Area history, March 6, 2016

Today is Sunday, March 6, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1916: Six arrests were made in a Champaign police raid last night on North Walnut Street, B.A. Wilde was arrested on a bootlegging charge and five other men were charged with congregating in a public place to drink.

Reluctant Townie: A 30-something's guide to Unofficial

For one weekend every year, Champaign-Urbana transforms into Party Town, USA — a mecca that bros and broettes flock to in green, cultural-appropriated drinking apparel with the express purpose of vomiting into the streets and alleyways of the great University of Illinois.

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Austin McCann does a great job of programming at the Art Theatre Co-op. This week the Art will show Michael Moore's latest, "Where to Invade Next," co-produced by Urbana native Carl Deal and his partner, Tia Lessin. Sure, Moore is polemical but we need his voice.

Ask 'Mimi,' March 6, 2016

Are you going to the Mavis Staples concert April 1 at the Virginia Theatre?

Yes, and I'm totally psyched after having seen the excellent HBO documentary, "Mavis!," this past week. I had known of her and the Staple Family Singers but until I saw the doc was unaware of how much of a part they played in 20th century gospel, folk and rock music history.

'Lucky to have had the life I had'

URBANA — Steve and Nadja Shoemaker's contemporary-style home lies on a ridge south of Urbana, overlooking the prairie.

Through its tall windows, they enjoy magnificent sunrises and can see 30 miles into the distance. Even on an overcast day, they can pick out the wind turbines over in the next county, etched in light gray against the darker sky.

Alice B. McGinty: Warm themes evident in new releases

Now that the new year has gotten a firm foothold, it's time to introduce some 2016 releases. Here are two wonderful new picture books.

For the retirees, March 6-13, 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.

Getting Personal: Dave Gentry

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, 60-year-old Tolono resident Dave Gentry, a longtime WDWS morning radio host and a journalism/radio teacher, chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood.

What interests you the most at this time?

Elections and current news.

Leaving a grand void

This evening, millions of Americans will say goodbye to Lady Mary, Lady Edith and their mother, Cora, Countess of Grantham, as well as other beloved characters like Mrs. Hughes, Mr. Carson and Thomas Barrow.

Many fans likely will gather in their homes to watch the "Downton Abbey" series finale on PBS.

Letter from Birdland: Chicago event a good opportunity to remember Dad

It's been a family week in Birdland. Our oldest, Chandra, was here from Seattle for my dad's memorial. Ellis, our youngest, came home from school for the weekend, too.

I will write about something besides Dad soon, but maybe not quite yet.

The memorial was just the kind of joyful celebration Dad wanted, not like a funeral at all.