Area history, Oct. 4, 2015

Today is Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

For the retirees, Oct. 4-11, 2015

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, 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 Service of Champaign County.

Meet Ron Chez, the man behind the gift

URBANA — Ron Chez knows a wise investment when he sees one.

A successful financial management consultant with his own corporation, the University of Illinois graduate has advised a who's who of the Fortune 500 — from JP Morgan Chase and Motorola to Apple and Amazon.

But one of his latest investments is in people.

Off the beaten path

By Vivienne Mackie

For something new and different, try visiting Paris' 10th arrondissement, the Canal Saint Martin neighborhood.

Reluctant Townie: Out of your gourd: An ode to autumn

Well, hello there, October. I see you hiding in the corner. I guess now that you're here, I will finally concede the season to autumn — to Hades with the equinox and its astrological rules, summer put up a valiant fight and deserves every bit of September it has laid claim to! The territory is advancing, I can feel it. Thanks be given to global warming.

Getting Personal: Pastor Frank L. Hoss

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, pastor Frank L. Hoss, 80, of Urbana chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood about his career in teaching and preaching and with a very small congregation.

What interests you right now?

Growing Asian population affects banks, retail, restaurants, more

You'll see no English characters on the overhead menu or specials board at Lai Lai Wok in Campustown.

With roughly half of its clientele from China, and another quarter or so from other Asian countries, the restaurant offers English on its table menus only.

Down the street, Taiwan-based Chatime is among several new "bubble tea" shops in Campustown, popular in China and Taiwan.

Letter from Birdland: I love to watch the fall harvest

Birdland is overcast today, and I'm hoping for the promised rain. Don't get me wrong, I've been enjoying the mild blue days we've been having, but the garden could use some water.

I expect our farmer friends, Jim and Sean, are happy with the dry weather, though; they have harvested all of our soybeans and have started on my uncle's fields to the north.

Business listings, Oct. 4, 2015

These applications for assumed business names were filed recently with the Champaign County clerk's office:

Back To Me, 804 W. Vine St., C, Jessica Foley, same address, and Donna Foley, 1709 W. Union St., C.

BE-N-ME Home Maintenance and Repairs, 1104-04 Falcon Drive, Rantoul, Brenda Eaton and M. Leslie Eaton, same address.

Apple of their eyes

Local apples are at their freshest right now, and some of the best are hidden away in the University of Illinois South Farms.

On a sunny afternoon, members of the UI Horticulture Club are picking apples for gatherings where caramel apples and other products will be served to members of the UI community. Some of the other UI apples are served in residence halls.