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Whitman’s Bike Shop cuts ribbon
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ST. PARIS – The Champaign County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Monday, June 20 for Whitman’s Bike Shop. Whitman’s is a family-owned full-service bicycle and repair shop located in downtown St. Continue reading at
Books I have read by authors I know
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Several years ago, during my early Boomer Blog days, I also had one of the seminal reading experiences of my life – I absolutely devoured Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Continue reading at
Champaign County Preservation Alliance calling on façade grant applicants for 2022
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The Champaign County Preservation Alliance (CCPA) came together as an organization of Champaign County residents interested in preserving local historic buildings and providing education to the public about the importance of historic preservation. Continue reading at
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The 7th Annual Women-on-Target clinic was held Saturday, June 18 at the Champaign County Shooting Academy. The event, co-hosted by the Academy, Champaign County 4H Shooting Sports Club and Western Ohio Personal Safety/FTG featured the recently-opened Community Archery Park. Continue reading at
Champaign Family Flying Fish
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The Champaign Family YMCA Swim Team (Champaign Family Flying Fish) will be holding home meets at the Urbana City Pool on June 29 vs. London, July 6 (intra-squad) and July 13 vs. Continue reading at
Champaign County Fair Book 2022
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Begin your summer with a Healthy Living workshop
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Get ready to start living your healthiest life by signing up for a free six-week Healthy Living workshop. July offers two different workshops to choose from taking place via phone discussion. Continue reading at
Making way for Dunkin’
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The former Golden Star Buffet building, which housed other tenants also, is being demolished to make way for a Dunkin’ Donuts next to the Champaign County Library. Continue reading at
Stillgess legacy and the Underground Railroad
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The Legacy of Arnold B. Brown, 1877-1940
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Urbana Black Heritage Festival is Saturday
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The Urbana Black Heritage Festival will enliven Barbara Howell Park and the East Market Street area on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The festival is a day-long family friendly celebration of local history and culture of Black Americans in Urbana and surrounding cities. Continue reading at
Memory Kits available at Mechanicsburg library
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MECHANICSBURG – The Mechanicsburg Public Library recently purchased 13 Memory Kits thanks to a generous grant from the Champaign County Memorial Foundation. These kits are able to be checked out and used for reminiscence therapy by people with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Continue reading at
There was really a real-life person …
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Recent news that the original Gerber baby had passed away predictably piqued my curiosity. Within the hour I recalled a dozen company mascots based on real people whose images appeared in print advertisements: magazines, billboards, the products themselves. Continue reading at
Looking Back: North Lewisburg Erie RR Depot
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Initially, the Atlantic & Western Railway was laid through North Lewisburg in 1864. Later it became the Erie Railroad. The Erie Railroad through Champaign County linked North Lewisburg, Mingo, Kennard, and Urbana. Continue reading at
BBQ, fireworks set for July 4
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Plans are set for the Fourth of July Rotary Chicken BBQ at Urbana’s Grimes Field. Chicken BBQ tickets are $10 each and will be available to purchase at Farmers and Merchants Bank. Continue reading at
Windsor Avenue named after Windsor Hawkins
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Editor’s note: The Urbana Black Heritage Festival will be held at Barbara Howell Park on June 18 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Continue reading at
Federal funds available to local nonprofit agencies
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Champaign County has been chosen to receive a total of $26,985 to supplement food and shelter programs in the county. The selection was made by a national board that is chaired by the U.S. Continue reading at
CHWP adding Urbana location
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BELLEFONTAINE – Community Health & Wellness Partners (CHWP), an independent, nonprofit health center that provides primary care and other wellness services to the residents of Logan and surrounding counties, recently announced it will be opening a new community health center at 605 Miami Street in Urbana. Continue reading at
CCHS receives expansion, renovation grants
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On June 2, the Champaign County Historical Society’s (CCHS) Board of Trustees received notice that its two Ohio Cultural Facilities grant requests totaling $600,000 were approved by the State of Ohio Legislature during its bi-annual Capital Budgeting process. Continue reading at
Slone is quarterfinalist for Music Educator Award
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Michele Slone, a music educator at Urbana Elementary School, has been selected as a quarterfinalist for the 2023 Music Educator Award presented by the Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum. Continue reading at
Students win arts scholarships
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The Champaign County Arts Council awarded two $500 college scholarships to two local seniors majoring in the fine arts. The scholarships are in memory of Eva and Charles B. Continue reading at
Summer concerts begin
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Join the Champaign County Arts Council on Friday, June 10 for an evening of music, food, beer and wine as the CCAC kicks off the summer concert series. Continue reading at
No guns allowed in courthouse
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On Monday, June 13, Senate Bill 215 takes effect, allowing “qualifying adults” in Ohio to carry a concealed handgun without the need for a concealed handgun license. Continue reading at
The 25-acre farm of Orville Noble
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Editor’s note: The Urbana Black Heritage Festival will be held at Barbara Howell Park on June 18 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Continue reading at
With their talents on display
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What a time of year for anyone even marginally connected with school! Classroom inventories are finished, and school secretaries can finally work in peace. Cubbies and lockers stand empty at last. Continue reading at