Area history, May 18, 2016

Today is Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Meg Makes: Casserole star of homemade celebration

Graduation weekend is full of celebrations, and I was thrilled to finish my master's degree in library and information science at the University of Illinois last weekend.

Restaurant tables are hard to come by, so we hosted family for a brunch after the ceremony.

This dish is great when you either don't have oven space or don't want to heat up your kitchen during warmer months.

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments throughout our communities

Academic honors

— Illinois Wesleyan University announced the following students made the honor roll for the spring semester:

Teacher of the week: Tammy Pollitt

On Wednesdays, we'll spotlight a difference-making area educator. To nominate a teacher, tweet to education reporter @Nicole_Lafond with the hashtag #TeacherOfTheWeek.

This week...

My Amish Home: Final wedding preparations commence

"O sing unto the Lord a new song; for he hath done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm hath gotten him victory. The Lord hath made known his salvation; his righteousness hath he openly showed in the sight of the heathen. Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth; make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise." Psalm 98:1-2,4

2 local restaurants install hives for garden pollination, honey production

URBANA — Two new hives of bees are now buzzing atop the Courier Cafe roof, and doing local gardeners the service of pollinating flowers and trees.

Parkland instructor Maggie Wachter of Urbana said the honey bees should appreciate the urban gardens, and some of their favorite trees.

Top of the morning, May 18, 2016

On Wednesday, we spotlight do-gooders in "Neighbors" and "Younger Generation." Something to get you there:

Heroic crew shares honor for saving life

W hen the crew of Champaign Fire Engine 153 arrived first on the scene, ready to fight a house fire at 1416 Winding Lane, they learned that the owner, an elderly woman, was trapped somewhere inside.

To Your Health: Marinated asparagus recipe is perfect for spring

By Beth Peralta

May is National Asparagus Month, so let's celebrate!

We are lucky in Champaign-Urbana to have access to fresh fruits and vegetables year-round. Due to this, there are only a handful of fruits or vegetables that I really get excited about when they are "in season."

Spotlight on Service, May 17, 2016

A look at area do-gooders. This week: Orange Krush

About the club

President: Jack Rich

Origin: Formed before the 1975-76 University of Illinois basketball season, Lou Henson's first as coach.

Meets: Every home game at State Farm Center.

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