Area history, March 4, 2014

Today is Tuesday, March 4, 2014. News reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago on this date:

Top of the Morning, March 4, 2014

As Gifford braces for today's statewide tornado drill — our story, B-2 — more signs of progress:

— On Monday, Champaign Rotary Club followed through on its promise to do more for Gifford than its donation of $10,000 made in November. President John Calderon announced at a luncheon that the club's spring project will be to plant up to 350 trees in the tornado-ravaged village,

UI meteorologist to speak at safety event

URBANA — University of Illinois meteorologist Jeffrey Frame, who takes students to the Great Plains each spring to observe tornadoes and thunderstorms, will speak at a free weather-safety event at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Beckman Institute auditorium, 405 N. Mathews Ave., U.

Area history, March 3, 2014

Today is Monday, March 3, 2014. News reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago on this date:

Top of the Morning, March 3, 2014: From the archives

The best way to see it for the first time is as a kid. In the winter. In the evening.

At least for me.

My parents, my mom's mom, and some of my siblings did just that many years ago. We drove to Champaign from my hometown, Danville, to see the Ice Capades.

I remember nothing of the show, but I've never forgotten the first time I saw the Assembly Hall.

C-U Branch plans annual fundraiser Saturday

The Champaign-Urbana Branch of the American Association of University Women will hold its annual Wine, Women and Song fund-raiser from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Milo's Restaurant, 2870 S. Philo Road.

Tickets must be purchased in advance, $20 for the first ticket, $18 thereafter.

For the retirees, March 2, 2014

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Bodnar, 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 Services of Champaign County.

Family of four proud to become Americans

The song has played hundreds of times before, but this time, for the first time, it moves Jan Hansen to tears.

She hadn’t expected to get emotional. Yes, she is about to become a U.S. citizen, a momentous day for most. But the mood so far has been lighthearted as she and her family reminisce about their journey to America from South Africa.

And the funniest movie of all-time is ...

When it comes to honoring comedic classics — from "Airplane" to "Animal House" — Oscar has been a real grouch.

So today, we pay homage to the forgotten genre by asking movie buffs: What's the one flick that still makes you crack up, no matter how many times you've seen it?


Principal, Jefferson Middle School

Letter from Birdland: Taking a short walk during a thunder snow

The sun shines on Birdland. I woke to a bright sky, light bouncing off the expanse of white snow, diamonds scattered over the surface, the trunks of trees silvered. I stepped outside with Ursula to a warm, melting world. Icicles grow longer as they drip from the roof.