Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Local union sets Labor Day parade, events in Urbana

URBANA — AFL-CIO Local 601 will once again celebrate Labor Day in Urbana, with a parade and free activities afterward.

Danville's first air show in more than 30 years set to take flight

DANVILLE — It was 1987 when Mike Potter caught the Springfield Air Rendezvous and was blown away by the display of air power and aviation history.

Now, the manager of the Vermilion Regional Airport is thrilled to be bringing an air show to the Danville area — the first in more than 30 years.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 30, 2017

The many volunteers and supporters involved in the Idea Garden's Accessibility Project will be recognized at Thursday's ribbon-cutting ceremony in Urbana.

As rewarding as that will be, messages like the one delivered by ELLEN CUNNINGTON pack more punch.

Urbana moves forward with grant to replace beetle-ravaged ash trees

URBANA — Residents might see changes in scenery after the Urbana City Council gave initial approval Monday to a $15,000 tree-planting grant from the Morton Arboretum and U.S. Forest Service.

Funds for removal of deadly dams in Danville still jammed up

DANVILLE — When Illinois passed its budget earlier this summer, Danville Mayor Scott Eisenhauer eagerly anticipated the release of state funds for the removal of two low-head dams in the city that have been the site of drownings in decades past.

But, at this point, there's no indication when funds will be appropriated.

Bug out, ash borer: 282 new trees on way

URBANA — A community that takes its Tree City USA designation seriously is poised to replant after the dreaded emerald ash borer beetle infected about 700 ash trees.

On the bright side, says Urbana Arbor Manager Bruce Cubberley, that number represents a relatively small percentage in a city with close to 11,000 street trees and 4,000 park trees.

Letter from Birdland: Living and learning at Lake Dorothy

Michael and I are beginning to think about what to bring the next time we backpack into the wilderness — a couple more small carabiners to hang stuff from the tent or the pack, a few clothespins, a bag with pockets to keep our food organized.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 28, 2017

Last week was particularly busy in Champaign-Urbana, starting with a rare eclipse and ending with the 43rd annual Urbana Sweetcorn Festival.

Environmental Almanac: Time to sever Great Lakes/Mississippi link

It's ironic that the Prairie State is bordered by two of the world's most extensive aquatic systems.

On the northeast, we've got Lake Michigan, the fifth-largest lake in the world and our connection to the rest of the Great Lakes system and by extension the Atlantic Ocean.

Weekend Planner: They're all ears

The Urbana Sweetcorn Festival is taking a real locavore approach this year for its 43rd incarnation, offering up 20,000 ears of locally grown sweet corn and an entertainment lineup this afternoon and evening that features some of the area's best bands. People can also buy locally crafted beers at some of the nine downtown bars and carry them throughout the festival grounds.