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Niagara Falls lit up orange and blue once again as U of I students visit

On Monday, University of Illinois students in Recreation, Sport, and Tourism started a two week trek across the Midwest and Northeast to "parks, historic sites, athletic venues, halls of fame, & more" as their department pointed out. They made a stop at Niagara Falls, and the folks at this historic site lit up the falls as orange and blue just for them — this happened last year as well, as Julie pointed out.

Check out the photo below by Mike Raycraft, RST Professor, who is leading the trip:

h/t to Jayne DeLuce of Visit Champaign County for posting about this on Twitter:

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Today is National Rescue Dog Day, so here are some adoptable doggos

Honestly, I do not know who decides these national days of recognition. Some are ridiculous — May 22nd is National Vanilla Pudding Day, for example — but today's National Rescue Dog Day is something I can get on board with. We adopted our doggo a year and half ago, and it's hard to imagine life without him. Is it harder to get a puppy when you adopt? Sure. Is there a chance you're going to bring a dog with some issues into your home? Possibly. But there are so many positives to adopting, with the most important being the fact that you're welcoming a creature in need of love into your home and your family.

We are fortunate to have the Champaign County Humane Society right here in our community. Here are a few more of the doggo friends who are there, waiting for a home:

Check out their procedure and policies for adoption here

Photos from CCHS Facebook page. 

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Check out some fresh produce from the first week of Champaign’s Farmers Market

The Land Connection Champaign Farmers' Market launched its 5th year of setting up shop in downtown Champaign yesterday. Vendors will gather in the parking lot at Neil and Washington every Tuesday 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. until October 29th to sell produce, pastries, salsas, and many other locally-sourced goods. As if the fresh greenery wasn't enough, there is also usually a food truck on-site and pets are invited too (leashed, of course). Check out some pictures from the first week!

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Here’s a cool old photo of a U of I commencement of yore

In honor of this University of Illinois graduation weekend, here are some items from the University of Illinois Library's Mapping History Project.

The above photo is not the first commencement, it's from 1915.

But here are photos of the first graduating class from Illinois Industrial University, circa 1872, and their bios.

From the Mapping History Project, "The University’s earliest students were mostly white, of European descent, Protestant, and from adjacent counties." Women were first admitted in 1870, the first African American student in 1887, and the first Native American student graduated in 1884. 

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Check out some photos from Sunday’s Mutt Strut

On Sunday, the Champaign County Humane Society and Triptych Brewery partnered to hold the annual Mutt Strut fundraiser. The event included activities & contest for dogs and beer & foodtrucks for their masters. The fundraiser exceeded its goal to raise $25,000 for the Humane Society shelter. Check out some of the photos we captured below:

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New art at Weiskamp’s Lightbox on Neil Street

Next time you're stuck in traffic on Neil Street, stop and enjoy the art at Weiskamp Screen Printing's Lightbox front window gallery. The latest installation features the infectiously bright and energetic work of Kelly Hieronymus of Sunshine Studio.  Thanks to 40 North and Weiskamp, this space is one of the hidden gems of our local arts community.

Weiskamp Screen Printing
Lightbox Gallery
312 S Neil Street, Champaign

Photo from 40 North

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San Maru is a perfect lunch spot

When was the last time you ate at San Maru? The Korean restaurant out at The Crossing is one I will make a special trip for — those dumplings are so delicious. I recently had lunch there with a friend and we ordered the steamed meat dumplings and the fried veggie dumplings ($7.50 each). I also had the veggie lover's lunch special: stir fried veggies served with rice and a small salad ($7.99). You can also order the lunch special with meat, though it doesn't come with any additional veggies. 

I recommend grabbing a friend and ordering one veggie lunch, one meat lunch, and some dumplings and sharing. You'll leave full and satisfied. 

San Maru
2504 Village Green Pl
Champaign
M-Th 11 a.m. to 2 p.m + 4 to 8:30 p.m.
F + Sa 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Photos by Jessica Hammie