Parks and Recreation
CLINTON — The Clinton Lake Sailing Association will hold its annual open house Saturday for anyone interested in learning more about sailing.
The open house is from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at the Clinton Lake Sailing Assocation pavilion, just north of the Clinton Lake Marina on the marina grounds.
SAVOY — In an effort to cut costs on improving Colbert Park, village officials have found a source of topsoil.
The topsoil is needed to construct two planned soccer fields at Colbert Park at a grade that allows for proper drainage. The fields are not expected to be built this year, but village officials want to take advantage of the "no-cost" topsoil.
A local youth baseball organization which was asked to stop using the name "little league" is asking that other youth baseball leagues be told to do the same.
Atwood-Hammond had been using "little league" as a part of its name. But since it was not a chartered member of Little League International, that agency requested that Atwood-Hammond discontinue the use of the name.
A park in Champaign County will get a piece of the $15.3 million set aside by the state for expanding outdoor recreation and open space in communities.
The village of Gifford will receive $40,700 to replace outdated playground equipment at Roessler Park. The park is located on the southern edge of the Village of Gifford.
There went the neighborhood.
A colony of beaver, which numbered at least eight a year ago, is gone from Meadowbrook Park in south Urbana. So is their dam. And so, temporarily, is the damage — easily visible to the human visitors along the park's trails — that they did to trees and other vegetation along McCullough Creek that bisects the park.
RANTOUL — One of the largest golf courses in Champaign County is under new ownership.
Kevin and Rhonda Applebee of Urbana have purchased Willow Pond Golf Course in Rantoul from Ken Roessler.
Kevin Applebee said they bought the 185-acre course, located on the former Chanute Air Force Base, because they were "looking at a different opportunity because I sold some real estate."
CHAMPAIGN — Area youngsters can now register for the summer program session at Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club.
The session theme is "Around the World in 40 Days!" and runs June 3-Aug. 9. Learning activities will feature famous places around the world. Daily fun and recreation — including swimming, arts and crafts, games, field trips and camping — will be available.
Last winter when it was cold and windy and wet, and the landscape was brown and bleak, I talked to Dan Olson about a glorious little speck on the landscape unlike almost any other spot in Champaign County.