Locals travel to path of eclipse

When my coworker Bridget Broihahn got a phone call three days before the eclipse, offering her a seat on Amtrak’s Eclipse Express and couldn’t go because of her deadlines with the News-Gazette’s magazines, she asked me if I wanted to go.

Rotary donates to hand project

The Rotary Club of Savoy is lending a hand to a project to help amputees around the world.
The club recently donated $2,500 to the Ellen Meadows Prosthetic Hand Foundation, which distributes simple, light and durable prosthetic hands through doctors and other groups on mission trips.

Savoy Rotary Club recognizes Rotarian of the Year, New Rotarian of the Year, Citizen of the Year

The Rotary Club of Savoy gathered June 22 at the Windsor of Savoy to recognize individuals who provided exceptional service in the last year and for a changing of the guard, installing a new president.
The club has held the awards ceremony each year since 1990, a year after the club’s inception.

Memorial Day ceremonies held across southern Champaign County

People around the area paused Monday morning to remember those who gave their lives to preserve the freedoms of the United States.
At Mount Hope Cemetery near Sidney, American Legion Post 433 Commander Bill Hensch told a story about a man who was driving down a familiar road past a memorial honoring veterans who had been killed in action.

Dance contest

The Unity Rockettes hosted an IDTA regional contest on Saturday at the Rocket Center.

HCE finalizes plans for annual Philo Village Christmas Tree celebration

For The County Star
At the meeting of the Philo HCE on Friday, Nov. 18, plans were finalized for the annual Philo Village Christmas Tree celebration on Sunday, Dec. 4.
The group initiated the tradition 26 years ago when the decorated tree is where the welcome to Philo sign is now.

4-H members work to keep other kids warm

The Champaign Mixed Clovers 4-H Club hosted the annual Warm-the-Kid Sew-a-Thon racently at the Champaign County Farm Bureau auditorium.
Volunteers made hats and scarves for Champaign County children without warm winter clothes.
A total of 176 sets were made at the event.

Read the full story in the Dec. 1 issue of The County Star.

Legion hosts Veterans Day ceremony

Savoy American Legion Post 1492 hosted a Veterans Day ceremony at the Veterans Memorial near the Municipal Center.
Rev. Richard Smith, associate pastor for spiritual formation at First Baptist Church at Savoy, gave comments and an address.
“We deeply appreciate the sacrifices they have made,” Smith said of veterans, including retired, combat and disabled veterans.

Historians give war perspective

Sky Perez of Savoy is currently serving with the Army Reserves in Kuwait.
So when his wife, Erika, heard that the Tolono library was going to be welcoming two living historians in Civil War period dress to talk about the meaning of Veterans Day and the country’s history, she decided to take her kids, Millie, 6, and Walter, 3.

Paralympian speaks to Philo 4-H members

The Philo Friends 4-H club had a special guest at their meeting last week, paralympian Nichole Millage.
Millage, 39, has been a member of Team USA’s sitting volleyball team since 2005 and competed for the third time with her squad in the Paralympics Games in Rio de Janeiro this summer.
“I always loved being in sports and being part of a team,” Millage told the 4-H members.

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