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January 2002

Thursday, Jan. 10
SPONSOR: Logan County Arts Association
WHO: Public
WHAT: Classic Film Night, featuring "The Adventures of Robin Hood"
WHERE: Lincoln Theater, 215 S. Kickapoo
7 pm

Thursday, Jan. 17
SPONSOR: U of I Extension
WHO: Public
WHAT: “Grains in the Diet,” presented by Jananne Finck, nutrition and wellness educator, Springfield
WHERE: Extension office, 980 N. Postville Drive
WHEN: 10 am

Thursday, Jan. 24
SPONSOR: Healthy Communities Partnership
WHO: Public
WHAT: 2002 report to the community; donations will be accepted to defray the cost of the luncheon
WHERE: Knights of Columbus Hall in Lincoln
11:30 am to 1 pm; reservation needed by Wed., Jan. 16

Friday, Jan. 25
SPONSOR: American Red Cross
WHO: Public
WHAT: Blood drive
WHERE: Lincoln Sports Complex
noon to 5 pm

SPONSOR: American Red Cross
WHO: Public
WHAT: Blood drive
WHERE: Maple Ridge Village
1 to 5 pm

Saturday, Jan. 26
SPONSOR: Habitat for Humanity of Logan County
WHO: Public; by reserved tickets
WHAT: Home Builders Ball
WHERE: Knights of Columbus Hall, Lincoln
5:30 pm, doors open; 6:30 pm, dinner; 7 pm, dancing to Nostalgics

Sunday, Jan. 27
SPONSOR: Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital and the Lincoln Junior Women's Club
WHO: Public
WHAT: Special deliveries sibling class; event is free of charge
WHERE: ALMH family maternity suites - Third floor
1 to 3 pm

Wednesday, Jan. 30
SPONSOR: American Red Cross
WHO: Public
WHAT: Blood drive
WHERE: Mount Pulaski Christian Church
11 am to 5 pm

Thursday, Jan. 31
SPONSOR: American Red Cross
WHO: Public
WHAT: Blood drive
WHERE: Atlanta Christian Church
noon to 6 pm

February 2002

Saturday, Feb. 9
WHO: Public
WHAT: Lincoln Birthday Open House: presentation by Susan Krause, music by "The Prairie Aires"
WHERE: Mount Pulaski Courthouse
Susan Krause at 2 pm; "The Prairie Aires" at 6 pm

Thursday, Feb. 14
SPONSOR: Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital
WHO: Public
WHAT: Love Your Heart seminar; event is free of charge
WHERE: ALMH - lower level 
Open from 7:30 am to 1 pm


SPECIAL EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS:  Time to register to voteJanuary Home Builders Ball announced

REGULAR POSTINGS FOR ORGANIZATIONS:  Girl ScoutsLincoln Writers ClubOasisU of I ExtensionYMCA


Mount Pulaski courthouse: Looking back on Christmas and forward to Februarythouse: Looking back on Christmas and forward to February open house 

This year's "Christmas Open House" literally started the month of December on Saturday, Dec. 1. The courthouse looked festive with greenery and bows in almost every room and hallway. Christmas and traditional music echoed through the courthouse during the day. "The Prairie Aires" performed in the afternoon and by candlelight in the evening. This group of four area ladies entertained the crowd with both instrumental and vocal music.

Almost 50 people attended the open house. Unfortunately, the remainder of the month was very quiet. For the year the courthouse had over 3,000 visitors. Many of these came for special activities such as the Blue Grass Festival in June, the Classic Chevy Group in July, Fall Festival in September and "Christmas on Vinegar Hill" in November.

This December was special because it marked the start of the tenth year for the Mount Pulaski Courthouse Volunteer program. For 2001 the volunteers worked 1,453 hours. Since the program started in Dec. 1992 the volunteers have given a grand total of 13,443 hours. My thanks to all current and past volunteers for the time and support they have given to the courthouse. Truly, without the courthouse volunteers the site would not be open and the public would miss important history from the mid-1800s period in Illinois and about attorney Abraham Lincoln.

I want to also give a big thanks and goodbye to Marla Durst. For the past several years, as part of her city job, she was responsible for scheduling the volunteers to work at the courthouse. This is a crucial part in the continuing success of the volunteer program. Thanks again to Marla and best wishes in her new position.

