New Holland history books available by reservation

As New Holland prepares for its 125th anniversary, 1875 - 2000, New Holland pictorial history books are now available. Only 100 books remain to be sold. The book will not be reprinted. If you are interested in a book, you can reserve one by sending $25 (plus $3.50 for shipping if you want it mailed) to Lila Conklen, 100th Avenue, New Holland, IL 62671.


Historic hymnals go online at Jessie C. Eury Library

The Jessie C. Eury Library on the campus of Lincoln Christian College and Seminary is pleased to announce the debut of "Hymnals of the Stone-Campbell Movement: Enos E. Dowling Hymnal Collection" on their website at This online collection of more than 9,000 hymns from selected rare 19th-century hymnals features works by Alexander Campbell, J. T. Johnson, Walter Scott, and Illinois residents such as Barton W. Stone, Silas W. Leonard and the Fillmore Brothers. The Office of the Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White funded this project with a $34,000 digitalization grant.

Online viewers may browse through the pages of 19 selected hymnals, view a scanned image of the actual page from the hymnal, and access more than 300 tune-related audio files. The title, first line, lyrics or composer of each hymn can be searched. Information such as the hymn's meter and tune is also available. The website also offers a background sketch of the Stone-Campbell Movement in Illinois, a timeline of the Stone-Campbell Movement hymnals and information about pivotal hymnals, writers, publishers and compilers.

Enos Dowling, former academic dean at LCS, gathered some 2,000 hymnals throughout his lifetime, including nearly 200 affiliated with the Restoration Movement that arose from the 19th century Stone-Campbell religious heritage on the American frontier. His collection is one of the largest-known compilations of hymnals representing this religious movement and serves to illustrate changing religious musical styles. Nancy J. Olson, project director and library director for the Jessie C. Eury Library, considers this website a "technical tribute" to Dowling and his desire to preserve the heritage of religious music.

The project has received similar praise from across the country for its part in the preservation of historical music and the history of the Stone-Campbell Movement. Prior to their Internet availability, access to the rare hymnals was limited to patrons of the Jessie C. Eury Library, which owns the collection. Bonnie Travers, University of Arizona special collections librarian, says the site provides a way for Stone-Campbell Movement history to be accessible "worldwide through the Internet." "I was very impressed," she adds. Marsha Harper, Abilene Christian University library director, agrees: "I haven’t seen anything to equal it."


Decatur group announces auditions for musical

Theatre 7 will be having auditions for the first show of its 2000-2001 season, the romantic musical comedy, "She Loves Me." The cast will include seven principal male characters and two principal female characters, plus various other roles, for a total cast of 11 to 20.

Audition dates are Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 11 and 12, at 7 p.m. at the Decatur Civic Center Theatre. Everyone is invited to try out for Theatre 7's productions.

Be prepared for an audition:

  • Arrive expecting to read a scene from the play with several other actors.
  • Bring a list of dates (conflicts) when you will not be available to rehearse.
  • Be prepared to learn a brief dance step.
  • Bring the sheet music for a song or be ready to sing a song from the show.

"She Loves Me," sponsored by Behnke and Company Inc., is a romantic musical about bickering co-workers who carry on a passionate correspondence — unknowingly with one another.

Performance dates are Nov. 3-5 and 10-12 at the Decatur Civic Center Theatre.

For more information, contact Robert C. Olson at (217) 428-1784 or by e-mail to


American Red Cross appeals for blood

Due to a blood shortage nationwide, the American Red Cross is asking for immediate blood donations to boost critical low supplies. There is urgent need for all blood types.

Logan County Red Cross is appealing to donors to come out to give blood. 

There will be a blood drive on Sept. 20 at the Lincoln Sports Complex, with hours from noon until 5 p.m. Appointments may be made for this drive by calling (800) 728-3543, Ext. 1441.

Summer activities typically cause a slump in donations, and the Heart of America Blood Region is concerned about maintaining adequate blood supplies

During August, the following people reached goals in their blood donations: William Tebrugge, 28 gallons; Mark Seggelke, 17; Walter L. McLaughlin and Dale E. Klockenga, 11 each; Alan Pegram, 9; Terri L. Hauter and Phillip Gillen, 6 each; Sheila McCleary, 5; Gerald Gresham and Walter D. Zorn, 4 each; Norma Turner, 2; and Paul R. Eckert, Charles Ruben and Stacie Treakle, 1 gallon each.



Aggression Replacement Training announced

Aggression Replacement Training (A.R.T.) is a program that enables students to take control of their behavior and learn to respect themselves and others. A.R.T. covers four basic areas: empathy, pro-social skills, anger control and character education.

The A.R.T. program will be taught to parents with children at any Lincoln or Logan County School. Classes will be at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 21, Oct. 5 and Oct. 19 at the Lincoln Area YMCA's Activity Center at 721 Wyatt Ave. (former Odd Fellows gymnasium). Please note that the dates and location have been changed. Parents should plan to attend all meetings.

For more information, please contact Keith Backes at 735-3535.

[Keith Backes, District 27, and Sarah Farris, Lincoln Area YMCA]

Lincoln College seeks members for jazz group

Area musicians who enjoy the sounds of jazz and big band music are asked to attend a meeting on Monday, Sept. 11, at 6 p.m. at Lincoln College. The purpose of this meeting is to see if there is any interest in forming a community jazz ensemble.

