Wired-In: Robin Berthier

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference maker. This week, meet Robin Berthier, 34, the president of Network Perception, a startup company developed in 2013 by University of Illinois experts on network security and infrastructure.

Studio Visit: Pat Mayer

Pat Mayer, 58, of Urbana is a self-employed graphic artist and owner of Mayer Design. She recently created banners of seven saints for the newly remodeled St. Patrick's Church in Urbana.

Did you paint the figures of the saints?

I painted the faces and all of the fabric in Photoshop, It's kind of a community project.

Ruth Siburt: Author tackles tough topic with humor

I don't know another author who addresses current issues with as much good sense and wry humor as Richard Peck.

In children's publishing, the hot topic is diversity. Some of the diverse elements authors are exploring are the variances in human sexuality and in abilities. Those are not easy topics.

Kelly Strom: Motherhood in fiction

Mothers come in all shapes and sizes. Some are single, some are married, but they all have one thing in common — children.

No matter how they get to the point of motherhood, it's an identity that changes them forever.

Typically, a mother's role is, of course, more than childbirth and rearing the next generation. There are matters of trust, companionship and leadership.

C-U haiku, May 1, 2016


Stone arm raised forever

spring flowers blooming and dying

at your feet

— Steve LaVigne, Savoy

This marathoner is probably going to pass you

He who starts last can end up near the front, at least if the runner is Chuck Engle.

Engle, 45, is an Ohio marathon junkie who will compete in the Christie Illinois Marathon Saturday.

Co-directors Jan Seeley and Mike Lindemann are flying him out for an fund-raising event.

Area history, April 30, 2016

Today is Saturday, April 30, 2016

Business schedules weekend sale

Georgetown is the home of a little antique site called ForeverMore at 206 W. West St. It consists of a small house and a porch-like one-car garage that is always filled to the brim with antiques and primitives.

Sandra Mason: Manage tomato problems now

For many of us, gardens are incomplete unless a few tomato plants are on the planting list. Of all the vegetables we can grow, tomatoes remain the most popular in the home garden. Even folks who only grow hair have at least one tomato plant tucked in somewhere. In spring, dreams of deliciously delectable fresh garden tomatoes dance in our domes.

Weekend planner: A Downton-ish event downtown

If you liked "Downton Abbey," you'll love Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church's 1662 Choral Evensong service at 4 p.m. Sunday, promises Mother Beth Maynard, priest at the church at 102 N. State St., C. The song texts come from the King James Bible and the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, used in Anglican church services, and are set to music by some of the greatest composers in history.