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exhibit at Lincoln Public Library
15, 2002] "Owls,
the Silent Hunters," a pictorial exhibit from the Illinois
Audubon Society, is on display now in the Annex of the Lincoln
exhibit shows the eight types of owls, both common and uncommon,
that may be seen in Illinois and tells something about the habits of
these nocturnal birds of prey.
are silent hunters because they have very soft feathers that make no
noise as they fly, so they can easily sneak up on their prey. They
also have excellent hearing, binocular vision, strong feet and
talons for capturing prey, and hooked beaks for tearing it into
bite-size piece pieces.
[Photos by Joan Crabb]
see quite well in the dark, and because of their binocular vision
(like ours) they can judge distance and movement very well. Because
they cannot move their eyes, they turn their heads from side to side
just as we do.
are beneficial to man because they eat mostly mice, rats and harmful
insects. They can swallow small prey at one gulp and then
regurgitate the bones and fur in small pellets. These pellets can be
found on the ground under the places where owls roost.
are attentive parents and take good care of their young owlets.
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most common owls in Illinois are the great horned owl, a large owl
that can be as much as 25 inches tall and has ear tufts that
resemble horns; the barred owl, also a large owl but without ear
tufts; and the screech owl, 7 to 10 inches long, with small ear
tufts. The screech owl is the one most often seen and heard near our
owls, with their distinctive pale heart-shaped faces, are becoming
rare. Like short-eared owls, they favor open farmlands and prairies.
Snowy owls are occasional winter visitors from the Arctic, and
long-eared and saw-whet owls are also more likely to found in
Illinois during the winter.
exhibits from the Illinois Audubon Society will be on display at the
Lincoln Public Library in the coming months.
Illinois Audubon Society is the oldest conservation organization in
Illinois, founded in1897. It works to preserve habitat, especially
for threatened and endangered species, and sponsors educational
programs, such as field trips and workshops, for both young people
and adults. It is not part of the National Audubon Society.
more information about the Illinois Audubon Society, write to P.O.
Box 2418, Danville, IL 61834-2418; phone (217) 446-5085; or visit
the website at www.illinoisaudubon.org.
competition is on
Play board games at Lincoln Public
18, 2002] Bored
with winter? Lincoln Public Library presents "Board Games
Rodeo" from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Saturday through
March 23 in the Pegram Community Room.
you are high school age through adult, you are invited to come and
compete against your fellow "boardmeisters" in games of
Monopoly, Risk, Scrabble, chess, checkers, Chinese checkers,
backgammon, Trivial Pursuit and Yatzee. Remember to bring your
gameboard so everyone can participate.
AmeriCorps volunteers serve as referees.
snacks are served.
more information about this program, visit the library at 725 Pekin
St. or call (217) 732-8878 or 732-5732.
Biggest Legal Mistakes
Women Can Avoid’
20, 2002] "The
10 Biggest Legal Mistakes Women Can Avoid." Marilyn Barrett,
Capital Books, Inc., 2000, 268 pages.
to attorney and author Marilyn Barrett, "Your greatest
protection from legal and financial harm is an awareness of your
legal risks and your legal responsibilities, and your willingness to
take responsibility for your legal affairs." In "The 10
Biggest Legal Mistakes Women Can Avoid" Barrett explains how
women can take the necessary precautions to protect themselves,
their children and their assets.
the course of her career Barrett has heard "stories in which a
woman was suddenly faced with financial disaster, she was betrayed
by her husband or someone else she trusted, she feared she would not
be able to take care of herself and her children, she lost her
business and seriously harmed her family’s finances, or she was
otherwise placed in legal peril because she did not vigilantly watch
over her own legal affairs." It is a central theme of this book
that women can exercise control over their own financial and legal
independence and avoid the pitfalls sometimes found in prenuptial
agreements, marriage and divorce, taxes, property, business, and
understanding legal and financial documents.
speculates on the possible reasons that women are sometimes more
prone to legal "missteps": A woman may lack the knowledge
or experience necessary in legal or financial matters, she may find
the subject uninteresting, she may be too busy with other matters,
or she may trust someone who later proves untrustworthy.
Unfortunately, "the law makes few exceptions for lack of
knowledge or experience. … We are expected to read, understand,
and appreciate the consequences of the legal documents we
can, with the advice contained in this book, start "on the road
to your legal empowerment as a woman."
10 biggest mistakes are:
Failing to protect yourself in a prenuptial agreement:
Barrett defines the prenup and explains how to read and understand
this document. She recommends that both spouses retain legal counsel
and use the advance time before the wedding to negotiate the
Failing to protect yourself and your children in marriage:
Always keep your separate property separate. According to Barrett,
women sometimes assume that property that owned before marriage will
always remains theirs, even in divorce. That’s not always the
case, especially if it is commingled with marital or community
property. It is also important to understand your husband’s job or
business and that you are adequately covered with insurance in case
of spousal death or injury.
