As we combat abortion in our County, we see that 37 babies were killed in 2021 (latest figure). This was essentially two kindergarten sections missing from schools in our County. In 1971 the graduation class at Urbana High School was over 200 students. This year’s class was under 100 students.
By Rob Pollock, Chairman
August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month in the United States, a campaign to promote and support breastfeeding in all forms. This year’s theme is ‘Enabling Breastfeeding: Making a difference for working parents’ to address the challenges parents face with lactation in the workforce. There are countless benefits to breastfeeding, many having to do with nutrition and physical health. However, breastfeeding also helps with brain growth that “contribute[s] to executive functioning and emotional regulation” and assists in the development of oral structures for feeding and speech ability (Genna, C., 2023). Breastmilk is a living substance that offers the perfect nutrition catered to each infant and lifelong protection against disease.
My wife and I took a recent trip to Urbana to do a genealogy search for some ancestors who left the area in the 1870s moving to southeastern Kansas. We were initially taken by the beauty of your city. The well maintained and restored downtown was wonderful! We went to many places for information which included the Champaign County Historical Society, the Champaign County Library, and the Champaign County Recorder’s office. We found everything that we wanted. A local school, likely attended by my great-grandfather, was discovered. We found the cemetery with the graves of our ancestors.