A Day in the Life...,
Lincoln Public Library
by singer, musician, songwriter, storyteller and author Mike
Lincoln Public Library, 725 Pekin St.
WHEN: 6:30 pm
and Saturday, Nov. 16-17
Clark's Greenhouse and Herbal Garden
Christmas open house and tour
Clark's Greenhouse and Herbal Garden, San Jose
American Legion Home, 1740 Fifth St.
WHEN: 4-7 pm
Soup supper followed by Atlanta Community Band concert
Atlanta Christian Church
and Sunday, Nov. 17-18
Christmas on Vinegar Hill
8 am - 5 pm Saturday; noon-4 pm Sunday
Lady Railers basketball team
Pancake and sausage breakfast
Legion, 1740 Fifth St.
am - 1 pm
of Thanks" concert
Earl C Hargrove Chapel at Lincoln Christian College and Seminary
WHEN: 4 pm
Lincoln Public Library
"Herbal Seasons," with Tracy Kirby
Lincoln Public Library, 725 Pekin St.
Lincoln Elementary School District 27
Red Cross blood drive
Lincoln Sports Complex
noon - 6 pm
Festival of Trees
Logan County Courthouse
9 am - 7 pm Monday-Saturday; noon-6 pm Sundays; open till 8:30 pm
Nov. 27 and 29
Lincoln Park District
Pride of the Prairie folk art and craft show
900 Primm Road
8 am - 4 pm
Victorian candlelight courthouse tour
Logan County Courthouse
OSF St. Joseph Medical Center
Public; preregistration required; call 1 (800) 407-4557
Line Screening (stroke prevention and osteoporosis screening)
Oasis senior citizens center
501 Pulaski St.
and Friday, Nov. 29-30
Lincoln Christian College
Christmas in the Chapel
Lincoln Christian College Chapel, Route 10
Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital Auxiliary
WHAT: Luncheon and card party;
call (217) 732-2161, Ext. 185
Lincoln Depot, 101 N. Chicago St.
SPECIAL EVENTS AND
of Thanks’ concert Sunday, Lincoln
Public Library hosts singer, musician, songwriter, storyteller and
author Mike Anderson, Festival
of Trees needs tree sitters, Three
win prizes at LC Casino Night, Holiday
event information sought, Integrated
Design Workshop set for Nov. 15, Logan County Christmas tree
of Trees looks for sponsors, Lincoln
Public Library adult program schedule, Ed
Madigan exhibit featured at Lincoln College Museum
REGULAR POSTINGS FOR
ORGANIZATIONS: Girl Scouts, Heritage
in Flight, Lincoln
Community Theatre, Oasis,
U of I
EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
of Thanks’ concert Sunday
public is invited to the "Community of Thanks" concert on
Sunday, Nov. 18, at Lincoln Christian College and Seminary in
Lincoln. The concert will be at 4 p.m. at the Earl C Hargrove
Chapel. Lincoln area choirs and soloists will perform.
of Trees needs tree sitters
Festival of Trees in Lincoln is looking for individuals and
organizations willing to volunteer at the festival site as tree
sitters. The festival runs Nov. 23-Dec. 2. It will be open at the
Logan County Courthouse 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and
noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays. For the candlelight courthouse tour on
Tuesday, Nov. 27, and the Christmas parade on Thursday, Nov. 29, the
Festival of Trees will be open until 8:30 p.m.
sitters welcome visitors, assist with voting for a people’s choice
award, sell tickets for the public raffle tree and keep watch over
the trees. They generally work two-hour shifts.
interested in tree sitting should contact Georgia Vinson at
Festival of Trees is presented by Main Street Lincoln and the
Abraham Lincoln Healthcare Foundation. Lincoln Land Communications
is the premier sponsor.
win prizes at LC Casino Night
lucky people from Lincoln who attended the Lincoln College Alumni
Casino Night on Saturday night walked away winners.
