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U-Scan

Kroger adds new convenience technology

[FEB. 26, 2002]  Have you ever stood in a long line at a grocery store, watching the cashier scan item after item, repetitively? Have you ever thought to yourself, "I could do this, and faster too!" as the groceries trickle across the scanner? Well, nowís your chance!

Since 1987, The Kroger Co. has been slowly introducing its U-Scan checkout systems to Kroger and affiliate stores across the nation. And as of Valentineís Day, these machines have come to Lincoln.

So what is a U-Scan? It is a checkout stand where you are the cashier. The large, modern-looking machines house a combination bar-code scanner and scale just like the normal counters. You unload your groceries, one at a time, scan them and place them in the bags provided.

[Kroger customer uses the U-Scan

photo by Bob Frank]

The bags sit on a larger scale which measures the total weight of your bagged items. The computer knows how much every item in the store is supposed to weigh. If this weight does not match the weight of your purchased items as recorded in the computer, the cashier on duty is called to come and assist you.

This is both for your safety and for the safety of the store. If you place in your bag an item that you have not purchased, there is added weight. If you double-scan an item by accident and put only the one item in your bag, then there is less weight. Either way, a cashier is called to inspect your purchase.

The "carousel system" used by Lincolnís Kroger allows for a very large purchase because it includes both a large, rotating, circular scale with eight bag stands (giving it its name) and a smaller rectangular scale for placing filled bags.

A computer screen above the scanner gives you instructions and tells you what items you have scanned and your total purchase price.

When you complete your purchase, there are all of the normal options for paying for your groceries. A credit-debit card machine just like those at the normal counters is available for those payments. A bill reader and a coin reader are available for cash purchases. The bill reader will read any denomination of bill through $20 (larger denominations can be changed with the cashier on duty). If you would like to pay with a check, you proceed to the cashierís booth at the end of the row and give him or her your check.

 

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Sounds simple, right?

But what about all those little things that cashiers do? What about coupons, the Kroger card? What about alcohol and cigarettes? Who takes care of those?

Well, before you begin your purchase, the computer asks you if you have a Kroger card. Then you scan it, just like the cashiers do. At the end of your purchase, it asks for any coupons, and you scan those too. There is a slot below the scanner for coupons to be dropped in. When you scan alcohol or cigarettes, the cashier is called to check your identification.

As for all those other little things that cashiers do, such as smile or wish you a good dayÖ well, human cashiers wonít ever go out of style. According to Annette Hinman, store manager of Lincolnís Kroger store, U-Scans will never replace humans. She recognizes that some people like the human contact and "touch" that cashiers provide, and that some people like the efficiency and liberation of the U-Scans. She wants her patrons to have the choice between "full service" and "self-serve."

In fact, the two U-Scans that the store now has take up the same area as one checkout counter. And one person oversees both U-Scans, watching for any way he or she can help. So the U-Scan is not completely without human contact. You are not completely "on your own."

According to the manager, response to these machines has been very good. She said that people seem to be having fun learning to use them. And, as with all new technology, she has seen some children teaching their parents to use them.

So the next time you shop and Kroger, just try the U-Scans. You should find them easy, convenient and downright fun!

[Gina Sennett]

 


Gurga named editor of haiku journal

[FEB. 22, 2002]  Lincoln dentist and award-winning poet Lee Gurga has been appointed editor of Modern Haiku, the oldest journal of English-language haiku and considered the most important publication of and about haiku outside of Japan.

Founded in 1969 in Los Angeles, Calif., Modern Haiku has been edited by Robert Spiess of Madison, Wis., since 1978. Gurga has been assistant editor for the past four years.

 

Haiku is a form of poetry that originated in Japan about 300 years ago. Its essence is brevity, a seasonal reference and the recording of a "haiku moment," a singular experience that captures a greater and perhaps universal experience. Gurga describes it as "taking an ordinary moment and feeling it deeply."

The directions for those who wish to submit material to the magazine ask for "a three-line poem with images of the season linking human and non-human nature."

Along with original haiku, the magazine also publishes senryu (a form similar to haiku but with a humorous or ironic twist), translations, book reviews and Robert Spiessí speculations on haiku, a series of 845 short philosophic reflections about the poetic form.

Gurga was born and raised in Chicago and became interested in haiku when he found a book of translations from the Japanese in a Chicago bookshop. He has won top prizes in haiku contests in the United States, Canada and Japan.

