Labor Day parades: Keep up the good work

Labor Day isn't just another Monday off. The parades and picnics celebrate you, the worker.

And this is a parade that's been around.

Notes-Worthy: Jon Lecouris

C.U. Bands and Fans' Terry Brown chats with Jon Lecouris:

You are multitalented in photography and music, directing short films or videos; if you had to give one of these passions up, which one would it be and why?

Area history, Sept. 1, 2016

Today is Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

National Sweetheart Pageant soldiers on with 28 contestants

HOOPESTON — Miss America 1997's mouth still waters any time she thinks about Hoopeston's sweet corn — "the best I had ever eaten, and I ate my fair share" as a kid in Kansas.

Miss America 1982 remembers how much Cornjerker Country reminded her of her own small southern hometown — Ozark, Ark., where she got her beauty-pageant start.

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Genealogical society offers free webinars

Genealogical researchers can be thankful for today's technology that allows anyone with a computer and internet access to attend free, live lectures presented by knowledgeable speakers. The Illinois State Genealogical Society offers such presentations (called webinars) on the second Tuesday of every month, at 8 p.m.

Area history, Aug. 31, 2016

Today is Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

My Amish Home: This summer weather needs to make up its mind

"Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, And my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he. Before me, there was no God formed; neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the Lord, and beside me there is no savior.

Area history, Aug. 30, 2016

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Hoopeston man's invention could be a sleeper hit

HOOPESTON — There's no shortage of professionals in the Manion family.

Retired from a long career as a Hoopeston-based attorney, Paul Manion and his wife, Bonnie, have six adult children — two engineers, a lawyer, a doctor, a quality control manager and a physicist turned farmer.

But only one inventor. That may soon change.

A day in the life of an older(ish) mom

It was one of those sweet moments of childhood: my 5-year-old was giving me a Mommy makeover.

I sat in our living room “spa” while she brushed my hair, applied pretend lipstick and handed me some plastic jewels to wear. She stepped back to review her work, and smiled.

“You’re so pretty,” she said, as my heart melted.