Turner had the lucky ticket number for the grand prize of overnight
accommodations at the Par-a-dice hotel in East Peoria. Kevin
Stephens couldn’t believe he held a winning ticket and had to ask
for the number to be read again. He won four tickets, including a
parking pass, to see the Chicago Bulls take on the Boston Celtics on
Dec. 8. Bill Martinie was the last winner to be picked. He won four
tickets to the Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions game on Dec. 2.
event information sought
Street Lincoln is currently compiling information about upcoming
holiday events to be included in the "Season’s
Schedule." To be listed on the schedule, events should be
hosted by or for not-for-profit
organizations, churches or
schools and should take place in Logan County during the time
period from Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, through Dec. 31.
should include the name of the event, a short description, dates,
time, location, ticket price and details, the sponsoring
organization, and a telephone number to call for further
concerning events in November should be received at the Main
Street Lincoln office no later than Nov. 8; information on December
events should be sent by Nov. 15. If at all possible,
submissions should be e-mailed to email@example.com
or faxed to 735-9205. Event information can also be dropped
off or mailed to Main Street Lincoln, 303 S. Kickapoo (second
floor), Lincoln, IL 62656. For further information, call
Design Workshop set for Nov. 15
for energy-efficient, environmentally sensitive construction
town of Normal and the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation
are co-sponsoring an Integrated Design Workshop on Nov. 15, from
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Holiday Inn at 8 Traders Circle in
Normal. The workshop will focus on high-performance building
techniques, which incorporate energy efficiency and other
environmentally sensitive building techniques into both new and
speakers will discuss the implementation of high-performance
building techniques, including high-efficiency building materials
and alternative energy production, and their impact on energy
consumption, storm-water detention and solid waste reduction.
Transportation issues will also be discussed.
the Illinois Clean Energy Foundation envisions the future
incorporation of these high-performance building techniques into
development throughout the state, the foundation is encouraging
citizens from all over central Illinois to attend the workshop.
event is open to the public. Please contact Mercy Davison at (309)
454-9623 if you have any questions.
Logan County Christmas tree
2001 Logan County Christmas tree project in the Logan County
Courthouse rotunda is being sponsored by Logan County residents
again this holiday season. The 18-foot tree is displayed annually
from mid-November through the holiday season. All ornaments have
been donated by area residents.
businesses, families, schools, service clubs, organizations and
individuals are again encouraged to donate ornaments.
ornament should not exceed 6 inches square or weigh more than 8
ornaments must be submitted in an appropriate size box for future
ornaments will be identified, labeled and recorded in a permanent
register on display at the tree location.
information sheets may be picked up at the security guard desk at
the Logan County Courthouse, or people can contact Mrs. Ted (Judy)
Awe, 123 Crestwood Drive, Lincoln, IL 62656-1360; phone (217)
will be received at the security guard desk in the Logan County
Courthouse beginning Nov. 1.
of Trees looks for sponsors
of the Festival of Trees are seeking businesses, organizations and
individuals interested in sponsoring trees, wreaths and swags for
this year’s dazzling display at the Logan County Courthouse. The
festival will be Nov. 23-Dec. 2.
are sponsored to provide visibility for businesses and organizations
or in memory of someone. Sponsors are responsible for decorating
their items or arranging for someone else to decorate them.
fees are $200 for 7½-foot trees, $100 for 4½-foot trees and
$50 for wreaths or swags.
wreaths and swags will be auctioned at the Festival of Trees Gala on
Nov. 24. Proceeds will be used by the Abraham Lincoln
Healthcare Foundation in improving the quality of health care in
Logan County and Main Street Lincoln in revitalizing downtown
more information or a sponsorship form, contact Jan Schumacher,
festival chairman, at 732-7101 or the Main Street Lincoln office at
Land Communications, a Cingular wireless authorized agent, is
premier sponsor for the festival.
Public Library adult program schedule
Lincoln Public Library has four adult programs remaining on the
schedule for this year. The presentations are in the Pegram
Community Room at the library, 725 Pekin St., and begin at 7 p.m.
Admission is free. Seating is on a first-come basis.
20 — "Herbal Seasons," with Tracy Kirby. How to grow,
harvest and store herbs.
11 — "Herbal Holidays," with Tracy Kirby. Holiday
cooking, decorating and making gifts with herbs.
POSTINGS FOR ORGANIZATIONS
Websites with lots of ideas that Girl Scout leaders, families
or kids can use:
the website for Girl Scouts, Land of Lincoln Council, at http://www.girlscoutsllc.org/.
can send questions and suggestions to the council by clicking here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, see the
national Girl Scouts site at http://www.girlscouts.org/.
