Calendar: From garden tomatoes to pasta sauce

NORMAL, Ill. — The program From Garden Tomatoes to Pasta Sauce will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. July 28 at the Unity Community Center, 632 Orlando Ave., Normal. The taste of fresh garden tomatoes is no comparison to store-bought tomatoes that were likely picked unripe and traveled thousands of miles to their destination. Picked fresh, garden tomatoes make an excellent BLT or an addition to a salad, but when they come ripe all at once, there’s only so many BLTs you can stomach. Don’t let those tomatoes rot; turn them into pasta sauce, which can be enjoyed all year long.
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Frillman: Learning about pawpaws

We are only two weeks away from August already, and that means if you have a pawpaw tree in your yard or know of one nearby, it is almost pawpaw eating time. For those not already in the know, you too could soon have the opportunity to try your first delicious pawpaw fruit. If you’ve never heard of pawpaw before, don’t know what the fruit or the tree look like, and are interested to hear what all the hullabaloo is about, read on!
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Restaurant of the Week: Lucca Grill

BLOOMINGTON — The Lucca Grill, in downtown Bloomington at 116 E. Market St., is the first pick for the Pantagraph's new feature on restaurants and bars of the week. Lucca Grill is a locally owned Italian-American restaurant. It was founded in 1936 by the Baldini brothers, Fred and John, but is now owned by Tony Smith and John Koch.
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Find the Right Fit for Summer Foot Health

BLOOMINGTON - Summer months often mean the bare minimum when it comes to footwear. Seasonal sandals can be found everywhere – from department to drug stores. But not all summer shoes are created equal. “As summer months come about, certainly weather changes make people want to throw inexpensive flip flops on and things like that. That can be very dangerous to your feet,” warned Dr. Marc Leonard, an OSF HealthCare Podiatrist. But a foray with a flip flop doesn’t mean you Continue Reading
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Winning numbers drawn in 'Mega Millions' game

ATLANTA (AP) — The winning numbers in Friday evening's drawing of the "Mega Millions" game were:. (thirteen, seventeen, nineteen, forty, sixty-nine; Mega Ball: seventeen; Megaplier: three) Estimated jackpot: $138 million. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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Illuminarium's virtual safari debuts in Atlanta

A virtual safari highlights the opening of Illuminarium, a massive indoor visual projection exhibit of various real and imaginary places. (July 20) Subscribe for more Breaking News: Website: Instagram: ​. You can license this story through AP Archive:
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Smith: BLT sandwiches good once in a while

If you had to name one summer sandwich, chances are you’d name the ever-famous BLT. Not a summer goes by without me making this super simple sandwich. If you don’t already know, BLT stands for bacon, lettuce and tomato, which are the key ingredients to this lunch icon. Of course, one could say bread and mayo are also important elements, but I guess BLTBM just doesn’t sound as appetizing!

Homecoming 2021, 100 Years: Faculty, staff get involved

Illinois State University is celebrating 100 years of Homecoming this fall. The campus community has several opportunities to get involved to celebrate this milestone anniversary. Campus decorating contest. Campus offices and departments can register for the campus decorating contest to promote Redbird pride and show off Homecoming spirit! Entrants will...
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Lifestyle wrap: Bloomington

(BLOOMINGTON, IL) Life in Bloomington has its own rhythm. From viral videos to style updates, we’re committed to keeping you up-to-date. Catch up on what’s trending in your community with these top lifestyle headlines from our contributor network. For more stories like these, click here.
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Watch now: Refuge Food Forest grows bounty of edible treats

NORMAL — Tucked in the northeast corner of One Normal Plaza is a forest unlike any you’ll find in Central Illinois. The Refuge Food Forest is like a healthy version of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, where just about everything is edible — except it’s filled with fruits, nuts and berries.
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Carius: 46 years of corn dogs at the McLean County Fair

It will be the 46th consecutive year selling corn dogs at the McLean County Fair when Pat Armstrong sets up his Cornbelt Concessions trailer next month at the Interstate Center. Many fairgoers know Pat and stop by, say hello and grab a corn dog, lemonade shake-up or hot dog. I...

Humane Society of Central Illinois hosts first ever “Dogolympics”

NORMAL (HOI) -- On Saturday, dog lovers got the chance to gather with their four-legged friends, have some fun and raise money for an important cause. The Humane Society of Central Illinois hosted its first ever "Dogolympics" at the Workout Company in Normal. Tunnels, agility courses and paddle pools were...

Destination Illinois: Sankoty Lakes

SPRING BAY, Ill. (WMBD) — On this episode of Destination Illinois, reporter Tom McIntyre takes a look at a new resort that’s just opened up along the Illinois River. It’s a location specializing in “glamour-camping” and fly-fishing,. Since December 2019, workers have been moving dirt at this location in Woodford...

Kiwanis seeking vendors for pet event

The Eureka Greater Area Kiwanis Club is hosting a pet event “Great and Small” on August 28 at Eureka Lake 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Any pet related vendor may participate in the pavilion or their own tent. Participation is free but vendors are asked to donate a basket for the silent auction.


BLOOMINGTON-NORMAL (HOI) - The 25th annual glorious garden festival kicked of this weekend, and many folks in the twin cities stopped to smell the roses. The garden walk at the David Davis mansion is the featured activity of the festival. It lets gardeners and garden lovers visit 11 beautiful private gardens around the Bloomington-Normal community.
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90th birthday for Donald Savage

NORMAL — Donald Savage celebrated his 90th birthday with a family dinner at Destihl. Donald was born on July 17, 1931 in Mahomet. He married Louise on July 22, 1972. They are the parents of Becky Savage; Bloomington; Vickie (Mark) Poruba; Savoy; Lynnette (Rusty) Hendren; LeRoy; Diane (Jason) Priest; Charlotte, North Carolina; Tom (Kelly) Schroeder; Normal; and Debbie Savage; deceased. They also have seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Donald has one sibling, Leonard (Norma) Savage of Normal.
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90th birthday for Clayt Irmeger

GROVELAND — Clayt Irmeger will celebrate his 90th birthday. He was born at home in Groveland on July 20, 1931. He and his wife, Marilyn, are parents to four kids, Margie (Dwight) Mayfield; Elk Grove Village; Ed (Kathy) Irmeger; Normal; Tom (Julie) Irmeger; Elizabethton, Tennessee; and Mindy (Brad) Comincioli; Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.