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[MAY 16, 2001] “Sharing
Our Best: Carroll Catholic School Celebrating 40 Years Of Good
Taste." Carroll Catholic School, Cookbooks by Morris Press,
2000, 166-plus pages.
of the perennial favorites in public library collections is the
cookbook. People always enjoy different recipes, improving some
family favorites or experiencing new cuisines. When the cookbook is
a local publication featuring some of the community’s best
recipes, it’s only a matter of time before you’re enjoying some
authentic Midwest dishes.
this case that book is "Sharing Our Best," a compilation
of recipes, stories and remembrances from graduates of and families
related to Carroll Catholic School in Lincoln. The cookbook is
composed of a variety of local favorites, some homespun advice and
several inspirational vignettes.
& Beverages" contains recipes for refreshments served
before dinner, including Debbie Pettit’s "Bacon-Wrapped Water
Chestnuts" and Sherry Schonauer’s "Crab Meat Dip"
(flake style, please). A helpful hint for serving beverages: Never
boil coffee; it brings out the acid and causes a bitter taste.
Salads, & Vegetables" offers a wide choice of side dishes
that compliment any entrée. Heat up a cool day with Tub and Sharon
Baker’s "White Chilli" or cool off with Vicki Ludolph’s
"Cherry Frozen Salad." A reminder: When cooking with
onions, use lemon juice to remove the scent from your hands.
Dishes & Casseroles" has a nice selection of one-dish,
easy-to-prepare meals for the entire family. For something different
try Christa Ross’ "Chicken Books" or Reneé Newton’s
"Grandma’s Grocchi." Remember that when cooking stews,
instant potatoes are a good thickener.
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heart of the book’s recipes is found in "Meat, Poultry, &
Seafood." There is a wonderful selection of entrees certain to
satisfy any palate. Mary Williams’ "Polk-A-Dot Meat Loaf’
and Cindy McCullough Singleton’s "Scalloped Oysters" can
be real crowd-pleasers. Got a recipe that calls for scalding fish?
Try rubbing vinegar on the scales first.
dinner is complete without "Breads & Rolls." If you’re
looking for a new Christmas treat, try Frances Edwards’ "Egg
remaining chapters offer recipes on the sweetest part of any meal:
the dessert. Cakes, cookies, candy, pies and pastries are included.
To indulge your sweet tooth try Phyllis Janssen’s "Chocolate
Ecstasy," Ruth Freesmeier’s "Carrot Cake In A Jar"
or the school’s very own "After School Puppy Chow." Want
to add candles to a special cake? Marshmallows can be used for the
final chapter, "This & That," is a collection of past
memories, recipes for playtime and thoughts for a better life.
Advice for a good day from Kathy Buse’s grandmother Ellen Bode:
"If your day is hemmed with prayer, it is less likely to
Our Best" is a wonderful throwback to the cookbooks of
yesteryear used by our mothers and grandmothers. More than just food
recipes, it contains directions for creating playthings for children
as well as dispensing bits of time-honored wisdom.
book comes with a handy chart of cooking tips, instructions for
folding napkins, food quantities for large servings and a glossary
of cooking terms.
book is highly recommended for everyone to loves to cook, entertain
or collect books of local history interest.
more information, visit the library at 725 Pekin St. or call (217)
Sumrall, Lincoln Public Library District]
Released on video Tuesday,
March 6, 2001
127 Minutes DreamWorks
Home Entertainment -2000
and directed by Rod Lurie
Oldman (also the executive producer)
movie uses graphic language to describe sexual scenes and presents
The box said “two thumbs up” and
recent years, the "two thumbs up" endorsement has meant
that I probably was going to find the movie to be a loser.
"Thriller" usually means I may endure it but I’m
probably not going to be thrilled with it.
in the case of "The Contender," both my thumbs are up
too, and I am indeed thrilled.
Contender" is a gritty movie, a political "action"
film of sorts. It is a thriller because you don’t have a clear
shot at the plot until it is finally revealed for you. At the end,
you look back on the film and say, "Yeah, I should’ve seen
Contender" is gritty because it focuses on a dirty fight
between political rivals to appoint a new vice president of the
United States. The president (played very aptly by Jeff Bridges)
selects a woman, Sen. Lane Hanson of Ohio (Joan Allen), for the
job, against the advice of party officials and his own advisers.
The previous vice president died somehow in office — but
"The Contender" never tries to explain his passing.
whole plot is wrapped up in the confirmation hearings and the
process of bringing an appointee to office or sending ’em off
Oldman plays Sheldon Runyon, the Republican chairman of the
selection committee. The highly respected, powerful senator seems
bent on not only denying the president his day in the sun but also
destroying the very career of Sen. Hanson.
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things about this movie made a good impression on me.
the acting was excellent. Oldman plays a perfect bad guy in this film
(he seems to have the bad-guy act down pat). Jeff Bridges, who I
thought incapable of playing a convincing president, stepped up to the
plate and delivered. Christian Slater played the part of a freshman
congressman who was seeking to do the right thing on principle, and
was perfectly cast for the part. Finally, Joan Allen was wonderful in
her portrayal of the contender under siege.
the plot was dynamite. This movie seems to make you move away from
certain characters and make certain assumptions, but you find yourself
making a couple of 90 degree turns before it’s done. In the spirit
of "The West Wing," it is full of political intrigue and the
power of the Washington scene. "The Contender" is a film
about respect and dignity and the rocky road to realizing those two
first hour of the movie has a single weakness: The lack of actors on
the set portraying political operatives, appointees, devotees and
those holding office makes you believe the story less. They needed a
fuller cast to make it seem like Washington and government.
is not a partisan film about the usual struggle between Republicans
and Democrats. Instead it is a story about the dynamics of power,
accusation and truth.
