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October 2001

Friday, Oct. 12
SPONSOR: LCHS Fine Arts Department
WHO: Public
WHAT: Fall play, "Murder in the Magnolias"
WHERE: LCHS auditorium
8 pm

Saturday, Oct. 13
SPONSOR: LCHS Fine Arts Department
WHO: Public
WHAT: Fall play, "Murder in the Magnolias"
WHERE: LCHS auditorium
8 pm

Sunday, Oct. 14
SPONSOR: LCHS Fine Arts Department
WHO: Public
WHAT: Fall play, "Murder in the Magnolias"
WHERE: LCHS auditorium
3 pm

Saturday, Oct. 20
SPONSOR: St. John United Church of Christ
WHAT: German Fest

WHERE: St. John United Church of Christ, Seventh Street
WHEN: 11 am - 6 pm

WHO: Public
WHAT: 1850s open house

WHERE: Mount Pulaski Courthouse
WHEN: noon-8 pm

SPONSOR: Knapp/Chesnut/Becker Historical Society
WHAT: Turkey supper

WHERE: New Holland-Middletown School, Middletown
WHEN: 4-7 pm

Sunday, Oct. 21
SPONSOR: United Way of Logan County
WHO: Public
WHAT: Pancake and sausage breakfast
WHERE: American Legion Hall, 1740 Fifth St.
7 am - 1 pm

Monday, Oct. 22
SPONSOR: Lincoln Public Library
WHO: Public
WHAT: "On the Road with Antiques," featuring Rob and Joy Luke of Luke Auctions

WHERE: Lincoln Public Library, 725 Pekin St.
WHEN: 7 pm

Thursday, Oct. 25
SPONSOR: U of I Extension
WHO: Public
WHAT:Candy Making,” presented by Dick and Betty Applegate, Atlanta
WHERE: Extension office, 980 N. Postville Drive
WHEN: 1 pm

Saturday, Oct. 27
SPONSOR: Lincoln Christian Church
WHAT: Harvest of Talents, benefiting the International Disaster Emergency Service

WHERE: 204 N. McLean St.
WHEN: Daylong activities

SPONSOR: Eminence Christian Church
WHAT: Eminence Christian Church bazaar

WHERE: Atlanta Community Building, city roads 2500 North and 1600 East
WHEN: 8 am - 2 pm

Tuesday, Oct. 30
SPONSOR: Lincoln Park District
WHAT: Halloween Funfest

WHERE: Lincoln Park District ballroom, 900 Primm Road
WHEN: 6:30-8 pm






SPECIAL EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS:  HIF fall open house a successDisplay honors Korean War veteransLCHS fall play -- Thespians prepare for ‘murderous’ funOct. 17 blood drive postponedMount Pulaski Courthouse open houseFestival of Trees looks for sponsorsU of I Extension offers candy-making classLincoln Public Library adult program scheduleCEFCU accepts contributions to Red Cross Disaster Relief FundEd Madigan exhibit featured at Lincoln College Museum

REGULAR POSTINGS FOR ORGANIZATIONS:  Girl ScoutsKiwanisOasisU of I Extension, Vineyard Cafe


HIF fall open house a success

Logan County Airport, a gateway to Logan County, was a busy place on Sunday Oct. 7. The reason for much of the activity was Heritage in Flight Museum’s fall open house. While the 72 members and visitors enjoyed the fall weather and the cold cider or hot cider punch, the open house had much more to offer.

Two eye-catchers were a display of radio-controlled model airplanes that fly and a Heritage in Flight Museum logo patch that was carried into space on a space shuttle flight. Rick Naugel of Lawndale said, "I sent my cousin astronaut Scott Altman a Heritage in Flight patch and some time later received an official document stating that the patch had been into space on a shuttle flight." Naugle also displayed a number of model kits that he had purchased in Russia through a Russian e-mail friend.

Model builder Frank Musick of Warrensburg was overheard telling his friend and museum co-worker, Tom Hunter of Lincoln, "We can use these models to help the museum’s aviation career cadets get the feeling of controlling an aircraft." Musick’s adult son, of Lincoln, built several of the models and joined his father in receiving a number of awards for the accuracy of their models.