Failing to protect yourself and your children in divorce:
The most important point — hire your own lawyer! This will be
advantageous when negotiating property ownership, settlements,
alimony and child support, and establishing your own financial
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Starting a business: Barnett cautions throughout her book,
"Good intentions do not protect you from bad legal
results." Determine if opening a small business is right for
you. Two key concerns — how much capital will you have to raise,
and should you form a limited liability entity.
Running your business: New entrepreneurs must understand the
myriad of complex rules and regulations that govern a business
enterprise. This includes local, state and federal laws, payroll,
sales taxes, labor laws and insurance.
Signing documents you don’t read or understand — or when your
husband says, "Just sign here, honey": Barrett calls
"just sign here, honey" four simple words that "have
the power to totally devastate your financial well-being, shatter
your life as you know it, and invalidate your trust in those closest
to you." Never sign any document before you read it and
understand your personal liability.
Failing to hire and (when appropriate) fire lawyers: Be
certain that the lawyer hired to represent you works with you; if
you feel you have the wrong lawyer, terminate the relations
immediately. Remember — read the agreement with your attorney
before signing, and don’t be afraid to negotiate the fees.
Neglecting the tax man: Unexpected problems in tax matters
come in many forms. It’s important to carefully file any joint
returns and report all income. Be sure to file your taxes on time
(even if you owe money) and carefully review the returns for
Failing to protect legal title to your property:
Understanding documents such as liens and deeds is important to
protecting your interests. Identify and record your ownership
interests on every deed and include any restrictions on co-owners.
Failing to plan for your death or incapacity: You should have
a record of what you own; also consider a will or trust, an
after-death plan of action for your business, and power of attorney
for health care and related matters.
10 Biggest Legal Mistakes Women Can Avoid" is essential reading
for every woman who wishes to protect her legal and financial status
in marriage or business. Former California State Treasurer Kathleen
Brown calls the book, "a straightforward and accessible guide
designed to introduce women to the use of sensible tools that will
enable them to know their options before they make the vital, and
potentially risky, choices that will affect their lives." This
book is highly recommended for all adult and young adult women.
more information, visit the library at 725 Pekin St. or call (217)
Sumrall, Lincoln Public Library District]
contest begins Feb. 22
20, 2002] The
Lincoln Junior Woman’s Club is sponsoring an Easter coloring
contest in recognition of National Youth Art Month. Children
in grades kindergarten through six are eligible to participate.
pages may be picked up at the children’s annex of the Lincoln
Public Library beginning Feb. 22 and are to be returned to the
library no later than Saturday, March 2. The child’s name,
telephone number and grade should be neatly printed on the back of
pictures will be judged by club members and a prize awarded to the
first-place winners in three age groups.
coloring pages will be displayed in a downtown merchant window the
week of March 11, and they will be donated to local nursing homes
presents ‘The Wizard
19, 2002] "The Wizard of
Oz," the spring play at Lincoln Christian College, will be presented in the Earl C
Hargrove Auditorium on the LCC campus at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21, 22 and 23.
The play was written
by L. Frank Baum, Harold Arlen and
are Tim Searby and LCC Professor James Allison.
are $6 for adults and $4 for students. For groups of 20 people or
more, the price is $1 off per ticket.
more information, call the Hargrove Auditorium office at 1 (888)
522-5228, Ext. 2254.
[LCC news release]
Theatre Showcase in Decatur on March 2
14, 2002] "Show’n’Tell,"
a Community Theatre Showcase, will be presented from 8 a.m. to 5
p.m. on Saturday, March 2, in Decatur. The one-day event will be at
the Shilling Community Education Center at Richland Community
7, Richland Community College and Illinois Theatre Association
Community Theatre Division are hosting the program.
a.m. — Registration, continental breakfast
a.m. — Opening remarks, welcome
a.m. — Presentations
"Lighting for Dummies"
"Round Robin" (four tables)
"Plant the Seed of Theatre" (in children 7-10 years old);
"Watching It Grow" (teens)
a.m. — Presentations
and B. Repeat presentations
a.m. — Lunch and exhibits
p.m. — Four one-hour shows
p.m. — Wrap-up and evaluation
more information, contact Theatre 7’s Molly Shade, firstname.lastname@example.org.
7 news release]
Brothers jazz up Logan County
11, 2002] Alison
England was from California; the Pasadena Roof Orchestra was from
England; and the Rhythm Brothers are not related, to paraphrase
their introduction. The Rhythm Brothers is a quartet consisting of
— at various times — two guitars, a banjo, a fiddle, a bass, a
sousaphone and four silky voices. If that isn’t enough, add in
"the music of Raul Reynoso and the humor of Doug
Mattocks," and you get one entertaining show.
