TIF joint review meeting set for April 29

The Tolono village board will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 29. at the village hall, 507 W. Strong St., Tolono.
On the agenda will be the holding of a joint review meeting for the Tolono Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district to review TIF annual reports for fiscal years 2012 and 2013.

School hosts Family Engineering Night

Unity East Elementary School students got an early introduction to engineering during the school’s Family Engineering Night last Tuesday.

Parents design and build elaborate sets that help make Unity High School musicals come to life

Anyone who saw Unity High School’s recent production of the musical “Grease” had their experience enhanced by a dedicated group of parents who pitched in to make the sets.

‘Cool’ the School event raises funds for air conditioning

A local daycare and preschool drew on the artistic talents of some of its young patrons recently to help raise money for air conditioning.

Philo Tavern hosts annual Earth Partners Coffee Shop Tour

Earth Partners’ annual Coffee Shop Tour made its way to the Philo Tavern on March 27.
At the Philo Tavern stop, Dick Miller served as chairman, and Dennis Riggs was the auctioneer for a basket of locally produced products that drew a high bid of $4,300.
Earth Partners was established in 1993 and was a pilot program for the state.

Volunteers help make holiday stockings for soldiers

An Operation Santa workshop was held March 29 at the Philo Township Hall. Volunteers cut fabric and sewed it to make holiday stockings, which will be filled food items and hygiene products and sent to deployed troops along with handwritten greeting cards over the holidays. Sonic in Savoy donated food for the volunteers who participated.

Easter crafts, Ugly Dolls highlight library program

The Crafts 'n' Stuff kids met on April 3 and finished their Ugly Dolls. The kids also started chicks and bunnies that will be finished at the next and last session and made a felt Easter critter to take home.

Former church, village hall likely to be demolished

A prominent piece of Savoy’s history may soon be up for grabs. On the west side of Church Street, in the part of town locals affectionately refer to as “old town,” stands the former United Methodist Episcopal Church. The building currently serves as an office building for the Savoy Public Works Department but will soon no longer be needed as the village pursues a redevelopment of the area.

St. Thomas students using favorite pasttime to raise money for charity

A group of students at St. Thomas Catholic School have found a way to use a hobby to raise money for charity.

Sadorus farmer honored with annual award

A retired rural Sadorus farmer was the 45th person to receive the News-Gazette’s Farm Leader of the Year award during a banquet last Tuesday at the Hilton Garden Inn.

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