The most popular of the static displays was the F4 Phantom II. Retired Air Force Lt. Col. John J. Harty made the trip from Brighton, Mo., to present an award to Lincoln High School sophomore Ryan Wells for his restoration work on the Phantom II. Harty also brought a number of related items for display in the museum and for sale in the gift shop.

Each of the other static displays had its admirers. As Betty Underkoffler of Bloomington was helped out of the museum’s A-7E Corsair II, she said, "I can’t believe that I have been sitting in the cockpit of the plane flown by Cmdr. Patrick Driscoll, the present lead pilot of the Blue Angles, in the Operation Desert Storm." The Corsair II has been replaced by the F/A-18 Hornet.

Grace King of Mason City exclaimed, "Heritage in Flight Museum has one of the most interesting collections of aviation and military memorabilia in the Midwest!"

Pam and Russell Warren flew in from Bloomington to find out more about the museum and its airport companion, the newly formed Experimental Aviation Association War Bird Chapter 25. Pam, a professional photographer, said, "I want to support the War Bird chapter with my membership." Pam left as a member of Chapter 25 and also supported the Heritage in Flight Museum by providing a series of photographs for a planned museum brochure.

The purpose of the open house was to show Heritage in Flight Museum facilities and to explain its educational programs, which have been expanded through a grant received from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and administered by the Illinois State Museum. The first two students are now enrolled as aviation career cadets. The first formal meeting will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 4 at the museum.

After the crowd left, HIF Vice President John R. Holmes of Mount Pulaski finished the day by returning the museum’s aircraft that fly, a Cessna T-165 and the L-16 Champ, to their place in the museum’s hangar.

[Milt Underkoffler, educational coordinator for Heritage in Flight Museum]

Display honors Korean War veterans

From Richard Schachtsiek, site manager, Mount Pulaski Courthouse

September at Mount Pulaski Courthouse always means fall festival time. This year was different from the past 10-plus years because there were no quilts on display during the fall festival. The Mount Pulaski Woman’s Club moved their quilt show to June from the traditional September date.

Instead of a quilt show, the historic courtroom had a display on the 50th anniversary of the Korean War. On display were about 18 laminated posters dealing with the chronology and various elements of the Korean War. In addition there was a small display of Korean War memorabilia. Thanks to Richard Tieke for providing the posters and helping to organize the event.

Visitors who came into the courthouse to see the Korean War display also had the chance to speak with a veteran. Several local Korean War-era veterans gave their time to answer questions and tell of their own wartime experiences. Thanks to the following men who gave their time 50 years ago and a few hours during the fall festival:  Ed Morris, Earl Maxheimer, Bob Maske, Dean Cates and Charles Aylesworth.

A special flag-raising ceremony that Saturday morning was part of the Korean War anniversary event. Members of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion took part in the simple ceremony. A 48-star flag, as used during the war, and a 50th anniversary commemorative flag were flown during the day. Thanks to all the veterans who participated in the flag ceremony.

Inside the courthouse on Saturday, a local re-enactor, Deron Miller of Springfield, was dressed as an army soldier would have looked in the early 1950s. He also had the equipment and several of the weapons carried during the Korean War.

Thanks, as always, to Wally Kautz, who helped prepare for the event and take down the display.

Plans are for a similar event in 2003 to mark the 50th anniversary of the "end" of the Korean War. The courthouse management looks forward to working again with Richard Teike and other veterans on that event.

For September the following Mount Pulaski Courthouse volunteers gave 120 hours: D. Aper, D. and M. Baker, D. Brooker, J. Cavestani, J. and K. Connolley, A. Davis, M. Downing, H. Fine,
V. Harbarger, P. Hawk, M. Johnson, W. Kautz, J. Martin, J. Maske, J. Richner, C. and L. Schahl,
B. Stahl, E. Stahl, T. and W. Stephens, and C. Van Rheedan.

Polish army officers visit the courthouse

Foreign visitors come to tour Mount Pulaski Courthouse with some frequency. On Aug. 27, Wally Kautz, the volunteer working that day, had some special foreign visitors: three Polish army officers.

The three Polish army officers were in Illinois as part of an exchange program with the Illinois Army National Guard. The officers were from the Tadeus Kosciusko Military Academy. The officers were brought to town to tour the historic courthouse by Mount Pulaski’s own Capt. Stan Manes.

