Updated 1:33 p.m. Monday.
Ray George of Tolono shared this story Monday morning. We thought you’d like to read it, but even more, we thought other folks might have a story to share as well:
FISHER — They may not live on a farm now, but Brad and Paula Zwilling each grew up on farms and hope one day to own their own small livestock operation.
While they're working to make that happen, they are also passionately promoting agriculture through both their paid and volunteer work.
CHAMPAIGN — A farmer's work is never done, if Jack Murray's schedule is any indication.
Besides farming with his cousin and their sons, he sells seed corn and serves on the board of a grain cooperative and ethanol plant.
Plus, in the past, Murray:
— Helped his daughters set up a catering business.
— Coached baseball and wrestling at Fisher High School.
I drove home carefully yesterday, slipping a couple of times. The sky was white, and only the corn stubble told where the sky meets the ground. The occasional tree line would become visible gradually, first like a pencil drawing that's been erased, then growing larger and more stark against the snow.
Last week, something happened that altered the course of my life forever.
Should I happen to drop dead tomorrow, it would be OK: My existence has been validated by the universe. I have fulfilled my purpose in this world; I am overcome with everlasting peace. Last week, I wrote a column that was retweeted by John Oates.
"Who is John Oates?" you may be asking yourself.
For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Bodnar, 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 Services of Champaign County.
Jet engine mechanic Tech Sgt. Zachary Chapin was named the 434th Air Refueling Wing NCO of the Year for 2012.
Studio Visit appears in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. Here, a visit with painter Dan Gratz.
Q: I loved your paintings that were on display at Figure One. How much do you charge for them, because I really want one?
A: I can give you a price list. There's a range. It depends on the size.
Getting Personal appears in Sunday's News-Gazette. Here, a chat with Julie Pryde, administrator of the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District.
What time do you typically get up? What do you do the first hour of the morning?