Ringing in 2015 in style

The Savoy Recreation Center rang in 2015 with Itty Bitty New Year, an event complete with craft projects, face painting, games, snacks and a noon balloon drop last Tuesday.

Savoy firefighters play Santa for families

SAVOY — Five families had a merrier Christmas thanks to a grant from the Savoy Walmart.
Store manager Christopher Hundley awarded the $2,500 grant to the Savoy fire department on Dec. 4 for a “Shop with a Firefighter” day. Head Start and Carrie Busey School officials recommended families to receive the support.

Read the full story in the Jan. 1, 2015, issue of The County Star.

Flat-top pine tree has unique story behind its shape

A flat-top pine tree on the west edge of Sidney has a unique history of which many people may not be aware.
The tree, which is located near the village’s welcomesign and across the highway from Casey’s General Store, is probably around 125 years old, according to Champaign resident Stan Rankin, 80.
Rankin’s grandfather, James F. Rankin, ran the State Bank of Sidney from 1911 to 1931.

Fun at Village Tree Lighting

The 24th annual Ornament Workshop and Tree Lighting was held Dec. 7 at the Philo Public Library. Children make ornaments that they can take home with them, and then participants sing Christmas carols before decorating and lighting the Village Christmas Tree.

Seniors welcome Santa

The Good Samaritan Senior Services program of Catholic Charities, Champaign-Piatt County, sponsored a potluck on Wednesday, Dec. 10, at St. Patrick’s parish center, Tolono. Participants brought dishes to share. There was Christmas music, and Santa visited. Walmart in Savoy donated gift cards for the presents that Santa gave each attendee.

Santa comes to Tolono library

Children had the chance to sit on Santa Claus’ lap and have their picture taken with him on Friday night at the Tolono Public Library.

Club learns about history, culture and food of west central European country

Germany was the focus of the Champaign County Home and Community Education’s annual International Luncheon on Nov. 17.
HCE members from units throughout the county brought in potluck dishes native to the country for the luncheon.
Theresa Van Wakeman Wilson and Marvin Lee Flessner provided the entertainment.

Read the full story in the Dec. 4 issue of The County Star.

4-H learns about family business

A rural Philo man talked about his family’s popcorn business at a recent meeting of the Philo 4-H Friends club.

Church to raise money for homeless drop-in center

St. Paul Lutheran Church is hosting its biannual “Living Christmas Tree” this year with an eye toward helping those who have nowhere to call home.
Choir members will perform a new cantata this year entitled “Joy to the World” at 4:30 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, and at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7.

Trick or Treat Street

Kids were able to break out their Halloween costumes a little early for the annual Trick or Treat Street last Monday at The Savoy Recreation Center. The event included music, games, a haunted house and more. Local businesses were on hand with decorated booths to provide  goodies to the participants.

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