Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

A few slices of history in one spot

East Central Illinoisans who reguarly travel to St. Louis via the Effingham route probably have noticed what might look like a used farm machinery lot slowly growing just east of the Greenville exit.

But those who look closer will see a sign, surrounded by tractors, for the American Farm Heritage Museum.

Former Charleston post office up for auction

You have a chance to get your hands on a historic post office in Coles County as it's being sold in an online auction.

The post office is located north of the Charleston downtown square at the corner of Sixth Street and Madison Avenue. It opened in 1917 before closing in late 2011.

Crystal Lake Pool to be open an extra week

URBANA — The new Crystal Lake Park Family Aquatic Center will be open daily for an extra week with back-to-school hours.

Originally the Urbana Park District intended to close the pool after Labor Day, Sept. 2, said Vicki Mayes, the district's executive director.

Reluctant Townie: A review of the Crystal Lake Park Family Aquatics Center

Looking back, it seems that a majority of my childhood summers were experienced in two locations: the arcade of Skateland and Crystal Lake Pool.

Entertainment listings, Aug. 15-22, 2013

A listing of events, provided by the venues. In case of an error, please click here to email online editor Mike Howie.

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Swim club donation benefits high school

DANVILLE — Danville High School's swimming program will benefit from a new high-tech piece of equipment thanks to a local athletic organization.

Team Phoenix Aquatics donated $10,068 to the high school to purchase an automatic timing system for the natatorium. The new equipment will make its debut at the Oct. 7 swim meet, Superintendent Mark Denman said.

CU Days 2013

A view of the activities at Douglas Park in Champaign for CU Days, Saturday, August 10, 2013.

Entertainment listings, Aug. 8-15, 2013

A listing of events, provided by the venues. In case of an error, please click here to email online editor Mike Howie.

Special events

This weekend

State fair shares the fun

Whether it's calling pigs or husbands, Abe Lincoln On A Stick or serving up a range of musical acts, agricultural competitions or fragrant foodstuffs, the Illinois State Fair tries to have something for everyone on its 366 acres.

The 2013 fair, the 160th, offers Ke$ha and her succinct hit "We R Who We R" on Aug. 17 at the grandstand.

Field of dreams: Baseball the way it was meant to be

Picture this: Summer day, 70 degrees and sunny, a group of boys playing baseball on a homemade field, radio blaring in the background.

No uniforms, cleats or coaches in sight. Just a bunch of kids making up rules and running basepaths outlined in spray paint, with a plywood backstop.