Living

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.


New Sidney library building makes its debut

A once-vacant downtown building that dates back to the 1870s has come back to life, and with it, a community resource has solved a longstanding problem.
The Sidney Community Library held an open house Oct. 18 to celebrate its move into its new facility at 217 S. David St., from the old one at 221 S. David. The old building was 700 square feet; the new one is four or five times larger.


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.


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