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Five friends seek new heights for Lifeline-connect

When five friends from the area got together to plan a climb to the peak of Mount Whitney, they figured it would just be remembered as an epic adventure.

Teens put 'give back' in C-U Public Health District's Give Back Garden

CHAMPAIGN — This mighty little garden already puts thousands of pounds of produce on the table every summer for those who can afford it least.

Now, the Give Back Garden launched in 2012 by the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District is weed-free and a lot safer for those who tend it, thanks to 10 teenagers with a heart for service.

'We're a society with secrets, not a secret society'

CHAMPAIGN — If an open house at a Masonic lodge seems incongruous, think again.

"We're a society with secrets, not a secret society," said Jim Hendricks of Western Star Lodge of Champaign. "We don't share the details of all of our rituals, but we're pretty public."

Report says child welfare agency's progress too slow

CHICAGO (AP) — A progress report filed in federal court shows that Illinois' child welfare agency has slowly made "incremental" improvements, but concerns linger about the impact of the state's budget impasse and a "revolving door" of leadership.

First goal of Danville YMCA's new director: Get to know community

DANVILLE — One of Linus VanderWyst's immediate goals as the new head of the Danville Family YMCA is to get to know the community.

The 32-year YMCA veteran, who took over as CEO/executive director on June 12, will get the chance to do that at an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Danville facility, 1111 N. Vermilion St.

For the retirees, June 18-24, 2017

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, 15 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

United Way's book drive aims to get kids ready for kindergarten

CHAMPAIGN — The United Way of Champaign County is seeking the community's help to get more local kids fully ready to start kindergarten.

The agency will be holding a book drive next week, hoping to collect 2,000 preschool-level books to pack in kindergarten-readiness kits to be distributed to families in September.

Religion calendar, June 16-22, 2017

To submit items for this calendar, visit and click "Add an event" under the miniature calendar on the page. You must be logged in, then fill in the appropriate fields and submit. Deadline is noon Tuesday before Friday publication.

Free air conditioners to those in need: How cool is that?

DANVILLE — Becky Law is looking forward to the long, hot summer thanks to Ameren Illinois.

Champaign library's Douglass Branch: Small but mighty

CHAMPAIGN -- On Friday afternoon, two kids surf the web on a couple of the 25 computers available to the public at the Champaign Public Library's Douglass Branch.

A few seats down, a woman clicking away at a mouse searches for jobs while an elderly woman across the way catches up on email.