My Amish Home: Enjoying the weather; battling the 'old lady'

"That the aged men to be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given too much wine, teachers of good things; that they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children." Titus 2:2-4

Four C-U teachers to share $2,700 grant

A $2,700 grant from the CU Schools Foundation is making cross-district art collaboration possible for 100 students and four teachers in Champaign and Urbana high schools this year.

Meet, greet and weed with speed

CHAMPAIGN — You've heard of speed dating. Now comes weed dating. And that's not a reference to marijuana.

Instead, people are invited to Heirloominous Farm at Prairie Fruits Farm (4410 N. Lincoln Road) from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday "for a fun evening of helping to pull weeds while meeting new people who aren't afraid to get their hands a little dirty."

Joan Griffis: Danville to host genealogy workshops

Three genealogy classes will be taught at the Danville Area Community College Community Education facility at the Village Mall next month.

Ronald Sbertoli, genealogist and member of the Illiana Genealogical & Historical Society, will present the following classes from 9 a.m. to noon:

Homer seeks volunteers for work on village hall

HOMER — A special public "work session" is on slate for the Homer village board the nights of Aug. 25 and 26. The project: work on the sewage-damaged Homer Village Hall/Library.

Area history, Aug. 19, 2015

Today is Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Get to know Ryan Cowell, new BTW principal

Eight years after kicking off his Unit 4 career as a high school instructional coach, Ryan Cowell debuts today as an elementary principal.

The new boss at Champaign's Booker T. Washington STEM Academy beat out a field of eight candidates the district interviewed for one of its four principal openings.

Meg Makes: Summer salads with a finishing touch

It's hard to beat a summer salad, and as usual, my mother-in-law, Mary Dickinson of Loda, picks some of the best to serve at family gatherings. She originally found and tweaked recipes from Organic Gardening magazine, and got the idea for herb-flavored finishing salt at a Master Gardener conference.

Area graduates from ISU

Illinois State University has announced the following students graduated in the spring with bachelor's degrees.

Argenta — Rachel Joy Bruckner

Arthur — Kelsey Jordan Birch

Bismarck — Lauren Elizabeth Hous

Bondville — Nicholas Alan Johnson

Buckley — Meghan Marie Foss

Catlin — Joel Benjamin Learnard