Wally Kautz had another interesting experience while working at the courthouse in August. He received a phone call from an irate lady. She was upset about not having her driver’s license returned after paying her fine. Wally made several attempts to explain he was at a historic courthouse, not the present Logan County Courthouse. He finally convinced her and gave her the correct phone number for the current courthouse in Lincoln. This was the first irate phone call but not the first time people have called or even come into the historic courthouse wanting to do county business. Working at a historic site can be interesting.

The courthouse volunteers listed below hosted more than 60 visitors and worked 130 hours in August: D. Aper, D. and M. Baker, M. Borgerson, K. Boyd, D. Brooker, J. Cavestani, A. Davis, M. Downing, H. Fine, V. Harbarger, P. Hawk, M. Johnson, W. Kautz, J. Martin, J. Maske, J. Richner, C. and L. Schahl, D. Smith, B. Stahl, E. Stahl, C. Van Rheedan.

[Richard Schachtsiek, site manager, Mount Pulaski Courthouse]

LCHS fall play

Thespians prepare for ‘murderous’ fun

Lincoln Community High School’s Fine Arts Department will present their fall play on Oct. 12, 13 and 14 in the LCHS auditorium. "Murder in the Magnolias," by Tim Kelly, is a comic parody of the "southern murder mystery" genre, complete with a variety of obvious copies of characters from Tennessee Williams’ plays.

Performances will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, and continue with a performance on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 8 p.m. and another on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 3 p.m.

The cast includes Kerry Dobihal, who plays Amanda Chickenwing, an eccentric woman devoted to her botanical garden, which has been known to attack people. Col. Rance Chickenwing (Amanda’s brother), played by Patrick Perry, "kicks the bucket" literally, and leaves behind a mansion that is not in the best condition to say the least. Collin Voyles and Adam Voyles play Thornbird Chickenwing III, a southern writer whose personality is split so many ways that he’s fractured. A distant, distant, distant, relation to the colonel, Thornbird, like so many others, has come for the reading of the will.

Princess Lotta Kargo, played by Heather Bean, is a flamboyant celebrity who claims to have married the colonel. Betsy Buttell plays the princess’ secretary, Lorraine, an intelligent young woman not keen on staying at Belle Acres. Her feelings are mirrored by many others who have encountered the Voodoo Woman, played by Julie Wood. Eric Agostino, as Pete Bogg, the engineer who gets caught up in the fiasco, is the only other character who brings a ray of normalcy to the cast.

Amanda Shelley plays Jezabel, the lazy and unpaid housekeeper. Sheriff Billy Jerk, the biggest man in Tudball County, who tries to solve the mystery but without much luck, is played by Beau Hanger. Brian Welter, playing nutty lawyer Possum, who once had an alligator for a client, is at the mansion for the reading of the will. Bubba Kamrowski, played by Stanton Schumacher, is a distant, distant, distant relative who leaves his job in "show business" to claim his piece of the will, and Blanche du Blank, Callie Davison, shares his interest.

Assistant directors Kelly Dowling and Doug Rohrer have been helping the cast and crews prepare for opening night, overseeing the creation of an attack bird, a killer honeysuckle vine and a couple of voodoo dolls, all of which are (more-or-less) crucial to the plot of the show. The crew has also spent the last three Saturdays "building" a replica of "Belle Acres" for the setting of the show.

Tickets ($3 for adults and $2 for students) may be purchased at the door.

Oct. 17 blood drive postponed

The Heart of America Region of the American Red Cross has advised the local office that due to the large amount of blood donations recently it is necessary to cut back on a few blood drives. The blood drive scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Lincoln Sports Complex has been postponed.

Mount Pulaski Courthouse open house

Period music will be featured at the 1850s open house scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 20, from noon to 8 p.m. at Mount Pulaski Courthouse State Historic Site. This family event is free and open to the public.

Cambric Garden will present period music at 2 and 6 p.m. Group members Marilyn Walters and Cathy Lane blend their voices with a unique array of instruments to perform traditional and folk music that will enchant young and old. Some of the instruments that may be used during the performance include guitar, hammered and mountain dulcimer, Celtic harp, flute, recorder, bowed psaltery, pennywhistle, ocarina and Native American cedar flute.

The courthouse will be decorated with patriotic bunting, and staff will be dressed in 1850s attire. More than 100 candles will illuminate the courthouse at dusk. Hot coffee and cider will be served during the event. The 1850s open house is partially funded by the Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County.

