Category: Local Voices

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…

Retirement Comes in Many Flavors

December and January are popular months for retirements. I retired in 1993 at age 56 and have some thoughts to share on this important life event. I hope these thoughts will be helpful to both fellow retirees and people considering…

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…

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…

Local Volunteer Groups Need Help

Many residents in the Villages and Highlands probably don’t know from where emergency vehicles originate that respond to local calls for service. Most often, they come from the Urbana Fire and Rescue Department. The Department has been serving the Urbana…