Letter from Birdland: Beginning another stint in Kentucky

I said goodbye to Birdland and hello to Kentucky on Friday. Michael drove me down and dropped me off, so I am on my own here.

My husband spends quite a little time in the car, so to drive with me for five hours and then turn around to drive back home was a sacrifice, and I appreciate it.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Jan. 17, 2016

With curl-up-with-a-good-book-under-the-covers weather officially here, we asked our panel of bookworms: What's your must-read recommendation among recent releases?

Don Follis: Do your homework when choosing a pastor

I have served as a reference for pastors many times. When I get a call checking references, the conversations usually are pretty straightforward. "How long have you known him?" "What are his strengths?" "What is his flat side?" "Do you have any hesitations we should know about?"

Business listings, Jan. 17, 2016

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

AOM Remodeling and Restoration, 2750 Hunters Pond Road, #12, C, Ashly Matthews, same address.

Champaign Urbana Fashion Week, P.O. Box 431, U, Satchez Johnson, same address.

For the retirees, Jan. 17-24, 2016

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.

From Russia with love

URBANA — As a member of the University of Illinois Alumni Association, Craig Sutter first visited Russia on an association tour, in 2006.

There, in Moscow and St. Petersburg, he fell in love with the Russian people, finding them closed at first but then warm-hearted and generous.

Area history, Jan. 17, 2016

Today is Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Oregon's sisters act

By Allen Hartter

You won't hear a choir of nuns singing, but you will enjoy striking scenery in the eastern foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range. Sisters, Ore., is 140 miles southeast of Portland and is named for the Three Sisters Mountains (North, Middle and South), which are easily visible 15 to 20 miles to the west.

Studio Visit: Randy Salman

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, Randy Salman, 64, of Champaign and Greencastle, Ind., a musician and a professor of music at DePauw University, chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

What do you teach at DePauw?

Rob Kanter: Some wild memories from 2015

As you know, I take great pleasure in observing wildlife, whether I'm out for the specific purpose of doing that or I'm just going from one place to another in the course of a normal day.

As you also know, I enjoy looking into questions that arise from my observations and sharing my findings with others.