By Kathy Sweedler
As we move through our lives, different challenges and needs tend rise. In my own family, our needs have changed over time.
When I had young children, I was concerned with finding quality child care and used clothing and toys. As family members aged, we needed home delivery of meals, medical care support and transportation services.
It's so cliche to call Allerton Park a jewel, but cliches get that way for a reason.
Ask folks around here for their favorite public places and Allerton is always on the short list. It gets 100,000 visitors a year.
Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was
Growing up in a household with two brothers, my summers were spent shirtless as much as possible. Didn't wear a shirt to bed. Didn't wear a shirt to breakfast. Didn't wear a shirt when I rode my bike to the gas station to buy a Butterfinger for lunch.
Q: Mimi, have you ever visited the Bryant Cottage State Historic Site in Bement?
A: I stopped in Bement a couple of months ago but the cute little cottage was closed. I hear it's worth a visit.
Built in 1856 by Bement businessman Francis E. Bryant, it's known as the place where Stephen Douglas and Abraham Lincoln talked about their famous 1858 debates.
For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Bodnar, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.
RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Services of Champaign County.
URBANA — After graduating from the University of Illinois with a bachelor's degree in voice in late 2006, Allison Semmes still had a yearning to perform musical theater and on Broadway.
So she looked for a graduate musical-theater program with a foundation in classical music. She applied to and was accepted by New York University, where she obtained a master's degree in 2009.
Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, a chat with Kari Croop. The freelance writer/editor, actress and mother of triplets will portray Mary Poppins in the Champaign Urbana Theatre Company production opening July 31 at the Parkland Theatre. She recently chatted with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.
Swimming holes have been going in and out of style, but they're guaranteed to raise a smile, at least in our memories.
Many around here were open ditches, as in the Saline Branch and the Boneyard, or gravel pits, or land scooped up to build highway ramps.
Every generation has its own memories of getting away from tiresome adults and skinny-dipping with friends