Mark your calendars for the "Lincoln Birthday Open House" on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2002. At 2:00 p.m., Susan Krause of the Lincoln Legal Papers Project will give a presentation on the historic courthouses of the Eighth Judicial Circuit. She authored a booklet "From Log Cabin to Temples of Justice, Courthouses in Lincoln's Illinois." Providing music in the courtroom at 6:00 p.m. will be "The Prairie Aires". They will be performing a variety of traditional and Celtic tunes.

In December the courthouse volunteers listed below gave 105 hours: D. Aper; D. Brooker; J. & K. Connolley; A. Davis; M. Downing; M. Johnson; W. Kautz; J. Martin; J. Maske; J. Richner; C. & L. Schahl; D. Smith; E. Stahl; T. & W. Stephens; and C. Van Rheedan.

[R. Schachtsiek, Mount Pulaski Courthouse Site Manager]

New members of the Lincoln Rotary Club

The Lincoln Rotary Club inducted their newest members at a Halloween Club Assembly.  From left to right are Linda Marini of the Lincoln YMCA, Bonnie Young of Logan County Title, Jim Sparrow of Edward D. Jones, Barb O'Donahue of GCS Insurance and Keith Fisher of St. Clara's Manor.

During this special assembly, the club members raised more than $1400 to contribute to The Rotary Foundation's Polio Plus Fund. These monies will buy polio vaccines to free the remaining one percent of the world from polio.


Winter coats to be given away

The Lincoln Church of Christ, 800 Pulaski St., has a few coats and sweaters that will be given out on Saturday, Jan. 12. Not many are available, but there may be one that will fit you or your children. The time will be from 9 a.m. until noon.

For more information, call the church office, 735-1130.

Time to register to vote

Are you registered to vote?

The March 19 primary is rapidly approaching. The close of registration is Feb. 19. If you have moved, or if you have married and changed your name, it is necessary that you change your voter registration with our office in order to cast your vote in the election.

If you have questions about your voting eligibility, please contact our office at (217) 732-4148.

Sally J. Litterly

Logan County Clerk

January Home Builders Ball announced

The first Home Builders Ball hosted by Habitat for Humanity of Logan County will be Saturday, Jan. 26, 2002, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Lincoln.

The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for cocktails (cash bar) and hors d’oeuvres. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m., with dancing to the band Nostalgics to follow at 7 p.m.

Reservations are required for the ball. To make reservations and purchase tickets, at $30 per person, contact one of the board members or visit one of the businesses listed below. Reservations and ticket sales will be open until Jan. 10.

George Dahmm, 732-6234

Ken Benham, 732-8104

Phil Dehner, 732-2861

Ken Tappendorf, 732-9832

Harley Petri, 947-2707

Lyle Fouts, 947-2935

Bill Sahs, 737-0346

A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc.

Leonard Krusemark, 376-3234

Pete’s True Value

Terry Lock, 735-5400

Union Planter’s Bank

Don Begolka, 735-2789

Checks should be made payable to Habitat for Humanity. All proceeds will be used to aid Habitat for Humanity of Logan County in building more homes for deserving families.


Writers meet on second Tuesday in January

The regular monthly meeting of the Lincoln Writers’ Club has been changed from the first Tuesday of the month to Jan. 8. The group will meet in the Pegram Room of the Lincoln Public Library at 6 p.m.

Anyone interested in writing is invited to attend. For additional information, call Rebecca Johnson at 732-2723.



Girl Scouts announcements

  • Girl Scout leader meetings:  the first Thursday of each month, at the usual time and place.

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

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.

Potluck and bingo

Thursday, Jan. 10, is a fun-filled day, starting with the potluck luncheon serving soup and sandwiches from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. You may bring a dish to pass or a $3 donation.

Right after lunch you may stay for bingo games sponsored by the Oasis with "surprise" prizes.

Circuit Breaker

After you have received your pre-printed forms, you may schedule an appointment with the representative at the Oasis between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. each Monday of the month. The new 2002 application forms for first-time filers will not be available until the end of January. As soon as you have received your 2001 income documentation, call the Oasis to schedule an appointment.