Mount Pulaski Courthouse State Historic Site, administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, is one of only two remaining 8th Judicial Circuit courthouses in Illinois where Abraham Lincoln served as an attorney. Staffed by local volunteers, the courthouse is open for tours Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.

Festival of Trees looks for sponsors

Organizers 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.

Items 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.

Sponsorship fees are $200 for 7½-foot trees, $100 for 4½-foot trees and $50 for wreaths or swags.

Trees, 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 Lincoln.

For more information or a sponsorship form, contact Jan Schumacher, festival chairman, at 732-7101 or the Main Street Lincoln office at 732-2929.

Lincoln Land Communications, a Cingular wireless authorized agent, is premier sponsor for the festival.

U of I Extension offers candy-making class

Get a head start on your holiday preparations with Dick and Betty Applegate. This Atlanta couple will offer a class on candy making Thursday, Oct. 25, from 1 to 3 p.m. The session will be at the University of Illinois Extension building. There will be no charge, but reservations are requested. Make reservations by calling 732-8289.

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in the program, please contact John Fulton, unit leader for the Logan County Extension.

Lincoln Public Library adult program schedule

The 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.


Oct. 22 — "On the Road with Antiques," featuring Rob and Joy Luke of Luke Auctions. Learn the latest in antique collecting. Six lucky attendees will receive a free appraisal of an antique.

Nov. 5 — "Archaeology and Primitive Technology Roadshow," with Larry Kinsella, president of the Illinois Association for the Advancement of Archaeology. Larry will do artifact identification for several lucky participants.

Nov. 20 — "Herbal Seasons," with Tracy Kirby. How to grow, harvest and store herbs.

Dec. 11 — "Herbal Holidays," with Tracy Kirby. Holiday cooking, decorating and making gifts with herbs.

CEFCU accepts contributions to
Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund

Donations to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund can be made at the CEFCU Member Center, 341 Fifth St. in Lincoln.  CEFCU is proud to help support the Red Cross in efforts to cope with the Sept. 11 national tragedy.

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 College’s 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 Madigan’s 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.]


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: 

See the website for Girl Scouts, Land of Lincoln Council, at

You can send questions and suggestions to the council by clicking here:

Also, see the national Girl Scouts site at

Kiwanis awards

At a recent banquet, the Lincoln Kiwanis Club installed officers and presented the following awards and recognitions:

Kiwanis board of directors: (left to right, back row) Duane Petty; John Fulton, first vice president; Mike Booher; Bruce Eisberg; Tom Comstock; Jack Bartelmay; (middle row) Joe Haning; Dan Row; Bob Steele; Bob Sullivan; Mark Wade, treasurer; Wayne Schrader, secretary; (front row) Bridget Schneider, past president; Wanda Rohlfs, president.

Elmer Krusemark, a 55-year Kiwanis member, is presented his certificate by Wayne Schrader.

Kiwanian of the Year Bob Sullivan is presented the award by Bridget Schneider.

Past President Bridget Schneider is presented her appreciation plaque by Wayne Schrader.

Certificates for perfect attendance over 30 years were presented to Gerald Carter, Paul Steen, George Gahr, Tom Comstock and Jack Bartelmay.

Wayne Schrader was presented the Luis V. Amador, M.D. Medallion Award for special service to the Spastic Paralysis Foundation. Wayne accepted on behalf of the Lincoln Kiwanis Club.

Oasis update

The 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.

Sullivan trip and a tribute to Red Skelton

There are a few seats available for a Sullivan trip scheduled for Oct. 14. The cost is $24 for ticket and transportation. The group will leave at noon.

Speakers Bureau

Monday, Oct. 15, at 10 a.m. Don Hudelston of Holland and Barry will speak on funeral pre-planning.

Computer classes canceled

The computer classes had to be canceled due to scheduling issues. The Oasis will publish a new schedule as soon as possible.

Veterans Administration

The Veterans Administration representative will not be available for the next two weeks, Oct. 16 and 23. Please call the Oasis for updates on whether a replacement will be available.

Van trip for lunch and shopping

There are a few seats available for the Oct. 25 trip to Hickory Stick Shops & Bittersweet Cafe in Chillicothe. The cost of the trip is $6. The van will leave the Oasis at 10 a.m. and is scheduled to return at 4 p.m.

