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August 2001


Through Sunday, Aug. 5
WHO: Public
WHAT: Logan County Fair

WHERE: Logan County Fairgrounds

Sundays in August
WHO: Public
WHAT: Free tours of J. H. Hawes Grain Elevator Museum

WHERE: Atlanta
WHEN: 1-3 pm

Aug. 10-19
WHO: Public
WHAT: Illinois State Fair

WHERE: Illinois State Fairground, Springfield

Saturday, Aug. 11
SPONSOR: Friends of Spickard
WHO:
Public
WHAT:
Fund-raiser bake sale and auction. Dance with DJ Joe Hackett. Joe has one of the largest libraries of music in the world, and he has an excellent reputation for playing what the crowd likes. $2.50 per person.
WHERE: Lincoln Eagles Lodge
WHEN:
1 pm bake sale and auction; 7 pm dance

Wednesday, Aug. 15
SPONSOR: NAPA Auto Parts
WHO:
Public
WHAT:
American Red Cross blood drive
WHERE: Lincoln Sports Complex
WHEN: noon - 5 pm

Friday, Aug. 17
SPONSOR: Logan County Board
WHO:
Public
WHAT:
FY 2002 budget review hearings
WHERE: Logan County Courthouse, third-floor jury room
WHEN: 9 am - noon

Saturday, Aug. 18
SPONSOR: Friends of Spickard
WHO:
Public
WHAT:
Cosmic bowl party. Tickets for this event can be purchased by calling 732-3556.
WHERE: Logan Lanes
WHEN:
6-8 pm

Wednesday, Aug. 22
SPONSOR: Logan County Board
WHO:
Public
WHAT:
FY 2002 budget review hearings
WHERE: Logan County Courthouse, third-floor jury room
WHEN: 8 am - noon

WHO: Public
WHAT:
American Red Cross blood drive
WHERE: Mount Pulaski Christian Church
WHEN: 11 am - 5 pm

Thursday, Aug. 23
SPONSOR: Logan County Board
WHO:
Public
WHAT:
FY 2002 budget review hearings
WHERE: Logan County Courthouse, third-floor jury room
WHEN: 1-4 pm

Friday, Aug. 24
SPONSOR: Logan County Board
WHO:
Public
WHAT:
FY 2002 budget review hearings
WHERE: Logan County Courthouse, third-floor jury room
WHEN: tentatively beginning at 8:30 am

Aug. 24-26
WHO: Public
WHAT: Lincoln Art and Balloon Festival

WHERE: Logan County Fairgrounds and downtown

Saturday, Aug. 25
SPONSOR: Lincoln Park District
WHO:
Public
WHAT: Sky's the Limit 5K run

WHERE: Lincoln Park District

Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25 and 26
SPONSOR: Lincoln Junior Woman's Club
WHO:
Public
WHAT: Art fair hospitality suite; food served

WHERE: Lincoln Women's Building, 230 N. McLean (across from Latham Park)
WHEN: 9 am - 4 pm Saturday; 9 am - 3 pm Sunday

WHO: Public
WHAT: 1800s Craft Fair

WHERE: Postville Courthouse State Historic Site
WHEN: 10 am - 4 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


SPECIAL EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS:  Fund-raisers scheduled by deputyís friendsOsteoporosis screenings available at the fairSpecial call for blood donorsEd Madigan exhibit featured at Lincoln College Museum

REGULAR POSTINGS FOR ORGANIZATIONS:  American Red CrossGirl ScoutsLincoln Park DistrictOasis


SPECIAL EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Fund-raisers scheduled by deputyís friends

Benefits to help Bob Spickard and his family pay off their legal expenses will be on Aug. 11 and 18.

Friends of Spickard, who is facing $17,000 in legal fees for his defense of a criminal suit in which he was found not guilty, have formed a committee to help the financially burdened deputy.

