Tom Kacich: Let's lighten the mood around here

Write something fun, pleaded my wife. And since Saturday was her birthday there will be no politics, social issues or government talk in this column.

Instead, did you know ...

Studio Visit: William Anthony Sebastian Rose II

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here is William Anthony Sebastian Rose II. The actor and manager of Latte' Da! at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine recently chatted with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

I didn't know they had a Latte' Da! at the veterinary clinic.

Area history, May 3, 2015

Today is Sunday, May 3, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

For the retirees, May 3-10, 2015

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.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, May 3, 2015

In the second of two parts, (part 1 is here) we asked high school senior class presidents: What are the top three items on your 10-year bucket list?



1. Become a chess master.

Getting Personal: Julia Rietz

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, 46-year-old Urbana resident Julia Rietz, the Champaign County state's attorney and a horse enthusiast, chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood. Hear more from Rietz Monday at 10 on WDWS.

When you were growing up, what did your parents do?

Barns in Urbana have served merrymaking purpose for years

Know of a barn worth spotlighting? Email Melissa Merli at with the details

URBANA — Loretta Dessen remembers fondly the beautiful, Amish-built barn on her family property, Farm Lake.

Business listings, May 3, 2015

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

A&M Taxi, 108 Paddock Drive East, Savoy, by Mohamed Boureghda, same address.

Anointing Hands Services, P.O. Box 803, C, by Kwanesha Aker, 1010 N. Fifth St., C.

Clarity Counseling Services, 206 N. Randolph St., C, by Terri Medwed, 2211 Edgewater Place, C.

It's Your Business: Pizzeria Antica to open this month

The sign is up, the ovens are curing and Pizzeria Antica Champaign is apparently a few weeks away from opening.

"We plan to be open by the end of May if not sooner," said owner Ramin Karimpour.

The new pizzeria is located just north of the Champaign City Building at 10 Chester St., in the building that formerly housed Stipes Printing and more recently Ratio Architects.

Letter from Birdland: Laundry moves outdoors again

Birdland is nippy but deliciously green.

The daffodils have faded, but tulips in all colors have taken their place.