Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Hall quits forest preserve board after not being reappointed

URBANA — Robin Hall, the former director of the Urbana Park District and for four years a member of the Champaign County Forest Preserve District board, has resigned his position.

Hall also said he was stepping down as president of the forest preserve district's foundation.

Philo plans unveiling of grandstand

PHILO — The Philo Ball Park Association will hold a ribbon cutting/grand opening ceremony at 2 p.m. June 22 to unveil the new athletic park grandstand at Hale Park.

The event will serve as the official kickoff for the facility, which has undergone major renovations for the first time since the Philo firemen created the ball diamond there in the late 1940s.

Dozens reported sick at 4-H camp

MONTICELLO — Public health officials are investigating a sickness outbreak at the 4-H Memorial Camp, Monticello, that affected dozens of kids.

"We have very limited information at this point," said David Remmert, administrator of the DeWitt Piatt Bi-County Health Department. "About 40 kids out of 300 got sick."

Entertainment listings, June 12-19, 2014

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Former park directors seek forest preserve seat

URBANA — Two former local park district directors are competing for an appointment to a single seat on the Champaign County Forest Preserve District board.

String Cheese Incident added to music festival

DANVILLE — The String Cheese Incident band will headline two nights of the first Phases of the Moon Music + Art Festival in September at Kennekuk County Park north of Danville.

Weekend Update, June 7, 2014: Raggedy revival

For nearly 20 years, the village of Arcola celebrated native son Johnny Gruelle, an artist who created Raggedy Ann and Andy, with the Raggedy Ann and Andy Festival. It ended a few years back, but now there's a replacement: the Raggedy Ann and Andy Rally from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at Rockome Gardens west of Arcola. Here's what's up, courtesy staff writer Melissa Merli:

Free fishing in Illinois this weekend

CHAMPAIGN — Local bass fisherman Gary Montgomery enjoys taking his grandsons out on the water with him even if they don't stick to fishing.

'Tis the season for outdoor festivals

Outdoor festivals have everything summer can offer — music, food, crowds, sun, sunscreen giving off the smell of the beach ... and the occasional mosquito.

One thing that's new this year is that Taste of Champaign-Urbana ought to offer more sun and less soggy food, with the festival pushed back to Aug. 15-16 at West Side Park.

Entertainment listings, June 5-12, 2014

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.

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