Dark chocolate is a healthy treat

Dark chocolate is a healthy treat

QUESTION: Can chocolate be healthy? ANSWER: Make sure you choose a dark chocolate, with which you can both enjoy and gain some heart-healthy advantage...

February 18th, 2021 |  


A biography, a poem, a novel – and their authors

Of late, I have been entertained and enthralled by a trio of writings. Although I thoroughly enjoyed the biography, the poem, and the novel, I found m...

February 16th, 2021 |  


March 1 is deadline to enroll in 4-H for 2021

The 4-H program empowers young people by providing age-appropriate learning experiences and opportunities to help youth grow and develop life-skills t...

February 12th, 2021 |  



Uncork and ‘unwine’ in Champaign County

Uncork and ‘unwine’ in Champaign County

Gently rolling countryside, robust farmland, charming small towns, family-owned businesses, and local wine. Discover all of this and more on seven sto...

February 10th, 2021 |  


What are your goals?

Each year, for my annual evaluation, I must write 2 performance and 2 professional development goals. Honestly, I can think of a hundred things I woul...

February 10th, 2021 |  


County agriculture organizations combine

County agriculture organizations combine

The Champaign County Ag Association and the Local Foods Council have joined forces as the Local Ag Council committee under the Chamber of Commerce. Bo...

February 10th, 2021 |  


February: Quite the holiday month!

True to form, I belatedly realized the current and shortest month of the year offers the most opportunities to celebrate. Besides the one federal holi...

February 9th, 2021 |  


Government updates healthy-eating guidelines

QUESTION: I just saw that the new federal dietary guidelines were released. Were there any changes made from the dietary guidelines that were released...

February 9th, 2021 |  


Extension hosts series aimed at female landowners

Land is an expensive and important investment that is often handed down through generations. As such, it should be cared for and maintained to remain ...

February 5th, 2021 |  


Updates return on local music students

Hello Champaign County!You’ve not had a column from me for awhile! I do have an excuse…the pandemic. Every time I sat down to write someth...

February 3rd, 2021 |