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Newell Township expands ride service for senior citizens

DANVILLE — Newell Township in Vermilion County has expanded its senior-citizen transportation service by adding a second vehicle and another part-time driver.

"We are pretty full every day," said township Supervisor Jim Wilson, adding that the service was providing about 10-12 rides a day with one vehicle and had to turn people away. "So we decided to buy a new vehicle."

Community Foundation launching incubator for local nonprofits

CHAMPAIGN — The Community Foundation of East Central Illinois is launching an incubator for local nonprofits in an effort to foster social innovation.

The Community Solutions Incubator will help emerging nonprofits get access to networking opportunities, seminars, a cooperative workspace and mentorship from community leaders.

Two Champaign facilities participating in Free Dentistry Day

CHAMPAIGN — Two dental offices in Champaign will be offering some free services next month as part of Free Dentistry Day, aimed at providing free dental care to those without dental insurance.

Patients can choose one free cleaning, filling or extraction, and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Rantoul minister going through second round of hurricane heartache

RANTOUL — Nelson Cuevas went through Hurricane Irma in Puerto Rico. Now in Rantoul, Cuevas can only wait for word from his wife and friends following Hurricane Maria's vicious onslaught in that territory.

Cuevas, who founded and directs the Christian-based Cultivadores Latino Center in Rantoul, also heads a center in Puerto Rico that ministers to the homeless.

Religion calendar, Sept. 22-28, 2017

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This weekend


Music created path for award recipient's humanitarianism in Africa

URBANA — A few years back, Sam Smith, the director of civic engagement and social practice at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, was working with a drummer from west Africa who was on the University of Illinois campus with the School of Music. The drummer mentioned to Smith that he was sending some money back to his home village to put clean water into a school he had built there.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 20, 2017

Following up on a lead from Hoopeston Area's ARIEL REEVES, one of our High School Confidential correspondents:

From Houston to Hoopeston

Hoopeston Area High School has more than its lovable Cornerjerker mascot to rally around.

For the retirees, Sept. 17-23, 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, call 217-359-6500.

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

Eastern Illinois Foodbank plans distributions for veterans

Three more food distributions for needy veterans and military personnel will be available in Urbana and Danville this month and in October.

The Eastern Illinois Foodbank is hosting pop-up food pantries at VFW Post 630, 1303 E. Main St., U, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 26 and Oct. 24.