Game winners

The daytime pinochle winner for Sept. 28 was Easter Behrends, and on Oct. 2 Mable Hoagland won. Mildred Hoffert was the pinochle winner on Friday night. The 5 in 1 winners were Ann Greger, Joann Eckert and Tom Garrison. Harley Heath won at pool. On Sunday night, Alice Thornton was the pool winner.


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

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Happenings at the U of I Extension office

The local office of the University of Illinois 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 Drive.

Reservations 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.

Call 732-8289 to make reservations. There will be no charge for any of the programs

Planned programs for the upcoming year through University of Illinois Extension:

•  Thursday, Oct. 25, at 1 p.m. — "Candy Making," Dick and Betty Applegate, Atlanta

•  Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. — "Holiday Happenings" program: "Holiday Gifts," Ellen Burton; "Holiday Foods and Safety," Jannanne Finck; "Holiday Plants," David Robson

•  Thursday, Jan. 17, 2002, at 10 a.m. — "Grains in the Diet," Jananne Finck, nutrition and wellness educator, Springfield

•  Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002, at 10 a.m. — "What to Do With Stuff," Ellen Burton, consumer and environment educator, East Peoria

•  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 Fulton, Lincoln

Vineyard Cafe to feature Scott and Michelle Dalziel

The Vineyard Cafe welcomes Dalziel on Saturday, Oct. 20. Scott and Michelle Dalziel from Maquoketa, Iowa, bring a powerful mix of contemporary folk, upbeat pop and rock-blues. Their influences range from Jimi Hendrix and Elvis Costello to Shawn Colvin and Bonnie Raitt.

Admission is $3 at the door, and doors open at 7 p.m. Inexpensive refreshments are available.

The Cafe is held at the Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Bloomington. For more information or directions, please phone (309) 663-4943 or visit


4-H’ers give to NYC

[OCT. 9, 2001]  On Oct. 7 the Millennium Clovers 4-H Club voted to send $150 to the New York City Police Department.  Wanting to do something for the victims of the terrorist attack, club members decided that they would send the money to the Police Department and let them use it to help.

Local resident helps in relief efforts

[OCT. 8, 2001]  Preston Carnahan of Lincoln, a student at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, was one of 90 midshipmen from the academy who assisted in the relief efforts after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11.

For eight days immediately following the attack, the academy operated a flotilla of four of its vessels in New York harbor, transporting firefighters and other emergency personnel to lower Manhattan and other points within the harbor. Academy midshipmen, under the direction of a faculty or staff member, served as the crews of the vessels.

In all, more than 1,500 firefighters, emergency medical technicians, police officers and other rescue personnel were transported aboard the academy boats, which also moved several tons of food, water and medical supplies.

A 1999 graduate of Lincoln Community High School, Midshipman Carnahan was nominated to attend the academy by Rep. Ray LaHood, Sen. Dick Durbin, and former Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun.

The academy is operated by the Maritime Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

[U.S. Merchant Marine Academy news release]


Heartland sends help to
Manhattan Community College

[OCT. 5, 2001]  Heartland Community College’s surplus furniture that was destined for future auction or other distribution soon will serve a distinctly more noble role. The furniture is being donated to assist New York community college students whose campus was devastated by the terrorist attack in Manhattan on Sept. 11.

Manhattan Community College’s 17,000 students were affected because the attack on the World Trade Center in New York destroyed one of their two campus buildings. Fiterman Hall, a 15-story structure containing more than 50 percent of the college’s classrooms, was struck by the collapse of World Trade Center 7.

Allan Saaf, Heartland Community College dean of instruction, and Rob Widmer, vice president of business services, were alerted to the Manhattan college’s dire situation through an e-mail listserv initiated to locate modular buildings or trailers for classrooms.

Widmer says he is pleased that Heartland can respond in this way. "As Americans we’re all affected by this tragedy. Everyone throughout the Midwest and across the country is doing whatever possible to help out those who have been affected by this horror. The situation is tragic, but our having an assortment of such furniture and equipment at this particular time is fortuitous. We’re happy that our surplus can assist the New York community college at this time."


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The college is not alone in its efforts. Ace World Wide Moving, an Atlas Van Lines Agent, is assisting in the process by donating a portion of the transportation. Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 26, two and possibly three moving vans will transport and deliver the items — an assortment of classroom and office furnishings and equipment — to the community college in New York.

