Reluctant Townie: Paying it forward with advice for new dads

Since today is Father's Day, I thought I would share some things I have learned while raising my human daughter child for the last 22 months. This week's column is dedicated to all the new fathers out there, specifically those inducted to the club since August 2011 (over whom I have seniority).

Potomac man goes extra step building cigar-box musical instruments

POTOMAC — It's easy to miss the road leading to Tony Taylor's workshop — even though it's close to the village of Potomac.

Going south out of town, the road is just past the second part of the S curve soon after you pass over the Middle Fork River, according to his directions.

Champaign dad gets by (with help) raising his boys

It takes a village to raise a child, but certainly Dad does a lot of the village's heavy lifting.

Michael Downs is grateful to the doctors, educators, therapists, philanthropists, friends and grandmas who help raise sons Jack and Charlie.

That includes a motorcycle group, the Regulators, that helped the Downs family buy a van to get Jack around, and Carrie Busey School in Savoy.

Getting Personal: Jacqueline Hannah

Each week, we offer an email Q&A with a local personality. Today, Paul Wood chats with 39-year-old Urbana resident Jacqueline Hannah, the general manager of the Common Ground Food Co-op for the past seven years.

What time do you typically get up? What do you do the first hour of the morning?

My Amish Home: With passing years, wisdom comes (right?)

"Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry." Hebrews 10:35-37

Illinois Ancestors: Guide to N.Y. ancestors available online

Anyone with New York ancestors will be pleased to use the free guide to New York ancestors on the FamilySearch website at

In addition to the material pertaining to statewide records, one can click on a county (on the map of counties or the printed list) to access information on a specific county.

Youth news June 12, 2012

Judah Christian High School senior Myles Roosevelt recently won the Erika Harold Scholarship, which is given each year to a senior headed to a four-year college.

Roosevelt will attend Olivet Nazarene University next year. He is the son of Tamara Roosevelt, Champaign, the grandson of Wayne and Mary Jane Roosevelt, Mahomet, and the great-grandson of Maxine Leffler, Mahomet.


Are We There Yet: It's quite handy to have handy helpers

I came home the other day to find underwear hanging in the carport.

We did not host a block party gone wild.

Family Life: How to help your children get ready for kindergarten


As I was gearing up to write my article this month, I read an article by my co-worker, Cara Allen, that I wanted to share. If you are a parent, grandparent, or childcare provider of a child entering into kindergarten next fall, you might want to read on to help them prepare.

Golf outing to benefit Sanfilippo syndrome foundation

CHAMPAIGN — Kelly and Jake Hubert learned nearly four years ago that their now-6-year-old daughter, Livia, has a rare, incurable genetic disorder called Sanfilippo syndrome.

Now, through a foundation they started in 2010, they are striving to raise money for research and awareness of this disorder, also known as MPS III.