Letter from Birdland: A new kitten has made an appearance

Birdland is as green as green can get in springtime.

Iris buds rise from slender stalks. Pale wrappers hide the color, and very few have opened, showing deep purple with fuzzy yellow stamens.

Peony buds grow bigger every day but are still tightly closed, like a green jawbreaker on the end of a stick.

Business listings, May 8, 2016

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

3 Kings Entertainment, 1307 Cobblestone Way, C, Marazette Young, same address; Tyno Wicks, 3322 Stoneway Court, C; and Brian Bernard, 402 E. Hill St., C.

Bren-Will Day Care, 1507 Aztec Drive, C, Brenda Barajas, same address.

Today's Special: A haus of memories

GIBSON CITY — Twenty-five years ago, Peter and Erika Schnabel decided to make a career change, creating a restaurant that is unique in the area.

"It was out of the blue," Erika Schnabel says.

Getting Personal: Debarah McFarland

Here, 55-year-old Urbana resident Debarah McFarland, the CEO of Dream Girls Academy, chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood. McFarland also works for the Champaign Fire Department.

Tell us about Dream Girls Academy.

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Interesting high school project

Wired In: Ashley Moy

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference maker. This week, meet University of Illinois senior Ashley Moy, CEO of Cast21. The start-up makes very light casts that replace the traditional bulky fiberglass ones, and has won design competitions here and in St. Louis.

C-U haiku, May 8, 2016


Poets born into

this world forever in debt

Happy Mother's Day!

— Jim O'Brien, St. Joseph

Submissions may be made to with C-U haiku in the subject line. Include your name and city, which will be published with your haiku. Submissions may be edited.

A Champaign classic

CHAMPAIGN — For many people, the names Kyle and Phyllis Robeson bring to mind the Robeson Crossing commercial village, the Robeson Meadows subdivision and the family-owned department store that was a fixture in downtown Champaign for nearly a century.

Studio Visit: Liza Wynette

Liza Wynette, 37, of Champaign is an illustrator and instructor at Parkland College. She will speak on "The State of Contemporary Illustration" at a reception following the awards ceremony for the Graphic Design Student Juried Exhibition, which starts at 6:30 p.m.

Area history, May 8, 2016

Today is Sunday, May 8, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1916: The "Pirates of Penzance," given by the pupils at Champaign High School this weekend, was well received by a large audience. The parts were splendidly taken, and showed the able training of Miss Amelia Deneweth and Mr. Ross.