In our weekly feature spotlighting area religious leaders, staff writer Tim Mitchell chats with the Rev. Cindy Breeze, associate pastor at First Mennonite Church of Champaign-Urbana from 1992 to 2009.

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My family has been enjoying this pasta salad all summer. It truly has something for everyone: My husband approves of the bacon, I like the mustardy dressing, and my toddler daughter seems to find at least one different acceptable ingredient each time we make it.

“Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill? He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart. He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour. In w…

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Staff writer Paul Wood chats with Mark Wertz, 36, of St. Joseph, owner of Wertz Chiropractic Clinic, who's an outdoorsman, a family guy and a Christian.

Today in Birdland it’s sunny and cool. Clouds bounce in a blue sky, and black-eyed Susans nod with the breezes that blow through the yard. The beans have set on, and the wind ripples the lovely green fields. All this belies the urgency our planet is under.

On the chance you don’t already know it, back in July, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law the Coal Ash Pollution Prevention Act, and that’s cause for celebration. The act is designed to protect the public interest in clean water by placing more stringent rules on coal ash disposal sites.

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Kraemer, 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.

In our weekly feature spotlighting area religious leaders, staff writer Tim Mitchell looks at the 28th CROP Walk for Hunger, which steps off at 2 p.m. Oct. 13 outside Wesley United Methodist Church in Urbana.

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Linda Hewerdine's Society for Hooved Animal Rescue and Emergencies houses as many as 72 of them at a time at her farm outside Dewey. Many will find safe, new homes.

Staff writer Paul Wood chats with domestic violence worker Lisa Little, who tries to find hope and safety for community members in dangerous relationships.

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Kraemer, 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.

On a beautiful fall-like morning last week, a group of East Central Illinois Master Naturalists helped Urbana Park District Natural Areas Coordinator Matt Balk clip Canada goldenrod stems to stop its spread and collecting seeds from prairie sunflower to spread elsewhere in the park.

In our weekly feature spotlighting area religious leaders, staff writer Tim Mitchell chats with the Rev. Clyde Snyder, who serves as chairman of the board for the food pantry at Urbana's Wesley United Methodist and pastor of Allerton United Methodist.