Bird flies south
Heritage in Flight Museum members will participate in the U.S. Navy’s
Blue Angels homecoming at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla.,
on Nov. 10-11.
year the U.S. Navy’s demonstration team, the Blue Angels, close
their air show season with a show at their home base in Florida. For
several years Heritage in Flight Museum members Clyde Zellers and
Jack Burke have participated in the homecoming air show. They will
travel to the show in Zellers’ restored U.S. Navy SNJ-5. Clyde
Zellers will be the pilot, in the front seat, and Jack Burke will be
the observer, in the back seat.
SNJ-5 served the Navy pilot training program during World War II as
an advanced trainer. It was used for gunnery and bomber training as
well as advanced flight training. It also played a role in the
Korean War, which earned it the War Bird status.
SNJ-5 is part of the Experimental Aviation Association Chapter 25
War Bird Association, which is located at the Logan County Airport.
You will not find Zellers SNJ-5 in its hangar during the air show
season, for Clyde is a performer at air shows, giving a graceful but
crisp demonstration of the aerobatics taught by the U.S. Navy from
1943 to 1958 in the North American SNJ-5.
Lincoln-based plane will be on display during the air show on the
weekend of Nov. 10-11 and will be used for press and VIP flights in
the days leading up to the air show.
said he and Burke want to arrive at Pensacola on Nov. 7, but when
they leave Lincoln "depends on the weather." He added,
"We could make the trip from Lincoln to Pensacola with one
refueling stop but will probably make two stops."
pilots and plane will not be making this trip this year. The Blue
Angels annual homecoming air show has been canceled because of
national security concerns.
Community Theatre elects new board
2001 annual meeting of the board of directors of Lincoln Community
Theatre resulted in the re-election of four board members and the
welcome of new director J.R. Turner of Lincoln. Returning to serve
another three-year term were Marlene Perry, Marilyn Willmert, Beth
Turley and Bob Wood, all of Lincoln. LCT officers elected for the
next year are Louella Moreland, president; Marlene Perry, vice
president; Roger Boss, secretary; and Rich Reinwald, treasurer.
Oasis, Logan County’s 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.
Oasis will be closed Monday, Nov. 12, in observance of Veterans Day.
daytime pinochle winner for Oct. 26 was Henry Warnisher, and on Oct.
30, Mable Hoagland won. The Friday night pinochle winner was
Marjorie Reiners. Five in One winners were Ken McCray, Henry
Warnisher and Joann Eckert. Harley Heath won pool honors. Harley
Heath and Alice Thornton tied for pool honors on Sunday.
of the Oasis members receive bimonthly newsletters by mail. For more
information, call the Oasis at 732-6132 or 732-5844.
at the U of I Extension office
local office of the University of Illinos Extension will host a
series of educational presentations from September through May.
Anyone and everyone is welcome. Programs will be at the Extension
office at the northwest corner of the fairgrounds, 980 N. Postville
will be requested; programs will be cancelled if fewer than 10
people are registered. An exception will be in November with the
holiday program, for which a minimum of 25 will be required.
732-8289 to make reservations. There will be no charge for any of
programs for the upcoming year through University of Illinois
Thursday, Jan. 17, 2002, at 10 a.m. — "Grains in the
Diet," Jananne Finck, nutrition and wellness educator,
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002, at 10 a.m. — "What to Do With
Stuff," Ellen Burton, consumer and environment educator, East
Tuesday, March 12, 2002, over noon hour
12-1 p.m. — "Salads," Jananne Finck, nutrition and
wellness educator, Springfield
Thursday, April 11, 2002, at 10 a.m. — "New Friends, But Keep
the Old," Patti Faughn, youth and family educator, Springfield
Tuesday, May 15, 2002, at 10 a.m. — "Air Quality," John
of Talents funds
aid world disaster relief
30, 2001] Every
year for 18 years now hundreds of people, some working all year long
with a passion, have been giving of their time, money, talents and
other gifts. Most of the work culminates on one particular Saturday
in late October called the Harvest of Talents. Why do they do this?
