Top of the Morning, March 23, 2015: From the archives

If you're one of those people who avoid campus like the plague — I know you're out there — this week has your name on it. Tens of thousands of people have vacated the premises. For the next few days, campus is your oyster.

Traffic? Not so much.

Parking? Not a problem.

Not just a guy thing

CHAMPAIGN — Women abounded at a hunting, gun and knife show that continues today — and not because their husbands dragged them along.

About 40 percent of the 1,200 to 1,500 attendees at Saturday's ECA Hunting and Trade Show were women, said organizer Ron Miller.

Just ask the competitors, shooting league in Urbana is a real blast

URBANA — Shooting leagues at a range north of Urbana are just like bowling leagues in their set-up, except there's a Glock instead of a bowling ball, and it's paper targets, not pins.

Four-member teams in the 10-team Frosty's Winter Shooting League had names like Half-Cocked; Simmons' 6-shooters; Have Gun, Will Travel; Ten Ring; Kiss My Brass; and Not-So-Sharpshooters.

Forward thinker: Farm Leader of the Year Rick Nelson

Growing up on a farm, Rick Nelson came to realize what he liked — and didn't like — about farming.

"I knew I didn't like chores," he said. "I don't like redundant tasks. I don't want to do the same thing today as yesterday."

The daily demands of caring for livestock weren't for him.

Business listings, March 22, 2015

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

Fresh Ingredients, 1001 Killarney St., U, by Dominisha Sayles, 4061/2 E. Eureka St., C.

Gray's Cleaning Service, 1615 Sangamon Drive, C, by Earl Gray, same address.

Helping Hearts Bowtique, 612 E. Grove Ave., Rantoul, by Haley Fuller, same address.

Letter from Birdland: Cleaning out the chicken coop

There's nothing to welcome spring like mucking out the chicken coop after weeks on end of arctic weather.

My poor chickens had been cooped up so long that when the balmy weather came and I flung open the doors, they didn't know quite what to do.

Reluctant Townie: There's more than 1 way to race together

Starbuck's CEO Howard Schultz announced his intentions to bring racial inequality to the forefront of American dialogue last week by launching the "Race Together" campaign — an initiative that will see baristas all over the country write the words "#RaceTogether" on every cup of coffee sold by Starbucks as a way to encourage its staff to dialogue with its clientele about race relations in Ameri

Area history, March 22, 2015

Today is Sunday, March 22, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Here's what's happening on the literary scene

Writer will discuss Uncle Joe Cannon

Retired Danville lawyer Tim Smith, who is working on a biography about Uncle Joe Cannon, will speak at the annual membership meeting of the Douglas County Museum, 700 S. Main St., Tuscola, beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The meeting is open to the public and free to attend.

For the retirees, March 22-29, 2015

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.