Parks and Recreation
MONTICELLO – The state has bought 151 acres of forest near Allerton Park and intends to do essentially nothing with it – to the benefit of hunters, canoeists and wildlife.
The University of Illinois hadn't been doing anything with it, either, keeping one of the few woodland remnants in Piatt County in much the same condition as longtime owner Robert Allerton did. (Six acres of it have been farmed).
RANTOUL – The Air Force's plan to excavate dirt on the former Chanute Air Force Base to improve drainage in south Rantoul and to backfill an excavation area may be delayed because it doesn't have permission from the Federal Aviation Administration.
Chanute Redevelopment Commission member Denny Long told the commission Wednesday that the FAA has put a hold on a proposal to remove 50,000 yards of dirt on the south side of the airport.
WESTVILLE – Arlene Olmstead of Danville and Sharon Latoz of Georgetown had to share honors at last year's Vermilion County Conservation District Counted Cross-Stitch Show.
Visitors for the 17th annual show will get to see why, in a display of former best-of-show winners as well as new entries from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the air-conditioned Gannett Outdoor Learning Center in Forest Glen Preserve, seven miles east of Westville.
CHARLESTON – The Carle Foundation will hold an open house at its new facility at 5731 Park Drive, Charleston, in the Coles Business Park, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
There will be refreshments, door prizes and self-guided tours.
HOMER – Master Gardener Joan Lane, with support from naturalist Suzanne Smith, designed and maintain the prairie courtyard garden at Heritage Elementary School in Homer.
The two women volunteer their time in this and two other gardens at the school.
CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign County YMCA has agreed to sell its building at 500 W. Church St., C, to a local buyer for $1 million, said Kay Machula, chairwoman of the Y's campaign for a new facility in southwest Champaign.
The closing on the deal is tentatively slated for Nov. 1, Machula said. But the buyer, whom she did not identify, has agreed to let the YMCA lease space in the building until Dec. 31, 2010, or whenever it's ready to move, whichever comes first.
Amy Simpson and her fiance, Dan "Pete" Peterson, aren't the superstitious kind.
Simpson – a former Danville resident who now lives in Chicago – had a much more practical reason for wanting to tie the knot today, 8-8-08.
"I had to be clever for Pete," she said with a laugh. Remembering important dates isn't his forte. "I told him, if he forgets this one number, he's in trouble."
CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign County YMCA has agreed to sell its building at 500 W. Church St., C, to a local buyer for $1 million, said Kay Machula, chair of the Y's campaign for a new facility in southwest Champaign.
SAVOY – When the village received a $50,000 grant from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to help cover the cost of a fishing dock at Colbert Park, the amenity was a pleasant surprise.
But after reviewing a proposed design on Wednesday and noting the cost was about $45,000 more than the $75,000 budgeted, some village trustees questioned the need for a dock at this time.
CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign Park District stands to reap about $50,000 a year if the local off-track betting parlor moves to Jupiter's at the Crossing in Champaign later this year as planned.
Park district Executive Director Bobbie Herakovich said local park districts are supposed to get a portion of revenues from OTBs, and she'll likely recommend the money go for ongoing renovation of the Virginia Theatre. But if the Urbana Park District's experience is any indication, the Champaign district shouldn't count its chickens too soon.