They all do it to help people who need help and can’t help
here to view photos from the Harvest of Talents]
due to drought and famine, hurricane or typhoon, earthquake or flood
leave millions suffering and hungry.
from the Harvest of Talents sale and benefits all go to
International Disaster Emergency Service, a reliable Christian
relief organization that goes to the people and sees that they get
the food and medical help they need.
cumulative total from years past was $726,017.21 in Harvest of
Talents. With this year’s total to date, $66,101.92, the overall
total is $792,119.13. Another $3,000 is expected in from bags of
Idaho potatoes that are donated and sold.
the ground or in the air
22, 2001] Whether
it’s on the ground or in the air, aviation careers participant,
mentor and aspiring pilot Ryan Wells loves aviation. The 16-year-old
LCHS sophomore spends all of his free time working and volunteering
out at the airport for Logan County and Heritage in Flight museum.
His mother, Dawn, says, "Ryan never complains about going to
work. He’s out there every weekend." How many high school
kids do you know who never complain and love to go to work?
has his driver’s license and is working toward getting his pilot’s
license in two to three years. Wells says he really appreciates his
flight instructor, Larry Whitbeck, who mentors and helps him in
whatever way he can. It takes a lot of money and consistent effort
to get a pilot’s license, but Wells is accumulating flight time,
planning and saving for it. He hopes to have it when he enters
college. With enthusiasm he says, "I’ll be one step ahead if
I can do that!"
he’ll work on attaining more difficult affiliated licenses: ground
instructor’s license, instrument rating, commercial rating... More
licenses and higher ratings mean you can fly more, better and
different airplanes. While in college he intends to join the Air
National Guard and hopefully, following that, join the Air Force.
Then he plans to go on to become a commercial pilot.
recently received special recognition for his efforts restoring and
presenting information about a historic modern-day military
aircraft, the F-4 Phantom II fighter plane that is on display out at
Heritage in Flight museum. Retired Air Force Lt. Col. John J. Harty
from Brighton, Mo. presented an award to Wells, quipping,
"Anybody who would actually want to work on and paint something
that big and that ugly deserves something for it."
listened closely as Harty, who worked on the plane primarily as an
engineering supervisor for McDonnell-Douglas, shared some of his
expertise on the aircraft. Harty told Wells that when he was first
introduced to the F-4 he thought it was an ugly aircraft. He didn’t
think they’d sell any. He pointed out that they were built tough
and not for beauty, and they could fight a lot in battles. One of
the problems they had was that in dogfights they couldn’t turn
very well. Harty worked on ways to make them turn better, take more
G’s and maneuver faster. "It is a strong craft, taking battle
damage unlike other airplanes, [noted for] bringing pilots home
safely," he said.
once had opportunity to fly in an F-4 when he was invited on a trip
to Washington, D.C. to discuss plans to incorporate the then
"newly developed inch-thick, impact-resistant Plexiglas as a
windshield for it."
Jack Burke and John Holmes worked on painting and fixing up the
museum’s F-4 all summer. Originally a U.S. Navy airplane, it is
now painted camouflage in the Air Force colors.
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the painting and details nearly complete, Wells says, "We’re
now looking ahead to painting and touching up other military planes
and vehicles: the T-36, the A-7 and maybe even the firetruck."
recognizes the importance keeping the displays looking good. He
holds to the model set forth, "Nobody comes to see a junkyard.
They come to see a museum." He and other members are always
working to "touch stuff up, making it look better." The
inside of the museum has also recently been repainted, and Wells
helped move in some of the new display cases that have been
reorganized with expanded displays.
of Wells’ favorite experiences was this last summer when North American Top
Gun came to town. He was given two hours of flight training in their SNJ World
War II trainer (more commonly known as the T-6) for assisting them with
loading passengers during their weekend program here. He was allowed to do the
startup and taxi in this historic aircraft. In flight they did figure eights
and aileron rolls. "That’s something that really excites me," he
began working out at the airport in August 2000. He is paid by Logan County to
work at the airport on weekends, mowing, doing office work and pumping fuel.
He also volunteers regularly for Heritage in Flight, filling in wherever he is
the open house on Sunday, Oct. 8, he was out at the static displays explaining
the A-7. He has gained much of his knowledge from pilots who have flown those
aircraft. Visiting pilots share their personal experiences. He listens and
takes notes. He also studies forms and manuals, learning all the instruments
and gathering the details of each aircraft. He then makes it his task to relay
that information with interest to his audience, recognizing, "Younger
kids want to know what the levers and buttons do and where the weapons and
their controls are located. So I explain the basics and try to keep them
interested. You start getting too specific with them, you’ll lose
speaks with enthusiasm about the new aviation careers program at Heritage in
Flight. As part of his volunteer work he goes to schools and speaks to the
subject-related mathematics and science teachers, recruiting for the program.
through high school youth interested in aviation are invited to participate in
the program. It meets the first Sunday of every month from 2 to 4 p.m. at the
airport. Advanced registration is all that is required. Many members of the
HIF help support the program, producing charts, flyers, teaching about
gravity, thrust, lift, drag and aviation career opportunities.
special one-week aviation careers program is planned for this summer, when
there will be workshops providing more in-depth exposure to the aviation
field, including field trips to other airports and museums. This program will
be limited in enrollment, with qualification and selection based on aviation
knowledge or past attendance at sessions offered during the school year.
