Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Up a creek? There's plenty of paddles nearby

It can be cool and breezy even on the hottest days when you're on the water. While you won't see many boats on the Boneyard — though you should check out the Boneyard Yacht Club — there are a number of lakes and rivers in the area where you can rent a canoe, kayak, tubes or pedal boats or bring your own.

Top of the Morning, June 8, 2017

We didn't just change the look of our weekly weekend preview.

We changed the name of it.

And, as you'll notice by flipping through today's eight-page extra, we changed the feel of it.

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Danville town hall sees support for moving coal ash away from river

DANVILLE — Urbana resident Eileen Borgia kayaked the Middle Fork River on Sunday for the first time this year.

She said she saw areas along the national scenic river upstream from Kickapoo State Park where she believes contaminants from coal-ash pits on the property of a former coal-fired power plant owned by Houston-based Dynegy are seeping into the river.

Letter from Birdland: Hungry, four-legged neighbors aren't shy

At the moment, the summer seems to stretch out in front of me forever. Heck, the solstice is still weeks away, so summer really hasn't even started yet.

Getting Personal: Lily Wilcock

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, meet 28-year-old Urbana resident Lily Wilcock, who can tell you anything about bikes and plays in the band Sleeping Okami, chats with staff writer Paul Wood.

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Weekend Planner: Putting its best foot forward

In an attempt to highlight the best of the town, the Fisher Area Business Association is hosting its first Lucky Foot Festival today in downtown Fisher.

"We wanted to do something together where we reward the town," said Eric Stalter, senior vice president at Fisher National Bank and member of the business association board. "We've really geared it to try and be family friendly."

Entertainment listings, June 1-8, 2017

SPECIAL EVENTS

This weekend

URBANA FIRST FRIDAYS

What: Presented by Imbibe Urbana. Main Street between Race Street and Broadway Avenue will be closed to cars and open for festival fun. Unique tastings, games, fire and dance performers, dinner specials, art shows and more.

When: 4 to 11 p.m. June 2.

Where: Downtown Urbana.

Lake of the Woods' HI-Tower closed for a month

MAHOMET — Visitors at Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve in Mahomet will be unable to experience the views from the HI-Tower for about the next month because of construction on the sidewalk surrounding it.

Volunteers sought for 14th annual Lake Vermilion Clean-Up Day

DANVILLE — Aqua Illinois and the Lake Vermilion Water Quality Coalition are seeking volunteers for the 14th annual Lake Vermilion Clean-Up Day on Friday.

St. Joseph veterans memorial dedicated in park so kids learn freedom's price

ST. JOSEPH — For a memorial dedicated to veterans past, present and future, it's only fitting that you can find it in an all-ages setting.

St. Joseph American Legion Post 634 unveiled a veterans memorial Monday with a ceremony in St. Joseph Community Park. The attendees gathered with local veterans and offered thanks while speaking over the flapping of countless American flags.