It’s Sangamon Season

For everything, there is a season – King Solomon, Ecclesiastes 3:1 It’s Memorial Day Weekend! Or, technically speaking, by the time you read this, it was. But that’s OK, because as important as Memorial Day is for remembering those who fought to defend our land, our rights, and our free press, such as the Mahomet Citizen, it’s also important since […]

Let’s Be Careful Out There!

It’s not like the new guy was inexperienced. And it’s not like the Sangamon is a very dangerous river. I mean, if one wishes to avoid putting oneself in potentially hazardous situations, you’d do far better to avoid I-74 between Mahomet and Champaign on snow days. And who does that? And yet, anything can be hazardous when conditions line up. […]

A Rivertrail Exclusive Interview

Following up on some of the hottest news of this season (at least to me), the Mahomet Citizen reported two weeks ago on the progress of the ‘Mahomet Rivertrail’. Now we here at Notes from the River don’t mind occasionally being scooped, especially when it’s by our Editor, the talented Amelia Benner. But still, we’ve been working on this one […]

Appreciating Volunteers

Nothing’s quite as rewarding as a stranger walking up to you, giving you a pat on the back, a handshake, and saying “Thanks for the effort!” I read in the newspaper (yeah, I still do that) that April 10-16 was National Volunteer Week. According to the website createthegood.org: “National Volunteer Week is an annual opportunity to step back and recognize […]

We are the USRC

We are the USRC. The Upper Sangamon River Conservancy, that is. Our mission is to “preserve, maintain, monitor, and promote public use and awareness of the Sangamon River.” The Sangamon was made for you and me; the Sangamon is our community’s river. Many surrounding Central Illinois communities sorely lack such a beautiful amenity coursing right through the middle of their […]