The children are watching

My usual upbeat attitude has been faltering of late. Increasingly, I worry for the future of our nation and the world. My gravest concerns, however, a...

July 17th, 2016 |  


Working in garden yields multiple benefits

Working in garden yields multiple benefits

Question: This year, I greatly enlarged my vegetable garden. I enjoy it, but it’s a lot more work than I realized. People tell me that gardening...

July 14th, 2016 |  


Car show organizers thank community

Just a note of thanks for the great support from the local and surrounding areas for our July 4 Car Show at Skelley Lumber Co. on North Main St. in Ur...

July 14th, 2016 |  



Spider mites a concern in soybeans

I have started seeing signs of Twospotted Spider Mites (TSSM) in some soybean fields around the area. The hot, dry weather is very favorable for large...

July 13th, 2016 |  


Boomer Blog: Hooray for ducks!

This long-ago rhyme popped up the other day: “I never saw a purple cow/I never hope to see one./But I can tell you, anyhow/I’d rather see ...

July 10th, 2016 |  


Keep your kids drug-free this summer – start talking!

Keep your kids drug-free this summer – start talking!

Summer break is upon us, and for tweens and teens this means no homework, plenty of free time and less supervision. While a majority of youth will fin...

July 7th, 2016 |  


Strain common between parents, adult children

Strain common between parents, adult children

Question: We are in our 50s and our only child is in her 30s. There’s a lot of tension in our relationship, and recently she seems to be avoidin...

July 6th, 2016 |  


Home & Garden tour organizers thank community

Urbana was bustling June 25-26 as it welcomed visitors to the 24th Annual Historic Home and Garden Tour with open arms! The Champaign County Preservat...

July 5th, 2016 |  


Lustron home unfairly impugned by writer

Ms. M. Emily Grossman’s June 30 indictment of Urbana’s resurrected Lustron home is fraught with errors, omissions and misinformation.I hav...

July 5th, 2016 |  


Boomer Blog: Extraordinary moments with ordinary people

A former colleague, a glass-half-full kind of guy, commented recently that his several flight delays had afforded him major people-watching time. His ...

July 4th, 2016 |