Letter from Birdland: My kid the cook

I left Birdland for a day trip to Chicago with my sister. After our business concluded, we went downtown to see my middle boy, Dylan.

He cooks at Celeste, an artful restaurant on West Hubbard. I had never visited, but I knew from his description that it was upscale. Dylan got us reservations for 5 p.m.

Top of the Morning, Oct. 26, 2014

PHYLLIS TIEMAN has been a News-Gazette subscriber since 1958. The 76-year-old widow from Bement reads it front to back and is especially fond of our recipes and coverage of Unity High School, where she used to work.

"I look at every page," she said.

Getting Personal: Jonathan Buie

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, 22-year-old O'Fallon native Jonathan Buie, a UI senior majoring in electrical engineering with a concentration in signal processing and minoring in mathematics, chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood. Buie is on this year's homecoming court.

So ... what's new with you?

Military news in brief

Navy Seaman Recruit Stephanie L. Wolfe, daughter of Steve G. and Sherry L. Wolfe of Urbana, completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes.

Wolfe is a 2014 graduate of St. Joseph-Ogden High School.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Oct. 26, 2014

With homecoming weekend here, we asked 10 romantics: Where'd you go out on dates during your undergrad days at the UI?


Former NASA astronaut, flew 2 shuttle missions

Reluctant Townie: Halloween candy: A primer

(Author's note: While writing this week's column, it occurred to me that I may have already written this column, or something very similar, at some point in the past. But if that is true, and I have, as the writer, almost completely forgotten about it since then, it can be reasonably assumed that you, the reader, have most definitely forgotten about it.

Pardon the pun, but the costume business is boo-ming this time of year

People still make Halloween costumes themselves, but costume stores are incredibly busy this time of year; recent movies dominate, and the kids demand verisimilitude.

It's SRO at Dallas & Company, 101 E. University Ave., C, the oldest purveyor of skulls, costumes, fake poop and bacon Band-Aids in the area.

Area history, Oct. 26, 2014

Today is Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Studio Visit: Elliot Chasanov

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Elliot Chasanov, a professor of trombone at the University of Illinois, recently chatted with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli. He started the Halloween Spooktacular concert for children. The 10th annual event will be at 3 p.m. today at Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center.

Why do you do so much work in Poland?

For the retirees, Oct. 26-Nov. 2, 2014

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 Service of Champaign County.