Two of his books, "In and Out of Fog" and "Fresh Scent," have won first prize in the Haiku Society of Americaís Merit Book Awards. He also received an Illinois Arts Council Poetry Fellowship in 1998. In 2000 he won an Illinois Arts Council special assistance grant to speak at as haiku conference in Japan.

 

 

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With Randy Brooks, another haiku poet, he helped stage the 2000 Global Haiku Festival at Millikin University in Decatur. He publishes a monthly column in the Illinois Times newspaper and also in the Solares Hill newspaper in Key West, Fla.

Recently one of his poems was published in a Houghton-Mifflin reader for fifth-graders. Here is the poem, included in a section on autumn:

going out of my way

to crunch them as I walk;

first leaves of Autumn.

Haiku is thriving in the Midwest, Gurga says, in part because people here are in touch with the natural world around them.

Modern Haiku is published three times a year, in February, June and October, and has a circulation of about 800. Gurga is editor and publisher; Randy Brooks, director of the writing program at Milliken, is the web editor; Charles P. Trumbull, director of editorial yearbooks at Encyclopedia Britannica, is assistant editor; and Lidia Rozmus of Chicago Graphic Design is art editor.

Gurga and his family, wife Jan and sons Ben, A.J. and Alex, live on 77 acres of hilly and wooded land near Middletown, where he finds much of his nature imagery. The family also has a home in Key West, Fla.

With Gurgaís appointment as editor, Lincoln becomes the home of the Modern Haiku journal. Mailing address is P.O. Box 68, Lincoln.

[Joan Crabb]

See a related article, "Haiku for the Heartland," posted in LDN on Feb. 1, 2000.


LDC cuts would hurt local economy

[FEB. 12, 2002]  "If we take $78 million out of the areaís economy, it doesnít take a brain surgeon to see this will hurt," says Mark Smith, Lincoln/Logan County Economic Development Director.

Smith has put together some numbers to show the economic impact of Gov. George Ryanís latest proposal to cut the number of residents and staff at Lincolnís largest employer, the Lincoln Developmental Center.

Ryanís plan, announced last week, is to cut the number of residents to 100 and the staff members to about 200, with residents living in group homes yet to be built on the 124-year-old campus. A few months ago, the facility had about 370 residents and 700 workers. Now only about 240 residents are still living at LDC, the rest having been moved to some of the other 10 state-run facilities for the developmentally disabled.

With 700 employees, LDC had a payroll of $28 million in 2001. Under the newest proposal, with 200 employees, the payroll will shrink to $8.4 million.

Factoring in the rollover effects of the $28 million payroll, the area has had a $112 million economic benefit from a staff of 700. The rollover effect, Smith explains, is the impact of the money as it circulates in the community, not only in Lincoln and Logan County, but in other areas of central Illinois where LDC employees may live.

"People get their paychecks. They go by the drugstore and buy some medicine and a toothbrush. They get their hair done, stop by the jewelry store, go to IGA and get groceries and other supplies. MKS Jewelry pays the rent; IGA hires clerks and pays for its utilities. Thatís the rollover effect. Those salaries are cumulative in terms of effect."

With a payroll of only $8.4 million, the rollover effect shrinks to $34.6 million, a total loss in economic benefits of $78.4 million.

"Thatís for the scenario as we know it now," Smith emphasizes. "We really canít be sure whatís going to happen. The situation at LDC has changed for the better, for the worse and everything in between for the past six months.

"It wasnít too many years ago that LDC was recognized nationally for its achievements," he adds.

Smith doesnít see a quick and easy way to provide the equivalent of the 500 or so jobs or the gross payroll that will be lost under the "scenario as we know it now."

"Of all of the companies that locate nationally, the overwhelming number hire many fewer than 500 employees," he said. "The days of the big factories have been numbered for a long time."

Lincoln isnít alone in its present situation, he adds. "The kind of thing thatís happening at LDC ó the disappearance of a large number of jobs with the stroke of a pen ó can happen in any company, any day. With buyouts and mergers, the decision-making process becomes farther and farther removed from an individual community," he explains.

Still, the best hope for more jobs in the Lincoln area is to bring in new employers, even if no one company can provide all the jobs that are needed. To bring in new employers, Smith says, "We need the product that companies are looking for."

 

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This product, he believes, is the commercial park that was proposed last October, a 63.5-acre site at Business 55 and Kruger Road, between the north Interstate 55 interchange and the Logan County Airport.

