For the retirees May 26, 2013

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.

Reluctant Townie: More chum (and chumps) for 'Shark Tank'

At this point in my life, I am certain of only two things: 1) fat free hot dogs are not worth it; and 2) the only reason the television show "Shark Tank" exists is because boring old people need a way to determine if they are old and boring.

How can you tell if you've crossed over the threshold from young gun to washed-up fuddy-duddy? (For starters, you use the word "fuddy-duddy.")

Letter from Birdland: End of spring is just around the corner

A week ago, the scent of warmed lilacs drifted through the yard. It was a sweet reminder that mild spring weather is ahead.

Gearhead of the Week: Third Generation Corvette

Tom McKinley's 1979 Corvette coupe has it all, side pipes, T-top and a 400 horsepoer powerplant. It will also be on display at Bloomington Gold in late June 2013.

Gearhead of the Week: Tom McKinley

Corvette special!

Over the next several weeks, Gearhead of the Week will feature local owners of the different generations of Chevrolet Corvettes, leading up to the 2013 Bloomington Gold show June 28-30 at the grounds of the State Farm Center in Champaign.

Fisher couple's baby home from hospital; surgery still ahead

FISHER — The baby of a Fisher couple has already seen more hospital time than most people see in decades.

Allenna Jo Dockham, who was born Jan. 18 to Kevin and Julie Dockham, returned home from the hospital last week following an extended stay. She also faces surgery for her heart later this year.

Tilton teenager has rare brain infection

DANVILLE — How a Tilton teenager wound up with a rare brain infection remains unknown, according to a medical expert at Carle Foundation Hospital.

Kyle Seeley, 18, has been hospitalized for more than a month, and he remains in intensive care at Carle.

Do third-grade treasures stand the test of time?

DANVILLE — For the last nine years, Sherene Hall has eagerly awaited the end of her senior year — and not just for the obvious reasons.

That's when the Danville High School student and several classmates were allowed to open a time capsule they had buried as third-graders at East Park Elementary School.

UI grad on cross-country wheelchair push meets 10-year-old in C-U

CHAMPAIGN — Ryan Chalmers pushed 71 miles into Champaign on Wednesday, on Day 47 of his Push Across America.

Oda Poole drove his three children 180-plus miles from Rockford to Champaign on Wednesday, so 10-year-old Cameron could watch from his wheelchair as Chalmers pushed his racing wheelchair down Oak Street.

DHS classes of 1963, '64 plan reunion

The 1963 and '64 graduating classes of Danville High School are planning a 50-year celebration for Sept. 13-14.

Committee members are asking for graduates to contact them if they have changed addresses since the previous reunion.

For the Class of '63, contact John Mauck at 446-1609 or or Ruth Shurr Pancoast at