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.

Saluting those who served

County Star area residents marked Veterans Day in numerous ways on Friday.

Savoy Legion Veterans Day event scheduled

A Veterans Day ceremony will be held starting at 11 a.m. Friday at the Veterans Memorial in Savoy near the Municipal Center. Master of Ceremonies is Diane Ducey.

Speaker inspires with story of overcoming obstacles in life

Brett Eastburn was born in northern Indiana with a congenital birth defect that left him with no arms and no legs. But that didn’t stop him from going on to play baseball, football and basketball, become an accomplished swimmer and place fourth in the Amateur Athletic Union national wrestling competition in 1988. After graduating, he became a green belt in the martial arts.

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