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.

Mini-Relay for Life at Unity High School raises $4,000 for American Cancer Society

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.

Local breast cancer survivors form first dragon boat team in Illinois

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.

Breakfast honors cancer survivors

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.

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