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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.
A Tolono club that wanted to try a new project collected a whopping 4,293 pounds of food for The Giving Place.
The Champaign-Urbana Elks Lodge No. 2497 in Savoy made a donation of 23 smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to the Savoy fire department on Friday.
The lodge also donated $2,000 to the Champaign County Humane Society on Thursday and another 23 smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to the Champaign fire department on Friday.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.