On Aug. 11 at the Eagles Lodge here in Lincoln, a day of events will help raise money to pay off the deputyís legal bills. The activities will include a bake sale and auction at 1 p.m. as well as an evening dance at 7 with DJ Joe Hackett. Joe has one of the largest libraries of music in the world, and he has an excellent reputation for playing what the crowd likes. Admission to the dance is $2.50 per person.

The next weekend, on Aug. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m., there will be a cosmic bowl party at Logan Lanes. Tickets priced at $10 per person will have half of those proceeds going to the Spickard fund. Call 732-3556 for tickets for this event.


Osteoporosis screenings available at the fair

Logan County Health Department will offer free osteoporosis screenings on Senior Day, Friday, Aug. 3, at the Logan County Fairgrounds, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Women over 50 years of age are encouraged to get the free bone density screening along with educational materials. The bone density screenings will be done by radiology technicians from Family Medical Center. The screenings are funded by the Illinois Department of Public Health, Office of Women's Health. For more information, call the Logan County Health Department, (217) 735-2317.


Special call for blood donors

The American Red Cross has increased blood collections each year for the past four years, but the need for blood is outpacing the supply. Year-to-date collections are 1.9 million units more than this time last year. However, medical advancements such as liver transplants, cardiac surgery and treatments for premature babies require more donations every day. Thirty-eight percent of all blood products used today are for people 65 and older. The blood supply is extremely fragile, and the Red Cross will not diminish its efforts to continually recruit new and repeat donors.

In the past four years the Red Cross has collected nearly one-half of the nationís blood supply, providing more than 14 million blood products to more then 3,000 hospitals nationwide.

To give blood, you must be in general good health, be at least 17 years old, and weigh at least 110 pounds. The Red Cross especially needs type O donations, the universal blood type that can be safely transfused to any patient during an emergency and is always the highest in demand.

Click here for information on local blood drives in August.


Ed Madigan exhibit featured at Lincoln College Museum

The Lincoln College Museum is presenting a temporary exhibit called "Edward R. Madigan: From the Halls of Lincoln College to the Halls of the White House." The exhibit, which is currently on display, pays honor to one of Lincoln Collegeís most successful alumni, the late Edward Madigan.

Madigan graduated from Lincoln College in 1955, entered the Illinois Legislature in 1966, was elected to Congress in 1972, and was appointed by President Bush in 1991 to be secretary of agriculture. In 1974, the Lincoln College Alumni Association presented Madigan with its award for Outstanding Achievement in the field of Public Services. In 1975 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by Lincoln College. He died in 1994.

Lincoln College Museum curator Ron Keller says the display tells the story of Madiganís career in public service. "The display reflects his experiences and service through many photographs, and letters from every president from Carter to Clinton. There are also various artifacts from his works in Congress and in the White House." The exhibit will run through November of 2001. The public is invited to stop by the Lincoln College Museum to view this exhibit and tour the rest of the historic exhibits.

The Lincoln College Museum is located in the McKinstry Library on the campus of Lincoln College. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.


[Evelyn and Agriculture Secretary Ed Madigan at the White House with President and Mrs. Bush in 1991.]


REGULAR POSTINGS FOR ORGANIZATIONS

Red Cross blood drives in August

NAPA Auto Parts sponsors two blood drives in August at the Lincoln Sports Complex. The first was Aug. 1. The second will be from noon until 5 p.m. on Aug. 15. Another blood drive will be at the Mount Pulaski Christian Church on Aug. 22. The hours will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

During July, the following people reached goals in their blood donations: Glenn McCrea and Connie Haseley, seven gallons; Robert Pharis, six gallons; Shawn Bertolino, five gallons; Phillip Richmond, two gallons; and Myrna A. Aper, one gallon.


Girl Scouts announcements

  • Girl Scout leader meetings:  the first Thursday of each month, at the usual time and place.
  • Girl Scout Jamboree Railsplitter event:  weekend of Logan County Railsplitter Festival; Janice Greer, event coordinator.


