Parks and Recreation

Riders sought for Duet bicycles

A local program that last year started giving rides to senior citizens on special Duet bicycles is so flush with volunteers that organizers are looking for more riders in 2019.


'Will A. Wonkie' set for Bement stage

It’s not quite the Willie Wonka production many grew up with, but “Will A. Wonkie and the College Tour (chocolate not included)” is close enough to the original to take one back to the 1970s Gene Wilder-based movie, yet updated enough with college jocks, computer game addicts and selfie sticks to make it appeal to a modern audience.


Old Glory at risk in Bement


Dome aimed at making Allerton experience warmer

The appearance of an igloo at Allerton Park and Retreat Center – even if it is made mostly of plastic instead of blocks of ice – seems appropriate as frigid temperatures continue in Piatt County this week.


Families taking advantage of Monticello Y-Zone

The Monticello Y-Zone before- and after-school program was seen as a test case for a possible YMCA branch in town.


Mudpuppy Festival is Feb. 2

The Second Annual Mudpuppy Festival is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at Monarch Brewing Co., 212 S. Independence St., Monticello. The event celebrates one of the unique creatures of the Sangamon River.


MAEF 'Black Jack and Black Tie' fundraiser

Tickets are on sale for the Monticello Area Education Foundation (MAEF) 2019 fundraiser, “Black Jack and Black Tie – 21 Years of MAEF.” The event will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Allerton Mansion.


HCE plans Cultural Enrichment Day

The letters HCE stand for Home, Community an Education. The Piatt County HCE is starting the new year by inviting all to come on in and see what HCE is all about. Participants will enjoy the program and learn a bundle from the guest speaker.


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