Parks and Recreation

Public invited to meeting at Allerton Park

State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet), Congressman Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville), and State Rep. Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth) will join with other local officials and area residents to meet with Allerton Park and University of Illinois administrators at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27.

Golf carts on the way in Bement

Golf carts are officially coming to Bement streets.

After the issue was tabled last year due to state laws prohibiting golf carts from crossing state highways, the village board of Bement has approved a golf cart ordinance after Illinois law changed.

Governor candidate visits Mansfield Homecoming

Illinois Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner was among those to visit the annual Mansfield Homecoming celebration in Mansfield, which was held Aug. 15-17 in the downtown area. Rauner made a brief, late-afternoon campaign stop Aug. 16, greeting potential voters and giving a short address at the American Legion Post downtown.

New sculpture unveiled at Allerton Park

For the first time in 72 years, Allerton Park has a new piece of park-approved sculpture to show off.

“Reflective Moments” was unveiled at a brief ceremony Friday, Aug. 8. It was made possible thanks to $2,000 provided by the Friends of Allerton, in conjunction with the 4-year-old Public Art League of Champaign-Urbana.

Several bike paths on the drawing board

Bike dreams. Will plans for local bicycle paths become a part of everyday life, or are they still just a part of distant dreams?

For now, they are a little of both. Some, like the Allerton Park path, will start Phase I later this year. Others, like a Monticello to Bement path, have no definite time table, but efforts are ongoing.

Input given on Allerton Park master plan

 small but passionate group gave input on a potential master plan for the Allerton Park and Retreat Center at a public meeting July 30 in the park Visitor’s Center. Most of the dozen in attendance shared fond remembrances of their many trips to the 1,500 acres of land the Allerton family developed starting in the early 1900’s.

"Charlotte's Web" on stage Aug. 9-16

Leah Neef of Monticello has been on stage for her share of plays and productions, but she wasn’t sure about being cast as a pig (Wilbur) in the upcoming Monticello Theatre Association’s presentation of “Charlotte’s Web.”

Bement wants to make park family-friendly


The Village of Bement wants to bring a family-friendly atmosphere back to its downtown-area park, and is considering a list of prohibitions aimed at getting illegal activities out of the space that includes a veterans memorial, large playground and band pavilion.

Public meeting set for Allerton Park master plan

A public meeting to obtain input on the Allerton Park and Retreat Center Master Plan is scheduled fort 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 30 in the auditorium of the Visitor’s Center.

Cerro Gordo Civic Center getting plenty of use

Activities are pouring into the Cerro Gordo Civic Center, which began operations earlier this year after the village officially took ownership of the former Cerro Gordo Community Ambulance Service building.

It has been a nice fit for a town that longed to provide more activities for its 1,400 residents.

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