Websites with lots of ideas that Girl Scout leaders, families or kids can use:

makingfriends.com

crayola.com

elmers.com 

See the website for Girl Scouts, Land of Lincoln Council, at http://www.girlscoutsllc.org/.

You can send questions and suggestions to the council by clicking here: gsllc@girlscoutsllc.org.

Also, see the national Girl Scouts site at http://www.girlscouts.org/.


Lincoln Park District notes

From Roy Logan, program coordinator

Dance camp

Get a taste of different styles of dance this summer. On Aug. 7 and 9 from 9 a.m. to noon you can join Lincoln Park Districtís dance camp.  Jazz, ballet, tap, Celtic and clogging are included. Special shoes are not needed, but please wear something other than socks.  Previous experience is not necessary either.  Instructor Audra Turley, owner of Audra's Studio of Dance, is a master graduate of Dance Educators of America and is the director of the award-winning Flying Feet Cloggers and competition teams.  Parents will be invited to a demonstration on the last day of class. Fee. 

Flag football, cheerleading

Registration for flag football and cheerleading is going on now. Teams will consist of players in second and third grades and fourth and fifth grades.  Cheerleaders will need to be in first through fifth grade. Registration closes on Aug. 10. Fee; reduced rates with additional family members. There is a $5 late registration fee after Aug. 10.  Games will start the week of Sept. 10, with the season lasting approximately six weeks.  Call Lincoln Park District at 732-8770 for costs and if you have any questions.

We are currently working on a few new programs for the fall and winter seasons here at your park district. Keep your eye on Lincoln Daily News for the latest information on sessions for adults and children.

5K run

On Saturday, Aug. 25, Lincoln Park District will host the 13th annual 5K run in conjunction with the Lincoln Art and Balloon Festival. Race time is 8 a.m. The run begins and ends at the Park District at 1400 Primm Road. Dan Slack, a veteran cross-country record-holder for LCHS, is our race coordinator. T-shirts are given to all participants, and awards are given to the top three finishers in each age category.  Refreshments are provided.  Registration forms are available at both the Rec Center and the Lincoln Chamber office.


Oasis update

The Oasis, Logan Countyís senior citizen center, at 501 Pulaski St. in Lincoln, is open weekdays (except holidays) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The center also is open on Friday and Sunday nights for table games. Dominic Dalpoas is the executive director. Activities are open to all Logan County senior citizens,  regardless of membership.

Regularly scheduled activities

Circuit Breaker assistance

The representative will be on site at the Oasis Monday, Aug. 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please call for an appointment.

Computer classes

There are a few spaces available for the Monday, Aug. 6, classes. Beginning computer instruction will be at 1:30 p.m. and word processing at 2:30 p.m. There is a $3 fee for each class.

Garden Club

The garden tour scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 7, will be hosted by Bob and Lynn Neal at the "Old Scully Homestead." Please join the group at the Oasis by 9 a.m.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

The regularly scheduled meeting for your support group is scheduled for Wednesday evening, Aug. 8, at 7 p.m. Please join us. We missed you two weeks ago.

Hearing screening

This once-a-month free service is available from 10 a.m. until noon on Sept. 5. Please call the Oasis for an appointment.

Game winners

Weekday pinochle winners for July 20 and 24 were Mable Hoagland and Easter Behrends respectively. Winners on Friday night were Helen Cart for pinochle and Betty Berger, Henry Warnisher and Lois Johnson for 5 in 1. Alice Thonton won the pool game. Harley Heath won at pool on Sunday night.

Special Events

Senior Day at the Logan County Fair

This Friday, Aug. 3, starting at noon, the Oasis Senior Center will sponsor the Senior Day activities. Please join us for free health screenings that include hearing, eyes, bone density and blood pressure. Information will also be provided about the Mobile Rural Health Unit and Logan County Senior Services. Stretch aerobics and entertainment will also be part of the dayís activities.

