Foundation hosts dinner to honor Denman

DANVILLE — The Danville Public School Foundation is hosting a banquet to pay tribute to the school district's retiring superintendent.

The event, "Honoring Mark Denman: A Lifetime of Achievement," will be held at 6 p.m. (Illinois time) on April 16 at the Beef House Banquet Center in Covington, Ind.

It is open to the public.

Area history, March 2, 2015

Today is Monday, March 2, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

William Wegman and the pull of painting

CHAMPAIGN — William Wegman came to the University of Illinois in the mid '60s to work on an MFA in painting and printmaking.

But  while here he renounced painting and began experimenting with other art forms, including video.

Salute to veterans: One of first women to teach pilots in World War II

SAVOY — Things were "tough and very good" for a female Marine who taught men how to navigate the skies of World War II.

Iris Nigg Lundin, who is nearly 97 and lives in Savoy, enlisted in the Marines in 1943 and was one of the first four women to earn wings for teaching navigation, meteorology and radio/laser technique to male pilots.

Top of the Morning March 2, 2015: From the archives

Write about the Esquire, my boss said.

You could do a photo gallery and write a little text, he said.

But what would I say?

That the Esquire is four times its original size, yet feels the same as the first time I went there, in 1978?

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, March 1, 2015

With reports of gassy geese leaving Urbana in ruins, we turned to folks in the animal business and challenged them to share a story that would make us chuckle. Here goes.


Joy of Illinois Farm, Champaign

For the retirees, March 1-8, 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.

These aren't your parents' yearbooks

High school yearbooks used to be collections of photos and text that sat there on the page — but now they have to jump right out at you.

At $50 or more, the yearbook is big business at area high schools like Centennial, where adviser Lindsay Green says nearly the entire cost goes to production.

At Urbana High School, the Rosemary's in the same situation.

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

Head to Krannert on Friday

Reluctant Townie: Snow, emails still piling up

Well, hello March. Good to see you again. I hope that you have come to kick winter out of the party — it drank too much and vomited on the guests' coats and someone needs to order it an Uber.

It goes without saying, but this winter has been definitively "the worst." I've spent more time shoveling snow this year than I've spent not shoveling snow.