Getting Personal: Dee Brown

Daniel "Dee" Harris Brown, 31, of Champaign is the special assistant to the University of Illinois director of athletics, following his career as a professional basketball and All-American Illinois player. He's working on a music project that has no name yet but will be his sixth music tape.

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Business listings, March 20, 2016

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

A Living Contradiction - Ben Petty Customs, 54 E. Beardsley Ave., C, Henry Bailey, same address.

Hondumex Roofing, 708 E. Sangamon Ave., Rantoul, Martha Martinez Espinoza, same address.

Getting in the game

MAHOMET — With the village ban on video gaming lifted, two popular downtown establishments are making plans to have the machines installed in their businesses.

A trip of a lifetime: The seventh continent

By Kip Pope

The seventh continent. The land of Adm. Richard Byrd that had enthralled me in junior high school, of Ernest Shackleton's miraculous adventure and of the gripping race to the South Pole between Britain's Capt. Robert Scott and Norway's Roald Amundsen. The coldest, driest continent on Earth, a desert — Antarctica.

Reluctant Townie: To catch a leprechaun

My four year-old has been weirdly pumped for St. Patrick's Day this year, exhibiting a level of obsessive anticipation not seen since Christmas, or in the days leading up to our vacation at the indoor water park.

Stamp of approval

HOMER LAKE — Homer Lake Forest Preserve is full of hidden treasures.

For Jill Robbins of St. Joseph, it all started with Stinkerbell.

Stinkerbell, whose real name is Valerie Reitz Morgan, grew up here. On a visit home in 2004, she got bored and went out to Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve to practice her hobby.

'A special talent'

Soon after moving to Chicago on July 1, Sydney Germaine's talent agency sent the actor to the Goodman Theatre to audition for its revival of Thornton Wilder's "The Matchmaker."

Germaine, who hadn't even realized the Goodman was having auditions for the classic play that spawned "Hello, Dolly," landed the role of Minnie Fay, the young assistant in a hat shop.

For the retirees, March 20-27, 2016

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, 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 Service of Champaign County.

'This is payback time'

DANVILLE — As a first lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, Julius W. Hegeler II flew 70 combat missions in the Korean War, including the last.

Later, he helped build a company that would become the world's largest contract packager of chemical specialties and one of Vermilion County's largest employers.

Ask 'Mimi,' March 20, 2016

Who made the Fu Dog ice sculpture for the "Vine to Wine" dinner last week at Allerton Mansion?

Rob VanAntwerp, 59, food services manager at UI's Florida Avenue Residence Halls. He started with a Fu Dog photograph he put on an overhead projector, traced it onto a 40- by 20-inch paper and then froze the paper onto the block of ice to carve out the figure.