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A local woman, Carol Runyon,
uses creativity in her business

[SEPT. 7, 2001]  Recently a local businesswoman, Carol Runyon, was pleasantly surprised to learn that one of her ideas had been published by an international scrapbooking company, Creative Memories. Her layout idea is now part of a Crop Talk® titled "Beautiful Beginnings" for Creative Memories consultants to purchase.

Crop Talk® lessons are used as a tool for consultants to use in workshops for their customers. Most lessons are in the form of a four-page handout, with the consultant having a special instruction guide to aid him or her (yes, men are Creative Memories consultants, too) in preparation. The 5- to 15-minute lessons are used to educate and motivate customers. 

The idea Runyon suggested has an interesting origin and history.


Over a year ago, Carol and Joe were going through old photos and photo albums and were saddened to find that the album Joe and his late wife, Darla, had purchased from their wedding photographer was literally falling apart. This album, over 40 years old, held the professional photographs from their wedding.

Much has been learned about safe photo storage and preservation in the past 40 years. Carol and Joe both realized that the precious photos needed to be "rescued" from this unsafe environment.

So they removed the photos and documented, on the backs with a photo-safe marker, the names of the people featured in these photos. (There was no documentation in the album other than the names of the people who attended, on a sign- in page, and the page that gave the information about the wedding party.) Most photos were of family members, and fortunately Joe knew who these people were. Often, this type of information is lost because photos are not documented, and when the albums are passed down to future generations, they hold little value to the family members who inherit them.

The photos were then placed in portrait sleeves in a Creative Memories album for safekeeping.


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When improved photo paper came out through Creative Memories, the Runyons decided to make a copy of each photo and mount them in albums for each of the five now-adult offspring from that union. The albums were nearly finished when Carol received the invitation that Darla’s mother, Margaret Osborn, had saved these many years.

Copies of the wedding invitation really belonged in the album, and at the front of the album, at least in Carol's opinion. Since the first page had already been completed, this created a challenge. In fact, all five of the albums were completed except for the documentation.

So the idea of an "overlay" became the solution to this dilemma. When friends, customers and family members saw the albums, they encouraged Carol to submit the idea to her company. When Carol called the corporate headquarters to ask if they would be interested in the idea, they said "Yes!" and directed her to the appropriate contact person.


More information about her business as an independent Creative Memories consultant can be obtained by calling Carol Runyon at (217) 732-9480 or (888) 400-9480, or by sending e-mail to her at carol4memories@juno.com .

Also, more information about Creative Memories, now an international company, can be obtained by contacting Creative Memories at (800) 468-9335 or visiting www.creative-memories.com.

Also see http://albums.photopoint.com/j/

[News release]

Newly renovated Student
Services Building at LCCS

[AUG. 30, 2001]  Lincoln Christian College and Seminary hosted an open house Tuesday celebrating the completely renovated Student Services Building.

[Click here for pictures of student center]

The structure was built in the 1950s and over the years has been the home of the maintenance shop, a print shop, the mailroom and bookstore. During this summer, the building underwent a total face-lift with many exciting changes. The building now houses the Student Development and Admissions Departments, "Mr. Books" bookstore, and the newly-created student center.

A plaque was presented to Professor Tom Ewald and was hung in the new building. The plaque honors Professor Ewald for 28 years of service as the dean of students. He held that position for both the seminary and the college for many years. He is still the dean of students for the seminary and professor of pastoral care and counseling.

The student center occupies the former garage-maintenance end of the building. There is a TV viewing area, a snack bar and a large room where students can relax and have fun. Also, game tables, couches, booths and a stage for live entertainment are in this area. The center has a garage motif, with old campus signs on the walls as well as old signs from the community. The concrete floor is stained and stenciled. Contractors involved in this part of the renovations include Roger Webster’s Construction, Fitzpatrick Electric, Quality Glass, Simonson Painting and Hundley Controls.