Manufacturing and distribution companies that might locate in Lincoln, he says, are looking for an improved lot in an already designated commercial park, with all infrastructure in place.

"We introduced this concept last fall, after about 1Ĺ years of work and discussion on the part of the Economic Development Council. The EDC is diligently trying to find investors to put the pieces together and make it work."

Smith thinks Lincolnís location on one of the nationís major highways and its railroad connections give it tremendous potential for attracting new industries.

"I look at its location in relation to Chicago, St. Louis, the Quad Cities and Indianapolis," he says. "It has great potential for small manufacturing and distribution companies ó really all kinds of industries."

Another advantage in Lincolnís location, between Bloomington, Peoria, Springfield and Decatur, is a potential labor force of 922,000 people who could get to a Lincoln area site within 35 minutes or so, he points out.

Smith says that many other municipalities in central Illinois have succeeded in attracting industries by providing the product they wanted. For example, Litchfield (6,815), a town much smaller than Lincoln, also located on I-55, has had a thriving industrial-commercial park for many years. Paris, Ill., with a population of 9,010, has many little manufacturers even though it is about 15 miles from Interstate 70, and so does Olney (8,631), which is about 50 miles from an interstate.

Like other Lincoln residents, Smith hopes the governorís latest proposal for LDC, "the scenario as we know it now," wonít be the final one. Two hearings set for tomorrow (Feb. 13) may have a bearing on the final outcome.

A hearing on the lawsuit filed in Logan County Circuit Court by the American Federation of State, County and Muncipal Employees and other plaintiffs will be at 9 a.m. in Judge Don Behleís courtroom. The suit seeks to stop the transfers of residents from LDC and keep it open and operating.

Also on Feb. 13, the state legislatureís Lang-Brosnahan Standing Committee on Mental Health will continue and possibly wrap up a hearing on the LDC situation. The committee has been hearing testimony from parents and AFSCME as well as from organizations that are urging the governor to close LDC and house the residents in group homes.

[Joan Crabb]

 


Part 2

Two local women transform stained glass into shimmering works of art

[FEB. 9, 2002]  Precisely cut shards of stained glass ó some swirling with color, some unevenly textured, some iridescent ó are the medium for two local artists, Brenda Short and Jenny Anderson.

[Click here for Part 1]

Heartbreaking loss

Anderson experienced a heartbreaker this past November. She had taken a number of small items to be nickel-plated in Decatur, including some of Shortís pieces. Anderson herself had hundreds of dollars worth of stained glass pieces, all of them made on order and some using expensive cut-glass crystals from Germany.

Her hands were full as she carried the finished pieces to her truck. She put hers on top of the truck while she carefully loaded Shortís. The plating business owner approached just then, and she turned to greet him.

When finished talking, she climbed into her truck and headed back to Lincoln, not noticing what was missing until she delivered Shortís pieces. Even then it took two phone calls before Anderson realized that all her precious work was smashed to nothing along the road.

Process

Both artists say they always use a pattern, but they often adapt the pattern for the specific piece. Rows of pattern books supply ideas for customers, who then request pattern changes as well as specific sizes and colors. Other patterns are wholly original. Short has a photo of a window she designed to coordinate with a wallpaper border.

A working copy of the pattern is drawn on paper and then again on thick poster board, which is cut into patterns for the individual pieces of glass. Precision is mandatory so the pieces will fit together securely.

Next the artist chooses a pane of glass and positions the pattern on it. Both steps require creativity. Anderson and Short choose colors and textures to coordinate with the subject and create the desired effect. One glass with iridescent straight grooves resembles rain. Swirls in baroque glass convey the drape of fabric in an angelís robe, if the pattern is artfully positioned. The two sides of heavily textured glass give quite different effects.

The artist uses a carbide-tip glass cutter to score the pattern lines on the glass. The glass is then broken along the score lines using running pliers. It can also be broken by hand.

Short grinds the cut edges smooth. Anderson saves one step by using a glass saw that grinds as it cuts.

 

 

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  Traditionally, the next step is leading, or bending the lead came around the glass shape. Cames are thin strips of lead with channels for holding the glass. They are sold in different widths and thicknesses. The lead bends easily at room temperature.

