Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Melissa Merli: Just outside Carbondale, sky was clear for totality

CARBONDALE — I don't feel different. My perspective on life and the universe hasn't changed.

Well, maybe it's shifted a bit, after I experienced the total eclipse of the sun on Monday. Mainly, it was a lot of cosmic fun, with 27 old and new friends in and around the backyard pool at my old friends Mark Brittingham and Kathy Pine's home 5 miles west of Carbondale.

Eclipse had local scientists busy collecting data

While the rest of us were gazing at the vanishing sun through our protective glasses, two teams of scientists from the Illinois State Water Survey were busy collecting weather data before, during and after Monday's solar eclipse.

Safety, glasses concerns have area schools adjusting eclipse plans

Champaign's Unit 4 and other area school districts are changing the solar-eclipse activities they had planned for Monday because of safety concerns, including whether their glasses for students and staff are the real deal.

United Way's Born Learning Trails provide fun walk down path of education

SAVOY — Parents and kids can now add fun and learning games to their walks through one Savoy park and will soon be able to do the same at another in Champaign.

'Hard to explain what all this event has done for me'

DANVILLE — Several years ago, local veteran Jason Wills was invited to play in a charity softball game with other combat-wounded veterans from all over the country.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 19, 2017

Adjusting schedules because of an eclipse, like many schools are doing Monday, has been going on for years. In a nod to TOM KACICH's daily history items, here's what The News-Gazette reported on July 21, 1963, the day after an afternoon eclipse.

Clergy Corner, Aug. 18, 2017

The oldest opened the year ULYSSES S. GRANT was sworn in as our 18th president. The youngest is celebrating its 100th birthday.

Among them, Champaign's First Presbyterian, First United Methodist and Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal have been holding Sunday services for more than three-and-a-half centuries.

Pets don't need glasses for eclipse, but there's other safety concerns

CHAMPAIGN — You got eclipse glasses for yourself. Now what about your animal companions?

Pet owners can pretty much relax about this.

While dogs and cats face the same risks looking at a solar eclipse with unprotected eyes that people do, they're unlikely to look, local veterinarians said.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 18, 2017

During the Christmas season, radio stations play holiday-themed music. My favorite, of course, is BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN's version of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town."

On the Fourth of July, we get to hear patriotic music. Anything by JOHN PHILIP SOUSA works for T.O.T.M.

Entertainment listings, Aug. 17-24, 2017

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