Market at the Square returns this Saturday

URBANA — The Urbana farmers' market — Market at the Square — returns to the Lincoln Square Village parking lot this Saturday.

The market will run from 7 a.m. to noon each Saturday through Nov. 3, according to director Lisa Bralts.

The event is held in the southeastern portion of the parking lot, near the corner of Vine and Illinois streets.

Former UI faculty member elected to Academy of Sciences

Harris Lewin, a former University of Illinois faculty member, was recently elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Lewin, an emeritus faculty member in the UI's Department of Animal Sciences and founding director of the Institute for Genomic Biology, is now vice chancellor for research at the University of California at Davis.

Gerard looks back on first year as Champaign mayor

With Mayor Don Gerard celebrating the one-year anniversary of his swearing-in today, The News-Gazette sat down with him Wednesday in the bleachers at his son's baseball game at McKinley Field to review his first year and what's left to come as he looks to the next three.

GPS provides cross-cultural experience for young scientists

URBANA — A lesson on GPS units might have taught local fourth-graders how the technology can be used in scientific fields.

But it also resulted in a multilayered lesson that included science, language, working with high school students and an appreciation of different cultures.

Thomas Paine students, Prairie Winds residents collaborate

URBANA — On a rainy Monday afternoon, students from Thomas Paine Elementary and residents at Prairie Winds of Urbana worked together to celebrate an old tradition and start a new one.

They made May Day baskets together to start what organizers say they hope will be an association between the supportive-living facility and the school.

Garman to speak at Law Day dinner

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois Supreme Court Justice Rita Garman of Danville will be the keynote speaker at the Champaign County Bar Association's annual Law Day dinner Wednesday.

The American Bar Association has designated the theme of this year's Law Day as "No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom."

Donors can help line Danville street with flags

DANVILLE — This Memorial Day weekend, the Danville Rotary Club once again will line North Vermilion Street with American flags as part of its annual Rotary Memorial Way.

Wise: 'I feel like I'm just part of a great team'

Chancellor Phyllis Wise said she never regretted her decision to take the University of Illinois job, nor did she consider leaving during all the turmoil that led to President Micheal Hogan's resignation last month.

Family returns from South Africa to C-U

CHAMPAIGN — A former Urbana business owner who had to leave the United States when he couldn't get permanent residency status is back — and once again in business.

Leon Odendaal, who operated PDQ Printing Services in Urbana from 2007 to 2010, returned to his native South Africa in 2011.

Group runs to raise money to benefit Crisis Nursery

Their name may be a cheesy rip-off from television's longest-running crime series, but there's nothing inferior about the efforts of Team Law and Order.

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