Rhythm Brothers have played everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the
Grand Ole Opry to Disneyland. And now they have graced Lincoln with
their talented "plucking and strumming" as this month’s
feature in the Lincoln Land Community Concerts series, at the chapel
of Lincoln Christian College.
band consists of Raul Reynoso, Doug Mattocks, Paul Shelasky and Lee
is an extremely talented guitarist and songwriter. His songs have
been described as "True World Music," since they come from
his mixed background of Latin American culture, Los Angeles society
and luegrass guitar. The band played a few of them, including "Matelot"
and "Waneta’s Waltz."
a comedian and guitarist, also plays all three of the major styles
of banjo: four-string tenor and plectrum and five-string bluegrass.
As the unofficial leader of the band, his quick tongue keeps the
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is an accomplished fiddle player. His talent has taken him from the
California State Fiddle Championships to international tours in
North America and Europe. He also is a songwriter. The band
performed one of his Discovery Channel-inspired love songs as an
encore, "I Don’t Want a Praying Mantis Love Affair."Westenhofer
plays the upright bass for the band. His playfully driving rhythms
give their songs, for lack of a better word, oomph. His renditions
of "Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring" and "Dueling Banjos" played on
the sousaphone are experiences no music lover should miss.
their sets at Saturday’s concert, the band chose a wide variety of
tunes from all the ages of American string music. Traditional banjo
tunes included "Oh! Susanna" and "Foggy Mountain
Breakdown." The band’s smooth harmonies came out in the jazz
tunes "What a Little Moonlight Can Do," "Chicken Ain’t
Nothing but a Bird" and "Girl in the Little Green
Hat." Bluegrass fans were delighted by "Rolling in my
Sweet Baby’s Arms" and "Orange Blossom Special."
Selections also included some Spanish favorites, such as "Malagueña."
music was not the only gift given to the audience. Many of the song
introductions included brief music history or music appreciation
lessons. For example, the guitars played by Reynoso and Mattocks
were reproductions of traditional French guitars used by early jazz
players. Reynoso played the "petite bouche" or
"little mouth" guitar, which describes the opening in the
body. Mattocks’ guitar, the "grande bouche" or
"large mouth" version had a much wider opening, allowing a
appreciation teachers or new style of string quartet, the Rhythm
Brothers provided an entertaining and educational concert for Logan
more information, go to http://www.rhythmbrothers.com.
playing at Richland
7, 2002] Merely
Players, in cooperation with the Richland Community College
Forensicaturs (for EN sic ay ters), present the two-act adult comedy
"Sylvia" in Shilling Auditorium on Feb. 14, 15, 16, 22 and
23. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. for each performance. Tickets are
available at the door or by calling 875-7211, Ext. 342.
proceeds from the production will benefit the Richland speech and
is actually a dog who speaks — and watch out when she does! A
stray taken in by a couple in the midst of empty nest syndrome
(among other hilarious complications), Sylvia chews on shoes and
hearts with equal fervor.
opening performance, on Valentine’s Day, features a "non-blue night"
with special and free admission to students with current photo IDs.
The adult language will be modified for this performance only.
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cast is composed of Richland’s four speech team coaches: Carrie
Foxx as Sylvia, Joe Straka as Greg, Sam Straka as Kate, and Mike
Huff as Tom, Phyl and Leslie.
Becker is the producer and director. Assistant director is Vicky Sue
Gilpin, and technical director is David Gilpin.
time is approximately two hours.
For further information,
or to enter your dog as the canine equivalent as star of the show,
or for group ticket discounts, contact Sam Straka of Merely Players
release from Merely Players]
7 offers workshop leading up to auditions
7, 2002] Theatre
7 in Decatur announces an audition workshop along with auditions for
the musical comedy "Anything Goes."
to be on stage... but afraid to try?
Conditioning" is a workshop offered by Theatre 7’s director,
Mike Redlinger, to help nervous potential performers cope and
provide them with helpful hints for better tryouts. The workshop
will be on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 1 to 3 p.m., at T7’s
headquarters, 131 N. Water in Decatur. Reservations are not required
and there is no charge.
will be an excellent opportunity to become familiar with the music,
history, highlights, cast requirements and rehearsal schedule for
Theatre 7 upcoming production of the musical comedy "Anything
Goes." The cast consists of 26 male and 26 female roles, ages
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for "Anything Goes" are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday,
Feb. 18 and 19, at 6:30 p.m., at the Decatur Civic Center Theater.
Those participating should be prepared to read script, sing and
more information about both the workshop and the auditions, call
director Mike Redlinger at 864-2482.
Lincoln Community Theatre
Community Theatre’s website is at www.geocities.com/lincolncommunitytheatre/index.html. Pictures from past productions are
included. The LCT mailing address is Lincoln Community Theatre, P.O. Box 374, Lincoln,
IL 62656. E-mail: email@example.com.
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