Parks and Recreation
DANVILLE — Maneuvering into the chair inside the gondola of the red, white and blue "Glory Be" hot air balloon on a surprisingly cool summer morning, Christopher Adkins still believed he was just a crew member "testing" equipment prior to launch after dawn Saturday morning.
Wondering about the people wandering Champaign's West Side Park with their eyes glued to their smartphones?
Confused after overhearing conversations about where one might find Machops and Pikachus around Champaign-Urbana?
Curious after seeing signboards offering discounts to members of teams Valor, Instinct and Mystic?
DANVILLE — They may be the stars of the show, but there's a lot more than hot air balloons at Vermilion County's newest balloon event.
"There's something for everyone," said Jim Anderson, co-chairman of the Balloons Over Vermilion festival, which continues today at the Vermilion Regional Airport.
DANVILLE — Janet Wustholz and her 9-year-old granddaughter had been planning all week to take a tethered hot air balloon ride at the Balloons Over Vermilion festival.
DANVILLE — Tony Sandlin has been piloting hot air balloons for 14 years.
But flying at the inaugural Balloons Over Vermilion will mark a first for him.
Sandlin will be taking a rider, who's wheelchair-bound, on a hot air balloon flight.
Arts in the Park winners
The Danville Art League held Arts in the Park on June 25-26 at Lincoln Park. Winners were:
Oil/acrylic — Dorothy Fava, first; Kolleen Asaad, second and Amanda Dudich, third.
Watercolor — Carol Garver, first; Shelley Huffman, second and Linda Virostek, third.
URBANA — The Urbana City Council took another step toward continuing future Boneyard Creek improvements on Monday night, approving the purchase of two properties at 202 and 204 Wood Street.
Boneyard Creek improvements are slated in four segments: Main Street to Race Street; Race Street to Broadway Avenue; Broadway Avenue to Vine Street; and Vine Street to University Avenue.
A friend asked who the clarinet player was with the Traditional Jazz Orchestra on Tuesday at The Iron Post.
That was Carlyle Johnson, filling in for Randy Salman. Johnson's well-known here, having retired in 1994 as a music teacher at Edison Middle School. He joined the school district in 1971.
CHAMPAIGN — The Virginia Theatre has added more acts to its 2016-'17 season, among them the Manhattan Transfer with Take Six, representing both old- and new-school a cappella.