The meeting, hosted by Lincoln College Music Department, will be held in the Choir Room in Johnston Center for Performing Arts on the campus of Lincoln College. Rehearsal times are being tentatively set for Monday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, please call Greg Allen at Lincoln College at 732-3155, extension 280.


Free annual colorectal cancer screening

Through mid-September, Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital (ALMH) is providing free colorectal cancer screening kits and lab testing to assist you in identifying indicators of possible cancer in the colon or rectum. Colorectal cancer is one of the most curable of all cancers when it is detected early and treated promptly.

Because colorectal cancer develops over a period of time, it is possible to detect it by testing stool samples long before physical symptoms appear. The majority of people who develop colorectal cancer are over age 50. Over 75 percent of all cases can be cured, and patients can resume normal lives. The American Cancer Society recommends yearly stool blood tests after the age of 50.

The simple at-home test kit provided by ALMH will help the laboratory check your stool samples for hidden blood, which can be a sign of cancer or other internal disorders. The kit lists dietary suggestions of what to eat and what to avoid two days prior to the test. Following these few suggestions can reduce the chances of a "false positive" test result and increase probability of a more accurate test. The kit also provides all materials and directions needed for collecting stool samples and preparing slides for testing, and includes a pre-addressed envelope to mail the sample and information back to the ALMH lab. The lab will notify you of your results within two weeks after receiving the test. It is important to remember that the screening does not provide a complete cancer detection examination. Regardless of test results, you should see your physician whenever you experience changes in your bowel habits.

To take advantage of this opportunity, all tests must be received at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital no later than Sept. 15.

Test kits are available at local physician offices, pharmacies, senior living centers, the Logan County Health Department, and the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital Laboratory. In rural locations it is also available on the Rural Health Partnership’s mobile health unit. You may pick up your free kit at the following locations:

In Lincoln

Abe Lincoln Pharmacy

Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital Laboratory

The Christian Village

CVS Pharmacy

Family Medical Center

Friendship Manor

Graue Pharmacy

Lincoln Health Care Specialists (Drs. Carroll, Harmon, Sagins and Sielaff)

Logan County Health Department

Logan County Highrise

Maple Ridge Retirement Center

Medicap Pharmacy

Oasis Senior Center

Wal-Mart Pharmacy

In Atlanta

Sherman’s Pharmacy

Mobile health unit of Rural Health Partnership

In Mason City

Family Medical Center

Mason City Pharmacy

In Mount Pulaski

Dr. Borgerson’s office

Dr. Schmidt’s office

The Mount Pulaski Pharmacy

Mobile health unit of Rural Health Partnership

In Beason, Broadwell, Chestnut, Cornland, Elkhart, Emden, Greenview, Hartsburg, Lake Fork, Latham, Middletown, New Holland and San Jose, kits are available on the Rural Health Partnership’s mobile health unit.


Midwest haiku contest announced

In celebration of the visit to the Midwest of haiku poet Madoka Mayuzumi, the Consulate General of Japan at Chicago, in conjunction with the Japan America Society of Chicago and the Haiku Society of America Midwest Region, announces a haiku contest.

Madoka Mayuzumi, founder of the Tokyo Hepburn haiku club for women and editor in chief of the journal "Monthly Hepburn," will be featured at a haiku presentation in Chicago on Saturday, Sept. 30. A well-known and popular poet in Japan, Ms. Mayuzumi has done much to promote the "new haiku," especially among young people and women. Her lecture, "Contemporary Haiku and Japanese Society," will be from 10 a.m. to noon at the Swissôtel, Grand Ballroom, 323 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601.

The presentation will be in Japanese with English interpretation. The public is cordially invited, and contest entrants are especially urged to attend. Seating will be on a first-come basis.

Contest information

Contest deadline: In-hand by Sept. 15.

Eligibility: The contest is open to all residents of Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin, including students attending college in these states.

Regulations: Adult and youth contests in English. Youth contests are for pupils in school grades kindergarten through 12. The theme of the contest is "Autumn," and entries should contain a word or image associated with the season. Limit: Five haiku per entrant.

Entry procedures: Type or write one haiku legibly on one side of a 3-by-5 index card. Write your name, age (for youth category only), address, phone, e-mail address (if you have one) and the contest designation ("adult" or "youth") on the reverse side of the card. Submit a separate card for each haiku entered. E-mail entries are welcome. For those entries, send your haiku together with the address information and with "haiku contest" in the subject line of the e-mail message.

Submission: Send English-language haiku by mail to Randy M. Brooks, 4634 Hale Drive, Decatur IL 62526-1117, or by e-mail to

Entry fee: None.

Notification: First-, second-, and third-place winners in all four contests (12 awards) will be notified by telephone or e-mail around Sept. 22.

Announcement of awards: Awards will be announced by the guest of honor, Madoka Mayuzumi, founder of the Tokyo Hepburn haiku club for women and editor in chief of the journal, "Monthly Hepburn," following her presentation in Chicago on Sept. 30. All contest entrants are cordially encouraged to come to this lecture, and there will be special consolation prizes for all entrants who do attend!

Adjudication: Entries in English will be judged by Lee Gurga, associate editor of the journal "Modern Haiku" and past president of the Haiku Society of America (see Web page at

Rights: Following possible inclusion of the winning poems in the Japan Information Center newsletter and posting on the JIC Web site, all rights revert to the authors.

Correspondence: For more information, contact the contest coordinators at the addresses above. For more details, see Web site at:


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