Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Paxton tax levy will take slight drop

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.

Candlestick Lane lighting set for Saturday

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.

Route different for Parade of Lights in Champaign

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.

Park board views Virginia marquee redesigns

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.

Champaign's Parade of Lights set for Saturday

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.

Marquee comes off the Virginia

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.

East Central Illinois groups vying for grants both large and small

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.

Online votes could bring steam locomotive to town

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 Park Board OKs concept for new pool; some neighbors oppose plan

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.

Area events to honor veterans

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.