Reorganized Danville NAACP sets meeting

DANVILLE — The newly reorganized Danville NAACP will hold its first general membership meeting since the election of new officers.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the organization's headquarters located in the New Directions Treatment Center, 153 N. Vermilion St., Danville.

Annual stamp show and sale scheduled for Oct. 5-6

URBANA — The Champaign-Urbana Stamp Club will hold its 40th annual show and sale Oct. 5-6 at the Urbana Civic Center, 108 E. Water St.

The event opens at 10 a.m. both days and closes at 5 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday.

For the retirees, Sept. 29, 2013

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 Services of Champaign County.

Letter from Birdland: Harvest moon signals onset of fall

In Birdland we finally got some rain last night. Not much, mind you, but some. I think it was about half an inch.

The thirsty ground was finally damp, and the red cabbage leaf cupped a tiny puddle.

But I found dry crumbs of earth beneath the yew bushes next to the kitchen door. Still, we are grateful for any moisture.

Getting Personal: Vanessa Faurie

Each week, we offer an email Q&A with a local personality. Today, Paul Wood chats with 48-year-old Urbana resident Vanessa Faurie. She is the vice president of corporate communications at the University of Illinois Alumni Association and has been a communications and alumni relations professional in higher education advancement for 25 years.

A helping hand at crucial times

URBANA — Third-grader Isaac El-Jamal, looking pretty spiffy in his Canaan Academy uniform, is determined to succeed in science.

His first love was orca whales, but right now it's chemistry.

"But I don't want to blow my whole lab up," he says sagely.

There are two teachers for 13 students in the second and third grades at the private Canaan school, 207 N Central Ave., U.

Studio Visit: Jerry Savage

Studio Visit is a weekly Q&A with a local artist. Today, The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli visits with retired art professor Jerry Savage, 77, rural Sidney

Q: Are these paintings in your show "Identity Issues" at the Cinema Gallery new work?

Residents with different needs set to explore new health plan marketplace

URBANA — Adrienne Bauer can't remember a time in her life when she didn't worry about how much health care was going to cost.

Even back in high school, when she was hit by a car, she was anxious riding in the ambulance.

"I remember being so stressed that it was going to be so expensive," she said.

Gabba Gabba Generation: Quit acting helpless

The Huffington Post published a piece a few weeks ago titled "Why Generation Y Yuppies Are So Unhappy," wherein the author posited that the young people of Generation Y — those born between the late 1970s and the mid 1990s — have unrealistic expectations of success that spring from delusional, inflated senses of self-worth.

5 profiles to air on WILL-TV

URBANA — Five pioneering central Illinois residents tell their stories on the WILL-TV weekly program "Illinois Pioneers," broadcast at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays starting this week. The series opened this season on Sept. 5.