Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

It's not just about the downhills

CHAMPAIGN — Five or so years ago, the Champaign Ski Club tweaked its name to more accurately describe what it does.

It's now known as the Champaign Ski & Adventure Club.

As publicity chairman Larry Eyre said, the club members do a lot more than ski.

Tom's #Mailbag, Dec. 23, 2016

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A little bit of local history and a lot more about restaurants in this week’s holiday edition of the mailbag.

State grants to help extend Kickapoo Rail Trail, add amenities

SPRINGFIELD — Two more state grants announced Wednesday will extend construction of the Kickapoo Rail Trail through a part of St. Joseph and also allow for development of trail amenities at the nearby Kolb Park.

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Jams from the 1970s

Entertainment listings, Dec. 15-22


This weekend


What: The 53rd annual Urbana Christmas tradition of the neighbors living on Grant Place decorating their homes for Christmas as a group. Drive cautiously and turn off headlights.

When: Every evening from 5 to 10 p.m. through New Year's Day.

Deer not so easy to find this season

Shane Bodine's 15-year-old son, Harry, harvested an antlered buck during one of the three days hunters were allowed to use shotguns during the November deer season.

And if Dad had it his way, that would be the boy's lone kill in 2016, like the rules stated back in his day.

Top of the morning, Dec. 9, 2016

A special shoutout this week goes to Micah Putnam, Peter Lichtenberger and Eric Burton for the holiday cheer at Allerton Park.

At Allerton's "All is Bright" display, there are 100 stands of lights with 60 bulbs per strand. There are 48 uplights and 50ish colored bulbs.

LeRoy officials looking into misuse of recreation facility funds

LeROY — An employee has been fired and an investigation is underway into the alleged misuse of "a significant amount of funds" at the city's Replex recreation facility.

Entertainment listings, Dec. 8-14, 2016


This weekend


What: View the displays of lights.

When: Light displays from 5 to 8 p.m. every evening until Jan. 2.

Where: McFerren Park, Hoopeston.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 283-5833.


Moon walking: Allerton's night hikes gaining popularity

MONTICELLO — Van Morrison might have considered Nov. 14 "a marvelous night for a Moondance."

After all, that night was lit up by the "supermoon," when the moon came the closer to Earth than it had in more than 68 years.