Anderson prefers lead, but Short often substitutes copper, following a method developed by Louis Tiffany. The copper foil method produces more delicate lines and a lighter-weight product. It can be used in pieces up to 4 square feet, Short said.

The copper foil comes in rolls of varying thickness and width. One side is sticky so cement is not needed, but the copper edge must be burnished, or pressed against the glass, to make the two adhere.

Flat stained-glass pieces are built on a board with the working pattern mounted on top. Two sides of the board are framed for support. Masking tape is sometimes used to protect the glass surface while the piece is being assembled, especially if there are delicate beveled edges or the glass is highly textured. Horseshoe nails temporarily secure the pieces until they are soldered in place.

Although leaded pieces are usually soldered only at the joints, copper foil is soldered all along the copper lines. Short said it is important to produce a smooth bead, or rounded surface.

Short uses zinc, copper or brass to frame her pieces. If they are leaded, she then brushes in an oatmeal-textured cement, which fills in any remaining space between glass and came. Once hardened, the result is like a single sheet of glass with no give, she says. Finally, she applies whiting powder to absorb excess turpentine from the cement.

Glass itself is not curved, but curved pieces such as Tiffany-style lamps can be made by painstakingly assembling many small pieces over a gradually curving Fiberglas or Styrofoam mold. Anderson has a mold but has never had time to make a lamp.

Anyone interested in ordering a stained glass piece can reach Brenda Short at 735-2790 or Jenny Anderson at 732-3556.

[Lynn Shearer Spellman]

 


Part 1

Two local women transform stained glass into shimmering works of art

[FEB. 8, 2002]  Precisely cut shards of stained glass ó some swirling with color, some unevenly textured, some iridescent ó are the medium for two local artists.

Brenda Short and Jenny Anderson fit the shaped glass pieces into sun-catchers, sculptures, windows, flat-panel lamps, steppingstones and even garden benches. Short created the 3-by-4-foot stained-glass panel in the new womenís health center at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital. She has also crafted a kaleidoscope shaped like an airplane. Both Anderson and Short make delicate, free-standing angels.

 

Short recently remodeled a garage on the alley behind 230 Eighth St. as a studio and shop for her business, The Grand Illusion. Andersonís studio is in her basement in rural Lincoln. She calls her business Jenny Lynnís Stained Glass.

Both point out that the studio must be heated, because glass that cools too rapidly after soldering can crack. The soldering gun produces a temperature of 800 to 1,000 degrees.

One of the pleasures of visiting either studio is reveling in the varied panes of glass. Hundreds of water droplets seem trapped in one sheet; another resembles snow on a window. Cathedral glass is transparent; other sheets are mirror-like and opaque. Opalescent glass exhibits the milky iridescence of opals. Textures are smooth, uneven or patterned.

And the myriad of colors! Every color in the rainbow is here, equally beautiful but not equally valuable. Short said pinks and reds cost more because gold is used in their manufacture. Yellows are sometimes hard to find and can be expensive. Less costly are the blues, despite their wide range of patterns and textures.

Short and Anderson get their glass from a wholesaler in Warrenville and a retailer in Decatur. They have also bought in Kokomo, Ind., where the igloo-shaped brick ovens are the same as in the 1800s when Louis Tiffany purchased glass there.

Sheets of stained glass are normally 6 to 8 square feet and about one-eighth inch thick. Prices range from a couple of dollars to $60 per square foot for hand-blown glass. Beveled glass costs more because Short and Anderson pay to have the bevels ground.

 

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Cooperation between the artists

Anderson began stained-glass work after taking a class in Springfield a decade ago. Short took a similar class five years later. They got together when Anderson saw Short giving a stained glass demonstration at the Lincoln Railsplitting Festival.

Since then they talk glass often and sometimes share a booth at shows. In addition to taking orders, both artists take their pieces to about six shows a year. The Art and Balloon Fest, Pride of the Prairie and St. John United Church of Christ Germanfest, all in Lincoln; Brinkerhoff in Springfield; and Vinegar Hill in Mount Pulaski are probable venues for this year.

 

Anderson said they are both very successful at these nearby shows, so there is no need to travel farther. In fact, this year they quit going to shows in November because they already had so many Christmas orders. "Last year (2000) I delivered my last order on Christmas Eve," she admitted, "but never again."

The two artists have different tastes, resulting in a good mix of works for shows. Anderson likes traditional designs, while Short prefers a more modern look. Short often incorporates glass beads; Anderson never uses them "So even if we do almost the same project," Anderson said, "they look different. As with any artwork, itís always going to turn out different."

