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A shopping expo in the downtown area is one of the new additions to Tolono Fun Day festival this year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Turnout was down for Unity High School’s fourth annual mini-Relay for Life, but the event still managed to raise about $4,000 for the American Cancer Society.
The event is organized by the school’s Teen Titans organization.
Unity Junior High School sixth-grade math teacher Tari Black, who is currently battling cancer, spoke at the beginning of the night to start the Survivor Lap.
An ancient sport is finding new life locally as a way to inspire and encourage breast cancer survivors.
The new Prairie Dragon Paddlers team is Illinois’ first breast cancer survivor dragon boat team.
Dragon boat racing is a Chinese water sport that dates back 2,500 years.
Read the full story in the April 21 issue of The County Star.
A wind storm in 2001 led to an unexpected diagnosis for Philo resident Lowell Cooper.
He was picking up fallen tree limbs when he began experiencing what turned out to be symptoms of colon cancer.
He was in surgery the next week.
Read the full story in the April 14 issue of The County Star.
Jan Stuckey was looking for a way to stay active when she discovered pickleball on the Internet about two years ago.
The former Senior Olympics basketball player from Robinson was part of a group of players and supporters from Crawford County who came to the Savoy Recreation Center’s recent all-day “Shoot Out” pickleball tournament challenge.
On President’s Day, Feb. 15, portrayal artist Kevin Wood was at the Tolono Public Library acting and presenting as Abraham Lincoln. Audience members learned more about the nation’s history, and more.