Typically, the furniture would have made its way through an auction or similar process if the opportunity for someone’s immediate benefit and utilization had not come along. The furnishings and equipment, much of it five to 10 years old, were part of a small percentage of items whose quality or functional standards did not meet requirements of the new campus facilities.

[News release]

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Lincoln Cathedral in Lincoln, England, shares support, prayers for U.S. Lincolns

[OCT. 2, 2001]  Messages of love and support have come to many Americans from many places around the world since the terrorist attack that destroyed New York City’s World Trade Center buildings on Sept. 11.

A particularly heartwarming expression of feeling has come to the mayor of Lincoln, Ill., from the great cathedral in a city that shares its name Lincoln Cathedral in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England. This letter, written on Sept. 13 by Roy Bentham, chapter clerk and chief executive of the cathedral, was read at the Lincoln (Ill.) City Council work session on Sept. 25:

The Mayor of Lincoln 

Illinois, USA

September 13th 2001

Dear Mayor,

Terrorist Attacks

We are writing to express support and fellow feeling for our friends in the United States of America. We have watched with horror the actions of ruthless people who place no value on innocent human lives. The outrages you have suffered have no equal in living memory and the strength and fortitude of those attacked has been an example for us all.

We are saying prayers for you in the Cathedral at all of our services and throughout each day. We are also holding a special service to remember and pray for those killed and injured, and their families and friends.

Please pass on our love and support to your community and particularly to those who have been directly affected.

With every good wish,

Yours sincerely,

Roy Bentham

Chapter Clerk and Chief Executive

Chapter Clerk and Chief Executive,

Roy Bentham

The Chapter Office, 4 Priorygate,

Lincoln, LN2 1PL England

Telephone: 011 44 (1522) 530320

Fax: 01144(1522)511794



The letter and envelope are on display at the Lincoln College Museum.



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The letter included an e-mail address. A curious Lincoln Daily News reporter e-mailed the sender, expressing gratitude for the support and asking a few questions about the city and the name "Lincoln." The reply, from the chief executive of Lincoln Cathedral, follows:

Many thanks for your email. The Cathedral has been a centre of comfort for people since 11th Sept., many of them American. We have been pleased to help in these dark times. Yes, we have contacted all the Lincolns in the US.

We are keen to create a community feeling with those who share this great name. It derives from the Roman, "Lindum." Lincoln was a major Roman city (Colonia) on a hill visible for many miles. It was also an Anglo Saxon settlement and the Normans built a great castle and Cathedral here after the conquest in 1066. The current population [of the city of Lincoln, England] is around 90,000 and it has a City Council and Mayor.

We have never felt closer to our US friends and our support, as you know, will always be there for you.


Roy Bentham

To view the great cathedral, a fine example of Gothic architecture which was begun in the year 1072, see the Internet website The website  also gives information about Lincoln, England, and the surrounding area.

[Joan Crabb]


‘United We Stand’

All-volunteer community auction
with all-donated items

[OCT. 1, 2001]  The auction started off as an idea in the hearts of Carrie Granitto, Judy Ramlow, Michelle LaMothe, Linda Shaffer and Brenda Miller. This idea was realized in the donation of hundreds of items by local businesses and individuals and hundreds of hours by volunteers.

Donations were collected by numerous volunteers for two weeks. On Saturday, more volunteers came to help load up the furniture, jewelry, art and assorted knickknacks and transport them to the Lincoln Recreation Center. Sunday, at 2 p.m., Gary Morris began the auction with the smaller items. Everything from glassware to children’s toys was sold in odd sets — including one of a vise clamp and a child’s car seat — for as low as $1. Around 3, the second auctioneer, Ed Voyles, began to auction off larger items from the other side of the gym. Even with both men working their hardest, the auction was not over until about 6 p.m.

Lincoln people from all walks of life and all vocations came to give their support and money. Firefighters from Lincoln and Logan County fire departments, young couples, older women and men, and Shirley Dittus, a representative of the local Red Cross chapter were all seen walking around the gym. Even Mayor Beth Davis bid for and bought many of the donations.