Both artists hone their skills by taking periodic courses. On Feb. 2 Anderson attended a workshop in Chicago on sandblasting. She said that etching with acid only grazes the surface but sandblasting can take it down to a greater depth. Short recently participated in a Springfield workshop on making glass beads using a torch lamp.

Both women also work in other businesses. Short sells real estate for Diane Schriber Realty and sometimes gives stained glass panels as closing gifts. Under the name Jenny Lynnís Kennels, Anderson breeds Westie dogs.

(To be continued)

[Lynn Shearer Spellman]

[Click here for Part 2]


Announcements

New dean named at Lincoln College

[FEB. 28, 2002]  The Lincoln College board of trustees recently appointed Greg Eimer the dean of financial services, effective July 1.

Eimer, a native of Lincoln, holds a bachelorís degree in accounting from Illinois State University and is also a certified public accountant.

Before coming to Lincoln College, Eimer worked for Abbott, Phillips & Co, Ltd. as an audit manager and individual and corporate tax adviser. He joined Lincoln College in February 1996 as director of accounting and personnel. In 1998, he was promoted to director of business services.

Lincoln College President Jack Nutt says Eimerís leadership has kept the college on solid financial ground. "We are very pleased to have him fill this important position. He knows the changing demands shaping the business world and how they affect the direction of our school. He has a deep and personal knowledge of the business and financial worlds, proven abilities in interpersonal relations, good judgment, and a clear vision for how to take this school into the future."

Eimer is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois CPA Society.

He lives in Lincoln with his wife, Beth, and son Jack.

[Lincoln College news release]

 


Heartland College considers building project

[FEB. 28, 2002]  NORMAL ó The Feb. 19 meeting of the Heartland Community College board of trustees included reports on the scholarship program that focuses on volunteerism, official 10th day enrollment figures for spring 2002 and a proposed capital project.

Community Scholars

An update on the Community Scholars program, which provides scholarship opportunities for students participating in community service, was presented to the board. The report includes academic success, graduate rates, program activities and a list of the agencies that received volunteer support from the students in the 2001-2002 school year.

Tenth day spring enrollment

The official 10th day enrollments for the 2002 spring semester increased almost 8 percent over last spring, to 4,237. There was also a change in credit hour totals. A credit hour total of 32,033 reflects a 2.8 percent decrease from last spring.

Capital project proposal

A locally funded capital project to address increasing space demands for classrooms was recommended to the board for approval. The proposal emphasizes the need to address enrollment growth that has challenged current instructional spaces at the new campus to near capacity.

 

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The plan would provide an additional 12 classrooms that would expand available class space for high-demand courses such as the social sciences, humanities, communications and mathematics. If approved, the project is expected to be completed in time for the fall 2003 semester.

Construction of a facility with approximately 16,000 gross square feet would cost $4 million. It would be located on the east side of the existing Instructional Commons Building.

Heartlandís fall head count is expected to reach 5,000, a 20 percent increase from the current 4,200 (fall 2001).

[HCC news release]


Retirement announced at Lincoln College

[FEB. 22, 2002]  Janet Austin Overton, executive assistant to President Jack Nutt and Executive Vice President Ronald L. Schilling, will retire from Lincoln College after 25 years of service.

Overton, a native of Mount Horeb, Wis., holds a bachelorís degree in communication from the University of Illinois-Springfield. Before joining Lincoln College full time, she worked part time for the college in several areas.

Lincoln College President Jack Nutt says Overton will be missed. "She has performed a valuable service and Lincoln College will miss her. We all wish her the best of luck in her retirement."

Overton says she has enjoyed her time working for the college. "I really treasure the friendships Iíve made over the years and watching the growth and expansion under the direction of President Nutt and Mr. Schilling. Iíll miss the friendships, but I look forward to spending time with my family."

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Overton is a member of the First United Methodist Church of Lincoln, where she taught Sunday school for over 15 years. She lives in Lincoln with her husband, Bill, and has two grown daughters, Heather Overton and Tara Overton-Hennessy. Tara is married to Paul Hennessy, and they have two children, Zo and Xavia.

[Lincoln College news release]


Local Internet provider offers
optional filtering services

[DEC. 29, 2001]  To celebrate their fifth year in the Internet business, the folks at CCAonline, the only remaining local Internet provider, will offer two new optional online services for their users to opt into.

