There are those special pleasures in life: a smile, a friendly conversation, a great memory, and a good spot of tea. Ironically, it’s exactly these things-and more- that encouraged Hilary Porter to purchase the Walnut Street Tea Company last March, 2016 from its original owner, Betty Elliott.
Elliott was the original owner of the 35-year iconic business that sits quaintly on the corner at 115 S. Walnut St. in Champaign.
“I have been coming here to this shop since I was five years old,” Porter said from her shop last month.

What began as a dream became a reality in the heart of downtown Covington, Indiana. There exists a quaint antique shop called Glorie Bee Antiques.
For those of you who love antiques and appreciate the knowledge that goes with them, head towards Glorie Bee Antiques. For those of you who use GPS, plug this in: 314 Liberty St., Covington, IN 47932. For those Renaissance types-like me- let’s use these directions:
• Take I-74 toward Danville, crossing over into Indiana.
• Take IN-63 exit (Exit #4) towards Terre Haute/Newport
• Turn left on north State Road

Go figure that a group of breast cancer survivors would rather be racing than sitting around commiserating about their lives. If you’re conjuring up images of Wonder Woman or the women of the Amazon, then you are not too far off.
The Prairie Dragon Paddlers are a unique group of survivors. Yes, they have been afflicted by a disease that could end their lives, but they have made the choice to pull together and support each other. They’re thriving.

Ever since I can remember, I have been tailgating at the University of Illinois football games. My parents had season tickets and they were all in. So, when I started doing research on the history of tailgating, I was surprised that “officially” the first tailgate probably started somewhere else other than the UI.