Newsletter

Friends of the Oasis members receive bimonthly newsletters by mail. For more information, people can call the Oasis at 732-6132 or 732-5844.


Milestones

 

 

Fund-raisers


Officer Sisk found a positive approach
to working with juveniles

[JULY 16, 2001]  Darrell Sisk, who retired in March, was the Lincoln Police Departmentís juvenile officer for more than 20 years. It was a job he loved, but he admits that it had some negative aspects.

[Click here for Part 1]

"In police work, as a general rule, the job is negative. Who likes to give tickets? A lot of our job is surrounded by a negative atmosphere.

"But DARE [Drug Abuse Resistance Education] is surrounded by a positive atmosphere. Parents support it, the community appreciates it, and the kids love it. When school opens, the sixth graders are already asking when DARE starts."

Sisk, who recalls that he "taught sixth grade in every school in Lincoln," was the departmentís first DARE teacher.

"When I started 18 years ago, DARE was a brand-new concept out of California. I was the only DARE teacher. Today five guys are teaching it.

"Everyone thinks itís just about drugs. Itís not. Itís about stress and how to cope. Itís about how to build self-esteem, how to stand up to peer pressure, and itís all positive. We donít get into negatives. There are DARE dances, DARE picnics, DARE fishing tournaments, DARE baseball, softball and basketball teams. At the DARE picnic in May, there were 400 to 500 kids. And they keep coming up with new ideas, like the DARE bowling tournament."

Sisk emphasizes that DARE teachers arenít trying to get kids to narc (tattle) on other kids, like telling them who is using drugs. "This is about you," he would tell the kids, "not about somebody else."

Although he took the DARE classes seriously, Sisk could also have a little fun with the sixth graders.

"The kids used to ask me how old I was," he remembers. "I would always tell them I was 37. Then I would tell them Iíd been with the Lincoln Police Department for 30 years.

"There would be silence. Then about 15 minutes later one kid would raise his hand and say, ĎWait a minute, you canít be 37.í

"I would say, ĎI started with the police department when I was 7.í"

Sisk believes DARE is here to stay.

"Iíve worked with many mayors and chiefs of police, and never did any of them ever even remotely talk about eliminating DARE," he says. "If they had, theyíd probably have seen the biggest uprising in the cityís history. City Hall wouldnít be able to hold it."

Along with DARE, Sisk also taught fifth grade VEGA (Violence Education and Gang Awareness programs). VEGA leads into DARE in sixth grade, and the program was later expanded to reach junior high and high school students.

The Illinois State Police do the DARE training, and there are yearly conferences of DARE officers. "People at the conferences started to recognize that the program needed reinforcement after fifth and sixth grades," Sisk recalls. "First they came up with the idea it needed reinforcement in junior high school, and over the years they recognized a need to reinforce it in high school.

"A lot of communities havenít done what we are doing, teaching a short DARE curriculum in junior high and high school," he says. "The Lincoln Police Department has a consistent program from kindergarten through 12th grade, and the difference it has made is clear.

"If a police officer in uniform had gone to the high school and walked around 15 years ago, he would have felt out of place. He would have been an outsider.

"Today the kids know who we are, and they will talk to us. They relate to officers in uniform. Itís a positive thing. If they have a problem, kids feel comfortable to come to a police officer, especially DARE officers, but others too.

"Itís helped the whole police department. We have officers that go out to the high school and eat lunch with the kids. Eighteen years ago, if the chief of police had said to an officer, ĎGo out to the high school and eat lunch,í everybody would have thought he was crazy. Now itís part of the day.

"Thatís the concept of community policing."

Siskís efforts to be a positive influence on Lincolnís youth are recognized by those who have worked with him.

"He was one heck of a juvenile officer," Detective Mike Harberts says. "He related so well with kids. The kids in this town trusted Darrell and would bring him information. We solved many crimes, both juvenile and adult, because of that.

