Parks and Recreation

Raffle raises money for equipment

Five $1,000 winners of the Tolono Park District raffle were drawn last Thursday night at Monical’s Pizza in Tolono.
The park district sold nearly 1,000 tickets at $10 each to raise funds for new softball and baseball equipment for the 2017 season. Ticket sales started in mid-September, and many were sold during the soccer season.

Park flagpole dedicated

There was a dedication of a new flagpole at on Veterans Day at East Side Park in Tolono.
Veterans of Tolono group members Jim Cook, Bill Kirby and the late Al Mohr initiated the idea to do something at East Side Park. Cook and Veterans of Tolono group members George Henderson and Jim Compton followed through with it.

Read the full story in the Nov. 24 issue of The County Star.

Eagle Scout service project improves park

Kendal Hewing, a member of Boy Scout Troop 66, led a landscaping project at East Side Park, and in so doing completed the final requirement needed to earn the Eagle Scout rank.
For his project, Kendal Hewing, 18, decided to landscape the park’s entrance and around the park district’s building. He also built an entrance sign during a work day on Nov. 5.

RC Fest brings competitors

The sixth annual RC Fest was held Aug. 13 at West Side Park.
Adam Munds, 15, who was born needing platelets to keep him alive, started the event for remote controlled cars and trucks as a fundraiser for Comty Blood Services of Illinois. Community Blood Services also brought its Bloodmobile for a blood drive.

Read the full story in the Aug. 25 issue of The County Star.

Bike/walker plan advances

Savoy residents had a chance to comment, vote and learn about the Savoy Bike and Pedestrian Plan at a public workshop last Thursday at the Savoy Recreation Center.
Attendees were able to comment on maps of proposed pedestrian and bicycle improvements in Savoy. They were also able to vote on education, encouragement and other strategies to improve walking and biking in the village.

Papas, girls boogie to the beat at yearly event

Last Monday night was an evening many area fathers hope their daughters will look back on fondly for years to come — the Daddy Daughter Dance put on by the Savoy Recreation Center.
About 108 fathers and daughters, ages 12 and under, spent the evening dancing at the Rec Center, said Lexi Hartman who organized the event.
Hartman said the event has been held for the last 10 years.

Tolono youth given state award for coordinating blood drives

A 13-year-old Tolono resident was honored with a statewide award for his efforts to collect blood.

Time travelers

Kids explored both the past and the future at the Savoy Recreation Center’s Time Travelers Camp last week. Time periods included the Wild West to the Roaring ‘20s

Pickleball gaining local fans

A growing number of people in the area are sweet on a game with a sour-sounding name.
Pickleball is now being offered at the Savoy Recreation Center.
Combining elements of tennis, badminton and ping pong, pickleball uses a ball similar to a whiffle ball and a net slightly lower than a tennis net.

Read the full story in the July 10 issue of The County Star.

Grandstand has grand opening

Rick Kirby grew up playing on the ball diamond at Hale Park and later coached on the same field. So he was glad to be part of the festivities on June 22 as the Philo Ball Park Association held a ribbon cutting/open house ceremony to unveil the new athletic park grandstand there.
“I wouldn’t have missed it for anything,” Kirby said.

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