Parks and Recreation
PAXTON – The Paxton Park District is requesting less taxes be paid from property owners next summer, primarily because the district was required to reduce its tax levy for its Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund account.
URBANA – A decades-long holiday tradition in east Urbana continues this year.
The lighting of Candlestick Lane takes place at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11.
WDWS Radio personality Jim Turpin will be this year's marshal.
CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign Park District wants parade watchers to know about several changes in the 10th annual Holiday Parade of Lights, scheduled for 6 p.m. today.
CHAMPAIGN – As they work toward a final blueprint, members of the park district board on Monday saw a designer's version of the new marquee to ornament the Virginia Theatre next year.
The ninth annual Holiday Parade of Lights, sponsored by the Champaign Park District, will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4.
In case of bad weather, the parade will be postponed until 6 p.m. Sunday.
CHAMPAIGN – A city icon for decades, the neon marquee that hung prominently off the facade of the Virginia Theatre since the 1940s lay in crumpled pieces on Park Street on Tuesday.
Several area organizations are vying for money in the latest round of the Pepsi Refresh Project.
The project allows community members to vote for projects through Nov. 30. The top vote-getters are awarded money. Project supporters are allowed 10 votes each day, and you can vote via Facebook, text and online.
A steam locomotive could be coming to East Central Illinois, but it may take a little exertion on your part to power it here.
Union Pacific is holding an online contest to determine a route for a steam locomotive excursion in 2011.
URBANA – The Urbana Park District board unanimously approved the concept for a new Crystal Lake Pool on Tuesday night, but members of the north Urbana neighborhood said they opposed the plan and would work to defeat the tax increase proposal to pay for it.
Flags, speeches and music will honor military veterans at three community celebrations in Mahomet this weekend.
Museums in Tuscola and Danville next week will hold programs for veterans and people interested in military lore.
The Living Flag: Old Glory Sings programs at Mahomet Christian Church, 908 N. Lake of the Woods Road, Mahomet, are in their sixth year.