Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments throughout our communities

Design students honored

The Giertz Gallery at Parkland College has announced the award winners of its 2015 Graphic Design Student Juried Exhibition.

On a mission of caring

Dixie Bickel and her husband, John, sold almost everything they owned — cars, furniture, farmland, their home — packed whatever they could fit into the back of a pickup truck, and moved their family from Monticello to Haiti to start a new life in charity work.

Younger generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults

4-H naturalist

Champaign 4-H volunteer and Master Naturalist Sandy Lu Newport used curriculum from The Cornell Lab of Ornithology to provide the Nature Detectives program for nine youths over six weeks during after-school time at Hessel Park in Champaign.

Illinois Ancestors: Ohio genealogical research added to at-a-glance series

The popular genealogy-at-a-glance series now includes Michael A. Ports' "Ohio Genealogy Research." Genealogists have come to appreciate having the format this series provides: four pages, 8 -by-11-inch, laminated for heavy use, and providing essential resources for the beginner genealogist.

My Amish Home: Finishing spring cleaning as summer looms

"For the word of the Lord is right; and all his works are done in truth. He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth." Psalm 33:4-6

A poem for her brother

To commemmorate her older brother's high school graduation from St. Thomas More on May 17, 10-year-old Disha Chawla wrote a poem for Sahil Chawla:

"You are going out in to the real world now

Give yourself a bow

You are out there with your dreams

It is sad letting you go

But it's all worth it

Students rise to the (STEM) Challenge

URBANA — A group of Urbana High School chemistry students recently presented their energy solution for a hypothetical weather-related power outage at a statewide conference, and they talked to a couple of Gifford residents to develop their plans.

Meg Makes: Anticipating tomato season with spaghetti

It's not quite garden-tomato season yet, but in anticipation, I've got a pasta recipe that calls for cherry tomatoes.

We used the last of last summer's frozen cherry tomatoes from my mother-in-law, Mary Dickinson of Loda, but you can use fresh pints you buy at the grocery store.

Area history, June 3, 2015

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

In 1915: The Illinois Senate today passed the bill appropriating $5 million for the maintenance of the University of Illinois for two years. The vote was 30 to 0. Another bill appropriating $100,000 for state aid to county fairs also passed. The university bill now goes to the House.

Top of the morning, June 3, 2015

They travel as a group, often wear Illini gear and come in all shapes and sizes.

"A lot of people think we're a sports team," Jeff Frame said.

They get around like one in a 15-person van. And some of the kids probably can make a free throw. But the reason Frame and 11 undergrads studying atmospheric science at the UI are touring the Midwest is to learn about weather.