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The pre-picked highlights of the auction were the Dale Earnhardt commemorative jacket and flag. The jacket alone went for $145. Other top sellers were the "Return to Glory" poster donated by the Lincoln Fire Department, which went for $100, and a pink easy chair, which sold for $285.

The donation of time was even more impressive and precious than the donation of money or items. Volunteers helped in every stage of the process, from the planning to the collections to the auction itself. The auctioneers and all of their helpers were unpaid. They gave up their Sunday with their families to come out and help with this cause. Of course, some of them brought their families with them, as the many children wandering around could tell you.


[Philip Carver and Sam Shaffer answer questions at the jewelry table.  Many of the earrings, watches, and necklaces displayed here were donated by MKS Jewelers.] 

More information:
24/News_new/today_a.shtml#United they share

[Gina Sennett]


Dominic Dalpoas

[SEPT. 22, 2001]  He drove with his wife of two days down a hard, uneven dirt and gravel road through the backwoods of Louisiana’s roughest country. The mission? A tree. A big tree. A mission to see the largest oak tree known to man. The motive..."Why not?"

It is said that regret of the past and fear of the future are twin enemies of the soul. If this is true, then the soul of Dominic Dalpoas, executive director of The Oasis Senior Center, knows no foe. In fact it would be no stretch to say that this man, who has spent his entire life investing in the lives of others, sometimes perfect strangers, knows only allies.


Sitting with Mr. Dalpoas for well over an hour, watching him sip his cooling coffee and relax casually, leaning far back in his office chair, I myself was taken aback by the two adjectives which I believe would best describe him: motivated and humble. Since he is constantly occupied with a strong force of amiability, it is not surprising to find so many of the said allies dropping in for a genuine smile and a touch of encouragement. One after the other, the steady stream of friends, employees and volunteers were greeted and treated at his open door with his open heart. Though to hear him tell it, one would likely assume that he was in the people business for himself, as opposed to the future betterment of others. "I'm always getting more than I can ever give," he said, looking away and thus proving the point of his natural humbleness.

After working his way up the ropes of Lincoln Developmental Center, from which he recently retired after 25 years, Dalpoas finds himself on an admittedly less hard, although certainly not always as evenly paved road. Filled with many stories and poignant analogies, he describes some occasional days at the helm of The Oasis "like Lassie trying to help Timmy out of the well." Assuming the humble and motivated "pet cannot pull the boy out with its strength alone" role, he says, "Sometimes, you have to be able to bark in just the right way."

This is where the help of outside sources comes into play. "This community is so blessed with caring, generous people," he said, noting that it is not so much he or his staff but rather the countless volunteers who manage to keep The Oasis above water. It was interesting to see a spark of excitement flicker into his eye when he spoke briefly of local and outside donors who choose to give their support anonymously. For truly, that is where his passions lie — being motivated enough to pour a certain dedication into others and, every now and then, doing so furtively.


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This falls in line with his effective game plan of "first establishing each individual or group need, doing our best to meet those needs, and at the same time planning for future needs." Presumably it’s a tough task, when taking into consideration his day-to-day regimen of unremitting meetings, appointments and the above-mentioned drop-by visits, though always welcomed, from employees he calls friends.

"Baby steps," he says, giving nearly every ounce of credit for current successes to the previous directors who once held his position. "We move in slow baby steps until we're finally up and walking." Suitable perhaps that the words most often spoken when describing any agenda are used in regard to the lives and activities of the seniors; and as he says, "younger seniors" who take advantage of the establishment are "self-sufficient."

Dalpoas has a desire to help in any way those connected with the center. A strong desire. As he does so daily. But at the same time he knows that, while holding an insurmountable respect for them, which comes across in each sentence, senior citizens should be, can be, and more and more often are becoming, that exact model of self-sufficiency which he holds true to his own life and motivations.

It is, after all, such a strong and embedded motivation that would lead a man to drive with his new bride down an uneven dirt path of uncertainty in the hope of finding something great. The world’s largest oak tree, remember? However, irony, being the great teacher that it is, would have them on that occasion arrive after the daunting trek to find the tree cut down. ... Still, speaking from a podium of reflective hindsight, "It was worth the trip anyway," he recalls with a childlike smile.

Yes, Mr. Dalpoas, this most certainly is worth the trip. And with you at the helm, guided by your humble sense of motivation, all of those involved will be much better off for having chosen to ride along with you.

[Colin Bird]


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