Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Environmental Almanac: It's time to take light pollution seriously

This column is intended as a follow-up to News-Gazette reporter Tracy Crane's recent article on the application to have the Middle Fork Forest Preserve in northeast Champaign County certified as a Dark Sky Park. Her article focused on the direct benefits to people of having a place to see the night sky unobscured by artificial light.

Options for Neil Street corridor take shape

CHAMPAIGN — North Neil Street residents and property owners have narrowed down what renovations they want for the roughly one-mile stretch between Interstate 74 and downtown.

Removal of two river dams in Danville back on track

DANVILLE — More than two years ago, state officials were ready to remove two river dams in Danville, when the state's budget impasse stalled the process.

Entertainment listings, Jan. 11-18, 2018


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What: Heralded as one of our country's foremost comics. Presented by Exceptional Artists in partnership with Champaign Park District.

When: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12.

Where: Virginia Theatre, 203. W. Park Ave., C.

Cost: Tickets $49.50-$58.50. Additional $5 per-ticket service charges apply (online only).

Environmental Almanac: Plenty of reasons for hope in our area

If you're looking for inspiration and energy this month — and who's not? — let me call your attention to the state of the environmental community in central Illinois and some of the ways it has flourished over the past year.

Prairie Rivers Network, where I'm a board member and long-time volunteer, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017, and it's currently stronger than ever before.

Significant Structures: For Urbana's Busey's Hall/Princess Theater, a baptism by fire

URBANA — The same day as the Great Chicago Fire, all the wooden buildings on Urbana's Main Street burned down.

The only survivor: Busey's Hall, an opera house on the Busey Block built by descendants of the town's founder.

Getting Personal: Dan Olson

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 45-year-old Champaign resident DAN OLSON, who has had several jobs as a botanist and administrator with the Champaign County Forest Preserve District and the Champaign Park District, chats with staff writer Paul Wood.

Forest preserve district hoping you'll see stars at Middle Fork

PENFIELD — Growing up in the middle of farm country in northern Champaign County, far from street lights or anything that interferes with a view of the sky, Matt Kuntz didn't think much about being able to see lots of stars and constellations on any clear night.

VIDEO: A friendly game of pond hockey in Mahomet

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MAHOMET — Instead of complaining about the bitter cold weather hitting Illinois over the last week, Josh Hinkle took advantage of it.

Entertainment listings, Jan. 4-11, 2018


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