Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Tom Kacich: Eagle Creek still evading wrecking ball

Call it the "abandoned lakeside resort" that won't die.

Entertainment listings, Sept. 29-Oct. 5, 2016

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ARTESIAN FALL FESTIVAL

Oktoberfest: Less oompah, more oomph

CHAMPAIGN — If you're expecting Lawrence Welk-style polka at Saturday's Oktoberfest, the Polkaholics might give you a bit of a start.

This is punk-rock polka, says guitarist and vocalist "Dandy Don" Hedeker. They'll be on about 8:30 p.m.

Apparently, the punk-polka combination works.

Tom Kacich: Hold your horses, trail runners

As inviting as it looks, it's important to know that the first leg of the long-awaited Kickapoo Rail Trail is not yet open.

And the 6.7-mile segment of the recreational trail from Urbana to St. Joseph — the first of its type in East Central Illinois — won't be open until next summer.

Nominating petitions available for Urbana park board seat

URBANA — Nominating petitions are available for the single Urbana park board seat up for election next spring.

Board member Nancy Delcomyn, a member of the park board since 1993, said that she is running for another six-year term.

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Kickapoo Landing owners, state spar over bank account

OAKWOOD — As owners of the canoe and cafe business in Kickapoo State Park are permanently closing down this week and selling all of their equipment to an Indiana campground, they're also hoping to resolve a disagreement with state officials over a bank account connected with the operation.

Entertainment listings, Sept. 22-28, 2016

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MATTOON'S GENERAL GRANT DAYS

Service Club of the Week: Martin F. Vutrick American Legion Post 51, Westville

Staff writer Tim Mitchell's weekly look at area do-gooders.

ABOUT THE CLUB

Commander: Troy Strebin.

Origin: Founded in the 1940s, the post was named after Martin F. Vutrick, the first person from the area to die in World War I.

Vermilion conservation district weighing bonds for park updates

DANVILLE — Officials with the Vermilion County Conservation District are in the early stages of considering a bond issue that would generate money for some parks-improvement projects that have been deferred because there's not enough money in day-to-day operations to pay for them.