"And he was a wonderful DARE teacher. He had an innate ability to get down to their level. He was compassionate, and he could see where they were coming from. He treated each kid as an individual with a story of their own.

"He was a wonderful colleague too. Detective Bunner and I very much enjoyed working with Darrell on investigations. Any time we had a juvenile involved with any kind of crime, he was a wealth of information."

 

 

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"Darrell created the Lincoln DARE program," Police Chief Rich Montcalm says. "He was the second officer in the state to be trained in DARE. He put his heart into it. His wife helped him make his own posters for the program, and the state used some of those posters in their statewide training.

"He was also instrumental getting us to proceed into the junior high and high school level. We are one of the few police departments in the state that does it.

"Everybody here still considers him part of the department. We look on him as a resource. Weíre fortunate heís still in the area and we can ask him questions."

Ron Robbins, who was police chief from 1989 to 1997, remembers that he heard nothing but high praise for Sisk from teachers, principals and superintendents. "I would hear it from Washington-Monroe School, then a month later from Northwest, then later from Central. Thatís how I knew it was true.

"Darrell started the role model program. He would pick Lincoln High School students who had good personalities, were popular and had good grades. Sometimes he would get basketball and football players, because the younger kids knew who the sports stars were. Then those role models would go around with him to the grade schools and give the kids there a positive message ó donít do drugs, donít smoke.

"Darrell is the main reason our DARE program is what it is today," Robbins adds. "As chief I sat in on some of his classes. He just had a way of working with kids that helped him get his message across. He really did care about the kids."

Dean Langdon, now assistant principal at Lincoln Community High School, worked with Darrell for six years, ever since he came to Lincoln in 1995.

"He was a great asset, and he will be missed," Langdon says. "Darrell made himself totally available to us, whether we needed help or just advice. We could reach him anytime we needed him.

"He had a great relationship with the kids, very proactive. He always wanted to prevent trouble from happening, and he was always interested in kids learning a lesson from their behavior.

"He had a nice balance between being a law enforcement officer and being an educator. He preferred to be an educator, but when needed he could take a firm stand.

"He had a post outside a certain door. Kids would come in, and it wasnít unusual to hear them talking to him, maybe about law enforcement, maybe about fishing, maybe about their personal problems at home. He would give them advice about what they could do if they thought something bad was going to happen at home. He believed in kidsí rights to be free from abuse.

"Because of the program, there is a different attitude about police officers. The trust that Darrell built in the schools has worked to the good of the community," Langdon says.

Although he misses his role in the lives of school children, Sisk is enjoying his work with Sojourn and is looking forward to new developments.

"For the most part, I am a court advocate. I assist victims of domestic battery to get orders of protection against abusers." He doesnít talk about details, because confidentiality is necessary for the safety of the victims.

He is looking forward to a new program. "Sojourn is in the process of putting together a curriculum to teach group sessions at Lincoln Correctional Center. Some of these people have been involved in domestic violence issues. Theyíre going to be released from prison some day. We can give them better skills to cope with relationships.

"Iím on a mission thatís not been done around here. Itís going to be exciting." Langdon thinks it is a natural transition for Sisk to go from working with young people to the Sojourn program.

"He has gone from helping one group of people in the community to helping another. Victims of domestic violence have kids. His expertise with children in a school context is a natural transition to working with young families. He has seen the effects of domestic violence in the schools. From there it is a natural step into the home with victims of domestic violence."

"Heíll do a wonderful job in his new career in Sojourn," Robbins agrees. "When it comes to helping someone, whether itís a kid or an adult, heíll do fine. Heíll see that they get the necessary help. Darrell will always be there for these people."

[Joan Crabb]


Juvenile Officer Darrell Sisk
made a difference to Lincoln kids

[JULY 13, 2001]  Although Darrell Sisk retired from the Lincoln Police Department on March 1, he didnít go very far away. Just a couple of blocks.

