Pumpkin Palooza

The Tolono Public Library hosted Pumpkin Palooza on Oct. 11. Participants watched a pumpkin volcano erupt, painted pumpkins and ate treats. Kids were able to try out pumpkin bowling or mini golf and decorate a small pumpkin to take home.

4-H club hosts harvest lunch fundraiser

The Sadorus 4-H All Stars club held a fundraiser on Oct. 4 and 5, in the community building across the street from the grain elevator downtown. Farmers and others were encouraged to stop by to buy a hot barbecue lunch to go. The club also held a bake sale with homemade goodies.

Read the full story in the Oct. 16 issue of The County Star.

Operation Santa workshop held

The seventh annual Operation Santa workshops were held on Saturday and Sunday at the Champaign County 4-H Extension Office in Champaign. Stockings and cards were made to be shipped to all branches of the Armed Forces serving around the globe, in combat support hospitals and in K-9 units.

New Sidney library to open Sept. 22

Volunteers went to the Sidney Community Library on Sept. 13 to move from the old building at 221 S. David St. to the new one at 217 S. David St. The library is closed this week in preparation for the new library's opening on Monday, Sept. 22.

Rotarians' picnic tables to make debut at Orchard Days

The Rotary Club of Savoy recently assembled 10 new picnic tables that will be put in two shelter houses in Colbert Park, the site of this weekend's Orchard Days festival.
The club took on the project to mark its 25th anniversary in December. Rotarians painted the tables last month and finished putting them together on Sept. 13 and 15.

Youth donates $1,500 to blood bank

A 13-year-old presented over $1,500 to Community Blood Services of Illinois last Thursday.
Adam Munds collected a total of $1,537.10 through his fourth annual RC Fest in July. The event in which radio control cars and trucks competed also included a blood drive that collected 24 units of blood.

Read the full story in the Sept. 11 issue of The County Star.

Cold discomfort

The social media craze of pouring ice water over your head to raise money and awareness for ALS has made its way to The County Star coverage area.

4-H Project Expo results announced

Over 150 Champaign County 4-H members proudly exhibited the mastery of their 4-H project skills at 4-H Project Expo, held July 18 and 19 at the Champaign County Fairgrounds, Urbana. This year was the continued partnership of the 4-H general project show with the fairgrounds.
“4-H Expo was a great way to kick of the Champaign County Fair,” says Caitlin Morris, 4-H Program Coordinator.

Club project marks 25th anniversary

The Rotary Club of Savoy is marking its 25th anniversary in December with a project to put picnic tables in two new shelter houses at Colbert Park. The club will also have an anniversary dinner this fall.

Unity High color guard raising funds for proposed new winter guard program

The Unity High School color guard members don’t want their fun to end with the football season.
The 12 color guard members held a car wash on July 26 at the Sonic Drive-In as Savoy as a fundraiser to start a winter guard.
“It’s more dancing, and there’s no band,” color guard member Amy Barnes explained.

Read the full story in the Aug. 7 issue of The County Star.

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