Author Archive for Rich Terselic

History Depiction in Movies and TV

I hope the local movie theaters aren’t depending upon me to help their attendance numbers. I simply don’t find the vast majority of first run movie offerings of interest and attend infrequently. I occasionally borrow movies from the Urbana Regional…

Civility Lacking

How people relate to one another in day-to-day interactions is important in society. Civility, politeness and kindness are all measures of desirable interaction. In my February column I described a local incident involving a jogger bitten by an unleashed dog…

Year End Wrap Up Topics

This year of 2014 has impressed me as an atypical weather year. Summer was absent of the usual long stretch of scorching hot days. Fall has been somewhat wetter and cooler. Tree leaves were not as colorful as in past…

Voting Time Around the Corner

This November edition of the Urbana Town Courier should reach readers a few days before the Nov. 4 state and local election. While I consider all elections important, the county elections are particularly important. Hopefully, voters will agree and assign…

Former Cracked Claw Owner Dies

Photo | Terri May

John "Pappy" Poole enjoyed family time with (standing, left to right) grandsons Colin Nusbaum, Brady Nusbaum and Aaron May, and wife Barbara Jean Poole.

John Davis Poole may not be immediately recognized by Urbana area residents. However, refer to him as “Pappy” Poole, and it is more likely people will know him as the former owner of the Urbana Cracked Claw restaurant and off-track…

Volunteerism and Giving

In the Urbana area, I volunteer for a number of activities, primarily related to my church and local civic and community functions. Being retired, I have a considerable measure of freedom in deciding how to devote my time. Not everyone…