Spotlight on Service, Feb. 3, 2015

A weekly look at area do-gooders. This week: Greater Champaign County AMBUCS

About the club

President: Keith Jamieson

Origin: Part of a national organization founded in 1922, GCC AMBUCS was chartered in 1981. Originally called the American Business Club, the acronym AMBUCS was adopted in 1961.

Top of the Morning Feb. 2, 2015: From the archives

I realize that on Feb. 2, it is unreasonable to want spring to be here.

And yet, there's that whole groundhog thing, so today it's on my mind. Not that I care to trust meteorology to a rodent, but how many more weeks of winter are we looking at?

I have very little to complain about in my life, but I find that I like winter less with each passing year.

Area history, Feb. 2, 2015

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

Whatever happened to: The Ferrill Five

Editor's note: This is the second in a weeklong series that includes catch-up stories on the first Chief Illiniwek, the Solon House, Mr. Blue Hands, Irving Azoff and more. We’ll take your ideas, too, at

Parkland instructor to speak about climbing Mount St. Helens

CHAMPAIGN — Parkland College instructor Julie Angel will give a talk titled "Conquering Mt. St. Helens" at 7 p.m. Friday in the William M. Staerkel Planetarium on campus.

For some, a troubling sign

Is taking down signs like Lou Henson Court a good move? Tell us what you would do here

Sometime next December, a street sign honoring Lou Henson near the arena where he coached for two decades will come down.

AUDIO: Parkland professor shares story of volcano climb

Ahead of a presentation later this week, a Parkland College professor is talking about what it's like to climb an active volcano. Phillip Kisubika has more.

Angel's presentation at Staerkel Planetarium will take place on Friday at 7 p.m. Admission is $1 at the door.

CEO oversaw years of change

CHAMPAIGN — Human Kinetics — and the publishing industry — changed greatly during Brian Holding's 17 years as CEO.

"The greatest challenge has been in the last six years when we, as a business, faced tremendous transformation in our industry," said Holding, 62, of Champaign. "It changed the way we produce books. It changed what we produced. It changed to whom we sell."

For the retirees, Feb. 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.

Reluctant Townie: There is another: Daughter gets her wish

In the end, it was Daniel Tiger's fault. Should I find myself cursing to the heavens in the near future, I will not be shouting God's name, nor that of my kin — it will be Daniel Freaking Tiger.