Tolono library gets families laughing

The Tolono Public Library hosted a back-to-school event last Monday hosted by Mr. Steve, the Master Facilitator of Fun. Families laughed, sang and danced. There was also a coloring contest winner chosen and balloon animals.

Plans under way for bench memorializing school

Plans are under way for a memorial bench to mark where a school stood here for 52 years.
For years, an alumni board organized a reunion for students who attended Unity Senior High School between 1950 and 1958. The reunions stopped, though, and there was some money left over.

Read the full story in the Aug. 18 issue of The County Star.

Youths learn about food preparation, nutrition in 4-H multi-session program at Philo library

The Philo Public Library was filled with the aroma of cooking food and the sight of cooking kids and their curious parents and a panel of three judges on Friday afternoon during the final sesion of the Illinois 4-H Food Challenge.

Some sandy summer fun

The Philo Public Library hosted its last kids craft session of the summer on June 30. Youngsters made Fourth of July boxes, doorknob hangers and patriotic paper chains.

Fun (Day) in the sun

ith a blare of fire truck sirens, the parade began its trek through Tolono on Saturday morning.
Part of the annual Tolono Fun Day festival, the parade included tractors, local politicians, horseback riders, Little League teams and, of course, lots and lots of candy being tossed to anxious children lining the street.

Tolono Fun Day set for this weekend

A shopping expo in the downtown area is one of the new additions to Tolono Fun Day festival this year.

2 local gardeners’ work to be seen on Garden Walk

The fruits of two local gardeners’ labors will be among the highlights on the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners’ 24th annual Garden Walk.
The event is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 18. Featuring nine gardens in Philo, Tolono, Champaign and Urbana, this year’s theme of “Garden Destinations” will provide participants with backyard excursions throughout the area.

World War II vet speaks

The number of living World War II veterans is beginning to dwindle. A living World War II veteran who has chronicled his time overseas with daily diary entries and photographs is a now a rarity. Ninety-seven-year-old local Charles “Chick” Bruns is that rare man, a man attendees of the Savoy Memorial Day service were invited to meet and learn more about.

Memorial pays tribute to Philo area veterans of war

Ninety-three-year-old Philo resident Kay Brazelton Kelley stood next to her great-niece, Melissa Munster of Monticello, in front of a new five-tablet black granite monument honoring local veterans.

Veterans pay tribute to fallen soldiers

Among those marking Memorial Day on Monday were the members of the Philo American Legion Post No. 1171, who had services at St. Mary’s Cemetery near Pesotum, St. Joseph Cemetery at Bongard, Calvary Cemetery near Philo and Locust Grove Cemetery in Philo.

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