Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments throughout our communities

Academic honors

James Boyle of Champaign, a senior at Bowdoin College, was designated a Sarah and James Bowdoin Scholar. The award is presented to the top 20 percent, based on GPA, of each class for the previous academic year. In addition, scholars who earned a 4.0 GPA are named Sarah & James Bowdoin Book Award winners.

Service Club of the Week: DAR's Stephen A. Douglas Chapter in Douglas County

Staff writer Tim Mitchell's weekly look at area do-gooders.

About the club

Regent: Marlene Lincoln.

Origin: Organized on March 2, 1923.

Meets: Noon on the first Wednesday of the month at restaurants around Douglas County.

Chelsey Byers Gerstenecker/Family Life: Just how age-friendly is C-U?

By Chelsey Byers Gerstenecker

Ten years ago, the World Health Organization launched an international program to help cities prepare for the rapid aging boom that was coming with the baby boomers.

That effort is called the Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Program.

Area history, Nov. 15, 2016

Today is Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Area history, Nov. 14, 2016

Today is Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Those Who Served: 'Lyndon Johnson needed cannon fodder'

CHAMPAIGN — Rudi Laufhutte survived a childhood in Germany where U.S. bombers leveled his town, then went on to serve proudly for his adopted country in the Vietnam era.

He’s still proud and serves as the 19th District commander of the Illinois American Legion.

Laufhutte, 72, was only a baby as World War II came to a close.

Illinois fifth in nation for drawing international students

URBANA — International enrollment at American universities topped the 1 million mark for the first time last year and now makes up 5 percent of the U.S. college student population, a new report says.

Letter from Birdland: Sharing a special film with friends

Birdland in November is ... warm? At least until the sun goes down. And the grass is green under the carpet of leaves.

We are tidying up after a gathering of friends, old and new, who came out for a very special launch party.

Petting Zoo, an independent film by writer/director Micah Magee, is "a story of love, sex and teen pregnancy in San Antonio, Texas."

Area history, Nov. 13, 2016

Today is Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

John Roska: Landlord can't change lease terms until it expires

Q: I live in a mobile-home park. The landlord says that starting Jan. 1, water is no longer included in the rent. We have to start paying the landlord a monthly water bill. The lot rent stays the same, even though water's no longer included. Can they do this?