Brought to You by the Letter B

The letter B has been bobbing around me for the past ten days or so. In fact, it really all began with the Sesame-Street-worthy activity of a child...

August 25th, 2020 |  


Ebert family asks for birthday honks

Local resident Janet Ebert is turning 85 on Saturday, Aug. 29. Due to the pandemic, we are unable to hold the party we wanted, so instead we’re ...

August 19th, 2020 |  


Visit local farms to learn about cover crops

Visit local farms to learn about cover crops

Local farmers invite you out to their farms for a Drive-It-Yourself tour of fields with growing cover crops. These three farms are located in Northern...

August 19th, 2020 |  



The choices we make

Determined to learn to read my library books all by myself, on the Tuesday after Labor Day in 1954 I entered Ann Pratt’s first-grade classroom. ...

August 18th, 2020 |  


Which onions were recalled?

Which onions were recalled?

QUESTION: How do I know if the onions or other food products in my pantry or fridge are part of a recall I just heard about?ANSWER: There are currentl...

August 17th, 2020 |  


9 ways to enjoy stay-at-home life

No one could have foreseen the changes in our daily lives brought forth by COVID. Though nothing is as it was, there are many ways to find joy, connec...

August 16th, 2020 |  


Garden classes offered virtually

Garden classes offered virtually

Beginning Sept. 8, Champaign County, in partnership with Miami County, will offer Master Gardener Volunteer virtual training to the residents of Champ...

August 14th, 2020 |  


Save lives – wear a mask

Save lives – wear a mask

On behalf of the physicians, nurses and care teams at Mercy Health, I ask that you wear a mask when in public places to help slow the spread of COVID-...

August 14th, 2020 |  


Vote rather than protest

Did you graduate from an American high school? If you did, then you took a “civics” or government course and learned about our republic, w...

August 12th, 2020 |  


When Lizzie made her best better

Lizzie and her siblings grew up going to the county fair. That week in early August was every summer’s highlight, making up for their lack of va...

August 11th, 2020 |