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The Great Pumpkin

I absolutely, positively love autumn. I don’t dress up for Halloween anymore. But I look forward to the little things: picking out a pumpkin on the vine at Curtis Orchard, drinking apple cider, eating massive …

Absolut Illinois

All of my classes are on the south side of campus and it’s hard not to notice the gigantic concrete structure on the South Quad. Don’t be mistaken. It’s not an advertisement for vodka. It’s …

Praying Mantis

Did you know a praying mantis can help keep unwanted insects out of your garden? Our recently hatched garden friend will eat whatever he can get his “hands” on. You can order them online here. …

With All Your Power

On Friday night, Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips gets wild at the 2008 Summer Camp in Chillicothe, Ill. — followed by the one and only legendary Roots Crew. Check out the photo after the …

Woodlawn Cemetery

Woodlawn Cemetery, which shares its land with Busey Woods in Urbana, houses many folks who once walked the streets of our two towns. Illegible tombstones from the pre-Civil War era flock the grounds — but …

Staerkel Planetarium

In the center of Parkland’s Staerkel Planetarium is their projector: the Zeiss model M-1015 projects about 7600 simulated stars, the sun, the moon and five planets onto a dome-shaped screen which is fifty feet across. …

Spare a Tire

Did you know Americans throw out enough iron and steel to supply all the nation’s automakers on a continuous basis? Here at Mack’s Twin City Recycling, you can always find a tire or forty. They …

Lace Up

Every Wednesday night, for $15 per family or $5 per person, Skateland in Savoy hosts “Family Night.” Traditional skates can be rented for an additional $2 or you may opt for speed and inline skates …

Rising, Illinois

Located in unincorporated Rising, Illinois, and on Rising Rd. — the Rising Farmers Grain Company elevator is most impressive considering it’s history and place in Illinois’ grain processing game. It endures even though it is …