Area history, Sept. 29, 2015

Today is Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1915: A general assembly was held this morning in the auditorium of the new Champaign High School, principally devoted to assigning seats for the students for the entire year. Short speeches also were heard from Miss Switzer, the principal, and from Mr. Draper, the new football coach.

Active Aging: Retired nurse doesn't know 'what it's like to be bored'

Editor's note: This is the second in a weeklong series of local profiles highlighting Active Aging Week, which started Sunday and runs through Saturday.

DANVILLE — Many weekdays, Mary Ann Pettigrew's schedule is so full she's lucky if she can eat lunch by 2 p.m. and dinner by 7.

Monticello names newest members of Hall of Fame

MONTICELLO — Monticello High graduates William "Bill" Burns (Class of '48) and Martha Oehmke-Loustaunau (Class of '56) are the 2015 inductees in to the school's Hall of Fame.

Top of the morning, Sept. 29, 2015

Staerkel Planetarium's Dave Leake talks supermoon Wednesday at 7:40 on WDWS.

I was taken by the number of people who were outside Sunday night, peering skyward for a glimpse of the rare supermoon.

A lot of you took photos, too.

Top of the morning, Sept 28, 2015

Some memories can be very strong.

I know this, and you do, too, but I was reminded of it a couple times last week.

I'd written about the Hessel Park firetruck, and mentioned a couple other icons that are gone, and wondered if any of you had places or items you recalled.

Area history, Sept. 28, 2015

In 1915, St. Mary's parochaial school in Champaign will open its doors on Oct. 11, according to the plans of Rev. Father R.F. Flynn. By that date it is believed that construction of the school will have been completed. The building fully equipped will cost approxiately $45,000 and it will accommodate 200 pupils. Seven Sisters of Notre Dame will be engaged in the classroom work.

Active Aging: For Mahomet woman, 96, 'You just have to make your happiness'

MAHOMET — The side yard of Geraldine Hickle's home is abloom with coleus, the grape vines out back are flush with fruit, and geraniums and sweet alyssum line her sunny patio.

Still, the 96-year-old fusses that her yard isn't as nice as it used to be.

Japan: A cultural adventure

By Dennis Vidoni

"Maybe" was Eric's surprising response to my query about his interest in visiting Japan. A year later, our American Airlines Boeing 777 was landing at Tokyo's Narita International Airport.

Fans snapping up Eldredge's latest album

Brett Eldredge's sophomore album, "Illinois," is garnering great reviews from critics.

And fans are snapping it up.

After its release earlier this month, "Illinois" debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's country album charts, nudging Luke Bryan's "Kill The Lights" out of first place, where it had been for five weeks.

For the retirees, Sept. 27-Oct. 4, 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.