AP-Illinois stories for the weekend of Aug. 25-26. Members using Exchange stories should retain the bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact the AP-Illinois desk in Chicago at 312-781-0500 or chifax@ap.org.

EXCHANGES

SATURDAY:

VETERAN JEWELER

WASHINGTON, Ill. — Foster Jewelry has been a central Illinois fixture for 67 years, and its 95-year-old owner is not showing any signs of slowing down. With a loupe attached to his glasses, owner Ed Foster is able to detect the finest details in the jewelry brought into his store.

"When you go to school, this is what you get," Foster said of the tool. Foster graduated from the jewelry and watchmaking program at Bradley University in 1950. He opened the jewelry store first in Eureka in 1951. By Amy Grethey. Pekin Daily Times. 540 words, photo.

TEEN'S CHARITY

NAPERVILLE, Ill. — A teenage world traveler from Naperville is too young to open a bank account, but already has collected something priceless to many kids in need: more than 3,400 pieces of sports equipment to donate so they can play. Anuva Shandilya, 17, is the founder of Chance for Sports, a nonprofit organization that gives gently used sporting equipment to underprivileged children in the suburbs and across the world. From the basement of the south Naperville home where she lives with her parents, Pankaj and Pooja, and her younger brother Daksh, the mission of Anuva's charity is obvious. By Marie Wilson. (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald 565 words, photos.

SUNDAY:

GARDEN OF HOPE

PEORIA, Ill. — The small vegetable garden beside St. Ann Catholic Church got a lot bigger this year, and in the future it might encompass a good chunk of a city block. It's being called "Garden of Hope," a name that references the endeavor's goal. The project will not only bring fresh produce to residents of the impoverished neighborhood, it will also provide a safe, healthful gathering place. On Thursday afternoon, organizers introduced the community to the garden with a kickoff bash which featured a DJ, food and giveaways, including school supplies donated by OSF HealthCare employees. By Leslie Renken. (Peoria) Journal Star. 735 words, photo.

NATIONAL CHAMPION

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. — East St. Louis track and field athlete Willie Johnson remembers well the feeling of disappointment of not being able to compete at the IHSA boys state track and field meet earlier this spring. A fight during the Southwestern Conference Meet, instigated by spectators, led to the suspension of the remainder of the Flyers' season, including sectional and state meets. Some championship dreams were suspended as well. By Dean Criddle. The Belleville News-Democrat. 800 words, photo.