A price break on
someone wanted to give you $15, a little more or less, every month, would you
take it? Maybe, depends? Well, letís see, $15 x 12 = $180 per year. Now weíre
talking. How do I get that, you say? Well, thatís the amount you will save by
buying some of your basic groceries through the local Share program.
price break is achieved by buying food in bulk. "When we all pool our
money, we can get a better price," says John Sutton, local Share
coordinator. Volunteers drive to western Illinois and as far east as Terre
Haute, Ind., for food purchases and pickups. Peoria is the central
clearinghouse. The Peoria Catholic Diocese serves as coordinator of Share in
is open to anyone who wants to plunk down their money and perform some community
service," says Sutton. Community service constitutes just about any
activity you would do for someone else, from praying for someone to taking
someone to the hospital ó anything to help out your fellow man.
pay only $15 per month. From that total, $14 is used to buy the food, and $1 is
for transportation costs. Last monthís food had an equal value of $28.05 at
the grocery store. It is composed of the same basic everyday kinds of foods. The
food that has been purchased is divided equally, with everyone getting exactly
the same thing. Anyone wanting to see if it is something they would benefit from
is welcome to come by and have a look while the pickup is going on. Itís a
good deal if it is food you would ordinarily buy anyway. Itís essentially half
food pickups are once a month. This monthís pickup is this afternoon from 4 to
5:30 at St. John United Church of Christ. Sutton invites you to "come have
a look." You can sign up for next monthís pickup if it suits you. He and
the other volunteers would like to see lots more people take advantage of this
opportunity. Thereís plenty of room for this program to grow.
pickup dates marked on them will be distributed at this afternoonís pickup.
Anyone who buys groceries
Basic foods sold at great savings
Because itís a great way to reduce your grocery bill
St. John United Church of Christ, 204 Seventh St.
p.m. Feb. 23, March 23, April 20
Care program needs volunteers
initial training session to become a volunteer advocate and protect residents'
rights in long-term care facilities is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 31, from
9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Public Library, 725 Pekin St. The advocate
training is provided by I Care, a long-term care ombudsman program.
you ready to change lives? As a volunteer advocate, you can enrich the lives of
nursing home residents and protect their right to quality care and a life of
dignity. Volunteer advocates visit residents at least one day a month to:
will be provided for prospective advocates in attendance. Attend the training
and then decide if you would like to volunteer. Please confirm your attendance
by Jan. 29 by contacting Erin Strotheide at (800) 842-8538.
release from I Care]
will be served to benefit Logan County 4-H
Logan County 4-H Foundation will have their third annual spaghetti dinner from
11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 4, at the Lincoln K of C's Club. The
all-you-can-eat meal includes spaghetti, salad, garlic bread and a variety of
desserts. Carryouts will be available. There will also be a 50/50 drawing
and raffle to support the 4-H.
City DAR chapter to meet on Jan. 27
Daughters of the American Revolution Salt Creek Prairie Chapter of Mason City
will be about its business during the upcoming months. NSDAR Illinois Division V
Director Mrs. Charles Taft will meet with the group on Saturday, Jan. 27,
as they honor Illini Central Students receiving DAR awards. The meeting
will be a one o'clock luncheon at Steve's Family Restaurant, Route 29 and Route
10 in Mason City.
Feb. 24, the chapter will again use the facilities at Steve's for their February
meeting, which must be moved from Easton Methodist Church due to
remodeling. The one o'clock luncheon will be followed by guest William
Hazard speaking on "Family Histories and Genealogies."