Wells is the first official cadet in the aviation careers program hosted by
Heritage in Flight, he follows in the footsteps of many predecessors. In
recent years Nick Fleshman, Aaron Gray and Brad Boss have been mentored and
are currently participating full-time in aviation.
with 10-year paint, the F-4 will need a new Ryan Wells to care for her in the
future, someone who will go on teaching others about aeronautics and history
with his same enthusiasm and commitment.
3, 2001] Reaching
the age of 100 is, by today’s standards, a milestone all its own.
Reaching that age without ever receiving so much as a single traffic
ticket is pushing miracle status. Or as Harold Woodhull, Lincoln’s
100-year-young and still-driving resident, would put it, basic
being now one full century in age, Woodhull, a widower, has never
spent a day in the hospital. As a younger man, he did spend some
time working as a mechanic while enlisted with Great Lakes Aviation
out of Chicago. And he spent time in New York and in Boston as the
captain of a 45-foot yacht, until, citing reasons unknown, "The
Navy confiscated them, and we had to use the smaller boats." To
which he says, "I didn’t like them as much; they weren’t
the living room of his well-set one bedroom home, Woodhull keeps
many sizable, framed pictures that he says have the look of the
ships he once helmed. Between them, another portrait, a vast,
cultivated farming region, is reminiscent, he says, of "a large
plantation I worked on in Charleston, S.C." In addition,
Woodhull keeps on an end table a set of stoic black-and-white
pictures of his only daughter, Grace (Houchin), who also is a
resident of Lincoln.
by his own assertion "old," Woodhull appears by no means
to be slowing down. He says he began driving in 1913, making him at
the time just over the age of 12. He hasn’t stopped since. Having
renewed his driver’s license a few weeks ago, he shows it off
proudly to anyone who asks. A spokesperson for the Lincoln driver’s
license examining office says they "had no problem passing
Woodhull [on his driver’s test]" and that faced with the
choice of riding on an extended trip with either Mr. Woodhull or a
fresh-faced, 16-year-old rookie in the driver’s seat, Woodhull
would be the choice, "hands down."
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spent three years in the Coast Guard and four years in the
Navy," said Woodhull. "I’d go help [the military] fight
today if they needed me. But I think I'm too old now."
is perhaps this type of spirit that keeps him going so strong behind
the wheel. But don’t confuse strong with fast. "Nah, I don’t
speed," says Woodhull, his claim backed by the aforementioned
perfect driving record. "When you’re young, that’s the
first thing you do," he continued. "You get in the car and
right away you see how fast you can go. But when you’re older,
your attitude changes."
if he thought he might ever get a ticket, he responded with a large
smile, "I hope not!
only been in one wreck my entire life, 10 years ago, and that wasn’t
even my fault," he said. "Her insurance paid for
everything. She was sick, though, so she shouldn’t have been
can spot Woodhull sporting about, cautiously, in his 1978 Pontiac on
his way down the street to his daughter’s or off grocery shopping,
both of which he says he does often. "I don’t get out as much
as I’d like to anymore, but I guess I do drive about once a
day," he says. "But you have to be careful. There’s a
lot of bad drivers, you know?"
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 email@example.com.
on names to see letters and stories.
Indicates LDN sponsors
class reunion in cyberspace for 1960 graduates of LCHS
Lakes beach," by
Stan Stringer, posted July 10, 2001, in LDN
Stringer tells story of
Mark Holland’s buzzing of Lincoln," posted
May 11, 2001
Henson, now a college teacher in Missouri, remembers Miss Jones,
Jefferson School principal," posted
March 29, 2001
infamous Valentine's Day '79 in Tehran," by George McKinney,
posted Feb. 15, 2001
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