Today you can find him in his office in the lower level of the Logan County Courthouse, where he is a court advocate for Sojourn, an organization that gives shelter and service to victims of domestic violence.

 


[Darrell Sisk]

He likes the new job. "Thereís a real demand for this service, even more so than I thought when I was a cop," he says. The new job keeps him on his toes, the way he had to be as a police officer. "Itís educational, challenging, demanding, and sometimes frustrating and confusing," he says.

Still, he misses the old job. He keeps in touch with whatís happening in the police department and is happy that his old friend, Rich Montcalm, now police chief, is inaugurating some new programs.

"Many of the programs Rich is putting into place are things he and I worked on while I was in the department," Sisk says. Heís especially pleased that Montcalm is establishing an Emergency Response Team that will be prepared to deal with a serious incident in any Lincoln-area school, because kids were such a big part of his life as a police officer.

 


[Darrell Sisk and Police Chief Rich Montcalm]

"Weíve got to have a policy to deal with a school crisis such as a shooting. Weíve got to know whoís in charge, where the phones are, what door to go in, even how to deal with the media. The first people to get to a school emergency are going to be the local police, and they need to have the training and the equipment to end the threat. Thatís what the Emergency Response Team is all about."

Sisk spent almost 31 years (heís one month shy) with the Lincoln Police Department, and for more than 20 of those years he was a juvenile officer, a DARE teacher, a VEGA teacher, and a recognized authority on juvenile investigation and crime.

He designed and wrote the Lincoln Police Department policy manual for juvenile procedures, which is still in use. He assisted in writing school discipline policies and served on many committees concerning school discipline. He organized all juvenile records for the city of Lincoln and for Logan County, helped start the teen court for juvenile offenders, which is still operating, helped coordinate community youth programs of all kinds, and more.

He grew up in Lincoln, was drafted in 1967 and spent two years in the Army, 19 months of that time in Vietnam, came back and started to work in the Sheriffís Department as a radio dispatcher under Glenn Nichols. Shortly after that he applied for a job as a city policeman and got it.

He started as a patrolman, driving around in a squad car. The car, he remembers, had one light on top and one little hand-held radio, with the radio equipment taking up the entire car trunk.

"To use the radar unit, you had to stand outside the car and point it at someone," he recalls. "If I got into a squad car today, Iíd have no idea what all that high-tech equipment is. Itís like being inside a spaceship."

He moved up to sergeant and then became a shift commander. But on May 11, 1980, his career took a sudden turn. That was the night he got shot, and, ironically, he was shot by two juveniles who had escaped from St. Charles Juvenile Detention Center, although he didnít know that at the time.

"They were 15 and 16, the kind of kids we teach now," he says.

He saw the two youths running around the old K-Mart building at 2 a.m. and decided to see what was happening. "I got out of the car, and the next thing I knew I was lying in a flower bed. A state trooper found me."

He should have been dead; a combination of good luck and good thinking saved his life. It happened that he was wearing the only bulletproof vest available to the Lincoln Police Department at the time, and that one was a "loaner."

 

 

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"Back in the old days, vests were heavy ó about 30 pounds," he says. "Today you canít tell whether an officer is wearing one or not. But in 1980 they were just coming out. The department was trying to find idiots to wear this one because it was so heavy. I volunteered because I was working nights."

When he was shot in the back, he was standing close to a steel door. He spun into the door and hit it so hard he got a concussion, but the borrowed vest stopped the bullets and saved his life, at least the first time. The concussion probably saved his life the second time.

An old friend, Detective Mike Harberts, adds some details to the story. Harberts was a patrolman then, relatively new to the department.