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Mr. Books, the new name of the LCCS bookstore, has all new bookcases, wall units, carpet and tile. It has been enlarged, redesigned and repainted.

The Student Development and Admissions Departments have a reception area, six new offices, an office for the admission counselors, a workroom and a conference room. Contractors involved in this part of the building include Roger Webster's Construction, Fitzpatrick Electric, Patterson Drywall, Quality Glass, Barr Painting, and Hundley Controls.

[News release]

Main Street Lincoln to receive
Illinois FIRST funds

[AUG. 11, 2001]  Main Street Lincoln will receive a financial boost for some specific projects, thanks to a state grant facilitated by former Sen. Bob Madigan. The grant from the Department of Commerce and Community Affairs totals $37,000.

More than half that amount, $20,000, will be used for an incentive plan for new downtown businesses. Main Street’s Economic Restructuring Committee is charged with providing the details.

"We are extremely excited about the possibilities," said Wendy Bell, Main Street program manager. "Currently, if a new business comes to us and asks for financial help, we have nothing to offer them. This can help fill a gap for smaller owner-operated businesses."

The Economic Restructuring Committee is currently gathering information from other programs, including the Seminary Street plan in Galesburg and a survey compiled by Illinois Main Street. These will provide the data about what works in other communities and what doesn’t, so Main Street Lincoln will know what is best to offer locally. It is estimated it will take several months to put the plan in place, with incentives being available early in 2002.

Another $2,000 will be used to help identify the recently debuted downtown historic walking tour, "Walking on the Path of Abraham Lincoln." A brochure funded by the city of Lincoln currently takes you to the christening site; the State Bank of Lincoln display of Lincoln-related work by artists Lloyd Ostendorf and Leonard Volk; the Lincoln House Hotel, Robert Latham home and Lincoln lot sites; the Rustic Inn; Logan County Courthouse; and the Depot. Other local historical sites are indicated as well, including the Lincoln College Museum and Postville Courthouse.

"Brochures are available at the Main Street office, the college museum and other locations, but the sites themselves are not marked. These funds will be used for an identification system, such as plaques, so visitors will be able to follow the route easily," said Bell.

The grant will also help complete the Indian maiden statue, scheduled to return in early October this year. The community has been contributing funds through personal donations, with names being memorialized on bricks, a permanent plaque or bench. These items are still available until Sept. 1, but the grant funds will enhance the project.


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When it returns, the statue will move to the southeast side of the courthouse as part of a garden area with benches and landscaping. A brick walkway will connect to the current sidewalk. Gene Baker Masonry is assisting in the design and donating his services as well.

Children who visit Scully Park will reap the rewards of the remaining $10,000. The funds will be used for playground equipment being planned by a subcommittee headed by Michelle Schick and Logan County Board Chairman Dick Logan. Main Street Lincoln restored the park’s fountain and added picnic tables, trash receptacles, historic lighting and a wrought-iron entryway last year.

"The number of people who use the park has dramatically increased, and the play equipment is antiquated," said Logan. "However, new equipment is expensive; these funds will give us a good start."

"We are ecstatic," said Bell, when asked about the grant. "This will move projects off the drawing board that would suffer due to lack of funds and move them to the top of our work plan. However, it’s important to remember this grant will be used specifically for projects, not operational funds. We couldn’t keep the door open to do the work if it weren’t for the businesses and individuals who support us financially and as volunteers."

Main Street Lincoln was designated in 1994 and is dedicated to revitalizing the downtown area. It is one of more than 50 Illinois communities participating in the national Main Street program initiated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1980 to help communities revitalize their historic or traditional commercial areas.

[News release]


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The Chamber Report

Chamber calendar for week of Sept. 10

[SEPT. 10, 2001]

Tuesday, Sept. 11, 8:30 a.m. — Chamber Marketing Committee, Burger King

Thursday, Sept. 13, 7:30 a.m. — Government-Education Committee Meeting, Al’s Main Event

Thursday, Sept. 13, noon — Chamber Healthcare Committee Meeting, ALMH Conference Room A

The Chamber of Commerce is a catalyst for community progress, bringing business and professional people together to work for the common good of Lincoln and Logan County.

