AmeriCorps winds down
old year, gears up for the next
31, 2001] Logan
County AmeriCorps supervisor Shawn Marie Sillings has announced that
Team 2000-2001 is coming to an end Aug. 31. Most of their final two
weeks will be spent mentoring, tutoring and assisting camps.
AmeriCorps is currently accepting applications and going through the
interview process for next yearís teams, and teams are filling up
AmeriCorps is a program that hires 20 members per year. Members are
basically volunteers for the community. Each volunteer is involved
with various activities of his or her interest. The program focuses
on serving people. "I enjoy giving back what people have given
me when I was growing up," says volunteer Anthony Varnado.
AmeriCorps volunteer may be involved in any number of activities:
mentoring, advocacy, in-school assisting, turoring, adult literacy,
chaperoning dances, teen outreach or even adopting a grandparent,
and the list goes on. Another volunteer, Cathy Overbey states,
"This job has changed my career focus. I believe being involved
with helping others is what is important in life."
goal of each team member is to reach 1,700 hours worth of community
involvement for the year. During the year, a member will be
considered a "compensated volunteer" and will receive:
$9,300 as a living allowance, which is broken into bi-weekly
Child care if income-eligible.
An education award of $4,725 to pay for past student loans or future
educational or vocational endeavors at accredited institutions,
after successful completion of 1,700 hours.
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County AmeriCorps is part of Tri-County AmeriCorps. Tri-County is
made up of Logan County AmeriCorps, Mason County AmeriCorps and
Menard County AmeriCorps. The director of all three sites is Rory
next team will begin Sept. 17 and continue their commitment through
Aug. 31, 2002. New members, as well as activities, will be announced
you are interested in becoming an AmeriCorps member or would like
more information, contact Shawn Marie Sillings, 319 W. Kickapoo St.,
Lincoln, Il. 62656; phone 735-4985.
release; ed. LDN]
a friend about
staff offers more than 25 years of experience in the
the corner of Woodlawn and Business 55
It's FREE! --
tour group visits Postville
31, 2001] Wednesday,
June 6, was a big day for Postville Courthouse. Kincaid Motor Coach
Tours brought about 50 seniors to tour the courthouse that
day. The group also stopped to visit the Lincoln College Museum on a
weeklong bus trip from Oklahoma to Chicago and back.
tour groups are getting to be more and more popular. Thressia
Usherwood, Logan County Tourism director, has been working
hard with organizers of tour groups to encourage visitors to stop
and stay in Logan County. She was responsible for the stop here by
the Oklahoma group and is working to get more groups to come.
next big events at Postville Courthouse are during the Lincoln Art
& Balloon Festival. The Lincoln Trail Porsche Club Charity Car
Show will be on Saturday, Aug. 25, and the 1800s Craft Fair on
Sunday, Aug. 26.
Porsche show hosted by the Lincoln Trail Porsche Club will be from
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 25. This is the third time the club has
hosted a car show at Postville. On display will be nearly two dozen
Porsches, from the early 536 through the 914 and 944 to current
Boxter and 996. Lincoln Mayor Beth Davis will present award
plaques at 3:15 p.m. that day. Money raised during the event
goes toward purchasing and planting new native trees in the
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Aug. 26, will be totally different, with the 1800s Craft Fair
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. At this popular event, historic artisans and
craftsmen will demonstrate a variety of skills, including broom
making, flax to linen, blacksmithing, bobbin lace making and several
in the past there will be music and refreshments available both
days. Everyone is encouraged to stop by Postville Courthouse during
the balloon festival weekend to admire the Porsches on Saturday and
the period craftsmen on Sunday.
total of 141 people visited the Postville Courthouse during June.
The courthouse volunteers listed below worked 115 hours that
month: S. Bartelmay, I. Curtis, B. DePuy, D. Freeman, I. Handlin, R.
Hoppin, C. and R. Hurley, C. Kelley, C. Klink, N. Kleinman, K.
Leesman, B. Marvel, R. Meyer, M. Ott, W. Post, G. and J. Semple, M.
Smith, L. Snyder, R. Sullivan, G. Wibben.
Library District eligible for computer grant from Gates foundation
28, 2001] The
Lincoln Public Library District might soon be receiving a computer
grant from the wealthiest couple in the world. According to library
director Richard Sumrall, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundationís
U.S. Library Program has determined that the Lincoln Public Library
District is eligible to receive a grant as part of a program to
place computers, Internet access and other digital information in
public libraries throughout Illinois.
not every day that you learn you might be getting a generous grant
from two people who are as well known as Bill and Melinda Gates, so
naturally we are thrilled to learn our library is eligible for this
important program," said Sumrall.
importantly, this grant would allow our library to provide computer
access to low-income citizens who might otherwise not have access to
such equipment. Local citizens will be able to send e-mail, get on
the Internet, and use the computer for other educational and
entertainment purposes. Not everyone can afford a computer, but with
this grant we can ensure that anyone in Lincoln who wants to access
a computer can have such an opportunity."
said that Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White and his
staff at the Illinois State Library in Springfield have been working
for more than two years to bring the Gates Library Initiative to
Illinois public libraries. Under the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundationís U.S. Library Program, funding is specifically
targeted to libraries serving low-income communities where the need
for access to computers and technology is greatest.
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been told the Gates foundation will mail an application to us at the
end of August. If all goes as we hope and our application is
approved, we could have our computer and other equipment as early as
next March. The Gates foundation even sends staff to Illinois to
train us on how to use the computers," Sumrall explained.
The Lincoln Public Library District is very excited to be a part of
this innovative program. Bill and Melinda Gates are to be commended
for seeking to bridge the so-called Ďdigital divideí and
ensuring that all of the citizens of Lincoln have access to
computers, the Internet and other digital information."
Public Library news release]
County Board sets budget review
Logan County Board will start its FY 2002 budget review hearings on
Friday, Aug. 17, from 9 a.m. to noon. Sessions will continue
Wednesday, Aug. 22, from 8 a.m. to noon; Thursday, Aug. 23, from 1
to 4 p.m.; and Friday, Aug. 24, possibly beginning at 8:30 a.m.
all hearings are completed, the information will be assembled for
analysis. After that the auditors will schedule and make a
presentation to the full board.
meetings are in the third-floor jury room at the Logan County
Courthouse and are open to the public.
the summer months, heat waves can occur anywhere in Illinois and
affect anyone. Young children, elderly people and people with health
problems are most likely to be affected. This is a reminder to
to check on the elderly and those with health problems at least
once a day during hot weather.
leave children in a parked car.
sure you drink plenty of liquids during hot weather.
small things can make a big difference.
public service announcement is brought to you by Lincoln Daily
News and the Logan County Health Department.
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