'I'm a sucker for nostalgia'

CHAMPAIGN — When Tim McMahon isn't selling pharmaceuticals thoughout the Midwest, he spends his spare time serving as the new president of the Champaign Park Board. Staff writer Tim Mitchell sat down with the Champaign Central High School grad in his favorite Champaign Park District park, Hessel Park, to talk about running marathons, volunteering for the St.

Area history, July 9, 2015

Today is Thursday, July 9, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1915: The business district of Champaign will receive more than a half million dollars in improvements by the end of the current building season, according to a survey of about 20 projects underway. The four-story Morrissey-Stipes Building at Park and Neil streets will be the largest.

Youth, age, women and men

Recently released population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show that Champaign County's on the young side, Piatt County's on the old side and, around here, time is on elderly women's side. Some numbers of note:

Faraway flyby coming to Parkland

Three years ago, even though it would be in the wee hours of a morning, Dave Leake opened Staerkel Planetarium to star-gazers to watch the NASA feed on the Mars rover landing.

"I thought there would be three or four insomniacs here at 2 a.m., but we had standing room only," he remembered.

Top of the morning, July 9, 2015

What you should know about 2015 Miss Fisher Fair Queen Karson Pacunas, a 19-year-old Parkland College student on her way to becoming an elementary school teacher.

She's Rookie of the Year.

"This was my first pageant," said the 2013 Fisher High grad, who also won Miss Congeniality and People's Choice awards Tuesday night. "I was pretty much out of my comfort zone."

My Amish Home: Escaping the rain with a trip to N.Y.

"And be not drunk with wine wherein is excess; but be filled with the spirit, speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." Ephesians 5:18-20

School, club officials leaving Danville

DANVILLE — Another Danville schools administrator will be stepping down this summer.

And when buildings and grounds Director Ron Henton leaves to lead the Israel of God's Church from the church's national headquarters in Sycamore, the community also will lose wife Rose, the executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vermilion County.

Joan Griffis: 'Evidence Explained' is essential reference

There probably are no other technical genealogical guides that begin by stating, "Step 1. Smile." Author Elizabeth Shown Mills continues, "This manual is hefty. Don't sweat the size. What you are about to learn will help you resolve many research problems."

Meg Makes: Doing some pickling? Don't miss a beet

My mom recently sent me home with a bag full of beautiful young beets and I knew I wanted to pickle them.

My mom is an experienced canner, but I'm not yet. So when I'm in my kitchen, I'm a fan of small batches of homemade pickles. I store them in well-sealed glass containers in my fridge.

Champaign firefighters celebrate

CHAMPAIGN — Today, the Champaign Fire Department celebrates its 150th birthday. On Thursday, the city's oldest living firefighter will celebrate his 91st.

Pete Lipscomb worked as a firefighter from 1951 to 1985, 34 years of the department's history. On Tuesday, he toured station No. 1 and shared some of the changes the department has seen since he started nearly 64 years ago.