Area history, May 26, 2016

Today is Thursday, May 26, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Work on new home to start in June

CHAMPAIGN — Daily Bread Soup Kitchen plans to start construction next month on a $700,000 remodeling project to turn a former Champaign bar into its new location and move there this fall.

No more pencils, no more books...

School's out for most in kids Champaign schools today. But for many area seniors, one final goodbye awaits.

Finishing stretch

READY graduates sing praises of persistence

CHAMPAIGN — When it comes to getting that high school diploma, there's not one easy path that works for everyone.

That's the message two recent graduates of the READY (Regional Educational Alternative for Developing Youth) program hope to share as their senior peers venture out into the real world this summer.

Outdoor concerts aplenty this summer

Outdoor concerts mean music and sunscreen during the day, maybe with some cool treats.

Come late afternoon, early evening, there's something special about the sounds echoing as the sun slowly sets.

Just 1 question: How do teachers unwind?

And now, for the moment they've all been waiting for — school's out.

We asked area teachers: How do you unwind after nine months in a classroom?

Notes-Worthy: Zack Widup

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with Zack Widup, admin/photographer for C.U. Bands and Fans and a ham radio operator

You know a lot of history in C.U. with live local music. How long have you been a fan and who was your favorite band to go and hear back in the day?

Top of the morning, May 26, 2016

Here's the scoop on one of the area's yummiest fundraisers: Saturday's Champaign-Urbana Kiwanis Club all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast (7:30-11 a.m.) at Bromley Hall, 910 S. Third St, C:

— There's been a lot of batter in the first 21 years: About 10,000 guests have devoured 31,000 pancakes.

Tom Kacich: 100 years ago, C-U prepared for war

One hundred years ago this week Champaign-Urbana did its part to stir support for entry into World War I and even to lay the groundwork for the construction of Chanute Field at Rantoul.

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Social media helpful to genealogical researchers

The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) continues to offer free webinars to anyone who registers. The next session, at 8 p.m. June 14, is described on the ISGS website and is sure to attract new participants. "Social media isn't just for teenagers anymore!