Area history, May 17, 2015

In 1915: Trolley Day, the benefit for Burnham Hospital to be held on May 20 this year, will feature new events this year, including a municipal dance card party at the Elks Auditorium and an open air dance on Busey Avenue between California and Oregon streets in Urbana. Mrs. Joseph Royer is in charge of the dance, which will be from 8 to 11 p.m.

Getting Personal: Greg Damhorst

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, Greg Damhorst, a fifth-year M.D./Ph.D. student at the University of Illinois, chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood. Damhorst founded Illini Fighting Hunger. He lives in Champaign with his wife, Lacie.

The big picture

URBANA — It's safe to say Tristan Duke had no idea when he took photography classes at Urbana High School that one day he would be working with — and inside — a giant camera.

The 1999 UHS alumnus travels around the country with the Liminal Camera, a fully functional camera and darkroom inside a 20-foot shipping container on a flatbed truck.

Business listings, May 17, 2015

These applications for assumed business names were filed recently at the Champaign County clerk's office:

Amy's Essential Oils, 216 Brookwood Drive, C, by Amy C. Lamb, same address.

Fast Cab, 1115 W. Bradley Ave., C, by Cathy Lemons, same address.

If I Clean, 1206 Mimosa Drive, C, by Laketia Thomas, same address.

Studio Visit: Ana Sofia Navarro

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, Ana Sofia Navarro, a University of Illinois graduating senior who majored in metals and minored in art history chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

What materials did you use to make that beautiful necklace?

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, May 17, 2015

With the Class of '15 all packed up and ready to leave Campustown for the real world, we asked 10 familiar faces: What's the smartest piece of career advice you picked up along the way?


New president, Champaign school board

Top of the morning, May 17, 2015

In a single weekend, the Rev. Clarence Buchanan is going to celebrate a wedding anniversary, host a family reunion and throw a retirement party.

Then the 74-year-old with 54 years in the ministry probably is going to nap.

"That sounds good," he said. "It's going to be jam-packed with activities."

Ask 'Mimi,' May 17, 2015

What's the latest on playwright Gabrielle Reisman?

Reisman, who grew up in Urbana, will take one of her plays to the 2015 Theatre Lab at the Sundance Resort in Utah. The lab, July 6-26, is one of 24 the institute hosts each year for independent artists in theater, film, new media and episodic content.

Westville to induct three into hall of fame

WESTVILLE — Three military veterans will be inducted next month into the Westville High School Wall of Fame.

They are: the late retired Col. Joseph A. Kelly, class of 1933; retired 1st Sgt. Linda S. Earls, '64; and Donald L. Merlie, '39. Five WHS alumni made up the selection committee.

Postcard from Cannes: Catching a premiere

Local car dealer, avid blogger and Shatterglass Films executive producer Jen Shelby is attending the 68th Cannes Film Festival for the first time. She'll check in periodically from France, where the streets are narrow and the stars are gathered.