Parks and Recreation

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.


Grand opening held for park’s new basketball court

The Reinhart family of Pesotum was among those enjoying the new basketball court at Hartman Park during a grand opening celebration on June 8.
“My husband (Collin) could not wait,” Stephanie Reinhart said. “It gives us something to do.”

Read the full story in the June 19 issue of The County Star.


Boy Scouts host egg hunt

Boy Scout Troop 66 hosted its annual Easter egg hunt on April 19 at the Pesotum United Methodist Church.


Savoy Summer Camp held at Head Start school

The Savoy Recreation Center's Savoy Summer Camp was held at the Head Start building in Savoy from June 17 to 21. June 21 was Water Day.


Rain can’t keep crowds from Tolono Fun Day

Rain showers forced the postponement of Tolono Fun Day activities from Saturday afternoon and evening to Sunday. Still, food concessions, flea market vendors and bands returned, along with festival-goers, to enjoy a patriotic celebration.


Sidney, Tolono coach-pitch teams compete

Coach-pitch teams from Sidney and Tolono squared off against one another on May 31 at Witt Park in Sidney.


Rec Center hosts Daddy/Daughter Dance

The Savoy Recreation Center hosted its annual Daddy/Daughter Dance on Feb. 8. Girls and their dads enjoyed music and refreshments and received keepsake photos.


Public invited to volunteer in celebration of National Public Lands Day

Community members are invited to volunteer at a local natural area in celebration of National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 29. The daylong event is the 19th annual celebration of the many natural areas in the United States, and is intended to increase awareness of public lands and encourage volunteerism and land stewardship.


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