Active Aging: Reading is 'in my DNA'

Editor's note: This is the fourth in a weeklong series of local profiles highlighting Active Aging Week, which started Sunday and runs through Saturday.

CHAMPAIGN — One month shy of her 84th birthday, Addie Williams has no intention of ever retiring from her job with the Unit 4 school district.

Area history, Oct. 1, 2015

Today is Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Just 1 question: What's so great about fresh fruits and veggies?

On Monday and Wednesday mornings, Dana Marshall is the most popular person at Ludlow School.

Top of the morning, Oct. 1, 2015

Coming soon to a lobby wall at Homewood Suites by Hilton on South Neil: a "Certificate of Appreciation for Proper Display of the American Flag."

Each month for the last 10 years, Champaign American Legion Post 24 has recognized a city business for displaying Ol' Glory the right way. October's winner is Homewood Suites and its easy-to-spot display of flags.

Meg Makes: Flavorful rub gives ham some pizzazz

As the season gets cooler, I love to spend an afternoon baking a noteworthy dinner.

We had a ham in our freezer that needed to be eaten, and my husband, Rob, helped me concoct this flavorful, savory ham rub to dress up the dish.

I liked it because it seemed like a nice departure from other rub recipes, which often feature a sweet component.

Area history, Sept. 30, 2015

Today is Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1915: Rantoul will boast another modern residence when the home of W.H. Wheat is completed by the first of the year. Construction of the house will start next week and will be pushed rapidly. It will be a two-story brick colonial home and will cost about $6,000.

My Amish Home: So much to do, so little time to do it

"We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbor for his good to edification. For even Christ pleased not himself; but as it is written. The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me."' Romans 15:1-3

Nursing students achieve next level

Lakeview College of Nursing, at both the Danville and Charleston campuses, recently held a ceremony in order to recognize students who have achieved a specific level within their bachelor's degree nursing program. The following local residents have been honored:

Mida Akiti of Danville received a Level IV Nursing Pin.

Illinois Ancestors: Celebrate Family History Month

In 2001, Congress first passed a resolution introduced by Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, who wrote, "By searching for our roots, we come closer as a human family." Many genealogists have continued to celebrate Family History Month every October since then and there are many ways to do so.

Tom Kacich: A name that has to have a story

CHICKEN BRISTLE, Ill. — It takes some imagination to visualize the town of Chicken Bristle as it was.

Today it's mostly just another flat place in Illinois' flattest county — a champaign in Douglas County — marked by a little variety among the beans and corn.