Girl Scout cookie sales getting under way

Girl Scout Daisy Troop 2945 will be selling cookies from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays at Hand-in-Hand Preschool’s breezeway in Tolono.

Kids get lessons in first aid, health

Some local health care professionals shared their expertise with the Philo Friends 4-H Club last Wednesday in recognition of February being American Heart Month and the unusually high number of flu cases being reported this year.

Library hosts henna party

Last Tuesday, the Tolono Public Library hosted a Girl’s Night Out Henna Party in cooperation with the Wild Design Company from Bloomington. Attendees learned about henna’s history and how it is used today.

Scout’s project adds trees to Unity

Unity High School’s cross-country runners will now have a bit more of a windbreak, thanks to a local Boy Scout’s Eagle Scout project.
Elijah Ruggieri, 15, planted 10 trees along the cross-country course at the school. He chose a variety including lindens, elms, Kentucky coffee trees and black gums “so one disease can’t wipe them all out.”

Looking a lot like Christmas

Southern Champaign County was bustling with people, music and festivities this weekend during a number of holiday-related events.

Guest readers entertain families at Philo Library

The Philo Public Library held its annual Family Reading Night and Pajama Party last Thursday.

HCE organization celebrates cultural arts with annual event

The Champaign County HCE Cultural Arts Show was held Oct. 26 at the Champaign County Farm Bureau Auditorium.
Members exhibited art projects including drawings, oils, watercolors, counted cross-stitch, crocheting, knitting, jewelry, photography, scrapbooking and quilting. Only eight got to advance to be judged at state. Each exhibitor was awarded a participation ribbon.

Philo residents can play hide-and-seek with rocks and win every time

If something colorful catches your eye as you walk past the library, a church or a park in town, it just might be Philo Rocks.

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.

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