I recommend this film to you if you enjoy a good thriller, if you
enjoy stories about the political struggles of this nation and if you
like a good fiction about how truth prevails.
give it 3½ stars (out of five).
for ‘Moon Over Buffalo’ auditions
12, 2001] Lincoln
Community Theatre will conduct auditions for its production of the
comedy "Moon Over Buffalo" on Friday, May 18, at 6:30 p.m.
and Saturday, May 19, at 9 a.m.
will be at St. John United Church of Christ, 204 Seventh St. in
Lincoln, and will consist of cold readings from the scripts. A copy
of the script is available at the main desk at the Lincoln Public
Library. The script may not be checked out or copied.
for the show begin May 21 with the actual performances July 13
through 21. Jerry Dellinger of Lincoln is directing the production.
more information, call 732-3285 or visit the LCT website at
get roles in LCT’s ‘Tom Sawyer’
4, 2001] Sixty-seven
young people from second through 12th grades auditioned for Lincoln
Community Theatre's upcoming children’s play. Thirty-nine have
been cast in what promises to be a delightful rendition of "Tom
Sawyer." Performances will be at
7 p.m. June 28 and 29 and at 2 p.m. June 30 and July 1 at the
Johnston Center on the Lincoln College campus.
Maske of Mount Pulaski — Susan Harper, school girl
Wood of Lincoln — Gracie Miller, school girl
Welter of Lincoln — Muff Potter, town derelict
Allspach of Mount Pulaski — Sheriff
Jones of Hartsburg — Injun Joe (dangerous)
Swanson of Lincoln — Doc Robinson, young surgeon
Przykopanski of Mount Pulaski — Mrs. Walters, Sunday School
Phillips of Lincoln — Widow Douglas, Aunt Polly's friend
Wood of Lincoln — Mrs. Harper, Joe's mother
Skaggs of Mason City — Amy Lawrence, school girl
Dowling of Lincoln — Aunt Polly, Tom's aunt
Herrington-Gilmore of Lincoln — Tom Sawyer (always in trouble)
Harris of Lincoln — Huck Finn, Tom's friend (a free spirit)
Kessinger of Lincoln — Cousin Mary, Tom's relative
Rohrer of Lincoln — Judge Thatcher (new in town)
Moneyhun of Lincoln — Mrs. Thatcher, the judge’s wife
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Mathewson of Athens — Becky Thatcher, daughter of Judge and Mrs.
Voyles of Lincoln — Sally, school girl
McVey of Atlanta — Ben Rogers, town boy
Pozsque of Lincoln — Joe Harper, town boy
Moynahan of Sherman — Alfred Temple, town boy
King of Lincoln — Mr. Dobbins, schoolmaster
Perry of Lincoln — Reverend Sprague, minister
Berglin, Taylor Berglin, Tony Curcuru, Kelsey Dallas, Nettie Duncan,
Stephen Duncan, Greg Gandenberger, Luke Hanger, Katy Reynolds, Moses
Rogers and Todd Schumacher, all of Lincoln; Joel Rankin of Mount
Pulaski; Jillian Nichole Dowell of Kenney; Darci Dixon of Athens;
Tanner Milan of Sherman; and Emma Jo Schumacher of Springfield
McLaughlin-Moore is the director, Miranda Stone is technical
director, and Rachel Washam is audiovisual technician.
local production of "Tom Sawyer," by Tim Kelly, is
presented by special arrangement with publisher IE Clark.
more information see the LCT website, www.geocities.com/lincolncommunitytheatre.
‘Charlie Brown’ cast announced
23, 2001] Lincoln
Community Theatre’s cast for the first performance of the summer
season, "You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown," is set to
begin rehearsals. This popular musical was the very first production
ever staged by LCT in 1972 and will kick off Lincoln Community
Theatre’s 30th season.
as the ever-suffering Charlie Brown is Sean Edward Hall of
Springfield. Hall has directed several LCT productions, but this
will mark his debut performance on the Lincoln stage.
as Linus will be Jeff Kindred of Atlanta, a familiar face on the
of the leading performers from last summer’s popular show
"Annie" will also be appearing in "Charlie
Brown." Jill Nessler of Sherman ("Annie’s" Miss
Hannigan) and Carrie Schreiber of Lincoln ("Annie’s"
Grace Farrell) will appear as Lucy and Patty.
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out the cast will be LCT newcomers Josh Twente of Lincoln as
Schroeder and Tony Crawford of Clinton as Snoopy.
tickets for the entire season are still available by contacting LCT,
Box 374, Lincoln 62656 or by calling (217) 732-2640.
information regarding season memberships, auditions and cast lists
is available at the LCT website located at http://www.geocities.com/
Lincoln Community Theatre website
Community Theatre’s (LCT) website is up and available. The
site serves a number of functions, from providing information on
becoming a season ticket holder to showing what new productions are
being planned. Pictures from last season's productions are also
you are interested in joining a performance or just going to see
one, visit LCT’s website at www.geocities.com/lincolncommunitytheatre/index.html,
e-mail LCT at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or write to Lincoln Community Theatre, P.O. Box 374, Lincoln,
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