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September 2001

Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 13-15
WHO: Public
WHAT: Atlanta Fall Festival

WHERE: Atlanta

Saturday, Sept. 15
WHO: Public
WHAT: Town festival featuring "A Salute To Veterans"

WHERE: Mason City
WHEN: 10 am parade; 4 pm stage performance; other events throughout the day

Friday, Sept. 15
SPONSOR: Heart of Illinois Ultralight Club
WHAT: "Fun Fly"; watch the events, ask questions, and visit the museum and historic aircraft on display
WHERE: Logan County Airport
WHEN: late afternoon and early evening when the air is most calm

Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15 and 16
WHO: Public
WHAT: Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Contest and Crafts Festival

WHERE: Logan County Fairgrounds
WHEN: 9:30 am - 4 pm Saturday; 10 am - 3 pm Sunday

SPONSOR: Clark's Greenhouse Herbal and Country Garden
WHAT: Herb Fest and Fall Harvest Market; (309) 247-3679

WHERE: San Jose

Tuesday, Sept. 18
SPONSOR: U of I Extension
WHAT: "Selection, Planting and Care of Hardy Bulbs," presented by David Robson, horticulture educator at the Springfield center
WHERE: Extension office, 980 N. Postville Drive
WHEN: 10 am - noon

Wednesday, Sept. 19
SPONSOR: Pete's Hardware
WHO: Public
American Red Cross blood drive
WHERE: Lincoln Sports Complex
WHEN: noon - 5 pm

September TBA
WHO: Public
WHAT: Harvest Festival

WHERE: Scully Park, downtown Lincoln







SPECIAL EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS:  Blood drive advisoryMason City festival to honor veteransAtlanta and Cedar Creek festivals change schedulesBlood donors are needed to give the gift of lifeEd Madigan exhibit featured at Lincoln College Museum

REGULAR POSTINGS FOR ORGANIZATIONS:  American Red CrossGirl ScoutsLincoln Area YMCAOasisU of I ExtensionVineyard Cafe


Blood drive advisory

In a fax from the local American Red Cross office Tuesday afternoon, following the plane crashes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Fay Stubblefield said, "I have been advised that no emergency blood drives will be held in Lincoln, as there is an adequate supply of blood at present."

"However, in October there will be a great need to replace what is used in this emergency."

A regular blood drive is scheduled Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the Lincoln Sports Complex, from noon to 5 p.m.

Mason City festival to honor veterans

The annual Mason City town festival will feature "A Salute to Veterans."  All area folks with military service are invited to join the Saturday, Sept. 15, parade at 10 a.m. Floats, honor guards and other entries should line up at the Illini Central School parking lot by 9 a.m.

The parade route is approximately 1 mile long, so honorees unable to walk the distance should board the provided transportation. Those able to wear their military uniforms are asked to do so.

Food booths, crafts, exhibits, carnival and stage performances will continue throughout the day at the city pavilion park. Museum and window displays will be featured in the downtown area.

A stage performance in the park at 4 p.m. will be especially for veterans.

Join everyone for this homecoming jubilee with a prairie harvest atmosphere.

Atlanta and Cedar Creek festivals change schedules

Atlanta Fall Festival changed to Sept. 13, 14 and 15

The Atlanta Fall Festival has been rescheduled to Sept. 13-15. Festivities were originally scheduled for Sept. 6-8. The three-day event boasts food, entertainment, carnival, civic displays, firetruck rides, a parade and evening community dinners. All activities will be centered around the Atlanta Community Park. Call (217) 648-2145 for more information.

Cedar Creek Antique & Crafts Festival canceled

The Cedar Creek Antique & Crafts Festival scheduled for Sept. 8-9 at the Logan County Fairgrounds has been canceled. There is no rescheduled date.

Blood donors are needed to give the gift of life

The need for blood is constant. Too many Americans connect blood donations with a crisis. National disasters and other calamities bring out donors in droves. But the everyday emergencies, like the child with cancer, surgical patients and accident victims, all require a consistently ample blood supply.

Area patients need all eligible donors to give the gift of life. A fluctuating blood supply can no longer serve the needs of a nation in which someone, somewhere needs blood every two seconds.

Blood donations are a form of heroism available to all Americans — a way to give the gift of life.

Please call the American Red Cross at 1-800-SAVE-LIFE, Ext 1441 to schedule your appointment to donate blood.

[Click here for information on the next blood drive in Logan County.]

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.]


Red Cross blood drives in September

Pete’s Hardware is sponsoring two blood drives in September at the Lincoln Sports Complex. The drive on Sept. 5 was from noon until 6 p.m. On Sept. 19, the hours will be noon until 5 p.m.

People who reached goals recently in their blood donations were Karl "Fig" Newton, 11 gallons; Ken Robison, five; Arlene DeWilde, four; Lisa Fuller, four; Pat Mueller, four; Carol Mills, three; Sue Benedict, three; Larry J. Brandt, two; Stacie Treakle, two; Dean Benedict, one; Nancy Haak, one; Margaret Chrisman, one; and Wayne Ebelherr, one gallon.

