Submitted Story/Photos to Urbana Daily Citizen
The circa 1935 “Then” photo (#0468) is of the birthplace of John Quincy Adams Ward, 335 College St., Urbana (southwest corner of South High and College streets). He was the grandson of Col. William Ward, founder of Urbana. John Quincy Adams Ward was regarded as the Dean of American Sculpture. His sculpture the “The Indian Hunter” was the first American sculpture to be displayed on a permanent basis in Central Park, New York City.
This house built in the 1820s was later occupied by the following families: C.H. Marvin, C. 1940-1950; Corwin Barnhart, C .1950-1960; Richard Rademacher C. 1960-1980. Phillip and Sarah Kerns are the current residents. Note that the house has a tile roof and front and side porches.
A circa 1948 photo (#1717) shows that the front porch had been removed.
The 2019 “Now” photo is of the same house. Note that the house has an asphalt shingle roof and neither a front nor side porch.
Submitted to Urbana Daily Citizen by the Champaign County Historical Museum, a not-for-profit organization that depends upon donations and dues to preserve, protect, archive and display the artifacts that tell the Champaign County story. The free public museum, 809 East Lawn Ave., Urbana, is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays.
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Principal Aaron Hollar introduced Clerico and challenged the Champions to listen to his message and work to build a foundation for lifelong success. Clerico recounted his first Breakfast of Champions and said he knew then he wanted to be a guest speaker someday. He said goal-setting, kindness, generosity and passion are key characteristics of great people.
“You open the door to opportunities in the future, improve others’ lives and improve yours as well,” he said.
Many of the current Champions are involved in their school and community as members of student council, 4H, athletics, Girl and Boy Scouts and as volunteers.
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Our Towne Mechanicsburg presents Christmas in the Village on Saturday, December 14th! The day kicks off at 8am with Secret Santa and Pancake Breakfasts.
There will be craft vendors, bake goods, crafts, parades & fun for the whole family!
And don't forget to stop at all the local shops while you're out & about!
The new entrance is covered and has automatic sliding doors allowing for protection from the elements and improved wheelchair access, improving the drop-off and discharge process.
Donors funded most of the cost of the $800,000+ improvement, which McCall Sharp Architecture designed and Link Construction built.
The public is invited to the ribbon-cutting and open house to see the new hospital gift shop, registration area for outpatients and waiting area for hospital visitors.
These latest improvements at the hospital follow 2017’s $3 million renovation and service expansion project, which included:
– Building a 10-bed senior behavioral health unit
– Recruitment of an orthopedic surgeon and two general surgeons, which has led to a significant increase in surgery volumes
– Doubling of the MRI service capability from two to four days weekly
– Internal renovations to modernize the facility
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Urbana High School DECA students will be hosting Make a Miracle Community Night on Friday, December 13th during the UHS Boys Basketball game.
FREE admission if you wear Climber gear & bring a stuffed animal.
Stuffed Animals will be thrown onto the floor during halftime of the Varsity Basketball Game.
***Stuffed Animal Drive benefits Adriel Foster Care & Nationwide Children's Hospital
By Jenna Lawson, Staff Writer at Springfield News- Sun
The last bit of needed funding has been secured to push forward the ‘Legacy Place’ senior housing project in Urbana.
Sourcing all of the funding has been a tedious multi-year task undertaken by several different parties — but soon residents will start to see the fruits of labor.
“This is going to be a reality,” said Champaign Economic Development Director Marcia Bailey. “It’s not just sketches on a piece of paper. It’s going to be a reality.”
In August, the developers of the project — Flaherty & Collins Properties — applied for a grant through the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati with the help of community partners.
Moving forward with the project was contingent on whether that money was secured.
In late November, the developer was awarded $700,000 to tie up the funding.
“Elated was the word I thought of — and relief,” said City of Urbana Community Development Manager Doug Crabill. “I don’t know where we would have gone if we had that $700,000 gap.”
Prior to November the developers secured nearly $10 million in tax credits and shortly after the announcement of the FHLB Cincinnati grant award, the Ohio Housing Finance Agency also approved a loan for the project for $1.25 million.
Flaherty & Collins Vice President of Community & Asset Management Duane Miller said now his focus is on due diligence — tying down equity and working through legal documents.
He expects to close in late February 2020, but construction planning has been going on in the background while the funding was being secured — so residents won’t have to wait long after the closing date to see changes.
“We’re about 95 percent done with all the architecture and engineering (plans) so far,” Miller said. “(I’m) looking forward to it. It’ll be quite an impact.”
The project will convert the Douglas Hotel, as well as the former North and South Elementary Schools in Urbana, into affordable senior apartments.
A total of 51 housing units will be available to residents 55 and older. Of those units, 20 would be in the Douglas Hotel on Monument Square with retail on the first floor and the rest of the units would be housed in the elementary schools — on Russell Street and Main Street respectively.
Community partners say not only will the project create new housing for those who move into the new units, but it will also draw more people to Urbana to fill larger homes that become available as older residents downsize.
Although the project includes three separate properties, arguably one of the biggest benefits to come from it will be the renovation of the Douglas, which takes up nearly an entire quadrant of Urbana’s main square.
The former hotel has sat vacant for 16 years and needs its fair share of TLC.
“It is an eyesore as it stands,” said Bailey. “But having it occupied with residents living in it, having the street level occupied with retail possibly — it just gives a whole new essence to the downtown.”
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Memorial Occupational Health in Urbana will be hosting Open House
Tuesday, December 10th from 4 - 6 PM.
RSVPs are appreciated, but not required.
To RSVP or schedule an individual meeting with the team, contact Derek Gibson at (937) 578-2256 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Champaign County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau has partnered with local retailers to encourage our community to shop local this holiday season!
Check out the Holiday Shopping Guides & make sure you stop by the Chamber from now through Small Business Saturday, November 30th to have your locally purchased items wrapped for free!
Monday - Friday 9 AM - 4 PM & Saturday from 12 PM - 6 PM.
** 3 items per person
After making some adjustments, the rocket took off! Students were required to use an astroblade and calculus to determine the height of the rocket in several different launches. This interdisciplinary approach allowed students to understand how a scientist uses more than one area of study in a single experiment.
Below is footage of their experiment!
Columbia Gas contractors will work street by street to install new main lines and service lines to each customer’s home or building.
Gas service will not be impacted until it is time for Columbia Gas to connect the customer to the new gas system at the meter. For most customers, gas service will be interrupted approximately two to four hours. Customers will get advance notice of this service interruption.
If the gas meter is currently inside, it will be moved outside.
Any surface that has to be disturbed will be repaired by Columbia Gas. This includes sidewalks, driveways, lawns and landscaping.
Once this work is complete, customers will have a gas system with state of the art safety features.
The work and clean-up are expected to be completed during spring of 2020.
Columbia Gas of Ohio has invested more than $1.5 billion in communities around the state to replace aging gas lines over the last decade. This is paying off in safety, with leaks reduced by almost 40 percent.
Residents can contact Luka Papalko, external affairs specialist for Columbia Gas of Ohio, with questions or concerns at 614-420-1376 or email@example.com.
Visit www.columbiagasohio.com/replacement for more information on the construction process.
Submitted by Columbia Gas of Ohio.