ďThere are three major requests that we receive from users,Ē says Curt Schleich, chief technology officer at CCAonline. ďThe first request is that we do something about all the unsolicited junk e-mail that people receive from sources, selling everything from financial services to pornography.Ē These unsolicited e-mail messages are commonly referred to as spam. The second request, according to Schleich, is to do something about all the viruses that are floating around the Internet that come down to innocent users as attachments to e-mail messages. And the third request is to provide filtered, family-friendly Internet browsing that will lessen the threat that children can browse the wrong Internet sites and see content not meant for their eyes.

The two new optional services CCAonline will offer are designed to address all three of these issues. First, users can purchase an e-mail filtering service from CCAonline that is designed to filter out all the virus-laden messages, keeping them from even coming down to the userís computer. The service, a spam filter, will catch the unsolicited messages before they come to the userís computer and will quarantine them. The user can go to his own private quarantine web page, view the messages that have been held, delete or read them, select individual settings for automating the processes, and not be bothered with spam messages ever again.

 

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The second new service that CCAonline offers is designed to filter out the selection of websites that might contain offensive or undesirable content. ďMany parents of young children and teen-agers have asked us to help them supervise the content their children can get into on the Internet,Ē said Jim Youngquist, president of CCAonline. ďThis new service will help prevent them from purposefully or accidentally viewing harmful content.Ē The filtered service works by looking ahead for site content, and using reserved keywords, prevents the user from going to restricted sites.

Both Schleich and Youngquist mention that these two services probably will not be perfect. Spammers and those who put up pornography websites are continually trying to ďmarketĒ their products and will occasionally find ways to evade detection.

Both the e-mail filter and the website browsing filter are optional services. Users who desire these services may contact CCAonline and request them for an additional monthly fee.

[LDN]


The Chamber Report

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

chamber@lincolnillinois.com
www.lincolnillinois.com


Honors & Awards

ALMH employee of the year

[JAN. 22, 2002]  Carolyn Marten has been named the 2001 Employee of the Year at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital by a group of her peers. Marten serves as the assistant office manager in the rehabilitation department, where her duties include scheduling appointments, creating patient charts and serving as receptionist for the office.

Martenís nominator says, "She works hard to keep things going and always shows a lot of interest in employees, patients and doctors. Physical therapy is very fortunate to have such a fine employee."

Before beginning her career at the hospital, Marten operated a day care from her home. She has been employed at ALMH since December of 1999.

Marten feels that the hospital provides a very important service to the community. "I feel privileged to be able to work at ALMH with kind and professional people," she says. Her secret for a particularly stressful day is "a drawer full of chocolates."

Employees of the month from December 2000 to November 2001 were Carol Schleder, case management; Eleanor Sharp, medical-surgery; Sandy Morse, rehabilitation; Rose Lancaster, laboratory; James Rusk, dietary; Randy Turley, Care-A-Van; Margaret Bent, housekeeping; Carolyn Marten, rehabilitation; Diane Powers, registration; Cheryl Boyd, housekeeping; Tracy Cusey, radiology; and Joann Schrader, dietary-cafeteria.

[ALMH news release]


Main Street Corner News

Main Street Lincoln officers elected

[FEB. 13, 2002]  New officers for Main Street Lincoln were elected at the organizationís annual dinner this week. Community activist Jan Schumacher was elected president. David Lanterman, co-owner of Beans and Such, was elected vice president. Susie Fuhrer, owner of Blue Dog Inn, was re-elected treasurer. All three are longtime Main Street volunteers.

Fuhrer also was re-elected to a three-year term on the board, as was Jon Steffens, vice president of Eckerts Inc., who just completed his term as president. Tim McCormick, vice president of Farmers State Bank in Emden, and Jeannie Xamis, owner of Serendipity

Stitches, were also elected to three-year terms.

At the dinner, outgoing board member Paul Gleason was recognized for his contributions to Main Street.

Main Street Lincoln is in its eighth year of economic development and historic preservation of the Courthouse Square Historic District in downtown Lincoln. The group is always looking for volunteers for its new and ongoing projects.

[Main Street Lincoln news release]

Main Street Lincoln

303 S. Kickapoo

Lincoln, IL 62656

Phone: (217) 732-2929

Fax: (217) 735-9205

E-mail: manager@mainstreetlincoln.com


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