Illinois State Convention will be March 22, 23, 24 and 25 at the Renaissance in
Springfield. Salt Creek Prairie Chapter delegates will be attending
National Defense Night on March 23. USN Vice Admiral R. Thunman, submarine force
commander, Pacific Fleet, will be the keynote speaker. The 144th Illinois
National Guard band will perform patriotic and military music. The gala
state banquet on Sat., March 24, and the chapter recognition and awards brunch
on Sunday, March 25, will also be scheduled events for the Salt Creek Prairie
City DAR news release
City Historical Society meets this week
Mason City Historical Society gears up for another exciting year of programs,
exhibits and excitement. The first business meeting for the year 2001 was at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan.
in the Civic Center Museum. Approval of the slate of officers and budget for the new
year was on the agenda.
are still under way for opening of the museum's literary exhibit, featuring
local writers of poetry, short stories, music and more. Of most recent interest
is the newly published book by Jessie Johnson Young and amusic cassette release
by The Prairie Aires. The gift department of the museum plans to have these new
releases available for purchase by the public. David W. Tomlin II, museum
director, is excited to be showing the works of local artists in this year's
rotating exhibits, including the literary works, textiles, photography,
woodworking, hunt-art and more. Museum hours at 120 N. Main will be
usual the historical society calendar is a highly sought after item. The
society will again depend on loaned photos to compile this demand item.
Begin now to set aside Mason City photos you would like to see in the 2002
calendar, which must meet earlier print deadlines each year. Those looking
for a trip down Mason City memory lane can still find 2001 calendars at City
Hall, the museum and Mason City Pharmacy. Some pre-2001 editions are still
available at the museum for individuals seeking keepsakes. Mason City
Historical Society also stocks a limited supply of the town afghan for special
gifts any time of the year.
a Site" continues to be an ongoing project for Mason City Historical
Society. The Soldier's Monument in Memorial Park is the current site of
preference. Once preservation and rededication of this site is completed,
the society will select another neglected town site deserving preservation. To
date the Soldier's Monument has a newly carved Civil War statue, new walk
surrounding it and 240 tulip bulbs planted. Estimates to recarve the original
184 Civil War soldier's names and other engravings in the marble structure, a
base replacement, wrought iron fence for the monument and the soldier, plus
other incidentals are completed and funding is now being sought. Donations
to "Save A Site" may be sent to Melanie Gordon, treasurer, 407 N.
Main, Mason City, IL 62664.
this year, Mason City Civil War Days on Memorial Day weekend will help fund the
Soldier's Monument project. The May 26-27 event will again feature invited
re-enactors for a living history weekend about the Civil War. Clubs and
organizations of the community are invited to set aside those dates since period
food booths, with items such as cookies, lemonade, fried chicken, ham
sandwiches, taffy and apples, root beer and the like, are being recruited to be
open all day Saturday, May 26. (Spectators and soldiers like to eat.)
Saturday night Civil War Ball is being planned once again also. Those
attending in period dress will be admitted free. A costuming merchant is
being solicited to set up shop in Mason City weeks in advance of the
event. It is hoped that the shop will feature new, exchange or remake
services. Also available will be the local seamstresses who helped last
year. If you think you can't dance and want to learn more about period steps,
free lessons will run for six weeks preceding the Civil War Ball.
memorial service at the monument will be Sunday, May 27, with a march to the
cemetery, as was done last year. As always, this kind of festival takes
many volunteers as well as attendees. The Mason City Historical Society
believes that the events will be fun and of great interest.
purpose of the Mason City Historical Society is to bring together people
interested in history, especially the history of this small Midwestern
town. This basic part of our democratic way of life gives us a better
understanding of our state and nation and helps us to better appreciate our
City Historical Society news release]
domestic abuse seminar scheduled
The Domestic Abuse and Violence
Task Force of the Healthy Communities Partnership of Logan County will sponsor
an educational seminar on Domestic Abuse and Violence on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2001,
from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Lincoln Park District Ballroom, 1400 Primm Road in
Lincoln. Andrea Shaner of Sojourn Shelter and Services will give the
presentation. This seminar is designed as an overview of the dynamics of
domestic abuse, how to identify it and resources to deal with it. There is no
cost for the seminar, and businesses, social services agencies, churches and the
general public are encouraged to attend.
