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‘On the Road with Antiques’ program at library 

[OCT. 15, 2001]  Rob and Joy Luke of Luke Auctions in Bloomington will present a program entitled "On the Road with Antiques" on at 7 on Thursday evening, Oct. 22, at the Lincoln Public Library.

Learn what is hot and what is not in antique collecting. Six lucky attendees will receive an appraisal of their antique. Light refreshments will be served following the program. The seating is on first-come, first-served basis.

Also, it’s not too late to register for the weekly story times and craft times in the children’s department.

The library is located at 725 Pekin St. For more information about the auction program and future adult programming or the children’s programs, call the library at 732-8878 or 732-5732.

‘The Secret School’

[OCT. 10, 2001]  The Secret School" by AVI. Harcourt, Inc., 2001, 153 pages.

This is a historical novel set in 1925. The main character is Ida Binson, a 14-year-old girl living on a farm in rural Elk Grove, Colo. Her family consists of Father, Mother, her 7-year-old brother, Felix, and baby Shelby.

Ida and Felix attend a one-room schoolhouse with six other students. Ida is in her last year at the country school and hopes to be able to attend the high school in town so that she can study to be a teacher.

They live 5 miles, one way, from the school, so their father lets Ida drive the family’s Model T Ford. Ida is 4-foot-11 and unable to reach the floor or the pedals, so she kneels on the seat to shift and steer while Felix, sitting on the floor of the car, works the gas pedal, clutch and brake with his hands.

As the story begins, the children arrive at school one day to find out that their teacher, Miss Fletcher, has been called home to Iowa to take care of her ailing mother. Mr. Jordon, the head of the local school board, tells the children that it is too late in the year to hire another teacher, so he is closing the school until next year. The children will not be able to take the competency tests, so they will all have to repeat the same grade next year.

Ida and her best friend, Tom, are especially upset because they will not be able to go to high school for another year. Mr. Jordon is not the least sympathetic to Ida’s distress because he doesn’t see the need for a girl to go to high school anyway.

Tom suggests that Ida become their teacher but that it would have to be kept a secret from the school board. Ida thinks about it overnight and discusses it with her parents. She agrees to do it on the condition that all of the children go along with the idea. The children take a vote and the secret school is born.


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Becoming the teacher is, at the same time, exciting and fearful for Ida. She conducts the classroom the same as Miss Fletcher did, and the children do well and accept her as their teacher.

Then, due to an unfortunate confrontation Ida has with one of the parents, Mr. Jordon finds out that she has been teaching, shows up at the school and sends the children home. Ida is sure now that she will never get to go to high school or become a teacher.

One of the boys finds out about a secret school board meeting, and Tom prints flyers to let the parents know about it. To the surprise of the superintendent, all of the children’s parents come to the meeting, and Ida presents her case for keeping the school open. The outcome of the meeting leaves Ida facing an even bigger challenge than before.

This book is recommended for ages 8 to 12 years old. It gives a glimpse into the past of one-room education that is truly fascinating. It is a very enjoyable story of children taking control of a bad situation.

AVI has written many acclaimed books for children, including two Newbery Honor books, "Nothing But the Truth: A Documentary Novel" and the "True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle."

For more information, visit the library at 725 Pekin St. or call (217) 732-8878.

[Linda Harmon, Lincoln Public Library District]

Lincoln hears Pasadena Roof Orchestra

[OCT. 13, 2001]  Thursday night, the second of this year’s community concert series brought what seemed like most of Lincoln to the LCC chapel. The Pasadena Roof Orchestra from London, England, filled the hall with its blend of ’20s and ’30s jazz, big band and swing music.

The band, which got its name from Warren’s "(Home in) Pasadena," had the style and appearance of the 1920s lounge bands, from their suit-and-tie apparel to their music stands with the PRO logo on the front. They delighted the audience with old-time favorites such as "Jeepers Creepers," "My Melancholy Baby" and "Forty-Second Street."

Each band member got his turn in the spotlight. Pianist Simon Townley "tickled the ivories" in "Kitten on the Keys"; Andy Kuc, the baby of the group, shone on the rhythm guitar in "Play that Hot Guitar"; and Dan Hammerton stole the show with his dynamic trumpet solos in almost every song.

Lead vocalist James Langton had amazing stage presence. His white tie and tails complemented his loose and interactive style. When he wasn’t caressing the microphone with his smooth voice, he was dancing around the stage and mingling with the band members. There was only one time when he seemed to lose touch with his audience.

"Sugarfoot Stomp" contained around seven minutes of instrumental solos. The lack of vocals was almost too long. The band was saved, however, when they did their "rousing conclusion" two songs later. "Minnie the Moocher" by Calloway and Mills brought the audience to life with its wailing trumpet and echoed scat. Blues Brothers fans kept up nicely with the energizing refrain.

[Gina Sennett]

The Pasadena Roof Orchestra members are:

James Langton — orchestra leader, vocalist

David Ford — trumpet

Dan Hammerton — trumpet

Steve Shaw — trombone and vocal trio

Nick Payton — alto and baritone sax, clarinet

Paul Jones — alto sax and clarinet

James Scannell — alto sax and clarinet

Simon Townley — piano and vocal trio

Andy Kuc — guitar and banjo

John Sutton — drums

Dave Berry — bass and sousaphone

Thorsten Merriott — sound engineer

To learn more about the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, visit

Lincoln Community Theatre website

Lincoln Community Theatre’s website serves a number of functions, from providing information on becoming a season ticket holder to showing what new productions are being planned. Pictures from past productions are also posted.

Visit LCT’s website at, e-mail LCT at, or write to Lincoln Community Theatre, P.O. Box 374, Lincoln, IL  62656.

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