Bobbi Abbott, Executive Director

Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce

303 S. Kickapoo St.

Lincoln, IL 62656

(217) 735-2385


Honors & Awards

LC president to be inducted into Hall of Fame

[AUG. 17, 2001]  Lincoln College President Jack Nutt will be inducted into the Highland Community College Athletic Hall of Fame in Highland, Kan., on Saturday, Aug. 25.

Dr. Nutt was president of Highland Community College from 1975 to 1982, before joining Lincoln College. During his tenure at Highland Community College, he was successful in expanding the various academic programs and was able to offer HCC students a better collegiate experience.

Highland Community College athletic director Thomas Smith said he was happy to nominate Dr. Nutt: "We are indebted to Dr. Jack Nutt and applaud his efforts in making Highland Community College a better place. He’s a very caring individual who is truly concerned about the students’ well-being. We recognize him as being one of the outstanding administrators in the history of the college."

The induction will be in Hall of Fame ceremonies at 3 p.m. during the annual HCC alumni games.

[Lincoln College news release]

Main Street Corner News

Main Street Lincoln calendar for September

Wednesday, Sept. 5 — Executive board at office, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 11 — Festival of Trees Committee at Farm Bureau, 8:30 a.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 12 — Main Street Lincoln board at office, 5:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 17 — Design Committee at office, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 19 — Looking for Lincoln, Union Planters Conference Room, 7 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 24 — Economic Restructuring Committee, Pegram Room at Lincoln Public Library, 5:30 p.m.

Main Street Lincoln

303 S. Kickapoo

Lincoln, IL 62656

Phone: (217) 732-2929

Fax: (217) 735-9205

E-mail: manager@mainstreetlincoln.com

Job Hunt

Lincolndailynews.com makes it easy to look for a job in the Logan County area.

Employers, you can list available jobs by e-mailing ldn@lincolndailynews.com. Each job listing costs $10 the first week, $20 for eight days to three months. There is a limit of 75 words per announcement.

Route Delivery Driver — Join the fast-growing bottled water industry with this excellent opportunity. Must have a CDL Class B or higher and a desire to serve your customers. Excellent commission-based earnings with a daily guarantee. Benefits include two weeks vacation, 401(K) retirement plan after one year, health insurance. Apply in person to Puritan Springs Water, 1709 N. Kickapoo St., Lincoln, IL 62656.

The Logan County Health Department is hiring a full time IBCCP Clerk.  IBCCP provides free mammograms and Pap smears to uninsured women who meet age and income guidelines.

The IBCCP Clerk will work under the direction of the IBCCP Coordinator and is responsible for the enrollment of clients, the scheduling and follow-up of client appointments and provider billing as well as other clerical duties. Competency and accuracy in computer data entry is required for this position. Experience with word processing, data base and spreadsheet programs including MS Word, Paradox and Access is preferred. Previous experience in a health care setting is desirable. The IBCCP Clerk must be capable of performing multiple tasks accurately. Excellent telephone etiquette is required.

Interested candidates should submit a resume and three professional references to Debby Cook, RN, Director of Nursing, Logan County Health Department, 109 Third Street, PO Box 508, Lincoln, IL 62656. No phone calls. EOE

The Logan County Health Department is accepting applications for a full-time Public Health nurse. This 37˝ hour per week position is for a registered nurse with recent med/surg or pediatric nursing experience. A B.S.N. and public health nursing experience is preferred. Candidate must be able to work independently and have excellent communication skills. Benefits include paid vacation and sick time, pension plan, group health insurance and 13 paid holidays. Work hours are between 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday with no weekends. If interested, complete an application at the Logan County Health Department, 109 Third Street, P.O. Box 508, Lincoln, IL. No phone calls please. EOE

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