For more information or to
volunteer to serve on the Domestic Abuse and Violence Task Force, contact Debby
Cook, Logan County Health Department, at (217) 735-2317.
hosts Senior Sunday luncheon
Lincoln Memorial Hospital, 315 Eighth St. in Lincoln, is hosting a Senior Sunday
luncheon in the hospital cafeteria on Sunday, Feb. 4, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The public is
invited to attend. It is a full lunch for only $3.50 per person. Due to limited
seating, reservations are required. For more information or to register for the
luncheon, please call the hospitalís dietary department at (217) 732-2161,
Ext. 195. The deadline to register is Saturday, Feb. 3.
Cross offers local training in CPR
Red Cross class sessions covering CPR, infant and child CPR, and first aid will
be Jan. 24 and 25 at 125 S. Kickapoo in Lincoln. Class hours will be from 6 to
10 the first evening and from 5 to 10 the second evening.
challenge class on Saturday, Jan. 27, is for people who have had previous
training and need to be recertified. That class will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. At
8 a.m. the same day, there will be a class on CPR for professional rescuers.
is required. Call 732-2134 for further information. Office hours are from noon
until 4 p.m. weekdays.
for story times and crafts
winter/spring programming schedule at the Lincoln Public Library begins on Feb.
5. Preschool story times are Monday and Tuesday mornings at 10 and Monday
evenings at 6. A new program is being added in conjunction with the 10 a.m.
Monday and Tuesday story times: a lap sit story time for babies from birth to 2
years of age and their mothers. Craft time will resume on Feb. 8 and will
continue at 1 and 3:30 on Thursday afternoons through April 12. The American
Girl Club will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 6, at 6 p.m. and will continue to meet the
first Tuesday of the month through May 1. Please call the library at 732-5732 to
register for these programs.
Public Library news release]
invited to an afternoon of free bowling
Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Task Force invites you to an afternoon of free
bowling from noon to 4 on Sunday, Feb. 11, at Logan Lanes, 1750 Fifth St. in
Lincoln. Bowling shoes, food and soft drinks will be provided.
The event is
sponsored by the ATOD Task Force of the Healthy Communities Partnership.
Community Theatre looking to fill positions
Community Theatre is looking for talented people to assume the paid positions of
artistic director, technical director and musical accompanist for each
production of the 2001 summer season.
LCT board will have interviews by appointment for these positions on Sunday
afternoon, Feb. 4, in the parish hall of Trinity Episcopal Church, 402 Pekin St.
individuals may contact LCT secretary Roger Boss, 521 Comet in Lincoln, or call
(217) 732-8762 for information or to set up an appointment. Appointments will be
scheduled through Feb. 2.
for the coming season are "Youíre a Good Man, Charlie Brown," June
8-16; "Moon Over Buffalo," July 13-21; and "The Wiz," Aug.
3-11. All performances will be given in the Johnston Center for the Performing
Arts on the Lincoln College campus. A childrenís theater production is also
being considered for late June.
scheduled six-week rehearsal period plus one week of technical preparation in
the theater prior to the performance is required by board policy for each
production. Musical accompanists will be requested to perform a short selection
that best displays their talents. Director candidates will be asked to include
necessary staff personnel to assist them, to be able to suggest ideas about
sets, costumes, special effects and any other technical suggestions that they
may deem advisable. The LCT board maintains the rights of censor with regard to
appropriate material selection.
chances in January to give the gift of life
Logan County Home Extension Association will sponsor two blood drives at the
Lincoln Sports Complex. Jan. 3 hours will be from noon until 5 p.m., and Jan. 17
hours will be from noon until 6 p.m.
Lutheran School in Lincoln will host a drive Jan. 23, with hours from 2 to 7
Christian Church will be the site for a drive Jan. 11, from noon until 6 p.m.
Pulaski Christian Church will host a drive Jan. 31, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Due to the holiday season and wintry weather, there is a need for more blood, so
people are urged to mark these dates on their calendar and come give the gift of
life ó their blood.