Getting Personal: Marian Wyatt

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, a chat with 50-year-old Champaign resident Marian Kuethe Wyatt, who teaches music at Centennial High School. She instructs four choirs and teaches a music technology class, which includes audio and video editing.

Where did you grow up and what made you fall in love with music?

Area history, June 1, 2014

Today is Sunday, June 1, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Studio Visit: Erica Young

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, a chat with Erica Young, 22, of Charleston, who grew up in Danville, graduated from Oakwood High School and from Eastern Illinois University this spring with a bachelor's degree in fine arts. 

Q: I heard you're going to the New York Academy of Art this fall. Why did you choose that program?

For the retirees, June 1-8, 2014

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.

Alison-Willie tour back on schedule

May was not a pretty month for the Alison Krauss/Willie Nelson super-tour, but June is looking better.

May saw two cancellations and several reschedulings. June dates have not been rescheduled as of yet. (The tour doesn't have Champaign on its itinerary.)

Reluctant Townie: More adventures from Music City

And now for the death-defying conclusion to last week's cliffhanger, "Reluctant Townie Goes to Nashville ... and Doesn't Pack His Cooler Properly":

Letter from Birdland: 13 years of school went by quickly

The parade of flowers is proceeding in Birdland. Irises (Nanny's pale purple irises, with the powdery, grape scent) border the house, and a greater variety of the flowers — almost black to two-tone purple and brown — line my garden path out back.

Business and professional briefs, June 1, 2014

New jobs

Carle promotes Salmons. Dr. Sally Salmons has been appointed medical director of primary care, pediatric subspecialties and regional health, at Carle.

Top of the Morning, June 1, 2014

Little League baseball is celebrating its 75th anniversary (check out Parade magazine that comes with today's paper). The sport once thrived in Champaign-Urbana, nearly 50 teams competing for the prestigious Twin City title in the late 1960s. For a peek at the glory days, we asked three longtime Little Leaguers to stroll down Memory Lane.

Pink Power Mom nominations open

Nominations are being accepted for Pink Power Mom, a national program that honors eight women who have a personal connection to breast cancer and are role models to their families and communities.