Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Maintenance work knocks out some streetlights in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Streetlights in some Champaign neighborhoods near Spalding Park may be out Friday night.

Allerton Park associate director promoted to head job

MONTICELLO — Derek Peterson, the associate director of Allerton Park and Retreat Center, has been bumped up to director, promising to continue the direction the facility has taken under Bruce Branham.

Branham, a UI crop sciences professor, has returned to full-time teaching and research at the University of Illinois, which owns the park, a gift from Robert Allerton in 1946.

It's officially time to hit the (Kickapoo Rail) Trail

ST. JOSEPH — Almost 20 years in the making, phase one of the Kickapoo Rail Trail will be dedicated and opened this afternoon.

Forest Glen facility renamed after conservation district director's late wife

WESTVILLE — The Vermilion County Conservation District is dedicating and naming the staff office building at Forest Glen Preserve east of Westville as the Lorna J. Konsis Visitor Center in honor of the late wife of Executive Director Ken Konsis.

Country star sticking to his roots at Sangamon River Music Festival

MAHOMET — Mark Chesnutt has 14 No. 1 hits, 23 Top Ten singles, four platinum albums and five gold records, and singles like "Brother Jukebox," "Too Cold at Home" and "Blame It On Texas."

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For area students, eclipse 'a one-of-a-kind thing'

DANVILLE — Five, 15, even 50 years from now, Jaden Winters will be able to recall not only where he was when Monday's total solar eclipse took place, but also what he thought about it.

"It was amazing," the South View Upper Elementary School fifth-grader wrote in his "dashboard diary," shortly after he and his classmates viewed the rare natural phenomenon outside on the school's lawn.

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.

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.

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.