Upcoming trips

There are a few seats available for the Jan. 19 trip to Nashville North in Taylorville for "Northern Lights," a country and western musical show, at a cost of $19 for ticket and transportation. Reservation deadline is Jan. 11.

On Jan. 27, the van will take you to Barn II in Goodfield to see "Rumors," a comedy hailed as an "old-fashioned, door-slamming, crockery-smashing farce," at a cost of $32 for dinner, ticket and transportation. Reservation deadline is Jan. 18.

Social Security

The representative reminds everyone that you can call the office at 1 (217) 241-6651 to take care of your Social Security issues over the phone. If an appointment is necessary, it will be scheduled at the Oasis.

Computer classes

Classes resumed this week. We are now taking reservations for the month of February 2002. You may schedule a week (Monday through Friday) of one-hour sessions, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., on computer basics, word processing, e-mail and Internet, or spreadsheet-database. Call to reserve your class preference.

Game winners

The weekday pinochle winner for Dec. 28 was Mable Hoagland. Weekend game winners for Dec. 28 were Helen Cart for pinochle, Tom Garrison and Henry Warnisher for 5 in 1, and Alice Thornton for pool.


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 is hosting a series of educational presentations. 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. 

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

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

•  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

Y’s cheerleading program offers fun-filled activities

New to the list of programs this year at the Lincoln Area YMCA is the cheerleading program. This program is designed to provide a sports advantage to those youngsters who enjoy the sport of cheerleading or who perhaps have an interest in becoming a cheerleader.

The Y’s cheerleading program offers numerous action-packed and fun-filled activities that not only interest the children but definitely help develop skills utilized in the sport of cheerleading. Enhancing creativity skills and providing opportunities for self-expression are just a couple of great benefits this program offers its participants as they work with the cheer instructors to choreograph new cheers, chants and dance movements. Participants also increase their individual level of strength through group stunting activities and enhance their large motor coordination as well through practicing basic cheer moves and jumping techniques. The YMCA cheerleading program also provides opportunities to initiate and promote positive team building skills as our qualified cheer instructors help the participants work together on stunt and build formations and in performing group cheers. Last, and certainly of great importance, children are able to continue to build their self-esteem as they are encouraged to work on developing their individual tumbling and jumping skills.



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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Family and Friends in the Armed Forces

Friends and relatives serving in the armed forces are listed here so we might all hold them in our thoughts, prayers and well wishes. If you know of other friends and relatives serving (they need not be from Logan County), please send the information to Along with the name, you are invited to include the branch of service, current location of service, postal address, e-mail address and relationship to the person providing the information (optional).

Jerome A. Allen

U.S. Air Force

At Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada

Postal address: 5805 Mountain Home St.

Unit J-13

Nellis AFB, NV 89191


Class of '00


SST Kenneth Allen
and wife Susan Allen (Elza)

U.S. Army-1AD-HHC

Weisbaden, Germany

E-mail: or

Jon Barton

West Point, N.Y.

Jon Bowers

Lackland Air Force Base, Texas

Josh Campbell


Justin Clott


Will be deployed in mid-January

(Address not available yet)


Staff Sgt. Evan Jay Downey

U.S. Air Force

In transit to Mildenhall Air Force Base, England

(Address not available yet)

Son of Lucky Eichner

Ben Estes

Fort Benning, Ga.

Charles Lindstrom Jr.

U.S. Air Force

At Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana

Postal address: 8525 Chalmette Drive

Shreveport, LA 71115


Class of ’81 LCHS

Airman Chad M. Maxheimer
U.S. Air Force

Postal address: 9AEW JSOAC-S

Unit 10

APO AE 09351


Son of Mike and Suzie Maxheimer of Chestnut and Michelle Lowe of Mount Pulaski

2000 graduate of Mount Pulaski High School

Kevin McGinnis


Michelle K. Ramlow


At Pentagon

Postal address: 5409-B Steeplechase Drive

Fredericksburg, VA 22407


Major James E. Reineke,
Deborah, Nathan, Emily

Air Force

Misawa Air Base, Japan


Robby, Ami-Jo and Angela Spickard

National Guard medical support

Technical Sergeant Thomas Yarcho

U.S. Air Force

At Ramstein Air Base, Germany


Class of '82









Ongoing class reunion in cyberspace for 1960 graduates of LCHS


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