DANVILLE – Bill E. Fulton's name may be synonymous with two AMBUCS playgrounds and a new "sprayground" in Danville.
CHAMPAIGN – Flush with money from the sale of its old building, the Illinois Disciples Foundation decided to spread the wealth.
The organization will award grants of up to $50,000 to nonprofit groups in Champaign County that work toward social justice, with priority given to health care, education, economic justice and peace/anti-war efforts.
DANVILLE — A group of residents in the Fairweight Park area of town is looking for other residents in the area who want to improve their neighborhood, meet neighbors and sponsor some fun activities.
Annette Pitlik, who lives on Stroup Street just a couple of blocks from Fairweight Avenue on the city's southeast side, started a neighborhood association last year called the Fairweight Park Preservation Association.
URBANA – When he thinks about everything the members of the Carle Foundation Hospital Auxiliary do every day, Dr. James Leonard can't help but call them angels of mercy.
These volunteers wearing cheery pink smocks and red vests deliver roses, balloons and patient mail throughout the hospital.
They dispense smiles and comforting words.
They staff the information desks, run the gift shop, transport the patients and tend to the families staying at Carle's guest house.
"I think about all the people and families who have been touched, who have been welcomed to our facility," marvels Leonard, the Carle Foundation's CEO. "The auxiliary is really a reflection of our community, and how we take care of our own."
Marking its 50th anniversary this month, the Carle Auxiliary was founded by two Carle doctors' wives, Jean Mussey and Elizabeth Rowe, and chartered in 1959.
CHAMPAIGN — Six women from across East Central Illinois will receive the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois Champaign Service Center's Women of Distinction award.
The women were nominated by their communities and selected as role models exhibiting leadership and service in those communities and their professions. They will be honored at the 18th annual banquet April 16 at the Hawthorn Suites in Champaign.
CHAMPAIGN – The weather is getting warmer, and the scenery is getting greener. Time to get out to a park and take a walk!
The Champaign Park District is sponsoring its CU on the Trails! 5K run and walk this weekend. The event highlights a park and walking trail in the city.
CHAMPAIGN – Local teacher Kyle Sondgeroth has his pig costume all ready.
Now all he needs is for the staff and students at Champaign's Bottenfield Elementary School to help him raise $750 for the American Diabetes Association, and he'll come to school dressed as a pig on April 9.
CHAMPAIGN – Friends of a veteran's widow are holding a baby shower for her at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Mattis Avenue Free Methodist Church, 1913 S. Mattis Ave., C, where well-wishers can contribute to her family.
Mike Guzman of Urbana died in November of a heart attack at the age of 48.
CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign County YMCA is starting anew in its efforts to build a new Y, the chairman of its board of directors said.
CHAMPAIGN – Pie-maker, handyman, British magistrate, marine archaeologist – who wouldn't hire this guy to run a homeless shelter?
Britain native John Sullivan, 39, has actually trained for his job – executive director of Champaign's Center for Women in Transition – for three decades. With a few career tangents along the way.