweaty after picking blackberries," Konsis said.
SAVOY — A new personal training studio has opened in Savoy.
Veteran personal trainers Josh Cox and Jaryd Lindenmeyer launched Swerve at 1215 Savoy Plaza Lane in March.
"It's not a traditional gym, so there's no membership and no joining fees," Cox said. "We provide one-on-one and small group training."
Memorial Day weekend signals the opening of area swimming pools. The Sholem Aquatic Center will pull out all stops with its Sholem Opening Day Celebration from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today with free admission for active and veteran members of the military. For others, admission is $6 for Champaign-Urbana residents and $9 for others.