"It was the night before Motherís Day. I had taken the night off, and he was checking my building," Harberts recalls. "There were a lot of flats of plants around the K-Mart. Darrell was near the double doors on the east side, walking down a row of flowers, when he was shot in the back two times. The force of the bullets hitting him drove him into the doors. He was knocked unconscious and thrown in a table full of flowers. That saved his life. If the kids hadnít thought he was dead, they would have killed him. They were going to shoot him in the head with his own gun."

The juveniles fled south, finally killing a 23-year-old detective in Little Rock, Ark. They are now in jail in Arkansas, serving life without parole.

"They thought they killed Darrell too," Harberts says. "They told the police down there they had killed a police officer in a town between Bloomington and Springfield."

After the shooting, Sisk gave up patrolling the streets and became a juvenile officer. He didnít know, when he took the job, that heíd been shot by juveniles. But finding that out didnít keep him from becoming what those who worked with him call an outstanding juvenile officer, one who liked and understood the kids he was working with.

"I worked on any crime that involved a child ó burglary, armed robbery, sexual abuse cases, anything. I did the investigation. I worked with the detectives on major crimes."

The most common crimes, he remembers, were fights and thefts. He recalls only one murder involving juveniles.

"I was involved in the court system, putting kids in various institutions. Back in the old days, in 1980, a police officer could put a juvenile in detention. If I picked up a kid for retail theft, Iíd put him in detention. In 1980 the police could hold a kid 48 hours, then take him before a judge. Today itís a whole different system. A juvenile probation officer has to authorize detention. That officer will be the deciding factor whether the kid is detained or released to his parents."

But Sisk would always rather find a way to keep a kid out of the juvenile justice system than a way to get him into it. To help do that, he designed a juvenile diversion and citation program, another program still in practice today.

"The largest percent of calls to the police department involved juveniles ó a kid riding a bicycle through a garden, a kid throwing snowballs," he recalls. "I created a special citation. I would write everything down on the ticket, give it to the kid and tell him to take it home to his parents. If I didnít get a call from the parents within two days, Iíd write them a letter. The kids knew a letter was going to follow and theyíd better tell their folks."

He also had some special techniques for the "station adjustments," when a youngster was brought to the station after doing something he shouldnít have.

"In the early days, I used to target hair," Sisk says. "If the kid had long hair, Iíd tell him the next time he got caught doing whatever he was doing, he was going to lose six inches of hair. The kid would sign a form that he agreed to that. Or if he was caught riding a minibike in the street, heíd sign a form agreeing that if he got caught doing it again, he was going to sell the bike."

However, itís the positive, not the negative, side of his job as a juvenile officer that Sisk remembers and misses the most. He was the departmentís first DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) teacher, and he still believes itís a great program.

While teaching DARE, he was with every sixth-grade class in town once a week for 17 weeks. "I taught sixth grade in every school in Lincoln," he says. "I loved it. Thatís the part I really miss."

(To be continued)

[Joan Crabb]

[Click here for Part 2]


People all across this country and, in fact, around the world, claim roots in Logan County. They have very interesting stories to tell, and some of them like to connect with those of us who stayed at home. Logan County Diaspora publishes the stories of former Logan County residents. With their permission, we also include their e-mail addresses so that old friends might be reunited.  If you wish to be part of the Logan County Diaspora, e-mail ldneditor@lincolndailynews.com.  


Diaspora correspondents

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Rippons returning to Lincoln

After many years away from Lincoln, my wife and I are returning from Florida to work a craft fair in Lincoln, at the fairgrounds, on Sept. 8 and 9.

We are looking forward to seeing old friends there.

Tom Rippon

(8-3-01)


Reunions

LCHS class of í76 reunion

[JULY 10, 2001]   The 25th year reunion for the Lincoln Community High School class of 1976 is planned for Saturday, Aug. 4. Any classmates who would still like to attend, please call or e-mail Janice Greer, (217) 735-2621, jjmm@abelink.com


Ongoing class reunion in cyberspace for 1960 graduates of LCHS

http://www.geocities.com/lincolnhigh1960/


Reminiscence

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