Studio Visit: Stephen Buzard

Stephen Buzard, 27, formerly of Urbana, now of New York, chats with Melissa Merli. Buzard will become  the director of music at St. James Episcopal Cathedral in Chicago on Sept. 1. He is currently the acting organist and director of music at St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York.

Area history, June 19, 2016

Today is Sunday, June 19, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1916: All staff officers of the Illinois National Guard have been ordered to report to the camp at the state fairgrounds at once. The order was issued this morning by Gov. Edward Dunne. He acted on direct instructions from Secretary of War Newton Baker, received from Washington at 10 a.m.

John Roska: Good planning keeps property out of estate

Q: In a recent column, you said heirs don't inherit debt, so that my kids can't be liable for my credit card or medical debt after I die. Can the life insurance proceeds paid after my death be taken to repay my debts?

In the rough

On a steamy, sun-kissed Thursday afternoon at Willow Pond Golf Course in Rantoul, the parking lot is full and carts are backed up at the first tee.

Inside the clubhouse, owner Kevin Applebee kicks back with friends as regulars stroll in and out, enjoying a cold one after wrapping up their round.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, June 19, 2016

Picking up where we left off last week, we asked 10 more UI employees with international roots to tell us a story about their version of "Old Glory."


International Programs Office

Reluctant Townie: So you think you can Dad?

Happy Father's Day to all of the Dads out there. If you listen closely, you can hear the sound of a million unneeded neckties being unwrapped at this very moment.

Getting Personal: Rob Kowalski

Rob Kowalski, 46, of Urbana is assistant director of planning and development for the city of Champaign. He chatted recently with Melissa Merli.

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Business listings, June 19-26, 2016

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

Arrow Science & Technology, 615 W. Hill St., C, Grigori Sigalov, same address.

Gentle Giant Softwashing, 1102 Brighton Drive, Unit B, U, Hayden Simonis, same address.

LL Sushi, 806 E. Kerr Ave., Apt. 201, U, Lal Lian, same address.

Letter from Birdland: Trip to Ireland revealing layers about everything

In Ireland, the summer days are long. I don't even think about going to bed until the long twilight comes, and it's way after 10 before it gets full dark. I've been waking up a little after 4, and the sky is already light, but the sun doesn't actually rise until about 5.

For the retirees, June 19-26, 2016

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.