Bayless brings message of local food to Extension audience

For Chicago-based chef Rick Bayless, well-known for his commitment to using local ingredients in his dishes, one incident stands out in his memory for why he became passionate about supporting small, family farmers.

Ameren workers back from helping after hurricane

DANVILLE — In 60 years, Dan Mushrush had never been to New Jersey before. And his first visit there this month wasn't about sightseeing.

Parkland foundation names Frasca entrepreneur of the year

URBANA — Rudy Frasca has been chosen as the 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Parkland College Foundation.

Frasca is the founder and former president of Frasca International, the Urbana-based flight-simulator manufacturer that sells products internationally.

Sing Along Messiah 2012

A singalong Messiah performance by The Baroque Artists of Champaign Urbana at First United Methodist Church in Champaign on Sunday, November 25, 2012. 

2 local women honored for outstanding philanthropy

URBANA — Representatives from Cunningham Children's Home and Shelby Motors were recognized Nov. 16 for outstanding philanthropy by the East Central Illinois Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

The awards were presented at the National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon at the Champaign Country Club.

Letter from Birdland: Life takes turns with the wheel of time

This morning's silver fog has me feeling reflective. In the distance, I see the tree line and the highway with trucks carrying their loads, but everything is muffled: sound, light, color. In the distance, I see the road curving up over the railroad tracks and up the hill.

Reluctant Townie: Deep thoughts as the end of the world nears

I'm writing this column on Monday afternoon, nearly a week before it will reach your eyes (or eye, Cyclops), so I'm guessing that by the time this is read, one of two things has happened:

A) Israel and Palestine successfully ignited World War III, and we all got blowed up real good with some nuclear bombs.


B) You got a pretty sweet deal on a flat-screen TV.

For the retirees Nov. 25, 2012

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.

Getting Personal: Konstantinos Yfantis

Getting Personal is an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, a chat with 37-year-old Konstantinos Yfantis. He works at Campus Information Technology and Educational Services and the University of Illinois.

Political refugee from Romania takes holistic approach to life, work

CHAMPAIGN — While trying to leave communist Romania in the 1980s, Angelica Jelesco figured she needed to go back to school.

She realized that if she ended up in the United States, school would be more difficult for her. And she needed something different to support herself: She had been teaching mechanical engineering at a technical school in Bucharest but had never really liked it.