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

Lincoln Area YMCA announces newest board members

The Lincoln Area YMCA added three new board members this summer. These board members are volunteers who give direction and leadership to the YMCA. They have each joined for three-year terms.

Lauri Bates joined the board in June. She is the wife of attorney William B. Bates and mother of Blinn, 18, and Sarah, 17. She is a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church, is currently the president of the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital board and is also part of the Philanthropic Education Organization. Lauri wants to become more involved with the youth in this community.

Tracy Thomas joined the board in July. He is the youth minister at the Lincoln Christian Church. He is the spouse of Lori and father of Katie, 7 and Hannah, 4. Tracy graduated magna cum laude from ISU in Normal in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in English and graduated from Lincoln Christian College in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in Bible. Tracy is the cabinet vice president of the Lincoln Christian College Alumni, is on the School/Community Council for Central and Adams schools, is coordinator for the Junior High Experience at LCCS, and is coordinator for Lincolnland Bible Bowl Classics at LCCS. Tracy wants to help raise community awareness and initiative toward reaching out to all youth in our area.

Tom Kissel joined the board in August. He is a financial consultant with A.G. Edwards and Sons. He is the spouse of Darla and father of T.J., 8, Megan 10 months, and Kristy, 23. He is also grandfather of Billy. Tom has over 23 years of experience in banking, including two years as a bank president, CEO and director before moving to A.G. Edwards. Tom’s community service includes being past president of Main Street Lincoln, Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce and Lincoln Kiwanis. Currently he serves on the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital board and is a Junior Achievement consultant. Tom graduated from the University of Illinois at Springfield with a bachelor’s degree in management.

The YMCA is pleased and proud to have these pillars in the community as part of the board of directors. The organization welcomes them and looks forward to a long and fruitful relationship building strong kids, strong families and a strong community.

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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.

Ceramics class

We invite you to attend the ceramics classes that meet from 9 a.m. to noon each Thursday. Whether you are a novice or an expert, please join us.

Potluck luncheon

The monthly luncheon is Thursday, Sept. 13. Join us from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you cannot bring a dish to pass, a $3 donation will be accepted. We will also have a raffle drawing for a gift certificate from Closet Classics. Bingo games will follow at 1 p.m., with surprise prizes sponsored by the Oasis.

Intergenerational gardening

We still need a few more "Roots" (mentors) to sign up for the training this Friday, Sept. 14, at 4 p.m. at the Oasis. Your help is needed to support the "Shoots" (students from Jefferson School).

Speakers bureau

Monday, Sept. 17, at 10 a.m., Logan County Mental Health will provide a program on "Grieving." Please join us for this topic.

Computer classes

Classes in beginning computer and word processing are offered on Mondays at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. respectively. There are still a few spaces available. Cost is $3 for each class.

Garden Club

The Garden Club will meet Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 9 a.m. at the Oasis. Please join us. Game winners

Game winners

Winners of daytime pinochle games were Easter Behrends on Friday, Aug. 31, and Mable Hoagland on Tuesday, Sept. 4. Winners on Friday evening were Joan Morgan for pinochle and Ken McCray, Tom Garrison and Betty Burger for 5-in-1. Rummy winner on Sunday night was Ann Gerger, and Harley Heath won the pool game.


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

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:

•  Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to noon — "Selection, Planting and Care of Hardy Bulbs," presented by David Robson, horticulture educator at the Springfield center

•  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 WalkingLimbs folk duo

The Vineyard Cafe will feature the alternative folk duo WalkingLimbs on Saturday, Sept. 15.  WalkingLimbs presents thought-provoking songs of life, love, hope and faith, using acoustic guitar and violin.  Doors open at 7 p.m. There is an admission fee for ages 13 and up.  The Vineyard Cafe is at Vineyard Christian Fellowship, located on Route 51, one-half mile south of Interstate 74 at Bloomington. For further information call (309) 663-4943, or visit the website at






Library employee Deb DeJarnette honored for 30 years of service

[AUG. 22, 2001]  It isn’t often that the Lincoln Public Library has opportunity to celebrate 30 years of service from one of its employees. That is just how long Deb DeJarnette has been working there.

DeJarnette was surprised by the celebration in her honor in the library annex Tuesday afternoon. She pointed to the large display of flowers and gifts that came in yesterday, saying how surprised she was by the gestures of appreciation.

When asked if she was planning to retire she said, "Oh, no, I'm not planning to leave or retire yet." Then the good-natured librarian chuckled saying, "People just don't stay around here (working in the library) that long." So they decided to celebrate it.

The Lincoln library and the people of Lincoln are just lucky enough that DeJarnette has stayed that long at a job she obviously loves.



People 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  

Diaspora correspondents

Click on names to see letters and stories.

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Ongoing class reunion in cyberspace for 1960 graduates of LCHS


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